Personnel turnover within the organization

July 29, 2011

I’m bummed out to say this, but — after four years and a lot of shows and records, Total Fest will be Pace’s last show with us.

Jason’s been in the band since day one and his playing and writing are an important part of everything we’ve done, but he’s ready to do other things with his Sundays and Tuesdays. There’s no drama, we’re all still buddies. (though don’t expect us to pay you the $70 we owe you, man)

On the good news front, Jon Howell from Tigon is joining up on guitar. Like Pace, Jon is tall, midwestern (more or less), carless, and finds Magma listenable. We are really stoked to have him aboard. First show with Jon will be sometime in September, and we’ll drag him into the hope-extinguishing process of writing new songs ASAP. Expect a new record sometime no later than 2015.

Jason Pace, you tall beerful bastard, we salute you!


March 20, 2011

The Japan quake is has left us stunned and feeling useless. To try and help a bit, we’re going to donate 100% of the next 2 weeks of merch sales to relief efforts. Not proceeds — sales. So 100% of the money you pay us will get donated.

So if you’ve been meaning to buy a record or a shirt, now is a good time.

Sure you’re ready to let go of your friends, music, and that profile design you spent so much time creating?

January 25, 2011

Fuck yes I’m sure!

That is, we just deleted our myspace account. If you want to find us on the social internets, there’s facebook. Facebook is actually pretty crappy for bands, but it’s not actively infuriating, at least.

I know that in the social networking vertical, you need to monetize your leveraged investment, and branding strategies, and eyeball clicks per minutes visited per month, and targeted advertising and all, but no.

Gambling CD, represses, new shirt

November 3, 2010

Last month, The Perpetual Motion Machine released CD-only version of “Gambling”. It comes in 2-color silkscreened Arigato Pak and the pressing is 300 copies.


The first vinyl pressings of “Turk” and “Gambling” both sold out, but we have repressings. The Turk repress was released by Howling Mine (US — this is Bryan from Thou’s new label) and Feast of Tentacles (UK). 500 copies pressed, matte jacket that looks great, black/red swirl vinyl.


To go with the Turk repress we did a run of Turk Street shirts, with a pic of the street corner. No band name, just the image. 2 color screen on red shirts.


The Gambling repress was released by The Perpetual Motion Machine (US) and Feast of Tentacles (UK). 500 copies pressed, matte jacket, vinyl in classic black and solid silver. These look sweet. Unlike the first pressing — vinyl only, no CD.

We sold out of most of our shirts on tour, but there are a few left. We just reordered the “Thrust Planes” and “Seismic Clock” shirts, but the other designs, there’s a few left and that’s it for now.


All this stuff is over here.

(p.s. thank you to our friends at The Perpetual Motion Machine, Howling Mine, and Feast of Tentacles. You guys are the greatest.)

Snailface in a box

October 18, 2010

Decades in the making, the SNAILFACE 2-cassette career retrospective box set is finally available. Limited to 100 copies, and hand-made by people with hands, the silkscreened box contains two tapes on a bed of fur and a Snailface button. Classy.

It can be purchased here.

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To memorialize this semi-historic moment, Snailface will gather around a fog machine to play their first and hopefully only live show: Saturday November 20 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.

We’re back

October 11, 2010

We’re back. Tour was great. 2900 miles, 17 shows in 15 days. Not bad.

We are super grateful to BATILLUS — for lending us their gear, for being great guys to spend two weeks with, and for absolutely destroying every night. Thanks men. Also, sincere thanks to everybody who helped us book a show or let us crash at their house. I said “thank you” a million times and it felt great every time.

We had an incredible number of friends come out to shows. Old friends, new friends, previously-internet-only friends. A lot of people drove travelled really far to see us play for 25 minutes, and then bought records and shirts too. That is goddamn amazing.

Here’s a ton of photos from tour.

And here’s the live set we did at WFMU, including a Godflesh cover with Fade from Batillus singing. Thanks to our good friend and longtime collaborator Greg Thompson for engineering. Batillus did a set too — it’s here.

Who knows when we’ll get to do it again but we’ll try.

In the meantime we have a few local shows coming up, and that’ll probably be it for a while.


East coast tour

September 13, 2010

This weekend, we’re off on tour for 2 weeks with New York doom merchants BATILLUS. We’re beyond stoked. Check out the dates and please consider coming out to one (or more) of these shows. We promise you will have a time.

Sat 9/18 NYC – Cake Shop w/Riff Cannon (early show, doors 5pm)
Sun 9/19 Boston, MA – Great Scott w/Disappearer, Riff Cannon
Mon 9/20 Providence, RI – AS220 w/Tongue Dynasty, Witch King
Tue 9/21 Baltimore, MD – Hexagon w/Oak, Salome, Akris
Wed 9/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks w/Drought, Ancient Shores
Thu 9/23 Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light w/New Brutalism
Fri 9/24 Atlanta, GA – Eyedrum – Forward to the Apocalypse Fest (w/Thou, Man Will Destroy Himself, more)
Sat 9/25 New Orleans, LA – Koenji House (2608 Magazine @ 3rd) w/Thou
Sun 9/26 Baton Rouge, LA – Rachel Haus w/Thou
Mon 9/27 Birmingham, AL – Magic City Wholesale w/Black Hole Kids
Tue 9/28 Raleigh, NC – DIVEbar Raleigh w/Machete! (free!)
Wed 9/29 Chapel Hill, NC – The Reservoir w/Machete! (free!)
Thu 9/30 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter w/Lord By Fire
Fri 10/1 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie w/Fight Amp, Ladder Devils (7:30 pm)
Sat 10/2 Brooklyn, NY – The Acheron w/Liturgy

We’ll have copies of the represses of both Turk Street and Gambling, as well as copies of the new Lose/Lose/Lose split. There may also be some tour-only stuff, like shirts and cassettes.

Hope to see you.

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Lose Lose Lose

August 13, 2010

A month or two ago, we recorded two new songs for a 3-way split with FIGHT AMP and LADDER DEVILS. The split is called Lose Lose Lose, and it’s coming out next month on Brutal Panda. 12″ vinyl, beautiful package, 300 copies. Rad!

Here’s the track list. Rather that just putting each band’s songs together, we tried to sequence the songs in an order that works like an album.

1. The Busker (Kowloon Walled City)
2. Get OK (Ladder Devils)
3. Thankless (Fight Amp)
4. Leavers (Ladder Devils)
5. Old Soul (Fight Amp)
6. The Commuter (Kowloon Walled City)

[Sep 8 2010] Buy it from Brutal Panda, and/or download it for free.