Last half of May is a big month: Loudfest & New Single!!!

“It’s 100 miles to LOUDFEST, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
“HIT IT!”

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Yup we’re pretty excited about hitting the stage this Saturday at Loudfest in Bryan, Texas.  Playing Bryan last year was  fun, fun, fun (…raised to the fun power) and we can’t wait to see old friends and make new ones this weekend.  Bonus for you folks attending, you will get to hear the live debut of “Planck.” That’s our new single that will make its online debut a few weeks later on Tuesday 26 May as both a video and a “pay what you want” digital track on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Hope to see you all this weekend,
Cheers the LP4

 

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We are pleased to announce that we are now on a new label – Italy’s Vincebus Eruptum!!!!

We said we had some big news and today it’s official, Italian Psych label Vincebus Eruptum has been kind enough to take us aboard their fine flagship.

This all came about not long after we did that interview for their zine.  You see, in that interview, we mentioned how vinyl here in the states was, for various reasons, just becoming too costly and time consuming. Essentially it was becoming a game for the big labels and it just didn’t make sense for us to release vinyl ourselves.   I guess this struck a nerve with Davide as, not long after the interview, he offered to have us aboard his lovely label and release our albums on, yes, LP!!!  We gratefully accepted his offer and the first of these releases will be “Ampalanche” which was already in the works.  In fact, we sent Davide the demos and he gave us a thumbs up so “Hoist the sails, lads!”

PlanckOver the summer, we’ll be working on tracks and videos and you’ll even be able to hear  a preview of the album soon as we will be releasing one track online – a song we wrote for the book “Planck – Driven by Vision, Broken by War” by Brandon R. Brown – to coincide with Oxford University Press’ release of the book.  As mentioned before we wrote the song with the author (who penned most of the lyrics) and we’re trying to see if we can do some kind of small release show for the book/single this summer though, as we mentioned in an earlier post, live shows will be especially tricky over the next few months so any release show will be a cross our fingers kind of thing.

Anyhow, thanks to Davide and Vincebus Eruptum.  Stay tuned, we have many more rabbits to pull out of our hat soon.  In the meantime, here is the announcement from posted by VE this morning:

VINCEBUS ERUPTUM is REALLY proud to announce that the new album, “Ampalanche”, by our heroes THE LINUS PAULING QUARTET will be published on vinyl on VE Recordings!!!

The Texas based band is currently exploring psych regions of their home planet, collecting new and mysterious sonic specimens, and recording its findings as new audio tracks for the album…

Release date is planned for November 2015.

Stay tuned for more details!!!

 

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Loudfest may be one of your few chances to the the LP4 live this year.

LoudfestsmallAs much as we hate to announce it, 2015 will be a year that affords us few opportunities to perform live.  Much like Gandalf would leave his companions to deal with grave matters elsewhere, our percussive pillar of Rock and Roll, Larry, has announced that until November he may be called off at random points to deal with various wizarding  matters and that, as such, we cannot commit to any shows until the end of this year.

No matter!  What we lose on the road we will gain in recording music and shooting video at White Plume Mountain.  It will all be time well spent: a new album is in the works, a video too, and, of course, the afore mentioned release of the “Planck” single to accompany the new Brandon Brown book.   (BTW – That track is already completed and being mastered for release in coordination with Oxford University Press’ PR people.) So, fear not, LP4 friends!  This respite from the stage is only temporary! As our plans come into fruition, you will soon see that 2015 will have a lot in store for us.

In the meantime, come out and have fun with us at Loudfest in a few weeks.  It will be fun!  It will be loud! …and we’d love nothing more than to knock back a few cold ones with y’all!

Cheers from our lair in White Plume Mountain

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LOUDFEST!!! LOUDFEST!!! LOUDFEST!!!

Prepare for our return oh ye of Bryan, Texas for our brave party will indeed be journeying forth out of our recording studio stronghold beneath White Plume Mountain to play for thee at this year’s Loudfest!

New tunes will make their debut!  Rock will reign down like rivers of blood! For yea, we will crush our enemies, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentations of their women!  For, as Crom would have it, that is what is best in life…

… that and strong and hearty ale.

More information on your forthcoming doom can be found in the following sacred tome: http://bcsloudfest.com/

 

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Congratulations to The Suffers!!!

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I’m not sure if it made it into the final print version of interview of Vincebus Eruptum but in there we threw some props out to The Suffers.  Somehow, I suspect that many of you folks in the EU who read the interview may not already be familiar with these cats or their vocalist extraordinaire Kam Franklin.  Luckily, they just had their national television debut on the David Letterman show last night and they killed it.  So here ya go….

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I think all of Houston stayed up last night to see them do their thing in front of a national audience. That is one hard working band and they rightly deserve the attention so we just wanted to give big kudos and hopes for continued success to The Suffers and our hats off as well to their guy in the trenches, Mark C. Austin, who’s done a lot of hard work behind the scenes.

 

 

 

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Pre-Order Vincebus Eruptum #19

Hey folks, we just wanted to let you know that you can pre-order a copy of the next issue of Vincebus Eruptum.  Just click on the image of the cover just over there on the left.  It has an interview with us and some other cool bands plus it’s a pretty cool zine.  It comes out 10 April and when that happens, we’ll have a pretty big announcement to make.  (wink wink nudge nudge)  

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

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We’re releasing a song this summer for the book Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War

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I know, we said we weren’t going to announce or post anything until it was 100% done but this cat is kind of out of the bag right now anyhow so we may as well announce it. We’re doing a slightly different type of release this summer…

We’re releasing a song for a book!  

Yup, a while back Brandon Brown, a buddy who we’ve known since high school, was telling us about a new book he was writing for Oxford University Press about Max Planck.  I asked him if I could get an advance copy and loved the book so much that I asked him if he minded us writing a song for the book and Brandon was totally down with the idea.  So I came up with this chord progression and a melody, Clinton (the better vocalist by far) later took over on vocals, added an some Heiderian melodic touches, an opening, and a coda to the song, and all three of us (Brandon, Clinton and I) collaborated on the lyrics and before we knew it, voila – hey, we have a new song for the next album.

But here is the thing, unlike the other songs we are recording, this one will be released digitally to coincide with the release of the book.  I’m not sure exactly how that will work.  Will it be a different version than the album version? How will we post it on-line?  How will we do the release show?  We don’t know.  We’ve never done this and I don’t think the folks at Oxford have ever done something where a Book has a song written for it.  It’s the usual LP4, hey this sounds like it’d be fun and so we just kind of do it only to find that’s not the way folks go about doing things.  We’re weird that way.  However this turns out I can at least report that we’ve been having a good time recording the basic tracks and should easily be able to have it ready to go by July of this year which is the estimated release date of the book.

So keep a look out for this over the summer and check out Brandon’s book over at Oxford; it’s really, really good ( http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780190219475.do# ) and, for good measure, here is the book’s Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/planckbiography ).

Oh and here are some pics of the sessions.

Until next time, Cheers from the LP4

 

 

Clinton and Larry Recording Basic Tracks for “Planck”

Ramon Laying down tracks for "Planck"

Ramon Laying down tracks for “Planck”

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Vincebus Eruptum #19

 

Hey, check it out! Italy’s Vincebus Eruptum has an interview with us in their upcoming issue. We talk about the band’s history, our upcoming album, the economics of vinyl,  making videos, and Charlie speaks in non-sequiturs.   We haven’t gotten it yet (it comes out at the end of March) but it’s a way cool zine that is always graced by some gorgeous artwork so we’re pretty excited.  You know they even run a vinyl only label?  Yeah, they are that cool!    If you haven’t checked them out: http://www.vincebuseruptum.it/

PS. There’s a lot of other cool junk going on right now but, in keeping with our new blogging philosophy, we’re keeping things under our hats until they are signed on the dotted line done.  But keep an ear on the floor, cool stuff is a comin’.

 

 

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New Hearts of Animals Video

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I know we said we wouldn’t be posting as much in 2015 and here we are posting just a few days later but you’ll have to excuse us as our good friend and frequent collaborator Mlee Marie ( well-known under her nom de plume Hearts of Animals ) has just posted a video from her latest album, Another Mutation.  It’s pretty neat so we just wanted to take a moment and share it with you all so here it is.  Enjoy.

 

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Happy New Year! A look ahead at 2015

And so we come to the end of another year.  We had lots of fun, put out some music and a kooky video, played a lot of shows, made a lot of new friends, even got to play on a Hearts of Animals album, and last night we closed out the last rehearsal of the year under a cloud of bourbon, beer, and pointless drunken debates with Lord Hightower.  So thanks everyone for a lovely musical year.

Now though we’re moving on to 2015 and we figured we’d share with all of you some of our plans for the year.

  • Less talk, more rock.  The first thing I’d like to share is a change in the whole blogging and posting thing.  You’re going to see a lot less of it in 2015.  We’ll still be busy at work in our underground Rock and Roll laboratory but I’ve come to the conclusion that, as a band, the whole constant blogging thing is pointless. You know what we do every week; we drink and we jam.  There isn’t much more to it than that.  Eventually all that work pays off with a few songs that we can share and hopefully y’all will dig it.  Nobody needs to know where a record is in the manufacturing process or how far along we are on a video, all that’s really important is when it is released. If we slip off of your radar for a few months, that’s OK.

 

  • No more posting about some cockamamie idea that is floating in the ether. From now on we’ll only post about shows or projects that are imminent.  You folks don’t need to know what ideas we have or when we expect to have those ideas ready.  Odds are those plans will fall through.  Sure, we might have some cool idea floating around but then it may look better on paper than in reality and when that happens, we discard and move to more productive things.  That’s pretty standard for any creative endeavor but if you post about an idea that eventually goes nowhere, people will come back and ask about it and you just sound like a dork.  Yes, we have a gazillion screwy ideas and yes, 90% will fail. We’ll spare you that and just surprise you folks with a show or release when it’s a real thing.  Ideas are a dime a dozen; it’s the ideas you see through to the end that matter.

 

  • NO MORE 7″!!  A perfect example of cockamamie ideas is the whole 7″ plan we had involving a release every six months.  What we found out is that regardless of whether you release a full length or a single, it will take just as much (or almost as much) work and time to release it. Add to that the fact that when you release a 7″ it is a money loser.  Consider “C is for Cthulu” – just the manufacturing cost of that release (ignoring the costs of the video and a lot of other junk) comes to $7.50 per copy and, yes, we sell them for $7.  That’s right every copy we sell costs us fifty cents just on manufacturing costs.  That’s fine with us – no complaints really – but if we were to put the same amount of effort into a 12″ or a CD, the costs would be the same or less and we can sell them for more which is totally nuts when you think about it.  No, we won’t be raking it in but we can at least break even which is much more reasonable as we can then throw that into the next release.  Additionally, a 7″ gets very little exposure.  Release a 7″ then release an album and see which one gets a reasonable amount of press and which is at best a blip on the radar.  The album just naturally get a lot more recognition because there is just a lot more to discuss for a writer.  In short, that same song you worked so hard to spotlight in that 7″ will get a lot more mileage if it’s part of an album so I say balls to the 7″ format.  Balls I say!  Don’t get me wrong, we’re happy with the ones we’ve released and glad to have made them without cutting corners despite the costs but we just want to release more music and for that, albums are just the way to go.

 

  • So what can we say for 2015? Well, of course we will be playing shows (and we’ll mention those as they come along) but, for now, the big plan is to write new material for the next album.  We’re a band and making music is what we do.  Will the new stuff be Stoner Rock? Psych? Maybe a Space Rock Opera or some other thing united by a theme?  Who knows?  All we know is that we have a lot of ideas that we’re already throwing into the pot and what comes from that process is anyone’s guess.   Just know that we’ll be hard at work every week, drinking beer, having drunken arguments with Lord Hightower about junk we’ll forget the next day, and making loud, stupid noise!  Each week we’ll be a little more deaf and our livers and lungs will be a little worse for wear as we march towards that new album but fear not, new tunes are coming and they will rock.  That much we can promise you!

 

Until then, thanks for a lovely 2014 and Happy New Year from all of us at LP4 Labs

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