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IMP are completely delighted to bring another fantastic touring first to Aberdeen. Headlining the first night of 2013 Liverpool Psych Festival, it's an utter coup getting them to Aberdeen.
Wed 3rd Sept 2014
The Tunnels (Room 1),
Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen AB10 1BF.
Phone (01224) 211121
Tickets £10+bf in adv / £12 on door
An extraordinary evening of Space Rock, Psychedelic & Shoegaze musical navigations, featuring:-
His Name is Codeine
Moon Duo (Sacred Bones, Souterrain Transmissions, Woodsist)
Formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s first two critically acclaimed EPs, Killing Time (2009) and Escape (2010), fused the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock. Their debut album Mazes, recorded in San Francisco and mixed in Berlin during 2010 as the band prepared to move to the mountains of Colorado, explores a far broader, lighter, sound. That’s most clear on the dreamy organ and skipping riff of the title track, which recalls the Velvet Underground, or the handclaps and swinging organ bloops over the potent shredding and guttural riff delivered by Johnson in When You Cut. Throughout, Mazes is the sound of Moon Duo carving out their own identity, looking to the horizon, and moving forward. Late 2011 saw the release of the darker, mostly instrumental Horror Tour EP around the band’s fall tour of Eastern Europe; Record Store Day 2012 brought a limited edition LP Mazes Remixed which featured remixes by the likes of Sonic Boom, Psychic Ills, and Purling Hiss. Now Moon Duo are set to release Circles, their second full-length LP with Souterrain Transmissions. The band will also set off on a worldwide tour in support of the album in October and November. Circles is the product of a long winter’s isolation in the Rocky Mountains, though the road to its fruition stretched over six months and several locations. The groundwork for the album was laid at the band’s home in Blue River, Colorado in the early months of 2012, where all songs were written, and the preliminary tracks recorded. For two weeks in early April, Moon Duo moved into a small apartment above Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco for an additional recording session with engineer Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach). Like its predecessor, the album was mixed and tweaked at Kaiku Studios in Berlin. Inspiration for many of the songs themes, as well as the title Circles, came from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay by the same name, on the symbol and nature of “the flying Perfect.” From the opening lines: “The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.” And so it goes. Rust never sleeps.
Some Review of Circles
"Full of grinding guitar drones and synth spirals, their second album 'Circles' is less an orbiting lunar satellite than a full-blown Death Star, its phasers set to krautrock-inspired noise marathons". NME 8/10
"Locomotive rhythms and chugging guitars form an incessant base, while other textures eddy in and out to supply spark, from ’s shamanic vocals and distorted soloing to Yamada’s intoxicating organ playing" 4/5 The Skinny
"These songs pack a considerable wallop, which actually isn't much of a feat for Moon Duo. What is surprising is how thrillingly lucid they are" 7.4 Pitchfork
His Name Is Codeine
His Name Is Codeine is a band of dark, intense, hypnotic, gloomy, pedal gazers armed with melodies to split the wall of sound noise. Starting as a trio of Lyn Ralph (vocals, bass, drum looper), Marc Roy (guitar, vocals) and Mark Simpson (guitar, vocals) in 2010, and adding in 2013 drummer Stu Russell, as well as Elizabeth Maycox (percussion, keys, drones). Slowly gaining an underground following ...through early releases 'Before The Apple Fell' and 'Shoot To Kill', His Name Is Codeine spent 2012 recording their debut album, titled 'The Only Truth Is Music'.... because it is. Hailing from Elgin in the north east of Scotland, His Name Is Codeine is not part of any scene. 100% DIY, they recorded, produced and will release the album by themselves, on their own Dead Book Records, relying on the kindness of like-minded friends and strangers to help spread the word. "was very very impressed by this band when they played with The Cosmic Dead, so its a pleasure to get them to play an IMP show & in particular this event. Whilst they have been quiet of late word is they have been writing & recording their new long play which will be finished sometime soon"
As you know the massively talented Kitchen Cynics plays a lot for us & quite right as well. Tonight he's going to open the evening with a very special set of Psych songs completely appropriate to the night & only in a way that he can pull off. Expect the unexpected with our local genius..