22 Oct 2020

Steve and Kavus announce book

Steve and Kavus from The Utopia Strong have announced they have written a book called Medical Grade Music which is being released by publisher White Rabbit on 1 April 2021 – more info can be found here via The Social:

The Social


21 Oct 2020

Bonnacons of Doom tease new music with special 'Carnival Brewing' beer collaboration

Liverpool troupe Bonnacons of Doom have teamed up with fellow Liverpudlian craft beer experts 'Carnival Brewing Company' to create a very special, one-off beer that is inevitably loud; deliciously punchy, indelible and truly awesome...and the resulting beer is the delicious 4.6% lime gose, called 'Pracatan'.

Artwork for 'Pracatan' and the immersive launch video above was created by the ever uber talented Sam Wiehl. And not only that, the launch video features a little taster of a brand new Bonnacons of Doom track called ’Dulse’ the band’s first new music this year, written in the darkest days of lockdown.

'Pracatan'is available to buy online now www.carnivalbrewing.me/shop and in select independent beer shops. 


Dom from Carnival Brewing and the Bonnacons spent one long night riffing on their favourite beer styles. Would it be a strong complex heavy or a dark and bold imperial stout? But as is the way with the Bonnacons, there was a twist up their sleeves.

It was Kate’s idea to create something akin to her favourite cocktail, the Margarita. Fresh and zingy, she wanted something with notes that cut through the mix, mirroring the uplifting and euphoric elements of the band’s sound.

Dom hotfooted it back to Ade’s garage to formulate and master the next Carnival beer. Dom and Ade planned the beer and the recipe gestated; ingredients were ordered and while the fledgling Liverpool brewery was being fitted and installed the recipe finally came together. 

All it needed now was to be christened. Raise a can and shout it loud “PRACATAN”.


Beer Geek time from Carnival Brewing…
We made a light sour beer and added dulse, originally the Irish seaweed which was sourced by Ade’s Mum from his home city of Belfast. We added loads of rock salt, lime zest and lime puree to create a delicious, straw-coloured beer that spins the taste buds into a maelstrom of zingy freshness. 

Once the small-batch beer was trialed on customers at Carnival Brewing’s tasting room bar in Liverpool City Centre, the brewers upscaled the recipe ready for canning.  

The resulting beer is a 4.6% lime gose, perfect for enjoying with your dinner, maybe as an aperitif or while listening to a Bonnacons album.  

Dom from Carnival commented: “We love the Bonnacons, their sonic overload, stage presence and love for performance. We loved the idea of creating something new and unique for the band and its fans, so Pracatan became a thing. Our ethos for collaboration, creative partnerships and joining different creative outlets inspired our journey to form the brewery, which opened in Liverpool city centre in December 2019.”


20 Oct 2020

Grizzly Butts say some words about Deafbrick

They say:

After writing an abstract review for quite an abstract album by Deafkids circa 2019, I’d had a fellow write into the site complaining of the complexity of my statements… and I’m still not sure what any fan of such a free-spirited and wildly deconstructive artist would expect otherwise. This has been a common result and very mild long-term struggle with writing about abstract music, and the main reason why I’ve eased up on it this last year, as it seems that many readers who explore the fringes of music want it presented to them plainly and in compartmentalized forms. “Give me a hundred buzz-labels to sieve through ultra-niche electro underground’s cutting edge stuff but please, don’t wax poetic about it.” and it doesn’t take much of this attitude to leave me bristling in response. So, what’d discourage me from racing towards this collaboration of Petbrick and Deafkids?

I’m not sure there is a conversation to have about it where I can illuminate. Maybe you’re a Sepultura fan who has been eager enough to see what Iggor Cavalera has done outside of the metal spectrum, and in that case Petbrick is quite accessible, and well-paired with the industrial crust punk rebellion of Deafkids. Perhaps the conversation is the side-note that Wayne Adams of the infamous Bear Bites Horse studios is always a bit of quiet second mention in reference to Petbrick or, maybe that the live collaboration with Rakta & Deafkids is probably way more exciting and all-too nearby. Alright well, no, none of that is going to suffice or hold up. In terms of ‘Deafbrick‘ the album, its collaboration is entirely inspired and perhaps in ways that ‘Metaprogramação’ (2019) was lacking, bringing some of that late 80’s Ministry and Fudge Tunnel force to their blurry elektro-punk attack. The result could easily have edged towards something like Atari Teenage Riot sans gabber-blasted beats but they’ve kept it all quite buttoned up for this collaboration, as evidenced by the nigh thoughtless cover of Discharge‘s “Free Speech For the Dumb”. If that sounds a bit like a hug with a gentle stab at the end, kinda...

Read the rest here: Grizzly Butts


The Psych Rock reviews Paisiel – Unconscious Death Wishes LP

They say:

Paisel Unconscious Death Wishes is a wild ride that is to be experienced. The music is indescribable creating a trance that touches the boarders of many nations and many musical styles including krautrock, free jazz, world music, and avant-electronic. The album is magical, ritualistic, tribal and mysterious. Julius Gabriel met João Pais Filipe bleed into the boarders of the known musical universe and push through the veil.

Paisel Unconscious Death Wishes features João Pais Filipe a Portuguese percussionist who has become essential to the experimental music scene. His drumming is unique, powerful and entrancing with all the energy of ritual magic. The German, boundary defying saxophonist, Julius Gabriel makes up the second half of the duo known as Paisel.

Julius Gabriel met João Pais Filipe in 2014 at a record store and set up an jam session which evolved into Paisel. Both of these musicians collaborate with other groups and projects sharing their visionary approach to music. Most notably for this forum is GNOD and João Pais Filipe Faca De Fogo released in 2020.

Paisel Unconscious Death Wishes follows a arch of sound which starts soft and builds to a afro-tribal trance ritual frenzy. The sound then stretches and a noise drone that evokes a deep hidden mystery ensures to the end. The album is art from start to finish there are no tracks that are a highlight the album is a complete song in itself and every movement is perfect and at home with-in the total composition.

See the review here: The Psych Rock


19 Oct 2020

Fuzzy Zun reviews GNOD & João Pais Filipe – Faca De Fogo

They say:

I have been a big worshipper of Gnod for a long time now, and It is not only the bonecrushing noiserock that our Gnod sometimes produces but I love Gnod for their experimentalism, their search for the divine sound in noise, ambient, tribal rythms, industrial and what not. Not every release is as easy as the other but now I can feel the hand of Gnod touching me with this new release. This sounds trancelike. They have collaborated with Jesus, eu, I mean João Pais Filipe to make this gorgeous new record called ‘Faca De Fogo’ wich is already sold out :(

Read the rest here: Fuzzy Sun


15 Oct 2020

Gnoomes and Teeth of the Sea's Mike Bourne remixes Burden Limbs

This is what Echoes and Dust say about it:

SURGERY the first remix album from Burden Limbs will be released on October 23 by Glasshouse Records. The eight-track re-working of the band’s debut EP There Is No Escape features a range of different mutations of the Burden Limbs sound. Where the original content is frenzied, bleak, and deranged, Surgery offers different perspectives on the songs with some residing in as contrasting genre-landscapes as ambient-dub, psych, and electronica. Featured artists include Gnoomes, Ilia Gorovitz (formerly of HYNOM), Metalogue, and Teeth of The Sea’s Mike Bourne whose mix – an unravelling of ‘Shallow Grave’ and ‘Hypochondriac’ renamed ‘Shallow Hypochondriac’ we premiere here...

Read the rest and more importantly, listen to Mikes remix here: E&D


13 Oct 2020

Echoes and Dust reviews Shit & Shine's Malibu Liquor Store

They say:

By my count Malibu Liquor Store is the third Shit & Shine album of 2020, the latest addition to a huge discography of broken dancefloor rhythms, wandering trains of thought and clumps of greasy noise. While you always sort of know what you’re getting yourself into with Shit & Shine, you can never be sure. This time around Craig Clouse is sat out back mixing up rum based cocktails of his own invention. Working by eye from a table of unlikely ingredients on a ‘Hillbilly Hurricane’, a home cook version of a New Orleans classic. It might be home made rum, come to think. The sticky artificial flavours, glowing acid red, seem to fight rather than mask the high alcohol content of raw edged spirits. After a couple it don’t matter anyway, I wish we had some of them paper umbrellas here, y’know? Fancy the place up a little.

The title track glitches into view folding 70’s cop show vibes into the erratic misfiring snares. There’s some chase scene piano jangle that keeps it moving forward past the head on collisions of drums. Broken up as it is, it grooves along, head nodding, and is definitely the type to end a sentence with ‘baby’. The eight numbers here all have different moods but they hang together, carried by a buried sense of motion. ‘Rat Snake’ is a bundle of rolling percussion loops that keep your interest among the random electro buzzing and spaced out guitar noodles. In the past Clouse has set about some violent rhythmic destructions, pulling dance music to pieces on the oily garage floor. These days he often builds intricate and eccentric little rhythm engines that drive his tracks. This is his deceptively simple recipe, beats that bring texture and colour but hold things together with a steady pulse, allowing him to pour abstract scatterings of mood and weirdness over the top...

Read the rest here: E&D


Listen to Dwellings mix for Fat-out

 Chris from GNOD has created this great 'VOIVOD' mix for Fat Out


John Robb interviews Dan from Sex Swing about his 'obsession'

Listen to this interview with John Robb and Dan from Sex Swing about his obsession with Thai Food!

Listen here: Obsession


11 Oct 2020

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in What Hi-Fi's 'National Album Day: 10 of the best British albums of 2020 so far'

They say:

Despite the band's moniker, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs's approach is far more elephantine as mammoth riffs tear through the speaker cone and plant their feet square in your gut. Playfully eccentric as much as it is colossal, Viscerals shares a Sabbath-like nous for using rhythm and pace as much as pure noise to achieve a truly British style of heaviness.

Read the rest here: What Hi-Fi