News (January 2010): As the lady days; “turn on your lovelight with 4 Zero Records”... With artwork now complete the first studio album from Mushroom in more than 5 years is being pressed for release on April 29. “Naked, Stoned & Stabbed” features 12 diverse songs inspired by Sandy Bull, Alice Coltrane, Davy Graham, Fela Kuti, and a re-make of a Kevin Ayers/Syd Barrett collaboration... previews will be available soon... Earthling Society’s “Sci-Fi Hi-Fi” makes #3 in Delicate Howls Of Wonder top 10 of 2009, and #4 in the 420trainwreck top 10.
Speakers play alien comm in static slate grey hum. DIY antennae through broken windows tune into lysergic frequencies. Earthling Society have, with their new album, tried to fly higher than pilots have flown. Six journey songs reveal a glorious new far out paranoid phase for the group. More progressive and kraut-informed than before. Calling to the night owls with their urban late night drives and desert trips. Liquid synths and flying saucer guitars play a different kind of space rock. It's the space between your ears where the lotus wheel suspends. turning and turning, never ends....
Now it's time... Crack open a can of UBIK, sit back, relax and turn on the SCI-FI HI-FI
Track Listing: Sci-Fi Hi-Fi, Tempel of Flaming Youth, EA1729, The Lantern, A Future Dream, E.V.I.L.U.S.A.
“Earthling Society are back with their fifth album and this one is even more killer than the previous outings”… 5*, Lowcut (1)
“seven sprawling head trips exploring inner space”… 4*, Record Collector, August 2009
“They have reached high altitudes once again… offering atmospheric spacey songs” Progarchives
“This album harks back to the early 80s
“A potent combination of brutal physicality and mind-melting otherness”… Shindig!, July/August 2009
“yet another very creative outing”… 95/100 ConcreteWeb
“an amazing musical journey”… 10/10, Lowcut (2)
“a noisy, sprawling, life-affirming mess”… Issue 17, R2 (Rock N Reel) Magazine
“Breathtaking stuff? You bet.”… Terrascope
“This is another awesome album by Earthling Society”… Psychotropic Zone
“Earthling Society have a brilliant ability to create a jarring sense of eerie isolation”... Sea Of Tranquility
“One of the best releases of the year so far”... Aural Innovations
“the album is worthy of recommendation to all space-rock/psychedelic rock fans”... 7/10 DPRP
This album features artwork by contemporary artists Fiona Shaw; released on 20th July 2009. For further details please see the release sheet.
A fusion of West Coast psychedelia, acid folk, and Krautrock – recorded in their hand-built analogue studio - “Beauty and the Beast” is Earthling Society’s fourth album… A farewell to their more obvious space rock leanings, instead they have drunk deep from the well of visionaries such as Syd Barrett, Todd Rundgren, Kevin Ayers and John Cale. Twelve string acoustics replace the heavy monotonous riffs that are associated with modern day psychedelia. Autoharps, harmonies and mellotrons weave in and out of concise kosmiche hymns. Earthling Society have created a psychedelic sound that reflects the other side of the mirror or a playroom steeped in summers dusk.
“A strong contender for modern psychedelic album of the year”… Hawkwind biographer, Ian Abrahams
Track Listing: Drowned World, Candlemass, Tenement Song, Sundropped, untitled, A Modest Flower, The Boy With The X-Ray Eyes, The Moonlit Road, Valerie A Tyden Divu, A Playground mystery
For a track by track analysis read the Roadburn Festival studio report which includes an in depth interview with guitarist/singer Fred Laird.
“… an uplifting floating relaxed psychedelic acid folk thing”… Organ
“Another wonderful CD containing ten effervescent songs”… Starship Overflow’s CD of the week
“A very interesting step in a new direction and quite successful”… Aural Innovations
“Give your head a treat”… Peppermint Iguana
“simply a gorgeous and expansive release”… Blogs San Diego
“a very mystical, spiritual and magnificent album… one of the best albums of the year”… Psychotropic Zone
“An excellent blend of song and free-wheeling psychedelic buccaneer spirit”… Jerry Kranitz, Roadburn
“a wilfully bedazzled tumble through bright '60s acid rock, bucolic '70s heat waves and one of the first worthwhile updates of unadulterated, melodic psych since the '80s Paisley Underground”… Jambase
“not just a good album - it was, well, how should I put it? Mind-blowing”… Progressiveworld.net
“Sink back into a beanbag, pass the joint and set the volume and bass to max”… Rock’N’Reel
“a beautiful mix of bucolic bliss and garage raunch”… Shindig!
“an excellent addition to the catalogue of 4Zero Records… 92/100”… Concrete Web
“their finest album to date”… Terrascope Online
“another solid album from the Earthling Society”… Dutch Progressive Rock Page
“An album which I will come back to for sure”… Prog Archives
Another release with fantastic artwork by Stacie Willoughby, released 6th May 2008. For further details please see the release sheet.
A track from this album, “The Boy With The X-Ray Eyes”, was included on the covermount CD of the May/June issue of Rock’n’Reel magazine, and the Summer issue #22 of “Under The Radar” magazine.
Here & Now –
“Coaxed Out From
From seventies free festival jam band… thru space
punk floating anarchists with Daevid Allen (as Planet Gong) … thru reggae
infused eighties indie space rock… thru nineties psychedelic trance… to
present day warped techno-retro with members of Eat Static and Ozric
Tentacles… Here & Now, along with Hawkwind, are one of the most
influential space rock bands in the
This release is a lovingly re-mastered version of
their self produced tape, “Coaxed Out from
“A splendid documentary of one of the best live acts of the era at the height of their power”… Rock’N’Reel, January 2008
Track Listing: 23 Skidoo (4:28), Heart Of The City (3:43), The Mega Number (5:50), Salvador (3:21), Ways To Be Free (5:43), Theatre (4:28), Heartbeat (5:25), Fantasy Shift (4:15), Secrets (9:45), Opium For The People (5:17), Glad You’re Here (4:49), Bonus Tracks: Last Chance (6:39), Stoned Innocent Frankenstein (2:44), Jimmy Mac (7:14)
"Space cadets will swoon”… Hugh Fielder, Classic Rock, September 2007
“… absolutely describes their spirit: all spacey atmospherics, chanted lyrics and cranium-expanding bass lines”… Ian Abrahams, Record Collector, October 2007
“They smoothly blend psychedelic space rock with punk and dub”… Peppermint Iguana
“…captures that space and time, that spirit of the age, that great coming together of hardcore activist punk rock and the (sometimes misguided chaotic) ideals of anarchy and free-festival free-thinking creativity”… Organ
“excellent re-mastering revealing a sparkling set of tunes crackling with energy”… Terrascope Online
“Coaxed Out from
“one hell of a live space rock album”… Progressiveworld.net
“In summary, an outstanding set”… Aural Innovations #38
Limited edition of 1000 copies with super psychedelic artwork by Stacie Willoughby. Released on 22nd October 2007. For further details please see the release sheet.
Space rock / psychedelic jazz groovers join forces
with acid folk singer/songwriter Alison Faith Levy, known for her own albums
(with members of Camper Van Beethoven) and as a member of the Loud Family
(featuring Scott Miller of Game Theory). With Mushroom, Alison soars
soulfully into another realm - that one reviewer described as "The Space
Rock Eartha Kitt.". This release is culled from their best live
performances plus some fantastic studio material – all previously unreleased.
Track Listing (click symbol for sound clip): Electric Muse (2:25), Josh Pollock (11:05), Clay Alison (6:00), gas, grass or ass – nobody rides for free (5:19) , you laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you, because you’re all the same (7:07), Kraut Mask Replica (22:37), Ocean Beach (5:54), the sun machine is coming down and we’re gonna have a party (6:53)
"Levy shows her ability to seduce and
smoulder... singing is strong and soulful in the mould of the ladies of West
Coast psychedelic scene"… Nick
"…kick off your sandals, pull on your dancing feet, raise your freak flag and lose your inhibitions to this pulsating throb monster”… Terrascope Online
“From lullaby gentle, to extrapolated electric blues grooving, moody slow motion torch songs, to percolating polyrhythmic Miles Davis-like funk jazz”… Dream Magazine, #8
“heady, trippy mishmash of songs so genially, stimulatingly weird that you'll want to open your own “psychedelicatessen”… Mark Keresman, East Bay Express
“dreamygauzysexycool”… Fred Mills, Harp Magazine July/August 2007
“Krautrock that swirls and undulates like an oil projection…” Josh Potter, Jambands.com
“Always ambitious and artful, dispatches from Mushroom-land are welcome any time” Jesse Jarnow, Relix Magazine August 2007
“the sound of their city, San Fran, in past days becomes their focus”… Dave Cantor, Rock-A-Rolla Jul/Aug 2007
“Levy reminds me enough of Grace Slick to make this sound like a postmodern, not to mention postrevolution, Jefferson Airplane”… Tom Hull, Jazz Consumer Guide
“… sexual drench and curtains of smoke”… Progressiveworld.net
“Great CD for the musically adventurous” Lowcut Magazine
“Alison becomes a member of the band, her voice acting as another instrument in the ensemble, perfectly integrating into the Mushroom sound” Aural Innovations #37
“An acquired taste, but one that is extremely rewarding” Concrete Web
“Krautrock west-coast Velvet Underground glam jazz with a bit of PJ Harvey and Mazzy Star” Fred@E-Society
“… washes of free jazz, grunge and electronica and what sounds like rhythmic sidewalk spitting”… Signal To Noise #47, Fall 2007
“Here is a collaboration that could have been made in Heaven”… Ian Abrahams, Spacerock Reviews
“Levy fits right into the Mushroom ethos, a spirited jazz-meets-groove improvisational attack”… Expose, #35
“draws a direct line between 60s San Franciscan experimentalism and present day jam band discourse” Mitch Myers, Downbeat, January 2008
“ethereal loose-form psychedelia as defined by
Daevid Allen-era Gong, pre-Meddle Pink Floyd, and
Limited edition of 1000 copies in six panel digipak with stunning artwork by Nat Russell. Released 26th May 2007. For further details please see the release sheet.
Preview and download this song free at Indiestore (mp3, aac, wma)
Limited edition of 100 copies. Released 5th February 2007. Copies available to DJs and reviewers. Free downloads available to all… and free to anyone who bought a CD direct from us (but there’s none left now).
Download a full length MP3 of ‘My Brain Hurt…’ here
“Here’s a listen to the first year and half of Mushroom’s career, including 2 songs from their first gig ever. Since those days, during the past 8 years, they’ve taken so many paths – from funky jazz to soundtracks to acid folk – but in retrospect it’s those first few years that are the most visceral and vibrant. Take off your face and recover from the trip you’ve been on – you know you’ve got it, if it makes you feel good” – Calvin Tennett, WBAI Radio
Eastbayexpress thought ‘Really Don’t Mind..’ one of the best records of 2006
Track Listing (click symbol for sound clip): Klonopin (17:57) , Kyle loves a funny bunny (10:48) , The Reeperbahn (18:12), My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare (8:29) , Philip Seymour Hoffman (6:31), Why do most German booking agents have brain damage? (14:55)
“The music undulates like a Frank Gehry building”… Jambands.com
“Quality, high-energy strangeness presented by musical heavy hitters” jambase.com
“Excellent space rock excursions… a wonderful inferno of passion and intensity”… Terrascope Online
“A hearthrobbing, head-rattling, improvisational jam session… A fine introduction to this wonderful bands’ humble beginnings”… foxy digitalis
“Mushroom are one of the greatest space rock/Krautrock/jazz rock oufits you’ve probably never heard of”… All Music Guide
“A windfall for those who enjoy sounds to get lost in”… jazzreview.com
“An absolutely killer stretched out jamming, rocking and grooving space/kraut/acid-psych/jazz combination”… Aural Innovations
“Killer stuff that takes you on a trip” … LowCut magazine
“lengthy, sprawling percussionscapes that lurch all over the musical horizon”… Concreteweb
“A most welcome release”… Expose, #34
Limited edition of 1,000 copies. For further details, please read the release sheet
Like the poster? You can download a full size version to print here
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Earthling Society: Sci-Fi Hi-Fi: Sci-Fi Hi-Fi (8:24 / 12.6 MB)
Earthling Society: Sci-Fi Hi-Fi: Tempel ov Flaming Youth (10:42 / 15.3 MB)
Earthling Society: Beauty and the Beast: Sundropped (5:37 / 7 MB)
Earthling Society: Beauty and the Beast: Tenement Song (4:59 / 7.4 MB)
Here & Now: Coaxed Out From Oxford: Theatre (4:28 / 6.7 MB)
Here & Now: Coaxed Out From Oxford: Ways To Be Free (5:43 / 7.6 MB)
Our next releases will be an “Indian raga/drone/folk-rock” epic by San Fran pysch groove masters, Mushroom. “Naked, Stoned & Stabbed” features 12 diverse songs inspired by Sandy Bull, Alice Coltrane, Davy Graham, Fela Kuti, and a re-make of a Kevin Ayers/Syd Barrett collaboration... previews will be available soon. The Mushroom album will be followed by a new album from space rock stalwarts Here & Now
Check back regularly for further details of these and other forthcoming releases. Or drop us an e-mail to receive regular updates.
4 Zero Records was formed in 2006 to release the best in pysch and space-rock music, from innovative bands with a track record of studio and live performance. If you have an idea for a release that you think we ought to consider then drop us an e-mail and tell us about it. You can also visit us at MySpace.
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