– CTHULUMINATI – A storytelling psychedelic metal formation from the Netherlands

Devi – vocals and guitar – Rami – guitar – Strausz – bass – Seth – drums

– CTHULUMINATI –

A storytelling psychedelic metal formation from the Netherlands

Genre: psychedelic blend of black, doom, stoner and progressive metal, 70’s rock, blues, as well as many other influences.

CTHULUMINATI was formed in 2015, by Devi Hisgen, Rami Wohl and Stefan Strausz after playing together for more than a year in Psychedelic Black ‘N Roll formation Marquis. Driven to evolve their music even further into the unknown, a new format was chosen in which a Psychedelic musical flow stands central. The name “Cthuluminati” was chosen to represent the band’s themes, incorporating modern conspiracies and mythology into classic Lovecraftian folklore. Soon after, Rick Lieffering (FENRIS) joined on drums. With a new complete line-up, the band played shows regularly across the Netherlands, and started recording their first full-length album ‘Reliqideus” in the summer of 2016. With the aid of Bas the Rooij (main producer), Stephen van Haestrecht (recording and production on drums) and Toni Lindgren (mastering), the album was finished end of 2017.


Cthuluminati – Reliqideus
Tracklisting:
Illumni Fhtagn
El Lizard Birth
Svartálfr

Supernatural Selection
A Thin Line
Umibozu

 

 

Before releasing the album, band member Rick quit the band personal reasons, and the band decided to focus on building forth on the band’s central themes, writing new music and stories around the band’s musical content. In the summer of 2018, Seth van de Loo (SEVERE TORTURE) decided to join the band on drums.After a year of preparations and hard work, they are ready to release a full album “Reliqideus” and contains six lengthy tracks.

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‘Two Tonne Testimony’ ‘Shave ‘Em Dry’ van Miraculous Mule.

Miraculous Mule

Michael J. Sheehy (vocals, guitar, songwriting) – Patrick McCarthy (bass, vocals) Ian Burns (drums)

‘Two Tonne Testimony’ (albumrelease 24-3-2017) en single-video ‘Shave ‘Em Dry’ van Miraculous Mule (UK) nu online

Anglo-Irish honkeys play gospel, blues, hillbilly rock, psychedelia, stoner, garage.

The London based band Miraculous Mule developed their unique distinct sound by blending garage rock, dark blues, country, hillbilly, gospel and psychedelica into a hypnotising and often dark musical cocktail.

In 2011 Miraculous Mule released their first and self-titled six songs record on Stag-O-Lee. The official debut album, Deep Fried, was released in autumn 2013 at Bronzerat Records (Seasick Steve, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Gemma Ray). After that, another EP titled Blues Uzi was released in 2014. Early 2014 the band went on tour in western continental Europe (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland). The band also released a few impressive videos such as Dangerous Blues, Deep Fried, Satisfied and the eerie Evil On My Mind.

 

This March sees the release of their second album Two Tonne Testimony which takes their blues and gospel driven rock ‘n’ roll sound to a new level as well as incorporating elements of psychedelic soul and stoner/space rock. The album is preceded by the single and video Where Monsters Lead (single release: January 24th 2017).

Two tonne Testimony Artwork BR50
Two tonne Testimony Artwork BR50

 

There is always hope. There is always beauty.

Remember that.

In bleak and desperate times, there is always light in the darkness. That is perhaps the undercurrent of Miraculous Mule.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Way ahead. Our story begins a hundred years ago with the birth of the blues on Beale Street, in Memphis, Tennessee. The legendary crossroads in Mississippi where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil certainly figures largely in the tale. It includes snake handlers in Appalachia and the voodoo-infused swamps of New Orleans. It also takes in Detroit, with the MC5 and The Stooges.

None of that is true, of course. But what is true these days? If anything, the truth is ugly. The truth is a bleak council estate in Kentish Town, north London, and an Irish Catholic upbringing that instilled nothing but guilt and a deep mistrust of the church. The truth is a mournful genius named Michael J Sheehy, who was trying to drink himself to death.

In 1995, Sheehy formed a band called Dream City Film Club, named after a porno cinema in London that burned to the ground after an arson attack, killing eight people. Although the band was always magnificent, only a handful of people fully appreciated Dream City Film Club. The band released three records on Beggars Banquet, including In The Cold Light Of Morning, a darkly beautiful modern day classic. Dream City Film Club ultimately split up in 1999, because people are too damn stupid to search for great music. Like I said, the truth is ugly.

Sheehy went on to release five solo albums that you’ve probably never heard – even though you should. There were other bands, too: The Hired Mourners and Saint Silas Intercession, formed with Sheehy’s brother, Patrick McCarthy, on bass. A lot of musicians would have given up at this point, but only if their aims were fame and fortune. When the music comes from the soul, abandoning it would be akin to choosing not to breathe. Sheehy came face to face with his demons when an ambulance crew had to drag him drunk and unconscious from his burning flat. That night led him to clean up his act and try again.

Miraculous Mule was formed in 2011, with Michael on guitar, Patrick on bass and their childhood friend Ian Burns on drums. They play the blues. Or at least the blues is the bare bones on which they hang their rather dapper suits. Perhaps electric blues is more precise, which is evidenced on their excellent debut album, Deep Fried, released in 2013. But there are also shades of twisted gospel music – always the devil’s work, as Sheehy’s faith has not so much lapsed as expired. Other subtle and varied influences include Nick Cave, Zen Guerrilla, James Brown, PJ Harvey and Lee Hazelwood.

Miraculous Mule’s long-awaited new album, Two Tonne Testimony, continues down a dark path, but ends up on diversions through evil, post-industrial cities and valleys where things are not always what they seem. In the opening track, Holy Fever, an ass-shaking tale of religious hysteria, in which the protagonist is essentially cock-blocked by Christ himself, there are layers of psychedelic soul. In tracks like Daddy Grace, They Cut, We Bleed and the sublime Sound Of The Summer, cues are taken from sources as diverse as Monster Magnet and Hendrix to the Isley Brothers.

As ever with this stubborn musical animal, the lyrics pull no punches. Sound Of The Summer begins as a paean to long, joyous sunny days and hot, sticky nights. But the frustration of deferred dreams means those nights are lit by the flames of Molotov cocktails. The song Where Monsters Lead concerns the recent rise of far-right demagogues and the ubiquity of unsavoury characters shouting out their warped, hate-filled views. They Cut, We Bleed is an assessment of the blunt fiscal tools that are ruining the lives of society’s most vulnerable.

But did you forget so soon that there’s always hope? The band’s song The Fear reminds us that love can overcome even the most horrible of apprehensions, while the swaggering title track Two Tonne Testimony casts Sheehy as a gun-running, drug-peddling son of Satan – just for the hell of it. And who else was Satan but the bringer of light? For all of the band’s darkness, Miraculous Mule also sheds light – if only in cracks and slivers – through heartfelt sounds made by damaged souls living on borrowed time.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is beautiful.

 

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Anglo-Iers gospel/bluesrock/country-trio Miraculous Mule rondt opnames 2e studio-album ‘Two Tonne Testimony’ af (release: oktober 2016)

Miraculous Mule

Michael J. Sheehy (zang, gitaar, songwriting)
Patrick McCarthy (bas, zang)
Ian Burns (drums)

Anglo-Iers gospel/bluesrock/country-trio Miraculous Mule rondt opnames 2e studio-album ‘Two Tonne Testimony’ af (release: oktober 2016)

Anglo-Iers. Gotisch-katholiek. Dostojevski’s schuld en boete. Muzikale duivelsuitdrijvingen. Robert Johnson’s crossroads. Visioenen van negro spirituals en een chain gang met gevangenen in zwart-wit gestreepte kloffies in het Amerika van lang geleden. The Excorcist meets O Brother, Where Art Thou?…
Maar ook: luisterpop, folk, country gothic, stoner/space rock, vaudeville, swamp/deltablues, folk, gospel, bluesrock, psychedelic soul, rock-‘n-roll, punk, garagerock, hillbilly, sixties, beat en funk. Al vergeleken met uiteenlopende bands en artiesten als Golden Gate Quartet, Rev. H.R. Tomlin’, Blind Willie Johnson, 16 Horse Power, The Black Keys, Primal Scream, Masters Of Reality. Eels, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, North Mississippi Allstars, Captain Beefheart en Blind Willie Johnson.

We hebben het hier over het even eigenwijze als ongrijpbare trio Miraculous Mule rondom songwriter en zanger-gitarist Michael J. Sheehy. Tot nu toe vooral bekend en geliefd in muzikale elitekringen waar graag georeerd wordt over donkere blues en gospel. Bracht het debuutalbum Deep Fried (2013) en nog twee EP’s uit en deed een handvol shows in de Benelux en daarbuiten. Werkte intussen in alle stilte ongestoord aan zijn nieuwe (tweede) studio-album Two Tonne Testimony dat in oktober van dit jaar wordt uitgebracht via het Engelse Bronzerat Records dat ook Seasick Steve en Jon Spencer onderdak biedt. De eerste single daarvan, Sound Of The Summer, verschijnt 29 juli – volgende maand dus.

Miraculous Mule?
“Sheehy is a well-traversed talent but he remembers little of his journey having spent most of the 90s through to 2011 in a boozy London wilderness. His moment of salvation came when he had to be rescued from his burning flat, comatose, alone and shit-faced, a frying pan left on the stove. Sheehy has since cleaned up his act which has brought about a cool and steady focus which brings the bands nihilistic history in line with a resolute future.”

Lees de bio in de bijlage. Koop of luister het tot nu toe uitgebrachte werk op muzieksites als iTunes, Deezer of Spotify. Check de video’s Dangerous Blues, Deep Fried, Satisfied en het spookachtige Evil On My Mind. Of vooral de vaak (maar zelden zo aangrijpend mooi) gecoverde Amerikaanse gospelklassieker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29SnbpnSd5Y

Online:  website, Facebook.

En dan?
Dat weet niemand. Want deze driemansband heeft geen meerjarenplan. Geen marketingstrategie. Noch een manager die met kreten als targets, sales en album charts strooit. Ian Burns en de broers Patrick McCarthy en Michael J. Sheehy willen muziek maken. In hun eentje – of samen, soms voor een handvol mensen. En om de zoveel tijd zetten ze een selectie van hun eigen nummers en van covers op een album zodat ze weer uitgenodigd worden op festivals, in kroegen en clubs waar ze hun bezwerende optredens doen. Omdat dat nu eenmaal is wat ze doen.

En nu? Afwachten. Tot de eerste single Sound Of The Summer uitgebracht wordt eind volgende maand, de aanloop naar het volledige nieuwe studio-album
Two Tonne Testimony dat in oktober uitkomt. En of ze voor die tijd -of daarna- weer zin hebben om optredens te doen.

Miraculous Mule2

 

 

The London based band Miraculous Mule developed their unique distinct sound by blending garage rock, dark blues, country, hillbilly, gospel and psychedelica into a hypnotising and often dark musical cocktail.

In 2011 Miraculous Mule released their first and self-titled six songs record on Stag-O-Lee. The official debut album, Deep Fried, was released in autumn 2013 at Bronzerat Records (Seasick Steve, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Gemma Ray). After that, another EP titled Blues Uzi was released in 2014. Early 2014 the band went on tour in western continental Europe (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland). The band also released a few impressive videos such as Dangerous Blues, Deep Fried, Satisfied and the eerie Evil On My Mind.

This October sees the release of their second album Two Tonne Testimony which takes their blues and gospel driven rock ‘n’ roll sound to a new level as well as incorporating elements of psychedelic soul and stoner/space rock. The album is preceded by the single and video Sound of the Summer that will be released July 29th.

THE LONGER INTRODUCTION
London trio Miraculous Mule deliver a slick and seemingly effortless, hard-blues driven brand of
rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s knife-edge stuff. We can explain. The slick and effortless part comes from
the fact that these boys have been cutting their teeth and earning their stripes over the years
with a devout immersion in gothic American roots music, before that particular bandwagon
arrived in town again, and again after it left. If that wagon is back, they don’t really care and neither
should you. Brothers Michael and Patrick were born into a rock ‘n’ roll home with Elvis and
Tammy as surrogate parents.

Michael J Sheehy has fronted 90s cult band Dream City Film Club and recorded five solo records
as well as fronting the short lived Saint Silas Intercession with his brother Patrick McCarthy at
his side for the most part. Witnesses to these previous outings and their current incarnation will
know that the soul and confrontation they project is real. They can play and they can sing. There
is no fucking about. The edge that they skirt comes in part from their school of hard knocks
north London council-estate, Irish Catholic upbringing. They have known drummer Ian Burns
since childhood and all grew up on Saint Silas council estate on Queens Cresent in Kentish
Town. For the lifelong friends, music provided a much needed escape from the culture of drugs
and violence that had depressed the area.

Sheehy is a well-traversed talent as detailed above but he remembers little of his journey having
spent most of the 90s through to 2011 in a boozy London wilderness. His moment of salvation
came when he had to be rescued from his burning flat, comatose, alone and shit-faced, a frying
pan left on the stove. Sheehy has since cleaned up his act which has brought about a cool and
steady focus which brings the bands nihilistic history in line with a resolute future.

THE STORY
Nothing comes from nowhere. The mule, the miracle plough-puller, the humble and mighty tiller of the earth, is blessed and cursed with a dubious origin. Likewise, though their nativity was in London in the latter half of the last century, these Anglo-Irish honkeys know that their souls were forged further back and farther west. Fallen into hell’s ditch, baptised in brimstone, reborn in the devotion of African-American Gospel, the pain of penitentiary work songs, the jittery stomp of hillbilly rock. Creeping with shovels to the lonesome resting places of traditional folk, delving deep into the treasures of song that lie beneath broken soil, loading a wagon under cover of night, they have electrified and reanimated those borrowed remains with a newfound urgency, melancholy, rage and beauty.

As a lost soul in chains once observed, even the ugliest train looks pretty through the cold bars of a cell. Rattling its way to redemption, with evil on its mind, the one-eyed machine follows an impossible route on ghost rails through a landscape of folk and country: Jackson, Mississippi. Memphis, Tennessee. New Orleans, Louisiana. Big Rock, Arkansas. Old Funk, Georgia. A legendary south of country preachers, forgotten jailhouses, jaded dreams of salvation. But always the irresistible, insidious, inevitable pulse of the dangerous blues. Wheels pounding the track. The guitar pick, the drum, the clap, the holler, the cry, the need never satisfied. The runaway monster roars into a tunnel, a smoke-choked furnace of devil cries and sulphur, then back into the night, screaming off the rails, blazing down into a canyon, to a final, raucous reckoning of steel and flame.

Dark night, cold ground. Wreckage sizzles. Buzz of crickets like a legion of derelict amps plugged into hell’s socket, gathered to wail their lament. Sad moonlight on the cornfields. Then, after a long moment that lasts for seconds or for centuries, aching gears grind again. Scorched to its bones, trailing its metal guts, three dozen iron wheels clawing the canyon wall, the ancient beast resurrects. The Miraculous Mule Train drives on, railroad or no, ploughing the black earth of night to the dawn that does not come. But this is mere prophecy. The train is only now leaving the station. Get on it.

BENELUX SHOWS 2016
Dates to follow soon – TBC by Jair of Sedate Bookings in 2016 and 2017.

ONLINE
Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/MiraculousMule
Website = http://www.miraculousmule.com/
Twitter = https://twitter.com/MIRACULOUSMULE

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