21 Aug 2019
Gnoomes have been announced to play DDW Festival on October 22 at Stroomhuis in Eindhoven.
Gnoomes latest album MU can be bought from here: Bandcamp
But when it comes to flexing muscles, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are pumping iron. There’s a sense of security when faced with Orange amps and speaker stacks, and when frontman Matt Baty emerges wearing shorts and a boxing dressing gown, then you know they’re going for the prize. By their own admission, their psych-metal collision is forever playing Donington sometime after a Judas Priest slot, but it feels equally at home here. Rocking righteously against a muddy mix, they can claim a victory on points instead of a TKO.
Photo by Parri Thomas
See the full review here: The Quietus
20 Aug 2019
If you head to FOPP or one of the selected HMV stores you can pick-up a Rocket Recordings bargain as they are running a special month long campaign...
Some stores also have their hands on some rare stock, like Julie's Haircuts amazing and log s'old out' album 'Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin.'
Store locations can be found here: FOPP
The Utopia Strong have released new single Konta Chorus from their self titled debut album, Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody chalks his snooker cue.
The Utopia Strong, the combined forces of Kavus Torabi (Gong / Cardiacs / Knifeworld / Guapo), Michael J. York (Coil / Teleplasmiste / Guapo) and snooker legend Steve Davis have arrived.
This is no less than a modular driven kosmische colossus of transcendent power enough to drive all talk of green baize firmly into the blue yonder.
With Davis’ modular geometry and ambient structures weaving with Torabi’s keen and skewed sense of melody alongside York’s various gifts for pipes, drones and fevered abstract are no more apparent on the second track to be revealed Konta Chorus.
The resulting tapestry is as likely to remind listeners of the counter-cultural benchmarks of Terry Riley and Cluster as the later vortex-voyages of Zimpel Ziolek with it’s melange of ‘70s Brain Records and ‘90s Warp Label skewed diabolus in musica melodic undertow.
Read the full piece here: GIT
Louder has put The Utopia Strong new single Konta Chorus in their 'Tracks of the week' Poll. Watch the great video created by Rocket's John O'Carroll for the single above.
And then you can vote for it to be THE Track of the week here: Louder
19 Aug 2019
Djinn is both a mythological creature and a weird union of music and musicians. Djinn album review under the lens of jam and experimentation
Djinn is the name of spirit creatures whose origin can be put back in the early Islamic mythology and has been anglicized in genies. They could be considered good, neutral or bad, and it’s said that God created them out of a mixture of fire. Djinn is also the name chosen for an alternative project born from the mind of members of Swedish bands Goat and Hills. We’re going to dig into their first and homonymous full-length.
It’s a step forward for the label Rocket Recordings into a “jazzier” soundscape, where folk elements blend with free form solos to form a mysterious soundscape salted by a touch of irony and fun. The cover shows black and white characters whose traits are distorted and bent, their textures slightly show a fine symbolism regarding eyes shedding tears. We can group the figures this way: two single characters, each by its own, and all the others forming a masked unit, their mouth a painful grimace. Then there’s the single man on the left, the only one that wears a hat, a sort of crown, and the only one laughing at the scene. The main one is at the center of the mess: its skin is pure black, his limbs unnaturally stretched trying to grab something covered. This better reflects the image of the djinn, the mythologic creature.
The cover clarifies the sonic content: a distorted beast with bad intentions aiming to twist your mind with sounds beyond the earth, and the laughing man maybe is the conscious listener, the one who doesn’t fear the new and the mysterious. Together with him, let’s dive in...
Read the rest here: Music Pills Horizon
16 Aug 2019
Double Date – the movie that was scored by (and staring) GOAT gets its Blueray/DVD/Digital release on 9 September...and you can preoder a copy now: Amazon
The soundtrack 10" that we released is long sold out from us and our distributor, but some shops still have copies hidden away in their racks – one such shop is Crash Records in Leeds, so if you don't have this killer soundtrack then get it now before the discogs prices rise and rise: Crash Records
14 Aug 2019
Here's a great Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs poster for this weekends Green Man Festival performance. The poster is a collaboration between @WeThreeClub and @lukedrozd.
They will be on sale at the fest and if any are left we expect they will be selling some online via: WeThreeClub
MU! is album number three for Russian band Gnoomes, who set up shop right on the spot where narcotic noise-pop and experimental krautrock grooves meet. It’s a dandy of a psychedelic journey start-to-finish, squeezing as much color as possible out of traditional rock instruments, taken to new brain-busting heights by heavy digital post-production. If you love sonic experimenters like Eno, Can, Kraftwerk, MBV, Wire, and Spacemen 3, then you’ll get where the band is coming from, but there’s something really alien about the way Gnoomes contort those influences into a new whole. Take the song “Irma” for example: The tight rollicking beat could have come from Tago Mago, and Slowdive heads would approve of those beautiful guitar sounds; but there’s also dense layers of vocals snippets placed atop one another that create a highly disorienting effect. By the time the song kicks into its’ psychotic double-time crescendo it sounds downright futuristic. What I find most interesting about MU! is that most of its nine songs barely seem rooted in any kind of traditional song-structures. What that means is that, unlike the bands that influenced Gnoomes, the songs on MU! would be almost impossible for another band to cover (“Glasgow Coma State” is perhaps the only exception). MU’s songs are built to deliver a certain type of sonic nirvana and I just don’t see a way a band could take a song like “Sine Waves are Good For Your Health” – which is basically six minutes of kaleidoscopic headfuckery over rolling tom-toms – and do anything to make it their own. It’s exciting, heady stuff, and I’m pretty sure it will place high on my year-end list of best albums. I’d also imagine it sounds devastatingly good when you’re frying up on your favorite drugs.
See the full piece here: Midnight to Six
13 Aug 2019
We are hugely delighted to share 'Konta Chorus' the 2nd album track to be revealed from the up & coming The Utopia Strong debut album. The video with a slight homage to The Prisoner TV series was made by Rocket's Johnny O, so watch in the link above.
Stream Track: Konta Chorus
The Utopia Strong, the combined forces of Kavus Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo) and Michael J. York (Coil/Teleplasmiste/Guapo) and Snooker legend Steve Davis have arrived at no less than a modular driven kosmische colossus of transcendent power enough to drive all talk of green baize firmly into the blue yonder.
With Davis’ modular geometry and ambient structures weaving with Torabi’s keen and skewed sense of melody and York’s various gifts for pipes, drones and fevered abstract are no more apparent on the 2nd track to be revealed ‘Konta Chorus’.
The resulting tapestry is as likely to remind listeners of the countercultural benchmarks of Terry Riley and Cluster as the later vortex-voyages of Zimpel Ziolek with it’s melange of ‘70s Brain Records and ‘90s Warp Label skewed diabolus in musica melodic undertow.
An extraordinary marriage between celestial radiance and hallucinatory repetition as the sounds of an early Aphex Twin track intertwined with Liquid Liquid’s repetitive groove into a climax of electronic Grumbling Fur folk.
The Utopia Strong self titled album with be available on all formats on 13 September & the band will be playing a string of shows around the release with more to be added:
24 / Blackmarket Bar / Hastings
05 / Oslo / London (supporting Teeth Of The Sea)
08 / Krakenhaus Festival / Cumbria November
08 / Golden Lion / Todmorden
11/ The Cluny / Newcastle
12 / The Hare and Hounds / Birmingham
18 / The Crescent / York
19 / Deaf Institute / Manchester
20 / Cafe Oto / London
21 / The Music Hall / Ramsgate
The album is still available for pre-order in 3 different colours vinyl & CD via Rocket store or your usual outlets:
Stream: The Utopia Strong
6 Aug 2019
PETBRICK are heading to Leeds to do a very special instore performance at Crash Records, they say:
Very happy to announce that Petbrick will be in the shop on Sunday 18th August at 2pm performing and meeting fans - i cannot tell you how excited i am to have these 2 noise merchants here ( if you haven't heard this is the new project from Wayne Adams - of Big Lad / Death Pedals / Johnny Broke and Iggor Cavalera - of Soulwax / MIXHELL and of course Sepultura ) get those pre orders in to guarentee a spot - its gonna be LOUD!
Preorder here: CRASH
The interview is organized by the Indica radio program team , broadcast on Radio Sherwood : Matteo Molon and Salvatore Caruana.
As soon as Sherwood Festival ends it is nice to know that in Padua literally "the music continues". This is allowed by two factors: 1) groups of youngsters * who slam a lot to organize spaces and festivals dedicated to music, socializing and culture; 2) a city that has always lived an enviable underground musical movement.
In the first case we find, among others, the Arcella Bella team , which for the second year in a row gives life to the Milcovich Park in the Arcella district, contributing to the urban regeneration of the area. In the second case, instead, there is one of the fundamental bands of the Paduan subculture: the Mamuthones . As Indica we have been following the occult-psychedelic scene for some time, and finally on Friday 13 July we had the opportunity to interview the legendary group that played in the frame of the Arcellano festival.
The evening went by everything except as scheduled: on the stage the Lizards' Invasion should have been open , but the rain fell into question the line up. Once ascertained the passage of bad weather and having to greet the performance of the Lizards (we hope to see you soon!), From 23 to 24 the Mamuthones formed by Alessio Gastaldello (voice, synth), Francesco Lovison (synth), Matteo Polato (guitars) Andrea Davì (drums, percussions) stirred up the stage...
Read the rest here: Gli Stati Generali