New album from Teeth of the Sea

Teeth of the Sea release their fifth album Wraith on 22nd February, a string of dates accompanies the new offering. 

Saturday 23/02 FRANCE Rouen le 3 Pièces
Tuesday 26/02 FRANCE Nantes La Schene Michelet
Wednesday 27/02 FRANCE Lille La Malterie
Thursday 28/02 BELGIUM Gent Charlatan
Saturday 02/03 UK London Moth Club
Friday 12/04 UK Todmorden GOLDEN LION
Saturday 13/04 UK Manchester Soup Kitchen
Friday 26/04 UK Ramsgate Ramsgate Music Hall
Saturday 27/04 UK Bristol Rough Trade

The Manchester gig features ex Ascension man Doug Hemingway’s new band Trianglecuts.

Here’s a teaser

Pre order from Rocket Recordings via Bandcamp here

Photo by Al Overdrive
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New Barnett + Collocia

Barnett + Coloccia is the musical collaboration between Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer, Mára and recently vocals on Jóhann Jóhannsson’s ‘Mandy’ soundtrack) and Alex Barnett (Oakeater, Champagne Mirrors).

Each record begins the same, with a reunion of two good friends catching up on life changes, new ideas on existence, magical occurrences, and difficult experiences. The ideas in the reunions between Faith and Alex plant the conceptual seeds for each song. The music itself takes influence from cinematic soundtracks, 20th century classical and early electronic music.

The project is a true collaboration in the sense that the songs never end up as one person’s vision, rather they end up somewhere new, where the whole is a strange extension beyond the sum of the parts.

Recorded over three days by Nicholas Wilbur at Anacortes Unknown. Randall Dunn’s production helped to realise each song as a space in time event.

With two previous albums released by the Blackest Ever Black label, B+C continue their singular approach on SIGE with VLF their third outing into the unknown, which sees release on 22nd February 2019.

Here’s a teaser – which sounds remarkably good

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Interview with Stewart Harris bass player and vocalist with Cambridge band The Scissors about their new album “Look Good In Cheap Clothes” which is released on German Shepherd Records on December 7th 2018.

 Where and when was the new album recorded?

We recorded it mostly over the summer and early autumn, in our own little rehearsal space; trying to do it fast this time to see if we could make an album more quickly. When you get it down faster, it’s a better snapshot of where you are at the time; hopefully a more coherent album – which was especially important given the more diverse sounds we were using.

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On that point in some areas this album feels like a completely new direction for the band with different sounds – do you agree?

Yes, we wanted to broaden our palette, and come up with sounds that fit the songs, not worrying that we had to sound a certain way. Part of that came out of an opportunity a short while back to do a backing track for Ian Moss’ spoken word project. That was a different way of working, which we really enjoyed, so (as well as re-working that track to fit our own words) we tried a similar pared-down approach on a couple of other songs too.

Give is a brief summary of each tune – describing what its about

– ‘Plug me in’: examining our (toxic) relationship with social media channels. The insidious nature of how its positioned in our lives now. Sonically, a bit of an early 80s new wave vibe on this one;
– ‘Parking cars’: ambition and personal disintegration considered via the metaphor of metropolitan traffic management. Garage punky old-school Scissors sound;

– ‘Death engineer’: a reflective and moody thing about the horrors and ubiquity of inbuilt obsolescence. Stewart gets to play his upright bass on this one, with Simon on Fender Rhodes piano. May contain dangerous hints of lounge jazz.

– ‘Look good in cheap clothes’: ‘we all are undressed in the end’ – pretty self explanatory, this one. The backing track started out as part of the Ian Moss spoken word project, and Stewart wrote new words for it.

– ‘I dream in X-ray vision’: Another garage punky one, about feelings of isolation shot through with ‘b’-movie imagery. Seeking a soulmate from the Black Lagoon;

– ‘Edgelands’: about those strange between-places where urban areas meet the countryside, in a quasi-mythic wasteland of forgotten and unwanted detritus and overgrown weeds. A playground for the adventurous and trap for the unwary;

– ‘When is a boy not a boy?’: to thine own self be true, regardless, essentially. Thunderous lo-fi garage punk;

– ‘Ufotopia’: strident celebratory psych-glam-stompf that partly disguises a lyric about wilful self-deception. This track bookends with the opening track; but this time, wariness of the internet and its plastic pleasures has been discarded, embracing the fake with wild abandon. At least until it all fades away, leaving a lone sparkly piano playing in the void…

Other than you being in about five other bands are the others up to anything else?

Simon is going to pimp up his new tricycle with some flower stickers; Toby is staying in a lot and writing to his penpal; Huw, we suspect, is building a space rocket in his back yard. Per ardua ad astra!

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New Delights – Video Mix 01

Oxbow – Cold & Well Lit Place – Thin Black Duke (Hydra Head)

Divisionists – Say Can You – Daybreak (Mount Watatic)

Analogue Wave – Mezkal -Hope (Bandcamp)

Inhalt – Walking On Glass – Part Time Punks Sessions (Cleopatra Records )

Okkultokrati – Ocular Violence – Raspberry Dawn (Southern Lord)

A Higher Demise – Entropy – To Death or Victory (Self Released)

The Best of 2016 # 1 – Albums

It has been a busy year, and a bit of task to try and get down the 100s of albums that have come my way down to a top 25. This years list reflects, very much, the local music scene and our record label, a little display of nepotism perhaps, but I’d argue that if I didn’t like them then we would not put them out into the world.

So here we go with a handful of notables that did not make the list to kick off.

EPs of the year, singles of the year. and gigs of the year will follow over the holiday period……

Notable ones that didn’t make the list

  • Cavern of Anti-Matter – Void Beats/Invocation Trex
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Dälek – Ashphalt for Eden
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – Do Not Disturb
  • Ten East – Skyline Pressure

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Fascinating Things : Issue 74

Time is escaping me at a rapid rate due to lots of other workloads,  with no time for considered prose. So this time it’s  just a series of videos and soundclouds  of things that I reckon you should wrap your ears around. They are  out now or due soon. Plus there’s  a list of current favourite listens at the end of the post showing what’s on rotation on the I-Pod at the moment….and a bit of shameless self-publication at the bottom. Enjoy!

MESMER DISCIPLES – REAL LOUD (Leeds,UK)

CHORE – THE HITCHHIKER (Ontario, Canada)

THE FRANKLYS – CASTAWAY (London, UK)

PAPA M – BLOOM (Louisville, USA)

FLIES ON YOU – DARKENING MY DOOR (Leeds, UK)

BOWERY ELECTRIC – FEAR OF FLYING (New York City, USA)

WE ARE BANDICOOT – TEMPER (Kent, UK)

THE STRESS OF LEISURE – GIRL ON A LILO (Brisbane, Australia)

 

CURRENTLY ON THE I-POD

  • Fistula – The Shape Of Doom To Cumm )))
  • Loser Life – …And I Am Going To Live This Way , Things Will Never Change, I Want The World, My Hell, Life Number Two, Burning Fields/Hard To Please (complete back catalogue being released)
  • Chore – The Coastaline Fire
  • Papa M -Highway Songs
  • Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now
  • Chads Tree – Crossing Off The Miles
  • Harry Howard and the NDE – Sleepless Girls
  • The Stress of Leisure – Achievement
  • Kristin Hersh – Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
  • Moss Skellington- The Lump
  • The Get – The Private Men EP
  • Miles Davis – Freedom Jazz Dance
  • The Triffids – Born Sandy Devotional

AND SOME GIGS COMING UP (which is why I have been otherwise engaged)

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Fascinating Things : Issue 72

Right then dear reader this will have to be a big one, else I will never catch-up. Things have been zipping in from the ether at a rapid rate. So i’ll keep each portion shortish….

11 Paranoias release their fourth album “Reliquary For A Dreamed Of World” on 28th October 2016 on Ritual Productions. Adam Richardson, Mike Vest and Nathan Perrier’s heavy psychedelic rock pulls no punches as evidenced by this edit from album closer ‘Milk of Amnesia’.

“Agartha” is the fourth studio album by Finnish quintet Oddarrang and their second for UK label Edition Records. Taking its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth’s core, ‘Agartha’ , a title used by Miles Davis for one of his live albums many years back, this is much anticipated. The preview track ‘Mass I-III’ offers a glimpse of what to expect i.e. epic post-rock.

7th October sees the release of the “Arise” album  by synth-pop duo Perpacity who deliver moody, darkwave tunes via crisp and modern production. As featured on Autal Delights 194 and 198.

Hypnopazūzu sees Current 93 main man  David Tibet joining forces with Youth, famed not only for his work as bassist with Killing Joke but for production and collaborative work with an eclectic list of artists from Alien Sex Fiend to Paul McCartney. Together, they’ve created a singular  album  “Create Christ, Sailor Boy” which defies simplistic comparison.  As featured on Autal Delights 194.

Steve Hauschildt, kranky’s  electronic kosmische guru, and once a member of the seminal outfit Emeralds, follows up the release of 2015’s “Where All Is Fled”, with the announcement of a new LP, entitled “Strands”, due October 28th. Delicate high quality synthesis which sets the bar for the electronica genre.

Portland, Oregon hardcore punk legends Poison Idea have recently resurrected the American Leather Records imprint, the band’s own DIY label that initially released the hardcore punk essential “Feel The Darkness”, along with “Blank”, “Blackout”, “Vacant” and a series of singles throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s. The label presents the latest material from the band, following their full length comeback record, 2015’s “Confuse & Conquer” for Southern Lord. Business commences with a 5-song limited edition 12” EP of new material, which is available at the band’s official online merch store. They have also released this video for one of their brand new songs ‘Calling All Ghosts’.

While we are in hardcore punk territory check out the recent album from Lies – brutal, fast and unforgiving.

Southern Lord are shining the spotlight on Denmark again for their newest signing, in the form of Frederica’s Lifesick, a hard hitting act that take aggressive, mosh pit friendly hardcore and add it to morbid extreme metal. Their debut LP, “6 0 1” (recorded at Dead Rat Studio by Jacob Bredhal and mastered by Brad Boatright), will be released by the label on vinyl and digital formats in November, following on from the CD release by FWH Records.  Noisy.

Due to an unfortunate leaking of the eponymous debut Predatory Light full length, the band has elected to make this material available for digital streaming/purchase on Bandcamp. All purchases support the band directly. CD & CS editions will be available publicly in mid-September alongside exclusive merchandise. The LP edition will follow later this autumn via Invictus Productions and Psychic Violence Records. Epic metal is the best description.

14th October sees the release of the “Trio” EP by Boston’s Dyr Faser who take psych garage rock and elevate it another level with the use of beats and synths. Mesmerising, slightly Ktautrock and enough jangly guitars to shake a stick at. Dyr Faster is comprised of Eric Boomhower (vocals, guitar, synth, Casio), Thalia Zedek (guitar, slide, backing vocals) and Katherine ‘Kate’ Murray (synth). Most enjoyable.

And to conclude the first of many reminders about the Salford music festival which starts on 29th September and concludes on 1st October. It’s the seventh year of the  festival and the line-up is excellent and ALL the gigs are free. All the information on the festival can be found at the festival website.  If you are in these parts over that weekend you can get a superb range of excellent music, and i’m of course going to mention our two German Shepherd Records stages at the Eagle Inn on the Friday and Saturday night.

Friday 30th September 2016
7:30 PM – The Junta
8:15 PM – Bouquet Of Dead Crows
9:15 PM – The Scissors
10:15 PM – Kit B

Saturday 1st October 2016
7:05 PM – Rose & The Diamond Hand
7:55 PM -Taser Puppets
8:45 PM – Poppycock
9:35 PM – JD Meatyard
10:25 PM – West Coast Sick Line