by Kirstie Marshall
Driftwood Pyre was born in 2012, in the middle of Minneapolis’ psyche wave, having as founders, Liam Watkins (vocals – rhythm guitar) and Aaron James (bass). Together, they built their own studio and found their distinctive sounds. They were quickly joined by Joe Werner (vocals – guitar) and Courtney Olsen (drums). Later, Marie DeBris (synth) completed the band. Since then, they have been touring, filming clips and recording nonstop.
Now, signed under EXAG’ Records, they are ready to release their much anticipated first eponymous record: DRIFTWOOD PYRE (12’’ LP limited to 500 marbleized vinyl copies).
The record ranges from psyche to “garage” which makes it very rich. A successful whole that allowed them to create their specific sound thanks to a powerful and simple game that hits the target every time. Adjusting perfectly the vocals to the intended style or the desired harmonies, each group member brings his/her own touch and experience to the table, which makes Dryftwood Pyre the fiery band that it is.
In a nutshell, those passionate and talented guys have everything it takes to take over the continent with a great deal of guitar and psyche musings. A blazing sound to listen to on repeat, without moderation!
Release date : November 6
01 : Man On A Wire
02 : The Day Nico Died
03 : Comatose
04 : Creation
05 : Take Me To Your God
06 : MAD
07 : Karmaceutical
08 : Keep On Moving On
09 : Paper Petals
10 : Super Moon
11 : Great High Line Heist
Available Digitally and on limited 12” Vinyl
Velvet Morning are set to release their first album Gorilla.
Their debut effort comes out through EXAG/ RIP Records on the 19th of June.
Producing music that is dipped in physchedilca and subtly experimental, the Essex four piece have been releasing a series of tracks online throughout the past year. Now newly signed to London based independent co-label EXAG/ RIP Records and all set to release LP Gorilla.
Velvet Morning is the project of 20 year old Samuel Jones accompanied my band members Charlie Carmichael, Chris Richardson and John Kirkwood. Based from all over the seaside towns of the Southend borough,London and Cambridge, taking influence from a variety of psych/rhythm & blues/soul from the last 50 years Velvet Morning comfortably fit in with the surge of new wave psychedelia.
Gorilla is a stunning affair, compiled of the 12 first songs written solely by Jones over the past year and a half. The songs are a product of constant home recordings and the selection of songs recorded live at gigs, each songs carefully chose to compliment each other as an album. As Jones explains “I wanted to make something as subtly smooth as possible and then build on the songs after. How I saw it in my head was to take something classic sounding and make it sound kind of deranged in the writing process”.
“Velvet Morning’s heavy-lidded musical offerings wouldn’t have sounded out of place in Andy Warhol’s Factory….enveloping psych influences like Jesus & Mary Chain before slinking off on its own honeyed tangent..” Noisey
“Velvet Morning are all about mood, about atmosphere.Sure, there’s plenty of songcraft, of gently hued artistry beneath that sound, but the band really thrive on a certain decadent glamour. Each track passes by slowly, like wisps of smoke from a cigarette.” Clash Magazine
Gehenna is the brand new EP of HELICON and the first release ever on EXAG’ Records ! Strictly Limited to 300 hand numbered copies in white vinyl. Available in April 2015 but you already can pre order it here : http://exagrecords.bigcartel.com/product/gehenna-ep-white-vinyl
A1 : In A Sad Red Dusk
A2 : Heavy Black Hole Jets
B1 : We’re Gaun Tae The Moon
Many thanks to Olya Dyer for this artwork. You can see her work here
All tracks performed and produced by HELICON.
“In A Sad Red Dusk” featuring Graham Gordon on sitar
“In A Sad Red Dusk” and “We’re Gaun Tae The Moon” recorded live by Stuart Evans at the Green Door Studio, Glasgow.
“Heavy Black Hole Jets” recorded live by Marshall Craigmyle at the Old Mile, Strathaven.
Mastered by Frederic Alstadt at Angstrom Studio, Brussels
Don’t miss HELICON at the Cosmosis – Alternative Festival Of Psychedelic Music & Arts on Saturday 14th March 2015 at Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, UK.
Cosmosis is a unique festival in Manchester featuring some of the best alternative,psychedelic rock and roll bands from all over the world over 3 stages.
Buy tickets here : http://antwerpmansion.com/buy-tickets.asp?id=766
We are proud to announce the first band which joins the label.
Helicon is a Doom-mongering behemoths of Psychedelic Rock formed in East Kilbride / Glasgow.
The release of their EP called “Gehenna” will be announced soon. Stay tuned !
” Gehenna is the name given to an accursed valley south of Jerusalem synonymous with pain, suffering and condemned souls. The escapist dichotomy of Helicon, is perfectly summed up in their naming their latest EP ‘Gehenna’ ”
I’m glad to announce that EXAG’ Records starts officially.
A lot of good news coming and great bands will join the label soon.