17 Aug 2018

Line of the Best Fit give GNOD's Chapel Perilous a 8.5/10 review


They say:

Gnod have never felt more vital than on Chapel Perilous

For those that have been following the band for some time, thinking about Gnod as a static concept is a genuine struggle. Members have dropped in and out, and their progression as a band has been that of constant evolution, mutating from one post-rock/hardcore record to the next.

The Salford act’s release last year, Just Say No The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine, was a genuine feat, highly charged with political fury, and is widely considered their magnum opus. Tracks such as ‘’Stick In The Wheel’’ are standout gems in the Gnod songbook, and the album as a whole was a real signal of their intent.

Chapel Perilous, the Salford quartet’s latest release, is a masterclass in going as direct and disturbing as possible over the course of only five tracks. The name itself comes from a book by Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger, referring to a state where the supernatural and the real converge. This meeting of two separate states is clearly reflected in both the recording of the album, comprised during a series of sessions where the band felt free to perform as they wished and so pushed boundaries previously unexplored, as well its haunting outcome...

Read the rest of the review here: LoftBF

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'rock-station.over' gives Anthroprophh's OMEGAVILLE a 9/10 review


They say:

MY SPRING: I had to go back several times to write the name of the Group correctly and I still can not pronounce it the first time but no matter, only the Music is important and at this level, I I was not disappointed by the Trio from Bristol. "Omegaville" is a real UFO Musical, completely barred and totally crazy, without tail or head but in the end, we become completely addict! Moreover, this Punk Punk salad reminds me of the craziest works of the filmmaker Takashi Miike, "Ichi the Killer" and "Visitor Q", totally inaccessible for the common people but of a formidable intensity if we make the effort (a big effort) to take an interest in the artist!  9/10

BEST TITLE: "Housing Act 1980"

Read it here: rock-station.over

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Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation to support Ride


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have been announced to support Ride at Sheffield Plug on 31 August.

Tickets can be bought from here: Ride

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GNOD and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation reissues



We have had a lot of emails from people asking us to repress GNOD's Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's second album Mirage. So we listened and we have!

GNOD – Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
Red and Black striped vinyl
Ltd to: 500 copies

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Mirage
Green and Purple swirl vinyl + different colour inner sleeves
Ltd to 500 copies

They are available now on our Bandcamp and in all good record shops.

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16 Aug 2018

MIEN European and Canadian shows


MIEN are following their jaw-dropping live debut at Austin's Levitation Festival with a string of European live dates:

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

The band have also revealed that they are already working on new music to follow-up this years amazing debut album

You can buy the Ltd edition vinyl or CD of MIEN via the link here or from your local record shop: Bandcamp

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15 Aug 2018

Flowers Must Die to play Helsinki Psych Fest


Flowers Must Die are heading to Finland for the first time and are playing Helsinki Psych Fest

Info and tickets can be found here: Helsinki Psych Fest

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14 Aug 2018

Rough Trade's Label of the Month – pick up your exclusive RKT20 CD compilation 


We are extremely happy to announce that Rocket Recordings will be Rough Trade's 'Label of the Month' from 15 August until 20 September.

We have compiled a ltd edition CD compilation of unreleased, rare and classic tracks from the Rocket library. This CD compilation called RKT20 will be free with every purchase of a Rocket Recordings release in Rough Trades shops in London, Nottingham, Bristol and New York.

See the full tracklist here: RKT20

To celebrate this we are having a series of instore shows:

7th September 
Bonnacons of Doom
+ Gum Takes Tooth
Rough Trade Nottingham
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18th September
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
+ Anthroprophh
Rough Trade Bristol
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20th September 
**Very special guests**
+Teeth of the Sea
+  DJs: Flowers Must Die / Rocket Recordings 
Rough Trade East (London)
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And finally, we have pressed-up a ltd run of GOAT's classic album World Music on picture disc, exclusively available in Rough Trade stores during the campaign.


Visit the Rocket Recordings campaign page to get your hands on the World Music Picture disc and the RK20 compilation. Plus read an exclusive interview with Chris and John:

Rocket Recordings 'Label of the Month' Campaign page: Rough Trade

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Watch Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs perform new track 'Shockmaster' live in Blank Studio via The Quietus – plus band announces European dates


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs return with a new album 'King of Cowards' on 28 September. Watch footage of the band playing a new album track Shockmaster live in their spiritual home of Blank Studios exclusively now via:

The Quietus

The band are heading out to celebrate the launch of 'King of Cowards with the following European shows: 

August 
18 / UK / Arc Tangent Festival / Compton Martin

September 
11 / PT / Lisbon / Galeria ZDB
12 / PT / Maus / Habitos
13 / PT / Braganca / Vitoria Pub
14 / ES / Oviedo / La Lata de Zinc
15 / ES / Madrid / GetMad Festival
27 / UK / Newcastle / Star & Shadow (Album Launch)
28 / UK / London / Moth Club (Album Launch)

October
19 / LV / Durbe / Zemlika Festival
25 / UK / Stockton On Tees / Georgian Theatre 
26 / UK / Manchester / Star and Garter
27 / UK / Reading / South Street
30 / UK / Margate / Tom Thum Theatre  
31 / FR / Le Havre / Mc Daid’s

November 
01 / FR / Paris / Olympic Café
02 / FR / Nantes / Soy Festival
03 / BE / Liege / La Zone
04 / DE / Tubingen / Hausbar Münzgasse
06 / NL / Den Haag / Paard
07 / DE / Hamburg / MS Stubnitz
08 / DE / Koln / Museum
09 / NL / Leeuwarden / Asteriks
10 / NL / Eindhoven / Effenaar
22 / UK / Sheffield / Picture House 
23 / UK / Brighton / Hope and Ruin 
24 / UK / Leeds / Temple of Boom 
29 / UK / York / Fulford Arms 
30 / UK / Liverpool / Shipping Forecast

December 
01 / UK / Glasgow / Nice ‘n  Sleazy 

'King of Cowards' is being released on three different versions. You can preorder the ltd 'Green with Envy' version from the bandcamp link below. You will also be able to preorder a ltd 'Pink with Lust' Indie shop exclusive version. And for those who wan't to keep it black, we are doing a ltd ' Black with Wrath' version.

Buy: Bandcamp

Stream: Spotify  Amazon

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9 Aug 2018

Loud and Quiet get excited by GOATMAN


They say:

Here’s a new track by an artist who we still have no idea who it is. We do know that Goatman is the leader of enigmatic Swedish jam band GOAT, but that’s about it. He doesn’t speak often, but when he does, it’s Goatman who speaks for the rest of the band (who might not even have names themselves), and now he’s releasing music away from the group for the first time.

Identity doesn’t really matter because that’s all part of the fun with GOAT. What we do know is that this new track, ‘Jaam Ak Salam’, was recorded at GOAT’s studio in Korpilombolo at the end of last year. There’s also an album – ‘Rhythms’ – coming out on 12 October via Rocket Recordings.

This track is good because it doesn’t really sound like GOAT. Instead it’s like a Ethiopian jazz record rescued from record store obscurity that also channels the sound of James Brown in the late ’60s. It’s a groovy number.

Listen to the track here: Loud and Quiet

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Listen to Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs on Steve Lamacq's Roundtable


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs new track Cake of Light was put under the spotlight on Steve Lamacq's Roundtable show on BBC6 Music.

Listen to how well it went down here: BBC6 Music

And you can still preorder the bands new album King of Cowards on Ltd Green vinyl here: Bandcamp

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Mamuthones' guitarist curates RADIA project


RADIA, a project promoted by Centro d'Arte Padova and curated by our Mamuthones' guitarist, announces an open call addressed to sound artists and composers. Submission is free. A review committee will select the best submitted works to be performed for the last concert of the RADIA season, at Auditorium Pollini in Padua (Italy), next 14th December 2018.

Find out all about it here: RADIA
(english version is below the italian)

And Mamuthones killer album Fear on the Corner can be bought from all good record shops or from here: Bandcamp

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8 Aug 2018

Soundblab 'big-up' Goatman!


They say:

Any Goat related news is good news but if the first track from the debut solo album from Goatman is anything to go by, this could be special. You can listen to Jaam Ak Salam below.

As with all things Goat, we have no idea who Goatman is but his debut album, Rhythms, will be released October 12th via Rocket Recordings. Described as "African Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Gospel and Psych, through Goat filters" Jaam Ak Salam sounds like a 21st century Fela Kuti or something from one of those Strut Records compilations of rare 70s Nigerian Funk.

The album will be available on vinyl and download only, with vinyl coming in a number of options. The limited (to 280 copies) Pale Green / Maroon splatter edition is available to pre-order here: Rocket

See the piece here: Soundblab

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NARC say some words about Bonnacons of Dooms up-and-coming Newcastle show


They say:

BONNACONS OF DOOM @ CLUNY 2
INVENTIVE, CREATIVE NOISE FROM SOME SUPREMELY CREATIVE ARTISTS

Bonnacons of Doom are set to play Cluny 2 on Friday 10th August, with the Newcastle venue welcoming genre-defying, experimental sounds that are intriguingly transcendental.

Were one to try and pigeonhole the sound, then psych rock, repetitive drone and electronic experimentation would be words that sprang to mind, but there’s a revolutionary attitude behind the music that makes for something special. Joined by the folk-influenced, synth sounds of the super talented Nathalie Stern, as well as the fuzzy-fuelled tracks of FRET, this is how to do a Friday night.

Inventive, creative noise from some supremely creative artists, the Cluny 2 has really pulled out an exceptional bill thanks to promoters Wandering Oak.

Bonnacons Of Doom play Cluny, Newcastle on Friday 10th August.

See the piece here: NARC

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Gigwise reviews Goatman track 'Jaam Ak Salam',



They say:

There's a new solo project from one member of the mysterious masked collective, Goat, and the first cut to be made publicly available, 'Jaam Ak Salam', is streaming below.

Out via AIM award nominated indie label Rocket Records, the Fela Kuti-esque track is a joyous summer anthem that'll get any party going.

There's an exciting mass of different percussion instruments all keeping a solid beat, locking in tightly with the bass as spangled, twangy solos, Afrobeat horns, psych-tinged guitar, and a raucous lead vocal, gently distorted to give a vintage tone, sit brilliantly in there, too. The extravagant number of instruments recorded makes for one mesmerising whole.

To our delight, there's more where this came from: the track comes ahead of a full-length studio album, set for release 12 October. The album was recorded in Goat's northern Swedish hometown Korpilombo. Anyone been there?

The six-track album is named Rhythms and each track is said to be an exploration of groove, and promises to veer into gospel, jazz and Spacemen 3-esque drones; to name a few ideas. We're expecting an incredibly diverse album. 

Elsewhere, the brilliant Rocket Recordings label have announced they'll put out the Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album, King of Cowards, on 28 September.  Listen to the track 'Cake Of Light' here. They're decent. Marc Riley's got them in session soon.

Reviewer Andy Hill praises the guitar sound, calling it "galactic in scope".

Read the rest here: Gigwise

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Neolyd say some words about Goatman


They say:

"Goatman" is the name of the first single of the Swedish collective Goat . To be found on their very debut debut "World Music" from 2012. Goatman calls himself but also a member of the aforementioned formation, which will soon release his first solo album ("Rhythms"). As with the mother band, the appearance here remains rather mystical. Even the sound whistles from a similar direction: Psychedelic inspired world music, peppered with jazz, gospel and African sounds.

With "Jaam Ak Salam" there is already a hyperactive forerunner on the ears. As you can easily hear, the goat man is supported in this by the Senegalese singer Seydi Mandoza. And Mandoza is not the only guest on the 6-track album: in addition to the drummer Hanna Östergren (Hills / Träd, Gräs & Stenar), the brass aficionados David Byström and Johan Asplund still have the voices Amanda Werne and Amerykhan contributed to the album. It will be interesting to see what madness Rocket Recordings will release in October.

See the piece here: Neolyd

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Listen to Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs BBC6 Music Session


Last night Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs played 3 tracks on Marc Riley's BBC6 Music show and you can listen in full here: Marc Riley

A fourth track was also recorded and aired on Gideon Coe's show which you can hear here: Gideon Coe

And on other Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs news we are excited to announce the bands track Cake of Light have been added to BBC6 Music playlist!

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Rocket are nominated for an AIM Award


We are humbled to announce we have been nominated in the ‘Best Small Label’ category at this years Aim Awards.

The full list of nominees can be found here: Aim Awards

The winners are announced on 4 September

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7 Aug 2018

Clash Magazine makes GOATMAN their track of the day


They say:

Track Of The Day 7/8 - Goatman
'Jaam Ak Salam'

Swedish psych collective Goat are a truly jaw-dropping live experience.
Recently playing the Clash stage at Citadel in West London, the band delivered an incredible show, pushing energy levels far up into the stratosphere.

The reclusive figure of Goatman is a key aspect of the group, helping to pursue their singular, always-inspiring creative sensibility.

New album 'Rhythms' will be released through Rocket Recordings in October, and from our initial listens it seems to be pretty damn spectacular.

Available to pre-order HERE, we're able to share lead song 'Jaam Ak Salam' and it's a masterpiece in hyper-intense tribal funk.

Essentially sitting somewhere between Fela Kuti, Sun Ra, and Syd Barrett, 'Jaam Ak Salam' is an incredible piece of kinetic funk matched against a powerhouse vocal.

A surging, inspiring piece of music that seems to rip itself out of your speakers, it recalls the greats of high life and Afrobeat while respectfully seeking out future paths.

Tune in now.

See the piece here: Clash Magazine

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Introducing the debut album by Goatman



We are very excited to announce 'Rhythms' – the debut album by Goatman, the new solo project by one of the mysterious members from the Swedish collective GOAT. The album is released on 12 October but you can hear the first track to be revealed 'Jaam Ak Salam' above.

The album is available in four different ltd edition versions:
Pale Green/Purple splatter can be preordered now from Bandcamp via link below. Then there will be 'Pink/Black' swirl 'Yellow' and 'Black' vinyl editions that will be available in all good record shops. Each one is ltd.

Preorder Ltd splatter LP: Bandcamp

Stream: Spotify

Read what Clash Magazine and Hymn say about Goatman here: Clash Magazine  Hymn

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The press release reads:

Rhythms is the debut album by Goatman, a new solo project by one of the mysterious members from the Swedish collective GOAT.

Recorded in GOAT’s northern Swedish home town of Korpilombolo in late 2017 - the 6 tracks on Rhythms reveal a true collision of African Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Gospel and Psych, but all put through the famous GOAT filters.

Rhythms is a very apt title for the album as each track is an exploration of the ‘groove’. From the Fela Kuti‘esqe drums and horns jam of Jaam Ak Salam, to the frantic gospel-jazz of Carry the Load. From the fuzzed Can via the ‘Bristol sound’ track of Hum Bebass Nahin, to the cinematic, Spacemen 3‘esqe drones of the album closer Baaneexu. The end result is quite an astonishing and very unique album, like what you would expect from an album made by a member of GOAT – an album that is hard to put your finger on, but one that you will keep revisiting, the more it’s sounds reveals itself.

Goatman plays all the instruments on the album bar some additional drums by Hanna Östergren from fellow Swedish bands Hills and Träd, Gräs & Stenar, and an added horn section courtesy of Johan Asplund, David Byström. 

One of the standout highlights of the album though is the collection of great guest vocalists Goatman has enlisted. Tracks Jaam Ak Salam and Aduna feature the very special voice of Senegalese singer Seydi Mandoza. You will also hear the vocals of Swedish based singers Amanda Werne on Carry the Load and Amerykhan on Hum Bebass Nahin.

Goatman’s passion for traditional and contemporary music from around the world can be clearly heard when listening to Rhythms. The level of authenticity and willingness for exploration that Goatman has captured truly shows a fanatical respect for the music he is greatly influenced by.

But at the end of the day, Rhythms is an album that has a sole purpose, and that is for to you to enjoy, dance and have fun too!



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Echoes and Dust premieres new Julies Haircut video


They say:

We’ve been big fans of Julie’s Haircut for a few years now and it seems they just keep getting better and better.  They are following up the release of their debut album for Rocket Recordings last year by self-releasing a new 12” record on their own label Superlove featuring two songs.

“Karlsruhe” sees the band involved in a slow and bluesy jam drenched in their usual ethereal sound and “Fountain”, a fans’ favourite at live shows, is presented here in its original acoustic environment. Less muscular than the live version, perhaps, but decidedly haunting in its ectoplasmic feel.

Up until now, these two songs were only available as part of the (digital download) deluxe edition of their 2014 album Ashram Equinox. Both these songs have in time become bedrocks of Julie’s Haircut’s live shows, so it seems fitting that the band has decided to give them a proper physical release. We have the video for ‘Fountain’ for you today. Feast your eyes and ears...

Read the rest and watch the video here: E&D

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6 Aug 2018

Tomorrow...


...keep your eyes and ears peeled!

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Listen to different mix of Anthroprophh track OMEGAVILLE



Listen to an alternative mix by Paul of the killer track Omegaville/Hunting of the Human Beast from the killer Anthroprophh album OMEGAVILLE.

It features a longer ending and louder drums...enjoy!

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Rock.IT makes Lay Llamas Thuban it's 'Album of the Week'


They say:

Thuban is a star that indicates the North Pole. He played a very important role among those who, some centuries ago, took the sea route: so much so that it was enough to identify it so as not to get lost and sail in complete tranquility. A security, one of the few granted among the many dangers offered by the threatening water. Four years ago, Lay Llamas , a project whose ownership is attributable to Nicola Giunta, became known with "Østro", nothing more than the name of a wind, well known from the southern Mediterranean. It is clear that the tribal elements continue to prove essential for Lay Llamas, for his writing, for his way of interpreting psychedelia. Which is not a monolith to be defended or contemplated at a distance. And not even a dogma to be respected absolutely. Psychedelic is creativity and freedom of access between the chakras of the soul. A lesson that the Sicilian musician has absorbed in times not suspicious.

"Thuban" is the evolution of "Østro", is his older brother, the more mature, the one that convinces you to leave aside the instinct and to reflect. The same Junta, in the interview he gave us a few weeks ago , speaks of a "wild, instinctive and naive" debut . Four years later, the sound is more reasoned, if we want, softer. But without coming to store those cosmic elements and, we repeat, tribals who designed the coordinates of the first work. "We come from lands with no time" Holy brew, sonic dawn, and the drink of the kykeon once again " : the attack of the text of" Chronicles from the fourth planet "gives a good idea of ​​the air that is breathed inside the album...

Read the full piece here: Rock.IT

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2 Aug 2018

FLOG reviews GNOD's Chapel Perilous


They say:

After hearing "Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine," not only the best title of 2017 (perhaps the decade), but also one of the great albums of the year ( see list here ), I realized that I had lost a lot of time not knowing Gnod before. If you do not know the disc, I recommend reading this graceful article, which presented me such a band and work .

Because of grace there is nothing in Gnod. Not even in "Chapel Perilous," which is his fifteenth album, depending on the account, since there is a lot of discs shared and released on their own.

The "Dangerous Chapel" was described by Timothy Leary's companion, Robert Anton Wilson, in the first book in the 1977 series "The Cosmic Trigger": "laugh moderately, as fool always does just before the doors of the Dangerous Chapel close behind" . But before him, the term had been used by other authors since 1470.

In a shallow explanation, it reflects a psychological state where the individual can not be sure whether he is paranoid or simply stops believing in anything, religious or scientific, when he becomes a victim of fears and fearsome projections...

Read the rest here: FLOG

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NE Volume previews Bonnacons of Doom's forthcoming Newcastle show


They say:

The Bonnacons of Doom produce what is best described as what happens when acid house takes a turn to the dark, mysterious and atmospheric. As such, the environment has shifted from joyful warehouse parties to congregations in dimly-lit halls and dark, enshrouding forests. Their vibrations puncture through and are made manifest.

As the band mentioned in Quietus: “Acid house is where we’ve come from as people, a kind of collective memory in the band. It’s a sensibility. The abandonment to the moment, the f***** up out of control perfection of giving yourself over to the absolute now – and that’s what we’re always chasing when we’re playing.”

The result of this collectively put together is sounds that contain the wild abandon of ecstatic jazz and the revolutionary spirit of acid house, producing an almighty charge.

The Bonnacons of Doom plays The Cluny in Newcastle on Friday 10th August. Tickets, priced at £8.00, are available at seetickets.com. Doors open at 19:30.

See the piece here: NE Volume

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1 Aug 2018

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs announce BBC6 Music 'Marc Riley' session


That is right, BBC6 Music's DJ Marc Riley has confirmed that Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs will be guests on his show on Tuesday 7 August where the band will treat listeners to tracks from their forthcoming 'King of Cowards' album.

Tune in here from 7pm: BBC 6 Music

And more info will be displayed here over the next few days: Marc Riley

You can preorder 'King of Cowards' on ltd edition green vinyl and CD here: Bandcamp

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Bonnacons of Doom shows next week


Bonnacons of Doom are putting on their masks and robes and heading out to play two special shows next week:

09 Aug / The Moon Club / Cardiff  Tickets
10 Aug / Cluny2 / Newcastle  Tickets

You can buy Bonnacons of Doom's S/T debut album in ltd 'diecut mirrorboard sleeve' here: Bandcamp

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