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The Dayoffs – The Dayoffs (Emerald & Doreen Recordings 10 November 2017)

The Dayoffs Spawn Debut Album in New York City via Russia and Japan

They say the whole world gathers in New York. It’s no wonder that such an eclectic and awesome array of music has been produced by musicians who have made this city their home. Vladimir Komarov and Atsuo Matsumoto are but two such musicians – together they are known as The Dayoffs. Having announced their self-titled debut album, slated for release on November 10 via German boutique label Emerald & Doreen Recordings.

The Dayoffs is a rock duo with an elastic, transparent and multilayered sound and catchy riffs and hooks due to some solid pop sensibilities. ‘Love Love Love’ is a prime example of this, oscillating between winning elements of Teenage Fanclub, Ash, The Boo Radleys, Ultra Vivid Scene and Pet Shop Boys.

The videos for leads tracks ‘Love Love Love’ and ‘State of Madness’ focus on the duo, their life and environment in New York City. The latter for was filmed by the prominent Russian movie director Fedor Lyass.

Atsuo is Japanese and Vladimir is Russian. Despite living in different parts of Manhattan and supporting opposing soccer teams, these two have much in common. Not only are they born on the same day, but they are both musicians and recording professionals. The two met in 2012 at the legendary Stratosphere Sound Studios, when Vladimir was tracking for a project and Atsuo was engineering the sessions. During the first recording hour both realized that their recording methods and musical tastes are similar. Soon they teamed up to produce a bunch of records, including the debut album ‘Country Mile’ by James Atkin (EMF) and ‘Voshod’ by Russian post-punk heroes Manicure.

Vladimir Komarov is a musician, sound producer, DJ, and journalist and otherwise known as a pioneer of Russian shoegaze and indietronica. While his Russian music projects ‘Hot Zex’ and ‘Punk TV’ became staples of the nascent Russian indie rock scene, they were also were well-received abroad.

Atsuo Matsumoto is a Japanese musician and sound engineer and, apart from The Dayoffs, he is a member of Andy Chase’s Camera2 band.

Always busy working on other people’s music, Vladimir and Atsuo recorded some instrumental improvisations during studio downtime, gathering enough material for a debut LP. Hence, their name The Dayoffs – from constant lack of studio time for their own music.

The Dayoffs sound seems to gravitate towards Teenage Fanclub, which is interesting considering that it was at the band’s Manhattan’s gig in the summer of 2014 that Vladimir and Atsuo decided to jointly explore this sound further.

“This is a rock album. Speedy, noisy but lyrical – as guitar as could be. We did this on purpose. It was like playing with old toys – sweet, nostalgic and big fun. Maybe too sweet sometimes – but I don’t mind. These songs came out of nowhere, uncalculated and with a lot of improvisation,” explains Vladimir Komarov. “It took us more than two years to complete this 30-minute record as we are perfectionists. Every time I listen to it, I have nothing I’d like to add. This means that it is off the table and I’m very excited to know that our next record will follow different direction”.

The Dayoffs LP will be available from regular digital sales and streaming platforms.

TRACK LIST

01   15

02   Love Love Love
03   Bottled Rainwater
04   I Can’t Believe I’m Dead
05   Nobody Knows Her
06   Two Actors In A Cage
07   A Million Days
08   Next To Nothing
09   Illusion
10   State Of Madness
11   Eleven
CREDITS
Music by The Dayoffs
Lyrics for 1, 2, 7, 9 and 10 by Vladimir Komarov
Lyrics for 3, 4, 6 and 8 by Sergey Kiselyov

Lyrics for 5 by Kiselyov/ Komarov

Performed, recorded, mixed and produced by The Dayoffs at H148, NYC
Live drums by Sergey Ledovskiy, recorded by Ryan Christo at House of Boogaloo, Alameda, CA
Lead vocals on ‘I Can’t Believe I’m Dead’ by Sergey Kiselyov
Vocals on ”What’s that strange noise again?’ by Eva V. Komarov
Mastered by Yura Danilin at Gigant Recordings, Moscow
Artwork: Eva V. Komarov ‘Rose’ 2014, washable paints on paperboard 10,5 x 13,5 inches
Design by Konstantin Nikonov
Photos by Paul Takeuchi

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Posted by on October 2, 2017 in Alternative

 

Jenn Vix – Unlocked (20 October 2017)

Jenn Vix Shares First Single ‘Complicated Man’ from ‘Unlocked’ LP
New EP features Psychedelic Furs guitarist John Ashton

Alternative singer-singwriter Jenn Vix has announced she will release her new EP ‘Unlocked’ on October 20, preceded by the first single ‘Complicated Man’ on September 29.

Based in Rhode Island, Vix is an American solo electronic-rock recording artist, songwriter, producer and recording engineer, who has, over the years, ventured into other genres including alternative rock, trip hop, darkwave, modern new wave and electro-industrial.

This five-track release sees Vix at her best. With weighty lyrics surrounding personally challenging experiences, her vocal delivery on ‘Complicated Man’ has earned her comparisons to Shirley Manson of Garbage.

“Complicated Man is about covert and or destructive relationships. This EP is inspired by feelings I had when I became ill, and I almost died due to a misdiagnosis, then surgery, and how I made it through it. It also deals with thoughts and feelings I had about people who were in my life at the time of this experience,” explains Jenn Vix.

“I wanted to explore different sounds, and it felt good to do so. After my illness, it took me a year and a half to be able to even listen to music again. Change is scary, but it can also be refreshing. I recently had to burn a few bridges, but they say that the brightest light can come from the bridges you burn. I agree.”

This album involves John Ashton, original guitarist of The Psychedelic Furs, who appears on the track ‘Unlocked’. He previously collaborated with Jenn Vix on two tracks (‘The Woman with No Fear’ and ‘Weirdo’) on her five-track EP ‘Strange Buildings’.

“Jenn’s haunting voice draws you in immediately and possesses a vulnerability that feels genuine,” says John Ashton. “Her music is where minimalist groove electronica meets gritty rock guitar and melodic bass, which for me, is far from a bad neighborhood to be hanging around in. It’s dark and vibey.”

Danny Chavis of shoegaze pioneers The Veldt (previously Apollo Heights) also produced a remix of ‘Complicated Man’, as well as contributing guitar and other instrumentation here. His background is wrought with collaborations with TV On The Radio, Mos Def and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and touring with Phantogram, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Chuck D, Living Colour, and Schooly D.

Jenn Vix has collaborated with Reeves Gabrels, current guitarist for The Cure and former guitarist for David Bowie and Tin Machine, on her singles ‘In the House of Dark Shadows’ and ‘Speed Of Light’, and also with Andy Anderson (The Cure and Iggy Pop) on singles ‘Eyes Roll Back’ and ‘I Don’t Trust You’. Her double A-side single ‘F*ck, Rinse, Repeat / Burn’ involved Dirk Ivens, Belgian electro-industrial pioneer of Absolute Body Control, The Klinik and Dive. 

Her work with Marco Pirroni (Adam Ant, Rema Rema, The Models, Sinead O’Connor) resulted in her cover version of Shirley Collins ‘Turpin Hero’ being featured on the compilation album ‘Shirley Inspired’. Vix also recorded vocals on tracks by Rodney Linderman (a.k.a. Rodney Anonymous) of The Dead Milkmen.

She eventually contributed three tracks to the PBS series ‘Hit and Run History’, featuring Andrew Giles Buckley. In her first (high school band Disco Donut, Vix sang backing vocals for Nicole Willis (Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators) and Adam Horovitz (The Beastie Boys) on bass.

On September 29, watch for ‘Complicated Man’ – the perfect teaser for the ‘Unlocked’ EP, slated for release on October 20. It will be made available on the usual streaming and store platforms, but it already available for pre-order on Jenn Vix’s Bandcamp at https://jennvixmusic.bandcamp.com/album/unlocked

TRACK LIST
1. Alive Again
2. Complicated Man
3. Nerve
4. Complicated Man (Into The Veldt Mix) by Danny C. Chavis
5. Unlocked

CREDITS
Jenn Vix – songwriting, recording engineer, production, arrangement, vocals, bass, rhythm guitar (track 1), lead guitar (track 1), rhythm guitar (track 3), all electronic drumming and synths.
John Ashton – All guitar on track 5.
Frank Coleman – Drums on track 5.
Danny C. Chavis – Remix and production, guitar, bass synth and TR-808 on track 4.
Paul LF – Bass guitar on tracks 3 and 5.

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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Alternative

 

Pylon Reenactment Society – Part Time Punks Session (Chunklet Industries 6 October 2017)

Pylon Reenactment Society to Release “Part time Punks Session” EP
Digital release on October 6, 2017  | Vinyl release on October 20, 2017

Pylon Reenactment Society will release their 6-song ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP on Chunklet Industries, a hip Athens-based tastemaker record label founded by Henry Owings. Pylon Reenactment Society formed from the ashes of Pylon, one of the most influential bands at the outset of what became known as the ‘Athens, GA music scene’, along with other frontrunners The B-52’s and R.E.M.

Pylon Reenactment Society was founded in 2014, five years after Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end in 2009 with the death of guitarist Randy Bewley. It is fronted by Vanessa Briscoe (now Briscoe Hay), whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for most listeners. Pylon was, and always will be comprised ofHay, Bewley, Michael Lachowski, and Curtis Crowe.

The ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP was recorded in December 2016 just hours before the band played the Part Time Punks series at Los Angeles’ Echoplex. In the spirit of renowned DJ John Peel, Part Time Punks DJ and organizer Michael Stock invited the band to visit Josiah Mazzashi’s studio The Cave in order to record exclusive tracks for his‘Part Time Punks’ radio show, a show on KXLU that has earned a cult following since 2006.

“I was struck by the energy of the performances and the quality of the recording. It reminded me somewhat of Pylon’s recording of ‘Gyrate’. That record had also been done very quickly with the band playing together and a minimum of overdubs,” says Pylon Reenactment Society front woman Vanessa Briscoe Hay. “This way of recording can lend a dynamic live feeling if done properly and if you have a good performance. An elusive goal had been achieved and not really noticed for what it was: something really good.”

In Pylon’s prime, they were every Athens band’s favorite local band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite improbably amazing, simultaneously hitting the listener on a mental, physical, and spiritual level.

Pylon Reenactment Society happened when Athens’ artist Jason NeSmith, head of the music committee for the first annual Art Rocks Athens, was organizing an event exploring the 1975-1985 Athens art and music scene.  He asked Hay to perform a short set of Pylon songs.  Since NeSmith’s band Casper & The Cookies had previously recorded and performed with Hay as Supercluster, it was natural for them to back her at this event.  The response was very positive with the group then opening for Fred Schneider (The B-52s), touring with indie darlings Dressy Bessy, and performing shows in conjunction with the release of the ‘Pylon Live’ album.

What started as a one-off gig transpired into a tight touring unit. In addition to Hay and NeSmith, the band is rounded out with Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals, pianist Damon Denton (Big Atomic) on keyboards and Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums.

‘Feast on My Heart’ is special given that this is the only song Hay has co-written with someone from outside the band. Craig Woodall, member of Athens-based experimental band Limbo District, and Hay chose a section at random from Shakespeare’s least popular work ‘Titus Adronicus’, and translated the words into modern slang. A special chemistry was unveiled, as they took turn, in suit, consecutively writing these lines.

“Every song had a different approach to in the way it was created. We were artists before we were musicians and it affected the way we wrote, lived and performed. I wrote most of the lyrics for the band after the initial ones were composed by our bassist Michael Lachowski. Sometimes I co-wrote them with him,” explains Vanessa Briscoe Hay.

“I wrote the lyrics to the song ‘Crazy’ when I was going through some sad times and I broadened the personal feelings to more universal feelings as a sort of therapy. I have had various people tell me it is their Pylon favorite song, or their coming out song, or it helped them through some hard emotional times. Very humbling to have that affect on others. If anyone has a question relating to the writing process, I’ll be happy to answer them. That said, I still have no idea where ideas come from, they just do.”

The ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP will be released via Chunklet Industries with distribution by Revolver U.S.A. It is slated for digital release on October 6 and on 12” vinyl, as a limited edition of 100 on color disc, on October 20. A limited number of cassettes will also be available at shows only.

TRACK LIST
1. Feast On My Heart
2. Beep
3. Buzz
4. Precaution
5. K
6. Crazy
LIVE DATES
Fri, Oct. 6    Augusta, GA – Maxwell Performing Arts Center/Westobou Festival (with screening of “Athens GA Inside/Out”)
Fri, Oct. 20  Athens, GA – The World Famous
Sat, Oct 21  Atlanta, GA – The EarlCREDITS
Courtesy of Part Time Punks
Michael Stock/KXLU 88.9 FM Los Angeles, CA
Recorded & Mixed at the Cave Studio (L.A.) by Josiah Mazzaschi
Executive Production: Henry Owings
Producer: Vanessa Briscoe Hay
Graphics: Michael Lachowski & William Gridley
Distribution: Chunklet Industries
Mastering: Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction (Athens, GA)All songs written by Pylon
Additional lyrics on “Feast on My Heart”: Craig Woodall

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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Alternative

 

Symbion Project – Bloodthirsty (20 October 2017)

Seattle’s Symbion Project Presents New 360Video and Single for ‘Bloodthirsty’

Symbion Project, led by electronic composer/producer Kasson Crooker, will be releasing the single ‘Bloodthirsty’ on October 20. Preceded by two music videos – one being an immersive 360 video and one in 2D.

A majestic slice of downtempo futuristic chamber-pop filled with charged atmospherics, this track features haunting vocals and a deft balance of clever minimalism and dark intensity. The video features choreography and performance by Sorea Lear and Anna Thornton, which was produced and directed by Avielle Heath and Micah Knapp.

Based in Seattle, Symbion Project sits at a crossroads between several genres. Head one way and you find a brooding embrace, in the other a chilled neo-classical elegance. Another road takes you towards 80s new romanticism, its counterpart exploring the future of indie electronica. At its heart is ‘Bloodthirsty’.

With a dark, brooding atmosphere filled with haunting vocals and tense orchestral elements, ‘Bloodthirsty’ tells the story of how love, lust and emotional energy can both heal and tear relationships apart.

Co-written with and featuring vocals by Finnish singer/songwriter Markus Junnikkala, the original version of ‘Bloodthirsty’ first appeared on the Symbion Project’s eighth album ‘Arcadian’, released in 2016.

Dealing with difficult subject matter, ‘Bloodthirsty’ is built on fragile emotions and dark passions as much as sonic elements. “This is a song about struggles in an abusive relationship and about how energy between two people can be abused and manipulated. We experience the cycle of abuse through dance,” explains Kasson Crooker. “Our goal is to allow the viewer to feel first-hand the intensity of those relationships, the cycle that abuse creates, and the difficulty of breaking this cycle. The video moves through 3 major stages: romance, fighting, and conciliation, which often create a cycle in relationships that the two parties can’t break from.”

Symbion Project is one of many creative outlets for Crooker, but one that he has returned to frequently over the last two decades whilst simultaneously exploring other avenues such as national award-winning synth-pop band Freezepop and electro-rock trio Splashdown. Other more recent musical projects include ELYXR and Rocococo.

Beyond being a band member and songwriter, Kasson is also an accomplished composer and audio technologist, having written music over the years for a number of well-known interactive video games such as Amplitude, Rockband and Frequency. He is currently scoring the indie game Shard.

Before returning to work on this latest Symbion Project single he delivered the album ‘Gishiki’, completing his trilogy of “classical synthesizer” albums, inspired by the Samurai Bushido Code and Japanese traditional music. Always the innovator, here Crooker sonically blended vintage synthesizers with Koto playing and wind chimes to create lush and emotive cinematic soundscapes.

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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Alternative, Electronic

 

Courtney Farren – Nothing Like It (6 October 2017)

Courtney Farren to Release Debut Album, Previews First Single ‘Nothing Like It’

Singer/ songwriter Courtney Farren has announced her debut album‘Nothing Like It’, which is being preceded by the title track of the same name. This six-track LP features guitar and piano songs recorded earlier in spring of this year.

Born and primarily raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Farren has made New York City her current home base. Having moved 12 times in childhood to various northern California locations created restless settlement patterns, which followed her into adulthood, having lived in four very different cities in 2017 alone – San Francisco, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and now New York.

“What is a break up anyways? I was broken up, though, surely… Bad joke. I can’t speak for my ex’s feelings, but this album contains mine. I started seeing someone and I let it consume me in a few ways. One of those ways led to a lot of songs. I wrote this album over the past year,” explains Courtney Farren.

“I think this record is a good representation of what is to come in my music. I am constantly working and reworking my sound and style in order to best showcase my songs, and I am looking forward to sharing what is produced from those transformations along the way.”

Now that she lives in The Big Apple, Farren regularly plays shows, makes videos, and is finding her place in the local music scene. Upon moving to New York, she teamed up with Brett Sullivan of American Anymen, a good friend who was able to quickly help organize/book shows and make videos to support her pursuit of a career as an artist.

Courtney’s emotionally driven and heartfelt songwriting and performances lend themselves to her current live set up of guitar and vocals. While she is often very casual in the way she introduces her songs, when she sings, her words are fueled by honesty and a sense of urgency.

“Two tracks – ‘Right Now’ and ‘Hard To Tell’ – were actually both written on the same night about a night I ended up seeing my ex in New York last year before I ended up moving here,” explains Farren. “I wrote the title track ‘Nothing Like It’ after a particularly heart wrenching week spent with this person. I realized that I was no longer ignorant to the feelings I had so recently only known from books and films. I started getting really interested in piano and keyboard shortly following this, and began writing songs more in the vein of ‘Someone’ and ‘Change Your Mind’, which I wrote a few days apart during a short stint living in Vegas.”

Often found carrying around a journal (or two or three) and always writing, she translates these recollections to her detailed accounts of her life and relationships in her songs. Nearly entirely focused on music and writing, she often manages to find time to watch cartoons and play the occasional video game with her brother.

Courtney Farren releases ‘Nothing Like It’ on October 6 and will be playing many live shows, both at home and in Europe, in support of this album, including a mini-tour with American Anymen and guest appearances by many talented artists along the way.

CREDITS
Recorded at Tiki Town Studios (Mill Valley, California)
Producer: Scott Mathews
Engineer: Tom Leukens
Mixing: Brett Sullivan and Courtney Farren
Mastering: Casey Holford at Golden Rule
All songs written, performed by Courtney Farren
Videos and cover artwork by Brett Sullivan

TRACK LIST

1. Nothing Like It
2. Hard to Tell
3. Right Now
4. You’re Only On My Mind
5. Someone
6. Change Your Mind

 

COURTNEY FARREN & AMERICAN ANYMEN LIVE DATES
Sept. 3 New York – Sidewalk Cafe with American Anymen
Sept. 6  Paris – Le Pop In with American Anymen, Puppets of Digression, DJ set by Tin
Sept. 7  Dublin, Ireland – Darkey Kelly’s, Christchurch with American Anymen
Sept. 9  Dublin, Ireland – The International Bar with American Anymen
Sept. 11  Le Pre-Saint-Gervais, France – Le Galerie Stardust with American Anymen and Lise
Sept. 12  Paris, France – Le Motel with American Anymen
Oct. 1   New York – Silvana NYC
Oct. 4   New York – Courtney Farren CD Release Party. Secret Project Robot with American Anymen, Mischef Night, Crazy & The Brains
Oct. 22 New York – Courtney Farren Zine Party – Sunnyvale. 1031 Grand St. (Sunday Matinee Show, $8) with American Anymen, Linda Draper, Reonda
Nov. 2   Boston, MA – Hennessy’s Hooley House
Nov. 10  New York  – Shrine World Music Venue

SOLO LIVE DATES

Oct 1  New York, NY – Silvana NYC
Nov 2  Boston, MA – Hennessy’s Hooley House 
Nov 10 New York, NY – Shrine World Music Venue

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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Alternative

 

Liverpool Psych Festival Launches 2017 Season (Sept. 22-23 Weekend + Pre-Festival Events)

Liverpool Psych Festival Gears Up for 2017 Season (September 22-23)

The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (a.k.a. Liverpool Psych Fest or PZYK) kicks into overdrive on September 22-23, celebrating artists operating at the cutting edge of today’s global psychedelic renaissance, alongside visual art, film, performance and mind expanding visual delights. Once again, masses of psychedelic activities will pack the warehouses and recesses of Camp & Furnace, Blade Factory + District in Liverpool’s so-called Baltic Triangle for a global psychedelic frenzy.

Liverpool Psych Fest finds is a frontrunner of the psychedelic scene, while communities and festivals are flourishing in a global movement in consciousness. Prepare for the time of your life as PZYK presents a whole host of sonic and visual delights in multiple dimensions. This is a true exploration and celebration of extremes. High on visual aesthetics, this festival combines post-industrial architecture with its acid house rave atmosphere and art gallery space with an awesome village kind of mentality. This cohesive approach makes for a breathing art installation much like a psychedelic technicolor dream.

The 2017 programme features an exciting opening party and launch events, exclusive pre-festival gig (headlined by New Jersey’s Ducktails, led by Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile), a film programme, exclusive new virtual reality installations, daytime events, and an immersive late night audio visual experience, in addition to a month-long art exhibition developed on key visual themes and ideas present across this year’s aesthetic.

PZYK offers the world’s greatest psychedelic music to bring festival-goers an awe-inspiring trip to the sub-ultrasonic zone, with remarkable live performances interspersed with DJ sets. Headliners include Texas’ neo-psych favorites The Black Angels and Croydon space rock veterans LoopThe 2017 PZYK Congregation also includes Lætitia Sadier, A Place To Bury Strangers, The KVB, The Telescopes, Songhoy Blues, Träd Gräs och Stenar, Träden, W.I.T.C.H (We Intend To Cause Havoc), The Holydrug Couple, Wolf People, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson, Jane Weaver, Adrian Sherwood, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Comet is Coming, White Manna, GNOD, Endless Boogie, Sex Swing, Castles, In Bliss, Celestial Bums, and many more artists.

Following its fantastic inception in 2016, PZYK COLONY – an immersive, 360-degree audiovisual installation – will again transform the Camp warehouse space into a late-night shifting, geometric cube from 11pm to 3am throughout the festival. The live installation re-imagines this industrial space as an intense, singular light-emitting diode, a trance-den-cum-live-space, and will play host to much anticipated performances by The KVB, Loop, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson, Sex Swing, The Comet is Coming, and Adrian Sherwood.

One of the stand-out events is a showcase from California’s Castle Face Records, called ‘Irregular Orbits’, which involves five bands from the label’s roster – Once & Future Band, Male Gaze, Magnetix, Duds, Exit Group (Useless Eaters side project). A world-first for the label, which is now one of the world’s leading off-kilter psych music imprints.

PZYK presents a mix of international and homegrown artists providing a soundtrack to late September madness. The international diversity of this year’s acts are underlined by performances by Songhoy Blues (Mali), Laetitia Sadier and Acid Arab (France), Dans Dans(Belgium), The Holydrug Couple (Chile), Celestial Bums (Spain), White Manna (California), Julie’s Haircut (Italy), and Hurricane Heart Attacks (Argentina).

This is the sixth year for the festival. The first festival took place in 2012, being international event from the outset. In just a few years, this has become perhaps the most renowned Psych Fest in the world. In fact, it was named ‘Best Small Festival’ at the 2015 NME Awards.

PZYK presents a special ‘Psychedelia In Film’ season, with screenings at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) of a series of short films drawing on the theme of sensory overload and excess. The screenings will be accompanied by specially curated PZYK playlists in the Picturehouse bar, plus a Q&A with PZYK organizers around the festival’s themes.

Festival-goers will also enjoy the ‘Musings In Drone’ symposia, which is a tripped-out chat show, digging out the stories, tales and experiences of the artists, labels and heads within today’s neo-psych scene. Hosted by audio-oracle Bernie Connor from the Sound Of Music podcast, this edition features Q&As with The Black Angels, collaboration with the #AUDiNT research cell (an investigation of sonic extremes in A Century Of Zombie Sound presentation), and W.I.T.C.H.’s Emmanuel ‘Jagari’ Chanda with collaborator Jacco GardnerMatt Jones of Castle Face Records will also talk about the label’s journey from the Californian underground to the label’s journey from the Californian underground to the world-class psych label it is today – he will be joined by guests from the label’s roster.

As well, the organizers introduces PZYK SKAN, a major immersive AV installation, which is a brain-scanning-meets-audiovisual-extremes collaboration between Luciana Haill, Rob Strachan, PZYK AV and #AUDiNT research cell.

All of the above are carefully curated elements that give LiverpoolPsych FestIval its global appeal, and the 2017 edition will undoubtedly become an even more attractive prospect for fans of psychedelia. Running with the motto “THIS FESTIVAL WILL DESTROY YOU”, the organizers qualify “unless it destroys us first”. Prepare for the PZYK of your life… but if you can’t be there, California’s KFJC 89.7FM will be broadcasting the festival live from the four festival stages, as well as interviews, online via KFJC.org and on FM in the San Francisco Bay area.

The PZYK opening party will take place on Thursday, September 21 at Constellations. Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile bring his Ducktailsproject to Liverpool for this event, joined by Strange Collective‘s Ali Horn, and Goa Express. More detailed information, as well as weekend and day tickets, are available from http://liverpoolpsychfest.com

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Parsons Rocket Project – Parsons Rocket Project (11 August 2017)

Atlanta’s Parsons Rocket Project Unveil Video for ‘Solar Flare’ from Debut LP
Parsons Rocket Project have unveiled a new video for ‘Solar Flare’, the most upbeat track from their self-titled debut album, which released last month. Comprised of six tracks, this is a beautiful mixed bag of dream-gaze, indie rock and space rock, occupying a sweet spot between Blonde Redhead, My Bloody Valentine, Bowery Electric and Slowdive. This video follows the release of two videos for the exciting ‘Exit Launch’ and the serene ‘Interlude I’.
The new video was produced, shot and edited by Steven Quinn with mountain footage provided by Deep Water Surf and shuttle footage courtesy of Pexels & Creative Commons. “I wanted to merge the look and feel of early 90’s shoegaze  imagery with crisp natural elements.  The song was the absolute driving force of inspiration,” explains Steven Quinn.
Hailing from Atlanta, Parsons Rocket Project takes its name from American rocket propulsion engineer, chemist, and occultist Jack Parsons.  The band formed in 2015 when drummer, lyricist, and titular figurehead Jody Hasty started collaborating with bassist Paul Curry, guitarist Jeff Holt, and multi-instrumentalist producer/engineer Benjamin Price at Studilaroche in Atlanta. They were later joiined by K. Michelle Dubois on vocals.
The band laid down the tracks for this album in the very studio, where Benjamin Price has also worked on releases by Gang of Four and The Hives, among others. The album was mastered by Joe Lambert (Lou Reed, Animal Collective, The National, Hot Chip, Deerhunter, Panda Bear, Washed Out).
Parsons Rocket Project’s musical output is a mixture of ambient, dream pop, indie and space rock. They infuse this multi-colored trippery with the shimmering oceanic resonance of shoegaze and neo-psychedelia to round out this first release.
“We embraced the beautiful noise concept, but strayed from the classic shoegaze template that many bands adhere to. so there are some different feels and sounds to it like this fun disco thump thing with the synth bass on “exit launch.” that really pissed off some people in the studio, but it was the kick the track needed,” explains Paul Curry.
Parsons’ members cite a number of artist influences, including Flying Saucer Attack, Tape Cuts Tape, Spacemen 3, Eluvium, Swervedriver, Aix Em Klemm, William Basinski, and Clams Casino. However, their sound is closer to Slowdive, Spiritualized, Trespassers William, Mojave 3, and Mazzy Star.

This debut EP represents a significant moment in time for the band, who were challenged to overcome very real struggles involving drug abuse, a terrible automobile accident, and the low-level daily drama of domesticity. Some of the ambient and psychedelic exploration is rooted in real trauma – both physical and emotional – while some of it is celebratory in nature, rooted in the unique awareness of a temporary conscious being in our universe.

The eponymous ‘Parsons Rocket Project’ EP is out now and can be obtained at https://parsonsrocketproject.bandcamp.com/album/parsons-rocket-project

CREDITS
Jody Hasty – Lyrics, Synth, Electric Piano, Drums
Paul Curry – Bass
Benjamin Price – Guitar, Percussion, Midnight Editing
Jeff Holt – Guitar
K. Michelle Dubois – Vocals
Thad Goad – Logo and Sleeve Design
Anne Nicoletti, Jennifer Colson Demer, Michelle Barnette – Backing Vocals (Interlude II)
Produced and Engineered by Benjamin Price at StudilaRoche in Atlanta
Mastered by Joe Lambert, at Joe Lambert Mastering in New Jersey

TRACK LIST

1 Exit Launch
2 Interlude I
3 Burn
4 One Moor Call
5 Solar Flare
6 Interlude II
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Alternative, Shoegaze