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Clusterfuck – NEW ALBUM – Guest Review.

Review – ‘Pesticide.’ by Eleanor Burns

 

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Building on the strengths of their eclectic first album ‘Dear Mortal,’ Clusterfuck’s new album covers both familiar and new ground while simultaneously feeling like a more unified offering. The opening track ‘Reach Out’ – almost an overture – starts us off on a powerful, Pink Floyd-esque note and sets the mood that will prevail through most of the album, pseudo-Gothic but with surreal, techno, progressive overtones. The second track, ‘Paranoia’ features a welcome return by guest vocalist Efa Supertramp and is one of the album’s highlights, with a sinister, driving techno beat accompanying the eerie lyrics and the whispering ‘inner voices’ chorus. The Gothic mood continues in tracks such as ‘Death Begins’ and the instrumental ‘We Are the Void,’ the latter in particular being another highlight, its dark electronic rhythms being varied by haunting harmonica fills that seem to echo out of the void (appropriately). Also in this mood – and another of the album’s finest offerings – is the cover version of T.Rex’s ‘Get It On.’ It somehow fits seamlessly into the group’s musical and vocal style, carried along by some beautifully haunting guitar work.

Other tracks set a lighter mood, especially the infectiously catchy ‘Besties’ and the wickedly satirical (yet outrage-inducing) ‘Trumped,’ which consists mostly of ‘lyrics’ culled from the 45th US President himself, along with well-chosen mocking, comically-timed samples. One would love to imagine him hearing it … The satirical mood becomes darker towards the end, with ‘Money’ and ‘Tazer’ commenting darkly on prostitution and police brutality, but concludes on a mercifully upbeat track with ‘Death Race.’

One track – ‘Pretty Shitty City’ – is particularly self-referential and feels more designed for live performance and acting out the lyrics, though insofar as it gives the home listener some idea of what it might be to see the band perform live, it is a worthwhile inclusion.

Overall, a very strong offering with many stand-out tracks, great versatility yet a distinct style, and well worth repeat listenings.

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Cardiff’s Homelessness Christmas Charity Single

Cosmo, Flapsandwich and friends have got together again, with Ninjah in the director’s chair, to produce a Christmas smash like no other!

After the success of their last two singles. On the Goulash filmed on the Magic roundabout was the most read story on Wales on line for a week, and their follow up Cheap Baccy filmed on Splott’s Clifton Street racked up 100,000 views. This time, on a more sombre note, their new single is a take on Jona Lewie‘s classic Christmas number one ‘Stop The Cavalry’. They change the chorus to Stop Austerity and highlighted what seems to be the worst winter in recent history for rough sleepers.

get the single for pay-what -you-like with 100% of all money raised going to the charity:

CLICK THIS TO GET THE SINGLE AND HELP US RAISE A WEDGE FOR THE PEOPLE ON OUR STREETS:

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“I live in St MAry st, and when I go out in the morning almost every single doorway is occupied with rough sleepers, it’s off the scale.,” said Flapsandwich.

“This cover version is a bit of fun, but we are highlighting a very serious problem in Cardiff and the Uk over,” said Cosmo.

The single follows from news of police taking rough sleepers sleeping bags, and news of deaths of young homeless people. The single is released on Tantrumrecords.net on Saturday, it’s pay what you like and all of the money raised will go direct to homeless charity BOOMERANG. Amazing charity, follow the link and read up n all the work they do.

HERE IT IS!!! let us know ya thoughts and please SPREAD IT SHARE IT and help us raise the Wonga!

share it on facebook video:
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donate anything you like, we are trying to raise a wedge for Boomerang.. who are active in feeding the homeless daily in Cardiff City… please chip in anything you can. All donations over £5 will also recieve a copy of the Bingo Wings album download. give anything. merry christmas.. the song will be in your inbox the same day you donate… THANKS. if you havent already please click to donate:

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COSMO N FLAPSANDWICH DEBUT ALBUM AND VIDEO

So, the album’s landed and here’s the first video, including the cops busting us, on the magic roundabout in Splott (warning contains footage of a stray dildo on the loose):

to own the full album ‘Fuckbuddies’, which includes ON THE GOULASH, and NINE other techno folk tunes (all the rest are in English)… donate anything from 1p to £1million (go on) and you will receive a download of the album in your email TODAY!

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heres the new single CHEAP BACCY:

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Another Tory Oppression System

Cameron is back/ for five fucking years. let some anger out. brand new Free EP from Clusterfuck.

check out the debut single ‘A.T.O.S.’ here:

https://youtu.be/goYavmkXOAA

download the EP here, pay anything you like / free:

https://clusterfuckme.bandcamp.com

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Sicknote – Unzipped

Press Release

EMBARGO: 00:01am, Monday, 6th February 2012

WELSH BAND SICKNOTE GO FROM STRENGTH TO STATES

After performing in front of a capacity crowd at the Globe in Cardiff, Welsh proto-punk band Sicknote will be releasing an album containing a live unedited recording of the event this Monday (6 February 2012).

Despite having been together for a number of years and having played most of the major festivals including Glastonbury it looks like 2012 will be the year of Sicknote – with an American tour lined up for this summer.

The new album ‘UNZIPPED’ with be available to download from today (Monday 6 February). In a move that is becoming increasing common in the industry, the album is available in two formats: A ‘Pay What You Want’ download and a limited edition CD (limited 100 copies) complete with cover artwork and booklet (both from www.sicknote.tv).

Tuan Duong, Head of Promotions at The Globe, Cardiff was initially wary about putting the band on at the venue. He told us:

“When I was approached by Jason from the Sicknote team to stage their ‘Phone in Sick Mega Party’ event, I was very concerned to how he would be able to pull in the 330+ crowd, taking into account that we only had just over 2 weeks to stage the concert.

“As soon as the announcement was made, we had a massive response flooding in from all the major Internet Channels, it created an Amazing Buzz! As this was the first time that I heard of Sicknote, I really didn’t understand much about this crowd of party goers, I had heard ‘fairy tales’ about their wild reputation which turned out to be nonsense.”

He continued:

“To my delight, the crowd was absolutely peaceful and were just happy going party lovers! Some of them had a wonderful sense of fashion. Both Sicknote and the crowd, super-charged the cold January night at The Globe and produced an awesome night with an electrifying atmosphere.

“It was an amazing sight to watch, the crowd and the band merged as one entity, dancing to the rhythm of the powerful vibes and beats. It was a pleasure to have come into contact with Sicknote and to have such wonderful people gracing the dance floor of The Globe.”

Band member and man behind the bleeps Jason Flapsandwich explained:

“This album signifies the start of a 10 week break after 5 years of spreading the sickness all over Europe. The album is as close to a live show as you are going to get, totally unedited. A straight recording from The Globe in January and mixed and mastered by Jake Tilley at Butterhill studio.

“You get the screams of the crowd, all the mistakes, all the atmosphere… and you can sense the tension with the new drummer (who had never ever played with us before as our regular drummer (The Filth) phoned in sick last minute).

He added:

“The CD feels like a night out with us. We hope you enjoy and with the ‘pay what you want’ thing we imagine it will spread far and wide and bridge the gap until we come back in April at Freekwency Festival in Portugal.”

Shortly after the concert the band were contacted by American promoter Ceri Shaw and asked if they would be interested in playing the West Coast of America this summer.

Mr Shaw of Americymru said:

“AmeriCymru and the Meriwether Lewis Memorial Eisteddfod Foundation are pleased and proud to be welcoming Sicknote to the Great Northwest later this year.

“We are arranging a tour taking in the cities of Seattle, Portland and Eugene.

He continued:

“We are sure that Sicknote’s radical and innovative sound and stage performances will be welcomed here. Portland is the home of legendary US punk band, The Dead Kennedys and Seattle was the epicentre of the 90’s grunge phenomenon. We are hoping that the tour will coincide with this year’s West Coast Eisteddfod.”

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Notes for editors

Caption: Attached photograph shows cover of newly released CD UNZIPPED. Other images are available on request.

Contact: jason@tantrumrecordings.com
Website: Containing biographical details http://www.sicknote.tv
For more details of Americymru see http://americymru.net/