Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Veldt
3 exclusive concerts – Boston, Philadelphia & NYC
6 May 2016
BJM & The Veldt to Play 3 Exclusive Shows in New England
For lovers of shoegaze, space and psych rock, this week brings great things for those who happen to be in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City (and have actually got their hands on some hot tickets to what seem to be sold out and near-sold-out shows).
Who’s playing? Two legends come together – each in their own niche sub-genres with a very slight overlap. Headliners The Brian Jonestown Massacre are known far and wide to anybody who hasn’t had their head under a rock in the past few decades. They are joined by The Veldt, also pioneers in shoegaze and alternative soul – an interesting mix but one that works, beautifully uniting influences like Motown, Arthur Lee, Massive Attack and Cocteau Twins.
Brian Jonestown Massacre is touring in support of their new album, Musique de Film Imaginé (music for film imagined), which is a soundtrack that pays homage to the great European film directors of the late 50’s and 60’s, such as François Truffaut & Jean-Luc Godard. It was created for an imaginary French film and released through A Recordings Ltd.
BJM frontman Anton Newcombe explains, “The album that you are about to hear is a soundtrack, my own creation, a tribute to great directors and filmmakers to an era that now seems to be behind us. Leaving the smart person to care to imagine that this art could now be in the shadow of its former glory. “The interesting thing about this project is that the film does not exist either. Even so, I imagined and I realized its soundtrack… Now it’s your turn, you are the listener to imagine the film.”
Their peers in beautiful music-making – The Veldt – join them for three exclusive dates in New England. Pioneers of alternative soul and shoegaze, identical twins Danny and Daniel Chavis formed the band in 1986 in Raleigh, North Carolina, lifting their band’s name from a Ray Bradbury science fiction story. The band’s original drummer Marvin Levi is still with the band today, as is newcomer bassist Hayato Nakao, originally hailing from Japan and guitarist Frank Olsen – both also played with the Chavis brothers under the name Apollo Heights.
Musically reared in the church and juke-joints of their native southern state, the twins have been performing since they were children, listening to music that included gospel, Motown and Pink Floyd. Their colorful history involves signings to 3 major labels, recordings under producers as notable as Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Ray Shulman (Bjork, The Sugarcubes, The Sundays), and Lincoln Fong (Moose), as well as a name switch to Apollo Heights and back again to The Veldt.
This past month, The Veldt released a smashing new EP this year called The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur. Mike Doherty from The Guardian says, “With Danny’s enveloping hooks, Daniel’s swooning falsetto… the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive, vertiginously soothing”, while Michael A. Gonzales from Soulhead writes, “No matter how futuristic space-age cyberpunk the music became, Daniel’s vocals was the gravity that kept us from floating away completely”.
Catch The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Veldt at one of these dates:
May 6 – Philadelphia – Union Transfer
May 7 – Boston – Paradise Rock Club
May 9 – New York City – Webster Hall
|Sounds of Spuknik
New Born feat. Ummagma
Moon Sounds Records
16 May 2016
Moon Sounds Records to release Sounds of Sputnik debut LP
~ New single involves renowned UK producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid)
‘Light Scheme’ (Fran Ashcroft Remix) https://youtu.be/3Tl5PLlFtao
‘New Born’ http://youtu.be/D7QxWCG82VY
Russia’s Sounds of Sputnik is releasing their single ‘Light Scheme (Fran Ashcroft Remix)’ from their debut LP ‘New Born’ feat. Ummagma, which also gets a re-release in early May through hallmark U.S. shoegaze label Moon Sounds Records. UK producer Fran Ashcroft, widely known for his work in the psych rock scene, has also worked with Damon Albarn (Blur) and Lords of Acid. The single comes with a smashing new video, produced and directed by Latvia/UK experimental filmmaker Dariy Karyakin and featuring actors Nadine Andreeva and Egon Skakun.
Dariy Karyakin has previously produced for David Lynch pet fave Nocturne Blue, has been praised by 6-time Emmy Winner Dutch Rall, and recently joined former Underworld consultant Yannick Joubert as part of the international Krinum Art and Design team. He is devoted to making music videos and short films, for which he has earned various awards and honours.
Rooted in a shared love of melodic dream pop, post-rock and shoegaze, both Sounds of Sputnik and Ummagma bring their own influences from Lush, Curve, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine, together with Hammock, Jesus & Mary Chain and The Twilight Sad to create briliant “dream noise”.
“A kaleidoscope of reverb-soaked guitar, intricate drums, heavy bass and distorted guitars intertwined with ethereal vocals” – Louder Than War
“A musical masterpiece!… a musical match made in heaven… A must-have album for anyone who adores everything good about the Electronic, Post Rock, Dreampop & Shoegazing genres” – Primal Music Blog
“Transcends physical and political boundaries to make sonic nu-dreamscapes” – Impose Magazine
“A sonic feast that might come from a collaboration between say Slowdive and the Cocteau Twins” – Canadian Music Blog
“A perfect match of pristine vocals with the alternative rock stylings of Swervedriver. Graham Bonnar’s drumming is unmistakeable here” – Stereo Embers Magazine
“A lush, dreamy backing of guitars, moody piano, and distant drum work that creates a sense of grandiosity” – Sounds Better With Reverb
“A quite satisfying clash of genres without just sticking to one simple direction. There’s something in there for every fan of shoegaze as well as for those of you who love the enigmatic work of M83” – Nothing But Hope and Passion
“A stunner, it sounds so full, with some incredible vocals from Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma. It’s such a unique sound I’m not sure I can even classify it as shoegaze” – The Revue
|Ask For Joy
Infinitely Recursive Records
20 May 2016
“A windswept sonic island within a sea of reverberating melodic joy. A merry dance through golden peaks & troughs, stuffed full of shimmering layered reverb drenched guitars!” – Primal Music Blog
“Gives rise to a sweet euphoria. This single shows Ask For Joy to be a clever, calculated ambassador of gaze” – The Sound of Confusion
“Fullbodied reverb over popperfect drum machines and gorgeous harmonies… daydream induced escapism” – When The Sun Hits
“Dream pop of the highest category… Ask for Joy shows that the dream world is eternal” – The Blog That Celebrates Itself
Combining the fuzzy warm shoegaze of Slowdive with the raw sonic power of bands like Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, Ask For Joy manages to create a divine cacophony of what can literally be called beautiful noise. This new album shines a light into a slightly darker corners of the mind through the themes it explores.
“It’s fair to say that the material on New Private Window tends to the seedier side: the lighter and darker sides of substance abuse; a couple’s murder-suicide; sexually suggestive expressions of love and desire. These are the types of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that one might want to keep hidden from friends or loved ones, tucked safely deep within the darkest reaches of the individual,” explains Aaron Rossetto.
“New Private Window explores these stories often kept secret. The title refers to the option in modern Web browsers that starts an untracked session, leaving no search or site traces behind for others to discover. Building up layers of guitar tracks, synthesizers, and thick choir-like background vocals gives the songs on the EP a sense of impenetrability and shelter from prying eyes (or ears) – in much the same way as, say, opening a private browser window would do.”
‘New Private Window’ was released on Rossetto’s own Infinitely Recursive Records imprint. Several tracks from this album are also being offered as a free download via the artist’s Bandcamp at askforjoy.bandcamp.com.
Leave The Light On
6 May 2016
Website http://www.kolumbus.ie (includes free download)
Video for ‘Goodbye’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUb_8OitINU
‘Leave The Light On’ & The City Dublin interview https://youtu.be/EjuxSOyfpes
“Fantastic show. Great songs. Great voice. Highly endearing and remarkable spirited performer with Class A songmanship and wise lyrics” – The Record Stache
“‘Leave the Light On’ – the latest single by Wicklow-based singer songwriter Kolumbus – succeeds where many songs about heartbreak fail. From the opening guitar riff and gentle weaving lyrics the listener is pulled into the song” – The City Dublin
“A remarkable single… This melody is so emotional that it caresses the soul upon first listen. This is a single that helps connect with the deepest memories of our mind. Excellent work” – Zone Nights
Irish singer-songwriter Kolumbus is gearing up to release ‘Leave The Light On’, the first single from his debut EP ‘Give Them Life’. Kolumbus is a musical project representing the solo journey of Irish songwriter Mark ‘Cappy’ Caplice,
Earlier, Kolumbus’ Christmas single ‘You Know It’s Christmas’ hit the No.1 spot on the Google Play Music Charts and Top 20 on iTunes, ahead of heavy hitters Adele and Justin Bieber, with all proceeds goint to Inner City Helping Homeless and Baltinglass Lions Christmas appeal. That song also features the West Wicklow Voices and Chorus Kids Choir.
Coverage highlights include being featured on Ireland’s TV3, Irish TV – Sky channel 191, Journal.ie, Classic Hits 4FM, KCLR, Dublin City FM and East Coast FM. Mark also featured on The Late Late Show as part of Gavin Glass’s band and a March episode of TheCityDublin’s Music From The Alley.
‘Filter / Kite’ EP
13 May 2016
FOR FANS OF: Kraftwerk, Ladytron, Section 25, LCD Soundsystem, Fisherspooner, Hot Chip, The Knife, Shiny Toy Guns, minimal and melodic synthpop
FOR SHARING (Bandcamp links are free downloads)
Bandcamp ‘Filter/Kite’ https://meterbridgeweatnurecords.bandcamp.com/album/filter-kite
Video ‘Filter’ https://youtu.be/NfJhZbwJjks
Video ‘Kite’ https://youtu.be/k7QU9HVEcYo
Bandcamp ‘It Was Nothing’ https://meterbridgeweatnurecords.bandcamp.com/album/it-was-nothing-single-plus-rodney-cromwell-remix
“Like a synth pop oddity that’s been dug up from a 1984 time capsule, its minimal sci-fi synths are redolent of the likes of early Human League or Kraftwerk. While each bar is riven with Jill Beaulieu’s vocals that are part exotic Grace Jones part clipped Debbie Harry attitude” – God is in the TV Zine
“Evocative of Man Machine period Kraftwerk, had the German four-piece chosen to invent glitchcore on their way to perfecting technopop” – The Record Stache
“Melodic synth swells, infectious percussion & that immense duel vocal attack…a band on the cusp of greatness. Perfection personified” – Primal Music Blog
““Refreshing addition to today’s synthpop scene, bringing in post-punk and new wave influences in ways unlike others” – Stereo Embers Magazine
“Electropop brilliance. Lucid combination of groove and offset melody… the spirit of Kraftwerk” – Jammerzine
Hailing from Nelson, British Columbia, Richard Kleef and Jill Beaulieu have been playing together since 2011, creating a distinctive and unmistakable sonic identity as Meter Bridge, forged of minimalistic groove-infused alternative dance melodies that are seemingly retro and futuristic at the same time.
“Our song ‘Filter’ is a song about persecution and about the complicated process of resistance and assimilation followed by reclamation of spirit and culture,” explains Jill Beaulieu. “For the video, film-maker Bryan Webb took our concept of invasion, assimilation and rescue, making it modern and mysterious. It was filmed in studio, as well on location, in several different nearby forests.”
Meter Bridge is offering this new EP as a free download via Bandcamp, similar to their previous single ‘It Was Nothing’ featuring remix by Rodney Cromwell). Meter Bridge will be playing the Electro London Festival on September 10, 2016 with Wolfgang Flür (ex-Kraftwerk), Shiny Darkness and others.
Beyond The Wall
13 May 2016
FOR FANS OF: The Danse Society, Clan of Xymox (Xymox), De/vision, Camoflage, Sisters of Mercy
LEAD TRACKS: Rapture, Death and Beauty, Towards the Stars, Come, Cuts Bare Mix
Photos by Elektrographie
France’s electro rock synthpop outfit Helix Pulsar has announced they will soon release their debut LP ‘Beyond the Wall’, a 12-track debut EP that was produced by Britain’s Creative Music Studios, which is based in Brentwood. ‘Rapture’ is the lead single from this album.
‘Beyond The Wall’ will be released on May 6. A video for ‘Rapture’ and a further single is expected.