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Italian electro-acoustic composer BJM Mario Bajardi is set to release his new ‘Inverse’ EP on the 28th November 2014 via ONDE Electronic Contents.

Mario Bajardi is a man of many musical talents. He is a violinist, film score composer and award winning music producer. Early in his career he was a finalist at the International Competition of Electronic’s Pierre Schaeffer Prize and ICMC –  these awards are given to the artist who explore new horizons in music. His music and sound composition approach is constantly evolving as seen in the case of ‘Metamorph’ an electro-acoustic and designed sound library Mario coproduced for  Twisted Tools. His ‘Inverse’ EP will be his second EP for ONDE following last year’s ‘Glass Orchestra’ EP and his debut album ‘Archives’ which was released in 2012.
‘Inverse’ opens with ‘Rest’ featuring vocalist Eleze who has previously released on Ministry of Sound and Ego. The intro is awash with ambient textures as a gentle piano and Eleze’s crystalline voice float on the surface of the background swells. The female vocals and ambient textures bring to mind Bonobo’s recent tracks with the vocalist Szjerdene. The high comparison continues on the following track ‘Standing’ which was taken from a theatrical soundtrack, for ‘Riccardo III W. Shakespeare’ which was composed and produced by Mario in 2013. The pizzicato strings and long wavering notes rise and fall together before fading away into ‘Interlude’ which opens with a snippet of natural recordings. Cinematic swelling strings then morph into electronic pulses and waves before the two intertwine.
Drawing from a wide range of influences gives Mario a broad palette of inspiration to draw from. He lists some of his own influences as composers like Bach, bands like The Cure and fellow film scorers such as Hans Zimmer. His cinematic approach can be found on ‘Crusty’ which opens with what sounds like a field recording of faint sounds of the city. It then builds and swells with the same emotion found on Jon Hopkins’ Mercury Music Prize nominated album ‘Immunity’. ‘Crusty’ then progresses into an industrial style breakdown before bursting back into the light and back to life with Mario’s signature strings.
‘Inverse’ features glitchy electronic pulses with an array of buzzing sounds flitting around the track – sinister low synth rumble before being joined by a burst of background strings which break through the futuristic white noise. ‘Inverse’s chaotic use of electronic sounds is reminiscent of Luke Abbott’s recent releases on the Border Community label. ‘Missing’ then closes the EP with plucked strings and fast strokes of the violin’s bow creating a tension building that creates an evocative and cinematic final track.
Sound artist and producer, Carlo Ascrizzi, creates a slow burning remix of ‘Crusty’ which introduces dark skittering drums and glitches, deconstructing and stripping away the brightest elements; switching the mood of the track from midday to midnight. His interpretation gives us intricate and complex sound textures, reminiscent to his sonic works
Mario’s sheer talent shines through in his music which balances elegant electronics with evocative natural instrumentation. His experience of composing for film gives his music a cinematic feel with textures overlapping and sounds floating in from all angles. His years of hard work have led to this expertly realised body of work. BJM Mario Bajardi’s ‘Inverse’ EP is one of this year’s most accomplished and impressive collections of music.


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“A mesmerising concoction of psychedelia set to blissed-out vocals” – NME
“Brilliantly DIY – #12 Hottest Bands In The World Right Now” – Kerrang!
“A trippy injection of bulldozing riffs, hypnotic vocals and moshpit-igniting fury” – Q Magazine
“Grunge, heavy rock, psych and emo all thrown in” – Artrocker



Hot on the heels of October’s single ‘I Should Have Gone To Uni’, West Yorkshire psychedelic alt-rock-grunge-pop weirdos Allusondrugs offer the world a new slice of what they do best, in the form of live favourite ‘Am I Weird?’.

The new track is available as a free download from:

You can watch the video now on the band’s Youtube channel here:

The track – written by guitarist Damo – deals with the social awkwardness of adolescence and was recorded and mixed by the band in their home studio earlier this month; never ones to shy away from a spot of hard work, the band also produced, directed and edited the video at home in Castleford, West Yorkshire too.

Allusondrugs hit the road again this week for a short run of headline shows (see daters below) following a year of heavy touring, that recently culminated in travelling up and down the UK as guests on the Marmozets / Lonely The Brave co-headline tour in October.

The band end the year with a pair of Christmas shows; first with Enter Shikari + Baby Godzilla at Enter Shikari’s Xmas Party show in Liverpool on 17th Dec and then in Sheffield for their own headline Xmas Party at Corporation on Friday 19th Dec.

Allusondrugs formed in the autumn of 2012 & have been building a rabidly loyal following with their alluring sound and DIY approach to releasing music online as and when they like (sometimes before it’s even finished), streaming practices live on the web, and hosting debauched parties at monthly club residencies / in the woods / wherever they damn well like.


Sat 29th – Leeds, The Wardrobe
Sun 30th – Stoke, The Underground

Tue 2nd – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Wed 3rd – London, Black Heart
Fri 5th –  Cardiff, Club Ifor Bach
Wed 17th – Liverpool, Camp & Furnace (w/ Enter Shikari + Baby Godzilla)
Fri 19th – Sheffield, Corporation (Xmas Party)

Tickets for all shows can be found at

Allusondrugs are:

Jason Moules (Vocals)
Drey Pavlovic (Guitar)
Damo Hughes (Guitar/Vocals/Effects)
Jemal Malki (Bass)
Connor Fisher-Atack (Drums)


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ZOAX have completed their blistering video for the first single ‘Lonely Souls’ off their upcoming EP ‘Is Everybody Listening?’ which will be released via Century Media on February 9th in Europe, February 10th in North America (digital only).

Check it out here:

Adam Carroll (vocals) comments: “This was easily the most fun I’ve had shooting a video. More fun obviously though for the rest of the band, who got to spend the day throwing the items. Actually come to think of it, it wasn’t that fun for me. But I did get a can of Guinness out of it.”

‘Is Everybody Listening?’ was produced and engineered by Derya Oisin Nagle, Ciaran O’ Shea and Adam “Nolly” Getgood, Mixed and Mastered by Adam “Nolly” Getgood.

‘Is Everybody Listening?’ track-listing:
1. ?
2. Lonely Souls
3. Click
4. Zero Point Seven
5. Right Words
6. Innocent Eyes

ZOAX live:
(supporting Baby Godzilla)
25.11.2015 UK Hull, The Fruit
26.11.2015 UK Huddersfield, The Parish
27.11.2015 UK Glasgow, Audio
28.11.2015 UK Middlesbrough, Empire
29.11.2015 UK York, Fulford Arms
30.11.2015 UK Chester, Compass
01.12.2015 UK Birmingham, Oobleck
02.12.2015 UK Swansea, Static Bar
03.12.2015 UK Cheltenham, 2 pigs
04.12.2015 UK Plymouth, The Factory
05.12.2015 UK Swindon, Furnace
06.12.2015 UK Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms (Bar)
07.12.2015 UK Kingston, Fighting Cocks

ZOAX online:

Century Media online:

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Topshelf and Bridge Nine Records Co-Releasing Split from Caravels and Octaves on January 20

Octaves Track/Video Now Streaming

Topshelf and Bridge Nine Records will co-release a split from Las Vegas, NV’s Caravels and Baltimore, MD’s Octaves on January 20.

The 4-song split will be available on vinyl and digital formats and features two new tracks from each band.

As a preview, Octaves have premiered a brand new music video for their track “Tom Petty Cash”, which appears on their side of the split, and you can watch that now on YouTube:

Caravels follow up their pensive 2013 full-length, Lacuna, with two more tracks of earthy, enveloping post-hardcore, all effects pedals and clouded brooding. Their two songs roll along tense faultlines with shouted lyrics that exert impossibly firm control over its metaphorical imagery and personality deconstructions. The band will be premiering these shortly before the release in January. The band has toured and played shows with the likes of Touche Amore, Seahaven, The Jazz June, and Drug Church.

Octaves formed in a warehouse in West Baltimore in the Fall of 2008, and released their B9 debut Which Way The Wind Blows in April 2013. The band has since toured the USA with the likes of HORSE the Band, Shai Hulud, and countless others in support of this release. These two new EP tracks mark the first new music since their debut, with more to come soon.

Track Listing:

1. Moody Miles
2. Slick Rick

3. Tom Petty Cash
4. AM Traffic Control

Caravels and Octaves will embark on a UK/European tour together starting January 14. See dates below.

Tour Dates:

14.01. GER Darmstadt – Oetinger Villa
15.01. CH Schaffhausen – Taptab
16.01. A Innsbruck – PMK
17.01. IT Schio (Vicenza) – C.s.a. Arcadia
18.01. A Vienna – EKH
19.01. CZ Pilsen – Divadlo Pod Lampou
20.01. GER Berlin – Tiefgrund
21.01. GER Chemnitz – AC17
22.01. GER Goettingen – T-Keller
23.01. NL Utrecht – ACU
24.01. FR Rouen – Emporium Galorium
26.01. UK Portsmouth – Edge On The Wedge
28.01. UK London – The Black Heart
30.01. BEL Dendermonde – JH Zenith

Topshelf Records
Bridge Nine


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Watch: J Mascis’s “Tiny Desk Concert” via NPR Music

Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive Mazzy Star ‘Fade Into You’ 7″ released via Sub Pop on November 28th


You can now watch J Mascis’s wonderful “Tiny Desk Concert,” featuring Tied to a Startracks “Stumble,” “Drifter”/”Heal the Star” and the Dinosaur Jr. classic  “Little Fury Things” (from You’re Living All Over Me).

NPR Music’s Bob Boilen says of the performance, “The loudest guy in the world came to the “Tiny Desk” to perform some of his quietest music…for years a guy who’s turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar. I even had an amp for that guitar all lined up, but he decided to not plug in. So we get a rare treat: a low-key J Mascis, performing emotional songs…If you think Mascis draws all his power from sheer volume, this ought to convince you otherwise (see NPR Music November 22).

In related news, Sub Pop will release J Mascis’ cover of the Mazzy Star classic “Fade Into You,” as a Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive on November 28th. The 7” single features “Fade Into You” on the A-side, and the previously-unreleased “Outside” on the B-side, which was recorded during sessions for Tied to a Star.  The “Fade Into You” single is limited to 4000 copies worldwide.

J Mascis will be visiting the UK on his world headline tour in support of Tied to a Star at the dates below. Find tickets at

January 2015 UK tour dates:

7th Bristol, The Marble Factory
8th London, The Scala
9th Brighton, The Haunt
10th Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
14th Cardiff, The Globe
15th Cambridge, The Junction 2
16th Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
18th Newcastle, The Cluny
19th Glasgow, School Of Art

Tied to a Star, led by the songs “Every Morning” and “Wide Awake,” was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA. Tied to a Star is now available from Sub Pop MegamartiTunes, and Amazon. | | @JMascis

“Mascis is now as skilled at quiet as he is with loud” [3.5/5 stars] – Rolling Stone

“On the sweet, shaggily swooning Tied to a Star, the jolts tend to come from the music’s simple beauty” – NPR Music

“It makes for a more organically toned collection that proves the grey wizard doesn’t need heavy distortion to stay at the top of his game.” [8/10] - NME

“J’s mature-era peak continues.” [4/5] – MOJO

“Full of sweet sounds and precise picking.” [4/5] – Q

“On his second solo record, Tied to a Star, Mascis molds yet another subdued prism through which to glimpse his rare genius as a guitarist and songwriter.” [8.1 /10] -PASTE


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