VODUN return with SPIRITS PAST + new album ASCEND due Sep 7 via New Heavy Sounds

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Watch the ‘SPIRITS PAST’ video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Xh2YqWAbk

Take a look outside your window: shit’s getting serious. We’re living through a particularly bleak paradigm, with ominous political shifts occurring around the globe. It’s time for a rallying war-cry, to tap into the power of our ancestors, to learn the wisdoms taught by history and its recurring patterns. It’s time to acknowledge the power of women, to burn with the fire of a banshee wail, to taste the energy of revolution and feel the inspiration of generations of resistance.

And that’s where ASCEND, the second album by insurrectionary heavy rock trio Vodun, comes in.

Ten slabs of ground-flattening, groove-inflected rock power, driven by the afro-inspired dervish drums of Zel Kaute (interpreting the spirits of Ogoun), the roaring, fierce chromium guitars of Linz Hamilton (The Marassa), and fronted by the fire-breathing howl of frontwoman Chantal Brown (Oya), delivering you the truth of generations with a drive and focus that can’t be matched.

‘SPIRITS PAST’ is our first taste of ‘ASCEND’, due for release September 7th via New Heavy Sounds, the first new music from Vodun since the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Possession’ in 2016.

“SPIRITS PAST’ is a war cry,” explains frontwoman Chantal. “Recognising the similarities in previous global events within our own current state of affairs, allows us to gain an understanding of what our ancestors did to battle such prejudices. This feeling of deja vu pushes us to draw upon the strength and tenacity of all peoples, their lives and spirits, who have already laid the foundations for the advancement of equality within every civilisation.”

The video, directed by Noomi Spook, tells the story of a woman imprisoned inside a cryogenic chamber, sedated and forced to endure torturous experiments, as her captors attempt to discover the source of her powers. She awakes long enough to send an SOS message to the younger generation, but the rescue attempt fails. She then summons the mighty spirit of the past, symbolising her ancestry and lineage – unleashing her great power of wisdom and salvation upon her captors, which ultimately frees them from their prison of prejudice and ignorance.

It’s a story and a message that is matched perfectly with Chantal’s soaring, defiant vocals, Zel’s marching cowbell propelled drums and Linz’s grinding metallic guitar as the song meets it’s high-speed, thrashed-out dramatic conclusion.

“The first song we wrote for the album was ‘SPIRITS PAST’,” says Chantal, “and that’s tackling our current climate. You have to ask yourself: haven’t we been here before? Are we going backwards? It’s easy to slip into the abyss of negativity, destruction and despair. But look at history: we need to keep fighting, and listen to people who’ve already fought this fight, and realise the war isn’t over.”

The song was produced by BRIT Award winning Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost, Turbowolf), who brought his unparalleled heavy & clean balance to the bands sound, and several interesting harmony ideas, which was very much welcomed by Chantal.

Vodun are very much back. Stay tuned for further war cries.

‘ASCEND’ pre-order link, which downloads the ‘SPIRITS PAST’ single immediately: http://smarturl.it/VodunAscendApple
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/VodunAscendSpotify

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Evil Blizzard return with The Worst Show On Earth

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When Evil Blizzard emerged from the bowels of Lancashire with their debut album 5 years ago it is fair to say they caused a stir. Put on the front cover of The Guardian, championed by Mark E Smith (who gave the band the money to record their debut album out of his own pocket) their gruesome mix of four bass players blending Psyche, Krautrock, Post Punk and an unmistakable image saw them launched onto magazines and websites worldwide.

But it is only with the release of their new, third, album ‘THE WORST SHOW ON EARTH’ (on their own newly-founded Crackedankles Records, released 29/06/18) that the band have finally fulfilled their potential.

Heavy, grinding and yet commercially viable, this new album sees the band truly shake off the ‘gimmick’ tag of the past and stride forward into new musical dimensions. Yes; there’s still 4 basses. But also, piano, cello, samples and a general disregard for the basic concept of a ‘pop song’ with 2 tracks hitting the 10-minute mark.

The introduction of keyboards into their live onslaught (you have seen them live, right? Right?!?) has developed their sound to incorporate techno and industrial elements, with recent single ‘Fast Forward Rewind’ hitting the nation’s airwaves aided by its freak show video shot illegally in an abandoned Victorian Music Hall. Forthcoming single ‘Unleash The Misery’ (released September 18) sees the band channel their inner Glam Rock. The cataclysmic title track features the spoken word of German artist Arne Wald, with whom the band have collaborated in the past on visuals.

Be warned: it’s to be filed under ‘Uneasy Listening’.

Produced by Richard McNamara from Embrace, the new album ‘is more extreme’ says bassist Filthydirty. ‘The long songs are longer; the fast ones faster. We went in the studio without a clue what it would sound like and the songs, all pretty much recorded in one take, formed themselves as we were playing. We had 2 or 3 songs that we’ve been playing live but the others were completely flying by the seat of our pants and that energy and tension has recorded well.’

The album title came from a less than impressed reviewer. The band, ever self-deprecating, take great pleasure in antagonising their crowd to the point that their dedicated following greet live performances with booing rather than applause. One fan, who has the band logo tattooed on his arm, made his own ‘I Hate Evil Blizzard’ t shirts. ‘People pay money to hate us. Win/Win.’

The band are touring the UK for the remainder of 2018, together with headline slots at Beatherder, Sonic Rock Solstice and Jesstival amongst other festivals, with European and Japanese dates being arranged for the future.

The album is available through Cargo distribution worldwide and has a limited edition of 500 copies on premium weight blood splattered vinyl though it should be noted their last album sold out of its initial pressing in under 90 minutes.

The band have famously only ever rehearsed 5 times…

‘Evil Blizzard may be more eligible for the Turner Prize than the Mercury’ – theartsdesk.com

Pre-order ‘The Worst Show On Earth’ at: http://crackedankles.bigcartel.com/

Catch the band live at the following dates:
4/5/18 Liverpool Adelphi Hotel
5/5/18 Manchester Ritz
2/6/18 Long Division Festival, Wakefield
9/6/18 Preston Blitz
16/6/18 Sonic Rock Festival, Bromsgrove
7/7/18 Derby The Hairy Dog
15/7/18 Beatherder Festival, Clitheroe
3/8/18 Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
15/9/18 London 100 Club
29/9/18 Newcastle Think Tank
13/10/18 Glasgow Ivory Blacks
27/10/18 Leeds Brudenell
17/11/18 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
14/12/18 Manchester Academy

Evil Blizzard are:
Side – Drums, vocals and percussion
Filthydirty – bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards and sequencing
Prowler – bass
Kav – bass and guitar
Stomper – bass
Blizzpig – glamour and corruption

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The Interrupters announce album Fight the Good Fight on June 29th

Los Angeles ska-punk band The Interrupters will release their third studio album Fight the Good Fight on June 29th via Hellcat Records.

Fight the Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid frontman, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by Grammy-award winning mixer Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer). Pre-orders for Fight the Good Fight are available at wearetheinterrupters.com.

The first single shared is “She’s Kerosene” an intense but triumphant track featuring The Interrupters’ quintessential upbeat sound. In the track, frontwoman Aimee reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse (“I really hope when people listen to that song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship,” Aimee says).

The follow-up to 2015’s Say It Out Loud, Fight the Good Fight finds The Interrupters delivering their two-tone-inspired, powerfully melodic, punk-fueled sound with more vitality than ever before. With Armstrong and Alge at the helm, Aimee and the Bivona brothers channeled the raw energy of their lives shows by recording almost entirely to tape. “There’s a certain feeling you get from that process that you can’t really get digitally,” says guitarist Kevin. “There’s no overthinking anything—everyone’s got to be fully present and committed. It was definitely high-pressure, but also really fun.”

The Interrupters are performing at the Punk in Drublic festivals across the US. On July 14, the band will join the final run of the US Vans Warped Tour this summer in support of Fight the Good Fight.


1. Title Holder
2. So Wrong
3. She’s Kerosene
4. Leap Of Faith
5. Got Each Other (feat. Rancid)
6. Broken World
7. Gave You Everything
8. Not Personal
9. Outrage
10. Rumors And Gossip
11. Be Gone
12. Room With A View

Formed in 2011, The Interrupters came together when the Bivina brothers (guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, drummer Jesse Bivona) found themselves on bills with Aimee during a 2009 tour. With their self-titled debut arriving in 2014, the band soon shared stages with bands like Rancid, Blink-182, and Bad Religion. The Interrupters embarked on a world tour in support of the release, headlining their own shows as well as supporting Green Day in Europe, Australia and South America, solidifying the band’s status as a dynamic force on the stage.

Interrupters album cover