Earth was formed in Olympia, Wa. In 1989 by Dylan Carlson, with an ever evolving line up including Slim Moon (Kill Rock Stars founder), Joe Preston (Melvins) and many others. After moving to Seattle and signing to Sub Pop in 1990 they would release 3 full lengths and an EP including “Earth 2”. Considered by many a definitive statement of the drone triumphant, others have described it as “the inevitable result of the damage done by downers to perception of time”. Whichever the case, its influence is undeniable. If it wasnt for this album, bands like Sunn 0))) simply would not exist.
In 1996 they recorded their final Sub Pop lp “Pentastar (In The Style of Demons)” in an abandoned Colt 45 factory. After its release the “group” disbanded and Earth/Dylan Carlson go on hiatus. 6 years later Earth becomes active once more, with the addition of Adrienne Davies on drums. Unveiling it’s new cleaner, sparser, and more improvisational style. in September 2005 Earth release their first studio album in 9 years, diversifying their sound and pushing all perceived boundaries. With “Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method” Earth create a intense, powerful album that defies restrictions of genre. The monolithic darkness of previous releases such as “Earth 2” is still apparent. though now shifted away from saturated and distorted guitar tones. Using compression, echo, tremelo, and reverb, it is a specifically American style. A “Black Americana” reminiscent of an immense desert landscape at dusk. It is a sound that draws on the influence of Duane Eddy, Merle Haggard & Roy Buchanan and fuses it with the vibe of epic visionary composer Ennio Morricone. Beautifully darkened, huge chords that resonate slowly while every single note is played with a precise conviction.
Where “Hex” reveled in dark satanic twang and austere american beauty, 2008’s “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull” finds Dylan Carlson and the band growing into a harder, more rock, American Gospel and impovisitory direction framed by truly psychedelic production and blazing guitar sounds. Earth shows it’s affinity to the more adventurous San Francisco bands of the late 60’s and 70’s, and the more spiritually aware and exciting forms of Jazz-Rock from the same era.