Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou To Release New EP “The Helm Of Sorrow” In January, Share Cover Of The Cranberries’ “Hollywood”

Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou will be releasing a new EP titled “The Helm Of Sorrow” on January 15. The effort will feature four tracks including: “Orphan Limbs,” “Crone Dance,” “Recurrence,” and a cover of The Cranberries’ “Hollywood.” The latter can be found below, along with a short film called “Elysian Fields.”

Thou Release Cover Of Black Sabbath’s “Wheels Of Confusion”

Thou have released their cover of Black Sabbath‘s “Wheels Of Confusion.” This track is from Magnetic Eye Records‘ upcoming tribute to Black Sabbath‘s “Vol. 4.“ That effort is titled “Vol. 4 [Redux]“ and it will be released on October 30 alongside a “Best Of Black Sabbath [Redux]” tribute album.

Thou guitarist Andy Gibbs commented:

“I think I was most excited about making that first section really heavy. The Sabbath version doesn’t have a rhythm guitar track, and Iommi is playing that lead, so I thought that was a good chance to really lay into those root notes and pull all of the weight and emotion that we could out of the chord progression. Playing that lead part over those chords is just an incredible experience for me; so much feeling for so few notes.”

He also added:

“Overall, though, translating the song was a bit of a challenge. There’s a lot of live studio ‘on the fly’ stuff happening, some fairly sloppy playing, and the transitions are just really weird overall. Somehow it all works though. I hope we were able to do it justice.”

[via Consequence Of Sound]

Thou And Emma Ruth Rundle Premiere New Song “The Valley”

Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle have premiered a new song titled “The Valley.” This track is from their new collaborative album “May Our Chambers Be Full,“ which will be released on October 30.

Rundle commented:

“‘The Valley‘ is a place. A landscape that lacks vistas and perspectives. An analogy for unrelenting, crushing mental illness, physical pain, addiction and the isolation that can arise as a result of these diseases. There is a choice one must make once initiated into The Valley‘s fold; to press on living where no hope will ever show itself or to dissolve into its bleak grayness.

On the journey, remains of those who came before us and succumbed are visible. Instead of hope, we turn to anger and defiance for fuel and with those we fortify ourselves. The ending doesn’t resolve, but successful escape from The Valley is unlikely.”

[via Revolver]

Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle Announce New Collaborative Album, Premiere New Song “Ancestral Recall”

Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle will be releasing a new collaborative album, titled “May Our Chambers Be Full,“ on October 30. The effort’s first single, “Ancestral Recall,“ can be streamed below:

Thou guitarist Andy Gibbs commented:

“It’s an easy marriage of our styles that was truly enhanced by everyone’s input during the arrangement process. When I first wrote the main two riffs (the first one being an homage to A Perfect Circle’s ‘Sleeping Beauty‘), I didn’t know if it would fit with the vibe we were pursuing because it didn’t sound ‘Thou-y’ enough nor did it sound like something Emma would normally put on a record. Ultimately, I realized how important that trait is; this record is all about exploring territory we wouldn’t usually explore with our own records.”

Rundle added:

“Andy originally wrote the riffs and I believe I referred to it as the ‘Guitar Hero’ jam — it was hard for me to keep up and I felt like I was doing an obstacle course (in the best way). Because of the differences in our guitar tunings, it was difficult for me to match the rest exactly and I ended up coming with a single note passage to play over the most difficult section.

For me this was a good example of the collaboration and that I was able to express my style despite my limitations in a way that added to Andy’s riff. Working with him on guitars was a challenge, but most rewarding, and I feel proud of our child.”

Thou Release New Covers Compilation “A Primer Of Holy Words”

Thou have released a new compilation album featuring their various covers. The effort is titled “A Primer Of Holy Words“ and you can purchase it on Bandcamp.

“A Primer Of Holy Words“ Track Listing:

01. “Introduction”
02. “Prayer To God” (Shellac cover)
03. “Spin The Black Circle” (Pearl Jam cover)
04. “No Excuses” (Alice In Chains cover)
05. “Fourth Of July” (Soundgarden cover)
06. “Paroled In ’54” (Agents Of Oblivion cover)
07. “Well Fed Fuck” (Born Against cover)
08. “Screaming At A Wall” (Minor Threat cover)
09. “Into The Void” (Black Sabbath cover)
10. “Sweet Leaf” (Black Sabbath cover)
11. “Black Sabbath” (Black Sabbath cover)
12. “Lord Of This World” (Black Sabbath cover)

Thou & The Body Release Live Album “Everyday, Things Are Getting Worse”

Thou and The Body have released a new live album titled “Everyday, Things Are Getting Worse“ via Bandcamp. The release was recorded during their collaborative set at the 2018 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, NET and proceeds from it will go towards Electric Girls.

Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle Announce U.S. Tour

Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle have announced a spring U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/24 Nashville, TN – TBA (Thou collaborative set with Emma Ruth Rundle)
03/25 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies
03/26 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing
03/27 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Clud (Thou collaborative set with Emma Ruth Rundle)
03/28 Oshkosh, WI – Eroding Winds
03/28 Milwaukee, WI – Company Brewing
03/29 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
03/30 Grand Rapids, MN – Pyramid Scheme
03/31 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
04/01 Pittsburgh, PA – Get Hip
04/02 Hudson, NY – Half Moon (Thou collaborative set with Emma Ruth Rundle)
04/03 Easthampton, MA – The Flywheel (Thou collaborative set with Emma Ruth Rundle)
04/04 Portsmouth, NH – 3S Arts (Thou collaborative set with Emma Ruth Rundle)
04/05 Boston, MA – MassArt
04/06 Providence, RI – AS220
04/07 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
04/08 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA (feat. Screaming Females, MJ Guider) (no Emma Ruth Rundle)
04/09 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery (feat. MJ Guider) (no Emma Ruth Rundle)
04/11-14 Tilburg, NL – Roadburn Festival (Thou collaborative set with Emma Ruth Rundle)

Thou Announce Fall Tour With MJ Guider

Thou have announced a fall tour with MJ Guider. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

11/02 Mexico City, MEX – Doom of the Dead at Foro Indie Rocks (no MJ Guider)
11/24 Lafayette, LA – Grindfest at Freetown Boom Boom Room (no MJ Guider)
11/29 Dallas, TX – RBC
11/30 Denver, CO – Syntax Physic Opera
12/01 Denver, CO – Matinee at Nude City Relief Center (acoustic set)
12/01 Laramie, WY – Great Untamed
12/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Diabolical Records
12/03 Boise, ID – Java Downtown
12/04 Portland, OR – Tonic
12/05 Seattle, WA – Vera Project
12/06 Anacortes, WA – Kennelly Keys (acoustic set)
12/07 Portland, OR – High Water Mark (acoustic set)
12/08 Salem, OR – Burial Ground
12/09 Eureka, WA – Sirens Song
12/10 San Francisco, CA – Balboa Theatre
12/11 Oakland, CA – 1234Go! (acoustic set)
12/11 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
12/12 Los Angeles, CA – Union (feat. Miserable)
12/13 San Diego, CA – Che Cafe (feat. Miserable)
12/14 Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion/Wall Street
12/15 Santa Fe, NM – The Cave
12/16 San Antonio, TX – Limelight
12/17 Austin, TX – Lost Well