This year sees the worldwide release of Sterling Roswell's superlative new album The Call of The Cosmos, which is an exotic masterpiece, filled with shimmering soundscapes and bathed in psychedelic pop. The former Spacemen 3 drummer and multi-instrumentalist is a true radical; Artist, musician, poet and producer, Roswell is all of these and more and over the years he has embraced a myriad of artistic forms to great effect.
The Call of the Cosmos features the singles ‘Interplanetary Spaceliner‘,‘Give Peace Another Chance’ and ‘a remix of The Girl From Orbit’, cementing the elements which have infused Sterling’s work since his days with Spacemen 3, his multi instrumental driving force behind The Darkside and his innovative psychedelic soundscapes as a studio engineer and producer. The album stands testament to a new message for Interplanetary Peace and features a truly fitting tribute to the late, great front man of THE SEED, Sky Sunlight Saxon with a cover of the song ‘Tripmaker’, which was originally featured in the Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda movie The Trip in 1968.
“Baudelaire once wrote, ‘music excavates heaven’. Listen to this record and you might just have to agree.” ANDREW WEATHERALL / MOJO
"Sterling uses his knowledge of the music, acid and crucial fundamentals of the genre to create a mini-masterpiece" KRIS NEEDS / SHINDIG
"A topside full of pulsing spectral tunes and a flipside like a '60s sci-fi soundtrack mixed with 'Echoes' of Pink Floyd. An otherworldly delight!" MARK ELLEN
New album The Call of the Cosmos out TODAY on Fire Records
ALBUM LAUNCH on 15 October at The Prince Albert in Brighton
15 October - The Prince Albert, Brighton (Bootleg Festival + Album Launch)
19 October - Cafe Oto, London (with Ela Stiles and Virginia Wing)
Listen to "Interplanetary Spaceliner" here:
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They say... ROSCO aka Sterling Roswell, singer songwriter, guitarist, multi instrumentalist, drummer with Spacemen 3, spiritual leader and multi instrumental driving force of The Darkside, innovative psychedelic studio engineer and producer….his live appearances both solo and with Psychedelic SRB are legendary….holding audiences worldwide spellbound, ROSCO is THE act to see in this new world of psychedelic sound.
Born in Harborourgh Magna, England and relocated to Africa until 10 years old, he returned to Rugby England and attended Dunsmor Grammar school where studied art and music, he performed in the school orchestra on Contra Bass and took piano lessons from the age of 14.
As an 18-year-old art school dropout in Rugby in the mid-80s Rosco joined the legendary psychedelic/drone band The Spacemen 3 on drums for a period of 3 years... after many successful records (including Perfect Prescription) and a final 35-date European tour, the band imploded.
Since that time The Spacemen 3 have become a cult, inspiring current stars like The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Warlocks, and new younger bands that go under the nu / shoe-gaze banner.
After The Spacemen 3 Rosco teamed up with his ex band mate Pete Bassman in The Darkside, another Rugby based act that went on mining raga/drone/Farfisa based motifs from the golden age of drugged up LA circa 1967... Signed to Beggars Banquet Records they cut three fine albums a hand full of critically aclaimed singles and an EP for Californian music god Greg Shaw’s Bomp Records ! Gaining a wealth of positive press in the early ’90s and released records world wide on RCA and Vertigo. Since the mid-90s Rosco has led a life not unlike Jack Kerouac… or even Mr. Spock for that matter, as this is a man that knows about cathode rays and more importantly old sci-fi and comic books. He moved to Rome where he ended up hosting a TV show, did some acting and show presenting became a fixture as a leading DJ in the cities’ clubs and radio. But it would not be long until music would once again come calling. A knock on the door came from Barney Stoppard (son of playwright Tom), who was working on a film with Ewan McGregor and Jude Law that needed a suitably wiggy soundtrack, the film was never fully realised or released.
Holed up in Rome Italy, Rosco set to work creating a clutch of his trademarkdreamscapes and tripped out garage riffs for the film’s soundtrack, but of course as fate would have it the film did not happen. Undeterred he continued the project which eventually grew into the debut Sterling Roswell album. After reloatin to London, in 2004 he issued solo album The Psychedelic Ubik on Mint/Jungle records.
Recent recording credits include: theremin on the new NICK LOWE - QUALITY STREET record... production and keyboards on the Transparency LP with Sky Sunlight Saxon of The Seeds - also production and oscillator on the debut CUT record - Guests percussion on Geraint Watkins ‘Dial W for Watkins’ on Proper Records, keyboards on Tres Chicas ‘Bloom Red & the Ordinary Girl’ on Yeproc Records and back up vocals with Martin Belmont's The Guest List Album... engineering credits include Nick Lowe ' At My Age' - Norman Bergen, Hank Wangford, and production include Television Personalities, Jim Carlilse, Venture Lift, Tone Rodent, The Scoundrelles and The Seeds, that is.. yes - a yet unreleased SEEDS album still in the can ...
“Interplanetary Spaceliner” 7″ vinyl record was released 2011 on his own ROSCOM record label, while brand new 7″ “Give Peace Another Chance” split single with ToneRodent is out now as a preview to the first ROSCOm long playing record. THE CALL OF THE COSMOS also now issued by Fire Records..
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