29 Nov 2022

40% OFF SALE – One Week Rocket sale starts this Friday


To thank you all for supporting Rocket in 2022 we are having a special 40% OFF SALE that runs from 7 days starting from Friday 2nd December at 8am. The start of the sale coincides with the last Bandcamp Friday of the year, so no better time to fill those LP/CD gaps in your collection, or upgrade your wardrobe and purchase a Ltd edition t-shirt!

40% OFF SALE
From: 2nd December (8am)
To: 8th December
Promotional code: 40%sale

Bandcamp

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16 Nov 2022

Watch eye-popping new video for latest Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs single 'Mr Medicine'

As announced a couple of weeks ago Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are releasing their fourth album called  'Land Of Sleeper' on 17 February.

We are now happy to reveal the video for first single 'Mr Medicine' – made by the artist Wilm Danby, known for his paintings and video art for the likes of Palace, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bullion. “When I first heard the track, I immediately felt a kind of forward motion, like being pushed forward by an unknown force in a nightmare, toward an unknown thing/place, floating but with no control. Scary but fun…” says Danby. “On repeated listens, it became sort of a mantra with riffs, about transcending fear through some kind of ritual/rite of passage. I wanted to make that ritual happen, to see what it could look like, and if it would work! A stone circle was the obvious place for this, the moon is famously great at transforming things, and transformations are usually very painful!”

Watch the bonkers, eye-popping video above.

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'Land Of Sleeper' comes housed in amazing 'Callum Rooney' sleeve art with obi strip and 'Oz' style lyrics poster. The CD and several different vinyl variants are available in these variants:

You can pick-up the ltd 'Rocket Exclusive' (Orange/Yellow Cloud) vinyl via the bands official website link below (not Bandcamp), where you can also pick up ltd edition t-shirts and tickets for their tour:

Preorder LP/CD/Shirts

Our good friends at Rough Trade have an exclusive 'Deep Sleep' (Blue/black Splatter) vinyl.

Indie stores will be carrying 'Lucid Dreaming' (Orange) exclusive vinyl and all stores will be selling a ltd 'Black Night' (Black) vinyl edition. The album is being released via Missing Piece in the USA.

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The band are very excited to be heading to some of the finest towns and cities in the UK including some special instore shows. Also, the band have announced their first dates in North America:

UK SHOWS:

17 Feb / Bristol / Rough Trade (Instore show/signing)
18 Feb / London / Rough Trade East (Instore show/signing)
19 Feb / Brighton / Chalk (Resident Records Outstore show/signing)
23 Feb / Gateshead / The Sage
24 Feb / Edinburgh / The Liquid Rooms
25 Feb / Kendal / The Brewery
26 Feb / Lincoln / Lincoln Drill Hall
02 Mar / Cambridge / Junction
03 Mar / Ipswich / The Baths
04 Mar / Hastings / The Crypt
05 Mar / Leicester / O2 Academy
13 Apr / Milton Keynes / The Craufurd Arms
14 Apr / Stoke-on-Trent / The Sugarmill
15 Apr / Hebden Bridge / Trades Club
16 Apr / Stockton on Tees / Georgian Theatre
20 Apr / York / The Crescent
21 Apr / Newport / Le Pub
22 Apr / Portsmouth / Wedgewood Rooms
23 Apr / Hertford / Hertford Corn Exchange

US SHOWS:

11 Mar / Brooklyn / St Vitus
15-18 Mar / Austin / SXS
21 Mar / Los Angeles / Zebulon 

All tickets via Pigsx7.com

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4 Nov 2022

November Bandcamp Friday


It's Bandcamp Friday again...

So the perfect time to support your favourite bands and labels and indulge in some new records, CDs and T-shirts, here are some of our latest releases


$hit & $hine – New Confusion LP/T-Shirts

Various – Elsewhere VXIII 2LP

Petbrick – Liminal LP

Goat – World Music (10th Anniversary remaster) LP

Alison Cotton – The Portrait You Painted Of Me LP

Moundabout – Flowers Rot, Bring Me Stones

Rubber Oh – Strange Craft

 

We have lots of other great recent releases for sale as well as some rare warehouse finds, so have a scour and see what gems you can find:

Bandcamp


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2 Nov 2022

Goat announce UK tour dates


Goat have announced they are heading to the UK for a series of dates in April, tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 4th November:

April 15 / Bristol / SWX
April 16 / Birmingham / The Mill
April 17 /  Leeds / Brudenell Social Club
April 18 / Glasgow / Garage
April 19 /  Newcastle / Boiler Shop
April 20 / Manchester / Gorilla
April 21 / Brighton / Chalk
April 22 / London / Brixton Electric

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And don't forget GOAT are heading out for some shows around Europe  from the 8th November and then in Scandinavia in January:

November 8 / Hamburg / Knust
November 9 / Cologne / Kulturkirche
November 10 / Liége / Reflektor
November 11 / Kortrijk / Sonic City Festival
November 12 / Utrecht / Le Guess Who Festival
November 14 / Berlin / Festsaal Kreuzber
January 25 / Oslo / Rockefeller
January 26 / Malmö / Plan B
January 27 / Stockholm / Slaktkyrkan

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Goat's brand new album 'Oh Death is out now...

Both the 'Oh Death' LP and CD comes housed in a gatefold sleeve adorned with eye-popping artwork.

The LP is available on ltd 'Cloudberry Swirl', 'Acid Orange' and 'Blackened Black' versions from your favourite record shops.

And finally, our good friends over at Levitation have their own exclusive version too – so US fans should snap one of those up!



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1 Nov 2022

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have announced new album 'Land of Sleeper' - listen to the new single 'Mr Medicine'

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have announced the details of their fourth album called  'Land Of Sleeper', which will be released on 17 February.

Listen to the fiery first single to be revealed from the album, the hard-hitting 'Mr Medicine' above.

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'Land Of Sleeper' comes housed in eye-popping 'Callum Rooney' sleeve art with obi strip and 'Oz' style lyrics poster. The CD and several different vinyl variants are available in these variants..

You can pick-up the ltd 'Rocket Exclusive' (Orange/Yellow Cloud) vinyl via the bands official website link below (not Bandcamp), where you can also pick up ltd edition t-shirts and tickets for their tour:

Preorder Ltd LP & CD

Our good friends at Rough Trade have an exclusive 'Deep Sleep' (Blue/black Splatter) vinyl.

Indie stores will be carrying 'Lucid Dreaming' (Orange) exclusive vinyl and all stores will be selling a ltd 'Black Night' (Black) vinyl edition.

The album is being released via Missing Piece in the USA.

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The band are very excited to be heading to some of the finest towns and cities in the UK including some special instore shows. Also, the band have announced their first dates in North America:

UK SHOWS:

17 Feb / Bristol / Rough Trade (Instore show/signing)
18 Feb / London / Rough Trade East (Instore show/signing)
19 Feb / Brighton / Chalk (Resident Records Outstore show/signing)
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23 Feb / Gateshead / The Sage
24 Feb / Edinburgh / The Liquid Rooms
25 Feb / Kendal / The Brewery
26 Feb / Lincoln / Lincoln Drill Hall
02 Mar / Cambridge / Junction
03 Mar / Ipswich / The Baths
04 Mar / Hastings / The Crypt
05 Mar / Leicester / O2 Academy
13 Apr / Milton Keynes / The Craufurd Arms
14 Apr / Stoke-on-Trent / The Sugarmill
15 Apr / Hebden Bridge / Trades Club
16 Apr / Stockton on Tees / Georgian Theatre
20 Apr / York / The Crescent
21 Apr / Newport / Le Pub
22 Apr / Portsmouth / Wedgewood Rooms
23 Apr / Hertford / Hertford Corn Exchange

US SHOWS:

11 Mar / Brooklyn / St Vitus
15–18 Mar / Austin / SXS
21 Mar / Los Angeles / Zebulon 

(Tickets for Brooklyn and LA shows go on sale from Friday November 4th)

All tickets via Pigsx7.com

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Press Release:

“I’ve always liked the quote: “Sleep, those little slices of death - how I loathe them.”

So reckons Matt Baty of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, vocalist and lyricist of a band as comfortable wading through the darker quarters of their subconscious as they are punishing ampstacks.

Whether dwelling in the realm of dreams or nightmares, the primordial drive of the Newcastle-based band is more powerful than ever. Land Of Sleeper, their fourth record in a decade of riot and rancour, is testimony to this: the sound of a band not so much reinvigorated as channelling a furious energy, which only appears to gather momentum as the band’s surroundings spin on their axis.

"Shouting about themes of existential dread comes very naturally to me, and I think because I'm aware of that in the past I've tried to rein that in a little" reckons Matt. "There's definitely moments on this album where I took my gloves off and surrendered to that urge."

Whether this means Pigs, a band once associated with reckless excess, have taken a darker turn to match the dystopian realm of the 2022 everyday, is open to debate. The band themselves aren't necessarily convinced; "Sobriety does funny things to a man" reckons guitarist Adam Ian Sykes wryly.

"I know from my perspective, I was trying to write some much heavier and darker music" says guitarist and producer Sam Grant. "But this was an aim more as a counterpoint to earlier material, as opposed to any sort of political or social commentary. I still very much see these heavier moments as musically euphoric, and emotionally cut loose or liberating."

"For obvious reasons, the anticipation for the writing of Land of Sleeper was unlike anything we’d felt before" Adam adds. "These sessions were an almost religious experience for me. It felt like we were working in unison, connected to some unknowable hive mind."

The intensity of feeling is writ large right from the pulverising drive of opener 'Ultimate Hammer', and its rallying cry "I keep spinning out, what a time to be alive". Yet, whilst 'Terror's Pillow' and 'Big Rig' are rich with the band's trademark Sabbathian power, there's scope this time around that supercedes anything they've previously attempted. Matt's duet with the traditional folk vocals of Cath Tyler on the closing lament 'Ball Lightning', for example, is one particularly potent illustration of their expanded horizons.

In terms of emotional impact, a pinnacle on Land Of Sleeper is 'The Weatherman'. Replete with devotional rapture and radiant intensity, the band's attack slowed down to a mantric and mesmeric crawl, it marks a collaboration with the ululatory tones of Bonnacons Of Doom vocalist Kate Smith and a choir including Richard Dawson and Sally Pilikington. The resulting tumult constitutes a sound not unlike The Stooges ‘We Will Fall', reinvented and adrenalised as an invigorating sermon for the zeitgeist.

"This one presented an opportunity for me to do something completely unbridled. I wanted to surrender to the weight of the song, so the lyrics came about in much the same way I imagine a frenzied artist might throw paint at a canvas." relates Matt "I just wanted the lyrics to present an uncontrollable energy."

For all that the last few years have seen Pigs' stature rise in the wake of triumphant festival slots and sold-out venues alike, this remains a band, consummated by bassist John-Michael Hedley and returning drummer Ewan Mackenzie, who are fundamentally incapable of tailoring their sound to a prospective audience, instead standing alone and impervious as a monument of catharsis. 

"Writing and playing music is often surprising and revealing, it can be like holding up a mirror and seeing things you didn't expect to see" reckons Mackenzie. "For me, the darker tracks on the record hold in common a determination not to lose faith, despite the odds."

The better to unite slumber and waking, Land Of Sleeper is no less than an act of transcendence for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - new anthems to elucidate a world sleepwalking to oblivion. 


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31 Oct 2022

Rocket Probes – October 2022 playlist



Goat – Do The Dance
(Always wanted a track sounded like like KOTWF era Adam and the Ants on Rocket)
Goat 

Shit and Shine – Cocoa Leaves
(Drug music)
Shit and Shine

Tomaga – Dub Divers
(Missed this track on release)
Tomaga

Cyril Cyril – Les Gens
(French Can vibes from 'Elsewhere VXIII' artist) 
Cyril Cyril

Sage Alyte – Paume de pierre
(Duo featuring Roxane Métayer and David Jarrín Zabala)
Sage Alyte

Polexia! – A Burial, A Resurrection
(Electro sounds from Liverpool)
Polexia!

Turn On – Turn On
(Old Stereolab jams that are well worth a revisit)
Turn On

Vox Populi – Alternatif Réalisme
(Atmospheric mastery )
Vox Populi

Valentina Magaletti & Julian Sartorius – Sulla Pelle
(Rhythm makers)
Valentina Magaletti & Julian Sartorius

Catharsis – 32 Mars
(French sounds from '72)
Catharsis

Harmonious Thelonious – Rendezvous of the Dead
(Addictive repetitions)
Harmonious Thelonious

Barry Vorzon – Theme From Warriors
(Can you dig it!)
Barry Vorzon

PCR – Myths of Seduction and Betrayal
(Dark 80s electronics)
PCR

Lucrecia Dalt – Dicen
(Hazy pop sounds)
Lucrecia Dalt

Celtic Frost – Necromantical Screams
(More Frost)
Celtic Frost

Dali Muru & The Polyphonic Swarm – Shapeshifting
(Great building groove)
Dali Muru & The Polyphonic Swarm

Breakfast Special – Bought & Sold
(Great banjo breakdown)
Breakfast Special

Aadm Our Hatley – I Bet You Didn't, I Bet You Won't
(Cheers to Craig Clouse for turning us on to these Texan jams)
Aadm Our Hatley

Laurent Tribault – La Caravane De L'oubli
(More great 70s sounds from France)
Laurent Tribault

Crack Cloud – Criminal
(Good track!)
Crack Cloud

Hümu Uktu – Ataxia
(Foreboding  electronic sounds)
Hümu Uktu

France – Occitanie
(Old France...love this band)
France

Naafi Sandwich - Slice 2
(Nice one Jimmy for bringing this to our attention!)
Naafi Sandwich

Pharaoh Sanders – Thembi
(Rest In Power)
Pharaoh Sanders

Listen/follow our updated monthly spotify Rocket Probes playlist:


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28 Oct 2022

Shit & Shine's latest album on Rocket – 'New Confusion' is released today


"Sheer brilliance." The Quietus

"Start throwing some shapes." Loud and Quiet

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A new $hit & $hine album is always a cause for celebration, and with this latest record  'New Confusion' being released today it is now time for one helluva party!

'New Confusion' is available to buy on ltd edition 'Blue Vinyl and luxurious 'Gold Mirrorboard' sleeve from the Bandcamp link below or from your local record shop:

Bandcamp

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The nine abject and glorious meditations that make up 'New Confusion' exist in an alternate dimension whereby a loop-driven exploratory framework is joyridden with alacrity offroad by a moonshine-swigging convict, a zone whereby aural scrap metal is alchemically transformed into gleaming, abstract and intimidating structures and sculptures anew. 

Yet thankfully, as always in this absurdist and electrifying realm, they’re notable for offering a different vision from the third eye whenever they make themselves manifest. What’s more, with 'New Confusion' they’ve usurped their own outré paradigms yet again, resulting in a demented heat-haze panorama of delirious beat-driven abandon and elucidated neural pathways.

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See Shit & Shine on tour on 2023:

Feb 22 / Punctum / Prague
Feb 23 / Combo / Milan
Feb 24 / Buda Brussels
Feb 25 / Container City / Stuttgart
Feb 28 / Sonic Ballroom / Cologne
Mar 2 / L'Embobineuse / Marseille
Mar 3 / Askip / Nantes
Apr 27-28 / Cafe Oto / London

If you would like to book the band around these dates, please contact us or the band direct!

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21 Oct 2022

Goat's 'Oh Death' is released today



"Goat's best Album." Classic Rock

"An intense, fuzz-driven piece of psychedelic funk." Clash Magazine

"This is fuckin' great, go buy it." Shindig

"Seductive allure and psychedelic delirium." Uncut

"Goat has really outdone themselves this time and made their best album yet."
Sleeping Shamen


Today sees the day when Goat release their first album in 6 years – we are so excited for Oh Death to be unleashed onto you all. It is a beat of an album!

Both the 'Oh Death' LP and CD comes housed in a gatefold sleeve adorned with eye-popping artwork.

The LP is available to preorder on  Ltd 'Harmonious Green' vinyl via here:

Bandcamp

You can also pick-up 'Oh Death' on ltd 'Cloudberry Swirl', 'Acid Orange' and 'Blackened Black' versions from your favourite record shops.

And finally, our good friends over at Levitation have their own exclusive version too – so US fans should snap them up fast!

See GOAT perform at one of their legendary high octane shows:

November 8 / Hamburg / Knust
November 9 / Cologne / Kulturkirche
November 10 / Liége / Reflektor
November 11 / Kortrijk / Sonic City Festival
November 12 / Utrecht / Le Guess Who Festival
November 14 / Berlin / Festsaal Kreuzber
January 25 / Oslo / Rockefeller
January 26 / Malmö / Plan B
January 27 / Stockholm / Slaktkyrkan



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20 Oct 2022

Watch Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs perform brand new track live in Blank Studio's – plus the band announce UK tour

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have just revealed footage of them playing a brand new track called 'Terror's Pillow' live in their spiritual home of Blank Studios.

Immerse yourselves in all its heavy sonics and projection drenched majesty above.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have also announced a UK tour for February to April: 

23 Feb / Gateshead / The Sage
24 Feb / Edinburgh / The Liquid Rooms
25 Feb / Kendal / The Brewery
26 Feb / Lincoln / Lincoln Drill Hall
02 Mar / Cambridge / Junction
03 Mar / Ipswich / The Baths
04 Mar / Hastings / The Crypt
05 Mar / Leicester / O2 Academy
13 Apr / Milton Keynes / The Craufurd Arms
14 Apr / Stoke-on-Trent / The Sugarmill
15 Apr / Hebden Bridge / Trades Club
16 Apr / Stockton on Tees / Georgian Theatre
20 Apr / York / The Crescent
21 Apr / Newport / Le Pub
22 Apr / Portsmouth / Wedgewood Rooms
23 Apr / Hertford / Hertford Corn Exchange

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday 21 Oct.

And don't for get to tune into BBC 6 Music tonight at 7pm when the band will be performing live on the Marc Riley's show.


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19 Oct 2022

$hit & $hine releases 'Cocoa Leaves' – the second single from forthcoming new album

Last month $hit & $hine revealed a new album to be released on 28 October called 'New Confusion' with the ‘Hallogallo’-in-hell' track 'Annoyed'.

We are now happy to drop a second track from the album, the psychedelic yacht rock of 'Cocoa Leaves'. Listen above.

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'New Confusion' is available to preorder on ltd edition 'Blue Vinyl and luxurious 'Gold Mirrorboard sleeve from the Bandcamp link below or from your local record shop:

Bandcamp

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The nine abject and glorious meditations that make up 'New Confusion' exist in an alternate dimension whereby a loop-driven exploratory framework is joyridden with alacrity offroad by a moonshine-swigging convict, a zone whereby aural scrap metal is alchemically transformed into gleaming, abstract and intimidating structures and sculptures anew. 

Yet thankfully, as always in this absurdist and electrifying realm, they’re notable for offering a different vision from the third eye whenever they make themselves manifest. What’s more, with 'New Confusion' $hit & $hine have usurped their own outré paradigms yet again, resulting in a demented heat-haze panorama of delirious beat-driven abandon and elucidated neural pathways.

$hit & $hine are currently booking European shows for a spring tour next year. If you are interested in booking them please drop us or the band a line.



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