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For its 20th release, Lebanese indie label Ruptured presents the free-rock powerhouse trio of Lebanese musicians Sharif Sehnaoui and Tony Elieh, on electric guitar and bass respectively, and drummer Davide Zolli from Italian psych rock collective Squadra Omega.
The music was composed and played by Sehnaoui, Elieh and Zolli, and recorded in one single take by Matt Bordin at Outside Inside Studios on October 6, 2016.
The album was mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, and is released by Lebanese imprint Ruptured as a limited edition of 300 copies.
2. Too Young To Rock'n'Roll
4. Another One Of Those Very Long Go
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Cats In Space are delighted to announce that they will be releasing a live recording, ‘Cats Alive!’, on 23 Feb 2018. The record will be available as a CD, blue heavyweight vinyl, and download.
The show was recorded at a particularly raucous night on the band’s tour with Thunder earlier this year. Guitarist Greg Hart said, “This musical feast was recorded live in front of 4000 nutty folk at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Listen for yourself, but we think we picked the right night to record.”
It’s been a pretty amazing year so far for Cats In Space, who follow their own headline tour with an opening slot on the Deep Purple UK arena tour. On top of that, the second album ‘Scarecrow’ has been given rave reviews across the board, both home and abroad.
Powerplay said, “Those melodies we loved on the debut? Those backing vocals? The sense of pop and performance? All here. All still present. All just brilliant. This is frequently breathtaking.”
Classic Rock said, “Vocal harmonies – fabulous, luscious and pouting – rule the roost in AOR-style pop”.
HRH magazine simply concluded, “Feline it yet. You will be!”
Their exuberant 70s-inspired music may hark back to the glory days but, by delivering no-holds-barred live shows at full throttle across the country, their committed and sincere approach to blowing the roof off is finding a warm welcome.
‘Cats Alive!’ captures just one fantastic night but in truth encapsulates everything that this band is about. Every live show and every single radio play brings them new fans – Cats In Space have a fine line in purr-suasion!
1. Too Many Gods
2. Only In Vegas
3. Last Man Standing
4. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
5. Mr. Heartache
6. Greatest Story Never Told
7. Five Minute Celebrity
£14.99Release Date: 2018-03-02Visit product page →
A generation younger than the founders of the Teklife crew, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, DJ Taye was originally a rapper and beat maker before hooking up with the collective and jumping into the world of footwork production and DJing. However, it was Rashad’s untimely passing in 2014 that was the unlikely catalyst for developing the sounds and ideas for this album. He says, "When Rashad passed away I felt inspired to continue evolving the music that I loved so much coming up in this world. So, I had to do something…make something brand new."
100% committed to pushing further the potential of the footwork template, Still Trippin’ is ambitious in its range and scope. Taking two years to formulate, the record broadens the possibilities of the sound, forcing it to adapt to songwriting, and also revives Taye’s talent for MCing and producing beats to which he can rap and sing. Furthermore Taye definitely ups the ante with his complex and precise drum programming, never losing sight of footwork’s ability to confound.
The album features a range of guests that span contemporary music; the eccentric, instructive rapping of Chuck Inglish of Detroit duo the Cool Kids is featured on ‘Get It Jukin’, Odile Myrtil, a young vocalist from Montreal, lends her smokey soul to ‘Same Sound’, Fabi Reyna, the editor of the celebrated women’s guitar magazine She Shreds, sings and plays bass and rhythm guitar on ‘I Don’t Know’ and Jersey club queen UNIIQU3 offers production and rapping on ‘Gimme Some Mo’.Also, Teklife members DJ PayPal and DJ Manny assist on production, and DJ Lucky is a guest MC on ‘Smokeout’.
Taye is ambitious in his hopes for the album; "I took this as an opportunity to not have boundaries with footwork. Different approaches to our ‘underground’ sound to make it broader. It’s only underground until it crosses that visible threshold.” This album brings all of this to the forefront.
3. Need It (ft DJ Manny)
4. Smokeout (ft DJ Lucky)
5. Same Sound (ft Odile Myrtil)
7. Anotha4 (ft DJ Manny)
8. Bonfire (ft DJ Paypal)
9. The Matrixx (ft DJ Manny)
10. Get It Jukin’ (ft Chuck Inglish)
11. Pop Drop (ft DJ Paypal)
12. Gimme Some Mo (ft UNIIQU3)
13. Truu (ft DJ Paypal)
14. Closer 15. I’m Trippin’
16. I Don’t Know (ft Fabi Reyna)
New Heavy Sounds
£20.49Release Date: 04/05/2018Visit product page →
First vinyl pressing is double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Limited to 300 copies only. 150 in 3 colour Cream/Green, and 150 in Black vinyl. With free download included.CD is a 4 panel digipack with lyric booklet.
The second album by London/Brighton heavy contingent GRAVE LINES follows on from their 2016 debut 'Welcome To Nothing' and sees the band expand their sound across nine weighty, yet darkly melodic tracks.Coming in at just shy of an hour. FED INTO THE NIHILIST ENGINE is a must listen for fans of all things heavy, however anybody seeking music that delves into the darker and more introspective aspects of the human condition will find much to love within its expansive tracks.
At times quiet and melancholy, at times an oppressive and miserable onslaught of crushing riffs and filth-laden grooves.
Fans of Yob to Neurosis, even Bauhaus or Dead Can Dance, take heed, FITNE reaches out to encompass elements of them all.
Lyrically introspective, dark and challenging, vocalist Jake Harding states …
“The album is an exploration into our relationship with negativity. The Nihilist Engine is symbolic of our greatest flaw and the self-defeating nature of our species. This machine represents both the inner turmoil of the human spirit and our struggle to understand the darkness spreading from external forces. Self-perpetuating and infectious, these feelings contaminate and spread. A relentless machine drawing us in and chewing up our poisoned remains.”
Grave Lines are back with a record which promises to take you on an exploratory journey deep within the inner realms of your own psyche.
"…a fine introduction to a band who will undoubtedly soon be one of the brightest stars in the London underground." Noisey
"Their debut is certainly more than the sum of its parts, taking in huge Neurosis-esque riffs, and a gloomy, gothic melodicism that is all their own " Terrorizer
1. Failed Skin
3. Self Mutilation By Fire And Stone
5. Silent Salt
7. The Greae
9. The Nihilist Engine
1. Failed Skin
3. Self Mutilation By Fire And Stone
5. Silent Salt
7. The Greae
9. The Nihilist Engine
All The Madmen Records
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Release Date: 30/03/2018
Limited orange vinyl LP (500 only), gatefold sleeve with inner and download card.
Interrobang‽ - with a clear vision to create something current and relevant. Something that speaks to the generations who grew up in the shadow of punk, with hopes and dreams, full of rebellion.
Bruce and Hamer both have previous form as awkward troublemakers in the anarcho-pop-cabaret troupe Chumbawamba whilst Griffin was a former enfant terrible in the London louts, Regular Fries. What happened to that spark? How do we express our anger now? How relevant are we? How do we make ourselves heard and where do we fit in now? The eponymously entitled Interrobang‽ album is vocalist Bruce laid bare, torn open asunder, as he finds himself deep in those 50-something blues.
Lyrically the album is an exploration of his determination to never give up the struggle despite his own malaise. He questions and rails against his own demise with song titles such as Curmudgeon, Mad As Hell and Am I Invisible Yet? whilst still full of thatanger about the state of the world in songs such as Are You Ready People? and Here Now. He veers from the personal to the political, from the poignant to the pithy, never pulling any punches, always being brutally honest but with an ability to laugh at himself as well.
The music of Griffin and Hamer is short, sharp and urgent. Interrobang‽ pride themselves on their tightness and economy in these rapid-fire assaults and with their crisp, cutting backing vocals the band have created an album that is pointed and precise, exciting and exhilarating.
This is an album’s worth of hard hitting songs for hard hit people with Griffin’s guitar technique building layers of scorching sonics which when seen live will astound. From such statements of intent as Here Now to the lament Do You Remember? about Bruce’s difficult relationship with his father to the uplifting and inspiring Love It All, we are taken on a rollercoaster of an adventure. This whole journey is all based on a true story of discontent but Interrobang‽ have thrust themselves back in the fray, with something to say; they are determined to not fade away and this is their cri de couer!
Line up: Dunstan Bruce vocals. Stephen Griffin guitars. Harry Hamer drums.
Formed in 2012. Interrobang ‽ create their very own agit-punk-funkstorm. It’s angular, taut, urgent, pulsating and intense. And it’s tight, terse and to the point. We're totally wired, can't you see? This isn’t comfortable or retro; we reject wholeheartedly the idea of nostalgia, we refuse to live in the past, there’s no misty-eyed looking back; this is all forward, forward motion. “Having spent a significant part of my life with a deep affection for Chumbawamba, the prospect of seeing Interrobang (featuring former Chumbas frontman Dunst and drummer Harry) play a support slot to a small crowd at The Cluny actually made me a little anxious. I needn’t have worried.
Fromthe moment Dunst strode from the crowd onto the stage declaiming through a megaphone, it was clear that Interrobang are pretty damnspecial. Guitarist Griff was a marvel – creating loops on the fly to give extra attack to a taut, clear style that’s equal parts Ian Mackaye and Pete Townshend – and with Harry’s economical drums (there’s no bassist), the band sound lean and urgent.
Dunst was always a compelling, charismatic frontman and that still holds - there’s poise and a quiet anger to his vocals and his soi-disant “grumpy curmudgeon in a state of high dudgeon” persona is refreshing and affecting.” Lee Fisher, NARC.
1. Here Now
2. The Inclement Weather
3. Asking For A Friend
4. Are You Ready People?
5. Mad As Hell
7. Music Of The Gross
9. Do You Remember?
10. Love It All
11. Based On A True Story
1. Am I Invisible Yet?
Iron Man Records
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Release Date: 16/03/2018
Detroit’s Iconic “White Panther” introduces himself as “a beatnik, dope fiend, poet provocateur, race traitor and renegade. Living from hand to mouth and euro to euro, sleeping on the couches and extra beds of my friends.
A man without a country and a post office box in New Orleans for a permanent address.” Reciting his beat poetry in a sub-baritone growl, John waxes lyrical about John Lennon, Thelonious Monk, Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs, and issues a libertarian’s charter on “Ain’t Nobody’s Business.”
Beautiful two disc CD containing 13 songs produced by Youth, who plays bass in Killing Joke and has worked with artists like The Orb, The Verve, U2, Pink Floyd, and Crowded House.
Beatnik Youth ranges from raucous rock ‘n’ roll to psychedelic jazz and abstract soundscapes. Throughout, Sinclair’s voice functions as an anchor, taking on an American social landscape bursting with civil unrest and self-reinvention as Youth’s modernist production swirls around him.
Immortalized by John Lennon’s 1972 song that bears his name, Sinclair is an iconic figure of ‘60s counterculture, famous for, among other things, having co-founded the White Panther Party and for managing Detroit’s legendary leftist proto-punk outfit MC5.
£20.49Release Date: 23/02/2017Visit product page →
Fire Soundtracks and Lakeshore Records release Jon Brion’s acclaimed score ‘Lady Bird’ for the first time on vinyl on February 23rd 2018. Jon Brion’s previous films include the Grammy nominated ‘Magnolia’, ‘Punch-Drunk Love’, ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’ and ‘I Heart Huckabees’.
Known for his songwriting with The Grays and Jellyfish, Jon Brion has also produced records for Kanye West, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Robyn Hitchcock, Sky Ferreira and is a well-known collaborator with Evan Dando and Elliot Smith.
Winner of Best Director from the National Board Of Review, actor-turned-director Greta Gerwig’s incredible directorial debut ‘Lady Bird’ is one of this year’s most acclaimed films.
Officially “The Best Reviewed Film Of All Time” - “An impeccably crafted film.” Guardian
“A triumphant debut” Washington Post
“A full-blown triumph and one of the year's best films” Rolling Stone
“Big-screen perfection” New York Times
One of the most successful releases of the year starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet, the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale is about a young, rebellious woman living in Sacramento and the constraints within a catholic high school.
1. Title Credits
2. Sign Up
3. Drive Home
4. LB / Danny
5. Pick Up
6. Lady Bird Kiss
7. Rose Garden
8. LB Steals Math Grade Book
9. Thanksgiving in Sacramento
10. Coffee Shop
12. More Hope
14. Hope Against Hope
15. Model Homes
17. Looking Forward
18. Summer in Sacramento
19. Packing Up
23. Lady Bird
American Laundromat Records
£29.99Release Date: 13/04/2018Visit product page →
Juliana takes on 14 Olivia Newton-John classics and deep cuts to honor one of her childhood heroes.
"I have never not loved Olivia Newton-John. Her music has brought me so much pure joy throughout my life. I loved her when I was a child and I love her still. Her voice and her positive energy and her melodies have stood the test of time and they give me as much pleasure now as they ever did. Listening to her is an escape into a beautiful place. She has inspired me so much personally and I just wanted to give something back; to share some of these tremendous songs, reinterpreted, with love, by me." -Juliana Hatfield.
One dollar from the sale of every album will be donated to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJ Centre), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing patients with cancer access to leading medical treatment, breakthrough research, and the best in wellness and supportive care.
1. I Honestly Love You
2. Suspended In Time
3. Have You Never Been Mellow
4. A Little More Love
7. Totally Hot
8. Don't Stop Believin'
9. Please Mr. Please
10. Hopelessly Devoted To You
12. Dancin' 'Round And 'Round
13. Make A Move On Me
14. I Honestly Love You (Reprise)
*Track 14 is not on the vinyl LP but included on the digital download card.
£20.49Release Date: 23/02/2018Visit product page →
Mamuthones may have originally taken their name from the death-masks used in rituals in their native Sardinia, and initially emerged from the Italian occult psychedelic movement alongside the likes of Father Murphy, Mai Mai Mai and their labelmates Lay Llamas.
Yet now, in the wake of their Rocket Recordings debut album ‘Fear On The Corner’, the band find themselves undergoing a metamorphosis from mystical and ceremonial realms into a direct connection with the everyday, the personal and the political.
This vibrant reinvention also sees Mamuthones transcending their roots in Italian prog and soundtrack work and shifting their modus operandi firmly in the direction of a distinctly New York-based headspace - a realm of mirrorballs and black-clad basements both As the band’s Alessio Gastaldello tells it, this is a groove-based. eclectic style that finds its metier in the realm of two albums which are paid direct homage in the record’s very title - the bleak and kinetic ‘Fear Of Music’ by Talking Heads and the iconoclastic, heat-haze repetition of Miles Davis’ ‘On The Corner’.
“The songs deal with fear.” he clarifies. “Fear of the present, of human situations, fear of the new political situation, but also fear of relationship breakdown, fear of not finding “a place in the world”, fear of fear itself” Yet this is principally an aural landscape whereby the eclectic mischief of ZE Records, the sonic brinksmanship of ‘Tago Mago’ era Can and the post-punk songwriting flair of LCD Soundystem can happily form communion in a post-2AM reverie.
“it is a big dance party for very sad events” clarifies Alessio, on the disparity between the serious nature of this record’s subject matter and its distinctly hedonistic atmosphere. “We are a kind of Titanic orchestra playing and dancing while the ship goes down. The party must go on”.
2. Show Me
3. Fear On The Corner
4. The Wrong Side
6. Simon Choule
7. Here We Are
Blast First Petite
£20.49Release Date: 23/03/2018Visit product page →
LP comes with a Download Code for the whole 90+ min concert.
For a self confessed ‘journeyman’ musician who has spent most of his 50 year career on the road live Michael Chapman albums are curiously rare items and even more rare from his earlier years.
This one, recorded by dutch “hippie” radio station ‘VPRO’ on 6th May 1971 is the earliest known live recording so far discovered of Michael Chapman after he started releasing records on the legendary UK based Harvest / EMI record label in 1969.
This period is for Chapman fans the classic period, that more recently has drawn belated media coverage and recognition in response to the more recent kudos bestowed upon Michael from the likes of Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Jim O’rouke and the late, great, Jack Rose.
A beautiful clear, warm and intimate recording of Chapman duetting with long time collaborator Rick Kemp on electric bass and which documents material from all three albums in a free flowing improv inflected style very much in favour at the time.
It is with this free flowing vibe in mind that we include with both CD & vinyl editions the complete 90 minute concert via a download code card so listeners can experience the whole set. Chapman sounds in a confident, gentle and relaxed mood. The Audience Is Initially Tentative, Possibly Unfamilar With chapman’s work but gradually warming to his complex dexterous ‘not folk’ playing.
The recordings make for a fascinating snapshot of the time, with a loose and open approach that offers a rare chance for guitar buffs to evesdrop between songs on some those bespoke Chapman guitar tunings!.
The set begins with another very rare Chapman item – a cover version - in this case of Tim Hardin’s 1965 “A Reason To Believe’. A song which had just reappeared that year as the A side of a Rod Stewart solo single (The B side being ‘Maggie May’!).
1. Reason To Live
2. The Aviator
3. An Old Man Remembers
4. Not So Much A Garden, More Like A Maze
5. In The VAlley
Joyful Noise Recordings
£21.99Release Date: 09/03/2017Visit product page →
Oneida has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn underground for nearly two decades. Always evolving, the group has been a beacon of musical exploration and enthralling unpredictability, gaining legendary status among heads that know and expanding the limits of what it means to be a rock band.
With a discography spanning over a dozen full-lengths, plus live releases, EPs, singles, and limited one-offs, Oneida has demonstrated a mastery of collective improvisation, off-kilter songwriting, complex composition, and everything in between. In 2011 Oneida lost its home base, its studio dubbed the Ocropolis in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, due to the pervasive gentrification and over-development of the neighbourhood that was once a thriving arts community.
After watching the Monster Island building that housed the Ocropolis transform into a pile of rubble, the band began an intense period of exploration and discovery, retreating from the studio in favor of the stage, and birthing a panoply of limited, uncompromising releases that documented the band’s continuously unfolding journey.
Six years after the release of A List of the Burning Mountains, the final emission from the Ocropolis, the band will release their newest studio creation Romance, their first album for Joyful Noise Recordings and a record marked by wild eclecticism, even for a group known for its shape-shifting nature.
Recorded over several years in various locales, the 11 songs on Romance are built around deeply developed long-arc rhythm/phase concepts, noise, yearning, blind guitar rage, longing, the lurch of dying electronics, and a multi-modal embrace of human fallibility and artifice.
From the crackling synth-led opener “Economy Travel” to the expansive 18-minute epic “Shepherd’s Axe,” Romance is an album in constant flux. On “Bad Habit” the band employs phasing between organ and guitar to great, disorienting effect, while the primitive riffs of “Cockfight” offer a contrasting vision of rock minimalism. Listen closely on “Lay of the Land” and you will hear constant rhythmic development, with drummer Kid Millions eschewing repetition in favor of morphing patterns of hi-hat and snare. As with all mystery, Romance reveals more through closer attention and multiple listens.
Oneida, always formidable in the live environment, will be touring throughout the year. Kid Millions remains one of the most in-demand drummers in New York, exploring the outer reaches of percussion music with his own Man Forever project, as well as playing with Laurie Anderson, Royal Trux, and People of the North with Oneida compatriot Bobby Matador.
Bobby also takes part in the psych-pop duo Nurse & Soldier, and recently formed yet another duo called New Pope. Guitarist Shahin Moita is a co-founder of underground stalwarts Ex Models and Knyfe Hyts.
Through it all Oneida remains a powerful collective voice, a propulsive force for wildness and excitement, with Romance heralding the return of the epic, artful ballad version of the journey.
1. Economy Travel
2. Bad Habit
3. All in Due Time
4. It Was Me
5. Good Lie
6. Lay of the Land
10. Good Cheer
11. Shepherd's Axe
£19.49Release Date: 03/02/2018Visit product page →
'Postcards is a dream pop/indie rock band formed in Beirut (Lebanon) by four friends in the summer of 2012. After a series of EPs, they will be releasing their first full-length album on the 26th of January 2018, teaming up once again with producer Fadi Tabbal of Tunefork Studios.
‘I’ll be here in the morning’ is defined by hushed, introspective vocals floating over expansive sonic spaces that shift between harsh noise and dreamy soundscapes. The constant oscillation between the opposite states of mind that the band deals with in Lebanon runs deep within the album both musically and lyrically. The music alternates between repeated cycles of calm and unrest, anger and surrender, simplicity and intricacy as Julia Sabra - the band’s singer and lyricist - tackles this recurrent theme of duality.
The songs see her struggle with feelings of sadness, indifference, deception, femininity and empowerment. The end result is the most sincere and personal project the quartet has produced so far. Since 2013, Postcards have released three well-received EPs (Lakehouse in 2013, What Lies So Still in 2015, and Here Before in 2017) and have been regularly touring Europe, the UK and the Middle East. They also opened for Beirut (2014) and Angus and Julia Stone (2015).
“A patient album of understated beauty – thoughtful and deliberate” PROJECT REVOLVER LEBANON
“None of the tracks is simply a gap-filler (…) The songs constantly surprise the audience and charm them from the first listen.” LIE IN THE SOUND GERMANY
“The feelings Postcards project live are a true representation of life here, a city of youth, love and life, with an underlying, unspoken sense of dejection and gloom ” GET OUT BLOG LEBANON
“La voix aerienne et onirique de Julia Sabra, d’une sensibilite extreme, donne la chair de poule. Un album prometteur que nous attendons avec impatience” L’OFFICIEL LEVANT LEBANON
“One can let oneself be absorbed in Postcards and let oneself go into meditativeness or follow the well-made melodic and rhythmic subtleties ofthe music.” KULTUR PEGEL GERMANY
1. Open Waters
2. Bright Lights
3. Before We Sleep
4. A Broken Record
7. Flying Saucers
9. Wide Awake
Space Age Recordings
£23.99Release Date: 23/02/2018Visit product page →
Now presented in a shrink-wrapped 6 panel fold out card wallet on CD, on heavyweight double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Digitally re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Studios, November 2017 August 1988, Spacemen 3 embark on one of the strangest events in the band's already strange history.
Billed as "An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music" (although consciously omitting the sitar), the group would play in the foyer of Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford, Middlesex to a largely unsuspecting and unsympathetic audience waiting to take their seats for Wim Wenders' film ‘Wings of Desire’. Spacemen 3's proceeding set, forty-five minutes of repetitive drone-like guitar riffs, could be seen as the "Sweet Sister Ray" of '80s Britain.
Their signature sound is at once recognizable and disorienting – pointing as much to the hypnotic minimalism of La Monte Young as to a future shoegaze constituency.
On this double LP reissue, Dreamweapon is augmented by studio sessions and rehearsal tapes from 1987 that would lead up to the recording of Spacemen 3's classic ‘Playing With Fire’ album. ‘Spacemen Jam,’ featuring Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce on dual guitar, is a side-long mediation on delicate textures and psychedelic effects.
1. An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music (44.20)
2. Ecstasy Live Intro Theme (9.00)
3. Ecstasy In Slow Motion (9.23)
4. Spacemen Jam (15.42)
1. An Evening Of contemporary Sitar Music (22.00)
2. An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music (22.05)
3. Ecstasy Live Intro Theme (9.00)
4. Ecstasy In Slow Motion (9.23)
5. Spacemen Jam (15.42)
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Northern psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs return with a mind-melting new album. The Lovely Eggs are one of the most unique, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground music scene. Heavier and more in-your-face than anything they’ve done previously, Holly Ross (guitar/vocals) and David Blackwell (drums) bring together a fierce DIY ethos, surreal sense of humour and kitchen-sink realism.
Working with a producer for the very first time, Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips) lends his magic dust to bring out the best of The Lovely Eggs’ explosive blend of motoric krautrock, 60s psychedelia and punk rock attitude. They create their own world and invite us to join them in Eggland. The album title is a cheeky nod to Shane Meadows’ series, This Is England. It is a comment on the current state of modern Britain.
The album is about being an outsider and doing things differently, eschewing society’s conventions as they have done. Since having their son in 2013, the pair have taken him on tour with them, racing round the UK with 2 fingers up to conventional family life firmly out of the window.
They have also remained in their hometown of Lancaster, despite its cultural and geographical isolation. As Holly explains; “On this album we're saying it's OK to live life differently, we're doing it and you can do it too! “Living up here in Lancaster is kind of mad. It's a bit like the Twin Peaks of Great Britain.” The town has a rich history of the witchcraft, notoriously it was where the Pendle witches were hanged”.
For the first time ever, the pair worked with a producer on the new album, welcoming in legendary Grammy award winning engineer Dave Fridmann to their world. “We received an email from Dave Fridmann. He had got our answerphone message, listened to our stuff and wanted to work with us. It was just totally bizarre!” The album was self-recorded at Lancaster Musician's Co-op and the Eggs’ own house. Dave Fridmann then produced it remotely. They then went out to Dave's Studio in New York State, for mixing.
The result is a gratifyingly rich sounding record, which still retains the raw energy of the band’s sound but harnesses a real power and dynamism. It’s much heavier than anything they’ve done before. As Holly says: “It's pretty relentless. It kind of sounds like a chip shop on fire. We still write about everyday life and the stuff that goes on in our world, it's just the new album is more fierce”.
The Lovely Eggs have been nudging towards a heavier sound with their previous album This Is Our Nowhere, which was praised by the NME, who called them; “One of the country's most beloved underground bands.” Having formed in Paris in 2006, they named themselves after a pigeon laid two eggs on an abandoned nest on the windowsill.To celebrate their 10th anniversary last year, they reissued their first three albums on coloured vinyl. The band have built up a cult following, selling out gigs across the UK, as well as gaining support from 6 Music and Radio One.
This Is Eggland is a giant leap forward in their wild-ride of a career. The album is like listening in on The Lovely Eggs’ own secret world, with philosophical songs about the mysteries of the universe (“Hello I Am Your Sun”), to abandoning “ the grass is always greener” mentality (“Wiggy Giggy”), to being on the wrong side of society or the music industry (“I’m With You”) and several inspired by local witchcraft. Unashamed to be themselves and have fun while they’re at it, The Lovely Eggs weave an intoxicatingly magnetic magic spell and we’re helplessly and willingly falling under it.
1. Hello I Am Your Sun
2. Wiggy Giggy
4. I Shouldn't Have Said That
5. Return Of Witchcraft
6. I'm With You
7. Repeat It
9. Big Sea
10. Let Me Observe
11. Would You Fuck
£21.99Release Date: 02/03/2018Visit product page →
It's been over six years now since the word got out that the Titans from The Big O* (as in Oslo, Norway) were re-resurrected for a second time since their grimy beginnings back in 1989. Hell, not even Jesus could do THAT! music lovers worldwide were heard to shriek.
Back in the saddle, the band have crisscrossed the globe delighting fans old and new, packing 'em in from LA to 'lesund, Melbourne to Manchester and all points in between.
November 2015 heralded the unveiling of not only the first new music since 2012's Sexual Harassment but a new member for the group! Hot For Nietzsche found our boys on full throttle, staring the void right in the face and raising a glass to its honour. The video was shot on location in Vegas a suitable backdrop for the debauchery.
The HFN single release show in Oslo saw the stage debut of the newest edition to the denim recruits: Keyboard Wizard Crown Prince Haakon-Marius, a hugely invaluable addition to the line-up, according to Guitar Ubermensch Euroboy: We're happy to have a keyboard player back in the band again, six years after P Pot Pamparius performed his last show with the band.
Crown Prince Haakon Marius is a friend of ours from the Oslo music scene and an amazing musician! We had so much fun getting back in the studio as a six piece, to record new material which the addition of a keyboard-player inspired the songwriting and the production.
Well, lightning does strike twice, because May 2016 saw ANOTHER new single! Just in time for final exams, TURBONEGRO unleashed Special Education to the unsuspecting public.
A story of a teenage boy's fall from academic grace and the cruel and unusual discipline he finds at the very bottom, the song was inspired by repeated watchings of Scum and The Story Of O on the tour bus VHS player; They were the only tapes we had! Guitarist Rune Rebellion confesses. Bass player and cultural commenter Happy Tom could not contain his excitement.
1. The Rock and Roll Machine Suite Part I: Chrome Ozone Creation
2. Part II: Well Hello
3. RockNRoll Machine
4. Hurry Up & Die
5. Fist City
6. Skinhead Rock &Roll
7. Hot For Nietzsche
8. On the Rag
9. Let the Punishment Fit the Behind
10. John Carpenter Powder Ballad
11. Special Education
Fire Soundtracks / Lakeshore Records
£21.99Featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue and Sophia Loren with Tonis Maroudas Academy award nominated film and winner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury prize (among many others), ‘The Lobster’ is a dystopian comedy-drama directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogstooth, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer) and co-written by Efthymis Filippou that stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman.Visit product page →
Love is a crazy thing that’s as perverse as the relationships that come with it, living in the digital age of love-matching and profiling, ‘The Lobster’ tackles humanity’s struggle with love, the fear of loneliness and societal issues.
Forced by the government to find a partner in forty-five days under their watchful eye and extreme training program or you’ll be turned into an animal to survive in the woods. The absurdist sci-fi horror movie sees residents out hunting for ‘Loners’ who once caught are sent off to face their fate in return for extra time to find love that keeps them alive. Out in the woods alongside them are celibate freedom fighters that have joined the resistance, it is here a love story unfolds.
Curated by Lanthimos and music supervisor Amy Ashworth, the soundtrack “brings the film’s edgy tension and menace to the fore” (Screen Daily) with orchestral renditions of Beethoven, Stravinsky and Shostakovich alongside Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Kylie Minogue on ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’ and Sophia Loren with Tonis Maroudas on ‘Ti Ein Afto Pou To Lene Agapi’.
Fire Soundtracks and Lakeshore Records are set to release ‘The Lobster’ soundtrack for the first time on limited edition vinyl on December 1st.
1. Juilliard String Quartet - String Quartet In F Major, Op.18, No. 1, Adagio Affettuoso Ed Appassionato (Live)
2. Danae - Apo Mesa Pethamenos
3. Borodin Quartet Quintet - For Piano And Strings: In Tempo di Valse
4. Benjamin John Tomlin - Million $ (feat. Milla M.)
5. Goldner String Quartet - 3 Pieces For String Quartet No. 3
6. The Tale Quartet - String Quartet No. 2: I Moderato
7. Johnnie Burn - Hog Shuffle
8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
9. Takács Quartet - String Quartet No. 1 In D, Op. 25: Andante Sostenuto
10. Sophia Loren and Tonis Maroudas - Ti Ein Auto Pou To Lene Agapi
Fuzz Club Records
£26.99Release Date: 23/02/2018Visit product page →
Available on double 180g coloured vinyl. Likened to a modern-day Nuggets series and hailed by The Vinyl Factory as “a time-capsule-like documentation of modern psych”, the previous four volumes of The Reverb Conspiracy have included the likes of GOAT, Anton Newcombe, The KVB, Dead Skeletons, Josefin Ohrn & The Liberation and Ulrika Spacek to name a few.
Be it psych, garage-rock, post-punk, shoegaze, krautrock or just straight up rock’n’roll, whatever your shtick underground music has never been better than it is right now.
The aim of these annual Reverb Conspiracy compilations has been an attempt to try and document the ridiculously good music out there at the minute.
Joining a number of Fuzz Club artists – including 10,000 Russos, The Gluts and JuJu - will be physical exclusives from TRAAMS and their biting motorik post-punk, cult Italian psych-rockers Julie’s Haircut and the harrowing psychedelic snarl of Portsmouth upstarts Melt Dunes and many, many more.
1. Dead Vibrations – Swirl
2. Melt Dunes – Flesh
3. JuJu – Bring ‘Em War
4. Helicon – The Bold Yin
5. 10 000 Russos – ISM
6. Dreamweapon – Monte da Virgem
7. NONN – Time
8. Julie’s Haircut – Burning Tree
9. Sekel – Bergamot
10. TRAAMS – A House On Fire
11. Psychedelic Trips To Death – The Flesh
12. The Gluts – Squirrel
13. Avenue Z – ZeÌtron Libre
14. Black Heart Death Cult – Black Rainbow
15. You Said Strange – Yuri’s Night
16. Spirit Valley – TNNLVSSN