In a collaboration tragically ironic in light of recent events in Europe, Moscow, Russia’s Sounds of Sputnik (a/k/a Roma Kalitkin), has paired up with Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma (formed in Moscow in 2003) for his debut album, New Born. The two co-wrote and produced “New Born,” with vocals by Ummagma’s Shauna McLarnon and Alexx Kretov.
Lovers of melodic dream pop, post-rock and shoegaze will find much to adore, while the evocative street scenes in and around Red Square will hopefully remind all of us that there are fellow humans on both sides of the political divide.
New Born also features drummer Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), as well as remixes by OMD drummer Malcolm Holmes and psych rock producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid), Russian producers Morozov and Oleg Mezherovsky, and Brazil’s Mind Movies. The album will be released August 25 on the U.K.-based Ear To Ear Records label.
Rock n’ roll is a universal language, and you can’t find better evidence of that than this fine new song from Argentina’s renowned melodic noise rockers.
Also on this week’s show: Bob Mould (new), Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Dum Dum Girls, SPC ECO, Elbow, Teenage Fanclub, Pale Lights, Prophet Hens, Rock City (Big Star), Flower, Chino, Bevis Frond, and Mountain Man (live)
Good news! Big Takeover #74 Spring/Summer 2014 issue with Dum Dum Girls on the cover is out on the stands! And there’s still time for the perfect gift: Big Takeover magazine subscriptions and back issues!
In a striking departure from their respective styles, indie rocker Joel RL Phelps of Silkworm and Downer Trio fame, and G. Stuart Dahlquist, bassist of Burning Witch, Sunn O))) and Asva, join forces to create a compelling duo born from their respective strengths.
After the success of their debut, La Busta Gialla, Il Sogno Del Marinaio, the trio of bassist Mike Watt, guitarist Stefano Pilia and drummer Andrea Belfi, return with a more focused effort that clearly defines the band’s sound.
In a word, their hour long set was epic. We overuse that word in the human race just like we wear out words like amazing but nonetheless if you were hesitating even in the slightest about seeing them as they embark on their upcoming tour, think again. It could easily be the best show you’ve seen all year and one you’ll remember and cherish for decades to come. It will make any doubters a believer in the blissful power of shoegaze music.Read more...
It is strange to be anything at all and still we’re all glad for the shared experience of hearing someone like Jeff Mangum who is not like anyone else we’ve ever known.
England’s Factory Floor three piece started out slow but pretty soon female lead singer Nik Colk was starting to dance to her own rhythms as the heightened sense of beats took over the crowd and made for an awesome beginning set for many people. Some fans were even so appreciative of the beats by live drummer Gabriel Gurnsey that they started crowdsurfing!
Neil Halstead: I would never write those exact songs at this point in my life. They are songs that come out of being 18 or 19 years old. It’s interesting how they still connect with many younger people. We’ve noticed that when we’ve been doing these shows there are some really young kids that are coming out and really loving the band and the records. We’re aware they are the same age as when we were first recording these tracks.Read more...
“I remember the hardships and the frustrations bitterly. I wasn’t mourning Maggie Thatcher’s loss greatly!”
We own all of the rights to our back catalog, so we asked ourselves for permission to use some older tunes, and we generously told ourselves that we would be happy to let ourselves use them (we have a very good relationship with ourselves in that respect)
I love to play with all of these effects pedals and to create sounds. A lot of that stuff is from your country… the whole room flashes like a pinball game.