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

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Fascinating Things : Issue 11

Sounding a bit like Robert Forster singing with The Smiths Band of Holy Joy have a new  download single “Isn’t that just the life”  out on Stereogram on August 10th. A video accompanies the download and there will be a select number of dates across the UK. An album follows in September.

Isn't that just the Life - Download Artwork

I have been hand selected by  The Working Man (lead by the hardest man in Blackburn) to listen to their  new track “Big Bad John”. They advise me that they are not going to bore me on how  they  ‘merge different genres’ and ‘can’t be put into any category’ – they  appreciate , like themselves, that I am  very busy. A fascinating melange of differing things makes for a damn fine listen. It comes from a soon to be released album called “Lancashizer”. You can catch them at the Bierkellar in that Manchester on July 30th.

Ancient River‘s new album ‘Keeper of the Dawn’ stems from band founder James Burreto’s love of Italian horror films and the music of David Axelrod – some tracks are led by the vocals, others by the drums. The latest in a string of interesting albums the overall feel is airy psychedelia with space rock, shoegaze, and touches of Americana.  Opening track “This is the Time” is a bit of a stunner.

Steve Hauschildt has  announced his first new album since the late 2012 release of “Sequitur. Where All Is Fled” . It will be released via kranky on 25th September. Titled “Although Where All Is Fled” it sonically refers back to his earlier albums such as “Rapt for Liquid Minister” and “Tragedy & Geometry”, but on detailed listening it slowly becomes apparent that it is also a divergence from those recordings.

“Both the artwork and the music on this new work were heavily inspired by surrealist landscape paintings, early alchemical emblems, and recurring visions Steve had from dreams. The result is a pristine series of cascading melodies, fantastical terrains of layered lattices, and overlapping patterns of synthesizers superimposed with orchestral instrumentation. Hidden in the crevices of the album are processed crowd sounds, re-sampled text-to-speech synthesis, piano, and animal noises which reveal themselves after repeated listens and blur together notions of artificial and natural sound. While slowly unfurling, each sound is given it’s own place and space, never hurried, never cluttered.”

Helen is a pop group from Oregon featuring members of Grouper and Eternal Tapestry. Liz Harris (vocals/lead guitar), Jed Bindeman (drums/tambourine), Scott Simmons (bass/guitar), and Helen (back up vocals).  Originally started with the intention of being a thrash band, it turned into something else entirely.  “The Original Faces” was recorded over a period of several years in Portland by the band members, their friends Nick, Chris and, largely, Justin Higgins.  The record was written together, with some songs based on Liz and Scottʼs demos.

And finally for this edition of Fascinating Things

Rock Back for Nepal is the first in a 3-part series of disaster relief compilations being released by U.S. indie label Patetico Recordings. The label is partnering with nearly 60 independent artists and several small indie labels around the globe to make this happen. They have all come together in order to raise funds for victims of the recent catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal. All money raised will go directly to the relief efforts.
The compilations are being supported by several luminaries of the independent rock and shoegaze scene, among others. Whenever Tom Lugo reaches out to his musical family, you know it’s for a crucial and essential cause. The Rock Back for Nepal CD compilation is no exception,” explains Dean Garcia of seminal shoegaze bands Curve and SPC ECO. “I’m proud to be part of this relief effort / fund raiser for anyone affected by the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal and if I can help or contribute in some way to aid support and assistance to the many displaced people, I will without question. Please support this cause and donate as generously as you can.”

Perhaps one of the most renowned personalities in the shoegaze / noise rock spheres, Oliver Ackermann (A Place To Bury Strangers, Skywave) has also lent his support to the cause. “It is a horrible tragedy this destruction of culture and life. I feel lucky that I can use my craft and contribute a song to this fund to help them raise money for relief. If we can all do something to help and give relief for the people of Nepal we should do it now.”

“It’s great to be among this sparkling array of brilliant artists, taking action in support of a great cause,” says Marc Joy of Welsh outfit Lights That Change.  Alexx Kretov of Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma is also hopeful.”May the common freebie attitude fall to the wayside for this project. We really hope that people will support a higher cause by spending a few dollars and spreading this music far and wide.”
All three volumes are being released at the same time, and will be available through Bandcamp and Amazon.com exclusively, both digitally and on CD.The album artwork and design is by Gardy Perez.
The concept of the Rock Back compilation series was born in 2011 when disaster hit Japan and Tom Lugo, owner of Patetico Recordings, acted on his empathy for charitable causes and non-profit organizations by reaching out to the community of artists in his network. They collectively put together a compilation and the profits were donated to relief efforts. The response was overwhelming, with over 100 artists from across the globe joining in the efforts. What was to be a single CD compilation grew into the 8-disc compilation Rock Back for Japan. The compilation series hit the top 10 Indie Rock releases on Amazon.com’s chart for several weeks, with certain volumes holding the number 1 spot.