Archive | April, 2012

Dope Body release album track “Weird Mirror” – FREE DOWNLOAD

27 Apr

Having recently announced the unholy union of Dope Body and Drag City we thought it was about time we unleash a taster from the album for all to hear, so here it is, available for free download, “Weird Mirror” – showcasing Dope Body’s punk-rock ferocity at its finest.

Don’t forget you can also check out album track “Lazy Slave” on Soundcloud.

Still not heard Natural History by Dope Body? Read on to find out why you should check it out…
Dope Body, the lovely brothers of Baltimore, have erected a fresh slab of sound fit for release 4 June 2012. They call it, Natural History. This is the Drag City debut for these fellows, sure to give hope to all bodies world-wide, both natural and enhanced.

Dope Body formed in December-of-2008-Baltimore as an experiment in musical instincts, jamming and writing the simplest one-part/one-riff/one-minute songs that were the first thing to come to mind (most ended up on their first tape 20 Pound Brick). They then set up a novelty basement show in this super-small basement, with the great intention of trying to stoke primal hardcore thrash vibes in both the music and audience, which at that point in time was kind of lacking in Baltimore (mostly dance-party-Wham-City-absurdist-style). It was a great mess of an experience with drunken beer flying, shirts tearing, glass breaking, strings snapping, amps frying, cigarette smoke asphyxiating… so much fun that a silent acknowledgement was made: don’t stop doing this, something feels too right about it. Dope Body strove to play that kind of show over and over again since then, somehow maintaining a work ethic, being fairly prolific without the threat of taking themselves too seriously.

Dope Body are road doggies, funsters, and gleeful pummellers of basement and attic parties alike, wide-eyed fanatics of the craft that the more reasonable among us might mistake for insanity (it isn’t entirely so). Dope Body is a spasm of styles and directions, showering sparks from a half-melted thickness. They writhe under their own influences and experiments, swinging and swaying from guttural chugging to charming riffs n licks within the confines of a single tune.

Natural History is Dope Body in possession of what might be their most COMMERCIALLY ACCESSIBLE album ever – especially if your idea of “commercially accessible” is Half-Machine Lips Moves/Psychic, Powerless…/or “Salad Days”-era punk. They have well and truly honed their own off-kilter sound, replete with heavy walls of rhythm, raw electronics and vocals that grunt and yelp with an animalistic ferocity.

Dope Body are bloodthirsty and ready to take the UK and EU by storm with both Natural History and promised live appearances – lock up your daughters, your boyfriends, your kids – keep your own body in check – no one body’s the same, but everybody’s body is sure to get weird when it comes into contact with Dope Body!

Track Listing
Shook
Road Dog
Beat
Twice the Life
Powder
Out of my Mind
High Way
Weird Mirror
Lazy Slave

Rare Noise Records presents Metallic Taste of Blood

26 Apr

Metallic Taste Of Blood is an instrumental album brought about by the collective nous of Eraldo Bernocchi (Winter Garden w. Budd and Guthrie, Obake with Pupilllo, Pandi and Fornasari) on guitars, pianist Jamie Saft (of New Zion Trio, Zorn’s electric Masada, Cuong Vu, Marc Ribot and others), bass-player Colin Edwin (of Porcupine Tree and Ex-Wise Heads) and drummer Balazs Pandi (of Venetian Snares, Bong Ra, Obake, Merzbow and Otto Von Schirach).

Manifestly undefinable, Metallic Taste Of Blood collects very diverse strands and genres of music (from metal, dub, avant-jazz and progressive rock primarily) and fuses them into instrumental compositions that tightly straddle what on paper appear total opposites (thus truly representing RareNoiseRecords’ ethos). Both brutal and delicate, distorted but clear, boiling and cool, sweet and brackish, as per the band’s own name.

Yet perfect balance is reached, when distorted guitars sound clean and soothing, while cascades of piano notes suddenly morph into threatening shards – listening to this will lift you into a state not unlike that of cognitive dissonance, one of deep, uncomfortable enjoyment.

An ever surprising recording, laying the foundation to entire new genres.

 

 

 

 

Musicians from Isis and Deftones form new band – Palms

26 Apr
 

Meet Palms, a newly formed Los Angeles based quartet featuring three former members of ISIS (Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide) with Deftones’ vocalist Chino Moreno.

 

“Clifford, Jeff and I started Palms a little over a year ago out of a desire to continue making music together after ISIS ended,” explained Harris. “Chino joined shortly after and our sound took shape from there. We’ve worked really hard on this first release and are excited for people to hear it. It’s nice to be back behind the drum kit, and with this line up.”

 

“Being a huge ISIS fan I’ve always dug the moods these dudes convey with their sound,” added Moreno. “I am excited to combine my sense of creativity with theirs, and to have fun doing so.”

Palms’ debut album will be issued by ISIS’ former label, Ipecac Recordings, and is slated for a 2012 release with a release date to be announced soon. The album was recorded and mixed by Harris, and produced by Palms.

 

Palms is Jeff Caxide (bass/keyboards), Aaron Harris (drums), Clifford Meyer (guitar/keyboards) and Chino Moreno (vocals).

Felix release video accompaniment to album track ‘Blessing’

24 Apr
Andrew Telling has directed a stunning short video for Felix. It is very well matched to the haunting chamber pop on album track ‘Blessing’ (with gorgeous overlapping vocals and stripped down piano). I strongly recommend.
This video serves as a welcome reminder that their brand new album Oh Holy Molar is due out on Kranky. Check it out!

Scott Kelly’s European tour is underway

23 Apr

Scott Kelly is demonstrating his work as a solo artist as in recent years. After touring with Bob Wayne and Munly in the States as well as touring with John Baizley (Baroness) in Australia, he is finally coming back to Europe. On Board: New songs of two new records that will be released in 2012!

Scott Kelly’s European tour is now underway and here are the dates:

23.04.2012 – Leiden, NL @ LVC *
24.04.2012 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun *
25.04.2012 – Liege, BE @ La Zone *
26.04.2012 – Wiesbaden, GER @ Walhalla *
27.04.2012 – Basel, CH @ Hirscheneck *
28.04.2012 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Bourg
29.04.2012 – Bern, CH @ ISC
30.04.2012 – Libechov u Melnika near Prague, CZ @ Old Chapell *
01.05.2012 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Dusche
02.05.2012 – Moscow, RU @ Plan B
03.05.2012 – Athens, GER @ Roi Mat
04.05.2012 – Dresden, GER @ AZ Conni *
05.05.2012 – Berlin, GER @ Cassiopeia *

* Support by Oldseed

This time the tour poster is done by Thomas Hooper be sure to pick up one of these limited beauties on tour. Save one for me Scott!

Here you´ll find two stunning videos form Scott Kelly to get prepared for the shows:

Scott Kelly & Bruce Lamont

Scott Kelly & John Baizley

 On half of our shows Oldseed will support us. Here you can check out some videos:

Saving Throw vs. Poison

Saving Throws vs. Death

Find Familiar

There will be more announcements to follow from Scott Kelly in the coming weeks, to whet the appetite let me whisper a few words to you…

SCOTT KELLY, STEVE VON TILL & WINO – Songs of TOWNES VAN ZANDT!

More on that soon…

Incoming Cerebral Overdrive supporting Ufomammut live in London tomorrow & album teaser posted

23 Apr
Supernatural Cat have prepared another teaser for Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift, this time for the standout album track ‘Sirius B’ which includes some fantastic imagery! See for yourself…

Italian riffmanglers INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE are supporting Ufomammut in London Tuesday 24th April at the Garage in support of their third LP, Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift, released 7 May via Supernatural Cat (preorders are available now).

Showcasing the progressively-charged act’s unique methodological bombast with nearly 50 minutes of unclassifiable aggro-technical metallic thunder, even more focused yet equally as potent as their previous releases, Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift is an album that will elevate the band from the cult depths they’ve roamed over recent years, its laser-induced riffs and neck-snapping time signatures will brand the name Incoming Cerebral Overdrive into the brains of all who endure the journey of the ten tracks on the LP.

 I.C.O are currently touring with Ufomammut and will hit London tomorrow. Here are the remaining dates:

4/24/2012 The Garage – London, England w/ Ufomammut

4/26/2012 Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium w/ Ufomammut

4/27/2012 Frankfurt, Nachtleben w/ Ufomammut

4/28/2012 Haus der Jugend – Freiburg, Germany w/ Ufomammut

4/30/2012 Lochness Pub – Riva del Garda, Italy

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Sons Of Noel and Adrian release video teaser to preview forthcoming album

23 Apr

Sons Of Noel And Adrian have revealed the first in a series of video previews in anticipation of their brand new album Knots, which will be released on 21 May on various formats across different labels; Broken Sound (Forest Fire, Rachael Dadd, The Mariner’s Children, Eyes & No Eyes) will put out the CD, Willkommen the digital and on One Inch Badge it shall be released on vinyl.

The first video has been made public today and we would love for you to take a peek…

As a reminder you can also listen to one of their brand new album tracks ‘Matthew’ on soundcloud (which just so happens to be my favourite song on the album!)

The follow-up to their self-titled debut sees Sons of Noel and Adrian breaking far away from their acoustic roots. At times soft and orchestral, at times crass and loud, Knots is always infused with beauty and tenderness: soulful, taunt, honed and with a new found love of pysch-folk kosmiche experimentation.

Rejecting notions of a fixed line-up, Sons of Noel and Adrian is more of a sprawling musical whirlpool centred around a few key members than a traditional band – not unlike Broken Social Scene, with whom two members of Sons toured with last year as their horn section. The 11 band members make up most of the renowned Willkommen Collective that spawned The Leisure Society, and the various members lend their talents freely to everyone from Damo Suzuki to the Laura Marling, with one Son, a full time contributor to her band and as many as four playing with her on certain shows including last year’s Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage performance.

Such selfless creative interdependence is at the heart of the Willkommen Collective and Sons of Noel and Adrian. The results of their musical co-operative have yielded an album that transcends their debut and positions them as a very unique and thrilling proposition indeed: Knots see SONAA charting new, unexplored aural terrain as immersive an experience on stage as it on record.

 

Thanks for your time!

 

 

A Whisper In The Noise announce London show in May

18 Apr
Earlier this year, A Whisper In The Noise returned with their blissful, lush and now acclaimed new album entitled To Forget.
I am pleased as punch to announce that they will come over for a special one-off show in London at Cafe Oto as part of their wider European tour. They will perform on Wednesday 16th May with Max Bondi and Quinta in support. Check out the full details on the Cafe Oto online programme.
West Thordson’s project combines unusual instrumentation to create washes of haze and prettiness, reminiscent of early 4AD or the Kramer produced Low records. Their’s was one of the stand out performances when picked by Shellac’s Steve Albini to play ATP back in 2004. Check out stand out album track ‘Your Hand’ below.

 

“To Forget is stunning… a masterpiece of atmospheric expression. Their use of more acoustic instrumentation and percussion to create such a vibrant melancholia is truly inspired… and the pairing of West Thordson and Sonja Larson is simply meant to be.” – ALTERNATIVE MATTER

 

“Its movements are fragile and cautious, with instruments guided softly into life but self-restricted into fluid and comfortable gestures. Any dynamic ascents are slow and plentifully pre-warned, and all melodies fall within the graceful and cosy boundaries of pop” – ATTN

 

“AWITN’s embracing of a wider-screen sound for this fourth collection proper doesn’t compromise their affecting intimacy. Ever Blade Of Grass perfectly illustrates a fine balancing of punchy, insistent writing – the drums here crunch with real bite – with a vulnerability that endears the listener to these musicians’ cause without threatening to spill into melodrama…AWITN craft such beauty that, compared to this set, the likes of Sigur Ros sound as unruly as snot-nosed punk upstarts.” – BBC MUSIC

 

“Lush and richly steeped with feeling yet haunted by benign and world weary spirits…a sound that will demand of you reflection and introspection…a sonic masterpiece.” – LOUDER THAN WAR

 

“An album of reflective, filmic beauty whose glacial pace and haunting vocals are reminiscent of those other Minnesotan maters of intrigue, Low.” – MOJO

 

“It’s cinematic music, like the soundtrack to some bleak, beautiful and enigmatic series of images drfiting pastand fading away. Listen closely and you’ll see those images flicker in the cinema of your mind.” – PROG

 

“Cohesive and well constructed and the mood intensifies when you allow yourself to become lost in their world. The tone is full of loneliness and melancholy, but there is also a spark of magic which seeps into every track and counteracts the darkness. Dreamy, moody, beautiful: recommended for fans of slowcore.” – ROOM THIRTEEN

 

“A captivating, intriguing listen that absolutely screams (ironically) ‘classic record’ from the first listen, “To Forget” is not so much a rock album as it is an experiment in blending songwriting with ambient and modern classical composition. The textures present here are absolutely astonishing. The depth and resonance of almost every note takes the listener on a journey to a beautiful terrain wholly beyond the world in which we live. This album is the proof that sometimes a whisper is far more effective than a shout.” – STEREOBOARD

 

“Mesmerising…with songs of rare elegance and emotional depth, A Whisper In The Noise have made an album that will be hard to forget.” WHISPERIN AND HOLLERIN

 

 

Record Store Day special – The Membranes return with their first release in 22 years

16 Apr
For record store day, Louder Than War Records will be celebrating the return of the legendary post punk band the Membranesby releasing a limited triple AAA-side, which marks their first release in 22 years and they are sounding as edgy as ever.
Formed in 1977 in Blackpool by frontman John Robb and a collection of dislocated 15 year olds the Membranes were inspired by punk, they played their first gigs before they had learned any chords and how to tune their guitars. They turned this into a fine art into what would be termed post-punk over a series of critically acclaimed releases in the eighties that saw them tour the world with their out of control live shows and discordant wild records.

Their touring took them all over the world from touring Iron Curtain Eastern Europe, endless criss crossings of America where they were a recognized precursor to the late eighties American noisenik bands like Big Black (Steve Albini is a big fan) and they were signed to Homestead Records and their support bands included Afghan Whigs, Pussy Galore, White Zombie and back in the UK My Bloody Valentine, Wedding Present, Pop Will Eat Itself and many others.
 
Their manic energy and imagination was an influence on a whole scene of eighties underground bands that frontman John Robb recently wrote about in the Death To Trad Rock book. They were signed to Creation Records for an album, had a top 5 in the John Peel festive 50 and had the heaviest bass sound ever, their gigs were wild mosh pits and full of confetti that saw them out n the PA blacklist and having to pay the cleaners extra money after each show.
 
The Membranes was not just a band but a collective of artists, musicians and pranksters – the Membranes collective which included Simon Clegg who was responsible or the band’s distinctive artwork and Ian Tilton, brother of original guitar player Mark and current top music photographer.
 
This single is the first release from the band since 1990 and follows their really successful appearance at ATP festival where they were asked to play by another former support band My Bloody Valentine. The three track single, remarkably, is the Membranes at their manic best that goes from the dark ‘If You Enter The Arena You Got To Be Prepared To Deal With The Lions’ to the electric shock garage rush of ‘B.O.O.T.S.’  to the melodic, euphoric with a melancholic twist of ‘Everything’s Brilliant’. 

The band will be playing festivals over the summer across Europe, the USA and Brazil and an album is planned for the autumn.

Special mention should also go to Simon Clegg’s consistently brilliant artwork. 

Additional notes for editorial…
B.O.O.T.S is a cover of the band’s own ‘Fuck My Old Boots’ – the song bizarrely mentioned in the court case last year by PC Mark Saunders the police firearms officer who was removed from firearms duty after allegedly inserting song titles into his oral evidence at the coroner’s inquest.  An examination of his transcript contained a number of phrases which are also the titles of songs, including ‘Enough Is Enough’ by Donna Summer, ‘Point of No Return’ by Buzzcocks, ‘Line of Fire’ by Journey, ‘Quiet Moments’ by Chris de Burgh, ‘Kicking Myself’ by As Tall As Lions and…’Fuck My Old Boots’ by the Membranes. 

 

The mighty Obake announce tour dates

11 Apr

 

When we last heard from Obake it was around the release of their acclaimed self titled release last Autumn. Now they make a most triumphant return with the realisation of their sound live in venues across continental Europe including the notable Asymmetry Festival. Joining them to fulfil this live ambition will be Trevor Dunn on bass bringing his unique style to the band.

Here are some more words about Obake’s debut release:

OBAKE is a word which refers to a class of Yokai, Japanese preternatural creatures, and whose strict translation is “A Thing That Changes” or “Shapeshifter” but is often also loosely taken to mean “Ghost” or “Ghost of a deceased human being”. It is also the name of the band formed by Zu bass-player Massimo Pupillo, experimental guitarist and producer Eraldo Bernocchi, opera, experimental singer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi.

Obake represents the meeting point of four impressive strands of musicianship and four remarkable careers spanning very diverse genres of music, careers which include performances alongside a variety of renowned musicians such as Mike Patton, Justin Broadrick, Bill Laswell and Merzbow.

Also the name of their self-titled debut, Obake is the place where the energies of Doom and Drone Metal fuse with ambient electronica, noise, the exactness of math-rock, the groove of blues undercurrents harking back to the dawn of hard-rock and the fluid lyrical delivery and musings of a commanding operatic voice. Obake build on the foundations of these different genres and creatively meld them with expert precision, the amalgam of musical elements come together most aptly on the tracks ‘Human Genome Project’ and ‘The Omega Point’, both of which can be sampled on the Rare Noise Jukebox http://www.rarenoiserecords.com/jukebox/obake/obake/

Imposing in its darkness, encompassing in its beauty and always powerful, Obake is a captivating listen from start to end and a highly impressive debut. A record that will surely appeal to fans of Sunn 0))), Popul Vuh, Ashra Tempel as much as Slayer, Melvins and Coil.