Sacramento, California’s fresh-faced psychedelic doom crew CHURCH just crushed their way onto the scene with Unanswered Hymns, a debut album CVLT Nation named the“Doom Release Of The Month” just after the group opened for YOB at a packed show in their hometown. Now, with a cassette release on the horizon through Transylvanian Tapes on June 4th and a vinyl release slotted for September 22nd through Battleground Records, the band has set their sights on the road.
SPRING/SUMMER 2015 TOUR DATES:
5/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Atriarch & Waning
6/4 – Sacramento, CA @ Press Club w/ Ufomammut, Usnea, & Lycus
6/6 – Portland, OR @ Rotture w/ Ufomammut, Usnea & Surivival Knife
6/7 – Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
6/8 – Seattle, WA @ Highline Bar w/ Swamp Heavy, Dura Madre & Audrey Horne
6/9 – Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat
6/10 – Ashland, OR @ Club 66
7/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Sabbath Assembly, Christian Mistress & Waning
8/13 – San Francisco, CA @ TBA w/ Primitive Man, Northless & Abstracter
8/14 – Oakland, CA (DEADFEST) @ Oakland Metro
8/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Primitive Man & Northless
8/17 – Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery w/ Primitive Man, Northless & Amarok
The old and oft quoted adage about “the music speaking for itself” is not a callous or casual statement when applied to the Sacramento, California based doom quintetCHURCH, who have been hard at work crafting their particular brew of sound since late 2013. There is no image or campy gimmick to uphold, only the humble continuation and glorification of those fundamental musical elements that first built and then sustained the genre and it’s offshoots over the course of decades.
This purity and honesty comes across in a striking manner on the band’s debutUnanswered Hymns, a sprawling roller coaster of an album that plumbs the heights and depths of emotion, whether be it sorrow, loss, or redemption. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios in Rocklin, CA, the recording exudes a warm, organic tone that draws the listener in to music heavily influenced by traditional doom, psych rock, drone, and ambience. Church cannily wields dynamic songwriting, musicianship, and raw power to spin a spellbinding tale of occult darkness that clashes with illuminating melodies and riffs drenched in grimy reverb. Minimalistic, indulgent, or straightforward, the music of Church is simply whatever the listener wants it to be.
During the second half of 2015, Church will be performing additional live shows andUnanswered Hymns will be unveiled to a wider audience as the album is released on cassette via Transylvanian Tapes on June 4th and vinyl through Battleground Records September 22.
Eva – Vocals
Matt – Drums
Shann – Guitar
Ben – Bass
Chris – Guitar, backing vocals