Music Dump #12

More, tons more awesome music for you!

Loudness War

The Louisiana garagerockers Loudness War released and absolutely great new album called ‘Mystifier Deluxe’. The album is filled with high energy garage and psych vibes. Tune in and turn loud.

https://www.facebook.com/loudnesswarband/


Allöchtöön

The Belgian hardcore punkers Allöchtöön released the first track ‘Kompass’ from their upcoming self titled. tune in for some heaviness.

https://www.facebook.com/hebjijgezegddatikeenlulwas/


School Disco

UK rockers School Disco are slowly changing from a surf rock band to a full on psychedelic garage rocking band and I can only be happy with this change! Tune in for one of their newest single ‘Caught in Space’.

https://www.facebook.com/schooldiscoband/


Holodais

Are you ready for some oldschool psychedelic tunes, because the Ontario fuzzband Holodais released their new track ‘Tired Eyes’ wich is an absolite pleasure to listen to. Space out now.

https://www.facebook.com/Holodais/


Taras Bulba

This band was formed by Fred Laird and Jon Blacow from Earthling Society. On Taras Boulba they are taking a new direction. Tune in to hear the psychedelic Asian/kraut/ psychedelic vibes on this record that will be released on Riot Season Records.

https://www.facebook.com/riotseasonrecords


Protons and Electrons: Atom 12 – Parade of Deceit / Dale Crover Band

Conan Neutron, Tony Ash an Dale Crover release final installment of the Protons and Electrons series.

http://www.neutronfriends.com/


Hey Colossus

A double single from the Lodon heaviness Hey Colossus. ‘Carcass’ is the more poppy version taken from their latest album ‘Four Bibles’. And ‘Medal’ the riff fueled music you can expect from the band. Released August 9.

https://www.facebook.com/heycolossus/


Djunah

Chicago two piece Djunah shared their first track ‘Animal Kingdom’ from their upcoming album ‘Ex Voto’. The album will be released November 1.

https://www.facebook.com/djunahband/


Mind Rays

The Belgian garagerockers are back with a new track called ‘Makeshift Weaponry’ from their upcoming album ‘Course of Action’ out October 25 on PNKSLM.

https://www.facebook.com/mind.rays.gent/


The Black Wizards

The Portuguese band The Black Wizards released their new album ‘Reflections’

https://www.facebook.com/theblackwizardsband/


Firefriend

The new album by the Brazilian psychedelic/fuzz duo is out. It is called ‘Avalanche’ and is full of fuzz, shoegaze and psych. Take your time and tune in now.

https://www.facebook.com/firefriend.sulfur/


Prissy Whip

Some weird stuff from La band Prissy Whip. This is their first track ‘Dr. Jessup’ from their upcoming album ‘Swallow’ out September 21.

https://www.facebook.com/prissywhip


Ramleh

Uk Industrial/Noiserock outfit Ramleh return with a new track from their upcoming album ‘The Great Unlearning’. Tune in for the track ‘Natural Causes’.

https://www.facebook.com/RAMLEH82/


Bensnburner

Post-apocalyptic epic post rock and doom (did that work?) on the new track ‘Blush Response’ by Bensnburner. ‘no_clip’ out sept. 27th.

https://www.facebook.com/bensnburner/


Chelsea Wolfe

Ah yes, Chelsea Wolfe is great, The Queen of Doom returns with a new album called ‘Birth Of Violence’ but this time the album is acoustic with doom and folk vibes. Will be out September 13 on Sargent House. Tune in for another new track called ‘Be All Things’.

https://www.facebook.com/cchelseawwolfe/


HAMER

Hamer is a concation of speedy punk, garage and noiserock. With their new track ‘You Know’ it feels like the band rams a guitar right in yout throat. Tune in now

https://www.facebook.com/hamermusic/


 

Tune in for some trippy tunes on the new Firefriend

The Brazilian band Firefriend is close to the release date of their new album ‘Avalanche’. The trio from São Paulo makes psychedelic rock mixed with shoegaze and cosmic vibes. On their upcoming album we can listen to 4 already released tracks and they are very good. The tracks are dreamy but possess some kind of eerie vibe, some kind of darkness in them too.

We can Expect ‘Avalanche’ to land on August 16 through Littel Cloud Records. While you listen to their new music take a bit of time to read the interview  Kevin did with the band too!

http://www.firefriend.com/

https://www.facebook.com/firefriend.sulfur/

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Dreamy psych/Shoegaze Firefriend

On July 13th Brazilian psych/shoegazers Firefriend released their new album ‘Yellow Spider’. The São Paulo rockers create a magical ambience between the soft vocals of Julia and the psychedelic guitar of Yuri. This is a must hear for all the dreamers out there.
Check out the interview with Firefriend by Kevin.
Experience these 7 cosmic tracks for yourself and enjoy.
http://www.firefriend.com/
https://www.facebook.com/firefriend.sulfur/

foto van Firefriend.

 

 

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.