Usnea and CHRCH are touring this July

Usnea are hitting the road this Summer with our dear brethren of all things heavy and nasty CHRCH! Let there be tinnitus for all… Full dates:

7/05/2019 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA

7/06/2019 Elbo Room Jack London – Oakland, CA

7/07/2019 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA

7/08/2019 Space – San Diego, CA

7/09/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ

7/10/2019 Lost Well/Beer Land – Austin, TX

7/11/2019 Santos – New Orleans, LA

7/12/2019 529 – Atlanta, GA

7/13/2019 Drkmttr – Nashville, TN

7/14/2019 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR

7/15/2019 Lantern – Lexington, KY

7/16/2019 Fubar – St Louis, MO

7/17/2019 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

7/18/2019 Rhinoceropolis – Denver, CO

Work has commenced on our fourth record. Ethan at Heavy Talent is also working on a US tour for summer 2019. In the meantime, catch us at one of our regional shows this Spring and here is video taken by Frank Huang at St Vitus, NYC in September at our show there with Monolord and ILSA.

East Coast Tour 2018


We are excited to announce Fall 2018 tour dates throughout North America, including shows with Monolord and Basilica Soundscape.

September 8 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
September 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus w/ Monolord
September 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Monolord
September 12 – Montclair, NJ @ Meat Locker
September 14 – Hudson, NY @ Basilica Soundscape
September 15 – Montreal, QC, Canada @ Casa de Popolo
September 16 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Coalition
September 17 – Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space
September 18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Tavern
September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
September 20 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
September 21 – Washington, DC @ Atlas Brew Works

Spring of Futility West Coast Tour with Un


We are pleased to announce our upcoming Spring tour:
Portland doom quartet USNEA will return to the road this March on the 2018 Spring Of Futility West Coast Tour. The journey begins March 23rd in their hometown and ends March 31st in Chico, California with direct support by Seattle’s Un. See all confirmed dates below:
USNEA w/ Un:
3/23/2018 Twilight Bar – Portland, OR w/ Sól
3/24/2018 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA w/ Body Void, Swamp Witch, CHRCH
3/25/2018 Hi-Hat – Los Angeles, CA w/ SKYEATER, Pendulous
3/27/2018 Space Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Sixes
3/28/2018 Club Paradise – Tijuana, MX w/ Iwokk, Dhatüra
3/29/2018 El Rio – San Francisco, CA w/ Atone, Malefic Levitation
3/30/2018 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA w/ CHRCH, Occlith
3/31/2018 Naked Lounge – Chico, CA w/ Shadow Limb

Winter Shows

Usnea have been back from Europe for a little over a month, many thanks are due to all of the folks who put together the tour, befriended us, fed us, supported us and made it all so great and most of all to UFOMAMMUT! We will forever love those guys.

So we have a few Winter shows booked and then nothing until Spring 2018 when we are touring the West Coast for the first time since 2015 with our good friends from Seattle, Un ( Hopefully we cross your path and in the meantime enjoy the harshest music during the darkest and harshest time of year.

Full Album Stream on Noisey and a visualizer accompanying “Eidolons and the Increate” on Decibel

The album comes out tomorrow!! You can order it here:

Here is the full stream and a write up by Grim Kim:

And here is the Decibel write up and the premiere of Eidolons and the Increate with a video visualizer by Frank Huang:

“Pyrrhic Victory” Video Premiere

From Invisible Oranges (

“The video for Usnea’s new song “Pyrrhic Victory” asks a question that it knows that it cannot answer: what good is societal progress if it doesn’t solve the fundamental problem of human cruelty? If we are living at the end of history — to borrow a phrase from Francis Fukuyama — what do we have to show for it? The prospect of nuclear war and looming environmental collapse? Radical. Nice job, humanity.

Using found footage, Usnea place the image of a woman being hung next to a series of studies of the human brain. While “Pyrrhic Victory” isn’t a narrative, the implication is that no matter how much we advance, we have yet to find away to prevent human beings from inflicting pain on one another. Viciousness (and the suffering it causes) is so pervasive that any progress must be seen as a pyrrhic victory against the devils of our nature.

This is heavy shit, even for a band as sonically dense as Usnea. The Portland, Oregon-based doom act are no strangers to weighty themes, or equally weighty tones. Portals Into Futility, their upcoming record, is thick with both. Although it starts and ends with full force, the majority of “Pyrrhic Victory” is more subdued — and don’t mistake “subdued” for soft. The song’s lengthy bridge may not be as heavily distorted, but it’s no less suffocating. Using a mixture of guitar tones, including something that sounds like an E-Bow, and with the pace of a tank stuck in mud, Usnea turn the song into an impenetrable murk.

This might not scan as heavy in the traditional sense, too slow for a proper headbang and too drawn out for a raised pair of horns, but the psychological effect is the same as any traditional riff-fest. It is a sonic burden, one that leaves the listener unmoored from the song’s structure. When the band gives shape to the song’s conclusion, they still don’t offer easy catharsis. The song’s stuttering climax gradually folds over itself until the band’s instruments crumble into digital distortion. Is “Pyrrhic Victory” a difficult question left hanging, or an uncomfortable and pessimistic answer?”