Hard to believe sometimes, but I Heart Noise is now 12 years old! It was on February 8, 2008 that we published our first post and who would’ve thought that we’ll make it through MySpace era and Vine era and…
Time to ask…what was happening in July on IHN back in the day? Lets take a look (we also provided links to an archive for each year in case anyone feels like taking a deep dive).
Some of the bands we discussed
Some of the labels/compilations we discussed
Some of the bands we discussed
Some of the records/releases that came out in July 2011
Aidan Baker – Still Life (Primary Numbers)
Big Business – Quadruple Single (Gold Metal)
Deerhoof – WOOM on Hoof (Polyvinyl)
Some of the artists we discussed
Reading / Interviews
Zach Hill (Hella / Death Grips / Goon Moon etc – h/t Sargent House)
Thor Harris (ex-Swans / Thor & Friends / Kidbug)
Toshi Kasai (ex-Big Business / Deaf Nephews / Plan D)
Greg Saunier (Deerhoof / Mystical Weapons / Nervous Cop)
New / Recent Releases
Kidbug – S/T (Joyful Noise Recordings)
Kidbug is Marina Tadic (Eerie Wanda), Adam Harding (Dumb Numbers), Thor Harris (Swans) and Bobb Bruno (Best Coast). The band was born from the romance of Tadic and Harding, and together with Harris and Bruno they make self-described “cuddlebug sludge”, the harmoniously spiky offspring of Harding’s fuzzy guitar grunge-gaze and Tadic’s dreamy left field pop.
The Polar Dream – S/T (Penelope Records)
Brand new EP from Mexican post-rockers that features “Tus Ojos” – a collaboration with Lori Goldston and Eric Padget
a welcomingly aggressive music of defiance, sordid detail with a fully diesel cranked set of beats and bites.
File under: Hate was never so lovely if you like your Big Black larger and dirtier and a damn site more threatening
On 13th June 2009 we arrived in Dorset to spend 7 days recording our debut album Movin On. Some guy called Will from some band called Arrakis who now plays in some band called Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters told us they had recorded in some stutio called Chuckalumba where some band called Electric Wizard also recorded. Seemed as good a place as any to lay down a bunch of bluesy, stonery, doomy songs to us. So we did.
We stayed in a caravan park near the studio. In the days we’d head to the studio and work our way through the 14 songs we’d planned to record. In the evening we drank beer on a beach and went to the caravan park social club. It was a good time, all the time.
Movin On came out 30th October 2009. Devil’s Night!
10 songs had made the album while the other 4 went in the cupboard under the stairs and were forgotten about for a while. Since then we’ve played a whole bunch of gigs, released another album and a few EPs, went on a few tours around the UK and Germany, and generally did what bands do.
The 10 year anniversary is a perfect opportunity for us to revisit the recording on Movin On, give those 4 extra songs a release and finally share them with our fans. So here they are.
Kings Destroy – Fantasma Nera (Svart Records)
Confrontation is essential to Kings Destroy. If you’ve ever seen them on stage, you know. Call it their hardcore roots. Call it New York. Whatever. Point is, it’s one thing to take on the world around you and something completely different to confront yourself, to challenge who you are, and shape yourself into who you want to be. To confront the inward as well as the outward. That’s what’s happening here.
Beak> – Life Goes On EP (Invada Records / Temporary Residence Limited)
The four-track EP features the recently released title track which was inspired directly from a recent trip to Mexico City when the band awoke to the sound of a distorted young girls’ voice bellowing across the city. Further investigation revealed the source as a recording used by scrap-collecting carts urging people to bring out old beds and washing machines. Returning to the UK filled with inspiration from the trip, Billy, Geoff and Will hot-footed it to the Invada studios to record the EP.
Bambara – Stray (Wharf Cat Records)
A drowned baby in a bathtub. Death cruising the back roads of Georgia in a pinto, filling the car’s small inside with his giant frame. Pyro lovers fresh out of the asylum. Lovers hell bent on keeping their love alive forever by burning their lives to the ground. Welcome to the world of Stray, the newest and best album from Bambara. – Jonathan Bannister / Post-Trash
Aidan Baker / Gareth Davies – Invisible Cities II (Karlrecords)
AIDAN BAKER (NADJA, B/B/S) and bass clarinetist GARETH DAVIS continue their fruitful collaboration with „Invisible Cities II“ – five new tracks of finest ambient / chamber jazz / subtle drones of a highly meditative quality. Available as 180gr LP and download.
Big Business – The Beast You Are (Joyful Noise Recordings / Gold Metal Records)
It’s possible that one of the two added a guitar part on the album somewhere, but it’s difficult to figure out where. Indicative of their live shows as a duo, low end dominates. Even when the bass squeals during the relatively poppy “People Behave” or operates in higher registers such as on the avant funk of “Last Family,” everything still seems set to plod.
In a world where the likes of Greta Van Fleet are dubbed the next Zeppelin, we really need Big Business more than ever. – New Noise Magazine
Ringo Deathstarr – S/T (Club AC30 / The Reverberation Appreciation Society)
Ringo Deathstarr have been indebted to the shoegaze classics since the beginning, taking the vocabulary of distorted guitar, dreamy vocals, growling bass, and punchy drums and making them their own. On Ringo Deathstarr, the Austin, TX trio trade in more mainstream shoegaze sounds for some more obscure influences. The results are remarkable, some of the freshest, most invigorating shoegaze sounds we’ve heard in some years. – forestpunk
Tetema – Necroscape (Ipecac Recordings)
Necroscape is the 2nd album from Mike Patton and Anthony Pateras’ modernist electro-acoustic rock proposition tētēma. Joined by violinist Erkki Veltheim and drummer WIll Guthrie in quartet formation, this record continues to employ the wayward orchestrations and arresting physicality of their 2014 debut Geocidal, yet is renewed by a melodic language which grounds it’s multi-coloured twists and turns in hallucinatory lyricism.
Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock (Merge Records)
Ever-evolving artist Bob Mould—whose face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of alternative music—decided to “write to the sunshine,” as he describes it, not because he likes the current administration. It comes from a more personal place—a place found in Berlin, Germany, where he’s spent the majority of the last three years. Here Mould would draw inspiration from the new environments.
On a Different Note:
- Show Review – Thief Thief / Vandelles / Ringo Deathstarr and Young Adults at Great Scott
- New Music Releases From Solar Flare Records – Big Business + Fashion Week
- An Interview with Bambara
- 2011 Releases Roundup – The Vandelles + Ringo Deathstarr
- Recap: Compilations from May 2020