17 Sep 2019

Listen to special Petbrick Mixtape via Cvlt Nation


Cvlt Nation has just published an exclusive Gabba/Breakcore mixtape compiled by Petbrick that features tracks by Shit and Shine, VVM, DJ Donna Summer, Full of Hell, Scotch Egg, Motorhead and many, many more.

Immerse here: Cvlt Nation

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Velvet Sheep say some words about The Utopia Strong


They say:

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today it’s an intense triple header, with an interesting brand new synth psych band called The Utopia Strong with its trio of esteemed members choosing a tune each. They consist of Steve Davis who has swapped the baize of his legendary snooker past for the 1s and 2s (by which I don’t mean a red and then a yellow), his partner-in-crime behind the decks Kavus Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo) and  the well-appointed Michael J. York (Coil/ Teleplasmiste/Guapo). The music is mesemerising, modular and magnificent, like The Heads meets John Carpenter, via John Carpenter and Loop and it’s on Rocket Recordings home of Teeth of the Sea (whose Mike Bourne introduced Steve to the modular synth), Gnod and VS favs Lay Llamas.


Steve has truly gone from Snooker Loopy to Loop, snooker god to disciple of Gnod – and in Kavus Torabi has found a spiritual touchstone that nobody could have seen coming and that I can see going for miles and miles, as the Byrds might have said once... 

See the rest of the piece here: Velvet Sheep

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16 Sep 2019

Trebuchet Magazine reviews Julie's Haircuts 'In the Silence Electric'


They say:

Italian psych-rock veterans Julie’s Haircut have zoned in on making incredible, catchy, satisfying and challenging records for 20 years.
One of their two (so far) major releases of 2019 is In the Silence Electric which is as total a summation of a band hitting a blistering career peak as can be ascribed. Pulling influences from Spaceman 3, Can, and the Fall, they avoid falling into the trap of dwelling at length at either poles of the emotional spectrum. Rather they move effortlessly between bliss-laden trails and grinding paranoid depths, all the while propelled by grooves so epic, they’ll flap your flares for hours on end.


What marks this record above all other Julie’s Haircut albums or many other contemporary psych releases is the quality of the songwriting and production restraint. There is a tendency in psych to either milk an idea to death or bury it within a tonne of flourish, but Julie’s Haircut draw from decades of experience to maintain the sweet spot of stoned groove and captivating musical evolution on damn near every track. The one exception is “In Return” which is an exploration of 70s synth-driven evocative avant-garde and as such is beautifully decadent, wondrously unnecessary, and borders on sublime. Purposely cut from a different cloth than the rest of the album, this third-quarter psychic freak out downs the mood before the tribal jazz drums summon “Pharaoh’s Dream” and we’re back in pound land.

It is hard to fault this record on any front. As an album it works from start to finish and pulls you back for numerous rewinds. It has a ‘dance with abandon’ single in “Until the Lights Go Out” that is so ripe for remixes it might relaunch the disco-noise of electroclash. Furthermore the technical playing is so tasteful that despite having a pretty standard sonic palette (guitar, bass, drums, organ, synth, sax, and voice) the listener is carried away wholesale by the music. One is never drawn into considering specific facets such as ‘oh nice bit of guitar there’, ‘whoa synthy-synth time’ or ‘wow that drumming is pretty flashy’, despite there being plenty of ‘oh yeah’ moments. The balance of sonic elements emerges fully formed, seamless and boundless.,,,

Read the rest here: Trebuchet

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iNews interview with Steve Davis about The Utopia Strong


They say:

On the list of things sports stars are supposed to do after they retire, releasing an ambient synth album won’t appear. After hanging up the boots, gloves or, in Steve Davis’s case, cue, the orthodox path is into property development, coaching, representation or punditry.

DJing at Glastonbury and putting out an album of woozy, wonky left-field music on a record label that hosts bands with names like Gnod, Goat, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Hey Colossus is indeed uncharted territory.

But then again, not all retired sports stars are Davis, the six-time snooker world champion, die-hard music fan and latterly modular synthesizer aficionado. This is a guy who arranged for one of his favourite bands – Magma, the French prog leviathans – to play in London so he could see them live.

Now he and two collaborators, Kavus Torabi and Michael J York – both professional musicians – have formed a band, The Utopia Strong, who released their self-titled debut album on 13 September.

“It is off the scale isn’t it?” Davis tells i. “I am sort of quite chuffed in a way because there was no plan to do this.

“There was no plan apart from me and the other two guys in the band getting on like a house on fire, hanging out and having a laugh, me getting into modular synthesizers and finding it a fascinating world and a total rabbit hole as well, then wanting to get better at playing at it.

“We hung out just so we could have a laugh together. But we made some music, improvising and jamming just for the fun of it and it was recorded by Mike, who had the presence of mind to record the sessions. We listened back and went ‘bloody hell! This is exactly… we would like to listen to stuff like this, why don’t we make it into something more?’ It was all arse-about-face in a way. Because there was no plan, it has been a surreal journey into the unknown.”...

Read the rest here: iNews

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Loudwire say some words about Petbrick


They say:

Sepultura legend Igor Cavalera has unveiled a new industrial project, Petbrick. The band, which also features Big Lad’s Wayne Adams, will release its debut album, I, on Oct. 25 via Rocket Recordings and Closed Casket Activities.

The two musicians decided to collaborate after Cavalera found himself impressed by a Big Lad gig in London. The duo eventually made their way to Adams’ Bearbiteshorse Studio and began tinkering with industrial sounds under the influence of caffeine.

"We wanted to do something different than the other projects we were involved in. Making horrible noise was the first concept behind Petbrick," says Igor.

“I think we realized that we were both pretty much in tune with each others taste, both into a lot of weird electronic music, as well as some decent far out guitar stuff,” Adams adds. “For me personally I definitely pushed the electronics in a much harsher direction.”

"I think the industrial side of things probably comes a lot from Igor’s playing. He hits hard, really fucking hard, and just goes like the clappers, so mix that with gabber and noise you have instant industrial vibes. Yet rather than being an album with its foot firmly on the accelerator throughout, it's one just as comfortable with the elegiac atmospherics of a track such as ‘Sect’ as the hyperactive breakcore-damaged brew of ‘Roadkill Ruby.’

Petbrick released the new track “Horse” earlier today (July 17), which is reminiscent of bleak Ministry works and Alessandro Cortini synth textures.

Read the piece here: Loudwire

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13 Sep 2019

Andrew Weatherall spins two Julie's Haircut tracks on latest NTS show


Tune into Andrew Weatherall's latest NTS show to hear the first radio plays of TWO Julie's Haircut tracks from their forthcoming 'In The Silence Electric' album.

Listen here: NTS

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The Utopia Strong released today

We are exceedingly thrilled to release 'The Utopia Strong' featuring Steve Davis, Kavus Torabi and Michael York and their self titled debut today.


The album is now on sale via all the best outlets on LP/CD/DL & comes in a special holographic foil board sleeve for the vinyl edition & hot foiled front on CD. There are 3 versions avialable froim today, if you go to watch the band live you can pick up the ultra lim ited 'Two colour Black Hole' version, plus there is a ltd indie exclusive in 'Fireball Orange' and a second ltd version in 'Dark Matter Transparent Blue'.



Buy/Stream: The Utopia Strong 
Bandcamp: Bandcamp
 
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"A storming debut”
The Quietus
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"The band’s pulsing krautrock and hazy synthwork should appeal to freaks of all stripes”
UNCUT
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"Effortlessly mixes progressive rock, Krautrock and modern electronica”
Louder
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"An extraordinary marriage between celestial radiance and hallucinatory repetition”
Circuit Sweet
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"An hypnotic and ever changing musical soundscape”
Backseat Mafia
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"Not bad for the man nicknamed Mr Boring as a snooker player”
The Mirror


The Press Release:

  The overall sound was pretty accidental” reckons Kavus Torabi. “I certainly didn’t expect the music to sound so ecstatic and positive, Without wanting to puncture the mystery, there really felt like an element of magic at play in making this album. For the most part it was incredibly effortless”

“The band evolved from having had so much fun together and also sharing similar musical tastes” continues Steve Davis, “Mike (York) was living in Glastonbury where Kavus and I DJ’d in 2017. We all hung out together during the festival and the Utopia Strong was born. The name came later and I suppose reflects the fact that - once we’d jammed together and listened back to the improvising - the music felt pretty euphoric and otherworldly. It was very psychedelic but also strangely wonky”

It was never any secret that Davis - even at the peak of his household name status in the 1980s - was as happy putting a needle on a vinyl record as anything else involving a cue. Renowned as an aficionado of soul, jazz-funk and progressive rock from the seventies onwards, he famously once single-handedly promoted three nights at the Bloomsbury Theatre for French esoteric leviathans Magma, so frustrated was he by their absence from
British shores.

Steve was first introduced to the modular synthesis world by Teeth Of The Sea’s Mike Bourne at a show the latter was playing with Hirvikolari at Cafe Oto in 2016. “Like many others before me, I was intrigued by the wires, knobs and blinking lights of the modular synth and it wasn’t that long after that I felt the need to get my own, even though I didn’t have a clue what I was letting myself in for! The instrument has the ability to create whatever your imagination can deal with”

What’s more - with his tastes having moved into the fringes of experimental electronica as his record collection expanded exponentially, his music obsession took on new bounds after his retirement in 2016, with his DJ partnership with Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo) taking him to festivals and clubs for many a head spinning rampage, in which the wide-eyed assembled would be as likely to hear Autechre as Black Sabbath.

All this aside, few would have expected the artist whose previous recorded output comprised one Top Ten hit in 1986 (The Matchroom Mob featuring Chas & Dave’s ‘Snooker Loopy’) would be a part of the aural epiphanies that are chronicled in The Utopia Strong’s debut album, The combined forces of Davis, Torabi and Michael J. York (Coil/Teleplasmiste/Guapo) have arrived at no less than a modular-driven kosmische colossus of transcendent power enough to drive all talk of green baize firmly into the blue yonder.

An extraordinary marriage between celestial radiance and hallucinatory repetition -  in which Davis’ modular geometry and ambient structures weave with Torabi’s keen and skewed sense of melody and York’s various gifts for pipes, drones and fevered abstract - the result is a beguiling tapestry as likely to remind listeners of the countercultural benchmarks of Terry Riley, Cluster and Fripp/Eno as the later vortex-voyages of Emeralds and Seefeel.

Perhaps the centrepiece of the record is the ten-minute ‘Brainsurgeons 3’, in which techno-style exultance, hypnotic foward-motion and the perhaps unlikely but crucial arrival of York’s bagpipes collude to provide a truly formidable endorphin rush. “Kavus and I started programming an unmixed version of Brainsurgeons 3 into our DJ sets and the reaction was amazing!” concurs Steve. “Some nights the track got the most thumbs up of the set. We broke Shazam with it!”

“in twenty years of making records it’s certainly been the easiest and most enjoyable to make” reflects Kavus. “Now, this may have been partly due to us having no preconceptions or expectations but it wasn’t just that. There was absolutely no conflict, and we spent a lot of time together working on it - in my experience that’s a total fucking miracle”

“The personal journey I’ve been on since January 2nd 2018 with Kavus and Mike has been surreal” reflects Steve. “Probably more so than even the path that unfolded for me in snooker. That was pretty far out but this seems otherworldly! Maybe Glastonbury is a mystical place after all”

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The band will be out performing a few shows over the coming months:
08 Nov | Golden Lion | Todmorden
11 Dec | The Cluny | Newcastle
12 Dec | Hare & Hounds | Birmingham

13 Dec | The Cube Cinema | Bristol
18 Dec | The Crescent | York
19 Dec | Deaf Institute | Manchester
20 Dec | Cafe Oto | London
21 Dec | Ramsgate Music Hall | Ramsgate




So enjoy the 'Medical Grade Music' that is The Utopia Strong

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Bonnacons of Doom's Esus released today



Bonnacons of Doom's new EP Esus is released today as a special edition cassette that is ltd to 100 copies.

Esus, a four track EP features a brand new composition called ’Esus’ and three incredible remixes by Liars, JD Twitch (Optimo) and Capac - all three are remixes of songs taken from their S/T debut album.

Unfortunately we have sold out however the band will be selling them on their up-and-coming shows below, or you can buy WAV/MP3s below here: Rocket Bandcamp

17 Sep / Huddersfield / The Parish

18 Sep / London / The Lexington
19 Sep / Brussels / Magasin 4
20 Sep / Berlin / Sneaky Snake Festival
21 Sep / Strasbourg / La Grenze
08 Nov / Bristol / The Lanes
09 Nov / Middlesbrough / Middlesbrough Town Hall

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12 Sep 2019

Listen to Teeth of the Sea and The Utopia Strong special on Reprezent Radio


Listen to Teeth of the Sea and The Utopia Strong special playlist they created for Ailbhe Máiréad's  Reprezent Radio show...

You can listen here: Reprezent Radio

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FREQ reviews The Utopia Strong


They say:

Composed of British-Iranian musician and composer Kavus Torabi (of Knifeworld, Guapo, Gong and Cardiacs fame), Coil and Téléplasmiste’s Michael J York, and Steve Davis (yes, snooker’s number one of yore, now fully bewitched by all things modular), The Utopia Strong‘s self-titled debut LP is a light and airy piece of work.

Theirs is an embryonic exploration with an appreciation of Cluster‘s tune-leeching lactose and a slight kosmische kiss to its eel(ing) curves. I was expecting something wholly motorik, pumped to the nines in commerciality, but was pleasantly surprised to experience a bunch of ideas that are happy finding their own narrative.

The weevilling magnetics of “Emerald Tablet” and the building trajectories of “Konta Chorus” both demonstrate a lovely crafted vibe. The sun-dappled contours of the first chorusing in lush swiping motions, the latter chewing on trippy melodics and keystroke ascends that are begging for an ’80s type of twelve-inch EP kitchen sink remix. The deftness of touch here is impressive, the palette a delicate array of colour jivering in soft melodic interjection...

Read the rest here: FREQ

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Listen to JD Twitch (Optimo) remix of Bonnacons of Doom exclusively via The Quietus


This Friday sees the release of Bonnacons of Doom's new EP Esus – the EP features the amazing title track and 3 banging remixes of tracks from their S/T debut album by Liars, JD Twitch (Optimo) and Capac.

And you can hear the dance-floor destroying Optimo remix of Solus ahead of release exclusively now via The Quietus

Esus is being released as a special edition cassette that is ltd to 100 copies, we have sold out however the band will be selling them on their up-and-coming shows below, or you can buy WAV/MP3s below here: Rocket Bandcamp

17 Sep / Huddersfield / The Parish

18 Sep / London / The Lexington
19 Sep / Brussels / Magasin 4
20 Sep / Berlin / Sneaky Snake Festival
21 Sep / Strasbourg / La Grenze
08 Nov / Bristol / The Lanes
09 Nov / Middlesbrough / Middlesbrough Town Hall

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11 Sep 2019

Soundblab reviews The Utopia Strong


They say:

Much will be made of the fact that snooker legend Steve Davis is in The Utopia Strong. But it will come as no surprise to snooker fans or music fans (I’m both). The Nugget has long been known as a huge music fan in snooker circles and famously brought Magma over to London to play some gigs in the 80s. Music fans would have seen him pop up with increasing frequency as a DJ on the radio and at festivals and gigs. Indeed the band first met when Davis and Kavus Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo) DJed at Glastonbury in 2017 and hung out with Korabi’s Guapo band-mate, Michael York. That this is not a vanity project or novelty item for any of band is immediately apparent from playing their self-titled debut.


Emerald Tablet starts out pleasantly with bright electronic sounds. A nice guitar figure joins and it is like a lighter Tangerine Dream, but it is over too soon. There is more of a groove to Konta Chorus as the band combine sounds to build up a rhythm in much the same way as Stereolab used to. Over the electronic rhythm, Torabi layers some more guitar ideas. Again it is very light for this kind of synth-heavy music and all the better for it. It gives it a kind of hippie/pastoral feel and would fit in on The Wicker Man soundtrack. There is a bit more scene-setting on Swimmer as the synth chords build and a rhythm is added. Keyboards arpeggiate against each other and the rhythm drops out to let the synths hold sway for a minute of pretty ambience before the rhythm joins back in. Unquiet Boundary is a brief interlude of BBC Radiophonic Workshop sounds and ambient chords...

Read the rest here: Soundblab

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The Quietus interview's The Utopia Strong


"Cue the noise"

Ahead of Friday's album release – read this great interview by The Quietus's Paddy Clarke with The Utopia Strong, it reads:

Kavus Torabi, Michael J. York and former snooker player of impeccable taste Steve Davis have formed a new band, The Utopia Strong. Here, they tell Patrick Clarke the tale of their extraordinary debut album, compare snooker to Supernormal, and explain why they want their music to be joyous and generous

Interviewing Kavus Torabi, Michael J. York and Steve Davis about their band, The Utopia Strong, feels a little bit like talking to three teenagers who’ve just had their first single played on the radio. You’d never guess that Torabi and York are musicians of considerable standing with the likes of Coil, Gong, Current 93, Knifeworld, Teleplasmiste, Guapo, Cardiacs and more on their CVs, or that Davis was the most dominant force in snooker throughout the 1980s, the fourth-greatest player in the sport's history on the all-time rankings and a man who once single-handedly organised and promoted a three night residency for French prog-leviathans Magma just so he could see them play. The three are giddy with excitement for the release of their self-titled debut album on September 13, forever interrupting each other to poke gentle fun, constantly in hysterics at each other’s jokes.

“It really did feel like finding your best mates at school,” Torabi says, beaming. “Three is a funny number for friends, sometimes you get two people who are always in competition, but we got on so well together. Steve’s girlfriend describes The Utopia Strong as the sound of three guys falling in love!”


“It’s pathetic, isn’t it?” Davis laughs. “I’ve just had my 62nd birthday and all I’m looking forward to is when my album comes out! What fun that I can do that. It’s so easy to become tired with life, but the thrill of this has given all of us such a boost. From my perspective I didn’t think I’d get as much enjoyment from anything in my life in a work capacity once I’d retired from playing snooker.”...

Read the rest here: The Quietus

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10 Sep 2019

Mamuthones announce rare London show


Italian psychedelic-freak-disco-punk band Mamuthones are heading to London for a rare show on 8 December at the ever faithful Shacklewell Arms.

Info and tickets can be bought from here:  Club The Mammoth

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Julie's Haircut reveal new single 'Sorcerer' and Italian tour dates



Italian collective Julie's Haircut return with their second album for Rocket called 'In The Silence Electric'. The album is released on 4 October and you can watch the video for their second single to be taken from the album called 'Sorcerer' above.

In The Silence Electric is available on CD and three different ltd vinyl versions.
You can preorder a special 'White/Clear colour-in-colour vinyl' version from here: 
Rocket Bandcamp 

There is also an 'indie shop' exclusive on 'Pink vinyl' and another ltd edition shop version on 'Green vinyl'.

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With a driving, mantric intensity, like something the band Suicide would have locked into, ‘Sorcerer’ fully embraces a fury and incandescent splendour that also reminisces the more menacing end of Stereolab's psychic assault. All is subsumed by a bold singularity of intent, amidst a colourful firestorm of electronic monomania and indelibly memorable vocal hooks. 

‘In The Silence Electric’, is the latest record from a band with a long history of sonic otherworldliness, it is notable for its deft balance between hypnotic radiance and extrasensory intensity, between beatific calm and palpable anger. Yet it’s also a record which has arrived through a strange process of osmosis from a band confident enough to let subconscious and metaphysical aspects steer them in the appropriate directions.

The band have added a series of Italian dates in October and November – so their full list of shows now reads:

25 Sep / FR / Saint Etienne / Disorder Club
26 Sep / BE / Gent / Café Charlatan 
27 Sep / BE / Paris / Supersonic
28 Sep / UK / Bristol / The Lanes
29 Sep / UK / Newcastle / The Cumberland Arms
01 Oct / UK / Glasgow / Broadcast
02 Oct / UK / Chester / The Live Rooms
03 Oct / UK / Leicester / Soundhouse
04 Oct / UK / Manchester / The Peer Hat
05 Oct / UK / London / Shacklewell Arms
11 Oct / IT / Carpi/ Kalinka
12 Oct / IT / Firenze / Glue
18 Oct / IT / Torino / Spazio 211
19 Oct / IT / Monza / Tutto il Nostro Sangue @ Scuotivento
21 Nov / IT / Cagliari / Karel Music Expo
23 Nov / IT / Livorno / The Cage
30 Nov / IT / Roma / Angelo Mai
10 Jan / IT / Milano / Ohibò
11 Jan / IT / Bologna / Locomotiv



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Watch The Utopia Strong live at Supernormal via The Quietus


In August The Utopia Strong played our favourite festival Supernormal and the ever amazing IMPATV were there there to capture it in all it's glory. You can watch the entire gig now exclusively via The Quietus

Watch here: The Quietus

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9 Sep 2019

Listen to The Utopia Strong Freak Show takeover


Over the weekend Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone and Freakier Zone had two The Utopia Strong specials.

Steve created a special playlist for Freakier Zone which included Teeth of the Sea listen here: Freakier Zone

And Mike and Kavus were interviewed about the project on Freak Zone, listen here: Freak Zone

The bands S/T debut album is released in all good record shops and streaming sites this Friday: Rocket Bandcamp

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Double Date released today

Double Date, the brit horror/comedy that was scored by and featuring a live performance by GOAT and a track by Mamuthones is released today on Blueray/DVD and on the streaming channels...


5 Sep 2019

New Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, GNOD and GOAT shirts available

We have printed up some new shirts that can exclusively only be bought from the Rocket shop. 

First up we have a brand new Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards Crown design which is available for preorder below.

Then due to popular demand we have done another run of GNOD's – Just say no shirt, but we now have two versions where we have flipped the design so red type on black shirt.

Also, due to fans wanting us to make more, we have done another run of the GOAT – Let it Burn shirts, the classic white on black plus a new colour, Blue on grey (heather). 

Both GNOD and GOAT shirts are available to buy now.

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards Crown
Preorder Black shirt  
Preorder White shirt  

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GNOD – Just Say No...
Buy Red shirt
Buy Black Shirt

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GOAT – Let it Burn
Buy Black shirt
Buy Heather shirt

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4 Sep 2019

Gum Takes Tooth head to Europe this week


Gum Takes Tooth are heading to Europe this week for some shows:

Thursday
Cantine de Mars @ Théâtre Le Manège / Mons 
Info

Friday
Magasin 4 / Brussels
Info

Saturday
Textuur @ Roodkapje / Rotterdam
Info

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The Utopia Strong get Freaky with Stuart Maconie


This weekend The Utopia Strong will be appearing on Stuart Maconie's Freak and Freakier Zones. Kavus and Mike will be interviewed and Steve has putb together a very special playlist.

Details are:

Freakier Zone 00:00 on Sunday  Listen here

Freak Zone 20:00 on Sunday  Listen here 

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3 Sep 2019

Gnew GNOD R&D music


GNOD have just released a new tape called GNOD R&D Vol4.

Already sold out unfortunately but you can listen to it here: Bandcamp

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Rocket Probes – August 2019 playlist




Due to being lost in a field at a festival, our monthly round up is a bit late...

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PETBRICK – Radiation Facial
(Some filthy noise of a track featuring Full of Hell's Dylan Walker)

Bonnacons of Doom – ESUS
(Great new EP featuring brand new track + remixes including one from Liars and a dancefloor banger from Optimo)
Bonnacons of Doom

The Utopia Strong – Konta Chorus
(One for all you Zimpel/Ziolek and Fripp/Eno fans...killer video by our very own Johnny O)
The Utopia Strong

The Transcendence Orchestra – Live at Dekmantel Festival, Bimhuis, Amsterdam
(Paddy from GNOD teaming up with Anthony Child and Daniel Bean)
The Transcendence Orchestra

Carter Tutti Void - Triumvirate
(What an album!!!!)
Carter Tutti Void 

Richard Dawson - Jogging
(Great new track)
Richard Dawson 

Nihiloxica – Nihiloxica
(Killer tribal techno grooves)
Nihiloxica

Golden Oriele – back catalogue
(Blew us away at Supernormal – Can, This Heat, Chrome, Oren Ambarchi, Sun Araw all came to mind)
Golden Oriele 

PanSTARRS – Dor Elfo2
(Nice slice of Egyptian motorik pop)
PanSTARRS 

Implog - Holland Tunnel Dive
(KIKOK played this banger while in Russia)
Implog

AKNE
(Another great new live discovery at Supernormal)
AKNE

The Exorzist III - Studio Backing Tracks
(Really like track 1 and 3 on this tape release...fuzz wah wiggouts and repetitive excursions)
The Exorzist III

Yerba Mansa – That was one thousand fucking lightning
(another killer like band at Supernormal)
 Yerba Mansa

Acid Rooster – Acid Rooster
(Space rock)
Acid Rooster

Bloody Head - Narco Bulldozer​/​Black Dog Blues
(One more great live band at Supernormal)
Bloody Head

Neil Campbell – rainbow send / vespers
(Lofi and rocking' fuzz drone sounds)
Neil Campbell 

Listen to our updated monthly 'Rocket Probes' Spotify playlist:



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Listen to Ailbhe Máiréad 'Check the Label' Rocket special on Reprezent Radio


Listen to Ailbhe Máiréad 'Check the Label' Rocket special on Reprezent Radio that aired on 25 August that included first radio plays of new PETBRICK and Bonnacons of Doom tracks

Listen here: Reprezent Radio

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Metro interview Steve Davis about The Utopia Strong


They say:

Mr Interesting: How Steve Davis went from Snooker Loopy to modular synthesisers

OF ALL retired sports stars, Steve Davis has to have one of the most fascinating post-retirement careers. Having initially maintained his competitive edge via pool, poker and chess, the six-times world snooker champion (below) has become a musical adventurer. The soul boy and prog-rock enthusiast has become a DJ of all manner of weird and wonderful records, and is now also a member of electronic trio The Utopia Strong, with Guapo guitarist Kavus Torabi and multi-instrumentalist Michael J. York, who has also played with Coil and Teleplasmiste. Not bad for a man once dubbed ‘Mr Boring’.

Having begun spinning krautrock and experimental records for a community radio station, he could surely not have envisaged how things would take off. ‘Kavus and I started DJing in the back room of Redchurch Brewery in Bethnal Green on a Friday night and we had a great laugh,’ Steve says.


‘We bumped into the guys who ran Bloc Weekend and they said come and play. BBC iPlayer did a feature on it and then the phone started ringing. Within two months we were DJjing at Glastonbury. You couldn’t make it up; it spiralled out of control.’...

Read the full piece here: Metro

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29 Aug 2019

The Utopia Strong 2019 UK Tour



The Utopia Strong are the combined forces of Kavus Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo) and Michael J. York (Coil/Teleplasmiste/Guapo) and Snooker legend Steve Davis.

The Utopia Strong self titled album with be available on all formats on 13 September & the band will be taking their 'Medical Grade' music with a string of shows around the release:


September
05 / Oslo / London (supporting Teeth Of The Sea)
08 / Krakenhaus Festival / Cumbria November

November:
08 / Golden Lion / Todmorden

December
11/ The Cluny / Newcastle
12 / The Hare and Hounds / Birmingham
18 / The Crescent / York
19 / Deaf Institute / Manchester
20 / Cafe Oto / London
21 / The Music Hall / Ramsgate


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Buy/Stream: The Utopia Strong

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"A storming debut”
The Quietus

"The band’s pulsing krautrock and hazy synthwork should appeal to freaks of all stripes”
UNCUT

"Effortlessly mixes progressive rock, Krautrock and modern electronica”
Louder

"An extraordinary marriage between celestial radiance and hallucinatory repetition”
Circuit Sweet

"An hypnotic and ever changing musical soundscape”
Backseat Mafia

"Not bad for the man nicknamed Mr Boring as a snooker player”
The Mirror

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Live Band Video Footage by Katie Davies
 

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Birthday Cake for Breakfast reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs at Arc Tangent


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Not long after, the noise continued but in more drawn out, crushing fashion as Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs really stuck the boot in. Vocalist Matt Baty came festival ready in his Nike shorts and sparkly stage jacket, hood occasionally up like a boxer as he stalked the stage, bellowing across the tent. Last year we found Pigs’ in the dark, glowing under bright red lights, conjuring up something dark and evil from below the depths. Thursday found them in a slightly different setting in the mid-day sun…


Baty told us that if he blurred his eyes, he could see the crowd stretching on forever! After something new towards the tail end of their set (which was thunderous and sounded like death), Baty gave us a glimpse into their collective psyche, telling us that in their imagination, this isn’t 2019 – it’s 1979, Castle Donnington for Monsters of Rock! In this timeframe, Status Quo have just been on, with Judas Priest for afters – making them Twisted Sister! The pit appropriately opened up and became lively on closer ‘A66‘, the other Pigs blasting through the near ten minute thrill-ride as Baty howled and melted into the front row...

Read the rest here: Birthday Cake for Breakfast

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Bonnacons of Doom up-and-coming shows


Bonnacons of Doom start a series of up-and-coming shows this weekend at Manchester Psych Fest and finish with a new show to be announced at The Lanes in Bristol on 8 November.

Listen to new single Esus here: Youtube

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28 Aug 2019

Raven Sings The Blues say some words about Bonnacons of Doom's Esus EP


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Liverpool heavies Bonnacons of Doom return to the fold with a new EP that reworks previous tracks from their debut, with edits by JD Twitch, Liars and, Capac. Also included is a new track, “Esus,” that proves once again why the band is such a stunner in Rocket’s roster. Making good on their name, the track gathers clouds of doom under a megaton blast of guitar and the soaring incantations of Kate Smith. Her vocals push the track towards oblivion as the track growls behind her. The band’s debut was a welcome surprise last year and they’ve apparently been working up some devastating live shows, more of which are on the way. The band embarks on a short UK tour starting on the 30th of August. The EP is out September 13th digital and on limited cassette.

Read the rest here: Raven Sings The Blues

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PETBRICK reveal support for London album launch party


We are excited to announce that PETBRICK have added Psywarfare to the line up of their London album launch. Psywarfare is Dwid from the legendary Integrity doing his solo noise mayhem! Dwid guests on PETBRICK's debut album, so you never know, maybe a live collaboration is on the cards? 

Baba Yags's Hut presents:
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PETBRICK
+ Psywarfare
+ DJs
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Shacklewell Arms
Saturday, 2 November

Tickets are shifting for this so grab one quick if you want to be part of the chaos: See

PETBRICK's full tour dates are:

28 Oct / UK / Huddersfield / The Parish
29 Oct / UK / Sheffield / Record Junkee
30 Oct / UK / Manchester / Soup Kitchen
31 Oct / UK / Bristol / Exchange
01 Nov / UK / Cardiff / Clwb Ifor Bach
02 Nov / UK / London / Shacklewell Arms
06 Nov / CZ / Prague / Underdogs
08 Nov / BE / Antwerp / Het Bos    
09 Nov / NL / Utrecht  / Le Guess Who? Festival  

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