Chris Hitchman Illustration – Monster Magnet Poster: Spine of God / Twentieth Anniversary Tour

Chris Hitchman first came to our attention back in July when he was commissioned by Levitation Records to produce artwork for the new Witches Drum EP Future Kings Of An Empty Throne. Chris had already produced some posters and album covers for local acts in the area (Culver, Zinc Bukowski) and had recently scored some work for the legendary band KARP on merchandise for their indispensable 2011 documentary Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film About A Band Called KARP (www.karplives.com). Off the back of his hard work and exceptional talent he was approached by the management team behind the US rock band Monster Magnet to produce a limited edition screen print for the Manchester date on their twentieth anniversary tour for their Spine of God album, and needed some help making it happen.

We stepped in to help Chris promote his work and arrange a schedule, effectively serving as a go-between to enable him time to finish his design and get paid for his efforts. Liaising with Jens Bornhoft, tour manager at Monster Magnet and Nigel Bowles at The Printhaus Workshops, Cardiff (www.theprinthaus.org) we helped Chris secure the commission and from the spec provided devised an affordable and effective way to print his original design in good time. The good folk at The Printhaus did a spectacular job in turning around 125 of these original A2 screen printed posters on black stock, hand signed and numbered by Chris…

With an order for 100 met we decided that instead of simply posting the prints we would take Chris to Manchester to deliver them in person. With all access passes to the show (thanks Jens!) we met with the team and band at the Manchester Academy where Chris’s work was quite rightly met with a lot of love, and his fantastic poster was sold on the merchandise stall alongside work by Malleus, and purchased by many fans and collectors…

A great experience for us personally and a memorable one for all involved we were massively proud to have helped him get his first set of prints produced and build what will no doubt be a long and fruitful working friendship with the guys at Monster Magnet and hopefully set Chris up with even more commissions. With 25 posters to sell after the show we set up and designed an online Big Cartel store for Chris to sell his poster, giving him an online presence and outlet to sell more work of his work in the future. And with bookings already made for 2013, and more work with even more legendary bands and artists just around the corner this year really is going to be a big one for Chris Hitchman. We look forward to working him again soon and in the meantime you can purchase one of these prints via his new online shop, http://www.chrishitchmanart.bigcartel.com. Snap one up before they go. If they haven’t all gone already.

Spider Kitten – Cougar Club (Rugland Records, 14/01/12)

Spider Kitten

Spider Kitten
Cougar Club
Rugland Records
UK Release Date: 14 January 2013

“Fucking A-MAZING! Acid Bath playing Melvins and Nirvana Bleach-era covers.”
Andi Morris, Desecration

“Heavier than giving Satan a piggy back up a steep hill on a very, very hot day.”
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Spider Kitten’s doomy rumblings shake the foundations, affirming their growing reverence.”
Noel Gardner, Buzz Magazine

“It’s dark, it’s eerie, the bass line is wonderfully low, it’s bordering industrial and it’s nothing like I’ve quite heard before from any Welsh band.”
Soundscape Magazine

There are some bands whose sound requires less of a description and more of a comprehensive lab test, and Newport’s influential Spider Kitten is most definitely one such band.

Originally formed as a duo (sans drummer) back in 2001 by founding members Chi Lameo (vocals, guitar) and Ptew (effects) it didn’t take long for the band to acquire an audience, and with it a cult reverence that over a decade on continues to stretch far beyond the South Wales doom scene.

Destroying PA systems and lysergically lacing drone metal with onstage visual projections in support of groups such as Taint, Firebird and Suns of Thunder, since their 2003 debut _LP (Underscore) Spider Kitten have put out a prolific number of recordings. From demos, EPs and split singles to full-length albums most have either been given away or shared around freely thanks to the band’s furious DIY ethic and an ethos that is as raw now as it’s ever been.

Through their frightening prolificacy they have amassed a back catalogue that swallows styles from proto-grunge and heavy psychedelia, to doom and industrial noise. All drowned in the influence of artists as diverse as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, The Melvins and the dirtiest miscellany of Sub Pop’s early output.

Spider Kitten have expanded their line-up in recent times to include respected noise merchants Chris West (ex-Taint) on drums, Rob Davies on guitar and Al White on bass, and their latest album Cougar Club is not just a product of their now veteran status but a culmination of eleven years of experimentation. From the opening eerie swell and crushing grind of ‘Twin Obscenities’ to the classic motoric rock groove of ‘Burdened’ and the doomy 70s progressive closer of its title track, this is without question Spider Kitten’s most complete and ambitious recording to date. A total blast for everyone who has waited for it, a reminder to those that might have forgotten, and the biggest kick in the head to those who are yet to hear how awesome they are and have been for a long time.

Spider Kitten:
Chi Lameo – Vocals, guitar,synth
Al White – Bass, vocals
Chris West – Drums, vocals
Rob Davies – Guitar

Track Listing:
1. Twin Obscenities
2. Burdened
3. Dark World
4. Time Takes it Toll
5. Cougar Club

Label: Rugland Records
Formats: CD, Download
Web: spiderkitten.bandcamp.com

Recorded at Whitehouse, Weston-Super-Mare and Das Ghetto, Cardiff
Engineered by Martin Nichols
Produced by Chi Lameo
Mastered by Latch
Artwork by Al

Live Dates:
1.12.12 – Loserpalooza Fest with Atomck, The Witches Drum, Thorun, Zinc Bukowski and Recluse at Buffalo Bar, CARDIFF

Aloud Music Festival (AMF2013) And Free Aloud Music Ltd Downloads

To celebrate their tenth anniversary this year Barcelona’s best loved label Aloud Music Ltd have announced the final line-up and full details of its first ever Aloud Music Festival.

Over three evenings from 7th to 9th February at Barcelona’s Sidecar Factory Club and Sala Apollo, Aloud will play host to ten very special acts, handpicked by the Aloud team. Serving as a showcase for some of Spain’s brightest and best exponents of post-rock, indie and rock ‘n’ roll music; Toundra, Lisabö, Cuzo, The Joe-K Plan and Syberia will be joined by Canterbury, UK post-rock instrumentalists Yndi Halda, Reggio Emilia shoegazers Giardini di Mirò, Norway’s awesome (and awesomely named) The Samuel Jackson Five, Belgium’s Stories From The Lost and Russia’s wonderful Powder! Go Away.

Tickets are on sale now priced 35€ which also includes a discount of 5€ for all Aloud performances throughout 2013. Day tickets are also available, more info of which can be found here

Also, in true Aloud Music Ltd tradition you can access, download and share a selection of albums from their ten-year history right here.

For more information about Aloud Music Festival (AMF2013) check out their website http://www.aloudmusicfestival.com/amf/

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TEN YEARS OF ALOUD MUSIC LTD

A long time ago on a van journey across their native Spain, Sergio Picón, his wife Núria Ferré and a few close friends discussed the connections between their musical tastes. After talking long into the night about their favourite bands and artists, and the industry’s handling of rock and indie music in Spain they decided to form a label to accommodate all the bands they felt had something vital to say. Aloud Music Ltd was born that very evening back in 2003 and ten years on it remains, stronger than ever; limited only by the tastes of its enthusiastic founders and the dedication of those it has worked with.

For ten years the Barcelona based label has forged an inseparable bond between themselves, the artists they champion and the fans that follow their Aloud Philosophy. Flying the flag of honesty in a business infamous for trading passion for quick profit Aloud has strived to be different from the get go. In 2008 they not only embraced free downloading but actively promoted it through their website for all their back catalogue releases, making it an indispensable porthole for those interested in their history and output.

Yet Aloud Music Ltd is far from a download only label. With every release they take great care and pride in physical formats, from artwork through to limited edition vinyl releases and merchandise. Employing the ethos of labels like Dischord they have endeavoured to keep the price of vinyl and CD releases low to ensure that nobody ever pay more than is necessary to hear what makes an artist on Aloud Music Ltd so special.

Equally Aloud has continued to support the belief that children and young people under the age of 23 shouldn’t have to pay to enter concerts organised by the label wherever possible. Supporting musical education and recognising the importance of allowing people of all ages to experience music where music is best discovered it’s a philosophy that has proven popular among the next generation of future rock and indie followers in Spain. It has also given those who love Aloud the opportunity to share their views and talk long into the night about what great music means to them.

From the dream pop of Fira Fem and experimental folk of Ainara LeGardon, to the rich and vivid worlds of Exxasens and Toundra with a decade down and another on the horizon we look forward to joining Aloud Music Ltd on their journey.

To find out more please visit www.aloudmusic.com

Loserpalooza Returns this December (Plus Free Download)

Following the  success of last year’s event the organisers behind Cardiff’s Loserpalooza have decided to turn it into an annual happening and will return on 1 December 2012 to The Buffalo Bar, Cardiff with six awesome bands.

The line-up will include Atomck, Spider Kitten, The Witches Drum, Thorun, Zinc Bukowski and Recluse and run from 3:00pm until 10:00pm, allowing plenty of time afterward to visit your favourite watering hole.

Tickets are priced £6 on door or £4 in advance and available here

To download a free six track album featuring all of the bands involved click here