27 Mar 2020

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs 'live Q&A' Rough Trade Transmission announced

Join Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs for a very special 'live Q&A' Rough Trade Transmission at 6pm on Monday 30th March.

This is what RT say:

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Monday! @Pigsx7 broadcast an exclusive Rough Trade Q&A Transmission via @roughtrade/@roughtradenyc Instagram TV feeds, celebrating the release of upcoming album 'Viscerals' via @RocketRecording.

Tune in here: Rough Trade


Rocking Greece say some words about Kooba Tercu

They say:

The Kooba Tercu delighted to announce that the next full length their album titled "Proto Tekno"  will be released from the historic, independent Rocket Recordings company is based in London (Goat, Pigsx7, Ufomammut, Oneida , Shit and Shine, Petbrick, GNOD, etc.).

The album will be officially released on May 22 , but a preview of the material can be obtained from the video of "Qasan", the first track of the upcoming release that saw the light.

ith Johnny Tercu in front and members of the British Casual Nun and Echo Canyon project , the Kooba Tercu collective joined forces in a ten-day recording which resulted in two albums. The "Kharrub"  released in 2019 (Hominid Sounds, Mafia, Body Vlows) and "Proto Tekno"  which will be released by Rocket Recordings. 

The band itself describes its vision as "a look at a near future in which humanity is trying to find its place. There is some interaction between the old and the new, the city and the countryside, human culture and nature, underdevelopment and technology, domination and coexistence. We are exploring the space between such a dipole and trying to create a sense of optimism and militancy to confront this wonderful new world. "...

Read the res here: Rocking Greece


26 Mar 2020

Acordes De Quinta interviews Kooba Tercu

Read an interview with Kooba Tercu to find out all about the band their new Rocket album 'Proto Tekno' here:

Acordes De Quinta

Preorder their album 'Proto Tekno' here: Bandcamp


Echoes and Dust reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album Viscerals

They say:

Let’s start with a quick blitz through the story so far of Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – or for saving breath purposes Pigsx7. The Rocket Recordings label’s debut Feed the Rats was a three-track uncompromising blast of Black Sabbathian-inspired noise that delightedly saw the only short track ‘Sweet Relief’ even make it onto the Hairy Bikers Show on the usually very conservative Planet Rock Radio station. Its successor King of Cowards occasional sprinkling of space rock organ-swirling demonstrated a wider-increasing exploration; reducing the songs’ lengths it maintained a robust heaviness while also being a far more palatable listen.

This also expanded their radio Station playlist portfolio as BBC 6 Music became appreciators of the band, and this is where they seem to be gaining most of their enlarging following. With the pre-Covid-19 announcement of their biggest UK headline tour including London’s Electric Ballroom now re-scheduled, you might think huge pressure of expectation might interfere with the band’s development. No need to fear: Viscerals is the sound of a band continuing to evolve their sound into a form which may be their most definitive yet...

Read the rest here: E&D


Backseat Mafia reviews Och – II

They say:

OCH, Swedish for ‘and’, recently released their first LP courtesy of Rocket Recordings. This trio, of whom little is known other than a kinship to their label mates Flowers Must Die, have created a collection of beguiling soundscapes and audial epiphanies that can’t help but summon up the freewheeling ‘70s spirit, the small hours head space and the broader sense of adventure that has legendarily dominated the areas of the esoteric.

As a new decade dawns, the music obsessive inhabits a claustrophobic modern era of instant gratification in which they’re seemingly so spoiled by online options and easy access that transcendence can be paradoxically hard to find in the melee. It can be reassuring to be mindful of the way a random discovery in the bargain bins of a second-hand record store or a charity shop can set off sparks of inspiration and untold fascination. A full forty years on, rare though it is to come across a new record in the here and now which conjures up the same sense of ‘other’ as the cryptic artefacts of yore, it seems that one is on the verge of crossing our transom...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia


25 Mar 2020

Sex Swing reveal 'The Passover' via Clash magazine – the ferocious second single from forthcoming album 'Type II'

To help you through these weird times, we are happy to reveal 'The Passover' – a ferocious second single taken from Sex Swing's forthcoming album 'Type II' which is released on 15 May. 

Rocket's very own John O'Carroll worked with the band to create this video for the single, watch it here exclusively via Clash Magazine.

Watch video

'Type II' can be preordered on CD and LP on Ltd 'Blue/Grey Splatter' via the link here:

Preorder LP/CD

Or you can buy a special on 'Cream/Grey Swirl' and 'Frosted Clear' LPs from your local record shops.

Since their foundation in 2014, this malevolent rogues gallery of luminaries of the UK underground have consistently proven to be capable of projecting vibrations that transcend and usurp any idea of the sum of their component parts. Between them the individual band members have clocked up notable experience sparking tinnitus appearing in bands such as Mugstar, Bonnacons Of Doom, Earth, Dethscalator, Dead Neanderthals and now even IDLES.

If the shows do go ahead, then you will get the chance to be crushed under the might of Sex Swing's live experience at these following dates, which includes a very special Rocket show at The White Hotel in Manchester:

22 May / BE / Kortrijk / The Pits
23 May / NL - Amsterdam / Occii
24 May / BE / Antwerp - Het Bos
26 May / Fr / Paris - Les Instants Chavirès
27 May / FR / Strasbourg / Venue Tbc
28 May / NL - Den Hague / Paard
29 May / BE / Bruxelles / Magasin4
30 May / UK / London - Corsica Studios
04 Jun / UK / Brighton / The Hope & Ruin
05 Jun / UK / Manchester - White Hotel (Rocket Party)
06 Jun / UK / Newcastle - The Cluny


24 Mar 2020

Introducing Kooba Tercu – watch video for their debut single for Rocket now via The Quietus

Here is the first track to be revealed by new Rocket signing Kooba Tercu – a six piece band from Athens, Greece. The single 'Qasan' is taken from the bands forthcoming album 'Proto Tekno that is released on 22 May

Watch video for 'Qasan' now via The Quietus: 

Watch Video

'Proto Tekno' can be preordered on 'Blue & White Galaxy' vinyl ltd to 250 copies from the Rocket shop here:

Preorder album

It is also available on 'Frosted White' vinyl that is ltd to 450 copies via your local record shop.

The band have these UK shows planned for June which obviously we hope will happen, but who knows yet:

05 Jun / Manchester / White Hotel (w/ Sex Swing/GNOD/Steve & Kavus DJ)
07 Jun / Newcastle  / TBC
09 Jun / London / The Seabright Arms
10 Jun / Bristol / The Lanes
11 Jun / Leicester / TBC


Press release:

Arriving via a triangulation of Athens, Crete and London, yet existing at a psychic intersection between the ruins of crumbling infrastructure and an intimidating future dystopia Kooba Tercu have seen fit to take arms as only they see fit. ‘Proto Tekno’ is their mission statement writ large - a potent and pulverising collection of incendiary jams fuelled by the modern age yet transcending it with vicious style. Equal parts groove-driven mantra, red blooded freakout and experiment onslaught, this is the sound of a fearless band raging against the dying of the light.

Led by Johnny Tercu, and sharing common members with bands like hypno-rock force Casual Nun and electronic experimental outpost Echo Canyon, this collective joined forces over a ten-day studio session in which a furious bout of creativity and chemistry led to not only their second album ‘Kharrub’ (which emerged as a release split between the London-based Hominid Sounds and the Greek labels Mafia and Body Blows) but this - their third voyage into the unknown via coruscating noise and infectious rhythmic drive, and their most powerful and captivating to date.

Confident that all formulas are fundamentally there to be mercilessly rearranged, and that a sheer force of will can easily transform the ridiculous into the sublime. ‘Proto Tekno’ seamlessly travels from a fuzz-bass headbanger like the opener ‘Benzoberry’ to the mantric blowout of ‘Qasan’ (assaulting CAN-esque dimensions equal parts caustic and cinematic)
and from the sleazy swagger of ‘Cemento Mori’ (redolent of the suave machinations of Girls Against Boys) to the polyrhythmic drive of the ceremonial centrepiece ‘Fair Game’, while maintaining their unique full-throttle intensity and generosity of character. There’s Melvins-style groove to be had on ‘Proto Tekno’ (Kamehameha’) ‘just as much as Beta Band-style songcraft (‘Puppy Pile’) yet these disparate influences coalesce vividly into an invigorating and intimidatingly confident assault on the senses.

The band themselves clarify their standpoint as “creating a vision of short-term future and trying to find humanity’s place in that world. Coming from Greece, all the futuristic elements take another turn as developments in technology and commerce take time to filter through in peripheral countries and are often skewed.” 

“There’s a certain interplay between old and new, urban and rural, human civilization and nature, poorly maintained underdevelopment or disruptive technology and surveillance, domination and symbiosis. We’ve been exploring the space between such dipoles and trying to create a sense of optimism and militancy to face this brave new world.”

Inhabiting a modern era in which creating art, as the Fluxus group originally proposed, is more than ever a revolutionary act in itself, ‘Proto Tekno’ stands as much as formidable monument to insurrectionary spirit as it does the furious clanguour of six heads in an overheated rehearsal room. It’s a weapon of psychic defence just as much as a love letter to the three ‘R’s of repetition, repetition and repetition. Yet as the ongoing battle against adversity gathers momentum, one thing is for certain - you’ll want Kooba Tercu on your side.


Joyzine reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

They say:

Where on earth do you begin when writing about Newcastle’s finest, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs? What is it about them that just makes them one of the best bands EVER? I’m not talking about right now, but I mean EVER. For me, they have that brutal loudness that I constantly crave from music. The distorted vocals, the haunting guitars, the thrilling drums, the tense atmosphere. The way they make you feel as if something is corrupting your brain; give me it. Give me all of it.

 Their new record Viscerals comes out at the start of April and with the world clearly going headfirst into Hell at the moment- they’ve pretty much nailed the best record to listen to as you socially distance yourself from everything and everyone (it’s for your own good!) They have created a beautiful monster of a record; it is tormenting and loud. I adore it and I’m putting it up there as one of my favourite records of the year, easily.

 As someone who is obsessed with bands like OM, Sleep and Noothgrush, this record by Pigs is phenomenal. I can hold it as highly and as dear as Sleep’s Dopesmoker for sure. Songs like ‘New Body’ are absolutely out of this world. The sheer rage in the vocals and determination to create something truly frightening and honest is so apparent, and I have nothing but love and respect for the band for daring to be like this, and to constantly...

Read the rest here: Joyzine


20 Mar 2020

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs postpone April/May tour to next year

Unsurprisingly Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have had to move their up-and-coming April/May shows to next year, the band have said this:

Here is the update on our UK touring plans, due to the postponement of our April/May dates. All tickets are on sale now. Tickets for Newcastle, London, Brighton, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester that you have already purchased are valid for the new dates. Some shows been upgraded too, where that was possible. Oh and we’ve added a date in Cork too.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Stay safe and Lets Rock.

Nov 12 - Leadmill - Sheffield
Nov 13 - Komedia - Bath
Nov 14 - Sin City - Swansea
Nov 19 - Waterfront - Norwich
Nov 20 - Engine Rooms - Southampton
Nov 21 - O2 Academy - Leicester
Nov 25 - Invisible Wind Factory - Liverpool
Nov 26 - Empire - Belfast
Nov 27 - Dolan’s - Limerick
Nov 28 - Whelan’s - Dublin
Nov 29 - Kino - Cork
Dec 02 - St Luke’s - Glasgow (tickets from April 25 remain valid)
Dec 03 - The Lemon Tree - Aberdeen
Dec 04 - Summerhall - Edinburgh
Dec 05 - Northumbria University - Newcastle (Star & Shadow tickets from April 3 & 4 remain valid)

Rescheduled dates
Jan 27 - SWX - Bristol (Thekla tickets from April 18 remain valid)
Jan 28 - Town Hall - Birmingham (tickets from April 17 remain valid)
Jan 29 - Albert Hall - Manchester (Gorilla tickets from April 16 remain valid)
Jan 30 - Stylus - Leeds (tickets from April 24 remain valid)
Feb 04 - Concorde 2 - Brighton (tickets from May 1 remain valid)
Feb 05 - Electric Ballroom - London (tickets from April 30 remain valid)
Feb 06 - Electric Ballroom - London (new date added, on sale now)
Feb 12 - Rock City - Nottingham (Rescue Rooms tickets from April 29 remain valid)

Their new album Viscerals is out on 3 April...please preorder a unique 'tour only' colour now direct from the band here: Pigsx7.com


19 Mar 2020

50 signed copies of PETBRICK on sale now

Tomorrow (Friday 20th March) Bandcamp are waiving all their fees so all money goes to bands and labels - read about it here: Bandcamp

So to tie in with this we have just put up 50 signed copies of PETBRICKS album 'I' up for sale – so if you want one, and want to support the band and Rocket then buy it tomorrow (from midnight to midnight USA Pacific Time).

Order from here: PETBRICK

Please note: 
These signed copies have tiny damage in one corner which happened during transit, not huge but we want to mention it - plus have reduced the cost to compensate.