Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 09:32 CET:

TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING "Deaden The Fields":

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Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving celebrate 10 years since the release of their debut album Deaden The Fields this year, with the album becoming available on CD & vinyl internationally for the first time.

The piano-driven progressive rock quartet have amassed a cult following worldwide for their noisy, ethereal experiments in sound, with several following releases showcasing their increasingly unique sound: Failed By Man and Machine (2013), Yield To Despair (2015) and No Tether (2018).

The band have toured Australia and Europe consistently over the past decade, including tours with Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, 65daysofstatic, sleepmakeswaves, We Lost The Sea, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and Boris. They’ve performed at Belgium’s legendary Dunk Festival several times, as well as headlining their own club shows across Australia, the UK and Europe.

Young Epoch reflects on the band’s first album: "We’ve recently witnessed the deconstruction and rebuilding of individual ideas on Tangled Thoughts of Leaving’s newest record No Tether, so there’s no better time than now to re-trace all the steps back to where the band had their conceptual foundation. Their 2011 debut Deaden The Fields presents as a love letter to prog, jazz and post-rock, unique and sprawling but more dedicated to approachable flow than its unyieldingly challenging younger sibling.

This is not to say that Deaden The Fields can be easily digested upon first listen; laughing in the face of quick and snappy album openers, the record begins with the 17-minute monolith Landmark. The impressive trick that TTOL executes, however, is making this potentially intimidating running time feel entirely manageable, as the powerful one-two punch of keyboardist Ron Pollard and drummer Behn Stacy somehow imbue their sonic gymnastics with an unexpected listenability.

For all intents and purposes, Deaden The Fields should be a difficult record to wrap one’s head around, even for seasoned listeners, but it remains such that one can lock into a groove in the same moment that they are awed by the skill and craftsmanship of it all. This is in many ways facilitated by the manner in which guitarist Andrew McDonald and bassist Luke Pollard never overcrowd the mix, and in fact fill the spaces around the free-jazz madness supplied by Ron Pollard and Stacy in ways that pull everything together in the necessary fashion to allow these very intellectual compositions to be instantly enjoyable on the visceral level that is integral to the ultimate success of the music.
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Mastered by Swedish engineer Pelle Henricsson (Cult of Luna, Refused), Deaden the Fields quickly became championed by listeners, leading to TTOL’s consistent support of major acts touring Western Australia (Russian Circles, Boris etc.) and their increased visibility and reputation in prog and post-metal/post-rock circles, ultimately blazing a path to their highly touted 2015 masterpiece Yield To Despair and beyond to No Tether’s release in 2018. Through dunk!records fans can now experience their brilliant genesis point anew with this beautiful double vinyl re-release.


Format: CD, 2xLP, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Post Metal/ Rock
Release Date: 20/08/2021

Links
Order: https://ttol.bandcamp.com/album/deaden-the-fields
Facebook: https://facebook.com/TangledThoughtsOfLeaving
Tumblr: https://tangledthoughtsofleaving.tumblr.com
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Tuesday, July 06, 2021, 08:44 CET:

GLASGOW COMA SCALE "Sirens":

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The new album by the Frankfurt post rock/ stoner band Glasgow Coma Scale is different from its predecessors in many ways. On the one hand, it was recorded with a new drummer, on the other hand, it was created in a strange time. Corona was raging, a big question mark for everyone, the studio date was postponed, everything was on the line.

Also, unlike the last two recordings, the band decided to use a different studio. The album was recorded at Tonstudio 45 in Koblenz by Kurt Ebelhäuser (Blackmail).

There are voices that claim the new album is a bit darker and heavier than its predecessor. The musicians don't quite feel that way, but maybe it's a natural development. In any case, the fans will recognise the sound.

All involved are especially proud of the artwork of Sirens. Created by graphic artist Marek Sulewski, the band was so enthusiastic about the front cover and also the comic inside that these served as inspiration for the intro of the album. Music to the pictures. "My personal highlight is the song Underskin", tells guitarist Piotr Kowalski. The name was chosen via a survey on Facebook. There, an excerpt of the song was released and fans were asked for suggestions for the title. Underskin turned out to be the band's favourite.

Piotr Kowalski comments: "It's a song in three-four time. Something I always wanted to do, but it always sounded too cheezy or waltz-like. Underskin, however, is neither one nor the other, but a strong, coherent composition that tells its own story. Another special feature is the song "One Must Fall", where there is ... singing. And it is sung where no one expects it (any more). Many fans will certainly want to read over this and we know that it has also gone wrong with one or the other representative of the scene. But we are convinced of the idea, so let yourself be surprised."

Sirens will be out September 17, 2021 on Tonzonen Records.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 17/09/2021

Links
Official: www.glasgowcomascale.de
Facebook: https://facebook.com/glasgowcomascale
Bandcamp: https://glasgow-coma-scale.bandcamp.com
Label: https://tonzonen.de

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 07:56 CET:

WE LOST THE SEA "Departure Songs":

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Sydney post-rock six-piece We Lost The Sea have announced yet another repressing of their iconic breakthrough album Departure Songs.

Last year on 25 June, five years to the day since its original release and 10 million plays later, the band put out a special 2LP edition of the record, featuring new artwork that highlights the extensive touring that the record launched them on around the world, sharing the experience and stories of the record with people who connected with their music.

This re-release was accompanied by vinyl pressings of their entire back catalogue: Triumph & Disaster (2019), The Quietest Place on Earth (2012) & Crimea (2010).

The 5th anniversary vinyl pressings along with most of the other records sold out almost immediately – many months ahead of the band’s planned Australian, UK & Europe tours.

Now thanks to the incredible support of their fans and in partnership with Bird’s Robe Records & Dunk Records, the band will release another vinyl edition of the 5th anniversary Departure Songs record, as well as a standard release edition.

As the band says: “There won’t be another pressing of this specific version so if you miss out you’ll have to wait until the 10 year anniversary!

News of the Departure Songs repressing have already launched the album back into the Australian 100% Independent Charts, hitting #6 purely from sales of digital copies alone. This follows 2019’s Triumph & Disaster debut at #41 on the ARIA Chart (#1 on the 100% Independent Chart).

We Lost The Sea have recently announced they will postpone their planned 2021 tour of the UK & Europe until 2022. The band were originally announced to play London’s Portals Festival, Belgium’s Dunk Festival and a series of headline club shows alongside fellow Sydney act Solkyri during May & June 2020, then rescheduled for 2021. The further rescheduled dates will be announced once confirmed.

The band comments: "We’d like to present The Five Year Anniversary Special Edition Departure Songs vinyl. Included in the package is artwork used for the tour posters from the last 5 years. One piece of extra art for each year, printed individually with the tour dates on the back, as a thank you to everyone who has stuck with us over the years. If you haven’t seen us live yet, we’ll be back on the road once all this is over and the world is in a better place. As always, thank you for all the support."


Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 16/07/2021

Links
Order: https://welostthesea.bandcamp.com/album/departure-songs
Official: http://www.welostthesea.com
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 07:52 CET:

TROLDHAUGEN "Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez":

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Australia’s finest heavy-metal-folk-pop-Zappa-esque-funk fusion-rock band Troldhaugen are set to relaunch their sophomore album, Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez with an international release for its 7th anniversary on CD and digital formats. An album that has already received countless critical acclaim from press all around the internet, it's time for Troldhaugen to officially release this opus to the world for a second listen.

The album will be released and revisited as part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series celebrations.

Troldhaugen have had quite the transformation since their beginning as a duo in 2008. Their debut EP focused on blending traditional Scandinavian folk music with metal, resulting in equal parts moshing and jigging. They found unexpected internet success with a raucous cover of ABBA’s Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Troll After Midnight). Since then their sound has morphed into a combination of more styles than you can count; metal, folk, cabaret, latin, jazz and more. Expect rhythmically technical riffing, bombastic tuba lines, jangly mandolin, character voices, wild swing moments, madcap vibraphone rattling and down-tuned slap bass.

In early 2014 they embarked on a successful co-headlining tour with Melbourne’s Toehider and shared stages with Gloryhammer (UK), Korpiklaani (FIN) & Finntroll (FIN). This tour led to them joining Australian based record label and management Bird’s Robe, with Director Mike Solo saying: “I’m stoked to announce that Troldhaugen are joining Bird’s Robe Records!
This band of crazy dudes have been long-time supporters of Bird’s Robe and it was only recently I had the chance to tour with them whilst on the road with Toehider. Their brand of quirky, experimental and theatrical folk-metal is a perfect fit for our little family & the fact that they are stand-up guys makes it all the more sweet. Plus, we all share an affinity for Slimey Things, which makes them instantly likeable.
Having heard a taste of the new stuff, I’m really looking forward to sharing their tunes with people around the world.


Since the release of Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez, the band saw their star rise considerably, receiving support from triple j radio, with Nick Findlay calling them: a magical shape-shifting monster.

They also toured Europe multiple times, including supporting pirate-metal legends Alestorm and performing at the 2015 Summer Breeze Festival in front of thousands of fans. Since then, they have released their most recent album idio+syncrasies and a new single E.E.T., as well as touring alongside Twelve Foot Ninja, Vampillia & Korpiklaani again.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Fusion-Rock
Release Date: 27/07/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/obzkure-anekdotez-for-maniakal-massez Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Monday, June 28, 2021, 13:56 CET:

THE SUN OR THE MOON "Cosmic":

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In the band The Sun Or The Moon from the Rhine-Main region, four experimental and creative musicians came together in late summer 2019 to realise their sound ideas inspired by bands such as Can, Kraftwerk, early Pink Floyd and Radiohead.

The quartet has already released two digital singles on the usual streaming platforms and is now releasing Cosmic, their debut album via Tonzonen Records. The four musicians Frank Incense (vocals, bass, baritone guitar, electric sitar, modular synthesiser), George Nowak (guitar, theremin, green flute), Susanne Baum (piano and keyboards) and Niklas Ciriacy (drums and percussion instruments) describe their music as psychedelic space lounge music.

Over an electronic foundation of repetitive machine beats and sound carpets created with a modular system, The Sun Or The Moon develop hypnotic yet danceable tracks with influences from Krautrock, Psychedelic and Space Rock.


Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Psychedelic/ Kraut Rock
Release Date: 17/09/2021

Links
Official: https://thesunorthemoon.com
Bandcamp: https://thesunorthemoon.bandcamp.com
Label: https://www.tonzonen.de

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:44 CET:

THE NERVE "Audiodacity":

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Australian Rock supergroup The Nerve set tongues wagging and stages alight when they stormed up and down Australia almost a decade ago to packed rooms and raucous crowds.

Now the project from Ezekiel Ox (Full Scale, Mammal, Over-Reactor), Lucius Borich (COG, Floating Me), Davarj Thomas (Pre-Shrunk) and guitar virtuoso Glenn Proudfoot will see their debut album Audiodacity receive an international release for the first time, through Bird’s Robe Records.

In the band’s own words: "It is 9 songs. Every song has a guitar solo. Some have two. The album was recorded on Skype using file sharing clouds, because the band were living in Melbourne, Prague and Sydney when the idea formed, and it made sense to develop what Reggie Bowman describes as a "digitally organic" record. Glenn shreds, Ezekiel rages and preens, Davarj fills the space, Lucius puts in where it should be and Reggie makes it all sit and big. Getting this group into the same room was a labour of love. The results speak for themselves: if you obey the riff, and live for the groove, this album is for you."

The story of The Nerve started many years ago when Ezekiel Ox was in Full Scale, Lucius Borich was in COG and Preshrunk had only just broken up. One night in a Melbourne venue, young shredder Glenn Proudfoot spotted Ezekiel fronting Full Scale and immediately knew that one day they would be in a band together. Glenn pursued Ezekiel via skype and email which led to The Nerve’s first writing session in St Kilda in 2010.

These tracks were the start of the relationship but were never used. Glenn then went back to reside in Europe and wrote the monstrous riffs that are littered throughout the album Audiodacity.

Time to find a drummer. As soon as Ezekiel heard the riffs, he knew that Lucius Borich was the only drummer for the job. Lucius was immediately inspired and started recording drum tracks from his studio in Sydney, Keysound Studios. Work continued on the album with Peter “Reggie” Bowman at Screamlouder Studios in Melbourne. The guys wrote 24 songs in 2 months with Glenn in between Prague and Melbourne, Lucius in Sydney and the rest of the guys in Melbourne. Skype and large file sharing was the method as each song was crafted. Still in need of a bass player, Davarj Thomas was introduced to the band by Reggie and The Nerve was born.

In February 2013 it was time to test the songs, and remarkably the band met for the first time 4 days before their first gig, and the synergy and chemistry was immediately there. The band had released their first track Witness (mixed and mastered by Karnivool producer Forrester Savell) onto streaming services and there was a huge response: their first show was played to a packed, steaming and ecstatic crowd at the iconic Espy Front bar in Melbourne.

Later developments saw them join Sydney label Bird’s Robe for an Australian release and tour. The guys have since reunited with their iconic bands but we still have this excellent hard rock record to listen to.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Hard Rock
Release Date: 16/07/2021

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

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:42 CET:

super FLORENCE jam "s/t":

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Sydney rock and roll quartet super FLORENCE jam have finally made it around to an international release of their music – a full 15 years after they first emerged onto the Australian live music scene as fresh-faced students.

As part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series, the debut self-titled EP from the Australian rock quartet will see an international release on CD & digital formats.

Originally released in 2009, the 6-track EP followed several demo CDs printed independently by the band and circulated at gigs around Sydney’s underground live music scene. The band finally made their way into the studio with producer Clayton Segelov to refine their raw, progressive sound into a more concise and bombastic version of their material.
The response was surprisingly strong – over 2,000 copies sold, #1 on triple j radio’s Unearthed chart, MusicOz Award finalists and the DIY video clip for ‘Ghetto Project Fabulous’ proving a hit on ABC TV’s rage program. The success of the EP was the catalyst for the band’s first national tour in late 2009.

The band made their way in the Myspace era by busking twice weekly in Sydney’s Pitt St Mall and gigging relentlessly at legendary institutions across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide such as the Annandale Hotel, Metro Theatre, The Espy, The Lansdowne, Gaelic Theatre, Hopetourn Hotel, Excelsior Hotel, Club 77, Hermanns Bar, Manning Bar, Enigma Bar & The Hi Fi Bar (now Max Watts). They regularly performed over 100 times per year, playing to tens of thousands of people both in – and outside of – venues along the east coast.

The band scored supports with notable indie bands including British India, Airbourne, Dallas Crane, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Shihad, 28 Days, Bertie Blackman and Mental As Anything.

Though they were rarely supported with radio play, the band nevertheless managed to fill hometown venues the Annandale Hotel & Gaelic Theatre to capacity at their raucous live shows, featuring extended versions of their songs, improvised jams & their infamous covers of Led Zeppelin tracks ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love.’

Though relatively dormant since a one-off reunion show in 2014, the band were instrumental (pun intended) in kickstarting the success of Sydney’s burgeoning progressive rock underground. The band headlined the first several shows by the newly formed Bird’s Robe, founded by Alex Tulett with drummer Mike Solo. Solo has since carried the label & management company on to work with ARIA-nominated & charting artists including sleepmakeswaves, We Lost The Sea, Closure in Moscow, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Toehider, Solkyri & more.

sFj have also notably supported charitable causes extensively since their inception, including performing concerts and fundraises for Hep C patients, famine relief, mental health awareness, youth centre and school music programs. In that vein, the band have also committed to donating a portion of proceeds from this year’s releases to a number of charities to be announced shortly.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Alternative/ Progressive Rock
Release Date: 16/07/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/super-florence-jam
Bandcamp: https://superflorencejam.bandcamp.com
https://facebook.com/superflorencejam
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Monday, June 21, 2021, 10:31 CET:

EDREDON SENSIBLE "Vloute Panthere":

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Raw, free and festive, three adjectives to describe Edredon Sensible's music. The group was formed in 2016 in Toulouse (France), from the initiative of four musicians. They gathered around their attraction for the trance phenomenon, the experimentation of the sensory limits of music and the research of raw and hypnotic sound. As Anne Yven (Citizen Jazz) had said very well "Behind this bizarre name of Edredon Sensible (Sensitive Quilt in english), we find ardour and belief, body and spirit. Two tireless polyrhythmic percussionists and two tenor and baritone saxophonists taking an insane pleasure in stretching out the attacks and playing them in infinite loops, invigorating lovers of an elementary but dishevelled jazz, focused on the trance, which takes root on every continent." What is delicious about this group is their ability to combine a flawless seriousness in their music and a delirious artistic image.

Their 1st album Vloute Panthère (a pun with the foot arch, very well explained in the artwork) transcribes their primary and visceral approach to music. They play on repetition, heady and catchy rhythms. After about a hundred gigs in squats and alternative venues the band starts touring in 2018 in acclaimed concert halls and festivals. In 2021, the Band is shortlisted on "Les Inouïs du printemps de Bourges" and "Jazz Migration", two well-knowned and promising French programs for the development of artists careers. With a warm welcome from the audience during their live performance Edredon Sensible has decided to record it in studio, and from there their first album was born: Vloute Panthère.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Les Productions du Vendredi
Genre: Free Jazz
Release Date: 13/08/2021 (EU)

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/EdredonSensible
Instagram: https://instagram.com/edredonsensible
Bandcamp: https://edredonsensible.bandcamp.com
Label: www.lesproductionsduvendredi.com

 

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 century’s great plague. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Rosczyk (also a member of Ultha ) at his Goblin Sound Studio (Cologne).

The band’s 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 old— 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 it’s 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 isn’t 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 Jørn 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 vitality—and 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

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