SANDRIDER premieres new cover via Stereogum; split LP with Kinski out Feb 17th‏

January 16, 2015

014ae51c-37f4-4608-a03a-8848338109dbListen to “Mountain Song” via Stereogum

Sandrider + Kinski coming Febraury 17th on Good to Die Records

Brand new split 12″ LP featuring 5 unreleased tracks from Seattle heavyweight’s Sandrider and veteran psych rockers Kinski. The Sandrider side was engineered by Matt Bayles (Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Mastodon) at Red Room Studio in Seattle and features two originals that capture both Sandrider’s melodic and crushing sides as well as a beefed up cover of Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song”. The Kinski side was engineered by Phil Manley (Les Savy Fav, Rye Coalition, Oneida) at El Studio in San Francisco and features 14 minutes of new music stretched between two new tripped out rockers from the Seattle stalwarts. Pre-order available now via


Side A (Sandrider)

1. Rain
2. Glaive
3. Mountain Song

Side B (Kinski)

4. Kinski – Beyond in Touch with My Feminine Side
5. Kinski – The Narcotic Comforts of the Status Quo

Sandrider–  It’s hardly surprising that Frank Herbert, author of the acclaimed Dune saga, was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. An entire science fiction series based on a world devoid of rain? It could only be the work of another Puget Sound artist lashing out at the region’s chronic grey skies. The same geographical contempt applies to a band whose namesake stems from one of Herbert’s creations. You don’t need to know your sci-fi references to appreciate Seattle’s behemoth power trio Sandrider, you only need to know that their sound perfectly suits the tone of Herbert’s novels—epic, triumphant, and, ultimately, unabashedly entertaining. And considering the long-standing cliche that Washington State’s lineage of heavy bands stems from the perpetual gloom of our weather, Sandrider’s music and namesake seems all the more proper. Were bands like Nirvana, Melvins, Karp, and Soundgarden a product of the environment, a reaction to the cabin fever brought on by black clouds? Whatever the impetus was for those classic records, Sandrider seems to have found a similar muse.

If not the rain, restlessness and angst were certainly primary factors leading to Sandrider’s creation. Guitarist/vocalist Jon Weisnewski and drummer Nat Damm were already bashing out riffs in cult heavyweights Akimbo while bassist Jesse Roberts was adding the low-end lurch to local prog-punk staples The Ruby Doe and the backing band to punk legend Kid Congo Powers. Sandrider was little more than a side project, but with the pedigree involved, the Pacific Northwest’s heavy music community were instantly intrigued. And for good reason—both their self-titled debut and 2013’s “Godhead” are beasts. Weisnewski’s riffs managed to combine classic rock panache, sludge metal heft, and ‘90s artcore urgency. His vocals were an anthemic roar. Damm pounded like Bonham and blazed like Moon. Roberts swung between the ruthless economy of Bob Weston’s aluminum-necked precision in Shellac and the snake-like bass leads of Nomeansno’s Rob Wright. With two crushing albums under their belt, Sandrider has gained a reputation as one of the Northwest’s most crucial live acts.

Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. The band follows their instincts to explore pathways from visceral guitar rock, to sonic and heady avant-psych rock, and sparse, atmosphere-bending instrumentals. Currently the band finds itself with a newfound intensity and lyrical directness. NME has described Kinski as: “Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge.” Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Matthew also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski has toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, Oneida, Mono, Black Mountain, Tool, and Acid Mothers Temple. In 2013, the band released new album entitled Cosy Moments on Kill Rock Stars.  The album is filled with the glistening, graceful chords and heavy proto-punk rhythms that have become Kinski’s hallmarks over the last 14 years of playing music together.

Upcoming shows:

2/28 – Seattle, WA – Neumos w/ Kinski, Blood Drugs (LP Release)

More tour dates and festival appearances in the works.

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