21 Sep 2018

Into Creative reviews GNOD's Chapel Perilous


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Chapel Perilous || GNOD

The Salford collective returns with an album inspired by Robert Anton Wilson’s book “Cosmic Trigger” that describes a state where failure to know whether a situation is created by the supernatural or reality and the psychological distress that brings.

If there was ever a theme that sums up what we are facing at the moment then it is this. The opener Donavan’s Daughter is a fifteen minute epic that has more aural changes than most bands back catalogues.

Just when you think you have past peak storm they hit you with a change that has the force of sleeping in a jet engine.

A force that sees your insides shake so violently that the next three tracks with their bleak dystopian scaffolding pole percussion, taped or whispered spoken word and the sound of industrial machinery being slowly tortured to death in a dark hidden disused warehouse are an abstract comfort.

As the klaxon from hell towards the end of ‘A Body’ signals the start of the riff heavy partisan bass of ‘Uncle Frank Says Turn It Down’ I can’t help believe that this is the soundtrack of post- Brexit Scotland and that we all should hail Gnod.

See the full review here: Into Creative

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20 Sep 2018

Win tickets to see MIEN in Amsterdam


Two dutch online publications have set up competitions to win tickets to see MIEN in Amsterdam on 25 September:

The Daily Indie
Enter HERE

Written in Music
Enter HERE

So you have two chances of winning!

MIEN's run of up-and-coming shows starts this Friday:

Fri 21 Sept  / London, UK / Moth Club
Sat 22 Sept  / Angers, France / Levitation Festival
Mon 24 Sept / Paris, France / Le Cafe de la Danse
Tue 25 Sept / Amsterdam, Netherlands / Melkweg
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27-30 Sept  / Toronto, Canada / Night Owl Festival 

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19 Sep 2018

John-Michael Hedley from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs speaks to Velvet Sheep


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“SONG FOR EWE”
with JOHN-MICHAEL HEDLEY of PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have very much captured the consciousness of the alternative cognoscenti since they last appeared on these pages for an extremely popular Lucky 7. Their tune “Cake of Light” has been inescapable in my house, as when I’ve not been playing it, it’s been on heavy rotation on 6Music and recently when I was watching Oh Sees at the Forum, the Pigs were all me and my buds and many around me were talking about. The name helps obvs, but the music too is a force of nature. And although I already knew singer Matt was a good fella from day job dealings when the band did a sesh recently on Marc Riley’s show, it’s clear they are all not only good sticks but they also know one end of a tune from another, as a band with truly multi faceted heaviness. Plus recently from their tour van they tweeted a competition to win a band tee based on what brand and type of crisp are you and why, and what’s not to love about that?

With their debut album “King of Cowards” (Rocket Recordings) out next week on 28th September, these are exciting times. I’ve been lucky enough to hear it several times, and it’s seismic. Like the best of Hawkwind meets Sleep “Dopesmoker” with vocals somewhere between Lemmy, David Yow and Pissed Jeans’ Matt Korvette, and a Tad of Black Sabbath, for a debut album it’s a real tour (van) de force with the emphasis on the force.  Today on Velvet Sheep i’m pleased to welcome back the bassist of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, John-Michael Hedley!

But first, check out the occulty delights of new vid “GNT”…buckle up...

See what he chooses here: Velvet Sheep

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Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation show at St Pancras Old Church has sold out – more shows to be announced




We have just been informed that Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's forthcoming show at London's St Pancras Old Church has now sold out. However the band do have some more shows to be announced soon...watch this space!

And don't forget we recently did a ltd edition repress of the bands second album Mirage on a special 'pink/green' swirl vinyl which you can buy from here or your local record shop: Bandcamp





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Listen to new Django Django remix of MIEN track 'Odessey'




On Friday MIEN release the digital single '(I'm tired of) Western Shouting' and we can now announce that the bside is a great remix of MIEN's last single 'Odessey' by the mighty Django Django.

You can see what Clash magazine say about the track here: Clash

Also on Friday the band start the first of 4 shows in Europe and a Festival in Toronto. 

Fri 21 Sept  / London, UK / Moth Club
Sat 22 Sept  / Angers, France / Levitation Festival
Mon 24 Sept / Paris, France / Le Cafe de la Danse
Tue 25 Sept / Amsterdam, Netherlands / Melkweg
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27-30 Sept  / Toronto, Canada / Night Owl Festival 

The line-up of players for the Euro dates is a bit special and should not be missed:

Alex Mass (The Black Angels)
Tom Furse (The Horrors)
Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone)
John-Mark Lapham (The Earlies)
Thor Harris (Swans)
Rob Kidd (Golden Dawn Arkestra)

Artwork for the single was once again created by the very talented Rosey Trickett and Marc Spicer

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18 Sep 2018

Watch new Flowers Must Die Video for Ejefjallajökull



Ahead of their headline peformance at this weekends Helsinki Psych Fest Flowers Must Die have just revealed this great video for track Ejefjallajökull from their recently self released album "Där Blommor Dör".

See what Astral Zone say about the track here: Astral Zone

Tickets for Helsinki Psych Fest can be bought from here: Helsinki Psych Fest

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The band say this about the track:

“Ejefjallajökull” a name hard to spell, pronounce and to remember but for many people the actual Eyafjallajökull which is a volcano on Iceland is hard to forget. It erupted in 2010 and caused a lot of problem especially air travel all over the globe. 

And it was around this period we started playing this song, so even if it´s on our latest album ‘Där Blommor Dör’ it was recorded many years ago. And a track we have included in our live set many times. 

But still only a early version was included on a tape in 2012 and then later in a live version on “The Greatest Hits (Live)” tape from 2014.

This recording is probably between those releases and the structure was kept for years, and then we decided to add some instruments as the original take was a bit from our safe zone when Jonas played Xylophone, Rickard Saxophone and Lars only on Djembe through the track. So Sven added more drums, flute, Martin and Jonas some guitars. Rickard took care of the  mixing from home and added some Synth and Percussion and finally a violin on top from Lisa to complete the track. 

A fun note, Lisa´s previous band was named after another Icelandic volcano - Katla and we named this track several years before even meeting her.

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs tell Birthdaycake for Breakfast what 5 releases influenced King of Cowards


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Here at Birthday Cake For Breakfast, we like to get to the heart of what an artist is all about. We feel the music they listen to is just as important as the music they make. With that in mind, we’re delighted to have mind-melting riff lords Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in the hot seat, talking us through five releases that have had them inspired around their latest release....

Read which 5 releases they choose here: Birthday Cake For Breakfast

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