14 Jul 2018

Bristol 24-7 reviews Bristol Psych Fest


It reads:

Anthroprophh (SWX) built up tension with drums and percussion, before belting out the first of their tar black, monolithic constructions. The three piece managed an array of sounds: bass played / discarded / played; extra percussion pounded; samples and effects all over the place with primal vocals and all decorated with quicksilver solos. The perfect blend of space rock and metal with invigorating post-punk tribal drums. The tunes were not straightforward, but were free from artifice and it was easy for the listener to lose themselves in the crushing edifices pounded out without let up or mercy.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (The Lanes) ended the night with the heaviest set of the day, their unique sound owing much to classic Sabbaff and yet they’ve forged their own monstrous, mesmerising take on metal. It was a minimal set with simple components but the less is more (MUCH MORE) riffs and bombastic rhythm section were welded together with an unerring sense of dynamics and topped by the vocal performance of the day. The room was rammed with the most animated crowd of the evening: despite the heat all present were carried away by the skull crushing riffs, a pit threatened to form but never quite took off but then the room was packed from wall to wall. A raucous finale from one of finest exponents of modern metal.


Read the full review here: Bristol 24-7

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13 Jul 2018

Vote for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs


Louder have put a list of the best singles of the week and you can vote for your favourite one!

So do us a favour and give these swines track 'Cake of Light your vote

Vote here: Louder

And this is what they say about the track:

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Cake Of Light
The curiously-named Newcastle riff-lords are at it again, with this track which is said to "do its damnedest to take consciousness to its very limits". It's heavy, it's sludgy, it's horrible – in short, it's infinitely enjoyable. On the new material, the band say: "For a long time I've questioned how and where guilt can be used as a form of oppression... When can guilt be converted into positive action? After typing all of the lyrics up I realised I'd unwittingly referenced every one of the seven deadly sins throughout the album. That's the fire and brimstone Catholic teachings I picked up at school coming into play there!"

You can preorder their new album King of Cowards on ltd green vinyl here: Bandcamp

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Clash say GOAT are one of the bands to watch at this weekends Citadel Festival


They say:

Part of the Scandinavian psychedelic underground, Goat match relentless rhythms to wholly immersive songwriting. An incredible live act, the intensity with which Goat attack each show leaves nothing behind.


With those impeccable outfits, rain sticks, and colossal moves, Goat are ready to cast a spell both literally and musically over West London.

See the full piece here: Clash

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Turn up the Volume puts MIEN in their albums of the year so far


They say:

‘Mien’ by MIEN
Contrary to countless other side-projects these four compelling musicians didn’t get together just to kill time. Their magical collaboration is nothing less than amazing. A five-star psych pop rainbow with starry-eyed waves and moony vibrations. Stellar!

See the full list here: Turn up the volume

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10 Jul 2018

Clash Magazine say some words about Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs new album 'King of Cowards'


They say:

Seismic rock outlaws Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are set to release new album 'King Of Cowards' on September 28th.

A live experience like no other, the Newcastle band's maximalist take on brown acid psychedelia has pummeled craniums across the country and beyond.

New album 'King Of Cowards' arrives on September 28th, and it's set to take their Sabbath-style riffing to frenzied new levels.

New song 'Cake Of Light' is online now, and it's a mighty chunk of avant rock futurism with a deep-rooted physicality.

Check it out now.

Read the full piece here: Clash

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Poster for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs & Bonnacons of Doom show in Manchester



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9 Jul 2018

The Quietus say some words about Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs new album 'King of Cowards'


They say:

The mighty Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs will release their second album this September and tour throughout the end of the year

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have announced a new album. The followup to 2017’s Feed The Rats is entitled King of Cowards and features contributions from folk musician and Quietus favourite Richard Dawson. You can listen to the single ‘Cake of Light’ below and pre-order the full record here: Rocket Bandcamp

Guitarist Adam Ian Sykes gave an account of the recording of King of Cowards, which did involve actual pigs. He explains that the group “hired a remote, converted barn in the Italian countryside and spent a week there writing the bulk of the album and trying to make friends with wild boar.”

King of Cowards is out 28 September on Rocket Recordings. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have also announced a tour, with two album release shows set for 27 and 28 September...

Read the rest here: The Quietus

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Poster for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs London Album launch show



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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs reveal 'Cake of Light' – the first track from their forthcoming new album 'King of Cowards'



Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs return with a new album 'King of Cowards'. It is being released on 28 September, listen to the first track to be revealed  'Cake of Light' above:

The album is being released on three different versions. You can preorder the ltd 'Green with Envy' version from the bandcamp link below. You will also be able to preorder a ltd 'Pink with Lust' Indie shop exclusive version. And for those who wan't to keep it black, we are doing a ltd ' Black with Wrath' version.

Preorder the 'Green with Envy' version here: Bandcamp

Stream Cake of Light:  Spotify  Apple Music

The band are heading out for some gigs, including two special album launch shows:

Sept 27th Star and Shadow, Newcastle (Album Launch)
Sept 28th Moth Club, London (Album Launch) *
Oct 25th The Georgian Theatre, Stockton On Tees * 
Oct 26th Soup Kitchen, Manchester *
Oct 27th South Street, Reading 
Oct 30th Tom Thum Theatre, Margate
Nov 22nd Picture House Social, Sheffield
Nov 23rd Hope and Ruin,  Brighton
Nov 24th Temple of Boom, Leeds

Nov 29th Fulford Arms, York
Nov 30th The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
Dec 1st Nice 'n  Sleazy, Glasgow

*Support from Bonnacons of Doom

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The press release reads:

PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS
KING OF COWARDS

Seven is the magic number. What’s more, this is about more than the number of days in the week or continents in the world - psychologists have theorised that the human memory’s ability to calibrate information on a short term basis is mostly limited to a sequence of this length. Thus, it seems strangely fitting that Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - the Newcastle-based maximalists whose riffs, raw power and rancour have blazed a trail across the darker quarters of the underground in the last five years, have made a second album in King Of Cowards which does its damnedest to take consciousness to its very limits.

Moreover,  another notable seven is dealt with here - that of the deadly sins. As vocalist and synth player Matt Baty notes “In terms of how the theme came together I’d relate it to throwing paint at a canvas in a really physical and subconscious way, then stepping back to analyse it and seeing it all as one piece. It wasn’t until then that I saw there was this continual thread of sin and guilt in the lyrics throughout the album. For a long time I’ve questioned how and where guilt can be used as a form of oppression... When can guilt be converted into positive action? After typing all of the lyrics up I realised I’d unwittingly referenced every one of the seven deadly sins throughout the album. That’s the fire and brimstone Catholic teachings I picked up at school coming into play there!”

The period since Pigs’ Rocket Recordings 2017 debut Feed The Rats - a mighty tsunami 
of rancorous riffage and unholy abjection that wowed critics and wreckheads alike - has seen the band build on their incendiary live reputation far and wide, from the sweatiest of UK fleapits to illustrious festivals like Roskilde. Perhaps the most relentlessly head-caving outfit of an alarmingly fertile scene operating in Newcastle at present, the band have all been busying themselves in a variety of activities, with Baty running Box Records (home of underground luminaries like Lower Slaughter, Casual Nun and Terminal Cheesecake) and both himself and bassist John-Michael Hedley playing in Richard Dawson’s band - indeed Dawson himself guests on King Of Cowards, both on synth and as part of a vocal ensemble on the opening “GNT” - moreover, guitarist Sam Grant has been working hard on a new incarnation of Blank Studios, which began its life with the recording of this very album.

This opus sees the band entering a new phase as a sleeker yet still more dangerous swineherd, with ex-Gnod and Queer’d Science drummer Chris Morley joining the ranks and a new approach being taken to its creation. The Iggy-esque drive to dementia, Sabbath-esque squalor and Motörhead-style dirt may still be present and correct yet the songs are leaner, the long-drawn-out riff-fests sharpened into addictive hammer blows and the nihilistic dirges of yore alchemically transformed into an uplifting and inviting barrage of hedonistic abandon. 

Against all odds, the writing of this record entailed encounters with actual pigs. “We hired a remote, converted barn in the Italian countryside and spent a week there writing the bulk of the album and trying to make friends with wild boar.” notes Adam Ian Sykes. “The results are shorter, more concise songs with, I guess, a little more focus, especially thematically. We wanted to shift slightly from our old jam-based way of working. In places, the album gets darker than Feed the Rats, especially lyrically but we also tried to get a fair amount of levity in there.”

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” So George Orwell noted at the end of a certain slim volume. King Of Cowards is nothing less than just such a metamorphosis, one in which - in a blur of primal urges and beastly physicality - this band shows us just which animals are really in charge of the farm. 




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5 Jul 2018

Reverb for Lovers reviews Lay Llamas Thuban


They say (loosely translated):


Lay Llamas has become the solo project of Nicola Giunta. The Sicilian had to cope with the departure of Gioele Valenti, who is now fully dedicated to his solo project JuJu . For the new record, " Thuban " (Rocket Recordings), Giunta took over for the first time the lyrics and the vocals.

For the rest, he got help from an illustrious round. For example, members of Clinic and The Pop Group are there, and part of Goat's vocal duo also contributed. Together with his ensemble Giunta went on an expedition.

In the Krautrock techno sound he wove different elements. Far-Eastern sounds, African rhythms, free jazz and world music appear in different places. Sometimes they are formative, sometimes adding nuances.

Eye-Chest People's Dance Ritual, for example, focuses on New Wave chic and gently introduces strange sounds. "Holy Worms" is relaxed funky, but also impulsive. Somewhat cooler and technoid looks like "Silver Sun". The saxophone provides tips.

Collaboration with Clinic, "Cults and Rites From The Black Cliff," pushes, is shimmering and threatening. "Altair", on which the Goat singer performs, looks like a forgotten B-side of the Swedish band.

On the eight and a half minute long "Fight Fire With Fire," Mark Stewart of The Pop Group delivers a compelling spoken word performance about clanking beats. "Chronicles From The Fourth Planet" is fuzzy and mystical. The final "Coffins On The Tree, A Black Braid On Our Way To Home" flows multi-layered and almost meditative.

Read the full review here: Reverb for Lovers

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4 Jul 2018

Anthroprophh and Lay Llamas in Dayz of Purple and Orange's 'Albums of the year so far'


They say:

Anthroprophh - OMEGAVILLE
The Heads who out Heads The Heads....this is fucking huge! An album that bends genres and expectations. An album that starts as one thing and ends another. Genius, no other word will suffice 

Lay Llamas - Thuban
Brilliant...no other words necessary 

Read the full piece here: Dayz of Purple and Orange

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3 Jul 2018

Bandcamp Daily Lifetime Achievement piece on the mighty GNOD


It reads:

In our Lifetime Achievement series, Bandcamp Daily takes a deep dive into the work of artists with a staggering number of releases to their name.

When The Sex Pistols performed at Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall in June 1976, the gig was so inspiring that many people in the audience went on to form bands of their own—among them The Fall, Joy Division, The Smiths, and Simply Red. A similar, if less-seismic, thing occurred after the Massachusetts free-psych collective Sunburned Hand Of The Man visited Manchester some 30 years later. As legend has it, there weren’t a lot of people in the crowd that night, but many of them went on to play in Gnod.

Buoyed up by Sunburned’s rapturous performance and influenced by the diverse recorded output of vintage krautrock experimentalists such as Can, Gnod formed in late 2006 and have never looked back. They have a fluid, ever-changing lineup, and various members and collaborators come and go as they please (often to reappear at a later date). The personnel regularly swap roles and instruments. They vehemently refuse to stick to any one style because a.) it would be boring, and b.) that kind of practice is a sure-fire way of diluting creativity. In Gnod’s eyes, musicians who engage in honing a formula are simply caught in the act of making themselves more palatable for mass consumption. That’s marketing; not art...

Read the rest here: Bandcamp Daily

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30 Jun 2018

Rocket Probes – June playlist




Lay Llamas – Thuban
(Lay Llamas new album was released this month and its psyched out summer vibe has been a perfect soundtrack)
Lay Llamas

Oneida – Romance
(One of our albums of the year...)
Oneida

Camedor - En Ut / Alba
(Repetitious electronica minimalism)
Camedor

Our Solar System – Origins
(Nice swedish psych on Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Our Solar System

Deaf Kids – Pés Atados
(Such a pleasure seeing this lot play at Supersonic Fest and down the Shacklewell Arms, great band)
Deaf Kids

Joanna Brouk - The Space Between
(Ambient The Necks like minimal classical chimes, synth, and piano)
Joanna Brouk

Ben Vince & Joy O– Transition 2 / Systems Align
(Great techno/jazz collaboration from Houswives Ben Vince and Joy O)
Ben Vince & Joy O

Warp Transmission - The Process Ultra
(Nice bit of psych rock with a Gaye Bykers meets early Monster Magnet type of vibe)
Warp Transmission

Deru - 1979
(Eno-esque Ambient sounds)
Deru

Crack Cloud – Swish Swash
(Nice mash-up of Housewives, Beefheart, Stereolab and Talking Heads)
Crack Cloud

Rafael Toral – Sound mind sound body
(Sit back and relax...)
Rafael Toral

BIB - PMF 
(Last track on their EP POP...proper sludged out psych punk that the man, the legend Cherrystones turned us on too)
BIB

New Kingdom - Good Times (Del Remix) / Animal
(Great stoned out Hip Hop)
New Kingdom
New Kingdom

Black Midi – bmbmbm
(Repetitive noise...bit of a GNOD meets Housewives feel to it)
Black Midi

OGOD – More Hearing
(Good doomy space rock)
OGOD

Sophia Loizou - Irregular Territories
(Mike from Teeth of the Sea pricked up our ears to this droning jungle noise)
SophiaLoizou 

Fire! - The Hands
(Jazz. Rock.) 
Fire!

Street Sounds – UK Electro
(Going way back to our roots, used to breakdance to this!!)
Street Sounds

Listen to our 'updated-monthly' Rocket Probes Spotify playlist:


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Listen to first play of new Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs track on Mary Anne Hobs BBC6 Music Show


That is right...you can hear an exclusive first play of brand new Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs track called 'Cake of Light' on today's Mary Anne Hobbs show on BBC 6 Music.

Listen here at about 2h:48m: BBC 6 Music

And watch this space for more Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs news real soon!

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29 Jun 2018

Watch GNOD (R&D) live in Cork



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Bristol Psych Festival reveals stage times


Bristol Psych Festival is just one weeks away, and they have just revealed their stage times

It will be an early start for you to go and see Anthroprophh.
They are first on, at SWX at 3pm

And then Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs headline the Lanes at 11pm

The Heads also play The Lanes at 8:30pm

Info/Tickets here: Bristol Psych Fest

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28 Jun 2018

The Skinny reviews Supersonic


They say this about GNOD:

Salford psych-noise band Gnod begin closing out the evening back in the Custard Factory. Two bass players and a good sense of humour make them one of the more unique and enduring acts of their ilk in the UK today. It’s psych you can sing along to with a grin from ear to ear. 

Read the full 5/5 review here: The Skinny

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27 Jun 2018

The Arts Desk reviews Supersonic


Some mentions of Housewives, Gum Takes Tooth's performances and this about GNOD's set from the Arts Desks review of Supersonic:

"Particular highlights were Gnod’s wild and trippy heavy psych set that finished off with an epic version of “Bodies for Money” that shook the venue so much that the crowd had all kinds of paint flecks and general grot raining down on them from the rafters, due to the ferocious groove."

Read the whole review here: The Arts Desk

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Fuzzy Sun includes lots of Rocket bands in their 'Half of the year Round-up'


Great to see GNOD, GOAT, Lay Llamas and MIEN in Fuzzy Sun's round-up of their best albums of the year so far

Read the full list here: Fuzzy Sun

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GNOD and MIEN in Uncut Magazines 'Albums of the Year so Far'


Uncut Magazine has published a list of the best albums of the year so far and they have included:

No.22
GNOD – Chapel Perilous

No.40
MIEN – MIEN

See the full rundown here: Uncut Magazine

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26 Jun 2018

The Guardian reviews Supersonic


This years Supersonic Festival was amazing!!!
We had such a good time and massive respect to Lisa and her team for putting on a superb event.
It was so good to get all the UK tribes together in one place once again.

The Guardian have just put up their review and there are some mentions of  GNOD's pummelling set and the Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Tomaga, UKAE, Big Lad supergroup that closed the Saturday night

Read the review here: The Guardian

Photo by the lovely Ian Fraser

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Burger Records have released a ltd edition cassette version of MIEN's debut album


As announced previously Burger Records are  releasing a ltd edition cassette version of MIEN's debut album. And they have just sent us this photo of the finished article.

Buy your copy from here: Burger Records

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Bristol 247 reviews Bonnacons of Doom live at The Cube


They say:

Taking to the stage in floor length cloaks and with faces obscured by mirrored discs (echoing the debut LP cover) Bonnacons of Doom played Industria, Rhizome, Solus, Sutcliffe, Argenta and Plantae: essentially said debut album, albeit out of sequence and with the bonus of Sutcliffe. They did not perform an encore yet left the audience in that bittersweet state of simultaneous delight and disappointment.

Like a brooding avalanche slowly gaining momentum the set opened with a drone that gradually grew louder as a gong incessantly summoned the musicians to the stage. And then the avalanche commenced, pounding the room exquisitely. Industria was a menacing slice of Tibetan metal, chanting and building ominously without ever truly reaching a crescendo. Rhizome, with extra floor tom power, was that crescendo: a massive crescendo disguised as a cymbal splashed drumming tour de force, a riff monster. It battered the crowd, paving the way for the storm to come.

Solus, Sutcliffe and Argenta were a relentless display of power and ingenuity – music as heavy as metal but not heavy metal – eschewing all the conventions of rock to twist base metal into something harder, something different. Solus led with vocals that disturbed and soothed in equal measures over diamond hard riffs and off kilter solos. Argenta teased us with its soothing introduction, peaking with towering riffs and dipping with soothing noodling (not a pejorative), which ebbed and flowed...

Read the full piece here: Bristol 247

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Johhny from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs tells Crack Magazine his 'Most Memorable World Cup Moment'



He said:

It’s a close call. Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina at France ’98 jumps out, as does Joe Cole’s screamer against Sweden in 2006, but I’m going to have to go with a Japan and South Korea World Cup qualifier between England and Greece in 2001.

David Beckham’s last minute goal from a free kick at Old Trafford. The goal made the score 2-2 and with Germany drawing their last qualifier, England automatically qualified for the World Cup on goal difference. The stadium absolutely erupted when that ball hit the back of the net.


I was lucky enough to be at the game! My dad is crazy about football and started taking me to matches from the age of 7. It was such a tense match, so much rode on the result going our way. We should have won easily really, but England never make things easy for themselves. I was sitting behind the goal that Beckham’s equaliser went into, the whole team celebrated in front of where we were sitting too. It really felt like I’d witnessed a historical sporting moment in the flesh. A funny thing I remember was a bloke and his son sitting next to me. The bloke was clearly getting a little annoyed at his son, who really didn’t care that much about football. When the goal went in, he hugged me, not his son! Poor lad.

Read the full piece here: Crack Magazine

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Storia Della Musica reviews Lay Llamas' 'Thuban'


They say:

Bizarre tipino, Philip K. Dick. The ontogenesis of Valis , the first chapter of the trilogy of the same name, is marked ex-abrupto by an inexplicable apparition: the lightning-like materializing of vortices of light in rotation apparently harmonious with the whirlwind of Dick's disconnected thoughts. A synaesthetic perceptive communion that, in the words of Massimo Padalino, will raise in the writer " Pain. Amazement. LOSS "( Space is the place) Stories of space, stories of spaces, Bologna, Meridiano Zero, 2016, p. 206) and will induce him to radically rethink the network of spatio-temporal relations with which he interacted in his own double reality, literary and phenomenal. It would be simple and simplistic to read in the Dickian photophony the revealing "illumination" that obscures the retinas and purifies the soul of a Saul of Tarsus of psychic science fiction: also because every light, however blinding, presupposes an equally pervasive, piercing shadow. . Thus, pearl of the constellation of the Dragon, the magnitude of Thuban was also unchallenged (adaptation of the Arab thu'bān , indicatively "serpent", and here the rest of the connections with the world ofItalian Occult Psychedelia will make it the most careful reader ...), at least until the advance in astronomical time has not turned into advancing in space: the polar star of the past was dethroned, cannibalized by the eternal cycle of succession that regulates universal existence broadly...

Read the full review here: Storia Della Musica

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Kalporz 'big-ups' Bonnacons of Dooms solo album


They say:

This here is a record I had been waiting for months and that in the end did not disappoint the expectations and proves even more surprising and spectacular than I expected. Bonnacons of Doom is the first eponymous LP of an experimental collective of mysterious musicians (during their live performances, which are practically a kind of dramatic theatrical performances according to a devotional style to classical culture) from the Lancashire and Yorkshire region. they chose Liverpool as their base of operations. If this description before description can even remotely make you think of the Goats, you are not completely out of the way: although the sound is different,

Their conception of the ritual as well as of psychedelia, as can be seen listening to the record (composed of practically five long tracks), is different from that of the Goats. Meanwhile, for the kind of sounds, which here have no connection with that free-form almost "Zappiana" nor much less references to the sound of the African continent: the music developed in the album has a distorted, noisy, noise and surrounded by a certain shamanism drone and post-industrial that lets imagine future rituals of the future and superstitions like those that surround the Mycogen sector on Trantor, the imperial planet of the imaginary of many science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov.


Recorded at the Suburban Home Studios of Hookworms (MJ) frontman in Leeds in just one session and with members of Mugstar, Forest Swords, members of the Jarvis Cocker band and Youthmovies, this record could only come out on Rocket Recordings (surely one of the labels that is never afraid to dare) and if it gives me so much, I know that hardly can not be for fans of the psychedelic genre, one of the records of the year. If they continue to be so surprising in the future, we'll see, but for now it's all right.

Read the full piece here: Kalporz

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The Chapel Mag say some words about Goat's 'Let it Burn'
































They say:

In May of 2018 the GOAT Swedes released the single "Let It Burn", 6 minutes of intense psychedelic rock with its characteristic groove, once again tribal and ritualistic, the GOAT submerge us in their fucking paranoia fuzz. If you did not know them, PLAY. If you knew them but like me, you had not heard that this great song was there, PLAY. If you were aware of everything and you are wasting your time reading this, that at least you have been giving the PLAY. Boy you better run to your mom now.

See the full piece here: Chapel Mag

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Distorsioni reviews Lay Llamas album Thuban


It says:

There was a lot of waiting in the underground psychedelic scene for the return of Lay Llamas of Nicola Giunta , which saw the departure of co-founder Joel Valenti ( JUJU ) that in recent years has become a guarantee for European neo-psychedelic field. The Sicilian musician four years after his debut at home Rocket Recordings  "Østro"  introduces new coordinates for his sound journey, because in the imagination of Lay Llamas music is synonymous with travel through time and space, a bridge between ancestral eras and future: the guide to this musical trip is precisely " Thuban" , Arabic word for "dragon, snake" but also one of the names of Alpha Draconis, which between 4000 and 2000 ac passed through our skies as a polar star. So a journey that in search of a metaphorical polar star touches the Mediterranean coast to transit in equatorial Africa and move towards pristine alien landscapes, as you can guess from the initial and mysterious Eye-Chest People's Dance Ritual , a diaphanous electro-pop filtered from a kraut sensibility that re-proposes itself in the Holy Afro-pop of Holy Worms , under the sign of hypnotic reiteration...

Read the rest here: Distorsioni

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22 Jun 2018

Bearded Gentlemen Music list '11 of the best heavy psych albums of 2018 so far'


They say:

No1. 
Anthroprophh – Omegaville (Rocket Recordings)
This is Paul Allen of The Heads’s side project and man, this is some trip! Omegaville hits the ground running with a couple of chaotic scorching fuzz-heavy roadburners only to land a couple of miles later in bat shit crazy country doing all kinds of drugs with Hunter S. Thompson. If you really dive into this record, especially the later parts, there is a serious risk of never getting out again. You might find yourself trapped in your Las Vegas hotel room with a big green lizard’s tail sticking out of your pants…don’t say you weren’t warned!

See the full rundown here: Bearded Gentlemen Music

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21 Jun 2018

Massive 40% Rocket Store Discount Sale

Massive 40% Rocket Store Discount Sale:

As its our 20th year we'd delighted to offer you all the opportunity to refuel your Rocket back catalogue, be it something you've been wanting or something you've not heard.

So for one weekend only (22nd-24th June) we are offering a massive 40% off any of our digital and physical stock.

Just visit our store: 

Digital: Downloads

Physical: Merch

And use the unique discount code 'TWENTY' to access your 40% off our stock.

Many thanks for your support this year & over the years!

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20 Jun 2018

The Quietus reviews Bonnacons of Doom's S/T debut


They say:

In his memoir Jolly Lad, Quietus co-honcho John ‘Babadook’ Doran muses on the differences between Liverpool and Manchester - cities which are just 35 miles apart but have noticeably different cultural vibes. Doran (who is from Rainhill, near St Helens) posits that Liverpool is more insular and conceived by its residents as an almost abstract notion; Liverpool, he says, is essentially the community that lives there. Mancunians, on the other hand, are attached to the place itself: the buildings, their bricks, the architecture and the industry of their city. Both places have hosted significant numbers of Irish immigrants but the Celtic character has had greater impact on the Scouse personality. Manchester remains relatively Protestant in nature.

As such, Liverpool's musical contributions have been more “warm-hearted, psychedelic, and romantic” (see The Beatles, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Mighty Wah! and The Zutons), whereas Manchester's sound tends to be “urgent, intellectual and dark-hearted” like The Smiths, Joy Division and Simply Red. All this intersects with each city's respective drug culture: Merseyside being principally an LSD and marijuana kind of a place; Manchester more inclined to ecstasy and speed...

Read the full piece here: The Quietus

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Backseat Mafia reviews Lay Llamas – Thuban


They say:

Four years after the release of debut Østro, Lay Llamas return with their second offering Thuban, released on Rocket Recordings. Dwelling in the night sky of the Northern hemisphere, Thuban (named after the Arabic for snake also known as Alpha Draconis, and sometimes as the ‘dragon’s tail’) was the star closest to the North Pole from the fourth to the second millennium BC.

The album has been characterised as much by forward motion as cosmic drift and follows a number of smaller releases on labels such as Backwards, 4 Zero and ArteTetra. With a string of stunning live performances, notably supporting Goat at London’s Roundhouse and Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. Yet following the departure of vocalist Gioele  Valenti, Thuban  is very much  Nicola Giunt’s  brainchild,  involving  as  many  of  twelve  different  musicians  with  him  writing  lyrics,  singing,  producing,  mixing  and  recording  at  his home. It utilises new instruments from marimba to sax to kalimba to pilot this craft to dimensions unknown. The result has been a step beyond the kraut-damaged psychedelic mantras of Østro into a realm seemingly without boundaries, one in which a pan-global fascination with rhythmic hypnosis and an unquenchable experimental zeal manifests hermetically-aligned revelations aplenty...

Read the full review here: Backseat Mafia

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Flowers Must Die to play Helsinki Psych Fest


This will be Flowers Must Die's first show in Finland, and probably their only show this year after the Rocket Twenty event....so not to be missed!

Info/Tickets: Helsinki Psych Fest

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18 Jun 2018

GNOD – one of ten bands you must see at this weekends Supersonic Fest on Louder Sound


They Say:

10 bands you need to check out at Supersonic Festival 2018
Supersonic Festival co-founder Lisa Meyer talks us through the acts you simply can't afford to miss this year

Originally starting out life as a one-day festival in Birmingham in 2003, Supersonic Festival has grown into one of the world's most important events for new and exciting music. Cherry-picking the finest in experimental music from all over the globe, the festival's line-up grows increasingly diverse with each passing year. 


But with so much on offer, it can be a struggle to work out what the festival's must-see bands might be. So, we turned to Supersonic co-founder Lisa Meyer for her guide to the festival's most essential viewing. Here, she guides you through Supersonic's ultimate must-sees:

Gnod
"Literally the best album title ever which came out on great UK label Rocket Recordings: JUST SAY NO TO THE PSYCHO RIGHT-WING CAPITALIST FASCIST INDUSTRIAL DEATH MACHINE. Their music is reflective of the world we’re living in right now and their driving rhythms bring an audience together into one heaving mass, absolutely brilliant live band."

Read the full piece here: Louder Sound

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15 Jun 2018

Echoes and Dust reviews Lay Llamas Thuban


It says:

Thuban is Lay Llamas 5th album and their second for Rocket Recordings, after 2014’s Østrø. Thuban (the Arabic for ‘snake’) is named after the star closest to the North pole from the fourth to the second millennium BC, just so you know!

The album begins with Eye-Chest People’s Dance Ritual with a loose drum-driven track, overlayed by a lush, spacy vocals driving the melody and an african style guitar break in the centre. There’s someting of the way Karl Hyde (Underworld) treats his vocals that makes me think a Lay Llamas/Underworld collaboration would yield some interesting results.

Holy Worms came out a a single in April this year and has a killer afrobeat rhythm, with retro synths and a phat funky jazz bass. Silver Sun was another single that made it onto the album. It starts like a satellite breaking up on re-entry, and then morphs into a heavy pounding bass/drums combo with a crazy sax solo over the top...

Read the rest here: Echoes and Dust

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Lay Llamas Thuban - released today



Today sees the release of the new Lay Llamas album 'Thuban' in all good record shops.

The album features contributions from GOAT, The Pop Group's Mark Stewart and Clinic. The 8 track album album is the brainchild of Nicola Giunta, and involved as many of twelve different musicians yet with Nicola writing lyrics, singing, producing, mixing and recording at his home, whilst utilising new instruments from marimba to sax to kalimba to pilot this craft to dimensions unknown. The result has been a step beyond the kraut-damaged psychedelic mantras of 'Østro' into a realm seemingly without boundaries, one in which a pan-global fascination with rhythmic hypnosis and an unquenchable experimental zeal manifests hermetically-aligned revelations aplenty.

Buy from here: Bandcamp

or stream here Spotify  Apple Music

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Some great reviews have been coming in for the album:

"an album that already promises to be among the best in 2018.” Rolling Stone

"an album that is once again a journey, literally out of time.” 5/5 - Il Mucchio Selvaggio

"the new masters of the Made in Italy psychedelia.” Album of the Month - Rockerilla

"a timeless cosmic rock album.” 85/100 Rumore

"...with Mark Stewart, Clinic and Goat, Thuban is the invocation ritual of a new digital tribality." Linus Magazine

"with no doubt a great record." Buscadero

"a determination to push boundaries." Soundblab

"mesmerises you with its sincere eclecticism and wide sphere of influence." Psych Insight

"a marvellous album."  4/5 – Primal Music

"undoubtedly one of the albums of the year."  Dayz of Purple and Orange

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