“…miserable… At its fastest, it sounds like FISTULA is on the hunt. At its slowest, it’s like walking down a gray, expansive hallway with no end in sight.” — Metal Injection
Ohio sludgecore veterans FISTULA have confirmed a spring tour this May with fellow sludge stalwarts Come To Grief. The soul-crushing journey will commence on May 1st in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and trample thirteen venues through May 13th in Portland, Maine with Cough and No Funeral to appear on select shows. See confirmed dates below.
FISTULA recently issued the first wave of an ongoing split seven-inch series celebrating twenty years of sonic misery. Released via PATAC Records, the first two installments find FISTULA sharing wax space with Come To Grief and -(16)-.
The band’s split with Come To Grief features two original and categorically scathing unreleased tracks while the second features -(16)- ‘s cover of “Complications” by Killing Joke and FISTULA‘s rendition of “Mongoloid,” by Devo.
If you missed it, stream both splits via Decibel alongside an in-depth interview with guitarist Corey Bing, at THIS LOCATION.
Each limited edition seven-inch is available in various color variants (all clear vinyl is sold out). The Come To Grief / FISTULA split is also available on cassette. To order, visit THIS LOCATION.
FISTULA w/ Come To Grief: 5/01/2018 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA 5/02/2018 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Cough 5/03/2018 Maywood Tavern – Raleigh, NC 5/04/2018 529 Bar – Atlanta, GA 5/05/2018 White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR 5/06/2018 Fubar – St. Louis, MO 5/07/2018 Rock Island Brewing Co. – Rock Island, IL w/ No Funeral 5/08/2018 Eagles 34 – Minneapolis, MN w/ No Funeral 5/09/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ No Funeral 5/10/2018 Black Circle Brewing Co. – Indianapolis, IN 5/11/2018 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY 5/12/2018 The Irish Wolf Pub – Scranton, PA 5/13/2018 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME
FISTULA will unveil additional splits with Hemdale, Fister, and one final band to be announced at a later date. Additionally, the band will issue a vinyl version of 2016’s Longing For Infection with a bonus etched seven-inch. Details to be announced in the coming weeks.
FISTULA was forged in 1998 by musical partners-in-crime Corey Bing and Bahb Branca. Over the years, FISTULA has released a seemingly endless barrage of studio albums and split EPs through numerous lineup changes featuring the creative talents of bands such as Sloth, Hemdale, The Disease Concept, Accept Death, and so many others. FISTULA is a band that is impossible to categorize, combining elements of remedial sludge, hardcore and a proverbial “bad case of the Mondays.” Nearing two decades of ear bleeding, FISTULA remains the the miserable kings of sludgecore.
“…super-slow-mo suffering…” — Hellbound
“For the doom and sludge nerds out there, this record is like a godsend. With just seven inches of wax these bands say more than almost all of their peers. In a crowded genre it is reassuring to have something so unabashedly heavy and balls-out devastating to point to and say, ‘That – that is the sort of heaviness that I love.’” — Two Guys Metal Reviews
“It’s so easy for splits like this to sound too samey but both Come To Grief and FISTULA have injected their musical personalities into it. The former brings you down and the latter is more upbeat, but they’re both very adept at what they do and I can see that this split series in gonna be a whole lot of heavy.” — This Noise Is Ours
“The cover keeps the same pace with the original, but down-tunes everything so it sounds like it’s spurting forth from a broken amp in the grimy basements of our youth… FISTULA’s version speeds things up and strips the song down punk style, swapping any new wave elements that may have been in the original in favor of pure Ohio spirit in-your-face punk attitude.” — Drunk In A Graveyard