The London-based Shattercones’ delicious recipe includes an old slide guitar, a viola with some radical loops, a driving drum machine, some pompous tom-toms, an analog synth, guitars, and vocals you’d expect to hear reverberating throughout the underground scene of Berlin circa 2009.

As one walks through the valley of death, and there meets the devil, a bell will toll, and one will remember the haunting vibrations of a sound he forgot long ago.

Indeed, I’m talking of Shattercone’s “Oppenheimer” from the new Oppenheimer EP. The track is the band’s debut video release.

“Oppenheimer” is a song that is brimming with gritty cinematic landscapes, claustrophobic rooms of darkness, and nostalgic images bursting with ultraviolence, regret, and heartbreaking loss… Now here, give it a listen all you filthy animals.

The symmetrical vibrations of Shattercones’ latest track is a sacrilegious homage to the gods of the underground. What was once considered sacred, is nothing more now than a worthless tune, few are able to remember.

As we walk deeper into the darkness of the unknown in search of beauty, may we always remember the melody so many of us forgot long ago.

Now, back to the music. Yes, the psychedelic project has also played the O2 Kentish Town Forum, 1865 Southampton, and SWX Bristol in the past, pre-COVID-19. Oh, how we lament the golden glow of past ages.

The British project draws from the same waters as Suicide, Dirty Three, and John Coltrane.

The underground ensemble brings a uniquely fresh and occasionally unhinged feeling in the deepest and darkest rooms of our being, that feeling that will keep you on the edge of your seat until that final note is uttered.

Listen to Shattercones’ new EP, here. And be sure to give the band a follow on Spotify! We cannot wait to hear what they have in store for us in the near dystopian future that seems to be playing out. Hold on tight, because it’s going to be a wild ride.


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Ellis Walker

Poet and freelance journalist.