Posts Tagged ‘Neurosis’
Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till To Complete The Neurosis Experience With Solo Performances At Roadburn
Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Neurosis are so much more than a band. At times, they seem to be at the heart of a sentient organism, fully functioning all by itself, with the activities of their members and of the entire Neurot family constituting the remaining organs and limbs of this fascinating creature.
None of those activities are more deeply connected and enwrapped around that ever-beating heart than the solo careers of guitarists / vocalists Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till themselves. Therefore, it is but natural that the Neurosis 30th anniversary celebrations that will take place at Roadburn will also include a typically intimate and profoundly touching solo performance by each of the two musicians.
Like Neurosis themselves, and most of their related other projects, it is not the first time Roadburners will have the immense honour and pleasure to witness these two men alone on a stage pouring their souls out, much more vulnerable and naked than usual, displaying their tremendous courage.
Both of them performed solo on the European version of their Beyond The Pale event which enriched the 2009 edition beyond our wildest dreams, and Scott had also played the year before, marking the release of his harrowing second album, The Wake. In these last few years, however, much has happened in artistic terms that will make these concerts an equally fascinating, yet decisively different endeavour.
Although he had already released two solo records when he first stepped on his own on the Roadburn stage, the bleakly atmospheric Spirit Bound Flesh and the aformentioned starkly minimalist The Wake, Scott Kelly has since been particularly active as a stage performer outside Neurosis, touring Europe and the United States several times, and often in very good company. T
he much-praised The Forgiven Ghost In Me album, released in 2012 under the moniker Scott Kelly And The Road Home, highlighted the collaborative potential of his solo work, and achieving a rare balance between the intimacy of a solo work and the possibilities afforded by a band effort. Since then, Scott has frequently played accompanied by The Road Home, which currently consists of the like-minded cohorts that are fellow Neurosis bandmate Noah Landis and “Denver Sound” legend Jay Munly.
He has also participated in a few split releases, as well as contributing three songs to the first volume of the Songs Of Townes Van Zandt collection. It is the sum of all these experiences that we will witness at Roadburn when Scott sits down, quietly, with his guitar, and we bet there won’t be a dry eye in the room when he bows out at the end.
Steve Von Till made us wait a little while for the follow up to his superb 2009 album, A Grave Is A Grim Horse, only giving us three songs on that same Songs Of Townes Van Zandt collection in the meantime to stave off the hunger, but every second of wait was worth it when we finally got to hear A Life Unto Itself.
Right now, it still resonates deeply within us as much as it did when it was released last May, if not more so – its sparse and starkly elegant mixture of Americana, ancient folk music and psychedelia constantly leaving us pleasantly lost in some figurative deep dark wood. It has the sobriety, the earthy mysticism, the emotional evocative power and same spiritual connection to nature and to forgotten ancient times his two first albums did, As The Crow Flies from 2000 and If I Should Fall To The Field from 2002, but it’s also brimming with surprising electric subtleties which were first explored on A Grave Is A Grim Horse.
If we add to this the fact that, alongside his solo work under his own name, Steve also maintains activity as Harvestman, his home-recorded, psychedelic improvised project which he has released three amazing, mind-altering records with (one of them, Trinity, a very appropriate soundtrack to an Italian horror film), and from which he often performs a few pieces during his solo shows, we can expect a varied, dynamic performance, where the flow of continuity is assured by Steve‘s unmistakable vocal and guitar personality.
Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till will therefore complete the weekend-long Neurosis anniversary experience with both performances taking place at the Het Patronaat on Friday, April 15. Each of them will be a life unto itself that must not be missed.
José Carlos Santos
Roadburn Festival takes place between 14 – 17 April 2016 at the 013 venue, in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets are on sale!
Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015
Roadburn Festival is elated to announce that our spiritual brethren from Neurosis will celebrate their 30th anniversary at the 2016 edition of the festival. The iconic, California-based band have planned just two events to mark this career milestone – one of which will be in San Francisco (March 4 & […]
Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014
Noisey / Vice shot a documentary about Roadburn at this year’s festival, called Mr. Roadburn. The doc is not only a portrait of Walter as Roadburn‘s artistic director, it’s also a fitting testament to the festival itself – Jurgen talks about Roadburn‘s origins, it honors the bands, the Roadburn aesthetic, […]
Roadburn Festival 2014 Artist Clinics: Scott Kelly & Mike Scheidt, Friday, April 11th at V39, Tilburg (NL)
Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014
Following on from the 2013 festival, we’re very pleased to continue our artist clinics at this year’s Roadburn. The clinics proved to be a great opportunity to give those of you attending the festival, many of whom are in bands or enjoy playing music on your own, and some some […]
Posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Few words frighten metal fans more than “supergroup” and “experimental.” Supergroups fall flat on their faces quite often, and in general we resist change. Which brings us to Corrections House, a band that combines both terms as an experimental supergroup. Consisting of Mike IX […]
Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Incredible footage from Neurosis’ recent live offensives in January has surfaced. View ‘At The Well’ and ‘Locust Star’ from Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple, ‘The Tide’ at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer, as well as incredible multi-camera footage of ‘At The Well’ from the Oakland Metro on New Year’s Eve as captured by Kenneth […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
In the beginning of December 2012 we asked you, our beloved Roadburn readers, friends and associates, to list your top 10 Roadburn-worthy albums of 2012. By January 2nd we had received 270 lists. Thanks to everyone who took the time to send us their list! This is how we compiled […]
Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Fan-filmed video footage of Neurosis‘ November 17th performance at Fox Theater in Oakland, CA (Honor Found In Decay release show) can be seen below.
Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: “Our legacy can only be assured if we continually burn down the past and plant seeds in the ashes,” proclaims Neurosis guitarist-vocalist Steve Von Till in a trailer for the band’s latest album, Honor Found in Decay. It’s got a nice ring to it, but might […]
Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The idea of putting The Forgiven Ghost in Me, the new mostly-solo outing from Scott Kelly, in any kind of proper context is ludicrous. It’s like trying to cover a mountain with a tarp. For the better part of 30 years, Kelly has stood alongside […]