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The Jesus And Mary Chain

‘Damage And Joy’ UK Tour..

Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture, as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the bench mark in the post Sex Pistols music scene of London. Their seminal debut album ‘Psychocandy’ would go on to change the course of popular music, channeling the sneering angst and noise distortion of the live shows into hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics that would beguile and bewilder.

Released into the world, The Jesus and Mary Chain became the darlings of British press, as they searched to find the owner of the post punk crown in the mid 80’s. With strong Velvet Underground influences, and a despondent but melodic wall of noise, they went on to become the inspiration for such critically acclaimed bands such as My Bloody Valentine in the early 90’s.
The band formed in East Kilbride, a wasteland on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland in 1983, around the writing partnership of the Reid brothers, William and Jim.

They soon moved to London and their “win or die trying” attitude and thrashing guitar sound, was bought to the attention of Alan Mcgee and Creation records, by Bobby Gillespie, vocalist with another Scottish band, Primal Scream. The first single “Upside Down” was released, and Gillespie joined the band as drummer. Gillespie pursued the Velvet Underground, single snare and floor tom sound that became prevalent on the recording of the Psychocandy album.

In stark contrast to the adrenaline fueled 15 minute live shows, that often ended in violence and riot, (as the Reid’s inflammatory interaction with the thrill hungry crowd, saw them provoking utter chaos,) the slow throbbing noise pop Psychcocandy album, spawned such classics as “Just Like Honey” and “Some Candy Talking.”

The Jesus and Mary Chain got picked up by US college radio, and amongst the heavy rotation playlist a North American Tour followed. The Album ‘Darklands’ was released, as the tour ended in more chaos following Jim Reid’s arrest for allegedly assaulting a member of the audience in Canada who heckled him.

In 1994 the Album, Stoned & Dethroned, was released, and a single taken from the album “Sometimes Always,” featuring Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star, gave the band a commercial hit. They showcased the song on The Late Show with David Letterman bordering on a mainstream American breakthrough, in true Mary Chain style, it took another four years to put out another US Album: Munki, released by Seattle’s Sub Pop (original home of Nirvana, who were huge fans of the band.)

A succession of well documented break ups, fueled by brotherly love and internal tensions followed, as William took up resindence in Los Angeles and Jim returned to the UK. The brothers came together in 2007 to perform at Coachella Music Festival, to be joined on stage by Scarlett Johansson, for the “Just Like Honey” hit.

In 2012, the band embarked on a series of North American dates, during which, Jim revealed that he and his brother had written songs for a new album.“ We have a bunch of new stuff, there’s been this album that everyone has talked about.”

Following the bands re acquaintance with Creation Management in 2014 they are engaged in a series of festival dates across the globe. Things have come full circle for the brothers Reid.
Both William and Jim are totally invigorated by the prospect of performing live again and finishing off the elusive album as well as a slight wink towards the 2015, 30 year anniversary of Psychocandy.

Check out the amazing video for ‘Mood Rider’, taken from ‘Damage and Joy’ by The Jesus And Mary Chain, out now!!!

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UK Tour dates:

SEPTEMBER

19TH – NORWICH – WATERFRONT
20TH – LONDON – O2 FORUM
21ST – LIVERPOOL – 02 ACADEMY
23RD – GLASGOW – O2 ABC
24TH – MIDDLESBROUGH – THE EMPIRE
25TH – SHEFFIELD – FOUNDRY
27TH – NORTHAMPTON – ROADMENDER

OCTOBER

1ST – NOTTINGHAM – ROCK CITY
2ND – BATH – KOMEDIA
3RD – WALES – CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

The Jesus and Mary Chain UK shows!!
Tickets available from: http://thejesusandmarychain.uk.com/

Monolord

Unleash Third album RUST out September 29th.

Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord share the title track and details on their highly anticipated third album Rust today, Now Streaming.. Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band’s third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord’s enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it’s a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that’s more total environment than collection of songs. Together, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member.

“We’ve always been inspired by great band musicians – as opposed to technical solo peacocks,” Willems says. “Because that force of a band really playing together as one single unit is incomparable. At its best, it’s just unstoppable.” And, Monolord is truly unstoppable, on record and on stage. “A heavy groove that contains both bombastic overkill and a lot of dynamics is what we always aim for in Monolord; in playing, in song writing and arranging, in recording,” Willems says.

Album opener “Where Death Meets the Sea” perfectly exemplifies their mastery of dynamics and hooks with a driving, infectious buzzsaw riff that lesser bands would ride off into the sunset, but Monolord uses subtly to spur the song’s skull rattling rhythmic core ever onward. Jäger’s watery vocals glide over ominously building verses that erupt with the song’s insistent refrain. Being such a tight rhythmic unit, it sounds almost like an early ZZ Top record played at half speed. “Dear Lucifer” squeals and hums with slow deliberation as Willems summons Dale Crover pummel with chasm like low-tuned toms and syncopated cymbal crashes. The album’s title track is also its centerpiece, opening with a dramatic, shimmering Hammond organ intro as Jäger sings, “you are the reason that I lied/ You are the reason that I cried/ Please don’t wait until tomorrow/ There’s only pain, hate, grief and sorrow.” Suddenly, the band kicks in with a bellowing line downtuned to B that nosedives down the guitar neck as the drums hammer down for the kill. Elsewhere, tastefully understated guitar harmonies elevate the behemoth churn of “Wormland” and apocalyptic album closer “At Niceae” simmers in a slow build of rumbling guitars and rolling drum triplets.

Monolord formed in 2013, quickly recording their 2xLP debut Empress Rising, which RidingEasy Records released in April 1st, 2014. The second album, Vænir, followed April 28th, 2015. The 2-song Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze EP was issued in late 2016 amid the band’s relentless touring schedule in order to tide fans over until the next full length. Vænir landed on countless Album of the Year lists in 2015, and Rust is poised to open an entirely new range of possibilities for Monolord.

Also on tour!

MONOLORD + Conan

07.10.17 NL – Nijmegen / Soulcrusher Festival
08.10.17 FR – Paris / Le Glazart
09.10.17 FR – Nantes / La Scene Michelet
10.10.17 FR – Bordeaux / Le Void
11.10.17 ES – Barcelona / Razz 3
12.10.17 ES – San Sebastian / Dabadaba
13.10.17 FR – Lyon / Jack Jack
14.10.17 FR – Audincourt / Le Molodo
15.10.17 BE – Antwerp / Desertfest
16.10.17 DK – Aarhus / Atlas
17.10.17 DE – Hamburg / Bambi Galore
18.10.17 DE – Berlin / Musik & Frieden
20.10.17 DE – Dresden / Morbus Maximus
21.10.17 DE – Munich / Keep It Low Festival
22.10.17 CZ – Brno / Kabinet Muz
23.10.17 AT – Vienna / Das Bach
24.10.17 CH – Olten / Coq D’or
25.10.17 IT – Bologna / Freakout Club
26.10.17 IT – Milan / Bloom
27.10.17 CH – Winterthur / Gaswerk
28.10.17 DE – Siegen / Vortex

Rust will be available on LP, CD and download on September 29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at RidingEasy records and Monolord.bandcamp.

Welcome To Monolord official website.

Here you will find music, videos, photos, blogs, up-to-date live dates and much more!

Electric Wizard

Ninth Studio Album, ‘WIZARD BLOODY WIZARD’.

The album will be released on 10th November via: Witchfinder/  Spinefarm Records (PRE-ORDERS LIVE!) ALBUM PREORDER, Fans will receive an instant DOWNLOAD of the new track, here.

Wizard Bloody Wizard’ is the long anticipated new LP from ELECTRIC WIZARD and, man, is it HEAVY!!!! 43 minutes of cranium crushing bludgeon rock, a relentless aural brain rape and, like the band’s beloved vintage horror/exploitation movies, definitely not for those of a nervous disposition.

Finally rising above convention and genre, the band have constructed their own vision of classic Heavy Rock… a sound harking back to the dreaded days when ‘heavy’ meant Grand Funk and Black Sabbath and ‘rock’ meant drugs, groupies and mountains of amplification. This is 21st Century blues, dragged (and drugged) back from the grave…

“Right away we knew this was it… the new direction we should go in,” says Jus Oborn (guitar/vocals). “Real heavy music… really basic heavy rock, blues based but brutal. I think a lot of modern heavy music has disappeared up its own arse… it’s too pretentious and technical. We wanted to get back to that primal sound… over amplified blues… Hendrix, Blue Cheer, Zeppelin. They took that music and then turned it up… so we thought let’s do the blues in our style. Heavy, heavy super fuckin’ blues, total snail-paced funeral boogie for this 21st century hell. I guess it’s meant to be hopeless but it’s also defiant and unbroken.”

Even though the LP promiseshymns to death, drugs, sex and violence’, the overall vibe is a band that is revitalised and ready to kill. The sound is aggressive, stripped back and savage, as if the new line-up has mainlined a new level of attitude and ability…

“Y’know, a lot of bad shit has happened to us, but through it all was the music. We still dig loud heavy music and the album is not really depressed or angry, it’s arrogant and rebellious. I still believe in rock and roll and I still believe in killing it on stage and mentally destroying an audience.”

And the band sounds together, really together. The last 3 years of touring, writing and rehearsing have honed and moulded a new sound that has truly distilled the ELECTRIC WIZARD brew. In 43 brain-damaging minutes the band delivers a varied, challenging and breath-taking LP, from crushing blues stomp through savage Detroit sleaze rock, paranoiac passages of droning drug rock and creepy funereal proto-metal/acidrock. This is heavy shit, baby!!

“We’ve been worn out by the modern scene, it’s all about styles and genre. We just wanna make solid heavy music… no rules. We didn’t set out to record a style or product. We set out to record what we wanted to hear. I want people to know it’s ELECTRIC WIZARD from the first second, but also to know we are gonna take them on a trip. Heavy doesn’t just mean tone and bottom end… I think people have become too obsessed by fx and boutique amps. It’s more about playing style, attitude and song-writing… y’know, a lot of our songs have been interpreted as acoustic numbers by various people and they are still heavy and ominous sounding… you can’t dilute true darkness.”

The LP’s stunning all analogue recording has been produced by Jus Oborn and Liz Buckingham (guitars) in their own ‘Satyr IX Recording Studio’….

“It’s an anti-studio really. We wanted to put as little between the band and the tape as possible. We needed to take stuff away and use less equipment cos I think the raw sound of the band is killer. Studios have progressively made the recording situation more difficult and convoluted. I always think the best recordings are the simplest and most basic ones. So, yeah, we built the studio that we wanted… mics, mixing desk, tape machine… that’s it. No bullshit.”

The LP sleeve and art has also been conceived by the band and echoes, again, their love of the macabre, evil and sleazy. A sick and twisted bad taste eye-assault that aims to titillate, excite and repulse you…

“Sex and violence are our basest instincts. I guess we think that engaging the brain and guts on this most basic, primal level is the fastest way to grab people’s emotions… it’s ‘shock’ tactics, but the world is so fuckin’ brainwashed or bored that they need to be ‘woken up’. The ‘man’ is slowly neutering and killing us with technology and lies… it’s time to fight back.”

“Wizard Bloody Wizard” track listing:

01. See You In Hell
02. Necromania
03. Hear The Sirens Scream
04. The Reaper
05. Wicked Caresses
06. Mourning Of The Magicians

ELECTRIC WIZARD is:

Jus Oborn – guitar / vocals
Liz Buckingham – guitar
Simon Poole – drums
Clayton Burgess – bass

Welcome To Electric Wizard’s official website.

Here you will find music, videos, photos, blogs, up-to-date live dates and much more!