Stoner rock band gets the Nordic touch

The heavy sounds of Hemptress will be heard at the Kami Inn on Saturday, Dec. 21

Kamloops stoner rock band Hemptress has had some help in reaching new audiences from a small record label in Denmark.

The local four-piece band’s latest album, Alchemy, was recently picked up by Copenhagen-based record label Cursed Tongue Records.

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The label was founded by Niels Bartholdy in 2016, who still owns and operates the label, which bills itself as a DIY “basement” operation focusing on the global underground music scene.

Alchemy is the label’s 25th release.

As part of the deal, the band picked up 100 records to sell and distribute themselves while the label will sell the remaining 300 on its website, which caters to a global underground music scene.

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Alchemy was released digitally in March, but saw a vinyl release, too, after Denmark-based record label Cursed Tongue Records picked it up for global distribution.

“I can’t express enough how helpful and awesome Niels has been,” said lead vocalist Jesse Taylor.

“Maybe one day I’ll meet the guy.”

The new album was released digitally in March, and it only took about a week for Cursed Tongue to track down the band and make its pitch, which also included their choice of artist — deciding on Shane Jones, whose work now covers the record jacket.

“They did it all. It was kind of a no-brainer,” Taylor said.

The new album was a reformative venture for Hemptress, which lost its drummer in 2016, sending it on hiatus.

For Alchemy, the band came together with new drummer Matt Bailey, who joins bassist Jordan Easson, guitarist Jordan Bennee and guitarist and vocalist Taylor.

When it comes to writing new music, the duty is split between the four of them, but it wasn’t always that way.

“It’s finally at the point where everybody is putting their two cents in. In the past, it was mostly me,” Taylor said.

Sharing creative control has been “awesome,” according to Taylor, who said he was initially worried about the band’s sound changing.

“It’s pretty awesome when one of the boys shows up with a song in their pocket,” he said.

Hemptress will hit the stage on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Kami Inn for an 8 p.m. show with fellow locals Headcheese, a newly formed hardcore act.

In the new year, the four are planning a week-long tour through B.C. and Alberta before heading back into the studio.

Alchemy will be available at Barnacle Records, 290 Third Ave., following the show.

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