We Are Hell Yeah

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Here’s the first episode of something we have called PingPongRocks. The idea behind you asked ? pretty simple, we will ask bands, promoters, friends, etc to answer a couple of questions and make a playlist with their favs jams for us.

For our first episode we roll egomaniac-style: Chris Sutton (Hornet LegSpider and the Webs, Gossip and many more) have shooted eight questions to Jorge (Booker / Tour Manager / Improviser at Hell Yeah)

Thanks a lot to Chris for his questions, you can stream Jorges playlist at the end of this interview.

Chris: When/Why did you start bringing bands to Europe with Hell Yeah?

Jorge : I’d say around 2009 probably, I was doing record reviews for a fanzine with a couple of friends, it was a really small DIY thing but then we decided to try to go “big” and interview our favorite bands and surprisingly a lot of those bands were kind enough to get in touch and talk with us. In talking with them, the question always was the same at some point: “Why aren’t you touring Europe?” and most of the time, the answer was also the same: “because apparently nobody cares about us there.” So that’s when the idea of trying to help in any way began to grow on me, it was kind of a selfish thing also, if I’d want to see my favorite band in my city the only way to make that possible was trying to help them get enough shows over Europe, that’s how Hell Yeah started….well actually, it started the day I saw this guy wearing a t-shirt that just said “Hell Yeah, let’s do this,” but that’s another story.

Chris: Is there is a person/show/band/or moment that inspired your passion for independent music ?

Jorge: More than a specific band/person/show, it was being part of an independent scene (I feel really weird about that tag though) that made me feel inspired and really appreciate what it means. I was born in Líma, Perú, and back in the day there even if you were in a heavy metal band, you just had to be independent, nobody would care if you just didn’t do shit by yourself. So at some point there was a really interesting group of people in Líma playing in bands, writing about records that they love (and probably 3 other people cared about), doing fanzines, recording songs on their tape recorders (not even 4-tracks), opening illegal record stores (because there were not even distros interested in selling records in some parts of South America), etc. Being part of that taught me a lot and I had the opportunity to meet awesome people and made the best friends, it made me realize how beautiful and powerful the music is, and it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are, you just have to follow your heart and guts and do whatever makes you feel good, just for the sake of it….i mean who the hell cares about what i have to say…right ? but here we are, just having fun.

Long story short, i guess is all about The Replacements for me, that band….don’t even make me start, every time I’m on tour and one of their songs comes on i’m like an 8 year old again secretly listening to my old cousins punk records.

Chris:What are some new bands that you have been listening too?

Jorge: I’m a huge Clean fan so i have been stalking Hamish Kilgour on the internets for a while waiting for his new project so i’m pretty excited about Roya, his new band, im totally digging David Kilgours new record too…¿what else?….Landlines, Rangers, Spray Paint, Honey Bucket, Piad Guyvessant and tons of stuff from Mali and Turkey (they are not new though) like Terakaft and Haivanlar Alemi. Serpentina Satélite from Perú is also an all time favorite, i don’t know a lot…i’m kinda obssesed with Craig Leon’s Nommos reissue too…etc, etc.

Chris: What are some of the differences that you have seen between the European and American DIY scenes?

Jorge: I wish I had the chance to go on tour in the U.S. to really have a solid opinion on the American DIY scene, from what I have heard from bands and friends, it’s really hard. I guess the main difference is the way they visualize a touring band here in Europe, I like the idea of thinking about a touring band like a group of people (human beings / persons) that need to sleep well, eat, have a cup of tea or coffee, get paid and feel welcome, for me it’s like having a road trip with my family / friends when i’m going on tour and I feel SO lucky to work with promoters that share the same idea.

Chris: Who is the first band that you ever tour managed or booked?

Jorge: So Cow from Ireland was the first band that I booked and toured with. It was really funny how that happened: I was listening to the radio one day and they were playing a radio show, it was love at first sight so I contacted the DJ (if you are reading this thanks A LOT Liz) she put me in touch with them and a couple of months after that I was touring with them around Spain and Italy.

Chris: Do you play music in any bands?

Jorge: 
I have played in bands in Perú (where i’m originally from) and now in Spain it’s really hard but I’m starting to record some stuff in my room, just an old 4 track and my guitar.

Chris: What is the best city that you have visited in your travels?

Jorge: 
That’s a tough one. For me it’s not only the food, the buildings, the museums or the parks, it’s more about people and how people interact with their cities, there are beautiful cities all over Europe but the combination of amazing people and beautiful cities is hard to find. I’d say Aarhus in Denmark (my new favorite one), San Sebastian and Oviedo in Spain, Warsaw in Poland and Montpellier in France, everytime I go to any of those cities I feel really excited, it’s almost like visiting family and friends. 

Chris: What is your favorite food to eat?

Jorge:
 
i’m really flexible with food but any home made meals are always really appreciated. I also get obssesed with the most stupid-unhealthy-cheap food sometimes when on tour just to have fun. Last time with The Woolen Men i was asking the universe to send all kind of fried chicken my way, i pointed all the KFCs on the road, i was asking the guys in the van about their favorite fried chicken spots all the time but  i didn’t actually bought any myself. Then when we were in Zurich, Switzerland it finally happened, i probably got the most ridiculously expensive fried chicken in the world and somebody else paid for it so that was good….i guess.

Jorges playlist for this episode is called “Directamente al entrecejo”….¿enjoy? :

Spray Paint (Monofonus Press / SS Records / USA) gira por España !!!

SPRAY PAINT son un grupo de NO-WAVE PUNK de Austin - Texas formado por Chris Stephenson (baterí­a / voz), Cory Plump (guitarra / voz) y George Dishner (guitarra / voz). Todos los componentes de la banda les pueden sonar de proyectos anteriores como When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Expensive Shit y Dikes of Holland. Las guitarras de Spray Paint corren precipitadamente a través de túneles laberí­nticos de reverb perseguidas por ritmos primitivos de esos que te sacuden bien la cabeza.

Hablamos de una banda con tres vocalistas, factor que influye definitivamente en un directo demoledor y con ambiente de fervor constante.

Noisey acaba de estrenar un nuevo tema que formará parte de su próximo LP editado por Monofonus Press.

http://spraypaint.bandcamp.com/
http://sprayingpaint.biz/

Las fechas disponibles son :
26/10 disponible País Vasco / Norte
27/10 disponible Madrid / Zaragoza
28/10 disponible Valencia / Barcelona

TBC poster art for the upcoming Hornet Leg European Tour // Ya tenémos previo del poster para la gira Européa de Hornet Leg. VAMOS !

TBC poster art for the upcoming Hornet Leg European Tour // Ya tenémos previo del poster para la gira Européa de Hornet Leg. VAMOS !

SCHWERVON EUROPEAN TOUR NOVEMBER 2014 !!!

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Great news on the Hell Yeah friends side, we are really happy to announce that SCHWERVON (featuring Matthew Roth from Major Matt Mason USA) will be touring Europe during November so spread the word !!!

More about SCHWERVON here:

SCHWERVON! is a two piece American rock band. Nan plays drums. Matt plays guitar. They both sing. Their music is an expression of imperfect love through jagged rock minimalism. Their latest album, entitled Courage, was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement, Breeders). Schwervon! have toured the world performing with Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Kimya Dawson, The Thermals, Jeffrey Lewis, Speedy Ortiz, R. Ring, Wussy, and other luminaries.

WEBSITE: http://www.schwervon.com
VIDEOS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu00ArGtQX0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVcbc9QjTJ0
BANDCAMP: http://schwervon.bandcamp.com
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/schwervon

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f you need more information about their upcoming tour or want to put up a show for them don’t even think more about it and shoot an email to our pal jorge here: jorge[at]wearehellyeah[dot]com.

The Woolen Men Tour Pics !

Thanks to all the promoters, friends and radical people who made the woolen men first european tour such a wild rollercoaster of fun. Here are some pictures for you all. If you want to read the band tour diary @logladyrecords click here: 

http://logladyrecords.com/news/2014/5/woolen-men-reports-from-the-road-pt-2

Gracias a todos los promotores, amigos y gente de lujo por hacer de la primera gira de Woolen Men una montaña rusa de buenas sensaciones. Aquí tienes algunas fotos para su respectivo disfrute, además pueden encontrar en este enlace el diario de gira que hizo la banda para @logladyrecords.

http://logladyrecords.com/news/2014/5/woolen-men-reports-from-the-road-pt-2

Welcome to The Woolen Men !!!

versión en Español al final del post.

We are really happy to announce that The Woolen Men (Woodsist / US) is now part of our European Roster !!!
 
The Woolen
Men
 are from Portland. They play punk influenced DIY music in the Pac-NW tradition of Dead Moon and The Wipers. More than a sound or style, that means a kind of work ethic — do-it-yourself and do it a lot. The band is happiest touring up and down the I-5 or bunkered in their practice space with the cassette 4-track rolling. And it shows. Live, the band is thunderous and energetic and the magnetic chemistry of the three of them playing together shines through in the recordings.

The Woolen Men - Two Brothers from Leo Townsell on Vimeo.

Their self-titled album released by Woodsist Records is their debut LP, following a handful of largely self-released EPs. Instead of changing their technique of recording fast and loose to capture the live energy of their sound, they recorded and recorded and recorded until they had enough songs to make up an album only of material with that elusive spark of a great recording. The ten tracks here represent five different sessions, and as many songs made the cut as were left behind. The LP was made to endure, with little attention payed to current trends or “in” sounds — what matters to the band is that the songs are well written and executed with integrity. The whole thing was recorded to analog.

Meet The Woolen Men: @facebook  // @bandcamp

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The Woolen Men son de Portland, Oregon y su música una factoria DIY que produce canciones de esas que se te quedan impregnadas por todo el hipotálamo. Podríamos decir que su forma de trabajar -prolífica a la par que buenísima- nos hace recordar a bandas míticas de Oregon como Dead Moon y Wipers pero finalmente lo que hace a The Woolen Men especiales es que su música está plagada de aristas que son difíciles de encajar en un estilo, eso -en los días que corren y especialmente en la música de guitarras de hoy- es muy difícil de encontrar.

Su LP de debut editado por Woodsist este año, es la continuación de una serie de EPs, CD’rs y K-SETS autoeditados y está lleno de canciones donde la rapidez, los riffs de guitarra memorables y la energía de la banda en directo chorrean como sudor fresco por todos sus surcos, la experiencia de escucharlo por primera vez nos trae a la memoria sensaciones parecidas a escuchar por primera vez a Guided by Voices o Wire.

Feels Like Home #49 - The Woolen Men “Alien City” from INTOTHEWOODS.TV on Vimeo.

The Woolen Men son unos insaciables trabajadores tanto en la carretera como en el estudio, han recorrido ya varias veces USA de la mano de bandas como Woods, The Fresh and Onlys, Crystal Stilts, Naomi Punk o Parquet Courts y Raf Spielman (guitarra, batería) es una de las figuras actualmente más destacadas en Portland no sólo por su trabajo en proyectos anteriores como The Polyps de la mano de sellos como Digitalis o Not Not Fun sino por ser el hombre detrás de Eggy Records que junto a Gnar Tapes (sello donde también edita TWM y que tiene en su catálogo a bandas como White Fang, The Memories o Eat Skull) son dos de los sellos más destacados en el panorama DIY norteamericano actual.

The Woolen Men: @facebook  // @bandcamp

So Cow (Goner / IRE) nuevo disco y fechas por España !!

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Octubre del 2013 verá el lanzamiento de The Long Con, el primer LP de So Cow desde ese ya lejano Meaningless Friendly, editado en el 2010 por Tic Tac Totally de Chicago. El nuevo disco -producido por Greg Saunier de Deerhoof- será lanzado por el legendario sello de Memphis Goner Records (casa de grupasos como Reatards, Oblivians, Reigning Sound o Eddy Current Supression Ring entre muchos otros). El disco ha sido grabado y mezclado en seis días en la tranquila ciudad de Ballyheigue en la costa sud-oeste de Irlanda y no está demás decir que dentro de el sobran hits de ruido, melodía y pop de ese que en esta casa tanto nos gusta cantar.

El nuevo LP es la continuación de Out of Season, un Split compartido con sus compatriotas Squarehead y editado por el sello de Brooklyn Inflated Records. En él se puede escuchar claramente un cambio de rango en el sonido de So Cow, el desarrollo one-man-band de sus dos primeros discos (recordemos que So Cow del 2009 y Meaningless Friendly del 2010 fueron grabados en su totalidad sólo por Brian Kelly) da un giro de 360 grados a favor de un sonido intenso que representa fielmente lo que ahora es un power trio con Jonny White en el bajo y Peter O’Shea en la batería. Usualmente comparados por la prensa como un menage-a-trois entre Television Personalities, Abba y The Clean, es evidente que la banda en la actualidad abraza derroteros más cercanos a combos como The Jesus Lizard o Thee Oh Sees.

Ha sido un año atareado para los de Galway, con una gira por Estados Unidos dentro del marco del festival SXSW, acompañando a bandas como Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain o abriendo para Deerhoof en su más reciente gira por Reino Unido. So Cow son una banda que en directo asombra, divierte y pega a partes iguales, esto probablemente debido a sus extensas giras por parte de Europa y USA donde se han partido la espalda junto a grupos como The Wedding Present, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Thermals,  Cymbals Eat Guitars, Women, Frightened Rabbit, Maximo Park, Dan Deacon y Thee Oh Sees, además de salvajes apariciones en festivales como el Seaport Music Fest de Nueva York, Gonerfest 7 en Memphis o Primavera Sound y Primavera Club en Barcelona.

A punto de embarcarse en una nueva gira por Estados Unidos durante Noviembre, So Cow estarán promocionando The Long Con en España con una mini-gira de presentación durante el mes de Diciembre y nosotros no podemos más que advertirles que perdérselos va a ser un dolor que los acompañará por mucho, mucho tiempo.

Ritmos oscuros del bailar muy sucio: Fasenuova (Discos Humeantes / ES)

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We are really happy to announce a new and exciting addition to our European roster: Fasenuova (Discos Humeantes / Spain). The duo consisting of Ernesto Avelino and Roberto Lobo is one of the first bands confirmed for this year’s Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands in September 2013, where they will sharing the stage with bands like Front 242, Built to Spill, Prurient, Shannon and the Clams, My Cat is An Alien and many more. The band will also be available for a bunch of dates during the same period around Europe.

Fasenuova is the perfect combination of dark rhythms that seem to come from an obscure and foggy forest, a forest full of vintage keyboards and primitive drum machines. After the release of their first record A la Quinta Hoguera” (Discos Humeantes, 2011), the band was invited to play in the most reputed music festivals in Spain like Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Tanned Tin in Castellón and LEV in Asturias. The album was included in many best of the year lists and was critically acclaimed by the most important media in Spain such as El País, Rock de Lux and Playground Magazine. International media like Pitchfork in the US and The Guardian in the UK also mentioned the band as “band to watch” in their recent explorations of the Spanish independent music scene.

Their first LP is full of shaking and transgressing sonic treasures that test the limits of the most rugged and experimental electronic music. Oppressive and hypnotic sounds that rise from the depths of the Spanish Asturian mining area, where the wilderness is facing the industrial legacy. We could talk about Throbbing Gristle, Suicide, Esplendor Geométrico or Cabaret Voltaire, but the truth is that Fasenuova have managed to carve a wholly unmatched and magnetic identity. The band creates an exciting and absolutely essential sonic space where occultist folk and industrial music come together in an extreme amalgam, inviting us to dance and be driven by obsessive rhythms and electric shocks that lead us to a truly unique sound and a total physical experience.

Already on the works is a new LP, another distorted and noisy electric storm that will make BUM! into your head and heart later this year, which the band will be promoting during their first European Tour this September.

More info:
"Vamos a la bailar a la noche" official video
"Cachito Turulo" official video
"Disimulando" new 7" by Discos Humeantes online stream

"A la quinta hoguera" LP online stream

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Por fin podemos anunciar que nos vamos a encargar de la primera gira por Europa de este pedazo de cohete espacial venido de la preciosa Asturias y el poderoso Mieres, y para hacerlo no podemos tener mejores noticias: Fasenuova es una de las primeras confirmaciones del Incubate Festival 2013, a llevarse a cabo en Tilburg, Holanda, uno de nuestros festivales preferidos y por cuyos escenarios se han paseado bandas como Nurse with Wound, Anthony Rother, Chris and Cosey, The Fall, entre muchos otros.

Próximos a editar un nuevo disco y abrazados nuevamente por el sello asturiano Discos Humeantes, lo que hace la dupla conformada por Ernesto Avelino y Roberto Lobo es una especie de nebulosa muy oscura viajando por toda la fábrica, de punta a punta. Sus canciones (también conocidas como temazos en esta casa y en varias más) son engranajes perfectos donde la grasa chorrea por los bordes, espesa, bien negra y pulsante.

Fasenuova te lleva a bailar allí donde los lobos ya terminan de devorar indefensas presas, donde el bosque empieza a darte miedo. Bienvenidos a la máquina oscura donde despegan los sentidos, el orden natural de las cosas puesto patas arriba y mirando al espacio exterior.