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Introducing…Lazyeyes

Lazyeyes have just released their breezy and atmospheric new single, Islip. It’s the first track from their upcoming EP, coming later this year.

Lazyeyes is a three-piece shoegaze/dream-pop band from Brooklyn, New York formed in the summer of 2012. The band released their debut self-titled EP the following January 2013 which was immediately heralded by The Deli Magazine as Best Psych/Shoegaze band in New York.

After a sold-out record release show at legendary Williamsburg venue Glasslands, the Lazyeyes EP garnered widespread acclaim from numerous underground music bloggers. Best New Bands described the their single Wait as, “…an excellent example of the group’s ability to erupt at an expansive, pyrotechnic level all the while sharply delivering pop-laden hooks.” Purple Sneakers called the EP “…a moody and anthemic record, equal parts shoegaze and dream pop.” Soon after, tracks from the EP were featured on BBC Radio, XM Radio and various other FM stations worldwide. The band was founded by guitarist/vocalist Jason Abrishami (The Twees) who was joined by Paul Volpe (Triple Cobra) on bass and Jeremy Sampson (Eastern Hollows) on drums. The band plans to tour in support of their upcoming EP.

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Introducing…Rolls Bayce

Introducing Rolls Bayce, the new outfit led by ex-Hungry Kids of Hungary frontman, singer and guitarist Dean McGrath, drummer James Wright (formerly of Millions) and bassist Neal Apel. After an organic year recording and playing shows, the trio is proud to announce the release of new single Don’t Get Me Wrong in addition to the forthcoming August residency at Black Bear Lodge and BIGSOUND Live showcase.

Rolls Bayce

Rolls Bayce

Building on the trio’s love of 60s soul and obscure psych-rock, they pair deep drums and bass grooves with lithe, spacey guitar and throw in tightly wound choruses and dense jam-outs for good measure. They truly wring as much sound from their instruments as three people can muster.

Don’t Get Me Wrong was recorded and produced by Yves Klein Blue alumni Sean Cook and appears as the first official single from the new band, following a sneaky Soundcloud upload late last year (Arrows) and an impressive list of early shows with the likes of Holy Holy and Ainslie Wills, Bluejuice, The John Steel Singers, Loon Lake, Jeremy Neale and Gung Ho.

With both McGrath and Wright now free of their previous band commitments, their focus (along with the addition of Apel) has shifted squarely onto Rolls Bayce.

Don’t Get Me Wrong will be released on July 25.

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Introducing…The Money Go Round

Brothers Rohan and Evan Wilcox are The Money Go Round. Set to release their first single for 2014, Velvet Sky, the delightfully charming and entrancing The Money Go Round is in for a big year.

The Money Go Round

The Money Go Round

Written and recorded in the boys’ home studio in Sydney’s east, the single conforms to The Money Go Round’s smooth psychedelic sounds while delivering a catchy guitar riff, captivating bass line and enchanting vocal melody.

Following on from a busy 2013, The Money Go Round is prepping for a very exciting year of shows and new music. The release of their previous single Endless Sun, with artist Jmotor on vocals, was followed by a string of great live shows supporting bands such as Papa Vs Pretty, The Snowdroppers. The boys also did tours of the East coast with bands Kinswood, The Griswolds and The Belligerents.

The band’s previous releases YaYaYa and Endless Summer received an incredible amount of recognition across Australia and the world, including an abundance of great reviews from station Triple J as well as Endless Summer featuring as the promo for Channel V’s For the the Love of Music campaign in 2013.

Following some line-up changes in the latter part of 2013, The Money Go Round is finally ready to release Velvet Sky to the world.

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Introducing…Habits

Habits is the name for the synthesiser and sample based music composed, produced and sung by Los Angeles based artist, Dustin Krapes. Armed with a laptop and a busy right brain, Habits combines warped electronic sounds with live drums and bass to create infectious, Beck-meets-LCD Soundsystem madness that penetrates and absorbs your mind.

The first single Splendor Of The Panic is a stellar glimpse into Habits ethos where meticulous waves of electronic noise meets driving live instrumentation. Splendor Of The Panic is the first taste of Habits’ forthcoming debut album, Unselves In Arrival, due out February 25 on Fleeting Youth Records/How To Be A Microwave.

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Krapes of Habits

You can watch the trippy video for Haacksaw here. Haacksaw has also been taken from the debut album, Unselves In Arrival.

Driving rhythms and a psychedelic collage of otherworldly synths provide the sonic backdrop to Dustin’s lofty metaphysical themed lyrics, typically delivered in a nonchalant speak-sing style of crooning. Habits’ revolving cast of collaborators currently includes professional wrestling hall of famer Dithy Ramb on drums and vegan taxidermy expert Gabriel Armenta on bass.

In a live setting, Krapes does more than merely play to the crowd, preferring to engage the audience while playing the role of a slacker shaman armed with a disintegrating laptop, effects pedals and a unique brand of cosmic indifference.


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The Plum Magnetic – Terra Animata Album Review

The Plum Magnetic is an eclectic world/fusion/rock quartet. Drawing comparisons to groups ranging from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Grateful Dead, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Talking Heads and Umphrey’s McGee, The Plum Magnetic is one of the most diverse and original up and coming groups in the New Orleans scene and beyond.

The Plum Magnetic is Trent Ciolino (electric six-string banjo,vocals), Andrew McLean (guitars, tabla), Jon Solomon (bass) and Oliver Burke (drums).

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The Plum Magnetic Terra Animata artwork

The aim of The Plum Magnetic is to blend elements of music from all over the world into a synergistic whole and through this genre-melding approach to both represent and promote a harmonious unity-through-diversity. The depth of emotion, melody and structure of Indian Classical music; the ecstatic pulse and rich, repetitious, patterns of Africa; the manifold great American forms including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk/Bluegrass, Fusion and beyond; all of these are deftly interwoven to produce a sound that is broad in scope, rich with intent and full of surprises.

The Plum Magnetic was formed in late 2011 out of relationships built over years of involvement in the New Orleans music scene. Trent (banjo/vocals) and Oliver (drums) met while playing in super eclectic local group Eve’s Lucky Planet and, after years of extended jams based in African, Reggae and Afro-Cuban styles, developed a unique musical bond which serves as the backbone of The Plum Magnetic’s developing sound. In considering personnel to expand the project’s line-up, Andrew McLean (guitar) was the obvious first choice. Trent and Andrew met through a shared love of Indian Classical Music; Andrew (having studied raga and tala for over a decade at the esteemed Ali Akbar Khan College of Music) as teacher and Trent as a beginner sitar student. Last but not least, the group needed a bassist and after experimenting with a few different players, Jon Solomon (founding member of Gravity A and bass player about town) was a natural fit. With his great feel and sensitivity he rounds out the sound allowing the group to present music that, though at times exceedingly complex, is always firmly rooted in the groove.

Terra Animata is a marvellous album full of a bit of everything. It’s an album that introduces the world’s sounds to you with each song initiating you with a certain country or lifestyle.

First track Spring is a track that focuses solely on the vocals with Trent singing, “Everything/Moves into spring” a few times before this song melts into the next one, Trece Leches.

Trece Leches is a relaxing, psychedelic number introducing The Plum Magnetics diversity. This is a track that showcases jazz and blues influences among its psychedelic 60s rock feel. The song is absent of vocals which allows you to become fully immersed in the music – you can hear every note, every twinge of the guitar string being plucked and the sound of fingers sliding up and down the frets. This song hints towards Andrew and Trent’s Indian Classical Music training in the way that the banjo is played – almost as if it’s a sitar.

Sweet Confusion introduces a much heavier sound to The Plum Magnetic although still remaining calming. It starts as if it will be a rock track before it settles to become a reggae number. Sweet Confusion highlights The Plum Magnetic’s startling ability to pull many different genres together into one song – each influence just seems to compliment and then melt into another. This is one of the only tracks on the record which is accompanied by vocals.

The Plum Magnetic Trent Ciolino

Trent Ciolino playing his electric six-string banjo

The Electric Jungle is a favourite on Terra Animata as it blends the psychedelic 60s sound with folk and some Indian Classical Music influences which can be heard in the tabla which features on this song. The guitar picking and strings at the start of the track carry the folk influences while the tabla introduces the Indian tinge with the drum beat, bass line and slightly sporadic melody allowing this song to capture the essence of psychedelic rock. The Electric Jungle is so captivating – it will leave you in awe of this band. It’s simply outstanding.

Sheshbesh once again focuses heavily on blues and psychedelic rock while all still managing to sound completely different from any of the previous tracks. The bass line is placed in the forefront in this track alongside the soloing guitar allowing this track to sound much more jazz and blues inspired compared to other songs on Terra Animata. The drums really highlight the jazz influences Sheshbesh while the soloing guitar carries the blues throughout.

Parallax is a blues rock number which sounds like something from the late 60s or early 70s. It has sporadic rhythms which only add to its atmosphere and depth. Once again the bass line is paramount in this track, it’s not pushed aside by the soloing guitar but perfectly complimented by it and the drums.

The Delicious is soulful, relaxing and very much a psychedelic influenced track leading to a psychedelic experience when listened to. This song will place you in a trance with its guitar riffs, dominant bass line and rhythmic yet calming drums. The other instruments featured on The Delicious such as the flute re-introduce the Indian theme. It’s these sounds that give this song its meditative effect as well as the swooping synthesised sounds towards the end of the ten minute jam.

Title track Terra Animata appears as the last song on the record. It’s an uplifting number with a much more jazz/rock feel. Trent’s vocals make another appearance on this song. It’s a brilliant song to end this superb album on – it’s full of life, melody and sing-a-long lyrics that mirror those heard in the introductory track, Spring, “Everything/Everything/Everything/Everything/Who Lives/Who Dies/There’s time to think twice/But still in the end/It comes down/To the dice…Everything/Moves into spring”.

The Plum Magnetic Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean playing guitar

Terra Animata is a fantastic album which could easily be placed into one of the most original and inspiring albums Rocking Republic has had the pleasure to hear. It sounds vintage – every song sounds like it could have been released in the 60s alongside artists like The Beatles, The Doors or Pink Floyd. If you heard these tracks on the radio, you could easily mistake them for having been released in the 60s, not today. Each song is like a jam session with incredibly passionate and enthused musicians with a thirst to create something breath-taking.

The Plum Magnetic and their album, Terra Animata, are outstanding, unique and entirely original. The Plum Magnetic is made up of musicians who have achieved something great. They are extremely talented, they know their way around instruments and most importantly, they know how genres from a wide spectrum can interact with each other to produce an artistic beauty.

Terra Animata is out now.

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Gum Takes Tooth Release Video For This Perfect Surface

Psychedelic double-drum/electronic combo Gum Takes Tooth have released a new video for their latest release, This Perfect Surface. It’s an introduction to their upcoming second album which is due for release next Spring. The track was “…influenced by their work with psychedelic improvisation collective Moon Ra as well as contemporary music from the middle east and the Sahara”.

The middle eastern influence is strong in the vocal chants and drum beat style. However, psychedelic can equate to hard to access in regards to This Perfect Surface. Nevertheless, this is actually a melodic and appealing number while also being modern and challenging.

The video is live performance-based, shot in black and white, using fast forward and fast cuts to echo the energy of the track. There is freshness and a unique sound here – once heard always recognised.

Live appearances this year included Den Haag’s State-X Newforms, Glastonbury, The Great Escape and Woodland Gathering festivals.

You can catch Gum Takes Tooth live on the following dates:

Fri 10 Jan @ The Courtyard Theatre, London

Sat 1 Feb – Baba Yaga’s Hut @ Electrowerkz, London

NB: VIDEO VISUALS INCLUDE FLASHING/STROBE LIGHT EFFECT.

By Kate Dexter

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The Physics House Band Release Debut EP

Brighton prog-psych-rock band The Physics House Band are releasing their debut EP on April 15 through Pink Mist label Blood & Biscuits.

Their debut EP titled Horizons/Rapture is a 26 minute prog-rock psychedelic masterpiece.  The EP consists of six different tracks all showcasing a perfect blend of musical styles, moods and aural textures. Despite the band members only being in their early 20s, their style of music spreads way beyond their years. Taking influences from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, The Physics House Band produce music that is mature and developed. Blending the psychedelic 60s with the prog years of the 70s and adding in just a pinch of tech metal from the 80s and 90s post-rock, The Physics House Band’s experimentation of music ends up with them producing filmic compositions which burst at the seams.

The Physics House Band

The Physics House Band

The Physics House Band have been compared to the likes of Yes. Their music definitely does sound like something from the 70s prog-rock era, it’s a sound that gradually faded but now it’s back.

Kick-starting the EP is ObeliskMonolith which is like a punch in the face, there’s no avoiding this track. Hollow Mountain is track three and is a pleasant, relaxing blend of sweeping tones and gentle riffs. It’s cafe music. Teratology sees the EP pushed back into full swing. With a mild beginning, Teratology suddenly becomes one of the more aggressive tracks on the EP. The Spectral Beyond is the shortest track on Horizons/Rapture consisting of a beautiful, soulful piano piece.

Horizons/Rapture is a fantastic debut EP which really shows what The Physics House Band is all about. You can see The Physics House Band live on the following dates:

Sat 13 Apr LEEDS Dirty Otter Festival
Tue 16 Apr MIDDLESBROUGH Mixtape
Wed 17 Apr GLASGOW Bar Bloc
Thu 18 Apr YORK The Basement
Fri 19 Apr LIVERPOOL MelloMello
Sat 20 Apr MANCHESTER Kraak Gallery
Sun 21 Apr NORWICH Hog in Armour

The Physics House Band

Horizons/Rapture artwork

Mon 22 Apr GUILDFORD Boileroom
Tue 23 Apr BRISTOL Louisiana
Wed 24 Apr WINCHESTER Railway
Thu 25 Apr SOUTHAMPTON Avondale House
Fri 26 Apr PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
Sat 27 Apr CARDIFF Buffalo Bar
Sun 28 Apr BRIGHTON Green Door Store
Mon 29 Apr UK LONDON Old Blue Last

Horizons/Rapture is out on April 15.

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