During tonight’s show I had the pleasure of sharing a conversation with UK doom/sludge metal band Everest Queen during at event they were headlining at the Arches Venue in Coventry. It was a lineup including Oak who ventured up from London.
You can listen to the whole show including the interview via the Mixcloud link here:
They’re a band based in Hertfordshire and I first saw them at this summer’s Stone Frequency II event at the Black Heart in London and the were certainly memorable for their mighty sound. The show in Coventry was part of a small tour, which included shows with drone metal band Bong who I’ve been enjoying playing on the show over previous weeks.
I enjoyed meeting them properly and finding out more about them, such as how long they have been together, how they formed and how they’re creating their music now. Also their influences and any particular themes or topics they write about.
We also talked about the scene in the UK which I always enjoy learning more about, how the bands support each other and also sustain themselves, such as with their merchandise like t-shirts. This brought us on to talk about the lovely synergy with the wonderful artists the bands have been coming across, such as Colin ßólger who designed their recent shirts and single cover for Grave Dweller.
When I played Grave Dweller on the show I spoke about noticing that Everest Queen recorded it at Farm Factory Studios, with contributions including mixing and mastering by Chris West of Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight. They have been stalwarts on Musical Meanderings over recent years, with their Echoes Return single being a previous presenter’s pick of mine.
During the episode I also played new music by another great band from the UK scene, Cavalli, who I’m also looking forward to speaking to on the show soon. And also more new post-rock music, such as by Khara and a new single by Iran’s False Horizon.
I began the show with a new song by Windhand, Feather from their new release Eternal Return. This allowed me to celebrate my journey into learning more about this music over the previous few years, as they were part of it, along with Pallbearer, giving me a chance to play A Plea For Understanding again.
Here is the playlist for 11th October 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Windhand – Feather (Eternal Return – 2018)
2 Pallbearer – A Plea For Understanding (Heartless – 2017)
3 Cavalli – Stronger (Hugantic – 2018)
4 Khemmis – The Bereaved (Absolution – 2015)
5 Everest Queen – Catacombs (Everest Queen -EP – 2016)
6 Everest Queen – Grave Dweller (2017)
7 Ocean Chief – Den sanna styrkan (Sten – 2013)
8 Eleventh Vibration – Nature (Illusions – 2016)
9 iiah – Samsara (Distances – 2017)
10 The Sun Melts In Your Hand – Uncharted (The Sun Melts In Your Hand – 2016)
11 False Horizon – Stormy Silence (2018)
12 Khara – Can You Fix A Broken Memory- (Heaven Can Wait – 2018)
13 pg.lost – Still Alright (In Never Out – 2009)