Tuesday, June 08, 2021, 07:57 CET:

ROPES OF NIGHT "Impossible Space":

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Impossible Space is the debut full-length by Cologne based post punk band Ropes Of Night. After the band parted ways with their former singer bass player Thomas Schindler took over vocal duties. The band crafted nine songs in a matter of a few months and recorded them amidst the first wave of the 21st centuryís great plague. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Rosczyk (also a member of Ultha ) at his Goblin Sound Studio (Cologne).

The bandís sound revolves around early eighties European and American post punk, while adding a contemporary flavor to it. This is not a new band trying to sound oldó they sound like a band that has been around forever and now decided to craft a first record.

Fellow musician and friend of the band Ryan Patterson (Fotocrime/ Coliseum) said the following about Impossible Space: It has that great, comforting sound of something that immediately feels like itís familiar and welcoming, while also being new and exciting."

Impossible Space is about the heart, about how much sadness a soul can endure and how incredibly brave the human spirit can be. This is uptempo sad bastard music that isnít afraid to be accessible, almost pop, but in its essence never forgets that at the very core post punk was, is and always will be punk rock.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Post-Punk/ Dark Wave
Release Date: 03/09/2021

Links
Bandcamp: https://ropesofnight.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/ropesofnightband
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ropesofnight
Label: https://goldenantenna.com

 

Thursday, June 03, 2021, 10:50 CET:

DE PRESS "Product":

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A product of the 80's Product (1982) was the sequel to Block To Block, the breakthrough album by Andrej Nebb, Ola Snortheim and JÝrn Christensen. Like its predecessor, Product was produced by John Leckie and De Press. Both albums are now being re-released by Apollon Records on vinyl and CD. What is it about these two records? They still sound like nothing else from the Norwegian music scene. Both albums were on par with anything from the wider world, and this in a time were international New Wave and Post Punk classics were being released on an almost weekly basis. They encapsulate the sound of an entire era and may mirror the contemporary zeitgeist of its time so brilliantly that we still see ourselves in them.

If its predecessor was the party before the proverbial bomb goes off, their sophomore album was the sound of the seconds leading up to the explosion. It sounds exciting and full of vitalityóand fascinatingly dangerous. Like a Polish-Norwegian Joy Division from the underground of some forsaken city. Just listen to the intensity of songs like The Fatal Day, Passages, In A Crowded Room, and the title cut. The re-mastered edition will be available as a limited edition 500 on white and red vinyl.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head
Genre: New Wave
Release Date: 18/06/2021

Links
Pre-order: https://depress1.bandcamp.com/album/product-1982-2021-remaster
Facebook: https://facebook.com/depressband
Label: https://apollonrecords.no

 

Thursday, June 03, 2021, 10:48 CET:

DE PRESS "Block To Block":

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A product of the 80's Block To Block (1981) is the breakthrough and debut album by Noregian/polish new wave cult heroes De Press (Andrej Nebb, Ola Snortheim and JÝrn Christensen). Like its sucessor, Product, the album was produced by John Leckie and De Press. Both albums are now being re-released by Apollon Records on vinyl and CD. What is it about these two records? They still sound like nothing else from the Norwegian music scene. Both albums were on par with anything from the wider world, and this in a time were international New Wave and Post Punk classics were released on an almost weekly basis. They encapsulate the sound of an entire era and may mirror the contemporary zeitgeist of its time so brilliantly that we still see ourselves in them.

Block To Block is widely regarded to be one of the best ever rock albums by a Norwegian band. The 40th anniversary re-mastered edition will be available as a limited edition 500 on white and red vinyl.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head
Genre: New Wave
Release Date: 18/06/2021

Links
Pre-order: https://depress1.bandcamp.com/album/block-to-block-re-issue-40th-anniversary
Facebook: https://facebook.com/depressband
Label: https://apollonrecords.no

 

Monday, May 31, 2021, 12:07 CET:

PHURPA & QUEEN ELEPHANTINE "Ita Zor":

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This inner space journey features an international collaboration between Phurpa, renowned Russian ritualists that perform the ancient Bon music of Tibet, and Queen Elephantine, the avant garde rock group formed in Hong Kong and now based in Philadelphia, USA.

Together they weave history with the future into an offering that reflects the present moment, slowly teasing the tension of a dense electric buzzing chaos while seeking anchor and abandon in ancient knowledge. This chant and drone work goes incredibly deep, astronomically far out, and is the sound of death as much as of healing.

Phurpa provide the backbone with their transcendent thunderous throat chanting while Queen Elephantine create an otherworldly cloud around them, using gyaling horns, conch shells, gongs, flutes, ceremonial bells and bowls, drums, guitar, and electronics.

The artwork features a striking sculpture by Transylvanian skull-carver Victor Seiche, a fitting image for the sound of a dead wisdom tradition adored, adorned, and defiled with sincere devotion.


Format: Digital, CD, Tape
Label: Atypeek Music, 4iB Records, Misophonia Records
Genre: Avantgarde/ Experimental
Release Date: 11/06/2021 (EU)

Links
Official: http://queenelephantine.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenelephantine
Bandcamp: https://queenelephantine.bandcamp.com
Phurpa: https://phurpa.bandcamp.com
Atypeek Music: www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Monday, May 31, 2021, 12:05 CET:

ONE ARM "Mysore Pak":

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One Arm formed in 1992 in Paris, France as a female band. With Laure (bass/vocals), Isabelle (guitar) & Marine (drums) + drum machine/samples, they played the French and Parisian venues of the no-wave post-rock noise scene until 1996/97. Self-proclaimed "hysterical minimalists", they shared stage with acts like Dog-Faced Hermans, The Ex, Pram, Moonshake, and toured in England, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Germany. They have self-released a 9-track tape (out of print), a 2-track vinyl titled 45T (Zoorganization, recently re-released digitally by Atypeek Music, and appear on numerous CD compilations (visible on their Instagram). The all-female adventure ended around 1997.

In 1998 One Arm decided not to stop there and to make a new start by adding new members: Dilip (drums/ ex-Coronados), and Rico (bass). This was the symmetrical line-up with 2 women/2 men, 2 basses/2 drums, samples and an electronic framework. They recreated their entire repertoire, borrowing only a few snippets from their past, Hitch-raping from the female line-up, and Space Is The Place from their side project, a banghra-noise band with the name Mysore Pak.

After a few live shows, notably with Sonic Youth at the Elysťe-Montmartre/paris), a period of geographical distance followed. They recorded a demo that would many years later become the re-mixed, re-visited and re-mastered version of their only album, Mysore Pak, out on Atypeek Music.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Atypeek Music
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 18/06/2021 (EU)

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/onearmmusic
Instagram: https://instagram.com/onearm_music
Bandcamp: https://onearm.bandcamp.com
Label: http://atypeekmusic.com

 

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 07:32 CET:

FEELING OF PRESENCE "Of Lost Illusion":

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Space, drama and colour characterise the music of Feeling of Presence - instrumental rock for the wide screen.

Feeling of Presence is the new solo outfit of multi-instrumentalist Andreas Hack, whose band Frequency Drift earned an international fan base with concerts all over Europe and released eight albums worldwide, which were enthusiastically received by fans and the press alike.

As guest musician, Andreasí former bandmate, electric harpist and mellotron player Nerissa Schwarz enriches the music with a wide range of sounds, from eerie ambient soundscapes to energetic outbursts. Electric guitars, acoustic stringed instruments, analog synthesizers, digital sound generators and dynamic drums add further dazzling tones to the music, which puts immediacy and expressiveness to the fore.


Feeling of Presence - the illusion that something is in the room - is a spot-on name for this haunting and deeply evocative music.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Dark Instrumental Rock
Release Date: 06/08/2021

Links
Official: http://feelingofpresence.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/feelingofpresence
Label: https://www.tonzonen.de

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 12:10 CET:

CAPTAIN KICKARSE AND THE AWESOMES "Grim Repercussions":

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As part of the Birdís Robe Records 10th anniversary release series, Sydney psychedelic-math-rock band Captain Kickarse And The Awesomes will re-release their debut album Grim Repercussions internationally in June this year.

Birdís Robe Director Mike Solo explains: "Captain Kickarse and the Awesomes were an essential part of founding The Birdís Robe Collective and developing the growth of Sydneyís incredible underground experimental music scene. Their live shows were legendary and their music illustrates the depth of undiscovered talent we were fortunate to experience first hand in the early days of Birdís Robe. I hope that this release brings their music to many more fans, as they truly deserve it."

Bandmates Phil McCourt and Alex OíToole co-produced Grim Repercussions, which showcases their signature blend of math, prog and psychedelic rock in the vein of early The Mars Volta and Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Without a permanent bass player, they wrote the bass parts together before engaging Birdís Robe label-mate Alex Wilson, from Sydney post-rock heavyweights sleepmakeswaves, to lay down the tracks in the studio.

Alex explains, "Having Wilson on board for the recording was just fantastic. We love sleepmakeswaves and weíre thrilled with what he has done for our album".

The debut album follows their critically appraised 2009 EP Falsimiles From The Facts Machine.

After a sell-out launch at Sydney's Excelsior Hotel, it was widely picked up by community radio including FBi and 2SER, and performed onstage during national headline club tours and at festivals.

Its success saw Captain Kickarse become finalists in the 2010 Musicoz awards, feature in the top ten of Triple J Unearthed and being handpicked to support Japanese cult legend Tatsuya Yoshida on his Ruins-Alone Australian tour.

Their renown amongst their peers also led to drummer Alex OíToole eventually being drafted in to drum and tour with fellow Birdís Robe heavyweights Meniscus from 2014 onwards.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Experimental Rock
Release Date: 11/06/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/grim-repercussions
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/captainkickarseandtheawesomes
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 12:07 CET:

SLIMEY THINGS "Quantum Reality TV":

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Slimey Things are Australia's most exciting sci-fi rock band EVER.

They are humanoid.

Slimey Things were first sighted in the venues of Sydney's underground.

Over half a decade of making music and touring, this sextet of pseudo-pop psychos developed a reputation for their quirky but infectious music and their memorable, laugh-out-loud live performances.

Their sound is an energetic blend of catchy pop, futuristic rock, sci-fi movie soundtrack music and zany cartoon sound effects.

Unearthed by enigmatic front man and composer Nick Soole, Slimey Things have received much acclaim as one of the most unique and entertaining acts to emerge from Australia.

To celebrate 10 years since their breakout album Quantum Reality TV, Birdís Robe are releasing the record internationally on all digital platforms for the first time.

The record spawned the cult hits Am I Weird? and Dumb Flu amongst its many fan favorites, including the math-prog-pop excursions The Omniprototron 3000 and Parallel Girl.

Whether itís a hefty dose of Frank Zappa style humor, Mr. Bungle musical dexterity or Devo sci fi nerdiness, one thing is for sure Ė Slimey Things are out of this world.


Format: Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Avantgarde/ Experimental Rock
Release Date: 04/06/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/quantum-reality-tv
Official: https://slimeythings.com
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 12:04 CET:

GangAwry "Politics":

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Sydney alternative rock group GangAwry will be ushered into the new decade with the re-release of their debut album Politics on all digital platforms.
Originally released in 2006, the 15th anniversary of the debut will be celebrated with a full international digital release of the record, along with interviews with founding member and frontman Nick Norton.

As part of the Birdís Robe Records 10th anniversary release series, the bandís music will be shared again for a new generation of fans to enjoy.

Birdís Robe Director Mike Solo says: "Iíve been a fan of GangAwry ever since I attended their EP launch show at the Annandale Hotel back in 2005. It was exciting to see this confident young group command a room with funky riffs, Sting-like vocals and a bit of math rock thrown in for good measure. Iím really happy to help share their music with people by releasing it digitally for everyone to enjoy."

Bursting onto the Australian rock scene in the mid-00s, GangAwry were quick to earn industry attention, signing to the legendary Harry Vandaís label Flashpoint. Their live show soon attracted fans of their blend of Helmet, meets Rage Against The Machine, meets King Crimson, meets The Police sounds.

From packed shows at Sydneyís iconic Annandale Hotel and The Basement, to supporting King Crimson frontman Adrian Belew on his successful Australian tour and Australian rock legends The Angels, the band saw positive reviews and accolades come their way, before disbanding to focus on other aspects of life and other projects, with Nick Norton going on to a solo career and touring as the drummer for The Angels.

The 10-track record features the funky fan favourite Donít Be So Suburban along with the radio singles Pretty Mess and The Jaws of Life.


Format: Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date: 04/06/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/politics
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 09:58 CET:

DEZ DARE "Hairline Ego Trip":

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Psych-hymns, Soft-punk, Good-times.

Built in the crystalline shadows and existential backwaters of the psyche, Dez Dare constructs psych-hymns, soft-punk, that punches you in the brain while tenderly calling you to inaction.

No other time calls for expression more than times of suppression. Trapped, caught in reclusion under the germs' eye, Darren Smallman (Battle Worldwide, Low Transit Industries, Thee Vinyl Creatures, The Sound Platform, Warped) built a Frankenstein's Monster within his house. Bolted together with old pedals, guitars and synths, a collection of tracks were produced that muse on existence, social normality and the illusion of reality, the first fruits of which can be heard today in the contorted shape amid flashing dayglo colours of new single Dumb Dumb Dumb, lifted from the forthcoming new album Hairline Ego Trip, due this June 4th via Ch!mp Records.

Darren grew up in Geelong, a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia where he became involved in the local punk and rock scene in 1990, playing in a band called Warped, sharing stages with the likes of 5678s, Fugazi, The Dirty Three and the Hard-ons, going on to play in multiple bands spewing out sludgy punk rock, heavy drone and noisy pop abundance. Darren was embedded in the scene, playing music, running labels (founding record label and touring company Low Transit Industries in 1999 working with bands such as The Essex Green, Lilys, Elf Power, Okkervil River, Of Montreal, Black Mountain, Trans Am and CW Stoneking,) before moving to the UK in 2010 where he has operated ever since.

On the new album Darren tells: "This album is about the disconnect the human race has built between themselves and the natural world. How we are collapsing as a society through digital technology, capitalism, religion, nationalism. The failures of the human psych and the beauty in the world around us we fail to see."

Dez Dare helps to shine a light on that beauty. A wonderfully vibrant, colourful world of sound and vision.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: CH!MP Records
Genre: Psych/ Garage Rock/ Punk
Release Date: 04/06/2021

Links
Official: https://dezdare.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/dezdareriffs
Instagram: https://instagram.com/dezdareriffs
Bandcamp: https://dezdare.bandcamp.com

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