Grey Lantern and The Beauty Witch present
JULIE’S HAIRCUT (IT./ROCKET RECORDINGS)
+ AZRAQ SAHARA & DEAD SEA APES
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“Being from Italy and doing what we do – we are outsiders” says Luca Giovanardi, a founder member of Julie’s Haircut, whose always incendiary yet increasingly outlandish sound has found itself with few parallels in their homeland since their inception towards the end of the last century. “We have always been outsiders.’ Yet in following their own singular pathway, the band have arrived at the deep-end approach to sonic innovation audible on their debut release for Rocket Recordings, Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin. Seven albums into a mission initially inspired by the likes of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3, the band now find themselves at a new plateau of small-hours elucidation and revelation that may summon the spectres of the wayward squall of Mercury Rev, the shamanic allure of Dead Skeletons or the wild soundscapes of Amon Duul II to some, yet essentially sounds like no-one but themselves.
Active since the late 90’s, Julie’s Haircut have embarked on a musical journey that has seen them gradually abandon traditional forms of rock writing for a more experimental approach, based on improvisation in the studio.
“In fact we don’t ‘write’ songs anymore, not in the usual sense.’ Luca explains ‘It’s more similar to what Teo Macero was doing on Miles Davis’s records: improvising freely and then ‘finding’ the song, refining it until it comes out in its final form. Can – whose former singer Damo Suzuki is now a very close friend of ours and we’ve been performing with him many times – used a similar method. And of course both Can and Davis have been two huge influences on our work in the last ten years.”
The result is a record built on trance-like repetition that builds to mantric intensity to summon atmospheric plateaus redolent of the psychic and surreal transgressions of its title – a double-helix tribute to both Frank Zappa and Kenneth Anger. Coruscating guitar overload and jazz-tinged blowout collide amidst hypnotic soundscapes like the shamanically inclined ‘The Fire Sermon’ and the eleven-minute motorik magnificence of the curtain-raiser ‘Zukunft’, yet atmospheric restraint, glacial texture and immersive groove play as large a part in this blinding and beatific soundworld as droning darkness or overheated amp tubes.
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