Devastated doesn’t even come close to how I feel about the death of Lou Reed. It goes without saying that barely any music I’ve ever liked and certainly no band who has ever played at Sonic Cathedral and no record I have released would sound or look like they do without him. That’s quite an influence. Strange that when I heard the news I was with my good friend Lucas Renney who – apart from the solitary Velvet Underground cassette in my local library in Devon – taught me more about the likes of Reed, Chilton, Cohen, Parsons et al than anyone.
The second single from Neil Halstead’s ‘Palindrome Hunches’ is out next week (May 13). The lead track is a lovely new countrified version of album highlight ‘Spin The Bottle’, as premiered on The Line Of Best Fit recently. Continue reading →
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete are my favourite band in the world right now. They are a duo (Lorelle and The Obsolete, naturally) from Guadalajara, Mexico, but manage to sound like all of the best bands rolled into one.
I was tipped off about them a while back by my good friend Miles Johnson, who has designed loads of Sonic Cathedral posters and sleeves over the years. He’s a fan of their label, Captcha, and all things garage-rock, but thought that Lorelle Meets The Obsolete’s psyched out, droney take on things would be up my street. He was right.
I listened to their first album ‘On Welfare’ and was blown away. Check out ‘These Days’, it’s not hard to see why…
Since ‘On Welfare’ came out in 2011, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete have released a 7″ single (‘Ghost Archives’) and, earlier this week, their incredible second album ‘Corruptible Faces’, which you can stream in full right here.
The good news is that I now have a limited number of vinyl copies of all three of these releases in the Sonic Cathedral Shop. The even better news is that I’ll be releasing the third Lorelle Meets The Obsolete album on Sonic Cathedral in the UK and Europe later this year. I’ve heard it already (albeit unmastered) and it sounds mindblowing; it’s noisy, psychedelic and surprisingly bluesy – like Opal covering Canned Heat with William Reid on guitar.
Before all this we got them to record a track for the ‘Psych For Sore Eyes’ EP. The vinyl has of course long since sold out, but you can still buy it on Bandcamp and you can listen to ‘Medicine To Cure Medicine Sickness’ below.
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete are my favourite band in the world right now. They are a duo (Lorelle and The Obsolete, naturally) from Guadalajara, Mexico, but manage to sound like all of the best bands rolled into one. Continue reading →
Filmmaker Eric Green has launched a Kickstarter to help finish his shoegaze documentary ‘Beautiful Noise’ which has been in the works for eight years now. He is aiming to raise $75,000 to help with music licensing costs. Continue reading →