In less than a week, THE BODY and THOU will embark on their Summer tour to Gilead Fest, supporting not only their own respective new releases, but also their recently released collaborative LP, Released From Love.
Vinyl-only independent label, Vinyl Rites, unleashed Released From Love in April, a fully collaborative recording featuring the entire ensembles of both Louisiana's doom/sludge quintet, THOU, and Oregon-based apocalyptic doom cult, THE BODY. Collectively, the bands orchestrate twenty minutes of material through this four-movement mini-LP, including three original tracks as well as a harrowing cover of Vic Chesnutt's "Coward." Recorded last year with James Whitten and mastered by Machines With Magnets, within this alliance, everything comes to its peak. Everyone's voice is heard, through instrument or otherwise, clearly defining their role in the project. All the things that make both groups special are apparent and fleshed out.
Released From Love is a vinyl-only release, pressed on 180-gram black vinyl with heavyweight covers and letter-pressed inserts by Beck Levy. There will be no CD pressing nor any form of digital distribution of the material. Orders for the wax can now be placed via Vinyl Rites, HERE, and via Earsplit Distro, HERE.
The entire Released From Love LP is streaming via Invisible Oranges HERE.
Having toured extensively together in the past, on the last day of June, THE BODY and THOU will tour out of Baton Rouge, and up the East Coast, and out to the Midwest playing a wide array of clubs, galleries and DIY venues into the third week of July. For the majority of these shows, both bands will play collaboratively as one unit, performing material off of Released From Love and more. Closing down the tour, both bands will perform a collaborative set on day one of the three-day Gilead Fest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Friday July 18th, alongside Ash Borer, Hell, Inter Arma, Protestant, and Oozing Wound that evening. The second evening will see THE BODY performing a solo set, andTHOU will perform a solo set on the final day of the gathering, on July 20th.
THOU / THE BODY Summer Tour:
6/30/2014 Atomic Pop Shop - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Silver Godling
7/01/2014 The Forge - Birmingham, AL w/ Holly Hunt, Lume
7/02/2014 Legitimate Business - Greensboro, NC w/ Darkentries
7/03/2014 Empire The Bar - Richmond, VA (2pm matinee - NO THE BODY)
7/03/2014 The Pinch - Washington, DC w/ Vilkacis, Pygmy Lush, Jail Solidarity
7/04/2014 Sidebar - Baltimore, MD w/ Curse, Wet Brain (1pm matinee - NO THE BODY)
7/04/2014 Beaumont Warehouse - Philadelphia w/ Hirs, Pissgrave, Backslider
7/05/2014 ABC No Rio - New York, NY (matinee - BODY and THOU solo sets) w/ Vilkacis, Mongrel
7/05/2014 Palisades - Brooklyn, NY (midnight show) w Ghastly City Sleep, Pygmy Lush
7/06/2014 The Savage Patch - New London, CT (1pm matinee - NO THE BODY) w/ Empty Vessels, Snow Orphan
7/06/2014 The Firehouse - Worcester, MA w/ Rozamov, Fórn
7/07/2014 Cuisine En Local - Boston, MA w/ Cress, Appalachian Terror Unit, Curmudgeon, Sandworm, Human Bodies
7/08/2014 Machines with Magnets - Providence, RI w/ Human Beast, Virusse
7/12/2014 The Asian Market - Buffalo, NY
7/13/2014 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Mere Phantoms, Pray for Teeth
7/14/2014 The Summit - Columbus, OH (matinee - NO THE BODY)
7/14/2014 Trumbullplex - Detroit, MI w/ Blackbird Raum, Wood Spider, Touch, Social Werq
7/15/2014 Take Hold Church - Grand Rapids, MI
7/16/2014 Carbon Room - Michigan City, MI w/ Alraune, Angry Gods
7/17/2014 Albion House - Chicago, IL (matinee - THE BODY and THOU solo sets) w/ Moral Void
7/17/2014 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL (late show - solo/collaborative sets) w/ Ash Borer, Hell, Hate
7/18/2014 Masonic Center - Oshkosh, WI THOU/THE BODY collab set w/ Ash Borer, Hell, Inter Arma, Protestant, Oozing Wound
7/19/2014 Masonic Center - Oshkosh, WI - THE BODY w/ Bastard Sapling, Mutilation Rites, Kowloon Walled City, Geryon, False, Sea of Bones, Owlfood, Hexer
7/20/2014 Masonic Center - Oshkosh, WI - THOU w/ Barghest, Loss, Uzala, Lychgate, Seidr, Generation of Vipers, Alraune, Northless