14 Nov 2018

Viva Mag reviews Goatman album Rhythms

They say:

Rhythms: there is no more apt title for this afrobeat bomb with fusion flavors and gospel groove. The unknown origins of its author make this project even more intriguing. In fact, Goatman knows only his name, his country, Sweden and his membership in the Goat collective, which is also shrouded in mystery. This debut owes much to the great figures of Afro culture, from Fela Kuti to Sun Ra, thus contributing to the rebirth of the genre in the West. Jaam Ak Salam opens the dances in the true sense of the word with its festive and pressing rhythms. Oud's solo is a one-way trip to tribal and cosmic atmospheres. With Hum Bebass Nahinback to western music, rock '70s and guitar solos so dear to good old Hendrix. The electronic percussions of Limelight jar with the rest of the album, thus lowering the level of this publication. Carry the Load thinks to raise the bar again: his spiritual jazz, the choral voice of the Swedish Amanda Werne and the sax and flute solos make this magic track, almost possessed by the spirit of free jazz. The voice of the Senegalese artist Seydi Mandoza is the protagonist of Aduna , the penultimate track of the album, which becomes more electronic through the use of monophonic synths, then returning to the wind and the free and wild guitar. A base of drone music characterizes the last piece,Baaneexu , which with its melancholic atmosphere, is positioned in complete antithesis with the opening song. 

What the listener is assisting is a real journey that shows the different facets of African culture. A hymn to timeless love and peace. An anthem we damn need. 8/10

Read the full review here: Viva Mag


Cherrystones gives Shit & Shine some NTS love

As you probably know we are Rocket are avid listeners to NTS so it is always great when one of our fave DJs drops a Rocket tune.

This time, the legend that is Cherrystones plays the mighty Shit and Shine track Mingler off the new album Bad Vibes.

Dig in here: NTS


GNOD R&D reveal new vinyl release for Sound of Cobra records

GNOD R&D have just revealed a new release via The Quietus.

They say:

GNOD's Paddy Shine and Chris Haslam are back with a new release from their GNOD (R+D) offshoot. Following on from two previous cassette releases on Tesla Tapes over the last year, the Sounds of Cobra label will oversee the release of Vol 3 from the pair, from which you can stream a five-minute excerpt of one of the four tracks above.

The excerpt sees Shine and Haslam combine drones with loop-driven, industrial atmospherics. It builds gradually, layers of percussion gathering pace as a distant vocal enters the mix just past the three-minute mark.

GNOD (R+D) is described as "a platform to research, develop and expand on sound environments as well as collaborators for the future workings in their main band." Vol 3 sees them turn in four long-form pieces which the label describe as "21st century ritual music," and were recorded while on tour through Italy in November of last year.

Sounds of Cobra will release Vol 3 digitally and on vinyl on January 11.

Listen here: The Quietus


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation to play Mutations Festival

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have been announced to play next years Mutations Festival in Brighton on 23 February with White Denim, Goat Girl and others...

Tickets and Info can be found here: Mutations Festival


Heavy Pop reviews GNOD's Chapel Perilous

It says:

After the comparatively straight-forward, purposely focused 2017 eruption of Just Say No The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine, Gnod on Chapel Perilous addresses the question of where the supernatural might collide with the everyday - and where the boundaries of one's own intellectual and spiritual realities physical health.

"Whatever one's definition of reality, this psychological realm serves to prove it endlessly subjective and changeable. Robert Anton Wilson has declared the wash-paper to be "the cosmic trigger" - yet there may be some musical outfits in the here and now more worthy of carrying on its tradition than Gnod " not quite modest, while the never restraining band from Salford on their drunkzigsten studio album equal nails with heads and impressively goes into the full - but also more varied and less obvious acts than last.

The opening Donovan's Daughters overpowers as a herbaceous, monotonous-repeater post-punk jam with nasty noise tendencies, lots of factory reverb and the same sluggish bass slant that characterizes Primus, but most of all pushes Stoically into a plane that follows Swans Maybe they do not want to serve their prolonged break anymore. Gnod rub themselves in the Industrial hypnotizing-scratchy, dissonant and atonal, wandering in the atmospheric space of feedback, anthemic tunes intertwine in the tense intensity, and almost eat themselves in the pressure generated...

Read the rest here: Heavy Pop


13 Nov 2018

MIEN and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs make Rough Trades 'Albums of the Year' list

Always the first out of the blocks with their 'Albums of the Year' list is Rough Trade.

And we are chuffed to announce that we have two releases in this years rundown:


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards

See the full list of 100 albums here: Rough Trade


GNOD R&D play Stubnitz in Hamburg

GNOD R&D are playing a special show at Stubnitz in Hamburg on 22nd November. 

The collective including Utku Tavil and Kazehito Seki have 3 day recording session planned, culminating with a special show.

Gonna be a bit special!

More info (if you can find it) here: Stubnitz


Goat's 'Let it Burn' 7" and Shit & Shine's 'Bad Vibes' in Vinyl Factory's records of the week

They say:

Goat ‘Let it Burn’
A song so popular it warrants the rarest of things: a 7″ re-press. Goat return to their earlier, rawer sound for a song which marries flute, fuzz and early Black Sabbath. for the full effect, listen while watching an early ’70s episode of Top of the Pops. After a series of different colour vinyl editions, this one arrives on blue vinyl.

Shit & Shine 'Bad Vibes'

Craig Clouse is back with his fourth outing for Rocket Recordings. Over the nine cuts on Bad Vibes, you get everything from the feathered double bass of ‘Bottle Brush’ to the straight-up and banging ‘7986’ via the head-nodding ‘Sunrise Sam’. Being warped and wonky has never been so much fun.

See the full rundown here: Vinyl Factory


12 Nov 2018

Bonnacons of Doom to support Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs at the Brudenell

Happy to announce that Bonnacons of Doom will be joining Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs at their show at the Brudenell in Leeds on 27 March

Tickets here: Brudenell


Echoes and Dust reviews Bad Vibes by Shit & Shine

They say:

Bad Vibes, good times. Craig Clouse’s colourful, cacophonous, carnival rolls back into town once again. As Shit & Shine‘s demented ringleader Clouse has journeyed from wild bludgeoning noise rock through to twisted electronic experiments while maintaining a steady output on labels like Riot Season, Editions Mego, Diagonal and Rocket.

This can seem confusing, even profligate at times – the video for ‘Yeah I’m On Acid’ that trailed this release arrived at exactly the same time as the Very High EP, a set of three extended plunderphonic funk jams that exist in a parallel timeline to this set. Although it does seem Bad Vibes is going to be the only full length release this year. I harbour suspicions that the sleeves, which tend to be lurid paintings, dog photos or stark graphics, carry some illuminative quality beyond whichever label is putting out the release but what they truly signify remains slippery. This time it’s a vivid aquamarine pool with palm trees and the ocean beyond. Personally, it kind of looks like hell but I’m not sure it’s supposed to engender bad vibes so much as contrast.

‘Bottle Brushes’ opens with some washed out Badalamenti jazz-noir, James Brown is cast as the backwards talking man in the red suit through samples from a chaotic TV interview that slowly pepper the track. Brown sings, claims “there’s nothing wrong” and gives a little chuckle that Clouse loops to sinister effect. It recalls his use of Diamond Dave’s burblings on last year’s ‘Excess, Laziness Egotism’, one of the stand outs from Total Shit!

Read the full review here: E&D


10 Nov 2018

Poster for Flowers Must Die live in Margate

Here is the poster for Flowers Must Dies's show at Elsewhere in Margate.

Information and tickets here: Facebook


9 Nov 2018

Magnetron Music releases new KIKOK track – solo project by Gnoomes drummer

Magnetron Music have just released the first track to be taken from the new KIKOK album.

KIKOK is the solo project by the very talented Gnoomes drummer, and this track DAS also features fellow Gnoomes member Sasha on vocals.

What is amazing about the new KIKOK album is that is is all recorded live! 


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation remixes Lowtide

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have remixed the track Elizabeth Tower by the band Lowtide. The remix is available to buy on the bands latest EP called Southern Mind Remixed.

Buy here: Lowtide

And listen here: Spotify


Shit and Shine's Bad Vibes released today – watch new video for track 'Backstage Passes'

Today see's the release of $hit & $hine's new album for Rocket called 'Bad Vibes'. The album is available on white/cyan splatter vinyl (ltd to 500 copies). And to celebrate, the band have revealed a new video for the track Backstage Passes – and like the previous two videos from the album, this was expertly made by the very talented Oliver Lewis.

Buy now from your local record store and  stream here: Spotify

"Exploration of excitement." Album of the week  Loud & Quiet 
"Off-kilter, experimental dance excursions." 9/10 Soundblab 
"Labyrinthine mind-maps to oblivion." Echoes & Dust

Bad Vibes...
Fresh from yet another demolition derby between high trash and the lowest avant-garde, ‘Bad Vibes’ is the sound of the Shit & Shine jalopy rocketing way beyond the speed limit on the lineage of the lysergic. Sunstruck abstract disco and pulverising 303-driven piledrivers lock horns with industrial-tinged murk. And frankly, you’d better either get on board or get well out of the way.

$hit & $hine have two more shows on their European tour to go:

09 Nov / Tabtap / Schaffhausen
10 Nov / Paper Dress Vintage / London


8 Nov 2018

Drowned in Sound interviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

They say:

Heavy music has always been an outlier. Even when it has crashed into the mainstream by the sheer force of a riff so irresistible that even the most delicate of tastes succumb, it remains doggedly ‘other’. The successes of bands like Black Sabbath, in spite of gothic attire and flirtations with satanic imagery, while utterly valid, often feel like the establishment’s fleeting dalliance with the darkly exotic.

Broadly speaking, metal is often dished up in either an overtly theatrical or deeply serious way. Of course Sunn O))) brilliantly combine both and make the most intense brain scrambling and oddly meditative music in the process. But it’s certainly not for the faint of heart and, for some, either earnestness or camp posturing can act as a barrier.

Then Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs came along and tore up the rule book.

“There’s one thing I like about our band, this sounds strange, but I’m gonna go there: aesthetically, we don’t really look like a band that makes the kind of music that we make, if you get me?”...

Read the full interview here: DIS


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs reveal new '2019 Spring Tour' dates

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have announced more UK dates to their 2019 shows!

The full list of all their up-and-coming shows now reads:

08 / DE / Koln / Museum
09 / NL / Leeuwarden / Asteriks
09 / NL / Utrecht / Le Guess Who Festival
10 / NL / Eindhoven / Effenaar
22 / UK / Sheffield / Picture House *SOLD OUT*
23 / UK / Brighton / Hope and Ruin *SOLD OUT*
24 / UK / Leeds / Temple of Boom *SOLD OUT
29 / UK / York / Fulford Arms 
30 / UK / Liverpool / Shipping Forecast

01 / UK / Glasgow / Nice ‘n  Sleazy 
10 / UK / Bristol / The Fiddlers *SOLD OUT*

27 / UK / Leeds / Brudenell
28 / UK / Bristol / The Exchange
29 / UK / Birmingham / Hare & Hounds *SOLD OUT*
30 / UK / Cardiff / Clwb Ifor Bach

03 / UK / Manchester / Rebellion
04 / UK / London / Scala
05 / UK / Brighton / The Haunt
06 / UK / Bedford / Esquires
08 / UK / Norwich / Waterfront
09 / UK / Cambridge/ Portland Arms
10 / UK/ Oxford / The Bullingdon Arms 
11 / UK / Nottingham / Rock City
12 / UK / Leicester / The Cookie
14 / UK / Chester / The Live Rooms
16 / UK / Glasgow / King Tut's
17 / UK / Edinburgh / Mash House
19 / UK / Gateshead / Sage


6 Nov 2018

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs interview in latest Loud and Quiet

Pick-up the latest issue of Loud and Quiet to read an interview with the mighty Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs about their latest album King of Cowards. Also in the issue is the review of Shit & Shine's new album Bad Vibes which is out on Friday.

More info here: L&Q


Loud and Quiet makes Shit and Shines 'Bad Vibes' their 'Album of the Week'

They say:

In the late 1990s, a condition known as “Czech Neck” was invented by producers of Channel 4’s satirical masterpiece Brass Eye. Caused by the fictitious drug “Cake”, it turned rats into space hoppers, made recipients throw up their own pelvis bones and led Conservative MP David Amess to use the phrase “big yellow death bullet” in parliament.

Sensationalism has rarely left acid house and its experimental noise off-shoots, and its frontrunners have rarely been allowed a platform to hit back. While it possesses little political agenda, Shit & Shine’s fourth album on Rocket Recordings strikes with an edge of satire and absurdism that clicks with the custard gannets of Brass Eye as much as stands it out as a demolition job within its own genre worth listening to.

Musically, the 303-led acid nostalgia of ‘Bad Vibes’ soundtracks the exercise video for the apocalypse. A reductive interview sample on ‘Bottle Brush’ opens by asking “You don’t want to talk about what happened?” “No, not at all”. It leaves that there. The binary BPMs on ‘Northwest Pool’ call for imminent take-off. The brilliant ‘Yeah I’m On Acid!’ samples a heavy metal parking lot into techno mayhem, like Gazelle Twin’s ‘Better in My Day’ minus the red latex Pied Piper. ‘Backstage Passes!’ drowns a scratching hip-hop riff into muddy water over a whiney sample of basic VIP hype, before an even whinier sample rebuts with “Madonna can go to hell, as far as I’m concerned she’s a dick.”...

Read the full review here: L&Q


KURO play Dronica Festival

KURO are joining a mighty bill of artists at this years Dronica festival at The Old Church in
Stoke Newington on Nov 30 / Dec 1.

Tickets and full line-up can be found here: Dronica


5 Nov 2018

Soundblab gives Shit & Shine 'Bad Vibes' 9 out of 10

Soundblab gives Shit & Shine 'Bad Vibes' album 9 out of 10:

This is what they say:

Barmy noise rockers, Shit and Shine have always straddled the boundary between the rational and the preposterous in their off-kilter, experimental dance excursions. Sometimes the music is simply a head-fuck, and sometimes they get the funk going like no other existing band. The titleBad Vibes may foretell your listening experience, but it's more likely just another signpost leading you inexorably into Shit and Shine’s trademark universe of musical perversions.

There should be one of those pharmaceutical leaflets in the record sleeve warning buyers of potential side effects. By the time ‘Yeah, I’m on Acid’ reaches its trippy zenith, your mind and the music have become co-naturalized, so resistance is futile. As if the exhortations of ‘yeah I’m on acid, yeah !” and ‘cocaine, yeah, alright !’ aren’t enough subliminal influence, the groove is insistent, and as with all Craig Clouse’s Texan hallucinations, the object is not only to digress into industrial wastelands of alien noise but grab you on a leash and drag you through the musical refuse. Mind and body trawling through decomposition, both literal and musical......

Read the full review: Soundblab


Gum Takes Tooth track 'The Arrow' in The Quietus October Tracks of the Month

We are delighted to have the new Gum Takes Tooth track 'The Arrow' featured in The Quietus 'October Tracks of the Month'.

'More searing interstellar brilliance from the ferocious London duo'

Check out the full list here: The Quietus

You can pre-order the album from our store: Gum Takes Tooth


Flowers Must Die 100 Club Gig with The Heads

As previously announced Flowers Must Die are playing a gig at the 100 Club with Bristolians The Heads on the 1st of December.

Unfortunately Lisa their singer / Violin player won't be joining the band for this gig so they have invited the amazing Agathe Max from Kuro/Mesange and Tom Fug from the equally amazing Gum Takes Tooth on percussion.

It should all lead to an amazing psych night in central London so buy your tickets now:



2 Nov 2018

Listen to exclusive Shit & Shine mix for Bleep

Ahead of next Friday's (9th Nov) release of Shit & Shine's album Bad Vibes, the lovely people at Bleep have asked the artist to create them an exclusive mix...and it is well worth a listen!

Info, tracklist and preorder of the ltd LP can be found here: Bleep