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La Mort Du Sens

    If one overarching feeling has dominated the last two years on this orbiting rock, it’s uncertainty. A sense of an old order in ruins, and nothing lined up to replace it. With societal strife, psychic warfare and sheer boredom assaulting us from all fronts in this still-fresh decade, co-ordinates have been hard to place forging a path forward. Therefore, who better to turn to as a soundtrack for this tumultuous new era than Gnod - longtime chroniclers of discord.

    “The Death Of Meaning” is the translated rendering of the new Gnod album’s title, and this also reflects its creation. As Paddy Shine of Gnod notes: “I think the title sums it up well because this album was coming together at a time when confusion was king for us all - still is. I think we can all relate to that. This record is a really strange beast because of the big change that happened between mixing and recording. I think the title really does sum up the vibe of ‘What the Fuck’? Maybe we should have called it that!”

    Wielding the taut, stripped-down and bludgeoning sound that had evolved on 2017’s ‘Just Say No The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine’ and 2018’s Chapel Perilous, Gnod initially recorded the tracks for ‘La Mort Du Sens’ with key soundman and collaborator Raikes Parade in ‘an old mill in Manchester’ around the Christmas period of 2019. “It’s the first album in a while where we kept it in-house and DIY, and we wanted it to be as ferocious as our live sets have become” says Paddy, “We banged it all down live - two drummers and a load of cabs in a room pushing each other forward”

    Nonetheless, the arrival of the pandemic in early 2020 took the record on another course, adding to a turbulent and cathartic vitality that electrifies the likes of the caustic Melvins-in-hell assault of ‘Pink Champagne Blues’, the uncompromising percussive battering ram of the twelve-minute ‘Giro Day’ and the post-punk angularity of ‘The Whip And The Tongue’ with a fearsome elemental charge. “The world changed two months later so we were mixing this old world record in the new world and a lot of the vox got laid down during lockdown” reflects Paddy. “‘Pink Champagne Blues’ is a burst of total nihilist abandon and the lyrics wrote themselves in the midst of a dark wintry night of the soul”

    Masters of an approach which manages to be both unmistakable and unpredictable. Gnod are now well established as prophets of the dispossessed. ‘La Mort Du Sens’ is no less than another relentlessly invigorating stop-off on their wild ride to who knows where. “It’s all about the energy” reckons Paddy. “We never really know what’s coming next. It just organically shifts around, and I think we are getting better at not analysing where it’s going and just going with the flow”

    “Got No Obvious Destination, innit”.

    TRACK LISTING

    01. Regimental
    02. Pink Champagne Blues
    03. The Whip And The Tongue
    04. Town
    05. Giro Day

    AHRKH (GNOD)

    Bliss Waves (From The Heart Realm)

    AHRKH is the solo project of A P Macarte, multi-instrumentalist member of Salford's critically acclaimed noise experimentalists GNOD. Using Modular synthesiser, field recordings and voice, AHRKH explores the relationship between sound and consciousness and the ability to invoke altered states that touch the intangible, traverse the infinite expansive panorama within ourselves and discover ultra-dimensional transportation methods via sound. Recorded during the first UK lockdown in 2020, "Bliss Waves" brings us an hour of undulating, swirling, orgasmic, miasmic waves of sonic bliss. Close your eyes and you could be listening to Iasos, Laraaji or Ariel Kalma, open them and you're on K in Islington Mill. "Forget about the world, lie down, rest your mind and watch the neon tinged clouds of sunsetting on the world gently pass by, nothing matters and nothing exists outside of this moment, right here, right now."




    TRACK LISTING

    01 Bliss Waves (14:56)
    02 Haze Cascade (11:00)
    03 Oceanic Boundlessness (23:23)

    The third 7" from Golden Lion Sounds - so far proving very popular with our customers; pre-orders are essential on these instant-sell-out units!

    Local faves Gnod and Dub Smugglers join the Todmorden-based massive for a double A-side of industrial-dubwise-experimentation!

    The Islington Mill dwelling force of Gnod bashes out some primordial beats over Paddy's idiosyncratic shout-n-drawl. Skeletal but vicious, and awash with primitive, primal energy.

    MCR's primo dub outfit vacate their natural home of Moss Lane East and skip over the hills with an array of fine digi-dub units - "Paint It Blacker" a technicoloured digi-stepper littered with echo, sweeps and sirens; with an uptempo energy that'll work in the dance!






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    Matt says: GLS are unstoppable! After mining the two best upcoming bands from Calderdale and beyond, Waka turns his sights onto Manchester - enlisting two of our city's finest acts for a double A side disc of industrial and dubwise pressure. Check!

    TRACK LISTING

    A: Dub Smugglers Sound System - Nuevo Comienzo 2021 
    A: Gnod - Paint It Blacker

    Gnod

    Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy

      We just wanted to jam really and see what happened” reasons Paddy Shine of GNOD fourteen years on from their inception in Salford. “That led us down the road of constructing a vibe or an atmosphere for playing live. We played a lot of squats, house gigs and parties in the early days. We lived in each others pockets - shared ideas, books, films etc. We just got on one. Some heads came along for the ride. Good times.” This momentum gathered quickly into a band with formidable psychic power, captured in style on Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy - a compilation of tricky-to-find, obscure and unreleased material from the heady early days of the band, all released on vinyl for the first time. It’s the sound of an uncompromising devotion to rapture through noise and repetition, a portrait of a band whose anarchic approach and raw intensity any other outfit would be frankly terrified to follow onstage. Captured in the hypnotic rhythmic drive and intimidating atmospheres of tracks like ‘They Live’ and ‘Inner Z’ (both only previously available on Myspace) is a mantric energy which take a jumping-off point from the Krautrock, Japanese rock and underground American psychedelia the band were hammering at the time, as well as the droogy nihilism of The Stooges debut. Yet these feral experiments reach far beyond into a headspace that acknowledges no boundaries, rock orthodoxy or genre constriction. “We’re always searching for new music, new thoughts, new experiences” says founder member Chris Haslam, “That drove us a lot in the early days, and still does” A full decade, countless enlightened minds and scores of ruptured speaker cones later, the GNOD journey continues unabated - onward to fresh creation and new annihilation.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Aaah, Gnod. I honestly love everything they've ever done, and this gives a perfect insight into the genesis of their own particular brand of narcotic psychedelia. Lysergic grooves, crushing sludge and cacophonous noise all play a part here, as perfectly balanced back then as it is today. Absolutely essential.

      TRACK LISTING

      01. Elka
      02. Inner Z
      03. They Live
      04. 5th Sun (Chaudelande Version)
      05. A Very Special Request
      06. Deadbeatdisco!!! Part 1
      07. Deadbeatdisco!!! Part 2
      08. Frostbitten 

      Chapel Perilous exists whereby the supernatural converges with the everyday - whatever one’s definition of reality, this psychological realm serves to prove it endlessly subjective and changeable. Robert Anton Wilson may have laid claim to the modern use of this phrase - as in his 1977 tome ‘Cosmic Trigger’ - yet there can be few musical outfits in the here and now more worthy of carrying on its tradition than Gnod. In more than a decade on the planet this singular Salford-birthed entity have married intrepid musical exploration with psychic fearlessness - not to mention a tendency to leave any tag or bracket one attempts to place on them utterly redundant. In a sense, the latest adventure bearing this title evolved both from the lengthy European tour that the band embarked upon in the wake of their stripped-down and paint-stripping 2017 opus Just Say No The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine.

      Yet recording in Supernova studio in Eindhoven under the auspices of Bob De Wit, the band found themselves free not only to lay down two tumultuous tracks that they had been honing and hammering into shape on the road - the pulverising fifteen-minute opener ‘Donovan’s Daughters’ and the bracingly brutal ‘Uncle Frank Says Turn It Down’ - but to sculpt more abstract material, utilising dubbed-out repetition, furious riff-driven rancour, bleak soundscapes and off-the-map experimentation to create an intimidating and invigorating tableau of dystopian dread and unflinching intensity. Always working purely on their own instincts and co-ordinates, Gnod’s pathway into unchartered territory continues to move firmly on with nary a care for the sanity of anyone in their surroundings. Chapel Perilous is a still more indomitable chapter in a transcendental travelogue from an iconoclastic institution that only gathers momentum with the passing of time. Wherever Gnod go in 2018 and beyond, expect reality to be reinvented anew, whatever the consequences

      TRACK LISTING

      01 Donovan’s Daughters
      02 Europa
      03 Voice From Nowhere
      04 A Body
      05 Uncle Frank Says Turn It Down


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