The Day In Headphones: Warish

Down In Flames
RidingEasy Records
Released: 9/13/19

My most direct and least verbose comment about this new Warish record is this: my head has not stopped nodding since I hit PLAYDown In Flames, the band's latest release for RidingEasy Records, released Friday, September 13th. The cover art is like an homage to Sabbath's Never Say Die!, perhaps inspired by the pilot motif. The music, however, owes more to the substantively caustic output that made Touch & Go and Amphetamine Reptile the fine subsidiaries of quality annihilative sounds that they were/are, the trio no doubt influenced by the muck-riddled sounds of the late 80s/early 90s underground that those labels curated.

Oh, and the vocalist/guitarist is Tony Hawk's fucking kid

All info comes courtesy of Us-Them Group/Riding Easy Records.

Warish streaming forthcoming full length debut ahead of release
SoCal "evil-ish" sludge-punk meets early Nirvana, Scratch Acid

Southern California trio Warish are streaming their forthcoming full length debut Down In Flames in its entirety today ahead of release via Metal Injection.

Loudwire recently premiered the lead single "Healter Skelter" HERE, Rolling Stone previously hailed Warish as a
Song You Need To Know feature HERE.

Warish hit the road this month in support of the album with San Francisco stoner rock progenitors Acid King, who reissued their legendary Busse Woods album on RidingEasy on August 30th. Please see all dates below.

Imagine if early, weird Aberdeen Nirvana were crossed with low budget horror-obsessed garage-punks. You'd have sinister vibes with a visceral, twisted weirdness and bludgeoning riffs. Some might call it nightmarish, we call it Warish.

Warish is a very newly minted SoCal trio formed in early 2018 that has wasted no time making its presence known. The band formed when guitarist/vocalist and pro-skater Riley Hawk (son of skating legend Tony Hawk) and drummer Nick (Broose) McDonnell decided they wanted to try their hand at something more distinct than they'd done previously.

"We wanted to do simpler riffs and a fun live show," Riley explains. "A little more punk, a little bit of grunge... a little evil-ish."

Their sound takes cues from a variety of cool underground sounds and twists it all into an energetic and exciting fist to the face of dark fury. Hawk's effect-laden vocals hearken to 90s industrial monsters Ministry and David Yow's tortured caterwaul in Scratch Acid. The guitars are heavy and powerful, though decidedly not straightforward cookie cutter punk; more like Cobain's and Buzz Osbourne's wiry contortions. The rhythms bash and pummel right through it all with aggressive force ensuring that nothing gets overly complicated and the horrors keep coming throughout the band's uh, warlike assault.

Down In Flames will be available on LP, CD and download on September 13th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

09/20 Portland, OR @ Star Theater - Hesh Fest *
09/21 Seattle, WA @ Highline *
09/23 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater *
09/24 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
09/25 Chicago, IL @ Reggies *
09/26 Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle *

09/27 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
09/28 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place *
09/29 Boston, MA @ Sonia *
09/30 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory *
10/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *
10/02 Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall *
10/03 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
10/04 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight *
10/05 Atlanta, GA @ The 529 *
10/06 New Orleans, LA @ One Eye Jack's *
10/07 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey *
10/09 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister *
10/10 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red *
10/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite *
10/12 San Francisco, CA @ Chapel *
11/09 Austin, TX @ Levitation Fest

* w/ Acid King

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