Monthly Archives: September 2017

Pylon Reenactment Society – Part Time Punks Session (Chunklet Industries 6 October 2017)

Pylon Reenactment Society to Release “Part time Punks Session” EP
Digital release on October 6, 2017  | Vinyl release on October 20, 2017

Pylon Reenactment Society will release their 6-song ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP on Chunklet Industries, a hip Athens-based tastemaker record label founded by Henry Owings. Pylon Reenactment Society formed from the ashes of Pylon, one of the most influential bands at the outset of what became known as the ‘Athens, GA music scene’, along with other frontrunners The B-52’s and R.E.M.

Pylon Reenactment Society was founded in 2014, five years after Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end in 2009 with the death of guitarist Randy Bewley. It is fronted by Vanessa Briscoe (now Briscoe Hay), whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for most listeners. Pylon was, and always will be comprised ofHay, Bewley, Michael Lachowski, and Curtis Crowe.

The ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP was recorded in December 2016 just hours before the band played the Part Time Punks series at Los Angeles’ Echoplex. In the spirit of renowned DJ John Peel, Part Time Punks DJ and organizer Michael Stock invited the band to visit Josiah Mazzashi’s studio The Cave in order to record exclusive tracks for his‘Part Time Punks’ radio show, a show on KXLU that has earned a cult following since 2006.

“I was struck by the energy of the performances and the quality of the recording. It reminded me somewhat of Pylon’s recording of ‘Gyrate’. That record had also been done very quickly with the band playing together and a minimum of overdubs,” says Pylon Reenactment Society front woman Vanessa Briscoe Hay. “This way of recording can lend a dynamic live feeling if done properly and if you have a good performance. An elusive goal had been achieved and not really noticed for what it was: something really good.”

In Pylon’s prime, they were every Athens band’s favorite local band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite improbably amazing, simultaneously hitting the listener on a mental, physical, and spiritual level.

Pylon Reenactment Society happened when Athens’ artist Jason NeSmith, head of the music committee for the first annual Art Rocks Athens, was organizing an event exploring the 1975-1985 Athens art and music scene.  He asked Hay to perform a short set of Pylon songs.  Since NeSmith’s band Casper & The Cookies had previously recorded and performed with Hay as Supercluster, it was natural for them to back her at this event.  The response was very positive with the group then opening for Fred Schneider (The B-52s), touring with indie darlings Dressy Bessy, and performing shows in conjunction with the release of the ‘Pylon Live’ album.

What started as a one-off gig transpired into a tight touring unit. In addition to Hay and NeSmith, the band is rounded out with Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals, pianist Damon Denton (Big Atomic) on keyboards and Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums.

‘Feast on My Heart’ is special given that this is the only song Hay has co-written with someone from outside the band. Craig Woodall, member of Athens-based experimental band Limbo District, and Hay chose a section at random from Shakespeare’s least popular work ‘Titus Adronicus’, and translated the words into modern slang. A special chemistry was unveiled, as they took turn, in suit, consecutively writing these lines.

“Every song had a different approach to in the way it was created. We were artists before we were musicians and it affected the way we wrote, lived and performed. I wrote most of the lyrics for the band after the initial ones were composed by our bassist Michael Lachowski. Sometimes I co-wrote them with him,” explains Vanessa Briscoe Hay.

“I wrote the lyrics to the song ‘Crazy’ when I was going through some sad times and I broadened the personal feelings to more universal feelings as a sort of therapy. I have had various people tell me it is their Pylon favorite song, or their coming out song, or it helped them through some hard emotional times. Very humbling to have that affect on others. If anyone has a question relating to the writing process, I’ll be happy to answer them. That said, I still have no idea where ideas come from, they just do.”

The ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP will be released via Chunklet Industries with distribution by Revolver U.S.A. It is slated for digital release on October 6 and on 12” vinyl, as a limited edition of 100 on color disc, on October 20. A limited number of cassettes will also be available at shows only.

1. Feast On My Heart
2. Beep
3. Buzz
4. Precaution
5. K
6. Crazy
Fri, Oct. 6    Augusta, GA – Maxwell Performing Arts Center/Westobou Festival (with screening of “Athens GA Inside/Out”)
Fri, Oct. 20  Athens, GA – The World Famous
Sat, Oct 21  Atlanta, GA – The EarlCREDITS
Courtesy of Part Time Punks
Michael Stock/KXLU 88.9 FM Los Angeles, CA
Recorded & Mixed at the Cave Studio (L.A.) by Josiah Mazzaschi
Executive Production: Henry Owings
Producer: Vanessa Briscoe Hay
Graphics: Michael Lachowski & William Gridley
Distribution: Chunklet Industries
Mastering: Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction (Athens, GA)All songs written by Pylon
Additional lyrics on “Feast on My Heart”: Craig Woodall

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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Alternative


Symbion Project – Bloodthirsty (20 October 2017)

Seattle’s Symbion Project Presents New 360Video and Single for ‘Bloodthirsty’

Symbion Project, led by electronic composer/producer Kasson Crooker, will be releasing the single ‘Bloodthirsty’ on October 20. Preceded by two music videos – one being an immersive 360 video and one in 2D.

A majestic slice of downtempo futuristic chamber-pop filled with charged atmospherics, this track features haunting vocals and a deft balance of clever minimalism and dark intensity. The video features choreography and performance by Sorea Lear and Anna Thornton, which was produced and directed by Avielle Heath and Micah Knapp.

Based in Seattle, Symbion Project sits at a crossroads between several genres. Head one way and you find a brooding embrace, in the other a chilled neo-classical elegance. Another road takes you towards 80s new romanticism, its counterpart exploring the future of indie electronica. At its heart is ‘Bloodthirsty’.

With a dark, brooding atmosphere filled with haunting vocals and tense orchestral elements, ‘Bloodthirsty’ tells the story of how love, lust and emotional energy can both heal and tear relationships apart.

Co-written with and featuring vocals by Finnish singer/songwriter Markus Junnikkala, the original version of ‘Bloodthirsty’ first appeared on the Symbion Project’s eighth album ‘Arcadian’, released in 2016.

Dealing with difficult subject matter, ‘Bloodthirsty’ is built on fragile emotions and dark passions as much as sonic elements. “This is a song about struggles in an abusive relationship and about how energy between two people can be abused and manipulated. We experience the cycle of abuse through dance,” explains Kasson Crooker. “Our goal is to allow the viewer to feel first-hand the intensity of those relationships, the cycle that abuse creates, and the difficulty of breaking this cycle. The video moves through 3 major stages: romance, fighting, and conciliation, which often create a cycle in relationships that the two parties can’t break from.”

Symbion Project is one of many creative outlets for Crooker, but one that he has returned to frequently over the last two decades whilst simultaneously exploring other avenues such as national award-winning synth-pop band Freezepop and electro-rock trio Splashdown. Other more recent musical projects include ELYXR and Rocococo.

Beyond being a band member and songwriter, Kasson is also an accomplished composer and audio technologist, having written music over the years for a number of well-known interactive video games such as Amplitude, Rockband and Frequency. He is currently scoring the indie game Shard.

Before returning to work on this latest Symbion Project single he delivered the album ‘Gishiki’, completing his trilogy of “classical synthesizer” albums, inspired by the Samurai Bushido Code and Japanese traditional music. Always the innovator, here Crooker sonically blended vintage synthesizers with Koto playing and wind chimes to create lush and emotive cinematic soundscapes.

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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Alternative, Electronic


Courtney Farren – Nothing Like It (6 October 2017)

Courtney Farren to Release Debut Album, Previews First Single ‘Nothing Like It’

Singer/ songwriter Courtney Farren has announced her debut album‘Nothing Like It’, which is being preceded by the title track of the same name. This six-track LP features guitar and piano songs recorded earlier in spring of this year.

Born and primarily raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Farren has made New York City her current home base. Having moved 12 times in childhood to various northern California locations created restless settlement patterns, which followed her into adulthood, having lived in four very different cities in 2017 alone – San Francisco, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and now New York.

“What is a break up anyways? I was broken up, though, surely… Bad joke. I can’t speak for my ex’s feelings, but this album contains mine. I started seeing someone and I let it consume me in a few ways. One of those ways led to a lot of songs. I wrote this album over the past year,” explains Courtney Farren.

“I think this record is a good representation of what is to come in my music. I am constantly working and reworking my sound and style in order to best showcase my songs, and I am looking forward to sharing what is produced from those transformations along the way.”

Now that she lives in The Big Apple, Farren regularly plays shows, makes videos, and is finding her place in the local music scene. Upon moving to New York, she teamed up with Brett Sullivan of American Anymen, a good friend who was able to quickly help organize/book shows and make videos to support her pursuit of a career as an artist.

Courtney’s emotionally driven and heartfelt songwriting and performances lend themselves to her current live set up of guitar and vocals. While she is often very casual in the way she introduces her songs, when she sings, her words are fueled by honesty and a sense of urgency.

“Two tracks – ‘Right Now’ and ‘Hard To Tell’ – were actually both written on the same night about a night I ended up seeing my ex in New York last year before I ended up moving here,” explains Farren. “I wrote the title track ‘Nothing Like It’ after a particularly heart wrenching week spent with this person. I realized that I was no longer ignorant to the feelings I had so recently only known from books and films. I started getting really interested in piano and keyboard shortly following this, and began writing songs more in the vein of ‘Someone’ and ‘Change Your Mind’, which I wrote a few days apart during a short stint living in Vegas.”

Often found carrying around a journal (or two or three) and always writing, she translates these recollections to her detailed accounts of her life and relationships in her songs. Nearly entirely focused on music and writing, she often manages to find time to watch cartoons and play the occasional video game with her brother.

Courtney Farren releases ‘Nothing Like It’ on October 6 and will be playing many live shows, both at home and in Europe, in support of this album, including a mini-tour with American Anymen and guest appearances by many talented artists along the way.

Recorded at Tiki Town Studios (Mill Valley, California)
Producer: Scott Mathews
Engineer: Tom Leukens
Mixing: Brett Sullivan and Courtney Farren
Mastering: Casey Holford at Golden Rule
All songs written, performed by Courtney Farren
Videos and cover artwork by Brett Sullivan


1. Nothing Like It
2. Hard to Tell
3. Right Now
4. You’re Only On My Mind
5. Someone
6. Change Your Mind


Sept. 3 New York – Sidewalk Cafe with American Anymen
Sept. 6  Paris – Le Pop In with American Anymen, Puppets of Digression, DJ set by Tin
Sept. 7  Dublin, Ireland – Darkey Kelly’s, Christchurch with American Anymen
Sept. 9  Dublin, Ireland – The International Bar with American Anymen
Sept. 11  Le Pre-Saint-Gervais, France – Le Galerie Stardust with American Anymen and Lise
Sept. 12  Paris, France – Le Motel with American Anymen
Oct. 1   New York – Silvana NYC
Oct. 4   New York – Courtney Farren CD Release Party. Secret Project Robot with American Anymen, Mischef Night, Crazy & The Brains
Oct. 22 New York – Courtney Farren Zine Party – Sunnyvale. 1031 Grand St. (Sunday Matinee Show, $8) with American Anymen, Linda Draper, Reonda
Nov. 2   Boston, MA – Hennessy’s Hooley House
Nov. 10  New York  – Shrine World Music Venue


Oct 1  New York, NY – Silvana NYC
Nov 2  Boston, MA – Hennessy’s Hooley House 
Nov 10 New York, NY – Shrine World Music Venue

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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Alternative


Liverpool Psych Festival Launches 2017 Season (Sept. 22-23 Weekend + Pre-Festival Events)

Liverpool Psych Festival Gears Up for 2017 Season (September 22-23)

The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (a.k.a. Liverpool Psych Fest or PZYK) kicks into overdrive on September 22-23, celebrating artists operating at the cutting edge of today’s global psychedelic renaissance, alongside visual art, film, performance and mind expanding visual delights. Once again, masses of psychedelic activities will pack the warehouses and recesses of Camp & Furnace, Blade Factory + District in Liverpool’s so-called Baltic Triangle for a global psychedelic frenzy.

Liverpool Psych Fest finds is a frontrunner of the psychedelic scene, while communities and festivals are flourishing in a global movement in consciousness. Prepare for the time of your life as PZYK presents a whole host of sonic and visual delights in multiple dimensions. This is a true exploration and celebration of extremes. High on visual aesthetics, this festival combines post-industrial architecture with its acid house rave atmosphere and art gallery space with an awesome village kind of mentality. This cohesive approach makes for a breathing art installation much like a psychedelic technicolor dream.

The 2017 programme features an exciting opening party and launch events, exclusive pre-festival gig (headlined by New Jersey’s Ducktails, led by Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile), a film programme, exclusive new virtual reality installations, daytime events, and an immersive late night audio visual experience, in addition to a month-long art exhibition developed on key visual themes and ideas present across this year’s aesthetic.

PZYK offers the world’s greatest psychedelic music to bring festival-goers an awe-inspiring trip to the sub-ultrasonic zone, with remarkable live performances interspersed with DJ sets. Headliners include Texas’ neo-psych favorites The Black Angels and Croydon space rock veterans LoopThe 2017 PZYK Congregation also includes Lætitia Sadier, A Place To Bury Strangers, The KVB, The Telescopes, Songhoy Blues, Träd Gräs och Stenar, Träden, W.I.T.C.H (We Intend To Cause Havoc), The Holydrug Couple, Wolf People, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson, Jane Weaver, Adrian Sherwood, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Comet is Coming, White Manna, GNOD, Endless Boogie, Sex Swing, Castles, In Bliss, Celestial Bums, and many more artists.

Following its fantastic inception in 2016, PZYK COLONY – an immersive, 360-degree audiovisual installation – will again transform the Camp warehouse space into a late-night shifting, geometric cube from 11pm to 3am throughout the festival. The live installation re-imagines this industrial space as an intense, singular light-emitting diode, a trance-den-cum-live-space, and will play host to much anticipated performances by The KVB, Loop, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson, Sex Swing, The Comet is Coming, and Adrian Sherwood.

One of the stand-out events is a showcase from California’s Castle Face Records, called ‘Irregular Orbits’, which involves five bands from the label’s roster – Once & Future Band, Male Gaze, Magnetix, Duds, Exit Group (Useless Eaters side project). A world-first for the label, which is now one of the world’s leading off-kilter psych music imprints.

PZYK presents a mix of international and homegrown artists providing a soundtrack to late September madness. The international diversity of this year’s acts are underlined by performances by Songhoy Blues (Mali), Laetitia Sadier and Acid Arab (France), Dans Dans(Belgium), The Holydrug Couple (Chile), Celestial Bums (Spain), White Manna (California), Julie’s Haircut (Italy), and Hurricane Heart Attacks (Argentina).

This is the sixth year for the festival. The first festival took place in 2012, being international event from the outset. In just a few years, this has become perhaps the most renowned Psych Fest in the world. In fact, it was named ‘Best Small Festival’ at the 2015 NME Awards.

PZYK presents a special ‘Psychedelia In Film’ season, with screenings at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) of a series of short films drawing on the theme of sensory overload and excess. The screenings will be accompanied by specially curated PZYK playlists in the Picturehouse bar, plus a Q&A with PZYK organizers around the festival’s themes.

Festival-goers will also enjoy the ‘Musings In Drone’ symposia, which is a tripped-out chat show, digging out the stories, tales and experiences of the artists, labels and heads within today’s neo-psych scene. Hosted by audio-oracle Bernie Connor from the Sound Of Music podcast, this edition features Q&As with The Black Angels, collaboration with the #AUDiNT research cell (an investigation of sonic extremes in A Century Of Zombie Sound presentation), and W.I.T.C.H.’s Emmanuel ‘Jagari’ Chanda with collaborator Jacco GardnerMatt Jones of Castle Face Records will also talk about the label’s journey from the Californian underground to the label’s journey from the Californian underground to the world-class psych label it is today – he will be joined by guests from the label’s roster.

As well, the organizers introduces PZYK SKAN, a major immersive AV installation, which is a brain-scanning-meets-audiovisual-extremes collaboration between Luciana Haill, Rob Strachan, PZYK AV and #AUDiNT research cell.

All of the above are carefully curated elements that give LiverpoolPsych FestIval its global appeal, and the 2017 edition will undoubtedly become an even more attractive prospect for fans of psychedelia. Running with the motto “THIS FESTIVAL WILL DESTROY YOU”, the organizers qualify “unless it destroys us first”. Prepare for the PZYK of your life… but if you can’t be there, California’s KFJC 89.7FM will be broadcasting the festival live from the four festival stages, as well as interviews, online via and on FM in the San Francisco Bay area.

The PZYK opening party will take place on Thursday, September 21 at Constellations. Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile bring his Ducktailsproject to Liverpool for this event, joined by Strange Collective‘s Ali Horn, and Goa Express. More detailed information, as well as weekend and day tickets, are available from

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Parsons Rocket Project – Parsons Rocket Project (11 August 2017)

Atlanta’s Parsons Rocket Project Unveil Video for ‘Solar Flare’ from Debut LP
Parsons Rocket Project have unveiled a new video for ‘Solar Flare’, the most upbeat track from their self-titled debut album, which released last month. Comprised of six tracks, this is a beautiful mixed bag of dream-gaze, indie rock and space rock, occupying a sweet spot between Blonde Redhead, My Bloody Valentine, Bowery Electric and Slowdive. This video follows the release of two videos for the exciting ‘Exit Launch’ and the serene ‘Interlude I’.
The new video was produced, shot and edited by Steven Quinn with mountain footage provided by Deep Water Surf and shuttle footage courtesy of Pexels & Creative Commons. “I wanted to merge the look and feel of early 90’s shoegaze  imagery with crisp natural elements.  The song was the absolute driving force of inspiration,” explains Steven Quinn.
Hailing from Atlanta, Parsons Rocket Project takes its name from American rocket propulsion engineer, chemist, and occultist Jack Parsons.  The band formed in 2015 when drummer, lyricist, and titular figurehead Jody Hasty started collaborating with bassist Paul Curry, guitarist Jeff Holt, and multi-instrumentalist producer/engineer Benjamin Price at Studilaroche in Atlanta. They were later joiined by K. Michelle Dubois on vocals.
The band laid down the tracks for this album in the very studio, where Benjamin Price has also worked on releases by Gang of Four and The Hives, among others. The album was mastered by Joe Lambert (Lou Reed, Animal Collective, The National, Hot Chip, Deerhunter, Panda Bear, Washed Out).
Parsons Rocket Project’s musical output is a mixture of ambient, dream pop, indie and space rock. They infuse this multi-colored trippery with the shimmering oceanic resonance of shoegaze and neo-psychedelia to round out this first release.
“We embraced the beautiful noise concept, but strayed from the classic shoegaze template that many bands adhere to. so there are some different feels and sounds to it like this fun disco thump thing with the synth bass on “exit launch.” that really pissed off some people in the studio, but it was the kick the track needed,” explains Paul Curry.
Parsons’ members cite a number of artist influences, including Flying Saucer Attack, Tape Cuts Tape, Spacemen 3, Eluvium, Swervedriver, Aix Em Klemm, William Basinski, and Clams Casino. However, their sound is closer to Slowdive, Spiritualized, Trespassers William, Mojave 3, and Mazzy Star.

This debut EP represents a significant moment in time for the band, who were challenged to overcome very real struggles involving drug abuse, a terrible automobile accident, and the low-level daily drama of domesticity. Some of the ambient and psychedelic exploration is rooted in real trauma – both physical and emotional – while some of it is celebratory in nature, rooted in the unique awareness of a temporary conscious being in our universe.

The eponymous ‘Parsons Rocket Project’ EP is out now and can be obtained at

Jody Hasty – Lyrics, Synth, Electric Piano, Drums
Paul Curry – Bass
Benjamin Price – Guitar, Percussion, Midnight Editing
Jeff Holt – Guitar
K. Michelle Dubois – Vocals
Thad Goad – Logo and Sleeve Design
Anne Nicoletti, Jennifer Colson Demer, Michelle Barnette – Backing Vocals (Interlude II)
Produced and Engineered by Benjamin Price at StudilaRoche in Atlanta
Mastered by Joe Lambert, at Joe Lambert Mastering in New Jersey


1 Exit Launch
2 Interlude I
3 Burn
4 One Moor Call
5 Solar Flare
6 Interlude II
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Alternative, Shoegaze


Bruno Merz – Whisper Turn (4 October 2017)

New Bohemian Folk Pop Artist Bruno Merz To Release ‘Whisper Turn’ Single

Softspoken singer-songwriter Bruno Merz has announced that he will be releasing a new single ‘Whisper Turn’ on October 4. This is the first track from the album ‘Whisper Turn’, which is expected for release in early 2018.
Undeniably himself, the music of Bruno Merz is an unaffected and pure representation of who he is. Influenced by Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, Iron and Wine, Paul Simon, Julee Cruise, Ron Sexsmith, Gabriel Yared and Nick Drake, his lyrics communicate truths discovered through life’s gifts and tests. He inspires those who are lost to find what is missing, and to trust that it’s already there.
Born in New Zealand to Dutch parents, Bruno spent much of his childhood running wild in the bush, jumping out of classroom windows, and seeking adventure in his own imaginary world. His home was full of instruments and classical records, but he was most at home in the woods or by the sea. Teenage Bruno and his siblings were enthusiastic songwriters, forming bands with names that changed daily.
By the time he was twenty, Bruno had a degree in 2D animation, a large student debt, and a deep desire to see the world. With a cheap guitar on his back, he moved to France, where he worked on farms, yelling ‘allez mouton’ at the sheep, drinking wine in the sunshine and contemplating his own existence.  He earned just enough to make his way to Holland, where he knew the language and also had a few distant family friends.
Broke, lost, and alone, Bruno wandered the streets of Amsterdam, counting pennies for food, at times not knowing where he’d sleep at night. This experience inspired ‘Nine Sixteen’, the first song that would eventually make its way onto his debut album ‘Departing from Crowds’, a collection from his rambling days in Holland – a period of desperation and healing. He found work in animation and illustration in Amsterdam, as well as the first love of his life… and eventually his first heartbreak too.
Today, Bruno lives in the UK with his Canadian ballerina wife and spends his days writing and recording his songs. His popularity has grown worldwide following the success of his 2014 debut album ‘Highways’. The single “Emmeline” received millions plays on Spotify in the months following the release with well over 300,000 listeners per month. Since then, he has also written a classical score for the Northern Ballet’s production ‘Tortoise and the Hare’, which toured the UK and was televised by the BBC.
With his imminent move to settle down in Canada this year, Bruno certainly feels far from the guitar-toting twenty-something lost in Amsterdam so many years ago, though he still carries a deep trust in the universe, strength in his soul, and a need to promote peace and healing through his songs, connecting with what is ‘simple’ in an otherwise complicated world.”This was inspired by the events of 2016 and a fresh realisation of how meticulously beautiful nature and this planet is. It’s a wake up call to humans and I hope an injection of hope and strength to those who are waking up to what really matters in life,” says Bruno Merz.

‘Whisper Turn’ will be available through the typical music platforms, but can already be found on Bruno Merz’s Bandcamp page.CREDITS

Written and produced by Bruno Merz
Engineered by Daniel Howard
Mastered by Richard Dodd (Breathe Less) and Daniel Howard
Drums: Jack Amblin
Extra vocals: Alicia Merz, Alice Phelps and Dreda Blow
All other instruments and vocals by Bruno Merz
Cover photo by Dreda BlowLYRICS

There’s a quiet that’s descending
as the seas they rise
and the fields lie broken
under burning skies.
I hear stillness in the highways
though they roar like waves.
Can you hear it people
whisper “turn away”
So lift up your heads
uncover your eyes.
There’s so much more to us than this.
Full of a light, an echo that guides
telling us all that we exist, exist.
And I can’t see where I am going.
But it don’t bother me.
My feet will find the soft grass
This path of love to you.

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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Alternative


Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan – Queensland Ballroom (Ten Millimeter Omega Recordings 8 September 2017)

Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan Present ‘Queensland Ballroom’ LP & ‘Electric Love’ Video
Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan release their new album‘Queensland Ballroom’ on September 8 via Ten Millimeter Omega Recordings. With an infectious chilled atmosphere and dreamy female vocals, ‘Electric Love’ is the first single from this release. The accompanying video was directed by Jon Ecklund and Fiona Jones and produced by Dream Out Loud Media.
Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, the band is comprised of Jason Herring, Otis Hughes, Jeff Chester, Amy Herring, Paul Jensen andPatty McLaughlin. This 11-track offering follows the band’s ‘Electric Love’ EP, released in June of this year.
Both of these releases involved production by legendary producer John Fryer, one of the most innovative sonic architects of our age. “John Fryer has practically soundtracked your entire life,” says Impose Magazine, with a musical imprint that is massive, having shaped the sound of nearly all early 4AD Records’ releases (Cocteau Twins, Lush, Kristin Hersh, Dead Can Dance), as well as bands from Nine Inch Nails and Love and Rockets to HIM and Depeche Mode. He is also one of just two artists behind This Mortal Coil, along with Ivo Watts-Russell, and the mastermind behind his latest project Black Needle Noise.
Jason Herring met Fryer while visiting Los Angeles, where his studio is currently based. After collaborating on the ‘Electric Love’ EP, they launched into the new ‘Queensland Ballroom’ LP, which sees the band take a turn from their trademark psychedelic folk sound to a more electronic downtempo groove.
After a hiatus of several years, bandmates Jason Herring (The Interstellars, Muchacho, Farfalla) and Paul Jensen (Fetchin’ Bones, the Interstellars) began writing songs again.  Soon thereafter, the first album ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be’ was released in 2010, followed by ‘Chateau Beaumont’ in 2012 and ‘Long Shadows’ in 2014.

“Our previous releases are a little melancholy, so Amy and I decided we should make this record a little more fun. A record outside of our norm,” says Jason Herring. “Electric Love was inspired by Amy and I feeling a bit randy in the studio – that’s fun, yeah?”

This whole experience ultimately led Jason Herring to collaborate further with John Fryer on music for a feature film and an HBO documentary. Fryer also appears briefly in the new video for ‘Electric Love’.

Jason Herring & the Mystery Plan’s ‘Queensland Ballroom’ album will be released on all major digital platforms on September 8 and then performing at an album release event on Saturday, September 9 in Ashville, North Carolina (The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road) at9pm.
Produced by Jason Herring and John Fryer
Mixed by John Fryer
Mastered by Paul Jensen
Jason Herring – piano, guitar, vocals
Paul Jensen – guitars, keys
Otis Hughes – bass
Patty McLaughlin – flutes, vocals
Jeff Chester – percussion, drums
Amy Herring – vocals


1   Electric Love
2   Vampires Are Lucky
3   Oola Heatray
4   The Golden Moon and Silvery Sea
5   Chocolate Milky
6   Electric Love (Paul Jensen Mix)
7   Vampires are lucky (That Guy Smitty Mix)
8   Night Time Butterflies
9   Vampires Are Lucky (Paul Jensen Mix)
10 Where Did You Go
11 Early Morning Hours


Sept 9   Asheville, NC – The Odditorium (8pm)
Sept 23 Charlotte, NC – Rhino Market & Deli (8pm)
Oct 14   Charlotte, NC – Petra’s (8pm)
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Posted by on September 9, 2017 in Alternative, Electronic


Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show – Planet Shockorama (Cherry Red Records 2 June 2017)

Third studio album for the horror punk duo of Ratfink (of Alien Sex Fiend fame) and Vince Ripper (of Rippersville legend).

They started in the 1990’s with their rockabilly DJ sets to continue in the 2000’s possessed by the spirit of the CrampsLux Interior.

Coming from the dark swampy wastelands of Blackpool all the tracks of “Planet Shockorama” have one theme: an alien invasion.

Most of these 14 tracks are cover versions distilled through the filter of Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show: “Planet Claire” (B-52’s), “Teenagers from Mars” (The Misfits), “7 and 7 is” (Love), “I Can’t Find My Mind” (The Cramps), “Silver Machine” (Hawkwind), “Rocket U.S.A. (Suicide), “Mystery Plane” (The Cramps), “Flying Saucer Rock’n’Roll” (Billy Riley), “Est Trip to the Moon” (Alien Sex Fiend) “Scary Monsters” (David Bowie).

I started my day with this album and I have to admit that it is a great starter.

Great fun.

Thank you for this one  Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show.

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Posted by on September 2, 2017 in Alternative, Goth, Post Punk


A Million Machines – A Million Machines 24 November 2017

LA synthpop duo A Million Machines Announce Debut Album, Tease First Single ‘Come Tonight’
LA-based synth pop outfit A Million Machines have announced they will release their first full-length self-titled record in November 2017, preceded by the single ‘Come Tonight’. Featuring 11 tracks, this album is a synth pop kaleidoscope, densely layered in clean, modular synthesizers and a heavy melodic aesthetic between light and darkness.
‘Come Tonight’ is a pulsating electronic burner that echoes Depeche Mode in its technical attack of modular synths, coupled with passionate male vocals. “This song encourages an awakening to the state of the world. An awakening to prejudice, corruption and human rights. An awakening to a revolution,” says vocalist Fate Fatal.

The entire debut album is, in essence, a blast of heart-thumping beats, stomping propulsion and intoxicating melodies. Fatal injects his gloomy obsessions with an ultra melodic harmony, abetted by MIG, a conscientious technician with an understanding of the inner workings of modular technology and exploring the abyss of self-made modular circuitry.

Recording at their own studio in Los Angeles, A Million Machines use modular synths to make some of the most human sounds around. Based in Silver Lake, California, A Million Machines is a duo comprised of producer/multi-instrumentalist MIG (The New Room) and vocalist Fate Fatal (The Deep Eynde, Kittens for Christians). They formed in 2014 when MIG and Fate were separately called into an audition with an upcoming LA underground band and, while waiting, dived into discussion about their passion for electronic music.
The result is output that is rooted in raw analog synths and punchy vocals, using low-res electronic noise and pop hooks. After being showcased on local college radio stations, including LA’s KXLU, A Million Machines’ sound quickly progressed to incorporate various areas of electronic music; electroclash, shoegazing, electropunk and electropop.
Fatal’s twenty years as vocalist on the Los Angeles music scene with bands Kittens for Christian (Sony) and The Deep Eynde (Bomp! /Cargo Records) brings vocal leanings towards Dave Gahan and Trent Reznor. Fate Fatal is native to Los Angeles and part American Indian with tradition rooted in expression and storytelling, this translating into years of gigs with dramatic theatrical performances.  Fatal has written and recorded with William Faith (Faith and The Muse/ Christian Death/ Bellweather Syndicate) and producer Chad Blinman (Face to Face/Jarboe), and Gitane Demone (Christian Death), and also performed with Siouxsie Sioux and The Creatures in Los Angeles.
Through ten years with alternative band The New Room, MIG is greatly influenced by post punk, minimalism and dark wave, in particular, by Wire, Kraftwerk, The Editors, Throbbing Gristle and Killing Joke. Madrid-born and Miami-raised MIG’s musical focus reoriented from guitar to synthesizers after falling in love with the idea of meshing post punk with early industrial electronic music, inspired by Martin Gore and Depeche Mode, Front 242, and John Foxx.
In departing from the traditional sense of a full piece band, he found the reward of having more control over all the sonic aspects of creating new material.  “I find writing/creating using synths and modular systems like a breath of fresh air,” says MIG. “It’s removing some of the more technical stale aspects of modern computers and reintroducing pure energy with the use of control voltage. It makes for writing and recording to be more of a live performance. Sometimes, strange mistakes happen to make it more memorable and far more rewarding.”
Earlier this year, A Million Machines sold out of their first 7” vinyl EP, which included singles Undivided and the shout-along anthem Tech Support. They have since been garnering attention at home and abroad, including notable American college radio airplay on KALX in Berkeley and KXLU in Los Angeles.
A Million Machines debut self-titled album will be released on November 24, but is already available for pre-order via the band’s own Bandcamp. They are currently working on their next album which will be out September 2018 and scheduled for a European tour in November.
Album cover credit: Craig Carter
Vocal Melodies and lyrics by Fate Fatal
Instrumentation, engineering by MIG


1   Synthetic Eyes
2   Undivided
3   Dilemma
4   My Criminal Mind
5   The Ritual
6   Tech Support
7   Absence Without Leave
8   Ceremony
9   Virtuality
10 Ultraflesh
11 Come Tonight

Keep up with A Million Machines
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Posted by on September 2, 2017 in Alternative, Electronic