Making music for the sake or art or commerce is a multi-dimensional, engrossing prospect. It requires time, tenacity and emotion conjured from conscious and subconscious wellsprings.
At some point in their vibrant evolution, Relaxer’s sound began to take a mysterious shape, and members of the group tapped into new areas of their triune brain, setting free their once captive reptilian complex. In the interest of allowing their lizard group think to reap cognitive and aural havok, Relaxer are putting the finishing touches on a split with storied Japanese underground metal heroes Boris.
Invigorated the change in direction – from “passive progressive” and cinematic to atom-smashing, Middle Earth-borne, stoned-out frenzy — the agile, amplifier worshiping Ohio headbangers join their split-mates on a tour of Japan in May 2019.
Previously, Relaxer released their seven-song Unreal/Cities LP, which was recorded by engineer Ben Vehorn (Strand of Oaks), in 2016. The collection of psychedelic rippers featured contributions from Steve Clements (Six Parts Seven, Royal Bangs), and was followed by a run of west coast tour dates, including a performance at The Reverberation Appreciation Society’s (members of The Black Angels and friends) sixth LEVITATION music festival in Austin, Texas.
Unreal/Cities was preceeded by the band’s debut LP, 2014’s Lasers, which was engineered by Chris Koltay (Akron/Family, Electric Six, Tyvek) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Slowdive, YOB, Bjork), and a split 7” with Cloud Nothings released via Mind’s Eye/Square Records on Record Store Day 2013.
Relaxer is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Joe Scott, guitarist Jamie Stillman, bassist Corey Haren, and drummer Brad Thorla who previously performed with a variety of celebrated underground acts including The Party of Helicopters, Harriet The Spy, White Pines, Teeth of the Hydra, Sofa King Killer, Drummer (with Pat Carney of The Black Keys), etc.
Relaxer premiered a track, which will be available via four-way split CD with Boris, Crypt City and Lisa Bella Donna on their Spring Japanese tour, which is sponsored by EarthQuaker Devices, here:
5/26 Tokyo Shindaita FEVER ( http://www.fever-popo.com )
5/27 Nagoya APOLLO BASE (http://apollo.sflag.co.jp)
5/28 Osaka CONPASS (http://www.conpass.jp)
5/29 Hiroshima CLUB QUATTRO (http://www.club-quattro.com/hiroshima/)
5/30 Fukuoka INSA (https://insa13.com)
OPEN/START (for the other dates)?18:00/18:30
Ticket Pia http://w.pia.jp/t/eqd2019/
Lawson Ticket https://l-tike.com/earthquakerdevices