Havok reaping, atom smashing Akron quartet Relaxer announced that they’ll be performing at 2021’s Psycho Las Vegas festival alongside Danzig, Emperor, Down and a host of other celebrated underground rock heavies. The festival takes place August 20-21 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. More information about the event is available here.
In 2020, Relaxer (members of The Party of Helicopters, Drummer, Teeth of the Hydra, Harriet The Spy, etc.) was scheduled to play the Monolith on the Mesa live festival, and when it was cancelled came through with this full set at Akron Roller Derby.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdrZat57zKE
00:35 – Window/Path
08:24 – Catch/Phrase
13:49 – Mist Figure
19:10 – The Endless Slope
22:38 – The Warlord
Shot and edited by Chris Tran
Secondary Camera: Dave Whited, Jamie Suvak, Jeff France
Engineered and mixed by Jeff France
For those unfamiliar with Relaxer, making music for the sake or art or commerce is a multi-dimensional, engrossing prospect. It requires time, tenacity and emotion conjured from conscious and subconscious wellsprings. At some point in their vibrant evolution, Relaxer’s sound began to take a mysterious shape, and members of the group tapped into new areas of their triune brain, setting free their once captive lizard group think to reap cognitive and aural havok.
Invigorated the change in direction – from “passive progressive” and cinematic to atom-smashing, Middle Earth-borne, stoned-out frenzy — the agile, amplifier worshiping Ohio headbangers are poised to bring the heady riffs and changeling rhythms to both the studio and stages across the globe.
Relaxer released a tour split, which included their song “The Endless Slope” with storied Japanese underground metal heroes Boris, Crypt City, and Lisa Bella Donna, before joining them for an EarthQuaker Devices Japanese tour in May 2019. A stream of the split premiered via Brooklyn Vegan in May 2019. “The Endless Slope,” was recorded and mixed at EarthQuaker Devices Sound Labs by Relaxer’s Jamie Stillman and Joseph Scott in January 2019. The track was mastered at Cauliflower Audio by Adam Boose.
Relaxer also released a video for “The Endless Slope,” which was directed by Chris Tran and premiered via The Big Takeover in May 2019.
Download the full split here.
Previously, Relaxer released their seven-song Unreal/Cities LP, which was recorded by engineer Ben Vehorn (Strand of Oaks), in 2016. The collection of psychedelic rippers featured contributions from Steve Clements (Six Parts Seven, Royal Bangs), and was followed by a run of west coast tour dates, including a performance at The Reverberation Appreciation Society’s (members of The Black Angels and friends) sixth LEVITATION music festival in Austin, Texas.
Unreal/Cities was proceeded by the band’s debut LP, 2014’s Lasers, which was engineered by Chris Koltay (Akron/Family, Electric Six, Tyvek) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Slowdive, YOB, Bjork), and a split 7” with Cloud Nothings released via Minds Eye/Square Records on Record Store Day 2013.
Relaxer is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Scott, bassist Corey Haren, and drummer Brad Thorla, guitarist Stillman who previously performed with a variety of celebrated underground acts including The Party of Helicopters, Harriet The Spy, White Pines, Teeth of the Hydra, Sofa King Killer, Drummer (with Pat Carney of The Black Keys), etc.