‘Saltwater’ by Josiah | New Album, ‘We Lay on Cold Stone’

Uncategorized April 19, 2022

‘Saltwater’ by Josiah | New Album, ‘We Lay on Cold Stone’

Exclusive video premiere of ‘Saltwater’ by Josiah, taken from their upcoming album, ‘We Lay on Cold Stone’, out July 15th via Blues Funeral Recordings.

At least a decade ahead of their time, Josiah had a three-album run between 2000 and 2008 that few in heavy psychedelic rock could (or can) match. Their 2002 self-titled debut, 2004’s ‘Into the Outside’ and 2007’s ‘No Time’ saw guitarist/vocalist Mat Bethancourt, original bassist Sie Beasley and a succession of drummers touring Europe and their native UK, playing festivals like Roadburn (’05 and ’07), Duna Jam and Stoned from the Underground, and headlining dates across the continent.

Recorded in Leicester and Wales during the pre-social media era of heavy, those early records (recently reissued by Heavy Psych Sounds) haven’t lost their edge, and even when Bethancourt put Josiah on hiatus to explore garage rock and psychedelia with The Kings of Frog Island and Cherry Choke, there was never a loss of his enviable tone or signature songcraft.

Nine years removed from Josiah’s Procession release, Bethancourt and company began to jam again, crafting songs with a darker edge to suit the times. Rumors of ‘The Resurrection’ began to spread, and with a chance to record amid the pandemic-stricken latter half of 2020, they set to work on their return album.

Forging ahead to reclaim their legacy as some of the earliest architects of lysergic heavy psych, Josiah returned in 2022 with the exultant ‘We Lay on Cold Stone’.

Emerging re-energized and in peak form, the band sear forth with a barrage of irresistible hooks and tripped-out riff-romps, utterly new yet subtly infused with vintage flashes of Cream and Grand Funk. Striding boldly into a new era, Josiah confidently claims a place amid modern titans of psychedelic heavy rocklike Earthless, Kadavar, The Atomic Bitchwax and Graveyard, asserting vast gravitas in a style they helped create.

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Josiah | Interview | New Album, ‘We Lay On Cold Stone’

One Comment
  1. Andy says:

    Sounds killer 🤘

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