4 Jul 2022

Three Rocket albums in The Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far Chart 2022


Honoured to have three albums in The Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far Chart 2022:

#10 / Alison Cotton – The Portrait You Painted Of Me

#25 / The Utopia Strong – International Treasure

#82 / Gnod – Hexen Valley

See the full rundown of incredible albums, that includes many of our favourite releases of the year so far here:

The Quietus

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30 Jun 2022

Rocket Probes – June 2022 playlist


J. Zunz – Del Aire
(Incredibly immersive new album has just been released – dive in)

Various – Avon Attorlaðe
(New comp of eclectic Bristol sounds from Avon Terror Corps – all proceeds go to Solidarity Apothecary for their work on the borders of Ukraine)

Cherrystones – FlooriDa
(Great track by Godsy)

KIKOK — Waterpark
(Ex Gnoomes drummer shows of his 'reflex'es)

Carmen Villain – A Year Ago
(Excellent new track)

Jimmy Smack - Death Is Certain
(Essential outsider sounds)

The Green Birds – Tam Tam Shake
(Cheers to Craig Clouse for this great '71 track tip-off – the album it is off is well worth a listen too)

The Edgar Broughton Band – Mr Crosby
(Getting the groove on)

Mad Professor – Escape to the Asylum of Dub
(Dubs)

Martillo – Disdentes
(Fall meets Harmonia repetitions from 80's Peru)

Doris – Don't
(Killer fuzzed soul sounds from 70's Sweden)

Daniela Casa – Grosse Cilindrate
(70s Italian riffs)

Bo Hansson – Storstad
(More classic Swedish psych from Hansson...cheers Rickard)

ANGST vor GRETA - Infinity
(Nice track heard on NTS Channeling show)

My Bloody Valentine - The Sandman Never Sleeps
(MBV in Cramps mode)

T. Gowdy – Miracles
(Minimalist rhythms n' noise)

Speed Glue & Shinki – Run and Hide
(An ol' classic)

Psychic Ills w/ Gibby Haynes – FRKWYS Vol. 4​.​5: Nowhere in the Night
(Sound bending sounds)

The Fall – Dr Buck's Letter
(From the flawless Unutterable album)


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



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24 Jun 2022

J. Zunz new album 'Del Aire' is released today


Essential listening. Terrascope

“Never fails to surprise, intrigue and uplift.” Fragmented Flaneur

“Atmospheric to the max.” Electronic Sound

"Intertwining bewitching electronics with emotional tumult." Backseat Mafia 

"A sonic experience that needs to be heard to be believed." The Sleeping Shaman

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We are over the moon to finally be able to share J. Zunz new album 'Del Aire' that is released today on ltd edition yellow vinyl and via all streaming sites:

Bandcamp   Spotify

In case you were not aware, J. Zunz is the solo project by Mexican artist Lorena Quintanilla from Lorelle meets The Obsolete, Del Aire is Lorena's second album for Rocket, following 2020's album Hisbiscus.

J. Zunz is starting a huge European tour next week and we implore you all to go and see her perform:

29 June / BE / Antwerp / Het Bos
30 June / DE / Mannheim / Der Mannheim Kult
02 July / IT / Padova / Yucca Festival
03 July / IT / Torino / LivingRoom
04 July / FR / Lyon / Le Sonic
05 July / FR / Paris / Supersonic
07 July / UK / Bristol / Rough Trade
08 July / UK / Newcastle / Cobalt Studios
09/10 July / UK / Birmingham / Supersonic Festival
12 July / UK / Birkenhead / Future Yard
13 July / UK / Manchester / The Peer Hat
14 July / UK / London / The Victoria
15 July / UK / Ramsgate / Music Hall
17 July / DE / Bremen / MS Loretta
19 July / CZ / Prague / Underdogs
20 July / CZ / Rožnov pod Radhoštěm / Vratnice
21 July / PL / Warsaw / Chmury
22 July / PL / Bydgoszcz / Mozg
23 July / DE / Dresden / scheune Blechschloss
24 July / SK / Bratislava / Kulturak klub
26 July / HU / Szeged / Jazz Kocsma
27 July / AT / Graz / Cafe’ Wolf
28 July / SI / Ljubljana / Gromka
29 July / AT / Innsbruck / PMK
31 July / BE / Kortrijk / The Pit’s



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20 Jun 2022

Fragment Flaneur reviews eight Rocket albums


The great Fragment Flaneur has spent the last eight days reviewing our current crop of Rocket albums.

Read the reviews here: Fragment Flaneur

All are available from: Bandcamp

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17 Jun 2022

Alison Cotton's 'The Portrait You Painted Of Me' is released today


"A solemn siren of the sea.” 4/5
The Guardian

"A modern folk masterpiece." The Quietus

“Unique and powerful and growing in richness and confidence with each new release.” 4.5/5 NARC Magazine

“Alison’s sound is startlingly brilliant.” Shindig!


Alison Cotton's new album 'The Portrait You Painted Of Me' is released today.

Listen here:

Bandcamp   Spotify

The album is released in the on the great Feeding Tube Records in US.

Without trying to always sound like a stuck record, we are sad to announce that the LPs have been delayed due to the ongoing chaos in vinyl manufacturing. We do hope they will only be delayed by a couple of weeks max – and we definitely hope Alison will have copies to sell from her merch table from the start of her summer dates.

Alison has also just announced a string of European dates in October, the full list of shows now reads:

June
25 Coventry ~ Just Dropped In

July
03 Feanedock ~ Timber Festival
06 Leeds ~ Wharf Chambers
07 Glasgow ~ Hug & Pint
08 Preston ~ The New Continental
09 Manchester ~ The Gullivers
10 Sheffield ~ Bishops’ House
15 Bristol ~ The Crofters Rights
16 Chelmsford ~ Hot Box

August
27 London ~ Raw Power Festival

September
07 Berlin ~ Kiezsalon Festival

October
01 Lyon ~ Sonic
02 Geneva ~ Cave 12
04 Milan ~ Teatro Linguaggio
05 Graz ~ Cafe Wolf
06 Prague ~ Punctum



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10 Jun 2022

Holy Scum release debut album 'Strange Desires' today


“Disturbing, ugly and seductively compelling, Strange Desires is a near perfect end of days soundtrack”
The Wire

"Unflinching in their confrontation." The Fat Angel Sings

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Holy Scum, the four piece band featuring Mike Mare (Dälek,) Peter J Taylor (Action Beat), Chris Haslam (GNOD) and Jon Perry (GNOD) have today released their debut album 'Strange Desires'!

We sound like a stuck record, but sadly the LPs have been delayed due to the ongoing chaos in vinyl manufacturing. We do hope they will only be delayed by a couple of weeks at max – we have managed to get copies to the band for their tour that are underway at the moment.

You can still preorder the LP via Bandcamp or from your local record shop:

Bandcamp    Spotify

See Holy Scum supporting Dälek:

10 June / London Electrowerkz
11 June / Birmingham Centrala
12 June / Manchester White Hotel
13 June / Newcastle Cluny
14 June / Bristol The Lanes
16 June / Glasgow Bloc+



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The Utopia Strong's 'International Treasure' album is released today


"Another spirit raising success." Uncut

"A head trip through relaxed ambient sounds that come on like Mixmaster Morris’ Irresistible Force getting down with Tangerine Dream." The Arts Desk

"International Treasure is a triumph." Prog

"It’s not ambient and it’s not Krautrock – but International Treasure finds the 3 musicians drawing on elements of both to conjure something magical, something mystical." Aural Aggravation

"Castalia – the unadulterated feel good hit of the summer." The Quietus

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The Utopia Strong's new album 'International Treasure' is released today!

We are sad to say that the LPs have been delayed due to the ongoing chaos in vinyl manufacturing. We do hope they will only be delayed by a couple of weeks – and we are trying our utmost to get copies to the band for their dates that start on the 16th June. CDs are available in shops now.

You can still preorder the LP or pick-up a CD via Bandcamp:

Bandcamp 

See Utopia Strong at one of these up-and-coming shows:
(Note Birmingham date change)

June 16 / Strange Brew / Bristol
June 17 / The Garage / London (Supporting Magma)
June 18 / The Garage / London (Supporting Magma)
June 19 / Band On The Wall / Manchester (Supporting Magma)
June 24 / Glastonbury Festival (Glade Stage)
June 29 / South Street / Reading
June 30 / Green Door Store / Brighton
July 01 / The Cornish Bank / Falmouth
July 02 / New Lion Brewery / Dartington
July 03 / Junction3 / Cambridge
July 20 / Arts Centre / Colchester
August 18  / Glasgow / Stereo
August 19  / Manchester / Carlton Club
August 25  / Southampton / The Joiners
August 26  / Cardiff / Clwb Ifor Bach
August 26-29 / Krankenhaus Festival / Cumbria
September 23-24 / Carcassonne / Convenanza Festival
October 15 / Hare & Hounds / Birmingham



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7 Jun 2022

The Guardian reviews Alison Cotton's 'The Portrait You Painted Of Me'


It reads:

Cotton’s album renders traditional music in uncanny colours with influences from her native north-east England.

Alison Cotton has long wuthered on the wilder fringes of folk music. She played the viola in folk-rock revivalists the Eighteenth Day of May (signed to Joe Boyd’s Hannibal label) and still performs in the Left Outsides, her duo with husband Mark Nicholas, casting traditional music’s spirits and sounds in uncanny colours. Her recent solo work has been even more eerie and filmic, a mood her latest album sustains, tightly lacing her voice and harmonium around influences from her native north-east England.

The album begins with an incantation in miniature: Murmurations Over the Moor. For 77 seconds, Cotton’s vocals are layered in unison, harmoniously, then discordantly, twisting and dissembling folk scales. The Last Wooden Ship, a long piece inspired by the lost shipyards of Sunderland, follows; later, 17th November 1962 recalls a forgotten fishing-boat disaster. In both, harmonium drones suggest dying foghorns, Cotton’s voice morphing into a solemn siren of the sea.

That Tunnel Underground Seemed Neverending, inspired by old mining cultures, twists the metallic sound of viola strings into industrial echoes, then Violet May arrives like a lost Roud ballad, full of stark, slight lyrics about departing mothers and longed-for reunions that never come. It holds a deep sense of long-suffered, almost resilient loneliness.

Cotton claims Nico as an influence – and the icy textures of The Marble Index certainly lurk around her work – but strong, too, is her connection with the work of American musician Dorothy Carter, founder of the Mediaeval Baebes, whose work meshed medieval, traditional and experimental textures. Cotton may expand folk’s raw emotions into more avant garde territories, but they still feel possessed by a blood-red muscle memory that goes back centuries. 

See the piece here: The Guardian

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3 Jun 2022

Rubber Oh's debut album 'Strange Craft' is released today


"Complex psych-pop to its deliciously sweet limit." 8/10
Backseat Mafia

"Eye opening, mind-stretching and ear-blowing all at once." 4/5 Narc Magazine

"High quality ‘pop’ is hard to find... a delight to hear it achieved so convincingly here." The Sleeping Shaman

"Gooey psychedelia and deranged sci-fi pop that has echoes of the Kinks on the shrooms." Sun 13

"A sonic journey filled with this raw and vivid aggression." Circuit Sweet

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Today sees the release of Rubber Oh's debut album 'Strange Craft'.

You can buy the album via the Rocket bandcamp or from your favourite record shop – Rough Trade also have an exclusive Pink And Grey Splatter vinyl for sale:

Bandcamp     Rough Trade


See Rubber Oh live tonight and tomorrow:

June 03 / London/ The Lexington
June 04 / Newcastle/ The Cluny 2

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Rubber Oh’s debut album ‘Strange Craft’, is a deliriously tuneful sci-fi tinged psych-pop. Mapping out a retro-futuristic trajectory that stretches from the wide-eyed travails of the late-’60s through to the hard-edged  mind expansions of the 21st century, this collection of warped interstellar voyages is intent on taking the scenic route across the cosmic continuum. 

The album took shape initially in snatched hours around Sam Grant from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs regular job as studio engineer at Newcastle’s Blank Studios. While Sam performed the majority of the music, he had some help from friends and acquaintances  including Beth Jeans Houghton [Du Blonde] as well as a couple of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs members.

The incredible cover art  for Strange Craft was created by the very talented 3D artist Santi Zoraidez.



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31 May 2022

Rocket Probes – May 2022 playlist

The Utopia Strong – Castalia
(A massive euphoric banger!)
The Utopia Strong

J. Zunz – Outsides
(Immersive ambience and a cacophony of repetitious guitar fuzz – great new track from J.Zunz)
J. Zunz

Holy Scum – A World About To Die
(Second reason why you need this fog of momentous noise in your record collections)
Holy Scum

Petbrick – Ayan
(Mighty and unique tribal techno sounds + remixes from Surgeon and Cardopusher)
Petbrick

Oneida – I Wanna Hold Your Electric Hand
(The big O are back!!!)
Oneida

Kikagaku Moyo – Kumoyo Island
(Great last album by this incredibly talented bunch)
Kikagaku Moyo

Cassels – Your Humble Narrator
(Great slice of repetition!)
Cassels 

Elena Colombi b2b Phuong Dan – Transmission to Tisno
(Two of our fave DJs go back to back for Crack Mag)
Elena Colombi b2b Phuong Dan

Hakki Bulut – Ben koyluyum
(Turkish psych sounds)
Hakki Bulut

Michel Moulinié - L'écho de l'acier
(Cosmique repetitions from '78)
Michel Moulinié

Cheri Knight – Prime Numbers
(Nice repetitions – via Jenifer Lucy Allen column in the Quietus)
Cheri Knight 

Spacecraft – Paradoxe
(Interstellar cosmique sounds)
Spacecraft 

Bo Hansson – De svarta ryttarna
(Classic Swedish psych)
Bo Hansson

Pharaoh Overlord – Slow City
(Repetitions from 2000)
Pharaoh Overlord

Vox Populi! – Caballo Blanco
(From a great collection of unreleased Vox Populi! Tracks)
Vox Populi!

Various – Deep Cuts
(Comp of experimental, electronic sounds from India)
Deep Cuts

Faust – Morning Land
(Slightly different version of the killer track from Munich Everywhere/71 miuntes – from the Punkt album)
Faust 

Studio Master – Car Boot Sex Tape
(Great bit of funky-psych library Music unearthed by Johnny Trunk)
Studio Master

Księżyc – Rabbit Eclipse
(Great recommendation from Paddy Shine)
Księżyc

Quiet Road – Rest Comfortably
(Glam stomp rock)
Quiet Road

Chew – Holy Fountain
(New on Stolen Body)
Chew

James Brown – Super Bad Pts. 1, 2 & 3
(Essential groove)
James Brown

Ayal Senior – Az Yashir
(Acoustic, electronic and fuzzed mantras)
Ayal Senior

Mijal & White – I've Been You
(Garage pop)
Mijal & White

Ecstatic Vision – Times Up
(Stoogewind)
Ecstatic Vision

Basil Kirchin – Silicon Chip
(More great music unearthed by Jonny Trunk – check the whole comp)
Basil Kirchin

Laddie Bolocko – 97-99 / Live & Unreleased 1997-2000
(Like many of you we expect – been lapping up these two collections of avant rock sounds)
Laddie Bolocko

Vangelis – The Dragon
(Rest In Power)
Vangelis


Listen to and follow our updated monthly Rocket Probes Spotify playlist:

 

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Alison Cotton reveals second track from forthcoming album 'The Portrait You Painted of Me'

As announced before, we are extremely proud to be releasing Alison Cotton's forthcoming album 'The Portrait You Painted of Me' on Rocket Recordings (released on Feeding Tube in the USA) on 17 June.

We are now happy to be able to share with you the second full track to be revealed from the album 'I Buried The Candlesticks'. An absorbing track that has a haunted,  feel with its dolorously folky viola melody laid across a thick carpet harmonium, and small bursts of percussion that sound like cannonade heard through the thick cold walls of a castle in winter. Listen above.

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'The Portrait You Painted of Me' is available to preorder on ltd edition 'Burnt Birch Vinyl' via the link below. There is also a ltd edition 'Black Vinyl' version going to shops:

Bandcamp

For US fans, the ever great Feeding Tube Records will be releasing an 'Orange Vinyl' version via their shop.

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See Alison's incredible live set at these up-and-coming shows:

June 25 / Coventry / Just Dropped In
July 3 / Feanedock /  Timber Festival
July 6 / Leeds /  Wharf Chambers
July 7 / Glasgow / Hug & Pint
July 8 / Preston / The New Continental
July 9 / Manchester / The Gullivers
July 10 / Sheffield / Bishop’s House
July 15 / Bristol / Crofter’s Rights
July 16 / Chelmsford / Hot Box
August 26-28 / London / Raw Power Festival
September 7 / Berlin / Kiezsalon Festival



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27 May 2022

Och's new album Pö om pö is released today


"Distills kaleidoscopic rapture and oracular intensity."

"Soundtracking a mysterious ceremony on a medieval planet."

"Take an existential trip through the dimensions."


Swedish trio OCH release their new album Pö om pö today pick-up a copy of the ltd edition 'Ceremony Purple' vinyl from your local record shop or from here:

Bandcamp

Watch the great video for the band's first single from the album 'Bolid' here: 

Youtube

Pö om pö (meaning ‘little by little’) is a journey further into inner space from ‘II’, the band's previous album. It’s a still more expansive and vibrant transmission from the ether which distills kaleidoscopic rapture and oracular intensity from a variety of sources. The excursions here are jam-based in origin but lucid in approach, crepuscular in aspect but uplifting in effect.

Dwelling in a smoke-clouded glow that’s equal parts sunset gold and effects pedal red, OCH have here transcended all influences to create a tapestry of potent psychotropic sound. A record in which new horizons open up beyond the small hours, and where primeval wah-wah-abetted skronk and mantric folk-tinged repetition can collude to reveal new third-eye perceptions. Little By Little, Pö om pö, these forty minutes are here to bridge the chasms between conscious and subconscious, and in style.



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26 May 2022

Watch Rubber Oh perform previously unheard track 'Humans' live in Blank Studios


Rubber Oh, the new band put together by Sam Grant from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs release their debut album 'Strange Craft' next week. 

Whilst during their rehearsals at Blank Studio for their up-and-coming live shows the band recorded a couple of tracks from the album – following the footage of 'Little Demon', we are now revealing a previously unheard album track 'Humans'.

You can watch the live footage above.


See Rubber Oh live:

June 02 / Manchester/ YES
June 03 / London/ The Lexington
June 04 / Newcastle/ The Cluny 2

And you can preorder 'Strange Craft' on ltd vinyl and CD from the Bandcamp link below. Rough Trade are also selling a unique and exclusive version – or you can pick up the ltd yellow vinyl version from your local record shop:

Bandcamp

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25 May 2022

Watch Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs recent performance at Blondies Bar


A couple of weeks ago Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs squeezed into the tiny Blondies bar in East London and played a very raucous show for Kerrang! and they had the clever idea of filming it which you can watch here:

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs live at Blondies

This is what Kerrang! say about the footage:
Psych-doom heroes Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs bring their mind-wrangling mayhem to The K! Pit with our friends Dead Man's Fingers Rum at Blondies, our favourite London dive bar. You won’t be the same again after watching it!

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24 May 2022

J. Zunz announces reveals second single 'Outisides' from haunting forthcoming album 'Del Aire'


J. Zunz – the solo project by Lorena Quintanilla from Lorelle meets The Obsolete has revealed the second single from her forthcoming album 'Del Aire', which is released on 24 June.

'Outsides' is a very different track to the glitchy post punk of last single ‘Ráfaga’. 'Outsides' begins with encapsulating, droning electronics and hushed vocals, but its immersive ambience is interrupted by a cacophony of repetitious guitar fuzz that takes the listener to a different realm to where they started. 'Outsides' is another example of J. Zunz's originality in her expressions of sound – incredible stuff.

Watch the video  for 'Outsides' made by Mexican artist Víctor Garay exclusively via Backseat Mafia:

Backseat Mafia

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'Del Aire' is available to preorder from Bandcamp on Ltd Edition 'Yellow vinyl':

Bandcamp

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Recorded in a vociferously windy area of Enseneda, Mexico, where Lorena spent a strict lockdown, ‘Del Aire’ exorcises the troubles she encountered during the period, in the process creating both what she describes as a “continuity and discontinuity” from ‘Hibiscus’, and extracting a similar, yet fresh strain of emotional complexity.

Through the mellifluous repetition, the cathartic buzzsaw moments and the elemental force of the album’s conceptual core, ‘Del Aire’ acts as an intimate echo chamber vicariously healing the listener’s wounds besides Lorena’s own.

J. Zunz is finally on tour in Europe in June/July:

29 June / BE / Antwerp / Het Bos
30 June / DE / Mannheim / Der Mannheim Kult
02 July / IT / Padova / Yucca Festival
03 July / IT / Torino / LivingRoom
04 July / FR / Lyon / Le Sonic
05 July / FR / Paris / Supersonic
07 July / UK / Bristol / Rough Trade
08 July / UK / Newcastle / Cobalt Studios
09/10 July / UK / Birmingham / Supersonic Festival
12 July / UK / Birkenhead / Future Yard
13 July / UK / Manchester / The Peer Hat
14 July / UK / London / The Victoria
15 July / UK / Ramsgate / Music Hall
17 July / DE / Bremen / MS Loretta
19 July / CZ / Prague / Underdogs
20 July / CZ / Rožnov pod Radhoštěm / Vratnice
21 July / PL / Warsaw / Chmury
22 July / PL / Bydgoszcz / Mozg
23 July / DE / Dresden / scheune Blechschloss
24 July / SK / Bratislava / Kulturak klub
26 July / HU / Szeged / Jazz Kocsma
27 July / AT / Graz / Cafe’ Wolf
28 July / SI / Ljubljana / Gromka
29 July / AT / Innsbruck / PMK
31 July / BE / Kortrijk / The Pit’s



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20 May 2022

Petbrick's 'Ayan' EP is released today


Today sees the official release of Petbrick's first music of 2022.

‘Ayan’ – a new piece of music created by Petbrick - takes the duo’s love for techno, tribal rhythms, electronic experimentation and dystopian dread into an enthralling landscape of repetitious wonder.

Listen here:

Bandcamp    Spotify

Starting with ‘Premonition Mix’, this is a 9 minute+ excursion into incredible drumming, intertwined perfectly with mind bending synth patterns and sequences. Hushed vocals at the halfway ‘respite’ brings to mind Damo Suzuki from Can, before then launching the track into an intense cacophony of d’beat and acid techno, colluding to form a uniquely invigorating assault - a barrage that feels custom fit for this confusing age.

Surgeon shouldn’t need much introduction, but for those unaware, Surgeon is the moniker of Anthony Child – an electronic artist who has been at the forefront of UK techno since 1994. For his remix of ‘Ayan’ he picks-up the tracks formidable rhythms and transports them to a darkened dancefloor, extending the repetitious allure of the track and introducing a wonky but addictive melody that’s guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

The second electronic wizard to be let loose on the track is the Barcelona based producer Cardopusher – the cofounder of the Classicworks record label. Cardopusher takes ‘Ayan’ straight to the Berlin dungeon and hits you hard with heavy drums and classic rave signatures. You can feel the sweat of the basement and the glare of the strobes through the dense smoke from the moment you hear the first thuds ... and it does not let you free of its grip until the end.

Petbrick have never hidden their love for Aphex Twin and the cheeky nod on the cassette cover isn’t the only link to the electronic maestro on this EP. ‘Bubblelogue Mix’, the fourth and final version of ‘Ayan’, sees the duo take an Aphex approach to this rework of the track. The results could well be something you might expect to hear if Richard D. James had his way with Petbrick’s hard-drive, after throwing it down the stairs a few times first.

You will be pleased to know that ‘Ayan’ is just a little taster – there is far more to come from Petbrick in 2022, so watch this space for more opportunities to be invited into the duo’s boundary-free soundworld.

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19 May 2022

GOAT announce more European shows


GOAT have revealed more European shows for November!

The band's full list of dates now reads (tickets for Hamburg, Cologne, Liege and Berlin go on sale at 10am (CEST) tomorrow – Friday 20th):

August 25 / London / All Points East Festival

August 26 / Helsinki / Helsinki Festival

November 8 / Hamburg / Knust

November 9 / Cologne / Kulturkirche

November 10 / Liége / Reflektor

November 11 / Kortrijk / Sonic City Festival

November 12 / Utrecht / Le Guess Who Festival

November 14 / Berlin / Festsaal Kreuzber

We have a handful of last copies of GOAT's latest album 'Headsoup' available on CD from this link below – though check your local record shop, there may still be some vinyl/CD copies floating around:

Bandcamp

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17 May 2022

Holy Scum feat. GNOD, Dälek, and Action Beat members reveal second track from debut album

“Disturbing, ugly and seductively compelling, Strange Desires is a near perfect end of days soundtrack.” The Wire

Holy Scum, the four piece band featuring Mike Mare (Dälek,) Peter J Taylor (formerly of Action Beat), Chris Haslam (GNOD) and Jon Perry (GNOD) have just revealed 'A World About To Die –' the second track from their forthcoming 'Justin Broderick mastered' debut album 'Strange Desires', which is being released on 10 June. 

Watch the video for 'A World About To Die' made by Rocket's John O'Carroll and Jon Perry from the band here above.

'Strange Desires' is available to preorder on Ltd Edition 'Pink Fog' vinyl from Bandcamp:

Bandcamp

See Holy Scum on tour:

04 June / Birkenhead / Future Yard (w/ The Utopia Strong)
09 June / Preston The Ferret (w/ Dälek)
10 June / London Electrowerkz (w/ Dälek)
11 June / Birmingham Centrala (w/ Dälek)
12 June / Manchester White Hotel (w/ Dälek)
13 June / Newcastle Cluny (w/ Dälek)
14 June / Bristol The Lanes (w/ Dälek)
16 June / Glasgow Bloc+ (w/ Dälek)

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Initially solely a Manchester-based collaboration between Peter, Chris and Jon – Holy Scum’s debut album 'Strange Desires' is a collection of intense jam sessions from the trio recorded deep inside an old Victorian mill. These subsequent tracks were the pulled apart in production by one of half of legendary hip-hop duo Dälek, Mike Mare (aka Mike Manteca). Mile also provides the growling, guttural vocals that fight the elements around them.

The result is a thunderous tumult of sound – slabs of synapse-mangling noise that snarl their way through the scorched earth of Mare’s production. As the group howled and thrashed their way through the surrounding sonic fire, Mare kept his vocal takes to single run-throughs, keen to keep the spontaneity of the original sessions front and centre of the album.

'Strange Desires' is a record for the moment, and beyond. A celebration of the collaborative spirit in all of its twisted forms, and a howl amidst a world fallen off its axis. Holy Scum are unflinching in their confrontation of it, meeting fire with fire on this most stunning debut.


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12 May 2022

GOAT announce two more Festival appearances


GOAT have ben confirmed to be playing Le Guess Who and Sonic City Festivals in November.

Info and tickets can be found here:

Sonic City / 11 November

Le Guess Who / 12 November


GOATs up-and-coming shows now are:

August 25 / London / All Points East Festival
August 26 / Helsinki / Helsinki Festival
November 11 / Kortrijk / Sonic City Festival
November 12 / Utrecht / Le Guess Who Festival


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$hit & $hine soundtrack Volcom Mountain bikes video

Wow, this is great!

Three banging $hit & $hine tracks from 'Malibu Liquor Store' LP soundtracking this Volcom Mountain bikes video.

Enjoy...

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10 May 2022

The Utopia Strong reveal euphoric new single 'Castalia'

The Utopia Strong' anticipated new album 'International Treasure' is being released on 10 June and the band have just revealed a second track from the collection of songs.

The euphoric 'banger' of a track is called 'Castalia' and you can watch the absorbing video made by Teeth of the Sea's Mike Bourne above.

'International Treasure' is being released on LTD LP and CD. You can preorder on Pink vinyl via the link below plus there will be Yellow vinyl and Black vinyl versions available from your favourite record shop:

Bandcamp

Kavus said this about the track and video:

"Castalia was one of the first tunes we started for International Treasure, it felt so optimistic and forgiving which was such a tonic during the somber period in which the album was recorded. Castalia initially felt at odds with the rest of the album which generally has a much bleaker, melancholic tone -to our ears at least- but by putting it in as the last tune it somehow makes sense of everything that went before.

It has this end of the night kind of feeling, it put us in mind of Orbital's Belfast or Ashra's Sunrain. Steve and I thought it would sound perfect as the last tune we'd play in a DJ set, in fact initially I wanted to call it 'Last Song Of The Night' but thankfully Mike wasn't having any of it! The vocal at the end once again comes from Katharine Blake who sang on the last piece of our debut album, Moonchild. We liked the conceptual continuity of that but also, along with the use of acoustic instruments, the way it humanises the track too.

Mike Bourne, who created the video, has been a friend before we were even a band. It was him who inspired Steve to take up the modular synthesiser in the first place. We loved his work anyway and he'd created an astonishing video for The Holy Family, another Rocket band Mike York and I are involved with, so we were very keen to work with him. He'd specifically asked to do the video for Castalia and knowing his work we gave him a free hand. I think the end results absolutely crystalise the vibe and atmosphere of the piece, we couldn't be happier."

The Utopia Strong's up-and-coming live dates are as follows – plus there are more very more exciting 'happenings' to be announced over the coming days:

June 04 / Future Yard / Birkenhead
June 15 / Hare & Hounds / Birmingham
June 16 / Strange Brew / Bristol
June 17 / The Garage / London (Supporting Magma)
June 18 / The Garage / London (Supporting Magma)
June 19 / Band On The Wall / Manchester (Supporting Magma)
June 29 / South Street / Reading
June 30 / Green Door Store / Brighton
July 01 / The Cornish Bank / Falmouth
July 02 / New Lion Brewery / Dartington
July 03 / Junction3 / Cambridge
July 20 / Arts Centre / Colchester
August 24  / Southampton / The Joiners
August 26  / Cardiff / Clwb Ifor Bach



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6 May 2022

Petbrick's 'Ayan' EP/Shirts presale goes live as part of Bandcamp Friday



It is another Bandcamp 'No Fee' Friday today, so as ever this is a great time to buy a Rocket release, including all these new presale/releases:


Petbrick – Ayan Cassette/T-shirts

J. Zunz – Del Aire LP

Holy Scum – Strange Desires LP

OCH – Pö om pö LP

Alison Cotton – The Portrait He Painted Of Me LP

The Utopia Strong – International Treasure LP/CD

Moundabout – Flowers Rot, Bring me Stones LP

Rubber Oh – Strange Craft  LP/CD

GNOD – Hexen Valley LP/CD


Plus we have many, many other gems for you: 
Bandcamp

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5 May 2022

Petbrick reveal 'Ayan' EP – includes exclusive remixes by Surgeon and Cardopusher


Petbrick return with an incredible new EP called AYAN which is released on 20 May.

Head over to Cvlt Nation now to exclusively hear the 9min+ lead track AYAN:

Cvlt Nation

As well as the monster lead track the EP also contains incredible remixes by the legendary Surgeon and the mighty Cardopusher – as well as an Aphex influenced rework by Petbrick themselves.

The EP is available on a ltd to 100 'Rave Tape' cassette which is hand numbered and signed by Iggor and Wayne. Each one is housed in a uniquely 'stickered' box plus includes an extra 'free' sticker inside.

You can preorder one of these rarities via this link below at 8am on 6 May as part of Bandcamp Friday:

Bandcamp

As well as the cassettes there are also a ltd run of made-to-order shirts that also go on sale tomorrow via that same link, these are available on Yellow, Black or White shirts, these will be on sale from tomorrow until midnight next Wednesday the 11th May, we will then manufacture what was ordered.

See Petbrick live this weekend at Bangface Festival!



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Petbrick, the duo comprising of Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulwax/Mixhell)and Wayne Adams (Big Lad/Johnny Broke), return with an incredibly exciting first release of 2022.

‘Ayan’ – a new piece of music created by Petbrick - takes the duo’s love for techno, tribal rhythms, electronic experimentation and dystopian dread into an enthralling landscape of repetitious wonder.

The release, which is being released digitally as well as on a ltd edition cassette aptly presented in a ‘rave case’, presents four different versions of ‘Ayan’.

Starting with ‘Premonition Mix’, this is a 9 minute+ excursion into incredible drumming, intertwined perfectly with mind bending synth patterns and sequences. Hushed vocals at the halfway ‘respite’ brings to mind Damo Suzuki from Can, before then launching the track into an intense cacophony of d’beat and acid techno, colluding to form a uniquely invigorating assault - a barrage that feels custom fit for this confusing age.

Surgeon shouldn’t need much introduction, but for those unaware, Surgeon is the moniker of Anthony Child – an electronic artist who has been at the forefront of UK techno since 1994. For his remix of ‘Ayan’ he picks-up the tracks formidable rhythms and transports them to a darkened dancefloor, extending the repetitious allure of the track and introducing a wonky but addictive melody that’s guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

The second electronic wizard to be let loose on the track is the Barcelona based producer Cardopusher – the cofounder of the Classicworks record label. Cardopusher takes ‘Ayan’ straight to the Berlin dungeon and hits you hard with heavy drums and classic rave signatures. You can feel the sweat of the basement and the glare of the strobes through the dense smoke from the moment you hear the first thuds ... and it does not let you free of its grip until the end.

Petbrick have never hidden their love for Aphex Twin and the cheeky nod on the cassette cover isn’t the only link to the electronic maestro on this EP. ‘Bubblelogue Mix’, the fourth and final version of ‘Ayan’, sees the duo take an Aphex approach to this rework of the track. The results could well be something you might expect to hear if Richard D. James had his way with Petbrick’s hard-drive, after throwing it down the stairs a few times first.

You will be pleased to know that ‘Ayan’ is just a little taster – there is far more to come from Petbrick in 2022, so watch this space for more opportunities to be invited into the duo’s boundary-free soundworld.

Petbrick's cheeky 'Aphex' inspired logo was designed by Gore Tech



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4 May 2022

GNOD announced as another headliner at Raw Power Festival


GNOD have been announced as joining Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs as another headliner at this years Raw Power Festival.

If you have manage to catch them on these recent run of shows then you will be well aware of the pulverising beast of a set the band are playing right now...and knowing this band for the many years we have, we at Rocket can safely say that GNOD are at present hitting another huge peak in their incredibly creative and eclectic career. Miss them at your peril...

And don't forget that Alison Cotton is also playing this years festival.

Tickets can be bought here:

Dice

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3 May 2022

Rubber Oh reveal new track 'Hyperdrive Fantasy'

Rubber Oh, the new band put together by Sam Grant from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs release their debut album 'Strange Craft' on 3rd June.

The band have just revealed the latest single taken from the album, the psych-pop of 'Hyperdrive Fantasy' – watch the 'interstellar' band made video above.

Sam said this about the track and video:

"Hyperdrive Fantasy is a song about a daydreamer. Life has them bound to their sofa, but their imagination takes them on cosmic journeys, across solar systems and galaxies, and to the farthest reaches away from their existential self."

"The video is a play on that imagination, with overtly unreal models and scenery, centered around the rocket that journeys into the depths of space. It's in no hurry, has no destination, but just floats through the cosmos in an imagined, blissful escapism. We made the video using 10 meters of black paper, painted it, wrapped it around two poster tubes, and stuck on a motor to turn it like a treadmill. Then, using our Blue Peter skills we modelled our toilet roll tubes and went into space..." 

You can preorder Strange Craft on a special Rocket Edition that can be bought via the link below. Rough Trade also have an exclusive Pink/Grey splatter vinyl, and all other shops have a ltd edition Yellow vinyl version for presale. The album is also being released on ltd CD in a mini-gatefold-LP sleeve:

Bandcamp


Catch Rubber Oh live:

June 02 / Manchester/ YES
June 03 / London/ The Lexington
June 04 / Newcastle/ The Cluny 2



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30 Apr 2022

Rocket Probes – April 2022 playlist

Holy Scum – Everybody Takes You Just Take More
(Dense fog of sound from new band feat GNOD and Dälek members)
Holy Scum

J. Zunz – Rágafa
(Glitchy, rhythm driven, post punk track from J.Zunz)
J. Zunz

OCH – Silverstjärnan
(More incredible kosmische grooves from OCH)
OCH

Moundabout – Being me Stones
(Another killer video from John O'Carroll on the latest Moundabout single)
Moundabout 

The Holy Family – Kinked
(Fancy a rainy day in June)
The Holy Family

Erupt – Left to Rot
(Crusty thrash!!!)
Erupt

Carmen Villain – Subtle Bodies
(Nice Seefeel vibes on this track – whole album is great)
Carmen Villain

Corroded Spiral – Ancient Nocturnal Summoning
(Sonic explorations from Iggor and co)
Corroded Spiral

Buster Jangles' Flying Mattress – Love Has Taken Over My Brain
(Great fuzzy groove)
Buster Jangles' Flying Mattress

Alkerdeel – Slonk
(Cheers to Jimmy Martin for being a bringer of (black) doom!)
Alkerdeel

Hama – Alhoria
(New music from Hama)
Hama

Slow Dawn – See Through
(Primal psych sounds)
Slow Dawn

No Mills – Secret Studio
(Basement repetitions)
No Mills 

Laundromat – Combo
(Lo-fi pop)
Laundromat 

BIB – Psychodelica
(One of our fave punk bands around right now)
BIB

Will Guthrie – Nightcalla
(Can grooves and avant hip-hop vibes)
Will Guthrie

Jonas Reinhardt – Sly Tomb
(Kosmische sonics)
Jonas Reinhardt

Elcados – Chokoi And Oreje
(Fuzzy sounds from Nigeria)
Elcados

Труп Колдуна - Последняя битва
(Russian dungeon synth...cheers Iggor!)
Труп Колдуна

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLb7UPWy994

Claptrap – You, Operator
(Great repeato pop from France – cheers Adam Reid)
Claptrap

David Axelrod – One
(Good groove)
David Axelrod

Silent Servant – Raw Optics
(Let the machines speak)
Silent Servant

Didier Bocquet – Voyage Cerebral
(Cosmique sounds)
Didier Bocquet

Fluisteraars – Gegrepen Door de Geest der Zielsontluiking
(Dutch Folk Black Metal)
Fluisteraars 

Rockets – Space Rock
(French disco...thanks Mr Crimewave!)
Rockets

Oren Ambarchi / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin – II
(More greatness from Ambarchi)
Oren Ambarchi / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin

Ouba – Ouba
(Mooney era Can vibes on this improv freakout)
Ouba

Mira Calix – Sparrow
(Rest in Power)
Mira Calix


Listen to our updated monthly Spotify Playlist here:


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