Desert rock ambassador to the universe and stylistic figurehead Brant Bjork will release his new,
self-titled, album April 10 on Heavy Psych Sounds.
One severely doubts it’s a coincidence that a Brant Bjork set would start with “Buddha Time (Everything Fine).” That laid back, instrumental, rolling desert groove speaks to an aspect of Europe ’16 that’s apparent before the needle even hits the wax of the Napalm Records release, and that’s the manner in which Bjork — whose career pedigree in as drummer/songwriter in Kyuss and Vista Chino, drummer in Fu Manchu, guitarist/vocalist in Ché and multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and songwriter in the various incarnations of his solo work from Brant Bjork to Brant Bjork and the Operators, Brant Bjork and the Bros. and Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band has made him the undisputed godfather of desert rock — directly acknowledges the stoner side of who he is and what he does.
Even before you know it’s self-titled, and even before you read the LP liner notes, you know it’s all Brant Bjork.
The man who has become the ambassador of Californian desert rock indeed plays every instrument across his 13th studio full-length, Brant Bjork. This in itself is something of a departure from recent offerings, as on 2018’s Mankind Woman, Bjork worked closely with guitarist Bubba DuPree (Void), and both 2016’s Tao of the Devil and 2014’s Black Power Flower were constructed around the Bjork-led Low Desert Punk Band.
Maybe revisiting his 1999 debut, Jalamanta, for a Heavy Psych Sounds 20th anniversary reissue last year had some effect on Bjork’s mindset in terms of working solo, but he’s come too far in the ensuing decades to repeat himself, and the songs on Brant Bjork – recorded and mixed by Yosef Sanborn in Joshua Tree and mastered by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet) – show that, whether it’s the mellow roll of “Duke of Dynamite” or the signature take on classic heavy rock in “Jesus Was a Bluesman” and percussion-backed funk of opener “Jungle in the Sound.” There’s no mistaking Brant Bjork, and on Brant Bjork, he strips his songwriting style to its core and brings out the organic vibe that’s made him desert...
The new self-titled Brant Bjork album will be RELEASED IN:
– 40 ultra ltd test press vinyl
– DELUXE EDITION: 100 ULTRA LTD COLOUR IN COLOUR TRANSPARENT RED / BLACK 12″ VINYL + DIGIPAK + T-SHIRT + PATCH + BAG + POSTER + STICKER
– 250 LTD half – half / white red vinyl
– 700 LTD (500 for german market-200 from HPS stoner online) side a – side b / white background + mix red vinyl
– LTD splatter / transparent backgroud – red splatter vinyl
– black vinyl
Now Availiable: the presale of 2 remastered BRANT BJORK masterpieces, both with brand new artwork:
PUNK ROCK GUILT – release date April 17th and GODS & GODDESSES – release date April 24th
BRANT BJORK - Punk Rock Guilt (Remastered) by HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records
Punk Rock Guilt is the sixth solo album released from desert rock legend Brant Bjork.
We are more then stoked to present you the brand new remastered version of this incredible masterpiece with new amazing artwork !!!
Gods & Goddesses is the seventh solo album released from desert rock artist Brant Bjork. It features an all-new band lineup, including Billy Cordell (ex-bassist of Yawning Man).credits released March 21, 2018. Today we would like to present you a brand new remastered version of this amazing record.
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Published by The Manamal | February 9TH 2020
you love Post Punk? You like it a bit glammy? You will love "Painted People"! Seriously, it is as simple as that.
Aetheric guitars, dreamy sounds and a voice from a different world – The Ritualists let a music rise again that seemed to be forgotten. Names such as David Bowie, Velvet Underground, Placebo or Suede plop up in the mind, artists, that broke down frontiers and pushing expression and performance into complete new heights through absolute devotion.
Their sound is made of decades of psychedelic goth and art music summed up for nowadays, a timeless piece of musical art made of bittersweet melancholy. "Painted People“ is a caleidoscope of alien-kind tones, structured and built up to catchy rock songs. Post Punk and Art Rock commit a colorful yet melancholic union and grow to cascadian chorusses carying the listener to a new world. An absolute timeless album and a debut promising a big, dark and dreamy future!
Bowie, T. Rex, Velvet Underground, Suede, The Kinks, The Stooges, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Duran Duran.......
The Ritualists is NYC-based dark psychedelia. Fronted by lyricist and multi-instrumentalist, Christian Dryden, the group's fusion of classic glam rock, post punk and modern Brit-pop has raised more than a few eyebrows, earning them comparisons to legends such as David Bowie, Echo and The Bunnymen and The Verve, and the praise of Sex Pistols founder, Glen Matlock.
The Ritualists' live show combines aspects of traditional rawk theatricality and classical surrealism. They have awed audiences up and down the east coast, from The Highline Ballroom, NYC to The Masquerade in Atlanta. They were recently one of only 25 other artists chosen to participate in the All About Music festival in Nashville, TN. They have played alongside notable artists such as Lady GaGa, The Fiery Furnaces, Slinky Vagabond, and Spindrift. They have performed live for 107.7 WACC in Connecticut and 90.3FM WMSC Radio in Montclair, NJ. The Ritualists are also featured regularly on 107.1 FM, "The Peak" and 93.30 FM in Argentina. It is the legacy of those bands driving The Ritualists.
Ätherische Gitarren, träumerische Sounds und eine Stimme wie aus einer anderen Welt – The Ritualists lassen eine Musik auferstehen, die lange Zeit vergessen schien. Namen wie Velvet Underground, Placebo oder Suede kommen einem in den Sinn, Künstler, die Grenzen einrissen und Ausdruck und Performance mit absoluter Hingabe in vollkommen neue Höhen führten.
Es ist das Erbe dieser Bands, dass The Ritualists anspornt. Ihr Sound besteht aus Jahrzehnten psychedelischer Gothic und Art Musik, ein zeitloses Klangkunstwerk aus bittersüßer Melancholie. „Painted People“ ist ein Kaleidoskop andersartiger Töne, strukturiert und zu eingängigen Rocksongs zusammengesetzt. Post Punk und Art Rock gehen eine farbenfrohe und dennoch melancholische Verbindung ein und steigern sich zu Kaskadenrefrains, die den Hörer in eine fremde Welt tragen. Ein absolut zeitloses Album und ein Debüt, dass eine große, dunkel-verträumte Zukunft verspricht!
About The New Album "Painted People"
“And I'm hearing you say, not enough is OK. Well, its not...I'm with the Painted People,” quips lead vocalist, Christian Dryden of NYC-based, The Ritualists. Dryden, who fronts the band and writes the songs is something of an anachronism; A multi-instrumentalist who relishes the performance aspects of a live show, while also challenging his audience with lyrics that reference 19th Century Romance poetry & musical arrangements flush with ornate, art-rock sensibilities. After a few years paying their dues, finding their unique voices and garnering both notice and respect from the NYC Underground community, The Ritualists completed their first full length album, and with it, seek to test the boundaries of the current Rock-n-Roll landscape.
“Things have become something of a bore. The danger is missing.” opines Dryden. On their debut album, set for release by Out of Line Music in August 2nd of 2019, the band provides an unflinching
combination of post-punk echo, arena-ready choruses & psychedelic freak-outs. “Fear is the death of this genre,” explains Dryden. “In some ways, I believe its a fear of being called over-indulgent and pretentious. I would argue that this type of music, in its truest form, unabashedly straddles the line between grandiosity & sincerity. I'd like to believe The Ritualists very consciously acknowledge this balancing act, and in so doing, invite the listener in on this delicate struggle, pushing and pulling between grandeur and raw emotion.”
“Ice Flower,” the first single off the debut record, seems to encapsulate this tension. The entire track, based around a repetitive bass groove,swims in a sea of ethereal guitar lines which answer the pleading vocals. The chorus then rips through these spacey textures and frantic tones, as Dryden stretches his voice, octave-jumping and navigating the listener through this controlled chaos with an impassioned, melodic hook, the likes of which Mr. Stardust himself would've seemed very comfortable asserting. “Last song Ice Flower, hear my endless cry. Words thaw, Ice Flower, melting your disguise.”
“Of course heartbreak is a motivating force on this album,” recalls Dryden. “But for me, love is not a light switch. I can't go from 'I love you' to 'I hate you' in a flash, like so many others. I try to avoid the love/hate dichotomy with relationship-related songs. I've been told I'm awful at letting people go.” There are a good number of lyrics on this record that suggest a struggle to let go, which Dryden acknowledges.
“Some of these songs, at first, ended up being personal meditations on love. That can be nice and all, but the goal was to pinpoint why I'm feeling this way and are there maybe some universal truths to which my emotions are speaking. So, the idea is to take the personal and see if it can act as the seed to a grander concept that might speak to something bigger than simply, 'I'm upset because someone hurt me.' And, the final test is, do these feelings lend themselves not only to striking words, but a memorable, emotive melody.”
Dryden actually started out as a singing drummer, then picked up a bass. He explains, “my instincts as a drummer are always prevalent in the songwriting. Most of these songs were written off a bass-line groove. Bass allows me to emphasize the rhythms, while still establishing notes and melody. Of course, the center-piece for me, with most of my songs, has to be emotion in the chorus.”
Melodic, hook-laden choruses are not a rare commodity on Painted People. “With this record, I've specifically tried to be anthemic,” admits Dryden. “I've always loved going to shows, where immediately after the performance, and even on the ensuing days after, you just can't help but remember and sing the songs you've just heard. Its almost like a higher form of communication. The ability to massage the listener's brain in such a way that you've left some type of pleasurable imprint, maybe even a slight feeling of euphoria that they enjoy revisiting. This, to me, is much more impactful than say, reciting a wordy essay or even simply playing some interesting chords or complex modal structures.”
This combination of dark, deep pocketed verses juxtaposed with flashy, big choruses is also a key element to tracks like, “She's the Sun" and “Rattles.” With the former, The Ritualists embrace their inner 60's Love Child, but temper the psychedelic introspection with a healthy dosage of dark aggression. The combination is rather unique, as the sounds and textures take the listener on journey through eastern deserts and defiant lovers, climaxing with an exuberant, symphonic hook. “With the outro I was really trying to go somewhere new. I've always loved songs that ended with a repeating melody, distinct from the earlier parts of the song, breaking the whole verse/chorus formula,” explains Dryden.
“Rattles,” something of a love-letter to the non-conformists of the world, captures the listener with Pat Bennett's hypnotic drum line and a methodical keyboard hook introduction, which is also revisited later in the song, acting as somewhat of an exclamation point to the verses, which are sung in a falsetto-full voice hybrid. In them, Dryden bemoans “The Gray” who “define,” and further promises to “lead the freak attack.”
On the title track, “I'm with the Painted People,” this similar theme is evident. However, in this instance, it is much more of a celebratory tone. “I wrote that one about my experiences on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Growing up and feeling a kinship with these larger than life characters, Bowie, Simon Le Bon, Bryan Ferry and Marc Bolan, was a blessing and a bit of a curse. In the one sense, it was magical and transformative to imagine these people as your sort of musical soul mates. Sadly though, it also seemed to engender feelings of loneliness, as there didn't appear to be anyone else who shared this vision. And that is how I felt, until I started to frequent the venues and clubs of the Lower East Side.” It was here that Dryden found some kindred spirits. And it was here that he found the comfort to fully realize and express his creative vision. “Every time we do that song in NYC, I dedicate it to my audience and I truly mean every word of it.”
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Published by The Manamal | July 27TH 2019
Uk formidable and uncompromising grungey alternative-psych rock combo Deepshade are glad to announce that they have signed
a deal with WormHoleDeath for the release of their album 'Soul Divider'.
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'Soul Divider' will be out on 21 June 2019 via Wormholedeath / The Orchard / Wormholedeath USA.
"Soul Divider" Official Video
"Deepshade are an eclectic trio that aspire to create a genuinely sonic experience that delivers something fresh to the British music scene. "
Hailing from Wigan in the North West of England (UK), Deepshade are steadily gaining recognition for their formidable and uncompromising grungey alternative-psych rock identity
that draws from the fundamental elements of influential artists such as Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath whilst incorporating aspects of The Doors , Soundgarden , Pink Floyd amongst many many others.
Forming in late 2013 by David Rybka (Vox/Guitar), Tom Doherty (Bass) and Paul Barlow (Drums) the eclectic trio mutually aspired to create a genuinely sonic experience
that delivers something fresh to the British music scene. With an established following throughout England's northern territories, cultivated by a flurry of explosive live shows,
Deepshade were brought to a wider audiences through airplay support from BBC Introducing and a plethora of alternative radio stations within the UK, Europe and USA.
Despite the band still being relatively in its creative infancy, Deepshade were soon to be recognized by the broadsheet publication 'The Guardian' as one of the
'Hot Top Ten Unsigned British Bands To Check Out'. The off-kilter rockers soon after progressed things further by signing with independent UK label/management Ambicon Music Group.
In early 2015 the band unearthed the potent and free download single 'Tattoo' from their soon to be released debut album. Premiering on Krank TV and enabling the band to secure
expose from rock media platforms around the globe, Tattoo delivered a calling-card from Deepshade that they had firmly arrived on the planet with some serious potential.
Leading on from the release their 'The Line' video single, the eagerly awaited 'Everything Popular Is Wrong' was released in Sept 2015 via Ambicon Records. Recorded with producer
John Kettle and mastered by Fran Ashcroft, the album features 10 colossal tracks that are a call to arms for music lovers who are absorbed by gritty rock akin to Kyuss and Led Zeppelin.
From the opening snarling riff attack of 'Time' to the infectious and angular assault of 'Sad Sun' - the album shouted out to the world that the trio were capable of tastefully flirting with the margins of everything from post-grunge to stoner rock to 60s psychedelic to heavy metal. Drawing attention from mainstream rock publications - Everything Popular Is Wrong' earned
positive attention from PowerPlay and Classic Rock Magazine. The latter featuring 'Sad Sun' on their cover mount 'Rock Revival' compilation CD.
With drummer Paul Barlow departing on amicable terms the band forged on, Deepshade welcomed their new ally and now full-time member Chris Oldfield into the fold. Along side the
many years of actively gigging around the UK venue circuit, Deepshade have a number of festival appearances under their belt, including Psychedelic/Space Summer Rock Solstice and Rockmantic Weekender. Commencing the process of writing and recording a new album, again with producer John Kettle - Deepshade have evolved as a unit and push the boundaries of their own sound. Adding another sonic angle to the new songs with the addition of Francis Lydiate on Keys in the studio as well as Mr Rybka playing some too, Deepshade proclaim that there new album is delving deeper into heavier psych-rock dimensions.
As 2019 unfolds Deepshade have now joined the roster of the behemoth rock/metal specialist label 'WormholeDeath Records (Italy) and are ecstatic at making a new record in 2020 .
Published by The Manamal | June 17Th 2019