The B-side contains the new track “Never In My Mind”.
Recorded in their studio between 2013 and 2014, Neither Virtue Nor Anger is something beyond the colourful blend of 60s Psychedelia, Folk, Krautrock, Shoegaze and Post-Punk anticipated by Locomotive. The more it progresses, the more it turns into a desperate stomping Bacchanalia, spiced up with an hypnotic flavour and distorted atmosphere a la Faust. Obscure ceremonies for Greek-Roman mystery rituals, songs like My Lunacy and Cancer are the perfect soundtrack for a futuristic and dystopian Fellini’s Satyricon.
The album features the artwork of prominent Italian artist Mirco Marcacci. His work has been exhibited in Palazzo Taverna in Roma in 2014, along with Andy Warhol, Giorgio De Chirico, Keith Haring and Amedeo Modigliani.
Mixed by Fabio Vedardo at Circe (as in the mythological character) Digital Studio and mastered by Brett Orrison at The Austin Recording Service.
A proverbial beatific match made in Fuzz Club heaven.
I confess to having been a bit of late-comer to The Black Angels, but when they appeared on my radar in December 2013, I fell for them hook, line and sinker. Their sound simply encapsulated all of the elements I had adored since my first adolescent stirrings with The Doors, The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Cure, Echo And The Bunnymen et al.
Sonic Jesus came to me courtesy of Fuzz Club guru Casper Dee. I had somehow missed out on the birth of the psychedelic revival, but in January 2014, having proclaimed my undying love for all things Fuzz Club, Casper uttered the words that would have an enormous impact on the proceedng year, “Maybe you should check out Sonic Jesus as well.”
I duly clicked on the YouTube link he had forwarded for ‘It’s Time To Hear’ and I was immediately captivated. So much so, I was compelled to post on Sonic Jesus’ Facebook page, “I listen to this and I’m in the desert, on a camel, with Marco Polo…”, such was the state of transcendental rapture I found myself in.
I genuinely had never expected to hear NEW music of this calibre again, I had found myself bogged down in the quagmire of ‘Classic Rock’ purgatory, where yet another remastered vinyl release was as good as it gets. Thankfully, The Myrrors, The Black Angels, Dead Skeletons and Sonic Jesus changed all of that forever.
I have yet to witness the holy grail that is The Black Angels live, but Sonic Jesus were reason enough to make the pilgrimage to Eindhoven Psych Lab, which was easily my best overall gig experience in 30 years.
The Black Angels’ ‘Molly Moves My Generation’ is everything and more, that you’d expect from a band who have helped define the very essence of the genre, since the release of their debut album ‘Passover’ in 2006.
There is a darkness to this track, perhaps more reminiscent of ‘Passover’ and it’s follow up ‘Directions To See A Ghost’, than there has been on the subsequent ‘Phosphene Dream’ and ‘Indigo Meadow’ long players.
‘Molly Moves My Generation’ starts out with an insistent, driving, marching drumbeat before becoming ensnared and enmeshed in the snarling guitar and wailing drone ensemble.
Lyrically, the track reprises The Black Angels’ “Heed the warning: Don’t Play With Guns” mantra.
A malaria fevered, tribal interlude follows before all hell breaks loose, writhing to a shamanic, hypnotic, climactic finale.
Sonic Jesus’ ‘Lost Reprise’ is a 7 minute and 39 second, exquisite drone meisterwerk.
It picks up the baton from ‘It’s Time To Hear’ in terms of it’s methodical tempo and phrasing, but as the title suggests it just keeps pushing the envelope until there is quite literally no envelope left to push.
‘Lost Reprise’ has a mystical character, to which I imagine myself in the presence of Blake, performing alchemy or summoning the demiurge Urizen.
The sparse yet lush opening guitar chords evoke a lunar, sea of tranquility dreamscape. Layer builds upon delicious droning layer, joined by a plaintive, rich vocal akin to a relentlessly mesmeric siren song.
We are Sonic Jesus, you will be assimilated, resistance is futile…
It is not often that you can press the repeat button continuously for the best part of two days, and heap reward upon sustained reward. This has been a rare but glorious exercise in self indulgence.
“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” If The Doors and The Velvet Underground are playing in the ballroom, The Black Angels and Sonic Jesus have secured the keys to, and are the house bands in the basement.
The Black Angels / Sonic Jesus Split Single, No 5 in the Fuzz Club 10″ series, is limited to 1000 copies. 250 on transparent red vinyl with black labels, (exclusive to Fuzz Club Store), and 750 on white vinyl with white labels. Due for release on Friday 15th December the split single is available for pre-order now from the Fuzz Club Store
Produced by Fuzz Club
Music by Tiziano Veronese
Lyrics by Marco Baldassari
Artwork by Glenn Peters
Inside Artwork by Emanuele Manco
Monkey on my back 06:11
It’s time to hear 04:16
Cover art by Nonni Dead from Dead Skeletons
All songs written, recorded and mixed by Sonic Jesus, 2012.
This double LP compilation will be available in a limited, hand numbered edition of 1,000 180g white vinyl with deluxe gatefold packaging and artwork from Nonni Dead (from The Dead Skeletons).
released 23 November 2013
The Reverb Conspiracy is a co-release between Fuzz Club and The Reverberation Appreciation Society.
The album’s tracklist spans the continent and documenting the darker side of Europe’s psychedelic rock scene with songs from 19 bands, curated by Fuzz Club Records.
The compilation will be available in a limited, hand numbered edition of 1000 2x 180g LP with deluxe packaging and artwork from Nonni Dead (from The Dead Skeletons).
All songs has been mastered by Brett Orrison (The Black Angels live sound engineer) specially for this vinyl release.
Listen here: soundcloud.com/reverberationappreciation/sets/the-reverb-conspiracy
The Reverb Conspiracy – Volume One
1. Black Market Karma (UK) – Weightless
2. A Victim Of Society (GR) – You’re Gonna Hate Me
3. The Lucid Dream (UK) – Hits Me Like I’m Stoned
4. The Koolaid Electric Company (UK)- Dreams
5. The Orange Revival (SE) – Ever
6. The KVB (UK) – Never Enough
7. Radar Men From The Moon (NL) – Heading For The Void
8. Singapore Sling (IS) – Nothing Inside
9. Oscar Suave (UK) – No Direction
10. Dead Skeletons (IS) – Kundalini Eyes
11. Lola Colt (UK) – Diamonds
12. Sonic Jesus (IT) – Underground
13. The Underground Youth (UK) – I Need You
14. Black Lizard (FL) – Spirits
15. Wall Of Death (FR) – Thunder Sky
16. Get Your Gun (DK) – Staying For A While
17. The Third Sound (IS) – Re-Elevation
18. The Wands (DK) – Hello I Know The Blow You Grow Is Magic
19. Dead Rabbits (UK) – When I’m Blue
released 11 October 2012
Fuzz Club Records, Bad Vibrations and The Reverberation Appreciation Society.