J. Zunz has been announced to play Transmissions Waves Festival which will happen on 12-14 March – we are so excited to finally get to see J. Zunz perform live. Also performing at the fest are the incredible Deafkids!!!
It is an online event and can be watched from here:
Bigfoot have a 'Book now - Pay later' COVID payment policy too, more info here:
So, you can buy this new 'Sacrificial Blood' (frosted clear/red splatter) version from Bandcamp now, and these will hopefully be shipping next week:
Kooba Tercu released their latest album ‘Proto Tekno’ on Rocket Recordings and it still plays a lot at my place. Tis experimental band fuses psych, noiserock and electronic music inro some gorgeous blend of krautlike trippy music...
Read the full piece here: Fuzzy Sun
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – 'Off Cuts'
In April 2020 Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs released their third ‘Viscerals’ – an album which showed an enormous leap forward in confidence, adventure and sheer intensity.
Incisive in its riff-driven attack, infectiously catchy in its songcraft and more intrepid than ever in its experimental approach, ‘Viscerals’ is the sound of a leaner, more vicious Pigs, and one with their controls set way beyond the pulverising one-riff workouts of their early days.
We would now like to introduce a new Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album called ‘Off Cuts’ – a ltd vinyl only release (no digital/streaming available) containing previously unreleased versions of tracks taken from all three Pigs albums. These version were recorded live in various studios across the UK and presents rawer, more immediate, more intense versions of the songs you all know and love.‘Off Cuts’ is an essential listen for all Pigs fans and all fans of heavy, fuzzed rock!
This conversation was supposed to happen a few times. First, before the 2019 Unsound Festival, where João Pais Filipe played three sets, then at the beginning of 2020. Finally, we managed to talk in the second half of the pandemic year. There were many reasons – during the last 10 months, the Portuguese drummer released no fewer than 5 albums, and more are still to come.
João Pais Filipe is an extraordinary and original musician in terms of performance techniques. I had the opportunity to see him playing solo at the Tremor festival in 2019, when – using the unusual acoustics of a car garage that served as his venue – his music was intense, trance-like, indigenous, but also techno-like. The drummer from Porto is characterized by an extraordinary motoric sound, he hardly uses the kick drum at all, but he nuances the rhythm very well, playing on the floor toms, hi-hats and gongs. He creates gongs and cymbals on his own, expanding his musical sound arsenal as a sculptor. Not only do they have remarkable acoustic qualities (each is designed differently), but also visual ones – due to the texture, material and unusual sculptures that Pais Filipe places on them.
2020 showed his extremely broad horizons – from his motoric, krautrock incarnation with Burnt Friedman, through a more progressive style with GNOD, the powerful, metal sound with Julius Gabriel as Paisiel, but also an exploration of resonance and electronics with Rafael Toral. It is also the year of his second solo album, Sun Oddly Quiet. Below you will read about his musical path, his fascination with metallic sounds and Einstürzende Neubauten. At the end of the text is a brief review of his albums from the past months. If you missed out, now is the time to catch up...
Read the rest here: Nowe Idzie Od Morza
So as previously, it is a great time to buy some ltd Rocket albums and shirts - here's some of our latest releases we wanna shout about:
DJINN – Transmission LP
New album from this great duo feat GOAT/HILLS members, we only have 100 copies available on presale (300 will be going to record shops)
VED – Ett visst fängelse 7"
Banging new two track ltd edition 7" from these Swedish master of repetitive psych rhythms
GÅS – GÅS 7"
We found 15 copies of this highly sought after 7" – yes we could put it up on Discogs for £40 each but we decided to sell them to you at original price instead.
GNOD – Easy to Build, Hard to Destroy 2LP/CD
Double Ltd edition LP compilation on Pink/Black splatter of rare and unreleased GNOD tracks from 208-2011
Urdog – Long Shadows: 2003-2006 LP
Ltd edition Ice Black splatter vinyl version of this incredible retrospective compilation
GOAT – Requiem (Single LP edition)
Ltd Edition repress on 'Blue Flame' vinyl of this Rocket classic album, only 200 copies!
Pharaoh Overlord – 6 LP/CD
Immensely epic album '6' on 'Snake Bite' Yellow vinyl edition
Paisiel – Unconscious Death Wish LP
Stunning second album, ltd Red/Black 'colour-in-colour' vinyl
Anthroprophh – Toilet Circuit 7" EP
Repress on yellow vinyl due to speed of first pressing sold out
J. Zunz – Hibiscus LP
One of our fave releases from 2020, ltd Blue/White swirl vinyl
GOAT/GNOD – T-shirts
Reprints of classic GOAT and GNOD t-shirts available.
+ there are loads of other great albums, shirts and posters to pick up from the Rocket or individual bands Bandcamp stores:
The single is released on 5th March and you can watch a great video made by Rocket's John O'Carroll for the killer groove driven track 'The Embrace Of The Oarfish' here via Backseat Mafia:
This ltd edition VED 7" single can be preordered from 8am this Friday via this link (as part of the latest Bandcamp Friday):
VED's ever evolving sound has always taken in many global influences, from Middle Eastern to African to the monotonous explorations of composers like Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
New track 'The Embrace Of The Oarfish' advances a propulsive pummelling of rhythms centred around a repetitive single bass note that masquerades like a menacingly deep percussive outlaw. The looming ribbon like nature of the track slithers like the giant sea serpent the title alludes too - some say the Oarfish can forecast earthquakes themselves, maybe its the resonance of the bomb shelter in Malmö that is the bands rehearsal space that imposes itself tremor like through their oscillating work. VED’s journey is a wholly unique controlled burn where rapid oxidation devours any listener into a blaze of restorative enchantment.
Ltd edition vinyl of 300 copies available to buy
Watch the band made video for first single to be released, the cosmic jazz of 'Love Divine', exclusively via The Quietus here:
The album which is ltd to 400 copies will be available to preorder on Orange/Red Swirl vinyl from 8am this Friday (as part of the latest Bandcamp Friday). We will have 100 copies up for presale, the other 300 will be available in local record shops.
All copies will receive a free download code of the album + the bands 2020 cassette release 'Avant de servir'.
Transmission’ is a intrepid step into new terrain for DJINN - the mantric rhythms are hypnotic here, the freeform extrapolations hit new peaks of vivid abandon, and the moments of calm are blissfully meditative. Yet their sound palette extends into refreshing collisions of intent and metaphysical intensity that echo across the psychic landscapes of Sunburned Hand Of The Man-style freak-folk, as well as the polylingual fusion of jazz, European and Asian music that Don Cherry essayed on 1969’s ‘Eternal Rhythm’ and 1973’s ‘Organic Music Society’.
Amidst these intoxicating and richly eclectic soundworlds, the band are just as comfortable invoking Popol Vuh (as on the mellotron-abetted title track) Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the lineage of Swedish underground music that found epiphanies in the radical folk-psych of Arbete Och Fritid whilst also sounding - crucially - like no-one but themselves.
"21 For 21"
Bands Raising Funds for Resonance FM Radio
Curated by Artrocker Radio
Available via Bandcamp for the month of February only during Resonance FM's fund raising period.
Buy here: Artrocker
The bands: The Lovely Eggs / Snapped Ankles / AK/DK / Shopping / USA Nails / Barringtone / Japanese Television / Hey Colossus / Girls in Synthesis / The Callas / Lower Slaughter / Die Die Die / War on Women / Big Lad / Blacklab / Democrash / Anthroprophh / Global Charming / JC Satan / Slift / Pet Crow /
Resonance is a groundbreaking 24/7 radio station which broadcasts on 104.4 FM to central London, DAB to Greater London, nationally on Radioplayer and live streamed to the rest of the world.
Resonance needs to raise £20,000 to get us through these difficult times. Free media - operating two independent 24/7 radio stations on FM and DAB in five UK cities - inevitably costs money. They can't maintain their services without your help. Our dedicated community of 250 programme-makers and volunteer engineers donate their expertise week-in, week-out to keep Resonance on-air.
Artrocker Radio has been broadcasting with Resonance FM for over a decade now, blasting out the far-from-easy-listening tones of the international underground 'indie' scenes that encompass the energetic sounds of genres such as post-punk, psych, garage rock, hardcore punk, krautrock, synth-wave, darkwave, new-wave, no-wave, and many of the numerous metals from thrash to doom. With Paul and Lewis at the helm, we've also focused on what is happening on the live scene in London in order to encourage you to get out and see live music or at least support it...... until this, troublesome year.
But reflecting a year of innovative crowd and fund raising events and releases from the DIY music scene we've decided to do likewise and compile a collection / compilation of some of our very favourite bands. The bands have contributed tracks for free, so you simply have to make a purchase of the compilation on bandcamp in order to contribute to the Resonance FM fund raising. You can contribute as much as you'd like.
The Bands - some names you'll know, some will be new to you - that's how Artrocker works - today's unknowns are tomorrow's favourites.
"21 for 21" will include 21 of our current favourite bands who have featured prominently on the show.
Many thanks to all the bands and labels for generously contributing to this compilation.
We keep Artrocker Radio going because we love what we do and we think it is important to give exposure to the underground and DIY scene. Resonance FM have been tirelessly supportive of Artrocker Radio for which we are extremely grateful - we can only conclude they feel the same way. Resonance FM love what they do and believe it important to give exposure for all kinds of shows, not just Artrocker. We think it is vital to keep it going for another ten years. The beauty is, that you can play a part.
Paul and Lewis, Artrocker Radio