I’ve got another compilation this week. Much like the Isis album, this is hardly a must have but something nice for completists or people jonesing for some Kylesa (it’s been a little over two years and counting we’ve been waiting for a new album).
And this isn’t just a bunch of old tracks thrown together. Many of these tracks were worked on specifically for this album. Tracks are really culled from all over the place. There are a few unfinished tracks lying around that were completed. There are a couple updated versions of album and 7″ songs. The touch-ups help give the album more cohesion since the songs were written throughout the past ten years. There’s also a brand new song End Truth right in the center of everything.
For me, the album’s highlights are the two covers near the end. Pink Floyd’s Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun is probably their most circulated rarity. I think it’s originally from a Pink Floyd tribute. It’s nice to see that it’s finally getting a proper release. The other is Buzzov*en’s Drained. I’m not sure if this was ever released before, but it’s a great.
My only complaint is that the album kind of just drops off at the end finishing with a drum jam (creatively titled Drum Jam). Between that and the two covers, it feels like they didn’t know how to fit them all in with the other songs so they just got dumped at the end. Apart form that it’s a good comp. They’re all solid songs.
We’re now over two years since Isis has broken up, and they’ve released this compilation which serves as a nice coda to their catalog. After releasing two disappointing albums (to me at least) they finished up on a very high note with 2009′s Wavering Radiant. This three-disc set compiles some odds and ends they had. It’s probably something that’s for the more diehard fans, but I really enjoy it and would recommend it.
The first disc is comprised of demos. Most of them aren’t all that different from the album versions. A little rougher but pretty good sound quality. Some have low or no vocals at all. The final track is the 17 minute Grey Divide. I’m not sure where it’s from but the liner notes say recorded in 2001 so maybe it’s from the Oceanic sessions or extended jam somewhere. Either way, ideas from it were used on Oceanic.
The second disc has some really cool gems on it. First off are the Godflesh and Black Sabbath covers from the ultra-rare Sawblade EP from 1999. They are also the only pre-Oceanic tracks in the set. There are also a couple remixes and a short new song (the title track). To me the album’s highlights are Way Through Woven Branches and Pliable Foe, the two tracks from their split EP with the Melvins, both Wavering Radiant outtakes.
The third disc is a DVD of their official videos. Not really my thing, but they look cool if you’re into videos. Again, this collection is not essential, but really cool for the longtime fans.
Primus is in the midst of their 3-D Tour complete with glasses for their visual show and a surround sound audio setup that they are bringing to the venues. It’s a pretty cool gimmick. The 3-D looked like there were bubbles and other random things floating around on the stage. It sounded great. Although the few times I’ve been to the Hammerstein Ballroom always sounded great.
And what really matters is that the music was great. They played for about two and a half hours combined, and really pulled out some cool rarely (if ever) played tunes. I’ve been seeing Primus for many years now. And recently it’s kind of been mostly favorites from their first two albums. For me at least. I know they change up their sets from night to night.
The highlight for me was hearing them open up the second set with The Return of Sathington Willoughby which is something I never would have thought they would ever play live. Hamburger Train was also very cool. I haven’t been able to see them since the release of Green Naugahyde
, so all the new songs were also treats. There was also a lot of Punchbowl, and Les played Big Rock Candy Mountain solo.
The night was closed out with HOINFODAMAN and Tommy the Cat. Both were accompanied with particularly killer guitar solos.
Prelude to a Crawl
Last Salmon Man
Over the Falls
Lee Van Cleef
Eyes of the Squirrel
Del Davis Tree Farm
Those Damn Blue Collar Tweekers
Return of Sathington Willoughby
Eternal Consumption Engine
Jilly’s on Smack
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Over the Electric Grapevine
Hello Skinny (Residents)
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
Tommy the Cat -> The Awakening -> Tommy the Cat
With songs roughly around two minutes, there isn’t room for any padding. Songs are lean and don’t meander. There’s a pretty weird intro song, then six heavy rockers.
And I may call the band weird, but it’s weird in a not-weird kind of way. What I mean is that there are some pretty different sound effects and the vocals are pretty unique, but the song structure is pretty standard.
Overall, it’s a short but very solid EP. It’s being released by Volcom Entertainment on October 9th, and you can currently see Tweak Bird opening for the Melvins on most their record-breaking tour. Note: Tweak Bird will not be breaking any records.