Calenture

Yeah, yeah I know “where’s the Supernormal write up?” So much things, so little time. Have a little Hey Colossusness baby. This is my favourite tune off ‘The Guillotine’ and they’ve made a little stolen footage video for it full of disturbed nuns and strange goins on. I’m firmly of the opinion that the passing resemblance of the self flagellating monk to their singer Sykes can’t have been a coincidence either. Calenture is a tropical fever suffered by sailors, often accompanied by hallucinations in which they would apparently picture the sea as lush green meadows and wish to dive overboard into them. ‘Calenture boy, why not just jump?’. Earlier today the HC boys unearthed this little promo clip from the original release of ‘Happy Birthday’ to celebrate it’s final arrival on the vinyls. In it nonchalant cows and Joe’s then young kids splash about in Somerset’s flooded fields as the grassy meadows become a sea. It seems unlikely that calenture affects cows.

 

 

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May Colossus, Yay Colossus

on the evidence of this new video clip it looks like the boys had quite a bank holiday. Nonetheless amidst all the woodland capering there’s a stern warning to us all, and that is – snorting unicorn glitter leads to morris dancing and death. Just Say No kids. New album ‘The Guillotine’ arrives next month when every Englishman will be looking around and wishing we had a strong and stable Guillotine. If you want you can preorder it by clicking on this cover image.

 

Road Scholars

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Even a mighty colossus needs to take a break for a cuppa and a fistful of biscuits every now and then. Having damn near herniated themselves delivering the two best records of their career in 2015 this year has been a pretty quiet one by comparison for our most beloved noise rock gentlemen. Not any longer, a heartening flurry of activity is picking up. By way of some kind of teaser/gift because they love us they put a couple of versions of tunes from ‘Eurogrumble’ on the bandcamps there. Recorded live in the studio during the making of the last album you can download them spiky little beasts on the pay what you will plan. Say ‘Thank You Hey Colossuses! It’s true you Are Nice Men’. Next month a retrospective ‘best of’ the first 10 years sees a vinyl release on MIE. ‘Dedicated to Uri Klangers’ first appeared as a joke/cassette for their 10th anniversary show and contains tracks from all the records up to ‘Cuckoo Live Like Cuckoo’ including the mammoth, mythic and amusingly entitled ‘Witchfinder General Hospital’.

Follow the band’s giddying journey all the way from its sludgy noise splatter infancy up to pristine pop smash ‘Hot Grave’ and the inevitable birth of boy band alter ego Henry Blacker. It’s a tale as thrilling as Jersey Boys and yet as old as time. Probably. A lot of this stuff is hard to find now, (and most of what’s left has been flying out of their webstore) so it looks like being a handy treat. Some of it I’ve never heard, some of it I can’t even track down and some I’m digging back out for a listen. Can’t find my copy of ‘RRR’ which is annoying me today. Seems the second edition of Cuckoo…’ with the groovy 3D sleeve is about sold out. In a weak moment I made my black and white one 3D with the highlighter pens off Miss Hoover’s desk. The results were disappointing I confess. In even more up to the minute news they’ve been off touring Europe while we’re still allowed over there and a new record is due in spring. rocking good news.

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Still a whole hundred days until christmas but here’s a lovely little present and perhaps a little help with writing that all important letter to Santa in the shape of a free download comp from the wonderful Riot Season. Unless you’re some kind of desperate completist obsessive who already has all these records you’re going to want this. Filthy, rockin’ sludge in a variety of flavours from the last couple of years of their releases and a couple of old gems from Hey Colossus and Dethscalator. Shit $ Shine channel Big Stick on their latest effort, there’s raw noisy punk rock from Workin’ Man Noise Unit and Tropical Trash, huge psych slabs from Blown Out, Khunnt and Sloath, the ridiculously great Bad Guys, Henry Blacker,  Menimals, Early Mammal, Dodge Meteor, Mainliner + the furious Art Of Burning Water. The whole thing stinks of diesel and coats your hands in something hard to wash off. Bargain.

we should thank Revolt Of The Apes for this great Hey Colossus tech schematic…

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Astronaut Music From Bedlam

Finally got round to putting together a new Panic & Carousels column for Narc – you can read it here.

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This one has Woven Skull, Girl Sweat, Sly & The Family Drone, drcarlsonalbion, Hey Colossus, Melvins, Girl Sweat, Boris, Concrete Tapes, St James Infirmary, Khünnt, Peter J Smyth and Cluster.

As usual, it comes with a mix – stuff that’s mentioned in the column, stuff I should have mentioned, and a few things just because they fit.

Here’s the tracklisting:

  1. Portland Vows – Free Milk
  2. Melvins – War Pussy
  3. Boris – Heavy Rock Industry
  4. Hey Colossus – Wired, Brainless (version)
  5. drcarlsonalbion – She Moved Thru’ The Fair
  6. Blown Out – Gravitic Imploder
  7. Girl Sweat – The Floor Swallowed Me Whole
  8. Nisennenmondai – #3
  9. Ex-Easter Island Head – Ten Bells
  10. Acidliner – Home
  11. Four Tet – Pockets (Minimal Version)
  12. Hoofus & IX Tab – The Ploughs & The Machines
  13. Preston Field Audio – Café Daydream
  14. The Comet Is Coming – Space Carnival
  15. Kamasi Washington – Final Thought
  16. Swans – Finally, Peace
  17. Steve Gunn – Park Bench Smile
  18. St James Infirmary – All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
  19. Peter J Smyth – It’s Gone
  20. Brian Eno – Fickle Sun (III): I’m Set Free
  21. Preston Field Audio – Brass
  22. Cluster & Eno – Base Apex
  23. Sly & The Family Drone – Your Mum’s A Provincial Rock Club
  24. Woven Skull – The Forest Of Everything II

Losing Control…

Right then pop pickers, just about our favourite band around here (not that we keep track) Hey Colossus have a new thing available! wooh, and indeed, hoo! Splendid new one ‘All The Humans’ could easily have come off either of the last two albums and is a hypnotic, psych/drone lurch that takes a few listens to really get its hooks in you. Now I can’t stop listening to it. No idea what Sykes is on about, keeping warm in hospital and so on, but then that’s about standard. I know controlled brevity is their current thing but they could definitely stretch this out to twice the length live and it’d be great. There’s the nice video for it above, looks like sparklers at the start. Anyone remember MBV having that film of sparklers behind them onstage? That was damn cool. There’s a couple of alternate versions of tunes from ‘In Black & Gold’ on the B side in the traditional fashion. Released in honour of another live campaign out on the european mainland. Sending all our best bands to the EU and what do we get in return eh? Someone should alert the Brexit loons. It’s available as one of those frustratingly handsome but impractical lumps of dead media, the cassingle. Or for a reasonable pound a track download, out friday, preorder on their bandcamp

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Best of 2015 – short answer

Well, we didn’t really muster any kind of best of 2015 listicle type thing but had we done so topping it would, unanimously, be Hey Colossus. Both records. They bestrode 2015 like a… well, like a Colossus I suppose, each new record better than the last and increasingly even more fierce and focussed live. Readers of this blog will probably be unsurprised by the news but frankly they rocked our socks off last year and will no doubt continue to do so in 2016. Expecting another two albums of such high quality out of them might be pushing it but they’re kicking off this year with another visit to europe in support of the still quite recently released ‘Radio Static High’. Unbelievers can check out both albums here, the curious ‘Snapping Undone’ video at the top, and a version of ‘Black and Gold’ from a previous jaunt to the low countries below. As the noise/psych/kraut/doom/whatever scene they’ve long been part of continues to bloat with lesser bands they’ve decisively stepped out ahead with a sharper, smarter, more original sound than any of them. We can’t applaud them loudly enough.

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