28 Mar 2017

Hole in the head


Hey Colossus play Liverpool's Threshold Festival this weekend

Tickets and info can be found here: Threshold


Tidal asks Josefin Öhrn what does Velvet Underground mean to her

Tidal asked several artists what the Velvet Underground meant to them – Josefin Öhrn said:

What has the Velvet Underground & Nico meant for you and how has it inspired your own work?
It has meant everything, most music that we’ve related to can be traced to Velvet, not only musically then lyrically and as a perspective on the world. It was Velvet that we bonded when we first met, before we started writing together.

Why did the album/band intrigue you in the first place?
I think the contrast between beauty and brute noise, of lullaby and rock’n’roll, I was just a child when I heard “Sunday Morning,” “Waiting For the Man” and “Run Run Run” and loved them without having a clue to what they were about. Then I was really into Celine and Genet and that just tied in with Velvet’s music without really understanding why. These beautiful, menacing beings that seem to occupy a terrifying world that is just where I wanted to live. I was absolutely absorbed when I first heard it. And who doesn’t want to look like Nico, John Cale or Lou Reed in 1967 or all three?

How do you consider their debut album 50 years down the road?
Goes without saying that it’s a masterpiece – and it’s scary how it seems to just change into something relevant and new for each period that passes.

Your definite VU moment?
Seeing the sun rise in Andalucía after a really really long drive with White Light/White Heat on repeat.

Read the full piece here: Tidal


Rumore publish photos of Julie's Haircut show in Torinio

Check out these great photos of Julie's Haircut recent show in Torino

See the full range here: Rumore


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation headline Lisbon Psych Fest

The night before Mad Vibes on 7 April Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are headlining a great line-up at Lisbon Psych Festival.

Tickets and information here: Lisbon Psych Fest


27 Mar 2017

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation play Mad Vibes Festival

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are playing Mad Vibes festival in Madrid on Saturday 8 April

C/ San Vicente Ferrer, 23 (Malasaña), 28004 Madrid, Spain

More info here: Mad Vibes


24 Mar 2017

Loud and Quiet interview Gnoomes

t reads:

Gnoomes – the Russian trio who fought conscription and prison to make their drug-free psych album

'Tschak!' was made without any mind-altering substances whatsoever, under quite extraordinary circumstances

Words by Daniel Dylan Wray
“Being in prison was quite a psychedelic experience,” says Gnoomes’ vocalist and bass player Alex Pyankov, speaking from his home in Perm, Russia. Despite rather obstructive hurdles like imprisonment, his band have just released their second album ‘TSCHAK!’ via Rocket Recordings, a label that is home to various incarnations and miscreants of psychedelia and esoterica, such as Goat, Teeth of the Sea, Hey Colossus, Gnod and Hills.

Gnoomes – a three piece consisting of Pyankov, Pavel Fedoseev and Dmitriy Konyushevich – released their first album on Rocket in 2015. ‘Ngan!’ is a four-track album (two of which take up 30 minutes alone) that burrows deep into the elongated groove template of the psych genre. Through its explorations in repetition it allows ripples of guitar to push and pull the momentum in porpoise waves of swelling... 

See the rest here: Loud and Quiet


23 Mar 2017

Soundblab gives Gnod 10/10 review for new album

It reads:

Who puts a run of classic albums together these days? The sort of thing that Stevie Wonder, David Bowie or Neil Young would do in the 70s. A little sprint of three or four, 9 or 10 rated albums in as many years. Gnod are doing it right now with Infinity Machines, Mirror and Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine. And, like Young or Bowie in the 70s, you don't know what they're going to do next.

Feedback, driving drums and then a totally moronic riff start Bodies For Money. They are joined by Paddy Shine shouting from low down in the mix. The energy and anger levels are high, the sound is beautiful. It's somewhere between Hawkwind and Black Flag, with an Anarcho-Punk/Post-Punk edge. The changes between all-out noise and riffing are brilliant and the guitar solo is 'and then my mind split open' insane. People starts with a strange loop and a strange drum pattern. An immense bass comes in. Paddy shouts. A scratchy Post-Punk guitar riff turns up low in the mix. It's quite like Killing Joke. There's not much to this track but it's still exhilarating as Paddy's voice is warped like Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers...

Read the rest here: Soundblab


The Quietus give GNOD's new album their 'Lead Review'

It reads:

In December last year, a video went viral of trainee producer Nobuo Kawakami presenting an AI project to film director/animator Hayao Miyazaki. He showed to Miyazaki how the CGI animation “...learned to move by using its head. It doesn't feel any pain, and has no concept of protecting its head.” Miyazaki, though, was repulsed by Kawakami's work: “Whoever creates this stuff has no idea what pain is... I strongly feel that this is an insult to life itself.”

In their defense, the producer was using his imagination in order to create something distanced from humanity as we recognise it – a technique horror artists frequently employ. But what Miyazaki, perhaps, was repulsed by was the removal of the figure's personality and the elimination of its potential pain – the reduction of a familiar human-like body parts to a limping mannequin. But whatever constitutes 'personhood' for Kawakami seems eerily out of mind during the presentation, only expressing interest in the mechanical processes involved in the figure's movement...

Read the rest here: The Quietus


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation play Green Man Courtyard show

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have been confirmed to play Greenman's Courtyard mini festival in Kings Cross at the end of May. They are playing the same day as fellow Swedes Dungen...gonna be a bit special!!

Full details can be found here: Greenman


Heathmofo reviews Gnoomes Tschak!

It says:

Russian band Gnoomes return with their second album on Rocket Recordings, playing their on brand of what they call ‘Stargaze’. I wrote about their first album on these pages , and it reached the semi finals of my Best of 2015, only being knock out by eventual winners Dead Sea Apes . The obvious thing would be to compare this album to the high standards of their debut. After a few listens I think this would be a little unfair so, all I’m going to say is that this album seems far more expansive.

The warped opener ‘Super Libido Awake’ is a synth heavy builder that kind of sets the tone for the album in general. It sounds industrial but not in a harsh way, this is more of a light and pulsating soundscape.The following track ‘Maria’ shows the bands almost pop psych sensibilities as does ‘Cascias’. Both of these tracks kind of reminded me of  Julian Cope’s debut solo album. It is at this point the band enter a more experimental phase drawing on Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Neu!  Everything seem to meld and flow with a more liquid kind of feel... 

Read the rest here: Heathmofo


22 Mar 2017

Rocket one week spring sale – 25% off everything

To celebrate the days getting longer and the sun (hopefully) shining brighter we have decided to do a 'one week spring sale' where you can buy all Rocket releases at an amazing 25% off.

Go to the Rocket shop here: Rocket Bandcamp

And input the code: springsale

The sale starts from now and end at midnight on Wednesday the 29th March.

We have had some warehouse finds at our distributor, and have put them up on the shop, so releases that have not been available for a while are also available with 25% off . 

Things like:

Capra Informis – Womb of the Wild
Mamuthones – Symphony for the Devil 
Oneida – Positions
Lay Llamas – Ostro
Mugstar / Oneida – Collisions 02
Mamuthones / Evil Blizard – Collisions 03

+ more


21 Mar 2017

Goat reveal exclusive 'Goatfuzz' 7" on splatter vinyl for Record Store Day

We are excited to announce the release of a new special ltd edition 7” for Record Store Day by Goat.

The single is a previously unreleased version of Goatfuzz – one of the stand out tracks off their latest album Requiem. 

Goatfuzz’s heavy-groove and addictive fuzz riff became a firm live favourite on last years European tour and summer festival appearances and this 'shorter' version is perfect for the 7” format.

We are also pleased to reveal that the b-side of the 7” is a brand new, unreleased track called Goatfizz. The tracks spaced out, psych sounds are underpinned by a killer repetitive drum and bass groove. The end result reveals another unique take on ‘world music’ by Goat.

The two colour ‘splatter vinyl’ 7” is ltd to 2,000 copies worldwide (500 for the UK).

More info about Record Store Day here: Record Store Day


Julie's Haircut and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation feature on latest MOJO CD

If you pick-up the latest issue of Mojo with Pink Floyd on the cover you will be greeted by tracks from Julie's Haircut and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation on the cover mount CD.

More info about the issue here: Mojo Magazine


Son of Marketing reviews Julie’s Haircut – Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin

It reads:

Independent in an independent musical environment. This is the status of the italian band Julie’s Haircut, active since 1994, who never wanted to be captured in a specific scene. That’s why they usually hang out at international circuits and you cannot recognize their italian origins, except from a delicate attention to melodies. This is the premise for their seventh album, Invocation and Ritual Dance of My Demon Twin, out now for the British label Rocket Recordings, in which you will find their personal interpretation of psychedelia, a soft and meditative one. This interpretation is nourished by post rock rides, without the typical explosions of the genre. So this album is to be listened as a good synthesis of post rock and psych sound.

Bass vapors introduce the quietness of “Zukunft”, from the solemn gait of a delicate electric piano to the incipit of a tense drum which opens the second part of the song, in which noise and a far sax duet. An episode like “The Fire Sermon” offers an intimate journey in which drums lead the dance. “Orpheus Rising” is delicate with its twist of trumpet, guitar, bass and drumming. “Deluge” in the beginning is a hard psych track, with a shouting sax in evidence, while suddenly the music stops leaving empty floydian spaces brushed by a warm trumpet. At the end the song explodes in a volcano of distorted guitars. Some other tracks offer a more psychedelic side of the band, but the real plus of this album is its attitude to offer a wide range of trips to the listener.

You will not fall in love with this music because it is not made for emotional involvement, it is a music for brain and reflections, to abandon oneself to the flow.

See the review here: Son of Marketing


20 Mar 2017

Vinyl Factory put Hills – Alive at Roadburn in their '10 vinyl releases of the week'

They say:

Hills – Alive At Roadburn
(Rocket Recordings)

These days the word psychedelic gets thrown against pretty much anything with a guitar but this is the real deal right here – the new set from Sweden’s Hills in the shape of their titanic Alive At Roadburn. Four sides, four songs, each one clocking in at over 13 minutes and built on hypnotic grooves, spiralling guitars and all sorts of magic only some can do…and Hills are the band to beat. There’s limited colour vinyl out there. God bless Rocket.

See the full piece here: Vinyl Factory


Photos of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation live at the Hare & Hounds

Here's a great gallery of photos by Birmingham Review of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation live at the Hare & Hounds.

See gallery here: Birmingham Review


Get into this reviews KURO live in Liverpool

It reads:

If we can trust our senses anymore, we’d say the longest and most intense set was of the headlining act KURO. Mostly using electric contrabass and violin and sometimes other electronics as well, the duo started off with a repeated dark motif. The next couple of minutes saw a series of layered lines over that motif, alternating with calmer phrases that sonically seemed to represent Asian deserts.

With the projected spiralling background, KURO attempted to first hypnotise the audience and once that was done, torture their captives. What a delight!

The night came to an end to a unanimous satisfaction of seeing something exciting, unique and truly brave and immersive. Hopefully, this is one the many successful adventures that will take place under the banner of New Music for Old Machines.

See the full piece here: Get into this


Circuit Sweet say some words about Hey Colossus track 'Experts Toll'

It reads:

Flourishing where sparks fly between primal rock brawn and artrock grace, Hey Colossus have undergone a spectacular metamorphosis in the last three years. Previously famed for their unflinchingly abject and pulverising noiserock assaults, the 2015 Rocket Recordings double-drop of In Black And Gold and Radio Static High displayed not only a band with a work rate to put most all their contemporaries to shame, but one arriving at an atmospheric and rewarding sound with as much flair for the beguiling as the barbaric – within these grooves were everything from Amphetamine Reptile swagger to Bad Seeds drama, dub dynamics to krautrock repetition, yet all in a coherent assault that transcended the sum of its parts with depraved style and graceful finesse.

Changes may have been afoot in the Hey Colossus camp, yet their latest transmission The Guillotine shows that they’re in no danger of neglecting either their prolific drive or their charismatic flair. Darker and more brooding than their last two records, it’s also perhaps their most richly melodic to date –  the interplay of their three guitar lineup has never sounded more fluent than on these eight songs, nor their songcraft more well-defined...

Read the rest here: Circuit Sweet


17 Mar 2017

AHRKH premiere's his Golden Ratio Frequencies show on NTS tomorrow

AHRKH (Alex from Gnod) has a new monthly NTS show starting tomorrow...

This is what Alex says:



You can tune in from here: NTS



Hills Alive at Roadburn released today

Today sees the release of Hills – Alive at Roadburn on 2LP, CD and DL.


You can buy the album here: Rocket Shop

Like their predecessors unholy trinity of Pärson Sound, International Harvester and Träd Gräs och Stenar, Hills penchant to stretch out beyond, performing what feels like openly casual exhortations into intricate eastern tones and primal hypnotic rhythms.

The album has been picking up some great reviews:

Echoes and Dust
Psych Insight

The band are currently in the studio writing the follow up to their highly acclaimed last album Frid.


16 Mar 2017

Salthouse Bottles to stock Rocket IPA

The lovely people at Salthouse Bottle shop in Brockley in London are stocking the latest batch of Rocket's 'One Giant Leap' IPA – brewed by Brewage A Trois.

Salthouse Bottles came across it at the Stoke Newington Beer Festival and were impressed by it enough to want to stock it!

So, get yourselves down there and pick up a bottle or 5!

Address and opening times can be found here: Salthouse

Follow Brewage on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/brewageatrois


Backseat Mafia say some words on Flowers Must Die's 'After Gong'

It reads:

This new video for ‘After Gong’ is the second release from the forthcoming Flowers Must Die album ‘Kompost’, due to be released on 28th April via Rocket Recordings. I’m sure we can all agree it’s a fitting tribute for a band to honour the memory of a fallen friend by dedicating a song to them. This new track does exactly that as band member Rickard Daun explains. “The track originally had the working title ’Efter Maten’ (After Dinner), but we changed it to ‘After Gong’ to pay tribute to Gilli Smyth. The Gong member who died of pneumonia around the time when we would name the song”.

The video itself opens with the captivating hypnotic potency of a Rank Films fanfare. A psychedelic ritual of noir cinematics and infinitely looping scenes of the macabre. It could easily be the product of a Fritz Lang experiment, had a he occupied a secret base under the Moomin Mountain. Or, as the band put it “It is a spacey, manic song with horns, and the most verse-chorus-based from Flowers Must Die so far”. The new album follows on from the six-piece Swedish outfits sold out EP ‘Sista Valsen’, debut UK shows (including sets at Supernormal and Liverpool Psych Fest), ‘Hit’ and this, the LPs first two releases...

See in full here: Backseat Mafia

Preorder the album 'Kompost' here: Rocket

The band are heading out to play some shows in April:

13 April / Kraken / Stockholm / Sweden
14 April / Crypt / Linkoping / Sweden
25 April / The Prince Albert / Brighton / UK
26 April / The Shacklewell Arms / London / UK
27 April / The Full Moon / Cardiff / UK
28 April / The Cube / Bristol / UK


Cone Magazine reviews Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation live at The Louisiana in Bristol

It reads:

Bristol fans of this Swedish psychedelic sextet were treated to a sold out show on Friday, with eclectic support from London’s DJ Cherrystones.

Having visited the city just last October when they supported Goat on their European tour, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation followed suit with their own headline tour this spring. Their infectious and original blend of noise-rock, psychedelia and tribal trance is a breath of fresh air amid sounds that fall flat in their attempt to corner a niche. Releasing their second full-length ‘Mirage’ on the London fuzz-psych label Rocket Recordings also doesn’t appear to pigeon-hole their music, but rather stand as an identification of their musical ilk in today’s cross-pollinated landscape...

Read the rest here: Cone

Photo by Karim Bouthera


Backseat Mafia reviews Gnod's 'Just say no...'

It reads:

Rating: 8/10

Gnod are a punk infused psych krautrock collective hailing from Salford, Greater Manchester. Having formed in 2006 they have become an institution in their own right and are essentially a collective with a rotating list of musicians who frequent art-hub Islington Mill.

With an impressive back catalogue under their belt they have garnered an increasing amount of attention to their cause, in particular of note are albums Ingnodwetrust (2011), Infinity Machines (2015) and Mirror (2016) as well as collaborative efforts, most notably Drop Out with White Hills II (2010).

The band now signed to Rocket Recordings, have previously released music on their own label Tesla Tapes which also encourages ‘Gnodheads’ past, present and feature as well as friends from all over the world to use the label as an outlet for musical meanderings...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia


Kuro Black Magic – 'special collaborative set' for Supersonic Festival

Excited to announce KURO will be playing a very special collaborative set at this years Supersonic Festival.

Supersonic says:

Kuro feature the amplified talents of French violinist Agathe Max and bassist Gareth Turner, joined by Valentina Magaletti of Tomaga (drums) and Helen Papaioannou (baritone sax) for this Superspecial Supersonic performance.

Kuro take their name from the Japanese word for ‘black’, and their debut release for Rocket Recordings marks an experimental union between two diversely storied yet inherently like-minded musicians. Agathe Max, who hails from Lyon, is a classically-trained violinist with a varied back catalogue of studio and live work – running the gamut from spectral ambience to stately soundscapes and adept at summoning dream states and drama alike...

Read the rest about the set here: Supersonic


The Monitors say some words on Gnoomes and Hey Colosssus

It reads:

Gnoomes – City Monk
Rocket Recordings expand their increasingly global outlook with Gnoomes, a Russian trio whose unshrinking psychedelia naturally bends towards the label’s orbit. ‘City Monk’ is one of the most effortlessly fluid tracks on their recently released album Tschak!, sounding like Deerhunter’s ‘Cryptograms’ if performed by a blissed out Simeon Coxe.

Hey Colossus – Experts Toll
Experts, eh? WE’VE ALL HAD ENOUGH OF BLOODY EXPERTS RIGHT? Oh no wait, it’s poor quality insoles we’ve all had enough of. Not many fans of experts around these days either though. Luckily Hey Colossus are back to take issue with the wilful ignorance and obfuscation that are increasingly defining our era, and doing in typically robust style. ‘Experts Toll’ is significantly more tuneful than previous releases, continuing their progression towards more melodic territory but without abandoning the amped-up engine that got them there.

See the piece here: The Monitors


Gnod and White Hills play show together

One of our best selling records is Gnod's album 'Dropout with White Hills'...the collaboration 2LP between both bands.

And we are excited to announce that they are playing a co-headline show together on 24 May at the Cluny in Newcastle.

Both bands played live together when we curated a stage at Liverpool Psych fest so be great to see them on the same stage again...will they do a live collaboration of tracks from 'Dropout' again?  Will have to wait and see...

Info here: The Cluny


Gnoomes interview in latest issue of Loud and Quiet

Pick up a copy of the latest issue of Loud and Quiet with Jarvis on the cover to read an interview with Gnoomes...

Info here: Loud and Quiet


Gnoomes announce Manchester show

Excited to announce that Gnoomes are going to be celebrating the success of the release of their latest album Tschak! with a Manchester show at the Soup Kitchen on 4 June. 

The show is being promoted by the ever reliable The Beauty Witch

Info and tickets can be purchased from here: The Beauty Witch

You can buy Tschak! from here: Rocket Bandcamp


Echoes and Dust review of Hills – Alive at Roadburn

It reads:

Forever destined to stand within Goat’s shadow, label-mates Hills may miss out on the hype & glory that the aforementioned psychedelic tribe get. Or they may not, depending on your point of view as to whether they are one and the same band. Forever entwined in mystery, where the former is getting slightly over-egged, Hills have left it to the music to do the talking. Over the course of three albums, Hills, Master Sleeps and Frid, they have created an other-worldy kind of music which takes in psychedelic extremes of dance, space rock and as in keeping with Goat’s breakthrough release, world music.

It is in the live arena that Hills truly excel and having wowed the crowd at Liverpool Psych Fest in 2015, they did the same thing again at the ever impressive Roadburn Festival. Joining a growing number of artists to have released a live recording of their show at this festival, Hills throw in another worthy addition to their increasing music collection...

Read the rest here: Echoes and Dust

Album is released tomorrow (17 May)


Listen to Julie's Haircut's members playlists

In the 70s each member of Kiss made a solo album...and now Julie's Haircut have done something completely different and each member of the band are compiling their own Spotify playlists.

Two have been created so far and already they show the bands eclectic tastes (from Two Lone Swordsman to Venom)...more great playlists will follow, enjoy:


Poster for Hey Colossus show at the 100 Club

Come and join Hey Colossus at their largest headline show...

Tickets can be bought from here: Baba Yaga's Hut


15 Mar 2017

Hey Colossus announce new album – The Guillotine

We are extremely excited to announce a new album (their third on Rocket) by Hey Colossus called 'The Guillotine'. 

The album is released on 2 June and you can listen to the first track to be revealed 'Experts Toll' above.

You can preorder on ltd 'red/black half n' half' vinyl and diecut sleeve from here: Bandcamp

Or preorder digitally and receive Experts Toll immediately here: iTunes


The press release reads:

Hey Colossus have undergone a spectacular metamorphosis in the last three years - the 2015 Rocket Recordings double-drop of ‘In Black And Gold’ and ‘Radio Static High’ displayed not only a band with a work rate to put most all their contemporaries to shame, but one arriving at an atmospheric and rewarding sound with as much flair for the beguiling as the barbaric. 

Changes may have been afoot in the Hey Colossus camp, yet their latest transmission ‘The Guillotine’ marks another peak for an innovative force in the realm of heavy amplification. Darker and more brooding than their recent work, it’s also perhaps their most richly melodic to date -  the interplay of their three guitar lineup has never sounded more fluent than on these eight songs, nor their songcraft more well-defined. 

This is a record whose alchemical charge arrives from a reinvention of loud rock shapes into forms both feral and fresh - whilst Hey Colossus can still bludgeon with overamped vigour, as on the hypnotic and devastating krautrock-Jesus-Lizard hybrid of ‘Back In The Room’ they can also deliver the dusky and haunting waltz-time serenade of ‘Calenture Boy’ with uncompromising fortitude, with the new-found confidence and allure of Paul Sykes’ vocals at the forefront. 

These menacing and immersive songs chronicle a band exploring a unique sound and invigorating approach in a decade in which cliches and genre pieces in the realm of the psychedelic have frequently surrounded - here the six-piece find themselves transcending the limitations of the underground scene from whence they came, whilst exposing the paucity of inspiration in much of the guitar-rock mainstream. Hey Colossus are at their sharpest, and none will survive ‘The Guillotine’. 

The band are heading out to play the following UK shows:

04 The Prince Albert, Brighton
05 The Full Moon, Cardiff
06 The Old England Pub, Bristol
11 The Maze, Nottingham
12 NICE N SLEAZY, Glasgow
13 Soup Kitchen, Manchester
17 The 100 Club, London

25-26 Seachange Festival, Totnes


14 Mar 2017

Stream 'Hills – Alive at Roadburn' in full via Echoes and Dust

Hills new album Alive at Roadburn is being released this Friday and you can stream it  (plus read a review) via Echoes and Dust here: Echoes and Dust

You can buy the album on LP and CD from here Rocket Shop and all good record shops from Friday.

You can also buy digitally from here iTunes


The Know reviews Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation live in Bristol

It reads:

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation captivated a sold out crowd from start to finish with their effortless performance last week, raising (and even bending) the bar for the psych experience.

Upon squeezing into the packed out Louisiana we are greeted with some appropriately kraut-esque warm up music and when Josefin Öhrn+ The Liberation slip onto the stage to begin their first song the transition is seamless, we are instantly lulled into their hypnotic realm.

The entire set is one fluid journey; from the softest of Josefin’s whispering vocals to the most full on psych assaults we are always guided with an enchanting sensitivity. They play many of the best songs from both albums, though live they take on a whole new life. Whether gently pulsing or relentlessly driving the tight motorik rhythms, they run deep through our bodies and steer us through the set...

Read the rest here: The Know


Flowers Must Die reveal new track 'After Gong'

Flowers Must Die have revealed a video for 'After Gong' – the second track from their forthcoming album 'Kompost' which is released on 28 April

Watch the video above and see what Swedish site Hymn say about the track.

Preorder on Ltd yellow vinyl LP here: Bandcamp

Preorder digitally and receive this and the track Hit immediately: iTunes

Flowers Must Die are going to be heading out and playing some shows to promote the album:

13 April / Kraken / Stockholm / Sweden
14 April / Crypt / Linkoping / Sweden
25 April / The Prince Albert / Brighton / UK 
26 April / The Shacklewell Arms / London / UK
27 April / The Full Moon / Cardiff / UK
28 April / The Cube / Bristol / UK 


13 Mar 2017

Vinyl Factory make Gnoomes one of their albums of the week

They say:

Gloriously burbling krautrock straight out of Russia where Gnoomes got hold of a bank of seemingly indestructible synths and added their pulsing to their dark and dingy compositions.

Yet Gnoomes are also poppy and they harmonise and have plenty of thrilling hooks. Probably the best kraut rockband of now hit the big one.

See the write up here: Vinyl Factory


Soundblab reviews Hills – Alive at Roadburn

It reads:

Alive at Roadburn is Gothenburg based Hills' 3rd album for Rocket Recordings. It is made up of four tracks recorded during the band's 2016 set at the Roadburn festival. Rocket are on a hot run at the moment with Gnoomes and Gnod also releasing amazing albums and Alive at Roadburn continues that run.

Over four tracks, all of about 14 minutes in length, Hills set out their stall. Two guitars (one in each ear) and nimble bass and drums. They play exploratory music but always as an ensemble. Their music is reminiscent of live albums from The Byrds and The Velvet Underground - repetition, drones, a slight pushing of the envelope from the guitarists, but never self-indulgent. They also remind me of Abunai! (Ptolemaic Terrascope favourites from the 90s). It's a kind of Psychedelic/Space/Folk-Rock.

The guitars might be in a modal tuning, but I'm not 100% sure. Occasionally, a vocal will join the party but it is predominantly instrumental. In a good way, Hills' sound is quite limited, just the four musicians - who obviously know each others' playing really well - playing simple patterns and occasionally cutting loose with Wah-wah, Delay, Tremolo and Fuzz.

Alive at Roadburn is solid piece of work from a tight but also exploratory band. Their sound, and their understanding of each other work really well in the live environment. I feel that live albums are something of an anachronism these days, but they can still work if the band is right. Hills are the right band.

See the review here: Soundblab


The Quietus say more words about Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in their monthly Psych round-up

It reads:

In Nick Hornby's novel of list-based male ineptitude High Fidelity, record shop proprietor Rob Fleming is asked by Hollywood funnyman Jack Black to name his top seven porcine musical acts. "That's easy," replies the commitmentphobic manchild, "Pigbag, Longpigs, Space Hog, Boss Hog, Raymond "PIG" Watts, Miss Piggy singing 'I Will Survive' and Pig Floyd." If Hornby were writing today and listening to something other than the complete works of Damon Gough, then Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs might fly to the top of Fleming's list. For its first couple of spins, Feed The Rats' principal effect is to overwhelm. It confronts the listener with just three tracks. Two of these exceed the fifteen-minute mark and each one sounds like the Newcastle nutters are trying to encase you within a dome prison made out of dried glowing sludge spaded from the banks of the Tyne so they can later offer you up as a human sacrifice to the poster of Tony Iommi that's pinned to their damp wall. Because their brains are fried, they believe that Iommi holds the key to the universe but it also so happens that Iommi actually does (of course). However, after a few repeat plays of their howling, filthy-riffing debut, you'll feel that three tracks just aren't enough and will be ritually disembowelling your own kidnappee in the hope it will expedite Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs' next swilltastic release.

See the piece here: The Quietus


Brighton's Finest reviews Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation live at The Haunt

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It’s been a breakthrough year for Swedish psychedelic pop artist Josefin Ohrn and The Liberation. Her second release, the 2016 album Mirage, garnered plenty of media attention and led to airplay on radio stations across the UK, including in Brighton, where her re-edited single ‘Sister Green Eyes’ took the Brightonsfinest track of the week on Juice FM. Although already well-known in her home country as a Swedish Grammi-nominated artist, the extensive UK tour that followed has cemented her presence in the British shoegaze and stoner-rock scene. One of the final dates of this tour found her addressing a sold-out Haunt on Sunday.

As the sonic explorations begin with insistent basslines and roaming keys, it’s easy to see why Josefin, who has taken up a power-pose at the front of her band, is positioned front-and-centre. At this gig, as with her music in general, it’s clear she has a creative vision that pulls the band forward. For this tour, she’s enlisted visual artist Innerstrings to project hallucinatory fever-dreams onto the stage and all the band. Speaking to her before the gig, she explains that for her, vision and sound all form one live experience - and it’s a rich and intense landscape that blends perfectly with the psychedelic elements of her music...

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