Aqualamb

Brooklyn-based imprint that releases music in book, vinyl, & digital forms.

NEWS

Pre-Order The Space Merchants’ S/T debut due June 9th!
Space_Merchants_BOOK_500X500

Book art

The Space Merchant Albulm Cover

Album Art


Aqualamb Records presents its next release: the self-titled debut album by The Space Merchants, out June 9th.

A self-proclaimed "country band traveling through space," The Space Merchants drive, jangle, and twang their way through sweet, haunting jams, as majestic as they are minimal. Theirs is a lo-fi psych experience, befitting of interstellar exploration as well as lonely highway trucking. .

Naming The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, and Bobbie Gentry as musical inspirations, and mining the realms of science fiction, religion and myth in their lyrics, the co-ed Brooklyn band marries backporch Americana with brain-blowing transcendence, a juxtaposition they themselves sum up as "like Johnny Cash explaining current theories in astrophysics."

On perfectly composed songs like "One Cut Like the Moon" and "Mainline the Sun," female and male voices intertwine in rich harmonies over bluesy guitar- and organ-driven rock. The instrumentation is classic, the song structures are tried and true. The Space Merchants follow a recipe that has been working since the birth of rock n' roll, yet these are songs that seduce, abduct, and lead guided tours of other worlds.

The dazzling/dizzying cover art is by Braulio Amado, whose work has graced the covers of The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek.
The tracklisting is as follows:

1) One Cut Like the Moon
2) Evil Itch
3) Mainline the Sun
4) Beatniks
5) Good Day to Die
6) Reavers
7) One Thousand Years of Boredom
8) Where's the Rest of Life






Hiram-Maxim’s S/T debut is out now!
hiram_maxim_cover_final_500X500

Book art

hiram_maxim_cover_vinyl

Limited edition colored vinyl


The self-titled debut album by Cleveland, Ohio band Hiram-Maxim, is out now! Named for the 19th-century inventor of the Maxim machine gun, Hiram-Maxim plumb the darkest depths of eerie, drunken psych, in line with Pink Floyd's early jams or the creepiest crawlings of Oxbow and US Maple.

Hiram-Maxim's debut consists of four songs, spanning 36 minutes. Frontman Fred Gunn whispers, groans, and howls as he details tragic deaths, self-destruction, and cannibalistic love. Dave Taha's guitars lay down heavy blues then veer out into the uneasy ambience of Moore/Ranaldo space, melding with Lisa Miralia's electronics to create a bed of paranoid textures. On drums, John Panza keeps it sparse and loose, goading the songs along on winding rambles toward their final destinations.

Hiram-Maxim is a free-form, free-falling affair spacious and improvisational. Live, natural, and totally unsettling, the album sounds as if it was recorded in one take in the attic of a haunted house. In truth, it is reported to have been recorded and mixed by John Delzoppo at Negative Space in Cleveland, Ohio and mastered by Chris Keffer at Magnetic North. The 100 page book was designed by Cleveland based Graphic Designer Ron Kretsch.

PRESS

"[Hiram-Maxim's] 'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies." - Vice

"[Aqualamb's] first release of 2015 is a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding." - Steel for Brains

"More like an experiment in the deconstruction of sound than an album in the traditional sense... In another universe, one might call it punk rock. Here, it is gleefully and thoroughly fucked up." - The Obelisk

"Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness... Noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd." - American Aftermath

"Spread over four tracks, the music on Hiram-Maxim (Aqualamb) sounds mostly improvised, giving it a genuine feeling of unease as the four band members craft sounds that could be the soundtrack to undergoing a particularly intense k-hole whilst locked in a Salvador Dali museum overnight. The loose, free-form approach often gives way to violent bursts of noise such as on the brutally harsh 'Can't Stop' which sounds as if Throbbing Gristle had been force-fed mescaline." - Ghost Cult Magazine






Various Artists
Aqualamb Winter Label Sampler

For those of you new to the label, we're pleased to present our free Winter Label Sampler featuring songs from all our current artists. Included are new tracks from Hiram-Maxim, Godmaker and Descender along with classic tracks from Black Black Black, Vagina Panther and HHR.

Head over to our bandcamp page and download yours now!


GET FREE DIGITAL SAMPLER


We have some really cool stuff coming up for 2015! Releases that are locked down are Cleveland Ohio's psychedelic stone masons: Hiram-Maxim and New York space rockers: The Space Merchants.

Plus a ton more in the works with some other new bands and new output coming from current bands: Godmaker, Black Black Black , Descender , HHR , and Vagina Panther!

2015 is the year of the Aqualamb?




Godmaker's S/T album is out NOW. BUY THE 100 PAGE PRINTED BOOK featuring the artwork of Joseph Silver and Stephen Wilson. Philadelphia's Dullest Records also has a special limited edition cassette tape version.

The 4 song 33 minute mini LP was produced and mixed by Justin Mantooth and recorded with the help of Phil Duke.

There is a FREE RELEASE SHOW on Tuesday 11-11 at Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint Brooklyn featuring Godmaker / Cleanteeth / Polygamyst / Beast Modulus.

The band will be touring:

11/13 : SET, Drones for Queens, Godmaker @ Ralph's (Worcester, MA)
11/14 : Capacities, Cleanteeth, Godmaker, Huldra, Thera Roya, Inertia @ Clash Bar (Clifton, NJ)
11/16 : Godmaker, Fortress, Black Blizzard @ R&K Pub (Hagerstown, MD)

PRESS

"...this is a thunder fucking jaw dropper of an album... The self-titled debut from half Brooklynite, half Kansasian metal outfit Godmaker is, to put things short, sludge metal done absolutely right... When I hear an album like this I really just want to slap you in the head and make you listen to it. That?s right, I wish you were here. RIGHT HERE. With me. Together. So I could see the look on your dumb face when Godmaker shoots a cannon full of gravel-ridden lava at it." - The Bent Unit

"Thankfully, the dudes that comprise Godmaker are no slouches in the heavy department whatsoever... this band of beardos bring the thunder with an unbridled fury that would fell Zeus himself?" - Metal Sucks

"It?s a towering titan of a track, venturing into a dozen different sonic territories through its 8-minute duration, with badass riffage and crushing drums tying everything together. It?s a tapestry of labyrinthian riffs, throat-shredding vocals, and almost schizophrenic shifts, but it all meshes well in the end. ?Megalith? covers an album?s worth of textures in the span of one song, so you can look forward to hearing how far they take it on the whole record. Listen to the track above and turn it way the fuck up." - Zumic

"Let's not fuck around here folks. Godmaker's S/T debut album is a stunning album packed full of awesome riffs. Let me just cut to the chase and say ? Godmaker ? is heavy, loud and angry as hell. If you're a fan of Red Fang, Kyuss and Mastodon then prepare to meet Godmaker as they will impress you in a big way." - The Sludgelord

"The thunderous drums, riff and rhythm of it's intro is so vicious and then we hit the slower stoner transition. Man prepare yourself for a fucking ride. The rawness of the vocals are a perfect compliment to the heavy rhythm section flowing up front. There is indeed a method to their groovy madness as the band slide scales between fast and slow breakdowns. It comes off as something akin to rhythmically tossing gas on a flame. The interplay between all the elements of the band is so heavy and spot on." - Heavy Metal Textbooks

"The new track is the eight minute behemoth, ?Megalith?, that churns out devastatingly crushing and catchy riff after riff. The song sounds like a mash-up between all the best parts of Sleep and sister band High on Fire." - American Aftermath

ARTISTS

RELEASES

Hiram-Maxim
Hiram-Maxim (LP)
ALR009

Hiram-Maxim's debut consists of four songs, spanning 36 minutes. Frontman Fred Gunn whispers, groans, and howls as he details tragic deaths, self-destruction, and cannibalistic love. Dave Taha's guitars lay down heavy blues then veer out into the uneasy ambience of Moore/Ranaldo space, melding with Lisa Miralia's electronics to create a bed of paranoid textures. On drums, John Panza keeps it sparse and loose, goading the songs along on winding rambles toward their final destinations.


BUY BOOK BUY VINYL BUY DIGITAL

Godmaker
Godmaker (LP)
ALR007

Godmaker is two New Yorkers and two Kansans who combine forces to crush your soul, break your heart, and rattle your innards. This is punishingly/defiantly heavy music that inhabits darker parts of the sonic spectrum. Atmospheric and thunderously loud riffs are combined with bursts of sonic virtuosity and sparse minimalism to create structures that are violently technical while swinging as hard as they can. Listeners tend to be left hopelessly head-lobbing with a shit-eating grin.

BUY BOOK BUY DIGITAL

Black Black Black
Black Black Black (LP)
ALR005

NYC's Black Black Black creates heavy disillusioned doom pop. Featuring members of various rust belt rock bands, the debut from these Ohio expats is designed to conjure, cajole, and catapult the dead. Seven-eyed goats, alters, cults, and other dark visions were the inspiration for this insistent record.


BUY VINYL BUY BOOK BUY DIGITAL

DESCENDER
And So We Marched (EP)
ALR002

Taking its name from a typographic term, Descender is a Brooklyn-based band made up of four graphic designers. Drawing on influences ranging from early '90s indie and punk rock to hardcore and prog metal, Descender effortlessly fuses together a sound that defies easy classification.



BUY BOOK BUY DIGITAL VINYL SOON

Human Highlight Reel
Taking Drugs to Make Music to Sell Cars to. (EP)
ALR003

Human Highlight Reel (HHR) crafts instrumental cinematic compositions for a post-apocalyptic era in music. HHR crumbles elements of rock into multi-sectioned chimeras that rarely travel in linear trajectories.



BUY VINYL BUY BOOK BUY DIGITAL

Vagina Panther
Judge (EP)
ALR004

In our world of non-smoking rock venues and other diluted versions of what once was, VP return a bit of the dirty back to its rightful home of Rock. Rock 'n' Roll was never meant to be safe or clean.

BUY BOOK BUY DIGITAL VINYL SOON