After months of anticipation, it’s time for JOSIAH to unveil their brand new album We Lay On Cold Stone exclusively courtesy of The Sleeping Shaman! This groovy, heavy and infectiously psychedelic beauty is out now on Blues Funeral Recordings.
“A journey of both heart and soul, the album’s a real trip from edge to center.” – Doomed and Stoned
“A jubilant sense of groove that isn’t going stale anytime soon.” – Invisible Oranges
“One hell of a comeback album.” – The Sleeping Shaman
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Forging ahead to reclaim their legacy as some of the earliest architects of lysergic heavy psych, JOSIAH return re-energized, searing forth with a barrage of irresistible hooks and tripped-out riff-romps, utterly new yet subtly infused with vintage flashes of Cream or Grand Funk Railroad. Striding boldly into a new era, the trio confidently claims a place amid modern titans of psychedelic heavy rock like Monster Magnet, Nebula, The Atomic Bitchwax, asserting vast gravitas in a style they helped create.
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 We Lay On Cold Stone, to be issued in the summer of 2022 as part of Blues Funeral Recordings’ PostWax series.