Archive for December, 2019

Panurus Productions

Christopher Nosnibor

The text accompanying this ultra-limited and micro-niche release forewarns of ‘Blackened hardcore that follows three simple rules:

1. Do you remember earth, fluid, accident, stone and teleport? Perhaps

2. And the smell, a blade under the water three floors up, correct? Yes

3. And fresh marble lines submarine quarters, but they kept asking you about a garden you imagined some months ago now? A back garden in a terraced house, yes, built like stairwell, garden on each step

The figure, the face, the temple I knew of before recording this record. Some months post and now I understand why a mansion. Walking the body until it knows naturally to consume.’

The cryptic final paragraph, I don’t claim to comprehend, but the result is a five-track cassette with a running time of ten minutes with a lot of block caps. It’s also harsh, noisy, and brutal, and in the tradition of all things black and blackened, the production is from the toilet and the playing is at a thousand miles an hour. The result is a churning blur of gut-churning guitars and drumming d fast the individual beats melt into an oozing morass of pulverising thunder.

‘A VISION OF THE ROTATING MUSCLEMAN BETWEEN THREE COBRAS’ begins with some banal spoken-word monologue about trousers before exploding in a barrelling blast of dirty noise and shattering feedback.

The longest track has the longest title, and ‘A CELEBRATION OF THE CAREER OF A SKELETON THAT PLAYED BASEBALL AND BEAT PEOPLE UP AT THEIR HOMES’ is a brutal and blistering assault. It’s three minutes of battering, harsh noise that emerges from a billowing build-up of amorphous noise disturbance that churns and scrapes and glitches and funnels, before breaking into one final tumultuous thrashabout. There may even be vocals in the dank morass of overloading noise, or there may not: it all melts into a dingy sonic mudslide. Perfect.

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Everyday Life Recordings – 10th December 2019

Christopher Nosnibor

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Moderate Rebels any more, they drop a brand new song just in time for Christmas, and landing two days before the most highly-charged and heavily-weighted general election in memory, it’s bursting with anti-government sentiment:

How come there’s always money,

For bombs? But never any

money… For the old, Or the

young, Or anyone… who isn’t

strong?

Beware. Beware of the

cheats. Singing you

love songs, Sing you to

SLEEP.

Boiled down to a simple lyrical repetition, the vocals – airy yet monotone – combine with a sturdy, motorik beat and simple, cyclical chord sequence overlaid with analogue synth tones, it’s an ode to media narcotisation and a nation sleepwalking to its doom, and another quintessential  Moderate Rebels cut. They’re still moderate, and still rebellious, and the fact they’ve chosen to release this now – and only make it available until the end of December – makes a clear statement of where they stand and what they’re rebelling against.

Apparently, they have 30 new songs ready to go, and I both hope and expect that’s 30 more songs of the same as the two albums to date. But they can wait until 2020, when they can be the soundtrack to – hopefully – celebration, or, and it’s a terrifying and gloomy prospect – commiseration.

For now, listen to this on a loop, and use it to hypnotize anyone who’s on the fence or you suspect may be a secret Tory. It’s time to get the bastards out and end austerity. And once again, Moderate Rebels get my vote.

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead bring fans another new song today with the release of “Into The Godless Void.”  Everything kicks into full pelt with this noisy and thrilling existential anthem that follows the news of the band’s first new album in six years, their upcoming 25th year anniversary and a European headline tour.  Just last month …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead announced the January 17th release of X: The Godless Void and Other Stories along with their first new song and video for “Don’t Look Down” which Rolling Stone called “…a bustling rock track carried by rushing drums and fuzzy guitars….”

“Into The Godless Void” is a track that founding member Jason Reece says deals with “this existential woe that all humans tend to go through – feeling that weight that plagues the mind.”  Fellow founding member Conrad Keely adds, “Songs have a life of their own.  If you listen to them, they’ll tell you how they want to manifest.”

Watch the video for the track here:

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The band have also announced European headline shows in support of the new record, find the full list below:

Sun 09 Feb 2020 Dunquerque, France, Les Quatre Ecluses

Mon 10 Feb 2020 Paris, France, Le Petit Bain

Wed 12 Feb 2020 Cologne, Germany, Stadtgarten

Thu 13 Feb 2020 Bielefeld, Germany, Forum

Fri 14 Feb 2020 Basel, Switzerland, Sommercasino

Sun 16 Feb 2020 Reutlingen, Germany, Franz.K

Mon 17 Feb 2020 Munich, Germany, Strom

Tue 18 Feb 2020 Vienna, Austria, Flex

Wed 19 Feb 2020 Berlin, Germany, Festsaal Kreuzberg

Fri 21 Feb 2020 Hamburg, Germany, The Stage Club

Sat 22 Feb 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark, Loppen

Sun 23 Feb 2020 Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm Nalen Klubb

Mon 24 Feb 2020 Oslo, Norway, Vulkan Arena 

Wed 26 Feb 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Melkweg

Thu 27 Feb 2020 Nijmegen, Netherlands, Doornroosje

Fri 28 Feb 2020 Brussels, Belgium, Botanique

Sat 29 Feb 2020 Brighton, Sussex, England, Patterns

Sun 01 Mar 2020 Bristol, England, The Exchange

Mon 02 Mar 2020 Nottingham, England, The Bodega Social Club

Tue 03 Mar 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland, The Mash House

Wed 04 Mar 2020 Manchester, England, Night & Day

Thu 05 Mar 2020 Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Riverside

Sat 07 Mar 2020 Leicester, England, The Cookie

Sun 08 Mar 2020 Huddersfield, England, The Parish

Tue 10 Mar 2020 London, England, The Dome

Wed 11 Mar 2020 St Albans, England, The Horn

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For those of you who think of Shed 7 as being the only York band to have ever existed beyond the local scene, think again. Since their formation in 2016, the husband and wife rockabilly duo have released two albums and have been killing it live nationally.

2019 has been a massive year for Snakerattlers. They have established themselves firmly in the UK underground music scene, racking up an impressive 100 shows throughout the year.

The forthcoming video for their track ‘Do The Rattlerock’ (taken from second album All Heads Will Roll) is a testament to their constant touring and insatiable work ethic.

The track itself is about feeling like an outsider and struggling to fit in, before ultimately realising that going your own way is paramount. This is basically the ethos and entire foundation of Snakerattlers.

Filmed across six different London shows, throughout 2019, the dangerous duo from North Yorkshire have been captured at their intimidating and ferocious best, by John Clay and Elliott Louie Afonso.

The video is out now. Check it here:

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Human Impact, the New York-based outfit that features members of Cop Shoot Cop, Unsane and Swans are to release their self-titled, debut album on March 13 via Ipecac Recordings.

When news broke of the band’s inaugural live performance (August at NYC’s Union Pool), the New York Times said: “This supergroup’s lineup represents the fulfilment of a noise rock fan’s most fervent wish; the face-melting guitar sound of Chris Spencer (Unsane), coupled with the sampling mastery of Jim Coleman (Cop Shoot Cop), supported by the innovative percussion of Phil Puleo (Cop Shoot Cop, Swans) and strung together with the minimal yet impactful bass rhythms of Chris Pravdica (Swans).”

An early preview of the forthcoming release is available now, with album opener, “November” streaming here:

Clue Records – 22nd November 2019

Christopher Nosnibor

The thing about Team Picture is that they just don’t fit. Anywhere. Stylistically, they’re a bit of this, a bit of that. A bit indie, a but pop, a bit shoegaze, a bit Krautrock. To see them performing, they don’t even seem to fit together. They’re like a satirical homage to The Village People: despite the uniform, they present as a selection of characters / caricatures with no obvious connection, separate, pulling in different directions.

And yet somehow this most disparate bunch work, and incredibly well. They’re incredibly adept at forging strong songs – which ultimately, is what being a band is about (unless it’s an avant-garde jazz band, where the objective is to make as discordant a racket in as many different tie signatures as possible). Their songs manage to represent their divergent personalities, pulling apart as much as together. And yet they work, and this latest single is no exception.

‘Another Always’ starts with space-age synths before shifting into some new-wave / indie crossover that smooshes together jerky, quirky vocals and chorus-tinged guitar to forge a sound that’s a collision of The Cure and The B52’s with a post-millennial retro sass and a certain yet oddly distinctive Leeds twist.

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Team Picture - Another, Always (artwork)