from Akron, Ohio
Making music for the sake of art or commerce is a multi-dimensional, engrossing prospect. It requires time, tenacity and emotion conjured from conscious and subconscious wellsprings. At some point in their vibrant evolution, Relaxer’s sound began to take a mysterious shape, and members of the group tapped into new areas of their triune brain, setting free their once captive reptilian complex. In the interest of allowing their lizard group think to reap cognitive and aural havok,
Invigorated the change in direction – from “passive progressive” and cinematic to atom-smashing, Middle Earth-borne, stoned-out frenzy — the agile, amplifier worshiping Ohio headbangers are poised to bring the heady riffs and changeling rhythms to both the studio and stages across the globe.
Relaxer released a tour split, which included their song “The Endless Slope” with storied Japanese underground metal heroes Boris, Crypt City, and Lisa Bella Donna, before joining them for an EarthQuaker Devices Japanese tour in May 2019. A stream of the split premiered via Brooklyn Vegan in May 2019. “The Endless Slope,” was recorded and mixed at EarthQuaker Devices Sound Labs by Relaxer’s Jamie Stillman and Joseph Scott in January 2019. The track was mastered at Cauliflower Audio by Adam Boose.
Relaxer also released a video for “The Endless Slope,” which was directed by Chris Tran and premiered via The Big Takeover in May 2019.
Previously, Relaxer released their seven-song Unreal/Cities LP, which was recorded by engineer Ben Vehorn (Strand of Oaks), in 2016. The collection of psychedelic rippers featured contributions from Steve Clements (Six Parts Seven, Royal Bangs), and was followed by a run of west coast tour dates, including a performance at The Reverberation Appreciation Society’s (members of The Black Angels and friends) sixth LEVITATION music festival in Austin, Texas.
Unreal/Cities was proceeded by the band’s debut LP, 2014’s Lasers, which was engineered by Chris Koltay (Akron/Family, Electric Six, Tyvek) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Slowdive, YOB, Bjork), and a split 7” with Cloud Nothings released via Minds Eye/Square Records on Record Store Day 2013.
Relaxer is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Scott, guitarist Stillman, bassist Corey Haren, and drummer Brad Thorla who previously performed with a variety of celebrated underground acts including The Party of Helicopters, Harriet The Spy, White Pines, Teeth of the Hydra, Sofa King Killer, Drummer (with Pat Carney of The Black Keys), etc.
Relaxer went into the studio in January of 2013 with producer/engineer Chris Koltay (renowned for his work with My Morning Jacket, Swans, and Deerhunter) to record their first full-length album titled Lasers. The album was recorded live over the course of a week at High Bias Studio in Detroit and mixed throughout the summer. It was then meticulously mastered at Timeless Mastering by Heba Kadry, whose resume includes The Mars Volta, Wooden Ships, and The Sea & Cake. The end result is 5 song full length which is both a visceral and progressive sonic journey clocking in at just under 50 minutes.
Following their 2015 appearance at the Levitation festival in Austin, TX, Relaxer spent the last two years in writing mode, constructing the multilayered compositions that make up their new album Unreal/Cities, available Friday, October 13, 2017 on EarthQuaker Devices Records.