U.S. Christmas is a apocalyptic space-rock/blues ensemble originating from the Appalachian Mountains of Marion, North Carolina. Led by guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Nate Hall, the band; BJ Graves (drums), Justin Whitlow (percussion, experimental sounds), Josh Holt (bass, drones), and Meghan Mulhearn (violin), enter their second decade of blurring the boundaries of heavy rock & crushing dark blues.
While the music of U.S. Christmas has never been described as being jammy or amorphous; USX’s brand of dirty & loose psychedelic space rock originate from band members bringing their individually created musical parts into a room together and letting the collective synergy between them form a singular groove foundation. One would think the spaciness of the music would bring lyrical themes dealing with outer-space, yet, their lyrical content actually focuses more towards that of nature, earth, & terrestrial human history.
U.S. Christmas’s musical influences range from modern metal & doom to guitar slingers & classic artists including Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Hawkwind, Caustic Resin, & Neurosis.
After a pair of self released CD-R’s (Bad Heart Bull & Prayer Meeting), U.S. Christmas released their third album (Salt the Wound) via Russia’s RAIG Imprint, and then signed with the United States based, Neurot Recordings (home of Neurosis, Shrinebuilder, Across Tundras, etc.) to release the three full lengths, (Eat the Low Dogs, Run Thick in the Night & The Valley Path). Band leader Nate Hall will be releasing his debut solo album, A Great River, via Neurot Record in May 2012.
BAD HEART BULL is a 43 minute slab of mutant doom blues; think Neil Young without the ‘Heart of Gold’. Staying with traditionalism, most of the artwork was culled from the original sources to re-create the original self released CD-R layout. Play the Assassin is honored to give BAD HEART BULL it's long overdue official release on May 8th, 2012.
Limited to 250 copies. 90 Clear w/ black splatter, 90 Swamp Green w/ yellow haze, 70 Bone w/ blue splatter.