The Color of Noise is a full-length documentary on Haze XXL (a.k.a. Tom Hazelmyer) and his label Amphetamine Reptile Records, which was Chokebore's first record label. It features interviews and rare live footage of bands and artists that shaped the musical underground during the nineties, among which Boss Hog, Cows, Guzzard, Hammerhead, Melvins, Mudhoney, Today Is The Day, or Unsane. The movie was just released yesterday as a Blu-Ray+DVD combo, and is available online from MVD Entertainment or Amazon. Check out the trailer below:
Following up on the heels of the film, The Color of Noise's original soundtrack will be released this Friday, November 27, as a Record Store Day Exclusive release for Black Friday 2015! This limited edition double LP (one clear blue and one clear red 150 gram vinyl) features classic cuts from Unsane, Helmet, Mudhoney, Cows, Melvins, along with Chokebore's 60,000 Lbs from the 1993 album Motionless, all following the track order of the film. Get yours at your local independent record store!
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."