New Ministry music video from the soon to be released album entitled “AmeriKKKant”!
Bauhaus’ co-founder Kevin Haskins to release ‘Bauhaus – Undead’ Art Book via Cleopatra Records
Many Artists have name-checked Bauhaus as influences, including Radiohead, Bjork, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Nine Inch Nails, Tricky, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, The Horrors, Jello Biafra, Marilyn Manson, Janes Addiction, Tool, Jarvis Cocker, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hole, Interpol, Skinny Puppy, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana, to name just a few.
By the end of 2017, Mark Stoermer released his album “Filthy Apes and Lions”.
From its very opening, “Filthy Apes and Lions” sounded interesting and I thought “nah… as it happens most of the time, it’s just the first song that sounds good…”
The video of the song is directed by Lee Hardcastle known for The ABCs of Death (2012), GUNSHIP: Tech Noir (2015) and An Alien Claymation (2013)
On the second track, “Beautiful Deformities”, things developed even more interesting and it became obvious that there was a kind of experimentation and psychedelia in the air…
Lyrically the songs were surreal but… still very interesting…
When “Racing In the Rain” started I said “ha! A Beatlesque track” but when the chorus came in things turned more Pink Floydish…
Ok, now Mr Stoermer got my attention, so, as mainstream bands are not my cup of tea, I had to look up to find who he is…
Bass player Mark Stoermer was on the original line-up of the American rock band The Killers but a couple of years ago he announced that he would stop touring with the band, which of course was news to me…
So now, this “Filthy Apes and Lions” album that came out through his own record label, was becoming an even more pleasant surprise.
The surreal lyrics continue on “Dwarfish Trumpet Blues” that follows and the song ends in a typical 60’s psychedelic spirit…
One more animated video was made for this song, directed this time by Rafael Bonilla. (If I got the right one, he directed the documentaries La Carta and La batalla de las cruces)
Classic music influences appear on “The Perennial Legend of Dr. Mabuse” about the fictional character created by Norbert Jacques in the novel Dr. Mabuse der Spieler.
As we all know Dr. Mabuse from the three movies that Fritz Lang did about this character, the music video directed by Yoshi Sodeoka and Mark Stoermer himself, is flirting with a 1920’s cinematographic spirit.
“Mica Rae” is a metaphor about modern life decay and a crazy rich woman.
Musically it returns to the Beatlesque feel and to the 60’s pop music forms…
The next one opens with a church organ bringing out to light another creature taken from the era of German expressionism: “Nosferatu Blues”.
The song takes an unexpected psychedelic turn with a Middle Eastern flavor while Stoermer sings “Look at me I’m a real vampire / I just wanted to live forever” and vanishes into thin air…
What follows is a 9 minute jazz-rock epic.
An instrumental piece titled “Muju’s Revenge” full of great piano, guitar and electric piano improvisation in a very 70’s sense…
The video is again directed by Rafael Bonilla
“People Take Pictures of Each Other” is the playful tune that closes the album…
As I said, “Filthy Apes and Lions” was a surprise for me.
It made me want to listen to the other two solo albums that Mark Stoermer put out…
It is a delightful album and in combination with his videos and the themes of his lyrics, it shows that he has an interest in art in general…
A job well done Mr. Stoermer…
HERE is the link if you want to place your order for the album…
Over the course of three albums, a series of EPs and singles, and nearly two decades of existence split between Melbourne, Australia and Paris, France,
Heligoland have established and refined a distinctive sound and style awash with texture and emotion.
Working at the margins of dreampop, slowcore, shoegaze, folk, and ambient pop, Heligoland’s music is characterised by expansive, layered arrangements
and the soaring vocals of Karen Vogt.
In one sense, Coriallo marks the end of a journey for Heligoland.
This new release is the final instalment in a series of EPs, each of which was written and recorded at different locations in the French countryside.
The series began, almost by accident, when a week-long trip to a tiny village at the foothills of the Pyrénées turned into a writing and recording session.
Heligoland’s most introspective, minimal, and atmospheric release, Bethmale (2012), was the result.
The band subsequently traveled to another small town, this time amidst the rolling hills and farmland of central France.
Recorded during the early days of spring, Sainte Anne (2013) is vibrant, vivid, and multi-layered.
Coriallo brings the journey to a close.
Written and recorded at a former semaphore station on the windswept north-western coast of Normandy, this new EP is the most expansive release in the series.
The immersive opening track “Ełk” and “Three” embody the fusion of “post-rock soundscapes with ambient textures and drone laced melodies”, as
Drowned in Sound ‘s Dom Gourlay has put it, that characterise the band’s best work.
The shimmering “Orion” is dream pop at its most alluring.
Vocalist Karen Vogt scales new heights on Coriallo, contributing her most assured and captivating performances to date. EP highlight “Trust” and the
delicate, hushed late-night atmospherics of “Anavo” provide the perfect platform for Vogt’s soulful ruminations and affirmations.
The recordings from Pointe de Jardeheu in Normandy were produced and mixed by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins/Violet Indiana), with whom the band
are currently recording a new album scheduled for release in the second half of 2018.
2. Orion (single)
3. Anavo (single)
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A Devil’s Din is 3 musicians born across the ocean, who found each other in Montreal, drawn by a mutual love of melodic, innovative, inventive and progressive rock music. Fusing the colourful sounds of Syd Barrett‘s Pink Floyd & the psychedelic-era Beatles with the adventure of Yes, Gentle Giant and King Crimson, A Devil’s Din is a truly unique modern musical hybrid.
A Devil’s Din is the brainchild of UK born David Lines (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards).
Based in Montreal he is joined by Tom G. Stout (Bass, Guitar, Backing Vocals) and Dominique Salameh (Drums, Backing Vocals).
By the end of September 2017 their third album titled “One Hallucination Under God” came out through their our own label, Island Dive Records.
Following “One Day All This Will Be Yours” (2011) and “Skylight” (2016) they create now a trans-dimensional triptych.
“One Hallucination Under God” is a great album that holds 9 tracks that cover a soundfield between 60’s garage and psychedelic rock.
My fave tracks are “Home”, “Where Do We Go?” and “One Hallucination Under God” but the A Devil’s Din catches your attention by the first note of the opener “Eternal Now”.
Recommended for fans of psychedelic rock.
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Venice, Italy’s dark psych rockers New Candys have just announced the dates for their first ever tour of the U.S. (check their artist tour page for dates).
The U.S. tour will take place shortly after their first tour of Australia.
The original pressing of Bleeding Magenta has already sold out and in preparation for their upcoming U.S. tour, New Candys asked Little Cloud Records if they would be interested in repressing and releasing the record in the U.S….
Of course, they said yes!
If you missed out on the Fuzz Club initial pressing, now is your chance to snatch up a copy on Opaque Magenta vinyl w/ full color UV gloss jacket & full color 2-page insert HERE
Mary and The Ram Unveil Video for Debut Single ‘The Cross’, Mixed by Legendary Producer John Fryer
British post-punk two-piece Mary And The Ram have unveiled the new video for ‘The Cross’, shot and directed in York by the duo’s frontman Kiran Tanna. It was produced by VIAPERFORMANCE with visuals designed by Harold and Arthur’s Horror Show. Tanna himself starts in the video, along with fashion model Gemma-Louise Keane.
“It’s a surreal and neon fever-dream; a vivid, drunken reflection of its creators. We wanted to create something extremely intimate. I decided to work one on one, with fashion model Gemma-Louise Keane. There was no crew and no cast involved in the final shoot… Only participants… Two bodies. Very little costume. Mostly skin. Surreal. Neon. Closeups. Full of occult sexuality. NSFW,” says Kiran Tanna.
“This document a process that we would participate in, ourselves: a coming together and a falling apart into something new. In this void, it remains an examination of the individual as a sexual, fragile, subject. Or something like that. I won’t talk much about the cube. Or the bodies. Or mist. At it’s heart it’s a lament… A eulogy. A cry. And, I think, an omen.”
‘The Cross’ is one of two tracks, along with b-side ‘The Dream’, presented as the duo’s debut single via Anonymous Records. Produced by the legendary John Fryer, who is credited for work with a massive number of seminal artists, including Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, HIM, Love and Rockets, and Cocteau Twins, this new single delivers passionate, cathartic, concept driven electronic rock.
With influences that include Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Sisters of Mercy, The Dresden Dolls, Death From Above 1979 and Placebo, their love for these bands show through.”We’ve known each other for years,” says Kiran Tanna. “It took a few years for our schedules to align but eventually I started programming and playing synths with one of Dom’s existing bands – a far doomier act called The THING! It wasn’t long until we realised that our shared love of old-school industrial, arty-punk and dark, gritty electronic rock needed another outlet.”
Art direction / design / cover artwork by Scot Greenwell of darC Artz
Big Trouble was recorded live on December 2nd, 2017, released digital only and launched on February 17th, 2018 at the Hotel Metropolitan in Adelaide
All songs written and performed by Tiersman recorded and Mixed by Justin Hermesand and mastered by Dav Byrne.
Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia – Tiersman formed in early 2017 from members of Bronze Chariot, 99 Reasons Why, Damned Men and The New Mutiny.
Driving, heavy and chaotic post-hardcore with elements of doom.
Referred to as ‘stress rock’ by some.
Brooding and bludgeoning.
Tiersman are influenced by bands such as Breach, Pissed Jeans and Cancer Bats, whilst attempting to explore new ground and inject brutality,
with a lingering tongue in cheek swagger.
Tiersman explode in live performance, littering mess from their collective catharsises in mounds, whilst lyrically exploring everyday gripes and observations that challenge the hammering of the musical backdrop.
Big Trouble has received Adelaide local radio play since the release, and the launch on February 17th was to a capacity reached Hotel Metropolitan
On March 3rd, 2018 Tiersman will be supporting Melbourne’s Dead and Norway’s MoE at the Ed Castle in Adelaide.
Tiersman will be travelling to Melbourne for two shows on March 16th and 17th in support of the release of Big Trouble.
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Dean Garcia and Jarek Leskiewicz release Blurred City Lights ‘Volker’ album
Blurred City Lights are releasing their long-awaited ‘Volker’ album. With ten tracks on offer, this is the second full album from this maverick soundscaping duo, which is comprised of Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC ECO) and Polish protagonist and multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer Jarek Leskiewicz (Sunset Wrecks, Opollo, SPC ECO), who have worked closely on many projects and collaborations over the years.
‘Volker’ is a timely set of songs that conjures that diverse and accomplished blurring and jarring effect that we have come to expect from Blurred City Lights. This record would translate into a blissful and euphoric effect live – a minimal band with mindful projections. The powerful provocative soundscapes this music evokes are windswept by sound.
“As the room goes dark, the crowd sparks up as first flickers of light begin to take shape, your eyes hypnotically follow the random wide scattered bleeps and pulses of light fractals,” explains Dean Garcia. “When the familiar dark core drones move in the crowd is already going wild and then the bass drops, wrapping around everyone in a singular glow, more sparks, more flickers as the fuzzy sequencers jar the senses before the huge boom of the drums break through the flash of light to blur your mind and shunt you into the 5D world of Blurred City Lights. ‘Volker’ is all about these elements”.
Blurred City Lights began in 2013, debuting with the ‘Neon Glow’ EP, which was possible thanks to online file swapping. Leaning heavily on stark and monochromatic elements, that record feels how it sounds – dark, forbidding and melodic with very firm nods towards Pink Floyd and Massive Attack, among others. The duo followed up with the full-on album ‘Anamorphic’ in 2014. Blending music genres even more, that multifaceted record held a strong sense of purpose, a rockier edge, and even more epic scope than the debut EP.
“This record came to life quite naturally. We started sketching ideas and writing songs with BCL project in mind again at the start of December 2017. Early on I presented a collection of various images that I made throughout the year. Dean was always very stimulated by evocative visuals and right away pointed at the first one and said that it should be the cover art for our new release. I agreed. I think that image motivated/inspired us quite a bit and sealed the fate of the record as a creative vision that must be completed,” says Jarek Leskiewicz.
“For me, this time around, the process felt more relaxed and full of a ‘first takes are final’ approach. While we were in contact for many years, it somehow felt like getting know each other again. More patient and (for the most part) understanding. There was a spirit of exploring and experimenting – something that I enjoy very much. I hope that listeners are able to hear the dynamics of that vibrant creative relationship in the music on Volker”.
‘Volker’ also features contributions by Rose Berlin (SPC ECO), Adriana, and Filippo Gaetani on vocals, as well as Steve Monti (Jesus & Mary Chain, SPC ECO) and WomBBaby. The album is available exclusively via Blurred City Lights’ own Bandcamp page.