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Post-Industrial band Statiqbloom will be releasing their new album entitled “Asphyxia” on Metropolis Records. The Brooklyn-based band
has earned quite a reputation with their unique brand of dark electronic beat heavy sounds that leads right up to their high anticipated album “Asphyxia.” The album will be available digitally as well as compact disc and limited edition vinyl on June 7th. Statiqbloom have tour dates that will dot the Summer both here and abroad.

STATIQBLOOM ON TOUR

Tuesday May 28 2019 Newark, NJ QXT’s
Saturday June 1 2019 Berlin, Germany Urban Spree
Thursday June 6 2019 Leipzig, Germany Felsenkeller
Tuesday June 11 2019 London, UK The Glove That Fits
Wednesday June 12 2019 Glasgow, UK Nice N’ Sleazy
Thursday June 13 2019 Aarhus, Denmark Tape
Saturday July 6 2019 Sao Paulo, Brazil Hotel Cambridge

Dawn of Ashes will soon start a 10 show West Coast tour in support of their latest Metropolis release entitled “The Crypt Injection II (Non Serviam).” Dawn of Ashes will be joined by special guests Die Sektor along with Midnight Nightmare.

Saturday 05/04/2019 Los Angeles CA Stardust Club
Sunday 05/05/2019 Oakland CA Elbo Room
Tuesday 05/07/2019 Portland OR Paris Theatre
Wednesday 05/08/2019 Seattle WA Highline
Thursday 05/09/2019 Boise ID The Shredder
Friday 05/10/2019 Salt Lake City UT The Loading Dock
Saturday 05/11/2019 Denver CO 3 Kings Tavern
Sunday 05/12/2019 Albuquerque NM Launchpad
Monday 05/13/2019 Phoenix AZ Club Red
Tuesday 05/142019 San Diego CA Brick by Brick

Metropolis Records is proud to announce the North American release of the latest album by Sweden’s electro/new wave/postpunk band Agent Side Grinder. The album entitled “A/X,” is the fifth by Agent Side Grinder and the first to feature their new singer Emanuel Åström. “A/X,” boasts 9 songs of sweeping synth melodies with guest appearances by Gustav Bendt (Club Killers) and the Danish-Canadian coldwave-singer Sally Dige. “A/X” will be available digitally on April 26th while the compact disc and limited edition vinyl will follow on June 7th.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

David J – Thoughts and Prayers (Schoolkids Records 13 April 2019)

David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) announces ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ 7″ as Record Store Day exclusive

The Schoolkids Records label has announced the new ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ 7″ single from David J, which will be released for Record Store Day. This will be issued on limited edition vinyl in a run of only 500 copies. This is the first great protest song of the year, exclusively for RSD 2019.

David J Haskins, an achieved solo artist in his own right, is also co-founder of both Bauhaus and Love and Rockets and the man responsible for the lyrics of the Bauhaus classic ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’.

“Thoughts and Prayers’ is a scathing rebuke of the United States for it’s inability to stop the senseless mass school shootings that are killing our nation’s children,” says David J, who bemoans the futility of “sending thoughts and prayers” to solve this tragic issue and also the inherent hypocrisy of the present government.

This 7″ single comes packaged in a sleeve with a striking picture of a rifle with a bloody red circle around it and a line drawn through it.  The complete lyrics of ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ are printed on the back so the nation does not miss a word of this powerful call to action.

The B-Side is a haunting cover of Emily Jane White ‘Hole in the Middle’. While origially written in response to the Bush administration, this powerful political song is just as relevant in today’s political environment.

David J also expresses his support for Record Store Day: “I first discovered music on vinyl, so whenever I’m flipping through albums in an indie store it harkens back to the magic and excitement of discovery of those early days. To my ears, vinyl still sounds better than any other format and Record Store Day has done a great job of reviving enthusiasm for it. The magic continues!”

David J has been touring the US and Europe, South America and Australia before that for the massively successful Ruby World Tourwith Peter Murphy, celebrating 40 years of the music of Bauhaus. RSD 2019 is the perfect time for him to raise his voice against America’s shameful tragedy with this newest release.

“Big thanks to Rick Johnson and everyone at Record Store Day, Schoolkids Records, Darwin Meiners, Chris Lawrence, Mike Berg, Damon Robertson, Paul Wallfisch, Heather Paauwe, Emily Jane White, Tony Green, Sean Eden, Scott Saw, and Cassette Studio,” says David J.

As of Saturday, April 13, ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ can be found at RSD-participating record stores, but it is expected to sell out quickly, so if you are eager to obtain this, put in a request early with your local independent record store.

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Posted by on March 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Bromide – Magic Coins (Scratchy Records 26 April 2019)

London-based indie rockers Bromide announce new ‘Magic Coins’ single

British noise pop outfit Bromide have announced their new single ‘Magic Coins’, an infectious track accompanied by ‘Always Now’ as its b-side. ‘Magic Coins’ is an unexpected rhythm track that is seemingly drum and bass-inspired, written collectively by all three band members.

Bromide are Simon Berridge on vocals and guitar, Ed Lush on drums, and Hugo Wilkinson on bass.? These songbirds worship at the altars of Husker Du, Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements, Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., The Only Ones, Buffalo Tom and other melodic rockers equally obsessed by songs, songwriting and the euphoria associated with playing music through amplified electronic equipment.

Hailing from London, their sound has been described as “Grant Hart fronting Sebadoh” and “Elvis Costello fronting Dinosaur Jr.” Vive Le Rock noted that they mix “the best bits of The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr. replete with melancholic melodies and J Mascis-ish guitar lines”.

“Magic Coins is a good example of how being in a band can take things off in directions you’d never expect. I’d been trawling youtube one night and on my travels come across Susan Boyle’s gobsmacking debut performance on ‘X Factor’ and a thumping AC/DC gig from Oakland Coliseum, California in ’79. Both had made me think about the nature of performance and invisible energy release and so I put this into a new song I was writing “I wanna stand in their shoes. Tell me what it is I have to do,” says Simon Berridge.

“When we next got to practise, we hadn’t played together for a while and I remember starting playing the riff and Ed literally running to get behind the drum kit. He started playing this frenetic almost drum and bass beat and the song exploded. It ended up totally not where I was expecting.”

This single follows the album ‘I Woke Up’, released in the summer of 2018, and the ‘I Remember’ album previous to that. In that time, they have won over news fans including Gideon Coe at BBC 6 Music, who has called their music ‘Fantastic’ and says their latest single ‘Two Song Slot’ is ‘a mighty fine tune’, playing these tracks numerous times over several months.

Legendary producer, Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine) recorded, mixed and produced these tracks at Bark Studios in Walthamstow, London. Seamlessly welding their pop onto their rock, together they achieved Bromide’s sublime college-rock sound. The band also wrote some of the music in the studio while recording, including the confessional album opener ‘Tale To Tell’ while album closer ‘I Woke Up’ sees them begin to stretch their wings a bit as a Glenn Branca / Krautrock groove builds to an an epic conclusion complete with thunder, rain, autoharp and anything else lying round the studio.

“We’ve recorded the most recent two Bromide albums with Brian because he knows how to make you focus on what you’re trying to achieve, plus he knows how to make it sound great,” says Simon Berridge.

The ‘Magic Coins’ single will be released digitally and plans also include a 7″ on limited edition vinyl. The ‘I Woke Up’ album is available across online stores and streaming platorms, as well as on limited edition vinyl and CD. It can be obtained from Scratchy Records through Cargo Records.

CREDITS
Lyrics by Simon Berridge

‘Magic Coins’ written by Simon Berridge, Ed Lush, Hugo Wilkinson
‘Always Now’ written by Ed Lush
Simon Berridge – guitar, vocals

Ed Lush – drums
Hugo Wilkinson – bass
Recorded, mixed and produced by Brian O’Shaughnessy at Bark Studios in Walthamstow, London
Mastered by Jerome Schmitt at AirLab

Cover artwork by Jobsworth

LIVE DATES

Saturday 23rd March – Scratchstock at The Birds Nest, Deptford
Saturday 13th April – Records Store Day alldayer at Sister Midnight Records, Deptford
Saurday 25th May – Scratchstock at The Birds Nest, Deptford
more dates TBA

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Posted by on February 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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

 

Julien Temple – The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (documentary, 2015)

I often repeat myself by saying that we survive on this planet by luck and that we are lucky enough to wake up every day.

We have to appreciate and enjoy life, and this is precisely what Julien Temple is about in his documentary “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Temple makes a universal, poetic film about life and death around us, focused on Dr. Feelgood’s guitarist, Wilko Johnson, who was diagnosed in 2009 with incurable pancreatic cancer.

While Wilko recounts his feelings and thoughts when his doctors told him that he had 10 months to live, Temple uses footage from movies like Ingmar Bergman‘s “The Seventh Seal” and Philip Saville‘s, “Hamlet at Elsinore“and has Wilko playing chess with “death”.

Wilko, an avid book lover, reads Shakespeare, Milton, Medieval Icelandic Literature and talks about astronomy.

He is calm when he receives the diagnosis of the forthcoming end.

He feels an elation and realizes that he does not have to create any other memories for the future, simply because there is no future for him.

He refuses chemotherapy and decides to enjoy every moment of his remaining life putting together a farewell tour with bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe

It’s not the first time that cancer shows up on his doorstep.

This is how he lost his wife Irene 10 years ago…

Wilko enjoys playing the character of Ser Ilyn Payne, the executioner in “Game of Thrones” and while the mass started pushing into other organs in his body, he records the album “Going Back Home” with Roger Daltrey.

The album turned out to be successful but Wilko knows he is going to die…

Julien Temple’s documentary “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson” is not a documentary about rock’n’roll, Dr. Feelgood or English politics.

It’s a poetic movie about isolation, about the transitional stage in which a man is waiting in the anteroom of death, trying to experience the ecstasy of existence for the last time.

You can watch it here…

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2019 in Documentaries, Uncategorized

 

London electro pop: Auld presents ‘Need Her Still’ single

London electronic pop artist Auld presents ‘Need Her Still’ off debut album

London-based electronic collective Auld present their new single ‘Need Her Still’. Slated for release on Friday, January 25, this is the first single to be release from their forthcoming debut album ‘Mainstream Music’, which is out in mid-March.

Comprised of 10 tracks, this long-play is loaded with easy yet brooding, alternative, electronic pop with guitars interwoven. While ‘Mainstream Music’ was recorded over the summer of 2018, some of the songs date back as early as 2012.

This release comes hot on the trail of the Curriculum Vitae’ EP, released in April 2018.

Based in Kilburn, London, Auld was started by Thomas Pitts as a solo project. They currently perform as a 6-piece, with Pitts joined by Alan Giles, Brian Wortman, Rachel Hearne, Glen Giles and James Milner.

Genre fluid, Auld frames a story through the lens of indie pop, sometimes rock, and sometimes electro. They like a good cry and they like a good dance and they want you to join them.

“Need Her Still’ is the first song I wrote for the album and hopefully a good introduction to the Auld sound. It came at a time where we were searching for direction for the album. I wrote this and then everything started to fall into place afterwards,” says Thomas Pitts.

“This is the only love song I have ever written. Lyrically it is quite simple – it is a list of things that would make life quite nice and more enjoyable on paper, but all of these mean nothing without the person you love”.

Thomas Pitts’ fascination with music began with an obsession over the Spice Girls at 9 years of age. He wrote songs to the tunes of their tunes and also to the tunes of songs from the Lion King. Fast forward to the appearance of the Strokes, which influenced Pitts to form a rather young band emulating that sound.

In terms of his songwriting with Auld, Pitts denotes the following as musical influences: Grimes, Kate Bush, R.E.M., Tom Waits, The National, The Pixies, Pavement, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Interpol, Earl Sweatshirt and The Flaming Lips. “Something that also really interested me here was working with the structure of a song.”

“The overriding theme of this album is coming to terms with the person you are and realising you are not quite the person you thought you were gonna grow up to be. Reflecting on that and trying to work out how to change,” says Thomas Pitts. “Mainstream Music is a celebration of all those people trying their best, but not being the best. The ones that have a lot to improve upon, but are aware of it. It is a celebration of sadness, friends and family”.

As of March 15, the ‘Mainstream Music’ album will be available digitally across online stores and streaming platforms. It can already be pre-ordered now via Bandcamp at https://auldmusic.bandcamp.com/album/mainstream-music.

Auld will play an album launch show at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney on February 20. The whole album will be played in full for the first time and some deep cuts, rarities and b sides
The band will be supported by Emilio Iannucci. Those pre-ordering a ticket will receive a free download of the album and some other goodies one week before the gig There is also an option to pay a bit more and get a t shirt. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.wegottickets.com/Auldmusic

CREDITS
Lyrics and music written by Thomas Pitts
Recorded at Auld Studio in Kilburn, vocals at Mill Hill & drums at the Gun Factory in Homerton, East London
Recorded by Thomas Pitts and Thiago Jorge
Mixed and mastered by Thiago Jorge
Thom Pitts – Vocals, guitars, synths
Rachel Hearne – Vocals
Alan Giles – vocals, bass
Brian Wortman – Lead guitar
Glen Giles – Drums and Percussion
James Milner – Piano
John Dillon – Album cover art
Carmen Reig – ‘Need Her Still’ cover art
Artist photos by Libby Burke Wilde

TRACK LIST 
1. Need Her Still
2. Am I Gorgeous?
3. Alilless
4. Trendy, Trendy
5. The Lady Killa
6. I Am
7. The Careful Ones
8. Negative Nelly
9. Nephews
10. Oh The Sea

Click HERE to listen to the single on Bandcamp

Click HERE to listen to the single on Soundcloud

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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Gary Numan – In Conversation

‪Via Gary Numan Official at Facebook:

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I’m trying something new in January. Two intimate UK shows, no music, no light show, just me talking about my life, things I’ve done, things I hope to do, and answering questions of course. Tickets on sale Friday at 10 am.

https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/gary-numan‬

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in Uncategorized