Here in the UK, it’s often said – mainly by soft Southerners – to be “grim up North”, but for two of our most exciting psychedelic rock bands the next few weeks look set to bring their day in the sun. First up are Manchester space cadets Gnod, who this week follow up a series of increasingly adventurous albums with Chaudelande, featuring tracks recorded in the titular Normandy town at the start of the group’s 2011 European tour and previously released as two limited edition 12″s, compiled on CD for the first time by Rocket Recordings. It’s a fine document of the Salford sun-worshippers at their blown-out, Krautrocking best; listen to “Visions Of Load” below.
They may be separated geographically by the Pennine hills and a fair stretch of motorway, but Gnod and Leeds lads Hookworms are certainly coming from the same place spiritually. Having seen these guys play a number of times at their local, the wonderful Brudenell Social Club, I have to call myself a fan: boasting a confidence and stage presence that belies their tender years and a synth-heavy, hypnotic sound that calls on Suicide and Pere Ubu as much as Neu! or Hawkwind, these kids are headed for big things. Debut album Pearl Mystic is out March 4 via Gringo Records; listen to the sprawling “In Our Time” below.