RIYL: Hawkwind, Acid Mothers Tempel, droned out heavy psychedelic sounds

Label: Drone Rock Records

Drone Rock Records is at it again! After two highly recommended albums by Kill West and The Space Spectrum, they’ve managed to retrieve the heavy, droney sounds of Ottawa’s The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol for their third release. TBWNIS has gained the reputation of being a fierce live-act, and this night at the Dominion Tavern stands as a totem of proof of exactly that. At the time the band consisted of only four original members, but for some occations on and around this night they invited a few friends over for their jammy trips to be performed as a nine-piece orchestra. The result is a massive sounding, partly improvised set of thick kraut spiced up with synths and spaced out effects. A psychetastic, rockedelic effort pressed on wax for the first time, fasten ur seatbelt and drop the needle!


There are two versions of this album available:

*Limited Splatter-effect Vinyl Edition- (Grey w/ Green, Purple & Orange Splatter), limited to 150 copies (initially available to previous Drone Rock Records customers and mailing list subscribers only), link through the “Buy-Now”-button underneath.

*Grey Vinyl Edition- limited to 100 copies pressed on “November Rain” Grey Vinyl, available HERE 

The Details

In the fall of 2009, TBWNIS (still as a 4-piece) decided to play a couple of gigs with an expanded line up. Invitations were sent out to several friends who had previous experience in improvised musical settings. 3 shows in total over a 5 month period featured 9 players, the last of which was this show at the Dominion Tavern. This was a headlining gig and a benefit for one of Ottawa’s 3 community radio stations – CHUO-FM. Typically, as with the 2 previous shows, the group more than filled the stage and, in fact, several members literally played “in” the audience. The joint was packed and it was a cosmic experience, never to be repeated again!”

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol on this night were John Westhaver, Mark McIntyre, Bill Guerrero, Nathaniel Hurlow, Dave Reford, Jan Lis, Eric Larock and Will Desjardins. Sound recording by the late Mark Valcour.

Drone Rock Records are due to release this epic live performance on vinyl for the first time. As with the two previous Drone Rock Records releases, this is a strictly limited release with just 250 copies pressed (50 going directly to the band). There are two versions:-

Limited spatter-effect vinyl edition

150 copies on grey vinyl with green, purple and orange splatter effects (picking out some of the colours of the stunning cover art). This edition will initially be only available to previous Drone Rock Records customers and mailing list subscribers only.

Grey vinyl edition

100 copies pressed on “November Rain” grey coloured vinyl.

Pre-orders are now being taken with an expected release date of end of March 2016.

Price $22.7

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