I recently (well, it was a couple of months back actually) had the great pleasure of spending some time chatting with Brighton based ‘supergroup,’ BAD FOR LAZARUS. You can ‘eavesdrop’ our conversation by buying a (copy?) of this month’s ARTROCKER MAGAZINE (which is now available exclusively as a ‘tablet’ publication) …… or you may just want the easy option and click here!
Let me take you back to 22nd August last year. That’s the date LOUD HORIZON first brought news of Glasgow’s THE DEADLINE SHAKES. At hat point, they had made no recordings and had played only a handful of shows. This is what LOUD HORIZON said then.
Since that date, my conviction has has proved justified with the likes of STEVE LAMACQ, TOM ROBINSON, VIC GALLOWAY, JIM GELLATLY, ARTROCKER, THE LIST and loads more adding their support.
Their new single, ‘Boy‘ is scheduled for release on the Flowers in the Dustbin label on 18th March and the video, which was directed by band member Iain McKinstry, photographed by Gregor MacEwan and filmed on location in Platform Theatre, Glasgow is shown below. (If you’re wondering why The Soundcloud link is also posted, it’s so that the track is also played out via the LOUD HORIZON page on the HYPE MACHINE.)
It was back in September 2011 that LOUD HORIZON first wrote about SPECTRES. The final words in that little piece were: ‘Bottom line is that I love this shit! Here’s the EP in its entirety. It’s the future!‘
And it was indeed!
Since then, the band have amongst other things, won ARTROCKER MAGAZINE’S title of ‘Unsigned Band of the Year.‘ (I may be biased, but THAT’S the reward they ALL want!)
Anyway – about a month ago their label, Howling Owl Records announced that SPECTRES would be releasing a new EP come March. Obviously knowing how to create genuine market demand, the canny people at Howling Owl decided on a Limited Edition release of only one hundred, 12″ vinyl, each with handmade sleeves & artwork.
Unsurprisingly, these have already been snapped up by way of advance orders and so a second pressing is now in production. (You can order a copy of that one here!)
Want to know what all the fuss is about? Well, here you go …… and remember where you heard it first ( I think I’m right in saying SPECTRES picked up their Artrocker award in September 2012 – some twelve months after LOUD HORIZON wrote the above!)
Don’t you just HATE a smart-arse??!
(… and here, just for the hell of it is a track from last year’s EP that kicked the whole thing off:)
As soon as I post this, I know I’ll probably think of another selection, but I THINK the following three tracks are my favourites of the year. (The epic Bo Ningen track qualifies because although the video is not from 2012, the song itself appears in the form of Part 1 and Part 2 of their new album, ‘Line The Wall.’)
And .. can I just say that my banging on about Dark Horses, and in particular the track ‘Radio’ (even before it was released as a single) has been vindicated by virtue of the fact that it was voted ‘Single Of The Year’ at the recent Artrocker Awards ceremony.
Finally, though I’ve seen so many brilliant bands this year, one of the best was Sound of Guns at King Tuts, here in Glasgow. The atmosphere was electric and the lads really put on a show. This is my favourite track of theirs:
LOUD HORIZON recently joined hot new Glasgow band THE DEADLINE SHAKES for a beer and a chat. You can read the resultant ARTROCKER ‘NEW BLOOD‘ feature by clicking here.
Whilst flicking through an old copy of Artrocker Magazine, I noticed that they (‘we!‘) had the foresight to run a small New Blood feature on MY TIGER MY TIMING as far back as November 2009. Now, of course the broad-sheets and national radio have cottoned on to what some of us knew three years back … (smug smile!)
The band have matured and developed further of course, as the ambitious new video for ‘Let Me Go,’ illustrates. Using a specially designed camera rig, it features singer Anna being kidnapped and dragged through a nightmarish dream world by a ragged storybook monster. The single was recently featured as 6 Musicʼs ‘Record of the Week’ and is the fourth to be taken from their debut album ‘Celeste‘ which was released in July.
Here you go:
Their new EP, ‘Holding The Gun‘ is set for release on 29th October, and as a precursor, the band have made the title track available as free download.
Can’t say fairer than that!
The BO NINGEN feature that was prepared for the current (October 2012) issue ofARTROCKER MAGAZINE has been reproduced within the HORIZON INTO VIEW page.
The DIGNAN PORCH feature that was prepared for the New Blood section of the current (October 2012) issue of ARTROCKER MAGAZINE has been reproduced within the HORIZON INTO VIEW page.
I have reproduced here the ‘New Blood’ feature that was written for this month’s ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, introducing Boston’s THE OCULAR AUDIO EXPERIMENT.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Lisa Elle, vocalist with the archetypal artrock band, DARK HORSES. (The resulting NEW BLOOD feature for ARTROCKER MAGAZINE will be reproduced here in a couple of weeks.)
Obviously, a good deal of what we discussed centred on the band’s forthcoming album ‘Everywhere’ – and what an amazing debut it is!
Last year I banged on and on about The Savage Nomads (and I think you’ll find I was right about them, he says smugly!) and this year I have the same feeling about DARK HORSES. This album has ….well everything really.
Throughout the album, there is an air of mystique – the sense of which is compounded when you ally the band’s sound to their videos and live performances. It is this distinctive presence that I’m sure has contributed to the various comparisons with The Velvet Underground that seem so prolific across the web.
Now, that’s a mighty comparison! But whether or not it’s strictly accurate as far as the music goes, it’s not one that DARK HORSES are likely to either shirk or indeed ‘shake’ in the short-term at least.
I guess that if you were forced to ‘pigeon-hole’ DARK HORSES, you’d say they were principally a ‘psychedelic’ band. But then … they are more than that; much more.
For instance: on the opening track ‘Rose,’ there is a distinct Eastern vibe (Indian) running throughout; a very ‘hippy-trippy’ type of glorious vibe. The same could be said for ‘No Dice,’ but this time there is more of a dark under-belly to the sound, and the bass line and drums seem to echo the beat associated more with Native American Indians.
‘Radio,’ has just been released as a single – and is without doubt my favourite of the year!
This is followed by the earlier release, ‘Alone,’ which has more of an electro feel, but is also interspersed with little Krautrock flashes that remind me of Kraftwerk. ‘Boxing Day’ kinda keeps within this groove before the mood changes with the afore-mentioned, darker ‘No Dice.’
‘Traps,’ to me has the sound of an electro-burlesque-disco if that makes any sense. It flows effortlessly and seductively through its five minute duration. ‘Count Me In’ features the additional vocals of Kasabian’s Thomas Meighan (the two bands go back a bit together) and is a real slow-burner. The first half is pretty downbeat, but the sound fills up in the latter stages as the intensity grows, though it drops again when Thomas’s vocal drops in rather atmospherically for the last few lines.
‘Black Music,’ (all one and a half minutes of it) is like a counter-balance to ‘white noise.’ To be honest, I have no idea what this is all about, other than to show that the band is not shy of a little experimentation and variety.
‘Sanningen On Mig’ is Swedish (Lisa Elle is Swedish) and I think translates to something like ‘The Truth About Me.’ (I could be way, way off on this one!) It’s sung in Swedish, so again I have no idea what it’s about, but it does have more of a ‘serious’ and introspective feel to it. It definitely sticks out from the other tracks on the album as being more ‘heartfelt’ and personal.
There then follows an inspired version of Talking Heads’ ‘Road To Nowhere,’ before the throbbing pulse and phsych-flavoured, dreamy ‘S.U.N’ pounds its incessant beat into your brain. ‘Anna Minor,’ has a hauntingly beautiful vibe, before the album closes with ‘The Archer,’ a two and a half minute instrumental that again seems to take influence from the Krautrock exponents of yesteryear.
All in all – if you are to buy just one album this year ….. make it this one!
(Actually, I’m about to review the new album from Bo Ningen – with whom DARK HORSES have worked on a re-mix of their debut single ‘Alone,’ – so you maybe better consider buying two albums this year!)
(‘Everywhere’ is released in October 2012.)
(10 / 10)
Yup, that’s right! It’s the Olympic Rings on LOUD HORIZON.
See – the only thing that can realistically keep me away from music for any length of time, is sport! And this is why you will not have seen much in the way of new posts to the blog over the past few days ….. and why you will not see too many others coming these next ten days or so!
(For me, this first week has been all about the Handball, Basketball and Gymnastics. But come the Track & Field sessions I’m really gonna have to be prised out my seat to go to work!)
To be fair, I have been tied up in the past week or two with prepping articles for the next couple of issues of ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, copies of which will be posted here in due course.
I should have a few brief pieces up over the next few days, and will post a review of the forthcoming debut album by DARK HORSES. (Last year I predicted great things for THE SAVAGE NOMADS .. and it is all coming together nicely for them, but this year’s big tip is most definitely DARK HORSES!)
Anyway – in celebration of Europe’s best festival, REBELLION, ( which opens this Thursday, the 2nd August and which I can’t make for the third year in a row due to work commitments …… aaaaargh!) I think I’ll console myself by posting a selection of sounds & videos by some of the bands playing.
Thanks for sticking with LOUD HORIZON. Normal service will be resumed after hundreds of dreams have been realised; thousands of hopes crumble; the Olympic cauldron fizzles out and I regain the use of my legs, having had my arse moulded to the contours of the settee for sixteen days solid!
Here’s the first of the REBELLION selection:
(Actually, the ‘band’ will be appearing as The Choking Victim Show. Those familiar with LEFTOVER CRACK, will know that CHOKING VICTIM were the forerunners and that Stza Crack has been -unsuccessfully- trying to bring a re-united line-up to the UK for a number of years. So, Dublin’s Chewing On Tinfoil have stepped up the mark and they will back Stza on this visit throughout which the whole set will comprise original CV songs.)
My recent chat with MUMMY SHORT ARMS front-man James Allan appears in this month’s ‘NEW BLOOD’ section of ARTROCKER MAGAZINE and is reproduced here. (This is where you can also obtain a free download of the album track ‘Where’s The Mortuary.’)
Danish band PINKUNOIZU (as featured in last month’s Artrocker Magazine) are set to release their debut album towards the end of March. (LOUD HORIZON should hopefully have a review posted online shortly.)
Meantime, the track ‘Parabolic Delusions’ will be released on a split 7″ vinyl with the excellent Hooded Fang on the 5th of March, via the Full Time Hobby label.
Here’s a sample of what we can expect:
Every morning for the past three weeks, I have rushed downstairs like an excited kid at Christmas to see if the postman has delivered my vinyl copy of the new album (‘Dead Magick’) by Icelandic band DEAD SKELETONS.
Alas (when did you last see that word used in a music blog?) it seems it is currently ‘out of stock,’ at the retailer.
So – for now I’m just going to have make-do with the intoxicating eight and a half minute video for the track ‘Dead Mantra.’ (I tell you – if you’re interested enough to be reading LOUD HORIZON at all, you’ll love this track!)
(It’s good to see my ARTROCKER buddies giving the latest single to be lifted from the album, ‘Om Mani Peme Hung’ the ‘Single Of The Month’ accolade in the March issue of the magazine.)
Watch the video here.
(The following article was written for ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, issue #114, October 2011)
Listening to the refreshing, clean and varied sounds on ‘Coloured Clutter,’ the debut album from London’s The Savage Nomads, it quickly becomes apparent that here is a band whose music, despite the array of influences, is distinctly ‘uncluttered.’
“The album, I think is testament to our record collection; to our parents’ record collections,” explains vocalist / guitarist Cole Salewicz. “The music, I like to think, doesn’t sound like any guitar music coming out of the UK in past ten to fifteen years. We drew influence from everything really. Billy (drums) for instance is very much into dub and reggae; Joe’s (guitar / vocals) really into IDM – artists like Four Tet for example, but can play everything from Metallica to Megadeth, while Josh (bass) is a big Charlie Mingus fan although we initially bonded over The Clash.”
“It’s all about incorporating these different rhythms and guitar sounds”
For his part, Cole initiated The Savage Nomads as a three-piece with Josh and Billy in early 2008.
“At that point it was predominately really stripped down, spoken-word pieces with me more or less reciting poetry over a bass-line and drum ‘cause I wasn’t so nifty on the guitar! But that’s an element of the music that’s continued, we’ve just expanded upon it. That’s how I write all the songs – initially they all come in poetic form and are then developed in rehearsals with the whole band involved in the melodies.”
Cole is aware that The Savage Nomads’ distinctive sound is like likely to divide opinion:
“I have absolutely no problem with that. I like to think we’re provoking thought – it means we’re doing a good job. I think people succumb to music these days that doesn’t really challenge anything that’s come before. It’s all a follow-on to what’s gone previously, which is kind of depressing. We’re quite aware that we’re not a ‘Vaccines’ type band with verse / chorus, verse / chorus structures and as a result will have to graft really hard, build up a following and get the name out there over a period of time. I don’t see it as being and overnight sensation if you like.”
But with the likes of Mick Jones (The Clash) actively championing their cause, and arguably this year’s best debut album from a British band now under their belt, The Savage Nomads may have complete control over their career opportunities sooner than Cole expects.
St .Neotts hardcore band IMPACT feature within the New Blood section of the current ARTROCKER MAGAZINE.
Read what we wrote here.
Although Glasgow based FOR ABEL have been around in one form or another for a few years now, I recently met with vocalist Robert Armstrong to prepare a short article for the NEW BLOOD section of ARTROCKER MAGAZINE.
You can read what Robert had to say here.
Glasgow artrock noisniks gave a recent interview to Loud Horizon’s Colin Jackson.
(OK – it was ‘exclusively’ for ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, but Loud Horizon can also lay claim to the piece!)
Read it here.
The interview with Ireland’s FIGHT LIKE APES, originally written for this month’s ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, has been reproduced here.
It’s not very often you have to opportunity to chat with a true music icon …. and a genuine personal punk hero to boot!
Unfortunately as most will now know, Poly has recently been undergoing treatment for cancer so the circumstances surrounding our chat were far from ideal. However, she is an amazing woman and her mood was really upbeat and positive as she willingly spoke of her past, present, future and the release of her new album, ‘Generation Indigo.’
Read what Poly has to say here.
Aussie Indie-Rockers BRITISH INDIA paid a visit to the UK towards the end of 2010. LOUD HORIZON’S Colin Jackson caught up with the lads for a beer and a chat, which formed the basis of the ARTROCKER MAGAZINE article (Issue # 108, March 2011) that is reproduced within the HORIZON INTO VIEW page.
THEATRE ROYAL / STANLEY ODD
LOUD HORIZON recently interviewed the above two bands for ARTROCKER MAGAZINE’s ‘New Blood’ feature.
Read about the bands and sample their music within the HORIZON INTO VIEW page.