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The Asteroid No.4 – Northern Songs (Little Cloud Records / Cardinal Fuzz 18 September 2020)

California-based psych-rock legends The Asteroid No.4 to release ‘Northern Songs’ LP

Psychedelic rock / power pop legends The Asteroid No.4 will release their new album ‘Northern Songs’ LP on September 18. This much-anticipated collection of tracks will be released through a partnership with UK-based Cardinal Fuzz Records and Portland’s Little Cloud Records.

Stalwarts of the modern ‘psych’ genre, they are known for their prolific discography of reverb-drenched recordings and liquid-projected live performances. With a sound all their own and neo-psychedelic / shoegaze learnings, they are often compared to acts like Spacemen 3 and Paisley Underground kingpins The Rain Parade.

This new track comes on the trail of singles ‘Swiss Mountain Myth’‘The After Glow’ and ‘Northern Song’.

Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Asteroid No.4 originated in Philadelphia in the latter half of the 1990s and gradually began to relocate westwards in 2011. After several lineup changes, for the last decade, the band has been foundationally comprised of Scott Vitt (vocals, guitar), Eric Harms (guitar), Adam Weaver (drums, vocals) and Matty Rhodes (bass, vocals).

‘Northern Songs’ is the band’s tenth full length record, following up the ‘Collide’ LP in 2018. Here, the 12-string folk-rock jangle of the mid-60’s Byrds is overlaid with the washed-out vocal harmonies of Ride and topped off with psychedelic drones familiar to Spacemen 3. This is a hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psychedelic.

On this new album, they did all writing, playing, recording, mixing and mastering in their own studio. This is the first time they’ve gone fully DIY since their fourth album ‘An Amazing Dream’ (2006), where the band finally found their own trademark sound.

“This is a first for us as we’ve always had at least guest musicians or someone else mix or master. It was an experiment on what we could do ourselves and testing our new studio in San Rafael, CA for the first time. Our sound is primarily rooted in the British indie music from the 80s and 90s. This is the music we grew up on, we still listen to today, and what happens as a natural result of our songwriting,” says Scott Vitt.

“Lyrically there’s reference to what is happening both socially and politically in the world around us. We wanted to make an album that brought an air of calm or even nostalgia, to remind people that there was a time, not all that long ago, when things seemed way more normal compared to what we’re experiencing today.”

A dynamic live act, The Asteroid No.4 integrate multi-textured guitars and reverb-drenched vocal harmonies over an unwavering rhythm section. Their prolific output has earned them a dedicated fan base within the flourishing underground psychedelic scene, with over a dozen compilation appearances, digital-only rarity releases, and multiple singles and EPs.

Named after Vesta, the brightest asteroid in our solar system, their moniker is an obvious nod to Spacemen 3, one of the band’s main influences. In fact, one of the group’s earliest recordings was a faithful cover of their ‘Losing Touch with My Mind‘. Released via UK label Rocket Girls tribute compilation to the 80’s legends, Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember himself named the song as a stand-out track in an interview with Magnet Magazine.

As of September 18, the ‘Northern Songs’ LP will be available digitally online, including via Apple Music, Spotify and directly from the band via Bandcamp and their own website. 

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Posted by on September 18, 2020 in Psychedelic, Rock

 

The Pull of Autumn ‘Shipwrecked on Aspirin’ from ‘Small Colors’ LP RBM Records 18 September 2020

The Pull of Autumn previews ‘Shipwrecked on Aspirin’ ahead of ‘Small Colors’ LP release

Art rock collective The Pull of Autumn will be releasing their new ‘Small Colors’ album on September 18. Ahead of that, they preview the track ‘Shipwrecked on Aspirin’, the second taste of this album.

Featuring Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James of IRS artist Fashion. ‘Shipwrecked on Aspirin’ harkens back to post-punk of the past with one different element – the introduction of electronic music added in. Much in the spirit of Eno’ work with Roxy Music.  Elements of theremin and a horror soundtrack vibe bubble underneath.

Luke originally wrote this song when he was 22 as a fingerstyle guitar traditional folk song. Later he did a punk version, which Daniel Darrow has now turned into post-rock!

“About these lyrics, a guy kills an albatross (bad luck), the ship is becalmed, they make the guy walk the plank to bring back the wind, but as he steps off the end of the plank, he’s reborn as an albatross! Not the same story as ‘Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner’ but kind of inspired by it,” says Luke James.

Based between Boston and Rhode Island, The Pull of Autumn is a ‘super group’ of sorts, with songs orbiting around Daniel Darrow from Johanna’s House of Glamour and Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James (Fashion), but also involves numerous emerging and notable musicians from the local music scene and from far abroad.

Earlier, The Pull of Autumn released the lead single ‘Holiday’ feat. Orange Cake Mix (a.k.a. James Rao). They recorded this Bee Gees‘ track as a tribute to the 60s with an added electronic element, melding 60s pop into today’s post-rock movement.

‘Small Colors’ will be released via Boston-based label RBM Records. The collective’s third album, this it is a tribute to many moods, ranging from British folk music and post-rock to jazz, ambient and electronic music. The album’s title represents Darrow’s return to a minimalist approach towards creating music.

This long-play involves members of 4AD artists Dif Juz, Rough Trade artists Johanna’s House of Glamour and Butterfly Child, , Epic 45, Boyracer, Perfect Disaster, InsidesGermany’s Seasurfer, Japan’s Broken Little SisterOrange Cake Mix, vocalists Mina Hunt and Jeanne BattingColin Darrow and Matthew Darrow.

“Many artists reached out to contribute to make this album a full range of interpretations of sound .It’s thrilling to have all these amazing artists join together to create 16 songs that a channel the same voice – A love of creating beauty, even in these difficult times,” says Daniel Darrow.

This release follows up the 2019 ‘Afterglow’ LP, which included contributions by members of Throwing Muses, Boyracer, Seasurfer, Orange Cake Mix, Johanna’s House of Glamour, Hood, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for something quite beautiful.

Their debut album ‘The Pull of Autumn’ was released in 2018 following the single ‘Not Coming Down’ featuring Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James, frontman of British new wave pioneers (and I.R.S. recording artist) Fashion.

The cover painting was created by artist Joyce Raskin, who is also bassist in Scarce and author or several books. Her painting fully represents the sound  of the music.

As of September 18, ‘Small Colors’ will be available across online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify. It will also be available on CD, packaged in a gatefold 7-inch sleeve. The album can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

CREDITS
‘Holiday’ written by Barry Gibb
Guitar and vocals by James Rao ‘Orange Cake Mix’
Keyboards by Daniel Darrow
Bass by Bruce MacLeod
Album cover painting by Joyce Raskin White

TRACK LIST
1. Bakhchalarda
2. Easy
3. No Romance
4. Fester
5. That’s How it’s Always Been
6. The Stars or the Jungle
7. Holiday
8. Lampin
9. The Beautiful Golden Y
10. The Sun Is Going to Shine
11. Bored and Lonely
12. If You Could Read My Mind
13. Shipwrecked on Aspirin
14. Delirious Intuition
15. Color
16. No Day at the Beach

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Posted by on September 16, 2020 in Alternative, Folk, Post Punk

 

Vanilla Fudge – Immigrant Song (cover) Golden Robot Records 22 September 2020

Vanilla Fudge  release remastered cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ on 22nd September on Golden Robot Records.

Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin is one of the monster tracks of all time. How do you top that? Well, you can’t but we decided to just have fun with it. I came up with this On Green Dolphin Street kinda chord progression as the intro on the synth with a heavy-duty brass sound that worked pretty well. The guys fell into it right quick and it rocks the house. Carmine did a great job with the drum track and Tim and Vince killed it. I did the vocals in Florida and sent it back to Carmine in Los Angeles and he mixed it. Hope you dig it.”
– Mark Stein 

Τhey will also be releasing a new album in 2021, The Supreme Vanilla Fudge, which will see them re-work 10 songs from the legendary The Supremes done in the classic Fudge way. The Supreme Vanilla Fudge will feature all 4 original members: Mark Stein, Carmine Appice, Vinnie Martel and Tim Bogert (who no longer tours but will appear on a few tracks on the record) along with touring bassist Pete Bremy.

Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock” an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal.

Although, at first, the band did not record original material, they were best known for their dramatic heavy, slowed-down arrangements of contemporary pop songs which they developed into works of epic proportion.

Originally, Vanilla Fudge was a blue-eyed soul cover band called The Pigeons, formed in New Jersey in 1965 with organist, Mark Stein, bassist, Tim Bogert, drummer, Joey Brennan, and guitarist, vocalist and US Navy veteran, Vince Martell. They built a following by gigging extensively up and down the East Coast and earned extra money by providing freelance in-concert backing for hit-record girl groups. In early 1966, the group recorded a set of eight demos that were released several years later as “While the World Was Eating Vanilla Fudge”.

The East Coast, in particular, New York, and New Jersey, created a sound all its own. Inspired by groups such as The Rascals and The Vagrants (fronted by guitarist, Leslie West of “Mountain” fame), The Pigeons reworked many of their own existing arrangements of covers to reflect their unique interpretation of this “East Coast Sound”.

In late 1966, drummer, Joey Brennan, moved out to the West Coast; The Pigeons immediately drafted drummer and vocalist, Carmine Appice, a disciple of the renowned Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Band) and a seasoned veteran of the club scene. In early 1967, The Pigeons manager, Phil Basile, convinced producer, George “Shadow” Morton (producer for The Shangri-Las and Janis Ian), to catch their live act. Impressed by their heavy-rocking, trippy and psychedelic version of The Supremes’ You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Morton offered to record the song as a single. This resulted in a deal with the Atlantic subsidiary Atco, which requested a name change. The band settled on Vanilla Fudge.

Vanilla Fudge celebrated their 50-Year Anniversary in 2017 and is still rocking the world as hard as ever.

Pre-order/pre-save Immigrant Song HERE 

Here is the band playing live another Zep song in Bayonne NJ in 2018

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2020 in Rock

 

Girls In Synthesis – Now Here’s an Echo from your Future (28/08/2020 Harbinger Sound)

Following a steady stream of ultra-limited 7” singles, that were collated together in 2019 for the ‘Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018’ on Louder Than War, the bands highly-anticipated debut album, by those that know, arrives with the first bitter taste of new single ‘Pressure’; one-minute-and-fifty-four seconds of screeching feedback, tribal drums and unbridled rage that is exactly the shot in the arm and the boot up the arse this nation, if not the world, needs right now. “In both music and lyrical content this song sets out to capture the unrelenting pressures of living in the modern world,” explains vocalist and guitarist Jim.

“The pressures and expectations of which ‘they’ force upon you – with the apparent realisation that you will never be what they want you to be. “Pressure, the twist of the gut, as one door opens another fucking shuts” Since forming in late 2016, Girls In Synthesis have quickly forged a fearsome reputation as one of the most exciting and volatile live acts in London.

In equal parts frantic, considered, ear-splitting and melodic, the group take their cues from the early DIY punk and post-punk pioneers to keep everything in-house; artwork, videos, performances and recordings are created entirely by the group and their handful of trusted collaborators, under a bedrock of heavy, bludgeoning, dark, post-punk.

Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future’ is their first release for fabled experimental punk label Harbinger Sound and finds the band advancing their sound, making subtle but experimental shifts in texture and tone, helping to break free from the shackled straight-jacket of punk rock that, to be fair, never really held them down in the first place.

Across the album’s ten songs, Girls In Synthesis explore a wide range of sensations and sounds as the album detonates into life with opening track ‘Arterial Movements’ in a screeching flurry of over-driven guitar and hammering drums. The contrast between the slow, mesmerising look into aging and dying in ‘Human Frailty’ (‘The realisation that you cannot halt their impending death’), to the aggressive attack on the rise of the right-wing in ‘They’re Not Listening’ (‘The time-old tradition of the right wing accosting desperate working class people has returned’) shows a wide range of subjects and reactions aggressively tackled.

Mental health in a fast-moving, unforgiving world, media control, the divide widening between the have and the have nots, the class divide, the blaming of the poor, NHAEFYF bristles with an unforgiving frustration and temper. The recording of NHAEFYF started at Rockit Studio, Hull in April 2019 during days off on the UK tour to promote the ‘Pre/Post’ compilation album. The Hull sessions were engineered by studio owner and local musician Sean Tomlinson.

The remainder of the album was recorded and engineered by the band throughout summer 2019 in a large rehearsal room at Gun Factory studios, Homerton. Production and finishing touches were completed at GIS bassist John’s S.I.C.K Studio in Hither Green.

The album was mixed by long-time band collaborator and engineer, Max Walker (currently studying at Abbey Road). The album was mastered by Brett Shaw at 123 Studios, Peckham. In their few years of existence, fans and critics alike have been stunned by the bands pure visceral and punishing wall of sound, as well as applauding the groups way of making a GIS show an all-inclusive experience; playing from within the crowd to create a unique and awe-inspiring spectacle.

Being hand-picked to support acts as diverse as Damo Suzuki, Slaves, Bad Breeding, Warmduscher and Wolf Alice has seen a widening of the groups fan base. Sold out headline shows across the UK have led to frantic and chaotic performances, and packed, sweaty venues, the word is getting out and spreading rapidly.

Catch GIS while you can and witness the rise of one of the UK’s most original and unique underground bands.

Tracklisting:
1. Arterial Movements
2. Pressure
3. The Images Agree
4. Scrapped
5. Human Frailty
6. They’re Not Listening
7. Cause For Concern
8. Coming Up For Air
9. Set Up To Fail
10. Tirades Of Hate and Fear

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2020 in Post Punk, punk rock

 

SKAM – Green Eyes (X Ray Records 21 September 2020)

UK rock trio SKAM release their new single ‘Green Eyes’ on 21st September via X-Ray Records.

‘Green Eyes‘ is the first release from their forthcoming EP, which combines the familiar SKAM power with melodic choruses to showcase a significant step forward by the band. The song’s focus is on jealousy and how the grass can look greener on the other side of the fence, but to overcome it, you need to suck it up, swallow it down, and concentrate on your own life.

Combining an early Def Leppard crunch with the melodic touch of the Foo Fighters and the grit of Rival Sons – SKAM are set to rise to prominence.

ABOUT SKAM
Formed in 2011, SKAM are a hard rock power trio band from the middle of England.  They have a reputation for delivering no nonsense, gutsy, classic sounding British rock music.Over the last 9 years, the band have worked tirelessly to build a solid following in the UK, and now they are widely considered to be at the forefront of the ‘New Wave of Classic Rock’ movement that is currently sweeping the nation.

To date, the band have independently released 3 albums. ‘It’s Come to This’ (2011) and ‘Peacemaker’ (2014) were released to critical acclaim and the band established themselves as a live force to be reckoned with. The band have hit road with The Answer, Airbourne, Skindred, The Quireboys, and GUN to name a few and are considered a formidable live act.

A drive to innovate inspired SKAM to release ‘The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard’ (2017), a concept record based on the diary entries of a time travelling RAF pilot.
The songs were described as ‘gritty anthemic rockers’ by Classic Rock Magazine and the album received a number of 5-star reviews from the UK Music press. SKAM don’t write songs to a formula, they write songs as rock fans, trying to capture what they would want to hear.

Lead single ‘Take it Or Leave it’ was voted as ‘track of the week’ by Classic Rock Magazine and has since been included on Earache Records ‘New Wave of Rock N Roll’ compilation vinyl.

Steve Hill – Guitars – Lead Vox
Matt Gilmore– Bass – Backing Vox
Neal Hill – Drums – Backing Vox

Discography:
Its Come To This – Album 2011
Peacemaker – Album 2013
SKAM: LIVE – Album 2017
The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard – Album 2017

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Posted by on September 2, 2020 in Rock

 

Assemblage 23 – Mourn (Metropolis Records 11 September 2020)

Assemblage 23 – the one man project created by Tom Shear, combines genre-expanding electronics with intensely personal subject matter.

The phenomenal new album ‘Mourn‘ is a standout in Assemblage 23’s extensive catalog.

Beyond the trappings of modern EBM and Industrial, ‘Mourn’ seamlessly blends danceable electronics with intimate soul searching lyrics.

A breathtaking album from one of the genre’s best.

‘Mourn’ will be released by Metropolis Records on September 11th via all digital and streaming formats as well as CD, a deluxe 2 CD version and a limited edition vinyl edition.

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2020 in Electronic