Tough Love Records
Release date 30/06/2017
Available on 180 grm Purple coloured vinyl LP .
LeVent are Maryna Russo (BASS) Heike Rädeker (BASS VI / VOX) Frankie Neumeier (DRUMS) . Berlin based trio LeVent got stoned, forgot to replace their guitarist, and then kept his name anyway. Formed in August 2015, the band has kept their shit together enough to have shared the stage with a bunch of talents including Kadavar, The Underground Youth, and Die Nerven, to name a few.
They also self-released a four track EP on cassette in 2016, this is their debut album coming out on 'A' recordings . Like a drunken driver, LeVent swerves up over the curb, drives straight through the garage and total their ride somewhere out in a goat farm.
Bleating at it’s most danceable, they carry listeners far away to get lost in nice nonsense, stuck in heavy forgetting, and transfixed on what was, leaving you thirsty for more.
Heike from the band says “When someone comes up to you after a concert saying, „I´m going to make you a record“ you are stoked for the moment, but you don´t reckon it will happen... Half a year later Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre called LeVent in to his Cobra Studio in Berlin.
Teaming up with studio engineer Andrea Wright from Parr Street Studios Liverpool the red button got pushed. After what was a super pleasant experience of recording and mixing they are now ready to release the album .
1. Wrong Things
6. Lighter Thief
10. Hit Me
1st solo album in 5 years, recorded, produced and written by Richard H. Kirk, founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, the album was constructed at Western Works, Sheffield, over a three-year period. Work began with recording on midi and analogue synthesisers before guitar and vocals (Kirk’s first use of vocals in 10 years) were added.
Kirk explains, “A lot of time was spent on post-production, editing and then living with the material and I think it benefited from stepping back and then revisiting after doing other things.”
Although not an overtly political album, it’s hard not to hear a reaction to recent years’ world events in the overwhelming urgency of ‘Nuclear Cloud’ or ‘20 Block Lockdown’ or in ‘New Lucifer / The Truth Is Bad’. When questioned Kirk admits, “It’s not really a political album, but over recent years – during the recording – all manner of horrorshow events have cropped up and now we seem to be in a rerun of the Cold War with Russia back as the Bogeyman.”
The album’s title, Dasein (a German word meaning “being there” or “presence”, often translated into English as “existence”), is a fundamental concept in existentialism. Kirk explains “culture succumbs to nostalgia in much the same way that an individual looks back wistfully to adolescence or childhood - the nostalgia is partly for a time when he or she wasn’t nostalgic, just lived purely IN THE NOW.”
In 2014, during the recording period, Kirk began work on Cabaret Voltaire live and so the two projects coexisted in tandem. Although Kirk’s varied projects have always existed separate to one another, says Kirk, “in the past some solo works served as a blueprint for what I did later with Cabaret Voltaire”.
Billed as a performance consisting solely of machines, multi-screen projections and Richard H. Kirk, Cabaret Voltaire recently announced the first UK performance in over 20 years at the Devil’s Arse Cave (aka Peak Cavern) in Castleton, Derbyshire on Saturday 29 April. Kirk will perform entirely new material for a performance relevant to the 21st Century with no nostalgia.
RECENT PRAISE FOR RICHARD H. KIRK:
“One of the UK’s pioneering electronic agitators” – Electronic Sound
“In five decades of key-bashing and knob-twisting, Richard H. Kirk has remained at the vanguard of electronic music” – FACT
“…decades of electronic innovation, forged in Sheffield” – Uncut
American Laundromat Records
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield, of her new “Pussycat” album. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist.But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” She booked some time at Q Division studios in Somerville, Massachusetts near her home in Cambridge and went in with a drummer (Pete Caldes), an engineer (Pat DiCenso) and fourteen brand-new songs.
New Heavy Sounds
'Bird" will be released on May 17th on limited edition Red and Black Vinyl and CD.
Exclusive 2 colour, T Shirt option only by mail order or as a bundle.
T Shirt designed by Unexpected Specter (@unexpectedspecter on instagram)
Ex People are Laura Kirsop: Vocals, Calum Gunn: Guitar, Edward White: Bass and Vicki Dawson: Drums.
Emerging from the London DIY scene in 2015 are stoner sludge four-piece Ex People, the latest in a line of bands seeking to push the heavy template yet further.
'Bird' was recorded with Wayne Adams (Vodun, USA Nails, Death Pedals, Casual Nun) at Bear Bites Horse Studios, and he's managed to perfectly capture the visceral weight of their sound, a startling amalgam of super filthy fuzz thick riffs, grunge, noise rock and stoner, combined with a punk attitude.
Taking their cue from bands as diverse as Electric Wizard, Bardo Pond, Harvey Milk and Kylesa, along with 90s sludge such as the Melvins (yet still managing to sound cohesive) the ten tracks that make up 'Bird', combine stoner hooks and soaring vocals with a crushing heaviness.
Add to that some thumping motorik beats (almost like a heavy 'Neu' at times), shot through with an ever-present melodic sensibility, and you have a band that once again shows that when it comes to heavy music, all gates are open.
Drawing on apocalyptic and dystopian themes, “Over” tells the story of a planet colliding with the earth, over a driving, crunching circular riff.
Other tracks tackle real-world horror, with “The Host” about a woman and child escaping domestic violence, and opening track “Not a Drill” calling for resistance against oppressive regimes.
And album closer 'Crested' is as dark as it gets, 8 minutes of full on doom meets discord, combining the atmospherics of Windhand with the slowed down hardcore of My War-era Black Flag.
'Bird' is gloriously heavy, fuzzed up yet melodic, at times bleak and thrilling as it is infectious.It's a bold statement of intent, and we are stoked to add Ex People to the NHS roster.
Tough Love Records
Andy Summers Music / Cargo
Debut LP from punk rock classical pianist raised on Rachmaninov and Lou Reed.
‘Feeling a little concerned,
I went to see a good good friend,
It was by her curtain
that I started to go round that bend’
..so Bristolian singer-songwriter Jonny Velon recounts on lead track ‘The White Rabbit’ as an insistent piano riff reminiscent of Ben Folds Five pulls us along and Jonny steps through the looking glass.Our journey begins..
"At times reminiscent of Roxy Music, and at others David Bowie and Steve Winwood.. a varied, inventive, album rammed with emotional triggers and a genuine depth" Whisperin & Hollerin