Bits and Pieces of News for an Easter Sunday

Laid low with the dreaded sinus decay I am taking the opportunity to catch up on a few things that have come into my hearing of late…..


Sic Alps following the successful fourth, and self-titled album, last year,  San Francisco’s Psych Pop-meisters  are back with a 12″ single thingy with three great tracks – delightfully packaged and played it is released on May 20th on Drag City. Highly infectious music and most enjoyable….the three tracks will be featured on the Aural Delights Podcast.


OM’s Advaitic Songs album was a particular favourite of last year – two tracks ‘Addis’ and “Gethsemane”  from the album were handed over a while back  for dubplate reworking by UK roots and dub legends Alpha & Omega.  This has resulted in two releases ‘Addis’ was released on Drag City on 18 March with ‘Gethsemane’ will be released on 20 May.
Also looking forward to “Ark Procession” b/w “Jericho” the first Al Cisneros (Om’s bass player and vocalist) 10″ offering for Drag City, in June. As a taster I’ll be featuring the original version of “Gethsemane” on this weeks podcast.
 Silent Cities is the music project of  experimental recording artist, Simon Maddison. Originating from a small town that basks in the shadow of the ‘Angel of the North’ in the North East of England, Maddison having recorded countless demos in a makeshift bedroom studio, began to acquire attention and acclaim from several BBC radio presenters both locally and nationwide. Now residing amongst a community of visual artists, songwriters, and events organisers in Liverpool the first Silent Cities EP is due for release on the 18th May 2013 and is secretly streaming at the website . I’ll be featuring the excellent “Haptophic” on the podcast.
Still in Liverpool we have a band called The 69 Watts who describe themselves as “a glam tinged psychedelic blues rock and roll band”. I was reminded of mid 70s Rory Gallagher with a slightly harder edge. Most enjoyable – and i’m featuring two tracks on this weeks podcast.
On April 29th, Melvins will be releasing their brand new album “Everybody Loves Sausages”. A fascinating album of cover songs, tastefully done and hugely entertaining, in parts. “This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically,” explained Buzz Osborne (no relation!). “We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans.”  With a decidedly Melvins approach to a covers album, the band not only selected a unique assortment of songs to cover, ranging from Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home A Heartache” to Queen’s “Best Friend,” (which is not exactly working for me as a listening experience)  they also enlisted several friends to take part including Mudhoney’s Mark Arm joining them for The Scientists’ “Set It On Fire” and Neurosis’ Scott Kelly pitching in on a cover of Venom’s “Warhead” (which is excellent). While the release is billed as a proper Melvins’ album (featuring the line-up of Osborne, Dale Crover, Jared Warren and Coady Willis), there are a handful of songs recorded as the Melvins Lite incarnation of the band (Osborne, Crover and Trevor Dunn):  “Female Trouble” (Divine a.k.a. John Waters), “Timothy Leary Lives” (Pop-O-Pies) and “Romance By Tales of Terror” (Tales of Terror). Standout track is a version of Bowies’ “Station to Station” with JG Thirwell on guest vox.

On to matters of a Sonic Attack podcast bent and a track from Belgian band Hessian from their Southern Lord debut “Manégarmr” has been made available. A rabid surge of energetic punk/metal-infused hardcore raging with a blistering solo and pummelling breakdown with a total by-the-throat approach, on par with acts like Ringworm and Southern Lord mates All Pigs Must Die, “Plague Monger” is it’s title and it’s embedded below for your consideration.

As usual Lauren’s promo on this is spot on “From the onset, the combined musical backgrounds of this quartet featuring members of Amenra and The Black Heart Rebellion, and part of the Church Of Ra sect fell effortlessly into place, pushing a sound that was at once pummeling, devouring and empowering across the rural fields where they started rehearsing. After a well received debut EP, a split 7″ with Amenra, a split LP with Pale Creation on Magic Bullet Records and countless shows throughout Europe, HESSIAN have found a new home with Southern Lord who will unleash the band’s debut album, “Manégarmr” on 13th May”.

The Trade are a 5 piece Rock band from the Angus/Tayside area…… …..  and they have a new single out called “Fight Club” Taken from their debut album “Lie in the Dark” which was recorded at Chem19 Studios in Hamilton, home of Chemical Underground Records, by Jamie Savage.  The album was released in 2011 but the band have been biding their time to release any singles from it till the felt the ‘time was right for guitar music to hit back’. The band is made up of, Ross Milne (Vocals), Sean Hollowmind (Drums), Stevie Morris (Guitars), Liam Moir (Guitars) & Drew McLaren (Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals). Impressive sound and sufficiently unique as to require a dedicated listen – I especially liked Milne’s vocals.
My chum Mr Christopher Dutton (Kill Pretty, Factory Star, Blue Orchids, Silver Sound Explosion)  who calls himself Carton Head for the purposes of his solo work, has uploaded a new track to Mixcloud, called “The Death Path Conundrum”, which is a lovely piece of ambient music. We are attempting to secure a copy from his dead lap-top for podcasting which seems appropriate given the title of the piece.

Neurot Recordings have announced the  release of the debut from Arkansas southern rock collective Iron Tongue. Fronted by Chris “CT” Terry, the founding frontman of -sludge band Rwake,the band were  formed when a group of veteran players with diverse musical backgrounds found a common interest in the need to “get down and dirty and way, way gone.”  Churning a soulful blend of earthy, heavily amped, blues-based rock, the band offer up songs of pain, regret and heartache that recall everything from the proto-metal stomp of Blue Cheer and Grand Funk to the darkest hours of Kiss, Deep Purple, Buddy Guy and ‘Skynyrd.  A split 7” with The Dirty Streets, featuring a ballsy version of KISS’s “Two Timer” served as a precursor to the creation their debut full-length for Neurot.

Entitled “The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown”, the seven track offering was recorded and produced by  Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis, etc) at  guitarist Jason Tedford’s Wolfman Studios. Steve Von Till describes the album as “a solid slab of balls to the wall of shameless rock, with a power and an edge and soul that rarely exists in music today,”. The album is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27th in the UK. I’m hoping to get a promo copy before then.

Iron Tongue


The promo on this next one says…..”Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of former North East favourites Cut Glass Accent, Digits deliver bold, proggy alt-rock that’s as intricate as it is heavy.  Writing, gigging and recording in their current guise since 2012, Digits are ready to release their debut EP, “Acquiesce to Violence”, a sonic sledgehammer of fists-in-the-air choruses and explosive rhythms. Beyond that, the plan is to keep spreading from their homebase in Newcastle. “We’re looking to get out on the festival circuit to spread our sound even further,” says vocalist Chris Bradley.”

I’ll be featuring two tracks on Sonic Attack this week. ” Acquiesce to Violence” will be released on 6th May 2013 via digital download. Pending that here’s a vid-chip.

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