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White Hills

The Revenge Of Heads On Fire

    “Pure psychotropic madness.” A screaming head on fire penetrated my chest, jolting me from the universal plane back to earth.” Guitarist/Singer/Sonic Alchemist Dave W’s vivid fever dream ignited The Revenge of Heads on Fire, WHITE HILLS’ latest release, which harnesses the energy of ferocious, hedonistic rock with blissful passages of dark ambience.

    Exploring themes of mortality, transformation and rebirth, the band reveals a spiritual depth unparalleled in previous works. The roar of fire, swirling of oceans and hallucinogenic visions can be heard throughout the 75-minute journey. From the intrepid prelude “The Instrumental Head” to the closing punk blaze of “Eternity”, the album ebbs and flows, smoldering and seething in the middle with the 21- minute mammoth opus “Don’t Be Afraid”.

    “’Don't Be Afraid’ alone makes this an essential listen for fans of contemporary psychedelia.” -All Music.

    The Revenge of Heads on Fire consummates Dave W’s prototype for the 2007 release on Rocket Recordings, Heads on Fire, later picked up by Thrill Jockey. Six rediscovered songs accompany re-mixed versions of the original material, fulfilling the master arch of the pyre lit long ago. Recorded during the band’s tumultuous early years, the music vibrates with the energy and volatility of a sonic boom. 

    TRACK LISTING

    1. The Instrumental Head
    2. Radiate
    3. Inoke Tupo
    4. Oceans Of Sound
    5. Speed Toilet
    6. Is This The Road
    7. VTDS
    8. Don’t Be Afraid
    9. Vision Of The Past, Present & Future
    10. Silent Violence
    11. Eternity

    The Heads

    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

      The Heads

      Relaxing With... - Black Vinyl Jubilee Edition

        Rooster has decided to get the album back in print on vinyl.. but changing the artwork. With some silver foiling and bordering, the single sleeve has been boosted to a sweet gatefold, Rooster also got the Radio 1 sessions from the time remastered, and re-cut along with the huge b-side to their Television 7” “Jellystoned Park”.

        From the original reissue sales notes:
        “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.”

        TRACK LISTING

        LP 1 Original Album: 
        Side A:
        1. Quad
        2. Don't Know Yet
        3. Chipped
        4. Slow Down
        5. U33
        Side B:
        1. Television
        2. Woke Up
        3. Widowmaker
        4. Taken Too Much
        5. Coogan's Bluff

        LP 2 Radio Sessions & 7" B-side
        Side C: First John Peel Sessions:
        1. Chipped (Peel Session, Maida Vale 10/11/95)
        2. Widowmaker (Peel Session, Maida Vale 10/11/95)
        3. Theme (Peel Session, Maida Vale 10/11/95)
        4. Woke Up (Peel Session, Maida Vale 10/11/95)
        5. Spliff Riff (Peel Session, Maida Vale 10/11/95)
        Side D: More Radio 1 Sessions / B-side:
        1. Quad (Live BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, Glasgow 31/03/96)
        2. U33 (Live Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 1, Manchester 02/05/96)
        3. Television (Live Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 1, Manchester 02/05/96)
        4. Jellystoned Park ( B-side Of Television 7") 

        The Heads

        For Mad Men Only / Born To Go (Edit)

          Bristol's sike merchants the Heads have a 20 year anniversary to celebrate this week with their THIRD STUDIO album , "Under Sided", originally released in March 2002! . They've decided (!) to release a 4LP/plus boxset of that double album, with a double album of demos, their third peel session, and other such unreleased gems. Thats going to be released at the end of August /September. we'll send more details on that soon, once certain elements of that set are finished!

          Whilst trawling through the cassettes, CDrs, and ephemera in order to create the forthcoming "Under Sided" 20th anniversary reissue boxset.. the Heads found their cover of May Blitz's "For Mad Men Only", originally released as part of a 70s tribute comp LP on SMALL STONE Records. Also unearthead was their version of Hawkwind's "Born To Go" ..a full on 13 minute unedited version.. (a version of which appeared on the ROCKET Records 10" Out Demons Out. )

          How about doing a limited 7" single to announce the boxset's impending release... ideal, once Born To Go was edited down (full version in the boxset, of course!) Simon Price came up with a suitable wraparound sleeve idea.. and the 2 tracks were pressed to vinyl.. 900 (450 of two colours!) have been made.

          This is a full on, pedals set to stun, grooves set to vibrate sike assault, with the Heads at this point in time revelling in the peak of their psychedelic rock powers, and pretty much obliterating all around, then, and now. This aint no gentle-whimsy-psych indie rock this is the real brown-acid-gobbling mind-melting beast you were warned about..get on board!


          The Heads

          Reverberations Vol. 2

            Cardinal Fuzz / Rooster are pleased to bring to you the latest volume in the Reverberations series – 'The Heads – Reverberations Volume 2'. This time we dive into The Heads archives for the Reverberations Series to bring you The Heads recorded live at the Thekla (6th December 2001) as part of the ‘The Gnostic Bash: A Tribute to Kenneth Anger'. This was part of a tribute programme (which included a performance of John Zorn and others playing to Anger’s ‘Magick Lantern Cycle at the Anthology Film Archives in New York) to help raise money for Anger’s long- cherished ambition to make a film of Aleister Crowley's Gnostic Mass, and documentary film-maker Jon Ausbrooks' then work in progress documentary about Anger, ‘Inside the Eye of Scorpio Rising’.

            Sean Cook was tasked with putting a bill of artists together in which bands played to a partial recreation of Anger’s ‘Equinox of the Gods’ a live film of The Magick Powerhouse Of Oz band who featured Bobby Beausoleil (later imprisoned for life for the Manson Family-related murder of Gary Hinman). The energy captured within these grooves here is extraordinary; for over 40 minutes (with no breaks to catch your breath and get your head together) you are treated to primo Heads in full flight.

            This two track performance starts with an utterly mind destroying version of k.r.t that lasts for near on 30 minutes. Playing to a back drop of Anger screenings and a barrage of strobes and smoke The Heads create an effect akin to your head been sucked through time and space and turned inside out – and that is before we even get to the grande finale of ‘Spliff Riff’ – a relentless onslaught that has you picking your head off the floor only for it to be sucked straight back down again. Take a deep breath, dive in and grin.

            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…

              TRACK LISTING

              Side 1 Spliff Riff(conga'd Out)
              Neu75!
              Disappear Into Concrete And Meat (lp Edit)

              Side 2 Filler
              Jellystoned Loop

              Side3 Planet Suite
              Side4 Long Goner
              Side5 Krt Pt1
              Side6 Krt Pt2

              Cd 1)spliff Riff(conga'd Out)
              2) Neu75!
              3) Disappear Into Concrete And Meat
              4) Filler
              5) Jellystoned Loop

              Cd2 1) Planet Suite
              2) Longest Gone
              3) Krt (all Of It)

              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".

                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.'

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Prologue
                  2. Let Me Check My Mayan Calendar
                  3. The Last Days Of Rome
                  4. The Kids Today
                  5. Roland, I Feel You
                  6. Disney
                  7. A Gallows
                  8. Oh My! Good Heart
                  9. Just Like Henry Darger
                  10. Dear Wendy
                  11. Courage, Tiger
                  12. The World’s Worst Shrink
                  13. You Cannot Cast Out The Demons, You Might As Well Dance

                  CD Disc 2: ITZTLACOLIUHQUI (Comes As Downloads With The Vinyl)
                  Lesson 1: You Are Welcome!
                  Lesson 2: Soon!
                  Lesson 3: Take Shelter!
                  Lesson 4: Absolution And Eternal Refuge
                  Lesson 5: Break The Cycle! Break Your Chains!


                  The Heads

                  Dead In The Water

                    **LONG OVERDUE CD REPRESS**

                    "Dead in The Water" is compilation carefully edited together by The Heads vocalist and guitar player Simon Price. It was originally released in a micro edition of 100 CD copies on the bands own Rooster label, these copies sold out overnight! The material consists of album outtakes, jams and rehearsal recordings, most of which are improvised. "Dead In The Water" is a lot more space rock than the previous Invada outtakes LP "33", it will appeal to fans of Bardo Pond, Acid Mothers Temple, Faust and Hawkwind!

                    The Sticks / Hand On Heads

                    Split 10"

                      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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