Category: head-splitting

No Natural Order for Pharmakon

conscious that our section dedicated to tantalize your neighbours had been neglected over the past months, we expected a genuine nugget to calm down your desire to scare your neighbours (and friends, and family) to death.

so, the return of Pharmakon may be the best way to enjoy this tremendous pleasure, since the lady announced the forthcoming release of Contact, a new album expected on Sacred Bones on march 31st. the release date of the album will mark the tenth anniversary of Margaret Chardiet’s musical project, who is well-known in the NYC underground experimental scene.

No Natural Order has just popped up and we delighted to share this industrial noise wonder. of course, it is recommended to play it very loud and to orientate your sound system towards your neighbour’s flat accordingly, in order to get the most of her threatening voice and sound.


 
in case you missed Transmission, the first excerpt of Contact, here is an opportunity to catch up.


 
Pharmakon’s upper-class doomsday music has also to be experienced live, because Chardiet’s performance is absolutely unique and very, very impressive. her powerful fury is highly spellbinding and beyond comparison. we had the chance to discover her as she opened for Swans in 2014, and this was an outstanding and unforgettable moment.

Pharmakon will precisely hit the road again to europe in april and may, and you may pre-order Contact here and here.

Apr 1, 2017        The Hague, NL Rewire Festival
Apr 14, 2017      Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bazaar
Apr 20, 2017     Paris, FR Instantes Chavires
Apr 22, 2017      Berlin, DE Ausland
Apr 23, 2017      Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique
Apr 25, 2017      London, UK Electrowerkz
Apr 26, 2017      Brighton, UK The Haunt (w/ Blanck Mass)
Apr 27, 2017      Nottingham, UK Chameleon
Apr 28, 2017      Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
Apr 29, 2017      Bristol, UK The Exchange
May 3, 2017       Lisbon, PT ZDB
May 4, 2017       Madrid, ES La Boite
May 5, 2017       Barcelona, ES Upload
May 6, 2017       Krems, AT Donau Festival
May 21, 2017     Durham, NC Moogfest

Mark Lanegan Band’s Nocturne

it’s been a while.

Mark Lanegan Band will release Gargoyle on 28th april on Heavenly Recordings, three years after the radiant Phantom Radio.

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the 10-track LP features guest appearances from long-term and first-class collaborators such as Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood.

Nocturne, the first single, lives up to its name and is best served at a full moon. with your headset on, this heady, fantastic song will take you company magnificently.

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life with Japandroids

oh boy, 2017 will augur well. the fantastic Japandroids plan to offer us a vibrant new start of the year under the form of a third album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, highly expected on 27th january via ANTI-.

like Post-Nothing (2009) and Celebration Rock (2012), the album will contain 8 songs. the band explains that  “this is because 8 songs is the standard template for a great rock’n roll album: Raw Power by The Stooges, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, Marquee Moon by Television, IV by Led Zeppelin, Horses by Patti Smith, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Remain In Light by Talking Heads, Master Of Puppets by Metallica, etc.”

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Japandroids is the brilliant brainchild of Brian King (guitar, lead vocals) and David Prowse (drum, lead vocals), a genuine energetic bomb of tremendous exhilarating tunes. the band’s critically acclaimed albums, including No Singles (2010), are a clever mixture of refreshing garage, noise rock and post-punk that will make you out of breath.

the band has just started a comprehensive tour, first Mexico and Australia, and from 2017 on, USA and Europe (april 22nd in berlin). the complete schedule is here and you can pre-order Near To The Wild Heart Of Life alongside the eponymous 7” on Anti- website directly.

Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound

yeahh, Cloud Nothings‘ forthcoming album Life Without Sound will power up the winter on january 27th, 2017. Chris Brown (lead guitar) joins the forces on the fifth album of the band founded by Dylan Baldi  (guitar, lead vocals), with TJ Duke (bass, backing vocals) and Jayson Gerycz (drums).

Modern Act is the first single taken from Cloud Nothings’ new album, expected on Carpark Records.

 

the thrilling noise-rock band from cleveland, ohio, will be in town in 2017 to present the follow-up of the highly acclaimed predecessor 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else. the complete schedule can be found here:

October 14th – Greenville, SC – Fall for Greenville Fest
November 12th – Santa Ana, CA – Outpost Festival
November 14th – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
November 16th – Los Angeles, CA – Hi Hat
January 26th – Cleveland, OH – Beachland ballroom
January 27th – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
January 28th – Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
January 30th – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
January 31st – Boston, MA – Paradise
February 1st – New York, NY – Webster Hall
February 3rd – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
February 10th – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
March 1st – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
March 2nd – Malmo, SE – Babel
March 3rd – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
March 5th – Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
March 6th – Hamburg, DE – Knust
March 7th – Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
March 8th – Munich, DE – Kranhalle
March 9th – Cologne, DE – Luxor
March 11th – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
March 12th – Brussels, BE – Botanique
March 14th – Paris, FR – Petit Bain
March 16th – Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 17th – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
March 18th – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
March 19th – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
March 21st – London, UK – Koko
March 22nd – Birmingham, UK – The Hare & Hounds
March 23rd – Brighton, UK – The Haunt

Boobs of DOOM

five seconds was the precise time we needed to get hooked on to what can be described as “Portishead having an argument with Mogwai at a Sunn O))) concert”, as the band reports it better. a genius mix of doom, grime, psychedelic, drone, stoner, rock and hop that snatched our ears with a violence and a dictation comparable to a hornet campaign ready to defeat the most dreadful monsanto herbicide. a savage vibrato originated from an electrifying scottish band.

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born along the luxuriant riviera of glasgow, Boobs of DOOM is the brainchild of Sadsack Macdoom and Thumper, two funny blokes who met while playing online to World of WarCraft  in 2008. yes, you read it properly, it happens that video game addiction may inspire brilliant tunes, and not insignificant ones.

the exciting thing about Boobs of DOOM lies in the clever mixture of layers and sounds that the band superposes in abundance, but without debauchery.
their latest dazzling mix D(((O)))(((O)))MHAMMER. is a genuine example of the number of coatings manipulated by these damn talented war crafters. 20 proper minutes of dirty vibes, a rightful threatening ascension to a heart-warming corrupted planet, where music and noise buzz gracefully.


 
Boobs of DOOM’s music is therefore made of different shades, such as in Bramblescar, Mankrik’s Fury Unending, where the duet jumps on arabian one-humped camels, inviting snakes and trap-door spiders to follow suit to an endless hole radiated by the sun. or in Ampulex Dementor Politique from their album 06. (((BLACK HOLE))) released in 2015 – an electro-drone apocalyptic composition that could soundtrack the most deranged zombi film or doomsday scenario. speaking of films, the duo actually describes himself as ‘morbid misanthropes, trying to soundtrack the end of the world’. and they seem to be pretty talented at it.


 
on last june, Boobs of DOOM self-released 07. (((WHITE NOISE))), an album which takes us to the bristol coast and spreads a vibrant trip hop echo, dear to the 90’s. our ears are nevertheless invited to plan over unctuous dark lakes, where no bird would venture to fly, but may offer a solid foundation to Stanisław Lem’s Solaris (especially, nihilism: thanks for nothing…).

07. (((WHITE NOISE))) gives the impression of a sunny coastal border befouled by a sank-off tanker, despite balmy layers of unsullied sands. occasionally, the horizon gets a little bit brighter, notably in the opening of 00101110 01100100 01000001 01100101 01100100 00100000 01010011 01001001 00100000 01101110 01001111 01100111 01000101 *error404* (we hope you enjoy the title as much as we do): a rainy curtain sounds like riding the surroundings of some sort of glumly grime. successively, a gentle, obsessive guitar line provides a brighter reflection to filthy vibrations, revealing a possible colour-like rainbow.


 
the half darken spell of this new album is confirmed by dream of she, which shows clear reminiscences of the aforementioned 90’s bristol sound. a muffled tune is chaperoned by a muted trumpet and a few clear guitar notes, conveying to the song a mellow, heady tune that, eventually, adorns with a sooty cover reinforced by a saturated guitar and ghostly vocals.

so, darkness, intimidation and warmth are on the agenda of this delectable seventh album. it happens also that drones vanish very briefly to calm down a possible addiction to this greasy sound. the only two-second break in the middle of know yr place, stupid hyoomaan! is absolutely thrilling, as if a cotton bud had liberated our ears from a permanent drain plug. yet we shouldn’t make a mistake about it: noise abides until the end, regardless of the gentleness relayed by the unexpected the great northern psychedelic cull that complete the journey to this honey-tongued odyssey in restrained rage and splendour. the song culminate with an amusing nasal voice pointing out “that’s because we are scottish”.

we have now come full circle and deduce that this inspired auto-produced duo deserves greatly to find a proper home in order to release their music. so, in the meanwhile you can treat yourself with their fascinating tracks and albums here.

We’ve Come So Far

A Place To Bury Strangers offered a resonating, rightful conclusion to Death By Audio (DBA)  – a former warehouse space in brooklyn dedicated to artists and musicians. initiated by Oliver Ackermann (APTBS’s guitarist and singer) in 2002, the place took its name from the boutique effects pedal company created also by Ackerman, which reputation is firmly established among noise bands and guitar fans.

the band said their last goodbyes to the space in 2014 and Matthew Conboy filmed their music video for the new single We’ve Come So Far, from their latest album Transfixiation. please set the volume at the maximum before clicking on the play button.

 

Eraser

if you need a new haircut or just to refresh your mind, or alternatively to expel the rage you accumulated today, we recommend you to watch this impressive and abrasive version of METZ’s Eraser, commissioned by Pitchfork and GoPro. beware, it’s not for the squeamish.

 

Spit You Out!

bored of your neighbour’s amateur music?
sick of people’ dumbness and stupidity?
hate for bigotry?
disgust for political environmental hypocrisy?
apodictic necessity to expel some rage against revolting election results?

follow Metz‘s example, and Spit You Out (loud).

Holy Fuck’s Red Lights

among our favourite space bands, there is a canadian four-piece who has also one of the most inspired band names. alas, since 2010 and the release on Young Turks of the exhilarating, refreshing masterpiece called Latin, Holy Fuck have been showing sporadic signs of activity via social media. but this year, signals became stronger through time-to-time gigs, showing possible evidences of a forthcoming rebirth (leap, leap) – a perfect moment to remember the fantastic Red Lights, featuring pretty skilful cats.