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Fuzz Club Eindhoven 2019: Kikagaku Moyo + The Soft Moon + Iceage e.a.

Fuzz Club, organised by the label of the same name in partnership with Eindhoven Psych Lab, in that city’s imperious Effenaar venue, is ostensibly a ‘psych fest’. It’s a little steelier than most, perhaps – there is more psychedelia of the skull-crushing, motoric and guitar-based variety than there are whacked-out interdimensional synth voyages – but psychedelia it remains.

In the wider world, psych is somewhat on the wane in 2018, having hit a soaring high four or five years ago. In Liverpool, the annual International Festival of Psychedelia – one of Europe’s largest – was the undisputed daddy of the Scouse music calendar, a cosmic celebration imbued with a sense of starry-eyed optimism, a friendliness and community spirit.

After last year’s Fuzz Club Eindhoven, and before our ears had even stopped ringing, The Fuzz Club promoters began working on round two. Today we’re unbelievably excited to share the first seventeen bands who are set to play at FCE19 – taking place once again at the Effenaar over August 23rd-24th. You can find the line-up as it stands as well as a link to early-bird tickets below.

So, topping the bill will be everyone’s favourite Japanese mavericks Kikagaku Moyo, who will be bringing their transcendental blend of minimalist psychedelia, Eastern folk and krautrock. Also joining them will be Iceage and their twisted post-punk drawl and The Soft Moon, whose pounding cocktail of industrial, EBM and darkwave will be shaking floors in the early hours.

On top that there will be The KVB’s icy synth-pop, the shadowy drone-rock of Tess Parks and shoegazing legends The Warlocks and The Telescopes. Plus further Japanese hypnosis courtesy of Minami Deutsch, synth-punk workouts from Rendez-Vous and droning garage-psych from Alan Vega proteges The Vacant Lots. Oakland cosmonauts Lumerians, Chilean heavyweights Vuelveteloca and South African noise-pop duo Medicine Boy. We’ll also be bringing back Berlin post-punk outfit The Underground Youth and Porto krautrockers 10 000 Russos.

Bands for 2019 + more to be announced
Kikagaku Moyo, The Soft Moon, Iceage, The KVB, Tess Parks, The Underground Youth, The Warlocks, The Telescopes, The Vacant Lots, Lumerians , Whispering Sons, Rendez-Vous, Iguana Death Cult, Minami Deutsch, 10 000 Russos, Medicine Boy en Vuelveteloca.

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Released today,

The 9-track eponymous album was recorded in Anton Newcombe’s Cobra Studios in Berlin last year and was mostly co-written by the duo and, to celebrate, the duo have revealed the new video for their lead song ‘Life After Youth’. 

The pair first collaborated in 2015 on the album ‘I Declare Nothing’,  Park’s vocals were desribed as “unique and smoke-laden, and hypnotic” .A native of Toronto,  Parks moved to London at the age of seventeen where she briefly studied photography before deciding to focus on music. Parks went on to make a lasting impression on Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, and she became one of his first signings on 359 Music, releasing her debut record ‘Blood Hot’ in November 2013 to excellent reviews. “She’s only 24 and is already an amazing songwriter,” McGee once said. She just doesn’t quite know she is yet,  her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady”.

Tess said, this is my third record and second record with Anton Newcombe. We started recording this in February 2017, I ended up having to leave halfway through because my beautiful aunt Pina, my mother’s baby sister, passed away on Valentine’s day. I came home for her funeral, straight off the plane to her viewing. The funeral was the next day. I had one day at home and then I was back to Berlin, after a 22 hour day of traveling due to various stopovers, to finish recording. The preciousness of life and family and love and friendship gave me the momentum to try to put everything I could into this music. We finished the record in July 2017. I grew up making this record and I’ve grown so much as a person and as an artist after working with Anton.

I am forever grateful for him helping my little songs come alive. I have to thank Andrea Wright who engineered and co-produced this record and Ruari Meehan for writing ‘Right On’ with me, which is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever had the chance to be part of. I am currently in California driving through desert mountains and if anyone had told me when I started writing songs that I’d have had three records out by the time I was 27 and traveling around to play those songs I would have laughed and shook my head and cried.

Thank you to all of the friends and family that have carried me through, and everyone who has believed in me, even when my belief in myself has wavered. I hope you like this record and it adds something to your sweet life.

from the new self- titled album “tess parks & anton newcombe”  out on October 12th 2018 on ‘a Recordings’

Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe will release their second full-length album on 12th October 2018.

The nine-track eponymous album was recorded in Anton Newcombe’s Cobra Studios in Berlin last year and was mostly co-written by the duo.  Now, the band have unleashed the video for new track ‘Please Never Die’ made by Parks herself alongside Ruari Meehan.

The pair first collaborated in 2015 on the album ‘I Declare Nothing’, which saw Park’s vocals as “unique and smoke-laden, and hypnotic” when it was named Album of the Month. A native of Toronto,  Parks moved to London at the age of seventeen where she briefly studied photography before deciding to focus on music. Parks went on to make a lasting impression on Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, and she became one of his first signings on 359 Music, releasing her debut record ‘Blood Hot’ in November 2013 to excellent reviews. “She’s only 24 and is already an amazing songwriter,” McGee once said. She just doesn’t quite know she is yet,  her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady”.

Her partner in crime, Anton Newcombe, is a man who needs no introduction as Founder Of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. A man who offers insight into a musical mind who has done so much but strives for more. And more is what he keeps on producing.

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works in progress, sounds a bit like an album… left loads of extra tracks for 10′ singles and stuff.

1. alive 2. monochrome wound 3. mount pleasant 4. bindle 5. please never die 6. french monday afternoon 7. die neve welt 8. talkin bout the weather 9. right on

recorded here at Cobra in Berlin, Anton Alfred Newcombe 2017

TESS PARKS - BLOOD HOT LP

A native of Toronto, Tess Parks moved to London, England at the age of seventeen where she briefly studied photography before deciding to focus on music. Tess made an impression on industry legend Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, albeit the timing of their meeting could hardly have been less ideal; McGee was no longer involved in music and Tess was due to move back to Toronto. After moving back to her hometown in 2012, Tess formed a band on the advice of McGee and less than a year after their meeting, he returned to music with his new label, 359 Music.

Tess became one of his first signings and released her debut record ‘Blood Hot’ in November 2013 to excellent reviews. One reviewer described her as “Patti Smith on Quaaludes”. Others have mentioned her “gauzy psychedelic sound” and “smouldering voice”. Alan McGee himself said: “She’s only 24 and is already an amazing songwriter… she just doesn’t quite know she is yet … her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady”.

June 2015 saw the spine-tingling collaboration between Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and the resultuing LP ‘I Declare Nothing’ released to critical acclaim on ‘A’ Recordings. “Somedays” is the debut single from Tess Parks‘ upcoming re issue record ‘Blood Hot’, which will be released by 359 Music.  Tess describes her songs as “lo-fi alternative drones with a hypnotic vibe”. Another of her influences is Elliott Smith. “I was brought up on Bob Dylan and Nirvana and The Beatles and Rolling Stones and Zeppelin and all that good shit,” says Tess. She’s hung out with the likes of the Dandy Warhols and met Alan McGee in London. “We stayed in touch, that was it really. I just got so lucky,” adds Tess. “I love Oasis, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine… He’s affiliated with all of my favourite musicians.”
Shot on Location in Port Severn, Ontario.

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After her soundcheck Tess Parks hung out on some steps outside the club to film a Jammed Tapes session where she played her own slowed down rendition of the classic Van Morrison song “Gloria” Her coarse vocals combined with the familiar, yet sparse chord progressions added new depth to the rock and roll standard, turning it into an atmospheric, brooding piece whose temperature kept rising until the timely arrival of a fire truck on the street . After the session was recorded she went back into the venue where she played her set with her new backing band which features members of Thee MVP’s . 

Brought to you by The Auras Collective, Written and performed by The Auras. “I Believe in Everything” Written and performed by Tess Parks & The Auras. Produced and engineered by Jose Contreras. Catch Tess Parks at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelica

I Believe in Everything –
Islands in the Sea –
Charlton Heston

 

“FRIENDLIES”  from the album “I Declare Nothing”  – via ‘a’ Recordings due out 29th June .

Tess Parks, the girl with the authentically psychedelic sound, has been busy creating a record that is about to launch her firmly off the ground. Last year Parks collaborated with the legendary Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman, Anton Newcombe to produce the tantalising, ‘I Declare Nothing’ album out later this month. We’re lucky enough to have been able to listen to the entire album and can safely say that she’s destined for big things, if working with Anton Newcombe on only her second album to date didn’t tell you already. The video for ‘Friendlies’ by Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe,

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe 'I Declare Nothing'

Born in Berlin in early 2014 and nurtured over the following summer, ‘I Declare Nothing’ is the spine-tingling collaboration between Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), due for release on Anton’s A Recordings label on 29th June.

The duo, who co-wrote and co-played on the album, they are touring across Europe this year.

Tess Parks – A native of Toronto, Tess Parks moved to London, England at the age of seventeen where she briefly studied photography before deciding to focus on music. Tess made an impression on industry legend Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, albeit the timing of their meeting could hardly have been less ideal; McGee was no longer involved in music and Tess was due to move back to Toronto. After moving back to her hometown in 2012, Tess formed a band on the advice of McGee and less than a year after their meeting, he returned to music with his new label, 359 Music.

Tess became one of his first signings and released her debut record ‘Blood Hot’ in November 2013 to excellent reviews. One reviewer described her as “Patti Smith on Quaaludes”. Others have mentioned her “gauzy psychedelic sound” and “smouldering voice”. Alan McGee himself said: “She’s only 24 and is already an amazing songwriter… she just doesn’t quite know she is yet … her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady”.

Anton Newcombe -is the leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, who returned last May with their 14th full-length album ‘Revelation’ to critical acclaim. It is the first album that was fully recorded and produced at Anton Newcombe’s recording studio in Berlin and was released on his record label A Recordings. It was supported by a successful European tour.

Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock & roll, Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990.

Two dozen band members later and numerous “ups and downs” (some have been famously sensationalized in the media), the one thing that has always remained consistent for this psychedelic collective, is front man Mr. Anton Alfred Newcombe.

LP Tracklisting
Side A:
1. Wehmut
2. Cocaine Cat
3. Peace Defrost
4. German Tangerine
5. Gone

Side B:
6. October 2nd
7. Mama
8. Voyage de L’ame
9. Meliorist
10. Friendlies

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Written and performed by The Auras. “I Believe in Everything” Written and performed by Tess Parks & The Auras. Produced and Engineered by Jose Contreras. Special Thanks to Napoleon Hill and Optical Sounds.