10 Jul 2020

Rocket to take part in Supersonic Fest's Sofasonic


Rocket and some of the artists who planned to play have been invited to join Supersonic's Sofasonic Festival.

Artists involved are:

GNOD & João Pais Filipe

J.Zunz

Iggor Cavalera

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs


Plus there is a special Panel Talk that includes:

Marcus Macdonald - Decolonise Fes
Lisa Meyer - Supersonic Festival
Cathy Pellow -  Sargent House
Chris Reeder - Rocket Recordings
Hosted by Luke Turner The Quietus

It will all happen on 17- 19 July, via here: Supersonic Youtube

See www.supersonicfestival.com for the full programme and schedule

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Info about the Fest:

Sofasonic Festival 17-19 July
A weekend of online events bought to you by the team behind Supersonic Festival, the “UK’s best small festival” The Guardian, 2019

Cancelling this year’s festival was a heart breaking but necessary decision. However, we think it is important, despite the year’s unprecedented events, to mark what should have been this year’s Supersonic Festival 2020 weekend in a big way. 

We've lovingly crafted, a weekend of unique and exclusive online performances, panel talks, DJ sets and more oddities from a plethora of Supersonic artists and its wider community. The programme is free but we are asking for donations to help support the festival, artists & freelancers, with 25% being donated to the Trussell Trust Food Banks.

See www.supersonicfestival.com for the full programme and schedule and  subscribe to our Youtube channel in advance, so you don't miss a thing! www.youtube.com/user/SupersonicFestival 

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9 Jul 2020

Mic.gr reviews Kooba Tercu


They say:

Nice thing to see domestic bands advance. Kooba Tercu had made it clear from the beginning that they were made for separate musical paths. With their new album in the special and eclectic Rocket Recordings, they simply confirmed the original case and handed us a powerful album full of flares, dirty deformed riffs and equal paranoia. Charismatic composers-craftsmen of motorik-proto-techno-rock manage to make a seemingly catchy and accessible record for all ears but with difficult individual musical elements, sounds and surrounding fuzz-excellent atmosphere. Strong achievement for loud auditions, a necessary rock discography for your collection.

Read the rest here: Mic.gr

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8 Jul 2020

Gnoomes in Paste Magazine's '20 Shoegaze Bands You Should Know in 2020'


They say:

Gnoomes

Gnoomes may lurk in dark electronic shadows, but their shoegaze guitar chops shouldn’t be questioned. The Russian quartet’s most recent album, MU!, merges the experimental sides of Stereolab, Wand and Neu! with furiously gyrating guitars. The LP shifts between states of matter, and getting sucked into their dynamic compositions is easy. “Glasgow Coma State” is positively gleaming and vigorous while “Ursa Major” is wispy and discombobulating. Their color schemes change too—songs like “Progulka” are filled with bright hues, while others like “Sword in the Stone” and “Irma” have a distinctly monochrome smog. Like many albums of heady hypnotics, you know the finale is going to melt your psyche, and the two-track curtain close (“How Do You” and “Feel Now”) is a shoegaze-tinted psych-pop hurrah for the ages. MU! is so memorable because it brushes the same pleasure centers as the genre’s titans without retracing the steps of their predecessors or peers. With MU!, they’ve cleared a space for themselves in electro-shoegaze heaven. —Lizzie Manno


Read the rest here: Paste Magazine

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs say some words about Brixton Windmill part of the Save your Music Campaign


They say:

Hi, I’m Adam from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.

In March 2014 we played our first London show at The Windmill in Brixton.

The Windmill is a dive. Not a 21st century, bespoke lighting, extensive burger menu, £15,000 pinball machine kind of dive, but a real, don’t shit-in-the-cubicle sort of place. 

And it’s all the better for it. 

We were booked by Rich Collins of Cosmic Carnage, who now promotes shows at The Moon in Cardiff, another small, brilliant venue. 

The show ended up being the most fun we’d had playing music in a long time. Nothing particularly exciting happened; other than a small fire in the back of my guitar amp and a lost kaftan, there’s no exciting story to tell of the night. 


But we ended up playing at the Windmill every 6 months or so for a few years after that and it was an absolute pleasure to play there every single time.


Hopefully, when the world returns to what we considered normality, we’ll have to chance to play there again and hopefully the landlord doesn’t mind his venue being called a dive.

See the piece here: Save your Music 

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7 Jul 2020

Raven Sings The Blues reviews GNOD & João Pais Filipe album


They say:

I’ve long been a proponent of the works of GNOD. The UK psych unit skims the line between pulsing, rhythmic psychedelia and noise so easily that they’ve let the colors run into one another over the years. On their latest they skirt into avant impulses fraught with a clangorous din and hypnotic polyrhythms. The band members are nothing if not consummate collaborators, having worked cross genre with everyone from Anthony Child (Surgeon), White Hills, and John Doran. Now they hook up with experimental percussionist Joăo Pais Filipe (Paisel), whom they met at Milhoes De Festa event in Barcelos, Portugal. The set was hammered out a short while after over four days at Joăo’s metal shop.


Like any other GNOD album it swerves away from its predecessors. The connection with Pais Filipe proves to center the album in hypnotic rhythms, a side that’s found its way into the band’s work plenty of times prior, but what the Portuguese artist brings to the set is a sense of foreboding atmosphere — haunting ripples, the ominous air of gongs. Guitars still scrape at the senses, but they too tend to ride the fluctuation of rhythm. As the air crackles with dissonant tension, scraping with feedback and woodwind howl, GNOD do their own part to match Pais Filipe’s calamitous atmospheres...

Read the rest here: Raven Sings The Blues

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6 Jul 2020

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in Rough nTYrades Album's of the Year So Far


They say:

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals
Back in April, the noise loving Newcastle-Upon-Tyne quintet bore a progressive, yet pure Pigs-woven tapestry of music in Viscerals. Needless to say we were immediately impressed. So impressed in fact, we crowned it our Album of the Month for April.

The line-up, featuring Matt Baty, Sam Grant, Adam Ian Sykes, John-Michael Hedley and Christopher Morley, deliver powerful, primal and passionate music-making on their third outing. Viscerals is an infectious, ambitious, raucous, riff-driven record and a workout of sheer musical magnitude that seals its status as their absolute best yet.

Through the fusion of theatrics and intensity arrives a band unexampled, the pleasure they take in their craft undeniable.

Read the full list of albums here: Rough Trade

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The Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far Chart 2020


Great to see Sex Swing and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in The Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far Chart 2020, they say:


55. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals
For opener 'Reducer' the spotlight is on the cosmic lead guitar licks. 'New Body' grinds along antisocially like Swans or perhaps some kind of half-speed Jesus Lizard number. There's a weird almost dubsteppy intermission with some spoken-word vocals involving an extended gastronomic metaphor. There's maybe a thrash influence rearing its head elsewhere and some accessible growl-along choruses here and there. The crucial thing, however, is that the riffs are still heavier than Ray Winstone after a slap-up black pudding breakfast.

6. Sex Swing - Type II
Psychedelic rock is supposed to be transcendent, but what makes Sex Swing so powerful is that they transcend the limitations of psychedelic rock. Their sound is so full of possibilities: violence, sexuality, sacrifice, even religion. If there was a future to look forward to for heavy guitar music, this is it. Sex Swing: the lost futures of rock & roll have been realised. Even the worst, the most terrifying, psychedelic experiences can have transformative potential.

See the full list here: The Quietus

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Reverb is for Lovers say some words about Sex Swing's 'Passovers'


They say:

In May Sex Swing released their big, bad album " Type II ". Now the plate is worked up again.

As " Passovers " (Rocket Recordings) the songs are processed in the original order by friends.

The IDLES stretch "The Passover" somewhat, equalize, make it friendlier and with a driving beat. A certain hardness remains. Anji Cheung puts "Skimmington Ride" on a disturbing sound surface and creates the song as a psalm.

Jane Weaver sends "Valentine's Day At The Gym" as a chic electro track on the dance floor. Then Johnny Broke hacks up “Betting Shop”.

METZ unleash a feedback orgy on "Need Battery". “La Riconada” in The Keep Remix is ​​more of a rumbling electro.

Finally, we return to the chorale with “Garden Of Eden / 2000 AD” and Brian Case. But it is rotated neatly by the effects machine.


Read the rest here: Reverb is for Lovers 

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Listen to Kooba Tercu mixtape for CAMP


CAMP asked Kooba Tercu to make a mixtape for them and you can listen to it in full here:

CAMP

Kooba Tercu's album Proto Tekno can be bought here: Bandcamp

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Terrascope reviews Autotelia


They say:

At some point listening to this, I managed to relocate my third eye. I can’t remember where I’d mislaid it or when I last saw it, I only know that I was beginning to miss it more and more especially as we take the first tentative steps out of the great quarantine of 2020.

Still, I don’t suppose any of that matters to Demian Castellanos and Tom Relleen who comprise Autotelia (which the helpful one sheet explains is something to do with the pursuit of purpose or curiosity – no, me neither) or for that matter those “terrible twins” Chris and Johnny Rocket for whom this welcome release is number 193. Castellanos and Relleen also collaborate as part of The Oscillation, while Tom forms one half of the artily experimental Tomaga, which is what this latest venture most closely resembles in its form and conceptual approach. It’s a project that has been nudging along for a while now - there’s a live clip from 2018 on You Tube for instance - and mines the more interesting, darker seams of experimental kosmische (don’t you just hate the term Krautrock?).

Read the rest here: Terrascope

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