If you've been following heavy music over the past couple of years, odds are you've probably heard of Kowloon Walled City. Since their inception in 2007, these San Francisco-based sludge stalwarts have come out of left field and have made quite an impression upon the world of long-haired, neck-tattooed, flannel-wearers among us and the clean-cut, desk-jobbing rest of us. From their debut EP Turk Street, to the recent second album, Container Ships, they've come a long way from their early days of AmRep and Pacific Northwest inspired melding of sludge and noise rock. While their recent album delves further into some familiar low-end wandering it is rather stripped down, incorporating occasional melody and a sense of introspective quietness that sort of takes over the whole thing. It's thinking man's sludge/rock/post-hardcore. Like a fine wine aged over time. Or something like that.
Since they last played Missoula at Total Fest X, on one ridiculous sweaty-ass night at the Palace, they've kept busy through the release of a couple records and have toured a bit here and there (including a run of shows last year opening for friggin' Sleep). Total Fest is proud to welcome back Kowloon Walled City to the Total Fest stage this August and we hope that you're as excited as we are about their return to Missoula.
Be sure to check out their Bandcamp page and their site to stream/download their recent and past recordings.
Photo by Bowen Anderson