Monthly Archives: June 2011

Lecherous Gaze / Danava European Tour

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Ex Annihilation Time rippers LECHEROUS GAZE from Oakland California have announced a European tour for the end of Summer this year, the band will be joined by space rock titans DANAVA from Portland, Oregon.

The current dates scheduled are listed below :-

wed 24.08 GER – Hamburg @ Hafenklang
thu 25.08 NL
fri 26.08 NL – Eindhoven @ The Rambler
sat 27.08 GER – Muelheim Am Ruhr @ AZ
sun 28.08 BEL
mon 29.08 UK
tue 30.08 UK – Leeds @ The Duck & Drake
wed 31.08 UK
thu 01.09 UK – Hull @ Adelphi tbc
fri 02.09 UK – Liverpool @ Mello Mello
sat 03.09 UK – London @ The Unicorn
sun 04.09 FRA
mon 05.09 FRA
tue 06.09 FRA
wed 07.09 SWI – Schaffhausen @ Tap Tab
thu 08.09 ITA
fri 09.09 ITA – Roma @ Sinister Noise
sat 10.09 ITA – Padova @ Tacu Tacu
sun 11.09 ITA
mon 12.09 SLO – Ljubljana @ Klub Gromka tbc
tue 13.09 AUT – Vienna @ Arena Dreiraum
wed 14.09 CZ
thu 15.09 CZ
fri 16.09 GER – Wuerzburg @ Immerhin
sat 17.09 GER – Frankfurt @ Raumstation
sun 18.09 NL- Tilburg @ Incubate Fest

(if you are intrested in booking for a gig contact mike.persilbooking@gmail.com)

LECHEROUS GAZE are currently planning on recording there debut LP but until then grab a copy of there self titled EP released on TEE PEE RECORDS its rips! and DANAVA have just finished recording a follow up to there 2008 release ‘UnononU’ on Kemado Records which will be released later this year.

Pentagram

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PENTAGRAM have announced a one off gig in London at The Garage in London on Friday 9th December 2011, suprisingly this will be the first time EVER the doom legends play the UK  and with Victor Griffin back in the band, it will be an event not to be missed

They were scheduled to play in 2009 supporting TROUBLE but unfortunatley was cancelled.

Support comes from 70′s inspired heavy rock band HORISONT from sweden

Entrance Band – 24th June

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Enablers

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ENABLERS ‘Blown Realms & Stalled Explosions’ (split release Lancashire & Somerset and Exile On Mainstream)
Veterans of Swans, Codeine, Rex, Him, June of 44, Tarnation, Nice Strong Arm and Toiling Midgets and of constant touring the Enablers unleash these 10 new tracks, sounding unique as they always have done but ‘Blown Realms…’ brings a sound that has grown and evolved the last full LP release ‘Tundra’. The texture and construction of the songs push the musicianship and imagination to new levels. Their craft of bringing these things of beauty to life seems effortless, rolling over us in waves upon waves of confident and polished accomplishment.  ”Blown Realms…” is full of melodic minimal movements allowing precise and compulsive shifts and turns. The music is intricate and the spoken words Pete Simonelli’s delivery seem full of power and force weaving in and out of the intense dynamic guitar play between Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson, and Doug Scharin on drums (he of Codeine, June of 44)! There is an organic and earthy quality to the Enablers music, like journeymen travelling the dusty side roads of America’s west, telling their stories with a realism that transcends the 21st century.

I have really liked their last three albums but with this there is a definite development which takes their music to a higher level. “Blown Realms…” is their best yet and one that grows and grows. The Lancashire & Somerset version is beautifully packaged and limited to 500. Not to be missed – go listen!!!

8/10 Jason Stoll

White Fence

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White Fence – ‘Is Growing Faith’ Woodsist
I know this has been out since January 2011 but this has just come to my attention. And I’m loving it…Coming across like a burnt out acid fried lost jangle rock’n'roll album made by The Byrds, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Ween, The Kinks and some c86 bands for a Pebbles compilation. Basic drums and guitar rhythms drive these quirky pop songs full of maxed out reverb and dreamy vocals always reminding of something but you can never quite get it. The compressed sound of the album gives a fragile feeling to the whole affair but this leads to its own bold fuzzed-out confidence. There are plenty of wonky melodies, hooks and a cover of Johnny Thunders “You Can’t Put Arms Around a Memory” to get your teeth into. White Fence aka The Strange Boys and Darker My Love’s Tim Presley has given us a wonderful collection of well crafted reverb soaked pitched psyched-out 60′s pop beauty.

9/10 Jason Stoll

 

Supersonic Festival

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21st – 23rd October 2011
Tickets on sale now via www.theticketsellers.co.uk
With all the early bird tickets already sold out, Supersonic have announced some extremely notable new additions to an already sumptuous line up…
First and foremost, Supersonic bring to the festival one of the most compelling figures in 20th century music, a giant in the American soundscape, Tony Conrad. Since the early 1960s, he has utilized intense amplification, long duration and precise pitch to forge an aggressively mesmerizing “Dream Music”.
Another very special new addition to the line up is the enigmatic and influential Silver Apples, now a solo act, SIMEON, aka “The Oscillation Man”, who sings and plays his famous hand-made instrument, ‘The Simeon”, made of “nine audio oscillators piled on top of each other and eighty-six manual controls to control lead, rhythm and bass pulses with hands, feet and elbows”…it really has to be seen to be believed!
To counter-balance the chaotic sounds of the festival, Nathan Bell, former Lungfish bassist, will calm our exhausted minds with his cyclic banjo music, true meditative hymns for the soul.
Also now taking to the stage are a band on top of their game, the shimmeringly blissful Circle. They will be delivering their rhythmic amalgam of hazy psyche, metal, progressive avant-rock and krautrock, no doubt with some surprises. And if we are lucky, we will get to hear some of the infectious jams from their new album. Of course, it would be absurd to not invite instrumental stoner rockers Pharaoh Overlordto play, given that the band features members of Circle. So prepare to be mesmerised by their utterly immersive hypnotic sounds. In keeping with the ‘Circle’ theme, Supersonic are pleased to announce their first film screening, Man With A Video Camera by Petri Hagner, a film about a man who decides to pursue his artistic talents by directing a film about the band Circle. A highly appropriate choice for the film programme, we hope you agree.
Another film just added to the programme is Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP LIVES! 1990-1998, the biography of a friendship. Set in the Pacific Northwest against the backdrop of the Olympia, WA post punk and Riot girl movements of the early 90′s, the film details the joys and tragedies of three young friends who rise above their surroundings to form a band called KARP. Don’t forget, more films to be announced soon as well as art, panel discussions and details of other special guests to be revealed.
As a reminder, here are the bands who were announced previously…
White Hills
Electric Wizard
ZU93
Zombi
Fire!
Secret Chiefs 3
Lucky Dragons
Eternal Tapestry
Bardo Pond
Skull Defekts
Scorn
Wolves In The Throne Room
Astro
a.P.A.t.T
Antilles
Agathe Max
Monarch
Pekko Käppi
Cloaks
Blarke Bayer / Black Widow

White Hills

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White Hills don’t need any introduction at Behind The Wall of Sleep. The fuzzed out psych rock masters have their new album H-p1 out on June 21 again on Thrill Jockey and from what we’ve heard H-p1 sounds like it could be their best so far. White Hills Ego Sensation has made a new video for the title track from their new album H-p1, featuring footage from the band’s killer set at our SXSW showcase.

Video: White Hills – “H-p1″
 

“An omnibus of ominous!” - Roctober

Upcoming White Hills shows:
Jun 22 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 w/Sleep
Jul 14      – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
Oct 21 -23 – Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK

 

H-p1 review coming to Behind The Wall of Sleep soon.


 

Part Chimp Matinee Show Sunday 12th June

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The Skull Defekts

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Since their creation in 2005, The Skull Defekts have taken their base of classic rock with massive guitar riffing, and infused it with their interest in circular composition, drone, tribal music, Indian ragas, ‘60s minimalism, and experimental music from numerous ages. After linking up with Lungfish’s Daniel Higgs The Skull Defekts have made THE rock album of 2011, deforming rock music in the form of ‘Peer Amid’.

>>> 1. Can you tell us how Skull Defekts came together?
In January 2005 my band at the time, Kid Commando, ceased to exist and I decided to take the chance form a band where my deep interest in sound and repetition was the main focus. I wanted to mix my influences of tribal music, noise, rhythmic post punk and techno, and see what would come out of it. I had met Henrik Rylander who I had released an album with on my label iDEAL and as I knew his excellent drumming skills from his days in the infamous garage rock group Union Carbide Productions, I invited him to form The Skull Defekts together with me. We have had some different members coming and going but now we have a core consisting of us two, Jean-Louis Huhta, Daniel Higgs and Daniel Fagge Fagerström.

>>> 2. Has the band developed in the way you expected?
Not at all hahaha. It’s possibly a healthier and more creative band than I could have ever foreseen.

>>> 3.You seem to move music styles from record to record is this something you planned to do?
That’s not really true. I see it as we have two parallell paths going on. One for the monotonous ritual rock path and then the deep electronic drone thing. I am still fascinated by the thought of finding a common energy in the different styles we do. I see it more and more and I hope the listeners do the same. And I hope it is not too confusing. I must say that the stronger the rock DFX has become, the less electronic stuff we make. The result of that has been that me and Rylander formed S K L S – to be seen as the basement of The Skull Defekts, sort of.

>>> 4.How did Daniel Higgs get involved – which to many seemed a strange meeting of minds – and has ultimately given us probably THE rock album of 2011 so far?
Thanks! We’re really, really pleased with “Peer Amid” and with the creative process behind it. But we are working on some new material together that will blow it away. Trust me… I have been in touch with Higgs for a few years now and have set up some shows for him here in Sweden. Fagge met him in a festival in Spain somewhere and swapped shoes with him. We all share the same thoughts on music and we seem to be able to communicate very well on different levels. Higgs is the fifth skull, and a very important part of the development of the band.

>>> 5. Thrill Jockey seem to have a great list of bands – how does it as a label compare to Important Records? Why that move?
Important is more or less only one hard working, passionate guy releasing fantastic records and Thrill Jockey is a bigger operation, more professional if I dare say so. Bettina who runs Thrill Jockey is really devoted and deeply into what she is doing and they have done such a good job for us. We will continue to work with Thrill Jockey – next thing is a three song 12″ we recorded together with Asa Osborne of ZOMES, in April, at the great Pawtucket, Rhode Island studio Machines With Magnets. It should be out in November.


>>> 6. What is the music scene like in Sweden?
Pretty good I must say! There’s some really good things going on in the underground. Some of my fav bands are Swedish. Like Brainbombs, FIRE!, Sewer Election, Sphynx, Dungeon Acid, Altar of Flies, Fever Ray, The Sons of God etc. And we have a good history of black metal and such things, we had a nice industrial scene in the 80′s. Things are happening. We rarely play Sweden though.

>>> 7. How has the US tour been progressing?
The tour was great in every possible way. The best one ever.

>>> 8. Are there any current bands you feel a great comradery with?
ZOMES! We toured the Us with him and we share so many ideas on music and sound. We will try to collaborate more with him for sure. Might force him to become the sixth skull.

>>> 9. Are your live shows still expanded with Daniel Higgs?
Yes. Sure. Higgs will be part of the live DFX if he’s not harvesting weed in Northern California or whatever.

>>> 10. What are the high and low point of being Skull Defekts?
Good question! The high point is being part of a beast that is constantly changing in an uncontrollable way. That is also the low point.

>>> 11. When are you back over to tour Europe?
We have some gigs in the fall in Europe, we play the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham in October and so on.

>>> 12. Future plans?
Recording new Skull sounds. New Skull songs and then play them live for nice people around the world.

Æthenor

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Æthenor play Liverpool on Friday 3rd June 2011. They are Stephen O’Malley from SUNN O))) and Daniel O’Sullivan from Guapo. Support comes from the mighty Mugstar, Conan and Ex-Easter Island Head. Tickets from Probe Records, Bold Street Coffee & Lost Art.