Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Dreaming in Offices....

....last night I had a rather odd dream. Essentially I dreamt that I was a lawyer who had cancer (and felt very sick because of it) - yet I kept going to work despite my illness, most of the time lying in a bed in the office. I also (with my condition) took in a performance by Rolo Tomassi in Middleborough and by Lesbian at a festival, which I attended with Holy Roar Ellen, and I walked around the festival site lamenting the fact that I could not find Lesbian t-shirts, only Lesbian banners and flags. Yes, Lesbian are a real band, they are awesome, check them out here.

To decipher this dream - I had a relative recently die of cancer, my parents are lawyers by trade, I was due to go and see Lesbian recently, and Rolo Tomassi have an upcoming gig in Middleborough. That's all I can work out.

I woke up half thinking I have cancer. It was horrible.

Yesterday I received very rough mixes of 3 new Rolo Tomassi songs. This album is going to blow your mind.

Today, Grand Theft Auto IV comes out. Do I buy a PS3 on finance just to play it?!?!?!??!?!

Monday, 28 April 2008

Muppet Musik

Due to a ridiculous bodyclock, yesterday I woke up at 9am after going to bed at 4.30am. So I was in a funny mood to say the least. This led to me watching muppets videos on youtube. Here are a couple of favourites -







Finally, mention should also go to this video (which i cant find on youtube, hence the link). It is my favourite song of this year so far for sure. Maybe a bit of a camp video though! I shall be seeing Frankmusik on Thursday and am excited to say the least. Again.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

This Is Tired

Saturday report -

- Went to Pure Groove Records closing down day + some second hand record stores with Curtis.
- The Bavarian Beerhall was fun.
- It was good to see Mark Elastic and Chris CPWK, we went onwards to another pub after the beerhall.
- This Is Hell were AMAZING. I have a sweet tee and got to catch up with John Tortuga, Gareth Tortuga, Lags Gallows and all of Throats and crew amongst others. Awesome gig/evening. Mosh fun.
- Went to Kings Cross to meet Daisy, got lost, got pissed off, couldnt get into the gig, got in a bit of a silly mood, was quite drunk.
- Took an epic bus home.

Am now really tired. Got to sleep at 4.30am, then woke up at like 930am. God knows why. So 'Love Music, Hate Racism' is clearly out of the window.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

LCD wake up....

As loathe as I am to admit it, it has taken the advert for the forthcoming Grand Theft Auto IV to reignite my love for 'Get Innocuous!' by LCD Soundsystem. It was in my head when I woke up and now it is, as I type, my first song of the day. A good start. Especially as, as I was making muesli and coffee, the sun was beaming and it threatens to hit 22 degrees celcius in central London. On top of this I believe I am going to a Bavarian beerhouse today, followed by This Is Hell/Tortuga/Dead Swans at the Barfly.

This Is Hell are, right now, my favourite hardcore band by a country mile. I simply cant stop listening to their two albums. I haven't listened to a band this much for a. very. long. time. To give you an idea, lets investigate my last.fm top listened artists -

1. Nasum - 199 plays. - Yep, possibly my favourite grindcore band, but the positioning is possibly unfair due to the brevity of the majority of their songs.

2. This Is Hell - 198 pay - WINNER. Their positioning is especially significant as I have been listening to them for about 2 months max.

3. Crystal Castles - 150 plays. I bought their debut 7" in June 2006 and have followed their progress closely since. The album is great. People who are now offering their opinions on this band having only heard of them in the last 3 months or so, or after them getting on the cover of NME should, quite possibly, get fucked.

4. Cutting Pink With Knives - 146 plays - Yes, my own band. I went through a big phase of learning CPWK songs with my bass on my lap, sat at my computer. I forgot to turn 'scrobbling' (did last.fm make this word up?) off when learning those songs. That's my (genuine) excuse.

5. Bury Your Dead - 134 plays -my ex-favourite hardcore band. I listened to their new album to death recently to try and let it sink, but no - the introduction of singing has ruined this bands otherwise impeccable legacy.

I can be found on last.fm here

My good friend Alfie of the band Maths took these awesome photos of This Is Hell/Tortuga/Dead Swans in Norwich.

So yes - i'm quite excited.

Yesterdays playlist was rather predictable due to new purchases, but threw up a couple of points of interest explained below -

Cancer Bats - Hail Destroyer (sweet riffs)
Four Tet - Ringer EP (sweet bleeps)
Blood Red Shoes - Box of Secrets (sweets jangles)
The Now - s/t ep (only ever released one ep on Robotic Empire. CRUCIAL stuff. OTT screamo with MASSIVE mosh parts)
Air - 10,000 Hertz Legend
Suffocate For Fuck Sake - Blazing Fire and Helicopters on the Front Page of the News.... (the full title is ridiculous but this was my find of the day. I've been meaning to check this band out for a week or two now - incredible stuff. Its like Breach, Sigur Ros, Mono and Mogwai all playign together at the same time or something, with many passages of pan-european spoken word dialogue too. Utterly bizarre - calming, brutal, serene, epic and so on).

Friday, 25 April 2008

Pivot and cds....

Last night my band were supported by an Australian band called Pivot. They have just signed to Warp Records and vaguely vaguely sound like Battles if they dropped the oompa loompa vocals, got into post-punk skronk and had a way more developed sense of brooding electronica. Yep - that good. The drummer is especially worthy of mention - total jazz fest. I really highly recommend their new single 'In The Blood' when it comes out in May, check it out here - http://www.myspace.com/pivotpivot . A really really nice bunch of guys too.

It was a sunny afternoon in Islington yesterday, so obviously, after soundcheck, that means - record shopping.

I bought -

Air - 10000 Hertz Legend (£2.99)
Blood Red Shoes - Box of Secrets
Four Tet - new mini album
Cancer Bats - Hail Destroyer

So I shall probably be going through them today.

Yesterdays listening -

Cursed - III
Crystal Castles - s/t album
Four Year Strong - Rise or Die Trying
The Start - Ciao Baby
Hope Conspiracy - Cold Blue / Endnote

Also - Dorset Cereals are KING.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Dimmu Chavs

So for the second morning in a row I was awoken by the disgusting disgusting DISGUSTING middle-aged CHAVS downstairs either a) having sex or b) screaming abuse at each other. I think (well - am praying, hoping) that they are housesitting for chav mans mum, as it is usually much quieter and we usually see far less of him and far more of her.

I am truly developing a hatred for chav man downstairs, to the point where I sent a text to my housemate this morning saying "Can I either call social services or brutally crush his skull with my baseball bat and then piss on his carcass?"

Basically he has such a lack of intellect that his voice has a really dep drawl to it that is usually only possessed by the mentally disabled, coupled with a thick east-end accent and a massively foul mouth. Average sentence = "You faaaaaaacking buuuutch. 'Ere weeee faaaaaacking go, you stupid caaaaaaahhhhww." He is also prone to saying very random things such as (in plain english) "If I take back the sand, do I get a prize?" - Fuck knows what that meant. I swear I didn't dream that one. I hear everything he says because he is SO FUCKING LOUD.

If he does shut up, he sits in their garden topless with all his manky old chav tats and his tits out, drinking Fosters. My bedroom window overlooks their garden. Great.

Oh and they never sleep! Midnight, 6am, whenever - they are always awake. No wonder they look like shit.

On the upside it means that tank Holy Roar is cranked up at an earlier hour and that I can make posts that shows videos like this -



Yesterdays approximate playlist -

Look Back And Laugh - S/T
The Locust - New Erections
The Minor Times - Summer of Wolves
Tombs - s/t
Warscars - split cd
Warhorse - As heaven turns to ash
Paramore - Riot!
Outputmessage - Nebulae
The other side of the sky - Rorschach
5ive - Hesperus

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Corporate rant.

As it is probably quite clear, Holy Roar is not some strict D.I.Y label. We do have our cds in HMV and on play.com, we do use PR people and we do encourage our bands to appear in magazines and do photoshoots. It all helps actually sell records in order to try and achieve breakeven. Yes - 'breakeven'. Profits? Hahahahaha.

Anyway, due to this, and the fact that some of our bands have started doing a bit better recently it means that I have started to become highly aware of some of the bullshit that goes along with big corporate organisations and the people that treat music as a business first, a passion second. Or 'music as a passion' at the bottom of their list i reckon.

So here's a few (vague) recent examples, with responses -

"We are featuring your band, advertise with us or jeopardise the coverage" - NO, WE HAVE FUCK ALL MONEY. SERIOUSLY. LOOK UP - 'BLACKMAIL'

"Sorry but this band has HOT SHOT management, no they havent released anything, just a demo, but they still have to play above your band(s) that have had much more press/record sales/albums out" (this happened x 3) - HAVE SOME RESPECT AND THINK ABOUT THIS LOGICALLY FOR THE BAND THAT HAS WORKED FOR MANY MORE YEARS AND HAS RELEASED LOADS MORE.

Following on from the above - "Your band are first on the bill because i think it would be a mint way to start the night......i love doing mad things!" - OH YEAH. ME SOOOOOO KERRRRAYYYYYYZZZZEEEE. AGAIN - LACK. OF. LOGIC. DISRESPECTFUL.

"We are the 'hot tip band' so uhhhhh, can we borrow all your bands equipment, even though your arent getting paid for this gig and we are?" - STUPIDITY. LACK OF ORGANISATION. INFLATED EGO.

"Can you just hand over band X's holy roar releases to us when we sign them to our label?" ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?

"Bring your demos to the gig because Mr X is connected to EVERYONE" - OUR BANDS HAVE CDS OUT ON A LABEL ALREADY, AND OTHER LABELS TOO. HOW PATRONISING.

Let us also not forget AWESOME band managers in general at gigs. Sorry grandad - you failed at music, stop trying to live the dream through some kids' band.

Music 'politics' - FUN TIMES.

In conclusion, if you have roots in doing musical things yourself - gigs, labels, bands, shows etc - even if you end up working for/with 'the man' please remember those roots. It helps everyone and everything is much nicer that way. Logic, respect, kindness and do not patronise. Not really too much to ask???

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Playlist

I got some taste today (for once) -

5ive - Hesperus
Guapo - Elixirs
Ghostride - Cobrasunrise (an undervalued record)
Malady - Malady
Dextro - Consequence Music
Maps and Atlases - Tree, Swallows,...
Das Oath- ampere split
Bloody Panda - Pheromone
Woe - Recording No Two


These are the albums/cds i have done today. Sweet.

Sorry!

This thing has been neglected. It will be back on track now.

Ellen (also of Holy Roar) has a blog here. Read it. It's good.

We have begun making monthly 'iMixes' on iTunes - it will always be a mixture of Holy Roar stuff and stuff we like. This is our first one -



I have recently come across two ridiculous bands. Witness firstly Iwrestledabearonce -



and Blackout Crew -



I will try not to talk about stuff on here that can easily be covered by our website