PARTIKUL – Get Cursed By This Swirling EMB Duo From Brussels

When up and coming artists make you want to scream…

1 May 2021

Band: PARTIKUL
Who: EBM duo from Brussels
Influences: Lydia lunch, Boy Harsher, Tuxedomoon,
Nitzer Ebb, the Smiths, Moon duo, The soft moon

Single: CURSE – from their upcoming debut
album Related Memories, out this summer’

Score: If your body doesn’t react to this manic electro jackhammer consult
your doctor and ask for an adrenalin injection. This non-stop synth steamroller
goes 100 miles per hour without looking back. No brakes, full steam ahead. The
fast and the furious for some explosive dance floor action. A crushing curse you’ll
embrace with both arms while pirouetting yourself dizzy.

Click ‘watch on YouTube’ and get cursed

PARTIKUL: Facebook

The DIY First Lady Of Indie Label OFF WHITE HOUSE RECORDS Reveals Her International Future Plans

28 April 2021

In these science-fiction-like pandemic times when all sorts of industries/business
threaten to collapse (certainly the small ones for obvious reasons) it takes guts and courage to get up, stand up and fight for the future of your small and vulnerable indie label. That’s exactly what Canada-born musician and DIY centipede Laura Lee Schultz
did. She re-injected her beloved Off White House Records with vital fuel and decided
to go international. Respect!

Laura Lee told us anything you need to know about
the past, the present and the future of her label.

What’s the Off White House Records story so far, Laura Lee?

This humble little label started in the bedroom of a decrepit, haunted house in the suburbs of East Vancouver. As an independent artist for over 25 years, I consider myself lucky to have cut my teeth in the 90s when rock bands were being courted by major labels like it was going out of style. And yes, it did go out of style. Grunge. But my love for rock music never did.

My previous projects all had devoted fan bases and I experienced so much being in those bands, including business. So I took what I learned, started a label and released the first Down The Lees album in 2005. Since I was doing the whole album myself, I needed to jump into the process with both feet. From writing and playing all of the music, going into the studio, planning the CD duplication, distribution and marketing. Ever since then, I have been releasing material with many bands I have played with over the years.

Cut to 2020. When everything changed. I was living in Ghent, Belgium when Down The Lees was playing shows in Belgium, France and the Netherlands to support the Steve Albini recorded album ‘Bury The Sun’. Then everything stopped. As the months dragged on, it became painfully obvious that things were going to drastically change for the entertainment industry for a long time. After the initial shock wore off, the idea of supporting other artists started to percolate and I made my way back to Canada to live in the Okanagan Valley and be close to family.

At that point, HAZE was looking to release an album and I couldn’t have been happier to help her with it. That experiment made me think that signing and helping other artists was what I wanted to do with the label.

Main goal of the international adventure?

Why did I get into music in the first place? It’s because of the feeling I get when I hear a song
for the first time and it makes the hair on my arms stand up. I want to help THAT music get
out into the world. And with this label, all artists support each other. We herald each other, we believe in each other. We are nothing without community. This is an alternative, post-rock, noise rock label and I want to continue on that track. More acts are being signed and announced throughout 2021!

The loud and clear roster so far…

BRONSON ARM (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Newest noise rock duo to join the label.
New single Conscious Confuser out now…


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DATING MYSELF (Vancouver, BC)
All new 90s hits you’ve never heard.


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DOWN THE LEES (Vancouver/Ghent)
Caustic, raw and cuts like a knife.
New material coming in 2021.


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EP ISLAND (Vancouver, BC)
A project that is scheduled as one-weekend events,
bringing in special guests with the goal of writing
and recording as much as possible over 3 days.


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ERIIS (Ghent, Belgium)
Chaos, strife and discord.


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HAZE (Ghent, Belgium)
Lo-fi, bedroom rock.


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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION (Vancouver, BC)
Indie rock.


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SEPARATION AGREEMENT (Ghent/Vancouver)
Cross continental alternative rock.


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OFF WHITE HOUSE RECORDS: FacebookWebsiteInstagram

SM For The Rich – Mean Machine BODY HORROR Slashes Merciless On Debut Single ‘THE GIMP’S GIMP’

19 April 2021

Band: BODY HORROR
Who: Up and coming noisemakers
from London.

Single: THE GIMP’S GIMP – debut single

Score: A chainsaw intro followed by manic drum thwacks
and a frenetic bass force, and a bit later a nightmarish voice
joining the freaked-out get-together. All this brain-breaking
stuff happens in under a minute. Hallelujah!

From there on this fanatical bulldozer tests your stereo’s flexibility
with furibund guitars going mental. Far-out funk for the wicked.

And as far as I can detect this hammering haymaker is about a sort
of take control sadomasochism for the rich. Damn you, bastards!

Hail hail mean machine Body Horror.

Alert your neighborhood before you press play…


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BODY HORROR: Facebook

The Soundtrack For The Coming Apocalypse Party By VELVET KILLS & FRIENDS

New sonic impulses…

6 April 2021

Band: VELVET KILLS
Featuring Harris Iveson And Su Eko from Lissabon, Portugal

Who: A modern and urban endeavour, speaking directly to today’s society – with
all its anxieties, addictions, destructiveness as well as exhilaration. You’ll find in their driving beats raw emotion, and a terrific darkness. The sound is complex, almost
abstract – a combination of cinematic textures, gritty guitars, and potent vocals.​

EP: BODHI LABYRINTH RE-IMAGINED

Info: Last year the duo released an impressive 6-track record titled Bodhi Labyrinth
with this key message: “Awakening the labyrinth of our minds to be freed from hate, greed
and ego this album brings us to the reality of our actual society.”
. Now Velvet Kills shared a
re-imagined version of the original EP with a choice selection of carefully crafted remixes by some of their friends.

Score: Imagine Sisters Of Mercy going techno on Bitch Face, British DJ Goldie joining the party with a jungle vibe injection of Cash And Move, another mix of Bitch Face doing your head in with doomed bass drones and Noise, a speedy pitch-dark wave banger, making your head spin like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Get the sonic picture? If this is what will blast out of the devil’s speakers on Doomsday you hope that the Apocalypse party is coming
very soon.

Open the gates of hell here…


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Bitch Face – original version/clip…

The striking artwork (below) of Labyrinth Re-imagined. Stream/buy the EP here.

VELVET KILLS: Facebook

‘SPEAK THE SAME’ By SYNS – A Radiant Light At The End Of The Synth-Pop Tunnel

1 April 2021

Artist: SYNS
Who: A Belgium-based solo artist and filmmaker who
build, after his post-punk-bass period, a synthesizer
laboratory. He started an audiovisual project, where
music and filmmaking find each other perfectly well.

Track: SYNS – new single

Score: Syns charms with a tranquilizing electro-pop earworm
where the New Romantics‘ sound of the 80s (Visage, Soft Cell,
ABC), Roxy Music‘s dance side and today’s synth sparks flow
together seamlessly with starry vocals floating all over it.
Enticing and dreamy.

With Syns there’s a radiant light at the end of the synth-pop tunnel
as you can experience right here in an illuminating video clip…

SYNS: Facebook

Riot VENUS GRRRLS Power With ‘GOTH GIRL’ Ripper

28 March 2021

Band: VENUS GRRRLS – newest single
Who: All girl rock band from Leeds, UK promoting the participation, acknowledgment, and respect of women in the music industry. Aiming to bring fortitude and activism through hard hitting alternative rock music, the quintet use electronic and astrological sounds to amplify their sonic signature.


(photo by Milly Hewitt).

Track: GOTH GIRL

About: The song “begins painting a picture of two friends hanging out, who eventually
realise their struggles for their choice of clothes and makeup… It made us also thinking
about how fickle society is, and how it’s always ready to point the finger at something new.
Goth Girl clings to all of these notions, and most definitely is an ode to our younger selves.”

Score: This 21st Century Bikini Kill team generates an overwhelming energy that immediately drags you into its furious development. And I’m sure this raging ripper
could trigger early Sioux Sioux memories of the moment she decided to become a
Goth Queen. She inspired and still inspires young girls all around the globe to do
what they wanna do and be who they wanna be.

Venus Grrrls also have that irreversible determination, that don’t -mess-with-me attitude,
that sassy swagger and a phenomenal vocal force to make you hear loud and clear who and what they wanted to be. Riot girl power all the way.

But I wanna be a goth girl,
and I was never popular
I’m satan’s sister on the ground
I wanna be a, I wanna be a,
I wanna be a goth girl

Feel the heat here…


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Also on Spotify

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VENUS GRRRLS: Facebook

Whirlwind Single ‘PAUSE PLAY’ By Hamburg Rockers In Crime HAWEL / McPHAIL

26 March 2021

Band: HAWEL / McPHAIL
Who: Two experienced Hamburg musicians, Frehn Hawel (vocals, guitar)
and Rick McPhail (drums, vocals) sharing their love of indie rock for the
first time together.

Track: PAUSE PLAY – lead-single from their upcoming debut LP
Transmissions From The Upper Room – out on 21st May via
La Pochette Surprise Records.

Score: Thumping druams, rattling guitars, reckless pace and peppy vocals.
This is what happens when roaring rockabilly gets punked-up. This sizzling
earworm will get your lazy lockdown ass out of your lazy lockdown couch
and invite you to make your move. Rawk ‘n’ roll is here to stay. You betcha!

Here comes the whirlwind…

HAWEL / McPHAIL: Facebook

Combative Noise Frustrations – RADIO SILENCE Scores With Debut EP ‘ISOLATION’

25 March 2021

Band: RADIO SILENCE
Who: Indie team from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK who
impresses with rambling and energetic psychedelic rock.

EP: ISOLATION – the band’s debut.
About: Exploring themes of modern living, such as alienation
in the face of technology and the pressure imposed by the rapidly
growing debt collection industry.

Score: First things first. The artwork of this EP is drop-dead cool. Now about
the music. These hungry gunslingers combine the angry in-your-face frustration
of early punk (Crank Bugs/Isolation), the I want more curiosity of new-wave (Heads
Will Roll
) and the turbulent dynamism of noise rock (Isolation). No rest for the wicked. Blustery guitars all over the place, manic drum hits, and combative Richard Hell vocals. 2021 is the new Orwellian 1984. And Radio Silence don’t like it all.

Alert your closest neighbours
first before you press play…

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RADIO SILENCE: Facebook

BLACK CAT REVUE Rattle And Roll On 5-Track EP ‘FORTUNE FAVOURS THE STRANGE’

21 March 2021

Band: BLACK CAT REVUE
Who: Glaswegian psychedelic outlaws
that have paved their own path through
the Scottish music scene since 2015.

EP: FORTUNE FAVOURS THE STRANGE
To celebrate the fact that the band signed recently with
US Indie label Mint 400 Records this 5-track EP is re-released.

Score: If you sound like desperados, dress like desperados and look like
desperados then you’re definitely desperado band Black Cat Revue. This
quadruple hit team produces riff-roaring racket with the rollicking boom
of 60s garage gunslingers The Sonics. Add some Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees
electricity and you know it’s rattle and roll time. Get up, stand up, clear your
living room and fight for your right to shake your lockdown demons off.

Stream/buy your go bonkers soundtrack…


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BLACK CAT REVUE: Facebook

GRAMMY AWARDS – Corporate Party For The Rich

15 March 2021

Yesterday it was (private) party time again for a corporate cast of millionaires awarded
for making-loads-of-money-oriented albums that make record bosses millionaires who
in turn make their stars millionaires with an addictive mass of royalties. This year the
event reflected ever more than before that all involved give no flying fuck about all the indie artists who will just vanish because of the devastating pandemic. The Grammy Awards are what real life is about: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.