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Earth main man and king of the blasted desert guitar, Dr Carlson Albion (Dylan Carlson to his family) was supposed to tour the UK last year to promote his third solo album Conquistador, but ongoing health problems saw him forced to cancel. The good news is that he’s back, and that the tour hits (and indeed starts) at The Cluny in Newcastle on Thursday 21st March.

Conquistador, released on Sargent House last April, is closest in sound to Earth’s Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method, which marked the band’s return in 2005 after a 10-year, drug-related hiatus. Hex… in turn was Carlson’s imaginary soundtrack for Cormac McCarthy’s astonishing, harrowing novel Blood Meridian, and the searing, country-inflected drones of that record carry over to Conquistador (as can be seen in track titles like When The Horses Were Shorn Of Their Hooves and Scorpions In Their Mouths).

Whether with Earth or solo, a Carlson gig is always pretty special (especially on Tyneside, because he has a great love for the city and the football team) so this is one not to miss. Support comes from David Terry, best known as the deliverer of earth-shattering bass lines with local drone doom heroes Bong, but who released the magnificent solo cassette Sorrow last year on Opal Tapes. Expect a night of internal organ-rearranging frequencies.


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