- April 11, 2017
The good people at Convicts wandered about with the Gemma Ray entourage in NYC and LA on the Nov/Dec 2016 US tour. The result is this ‘We Are All Wandering‘ short film, which was shot at Amoeba Music, The Bootleg Theatre, The Owl Music Parlor and N.Y. HED Studio.
- April 6, 2017
Watch Gemma perform ‘Ifs & Buts‘, ‘How Long’ and ‘The Switch‘ below:
- April 5, 2017
Dig this! NPR are premiering the new video for ‘Shh Shh Shh‘ from Boss Hog‘s Brood X. Chanelling the spirit of Scooby Doo, the video sees the band stumbling across some fairly gruesome scenes in a remote homestead. Intrigued? Watch it here.
- March 24, 2017
Jon Spencer, Cristina Martinez, Jens Jurgensen, Hollis Queens and Mickey Finn’s groove-garage beast BOSS HOG return TODAY with Brood X!
Following on from last year’s Brood Star EP, the long-awaited Brood X captures New York’s scuzziest band in fine form.
Brood X – available on LP / CD / Digital here:
Some background reading:
The Quietus joined the band on their tours of the US and Europe last year, which you can read about here, whilst the New York Times were treated to wine and cookies (à la Jon Spencer), which you can read about here.
Word on the street:
‘A band so often (mis)labelled a punk-blues band, have made a record about the big flood coming, a bad moon rising‘- THE QUIETUS.
‘A rallying call for turbulent times….powered by a swaggering defiance that befits a band that’s endured for 30 years.‘ – UNCUT
‘This is a band that has the dirt and noise of their city ingrained in their fingernails; the songs reflect the pulse, danger and clamour of it perfectly.‘ – LOUDER THAN WAR
‘A dark, angry and vital listen for interesting times.‘ – VIVE LE ROCK
Boss Hog bring Brood X to the people of North America this April and May.
Catch them live at the following locations:
March 30 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
March 31 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
April 1 – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
April 7 – Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel
April 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
April 28 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
April 29 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
May 19 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
May 20 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB
May 21- Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
June 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
June 3 – Detroit, MI – El ClubTicket links are available on Boss Hog’s Facebook page (where you can also keep up to date with all things Boss Hog).
- February 15, 2017
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown begin their first US Tour in 47 years tonight in Los Angeles. Here’s a feature in Rolling Stone on Arthur Brown where he discusses Jimi Hendrix, touring and his legacy.
- February 2, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that we pass on the news that the great fire of this true Welsh legend has sadly extinguished. His musical work with Man and Iceberg is an inspiration, and his books are required reading for all free spirits and lovers of life.
We were working on something a little special with Deke over the last 12 months and were close to completion before this sad turn of events. The man never lost any of his sharp wit, his grit, intelligence, soul power or brilliant songwriting skills and riffage, and rock n roll flowed comfortably through his veins til the end. Above all else he was a darling and a gentleman, and will be much missed.
Deke (to borrow your own words): cheers to you and all like you, and fuck the rest.
- February 1, 2017
Hear a track from Brood X, the first Boss Hog album for 17 years. We’d like to introduce you to…FORMULA X
Preorder the album now, which is out on March 24th 2017.
- February 1, 2017
Gemma Ray brings The Exodus Suite to Australia this April!
Dates and ticket details below:
Gemma Ray AU Tour
- Friday 21st April – Four 5 Nine, Perth. Tickets.
- Saturday 22nd April – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide. Tickets.
- Monday 24th April – Leadbelly, Sydney. Tickets.
- Thursday 27th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne. Tickets.
- Saturday 29th April – Caravan Club, Oakleigh (Melbourne). Tickets.
- January 30, 2017
Gemma Ray + band embark on a tour of the old world this week taking in dates across Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
The dates are:
Germany + Switzerland
- Tuesday January 31st – AK44, Giessen, DE
- Wednesday 1st February – Cafe Galao, Stuttgart, DE
- Thursday 2nd February – Neubad, Luzern, CH
- Friday 3rd February – Hafen 2, Offenbach, DE
- Saturday February 4th – El Lokal, Zürich, CH
- Sunday February 5th – Rössli, Bern, CH
- Tuesday February 7th – Ex Cinema Aurora, Livorno, IT
- Wednesday February 8th – Deliri, Sora, IT
- Thursday February 9th – Brickout, Campobasso, IT
- Friday February 10th – Club Mamuma, Naples, IT
- Saturday February 11th – Godot Art Cafe, Avellino, IT
- Sunday February 12th – Le Mura, Rome, IT
Follow Gemma Ray on Facebook for up to date news.
- Candy Bomber Vol.1 – Way-out Berlin collective featuring members of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Einstürzende Neubauten, and many moreJanuary 13, 2017
Bronze Rat / Seriés Aphōnos are excited to announce the release of Candy Bomber Vol.1, which is available to order here.
Listen to the album’s opening track ‘Cut!’ below:
The Candy Bomber sessions were spearheaded by Paul Lemp, co-owner of the studio of the same name, theater, film and dance composer, and impassioned bass player. The sessions were his dream project of free-spirited experimentation into which he injected his boundless energy, teaming up with Thomas Wydler (drummer and longest serving member of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and studio partner Ingo Krauss (Conny Plank’s studio engineer between 1987 and 2001) to form a core triumvirate, that spiralled outwards to bring in a who’s who of talented friends and studio visitors.
In this volume these include Kid Congo Powers, Swiss jazz pianist Stefan Rusconi, Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten/Automat), Gemma Ray, Toby Dammit (Iggy Pop/Nick Cave), André Vida, Toni Kater, Charly Birkenhauer, Paul Kuchenbuch and Matthew Styles.
Built during the Nazi era, the building which houses Candy Bomber was once the largest in the world. (a Julian Montague impression of the facade of the building adorns the album cover). In 1948/49 it served as the hub for the Berlin airlift, when the allied forces flew over 200,000 flights supplying the Western part of the city with daily necessities. The airlift also provided the name for the studio, which set up shop in rooms that previously hosted a computing centre for the CIA. The studio is now legendary in Berlin, not least for its enviable collection of vintage valve gear.
With this at their disposal, Lemp, Krauss and Wydler established an environment for sessions that were organic, pressure-free and, more or less, agenda-less. The end result is sonic art unimpeded – a wild cocktail of originality, intensity, beauty, sincerity, and stunning freeform musicianship – underscored by a Dada-ist playfulness and motivating force. This is not a work of chin-stroking abstraction however – here you’ll find some of the coolest jams, ones that will peel your face off.
Tragically, Paul Lemp died prematurely and unexpectedly in summer 2015, before the Candy Bomber sessions were finished. Krauss and Wydler finished the record shortly after, and despite his passing (and as the Vol. 1 title suggests) – intend to continue them in his honour.