21 Sep 2017

Flowers Must Die in Bandcamp Daily's 'The New Face of Prog Rock'


It says:

Flowers Must Die
The roots and influence of progressive rock’s ‘70s icons aren’t far from the surface for Flowers Must Die. Their name comes from the title of an Ash Ra Tempel track, and they have a song of their own titled “After Gong,” a reference to the iconic Canterbury Scene band Gong. The Swedish group certainly lean more toward prog’s cult fringe, which they filter into hallucinatory jam sessions that veer from noisy space excursions to wobbly, synth-laden disco prog. Flowers Must Die aren’t afraid to embrace the weird, which ends up being one of their greatest assets. The farther out they travel, the more thrilling the journey.

Read the full piece here: Bandcamp

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20 Sep 2017

The Most Radicalist reviews Julie's Haircut's Burning Tree single



They say:

JULIE'S HAIRCUT BURNING TREE
Italian experimental-psych veterans Julie's Haircut have been around since the late nineties. Their 20-year career has so far seen collaborations with the likes of Damo Suzuki (CAN), Sonic Boom, Philip Corner and Valerio Cosi to name a few. The bands latest single 'Burning Tree' is a complex exploration of electronica meets post-punk and new-wave. There are hints of Primal Scream, Suicide and Depeche Mode in there, but the result is something totally fresh. Intricate electronic drum beats propel a buzzing wave of modulated synthesizers and gloomy bass guitar, which swell hazily below the eerie vocals. 'Burning Tree' arrives right on cue for Julie's Haircut's UK tour, which kicks off tonight at The Brewhouse in East London.

See the full piece here: The Most Radicalist

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in Drowned in Sounds 'Bands to Watch at Liverpool Psych Fest'


They say:

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
(Saturday 23rd. District. 1815)

Hailing from Newcastle, this five-piece might be ridiculed by some for their memorable moniker (also occasionally known as Pigs x 7 in some quarters). However, their noise-laden doom rock sits somewhere between the skull crushing menace of Godflesh and Black Sabbath's classic stoner riff fests. Debut long player Feed The Rats came out earlier this year and captures the raw intensity of their live sets. Ignore at your peril.

See the full rundown here: DIS

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Housewives to play Eurosonic Festival


Housewives have been announced to play the great Eurosonic Festival

Which takes place in Groningen in The Netherlands on 17-20 January 2018

More information here: Eurosonic

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19 Sep 2017

Goat appear in Bandcamp feature on Horror Psychedelia

Bandcamp have published a feature 'A Dark Descent Into the Shadowy World of Horror Psychedelia' and amongst the artist they have chosen is Goat.

This is what they say:

Rock ‘n’ roll’s relationship with the occult begins with the genre’s roots. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins turned what could have been a regular blues ballad into a Halloween anthem when he recorded “I Put a Spell on You” in 1956. Before that, Robert Johnson purportedly sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads of Mississippi highways in the early ‘30s. Nearly 100 years after Johnson, horror rock still exists, and continues to evolve.

You could argue that horror psychedelia, the spawn of scary movies and distortion-driven rock ‘n’ roll, began in earnest in 1966, when Austin’s the 13th Floor Elevators released their debut album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. (That band was one of the first to describe themselves as “psychedelic.”) Roky Erickson, the group’s singer and guitarist, wrote songs rife with drive-in B-movie imagery, which continued into his solo career. He released his defining record The Evil One, in 1980, following a stint in a mental institution, and its songs were full of horrors both real and fictional. By that time, Erickson’s psychedelic sound had been adapted, twisted, and mutated by acts like The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Alice Cooper.

Together, these artists sketched the blueprint for horror psychedelia, a mixed bag of rock artists united more by pulp fiction aesthetics than sound, but who share a few common elements. Horror psychedelia typically involves copious distortion, driving rhythms, and lavish atmosphere which accentuate its creepy lyrical tropes. Acts like White Zombie eventually blended industrial, noise, and heavy metal into the mix.

The founders of horror psychedelia still make music, but now stand among a sea of acolytes. Sweden’s Ghost covered Erickson and, alongside The Black Angels, brought him back to the zeitgeist. Below we’ve collected a murderer’s row of artists operating in this shadowy field.

Read who they have picked: Horror Psychedelia

Photo by Al Overdrive

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18 Sep 2017

Gold Flake Paint choose Julie's Haircut for top psyche picks at Liverpool Psyche Fest

Gold Flake Paint website has selected their picks for this years Liverpool’s International Festival of Psychedelia and Julie's Haircut head up their list.

This is what they say about Julie's Haircut as ones to watch:

With a huge following back home, these Italian psych veterans chose UK label Rocket Recordings to release their seventh studio album “Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin”. Over almost 20 years, their musical evolution has seen collaborations with Sonic Boom, Damo Suzuki and Peter Hook and taken them from early garage rock, through experimental sound territory to a more contained, yet still unpredictable blend of spacey, abstract rock. A rare treat.

Read the full article here: Gold Flake Paint

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Julie's Haircut reveal new single 'Burning Tree'

Julie's Haircut are releasing a brand new single on Friday (22nd) to coincide with their appearance at this years Liverpool Psych Festival. The single is called Burning Tree and it is backed up with a Gnoomes remix of the track Orpheus Rising, from their last album Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin 

Listen to 'Burning Tree' here: Rocket YouTube

Buy download from here on Friday: Rocket Bandcamp

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The press release reads...

Eclecticism has always played an essential role in Julie’s Haircut’s music. Never satisfied with their research and forever intrigued by the endless possibilities of the sonic texture, in a career now spanning twenty years the Italian sextex has been experimenting with different sources and traditions, from rock to improv. Thus it is not surprising that few months after the release of their seventh long player, and debut album with Rocket Recordings, the eclectic kraut-psych gem Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin, the band returns with a track that ideally fills the missing gap between post punk and electronica, taking the best from both worlds. 

Burning Tree – a dreamlike tale of two pyromaniac lovers finding their way through the night – lifts up among waves of digital beats and analog synthesizers, while maintaining the band’s typical obsessive rhythms and repetitive licks. It is a song that sounds as if Mercury Rev collaborated with Hookworms and were produced by Giorgio Moroder, finally clashing somewhere on a patchouli soaked, post-industrial dancefloor.

Burning Tree is backed up with a remix of the track Orpheus Rising (track from their latest album) by label mates Gnoomes. The Russian three piece have taken the downtempo jazz  vocal of the original track and added an ever evolving, electronic-kraut, sonic-soundscape.

This single is released on the day the band play at this years Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia as part of a short tour:

19 / London Fields Brewhouse / London
20 / Green Door Store / Brighton
21 / Soup Kitchen / Manchester
22 / Liverpool Psych Fest / Liverpool 

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