Bridport Dagger

NOTES
  • The Bridport Dagger recently performed in an echo chamber under the river Thames and supplied sound design for a seven day immersive play in Berlin. The band incorporate elements of flamenco and rockabilly alongside the melodrama of Scott Walker.
  •  The new single ‘Wolves’ was recorded at Brixton Hill Studio and was released digitally on Friday the 13th October, 2017. The band will soon be heading back to the studio in November to record songs for their debut album.
  • Influences include Suicide, Nadine Shah, Anna Calvi, Roy Orbison, Guadalupe Plata, Clinic, The Gun Club, Flamenco, Get Your Gun, Ennio Morricone, Wim Wenders and film noir.
  • Jangly and throbbing “First Born Is Dead” feel to the Wolves single which is derived, to some extent, from the work of Jeffery Lee Pierce.

 

LINE-UP

  • Chaz Foster – Bass and Guitars
  • Lawrence Rice – Guitars
  • Neil Walsh – Viola
  • Jason Idnani-Powdrill – Vocals, Guitars
  • Arran Goodchild – Drumming, Keys, Percussion​
 
RELEASES
  • Wolves (Single)
AIRPLAY
  • Aural Delights 256

LINKS

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Balwan

Pure Phase Ensemble 6 feat. Anton Newcombe has unveiled the video for ‘Balwan’, the second track teasing the forthcoming ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ LP, to be released through Nasiono Records. This new single was preceded by the first one ‘God Drugs’, which sees The Brian Jonestown Massacre ringmaster Anton Newcombe at his best. The album includes seven tracks.

Pure Phase Ensemble is an eclectic rotating group of musicians, who come together every year in December during Gdansk’s illustrious SpaceFest!,. The group’s makeup constantly changes, guided by the artistic vision of a new curator every year and directed by Anna Szynwelska and Karol Schwarz of Nasiono Records, who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset.

Anton Newcombe led this current incarnation, along with with Emil Nikolaisen of Scandinavian rock band Serena Maneesh. The six other musicians involved this year were drawn from various Polish alternative bands. They include Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS), Olga Myslowska (Polpo Motel), Maciej Karminski (Jesien), Marcin Lewandowski (Judy’s Funeral, Castlings, Soon), Jakub Zwirello (Oslo Kill City, Szezlong), and Kacper Graczyk (Aiodine, coding).

Photo credit: Clemens_Mitscher

Aural Delights 250

PLAYLIST

  1. They Called Him Zone – Death Drive – Single
  2. Jen Cloher – Waiting In The Wings – Jen Cloher
  3. The Dream Syndicate – Filter Me Through You – How Did I Find Myself Here
  4. The War on Drugs – Up All Night – A Deeper Understanding
  5. Gentle Brent – Lollipop Girl – Just Dandy
  6. Dälek – Nothing Stays Permanent – Endangered Philosophies
  7. Bionatops – IntroVAINous – Voices
  8. Iguana Lovers – Illusion – Surfing Caos
  9. AJ Dávila – 17 – El Futuro
  10. Steely Dan – Aja – Aja
  11. Jen Cloher – Dark Art – Jen Cloher
  12. Dave Graney and Clare Moore – I Been Trendy – Let’s Get Tight
  13. Bionatops – Soured – Voices
  14. The Dream Syndicate – 80 West – How Did I Find Myself Here
  15. Iguana Lovers – Surf and Destroy – Surfing Caos
  16. The Allman Brothers – In Memory of Elizabeth Reed – At Fillmore East
  17. Japan – Life in Tokyo – The Singles
  18. Dälek – Battlecries – Endangered Philosophies
  19. Seazoo – Shoreline – Single
  20. Bionatops – Voices – Voices
  21. Filthy Friends – Despierta – Invitation
  22. Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Drifting Donna Reed – Let’s Get Tight
  23. The Dream Syndicate – Out of my Head – How Did I Find Myself Here
  24. Iguana Lovers – Nuevo Orden – Surfing Caos
  25. Dälek – A Collective Cancelled Thought – Endangered Philosophies
  26. Hotel Wrecking City Traders – Quasar – Passage to Agharta
  27. The Fall – It’s The New Thing – Early Fall

Fly I Will, Because I Can

Brooklyn-based quartet My Favourite Things have announced the new album ‘Fly I Will, Because I Can’, which is planned for release on July 14, 2017, but are already teasing the first single ‘A Little Closer, loaded with shoegaze and dreampop goodness.
This is the third album from My Favourite Things, founded in Brooklyn by Dorothea Tachler (formerly of Igloo, The Swirlies, Alles Wie Gross). Fans of  dreampop and shoegaze should enjoy the album’s melancholic swaying, melody-rich offerings. This album should also appeal to lovers of artists such as James Yorkston and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
From a young age, her Korean/German/Croatian background has immersed her in a diversity of musical influences, which have shaped her. In 2009, she released “rarara” (Afterhours/Japan), followed by “Tomorrow’s Far Away” in 2013, featuring guest vocals from several friends and former band-mates, including Valerie Trebeljahr of Lali Puna, Damon Tutunjan from The Swirlies, Daru Oda (Norah Jones), Sean Meadows (June of 4, Lungfish), and Doug Scharin (Codeine, HIM, Rex).
Once again, Dorothea wrote and produced all the songs with their many textures, owing to the use of multiple instruments, many of which she also played: violins, flutes and autoharps weave in and out of twinkling glockenspiels, vibraphones and intricate, sometimes shredding guitars, delivered on a solid bed of a grabbing bass and ripping drums, with Dorothea’s balmy voice hovering and twinkling atop.
When performing live, My Favourite Things appear in different formations, ranging from a solo act to a five-piece band, featuring prominent musicians from the buoyant New York scene: Yoshio “Tony” Kobayashi on drums, Yusuke Yamamoto on vibraphone and synthesizers, Michael Figgiani on bass, and various other talents.
The band has played many venues in the unforgiving NYC music circuit, transporting transfixed audiences from their chaotic built-up urban environments to a twilight world of their own favourite things. Last year, My Favourite Things also toured Germany, featuring Notwist frontman Markus Acher on drums, along with other talented and experienced musicians from Germany’s active band scene.
This album marks a new era for Dorothea, who uses songwriting as a medium to deal with difficult situations that life has dealt her. “This album has made me grow as a songwriter, producer and recording engineer. From a different perspective, this record was like my journal in a difficult time, ridden with a lot of changes: a lot of my friends and family had moved away, my relationship ended, I lost my apartment and had to move, and I became sober, which lead to losing specific social contacts I had until then, who I had thought of as friends – it was all hard, but rewarding in the end to go through this process,” explains Dorothea Tachler.
“Music was my anchor and my lighthouse in stormy and dark nights, and putting my inner turmoil into words really helped me process it better. It was kind of my metamorphosis, being disintegrated like a chrysalis, and being shaped into something new.”
This is an exquisite collection of songs and Tachlers voice is rich and incredibly moreish – to be featured on Aural Delights 237.

Paralyser

Ethereal Seattle sludge band, described as occupying the enigmatic abyss between groove-laden sludge, post-hardcore and psychedelic shoegaze,  HE WHOSE OX IS GORED release their brand new “Paralyzer” seven-inch via Chain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records on June 16th 2017.

Recorded by renowned producer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, L7, High On Fire, Zeke etc.) at Avast! Recording Studio (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Earth, Supersuckers etc.), “Paralyzer” was recorded as part of a Converse Rubber Tracks session and includes two previously released tracks — “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s critically-lauded Rumors EP — remixed by their cohorts in Seattle’s Newaxeyes.

Great stuff a most enjoyable listen – short sharp and to the point, full of energy and intent and Lisa Mungo is in fine voice – more on Sonic Attack 215

Listen to HE WHOSE OX IS GORED at their Bandcamp page HERE.

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12th May 2017 – The Coathangers – Night and Day, Manchester

An eagerly awaited gig. For a band that has been around for ten years plus, it is some what annoying to note that I have not seen them up until this point. The show, in Manchester’s “trendy” Northern Quarter, is the  first date of a lengthy European tour supporting the recent album Nosebleed Weekend and forthcoming EP Parasite. The need for a pre-gig loosener in the Lower Turks Head (the bar prices in the venue are a tad excessive) and a bite to eat at Dough means we miss the first support act and only catch half of the second one.  Our waitress at Dough is in a band, it’s a small world!

Julia Kugel (guitar, vocals), Meredith France (bass, vocals) and Stephanie Luke (drums, vocals) are a potent live unit delivering high tempo, catchy, American punk. Lead vocal duties rotate between Kugel and Luke, the former, with her higher register, suffers from a muddy mix, where as Luke tougher punk growl breaks through the sound fug in the N & D. Kugel’s funky head shake and arresting personality drives the thing forward but they are very much a unit and the whole exceeds the sum of the parts. I was expecting a little heavier/darker sound given the content of the album I first encountered of theirs – 2011’s Larceny and Old Lace. There has perhaps been a change in overall direction due to the change in studio/producer for the latest album, or perhaps it’s a more mature approach to the music. There’s no flash or thrills, it’s four to the floor, heads down punk, with a degree of swagger, but also with a popular element, some tasty riffing and clever tempo changes.  At some point, probably due to the combination of Timothy Taylors Landlord, Rioja, and binge watching of Riverdale the phrase “A Josie & The Pussycats for the Ramones Generation” emerges from the back of my mind. In hindsight that somewhat undersells a band which has energy, passion and a lot going for it.

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The crowd which varied between year zero survivors and more younger gig goers lapped it all up and the appreciation for the band grew as the set progressed. The closing numbers saw the band swapping instruments with Kugel and Franco taking the drum stool in successive numbers and Luke taking the lead for an impressive punky drum and bass work out. At some point The Punk Zelig gets his photo taken with Julia and Stephanie photobombs them, and of course he also gets to utter the immortal phrase “I Was A Teenage Propshaft”.

Me, well I stood at the bar and absorbed it all from a distance and found it very enjoyable.

Photos by Mr Stephen Doyle……

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New Melvins album due soon

The Melvins, release the double album A Walk With Love & Death on July 7 via Ipecac Recordings here is a taster


With 
A Walk With Love & Death, the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Steve McDonald showcase two distinct sides of the band’s music: Death, a proper Melvins’ release, and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love & Death. A release date for the short has not been announced yet but a trailer  has been made available.  The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were co-produced with Toshi Kosai. Pre-orders for the 23-track release are available now. Digital pre-orders include an instant download of “Christ Hammer.” (photo credit Chris Casella)