Ides of Gemini
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The Doom In June Vol. 4 Music Festival is entering its fourth consecutive year. 22 live bands will be playing over a two day period on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th at The Cheyenne Saloon in North Las Vegas, NV.
Included in the roster will be Pennsylvania trio Pale Divine (pictured below), who recently remastered their entire "Cemetery Earth" album on Shadow Kingdom records. Also there will be Las Vegas' own Demon Lung and Harry Conklin's black metal band Satan's Host.
For the first time in the festival's four-year history bands have been booked to perform starting Friday night (June 6th). In keeping with festival tradition, Saturday (June 7th) will feature music all day and well into the night. Doom in June expanded the format to accommodate 22 bands this year.
"I'm proud to be doing Doom in June for the 4th time" explains festival founder Marco Barbieri, "We've expanded to a two-day format in order to add more bands. There is a greater diversity of talent and we've listened to the fans and made it darker and heavier this year."
Confirmed artists include the following 22 bands. Originally 23 artists, The Freeks cancelled their scheduled appearance:
Ides of Gemini
Secrets of the Sky
Spun in Darkness
Trapped Within Burning Machinery
Whores of Tijuana
Following a tour alongside cult sorcerers Ghost B.C., Los Angeles’ ethereal doom dealers Ides of Gemini today unveil a brand new video for the track "Starless Midnight" via Cvlt Nation. The ghostly tune comes by way of the trance-inducing trio’s "Constantinople" full-length, released through Neurot Recordings last Spring.
Check it out here or in the player below. Elaborates guitarist J. Bennett:
“We shot this video in the middle of nowhere during an off day on the Ghost B.C. tour. It was directed by our friend Daciana Birladeanu, a Romanian sorceress who also happens to be my cousin. The process basically consisted of me complaining for eight hours while the girls did all the work. But at least I got to wear my Shriner belt buckle. Enjoy!" More...
The Los Angeles trance-inducing doom weavers in Ides of Gemini are pleased to announce additional live rituals this Spring, further spreading their ethereal hymns to unsuspecting souls throughout North America.
The supplementary dates come in the midst of the band's slot on the Haze Over North America tour opening for Ghost B.C., and will include Demon Lung, Boris, and Deafhaven on select shows. See the updated itinerary below.
In related news, Ides of Gemini will release a new 7” entitled "Hexagram 45." Fittingly set to drop on Record Store Day April 20th via Magic Bullet Records, Hexagram 45 features two new tracks: "Spectral Queen" and "Darkness At Noon." More...
West Coast ethereal doom trio Ides of Gemini pleased and honored to announce a full tour this Spring supporting Ghost.
Dubbed the "Haze Across North America" 2013 tour, the three-week run will commence on April 18th in Denver, Colorado, with additional Ides of Gemini headlining dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
The jaunt follows the band’s month-long trek through Europe last Fall and an opening slot with sound revolutionaries Neurosis in January. Ides of Gemini will be touring in support of "Constantinople," released stateside via Neurot Recordings last Spring. More...
West Coast act Ides of Gemini recently returned from a near month-long run of European dates in support of the "Constantinople" full-length released via Neurot Recordings earlier this year. Relays guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett of the journey:
"After a month of playing the various clubs, halls, pubs, squats and glorified toilets of Europe, we’re back. I think it’s safe to say that Ides of Gemini will never be the same. And neither will Europe, for that matter. We did something to the place, and it did something to us. There was an exchange of energy and fluids. Not with all of Europe, obviously. Just the countries we visited: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, England and the Czech Republic.
"Am I forgetting someplace? I hope not. I mean, how could I? The audiences were fantastic. The bands we played with were ace. The food and drink were spectacular. Even the border police were sort of cordial while they rifled through our personal belongings. We’d like to thank everyone who came to see us play and everyone who made the tour possible, especially those who put their faith in Ides of Gemini to deliver a night of music that was hopefully worth paying to see. We can’t wait to do it again.”
In related news, check out an interview with Bennett courtesy of Scion AV in the player below. "Constantinople" was released stateside via Neurot Recordings late this past Spring. More...
Following the release of the epic "Constantinople" full-length, West Coast ethereal doom-doers Ides of Gemini have announced a near month-long run of European dates this September, some of which are still being confirmed and will be announced soon.
Comments the band: “Ladies and gentlemen of Europe, we cannot wait to see you.” The currently announced dates are as follows:
9/08/2012 South Of Mainstream Festival – Stolzenhain, GER
9/10/2012 Hafenklang – Hamburg, GER
9/11/2012 MS True TBC – Bremen, GER
9/12/2012 Peter-Weiss-Haus – Rostock, GER
9/13/2012 Glocksee – Hannover, GER
9/14/2012 AJZ – Bielefeld, GER
9/15/2012 Incubate Festival – Tilburg, NL
9/16/2012 Glaz’Art tbc – Paris, FRA
9/17/2012 Truck Store – Oxford, UK
9/18/2012 TBA – UK
9/19/2012 The Black Heart – London, UK
9/20/2012 The Star & Garter – Manchester, UK
9/21/2012 The Croft – Bristol, UK (w/ Undersmile)
9/22/2012 TBA – Caen, FRA
9/23/2012 La Zona – Liege, BEL
9/24/2012 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BEL
9/25/2012 Sonic Ballroom – Cologne, GER
9/26/2012 Les Passagers Du Zinc – Besancon, FRA
9/27/2012 Dachstock – Bern, SUI
9/28/2012 Abtenau, Alm – Salzburg, AUT
9/29/2012 Stadtwerkstatt – Linz, AUT
9/30/2012 K4 – Nürnberg, GER
10/02/2012 007 – Prague, CZ
10/03/2012 Klub 4 – Hradec Kralove, CZ
10/04/2012 Beatpol – Dresden, GER
10/05/2012 Connewitz – Leipzig, GER w/ Stinking Lizaveta, Darsombra
10/06/2012 Cassiopeia – Berlin, GER w/ Stinking Lizaveta, Darsombra
Following the release of their "Constantinople" full-length, West Coast ethereal doom sorcerers Ides of Gemini will perform live on KXLU 88.9 FM in Los Angeles Monday, July 16 at 5:00pm PST/ 8:00pm EST. Tune in online at this location.
Additionally, the band will be performing a slew of live dates including two opening slots on Old Man Gloom’s West Coast tour as well as a full European Fall trek to be announced soon.
In related news, Ides of Gemini recently recorded a new hymn entitled "Darkness At Noon" for the soundtrack to "The Wolf," a wordless graphic novel by Tom Neely, the mastermind behind the Henry & Glenn Forever comics. For more info visit this location.
7/19/2012 El Cid – Los Angeles, CA
8/30/2012 Bombay Bar & Grill – Ventura, CA
9/03/2012 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA w/ Old Man Gloom
9/04/2012 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Old Man Gloom
Today and throughout the week AOL Spinner will be hosting an exclusive Ides of Gemini listening party where fans can check out the band’s forthcoming full-length, "Constantinople," in its entirety. Check out the album at this location.
The latest studio offering from the West Coast cerebral doom mystics is set for North American release via Neurot Recordings on May 29tb, 2012. The nine-track "Constantinople" was produced by Ides of Gemini and engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles.
Ides of Gemini also has the following upcoming live shows:
5/29/2012 Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *record release show w/ VUM, The Nocturnes
6/02/2012 Scion Rock Fest @ The Czar Bar – Tampa, FL
Today heavy riff portal The Obelisk offers up a stream of "Slain In Spirit" from mystical doom conjurers Ides of Gemini. The song comes off of the West Coast trio’s forthcoming new studio offering, "Constantinople," set for North American release via Neurot Recordings on May 29th, 2012.
Notes guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett of the track: “‘Slain In Spirit’ might be the only Ides of Gemini song -- so far -- that actually addresses lyrically what we try to accomplish sonically: The trance state. The state of being neither here nor there. If that's not pretentious enough for you, try this: Idris Parry, the late, great scholar of German literature, once pointed out that just as there are gaps between the fingers, there are gaps between the senses. ‘In these gaps,’ he said, ‘is the darkness which hides the connection between all things.’ As much as ‘Slain In Spirit’ is a song easily and obviously discernible by the human ear, it very much aspires to create something that at least hints at that intangible darkness.”
Today Pitchfork.com hosts the exclusive premiere of “Starless Midnight” from celestial doom doers Ides of Gemini. The tune comes off of the eclectic West Coast trio’s forthcoming new full-length, "Constantinople." Called “darkly beautiful” by Pitchfork, the nine-track offering was produced by Ides of Gemini and engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles.
Notes guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett of the first single: “‘Starless Midnight’ was the last song written for Constantinople, but it might be our current favorite. I wrote the music while flat on my back on a sofa bed because I couldn't walk at the time -- long story. I nicked the title from a line in Martin Luther King's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, which he delivered in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 1964. The lyrics have nothing to do with Dr. King, though. They were written by [vocalist/bassist] Sera, who I'm sure would prefer to leave the meaning open to interpretation. But I think I can safely say that it's a song about being in the dark."
West Coast ethereal doom trio Ides of Gemini was recently added to the Los Angeles stop of the Decibel Magazine Tour. The tour, which boasts the monolithic lineup of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude, will make its way to the House of Blues on April 25th and Ides of Gemini is grateful for the opportunity to open the eclectic rituals that evening.
Comments guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett: "Ides of Gemini ibeyond thrilled to be joining Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude on the Los Angeles date of Decibel's mega-tour extravaganza. For anyone who wants to get there before all the blood and Satanism starts - I know, I know: why would you wanna do that? - we promise to make it worth your while. And by that I mean that we will be handing out free drugs before we play. Okay, that's a lie. I'm not gonna share my drugs with you. We barely know each other. See you on the 25th, though?"
To purchase tickets to the Los Angeles date, head to this location. Additionally, Ides of Gemini will be performing on April 15th, 2012 at the Blue Cafe Underground Long Beach, California alongside Alcest, Lake of Blood, and Destroy Judas . More info on the event is available here.
Ides of Gemini's new album "Constantinople" is set for North American release on May 29th, 2012 (May 28th in UK/EU), and was produced by the band, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles, and features cover art by Timms and Bennett. The band's publicist issued the following press release:
"Ides of Gemini is a collusion of musical forces precipitated by the haunting and inimitable vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of Los Angeles dark-psych alchemists Black Math Horseman. The compositions are the long-simmering mental fallout of veteran music and film journalist J. Bennett (guitar/backing vocals), who has spent most of the last 14 years writing for such publications as Decibel, Terrorizer, Revolver, Alternative Press and Thrasher. The third and final corner of the triangle is Kelly Johnston, whose martial drumming techniques and soaring backing vocals literally brought Ides of Gemini to life as a performing entity.
"Last year, Timms and Bennett recorded and self-released Ides of Gemini's four-song EP, The Disruption Writ, which was anointed 'My Favorite Demo of 2010' by the highly influential music blog Invisible Oranges. Lyrically, the songs detailed the terrifying permanence of dismemberment in all its unsettling forms: psychological, emotional and physical. Musically, though? Someone on the Internet called it 'dream doom.' Nobody likes to be pigeonholed, but Ides of Gemini will gladly take up temporary residence in that particular nook for the sake of shorthand. Which is to say that 'dream doom' will do the trick for now. And now is nothing if not fleeting. Mostly because Ides of Gemini are about to unveil their full-length debut, Constantinople, via Neurot Recordings." More...
Neurot Records has announced the signing of Ides of Gemini. Consisting of singer/bassist Sera Timms of Black Math Horseman and established film and music journalist, J. Bennett (guitar/backing vocals) of Terrorizer and Revolver Magazine, the Los Angeles-based group is tough to categorize, but a member of the press described it as "dream doom."
Ides of Gemini recorded and self-released a four-song EP, "The Disruption Writ" in 2010. The group plans to release its full-length debut via Neurot in 2012.
“It’s all about that moment—that moment when a piece of music comes seemingly from nowhere and is exactly what you were looking for, but you didn’t know it,” says Neurot boss and Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till. “I remember the moment when Ides of Gemini warped my brain. I received an email from Scott Kelly in May. The subject heading was simply, ‘J. Bennett’s band is killer!’ and had a link. I had known J. for a while as a stalwart supporter of all that is good and heavy out there, but I had no idea he made music. I clicked the link and was completely hypnotized for the duration of the demo. As soon as it ended and I realized I had been completely captivated, I replied to Scott’s email: ‘Totally fucking killer.’ Then I immediately emailed J. and told him how awesome I thought it was. A few conversations later, and we were working together. It was beautiful and meant to be. Ides of Gemini is amazing!”
“We’re not religious people, but getting the nod from Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly is like getting onstage only to find Moses and John The Baptist in the front row, wearing your band’s t-shirts,” Bennett enthuses. “And we don’t even have shirts yet, which makes it all the more incredible. The point, though, is this: The impact Neurosis has had on our psyches over the years is immeasurable. ‘Honored’ doesn’t quite cover it. But before anyone gets too excited, I should also probably mention that we sound nothing like Neurosis.”
Ides of Gemini plays its first show in Northern California at the Oakland Metropolitan Opera House on October 15th. The performance will be part of the Blood, Sweat + Vinyl Music and Film Festival.