Showcasing some of the north of England’s finest contemporary psych groups, developing on a tried and tested formula with a fresh approach. Spider-webbing Manchester, Chester, Newcastle and Fleetwood with songs by Dead Sea Apes, Vert:X, Blown Out, and Earthling Society. Good to hear what the young bloods are up to.
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- DRR005 / Limited transparent orange vinyl LP on Drone Rock Records, inc. Dead Sea Apes, Vert:X, Blown Out and Earthling Society
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- Magnetic North by Various
7/10 Jamie Staff review, 11 October 2016
Brighton-based drone-psych-fuzz micro label, Drone Rock Records release ‘Magnetic North’: a great little (very limited) taster compilation introducing four bands, some of which you may have been following. Neil Whitehead’s Vert:x open the record with the driving ‘Drill’; propulsive kosmiche drums and bass and a very squiggly and overdriven guitar for that kraut-psych feel. Via Chester. It’s an hypnotic distorto-groove, for sure.
Manchester three-piece Dead Sea Apes take the heads-down, no nonsense approach to stoner rock on their track ‘Lupine Wavelength’. Their desert soundscapes often unfold, as here, to release guitars which reach stratospheric heights. Trippy. Walls of very loud and wailing fuzz wait to greet you on side B. Blown Out’s ‘Transportation Ventures’ is the aural equivalent of being dropped into a huge vat of jelly embedded with nails (I imagine). Fun. Finally, space rock with an Eastern flavour from Earthling Society, whose ‘Mountain King Blues’ wasn’t quite as good as the rest of the tracks on this record. Maybe it’s just a touch too prog for me. Overall though, it’s still ace. Only 200 available to the masses.
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