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Song Premiere: Sonic Jesus – “I’m In Grace”

After the release of the widely praised double LP “Neither Virtue Nor Anger” and an intense period of touring around Europe, it seemed like Sonic Jesus’ fate was set to follow an already traced path .  Their hypnotic, industrial psych-drone has been transformed into a dense, synth-driven coldwave/post-punk sound.

Sonic Jesus is the Italian music project of multi-instrumentalist Tiziano Veronese. Following on from an incredibly well-received double LP and a split single with The Black Angels on Fuzz Club Records

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Sonic Jesus – Neither Virtue Nor Anger

The psych scene is one that has never seemed to really go away since its birth in the mid-60s under the guidance of bands such as the Thirteenth Floor Elevators and early Pink Floyd. It may have faded into the background from time to time, but every few years it comes back with something new and interesting added to the recognisable template. Out of the present incarnation of this crowd, which includes the likes of Swedish tribalists Goat, the hypnotic Wooden Shjips and a slew of bands that have featured on the excellent Reverb Conspiracy compilations, comes Italian duo Sonic Jesus. Their debut album, “Neither Virtue Nor Anger” is a set of predominantly drone-based psychedelic tunes married to a motorik groove that blows the mind and moves the hips.

Sonic Jesus’ influences may occasionally be glaring, such as on the Black Angels’ pastiche “My Lunacy” and by the beyond-the-grave appearance of William Burroughs, Patron Saint of the Spaced-out, on “Monkey on my Back”. The whole certainly adds up to more than the sum of its parts, however, and Neither Virtue Nor Anger is much more than a retro attempt to recapture something from the distant past. Stand-out tune “Reich” is an unrelenting cacophony of howling synths which underlay a twangy trip with chanted vocals and urgent drumming. “Telegraph” suggests Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd getting it together with original New York electro-punks Suicide, with its pulsating synth groove, reverb-heavy beat and spidery guitar lines, while album closer “Kali Yuga” has a dreamy, off-kilter vibe with bubbling electronics driven by an understated groove.

An 80-odd-minute double album of psych rock might be a bit much to swallow for some, but for those who like their psychedelia fried, “Neither Virtue Nor Anger” has some very tasty treats.

Sonic Jesus produced by Fuzz Club Records
Song written and recorded by Sonic Jesus
Scene from “Teatro sin fin”, a Panic Movement by Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Sonic Jesus is the darkwave/post-punk recording project of Italian multi-instrumentalist/composer Tiziano Veronese and vocalist Marco Baldassari. They formed in 2012, and immediately signed to Fuzz Club Records. Before they even had a record out, they were playing sold-out shows and getting rave reviews. In 2015, they released a double album of noise/psychedelic rock stuff called “Neither Virtue Nor Anger”, which earned them even more praise.  They’re set to release their highly anticipated sophomore album “Grace” via Fuzz Club on March 10th.

The new record is getting lots of advance praise, and some folks are saying that it’s reminiscent of Interpol and Editors.Following on from an incredibly well-received double LP and a split single with The Black Angels,This could be the record to break this band into the bigger scene after last years set at Liverpool Psych Fest.

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Shindig Magazine has called them “one of Psych’s best kept secrets”. combined with the sonic intensity of A Place To Bury Strangers. Last year they grasped the attention of Psych Nouveau godfathers The Black Angels, who were enthusiastic of sharing a 10″ split single, collecting astonishing reviews .Shortly after getting together in 2012, the band from Doganella Del Ninfa, Italy, released their first self-titled EP and almost immediately sold-out, followed by their mind-blowing London live debut at The Shacklewell Arms. Since then, they have taken part in the Reverb Conspiracy compilation (curated by Fuzz Club and Austin Psych Fest) twice and toured intensively around Europe. They also shared stage with Damo Suzuki and collaborated with iconic Icelandic artist Jón Sæmundur aka Nonni Dead of Dead Skeletons, who did the cover art for the EP and joined them on stage at Eindhoven Psych Lab 2014. After leaving their fans lying in wait for a follow-up for two years, they are now about to release their debut album ‘Neither Virtue Nor Anger’, a double LP out on Fuzz Club Records. Recorded in their studio between 2013 and 2014, ‘Neither Virtue Nor Anger’ is something beyond the colourful blend of 60s Psychedelia, Folk, Krautrock, Shoegaze and Post-Punk anticipated by Locomotive. The more it progresses, the more it turns into a desperate stomping Bacchanalia, spiced up with an hypnotic flavour and distorted atmosphere a la Faust. Obscure ceremonies for Greek-Roman mystery rituals, songs like My Lunacy and Cancer are the perfect soundtrack for a futuristic and dystopian Fellini’s Satyricon. The album features the artwork of prominent Italian artist Mirco Maracci. His work has been exhibited in Palazzo Taverna in Roma in 2014, along with Andy Warhol, Giorgio De Chirico, Keith Haring and Amedeo Modigliani.