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This is ‘Hell’s Teeth’ the new single by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.

The track is one of the many highlights of the latest album ‘Viscerals’. With its headbanging, foot stomping, driving, low-slung guitar rhythm, booming drums and ‘Let’s Rock!’ moniker, the single is an ode to metal bands through the ages.
And that is not all – the b-side features an exclusive rework of “Hell’s Teeth’ by fellow Rocket artist J.Zunz.
J. Zunz is the solo project from Lorena Quintanilla – one half of Mexican duo ‘Lorelle Meets The Obsolete’ and is releasing her latest album ‘Hibiscus‘ via Rocket Recordings on 21st August. 2020

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Released July 31st, 2020

Pigs x7

The Newcastle band with the best name in the UK right now were clasped to the bosom of the psych scene back in 2016, Now thanks to their giant, Sabbath-level cosmic riffs– and could end up creating the kind of swaggering anthems that sent Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood into the big time. Demonstrating the band’s newfound fervour, Viscerals, is the third LP from Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, provides even more porcine intensity than their 2018 breakthrough King Of Cowards.

Opener Reducer, for instance, is vicious in its presentation, powered by roaring krautrock-style drums and Sabbathian guitars. The northern porkers may not be the metal band that many expected to be driving the genre forward in 2020 but they are absolutely the band we need right now. Guitarist Adam Ian Sykes dissects his five favourite Viscerals guitar moments.

Reducer

“It’s easily the scrappiest song we’ve written to date. It was birthed more or less fully formed from just the drums and bass, and gave us an excuse for a healthy bit of self-indulgence. It makes strong use of a Fuzz War pedal from Death By Audio. Having bought it not long before tracking the album, I found some Japanese psych-rock lead tones buried in that pedal that I was desperate to use.”

World Crust

“It was time we tried our hands at thrash. As is often the way, what came out was a Cronenbergian mutation of our initial intentions, a sort of pseudo-thrash track. Though the main riff is as simple as it gets – it spends most of its time on the C with a short run down at the end of each phrase – it was a bit of a deviation from our usual fare. The bridge riff slows it down and offers a breather, which is something we do often. It’s a typical cheap Pigs trick.”

Halloween Bolson

“This track had a few iterations before we found the final arrangement. It all ended up coming together on a 7/4 ‘chorus’ riff that arrived late in the writing process. This riff is one of those that has a knack for falling onto itself in a loop; it’s fairly simple but the signature gives it an interesting twist. Just as importantly, it did the job of joining up what were previously two fairly disparate sections: the galloping riff of the first half, and the jilted riff of the outro. Working well within the context of both, it gave the track a focus and a structure, and ultimately a place on the album.

“Initially, the lead parts were a lot more reserved on this track, less hook-based and more meandering. After sitting with it for a while, we decided it needed something more direct, especially with its longer runtime. So, I went back in the studio to vomit up some borderline hair-metal licks that seemed to give the parts more focus.”

Rubbernecker

“When it comes to guitar, this track is all about the simple rundown melody – four notes from the B♭ to the E. With this album, we wanted to have more dynamics, melody and harmony in places from the two guitars. This gave us all three. We could harmonise to the run in the verses, and it could also provide a juxtaposition to the all-in riffing, offering a bigger dynamic and a better sense of weight when the riff does land. It also pivots over the bridge, from the lightness in the verses to a dark minor run as the bridge takes the track into a heavier place.”

New Body

“New Body is one of the heaviest tracks we’ve released. It gave us the opportunity to focus more on the guitars throughout the closing three minutes, when the song becomes instrumental. Working from a simple four-note loop on the bass, where the phrasing is the focus, the repetition allowed us to make slow and measured steps in harmony on the rhythm, while the lead pushed towards a more noisy, skronky solo. It takes the mood closer to the edge, almost like an ascending Shepard tone, which adds a vital bit of unhinged energy.”

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs’ album “Viscerals” is out now on Rocket Recordings.

Today is the day! Pigs x 7 release their third album ‘Viscerals‘ is out there in this weird, wild world, courtesy of Rocket Recordings. The noise loving Newcastle-Upon-Tyne quintet featuring Matt Baty, Sam Grant, Adam Ian Sykes, John-Michael Hedley and Christopher Morley. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do, and we look forward to hearing what you think and seeing you at a show as soon as is possible. For Lockdown Listening we recommend playing it loud, whilst exercising, cleaning, cooking or just simply when having a lovely, cathartic time. Powerful, primal, passionate music-making. An infectious, ambitious, raucous, riff-driven record. A workout of sheer musical magnitude and absolutely their best yet.

Adam Ian Sykes (guitar): It’s a strange time to be releasing an album, no doubt, but the reception and support we’ve had from people has been incredible. It’s odd spending months preparing for a long period of touring an album for that to be pulled from underneath from you but despite that, we’ve really enjoyed the run up to release and we’re still excited to get it out there for people to hear. Seeing as we’re not allowed to leave the house at the moment, we’re gathering together at 7pm BST on our YouTube channel in order to have a chat, a listen back to the record and welcome guests including Geoff Barrow of Beak, Self Esteem, ‘Viscerals’ cowbell performer Richard Dawson and Dev from Idles

‘Viscerals’ is available on vinyl LP, CD and digital formats from wherever you buy your music. To purchase one of the three limited edition vinyl versions currently available, in blood red sparkle vinyl. Rocket Recordings

Band Members
Matt Baty (Vocals)
Sam Grant (Guitar)
Adam Ian Sykes (Guitar)
Christopher Morley (Drums)
John-Michael Hedley (Bass)

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Heavy psych-rockers Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have previewed their forthcoming Viscerals album with second single “Rubbernecker”.

Discussing the new single, singer Matt Baty says “The lyrics of “Rubbernecker” explore feelings of desperation and eroding senses of community in a world that’s seemingly gone completely mad. The central character is the clown, who attempts to detach himself from the world he observes as chaotic and unruly. The more he isolates himself, the more he yearns for kinship but the ever growing forces that reinforce his terror of the outside keep him rooted in his confinement. It’s a sad song really.”

Viscerals will be Pigs first LP since their 2018 album King of Cowards.

“Rubbernecker” lands after January’s lead offering “Reducer”, and arrives with a clay stop-motion visual created by Rafael Bonilla Jr.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Rubbernecker Taken from the album ‘Viscerals ‘ (Launch184) on Rocket Recordings

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We’re very excited to announce our third album ‘Viscerals’ will be released on Friday 3rd April 2020. Their brand new album is on the way, and have shared a raucous first cut to get us even more excited.

Set to land on 3rd April, new album ‘Viscerals’ promises to be full of riffs and dynamic melodies, proving what a monumental force the Newcastle quintet are. And if you need more convincing it’s going to slap, have a glimpse at the record’s first offering ‘Reducer’ which is an absolute face-melter.

“This is the first taste of our new album ‘Viscerals’” announce the band. “It’s called ‘Reducer’ and it has a very strong flavour. It’s one of the songs that came together quickest during the writing process. It’s immediate and unruly and has that cathartic edge we seek out from the music we make together. It’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun to play live. Let’s rock.”

Head over to www.pigsx7.com where you’ll find links to preorder the album and book tickets to our album launch tour, including some newly announced dates.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs“Reducer” Taken from the album ‘Viscerals ‘ on Rocket Recordings

Gnoomes, the Russian outfit who blend a potent mix of psychedelic stargaze, kraut techno and kosmiche pop return with a brand new album, MU! their third for Rocket Recordings.

Since the release of their last album Tschak! the three piece has turned into a quartet with synth player Masha Piankova joining the band. And it was the success of their tours in the UK and Europe that subconsciously created a template and tone for where the band would go next with this new album; to capture that surging drive and throbbing assault of their pulverising live shows. “We decided to make this record more live and less electronic,” Sasha, singer and guitarist from Gnoomes said. “We were thinking about how to make it sound more dynamic.” Masha’s introduction was a key one, with her replacing Sasha on synth bass whilst he moved over to second guitar to add a fuller and more impactful sonic crunch.

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MU! has been part recorded in the same old soviet radio station where the band recorded Tschak! part in a professional studio and then part at home. This was to ensure the best capture of Gnoomes live assault. The results brim with a magnitude and sense of coherence that belies some of the environment it was created in. Fuzz-driven guitars shift in engulfing waves, resembling shoegaze giants at their most ferocious, whilst elsewhere layered vocals stack on top of one another, weaving between pristine melody and augmented discordance. Whilst the glacial electronics and coldwave tendencies that soaked much of their previous album may be more absent here, this record pulses with an electronic tinge that bubbles more subtly under the surface of immersive guitars.

Band Members
Sasha Piankov – vocals, guitar, bass
Pavel Fedoseev – drums
Dmitriy Konyushevich – guitar
Masha Piankova – moog, yamaha

Released May 31st, 2019

London-based psychedelic stalwarts Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are proud to reveal their third album ‘Sacred Dreams’ for Rocket Recordings. Continuing to dive into the deeper waters of experimentation, ‘Sacred Dreams’ is both a musically hefty amalgamation of reverb drenched space-rock and retro centric electronics, as well as an emotionally cathartic release for the band, marking a new direction and fresh approach.

Since their critically acclaimed album ‘Mirage’ was released, Josefin and writing partner Fredrik have relocated from Stockholm to London and have created a new Liberation around them – this new band consists of the powerful and intuitive assemblage of musicians; Maki (Go Team), Patrick C Smith (Eskimo Chain), Matt Loft (Lola Colt) and Ben Ellis, who’s worked with both Iggy Pop and Swervedriver. ‘Sacred Dreams’ was largely recorded at Press Play Studios (King Krule, Fat White Family, Yves Tumor, Stereolab, High Llamas and many others) run by Andy Ramsay of Stereolab, who also produced and even programmed his non synced drum machines adding a lot of inspiration to the album.

‘Scared Dreams’ invites you into the bands own dimensional soundscape, a world built with transcendental guitars, driving grooves and otherworldly, enchanting vocals, altogether seeped in layers of blissfully produced synths. Opener and lead single ‘Feel The Sun’ encapsulates this new direction perfectly before the anthemic ‘I Can Feel It’ makes the bands intentions known. Elsewhere playful 80s electronics sit alongside a shoegaze sensibility effortlessly and amongst the textured flow of the LP emerge pop hooks like the infectiously bluesy ‘Baby Come On’.

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Josefin tells us “This album comes out of a period of heartbreak, loss and dissolution, but also of deep love, warmth and beauty unveiled in the middle of it. A sacred dream, the way we see it, is not necessarily a golden fluffy cloud river, but instead also contains all the shadows that need to be seen and felt in order to drop what has to go in order to truly live. And the dissonance of such a dream may not be immediately apparent, let alone the meaning of it. In a way all of these tracks seem to emanate from that place where we have almost reached a new shore, or maybe we missed it and are headed somewhere else entirely, but there’s no way of telling until afterwards.”

released April 22nd, 2019

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Earlier this month, Swedish psych monoliths Goat released, ‘Let it Burn’, their first offering since 2016’s ‘Requiem’ LP. The track is an enchanting, fuzzed-out workout that sees the masked troupe amp up their lysergic psychedelic motifs tenfold to create a truly mesmerising piece of work that could be their finest to date.

‘Let it Burn’ was written specifically for the climatic scene in the short movie Killing Gävle, a The Guardian produced film (the video above uses footage from the film) directed by the very talented Joe Fletcher about the famous Gävle Goat in Sweden which every year local custodians of Gävle try to protect a giant straw goat that is built for the town every Christmas being burnt down by mischievous pagans. Obviously Goat’s music was the obvious to soundtrack the film – their back catalogue is used throughout the film but up to now it was the only place you could hear a segment of the 6 minute+ fuzz groove of ‘Let it Burn’ but now thanks to Rocket Recordings it can be heard in all its glory.

Full version is taken from the single ‘Let it Burn’ released 25.05.18

Rocket Recordings are pleased to reveal the self-titled debut album by MIEN, the exciting new four piece band comprised of The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham.

The seeds were sown for this collaboration as long ago as 2004, when Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone) found himself in a chance encounter with Black Angels frontman Alex Maas whilst performing sitar with his former band on a bill at SXSW in Austin with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Not long afterwards, he would also stumble across electronics guru and producer John Mark Lapham from Anglo-American band The Earlies, via a shared love for one song – the ‘classic sitar banger’ by The Association, ‘Wantin’ Ain’t Gettin’.

Some years later, another piece of the puzzle came into place, when Dhir was now playing bass with The Black Angels in 2012, and found the band sharing several bills with The Horrors. Thus he made the acquaintance of Tom Furse, and yet another pact was made to work together.

Several traversals of the globe by both plane and audio- le later, the result is an album that sees this quartet transcending their origins whilst maintaining a cohesive unity borne of a desire for outward exploration. John Mark’s vision, as he puts it, was “imagine the Black Angels as Nico in her 80’s industrial phase mixed with George Harrison and Conny Plank.” – true to form,it’s an album that nds equal room for radiant groove-based propulsion and ambient dreamscapes alike – as comfortable with the murky hallucinogenic voyage of ‘You Dreamt’ as the powerful widescreen sweep of ‘(I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting’, yet with songwriting acumen as potent as the production values are expansive and exploratory.

This may have been a record put together at a distance – yet the chemistry between these four gures is manifest amidst a kaleidoscopic series of atmospheres and excursions whereby the fertile songwriting of the golden age of ‘60s psychedelia is transmitted into a transcendental realm above and beyond the second decade of the 21st century.

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MIEN are: Alex Maas (vocals, samples, loops), Tom Furse (keyboards, programming), Rishi Dhir (bass, sitar, keyboards) and John-Mark Lapham (keyboards, samples, programming).

Releases April 6th, 2018

Newly formed psych project Mien is a supergroup as meeting of the minds. It brings together the talents of Elephant Stone sitar player Rishi Dhir, Black Angels vocalist Alex Maas, The Horrors keyboardist Tom Furse, and electronic manipulator John-Mark Lapham of The Earlies. The members are separated by geography and much of the album was written and recorded long distance, but they’re united by a love of classic psychedelia and cutting-edge studio voodoo.

“Earth Moon,” the second single off their forthcoming self-titled debut, is a baroque testimony to what can happen when heads like these get together. Cascading sitar and billowing layers of Krauty keyboards ride a driving, motorik beat to a peak of eerie elation. The hyperreal production is made possible by technology, not to say drugs, that they just didn’t have in the ’60s. Listen close and you can hear a bit of each musician’s signature in the song’s psilocybin swirl – and plenty of what the future holds for mind-expanding music.

Mien incarnates on this plane April 6th via Rocket Recordings. The band makes their live debut in April at Levitation Festival.

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Band Members
Alex Maas
John Mark Lapham
Rishi Dhir
Tom Furse

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