Now, I’ve been looking forward to this gig since I first saw the poster and immediately begged the editor for a photo pass. I’d been meaning to catch Sheffield’s Hidden Mothers for a while, and headliners YOB are a band I would never consciously pass up the chance to experience live.
Ghost Cult caught up with Mike Scheidt of YOB recently, while the band was on their mini-headline tour. Mike talked about the return to touring, his approach to playing live, the longevity of the band, the new deluxe re-issue of their classic album Atma (Relapse Records) – what Mike is reading these days, and the progress of the next YOB album! Also, check out this EXCLUSIVE photo set from YOB live in New York by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging! In addition to our recent live review of the current tour from the band, Ghost Cult scribe Michael Miller shared his thoughts upon seeing the band recently sharing the common awe we all feel experiencing the band, as well, which serve as a nice warm up to our chat with Mike.
UK Sludge/Doom band Opium Lord is dropping their brand new album tomorrow, October 11th, via the mighty Sludgelord Records. The album is great, with magnificent riffs and a guest appeance by the legend himself, Mike Scheidt of YOB! Check out the full album stream, only at Ghost Cult!Continue reading
Drone, much like Djent, is a wonderfully onomatopoeic genre. Say “droooone” out loud and you get somewhere close to the guitar tone that makes up this subset of noise music. It’s also a rather impenetrable genre, taking vast amounts of time to learn the ins and outs of a band’s oeuvre. Drone isn’t music for casual listeners, it requires dedication. When combined with swirling psychedelia and a deluge of Doom you get Asterismal, the latest album from experimental merchants, 11PARANOIAS.Continue reading
Tommy Stewart, lynchpin of Doom outfits Hallows Eve, Bludy Gyres and Dyrewulf, is not a man to allow moss to sprout betwixt his tootsies. After last year’s mammoth Bludy Gyres contribution to Rope Enough For Two (Black Doomba Records), their split with Dayglo Mourning, comes Negative Wall: a new project formed with long-time cohort Dennis Reid and guitarist Don Cole.Continue reading
Formed in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, doomsters Holy Grove follow-up their 2016 debut Holy Grove (Heavy Psych Sounds) with the rather imaginatively titled Holy Grove II (Ripple Music). Thankfully, the music contained on this weighty slab of metal is far more inventive than its moniker, as the band delivers five mighty tracks of absorbing progressive Cosmic Doom.Continue reading
Yob continues to close in on their new album, the highly anticipated Our Raw Heart, releasing June 8th via Relapse Records. As we await further information about the album such as a tracklisting and artwork, and of course new music, here is a cool video of frontman Mike Scheidt playing their classic track ‘Marrow’ acoustic in this clip made for Revolver. Continue reading
Not many bands can say they played every single day of a four-day festival. Well, Slow Down, Molasses can! The Canadian shoegazers took to the stage at various venues over the weekend. They mostly played songs from their brand new record 100% Sunshine, which you could buy on PINK vinyl (needless to say, we did). Continue reading
In Part II of our interview with Mike Scheidt of YOB, we talked about the popularity of the band and the wider acceptance of Doom Metal as whole the last few years. Although he refused to take credit for it, YOB’s killer albums have certainly been part of the equation. At the same time Mike remains grounded and remembers where he came from when the band played to empty clubs and heard crickets. Check out the piece below and make sure to catch the band on tour with Enslaved this spring.
“We are equal parts stoked, perplexed and surprised, so that is good. Part of it for us is longevity. We’ve been around and been around long enough to have seen it go from 50 people at a show to 500. The climate has changed and we have played big shows and things we certainly never set out to do. It has grown as we have grown. And we have also tried to focus and keep our heads down too, and focus on the music and why it is we love music, and love to play the music we love. I think metal in general has come more on the worldwide radar as art, as opposed to just deviant, meat-headed music as it did 20 years ago. Now it is being taken seriously much more so than before. We’ve worked hard to become a better, stronger band. I also think some of it has nothing to do with us. We’ve never tried to be an ambitions band, trying to get out there. We play Doom Metal. For a large part of our history, nobody really cared. Now that people do, we can’t really take credit for that. There are so many bands putting records out there.”
“When a bunch of critics and writers agree that they like our record, it’s totally an honor and humbling. It’s an interesting change. It’s taken a little running and getting used to. Those things come and go too. We acknowledge it. We are grateful for it. We keep working on, work on the music, the live performance. We just keep on keeping on.”
“We had no expectations to begin with. We are honored to share the stage with some of our heroes. The thing about a Doom metal show in the year 2000 was nobody was there by accident. Everybody knew what they were getting into. Those 50 people that we were there knew what they were getting into. Whether it’s a trend or not, time will tell how that will unfold. We’ve been doing it for so long now. I don’t see us deviating from that anytime soon.”
As a closing point, Mike made a profound comparison to the biggest bands of yesterday, and the line between critical praise and the commercialism of the mainstream today:
“Even 25 years ago, the metal bands that were big were fantastic. Really big. Iron Maiden. Judas Priest. Slayer. Motorhead. These bands are incredibly wealthy and they are all still good. And the fans haven’t abandoned them. Getting mainstream success today doesn’t mean the same thing today as it did for those bands. It’s a completely different world and completely different musical climate.”
WORDS BY KEITH CHACHKES