18 Oct 2017

The Dead Albatross Music Prize Rocket 'Twenty' Mix

We are on the way to reaching 'Twenty' next year, to help us start celebrating the coming year, Chris Rocket has selected 'Twenty' tracks for The Dead Albatross Music Prize guys.

01 Arbete Och Fritid - Ostpusten Västpusten
02 Edip Akbayram – Deymen Benim Gamlı Yaslı Gönlüme
03 The Underdogs – It’s a blessing Wasting my time
04 Niagara – Amarelo
05 Gnoomes – Myriads of Bees
06 Not Waving – Redacted 7
07 Bitchin Bajas – No Tabac
08 Sunroof – Zero
09 Crass – Securicor
10 USA/MEXICO – Laredo
11 Golden Teacher – Dante and Pilgrim
12 Mamuthones – The Wrong Side
13 Ved – Questions for L Ron
14 Fred Bigot – Tertiary
15 Hills – Are you Real
16 Funkadelic – Rat Kiss the cat on the navel
17 Musi O Tanya – Shuka
18 Orange Peel – I got no Time
19 Ning – Machine
20 Flowers Must Die – Why

Listen to the amazing whole mix here, you won't be disappointed: 

Dead Albatross


As a reminder of our celebration come along to this:

Rocket Recordings Twenty
9/10/11 March 2018
The Garage – London

2018 sees Rocket Recordings turn 20 and to celebrate this landmark we are teaming up with DHP and Baba Yaga's Hut to host a very special weekender featuring appearances from most of Rocket's current roster of bands. The event will take place at London's famous 'The Garage' in Highbury & Islington.

Full line up will be announce in a couple of months, but be assured all your fave Rocket bands will be playing!

Weekend tickets are available from: alttickets


17 Oct 2017

Watch KURO live footage from The Victoria for Chaos Theory


Gigantic gives Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation their thumbs-up

Gigantic gives Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation their thumbs-up as bands to see at the up-and-coming Mirrors festival.

It reads:

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
Taking inspiration for their name from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, Josefin Öhrn heads up an incredible crew of musicians. Their debut EP ‘Diamond Waves’ saw them nominated for a Swedish Grammy for exhibiting such fascinating sonic experimentation.

Read more here: Gigantic


11 Oct 2017

Hicky Sonic reviews Hey Colossus in Birmingham

It reads:

The night has already proved a runaway success but the best is yet to come. It is an absolute joy to see Hey Colossus again. Tiny doubts that they might, despite the evidence of ‘The Guillotine’, miss Jonathon’s sparkling guitar parts or that maybe the full force noise of the evening’s entertainments thus far might make their shorter, more melodic songs, that now even have audible lyrics, seem a bit timid are immediately and comprehensively steamrollered by ‘Honest To God’ and a massive, rattling ‘Back In The Room’. They are ferociously loud and exhilarating, a tremendous amount of love flows back towards the stage. Sykes is in boisterous form, even managing to break a mic stand. As always I’m struck by how the separate parts combine with such elegance to build the colossus and set it stomping around the room. There’s complexity and richness in the texture of their roaring noise. The set draws heavily on ‘The Guillotine’ but stretches back across the last few remarkable albums (not quite back to the recently re-issued ‘Happy Birthday’), finishing on a punishingly great ‘Okktave Dokktor’ by the end of which I’m convinced it’s the best show I’ve ever seen them play. Honest To God.

Read the full review here: Hicky Sonic


9 Oct 2017

We have buried an LP

We received an LP that came wrapped in a sack from the Belgium band Briqueville with the instructions to bury it somewhere and share it’s location online.

So, that is what we have done.
And as a little extra, we have also included a couple of rocket promos within the sack…

The image above shows a visual reference to it’s location, plus we have put three black cable ties on the branch exactly above where it is buried.

It’s coordinates are:
51°33’49” N / 0°1’20” W

And as another visual clue the area it has been buried can be seen in the new video by H.U.M: Welcome to The Sea

Happy hunting


Supersonic review Hey Colossus Birmingham show

It reads:

...And then we arrived at the final onslaught from Hey Colossus and I have to admit by this point I can’t remember song titles. But I can recall the visceral energy being thrashed about from stage to punter, stage to punter like playing tennis with a meteorite. I clambered up the stairs to watch it from above and witnessed a writhing dark mass below being swaddled in an unrelenting minimalist pounding of distortion with pulsating high hats (Back in the room?! I’m guessing…) interjected with terror inducing vocals.

I’m trying to avoid genre here as much as I can as Hey Colossus are a guitar band which essentially just play all the good bits of all the good guitar genres, averted to sitting still. To put it in movement terms, they induce from the audience anything from bottom-of-the-pint-staring-head-hanging to look-at-all-these-bright-lights-i-can’t-make-out-what-sounds-coming-from-where dancing. With that I look above in to the Digbeth sky at some ominous dark clouds eyeing us up for a pounding – but it’s alright I figure, what with the colossal onslaught being shot up into the air, no chance mate...

Read the full review here: Supersonic


6 Oct 2017

Shit and Shine reveal video for new EP on Rocket

We are extremely excited to reveal the video for the title track off a new 3 song Shit & Shine EP called 'That's Enough'. The Rocket Shop exclusive EP is released on 10 November and is available to preorder now from here: Rocket Bandcamp

Or you can preorder DL here: iTunes

Watch the 19 minute video for 'That's Enough' above.

The Quietus's John Doran said this when he heard the track:
"This title track is immense. Blowing my balls clean off."


Press release reads:

Hot on the heels of Shit & Shine’s ‘Total Shit’ album on Powell’s Diagonal label, the band return with a new three track EP, their third release for Rocket Recordings called ‘That’s Enough’.

For the uninitiated, the Austin based band Shit & Shine have been creating mutant, repetitive, technofied noise for labels such as Mego, Riot Season, Gang Signs, Load and the afore mentioned Diagonal since 2004.

It is always hard to describe exactly what each Shit & Shine release sounds like as they are a band who treats each record  as it’s own entity and so their sound changes dependant on  their mood at the time of making it, but whatever that mood is, it will always be something thrilling and uniquely original.

The three tracks on ‘That’s Enough’ EP (that clock in at just  under 40 minutes) ‘sort of’ sound like what would happen if  The Necks got trapped in a lift with the Butthole Surfers and Schwefelgeb for 12 hours. And after they manage to get out,  the Australian 3-piece return to their studio to discover their instruments have been stolen and replaced by some fuzzy  synths and a laptop - the resulting music they would make  could possibly sound something like this...or in fact, maybe nothing like this?

Shit & Shine are heading over to the UK for shows this October:
11 / Switzerland / Geneve / Cave 12 
12  / Switzerland / Lausanne / Lebourg
13 / Switzerland / Schaffhausen / Tabtap
14 / Italy / Verona / Colorfico Kroen
15 / Slovenia / Ljbujana / Club Gromka
16 / Italy / Milan / Macao
17 / Germany / Koln / Sonicballroom
18 / Germany / Leipzig / Ut Connewitz
19 / Czech Republic / Prauge / Punctum
20 / Germany / Berlin / Urban Spree
22 / UK / London / Cafe Oto


4 Oct 2017

Housewives play special show at CGP Gallery this Saturday

Housewives have been announced to play a special show this Saturday at CGP Gallery in South East London, joining DJ Mira Calix and many others...

All info about the event can be seen here: CGP


Soundblab reveal H.U.M video 'Welcome To The Sea'

The good people at Soundblab have revealed the H.U.M video 'Welcome To The Sea' taken from last years 'Trinity Way' album.

Watch and Listen to the track here: Soundblab

The album is available to buy H-U-M


2 Oct 2017

New Flowers Must Die offshoot Chicxulub reveals track and show

Rickard from Flowers Must Die has revealed a new solo project called Chicxulub.

You can listen to a first improvised jam above and Chicxulub have been announced to play a show with teh great In Zaire at London Fields Brew House on 20 November:

Terrascope and AcemanSpaceman present:

In Zaire
Psychic Lemon

The Brewhouse
20 November

More info here: Terrascope


Silent Radio say some words about Liverpool Psych Fest

It reads:

Things are about to get nasty. GNOD take over in District, menacingly preparing their instruments to inflict full damage. For a while I felt their music has lived by their name – Got No Obvious Direction – and I struggled to enjoy what they were producing until the latest album. I’ve seen them support at gigs a few times and they’ve left me perplexed; repetitive beats and noises failed to maintain interest as they paraded around the stage in bizarre budget costumes, as if performing some sort of religious cult ceremony. ‘Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine’ changed all that, connecting with me on a political level as well as containing more musical sustenance.

They start tonight by jamming a ferocious beat accompanied by a wall of guitar sound that bubbles with sinister intent, but fails over time to explode into the kind of hedonistic and eye-opening mayhem that is promised. The diminutive singer would generally cut a less threatening figure than the rest of the band were it not for his over-sized Parka that has a huge fur-lined hood, and his incoherent wails and manic gesturing. The violent thrashing of instrument around him would cause ears to bleed if the amps were any more powerful. The last two songs are easier to make out and are much the better for it – ‘Paper Error’ and highlight ‘Bodies For Money’ ignite the mosh-pit, releasing 30 minutes worth of pent-up energy and frustration. Maybe that was the idea all along? “You can keep your ****ing money”. It was certainly an unforgettable performance, for all the right reasons.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs 
…the evenings chaos, kicking off with Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. Think of them as GNOD-lite. The lead singer is becoming agitated with the sound engineer and his shirt is off before we’ve started. Matt Baty stomps around like a demonically possessed version of Future Island’s Samuel T Herring. The queue outside runs far up the road for this, and those who managed to get inside aren’t disappointed.

Read the full review here: Silent Radio


1 Oct 2017

Rocket Probes – September playlist

Goat – Fuzzed in Europe
(Ltd LP of Goat blowing minds)

Cherrystones – ExOhSkeletons
(Another fine edit by our man Godsy…proper repetitive sci-fi protopunk!)

Joshua Abrams ‎– Magnetoception
(Another great album of repetitive jazz from Joshua Abrams and his collective) 
Joshua Abrams

Phile – Marauder
(Atmospheric techno with a gnod to Can)

Oren Ambararchi – Hubris
(Killer album of repetition, grooves and psych soundscapes)
Oren Ambararchi 

Henry Flynt - Henry Flynt & Nova Billy
(An old fave getting some long overdue plays...Trad Gras Och, Arch and Velvets meets early Mothers (when they hit a groove) and a touch of Oneida and Arthur Russel)
Henry Flynt

Working Mens Noise Unit – Play Loud
(Readings finest's debut album...somewhere between Part Chimp and Comets on Fire, just do as they say)
Working Mens Noise Unit 

Byron Westbrook – Body Consonance
(Droning synthscape patterns...on the great Hands in the Dark)
Byron Westbrook

Briqueville ‎– II
(This record just turned up in the post wrapped up in a hessian sack with no note or anything...whoever sent it, thank you!..an nice album of fuzzed-out , doomy-rock)

Harmonious Thelonious - Defender
(Wow...sublime slice of afro-kraut-techno)
Harmonious Thelonious

White Denim – I Start To Run
(If Minutemen were making records in the early 70s it may sound like this?)
White Denim

Nurse With Wound ‎– Rock 'n Roll Station
(Repetitive story telling)
Nurse With Wound

Mountain Movers – ST
(Some really nice moments on this trad-psych album)
Mountain Movers

Dorothy Ashby – Soul vibrations
(KILLER groove)
Dorothy Ashby 

C-Schulz - Meister
(Repetitive industrial grooves)

Doug Snyder & Bob Thompson - Time Overlaps Itself
(Great avant noise rock, from the 1973 album Daily Dance)
Doug Snyder & Bob Thompson 

Killing Joke – Primitive
(Classic repetitive post punk)
Killing Joke

The Dwarfs of East Agouza  – Baka of the Future
(North African repetitions)
The Dwarfs of East Agouza

Black Deer - Pray For Us
(Hypnotic Percussion Rituals)
Black Deer

The Association - Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies
(Great 60's psychedelic pop tune from 1966)
The Association

Fela Kuti - Alu Jon Jonki Jon
('Fela' don't need no introduction round here)
Fela Kuti

Public Enemy - Do You Wanna Go Our Way
(The amazing 101 Strings - Flameout sample, set against Chuck's charged up rapping)
Public Enemy

Katie Day - Fear O The Dark
(Layered up electronic vocal manipulations)
Katie Day

The Flaming Lips - Five Stop Mother Superior Rain
(Slow, almost Southern Rock 1995 Flaming Lips track, taken from 'In A Priest Driven Ambulance' one of our favourites of theirs back in the day)
Flaming Lips

You can listen to our updated monthly Rocket Recordings Probes Spotify playlist here:


29 Sep 2017

The Quietus Review Liverpool Psych Festival

the Quietus:

I Saw The Fourth Horse: Liverpool Psych Fest Reviewed - At the sixth mind-expanding Scouse gathering, the vibes are apocalyptic but the grooves are wild. Featuring Gnod, The Black Angels and more:
Ye gods – what a white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of a week that was! The president of the USA loosened bowels the world over during his inaugural speech to the UN by actually threatening the wipe a nation state off the face of the earth. It’s hard to shake the feeling that disturbed estate agent Donald Trump isn't selling advertising space on the sides of the ICBMs pointed at North Korea having already sold exclusive TV and sponsorship rights to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, our own prime minister attempted to re-establish her authority over that blubbering bowl of fuck that is her foreign secretary so she can drive off the Brexit cliff and into the economic abyss just as she sees fit.

What’s needed at the end of such a hair-raising few days is a weekend of respite, an escape from a world seemingly hell-bent on destroying itself amid the slurry of nationalist bullshit and dick waving by narcissistic psychopaths. Right? Well, yes and no, because if you’re someone who views psychedelia simply as a form of escapist entertainment then clearly your third eye is still firmly shut. As the best bands at this year’s Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia deftly display, altered states of consciousness and the music that they inspire are less about temporarily exchanging one perception of reality for another and more about creating alternatives to the here and now having seen what truly matters. 

Read what they have to say about GNOD & Pigs: the Quietus


Rock Your Lyrics Interview Luca From Julie's Haircut

Rock Your Lyrics Article:

Ten days ago passing by the Super Sonic in Paris we had the opportunity to see Julie’s Haircut live…it was definitively one of the most powerful shows we have seen in the last few months! Once home, we decided to listen more of their music and especially their last album “Invocation and ritual dance of my demon twin”.

Today we interviewed Luca that answered us about the future projects of the band and , of course, about the meaning behind the verses of their songs……

What is behind the title of your last album “invocation and ritual dance of my demon twin”?

It’s some sort of playful crossed reference to Frank Zappa’s song “Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin” and Kenneth Anger’s film “Invocation of My Demon Brother”.

We like mixing references, it always adds up to new meanings and interpretative possibilities.

Read the full interview: Rock Your Lyrics



GIGWISE Review Liverpool Festival

This is what they say: 

......Psych Fest, then, has had to pick from more quantity, but less quality in the last few years. It is to their immense credit that they’ve kept it challenging. The real outliers now lie at the heaviest end of the spectrum – the most furious, hard-hitting, and downright nasty acts, who are well represented across the two day assault. Gnod, for example, whose new album Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death machine is one of the greatest things released in 2017, make a good example. Playing unlit in the dark, dingy District space, away from the larger warehouses, their set is bedlam and confrontation twisted into something cathartic and sublime. It lasts only half an hour, but by the time a closing blast of Bodies For Money with its manic seizure of a riff spins into view like a careening truck, it’s genuinely difficult to breathe, such is the brute force of one of the best bands in Britain today. District, it seems, is conducive to such brilliant batterings, for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, who perform there the following day. Theirs is a set that’s similarly brutal, but unlike Gnod’s all-consuming opacity undercut with a twisted sense of grotesque fun. Frontman Matt Baty is a tight, bristling unit of blunt, concentrated energy, roaring over riff upon riff of repugnantly heavy guitars. Swigging Buckfast straight from the bottle as he goes, clambering around the amps and donning a shiny pink cowboy hat (“the most psychedelic thing I could think of,”) – he grips the gig with both hands, roaring through a titanic set that leaves a neck, still sore from Gnod, cricked into complete agony......

Read the full article here: Gigwise


27 Sep 2017

Ltd Goat Psych shirts and bags up for sale

As you may remember we printed up some exclusive shirts and bags for Goats Brixton Academy and Womad shows.

Anyway, there were some left over and they can be exclusively bought from our shop.

But be quick as these will not be reprinted so we expect they will be around for long

Buy from here:

Shirt – White

Shirt – Yellow

Tote Bag – Natural


Planet Slop reviews Liverpool Psych Fest

They say this about Rocket bands:

Scrupulous note-takers that we are, we hereby report our initial reaction to Grim Brides in its entirety: ‘Who the Fuck KNOWS’. This was quickly followed by GNOD, of which we wrote ‘GNOD – ARE GLORIOUS’, and, showcasing the peak of our literary prowess with our last act of the night, we merely wrote down ‘CONTAINER’ and left any further composition for the cold, hungover light of our post-PZYK Sunday. If you missed these three, you missed out.

Reeling out of that, we went straight into GNOD. Titanic. Crushing. One wonders how a band that sound like a tuneful avalanche actually practice. Perhaps in a nuclear shelter somewhere. For the Douglas Adams/Hitch-Hikers Guide fans out there, this is perhaps the closest you’ll get to hearing Disaster Area...

As the weekend progresses District becomes the venue of peak paranoia at the back of your mind, constantly checking the time because you know if you don’t get there early, you won’t get in at all. Because of this it’s been able to lay claim to some of the best and most frantic Psych Fest performances of recent years. Add PigsPigsPigsPigsPigsPigsPigs to the list.

Getting in 20 minutes early there’s a rather nice man on stage, politely asking for incredibly specific amounts of delay, reverb and rotations. Shirt buttoned up and tucked in he could have quite easily come straight from the office, which made what followed all the better.

The thumbs up from the tech was all they needed to rip loose and get on the business end of a bottle of Buckfast (or two). Their front-man who was before so smartly presented rapidly unravels as he attacks the microphone, which has no problem fighting back, at one point coming close to lynching the singer. A crowd of heads begin to punctuate every beat and barely fault for the sets entirety.

Read the full piece here: Planet Slop


26 Sep 2017

Watch Gnoomes perform exclusive session for Red Bull

Back in June when Gnoomes were in the UK on their Tschak! tour the band were invited into a warehouse in North London to play two tracks live and be interviewed for Red Bull.

And finally you can watch this is full here (Russia): Redbull


25 Sep 2017

Get Into This reviews Liverpool Psych Festival

They say this about...

Julie’s Haircut – District, Friday
One of the few criticisms levelled at Liverpool Psych Fest concerns the overuse of reverb-heavy, guitar drone – not this year. District on Friday was anything but, and amid a ten act billing (plus green baize legend Steve ‘never boring’ Davis) of quite remarkable musical variety were Italian quintet Julie’s Haircut. Mixing melodic prog, extreme noise, rocket-fuelled disco and hook-laden pop, here was a band which typifies the festival’s ethos – a truly magical international interstellar band many of those in attendance had yet to hear, but were left nothing short of astounded. What worked best was their mix of subtlety and ambience as they applied layer upon layer of nuance and atmospherics to their sound before breaking out into thunderous saxophone-assisted piledrivers. Much of the set was taken from their 2017 album Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin – including the swaggering shamanistic brew of Orpheus Rising and the tribal pounder The Fire Sermon. It’s no exaggeration to say this wasn’t just the set of Psych Fest of 2017 – but would easily register into the top five sets the festival’s ever hosted. Remarkable stuff. – Peter Guy

Gnod – District, Friday
Gnod are the sonic equivalent of a traffic accident involving a monster truck, an AT-AT Walker and a rhinoceros. Yet their monstrous visceral power is all consuming and enduring. The industrial headfuck is part of the pleasure. Unlike their last Liverpool show at Buyers Club, their Psych Fest performance includes parka-sporting, perma-twitching Neil Francis and it’s his inclusion which lends a somewhat poppier, more inviting edge to proceedings as he rasps amid the breeze-block sonic velocity as once again District’s black box walls are seemingly paint-stripped before our very eyes. By the conclusion it feels like your internal organs have been twanged to pieces. Top marks once again to Rocket Recordings who’s roster, including Julie’s Haircut, was top of the class at PZYK 2017. – Peter Guy

Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs – District, Saturday
Matt Baty is unstoppable. For 45 minutes, Baty climbs speaker stacks, swallows his microphone, sweats out his own body weight, drinks a bottle of Buckfast, tootles about in a pink glittery cowboy hat and wraps himself up in cables – all the while projecting his vocals with such force he looks likely to pass out any moment. Amid this half naked wildman’s onstage lunacy his band Pigs x7 detonate a raging rock and roll leviathan. It’s pure riffs. So many riffs. All the riffs. More riffs than Jimmy Page could digest for breakfast. More riffs than Lemmy had Jack Daniels. By the close bass player, John-Michael Hedley is laughing his head off at the preposterous chaos of it all while guitarist Adam Ian Sykes is dishing out his guitar to the front row inviting them to get involved. Wild. – Peter Guy

Read their full round up here: GIT


Gnew Gnod sister label – 'Golden Ratio Frequencies'

Following in the footsteps of other great Gnod affiliated label Tesla Tapes – we are excited to announce that Alex from Gnod has set-up a new tape label called Golden Ratio Frequencies.

You can read an interview with Alex about the gnew label hear: The Quietus

The labels website is here: Golden Ratio Frequencies 

Plus you can buy the first release by Gardener here: Bandcamp


21 Sep 2017

Flowers Must Die in Bandcamp Daily's 'The New Face of Prog Rock'

It says:

Flowers Must Die
The roots and influence of progressive rock’s ‘70s icons aren’t far from the surface for Flowers Must Die. Their name comes from the title of an Ash Ra Tempel track, and they have a song of their own titled “After Gong,” a reference to the iconic Canterbury Scene band Gong. The Swedish group certainly lean more toward prog’s cult fringe, which they filter into hallucinatory jam sessions that veer from noisy space excursions to wobbly, synth-laden disco prog. Flowers Must Die aren’t afraid to embrace the weird, which ends up being one of their greatest assets. The farther out they travel, the more thrilling the journey.

Read the full piece here: Bandcamp


20 Sep 2017

The Most Radicalist reviews Julie's Haircut's Burning Tree single

They say:

Italian experimental-psych veterans Julie's Haircut have been around since the late nineties. Their 20-year career has so far seen collaborations with the likes of Damo Suzuki (CAN), Sonic Boom, Philip Corner and Valerio Cosi to name a few. The bands latest single 'Burning Tree' is a complex exploration of electronica meets post-punk and new-wave. There are hints of Primal Scream, Suicide and Depeche Mode in there, but the result is something totally fresh. Intricate electronic drum beats propel a buzzing wave of modulated synthesizers and gloomy bass guitar, which swell hazily below the eerie vocals. 'Burning Tree' arrives right on cue for Julie's Haircut's UK tour, which kicks off tonight at The Brewhouse in East London.

See the full piece here: The Most Radicalist


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in Drowned in Sounds 'Bands to Watch at Liverpool Psych Fest'

They say:

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
(Saturday 23rd. District. 1815)

Hailing from Newcastle, this five-piece might be ridiculed by some for their memorable moniker (also occasionally known as Pigs x 7 in some quarters). However, their noise-laden doom rock sits somewhere between the skull crushing menace of Godflesh and Black Sabbath's classic stoner riff fests. Debut long player Feed The Rats came out earlier this year and captures the raw intensity of their live sets. Ignore at your peril.

See the full rundown here: DIS


Housewives to play Eurosonic Festival

Housewives have been announced to play the great Eurosonic Festival

Which takes place in Groningen in The Netherlands on 17-20 January 2018

More information here: Eurosonic


19 Sep 2017

Goat appear in Bandcamp feature on Horror Psychedelia

Bandcamp have published a feature 'A Dark Descent Into the Shadowy World of Horror Psychedelia' and amongst the artist they have chosen is Goat.

This is what they say:

Rock ‘n’ roll’s relationship with the occult begins with the genre’s roots. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins turned what could have been a regular blues ballad into a Halloween anthem when he recorded “I Put a Spell on You” in 1956. Before that, Robert Johnson purportedly sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads of Mississippi highways in the early ‘30s. Nearly 100 years after Johnson, horror rock still exists, and continues to evolve.

You could argue that horror psychedelia, the spawn of scary movies and distortion-driven rock ‘n’ roll, began in earnest in 1966, when Austin’s the 13th Floor Elevators released their debut album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. (That band was one of the first to describe themselves as “psychedelic.”) Roky Erickson, the group’s singer and guitarist, wrote songs rife with drive-in B-movie imagery, which continued into his solo career. He released his defining record The Evil One, in 1980, following a stint in a mental institution, and its songs were full of horrors both real and fictional. By that time, Erickson’s psychedelic sound had been adapted, twisted, and mutated by acts like The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Alice Cooper.

Together, these artists sketched the blueprint for horror psychedelia, a mixed bag of rock artists united more by pulp fiction aesthetics than sound, but who share a few common elements. Horror psychedelia typically involves copious distortion, driving rhythms, and lavish atmosphere which accentuate its creepy lyrical tropes. Acts like White Zombie eventually blended industrial, noise, and heavy metal into the mix.

The founders of horror psychedelia still make music, but now stand among a sea of acolytes. Sweden’s Ghost covered Erickson and, alongside The Black Angels, brought him back to the zeitgeist. Below we’ve collected a murderer’s row of artists operating in this shadowy field.

Read who they have picked: Horror Psychedelia

Photo by Al Overdrive


18 Sep 2017

Gold Flake Paint choose Julie's Haircut for top psyche picks at Liverpool Psyche Fest

Gold Flake Paint website has selected their picks for this years Liverpool’s International Festival of Psychedelia and Julie's Haircut head up their list.

This is what they say about Julie's Haircut as ones to watch:

With a huge following back home, these Italian psych veterans chose UK label Rocket Recordings to release their seventh studio album “Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin”. Over almost 20 years, their musical evolution has seen collaborations with Sonic Boom, Damo Suzuki and Peter Hook and taken them from early garage rock, through experimental sound territory to a more contained, yet still unpredictable blend of spacey, abstract rock. A rare treat.

Read the full article here: Gold Flake Paint


Julie's Haircut reveal new single 'Burning Tree'

Julie's Haircut are releasing a brand new single on Friday (22nd) to coincide with their appearance at this years Liverpool Psych Festival. The single is called Burning Tree and it is backed up with a Gnoomes remix of the track Orpheus Rising, from their last album Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin 

Listen to 'Burning Tree' here: Rocket YouTube

Buy download from here on Friday: Rocket Bandcamp


The press release reads...

Eclecticism has always played an essential role in Julie’s Haircut’s music. Never satisfied with their research and forever intrigued by the endless possibilities of the sonic texture, in a career now spanning twenty years the Italian sextex has been experimenting with different sources and traditions, from rock to improv. Thus it is not surprising that few months after the release of their seventh long player, and debut album with Rocket Recordings, the eclectic kraut-psych gem Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin, the band returns with a track that ideally fills the missing gap between post punk and electronica, taking the best from both worlds. 

Burning Tree – a dreamlike tale of two pyromaniac lovers finding their way through the night – lifts up among waves of digital beats and analog synthesizers, while maintaining the band’s typical obsessive rhythms and repetitive licks. It is a song that sounds as if Mercury Rev collaborated with Hookworms and were produced by Giorgio Moroder, finally clashing somewhere on a patchouli soaked, post-industrial dancefloor.

Burning Tree is backed up with a remix of the track Orpheus Rising (track from their latest album) by label mates Gnoomes. The Russian three piece have taken the downtempo jazz  vocal of the original track and added an ever evolving, electronic-kraut, sonic-soundscape.

This single is released on the day the band play at this years Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia as part of a short tour:

19 / London Fields Brewhouse / London
20 / Green Door Store / Brighton
21 / Soup Kitchen / Manchester
22 / Liverpool Psych Fest / Liverpool 


15 Sep 2017

Julie's Haircut - Ritual Dances Tour Sept 2017:

 Julie's Haircut - Ritual Dances Tour Sept 2017:
New album 'Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin':


Double Date Film Trailer - Film Scored By & Featuring Goat

Delighted to share this worldwide trailer for the new 'Double Date' film​ (UNILAD Film​) which features our very own Goat​ performing live in the film & as a bonus soundtracking the film score.

The film is released on the 13th of October.


14 Sep 2017

GNOD (Electronic set) streamed from Roadburn 2017

At this years 2017 Roadburn Festival GNOD were invited as the festivals 'Artist in Residence', 4 shows over 4 days featuring the various sides to the bands psyche. 

Second up we have the Thursday performance, the band as a stripped down to a electronic outfit, again the good people from VPRO / Roadburn have been kind enough to stream the show for your listening pleasure:

Gnod Electronic live-at-Roadburn-2017

Photo by Paul Verhagen


Temple ov BBV (GNOD & Radar Men From The Moon) streamed set from Roadburn 2017

At this years 2017 Roadburn Festival GNOD were invited as the festivals 'Artist in Residence', 4 shows over 4 days featuring the various sides to the bands psyche.  Both Chris and John Rocket had the pleasure of being there with Rocket's Johnny O on visual/light duty for all the shows.  

First up we have the Sunday main stage performance and that to the uninitiated 'Temple ov BBV' which is a GNOD & the excellent Dutch band 'Radar Men From The Moon' collaboration.  

The performance sounded and looked excellent and the good people from VPRO / Roadburn have been kind enough to stream the show for your listening pleasure:

Temple ov BBV live at Roadburn 

Check out the album here: Temple ov BBV

Photo by Jens Wassmuth