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

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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)

 

Boris announce new album “Dear”

Legendary amplifier-worshipping trio Boris have announced the release of their twenty-third studio album, Dear, which is due out July 14th on Sargent House. Dear marks the band’s 25th year of existence and while the 10-track album is chockfull of early-Boris calling cards, the avant-garde mavens aren’t learning on old tricks, describing the album as “heavenly—far beyond heavy.”  In anticipation Boris have shared the album’s first single and   new music video “Absolutego”.

Songwriting for Dear initially yielded three albums’ worth of material by the end of 2015, but as the band was slated to spend a large chunk of 2016 on their “Performing Pink” worldwide tour, they decided to hold off on releasing any new material. The tour further rekindled their passion for the craft, spurring the band to return home to crank out even more new material while scaling down three records’ worth down to one.
Dear will be released to the world on July 14, 2017 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats
photo credit: Miki Matsushima

Low Level Stink

Recorded March 22, 2015 at the Oorstof concert series, De Studio, Antwerp

Featuring….

Dave Rempis alto, tenor saxophone
Fred Lonberg-Holm cello, electronics
Paal Nilssen-Love drums, percussion

Released in 2017 via Dropa Disc 005

Two lengthy and freewheeling exercises in improvisation. At around twenty minutes each the listener is required to devote some time to this release. It’s jazz in punk metal mode with mostly high tempo playing and the very occasional more measured section. Rempis is blistering throughout, Nillsen-Love is his usual hyper-active self and Lonberg-Holm conjurs some utterly remarkable sounds out of his cello, one minute almost metal guitar next moment Hawkwind like sweeps and surges, the next chittering insect noises. One of these days I’ll do a very long podcast and include things like this but until then you can either buy it or take in the excerpt below.

Some will say “when does the tune start?” – I say “who gives a damn”….marvellous….

Maybe the people are waiting for trumpets?

Full Of Hell have now shared a new video for the title track Trumpeting Ecstasy, taken from their forthcoming and previously trailed album of the same name (Profound Lore, 5th May). The quartet are widely known for their visceral fury but this track is bespoke in its sinister and jagged haunting nature, amplified by the presence of guest vocalist Nicole Dollanganger. The video is written, shot and edited by Jordan Musheno and Ian Killian, the sample in the audio is provided by Lee Buford, with guest bass by Kurt Ballou, who also recorded the record.

WARNING : FLASHING IMAGES!

A reminder of the forthcoming UK dates

14.07. London – Kamio
15.07. Leeds – Temple Of Boom
16.07. Glasgow – Audio
17.07. Manchester – Soup Kitchen
18.07. Bristol – Exchange

The embryonic beginnings of Full of Hell displayed their palette at its most primitive; intense d-beat blasts punctuating their hardcore punk core, with moments of noise and caustic rhythm. Within a few short years, they have bloomed into a true force to be reckoned with, particularly within the punk and metal communities. Since the release of their Profound Lore Records debut album Full Of Hell & Merzbow late 2014, their third full-length album, the band have truly come into their own, further expanding their repertoire and discography, collaborating on an album with The Body (Neurot Recordings) and releasing several EPs, including their most-recent split 7”EP with Nails (which debuted #2 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart). Their sound evolving further into a frenetic combination of grindcore, death/black metal, punk and hardcore with distinct elements of power electronics and industrial pounding.

Trumpeting Ecstasy was recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou (who also appears on the record). The aural deluge also features guest appearances by Aaron Turner (Sumac/Old Man Gloom/Mamiffer/Isis), Nate Newton (Converge/Old Man Gloom), Andrew Nolan (Column Of Heaven/The Endless Blockade), Lee Buford (The Body) and Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Dollanganger.

Can’t wait for this to drop it’s ear scouringly excellent……!

Photo credit Reid Haithcock

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