Earth Ball It's Yours

Label
Upset The Rhythm
Released
17th May 2024

Format Info

LP - black vinyl

‘EARTH BALL’S SOUND HAS EVOLVED INTO AN EXCITING AND SEDUCTIVE BLEND OF PSYCHEDELIA, POST ROCK AND SAVAGE SKRONKAGE THAT TRAMPLES ALL BEFORE IT,
PLAYED AT AN IMPOLITE VOLUME WHILE PAYING SCANT REGARD FOR CONVENTION’ THE QUIETUS (FEATURE)

‘A BOISTEROUS, MIND-MELTING ALBUM..EARTH BALL EVOKE THE EX’S DISCORDANT PROG PUNK ENERGY’ WIRE

‘Bristling with explosive energy, Earth Ball are set to release their debut album ‘It’s Yours’ in May. New single ‘A Need To Cool Down’ sets them off at full throttle, giving an idea of what to expect at their improvised live shows, which you’ll also be able to catch around the UK in May’ CMU Approved

‘Earth Ball are powerful, they’re heavy, properly heavyweight, not in a heavy metal kind of way, just heavily intense, beautifully’ THE ORGAN

“Wild noise rock that chucks free jazz, punk, and drone into a blender and presses ‘puree’” – Bandcamp

“‘Moon FM’ makes cutting use of the latter as the driving, devouring dirge gives way to a squall of sax that hits the listener like vertigo. The song stings like acid on an arc welder — light and heat, burn and boil.” – Raven Sings The Blues

Truly psychedelic and damaged, Wolf Eyes favourite new group.

Canadians Earth Ball are touring in May, 8-10 days in the UK with Chris Corsano.

December 2012 I showed up totally exhausted in Vancouver BC after touring stupidly and relentlessly for however many straight months and got a job at a call centre raising money for the Red Cross. It was a scent free office but one time this woman cooked a piece of fish in the microwave for 10 minutes on low and hot boxed the whole office – we got sent home early no pay.
There was the other woman I named the Call Centre Coltrane because her pitch and routine usually involved improvised flights of fancy that went off in both directions at once somehow landing back down with a credit card number and a donation. I used to sleep under the desk. I was there a few months and at the time I reconnected with John Brennan who I had played with briefly in Montreal at the Mutek Festival. In Montreal John was running an experimental music night at a burrito shop downtown called Garbage Night. While in Vancouver I began connecting with the music scene there and would go hang out with the Shearing Pinx lads who I think lived with Sydney the bass player at the time. I knew Nic and Jer from an AIDS Wolf Tour and was so stoked to get to know them both better. I really fell in love with that era of Vancouver’s music scene.
Fast Forward to today. 2024
Actually it was the dying days of 2023 but you get it and John asks if I’ll sit in with Earth Ball and I keep thinking about Earth Balance, the vegan butter everyone eats here. I brought my aching bones and my ipads on the beautiful ferry named the Queen of Oak Bay and out to Nanaimo BC, home of the Nanaimo bar (a dessert treat – special to this region – that seems to be more popularly found under the weird glass sneeze guards in office building deli’s out east in Ontario…. anyhoops). Noone in Nanaimo wants to talk to me about the famous treat. I asked a couple of people. Silence.
Nanaimo is like London, Ontario but more fried and by the sea. The town is filled with blown out old sea dawgs with tin coffee pots and loose leaf tobacco, then there’s the usual streetfolk you find in this part of the Canadian Pacific Northwest and a bunch of bohemians who I guess have left Vancouver behind – that fine city having become uninhabitable for those not making over 100k a year. And then up the way are all the retirees.
Yup Nanaimo is a strange one. They mined the shit out of this region and Nanaimo is surely haunted by those buried in mining shafts or maimed by the heavy machinery or blown up by accident in the explosives store house. And when Earth Ball fire up the amps in Izzy and Jer’s basement you can hear the voices of the ghosts hum through electrical lines and out the speakers, Kellen’s hued feedback, Izy’s sturdy basslines, Jer’s paperbag guitar tone and rumble pack zaps, Liam’s (aka the Kid) sheets of sound and Brennen’s multidirectional drums.
You wouldn’t guess Earth Ball was auto-composing and from what my rat brain can tell – the lyrics are improvised too…Improvising lyrics and singing them is the hardest thing to do in all of music.
Izzy and Jer are pros. And their attitudes are pro too.
The live show is scorched and without naming names they’ve been known to make headliners nervous. Lucky ones will get to see them live as they tour this beast of a record entitled ‘It’s Yours’ (out May 17th on Upset The Rhythm) and I hope I’m one of them.
But now you, fan of fun but totally fucked up music, have the opportunity to Ball with them thanks to Upset The Rhythm. Enjoy
-Alex Moskos, Montreal QC, Feb 2024