Los Angeles based post progressive metal band INTRONAUT have begun work on their 5th full length album. The album will be recorded with Josh Newell (Cynic) with Devin Townsend handling the mixing.
Vocalist/ guitarist, Sacha Dunable comments: “Really pumped on these songs. Overall its going to be a bit more dense and brutal than the past couple records, but mostly still the Intronaut you’ve grown to love or hate. We’re tracking mostly live like real men in a real band, at Clearlake Audio, where we did “Valley Of Smoke” with Josh Newell once again engineering. Then we’re sending it off to Devin Townsend to mix, which is super exciting.”
Named the best metal band by the LA Weekly, INTRONAUT formed in 2004 and have released 4 full length studio albums and two EPs. They’ve toured with Tool, Mastodon, Animals As Leaders, TesseracT and were the backing band for multi-instrumentalist, Cloudkicker on his first and only national tour.
Sacha Dunable – guitar, vocals
Joe Lester – bass
Dave Timnick – guitar, vocals, percussion
Danny Walker – drums
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A day before entering the studio to record their as-yet-untitled fifth full-length album with producer Josh Newell (Cynic) and Devin Townsend on the mixing console, Intronaut played a 45-minute set here and made it a truly special, exclusive occurrence for attendees. Sandwiched between two older songs that began and ended the set, they presented four brand new tunes in instrumental form, as guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable pointed out that the vocals for the new jams hadn’t been worked out yet. The next time they step on a stage they will most likely have vocals on these, so Intronaut fans in the audience genuinely felt fortunate to be able to experience the band’s new material in its purest incarnation.
Every time Intronaut convinces listeners that they might have hit their peak as songwriters and performers, they go on and outdo their own previous efforts. The same is the case with their brand new creations which take their progressive tendencies to unchartered extremes, encompassing an incredible degree of diversity within itself, ranging from the heaviest to the most psychedelic. The impact of their music is undoubtedly amplified live which showcases the four members’ expertise on their respective instruments. Sacha Dunable and Dave Timnick hold the forefront on guitars and vocals, meanwhile Danny Walker on drums and Joe Lester on bass (as well as with his endlessly oscillating head) embody the rhythm. Even though they were playing to the backdrop of Meshuggah’s artwork and in front of a crowd that was very much here solely for the headline act, in this writer’s completely honest opinion Intronaut stole this show, and if ever there were to be a scenario where Intronaut and Meshuggah were playing their own separate shows on the same night in town, Intronaut would be chosen within the blink of an eye.
Thanks to everyone that came out catch one of these 10 year Anniversary gigs!
“We’re taking a break from writing a new record to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a band with this special run of shows. We haven’t finalized a set list yet, but expect at least one song from every release, and maybe a special guest or two to come out and help us play them. Joining us on these shows will be our Canadian friends Anciients, and the LA show will feature Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall.
“We are also planning a couple special 10th Anniversary releases, hopefully to be available by this tour, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to everyone who has supported Intronaut for these past 10 years! We love you forever.”
11/6 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ Anciients
11/7 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Anciients
11/8 Portland, OR @ Branx w/ Anciients
11/9 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Anciients
11/10 Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ Anciients
11/12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Anciients
11/14 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats w/ Anciients
11/15 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs w/ Anciients
11/16 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar w/ Anciients
11/18 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Anciients
11/19 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red w/ Anciients
The rumors were true as TesseracT, Intronaut and Cloudkicker‘s tour has been officially announced. Members of Intronaut will be fleshing out the backing band for Cloudkicker on the run, which will mark their first-ever live tour. Cloudkicker mastermind Ben Sharp stated:
“This just happened to be a time when Intronaut was free and, incredibly, I was able to get the entire month of April off from work. We have been in touch since 2010 and they had told me a few times that we could make this happen, but it wasn’t until last fall that I decided to give it an honest effort. Having the professionalism and technical proficiency of a band like Intronaut was the piece of the puzzle that finally encouraged me to pursue this since they are making it so easy for me. I know that when we show up for the first night of the tour everything will be locked in and we can just focus on having a good time.
Intronaut themselves said of the matter:
“When we first met Ben a few years back and discovered the Cloudkicker album “Beacons“, we unanimously fell in love with it and have since bugged him to let us be his band. Now it is finally happening. Intronaut is absolutely over the moon about this once in a lifetime opportunity for Cloudkicker fans to hear his stuff live. Sweetening the deal even further is the fact that we get to do the tour with our favorite British chaps in TesseracT. This tour is going to kick ass!”
Here’s the schedule:
03/29 Springfield, VA – Empire (TesseracT only)
03/30 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall (TesseracT only)
04/01 Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn
04/02 Jacksonville, FL – Brewster’s Rock Bar
04/03 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
04/05 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
04/06 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
04/07 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
04/10 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
04/11 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
04/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
04/14 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/15 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
04/16 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
04/18 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
04/19 Calgary, AB – Republik
04/22 Billings, MT – The Railyard
04/23 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
04/25 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
04/26 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
04/28 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
04/29 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
04/30 New York, NY – The Gramercy
According to the Tumblr of Audiohammer Studios’ producer Eyal Levi, Job for a Cowboy have shown up over the weekend to begin the recording of their upcoming record. Keep in mind the album won’t have former drummer Jon “Charn” Rice (who only recently dropped out of the band), but Intronaut‘s Danny Walker.
Walker isn’t a full-fledged member of the band, but a temporary replacement for the recording sessions… or at least that’s the way it is right now. No word on what the band are going to do when it comes time for touring on the new album.
Job for a Cowboy have been getting progressively faster and heavier over the years, so I think it’s safe to say that this record has the potential to collapse universes. It helps that the guitar duo of Tony Sannicandro and Al Glassman are unstoppable riff machines and bassist Nick Schendzielos is certifiably out of his mind in every way possible.
INTRONAUT Announce Early 2014 Tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, DEAFHEAVEN and THE KINDRED
Between The Buried and Me aren’t quite done touring yet. The band have one more round left in them before they go back into hibernation to write new music. The band just announced a slew of February and March dates featuring Deafheaven, Intronaut and The Kindred:
02/20 West Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
02/22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
02/24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
02/26 Montreal, QC Corona Theater
02/27 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie’s
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop’s
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Last week, Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon “Charn” Rice announced that he was over itand leaving the band, but no hard feelings.
This left the rest of the band in a bit of a pickle, as they already started writing new material, but I guess it was a good problem to have as they announced today that Intronaut’s Danny Walker will be filling in on drums.
This is very exciting for us here at Metal Injection. Sure, Intronaut lean more to the proggier side, but Danny Walker is no stranger to death metal, having drummed in bands like Exhumed and Uphill Battle, a band Frank has gushed over on the site very much in the past.
Walker is pumped to be joining JFAC in the studio, writing:
“I’m thrilled to be working with these guys on this record! I look forward to challenging myself and contributing to a fresh and different outlet!”
Job for a Cowboy bassist Nick Schendzielos also released a comment making it known there are no hard feelings with Charn:
“Well my friends the time has come and The Charn has officially decided to step off the JFAC train. Absolutely no hahd feelins or nothin! We love the dude, cherish the memories we made with him, and in all likelihood will be seeing him again very soon…which brings up the next awesome piece of news…
“Our phenomenally talented friend Danny Walker is going to grace our next full length with his decidedly delicious drum tracks! We are seriously excited to hear what it’s going to turn out like- let the anticipation build!”
I’m really excited to see what these guys come up with in the studio!