Archive | June, 2011

Rarely Unable’s Ones To Watch…Retox

21 Jun

San Diego’s Retox are a blistering four-piece who made their live debut mere months ago. The band members are Justin Pearson (The Locust, All Leather, Some Girls, Swing Kids), Gabe Serbian (The Locust, Cattle Decapitation, Holy Molar, Rats Eyes), Michael Crain (Festival of Dead Deer) and Thor Dickey. Pretty damn sweet!!!
Their debut album, Ugly Animals, is set for an August release on Three One G/Ipecac Recordings. The album was recorded in March with Manny Nieto and Retox co-producing the all analog release.
The band recently released a self-titled EP and completed a UK tour where Midland Rockssuccinctly described Retox as “… a punch in our stagnant, mediocre, celebrity-obsessed culture’s face.  Their sound is like a brick wall crashing into a dump truck.  In less than thirty minutes, Retox delivered an intense performance that left the crowd in shock and awe.”

This is what Ipecac owner Greg Werckman has to say about the signing “The Ipecac team is over the moon about working with Retox…These are world class musicians that push the envelope with everything they do.  We think they are a perfect fit with our eclectic roster, fitting comfortably with other hardworking, original artists like the Melvins and ISIS.”Stay tuned for more news coming soon…


Supersonic festival announce Tony Conrad, Silver Apples, Circle and more to 2011 line up

9 Jun

21st – 23rd October 2011
Tickets on sale now via
With all the early bird tickets already sold out, Supersonic are keen to keep hungry punters satisfied and with that, we can proudly announce some extremely notable new additions to an already sumptuous line up…
First and foremost, Supersonic are thrilled to bring to the festival one of the most compelling figures in 20th century music, a giant in the American soundscape, Tony Conrad. Since the early 1960s, he has utilized intense amplification, long duration and precise pitch to forge an aggressively mesmerizing “Dream Music”. Conrad continues to exert a primal influence over succeeding generations with his ecstatic oscillations and hypnotic drones, overall a profoundly influential composer whose radical styles defies textbook definitions and challenges accepted notions of the minimalist canon.
Another very special new addition to the line up is the enigmatic and influential Silver Apples, now a solo act, SIMEON, aka “The Oscillation Man”, who sings and plays his famous hand-made instrument, ‘The Simeon”, made of “nine audio oscillators piled on top of each other and eighty-six manual controls to control lead, rhythm and bass pulses with hands, feet and elbows”…it really has to be seen to be believed!
To counter-balance the chaotic sounds of the festival, Nathan Bell, former Lungfish bassist, will calm our exhausted minds with his cyclic banjo music, true meditative hymns for the soul.
Also now taking to the stage are a band on top of their game, the shimmeringly blissful Circle. They will be delivering their rhythmic amalgam of hazy psyche, metal, progressive avant-rock and krautrock, no doubt with some surprises. And if we are lucky, we will get to hear some of the infectious jams from their new album. Of course, it would be absurd to not invite instrumental stoner rockers Pharaoh Overlord to play, given that the band features members of Circle. So prepare to be mesmerised by their utterly immersive hypnotic sounds. In keeping with the ‘Circle’ theme, Supersonic are pleased to announce their first film screening, Man With A Video Camera by Petri Hagner, a film about a man who decides to pursue his artistic talents by directing a film about the band Circle. A highly appropriate choice for the film programme, we hope you agree.
Another film just added to the programme is Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP LIVES! 1990-1998, the biography of a friendship. Set in the Pacific Northwest against the backdrop of the Olympia, WA post punk and Riot girl movements of the early 90’s, the film details the joys and tragedies of three young friends who rise above their surroundings to form a band called KARP.
Don’t forget, more films to be announced soon as well as art, panel discussions and details of other special guests to be revealed.

Riot Season on a roll with three new releases…

7 Jun
Riot Season are on an absolute roll with three varying new releases in the pipeline, as well as forthcoming live shows, read on for full info…
First out the gate on 27 June will be Hey Colossus…
RRR is the seventh album for Hey Colossus, and the third for Riot Season (also home to Circle, Acid Mothers Temple, Shit And Shine, Black Boned Angel, Todd, Sloath, Ultraphallus etc). This album follows last year’s Eurogrumble Vol.1 LP, which received broad acclaim as well as landing in some end of year lists also (notably in ROCK A ROLLA magazine top 50 of the year).
The band formed in 2003 as a five piece, based in London. Eight years on (and with line up changes reminiscent of The Fall) they are now a seven piece based in London and Somerset (though nine people perform on the album). RRR was recorded through the winter of ’10-11 in Dropout, South London, home to analogue tape and all things loud. Mixed by Drumcunt and Basspuppy, mastered by Hamilton Industries (Part Chimp’s tub thumper).
RRR is definitely more varied than previous Colossus records and it explores more subdued, quieter passages. Such moments of calm are not the only varied thing about the new record, Hey Colossus also explore the swooping filmic sounds akin to many a film score, think along the lines of Taxi Driver and Spaghetti Westerns. Some Krautrock-esque mantras also come into the fold, combined with a Nurse With Wound / DNA influence. Alongside this, ‘The Drang’ keeps up the one riff, one tune – like Sabbath done through NEU! that HC are heavily influenced by. There is a choice Berlusconi baiting Can inspired clangathon, ‘I Am Bunga Bunga’, with a rant that is buried but audible. The result of all of these amalgamating sounds is a Hey Colossus album unlike any other, out with the old and in with the new. RRR is the perfect soundtrack for the spring and summer months, assuming you like the idea of the Butthole Surfers manning the BBQ, Faust cleaning out the pool, and GG Allin manning the bar. After touring heavily throughout the past year hitting up Germany, Holland, Belgium, Ireland, and Turkey (flying in for one gig with pals Part Chimp, to CLOSE an art gallery in Istanbul), Hey Colossus are preparing to invade venues across the UK to play out this new material. Though  most dates are still being confirmed, its already panning out to be their biggest UK tour yet. Plus I can announce a London show on Friday 24 June at Lexington with Part Chimp.

Next up on 4 July…two legends in their own right, Pikacyu*Makoto…

PIKACYU*MAKOTO is an alliance between two figureheads of underground Japanese psych/pop, the musically promiscuous Kawabata Makoto (most famous for his leadership of the legendary Acid Mothers Temple), and Afrirampo‘s Pikacyu. No strangers to one another, the pair have not only gigged together with their respective bands but also recorded together, when these two outfits temporarily fused in 2005 to become Acid Mothers Afrirampo (releasing an album of the same name). Now they have distilled their collaboration, all other players being stripped away to leave the core of Pikacyu’s manic drums and vocals, and Makoto’s schizoid guitar conjurings.
OM Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside is unlike anything either culprit has produced before, both structured and freeform, tuneless and beautiful. Pikacyu’s drums pummel, jitter, crash and stumble, but steadfastly refuse to groove. She layers her voice several times, competing with maniacally pitch-shifted versions of herself to bring you what is, in their words, “a story about the cosmic shaman Pikacyu vs the master of the darkness Makoto… including the full love from the universe!!”. Makoto attacks his guitar, cloaking himself in reverb to produce a wall-of-sound, alternating between melody and noise.
The record’s opening gambit, the acapella “OM Marijana FU”, resembles field recordings of a gang of lady monks doing chants in the monastery, played back on dying tape walkman. Then you’re thrown straight into the deep end of one of the album’s epics – “Birth Star”. Those holy women are joined by propulsive drumming, each guitar chord leaving contrails that weave together in a cathedral of reverb, forming a tapestry of noise that threatens to clash but never does. In the frenetic “Wild Rise” the Western listener, ignorant of the language is eventually left with the impression of wordless chants tapping wells of emotion that lie beyond the reach of vocabulary.
The instrumental “Pigamelan-Magamelan” on the other hand represents a total gear shift, its dry sound, attack-laden guitar runs and avoidance of time signature invoking the exploding-note theory of Captain Beefheart. The players’ behaviour appears unpredictable to the outsider, but like play-fighting dogs they magically pause and resume simultaneously, suggesting the presence of a logic known only to the protagonists.
“Minakata Loid” brings drums reminiscent of early Four Tet, while the guitar emits high-pitched detonations from the far-end of an empty auditorium. “Back to Your House Over the Rainbow” exposes the knife-edge of Pikacyu’s most extreme vocalisations, sounding like the yodels of a spirit trying to escape its own skin (while Makoto calls up the spirit Sonic Youth‘s Turquoise Boy).
OM Sweet Home will be released in July in a limited run of 1000 copies, packaged in a 350gm card gatefold sleeve. It is a serrated listen; a freeform assault; a crashing wash of expressive noise. This is a record in which all the building blocks of mainstream music are overridden by sheer force of expression; soothing melodies are rendered cutting by vehemence, beautiful guitar runs are needled by attack, and the lack of bass removes this music from the arena of the dancefloor, elevating it to some other plane inhabited by seekers of the healing power of noise. Keep ears open and eyes peeled!
And finally, due for release on 25 July…
After the roaring success of Ultraphallus, Riot Season present another dark and twisted band replete with viscous guitars, unnerving vocals and disturbing power electronics. May we present… Dead Elephant who are: Enrico Tauraso (electric guitar, voice, power electronics, samples), Fulvio Grosso (electric bass, voice) and Omar Tomaino (drums).
Hailing from Cuneo in Italy, Dead Elephant formed in 2002 and previously released SING THE SEPARATION (Unfortunate Miracle, 2005) then followed by LOWEST SHARED DESCENT (Robotradio, 2008). This year, they finally close the four year gap with a brand new and beastly album Thanatology, due for release in July.
Thanatology aims to investigate the process of acceptance of loss, a concept particularly timely in these transitional times in which we live. In order to understand precisely where the band are coming from with this concept, here is a deeper explanation:
“In this order of things life can sometimes be cruel. Sometimes we feel caught in a strange trap. The events appear to us as a dark spiral and our destiny is lost in it. Within this dark spiral, it is very difficult understand what is right and what is wrong. There, something must burn and you must accept to lose it. From the consciousness that some things must die in order to for change to be born.”
Dead Elephant’s powerful sonic assault has a wide range of influences from the heaviness of bands like Cherubs, Jesus Lizard, Colossamite, Melvins, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost to the psychedelic attitudes of Ash Ra Tempel, Cluster, Neurosis and Badalamenti soundtracks, all prevalent throughout this latest record.
On Thanatology, Dead Elephant attack the listener with their claustrophobic and visceral sonic forces and fuse these brutally heavy sounds with moments of genuine haunting beauty, which are actual samples of the funeral marches of Southern Italy. The effects of these galvanizing forces are that of ultimate catharsis that not only challenge the listener, but also force one to question preconceptions of heavy music.
There is no doubt in our minds that Dead Elephant are a compelling addition to Riot Season’s superb spectrum of the weird and wonderful.

Robert Stillman to support Mono in London tonight

7 Jun


Tidal Shift and Rarely Unable are delighted to welcome Robert Stillman as the only support act for Mono in London tonight. Stillman will be opening up this all the more special event at 8pm tonight, a great chance to share new sounds from his superb new album Machine’s Song (One Inch Badge) with a big audience.

This album presents Stillman’s self-described ‘archaeo-futuristic’ sound in all of its ragged glory: a varied musical territory of fairground organs, marching band percussion, piano rags, and ticking mechanical music, all in various states of construction/deconstruction. Bearing audible influences of Kurt Weill, John Fahey, and Jelly Roll Morton, Stillman’s music moves fluidly between Americana-infused song and 1950’s style sound- collage, emerging from a tape-hiss canvas like a broadcast from sometime between 1878 and 2078. The album is being streamed in its entirety on Soundcloud and you can read more on his blog.

Stillman will be playing another show this month but this is the only London one, on 21st he will be in Brighton (the Haunt w/ Tuneyards).