Gnoomes – the Russian trio who fought conscription and prison to make their drug-free psych album
'Tschak!' was made without any mind-altering substances whatsoever, under quite extraordinary circumstances
Words by Daniel Dylan Wray
“Being in prison was quite a psychedelic experience,” says Gnoomes’ vocalist and bass player Alex Pyankov, speaking from his home in Perm, Russia. Despite rather obstructive hurdles like imprisonment, his band have just released their second album ‘TSCHAK!’ via Rocket Recordings, a label that is home to various incarnations and miscreants of psychedelia and esoterica, such as Goat, Teeth of the Sea, Hey Colossus, Gnod and Hills.
Gnoomes – a three piece consisting of Pyankov, Pavel Fedoseev and Dmitriy Konyushevich – released their first album on Rocket in 2015. ‘Ngan!’ is a four-track album (two of which take up 30 minutes alone) that burrows deep into the elongated groove template of the psych genre. Through its explorations in repetition it allows ripples of guitar to push and pull the momentum in porpoise waves of swelling...
See the rest here: Loud and Quiet
24 Mar 2017
23 Mar 2017
Who puts a run of classic albums together these days? The sort of thing that Stevie Wonder, David Bowie or Neil Young would do in the 70s. A little sprint of three or four, 9 or 10 rated albums in as many years. Gnod are doing it right now with Infinity Machines, Mirror and Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine. And, like Young or Bowie in the 70s, you don't know what they're going to do next.
Feedback, driving drums and then a totally moronic riff start Bodies For Money. They are joined by Paddy Shine shouting from low down in the mix. The energy and anger levels are high, the sound is beautiful. It's somewhere between Hawkwind and Black Flag, with an Anarcho-Punk/Post-Punk edge. The changes between all-out noise and riffing are brilliant and the guitar solo is 'and then my mind split open' insane. People starts with a strange loop and a strange drum pattern. An immense bass comes in. Paddy shouts. A scratchy Post-Punk guitar riff turns up low in the mix. It's quite like Killing Joke. There's not much to this track but it's still exhilarating as Paddy's voice is warped like Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers...
Read the rest here: Soundblab
In December last year, a video went viral of trainee producer Nobuo Kawakami presenting an AI project to film director/animator Hayao Miyazaki. He showed to Miyazaki how the CGI animation “...learned to move by using its head. It doesn't feel any pain, and has no concept of protecting its head.” Miyazaki, though, was repulsed by Kawakami's work: “Whoever creates this stuff has no idea what pain is... I strongly feel that this is an insult to life itself.”
In their defense, the producer was using his imagination in order to create something distanced from humanity as we recognise it – a technique horror artists frequently employ. But what Miyazaki, perhaps, was repulsed by was the removal of the figure's personality and the elimination of its potential pain – the reduction of a familiar human-like body parts to a limping mannequin. But whatever constitutes 'personhood' for Kawakami seems eerily out of mind during the presentation, only expressing interest in the mechanical processes involved in the figure's movement...
Read the rest here: The Quietus
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have been confirmed to play Greenman's Courtyard mini festival in Kings Cross at the end of May. They are playing the same day as fellow Swedes Dungen...gonna be a bit special!!
Full details can be found here: Greenman
Russian band Gnoomes return with their second album on Rocket Recordings, playing their on brand of what they call ‘Stargaze’. I wrote about their first album on these pages , and it reached the semi finals of my Best of 2015, only being knock out by eventual winners Dead Sea Apes . The obvious thing would be to compare this album to the high standards of their debut. After a few listens I think this would be a little unfair so, all I’m going to say is that this album seems far more expansive.
The warped opener ‘Super Libido Awake’ is a synth heavy builder that kind of sets the tone for the album in general. It sounds industrial but not in a harsh way, this is more of a light and pulsating soundscape.The following track ‘Maria’ shows the bands almost pop psych sensibilities as does ‘Cascias’. Both of these tracks kind of reminded me of Julian Cope’s debut solo album. It is at this point the band enter a more experimental phase drawing on Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Neu! Everything seem to meld and flow with a more liquid kind of feel...
Read the rest here: Heathmofo
22 Mar 2017
To celebrate the days getting longer and the sun (hopefully) shining brighter we have decided to do a 'one week spring sale' where you can buy all Rocket releases at an amazing 25% off.
Go to the Rocket shop here: Rocket Bandcamp
And input the code: springsale
The sale starts from now and end at midnight on Wednesday the 29th March.
We have had some warehouse finds at our distributor, and have put them up on the shop, so releases that have not been available for a while are also available with 25% off .
Capra Informis – Womb of the Wild
Mamuthones – Symphony for the Devil
Oneida – Positions
Lay Llamas – Ostro
Mugstar / Oneida – Collisions 02
Mamuthones / Evil Blizard – Collisions 03
21 Mar 2017
We are excited to announce the release of a new special ltd edition 7” for Record Store Day by Goat.
The single is a previously unreleased version of Goatfuzz – one of the stand out tracks off their latest album Requiem.
Goatfuzz’s heavy-groove and addictive fuzz riff became a firm live favourite on last years European tour and summer festival appearances and this 'shorter' version is perfect for the 7” format.
We are also pleased to reveal that the b-side of the 7” is a brand new, unreleased track called Goatfizz. The tracks spaced out, psych sounds are underpinned by a killer repetitive drum and bass groove. The end result reveals another unique take on ‘world music’ by Goat.
The two colour ‘splatter vinyl’ 7” is ltd to 2,000 copies worldwide (500 for the UK).
More info about Record Store Day here: Record Store Day