With the band on a restructuring hiatus, it comes as a bit of a surprise to see a new track turn up from local rock group Holstein. But as something of a forget-me-not the group released a live cut of its song “Waves Of Concern” on its website. Don’t try to look for much else on the site for the time being; with so much in flux with the group, the website is basically a splash page with the band’s logo. But the live track is an added bonus for fans, and you can hear it by putting index finger to mouse button over these off-colored words.
Posts Tagged ‘holstein’
If you take a look at the MySpace page for local rock group Holstein, you may notice the band’s lineup described as “to be announced at a later date.” Apparently the state of the band’s lineup has been in flux in recent weeks, with bassist Ben Spaunhorst leaving the band to pursue a career in St. Louis and drummer Chris Bivens parting ways over creative differences. The remaining members–Baehr and guitarists Nate Million and Chance Melton–were set to meet and decide the next step recently, but it appears for now as though Baehr will be running Holstein again, at least temporarily, as a solo project.
Alright, so maybe it was a little unrealistic to hope that Blood On James River would be a happier record than Holstein‘s previous work, The Big Black Clouds EP. Blood is really an expansion on the established vibe, literally and figuratively. Two of the previous album’s songs–“Big Black Clouds” and “Complications”–return for use here, and they’re surrounded by 11 more snippets of angst and woe. Two albums in, we can honestly say angry and indignant appears to be Holstein’s thing, and the band is pretty good at it.
Rock Talk 6/21/09 w/Mark Bilyeu, Holstein, Roots Of Mankind, This Night Is Forever, James Davis MemorialJune 22, 2009
A packed studio, an equally (and sometimes more) packed hallway, a local-music legend, a band to watch with a new album, some cool shows to discuss… yup, it’s another edition of Rock Talk on Z 106.7 FM. Not just any episode, though; Mark Bilyeu of Big Smith and solo fame got us started off (see him Wednesday with Backyard Tire Fire at Lindberg’s, btw. It will be awesome); followed by Holstein with new tracks from Blood On James River, out this weekend; then Roots Of Mankind discussed its Scene Unity Show Saturday at Remmington’s Downtown; This Night Is Forever explained its origins in New Jersey and how it got on Glass Bottom Boat Ride‘s DVD filming at The Outland Ballroom; and we put together a Four From the Four Four with artists from the upcoming James Davis memorial show at Nathan P. Murphy’s. It was a busy night and a truly grand show. Find it all after the break.
It occurs to us that we haven’t done one of these in a while, so we’re going to take a moment and get you up to speed on who is going into the studio and what they’re up to:
Last night’s episode of Z 106.7’s Rock Talk rocked harder as the night went on. Believe it or not, we didn’t plan it that way. We kicked off with local ambient rock group Afraid Of Monsters playing a softened (we won’t call it acoustic) in-studio set, followed by Holstein debuting never-before-heard tracks from their upcoming album, Blood On James River. Metal group Six Shots Till Dawn chatted about the upcoming Stemm show they’re opening for with Extreme Hate Frequency and Formant, and The Murlesque dropped in to talk about its Friday-night performance at The Blue Room at Billiards of Springfield with Glass Bottom Boat Ride and The Secret. In all, it’s a VERY packed show, and we have it for you in full after the break.
With a new album, Blood On James River, on the way in a little more than two months, it would make sense for the group to lay low for a bit while it puts the finishing touches on its latest labor of love. Instead, the indie-rock group appears to be doing the opposite; not only is it booking more shows in the weeks leading up to the CD release, it is releasing never-before-heard music as an online exclusive on the band’s MySpace page. The new song, titled “Inside Out,” could be the first of several acoustic tracks to watch for, if the band’s MySpace blog is to be believed. So enjoy the new tune and keep an eye out for more to come, online and, in June, on record.
It’s time for Holstein to emerge again. After releasing an emotionally wrenching yet superb EP last year and playing a gaggle of shows including FourFourFest in November, the band went underground to record a new album and load up for the next step. We got word last night on what all that involves, and, naturally, we divulge after some light clicking on the colored words below.
It’s been one hell of a day, and we’re running more than a little late with this, so we’ll get straight to the point–the shows:
* Chords for Walkill, Washington Irving, Holstein and New Madrid at The Outland
* Members Only at The High Life Live Martini Lounge
* The Highest Priest and Laddie Lexxlou at The Outland Ballroom
* Super String Theory at Nathan P. Murphy’s
* The Shotgun Brothers at Patton Alley Pub
We’re throwin’ a party and everyone’s invited! 45 bands at 9 venues…only $10!