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Chicago's YAKUZA have begun demoing new material in the band's hometown at Semifour Studios for the band's forthcoming new album, tentatively titled 'Transmutations' and scheduled for a late 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), who made a guest appearance on the band's last release, 'Samsara,' will be handling production duties when the band begins recording Feb. 28.
"This time it's all about variety, each song has its own personality with the album covering a much broader spectrum," frontman Bruce Lamont said. "The extremes are really drastic: super schizoid-brutal to almost reflective and minimal. Just like with 'Samsara,' we're looking at this album as a whole. I don't want to say the album will be an 'experience' per-se because that sounds too hippie-ish, but it's gonna be one of those things that you have to listen to start to finish."
YAKUZA has been also been added to the Chicago date of the upcoming tour featuring Genghis Tron and labelmates KYLESA at the Beat Kitchen and the band will be previewing new material at the show.
YAKUZA on tour:
4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with Genghis Tron, Kylesa)
YAKUZA has extended touring plans into December with a string of dates playing alongside the like-minded Intronaut. Already teaming up with Intronaut for a string of dates with Misery Index and labelmates Burn In Silence, YAKUZA will soldier on for another handful of dates, also meeting up with Stretch Arm Strong and Vivisect along the way.
In other news, YAKUZA frontman Bruce Lamont recently took part in the making of a mix CD for charity. Helping out Chicago's Rock For Kids, proceeds went to the organization. "The organization asks club owners, musicians, writers, artists, etc. to put togther a mix CD and case and they are auctioned off," Lamont recently told ChuckRoaster.com. "This is the 3rd year I have done it. The disc ended up going for $50. Thats pretty cool." Lamont included YAKUZA's "Monkeytail" from the band's critically-lauded ‘Samsara’ record.
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Intronaut has solidified their upcoming touring plans, including stints with Misery Index and Yakuza. Here's the schedule:
10/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
10/24 Reno, NV @ The Fourteenth Ward
10/26 Denver, CO @ Lions Lair
10/29 Milwaukee, WI @ Points East Pub
10/30 Detroit, MI @ The Belmont
10/31 Jamestown, NY@ Reg Lenna Studio Theater More...
YAKUZA have secured several more live appearances before the end of the year, including an October appearance supporting fellow Chicagoans Pelican in Cleveland Heights, OH and a string of dates in November and December alongside Misery Index, Intronaut and labelmates BURN IN SILENCE. More dates will be announced as they are confirmed.
YAKUZA continues to support the critically-lauded ‘Samsara,’ the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, but will be road testing some new material the band has already written for a forthcoming record tentatively scheduled to be recorded early next year. YAKUZA has already shared tour dates earlier this year with Dysrhythmia, Behold...The Arctopus, 3, Angel Eyes, The Number 12 Looks Like You, and The JonBenet, as well as appearance at the Eighth Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
YAKUZA on tour
10/16 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop (with Pelican, Sun God)
(with Misery Index, Intronaut, Burn In Silence)
11/22 Toledo, OH – Club Bijou
11/23 Columbus, OH – High Five
11/24 Akron, OH - Daily Double
11/26 Nashville, TN – The Muse
11/27 Marietta, GA – Swayze’s
11/28 Charleston, SC – Village Tavern
11/29 Wilmington, NC – Lucky’s
New Jersey's The Number Twelve Looks Like You announced this week the full schedule for their "The Outta The Mist" headlining tour. The package includes dates with Heavy Heavy Low Low, The Jonbenet, Yakuza and Eyeball label-mates Signal To Noise running from late June in Buffalo through the end of July in Nashville. In August, there is rumor of a co-heading run Fear Before The March of Flames before heading back into the studio in the fall to begin working on their sophomore full-length for Eyeball Records due out in Spring 2007. More...
YAKUZA have added more dates to the band’s touring schedule to support its new album, SAMSARA. This time, the band will hit the road with The Number 12 Looks Like You, HeavyHeavyLowLow, and The Jonbenet. Fresh off its recent appearance at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, YAKUZA is just a week out from again hitting road for the “Decibel Presents Dysrhythmia, and Behold…The Arctopus” tour, continuing the band’s virtually non-stop touring campaign in support of the new record.
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More tour dates have been announced for the Dysrhythmia, Yakuza, and Behold...The Arctopus US kicking off in late May and running through June. Here are the tou dates:
5/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
5/25 Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
5/26 New York City, NY @ Knitting Factory
5/27 Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
5/28 New Haven, CT @ Bar
5/29 Fredericksburg, VA @ The Bourbon Room
5/30 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
5/31 Charleston, SC @ Cumberland's
6/1 Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
6/2 Athens, GA @ Tasty World
6/3 Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
6/4 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's
6/5 Fayetteville, AR @ TBA
6/6 San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
6/7 Austin, TX @ TBA
6/8 Dallas, TX @ Darkside Lounge
6/9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
6/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogs
6/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory Alterknit Lounge
6/12 San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
6/13 Portland, OR @ Rock and Roll Pizza
6/14 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/15 Boise, ID @ TBA
6/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
6/17 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
6/18 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
6/19 Omaha, NE @ TBA
6/20 Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
6/21 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
6/22 Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's
6/23 Chicago, IL @ TBA
Chicago's Yakuza has posted a live video on the band's MySpace page for "Back To The Mountain." The 9-minute epic, album-closing track is taken from the recently released 'Samsara,' a record that has been receiving praise from metal and mainstream press alike. Justin Baron (Pelican, High on Fire) of Redworks Films shot the video live in late 2005 at the Double Door in Chicago. Baron is also previously responsible for the video to "Chicago Typewriter" off Yakuza's 2002's album 'Way of the Dead.'
Currently on tour with 3 across the US, Yakuza will team up with both Deadbird and Ringworm for runs through the country in April. More dates are being booked for summer touring plans, and will be announced upon confirmation.
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Dysrhythmia and Behold...The Arctopus will be touring, dates are as follows:
May 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
May 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (tap bar)
May 27 - Allston, MA @ O'Brien's
May 28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar Nightclub
May 29 - Fredericksburg, VA @ The Bourbon Room
May 30 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
May 31 - Charleston, SC @ Cumberlands w/ Kylesa
June 1 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
June 2 - Athens, GA @ Tasty World
June 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogz
June 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
June 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
June 14 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
June 24 - Dayton, OH @ Elbo's w/ Mouth of the Architect
June 25 - Columbus, OH @ High Five
June 27 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
After a successful show in Japan, 3 are back in the states to tour with YAKUZA. Singer of 3, Joey states, “We’re very excited to reconnect with all our friends in the Midwest and beyond. The band is all psyched up from our Japanese debut, (where we acquired some really cool samurai swords and trained to become ninjas) so basically, anything could happen at these shows.”
Joey reflects on the recent trip to Japan, “This was one of the greatest experiences of our lives. The Japanese are true music lovers and fully embraced what we do. We can’t wait to go back!”
How’s the overall response to their latest album, Wake Pig? Joey says, “Spirits are high for us right now. Reaction to Wake Pig has been overwhelmingly positive the world over. There’s nothing more inspiring than to see your art bridge oceans and connect distant cultures. What we want to do now is showcase our live performance which is something that cannot truly encapsulated on CD. To complete the picture, you’ve got to see us live…”
Savannah sludge rockers KYLESA will be back on the road on the East Coast this spring to continue supporting 2005's critically-acclaimed "To Walk A Middle Course." Landing on a handful of year-end lists, the band will take that buzz on the road alongside a variety of other acts including Municipal Waste, Baroness, Victims, and labelmates Yakuza. More dates will be announced as they are confirmed.
Last month, Kylesa settled on a replacement for the band's vacant drummer position: 2 of them. "Since the dawn of Kylesa, it was our intention to have two drummers but at the time it didn't pan out," the band says. "Finally, after 5 years it has become a reality and two new members have been added to play drums: Jeff Porter from Detroit and Carl McGinley of Savannah (who also drums for the Unpersons). We feel that this is our strongest line up as of yet and new and old songs are coming along great." Kylesa is currently writing material for the follow-up to the band's Prosthetic debut, "To Walk A Middle Course."
Here are the confirmed Kylesa tour dates so far:
4/13 Jacksonville, FL - TBA
4/14 Savannah, GA - The Jinx (with Municipal Waste and Baroness)
4/15 Daytona, FL - TBA
4/21 Tampa, FL – Skate Park of Tampa
4/22 Lake Worth, FL – Klein Dance Studio
4/27 Greensboro, NC – The Flying Anvil
4/28 Philadelphia, PA – TBA (with Victims)
4/29 Brooklyn, NY – Pete’s Sweet Warehouse (with Victims)
4/30 Boston, MA – TBA (with Victims)
5/01 Providence, RI – TBA
5/02 Lemoyne, PA – Champion Ship Records
5/03 Fredericksburg, VA – The Bourbon Room (with The Catalyst, Pygmy Lush, The Jefferson Plane Crash)
5/23 Charlotte, NC – The Milestone (with Baroness)
5/24 Harrisonburg, VA – TBA (with Baroness)
5/25 Youngstown, OH – Nyabinghi (Emissions From the Monolith Fest)
5/28 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St. (with Baroness)
5/30 Washington, DC - Warehouse Next Door (with Baroness, Flowers in the Attic)
5/31 Charleston, SC – Cumberland’s (with Yakuza, Dysrythmia)
Chicago's progressively innovative Yakuza, is gearing up for the record release show for the band's Prosthetic debut, 'Samsara.' Hitting streets March 21, the band will play Chicago's Beat Kitchen alongside 3 and Angel Eyes on Saturday, March 25 to celebrate. Producer/engineer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis) holed up in the studio with the band to record 'Samsara' in the windy city, and the band is entirely proud of the final product and Bayles' contributions to the record.
"Matt Bayles is amazing," Lamont says. "We were very fortunate to work with him. His work with Botch, Isis, Mastodon, Burnt By The Sun has made him the best at capturing heavy music. I still can't believe that he came to Chicago for two weeks to work with us!"
"The recording process [for 'Samsara'] was simply amazing," Lamont continues. "We locked ourselves in a couple of different studios for a few weeks; 12-12 every day. We have never had this much time and of course it still wasn't enough. This record is the next logical place for Yakuza. I feel that it flows like it was intended to, and Bayles played a big part in that. We were looking for some sonic continuity since we were gonna be moving around more stylistically. He pulled it off beautifully."
'Samsara' is the follow-up to 2002's richly-applauded 'Way of the Dead,' and features guest spots from accredited musicians Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker, and Mastodon's Troy Sanders among the album's ten tracks.
Yakuza is set to hit the road with with 3 and then later with Losa. The tour dates are as follows: More...
Prog-minded, jazz-inspired Chicago act Yakuza is gearing up for the March 21 release of Samsara, the band's Prosthetic Records debut, with a run of dates alongside Metal Blade's equally prog-minded 3. The dates are set to kick off in the Midwest and run through the south and southwest. Having previously played alongside varied acts including Opeth, Mastodon, Ken Vandermark, and Sonic Youth, the new confirmed dates are listed below with more to come.
"Happy to get out on the road again, it's been a while," comments singer/saxophonist, Bruce Lamont. "Can't wait to play the songs off of Samsara. We also have a few new tunes we've been working on that we might test out. It's very cool going out with 3...Been digging their tunes, and I am really looking forward to sharing the stage with them."
Samsara is the follow-up to 2002's highly-regarded Way of the Dead, recorded with producer/engineer Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Isis) at Volume Studios in the band's hometown Chicago. "Bayles is killer," Lamont says of the producer. "His mentality going in is that this is his name too, so he puts in every effort necessary. He's a total workhorse, the first guy in the studio, the last one to leave. He's not afraid to tell you what he's thinking, but it's always for the good of the recording. We will work together with him again."
Samsara features guest spots from musicians Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker, and Mastodon's Troy Sanders among the album's ten tracks. As previously reported, the album's cover art, handled by drummer James Staffel, is available on the band's MySpace page along with the album's lead track, "Cancer of Industry."
YAKUZA tour dates:
3/25 Chicago, Il - Beat Kitchen (Yakuza Record release show with 3 and Angel Eyes)
4/01 St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
4/03 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
4/05 Baton Rouge, LA - The Darkroom
4/06 San Antonio, TX - The Sanctuary
Chicago's Yakuza has lined up a record release show in anticipation of the release of the band's Prosthetic Records debut, Samsara. The album, already named as one of Decibel magazine's most anticipated albums of 2006, will see a stateside release on Mar. 21.
In the meantime, those interested in hearing Yakuza's melding of psychedelia, metal, jazz and prog-rock can hear Samsara's lead track, "Cancer of Industry," on the Prosthetic Records website or on the band's MySpace page. Cover art has recently been revealed and can be viewed at those locations as well.
The band will also be holding a listening party for Samsara closer to the album's release date, while the band will play a live set Feb. 18 at the Cactus Club in Milwaukee, Wis. A record release show is scheduled for Mar. 25 at the Beat Kitchen in the band's hometown of Chicago with support acts to be announced soon.
Yakuza has unveiled the artwork for the forthcoming Prosthetic Records debut Samsara. The artwork concept, photography, and design for the album was handled by Yakuza's James Staffel, who handles percussion and keyboards in the band. The artwork can be viewed here.
Samsara, slated for a March 21 release through Prosthetic, is the follow-up to 2002's Way Of The Dead, which received critical praise from Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, The Wire, The Chicago Tribune, and countless other metal and mainstream press outlets. The new record features guest appearances by pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg, musician/producer Sanford Parker, and Mastodon's Troy Sanders, with veteran mixman Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Isis, Botch) having handled production duties.
Dates for a pre-release listening party and a CD release show will be announced shortly.
Chicago's Yakuza will release the band's long-awaited new album, "Samsara" on March 21, 2006 through Prosthetic Records. After releasing Way of The Dead in 2002 to critical praise, the band played alongside a list of diverse bands such Opeth, Lacuna Coil, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sonic Youth, and Melt Banana. Now, having recorded 10 new tracks with producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Botch, Pearl Jam) in 2005 with guests including pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker, and Mastodon's Troy Sanders, Samsara will be the follow-up to hoards of positive press from the last record.
In the meantime, Yakuza has debuted Samsara's lead track, "Cancer of Industry" on the band's MySpace page, and has released the entire tracklist for the record:
1. Cancer of Industry
4. Transmission Ends...Signal Lost
6. 20 Bucks
8. Just Say Know
9. Glory Hole
10. Back to the Mountain
Prosthetic Records has announced the signing of Chicago-based YAKUZA to the roster’s ranks. The experimental jazz/metal quartet will be releasing their Prosthetic debut SAMSARA in March 2006.
SAMSARA was financed by the band itself, then shopped around to various labels in search of a partnership with a company that fully understood YAKUZA’s foresight. “Our love for music is the primary motivator behind the band while our desire to kind of push the envelope a bit is right behind it,” comments singer/sax player Bruce Lamont. “We’re really happy that Prosthetic shares this same vision and is 100% supportive of it.”
SAMSARA was recorded by Matt Bayles (Isis, Botch) at Volume Studios in Chicago and hosts a wide variety of musical guests including pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). SAMSARA is full of peaks and valleys, overly aggressive in some spots, mind-trippingly mellow in others. The contrasting soundscapes come together impeccably, creating one of the most all-inclusive albums since Pink Floyd’s classic The Wall.
“We are not trying to be anything except creatively honest with ourselves,” comments singer/sax player Bruce Lamont. “We are not trying to be a jazz metal hybrid band or whatever the fuck we got dubbed in the past. We really just do what comes naturally.”
Yakuza have announced details regarding their upcoming album, "Samsara." Recorded by Matt Bayles at Volume Studios in Chicago, the effort features guest appearances by pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker (ex-Buried At Sea), and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Here's the tentative track listing:
01. Cancer of Industry
04. ::::lost signal:::::
06. 20 Bucks
08. Just Say Know
10. Back to the Mountain
The release date for the record hasn't yet been announced.