RELEASE: Out Of Your Ego
RELEASE DATE: 28/04/14
RECORD COMPANY: Seahorse Recordings
Italian dreamgazers Clustersun have flitted at the periphery of my consciousness for awhile now, but after reading a positive review of their work in Big Takeover Magazine and hearing them on the now defunct Flyweight show on college station WZBC, I knew I had to check them out. They also appeared on a compilation I reviewed recently called “Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival”, where they trotted out their trippy band of post punk on a song that also opens this album called “Hipgnosis”.
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The opening bars of "Hipgnosis" wouldn’t be out of place on an early Pink Floyd album, though the vocals are uniquely Clustersun’s. “Meteors” starts off with an almost trademark ominous bass line (which I dig), but that cold wave feeling is quickly nixed by Marco Chisari’s upbeat vocals. “Be Vegetal” is a fine piece of post punk that could have been released anytime in the past 30 years, betrayed only by modern production methods. “Planar I” (is anyone sensing a space theme here?) is a long, spacey song punctuated by trippy electronics and swirling psychedelia. By the 5:30 mark, it transforms into something else altogether, a veritable sonic feast with many layers. The excellent “Nebula” sounds a lot like the great English band, Sad Lovers and Giants, at least vocally. Maybe it’s a question of mood too, as the band brandishes melancholia freely. “Floating” is also in this vein, with some very nice atmospheric guitar work. Then we have “Planar II”, which also has that English post punk vibe, guitar work sliding into Chameleons territory. The song is short but dense, and sweet in the way that good music always is. The band closes the album with the self-titled “Clustersun”, a simmering space rock instrumental. I could actually see them opening a show with this!
In any case, this album has been out for a year and the band sings solely in English and they go well beyond the sometimes limited realms of shoegaze. It’s a really cool record from a promising young band who just finished up their US tour. Let’s hope they come see us again!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she days "continues to define my existence". During and after her college years, she ran a weekly radio show at WMUA FM Radio and also at a community station in Springfield, MA, in addition to writing music and concert reviews for the college newspaper. At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and recently began producing a semi-regular Mixcloud-based show called The Kitchen Sink. In the real world, when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music.
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Postpunk? Shoegaze ? Pop? Hermetic Delight aren’t afraid to play with aesthetics, embracing a singular identity. With the release of Heartbeat 12’’, in 2013, their last maxi single that splashed all over the blogosphere, the five members of Hermetic Delight have built up a solid following and are a band to keep an eye on. Founded in 2011 & hailing from Strasbourg in France, we caught up with the band and asked them a few questions on Music, Future Plans & their involvement in Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival. Check it out:
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND AND HOW YOU ORIGINALLY CAME TOGETHER?
We are a 5 piece band from Strasbourg/France in 2 guitars, a bass, drums and a singer format. We’re making this music that is sometimes called to remind a good mixture of noise pop and shoegaze.
We can say that the band was actually formed by Delphine (drums). She took up drum lessons for a while and she wanted and needed to form a band. She had met Bob (bass) and Atef (guitar). They kept playing together for a while and when Geoffrey (guitar) and Zeynep (vocals) arrived in 2010, the actual line up was ready to go.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
This has always been a difficult question because each member in the band is into listening to various kinds of musical styles. Our tastes make an eclectic blend altogether but to start with, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Wire, Sonic Youth, etc. are what comes out as influences on both the sound and shape of our band.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MAKING MUSIC?
Everyone in the band has a different story to tell. Some of us started at really early ages some of us a little bit later. What inspired us maybe, is the urge to smash our heads on punk rock (as Sebadoh named it well.)
IS IT A SHOEGAZE REVIVAL OR A REBIRTH? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE RECENT FILM 'BEAUTIFUL NOISE' AND REUNIONS OF SUCH BANDS LIKE RIDE, SWERVEDRIVER, MEDICINE & SLOWDIVE?
It is too early to tell whether this is a revival or a rebirth, but it somewhat seems like both of them are happening. I haven’t watched the film yet, but I definitely will. One of the best parts of this now is that we get to see many of these first-wave bands in live action. We missed the chance to see when they were active because many of us were too young and some of us weren’t even born yet. It’s also amazing that these bands are still great today and that they continue to write new stuff.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE RECENT REVOLUTION SHOEGAZE REVIVAL COMPILATION?
All of a sudden, Gerpfast Kolektif from Indonesia contacted us to send a title for an upcoming joint shoegaze compilation with Ear to Ear Records, but we really didn’t know that this would be such a huge event! This has been a good occasion for us to consider how widespread the shoegaze community really is, and this is very exciting for us to receive such positive feedback from all around the world about this compilation.
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MUSICALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS OVER THE NEXT YEAR?
The next year for us will be about composing as much as we can for an album that we plan to release in 2016 but meanwhile we won’t totally leave live acts aside and we will surely make small surprise releases from time to time. We are in negotiation process with labels at the moment.
IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO COVER ANY ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE & WHY?
We already did two covers for a digital release that came up in 2013. The Funeral Party from The Cure (which is included in the compilation) and The Gravedigger’s Song from Mark Lanegan. The first reason was our desire to pay homage to two musicians, who we respect and love. At the same time, the idea to try to challenge ourselves by experimenting with these songs without totally turning them into mutants, but to reshape them in order to try give an essence of H.D. anyway, was a fun thing to try.
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IF YOU HAD TO PICK 1 OR 2 OR 3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Heartbeatful noise, edgy and danger.
Italian shoegazing is on the rise as far as we're concerned here in the Primal Music Blog HQ. Every one of our contributing writers are in agreement. Italian 'Nu- Shoegaze' bands are creating some of the best sonic sounds around, not only in Italy, but in our opinion, some of the best in Europe!
CLUSTERSUN are an Italian based band riding the crest of the Italian shoegaze tidal wave right now. They create sonically astute, washy, loud shoegazey reverberations infused with blissful walls of sound, cold wave atmospheres & crystal clear dreamy melodies. The band are Marco Chisari - vocals & bass, Mario Lo Faro - guitars, Piergiorgio Campione - synthesizers, keyboards & backing vocals & Andrea Conti - drums. Hailing from Catania, Italy, the band have been together since the beginning of 2013. Their first selfproduced single “Be Vegetal” was included in the CD Summer Sampler 2013 published by american indie label Custom Made Music (Peter Hook & The Light, Freebass, Ringo Deathstarr, Dead Leaf Echo). After that they got signed to the italian indie label Seahorse Recordings for the release of the first album “Out Of Your Ego”. We caught up with the band as they prepare for their first American East Coast tour ( April 23rd to May 3rd - New York, Boston Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Providence, Lancaster, and Lowell) & asked them about their influences, band history & future plans. Check it out:
Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together?
CLUSTERSUN are basically four long-time and really close friends from Catania, Italy, that enjoy making loud noises together. Everything started at the beginning of 2013, when all us four began to rehearse together just for having fun and playing loud. Very loud! We instantly found a wonderful feel and interplay between us: that comfortable sensation of speaking the same musical language, with cranked amps, reverbs and eyes pointed at our feet. So our strong human interconnection and common musical background helped a lot in moving things really fast. We soon self-produced our first song, "Be Vegetal" and put it on Soundcloud. The wonderful Dave Allison of U.S. indie label Custom Made Music heard it and appreciated it: he included it in CMM Summer Sampler, a compilation of shoegaze, post-punk, psych, garage from great acts of all over the world. That really pushed things up and was a big spotlight for us. A few weeks later we signed with Italian indie label Seahorse Recordings, run by Italian underground legend Paolo Messere: he brought us in the studio at the end of 2013 for recording our first album "Out Of Your Ego", which came out in April 2014.
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Describe your sound?
We try to mix shoegaze, dreampop, coldwave and psychedelia with hypnotic-obsessive bass lines, dark and cold drum pattern, a strongly expressive guitar with a range that goes from ambient ethereal mood to fuzz-and-reverb madness, fat analog synths and dreamy vocal melodies. Our album "Out Of Your Ego" came out with a distinctive airy-spacey-dreamy-ethereal mood that we love, but we are now at work exploring our fuzzier, grittier, dirtier side in the live renditions of the album tracks and especially in the new material that is coming out at rehearsals. We hate to stand still.
What do you love about shoegaze?
Shoegaze is a music that can bring you to another dimension, sonically and mentally. It lets you a lot of freedom and big room for experimentation, allowing your creativity to expand in many directions. From a musician’s point of view is like a place where you’re encouraged to breaking borders and pushing things at their limits.
Your song ‘Hipnosis’ is on the compilation ‘REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival’. How did that come about and what does this all mean?
We were delighted to be involved In “REVOLUTION - The Shoegaze Revival”, which is an international compilation put together for Ear to Ear Records by a great artist and friend Shauna McLarnon – she is the vocalist in one of the bands we love most, Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma. We were glad to contribute with our single “Hipgnosis”, that sits in excellent company alongside stunning tracks by 30 amazing bands from 16 countries of the world, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents: Orangenoise (Pakistan), Sounds of Sputnik (Russia), The Yours (Hong Kong), Trementina (Chile), Ummagma (Canada-Ukraine), Digilite (Indonesia), Jaguwar (Germany), Stellarscope (USA), Spool (Japan), Wozniak (Scotland), Ether Feels (Japan), Hideous Towns (Australia), Lights That Change (Wales, UK), Damascus (Indonesia), Weird. (Italy), Hermetic Delight (France), Rev Rev Rev (Italy), The Evening Primrose (Hong Kong), Stella Diana (Italy), Seaside (Indonesia), Blood Lips (UK), Magao (Japan), Clustersun (Italy), Duelectrum (Brazil), Intenna (Indonesia), Robsongs (Brazil), Slow Motion Picture (USA), Thud (Hong Kong), Sharesprings (Indonesia), and Puna (Peru). This compilation was released on British label Ear To Ear Records and the Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif – this is one of the major shoegaze events of 2015, a detailed representation of what shoegaze was, is and also where it could go, as confirmed by the great endorsement and support by legends like Creation Records co-founder Joe Foster, Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), Stephen Lawrie (The Telescopes), and Louise Trehy (Swallow/ Strata Florida). We are so proud to be part of this. [Editor’s note: check out our recent interview with Joe Foster here].
Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?
We can only say we make visionary music for visionary people, in the most genuine and honest way; we don’t pretend to deliver a particular message to our listeners, maybe an aesthetic ideal.
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Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?
2015 is going to be a really great year for us! In just a few days we’ll announce our first American tour, 9 gigs on the East Coast between New York, Boston Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Providence, Lancaster, and Lowell, from April 23rd to May 3rd. After that we’ll plan touring in Italy and Europe for summer. We are also still at work on new material and it's a very productive and inspiring time for us. We have completed a bunch of new songs that are coming out in a grittier, edgier and more aggressive mood compared to the ones on the album.
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Can you name some bands from your country or elsewhere as recommended listening?
So many great emerging acts to discover in our country, we highly recommend Rev Rev Rev, Stella Diana, Novanta, My Invisible Friends, In Her Eye, A Modern Way To Die, Weird, La Casa Al Mare, The Crackers, Kimono Lights, 86Sandals, Sonic Jesus, Snow In Mexico, Last Movement, Electric Floor, Allie’s Dope, Winter Severity Index, Klam, Ash Code, and Geometric Vision. You will be able to hear (and download) many of them on the compilation out this week from Shoegazin’ Your Waves.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Keep following CLUSTERSUN at the links below.
Duelectrum are a shoegaze/noise pop band from São Paulo, Brazil, formed by Filipe Albuquerque (guitars), Franklin Weise (bass) and Elson Barbosa (drums), who also plays bass guitar in the super indie post-rock group Herod. As a duo (Filipe e Franklin), Duelectrum independently released the "Duelectr1" EP in 2001, which is now out of print. The "Electrolândia" EP was released in 2008 by Pisces Records and Sinewave.
Sinewave released the "Tempestadestelar" EP, which contains songs recorded between 2002 and 2005, in 2002, as well as the single "Chocolate Love" in 2008. In August 2014, the band released "She Doesn't Feel the Sun" (EP), with a guest appearance by Lucas Lippaus (Herod, Hopping to Collide With, S.O.M.A.) on guitars.
When we talk about modern day shoegazing bands, Brazil based Duelectrum are never far away from peoples lips! Their explosive walls of reverb laden sound are electrifying, emotive, passionate & expressive. Their live shows are a full on assault on your senses, bringing their fans on a musical journey with every note that they play! With their recent inclusion on the massive duel label, shoegaze compilation release - 'Revolution The Shoegaze Revival' on both 'Ear To Ear Records' & 'Gerpfast Kolektif Records', we caught up with the band and peppered them with some intrusive questions on all things music. Check out their frank but agreeable answers below:
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Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together.
I'm Filipe Albuquerque, I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, currently living in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. We started Duelectrum in May 1999 as a duo, with just Franklin Weise and I. At the very beginning, we used to play with a drum machine. Since them, we started to play some concerts (not much) and we recorded four EPs — Duelectr1 (2001); Eletrolândia (2008); Tempestadestelar (2009); and She Doesn't Feel The Sun (2014). We also issued one single — Chocolate Love (2010).
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Who are your biggest influences?
Hard to say, but the shoegaze stuff from late 80's and early 90's, plus some of current bands. Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, the first three Starflyer 59 albums, MBV, Spacemen 3, Astrobrite, Nothing, and Whirr.
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What inspired you to start making music?
Listening to good records, and seeing great bands playing live.
The idea of taking some pop approach, with great melodies, with noisy and loud guitars, some feedback and smooth vocals.
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Is it a Shoegaze revival or a rebirth? What do you think about the recent film 'Beautiful Noise' and reunions of such bands like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and Slowdive?
I think this kind of sound has always been there since the late 80's, influenced by 60's garage bands. The comeback of these bands you mentioned, and the documentary, all these things have brought some light to the sound. Plus there are a huge number of new bands making some good noise, who are keeping the scene rocking. But I cannot really say if this is a revival or even a rebirth, because I really don't know.
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What can we expect to see happening with Duelectrum in the near future?
To release a full length and also give some concerts. We just want to make a lot of noise as loud as we can and sing about ordinary stuff.
From Brazil we have - Herod, This Lonely Crowd, Loomer, Traveling Wave, Justine Never Knew the Rules, The Soundscapes...
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If you had the chance to cover any artist who would it be, what song and why?
We recorded a version of “Eisbaer” by Grausone, in our EP released last year. Also, we used to play Slowdive and some Starflyer 59 tunes at past concerts. For the next record, we have the idea of making a version of a song called "Minha Vida" from a Brazilian hitmaker named Lulu Santos. The lyrics from that song are great, and I think we can make a good noisy version of that song.
If you had to pick 1 or 2 or 3 words to describe your music, what would they be?
Pop, Noisy, Loud.
God bless you all!
Slow Motion Picture are a New York based 5 piece band who's immense atmospheric sound spans many genre's, from Shoegaze & Indie through into Space Rock & the realm of the epic Film Score. Their debut album - 'In Memory Of…' is covered in layers of hidden meanings and buried references to characters its listeners will never actually meet, yet still takes its audience on a journey of pure empathy. Each of the album’s ten songs are based upon a ghost story that multi-instrumentalist/guitarist Brian Caesar (As Tall As Lions) wrote in his early twenties as a way to cope with the passing of his father. Filling each song with haunting vocal melodies, luscious orchestral accompaniment and endless layers of fuzz driven guitars, Caesar, along with former vocalist Lauren Edman (Sleepthief), developed a sound that blended the depth of modern film scores with an airy timbre reminiscent of the shoegaze bands of the early 90’s. Bringing in drummer Aaron Kelly, bassist Dan Timmons and keyboard/synth player Marco Talamo enabled Edman and Caesar to finally bring these songs to the stage in 2013. The band recently added the heart-stopping voice of Scottish singer/multi-instrumentalist Anna Popplestone to its lineup and are looking forward to playing several dates in support of their new LP.
With their recent inclusion in the epic duel label release, 30 band shoegaze compilation - 'Revolution -The Shoegaze Revival', we caught up with the band to ask them about their influences, shoegaze tendencies & what the future holds for them musically. We'd like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the band for taking the time to answer our questions. Check it out:
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Who are you? Tell us about your band.
My name is Brian Caesar and I am in a band called Slow Motion Picture. We started originally as a duo writing songs under a different name. I had some musical accompaniments to these ghost stories that I had written after my father passed on a few years prior and started working with Lauren Edman (our former singer) to try to make these ideas work as songs.
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How did you originally come together?
We would email music, lyrics and top line melody ideas to each other back and forth and they quickly just turned into the songs that I always wanted them to be. We ended up recording a demo EP with some of the songs that would later end up on our debut album that came out this past year. When we wanted to start playing some shows we brought in Aaron Kelly our drummer and after a few different other players were able to finally settle on Dan Timmons as our bassist and Marco Talamo as our keyboard player.
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Who are your biggest influences?
Sigur Ros, Verve, Florence + The Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Smashing Pumpkins, Elbow, Doves, Mew, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Catherine Wheel, Swervedriver.. to name a few. Otherwise, I am highly influenced by a lot of film scores. All of those intricate parts and textures that awaken your senses and help you empathize more with the characters are what I strive to do in my writing.
I'm glad that you worded it that way and not "What is your genre?" .. we cross over a lot of different genres and sub genres within our sound. I like to think of it as cinematic indie space rock.
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I feel that shoegaze really encompasses a lot of the same emotional qualities that film scores have. The driving guitars, the clashing melodies all of it just creates this amazing tonality that takes you somewhere else. I can honestly say that it is my favorite genre because to me it is the only genre to truly capture emotion and surround you with it.
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Is it a Shoegaze revival or a rebirth? What do you think about reunions of such bands like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and Slowdive?
I actually don't think that shoegaze ever really left, but these days it's getting turned on to more and more people. The Grunge era, and Brit-pop eras came in and took over for a bit on the surface, but a lot of those bands had that 'shoegaze' undertone to them. I can't listen to Smashing Pumpkin's Siamese Dream and not think that there is a lot of the same fuzzed out shoegaze that there is on Swervedriver's Duel or MBV's Loveless. Some people say that shoegaze kind of tapered off, but on the contrary since the first appearance of the genre, more and more films, television shows and even commercials started incorporating its influence into their background scores. It was always there directing our feelings in one direction or another. I feel that more recently with bands like M83 & Sigur Ros bringing together these grandiose symphonic ideas and being able to break them up into song structure, that it almost is the evolution of classical film score.
Swervedriver and Slowdive were two of my favorite bands ever. Getting the chance to see them again will be magical. And the fact that they're all selling out much larger venues than they used to play is just further proof that shoegaze has never left.
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Can you tell us about your involvement in the Revolution shoegaze compilation?
I am a huge fan of Ummagma and Sounds of Sputnik. When 'Ear to Ear Records' asked if we would be on this amazing compilation, I jumped for joy. I didn't even know what it was going to be, but hearing that we'd get to be on a compilation with two of my favorite bands got me so excited. Then upon seeing the list of artists featured on it., my mind was blown.. I feel like I am part of something historic. Like I'm on one of my favorite soundtracks.
Music is a way for me to heal. It is probably the way that I communicate best with the world and seeing that it has had an effect on listeners tells me that I did something right.
We're hoping to play a bunch more shows along the East Coast and start working on a new EP.
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Slaughter Joe aka Joe Foster (born Joseph James Foster Ruiz) is a musical artist, record producer, historian, and former child actor based in Scotland. Along with Alan McGee and Dick Green, he formed Creation Records in 1983. He set up the Kaleidoscope Sound label in the mid-1980s, and Creation's subsidiary label Rev-Ola Records in the early 1990s. He is noted for producing the The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Telescopes, Primal Scream', and My Bloody Valentine. He also produced records for many others, including the X-Men, The Jasmine Minks, The Loft, Felt, The Sea Urchins, The Bounty Hunters, Dave Kusworth, 18 Wheeler, Razorcuts, I, Ludicrous, Captain Soul, and The Creation among others.
His early days in music can be traced back to the early 80's avant garde pop of the Television Personalities. He produced the TVP’s classic album, The Painted Word, before joining Alan McGee in the embryonic Biff Bang Pow! In 1983 he formed Creation Records with Alan McGee and Dick Green, going on to become the label’s house producer. In this capacity he produced many of the early singles and albums that distinguished the label, including material by the Loft, Primal Scream, Jesus And Mary Chain and Biff Bang Pow! By 1987 Foster had begun a relationship with My Bloody Valentine, recording singles with them for the Kaleidoscope Sound label, before bringing them, and another artist on that label, Dave Kusworth, to Creation Records. Two albums with Kusworth, plus two Felt collections, were produced in 1988, before he moved to Holland to produce various projects for the Megadisc label.
On his return to England he would use this experience to help young bands tour the low countries, and he also returned to live sound engineering (having initially taken this role with the fledgling Jesus And Mary Chain). In 1991 he set up a small demo studio with Sonic Boom (ex-Spacemen 3) to record the artist’s new material and that of other local bands. The following year he returned to Creation to set up a subsidiary division, the Rev-Ola label, in order to license and remaster material from the 50s to 80s (including the excellent reissues from the Millennium and Sagittarius). He continued to run the label while producing albums by 18 Wheeler and the Creation, the 60s psyche band who originally inspired the parent label’s choice of title. After the break-up of Creation Records, Foster moved on to join the newly formed Poptones label. Then, in 2002, in 2002, joining forces with Cherry Red Records’ Iain McNay in revitalising the Rev-Ola label. He has recently worked with and has released records by - Eugene Kelly, BMX Bandits, Norman Blake, The Fine Arts Showcase, Zoe, Control Freak, The Cake, Roger Nicholls and a Small Circle of Friends, Evie Sands, The Wondermints, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, The Telescopes, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Richard Olsen. Joe Foster's list of musical credits are endless. You can check them out HERE.
His releases under the name Slaughter Joe are: "Slaughter Joe And The Modern Folk Quintet - All Around My Hobby Horse's Head (LP) (Kaleidoscope Sound 1987) & "The Pied Piper Of Feedback" (Creation Records 1990)
More recently Joe Foster has been working tirelessly with todays up & coming bands/artists from all around the globe, instilling his hard earned knowledge of Production, Mastering & Remixing Skills on their music! In my opinion he is a musical visionary & someone that young bands of today should not only look up to, but should investigate as a source of all things music! We sent Joe a few questions about his Career, Todays Rebirth Of Shoegaze & Creation Records. He kindly agreed to answer them. For that we are eternally grateful and we thank him a lot. Check it out:
Del: Hi Joe - Before we start, can I just say that I'm a big fan of yours (STARSTRUCK DEL TALKING). 'The Painted Word' by The Television Personalities is a truly great album. I know that you not only produced it but you played most of the instruments on it as well, so as far as I'm concerned you are a musical visionary!
JF: **Why thank you :-
DEL: When did it all begin musically for you?
JF: **IDK drifted into it I suppose...as a child actor of a low range type haha also my late father was a recording engineer at various studios and the BBC...through his contacts I was working at a tea boy level at various music publishers in ‘’Tin Pan Alley’’ era Denmark Street not too far from where I lived in Fitzrovia...not then at all a fancy part of town let me add haha. The London music world was still just about as it had always been since forever, many of us worked in lowly positions in it looking to work out way up...Dan Treacy worked for Swansong records/Led Zeppelin as an office boy, which he hated haha...Stevie New and Rusty Egan of The Rich Kids etc worked at Warner Bros in the postroom so many other teaboys about hahaha the classic… a lost world haha lost as Atlantis...a shame in some ways as kids cannot feel part of an interesting business, where who knows? Instead they are put out there as contestants on an amateur hour TV show and that’s the new mainstream...tragic really…we would kind of know people like Andrew Loog Oldham or Derek Taylor or whoever...kids today trying a mainstream way know who? Some TV wacko...
I was also studying at the Central School of Art for some years, and moved in that world...still do in some ways haha met all sorts of people..London in that period was pretty buzzing, and we were all part of it, no matter how low we were seen by the movers and shakers, to ourselves we were genius hahaha it was a clubtastic time and we heard so much different music and met so many people some things we felt part of others we observed and liked or hated but all interesting to us as artists...oh well
DEL: You have produced some amazing bands from all around the world, some of them labeled as seriously influential in modern day music. Big names such as - My Bloody Valentine, Jesus And Mary Chain & Primal Scream, to name but a few. But you are also a gifted musician & founding member of The Television Personalities. How difficult was it back then to get your music heard by the right people? And do you have any insight for the bands reading this interview into approaching record labels today?
JF: **As I say, still a small world in music, Soho in London, various places in NYC, Hollywood etc though it was the mainstream but it was reachable we never felt it was impossible….we just wanted to lord it with our art and we kinda did eventually. We never felt ANYTHING was impossible..or difficult. Delusional? probably haha. And if we could not be on the mainstream show or label we would create our own and propose it as a replacement culturally...IDK how gifted I am as a musician..multi talentless perhaps haha
Alas today there has been a creeping amateurisation going on...which has tbh hurt music...if no one is a pro, it’s all for free and it’s all a game..your art means little..grrr haha oh well I better get rich parents :-)
DEL: In the 1980's & into the early 1990's - 'Creation Records' changed the perception of modern music & brought a blissfully immense sound to the ears of a youth culture crying out for something new. Did you ever think that this little independent record label, which you helped to start, would still be influencing kids today - to the extent that nearly every band referenced as influential to them now, were once Creation Records artists?
JF: **We felt that Creation Records and everyone associated with it would be a legendary new beginning never to be forgotten :-) a new world perhaps we were all insane haha perhaps we still are? This bonded us all to a scary degree in a mental no questions way it still does very tribal oh yesh :-) perhaps that needs to occur in a shoegaze rebirth?
DEL: You gave a quote recently about the Ear To Ear Records & Gerpfast Kolektif Records free to download, compilation release, featuring 30 bands from all around the globe, entitled 'Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival'. In it you spoke of a rebirth instead of a revival. Can you recommend some of the newer bands around today, who you are either listening to or working with & who you reckon are contributing to this rebirth?
JF: **Yes exactly I feel this has arisen as what I prefer to call a rebirth a resurgence of a feeling in music in a very organic way...spontaneous something I can identify with...and good grief 30 bands from all over the world? All at once? Having never really met? Something is afoot oh yesh!
The structure of the label (Ear To Ear Records) I find interesting...it is based in Wales and also in Canada...with an awareness of how to publicise the whole thing worldwide...a positive aspect of the internet, like being able to do mixes/remixes without shlepping huge reels around town/the world..opens it all up...one can be anywhere or everywhere like a comic book villain haha the world will be conquered by all this I think this initiative of doing 30 bands right there in a one-er sets out the stall for a whole new thing...and getting it out there makes the magic happen..and it IS magic make no mistake! Let’s focus on these bands to begin...because there will soon be so so many more..and not all the same or even similar...once the genie escapes, it’s game on!!
DEL: Alan McGee was recently quoted as saying that - "Joe Foster was the Andy Warhol of Creation Records as his pop art prophecies always came true" - Taking that quote into context, who, in your opinion out of all of the bands that you had on Creation Records were the stand out acts for you? And why?
JF: Haha very kind of Alan to say that...I am possibly not quite so omnipotent as all that, but maybe I was...and will be again….so you can take me seriously re the new bands compilation, a new world will escape from it!!
The bands? I loved them ALL every one and still do….as different as many of the bands were, if one takes an academic view there are many common themes to them...perhaps I should write a paper haha
DEL: And Finally, What's next for Joe Foster? Who are you working with at the minute?
JF: **Right now I have been recovering from a fairly challenging spinal injury, almost there :-) meanwhile producing/mixing/remixing and mastering a whole slew of artists old/new from all over the world...that is an advantage of internet world haha lately have produced CuT, Fur Cough, The Beat Movement, and Andy Gallagher...and done mixes for Sonisk Bloodbad, The Veldt, Sleepyard and many others...mastering I am doing non stop for artists old and new...been doing a few jazz and exotica type artists in vinyl albums too, as I love the sound...mono vinyl oh yesh :-)....I may well start doing some contemporary artists too...I like to live my life of love and adventure oh yesh haha ........
ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER:
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
Hailing from Modena, Italy, Rev Rev Rev’s sound is influenced by first-wave shoegaze, as well as psychedelic rock, re-metabolizing these elements into a loud, woozy, fuzz-driven context. Their live sets comprise kaleidoscopic video projections waving with music, and the use of self-constructed stomp boxes, producing weird sounds.
The band formed in the summer of 2011, the release of their debut EP, ‘Hypnagogic Visions’ the following year quickly catching the attention of independent webzines and radio stations across Italy; Silent Siren has been included in the shoegaze compilation “Nothing much to lose”, featuring, among others, tracks from Panophonic, Panda Riot, Asàlto al Parque Zoologico, Shi Shi.
Their first LP (self-titled), featuring a psychedelic artwork by Brock Lefferts, has been released in October 2013 and has got lots of positive feedback from press and webzines. Songs from the LP are in rotation on many independent radios. “Rev Rev Rev” were also Number 3 on the 2013 Shoegazer Alive Top 10, were included in the ShoegazeMania Top Ten and in several other 2013 charts. Since the Summer of 2014 their debut album has been distributed in Japanese record stores.
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A digital single has been released in October 2014 on WinWin Records, a new label founded by One Little Indian Records members (iTunes link: http://smarturl.it/Rev-Rev-Rev-iTunes). Side A - “Catching A Buzz” has been featured on Steve Lamacq's show on BBC 6 Radio and its video has been in première on Clash Music Magazine.
Since September 2013 Rev Rev Rev have toured across Italy, Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Czech Republic, and in October 2014 UK, Switzerland and France. Recently “Rev Rev Rev” has been nominated as best self-produced album by PIMI (Premio Italiano Musica Indipendente).
Their latest inclusion in the massive 30 band, worldwide shoegaze compilation comprised by Ear To Ear Records & Gerpfast Kolektif Records entitled: Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival shouldn't come as a surprise! This band are one of the forerunners of this latest rebirth in the shoegazing genre! Their impressive sound & explosive live shows have seen them grow in strength as they move forward in this modern musical landscape. We caught up with the band and grilled them with some intrusive questioning! Big thanks to Rev Rev Rev for taking part & answering the questions for us.
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Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together.
We're from Modena, Italy (the town you may have heard of in relation to Ferrari, Lambrusco red wine and balsamic vinegar). We (Sebastian and Laura) are a couple and we've been in the band since the beginning in 2011, while Greta (drums) and Andrea (bass) joined us more recently, after some line-up changes.
My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, The Velvet Underground, Loop, Dinosaur Jr., and The Pixies.
Describe your sound?
Our sound is kind of first-wave shoegaze, with a touch of psychedelic rock and noise. The output is loud, woozy, fuzz-driven.
What inspired you to start making music?
Listening to the music we like. Bands like, say, Sonic Youth, or MBV themselves, made us understand that there is no limit, nor is there technical concern about the sounds you can make with your instruments. The only North Star is the feelings and states of mind you would like to get.
What do you love about shoegaze?
It’s hypnotic, still loud tones, and being melodic and experimental as well.
Can you tell us about your involvement in the Revolution shoegaze compilation?
We're really proud to be part of this project; Ear to Ear Records (UK), Gerpfast Kolektif (Indonesia) and Shameless Promotion PR have managed to put together such geographically distant bands, concurring to paint a picture with so many shades of shoegaze...
Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?
We're working on new stuff and should be able to release an LP in some months. The new tunes are more in the vein of experimentation, still keeping the shoegaze attitude. Probably we're going to do a vinyl pressing too. Then we're going to tour as much as possible.
Can you name some bands from your country or elsewhere as recommended listening?
Among the highest peaks reached by Italian pop music, we would mention Franco Battiato and CCCP Fedeli alla linea. In the contemporary indie scene we recommend Stella Diana, La Casa al Mare, Clustersun, 86sandals, and My Invisible Friend.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
We just took part in a tribute compilation to Ride managed by The Blog That Celebrates Itself, covering “Polar Bear”. It's another very nice project, which will be released soon: we hope you will like it.
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Artist Name: Revolution - A Shoegaze Revival ( Compilation )
Release Date: 11/02/15
Record Company: Ear To Ear Record's & Gerpfast Kolektif Record's
On the 11th of February 2015 a collaboration of 2 amazing Independent record label's, Ear To Ear Record's & Gerpfast Kolektif Record's, will bring together 30 band's from all over the world, to celebrate, with us listener's, the spirit of a new wave of underground shoegaze. This collection of like minded artist's have not only donated their epic track's, but have all agreed that this compilation will be available to download for free from both record companies bandcamp page's respectively.
We've already introduced you to this mammoth undertaking but if you haven't read about it yet, you can do so HERE.
" Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival' is an epic, truly international 30-track compilation comprised of outstanding original material. Such band's have set the stage for shoegaze pioneers’ return to today’s scene by upholding their wall of sound and painting it with breathtaking colour. Some of these band's are also ‘first wave’ but have remained underground, while some are newbies – the ‘second wave’ of shoegaze"
The featured bands on the compilation are: //orangenoise (Pakistan), Sounds of Sputnik (Russia), The Yours (Hong Kong), Trementina (Chile), Ummagma (Canada-Ukraine, Digilite (Indonesia), Jaguwar (Germany), Stellarscope (USA), Spool (Japan), Wozniak (Scotland), Ether Feels (Japan), Hideous Towns (Australia), Lights That Change (Wales, UK) ,Damascus (Indonesia), Weird. (Italy), Hermetic Delight (France), Rev Rev Rev (Italy), The Evening Primrose (Hong Kong), Stella Diana (Italy), Seaside (Indonesia), Blood Lips (UK), Magao (Japan), Clustersun (Italy), Duelectrum (Brazil), Intenna (Indonesia), Robsongs (Brazil), Slow Motion Picture (USA), Thud (Hong Kong), Sharesprings (Indonesia), Puna (Peru).
We've promised to introduce you to every single one of the 30 band's involved in this epic release, individually, in post's featuring 10 band's at a time. So far we've given you, the reader, link's to the first 10 band's on this compilation. We've given you links to each band's Social Media Site's & also link's to where you can find their music. The importance of a collection of this size & magnitude should not be overlooked. These underground shoegaze & dreampop artist's represent a wave of music that should be celebrated worldwide by old school fan's of the genre & new fan's alike. This is the new wave ........ This is shoegaze ......... Let's celebrate it together!
You can read what we had to say about the first 10 band's on this compilation: 'Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival' - HERE.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
Below is the next 10 band's from this epic compilation with link's to their music & information on each band:
1) Hideous Towns - Pets
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Ryan and Chris have been friend's for year's, moving in together after high school where they started writing subpar guitar pop songs. Ashley was discovered through his mother who worked with Ryan at a pub and heard Ryan playing music off his phone that she was used to hearing from Ashley's room, she knew he wanted to drum in a proper band. After a few month's of practicing and mucking around at Ashley's place, Alana was found from a music website after she recently moved to Melbourne looking for a band to join. Straight away it was obvious that she was an incredible singer and fit perfectly. The song's started pouring out, now fully formed and deemed good enough to show the public. First gig was played in September 2013 and since then there have been many more. There is a self-recorded and self-released single and now a full EP out as of November 2014.
2) Ether Feels - Morning Star
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Ether Feels is a Japanese trio, who play shoegaze music with a leaning towards indie rock and power pop. Members Tomo, Yoko and Kita-Kun are based in Osaka, Japan. Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ride, Nirvana, David Sylvian, MBV, J&MC, Wannadies and Lemonheads are among the band's who have inspired them. They released their first 8-track album "Ether Feels" in July 2010, and followed up with their second 7-track album "Raindrop Sparkle" in November 2011. Available through Amazon and Disk Union within Japan (search for "Ether Feels"). In 2012, they released the 4-track EP "Annabelle Flowers" on CD through Bah! Records Indonesia, quickly followed by another 4-track EP "Red Dress Girl" on Bandcamp. They also participated in the shoegaze compilation "The Sun Rises in the East", released on Shiny Happy Records, alongside other renowned Japanese bands like Flannel, Sugardrop, Oeil, and Bertoia. In July 2014, Ether Feels released its latest EP "Twilight Dreams" on CD, which is available through Tower Records Japan, Amazon Japan, Bandcamp, and elsewhere. From 2012 to 2014, they have been playing concerts and have performed at some high level festivals, such as the Japan Shoegazer Festival Osaka and Kyoto Shoegazer Festival. Through these events, they have shared the stage with Lemon's Chair, Cruyff in the Bedroom, Kipu Kirota, AOQ, Saturday and Penguin and Coffee, Cigarette in Your Bed, Boyfriends Dead, and Penguin Airways... Ether Feels has more recently been receiving support from DKFM Shoegaze Radio and Muso Planet Magazine, among others.
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3) Intenna - My Flowery Dream
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Intenna was founded in November 2010 and is from Malang, Indonesia. The band members are Ni Nyoman Nanda Putri Lestari, Dwianto Prastowo, Ovan Zaihnudin, Pugud Haidi Agusdilla, and Henry Setyawan. - " We are a band consisting of five member's from Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Ni Nyoman Nanda Putri Lestari as the only girl in the band takes the vocal duty, then Dwianto Prastowo and also Ovan Zaihnudin as guitarists, Pugud Haidi Agusdilla as bassist and the last one, the man behind all of us, Henry Setyawan as drummer. About the genre of our music, we cannot specify it, but according to Indonesian music site, WastedRockers. They wrote and call our music : "Intenna is like the crossover between slowcore, dreampop, lo-fi, space rock and drone rock, which is almost can be heard from the English band in 90's era, such as Flying Saucer Attack, Loveliescrushing, Jessamine, Movietone, Crescent and Amp." So maybe, it can be say, it's bit difficult to coup the texture of our music, right? Right now, we are working on our first album. The plan is that we can release it at the end of this year or maybe on early 2015. We already released a cassette record split album with fellow group Guttersnipe, under the Forthe Record label. This cassette already sold out since February 2014 where we contributed two singles titled Flowery and Thirst. We also have two singles more as demo that is, Dansa Hujan and Little Miss Sunshine which were recorded in 2010".
4) Slow Motion Picture - Opening
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Slow Motion Picture’s debut 'In Memory Of…' is an album covered in layers of hidden meanings and buried references to characters its listeners will never actually meet, yet still takes its audience on a journey of pure empathy. Each of the album’s ten songs are based upon a ghost story that multi-instrumentalist/guitarist Brian Caesar (As Tall As Lions) wrote in his early twenties as a way to cope with the passing of his father. Filling each song with haunting vocal melodies, luscious orchestral accompaniment and endless layers of fuzz driven guitars, Caesar, along with former vocalist Lauren Edman (Sleepthief), developed a sound that blended the depth of modern film scores with an airy timbre reminiscent of the shoegaze bands of the early 90’s. Bringing in drummer Aaron Kelly, bassist Dan Timmons and keyboard/synth player Marco Talamo enabled Edman and Caesar to finally bring these songs to the stage in 2013. Performing under the name 'For Every Story Untold', the five-piece has played some of the most profound venues of New York and Brooklyn, generating significant buzz with their immense sound. They have opened for international touring acts, including a sold out performance with Susanne Sundfør and highly praised bands Owel, Color War and Salt Cathedral. The band recently added the heart-stopping voice of Scottish singer/multi-instrumentalist Anna Popplestone to its lineup and is looking forward to playing several dates in support of the new LP.
5) Clustersun - Hipgnosis
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Clustersun are into washy loud shoegazey reverberations, walls of sound, cold wave atmospheres, psychedelic journeys, and crystal clear dreamy melodies. They were formed in Catania, Italy, and have been making noise together since the beginning of 2013. Their first self-produced single “Be Vegetal”, was included in the CD Summer Sampler 2013, published by U.S. label Custom Made Music. They subsequently signed to Italian label Seahorse Recordings to release their debut album “Out Of Your Ego” in April 2013. The first single chosen from the album, “Hipgnosis”, reveals the band signature sound: hypnotic-obsessive bass lines, dark and cold drum patterns, strongly expressive guitar spanning from an ambient ethereal mood to fuzz-and-reverb madness, fat analog synths and dreamy melodies. Clustersun are Marco Chisari (vocals & bass), Mario Lo Faro (guitars), Piergiorgio Campione (synthesizers, keyboards & backing vocals), and Andrea Conti (drums).
6) Magao - Dive To The Sea
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Magao is a Japanese shoegaze fusion project based in the city of Chiba. This is the brainchild of Magao, who is 19 years old. He is an independent artist, not affiliated with any record label to date, other than participating in compilations. The most recent of these was by Canata Records. While this solo project began approximately 1 1/2 years ago, Magao also plays guitar in another band, called Soltyknown. Magao's sounds are reminiscent of Coaltar of the Deepers and Luna Sea, who he identifies as inspiration for his compositions.
7) Hermetic Delight - The Funeral Party
Postpunk? Shoegaze ? Pop? Hermetic Delight aren’t afraid to play with aesthetics, embracing a singular identity. With the release of Heartbeat 12’’, in 2013, their last maxi single that splashed all over the blogosphere, the five members of Hermetic Delight have built up a solid following and are a band to keep an eye on.
8) Rev Rev Rev - Rip The Veil
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Hailing from Modena, Italy, Rev Rev Rev’s sound is influenced by first-wave shoegaze, as well as psychedelic rock, re-metabolizing these elements into a loud, woozy, fuzz-driven context. Their live set's comprise kaleidoscopic video projection's waving with music, and the use of self-constructed stomp boxes, producing weird sound's. The band formed in the summer of 2011. The release of their debut EP "Hypnagogic Visions" the following year quickly caught the attention of independent webzines and radio stations across Italy. "Silent Siren" was included in the shoegaze compilation “Nothing Much to Lose”, alongside tracks from Ummagma, Panophonic, Panda Riot, Asàlto al Parque Zoologico, and Shi Shi. Their first LP (self-titled), featuring psychedelic artwork by Brock Lefferts, was released in October 2013 and met with a wave of positive feedback from press and webzines. Songs from this LP continue to be in rotation on many independent radio stations. The "Rev Rev Rev" LP ranked number 3 on the 2013 Shoegazer Alive Top 10, and was included in the ShoegazeMania Top Ten and several other 2013 charts. In summer 2014, the album was distributed through Japanese record stores. A digital single was released in October 2014 through WinWin Records, a new offshoot label of One Little Indian Records (iTunes link: smarturl.it/Rev-Rev-Rev-iTunes). Side A “Catching a Buzz” has been featured on Steve Lamacq's show on BBC 6 Radio and the accompanying video (youtu.be/_D1wD_5oPGk) premièred on Clash Music Magazine. Since September 2013, Rev Rev Rev have toured across Italy, Austria, Germany, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, as well as the UK, Switzerland and France in October 2014. More recently “Rev Rev Rev” was nominated as the best self-produced album by PIMI (Premio Italiano Musica Indipendente).
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9) The Evening Primrose - Catcher
The Evening Primrose is a Hong Kong dreampop, neo-folk, shoegaze duo formed in 2006 between finindie & michhy. They issued their first debut album "Stargazer" in 2007. Their second album "Starless" came out in 2011 and their third album "Starfalling" in 2012. The duo are currently in the process of recording their fourth album - "Daydream With You Tonight".
10) Robsongs - Essa Grande Falta de Voce (Ummagma Mix)
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Robsongs is the solo project of Brazil’s Robson Gomes, which began back in 2008 under another name with friends Alex and Augusto Medeiros Vitorino. The Robsongs project (Brazil) began back in 2008, initially under the name Minha Vida Nunca Foi um Picnic (My Life Was Never a Picnic). After Alex’s premature death and several trials and tribulations, the group disbanded. Since that time, Robson maintained the spirit of this project as a solo artist, recording music in his home studio. Robson began to compose new songs with something relevant to say through his music and lyrics, meticulously producing and arranging them. Thus was born the Robsongs project. These songs are dedicated to Alex Vitorino, who began this all with Robson so many years ago and left this planet too soon – his spirit lives on through this project. In parallel, Robson is the lead singer-guitarist in Brazil’s renowned indie rock group The Concept, which just celebrated 20 years since its foundation and were slated to play with such headlining bands as Ringo Deathstarr and The Telescopes. He is also the guitarist in reggae band Banda Damata. Taken together, Robsongs’ music shows distinct similarities to the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Market Karma, The Doors, Happy Mondays, Dead Horse One, Spacemen 3, The Koolaid Electric Company, Kingdom of the Holy Sun and some of The Beatles’ more experimental works. Robsongs is signed to The Blog That Celebrates Itself Records and has already released 3 EPs and numerous singles through this label over the past two years, as well as participating in various compilations.
Curated by UK label Ear to Ear Records and Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif, this compilation features 30 bands from 16 countries, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents. Each was selected purely on the basis of their dynamic sound, without any consideration of geographic preference, label affiliation, popularity ranking or hype. Without even one throwaway or filler track, these are all 'keepers'. This 30-track compilation of epic music will be available as a free download from the 11th of February 2015 over at:
The Primal Music Blog - Dublin, Ireland - January 2015
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