Posted on April 30th, 2015
We are very happy to finally launch preorders for the debut album by We Never Learned To Live - 'Silently, I Threw Them Skyward' - 8 tracks of incredibly cinematic, cathartic, post-hardcore.
The lead track & video from the album, 'shadows in hibernation', has now premiered via Rock Sound HERE.
Available to preorder on LTD LP/LP/CD/DD along with an exclusive shirt. Release date 22nd June.
1. shadows in hibernation 2. twitching with every apology 3. Vesalius 4. crystalline, so serene 5. fragmented footnotes on self-diagnosis 6. you will sleep now, Yourko 7. space burial 8. tasting paralysis.
Following a demo tape (that was subsequently turned into a 12” ep by Germany’s Through Love Records) and a split 7” with the similarly epic Human Future, Holy Roar was left floored by the bands enthrallingly intense live representations of their recorded work to date. Subsequently, we now we arrive at debut album ‘Silently, I Threw Them Skyward’, due out on Holy Roar/Through Love Records, June 22nd.
Whilst perhaps now a cliché, this really is a journey of a record – unafraid to be gloriously melodic, catchy and direct (‘shadows in hibernation’), spookily cinematic (‘you will sleep now, Yourko’) or serenely heavy (the dual/duel bass guitar driven ‘tasting paralysis’). Expertly woven together by Sean Mahons vocal delivery (alternating between brittle anguish and reflective melodies) and lyrics - ‘Silently, I Threw Them Skyward’ is an intricate puzzle that will hurt, punish, comfort and uplift. Like all the best music should.
Whilst some band spend their entire existence trying to convey emotion, We Never Learned To Live have harnessed an effortless emotional weight with their music. In a sea of bands desperate to sound more troubled and angst-ridden than the last, WNLTL have one simple advantage up their collective sleeve: sincerity. Sure, they manage to try and hide behind gloriously ornate, obtuse artwork and poetic songtitles, but at the beating heart of this band is a tangibly raw, universal emotional content.
Posted on April 29th, 2015
The 3rd episode of our podcast series is now up! Featuring time with Ithaca ....
Includes a new Ithaca song you haven't heard yet!
Posted on April 28th, 2015
We were very saddened to learn of Bastions intentions to go on hiatus over the weekend. The band posted on facebook -
"After the show in June with Rolo Tomassi, we will be taking an extended break from all things Bastions related. This is a band that we've always said that if we all can't put 100% into, then we wouldn't at all. We know we've been promising a second album for months, and we were eight tracks into writing, but real life sometimes gets in the way. Unfortunately in this instance some of us have to deal with the cards that we've been dealt.
If this seems sudden, it's because it is. We've tried our best to make it all work with the recording coming up in June, but circumstances cannot allow. Please believe that there is nobody more disappointed than us, as we've always put massive expectations on ourselves, but we would rather leave a revivable (semi) good looking corpse rather than it wither away with lacklustre effort.
We truly believe that this isn't a goodbye, if and when the time is right, we will be back.
June 2nd, The Black Heart, Camden.
You are forever, thank you for everything."
Pick up copies of 'Bedfellows Part 2' for just £4.99 here, along with their last release, a split 12" with Burning Bright.
Posted on April 27th, 2015
After an exclusive 6 minute edit of 'The Anchor' being premiered on the Radio 1 Rock Show by Daniel P. Carter (still 15 days left, at time of writing, to listen to that...) we can now exclusively unveil the preorder for 'Cold' - the second 12" by OHHMS. Available to preorder now on aqua marine vinyl, CD and digital download along with an exclusive shirt....
1. The Anchor (18.30)
2. Dawn of the Swarm (14.27)
OHHMS have had a monumental year since the release of their debut EP ‘Bloom’ in 2014. Whilst this may sound over-the-top, there are indisputable facts. That record was constructed of two songs, clocking in at a combined 30+ minutes. Despite this, the band still garnered a full 15 minute play on daytime BBC Radio 1, offers to play Temples, Arc Tan Gent, Fear and Hevy festivals, as well as shows with The Skull, Conan, The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Hey Colossus, Earthmass, Hierophant, Slabdragger, Bastions and their own successful headline tour. Not a bad start.
Now the band is back with ‘Cold’, another two monolithic tracks, once again clocking in beyond half an hour. That, however, is where the similarities to ‘Bloom’ end. ‘Cold’ presents a stunning evolution to OHHMS’ progressive stoner doom rock. Musically, within ‘The Anchor’ and ‘Dawn of the Swarm’, OHHMS keep exploring new avenues in the cannon of lumbering stoner rock, depth-charge doom, classic rock and psychedelia. Once again leaning on Ian Sadler to record/mix, and Brad Boatright to master the record, with art stunningly realised by Black Sails Design, this is a band poised to prove to everyone that ‘Bloom’ was no mere fluke or one off.
Posted on April 23rd, 2015
After a premiere on the Radio 1 Rock Show, the brilliant new single 'Opalescent' from Rolo Tomassi is now available digitally everywhere! Buy direct from us or our bandcamp if you want higher quality digital formats.....
Direct from Holy Roar