New Music: Pardoner Releases ‘Gravedigger’ EP on Smoking Room

unnamedPardoner has released their new EP titled ‘Gravedigger’ on East Bay label, Smoking Room. Catch them this weekend for back to back shows in Oakland.

A few weeks ago, the self-described noise punk and shoegaze band, Pardoner, released their Gravedigger EP on one of Oakland’s latest labels, Smoking Room. The San Francisco-based band has been making frequent appearances in East Bay, having played shows with the likes of OCD and Toner on several occasions. They also have two gigs lined up in Oakland this upcoming weekend (details below).

The band’s sound on Gravedigger is a hard hitting disarray of blissful noise that is transportive in a way that sets them apart from neighboring bands in the Bay. Somewhere between where the percussion rings and thrashes, each track finds a way to open up for grumbling bass and frantic, wailing guitar riffs under lead singer Max Freeland’s heavily looming vocals. Upon first listen, post-punk contemporaries like Protomartyr come to mind, but first impressions aside, Pardoner remains concretely dissonant and melodically noisy all the way through Gravedigger, especially exemplified on tracks like “Division of Labor” and “Mercury in Retrograde.” The EP as a whole is not an explorative musical undertaking for their sound as a recent band, it comes across as a defining one.

Listen to Gravedigger below.

Catch Pardoner this Friday at Good Mother for their EP Release show w/Toner, Dumb (Vancouver), and Ziplock


Saturday at Sgraffito w/Happy Diving, Provoker, and Snooze!