9 Apr 2024

Ex-Easter Island Head reveal second track from forthcoming album 'Norther'


"You must see this group. They are minimalist noise art but come on like entertainment. Absolutely captivating, classy, beautiful and sublime. No-one could fail to think this was amazing and brilliant." Stewart Lee

On 17th May, Ex Easter Island Head are releasing a new album, their first for Rocket called 'Norther'. Which can be preordered on ltd edition LP here:


Watch the John O'Carroll made video for the second track to be revealed from the album, the hypnotic repetitions of 'Magnetic Language' above.

This is what the band say about this track: 
"Voices played back through phone speakers and amplified by guitar pickups create an emotive cut-up mosaic of breath and cascading harmonics. Melodic lines captured by the contemporary technology of the voice note and broadcast through the near-antique technology of the dual-coil guitar pickup. An ecstatic chorale of electromagnetic signals and gleaming tones."

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Watch Ex-Easter Island Head's mesmerising live show here:

17 May / Bristol / Cube Microplex
18 May / London / Stoke Newington Old Church (Matinee and Evening) 
24 May / Manchester / St. Michael's 
25 May / Sheffield / Sidney and Matilda
31 May / Hebden / Hebden Bridge Trades Club
07 June / Brighton / The Hope
08 June / Cambridge / Storey's Field Centre

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5 Apr 2024

Bandcamp Friday – New $hit & $hine, Goat and The Holy Family releases


It's Bandcamp Friday and we have some exclusives being released today:

$hit & $hine – You Were Very High 12"
Reissue of the classic 12 – expanded with an extra track and new artwork. Ltd to 300 copies. Available via Bandcamp only.

Goat – 2024 Tshirts
We have this 'made-to-order' shirt design available to preorder in 7 different colour options.
The preorder will close on 6 May and whatever is ordered, will be manufactured and will not be reprinted.

The Holy Family – Live Burning, Burning Live DL
The bands legendary performance at Roadburn in 2022 is now available to listen too...remixed and mastered.

Goat – World Music LP
Now available on ltd edition Acid Yellow vinyl in it's iconic diecut sleeve

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It is always the perfect time to pick up our latest presales/releases. 

The Janitors – An Error Has Occurred LP
Sweden's purveyors of drone-rock return with new album, on eye popping splatter vinyl and housed in gatefold sleeve

Obey Cobra – Mwg Drwg LP
New album on ltd blue vinyl by the mightily original band from Cardiff.

Ex Easter Island Head – Norther LP
This unique band's first album since 2016, and their first on Rocket.

Gnoomes – Uletai DL
Hypnotic two track EP by your favourite star gazers.

The Utopia Strong – The BBC Sessions LP/CD
You need this for the cover alone! Chuffed to be able to release this great session onto a physical format.

Alison Cotton – Engelchen LP
Alison returns with a new album of incredibly powerful songs, essential listening.

Thee Alcoholics – Feedback LP
Get intoxicated on this mighty album by The Alcoholics.

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Not only that, we still have ltd copies of the albums we released at the end of 2023 by Teeth Of The Sea, Bonnacons Of Doom, Yoke and Goat etc. 

Also our Bandcamp is stocked-up of lots of European distributor warehouse finds that we had shipped back. So as always, there's lots of great releases and t-shirts from many of your Rocket faves awaiting you:

Bandcamp

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4 Apr 2024

The Holy Family to release their infamous live set from Roadburn Festival


In April 2022 The Holy Family played the legendary Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands and enthralled a packed room. Now, two years on we are extremely happy to be able to share with you the live recording of this memorable event.

The digital release album 'Live Burning, Burning Live' will be available on all platforms from Friday 5th April, and as it is Bandcamp Friday there is no better time to buy it:

Bandcamp 

For those who are unfamiliar with The Holy Family – they are a collective of five musicians who conjure a sound that exhibits an affinity with great experimental totems down the ages, in a manner that is avowedly forward-facing and stamped with their own unique identity. All involved boast a pre Holy Family CV to turn clued-in heads: frontman and brainchild behind the project David J. Smith (vocals, percussion), Kavus Torabi (guitar, harmonium), Sam Warren (bass, backing vocals), Joe Lazarus (drums), and on this recording Craig Fortnam, of North Sea Radio Orchestra fame (piano & wem copicats), who was recruited to grace Emmett Elvin’s piano throne  in his absence.

The band performed tracks from their debut self-titled double album (released on Rocket Recordings in July 2021) at this show. Re-arranging and expanding on the studio recordings, weaving the pagan, kosmische folk vibes with heavier, darker, acid-fried motorik grooves, all set to the otherworldly psychedelia of Mike Bourne’s (Teeth Of The Sea) commissioned live visuals film.

David J. Smith said “We were over the moon to be performing at Roadburn in 2022 and couldn’t wait to bring The Holy Family’s psych dream logic to Tilburg. We have so much respect for this wondrous, creative, tour de force of a festival.”

As you can hear in these live recordings, The Holy Family’s musical inspirations are multitudinous, and rarely if ever obvious, but if you dig anything from Can to Boredoms to Oneida to Guapo then, step this way.

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2 Apr 2024

Rocket to reissue an expanded 'You Were Very High' 12" by Shit & Shine


“‘You Were Very High’ – an hallucinogenic sonic miracle.”
Loud And Quiet

In 2018 Diagonal Records released an intriguing, three track, hand stamped, white label 12” of dancfloor sampledelia by Shit & Shine onto an unsuspecting world.

The lead track on this 12” ‘You Were Very High’ turned a lot of heads and became a club oddity, being played out by DJ’s around the world – and some movers and shakers have hailed the 12” as “Shit & Shine’s best ever release.” Strong words indeed, but one that some will find hard to argue with?

When speaking to Loud and Quiet in 2022 about this now legendary release, Craig Clouse, the man behind Shit & Shine said, “Humour is totally crucial, sometimes I want to throw in instantly recognisable reference points because it’s relatable, and just to bring a smile to people’s faces.”

So now in 2024, as the original 12” has become a bit of a collector’s item, trading hands for £60+ on Discogs – Shit and Shine and Rocket Recordings have decided ‘You Were Really High’ deserves a one off repress. 

This expanded version of the EP, which is housed in new art and ltd to only 300 copies, also features a mighty extra track called ‘Dave, Have You Ever Been To London.’ A certified banger that is destined to be blasted out in Berlin’s, darkest and dankest techno basements.

So if you missed out before on acquiring this incredible release, or like many you simply collect everything the genius that Craig Clouse creates, then it is time to get high on Shit & Shine once again!

‘You Were Very High’ is released on 26 April but you can preorder from the 5th April, the next Bandcamp Friday from here:

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28 Mar 2024

Gnoomes to release a new EP 'Uletai' this Friday

This Friday Gnoomes will release a new two track digital EP called 'Uletai' - listen to the title track 'Ule' above

You can purchase the track digitally from Bandcamp on Friday:

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And you can purchase a ltd edition cassette of the EP from the band on their current tour that starts this Saturday:

30 Mar / Northampton / The Black Prince
31 Mar / Newcastle / Cumberland Arms
04 Apr / Norwich / Voodoo Daddy’s
06 Apr / Sheffield / Delicious Clam
11 Apr / Leeds / Wharf Chambers
17 Apr / London / Strongroom Bar
18-19 Apr / Oslo / Kafe Haerverk
20 Apr / Copenhagen / Loppen
17 May / Berlin / Loge
22 May / Paris / Supersonic
23 May / Angers / Le Garage
24 May / Saint-Poix / Festival Les Mouillotins

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Gnoomes have announced some new music, exactly one year on from the March 2023 release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Ax Ox’.

‘Ax Ox’ reflected something of an odyssey for a complex and inhospitable modern era, an uplifting kosmische travelogue that ran through a gamut of vibrant emotion across its eleven tracks – from kraut-pop, to crystalline techno and skewed ambience. 

And we are very pleased to say that this new two track EP called ‘Uletai, which is led by the 8 minute+ track ‘Ule’, a track that continues the band’s wide-eyed aesthetic of dreampop radiance, bold electronic experimentation and propulsive motorik drive.

“This track is dedicated to our late friend who tragically died in an accident.” says Sasha Painkov from the band, “Although I had recorded the music before his passing, I added vocals a few days after he passed away. Subconsciously, these words appeared before my eyes: ‘Uletai, ‘Tai’,’ which means, “Fly away, vanish.” Fortunately, I had a microphone at home and recorded it right away. Despite the sad background of this track, it remains in a major scale musically. Even as we continue to grieve our loss, we strangely feel our friend’s bright presence shining through the madness that is called reality.”

Following ‘Ule’, is the hypnotic sounds of ‘Tai’. “This track was also conceived around the same time as ‘Ule’.” says Sasha. “Masha and I were jamming at my parents’ house in Russia when we stumbled upon a simple idea that we evolved after relocating to Slovenia. Sonically, I believe this track truly complements the first one. It’s repetitive and trippy but carries more mysterious vibes.” 

Sasha continues “If ‘Ule’ is a track about a journey from this life to another dimension, then ‘Tai’ is about realizing oneself as pure energy. I think, in a way (please, don’t hate me), this is our artistic interpretation of Can’s ‘Future Days’.”

Gnoomes who as a duo are now based in Slovenia (after having to leave their native Russia) are playing shows in UK and Europe in March and April 2024. Another chance to immerse into the sonic wonderfulness of this extremely unique band.

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26 Mar 2024

Swedish four piece 'The Janitors' announce new album 'An Error Has Occurred'

Swedish drone-rockers The Janitors have been on our radar for a while now, after releasing albums on Fuzz Club and Cardinal Fuzz. So we are pleased to announce their new album 'An Error Has Occurred' is being released on Rocket on 24th May.

Watch this great video for the single 'Anger The World' above. The video was made by and stars Jeff Daniel Phillips, who you may know from Rob Zombie's 'Munsters' movie, where he played 'Herman'.

'An Error Has Occurred' can be preordered now via the Bandcamp link below on a lush Orange/Green Splatter vinyl, and housed in an third-eye opening gatefold sleeve:

Bandcamp

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“Everything’s been fucked since David Bowie died or they started up the Hadron Collider,” say The Janitors. This feeling is epitomised in the title of their riveting new album: An Error Has Occurred.

Marking over two decades of activity for the Swedish psych-rockers, the recording is informed by heartbreak and loss as well as the dismal state of the entire planet. For The Janitors, these two polarities intertwine constantly: “What’s personal is political and vice versa.”  

To channel their frustration and anger, the band revived certain songs they’d shelved during the pandemic when working on the acclaimed Noisolation Sessions. They added others, written since, that suited the mood of sticking a middle finger up to the oppressive world around us.   

Whereas previous recordings were often layered up gradually, this time the full band (Henric Herlenius, Jonas Eriksson, Anders Thorell and Wilhelm Tengdahl) rehearsed intensely together before laying down everything live, over two days and nights, in a converted missionary church.  

The songs on Side A have the menace of Melvins, the swagger of The Stooges and the cosmic heft of The Heads. These are the more simply constructed and poppier pieces... or so the band believe. (One friend of theirs did consider this “delusional”.)

‘In A Bliss’ acts as the album’s radiant centrepiece. A palette-cleansing love song which recalls The Jesus And Mary Chain at their most starry eyed, it finds The Janitors searching for solace and strength in straightforward companionship. 

After this come the dronier numbers, drawn out with soundscapes and textures influenced by The Velvet Underground’s sonic experiments and the equally immersive atmospheres of electronic acts like Massive Attack. Hence, ‘Operator’ swings threateningly like a space-rock Swans, while the approach on ‘Farewell Spacegirl’ is jazzier and more meditative.  

“It can be hard to muster up some, or even any, positive energy at this point in time,” says Henric. “We are eternally grateful to have the creative output that this constellation gives us. Neither me or Jonas would probably be here, or be the same people we are, if it wasn’t for The Janitors. We’ll leave you with a quote from an old anarchist: ‘Every society gets the criminals it deserves.’” 

See The Janitors live:

24 May / Stockholm / Geronimos FGT
29 May / Bristol / The Crofters Rights
30 May / Northampton / The Black Prince
01 Jun / London / Peckham Audio



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22 Mar 2024

The Utopia Strong's 'The BBC Sessions' is released today


The Utopia Strong's 'The BBC Sessions' album is released  today. 

'The BBC Sessions' were originally recorded live at Maida Vale for a Marc Riley session on BBC 6 Music in September 2022, the five tracks capture The Utopia Strong stretching themselves and continuing to develop their aural explorations.

You can preorder The Utopia Strong's 'The BBC Sessions' on Ltd Edition Black vinyl and CD via the link below, or from your local record shop:

Bandcamp

The band approached this session differently, as usually pieces are improvised and developed live over a longer period of time. “When we hit a point where all three of us really had something going, we would continue while the proverbial tape was rolling,” says Kavus Torabi, “So, the shorter pieces are the result of about ten or fifteen minutes playing that you wouldn’t have heard.”

The history of BBC Maida Vale Sessions is familiar to The Utopia Strong. As musicians, and lifelong music fans, the legacy - the importance - of such recordings is not lost on them. Space and place influence creativity, as is the case here, and the sleeve is a loving homage to those classic BBC releases, affectionately nodding to Strange Fruit Peel Sessions from days of yore. 

See the band live:

04 Sep / Leeds / Headrow House
05 Sep / Whitby / Flowergate Hall
06 Sep / Manchester / The Yard
07 Sep / Homington / St Mary's Church

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19 Mar 2024

Obey Cobra sign to Rocket and announce new album 'Mwg Drwg'

 

We are thrilled to reveal that we are going to be releasing a new album by the unique, genre pushing four-piece from Cardiff, 'Obey Cobra'.

'Mwg Drwg' is the follow-up to the bands debut 'Oblong' which was released on Mat Batty's (Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) label Box Records.

Watch the video for first single 'Ten of Wands' via the link above.

This is what the band have said about it:

"The Mari Lwyd - a horse skeleton dressed in white sheets and adorned with ribbons - is a Welsh folkloric custom. In both history and the present day, for Wassail, the Mari Lwyd leads a procession, knocking on the doors of local houses trying to gain entry through song. The people who live in the houses deny the Mari Lwyd from entering, again through song, and the two sides continue this call and response until either the householders eventually relent, and the Mari Lwyd is allowed in and given food and drink... Or must continue without on their journey.

In the music video for Ten of Wands we follow the Mari Lwyd. An outsider and outcast from the edges of the earth, wandering through historical spaces void of humans, eventually ending at the open sea. Ten of Wands tells of a reading and premonition, given to lead singer K Wood, taken with a pinch of salt."

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Preorder 'Mwg Drwg' on Ltd Edition 'Blue Vinyl' via the Bandcamp link below or from your favourite record shop: 

Bandcamp

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Reflective of a band operating by nobody’s rules but their own, Obey Cobra here are just as adept with bracing noise as sinister disquiet. Taking influences as diverse as Diane Arbus, David Lynch and Sonic Youth, they balance out heaviosity and grace on the likes of the majestically discordant ‘Ten Of Wands’ and the glacial yet pulverising ‘Blue Hour’. Meanwhile; on the title track, the band excel themselves by sculpting a Jesus Lizard-esque rhythmic pulse, eerie vocal abstraction and the crepuscular downtempo atmosphere of Massive Attack’s ‘Mezzanine’ into a uniquely haunting dreamscape.

Produced by Petbrick’s Wayne Adams, 'Mwg Drwg' is where the weird and eerie are amplified to intimidating proportions. It’s where grotesquely and beauty happily cohabit. It’s the eldritch chill of ‘Ghostwatch’ in which strange dimensions lurk in the suburbs. It’s an aural exorcism of William Friedkin proportions that demands your immediate attention.

See Obey Cobra live:
19 April / London / The Lexington



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15 Mar 2024

Alison Cotton's new album 'Engelchen' is released today


"Heartrending storytelling by deeply poetic folk spirit."
Uncut

"Spellbinding."
4/5 Shindig

"Some of the most moving and powerful music you're likely to hear this year." 
The Sleeping Shaman


Alison Cotton's new album 'Engelchen' is out now. An album inspired by the story of Ida and Louise Cook, two remarkable women who helped arrange the paths of refugees out of danger in 1930s Nazi-occupied Europe.

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'Englechen' is available on 'Swirl vinyl' via the Bandcamp link below, or on clear vinyl from your local record shop:

Bandcamp

The great 'Feeding Tube Records' are releasing the album in North America.

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See Alison live at these following dates:

23 March / Gregynog Hall / Newtown 
28 March / Glad Cafe / Glasgow
29 March / The Lubber Fiend / Newcastle
30 March / Bishop's House / Sheffield
31 March / Rise / York
05 April / St Pancras Old Church / London
18 April / South Street / Reading
20 April / Carnival Records (RSD24) / Great Malvern
27 July / DK / Sønderho / Fanø Free Folk Festival
29 July / Arts Centre / Colchester 

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5 Mar 2024

Watch exclusive footage of Gnoomes playing live


Watch this great live footage of Gnoomes playing the track 'The Neighbor' from latest album 'Ax Ox', filmed in Angers in 2023.

Gnoomes are hitting the road this year and you can see them at:

Mar 06 / Ljubljana / Kino Šiška
Mar 30 / Northampton / The Black Prince
Mar 31 / Newcastle / Cumberland Arms
Apr 04 / Norwich / Voodoo Daddy’s
Apr 06 / Sheffield / Delicious Clam
Apr 11 / Leeds / Wharf Chambers
Apr 17 / London / Strongroom Bar
Apr 18/19 / Oslo / KAFÉ HÆRVERK
Apr 20 / Copenhagen / Loppen
May 17 / Berlin / Loge 
May 22 / Paris / Supersonic 
May 23 / Angers / Le Garage
May 24 / Saint-Poix / Festival Les Mouillotins

Ax Ox can be bought on ltd edition LP from here:


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1 Mar 2024

It's Bandcamp Friday!


It's Bandcamp Friday....so as always it is the perfect time to pick up something great from the rocket Bandcamp. 

Four of Rockets latest releases are:

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Ex Easter Island Head – Norther LP
The band's first album since 2016 and the first on Rocket – we are so humbled to be releasing this unique album by the incredibly unique band.

The Utopia Strong – The BBC Sessions LP/CD
You need this for the cover alone! Chuffed to be able to release this great session onto a physical format – a very nice stopgap until the next album proper.

Alison Cotton – Engelchen LP
Alison returns with a new album of incredibly powerful songs, an album that starts with an immersive side long track, essential listening.

Thee Alcoholics – Feedback LP
This mighty album by The Alcoholics was released last week onto a very unsuspecting but now an extremely grateful world. Get intoxicated.

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Not only that, we still have ltd copies of the albums we released at the end of 2023 by Teeth Of The Sea, Bonnacons Of Doom, Yoke and Goat etc. 

Also our Bandcamp is stocked-up of lots of European distributor warehouse finds that we had shipped back. So as always, there's lots of great releases and t-shirts from many of your Rocket faves awaiting you:

Rocket Bandcamp

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23 Feb 2024

Goat announce UK live dates


Goat shows are rare, so we are extremely thrilled to reveal that over two weekends in October and November, the band will be heading to the UK for six shows.

Now before you ask, we are gutted to say that the band can't play any more shows in 2024. We know a lot of fans in the North of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will be disappointed to not see them playing locally, but sadly it was just not possible to make it happen this time.

Tickets for these six shows go on presale at 10am on 1st March via the links below:

24 Oct / London / Troxy
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25 Oct / Bristol / 02 Academy
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26 Oct / Manchester / Academy 1
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14 Nov / Norwich / UEA
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15 Nov / Oxford / 02 Academy
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16 Nov /  Nottingham / Rock City
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And don't forget, Goat's score for Shane Meadows 'The Gallows Pole' series is being released as a special expanded vinyl edition via 'Record Store Day' participating shops on 20 April.

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Thee Alcoholics album 'Feedback' is released today


“Gratifying slabs of sludge-punk mayhem.”
The Quietus

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“Simply no fucking about, no hyperbole...this is the shit.” The Sleeping Shaman

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“Filthy, raw and impressively intense." Louder Than War


Thee Alcoholics – the London 5 piece formed by ex Hey Colossus member Rhys Llewellyn release their debut Rocket album 'Feedback' today.  

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'Feedback' is available now on Ltd Edition Yellow Vinyl via Bandcamp or from your favourite Record Shop:

Bandcamp

Thanks to a hold-up in customs the mailorder copies are not going to be shipped until next week annoyingly. But copies should be in shops from today.

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Cranky and cantankerous yet lysergically aligned, 'Feedback' is mesmeric rock with swagger, warped into sci-fi shapes by the spirit and sonics of bass and soundsystem culture. The psychedelic shapes here are redolent of the ur-klang of The Fall and the monolithic lurch of The Heads, the motorik malevolence less an uplifting trip to the heavens than a drill down to the earth’s core.

Discernible in these jackhammer beats, grimly murmured vocals and delirious dirges to certain heads may be the trash futurism of Chrome, the decomposed stomp of unsung legends Earl Brutus and the electro-punk attack of Six Finger Satellite, yet all of the above co-ordinates are waylaid effortlessly by a balls-out intensity and a fearsome intent on aural oblivion at all costs.

'Feedback' may be elemental and primal, yet this is no psych comfort-blanket nor retro-fetishism, rather a repetition-driven journey headlong into intimidating territory unknown. Get on board, and strap yourselves in for a bumpy ride.

Get intoxicated on Thee Alcoholics live experience at one of these shows:

23 Feb / Newcastle / The Lubber Fiend
24 Feb / Nottingham / Chameleon
29 Feb / Bristol / The Crown
01 Mar / London / Moor Vaults Brewery

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20 Feb 2024

Ex-Easter Island Head announce forthcoming album release on Rocket

We are thrilled to reveal that Ex-Easer Island Head – a band we have been huge fans of for many years, are releasing 'Norther' – their first album since 2016 on Rocket Recordings.

Watch the Tommy Husband made video for the album's title track above.

This is what the band have to say about the shimmering beauty of this first single: "'Norther' makes a determined line for the horizon on a piece that finds them somewhere between Arnold Dreyblatt's Orchestra of Excited Strings and the shimmering minimalism of Kompakt records. Two guitars with their frets pulled off and with brass rods inserted beneath the strings create a chorusing, chiming lattice of alternately muted and unmuted strings, propelled forward by an insistent two note motif, pulsing kick drum and sliding slabs of downtuned bass. Bowed strings at the mid section give way to an eerie soaring melody from a wind-driven Aeolian harp before the band kicks back in with driving, hypnotic percussion."  

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'Norther' is being released on 17 May, but you can preorder now on ltd edition vinyl via this bandcamp link, or from your local record shop:

Bandcamp

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Watch Ex-Easter Island Head's mesmerising live show here:

17 May / Bristol / Cube Microplex
18 May / London / Stoke Newington Old Church (Matinee and Evening) 
24 May / Manchester / St. Michael's 
25 May / Sheffield / Sidney and Matilda
31 May / Hebden / Hebden Bridge Trades Club
07 June / Brighton / The Hope
08 June / Cambridge / Storey's Field Centre

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In meteorology, the word Norther refers to a cold wind that blows down from the North. For Ex-Easter Island Head, it’s also an apt title for the strange and multi-faceted sound of their new album, their first since 2016, which drifts from billowing clouds of melancholy to propulsive hypnotic headwinds.

Years in the making and crafted in their home studio housed within the former Brazilian consulate in Liverpool, the music is an ever shifting thrum of sounds, both acoustic and electronic, which appears to teem and squirm, yet which moves as part of one mighty breeze.

Building on over a decade of activity, Ex-Easter Island Head have long been a cherished part of the UK underground. Functioning variously as a kind of deconstructed rock band, ambient chamber ensemble and minimalist compositional workshop, on 'Norther' we find the group combining their wide musical experience into something singular and coherent with a deeply emotional core.

Largely orbiting around their extended use of the electric guitar, their approach might at times recall the experiments of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, but across the album we see a band whose musical vision extends well beyond the iconoclasm of 80's New York. Drawing on hypnotic musics from across the spectrum, they bring a compositional approach to sounds often associated with freeform sprawl or more academic settings, never letting pathos be lost to process. Equally reminiscent of the gentle rolling momentum of The Necks as they are the coiled precision of an act on Kompakt; this is a music which ebbs and flows, lives and breathes.

The record consists of six pieces, each of which demonstrates an entirely different creative process. On blossoming opener ‘Weather’, whirring motors are made to dance fairy-like atop guitar strings and drums before being overwhelmed by great thrusts of bass; on the dizzying ‘Magnetic Language’ the band’s voices are played back through their phones and amplified with guitar pickups, magnets wrapped in copper wire, a conversation between technology old and new. The title of penultimate piece ‘Golden Bridges’ refers to the brass rods the band shift beneath the strings of their guitars to create its glowing cascade of harmonics.

All, however, tap to one degree or another into that abiding theme of the weather, not least the title track for which the band erected a ramshackle aeolian harp –an instrument played by the wind – on the roof of a former meteorological observatory on The Wirral. With it they captured an actual norther, bottling its elemental power for their own devices. When examining their specimen they found a deep resonance between the sounds it made, which are eerily akin to guitar feedback, and the quest to extract rich overtones from the instrument that has remained a constant through their career as experimental outliers.

Despite the long wait since their last full length, the band’s creative drive has been ceaseless in that time. Those eight years away were defined by collaborations, solo excursions and one-off performances – whether external projects like Dialect, The Aleph and Land Trance, their part in the Salford Large Ensemble of Northern underground musicians or Whistling Arrow, with Laura Cannell and Charles Hayward, a site-specific series of shows in Odense, Denmark, work with classical musicians like the BBC Philharmonic and Immix Ensemble, or ambitious educational projects with schoolchildren in Liverpool and Newcastle. “Nearly all of these have played into the direction the material on Norther has taken,” says the band’s Benjamin D. Duvall.

“All of the projects we were involved in between 2016 and 2024 have expanded the boundaries of what we do by exposing us to a huge variety of instruments, personalities and ways of working. It's really allowed us to see the purity of making music with a four-piece group.”

That status as a quartet is a new one, with longstanding friend and collaborator Andrew PM Hunt (Dialect) now a permanent fixture. Having a member of the band handling recording and mixing has helped the band push further into their own language, moving beyond simple documentation, as on previous albums, into a lush, technicolour vision all of their own.


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19 Feb 2024

Thee Alcoholics reveal new track 'Dumb & Happy'



Ahead of Friday's anticipated release of Thee Alcoholics album 'Feedback' we are excited to share with you another track.

'Dumb & Happy' has the swagger and hiss through the repetitive riff which signifies Thee Alcoholics sound. Layers of fuzz and call to arms from a late night disturber of the peace creep out over organ drone and a ferocious monotonous rhythm.

Watch the video above made by Chris Spalton.

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'Feedback' is released on 23 February – but you can preorder now on Ltd Edition Yellow Vinyl:

Bandcamp

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Get intoxicated on Thee Alcoholics live experience at one of these shows:

21 Feb / Manchester / The Peer Hat
22 Feb / Derby / Dubrek Studios
23 Feb / Newcastle / The Lubber Fiend
24 Feb / Nottingham / Chameleon
29 Feb / Bristol / The Crown
01 Mar / London / Moor Vaults Brewery



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15 Feb 2024

Goat reveal Record Store Day expanded vinyl release of 'The Gallows Pole: Original Score'


Following the original, digital only, release of Goat’s score for ‘The Gallows Pole’ TV series, we are now thrilled to announce an expanded, ltd edition vinyl version, which will be released as part of Record Store Day 2024 on 20 April.

‘The Gallows Pole’ is a three-part Element Pictures production, written and directed by Shane Meadows which was aired in the UK on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

This new vinyl version of the ‘The Gallows Pole: Original Score’ differs from the previous digital release as it now only features the music which was specifically written for the series itself – it doesn’t include the three, previously released back catalogue tracks. Instead, this vinyl edition contains three ‘unused/unreleased’ tracks: ‘Goat Witch’, ‘Timeless Awareness’ and ‘Kampsång (Instrumental)’. These tracks have not, up-to-now, been heard by anyone apart from Shane Meadows himself.

‘The Gallows Pole: Original Score’ album is ltd to only 3,000 copies worldwide – the package comes as a colour vinyl LP + 7” and is housed in a special gatefold sleeve.

Tracklist:

LP:
01. Mind is Like the Sky
02. Field Raga
03. Jazzman
04. The Gate Is Open (The Temple Lies Within)
05. Vallåt
06. Goat Witch

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07. Timeless Awareness
08. Kampsång (Instrumental)



13 Feb 2024

Alison Cotton reveals new single – 'Crépuscule'

Alison Cotton's new album 'Engelchen' is released on 15 March. It is an album inspired by the story of Ida and Louise Cook, two remarkable women who helped arrange the paths of refugees out of danger in 1930s Nazi-occupied Europe.

Watch the John O'Carroll made video for the second single to be released from 'Engelchen' – the absorbing 'Crépuscule' above

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'Englechen' is released on 15 March – preorder now on 'Swirl vinyl' via the Bandcamp link below, or on clear vinyl from your local record shop:

Bandcamp

The great 'Feeding Tube Records' are releasing the album in North America.

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The secretive heroics of Ida and Louise almost beggar belief, and when Alison Cotton first discovered their story, she couldn’t understand why it wasn’t more widely known. Furthermore, she was inspired by their courage, fortitude and derring-do to compose Engelchen, a live musical tribute to the duo’s lives and work, which is now a full-length release on Rocket Recordings.

Throughout, this story is relayed by Alison, whether acapella or by means of richly emotive string arrangements, with a deftness of touch, sensitivity and intensity that matches the feverish nature of the experiences and the unforgiving environs in which they took place. Engelchen is a transporting work whose spirit is situated in a very specific time and place,

Nonetheless, the story of Ida and Louise Cook is more than merely an inspirational tribute to two mavericks who beat the odds in an unforgettable feat of altruism. It’s a celebration of the human spirit, one that reflects a universality in its narrative which transcends the boundaries of history and impacts very urgently on our daily lives. Whatever attempts may be made to tell this story, it’s hard to imagine one that resonates deeper than Engelchen.

See Alison live at these following dates:

23 March / Gregynog Hall / Newtown 
28 March / Glad Cafe / Glasgow
29 March / The Lubber Fiend / Newcastle
30 March / Bishop's House / Sheffield
31 March / Rise / York
05 April / St Pancras Old Church / London
25-27 July / DK / Sønderho / Fanø Free Folk Festival



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6 Feb 2024

Thee Alcoholics reveal second single from forthcoming album – 'Feedback'

Thee Alcoholics – the London 5 piece formed by ex Hey Colossus member Rhys Llewellyn have revealed 'It's So Easy' the second single from their debut Rocket album 'Feedback'.  

Clocking in under 2minutes, 'It's So Easy' is Thee Alcoholics at their most upbeat and poppy but still frighteningly aggressive, check out the video above:

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'Feedback' is released on 23 February – but you can preorder now on Ltd Edition Yellow Vinyl:

Bandcamp

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Cranky and cantankerous yet lysergically aligned, 'Feedback' is mesmeric rock with swagger, warped into sci-fi shapes by the spirit and sonics of bass and soundsystem culture. The psychedelic shapes here are redolent of the ur-klang of The Fall and the monolithic lurch of The Heads, the motorik malevolence less an uplifting trip to the heavens than a drill down to the earth’s core.

Discernible in these jackhammer beats, grimly murmured vocals and delirious dirges to certain heads may be the trash futurism of Chrome, the decomposed stomp of unsung legends Earl Brutus and the electro-punk attack of Six Finger Satellite, yet all of the above co-ordinates are waylaid effortlessly by a balls-out intensity and a fearsome intent on aural oblivion at all costs.

'Feedback' may be elemental and primal, yet this is no psych comfort-blanket nor retro-fetishism, rather a repetition-driven journey headlong into intimidating territory unknown. Get on board, and strap yourselves in for a bumpy ride.

Get intoxicated on Thee Alcoholics live experience at one of these shows:

09 Feb / Rennes / Le Marquis De Sade
10 Feb / Nantes / Quaim
16 Feb / Halifax / Grunston Unity
21 Feb / Manchester / The Peer Hat
22 Feb / Derby / Dubrek Studios
23 Feb / Newcastle / The Lubber Fiend
24 Feb / Nottingham / Chameleon
29 Feb / Bristol / The Crown
01 Mar / London / Moor Vaults Brewery



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1 Feb 2024

The Utopia Strong announce 'The BBC Sessions'

To tide you over before a new studio The Utopia Strong album is released, we are happy to reveal the band are unleashing 'The BBC Sessions' album on Ltd edition LP and CD on 22 March. 

'The BBC Sessions' were originally recorded live at Maida Vale for a Marc Riley session on BBC 6 Music in September 2022, the five tracks capture The Utopia Strong stretching themselves and continuing to develop their aural explorations.

Watch the John O'Carroll made video for the track 'Lamp Of Glory' above.

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You can preorder The Utopia Strong's 'The BBC Sessions' on Ltd Edition Black vinyl and CD from 8am GMT tomorrow (2nd Feb) to coincide with the first Bandcamp Friday of the year:

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The band approached this session differently, as usually pieces are improvised and developed live over a longer period of time. “When we hit a point where all three of us really had something going, we would continue while the proverbial tape was rolling,” says Kavus Torabi, “So, the shorter pieces are the result of about ten or fifteen minutes playing that you wouldn’t have heard.”

The history of BBC Maida Vale Sessions is familiar to The Utopia Strong. As musicians, and lifelong music fans, the legacy - the importance - of such recordings is not lost on them. Space and place influence creativity, as is the case here, and the sleeve is a loving homage to those classic BBC releases, affectionately nodding to Strange Fruit Peel Sessions from days of yore.

So put on the - classic, black - vinyl, sit back and go through all the other bands listed on the sleeve that have also recorded BBC Sessions. You will surely be familiar with them, if you are music aficionados like the band.



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29 Jan 2024

Gnoomes featured in The Guardian + announce tour


The Guardian has published this piece about Russian artists living in ecile in Europe due to the war, and in the piece they interview Gnoomes.

Read here: The Guardian

The band have also announced some European shows:

16 Feb / Trieste - Hangar Teatri
06 Mar / Ljubljana - Kino Šiška (with @lucidvox)
30 Mar / Northampton - The Black Prince
31 Mar / Newcastle - Cumberland Arms
04 Apr / Norwich - Voodoo Daddy’s
06 Apr / Sheffield - Delicious Clam
11 Apr / Leeds - Wharf Chambers
17 Apr / London - Strongroom Bar
17 May / Berlin – Loge

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23 Jan 2024

Watch Thee Alcoholics playing their latest single 'Baby I'm Your Man' live in the studio


Head over to Echoes and Dust and watch some great 'Live In The Studio' footage of Thee Alcoholics playing their latest single 'Baby I'm Your Man' – with added skronk from the excruciatingly talented Colin Webster.

The footage has been published as part of E&D's long running 'Under The Influence' feature – where can also read what Rhys from the band says are three albums that influenced Thee Alcoholics forthcoming album 'Feedback'.

Watch, listen, read, learn here:

Echoes & Dust

Preorder the 'Feedback' on ltd edition Yellow vinyl here:

Bandcamp

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Get intoxicated on Thee Alcoholics at these live shows:

09 Feb / Rennes / Le Marquis de Sade
10 Feb / Nantes / Quaim
16 Feb / Halifax / Grayson Unity
21 Feb / Manchester / The Peer Hat
22 Feb / Derby / Dubrek Studios
23 Feb / Newcastle / The Lubber Fiend
24 Feb / Nottingham / Chameleon
29 Feb / Bristol / The Crown
01 Mar / London / Moor Vaults Brewery

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15 Jan 2024

Alison Cotton reveals her powerful new album 'Engelchen'

Alison Cotton returns with her new album 'Engelchen' – an album inspired by the story of Ida and Louise Cook, two remarkable women who helped arrange the paths of refugees out of danger in 1930s Nazi-occupied Europe.

Watch the video, made by John O'Carroll for the first track to be revealed, the poignant sounds of 'The Letter Burning' above

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'Englechen' is released on 15 March – preorder now on 'Swirl vinyl' via the Bandcamp link below, or on clear vinyl from your local record shop:

Bandcamp

The great 'Feeding Tube Records' are releasing the album in North America.

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The secretive heroics of Ida and Louise almost beggar belief, and when Alison Cotton first discovered their story, she couldn’t understand why it wasn’t more widely known. Furthermore, she was inspired by their courage, fortitude and derring-do to compose Engelchen, a live musical tribute to the duo’s lives and work, which is now a full-length release on Rocket Recordings.

Throughout, this story is relayed by Alison, whether acapella or by means of richly emotive string arrangements, with a deftness of touch, sensitivity and intensity that matches the feverish nature of the experiences and the unforgiving environs in which they took place. Engelchen is a transporting work whose spirit is situated in a very specific time and place,

Nonetheless, the story of Ida and Louise Cook is more than merely an inspirational tribute to two mavericks who beat the odds in an unforgettable feat of altruism. It’s a celebration of the human spirit, one that reflects a universality in its narrative which transcends the boundaries of history and impacts very urgently on our daily lives. Whatever attempts may be made to tell this story, it’s hard to imagine one that resonates deeper than Engelchen.

See Alison live at these following dates, with more TBA:

23 March / Gregynog Hall / Newtown
28 March / Glad Cafe / Glasgow
29 March / The Lubber Fiend / Newcastle
30 March / Bishop's House / Sheffield
31 March / Rise / York
05 April / St Pancras Old Church / London



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9 Jan 2024

Thee Alcoholics announce debut Rocket album – 'Feedback'

Excited to announce 'Feedback', the debut Rocket release by Thee Alcoholics – the London 5 piece formed by ex Hey Colossus member Rhys Llewellyn.

Listen to the first track to be revealed – the repeato psychpunk attack of 'Baby I'm Your Man' featuring the guest Colin Webster on sax noise above

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'Feedback' is released on 23 February – but you can preorder now on Ltd Edition Yellow Vinyl:

Bandcamp

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The howl of the ampstack, the thump of stick on skin, the clink of pint-glass. 

The simple pleasures and vices endure, even as time warps and future  dystopias loom large. Yet fresh horizons beckon even with the most trustworthy ingredients, and Thee Alcoholics are here to hammer the point home. 'Feedback', the debut from this London-based outfit is where riffage, rancour and revelation do battle, a bleary-eyed treatise from the edge of sanity with a life-affirming afterglow.

Thee Alcoholics are the brainchild of Rhys Llewellyn, a longtime Rocket alumnus whose background leans as heavily into the bassbin-shaking realms of electronic music as it does the tinnitus-inducing world of the cranked amp. Not content with hammering drumskins for numerous floor-shaking records on the Rocket discography from the likes of Hey Colossus and The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers, he’s also been responsible for brain-rearranging electronic works under the Drmcnt and Acidliner monikers. Thee Alcoholics, however - which initially gestated as a result of Rhys himself wanting to pursue the somewhat hostile sound in his own head during lockdown - maps out a collision course between all of the above. 

“I wanted to capture something visceral and more intense and essentially make music that I loved and missed playing. I was doing a lot of home recording while lockdown was happening and going in my local studio in Peckham on my own just trying to get ideas out and record stuff to take home and carve in to something while stuck in the house” From this, Thee Alcoholics’ name arrived from the ether (“a gnarly name for a gnarly sound” Rhys reflects) and soon the ensuing racket was captured on two cassette releases for Wrong Speed Records. Ultimately, this path has led to various incarnations of a bruising live band, and hence to 'Feedback', where all the malice, indignation and inspiration of the decade so far coalesced into a brain-frying salvo of ornery catharsis. 

Cranky and cantankerous yet lysergically aligned, 'Feedback' is mesmeric rock with swagger, warped into sci-fi shapes by the spirit and sonics of bass and soundsystem culture. The psychedelic shapes here are redolent of the ur-klang of The Fall and the monolithic lurch of The Heads, the motorik malevolence less an uplifting trip to the heavens than a drill down to the earth’s core.

Discernible in these jackhammer beats, grimly murmured vocals and delirious dirges to certain heads may be the trash futurism of Chrome, the decomposed stomp of unsung legends Earl Brutus and the electro-punk attack of Six Finger Satellite, yet all of the above co-ordinates are waylaid effortlessly by a balls-out intensity and a fearsome intent on aural oblivion at all costs. 

'Feedback' may be elemental and primal, yet this is no psych comfort-blanket nor retro-fetishism, rather a repetition-driven journey headlong into intimidating territory unknown. Get on board, and strap yourselves in for a bumpy ride.

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Get intoxicated on Thee Alcoholics live experience: 

09 Feb / Rennes / Le Marquis de Sade
15 Feb / Manchester / The Peer Hat
16 Feb / Halifax / Grayson Unity
22 Feb / Derby / Dubrek Studios
23 Feb / Newcastle / The Lubber Fiend
24 Feb / Nottingham / Chameleon
29 Feb / Bristol / The Crown
01 Mar / London / Moor Vaults Brewery



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