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Chet Zar – The Administrators Down Under

Tool collaborator Chet Zar will have some of his work on display in the Bien Art Gallery in Brunswick, Victoria from mid July:

OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, July 13, from 6–9 pm. Free entry.

This exhibition will be on view from July 14 to August 4, concurrently with Dark Art 2019.

This show depicts a new class of beings in Dy5topia, the alternate dystopian reality that serves as the setting for Zar’s work: the faceless bureaucrats who help run things behind the scenes. Zar imagines a shadowy underground maze of rusty pipes and old electronic control panels, as in a kind of demented boiler room, from where they do their bidding for those in charge.

Zar notes that it’s easy to fall into the trap of always trying to come up with something new for its own sake. While Zar tries to create unique and new characters when he paints, he believes that sometimes the most obvious things to paint are just as worthwhile. For this show, he wanted to get back to his roots and explore them again with all of the techniques he has learned over the years. He wanted to go back to the aesthetic that inspired him when he first started painting: the dirt, the grime, the rust and the ugliness of a postmodern world in decay. He took inspiration from some of his earliest influences—horror comics, Giger, the Quay Brothers and David Lynch—as well as his early work on videos for the band Tool.

https://beinart.org/chet-zar-the-administrators/

More details on this event can be found at the gallery website. Sounds like a cool show, sadly I won’t be able to get there to check it out!

Paul D’Amour joins Ministry

Former Tool bass player Paul D’Amour has been announced as the new bass player for Industrial metal stalwarts Ministry. He’ll be joining them on their tour next month, and has also apparently joined them in the studio.

Al Jourgensen also tells an amusing anecdote related to Tool:

“I used to live with Timothy Leary, and he had given me these bottles of liquid LSD to bring on tour,” Jourgensen recalled. “I’d put two drops in my bottle of whiskey that I’d bring onstage. I’d drink about half the bottle during a show. So we were on Lollapalooza in ’92, I think it was San Francisco, and when we came offstage there were these two guys who were like, ‘Great show, dude!’ So I gave them my bottle of Bushmills, but I forgot that I had put LSD in it. So they drank it and they were tripping balls for, like, two or three days. They didn’t know what was going on and they were freaking out. They were ready to call suicidal hotlines. It turned out to be Paul and Maynard from Tool! … But he actually thanked me for that moment because he said it really got Tool going into being a psychedelic band.”

https://www.revolvermag.com/music/ministry-enlist-tools-original-bassist-paul-damour

Ministry are best know for their iconic 90s albums such as Psalm 69 and The Mind is the Terrible Thing to Taste

New Melvins album, interview and tour dates

It’s all go for the Melvins at the moment, with a new album just released, a cool interview with Buzz and Mackie Osborne as well as tour dates for Australia and Europe.

Firstly, their latest album A Walk with Love & Death is now out via Ipecac Recordings.  This time around it features Steven McDonald from Redd Kross on Bass.  The first disc Death is somewhat traditional Melvins-fare, however the second; Love is a score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love & Death.

We have a couple of Melvin’s tours (the current Steven McDonald version) visiting Australia and Europe in the coming months.  In both cases Redd Kross will be supporting, and I’ll definitely be checking them out when they hit Down Under.

Finally, there’s a cool video interview with Buzz and Mackie Osborne up on LA Weekly – well worth checking out!

RIP Chris Cornell

Devastating news tonight with confirmation that Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell has passed away.

While I wouldn’t normally post on non-Tool related news, I expect this news hits hard for many Fourtheye reader who like myself found Soundgarden to be staple of their listening habits.  Chris’ voice was one that was very rarely matching in music, and will be sorely missed.

Too all my readers out there, if you’re ever feeling down, or just need someone to talk to, there is always help available.  I’m happy to chat most of the time, and there are plenty of other avenues to get help.

King Buzzo hints at 12 minute Tool songs

King Buzzo had a chat with Team Rock lately about his favorite Melvins albums, and while talking about Stoner Witch, had the following to say about the new Tool album:

The Stoner Witch record was the middle record of the three that we did with Atlantic. It wasn’t the best selling record from that time; Houdini was the best selling one but that was actually my least favourite of the three. I’m proud of all of those records though, and when you listen to them you can tell there’s not a lot of record company meddling going on. Stoner Witch in particular was a lot of fun to make, and we really learnt a lot in the studio on that one. I think it was the longest time we ever spent in the studio actually; 19 days, which for us is a long time. Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they’ve spent about ten years putting together the new one. And they haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, Tool guitarist] told me the shortest song they’ve been working on is twelve minutes long. Anyway, Stoner Witch was great.

It’s not much I know, but there’s not a whole load else to publish at the moment!

Check out the new Melvins album Basses Loaded below:

Chet Zar – Dystopia

Frequent Tool collaborator Chet Zar has a new Kickstarter campaign happening, this time for a new project called Dystopia. The focus of the project seems to be the publication of a new book DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar:

Why Support?

Written by: Mike Correll

Have you ever encountered a painting so intriguing, that you wanted to know what lay outside the confines of the frame? Enter Chet Zar, the prolific “Painter of Dark” who captures what seem to be snapshots of monsters from another world. Each has its own personality and sense of humanity, while the brief glimpses he allows us into their surroundings are both unsettling, and awe inspiring!

What You’re Supporting…

What if you could help create a book that probes into this unknown realm, a book filled with both old and new Chet Zar monsters? This is your opportunity to enter the bizarre landscapes that Chet has channeled with his sketches, sculptures and paintings. You will be guided through the peculiar geography, culture, and creatures that inhabit a place not far removed from our own: DY5TOPIA. You will see close-up sketches of accoutrements, landscapes and dwellings, and read about how this Dark Universe works.

The campaign looks like it’s off to a strong start and isn’t far off getting half way. If you enjoy Chet’s art, then there is a range of reward options for supporting the project.

Sketch from Chet Zar's Dystopia

The Melvins hit the road with Napalm Death and Melt Banana

The Melvins will be hitting the road in March, April and May 2016 for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour. It has a massive lineup including grindcore legends Napalm Death and Japanese noise rock band Melt Banana. There are dates all across the US, with a few in Canada as well.

It’s a fantastic lineup, and I recommend you check it out if it hits your town!

March 26 Phoenix, AZ The Marquee
March 28 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
March 30 Dallas, TX Trees
March 31 Austin, TX The Mohawk
April 1 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
April 2 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
April 3 Birmingham, AL Iron City
April 4 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
April 5 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater
April 7 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
April 8 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
April 9 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
April 10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
April 12 Washington, DC 930 Club
April 13 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
April 14 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 15 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 16 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
April 17 Montreal, QC Club Soda
April 19 Toronto, ON The Opera House
April 20 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
April 21 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
April 22 Chicago, IL The Metro
April 23 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II (Downstairs)
April 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
April 25 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
April 27 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
April 29 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
May 1 Seattle, WA The Showbox
May 2 Vancouver, BC The Venue
May 3 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 5 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 6 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 7 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
May 8 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour

The Melvins + Napalm Death and Melt Banana

The Melvins – Across The USA In 51 Days DVD

The Melvins have a new DVD out soon, and its called Across The USA in 51 Days. It will be available via Ipecac Recordings on November 13, 2015. Here’s a description:

In 2012 the Melvins set a world record by traveling around the USA, playing all 50 states plus Washington DC in 51 days! This proves it. This DVD is a record of their travel shot entirely on mobile phones. It highlights scenes from their massively successful world record setting tour.

There’s no trailer or anything yet, but if one gets posted I’ll put it up on Fourtheye.

Don’t confuse this DVD with the other Melvins movie coming out – The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale. Apparently this is coming along nicely, but I don’t think there’s any release date just yet.

Melvins Tour Dates

The Melvins are touring around Europe in September and October, and have recently added a couple of LA dates for your gigging pleasure:

09/16 Tilburg, NET – Incubate Festival
09/18 Angers, FRA – La Chabada
09/19 Paris, FRA – La Bataclan
09/20 Belfort, FRA – Poudriere
09/21 Koln, GER – Underground
09/22 Hamburg, GER – LOGO
09/23 Bremen, GER – Lagerhaus
09/24 Berlin, GER – Berghain
09/25 Leipzig, GER – UT Connewitz
09/26 Prague, CZE – Futurm
09/27 Budapest, HUN – A38
09/28 Vienna, AUT – Arena Wien
09/29 Zagreb, CRO – Mochvara
09/30 Bologna, ITA – Locomotiv Club
10/01 Milan, ITA – Leoncavallo
10/02 Lyon, FRA – L’Epicerie Modern
10/03 Pratteln, SWI – Up In Smoke Fest
10/05 Munich, GER – Feierwerk
10/06 Frankfurt, GER – Zoom
10/08 Reading, UK – Sub89
10/09 Manchester, UK – Gorilla
10/10 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
10/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (‘Melvins Lite‘ performance)
10/31 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (performing with Jeff Pinkus)

The Melvins - Across the USA in 51 Days

Aussie readers: Don’t forget Yob this August!

Just in case you guys have forgotten, Tool touring buddies Yob are hitting our Australian shores this August for a range of shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The great news for me is that an Adelaide show was added to the tour, which wasn’t included in the original announcement. I’ll be there, and am really looking forward to it.

Dates for the tour are:

Perth – August 19 – Rosemount Hotel
Adelaide – August 20 – Enigma Bar
Melbourne – August 21 – Max Watt’s
Sydney – August 22 – Manning Bar
Brisbane – August 23 – Crowbar

Tickets on sale now through http://lifeisnoise.com.au/, Oztix and venue outlets.

Yob Australia Tour

Yob released their latest album Clearing the Path To Ascend last year, and it’s a great album that made it to my top 10 (and also yours). If you haven’t done so already, I suggest checking it out. Below is one of the tracks from the album – Marrow

Tim Alexander Twits Puscifer

According to a recent Twitt from Maynard, Primus & Puscifer drummer Tim Alexander will be Twittering throughout the Vegas shows.  Including several already from tonights show…

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