If we are to believe Discogs, ‘Scenic Farm’ is Shit and Shine‘s 23d album. Seems like a lot, but professional music wacko Craig Clouse never disappoints. ‘Scenic Farm’ is a collection of totally messed-up electronic noise with equally messed-up titles, and the result is very entertaining, especially because of the groovy beats.
The album is recorded at the ‘Shit and Shine Ranch’ in Austin, Texas. We don’t know if there’s also an actual farmer growing stuff there, but if there is, we would like to buy his produce. Scenic Farm consists of 15 tracks, ranging from 8 seconds to more than 11 minutes, and they’re all highly wacky and highly captivating.
Every track is different, from techno-inspired noise (opener whaxaxaxki) to krautrock-americana electronics (camino real) and dubstep-oriented bass (slub) and just plain insane-ness (title track scenic farm and $$PTBRK). Most of them have one thing in common, the beats are not as messed-up as the mood, which makes the album feel groovy and even danceable. And the jokes are great fun (listen to EE, seems like Clouse pressed a wrong button and decided to make it a track).
Hailing from Sydney come psychedelic-pop outfit, The Lazy Eyes who have shared ‘Tangerine’ a summer, sun-kissed scorcher. A kaleidoscopic, otherworldly celestial stunner akin to Tame Impala’s earliest material meets Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, ‘Tangerine’ from the cosmic quartet is nearly 3 minutes of euphoric, sweltering psychedelia.
The follow up to their debut Beatles meets Beach Boys esque ‘Cheesy Long Song’ can be streamed via Spotify, and you can also check out the video to the sweet, psych-glistened single below. Get involved and jump on the marvelous magic carpet ride that is The Lazy Eyes…
If you have checked out the previous of the live sets series, then you know the score. If you have not, then basically we’re bringing you a number of live sets to check out during these times of global lockdown.
Here is part 1, part 2 and part 3 that I wrote as well as Fuzzy Sun’s noise-rock special being part 4. Check them all out if you get the chance.
Anyway let’s get to it. Get out your beverage of choice, sit back and turn up the volume as we present to you 16 live sets plus one very honourable mention.
I had to start with these, really. John Dwyer’s Coachwhips were utterly outrageous with their caustic, frenetic garage-punk rock n roll. Mosh-pit mayhem, it’s a damn shame that Coachwhips are no more (but hey, at least we have Thee Oh Sees who I’m sure we can agree, are one of the greatest bands of all time). Fingers crossed there will be more Coachwhips one day though…
One of the countless bands from the prolific Californian garage-rock god, Ty Segall. The stoner-metal of Fuzz is a heart-shaped, sonic love-letter to the likes of Black Sabbath.
Heady, enthralling, fuzzed-out psychedelia with hints of prog and jazz, Dungen opens up the heavens with their stunning sonic soundscapes.
Psychedelic meets garage-rock sorcerer’s Wand are paralysingly hypnotic. One of the best live shows in existence, check out the Californian’s wizardry from their KEXP set below.
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
Violent, visceral, cacophonous cyclone that can border on uncomfortable levels of loudness, the abrasive sonic, reverberating savagery that is A Place To Bury Strangers are brilliant aural brutality on another level that will leave one vaporized.
Dreampop, shoegaze, krautrock, gothic-rock and post-punk, the Calofirnian quartet Warpaint are a genre-bending machine of gorgeous whirling soundscapes. One of the tightest bands you can witness.
There was a point when there were very few bands that rivalled the sonic, cosmic spaceship that is Tame Impala. Their first two albums themselves were enough to put one in a lucid trance. Interplanetary sounds that would spark vivid hallucinations, Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala were the sound of another dimension oozing into ours. Check out their set from 2014 with material from their first two outputs when the outfit were the reigning kings of psychedelic-rock.
PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS
Purveyors of doom-laden psychedelia, space-rock and bludgeoning sludge-rock sounds, Newcastle’s Pigs x 7 who are probably from the darkest depths of the shadow realm are a blistering assault upon the senses. With Lemmy like vocals over a sonically expansive storm of searing riffs, the tremendously, turbulent tirade of Pigs x 7 is something that needs to be witnessed.
Shimmering, balmy brilliance, New York’s Olden Yolk are a throwback with their sixties-esque psychedelic meets folk. There’s such a pleasant serenity from the outfit. Witness their Audiotree session below.
BASS DRUM OF DEATH
John Barrett’s Bass Drum Of Death are all about killer-hooks. Mosh-pit, pint-spiller garage-rock meets lofi-pop bangers, Bass Drum of Death are here for the party.
Californian psych-garage rock fuzz-fiends Meatbodies absolutely slayed with their shred-laden KEXP set. Have your mind melted with their raucous session below.
Hailing from Brazil, Boogerings’ psychedelic-pop sounds are a sprawling sonic cyclone. Check out their colossal session for Cultura Livre:
Another excellent outfit from Brazil, Orua’s heady-psychedelic-sounds are a mind-melting marvel. Witness their wonderful KEXP session below:
KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS
Philadelphia native psych-folk merchant Kurt Vile is perfect listening for anytime, but especially during these times of isolation. Lose yourself to the sun-kissed agrarian sounds of Kurt Vile & The Violets from their Pitchfork set.
Jagged garage-rock meets rockabilly and rip-roaring, old-fashioned blues-rock, Guadaluple Plata are absolutely killer with theirghoulish, frenzied spaghetti western-esque rock n roll.
SWEDISH DEATH CANDY
Akin to Wand and Meatbodies, London’s psychedelic-rock barbarians, Swedish Death Candy are one of the U.K’s most heavily underrated bands. Check out the ulcerating fuzz toaster that is their live set below:
One very honourable mention of a live set has to be from the Japanese cosmonauts Kikagaku Moyo with special guests Jacco Gardner and Bruno Pernadas. Both Kikagaku Moyo and Jacco Gardner respectively, were featured on part two. Check out the latest live session posted very recently below.
So once again, you have 16 live sets plus a very great honourable mention to keep yourselves busy during these times of quarantine. Hopefully we’ll see you at a show in the not-so-distant future. Until then, stay safe and stay indoors.
Vrovl, a heavy band from Ghent, Belgium, shares the first track of their upcoming mini-album ‘De Eendenjacht’ (The Goose Hunt). It’s called ‘De Stuurman’ (The Navigator) and it’s more than 11 minutes of noisy fun and mesmerizing riffs.
Vrovl is all about a dark, hypnotizing atmosphere combined with heavy, rhythmic riffs. The music is often rather solemn, but there’s room for fun as well. In their artwork, song titles and live performances, the band shows a humorous approach. Their first EP, called Koeterwaals (translated it means something like ‘gobbledygook’) consists of one 17-minute long track.
Their newest fledgling is called ‘De Stuurman’. Again, it seems like the band must have had lots of fun. The atmosphere goes from heavy and slow to psychedelic and mesmerizing, then to rhythmic riff-work that reminds of an early Tool, then back and all over again. On top of that, there’s some great solos in there and some superb electronic noise. The band succeeds in delivering a 11-minute track without one dull moment, and there are no vocals whatsoever. The more we listened, the more we liked it. This is a must-hear.
Oh, and you’ll enjoy the weird video with animal violence and sexy ladies from a different age.
Brad did Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of these live sets and I just could not help myself and just rip of his project make a part myself too. Brad’s taste is mostly psychedelic rock, mellow and chill psych tunes (here and there some heavy stuff). I love this stuff and I got to know a couple of bands I have never heard of on his posts and still have a couple of hours listening pleasure on those posts. But I wanted to share some live sets of the heavier stuff too. So, while most of us are in quarantaine, check out these noise rock sets. I really wanted to share Girl Band to start with but seems like Brad is a pretty big fan too and shared it already!
The Jesus Lizard
Lets just start with one of the best noiserock bands there is. This is a video taken in July 14, 2009 with the original lineup—David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims, Mac McNeilly. Watch their reunion show at Nashville’s Exit/In.
Can’t really do a list without the Melvins right? The should not be any list without them. JaMINTHEVAN has some incredible sets, be sure to check out more from that channel. now shut up and listen to the Melvins do their thing in 2017.
Here is quite possible my favourite noiserock band. The bands latest album “You Won’t Get What You Want” completely blown me to bits and you should watch their set at adult swim’s fishcenter live (2019).
I know, I know, Xiu Xiu is not really noise rock but I am such a fan of this band, their noise, expermental and catchy stuff makes this such a special band. This is a live show that some russians made with here and there an interview in between. Check out “For The Benefit of All Living Beings”
Bruxa Maria just delivered an incredibly heavy new album this year and I had to include them because they are goddamn impressive. Check out the noise and sludge on the this Live at The Victoria 2019 Set.
Another one just like Bruxa Maria that has delivered an extraordinary album this year. Combining heavy psych, experimental heaviness and noiserock. This is The Lexington Feb 2020 Resort For Dead Desires Launch Show.
Had to search a while for a good show, GNOD is something else, they have this side projects mixing ambient electronics and weird noises but their main project is still one of the heaviest noiserock bands I have ever heard. This is the IMPATV 146 – GNOD LIVE AT ROCKET RECORDINGS 20 – FULL SET.
Qujaku is from Japan and they came to Belgium a while ago and I bought the record and let them sign it and I was like a little kid meeting his idols. These Japanese noiserockers bring something refreshing and immensly impressive live. Tune in for the QUJAKU – NOX ORAE 2018 | Full Live performance.
Aha, Lightning bolt has to on this list! I even dropped two live ones because it is Lightning Bolt! People, IT IS LIGHTNING BOLT!
Sly & The Family Drone
Fourty minutes of experimental stuff by the jazz/noise collective Sly & The Family Drone. Live at The Dome, London 2018 – FULL SHOW
Probably not really noise rock either but Boris is awesome, the Japanese doomlords make experimental japanoise and doom. check out their Boiler Room Tokyo Live set
you haved to click on ‘watch it on youtube’ because it is the streaming show of the release from the new album by New Primals. This is the album “Horse Girl Energy” LP Release show with Birth Order. clickclickclickstream.
I choose the Thurston Moore band and for a change not the Sonic Youth show, I really really like this KEXP live prerfomance, its filled to the brim with energy. Absolutely watch the whole thing.
Pissed Jeans can only deliver extremly good noiserock and they do it at the Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia Show too.
Again, one of the leaders in today’s noiserock scene, check out the performance of Metz on KEXP. Good, insanely good.
Les Rallizes Denudes
Les Rallizes Denudes maybe one of the strangest band on this planet, their is a shroud of mystery around the history of this band, they also make the most incredible music. Check out two of these videos in very bad quality, but hey, it is Les Rallizes Denudes.
If you have missed our part one and part two of sets to watch during these times of isolation, then be sure to head over that way for ace live sets from the likes of Altin Gun, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Los Bitchos, Bo Ningen, Minami Deutsch, Kikagaku Moyo, Goat, black midi, The Black Angels and lots more.
This is part 3 of the series of live sets to keep you busy during these times of isolation to help fill the void of live music being on absolute lockdown. So for the third time, get out your beverage of choice and turn those speakers or headphones up as we present to you another 16 live sets you need to check out.
The psychedelic circus that is Flamingods is a tapestry of sounds covering all corners of the globe. Fuzzed-out psychedelia, afrobeat, funk, elements of cumbia, seemingly taking influences from 70’s Turkish folk and lots more, Flamingods are a wonderful cocktail of exotic sounds.
Laid back 60s’ esque psychedelia, garage-rock and rhythm & blues trio, Night Beats epitomise the sound of smashing cans in the summer days with their soulful sun-drenched rock n roll sound.
FAT WHITE FAMILY
One of the U.K’s finest exports in recent years, the ramshackled post-punk, garage-rock and country-tinged sounds of Fat White Family and their live show which sometimes falls in the category of vulgarity is utterly compelling. Catch their always fun live show below from Glastonbury back in 2015.
Describing their sound as “Vada Vada”, The Garden tear up the rule book. Eccentricity is key with the genre-bending Californian twins delving between garage-punk, goth, post-punk, avant-garde noise, electro and everything else in-between.
Enthralling noise, minimalist techno and glitched-out avant-garden rock, Nisennenmondai generate the soundtrack to deep-rooted tension.
The first time I came across Imarhan was at End of the Road. Walking by the picturesque Garden stage, Imarhan were wonderful with their desert rock and psychedelic sounds. Imarhan live really is one of the most joyous experiences.
The Parisian outfit Moodoid are a spectre of crunching psychedelia with nods to their mate Kevin Parker woven into glam-rock and pop all soaked in glitted. You won’t find many more live shows as dazzling as Moodoid.
A gargantuan monsoon of heady riffs, French-trio Slift are an outfit from another dimension. Sprawling space-rock, doom-laden psychedelia and garage-rock, Slift are King Gizzard and Pigs x 7 on steroids.
The self-proclaimed “Beach Goth'” outfit led by Brooks Nielsen and his smokey, scorched vocals are probably one of the best bands on the planet. With their immense songwriting and chilled-out Californian surf-rock, garage-rock swelled with hints of psychedelia, country and even reggae, The Growlers are there for the good times and bad.
Cacophonous, visceral angst, Girl Band are a sonic onslaught of post-punk. The aural blast of Girl Band’s live show is incredibly compelling and mesmerising. Watch them below and catch them at a show near you.
The spell-binding shredders L.A Witch slay with their wonderful ghoulish cinematic surf and garage-rock. Watch their mind-melting KEXP session below.
THE PSYCHOTIC MONKS
Merging garage-rock, psychedelia and post-punk, The Psychotic Monks are one of the most exciting and exhilarating bands at the minute with their violent storm of a live show.
Hailing from the Arizonian desert, experimental psychedelic-space rock The Myrrors blowing minds at Fuzz Club Festival at London Fields in 2015.
Not much more can be said about the legendary outfit from J. Spaceman. Spiritulized’s space-rock, shoegaze and psychedelic orchestra are a celestial odyssey from another world.
Eccentric sounds intertwining between psychedelia, dreampop, jazz, dub, Afrobeat and Latin sounds, the excellent London trio Peluche are almost dreamlike. Shimmering soundscapes that are perfect for late nights sipping cocktails in the summer months.
Italian fuzz-fiends New Candy’s are always blistering with their gloom-laden, acid-soaked psychedelic-rock. Watch their KEXP session below.
So there you go, yet another 16 live acts you should check out during these times of lockdown. Be sure to keep an eye out on all the artists that we’ve posted (well 99% of those who are still going today), and head down to a show once this era of social distancing has passed.
Los Angeles’ cumbia meets psychedelia, garage-rock and surf-rock outfit Tropa Magica are proving to be quite prolific already. The outfit featuring members of Thee Commons have just followed up their cumbia covers EP ‘Smells Like Cumbia’ released at the end of the tail end of 2019 with ‘Feels Like Tijuana’ out today.
Combining their brand of cumbia and surf-rock with the laid back Californian sounds akin to The Growlers’ self-proclaimed ‘Beath Goth’, ‘Feels Like Tijuana’ is a sun-baked party banger perfect for those late summer nights by the beach knocking back spirits.
The German band Kombynat Robotron released an LP together with Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska last year and it was an absolutely mesmerzing work so it comes as no surprise that their new EP with to tracks of 7 minutes is again extremely hypnotic kraut. The EP is callled “KR I” and was released January 27. BUT WAIT, they just released another work called “Recklinghausen” and the focus of this fine piece of meditative psych is softer, more dreamlike and has a lot of postrock and kraut influences. AND WAIT, part II is here too, check out “KRII” too. Tune in for the world of КОМВУИАТ ЯОВОТЯОИ.
I recently wrote part one of live sets to check out during these times of isolation and lock down which you can read here and features the likes of Los Bitchos, Bo Ningen, Oh Sees, Altin Gun, Snapped Ankles, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards, Sons and lots more ace acts.
This as per the title, is part two of the live sets to check out during these strange times to help fill that horrid void of live music. Once again get your drink of choice, turn up the volume and kick back and watch another 16 incredible live sets.
Shifting from the agrarian sounds of psychedelic-folk to frenzied psych meets krautrock, Kikagaku Moyo are from another dimension with their frenetic yet trippy, hippy freak-out. Witness their very fresh KEXP session below.
THE BLACK ANGELS
The riotous psychedelic shaman that is The Black Angels are the masters of delving between the haunting sound of the sonic spectrum to explosive, fuzzed out psychedelia.
A plume of colour, Goat’s kaleidoscope psychedelic sounds touching on sonic influences from all corners of the planet are always utterly entrancing and hypnotic. Check out their set from Glastonbury in 2015.
The ascension of the maniacal math-rock meets experimental art-rock quartet black midi has been incredible. In an industry of smoke and mirrors PR nonsense, black midi rose to prominence by simply bringing the roof down of every venue they played with an enormous, abrasive racket.
There’s always a warmth to the cosmic Moon Duo. Dazzling space-rock, krautrock, drone and psychedelic-rock – never are Moon Duo not incredibly entrancing.
From a melting-pot of psychedelic bands being Chile, the psychedelic meets krautrock outfit that Föllakzoid delve into luscious, minimalist sounds that are a joy to get lost to.
Hailing from Japan, Minami Deutsch delve heavily into the mororik rhythms of krautrock and heady doom-laden psychedelia. An absolute sonic force…
Fittingly signed to Heavenly, Gwenno makes celestial sounds from another plane. The soundtrack to astral projection, Gwenno’s psychedelic-space-pop motorik sounds are perfect in these times of anxiety and isolation.
Deerhunter are a spiritual experience. A spectacular whirlwind of a racket touching on shoegaze, psychedelia and art-pop. There’s very few things in life more euphoric than than watching Deerhunter in a sunny field.
Gloom-laden, frenzied, cacophonous, goth-soaked post-punk, Savages live show is utterly electrifying with an intensity that is hardly matched.
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES
One of the most fun live shows around. King Khan & The Shrines waltz through a set of James Brown esque funk & soul meets garage-rock.
One of the most prolific artists in the world with countless albums and EP’s out under various guises, fuzz-fiend Ty Segall might well actually be a god.
THE BLACK LIPS
Modern-day garage-rock legends The Black Lips are an absolute shredding riff-riot. Snotty, scuzzed-out rock n roll with hints of country, The Black Lips feel like the could fall apart at any minute. Glorious stuff.
Splitting time between King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and The Murlocs. The latter here sit between Night Beats and The Growlers delving into scuzzed out garage-rock and soulful rhythm and blues.
Stunning celestial, cinematic soundscapes mixed with pastoral psych, the mesmerizing sonic beauty of Jacco Gardner is perfect for any occasion when you wish for your mind to wander.
Vancouver based Crack Cloud are an absolute blast live with their mind-bending, skittish art-noise, punk-punk orchestra.
So there you go, another set of acts to check out during isolation. Once again, if you are able to and do dig what you hear, maybe grab some merchandise or check them out at a live show near you when the time comes.
With festivals, live events and just about everything else being shut down across the world, many of us are no doubt missing live music. Never has not paying over £4.00 for a flat Carling been so missed…
With that, I’ve been down the rabbit hole across YouTube of some immense live sets over the last few years, and across a number of features, I’ll be posting some of the finest live sets for you to check out during the era of social distancing.
Of course, there is no way it replicate the same feeling as being in your local grassroots venue or standing in a sun-baked (or rain-soaked if you live in the UK) field with pals, but nonetheless, get out the tinnies, boxes of wine, cider, whiskey or whatever your drink of choice, turn up the volume and sit back in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, garden, balcony or whatever and watch 16 astounding live sets and help fill that void of live music.
Super fun, psychedelic-cumbia sounds, the London-based Los Bitchos are the band we need right now. If you dig their KEXP session above, then France TV have an even longer set from Los Bitchos’ set at Trans Musicales de Rennes here.
A recent face and mind-melting rehearsal from Oh Sees who are quite possibly the greatest live band in any universe in any possible dimension.
YĪN YĪN The Netherlands outfit YĪN YĪN are an onslaught of joyous psychedelic-funk with heavy Eastern Asian influences. Get to know YĪN YĪN below…
Netherlands psychedelic outfit Altin Gün who play a cauldron of Turkish psychedelic classics – in the best way possible are one of the most ridiculous live bands in the world. I wrote about them at La Route Du Rock too here if you fancy a read about how great they were back then but the footage below should be suffice.
Melt Dunes have sadly seemed to have called it a day but before they left us, they were one of the mightiest live bands in the world. Not long before the called it a day, they featured on Fuzz Club’s compilation, supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre and toured mainland Europe, taking their cataclysmic assault of psychedelia, space-rock and krautrock far and wide.
The Mauskovic Dance Band
Psych, cumbia and disco all sounding like it’s from out of space, Netherlands’ The Mauskovic Dance Band are a crazy-fun experience and are perfect for beers during the summer days and nights.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
What more can be said about Melbourne’s 7-piece psychedelic-merchants? One of the finest live bands today, the prolific outfit are always an absolute brain-eating tour-de-force.
SONS are a raucous riff-riot of psychedelic-space rock and garage-rock. Akin to Oh Sees and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, SONS are utterly explosive and quite possibly one the most underrated bands around today.
Glitched-out krautrock and wonky post-punk, there aren’t many bands out there that are as sonically charged, or as fun as London’s feral, anthropomorphic tree people Snapped Ankles.
The tale of Niger’s desert-rock, psychedelic guitar wizard Mdou Moctar is pretty remarkable. Coming from a strict background and also not having the means to buy a guitar, Mdou Moctar self-taught himself guitar after building his own out of wood and using brake wires from old bicycles for strings.
Featuring former members of Thee Commons, Los Angeles’ Tropa Magica blend their brand of cumbia with frenetic, garage-rock and surf-punk. Here they are in session also talking in depth about the origins of the band.
One of the finest new-ish live bands, New York’s The Wants delve between art-rock, post-punk, gothic-rock, electronica and the motorik-pulse of krautrock. Gloriously gloom, If The Wants are not on your radar yet, get involved right now.
Stockholm’s Viagra Boys live show is absolute relentless visceral sonic-storm. Utterly exhilarating, murky post-punk mixed with garage-punk, Viagra Boys are a melting pot of Fat White Family mixed with The Garden.
London based, Japanese psychedelic warlords Bo Ningen are easily one of the best live acts around. Mind-melting, heavy space-rock, Bo Ningen will have you thrown far into the deepest depths of the cosmos before dropping you down to Earth at light speed.
Anemone are a Montreal quintet that are utter bliss with their jangly, sun-kissed psychedelic-pop. The outfit named after The Brian Jonestown’s classic also produced one of the most underrated albums of 2019 last year with ‘Beat My Distance’.
So there you have it – 16 live sets that will hopefully keep you busy during this time of isolation. If you dig what you hear, then be sure to keep an eye out on all these acts for when they’re back touring again, and if in the event you can spare any change in these hard times, maybe grab some merch.
Brighton psychedelic 4-piece Wax Machine have recently released their debut album ‘Earthsong of Silence’ via Beyond Beyond is Beyond. Not too distant from the offerings of Ultimate Spinach, Kaleidoscope, some of Fifty Foot Hose’s less eerie material and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, the debut album from the quartet is beguiling, rootsy agrarian psychedelic-folk at its purest whilst also amalgamating elements of krautrock and jazz.
The serenity of Wax Machine’s debut creates a wonderful sonic odyssey of absolute tranquility in these times of uncertainty. Soft, sweetened vocals, jaunty guitar-lines and flutes that tremble along with the occasional torrent of fuzz, the debut LP from the Brightonian quartet is a tremendous trippy, sun-laden hippy freak-out.
One of the finer psychedelic albums you’re likely to hear this year, ‘Earthsong of Silence’ is an absolute must listen.
You can stream the album below as well as purchase it here.
Long ango I listenened mostly to metal but for years now I have been listening mostly topsych and noiserock and here and there some metal albums but I have to say this Eyes Flys band with members of Full of Hell, Backslider and Triac and stuff brings it all back for me. This is just no nonsense riffing heaviness. Ten tracks of goddamn good metal with some noiserock and sludge vibes. “Tub of Lard” brings my love for some good metal back. Turn up the volume and be blown away.
Are you a fan of loud music? Do riffs make you happy? Do you like people screaming? Then Eye Flys may be the band of your dreams. Most of the bandmembers yell or make riffs or something in bands like Full of Hell, Backslider and Triac and stuff, and they will release a new album called “Tub of Lard” on March 20. They released a second song just now called “Guillotine” wich is pretty loud and nice.
I had heard a couple of singles from this album before the release and was getting really excited. But now I am really amazed! This four headed beast of a band made an incredible album. The first track “Party Favors” starts with a fucking Saxophone like they make the most chill music ever, but they don’t, the track slowly gets into noise territory until it blows your face away. “Zoetrope” is a track full of heavy bone shattering riffs, “PCH” is bleak psych and I am not going to walk through every song because that is just boring when you can listen to them. “Resort For Dead Desires” is heavy, really heavy and it is not only noiserock, there is psych, punk in it and whatever and maybe the coolest thing about this album is that every song is very different wich makes this album a pleasure to listen to again and again. This album is released on Hominid Sounds and needs to be in your collection. The album is released together with the digital only single containing the edited version of “A Light Plague” and the full unedited version of “Φυλαχτό”. Both tracks feature on the new LP Resort For Dead Desires in different forms. Order the Resort For Dead Desires T-Shirt and get this digi single free. This album is going to be with ease one of the best of the year. An absolute blast! Tune in now for some Casual Nun.
This is a gorgeous work of improvised instrumental psych with violin that gives the music that extra hypnotic atmosphere. The UK band released their album “The Great Mountain” on Cardinal Fuzz and Feeding Tube Records. Recorded diret to 1/4” tape at Hallé St Michaels, Manchester.
The Liverpool band Bonnacons of Doom released their EP “ESUS” in September 2019 and now the collective released a new EP with rarities, some tracks from different compilations and others that have not been released digitally before.
On March 17 we get “Resort for Dead Bodies”, the new album by Casual Nun. Their are already a couple of tracks out that I have not shared yet and it is again proof that this band can make loud music in different styles and it all still fits perfectly together. “A Light Plague” is a heavy riffing noiserock track, “Φυλαχτό” is gorgeous heavy psych, “Pink Celestial Heron” goes towards bleak psych and brooding doom and “Party Favor” is just a very cool track. “Resort For Dead Bodies” is going to be awesome. Listen to all these tracks now. Soon out on Hominid Sounds.
After a change of line-ups, South London scuzz-fiends Honkies have returned with the blistering ‘Buzz Band’ following on from ‘Slugs’ which we featured a couple of months back.
Akin to Black Lips, Fat White Family and Sleep Eaters, ‘Buzz Band’ is a 2-plus minute riot of explosive garage-rock blended with sleaze-filled country-rock.
Forming of Jim Sutcliffe (Guitar / Lead Vox), Callum Charman (Bass/Vox) Robin ‘Maddog’ McCready (Lead Guitar), Cat Rin (Synth/ Vox) and Alex ‘The Hairdresser’ Herd (Drums), the quintet are proving to be one of the capitals finest garage-rock bands right now.
You can listen to ‘Buzz Band’ below ahead of the release of Honkies’ debut album out this summer and catch the band at the following live shows:
19.02 – The Talleyrand, Stockport 21.02 – Flying Duck, Glasgow 14.03 – Shacklewell Arms, London w/Sweaty Palms
I am a complainer, I like to complain and nag and certainly when I am sick. Well, I had the flu and it really sucked you know, I was like four days in bed, I could not eat Pizza nor Pitta, could not drink (only if i forced myself i could drink that tasteless clear fluid), could barely walk around and you know, I am a man so it sucks even more. Afterwards I got a stomach bug and had the terrible shits. The only positive thing about this whole irritating illness is I could listen to as much Luminous Bodies I wanted. So I am really happy they finally released it so now I can get on with my life. I heard their album “Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh” mostly on the toilet and I found out the acoustics in that place is really good. Luminous Bodies (Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp, We Wild Blood, MGF, Melting Hand and Gum Takes Tooth) rocks really loud and good and they deserve a special place in your heart. Out on Box Records since February 7.
Now this is album I am very much looking forward too. Casual Nun are four dudes from England who make loud fucking music, something between punk, noiserock and in your face rocknroll. Their new LP will be called “Resort For Dead Desires” and will be release on box records as well as Hominid Sounds. There are two tracks out. One is in your face heaviness and the other high sorcery space rock. There are only a couple of reason why some people might not like ths music:
They are deaf
They have explosive diarhea and they can’t leave the toilet
Eye Flys only just released their EP “Context” in September and they are already back with new music. The band with members of Full of Hell, Backslider and Triac make very heavy riff fueled melvins like metal. Their first shared track “Tubba Lard” comes from the upcoming album that will be called “Tub of Lard”. The new track is a soul crushing in your face riff beast. It seems we are in for a treat, have a taste of the first track now.
Dire Wolves (Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band) are masters in making free cosmic psych. Their latest album “Grow Towards the Light” was truly beautiful. It seems the band is already ready with new music because we get a second track called “Myriads”. The track is taken from their upcoming album “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Set Times” wich will be released February 15. The track is 12 minutes of absolutely hazy psychedelia with folk vibes. get yourself comfy because this one will make you happy. Check out the first track “(Brother Lee) Womblife Blues” to add even more chill.
Hailing from Australia comes the sun-soaked psychedelic-pop quintet Sunfruits with ‘Above The Clouds’ the second single off of their forthcoming debut EP ‘Certified Organic’ out 11 February via Third Eye Stimuli Records (AUS) and Six Tonne De Chair Records (FRA).
‘Above The Clouds’ delves from crunching psychedelic-pop to 70’s funk and glam-filled disco that’s not too far sonically from fellow incredible Australian cosmonauts Nice Biscuit, Moses Gunn Collective and Babe Rainbow for a 3 minute 53 second freakout.
Danceable, joyous fun – Sunfruits are the band that we need at the moment in this gloom-laden era.
“Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh” is the upcoming album by supergroup Luminous Bodies (Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp, We Wild Blood, MGF, Melting Hand and Gum Takes Tooth). The album will be released on Box Records on February 7.
We already got the first track “Choices” and now we get the second track “Hey You”. This track sounds like as if a hurricane picked up members of Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp, We Wild Blood, MGF, Melting Hand, Gum Takes Tooth and dropped them in a rehearsel space and then they made this track. I especially like the beginning of the track, the middle and the end.
I think we can all agree that the last 12 months has seen some amazing releases in the world of Psych induced music. What you probably won’t agree with, is my favourite albums of 2019. But hey, opinions are like ass holes, we’ve all got one!
So here in no particular order is the 20 albums I’ve really enjoyed this year with a track from each of them should you be so inclined to check them out. Click on the link to the album to visit the bands Bandcamp page and share some of your hard earned money with the amazing bands & people making this wonderful music we all love so much. Here’s hoping for another year of fantastic music to come.
There must be something in waters in Australia as it’s consistently exporting some of the finest psychedelic bands in the world today. The newest act that we have recently come across is Melbourne’s BADGERS who have just dropped the video to their debut single ‘Make It Rain’.
Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Michael Badger – producer/mixer who has worked with the likes of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Amyl & The Sniffers, You Am I, SONS (Belgium) and more – along with Miranda Holt (drums), Eloise Thetford (guitar, vocals) and Dali Platt (bass, vocals), the quartet’s ‘Make It Rain’ is a vintage-tinged psychedelic, bluesy garage-rock sun-soaked party banger.
In the vein of fellow Melbourne outfit The Murlocs as well as the likes of Natural Child, Night Beats and Dead Ghosts, BADGERS’ debut offering is scuzzy rock n’ roll brilliance that’s perfect listening for a summers day BBQ by the beach whilst drinking tinnies.
You can check out the video of ‘Make It Rain’ below:
“Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh” is a good strong title for a new album. Liminous Bodies is a strong name with members of Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp, We Wild Blood, MGF, Melting Hand and Gum Takes Tooth. That are a crapload of amazing good bands right in youf face. And this new album they are making is going to be released on Box Records. Again good news.
The new track is out and is called “Choices” and is strong, filthy noiserock. Tune in and enjoy. The album will be released February 7, 2020.
This band (with members of Palberta, Simon Hanes of Tredici Bacci and ex- of Guerilla Toss, and Paco Cathcart aka The Cradle) is called Shimmer and they released their new album called “And I Revel”. This album instantly gets on my end of the year list. This music is so original, refreshing an nuts it made me instantly a fan. Their previous album was pretty cool but this is it for me. absolutely great. Throw a bit of punk, postpunk, noiserock no-wave an no-whatever else kinda genres, put em together and experiment with it and then you get Shimmer. This sonic gold is released November 8 on Decoherence Records.
Hailing from the south-coast city of Southampton come Mystic Peach. Not to be confused with an actual anthropomorphic fruit practicing mysticism, Mystic Peach are instead a trio that delve heavily into the realms of psychedelia, 90’s grunge, garage-rock and shoegaze.
The Eye And The Twitch’ Mystic Peach’s follow up to the their debit single ‘Across The pond is a hybrid of the bands influences whilst unleashing Curt Gale’s angst intensity.
Capturing Mystic Peach’s visceral live show ‘Eye & The Twitch’ out now on Honeymooner Records is over 3 and a half minutes of smouldering psych meets grunge-rock showing why the band are one of the most exciting acts to come from the south-coast.
Mystic Peach play a run of dates soon including supporting garage-rock legends Black Lips as well as SWN Festival. You can see the full run of dates below: 8th November – The Joiners, Southampton (w/ YAK) 10th November – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ The Black Lips & Los Bitchos) 21st November – The Anvil, Bournemouth (w/ Crows) 14th December – The Loft, Southampton (Honeymooner’s All Day Affair) 20th December – Acapulco Bar & Eatery – Portsmouth
Qujaku has been one of the bands that completely blew me away since the first time I have heard them. Their original take on psych, doom and noise is so refreshing I was sure they would be unable to produce these impressive sounds live. then I saw them live and I did not now what to do with myself. they were absolutely amazing. So I instantly bought their latest record and begged like a teenager to autograph their LP wich I am very proud off.
So now the band made a collaboration with UK visual artists IMPATV (s a collaborative video and stage production project). Since I love Qujaku I will post a live video from their show on Supernormalfest (don’t do really live vids, but it is Qujaku!).
Nov 6th – Birmingham / Hare & Hounds Kings Heath
Nov 7th – Milton Keynes / MK Gallery
Nov 8th – London / Corsica Studios
Nov 9th – Cambridge / Cambridge Junction
Nov 10th – Bexhill / The De La Warr Pavilion
Nov 11th – Bristol / The Cube Microplex
Nov 12th – Plymouth/ KARST
Noy 13th – Manchester/ Fairfield Social Club
Nov 14th – Bradford/ Fuse Art Space
This band (with members of Palberta, Simon Hanes of Tredici Bacci and ex- of Guerilla Toss, and Paco Cathcart aka The Cradle) is absolutely awesome, their music is pure frenzy punk, choatic and wild. They released their second track called “All The White” from their upcoming album “And I Revel” wich will be released on Decoherence Records. Out November 8.
Shimmer is easily one of the cooler bands of the year. Listen now while you pre-order.
Last year in March the Swedish doom/stoner band Besvärjelsen released their album ‘Vallmo’ wich was in instant succes for me. The band uses a lot of different styles throughout their music wich makes it a varied and interesting listen. On their new album, wich was released August 9, their is again a cocktail of progressive doom and stoner and psych influences. ‘Frost’ is five tracks long and of excellent quality.
Part III is finished and its full of extremely good music, old and new. This noiserock/postpunk list selected by Ralp Schaarschmidt (TRIGGER CUT / BUZZ RODEO) and here and there some extra bands selected from myself. The first part you can find HEREand the second HERE.
The good news is that this is not even the end, there is going to be at least one more part. So take your time and tune in for some of the best postpunk and noiserock bands in the history of the cosmos.
The Chile band Arteaga released “VOL. III NECROMANCE” on Forbidden Place Records. This album was released by Arteaga on September 23, 2018 but is now re-released on Forbidden Place with live bonus tracks on the album.
The album is a catchy mix of punk, doom,stoner and psych. Tune in for some shredding.
Fuzz Club unleashes fuzz on or planet in a steady rythm, the bands hosted on the label are always great stuff and worth every penny. Due to no reason I haven’t shared the last three bands so here goes.
Rev Rev Rev
Third album by Italy’s psychedelic fuzz rockers has arrived. The album is called ‘Kykeon’ and is a gorgeous blend of cosmic noise, fuzz, psych and shoegaze. Really trippy stuff this new album.
Northampton noiserockers 72% are back with a new album called ‘How Is This Going To Make It Any Better?’. The album is released through Hominid sounds and is quite something, the music they make heavy, neurotic noise rock
Favourite track: It’s Only A Problem If It’s A Problem For Me
I can’t seem to find much online about Shimmer, not that i did a lot of effort but still. I do remember I posted their previous self titled album that was released in 2017 on Drop Medium. I was pretty blown away by the album, Shimmer seems to excel in this experimentel punk and noiserock tunes and still they succes at being catchy an fun to listen to. This band (with member of Palberta, Simon Hanes of Tredici Bacci and ex- of Guerilla Toss, and Paco Cathcart aka The Cradle) seems to do as they please and that is what makes it so great. So there is new music! There is a first track called ‘Into The Mass’ wich is from their upcoming album ‘As I Revel’. This beast will be released November 8 on Decoherence Records. This is a band that stays in my head and it will not leave. Enter now.
San Francisco psychedelic/krautrock cosmonauts Moon Duo have shared newest ‘’Eternal Shore’’ off of the upcoming ‘Stars Are The Light’ which arrives at the end of the month on the always forward thinking Sacred Bones.
‘Eternal Shore’ itself is a groove-soaked odyssey with that classic, brisk celestial, stunning space-rock Moon Duo sound you know and love.
Listen to the dreamy delight below and be prepared to lose your mind, body and soul to the space-rock explorers.
72% are a noiserock trio from Northampton and in 10 years they made 2 albums & 3 EPs. Now it is time for album number 3 and it is called ‘How Is This Going To Make It Any Better?’ and will be released on Hominid Sounds September 14th.
Their are two tracks available before the release and they are very promising. 72% deals in unsettling chaos and heaviness, the two tracks have an eerie atmosphere to them.
The Liverpool band Bonnacons of Doom are back with a new EP. They released their debut album in May last year and now they return with an EP of reworked tracks from that debut. Their new EP is called ‘Esus’ and contains the same called new track. The new track has again that epic heavy sound filled with soaring guitars and great vocals. The other tracks are reworkes edits by JD Twitch, Liars and Capac.
One of the most fun bands in the world being Los Bitchos have just dropped the video to their latest banger Pista (Great Start) which is out now and was produced by Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kaprano .
The multi-instrumental outfit consisting of Serra Petale on lead guitar, Carolina Faruolo (guitar), Agustina Ruiz (keytar), Josefine Jonnson (bass), and Nic Crawshaw (drums / percussion) currently reside in London are the absolute perfect soundtrack to smashing the tinnies and tequila on the beach in this relentless heatwave where the quintet delve between cumbia, fuzz-filled psychedelia and garage-rock.
In these times of division, Los Bitchos are the band that we all need so be sure to get involved in the fun-fuelled good times.
Los Bitchos’ Pista (Great Start) is available via digital as well as via 7” digital on one of Britain’s finest psychedelic and garage-rock promoters being Bad Vibrations and the wonderful outfit play a hometown headline show at The Lexington 25 September as well as supporting garage-rock god Ty Segall 12 October at The Oval Space.
It could have been the copious amount of Staggeringly Good beer, trying to play a £3 budget version of Jenga on the choppy seas or heading to a festival where you have no idea of what to really expect, but there’s something utterly exciting about hopping the English channel on a ferry despite a 9 hour journey. My intended destination from my hometown of Portsmouth, where the ferry departed from was taking place at Saint-Malo and attending the 29th edition of the forever forward-thinking La Route du Rock, which boasted one of the mightiest line-ups of the 2019 festival calendar.
Kicking off the first day (well early evening as the main site opens at 6 pm) after the long, yet fun commute came Australian psychedelic space-pop juggernauts Pond. Spearheaded by Nick Allbrook, the Perth outfit transported La Route du Rock into another star-system with a cosmic voyage that consisted of their beautifully bludgeoning psychedelic-rock and a little coat of glistening glam-esque sounds.
I found very early on that one of the many reasons that La Route du Rock is utterly special is the programming of the line-up that allows for a total of zero stage clashes throughout the festival with the two predominant stages taking place at Fort de Saint-Père being back to back with one another. That being said, straight after Pond came Dublin up and comers Fontaines D.C at just a mere a 180-degree turn and a few yards up. A sonic-boom of frenetic punk with faint touches of krautrock, Fontaines D.C create an urgency of anxiety fuelled by political angst that might be the soundtrack to a younger generation.
The politically-charged storm of impassioned punk in these times of austerity wasn’t over yet as Bristol’s Idles tore through a set that whirled up a sweat-soaked mosh-pit with their riff-riot and an unapologetically scathing tirade of the current political climate of Great Britain.
Sadly I missed Stereolab due to a 50-minute wait for much-needed food but luckily psychedelic cosmic-pop alchemists Tame Impala were there to make up for it. Delving into their most recent album ‘Currents’ along with their arguably much stronger back catalogue from the likes of ‘Lonerism’ such as ‘Apocalypse Dream’ (which always feels like a door into another realm), the outfit who have helped spearhead the modern psychedelic movement were once again, a sensationally stunning celestial odyssey that was nothing short of otherworldly.
Not long after Tame Impala came the experimental outfit Black Midi. The South Londoners ripped into their jarring, maniacal math-rock meets heart-palpitation inducing post-punk. Black Midi were such a sonic force, that the seemingly imperishable Saint-Malo looked like it may fall once and for all.
Day two’s first set was with the exquisite Le Super Homabard at the beach outside the fortified walls of the picture-esque city of Saint-Malo which is a 20-minute bus journey from the main site. Serenading us all on Saint Malo’s luscious golden beach, the quintet was stunning on a warm summers day with their vibrant, kaleidoscopic sixties-psychedelia meets sun-soaked ethereal, dreamy synth-pop in the vein of fellow French native cosmonauts Melody’s Echo Chamber, Biche and Moodoïd.
The lack of shuttle buses from the town back to the main festival site meant that White Fence was sadly missed, but fortunately I made it in time for Netherlands’ psychedelic outfit Altin Gün. It would be utterly redundant and unfair to call Altin Gün a covers band as they pay homage to 70’s Turkish psychedelic legends such as Selda Bağcan and Erkin Koray with a melting-pot of fuzzed-filled gems allowing a modern-era to see where the likes of current psychedelic royalty such as King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and Goat possibly pull some of their influences from. Overall the Dutch rippers were a tour-de-force and one of the highlights of a festival filled with sensational live performances. You can witness the performance for yourself here.
London’s Crows a couple of hours later though were also pulling no punches and rivalled Altin Gün for one of the standout live performances of the whole weekend. Cacophonous, visceral and absolutely intense, the gloom-laden beastly colossus that is Crows brought a monsoon of searing sinister-sounding post-punk, garage-punk and psychedelia. Like a cauldron mixed cocktail of The Cramps, Joy Division and The Black Angels, Crows were as enthralling live as they have ever been to a monstrous crowd.
Playing a late-night slot of 1 am was Canadian outfit Crack Cloud who were utterly mind-boggling with their frenzied, skittish post-punk orchestra meets art-rock. Totally exhilarating and blistering, Crack Cloud offered an unrivalled furiosity at La Route du Rock.
On the last day of the festival, I was treated to the wonderful sun-soaked, psychedelic space-pop stylings of Laure Briard. Alluring and enchanting, Laure Briard’s gorgeous and bewitching sounds were beyond fitting for chilling out at the beach.
After a bus journey back to the main site, Deerhunter were every bit as great as I had anticipated and then some. Psychedelic-rock, dreampop and shoegaze, Deerhunter are a joyous collective and like Tame Impala, offered our unworthy earthly bodies wonderful celestial soundscapes that could have been pulled from a heavenly realm. From a heady whirlwind racket of feedback to their danceable art-pop, Deerhunter are perfect for the mind and soul.
Fellow labelmates of Idles and Fontaines D.C on the incredible Partisan Records being Pottery were also in contention of one of the finest sets of the weekend. A roller coaster of a band, Pottery flirt between punk, garage-rock and elements of psychedelia, where they finished with what seemed at least, like a super-fun jam giving nods to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard in their ‘Nonagon Infinity’ era. Check them out live if you get a chance.
‘Let’s run a train on this rain’ said the charismatic crooner Brooks Nielson buoyantly as the torrential assault of the rain turned La Route du Rock into a washout. The sun-baked Californian sounds from one of the finest bands on the planet may not have been fitting with the relentless freezing downpour, but it didn’t even matter. Delving into their more sleazed-out stylings of garage and surf-rock coated in country, Latin rock and everything else in between from their back catalogue such as ‘Chinese Fountain’ to the groove-filled disco delights of ‘City Club’ as well as some of their newest singles such as ‘Natural Affair’, the genre-bending Growlers led by Brooks Nielson’s smoky, scorched raspy vocals brought the sun-baked late nights of the American west-coast to the Brittany fort. Quite frankly if there was any justice in the world, The Growlers would be the biggest band in it.
Overall La Route du Rock was a wonderfully magical festival that offered an incredible line-up, immense programming that allowed for no clashes as well as featuring some of the nicest and genuine music lovers that you are likely to encounter (there are also mostly clean toilets too if that’s your jam) that is well worth your time and money. Just be vigilant of the wasps in the campsite…
Anyway, I’ll probably see you next year, La Route du Rock.
‘Konta Chorus’ is the second released track from The Utopia Strong. The band is made of Kavus Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo) and Michael J. York (Coil/Teleplasmiste/Guapo) and Snooker legend Steve Davis . The Utopia Strong is quite a band with their electronic cosmic sound. They released their 10 minute single ‘Brainsurgeons3’ a while ago and are definitely worth to let your brain space out. Their self titled album will be released September 13 on Rocket Recordings.
Here Lies Man is something special, the band produces a unique blend of afrobeat and Black Sabbath infused psych. Their previous album ‘You Will Know Nothing’ was released last year in June and was an instant hit for me. On their new record ‘No Ground To Walk Upon’ the band stays on the same course, tracks filled with groovy riffs and great vocals.
The album was released August 16 on Riding Easy Records. Tune in for some great tunes.
Melbourne/Geelong psych band Baked Beans released a new track/video. Again fun psych/garage from this Australian band who is working on their debut wich will be on Flightless Records. You can find them and more Australian psych on The Australian List.
The German trio Kadavar is about to release ‘For The Dead Travel Fast’ October 11th on Nuclear Blast. There can never be enough of this band, always full of energy and heavy vibes. You can now tune in for the video from the first single from their upcoming album.
The Fuzz/afrobeat band Here Lies Man released their second single ‘Long Legs (Walk Away)’ from their upcoming album ‘No Ground To walk Upon’ wich will be released through Riding Easy Records on August 16.
Check out the psychedelic fuzz on the new track and listen to the previously released track ‘Clad in Silver’ too.
The Australian band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets released a video for the track ‘Bill’s Mandolin’ and ‘Hymn for a Droid from their latest album ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ out 31 May.
The clip from the track ‘The Sweet Hereafter’ from the split album between Bruxa Maria and Casual Nun on Hominid. Choatic fun with made for the noiserock fans.
The new psych band L’Epee consists of Emmanuelle Seigner (Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle), Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Lionel & Marie Liminana (The Liminanas). Check out the video for the single ‘Dreams’.
At just 32 years old, one of the hardest working people in music today, Ty Segall will be dropping his 11th studio album (that isn’t including his countless other ventures and bands!) on 2nd August with ‘First Taste’. Before that though, the ever-prolific Ty Segall has dropped his newest single ‘Radio’ which is out now via Drag City.
‘Radio’ itself is one of Ty’s more recent psychedelic odysseys. Utterly enthralling – ‘Radio’ from one of the finest psychedelic sorcerers today is a fierce, sitar-soaked storm that engulfs into a fuzzed-out frenzy that sounds straight out of ‘Revolver’.
You can pre-order ‘First Taste’ over on right now over here which is no doubt looks to be another essential cult-classic from Ty Segall.