Tompkins Square is the early label home of such talents as William Tyler, Ryley Walker, Hiss Golden Messenger, Brigid Mae Power, Gwenifer Raymond and many more. Joining the stable is Sam Burton, from Salt Lake City, now based in Los Angeles.
After several years circulating homemade cassettes on labels like Chthonic and embraced by blogs like Cassette Gods, Sam has recorded his first proper debut album with producer Jarvis Taveniere (Purple Mountains, Woods).
The LP was preceded by two limited edition 45s, and Sam's music has appeared on a MOJO CD sampler, on the BBC, and is now being discovered the world over.
1. Nothing Touches Me
2. I Can Go With You
3. Why Should You Take Me There
4. Further From The Known
5. Stagnant Pool
6. I Am No Moon
7. She Says That She Knows
9. Wave Goodbye
10. Can It Carry Me
Geoff Tyson Music
Release Date: 31/07/2020
“Great songs and stellar playing. Interesting production and mixing ideas too, making it all a fun musical ride.” – Joe Satriani
Acclaimed American guitarist Geoff Tyson will release his first instrumental guitar album on CD, vinyl and digital download on Friday July 31, 2020. Distributed by Cargo Records, Geoff is getting back to his guitar-hero roots with a cutting-edge guitar instrumental album with sounds ranging from blistering rhythm and solo performances, to production vibes that range from heavy rock, to 1980’s Brit-pop.
Geoff recorded and produced the album himself, drawing from his years of experience writing and producing for countless artists, and writing music for HBO, MTV, Disney, and the UFC. “Guitar was my first love,” reflects Geoff. “I first met Joe Satriani when I was 13 and he helped to develop my passion for playing guitar. I soon became one of his favorite students, along side Alex Skolnick, Steve Vai, Kirk Hammet and Charlie Hunter.”
“Satriani and I met weekly for about 2 ½ years, and he became my mentor and inspiration, always challenging me to do something unique and personal. It’s a lesson I have applied to all aspects of my musical endeavors. Over time, as popular music trends changed, I evolved into a singer-songwriter, recording engineer, producer, and recording studio entrepreneur.”
“After much encouragement from Satriani and fans, I decided to finally do this instrumental guitar album. Guitar music has changed over the years, so I did a lot of internet research. Wow, there is so much talent in the world today! I knew I had to create something that encompassed my experience and skills.” “For my main instrument, I experimented with a variety of guitar brands, pickups, necks, and wood types. I eventually chose something that was definitely not a shredder guitar, but rather a hybrid that was a bit difficult to play. You can hear me struggling with the instrument on the recordings which I feel gives it a feeling of intensity.
The rediscovery of the instrument was cathartic, and a big part of the artistic process.” “As a producer, I love the old classic rock albums, but I also love classic and modern synth and ambient styles. When I was a kid, all the metal guys secretly had Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and Blondie albums in their collections. These styles influence my tastes to this day. Good music is universal.
My new album has elements from decades of these great musical styles.” “I partnered with the great Czech drummer Eduard Štěpánek (Dymytry, Abraxas) and recorded it at home and at various Prague recording studios. Recording and producing it on my own gave me the freedom to experiment and get really wild with things.”
1. Six Weeks Of Tina
3. Strawberry Napalm
4. Like Life Is Set In Stone
7. Monkey Love
9. Are You With Me?
10. Liquid Kitty
Release Date: 31/07/2020
Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Rising’ in 2017, Kenwyn House (Reef) and Leah Rasmussen (EMI, Bedrock, Renaissance) AKA Goldray, return with a psych-rock fuelled second album ‘Feel The Change’, released on July 31.
Written and produced by House and Rasmussen. Mixed by Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Therapy?, Enter Shikari, Meatloaf, David Gray) at Spinroad Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
This eight-track album is a development in the duos sound giving a heavier edge but at the same time sounding more accessible than their debut ‘Rising’ whilst still remaining deeply bedded in their psych roots. Their new music exudes their inspiration and passion. They released a new double a-side single on May 29th - ‘How Do You Know’ which builds through the entirety of its four-minutes demonstrating Rasmussen’s huge range and power vocally, ending with a massive crescendo. And ‘Oz’, a monster seven-minute-plus track driven through House’s incredible guitar playing, the song is an ambitious journey of rock and psych, building with power, then dropping into a feeling of surreal psychedelia only to be slapped back in the face with the thunderous riff!
Sharing a songwriting vision blending psych and prog experimental arrangements with etheric yet powerful female vocals, House and Rasmussen first started working together as an experimental side project for the pair that soon grew into an all-consuming passion. With a clear identity both musically and visually, Goldray pulls huge inspiration from the late 1960s and early 1970s and are very much at the centre of the emerging psych-rock scene.
The band have garnered a formidable reputation live with performances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Download, Ramblin’ Man, HRH, Camden Rocks Festival and various headline shows over the past three years in the UK and Europe. Live, the band (who tour as a four-piece) ensure the ethos and feel of the show emanates the same feeling as the music.
Visually striking with vocalist Rasmussen looking resplendent (described in a live review by Prog magazine in 2018 as “... the high priestess of hard rock”), and House’s playing still powerful and irresistibly hooky but somehow sliding into psychedelic hypnosis that ensures the live shows are a sensory overload! Live shows will be announced in due course.
“‘Feel The Change’ is a joyous, liberating listening experience unencumbered as it is by any desire to tap into the zeitgeist… more bands should be this fearless and free." - Planet Rock Magazine
“Goldray have made an album [‘Feel The Change’] that’s gloriously wicked and divine in equal measures... there’s not a single dud amongst the eight tracks here.” - Prog Magazine
“This is one that’s very much wanted... Kenwyn House on guitar and Leah Rasmussen on vocals make a sublime sound… Quite brilliant. Feel the change? Feel the benefit. 10/10” Powerplay
“‘How Do They Know’ is a commanding, tripped-out new single” - LoudersoundVinyl is limited to 500 copies – 400 on white vinyl and only100 of these are pressed on marble coloured vinyl – Vinyl also includes download codes
New Heavy Sounds
Red Weed Records
Release Date: 23/10/2020
UK metallers return with sixth studio album - released October 23, 2020!
The album title says it all - Raging Speedhorn return to action with the release of their killer new studio album ‘Hard To Kill’. Recorded with Russ Russell (Napalm Death, At The Gates) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, UK, ‘Hard To Kill’ sees Raging Speedhorn once again upping their own ante in terms of song-writing finesse … playing riff-fuelled dirty heavy metal with aplomb.
“This album is straight-up Raging Speedhorn - with added extras,” says founding co-frontman Frank Regan. “Right now, the band is on fire, the vibe is amazing, and we’re so happy to be back playing music. Six albums in and we’re still loving what we do.” The album - the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Lost Ritual’ is the first to feature new vocalist Dan Cook who replaces long-standing co-vocalist John Loughlin.
John stood down after 21 years during the recording of ‘Hard To Kill’ leaving the mantle open for Dan - who is no stranger to the band and its fans - standing in for both John and Frank in different times. RSH also welcome new guitarist Dave Leese and former Hundred Reasons bassist Andy Gilmour who join founding drummer Gordon Morison and guitarist Jim Palmer.
Aside from line-up improvements, ‘Hard To Kill’ sees RSH overcome a variety of personal traumas and tribulations that has all added fuel to the rock ‘n’ roll fire.
Recorded before Covid-19 Pandemic, the first taste of new material has come via the band’s quarantine video for opening track ‘Snakebite’. Filmed during the early stages of lockdown, the track is instantly Speedhorn … dual-attack vocals, crushing sludge-riffs built over a backbone of pounding beats and basslines.
Elsewhere on the album the title track is as monstrous and infectious as the sentiment itself, ‘Spitfire’ is a groove-fuelled beast, while ‘Doom Machine’ and ‘Hammer Down’ are slow-paced, sludge behemoths that deliver with the ferocity that you’d expect from RSH.
No stranger to enjoying the odd cover (previous covers have included the Kinks and KISS), ‘Hard To Kill’ also features a fantastic rendition of T-Rex’s classic ‘Children Of The Revolution’.
Over the course of 20 years Raging Speedhorn have built a solid and long-standing reputation as one of the UK’s leading metal outfits. Since the release of their eponymous debut in 2000, the sextet have enjoyed a career built on stunning, raucous live shows and albums to boot.
A career that has seen the sextet play worldwide shows and festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Slipknot, Clutch, Enter Shikari and many many more. ‘Hard To Kill’ will be released on vinyl, CD, download and all streaming platforms via the band’s own label imprint Red Weed Records.