29 Feb 2016

Rocket probes – February playlist

Kubrick In Color from Marc Anthony Figueras on Vimeo.

Gnod - Mirror
(Gnod return with their ferocious follow-up to Infinity Machines)

The Fall - Various
(Yep, another month and more Fall back catalogue cementing itself on the mission control decks)
The Fall

Lay Llamas – African Spacecraft (2092 Lift - Off, Journey And Landing) Live In Cormons
(Afrodisco Can)
Lay Llamas

Colin Stetson - Sorrow
(A mammoth sonic journey)
Colin Stetson

Sunroof - Cloudz
(Great album of noughties kosmiche noise drones)

Czerwone Gitary - Coda
(This was Nothing Is... fave. Killer 70's Polish groove, first played to us by Anthroprophh/The Heads Paul Allen about 15 years ago!)
Czerwone Gitary 

African Head Charge - My Life in a Hole in the Ground
(Been giving their debut album a lot of plays over the last couple of years, their first four have recently been given a timely reissue...essential if you are a Rocket fan)
African Head Charge

Queens of the Stoneage - Regular John
(First track off their first album...the whole side A of this album still sounds great...did they ever better it?)
Queens of the Stoneage

Various - Chains and Black Exhaust
(Another oldie been getting some reinvigorated spins...Plastic Crimwave turned us on to this bootleg comp of dirty fuzz funk back in the early noughties)
Iron Knowledge

This Heat - Made Available (Peel Sessions)
(So​me​ of our favourite versions of ​what are already ​such great tracks, ​'​No Waving​'​ really stands out)
This Heat

Arbete och Fritid​ ​- Se Upp For Livet
​(Something for everyone on this, ​from ​traditional Scandinavian traditional folk music mixed up with Velvet​ freakouts​)
Arbete och Fritid

D.R Hooker - The ​Truth
​(Fuzzy dirge bomber blues​, once described as being between The Doors & Curtis Mayfield)
D.R Hooker

​Fabulous Diamonds - ​Downhill
(Cant get enough of this track, just how simple it is...killer)
​Fabulous Diamonds

Fred Bigot – Mono/Stereo
(Amazing minimal and repetitive techno to lose your mind to)


28 Feb 2016

Gnod weekender poster

This is gonna be an amazing weekend!!
No doubt it will be a sell out, so don't sleep on this!

Info and tickets


Lay Llamas live in Cormons

This is great!!!!

'African Spacecraft (2092 Lift - Off, Journey And Landing' recorded live in Cormons (IT) at Musiche di Sconfine Festival, 13th June 2015.


Gnoomes announce more March shows

Gnoomes are hitting the road and have announced more shows:

11/03 Perm - TBA - RU
16/03 Moscow Dewar’s Powerhouse RU
17/03 Milano Sacrestia IT
18/03 Fontanafredda (Pn) Astro Club IT 
19/03 Jesi (An) Madreselva Fest @ Sca TNT IT 
20/03 Mantova Arci Virgilio IT
25/03 Lisbon MusicBox @ Lisbon Psych Fest Warm-UP PT
26/03 Bragança - TBA - PT

You can still buy Gnoomes debut album NGAN! here: Rocket Bandcamp


Gnod appear on Heroin Skateboards compilation

From Gnod's site:

Gnod on Heroin Skateboards

Absolutely buzzing to have a Gnod track featured on Heroin Skateboards BATH SALTS comp. Some hard skating getting done to the sound of Tron. Does this mean we are cool now?

More info: Heroin Skateboards


26 Feb 2016

Chris Haslam of Gnod: Optical and Psychedelic Art Exhibition

From the Gnod site:

Chris Haslam of Gnod: Optical and Psychedelic Art Exhibition
A rare chance to view our Chris’ artwork all together in one space, some really excellent work .

More info here: Islington Mill


25 Feb 2016

Goat confirmed as headliner for Milhões de Fest

Last year Hey Colossus flattened the main stage at Milhões de Fest closing the festival in style. The year before Teeth of the Sea, Lay Llamas and Anthroprophh all took the 'Rocket sound' to Portugal.

And this year we can excitedly announce that Goat have been announced as headliners!

The Rocket team have never been but we have been informed it is an amazing festival, like a Portuguese Supernormal in the sun and by a pool!! :)

We are now packing our trunks!!

Info and tickets here: Milhões de Fest


23 Feb 2016


More info about this Portuguese  festival here: SWR BARROSELAS METALFEST

This is the first show of 5 dates in Spain and Portugal, for the full list, visit Hey Colossus website: Hey Colossus


22 Feb 2016

Capra Informis – Womb of the wild / ltd Swedish tape edition available

Last year we released a new record by Goat's djembe player called Capra Informis. The debut release was a four track ltd 12" called Womb of the Wild.

Now, you have the chance to buy a new cassette version of the EP that is only available direct from the band. The tape is ltd to 100 copies AND features an extra, unreleased track called 'In Pursuit'.

The tape costs 7 Euros and you can buy it via Paypal tat this address: 

Be quick


20 Feb 2016

GNOD join EX EASTER ISLAND HEAD tonight for exclusive performance

This is what Gnod say on their site:

A trio from the Gnod quad are very honoured and excited to be a part of the twenty strong ensemble for tonight’s show with EX EASTER ISLAND HEAD. These guys have written an amazing piece, taught us a lot and brought together a really good bunch of heads and excellent musicians to help them realise the piece.

Tonight is the culmination of a week long residency and these guys have worked hard, if your in Manchester tonight get down to Islington Mill at 8pm (on Saturday) to get a taste .

More info: Islington Mill

Gnod bless


19 Feb 2016

Shit & Shine NTS special

Great 10 minutes of Shit & Shine live at Power Lunches (RIP) for NTS...


Since I left you interviews Teeth of the Sea

It reads:

Teeth of the Sea’s Sam Barton is the type of guy who would just as gladly talk about music he’s been listening to as much as his own. For someone part of an industrial noise band that writes collectively, this isn’t surprising. Each member brings his or her own taste to the table but gladly balances off of the others. Barton, who runs a jazz shop in London, plays the trumpet and contributes his experimental jazz leanings, while drummer Mat Colegate and programmer Mike Bourne share their Prurient admiration. 

It all came together on Highly Deadly Black Tarantula, the band’s latest and best album, released last November on Rocket Recordings. Teeth of the Sea fit nicely on the label, home to Gnod, Hey Colossus, and (sometimes) Shit and Shine. More importantly, they fit within the realm of great experimental musicians who define themselves not by their sound but by their accessible approach, ones open to change both internal and external.

I spoke with Barton over Skype late last year about Highly Deadly Black Tarantula. Half of our conversation consisted of talking about the music we liked in 2015 and Barton sharing funny stories from Teeth of the Sea’s 10-year existence. The other half was about the band’s live set up, creative approach, and influences. Read the transcript below, edited for length and clarity.

Since I Left You: What’s your live set up exactly like?

Sam Barton: We keep accruing and more and more stuff without streamlining it down. There’s four of us. I play the trumpet and the bass. A lot of looping stuff with the brass. I’ve got these two huge pedal boards–one for the bass, one for the trumpet. Jimmy [Martin] plays guitar and the Juno synthesizer and does stuff with cassettes. We recently discovered that we’ve got more 

Read the rest here: Since I left You


18 Feb 2016

Hey colossus UK shows in March

Derby, The Hairy Dog - 4/3/16
Shipley, Kirkgate Centre - 5/3/16
London, London Fields Brewery - 10/3/16


Gnod Bristol show poster

Here's the poster for Gnod's Bristol show as part of their Mirror tour. Support comes from the great Housewives.

Preorder their new album Mirror here: Bandcamp


16 Feb 2016

Listen to Lucid Sapphire – new track by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

Here is the new track called 'Lucid Sapphire' by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation 

It is the bside of the bands new single 'Sunny Afternoon'  which is taken from their debut album 'Horse Dance'.

You can preorder the single which is released on 4 March here: Rocket Bandcamp

The band are also playing live on these following dates:

14 May – Orange Blossom Festival / Beverungen / Germany
03 June – Lunar Festival / Tanworth / UK
04 June – Under the Arches / London Fields Brew House / London / UK
10/11 June – Eindhoven Psych Lab / Eindhoven / The Netherlands


Listen to Rocket special on Sidetracks Radio

Sidetracks Radio invited Chris in to play some records on their weekly Sunday show.

Chris was armed with some records from his collection plus he included the first ever public play of a different version of Myriads by Gnoomes.

PLEASE NOTE: Chris was suffering badly with flu when he did the show so he apologises for his incoherent ramblings and historic inaccuracies he was dosed up on day/night nurse!

Anyway, you can listen to it here: Sidetracks


15 Feb 2016

Listen to new Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation track 'Lucid Sapphire'

As announced previously Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are releasing the track 'Sunny Afternoon' taken from their debut album 'Horse Dance' as a digital single on 4 March.

The B-side is a new and unreleased track called 'Lucid Sapphire' and you can hear it over at Stereogum who are streaming it exclusively: Stereogum

You can preorder the single here: Rocket Bandcamp

And see the band live on these following dates:

14 May – Orange Blossom Festival / Beverungen / Germany
03 June – Lunar Festival / Tanworth / UK
04 June – Under the Arches / London Fields Brew House / London / UK
10/11 June – Eindhoven Psych Lab / Eindhoven / The Netherlands


Watch Teeth of the Sea's recent full show at the Electrowerkz


Gnoomes to play Lisbon Psych Festival warm-up show

Gnoomes have been announced to play a warm up show for Lisbon Psych Festival on 25 March.

The press release (roughly translated) reads:

The Lisbon Psych Fest is already on 15 & 16 April in the Neighbourhood Theatre . 
However to celebrate the arrival of the second edition of the festival, we will have a great evening ahead with a WARM -UP which will act Gnoomes + Ghost Hunt.

More information here:  Lisbon Psych Festival


Poster for Madreselva festival featuring Gnoomes

Part of Gnoomes up-and-coming Italian tour:

17 March / Milano / Sacrestia / Italy
18 March / Fontanafredda (Pn) Astro Club / Italy 
19 March / Jesi (An) / Madreselva Fest @ Sca TNT / Italy 
20 March / Mantova / Arci Virgilio / Italy


Teeth of the Sea to play Terrascope party with White Hills

Teeth of the Sea played one of their best and most ferocious shows of their career at the Electrowerkz  on Saturday...and the band have just been revealed as the secret support slot for the Terrascope party at the Lexington London headlined by old Rocket band White Hills.

Tickets can be bought from here: wegottickets


12 Feb 2016

Gnod / Radar Men from the Moon collaboration

As reported on our previous post  Gnod (as well as Goat, Hills & Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation) is playing this years Eindhoven Psych Lab.

And as part of the festival Gnod are collaborating with Dutch band Radar Men from the Moon.

The press release reads:

RMFTM meets GNOD: Temple Ov BBV
Remember one of last year’s highlights when Radar Men From The Moon entered the stage with The Cosmic Dead? Well, here’s the follow up, which they describe as; ‘Temple Ov BBV is a collaborative work and a performative gesture between RMFTM and GNOD. The culmination of these two groups can be interpreted as a stream of materialized thoughts, in which their work can be listened, viewed and contemplated in ever changing ways.’ They will record an album in the week prior to the festival, and perform a sonic ritual at Eindhoven Psych Lab.

Another reason why Eindhoven Psych Lab is gonna be one of the highlights of the year.
More info and tickets here: http://www.eindhovenpsychlab.com/

Gnod's new album Mirror that is released on 1 April can be preordered from here: Rocket Bandcamp

Plus the band are heading out on tour in April to promote it, see the dates here: Mirror tour


Hey Colossus poster for London Fields Brew House show

Get your tickets from here: Baba Yaga Hut


10 Feb 2016

Goat, Hills, Gnod and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation to play Eindhoven Psych Lab

We are huge fans of Eindhoven Psych Lab – we were privileged to be one of the curators of the debut festival, plus we had Teeth of the Sea and Hey Colossus play their second event last year.

So we are very excited to announce that we have Goat, Hills, Gnod and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation all playing at this years festival on 10-11 June.

Not to be missed!!

More information here: Eindhoven Psych Lab


Rocket special on Sidetracks Radio this Sunday

Sidetracks is broadcast every Sunday from 7-9pm (Uk time) - and on this Sundays show, Chris Rocket will be joining regular DJ @mmarcc for a Rocket Recordings special.

Expect a mix of old and new music from Chris's collection plus some Rocket classics thrown in for good measure!

So tune in from 7pm here: www.sidetracksradio.com

And follow them on twitter here: @radiosidetracks


9 Feb 2016

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation reveal poster for up-and-coming Stockholm show

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation play a home town show on 19th February.

It's free before 8pm, then 120 sek on the door!

Details and tickets here: Debaser


Hills Interview with Plenirockium

Plenirockium has done one of the biggest interviews with the elusive Hills:

Alexander Priarone and Giampiero Phlebas

It 's really a pleasure to keep our promise to interview Hills not only because "Frid" was the album of 2015 of Plenirockium or to reaffirm the validity of the Swedish underground scene but to learn more about their musical research without borders, including size multicultural and electric atmospheres roar of new forms of ethno-cosmic psychedelic, drone music, space rock, trance noise. After a long chase we were able to strike up a conversation via the web, make yourself comfortable ...

Hills - Hello, Hills is a band from Gothenburg, we are currently 5: 
Tore - vocals, organ
Skin - vocals, guitar
Bob - down
Kalle - vocals, guitar
Hanna - vocals, drums

There were constant lineup changes over time, we did it deliberately inviting friends to play together even live. One way to make music and improvise more lively and fun.

How is the music scene in Gothenburg, there is turmoil?

Hills - Unfortunately we are not very updated. There are several groups here also among the best that we know how: Yuri Gagarin (conscious of their new LP Kommun 2), Strändernas Svall, Uran, Ill Wicker. There are also Kif whose single causes furor when it comes out. And probably many other groups who do not know....

Read the full interview here: Plenirockium


Gnoomes announce Italian tour

Gnoomes are heading to Italy for a four date tour of Italy:

17 March / Milano / Sacrestia / Italy
18 March / Fontanafredda (Pn) Astro Club / Italy 
19 March / Jesi (An) / Madreselva Fest @ Sca TNT / Italy 
20 March / Mantova / Arci Virgilio / Italy

More info here: Gnoomes and Pentagon Booking


8 Feb 2016

Hey Colossus and Shit & Shine play Double Dot Dash Festival

The great Reading festival Double Dot Dash returns and they have confirmed Hey Colossus and Shit & Shine will be playing!

It is happening at South Street Studios on 21st May

Tickets and info here: Double Dot Dash


Oneida – Positions in Vinyl Factory's 10 releases of the week

This is what they say:

(Rocket Recordings)
Previously a Rocket mail order only item but now all get the chance to get our hands on this essential release from Brooklyn’s legendary Oneida. Here the trio get to grips with two bands that have surely shaped them from the beginning – This Heat and Chrome – and turn out two incredible versions that only they could do. On both tunes the atmosphere is menacing and the rhythms are huge as they pull apart the originals and slowly piece them back together. Stunning.

See the full rundown here: Vinyl Factory


Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation to play Lunar Festival

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have been confirmed to play this years Lunar Festival.
Lunar Festival is set in Tanworth In Arden on the weekend of 3-5 June

More info about the event here: Lunar Festival

And tickets can be purchased here: Tickets 

The band also have two other shows confirmed:

14 May – Orange Blossom Festival / Beverungen / Germany

04 June – Under the Arches / London Fields Brew House / London / UK


7 Feb 2016

Gnod Mirror tour dates

Gnod are heading out to Europe in April to promote their new album MIRROR  which is released on 1st April.

You can preorder Gnod's new album MIRROR here: Bandcamp


Goat to play Les Ardentes Festival

Goat have been confirmed to play Las Ardentes Festival in Liège, Belgium.

Tickets and info here: Les Ardentes


Raw Power final line-up revealed

Here is the final line-up of the great Raw Power festival

Read a piece on the festival by Onemetal that includes a nice little write-up on Teeth of the Sea here: Onemetal

Tickets can be bought from here: Baba Yaga Hut


5 Feb 2016

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation announce London show and German Festival

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have announced two new shows.

The first one is at the great new Under the Arches event that we announced previously. Record fair (including Rocket Stall), food and beer in the day, live bands in the evening:

Under The Arches
London Fields Brew House
4 June

More info here: Under the Arches

The second show is the Orange Blossom Festival in Germany on 14 May.

More info on the festival here: Orange Blossom


Goat to play Cactus Festival

Goat have been confirmed to play Cactus Festival in Bruge on the weekend 08-10 July

Tickets and more information here: Cactus


Gnod to headline Lisbon Psych Fest

Gnod are one of the headliners at this years Lisbon Psych Fest 16-16 April.

You can find all the info about the rest of the line-up here: Lisbon Psych Fest


4 Feb 2016

Listen to the track MIRROR from Gnod's new album

As announced on our previous post, we are excited to announce that GNOD have a new album called MIRROR to be released on 1st April.

You can listen to the title track MIRROR, above.

The album is released on ltd white/standard black vinyl and CD on 1st April, preorder your copy here: Rocket Bandcamp


3 Feb 2016

Gnod announce new album Mirror and European tour – listen to new track via The Quietus

Excited to announce that GNOD have announced a new album called MIRROR to be released on 1st April.

Watch the teaser trailer above created by Rocket's Johnny O

You can also listen to lead track MIRROR in full over at the Quietus: The Quietus

The album is released on ltd white/standard black vinyl and CD on 1st April, preorder your copy here: Rocket Bandcamp

The press release reads:

Gnod – Mirror

As 2016 dawns , it’s a fool who predicts the next move of Gnod, seemingly less a musical collec-tive and more a psychic force fuelled by maverick spirit and fearsome willpower. 

Their mind-frying 2015 triple-album ‘Infinity Machines’ stood proud as a towering work of experi-mental expansion, acidic invective and nihilistic abrasion.Yet as an outfit whose restlessly uncom-promising nature is matched only by their unflinching anti-establishment drive, Gnod set about cre-ating a diametrically opposed aesthetic. 

Just as dramatically as their restless disposition morphed their sound to a binary-driven direction for their last work, now Gnod were to strip their electronic setup to a vicious, viscous attack, as redolent of the primal punishment of early Swans as the angular clangour of prime Public Image Ltd, yet shot through with a mercurial power and fiery intensity that could come from no-one else. The opening title-cut of ‘Mirror’ seethes with lithe energy and dubbed-out vitality, whilst elsewhere the eighteen-minute closing track ‘Sodom & Gomorrah’ may be the most dystopian piece of music the band have yet created; a harrowing yet fiercely compelling colossus of bleak abjection. 

“The tracks were pretty much written on the road in May 2015” elaborates Gnod’s Paddy Shine. “The final versions of the tracks on the album are a reaction to the results of the re-cent UK election and also some shit that was happening to us and our friends during that period. Lyrically it deals with mental health issues and how things like social media are a vehicle for our split personalities and egos - that and being under the thumb of forces and power structures we can't really fully understand, or even if we understand them we feel helpless to change the situation. This album won't change the situation or start any revolu-tions but it felt good for us to write some music to let the rage out"

Reflecting and refracting the uncertainty of a darkening era, ‘Mirror’ is a work of bold rein-vention and raw renewal, sculpting chaos and discord into a formidable statement of in-tent. Only one thing is certain - wherever Gnod choose to go next, their ire and inspiration blaze as brightly as ever.

See the band live on their Mirror tour:

08 UK – Leicester – The Cookie 
09 UK – London  The Lexington 
10 UK – London  The Lexington 
11 FR – Paris  Supersonic
12 FR – Tolouse  La Derniere Chance
14 SP – Madrid  El soltano 
15 PO – Porto  Café Au Lait 
16 PO – Lisbon  Lisbon Psych Fest 
17 SP – Pontevedra  Liceo Mutante 
18 SP – Spain  Bueu Labranza 
19 SP – Spain  Azkoitia Matadero 
20 FR – Bordeaux  Void 
21 FR – Clermont Ferrand  Raymond Bar 
22 IT – Milano  COX18 
23 IT –  Ravenna  Bronson 
24 SW – Geneve  Cave12 
25 NL – Tilburg  Venue013 
26 NL – Utrecht  DB's 
27 EB – Belgium Bruxelles  MAG4 
28 UK – Brighton  Green Store Room 
29 UK – Bristol  Old Malt House 
30 UK – Liverpool  Buyers Club 


Preorder new issue of Optical Sounds now

You can preorder the new issue of the great Optical Sounds right now!!

Issue 10 features exclusive interviews with:

– Goat
– Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
– Hirvikolari
– H.U.M
– Helios Creed
– Terrascope
+ many more

PLUS: The magazine comes with an amazing 7" by the great The Myrrors!!

Preorder your copy now before it sell out here: Optical Sounds


2 Feb 2016

Goat announced to play End of the Road Festival

Goat have been announced as one of the headliners for this years End of the Road Festival.

End of the Road is the last major Festival that Goat hasn't played so we are truly excited to see them on the bill.

More information and tickets can be found here: End of the Road


1 Feb 2016

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation announce the single release of Sunday Afternoon

If you listen to BBC 6 Music you would of already heard that Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are releasing Sunday Afternoon, a track taken from their debut album Horse Dance as a single.

The digital single is being released on 4 March and features an unreleased track called Lucid Sapphire as the bside.

You can preorder it from here: iTunes


The press release reads:


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, the band have experienced a dramatic rise to prominence with their debut album Horse Dance and single Take me Beyond that received heavy rotation on BBC 6 Music daytime airwaves. Now Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation return with the track Sunny Afternoon the
second single taken from the album. 

Sunny Afternoon takes a tribal ‘Can meets Adam and the Ants’ like beat, fuzz bass, heavy synths and piano to create a gothy, psych pop groove that calls to mind late 70s ‘Siouxsie and the Banshees’ mixed with 90s space rockers ‘Laika’. 

The B side is an unreleased track called Lucid Sapphire. The track is centred around an urgent and repetitive fuzz punk riff that is underpinned with a motorik beat and screaming synths. Josefin’s whispered vocal and harmonies adds an ethereal quality that creates a tension with the music.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have several prominent European Festivals confirmed in 2016 plus a full European tour is to be announced soon. The band have also just finished recording new material that will be released in the summer.

So 2016 looks to be another good year for Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation.

Listen to Sunny Afternoon here: