Rotherham Rocks

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Seasoned followers of my utterances will know of the charms of Rotherham’s finest Curry Quiche and will be aware of their work to date. As far as I can tell the last time they had something out was the excellent album “1 Seed No Leeches” way back in 2012 and the single “Barry Was A Raver” last year, when an album was promised.

Sadly there is no album but there is this rather excellent six track EP, delightfully titled “Rock and Roll Rotherham”,  which is packed with fantastic tunes, none more so that the opener “You Know It All”. Replete with delightful hooks and ska rhythms, it is a hell of a way to suck the listener for the full 20 minutes of the release.

The band hang rather loosely between pop and rock in the same way that 10cc used to do, and I have to say that there are  obvious comparisons between Manchester’s finest and this band. The songs are all instantly memorable,  hummable and demonstrate the best in English popular music.  The quirky “Paint By Numbers” is quintessential british pop music and should have you hopping up and down to it’s fun-time beats. Things get a bit proggy with the manic “Out in the Woods” which balances driven pop with a theatrical sections and rather special. All in all the EP provides a fine selection of tunes and further cements that groups reputation as producers of quality music.

I heartily commend this release to you. It is out via Mushroom Entertainment on December 18th and I assume you will be able to grab it from all the usual digital outlets. Go on treat your Aunty Gladys with this instead of being boring and getting her the Adele or Clopday albums from Crimbo.

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Over there in Barrytown they do things very strange…..

Curry Quiche are back with a new single, and there is a forthcoming album I am advised, it’s as good as the last one we are in for a treat

As Old World New Wave, the long-awaited new full-length from Los Angeles’ otherworldly doom weavers, Ides Of Gemini, draws near, the band offers up a haunting new trailer to whet the appetites of fans hungry for their forthcoming platter of ethereal nightmares. Directed and produced by singer/bassist Sera Timms and shot by Timms with drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, the stunning, near-five-minute clip is pretty damn impressive.

Ides Of Gemini features Timms (also of Los Angeles dark-psych alchemists Black Mare), Johnston-Gibson and guitarist Jason Bennett. The follow-up to the band’s 2012 Constantinople debut, Old World New Wave was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the striking hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson.

Old World New Wave will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 15th, 2014.

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The culmination of four years writing and editing, Anjou marks the first collaboration between Labradfordʼs Robert Donne and Mark Nelson since the release of that groupʼs fixed:context LP.

Combining modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation, Anjou deftly weaves noise with gentle ambience and melody with texture. Guitar, bass and Steven Hessʼ (Locrian, Fennesz, Pan American) live percussion give the eight pieces an immediacy and create a framework for the more abstract sounds of digital and analog synth programming.

The product of twenty plus years of friendship, Anjou is refined and challenging. An extension of the Labradford sound-world but no mere victory lap, Anjou represents Donne and Nelson stepping out and forward, their eyes firmly focusing on the future.

Here is a preview of the track “Sighting” from the album…..

Southern Lord have revealed the full details for Poison Everything, the debut full-length from Southern California’s unhinged punk/hardcore outfit, Obliterations.

Comprised of current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours and Night Horse, Obliterations deliver a blazing blend of Poison Idea, Discharge, and Black Flag, set to a wild and thrilling live show. A day after returning from their Southwest US Tour in March, the band recorded with producer Chris Owens (Lords, Coliseum, Young Widows) at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in only three days. Mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Black Breath) at God City Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Integrity, Sleep) at Audiosiege, the end result of Poison Everything is a thirteen-song, twenty-nine-minute record full of raw brutality, darkness and aggression, the album weaving its way through the annals of punk and hardcore, while still sounding fresh and vital.

The lead track “Mind Aint Right” is a two-minute blast harkening back to early ‘80s Japanese hardcore akin to Gauze, Lip Cream and GISM, whereas the scorcher, “Scapegoat,” walks a razor’s edge between d-beat Discharge influence and Swiss pioneers Celtic Frost, and “Shame,” which opens with a riff that lodges itself nicely between Spacemen 3 and The MC5. The band has always been very open to expressing their influences and inspiration by a bevy of diverse muses including Alan Watts, Laughing Hyenas, Blue Oyster Cult, The Stooges, Alice Cooper, Paul Bowles and Suicide. The blueprint isn’t the point here, it’s the results. The sound is abrasive and raw, driving and aggressive, and fully infectious. Obliterations’ mission is simple a one; write, record, tour, and that’s just what they do.

Poison Everything will see release on Southern Lord, October 27th in the UK/Europe. The track listing and cover artwork by renowned tattoo artist, Derrick Snodgrass have been released, with samples of the album’s destructive audio content, several official videos and much more to be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, Obliterations will embark on a two-week US West Coast Southern Lord tour in October, including dates in Canada with fellow labelmates Baptists and Torch Runner, and also joined by ‘80s Texas punk legends, Offenders, on select dates in California. The band will then fly over to the UK/Europe in November and December for an extensive run of dates throughout. More details on both tours to follow.

In celebration of the band’s upcoming European Tour, Portland, Oregon’s  huggable hard rock supervillains Red Fang have released a free acoustic EP via Metal Hammer, Bandcamp, Amazon MP3 and all streaming portals. The EP was recorded this past March in London as an Absolute Music Bunker session for TeamRock.com. The songs mark the first time the band recorded any acoustic interpretations of their material and the EP includes the original album versions of each track as well. Additionally, the band recently shot a music video for their new song “The Meadows” from their Scion A/V 7” released in May.  The video was directed by David Brodsky (Kylesa, Helmet, Municipal Waste) and will premiere shortly.

 

 

 

Breaking down social barriers…..

Curry Quiche

1 Seed, No Leeches

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Rotherham’s Curry Quiche have distilled their vast array of styles into an excellent debut album. Blending punky power punk-pop with elements of ska, coupled with with some psyche-prog sounds might sound like a bit of a dog’s breakfast but in actuality it all works rather well indeed. There are a good handful of  pop classics on this release all delivered in a fresh and energetic style which in parts reminded me of Half Man Half Biscuit, occasionally Camper Van Beethoven,  once in a while XTC, and in bits, early Declan McManus. Having used all those comparators however  I would also say that the band have a definite style of their own

The single “The End Will Be Televised” is available elsewhere on here for you to have a gander at and is a fine primer for an album replete with quality tune-smithery and well honed execution. Apparently it’s a concept album says Steve who plays the rhythm guitar and does the singing. The spirit of the album is captured in this one tune which moves from trad 60s pop (in a post punk style) into a motorik wig-out on the synth on the end. Glorious stuff, and it makes me tap my foot and smile which is always a good sign! The guitar solo on “Love Has Gone With All The Rest” is worth the price of admission in it’s own.

Anyway have a listen yourself – I reckon it’s damn good and will definitely be in my top 50 albums for 2013.

C Quiche

Aural Delights Radio Show – 17th October 2012

You can listen to it here

And this is what I played……

1 Curry Quiche Social Barrier Thing Demo
2 The Cornelius Crane Don’t Blame This Heart of Mine E.P. Too
3 Damn Vandals This Amazing Done for Desire
4 Eugene Twist If There’s Love Where I’m Going The Boy Who Had Everything
5 Devilman 93 Devilman
6 Curry Quiche Phonaphobia Demo
7 Flies On You The Last Pop Song Nothing To Write Home About
8 Lola Dutronic L’Amour Est Bleu Everyone’s a star
9 Man Kerosene Winos, Rhinos and Lunatics
10 Me and My Friends Green Back Dollar Breath A Level Head
11 Moff Skellington Said Naughty Norman Gravy On A Plate of Food
12 Journal-Keepers Still Here Demo
13 Curry Quiche Love Went with the rest Demo
14 Peter Hammill Red Shift The Peel Session

Salford Music Scene – 18th September 2012

The final part of my four week preview of this years Salford Music Festival featuring a snap-shot of some of the 200+ artists appearing at 20 venues around the city from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd September.

You can stream the show from here…….

  1. AAAK – Out Here – Totalitarian Tip Toe
  2. Curry Quiche – Dry Handkerchief – EP
  3. Girl Peculiar – Believe – Single
  4. Miss Lucid – Another Pathogen – EP
  5. Saturday Morning Cartoons – Lady In A Radiator – Demo
  6. Sheena Bratt – Fire In Your Eyes – Demo
  7. Boz Hayward – Invasion of the Ditty Dots – Single
  8. John Mackie – 9.5 Grams – Single
  9. I Invented Fire – Absence is Distant (And Distant Works) (Radio Edit) – Demo
  10. Jed Is Dead – Damaged – Demo
  11. Silver Sound Explosion – Sidekicks – Single
  12. Kill Pretty – Breakdown Man – Dark Heart
  13. TeamAVsTeamB – That First Love – Demo
  14. The Fall – Lap Top Dog – Single

For details of all the gigs and all the venues go to the festival website

Music Diary #11 – 11th January 2012 – Aural Delights Radio Show

A relatively quiet day on the new things in box so I will concentrate on this day’s show….which is notable for the large proportion of new things being played.

I would single out the new Disappears album (Pre-Language)  as something to look forward to – now with Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums this new release has moved on considerably from last years “Guider”. Also pleased to see at last the album from Limbs (Olympics) which further demonstrates Mike Chadwick’s exceptional compositional skill – for fans of quirkly English music this is one to check out. The second part of Earths two-fer “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light” moves into a far more improvisational area – this is considered music, painfully slow at times, but rich with ideas and sentiment. With the exception of the closing Farley Kiwi Fumble and a classic from The Walkabouts the bulk of the rest is new and unsigned work from around the country. You can find all of these people on Facebook easily.

The playlist is…..and you can hear it here

1 The Cosmonauts The Howl EP
2 Limbs The Worms Want Blood Olympics
3 Streaming Lights Wait A Minute Single
4 Comet Sands The Beautiful and Damned Recordings and Live Demos
5 Curry Quiche Love Went With All The Rest Demo
6 Earth The Corascene Dog Angels of Darkness Demons of Light II
7 Disappears All Gone White Pre Language
8 Invoke Nothings Changed Single
9 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton Forbidden Fruit EP
10 The Walkabouts Lazarus Heart Ended Up A Stranger
11 After The Ordeal We Divide Single
12 The Coke Authority Great Expectations Demo
13 Magnetic Island Acadia Magnetic Island
14 The Sunshine Fix Last Night I Had A Dream The Future History of the Sunshine Fix

Aural Delights Radio Show – 4th January 2012

I’ll do the diary on another post as I’ve been a bit busy today – all of  which will be explained on the diary …

Anyway the first Aural Delights of 2012 is jammed packed with new stuff and some great stuff from last year……a few links and such but I’m a bit busy to do too much info…..

  • Unquiet Nights – Burning The Tracks – 21st Century Redemption Songs
  • The Cubical  –  Dirty Shame – It Aint Human
  • Cults – You Know What I Mean – Cults
  • Comet Sands – Andromeda – I predict greatness for this lot……
  • Curry Quiche –  Social Barrier Thing
  • Simon Waldram – Gravity
  • Paul J Riley – Blue
  • Magnetic island – Don’t Need I Now – from the new album. The latest message from the band says “January is going to be a busy month in Magnetic Island land. Our debut full-length drops on January 17, and we’ll be celebrating its release the following week at Death By Audio in Brooklyn with friends HHR, Bambara and Trabajo.Until then, we wanted to let you know that three tracks from the new album can now be heard in their full mastered glory thanks to Verbal Rocket and QRO Magazine. Grab “Don’t Need It Now” from the latest Verbal Rocket mixtape at http://verbalrocket.bandcamp.com and stream “Whatever You Wanted” and “When You’re Finished” via QRO Mag athttp://www.qromag.com/mp3s/Magnetic-Island-Whatever-You-Wanted-/.

    Expect at least one more song to drop before album release. And if you haven’t already, you can still reserve your copy of the LP and some special goodies ahead of time via our album pre-order at http://magneticisland.bandcamp.com/.”

  • Gang Gang Dance – Romance Layers – from the Eye Contact album
  • All India Radio – Bollywood Nights (Remix)
  • Dave Graney – I Am Your Humble Servant – from the Supermodified album
  • Vaudeville and Bad Omens – Bean Song – from Ravenna – kind of quirky
  • Calling All Astronauts – Someone Like You – from Western London – neu-Goth….???
  • The Statler Project – Plenty –  an Indie Dance Rudewave tune with a wee bit of what someone called Rocktronica from Glasgow.
  • Dadamah – Papa Doc – a Farley fumble from New Zealand

To listen go here