Dirtbag Artists QUOR and Mongolian rock gods THE HU took Southern California by storm last weekend, beginning Thursday at The Observatory, North Park in San Diego, and ending with a bang to a sold out crowd at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. Heads were turned, throats resonated, friends were made, and rock and roll was had by all. Check out some of the backstage shenanigans: (mostly just dudes on cellphones with surprise cameo appearances by Ron 'Thunderwood' Underwood and Sam Show).
SAN DIEGO -- Hometown heroes QUOR will set the stage for THE HU this week for their Southern California stops on THE GEREG TOUR. After just completing their third successful tour of Asia, QUOR is ready to welcome Asia to the land of the free.
The HU is a band from Mongolia that blends hard rock and traditional Mongolian throat singing. Their first two videos (“Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem”) immediately went viral garnering the band over 30 million views. The explosive reaction to The HU resulted in a number of features about the band in global media such as NPR, GQ, The Independent, VICE, ET India Times, Playboy Mexico, Jack Canal+Fr, Hong Kong 01, DW as well as a sold out European Headline tour.
The Hu stands for the Mongolian root word for human being, inspiring their original style of music that they call “Hunnu Rock.” The band pull Inspiration from the Hunnu, an ancient Mongolian empire better known as The Huns in western culture. Their music is deeply embedded with their ancient culture, even integrating old Mongolian war cries and poetry into their lyrics.
The group was founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by their producer Dashka, along with band members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush. Together they create rock music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation such as the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp), guttural throat singing built around the pillars of heavy rock: distorted guitars, bombastic drums, and aggressive rhythms. All four members have earned Bachelor’s or higher degrees in classical music and have gained several years of touring experience throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. The band’s inaugural performance as The HU was in June 2019 in their hometown, followed by their first headlining European and UK tour this past June and July which sold out. The band also debuted this summer on several major festivals including in Download Festival, Rock Am Park, and more.
Since the formation of the band, they’ve been working on their debut album entitled The Gereg. The word was used as the first diplomatic “password” by the Mongol empire during the time of Genghis Khan. The album contains nine songs including the recently released “Yuve Yuve Yu,” “Wolf Totem”, and “Shoog Shoog” and is slated for a global release on September 13th, 2019 on Eleven Seven Music.
The HU will embark on a world-wide tour in support of their debut album, and one thing’s for certain: this show is not to be missed.
Bandmembers: Gala: Lead Throat Singer and Morin Khuur Enkush: Lead Morin Khuur and Throat Singer Jaya: Jaw Harp, Tsuur, Flute, and Throat Singer Temka: Tovshuur
Warm-Up Performance at the Viper Room Ignites their Debut at Aftershock Festival.
Los Angeles, CA: Justine Glaser, BLUE MIDNIGHT’s electrifying front woman, is warming up her vocal chords in at Hollywood’s Viper Room this October 9th, 2019; as she prepares to share the stage with the Rock Gods that inspired her Metal journey at the world-renowned AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL on October 11-13th, in Sacramento, California.
BLUE MIDNIGHT’s self-proclaimed genre of Dream Metal exploded onto the Los Angeles metal circuit two years ago with the unique sound of classical symphony orchestra combined with grungy 90’s rock. Behind the music is Justine Glaser, a skillful singer/songwriter with every bit of motivation to climb the metal mountain for her message to be heard.
Glaser says of her work:
“To me, music is about self-expression and resolving whatever you need to resolve in life. I think the best kind of music is raw, honest, and well thought out, that’s what I try to do with Blue Midnight. I make music that speaks to me, and I make music that tells my personal truth and experiences.”
BLUE MIDNIGHT will serve fans a dose of Dream Metal Medicine in this intimate Viper Room performance not to be missed before busting through the seams of the AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL all-star line-up, including TOOL and KORN, whom they will share the stage with on Sunday, October 13th .
BLUE MIDNIGHT has the scent of a world tour coming soon and there is no telling when shows at the Viper Room will be traded for amphitheater’s across the Europe skyline.
BLUE MIDNIGHT’s debut AFTERSHOCK show promises to be eccentric, lively and unforgettable - masterfully weaving violin, electric violin and electric drums together alongside the traditional four-piece band configuration, promising a marathon of musical interludes without traditional song breaks.
Witness BLUE MIDNIGHT live at Hollywood’s legendary Viper Room on October 9th, 2019; before their debut performance at AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 at 12:25pm.
Follow BLUE MIDNIGHT now at https://www.instagram.com/bluemidnight.music/ and stay tuned for shows to follow!
Sponsors of the Blue Midnight show at the Viper Room include Rock N Roll Industries Magazine and Dirtbag Clothing.
“Blue Midnight is a hard rock group complete with outstanding vocals, two guitars, a great rhythm section and even a violin. Think Evanescence meets Iron Maiden with the violin adding another dimension of mostly rhythms to all of the songs. The opening tune, “Acid Rain,” brings out the band’s true colors as they sit nicely atop the hard rock/metal genre. Dueling guitars, a la Judas Priest, take turns on solos, harmonizing and keeping the rhythm tight and intact. The bass neatly complicates the beats, while Justine puts icing on the cake with delicious vocals.”
- Pierce Brochetti, Music Connection
BLUE MIDNIGHT: Justine Glaser (Composer/Vocals) Matt Hormbeck (Guitars) Todd McCool (Rhythm Guitar) Mike Hill (Bass) Edgar Sandoval (Violin) David Allen (Drums)
FOLLOW BLUE MIDNIGHT: https://bluemidnight.bandcamp.com/
DIRTBAG Endorsed Artists BATFARM released a new EP today, showcasing a new sound which the band describes as 'DARKEDELIC'. The EP features the previously released single 'Now That You're Gone'
BATFARM frontlady, ALEXX CALISE said in an interview with Bass Musician Magazine:
“This EP couldn’t be more real or true to life. We were actually going through all of these emotions and experiences that we’re singing about during its production. These were real heartbreaks, real struggles, real moments that we experienced as artists. We put everything we had into this EP—all our time, all our resources, every bit of ourselves; all because we believed in the music so much and were willing to do anything to make it happen. It’s dripping with raw emotion and truth.”