Tuesday, 26 June 2012

British Underground 005: Wizard's Beard

Wizard's Beard have just put up their first album, Pure Filth for free download for the next 200 people to download it. Released through psycheDOOMelic Records in 2011, their own description of filth ridden, hate filled sludge tells you everything you need to know.

Grab it for free from here while you can:

Here's their more recent Four Tired Undertakers released on Altsphere Production in February 2012.

I threw the usual questions at Craig from the band and this is what he had to say.

Give us a brief history of the band
Me & Trav we're in another band together, and when we decided to put an end to that, we knew we wanted to do something else together. So we started Wizard's Beard. I knew Dan from being out & about at gigs, and despite never really doing much doom style drumming (Dan's naturally a death metal drummer), he's very much in to that kind of music and wanted to give it a go. Once the 3 of us started to gel, I got in touch with Chris. I was a fan of Chris' from his days in Agent of the Morai.

What are some of your favourite British underground bands, past or present?
There's been plenty of hidden gems over here. Although at the moment, there is definitely some not-so-hidden ones. Conan & Slabdragger are absolutely destroying at the moment. Me, Chris & Trav are also massive long time fans of Palehorse.....what a band! Undersmile, Khuda, Tree of Sores and the ever bizarre Sloth Hammer are a few others you should check out. Although they have now left us, Wiht were awesome. One of the biggest influences on all of us are Iron Monkey, a band that is sorely missed.

What are your plans for the future?
Originally I planned on us recording around October time. But now Trav has a little Wizard on the way, due around then. So I think we'll just relax and enjoy the process of working on new stuff together, and maybe look to record again early next year. There's nothing sorted with a label or anything so we don't know how we'll be putting it out, but we'll see. It'd be nice to get a few festival dates in next year too, so any promoters, please get in touch!

Where's the best place people can keep up with what you are up to?
To be honest, we've not being the best at keeping people up to date recently. However the website (Wizard's Beard Website) will be sorted in the next couple of weeks and we'll get the Facebook updated (Wizard's Beard on Facebook). So they'll be the places to look for info. If anyone has any questions, they can always drop us a mail.

If you like this and want to find some more great new bands there's a whole series about the British underground scene.

Friday, 8 June 2012

British Underground 004: Black Moth

Black Moth; garage, punk and stoner all rolled into one mighty sounding mess. May 7th 2012 saw the release of The Killing Jar on New Heavy Sounds. Check out a track from the album below.

Give us a brief history of the band
Black Moth are Harriet Bevan - vocals, Jim Swainston - guitar, Dave Vachon - bass, and Dom McCready – drums. We formed in 2010 from the ashes of Leeds-based garage rock band. Increasingly seduced by the brutal and hypnotic lure of the riff, we emerged translucent-skinned and bleary-eyed from our cocoon in a sinister new amalgamation of stoner rock, proto punk, grunge and doom. We put our first single out on a DIY label called High Magick Records that we set up with James Atkinson of the mighty Gentlemans Pistols (who also produced the record) and then we met the guys from New Heavy Sounds. We initially did a split single with them, and had a track featured on one of their brilliant compilations. We have just recently (May 7th) released our debut album The Killing Jar, which was produced by Jim Sclavunos of Grinderman, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, etc.

What are some of your favourite British underground bands, past or present?
It’s hard to define what "underground" means but if we're talking anti-mainstream, Electric Wizard are about as unfriendly as it gets! Plus our good friends Blacklisters and Normal Man from Leeds, who kindly supported at our album launch, are relentlessly unpleasant and decidedly lacking the "X-Factor" whatever the hell that means. And for DIY ethics, hats off to Gentlemans Pistols, That Fucking Tank, Nope and Gum Takes Tooth - all killer pop groups.

What are your plans for the future?
We will be touring all over the UK this summer as well as playing a couple of festivals including 1234 in Shoreditch and Tramlines in Sheffield. We'd like to take the show to Europe again later this year as well as frankly, we've had the most fun in our musical lives on the road in Germany!

Where's the best place people can keep up with what you are up to?
Alas, it's probably Facebook for most up to date info. But if you can't hack that, we have a website which we are rubbish at updating.

If you like this and want to find some more great new bands there's a whole series about the British underground scene.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Gurt, Collection - Out Now

It's here, out now on gorgeous orange cassette tape.

Buy it in the Superhot Records store here.

Friday, 1 June 2012

British Underground 003: Steak

London stoner fuzz outfit have recently self released their first EP, Disastronaught. One of the awesome things about this is that while the musical influence is straight from the desert, there is a futuristic kinda post-apocalyptic concept running through it. You'll need to pick up a hard copy from the band to read the full introduction to this story though.

Give us a brief history of the band
It seems like a lifetime ago when we started the band, but probably formed in around 2007. Me, Kip and Cam discussed the idea a few years before and every time we would get drunk we would say we would get it together. Anyway, we finally got around to a band practice minus a drummer. We started doing covers and our very first practice was spent doing a couple of really bad Sabbath covers. We realised we needed a drummer to try and hide the horrible noise we were all making. Large had agreed to drum for the band and we were off and The Ebbs were born (bad name choice and I am not explaining the meaning!) We did have another guitarist for a while but seemed to work out better with the 4 of us. We done one gig, butchering covers and then moved on to butchering our own songs... We had a name change and a batch of new songs and things have started to go the right way. We have released our first E.P since we started in 2007 so that says it all!

What are some of your favourite British underground bands, past or present?
Orange Goblin are an obvious choice for us. They just seem a bit like a Stoner Rock Motorhead to me and long may it continue. Ben Ward is like the godfather of the British Underground as far as I'm concerned. There seems to be a real buzz about the stoner/doom scene in Britain at the moment. There are so many talented bands around and when you look at the Desertfest 2012 line up you can see what I mean, Trippy Wicked, Dopefight, Sedulus, Diesel King, there are too many to name and all great British bands. I personally listened to a lot of early Pink Floyd years ago and loved the obscure shit they would do. The double album ummagumma is just ridiculus.

What are your plans for the future?
We are recording our second E.P this winter for release early next year. We have been really happy with the response from Disastronaught and think it's motivated us. The new stuff I feel is another step up. We are using the same artist and expanding on the whole comic book story of STEAK. Each E.P will be another edition of the story. We are thinking about releasing both E.P's on a 12" record which will give the artist more space to create a comic or maybe an actual comic with the double E.P. We are hoping the physical records will be really collectable items.

Where's the best place people can keep up with what you are up to?
Steak on Facebook
Steak on Bandcamp

If you like this and want to find some more great new bands there's a whole series about the British underground scene.