26 Feb 2017
Swedish indie rockers Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are simply incredible. Creating beautiful shoegaze songs, they have already released two amazing albums, 2015’s debut album Horse Dance and last year’s Mirage. The band have been hailed for their dream-like sound and ambient vibe, creating music that sounds like it descended directly from the cosmos.
In preparation of their upcoming tour, the band have just released a reworked version of smouldering Mirage track, ‘Sister Green Eyes’. With tribal-like percussion and Josefin’s haunting vocals, the track is elegant, melodic and wildly compelling. We caught up with Josefin to find out more about the track and what 2017 has in store.
How did you all meet?
Fred and I met at an after after hours party in a record store and then we drove around the Mediterranean and slept in an old car for quite a long time, ending up with Argentinian friends in Andalucia. The rest of the band are great people we’ve played with for a good while, and now we’ve brought in two London based musicians, Angela Maki Won-Yin Mak of Parlour and Warm Brains among many other bands...
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Let’s start with a brief excursus of early days of the band, how did you meet? Your first influences and inspirations?
Nicola: The band was formed in the town of Sassuolo in 1994 as a trio (Luca Giovanardi, bassist Laura Storchi and me). Among our first influences: american and british alternative rock of the 80s and 90s, but also classic rock from the 60s and the 70s.
What were the most meaningful moments and records of the Julie’s Haircut history, the ones you’re most fond of? Are there also any tracks you’ve grown particularly close?
Nicola: It’s a bit like asking a father which is his favourite son, isn’t it? We’re proud of everything we’ve done, even the less successful things: it’s all part of who we are now.
The title of the new album is inspired by a Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Inventions song ‘Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin’, from their second album ‘Absolutely Free’ and by the short film ‘‘Invocation Of My Demon Brother’’ by the British film-maker Kenneth Anger, is it just a play of words or is there a hidden meaning? One way or the other visionary artists like Zappa, Sun Ra or Captain Beefheart often recurring when I talk to a lot of musicians, but enough is never said about them....
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Julie’s Haircut is now well into its second decade and is no signs of fatigue whatsoever. The band’s progression from garage rock infants to krautrock/psychedelic explorers has taken a while and a few line-up changes, but throughout their evolution, Julie’s Haircut could never be accused of being boring and shying away from adventure. Indeed since 2005 they’ve started to use the improvisational techniques utilised by Miles Davis and Can in order to “find” their own songs and their own path.
Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin is not only the fruits of the band’s most recent improvisational song finding mission, but also an invitation to whoever finds this album to join them on a journey into a sonic otherworld where some kind of universal truth might be discovered...
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24 Feb 2017
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation release Sister Green Eyes - the new single today.
This is a different version to that can be found on their highly acclaimed second album 'Mirage'. The track also comes with an exclusive bside – a remix of album favourite 'Rainbow Lollipop' by great friend of Rocket, the mighty 'Cherrystones'.
You can buy the single here: iTunes / Bandcamp
And stream via Spotify here: Spotify
The bands starts their UK tour today in Nottingham:
24 Feb / Contemporary / Nottingham
25 Feb / Liverpool / Liverpool Central Library (get it loud in libraries)
26 Feb / Newcastle / The Cluny
28 Feb / Glasgow / Broadcast
1 March / Manchester / The Soup Kitchen *SOLD OUT*
2 March / Leeds / The Brudenell Social Club
3 March / Bristol / Louisiana *SOLD OUT*
4 March / London / Moth Club *SOLD OUT*
5 March / Brighton / Haunt
6 March / Oxford / The Bullingdon
7 March / Birmingham / Hare & Hounds
1 April / This is Psychedelia Festival / Folkestone
14 April / Lisbon Psych Fest / Portugal
21 April / Blue Shell / Cologne / Germany
22 April / Schon Schön / Mainz/ Germany
23 April / Berghain Kantine / Berlin / Germany
23 Feb 2017
Excited to announce that Kuro are going to be playing this years Roadburn.
Their collaboration with Gnod as part of their residency has already been announced, but Kuro are also going to be playing their own set as well.
Tickets and more information can be found here: Roadburn
"Julie’s Haircut has been turning any preconceptions about the idea of Italian music on their heads for the best part of twenty years. I remember catching them with Sonic Boom in Bristol some ten years or so ago, and the record they released together at the time expanded minimal psychedelic guitar repetition in two different directions. All these years later, the latest album and their first for the ever-reliable Rocket Recordings finds them with just a toe dipped in the ever-expanding ocean of psychedelic music, but with the rest of their body stretched into ever disparate genres; and this evokes a greater sense of freedom then perhaps would be expected.
This is the band’s seventh long player and finds them taking the odd cue from Miles Davis and Can, but more in the way that they use space and the sense of freedom that comes from music built with repetition as its base note. The songs are not written in the conventional sense, but emerge from improvisation, the band latching on to the song once it makes itself apparent and this method is perhaps what does lend Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin a sense of wonder..."
Read the rest here: Freq
22 Feb 2017
JOSEFIN ÖHRN AND THE BAND CERTAINLY BOAST A PEDIGREE, AND THAT PEDIGREE IS ON SHOW IN NEWCASTLE
Local promoter Wandering Oak have brought plenty of psychedelic treats to Newcastle in recent years, including Cumbrian upcomers The Lucid Dream and Ben Chasny’s long-running, revered project Six Organs of Admittance. On Sunday 26th February however, they’re hosting one of their most ambitious and remarkable bookings to date as they bring Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation to The Cluny.
Signed to Rocket Recordings – home to artists such as Gnod, Teeth Of The Sea and Newcastle’s own Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – and taking their name from the notion of ‘Liberation Upon ...
And buy tickets here: The Cluny