If the weather permits (a big if), I'll be enjoying Hey Colossus in the Moon tonight. The band are just one of several on Rocket Recordings that have helped to raise the label's profile as the godfather of what's been branded "New Weird Britain", encompassing noise rock, shoegaze, psych and krautrock.
It's rather felicitous that Rocket should be going through a real purple patch in the year it turns 20. To mark the occasion, the many jewels currently in its crown - including Gnod, Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation, Goat, Teeth Of The Sea, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Gnoomes - are set to feature in a trio of London gigs next weekend, and co-founder Chris Reeder has, at the invitation of Loud And Quiet, selected ten "essential" releases through which to narrate the label's history. It's a great introduction to an imprint that has become synonymous with high-quality releases.