27 Feb 2017
Italian band Julie’s Haircut have been around for a long time now. Naturally, as the years have gone by their sound has evolved into something different, a sound that doesn’t quite fit into any genre. With their new release ‘Inovcation and Ritual Dance of My Demon Twin’ fresh out the Rocket Recordings studio and a tour starting in a matter of days, we just had to find out more…
How did your new album ‘Invocation and Ritual Dance of My Demon Twin’ come together creatively?
Just as usual for us. Which I guess is not the usual way for most bands. Usually we get together in the studio for 2 or 3 days and just start jamming. You know we’ve been around for a long time in Italy. We used to write songs in the regular way, you know somebody writes a song, then records some lyrics and then all together the band arranges the song. We kind of abandoned that quite a few years ago and well it’s almost 10 years now that we’ve been using this other method which is...
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As you know, Rocket are huge fans of Liverpool Psych Fest and we are excited to announce that the great Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Julie's Haircut are playing this years Liverpool Psych Festival.
As always, the Rocket team will be there in full force!
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26 Feb 2017
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation bring their psychedelic swirls to Liverpool Central Library, Getintothis’ Paul Higham loses himself in the patterns.
Liverpool’s Central Library makes for a particularly impressive gig venue, and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation entirely lived up to its splendour with a performance of full of élan, relentless swirls of exuberant psychedelia, and spoonfuls of groove.
In many respects this was the ideal music for the round reading room setting, its circular loops and relentless repetition mirroring the architecture. This is music without corners freed and from the rigidity of straight lines; it spirals with ever-increasing momentum into headily intoxicating territories...
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Photo from Library by Andy Vonn Pipp
Swedish indie rockers Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are simply incredible. Creating beautiful shoegaze songs, they have already released two amazing albums, 2015’s debut album Horse Dance and last year’s Mirage. The band have been hailed for their dream-like sound and ambient vibe, creating music that sounds like it descended directly from the cosmos.
In preparation of their upcoming tour, the band have just released a reworked version of smouldering Mirage track, ‘Sister Green Eyes’. With tribal-like percussion and Josefin’s haunting vocals, the track is elegant, melodic and wildly compelling. We caught up with Josefin to find out more about the track and what 2017 has in store.
How did you all meet?
Fred and I met at an after after hours party in a record store and then we drove around the Mediterranean and slept in an old car for quite a long time, ending up with Argentinian friends in Andalucia. The rest of the band are great people we’ve played with for a good while, and now we’ve brought in two London based musicians, Angela Maki Won-Yin Mak of Parlour and Warm Brains among many other bands...
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Let’s start with a brief excursus of early days of the band, how did you meet? Your first influences and inspirations?
Nicola: The band was formed in the town of Sassuolo in 1994 as a trio (Luca Giovanardi, bassist Laura Storchi and me). Among our first influences: american and british alternative rock of the 80s and 90s, but also classic rock from the 60s and the 70s.
What were the most meaningful moments and records of the Julie’s Haircut history, the ones you’re most fond of? Are there also any tracks you’ve grown particularly close?
Nicola: It’s a bit like asking a father which is his favourite son, isn’t it? We’re proud of everything we’ve done, even the less successful things: it’s all part of who we are now.
The title of the new album is inspired by a Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Inventions song ‘Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin’, from their second album ‘Absolutely Free’ and by the short film ‘‘Invocation Of My Demon Brother’’ by the British film-maker Kenneth Anger, is it just a play of words or is there a hidden meaning? One way or the other visionary artists like Zappa, Sun Ra or Captain Beefheart often recurring when I talk to a lot of musicians, but enough is never said about them....
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Julie’s Haircut is now well into its second decade and is no signs of fatigue whatsoever. The band’s progression from garage rock infants to krautrock/psychedelic explorers has taken a while and a few line-up changes, but throughout their evolution, Julie’s Haircut could never be accused of being boring and shying away from adventure. Indeed since 2005 they’ve started to use the improvisational techniques utilised by Miles Davis and Can in order to “find” their own songs and their own path.
Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin is not only the fruits of the band’s most recent improvisational song finding mission, but also an invitation to whoever finds this album to join them on a journey into a sonic otherworld where some kind of universal truth might be discovered...
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