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BOPS

BOPS

Rose Coloured Records / Mauvaise Foi Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

BOPS were bottle fed on sixties music, they digested The Beach Boys harmonies and The Kinks savage pop before feeding on the booming sounds of Ty Segall and Girl Band. After relentlessly touring their native France BOPS are now set to release their self tilted debut album, which will be released on vinyl in France, Italy and the UK, BOPS will also be touring in support of the album across those countries. BOPS self titled debut album will be released via Rose Coloured Records (UK) and Mauvaise Foi Records (Europe) on the 13th October.

From the opening beat of Mary it’s clear that BOPS are completely immersed in 60’s garage, pop and psych, elements of the best bands from that decade are littered throughout the self titled album, but to be clear this isn’t a total sixties throwback, the wonderfully titled Mad Oyster contains elements of new wave and power pop in it’s grooves. These elements sit alongside unhinged and eccentric moments of psyche, such as Slit It, Sing I, Jim and Fantasia, the dark and dirty garage of No Voices and Mr Cubalouder, moments of Link Wray inspired distortion such as Sing II and See You There and even a touch of unhinged rock ‘n roll in the form of Wrong and Dunder Mifflin.

BOPS self titled debut album is an instantly familiar, yet totally original, trawl through the trashier side of rock ‘n roll that comes across like a previously unreleased Pebbles compilation, and as Get Primitive!, the legendary best of volume of that series, sits amongst my favourite albums that’s about as higher praise as I can impose on this album. For anyone who has a love for the original garage bands, the eighties garage revival or the current resurgence in the garage and psych scenes you need to acquaint yourself with BOPS, as this unhinged French trio have produced an electic and original release.

BOPS can be pre-ordered via Rose Coloured Records website here

BOPS Facebook page can be found here

All The Colours Release ‘Heartbreaker’ Video

All The Colours HBMelbourne alternative rock band All The Colours are back with their brand new one-off single, Heartbreaker, that is released ahead of their third album Vol. 3. Coming off the back of the Big Day Out tour and a recent support slot alongside Eagles Of Death Metal on their national tour, All The Colours had a low key 2016 whilst band member Josh Moriarty took some time off work on his other project Miami Horror, now they are back with their classic rock and roll sound with a bit of a tongue-in-cheek attitude as they inject the sound of the 90s into 70s psychedelia for 2017.

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Dead Heavens Release Full Stream Of ‘Whatever Witch You Are’

Dead Heavens WWYANew York City’s Dead Heavens, the psych-rock project of guitarist and frontman Walter Schreifels, that boasts ex members of Vanishing Life, Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools, Quicksand, Youth Gone Mad, White Zombie, Psychotica, Youth of Today, Bold, Into Another and Cults, have released their new album Whatever Witch You Are today in the UK via Dine Alone Records. Whatever Witch You Are possesses sharp angular sounds and psych inflections and melodies that seem wrought out of rebar, strong, pared down, and purposeful at every point. If anything, their musical origins have permitted Dead Heavens to approach blues and psych rock without nostalgia, arriving at an audibly honest sound, stripped of any of the tassels or affectations. 
 
You can stream Whatever Witch You Are here and download the album via iTunes here
 

Future War Brides Reveal Video For ‘Gloves Off’

Future War Brides Gloves OffFuture War Bride‘s new single, Gloves Off, is a fragmented example of lead singer Mikkel Boström‘s medicated experience depicting two contrasting universes that collide and create. It’s surprise, psychedelic, ejector-button chorus playing make-weight to the driving off-beat rhythms and synth-led melodies, sounding like a thunder storm in a fight with a rainbow. The video for Gloves Off is a weird reminder of those questions above and at the same time, a portrait of a world where everyone is losing their heads, young, old and all in between. 
 
You can stream Gloves Off here and view the video below

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The 99 Degree / Mold / The Echo Rays

The Castle Hotel, Manchester, UK

12th May 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17Tonight The 99 Degree are playing a triumphant launch show for their debut EP, Boot Hill Surf Club, that was released today, the 12th May 2017 and is now available via all the major streaming services and digital retailers. Tonight The 99 Degree are accompanied fuzzed up noise merchants Mold and reverb heavy surf sounds of The Echo Rays along with a heady DJ set from the lysergic side of the street by Hip-No-Tyzed. We arrive early and already Hip-No-Tyzed are spinning a selection of sounds from the dark and murky history of garage rock and on a warm sunny Mancunian evening The Castle Hotel is already sweaty as hell and the denizens of Manchester’s underground are present for the launch of The 99 Degree‘s Boot Hill Surf Club EP.

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 Echo RaysAmongst those present tonight are members of various bands as well as the curious and their established fans, and it appears that Manchester’s underground garage scene is embracing the DIY ethos ,which for me is the way forward for a scene that completely bypasses mainstream sensibilities. First up are The Echo Rays who channel the kind of distorted garage surf that belongs on the soundtrack to the best, and the worst, b-movies. Their sound sits somewhere between The Mummies and Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet and they create a surf soundtrack that makes you wish Manchester wasn’t landlocked, the only thing they’re missing is go-go dancers and an ocean.

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 MoldThe more I attend shows in Manchester’s underground the more I’m impressed with the originality and continued force of nature that’s on display by bands who are playing music that at best is appealing to a niche audience, but they’re up there and doing it regardless and to me that is about as punk rock as it gets. Mold take to the stage and visually appear to be cross between Alice Cooper, before his metal years, The Edgar Broughton Band and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, that assumption is swiftly dispelled as what they initially deliver is a stripped down primitive set of blues influence garage rock that descends into the insanity that the original garage rock bands delivered.

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 Mold 2There is no thought whatsoever given to commercial viability, Mold are playing exactly the music they want to make, and like the bands the precede and succede them it’s clear that zero fucks are given, tonight is bands making the music they want to make. Their songs veer from hardcore intensity, through post punk and into psychedelia inspired grooves, often within the same song, and I don’t know what to make of Mold, but I’m pretty sure I liked their idiosyncratic set. The blend of psych, surf and strangeness that has been served up so far is the perfect warm up for The 99 Degree who are launching their impressive self released debut EP, Boot Hill Surf Club, tonight.

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 1The Castle Hotel is rammed from front to back and they appear to be a band that are well on their way to writing their own unique chapter in Mancunian musical history, ever since I first caught them supporting Kid Congo And The Pink Monkeybirds last year there’s been an irresistible momentum that is born of self belief. The 99 Degree take to the stage resembling The Beach Boys disreputable cousins and they launch into Hey Bo Diddley with vocalist Joe Sartini resuming his role as a deranged preacher to a congregation of the converted in a rammed Castle Hotel. Tonight the sound is perfect and the underlying primitive beat of the rhythm section is perfectly balanced against the reverb and echo drenched guitar lead.

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 2They launch into their deranged debut, the ode to preachercide that is Dead Or Alive, and to me The 99 Degree have achieved a bigger sound that allows the echo heavy Gretsch guitar riffs to stand out in a way that hasn’t previously been present at their shows, Joe Sartini seems in his element tonight whilst Phil Turner occupies an effortlessly cool position on guitar, whilst the rhythm section underpins the whole sound with a kind of spaced out detachment. To say The 99 Degree were on form tonight is an understatement as the sound, the crowd and the sweat soaked venue are the perfect showcase for The 99 Degree‘s brand of surf and garage inspired punk rock.

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 4The 99 Degree to my ears have never sounded finer than they have tonight, they channel the original spirit of rock ‘n roll and combine this with psych, garage, punk rock and a suspicious influence that makes them a band that should be on the radar of anyone with a love for the rock ‘n roll underdogs, the bands that inevitably produce the music that makes life worthwhile. Joe Sartini shambles and shakes his way round the stage giving the impression he’s possessed of the original spirits of rock ‘n roll and you can’t help wondering if this Mancunian quartet have sold their souls and are destined to end up stood at a Crossroads with a horned character waiting impatiently in the wings.

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 5Their new Boot Hill Surf Club EP gets is full debut, from the opening number to closing strangeness of The Pusher, the EP already sounds better than the recorded version, and it was only been released earlier today. The chaos that is The 99 Degree seem to strangely focused in their own shambolic way tonight, The Ballad Of Henry Brown was one of the highlights of the Boot Hill Surf Club EP, but it’s spaghetti western menace is amplified tonight and adds an edge to the song. The 99 Degree‘s new EP is a thing of wonder in it’s own right but for me they are band that are truly in their element live in front of an enthralled crowd in a sweat drenched venue, making tonight the perfect showcase for the new EP.

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 3The 99 Degree are out there on their own, there are obvious comparisons to bands, but they have their own unique sound that possess the primitive spirit of rock n roll and garage, whilst at the same time embodying the fuck you attitude of punk. Something very special seems to be emerging from the primeval basements and rehearsal spaces of Manchester and The 99 Degree are amongst the most original of the denizens that occupy the alternative scene in Manchester. By the end of their set the sweat is dripping from the ceiling and the demons have been well and truly conjured from their resting places, no one is doing anything quite like The 99 Degree and for that I salute them

99 Degree Castle Hotel May 17 6The 99 Degree‘s Soundcloud Page can be found here and their Facebook page is here

The Punk Site review of the Boot Hill Surf Club EP can be read here

Mold‘s Facebook page is here

The Echo Rays website can be found here

Hip-No-Tyzed‘s Facebook presence is here

The Castle Hotel‘s website can be found here

Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

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The Cult Of Dom Keller

Paradiso Is On Fire

Cardinal Fuzz / Sky Lantern Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Paradiso Is On Fire is the first live album from The Cult Of Dom Keller, the album was recorded on a European tour at the tail end of 2016, the recordings are culled from shows that took place in Antwerp, Belguim and at the legendary Paradiso venue in Amsterdam as they toured in support of their latest studio album, Goodbye To The Light. Paradiso Is On Fire was released via a collaboration between Cardinal Fuzz and Sky Lantern Records on double album and CD formats yesterday, the 22nd May 2017, and the album is now available if you hurry, as these are strictly limited pressings.

The band are clearly influenced by the likes of the Spacemen 3, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and in particular, at least to my ears, the often criminally overlooked Loop, but there’s also a heady influence from outsider psyche pioneers of the 60’s present in their DNA. From the extended trip of the opening number Behind All Evil Is A Black Hole, through the excellent driving keyboard heavy Nowhere To Land and the fuzz drenched Shambala Is On Fire, to the strangely disjointed Dead Seas, the echoing Eyes and the dark, almost gothic, Nothing Left To Stay For and the epic closing track Worlds, this is a hedonistic and unique album that indicates the ongoing resurgence of garage and psych influenced bands is still gaining momentum.

Paradiso Is On Fire encompasses The Cult Of Dom Keller‘s three studio albums, whilst the constantly echoing and heady feel of the album is heavily influenced by suspicious psych influences there’s a touch of post punk and alternative drive to the album that stops Paradiso Is On Fire from wallowing in the sea of the psychedelic strangeness that is at their core. Paradiso Is On Fire captures The Cult Of Dom Keller at the height of the powers delivering a hypnotic mind altering live set, and it appears that Cardinal Fuzz have unearthed another band from the dark and fuzzy underbelly of the UK’s alternative scene that, as with all of their releases, offers you a unique and heady experience.

You can order Paradiso Is On Fire via Cardinal Fuzz (UK) here and Sky Lantern Records (USA) here

The 99 Degree Release ‘Boot Hill Surf Club’ EP

99 Degree BHSC CoverThe 99 Degree have released their debut EP, Boot Hill Surf Club, today, the 12th May 2017, the EP features four demented garage surf punk spaghetti western serial killer tales that you didn’t know you neededThe 99 Degree will also be taking to the stage in a few hours time at the release party for the Boot Hill Surf Club EP at Manchester’s Castle Hotel.

The Punk Site review of the Boot Hill Surf Club EP can be read here

Boot Hill Surf Club is now available via all the leading download and streaming sites

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The 99 Degree

Boot Hill Surf Club

Self Released
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Following on from last years impressive debut single, Dead Or Alive, Manchester’s The 99 Degree will unleash their first EP, Boot Hill Surf Club, tomorrow, the 12th May 2017, like their previous release their latest offering is a completely DIY affair that’s born of the original twisted spirit of the garage. The Mancunian quartet have been ploughing their own furrow in Manchester’s underground scene, and their latest release indicates that they are continuing to head off down their own dark and dusty trail.

Straight off The 99 Degree pick up where they left off, the opening track The Banshee delivers the western swagger that their debut Dead Or Alive carried, and it possesses a hypnotic primitive drum beat and some glorious heady reverb and treble laced guitar riffs, but it seems that Manchester psych outsiders are out to prove that there’s more in their arsenal. The haunting The Ballad Of Henry Newton Brown carries their spaghetti western hallmark but takes it into a darker place, if the opening track signified that was surf was up then this track indicated that there’s trouble in town. Losing My Mind is already a live favourite, and with good reason, it has a wonderful hedonistic surf riff that dominates this heavy slice of psyche and dementia, whilst the final track, The Pusher, takes things into darker and stranger territory than anything they’ve previously recorded

The 99 Degree occupy the same undefinable territory as The Cramps, but with their own identity rather than trying recreate another bands sound. The 99 Degree‘s mix of primitive rock ‘n roll, fuzzy garage, surf, dark spaghetti westerns, and whatever the hell else it is the fuels the Manchester quartet, creates a unique blend of influences that channels the essence of the strangeness and originality that is born of the garage. The 99 Degree are a truly original mutant surf band from a city that was famously quoted as having everything except a beach, I can’t wait to hear what they’re going to unleash on full length album.

The 99 Degree will be playing a launch party at The Castle Hotel in Manchester on the 12th May to celebrate the release of the EP

Boot Hill Surf Club will be available from all major digital retailers and streaming services from the 12th May

The Creature Comfort Announce Live Showcase Of New Material

Creature Comfort Gullivers 3rd JuneManchester’s longest-standing outsider psych-rock band The Creature Comfort are set to unveil the new songs that will follow their debut album on Saturday June 3rd at Gullivers in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The Creature Comfort will emerge from their recording studio in deepest Wales for a live unveiling of the new songs that will form the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 debut album, their last appearance at this venue was a raucous and sold-out affair so expect more of the same, special guest support is provided by The Goa Express and Dreamherbs.

The Creature Comfort have released a free download of their classic single Sauce here

Tickets for the  show at Gullivers can be purchased here

The 99 Degree Release Stream Of ‘The Banshee’

99 Degree BHSC CoverThe 99 Degree have announced the release of their debut EP, Boot Hill Surf Club, on the 12th May, the EP features four demented garage surf punk spaghetti western serial killer tales that you didn’t know you needed, the EP will be available via all the leading download and streaming sites. Ahead of the release of Boot Hill Surf Club the band have released a stream of the lead track from the EP, The Banshee, and The 99 Degree will also be playing a release party for Boot Hill Surf Club at Manchester’s Castle Hotel on the 12th May.

You can stream The Banshee here

Tickets for the Boot Hill Surf Club launch party can be purchased here