31 May 2023

Rocket Probes – May 2023 playlist

The Holy Family – Bad Travelling
(A dark repetitive mantra of a new track)
The Holy Family

Julie's Haircut – Plaster Mask EP
(New music from your fave Italians)
Julie's Haircut

Shit & Shine – 2222 and Airport
(Another really great album from S&S)
Shit & Shine

Thee Alcoholics – Power
Thee Alcoholics

Tomaga – Ersangerkreig
(Love this track)

Cluster – Heiße Lippen

A'Bear – Ignition unite

Okay Temiz / Johnny Dyani - Witchdoctor's Son
(Immersive Jazz sounds)
Okay Temiz / Johnny Dyani

Phil Upchurch – Voodoo Chile
Phil Upchurch 

Waiting Mode – Enjoy The Silence
(JP from GNOD/Holy Scum on Tesla Tapes)
Waiting Mode 

Kapibara - Część Trzecia "Smutek nie musi być negatywny"
(This is good)

Raptus – Count Down
(Mutant Funk)

Westside Gunn – Big L & Half a Mil
(Loivi'n the Gunn)
Westside Gunn

DRMCNT – RX Live Sessions
(Heavy sounds from thee alcoholic)

Kammerflimmer Kollektief – Mäander
(An old fave in Mission Control...sounds like a Rocket release)
Kammerflimmer Kollektief

Sonny Sharrock – Black woman
(Turn up loud)
Sonny Sharrock

Vacuous – Dreams Of Dysphoria
(Great British Death – produced by Wayne Adams)

Holden – Blackpool Late 80s
(Classic Holden)

Ak’chamel, The Divinatory Monkey and the Sovereign Plumed Serpent – Phallus Pallace
(Tribal texan sounds)
Ak’chamel, The Divinatory Monkey and the Sovereign Plumed Serpent

Tina Turner – Keep on walkin'
(Rest In Power)
Tina Turner 

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26 May 2023

Goat score Shane Meadows new series The Gallows Pole

The BBC  have announced the exciting news that the Shane Meadow's directed, three part series based on Benjamin Myers book ‘The Gallows Pole’ will be premiered on BBC2 and iPlayer on 31st May.

And we are thrilled to finally announce that the series has been scored by Goat - plus as well as tracks by other bands the three episodes also feature some classic tracks from Goat’s back catalogue. 

So tune in.


23 May 2023

The Holy Family announce their second album 'Go Zero'

We are really happy to announce the return of The Holy Family, with the all-immersive new album 'Go Zero'.

For those who are unaware The Holy Family is the brain child of David Jason Smith (The Stargazers Assistant/Guapo) and he is joined on this album by Kavus Torabi (guitars), Sam Warren (bass) and Emmett Elvin (piano and Rhodes) and Joe Lazarus (Drums). The album was mixed by Finnish studio wizard Antti Uusimaki (Circle/Pharaoh Overlord etc).

Watch the haunting animated/live action video made by the extremely talented Tom Brewins for the first track the be revealed from the album, the repetitive mantra that is 'Bad Travelling':

Watch Video


'Go Zero' is available to preorder on CD plus ltd edition yellow vinyl via here:

Preorder Ltd LP/CD

And also available ltd edition green vinyl via your local record shop – both  vinyl versions come packaged in a delicious die-cut sleeve.


See The Holy Family live at: 
4 Aug / London / The Grace (tickets go on sale here Wednesday at 10am)
5 Aug / Herefordshire / Unorthodox Paradox Festival


The Holy Family – Go Zero

The second album by underground rock-and-beyond shapeshifters The Holy Family comes complete with a heavy concept for the psychedelically inclined, and pairs this with music which does this justice and then some.

‘Go Zero’ follows up the British group’s widely praised self-titled debut from 2021 and – says foundational member David Jason Smith – “is based on a hypothetical theory that there is no such thing as ‘the future’. We are continually moving forward into our past until we arrive at our birth – creation – the Tree Of Knowledge… or ‘Going Zero’, as I’ve termed it.”

It figures, then, that over some 40 minutes the five musicians conjure a sound that exhibits an affinity with great experimental totems down the ages, in a manner that’s avowedly forward-facing and stamped with their own identity. All involved boast a pre-Holy Family CV to turn clued-in heads: Kavus Torabi (guitars), Sam Warren (bass) and Emmett Elvin (piano and Rhodes), along with Smith himself, were all members of the mighty Guapo. Finnish studio wizard Antti Uusimaki (Circle/Pharaoh Overlord etc), who co-sculpted the eight tracks on ‘Go Zero’ into their final form, is also a collaborator of Smith’s from the Guapo days. Drummer Joe Lazarus is new to the band – taking over that role from Smith, who largely concentrates on vocals and synths here – and his versatility is never in doubt, as his rhythms pull in myriad directions, blurring the lines between jazz, prog and psych rock.

Work began on this album in the summer of 2021, effectively as soon as ‘The Holy Family’ was released, with Smith writing and recording the music for ‘Go Zero’ in his home studio. Torabi, Warren, Elvin and Lazarus were gradually brought into the fold to add their parts, before being subject to alchemical post-production by Uusimaki.

Later, in the autumn of 2022, two pieces were laid down with the full band in each other’s company. One, ‘Hell Born Babel’, flies out of the traps with a sinewy post-hardcore bassline: people who know Sam Warren from Thumpermonkey, another band of his, will be forewarned of his way with a stout groove. The multi-layered freakout that follows might have a cattleprod effect for those listeners and others, nevertheless. The other, the second section of the three-part ‘Go Zero Suite’, tops ten minutes and is an improvised colossus with both Lazarus and Smith drumming. Rife with hypnotic repetition and circuit-frying Rhodes, if you dig anything from Can to Boredoms to Oneida to Guapo themselves, step this way.

Though The Holy Family’s musical inspirations are multitudinous, and rarely if ever obvious, the lyrics nod to a distinct literary source – namely ‘Vorrh’, the trilogy of fantasy novels by cult British author Brian Catling, who died in 2022 while ‘Go Zero’ was being assembled. In these books, the Vorrh is “an impenetrable sentient forest, older than mankind, believed to house all knowledge” – and in the same way that the name The Holy Family references an Angela Carter work, Smith explains, “the track titles ‘Chalky’s Eyes’ (had been eaten by flies) and ‘The Watcher’ are direct references to characters in the book.”

Catling was also a renowned visual artist, with his installation works acclaimed by the art establishment even as he rejected many of its trappings – often subverting traditional ideas of the gallery space. He saw art and literature as almost one and the same, sitting at his kitchen table switching from canvas to manuscript and back. Smith, similarly, has created artworks alongside his recorded output since the early days of Guapo (some ending up on album covers), and has presented audiovisual work in unconventional or ‘outsider’ locations. He cites his grounding in DIY music culture for this impulse, but shares with Brian Catling a strong individualist streak and desire to plough one’s own furrow. Explaining the similarities between creation of music and art, he says: “At some point the lightbulb moment occurs. I see what the musical direction has the potential to be, then shape the material in the same way I would conceive a sculptural installation.” 

With the vocal delivery pitchshifted and timestretched, and the music occult-adjacent, doomladen, dense and hazy – yet concealing outbursts of splendid melody – with ‘Go Zero’, The Holy Family have returned with an album that unfurls elegantly, even while big time discombobulation is occurring. 


5 May 2023

May 2023 Bandcamp Friday

It is Bandcamp Friday once again, and here's a selection of goodies you need:

Julie's Haircut – Plaster Mask EP
(New digital exclusive EP featuring remixes by J. Zunz and Mike Bourne from Teeth Of The Sea)

Various – Launch300 LP
(Preorder our 300th release – a special 8 track 'vinyl only / bandcamp exclusive' compilation LP celebrating our 25 Anniversary – all unreleased music)

Rocket25 T-shirt
(LAST CHANCE to buy this 'made-to-order,' one print only tshirt design to celebrate our 25th Anniversary – two versions available, single or double sided print)

The Shits – You're A Mess  LP/DL
(Preorder this mighty new album on ash grey vinyl – it is a bit special this one!!)

Gnoomes – Ax Ox  LP/DL
(Incredibly unique new album from this band that sounds like no other – on green/blue swirl vinyl)

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Land of Sleeper  LP/CD/DL
(Biggest rock album of year? Yep, we think so!!)

Marlene Ribeiro – Toquei no Sol  LP/DL
(A few copies of this incredible album left on yellow vinyl)

Shit & Shine – New Confusion  LP/DL
(The band say this is the best album they have ever made and many fans say the same thing – never to be repressed, so this is one you need!)


Plus there's lots of other great releases and t-shirts from many of your Rocket faves, all via here:

Rocket Bandcamp


3 May 2023

Julie's Haircut release new single 'Plaster Mask'

Your favourite Italian band Julie's Haircut returns with the first new music since the release of their 2019 critically acclaimed album 'In The Silence Electric'.

New single 'Plaster Mask' is released digitally this Friday (Bandcamp Friday) – the addictive new single also comes backed with two exceptional guest remixes from two highly respected Rocket label-mates J. Zunz and Mike Bourne from Teeth Of The Sea.

Watch the band made (with help from Rocket's John O'Carroll) video for 'Plaster Mask' above.

Buy the digital EP from 8am on Friday 5th May from here:


Balancing control and fury has been Julie’s Haircut’s main stylistic trait for years - perhaps never more so efficiently than in their new single “Plaster Mask”, a track which distinctly shows the ability of the five Italian psychrockers to set a sonically-filled landscape with a few key factors - an hypnotic rhythm, an alien vocal, some synthesized hooks, and a central section climaxing in a blistering stash of noises and drones. Like a trip back and forth blending the Apollonian and the Dionisyan, “Plaster Mask” is an amazing example of the band’s approach to contemporary psychedelia.

See the band live:
26 May / Esslingen (DE) / Psych In Bloom Festival @ Komma
2 June / Arlon (BE) / L'Entrepôt À Arlon
3 June / Heidelberg (DE) / Yolo Hof