The Epic 2017 Project #340: 171206
Underworld – Oblivion with bells (2007)
Oblivion with Bells is the seventh studio album from Underworld, released on 3 October 2007 in Japan, 15 October 2007 in the EU and 16 October 2007 in the US. Due to the success of lead single “Crocodile” and the use of “To Heal” as a central theme in the film Sunshine, it had sold over 93,000 copies worldwide within 6 months.
The album received positive reviews from most music critics. Allmusic gave it 3 out of 5 stars saying
The acid techno is firmly in place, with little or no regard for developments in the form after the ’80s. Still, unlike other electronica mainstays who have occasionally revealed a little weariness — either from trying to change or trying to stay the same — Underworld never sound particularly tired on Oblivion with Bells.
In 2009 Beach Bateria sampled the kick line five minutes 10 seconds into ‘Beautiful Burnout’, the time signature of which never fails to mess with your head. It certainly did mine. Still mastered it though.
The Epic 2017 Project #069: 170310
Enter Shakiri – The Mindsweep (2015)
On 26 June 2014 Enter Shakiri performed their new song “Anaesthetist” for the first time and uploaded a video on their YouTube Channel of them doing a practice run. They then played it at all of the dates on the Vans Warped Tour.
The album was announced on 8 October 2014 along with a European and UK tour in support.
On 20 October 2014, “The Last Garrison” was played on Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, and was the first single from the as yet unreleased album. The song’s official music video was uploaded to Hopeless Records’ YouTube channel on 11 November.
On 19 December Enter Shikari announced a Headlining North American tour in support of The Mindsweep with Stray From the Path, I the Mighty, Hundredth (3/23-3/31) and A Lot Like Birds (4/01-4/28).
To celebrate the release of the album, the band opened a pop up shop in Camden.
On 5 January 2015 “Anaesthetist” was released as the second single from the album. The Mindsweep itself was released a couple of weeks later on 19 January.
The Epic 2017 Project #022: 170122
Bikini Kill – Revolution Style Girl Now (1991)
Bikini Kill was an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consisted of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band is widely considered to be the pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and was known for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in 1997.
Formed in St Albans, Herts, UK in 2003, Enter Shikari are named after a boat belonging to Roughton ‘Rou’ Reynolds’ uncle and a character in a play which he wrote before forming the band, both of which are named ‘Skikari’.