2017 has been colossal in terms of underground music releases. Nearly all of the bands who we had expected to release new music this year did so and we also had some immense new arrivals to the scene, pushing boundaries and making waves all on their own. With the vast amount of submissions that we get to the blog on a daily basis it was very difficult to review all of them, we tried our best and we endeavoured to condense who we deem top contenders for our best releases of 2017 list down to a reasonable bunch of candidates. End of year lists generate conversations about bands who deserve support from small online publications like ours. So, from the veritable Fuzz Club Records to Edinburgh's 'Morningside Young Team', Sweden's VÅRØ Records to 'Blackspin Records' over in Greece and on into 'Wrong Way Records' over in the UK, Ireland's own Penske Recordings and straight through to the awesome American based Saint Marie Records we've tripped the sonic fantastic with this years 'End Of Year List' bringing you some blistering psych, sublime shoegaze, dreamy dream pop & atmospheric post-rock for your listening pleasure and you didn't even have to vote for one single entry!
Happy Christmas one and all and we'll see you all in 2018 for more fun and frolics!
Primal Music & Radio
Holy Monitor - Holy Monitor
Holy Monitor by Holy Monitor
2017 kicked off with a bang and we were introduced to a band back in January who absolutely blew our minds. Stunning Athens based experimental psych/kraut rock collective 'Holy Monitor' released their debut self-titled full length release filled to the brim with luscious soundscapes that skip through a multiple of different sonic disciplines with blistering aplomb. Released via 'Primitive Music Records' in collaboration with 'Blackspin Records' , this album is a total trip!
Dead Gurus - Acid Bench
ACID BENCH (On Sale 50% Off) by Dead Gurus
Dark and foreboding, menacing and hypnotic, Minnesota based psych aficionados 'Dead Gurus' are no strangers to this modern underground psych scene. The band are made up of Jason Edmonds (Magic Castles), Bennett Johnson, Collin Gorman Weiland (Daughters of the Sun and Dreamweapon) & Ryan Garbes (Wet Hair) and what they collectively create is a no holds barred, deeply entrancing thrill ride through the darker side of the psychedelic spectrum. Their seven track opus entitled 'Acid Bench' was unleashed on February 17th 2017 via the exciting UK based independent record label 'Wrong Way Records'.
Percolator - Sestra
Sestra LP by Percolator
Dublin based three piece 'Percolator' have been creating electronically charged experimental standards drenched in poly-rhythmic kraut rock connotations underscored with subtle flourishes of shoegaze, prog rock & resonating noise since 2012 with the bands core lineup of Ian Chestnutt - guitar/vocal, Eleanor Myler - drums/vocal & John Murphy - bass staying true to the project since its conception. They popped up on our radar back in 2013 with the immense 'Little Demon' EP (which we played tracks from religiously over on our sister radio station Primal Radio) and they returned this year with a staggering collection of eight tracks packaged as 'Sestra', released via Cork based independent record label Penske Recordings.
Wozniak - Courage Reels
Courage Reels by Wozniak
Having wowed us all with their musical presence over previous EP releases, the sonic force that is Edinburgh's noisemakers 'Wozniak' unleashed a stunning collection of tracks in the guise of their highly anticipated debut album deftly titled 'Courage Reels'. This album tumbles through a plethora of immense genres generating enough power through each endearing track to continuously turn industrial strength turbines! Stand out tracks on this release are 'Crush, Shader, Perihelion and Super Panther', but the whole album is immense from start to finish. It was released back in April via the Edinburgh based independent record label 'Morningside Young Team' and worthy of your ears. Recommended!
Todavía - Shyness
Shyness by todavía
Los Angeles based dream pop aficionado Todavía aka self-releasing multi instrumentalist Rhyan Riesgo unleashed a highly anticipated brand new eight track album entitled 'Shyness' via the bands bandcamp page back in April. Todavía's sound is distinctly dreamy, with hushed synth swells, sequenced percussion, swirling guitars and shimmering reverberation that all circumnavigates that almost ethereal vocal tone. This album is luscious, addictive and a very early contender for our year end list.
Has A Shadow - Sorrow Tomorrow
Sorrow Tomorrow by Has A Shadow
Mexico natives 'Has A Shadow' released their sophomore album (their first via Fuzz Club Records) entitled 'Sorrow Tomorrow' back on January 18th 2017. The band create a brand of dark and ritualistic modern day psych gaze that heaves and undulates through swathes of unabashed reverberation and driving instrumentation tinged with menacing gothic tones. This album was so good we gave it 5/5 after just one listen!
Jellyskin - Jellyskin
jellyskin by jellyskin
Leeds based 'Jellyskin' correlated all of their previously released singles, added a splattering of newer material and packaged it all up on what was their very first self-titled physical release. Formed in 2016, 'Jellyskin' exploded onto the underground psych/gaze scene with four consecutive single releases, each one absolutely sublime. Unless you've been hiding under a rock over the past year you would have read about the band on Primal Music's web pages & listened to them over on Primal Radio daily; they are seriously that good. 'Jellyskin' create stunning musical soundscapes that gracefully meander through experimental shoegaze, dream pop, psych rock and it's many, many sub genres. The availability of Jellyskin's singles in one release is a big bonus and we had earmarked these guys very early on as contenders for our best of year end list. Highly recommended!
JuJu - Our Mother Was A Plant
Our Mother Was A Plant by JuJu
JuJu teamed up with one of the best underground independent record labels currently plying it's trade in this ever evolving scene, the immense 'Fuzz Club Records' and announced his sophomore release aptly titled 'Our Mother Was A Plant'. This time around Gioele Valenti dipped his sonic tendrils into a plethora of genres that includes afrobeat, krautrock, glam, post-punk, art rock, shoegaze & drone and it also featured guest appearances from 'Capra Informis', the masked djembe player of Swedish based psych aficionados 'Goat', making this album one of the most anticipated releases of 2017. It got it's full release back in September on 180g vinyl via www.fuzzclub.com and every single one of you needs this album in your collection. It is immense.
Tuath - Things I Don't Know
Things I don't know by Tuath
‘Tuath’ exploded onto the Irish underground scene back in March 2015 with their intensely addictive & deeply experimental debut EP ‘An Taobh Tuath(Ail)’ closely followed by their immense spaced out single ‘Amhairc Thart Ort Fein’ in September of the same year. Last year the band returned with a blistering four track EP entitled ‘Existence Is Futile’ packed full of experimental dreamscapes that skipped from serine psych-rock into blissfully dreamy shoegaze and on into expressive jazz fusion coupled with swirling hypnotically progressive rhythms and sullen space rock hues. Back in January the band created what is their most interesting release to date. 'Things I Don't Know' pulses through four tracks of soaring reverb laced progressions, deeply filled with haunting vocalisations that are collectively underpinned by heavier grunge filled moments, swirling instrumentation and massive swathes of melody. It cemented a place in our minds back then and was always going to appear on our end of year list.
Miniatures - Jessamines
Jessamines by Miniatures
The debut album from 'Miniatures' is a dense and lush affair. Its textures are tightly woven to create velvety soundscapes that envelope and endear. Formed in 2012 and currently based in Melbourne, the trio seem to be a further example of the strength of the Southern hemisphere's creative scene right now – especially when it comes to the dreamier side of the spectrum. The band worked with renowned Melbourne based producer Matthew Hosking to fine tweak the sounds on this album and the finished product is spectacular. 'Jessamines' floats and flickers. It had it's full release on the 6th October 2017 via the ever reliable Saint Marie Records.
Helicon - Helicon
Helicon by Helicon
When Glasgow based experimental psych outfit 'Helicon' announced their highly anticipated self-titled debut album we got really excited. With eight EP's under their belts, 'Helicon' have taken the live scene by storm, touring Europe and sharing the stage with some serious heavy hitters including Wooden Shjips, The Warlocks and Dead Skeletons. Helicon's sound is addictive, engagingly dynamic and at times all consuming or otherworldly with melodic eastern tinged psych, swirling drones, mantra like vocalisations and intricately intense guitar work that collectively merges into one almighty sonic attack. Their debut album is officially released on the 8th of December via those good folks over at fuzzclub.com and it is sublime!
Bolywool - From Void To Matter Vol.3
From Void to Matter Volume 3 by Bolywool
Hailing from the wind swept isle of Öland in Sweden, Calle Thor and Oskar Karlström aka 'Bolywool' have been fascinating us lot here at Primal Music for quite some time with their shimmering, cinematic, frost laden soundscapes filled to the brim with flourishes of atmospheric post-rock and scintillating shoegaze collectively underscored by stunning electronic progressions. They started out on a sonic journey back in May 2017 with the first of a planned trilogy of EP's entitled 'From Void To Matter' via VÅRØ Records . Throughout the three EP's 'Bolywool' went from strength to strength culminating in what we think is their best release to date and a worthy entrant to our end of year tally. 'From Void To Matter Vol. 3' was officially released back on December 1st 2017 and is available to buy/download right now via varorecords.bandcamp.com
Holy Monitor : holymonitor.bandcamp.com
Dead Gurus: wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com
Has A Shadow: fuzzclub.bandcamp.com
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Although we're late to the party on this one due to their absolutely ridiculous and subsequently non-existent PR policy, our good friends and Donegal natives 'Tuath' have just unleashed a brand new track entitled 'Cuz Why?' accompanied by a rather impressive video to their adoring world wide fan base. The aforementioned track is lifted off their forthcoming EP aptly titled 'Youth' (release date to be announced) and not only have they stripped back their usual tidal wave of reverb to showcase front man Rob Mulhern's vocal abilities but they've also added the subtle throb of post-punk to their unique sonic collage, inserting it brilliantly in amongst the swirling lysergic electronics and pounding percussion.
For those of you new to the psychedelic merry-go-round that is 'Tuath' the band collectively create a heady mix of psych, krautrock, electronic, trip-hop and shoegaze with both eyes directed firmly on the experimental. Their alternative sound has catapulted them onto some of the best live stages both here in Ireland and around Europe making them one of the most exciting Irish underground acts on the circuit today. You can check out their back catalogue of releases by either heading over to tuath.bandcamp.com or by searching our database for everything 'Tuath' related.
Prolific Donegal based experimental psych aficionados 'Tuath' just love pushing boundaries both sonically & visually! Not happy with completely twisting the Irish underground psych scene on it's head back in January 2017 with the release of the superb 'Things I Don't Know', the band have just announced another new EP entitled 'Youth', penned in for release on August 15th 2017 with the lead track of the same name and it's accompanying video spinning wildly throughout the internet to great acclaim as I write this piece.
'Youth' is a blistering lysergic melding of trip-hop and swirling effervescent psych that tumbles superbly through swathes of glistening reverb and hazy electronic instrumentation, deftly accompanied by meandering guitar progressions and rolling synth swells that stick to that instantly recognisable vocalisation courtesy of Master Robert Mulhern. It all bodes well for the full EP release and we'll definitely be keeping our inner chakras wide open to receive it!
RELEASE: Things I Don't Know
RELEASE DATE: 28th January 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
‘Tuath’ exploded onto the Irish underground scene back in March 2015 with their intensely addictive & deeply experimental debut EP ‘An Taobh Tuath(Ail)’ closely followed by their immense spaced out single ‘Amhairc Thart Ort Fein’ in September of the same year. Last year the band returned with a blistering four track EP entitled ‘Existence Is Futile’ packed full of experimental dreamscapes that skipped from serine psych-rock into blissfully dreamy shoegaze and on into expressive jazz fusion coupled with swirling hypnotically progressive rhythms and sullen space rock hues. Now the band have created what is probably their most interesting release to date. 'Things I Don't Know' pulses through four tracks of soaring reverb laced progressions, deeply filled with haunting vocalisations that are collectively underpinned by heavier grunge filled moments, swirling instrumentation and massive swathes of melody.
The opening track, 'Stoically, I Ran Through The Rubble' jangles into earshot on wavy guitars and floating atmospherics. Melodious vocals hold court here and when allowed to roam in the over all mix have a knack of drawing you into them even when all around them is waging a sonic war of attrition. Up next, ‘Seacht Seachtaine’ revolves effortlessly around an addictive guitar progression as Rob Mulhern’s darkly melodic vocals churn through wave after wave of diminishing reverb and pulsing sequenced swirls. The back story surrounding this track is harrowing. It deals with the loss of Mulhern's close friend who committed suicide back in 2016 and the events incorporating the seven weeks between hearing he was dead and the coast guard having found the body. It's written as a narrative in Ireland's native tongue and it ignites into an agitating psychedelic behemoth with punishing percussion that drags droning guitars and boiling saxophone lines into the mix thus melding perfectly with haunting vocalisations, twisting and arcing into one massive wave of utterly addictive turbulent noise. Possibly my favourite track on this entire release ‘Seacht Seachtaine’ is a serious recommendation from me.
The penultimate piece on this release 'Things I Dont Know' swirls into the ether on waves of shimmering synth & reverberating guitars, occasionally broken up by the incoherent ramblings of Tuath’s lead man Rob Mulhern and the welcomed sampled vocalisations of Carl Sagan. Just as we’re about to float away into the ether however, explosive percussion shatters hypnotically charged sonic incantations by driving a flirtatious break beat into proceedings that leads us on merry dance through stellar production theatrics and on into the tracks atmospheric finale. The EP's closing act entitled 'Superhighway To Ignorance' drones into the audible range held fast in tempestuous swirling synth line before exploding into a raging torrent of noise that meanders through so many different musical genres it’s difficult to pin one down at any given time. 'Superhighway To Ignorance' is a whirring ball of sonic turbulence supplemented at times by wailing incoherent vocalisations and driving instrumentation. It has repetitiously overdriven guitars that ride a tempestuous beat whilst it's lead lines lick and harass the piece to within an inch of it’s life. It’s important to stress here that traditionally ‘Tuath’ are masters of experimenting with sound so newer fans of their work might be asking themselves ‘What The Fuck?’. Don’t panic, go with it & pop on some headphones to check out what is actually going on under the latent noise. This track will be an absolute monster when played live and it's a fitting ending to what is a massive step up for a band who we have covered intensely here at Primal Music from their very first release. Bravo Tuath!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion (Now On Hiatus). His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped 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.
RELEASE: Existence Is Futile
RELEASE DATE: 16th June 2016
Nestled deep within the Irish Republic’s rugged northwestern periphery and held fast in a belief that sonic experimentation across many different musical genre’s is the only formula needed to express artistic freedom in todays overly diluted and increasingly crass home grown independent music scene, resides one of the best modern day experimental psych-gazing collectives to ever have graced this fair isle, led by the charismatic & multi-lingual Robert Mulhern and a rag tag bunch of instrumental geniuses. ‘Tuath’ mesmerised the musically saturated underground back in March 2015 with their intensely addictive & deeply experimental debut EP ‘An Taobh Tuath(Ail)’ closely followed by their immense spaced out single ‘Amhairc Thart Ort Fein’ in September of the same year. Now the band have returned with a blistering four track EP entitled ‘Existence Is Futile’, penned in for digital release on the 16th June 2016 and is absolutely jam packed full of experimental dreamscapes that skip from serine psych-rock to blissfully dreamy shoegaze and on into expressive jazz fusion coupled with swirling hypnotic progressive rhythms.
Existence is futile by Tuath
Tuath’s broad musical foundations are brought to fore on the EP’s self-titled opening track and we’re soon introduced to a swirling trip hop inspired percussive swagger thats inherently intertwined with massive swathes of reverb, purposefully unleashed to hold a protective sheen around those hazy vocal lines before the brilliantly hypnotic guitar progression takes hold and carries the entire track into its shimmering finality. A stunning opener! We’ve no time to take stock however as the glorious opening salvos of track two, ‘Who Do you Want Me To Be’ enters into audible range and introduces us to a swirling maelstrom of melodic guitars, brilliantly executed flurries of cascading Saxophone, steadying drum patterns and Mulhern’s instantly recognisable vocal. Possibly my favourite track on this entire release ‘Who Do You Want Me To Be’ is mesmerisingly good and worthy of a single release going forward! ‘Take Refuge’, the EP’s penultimate track screams into the sonic ether and unleashes reams of golden psychedelic ripples that pulsate into the musical atmosphere, all held fast to shimmering guitar progressions, pounding drums and another magnificent vocal display. Tuath’s creative wall of sound is exacerbated by flourishes of expressive saxophone swirls that seem to mimic the guitar progressions – like for like, building layer after layer of melodic sound waves until we’re left with one big immovable sonic force. Deliciously addictive, if you ask me, and a track that sends out a big bold statement of intent to the entire Irish psych-gazing fraternity!
Dark, creeping guitar squall coupled with a throbbing melodic bass line ushers in the EP’s closing piece, the menacingly good ‘Poll’. This track undulates like a venomous snake on the hunt, winding its way along a sandy psych induced wasteland as those tempestuous guitars build exponentially through its verse progressions and explode into the chorus parts thus unleashing a cacophony of smooth sax progressions, pounding drums and swirling reverb drenched guitars! There are subtle hints of 70’s progressive krautrock, late 80’s trash metal, space-rock and 90’s alt-rock circumnavigating the overriding psychedelic maelstrom as ‘Poll’ moves through its sonic gears with mesmerising aplomb. ‘Poll’ is sublime and a stunning bookend to a blistering EP from a band who continue to amaze!
Recommended Listening …….
Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish based electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped 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.
Our good friends 'Tuath' have joined forces with 'Nartystation Films' to unleash a veritable feast for the eyes in the guise of their latest accompaniment to their absolutely immense single 'Who Do You Want Me To Be'. Lifted from the bands latest EP entitled 'Existence Is Futile', 'Who Do You Want Me To Be' takes us on a mind bending visual journey reminiscent to those over the top, but highly infectious, 'Primus' videos of old (albeit with a considerably better sonic accompaniment).
‘Tuath’ mesmerised the musically saturated underground back in March 2015 with their intensely addictive & deeply experimental debut EP ‘An Taobh Tuath(Ail)’ closely followed by their immense spaced out single ‘Amhairc Thart Ort Fein’ in September of the same year. This year the band returned with a blistering four track EP entitled ‘Existence Is Futile' and have again cemented their status as one of the best experimental psych/prog outfits around today.
'Existence Is Futile' is available to buy/download from tuath.bandcamp.com and you can also check out some fantastic outtakes from the track 'Who Do You Want Me To Be' right now via the band's soundcloud page: soundcloud.com/tuath
Shoegazers of the world are coming together here in Shoegazer Sanctuary! We are a growing Music Sharing Group located on Facebook. Our group is made up of hundreds of amazing Shoegazers (members) and our passion is Shoegaze! Sharing it, chatting about it & just plain hanging out with people who love the same music. It seems that close proximity in demographics does not support enough shoegazers, everyone who shares a common love for shoegaze is too spread out all over the world for that matter. That is where Shoegazer Sanctuary comes in. We will always be here for anyone who loves Shoegaze and wants to be part of one of the first world renowned Shoegazing groups maintained on social media.
We share music from such bands as the ones that have recently reunited: Slowdive, Ride & Jesus and Mary Chain & bands that are currently on tour like No Joy, Savage Sister, Swervedriver, Stella Diana, Clustersun, Chatham Rise, 93 Million Miles From The Sun and Whirr. Lets not forget the bands that time has other wise buried like: Astral, Colfax Abbey, South Pacific, Film School, Here, Feral and Ultra Cherry Violet, just to name a few in each category. These are just a fraction of the bands that you will find. You can also learn about some of the history of shoegaze through links we have provided to web sites such as: www.reddit.com/r/shoegaze/wiki/index
An interesting read on a recent eye-opening documentary called Beautiful Noise about the genre explains how without the emergence of Shoegaze back in the mid to late 1980's out of the United Kingdom many of the bands we love today most likely would not exist. Interesting quote from the article below a must read for any fan of Shoegaze:
"Shoegaze’s greatest legacy in music was the notion that guitar-driven music can be an Impressionist painting, which, through layers of effects and buried vocals, can be so amorphous that the only true interpretation comes from the mind of each individual listener."
Group members are treated like gold in Shoegazer Sanctuary because they are the reason this is all happening here on Facebook. For example, our next guest playlist is comprised of shoegaze songs that actual Shoegazer Sanctuary members individually selected. Our motto here in SS is "Love The Music" so come on in and see what we mean. We are sharing current music, re-discovering and discovering tons of bands, every day, 24 hours a day!
Below are 21 tracks chosen by some of the members of Shoegazer Sanctuary for this playlist:
1. NOTHING - "B&E" - Selected By Josh Snover
2. THE ECSTASY OF SAINT THERESA - "WHAT'S" - Selected By Joseph Kennedy
3. TUATH - "UISCE, UISCE, READ ALL ABOUT IT" - Selected By Shauna McLarnon
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4. CRASH CITY SAINTS - "TEENAGE CRIME WAVE" - Selected by Micheal Cady
5. RINGO DEATHSTAR - "FLOWER POWER" - Selected By Joe Justice
6. SPACE WAVES - "SUN SHAPED FlOOR" - Selected By Sarah Spacewaves
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7. SOUNDS OF SPUTNIK - "LIGHT SCHEME feat. UMMAGMA" - Selected By Jonathan Rauhio
8. INDOOR VOICES - "WHAT CAN I feat. ALISHA ERAO - Selected By Rebecca Leonard
9. SLEEPER - "CLOSE YOUR EYES" - Selected By Ben Seth
10. RIDE - "DRIVE BLIND" - Selected By Dave Parker
11. FOXTAIL SOMERSAULT - "SUGARCUBES BIRTHDAY" (cover) - Selected By David Loop
12. LA CASA AL MARE - "M" - Selected By Patrice Gutschenritter
13. WHIRR - "SWAY" - Selected By Zamian Martin
14. BLACK HEARTED BROTHER - "I DON'T MEAN TO WANDER" - Selected By Rubens Curado
15. FLYING SAUCER ATTACK - "OCEANS" - Selected By Romeo Mic
16. BE FOREST - "LOST BOY" - Selected By Fabrizio Lusso
17. Static Daydream - "THE ONLY ONE" - Selected By Samuel Taylor
18. TEARS RUN RINGS - "A QUESTION AND AN ANSWER" - Selected By Warren Radnan
19. VENERA 4 - "BLACK PAWS" - Selected by Chris Tressler
20. PINKSHINYULTRABAST - "BLASTER" - Selected By Novas Pares Valenzu
21. MY BLOODY VALENTINE - "COME IN ALONE" - Selected By Richard Stott
Artist: Lava Lite
Release: Lava Lite EP
Release Date: 23/04/14
Record Company: Unsigned
Lava Lite are a Shoegaze/Dream Pop band, formed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 2011. They are: Sergenty Timoshenko - guitar, keys & vocals, Nikita Tarakanov - guitar & keys, Paul Kostyaev - bass & Eugene Kulikov - drums, percussion & backing vocals. This band have slipped under the shoegazing radar but from the very first listen it sound's to me like they've put their boots on, kicked down the door & unleashed a mesmerising whirlwind of beautiful shimmering shoegaze on their latest 5 track, self-titled offering. We've chosen 3 tracks from this EP and you can read what we thought of them below:
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'Fear Of Silence', the first incredible track on the EP, with guitar nods to nirvana and bass lines similar to the ilk of dare I say it - 'Twiggy Ramierez'(Marilyn Manson) circa 1996, it's also got the fire of the smashing pumpkins! Check it out:
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Track 2- 'Have You Ever', is somewhere between 'Waterfall' by 'The Stone Roses' & 'Kevin Is Gay' by 'Giant Drag'. This song meanders on a little bit and is by no means the best offering to the shoegaze gods but it is a solid second track. The one thing I really like about this track is the vocal line as it sears around the tracks like water around a stone in a running river.
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On 'Can't You See', the third track on this epic EP we are treated to sparse bass lines, octaving smoothly as if they were lounging around in a funk track. It has an energy to it thats similar to the 'Brian Jonestown Massacre' but with its own vitality. It invokes a sort of 'post rum libido' for that special someone you only met 3 hours ago at the local bar. This track also comes with the standard wailing unison bend that we all know and love, the lazy guitar line that refuses to change key and the bass line's are playing very nice with the drums. This epitomises what shoegaze is all about & its one of my fave tracks on this lovely EP.
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From start to finish this EP is a display of music made by a band who have embodied the sonic culture completely by the way that they consume the music of the sophmoric shoegaze era ,eating other modern bands for dessert. The musicianship and production values on this EP are fantastic plus the songwriting is lush and the lead singers voice is immense. What I would love to hear from them is music in their own language, but moreover I can't wait to hear what they come up with next. Their sound is already very mature and their production impressive. 'Lava Lite' are ones to watch.
The EP was recorded & mixed by Vladimir Nosyrev at the Petersburg Recording Studio, Saint Petersburg, produced by Lava Lite & mastered by Andrey Subbotin at the Saturday Mastering Studio, Moscow and is available up on their band camp site - www.LavaLite.Bandcamp.Com
Robert Von Ciaran is the Vocalist, Guitarist, Producer & Engineer in Irish heavy shoegazers 'Tuath'. Hailing from Galway in Western Ireland Robert's musical influences span numerous genres and are far reaching. 'Tuath' are quietly establishing themselves as forerunners in Ireland's shoegaze & psych-rock scene.
'Tuath' are an Irish language prog/ psych/ noise/ gaze band from Donegal/Galway & Dublin in the Republic Of Ireland who specialises in recording, producing & self releasing magnificent soundscapes through the medium of gaze! The outfit started off as just Robert Mulhern, sick and tired of being let down by other musicians, he got together with a band hell bent on exposing the Irish language to a bigger audience. He decided that his native tongue would help spread the word & be the vehicle that was needed to get the Irish language out through their songs! Eventually the project was minimised to just himself & Ashley Mobasser ( Saxophone) for recording purposes only, with session musicians coming on board for live experimentations! Their debut 7 track EP - 'Tuath - An Taobh TAat(hail)' had its official release on 17th March 2015. We caught up with Rob & Ashley from the band and peppered them with a few question on influences, future plans & shoegaze! Check it out:
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT THE FORMATION OF THE BAND & YOUR HISTORY?
'Tuath' was started by me (Rob) in my sitting room in Galway, Ireland. At the time of recording & mixing it I was in the process of working on an EP for another band of which I play bass in called 'The Death Letter Devils'. I was playing around with my loop pedal after a stressful day of mixing so I recorded some bland guitar chord progression for a song that will be on our second EP called 'Poll Mór',
I recorded drums, bass, 2 guitars and zero vocals for half of it and I used it to pretend that we were an already existing band and that we just needed a 'new drummer' & ' bassist' for it. Declan Huban(cracking drummer) and Dave Cigs(cracking bass player) fit the bill and off we went. My wonderful warrior girlfriend Rachel and I were running an open mic at the time and Ashley Mobasser showed up. We jammed over some Jazzy stuff and I invited him to be in the band. He accepted and off we went.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
ASHLEY: Biggest influences are John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver & Black Sabbath,
ROB: My biggest influences are Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Primus & Korn. I stopped listening to bands around the age of 20 because Techno and Dubstep seemed more interesting. I still don't really listen to music but have really fallen in love with 'The Northern Drones' from Dublin.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
Our sound is quite varied and will continue to change a lot due to the fact that much of it is coming directly from my (Robs) back catelog of the best of failed projects from different parts of my development. At the moment electronics are starting to become more stationary but there is talk of a desert rock EP in the not to distant future. Our first EP was largely progressive, noise rock & shoegaze with some elements of Techno. Our second EP is doom jazz influenced and damn near metal levels of palm muted guitars! The lyrics are largely about depressing stuff but Ashley and I are thinking of doing a 'Shadows' influenced spaghetti western type of thing with whisteling and trumpets and some telecasters! Drum n' Bass is a big influence of mine. Im going to donate money to the surviving Winstons members from the profits of our music. How much will depend on what I can afford, but we owe them a lot.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MAKING MUSIC?
ASHLEY: What inspired me? Music was the only thing that gave my life a purpose and made me feel alive.
ROB: What inspired me to start making music was a few guys around me. My friend Eamonn McGee taught me the opening chords to 'Tonight Tonight' by the 'Smashing Pumpkins' & I was fascinated as it was the first thing I was able to do well & very quickly. Then I heard 'System Of A Down' and there was no quenching my thirst. Their first album has some of the best guitar work ever.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE WORLD TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC? WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH INTERNATIONAL LISTENERS?
The reason that I decided to sing in this band was because I didn't think anyone else would see my vision correctly and I didn't want to argue with anyone over the end decisions. Drawing on my experience in Portugal, a country whose culture is insanely rich and romantic and juicy and vibrant, all I could see everywhere were TV's playing VH1's nostalgic 80's pop hits, like - 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' etc etc. This upset me, as people were just kinda singing along and nobody even spoke English. So this lead me to really see how much the English language is gentrifying culture accross the Globe. These people are being exposed to mind numbing drivel when they could be exposed to the beautiful culture of 'Faro' music and other such things. This is when I decided that hearing brutal music on the radio (sung in english) & seeing Irish people acting like 'Tupac' when they have probably never even seen a gun their whole lives, just made me think that We Are Having The Piss Taken Out Of Us so I chose our native tongue as a medium of vocalisation. I have strong feelings about it. Also, my main gripe with it is that the language is being destroyed by Nationalism and guilt. When I was growing up I hated the language because it was forced down my throat by Nationalists - specifically in my Secondary School. It was Nazism on a smaller scale. I also don't care about 32 counties either. I think we need to leave them on their own. They have been living in the 'Occupied 6' for just as long as we foreign french 'gauls(gaels)' invaded Ireland for the first time and we invaded them first so Nationalism is just a tool that divides people and I could not care less about it. The Irish language is a beautiful, descriptive, floaty sounding language. It has with it - gutteral tones, lovely oohs & aahs that when combined with reverb and delay result's in top quality sounds and rhythms. It also obscures the measuring stick for me as nobody can really be compared to me vocally because nobody has done this before. If you take the reverb and delay away then my voice sounds like a frog croaking. The message I want to send is that our language is class. Its upsetting that we are willing to let it die as a language. It is a window into the past & words are the amber that preserve the mosquito of culture and to lose that is to lose the history of an entire people.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE BANDS & ALBUMS?
ROB: SOAD, Toxicity - Unknown Mortal Orchestra(all of it), Primus - Tales From The Punchbowl, Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist, Black Sabbath - Paranoid, Tool - Aenima, Aphex Twin - Drugs, Tame Impala(All Of It), Fear Factory - Archetype, Format B -Restless, Meshuggah - obzen. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew, Phantogram - Eyelid Movies, Holy Fuck - both Lp's...those guys are so awesome!, The Flying Eyes - Self Titles.
ASHLEY: Headhunters by Hancock, Ten by Pearl Jam, Cape Verdean Blues by Horace Silver & Aenima by Tool.
MUSICALLY WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS OVER THE NEST YEAR?
We plan to play all over the place! Release an album & 3 EP's, do a live soundtrack for a silent film(all the cool kids are doing it) & the grand mission is to be able to afford better equipment to make it so we can play more dense sets live with visuals and head to europe and the states for a tour(s).
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 - 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. 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.
Release: An Taobh TAat(hail) EP
Release Date: 17/03/15
'Gaeilge' - Irish, or 'Irish Gaelic' is the national and first official language of Ireland, as well as one of the official languages of the European Union"
Being Irish is a great thing. Speaking our first language is another story. In Ireland we are thought how to speak the Irish language for most of our school going lives, yet most of us today can't even speak a full sentence, at all, in what is officially our first language! Take that last sentence in! Now go back and re-read it. We go to school over here in Ireland for anything up to 14 + years!! Shocking isn't it? Last year my band released our second album 'Analogue Wave - Casimir' on it we recorded, produced & self released an Electronic Track with vocal's by me, 'as Gaeilge',to bring attention to the fact that our first language is Irish & more band's/artist's should praise that fact & use it vocally in their songwriting techniques! So Imagine my surprise when I was approached by an Irish shoegazing/ post-rock/ noise-rock outfit only singing in the official first language of Ireland? Yeah it blew my mind too!
'Tuath' are an Irish language prog/ psych/ noise/ gaze band from Donegal, Ireland specialising in recording, producing & self releasing magnificent soundscapes through the medium of gaze! The outfit started off as just Robert Mulhern, sick and tired of being let down by other musicians, he got together with a band hell bent on exposing the Irish language to a bigger audience. He decided that his native tongue would help spread the word & be the vehicle that was needed to get the Irish language out through their songs! Eventually the project was minimised to just himself & Ashley Mobasser ( Saxophone) for recording purposes only, with session musicians coming on board for live experimentations! Their debut 7 track EP - 'Tuath - An Taobh TAat(hail)' is penned in for release on 17th March 2015 with subsequent releases planned throughout 2015 & plan's to tour heavily throughout the year too.
This EP opens up with the triumphant 'Ocras'. A powerful, stomping track with the added bonus of a saxophone giving the traditional shoegaze wall of sound a new edge. The guitars are perfectly produced & the vocals float on reverb laden effects taking the track to a whole new level in the breaks. This is Irish shoegazing at it's very very best. Check it out:
With post-rock & progressive elements leading the charge, the second track on this EP entitled 'Nil Tu Ann' announces it's arrival with a stunning vocal arrangement sitting on top of an addictive drum beat. The introduction of the saxophone again instantly lifts the track out of it's progressive slump and into familiar shoegaze territory and the atmospheric guitar changes towards the end of this track are immense. This is a really great track but there are better on this EP. Check it out below:
Fans of noise-rock will love track three on this epic release! 'D.M.T ' is fast and punchy with an almost ambient like effected vocal cutting through the maelstrom of guitars & drums. I have to say though, it's the Sax that is a welcome addition to this whirlwind of noise & it helps to keep this listener firmly focused on the track in general & not on the madness going on around it. Excellent stuff.
And as if by magic, the shoegaze re-appears! With a nod & a wink to the first wave of gazers, think of band's like UK based - 'Loop' or Boston's own - 'The Swirlies', track four explodes onto the musical landscape with aplomb. 'Uisce, Uisce - Read All About It' is immense! A solid wall of reverb hit's you right between the eyes, scoops you up & takes you with it, on a journey through gaze! In comes the Saxophone to add another level completely & I am now fully content! Probably my favourite track on this release by far. Bloody brilliant.
You can listen to any track on this massive release & it will give you something new to get your ears around. Yes, the Irish language thing is brilliant & I commend the band for experimenting with our national language, but don't let it take your ears away from the musical compositions on this EP. They are absolutely stunning. From the opening track 'Ocras' through 'Nil Tu Ann', D.M.T, Uisce Uisce - Read All About It, I D'tuath De Mo Cuid Namhaid(Brian Jonestown Massacre Cover), the immense instrumental 'Ag Dunmharu An Timpeallacht' & finally to the EP's epic closing track 'Bharuil', this EP has it all. I'm amazed at how much attention to detail has gone into producing this bunch of tracks. When Robert Mulhern got in touch with me initially, he told me that the band had never set out to be 'Gazers'. This EP, in my opinion, firmly put's them into the ' Irish Gaze' category of music & should 'Tuath' decide to stay with shoegaze, it will hold them in good stead with the hardcore Irish shoegazing fan's going forward.
You can find out more about the band by going to:
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
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, Noise-Rock & 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 band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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.