EP REVIEW | Teen Brains - Teen Brains

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ARTIST: Teen Brains

RELEASE: Teen Brains

RELEASE DATE: 01/06/15

RECORD COMPANY: Chud Records

Praise be, 2015’s sunshine has finally arrived in the form of Teen Brains debut EP, also called Teen Brains. From a village on the coast near Norfolk, UK, it's no surprise that there's something surfy about the four piece's creations, but they're clearly fans of fuzz and reverb too. This five track EP is their 1st longer length release, following on from singles Annabelle and Flume, which both feature on this record. The whole EP shimmers with a sort of sun-kissed dreaminess of summers past.

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'All My Time' sparkles into the ears, soaked with reverb and big Mowtown-esque drums. When it can't seem to get any lusher, those 'las' slip down your spine like an ice cube. The aptly named 'Lucid Dream' charmingly chimes in a melodic haze of guitar. Lolloping in all eazy-ozy, 'Drenched' soon finds the distortion pedal and some energy, and finally we're fully gazing at our flip flops. Most recent single 'Annabelle' pines for the ungettable girl in the way that only teenagers can - part glorious jangle, part fuzz-fest and wholly, fully gorgeous. 'Flume' pours floods of reverb and dreamy vocals on our sunburn and skint knees. Live, I wonder if Teen Brains keep it dreamy, or go for a sonic assault. Hopefully I'll find out before summer is over.

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Teen Brains is out now on Chud Records - www.teenbrains.bandcamp.com

LINKS:

facebook.com/teenbrainsuk
twitter.com/teenbrainsband

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.


GUEST PLAYLIST: Shoegazer Sanctuary - Edition 3

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Del Chaney and Primal Radio! Thank You! for the on going opportunity to share our endeavors with Shoegazer Sanctuary and many of the band's/songs our members so diligently find on a daily basis. Please check out PRIMAL RADIO'S BROADCAST and intelligent "All Things Music" information filled website, first and foremost one of the best radio stations on the planet for Shoegaze and more!!

What is new in Shoegazer Sanctuary?! For this third edition of our Guest Playlist/Blog on Primal Radio I am happy to say that our Super group is growing in members everyday! People are joining at an astounding rate to share the music they love. The music sharing activity and conversation is intense! Bands like the following, new and well known, are being shared all the time by members that love their music! If you love Shoegaze or are just interested in what Shoegaze is and sounds like take our advice, JOIN! you will not regret it. When you think about it where else can you find so much music from a rare and incredibly, unbelievable sounding genre as Shoegaze? And also where can you find a concentration of so many other people that are addicted to the sound as much as you are and be able to chat with them and share the music you love?!?! One Amazing place would be Shoegazer Sanctuary!

Just an example of some great recently released music you will find, that is shared, in Shoegazer Sanctuary!

SWERVDRIVER (Current S.S. Featured Band!)
Bandcamp
"I Wasn't Born to Lose You" (10) track LP March 2015
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGvk40TeZnnTwgGP3t8mFo8p53Ufy0vQi

Westkust
Bandcamp
"Last Forever" (9) track LP April 2015
https://westkust.bandcamp.com/album/last-forever

Marriages
Bandcamp
"Salome" (11) track Album April 2015
http://marriagesmusic.bandcamp.com/

Pinkshinyultrablast
Bandcamp
Everything Else Matters (8) track Album Jan. 2015
http://pinkshinyultrablast.bandcamp.com/album/everything-else-matters

These bands and member names below are just a fraction of the awesome bands shared in Shoegazer Sanctuary:

Melody's Echo Chamber / Alexander Laurence
Braids / Fernando Rivera
Last Leaf Down / Emre Esen
Airs / Chris Broyles
Red Love / Fabrizion Lusso
Ride / Sandra Saitua
Car Crash Sisters / Cole Baynham
Cheatahs / Rich Buley
Blair 1423 / Novas Parez Valenzu
Seam / Norman Thody
Modern Time Machines / Diane Arcodia
Dream Suicides / Valter Jose Maria Filho
Salsa Cinderella / Patrice Gutschenritter
Human Colonies  / Warren Radnan
My First Days on Junk / Jeff Kosmal

Many Shoegaze bands are shared on a daily basis and a myriad more have been shared since the inception of our group. All shared music can all be accessed by using the "Search This Group" feature within the group itself. Our member base is not only growing in sheer music fan numbers, but also a considerable amount of Shoegaze band members are also part of our group! The archive of music is massive, thousands of Shoegaze songs literally at your finger tips. You can ask any member to help you find the music you want. The number of members that know their music in Shoegazer Sanctuary is astounding, in addition being to able to find out the intrinsics of the music, the Love every member shares for the genre is contagious. With this many Shoegazers all in one place the feeling of togetherness you will experience in Shoegazer Sanctuary when sharing the music you have found and by listening to other member's shares is overwhelming. "Love The Music" is our motto and we are living up to it daily. Obscure Shoegaze is huge in Shoegazer Sanctuary I have a massive archive along with Chris Tressler (admin) and we are uncovering and sharing more obscure music every day, group members are discovering and sharing amazing amounts of rare and current Shoegaze daily as well.

The next two playlists are a testimony to how awesome our members are here in Shoegazer Sanctuary. The first playlist is a Member Created Playlist compiled by actual members of the group and the Second Playlist is one of many Obscure Shoegaze Song Playlists to come.  ....... Enjoy!

MEMBERS PLAYLIST:

Richard Stott - Fleeting Joys "Go & Come Back"
Sheila Villarreal - Airiel "Cinnamon"
Joey K. (2) - Kinoko "Whirl Pool" and Novanta "Reasons"
Mellissa Holland - Televise "Smile"
James Patrick Harris (2) - Sound Pool "On High" and Ninth Paradise "Inner Maze"
Judy Sheehan - SPCECO "Something Anything"
Sean Dolan - Bright Channel "Light Workers"
German Lopez - Medicine "Aruca"
Patrice Gutschenritter - Maria False "Shadows"
Chris Tressler - The Florist "Middle of Winter"
Samuel Taylor (2) - 93 MMFTS "Take Me Away" and The Foreign Resort "Dead End"
Ben M - Amusement Parks on Fire "Venus in Cancer"
Hiroaki Endo - Coaltar of the Deepers "Good Morning"
Tom Lugo (3) - Perfume Tree "Virgin", Bethany Curve "An Illusion" and Memory House "Lately"
Larry Menteleone (2) - The Verve "Beautiful Mind" and MBV "Lose My Breath"
Linda Carnegie - Gliss "Morning Light"
Matthew Clayton - Baby Honey "Love Bludger"
Jimmy Rushlome Richardson - Kitchens of Distinction "Drive that Fast"
JSG - Sleepwalk Circus "Freedom in One Second"

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OBSCURE SHOEGAZE PLAYLIST:

Here are some examples of the 'Obscurer' shoegazing bands that you've probably never heard of before but that you'll find posted regularly by our Members & Admins in Shoegazer Sanctuary.

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AUTHOR: JSG


NEW SINGLE PREVIEW: Star Horse - Slower Now (Häxrummet Records)

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ARTIST: Star Horse

RELEASE: Slower Now 

RELEASE DATE: 09/06/15

RECORD COMPANY: Häxrummet Records

Swedish shoegazers 'Star Horse' return with an immense new single entitled 'Slower Now' due for release on 9th June 2015 on Häxrummet Records. With an added pre order bonus of a 7' vinyl available alongside the regular digital download format the band have continued on in the same vein as their previous releases by writing & producing seriously addictive shimmering shoegaze soundscapes reminiscent to the heady days of the first wave gazers. The band are made up of Samuel Hemmilä - Drums,  Stas Neilyk - Bass,  Andreas Ryberg - Guitar / Vocals & Maja Thunberg - Guitar / Vocals.  

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'Slower Now' floats on a reverberating sonic cloud of shoegaze swirls infused with dreamopop inspired vocal lines, addictive drum patterns, stunning bass lines & layer upon layer of shimmering guitars. It is simply sublime! 

AUTHOR: Del Chaney.

The single is available to pre order right now via the bands bandcamp page - starhorse.bandcamp.com

LINKS: 

facebook.com/starhorsemusic

twitter.com/starhorsemusic

starhorse.bandcamp.com


ALBUM REVIEW | SPC ECO - Dark Matter

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ARTIST: SPC ECO

RELEASE: Dark Matter

RELEASE DATE: 03/05/15

RECORD COMPANY: kaboommusic / Saintmarierecords

This release came out about a month ago to no fanfare. Reviews of Dark Matter have been impossible to find online, so with nothing to go on, I have to wing this one. Oh, wait, there are some nice words from fans on the band’s Bandcamp page, so there you go. Dean Garcia and his daughter Rose are frighteningly prolific, often releasing two albums of new material per year. For a time, they tried changing their name, but that thankfully didn’t pan out. Their work is something you can rely on, and I don’t mean that it’s pedestrian. Rather, they continue laying down this engrossing sonic architecture of darkwave and electronica laced with dream pop. Dean is a master of studio trickery and plays a zillion instruments, and Rose has the voice of a dark angel. But they are not creatures of light, not really.

And let’s get the Curve comparisons out of the way - “The Whole World Shines” is hands down my favourite song here, and it stylistically resembles vintage Curve, but Rose sounds nothing like Toni Halliday. So there you have it. Cool tune, with its retro beats and darkly ominous bassline. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves as I have jumped forward to the bottom of the playlist. 'Creep in the Shadows' opens the album, and is marred by the voice synthesiser on Rose’s vocals. It is a pretty song, and I love the other spacey elements, but I can’t get past these synthetic enhancements. “Different Kind” continues this unfortunate trend; I would have much preferred to hear Rose humming over the hypnotic backdrop. “Let it Be Always” is the perfect soundtrack to your nightmare, with that creepy, slow backbeat, and then it shifts into lightness unexpectedly. It reminds me of the sort of sinister electronica that used to dominate TV shows like La Femme Nikita back in the 90s.

“Playing Games” is a gem, floating along with found voices deep in the mix to bolster Rose’s gorgeous vocals, and Dean has woven a mesmerizing sonic tapestry. More like this, please! “I Won’t Be Heard” should be a single, and is equally beautiful. “Meteor” veers toward somber dream pop and also appears on their brand new SPC and Time - Vol 2 compilation. I can see myself hitting repeat often on this song. “Down Low” has interesting electronic elements and I really like when the guitar kicks in. “Breathe” dials it back to simpler patterns, letting the music speak for itself without too many complicated layers. “Under My Skin” (also on the aforementioned compilation) is gauzy and magnificent dream pop, and is a fitting end to this release. 

 

Recommended for fans of dream pop, Curve, and chilled out dark wave.

LINKS:

kaboommusic.com

saintmarierecords.com

spceco.com

Facebook.com/Spc.Eco

twitter.com/SPCECO

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.


ALBUM REVIEW: Labasheeda - Changing Lights

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ARTIST: Labasheeda

RELEASE: Changing Lights

RELEASE DATE: 18/05/15

RECORD COMPANY: Presto Chango Records

Changing Lights, the latest release from Labasheeda, is a prickly collection of songs that leaves the listener with a lot on their mind. The whole record is saturated with a spiky, unsettling feel a little like, maybe, Throwing Muses, with added hardcore edges. Saskia van der Giessen's vocals are affecting throughout, at times lilting and lovely. But it's when she's at her snarliest that the sparks fly.

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Opener Spiral Song, sets the angsty mood with a spare drum beat and wailing violin. The three-piece seem close to relaxing on On The Beach, with its almost (almost) slackerish vibe, but while the lyrics seem to say 'everything feels alright', there's an undercurrent that suggests this might be a bit optimistic. Tightrope is as taut as the title suggests. Instrumental Into the Wide ends the album in a woeful whirl, with the violin taking centre stage while guitars growl in the background.

Changing Lights is out now - https://labasheeda.bandcamp.com/album/changing-lights

AUTHOR: Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr

LINKS:

Twitter.com/labasheeda1

labasheeda.nl

Facebook.com/Labasheedamusic

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NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE | I Am Your Captain - Sever

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I AM YOUR CAPTAIN - SEVER

'Sever' is the latest offering from the brilliant UK based 'I Am Your Captain'. This brand new track is lifted from the forthcoming album due for release sometime over the next few months. 'I Am Your Captain' is the solo project of Air Formation bass player - Ben Pierce. This latest offering is another sublime cinematic journey through layers of reverb drenched shoegaze & it typifies the brilliant sounds crafted by this band on their previous releases! The haunting vocals, yearning (almost subliminal) drum patterns, addictive bass lines & droning atmospheric guitars are what instantly attracted us to this immensely intense band. Last years release from the band - 'As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops' appeared on Primal Radio's Top 5 EP's of 2014. If this latest track is anything to go by then the full release is bound to be epic! You can check out the bands other releases by following the link below to their bandcamp page.  

LINKS: 

iamyourcaptain.bandcamp.com

Facebook.com/iamyourcaptain

Twitter.com/iamyrcptn

Soundcloud.com/iamyrcptn


EP REVIEW | Kimono Lights - Sugar Loneliness

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ARTIST: Kimono Lights 

RELEASE: Sugar Loneliness

RELEASE DATE: 21/05/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Back in February 2015 Italian based noise merchants 'Kimono Lights' exploded onto the underground music scene with a stunning body of work full of dreampop flair, post rock connotations & touches of shoegaze magnificence. Their debut album 'Imprinting' was a snapshot of a band on the rise. I wrote about 'Imprinting' for The primal Music Blog on its release ( Check It out : HERE ) & at the time I stated that this band had a lot more to give musically! Now the band have dispensed of their beautiful dreampop infused swirls & replaced it with full on shoegazing soundscapes that will have you dazzled with its walls of guitars, angst vocals & impressive musical constructions. There is an air of experimentation on their latest EP entitled 'Sugar Loneliness'  & in my opinion this will surely catapult them into many an end of year top EP of 2015 list. 'Sugar Loneliness' is a sonic thrill ride through layers of reverb drenched guitars, pounding drums, throbbing bass lines & impressive vocal arrangements & is a must have EP for any shoegaze fan. The band hail from San Pancrazio, Italy and are made up of Andrea Crispy Smiths - Guitar and Vocals, Manuel Fabbri - Bass, Matteo Sama - Guitar & Enrico Piraccini - Drums and Vocals. 

This latest EP opens up with the rather impressive 'Milkshake'. Driving guitars & steadying drums lead the charge until a full on high octane, angst ridden vocal arrangement drags us to a blissful soaring reverb drenched chorus. This is a statement of intent from a band experimenting with their sound. It is addictively sublime. Check it out:

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Track 2 has touches of the bands brilliant debut album 'Imprinting' all over it. There are hints of their earlier ambient post rock explorations through the intro & verses of 'Give Me' but its in the explosive shoegazing chorus parts that I find solace. This track soars like an eagle through the chorus. Production wise it is immense. The guitars loop & arc throughout with a vocal track reminiscent of early Loop. This is Immense! Check k it out:

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'Deception' - track 3 on 'Kimono Lights' latest EP offering 'Sugar Loneliness' has a multitude of genre's streaming through its core. I can hear flurries of 80's alternative infused with a melodic dreampop vocal line that sits on top of that infectious, effected drum pattern & screaming reverb laden guitar parts. This track will keep you hooked from its very first note! To me this is something new for us fans of this modern day shoegaze/dreampop revival & it goes to show how hard 'Kimono Lights' are working in studio to release something different. 'Deception' is a triumphant track & one worthy of your ears. Check it out:

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'Kimono Lights' never fail to impress me! Track 4 on 'Sugar Loneliness' is simply beautiful. 'Cherry' - evokes feelings of loss & emptiness with its infectiously spacious acoustic guitar lines & psychedelic electric touches all swirling around that immense vocal line. It guides you through it's 3 minutes plus of intense beauty until a disturbance in the form of a screaming wall of guitars takes you to another place where love rules & reverberation is king. This is stunning ........

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The opening bars of 'Sugar' - Track 5 on the latest release from Italian gazers 'Kimono Lights' feels like it shouldn't be here? Im confused at why they would want to put it on this release at all. A complete turn around from the previous 4 monumental tracks, this reminds me of early 90's indie rock? Not my cup of tea but sure to interest the gallery crowd at least.

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The final track on this EP brings us back to normality. 'Lift To Hell' is 2 minutes of reverb laden instrumentation with the driving guitar swells,  impressive drum patterns & swirling psychedelic sounds typical of  this new sounding 'Kimono Lights'. Too short to over explore but a fitting end to a blissful EP.

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Overall this is brilliant release from a very competent collection of musicians who are not afraid to experiment with sound. 'Kimono Lights' have the ability to push on and make serious waves in this modern day shoegazing revival. I am seriously impressed at how much they have progressed from their immense debut album. This EP is worth every single second of your time & your music collection will thank you for adding it to its ranks.

Kimono Lights
Kimono Lights

LINKS: 

facebook.com/Kimonolights

kimonolights.bandcamp.com/releases

soundcloud.com/kimono-lights

Twitter.com/kimonolights 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

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 - Primal Radio - 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. 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.


LIVE REVIEW: Makings & Wozniak - The Grand Social Dublin 16th May 2015

There was an subtle air of anticipation in the Loft venue of Dublin's Grand Social as two of the hottest underground live acts today came together for one epic live experience. There's a well deserved buzz surrounding both bands with electro rockers Makings having recently accrued a distribution deal for their very impressive debut album 'Cognition' & Scottish shoegazers Wozniak on the verge of releasing their second EP and subsequently playing their debut gig in Ireland. The online threads were awash with talk of this gig and there was plenty of music bloggers in the venue on the night waiting anxiously to give their account of how this gig would go down live. These two bands may be on the opposite ends of the musical spectrum with where they sit in their respective genres but they are both equally immense live! This gig had been organised by the brilliant Pinkman PR & Management who I might add are a shining example of how to treat artists / music reviewers & gig goers alike. If there were a few more setups like these guys in the Irish music scene today we'd probably have the best live scene in Europe. Their attention to detail was second to none & its only fair that I mention them in this live review.

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With both bands getting an equal share of stage time it was up to Wozniak to open the proceedings. In a haze of reverb laden brilliance the shimmering sounds of this Edinburgh based 4 piece awakened the docile Grand Social crowd with their full on shoegazing experience. Projected cinematic visuals, flashing strobe lights & the thundering opening track 'Columbo's Car' heralded the arrival of a musical behemoth! Simon & Sarah worked their magic on board's of effect pedals to create a psychedelic wall of sound while James hypnotised us with his addictive bass lines & the ever steadying qualities of drummer John Sinclair brought fire & brimstone to the eardrums of the waiting crowd.

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The band brought new tracks with them to play tonight alongside their already amazing arsenal of musical soundscapes and these new compositions did not disappoint! Snow Effect, Wings Of Pegasus, Gospel of Infinity & Hester & Zelda are taken from the bands forthcoming & highly anticipated new EP entitled 'Auster' & they are absolutely huge live! Add into the mix Columbo's Car, Kreuzberg & El Maresme (from their debut EP Pikes Peak) & their ever brilliant latest single 'Five Star' and what we have is a band on the verge of something big! Wozniak are truly an immense live musical outfit. Im glad that everyone present tonight In The Grand Social got to experience this fact live and I hope we get to see them again on our shores soon.

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Up next were local heroes Makings! With the crowd getting fidgety & the late arrivals pushing to get in to see the band they took to the stage. And after a guitar change we were ready to experience another band on the verge of something big! Makings have an enormous live sound. In fact, its the most complete sound that I think I've ever heard from an underground Irish band to date. Rick Burns ever present vocal is absolutely stunning as usual as they open up with 'Only Time'. Im constantly amazed at how good these guys are as musicians!

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Each individual member of the band sings live (A rare occurrence on todays live circuit). Barry Shock & Rick Burn are a musical tour de force on guitars while Raul Marcos skips through his baselines with aplomb. Its in the engine room where this band fascinates me though. Paddy Reynolds on drums is as good a drummer as I have ever heard in Ireland. What he does throughout a Makings gig is nothing short of magical. His drum patterns are second to none and it adds to Makings immense overall sound. It's a well oiled machine with every member of the band knowing exactly where he should be at any given time. They never fail to blow me away with their overall sound & as front men go Rick Burn is ominous as he drags this band kicking and screaming to the ears of every single audience member. Their setlist tonight included tracks from their debut album 'Cognition' & some new tracks including Only Time, Dig, Man On Fire, 46a, The Wool Gatherer, iClone, Mythomania, (Editors note: My Favourite Track)  - Heart Attack, Suffocate & Human Nature.

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Ive said this before but Makings are a band on the rise. Their next live stop is a gig with Wozniak again but this time in Edinburgh. They have the complete package as far as Im concerned. Go and check out their debut album 'Cognition'. This is a sonic confession from a band who's sound is destined to play in stadiums ..........

Del Chaney - Dublin 2015.


NEW MUSIC PREMIERE | Great Black Night - Stalker (Single)

 

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Michigan based dreampop/shoegazers Great Black Night return with another immense single entitled 'Stalker'. This haze of shimmering brilliance is the follow single up to their amazing debut EP 'The Smoke Is Rising'.  Stalker open up with a traditionally sounding post punk bass line intertwined with that Great Black Night string section. We're then introduced to a wall of reverb laden guitars, thundering drums & throbbing basslines caressing another brilliant vocal arrangement. This is good stuff from Great Black Night and we can't wait to hear what comes next. Check it out:

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 Stalker is available to buy/download from Bandcamp: gbnlovesyou.bandcamp.com/album/stalker-single


UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT | Wozniak

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What can we say about Wozniak that hasn't already been said? Signed to the epic 'Morningside Young Team Records' & producing powerful, atmospheric & blissfully emotive soundscapes that sweep through numerous sonic plains depositing high grade shoegaze creations onto the everyday humble folk who follow this band with intent - Wozniak are an immense outfit. After the release of their first single 'MFMB/New Hampshire' back in August 2013, second single 'El Maresme' in June 2014 & then their epic debut EP 'Pikes Peak' also in June 2014 the focus of the underground shoegazing world was set firmly on this 4 piece from Edinburgh, Scotland & they did not disappoint! On 12/11/14 they unleashed their brilliant new single '5 Star' onto the world alongside a remix of the same track by none other than London based noise merchants 'In Violet'. Add into the mix their inclusion in the epic worldwide shoegaze compilation - Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival released jointly by Ear To Ear Records & Gerpfast Kolektif plus an impressive cover version of the classic RIDE track 'Time Machine' for the recently released RIDE covers compilation 'Leave Them All Behind - A Tribute To Ride', from 'The Blog That Celebrates Itself Records', plus their inclusion in the joint EP from Scottish blogs - Scottish Fiction and Almost Predictable & you have a maelstrom of serious expectation's for what will come next from this amazing band. We caught up with them as they prepare to visit Dublin in what will be their debut live show in Ireland & asked them a few questions on playing live, playing with Irish rockers Makings & future plans. Check it out:

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1) TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND? WHERE ARE YOU FROM? FORMATION? BAND MEMBERS?

Wozniak formed in Edinburgh in 2012 with a vague mission to create a lot of noise and use as many pedals as possible. We are Simon (guitar and chief pedal hoarder), James (bass), John (drums) and Sarah (guitar, vocals, occasional keys). We formed after Simon, John and I had played in a covers band a few times, but we quickly decided that we'd be better off doing our own thing, whatever that might be. We were amazing at a few indie classics though. And, in case you are wondering, we ARE named after Steve Wozniak.

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2) DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?

It's always so tricky to describe the sound, we're a bit of a cocktail of shoegaze, post-rock and noise. I guess there is some good, old-fashioned rock and roll in the mix too. It's loud and densely textured. We are huge fans of the holy trinity of gaze - reverb, distortion and delay - which will be obvious to anyone who's listened to our stuff. Where there are vocals, they're buried in reverb and fuzz too, which is probably a blessing for all involved. It is always surprising to hear the comparisons that other folk make, but someone recently said we reminded them of Band of Susans, which was fine with me.

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3) WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

We've got a wide range of influences, which is one of the reasons that I think Wozniak works so well. Otherwise all our songs would just be 20 mins of squalling feedback. Obviously, there is a lot of first generation shoegaze in there - MBV and Slowdive, some Sonic Youth, Warpaint, AC/DC, some Queens of the Stone Age. A heady brew of rackets, which uniquely combine to create our own racket.

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4) DESCRIBE YOUR LIVE SOUND?

Our live sound can be pretty intense. We like to play loud, with feedback wailing. We are ALWAYS getting told to turn our amps down. Volume, though, is an important part of the Wozniak experience. We want you to leave with your ears ringing and (maybe) your heart soaring. A soundman once said that we were 'brutal, in a good way'.

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5) WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PLAYING LIVE?

Playing live is a lot of fun, but not without its stresses - will all the pedals work, will anyone turn up (you'll note the order of these concerns)... But when people do turn up, well, that's pretty cool. The best thing about playing live is when the audience are really into it. It doesn't have to be a big crowd, but when you can sense they are on your wave length, it's a great feeling. I also love checking out the other bands - we've played with a few of Primal Radio's favourites - Inuit, who got top album in your end-of-year show last year, We Came From The North & In Violet. All very talented, all very ace people. And venues - there are lots of great venues. We loved the Sebright Arms in London, and Bloc in Glasgow is great. In Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's, the Wee Red Bar and Opium are all worthy of note.

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6) BEST LIVE GIG YOU GUYS HAVE PLAYED SO FAR?

I think the best live gig so far has to be our only show so far of 2015 at the Sebright Arms. It was just such a great adventure as we hadn't played in London before. We had the van, and the '100 greatest indie hits ever'. We were playing with In Violet and Degree of Arc who are awesome bands. The show had come about because In Violet and Wozniak got played on the same radio show in May last year and we got in touch over Twitter. They said, come to London, so Goodsoul Promotions got involved and got it sorted out. It was a brilliant venue, great people and a really good crowd. Plus, Mike Goodsoul and his awesome mum Norma made us breakfast. So much breakfast.

I also enjoyed playing at Edinburgh University's Rock and Goth Society - that was ages ago but it sticks in my mind as a good show. I think we were the band with the least amount of tattoos/ eyeliner ever to have played, but they were right into it.

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7) ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING DUBLIN WITH MAKINGS?

We are amazed to have been asked to Dublin to make noise. I've decided to call it our European Capital Tour. First London, then Dublin, and then who knows where? I don't know a great deal about the Dublin scene, but I have high hopes as I imagine it is party central... Huge thanks are due to you, Del Chaney for making it happen. A few pints will be coming your way as a thank you!

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8) WHAT'S NEXT FOR WOZNIAK THIS YEAR?

We've had a pretty busy start to the year, first featuring on the awesome Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival compilation from Ear to Ear Records and Gerpfast Kolektif, then we did a cover of Ride's 'Time Machine' for a tribute album from Brazil's 'The Blog That Celebrates Itself', and we've just featured on a joint EP from Scottish blogs, Scottish Fiction and Almost Predictable. Almost. If you haven't already, you should check all of those out.

Other than that, we've been in the studio a fair bit this year with the plan of making an album. However, that's quite an undertaking and it's going to take us a while to make it happen. So, we've decided that we're going to issue a four track EP in the meantime. It'll be out in June and we'll let you have all the details as soon as we know more ourselves. We've got a few shows lined up in Scotland around that and beyond that, we are open to offers...

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LINKS:

wozniak.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/wozniakofficial

twitter.com/band_wozniak

wozband.blogspot.co.uk

blogthatcelebratesitselfrecords.bandcamp.com

eartoearrecords.bandcamp.com

gerpfastkolektif.bandcamp.com

Photos Used With Permission:  GabbyStonePhotography.co.uk.