Dom is absolutely spot on the money in this article. It will be THE album of 2012. The band play their first EVER UK dates this coming weekend as part of the Northern Star Weekender and they are as follows:
23rd March - Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford w/Kontakte and The Elelctric Mainline
24th March - Brixton Windmill, LONDON w/ The Domino State, 93MillionMilesFromTheSun and The Electric Mainline
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Malik - more fool you as you missed two more great sets. The Medicine are a rock 'n' roll Nuggets style garage band of the highest order - just because they don't fit into your little indie box... but they are so far from ladrock... I'm glad you left.
Thanks Dom - 100% spot on fella! One of the best shows I've seen this year - all 3 bands pulled it out the bag!
Spot on!!! Psychedelica 4 is out UK-wide on Monday August 9th from all the usual outlets. In the meantime it can be picked up via here:
Cool article - I'll always feel an affinity with Manchester after living there. The music scene is and always has been second to none. Some bands I'm aware of: Humanizer, Pioneer 4, Air Cav... all who have appeared on my label: www.northernstarrecords.co.uk
REVOLUTION IN SOUND
for rockers, ravers, lovers & gazers
1) MARIBEL – Deflowers
2) THE MANHATTAN LOVE SUICIDES – Clusterfuck
3) THE NOVA SAINTS – Lights
4) DELICASESSION - Tape Check
5) PUNK TV - Vala Svala
6) THE DECEMBER SOUND - No Heaven Like Hell
7) URSULA MINOR - Sick Fuzz
8) THE ELECTRIC MAINLINE - All Too Much
9) LABORATORY NOISE - You Created A Storm
10) THE VOICES - When The Black Sun Sets
11) HOT ZEX – Insecure
12) YOUNGTEAM - Introducing Mr Gladstone
13) DEADLEAF ECHO - Pale Fire (Ulrich Schnauss Mix)
14) MINT IVE - Paint A Picture (Of The Broken Hearts)
15) SCREEN VINYL IMAGE - Slipping Away
16) SUNNYVALE NOISE SUB-ELEMENT - I Love You Everytime You Smile
17) KONTAKTE - Motorik
Available from Northern Star Records - the label that brought you Psychedelicas 1-3
Available from Northern Star Records.
The Manhattan Love Suicides 'Clusterfuck' appears on the new Northern Star compilation 'Revolution In Sound' alongside The Nova Saints, Laboratory Noise, The Voices, Youngteam and many more. Soz for the plug, but this album is so good its necessary.
... the album is a massive achievement. Its great and fresh in a way that any album from a band going as long as Depeche should have any right to be. If Portishead had made this they would be labelling them genius.
...is on a compilation - Psychedelica Three available from www.northernstarrecords.co.uk
A collaboration with Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes) and Italian band The Zen circus
...is superb :)
Think its a fantastic idea - ace to read about some truly great bands. I'm happy :)
Shoegaze is like any genre - it has its good and it has its bad - when it is good however it can be absolutely skyscrapingly mindblowing.
Bands like M83, The Nova Saints, Youngteam, Perfect Blue, the Daysleepers, The December Sound - all sound nothing like each other yet you can trace a line right through to MBV, Slowdive, Ride on all of them.
What I'm about to say now will prove contentious but anyone listening in to the new breed of bands can testify that its absolutely true. I think "shoegaze" (god I hate that term) right now could be one of the most innovative and diverse genres of them all.
Great article Dom - keep it up mate!
All done out of the back of a bedroom - about as independent as you can get. Doesn't stop us from getting ace reviews from NME, DiS, Reverb, Sunday Times, Billboard, The Word, Mojo etc etc
Fucking great music as well... Psychedelica 3 coming soon...
Northern Star Records - released 2 compilation albums so far - all killer, no filler. Love this label. They've featured Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels, High Dials, The Nova Saints, The December Sound, Peoples Revolutionary Choir, Heroes of Switzerland, The Electric Mainline, Dust, Perfect Blue, Flowers of Hell and many more.
... had a major hand in signing the bands on Creation. I may be wrong here, but I don't believe he was involved with Poptones.
I think there'll always be a place for labels with their finger on the button. Poptones failed because they no longer sell music that is relevant.
My only two purchases from Poptones were the Cosmic Rough Riders and The Hives. Truth is Alan McGee was living off past glories. All due respect to him for what he achieved but he didn't choose the bands for Poptones anyway. I remember them advertising for a female fronted punk band under 25. Surely you start a label because you already have music you feel inspired to put out?
Not sure if bands releasing their own music is the answer either. This could only work for the big bands. There needs to be a place which acts like a filter or a bullshit detector where you can find all good bands and I think I've already found that place www.northernstarrecords.co.uk
.... I totally agree. I picked this out as the best song in my review: http://www.northernstarrecords.co.uk/reviews.cfm
I loved the first two albums, Howl had its moments, but THIS one - this is the one!
This is the best album I've heard in years.... as a rule I'm not into folk... but I just couldn't help but fall in love with this album.
I think its so good it surpasses musical genres - the sign of truly great songwriting.
Reminds me of Tim Hardin and Nick Drake and could give them both a run for their money. This review is the most spot-on review I've read in ages. Its one for the summer.
I picked up both Psychedelica Vols 1& 2. Purchase of the year. Didn't realise it was possible to fit on so many classics on one album. Musical version of the TVTimes - I didn't know there was so much in it!
Oh I love this single - its a pure anthem... also love a track by them called Elevate on the latest Northern Star compilation Psychedelica Vol: 2. This band rock!!!
I'm with you all the way here man. Take a look at my earlier post. I think what your friend is telling you is at best idealistic and inaccurate. Some unscrupulous venues have now taken to charging bands to perform. By the time they've sorted out a van to get there etc - most bands are out of pocket when they gig - even if they are paid.
We sell mp3s from our site. It doesn't go through a middle man. We record, upload all from the comfort of our own homes - people all over the world can buy them and/or listen in.... 100% pure profit. We also sell mp3s at the highest possible quality. We have complete control over our releases and it works for us. This technology is the equivalent of the launch of Spiral Scratch all those years ago. Its real revolutionary and is set to become the norm. Have a listen to the streamed tracks at www.theelectricmainline.co.uk and see how loud they come on.
I like cds, I adore vinyl, but I definitely think that digital downloads are the future. My band sells mp3 downloads straight from our website and its really opened up our world. Check out the shop on our site: www.theelectricmainline.co.uk
Think of it from an unsigned bands point of view. Digital downloads have allowed people to make recordings in their bedrooms and upload them for sale on their websites in a matter of minutes. I believe they have truly revolutionised the way in which we listen to and buy our music.
I used to argue for vinyl and cds but I listen to most of my music on my I-Pod. This has not been an intentional choice - just a choice out of convenience.
Selling digital downloads from our site has opened up our world. This allows us to forget about postage, packaging and concentrate on whats most important - the music.
The fact that it saves on pollution has to be a bonus in this day and age. The worlds resources are under constant threat and digital downloads provide a sustainable answer to our concerns for our environment.
No postage, packaging or storage issues. Digital downloads get my vote. I am a convert.
Is it just me who has noticed the startling similarity between Razorlight and The Boomtown Rats? Apart from the fact they're both shite, the likeness between both the vocals and the music is uncanny.
I just bought a brilliant compilation featuring The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Its on a new British Label - check out www.northernstarrecords.co.uk
It also features many other great bands including The High Dials, The Lovetones, Bavarian Druglords, The Electric Mainline, Pioneer 4, Say Jansfield, The Bleeding Hearts, Spacegarden, Electric Prunes, Telescopes, Silver Apples, God Is An Astronaut and many more.