THE OBSESSED to Release LIVE AT BIG DIPPER!

THE OBSESSED to Release LIVE AT BIG DIPPER, the Authorised Bootleg of WINO’s Favourite Show with the Classic Early Obsessed Lineup!

“The Obsessed are the sound of a man getting angry very sloooowly.” – HENRY ROLLINS

Following closely behind doom godfather WINO‘s souful new solo album, THE OBSESSED‘s 40th anniversary year yields another slab for fans and devotees in the form of a rough and raw live recording of an early show at the lost-to-history Maryland club Big Dipper.

Officially forming in 1980 and building a bridge between metalheads and punks, The Obsessed gigged heavily in the Baltimore and D.C. area. Finding their footing amid some early member shuffling, the band’s crunchy, sludgy, dissonant yet hooky American Doom coalesced with the lineup of drummer Dave “The Slave” Flood and bassist Mark “Professor Dark” Laue along with singer/guitarist Scott “Wino” Weinrich.

Live at Big Dipper is slated for a release on August 21, 2020, via Blues Funeral Recordings, and presents the trio at their early ’80s peak, burning hot from sharing stages with Iron CrossDead BoysScreamThe ExploitedBlue Cheer and Death Row, not to mention a near miss supporting Motörhead.

The audio is borderline unlistenable, as if captured on a walkman shoved down the front of a sweaty hesher’s pants, then deteriorating in a dank Beltsville basement for 35 years.

Even so, the 1983 performance is pure magic, capturing a hungry young band conjuring forth a sound and style they couldn’t know would endure for decades, and inspiring the likes of Dave GrohlPepper KeenanIan MacKayeHenry RollinsPhil Anselmo, and thousands more.

The release also features a handful of recently uncovered demos from the early days, shedding light on the development of songs that would go on to become staples of The Obsessed and Wino’s subsequent band Spirit Caravan.

Says Wino:
“This show at the Big Dipper was one of the last if not the last show of the OG Obsessed lineup, and it’s my favorite by far. It’s raw and noisy and took some cleanin’ up, but here it is. If it ain’t heavy, it ain’t shit!!!””

“Wino’s music has always been so serious, that’s the only thing he knows, and he’s gonna do it whether or not he makes a million dollars or ten bucks… he means it.”
– PEPPER KEENAN (Corrosion of Conformity)


“Wino, what a fucking guitar player, and one of my favorite singers, nothing to prove.”
– PHIL ANSELMO (Down, Pantera)



THE OBSESSED Live at Big Dipper
 arrives August 21st via Blues Funeral Recordings.

Pre-orders for Live at Big Dipper on limited edition LP and digital at:

Blues Funeral US Web Shop:
bluesfuneral.com

Blues Funeral Euro Web Shop:
https://en.bluesfuneral.spkr.media/

Blues Funeral Bandcamp:
bluesfuneralrecordings.bandcamp.com/

Socials:
The Obsessed Facebook – facebook.com/TheObsessedOfficial/
The Obsessed Instagram – instagram.com/theobsessedofficial/

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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