Sep 092014

I’ve collected a bunch of new things I want to write about since the last round-up, but the old fucking day job isn’t going to let me do that at the moment. So I’m picking this one thing to write about, because I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw it.

The news is that Little Rock’s Pallbearer, Iceland’s Sólstafir, and Brooklyn’s Mortals will be touring the U.S. West Coast and certain parts of the country’s midsection together beginning on December 2. (There’s also a Vancouver date on the schedule.)

In the opinion of your humble editor, these three bands are collectively responsible for three of the year’s best albums: Foundations of Burden, Ótta, and Cursed To See the Future, respectively. The chance to see them perform together on one show is a chance not to be missed.

This is especially exciting for those of us on the West Coast because I don’t think either Sólstafir or Mortals have previously performed outside the East Coast.

Here’s the schedule:

December 2 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
December 3 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
December 4 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
December 5 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
December 6 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
December 7 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
December 9 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
December 10 Vancouver, VC @ Biltmore
December 11 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
December 12 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
December 13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
December 14 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
December 16 Lawrence, KS @ The Riot Room
December 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
December 18 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
December 19 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird

Of course, I’m even more especially excited because the bands are playing in Seattle at Barboza. As one of my friends remarked when he saw that listing, “Barboza?!? Do they realize that room is about the size of my kitchen???” To which I replied, “Don’t tell them!” And of course there’s no way they’ll find out because this conversation is completely private and top secret.

How about some music to celebrate the good news?






  1. I REALLY hope I fly back home for winter break late…

  2. Pallbearer on the west coast, FINALLY! And with Sólstafir to boot, I couldn’t ask for more.

  3. I kind of wish they’d play at Chop Suey in Seattle instead of at Barboza… but thats just me complaining instead of celebrating that I get to see this badass tour now that the Belphegor tour is a no-go.

    • Yeah, the cancellation of that tour sucked big time — but this one really is balm for that wound. I can’t access the Neumos site right now for some reason — I was going to check if they’ve already booked something for Dec 11, because this show would make a lot more sense there.

    • Heh, I was just going to post about how this makes me feel better about Belphegor being cancelled, and you already beat me to it!

  4. Oh what I’d do to see a tour like this come to Tennessee.

  5. Damn, this looks like one wicked night! Enjoy the shows, you lucky mortals!

  6. Never gone downstairs to Barboza, but I guess there’s a first for everything. Every time I’m at Nuemo’s I see the most lost looking of people wandering down there, come December I will be one of them.

  7. They’re in Salt Lake the same night as Skinny Puppy, which I already bought tickets for. Figures…dammit.

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