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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Conifer Finally Ready To Release Second Album

Conifer - Crown Fire
Important Records
Release date: September 23, 2008

Though Conifer has received quite a bit of critical praise they`ve somehow managed to live off the grid for the past six years. With Crown Fire Conifer is finally getting the exposure they deserve. Mixing post-rock, kraut-rock, metal, and psychedelia they have created this relentlessly driving and hypnotic masterpiece. Crown Fire`s only vocals are from Oxbow`s Eugene Robinson fronting the albums final 13 minute epic. The LP version will be limited to 500 copies with 200 on color vinyl.

Conifer has been writing primarily instrumental music with a lawless take on the styles from which they`ve taken cue. New content is found by way of augmenting brutality and suspense with time. Conifer seems to reckon with the notions of bands like Enemymine, Mogwai, or Grails, while taking an approach toward their music that`s entirely meditative (as opposed to premeditated). Minimal, ethereal passages are narcotically lengthened and crescendos of distortion are sustained well beyond the boundaries adhered to by many of their peers. "Heavy" by way of being beat/repetition heavy in not only a Shellac/Helmet sense but in a way that is practically reminiscent of electronic discipline. Crushing riffs amidst the most ethereal, minimal moments.

Six years in, Conifer has emerged from their mind forest into the clearing that is their future and their past. Band members have come and gone and come again. Crown Fire is the latest battle that Conifer has fought in the war of obtuse movement. Welcoming dense riffage washes over the listener for the first half of the record, referencing pan Asian themes and musical manifest destiny. The bombast that is their live show comes through loud and clear, intertwined with moments of delicate reflection. Without warning it all goes wrong, the mainframe explodes, the ships crash, the tide of despair and denial rises never to recede.

The Players
Zachary E. Howard - baritone guitar
Nate Nadeau - drums, percussion, Hammond, electronics
Sean K. Hadley - bass, Melodica
Leif J. Sherman Curtis - guitar, xylophone

The Guests
Shannon Allen - cello, flute
Todd Hutchisen - pedal steel
Eugene Robinson - vocals

Surface Fire
Cruciform Empennage
A History Of Disappointment
Song for Krom
Breathe Hold
Into the Gauntlet
Crown Fire

Tour Dates
Sep 12, 2008: Portland, ME – Geno`s, with Ghosthunter and Sean (west coast keyboard grind, featuring members of the Accused)
Sep 13, 2008: Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar, with Sulaco and Sean
Sep 14, 2008: New York, NY - The Charleston, with Sean, Child Abuse, Villians, and Pollution Brooklyn
Oct 20, 2008: Portland, ME - Space Gallery, with Akimbo
Nov 7, 2008: Seattle, WA – Comet (as Machu Picchu Mother Future, a band featuring members of both Lesbian and Conifer)
Nov 8, 2008: Seattle, WA – Funhouse, with Lesbian, Saros, and Sean
Nov 9, 2008: Portland, OR – Rotture, with Saros, and Subarachnoid Space (as Machu Picchu Mother Future)
Nov 10, 2008: Portland, OR – Tube, with Lesbian
Nov 11, 2008: San Francisco, CA – Kockout, with Lesbian
Nov 12, 2008: Los Angeles, CA - TBA
Nov 13, 2008: Los Angeles, CA - TBA
Nov 14, 2008: San Diego, CA - Radio Room, with Lesbian
Nov 15, 2008: Los Angeles, CA - Mountain Bar, with Lesbian and Ancestors (free)
Apr 24 – May 17, 2009: European Tour (dates TBA)


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