23 Feb 2018

Gnoomes remix Pinkshinyultrablast

Gnoomes have been approached by fellow Russians Pinkshinyultrablast to remix their latest single 'In the Hanging Gardens' and you can hear the results here:

Listen here: Spotify


Echoes and Dust reviews Mamuthones – Fear on the Corner

It says:

Italian psych-weirdos Mamuthones have been around for a while now but their first album for Rocket is a decisive statement of intent for a new phase of the band. The title Fear On The Corner suggests we might be in for a dark and queasy ride and the cover image features a weird sinewy monster mask with no features but bared human teeth, lips clawed back by its fingers. Its air of feral menace is only undercut by the lurid, hot pink colour of it. As if the xenomorph from alien had too many cheeky vodkas getting ready to go out clubbing, got a bit over excited and coloured her whole face in with a garish new lipstick.

This tension between carnivalesque celebration and something darker below it bubbles away through the album. At first it seems mysterious just what there might be to fear, and on what corner, with a tight percolating groove ‘Cars’ seems to kick off in a busy, bright square, the vocalist swaying like an amused drunk yelling at “cars! the people in the cars”. ‘Show Me’ sounds for all the world like The Fall before settling into a scratchy groove for the second half. This loose structure repeats across the record as the songs quickly resolve into open ended, up tempo, percussive grooves....

Read the full review here: E&D


Backseat Mafia reviews Mamuthones

It reads:

Mamuthones emerged from the Italian occult psychedelic movement and now in the wake of the release of their album Fear on the Corner on Rocket Recordings the band find themselves undergoing a metamorphosis from the mystical and ceremonial realms toward a direct connection with the everyday, the personal and the political. This vibrant reinvention also sees Mamuthones transcending their roots from Italian prog and soundtrack work after indulging in a healthy diet of krautrock and disco which has succeeded in shifting their modus operandi.

Alession Gastaldello, a founder member of Mamuthones states that “the songs deal with fear. Fear of the present, of human situations, fear of the new political situation, fear of political decisions being taken from other people’s fear, but also fear of relationship breakdown, fear of being alone or fear of being together with the wrong people, fear of not finding “a place in the world”, personal fear and obsession, fear of fear itself”. The album’s title is itself an amalgamation of the kinetic Fear Of Music by Talking Heads and the heat-haze repetition of Miles Davis’ On The Corner...

Read the rest here Backseat Mafia


Mamuthones – Fear on the Corner released today

Today sees the release of the amazing new album by Italian Mamuthones called 'Fear on the Corner'.

You can buy it on ltd pink/green vinyl here: Bandcamp

Or via your local record shop


Great words are already being said about Fear on the Corner:

"A truly unique psychedelic vision, 10/10" / Soundblab
"A possessed, dance-floor friendly, psychedelic sound" / The Quietus
"Their masterpiece" / Music Letter
"Fear on the corner is a really great record" / IndiePerCui 
"Mamuthones have pushed the limits with Fear on the Corner" / Backseat Mafia
"Conjures both joy and terror by opening a link to a primal, prehistoric past" / Echoes and Dust


The band are about to take this great album out on the road:

24 /02 /18 Circolo Nadir – Padova (PD)
03 /03 /18 Kabinet MÚZ – Brno (CZ)
04 /03 /18 Ut Conneitz – Leipzig (DE) (w/Camera)
06 /03 /18 Urban Spree – Berlin (DE) (w/Julie’s Haircut: Rocket Recordings Night)
07 /03 /18 Kinky Star – Gent (BEL) (w/Flowers Must Die / Skeppet)
08 /03 /18 Sticky Mike’s – Brighton (UK) (w/Mike Sultan)
09 /03 /18 Cluny – Newcastle (UK)
10 /03 /18 Garage/Rocket Recording 20th Fest – London (UK)
17 /03 /18 Circolo Dong – Porto Recanati (MC)
23 /03 /18 Mattatoio – Carpi (MO)
30 /03 /18 Astro Club – Fontanafredda (PN)
05 /04 /18 La Fine – Roma (ITA)
06 /04 /18 Camelot – Prato (ITA)

You can buy tickets for Rocket Twenty here: Alt Tickets


22 Feb 2018

Read Loud and Quiet's piece on Rocket's 20th Anniversary

Loud and Quiet have written this great piece on Rocket here, there are a few misquotes and we hoped it would feature '20 releases' and not 10 but it is a great read and we thank L&Q for all their support and to the lovely Dafydd Jenkins who conducted the interview.

Also, Chris has been pulled-up about some facts regarding the start of the label. Apparently it was after a Lillydamwhite show at the Ropewalk when the idea of the single was birthed and Wayne from The Heads was there and suggested the split. Then a couple of months later the band played together. Tbh, we can't remember, but we do know our first 7" came out in March 1998! :)

It reads:

The 20 year story of Rocket Recordings told via 10 essential releases
A brief history to the heavy ‘n’ heady sounds of one of the UK's most prolific underground labels

“Rightly or wrongly, we’re generally thought of as a psych label”, Rocket Recordings co-captain Chris Reeder tells me over Skype from his London flat. “Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a lot of friends involved in those scenes, but it just seemed like a fairly narrow conception of what Rocket is about”.

Rocket are, and always have been, more than harbingers of heavy ‘n’ heady grooves – that’s only a part of their prolific output as one of the UK’s busiest underground labels. Since their humble inception in 1998, Rocket have been responsible for some of the most forward-thinking British (and international) records of recent years, committing to wax the wonderment of astral rejecters Gnod, the ephemeral adjacent post-rock of Teeth of the Sea and the ecstatic trance of Goat. This is to mention nothing of the one-off collaborations, and the extra-curricular jams of “supergroups” like Temple of BBV. Rocket are a whole eco-system of cooperation, always ready to champion inter-label envelope-pushing. Through the commercialisation and reduction of UK indie music to a donkey ride seaside attraction (thanks The Libertines) Rocket have maintained a steadfast constitution in the mould of properly independent US imprints like early Sub Pop, Wax Trax! and SST...

Read the rest here: Loud and Quiet


Music Letter reviews Mamuthones Fear on the Corner

It roughly translates to:

I attract groups that do not want to like it at all costs. Those that just approach you show the quills like porcupines.

The Mamuthones fall fully into this category. Animals without hairless to caress. I did not follow their discography consistently and after all how do you follow everything without cheating and paying attention more or less due? I do not know what is considered their masterpiece but personally, among the three discs in their name in my possession, this beats them all, thanks to small prismatic masterpieces like Cars and Alone where they live together in a state of shared captivity Oneida, Supersystem and also the beating of wings of Bela Lugosi declared alive when everyone gave him for dead.

It seems to be inside those labyrinths that were the Liquid Liquid records. The percussions that become hundreds of pins and nails, the guitars that are bones victims of fulminant osteoporosis while the keyboards look like fakirs to advance on this carpet of splinters and the bass lines pass us through meandering.

The music of the Mamuthones is almost a broken bossanova, left to rot inside a favelas hut and now it crawls out, to see if there is still a slice of sun to heal the bruises. And it comes back to being alive with a pungent and diffident vitality. (Franco Dimauro)

Read the full review here: Music Letter


21 Feb 2018

IndiePerCui reviews Mamuthones' Fear on the Corner

Roughly translated it reads:

Psychedelic madness that establishes parallels with an unsettling and imploding nature for the band of former Jennifer Gentle Alessio Gastaldello, a substrate rich in references to a concise and almost hermetic tribal scene that then opens up to visceral lysergic complaints just when you least expect it a condensation of love for all that can be revolutionary or at least surprising and stunning. The new Fear on the corner is obviously a complex album, we can only catch an overview that sometimes seems to escape, but at times it gives us a high level test both from the technical-compositional point, both from the emotional point of view establishing with the listener a sense of estrangement bringing the album itself to comparisons able to touch the skewed architectures of ours, from the jazz fusion of Hancock passing through Miles Davis and crossing a funk that blends with the African rhythms. Fear on the corner is a really great record, both for its international flavor and for its expressive power that gives the experimentation a great feeling of beauty.

See the full review here: IndiePerCui