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Paranoid Visions ‘Escape From The Austerity Complex’ album out today

Posted on September 17, 2012
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Out today is the new Paranoid Visions album, limited red vinyl, CD and download. Here's what Louder Than War had to say about it. There's a great interview at withguitars.com that's well worth a read.



Escape From The Austerity Complex’

16 track CD – OVER 130CD - Barcode: 689492126223

12 track LP (coloured vinyl + 16 track CD / booklet)

– OVER 130LP – 689492126216

Release Date: 17th September 2012


Formed in Dublin in 1981, Ireland’s longest running punk band have become increasingly successful, culminating in what has already been described as a “snarling and aggressive lyrically, perfectly bitter, recession-themed album” by State Magazine.

The 16 track album features special guests in the form of Crass’ frontman Steve Ignorant, The Cravats’ vocalist The Shend, the legendary TV Smith and Rubella Ballet’s Zillah Minx and has been mastered by Sid Ation from Rubella Ballet.

The album has already broken mainstream barriers by having two Top 10 Irish singles Politician (from Der Election EP) and the follow-up Outsider Artist (featuring TV Smith both of which, in a huge leap of public support, broke through the X - Factor barrier and nestled at No. 6 in the charts. The band hope the next single taken from the album will also hit number 6, as the 666 reference equates to the devil’s involvement in the rest of the Top 10.

Paranoid Visions have always avoided being genre specific in their musical output and this album is no exception. The contrasts between the 54 second hardcore of Problem with the 6 minute long Killing Joke inspired punk/metal of Nuclear Victims, to the 11 minute long Recession Klub track, (a doom laden reflection on the state of the economy that was described in an early pre-release review as being “a mini-masterpiece that not many punk bands would have the nerve to attempt”) added to the Crass meets The Buzzcocks track Split Personality (featuring Steve Ignorant on lead vocals) and the angular, Wire inspired, Rising Tides give this album an eclecticism that crosses genres, styles and influences.

Clocking in at 69 minutes long the album was clearly too long to fit on vinyl, so the first 12 tracks will feature and the package contains a cd of  the entire album and the 20 page cd booklet to make a beautiful package.

Track Listing:

Austerity Crusade /On The Run /Outsider Artist /Politician /Poles Apart /All Systems Go /Statement Of Intent /Dangerous Rhythm /Split Personality /Tainted Ink /Rising Tide /(Don’t Let The) Rot Set In /Beatenhovans Symphony /Problem /Nuclear Victims (The Bombsong) /Recession Klub

Punk rock started in Peru in 1964

Posted on September 14, 2012
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According to this Guardian feature Los Saicos (The Psychos) were the first punk band. Must be true, there's even a plaque to commemerate the fact!

The video is worth watching. More garage-punk than 70s punk, but we'll give them their moment of fame.

Meg Baird & The Horse Loom Newcastle 13th Sept

Posted on September 10, 2012
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This Thursday, September 13th 2012. Meg Baird from the USA on Drag City records. She will be supported by Richard dawson and The Horse Loom. Not to be missed!!

Venue; Cumberland Arms Byker - NE6 1LD

Doors; 20:00hrs  Admission; £6-00.

Meg Baird;

"She is an amazing guitarist and singer. Often compared to Sandy Denny, she incorporates aspects of Denny, Anne Briggs, Nick Drake and Bert Jansch (she toured with him in the past) into her own unique sound. She is an excellent fingerstyle guitar player and her voice is incredible and ethereal, providing a contemporary and progressive take on the rich seam mined by those artists mentioned above. Truly special. Not to be missed!!"

‎"Philadelphia's wonderful Meg Baird. A mainstay of that city's excellent Espers, Baird's voice, guitar and arrangements have always been a cornerstone of their pastoral angularity. Guesting on records by everyone from Will Oldham to Sharon van Etten and Kurt Vile has helped spread the word about her ever more delicately powerful guitar style and her simply ethereal voice. Comparisons to such heavyweights as Sandy Denny, Linda Perhacs and Pentangle's Jacqui McShee abound."
 The Horse Loom; His long awaited debut album is to be released later this month on Low Point records; "swung between delicacy and furious string scratching burst of melodies""acoustic songs that interweave his surprisingly tender vocals with his truly incredible guitar style that recalls Davy Graham or Bert Jansch at their finest
Richard Dawson; "Newcastle based Richard Dawson has beguiled his way round live venues in the region for a few years now and this album (released last year but now out on vinyl) captures him and his battered acoustic guitar in all their unadorned glory. Unadorned? The production makes Bon Iver’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ sound like Thriller, but if you’re prepared to get down and dirty then you’ll be rewarded with Dawson’s voice – a high-wire act without a safety net - teetering from the commanding to a strained, barely there whisper, which has the effect of simply pulling you in even closer. An acquired taste, but then again, so is the finest malt whisky."



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