28 Nov 2021

Backseat Mafia reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs live in Manchester


It says:

If you’ve ever wondered, and to be fair it’s extremely unlikely, what Harry Enfield’s 80’s creation, Stavros, would look like fronting a doom metal band, then look no further than Pigsx7. Lead singer, Matthew Baty, resplendent in a t-shirt proclaiming, “Find What Feels Good” and a very natty pair of “pig-dragon” shorts, prowls the stage of the Albert Hall barefoot menacingly. Part Idle, part Begbie, this is a man who means business. The bare chested hardcore Rollins look has been replaced with a moustache and longer hair. Lockdown can do strange things to a person.

He points to the enormous banner, with the word Pigs dripping in blood and tells us how happy that gigs are back and the chance to unfurl it in public after so long. It dominates the stage and there can’t be many venues around at their current level, big enough to display it.

This is my first Pigs live experience, and they don’t disappoint. With their 3rd and most recent album, Viscerals, already nearly 18 months old, tonight’s set is pretty much split evenly with it and King Of Cowards, with just Sweet Relief putting in an appearance from their 2017 debut, Feed The Rats. To be fair it’s the only track that fits with the current set, clocking in at a miserly 4 and half minutes, compared to the 15 minute slogs of the rest of the album...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia

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The Arts Desk reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs live in Birmingham


It says:

When those cold winter nights start closing in, there is really only two choices for facing up to the unpleasantness that this brings. Stay at home, batten down the hatches, whack up the heating and blow the expense. Or go out and immerse yourself in some hot and sweaty rock’n’roll.

Clearly, the majority of us at theartsdesk.com favour the second option. So, when the raucous Pigsx7 finally made it to Birmingham to support their Viscerals album of 18 months ago, there really was no choice about what to do.

It may have been cold and wet outside, but Pigsx7 weren’t going to be guided by that with their stage wear. Striding on in front of the audience looking somewhat pasty in shorts and t-shirts – except for ever-cool guitarist Adam Sykes, who looked particularly dapper, dressed in black – they soon got into the swing of things by launching into the artillery barrage of the speedy “Reducer” with a retina-burning explosion of lights where previously there had just been a fug of dry ice. From there, they took the thumping “Rubbernecker” and “Halloween Bolson” from their new album and pulverised them, while bouncing around like Geordie goblins.

“It’s always special to play Birmingham” announced singer Matt Baty to much hilarity, “As that’s where our musical fathers come from – UB40”. It was almost as if this was a signal for the audience to liven up, as next tune, the foot-stomping “Sweet Relief” saw the mosh pit erupt in no uncertain terms. Bodies slammed into each other, beer was spilled, and an almost constant flow of bodies began crowd-surfing towards the stage...

Read the rest here:  The Arts Desk

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26 Nov 2021

Petbrick to play Bangface 2022


Petbrick playing the infamous Bangface Festival on 5-9 May at Southport Holiday Park.

Info and tickets can be found here: Bangface

And don't forget Petbrick are playing The Electrowerkz in London on 15 December, tickets can be bought here: Baba Yaga's Hut

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23 Nov 2021

Bonnacons of Doom to play Arc Tangent Festival


Following last weekends performance at Brave Exhibitions, we are pleased to announce that Bonnacons of Doom will now be playing next years Arc Tangent Festival.

Tickets and info here: Arc Tangent

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The Sleeping Shamen reviews Nova Express's 'Twenty One'


It reads:

Although Twenty One is a reissue of Nova Express’ 2001 album One, I listened to it for the first time to write this review. I wanted to get that right out there – this is a review from fresh ears. The album has been remastered and re-sequenced, but I have no comparison to comment on that latter element of this reissue.

The press release states that Torbjörn Abelli stated in 2001 that ‘this album will mature and be perfect twenty years from now.’ The startling discovery of my three listens of Twenty One is that I came away with the same impression listening to it only now. Nova Express have now joined the ranks in my knowledge base of other influential bands of their age (Can and Soft Machine came immediately to mind) whose presence still resonates in current bands like Radiohead, Ulver or Unreqvited.

Fredhäll starts off this version with a drone that continues throughout, slowly followed by piano and other keyboards joining in, creating layers of pastoral sound. This slow, deliberate song seems the perfect opener, in my experience, of the album.

Wave To Each Other, again begins with a drone, but soon drums and bass enter in a faster tempo than the previous track. At the two and half minute mark, the first vocals appear but are not prominent, and soon saxophone lines add some jazz flavor. Trees, Grass And Stonehenge, the shortest track, has the same feel as the previous track but the jazz is trippier, like Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew era, or early Weather Report...

Read the full piece here: The Sleeping Shamen

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22 Nov 2021

The Yorkshire Post reviews Teeth of the Sea / The Utopia Strong show at The Crescent


It reads:

Let us address the green baize elephant in the room first. Seated stage left, benevolently presiding over a burbling modular synth that resembles an analogue telephone switchboard crossed with the flight deck of a UFO, that is indeed 1980s snooker legend Steve Davis.

Davis is also a long-standing champion of obscure and experimental music, and his years as a DJ and radio presenter have now led him to make his own psychedelic electronic sounds as The Utopia Strong, in collaboration with his multi-instrumentalist friends Kavus Torabi and Michael York, veterans of a raft of cult bands including Gong, Coil and Current 93.

Here in a double header with Rocket Recordings labelmates Teeth Of The Sea, the band’s very decent debut album becomes just a jumping-off point for tonight’s improvisation-led live set. The opening drones mutate sedately into the rhythmic pulse of a dystopian sci-fi soundtrack, before entering lush, woozy territory led by York’s explorations on woodwinds and Torabi’s vocal loops and reverbed guitar. The rhythms build gradually as these amiable cosmic voyagers crank up the interstellar overdrive pedals and set the controls for the hearts of an appreciative audience.

By contrast, Teeth Of The Sea take no prisoners, bringing the volume and intensity right from the start in a set that could easily command a festival crowd, never mind a quiet Sunday evening in York. Against pulsing back projections and slamming drum machine beats, the three musicians shift seamlessly between banks of technology and live instruments. On latest album Wraith, doomy brass parts set a pensive mood, but live, the echoing trumpet spars with fuzz bass and shredding space-metal guitar as the band laugh in the face of genre. From Scorn-like slow crushing beats to the psychedelic reels of the Chemical Brothers in their prime, Teeth Of The Sea live are a force to be reckoned with.

Read the rest here: Yorkshire Post

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18 Nov 2021

White Rabbit & Rocket Recordings Christmas Party announced


We have teamed up with the great publishers White Rabbit for a joint Christmas party at The Social on 11th December, details are:

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White Rabbit and co-pilots Rocket Recordings present:
A VERY HEAVY CHRISTMAS PARTY

– Harry Sword on the Drone and Sonic Oblivion
– Richard Norris (performance)
– Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi interviewed by Jennifer Lucy Allan
– GNOD (full band, live set)
– Steve Davis, Kavus Torabi DJ set till Late

December 11th
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD

Doors: 7pm
Tickets: £12 from here: The Social

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If you have been to the Social you know how small it is.
There are only 100 tickets gonna be available so be quick if you want to join us!

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15 Nov 2021

Backseat Mafia gives GNOD a 9/10 review for La Mort Du Sens


It reads:

Salfordian psychedelic noise rockers GNOD have been around for 15 years now. They have built up a loyal following across a discography that comprises 14 or so albums and numerous collaborations with artists like João Pais Filipe, BNSU, and Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick, acquiring a reputation for providing a formidable, unpredictable, and inimitable live experience in the process. ‘La Mort Du Sens’ is their first non-collaborative studio album since ‘Chapel Perilous’ (2018), and one of the best albums they have released to date.

I promised myself I wouldn’t fill this review up with superlatives, but it will be difficult since this is some of the best music I’ve heard by anyone in quite some time. Over the course of five songs and just over half an hour, GNOD demonstrate on ‘La Mort Du Sens’ that they have lost none of their talent for knowing when to keep things tight and when to loosen things up. Indeed, in terms of their body of work, this album may well ultimately stand up as the one on which they perfected the art of deploying these two opposing disciplines...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia

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12 Nov 2021

Birthday Cake for Breakfast interview with Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs about new single Hot Stuff


It reads:

Tell you what – we love hearing from artists when things go right. We equally love hearing from artists when things go dreadfully wrong. A song that was a piece of piss, written in 20 minutes? Or years in the making and a bastard to write?

Whether it’s a song that came together through great duress or one that was smashed out in a short amount of time, we’re getting the lowdown from some of our favourites on the one song that they can’t stop thinking about – in their own words.

Something different this time around, as Adam Sykes talks us through the latest Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs single – a collaborative cover with The Lovely Eggs! ‘Hot Stuff’ – the natural single choice – sees all proceeds going towards Sunderland record store Pop Recs in memory of the late Dave Harper. Tour dates below (tickets here). Take it away, Adam…

“It feels important to start this by saying we didn’t write this song. Not only did we not write the song but we barely changed the arrangement. There was little need to, it has everything in all of the right places.

During the height of the pandemic I was shielding, it meant we weren’t able to get together as we’d have liked or, once restrictions allowed, use the free time as we’d have liked. With that in mind, a cover seemed like a sensible prospect. Something to keep us distracted from the news. The track was already written, all we had to do was play it a little slower and with a lot more distortion. Once the bones of the track were down, restrictions were lifted and shielding was a memory; it became apparent we needed some other vocals and The Lovely Eggs sat at the top of our list. For some reason, they said yes.

Shortly before that, Dave Harper of Frankie and the Heartstrings tragically passed away. He was a very popular figure in the North East, especially amongst musicians. Having set up Pop Recs, a record shop and venue in Sunderland, that was an awful lot more than that. We were meant to play the reopening of Pop Recs. It would have been our first show back after… you know. A grander version of the venue, we kept hearing how excited Dave was to have it finally be finished. Those gigs weren’t able to happen but with Hot Stuff nearly there it was a no-brainer to use it to raise money for Pop Recs. As a mutual friend kindly said, “He’d probably have pretended to hate it but secretly really liked it”.

Like I say, we didn’t write this song so there’s only so much I can say about it. I’m sure Pete Bellotte and Donna Summer have done an interview about it somewhere but y’know, it’s for a good cause so just buy it.“

See the piece here: Birthday Cake for Breakfast

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10 Nov 2021

Petbrick remixes Harm's Way


Listen to Petbrick remix the track ‘Pretender’ by Harm's Way – the track is available on the double album ‘Isolation’ released by Closed Casket Activities

Listen/Buy here: Harm's Way

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Kuro announce Bristol show



Following the announcement of Kuro's London show with Sons of Viljems, the duo have now announced a second show at Bristol's Cube Cinema on 21 January put on by Echoic Memory.

Jan 20 / London / Camden Assembly  Info/tickets
Jan 21 / Bristol / The Cube  Info/tickets

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9 Nov 2021

Festival Novas Frequências announces 'ROAM' – featuring a special Deafbrick, Duma and Simon Grab collaboration


What they say:

Festival Novas Frequências
December 2021

Uniting artists Deafbrick (DEAF KIDS + Petbrick), Duma KE, Simon Grab and the organization Genesys –  Roam is a sort of meta-maze: a 3 D game-shaped maze in first person composed of approximately 50 references of mazes removed from cinema, visual arts, history, mythology. and literature. The work reflects on the decompression of situations experienced and not understood that confuse humans.

Roam was originally commissioned for the @inout_festival, a project with support of the Coincidence, a program of exchanges between Switzerland and South America created by the Swiss foundation Pro Helvetia, and is now presented in the virtual gallery of #NF2021.

The gallery will be available from 01/12 here:

Festival Novas Frequências

And more information about the project can be read here

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8 Nov 2021

More reviews of GNOD's La Mort Du Sens


Here's more review's of GNOD's latest album (post will be updated as they come in):

"Phenomenally heavy work from start to finish."
Music OMH

"Incessant and brutal sensory attack."
Sentireascoltare

"Filthy, caustic, razor-sharp – GNOD are back"
Loud and Quiet

"Discordant thing of beauty. This is pretty much what I want from Gnod." 
God Is In The TV

"This is a proper banger." The Sleeping Shamen

"Like an absolute force of nature." Brainwashed

"We all need a band like this in our lives." Sun-13

Buy the album now from your local record shop or from here: Bandcamp

The band will also be selling an exclusive red vinyl version from their merch table on their forthcoming tour

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GNOD and Smote to play Astral Festival


The great Astral Festival returns next year with a special two day event at Strange Brew – we are happy to reveal that both GNOD and Smote will be playing on the Saturday.

Tickets can be bought from here: Headfirst

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5 Nov 2021

Echoes and Dust reviews GNOD's La Mort Du Sens


It reads:

One should never expect the obvious when approaching the work of Manchester art/noise collective GNOD so perhaps it makes perfect sense that they have done the one thing I didn’t foresee on La Mort Du Sens, which is to make an entire album of no-nonsense fuzz punk bangers. Paddy Shine of the band has said they wanted to create a set of songs which more closely matched the experience of seeing them live, where they tend to go out with noiseniks like Part Chimp and Hey Colossus and match them all the way. You can see how the desire to get back to gigging and wanting some new crushingly great riff-bastards to assault people with would appeal. As ever with GNOD there is much to admire and consider in the lyrical content and I guess as such the album in their catalogue this most resembles is Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine.

The album title translates as “The Death of Meaning” reflecting the uncertainty of the times we’ve all been living through. The songs carry a sense of abandon and abandonment, with much of the bands trademark righteous anger turning to nihilism. The most obvious example of this bleak “for tomorrow we die” attitude is lead single ‘Pink Champagne Blues’ which races along like a rhino on speed and includes such exhortations as “Let’s get fucked, head rush”. It comes with a video of skateboarders which is a clear homage to ‘100%’ by Sonic Youth and there’s plenty of nods to late 80’s and early 90’s alt-rock throughout the album...

Read the rest here: E&D

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Watch Petbrick live at Raw Power Festival


Watch Petbrick full live set from the recent Raw Power Festival exclusively via Cvlt Nation here:

Cvlt Nation

The band are returning to London for a special show at The Electrowerkz on 15 December, tickets available from here: Dice 

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Teeth of the Sea to play Vernal Equinox Festival


Teeth of the Sea are heading to Vernal Equinox Festival in Preston on 22-24 April 2022.

More info can be found here: Vernal Equinox


The band are heading out on the 13th November a weeks tour with The Utopia Strong:

Nov 13 / Manchester / The Carlton Club
Nov 14 / York / The Crescent
Nov 15 / Barrow In Furness / Barrow Underground Music Society
Nov 16 / Newcastle / The Cluny
Nov 17 / Glasgow / Broadcast
Nov 18 / Bristol / Strange Brew
Nov 20 / London / Lexington (MATINEE AND EVENING SHOW) 

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The Quietus reviews GNOD's La Mort Du Sens


They say:

About a week ago, my friend Mike and my partner Kristen and I were searching YouTube for a moderately perverted German cartoon about a cat detective when the “listen again” queue caught my eye. There it was, the thumbnail of the music video / skate vid for Gnod’s grindingly heavy single, ‘Pink Champagne Blues’: a skateboarder crumpling mid-bail, nothing if not a perfectly composed HD rectangle of agony.

When it comes to skateboarding, I’m an idiot moth repeatedly singeing my antennae on an energy-saver bulb. As a thing, I can’t recall being unaware of it, although I clearly remember being transfixed by my much older cousin, in vert pads and bright shorts on a Vision board, freestyling in his driveway. I remember my seventh birthday, in the fall of ‘86, when he taught me how to skate. Skateboarding wasn’t cool then, and it especially wasn’t cool where I grew up. It certainly wasn’t socially accepted. It was a fringe thing, a type of flat-out rejection, an ideal way for a certain sort of kid to clearly articulate their philosophical position – “NO” – simply by being. I was never really any good, but I loved it then and I love it now, thirty-seven years later...

Read the rest here: The Quietus

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Birthday Cake for Breakfast reviews GNOD's La Mort Du Sens


They say:

Though this is musically the complete opposite of the previous record, there are still equal levels of depth and intensity to be had on this new long playing effort from Salford based collective Gnod. We’ve had a few releases in the three years since the last Gnod album, but in terms of a proper record, 2018’s ‘Chapel Perilous‘ felt like an even more expansive trip into Gnod’s ever psychedelic experiments. But to me, ‘La Mort Du Sens‘ leans on the more urgent, noise rock stylings of 2017’s gargantuan ‘Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine‘.

With the music recorded in a mill somewhere in Manchester at the back of 2019, ‘La Mort Du Sens‘ was completed last year with most of the vocal sessions taking place over lockdown. As expected, this is a record brimming with this ‘what the actual fuck is going on‘ attitude, as we cascade through seething vocals, walls of fuzzy guitars and an ever urgent rhythmic section...

Read the rest here: Birthday Cake for Breakfast

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GNOD's La Mort Du Sens is released today


“A lurching slab of cathartic post-psych ferocity.”
The Quietus

“A brutalised statement of art and of intent.” Terrascope

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Today sees the release of GNOD's latest album 'La Mort Du Sens' – 5 tracks of ferocious psych-punk-noise for your soul.

Go to your local shop and pick up a ltd edition 'blue vinyl', – or if you are lucky, try to find one of the very special 'Dinked' versions. The band will also have ltd edition 'red vinyl' versions on sale at their up-and-coming shows. The album is also available on CD and you can pick that up from Bandcamp:

Bandcamp

GNOD are finally hitting the road this month, so do not miss the chance to blow those cobwebs in your ears away:

Nov 11 / Preston / The Ferret
Nov 12 / London / Studio 9294
Nov 13 / Margate / Elsewhere
Nov 14 / Brighton / The Hope and Ruin
Nov 15 / Bristol / The Lanes
Nov 16 / Cardiff / The Moon
Nov 17 / Leicester / The Soundhouse
Nov 18 / Leeds / Mabgate Bleach
Nov 19 / Glasgow / Nice & Sleazy
Nov 20 / Newcastle / Brave Exhibitions Festival
April 29 (2022) / London / Desert Festival

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If one overarching feeling has dominated the last two years on this orbiting rock, it’s uncertainty. A sense of an old order in ruins, and nothing lined up to replace it. With societal strife, psychic warfare and sheer boredom assaulting us from all fronts in this still-fresh decade, co-ordinates have been hard to place forging a path forward. Therefore, who better to turn to as a soundtrack for this tumultuous new era than GNOD - longtime chroniclers of discord.

Masters of an approach which manages to be both unmistakable and unpredictable. GNOD are now well established as prophets of the dispossessed. ‘La Mort Du Sens’ is no less than another relentlessly invigorating stop-off on their wild ride to who knows where.


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4 Nov 2021

J. Zunz to play Supersonic Festival


Really pleased to announce that J. Zunz will be playing Supersonic festival on 8-10 July 2022!

She joins a stellar list of artists who have also been announced.

For more info and tickets visit:

Supersonic

J. Zunz latest album 'Hibiscus' can be bought from here: 

Bandcamp

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3 Nov 2021

Watch Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs play Rubbernecker Live at Blank Studios

Following on from the footage we revealed of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs playing World Crust Live at Blank Studios, we now follow-up with the band playing the track Rubbernecker.

Shot on 16mm film by Matt Stokes and Mat Fleming.

For the in the flesh experience see the band on tour.
Tickets from www.pigsx7.com

Nov 12: Norwich - The Waterfront
Nov 13: Swansea - Sin City
Nov 17: Belfast - The Belfast Empire Music Hall
Nov 18: Limerick - Dolan's  *LOW TICKET WARNING* 
Nov 20: Dublin - Whelan's
Nov 23: Manchester - Albert Hall
Nov 24: Bristol - Marble Factory
Nov 25: Birmingham - The Mill  *LOW TICKET WARNING* 
Nov 27: Brighton - Concorde 2 (SOLD OUT)
Nov 29: Southampton - Engine Rooms
Nov 30: London - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Dec 01: London - Electric Ballroom
Dec 02: Leeds - Stylus  *LOW TICKET WARNING* 
Dec 08: Nottingham - Rock City
Dec 09: Edinburgh - Summerhall
Dec 10: Glasgow - St Luke's  *LOW TICKET WARNING* 
Dec 11: Aberdeen - The Lemon Tree
Dec 17: Newcastle - The Cluny (SOLD OUT)
Dec 18: Newcastle - The Cluny (SOLD OUT)
Dec 19: Newcastle - The Cluny  *LOW TICKET WARNING* 

Listen and buy the bands latest single 'Hot Stuff (feat. The Lovely Eggs)' here: Bandcamp

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1 Nov 2021

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs to headline Entombed Festival


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are playing Entombed Festival in Hastings on February 5th...

Info and tickets

The bands full list of shows are:

Nov 12 / Norwich / The Waterfront
Nov 13 / Swansea / Sin City
Nov 17 / Belfast  / The Empire Music Hall
Nov 18 / Limerick / Dolans
Nov 19 / Cork / Kino
Nov 20 / Dublin / Whelan's
Nov 23 / Manchester  / Albert Hall
Nov 24 / Bristol / Motion
Nov 25 / Birmingham / The Mill
Nov 27 / Brighton / Concorde 2 – SOLD OUT
Nov 29 / Southampton / Engine Rooms
Nov 30 / London  / Electric Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Dec 1 / London / Electric Ballroom
Dec 2 / Leeds  / Stylus
Dec 8 / Nottingham  / Rock City
Dec 9 / Edinburgh / Summerhall
Dec 10 / Glasgow  / St Luke's
Dec 11 / Aberdeen / The Lemon Tree
Dec 17 / Newcastle Upon-Tyne / The Cluny – SOLD OUT
Dec 18 / Newcastle Upon-Tyne / The Cluny – SOLD OUT
Dec 19 / Newcastle Upon-Tyne / The Cluny
Feb 05 / Hastings / Entombed Festival
May 26-29 / Berlin / Desertfest

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Alison Cotton announces her next album to be released on Rocket


We are thrilled to announce that Alison Cotton will release her next album on Rocket in 2022.

The news was revealed in this great interview with Alison on The Quietus:

The Quietus

We at Rocket were completely blown away by Alison's last album 'Only Darkness Now' which was released on Cardinal Fuzz and Feeding Tube – it was easily one of our favourite albums of 2020, so to be releasing the follow-up, the third album proper is a a real privilege for us!

The forthcoming album is called 'The Portrait You Painted Of Me', sadly due to the current chaos of vinyl manufacturing we are confronted with we do not know when the album will be released yet, but we will announce release details and share some first music from it when we can firm up a release schedule. Like Alison's previous albums, this new one will also be released via Feeding Tube in the States.

In the meantime, if you become a subscriber to The Quietus you can hear  nearly twenty-minute piece by Alison called 'What You Told Me On That Journey In The Horse & Carriage' as part of their Singularity series.

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