Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire) Announces May Solo Shows

Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire) has announced a mini headlining tour in support of his solo album “Pike Vs. The Automaton.“ His backing band for the shows will consist of guitarist Chris Evans (Lord Dying), bassist Chad “Chief” Hartgrave, and drummer Jon Reid (ex-Lord Dying). Here’s the dates for the trek:

05/05 Seattle, WA – Barhouse
05/06 Tacoma, WA – Plaid Pig
05/07 Port Angeles, WA – Devil’s Lunchbox
05/08 Portland, OR – High Water Mark

High On Fire’s Matt Pike Premieres Music Video For “Land” Featuring Mastodon’s Brent Hinds

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) has premiered a new video for his new song “Land.” This track features Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and it will appear on Pike’s new solo album, “Pike Vs. The Automaton,” which is set to be released on February 18. Pike commented:

“‘Land‘ was written after I had just come home from a tour. It’s like an old blues song. I was thinking of it as like a bunch of old dudes in a subway doing a doo-wop thing. It has the feel of a two-step like my Mom used to dance to, like Country Western. It’s totally about depression and leading a hard life. Later, I was playing the song for Brent Hinds from Mastodon who had come out to Portland to jam with me and he laid down this smokin’-ass Billy Gibbons kind of solo! I did one solo and then he did his solo and I’m like, ‘You’re a dick,’ (laughs). The bass player from Brent’s other band West End Motel, Steve McPeeks, played some stand-up bass – both plucking and with a bow – and it really brought out this depth to the song. I’ve never written a song like that and recorded it and made it as cool as it is. It’s totally different.”

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) To Release New Solo Album “Pike Vs. The Automaton” In February, Premieres “Alien Slut Mum” Music Video

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) has announced that he will be releasing a new solo album, titled “Pike Vs. The Automaton,” on February 18. He worked on the effort with drummer Jon Reid (ex-Lord Dying) and producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire). A number of guests also contributed including Jeff Matz (High On Fire), Alyssa Maucere-Pike (Lord Dying, Grigax), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Steve McPeeks (West End Motel), Josh Greene (El Cerdo), Todd Burdette (Tragedy) and Chad “Chief” Hartgrave.

“Pike Vs. The Automaton” Track Listing:

01. “Abusive”
02. “Throat Cobra”
03. “Trapped In A Midcave”
04. “Epoxia”
05. “Land”
06. “Alien Slut Mum”
07. “Apollyon”
08. “Acid Test Zone”
09. “Latin American Geological Formation”
10. “Leaving The Wars Of Woe ”

Pike said the following about the new record:

“I was just going bonkers during the pandemic. It was like really, truly miserable. And then all the riots here in Portland and all the political shit. I was trapped in my garage, which was the only place I could go and jam and do anything. I was trapped in there ‘cause I couldn’t go jam with High On Fire, I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t do that, no one could fly. I was going crazy.

My friend Jon Reid, who was the original drummer for Lord Dying, had moved to Portland and was babysitting my dog, Crom, and he was drumming for my wife’s band, so he had his drums already set up at my place. I finally said, ‘Dude, do you want to come over and just start jamming?’ So, I just started this thing with my friend Jon. I was like, ‘Dude, fuck it. Let’s start a side band and we’ll just demo this and act like we’re starting it as teenagers, you know?’

The album title, ‘Pike Vs. The Automaton‘, wasn’t an ego thing for me. Billy and Jon said, ‘Dude, you should use your name in this. This is your solo project.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do that’. The Automaton, in Greek mythology, is the big robot that’s the guardian of the Gods, basically. It’s a soulless, big machine named Talos. The big machine that’s working against mankind at this moment. In ‘Jason and the Argonauts’, Jason and the Argonauts have to battle this big machine guy that protects the island. Basically, what the album title is saying, metaphorically, is ‘Pike against the World.’

I made a psychedelic rock record that Sleep and High On Fire fans would like And maybe if you’re not a Sleep or High On Fire fan, you might like it too. I definitely think it’s interesting; it has D-Beat punk, two-step. It’s got everything and it still works together, it doesn’t sound odd. It’s just an off-the-wall psychedelic rock record.”

A video for the effort’s first single, “Alien Slut Mum,” can be found below. Pike added the following about that:

“Four friends enter the woods, for a getaway, little did they know they would never return! Dogmen, Sasquatch, Reptilians, or alien slut mum?!?! Where have they gone??”

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) To Release “Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics Of Matt Pike”

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) will be releasing a new book titled “Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics Of Matt Pike” on November 9 via Rare Bird. The effort will feature visual representations of Pike‘s lyrics from artists such as Arik Roper, David V. D’Andrea, Santos, Brian Mercer, Skinner, Jondix, Stash, Tim Lehi, Jordan Barlow, and Derrick Snodgrass. Rare Bird’s Tyson Cornell commented:

“Matt Pike’s lyrics are just as important and powerful as his riffs, and his words deserve to be celebrated alongside the fantastic imagery that the artists have put together in this book. ‘Head On A Pike‘ is a natural for any Sleep, High On Fire or Matt Pike fan, but the work is also relevant to greater conversations around lyrical poetry, formal and free verse and tattoo inspirations for years to come.”

Studio Sessions Underway For High On Fire Frontman Matt Pike’s New Solo Album

It looks like studio sessions for High On Fire frontman Matt Pike’s new solo album have been taking place as of late. High On Fire bassist Jeff Matz was recently in the studio contributing some elektro bağlama to the effort. He posted the following:

[via The PRP]