Monday, August 16, 2010
Wino has been bringing his unique Sabbath-inspired Doom/Stoner rock to us for the past three decades. Performing under a number of guises including, Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand and most recently in Neurot's supergroup, Shrinebuilder.
With one solo album released in 2009, Wino's next solo project, due for release on 11 October on Exile On Mainstream, is one of acoustic proportions; his most stripped down and personal to date. Adrift follows the classic American singer-songwriter structure with a mix of storytelling and verbalized emotions fit to acoustic guitar, placing Wino on a level with great songwriters such as Johnny Cash, John Sebastian, Woodie Guthrie and Bob Dylan. It contains covers of Motorhead's "Iron Horse/Born To Lose" and Savoy Brown's "Shot In The Head".
There will be a UK tour to promote this album and the routing is as follows (with the London show firmly booked) I will report back as and when more dates are confirmed.
14 Oct, Bristol, venue TBC
15 Oct, Manchester, venue TBC
16 Oct, Birmingham, venue TBC
17 Oct, London, Borderline
PRAISE FROM OTHER MUSICAL ELITE:
HENRY ROLLINS: "If you're looking for a band that really represents America's youth culture... it's not The Go-Gos, it's people like WINO who have nothing to lose, and who have no need to lie. The guy's got no bullshit. He just says it -- if you don't like it, there's the door. You can either walk...or if he gets up, you can run. The guy's talent is undeniable. His charisma is total. He's a great songwriter. He probably doesn't even know how good is he on guitar. Wino plays the kind of guitar...like drinking Clorox (bleach) all night long guitar. Like I smoke angel dust and wound people guitar. The guy's guitar playing sounds like TROUBLE -- not the band, the situation."
PHIL ANSELMO / PANTERA: "When it's authentic, and when it's a feel -- it can't be denied. WINO -- what a fucking guitar player, number one. And he's one of my favorite singers -- nothing much to prove, just soul-felt vocals. If anyone can ask more than that, then I am not that particular person."
IAN MACKAYE / FUGAZI: "When you think of him, he's maybe seven or eight feet tall. But he's actually not that tall. He just carries that much weight. He's a legend. When Joe and I first got Fugazi together, it was just 'Let's see if we can write a bunch of songs like THE OBSESSED."
PEPPER KEENAN / COC: "WINO's music has always been so serious -- the fucked up thing about it, that's the only thing he knows. He's gonna do that whether he makes a million dollars or ten dollars. To me that's what always made WINO the quintessential lifer. It's just what he does. His music is just so goddamned heavy. He means it."
LEE DORRIAN / CATHEDRAL: "It's an almost magical kind of music -- so much honesty and natural heaviness that comes out of that guy. It's kind of amazing."
Posted by Dan Goldin at 1:49 PM