Hello hello hello hello it’s us. Back with some fab new stuff in Ye Olde Web Shoppe. Just a round-up of a few June newbies.
Exile On Mainstream EOM46
BOMBEE didn’t rise from the ashes of VOLT and FLU.ID but is a complementary outlet for Boris Kaiser (ex-VOLT-drummer and cajon & keys in Bombee) and Roeder (bass in FLU.ID & CELAN and acoustic guitar in Bombee) to lay focus. With the addition of Alexandre DeFlandre and Markus Altmann on cello, Bombee take the challenge of sparse instrumentation leading into suspense and intensity. With two albums already under their belt they now have found their path. Black Keys can be classified as effort by a band that has found what they were looking for in the creation of this record. Joined by Hannah Murray (Ex-A WHISPER IN THE NOISE- and WIVE) on two songs, Black Keys is an acoustic compendium of the highest-quality soulfulness.
Exile on Mainstream/Discorporate DISREC013
DEAD WESTERN is TROY MIGHTY, from the Psych-Folk happening of the US West Coast. Suckle At The Supple Teats Of Time reaches out with the familiarity of the dark and saddened guitar-based Folk. Troy’s voice carries the deepest and most dazing timbre you can imagine – his unique sound is the instrument that makes DEAD WESTERN special. He sings and shivers, soothes like a lullaby. This is the second full-length album of the wandering troubadour from Sacramento. The carrying instrument in DEAD WESTERN is the acoustic guitar around which playful sounds like violin (played by Extra Life’s Caley Monahon-Ward), bass (Jesse Phillips), percussion (Kevin Corcoran), chord organ, kazoo and a singing saw feature comfortably on the record. These and other instruments played by Troy build a family and its members tell each song’s story in their own way. DEAD WESTERN is a subtle child, but one with the backbone of an old man. It is intuition, feel and nature that sings the songs of Troy. Dark and creepy, but longing for a brighter world, for love and space. Check out the video at the bottom of this post.
One Inch Badge OIB011
Lonely Ghosts is the alter-ego of Brighton musician Tom Denney. Since 2006 he has used this guise to explore what he considers to be ‘pop’ music, in whatever shape or form it may take. From his home studio he creates an eclectic mix of songs blending a number of different sounds and styles, including casio-pop, moody synth-scapes, shoegaze guitar drones, woozy harmonies, post-punk, electronica/hip hop drum beats and emotive vocals. Return From the Search Party is Lonely Ghosts’ first full-length album. Written in tandem with Don’t Get Lost Or Hurt, the album expands on the style of its predecessor showing the many disparate sides of the experimental Lonely Ghosts sound. Throughout the record lo-fi indie-pop rubs shoulders against multiple layers of textured sound, be it harsh guitar noises and synths such as on album opener ‘Love Projection’, or lush sweeping strings and clarinets as on the recent limited edition single ‘Ghosts of Mice’. Recorded largely from his home studio, Denney utilises songs like an audio note pad, laying down musical ideas and experiments freely and coupling them with open and emotive vocals. The end result is a rich album that makes leaps stylistically from song to song but is always held together by a strong pop backbone.
Upset The Rhythm UTR039
COLD PUMAS specialise in pounding, motorik repetition that grabs the groove for dear life. This new 7” on Upset The Rhythm finds Cold Pumas at the zenith of their dance orientated weird-outs. Beat Mystery is an epic growing repeato-jam, echoing guitar driven along to euphoric heights with a propulsive energy. The drums hit hard into a kraut vault, shimmering away into cymbals just at the right breathing moments before the guitars pull you onwards. Towards the climax of the song Cold Pumas unleash some haunted vocal blurring before the song finally shudders into a grave. Party Drip is equally as restless and relentless in it’s kinetic punch but certainly channels a more heavy club-based ecstasy. Tumbling drums punctuate the sweet clang and lilt of the guitar work, allowing the track to slip inside a (slightly) more conventional song form occasionally without losing it’s four-to-the-floor spirit. Both tracks truly testify to Cold Pumas being one of the most exciting bands of the new UK underground, we’re excited to hear where they go next as anything seems possible or probable even.
Available to Pre-Order Now – Shipping 28th June
Current 93 – Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Coptic Cat – NIFE010
The most rawly powerful and hallucinatory album yet by multi-million selling Baptist Satanist Toy Boys and Toy Girls CURRENT 93.
The front cover features a new painting by David Tibet entitled “She is Naked as the Water, at the Door”. CURRENT 93 ON DECEMBER, 1971: Eliot Bates, James Blackshaw, John Contreras, Baby Dee, Andrew Liles, Melon Liles, Alex Neilson, Bea Taylor, Isabel Taylor and David Tibet. Full colour digipak with booklet including all the lyrics and photos of the banned band. Thanks for glistening. We hallucinate on, and then we’re gone. GodisLove, ANOK PE DAVID TIBET
Dischord Records DIS15.5
Like most of the early harDCore bands, Scream had been extremely influenced by the Bad Brains, but they seemed to be more advanced musicians and had more of a rock and roll sensibility than the other bands in the punk scene. Scream toured more than any Dischord band other than Fugazi and was one of the first American punk bands to establish the DIY tour routes through Europe that are still used today. This Side Up, Scream’s second full-length, was recorded during two recording sessions in 1984. The first session was produced by Dr. Know (Bad Brains) and Joey Pea. The second session was produced by Ian MacKaye and features the debut of Robert “Harley” Davidson on second guitar. The album was originally released on LP in 1985 as a split venture between Dischord Records and the Rough Trade imprint, Sixth International Records. This Side Up, grouped with Still Screaming, has remained available on CD through the years, but the vinyl fell out of print long ago. This re-issued vinyl edition is being made available on coloured vinyl, features a new silver album cover with updated graphics, and comes with a free MP3 download coupon.
Southern Lord LORD118
In the vein of His Hero is Gone, Tragedy and From Ashes Rise, but with a very distinct and brutal edge, Masakari fuses their apocalyptic crust with the raging power of Discharge/Disfear D-beat and the hard-edged Japanese punk stylings of G.I.S.M., with a smattering of blast-beat driven grindcore to drive it all home. After the huge underground buzz of their debut 7 inch, the band was ready to take their cataclysmic protest punk to a whole different level. It is an epic record that takes your breath away with its very scope; not an easy undertaking for an album that is only 10 songs and less than 30 minutes long. Engineered by Bill Korecky (Incantation, Keelhaul, Integrity) and recorded at Mars Studio in Cleveland.
Masakari is the latest in a string of Southern Lord signings that are highlighting some of the best bands in the future of hardcore, including Black Breath and The Secret.
Neurot Recordings NEU70V
All hail the Mount Rushmore of heavy rock. Shrinebuilder is the meeting of musical monoliths, the Justice League of underground heaviness: Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich of Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan and The Hidden Hand on guitar; Al Cisneros of Om and Sleep on bass; Dale Crover of the Melvins and Altamont on drums; Scott Kelly of Neurosis on guitar. And all of them on vocals. The vinyl is a repressing on double black vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with black flood inside. Three sides of music, snake etching on Side 4. The vinyl comes with a download card and was cut at 45rpm for MAXIMUM LOUDNESS.
Neurot Recordings NEU45
Red Sparowes is comprised of Bryant Clifford Meyer on guitar/vocals (Isis), Jeff Caxide on bass/guitar (Isis), Josh Graham on guitar/vocals (Neurosis visuals and acclaimed video director), Greg Burns on bass and pedal steel (also of Temporary Residence dark chamber folk sextet Halifax Pier) and Dave Clifford on drums (formerly of VSS, Pleasure Forever). The sum total of its sound, however, stems more so from esoteric melodic guitar-surrealists of the mid-80’s Blast First and Too Pure hive than the fierce realism of the aforementioned cabal of heavy-psych rock. Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun is now back in stock on Red/Green vinyl and has gorgeous five color artwork with O-card packaging designed by Josh Graham.
Re-issue of the ambitious 1987 album on purple vinyl. This was the bands first exclusive with Alternative Tentacles.
Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed was No Means No’s third full-length first released in 1988 compiled together with the EP The Day Everything Became Nothing, aptly titled The Day Everything Became Isolated And Destroyed. These recordings show NMN at the height of their creativity and their early obsession with social order in its many strands. The band’s trademark genre-defiance is in full effect, with blistering punk/hardcore tracks like “Dead Souls” and “Teresa Give Me That Knife” to the long, noisy jazzcore of “Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed” and the amazing “Brother Rat/What Slayde Says”, the latter functioning almost like a spoken word piece.
The Mailorder Elves