ORGAN THING: Five slices of music for Monday, Hannah Peel, Back To The Future The Ride, Dama Scout, Muertos and the punk rock of Blisterhead…

Monday, five more, five slices of music or band or brass band and electronic symphony, five blah blah, you know the score don’t you, five musical slices, check them out, follow the links, thanks us if you wish to….

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Dama Scout

1: DAMA SCOUT, that’s them up there, they like paint, we like paint. their Facebook page is here, they have a new single out, that’s the video just down there, they play a free gig at the Sebright Arms on Saturday 17th June right next door to all our paint and interaction when Cultivate takes over Coate Studios for a long weekend

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2:  BACK TO THE FUTURE THE RIDE – Apparently it has been “six years since Back To The Future The Ride released a new album.  “For some of you, you’ll be saying at long last! For other’s that is such a long amount of time, you’re probably like, “Who?” In any case, you can grab the new album, called “health on earth” right now”. is it really six years? You can download the album for free via the Back To The Future Ride bandcamp page, there iit is right there, have a listen and d owhat you wish to, more of this find kind of thing via Deathbomb Arc of course…

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The first Back To The Future The Ride album since 2011.  “This music is a prayer for the future of health. May all humans receive the dignity they deserve” BTTF:tr is Brian Kinsman, member of True Neutral Crew, former member of Foot Village, Gang Wizard, and Rose For Bohdan.

3:  MUERTOS have a new single on the way, Spin is out on June 9th via Roadkill Records, catch up with whatever the three piece are doing via that link back there at the start of this bit, “Fronted by the girl / boy attack of DeAnna Avis – the girl with roots in Querétaro, Mexico… and Marc Crane – the boy from Basildon Essex… Muertos take their influences from the darker end of the freakbeat and garage psych genres, delivering pulsating rhythms, swathing guitar drones and haunting harmonies”

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4 HANNAH PEEL – Now how good does this first taste of Hannah Peel’s next album sound! “The Northern Irish artist and electronic composer’s third album is a seven-movement odyssey composed for analogue synthesizers and full, traditional 29-piece colliery brass band…”

The album is released on September 8th via My Own Pleasure (on metallic gatefold vinyl, CD and as a digital Download

“The Northern Irish artist and electronic composer’s third album is a seven-movement odyssey composed for analogue synthesizers and full, traditional 29-piece colliery brass band! With only a year following on from the release of her critically acclaimed second album ‘Awake But Always Dreaming’ (Voted No.1 Album Of the Year – Electronic Sound Magazine), ‘Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia’, released 8th September via My Own Pleasure, explores one person’s journey to outer space, by recounting the story of an unknown, elderly, pioneering, electronic musical stargazer and her lifelong dream to leave her terraced home in the mining town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, to see Cassiopeia for herself”.

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“With artwork by Grammy award winning designer Jonathan Barnbrook (David Bowie collaborator on albums ‘Blackstar’ and ‘The Next Day’) and the complete brass band and rhythm section recorded live on location in The Barnsley Civic Theatre with Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio team, this exclusive album combines Peel’s detailed, analogue synth layered production and her expressive flair for performance with ‘Tubular Brass’, featuring the top UK championship brass band players. It’s a wholly unique, collaborative sound and seemingly, a first of its kind both live and on record”.

“We have a hundred billion neurons in our brains, as many as there are stars in a galaxy” Theoretical physicist and author, Carlo Rovelli

“Continuing themes from her last record and by delving further into the rabbit hole of the mind, creating parallels between the human brain and space, Peel combines the unearthly sound textures and celestial ostinatos of the analogue synthesizers with the tremendously deep and rich power of traditional ‘British’ brass band to map Mary’s intergalactic passage into another world”.

Hannah: “I wanted these huge slabs of planetary sounds to echo the excitement and wonder of our human need to explore and develop. Outer space is where only a select few can reach; yet it is somewhere we dream of going, or perhaps collectively, simply wanting to know what is out there. The unparalleled vastness in our galaxy is as equally melancholy and desolate, as Mary’s lonely voyage away from all she knows”. 

“During her teenage years in Yorkshire, Peel played trombone in brass bands: marching at weekends and wearing Dicky Bows at competitions and so naturally the ‘brass’ sound has become very much a part of her creative DNA. Her relentlessly explorative production and love of music made by analogue machines has evolved over the last few years and is now a key element in her solo work.

On this album, she explores two very different worlds – the power of the brass band players combined with the sub-bass impact and air resonating force of the synths but she also creates a very human and intimate, at times fragile sounding record through her collection of ‘breathing’ vintage electronics, found sounds, the nuances of the individual brass instruments and the subtle ambience of her voice combining with the real and raw breathing, shuffling and ‘spit’ of the players themselves.

With her research spanning from conversations between the public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Marek Kukula, and extensive reading of books on theoretical physics, as well as memoirs on dreams, Peel confirms that no matter where we travel to and what we discover, ‘we are all creatures of the land’ (A Land, Jacquetta Hawkes, 1951). And that …in all that immensity of black holes, supernovas, galaxies, nebulae, the most astonishing and the most complex natural object we have discovered in the entire universe is right here on earth, it’s in our heads, it’s the human brain” (Marek Kukula, May 2017).

At the close of the album’s final song ‘The Planet of Passed Souls’, tutti brass jostle with the hiss and crackle of a 78rpm record. An emotionally charged, scratchy sample taken from a 1928 recording of Peel’s own choirboy grandfather in Manchester Cathedral leaves the listener questioning the reality of Mary’s connection with the stars… Did she ever make it to Cassiopeia? Is this all a daydream as she sits in a back garden shed tinkering with electronics and her telescope? Or maybe this is her final breath as her mind and body pass into another realm of life? Is this science or fantasy? And how much is there really a division between the two?

As Isaac Newton’s stated on his discoveries in 1692, “…be material or immaterial, I have left to the consideration of my readers”.

The last year has been one of Peel’s busiest: In 2016, in addition to her solo album which shone a hopeful light on the devastating and fragile world of dementia, she collaborated with Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (aka Erol Alkan & Richard Norris) on the singles ‘Diagram Girl’ and ‘Creation’ and her band The Magnetic North released their widely praised second album, ‘Prospect Of Skelmersdale’ in March ’16. She has also been a guest panelist on several discussions on the effects of music and the brain

Peel first came to recognition with her modest yet mesmerizing, hand-punched ‘music box’ EP ‘Rebox’, featuring covers of ‘80s bands Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, & New Order. Having released her critically lauded solo debut album ‘The Broken Wave’, Peel then formed The Magnetic North, a highly acclaimed and expansive collaborative project with long term collaborator Gawain Erland Cooper (Erland & The Carnival) and Simon Tong (The Verve, The Good the Bad and The Queen, Gorillaz).

A handful of special shows in 2017 around the UK with the full 29-piece Colliery band and synths will accompany the release including an appearance at Blue Dot Festival and WOMAD.   Live shows for Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia1st July – Hull – Capital of Culture (15 minute excerpt Live on BBC Radio 3 including a composer talk) Tickets, 8th July – Bluedot Festival Tickets,  9th July – Southbank London (Excerpts – Music Biennial commission with PRS Foundation.) Tickets, 29th July – WOMAD Festival Tickets,  5th August – Edinburgh Festival  Tickets, 23rd Sept – Liverpool – Liverpool Philharmonic Concert Hall Tickets, 30th Sept – Stockton – The Arc  Tickets, 21st Oct – Barnsley – The Civic Theatre Tickets, 28th Oct – Basingstoke, The Anvil Concert Hall Tickets

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5: BLISTERHEAD –  “Blisterhead have probably been touring since you attended kindergarden” so read the press release, the press release is wrong, Organ has been around far longer than Bliserhead, but hey, let’s go with it, “Almost 20 years of that rock’n roll soaked punkrock with three-part vocals that made the band a name in every squat in Europe. From Stockholm to Neapel, Paris to St.Petersbourg.  The sound of unity. Guitar riffs from 1977, bass lines from 1957, and still, after more than 300 shows with countless opening acts and headlines, the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when it comes to punk drums”.

Their new EP Border Control has just come out, here’s the lead track and the rather strong video….

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