Dreadzone new album, Dread Times & UK Tour

DreadzoneDreadzone, one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, release a brand new album Dread Times on their own Dubwiser label, on 17th February 2017.

‘Dread Times’ is the band’s 8th studio album. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on this album and it digs deeper into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic. Conscious lyrics, social ills, matters of the heart and mind merge with 21st century dubwise flavours. The album is an eclectic rolling journey that recalls elements from an illustrious 23 year history while always looking ahead to the next phase.

Alongside core members Greg Dread, who produced this 12 track album, Leo Williams, Chris Compton, reggae vocalist Earl 16 and MC Spee, Dread Times introduces younger blood into the mix with newest member Bazil bringing an edge to the sonic process and Greg’s son Marlon expanding the musical range further. Don Letts also returns with lyrical contributions, as does Lena Cullen on vocals for one track, with 1990s ragga duo Louchie Lou & Michie One guesting on another. Recorded again at Mick JonesBunker Studio, arranged at Dread Central and mixed by fellow founder Tim Bran, this is classic West London Zone with an updated edge. Dread music for an unpredictable world, these are Dread Times.

Pioneered by former members of Big Audio Dynamite, Dreadzone’s career has been championed by the late John Peel, signed to the legendary Creation Records and Virgin before finally securing their independence by founding their own aforementioned Dubwiser record label.

Since their inception in 1993 Dreadzone have steadily been releasing underground storms of albums, progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub – mixed as it is with aspects of dance, sublime guitar riffs, folk roots sentiments and breakbeat bass styles – whilst bringing the party to every club, dancehall and field they’ve shown up at. Always blowing audiences away and steadily earning for themselves the best possible reputation as a live act in the process.

Dreadzone 2017 UK Tour Dates:

FEBRUARY
Fri 17 SHEFFIELD The Plug
Sat 18 GLOUCESTER Guildhall
Sun 19 TUNBRIDGE WELLS The Forum
Thu 23 BRISTOL Fleece
Fri 24 BRIGHTON Concorde 2

MARCH
Fri 3 POOLE My Kyps
Sat 4 EXETER Phoenix
Fri 17 MALVERN Cube
Sat 18 MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms
Fri 24 PLYMOUTH The Hub
Sat 25 SOUTHAMPTON The Brook
Fri 31 NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms

APRIL
Sat 1 NEWCASTLE Academy 2
Fri 7 READING SUB 89
Sat 8 CARDIFF Globe
Sat 15 FROME Cheese and Grain
Fri 21 MANCHESTER Band on the Wall
Sat 22 KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre
Sat 29 LONDON Under The Bridge

New Dreadzone album, Dread Times is released on 17th February on Dubwiser Records.

For more information visit www.dreadzone.com.

Cyanide Pills – Sliced and Diced – the spirit of 1978!

Cyanide PillsBy 1978 The Sex Pistols had imploded and with them, the original wave of punk rock had become moribund.  Media and politicians shockand horror was quickly replaced with acceptability and a new punk ‘uniform’ of brightly coloured mohicans and bondage trousers which helped manufacture the death of the DIY ethos.

Bridging a gap between New Wave and post-punk were a second wave of punk-influenced groups like The Lurkers, 999 and UK Subs alongside The Clash and Buzzcocks, and from the previous pub rock R n B scene the likes of Eddie & The Hotrods – all playing fast, angst-beating three-chord ‘back to basics’ rock n roll bands. No more shock value and publicity seeking pranks or Kings Road designer clothes.  1978 saw punk being taken over by the working class.

In 2017 Cyanide Pills pay homage to the spirit of 1978 with their new album, Sliced and Diced. These songs sound more akin to football chants and Saturday night boot-boy dancing than anything too political and serious. This is unashamed power chord rock n roll played through a punk filter from a band more interesting in having a good time, than worrying whether their Vivian Westwood designer shirts should be worn tucked in or hanging loose!

Alone Tonight‘ is a homage to The Ramones, while the first of 18 tracks,’I Don’t Remember‘ wouldn’t sound out of place on the very underrated and frequently overlooked second Clash album, Give ’em Enough Rope from 1978.  ‘Stop and Search’ lends its raw power from ‘Police Car‘ by the Cockney Rejects and ‘Cut Me Loose‘ is very reminiscent of Johnny Thunder & The Heartbreakers. While other tracks find kinship with Black Flag (‘Stop And Search’) and Toy Dolls (Under The Knife).

Cyanide Pills 3rd album Sliced and Diced is scheduled for release on 10th March on Damaged Goods Records as a limited edition pink vinyl LP and CD digipack with 20 page lyric booklet.  The album was recorded at The Billiard Room in Leeds by Wedding Present producer Carl Rosamond.

The Black Angels new album, Death Song

The Black Angels new album, ‘Death Song,The Black Angels – Austin’s psych rock masters – have confirmed details for their upcoming album, ‘Death Song,’ scheduled for release on April 21st. This will be the five-piece’s first full-length release in four years, and their debut for Partisan Records.

Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on ‘Death Song’ serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease.
“Currency,” a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm “Half Believing” questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.

The Black Angels – Austin’s psych rockers

Recorded between Seattle and Austin, ‘Death Song’ features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound – menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.

The band will tour extensively behind ‘Death Song’, including a headline set at one of the first-ever shows at new NYC venue Brooklyn Steel on May 2nd. Full itinerary below for “The Death March Tour”, which begins in Nashville. The band will be supported by A Place to Bury Strangers.

Since forming in Austin in 2004, Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they “play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it”.

The Black Angels – Death Song tracklist:

1. Currency
2. I’d Kill For Her
3. Half Believing
4. Comanche Moon
5. Hunt Me Down
6. Grab As Much (As You Can)
7. Estimate
8. I Dreamt
9. Medicine
10. Death March
11. Life Song

The Black Angels will be playing the following European dates:

JUNE 01 2017 – Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain
JUNE 10 2017 – Primavera Sound – Porto, Portugal

The Black Angels new album, ‘Death Song,’ scheduled for release on 21st April on Partisan Records.

Camden Rocks Festival 2017

 

 

The Damned headline Camden Rocks Festival 2017Having announced The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC amongst the first acts to be confirmed for Camden Rocks Festival 2017, today Sheffield’s recently reformed indie pioneers Milburn join the line-up, alongside Camden’s own Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Rifles, The King Blues, The Membranes and many more.

Following a sold-out fifth year in 2016, this year will see Camden Rocks Festival up the stakes again, set to host a staggering 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s venues on June 3rd 2017.

“We can’t wait to play this year’s Camden Rocks Festival, a great line up as always and right in our own back yard!” say The Rifles.

“Camden Rocks is the weekend when Camden comes as alive as it ever was and should always be. I’m always proud to be a part of it.” Carl Barat adds.

Speaking ahead of The King Blues’ appearance, frontman Itch says, “We are ridiculously excited to be playing at Camden Rocks this year. Camden was where we cut our teeth and has been a spiritual home for us. I can’t wait for this one!”

Camden Rocks 2017 will also host a special reformation from original Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook’s The Professionals, and in addition to Milburn, Carl Barat & The Jackals, The King Blues, The Rifles and The Membranes, Andy Cairns of alt-metal mainstays Therapy? will also perform an acoustic set.

“I’m honoured and excited to be part of the burgeoning Camden Rocks festival this year,” Cairns says. “My previous experience of the event was amazing and I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in to 2017’s chapter. See you there!”

Further line-up additions are noted below in bold.

The Damned, Orange Goblin, The Ruts DC, The King Blues, The Professionals, Hey! Hello!, Anti Nowhere League, The Urban Voodoo Machine, The RainBand, Young Kato, Stone Broken, Big Boy Bloater and the Limits, MOSES, Screaming Eagles, Imperial Leisure, Habitats, The Main Grains, Napoleon, Slydigs, Max Raptor, Losers, Cortes, Colour Of Noise, Courage My Love, Black Orchid Empire, Jasmine Rodgers, Straight Lines, Yonaka, Exist Immortal, The Anita Chellamah Band, Dirty Thrills, The Blinders, Inklings, MassMatiks, Hands Off Gretel, Fizzy Blood, Broken Witt Rebels, Louise Distras, Millie Manders & The ShutUp, Forte, Stereo Juggernaut, Black Sixteen, Lucie Barat & The Au Revoirs, HVMM, Halflives, Weirds, Frauds, Holding Absence, When We Were Wolves, Bare Knuckle Parade, Lupus-Dei, Liines, Tigress, Divides, Single By Sunday, John, Desert Planes, Happy Accidents, Brandy Row, Role Models, Tim Muddiman & The Strange, Chinese Missy, Alana Bondi, Itamar, Oxygen Thief, The Franklys, CUTE CUTE DEΔTH, Heel, The Kut, Secret Cameras, Yungblud, Kidbrother & Veridian.

Camden Rocks Festival 2017 venues include: Koko, Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Camden Market Amphitheatre, Dingwalls, Proud, Camden Assembly, The Black Heart, The Monarch, The Forge, The Crowndale, Dublin Castle, Devonshire Arms, Irish Centre, Dingwalls Canal side, Bloc Bar, Hawley Arms, Good Mixer, Brew Dog, Fifty Five, Be At One & Winnicott.

Camden Rocks Festival 2017 Poster
Camden Rocks Festival 2017 Poster

Camden Rocks Festival 2017 tickets are now available

 

The Blue Aeroplanes – Norwich Arts Centre, Live Review

The Blue AeroplanesThe Blue Aeroplanes @ Norwich Arts Centre, 27th January, 2017

The fact that veteran art-rockers The Blue Aeroplanes can still pack out a mid-sized venue, such as the Norwich Arts Centre, is a testament to their enduring cult appeal. Cutting their teeth on the Bristol “art” circuit of the early 1980s, before coming of age with critically acclaimed albums, Swagger and Beatsongs, the band has undergone almost constant line up changes, always led by mercurial frontman, Gerard Langley.

Aligning themselves with the art scene from the outset suggests that their music is something to be appreciated rather than enjoyed and what may have seemed endearingly precocious when the band were in their twenties is now in danger of lapsing into pretension. What prevents this is the self awareness and good humour with which they conduct themselves: this may be art, but it isn’t high art.

The bands latest effort “Welcome, Stranger!” doesn’t stray far from the tried and tested formula of jangly guitars and deadpan, wordplay-loaded lyrics but, as their first album of new material in six years, represents something of a resurgence for the group and a welcome return to form.

The new material heavily peppers the set list on the night and is as warmly received as the older hits by the fans in the room, much to the visible delight of Langley, who seems to be relishing the chance to showcase his still deft lyricism. Of these new tracks Elvis Festival is a particular highlight; a study of the unflappable confidence of Elvis impersonators, whom Langley seems to channeling during the number.

In an age of anniversary tours celebrating bygone successes it’s refreshing to see a veteran band so focused on what comes next, rather than what came before. I suspect that to slow down and reflect on their past as so many of their contemporaries have done would bore them; this is a band moving forward, even now.

Having a high energy, low inhibition dancer as part of the band and onstage at live shows seems decidedly cliché in a post-Bez world, but Wojtek Dmochowski‘s possessed, talismanic grooving actually predates that of his Mancunian counterpart by a number of years. Tonight he is on fine form, still hurtling and flailing with as reckless an abandon as ever. It’s less visual art and more dad dancing, and that’s ok; it lends a much needed lightness to proceedings, softening Langley’s art-rock edge.

Biggest hit Jacket Hangs stands up as well as ever and elicits the most enthusiastic audience response of the evening. They’ve showed off so much brand new material that it’s difficult to begrudge them luxuriating in some nostalgia – they’ve earned it.

The Blue Aeroplanes have always only held cult appeal and their latest album will do nothing to change that. But for the audience in the little venue in Norwich and up and down the country their singular brand of lyrical, literary rock remains a genuine joy.