News•December 10, 2011 9:24 PM ET•1,613 views
Seventh Rule Recordings signs Wizard Rifle
Official press release: Seventh Rule Recordings, home of such forward-thinking amplifier destroyers as Indian, Kongh, Sweet Cobra, Atriarch, and Batillus, is pleased to announce the signing of Portland's most wonderfully weird two-piece, Wizard Rifle. The label will be releasing the young band's debut record, Speak Loud Say Nothing, on CD/digitally on March 13, 2012, with a special edition vinyl version to follow. In the meantime, Wizard Rifle have posted the first song from their upcoming album, "Tears Won't Soften Steel," on their Bandcamp page, as well as ordering info for a brand-new T-shirt (designed by drummer/vocalist and visionary artist Sam Ford). The two-man wrecking crew known collectively as Wizard Rifle first came together in the autumn of 2009. Based in Portland, OR and drawing influences from Black Sabbath, Lightning Bolt, High on Fire, Karp, Sleep, Sonic Youth, Nomeansno, The Stooges, and Danava, Wizard Rifle are as difficult to describe as they are to ignore. Eclectic, innovative, and all-around out there, their sound is a constantly-evolving, always-adapting entity that changes with their moods. Frantic, chaotic, noise rock tempered with dredges of doom, swinging rock'n'roll, grimy grunge, and a heady dose of AmRep skronk - that's what Wizard Rifle are made of! The band is comprised of drummer Sam Ford and guitarist Max Dameron, who share vocal duties and down right mesmerize in a live setting. The interplay between the two is fluid, jarring, mechanical and organic - a jumble of impressions, and a captivating spectacle. Wizard Rifle have done their best to spread their tapestry of noise across the entire continent, completing a full US/Canada tour with Norwegian noiseniks Arabrot alongside festival appearances at SXSW, Fall Into Darkness, and PDX Pop Now and gigs supporting the likes of Lightning Bolt, Valient Thorr, Black Cobra, Yob, Agalloch, Witch Mountain, Chinese Stars, Thrones, Atriarch, Rabbits, and more. Be sure to catch them when they come crashing through your burgh, and look out for the release of their debut LP from Seventh Rule!