There has been a lot of talk in the Small Bear Records office in recent weeks regarding the impending debut album from UK band Vukovar.
What’s the link to the Isle of Man then I hear you cry?
Well, apart from the fact that this debut album entitled ‘Emperor’ is being released on the aforementioned Douglas based Small Bear Records label, the release also features contributions from what can only be classed as a Small Bear Records supergroup.
The likes of Mikie Daugherty, Jonny Peacock, Marie Reynolds and Mark Sayle who between them appear in the line-ups of the various Small Bear roster from the likes of Postcode, Phil Reynolds and The Dearly Departed, Nanaki and Circus World.
The album was produced and mixed in-house at the Small Bear HQ by label boss Phil Reynolds along with Dan Ankers.
If you’re a fan of no wave, industrial, garage rock and punk then this is certainly worth having a look at.
The video for lead single New World Order can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hSBZTc4Fe8
As with all Small Bear Records releases it can be downloaded on a name-your-price basis, with a special limited edition handmade CDR also available.
For further information visit https://vukovarsmallbear.bandcamp.com/album/emperor
Whilst we’re on the subject of Manx Based record labels, the second of the two based on the island, a certain Ballagroove Records, home to the likes of Nick Barlow and The Bad Noise and Cartesian Jetstream have also been readying themselves for the long awaited new album from local four-piece outfit Rhysical Pheck.
Now, I say long awaited and new as the band had originally started recording this album back in 2002 following the release of their debut that came in the shape of The Little People LP from the same year.
A bit of competition with a certain Axl Rose in terms of how long it can take to record and release an album!
Joking aside though the album, entitled The Vitamin D LP, and which is out now is an eclectic mix of electronics, drum machines, synths and keyboards all mixed together with guitars, bazoukis, banjos, flutes and trumpets. Think Spiritualized, Lemon Jelly, Super Furry Animals, Four Tet, Velvet Underground and Sigur Ros and you’re getting close to the influences that have been picked out.
The album was recorded and mixed in house at the Ballagroove Records studios by label boss Gypo Buggane, who incidentally is also in the band.
I’m not sure if any live dates are planned, however please visit http://ballagroove.com for further information on the band and where to purchase the album.