New Jersey-based indie imprint Play The Assassin will issue 'Bad Heart Bull', the debut release from Appalachian doom folksters, U.S. CHRISTMAS on May 8, 2012. Originally self-released by the band on CDR in 2004, the vinyl will be limited to 250 copies and issued in three different configurations -- ultra clear with black splatter; bone white with blue swirl, and swamp green with yellow haze. Vinyl/T-shirt bundles and autographed test pressings are available with all proceeds being split between the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Oglala Sioux Tribe/Pine Ridge Reservation.
'Bad Heart Bull' is a 43-minute slab of mutant doom blues; think Neil Young without the 'Heart Of Gold'. â€œI used a lot of different electric guitars and amps â€“- a little Fender Vibro Champ for some of the leads on â€˜Black Snakeâ€™ and an Orange full-stack for the wall of distortion, but the foundation of Bad Heart Bull was Les Paul Customs and Marshall Mosfet stacks,â€ says Hall. Pre-order 'Bad Heart Bull' now at THIS LOCATION.
Now dubbed USX, U.S. CHRISTMAS is an apocalyptic space-rock/doom ensemble originating from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Led by guitarist/vocalist Nate Hall, the band, now featuring BJ Graves (drummer), Justin Whitlow (percussion, sounds), Josh Holt (bass, drones), and Meghan Mulhearn (violin) -- have entered their second decade of blurring the boundaries of crushing rock and acoustic dark blues.
The bandâ€™s eclectic musical influences range from modern metal and heavy rock to guitar slingers and classic artists including Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Hawkwind, Caustic Resin, and Neurosis. While the music of U.S. CHRISTMAS has never been described as being jammy or amorphous, the bandâ€™s brand of dirty, loose psychedelic rock originates from members bringing their individually-created musical parts into a room together and letting their collective synergy form a singular groove. One would think the spaciness of the music would bring lyrical themes dealing with outer-space, yet their lyrical content actually focuses more towards that of nature, earth, and terrestrial human history.
After a pair of self released CDRs ('Bad Heart Bull' and 'Prayer Meeting'), U.S. CHRISTMAS released their third album, Salt The Wound, via Russiaâ€™s RAIG Imprint, and then signed with the United States-based, Neurot Recordings (home of Neurosis, Shrinebuilder, Across Tundras, etc.) to release three studio offerings: 'Eat The Low Dogs', 'Run Thick In The Night' and 'The Valley Path'. Hall will be issuing his debut solo album, 'A Great River', via Neurot next month.