Bardo Pond grace us with a divine Latitudes session

Yes that’s right,  those legendary space rockers aka Bardo Pond have joined the Latitudes ranks. The psychedelic journey of the Pond all began by two brothers, Michael & John Gibbons, sharing their interest in free-form noise, spreading the enthusiasm to an array of instrumentalists and vocalists. Their sound snowballed taking in musical roots from the realm of jazz and blues structures, not to mention New York’s No Wave movement championed by the likes of James Chance and the Contortions as well as the downtown Knitting Factory scenes. Now after eight acclaimed full-length albums, the band that often dabbles in an eclectic range of side projects have regrouped for another stormer in our very own Southern Studios.

The resulting session, Yntra, is a brilliant distillation of what the band do best into just three epic tracks. From the elaboration of the densest, textural landscapes to moments of pure, ecstatic clarity the sound is still incredibly thick with their battery of guitars and unrelenting Continue reading

Christ, The Reissue

It’s a delight and simultaneous feeling of liberation to finally announce the release of Crass’ Christ, The Album LP reissue, which is now available for pre-order on the Southern web shop.

Released in 1982 with unplanned irony as the Falklands War raged on, Christ, The Album, another double vinyl half-studio/half-live release, once again aimed to take no prisoners. It’s controversial and boundary pushing style has been at the crux of critic and fan discussions for the years that followed, but admittedly received unquestionable respect and admiration. Harry Sword phrases it best: “Christ, The Album is too good for the TV punk documentaries, that’s why it’s still relevant and dangerous now.” Read his thoughts as the album marks it’s 30th year in the sonic ether.

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“By 1981 Crass had been in existence for four tempestuous years. In that time we’d encouraged punk to grow from being no more than just another ‘great rock’n'roll swindle’ into a genuine movement for change. Anarchy had been rescued from the dusty libraries of academia and the equally dusty dreams of barstool bullshitters to become the catchword for a whole new generation of streetwise activists.” – Penny Rimbaud

Cut to new lacquers at Abbey Road studios from the untouched original analogue vinyl master, this double LP comes with the original book (“A Series Of Shock Slogans And Mindless Token Tantrums”), original poster and the addition of a download card giving you free access to an mp3 download of the album. All of the original tracks remain intact, including recording of their 1981 summer gig at the 100 Club in London, as well as other studio tracks, demos, radio broadcasts and cassette recordings, leaving no Crass gem unturned.

Available to pre-order from the Southern web shop now.

 

Southern Shoppe at Fat Out Fest

The merry Southern elves are set to travel north at the end of the month (please insert Game of Thrones jokes here) for the incredible Fat Out Fest. Hosted by the excellent Manchester promoters Fat Out Til You Pass Out and taking place at the Islington Mill over in Salford they’ve allowed a minor takeover from the Southern team as we set up shop to peddle our wares.

Taking place over two days on the 25-26 August and featuring no less than Lydia Lunch, Jarboe and Mister Alexander Tucker who has now twice graced our Latitudes series as well as a whole host of local bands we are ecstatic to be invited to run our stall whilst listening to an incredible bunch of artists. We’ll be bringing along a range of goodies for you to buy and quite possibly coming up with some wonderful deals as well…. what they are, well, you’ll just have to turn up to find out!

Tickets are on sale now – just £15 for a day pass or £25 for the weekend. For over 30 bands that’s a silly price, but don’t complain- just get your ticket whilst you can!

Tickets are available onlineat the Fat Out shop and through wegottickets or from Manchester venues The Bay Horse, Common and the Mill.

For more news on the Fat Out crew, you can visit their site or keep up to date through facebook.

And if you can’t wait to pick them up from us at the Mill, head over to our web shop to get the Alexander Tucker & Decomposed Orchestra Latitudes session as well as the new Grumbling Fur release!

You can preview one of the furry tracks below.
Grumbling Fur – Solar Nights & Rainwater by Southern

Fawn Spots single on Louder Than War

Fourth in line of release from the Louder Than War label (the brainchild of legendary musician/journalist/crusader John Robb, our new favourite band (and soon to be yours) Fawn Spots bring a burst of fast-paced pop to the LTW family with Spanish Glass.

Hailing from York, this noisy powerpop duo are landing on publications faster than people Continue reading