30 Sept 2014

Rocket Probes September Playlist

Dwellings and Druss – Level 3
(Chris and Paddy from Gnod take you on a repetitive journey...on the great Tresmat!)

Esben and the Witch – A New Nature
(Nice new album of proggy, noisey, fuzzy, droning pop...featuring the masterful trumpet playing of Teeth of the Sea's Sam Barton)
Esben and the Witch

Witch – Erotic Delight
(Late but great Witch)

Oscillation – Fall EP
(Nice krauty psyched out post punk grooves, plus an Emperor Machine mix)

Various ‎– WYWH
(Another melting pot of outsider psychkrautelecto weirdness from the fine crate diggers Light Sounds Dark)

Naafi Sandwich – Slice 2
(Once again the Prophh Sound System uncovers more stunning forgotten gems)
Naafi Sandwich

Joakím Skogsberg – Offer Rota
(Track from Goats Rough Trade mix, just love this so much)
Joakim Skogsberg

Arthur Russell – Platforms on the Ocean
(Fuzz Cello....don’t need to say anything more)
Arthur Russell

Fred Wesley & The JB's – Blow Your Head
(Just for the keyboard sound alone....a track sampled by Hijack back in the day)
Fred Wesley

Popol Vuh – Aguirre
(Soundtrack to Herzog's ‘The Wrath of God’, Dave from Flying Saucer Attack was always trying to get us to check them out, it only took 20 years.)


Backseat Mafia reviews Transmissions from the Outer Realms at Liverpool Psych Fest

Photo of Rocket's Johnny O's visuals during Teeth of the Sea

Here are the extracts from the Rocket shows (though no Goat review):

Lay Llamas
Next up on the Camp stage were the Lay Llamas. I must admit that since finding out they were playing this year’s festival I had struggled to get into them. However, about a month ago, I found myself listening to their album ‘Ostro’ and everything seemed to suddenly click into place, and I now find their music to be relaxing and thoughtful – it definitely takes a few listens before the challenge also kicks in. Live the band were brilliantly exciting as they pounded out a high tempo set full of deep grooves, fascinating asides and interesting diversions. If that sounds a bit strange what I am trying to convey is that the set would have been a huge success with the beats alone, that there was so much more going on here is testament to a band who I am sure will take us to some very interesting places in the coming years – another winner from Rocket Recordings.

Here’s a warning for those of a nervous disposition, never go and see Anthroprophh live! This assault, there’s no other word for it, was as loud and intense as anything I’ve witnessed. It was thrilling, visceral, mind blowing; and yet also had nuance to it. Playing mainly tracks from the brilliant new album ‘Outside The Circle‘ the trio, comprising former ‘Head’ Paul Allen and fellow Bristolian duo The Big Naturals (Gareth Turner, bass/ electronics and Jesse Webb, drums), invaded our very souls with a performance which was both raw and complex. There was no escape from this sonic attack which was relentless and utterly invigorating and by the end I felt exhausted and yet strangely cleansed. If you like your music loud, heavy and intelligent go and check Anthroprophh out, you won’t be disappointed.

Hills were another of my must sees at this Festival. On record the band seem to straddle the divide between melodic song structures and more dissonant Krautrock improvisations with comfort and ease. This was something which was replicated with this live performance consisting of a series of 10 minute plus jams which explored many areas of music, but never lost its way. It was one of those sets which seemed to build in intensity, taking the audience to increasingly deep psychedelic experiences, providing the backdrop to explore and reflect. The light show, which my photos hardly do justice to, was, like most of the bands who occupied the Camp stage on this amazing night, stunning. A brilliant visual, aural and existential experience.

Teeth of the Sea
Of all the Rocket Recordings artists who played the Camp stage Teeth of the Sea were perhaps the ones I least expected to like. I have the band’s ‘Master’ album, which for me is on the edge of accessibility. As a result I thought that the band might be too abstract for my taste. What I experienced, however, was my performance of the Festival. Beginning with a single brass horn being sampled and repeated, the band proceeded to add layer upon layer of instrumentation building the intensity of the music while also adding the sort of beats that defied the audience to keep still. This was a performance that I found both exciting and, in places, intensely moving in a way that one rarely gets in this form of live music. This was aided by a visual show which was at times ostentatious, and at others bleak and disturbing. Good music can challenge, but it can also entertain. For me Teeth of the Sea did both in spades. No superlative would be adequate!

From the moment GNOD (excitingly with White Hills’ Dave W also on stage) hit the go button the packed Camp knew we were in for something special. This collective may be unpredictable in terms of who is on stage on any one night but this was a truly momentous performance of really exciting and visceral improvisations which took the audience to high after high after high. GNOD were in the mood to party and party hard. Hard and heavy as the beats, jazz improvs, repetitive drones and guitar attacks came in wave after wave of sonic attacks which at the same time gave us energy and sapped our resistance to impediment. It was a huge feel good performance at a time when we had been though huge slabs of intensity earlier in the evening. Inspired and inspirational!

See the full piece here: Backseat Mafia 


Evil Blizzard & Anthroprophh gig October 11th at the Red Gallery

After a storming set supporting Teeth of the Sea at Electrowerkz, a headline show at The Lexington, smashing Raw Power over the weekend, finding themselves on the front page of The Guardian & with a feature in Kerrang, Baba Yaga’s Hut are very excited to welcome the return of EVIL BLIZZARD at The Red Gallery on October 11th.

Support comes from ANTHROPROPHH, who after witnessing their amazing performance at Liverpool Psych Fest this weekend, you'd be stupid to miss this line up.

Extra support also comes from Snack Family. 

and Baba Yaga's Hut / Chris 'Rocket/Nothing Is' DJ's.

For more info Facebook

Tickets: here


Goat play ‘No Thyself’ secret artspace gig in Birmingham tonight!


Drawing from thousands of years of history and culture, hundreds of years of artistic expression and decades of experience in the study, practice, execution and exhibition of the arts. The experience is the sum of many parts – 
There is no thy self, only synergy.

Acclaimed artist Glenn Anderson and Green Street Arts Collective embark upon a remarkable collaborative project. Featuring – The midlands graffiti veteran Chu. Lighting and visual artist Liam d'Authreau and Swedish band, the theatrical sound artists known as 'GOAT'. With support from Beware Soul Brother & The Midland Sound Professors. 

Post event, viewers are invited to share the experience online at www.nothyself.co.uk. The public are enabled to view the installation via an interactive 360° image.

Mystery, legend and folk law - Sound, light and spirit.

Glenn, Chu & Liam will spend a month constructing an installation, utilising a variety of found and recycled materials, artistic techniques and technologies. ‘GOAT’ with support, will bring the space to life.

Painting - Sculpture - Music - Dance - Design - 3D Projection Mapping - mobile 360°.


All culminating in a truly unmissable one off event.

Read more here


29 Sept 2014

Goat London after show party announced

That is right, straight after their performance at the Roundhouse the party will continue just over the road in the Lock Tavern with a party we are putting on with PNKSLM. 

Teeth of the Sea will be DJ'ing and a special secret Swedish band will be playing live.


25 Sept 2014

Terrascope Playlist - Autumn 2014 featuring Lay Llamas

Terrascope online have done a Soundcloud mix of stuff they’ve reviewed between the months of July and September 2014. 

Listen to the Terrascope Playlist - Autumn 2014 featuring Lay Llamas here


Hey Colossus, Part Chimp and Pohl play Bristol's Exchange

Cacophonous Sarcophagus & Fat Paul present Part Chimp, Hey Colossus, Sex Swing and POHLFriday 3rd of October live at Bristol’s Exchange.

This will be an amazing event with all 4 of the bands at the top of their game, so not to be missed.

For more information: Facebook / Exchange

Tickets: Cacosarco Tickets


24 Sept 2014

Shit and Shine European tour

Our favourite Texans are back over for more shows and have given us this little video to share with you.

> 15 oct corsica studios- london uk
> 18 oct het bos- antwerp belgium
> 20 oct sonic ballroom- cologne germany
> 21 oct brut -vienna austria
> 22 oct stadtwerkstatt -linz austria
> 24 oct elevate festival- graz austria
> 25 oct ut connewitz- leipzig germany
> 27 oct shokoladen -berlin germany
> 29 oct chemiefabrik -dresden germany
> 30 oct magasin 4- brussels belgium
> 31 oct jonosh- heusden gem asten holland

See you at the Corsica!!


Anthroprophh live – the Golden Cabinet - Shipley

Here is a great little teaser for Anthroprophh's show in Shipley on November 1st.

It is going to be a killer show as the band are on fire at them moment and have become one of the best live psych bands out there in our view.

Fry your mind and get tickets and from here: Golden Cabinet


23 Sept 2014

Dave W from White Hills ‘Dropout’ collaboration with GNOD at Liverpool Psych Festival

Dave W from White Hills will resume his infamous ‘Dropout’ collaboration by joining GNOD onstage at Liverpool Psych Festival.

These two titans of heavy psych who went head to head on Rocket classic, GNOD Dropout with White Hills II will be playing on the Saturday, performing together on Rocket's 'Transmission From Outer Realms’ stage.


Echoes & Dust Liverpool Psych Fest 2014 Preview – Rocket Recordings Interview

The good people of Echoes and Dust have published a series of Liverpool Psych Fest 2014 Previews, the third in these series is and interview with us at Rocket Recordings.

'And so we come to part 3 of our Liverpool Psych Fest preview and where do we head next? Well, one label at the forefront of the psych movement happen to have a showcase at the festival. It’s a label of legend in psych circles and the bands on their roster form an integral part of your experience at this years event. Let’s meet up with Chris and John from Rocket Recordings and see what they have to say for themselves…'

Read the whole article: here


22 Sept 2014

Exclusive Liverpool Psych Fest 12" including exclusive Goat track

The great people at Liverpool Psych Fest have put together a special 12" to be sold at the festival on the weekend.

The 12" contains an unreleased mix of Goat's Run to your mama. We don't mean a remix, this is a different recording of the track to the one that appeared on the LP World Music. 

The full title of the track is called:

Run to your Mama (Glockmix)

This will no doubt sell out on the weekend, so if you want a copy, you will have to come to the festival or pay stupid ebay prices!

Find out more about the release here: Liverpool Psych Fest


Goat - 'Commune' Launched Today

The wait is over.

Goat's second album Commune is out today.


“Splendid second studio set from Sweden’s hardest-rocking ritualist ruminants” 

“The African elements consistently elevate Commune to a higher, fierier plane”

“A follow-up record that oozes with a confident, natural progression and succeeds in being both a continuation and evolution of ‘World Music’”
Loud & Quiet

"Commune is a truly artistic statement."
The Quietus


We have some Ltd gold vinyl LP's you can buy from us direct: Rocket Bandcamp

PLEASE NOTE: These won't ship until AFTER the Goat / Lay Llamas tour, so week commencing October 5th.

Or you can get the Ltd splatter vinyls from all good indie record shops from today.


21 Sept 2014

BackSeat Mafia reviews Anthroprophh


This Autumn is turning out to be a pretty exciting time for psych fans with a whole slew of new albums coming out. Of these one of my more anticipated releases is the second album from Anthroprophh, the project from Paul Allen of brilliant Bristol psych noise band The Heads. I have been looking forward to hearing it because, while the first eponymously titled album was very good I had heard an even more promising direction from the recent Cardinal Fuzz 12” release, ‘Precession’/ ‘Ebbe’, which showcased Allen’s collaboration with fellow Bristolians Big Naturals. For me these tracks were fuller and more interesting than the originals and suggested that something quite inspired might emerge through this meeting of these massive sound minds.

It has.

Outside The Circle is a monumental album: monumental because of the massive ritualistic sounds that pervade it, such as on ‘Albrechtdron’ and ‘See’. If it was a structure it would be a dark monolith which at first sight seems impenetrable but, as the layers are excavated, huge tracts of meaning are revealed...

Read the full review here: Backseat Mafia


Goat live at Incubate – footage and review

Here's some footage of yesterdays stunning Goat show at Incubate where they closed the festival in style!!

Also here is a great review from Skyline Reviews:

Fanboy-mode was switched on as we were told to wait on the stairs of Midi. As soon as the doors opened, the 1000 capacity venue was filled within minutes. Yes, this band is huge right now. Yes, they will play main stages of major festivals in 2015 and bring new hope within all the generic radio-friendly bullshit. Yes, they are retro as hell. But how could they not be, since Goat basically reincarnates music which is a thousand years old?

It’s not an excuse, mind you. There are always limitations to what a band playing 70′s psychedelic funk/afrobeat can do. BUT. Goat have evolved. No more saxophone or organ this time. This version of the band is far more ‘Roadburn’ than ‘World Music’. And indeed, just like their debut, ‘Commune’ only truly starts making sense when performed live. Goat is now a band that can fill 90 minutes at a rapid pace, melting songs into each other to the delight of the dancing, sweating and mesmerized crowd.

The dancing, jumping and hypnotizing singers bring a spectacular performance completely free of sexist oppression which so often plagues female artists in music. The band is so absolutely brilliant, compounded by Midi’s perfect sound: those cymbals, those wah-wah pedals, DAT BASS! Literally nothing can go wrong with this celebration of pure music. Goat is originally from northern Sweden. Once you visit that part of the world (preferably in a car), ‘Commune’ can be understood perfectly as an album that basically expresses the grand open spaces and the insignificance of humans therein. This band doesn’t only produce something timeless and utterly addictive, it also throws you into a world of mysticism. A world in which we still cannot grasp the full extent of what is exactly going on around us. Watching Goat is nothing more and nothing less than the vicarious experience of that mystery. This is so powerful that it is inevitable for this band to become absolutely huge. As long as they keep doing exactly what they do, this is only to be celebrated.

See more reviews from Incubate here: Skyline Reviews


Adventures in Soundscapes Interview Rocket Recordings

Rocket fans Adventures in Soundscapes have run an interview with us at Rocket Recordings.

'Rocket Recordings have introduced me to so many sounds over the last few years that have taken me far into the musical aether. From Collisions volume 1 (my first introduction to the label) to the recent releases from Goat and Anthroprophh the label has assembled an amazing back catalogue. It was great of Chris and John to take the time to answer my questions and tell us more about the label.'

Read the whole interview here


19 Sept 2014

Goats first European tour starts today!

That is right, Goat's first date of their tour starts today.

This is looking like it is going to be a legendary tour, so miss it and forever regret it!

19 September
Copenhagen (DK)

20 September
Tilburg (NL)

21 September 
Brussels (B)
Ancienne Belgique

23 September
Berlin (D)

24 September
Munich (D)

25 September
Paris (F)

27 September
Liverpool (UK)
Liverpool Psych Festival

28  September
Glasgow (UK)
(Support from Lay Llamas)

29  September
Newcastle (UK)
Northumbria University
(Support from Lay Llamas)

01 October
Brighton (UK)
Concorde 2
(Support from Lay Llamas)

02 October 
Bristol (UK)
Trinity Centre
(Support from Lay Llamas)

03 October
London (UK)
(Support from Lay Llamas)


Lay Llamas - Ostro gets a re-press on yellow vinyl.

Lay Llamas – Ostro
Ltd LP / CD / DL

Ostro is the debut album by Italian band Lay Llamas and we are extremely excited to grab the first glimpse  of this amazing yellow vinyl for the re-press.

The band will be touring the UK with Goat in the coming weeks.

27th September - Liverpool Psych Fest
28th September - Glasgow, SWG3
29th September - Newcastle, Northumbria University
1st October - Brighton, Concorde
2nd October - Bristol, Trinity Centre
3rd October - London Roundhouse

Watch the video of the track 'We are You' here


18 Sept 2014

Mind Over Matter: The Quietus' Survey Of European Psychedelia featuring Rocket Bands

In their latest extended list feature, the Quietus staff and writers select a mighty list of the best, brightest and weirdest psychedelic music currently emerging from Europe. 

Rocket bands GNOD, Goat, Anthroprophh and Teeth of the Sea are all included and you can catch them all playing live at Rocket's 'Transmissions from the Outer Realms’ stage at this years Liverpool Psych Festival.

Weekend and day tickets can be bought from here: Liverpool Psych Fest

Read the full list of chosen bands here


17 Sept 2014

In the Cockpit With Rocket Recordings – a psych symposium at Liverpool Psych Fest

Not only are we curating 'Transmissions from the Outer Realms' at Liverpool Psych Fest. John, Chris and Jimmy from Teeth of the Sea are also taking part in a 'psych symposium' on the Saturday of the festival.

The details of this discussion are as follows:

In the Cockpit With Rocket Recordings / 1.30PM
Rocket Recordings land their ‘Transmissions From The Outer Realms’ curation at Liverpool Psych Fest this year, but have been releasing psych-infused outsider music since their unlikely inception in 1998. With releases by the likes of Teeth Of The Sea, Gnod, Cherrystones, The Heads, Shit & Shine and Goat peppering their 15 year history, what is it that makes label bosses Chris Reeder and Johnny O keep going? What is it about the perilous nature of issuing marvellous head music that makes them tick? And, from an artist’s perspective, what is the experience of being part of the dysfunctional Rocket family really like?

For this session, Rocket Recording’s Chris Reeder and Johnny O will be joined by Teeth Of The Sea’s Jimmy Martin, hoping to navigate the label’s past and give us an insight into Rocket’s future.

Christopher Torpey (Bido Lito! Magazine) - Chair
Chris Reeder (Rocket Recordings)
Johnny O (Rocket Recordings) 
Jimmy Martin (Teeth Of The Sea)

We will no doubt be extremely hungover , so if you want to hear some mumblings about Rocket, come along.

Not only that Nicola from Lay Llamas wil be involved in another discussion about the current Italian occults psych scene entitled:

Dark Arts Of The Eternal City / 4.30 pm
Joseph Stannard (The Wire) - chair 
Nicola Giunta (Lay Llamas)

In the meantime, read what the Quietus have to say about it here: The Quietus


What Does Psychedelia Mean In 2014? By John Doran (The Quietus) featuring Rocket bands.

Optrex For Your Third Eye: What Does Psychedelia Mean In 2014? 

John Doran from The Quietus wonders if there are any rules as to what makes a modern song psychedelic, or is it simply in the (third) eye of the beholder? 

With Spotify list of mind-warping office favourites from the history of The Quietus featuring Rocket's own GNOD/White Hills 'Drop out' and Teeth of the Sea 'A.C.R.O.N.Y.M'.

Read the whole thing here


15 Sept 2014

First Listen: GOAT, ‘Commune’ on NPR Music

First Listen: GOAT, ‘Commune’ on NPR Music

'If someone said that the band GOAT took its name from the initials for "Get Out A Tambourine," it'd be easy to believe. The Swedish collective makes irresistible trance/dance music that doubles as hypnotic hippie hoodoo. GOAT captures the spirit of the '60s in its guitar meanderings and acid tones; its rhythms feel inspired by rave culture and electronic music, but are made with hands instead of machines. Oh, and the band members wear masks, hit cowbells, and sing in unison a lot.'

'Commune, GOAT's second album, balances all that joy with the darkness of krautrock: The band Can and its minimalist excursions come to mind, but then there are also moments that would fit comfortably as an artifact from the first psychedelic era circa 1968. The song titles onCommune ("Talk To God," "Goatchild," "Goatslaves," "Gathering Of Ancient Tribes") tell a story, even when it's hard to make out the words. Throughout, the album's strong, clear vibe positively calls out for listeners to don face paint and grab a cowbell — or even a tambourine.'

You can listen to the whole album here: www.npr.org


Stuart Maconie's Freakier Zone discusses Anthroprophh’s new album ‘Outside the Circle’ on BBC6 Music

Stuart Maconie’s Freakzone show discusses some of the best forthcoming releases in experimental music with Radio 3's Nick Luscombe and Justin Watson from Front & Follow.  

A track from Anthroprophh’s new album ‘Outside the Circle’ features on their roundtable discussion.

Listen here


Anthroprophh – Outside the Circle is released today

The new album by Anthroprophh 'Outside the Circle’ (Launch071) is available worldwide from today.


Agitation Free///Pekka Airaksinen///Airway///Albrecht/d///Alcatraz

Times have changed since the days when arcane aural wisdom was passed down from disciple to disciple by word of mouth, in dusty record stores littered with inexpensive stacks of second-hand wax and via late-night post-pub sessions in which eager obscurists would brandish their latest esoteric discoveries through a booze and smoke-addled haze. The 'Nurse With Wound list' may have been replaced in popular consciousness by a binary blizzard of Spotify playlists and MP3 files. Yet the idealistic vision of the true psychedelic obsessive still stands proud, a monolith impervious to all adversity and compromise. 

The Deep Freeze Mice////Dharma Quintet///Dies Irae///Dome///Doo-Dooettes

Moreover, in an era where the word 'psych' itself is fast being overused to the point of meaninglessness, there are certain seers who can always be relied upon to brandish an artistic insight into third-eye salvation that departs from its obsessive origins to offer trashed transcendence above and beyond the physical form. One such is Paul 'Prof' Allen, the mastermind of Anthroprophh, whose second album 'Outside The Circle' is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in, around and at all points of the eternal amplified axe-worship continuum.

Heratius///Hero///Juan Hidalgo///Hugh Hopper///Horde Catalytique Pour La Fin///Horrific Child

Anthroprophh began in earnest after 'Prof's departure from Bristolian cult The Heads, in whose auspices he had made a number of head-spinning records that surfed a haphazard psychic spiral from an overflowing ashtray to the stars. Yet 'Outside The Circle', the second album from the trio he formed with the Big Naturals duo of Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb, sees him steadfastly affirming his own wayward path through a vivid aural terrain of garage-birthed gnarl, FX pedal euphoria and inhospitable drone-vortexes. At times startling, at others darkly comic, and at all times assaulting the unsuspecting freak unawares, it's a treasure trove of titanic wig-outand blissful trance states.

Maschine Nr. 9///Mate and Vallancien///Costin Miereanu///Min Bul///Mnemonists

Whilst 'Outside The Circle' bears a plentiful amount of stylistic hallmarks gleaned from 'Prof's years inhabiting the record-racks and small-hours listening sessions of yore himself, its inherent beauty centres on the fact that this is no slavish retrogressive pastiche, and no tribute to glories past, rather the sound of an irreverent master bearing down on enlightenment anew. From the sci-fi doom-out of the appropriately-titled 'Space Box Zonk Machine' to the unnerving primitive electronica of 'Gottmelt', and from the kraut-fried whirl-y-gig of the title track via the deadpan Deviants-style 'Dead Man On The Scene' to the early-Monster Magnet-damaged finale 'See', no sacred stone is left unturned here. Yet at all times 'Prof''s guitar rages through the ether, all banshee howls and fiery tumult; a kaleidoscopic union between Helios Creed and the Velvet Underground of 'I Heard Her Call My Name'.

Secret Oyster///Seeselberg///Selten Gehörte Musik///Semool///Sonny Sharrock

'Outside The Circle' resides at a moment whereby fifty years of psychedelic culture and esoteric art messily collide and morph into an ornery and intimidating new elixir. Moreover, with 'Prof's credentials bolstered by the force of his band, and the sheer wealth of imagination he deploys in unassuming fashion readily apparent, this latest missive is manna for freaks of every stripe. From Terry-Nutkins-alikes to fresh-faced ingenues, few can remain impervious to this peerless display of frontier-destroying, mind-melting malevolence.

Ladies and gentlemen, witness a new monolith.

Ya Ho Wha 13///La Monte Young///Frank Zappa///ZNR///Zweistein


12 Sept 2014

Introducing Goatology – A member of the collective discusses the meaning of Goat

It´s very seldom a member of the collective communicate in any other way than through music but in the upcoming chronicle Goatology we will dive deeper in the mysteries behind Goat, we present to you Goatology pt.1 - enjoy!

Preorder one of our special bundles of the new album here: Commune


11 Sept 2014

The Quietus stream Anthroprophh 'Outside the Circle'

The good people at the The Quietus have been kind enough to stream the forthcoming Anthroprophh 'Outside the Circle' album in it's entirety.

The album will be released on the 15th September in all good record shops and the vinyl version comes in as an amazing limited grey vinyl gatefold with insert.

Anthroprophh will be playing the Liverpool Psych Festival and Paul from the band will be back with The Heads for their residency at Roadburn 2015

Listen to The Quietus stream here


10 Sept 2014

Exclusive Rocket CD free with latest issue of Shindig!

The latest issue of Shindig! magazine that is out tomorrow comes with a free Rocket CD (Launch067) as well lot's of interviews and features on all the Rocket bands playing The Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia

The CD that is titled:


The CD contains lots of old and new music carefully collected by our 'Nothing is' comrade Cherrystones.

Also free with the latest issue is the second Reverberate Magazine - featuring many of the acts playing The Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia this 26 - 27 September, including GOAT, HILLS, TEETH OF THE SEA etc