From Russia with gloves!! Shiny shiny gloves!! We are super stoked to announce that Siberian Stargazers GNOOMES will be playing for us again on 5th June at The House of Rapture.
They release their 3rd album MU! on Rocket Recordings – home to Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Goat, Hey Colossus – on 31st May and if lead track Sword In The Stone is anything to go by it might just be their best work yet.
Since the release of their last album Tschak! the three piece has turned into a quartet with synth player Masha Piankova joining the band. And it was the success of their tours in the UK and Europe that subconsciously created a template and tone for where the band would go next with this new album; to capture that surging drive and throbbing assault of their pulverising live shows. “We decided to make this record more live and less electronic,” Sasha, singer and guitarist from Gnoomses said. “We were thinking about how to make it sound more dynamic.” Masha’s introduction was a key one, with her replacing Sasha on synth bass whilst he moved over to second guitar to add a fuller and more impactful sonic crunch.
MU! has been part recorded in the same old soviet radio station where the band recorded Tschak! part in a professional studio and then part at home. This was to ensure the best capture of Gnoomes live assault. The results brim with a magnitude and sense of coherence that belies some of the environment it was created in. Fuzz-driven guitars shift in engulfing waves, resembling shoegaze giants at their most ferocious, whilst elsewhere layered vocals stack on top of one another, weaving between pristine melody and augmented discordance. Whilst the glacial electronics and coldwave tendencies that soaked much of their previous album may be more absent here, this record pulses with an electronic tinge that bubbles more subtly under the surface of immersive guitars.
The title Mu! has Japanese origins and comes from Zen Buddhism – something Sasha began to practise during past trying times – meaning both “no” and “nothingness” and the understanding that the acceptance of this concept can lead to enlightenment. “For me personally it’s a spiritual record,” he says. Although any sonic warbles of new age blandness couldn’t be further from the end results here. This is a cleansing record, no doubt, but one that washes over you with both brutal force and deft subtleness.
With the completion of this album, it also wraps up a trio of records all connected via punctuation – Ngan! Tschak! Mu! – but with one each distinct in its own tone and sense of evolution. From Bowie to the Cure to Moderat, musical history is peppered with great musical trilogies and now Gnoomes’ Exclamation Mark Trilogy can be added to that.
Reviews of previous album Tschak!:
“‘Woozier than Dylan the rabbit’s plasticine brain after a week on the tiles with Julian Cope . Gnoomes have risen to the challenge” Album of week – The Quietus
“A bit of a triumph” – Loud and Quiet Magazine
“A lysergic journey through distant, uncharted waters” – Clash Music
“It’s the sound of a band discovering themselves and whilst they do it, they invite you in for the ride. It truly is an escape from the real world and one which where you wish you could remain. Exceptional.” – Echoes And Dust
“Another excellent piece of work from Gnoomes” 9/10 – Soundblab
We have put together a truly eclectic group of artists to join Gnoomes on the night:
Highlights Of Our Modern World – Lop sided lo-fi beats
Chet Wynne – Blues inflected post rock ambience
Rumi So Yo – Experimental Jazz-Improv No Wave
All taking place at Portsmouth’s unique dino themed venue The House of Rapture – run by the brewing wizards at Staggeringly Good. .
Tix available now at wegottickets.com for just £6.
Doors at 7pm. Over 18s only.