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Rhys Bloodjoy

Love Is A Fucked Up Goddess (Parts II & I) [Expanded]

    Rhys Bloodjoy is a one man noise machine, using sophisticated loops, echo drenched harmonies and reverb soaked melodies to create a truly unique blend of Cold Wave and Psychedelia. Dubbed by the Manchester Evening News as “lo-fi brilliance”, the Bloodjoy experience was born in the underground scene in 2014, Rhys has gained in strength and stature, honing his sound to create soundscapes that result in electrifying live performances. Backseat Mafia confirm this when they say, “he’s not just one to watch, he’s one to absorb.”

    The journey so far saw Bloodjoy release his AA debut single ‘Broken Window/Scandinavian Girlfriend’ on DIY label Sister 9 Recordings in December 2015. This sold out 7” blood red vinyl single was mastered by Sonic Boom. Shortly after a successful 10 date tour of Spain First EP Psyche Attack Theories was also released by Sister 9 Recordings in December 2016 The EP came in the form of a limited edition download digipak, complete with unique artwork and lyrical content.

    The concept behind the EP was regarding the fact that unseen, dark forces can play havoc on the human psyche, it was lauded as “brilliantly dark and raucously noisy”. Love Is a Fucked up Goddess – Part One was Rhys’ second EP released on Eggs in Aspic on limited edition cassette which sold out almost instantly. The release received critical acclaim and was praised as “a shadowy tapestry that’s all at once darkly set and kaleidoscopically mesmeric’.

    The end of 2017 saw Rhys retreat into the Spanish mountains, before returning this Spring with Love Is a Fucked up Goddess – Part Two released via Eggs in Aspic and completes the dark duo; this release also sold out. This brings us up to date and confirms the announcement of the vinyl release of Love Is a Fucked up Goddess – Parts II & I, which features both EPs in full and additional bonus tracks. From the hypnotic, pulsating vibes of ‘Silver Lips’, through to the menacing darkness that exudes from ‘A Banshee’s Lament’ this collection of tracks has something to suit every palette and will attract a new audience into the world of Bloodjoy as well as honour the faithful. Lead single ‘Polly Brown’ will propel the release, with its characteristic onslaught of sound that instantly leaves you breathless and compelled. 

    Control Of The Going

    I Love You But It's Going To Rain

      Championed by celebrities including Clint Boon and John Robb, Control Of The Going are a wall of sound Rock & Roll six-piece, dashed with psychedelia. Their gigs and debut single ‘She ’ released in February 2017, have received rave reviews and opened up an American audience via KEXP radio and worldwide on internet based radio stations. Their first album ‘I Love You But It’s Going To Rain’ was released on 23rd February 2018 via Sister 9 Recordings. KEXP radio were the first to air an album track, and picked ‘Love you more’ as a taster of an “insanely good” album and have since included the track on their podcast which regularly attracts 10,000 plus listeners.

      Clint Boon is a public advocate of the band, sharing a video of himself playing ‘She’ on Twitter to his 81,000 followers. He has since chosen the band twice as his ‘One To Watch’, firstly in an article ‘Clint’s Hint’ in The Live Guide, and next to represent him at "Off the record" , an industry convention, followed by a series of secret gigs in Manchester’s Northern Quarter curated by by leading industry figures. Needless to say, after being selected by panelists from the music industry, COTG were one of the ones to watch and their performance stood out to one of the largest crowds attracted all night. The event sold out its 900 tickets and was a huge success for the all involved.

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      Sounds From The Astral Elevator Vol 1 - Satellite Sister

        Satellite Sister is a vinyl-only compilation of artists who have played in the Astral Elevator (home to some of Manchester's finest psych nights)! Local psych heads will be familiar with Astral Elevator who have put on shows presenting the likes of Singapore Sling, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Spindrift, Julie's Haircut and The Vacant Lots as well as new local talent, with their biggest event to date being their Psych Weekender at Manchester venue Night People in September 2017. This compilation is not just a throwback to said event but a celebration of the Psych scene in Manchester and beyond.


        Mine says: Whether you attended the Astral Elevator Psych Weekender and want something that'll help you relive the brilliant fest or whether you just like to discover new music, this is a top compilation by one of Manchester's finest promoters!

        Rhys Bloodjoy

        Broken Window / Scandinavian Girlfriend

          Rhys Bloodjoy has been wowing audiences on the underground since emerging on the Manchester live scene in late 2014. Bloodjoy's one-guitar-sound combines heartfelt vocals, semi-controlled feedback and echo-drenched acoustic guitar loops and beats; a sound which has been described as "Hypnotic...mellow and intense at the same time", while his live performance has been dubbed as one that "quite easily blows most four and five piece epics bands off the stage." 2015 saw him added to the bills of several key northern UK psychedelic festivals (including Manchester's Cosmosis, Leeds Karma III and Astral Elevator's 'Rising') and in addition to playing shows in Sheffield and London, he also ventured overseas for his first tour of the Netherlands, shortly before quietly releasing a 7" single ('Scandinavian Girlfriend / Broken Window') which was enthusiastically mastered by Spacemen 3 legend, Sonic Boom, and eagerly pressed up by Manchester indie label, Sister 9 Recordings.

          With several other record labels now expressing interest and a new management deal on the cards, Bloodjoy kicked off 2016 recording songs for his intended first 12" release. The tracks were then mixed alongside renowned engineer, Tim G, at BigTone Studio in Manchester. Bloodjoy first show of the year saw him invited to play as main support to Singapore Sling and main appearances at the Coastival Festival in Scarborough, followed by a second appearance at Cosmosis in March (on a bill with the likes of the Jesus & Mary Chain and BJM) are all paving the way to european dates to be announced for late Spring and Summer. Includes digital download with bonus track. Credits: Songs written & performed by Rhys Bloodjoy. Mixed at 2fly Studios by Dave Sanderson. Mastered by Sonic Boom at New Atlantis Studio. Artwork by Briony.

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