Currently consisting of Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City, All Leather, Swing Kids), Michael Crain (Festival of Dead Deer, Kill the Capulets), Brian Evans, and Keith Hendriksen (Kill the Capulets, Virginia Reed), Retox is marked by a speed and sound that seeks to shatter apathy. Since their conception in 2011, they have toured with similarly like-minded acts such as Melt-Banana, Tomahawk, OFF!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Doomsday Student, physically bringing every bit as much intensity as the music itself incites intellectually.

Coming off of their sophomore album, YPLL (Years of Potential Life Lost), Retox have emerged from the collective depths of San Diego and Los Angeles with their latest antagonistic efforts, entitled Beneath California. Varying styles and sonically experimenting, melding the raw with the refined, the band continuously teases yet never settles on any one genre– aside from perhaps (as members of the band itself have referred to their work) “annoying”.

Overall, Retox simultaneously seems to reflect and defy, using music as a way of holding a broken mirror to the rest of us, exposing different pieces of our own f**ked up realities, and forcing the acknowledgement of the inevitable self-imposed apocalypse we are creating for ourselves.

Retox Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Lets Not Keep In Touch’ below:

Plus support from WARSAWWASRAW

WARSAWWASRAW is a blistering avant-thrash / experimental / hardcore punk duo dedicated to cut the shit and thrash the hits in the pit.

Operating from the outskirts of Paris, France, the synergistic beast started as a larger coalition, before balance found a way to trim the band and grow it back into a two-headed hydra, it’s most definitive and efficient form.

This colliding of rough bits and fast, nonrepetitive structures draws from the raw power of rock and undergound hardcore punk in their most liberated incarnations, the cold technical outlook of industrial culture, and the free-spirited nature of shamanic tribal music, while ultimately being a necessary expression of the search of meaning through its chaotic reversal.

In a live setting, dropping hammers and singing knives all sink in within the nanosecond of a confrontational wink, in a prison funhouse where ecstasy and agony are forever holding hands while falling down a staircase of broken mirrors.

WARSAWWASRAW Links: Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Hollowcost’ below:

And opening support from OPIUM LORD

Opium Lord first emerged in 2013 out of the post-industrial no-man’s land of the UK’s Black Country. As such, their music reflects the conditions of uncertainty and dislocation that preface their existence, striving against the creeping oppression of commerce and hyperreality. Seeking solace in swathes of bleak and desolate noise, the band set about inventing their own sparse narratives to describe an existence that is pastless, futureless, only empty, only now.

Since their formation the band has been busy, releasing a now sold out debut EP on seminal UK underground Thirty Days of Night Records, playing numerous UK appearances including Supersonic Festival and headlining a tour of mainland Europe. In 2014 they toured the UK with Primitive Man (Relapse Records) and had major radio play on both BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6.

Their debut EP The Calendrical Cycle – Prologue: The Healer received critical acclaim. The band’s first full length, The Calendrical Cycle: Eye of Earth, out March 10th on Candlelight Records, promises to be more in depth, more crushing and more complete than its predecessor.

Opium Lord Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Challenger’ below: