The Swedish AOR band HOUSTON is back with their 5th album and 3rd of their series of self-titled releases, this one, simply called “III”. Houston has been around since their self-titled debut album in 2010 and landed the number one in Classic Rock Magazine’s AOR chart that year, up against outfits such as Unruly Child, CrashDiet, H.e.a.t and Nelson.
The band then went on to play the festival circuit with appearances at Sweden Rock, Download Festival UK, Rock of Ages Germany as well as touring the UK with Swedish sleaze rockers CrashDiet.
Houston’s second album “Relaunch” featured a cover song called ‘Runaway’ that became the soundtrack to Red Bull’s own Danny MacAskill’s Extreme BMX video ‘Imaginate’ which has over 74 million views on YouTube and 600,000 plays on Spotify and counting.
The first single from ‘III’ is entitled ‘Dangerous Love’ and is released on October 6th with the album to follow on November 24th. Together with renowned producer and ex MTV rocker Martin Karlegård (Reptile Smile) the band created ‘III’. Martin Karlegård has worked with French idol singer Jenifer, Swedish pop star Brolle Jr and world famous Swedish band ‘The Sounds’ and has helped the band add a mature and organic sound to their brand of classy and classic Melodic Rock.
As singer Hank Erix explains, "It's been a very creative time with Martin, it's great to find a producer that brings out the best in you for every single take. Personally I’ve never delivered such a vocal performance as on this album. I really found my sound and I have matured musically since our last album and especially since our debut in 2010. This is a new beginning for Houston."
The song writing is familiar but with a fresh twist and additional attitude from the West Coast / AOR loving band.
Tracklisting: 1. Cold As Ice 2. Everlasting 3. Dangerous Love 4. Lights Out 5. Amazing 6. To Be You 7. Glass Houses 8. Twelve-Step 9. Road To Ruin 10. Interstate Life
‘Fucked Up Inside’ consists of live recordings made by Spiritualized at the Crest Theatre in San Diego and the Hollywood Palladium in L.A. on the nights of 19th and 21st November 1992 on the North American ‘Rollercoaster’ tour with the Jesus and Mary Chain and Curve.
Released as a live album in 1993; the title is taken from a lyric on one of the songs featured on the album; ‘Medication’.
Originally only available via mail order the Glass Redux CD marks the first commercially distributed release; faithfully re-creating the original sleeve design, the guitar effects pedals embossed and foil blocked it is now presented for the first time in a fold out gatefold card wallet.
Recorded live in California, November 1992 Produced by J. Spaceman
Tracklisting: 1. Take Good Care of It 2. I Want You 3. Medication 4. Angel Sigh 5. Walking With Jesus 6. Shine A Light (Clear Light/Clear Rush) 7. Smiles
Peter Holmström named his solo project Pete International Airport after a song by his other band The Dandy Warhols.
Safer With The Wolves…’ is a meticulously crafted psyche rock journey into the dark heart of electronica upon which Peter has enlisted the help of numerous like-minded musical allies.
One of which, if you’re to believe a certain infamous rock documentary called Dig! is an unexpected union; the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe is releasing ‘Safer With The Wolves…’ on his own record label A Recordings.
The albums’ 11 tracks feature a variety of guest singers and collaborators including Robert Levon Been (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), Alex Maas (Black Angels), Lisa Elle (Dark Horses), Jason Sebastian Russo (Hopewell, Mercury Rev), Jsun Atoms (The Upside Down, Daydream Machine), Emil Nikolaisen (Sereena-Maneesh) and Jeremy Sherrer (The Dandy Warhols, Modest Mouse, The Shins).
Tracklisting: 1. Even Happier 2. Señorita 3. Hurray For The People 4. Flowers Of Evil 5. VHS Or Beta Fish 6. Love In Reverse 7. Western Shouting 8. Dance Around The Broken 9. After All 10. Happens All The Time 11. Cloven Hooves
New for November 2017 is Julian Cope’s latest Ambient Groove album Rite At Ya.
Containing 4 unreleased epics from 1993 right up to the present day, this record will send you out into the Cosmos and leave you on a park bench possibly not of your own choosing.
Rite At Ya opens with the 20-minute title track, in which a scree slope of Hammond organ rides a revolving and elliptical bass theme across your funky butt cheeks, as drums’n’brass thrash and thresh away your dusty urban cobwebs.
Next up, ‘Village of the Unshod Priesthood’ hails from 1993CE and showcases that archaic Harveytron keyboard so beloved of Cope’s album Jehovahkill from the previous year. You dig the sound of Thor’s backwash as he gargles the ocean? Well you goddit right here!
The rousing rabble of sounds that make up ‘Boskewan-Un’ are all the result of a 2016 session with Cope’s new group Dope. Yes, that’s Holy McGrail on space echo, Christopher Holman on Moog, Philippe Legende on drums and Fatpaul on, erm, God knows what.
This intriguing release concludes with Cope’s 2001 bucolic revisioning of ‘The Ringed Hills of Ver’. Recorded especially for Cope’s Discover Odin lectures at the British Museum, this 20-minute plus piece trickles through the mind like spring water across a lightly inclined peat bog.
So search out these 4 exceptional meditations, nay, medications! For simply rotating each one on your hi-fi will help to scythe away at the psychic accretions that collect and build up around us on our oft difficult daily journey through modern life. Music with a Mission? U-Betcha!
Tracklisting: 1. Rite At Ya 2. Village Of The Unshod Priesthood 3. Boskawen-Un 4. Ringed Hills Of Ver