21 Jul 2017
Next Saturday Goat will be playing their biggest ever headline show at Brixton Academy.
The stage times have been revealed and they are as follows:
7:45pm Jane Weaver
9:00pm The Moonlandingz
Also now confirmed, from doors and between acts are Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia and Bad Vibrations DJs!
Tickets can be bought from here: See
Only three weeks until the best weekend of the year is upon us and Supernormal have released the set time, so if you don't want to miss Container or Wolf Eyes or Coldnose or Bruxia Maria or etc etc, see here: Clash Finder
But most importantly KURO are headlining the Barn on Saturday night, and Rocket's Chris Reeder is joining forces with Cosmic Dead and playing records for three hours in the bar after Wolf Eyes.
Gonna be a bit messy we think?
Whiskey Thief asked GOAT to come up with an exclusive Spotify playlist to celebrate next weekends headline show at Brixton Academy
Find out more here: Whiskey Thief
And listen to the playlist here: Spotify
Tickets for next weeks show are still available from here: TicketMaster
19 Jul 2017
This year's Milhões de Festa boasts an ever-excellent line-up, with a number of acts across various different genres and disciplines set to come together under the Portuguese sun.
Among those set to play this year are Hieroglyphic Being, Sly & The Family Drone, Graveyard, The Gaslamp Killer, Mehmet Aslan and a whole host more, with many of those playing as part of pool parties making full use of the festival's sunny setting.
One of the year's undoubted highlights at the festival though is the first-time live collaboration of faUSt and GNOD, which will be presented at the festival as a one-off exclusive this weekend. Ahead of that, we caught up with Jean-Hervé Péron of faUSt and GNOD's Paddy Shine below to talk about what the show will involve and their experiences of each other's music…
Read the rest here: The Quietus
17 Jul 2017
Nice to see Flowers Must Die and Gnod turning up in Vapour Trails top 40 albums of the year
See the full rundown here: Vapour Trail
Cosmonaut Music Cork Solid Choice Industries presents:
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
+ Horse & Order of the Mess
An Spailpin Fanach - Friday 25th of August
8pm & €10
More info here: Facebook
15 Jul 2017
Goat have revealed this new shirt/bag design that can be exclusively bought at their headline slot at Brixton Academy and at Womad.
If there are any left we will sell them on the Rocket shop.
But as there are only 100 shirts (50 x white / 50 x yellow) and 50 bags we don't expect there will be many!
Tickets for Goats show at Brixton on 29 July with Moonlandingz and Jane Weaver can still be bought from here: See tickets
Italian Magazine Impatto Sonoro has made our Julie's Haircut their Italian album of the year so far!!
You can see the full rundown of their list here: Impatto Sonoro
Our favourite weekend of the year has just got better with the announcement of KURO being added to the already amazing bill at this years (now sold out) Supernormal Festival!
Also, Chris from Rocket will be playing some records on Friday night in the bar tent.
More info about the line-up that includes Wolf Eyes, Container, Bong vs Bridget Hayden, Coldnose, Ben Vince, Zoviet France, Bruxa Maria etc etc here: Supernormal
...the next band upstairs was at the same time as the colossal Hey Colossus, so we stuck around to watch those guys stir up a sensual storm. A three guitars, bass and drums combo with a tall, moustachioed front man, all the guitars seemed to work in absolute harmony, their separate threads easy to pick out as each track would its inexorable way towards us.
The vocalist was a deep crooner, oddly magnetic, who strode and crashed around the stage, allowing the opening track to slowly unfurl as the guitars strained at their leashes, anxious to leap into the crowd and have at us. It was sweaty and propulsive and as track two started, it became quite exciting on stage, the drummer beating nine bells out of his kit.
Tone-wise, the front man reminded me of Carl Puttnam from Cud, but with more seat and bullets, leaning into the audience, yelling into any face that might be brave enough to come within range, the odd Nick Cave bellow of rage as all around guitars seared and bucked, urging one another over the edge. In fact they acted like a pack of animals, each crisp and fierce with their own purpose in mind to try and round up the audience and allow the singer to go in for the kill.
The band seem to take in metal but then turn their back on it and go down a more post-rock route, only to about turn again and trip a little psych fantastic. At times they reminded me of Mugstar, but with an enormous chap hip-thrusting in their midst, dancing like nobody is watching. Sabbath heavy with Queens Of The Stone Age hooks, the sound dense and the voice thrust forward, the guitars endlessly patient, jabbing and whirling around us. I was worn out at the end of the set, and due to the general overheating we decided to call it a day.We will be back next year, hopefully, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anybody who wants their minds expanded. A special shout should go to Stolen Body Records of Bristol. A good proportion of the bands had records out on the label and it was all lovely limited edition stuff — so go and buy that as well.
Read the rest here: Freq
11 Jul 2017
10 Jul 2017
As a flat white supping elitist puritan ponce who looks down on other peoples' music tastes with all the charm of Theresa May trying to ingest a coneful of chips without revealing her mutant hemipteran proboscis, I sincerely believe that anybody who writes favourably at length about the new Paramore or Harry Styles albums should be forbidden from listening to anything apart from the amplified grinding of Gary Barlow's internal facial mechanisms which manoeuvre his right eyebrow up and down, up and down, up and down as a pale replacement for having an actual personality. You might as well be praising the functionality of the Crane BevMAX4 for Which? Carbonated Drinks Vendor Magazine. A great pop album is still a pop album. A great sequel to The Fast And The Furious is still a part of the deplorable Fast And Furious Franchise (even when it does include the culturally slumming presence of HRH Helen Mirren). A great colonoscopy still sees you lying on your side praying for dear life as a stranger surveys your iffy rectum with a fibreoptic bum camera. So down with poptimism, yeah?
As the bearer of such priggishness, I find it tricky to think of many bands that have grown more melodic and accessible without succumbing to a concurrent escalation in sheer naffness. Nirvana, perhaps? R.E.M... for a little while? Therapy?'s Troublegum contains banger after banger I'll give you that. Nick Cave. Wolf Eyes? Grumbling Fur! In Hey Colossus' case, it helps that they started from such a niche position in the first place..
Read the rest of the piece here: The Quietus
9 Jul 2017
More names have been added to Ritual Union Festival in Oxford on 21 October where Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are playing:
Tickets/info here: Ritual Union
Josefin Öhrn's up-and-coming shows are:
05 August / Skeleton Coast / Holylake / UK
10-12 August / Way Out West Festival / Gothenburg / Sweden
21 October / Ritual Union / Oxford / UK
We have these albums in The Monitors 'Albums of the year so far':
Gnod – Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
“As its subtle title suggests, Gnod are angry. As angry as Nigel Farage at a British ale and tweed gilet convention where all of the ale and tweed gilets have been replaced, last minute, by continental lager and silk-knit cardigans. Noisy, abrasive and righteous, Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine is quite possibly Gnod’s most coherent and powerful record to date.”
Hey Colossus – The Guillotine
“In my last review I called for them to be anointed saints, which may seem a bit strong, but fuck it, get them sainted and elevate them to the pedestals they deserve. In these dark social times there’s not enough room to piss about with vagaries. The Guillotine is quite simply another astonishing album from a band that just continues to impress.”
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Feed the Rats
“Feed The Rats parties hard like a booze-crazed ham homunculus on a particularly rowdy stag do.”
See the full list here: The Monitors
We have these two albums in Psych Insight's albums of the year:
Julie’s Haircut – Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin
This sonic koan does just that with this album in that it retains the elements that give the who album its complexity…yet somehow come to terms with them in what sounds like a dialogue between the ‘twins’ in what is the most abstract of the numbers here…not so much an ending but a new beginning perhaps.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Feed the rats
There’s no getting away from it…this is a massive slab of an album. It’s one that has been over three years in the making, given the band’s previous release, and for those waiting with baited breath since there Cosmic Dead split I doubt there will be very few who are disappointed.
See the full run down here: Psych Insight
7 Jul 2017
Goat offshoot Capra Informis latest 7" release is out today.
"Sublimely unsettling" – The Quietus
"Wonderful stuff" – Soundblab
You can only buy from us here: Rocket Shop
Or from the band direct.
The tracks are also available via all streaming services.
We hope the band will hit stages sometime later the year.
Sometime, a little gentle trepanation is what’s needed to broaden the psychic horizons; at others, it’s less optimal than a plain old hole in the head. Temple ov BBV is seemingly all about the downsides; it’s not a happy album by any means, but it might cheer those prone to schadenfreude up, if only on the basis that it’s probably harder to sound less all right than the meshing together here of Gnod with fellow aggronautical explorers Radar Men From The Moon.
headbutting their way to a higher state of (un)consciousnessAppropriately enough for a record inspired by self-tapping psychedelic explorer Bart Huges‘s book The Mechanics Of Brain Blood Volume, Temple ov BBV sounds like the ensemble are headbutting their way to a higher state of (un)consciousness through the power of sheer bloodyminded gtr-bs-drms assault that must have set the Eindhoven Psych Lab a-squirming...
Read the rest here: Freq
5 Jul 2017
I only really came across Hey Colossus a few years ago, when the band released two albums in quick succession ‘In Black and Gold’ and ‘Radio Static High’; both on Rocket Recordings. I thought that both of these were terrific and was excited to hear more. Then when last year’s pre-Rocket retrospective, ‘Dedicated To Uri Klangers (2003-2013)’, came out I became fully aware, not only of how good this band were, but the changes in sound that were being wrought over time. A process of change that continues with this new album ‘The Guillotine’.
But let’s step back a bit for a minute, because I never really got round to writing about ‘Uri Klangers’, in fact it seems that this is my first Hey Colossus album review; and I’m pretty late with this given I first picked up the vinyl at a gig in early May. Why is that? I can’t think of any other band that I have liked so much in recent years, yet in written so little. ‘Uri Klangers’ was a revelation to me… the noise, of my God, the noise… but noise that was somehow controlled and focussed. From the opening bars of ‘War Crows’ it’s four sides of sonic assault that, in another context, you’d be getting charged with GBH for...
Read the rest here: Psych Insight
4 Jul 2017
I apologise that it has taken me a while to get this review written up. I know dear reader that you have been slavishly awaiting my thought’s on this latest release, but I have been delayed by many things. Chief amongst them the age-old problem of trying to write about an album that you genuinely love; i.e., the fear of disgustingly positive, gushing sycophancy.
Those that have visited this site regularly (yeah you) will know that I love Hey Colossus. Love them, and they have earned this love the hard way. Through endlessly changing and challenging my expectations of what they are as a band and by consistently releasing great records...
Read the full review here: Monitors
3 Jul 2017
As announced recently Hey Colossus are to play the next Fluffer Records Pit Party on 22 July...and now Rocket's Chris Reeder has been added as one of the DJs on the night...
Full line up of bands are:
2pm Doors open
- HEY COLOSSUS
- ATLAS WYND
- SWEATY PALMS
- BO GRITZ
- HUMAN PET
Tickets are available here: Dice
We are flattered to say we have four bands in The Quietus's Albums of the Year so far:
#05 / Gnod – Just Say No To The Psycho Right – Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
#27 / Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Feed the Rats
#57 / Temple Ov BBV – Temple Ov BBV
#65 / Hey Colossus – The Guillotine
See the full rundown here: The Quietus
ALSO...The Quietus have made an appeal for donations, times are tough our there and for them to survive they need YOUR help!!
Emerging again from the shrouded forests of a Swedish hinterland comes the arterial collective, Capra Informis, a freeform off-shoot of Goat. Maintaining the ironic ruse of anonymity in a mainstream world forgoing all things private, Northern Sweden must be one of the only places on earth remote enough to ward off social media. Clearly there’s contrivance at play here. According yourself the status of true cult makes the droning astral-jamming seem more authentic, as if organically rooted in a mysterious subculture. Still, whether they’re dissecting forest kill amid the flares of dancing torches, or downing Dugges/Omnipollo Anagram Bourbon Barrel Aged Blueberry Cheesecake Stout in the rather more prosaic setting of a downtown hipster bar, the weird and wonderful music they make speaks for itself...
Read the rest here: Soundblab
And there are still copies left in the shop – we only have 150 so don't delay they are not being repressed! Rocket Bandcamp
2 Jul 2017
Temple Ov BBV – Temple Ov BBV
Gnod's Just Say No has already cast one of the longest musical shadows over 2017. A record much eulogised both here on tQ and elsewhere, and rightly so, somehow, it’s the most powerful of the group’s metamorphoses yet, by virtue of its compactness, the pinpoint targeting of its politicised assault.
Temple ov BBV, a collaboration between the group and Dutch psych-experimentalists Radar Men From The Moon, feels like a more twisted, parallel universe version of the same beast, the same sonic formula of terrifying, relentless pounding applied to a brilliantly bizarre tribute to Bart Huges, the scientist and psychedelic pioneer who drilled into his own skull in order to achieve enhanced mental power and a permanent high. Sonically, the record feels not dissimilar as an experience – a dentist's drill of nausea, noise and utter brilliance, straight to the brain.
See the full article here: The Quietus
Albini-level sonic tumult can make a compelling case by itself with or without a song’s lyrical intent. And if said tumult offends? Well, you were likely its target. As the tilted and persistent rhythm of Back in the Room exhibits well Neu!’s belief in listener immersion through repetition, Hey Colossus, the noise-oriented rock unit responsible for the battery being addressed, also revel in the perverted evangelistic tone of The Jesus Lizard. An attack on the senses? Only if you’re the target. The Guillotine, latest LP and third Hey Colossus release for Rocket Recordings, is an eight-song trove of volume, emotional density, and social critique, its commonalities with sounds cultivated by labels like Touch & Go and Amphetamine Reptile not so much evidentiary of retread as they are respectful and refreshing pulls from an era of dissonant rock plentitude.
Introduced by the red herring string play of Honest To God, a song I’ll admit had me believing momentarily that I’d be hearing an upbeat little ditty meant to set me mentally adrift in the ecstasy of a sun-drenched day, The Guillotine’s thoughtfully penned commentaries are delivered with an impressive weight and equally impactful commingling of guitar interaction. The album’s notable heft garners most of the attention at first listen, but further dives into the material reveal the arrangements at work...
Kuro Maga are all about the drone. Their main elements are a saxophone and violin with which they build up their sound and then unleash it. It is in essence a freeform jazz improv session which if you can’t do at Supersonic you can’t do anywhere. It’s a huge meshing merging of music that works really well. Single elements spring out at you as the sound moves only to disappear again into the meld. They then swing it around to a frenzied off the wall drum beat that with the rest of the sound turns it all frenzied and raw.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Pigs Pigs Pigs who are busy handing drinks out to the audience. They are so young.Supersonic_17062017_Fighting-Boredom-23 Dressed down, in two cases just pairs of shorts, but utterly focused. They start with just a riot of noise which moves into hard as nails punk, slow and epic sounding. The vocalist looks consumed with rage as he and the band take up every square inch of the stage. It’s so loud that my whole body is vibrating. I am sold.
It brings to mind the Rollins Band with it’s massive sounding punk, the post hardcore feel and concrete solid punches certainly reflect that but they have taken it a stage further, that band was all about the vocalist, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are all about the band dynamic, the way that they move around each other and the sheer rage in the sound almost make you take a step back. The vocalist looks like he’s going to punch the whole crowd out.
They play another great big slab of hatred grinding out to break us and the crowd are responding in kind, there’s a slight stoner psych edge to it but mostly it’s good focused anger and there’s nothing wrong with that. When they speak they have broad Geordie accents and introduce their new drummer, I can’t believe that this was his introduction, talk about sink or swim, that they were spoiled playing on the other air conditioned stage and about just how hot it is in the room.
A great little band that should really get much bigger.
Read the rest: Fighting Boredom
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
The madness continues with Pigs x7. The room feels like a sauna and our bodies are dripping with sweat. The British psychedelic stoner metal outfit brings punk attitude on stage. Matt Baty howls and dances half naked bringing brooding intensity. The further Pigs x7 go the more righteous they become, and the room — boiling and vibrating. Playing with an occult self-possession, Britons deliver a crowd-moving performance. Stoner has never felt so brutal!
Read the rest: Mutual Grimeness
The band say:
Celebrating that we are featuring on the compilation cd in the latest issue of MOJO magazine and that our Kompost LP have now been out for two months. So we decided to give you some other tracks that have been featured on various compilations over the years. Five tracks and about 28 minutes of music, enjoy!
Listen/buy here: Bandcamp