NEW MUSIC: Primal Scream – Where The Light Gets In

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Primal Scream are set to release their album Chaosmosis on March 18th. Here’s the clip for the single ‘Where The Light Gets In’ featuring Bobby Gillespie duetting with Sky Ferreira.

It suggests the new album may have a more polished electronic sound, indeed here they’re showing acts like New Order and Depeche Mode how to keep making fresh sounding music with one’s trademark qualities intact.

ALBUM REVIEW: Primal Scream | More Light

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by Chris Familton

square-600-3Rating7Now into their third decade Primal Scream have carved out a varied eclectic career that has taken in punk, pop, electronic, psychedelic, krautrock, rock n roll and americana influences, sometimes playing them straight and other times twisting and mutating combinations of them into new and exciting forms. More Light is their most cohesive attempt at bringing all the facets of their music together into one album and though it doesn’t always work it is a bold statement from a band unafraid to test and stretch themselves.

2013 opens as a clarion call-to-arms, an anthemic gathering of the Primal Scream masses and at nine minutes it serves as a declaration of their intent to cast their sonic net wide. Kevin Shields contributes guitar to 2013 while others such as Robert Plant (Elimination Blues) and Mark Stewart (Culturecide) lend their voices to the diverse feel of the album. Producer David Holmes plays a key role supplying his trademark dark and sprawling cinematic vibe to the sound of More Light, tying together string sections, repetitive rhythms and dystopian saxophone squalls into a cohesive psychedelia. They could have easily dropped a couple of the later tracks and made the album an even more concise statement but the band has always taken a maximalist approach to their music.

More Light is Primal Scream’s most significant album in a decade, a visceral encapsulation of their strengths and vision that proves they are still wholly relevant after more than thirty years in the game.

 this review was first published on FasterLouder

LIVE REVIEW: Primal Scream @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney (05/12/12)

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by Chris Familton

The Delta Riggs were given the task of warming up the arriving punters and though there were only a handful present at the start of their set, by its conclusion there was a healthy contingent showing their appreciation for a committed and entertaining set. The Delta Riggs are a band that have studied their heroes with forensic precision – they sound like them, look like them, move like them and most importantly they effectively replicate them. It is impossible to not play spot the influences with their overt nods to the likes of The Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin and indeed Primal Scream. They do it well though and in a track called America they showed a different sound, nailing a great soul groove like The Afghan Whigs.

Primal Scream have visited a few times in recent years and without a new album to promote there was a chance that the show might lack focus. Thankfully those fears didn’t manifest themselves as they set about playing a well curated selection of songs from across their three decade career. Perhaps as a statement of contemporary relevance they opened with 2012, one of two new tracks they played from their forthcoming album. Musically speaking it was a solid if unspectacular start combining a groove-establishing mood with a typical Primals anthemic chorus delivered in Bobby Gillespie’s unmistakable slack-jawed drawl of a voice.

From there the set took diverse swings into the main sonic cornerstones of the band’s back catalogue with industrial menace of Swastika Eyes and Accelerator, the smiley-faced pill euphoria of the Screamadelica era and their often derided yet now essential forays into Stones/Faces swaggering rock. Songs from Screamadelica sounded the least convincing with the samples, piano chords and faux gospel pleadings of Movin’ On Up and Come Together very much locked into the sound of the early 90s. That isn’t to say the band were any less committed to those songs. Gillespie swayed, bounced and sashayed around the stage with that blank expression and thousand yard stare, intermittently engaging directly with the audience to urge them to sing along. Andrew Innes was resplendent in leather pants and a sparkling shirt, guarding his side of the stage with a touch of the Keith Richards about him while the rest of the band hit their marks. Brand new bassist Simone Butler looked nervous but her playing was a perfect mix of drive and groove that easily filled the Mani-sized hole in the band.

The highlights of the 90 minute set were a rousing rendition of Country Girl, the show closer Rocks and a devastating version of Shoot Speed/Kill Light. The latter was the perfect example of how Primal Scream explode genres and rearrange the shattered fragments into songs that sound definitively theirs. Its krautrock rhythms, narcotic blur, heavy mood and attention to sonic detail provided a feeling of lift-off to the show and it was only after that song that they really dropped their shoulders and began to sound as relaxed and revelatory as they can. This was Primal Scream celebrating their past and preparing for the future.

this review was first published on FasterLouder

NEWS: The line-up for Meredith Music Festival 2012

The first list of acts performing at this year’s Meredith Music Festival in Victoria has been announced and as usual it looks to be a great mix of electronic, psychedelia, rock and hip hop. Check out our Rdio playlist featuring bands appearing at the event that takes place from December 7-9th.

There is a ballot happening so if you want to increase your chance of being allocated a ticket you need to head to www.mmf.com.au before 10pm Tuesday 21 August. Round One has been drawn and results hit inboxes Wednesday 15 August. Round Two results out Thursday 23 August.

 

WATCH: Primal Scream collaborate with Mark Stewart…

Primal Scream have hooked up with Mark Stewart of legendary bands The Pop Group and Maffia to record the song Autonomia which will appear on Stewart’s The Politics of Envy LP set to drop March 27th. The album features a litany of guest known for stirring the pot, including Richard Hell, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Gina Birch of the Raincoasts, Clash/PiL guitarist Keith Levine, Slits bassist Tessa Politt, Jesus & Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart, Daddy G of Massive Attack plus all of Primal Scream. Cool video too!

Check out the Autonomia EP with remixes from Pinch and JD Twitch (Optimo) over at BOOMKAT

NEWS: Primal Scream release Screamadelica Re-mastered (20th Anniversary)

The Very Limited Collector’s Edition Box Set includes: 

Replica 1991 Get Loaded Tour T-shirt, redesigned by Bobby Gillespie, recreated by ‘Worn By’ (size L).
Screamadelica Re-mastered (on CD & Double heavyweight LP).
Screamadelica Live In L.A  1991 (**Previously Unreleased!**).
Re-mastered Mixes (7”& 12” edits PLUS original remixes from Andy Wetherall, Terry Farley, The Orb and many more).
Re-mastered Dixy Narco EP.
DVD featuring brand new documentary , ‘The Making Of Screamadelica’, with interviews with the band and Andy Wetherall amongst others,  PLUS bonus content of the original Screamadelica VHS (**Previously unavailable on DVD!**).
50 page perfect bound book including brand new interviews with Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes and Andrew Wetherall, notes by James Brown, and crammed full of previously unseen photos.
Screamadelica DJ Slipmat
4 x 7” Single Art Prints: Designs by Paul Cannell, plus an stamp style 7” perforated art card.

On March 11 Primal Scream to release a newly re-mastered version of Screamadelica to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their genre-defining, groundbreaking masterpiece. To mark the 20th anniversary of this landmark record, the band have made a new cut of the album with the help of their longtime friend and occasional collaborator, Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. Since its release in September 1991, the inaugural Mercury Prize winning record has influenced countless bands and artists, been widely acclaimed by critics as one of the defining records of the 1990s and one of the most inventive albums of its generation- the album had a huge effect on 90s popular culture, bringing acid house and rock and roll to a unified mainstream audience that had until that point been disparate and underground.

Track Listing

CD – Re-Mastered album (Re-mastered by Primal Scream & Kevin Shields)

  1. Movin’ On Up
  2. Slip Inside This House
  3. Don’t Fight It, Feel It
  4. Higher Than The Sun
  5. Inner Flight
  6. Come Together
  7. Loaded
  8. Damaged
  9. I’m Comin’ Down
  10. Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)
  11. Shine Like Stars

CD – Live In L.A., 1992

  1. TBC

CD – Loaded (Original Mixes)

  1. Loaded – Farley Mix 7″
  2. Loaded – 7″ Mix

Come Together (Original Mixes)

  1. Come Together – Farley 7″ Mix
  2. Come Together – 7″ Mix (Wetherall Mix)
  3. Come Together – Terry Farley Extended 12″ Mix
  4. Come Together – Hypnotone Brain machine Mix
  5. Come Together – BBG Mix

Higher Than The Sun (Original Mixes)

  1. Higher Than The Sun – Higher Than The Orb
  2. Higher Than The Sun – 12″ Mix
  3. Higher Than The Sun – American Spring Mix

Don’t Fight It (Original Mixes)

  1. Don’t Fight It – 7″ Edit
  2. Don’t Fight It – Graham Massey Mix
  3. Don’t Fight It – Scat Mix
  4. Don’t Fight It – High, High, High (Massey)

Bonus Tracks

  1. I’m Losing More Than I Ever Had
  2. Ramblin Rose

CD – The Dixie Narco EP (Re-mastered)

  1. Movin’ On Up
  2. Stone My Soul
  3. Carry Me Home
  4. Screamadelica

Gatefold 2LP – Re-Mastered album – Side A

  1. Movin’ On Up
  2. Slip Inside This House
  3. Don’t Fight It, Feel It

Side B

  1. Higher Than The Sun
  2. Inner Flight
  3. Come Together

Side C

  1. Loaded
  2. Damaged
  3. I’m Comin’ Down

Side D

  1. Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony in Two Parts)
  2. Shine Like Stars

DVD – Classic Album documentary

  1. The Making Of Screamadelica

BONUS VIDEOS

  1. Screamadelica
  2. Movin’ On Up
  3. Slip Inside This House
  4. Don’t Fight It, Feel It
  5. Higher Than The Sun
  6. Come Together
  7. Damaged
  8. Loaded
  9. Shine Like Stars
  10. Inner Flight

NEWS: Big Day Out 2011 first announcement…

It seems like there has been even more debate, speculation and rumours than ever regarding the 2011 Big Day Out. Like a rock n roll circus heaving across the country it shows no sign of slowing down, even in the wake of a less than exciting roster this year.

2011 will see another new batch of kids experiencing a rite of passage with…

  • Tool
  • Iggy & The Stooges
  • Primal Scream (performing Screamadelica)
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • M.I.A
  • Grinderman
  • The Black Keys
  • Deftones
  • Die Antwoord
  • Andrew W.K
  • Ratatat
  • Booka Shade
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • CSS
  • The Jim Jones Review
  • Vitalic
  • Plan B
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • Bloody Beetroots
  • The Naked and Famous
  • Kids of 88
  • Crystal Castles (East Coast only)
  • Birds of Tokyo
  • Children Collide
  • John Butler Trio
  • Angus and Julia Stone
  • Bliss n Eso
  • Dead Letter Circus
  • Blue King Brown
  • Gypsy and the Cat
  • Little Red
  • Pnau
  • Rammstein

– Sun Jan 23: Gold Coast – Parklands
– Wed Jan 26: Sydney – Showground
– Sun Jan 30: Melbourne – Flemington Racecourse
– Fri Feb 4: Adelaide – Showground
– Sun Feb 6: Perth – Claremont Showground
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NEWS: PRIMAL SCREAM add extra dates to Australia tour…

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Primal Scream have added a bunch of club shows to accompany their appearance at Playground Weekender appearance.

The ‘Welcome To Your Beautiful Future’ Australia Tour will touch down at the following locations:

  • 4   Feb  The Forum NSW – tickets from Moshtix
  • 5   Feb  The Tivoli QLD – tickets from Ticketek
  • 8   Feb  Billboard VIC – tickets from Moshtix
  • 10 Feb  HQ SA – tickets from Venuetix
  • 11 Feb  Metropolis Fremantle WA – tickets from Heatseeker

All tickets on sale Friday December 5th.

Here is their video for Can’t Go Back’ from their current long player… Beautiful Future.