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Under Sided - 20th Anniversary Edition

    A deluxe, remastered, 20 year anniversary edition of the Heads’ third album proper, the under-rated gem in their canon that is “Under Sided”.

    Originally released in 2002 on the Sweet Nothing label (SNLP/CD 11), Under Sided was recorded in 2001 at WhiteHouse Studios in Weston Super Mare, with Martin Nichols engineering. The band had previously recorded tracks for Mans Ruin 10” at these studios (also famous for Ripcord, Heresy, Slowdive, Hardskin, Decadence Within, Icehouse.. amongst many others!).

    For the reissue, the original recordings were remastered for vinyl and CD by long time Heads Masterer (!) Shawn Joseph. The resultant 8 tracks, spread over 4 sides of vinyl are some of the best music the Heads have recorded, after a bit of a hiatus following their 2000 US tour / Peel session, the band regrouped and worked out the tracks for the album, relentless rehearsing for the recording. Very few shows happened in that 2001-2002 timeframe.. band members were busy, earning a living, getting on with life, but they still had some riffs/songs there.

    Upon release in 2002 the album got great reviews in the press, from Kerrang and MOJO to the Sunday Times, all helping the Bristol fourpiece confirm their cult status, which has continued to current times..

    The remastered album is being reissued as a 4LP + 2CD boxset. The extra 2LP features their Peel session from 2000, as well as a couple of compilation tracks (For Mad Men Only / Born To Go), and some unreleased demo versions, as well as nearly 150 minutes of Live recordings (mastered, but RAW!) from their gigs on the Thekla in Bristol in 2001-2002.

    The boxset will also have a special slipmat, stickers, and a 24 page booklet of photos /writings, including recollections by each band member, and others including a 1000 word essay by Stewart Lee.

    Undersided is a pounding sike-nightmare that shows the Heads at the peak of their powers, theres a flow throughout the album of melding psychedelic noise rock to battering rhythms and creating a bad trip for all listening.. even the gentle sooth of “Energy” is enveloped by a white noise fuiry.. the intensity of some of the tracks: the terror inducing Bedminster or False Heavy (a tour worn riffmonger from 2000) or the Magnet-esque Heavy Sea, showed the band as ferocious as any of the insurgent “stoner” genre of that time.

    They were never going to make their living out of touring , record sales …as Hugo mentions in his notes for the booklet, “.. we had less boundaries and felt we could experiment more and not worry about commerciality…” but they were able to make this album.

    TRACK LISTING

    LP TRACKLISTING: (Sides A,B,C,D)
    Dissonaut
    Il Ratto, La Ram, Il Gallo Ed Il Serpente
    Trilogy Part 3
    Bedminster #1
    False Heavy
    Vibrating Digit
    Energy
    Heavy Sea

    2CD TRACKLISTING:
    CD1
    Dissonaut
    Il Ratto, La Ram, Il Gallo Ed Il Serpente
    Trilogy Part 3
    Bedminster #1
    False Heavy
    Vibrating Digit
    Energy
    Heavy Sea
    CD2
    For Madmen Only
    Born To Go
    False Heavy (Peel)
    You Took Me By Surprise (Peel)
    Neu 75 (Peel)
    Fuego (Peel)
    Key Jam Short (Whitehouse Out-take)
    Backwards (Whitehouse Out-take)
    False Heavy (Band Demo)
    Vibrating Digit (Band Demo)
    Energy (Band Demo)
    Heavy Sea (Band Demo)

    BOX SET TRACKLISTING:
    2LP 1 ( Sides A,B,C,D)
    Dissonaut
    Il Ratto, La Ram, Il Gallo Ed Il Serpente
    Trilogy Part 3
    Bedminster #1
    False Heavy
    Vibrating Digit
    Energy
    Heavy Sea

    2LP2 (sides E,F,G,H)
    For Madmen Only
    Born To Go
    False Heavy (Peel)
    You Took Me By Surprise (Peel)
    Neu 75 (Peel)
    Fuego (Peel)
    Key Jam Short (Whitehouse Out-take)
    Backwards (Whitehouse Out-take)
    False Heavy (Band Demo)
    Vibrating Digit (Band Demo)
    Energy (Band Demo)
    Heavy Sea (Band Demo)

    CD1
    ROOSTER27BXCD1
    1 Thekla 1
    2 33 Min
    CD2
    ROOSTER27BXCD2
    1 Thekla 2
    2 Headsjam 2
    3 Ital Prog

    Kandodo / McBain

    Lost Chants / Last Chance

      A meeting of like minds surfing the sonic highways to tonal oblivion.
      These four castaways on Sonic Island (this may be too much) have delivered an album that evokes the long lost and revered genre “Drug-Rock” a true mind melt of acid abandonment! Tab-era Monster Magnet, Sessions Era- The Heads… purely visceral and pummelling workouts of a krautrock and pschedelische (surely the most overused term of now..but finally in its right place) from these masters of the art.

      Lets not beat about the burning bush here, this is an original Monster Magnet member and three of the Heads… this is pedigree not to be overlooked.

      Tune in, Turn on, droned out!!

      Mutually appreciated riffs, drones and tones floated across the oceans (via the internet). Conceived by Simon Price, Wayne Maskell, and Hugo Morgan and their US conspirator John McBain.
      They’ve created a modern masterpiece, straight from the off, the album feels like it has been hurled from riff valley, laden with trips aplenty.. catch a sonic wave here fellow psychonauts!!!
      (Liquid aural lava, it will encase your brain with a sike glazed crust.)

      Mastered by John Mcbain for full sonic immersion, and cut at 45rpm to enable a further immersion into the molassess when sped down to 33rm… this works so well, that the CD comes as a double with CD one a 45rpm (normal) master and CD 2 the treacle trap murk of it slowed to 33rpm.. the come down stretched further… a psychedelic morass..all encased in a sike glazed crust of quality packaging.

      Wig out and get your oblivion set, strap this on and soar into space.

      DIVE DEEP AND FLAME ON!

      TRACK LISTING

      CD DISC ONE (or LPs At 45rpm)
      1 Blowed Out (45 Rpm)
      2 Holy Syke (45 Rpm)
      3 Megladon't (45 Rpm)
      4 Chant Of The Ever Circling (Last Vulture) (45 Rpm)
      5 Pelagic Blue Haze (45 Rpm)

      CD DISC TWO (LPS At 33rpm)
      6 Really Blown Out (33 Rpm)
      7 Holiest Syke (33 Rpm)
      8 Megladon't Ever (33 Rpm)
      9 Chant Of The Ever So Slowly Circling (Last Vulture)(33 Rpm)
      10 Pelagic Deep Blue Haze (33 Rpm)


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