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Is And Of The

Heads Phased For Dreamless Sleep

    'Heads Phased For Dreamless Sleep', the debut release from Is And Of The, was initially conceived as an ambient piece designed to alleviate the insomnia of the album's creator, Drew Bandos. Building on a platform of minimalism, elements of shoegaze, post-rock, and psychedelia started to creep their way into the mix, and the project quickly grew into something much more expansive. Produced and mixed alone over countless hours in dorm rooms and basements, and supplemented by collaborations with musicians who had never heard the songs and recorded their contributions in one take, there is a balance of obsessive tinkering and loose inspiration in each track.

    The music leaps from emotional peak to valley, yet somehow maintains an order in the cyclone of ideas that makes the journey cohesive. Between the sampled soundscapes, distant screams and layered melodies, 'Heads Phased For Dreamless Sleep' is an eye-opening precursor for what’s to come from Is And Of The, be it sleepy ambience or explosions of noise.

    The newest outing here from Manchester stalwarts Crocodile Records with the brilliant new 7" from 'Duncan Reid And The Big Heads'. On the A-side we get the trebly pop-punk power and octaved vocal harmonies of 'Kelly's Gone Insane', equal parts single-note surf guitar and fuzzy muted power chords, all topped with crackling Wurlitzer organ squeals. Flip over and (depending on wether you keep it at 45rpm like I did or switch things down to the decidedly less chipmunky but technically correct 33 1/3) you get the equally catchy 'Pretty Little Rachel', all throbbing muted guitar and that unmistakeable but brilliantly implimented power-punk chord sequence, growing from a compact punky snarl into a full-force anthemic Buzzcocks groove. 

    Last up, and 'Baby Baby' veers much more towards the rock-n-roll doo-wop side of things, with bluesy guitar pulses and flickering guitar trills, accentuated with 'aah's' and 'ooh's' abound. A fittingly catchy end to a brilliantly engineered trio of pieces, and a great outing for Duncan Reid and The Big Heads. 

     

    The Heads

    RKT!

      Timely reissue of the first 3 releases The Heads put out on the ROCKET label, form their first split 7” release (with Lilydamwhite) in 1998 to their much lauded SESSIONS 2 freakout 12” from 2002… compiled here in their remastered glory, the Heads we quite prolific back in the late 90s / early 00’s, and in between the Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere album and Undersided album they released their jams and raw rehearsals via the burgeoning ROCKET Label..

      Compiled here with extensive sleeve notes from Rocket founder Simon Healey, this limited 3LP (1000 copies) and 2CD (1000 copies) set captures the band at their most laconic and free… psychedelic sprawling morass or sound and aural distortion grooves akin drawing from their wide influences…also from simply plugging in and letting go…

      The Heads

      Relaxing With... (Remastered)

      “Relaxing With…” is the first Heads album, its reissue, remastered and boosted with extras has been a long time coming: Rooster is mightily proud to announce its release at last.

      The Heads had self-released a couple of 7”’, and then Cargo Uk’s inhouse label Headhunter UK got to release a further 7”, and then the Debut album in 1996. Amidst a world suffocating in Britpop smarm, the Heads cut a timely swathe with their unkempt rock psychedelique. The album contained 10 tracks of guitar driven, amp destroying rock, with cues taken straight from the US underground, Stooges, MC5, Mudhoney, Pussy Galore, early Monster Magnet too but with a distinctly British stamp, some of the drone and fuzz from Loop / Spacemen 3, some of the attitude of the Fall, Pink Fairies and Walking Seeds and overlaid with the spaced rock of early Hawkwind. It was obvious that the four members of the Heads were music obsessives.

      The debut album was recorded at Foel studios (owned by Dave Anderson from Hawkwind) and engineered by Corin Dingley, it was mastered by John Dent at LOUD. For this reissue, the album has been kept on disc one in its entirety, and remastered by Shawn Joseph (he mastered their second album) and Simon Price, with the 'bonus' disc featuring unreleased tracks (including Spliff Riff from 1991) , all the early singles tracks, a selection of their Radcliffe / Radio One Rock Show session tracks, and their first John Peel session in its entirety. The artwork has been re-tooled and expanded excessively and obsessively by longtime art collaborator Johnny O with Simon Price to collate an appreciation of the Heads penned by a former tour manager, and dozens of fliers, unseen photos, clippings etc.

      A 27 track 2CD release / 10 track vinyl release that confirms the Heads status as 'a national treasure'. Released on the band's own Rooster imprint, and with all material available digitally for the first time.

      Fans of modern day psychedelic purveyors like Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, La Otracina, Birds of Maya, Magic Lantern, and the likes should give this a listen.

      The Heads

      Relaxing With (RSD 2017 Version)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Vinyl of this reissue went out of stock within 6 months of its re-release in 2012,, so now, in the Month of its 21st Anniversary (it was indeed, released in the midst of Britplop in April 1996), the band have repressed it on blue vinyl for RSD. In an attempt to keep it in print and not see it go for £50+ on nefarious auctioneering sites. Fresh cut by Shawn Joseph, incredible art redux from Johnny O, and with MP3 DL code / FLAC DL code. "Relaxing With?" is the first Heads album, its reissue, remastered and boosted with extras has been a long time coming: Rooster is mightily proud to announce its release at last.. The Heads had self-released a couple of 7"', and then Cargo Uk's inhouse label Headhunter UK got to release a further 7", and then the Debut album in 1996. Amidst a world suffocating in Britpop smarm, the Heads cut a timely swathe with their unkempt rock psychedelique. The album contained 10 tracks of guitar driven, amp destroying rock, with cues taken straight from the US underground, Stooges, MC5, Mudhoney, Pussy Galore, early Monster Magnet too but with a disitinctly British stamp, some of the drone and fuzz from Loop / Spacemen 3, some of the attitude of the Fall, Pink Fairies and Walking Seeds and overlaid with the spaced rock of early Hawkwind. It was obvious that the four members of the Heads were music obsessives. The debut album was recorded at Foel studios (owned by Dave Anderson from Hawkwind) and engineered by Corin Dingley, it was mastered by John Dent at LOUD. For this reissue, the album was remastered by Shawn Joseph, Theres the full 2CD complement on the DL codes / this time theres a FLAC version too.. A release that confirms the Heads status as " a national treasure".

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        Coloured LP Info: 1000 NUMBERED TRANSPARENT BLUE VINYL. Individually numbered 1-1000.

        The Heads

        Enten Eller

          Five tracks taken from 2 sessions in the Circle in the Square rehearsal space. 3 of these tracks including the 20 min 'Or' were taken from a rehearsal 'gig' with an audience of just 3 (The Heads uber fans Dave Cambridge, Mark Lascelles and Dave Tuckwell).

          Recorded by Simon Price in 2005 these tracks see The Heads at their most raw and intense when the band were at their loudest battling for volume space. The other two tracks from 2010 are taken from some of the final sessions within the rehearsal space with jams based on a Heads lp that never happened. Comped and edited by Paul Allen and originally released on very limited cdr back in 2012 Enten Eller finally gets a release on vinyl, remastered for vinyl by Shawn Joseph. with the original artwork on a gatefold sleeve.

          Retail Edition 250 copies black, worldwide!!

          The Rolling Stones

          Out Of Our Heads

            There are six different tracks to the US version, and although there are three Jagger/Richards songs there’s only one group written song, meaning this, in marked contrast to the US version of the album, has a preponderance of covers on it. There is not a hit single on the album, which probably accounts for it failing to become the band’s third number one in succession on the UK album charts, although it was not unusual at this time for artists to release albums without including their singles.

            Get Well Soon

            The Scarlet Beast O'Seven Heads - Bonus Tracks Edition

            'Get Well Soon are one of Germany’s most prolific bands of the decade and certainly the most extravagant!

            We would even go further and claim, that Konstantin Gropper is the Caspar David Friedrich of his generation; strictly musically speaking, of course. In case you don’t know, Friedrich was the most important romantic painter of the 19th century. Similarly, Konstantin’s musical vehicle, Get Well Soon is best known for its hugely romantic, allegorical songs, full of drama, morning mist and night skies. No gothic ruins though.

            Their new album ‘The Scarlet Beast O'Seven Heads’ is one of the most sophisticated pop albums of the year. The album features 13 new, wildly imaginative and of course opulently arranged songs. It is, in certain moments, a colourful and beautiful nod to the genre we know as ‘Cinema Italiano’ (think Nino Rota or Argento), though these masters of the strange, wild and adventurous are just one of the 3,227 inspirations that went into the making of this new ornate Get Well Soon masterpiece.'

            Hands On Heads' debut release proper is this split 10" with their friends The Sticks. It's a meeting of messed up minds that documents a shared surpise at the expressive freedom pop music can yield, when it's adventurous and playful, and creating it's own thinking party sound. The spooked lyricism and frantic spontaneity of Hands On Heads' music perfectly complements the heartfelt gooey blues of The Sticks, which leaks from the brake cables of this clattering runaway train of a record. These are two bands writing their own future in their awkward, instinctual yet ever-involving compositions, and that daring bridge of kinship is the rationale for them to share these two sides of wax.


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