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:

Bandcamp

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