Band Photo: Neurosis (?)
From: Oakland, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Neurosis formed in late 1985 in Oakland, CA. The band was founded by ex-Violent Coercion members Scott Kelly (vocals, guitars) and Dave Edwardson (bass, backup vocals) along with Jason Roeder (drums) - Later joined by Steve Von Till (vocals, guitars) and Noah Landis (organs, piano, sampling) - accompanied by Josh Graham who does the visuals for their live performances, which were previously done by Adam G. Kendall.
At the time of their forming, they sought out a hardcore, raw sound - leaning on the punk side. Their first two releases were widely labeled as 'Hardcore Punk' - however, throughout the years, the band steadily progressed their sound into something that is nearly impossible to label, however, the most widely used term would be 'Sludge'. Neurosis had influenced a wide array of artists, the most notable ones including Isis, Mastodon, Gojira, Pelican and Cult of Luna. Many consider the band to be the pioneer of the 'sludge' sound. They were also one of the first bands to utilize custom-made visuals as an integral part of their emotional and energy driven live performances.
With the release of Souls at Zero, their third studio album (1992), the band started to slowly stray from the hardcore punk genre, going into more psychedelic and experimental waters while keeping the brutality and the hardcore sound that we have all learned to expect from Neurosis over the years. The album is a landmark for Neurosis, the band that pioneered the sludge sound into what it is today. It alienated most of their fanbase that enjoyed the punk sound that the band was previously exercising, but also introduced the band to a whole new crowd of people. The album was later re-released on their own record label; Neurot Recordings.
The band was signed to a number of different labels over the years, and at one point, they formed their own independent record label: Neurot Recordings which featured many critically acclaimed acts such as Isis, Red Sparrowes and Oxbow.
Neurosis members are featured in many side projects:
Red Sparrowes being the most popular one, consisted of members of Neurosis and Isis.
Tribes of Neurot is the bands alter ego, so to speak, it focuses on dark ambiental music.
Neurosis and Jarboe - A collaboration between Neurosis members and the former keyboardist/vocalist of the Swans; Jarboe.
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Commemorating their 20th anniversary as a band, Neurosis has posted the following message to their Neurot Recordings site:
"20 years ago the month of December, 1985 we sat in a room and began a conversation. After talking for a couple of weeks we had constructed a vision of where we wanted to go with our music and how far we were willing to go to achieve our goal. We wanted to create a sound that would be shot into space and eventually come down in a million pieces to be found later by others who would understand as we did. We always knew that there was something else at work when we played music together. At times even our friends could hear it. It was something unknown and beyond our comprehension, but we knew its presence. Soon it began to drive us toward our first thought, our commitment, our sacrifice. The trials that we have been through in this time are untold, and they will continue as we are a driven force that will never stop moving in all ways. We have had the absolute pleasure of experiencing life and death in the purest forms. It is that experience that continues our evolution as a family and it is that experience which will bring us closer everyday to our truth. The path that was seen 20 years ago, the vision that we share, our children, our families, our friends, is all that will ever be to us. Our commitment has never wavered, our conversation will continue, and the music is still to be written.
In the spirit of sound,
NEUROSIS Winter Solstice 2005
Steve Von Till"
Scott Kelly of Neurosis is playing the following Northwest dates. All shows are acoustic. Scott will play material from Blood and Time and his solo record, as well some new acoustic songs:
FRI 12/16 Sabala's, Portland, OR
(21+, 9pm doors, 12am set, $7 tickets)
SAT 12/17 Manium, Olympia, WA
(all ages, 8pm doors, 10pm set, $6 tickets)
SUN 12/18 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
(18+, 7pm doors, 9:30 set, $8 tickets)
This fall Neurosis began writing a new album. The band continues to write new material and expects to enter the studio in the summer of 2006 to record the effort. The album will likely hit stores in late-2006 via Neurot Recordings.
Scott Kelly (Neurosis) will perform at Spacegallerysf in San Francisco on 11/17 w/ Mike Moraskey and Oxbow acoustic duo as well as two shows at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on 11/18. Both the Knitting Factory shows are with also Oxbow (acoustic duo).
All shows are acoustic. Scott will play material from Blood and Time and his solo record, as well some new acoustic songs. Noah Landis (Neurosis, Blood & Time) will join Scott in SF. Josh Graham (Red Sparowes, Neurosis visuals) will join Scott at the Knitting Factory.
Scott plans to do some Northwest gis in Dec. or early Jan. More to be announced.
On November 1, 2005, Neurot Recordings will release the latest Tribes of Neurot full-length, called Meridian, as well as a new album of guitar psychedelia from Harvestman (feat. Steve Von Till). But you can get these releases now at neurotrecordings.com.
Harvestman, Lashing The Rye CD
"Traditional folk songs distilled and distorted into abstract guitar psychedelia - features Steve Von Till from Neurosis."
Tribes of Neurot, Meridian CD
"The latest album of beyond-damaged psych-drone by Tribes of Neurot (the experimental Neurosis project) is a return to the group’s ambient/noise origins that escapes the boundaries of genre."
Scott Kelly - a founding member of psychedelic hardcore band Neurosis - and Christopher Moeschl together have founded and launched Combatmusicradio.com, a new website born of a passion for heavy music and blood sports.
The first offering from Combatmusicradio.com (KMBT) is a weekly pre-recorded radio show called “The Show,” hosted by Kelly, focusing on past and present underground metal, punk, and noise, and news and interviews pertaining to blood sports. “The Show,” in addition to streaming, is available as a weekly podcast. The site also features written columns about music and blood sports.
“The goal of combatmusicradio.com is to create a platform where we can bring these two worlds together,” said Kelly.
A Reviews column deals exclusively with music-related items such as record reviews and live reviews, while the Blood Sports section offers news and reviews of events and athletes. Eugene Robinson, a practicing fighter who has been involved in the fight game for a number of years and has previously written for “Grappling” magazine pens the Damage Ink monthly column, focusing on NHB, mixed martial arts, and street fighting. Superjoint Ritual vocalist Phil Anselmo, an encyclopedia of boxing knowledge, is covering the sport for the site.
“Our ultimate goal with KMBT radio is too be streaming audio 24/7,” said Kelly. “We will also be looking for people who would like to contribute their own work to our programming.”
The first batch of names has been announced for next year's Fury Fest, which happens from June 24-26 at Le Mans in France. Among those bands confirmed to appear are In Flames, Neurosis, Suicidal Tendencies, Mayhem and Behemoth.
Neurosis will play another special live event on Saturday, November 27th at North Six in Brooklyn, NY. For more information, go to the venue website. This will be a special 2 1/2 hour extended set, a portion of which will feature Jarboe. There will be no opening bands.
The Brooklyn show is sold out, so if you are without a ticket for that show, and you’re able to make the short trip to Philadelphia, you can catch then at The Theater of Living Arts. There are some tickets left for this show, which will also be an extended set featuring Jarboe.
The next show in the series is in London, and then Neurosis is back on the West Coast.
SAT 11/27 Brooklyn, NY North Six
SUN 11/28 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
SAT 12/18 London, England The Forum
FRI 1/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Neurosis have finalized a few upcoming shows. Here are the tour dates:
11/6 Los Angeles CA @ The Troubadour
11/27 Brooklyn NY @ North Six
11/28 Philadelphia PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
12/18 London England @ The Forum
4Q Radio have thrown up a brand new show. The station, which will be on tour following Out for Blood later this Summer, is working with Coventry's Devilgrind Promotions in the hunt for a European act to open up for Century Media's Stampin' Ground at the Jailhouse on July 27th.
The show that is available for listening at www.4qradio.com is as follows:
Black Label Society
Out for Blood
NEUROSIS have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Eye Of Every Storm", due on June 29 through Neurot Recordings in North America and Relapse Records in other parts of the world. "The Eye Of Every Storm" was mixed at Electrical Audio studio in Chicago with producer Steve Albini (NIRVANA, BUSH, SOIL).
"The Eye Of Every Storm" track listing: More...