2015 is the 25th anniversary of Heavenly Recordings.
To mark the occasion we are hosting a very special event, ‘A Heavenly Weekend at Hebden Bridge’ Naming the event as HVN300 (Our 300th single release) this weekend is a celebration of Heavenly at 25 years, showcasing four days of music featuring a good number of our current roster.
Taking place at The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire between the 22nd — 25th January, this special event will not just feature live music but DJ sets from the Heavenly Jukebox and in the 150-seater theatre that sits next door to the Trades Club, the showing of two Heavenly Films, How We Used To Live and a rare screening aLawrence Of Belgravia. The film event will also feature a Q&A with film-makers Paul Kelly and Bob Stanley.
A little Heavenly History
Words: Robin Turner
In 1965, Greenwich Village four-piece the Lovin’ Spoonful released their debut. Just over two minutes long, the 45 is one of pop music’s most perfect realistations; a glorious paean to the unyielding power of great music (whatever its stripe) that posited one of life’s great questions.
Do You Believe In Magic?
Twenty-five years later a fledgling record label based in an office just to the left of central London put out their first single in the spring of 1990. The World According To Sly and Lovechild was an understated 12” a rumbling, hypnotic eastern dub that showcased the nascent production skills of Andrew Weatherall and marked the first release on Heavenly.
Heavenly was born from the endlessly optimistic sprawl that emerged at the end of acid house; a spirit that took the Spoonful’s playful query and turned it into a statement of intent. Genre-defiant from the outset, Heavenly went on to release music by Saint Etienne, Manic Street Preachers, Flowered Up and the Rockingbirds over the next eighteen months.
To those with little imagination, Heavenly’s release schedule – a confluence of futuristic Northern Soul, speedball punk, wild-eyed urban rock’n’roll and squat party country music — must have seemed too wilfully eclectic. To anyone who viewed music as an endless mixtape being compiled in real time or the soundtrack to the best house party ever crashed, it made perfect sense.
For two and a half decades, Heavenly has been an open invitation to bands, DJs, singers, songwriters, artists, writers, converts and non-believers; a melting pot of transcendent tunes and the very best ideas born over lost afternoons in the pub. For that time, it’s been an ever-growing group of friends and fellow travellers along similar pathways; it’s been records, club nights, bars, gigs, artworks, t-shirts and magazines.
And all the while it’s never lost sight of that initial question, one that’s as relevant twenty-five years into a label’s lifespan as it was fifty years ago when John Sebastian first asked it.
Heavenly. Believe in magic. Always. Do you?
The full Heavenly line-up is as follows, with tickets going on sale from 9am November 4th. (Tomorrow!)
Sunday in the theatre Heavenly Films present
Lawrence Of Belgravia
How We Used To Live
Plus Q&A with Paul Kelly & Bob Stanley
We are pleased to announce that ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’, the new record from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is now available to download in the UK on Itunes.
The vinyl release of ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ for the UK is December 1st. You can pre-order the mind melting LP and CD today.
“‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz!’ With weird breathy vocals, groovy basslines and batshit noises, the album sounds like they’ve got nothing else to do but cook up another batch of freaky psych songs.” — Rough Trade Records
The band are also NME Radar’s ‘Band of the Week’ in this weeks magazine:
Fresh from wowing audiences at CMJ in New York last week, we are pleased that the seven piece are bringing their hell raising live show to the UK next month.
The band have SOLD OUT their first London show at The Shacklewell Arms on November 10th, but, are returning at the end of the month to play Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen with support from our very own Hooton Tennis Club.
Full UK Dates: November
10th London, Shacklewell Arms
11th Manchester, Gullivers
12th Glasgow, Broadcast
13th Leeds, Belgrave
14th Liverpool, Arts Club
24th London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
We are pleased to announce that alongside Temples live return to the UK this winter, the band have announced details of ‘Sun Restructured.’ A re-animation of their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Sun Structures’ by Beyond The Wizard Sleeve’s Erol Alkan and Richard Norris, it is due for release on Monday November 10th.
Beyond The Wizard Sleeve have re-worked hit single ‘Shelter Song’ as well as album tracks ‘A Question Isn’t Answered,’ ‘Golden Throne,’ ‘Sand Dance’ and forthcoming single, the last to be lifted from their record, ‘Move With The Season.’ The kaleidoscopic journey of 42 minute is interwoven with tweaked and warped snatches of other ‘Sun Structures’ tracks too.
Describing the record, Erol Alkan has said:
“Being asked to re-animate a whole album’s worth of material is an honour. We (in return) wanted to create something special. A record which could be listened to in one go, from start to finish, a listening experience that is becoming increasingly rare. So as well as a host of full Beyond The Wizards Sleeve re-animations here, there are interludes, ambience, ebb and flow…each section flowing int a bigger piece…There is so much happening under the surface of Sun Structures, and deep within each track, it was a pleasure to dive in and see what we could find. it inspired us to pick up our guitars, plug in our synthesisers and add some wizardry on top. Enjoy this trip. And it is a trip.”
‘Sun Restructured’ will be available as part of a deluxe CD and download re-issue package with the original album as well as a special limited Vinyl.
As ‘Sun Structures’ was one of Rough Trade Stores biggest selling records of the year, ‘Sun Restructured’ is available to purchase via their store (UK & NYC) or online:
It has also been announced that Superfood will be supporting the band on their forthcoming winter tour.
Reviews of the bands critically acclaimed debut:
“’Sun Structures’ tapestry drifts effortlessly before the ears, presenting a sustained grandeur of Temples’ vision, lyrics and musicality”
This Is Fake DIY
“A truly mesmerising debut album… James Bagshaw’s crooning vocals take you on a stroll along an LA beach, which climaxes around an English campfire, at Stonehenge, on the Summer Solstice… It’s the sound of ’60s experimentation smashed stunningly into the present day.”
“Twelve shiny nuggets of pure psychedelic pop genius, stamped with the band’s own identity”
Louder Than War
“Retro futurism par excellence… Temples [have] truly mastered the sonic tics of psychedelia”
“A clear reminder of how we fell in love with these guys in the first place… A brilliant debut… If all 2014 psych releases are like this one, it’s going to be one hell of a year.”
The Four Oh Five
On the day of it’s release, we are delighted that Mark Lanegan Band’s album ‘Phantom Radio’ has been made BBC6 Music’s record of the day.
Celebrate by tuning into 6music today as they will be playing tracks such as ‘Sad Love’, Floor Of The Ocean’ and ‘Harvest Home.’ The record has also been given a whopping ★★★★★ from The Independent and a pleasing ★★★★ from Mojo, Q and The Guardian.
If that wasn’t enough, ‘Phantom Radio’ was The Sunday Times magazine album of the week, securing the record as a career highlight.
As he approaches his 50th birthday Mark Lanegan has assembled one of the most extraordinary bodies of work in modern music. Phantom Radio will be the ninth bearing his own name and third with his band, but combine it with the collaborative albums he’s made, be it with Isobel Campbell, or Duke Garwood, or as 50 per cent of the Gutter Twins, or his legendary first band the Screaming Trees, then the total is nearer 20. Then there’s his guest spots with Queens Of The Stone Age and his many collaborations as the singer on records by the varied likes of UNKLE, Martina-Topley Bird, Moby, Soulsavers and Melissa Auf der Maur. In total, Mark Lanegan has made close to 50 records.
Lanegan’s solo debut was ‘The Winding Sheet’ in 1990 but it would be the masterful follow-up, ‘Whiskey For The Holy Ghost’ that confirmed his credentials as a truly unique artist. ‘Bubblegum’ in 2004 saw Lanegan emerge from the wreckage of the Screaming Trees to create a new version of the blues: part-acoustic, part-electro-rooted contexts mostly produced by Alain Johannes, with a floating cast of helpers, some illustrious (Josh Homme; PJ Harvey) others not. Seven years of collaboration followed before Mark Lanegan Band delivered the towering ‘Blues Funeral’, its Krautrock curlicues adding new textures to his molasses-thick doom canvas.
And now ‘Phantom Radio’ builds on the same foundations: produced by Alain Johannes, and that voice intoning deep truths hewn from the bleakest realm. “I saw the feet of pilgrims bleeding,” Mark sings on Judgement Time. “I saw whole cities drowning, I saw whole armies dying.” You believe every word; no other living singer’s voice feels so charged with Biblical portent.
Which is all part of the craft, because Mark Lanegan is not as black as he’s been painted. His chief compositional tool on ‘Phantom Radio’ was his phone – specifically an app called Funk Box. “I didn’t bother to hook up my 909 and 808 this time,” he says, “because the app had ’em. I’d write drum parts with it then add music with the synthesizer or the guitar.”
Unlike most gothic pop, Lanegan’s art is not a matter of fashion or mascara: it’s a genuine cri du coeur, as rare and beautiful as anything in music. THE INDEPENDENT — ★★★★★
“It’s fantastic, these unfamiliar surroundings – be it the Moroderesque shimmer of Floor Of The Ocean or the imperial synths of Waltzing In Blue – lending Lanegan’s songs a fresh new bite. A brave inspired step into the unknown.“
MOJO – ★★★★
“That ancient-sounding voice, seemingly hewn from rock’s substrata, has always worked as a drone in its own right, and here it’s matched by keyboards that shimmer behind, as if Lee Hazlewood were performing early-80s New Order.“
Q – ★★★★
“If you’re new to Lanegan, ‘Floor of the Ocean’ is the entry point here, while long-time fans will lap up ‘Tom Red Heart’ — the prettiest thing he has created since his Isobel Campbell collaborations.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES Album of The Week
“Best of all is the swollen melody on ‘Waltzing Blue’ the highlight of a sullen and graceful record that brings out the very best in the gruff veteran.” NME 8/10
“A beautiful set that balances Lanegan’s ongoing love of blues and folk with further explorations of the electronic terrain he explored on 2012’s Blues Funeral“
UNCUT – 8/10
“A career highlight… The Superb ‘Floor Of The Ocean’ could be the Sisters Of Mercy covering Joy Division, while ‘Torn Red Heart’ might be the most beautiful love song Lanegan has ever recorded“
THE GUARDIAN – ★★★★
The Voyeurs have a new Kenichi Iwasa directed video for their brand new single ‘Stunners.’
“Much like the song, the music video—directed by Kenichi Iwasa—captures this type of music at its finest moment; in a dark club, fog everywhere, with a simplistic psychedelic light show going on in the background.” Death & Taxes
“The glam-rock track, named after a now-defunct East London transvestite nightclub located parallel to the recording studio, is a step forward in reimagining the band’s sound.” — Death & Taxes.
“Stunners is a glam-rock stomp of sexual ambiguity for girls who like boys who like girls to be boys.” — NME Magazine
‘Stunners’ is the first single to be lifted from the bands forthcoming album, ‘Rhubarb Rhubarb’ which is out on Heavenly on Monday 10th November.
‘Stunners’ is due to be released as a limited 7″ with the B-side Orgy #2 on Monday 3rd November.
Fresh from supporting Fat White Family on their UK dates, the band are due to headline their own shows in October and November before heading to Europe in early December to support The Horrors.
Check the updated list of live dates below: previously announced dates in Southampton, Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff and Leamington Spa have been postponed but are due to be re-scheduled for February 2015.
Purchase tickets for the UK shows here.
Purchase tickets for the European dates with The Horrors here.
We are thrilled to announce that ‘As Old As The Grave’, the title track from Eaves forthcoming EP is being played on BBC Radio 1 this evening. You can tune into Zane Lowe’s evening show from 7pm, with the track airing as today’s ‘Next Hype’ act just before 8pm.
LISTEN BACK HERE (approximately at 56mins in)
To co-inside with the release, Eaves is playing a London headline show at George IV, Chiswick as part of the Blue Flowers night on Thursday November 6th.
We are also delighted to announce that Eaves will also be supporting Nick Mulvey on his forthcoming European tour in November and December. For full listings and tickets:
Due to drop on Monday 24th November, we are excited to reveal that that ‘Gloom’ will be available as a limited 4 track 7″ EP, featuring previous download only singles ‘All I Want’ and ‘Young Blood’ as well as a new track ‘Brimstone.’
Listen to the leading EP track as premiered by This Fake DIY.
This Fake DIY also did an exclusive interview with the band, read more here.
Having previously played our Heavenly & Friends Stage at On Blackheath Festival, the four piece are headlining their own gig at Birthdays, Stoke Newington TONIGHT.
6th Stoke Newington, Birthdays (headline show)
7th Southampton, Joiners (with Childhood)
8th Brighton Audio (with Childhood)
9th Birmingham, Hare & Hounds (with Childhood)
10th Norwich, Sound & Vision
11th Liverpool, Kazimer (with The Wytches)
13th York, Duchess Of York (with The Wytches)
30th London, The Garage (with TOY)