Posted on December 18 2020
Fuzz Club Session from the Glasgow psych-rock group out now, stream the audio and new video for 'What You Love Will Kill You' below
Arriving off the back of this year's 'This Can Only Lead To Chaos' LP, Helicon are today releasing their Fuzz Club Session LP. As well as comprising tracks from their recent full-length, 'This Can Only Lead To Chaos' – 'The Sun Also Rises', 'In The End', 'Sound of Confession' (complete with a mesmerising piano intro) and 'What You Love Will Kill You' – the session also features two previously unreleased songs, 'Permo' and 'Il Bacio Di Guida'. You can stream the album in full and check out the new video for 'What You Love Will Kill You' below.
Recorded live at Dystopia Studios with their trusted producer Luigi Pasquini (Trembling Bells, The Cosmic Dead) and released on 180gm vinyl (available here) alongside a series of videos, the session captures the band's heady psych-rock sound at its finest: a far-out amalgamation of strung-out sitars, riotous walls of fuzzy feedback and cosmic synths that's all bolstered by the live energy that the band are renowned for and has been impossible to justly capture on wax, until now.
Talking about the session, guitarist and vocalist John-Paul Hughes says: "It was good fun teaming up with Luigi, Omar and Melanie again having worked with them at a different studio for our second album. Their new Dystopia studio in Partick, Glasgow, is in the process of being turned into a full multimedia venue. It's a cool space and you can really see the potential it has in the big live room we used to record the session."
He continues: "We shot the live session in one day, playing a mixture of songs from the 'Chaos' album and a couple of new, unreleased tracks: 'Il Bacio Di Giuda' and 'Permo'. Our old friend Billy Docherty (Filth Spector) joined us on bass as our usual bass player Mark couldn't commit having just become a Dad for the first time. He was still there for the session and played that haunting little piano intro in the first track and video teaser. Look closely and you can see his new baby boy's shoes on top of the piano as he's playing, next to a satanic goat head right enough so make of that what you will.
"Another mate of ours, Mark O'Donnell (Tomorrow Syndicate), also joined us for this performance on synths, freeing Graham up for a bit of sitar action. Harrison Reid and the Tape Rituals team did a great job capturing the mood of the music on film. Big thanks to all the guys at Dystopia, Tape Rituals and Casper and the team at Fuzz Club. We're a lucky bunch of buggers to get to make music with you all. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did."