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Soul-Weaver was recorded between February and April of 2020. The album is a sharp contrast to the Taras Bulba debut. Whereas ‘One’ was a laid back psilocybic novelty travelogue; Soul-weaver is more guitar driven dream like psychedelia, mixing 60’s garage rock, shoegaze, bucolic west coast acid folk and ambient feedback. The album builds on song structures instead of drifting instrumentals prevalent on our debut and is an indication of the path I want to go musically. Constructing the album in such a short time and under lockdown restrictions changed the way the album took shape. There were no drum sessions between myself and Jon due to the social distance rule and therefore percussion had to be constructed from drum machines or ‘found’ from previous sessions and cannibalised. So, in some ways this is more a solo record (Jon has never heard the songs). It is a guitar album whereas ‘One’ was a rhythm/percussion focused recording.
Lyrically it draws on (quite accidentally) the writings of Dion Fortune, particularly her novel ‘The Sea Priestess’ which I read 12 months before. It never even came into mind until I started draughting the lyrics and things started popping up that had very strong comparisons to that novel. That’s the subconscious mind I suppose and also living next to the Irish sea which is literally at the top of my street. I can see it and smell the salt on the air everyday. I’m lucky really for that. I took it all for granted up until the last year or two. The recording has a bit of a watery, dreamy feel too and it’s also haunted.
It’s haunted by a good soul though; with electric blue eyes.
Early March I recorded the track ‘Sun and Steel’ and I could hear a female vocal on it. I needed to record a vocal and my sister in law always fancied herself as a bit of a singer. I thought she could weave some magic on it. I text her at 9:26am, it was a Thursday morning. She never replied.
This is for you Susie (1971 – 2020) eternally in our hearts.
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Shit And Shine return to the mighty Riot Season - the label that was brave enough to put them on the map in the first place!
This LP, like last years ‘DOING DRUGS, SELLING DRUGS’ returns to the black SLUDGE. Sludge the way SLUDGE is meant to be ... fucking SLUDGY and EVIL.
This shit is ridiculously HEAVY, in fact i’d say it’s one of the heaviest sludgiest records ever made. Yeah, for real.
Sleep? Melvins? you call that sludge!? PAH!! No, not quite. Sure it’s heavy and riffy but NOTHING close to this SLOW MOTION EXPLODING MOUNTAIN OF FILTH LAVA. Yeah I like that - that sums it up nice.
GOAT YELLING LIKE A MAN what a great name for a fucked up record. No bullshit the LP includes actual goats yelling like men as vocals.
Hail the mighty black goat of your nightmares!
Hail Shit And fucking Shine!.
When sludge needs to be done PROPER, Shit And Shine DO NOT FUCK AROUND
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Hot on the heels of the 'Primitive Fuck' repress, Black Helium return this summer with their sophomore album 'The Wholly Other'
Black Helium aim to deliver a lysergic heterogeneous sprawl on this, their second LP ‘The Wholly Other.’ From the blunt thunderous groove of ‘Hippie On A Slab’ to the narcotic tranquillity of ‘Teetering On The Edge’, via the hypnotic ascension of ‘Pink Bolt’. ‘The Wholly Other’ was recorded live over two loud, sweat drenched days in August 2019 by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studio (Green Lung, 11PARANOIAS, Casual Nun), just before the band embarked on a UK tour with Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs.
Black Helium are a four-piece psychedelic rock group, based in London. Never afraid to stray from the beaten path, they traverse aural hallucinatory soundscapes; from detuned Neanderthal rock to deep oceans of introspective blissed out psychedelia. Influences include, amongst many: Amon Duul II, Loop, Hawkwind, The Stooges, The Groundhogs, Spacemen 3 and Electric Wizard.
Black HELIUM are
Stuart Gray (vocals, guitar)
Beck Harvey (bass, vocals)
Diogo Gomes (drums)
Davey Mulka (guitar)
Initial copies of the LP come with four bonus inserts/postcards designed by artist Danny Davies. Check out his site here
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Mummise Guns are :
Tracy Bellaries - Bass (Part Chimp, Luminous Bodies, Ikara Colt)
Cleaver - Drums (Michael, Black Shape)
Matt Ridout - Guitar (Dethscalator, Casual Nun)
Adam Ian Sykes - Guitar (Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs)
Gordon Watson - Guitar (Terminal Cheesecake, Luminous Bodies)
Alex Wilson - Vocals (Ghold, Shuck)
"I don't remember now"
It's hard to say how Mummise Guns actually came to be a thing. What is certain is that Tracy Bellaries and Matt Ridout had shared a flat for a while and were often speaking about forming a group to have an outlet for some music that Tracy had written, but above and beyond that initial idea the rest is slightly hazy, or perhaps murky is the better word.
Also very much a fact rather than a fiction is that the name was cooked up at Supernormal Festival in 2016 when Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs bassist Johnny Hedley uttered the phrase 'Look at these guns, Mummise Guns' when everyone was hanging around a tree swing (this sounds like we're making it up now, but honest it happened, we think). Tracy and Matt immediately adopted it despite protestations that it was a completely daft thing to do. Thus, the band Mummise Guns was born.
Where, why and how the rest of the group got involved is not 100% clear, but the initial lineup of Tracy, Matt, Adam, Cleaver and Al prepped three of Tracy's songs and three of Matt's into something solid enough to record by early 2017 and the band dropped into Wayne Adam's (Petbrick, Big Lad) Bear Bites Horse Studios in East London to track their debut self-titled LP Mummise Guns (Riot Season REPOSE094LP), with Al and Adam adding further recordings at Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs guitarist Sam Grant's Blank Studios in Newcastle.
After that, it's safe to say things got busy. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs took over the airwaves with a series of incredible LP's on Rocket Recordings, Luminous Bodies wrote and recorded an absolute belter of a second album for Box Records, Casual Nun dropped a couple of full-length smashers and a split with Bruxa Maria on Box Records and Hominid Sounds, Ghold released a killer LP on Crypt of the Wizard, and Black Shape and Michael both dropped some classics on Hominid Sounds and Cracked Ankles respectively.
Yet, throughout all of this intense activity, the Mummise Guns LP lurked in the shadows like a malevolent beast just waiting for the right moment. That moment was early 2019 when everyone regrouped at Bear Bites Horse, including new addition Gordon Watson, for some final overdubs and mixing. And here it is, 2020, and the proof of all this hard graft is finally available to you.
So here are six tracks of noise-fuelled amphetamine that is perfect to drive all the right people from your house and attract all the wrong ones in. Play it loud.
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That's right people. Six long years after they delivered their, some would say classic 'Deep Mountain' album, Sloath return with the imaginatively titled 'lll' to help lift the worldwide gloom. Or add to it. Take your pick i guess.
'lll' is officially released on June 19th, as a limited black vinyl LP only. You can pre-order a copy now via either the label webshop or bandcamp site for the princely sum of 15 English pounds
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. FEATURING GEOFF LEIGH 'CHOSEN STAR CHILD'S CONFESSION' LP/CD OUT NOW
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The career of Acid Mothers Temple has been an interesting and varied one. With well over 200 releases to their name since 1996, the band have certainly put in the hard yards. Recent times have seen a resurgence in their underground cult popularity.
Between Autumn 2014 and December 2015, core AMT members Tsuyama Atsushi (bassist / vocalist) and Shimura Koji (drums) left the band. Original members Makoto Kawabata & Hiroshi Higashi took this as their chance to create a new line-up and that this was a good chance to refresh the band with new members.
The last Acid Mothers Temple album released by Riot Season was 'Reverse Of Rebirth in Universe' in 2018 which was incredibly well received, and is now into it's fourth vinyl pressing. For that album the newly settled line up featuring new boys Wolf (bass), Satoshima Nani (drums) and Jyonson Tsu (vocals) re-recorded old AMT classics and a few new jams. The album and subsequent world tour were incredibly well received, not only by long time AMT diehards but also a whole new crowd who were discovering the band for the first time, either via the album of the show, which included the bands first appearance at Glastonbury Festival in summer 2019.
Now we finally get to 'Chosen Star Child's Confession', the latest studio album from the band which should be considered the genuine 'first album' of this new line-up with the added presence of Geoff Leigh (ex Henry Cow)
Now available for pre-order in three formats. Limited orange vinyl LP (500 copies), CD (500 copies) in card digifile sleeve with bonus track and a mail order only exclusive pink vinyl LP (240 copies) both vinyl editions come with download code that also includes the CD only bonus track of course
BLACK HELIUM 'PRIMITIVE FUCK' PINK VINYL REPRESS LP OUT NOW
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Ahead of the release of Black Helium's second album in late spring 2020, we bring you a one off 300 only pink vinyl repress of their classic debut album 'Primitive Fuck'!
Pink vinyl, gloss finished sleeve with double sided insert
ORCHESTRA OF CONSTANT DISTRESS 'LIVE AT ROADBURN 2019' LP OUT NOW
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Following two killer sold out studio albums on Riot Season, OOCD return with an equally killer live album recorded at last years Roadburn Festival in Tilburg.
Limited to 300 copies in total, all pressed on black wax in a gloss finished sleeve. There is also a direct only label exclusive version which comes as an LP and a bonus tape package, the latter of which features another performance from Fylkingen, Stockholm. That is limited to 50 copies in total and already SOLD OUT
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