This month got some absolute new banger, I am exceptionally happy with the new Alexis Marshall track and the announcement of the collab between the body and Big Brave. Soem really great stuff in here, ranging from almost metal to destructive noiserock and some really fine psychedelia too. Check out what June had to offer.
I remember being completely blown away the first time hearing Thank, I immediatly ordered their EP Please and put the band high on my end of the year list. Their mix of experimental weirdness, noiserock and agressiveness is something I really really love, it is fast, brutal and wild. Their latest release is called ‘Thankology’ and is a compilation gathering together the Leeds noise rock band’s existing material.
This is an absolute beast, if you don’t listen to Thank and buy the album then you are a turd.
I noticed I really like it when bands experiment with sound, as a big noiserockfan I ofcourse go completely wild when these bands experiment with sound, especially with electronics. The difference between noiserock and industrial is small, I know, but I wil try to leave Industrial mostly out of it. So I will share some of my favourite releases, some with an obvious electronic influence and with others it is a bit more nuanced. Be sure to let me know wich ones deserve a place on here, I really want as much as possible on this list.
The leeds noiserockers released their album “Please” last year and ended pretty high on my end of the year list. Their sound is full of electronics wich makes their music even more nutty.
On the latest one of Girl Band the electronics are maybe a bit more nuanced but the techno piece in the middle of “Shoulderblades” track is absolutely brilliant and give me goosebumbs to this day.
Maybe not 100% noiserock but shuttlecock made a really cool album with “Simulation Assimilation” in 2006.
This is a newer band but it is quite clear the band intents to make a marriage of noise rock and electronics.
This list would be nothing without the 90s band Brainiac.
On Kim Gordon’s first solo album “No Home Record” she experimented with a lot of different genres, and she succeeded wonderfully, This is a great record with a lot of different influences.
Shit and Shine
This is quite a band, Shit and Shine has released a bit of everything, I don’t know how many releases they had but it must be a crapload. The band has made pure electronic and acid albums but I wanted to share their latest called “Doing Drugs, Selling Drugs”. There is a lot of sampling and electronic in this album but most of all it is extremely heavy.
This is maybe not exactly fitting but I always do love me some Raketkanon, and since they called it quits they deserve a place on here. Their latest album is very much synth, so here it is.
Noise Rock pioneers, Eric Paul (Arab On Radar, Chinese Stars, Doomsday Student), Paul Vieira (Chinese Stars, Doomsday Student), and Nathan Joyner (Some Girls, All Leather, Hot Nerds) make really awesome industrial/electronic noiserock.
The debut of Duchess Says was released in 2006 and deserves a place in here too. Keytars, Keyboards and whatever make this stuff pretty frikkin cool.
14 tracks about robot domination and human extinction? Released on Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1996? Yes, please.
This is some nutty music. Its sounds like the 80’s Thank. This is from their 1985 album “Wash & Slog”.
I don’t have a lot of info on this band but this EP, Jesus, this EP completely blow me to bits.
Every year I come across some labels I did not know before and who open up a new world for me. This year it was Cruel Nature Records, a casette label from Newcastle Upon Tyne that is run by Steve Strode who specializes in experimental stuff, harshnoise, punk as well as heavy noise rock and other goodies.
Before Cruel Nature Records Steve Strode ran a vinyl label but due to the expenses he could not release whatever he wanted. So came Cruel Nature in 2013 wich is only cassettes and gives Steve more creative freedom. And that is what you get, there is some really crazy and cool stuff on there that needs to be heard. Some releases are brutal some are more easy to listen to.
There are a lot of bands on it so I will choose only a couple. All the rest you can check out yourself you bunch of lazy bums.
But be aware, the label starts out with brutal harsh noise and as it gets older there are more and more genres introduced. So have a little patience for once and don’t go directly to the end.
I am going to pick this one because i really loved the book Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. The music is something else though. This sounds like my broken washing machine. This seems to be one of the first releases on the label in 2013. is it experimental, well I guess so.
now I am going to jump to 2014, just skipping a crapload of noise cassettes and just pick this one, first of all because of the cover art that looks like a cute bear that is mad and maybe one of the first releases that isnt extreme noise. The Ep is called “#edgeofthebed” and is a drone/ambient record that was released June 30, 2014.
頭足類 (Tōsokurui no)
頭足類 (Tōsokurui no), is the debut album from人柱二 (Hitobashira ni). I chose this because I have a list called “The Cosmic Side of Japan” filled with stuff like this, and I never heard of this band. It seems to be a Japanoise, drone/kraut band formed English horror film critic & writer James Patrick Blackden Marriott. This is very awesome and has as a bonus very great artwork.
Waheele is a acid postmetal thing band and released an album in 2014 but also in 2019 on Cruel Nature Records and it is pretty good stuff.
Another band with a new release in 2019. A very cool band that fuses spaghetti punk with surf noise.
This is an Argentinian noiserock band heavily influenced by Sonic Youth with a punk vibe. It seems to be the second album from the duo and is an entertaining piece of work.
Sly and the Family Drone
this is one of those magnificent bands, their 2019 release “Gentle Persuaders” ended really high up on my best of 2019 list. So it is great to sea a release of them here too.
“Throwing Chunks” by Dirt is one dough of mixed genres put in the oven on 180 degrees and you get one hell of a fuzzy cake.
There it is, Lovely Wife, one of my favourite bands on Cruel Nature records. There are two releases on the label by this incredibly good band. Head on psychedelic doomnoise rock of the highist order.
Thank is extremely good. This album is pure fun, a really good mix of punk and heaviness. Thank enden with their new album really high on my end of the year list too. gooddomn glorious stuff.
Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska
This band has been posted on Fuzzy Sun a lot. their hypnotic psych never dissapoints.
Bodies on Everest
The noise on Bodies of Everest is always welkcome in my life. It doesn’t make me happy though.
Workin’ Man Noise Unit
This was one of the better rock releases of 2018. Was welcomed really good by all kinds of press too.
The perfect marriage between postpunk and noiserock is made by Modern Technology and you can get the cassette here.
another great release this year was the new one from Tankengine. Raw punk and noise.
Kombynat Robotron / Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska
pure and epic psychedelic drone. this is a match made in Heaven.
This is a short overview of my favourite released on Cruel nature Records. I can only recommend you to listen to more of their stuff, dig deeper and buy some of the stuff on there.
Fuzzy Sun mostly covers noiserock, psychedelic rock and experimental stuff. A new addition to the blog is experimental techno/industrial/noise but this is still in its infancy. I have the feeling there was a bit more psychedelic rock in 2018 then this year but there were still some exquisite releases. It is very clear for me noise rock dominated 2019.
This is my end of the year list, my best of list of 2019. I tried to orden my favourite released a bit but this is no easy task, so don’t take it too seriously. Do take the bands on this list seriously and take your time to absorb their music. their are some absolute gems in this list. Order some vinyl too. bands like money last i heard.
Take your time and enjoy.
1.Girl Band – The Talkies
My number one of 2019 is Girl Band and I can say this with great conviction. The band is refreshing, implements different genres succesfully in one track. They do not make their sound more easy to become popular, on the contrary, they keep experimenting, this time very succesfully with electronic and techno vibes mixed through their music.
2. Shit and Shine – Doing Drugs, Selling Drugs
This is in your face noiserock with the most dense riffs ever created. Shit and Shine needs to be a genre on their own, somthing like Swamp Sludge or Zombie Noise. This is brilliant. Shit and Shine did it again.
3. Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel
Lightning Bolt is epic, their new album is epic, it should be on everyone’s list. “Sonic Citadel” is everything you want and everything you did not know you needed.
4. Cherubs -Immaculada High
The cult noiserockers made with “Immaculada High’ an album so gorgeous it deserves to be high on everyones end of the year list.
5. Black Shape – LONDON
I am completely blown away by this “new” band . I can tell you I probably listened to their 45 minute track ‘LONDON’ the most this year. The track starts with about ten minutes of crushing riff, the riff is great but don’t think that is all the band can do. Please take 45 minutes of your time, I promise you, you will not be dissapointed. Out on Hominid Sounds
6. Thank – Think Less
The Leeds noiserockers end up at number six with their EP ‘Please’. This new EP is the most original version of punk, noise, and electronics I have heard in a long while. Thank is on acid.
7. Kim Gordon – No Home Record
Kim Gordon is making music for millenia and it is just now she released her first solo album. This is a solo album by an artist who is experiences, original, daring and she perfectly knows what she is doing and what she wants. “No Home Record” is exceptional and original.
8. USA/MEXICO – MATAMOROS
Contender for loudest album of the year. With members of Shit and Shine. Destructive, aggressive, hits you in the face and when you are on the ground it keeps on hitting until your face is pulp, then burns the pulp.
9. Rainbow grave – No You
Oh lord this is dirty, this is such a dirty mix of sludge and punk that it needs to end on place 8. With founder member of Napalm Death and Scorn and founder member of Doom and Sore Throat. Out on God Unknown Records.
10. Naujawanan Baidar – Volume 2
I am always up for some new sounds and Mr. Baidar delivers these tunes. A mix of Afghan folk and noise creates one hell of a gorgeous record.
11. Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops
The Australian rockers made a gorgeous album, again. In my opinion this one is even a lot better then the previous one. A lot of different styles, a lot of tracks that are instant addiction for me.
12. Sly and the Family Drone – Gentle Persuaders
Gorgeous in their experimental noise, free jazz and drone. And “Gentle Persuaders” is by far their best release.
13. Youff -If wishes were horses, homicidal beggars could ride
These nutcases from Belgium released two albums this year. ’20/20 Hindsight’ was so loud even I had difficulty digesting it. Their second part ‘If wishes were horses, homicidal beggars could ride’ is the more experimental of the two and really stuck in my head.
14. Shimmer – And I Revel
I don’t know how to tell you what kind of music this is. Is it demented punk? Is it smoked indienoise? forlorn post punk? I don’t know, all i know is that Shimmer rules and needs to be heard.
15. Cunts – Cunts
Good lord, this supergroup (Dead Cross, Qui, Retox, Virginia Reed, Hep.Titus and Planet B) makes the heaviest punk ever. Slayer looks like cute little kitties next to Cunts.
16. Buildings – Negative Sounds
Gorgeous riffs, perfectly produced, heavy vocals! is this the perfect marriage between noiserock and metal.
17 .Qujaku – In Neutral
My favorite band from Japan wich I know for sure they will conquer the world with their original mix of doom, psych and noise. They released an EP “In neutral” this year. Gloria is the strongest track of the two.
18. Luggage – Shift
Masters in songbuilding, gorgeous noiserock atmospheres, slow brooding tracks. Their third full album ‘Shift’ really suprised me.
19. Henge – Nothing Head
With “Nothing Head” Henge released a powerfull dose of psychedelic doom on or planet. Released on God Unknown Records.
20. Kungens man – Chef & Hårt Som Ben
The Stockholm band Kungens Man keeps releasing magnificent music. This year they have delivered two albums of cosmic psych. Verry trippy psychedelic music. Both the album “Chef” and “Hårt Som Ben” are great pieces of work.
21. Dhidalah -Threshold 発端
High quality heavy psych and space rock by the Japanese band Dhidalah. Trippin cosmic guitar music.
22. Beige Palace – Leg
Not really easy to tell you what kind of music Beige Palace makes, all I can say is that is refreshing, original and goddamn fun.
23. Moon Duo – Stars Are The Light
Hazy dance-able cosmic dream psych. That is what Moon Duo made and it rules. Tune in and dream away.
24. Oh Sees – Face Stabber
Probably the most energetic band on the planet that releases loads of music. Oh Sees have done it again this year with ‘Face Stabber’. High energy garage punk tracks and long trippy space songs all on one album. perfect for trippin.
25. BORIS – Love & Evol
Japanse heavyweights Boris return with an excellent album. As alway this band is very difficult to categorize and that is also what makes them so good. Take your time to listen to “Love & Evol”.
26. Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska -The Ascended Master Teachings of Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska
This, this is a piece of absolutely stunning droning space and psychedelic rock. These two together make godly sounds.
27. Aunt Cynthias Cabin – Mud Room #13
Aunt Cynthias Cabin keeps releasing high quality hypnotising garagepsych. “Mud Room #13” oozes trippy guitarsounds.
28. Locean – Chav Anglais
“Chav Anglais” is very original and refreshing, bass lines from heaven, vocals from purgatory and guitar from hell. A very succesfull experiment.
29. Black Bombaim with Jonathan Saldanha, Luís Fernandes & Pedro Augusto
This is a very experimental piece of art. Tracks spanning more then 10 minutes. Very psychedelic and hypnotic atmospheres. Every track is very original and you can hear Black Bombaim very clearly in each track.
30. Deafkids – Metaprogramação
“Metaprogramação” was released in March and made quite an impression. The Brazilian band mixes Industrial noise, tribal rythms and noise punk together and made something ubercool. This sounds like music from the future!
31. Levitation Room – Headspace
LA psychpop Levitation Room may have made the best hazy indie album of the year. They sound like the mellow, soft version of the Oh Sees.
32. Swans – Leaving Meaning.
Micheal Gira fronted experimental band Swans released their new album “Leaving Meaning”. This is an extensive and intensive listen.
33. Follakzoid – I
Brilliant trance by this Chilean duo.
34. 10000 Russos – Kompromat
Groovy psych. Risk of losing yourself in trance!
35. MoE – La Bufa
Agressive noisepunk from Oslo. Their latest “La Bufa” is MoE at their peak.
36. L’EPEE – Diabolique
Put Anton Newcombe, Emmanuelle Seigner , Marie and Lionel from the Limiñanas together and then you get this awesome psych project.
37. Moon Pussy – Band Meating
Moon Pussy is one of my favourite new noiserock bands. “Band Meating” is loud, raw and ready to destroy your face.
38. The Cosmic Dead – Scottisch Space Race
Their most trippy and heavy album to date.
39. Pink Room – Zum Kotsen
Belgium’s own noisepunk wonder.
40. Dead Kaczinsky – Yakuza Attack Dog
An incredibly powerful noisepunk EP by a new band ready to rule the underground.
41. Possum – Space Grade Assembly
Put Black Sabbath, Ty Segall and Oh Sees in a blender and you get the new band Possum.
42. Allöchtöön – Allöchtöön
Is this too loud for you? Then maybe you should go sit at the kids table and drink some milk.
43. Tropical Trash – SOUTHERN INDIANA DRONE FOOTAGE
This is one of the most excellent raw punk albums of the year. Tropical Trash deliver no nonsense fast paced fuzz punk straight to your door.
44. L’Eclair – Sauropoda
Not everything has to be brain melting noiserock, it can be fun groovy summer music too.
45. Giant Swan – Giant Swan
This is the beginning of something new for me. Giant Swan released a gorgeous electronic album and it will be one of the first of the genre to be on Fuzzy Sun.
46. Glenn Branca – The Third Ascension
The composer Glenn Branca died in 2018. In February 2016 he made his last work ‘The Third Ascension’ wich was released October fourth through SYSTEM NEUTRALIZERS.
47. Pinko – You & You
The San Antonio three piece noiserockers released a strong punk infused noiserock album with “You & You”
48. Earth – Full Upon Your Burning Lips
Cosmic drone duo Earth made yet again a beautiful piece of work with their latest album.
49. Taiwan Housing Project – Sub-Language Trustees
Music for when you are lost in the wilderness crazed on mushrooms.
50. Krause -The Ecstasy Of Infinite Sterility
Brainmelting and destructive noiserock.
51. Lovely Wife – Audible Beef
Thank you God, I mean Lovely Wife, for this epic noise.
52. Headroom – New Haven
Experimental Cosmic Psych at its best.
53. Vandal X – Blood on the Streets
Goddamn Belgian riffs and noiserock.
54. Alpha Hopper – Alpha Hopper
Raw and energetic noisepunk by the New Yorkers. Heavy, intense and entertaining stuff.
55. The Psychotic Monks – Private Meaning First
Immensly layered hypnotic heavy rock.
56. Cocaine Piss – Passionate and Tragic
Belgian punk as wild as the name suggests.
57. Ungraven – Language of Longing
There are bonecrushing riffs coming from Jon Davis (Conan) so heavy even your mom is overwhelmed.
58. Drose – Boy Man Machine+
The reworked version, with additional new tracks is such a nice piece of experimental metal it has to be on this list.
59. Pure Adult – Pure Adult
New York duo Pure Adult makes unfiltered experimental punk and noise.
60. Dead Neanderthals – Ghost
Very captivating experimental music by the dutch duo with a collaboration from Scott Hendrick from Skeleton Witch.
61. Trigger Cut- Buster
If you don’t now the noiserocking band Trigger Cut then it is about time you do.
62. Whep – Whelp
I would love to tell you all about Whep, because Whep is great, but i don’t know much about Whep. I do know they released an album called “Whelp” and it is really good.
63. Macros – Macros
Noisepunk from down under.
64. Psychic Lemon – Freak Mammal
Very intense space rock by the UK band Psychic Lemon. “Freak Mammel” is in your face psychedelic wildness.
65. Oruã – Romã
This Brazilian band made some excquisite psychedelic tunes on their new album. original and refreshing.
66. The St Pierre Snake Invasion – CAPRICE ENCHANTÉ
Loud and full of energy. UK noiserock that is absolutely fun to listen to. en you face music.
67. Chat Pile – Remove Your Skin Please
A late addition to the list. Chat Pile made really impressive music and you should take your time and let this heaviness seep in.
A split casette between Blóm and Thank on Hominid Sounds. Blóm is a very heavy punk/noiserock from the UK trio ( with member of Tough Tits). Thank is an even dirtier UK noiserock band. Listen to these destructive tunes now. Check out more noise on Fuzzy sun’s spotify.