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Ernest Moon – Ba-jesus (5 April 2019)

Liverpool’s Ernest Moon presents ‘Satdeenight Ready’ single off ‘Ba-jesus’ EP

Liverpool-based outfit Ernest Moon presents ‘Satdeenight Ready’ off their ‘Ba-jesus’ EP, which is finally being released on CD in early April. Recorded at Orphan Recording in Dublin with Peter Ashmore and Gavin Glass (Paul Brady, John Grant, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy), these four tracks are packed with loads of adrenaline-packed expression that is both critical and tongue-in-cheek.

‘Satdeenight Ready’ is about a fella going out at the weekend to get drunk and look for some romance. Though he gets reflective in the chorus where he laments humanity’s needlessly cruel and trashy aspects, albeit in a humouress rather than heavy way.

Ernest Moon are Steven Doran and Brian Murphy, two English no-marks brought together by a liking for eggs on toast. Their sound is somewhat punky and has been described as pushy pop. They say they are “filling the gap between pretentious lyrical art and bog standard pop music”.

“We were in a band before with our best mate and whatever blert we could get to drum. we released one LP, which bombed everywhere except New Zealand, where we were worshipped and certain underpopulated parts of Estonia there were some unsubstantial sales,” says Steven Doran.

“This is the first time our singularly poetic take on stuff has been released. And it is as polished, in terms of production, as we’ll ever get. One could say that the four songs on the Ba-jesus EP are inspired by the humor and language of working class Liverpool, and the tendency to be both showy offy and earthy. The music reflects that with its up-frontedness,” says Brian Murphy.

“This EP was recorded in Dublin, which is why we used the utterance Ba-jesus, which derives from Ireland and is an expression of resignation and disbelief among other things”.

The Blockheads, Arab Strap and Talking Heads number among their influences, as do Loudon Wainwright, Joni Mitchell, and writers such as James Kelman, Paddy Kavanagh and Philip Larkin.

The ‘Ba-jesus’ EP is available digitally via iTunes and for streaming on Spotify. The CD is being offered exclusively via Bandcamp and comes in a breathtaking matt finish gatefold card case with bonza photographs by Steven Crabtree and Chris Dorley-Brown.

TRACK LIST
1. Satdeenight Ready
2. Paddle Boat
3. Minxed Driks
4. Capitalism

CREDITS
Steven Doran – Guitar and vocals
Brian Murphy – Bass Piano
Pete Ashmore – Drums
Gavin Glass – Piano
Music and lyrics by Steven Doran
Recorded and mixed by Peter Ashmore
Produced by Steven Doran and Brian Murphy
Cover artwork by Steve Crabtree

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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in Alternative

 

New Zero God – Circus of Tortured Melodies

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New Zero God‘s fourth album is not a release of a bunch of songs that patiently waited to fill it. It is a statement of what this band is capable of musically.

Circus of Tortured Melodies” is a journey through the music that inspired them throughout the years, without sticking on genres or scenes. It is a loosely concept album on the complexity of modern life and it’s effects on everyone of us.

Andi Sex Gang (Sex Gang Children) introduces us to this imaginary circus followed by the funky bass lines of “What’cha Gonna Do?”, a reference to the deadlocks we face on a daily basis. “Hell Bet on me to Lose” is a garage-punk treat with catchy riffs, while “Rock ‘N’ Roll Puppet” enchants with its bluesy harmonica. “Busking” is an introspective Appalachian monologue, “Mother Nature” sounds like an extract from the Stone’s “Their Satanic Majesties Request” and yet the amazement is not over. The album is ending with a schizophrenic (but not confusing) song triad: The haunting “Charlie Boy”, the hard rock riffs on “Evolution” and the power ballad “Carry On”.

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“Circus of Tortured Melodies” is a stroll along the sources of all neuroses; unfulfilled dreams, emotional insecurity, politics, domestic manipulation, society standards, over-consumerism, compromise and the environmental disaster. And once you listened to it, you get addicted.

Cover photo by Costas Papapanos

Band photo by Elias Moraitis

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

SPC ECO – Fifteen (eLaB Recordings 15 February 2019)

SPC ECO announces ‘Fifteen’ LP, previews lead track ‘The Heart and Soul’
26 years after Curve’s founding, Dean Garcia shows no signs of slowing down

SPC ECO has announced its new album ‘Fifteen’, which will be issued digitally. This release follows the band’s ‘Calm’ LP and ‘Under My Skin’ EP, both released in 2018. Ahead of that, they are previewing the lead single ‘The Heart and Soul’.

If the demise of ground-breaking duo Curve was a storm-cloud in the musical skies of the 90’s, the silver lining was that Dean Garcia went on to form SPC ECO with his daughter Rose Berlin in 2008.

An electronic musical maverick, Dean’s style complements Berlin’s vulnerable yet tender vocals. As a father and daughter, they explore their relationship and the world around them through music, creating heartfelt sounds to express the language of their souls and conversations that are often too difficult to be encapsulated by mere words.

“This album means everything to us. A collection of songs that simply happened to us over a period of the 9 months or so it took to record, during which time there have been numerous uncomfortable, unsettling and challenging changes all around us, not just to our personal real life situations as to where we live, but also to the catastrophe of various unaccountable, blatantly corrupt governing bodies that perch menacingly over us all like death itself,” says Dean Garcia.

“This record is about that, this and the other, a selection of recordings that mean more to us than we can ever possibly know. We do know they’re our escape and energy, the glue that keeps our family together, the means to cope, deal and adapt which all goes towards making it The Heart and Soul of us, which by careful consideration is the first track we’re releasing to introduce this record.”

With minimal symphonic landscaping and gossamer vocals, SPC ECO have created something that is vast and beautifully pervasive. Here we find a collection of moods, wistful reflections made into sound, and barely tangible but emotively powerful expressions.

Last year, the 25-year-anniversary of Curve brought releases of deluxe editions of both ‘Cuckoo’ and ‘Doppelganger’ and output from Dean Garcia’s other sonic adventures, including S T F U with Preston MaddoxBlurred City Lights with Jarek Leskiewicz, and two collaborative tracks with dreampop outfit Ummagma. He also releases as M A D, together with Steve Monti from Jesus & Mary Chain, who also contributed drums and noise loop effects on this new SPC ECO album.

SPC ECO ‘Fifteen’ will be available exclusively via Bandcamp. In the meantime, you can find their previous releases everywhere, including iTunes and Spotify.

CREDITS
All songs written by Rose Berlin and Dean Garcia
Except The Heart and Soul Written by Rose Berlin Jarek Leskiewicz Dean Garcia
Recorded Mixed and Produced by Dean Garcia
Recorded at the ELaB in London and GWYR
Except The Heart and Soul Recorded in Opole and GWYR
This record was made between March 2018 / Jan 2019
Cover image ‘Taplow’ by Rose Berlin
Photos taken by Awesome Welles / Wombbaby

Rose Berlin – Vocals and Lyrics
Dean Garcia – Bass, Drums, Guitars, Keys and Programming
Jarek Leskiewicz – Guitars, Drones and FX
Steve Monti – Drums and Noise Loop FX
Wombbaby – Special FX

TRACKLIST
1 Fading Out Of Time
2 Teach Yourself
3 That’s It Well Done
4 Fifteen
5 Out In The Cold
6 The Heart And Soul
7 Breathing
8 Melancholia Mania
9 Stars
10 Left Out
11 In Silence
12 Gloria Sudafed
13 Never Can Know
14 The Reason Why
15 The Little Ones Out Of Time Mix

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Posted by on February 9, 2019 in Electronic

 

Front Line Assembly – Rock Me Amadeus (Video)

Front Line Assembly has just released a new video for their cover of Falco‘s “Rock Me Amadeus” featuring Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence.

The song is part of FLA’s album entitled Wake Up The Coma being released by Metropolis Records this week with contributions from Robert Görl (DAF), Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost), and Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks, Cocksure, Ministry).

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2019 in Electronic

 

Grice – Hardest To Reach (Hungersleep Records 22 February 2019)

One thousand Birds’, the third album by South London-born art rock musician Grice will be released on 22 March.

Written and produced by Grice, the 13-track album features contributions from a select spectrum of musicians including sonic luminary Richard Barbieri (co-founder of Japan, keyboard player in Porcupine Tree) who adds his unique signature sound to the sweet winters symphony on the title track of the album.

Hardest to Reach is a hypnotic electro-acoustic gem drawn from the dark well of personal experience, loss and despair alchemised into an uplifting anthem for the unconsoled.

The single showcases timeless dramatic song-craft and a modern art rock ballad-singer openness.

Grice has built his reputation since 2012 with his debut album Propeller which was shortlisted in the MPG Awards.

The release of his second album Alexandrine and The Grey of Granite Stone EP have rewarded him with critical acclaim in left field and progressive art rock circles, plus the opportunity to collaborate on his own terms with instrumental and production luminaries such as Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, B J Cole, Raphael Ravenscroft, Hossam Ramzy and more.

His music has featured on BBC 2, BBC Worldwide, MTV, Sky and he has garnered airplay on Radio 6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC Introducing and digital radio stations all over UK, Europe and USA.

One Thousand Birds’ by GRICE is available to pre-order from Bandcamp on 1.2.2019 from HERE

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Prog-rock

 

Noctorum – The Afterlife (Schoolkids Records 15 February 2019)

Noctorum (Marty Willson-Piper, Dare Mason) present ‘The Moon Drips’ off ‘The Afterlife’ LP

Noctorum, a duo comprised of guitarist/singer-songwriter Marty Willson-Piper and producer Dare Mason, present their new single ‘The Moon Drips’ ahead of their fourth album ‘The Afterlife’ and following the singles ‘Piccadilly Circus in the Rain’ and ‘A Girl With No Love’.

This is the duo’s first long-play in seven years. Slated for release on February 15, this album will be made available on heavy-weight gatefold vinyl, CD and digitally via Schoolkids Records. Fortunate PledgeMusic contributors received an advance copy after Noctorum’s campaign successfully achieved 113% of its target for the album.

‘The Moon Drips’ is the album’s opening track. It tells the tale of a perilous journey on a mysterious caravan that takes the unwitting across the Texan-Mexican border to a geographically impossible jump, landing in Bohemia and Prussia. As these two worlds collide, winds howl, trumpets blast, violins yearn and 19th century sequencers outmode harpsichords as creatures of the night fly silhouetted against the glowing disc of the moon, a backdrop for realised shadows as they pounce on reality itself.

Named for the village Noctorum, located near to their childhood homes on The Wirral (near Liverpool), Dare and Marty liked its association with night and its Latin derivation. This collaboration has an eclectic focus, making the quiet loud and vice-versa, singing words that might be spoken and playing indoor instruments that should be heard outside. It has to be imagined to exist.

Formed in 2002, Noctorum released their debut album Sparks Lane’ on Heyday Records in 2003. In 2006, they followed up with the album ‘Offer The Light’ on that same label, later re-releasing it as a digipak in 2010 via Second Motion Records. Heyday released their third album ‘Honey Mink Forever’ in 2011.

Marty Willson-Piper has been writing and performing internationally for over 35 years. He is best known as a long-time member of Australian psychedelic rock band The Church, who he was with from its inception through to 2013. He joined All About Eve in the ’90s, releasing two studio albums and several live albums with them. He is also lead singer and lyricist with Swedish band MOAT and a touring member of Swedish Prog legends Anekdoten. Since the mid-1980s, Willson-Piper has maintained a steady solo output, releasing six solo studio albums and three live solo albums to date. He has also co-written music with many artists, including Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs and Linda Perry.

As a house engineer at London’s world famous Townhouse Studios, Dare Mason has worked with the likes of Prince, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Tina Turner, Ravi Shankar and Soul II Soul, among others. After becoming a freelance producer/engineer in 1991, he produced albums for The Grid, The Church, Placebo and AC Acoustics, working in London, New York, Sydney and Stockholm. He finally moved to Cornwall, where he set up the VIP Lounge studio in 2001. Nowadays, Dare is mainly known as a mixing engineer, having mixed recordings by Brix Smith (ex The Fall), Cinerama and Tommy Tokyo. Dare is also a composer, songwriter and accomplished guitarist, singer and dabbler in keyboards, usually contributing musically to the artists he produces.

All three singles are now available across online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify. The full album ‘The Afterlife’ album will be released on February 15, and can now be ordered in all formats via Schoolkids Records.

CREDITS
Marty Willson-Piper – lead vocal, electric lead and rhythm guitars, bass, swedish cittra
Dare Mason – keyboards, backing vocals
Olivia Willson-Piper – backing vocals
Richard Evans – trumpet
Steve Jackson – drums
Written and produced by Marty Willson-Piper & Dare Mason
Lyrics by Marty Willson-Piper
Recorded and mixed by Dare Mason at the VIP Lounge, Penzance, England
Mastered by Poppy Weinberger for Riverfish Mastering
Design by Olivia Willson-Piper & Lizzie Tucker

Keep up with Noctorum / Marty Willson-Piper
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Posted by on February 1, 2019 in Rock