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SpaceFest! 2016 – 2-3 December 2016

SpaceFest! 2016 Preview. Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) to lead Pure Phase Ensemble 6

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SpaceFest! is gearing up for a new season. The sixth edition of this festival will take place on December 2-3. Gdansk will again become the intergalactic capital of Poland, presenting psychedelic music at its best with shoegaze, Krautrock and space-rock plus cosmic energy, intergalactic cats, forest goblins, psyched visuals, pagan disco and more.

Organized by Nasiono Records, this event is traditionally preceded by a week-long workshop for Pure Phase Ensemble, an ephemeral group created especially for the festival. While most festival events will take place at Zak Club, these musicians will rehearse at the Laznia 2 Centre for Contemporary Art in the city’s Nowy Port district, seeking inspiration amidst its post-industrial atmosphere.

anton-newcombeThis year, Pure Phase Ensemble will be fronted by a true legend: Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, espousing one rule – that there are no rules when making music. We can basically expect anything. Anton is teaming up with Emil Nikolaisen (producer, multi-instrumentalist and frontman of Serena Maneesh) for this project.

Anton Newcombe says, “It is my hope I can have a quick chat with everyone involved and get on the same page about how important silence can be. From there we can make everyone deaf… but I’m not interested in throwing everything at something then trying to remove everything in its own way. I would rather build wonderful beds of ideas, rythm, melody and work on Polish and English vocals when we can… I plan to switch between my keys and my guitars using one in open tunings if I can, and one standard… and get weirder… be heavy. and dreamy. but not pointless.”

Other PPE members are from the following Polish alternative bands: Polpo Motel (Olga Myslowska), Jesien (Maciej Karminski), Oslo Kill City (Jakub Zwirello), Judy’s Funeral (Marcin Lewandowski) and Aiodine (Kacper Graczyk). The collective will also involve Nasiono Records’ very own Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS), who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset. Their output will be presented live on December 3, and will be recorded and released on CD in 2017.

The makeup of Pure Phase Ensemble is constantly changing, guided by the artistic vision of a new leader each year. Through workshop improvisation, the musicians produce a set of unique songs, Past participants include Mark Gardener (Ride), Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Ray Dickaty (ex Spiritualized), Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo), Jaime Harding (Marion), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), and Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, The True Spirit).

This year’s concert delights include performances by Camera (Germany), Be Forest (Italy), The Third Sound (Iceland-Germany), DIV i DED (Czech Republic), MDME SPKR (Britain), and Polish artists Rosa VertovWild BooksLonker See, and The Fruitcakes.

Be Forest, a trio from the Italian city of Pesaro and leading fixture in the modern shoegaze world, bring their hallmark sound to the festival. More shoegaze is on the menu from Czech shoegaze and dreampop outfit DIV I DED, building on the achievements of such groups as Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, Slowdive, Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

German trio Camera, who experiment with sound, composition, form and expression, are justifiably compared with 70s Krautrock icons like Neu! and La

Camera - pic by Oscar Valentine

Camera – pic by Oscar Valentine

Düsseldorf, their music like a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur any second.

The new psych scene is represented by The Third Sound, a band that has been dubbed “linchpins of the psychedelic underground”. Fronted by Icelandic singer Hakon Aðalsteinsson, formerly of Singapore Sling, this project was founded in Rome and has since relocated to Berlin.

London duo MDME SPKR transmit pure, raw energy on stage, while Lau Betti’s low, in-your-face voice emanates sincerity and freshness. Their sweaty, loud sound evokes L7’s grunge or the darkness of Black Sabbath. Polish band Wild Books also combine the raw sound of psychedelic punk with dreamy, fuzzy 1990s-style guitars, presenting material from their upcoming second album titled “2”.

The sound from Poland’s Lonker See oscillates around jazz, space rock and psych. It’s full of space, based on long forms, with ample room for improvisation. Through its annual competition for young bands, two other collectives will perform at SpaceFest! 2016 – Warsaw-based Rosa Vertov, an all-female band playing dirty, disturbing shoegaze, and The Fruitcakes, whose music is inspired by the late 60s San Francisco psych scene, the Canterbury scene, and the psychedelic aspects of the contemporary Australian scene.

SpaceFest! also presents DJ sets from UK-based DJ Ola’s Kool Kitchen and DJ Pomponette, who will deliver spaced out and psychedelic dance music sets, and Snowid – a mystical forest creature and the festival’s informal patron, presenting a wild mix of disco, psytrance, electro and dubstep.

SpaceFest! is organised by the Nasiono Association in cooperation with the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art and Zak Club. The festival is co-financed by the City of Gdansk. Tickets are available from Soundrive Tickets and Zak Club(Grunwaldzka 195/197, Gdansk)

Day tickets are PLN 35 (preorder) and PLN 45 (on the door) / Weekend tickets are PLN 65 (preorder only). For more information on this unique space expedition, visit www.spacefest.pl

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

2 December 2016 | doors 7 p.m.

Rosa Vertov (PL)

Be Forest (IT)

Wild Books (PL)

Camera (DE)

The Third Sound (IS/DE)

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Snowid DJ set (PL)

Ola’s Kool Kitchen DJ set (UK)

 

3 December 2016 | doors 7 p.m.

The Fruitcakes (PL)

Lonker See (PL)

DIV I DED (CZ)

MDME SPKR (UK/FR)

Pure Phase Ensemble ft. Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) (US/PL/NOR)

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Snowid DJ Set (PL)

DJ Pomponette (UK/FR)

Ola’s Cool Kitchen DJ set (UK)

 

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Politburo – Barrington Way (Leonard Skully Records 19 August 2016)

Manchester psych rock stalwards Politburo drop first single from ‘Barrington Way’ LP.

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Long-running, Manchester psychedelic rock/folk band Politburo are releasing “Barrington Way”, the lead single from sophomore album of the same name, which releases in mid-August via Leonard Skully Records.

Politburo started out as a four-piece, but the line-up has changed over the years. Today the band consists of founding members Nick Alexander (vocals, guitar, tambourine) and Dominic ‘Dom’ James (drums, percussion, keyboards), as well as John Loveguns (guitar), Phil Meredith (guitar, keyboards), Steven Joseph (bass), and invited guest Chloé Sancho (vocals).

The band began in 1999 when they were teenage dreamers. Inspired by Mancunian legends of yore and a contempt for the dying grandees of Brit Pop. “I was out to try and create great music, but sometimes I guess it was art terrorism,” says Nick Alexander.

We knew we’d have to create our own different world to inhabit. The idea was that the right people would come to us… we wouldn’t have to go to them and force something down their collective throat,” explains Dom James.

In 2007, the band set up their own recording studio 11STSQ in Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter. Politburo hosted numerous parties there, quickly earning them an infamous reputation, with bands clamouring to be part of some hazy and spectacular nights.

It was around this time that Politburo members established Kraak Gallery. Seeking a regular musical fix, locals began to regularly turn up unsolicited at the door. Kraak Gallery quickly became a phenomenon in the Manchester underground arts scene and soon attracted national press, also receiving deserved mention in Manchester nightlife notes by Dave Haslam in ‘Life After Dark’.

Today’s Aatma space inherited Kraak Gallery’s original purpose of holding gigs and parties, with the upstairs 11STSQ more focused as a dedicated recording studio. Upon meeting the band amidst all of this activity, label boss and guru Professor Leonard Skully immediately knew these were the kind of people he wished to associate himself with.

In 2012, Politburo released their first album ‘Sally and Prinss Revisited’ through Leonard Skully Records. Around this time, the band found themselves at the epicentre of the Northern Quarter’s burgeoning music scene.

It was as if we’d populated an entire district. Bars were springing up. Cafes. People had returned to the area, in large part because we invented our own music industry—a venue, a record label, a recording studio,” says Dom James.

The ‘Barrington Way’ album was recorded, mixed and mastered at their beloved studio 11STSQ. For this release, the band was joined by French singer-songwriter Chloe Sancho, who contributed vocals on at least half of the songs, becoming an important part of the album’s sound. “She has a timeless quality, a pained quality,” says Nick Alexander. “Her voice is beautiful, like a ghost.”

We tried to capture how we sound live. But often there’d be something we’d want in there, that would take weeks to create or realise. Crazy schemes, such as getting artist Florian Fusco to come over from Berlin and play the first ever Random Appropriation Synth committed to record. We followed our noses. We never let ourselves be put off by the seeming impossibility of an idea,” says Dom James.

As of August 19, the ‘Barrington Way’ LP will be released on 12” vinyl and digital download via Leonard Skully Records. It is already available for pre-order (vinyl) and will be also a free download on Politburo’s Bandcamp site. The band has also announced a U.K. tour, including the following dates:

LIVE DATES
August 4 – Bristol, Stag and Hounds
August 7 – Blackpool, Stanley Park
August 12 – Nottingham, Jam Cafe
August 17 – Manchester, Night & Day
August 19 – York, The Basement (with George Boomsma)
August 20 – London, The Betsey Trotwood
August 25 – Glasgow, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy

TRACK LIST
1. Umm, Rhombus?
2. Deep. Down, Deep
3. Breeze
4. Her Long Shadow
5. Zoo’s Of The World
6. C’est Moi
7. A Crack In Saturn
8. Under The Ground
9. Carolene
10. Barrington Way

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Posted by on August 6, 2016 in Psychedelic

 

Portland Psych Festival July 29-30

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In good tradition with psych fests everywhere, the Portland Psych Movement is presenting the Second Annual Portland Psych Fest, for those who remember last year’s Fest, those who were there and can’t remember anything, and also those who will be embarking on this special trip for the first time.

Sponsored by Sizzle Pie and and XRAY.FM, this year’s lineup features bands from Chicago, Mexico, and Idaho to San Francisco and L.A., fearlessing riding the path blazed in the sixties and representing the most nascent and newly-borne sounds conjured Stateside. AudioGlobe will be there filming the whole festival. The poster art is by Noritsugu Lockhart, who will be on hand selling screen prints.

The fun kicks off on Friday, July 29th and runs till late on Saturday, July 30th. All performances will take place at the Star Theater in Portland. Tickets for the July 29-30 events can be found at http://www.pdxpsychfest.com. The Psych Fest AfterParty will happen on August 1 at Valentine’s, featuring Hollow Sidewalks and a Super Secret Psych Fest artist (to be annouced the final day).

DAY ONE
7:30pm Howler (Los Angeles)
8:30pm Zozma (Portland)
9:30pm Plastic crimewave Syndicate (Chicago)
10:30pm Hi Hazel (Idaho)
11:30pm The Young Elders (San Francisco)
12:30am Jackson Boone (Portland)

DAY TWO
1:30pm San dbabes (Los Angeles)
2:15pm Down Dirty Shake (San Francisco)
3pm mosquito (Los Angeles)
4pm Lemat (Mexico)
5pm Zodiac Death Valley (San Francisco)
6pm Hawkeye (Portland)
7pm The Spiral Electric (San Francisco)
8pm Cambrian Explosion (Portland)
10pm LSD &The Search for God (San Francisco)
11pm The Asteroid #4 (San Francisco)
12:30 Spindrift (Los Angeles)

ALSO FEATURING
DJ Day 1: Paul Dillon
DJs Day 2: Malty Stag & Stonebunny

* Portland’s own Bacchus’ Boogiers dance troupe, dancing non-stop to each of the bands performing…

* Lightshows by Trey Schultz

* A vintage clothes pop-up shop

* On the patio, the divinatory avenues of local Tarot artist Holly Cole of Crystal Seed Tarot, who will be issuing readings throughout the weekend on a donation basis.

TICKET SALES
http://www.pdxpsychfest.com
$20 each day/$35 weekend pass. No weekend pass available on days of event

Day 1: www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6772705&pl=dantes&dispatch=loadSelectionData
Day 2: www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6772765&pl=dantes&dispatch=loadSelectionData

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Psychedelic

 

The Eden House – Half Life

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Stephen Carey’s open collective The Eden House are back with their third album “Half Life”. Once again, a massive bunch of musicians offers tunes to the dark ethereal universe of Eden House including Lee Douglas, the lead singer of Anathema, celtic music experimentalist Jordan Reyne and Phil Manzanera among others. “Half Life” is wisely balanced between old school dark wave as contained in the 4AD book of tales and contemporary electronic music, two elements that seal this work as “classic”.

“Bad Men” is such an example lifted off by vocalist Monica Richards. Or maybe the tearful “City of Goodbyes” which should be kept off the drawer for the lonely nights. And “Hunger”, a trippy dark ode leaded by Queenie Moy.

Unlike other ultra super mega projects, The Eden House is worth listening especially if you are on the road to heaven…

 
 

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The world of Axis Mundi

A friend introduced me to this very interesting 5 piece band from Midlands, Axis Mundi.

They were formed in 2008 and soon were rated as one of the top 5 upcoming bands in the UK from a group of over 12,000 other quality acts.

On their bio they mention that “During 2010, the band worked closely with bestselling science author and NewScientist writer Michael Brooks during his election campaign against Hinckley and Bosworth MP David Tredinnick. Tredinnick has made claims that surgeons should not operate on a full moon and that scientists were “racially prejudiced”. Axis Mundi support science in politics and believe that in the age of technology, politicians have a responsibility to acknowledge scientific data when making decisions.

In 2011, Axis Mundi produced the video “Eden Alive” and by October 2001, they released their debut album “Chapel Perilous“.

You can hear their album free HERE

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Heavy Metal, Music, Psychedelic

 

Meet Alithia from Melbourne

Alithia is a band at the forefront of a new movement in music known as Astral Space Core. More than simply a genre of musical tag, Astral Space Core taps into the chakra and connects the cosmic consciousness of its listener. More than just words and musical strokes, Astarl Space Core reflects a world we live in where unlimited possibilities of the mind are being explored. Influenced by post modernism, Alithia incorporates a vast array of sounds, and philosophies into its ground-breaking sound.

Alithia’s music is a celebration of life and death, darkness and light, confusion and clarity. It’s sound based on personal and spiritual experiences which has become an open vessel for all who wish to join them on their journey. The result is an authentically unique sound that combines ambient, melodic, psychedelic, electronic and punk rock music. Alithia plays from the core of its being, conjuring aetheric moments in time and space inspired by the beauty of the mysticism of the universe.

Alithia are a Melbourne based band which formed in 2004 and has since experimented to establish its current sound. Many artists have come and gone, but through these shared experiences, the group has gained strength and musical diversity. The core members – John Rousvanis, Danny Constantino and Mark Vella – have evolved and honed Alithia’s craft into ever expanding musical boundaries and have now established its musical maturity.

Alithia’s live shows are an undeniably atmospheric and hupnotic experience. The music flows openly and freely, taking the listener on a journey of shared self-expression. The costumes, theatre and energy in an Alithia performance stimulates all of the senses and takes the listener to another plane and makes them part of the experience.

Alithia are a band leading the Astral Space Core musical movement.
Unique, personal and honest, Alithia does not bend to the whims of fashion. Regardless of passing trends, Alithia is committed to crafting songs like spells – a bewitching sound and sonic vibration that echoes through time and space.

The band released the albums “Tower Of Babel” in 2008 and “A Realm O Nul” in 2011.
The band’s next single “Fallen Times” will be released in April as Alithia will be toured across Australia in May.

Click HERE for their Myspace profile.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Psychedelic

 

Works and days of NightPorter

The first NightPorter song I’ve ever heard was a Pixies cover.

I said to myself “oh, it’s an alternative band”.

The next song was “Riders On The Storm”, so this confused me a little…so I started searching on the internet in order to find what this band is all about…

It was on a dark cold Belfast in February 2009 that NightPorter first emerged as an idea, the original idea was a band that release tracks, videos and live streamed web performances and using all aspects of modern technology to get their message of post punk fundamentalism out to the world.

Back in their native Newcastle upon Tyne, they set about putting their plan into action. In keeping with their Post Punk DIY ethic, all material would be written, played and produced in house. From the very early stages, the band wanted total control over everything they wrote and performed. This extended to artwork, graphics and video; this meant very few compromises had to be made with their sound.
April 2009 saw NP’s first demo release,”Victoria“. The accompanying video, a haunting sepia stained homage to the era of German expressionism quickly gathered a cult following on YouTube and the band’s fan base began a rapid expansion across the world.

This led to the inclusion of a rough demo being hurriedly included on a NightBreed compilation and a bootleg video of the track appearing on YouTube. A few weeks later, an unreleased cover of the Doors’ “Riders On The Storm” would also find its way onto YouTube, the unique reworking proved a favourite with viewers and fans although the band themselves had never intended for it to heard.

With interest growing in NP live performances, the original idea of the band mutated and the monster lurched out of the studio and onto the stage. The initial live line up comprised Il Dottore on Bass, Raven on Vox and Dr Ordinaire on keyboards and new recruits, Zee on guitar. Early gigs were played with a rhythm track providing the drums but this proved too limited for the band and the search was on for a drummer.

Ade, a superb sticks man and long time partner in crime of Il Dottore stood up to the plate but due to touring and recording commitments had to step down after several blistering live shows throughout summer 2010. With an important show at the 2010 Batcave reunion looming, the band had to find a new drummer and fast The Preacher was quickly drafted in to fill Ade’s place and NightPorter were London bound for two gigs in a row.

The Friday night date at the Gaff in north London was played as a warm up for the following Evening’s Batcave reunion playing alongside seminal Goth Glam band The Specimen and Gene Loves Jezebel. The band played a blinding set and won themselves a new audience in the process. A psyched out cover of Pink Floyd’sSet The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” circulated on YouTube for a while, its heavy psychedelic redux impressed even hardened Floyd heads.

Returning to Newcastle saw further line up changes. Dr Ordinaire had already stepped into the background to concentrate on Video, art work and writing whilst The Preacher would also depart after several gigs with band. With a clutch of gigs under their belt, it was time for the band to go back and do what they originally set out to do and get the debut album, wrote, recorded and released.
This was an intense time for as well as working under the NightPorter banner, they also recorded under the production team name, The Laboratory Obscure producing several covers and original tracks. This side project became known as The Maldine Square Tapes which included “The Box” and “The Black Lodge” as well as covers of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” and the Open Mind’s “Magic Potion


So its 2011 and NightPorter finally have a stable line up with the addition of Joe on drums, he has a natural flair and style that is totally in keeping with the band’s sound. They interrupt their recording with a handful of local gigs and a side project or two but then its back on track, The band release a reworked version of an earlier favourite, “The Sickness” 2011, it’s the first taste of what the new album will sound like, a brutal video accompanies the track and somehow its now more relevant after a series of riots and protests have swept the country.
By now, NP was getting a lot of international attention with interviews appearing in several magazines and Radio shows. As they prepare for the launch of their long awaited debut album, “Alarming But Charming” and on the 20th of August, they made their triumphant return to Slimelight in London for the launch party. The live set goes down a storm with the crowd and the album is officially launched in style.
The following Monday sees the album released to excellent reviews, written, produced and paid for by the band, it’s a throwback to the old days of Punk and the beginning of the Independent era. Comprising of 10 original compositions, the album is a riot of social commentary and observation over a collage of melodic power and intricate rhythms. Many reviews (click here to read the Tribe4mian review) make note of the originality of the sound and the diversity of songs on the album, this reflects the wide and varied influences that NP have soaked up.

To summarise, NightPorter are a high octane mix of melody and raw power. They combine the best elements of Alternative Rock, Psychedelia and heavy Post Punk to create a blistering wall of sound of their own. Think Killing Joke going toe to toe with The Doors while Joy Division sticks the boot in and you have the NightPorter sound. It’s the dark end of the street, part melody, part menace but very infectious.

You can buy “Alarming but Charming” here.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Goth, etc., Psychedelic