Ca Va? Records/Hayabusa Landings
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’Where Do We Go From Here?’ Your guess is as good as ours but that’s the question being posed by legendary art school rockers Deaf School on the lead track of this new compilation of cuts entitled ‘Parigi My Dear’ culled from CD releases ‘Enrico & Bette‘ and ‘Laundrette‘ and not previously available to download or stream.Also added to the mix on this Japanese import are two early and never before released demo’s of the first single and live show stalwart ‘What A Way To End End It All’ as well as Bette Brights dreamy hangover song from the bands third album ‘Morning After’. Closing the album we find Japanese artist ‘Moe’ delivering a fabulous version of the bands noir classic ‘Taxi’, co-produced and performed by Deaf School featuring the London String Group. Whats not to like?
17 tracks of classic Deaf School art pop, drama, dream and pun but basically and to quote the late great Beatles publicist Derek Taylor (who signed the band to Warner Bros In ‘76) “It’s really just good old rock & roll”. With the brand new Lockdown fresh ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ kicking off the album plus an epic extended version of this glam rock piano driven belter just about closing it, shades and sounds of early Deaf School circa the bands debut classic album ‘2nd Honeymoon’ are in the air.
Written and conceived in the middle of the Covid 19 Pandemic and recorded by correspondence in 5 different locations without the band ever getting together face to face during the whole process, it’s an unexpected new year gem!
Deaf School hope to play live in 2021 but meanwhile Where Do We Go From Here? Answers on a postcard please to DeafSchoolMusic.com
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Black Spiders – Those Trusted And True Sons Of The North Are Back. “We knew the new album had to be special. We’ve been away for a while. The first album was a straight shot, the second on the rocks, with this new one we had to kick down the brewery doors!” Pete Spiby
Back in June of 2017, Sheffield rock beasts Black Spiders waved goodbye to an army of loyal fans with some sonically charged shows before retreating into the shadows.
And then, in November of last year, with the world in the grips of the Coronavirus pandemic and after a long year of very little fun from out of the silhouettes they returned with ‘Fly In The Soup’, the first new Black Spiders music in 6 years. Exactly the feel-good shot in the arm the world needed, while we await that other vaccine.
The seeds of the Black Spider return were actually planted last summer, when singer and guitarist Pete Spiby began taking to guitarist Ozzy Lister to start writing new material and before they knew it, they had amassed the best part of 40 songs in a very short period of time which they whittled down. And then the pandemic hit.
“It’s certainly been a strange process, in unfamiliar territory,” explains Pete. “We started to look at how we could do it, given the restrictions and the fact that lead guitarist Mark Thomas was isolated on a boat, in the Mediterranean and would have to record his parts remotely!! Not only that, but we had to replace our original drummer too. For us and probably most other bands, we would usually take a riff or song idea to a rehearsal and thrash it out ‘till we either had something or it ended up in the song graveyard! This time around we couldn’t do that, so myself, Ozzy and on occasion Adam Irwin (bass player) started to send ideas back and forth until we had something to work with in GarageBand. We got to a point where we had enough song ideas with basic structure to go into a studio. It was at this point when we had to look for a new drummer.”
With former drummer ‘Tiger’ Si Atkinson unavailable to play, with a week or two of grooming, the band took a chance on Planet Rock DJ Wyatt Wendels to occupy the drum stool. “I've never joined or worked with a band in this way EVER,” laughs Wyatt. “2020 certainly made it surreal.
“A Pete/Ozzy writing session at the beginning of the year had produced some promising results, but it felt like barriers were popping up everywhere,” explains bassist Adam Irwin. “We started talking about how we could use technology such as GarageBand to help, and slowly but surely the song writing gathered pace. It was time to hook up with our old producer Matt Elliss and try these new songs out in the studio.
“Heading into the studio to record songs we’d written but never played together, with a drummer that we’d never met, is one of the stranger experiences I’ve had while being in a band. Thankfully, Wyatt has turned out to be an excellent addition, who despite his faults (loud, southern) has fit right into the band dynamic. Covid has made life really tough for so many of us in our industry. And yet, this new way of song writing has been liberating, this is the most consistent and prolific we’ve ever been, and I am immensely proud of this album.”
Against all of the odds, Black Spiders have crafted an album that features 13 tracks of high-energy, feel-good rock n’roll contrasted by demonic doom that despite the disjointed, isolated way it was recorded. It sounds like a band, firing on all cylinders.
“We had to dig down deep to pull out some gems and what would we want from Black Spiders,” questions Pete. War, vengeance, mental health, death, conservation & climate change, where are we from? Relationships, friendships, our flaws. Where are we going? Alien life and Mother Earth - some of which made the record.”
Kicking off with the aforementioned ‘Fly In The Soup’ single, this 3rd ST long-player wastes no time in grabbing you by the scruff of the neck and dragging you through an album where good times, hooks and riffs are not in short supply, but the doom-drenched likes of ‘Wizard Shall Not Kill Wizard’ and the psychedelic groove of album closer ‘Crooked Black Wings’ give us an album of many moods and dynamics and a reason to be cheerful in 2021.
And why does the album have no title? “It wasn’t hard picking a title for the album, as we decided that the focus should be on the band, not the album title, so we decided not to have one. Let the music do the talking...
1. Fly In The Soup
2. Stabbed In The Back
3. Wizard Shall Not Kill Wizard
4. Back In The Convent
5. Give Em What They Want
6. Good Times
7. Death Comes Creepin
8. Nothing Better
9. Rock And Roll
10. Free Ride
11. No Luck No Bones
12. Down To The River
13. Crooked Black Wings
£13.99American Tears is an American keyboard trio that released its first record, Branded Bad, on Columbia Records in 1974, it's second, Tear Gas, in 1975, and its final for Columbia, Powerhouse in 1977 before reforming in 2018. Due to the very well received 2018 release of its 4th record "Hard Core", the band recorded "White Flags", released to great critical acclaim in 2019, which kicked it all up a notch. Formed in the fertile musical environment of Long Island, New York, the band was initially made up of Gary Sonny, on bass, Tommy Gunn on drums and Mark Mangold on keys and vocals.Visit product page →
The band was a power keyboard trio, using keyboards of the day, Hammond organ, synths, mellotron, clavinet, electronic melodica and playing progressive music which showed the bands stellar musicianship. The band was fortunate to have toured major venues with such bands as Peter Frampton, J. Geils, Alvin Lee, Gentle Giant, Gary Wright, John McLaughlin and many others.
They reached a wide audience and had an impressive show, topped off by Mangold doing handstands on his Hammond while being surrounded by his massive keyboard setup. Mark Mangold would go on to play and work with Michael Bolton, Cher and Paul Rodgers, penning the hits “Fools Game”, “I Found Someone”, and "For A Little Ride" and many others, as well as forming the bands Touch, Drive, She Said, The Sign and others.
Now releasing "Free Angel Express" the band continues its journey with keyboard rock that varies from extended progressive and heartfelt songs offering anthemic choruses, lush tapestries, scathing soloing and poignant lyrics. Mark's voice has been compared to Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth and even Peter Gabriel.
Mark states, “If I can convey and express an emotion, create a thought, a "moment", I'm good. It's music, but it's also life. Gotta let the imagination fly. There was no one to confuse me so I just followed instincts and chased the adrenaline.” Free Angel Express features Alex Landenburg (Stratovarius, Kamelot, Rhapsody, Cyhra) on drums, with guest appearances by Barry Sparks (UFO, Dokken), Doug Howard (Touch, Utopia, Edgar Winter Band), and Charlie Calv (Angel, Shotgun Symphony).
For fans of ELP, Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Touch & Drive She Said!
2. Set It On Fire
3. Free Angel Express/Resist/Outta Here
4. Not For Nothing
6. Everything You Take
7. Roll The Stone
8. Blue Rondo
9. Can’t Get Satisfied
11. Shadows Aching Karma
12. So Glow
13. Rise To The Light
Entrance Records & Tapes
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What if Rimbaud met Roy Orbison, on acid in a room full of synthesizers, after a late night wander through the haunted streets of New Orleans? Is getting lost the only way to ever be found? At what point does the hero’s journey become a fool’s errand?
Nearly two decades into a lifer’s voyage of shapeshifting through shadowy realms of the American underground, Guy Blakeslee, poses these and other conundrums on his dramatic new album, Postcards From The Edge (Entrance Records).Perhaps best known as the upside-down, guitar-wielding frontman of psych-legends The Entrance Band, and solo albums released under the ENTRANCE moniker, notably 2004’s country blues epic Wandering Stranger (Fat Possum), 2006’s self-released cult classic, Prayer of Death ( which led to the formation of The Entrance Band), and most recently 2017’s Book of Changes (Thrill Jockey), Blakeslee has typically used his own name to release his most experimental and confounding records. Postcards From The Edge is no exception.
Recorded in New Orleans at the house studio of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with former Sonic Ranch engineer and producer, Enrique Tena Padilla (Oh Sees, Wand), and featuring appearances from singers Lael Neale, Hale May, Rachel Fannan, and drummer Derek James of The Entrance Band,
Postcards From The Edge is electrified by the spirit of sonic experimentation, and the fervent desire to chart a map into unknown territory. Across the record’s seven tracks, Blakeslee’s questing lyrics teem with stormy emotion, his plaintive voice finding succor in richly-textured melodies that soar over lushly-produced soundscapes, always on the verge of collapse.
2. Postcards from the Edge
4. Giving up the Ghost
5. Hungry Heart
6. What Love Can Do
7. Blue Butterfly
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"Ginger gave me two instructions: “Loud guitars and loud crowd”….I didn’t have a choice in either as that’s what was captured during the recording” - Live album producer Dave DraperAt a time when we are craving live shows more than ever, Round Records presents “ The Wildhearts - 30 Year Itch”, recorded live during the band’s The Renaissance Men and Diagnosis tours during 2019. The 17-track album showcases the incendiary energy that has made The Wildhearts one of the best loved UK live rock acts of the last thirty years.
A perfect moment in time, thirty years from the band forming, that shows a band still at the height of their powers, bristling with energy as they deliver classic tracks such as “Caffeine Bomb”, “Suckerpunch”, “Let Em Go”, “Vanilla Radio” and “I Wanna Go Where The People Go”.
Ginger says, “There are a few authorised bootleg live albums of The Wildhearts doing the rounds, but as soon as Danny rejoined the band I knew I had to capture the classic Wildhearts line up on record.
There were a few reasons for this, the main one being that we're still alive, which is a situation that could change at any second with this group. I also wanted people to hear how insanely powerful The Wildhearts are as a live band.
Pounding drums, chainsaw bass and bombastic guitar riffs, all underpinning harmony vocals and huge anthemic songs that every member of the audience sings like a football crowd. It's a surprisingly emotional blend of noise, passion and unity.
As far as I'm concerned this is a classic album by a unique band playing timeless songs that don't fit into any established genre. Is it rock? Is it punk? Who cares, it's The Wildhearts.”
Although the release date of the album was set pre Covid, the albums Imminent release will give the fans a little taste of what they can’t have with the current situation. Mastered once again by maestro Dave Draper, this double album captures the band’s balls out performance that still kicks the ass of crowds up and down the country, 30 years since they started!
Dave explains “‘Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung‘ was my first adventure into the world of working with The Wildhearts. I carried a lot of pressure on my shoulders to make sure it was as close to the experience of actually being in the crowd. Judging on what the feedback has been since it came out, I can say I think it worked out just fine. So when the time came around to make another live album for the boys, myself and Elliot Vaughan once again jumped in the car and captured a few shows from The Renaissance Men and Diagnosis tours of 2019. When it came to the mixing, like on ‘Never Outdrunk…’, it was really good to hear older tracks having a new lease of life and power from the boys…. the two songs from ‘Endless Nameless’ that have made this new album are highlights for me and I’m sure many of you will agree. Timeless songs with all you mad bastards singing your hearts out on. What’s not to like? Ginger gave me two instructions: “Loud guitars and loud crowd”….I didn’t have a choice in either as that’s what was captured during the recording, Thank you for making my job a lot easier, guys!”
The album will also be released featuring an exclusive yellow vinyl version and also a CD version with 4 exclusive postcards, that will only ever be available with this version.
The Wildhearts are one of the UK’s best loved rock acts. Fronted by the mercurial Ginger, the band have written countless anthems that are woven into the fabric of UK rock music.
The band have nine studio albums, from the iconic debut “Earth Vs The Wildhearts” through to 2019’s critically acclaimed “Renaissance Man”, their first new studio in ten years.
The band are an established live act who consistently sell out venues across The UK and Europe. For all those fans of live music craving something to fill the gap until life returns to normal then this is the album you must have.
6. TV Tan
7. The Jackson Whites
8. Let Em Go
9. Vanilla Radio
11. Mazel Tov Cocktail
12. Sick Of Drugs
13. Someone Who Won’t Let Me Go
14. The Revolution Will Be Televised
15. Caffeine Bomb
16. Love U Til I Don’t
17. I Wanna Go Where The People Go
Release Date: 04/12/2020
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(Gold Foil Inlay ; Poster ; 5CDs ; Booklet)
Robbie Basho (1940-1986) is widely regarded as one of the progenitors of what's commonly known today as American Primitive guitar. Growing up in Maryland alongside neo-traditional guitar explorers John Fahey and Max Ochs, Basho's path would take a decidedly different turn, bringing Hindi, Indian, Japanese and Native American musical traditions into his work.
His albums for Takoma and Vanguard have left an indelible trail of influence across generations of musicians, from William Ackerman and Pete Townshend to Ben Chasny and William Tyler. Liam Barker first became aware of Basho having purchased Tompkins Square's reissue of Venus in Cancer, released in 2006.
This led him on an incredible fact-finding expedition, unraveling the many layers of mystery surrounding Basho's life and death, all deftly compiled and depicted in his documentary film, Voice of the Eagle : The Enigma of Robbie Basho. During the research process, Barker came across a large cache of unheard Basho tapes recorded throughout his career, ranging roughly from 1965-1985.
By arrangement with Basho's Estate and the original custodians of the tapes, Tompkins Square is set to release Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes, a 5CD set of previously unreleased material. The label will release a single disc vinyl LP on Record Store Day '20 as well. The set includes notes by Barker, Henry Kaiser, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Glenn Jones and Richard Osborn, as well as many unseen photographs.
1. Hari Kari, Kali Style
2. If I Had Possession
3. Bengali Prayer
4. Brahmanís Blues
6. Medieval Nocturne
7. Autumn Child
8. Priest Spring Jazz
9. Hippy Song
10. Swamp Song
11. Rosey Bush
1. Gypsy Rosary
2. Himalayan Highlands
3. Rising Sun Song
4. Song of the Avatars
5. Mehera my Love
6. Mehera's Lament
7. Hymn for the Warriors of the Rainbow
8. White Buffalo
9. Walla Walla
10. Crazy Horse Soliloquy
11. Come to Me
1. Symphonic Quisada for the Prophet
2. Cry of the Nightingale
3. Song of God
4. Le jandin (Ballet)
6 House of God
7. Breeze in the Palace
8. Queenís Ride
1. Golden Palomino
3. Great Depression Blues
4. American Sunday
5. Bride of Thunder
6. Ride the Buffalo
7. Majnun's Lament
8. Omar Khayaam Country
9. Four Ladies Across the Water
10. Tears of Teresa
11. Blues from Lebanon
12. The Song of Leila
1. Tree of Love
2. Lady Fair
3. Wonder Song
4. The Fortunes of War
5. Hindu Christmas Carol
6. Shepherd of the Stars
7. Baba Boy
8. Murshidaís Wally
9. Sea of Light (Babaís Ship Song)
10. Lord of Roses
£20.49Welsh musician Gwenifer Raymond’s 2018 debut album, You Never Were Much of a Dancer, introduced a new voice on acoustic guitar, receiving 5 stars in The Guardian, big spreads in MOJO and UNCUT, and airplay on multiple BBC programmes. This led to months of touring on the European festival circuit.Visit product page →
Her latest, Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain, finds Raymond ranging into unexplored experimental territory, drawing from her Welsh roots. In her own words : My new album, 'Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain', has eight songs in it. All were recorded in a basement flat in central Brighton, locked-down amidst a global pandemic. I recorded them myself and neither I, nor any of the songs saw said outbreak coming.
Coronavirus may have dictated the circumstance under which the album was recorded but it did not otherwise inform any of the compositions that run through it; like I said, we didn't see it coming. Growing up in Wales was not a theme strongly present in my first record (perhaps not too surprising in an album of 'American Primitive'), but I feel as though my memories of that time have started to insinuate themselves in the tunes here. In my opinion, landscape does a lot to shape a community's folk music; from my childhood I recall tall, spooky trees, black against the grey sky, breath misting in cold air, and I have tried to take something of Welsh folk horror to make my own 'Welsh Primitive'.
Whilst this isn't the only theme present in the album, childhood memories do form the background for a couple of tracks: coal trains steaming along the foot of our garden, rattling the glasses on the kitchen table; and the titular 'Strange Lights...' dancing above the peak of the mountain which loomed over the house where I grew up. Dead men also feature prominently, as well as personal tragedies and the madness of touring.
It's possible this album is leaning more into the left-field than the first - the songs are longer and more 'compositional' for lack of a better word, rather than deriving so heavily from the folk and blues traditions, though, they're still there - all of those dead men are hard to shake. Some parts go fast and others go slow.
Sometimes I play more aggressively than I intend to and other times I play exactly as aggressively as I intend to. I still say it's punk music and I have no idea what key the last tune is in.
For fans of Erik Satie, Master Wilburn Burchette, and Ruben the dog.
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“Damage Control” LP is the double album that combines both EPs released by The Vacant Lots on Anton Newcombe's label A Recordings - "Berlin” EP and "Exit” EP.Jared Artaud of The Vacant Lots says, "working with someone who made you want to make records is fucking inspiring. You not only learn a lot working with Anton in the studio – you become a better artist in the process. Through this collaboration we were able to distill ideas on the spot and turn fragments into songs. Anton pushes you further to get the best results and that really drives the process of making records.”
This is the first time all tracks will be made available on CD and including liner notes from the band. All tracks were produced and recorded by Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) at Anton's Cobra Studio in Berlin.
The Vacant Lots have recently released their critically acclaimed third album "Interzone" on Fuzz Club and have previously released singles with Mexican Summer and Reverberation Appreciation Society.
The duo has collaborated on their debut album “Departure” with Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom, and their second album “Endless Night” with Alan Vega. The group has toured with Suicide, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Growlers, Dean Wareham, The Dandy Warhols, and Spectrum.
3. Disordered Vision
4. Funeral Party
5. Promise Me
8. Funeral Rites
Release Date: 30/10/2020
Wrecking Light Records
£22.49THE LAST EXIT is the fifth studio album from Still Corners, which will be released on 22nd January 2021 on Wrecking Light Records.Visit product page →
With the shimmering desert noir sound the band has become known for, THE LAST EXIT takes you on a hypnotic journey, one filled with dilapidated towns, mysterious shapes on the horizon, and long trips that blur the line between what’s there and not there.
Greg says, “We found something out there in the desert – something in the vast landscapes that went on forever."
THE LAST EXIT consists of eleven beautifully crafted songs with organic instrumentation, clean-toned guitar, spacious drums and the smoky croon of Tessa Murray.
Album highlights include “The Last Exit”, “White Sands” and “Shifting Dunes” all of which evoke the vast space of the desert and rolling unconcerned skies.
1. The Last Exit
3. White Sands
4. Till We Meet Again
5. A Kiss Before Dying
6. Bad Town
7. Mystery Road
9. It’s Voodoo
10. Shifting Dunes
11. Old Arcade
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Reissue of classic 2014 album.
Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop" the Sleaford Mods have simply knocked all their distractors clear out of the way.
FROM THE 2014 PRESS RELEASE
"Divide and Exit " contains 14 tracks and the result is as immediately in your face as its vicious predecessor. Whilst Fearn's beats and loops will pull you up into the urgency of Sleaford Mods they also allow you to run the gauntlet from delibrate clumsy dance-floor swaggers to full-on punk throwabouts with them. Williamson is let free to spit out his unempathic litany of bile and anger towards the bloated and tedious.
His verbal salvos and side-swipes are often savage and brutal , yet at turns, hilarious, but always spot on as Sleaford Mods rage and despair as the country sinks deeper into a cesspool of its own idiocy. It's an album that doesn't have the privilege of luxury, indulgence or extravaganza and it will strike a resonant chord with many because it simply refuses to compromise.”
1. Air Conditioning
2. Tied Up in Nottz
3. A Little Ditty
4. You're Brave
5. Strike Force
6. The Corgi
7. From Rags to Richards
8. Liveable Shit
9. Under the Plastic and N.C.T.
11. Keep Out of It
13. Middle Men
14. Tweet Tweet Tweet
New Heavy Sounds
£8.99Vinyl version comes in a lavish gatefold sleeve, housing a 2 colour red/purple galaxy effect disc.Visit product page →
Mountain Caller describe themselves as a heavy progressive instrumental three-piece, who are driven to tell stories with music and want listeners to conjure up cinematic scenes in their minds.
If one needs a sonic ballpark, think the infectious jamming of Elder and the dynamic cinema-scapes of Mogwai, underpinned by the mantric riffs of Sleep.
A rich amalgam of Progressive Rock, Post Metal and Doom. Nevertheless, Mountain Caller do succeed in weaving their own unique spell.
Recorded in January of 2020 at No Studio in Manchester by producer Joe Clayton of Pijn, and mastered by Magnus Lindberg of ‘Cult Of Luna’, Chronicle I: The Truthseeker. is the fruit of three years of jamming, crafting, and conceptualising; a collaborative piece, where each instrument takes centre stage, within a heady mix of chasmic riffs and panoramic, reflective soundscapes.
1. Journey Through The Twilight Desert
2. Feast At half Light City
3. I Remember Everything
4. Trial By Combat
5. A Clamour Of Limbs
Release Date: 13/11/2020
Last Rockers Records
£20.49250 copies on white vinyl and 250 copies on black vinyl.Visit product page →
Vice Squad are a UK Punk Rock band who’s first single releases included the classic ‘Last Rockers’ 7” in 1981. This was followed by the landmark albums ‘No Cause For Concern’ in the same year and ‘Stand Strong Stand Proud’ in 1982 which were both released on EMI.
Since then Vice Squad have delivered short sharp songs with incisive political lyrics and a dash of humour spat out over a thunderous rhythm and machine gun Rock ’n’ Roll guitars. Their latest releases are the EPs 'Born In A War' and 'Ignored To Death V2' taken from the forthcoming album ‘Battle of Britain’ set for release on their own Last Rockers label in May 2020.
The band have become 100% DIY since forming Last Rockers Records in 2009. In keeping with the DIY ethic the previous albums were recorded in the band’s own ‘Sci Fidelity’ studio South London and the new album ‘Battle of Britain’ continues this with the band maintaining full artistic control with the benefit of global distribution via Cargo. Their last album ‘ Cardboard Country’ was launched on the back of a very successful Pledge campaign raising funds for the Shelter homeless charity in line with the album title which was inspired by 'Cardboard City', the name given to the settlement of homeless people living in cardboard boxes near London's Waterloo station. Vice Squad is fronted by raucous voiced singer/guitarist Beki Bondage who was famed for being a teenage champion of Animal rights long before the current popularity of veganism.
Vice squad’s song ’Humane’ was one of the first ever Animal Rights songs. Beki has been featured on the front cover of a number of influential music tabloids such at Melody Maker, NME, Sounds, Record Mirror and Smash Hits. After a hiatus, Beki formed a new version of Vice Squad in 1997 featuring longstanding members of her post VS outfit The Bombshells and they have released several quality albums of powerful punk songs that have been very well received across the world. Vice Squad are considered one of the most influential punk rock bands of all time, paving the way for other female Punk and Rock singers and influencing male performers such as Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame who was introduced to Vice Squad via his sister’s record collection.
The first rule of Punk is there are no rules and Vice Squad ably illustrate this with ‘Battle of Britain’. Written, Recorded and Mixed by Beki Bond and Paul Rooney in their home studio. The 13 track album opens with the blistering ‘Ruination’ which cuts through the bullshit of small time promoters and blaggers with consummate swagger and melody while ‘I Dare To Breathe’ is an amphetamine driven anthem to paranoia. ‘When You Were 17’ is almost-tender and tells of first tattoos and under age booze whilst the more chilling ‘Ignored To Death’ rails against isolation and homelessness.
The explosive ‘Born In A War’ rages along like a missile ravaging a third world country and warns ‘See how they treat refugees? That’s how they’ll treat you and me’. Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ reworked with a pulsating industrial bass segues into title track, 'Battle Of Britain' where Beki's vocals soar like a Spitfire over the crunching de-tuned riff and spit fury over the hypocrisy of putting war memorials before people.
The dystopian ‘Poverty Face’ hits you with the opening line ‘Disinheriting the meek, slyly killing off the weak’ and is counter balanced by the more upbeat ‘How The Other Half Lives’. ‘No Evil’ is a relentless attack on the normalisation of the suffering and death of billions of animals for the meat industry. Battle of Britain's hard hitting collection of anger and riffage pulls no punches in covering topics from austerity and factory farming to the pernicious influence of the Mainstream Media - ‘Led by lies lambs to the slaughter, tax exiles say who you vote for’. Brexit, fake patriotism and cognitive dissonance all get a good kicking too.
The penultimate track, 'You Can’t Fool All Of The People' mixes baritone guitar with violin and Celtic rhythms climaxing in an epic James Bondesque heavy guitar/orchestral blend and breaks every rule in the Punk Police hand book whilst pleading for unity against a rigged political system. ‘Pulling Teeth’ with its ominous riff and hilariously frustrated lyrics ‘Dithering jibbering solid as jam, is it fair I’m both the woman and the man’ closes the album in manic style.
2. I Dare To Breath
3. When You Were 17
4. Ignored To Death
5. Born In A War
7. Battle of Britain
8. Poverty Face
9. How The Other Half Lives
10. No Evil
11. Mainstream Media
12. You Can’t Fool All Of The People
13. Pulling Teeth
£11.49Originally recorded in 1980 and released on blood red vinyl in early 1981, third Whitehouse album ‘Erector’ with its Sadean themes and state-of-the-art electronic harshness became a critical defining influence on the noise and power electronics genres of the mid/late 80s.Visit product page →
This brand new Susan Lawly legacy reissue CD features a beautiful 12pp booklet packed with photos, information, plus the original LP inserts and uncensored artwork.
Red Weed Records
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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.
2. Doom Machine
4. Hard To Kill
5. Hammer Down
6. Hand of God
8. The Beast
9. Children of The Revolution
Release Date: 23/10/2020
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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
Release Date: 30/10/2020
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n recognition of their 40th anniversary ‘And also the trees’ are re-issuing their self-titled debut album in a special double-vinyl remastered edition.
Recorded in London in 1983, the album was produced by Laurence Tolhurst of The Cure, with whom they toured during the ‑first years of the band’s life.
Considered by many now as a post-punk classic, the album is excellently recorded and whilst the production is polished and meticulously executed, the youthful energy and raw passion of ‘And also the trees’ is perfectly captured.
With the addition of both A & B sides of their ‑first two single releases ‘Shantell’ and ‘The secret sea’, the second disc of the release also features the debut recordings made in 1981 with Robert Smith and Mike Hedges for the self-released cassette ‘From under the hill’, available on vinyl for the very ‑first time and something of a holy grail for both collectors and fans of ‘and also the trees’ and The Cure alike.
1. So this is silence
2. Talk without words
3. Midnight Garden
4. The tease the tear
5. Impulse of man
7. Out of the moving life of circles
9. Wallpaper dying
10. The secret sea
11. There were no bounds
12. So this is silence (demo)
13. Tease the tear (demo)
14. Out of the moving life of circles (demo)
15. Impulse of man(demo)
16. Midnight Garden (demo)
17. Talk without words (demo)
Release Date: 29/08/2020
Wrecking Light Records
£11.99Dead Blue is Still Corners' third studio album (two previous albums on Sub Pop), released on Wrecking Light Records in September 2016.Visit product page →
Written, recorded and mixed by the sea in England, the finishing touches were made in London.
The album chronicles the arrival of a young woman in a new city and explores love, loss and deceit. It’s a dark tale of someone out of their depth, looking for beauty and equilibrium but being dragged down by dark forces that she can’t control.
All songs were written and performed by Tessa Murray and Greg Hughes. The album was mixed by Greg Hughes and mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound.
1. Lost Boys
3. Bad Country
4. Crooked Fingers
6. Down with Heaven and Hell
8. The Fixer
10. Night Walk
11. River's Edge
Wrecking Light Records
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Evoking the atmospheric sounds Still Corners are known for, SLOW AIR continues the band's journey with an album full of tension and brooding all the while wrapped in a reverb laden dream.
Written in the hill country in Austin, Texas, Slow Air nods towards a classic sound with emphasis on the guitar, both acoustic and electric, combined with the alluring and ghostly voice of Tessa Murray.
1. In the Middle of the Night
2. The Message
3. Sad Movies
4. Welcome to Slow Air
5. Black Lagoon
8. Fade Out
9. The Photograph
10. Long Goodbyes