31 Oct 2015

Rocket probes – October playlist

Oneida - Positions
(New EP from New Yorks finest see's them cover This Heat, Chrome and some new material...next releasein our Rocket Shop Exclusive 12" series)

Deej Dhariwal - My Father, my sun
(Second solo album of swirling spunds from the Thought Forms guitarist...on Zam Zam)
Deej Dhariwal

Acid Liner – Acid Church
(Lucky enough to hear this hot from the mixing desk...Rhys from Hey Colossus/Drmcnt has created an album that takes you on a dark but uplifting acid house adventure)
Acid Liner

Defenders of Style – The death of meaning

(Tremendous psyched out sounds from this UK Hip Hop crew...reminds us of the best period of Def Jux. Easily best Hip Hop album we have heard in years, stunning stuff.)
Defenders of Style

A Middle Sex – Soul Sways West
(A great album of post kraut grooves and drones...for fans of Gnod, WHOK etc etc)
A Middle Sex

Housewives - Work
(Really diggin' this band on the great Hands in the Dark label...repetitive, postpunk, avant noise - for fans of This Heat. Great live too!)

Mai Mai Mai - Petra
(Nice EP of dark and brooding machine (occult) psychedelia)
Mai Mai Mai

Anthroprohh - Anhedonia
(More psyched-out, kraut-noise jams from the mighty Anthroprophh...on Greasy Trucker)

The Beautiful Bunker - Beaurocratic Headache
(A unique and uncatagrizable album that touches on many psych/postpunk/avant pop sounds...from Lay Llamas backing band)
The Beautiful Bunker

China – China
(Proper kosmiche disco from '79)

Kevin Morby - Harlem river 
(NIce repetitive psychy folk groove)
Kevin Morby

Tomaga - Familliar Obstacles
(Second Hands in the Dark release of the month...big fans of Tomaga so great to hear some new music by them, two tracks of multi rhythms and analogue synth journeys)

Various – Science Fiction Dance Hall Classics
(Trevor Jackson creates another flawless collection of tracks...this time it is a selection of On-U Sound's finest spaced-out, grooved-out and experimental moments!!)
Science Fiction Dance Hall Classics

The Road to Suicide​/​Spökraket – Split 12"
(The guys from Hills turned us on to these nice psychy shoegaze sounds)
The Road to Suicide​/​Spökraket

Orlando Julius With The Heliocentrics - Jaiyede Afro
(great psyched out afro jazz grooves)
Orlando Julius With The Heliocentrics

Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas – Automaginary
(Lovely jazz drones n' grooves by this great collaboration album)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas


Goat to play Stockholm show on 13 November

Information here: Nobelberget

30 Oct 2015

Stream Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation album Horse Dance in full via Loud and Quiet

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation debut album Horse Dance is now available to stream over at Loud and Quiet.

You can listen to it here: Loud and Quiet

Noisey in Denmark are also streaming it and they say some great things about the album, find out what they say here: Noisey

The band have a Copenhagen show now confirmed, the full list of up-and-coming dates are now: 

13/11 The Crypt, Linköping
18/11 Shacklewell Arms, London
28/11 Geronimos FGT, Stockholm 
10/12 Babel, Malmö 
11/12 Folk, Göteborg
15/1 Eurosonic Festival, Grooningen
29/1 Vega (Ideal Bar), Copenhagen

The album is released next Friday on the 6th November and you can preorder it on ltd vinyl here: Rocket Bandcamp


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Take Me Beyond single is out today

“For fans of good psych” – Loud & Quiet
“Bloody hell, this song” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
“Beautifully controlled, understated, subtle but infectious” – The Guardian

Buy Take me Beyond here: Bandcamp

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation create a sonic kaleidoscope of dreamy altered state psychedelia with an hypnotic motorik drive.

The bands ever-expanding sound has a pop aesthetic bubbling under its surface and befitting their Nordic roots, but one that’s elevated skyward with a prismatic experimentation of kraurock-tinged repetition, dub echo and analogue curlicues. It’s a sound as biting as it is beatific, recalling in parts the work of Broadcast, Electrelane, Laika, Cat’s Eyes, The Creatures, Portishead and United States of America.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation is a Swedish band, fronted by Josefin Öhrn alongside Fredrik Joelson who heads up a collection of musicians called The Liberation. In the last twelve months, they have experienced a dramatic rise to prominence with their debut EP Diamond Waves leading to shows in their homeland with Goat and Les Big Byrd, a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Swedish Grammy and rapturously received appearances at festivals like Roskilde.

On 6th November, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation release their debut album Horse Dance. which you can preorder here: Rocket Bandcamp


29 Oct 2015

Soundblab give Highly Deadly Black Tarantula by Teeth Of The Sea 9/10

Highly Deadly Black Tarantula
Teeth Of The Sea

Release date: 2015-11-06

TotS’ 2014’s re-imagined accompaniment to gratuitous Civil War ‘shroom fest A Field in England seemed a perfectly logical progression for their tense and dramatic instrumentation following a succession of maturing studio albums. Indeed, it would be very tempting to pigeon-hole this latest masterful release as another wannabe soundtrack, but mark my words this is beyond cinematic. It’s another dark realm entirely.

'All My Venom' kicks off with some characteristic mariachi strains but, a few Morricone phrasings aside, this is disturbingly relentless and menacing, almost vicious fare complete with monstrously demonic noises which combine to form something that is both hideous and compelling. Ever wondered what “Fanfare For The Common Man” would sound like for the cyber age shot through with a hundred and eighty industrial beats to the minute? Meet “Animal Manservant”. Godflesh don’t do prog or techno, but if they did both, this is how it would probably sound...

Read the rest of the review here: Teeth of the Sea


The Five W's of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation


WHO are they?
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation is a Swedish band, fronted by Josefin Öhrn alongside Fredrik Joelson who heads up a collection of musicians called The Liberation. In the last twelve months, they have experienced a dramatic rise to prominence with their debut EP Diamond Waves leading to shows in their homeland with Goat and Les Big Byrd, a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Swedish Grammy and rapturously received appearances at festivals like Roskilde. Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation release their debut album Horse Dance on 6 November via Rocket Recordings.

Fredrik (guitars, vocals) is from 90’s NYC underground band Mouth, he’s done electronic music under the name Binger The Voyager and worked with artists such as Stina Nordenstam, Armand Mirpour. Calle Olsson (synthesizers) is from the krautrock band Paper. Victor Hvidfeldt (bass, guitar and vocals) has played with several artists and collaborations such as Sibille Attar, A nighthawk. Christoffer Cantillo (drums) has played with artists such as Anna von Hausswolff, Nils Berg Cinemascope, Musette.

Josefin (vocals, guitar, synths) talks us through the formation of the band. “When I got back to Stockholm from Paris, I went to art school and worked extra in a record store. I started to experiment more and more with sound and writing lyrics. So I recorded a demo and the owner of the store heard it. He was the former drummer of 90’s NYC underground band Mouth and he thought I should meet Fredrik Joelson. He was the front-man of Mouth. So we hooked up and started to make music together. This was 2011. And along the way we met these amazing musicians.”...

See the rest of the piece here: The Five W's


Teeth of the Sea + Hey Colossus + The Naturals + Blood Sport live in Sheffield

Visit here for tickets and more details: Party for the People


28 Oct 2015

Hey Colossus posters for up-and-coming shows

As you know, Hey Colossus are heading out on tour to support the release of Radio Static High,  here are a couple of posters.


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation play Eurosonic Festival

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have been confirmed to play this years Eurosonic Festival.
The band play the Minerva Art Academy on the 15th January.

All information can be found here: Eurosonic

The band's debut album Horse Dance' can be preordered here: Rocket Bandcamp


27 Oct 2015

TONIGHT: Teeth of the Sea album playback

Teeth of the Sea
Highly Deadly Black Tarantula album playback

27 October

The Redchurch Brewery

275-276 Poyser Street, E2 9RF London


This is what the Facebook page says:

Teeth of the Sea have a new album coming out on November 6th on Rocket Recordings. It's called Highly Deadly Black Tarantula, and we are very proud to be hosting this exclusive playback party over a week before the official release.

As well as the album playback, Mat, Mike, Sam and Jimmy will be DJing for the rest of the evening and probably enjoying a beer or two.

This is a free event, and all are welcome.

Visit the page here: Teeth of the Sea


Cover Magazine interviews Josefin Öhrn

Danish Fashion Magazine has interviewed Josefin Öhrn...

Read it here: Cover Magazine

Then preorder the album Horse Dance here: Rocket Bandcamp


Capra Informis – Womb of the Wild EP in Vinyl Factory's records of the week

Capra Informis
Womb Of The Wild EP
(Rocket Recordings)

Listen / Buy

Somewhere between Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising and The Wickerman is this nocturnal hinterland of midnight orgies, psychonauts and burning effigies. An ayahuasca ritual rolled into nineteen minutes, Capra Informis (Latin for ‘shapeless goat’) is the new off-shoot by Goat’s anonymous djembi player.

Read the whole piece here: Vinyl Factory


Watch footage of Hey Colossus at Cosmic Carnage show

Watch some great footage from last Saturdays show here: Vimeo


24 Oct 2015

Immerse yourself into our explosion of new Rocket vinyl

Has everybody pre/ordered their lovely Rocket vinyls yet, it's a few a couple of months away but Christmas is coming after all? :)

Below is a selection of all the great new/re-presses we have coming out over the next couple of months:

Buy all direct from here: Rocket Bandcamp

Launch 072
Gnod – Infinity Machines
(LTD Triple Vinyl Re-press)

Launch 079
Hills – Frid
(LTD Green Vinyl Re-press)

Launch 081
Hey Colossus – Radio Static High
(LTD Red Vinyl)

Launch 082
Gnoomes – Ngan!
(LTD Blue/Yellow Splatter Vinyl)

Launch 084
Teeth of Sea – Highly Deadly Black Tarantula
(LTD Blue Vinyl)

Launch 086
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Horse Dance
(LTD Yellow Vinyl)

Launch 087
Capra Informis – Womb of the Wild EP
(Ltd to 300 copies – Rocket shop exclusive)

Launch 088
Mamuthones – Symphony for the Devil EP
(Ltd to 300 copies – Rocket shop exclusive)

Launch 089
Oneida – Positions EP
(Ltd to 300 copies – Rocket shop exclusive)


Circuit Sweet say some words about Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation new video for 'Take me Beyond'

“For fans of good psych” – Loud &Quiet
“Bloody hell, this song” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
“Beautifully controlled, understated, subtle but infectious” – The Guardian

Following continued play of  the track on BBC 6Music (as Lauren Laverne’s Headphone Moment and on the Recommends Show, followed by spins by Radcliffe & Maconie)  Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have unveiled the new video for forthcoming single Take Me Beyond via its premiere on Loud & Quiet. 

The  Christian Saldert directed video perfectly captures the essence of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, their ability to create sonic experimentations with krautrock and driven psychedelia, with a style and pop-sensibility befitting their Nordic roots...

Read the full piece here: Circuit Sweet

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation play their first ever UK show at Shacklewell Arms, London on 18 November.  Tickets here


Watch Mamuthones live at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Mamuthones - Don't be choosy - Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia  - 2015/9/26


23 Oct 2015

Chromaticism reviews Capra Informis – Womb of the Wild EP

‘Womb of the Wild’ is the first release by Capra Informis, a new band put together by the unnamed djembe player from Goat.”

An enigma wrapped in a mystery then…

I love the whole anti-celebrity air of mystique that shrouds the Goat collective, proof positive that you do not have to sell your soul to the devil in order to achieve success, real success on their own terms – or perhaps that was an integral part of the Vodun compact, invoked with Bondye?

Capra Informis or Shapeless Goat, bodes well, as the collective expands our consciousness, so too in many guises can they expand their esoteric dominion...

Read the rest of the review here: Chromaticism 

Then buy it  there are only 300 copies and you can only buy it from here: Bandcamp


Capra Informis – 'Womb of the Wild' EP out today

We are pleased to announce 'Womb of the Wild' the first release by Capra Informis, a new band put together by the unnamed djembi player from Goat.

The ltd vinyl EP can be bought ONLY from here

Capra Informis – Womb of the Wild EP

Literally translated from the Latin, the name Capra Informis means ‘Shapeless Goat’, a curious turn of phrase given that this project is the work of the nameless djembi player from the Swedish psychedelic warriors monikered with the latter of the two words. Nonetheless, somewhere amidst the hinterland between shape and void, dream and waking, it would appear that some form of transformative process has indeed occurred over the course of the nineteen minutes of their debut EP on Rocket Recordings. Casting a heady and intoxicating spell of nocturnal atmosphere and drone-based abandon, these four tracks set out a shamanic mission both fresh and feral.

Whilst Capra Informis may share some stylistic touches with their main protagonist’s regular band, they also boast a markedly darker approach - the mesmerising percussive onslaught may be present and correct, yet the psychic landscapes and deviant monomania of these four raven-hued trips renders them imposing in their Dionysian debauchery. Moreover, while the one-chord guitar-driven inferno of ‘Womb Of The Wild’ finds kindred spirits in the nihilistic, spiritually-driven like of Dead Skeletons and early Skullflower, ‘Cold and high’ sees glacial synths and garage-birthed organ take the lead on a cinematic twilight voyage not unlike a Kenneth Anger filmscore’s depiction of an ayahuasca ritual. 

Throughout, however, the potency and persuasive powers of Capra Informis’ approach cannot be called into question - within these whispered incantations and mantric arrangements lurk dark forces and strange undertakings untold. Yet it remains a rare pleasure to bear witness to this rich collision of fiery intent and fearless third-eye vision. Far from the shadow of their ringleader’s past work. Capra Informis are staking their claim as chimerical warriors with manifold powers, and this four-track sermon marks only the first of their forays into the unknown that promise rich rewards for the far-gone and the intrepid alike. 


20 Oct 2015

Teeth of the Sea album playback and UK tour announced + new ltd LP now up for presale

Wanna hear the new Teeth of the Sea album 'Highly Deadly Black Tarantula' in full before anyone else?

Well get yourselves down to The Redchurch Brewery in Hackney next week (Tuesday 27 October)

The band will also be DJing so expect their usual eclectic soundclash.

More info here:
The Redchurch Brewery


As the poster above shows, Teeth of the Sea are heading out on tour in support of their NEW album:

Thursday 12th November - London, London Fields Brewery
Friday 13th November - Oxford, Modern Art
Saturday 14th November - Newcastle, Head Of Steam
Sunday 15th November - Preston, The Ferret
Monday 16th November - Leicester, Cookie Jar
Tuesday 17th November - Brighton, Green Door Store
Wednesday 18th November - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 19th November - Sheffield, Picture House Social
Friday 20th November - Salford, Islington Mill


You can also now preorder the new album on ltd blue vinyl here: Rocket Bandcamp

Be quick...


Gnod to play special Tunnel Vision show for NTS and Loose Bones in Hackney Wick

NTS and Loose Bones are proud to present the 4th episode of Tunnel Vision - filmed live for the flagship show of our soon to launch TV channel.

Live performances from:

Loose Bones have kindly invited us to their house in Hackney Wick on 29th October. Free to reserve, so RSVP now at rsvp@ntslive.co.uk and we'll release more details closer to the time.


Hey Colossus (not so now) secret gig this Saturday

Hey Colossus are special guests at this Cosmic Carnage show at Brixton Windmill this Saturday.

Also on the bill are the great Hag, Blown Out (members of Bong/Pigs x7) and Gnob.

More info about the night here: Cosmic Carnage


19 Oct 2015

Watch video for Take me Beyond by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

Here is the great video for Take me Beyond, the new single by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation.

The video was created by visual artist Christian Saldert 

The single is released on 30 October and is taken from the bands debut album Horse Dance which is released on 6 November.

See what Loud and Quiet say about the vide here: Loud and Quiet

You can preorder the album on Ltd yellow vinyl here: Rocket Bandcamp


Echoes and Dust reviews Hey Colossus album launch

Live: Hey Colossus, Lower Slaughter and Kogumaza – Electrowerkz, London. October 9th, 2015.

With new album Radio Static High (their second this year, after February’s In Black and Gold) getting a rapturous reception from fans and critics alike, there’s no time better for Hey Colossus to be back on stage in the capital.

The reception afforded to Hey Colossus when they finally take to the stage is better described as a smattering of enthusiastic, but very much polite, applause than as hero’s welcome. Then again, this is partly because of the sextet’s unassuming entrance. A few thumbs go up. The sounds of Teeth of the Sea’s DJ set fade away and all of a sudden things kick off. Note the choice of words. You may think you’ve heard Hey Colossus on record, but it’s only upon turning up to see them in the flesh that you really get the full experience. Everything amplified. Everything louder than everything else. Everything played with a mix of reckless abandon and powerful confidence.
Everything fucking awesome.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that Radio Static High has only just been released, it’s tunes from In Black and Gold – and the tasty pair of ‘Hot Grave’ and ‘Oktave Dokkter’ from Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo – that get the most enthusiastic physical reception from the crowd. The killer opening riff to ‘Hey, Dead Eyes, Up!’ gets a few fists in the air and, more amusingly, some bizarre air guitar efforts from one particularly enthusiastic punter, whilst ‘Hot Grave’ feels like it might turn the room upside down at any given moment (as it always does).

None of this is to suggest that newer tunes get a lesser welcome. The title track and ‘Hop the Railings’, in particular, are greeted like the hypnotic behemoths that they are. Meanwhile, ‘March of the Headaches’ and ‘Numbed Out’ show all the signs of becoming future live favourites. The former’s colossal brain-crushing riffs might just be the highlight of the entire evening.

When Hey Colossus next come back to London (and we can only hope that it’s not too long) then tracks like these will have become firmly embedded in the group’s live arsenal. Given the formidable performance they have already unleashed by the time ‘Black and Gold’ arrives to sledgehammer us all to sleep – seemingly unplanned encore aside – that promises to be an affair that surpasses even this.

Are Hey Colossus the best live guitar band in Britain right now? You’d be brave to argue otherwise. Don’t miss them next time.

Read the full review here: Hey Colossus


18 Oct 2015

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation announce more shows

To celebrate the launch of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's debut album Horse Dance, the band have announced the following shows:

13.11 The Crypt / Linköping / Sweden
18.11 Shacklewell Arms / London / UK
28.11 Geronimo's FGT / Stockholm / Sweden 
10.12 Babel / Malmö / Sweden
11.12 Folk / Gothenburg  / Sweden

There are more UK and other European dates are planned for early 2016

Preorder Horse Dance here: Bandcamp

And listen to the single Take Me Beyond below:

Friendly Enemies compilation featuring Hey Colossus

From Hi-Lo Tunez:

OUR 1ST RELEASE FOR #csd2015 OCT 17 | FRIENDLY ENEMIES | THE HLT PLAN: 21ST STEP -> w/ Protomartyr feat. Kelley Deal | Death Valley Girls | Dirty Ghosts | Deaf Wish | Hey Colossus | J.C. Satàn | Pearl Charles | Froth | Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles | Palehound | Blacklisters | Coaster | Hippies Vs Ghosts | 200 HAND NUMBERED COPIES | Available in: UK France Belgium and through hilotunez.com — with Protomartyr, Hey Colossus, Hippies Vs Ghosts, Blacklisters, Death Valley Girls,Palehound, J.C.Satàn, Dirty Ghosts, Froth, Pearl Charles, Deaf Wish and Coaster.

More info here: Hi-Lo Tunez


16 Oct 2015

Gnoomes - Ngan! album is released today

We are excited to announce that Russian band Gnoomes debut album Ngan! is released today on Rocket.

Frustratingly (like all our releases at the moment) the ltd splatter vinyl version is delayed at the manufacturers and will be a few weeks late.

You can still buy the CD/DL plus preorder the ltd vinyl from here: Rocket Bandcamp

The band are heading out for an Eastern European tour:

20/10 RU - MOSCOW
21/10 RU - ST.PETE 
22/10 EE - TALLINN
23/10 EE - TARTU
24/10 LV - RIGA
25/10 PL - WROCLAW
26/10 DE - DRESDEN
28/10 DE - HALLE
29/10 CZ - CHEB
30/10 DE - LEIPZIG (Annihilate Gathering Festival w/ Lay Llamas) 
31/10 CZ - PRAGUE

(Check local press for venue and ticket info)

They will then be heading to Western Europe for shows in the first half of 2016.

Watch this great animated video to the single Roadhouse (Edit) here:


15 Oct 2015

GOAT play Gagarin Festival in Greece this Saturday:

Goat's first ever visit to Greece is promised to be a special one say the band!!

All information about the show can be found here: Gagarian Festival


Line of the Best fit interviews Hey Colossus

Hey Colossus rack up the albums – and tension

Watch out. Lightning has just struck twice for British psych-rock veterans Hey Colossus, a band who’ve knock out two outstanding albums in less than eight months.

To celebrate, the six-strong noise unit rolls up to the Electrowerkz bar and makes it a double. Because Friday night (October 9) is all about raising a glass to their second long-player of the year, Radio Static High, on Bristol’s Rocket Recordings.

The band’s current rich vein of form can certainly be described as intoxicating. Radio Static High is a stunner of an album, trapped in a claustrophobic array of wild sonic adventures, mind-melting riffs and an overriding tautness that makes it creepy as fuck.  

Sure, the 12-year-old band is no stranger when it comes to making arresting and hard-to-categorise music. But given that it was only February when its predecessor – In Black and Gold – was revealed, the pattern betrays a band clearly revelling in its new creative power. And any band that can crash out this level of quality, gloriously deranged stoned rock in such an efficient manner is onto something good... 

Read the rest here: Line of the best fit


Normans gives Gnoomes Ngan! a 9/10 review


For better or worse, psych rock looks over the horizon. Western bands absorb the musical customs of cultures they’ve never belonged to, mix up different phenomenas and stir them together ‘til they’re all one mushy conglomerate. Contain a bunch of disjointed ideas in swirling riffs and an inescapable echospace and you’ve got a show, right? In recent years, a host of bands have used different cultural versions of psychedelia for aesthetic purposes, so it’s nice to see a band like Gnoomes, who seek to connect their own heritage with others. Hailing from Perm -- a cut-off Russian city used as a place of exile for rebels in the 19th century -- they attempt to create music around isolation, around what it feels like to be a thousand odd miles from centre of things.

‘Ngan!’ is a gorgeous but strangely anonymous record, using psychedelic hypnosis as a crutch but texture as expression; unlike a lot of this  year’s psych jammers, it feels like Gnoomes are trying to communicate songwriter truths, often invoking a plaintive dream pop to go with the space music; not only lyrics, but the heartbroken harmonies that carry their weight. The record’s opener, “Roadhouse”, stretches through elegiac guitars into a more standard-fare bout of psych interplay, but it seeks resounding melodies rather than sore repetition...

Read the full review here: Normans


Goat photo's apear in Loud and Quiet 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Find out what the Guardian say about it here: The Guardian


13 Oct 2015

The Quietus premier Teeth of the Sea's ‘Field Punishment'

We are very pleased to reveal ‘Field Punishment’, second track from Teeth of the Sea's fourth album  'Highly Deadly Black Tarantula’

See what The Quietus say about it: The Quietus


Teeth of the Sea - Highly Deadly Black Tarantula

In the last decade, the iconoclastic four-pronged force of Teeth Of The Sea has traversed from its origins in North London pub gigs and basement rehearsal rooms to far-flung locales that its members could scarcely have considered possible when they first began. Yet this band has never lost sight of its original vision - to reconcile a fearless experimental drive with a primal lust for noise. To exist outside of all or any compromise. Yet never to lose sight of the crucial irreverence of their inception. Their fourth album ‘Highly Deadly Black Tarantula’, in all its malevolent glory, may well be the apex of their mission thus far.

Following in the wake of the release of their mind-melting third album ‘MASTER’’. 2014 was a bizarre and thrilling year for Teeth Of The Sea, taking them to unexpected territory both physical and metaphysical - a re-imagining of the modern-day midnight movie A Field In England saw performances at both Cork Film Festival and Hackney Picture House, and was released on Rocket Recordings on a limited run for Record Store Day. A new audio-visual piece The Last Man was performed at both Cineglobe Festival in Cern, home of the Large Hadron Particle Collider, and at Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca. What’s more, the band travelled to America for the first time to perform in Austin, Texas for SXSW and to Portugal for Milhoes De Festa, as well as finishing the year off with a comprehensive demolition job of Liverpool Psych Fest.

However, as 2015 dawned, the band set about reinventing themselves once again - both returning from the ornate and expansive sounds of ‘MASTER’ to their gnarled roots and pushing firmly forward in search of adventure anew.  What resulted was ‘Highly Deadly Black Tarantula’, their most focused and aggressive album yet. Machine-driven yet melodically abundant, the widescreen industrial expanses of this album combine the influence of long-time band favourites like Aphex Twin, Angelo Badalamenti and Throbbing Gristle with new inspiration that spans from Chicago footwork to black metal. 

What’s more, it’s a collection as rich in scope as it is powerful in intent. Whilst the pummelling and incisive ‘Animal Manservant’ and the kinetic dancefloor attack of ‘Field Punishment’ maintain an audial assault both concise and corrosive, the monomaniacal ‘Have You Ever Held A Bird Of Prey’  represents a fearless plunge into the experimental deep end. Elsewhere, the bleak cinematic drama of ‘All My Venom’ strikes like hammer to anvil, and ‘Love Theme For 1984’  may be the most richly emotive work the band have yet created. 

This is no less than a vital reinvention, abusing technology and warping convention to arrive at a monochrome psychedelia as stylish as it is savage. Yet even whilst ushering in delight and deliverance for both fans of this band and the uninitiated, ‘HIghly Deadly Black Tarantula’- a fearsomely coherent assault of post-everything dementia - sounds like no-one but Teeth Of The Sea.

The amazing album sleeve image is courtesy of photographer Oli McAvoy (olimcavoy)

This album is released on Vinyl, CD and Digital on 6th November 2015


Listen to the track below:


12 Oct 2015

Introducing Oneida – Positions EP

Following our announcement of a series of 'Rocket Shop Exclusive' EP's which kicked off with Mamuthones, followed by Goat off-shoot, Capra Informis, Rocket are pleased to announce the third and final EP this year, from Brooklyn's Oneida to be released 27th November 2015.

See what The Quietus say about it: The Quietus

And preorder a Ltd vinyl ONLY on sale from here: Rocket Bandcamp

Press release reads:

ONEIDA - Positions (Launch089)
Possessed of a restless spirit and an uncompromising approach, Brooklyn’s peerless experimental rock iconoclasts Oneida have been delighting and perplexing the wider world for some eighteen years now, never once settling into a recognisable style on a continuing mission that has blown minds, furrowed brows and spun heads at every turn. Informed by the art-orientated mindset of krautrock, the chutzpah of post-punk and the radical ethos of minimalism, yet never falling prey to cliche or homage along the way, this is a band who’ve always seen predictability and comfort as sworn enemies, relentlessly forging forward with a fierce experimental drive .

With this in mind, the fact that their new EP  ‘Positions’ on Rocket Recordings sees them hammering out two cover versions might initially seem like a look backwards for the band, as they take on work from those artists whom they’ve drawn succour and inspiration. Yet as ever with this outfit, things are not that simple, and this 29-minute opus is anything but. In selecting songs by This Heat and Chrome - two bands who have affected the band as much in reckless adventure and synapse-shifting innovation as in revolutionary sonics, the fivesome use the rhythmically intense mantras of the former’s ’S.P.Q.R.’ and the latter’s interstellar trash-trawl of ‘All Data Lost’ - rendered here as a thrilling and intimidating 16 minute psychic voyage -  as mere jumping-off points for searing blasts of kaleidoscopic invention and white-hot intensity that destroy boundaries and defy categorisation at every turn. Adding their own sinister drone-based mantra ‘Under Whose Sword’ for good measure, the result is a work as potent and intense as it is fierily forward-gazing.

Rocket Recordings have been fans and friends of Oneida for some time, having released a vinyl version of their ‘Anthem Of The Moon’ record back in 2003, and they’re delighted to be releasing the latest chapter of the storied history of a band who still stand apart from most any reductive genre tags, maintaining a freshness and vitality that render them a unique and inspirational force, reinventing the soundworld and spirit of psychedelia for all to bear witness  A band who continue to exist outside of scene, time and place, with their feet firmly on the accelerator in search of oblivion and the unknown, to which ‘Positions’ bears mighty testimony.

Listen to S.P.Q.R. here:


11 Oct 2015

Gnoomes reveal stunning video for Roadhouse (Edit) + interview by Going Weird

Here is a great new video for the Gnoomes single 'Roadhouse (Edit)'

Going Weird have premiered the video and asked the band some questions, see what they say here: Going Weird

This is what the band sent us about the video maker and concept:

"Alexander Koshelev is an artist and graphic designer from Perm. He is also a director of the project named «Detstvo Design» that aims at finding new visual forms in contemporary spatial and temporal context. Animation is one of the main direction of his activity. (http://detstvo-design.ru)

The idea of the video for Gnoomes track ‘Roadhouse’ was spontaneous but very lucid: "It’s a trip that everyone should experience with eyes wide shut". Everything that shown on the screen is a mixture of reminiscences, feelings and dreams etc. It's all passing away like the events of our lives and turning into something colorful and unreal in the end. This video is a kind of psychedelic road movie from Urals where the main role is played by not the real person but the old house - the place where Gnoomes write their music. Special part devotes to Axolotl - the symbol of pure energy. In the end we can see that the Roadhouse and Axolotl are integrating into each other and their meaningful boundaries blur away. In other words, this tail-peace could be a new point of departure for this Roadhouse and Gnoomes specially."

You can buy a download of the single here: Roadhouse (Edit)

And preorder their debut album Ngan! which is out on Friday here: Rocket Bandcamp


Gnoomes reveal tour poster

Gnoomes are heading out for some dates to promote the release of their album Ngan!

And here is the tour poster the band have knocked up!!!

Venue/ticket information will be available on local gig listings sites.


10 Oct 2015

Clash reviews Gnoomes – Ngan!

What would you do if you lived in the middle of nowhere? Sounds like a glib rhetorical question, but it isn’t. Think for a moment. What would you do all day if you lived in a concrete tower block in the long shadows of the Ural Mountains, some 700 miles East of Moscow. The view from your ice-cold window is a sub-arctic land, urbanised by necessity as a place of exile for Tsarist and Stalinist regimes.

This is Perm, a city whose name means ‘island’ or ‘faraway land’ depending on the etymological root. Whatever answers you came up with, if any, being in a band has got to be a decent option. Alex, Pavel and Dmitriy formed their band Gnoomes to stave off ‘the Russian madness” that can come home to roost in such an environment. When there’s fuck all to do outside, what better than to retreat into an inner expanse and make some serious, delirious, transportive sounds?

This is what shines through in debut album ‘NGAN!’ The lads have plundered the abyss and emerged with four tracks that are sweeping, cinematic soundscapes. The album is bookended by ‘Roadhouse’ and ‘My Son’, these 15-minute aural journeys are layered with steady, relentless drumming, soaring if not searching melodies, and a distinctive psychedelic sensibility.

Sandwiched in the middle is ‘Myriad’ – a hypnotic 4-minute droning dream-like ride, and the My Bloody Valentine-esque ‘Moognes’. Fans of Curve, Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Mogwai et al. should wholeheartedly approve.

They’ve only been together for 18 months, so fair to say there’s musical gold in them there Siberian hills. On the Gnoomes Bandcamp page the hashtags are Psychedelic, Krautrock and shoegaze, but they wanted to invent their own label – which is ‘stargaze’. In their own words: “stargaze is like a human state, when you’re lying on the grass with your friends, telling funny stories, and watching shooting stars.”

See the review here: Clash


'Get into This' say some words about Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation new single 'Take me Beyond'

Getintothis’ Patrick Clarke continues his stalker-like obsession with Rocket Recordings, gets seedy in Seattle and surrenders to the hazy bombast in episode 53 of  his weekly introducing round-up.

It’s no secret how much I love Rocket Recordings. In fact my very first article for this website was about how much I love Rocket Recordings. If ever they’ve an artist eligible for a top 10 must-sees before a festival they’re the first on my list, if ever I can shoehorn them into this column, I will. I really love Rocket Recordings. I even bought a Rocket Recordings t-shirt at Psych Fest last year. I’m pretty sure they think I’m weird.

The stalking, however, shall continue unabated, especially when their output’s as formidable as new airing Take Me Beyond from Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation. A heady injection of transporting psych via Trans-Europe Express, it’s a circling, spinning four minutes backed with a heavenly lift that’s a sumptuous chink of light to counterpoint the inky, villainous intensity of their finest labelmates – and my other psych obsession right now – Hey Colossus. 

Read the full piece here: Get into This


The Quietus go on the road with Hey Colossus

Greggs and Loathing (andVan Halen): On The Road With Hey Colossus 

Recently Toby Cook hit the rock trail in search of the new 'serious' Hey Colossus. What he found was pastry based snacks and loud rock music. Photo gallery by Katja Ogrin

"It's all well and good when we bang on about Hey Colossus being the nearest thing the UK has to inheritors of the crown of the Butthole Surfers, yet if their festival opening set on Friday in the Warehouse stage proved anything, it's that if they'd stop fucking around they could easily be the most vital noise rock outfit in the county; seriously, they could be headlining a festival like this. No doubt they'd tell me to fuck off were I to put it to them that if they'd just put down the bong… they could achieve a greater deal of relative success, and in fairness they probably should – why should I stifle their creativity by insisting they do something as mundane as to take it a bit more seriously?"

I wrote the above back in 2012 as part of tQ’s coverage of that years Supersonic festival in Birmingham, on the eve of the release of Hey Colossus’ then most accomplished record, the bizarrely titled Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo, and just after group had played to what was at the time, by their own admission, most likely their largest ever audience. It’s a statement that’s running through my brain repeatedly as I take an early morning bus ride across South London to meet three-fifths of the sextet at the home of drummer Rhys Llewellyn, before squeezing into a car with them to make the long-ish journey west to first Cardiff and then Bristol…

Read the rest of this great piece here: The Quietus