Cave Wave from Berkeley, CA

Winter/Spring/Summer 2015

February 8th, 2015

It’s been awhile since our last update here! After returning from the Cascadian Yule festival in WA mid December, we’ve been gearing up for some great shows in the works. March 26 Noctooa will be serenading San Francisco at the Hemlock Tavern, joined by our friends Muscle and Marrow from Portland, and bay area locals Cardinal Wyrm and Thoabath. April 14 we’ll be opening for ROME! This will be a special acoustic house show in Berkeley. Get tickets here: In May we’ll be doing a couple dates, Nevada City and Sacramento, with Aerial Ruin on his CA tour. Details coming soon. Looking onto summer Noctooa is scheduled to play the 2nd annual Thirst For Light festival in Pe Ell WA. Last year’s festival was incredible and we’re quite excited to return to Red Hawk Avalon for this amazing gathering. Lastly, we’ve got a new album brewing in the owl cave, shooting to recording late spring/early summer. Tour plans are also being initiated. Merry winter my owlish brothers and sisters!

Pesanta Urfolk

December 31st, 2013

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be releasing our Adaptation LP on Pesanta Urfolk in 2014!
From the Pesanta Urfolk website:

Forthcoming in 2014

December 23, 2013

Pesanta Urfolk as a label has always defined genre classification, I have never made claim to be a “metal label” or a “neofolk label”—I am simply doing the best I can to curate what I consider to be some of the most exciting music in the underground. This coming year, 2014, is looking like a very promising year for releases.

One of the groups I am most excited about may be a surprise for the Pesanta Urfolk followers as it’ll leave those wishing to pigeonhole my works scratching their head—The Seattle, WA based group Kithkin will be releasing their first full length entitled Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies For Humans in Face of The Collapse on Pesanta Urfolk on multiple formats.

Unpon first listen their demo entranced me, the heavily percussive elements akin to Munly & The Lupercalians with the popular sensibility of Echo and the Bunnymen create a very potent mix that has gained the group a significant amount of attention amount their local community. Seattle Magazine deemed Kithin to be the best band of 2013 citywide, they have performed at the esteemed Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and have been totally romancing their audiences with their frenzied and fervent tree-worshiping live shows stateside for a number of year! Leave your preconceptions at the door, and prepare for this outstanding release currently slated for the Vernal Equinox, 2014.

Another release Pesanta Urfolk is hugely excited about is an as of yet unnamed live Fire+Ice LP complied from three intimate Sintra, Portugal performances from 2001. The outstanding live audio has been edited and mastered by Robert Ferbrache/Absinthe Studio. Anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of the neofolk scene will know that Fire+Ice is essential. It is a complete honor to announce this work.

Another live LP/CS that Pesanta Urfolk will be co-releasing with Cloister Recordings is the collaborative set between Trepaneringsritualen and Sutekh Hexen from Stella Natura, 2013.

Munly—The Jimmy Carter Syndrome, Common Eider, King Eider—Taaleg Uksur, Noctooa—Adaptation, Mania—Revel (co-released with GreySun) and as of yet unnamed albums by Maledicere and Arnica will all see a stunning LP presentation throughout 2014.

Saadi Saati will see collaborative works with Unseen Forces on a Hoverkraft LP and will also be releasing the Stone Wings—Bird of Stone Wings on CD.

I am also so very excited to announce that 2014 will see the launch of a classical music label called Et in Arcadia ego (Arcadia Phono). The details are nearly 100% confirmed, but it looks like the first Arcadia Phono double LP will be Arvo Pärt—Passio.

Et in Arcadia ego

I assure you 2014 will see more exciting releases than the limited selection mentioned above!

One final note, our friend DJ Merrick at Aural Apocalypse has put together a nice selection of some of Pesanta Urfolk’s 2013 releases. Please give it a listen! Thanks Merrick!

Stella Natura 2013

October 17th, 2013

A few weeks ago Jorge and I(Sammy) attended the Stella Natura festival in the Tahoe National Forest. This 3-day camp out festival is an incredible congregation of all the best Neo-Folk, Metal, and Experimental music from around world, including many of our friends who we played with on tour. Stella Natura 2012 completely blew my mind, sending me into unforgettable spiritual realms. This year was no different, spiritually that is. Mother Nature decided to test our will on Saturday, the 2nd day of the festival, by relentless rain and snow! As you can imagine, bands could not perform on soaking wet stages. Nonetheless, all of us who stuck it out and stayed on-site during the weather really banded together and had quite the memorable experience. Noctooa got the opportunity to do an acoustic set for a shivering crowd, huddled next to a trash can bonfire. I don’t think I’ll forget playing with snow falling all around…and hands so numb I couldn’t feel the frets. We we’re extremely well received and sold a bunch of CDs. Thanks you to everyone who stuck and and braved the elements with us. Twas truly magical. Sunday showed mercy, with a beautiful sunny day, filled with equally magnificent music. The people here are one giant extended family. We can’t wait to see you all again. We will be back next year!

Big thanks for John Scharpen for putting together this awesome account of the festival. Scroll down about half way to check out the review of our acoustic set!


Back from tour, time to decompress

August 15th, 2013

The owls are back from tour and have had a few days to rest our wings and reflect on fond memories. Every show was worthwhile and a few truly blew our minds. We have some amazing folks out there to thank, as this tour would not have happened without their hard work and kindness. Endless thanks to:

Bluebird and Dylan Sheets/ Lasher Keen
Oren/ Knot They’re
Nate Myers, Asia Moore, and Will O’ The Wisp
The Burial Grounds
Henry Lauer/Weather Veins
Erik Moggridge/Aerial Ruin
Michael Korchonnoff and Ekstasis
Ash and Cryptatropa
Brenden/Jennifer Smith and Clearly Beloved
Julia Draves and Justin Spivey/Chasing La Lune
Derek Schultz and Hooded Archer
Evan Solano and Blackend Media
Nic Rocha and Deathkings
J and Death Aesthetic
Sandra Saad and Eye of the Sun
Jim Willig and (waning)
Laura Witzig and Leticia Garcia
And everyone who played with us, let us crash at your house, or simply showed us a good time. THANK YOU! Our owlish family has expanded.

“Adaptation” release!

July 16th, 2013

We’re filled to the brim with owlish glee to release our debut full length, “Adaptation”! We’re currently on tour and have CDs available at shows. You can also download the album on bandcamp. It should be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc in the next few days. Take a listen on Bandcamp!


“Adaptation” off to mastering!

June 29th, 2013

Well folks, we’re DONE mixing the album! There were many doubts that we could get this done in time, but we did it. Sent it off to mastering last night, with our buddy Jeremy at Megasonic Sound. Keep and ear and eye out for the official physical/digital release on July 12, and our upcoming tour. Relieved and excited to unleash this beast.


So we bought a van…

May 16th, 2013

We just bought a pimp owlish Noctooa-mobile. Now she needs a name…


Summer Tour

March 14th, 2013

So it’s official, we’re planning a summer west coast tour! Here are some places we’ll be invading. If you’d like to book us anywhere else along the way, certainly let us know!

Oakland, CA
Sacramento, CA
Nevada City, CA
Chico, CA
Arcata, CA
Salem, OR
Portland, OR
Olympia, WA
Seattle, WA
Santa Cruz, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Oakland and San Francisco shows

January 31st, 2013

We’re playing with Lasher Keen again! Get your fill of folklore n’ owls at the Stork Club in Oakland on Feb 19. Also performing will be Blood of Kvasir, and Sammy’s throwback gypsy-goth cover band Elder Goth. You KNOW this is going to be fun.

Check out the Facebook event for more details:

March 5 we’re playing at 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco, with Thee Hobo Gobbelins, Blood of Kvasir, and Medicine Moon (another one of Sammy’s projects).

December Shows!

November 25th, 2012

We’re happy to announce a couple December shows, with some truly great bands.

Santa Cruz Dec 8 at The Crepe Place, with the lovely Foxtails Brigade! Oh and by the way, Sammy now plays drums for Foxtails Brigide! He’ll be playing with both bands for this show. Looking forward to some hometown hoots with old friends.
Facebook Event:

Berkeley Dec 13 at The Starry Plough, with Lasher Keen, Grex, and Feral Luggage. Lasher Keen blows my mind with folklorish glory. Cannot wait to play with these guys!
Facebook Event: