24 Feb 2020

See Nicola from Lay Llamas photocopy art


Nicola from Lay Llamas has compiled his amazing photocopy art into a flikr page for all to see!

Nicola has had several exhibitions showing his work in his native Italy and he has told us he is open to work with bands/artists out there looking for album sleeve art? So if you like what you see, get in touch...

See his work here: Nicola Giunta

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20 Feb 2020

Clash, Under the Raadr and Bloop review Gnoomes live at MENT Festival


They say:

Clash:
The same can be said of Gnoomes’ passionate performance. Mastering multilayered electro, they create a powerful mix of psychedelic distortion, techno, and alt-pop. Fuzz-driven guitars shift in engulfing ripples, vigorously weaving between sharp melodies and augmented deformities, dragging you into a incoherent instrumental storm.
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Under the Radar:
Hindered momentarily by sound issues, Perm based psychedelic alchemists Gnoomes weaves a rich tapestry of sound to nestle in during their show in Klub Gromka. The repetition acts as an aural sedative that somehow manages to just prevent a drop from consciousness. A perfectly rendered swirl of shoegaze, kosmische rock and coldwave electronics they made a transcendental noise.
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Bloop:
From Perm, Russia Gnoomes make psychedelic music in its purest form weaving a rich tapestry of hypnotic sound. Initial sound issues were quickly overcome during their set in Klub Gromka, as they created an aural vortex to swallow the crowd. It was a perfectly rendered swirl of kosmische rock, coldwave and shoegaze using noise as a mind-altering narcotic.
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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and The Heads to play Fuzz Club Fest


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and The Heads have been confirmed to play this years Fuzz Club Fest in Eindhoven on 28/29 August...they follow in the footsteps of other Rocket bands Teeth of The Sea, GNOD and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation who played the previous last two years.

Early bird tickets can be bought from here: Fuzz Club Fest

And see what The Quietus say about it here: The Quietus

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18 Feb 2020

OCH + Special Guests to Play London June 19th

Och – the latest Rocket signing from Sweden have announced their Second UK show.

This legendary event is being held at the Sebright Arms London on Friday 19 June and they will be supported by a
very special guest still to be announced, but it will definitely be a great heady show so come along!!!

Tickets here: See Tickets / More info here: Facebook

Och's debut album is released in all good shops on ltd edition fluro yellow vinyl on 28 February
 

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Bonnacons of Doom Spring Tour Dates:

Bonnacons of Doom are pleased to announce new UK & EU tour dates! 

The band are looking forward to playing their first gigs in Preston, Paris & Margate and returning to Lille & Ghent. 

They are chuffed to also be sharing a bill once again with their buddies The Cosmic Dead and opening for Old Time Relijun. 

That Sonic Whip line-up looks amazing too.

19/03 - Liverpool, Kazimier Stockroom
03/04 - Manchester, Soup Kitchen
04/04 - Preston, The Ferret
29/04 - Paris, Espace B
30/04 - Lille, la malterie
01/05 - Ghent, Café Charlatan
02/05 - Nijmegen, Sonic Whip Festival
03/05 - Margate, Elsewhere
16/05 - Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia


For more info: Bonnacons 

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Teeth of the Sea Play Mark Lanegan Festival in Brussels

Teeth of the Sea have been invited by Mark Lanegan to play his weekend of special shows at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels in May. 

The band alongside a killer line-up including Alain Johannes, Not Waving, Abul Mogard, Joe Cardamone and Regis will be joining The Mark Lanegan band to play through his 'Bubblegum album thoughout Sunday 10th May! 

For more info: Mark Lanegan 

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14 Feb 2020

Rocket sleeves feature in Graphic Waves design book


This lovely presented Japanese book called Graphic Waves features design work from many of the worlds record sleeve designers and it includes some sleeve designs by Rocket's very own Chris Reeder and John O'Carroll.

They say:

Graphic Waves
With the development of online musical services and platforms, the world of music graphics has evolved in a variety of ways, while physical releases such as records and cassettes have been restored. This publication explores the works of designers and independent labels active at the forefront with visuals and interviews, focusing on multi disciplinary practices over musician, designer and producer.

Designers and Labels (with link):

Will Work For Good, Collin Fletcher, John Wiese, Nathaniel Young, Farbod Kokabi, Chris Reeder, John O'Carroll, Ryuto Miyake, Eric Timothy Carlson, FISK, Bráulio Amado, Robert Beatty, Bobby Houlihan, Com Truise, Latency, ruttens-wille, Music From Memory, Jjfunhouse, Entr'acte, Public Possesion, David Rudnick, GUCCIMAZE, Shunsuke Sugiyama, Business Casual, Neoncity Records


See more here: Graphic Waves

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Rocket Party at The White Hotel in Manchester


Exciting news, The White Hotel in Manchester have invited the Rocket crew to come up to their venue to co-host a party with them...so of course we said yes!!!

This is what they say:

The rocket and its crew soared like a prayer sent heavenward, landing perfectly, as it blasted through the roof of a hidden hotel.   

The White Hotel Presents: 
Rocket Recordings
A late night showcase.

Featuring:
Sex Swing
GNOD
Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi (DJ)

+ more to be announced.

Friday 5th June

Tickets:
£10/15/20  

Info/tickets here: FaceBook   Resident Advisor   See Tickets

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13 Feb 2020

New Rocket signing Sex Swing reveal massive 'aptly timed' track from forthcoming album



We are thrilled to announce that Rocket will be releasing the second album by six-piece band Sex Swing - the album is called 'Type II' and will be released on 15 May.

Hear first track to be revealed from the album, the very timely titled 'Valentines Day At The Gym' above.

'Type II' can be preordered on CD and LP on Ltd 'Blue/Grey Splatter' via the link below. Or you can buy a special on 'Cream/Grey Swirl' and 'Frosted Clear' LPs from your local record shops:

Preorder Ltd LP/CD

Presave ‘Type II’ on Spotify now and get ‘Valentine’s Day At The Gym’ added to your Spotify user library automatically, plus the full album will be added to your Spotify user library on 15th May:

Presave Digital album

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Since their foundation in 2014, this malevolent rogues gallery of luminaries of the UK underground have consistently proven to be capable of projecting vibrations that transcend and usurp any idea of the sum of their component parts. Between them the individual band members have clocked up notable experience sparking tinnitus appearing in bands such as Mugstar, Bonnacons Of Doom, Earth, Dethscalator, Dead Neanderthals and now even Idles.

But ‘Type II’ is more than the mere machinations of a 'supergroup' rock band - it’s a howl of malfunction rendered terrifyingly visceral. It’s the lightning flash and unearthly roar of the primeval battle between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla that provokes awe and disquiet in the realm of fantasy, It’s the haunted clangour of the faulty air conditioning unit that lurks in the anonymous office building yet lends it eerie ambience. It’s man vs machine where discord becomes harmony, and it’s a fearsomely invigorating spectacle to behold. 

Be crushed under the might of Sex Swing's live show at these following dates, which includes a double header with Pharaoh Overlord in London, plus a very special Rocket show with GNOD, Steve Davis/Kavus Torabi + more TBA at The White Hotel in Manchester, more info on this to follow soon:

May 
22 / BE / Kortrijk / The Pits 
23 / NL - Amsterdam / Occii 
24 / BE / Antwerp - Het Bos
26 / Fr / Paris - Les Instants Chavirès
27 / FR / Strasbourg / Venue Tbc 
28 / NL - Den Hague / Paard 
29 / BE / Bruxelles / Magasin4
30 / UK / London - Corsica Studios (w/ Pharaoh Overlord)

June                 
04 / UK / Brighton / The Hope & Ruin
05 / UK / Manchester - White Hotel (Rocket Recordings Showcase)
06 / UK / Newcastle - The Cluny 




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Chaos Theory interviews Teeth of The Sea


Ahead of their forthcoming 10th anniversary all-dayer, London promoters  Chaos Theory asked headliners Teeth of the Sea some questions:

Teeth Of The Sea: Three musicians from London, all covering a lot of insanely good instruments. Listening through their discography you’ll find darkwave and synths merging with siren-like melodies, colourful psychedelia playfully circling around Latino riffs. Behind this avant-garde infusion lie Sam Barton (trumpet, bass guitar), Mike Bourne (programming, electronics, percussion) and Jimmy Martin (guitar, synths and tapes).

Mixing multiple genres may not be something new – after all, one of Chaos Theory’s aims is to promote musicians who push the traditional boundaries of musical styles and expectations. Yet Teeth of the Sea have managed to orchestrate this into their unique signature style which promises an otherworldly experience, personal to them. 

While less gritty than Highly Deadly Black Tarantula (2015), their most recent album Wraith (2019) is a sublime fusion of futuristic alternative music and a classic sultriness: a femme fatale for your ears. In fact, this entire album is a visionary aural cinematic journey. There are echoes of the dystopian Blade Runner: futuristic curiosities mixed with moments of brooding trumpet, which clash head on with rocky guitars and ambient electro synths of sci-fi and 80’s movies. Wraith is an ever-changing voyage which takes you out of your body and into as many adventures as you can devise...

Read the rest here: Chaos Theory

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New DJINN tape to be released on Zeon Light

Swedish label Zeon Light are releasing a tape of new music by DJINN, the collaboration between GOAT and Hills members. 

We have no details on when it is released, but we advise you to keep an eye on their socials, I am sure these will fly out:

Bandcamp    Facebook   Instagram

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The Utopia Strong self release uber ltd LP


They say:

The Utopia Strong – Alphabet of the Magi

Limited to 250 hand numbered copies. Each sleeve has been hand printed by the band from a lino cut made by Kavus Torabi. Features a hand stamped Utopia Strong logo in red archival ink. Because of the nature of the printing, numbering and labelling process, each copy is completely unique.

The tracks The Deathless Queen and Lake Delirium were recorded direct to stereo as a single performance at The High Castle, June 2019.

The Alphabet of The Magi is the first in a series of limited edition albums of recondite recordings by The Utopia Strong.

Buy here: The Utopia Strong

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12 Feb 2020

Teeth Of The Sea play Sonic Whip Festival


Teeth Of The Sea join fellow Rocketeers Bonnacons Of Doom at this years Sonic Whip Festival in The Netherlands on 1/2 May

Info/Tickets here: Sonic Whip 

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Julie's Haircut's sleeve artist Annegret Soltau has London Exhibition

Adorning the sleeve of Julie's Haircut's latest album is the amazing artwork by artist Annegret Soltau.

Lot's of people thought the sleeve art was contemporary, but in-fact Annegret created it in 1975 – she was and still is an artist way ahead of her time.

So we are then very excited to find out that Annegret has a solo exhibition at London's Richard Saltoun gallery from 21 February to 2 April – so a chance to see some of her stunning and very personal work. There is a Private View on 20 February  that is (as far as we know) open to all. So come along;

More info about the exhibition here: Richard Saltoun 

More info about Annegret here: Annegret Soltau

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Press release:

ANNEGRET SOLTAU: SPIDER
21 FEBRUARY—2 APRIL 2020

Since the beginning of her career in the 1970s, Annegret SOLTAU has championed an experimental approach to art, challenging the conventional notions of representation through performance, photography and collage. While the focus of Soltau’s work never ventures far from the female body and its bodily processes, often incorporating images of herself, at the heart of her practice is an inexhaustible search for identity and meaning.

The exhibition at Richard Saltoun will be Soltau’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, restaging works from her early years in post-war Darmstadt in Germany.  Presenting works that examine themes of personal loss, identity, and transformation, the exhibition will include large-scale photo etchings, thread installations and archival works from the late 1970s and 80s. 

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11 Feb 2020

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs sellout


Dates on Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs up-and-coming tour are selling out as expected - Newcastle, Bristol, Nottingham and Brighton are all gone...the others not too far behind!

Buy tix and shirts and LPs and CDs here: Pigsx7

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Poster for Och's forthcoming Manchester show



Tickets  Info

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Och announce first UK show


Och – the latest Rocket signing from Sweden have announced their first UK show.
This legendary event is being held at the Star And Garter, Manchester on Thursday 18 June and they are supported by Cardinal Fuzz band Dead Sea Apes.

Tickets here: See

More info here: Facebook

Och's debut album is released in all good shops on ltd edition fluro yellow vinyl on 28 February

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10 Feb 2020

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs to play BBC 6 Music SxSW showcase


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have been announced to play BBC 6 Music / BPI's SxSW showcase in Austin on 18th March

The bands full list of shows now reads:

13 Mar / US / New York / St Vitus
15 Mar / US / LA / The Moroccan Lounge
18 Mar / US / Austin / SxSW Festival
03 April / UK / Newcastle upon Tyne / Star and Shadow Cinema
04 April / UK / Newcastle upon Tyne / Star and Shadow Cinema
16 Apr / UK / Manchester - Gorilla
17 Apr / UK / Birmingham - The Mill
18 Apr / UK / Bristol - Thekla *SOLD OUT*
24 Apr / UK / Leeds - Stylus
25 Apr / UK / Glasgow - St Luke’s
29 Apr / UK / Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
30 Apr / UK / London - Electric Ballroom
01 May / UK / Brighton - Concorde 2
03 May / DE / Berlin / Desertfest
05 May / BE / Brussels /  AB Club
06 May / FR / Paris /  La Boule Noir
07 May / FR / Lille/  Aeronef 
08 May / NL / Amsterdam / Paradiso
9-11 Jul / SK / Trenčín / Phonda Festival

30 Jul-2 Aug / UK / Lake District / Kendal Calling Festival

More info visit the bands website: Pigsx7.com

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Watch Underground Voice interview with PETBRICK


Underground Voice met-up and interviewed  PETBRICK during their recent Portuguese shows, watch the video here:

Underground Voice

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7 Feb 2020

The Utopia Strong & Bonnacons of Doom Play Liverpool Psych Fest

We are delighted to share that yesterday Liverpoool Psych Fest annouced their 2020 line up which includes Rocket bands The Utopia Strong & Bonnacons of Doom to play on 16 May.

The Rocket bands line up with the likes of Snapped Ankles, Sunburned Hand of the Man and Vanishing Twin etc to play the Invisible Wind Factory in what promises to be rather epic as all invloved always deliver.

For more info visit: Liverpool Psych Fest 

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Society Interview Teeth of the Sea Before their show this weekend.

They say:

Psychedelic groundbreakers Teeth Of The Sea have performed at CERN next to the Large Hadron Collider and the London Science Museum. Now one of the most influential bands of the last decade will bring their ambitious, genre melding sound to Tunnels tomorrow.

It is the first time Teeth Of The Sea, formed in 2006, have ever played the Granite City. Bassist and synth player Mike Bourne has promised an unforgettable performance. Asked what Aberdeen fans can expect, he said: “Filthy beats, shredding guitar and skronking brass.

“We aim for the show to be an all-encompassing experience – don’t expect any stage banter, just close your eyes and feel the bass right through you. What’s important to us is that the tracks have the same wallop they do on record, they have to sound just as fierce, if not more so. A decent sound system with enough bass is paramount to the performance. Expect it to go off. We’ve played Scotland a few times before and always found the audience to be well into it, so we’re super excited. “This is the furthest north we’ve been though, so we’re bringing extra jumpers.”

London-based Teeth Of The Sea’s incendiary sound seamlessly blends avant-garde experimentalism and freedom with the energy and abandon of rock ‘n’ roll and post punk. Their expansive live sound has led to a host of unique live events including a commission from the Cineglobe film festival to perform to the scientific community at CERN in Geneva in 2014. Teeth Of The Sea performed a live soundtrack to the movie version of George Orwell’s 1984 at the legendary scientific centre – home to the Large Hadron Collider.

Bourne explained: “It’s impossible to describe quite how exciting it is to have a guided tour of the Large Hadron Collider. That was hours after playing an AV show in a large wooden geodesic dome to an audience of particle physicists who you then get royally drunk with while discussing quarks and the Higgs boson."

Very much in demand Teeth Of The Sea were also commissioned to perform the soundtrack at the London Science Museum for the documentary series Apollo’s Moon Shot. 


Bourne said: “We were asked by Chris Bell, events producer at the Science Museum, and there was no way we were going to turn down playing the IMAX theatre in front of loads of lush NASA footage. It was an incredible amount of work. We composed over two hours of new material in about six weeks as well as editing the audio of the documentary especially for the performance."

Teeth of the Sea are a fearless, cinematic gestalt of influences ranging from Delia Derbyshire, Albert Ayler, Throbbing Gristle, Ennio Morricone and Faust. They released their fifth album Wraith on Rocket Recordings to acclaim last year and are currently working on the follow-up. Wraith was recorded at Soup, a studio in a converted boat moored at East India Quay on the Thames.

Bourne said: “We’re working on a follow-up to Wraith right now......


Read the full interview here: Society

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