Earth photograph by Sean Stout

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is one half of the seismic, monolithic duophonic avant noise band Earth who are into their third decade and have just released a high watermark album (among a tsunami of titles) called “Full Upon Her Burning Lips” on the label Sargent House. Giving metronomic, tectonic plate shaking counterpoint on the drums to Dylan Carlson’s shiny shard like guitar inquisitions, Adrienne Davies has been a part of Earth (the band) for half of their existence, and has played on albums including “Living In The Gleam of an Unsheathed Sword” (2005), “Altar” a collaboration featuring the drone metal triptych of (members of) Earth, Boris & Sunn O))) and the excellent 2014 opus “Primitive and Deadly”.

We are delighted to welcome Adrienne to VS, but first here’s a taster of the new album – the chiming portent of “The Mandrake’s Hymn”…

Circa 1995 I saw Earth briefly play a strange (and brilliant) monthly event called Disobey where Dylan and a cohort left guitars feeding back against giant monitors whereby two members of the audience then picked them up and played for a further twenty minutes…it was quite a noise. On record, Earth have evolved considerably, expanding a sonic vernacular that is now truly stratospheric and yet totally controlled. And Adrienne Davies has given a ton of measure and plenty of poise which in truth has added both to the majesty of the band, and in its menace. She is more than the anchor though for Carlson’s searching playing, Adrienne is the drive, the furious motivation.

Photo by Sean Stout

Unlike previous Earth outings, “Full Upon Her Burning Lips” did not have a pre-ordained narrative structure, and given it’s more freewheeling nature, unfurls itself like a flower to the light, emerging against the odds through an arid desert-scape. It’s long, the titles are longer, it can leave you feeling uneasy at times, but is totally rewarding.

But what song has Adrienne decided to reward us with? Without further ado, this is Adrienne Davies’ “song for ewe”…

“This is a song from Tom Petty that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. It’s a live version of the song Melinda and I really like the dark and spooky atmosphere it creates and the improvisatory interplay of the band.”


“Full Upon Her Burning Lips” is out now on Sargent House, you can get it here:

Earth are on tour as follows:

Earth — On Tour w/ Helms Alee: 
May 29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
May 31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
June 1 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
June 2 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
June 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
June 5 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
June 7 Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
June 8 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
June 10 Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub
June 11 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
June 12 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
June 14 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
June 15 Baltimore, MD @ Otto-bar
June 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
June 18 Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
June 19 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
June 21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall
June 22 Detroit, MI @ El Club
June 23 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
June 24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
June 27 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
June 28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
June 29 Boise, ID @ Neurolux