BRADFORD band Psychlona has released its debut album.

Mojo Rising has been released on CD, with the vinyl version coming out on November 30.

Earlier this year the band signed with two record labels - California-based Ripple Music and Danish label Cursed Tongue.

“Both labels are big players in the heavy underground scene and we as a band are pretty chuffed with the whole deal. We are very proud to sign with them,” says guitarist/vocalist Phil Hey. “We also get to share the stable with some great bands who we look forward to gigging and touring with in the future. We've had a fantastic relationship with both labels to date and hope to continue this through the next album and beyond.”

Band members got together over a mutual love and respect for heavy psychedelic/desert/stoner rock. “Plus we knew each other from sharing stages with our earlier bands mainly on the local punk rock scene,” he adds. “We also were aware that the local music scene needed some redemption.”

Other band members are Dave Wainfor on guitar/vocals, Martyn Birchall on bass and Scott Franklin playing drums.

Phil has played in various bands over the years, notably punk outfit Threshold Shift, who played on the local circuit for many years. Dave has a similar pedigree, having played with numerous bands including Lockjaw, No Eager Men and The Despondents.

Martyn came to the band’s attention when he was playing bass for Wild Trash, and had previously been a member of other bands.

Scott played in the Despondents with Dave and has also played in many lesser-known bands in his native Black Country scene. “He also kills cymbals like no other man,” says Phil.

The band, whose music is usually categorised as desert rock, heavy psych, stoner rock, has played at many venues in Bradford including The Underground, 1 in 12 and Gasworks. An official album release party is being held on December 1 at The Underground in Bradford, with support from Midlands-based Red Spektor and Keighley band Loomer.

“We also have Atom Heart Mutha, who is part of the Hard Rock Hell Radio station roster, DJing. “We've got various giveaways planned for the night so should be a great party.”

The band members start the writing process with “a lengthy jam which can last anything up to an hour.” They then pick out the bones/riffs/best parts and manipulate them into something which retains the laid-back-yet-heavy vibe. “Lyrics usually develop as a response to the vibe of the music,” adds Phil, whose own inspirations include 1970's and 1980's punk rock, 1960's and 1970's heavy rock and psychedelia (Hawkwind, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, etc..), the California desert rock scene (Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Nebula, etc...), skateboarding, sci-fi and horror films.

Psychlona has big plans for next year, looking at a number of European festivals and a European tour as a priority. “We are already confirmed to play the doom v stoner fest at Sheffield O2,” says Phil.

*Psychlona is appearing at The Underground on December 1 at 9 Duke St, Bradford BD1 3QR. For more details visit