Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the signing of Australian psychedelic rock and roll occultists The Neptune Power Federation.
The label will release the band’s next full-length, “Memoirs Of A Rat Queen”, this September.
THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION and Cruz Del Sur Music decided to join forces after the band’s triumphant appearance at the 2018 installment of the Hell Over Hammaburg festival in Hamburg, Germany.
Cruz Del Sur owner Enrico met the band backstage and subsequently offered them a deal. “It’s a pretty cool way of getting signed,” says guitarist Inverted CruciFox. “I didn’t think things like that happened nowadays, but it keeps with our retro aesthetic.”
Enrico adds: “I was first introduced to NPF over a year ago and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see them live at Hell Over Hammaburg last March. I must say that their show was way beyond my best expectations, their energy and vibes were something I hadn’t witnessed live for a long time.Something significant happened: I went in the backstage to give my support to Sanhedrin before their show and NPF were getting off stage. When the doors opened and they stepped into the backstage, a spontaneous applause rose in the small room. For me that was a sign that the band really gave everything on stage and was able to touch the audience really deeply. Seeing NPF live was an intense, overwhelming experience that I will always carry in my heart.”
Formed in 2012, THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION originally started as a studio project with a singer based in the United States, but took off once vocalist Imperial Priestess Screaming Loz Sutch joined the fold in 2015.
From there, the band’s indescribable blend of progressive, metal and space rock has helped them win over crowds of all types.
“We enjoy being hard to define!” says Inverted CruciFox. “Basically, if it was good music recorded between 1968 and 1978, we will pay tribute to it, be that hard rock, proto metal, prog, space rock, soul or garage. The Priestess has her own distinctive singing style which adds yet another strange element on top. Our recommendation to listeners is to enjoy the ride.”
While the band is already prolific in the studio, it is their live presentation that sets THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION apart, harkening back to a time when theatrics were just as important as the music.
“We attempt to connect with as many senses as possible, with the exclusion of smell,” says Inverted CruciFox. “The Imperial Priestess wears the traditional dress of a time travelling space witch and because these beings are uncommon in our dimension, her appearance can often come as a shock. The rest of us wear a simple uniform to recognize we are her backing band — and also because MOTÖRHEAD did it that way.”
On “Memoirs Of A Rat Queen”, the band plans to further convey the narrative which has woven their previous albums together — an intergalactic tale of time travel. “Currently we are attempting to convey the story of the Imperial Priestess’s time travelling existence on earth and the various lives she has lived through human history. Occasionally we touch on her mortal enemy, the Wizzard King and his never-ending attempts to defeat her.”
“Memoirs Of A Rat Queen” is currently being mixed, after which, the band will be playing several Australian festivals.
Once the album is out, it will be accompanied with a handful of new music videos.”We are very excited about increasing the reach of THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION church internationally – like rock and roll missionaries,” closes Inverted CruciFox. “Perhaps we will become like Scientology only with more guitars, battle jackets and drinking.”
(Live picture by Thomas Ertmer Fotografie)