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MOLTEN EARTH Mixed genre Bay Area experimental / punk / dark wave /  industrial acts gather at an underground space in Oakland next Saturday July 28th for raising money for the Florence Project, an organization bringing together separated families at the Arizona border. There will be live performances, DJ’s raffles, and who knows what else. For a brief preview of what to expect sonically;  Moira Scar blast out loud, dense, sonic explosions of Queer forward dark wave/ acid punk, with a wide array of sonic approaches on their just released “Wound World, Part 1” Also performing, Oakland’s  Daisy World known for their uniquely original psychedelic, antagonistic, dark, noisy punk sets that fly by before you even know you’re in a tripped out fog of inverted reality. Daisy World is a well oiled machine with razor like precision, and thunderous drumming, walls of drenched guitars and basses that bend together like a tripods of intense sound  of chaos. Echoed vocals scream and cascade right on the cusp of the mix; beautiful intense sound. Also on the bill is Oakland’s Yama Uba, on Psychic Eye Records  is darkwave and dark noise from the singer/bassist of Ötzi, with their unique and crafted blending of  heavy and intentioned takes on industrial, dark wave, and noise. Sailor Neptune  of the bay area industrial collective S.B.S.M. will be opening the event, stay tuned for a link to their work but for now it’s under wraps, as well as a resurrection of bay area  morphing anti-conceptual troublemakers x/Nerfbau. Dj Sly Ida will be  providing the relief in between blasts of sonic mayhem and  even some enjoyment. Look up these artists and  support their work if possible.

Tracklisting:

DILATEDEARS  “Nightlight” (A  SOUNDESIGN RECORDINGS, 2013)

S.B.S.M. “Ashes” (Joy / Rage, 2016)

DAVID MOLINA “Wall And Tongues Music” (Rogue Pulse/ Gravity Collapse, Ratskin 2017)

MOIRA  SCAR “Erased” (Wound World Part 1, 2018. Psychic Eye/ Near Dark)

GERMSVOYCE “Médecine For A Wolverine” (unreleased, 2015)

YAMA UBA “Angel” (Demo) (Unreleased, Psychic Eye  2018)

NERFBAU “GasTank/Gunhand” (Placenta Recordings, 2014)

DAISY WORLD “US, Weakly” ( self released, 2016)

MAYA SONGBIRD “Living In Harmony” (Welcome To The Dark Side”, 2017)

BEAST NEST “Relief” (A History Of  Sexual Violence, 2018)

JASMINE INFINITI “Scratchy A” (New World  Disorder, 2018)

DAX PIERSON “Macrobid” (Rogue Pulse/Gracity Collapse, 2017)

SYLVESTER “I Need Somebody To Love Tonight” (1979)

 

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Organized by Psychic Eye and Ratskin Records

There will also be a raffles and the artists will be collecting donations at the door, and profits will be donated to the Florence Project.  if you’d like to donate directly. 

 

Black Doldrums

Black Doldrums

Black Doldrums are a band I’ve followed for a while now, there’s something about them that really seems to connect with me. Not sure what, but after seeing them live a few times and chatting at gigs it’s not something that can easily be explained. Why do we music fans seem to have a natural affinity to one band more than another? Most people I know like loads of bands of many varied and differing sounds, as do I. The music is obviously the point of first connection, and most likely the only one for most fans & the bands they listen to. Other than the occasional social media interaction here and there. So what creates the ‘chemistry’ between an artist and the people who listen to their music? That’s the million dollar question I suppose. If anyone reading this can tell me I’d be much obliged!

Anyway, seeking answers to this I asked the Black Doldrums a few things about themselves to see if I could work it out any further. But only ended up asking myself more questions. The usual things were asked, ‘whats your influences…’How did you get together…etc……’ but that’s what made me think a bit differently. Most of the bands I love all quote the same influences, The Beatles, The Stones, The Clash, BJM, Spacemen 3 etc. So if they are all influenced by listening to the same records as kids, and it inspired them to want to start a band to create music, why do they all sound so different? interpretation, imagination, background, resources? Obviously some bands wear their influences firmly attached to their sleeves as badges of honour. The bands that take their influences and take them to new places and expand them, take you to another place, these are the bands that excite me as a music lover. Writing this post has made me think a lot about things the last few weeks, possibly due to lack of sleep working night shift! But that’s the other thing music should do, it should make you ask questions don’t you think?

The new single off the eagerly anticipated second album is a step further down the sonic trail with a more topical feel than the earlier releases off the debut ‘Peoples Temple’ album. I asked  Sophie & Kev that between them are ‘Black Doldrums’ if this was an intentional thing or just my own take on it.

S: It wasn’t intentional, I suppose it’s more that all the songs have meaning and similar subject matter but maybe with Rope it’s easier to interpret that way, particularly because the video accompanying it may have supported the lyrics. Each song is open to everyone’s individual interpretation and I suppose, yes some songs on the new material could be, as could, maybe Sidewinder.

K. It’s funny really, someone else said that our new single was very much of the time recently which is interesting because I’m not sure what is of the time. I suppose I write about what’s going on around me and like to keep it accessible and open. If it’s considered current then that’s cool.

Not just me then! Anyone who has seen Black Doldrums play live knows how together and tight they are, creating a far wider and greater sound than would sometimes seem possible from just a guitar & a drum kit. Is it down to practice or some hidden chemistry?

S: I honestly don’t know, we get told a lot that our sound defies our “number” ie there’s two of us, our aim is to surprise people I suppose in that respect.

K: Yeah we like to play in a way that gives people the full experience of a full band. It’s difficult at times but challenging and worth it when people are surprised.

As a band that play lots of shows I wondered what keeps them going through all the endless hours sitting in a van that must entail

S: I can get very tired, but it’s the same with anything. The point is you’re choosing to do it and you’re doing what you love. It’s not the same as making ends meet in an 8 hr a day office job that bores the shit out of you. Anyone that moans about touring should probably shut up!

K: Totally agree with this! no names mentioned but you come across a lot of self entitled musicians that moan about touring. We’re just grateful for playing and getting a chance to see all these places and always humbled by people who make the effort to come to shows.

So to conclude, why do we like a particular band over another for no apparent reason? I suggest you get yourselves down to see Black Doldrums play a show and find out for yourselves! Much appreciation to Kev & Sophie for taking the time to chat to me at their gigs and answering a few emails. Just waiting on the new album release date now guys!

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How a love of music turned into an interview with a band from Brazil

How a love of music turned into an interview with a band from Brazil

Manchester.London.New York.Berlin. All cities that we associate with having rich and varied musical histories and influences. They are all cultural melting pots of cities that have spawned some of the greatest bands of all time. As a lover of the kind of music that is never going to be called mainstream, I stumbled across a band going by the name of Firefriend. As I listened to their music, I heard the typical influences, the likes of Joy Division, The Sex Pistols,Velvet Undergound & The Jesus And Mary Chain. Nothing out of the ordinary there, I thought. Great band, cool sounds. I became a little more interested, as you do, and found the band hailed from São Paulo, Brazil of all places. This is where my mind struggled somewhat.

Brazil. I ask anyone to give me an image of the country and it will be Copacabana beach, the Amazon, the 1970 World Cup team(best team ever to take to a football pitch!), the Samba or Christ The Redeamer. Even the Favelas. Not a brand of shoegaze psych that sounds like it came from a disused factory in the North of England, or an abondoned building in Berlin. I wanted to know more.

So instead of taking the easy option and asking Google, I took the time to ask the band themselves. Don’t ask me why, I’m no jounalist or writer, but I felt compelled to learn more about the Northern British sounding band from São Paulo, Brazil.

So, in the words of Yury & Julia of Firefriend, I’ll let them tell the story of how the band came to be.

I asked how the band came about, and what influenced them, all the way over in Brazil.

Yury: My parents were hippies here in São Paulo back in the 70’s, I grew up immersed in the heady scents of incense & weed,  listening to Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, Pink Floyd, Beatles and Led Zeppelin a lot, since year zero. Then a friend of mine went to London in the 80’s and brought back albums from the likes of Joy Division, Sex Pistols, Jesus And Mary Chain and those records blew my mind. All these sounds combined were groundbreaking and definitely mind-bending, for kids in all corners of the world — those records were like messages from another galaxy to me. It’s fascinating how they make you see reality through another prism.  I bought my first guitar just after I got my hands on a mixtape of The Velvet Underground & Nico. That changed my life forever. I bet this is the history of thousands of teenagers living elsewhere on this planet. We start recognizing each other and suddenly we are at someone’s house jamming pretty loud and talking about shows and bands and then there’s an underground scene going on, first with xerox zines and then websites documenting the pulse of our musical community. It was like that back then as it’s still like that today. There are hundreds of bands messing around here.

Julia: Music has been part of my life since I was a kid, I have always needed music to deal with my life. I enjoy the energy of rock’n’roll and always looked for sounds that make my mind travel. This could come from any genre/style, it depends only on how you feel at that particular moment, how open you are to the sounds.

So, how does this translate into European tours and success in the USA & Australia? Not even Yury is sure.

Yury: Surprisingly, it was easier to get noticed & heard outside of Brazil. All reviews and interviews we got after our last album come from Europe, the United States and even Australia.  Now there must be a lot of reasons for that, but I’m not sure why, yet. We’ll play in the UK, France, Denmark, and Germany in September, let’s see if we’re going to learn why it’s happening this way!

Pretty sure the reason their music has spread across the Continents is because, great music is great music. Wherever it comes from!

I asked about the latest Firefriend album Sulfur, the bands 9th physical release and how the band maintain their motivation and fresh sounds.

Julia: I love to try new ideas, experimentation is an endless joy. Sometimes it feels like I’m entering new territories using new gear, new effects, it opens our sensibilities to new textures and melodies. That’s my way to keep doing new things.

Yury: Noise and melodies, if you push them out of the genre’s tradition and into the contemporary landscape, you gotta a really enticing monster to behold. That’s an adventure we dig, it helps us feel alive, it helps us build connections with people from every corner, it’s a dialogue that helps us to learn more about who we are. Every piece we read, watch, hear, every person we meet, there are multiple sources of meaning spinning in this astonishing swirl  — give them a structure, a shape, and then you have something which you can stand on.

A more personal question I put to the band was the reasons behind making music and why they feel compelled to make it.

Yury: I need music to fill out the void of existence — the 21st century’s so mad. Truth is dead, god is dead, war is everywhere. Industrial trash is everywhere, in the sea, the air, our food and the natural world. Advertising keeps confusing everybody with its fake smiles — music is where one can breathe at last. So I need music to live here on this planet.  We all need art, life is more than debts and TV shows. Art & music change our minds and cells and suddenly we are there answering with more music, our music, to feed that fire, to keep it burning.

Julia: It’s a release — and being able to make the kind of music you want to hear, that makes me happy!

Back to the reason I got intrigued by the band in the 1st place, Julia & Yury give me their feelings on the album Sulfur.

Julia: Close your eyes and let it take you somewhere else.
Yury:  It tastes like the 21st century —  Visceral & dark.

Here’s the latest song to be crafted by Firefriend, ‘Surface To Air’ Available from the 27th July fom the bands Bandcamp site

I would like to thank Yury & Julia for taking the time out to give me a brief insight into the band, and how a shoegaze/psych band came about in São Paulo, Brazil. Many thanks to Yury’s friend for buying the records and taking them all the way back to São Paulo.

Thanks for reading. If like I did, you want to find out more, head over to the bands Website or you can also buy their records from Fuzz Club Records in the UK & EU, Little Cloud Records in the USA.

 

SVVAMP – SVVAMP 2

SVVAMP – SVVAMP 2

Heavy riffs your thing? Then this new album from Swedish heavy blues rockers SVVAMP is going to tick all the boxes! With a sound reminscent of the 70’s heavy psych bands, Blue Cheer & original Swedish psych kings the Hjärter Sex. SVVAMP 2 is straight-forward and direct. And it rocks. Hard. Preview track ‘Queen’, below is no exception to the rule.

The Albm is released on RidingEasy Records due for release on the 8th June.

SVVAMP’s debut self titled album is also worth checking out. Full video stream below if you fancy rocking out some more!

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Höga Nord Rekords

Höga Nord Rekords

Höga Nord Rekords – one of the coolest record labels out there. They specialize in limited edition releases and run a succesful 7″ singles club. Eclectic and exciting, you never quite know what comes next from the Swedish label. That’s why their upcoming release has my interest straight away. A complilation album that includes  The Limiñanas once again collabarating with Anton Newcombe, to acts like Woodleigh Research Facility, a project of legendary DJ & producer Andrew Weatherall & Nina Walsh. You know that this is going to be an album of great intrigue, from spooky electronic music to more traditional psych classics.

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Due for release on August 20th, this is definitely one to get your hands on! As with most of the releases on Höga Nord Rekords, this will certainly sell out quickly. Available to pre-order here

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Something Else

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Something Else

First album release of the year for the legendary Brian Jonestown Massacre ‘Something Else’ arrives on June 1st on A Recordings . Opening single release, ‘Hold That Thought’ takes the band back to a more guitar based sound reminiscent of the earlier period BJM.

Anton Newcombe and his band are currently on a mammoth world tour, hopfully if you were lucky enough to grab a ticket you can catch up with them at one of these dates

Long term fans of the band will not be surprised to learn that this will be the 17th full length album release. With a second album due for release in September, Anton Newcombe’s prodigous output shows no signs of slowing down. Long may it continue!

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Flowers Must Die – Där Blommer Dör

Flowers Must Die – Där Blommer Dör

The fifth full length release by Swedish band ‘Flowers Must Die – Där Blommer Dör ‘ sees the band taking a trip through their history. With some of the tracks being 10 years old, it sounds like a historical lesson about the band & their origins.

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Released on the Rev/Vega Records, incidently the label of band member Rikard Daun. This album although newly relesed, feels like an end to a chapter in the bands path. The album however, is quite stunning in its differences betwen tracks. A definite album to listen to again & again!

 

My personal favourite track being Dööm, a 9 minute epic full of mystey and earthiness!

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