April 5, 2013
Our show with Yob and Norska in November was one of our most memorable and amazing times of the last year. We’ve been putting together a series of images from that night and others. We appreciate everything 2012 was, and every day that will be. Being in a band with your best friends makes all the difference. Our photographer, Alicia Daubner, has been collaborating with Chris on this first batch of photographic prints below. Enjoy.
March 26, 2013
This Friday, March 29th, we open for Jucifer, the loudest two-piece I’ve ever seen, at Reggies Chicago. They celebrate their 20th year. We celebrate nothing. Except the will to go on. And a set with more new songs from our upcoming record. With Scientist and Of Wolves. Facebook event. Come by and pick up some vinyl and get freaked out that you’re still here and stuff.
February 19, 2013
Timeout Chicago has declared the rock concert we are headlining at the Beat Kitchen is the pick of critics. Come down Saturday night and see what this picking is all about. Beak, The Swan King, Mares Of Thrace and Sun Splitter. It’s going to be “punishing”, they say. Indeed it will. Read it here and be swept away into our arms and a sea of hype.
February 14, 2013
There is a serious show coming here and we are stoked to be on this bill. Jason put this one together with some of our favorite bands and people – The Swan King, Mares of Thrace and Sun Splitter. This takes place in Chicago. This takes place at the Beat Kitchen, a small room with a legitimate sound system. If you’re not a fan of these bands, start now. In my mind there are no better bands in Chicago. We’re going to have some songs from our upcoming record on hand to try out. Come look at Scott, an old friend and drummer for Mares, who is about 10% less grumpy now that he has found the love of his life standing a mere three feet away from him, the lady singing vocals in that band. See if he’s changed. And imagine being in that band, where it’s just the two of you, keeping that fight from yesterday morning going. Saturday February 23rd 2013. 9pm. Buy tickets.
January 23, 2013
With great foresight, a pen, and a calendar we devised an adventurous plan: book time at a studio, record our next record, and f*cking release it. Sounds simple, but it is far from it for this band. Step one is direct and easily understood – 2 sessions at Electrical Audio, the finest in the land, with our infamous “Eyrie” engineer Neil Strauch on the boards.
The first session, completed in December, went down without a hitch beyond spurting thumb blood, endless belittling, one frustrated I-can’t-f*cking-play-this-song moment, and a few you-can’t-play-this-f*cking-song moments. None of us knew that the esteemed Steve Albini was so into poker and cats and Jason was so into something called “pee parties”. It felt good to be in the same room as Neil again. As first timers at Electrical, we were in awe of the cavernous drum room: a nearly three-story tall behemoth with a Dr. No style descending staircase around the perimeter. The room is responsible for the larger-than-life sounds on many Electrical records. Man, it’s cool as shit.
4 songs were tracked and successfully recorded with one noted by Jason as “needing his parts to be punched in starting with measure 1.” The new songs feel meaner, more precise and concise. On “Eyrie” we were working through the end of a two year period of honing in on the way we approached songwriting. Coming from the Timeout Drawer, where everything was possible, it took us some time. In fact, we recorded 10 songs for “Eyrie” and tossed away the 5 that weren’t right. This time that work feels done and we can get on with gettin it on.
January 21, 2013
Making records around the busy schedules of four men in a famous rock band is a trick to say the least. With all of the performances, appearances, music videos, and interviews; fulfilling mail order from the back corner of the practice space, with our own private stash of boxes and stamps, writing each and every “to” and “from” address by hand; it’s a miracle of sorts that there is time for the basics of songwriting, that thing you signed up originally to do. When all of the houses are bought, and vintage car collections amassed, divorces signed and mailorder postage printed and paid for, what’s really needed from this band of bickering man-childs is another record.
With a fresh batch of songs under our arms, from countless nights in lockdown under ground, in a new practice space buried deep in the bowels of Chicago, in a structure originally built for housing gunpowder, with walls thick enough to sustain an accidental blast, we’ve booked time in December and January to lay the foundation for the new recording, at none other than Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, in Chicago, over there on Belmont and California, where all your favorite records have been made, right across the street from Devry, a large police station, and the sight of the former Riverview amusement park. With “Eryie” engineer Neil Strauch on hand, the new record is underway, god dammit.
January 17, 2013
The album art for “Eyrie” was crafted from photographs shot by our drummer, Chris, in the Sierra Madre mountain range, in Monterrey Mexico, a mountain range that’s truly impressive: 610 miles long, and home to the Zone-tailed Hawk, a bird of prey that swarm the tops of the mountains there. It’s an incredible place, breathtaking during the often cloudy, dense mornings. He was visiting there as a guest teacher, teaching a class on designing record covers, of all things, with a clear view of the mountain range from the classroom. The sight of the lingering, moody fog across the mountain tops eventually got the best of him.
Having no idea how to get anywhere, nor having any means to do so, he asked his students to meet him at 5am the next morning, when the light would be the best and the fog was sure to be thick. 3 of 20 showed up, escorting him into the mountain range, and one of them, Sarai de la Cruz, captured the above photo of him shooting the now infamous cover.
The hawks were circling a tall rock outcropping that closely resembled a beak made of stone, a peak if you will, nearly the very definition of “Eyrie” as a “high inaccesible place or a nest of a bird of prey”. An almost perfect and serendipitous converging of elements. All it needed was a gargantuan pyramid of interlocking triangles hovering atop the whole scene, but you can’t ask for everything.
January 15, 2013
All of our limited edition LP’s come with a free 8 page zine that folds out into a giant 24″x36″ Beak poster. Designed by Someoddpilot. Grab one from us at our shows or pick one up with a vinyl purchase here.
January 10, 2013
Thanks to the support of our people via Kickstarter, we manufactured gorgeous vinyl 12″ editions of “Eyrie” complete with 4 color artwork on a beautiful sleeve designed by Someoddpilot, and an inner B/W sleeve with liner notes and lyrics. As an added super-bonus the record comes with a Beak “Zine”: an 8 page short form magazine dedicated to us, naturally, that folds out into a gigantic Beak poster. This shit is hot, ships directly from us, and we still have some left. Super limited edition. Buy it here.
Also available from Carrot Top distribution and Reckless Records.
October 18, 2012
A Chicago metal line-up in support of Arbogast’s soon to be released new record, join us Friday, November 2nd for the goods at The Ultra Lounge. Tickets here. Photograph by Alicia Daubner.
September 18, 2012
Watch the new Beak video, our third from “Eyrie”, premiered by Metalholic magazine. This is anxious mastery – with levels of analog distortion that are truly hallucinogenic combined with digital film experiments from post-editing effects artists. Christopher Rejano directed this piece, with editing by Glorily Velez, visual effects by Dan Zabinski, and playback by Eric Anthony. Huge thank you to all of them for their beautiful work.
September 17, 2012
The show with Yob was tremendous. Capturing the night on film, John Mourlas is making an intense catalog of Chicago metal shows. Our latest show is here.
August 29, 2012
Our third proper music video from Eyrie, “The Weight & Time” was shot and directed by Chris Rejano, with CG and editing by White House Post. This will be our first video not directed by our drummer. It’s a stunning visual piece that brings to mind visions of Richard D. James in “Come to Daddy”, as some subtle CG work transforms Jon into someone or something who, well, just looks really really displeased. Look for it in the coming weeks.
August 20, 2012
Portland Oregon’s doom metal masters YOB descend on Chicago September 12th with Norska (featuring Yob’s bassist) and Beak (that’s us). Show starts at 8 (it’s an early one) and completely accommodates the 17 and over group. If that’s you, it’s time to celebrate. Tickets here. Photography and design by Chris Eichenseer of Someoddpilot.
August 19, 2012
Dozens of show photographs, courtesy of John Mourlas.