Monday, December 13, 2010

Squatters 1, Owners 1 (Everyone Loses)

Yesterday, the "owners"/absentee landlords mounted another violent assault against the Safehouse. There were over a dozen people attacking while only a handful of people were home. Two large men guarded both entrances threatening to beat anyone up who tried to enter.

There were fewer supporters so a counter-attack was not feasible. It appears there are some backbiting armchair anarchists spreading disinformation about the Safehouse. If anyone knows the individual who posted this blog ( I would love to meet them. It would be nice to know who is responsible for this slanderous character assassination.

I, unlike this person, will not write anonymous, back stabbing posts on the internet.

Right now the Safehouse and it's residents need our solidarity! Now more than ever! Contact me if you want to help.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Embers' Keyboardist, Lillian Phaeton, Leaves the Band.

Embers regrets to announce that keyboardist, Lillian Phaeton, will no longer be playing with the band. Lillian's keyboards are featured on all Embers recordings including the upcoming album due to be released next year.

Also, violist Nine's hiatus has become permanent. Embers is currently playing as a four piece featuring drums, bass, guitars, and vocals.

In light of this, Embers also announces that they are seeking a new member(s):

1. melodic instrumentation: someone who plays a melodic instrument(s) including but not limited to strings and/or keyboards.

2. multimedia:  someone who can do multimedia including, but not limited to, projections, sampling, noise, and/or other visual and sonic performances.

Ideally, Embers is seeking someone who plays both a melodic instrument and is capable of doing multimedia.

All inquiries should be via email to

Thank you everyone for your support while Embers goes through this transition!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Video! Suicide by Embers (the rise and fall of humankind and attempted ecocide)

As life emerges first comes the flora and then the fauna. Of the fauna come humans who both harness and destroy nature in order to fuel its orgiastic death culture. The suicidal warpath leads to humanity's inevitable demise, but from the ruins and rubble life re-emerges and reasserts. On the wings of a solitary bird the memory of humanity is carried away.

Please share this video with others and support Embers!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I Had the Weirdest Dream Last Night!

Have you ever had one of those dreams like you're at school, and everything seems normal. In an instant you suddenly realize that your not wearing any pants and notice that everyone is laughing at you.

Well, I had one of those dreams last night.

In the dream Embers was playing a show with an awesome line up. We were playing with two of the most crushing bands around; the Makai, and One in the Chamber. Of course this is the first sign that this whole thing is a dream because an awesome line up like that doesn't happen in real life, and get this Embers is headlining. Crazy huh.

how my guitar felt in the dream
Well, anyway. The dream starts out with me wandering around the venue. There are all these weird doors and winding hallways in the back of the warehouse. There's even a door opening out to a 10 foot drop straight into the merch room. Weird.

So the first band plays. They're called Hammerlock, and they are playing punk, but then at another moment it seems like they're playing Irish folk music. I know it doesn't make sense. Clearly a dream, but there I am wandering around these winding corridors searching for coffee, and lo and behold I find a fresh pot of coffee in a kitchen just past the door to nowhere.

Then One in the Chamber plays. They play amazing crushing spooky metal like One in the Chamber would in real life. The only difference is they only have one bass player, and everyone knows One in the Chamber has TWO bass players. You'd think I'd realize this was a dream at this point, but you know how it is in a dream you just accept the most preposterous things as a matter of fact.

Monday, November 1, 2010

black metal kittens and cats play "Corruption" by Embers.

10 Reasons Why Embers Made a Metal Kitten Video

10 Reasons Why Embers Made a Metal Kitten Video

1. To expand our market penetration into the lol kitty market. Duh!

Well, maybe that's a little silly, but I'm sure that someone out there is going to google search "metal kittens". It's just cool knowing we're in the top ten hits for videos when you search that.

2. To have an excuse to post our music somewhere.

Hey, it's hard being a DIY metal band. Some people said the internet would change all that. You know democratize the media. Well, it's worth a shot to try and get our music out there.

3. Because some people just want to hear music and the video is superfluous.

A lot of people, myself included, go to youtube to listen to music becasue ause unlike music streaming sites you can control what you listen to. It's often better than, and for that purpose it really doesn't matter what the video portion is so ... Why not!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Newest Live Video from a Show at 924 Gilman!


This is one of our newest songs which will be featured on our upcoming album. I really love how this video features the candles at the end when we end with a guitar drone. This makes me think that we should do a music video or something. Any ideas?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Apparantly three shows is a minotaur.

So, I posed the question, "Does playing three shows constitute a tour?"

Response: "That's a minitaur"

Apparently, a very short tour is a mythical animal with the head of a bull and the body of a man.

Whatever you call it we had a great time this weekend playing in Eureka, Seattle, and Portland's Fall Into Darkness festival.

In Eureka the turnout was sparse, but enthusiastic. Apparently everyone disappeared this month into the mountains of Humboldt county. Perhaps the elvish fairies were scared by our minotaur.I was told there were other reasons everyone was frolicking in nature, but everyone knows elves lie.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Embers at Burnt Ramen playing Awakening (featuring Nine)

This video is pretty old, but it has the complete line-up before Nine's permanent hiatus with the band. Again if you or anyone you know plays the strings and is interested in playing with us then contact us.

Two nights of gigs, an upcoming record, Fall Into Darkness, and seeking violist.

We just completed two nights of shows last night. On Thursday we played with Somnolence, Speed of Darkness, and Crucifixion.

The show was a double benefit for a Navajo medical clinic and Street Level Health Project in Oakland. El Rio was pretty full and the sound that night was terrific. All the bands sounded amazing, and turnout was good.

Of course the downside was the tiny stage. It seems that we are consistently on stages we can barely fit on. It's a constant struggle with two guitars and a keyboardist.

It was even more challenging with a viola player. Despite this we are still looking for a string player so if you know anyone who might fit with Embers send them our way. At least the Metro and DNA lounge have stages large enough to accommodate, but I digress.

The next night we played at the Red Hat in Concord. It was a sports bar with tons of televisions which is always a downer. You know, you're on stage and then you get sucked into a rerun of Gilligan's Island or whatever. Then you have to close your eyes and block it out, but the glowing orb is still there taunting you.

Fortunately I was able to disable the big screen behind the bands playing old kung fu movies. Aside from that the sound was great; slightly more open sounding than El Rio, but nice in it's own way.

All the bands played well. It was kind of a Smörgåsbord of extreme music. Punk, metal, and power violence. Bumbklaatt thoroughly annihilated. They play very aggressive hardcore punk (crust?) with pounding drums.

Now we are back to focusing on the upcoming album. We recorded much of the music back in June, but we have been slowly mixing. Mixing with Salvador from Earhammer is interesting. It's more of a collaborative process. He spends a lot of time refining the mix with us out of the studio. We then come in to see what he's done and work on it for a while and then leave again. It's a slow process, but it has its advantages.

We should be finished in the coming month or so, and then we will send advance copies to labels for consideration. If you know of a label which might be interest contact us.

The only other thing coming up is Fall Into Darkness in Portland. We will be playing with Rabbits, The Need, and Fauna on October 8th. We are organizing a super-mini tour around this festival with dates in Eureka, Seattle, and possibly Eugene. If you know anyone booking metal in Eugene, OR let us know because we have nothing confirmed at the moment.