20 years of Anything Near Water
Anything Near Water on Bandcamp
Chokebore's second album Anything Near Water turned twenty in March this year. Today, the band is releasing it as a digital download on the new Chokebore Bandcamp page! And if you prefer the real thing, the vinyl reissue is still available from the Vicious Circle online shop.
Troy and Jon on Anything Near Water
To mark the occasion, we've asked singer/songwriter Troy Von Balthazar and guitarist Jonathan Kroll to look back on the album and the times when these songs were written, recorded, and performed.
"Those years were all really a blur of endless touring. It was great. We were getting better musically and trying new things." — Troy
"We just had a bit more breathing room, a bit more space for experimentation and play." — Jonathan
While you're reading the interview, listen to Pink Deluxe, an outtake from the album's recording sessions that was released as the B-side of the Thin as Clouds 7-inch single.
And to read more on the subject of Anything Near Water, check out these two great articles from the site's archive:
Troy Von Balthazar contributes to an upcoming book about Nirvana
To be released on March 31, the book "I Found My Friends: the Oral History of Nirvana" tells the story of Nirvana through the memories and experiences of 210 musicians from 170 of the bands who performed with the iconic Seattle band between 1987 and 1994. According to the author, Nick Soulsby, Troy Von Balthazar is one of the book's major contributors: "Troy was one of the first people I was in touch with about his experiences on tour with Nirvana. Frankly, he was so supportive it was a massive encouragement and helped keep my morale up and keep me going through all the months of grinding work involved. I think I owe him big time for his decency and friendliness."
Describing Troy's contribution, Soulsby writes: "Troy became the most central voice in chapter 19: 'Creaking: the In Utero Tour - October 1993–January 1994.' His reminiscences cover the last nine gigs Nirvana would perform in the U.S., Chokebore having joined Nirvana from December 29, 1993 through to January 8, 1994. Troy made clear that it was Krist Novoselic's personal support that led to Chokebore being invited to join the In Utero tour. Kurt Cobain's own kindness to Chokebore earlier in 1993 is recalled alongside what were actually a lot of happy memories of the touring experience."
Nick Soulsby plans to work with Troy later in the year to write a short article specifically on Chokebore and Troy's work for his blog Nirvana Legacy using the leftover material and further research. Meanwhile, check out Soulsby's post about the book on his blog!
Blast from the past: Chokebore live at Jabberjaw, 1993
A 32-minute long video of Chokebore's 1993 concert at the infamous Jabberjaw club in Los Angeles has just popped up on YouTube! This show took place on October 10th, 1993, which makes it exactly 21 years and a day old! The video is of surprisingly good quality given its age, and features gems like Throats, Nobody, Sãdãvia, and 29 Mile Wind, topped with an early version of Narrow (full setlist here), with the band's hard-hitting first drummer Johnee Kop… A must-see for any die-hard fan! Check it out below:
At the time, Chokebore had just released its first album Motionless, and was already five weeks into the Clusterfuck tour, a six-week-long coast-to-coast tour of the U.S. with Amphetamine Reptile labelmates Guzzard and Today Is The Day. The Clusterfuck tour was funded by a namesake limited edition 7-inch vinyl compilation featuring previously unreleased tracks by all three bands, and explicit artwork by Coop. Around the same time, Chokebore had also contributed the previously unreleased song Narrow to the Jabberjaw No.3 7-inch vinyl compilation, which was sold as a fundraiser to benefit the Jabberjaw club. But Narrow didn't become the classic that it is until 1996, when it was re-recorded for the band's third album A Taste for Bitters, this time with Chokebore's new drummer Christian Omar Madrigal Izzo behind the kit.
20th anniversary tour roundup
A message from the band
Thank you to all the friendly people who came out to see the Chokebore shows. We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed playing these first 2 albums live. Each night felt like the last night of the universe. It was great. We hope to see you again in the future if we decide to tour again.
Your best friend for life,
The live photos section has been updated with 9 new galleries of pictures taken at the shows:
- pictures of the Bielefeld show at Forum, by Holger Ebert
- pictures of the Feyzin show at L'Épicerie Moderne, by Gérald Tournier
- pictures of the Toulouse show at Connexion Café, by Muddy
- pictures of the Paris show at Trabendo, by Mickaël Adamadorassy
- pictures of the Rennes show at Antipode, by Gwendal Le Flem
- pictures of the Audincourt show at Moloco, by Sacha Radosavljevic
- pictures of the Kortrijk show at De Kreun, by François Berland
- pictures of the Brussels show at Botanique, by Mu Vdwig
- pictures of the Prague show at Lucerna Music Bar, by Vlastimil Vojáček
Thanks to the photographers who kindly contributed! If you have some great photos of Chokebore that you'd like to share, please contact the webmaster.
Around the web
Here are some nice things from around the internets about the 20th anniversary tour:
a cool video of two songs from the Paris show at Trabendo by My Music Factory:
- a very good review of the Paris show at Trabendo on Mind Riot Music, and another one on Le Cargo (both in French),
- a nice review of the Yverdon show at Amalgame (with Shannon Wright) on Lords of Rock (in French again),
- and some very nice words about the Leipzig show at Werk 2 on Intro (in German this time),
an interview with Troy by Radio Campus Grenoble (in English starting from 3:15):
- and finally, a very cool piece about the Motionless and Anything Near Water reissues on Review Stalker (in English for once), and a great one on Magicrpm.com (in French).
Vicious Circle holiday sale
Vicious Circle are offering a 30% discount on their entire catalog until January 15, exclusively through their online store. If you haven't got them already, now is the time to buy the Motionless and Anything Near Water vinyl reissues!
Motionless & Anything Near Water vinyl reissues out today!
Motionless bonus tracks
- 29 Mile Wind
- Line Crush (Dana Lynn version)
Anything Near Water bonus tracks
- Pink Deluxe
- Brittle & Depressing
- Now I Crawl
These digital bonus tracks are exclusively available with the vinyl records; they are not available on Bandcamp or iTunes.
How to buy the records
Both albums can be purchased online from the Vicious Circle online store, or in the fine record stores distributing the Vicious Circle catalog across Europe (Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, and United Kingdom). The records will also be sold at the shows during the 20th anniversary tour, kicking off on November 7 in Germany!
Motionless digital release
Two French music magazines (Magic and New Noise) have very good articles about the reissues this month, and there's also a funny one in the French version of Vice magazine.
New French tour dates
Two more shows in France have been added to the tour dates page: November 19 at the Antipode in Rennes and November 23 at the Moloco in Audincourt (during the Génériq festival). Stay tuned for more!
New tour dates: Italy and Switzerland
Three new shows added to the tour dates page! Two in Italy (November 10 at Lo-Fi in Milan and November 11 at Freakout Club in Bologna), and one more in Switzerland (November 13 at Güterschuppen Wollishofen in Zürich). More dates to be announced soon…
Motionless & Anything Near Water vinyl reissues available for pre-order
The vinyl reissues of Chokebore's first two albums Motionless and Anything Near Water will be released on October 14, and they are now available for pre-order on Vicious Circle's online store!
Both reissues include new sleeve artwork, a colored vinyl record (white for Motionless and orange for Anything Near Water) in a printed inner sleeve, and an MP3 download card with MP3 bonus tracks. Check out some pictures below:
Each record costs 15 Euros (shipping not included). Pre-orders will be shipped out ahead of the official release date (October 14).
And while you're waiting for the records to arrive, why not listen to a few songs taken from these records?
Mini tour update: France
This week we are announcing two new French dates: November 21 at the I.Boat in Bordeaux and November 22 at La Fourmi in Limoges. And there's still more to come!
Mini tour update: Belgium
Two new shows in Belgium have been added to the tour dates page: De Kreun in Kortrijk and the Botanique in Brussels. Stay tuned for more!
Chokebore 20th anniversary European tour dates
A first round of concert dates have been confirmed for Chokebore's 20th anniversary European tour in November–December 2013, including a show with labelmate Shannon Wright in Yverdon (Switzerland) and one with Girls Against Boys in Prague (Czech Republic)! Check out the full list on the tour dates page. More to come soon!
Chokebore 20th anniversary: vinyl reissues and European tour
In October this year, Chokebore will celebrate their 20th anniversary by re-releasing their first two albums Motionless and Anything Near Water on vinyl… And in November, the band will take their old school songs on the road for a European tour!
Originally released by Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1993 and 1995 respectively, and now long out of print in vinyl format, the two records will be reissued by the French label Vicious Circle, which has been Chokebore's new home since the release of the Falls Best EP in 2011.