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New Zero God – Live Streaming (Monday 14 June)

After the forced silence that we all experienced due to the pandemic, New Zero God return with a Live Streaming, on Monday, June 14 at 08:00 pm London Time.

The band will play live from Level 69 Live Studio, a selection of songs from the four New Zero God albums, in a Live Streaming that will be broadcast from the band’s facebook pages.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3968513796568101

ABOUT NEW ZERO GOD

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Pougounas, leader of the legendary Greek goth band The Flowers of Romance for 18 years,  and main man for 7 more years of the industrial project Nexus, formed New Zero God in 2006.

As Terrorizer Magazine – UK wrote “his biography reads like the name-droppers guide to goth.”

After working under the production of Wayne Hussey, to the list of the band names Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and New Model Army that Pougounas supported with his previous bands, he added now with New Zero God, Christian Death, The Legendary Pink Dots and Andi Sex Gang.

New Zero God released so far the albums “Fun is a Four Letter Word” (Greece 2010), “Club Bizarre” (UK 2012), “MMXIII” (UK 2013), “Short Tales & Tall Shadows” (LP Greece 2016)

Their latest album “Circus of Tortured Melodies” came out in February 2019 with surprise appearances such as Andi’s from Sex Gang Children , Michael Clayton from Dark HorizonGeorge Katsanos from IncirrinaNikos Skiadopoulos from Blues Cargo and others.

NEW ZERO GOD LINE-UP  & DISCOGRAPHY

•             Mike Pougounas – Vocals, keyboards

•             Babis Efthimiou – Drums, programming

•             Akis Nikolaides – Guitars

•             John Psimopoulos – Drums

•             Μichalis Semertzoglou – Bass

•             Studio albums:

o             Fun is a Four Letter Word (Greece 2010)

o             Club Bizarre (UK 2012)

o             MMXIII (UK 2013 – Greece 2014)

o             Short Tales & Tall Shadows (LP, CD, Greece 2016)

o          Circus of Tortured Melodies (LP, Digital Greece 2019)

•             Singles:

o             Second Chance (digital, 2011)

o             The Night Calls Your Name (digital, 2013)

o             Destination Unknown (Digital 2013)

o             Destination Unknown (Limited Collector’s 7” Vinyl Edition 2013)

o             Redemption (Limited 7” split vinyl single with Savage Cut 2016)

o             Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac (MC Custom Made Music USA 2018)

•             Live albums:

•            Zona Pericolosa – Live in Italy (digital, 2015)

•             Compilations:

o             In Your Dreams Again (Cover, Nexus) – Because God Told Me To Do It – Weapons of Magick – Thee Brad Miller Series (USA 2009)

o             Fun Is A Four Letter Word – Lollipop Magazine (USA 2009)

o             Dead Inside – Muz1ne #Δ Γκραντ Φινάλ (GR 2010)

o             Kiss The Witch – Devolution Magazine – Issue #30 (UK 2011)

o             Lap Of The Universe – Gothic Visions III (GER 2011)

o             Dead Inside – The Blackout Crypthology (UK 2012)

o             Lap Of The Universe – Sombrati Records – An Earth In Darkness (BRAZIL 2012)

o             In Dreams We Trust (Rat Mix) – A Deadfall Compilation, Volume 1 – Darkness Descends (UK 2013)

o             Intoxication – The Greek Underground Scene – 2013 Compilation (GR 2013)

o             Damaged – Xperiment XIII – Wicked Trax (AUS 2013)

o             Freakshow – A Deadfall Compilation, Volume 2 – Shadows Rise (UK 2013)

o             Until The End Of The Line – Intravenous Magazine’s Blood Pack, Vol. 1 (UK 2014)

o             Deadfall: Dark Secrets (UK 2014)

o             For the Bats Vol. 2 (USA 2015)

o             Voices from Mislealia Vol. 1 (Italy 2015)

o             Pen Like A Knife -A Deadfall Compilation, Volume 4 – : Absolution [UK 2015]

o             Broken Halo – The Unquiet Grave 2019 – Cleopatra Records [USA 2019]

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Posted by on June 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Chelsea Wolfe releases new single “Diana”

Chelsea Wolfe today shared her spine-chilling new single “Diana,” inspired by Wonder Woman in DC Comics’ “Dark Nights: Death Metal” comics, off the forthcoming Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack out digitally on June 18th via Loma Vista Recordings (physical LPs out July 16th) executive produced by Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Watchmen,” “John Wick”).

It has been such an honour and delight to be involved in this whole project, from contributing a song to the soundtrack, to voicing Wonder Woman for the DC Comics Sonic Metalverse episodes. I really love the story and artwork of this Dark Nights: Death Metal series, and felt really drawn to Diana’s part in the story – her strength and perspective,” says Wolfe. “There’s this moment in the first comic book issue where she meets with Wally West and he’s so drained from his travels and all he’s had to do. I picked up on this intimate energy between them that felt almost romantic, but more just like two old friends who have an understanding between them – a moment of comfort and respite amongst all the fighting and chaos. I ended up writing this song about that encounter. Working with Tyler Bates on ‘Diana’ was a great experience. He’s obviously so killer at creating music that feels like the soundtrack to your own movie, so between him and my co-producer Ben Chisholm there was this elevated sonic landscape surrounding the song that just brought it to a different level.”

“Diana” follows two previous Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack singles—Maria Brink’s “Meet Me In The Fire (Feat. Andy Biersack) and Mastodon’s “Forged By Neron. The soundtrack is available for pre-order on digital download, CD, and 2xLP-with exclusive Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman vinyl variant covers, 11 limited edition character trading cards, and more HERE.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

The Neverlutionaries – S/T (Polychromatic Records February 12, 2021)

The Neverlutionaries’ self-titled debut LP album is an unfiltered expression of the heart that seamlessly straddles moods and genres.

The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist songwriter Christopher Harold Wells and bound by his distinctively soulful timbre, the eponymous 11-song + bonus track release tints hook-laden alternative rock with psychedelia, shoegaze-y jazz, and subtle funk.

The only parameter that I set for myself is that, at some point in the process, I got to get some kind of goosebumps,” Wells explained. “That’s like the cosmos’ way of letting you know you’re onto something.

Having originally made his name in the vibrant North Carolina music scene (notably with Peasants of the Apocalypse), Wells has been performing, recording and producing in San Francisco for the last few years.

As well as songwriter, he’s also an exceptional melodic rock vocalist, bassist and guitarist. Wells currently divides his time between SF and Nashville.

Testament to Wells’ stylistic versatility and open-mindedness is a resume that includes playing in The All Time Low Stars with Peter Keys of Lynyrd Skynyrd; working with everyone from Lauryn Hill to Bubba Sparxxx; and opening for the diverse likes of Metallica, Aquarium Rescue Unit and Def Leppard. Not one to chase trends, his music has always been hard to pigeonhole.

The longer you write, the more you kind of dial yourself in and hopefully come into what your sound is to be,” offered Wells. “But with my sound, there are so many parts that make it up because I dig a lot of different kinds of music.”

His influences include everything from the church choirs of his youth, to Rush and Tool; Kaskade and The Cure, to The Mars Volta, Massive Attack, and even Joy Division. But he reserves perhaps most respect for artists like Prince and Jimmy Page, who’ve mingled multiple genres while maintaining the essence of their expression.

The Neverlutionaries comprises a core line-up of regulars at San Fran’s legendary Hyde Street Studios, augmented by an all-star cast of guest players. Constants are SF staple and frequent Wells collaborator Chris McGrew of Pamela Parker’s Fantastic Machine on drums; fellow Fantastic Machiner Ryan Hickey on keys; and former Psychefunkapus guitarist Jonnie Axtell. For future touring, blazing Nashville six-stringer Kenny Olson (Bootsy Collins, Sheryl Crow etc.) and original Brian Jonestown Massacre member Ricky Maymi are tapped to join them.

Helmed by #1 Billboard charting producer Jaimeson Durr (Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani etc.), The Neverlutionaries was recorded in Hyde Street’s storied Studio C, where classic albums by the Grateful Dead, Santana, and Creedence Clearwater Revival were cut. The LP is preceded by otherworldly balladin-waiting “Ariana” on October 2.

“‘Ariana’ represents that concept of a dream love. Upon finally meeting her, what would I say? How would I feel inside that moment, and what would those feelings sound like?”

In a modern music landscape choked with bands making music to match commercial expectations, The Neverlutionaries mark a refreshing return to simply, yet expertly, just doing what feels and sounds right, free of creative margins.

Write what is in your heart and stay true to who you are,” Wells concluded. “I’m not singing from my ego as I once did. Music is very sacred to me and I feel you have to honor it by letting it come from a real place inside of you.”

First single “Ariana” dropped in October and was accompanied by a music video in December, second single “Stumble” was released in January with Neverlutionaries live-stream events and – once safe to do so – touring planned to further support their debut LP.

The Neverlutionaries’ self-titled debut was released by Polychromatic Records on February 12, 2021

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Posted by on May 15, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Chris Connelly and Monica Queen – Tae The Poets (Jnana Records 14 May 2021)

Chris Connelly and Monica Queen announce collaborative ‘The Birthday Poems’ album, preview lead track ‘Tae The Poets’

Scottish alternative music legend Chris Connelly and vocalist Monica Queen have announced their collaboration for a new album ‘The Birthday Poems’, a fictionalized account of the romance between Scottish personalities Stella Cartwright and George Mackay Brown and their friendship with Stanley Roger Green.

‘Tae The Poets’ is the first song to be revealed from this album, to be released on June 15 via Jnana Records. While Stella’s voice is sung by the incomparable Monica Queen throughout the album, this first taster features vocals by Connelly. The clever video for this song was filmed on location at Chicago’s GMan Tavern and created by Derick Smith, who also handles photography, and Matt Walker.

“A very shy George would visit the Rose Street bars of Edinburgh and nurse a pint, hoping to meet his poetic heroes. When invited to join the throng one night by Sydney Goodsir Smith, George, cripplingly shy, did not accept the offer. It would take a little time, and a few more pints of McEwan’s Heavy, before George became a part of the group himself,” explains Chris Connelly.

Named for the poems that George would write for Stella every birthday until she died, ‘The Birthday Poems’ is a song cycle based on the relationship between celebrated Scottish poet and author George Mackay Brown and his muse Stella Cartwright. It also addresses the platonic relationship between Stella and the Edinburgh born poet Stanley Roger Green, spanning three decades (from the mid 1950s until Stella’s tragic and untimely death in 1985).

With 2021 being the 100th birthday of Orkney-born poet George Mackay Brown, this album represents a sometimes overlooked but very important part of Scottish culture.

Stella started going out with Mackay Brown, with whom she had a deep relationship that turned into a friendship that endured from the 50’s until her death in the ’80’s. It was not always a happy one – neither of the pair were particularly happy, and their love of whisky did not help.

“While she had relationships with many of the poets who would haunt the bars of Edinburgh’s Rose Street during the ’50s and ‘early ’60s, her love of literature, art and culture was insatiable, she was never given credit or encouraged in her own art and expression. I hope that this album illuminates the beautiful treasure that she was, and how hugely significant she is to Scottish literature of a certain era. As a child and younger man in Edinburgh, I walked the same streets, drank in the same bars and walked the same hills. I was also lucky enough to be close friends with Stanley Roger Green’s children, who, highly creative in their own ways, greatly informed and inspired my life,” says Chris Connelly.

This album was produced by 30-year Connelly collaborator Chris Bruce, a long-time musical partner and band member of Meshell Ndegeocello, who has also worked with Seal, Aaron Neville, Bob Dylan, The Waterboys, My Brightest Diamond, Cheryl Crow and Sam Phillips, amongst others. This album also features strings by Dave Eggar and sax by Levon Henry, as well as contributions by Blake Collins and Phil Faconti.

While Monica Queen ronted early 90s band Thrum and released a couple of mellow, introspective albums under her own name with her partner John Smillie, she has gained a reputation as Glasgow’s guest vocalist of choice. Her formidable voice is now widely familiar thanks to her vocal turn on Belle & Sebastian‘s much-loved ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’
For Chris Connelly, art only moves forward. For almost forty years, he has completed creative pieces ranging from the triumphant to the tragic, from the humble to the hilarious – each time promptly moving on to seek his next inspiration.

Since his nascent beginnings with FiniTribe in his native Edinburgh, Connelly has in excess of twenty solo releases, impressing with their beauty, diversity, earnest intent and wit. He is also a frequent and keen collaborator with other musicians, building on long-established projects with Ministry, The Revolting Cocks and Pigface by evolving and contributing to newer collectives such as Cocksure and The Joy Thieves.

As an explorer of art as a broader endeavour has also issued four books, encompassing the realms of poetry, autobiography, and fictional narrative. For Connelly and Queen alike, ‘The Birthday Poems’ project feels like the beginning in such an exciting way.

As of May 14, ‘Tae The Poets’ will be available everywhere digitally, including Apple Music and Spotify. The full album ‘The Birthday Poems’ will be released on June 15, and can pre-ordered at www.thebirthdaypoems.com.

To celebrate the release of this album, Connelly will perform a short run of limited-seating shows in Chicago, two of which have already sold out. ‘An Evening with Chris Connelly’ will feature performances of songs from ‘The Birthday Poems’, as well as stories associated with Connelly’s discovery and investigation of the relationship which inspired the album. An online event is also in the works. Links to all events can be found at www.thebirthdaypoems.com.

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Posted by on May 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Infamous Stiffs – Shakedown (Die Laughing Records 4 May 2021)

Infamous Stiffs release their new single & video ‘Shakedown’, available now on all digital platforms.

SoCal punk rockers, Infamous Stiffs are back with their brand new single and video ‘Shakedown’, which is out now via Die Laughing Records / Golden Robot Records. Infamous Stiffs are bringing life back into the punk scene and the evidence is right there on ‘Shakedown’. 

Stream/buy ‘Shakedown’ HERE 

‘Shakedown’ is the relentless single and follow up to Infamous Stiffs freshman single release with Die Laughing Records, ‘Freak Parade’, which featured an incredible all-star video clip. Front man Scott Wilkins‘ gravely vocals continue to coax and cajole you to participate in what The Stiffs call “the dance craze for the crazies, and the true meaning of “tooth chipping music”! Now grab your girl and go for a whirl, SHAKEDOWN!! 

ABOUT INFAMOUS STIFFS

Formed in 2019 in Southern California, the members of Infamous Stiffs have spent decades playing punk rock ‘n’ roll in various incarnations…all roads leading to the sonic condition that is Infamous Stiffs. A relentless assault of loud infectious hooks and shakes, that’ll make you move!

Infamous Stiffs are:

Scott Wilkins – Vocals: AKA “Snotty Scotty” the former voice and snarl in front of CD2 (Condemned to Death), Verbal Abuse, Electric Frankenstein and Hollywood Hate.

Jim Perrault – Bass: Last known for his affiliation with Orange County’s notorious Graceland Mafia as well as doing time with The Legendary Swagger and The County Stars.

Mark Pananides – Guitar: Also a Hollywood Hate Alumni. Other previous bands include, Nardcore’s Rat Pack, The Living End (U.S. band pre-dating the Australian one) as well as a stint in Junkyard as a stand in on a string of dates.

John Gilhooley – Guitar: Formerly of Huntington Beach Ska-punk faves The Zero Class, John is also a long time and not so infamous So Cal. music photojournalist.

Drummer Ryland Steen, ex-Reel Big Fish and current drummer of classic rock band America (yes, America) contributed his skills to the band for the self-titled, debut record.

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Posted by on May 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

I Ya Toyah – Out Of Order EP (Independent 26 March 2021)

I Ya Toyah Brings Hope To Life In Lockdown

I Ya Toyah landed here to spread the disease of music and infect the human race. She is a one woman army that blends the chaos and balance with a familiar vibe of industrial electronic sound.

Her music is a fusion of smooth yet powerful cutting edge vocals, surreal guitars, hypnotizing beats and multiple electronic synth elements arising into dark arrangements that, combined with storytelling lyrics, respond to the paranoia of everyday reality.

I Ya Toyah has just released her new EP, Out Of Order and video for the single, “Pray.”

The song and its lyrics go beyond any religious meaning.

Written during lockdown, it is an outreach for hope – an ask for the sign that there is a future waiting for us in the times where the values we all stand by no longer define humanity. The music video – a visual representation of this message – takes it to even darker and more obscure space.

Filmed and directed by:

Ralph Klisiewicz (NicheVisuals.com)

Joel Lopez         ( LumbraProductions.com)

Edited by Ralph Klisiewicz, Nick Palazzo and I Ya Toyah

Special effects (fire) by Joel Lopez

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Posted by on May 11, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Kirlian Camera Release New Single and Video

Kirlian Camera have released “The 8th President,” the first taste of their forthcoming double album “Cold Pills (Scarlet Gate of Toxic Daybreak)” 

The subversive Italians remain true to their course of melancholic electronics as on the highly acclaimed 2018 album “Hologram Moon.”

With meticulous songwriting “The 8th President” elegantly demonstrates how this duo has mastered their musical craft with the wealth of experience of more than 30 years.

Elena Alice Fossi‘s soaring vocals float with captivating ease over a beckoning abyss of sinister electronics.

“With “Cold Pills” we have created our darkest album yet,” promise Angelo Bergamini and Elena Alice Fossi. “The 8th President” is the first indisputable proof of this statement.

Released by the Dependent label, “The 8th President” is available as a black and grey, four-sided Digipak CD and through all digital platforms.

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Posted by on May 8, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Pennies By The Pound – ‘Indigo Screams’ single out now. Full LP coming Lilith 21 May 2021

Pennies By The Pound present classic/psych-rock-imbued ‘Indigo Screams’ ahead of new LP, mastered by Ride’s Mark Gardener

Finnish indie rockers Pennies By The Pound have announced they will release their new album ‘Heat Death of the Universe’ on May 21 via Lilith Records. Ahead of this, they present lead track ‘Indigo Screams, along with accompanying lyrics video.

Mastered by Ride frontman Mark Gardener at his OX4Sound Studio near Oxford, this long-player was produced, recorded and mixed by Rauli ‘Rake’ Eskolin, a very achieved Finnish producer who has worked on over a dozen No. 1 records in Finland in the past 20 years.

“Lyrically, there is a loose theme on the album about the way people continue to actually socially distance themselves from others (even without or before the pandemic) due to the influence of social media and maybe the internet in general. The album title is a nod to that, the “heat death of the universe” being the lack of and eventual end of real-life social connections between people,” says Johannes Susitaival.

Hailing from Helsinki, Pennies by the Pound was formed in 2016 by Johannes Susitaival as a solo project, but it quickly became a three-piece involving musicians from his past bands.

While still part of a punk rock band, Johannes began exploring some quite different musical avenues, which led to the self-produced ‘Bloodshed and the Blinding Sunlight’ EP in 2018. Having found their ideal producer after several years of searching, they began recording demos in 2019 for what would become this album. Due to the pandemic, they were finally able to record these tracks in autumn of 2020.

Pennies By The Pound’s sound blends ’80s prog rock and ’90s-early ’00s alternative rock – essentially heavily guitar-driven with a touch of keyboards… Big choruses, quite a few guitar and keyboard solos and grandiose arrangements.

“This album is rooted in the fact that I became heavily interested in ’80s Marillion a few years ago, especially the ‘Clutching at Straws’ LP. You can definitely hear the influence on the record, but there’s a lot of ’80s Rush too, spiced up with contemporary influences like Muse and Radiohead. As an artist, I’ve always been hesitant to make records that sound the same as the previous ones I’ve done, so the sound keeps evolving,” says Johannes Susitaival.

“I wanted to make a record that is borderline ridiculous, in some ways, and definitely not very contemporary. Then again, for the first time in my life, I had a chance to work with a producer, whose work I have admired since the turn of the millennium and this definitely influenced the album and its sound”.

‘Indigo Screams’ is out now, available everywhere digitally, including Apple Music and Spotify. The full ‘Heat Death of the Universe’ album will be released on May 21 and can already be ordered via Bandcamp.

TRACK LIST
01. The Waters
02. Strange Matter
03. Strange Stars (Lies Closer To Truth Than Beauty)
04. 139
05. Indigo Screams
06. San Francisco Skyline
07. Heat Death

CREDITS
Johannes Susitaival – vocals, drums, keyboards, rhythm guitar
Vesa Ranta – lead guitar, rhythm guitar
Tomi Laaksonen – bass guitar
Alexander Meaney – additional lead guitar
Written by Johannes Susitaival and Mikko Maksimainen
Arrangements by Pennies by the Pound and Rauli Eskolin
Produced, recorded and mixed by Rauli “Rake” Eskolin
Recorded at E-Studio, Sipoo, Finland and Soundtrack Studio, Porvoo, Finland
Mastered by Mark Gardener in OX4 Sound near Oxford

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Posted by on May 8, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell – Burn (Atlantic Curve 7 May 2021)

Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell release outstanding ‘Burn’ LP

Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell,best known for their work as part of the legendary band Dead Can Dance, present the studio album ‘Burn’. Produced by James Chapman (MAPS), this long-play is being released via Atlantic Curve, a London-based label that is part of the Schubert Music Europe.

The record began its journey more than seven years ago, when Lisa met Irish theatre composer Jules Maxwell before working together for the first time. Things really took root when Gerrard and Maxwell began writing songs for their earlier collaboration ‘The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices (Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares)’. They were later introduced to Chapman and asked him to produce this album, which represents a stunning departure for all three of them.

Jules Maxwell explains: “‘Burn’ was never planned to be an album. Like many joyous things in life, it grew slowly and unexpectedly. One song at a time. The seeds had been planted by Lisa and I whilst we were working on songs for another album, but didn’t begin to flower until months, years later. Without Daryl Bamonte’s tenacious encouragement and James Chapman’s sonic vision it would not have come to fruition at all. Lisa Gerrard is in my opinion one of the most important singers of her generation and it continues to be an enormous privilege for me to be working with her. What we have created still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up from time to time. Listen to it in one go from beginning to end if you can.”

Lisa Gerrard introduces this long-play “The album begins with ‘Heleali’, a meditation on the eternal rise and fall of the tides. It is a call to let go of the past and reflect on the elusive shadows of evaporation.”

With Chapman joining the duo as producer, ideas generated freely and over time, a distinct sound for their work began to emerge. Their focus was to create something that was both euphoric and compelling; more inventive than what they had worked on separately in the past. From gentle beginnings, each track builds and intensifies, creating a hypnotic experience to listen to from start to finish. With Lisa remaining in Australia, Jules adding his keys and percussion from France, and James bringing new light to the sound from England, the three were literally worlds apart, but those worlds fused in this music.

“It was such a huge honour for me to work with Lisa and Jules in making this album, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. My role was really to build on the ideas, and it was a pleasure to work with such rich and exciting material. I was very grateful to be given the freedom to explore the production, there was a real trust between everyone from the beginning, which made things very exciting for me. Having such freedom from the start enabled me to be more confident in the ideas, which in turn created more possibilities with the choices that were made. When I listen to the album now, I feel that freedom and excitement within each track,” says James Chapman.

Sosna’s video is among seven specially commissioned films to accompany the release of the album. The first of these, created by Polish director Jacob Chelkowski’s video for the title track ‘Noyalain (Burn)’, proves more than a little provocative in these days of Covid, as it portrays the simple, traumatic act of touching.

In early March, Jules Maxwell also released his sophomore solo album ‘Nocturnes’ – the debut release for the newly-formed Archangelo Recordings. This beautifully melancholic collection of instrumental pieces was written and recorded over the past four years, much of it in collaboration with the acclaimed UK-based Vincent Dance Theatre.

‘Deshta (Forever)’ and ‘Noyalain (Burn)’ are both available digitally across online platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify. The full ‘Burn’ album, was released on May 7, on vinyl, CD and digitally at https://orcd.co/lisajulesburn

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Posted by on May 8, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

The Gorstey Lea Street Choir – ‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’ (500 Broadcast Recording Co. 13 May 2021)

The Gorstey Lea Street Choir presents ‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’ single with Mark Gardener support

Britain’s The Gorstey Lea Street Choir are gearing up to release their new album ‘…from Prince’s Park to Farsley – Volume I’ via Britain’s 500 Broadcast Recording Co.  This is one of the watershed moments in the early days of the Gorstey song writing process’ when they first started working together after a friendship that blossomed over 35 years ago.

As this 8-track collection won’t be out until July 9, they present us an advance slice of goodness in the lead track ‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’, a psychedelic upbeat 6/8 stomp with a nod to ’22 Dreams’ period Weller and British psychedelic rock group Traffic. The overdriven bass and the chiming guitars have a hint of Macca’s ‘Rain’ and Townsend’s ‘Seeker’.

‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’ was recorded at the Gorstey Shack (Russ’s converted garage) and Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton with producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, Scott Matthews, Squeeze, Goldblade), who also produced and mixed this track. The forthcoming album also involves mixing (and a guest cello performance) by legendary producer George Shilling (Blur, Primal Scream, Cathal Coughlan, Teenage Fanclub, Mike Oldfield). Ride frontman and renowned producer Mark Gardener provided oversight and mastering at his OX4 Sound Studio near Oxford.

Based in the former Staffordshire mining town of Burntwood, their music runs with the moods, widely described as dystopian, electric, hopeful, hopeless and thoughtful… The sort of sounds Henry Spencer would have played if he had a Sony Walkman.

‘…from Prince’s Park to Farsley – Volume I’ is the follow up to the duo’s ‘extended play one’ album, which was released in December 2020 and received support from BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, and a whole host of DAB and worldwide radio stations.

The Gorstey Lea Street Choir are Michael Clapham and Russ Phillips, two friends on a life-long journey, having met as teenagers in the mid-’80s, it took until 2016 for them to turn their teenage plans — discussed back when both were involved in aspiring Manchester bands — into a reality with the birth of this project.

The band reformed after reuniting for Russ’ birthday party that year and a subsequent impromptu gig. After 15 plus years of not playing an instrument, singing or songwriting, Michael dove back in with a ferver that led to such a massive response from the crowd and landlord alike, with 2 songs turning into 2 hours and a guaranteed booking the next month. ‘What’s your band name boys? ‘The Gorstey Lea Street Choir’ is quickly retorted an amalgam of that first meeting point and Van Morrison’s LP ‘His Band and The Street Choir’.

A door is unlocked to a new journey… In 2018, they entered Wolverhampton’s Magic Garden studios to work with an old friend and producer legend Gavin Monaghan and finally released their brilliant debut single ‘The British Isles’ in 2019, featuring an inspired spoken-word intro from their hero –  Joe Strummer. Chris Hawkins from BBC Radio 6 Music picked up on the track, kicking things off again after a hiatus of 35 years!

“This song is a cautionary tale of days gone by, what may have been and where we are now, we are two man in our ‘mid lives’ (average age 51 and a half). We have a lot to look back and learn from and a lot to look forward too!!! It’s amazing what we have created, two middle aged men fumbling around with some of our favourite musical toys in Russ’s converted garage,” says Michael Clapham.

“We are both very proud of what this track and the upcoming mini LP represents, plus we also cannot wait for you to hear the re-imaginations that our friend and collaborator Choque (Black Star Liner) has created to go alongside the 4 original tracks,” adds Russ Philips.

As of May 13, ‘Bluebird, Hollywood… Domino’ will be available everywhere digitally, including Apple Music and  Spotify. The full album ‘…from Prince’s Park to Farsley – Volume I’ will be released on July 9 and can already be pre-ordered via the label’s Bandcamp.

SINGLE CREDITS
Written and arranged by Michael Clapham and Russ Phillips
Performed by The Gorstey Lea Street Choir
Gavin Monaghan – recording, mixing and production
Recorded at the Gorstey Shack and Magic Garden Studios
Mark Gardener – supervision & mastering at OX4 Sound Studio

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