Spacegoat to Release Superstition Vinyl on Electric Magic Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 6th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Monterrey, Mexico-based doom rockers Spacegoat will issue their debut full-length, Superstition, on vinyl through Electric Magic Records. That’s a not-insignificant endorsement for the four-piece, coming as it does from Samsara Blues Experiment guitarist/vocalist Christian Peters. The album was originally released digitally in 2016, so it should be long enough to count as a reissue, but it is the first LP pressing so far as I know, so if you want to count it as that, that’s fine too. I’m not sure anyone pays attention to that kind of thing anymore, anyhow. I try not to, for sure. Makes my head hurt.

“I’m just a caveman…” and so on.

All Saturday Night Live references that draw from probably before anyone in this band was born aside, the record is name-your-price on Bandcamp now, and if you haven’t had the opportunity to dig in before, then an impending vinyl version seems like it should be more than enough to get you in for that. If that’s still too far to go, it’s streaming at the bottom of the post here. See how the capital-‘f’ Future we live in makes it so easy to spend money?

Have at it:

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SPACEGOAT – SUPERSTITION – EMLP13

Mexican Spacegoat’s “Superstition” will finally be released on vinyl. Those who know, know already… those who don’t, check them out via https://spacegoatmx.bandcamp.com/

Says the band: “We have great news as our album ¨Supertition¨ will be finally released on Vinyl format, under the German label Electric Magic, We are very happy about it and we want to thank Christian Peters from Samsara Blues Experiment for making this possible!”

The album will be released on 300 Limited Purple Vinyls exclusively through Electric Magic. A must-have-heard (not just) for fans of Acid King, Windhand, Jex Thoth etc.

Tracklisting:
1. Doomensional 04:37
2. Transmuta 03:39
3. As we land 04:27
4. Superstition 06:21
5. Purple sand 06:06
6. Astral 05:49
7. The wooden path 03:38
8. Erase the sun 07:12
9. Sacred mountain 03:39
10. Sleeping hours 06:48

Release is set for March 2020!

Spacegoat are:
Gina Ríos – Vocals & Guitar
Miguel Ríos – Lead Guitar
Rey Fraga – Drums
Rigo Vigil – Bass

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Spacegoat, Superstition (2016)

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Review & Full Album Premiere: Los Mundos, Calor Central

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on April 22nd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Los Mundos Calor Central

[Click play above to stream Los Mundos’ Calor Central in its entirety. Album is out April 26 through Cardinal Fuzz, Avandadoom and Little Cloud Records.]

Depending on how one counts, Calor Central is upwards of the sixth full-length from Monterrey, Mexico, two-piece Los Mundos, and it follows on a quick turnaround from their 2018 offering, Ciudades Flotantes. Issued through Avandadoom in Mexico, Cardinal Fuzz in Europe and Little Cloud Records in the US, comprises six tracks and 28 minutes of earthy heavy psych rock, here and there peppering in garage buzz tonality in the guitars of Luis Angel Martínez (also vocals, synth) and/or Alejandro Elizondo (also drums, bass, synth), as on “Sin Vértigo,” but making more of an impression with the subtle layering in cuts like “Olas de Lava” and the overarching spaciousness to be found across the songs. Part of that might stem from the fact that the duo reportedly recorded the drums and percussion for Calor Central in an abandoned mine outside of Monterrey, but it extends to the guitar and bass and even vocals as well, which are just as likely to be coated in cavernous echoes on the nine-minute penultimate groover “Subterráneo Mar Jurásico” as are the drums that begin the opening title-track.

Indeed, for a sound that holds so much grit, space plays a large part in what Los Mundos do, the band creating and populating a context for their songs to inhabit across the relatively short LP, holding to an experimentalist feel while staying true to a foundation in heavy rock and psychedelia. They’ve had time to develop this approach — their self-titled debut was released in 2011 — but even that release and the subsequent 2012 EP, Mi Propia Banda Quiero Ver, have a clear forward-thinking intention at their root. A heavier overall result suits them throughout Calor Central, such that even shorter tracks like the fuzz-blasting second cut “Apertura” or the strut-right-out-of-here closer “La Salida” land with considerable impact and are able to play off the open sense of creativity both within themselves and in the pieces surrounding. If this is their journey to the center of the earth, then the core is indeed molten.

Though, again, Calor Central is relatively brief, it sets an immersive pattern from the outset. Vibe is primary. Ringing bell begins “Calor Central” like a call to prayer and echoing drum thud follows soon after, joined by guitar that only adds to the breadth of sound. More than two minutes have passed before the vocals enter in chanting layers and semi-spoken forward lines that shift between half-singing and all-out narration, guitar strums accompanying in a mood of defiance. It’s the drums at the bottom of the mix holding everything together as keys and backing voices and guitar ooze out overhead, and the title-cut feels its way forward until essentially the drums stop, and it’s as gentle as it could possibly be — that shift to silence — but still somewhat jarring. “Apertura” plays off that gracefully with the suckerpunch of its own percussive start, a churning progression more immediately greeted by airy guitar arriving in waves and seemingly intent on blowing every tube in whatever amp is being so cruelly tested.

los mundos (Photo by Victoria Orozco)

The shift to “Sin Vértigo” is direct and smoothly done, but the impact of “Apertura” goes beyond its own two minutes to the album as a whole. Its departing from even the loosest of verse/chorus structure, which “Calor Central” had, gives Martínez and Elizondo free reign to go where their whims take them, and they do precisely that with the command of a band on their sixth record. Foreboding guitar lines open to full-on fuzz roll in “Sin Vértigo” with a return of the spoken word of the opener to come and a guitar line that seems to answer back and beckon the song forward into its tonal bliss and semi-hook, a solo in the second half giving way to a last verse before the devolution to rumbling amplified noise takes hold and fades out slowly to end side A, only to let the immediately dreamy “Olas de Lava” lead off Calor Central‘s back half in surprising fashion.

Perhaps the most outwardly psychedelic inclusion on the record, “Olas de Lava” gives its guitar line a sitar treatment and an according backwards layer during its initial verses, the title line serving as the chorus in the midsection as forward momentum is built and maintained. From there, there’s no return to the verse or hook as “Olas de Lava” spaces out and a synth drone rises from out of the mix to consume the guitar even as the whole affair fades out slowly to let a troubling wash of distortion act as precursor to “Subterráneo Mar Jurásico,” which as it takes up almost a third of the album’s runtime on its own is an obvious focal point. The rhythm is relatively straightforward early on — though that might just be Los Mundos doing well in adjusting the listener’s frame of mind/expectations for “normality” — with a tinge of grunge in the verse riff, but after the second chorus, the switch flips and the guitar freaks out with a noisy lead that shifts into surf-rocking echo only to itself be consumed by the next verse, with effects swirl, drums and percussion coming forward to meet the guitar buzz head on, and a outbound progression that sure enough shows no interest in making its way back.

A noisy jam ensues to provide a satisfying apex to Calor Central as a whole in terms of the band doing whatever the hell they want and making it work, and along with some residual percussive tension and guitar ring-out, there’s a kind of vocal echo test at the end that seems to be there just for extra weirdness. Right on. On their way out, they tap garage-doomgaze with “La Salida,” swinging all the way and seeming to build to a grand finale but cutting off before they get there because, once more, they’re by no means beholden to the traditional tenets of genre. That’s not to say they don’t put them to use when they so please — there’s no shortage of fuzz or nod-ready groove throughout — just that their intention is broader than general stylistic confines can generally hold. Of course, that only makes Calor Central all the more righteous in its position.

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Spacegoat Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Debut LP Superstition

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 17th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

Monterrey, Mexico-based four-piece Spacegoat released their debut EP in the form of a ’70s style boogie rocker self-titled in 2012. They’re currently looking to put together a follow-up to that offering, which will be their first full-length, and are crowdsourcing the funding process in order to make it happen. Impressively, the band has reached nearly 20 percent of their goal in a matter of three days, but of course there’s a ways to go, and they’re offering everything from CD bundles to playing your house or private function (in Mexico) to those who manage to contribute to the campaign. Their story is below, but if you wanna skip it and go right to their IndieGoGo, I understand.

The tale goes like this:

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Spacegoat debut album ‘Superstition’

We are Spacegoat, a rock band from Monterrey, Mexico. We play a blend of classic rock with influences spanning from early Black Sabbath to Janis Joplin.

Formed in 2009/2010, we have played all kinds of shows, festivals, and parties all over Mexico, to date our only release was a self-titled 5-track EP which finally came out in 2013.

After spending some time gigging, writing, and rehearsing, we now have an album’s worth of strong material thats ready to be unleashed.

We chose to continue down the independent route following the immense support that we had worldwide following our E.P. release, which was 100% self-funded. That gave us the energy and belief to start a crowdfunding campaign here for our debut album ‘Superstition’.

Every contributor will receive a digital copy of our first EP, as well as the ‘Superstition’ album. Also we will keep you updated with studio reports as we progress with the creative process.

Your contributions will go towards studio time, mixing, mastering, and the manufacturing of the album.

Every contribution is gratefully received. We do this for the love of music, nothing more nothing less, and it is great to have a platform such as this to connect with fellow music lovers, bypassing the industry middle men.

Even if you cant make a contribution, you can always support us by sharing our campaign and helping us to spread the word.

Muchas gracias a todos!
Spacegoat

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spacegoat-debut-album-superstition#/story
https://twitter.com/spacegoatmx
https://www.facebook.com/Spacegoatmx

Spacegoat, “Silver Swamp”

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