After causing seismic shifts in the underground earlier this year with their debut album Neither Virtue Nor Anger, Sonic Jesus are back with a limited edition 7” featuring a brand new track, and remix by Sonic Boom aka Pete Kember from Spacemen 3 and Spectrum.
On Side A the remix of “Locomotive” maintains the track’s beautiful abstract vocals which evoke some kind of religious ritual or perhaps a lonely lament. The song is then propelled into the heavens as the band crashes in and Sonic Boom’s psychedelic treatment takes effect. The B side, “Never In My Mind”, starts off like a call to arms full of violence and energy, and continues its rampage pace like an adrenaline shot to the heart. The marching snare drum is overlaid with fuzz-heavy guitars and dark distorted vocals to produce a sound that is distinctly Sonic Jesus
Due to demand, Fuzz Club are repressing Sonic Jesus's sellout debut album, Neither Virtue Nor Anger, including a limited run of deluxe editions.
Deluxe editions featuring heavyweight handmade covers and a series of black and white photographic portraits of band members Tiziano Veronese and Marco Baldassari presented as a booklet. Photos by Emanuele Manco.
They will also be accompanied by a special press of the upcoming Locomotive 7" featuring a new track "Never In My Mind" and remix of "Locomotive" by Sonic Boom aka Pete Kember of Spaceman 3 and Spectrum. Both the LP and 7" vinyls are white with black spatter, an update on the original press's black with coloured splatter.
Past releases by Sonic Jesus are already fetching impressive prices on Discogs, including one lowly promo CD that's currently listed for €150. (Perhaps it's time for us to clear out our promo draw in the search for hidden gems!!!)
'This album will become a holy grail within no-time! This is one you’d better not sleep on.' - Sly Vinyl on Neither Virtue Nor Anger first press.
Stream the new track "Never In My Mind" and the full album below
Sonic Jesus blew away audiences earlier this year with the unrelenting sonic intensity of their debut album, Neither Virtue Nor Anger, giving the Italian duo near-deity status among psych enthusiasts, and creating a mild frenzy among vinyl collectors.
Due to demand, we've repressed the album including a run of deluxe editions. Deluxe editions come with a special edition of Sonic Jesus's Locomotive 7" which is due for release on the same day, 20th November 2015.
A four sided epic of industrial darkness, Neither Virtue Nor Anger rippled through the underground gaining critical acclaim from Consequence of Sound, The Quietus, Drowned In Sound, Clash Music, and Exclaim!
Sonic Jesus say the album represents 50 years of music, and critics have noted many influences among the guitar laden electronica and fuzz: industrial noise, post punk, folk, glam rock, heavy metal, calypso and more ‘traditional’ new psych sounds such as psychedelia, blues and shoegaze.
But rather than sounding like a schizophrenic pastiche, Neither Virtue Nor Anger has been praised as a rich and masterful creation, made by talented artists who combined their influences then left them to simmer and dissolve together to form an entirely new entity, which is something much more interesting and complex than the sum of its parts.
This is something that has been praised in reviews of the album such as by Drowned In Sound who say 'Neither Virtue Nor Anger goes above and beyond the realms of your average psych record. Sonic Jesus can lay claim to releasing one of the scene's – and this year's – finest collections.'
The Quietus says ‘Its uncompromising dedication to pursuing its own singularly dank metaphor lifts this record above its peers towards the flagellant intensity of Current 93 or Swans...Sonic Jesus have conclusively proved themselves the contemporary masters’.
Clash Music put it well when they said ‘If you decide to name your band Sonic Jesus then you're going to need to back it up with something special.’ Indeed they did.
Sly Vinyl wrote 'This album will become a holy grain within no time. This is one you'd better not sleep on.'
If Sonic Jesus are the unbridled new future of underground rock and roll - modern, raw, experimental and forward looking - then it's a future we want to be part of.
Introducing the second single from Throw Down Bones, whose debut album will be out 1st December. Those who saw them at Liverpool Psych Fest know these guys have a unique electronica sound laden with guitars and rhythm that gets the party people moving.
Throw Down Bones' debut self titled album will be released on vinyl including deluxe edition, CD, cassette and digital.
Album now available for pre-order.