The reviews for the new Earthling Society album, “ZodiaK” have started to appear. Mojo said “Blackpool long-haulers present psych rock with electronics, sax and lyrics of nihilism, misanthropy, kissing Satan’s hoof and wanting a girlfriend. The half hour title freakout recalls Syd Floyd, Hawkwind, Ash Ra Tempel”. Geoff Barton at Classic Rock said “A journey through the mind of a drifting serial killer, Zodiak, to the alter of the satanic occultist, in the Astral Traveller. Earthling Society win the prize for Best Concept Album Of The Year So Far. The magnificently meandering 30-minute title track is Zodiak’s centrepiece, reminiscent of a spontaneously combusting space rock collaboration between Hawkwind legend Dik Mik and Primal Scream.
Pre-order will be open very soon. In the meantime, you can listen to a version of the title track here, even if it is not the full 30 minutes you’ll get on the CD.
Last year Steffe Sharpstrings debuted a new band, Sentient, at the Real Music Club in Brighton. Those that were there agreed it was a truly wonderful evening. For those that weren’t, the show was professionally recorded and we will hopefully be releasing it later this year. If you can’t wait, check this video…
In June, possibly a bit earlier, we will be releasing the CD version of the Earthling Society’s new album, “Zodiak”, a journey through the mind of a drifting serial killer, Zodiak, to the altar of the Satanic occultist in the Astral Traveller. The CD features a full length version of the title track, four bonus tracks not available on the vinyl release, and additional artwork by frontman Fred Laird. Further details are available here, and pre-order will be available soon.
Ahead of the CD release of Earthling Society’s “Zodiak”, which will have enhanced artwork and 4 additional tracks, there is a free download of a live version of the title track available now. Recorded at last year’s Onboard The Craft festival, it’s 30 minutes of full on, brutal, Detroit inspired psych.
The latest release from Earthling Society is out now. You can get the vinyl edition direct from the band’s web site and Nasoni Records, including a limited number in purple. The CD will be released on 4 Zero early next year with four bonus tracks. Taking in influences such as The Pink Faeries, Spacemen3, German oak, Hawkind, 70′s Detroit rock and early Floyd, Earthling Society take you on a journey through the mind of a drifting serial killer (Zodiak) to the altar of the Satanic occultist in the Astral Traveller…
According to Geoff Barton in the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine, “The Star Child” by Moon Of Ostara is “a must for krautrock fans… if we didn’t know better, we’d say it was a set of long-lost Ash Ra Tempel demos”.
“The Star Child” by Moon Of Ostara, a solo project from Fred Laird of Earthling Society, is now available for pre-order. A proto-druidic hallucinogenic journey into the realms of the star child, featuring four meditations influenced by the krautrock of Ash Ra Tempel, Harmonia and Walter Wegmuller’s mystical “Tarot” album, just 200 copies of the CD have been pressed for sale directly from 4 Zero or the Earthling Society web site for £8 including p&p. CDs will be shipped to arrive before the release date of 21st May. A digital version is available from all of the usual sites including iTunes and Amazon, and the album can be heard in full via an exclusive stream at Progsphere.
Six performances over two nights from three bands; astral travellers, Lunar Dunes, non-idiomatic improvisationalists, Crater, and one-man San Franciscan Ash Ra Tempel, Matt Baldwin.
The first show is on March 13th in the Cellar Bar of the Blue Boar, 29 Market Close, Poole
The second show is on March 15th at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London
Tickets are on sale from the venues now.
‘Classic Rock presents Prog magazine’ couldn’t get enough of the “lithe space-funk grooves” and the “simmering krautrock and meandering, electronica-inspired improvisation” on the latest Lunar Dunes album, “Galaxsea”, released on 4 Zero in May 2011.
Crater have just released their first ‘proper’ CD, “Elemental”, on Critical Heights, a fierce free-rock deconstruction of the traditional guitar/bass/drums combo.
Mat Baldwin’s 2011 2CD, “Night In The Triangle”, released on American Dust, was described as “grotesque and scintillating, dark and incandescent” by The Wire, and these two shows are part of Matt’s 12-date European and Middle Eastern tour.
Fred Laird, frontman to the psychedelic rock group, Earthling Society, will be releasing his debut album, “The Star Child” under the name ‘Moon Of Ostara’ on 4 Zero Records in May. A proto-druidic hallucinogenic journey into the realms of the star child featuring four meditations influenced by the krautrock of Ash Ra Tempel, Harmonia and Walter Wegmullers mystical “Tarot” album; more details and a sample can be found here.
With the three planned release for 2011 now all issued it’s time to give an update on what we will be releasing next. Following on from the success of the first limited edition live Mushroom album expect a follow up from a couple of recent shows with Alison Faith Levy at the Make Out Room in San Francisco; an amazing funk trance blend of sitar, sax, vocals, flute and percussion. There will also be an album from Fred Laird of Earthling Society under the name of ‘Moon Of Ostara’ a pagan-inspired krautrock homage. Both these will be in special artisan packaging and strictly limited. There are also a couple of Gong related projects in the works including a Shapeshifter Gong 2CD culled from a recently discovered hoard of DAT recordings from the tours of France in 1992 and 1994, and we’re forever hopeful that something from Here & Now will hit the streets too – fingers crossed.