Monday, April 24, 2017

Sometimes Always

My good friend Pierce runs an Ottawa-focused music blog called SOMETIMES ALWAYS. He was kind enough to conduct an interview with yours truly. Check it out HERE! Thanks Pierce!



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meltdown, reviews, etc...

Just over a month since I released BLACK HOLE SMILE and the response has been pretty great. Getting the cassettes together took a lot longer than I had anticipated but they are finally ready and I'll be mailing them out this week. Big thanks to everyone who ordered one - your patience is very much appreciated.

MELTDOWN is a show on CKCU 93.1 FM (Carleton University campus radio here in Ottawa) that specializes in heavy music and is the longest running show of its kind in Canada. Dimitris and Marcus invited me on the show a couple of weeks ago and were very gracious hosts. We talked about all things TSTAT and played a few cuts from the new album. You can hear an archived version of the show right HERE!

A couple of BLACK HOLE SMILE reviews...

The first is care of WONDERBOX METAL. Very cool review. TEMPLE OF THE DOG and NINE INCH NAILS are both mentioned. This person really has my number. Check out the review HERE!

The second is care of THE HEADBANGING MOOSE. An excellent, song-by-song breakdown of the album. Very nicely done. Check it out right HERE!

I just became aware of an artist by the name of VIDNA OBMANA. Real name DIRK SERRIES, he went by the VO pseudonym throughout the 80s and 90s, putting out incredibly dense and dark noise collage-type stuff, mostly cassette-only releases. He's got a bandcamp page up that covers a lot of the releases he did back in the day. Check it out right HERE! Also, be sure and check out what he's currently releasing as DIRK SERRIES, especially if you want to be lulled into submission by the best ambient music this side of STARS OF THE LID. He even did a collaboration with JESU last year, seek it out! DS bandcamp page right HERE!

Lastly, CRAIG SMITH. Read his fascinating and tragic story HERE, then have a listen to a few of his albums HERE. Hippie trail, my ass....


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Black Hole Smile on the Internet!

A couple of warmup / preview posts in anticipation of Black Hole Smile's imminent release....

PURE GRAIN AUDIO was way cool in offering to premier a stream of the entire album on their site. They are purveyors of all things Canadian-rock so it's very cool to be included (awesome side-note: they premiered a track by CANCELLED (a side project of MARC BORGOUN'S [FUCK THE FACTS, GREBER] the very same day!). You can find the stream right HERE.

TERRA RELICTA also posted a little writeup with a link to the album on Soundcloud. You can find that particular article right HERE.

Some pre-orders for cassettes are trickling in which is very cool. Visit the bandcamp page if you're as enamoured with cassettes as I am. HERE.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TAKER WIDE....AGAIN!

STEVE VARGAS (of BIIPIIGWAN, THE GREAT SABATINI, GREBER and just one of my very favourite drummers) hosts a podcast called TAKER WIDE. He's had me on as a guest once before and he was nice enough to invite me back! Check out the episode and settle in for some real gritty talk about drums, kids, dads, rocker dads, kids of rocker dads, dads who drum, kids of dads who drum and chess.

CLICK'ER!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BLACK HOLE SMILE - Cassette / Digital Pre-Order Now Available!

I can't believe I'm finally starting the roll-out process on this album. The one I started working on in January of 2015!!! I think I'll lay off the concept albums for a few release. Now I see why VOIVOD took a "break" from things in the form of ANGEL RAT.

Anyways, pay a visit to the TSTAT bandcamp page and stream a few tracks. Pre-order yourself a cassette copy of the album, if you're into that kind of thing. It comes with a download code, of course.

TSTAT BANDCAMP!