15 Dec 2017

Listen to exclusive new GOAT track on the short movie 'Killing Gävle'


Goat were approached by film maker Joe Fletcher to write a track for his short film called Killing Gävle.

The band obliged and wrote quite possibly their best ever track, entitled 'Let it Burn'.

Goats music is present throughout the whole film but it is at the stories climax at 16:20 when you will hear a short edit of the track 'Let it Burn'.

You can watch the film in all it's glory exclusively over at The Guardian now: The Guardian.

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Info about the film:

In Sweden, the goat traditionally pulls Santa's sleigh and has come to symbolise Christmas. Gävle's businesses believe the square effigy brings both local families and tourists to the city, boosting the economy. But other people in the dark forests surrounding the city hold a different view. Their traditions date back to pre-Christian times, when Swedish people worshipped Norse gods – including the goat Heidrun, the goddess of enlightenment, and Thor, the god of thunder, who rode two goats. Each night he would burn and eat them, only for them to be reborn the following morning to pull his his chariot once more.

The pagans believe that the Christians of Gävle unknowingly build this giant statue to the Norse gods, so each Christmas they must try to burn it down before the end of the year, ensuring the return of the sun and another good year of harvests.

So each year, the people of Gävle corral around the goat, protecting its Christmas symbolism from the pagan outsiders who make their way to the square to try to burn the goat down.

Info about the writer/director:

JOE FLETCHER
Studied film at The Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia before moving to LA to become the self help guru Buck Sterling for the pilot of his uncomisioned C4 series Pro$perathon.

Now as a filmmaker and DJ he makes documentaries about the strange and wonderful worlds, stories and musicians that his every growing record collection reveals to him.

His first feature American B-Side is the story of his heartbroken 2001 crate-digging journey across the American South discovering the incredibly bizarre life stories of forgotten, amateur musicians, (including Christian Ventriloquists, Amputee Fiddlers and Anti-Evolution rock and rollers). It won best Cinematography at Chicago International last year and is about to go to market with Bedlam Productions. To accompany the film he made a series of radio shows about some of the musicians for BBC World Service, this was also broadcast on Radio 4.

For the last 9 years he has run a giant cruise ship stage at Glastonbury Festival which nightly sails its party goers to exotic musical shores.

Next up are two feature docs both of which will be coproduced by his new Barcelona production company Simulacra. The first is the strange, poignant story of a suitcase full of body parts that washed ashore beside a lake in Austria in 2015 and the other, filmed in The Congo, follows the pupils of a school housed in the ruins of former President Mobutu’s jungle palace as they learn and perform Macbeth.

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14 Dec 2017

More band additions, DJs and visuals announced for Rocket Recordings Twenty


We are pleased to announce the last additions to the Rocket Recordings Twentieth Anniversary event at The Garage in London on 9-11 March:

Bonnacons of Doom
VED
H.U.M
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DJs: 
Nothing is... (Cherrystones/Jamie Paton/Mike Keeling/Chris Reeder)
Teeth of The Sea
Gnoomes
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Visuals:
John O’Carroll / Sam Wiehl 

Buy Tickets


Bonnacons of Doom
We are happy to reveal that Rocket Recordings are going to be releasing Bonnacons of Doom’s debut album in 2018. So to celebrate this impending union the Liverpool collective will bring their unique take on rhythmic heavy psych to our birthday celebration. This elusive and constantly evolving collective harness the ritualistic and cathartic power of repetition, monstrous riffs and squalls of atonal noise. Blending vocals ranging from hypnotic mantras to explosive psychic outbursts with brutal rhythmic pummeling and glacial electronics, the Bonnacons have been making waves in the UK underground through a series of explosive festival shows and site-specific performances. 



VED
With 3 albums, 2 EPs and a compilation on labels like Höga Nord and Adrian Recordings already behind them, Ved are the latest addition from the amazing and fruitful Swedish scene to join the Rocket event. The 5 piece who create trance inducing, repetitive psych with genre hoping global influences have recorded a killer new EP that Rocket will also be releasing in 2018. It is a stunning record and one we can’t keep off the Rocket stereo - their live set is definitely going to be one not to miss. One for all you Instant Classic, Joshua Abrams and Bitchin Bajas fans.



H.U.M
H and Uiutna  from French (formally Bristol) label Zam Zam and London artist Mark Wagner make up the three piece that is H.U.M. Rocket released the trio’s debut album in 2016 and we are ecstatic they they have agreed to come together and play a very rare live show at the Rocket event. Expect organic grooves, electronic drones, static noise and skewed, psychedelic rap. Another Rocket band determined not to tread paths already trodden and to push sounds into new places.

Plus

Nothing is...
A London based collective that includes:
Cherrystones – the UK DJ legend (also known as Godsy to many) whose taste and knowledge in jaw dropping music is second to none.
Jamie Paton – the regular Rocket remixer (Goat/Gnod/Teeth of the Sea etc) and one half of Cage and Aviary has released his unique take on wonky, cosmic grooves via prestigious labels like Höga Nord, DFA amongst many others.
Mike Keeling – also known as ‘Little Dirty’ is the man behind the great NTS show ‘Music to Ease your Disease’. Expect everything from spiritual jazz to ambient noise, to heavy psychedelic techno and everything inbetween, before and after.
Chris Reeder – one half of Rocket Recordings, Chris was the man who put the ‘Nothing is...’ collective together for their 4 year residency at Dalstons Alibi.

Other DJs
Also happy to announce that Teeth of the Sea and Gnoomes will be taking over the role of entertaining you with their music choices during the weekend, with some other DJ surprises still to come.

John O’Carroll & Sam Wiehl visuals
A Rocket event wouldn’t be complete without visuals! And Rocket’s very own Johnny O who cut his teeth being the main ‘flapping lens man’ for The Heads and subsequently bands like Beak (and most the Rocket roster) is joining forces with Sam Wiehl  - the audiovisual wizard behind Liverpool Psych Festival's mind expanding visuals. This is the first time these two have collaborated and what an exciting prospect that is.



So the final line up of #RocketTwenty now looks like this:

Goat – Gnod – Josefin Öhrn – Hills – Teeth of the Sea – Hey Colossus – Anthroprophh – Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Temple Ov BBV – Julie's Haircut – Housewives – Gum Takes Tooth – Gnoomes – Flowers Must Die – VED – Kuro – Mamuthones – Bonnacons of Doom – H.U.M – Negra Branca – Dwellings – AHRKH – Ayn Sof – Coldnose – Mike Bourne – Nothing is...(Cherrystones/Jamie Paton/Mike Keeling/Chris Reeder) – John O’Carroll & Sam Wiehl visuals

We will be announcing day splits in late January as well as a ltd number of day tickets. But to guarantee entree into this one-off celebration of some of the best and most interesting bands in the so-called world of ‘psych’ right now, you better buy your weekend tickets now.

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13 Dec 2017

Skinny reviews Gnod (R&D) Live in Glasgow


It reads:

Remember the good old days, mate?” barks sardonic Gnod vocalist Paddy Shine over a din of frenzied drums and warped electronics. He illuminates: “these are the good old days.” Gnod aren’t a group too concerned with their own immediate past. 

Last time the Salford lot were this far north, they were visibly buzzing off the release of their foaming drone rock mouthful Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine – so much so that the explosive chaos of their set at Glasgow’s Flying Duck seemed to detonate their interest in rock entirely, leaving a fertile clearing for the group’s next incarnation. This time around, Shine and Gnod co-founder Chris Haslam have shed a few 'Gnodheads' to bring their exploratory project on the road as a two-piece – having also acquired two percussionists somewhere along the way – but you could hardly call the results stripped-back...

Read the full review here: The Skinny

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Listen to 'Your Escapism' – a Rocket 2017 playlist




To celebrate an amazing year for Rocket Recordings, we have put together a special little playlist of a selection of tracks we released in 2017.

Listen to the 14 track compilation above

Thank you for all your support in 2017, and 2018 our 'twentieth year' is looking like to be our biggest ever year with some quite truly amazing releases to share with you.

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Atom Heart Mutha Interviews Gnoomes


Atom Heart Mutha asked Gnoomes some questions about one of their AlHM's Albums of the Year.

It reads:

Atom Heart Mutha...Albums of the Year 2017. Gnoomes - Tschak!

Its great to catch up with you! How are you all? 

Hi John! Great to hear from you, and big thanks again for putting us into your top 10 albums of this year!
We're all good here, our line-up has changed slightly: no dismissals, but a reinforcement. Our vocalist swapped the bass for the guitar, while Masha, our tour-manager, took his place on the bass! We're really excited about this. Looking forward to showing people how it’s sounding.

How has 2017 been for Gnoomes? 

It’s been a great year for the band. We’d say it was the most productive year we’ve ever had yet. First of all, we released our second album ‘Tschak!’ via Rocket Recordings on the March 10th. Secondly, we’d been touring over Switzerland and the UK with this album. Thirdly, there were a few amazing collaborations with the great musicians such as Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Julie’s Haircut etc. This finally led to a remix album where all tracks from ‘Tschak!’ have been reworked by extraordinary people. It has been released on the December 1st and you can buy a limited tape or the digital version via our Bandcamp page...

Read the full piece here: Atom Heart Mutha

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Julie's Haircut and Mamuthones play Berlin Rocket Recordings Night


On their way to the Rocket Recordings Twenty Weekender (tickets here) Julie's Haircut and Mamuthones are stopping off in Berlin for a special Rocket Recordings night:

Urban Spree & el borracho berlin gigs present:
06.03.2018
Rocket Recordings Label Mates with:
Julie's Haircut + Mamuthones

Einlass: 19:00 I Beginn: 20:00
8,00€ / 10,00€ 

Info and tickets: Urban Spree

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More Rocket albums in End of Year charts


The amount of end of year lists featuring Rocket bands keeps growing.
We are extremely Flattered!!

Here are some more:

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Flowers Must Die – Kompost
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Feed the Rats
Both in Raven Sings the Blues AotY list
Raven Sings the Blues 
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Julie’s Haircut – Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin 
No.2 on Reversa Indie
Reversa Indie

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Gnod – Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
No.1 on writers chart and No.14 in the overall Gaffa chart
Gaffa

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Shit & Shine – That's Enough
in Fuzzy Sun AotY list
Fuzzy Sun

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Flowers Must Die – Kompost
No 10
Julie’s Haircut – Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin 
No 13 – both in the Kosmiche chart on Fast n' Bulbous
Fast n' Bulbous

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Temple Ov BBV and Gnoomes play Manchester


Info and tickets: Beauty Witch

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11 Dec 2017

Pre-order Your limited Edition Mamuthones - Fear On The Corner Vinyl & CD






















Pre-order limited edition Mamuthones -  Fear On The Corner Vinyl & CD:

As revealed here last week, February 2018 see's the release of Mamuthones - Fear on The Corner album.

Both Vinyl & CD are available in a very limited editions.

The vinyl album is housed in a full colour sleeve with added spot varnish effects (both sides), hot pink inside the main sleeve, then full colour inner sleeve and lastly Green & Pink 50/50 Coloured Vinyl, whats not to love?

The CD is also housed in a full colour sleeve, hot pink inside the main sleeve, then full colour inner sleeve.

You can listen/watch the video of he 1st track Show Me

And Pre-order from our store: Store

The band also will be playing The Rocket Recordings TWENTY 20th Anniversary weekender next year, weekend tickets available here: alttickets

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The Quietus Best Psych-Rock of 2017 - Featuring Flowers Must Die at Number 1 & Pigsx7 Number 6





Many thanks to JR Moores at great The Quietus regular 'Columnfortably Numb' Psych column as they put Flowers Must Die - Kompost  Psych Album of the Year and also includes Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed The Rats at number 6.

The Quietus:
Columnfortably Numb: The Best Psych-Rock Of 2017 

 1. Flowers Must Die - Kompost

Writing about Kompost back in the springtime, I was tempted to say that if you only buy one psych-rock record this year then you should make it this. Have I revised my opinion? Don't think so. (Although again it needs to be stressed that you should be buying loads and loads of psych-rock records per annum, obviously. After all, those green splattered tri-coloured vinyls aren't going to purchase themselves. Oops, I just pluralised 'vinyl'. Call the psych police!) The power of this very rich record doesn't diminish with each occasion that it’s spun. New elements reveal themselves while familiar elements continue to thrill. Having just checked, it also has a running length that's slightly shorter than I thought and I always love a record that can make time itself go all squiffy. Seeing the Swedish collective perform at the close of Birmingham's Supersonic Festival in June was the icing on my kaleidoscopic cake. Flowers Must Not Die And Must Continue Rocking My Luminous Sandals Off Please.

6. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed The Rats

Pigs might fly but can they roar? And can they roar for 15 minutes at a time without it getting remotely tedious? These seven can. They're not really seven pigs but a group of humans from the Northeast. If you like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Hawkwind, Sleep and being trapped in a headlock by a man who's covered in sludge and wearing a Pumbaa mask, this'll be right up your street.

Read the full Quietus Best Psych-Rock albums of 2017 list here: The Quietus

Order your copy here: Store

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7 Dec 2017

Introducing 'Fear On The Corner' – the new album by Mamuthones

 
We are very excited to reveal a new album by Italian four piece Mamuthones – the album is called Fear On The Corner and is released on 23 February 2018 worldwide.


You can check out the first track to be revealed 'Show Me' via the above video made by Rocket's own Johnny O.

See what The Quietus have to say about it here:  The Quietus


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Steam / Buy Digital: 

Spotify: https://smarturl.it/FearontheCornerSpoti
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/FearontheCornerApple


Pre-order:
For Limited Vinyl & CD copies you can preorder the album on Pink and Green 50/50 split coloured LP (660 copies) or Mini Gatefold CD (500 copies):  Bandcamp 


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The press release reads:

“The songs deal with fear. Fear of the present, of human situations, fear of the new political situation, fear of political decisions being taken from other people’s fear, but also fear of relationship breakdown, fear of being alone or fear of being together with the wrong people, fear of not finding “a place in the world”, personal fear and obsession, fear of fear itself”.
 

So reckons Alessio Gastaldello, founder member of Mamuthones, who may have originally taken their name from the death-masks used in rituals in their native Sardinia, and initially emerged from the Italian occult psychedelic movement alongside the likes of Father Murphy, Mai Mai Mai and their labelmates Lay Llamas. Yet now, in the wake of their Rocket Recordings debut album ‘Fear On The Corner’, the band find themselves undergoing a metamorphosis from mystical and ceremonial realms into a direct connection with the everyday, the personal and the political.
 

This vibrant reinvention also sees Mamuthones transcending their roots in Italian prog and soundtrack work, as a steady diet of krautrock and disco has succeeded in shifting their modus operandi firmly in the direction of a distinctly New York-based headspace - a realm of mirrorballs and black-clad basements both. Manifesting an anything-goes sphere of influence whilst tightening up their songwriting from the jam-based explorations of yore, the band have thus created a kaleidoscopic collision of groove-based intrigue and cerebral invention - as adept with infectious hooks as incendiary wig-outs.
 

As Alessio tells it, the band’s set at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia marked the end of a chapter, and the arrival of new drummer Andrea Davì marking a move into a more groove-based. eclectic style that finds its metier in the realm of two albums which are paid direct homage in the record’s very title - the bleak and kinetic ‘Fear Of Music’ by Talking Heads and the iconoclastic, heat-haze repetition of Miles Davis’ ‘On The Corner’. Charging a propulsive rhythmic drive with a tightness of songwriting that might bring LCD Soundsystem to mind for many, tracks like the cyclical pulse and absurdist poetry of opener ‘Cars’, the kraut-tinged vortex of the title track and the insidiously catchy floor-filler-in-waiting ‘Alone’ are as rich in maverick spirit as they are sonic invention.
 

This is principally an aural landscape whereby the eclectic mischief of ZE Records, the sonic brinksmanship of ‘Tago Mago’ era Can and the dub-tinged grooves of UK turn-of-the-‘80s post-punk can happily form communion in a post-2AM reverie. . Yet the band’s ritualistic beginnings are more than apparent in the closing ‘Here We Are’, in which a twilit tapestry of drone, Latin percussion, mantric recitations and vocal exorcisms builds to a demonic conclusion.
 

“it is a big dance party for very sad events” clarifies Alessio, on the disparity between the serious nature of this record’s subject matter and its distinctly hedonistic atmosphere. “We are a kind of Titanic orchestra playing and dancing while the ship goes down. The party must go on”.

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GNOD feature in The Quietus 'New Weird Britain' Music Round Up of The Year

GNOD feature in The Quietus 'New Weird Britain' Music Round Up of The Year:

'Gnod are many people’s idea of a Quietus Band™, one who often feature on the non-balkanised parts of this website and who local bookmaker Tight-Mouthed Larry is offering tasty odds on placing strongly in the overall EOY list. I nevertheless wish to salute the Salford group’s pissiest and vinegariest album to date in here, because without occasionally being party to how Gnod operate (and party), I’m not certain I’d be sufficiently inspired to write this column. Just Say No...upholds and draws from the legacy of their last two albums for Rocket, out-of-body jazz odyssey Infinity Machines and skullcracking Swans-punker Mirror, via loose-limbed dub-heavy noise rock, withering Fall/Birthday Party character sketches and outstanding 12-minute kissoff ‘Stick In The Wheel’ – half Skingraft Records austere clang, half snakecharmer ambient tinkle. Also noticed a few people who I’m fairly sure have no interest in Gnod’s music use the album sleeve as their Facebook profile pic: the true mark of a successful release'.

Read the full round up here:  New Weird Britain

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Flowers Must Die & Julie's Haircut feature in Top 30 of Italian 'Sentireas Coltare' Albums of the Year

Both Flowers Must Die 'Kompost' (number 8) and Julie's Haircut 'Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin' (number 7) feature in Italian website 'Sentireas Coltare' Albums of the Year 2017.

See their list here: Sentireascoltare 

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Gnoomes feature in Gig Soup Music Top Ten Albums of The Year

We are delighted to say that our Gnoomes album 'Tschak!' features at number 6 in Gig Soup Music writers Top Ten Albums of The Year.

6 Gnoomes ‘Tshak!’

Laid out there still, in Manchester’s Piccadilly Records, is Gnoomes’ weirdo debut: ‘Tschak’. The day I found it, unfortunately, was a day of complete and utter-regret. What a fool I had been to pick Hibushibire’s ‘Freak Out Orgasm’ over this mighty Russian nu-psychedelia record. Oh! My sweet ‘Tschak!, how you have tortured me and how I miss the touch of your tight and sugary embrace. Still, to this day I shamefully forget about you. Hopefully, by seeing this, you will forgive me for my faults and make your way into my caressing nature. I will never forget the time we spent together in that minute store, gazing out upon the wilderness that is the Mancunian City Centre.


Read the full Top Ten here: Gig Soup

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6 Dec 2017

No Mightier Creatures self releases debut album on vinyl


No Mightier Creatures – the new project by Renato from the great Serpentina Satelite has self-pressed his debut album onto vinyl and there are only 250 copies, so be quick if you want one as they won't be around for long.

Buy and listen from here: Bandcamp

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Julie's Haircut get more love in the end of Year charts


Prestigious Italian music magazine Mucchio put Julie’s Haircut's Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin in at number 7 of their yearly round-up, and they said:

Julie’s Haircut – Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin
The 7th album, the first for the english label Rocket recordings (yes, the same as Goat). The psychedelia of the outfit, with the add-on of Laura Agnusdei on sax, points to a dark, cosmic and esoteric reiteration. Krautrock, analogue electronica, free jazz. Instrumental fugues and sinister, mysterious voices. Everything blends into one of the most international and visionary italian albums of the year. The umpteenth precious step in a path ever more important, with no equals.

See more here: Mucchio

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The album also has been included in this Top 20: Sentire Ascoltare

And they said (roughly translated):

Julie’s Haircut 

Cleanse our Christmas spirits from such darkness, we rely on the usual ritual benefits and animists that our Julie's Haircut sign in their first test on Rocket Recordings: their Invocation refers to the usual esoteric instances, clearing the key concepts through a deconstruction of the jazz form (we are in the area-Macerus) and the redundancies of school kraut (dirty word).

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Crack puts Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in their Albums of the Year


They say:

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Feed the Rats
It’s rare to digest music as bombastic as the turgid, irrational unsound of Newcastle five-piece Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. Feed The Rats is a maniacal babel of soul-sundering screams and tubular guitar fuzz. A total blunderbuss of cortex-toughening drone and Sabbathian psych. Thirty-five minutes of infernally boisterous avant-noise and brutal musicianship. Lead singer Matthew Baty’s exceptionally acrid roars on 15-minute opener Psychopomp is enough to shatter kneecaps as the group’s rhythm section spore out like a black infectious mould. A bone-breaking record.

See the full rundown here: Crack

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Gigsoup put Goat in their Top 10 albums of the year


They say:

04 Goat – Fuzzed In Europe (Rocket Recordings)
Compiled from recordings from their late 2016 tour, the masked Swedish collective’s energetic and exuberant live performances are now available in all their tribalistic glory. Blending fuzzed-out psych-rock with world music influences, the album offers a heavily jammed take on tracks from their three studio albums. Originally an edgy two-minute rocker, ‘Run to Your Mama’ gets an epic ten-minute makeover with wah-wah driven freak-outs reverberating over an entrancing rhythm section. ‘Talk To God’ is another highlight with its distinctive riff, beat and chanted vocals giving way to swelling onslaughts of guitar noise, while the more muted and melodic ‘I Sing In Silence’ proves these mysterious music makers have a gentler side behind their extravagant masks and robes.

See the full rundown here: Gigsoup

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4 Dec 2017

Goat painting by Simon Davis RP


We wanted to share with you this great painting of Goat by Simon Davis who saw the band at this years WOMAD. He said "I finally got to see GOAT at Womad last summer and they were just incredible so felt compelled to do some kind of painting ".

We at Rocket and the band think it is great!!

More of Simon's work here:  Facebook  

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Three Rocket releases in The Quietus 'Albums of the Year' rundown



































The Quietus have revealed their albums of the year and as like previous years we are humbled to say we have three releases amongst the impressive run down:

No.74
Hey Colossus - The Guillotine
I could go on about how fantastic this album sounds, about the glorious, soaring terror of 'Experts Toll', or the rich, mournful beauty of 'Potions', but what feels more important is what it means. The Guillotine, as Gnod have done on Just Say No…, sees Hey Colossus harnessing their chaos, honing it into the very essence of these terrifying times.

No.17
GNOD - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
Gnod join the ever growing list of musicians concerned with personhood, dehumanisation and physical deterioration. But their approach is different – they are distinctly non-fantastical in their presentation of people, their lyrics capture everyday details such as the state of someone's nails, their hair, their work failures and private behaviours. Where other artists provide an implicit, ominous reference to dehumanisation through visual means, Gnod are explicit in their references, picking out situations and conditions of human exploitation and obscenity.

No.15.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed The Rats
Feed The Rats is essentially three tracks – two gargantuan bolshie dirges bookending the four-and-a-half minute ‘Sweet Relief’. So let’s start there, with the meat in this fetid sandwich. The name could be a play on Black Sabbath’s ‘Sweet Leaf’ – for a band clearly indebted to the Birmingham icons it bears a modicum of sense. But there is relentlessness here, a flayed aggression, which Ozzy et al could never muster. Matt Baty’s vocals howl, echoing over the cacophony like a mythic warlord and mischief-maker, both from the heavens and from the bowels of the earth. And what a cacophony it is – the guitars come at you predictably but with a juggernaut force that rattles the ribcage. This is classic 70s heavy metal deep-fried in iron and blood.

See the full rundown here: The Quietus

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Atom Heart Mutha puts Gnoomes in their Top 10 Albums of the Year


They say:

Gnoomes - Tschak! 
Released in March of this year, the Russian trio delivered an exceptional blend of psychedelic rock and kosmische styles. Released by Rocket Recordings 'Tschak!' is the sound of electronic madness and technical focus leading to one fantastic whole

See the full list here: AHM

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Goat to support Foo Fighters


We are excited to announce that Goat are to support Foo Fighters at Sweden's Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg on Tuesday 5th June.

Tickets can be bought from here: Ullevi Stadium

FF are apparently big fans of Goat and wanted them to play so the band will play their first ever stadium show in front of 50,000 odd fans!

Don't forget Goat are also playing our Rocket Twenty event on 9-11 March – this will be Goat's only UK club show of the year, and is one of the smallest venues they have ever played. 

Don't miss it!!

Tickets here: See Tickets

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2 Dec 2017

Psych Insight puts Flowers Must Die and Hey Colossus in his Albums of the 'last half of the' Year list


They say:

Hey Colossus – The Guillotine
This, then, is another album that has really hit the mark in 2017. With ‘The Guillotine’, Hey Colossus have hit a sweet spot of musical development and lyrical anger that raises this album above their previous already excellent offerings. This is an album that I am only just beginning to appreciate. It’s an album that I could listen to a hundred times and still see new ideas, hear new sounds, and feel new emotions. It’s yet another example of the way in which bands in the so-called psych scene are growing and developing, expanding the leftfield and challenging the status quo in several directions and dimensions.

Flowers Must Die – Kompost
This, then, is an eclectic album that sees the band transitioning and developing into something different and, actually, far more interesting. It is an album that says to me, ‘yeah we are a psych band, and this is a psych album…but psych can mean many different things…here they are!” The Cosmic Dead recently declared that ‘Psych is Dead‘, for me this ‘Kompost’ album says that psych is alive…but it’s moving on…it is expanding its limits in new and interesting ways. Not a decaying mush but a vibrant genre which Flowers Must Die are feeding in a new way…

See the full rundown here: Psych Insight

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8 Rocket releases in Soundblab's Albums of the Year


Extremely flattered to have 8 Rocket releases in Soundblab's Albums of the Year list:

Releases by...

Flowers Must Die
Gnod
Gnoomes
Hey Colossus
Julie's Haircut
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs 
Shit And Shine
Temple of BBV

...all feature!

See the full list here: Soundblab

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Watch Faust & Gnod play Krautrock @ Gorilla 30-11-17



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1 Dec 2017

Gnoomes – Tschak Remixed! out today


In March Gnoomes released Tschak!, one of the best, most inventive, and one of the most unsung ‘great’ albums of 2017. And the band since invited a selection of artists they admire to remix every track of the album. The album will be released on a ltd edition cassette (Rocket's first ever tape release) and digitally. 

Artists like Ulrich Schnauss, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete and Al Lover jumped to the challenge of working with the albums unique sounds - as well as Rocket artists like Josefin Öhrn, Lay Llamas and Julie’s Haircut. All have succeeded to morph the originals into something completely new, without losing the addictive charm at the core of the original versions.

Buy Ltd Cassette here:
https://gnoomes.bandcamp.com/album/tschak-remixed

Listen via @AppleMusic: 
http://smarturl.it/TschakRemixedApple

Listen via @Spotify:
http://open.spotify.com/track/06W9QwOySIXVV8zhLHUjvU

Buy digital via @iTunes:
http://smarturl.it/TschakRemixed

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30 Nov 2017

Rocket Probes – November playlist



Gnoomes – Tschak Remixed!
(The whole of Gnoomes mighty album remixed by loyts of great artists including some of your Rocket faves)
Gnoomes

Oneida – Town Crier
(New single from the big 'O')
Oneida

James Holden and the Spirit Animals – ST
(Great album of jazz fusion and electronica...a must see live if you get the chance)
James Holden and the Spirit Animals

LAM – LAM
(Great album of Polish repetitive Jazz – a must for fans of Joshua Abrams, The Necks and Bitchin Bajas)
LAM

Bitchin Bajas – Bajas Fresh
(Talking of Bitchin Bajas - one of our favourite synth driven bands are back with a new double album)
Bitchin Bajas

Part Chimp – IV
(Been giving this a few listens this month...great album, great band)
Part Chimp

Wacław Zimpel – Lines
(The Zimpel/Ziołek album is one of our albums of the year and here is an album from last year by one half of that masterpiece)
Wacław Zimpel

International Harvester – Sov Gott Rose-Marie
(Thanks to a successful trip to Utrecht Record Fair we finally get to hear this masterpiece on vinyl...and wow, what an album!)
International Harvester

Rhesus - People 
(One from Cherrystones extremely mighty collection – killer French psych 7")
Rhesus

UUUU – UUUU
(Creative album of noise and grooves featuring the great Valentina from Tomaga and members of Wire and Coil)
UUUU

Melatony –  Samań
(More great krautrock explorations from the current extremely exciting Polish scene)
Melatony 

Faith No More – Faith No More
(Sad to hear about Chuck Mosely passing...this album still sounds amazing)
Faith No More 

Hawkwind – Sonic Attack
(Dik Mik RIP – such aan influence!!)
Hawkwind

Dead Moon – Dad Moon Night
(Fred Cole RIP...the true spirit of DIY, will be sadly missed)
Dead Moon

AC/DC – Long way to the top
(Malcom Young RIP..."Its a long way to the shop if you wanna sausage roll")
AC/DC

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Faust / Gnod play Gorilla in Manchester tonight



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27 Nov 2017

Resident Records puts Hey Colossus in their albums of the year


The great Resident Records has put Hey Colossus's latest album The Guillotine into their Albums of the Year!! Rightly so....

See the full rundown here: Resident

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Treble puts Gnod in their Top 10 Most Overlooked Albums of 2017


They say:

Gnod
Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
Well, it’s certainly difficult to see how one could overlook a record with a title like that. And indeed, Salford noise-rock collective Gnod make music that doesn’t easily fade into the background. This set of anti-fascist, anti-capitalist drones, shrieks and driving krautrock rhythms seems to echo a collective feeling of anger and frustration while turning it into an undeniable and devastating series of grooves. There are parallels to be found in bands like Lungfish, who use a similarly meditative repetition technique. But this is much more brutal, much more visceral. It’s a manic, frayed and screeching affront to oppressive bullshit that feels unexpectedly wonderful. – JT

See the full list here: Treble

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Terrascope reviews Housewives and Shit & Shine


It reads:

SHIT AND SHINE – THAT’S ENOUGH
HOUSEWIVES – FF061116

Wasn’t there an Aussie band back in the 60s called the Queasybeats? Maybe not but that would be a pretty good name for Craig Clouse to trade under if it weren’t for the fact he already had the most striking soubriquet, $hit and $hine. 

Title track opens with a sound clip from the Fast Show (Whitehouse’s toff and his Mrs asking the way to the garden party and Mark Williams’ evidently troubled bystander giving his psychotic directions). Built on the ominous foundations of a squelching rumble that will tickle the curiosity of JK Flesh fans you’ll think the needle’s stuck which is ridiculous. Who’s ever heard of anyone blowing fluff off a download code? Then it starts fizzing and crackling like demonic cybernetic dystopia. Oh but its bleak…If Sex Swing were to ditch their instruments and go all knobs n’ wires this is what is should sound like. Now there’s an idea to conjure with…

Read the full piece here: Terrascope

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