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Riot Season Vinyl, CD & tapes from Norman Records

Freak Out Orgasm!

Hibushibire are a Japanese psych band who are precisely as wild as the name of their debut album Freak Out Orgasm! would suggest. The band engage with the various strands of Japan’s rich psych heritage throughout the record (which was produced by Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple...view item »

Henry Blacker
The Making Of Junior Bonner

Sludge is sometimes dressed up hard rock. This is one of those times but in a good way; Henry Blacker, a regional offshoot of Hey Colossus, initially started as a way of exorcising some of their doom demons away from home (stuck in Somerset, not London -- you know the drill), and now have their third record of ...view item »

Hey Colossus

Here's a re-release of a fascinating album Hey Colossus made in one big long studio session with Jon (Notorious Hi-Fi Killers) and Leon (Shit+Shine) in tow. The eight of them made a right old racket which has now been re-pressed onto a double LP with a bonus LP of outtakes and tracks which didn't make the f...view item »

Blown Out / Comacozer
In Search Of Highs Volume 1

Righteous psychers Comacozer and Blown Out are totally on the same wavelength for this latest bong-bubbling split LP on Riot Season. The two bands (from Australia and the UK, respectively) get some trippy scuzz going - one extended, ecstatic jam from Comacozer and several shorter indulgences from Blown Out....view item »

Early Mammal
Take A Lover

First the riffs stay in place and stagnate ‘til your brain becomes proverbial mush, then they start unwinding, fraught with the fear that nobody is physically turning into mush. Such are the psych rock rules (secret rule number two: druuuuuuuuums, and then I can’t be bothered to write down any more rules), deftly passed down by habit...view item »


Fun as heck. Named Perhaps and therefore only a band potentially, ostensibly and figuratively, these skronk saboteurs make the whole endless motorik thing super fun, crowding their steady rhythms with sonic gunge so frenzied you forget you’ve just been sitting, rigid, for thirty odd minutes. You’ll probably dance, actually. P...view item »

The Cosmic Dead
Psych Is Dead

To commemorate psych rock’s passing, as confirmed by the Cosmic Dead on the 24th of April 2017, I went and generated an online tombstone for it -- here it is, and God bless us all. Unfortunately, I can’t help but feel that if psych rock is dead, it’s in the hoaky BBC soap opera fashion whe...view item »

Racial Golf Course, No Bitches

This release seems to have been on the horizon for a long time now, but finally the wait is over and the bubblegum pink slab of vinyl is in our hands. Dethscalator play a no-holds-barred brand of noise rock which is drawing lots of well-justified comparisons with the likes of Unsane and Killdozer. These lads ...view item »

2am Thoughts

Krause is a dirty alliance made up of alumni of bands including Casual Nun, Straighthate and Progress Of Inhumanity, and they play fierce and filthy noise-rock in vintage style. It really does sound blasted and distort-damaged to hell. 2am Thoughts is their debut releas...view item »

Shit & Shine

The noncompliant jukebox that is Shit & Shine once again malfunctions on your attempt to put in 50p and a request for like, I don’t know, the Stones. Having made one of our favourite dirge dance records with ‘54 Synth-Brass’, the Shit committee went on to make ‘Chakin’, a gloriously weird slice of longform jazz ...view item »


Khünnt is a super-heavy Newcastle supergroup, including members of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Blown Out, plus the wonderful Richard Dawson! No twisted folk-song here though: Failures is a big, unrelenting slab of blasted, blackened stoner-psych. One 40 ...view item »

Bad Guys
Bad Guys

Nice! I’d not heard this lot before but the sun just came out and Leeds is experiencing its first meaningful warmth in about six months and this is just the kind of adrenalised riff-a-thon we need to celebrate that. It sounds just like you’d want a band called Bad Guys to sound like, neanderthal...view item »

Dead Elephant

Dead Elephant's new album Thanatology has nothing to do with the Thanet comp that came out on Mordant Music a few weeks ago. It is in fact a dirgey post rock record and the third album from Italian trio Dead Elephant. The main elements we're looking at her...view item »

Shit & Shine
229 2299 Girls Against Shit

Oh Man the latest Shit and Shine record is totally awesome. From the moment I hit play I'm smashed over the head with some ugly, nasty overloaded distorted repetitive heavy rock music. 'Have you Really Thought About Your Presentation?' is a blistering opening track to say the least. It's nuts! It's ridiculous and I LOVE IT! I could quite...view item »

Shit & Shine

I'm so gutted that the courier hasn't turned up with the Shit & Shine 'Cherry' 2LP on Riot Season as I'm a bit of a fan. I recall seeing them last year and all of a sudden a member of the audience, like myself, folically challenged got up and started bustin' moves like he was at a rave. He completely shattered the bald man stereotype and libera...view item »