HIBUSHIBIRE: ‘Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out!’

This is why the blog you are reading was given the name LOUD HORIZON!

As you know, we have been been on a bit of a hiatus these past few years, and I must concede to missing out on this band from Osaka, Japan.
My record collection has many many releases from Japanese bands / artists, and Hibushibire‘s new release, due out imminently on the wonderful Riot Season label ( limited neon orange vinyl version / standard black vinyl version) will soon also be gracing the creaking shelves.


I saw these guys busking yesterday in Kilmarnock town centre, and was impressed enough to throw the odd shilling into their (cat litter) collection tray.

I know, that’s hard to believe – short arms, long pockets and all that, but they reminded me so much of a Glasgow rockabilly band that I loved from back in the very early 80s – The Shakin’ Pyramids.

The Best Bad Influence are a young band from North Ayrshire, Scotland who have recently been venturing further afield to fulfill requests for shows. That said, the busking yesterday was to help promote a more local event (K-Fest, in Kilmarnock on 27th July 2019.)

File under ‘ones to watch,’ methinks.

THE MEMBRANES: ‘A Murmuration of Starlings on Blackpool Pier.’

OK – I’ve got to ‘fess up – for someone so into their music, especially any that is remotely ‘punk’ related, I am ashamed to say I know very little of The Membranes’ work. Perhaps this is due to a twenty-six year hiatus before the release in 2015 of their acclaimed ‘Dark Matter / Dark Energy‘ album.

No – that’s a feeble excuse, I know. However, in my slight defense, I am a fan of bass player John Robb, his releases with Goldblade (who I have seen play, honest) and his work as TV and Radio’s ‘go to’ guy for all comment on punk music in general.

And of course for his part in one of my favourite Christmas songs, ‘City of Christmas Ghosts,‘ released with the wonderful Poly Styrene.

Well, anyway – building on their continued success these past four years, The Membranes release a new album, ‘What Nature Gives … Nature Takes Away,’ on June 7th.

The advance release ‘A Murmuration of Starlings on Blackpool Pier,’ certainly bears out the billing of the album being ‘a dark and brooding double album of psychedelic post-punk soundscapes.’

Writing the LOUD HORIZON blog these past thirteen years, on and off, has opened up to me, so many more exciting and interesting musical options.

On this evidence, I know I will now be spending some considerable time checking out The Membranes’ back catalogue.

Oh – and, “sorry John!”