Oxford’s titantic doom quartet UNDERSMILE may have been away from the live circuit for a brief time, but they have remained active, having released Wood & Wire, a split with their acoustic alter ego COMA WALL on Shaman Recordings in mid-2013 and now they have just released their epic new split EP with Nottingham’s almighty bass/drum drone duo BISMUTH on cassette and vinyl through Tartarus Records, Graanrepubliek Records and At War With False Noise.
The band are now looking forward to returning to the stage in 2014 and are taking bookings. They’ve recently been confirmed for ‘Kin Hell Fest in May 2014, and have already announced gigs supporting Beehoover in Oxford in March, Dopethrone at the Underworld in June and The Rigger, Stoke with Space Witch, full dates below. They are also in the process of planning their first trip to France so if you would like to help with a date, please contact the band.
In COMA WALL news, the band recently enlisted doom-cinematic director Chris Purdie (of MERRIN) to produce an atmospheric video for Wood & Wire’s opening track ‘Summer.’
Director Chris Purdie had this to say about the video: “I just tried to capture the essence of both Wood & Wire’s sleeve imagery and the recorded sounds using a combination of stock footage mixed with bits I shot myself. The aim was to create a film that looked warm, but felt cold. Inviting, yet dangerous. In a way, it’s a continuation for the video I put together for Thine which was also comprised of stock. The process is more involving because when you begin putting a video like this together, you really don’t have any idea of where to start or what footage you can use. The process of finding the perfect combination of imagery for the sounds can take time, but you earn a greater understanding for both mediums through the process. I try to take this approach with all my film/music work, that’s just how my brain works, I guess.”
View the captivating video for ‘Summer’ below:
Chris Purdie, whose band MERRIN will release a film titled “Doom Cinema” in April, more info on his blog HERE.
In other UNDERSMILE news, Hel and Taz recently collaborated with Chicago doom giants BONGRIPPER, providing vocals for their cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘The Haunting‘ in a project for Cvlt Nation in which various bands (including Primitive Man, Unsea, Graves At Sea) have covered Black Sabbath’s Master Of Reality in its entirety. You can stream and download the entire album HERE.
UNDERSMILE Gig Dates:
25/03/2014: The Wheatsheaf, Oxford w/ Beehoover & Caravan of Whores [info]
29/04/2014: The Cellar, Oxford w/ Girl Power [info]
02/05/2014: ‘Kin Hell Fest, Leeds w/ Napalm Death, Lock-Up, Necro Deathmort & more [info]
25/06/2014: The Underworld, Camden w/ Dopethrone & Gurt [info]
02/08/2014: The Rigger, Stoke w/ Space Witch & Trollkraft [info]