IN SEARCH OF HIGHS VOLUME 3 ...
KUNGENS MÄN 'CHEF' LP REPRESS ON THE WAY
There's an orange vinyl repress at the pressing plant and fingers crossed they'll be here by the end of April. Orange vinyl, alternative orange artwork, double sided insert. 300 copies for the world
THE BAND WHOSE NAME IS A SYMBOL / SHOOTING GUNS 'IN SEARCH OF HIGHS VOLUME 2' COMING THIS MAY
The second, and much later than planned volume in the In Search Of Highs split album series is currently being pressed over in Germany for release late early May 2019.
Featuring two of Canada's finest psych/freeform outfits Shooting Guns & The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol, it's another killer slab of wax. This one is limited to 300 copies on blue vinyl and will be up for pre order alongside the new Hibushibire LP (see below) shortly so that folks that want both can combine the orders and save on paying two lots of postage.
This is something i've toyed with doing for sometime, but it's rare to get two releases ready to post/ship at the same time. Hopefully this will help those that want both releases!
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Canada is a huge country, with very few people. Vast distances between many cities often make it tough for likeminded individuals to get together very often.
Over the past few years, despite being physically separated by 2931 km (31 hours drive), Ottawa, Ontarios The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol and Saskatoon, Saskatchewans Shooting Guns have been forming a working bond. Becoming not only friends, but also fans of one anothers groups in the process, this current pairing is no accident. Both outfits are based on the art of improvisation and both are prolific. Each band boast extensive back catalogues of recorded and released material.
These sessions you will hear on Volume 2 of In Search Of Highs are a wild heavy trip indeed. TBWNIS and Shooting Guns have really cranked it up for all to experience the sounds of the great white north as thats what they LOVE to do it also helps them keep warm in the winter!
SHOOTING GUNS 'NEW LEVITATION' PROMO VIDEO
More news to come ... take a listen below
HIBUSHIBIRE 'TURN ON, TUNE IN, FREAK OUT!' LP/CASSETTE AND UK TOUR COMING THIS MAY
The wait is nearly over ... Japan's newest psych-rock gurus release their second album 'Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out!' on Riot Season on May 10th 2019. The follow up to their much loved 2017 debut album 'Freak Out Orgasm!' will be available in two vinyl editions, neon orange or classic black vinyl and as a very limited cassette.
It would be fair to say Hibushibires 2017 debut album Freak Out Orgasm! went down well with fans of psych-rock (call it what you will). So far its had three vinyl pressings, two cassette pressings and a CD run back in Japan. It garnered quite a few influential underground (if not mainstream) reviews and seemed to sell through on word of mouth alone - which in these times seems to be the way things are going: thriving social media groups sharing their love of recent purchases and fellow vinyl lovers going out and scooping them up without the need to buy a magazine or read an online review to make their mind up. My favourite review of Freak Out Orgasm! came from UK based music blog Dayz Of Purple And Orange as I think he nailed it perfectly...
Fuck me! I think I've died and gone to psychedelic heaven! If anyone had asked me what I would really want from a freak out, heavy-as-fuck psych band I would have to say I would want the sheer guitar pyrotechnics of Acid Mothers Temple, the hard-as-nails scuzziness of The Heads, the lead heaviness of a fucked-up Blue Cheer and the instrumental dexterity of Hendrix on speed. Guess what, that band exists and they are called HIBUSHIBIRE!"
That, to me, said it all. Nail hit hard.
But let's get onto 'Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out!'
Once again the album is produced by Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple, Mainliner) and for me it's the next logical step in the bands sonic development. As with its predecessor, side one consists of three tracks, "Ecstasy Highwaystar / Blow! Blow! Blow! / Overdose, Pussycat! More! More!", (they do like an exclamation mark). Some of these titles will be familiar if you've followed the band's live shows in recent times, and it's pretty much a guitar to the front, full gonzo-style hard-rocking psychedelic freak out from the first blast of Changchang's guitar panning from left to right before the main riff kicks it all off.
Again, as with their debut, side two comprises of just one epic length track. 'Rollercoaster Of The Universe' clocks in at seventeen minutes and is, in my humble opinion, the sound of the band moving onto the next level during its journey. It's a shudderingly beautiful piece, with many hypnotic twists and turns. I can't wait to hear how they play this live.
The band did initially attempt to produce this album by themselves, but got 'brain fever' in the studio and called their old friend Makoto to come down and help them finish it off. As he had no preparation in advance, he knew nothing about how the recording was going in the studio, and moreover there was little time left for adjustments to be made. But his technique of mixing was, as always, both mighty and almost destructive.
He said to Changchang during the mixing process, Listen carefully! I am teaching how to work magic. And he has.
The title is Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out!. True to its name.
Following the success of Hibushibire's first UK tour in 2017, the band return in May 2019 to blow some minds once again including being invited to play two of the UK's best underground festivals in Raw Power and Focus Wales. They hope to tour elsewhere soon after.
TURN ON, TUNE IN, FREAK OUT! UK TOUR DATES
15th Birmingham @ The Sunflower Lounge
16th Wrexham, Focus Wales 2019 @ The Parish
17th Nottingham @ JT Soar
18th Edinburgh @ Henry's Cellar Bar (w/ Dead Otter)
19th Glasgow @ Nice N Sleazy (w/ Dead Otter)
21st Newcastle @ Trillians Rock Bar (w/ Dead Otter)
22nd Bristol @ The Lanes (w/ Dead Otter)
24th Manchester @ The Star & Garter
25th London, Raw Power Festival @ The Dome (w/ Part Chimp, The Ex etc)
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BLOW! BLOW! BLOW! PROMO VIDEO
ORCHESTRA OF CONSTANT DISTRESS 'COGNITIVE DISSONANCE' LP OUT NOW
Delighted to announce the new Orchestra Of Constant Distress album 'Cognitive Dissonance' is at the pressing plant and will be released officially on April 19th 2019.
'Cognitive Dissonance' continues where 'Distress Test' left off with more relentless, brutal, hypnotic and down right nasty sounds.
The band play this years Roadburn Festival on April 13th, so if you're going make sure you take the chance to catch them doing a very rare live performance.
One core dynamism within the field of music is the relationship between performer and spectator. The audience listen and watch the musicians enjoying themselves and through that they get an experience of joy. This requires a system of believing where organized sound can be recognized, and is therefore music as such. Upon listening to Orchestra of Constant Distress´ third album you might want to question this meaning of tonality. Through catatonic riffs and uncanny sounds we are as listeners left with a situation where we do not know how to distinguish bad and good, pleasure from displeasure. OoCD seems to be moving beyond their decent from such bands as Brainbombs, The Skull Defekts and Union Carbide Productions towards a tension of disbelief.
The "Cognitive Dissonance" LP (initial mail order copies only) is accompanied by the limited "Dissonant Dub" Cassette on Swap Meat with The Idealist dubs of a few tracks from the album.
The band still is:
Joachim Nordwall (The Skull Defekts, iDEAL Recordings)
Anders Bryngelsson (Brainbombs, No Balls)
Henrik Rylander (The Skull Defekts, Union Carbide Productions)
DISCOMFORT PROMO VIDEO
USA/MEXICO 'MATAMOROS' LP OUT NOW
Rejoice! the second album from Austin's USA/Mexico is at the pressing plant for March 22nd release. As with their 2017 debut 'Laredo' i will be handling the UK/European release with 12XU handling North America.
As a young person I frequently heard tales that high-end stereo shops used Pink Floyds Dark Side Of The Moon as a demonstration disc, in order to fully document the prowess of their impossibly-expensive wares.
I rarely frequented any of these establishments but always took these stories on faith. Im no audio guru, but it seems to me that someone attempting to do the same thing in 2019 could do a whole lot worse than adopting USA/Mexicos long-awaited 2nd album, Matamoros for similar purposes. The trios first album 2017s Laredo mightve been a worthy candidate for a test-spin in the Bang & Olufsen showroom, but the successor is the sort of record that really makes if youre the sort of person who can appreciate the BACKES MÜLLER BM 100 loudspeaker (list price $500,000.00 USD)
Once youre comfortably settled in, youll find that the all-star team of guitarist Craig Clouse (Shit & Shine) drummer King Coffey (Butthole Surfers) and Nate Cross (Marriage, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth) have done everything possible to help you expand your sonic palette some might say theyve even done too much! Either way, these guys are as unselfish as they are loud. Or perhaps theyre as selfish as theyre quiet i do hope youll agree their motives are less important than the results, and in this instance, those results are nothing less than a staggering sensory overload.
George Dishner (Spray Paint) and Kevin Whitley (Cherubs on a rendition of his bands Shoofly, as previously heard on 1992s Icing) make cameos. The entire affair was engineered by budding genius Ian Runndell (he of every other great record recorded in Austin) and is available via the 12XU and Riot Season record labels in North American and UK/Europe respectively.
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VAPORWAVE HEADACHE PROMO VIDEO
KUNGENS MÄN 'CHEF' LP OUT NOW
I'm beyond stoked to announce the next Kungens Man album 'Chef', is coming out on Riot Season in mid February. I assume most of you know of them already, if not i STRONGLY suggest you check out their previous work on the excellent Adansonia Records out of Sweden. This is some top level shit!
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READ A NEW KUNGENS INTERVIEW WITH IT'S PSYCHEDELIC BABY MAGAZINE HERE
Kungens Män from Stockholm, Sweden has
been around as a musical unit since 2012. The roots as friends go way
back though. Noises, impulses, fuck ups and improvised jams have been
recorded since day one and some of them have been put out on record.
This is the first one on Riot Season Records.
EFTERTANKENS BLANKA KRANKHET PROMO VIDEO
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO 'REVERSE OF REBIRTH IN UNIVERSE' CD/LP OUT NOW
Due to demand, we've decided to repress the LP version after the original black & green vinyl versions and CD sold out quickly. The repress is in production now, and will be a limited 300 only edition pressed on sun yellow vinyl and housed in a 350gsm high gloss sleeve featuring this new alternative green artwork courtesy of artist Jessica at The Giant's Lab.
ORIGINAL LP & CD COVER ARTWORK
It's with great delight i get to announce the new album by one of my favourite bands, and one of the labels oldest friends Acid Mothers Temple!.
Reverse Of Rebirth In Universe is currently being pressed over in Germany and will hopefully be here mid November for an official shop release on November 30th.
The album will be available in three variations. Firstly a CD, which comes in a glossy card gatefold sleeve and also two vinyl editions, a regular classic black vinyl version and (for now at least) a mail order exclusive mint green vinyl edition. I'll see how the direct sales go with the green one and if there are copies left i will of course let them go to shops/distros when the time comes. But if you 100% want to guarantee getting one then direct is the way to go. The CD contains a bonus song (a cover of Gong's 'Flying Teapot') which hasn't been available on CD before. Both vinyl versions will of course come with a download code which will include this bonus track as well as the three album tracks themselves.
IN THE WORDS OF MAKOTO KAWABATA
"In 2016, 21 years after Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. were founded in Osaka, Japan, there was a major shift in the line-up and "Next Generation" was added to the bands name. We now view the first 20 years of the bands career as chapter one in our story, and we are now turning the page to start chapter two. In 2018, it's time to re-record our classics with this new line-up, we just opened the door to the next stage"
More info on the release page here
BLUE VELVET BLUES (2018) PROMO VIDEO
RAW POWER FESTIVAL LONDON MAY 2019
The first bands for next May's Raw Power Festival in London have been announced. And i'm thrilled to say they include our own Dead Otter & Hibushibire!
More details and ticket links here
WORKIN' MAN NOISE UNIT 'IT'S NOT NOTHIN' OUT NOW
It's been a LONG wait since 2015's 'Play Loud' was released. But i'm delighted to say Reading's WORKIN' MAN NOISE UNIT have come up with a mighty follow up!
It's Not Nothin' will be released November 23rd as a limited vinyl LP (with download code of course) and is up for pre order now. More details to come
NARC MAGAZINE GIVE IT'S NOT NOTHIN' 4.5/5
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