January 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
I have been wanting to write a review of Manchester, UK psych drone rockers Gnod for awhile. Gnod have been around for roughly 10 years and describe themselves as a collective with an expanding and shrinking membership, depending (on what, i don’t know). They have released many full length albums, a handful of singles, a bunch of splits, & a live release or 2. White Hills have often collaborated with Gnod, on a split and 2 records ‘Drop Out’ and it’s sequel ‘Gnod Drop Out With White Hills II’. Gnod is for fans of spaced out psychedelic tribal/rhythmic jams. The release i am reviewing, ‘Mirror’, came out in 2016 and features 4 tracks, varying in length. ‘The Mirror’ has vocals; trippy, spaced out vocals…Gnod’s Paddy Shine says, “Lyrically it deals with mental health issues and how things like social media are a vehicle for our split personalities and egos.” For example, “Too many faces in the mirror, and I cannot decide which one I want to be today.” And how. ‘Learn to Forgive’ winds us up with crafty guitar tension, doom drums, swearing and declarations, “I’m sick of it”. ‘Sodom & Gomorrah’ is quite long, not an unusual feature for Gnod tracks. Starts out calm with a religious feel, then transitions into tasty noise, then calms itself again, and back to noise and explosive vocals. My favorite. The 4th track is a remix of the first by Andy Blundell AKA Raikes Parade. The vocals echo and fade this time.’Mirror’ is noisy and haunting, and the whole album has a dark, almost violent feel it it. Not a zen type album you hippies.
Gnod have a bandcamp and a comprehensive tumblr page. They are live today on NTS radio and if you miss it i am sure it will be archived soon! Get ready for a new release in March called JUST SAY NO TO THE PSYCHO RIGHT-WING CAPITALIST FASCIST INDUSTRIAL DEATH MACHINE. This will have 5 songs and clock in at 40min, meaning shorter songs, I am interested to hear this!
January 16, 2017 § Leave a comment
As a fan of the psychedelic sounds of 13th floor elevators and the Misfits what could be better than a horror themed rock band fronted by Roky Erickson? Roky Erickson formed the Aliens in the 1970s after being released from a mental institution and ‘The Evil One’ came into fruition.His mind was ripe and he was ready to get his demons out, by literally singing about them. These songs are garage rock and roll with zany themed lyrics based on the track titles, which are not for the weak hearted..for example ‘Bloody Hammer’. My favs are ‘I Think of Demons’, ‘If You Have Ghosts’, and ‘Don’t Shake Me Lucifer’.There is some superb guitar playing, sorry no jug elevators fans :(. He would perform live with a Texas band, the Explosives. Here is the Deluxe Edition Double Gatefold LP description: Housed in deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jackets with book-deep liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski and includes 20-pg booklet, download card for full album, etching by artist Travis Millard (Side D) plus rare / unseen archive photos and ephemera…for $21! Drool.
In the 1990s several artists performed on a tribute album called Where the Pyamid Meets the Eye, and this is one of my favorites too, it features different versions of Roky Erickson songs by The Jesus and Mary Chain, ZZ Top, Butthole Surfers, and more. Roky has performed at Coachella and released and album All That May Do My Rhyme on King Coffey from the Butthole Surfers label Trance Syndicate Records.
January 15, 2017 § Leave a comment
Gondola , the acid rock trio from Philly, has another release called The Floating East EP. Available for digital download on their bandcamp. Although it is short (3 tracks) it sure packs a punch. The title track ‘Floating East’ begins with intense noise and vocals telling us that in the beginning was the beast. Ok. Then the guitar just takes off on it’s own. Doing its own dance. Which, if you can, go and see Gondola live. Not only are their sounds earth shattering but often there are cool visual effects of some kind going on. The vocals are telling us a story, hazily. You are on a psych musica trip out for the next half hour or so. These 3 songs were also recorded when Get Bent, their other full length(which is fantastic),was. It was apparently an issue of space limitations. Well Gondola’s type of psych metal space rock is unique and doom filled- but not in a depressing way. ‘Pay No Mind’ had more of a song structure with more repetitive vocals and the guitar just soars. the drumming is frenetic, relentless even. This is my favorite, it totally rocks. The last track is shorter and is called ‘Sand’ & asks us what is in our mind. Indeed. While you ponder that go and pick The Floating East Ep up it’s only $4 and def. worth your time.
January 13, 2017 § Leave a comment
Shit and Shine are quite prolific artists, with 15 album releases, a bunch of singles, a spit with psych drone rockers Gnod, and a few live show releases, all since 2004. Shit and Shine are going to be releasing 2 more LPs this year, the titles being called ‘Total Shit’ and ‘Some People Really Know How to Live”. Their musical style varies from record to record but basically, as stated on the intro to the radio show, they are noise rock nutcases. Speaking of the radio show, which broadcasts from Austin, Texas 3-4pm Mondays, some genres you can expect to hear are post-punk, noise, techno, electro, and new wave. Kinda random list. The shows are archived and you can listen here: NTS .Heavy on rhythmic sounds and droning electronics. Check out their bandcamp! at Riot Season Records. Don’t forget to check out the sister cassette label: Swap Meat
I wrote about Shit and Shine in this post.
January 12, 2017 § Leave a comment
Terminal Cheesecake the London Uk self described twisting psych sound makers of acid-fried-nightmares , have made their noisiest album yet. Starting right off with the rhythmic “Birds in 6/8” and not stopping until the end, this takes you on an intense journey for the 7 track length, with each song being roughly 5 min. No noodling or long freak-outs, these songs are frenetic, energetic, and downright dirty. Psychedelic and messy, yet with controlled bursts of energy and walls of noise that come at you. I press play with a smile but by the time it’s over i’m sorta glad and feel a little beaten up. Terminal Cheesecake, after many a years pause, have come out with one of the most exciting albums of the year. They did perform in Marseille in 2014, and released a copy of the live performance in 2015 called ‘Cheese Brain Fondue’ on vinyl. They released 500 copies of ‘Dandelion Sauce Of The Ancients’ and they are all sold out, critics and fans are going loco over the release. However! Digital copies are floating around and I’ve included a link to their bandcamp.com page ….go check it out! I am including info from their facebook page, so if you don’t know already, these are some zany guys and here is some insight as to why:
(also a good reference for some rad bands)