Greased wheels, scuffed leather, stale whiskey, sleazy riffs and, errrm, really big scythes sure set R.I.P. apart from the doom crowd and we're chuffed as shit to have them with us this coming April to play the Riding Easy stage at Desertfest.

The Portland, Oregon four-piece, R.I.P., carved out half a name for themselves slamming dirty rock shows up and down the West Coast for a good few years before the whips n' chains grit n' roll of 'In the Wind' came along in 2016 and swept the sticky vinyl floor from under us all. Fast forward to 2018 and the none-more-aptly named sophomore opus Street Reaper was already gathering knots down the Pacific coast highways (and Bandcamp); ripping squealing riffballs and chugging frenetic, punk-scuzzed rhythms in it's wake. 

Make no mistake this is doom metal, but it's like, really fast, loose doom with more than a pinch of it's own salt tossed in over the smouldering pot of filth for good measure. So tuck in, throw back your head and cackle like King Diamond playing sharades with a hyena, cos we're all about to get reaped on these 'ere streets...

Words: Pete Green


Yeah, the headline doesn’t make any sense, but do you fucking care? The point is that BlackWater HolyLight are playing the Desertfest. Got that? What more could you ever possibly need to know

The Portland, Oregon, four-piece did the world a favour last year and released their self-titled debut album through RidingEasy Records, collecting psychedelic washes and drifty, dreamy melodies together for an ethereal brew of hypnotic potency. Was it mushrooms? Was it brutalist architecture? Was it riffs?

Okay, yes, it was riffs. But it was more than that too.

Remember how you felt the first time you heard Witch? Well if you listened to ‘Wave of Conscience’ or the even-further-gone ‘Slow Hole’ and didn’t get that same feeling, go back and do it again because you did it wrong the first time. BlackWater HolyLight brought doom, heavy psych, grunge, stoner jams and volume-devouring dynamism together across eight brilliant-as-the-sun tracks, and if you have any idea at all what’s good for you, you’ll be there to catch them when they come to Camden Town.

Whatever style you want to tag them with, it’s where their sound takes you that’s so much more important, and with BlackWater HolyLight, the only place to go is anywhere.

Words: JJ Koczan