On the 7th March, Strong Island Recordings takes over The Edge of The Wedge in Southsea with three label acts being Dead Rabbits, Yoofs and newest signings Melt Dunes formerly known as ELEPHANTANTRUM plus The Boy I Used to Be DJ’s all for just £3.00. It’s our first label party of the year of what looks like is going to be the biggest year of our little label so we’d love to party with everyone celebrating a very exciting 2015 for us here at the musical arm of Strong Island. Tickets for the show can be purchased here and also in our store at 12 Highland Road. More details can also be found on the Facebook event page.
Horny Goat Music Presents spearheaded by Zach Wiggins and Amrit Sondh as an outlet for putting on shows of acts they love returns this Friday at The Loft and features some Strong Island favourites following on from successful, packed out nights that have included the likes of Rickyfitts and The Planes.
Headliners for the show are psychedelic-doom rock Gosport outfit The Unknown Soldiers. A sand storm of psychedelia, the sonic journey of the quartet is like being dropped in the middle of a sun baked desert during a spaghetti western.On the other side of the psychedelic realm, support comes from NME & KEXP favourites PopoBawa bringing their sun tinted, tropical, jangly psychedelic pop. We love PopoBawa over here at Strong Island. They’ve played a couple of shows for our Strong Island Recordings label so we advise you get down early for them as they’re certainly one of the most unique bands to come from this part of the south-coast for a while. If you haven’t seen them live yet, they’re joyous, blissful, summer tinted goodness that for at least half an hour will make you forget we’re in the midst of a bitter cold winter and instead will conjure up images of dancing in the middle of a field during the summer festival season. Also playing the show is acoustic act Tamara Jane who shall be opening the night.
Tickets for the show are £4 in advance or £5 on the door. Wrap your ears around The Unknown Soldiers and PopoBawa below. More details including where to purchase tickets can be found on the Horny Goat Presents Facebook event page here.
Portsmouth’s grandest party being Victorious Festival returns on the weekend of the 29th and 30th August and with it comes arguably the biggest line-up to ever hit Portsmouth. The latest additions are testament to Victorious’s year on growth as a festival with a heavyweight collection of new additions to the festival that takes place along Southsea. Legendary psychedelic- space- experimental rock outfit The Flaming Lips, regarded as one of the greatest live bands on the planet will be coming to Portsmouth bringing their visually stunning spectacle that is their live set along with one of Britain’s largest crossover exports in recent years being Tinie Tempah. NME & BBC Radio 6 favourites Honeyblood of Fat Cat Records return to Portsmouth less than a year after playing Southsea Fest another of Portsmouth’s fine festivals that take place in the latter half of the year. The line-up also features the likes of The Amazing Snakeheads, Bipolar Sunshine, The Magic Numbers and Texas. Tickets at present are just £18 a day and allows festival attendees access to attractions such as The D-Day Museum, Southsea Skatepark and Blue Reef Aquarium so it’s an absolute steal.
At Strong Island Recordings we’re hosting our first show of the year on the 7th March at Edge of the Wedge where for the first time ever, all acts, including DJ’s are part of our Strong Island Recordings family so we’re very excited.
Playing the show is shoegaze, psychedelic outfit Dead Rabbits, psych-pop Bournemouth duo Yoofs who we released their debut album ‘Something’ on our label last year and brand new additions to our label, Melt Dunes now formerly known as ELEPHANTANTRUM.
Our minds were blown by the local Southampton quartet so we decided we had to have them on our label. Crossing between brooding, doom ridden psychedelia and fuzzed out garage rock, Melt Dunes are the soundtrack to your nightmares. Catch them at our label party on the 7th March where entry is a mere £3.00 and includes The Boy I Used To Be deejaying which should be fun. You can find more about the event here. All photos below are by Toby Jezard who kindly photographed our cash-free, food donation label party in December.
Strong Island Recordings All Dayer Preview Part Four – Death of The Author, Verletzt, The Park Studio
So our Strong Island Recordings all day cash free Christmas party takes place tomorrow at The Eastney Cellars. Entry is a donation of non perishable food that will go to local food banks. The party kicks off from 13.00pm with the ever great Champagne Justice playing music throughout the day. You can find the Facebook event here for set times. Make sure you head down early and do rummage through your cupboards, the more items, the more help we can all give. In the mean time check out the remaining acts playing our bill plus our sponsors The Park Studio.
A tornado of whirling guitars, new outfit Death Of The Author are one of Hampshire’s latest exports delving into the world of shoegaze. The trio are an immense sonic assault upon your senses and very recently blew the roof of Bar 56 at our Southsea Fest stage. Viscerally exciting, they remind us of the intensity of label family Is Bliss, which is a great thing indeed.
Comprising of members of Battery Hens, Protein Window and Neil co head honcho of Champagne Justice, Verletzt are one of the newest DIY noise rock outfits in Portsmouth. They’re scuzzy noise rock, stoner- doom, drone outfit taking you into a new realm of weirdness. Sabbath esque riffs coated with eerie vocals, Verletzt give a heavy nod to their leftfield influences in a charmingly scrappy way.
Not a band but very much integral to the event and also aspects of our label overall is The Park Studio. The studio shall be kindly supplying us backline for the show which in turn helps us keep the show free. Ran by Max of Rickyfitts and formerly Is Bliss, the studio based in Denmead is the recording and practice space of label family and friends including Rickyfitts, Is Bliss, The Boy I Used to Be, Wyldest, Battery Hens, The Planes, Verletzt and many more offering incredibly cheap rates including 3 hours of rehearsal time for £20. If you’re a band or solo artists, do check them out.
Strong Island Recordings All Dayer Preview Part Three- The Boy I Used To Be, Nevermind Me, Bittertown Mary’s
Okay so we’re up to part three of four of the previews for our Strong Island Recordings cash free, charity party at The Cellars in Eastney on the 13th December where entry is a donation of non-perishable food that will go to local food banks. The event will feature 11 bands throughout the day and kicks off from 13.00pm with Champagne Justice DJ’s throughout the day and evening. You can find the Facebook event here.
We’re delighted to bring back extended label family The Boy I Used to Be, We’re fortunate and privileged to say we’re the first label to release the delightful duo back last year on our compilation and now they’re singed to our splendid pals, Pie & Vinyl. The duo are the ultimate Christmas band, if you live in Australia. Sun drenched, garage pop akin to the likes of Splashh, The Growlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra; whilst also giving a nod to psych- folk influences such as Kurt Vile, every The Boy I Used To Be track is joyous and makes you want to high five the sun whilst sipping cocktails on the beach.
Playing their first ever show despite a couple of cassette releases, we’re honoured to have London’s Nevermind Me down playing our all day party. Dreamy, melancholic vocals topped with beautifully textured guitars, Nevermind Me create a colourful explosion of noise crossing between shoegaze, alt rock and parts of psychedelia. They’re an exhilarating journey of gorgeous noise.
Playing late afternoon is noisy, local favourites Bittertown Mary’s playing their first ever Strong Island Recordings show. Intertwining between the stylings of early doom metal as well grunge and stoner rock and seemingly taking strong influences from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Sabbath and Nirvana, Bittertown Mary’s inflict sonic pounding, primal riffs all wrapped in sandpapered, gruff vocals and distorted, obnoxious fuzz. It’s a splendid, sonic slap to the face.
As you may have seen earlier in the week, we’re previewing all the acts playing our Strong Island Recordings all day party at The Cellars 13th December where entry is a donation of non-perishable food that will go to local food banks. So it’s next to nothing entry and you get to see a handful of some of the most exciting acts across the south who are blowing up the blogosphere. The event is also in association with The Park Studio who shall be supplying us with backline which saves us money and thus we can keep the event effectively free so do check them out. We’re now onto the second part of our previews so do check out the acts below as they’re incredible to say the least.
Frenetic blitz-pop purveyors Curxes are a sumptuous assault to the senses. A thunderously exciting combination of a harpy’s call, electronic acrobatics, pounding bass and thumping drum rhythms, with gothic tones underpinning the bombastic layers riding on top, Curxes are as infectiously catchy as they are ferociously intelligent.
Next up is Southampton’s Fever. Fuzzy, doom like surf combined with jangly indie- rock and grunge all laced in memorable hooks; Fever are like a cross between Arctic Monkeys, The Horrors and The Wytches. Produced by Chris Pedan of Wild Smiles and with support from NME to KEXP, Fever are one of the most promising new bands from the south.
Brand new quintet, Elephantantrum are a journey into the darkest netherworld of the psychedelic realm. Brooding guitars and synths, distorted fuzz, tortured wailing vocals, all reminding you of a cross between Tame Impala and The Wytches, Elephanantrum are the soundtrack to your nightmares. Parts of of their tracks are like wandering alone in a circus at night with the impending doom of being hunted by psychopathic clowns, it’s eerily marvellous. Easily one of the most exciting and unique bands to come out of the south coast. Head down early evening to catch a rare glimpse of the band playing in Portsmouth. They certainly fit the ethos of a Strong Island Recordings party for sure.
Our cash free, charity Christmas all day party opens its doors at 13.oopm with Champagne Justice deejays playing throughout the entirety of day and night between acts. You can find the Facebook event here.
Champagne Justice have pulled together a very great last minute show at The Edge of the Wedge called Blownzone on Thursday 11th December featuring a couple of the finest garage rock acts from both America and the U.K. Portland’s The Shivas of the legendary Californian label Burger Records (Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Dave Grohl and many more) are playing Portsmouth in only one of three U.K shows during their European tour as well as one time Strong Island Recordings act and now full time PNKSLM shredders, The Red Cords who are very incredible to say the least. It’s a rather massive coincidence both acts were free for the same date and it’s certainly one of the strongest line-ups musically in Portsmouth for a while no doubt. Entry to the event is a mere £5.00 and doors open at 20.00pm. If you’re a fan of psych rock/garage rock akin to the likes of Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Coachwhips, Bass Drum of Death, Black Lips etc then head down for a rare glimpse of some of the finest, gnarly garage rock acts around. The Facebook event can be found here.
So we’re approaching our first ever Strong Island Recordings Christmas party where we’ve curated a monster of a line-up in association with The Park Studio in Denmead featuring eleven bands plus Champagne Justice DJ’s and the entry for the event is a donation of non-perishable food that will go to local food banks. That means you don’t have to spend a single penny of your Christmas funds if you wish. It’s ultimately a win-win-win for all. We’re going to be posting four previews of the event over the next two weeks so you can get to know some of the bands on the bill.
First up is our headliners for the day being Rickyfitts. We had them on our Treacherous Tides compilation last year just two months after they formed and since then the guys are proving to be one of the finest and most explosive live bands in the U.K. Creating tinnitus inducing noise, annihilating their instruments, grunge tinted, thrash punk duo Rickyfitts are a tidal wave of ferocious fuzz. Having mini toured with thrash-pop Aussie twosome DZ Deathrays and a plenty of new recordings, Rickyfitts are going to sign off of 2014 with a bang.
Another of our extended label family who we’re fortunate to have playing our all dayer is Dead Rabbits. Fresh from their European tour and the release of their second album, Dead Rabbits are going to be bringing a whirling, beautiful racket to The Cellars. Crossing between psychedelia, shoegaze, space rock and also flirting with the boundries of drone, Dead Rabbits are a band Alan Mcgee would have signed had they been around during the height of Creation Records. Think The Jesus & Mary Chain crossed with The Telescopes.
This next act played their first ever gig actually at The Cellars just five months ago. Since then they’ve added an extra member being Jack, touring drummer of Sub Pop’s Still Corners, blown up the blogosphere, mainstaged Green Man Festival, wowed everyone at Southsea Fest, graced the BBC Radio 1 airwaves and also were chosen of hundreds of bands to play the This is Fake DIY all dayer. They are of course Wyldest. Creating ever gorgeous melodies, wrapped in a gentle, wobbling bassline and enchanting, yet powerful vocals, the dreampop trio are like a cross between Beach House, Warpaint and Cocteau Twins.
Having released ‘Blank Project’ produced by Four Tet gaining critical acclaim from the likes of NME, Pitchfork and Guardian, the legendary Neneh Cherry shall be going back to her DJ roots at The Wedgewood Rooms on the 29th November for a ‘Brown Rice Records’ takeover where all profits go towards Arms Around The Child. Arms Around The Child looks after children living in extreme adversity in South Africa and India. The charity provides loving homes, outreach care, education, medical treatment and love and respect providing hope for the future of the children they care for.
You can purchase tickets from here and if you’re interested in looking into the fantastic work the charity does, you can so here. The event looks like it’s going to be a special one. As it’s a Wedgewood Rooms club night, entry to the event is over 18’s only.