Tuesday, August 23, 2016
VALLEY OF THE SUN announce European tour this September with Dot Legacy | Volume Rock out now on Fuzzorama Records
“Valley of the Sun sound like one of those bands best experienced in a dive bar with sweat dripping off the walls – a perfect setting for the short, sharp shock of ‘The Hunt’, the QOTSA-esque jaunt of ‘Land of Fools’, where Ryan Ferrier’s huge vocals sound like Steven Tyler experiencing an exorcism.”
“There’s no question that Valley of the Sun are placing themselves at the forefront of the new generation of American heavy rock.”
“[Volume Rock] may go down as one of the best stoner rock albums of the year because it understands how to go full-throttle joyously. The album is the result of the band firing on all cylinders.”
New Noise Magazine
European Live Dates:
22/9 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion (Presented by Snuff Lane)
23/9 – Bristol, UK – The Mother's Ruin (Presented by Snuff Lane)
24/9 – London, UK – The Unicorn (Presented by Snuff Lane)
27/9 – Malle, Belgium – Jeugdhuis Babylon
28/9 – Ghent, Belgium – Kinky Star
29/9 – Caen, France – La Demeuree
30/9 – Nantes, France – La Scene Michelet
1/10 – Paris, France – Espace B
3/10 – Poitiers, France – Le Cluricaume Cafe
4/10 – Olten, Switzerland – Le Coq d'Or
5/10 – Munich, Germany – 8 Below
6/10 – Berlin, Germany – Urban Spree
7/10 – Halle, Germany – Rockpool eV
8/10 – Chemnitz, Germany – Zukunft
11/10 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania – The Shelter
12/10 – Bucharest, Romania – Fabrica
13/10 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Mixtape
14/10 – Larissa, Greece – Stage Club
15/10 – Athens, Greece – Death Disco
Volume Rock... Of all the words in the English language that could be drawn upon to illustrate the sheer sound and substance of Cincinnati’s Valley Of The Sun, you’d be hard pressed to find two better. Picking up where last year’s Electric Talons Of The Thunderhawk left off, Volume Rock – released last April on Sweden’s formidable Fuzzorama Records - showcased their drive and ambition to become one of the best bands to emerge from the underground.
Formed in 2010, the band established themselves as a force to be reckoned with thanks to an impressive succession of self-released EPs and albums; the kind that never seem to go unnoticed/unheard for long. Often compared to the likes of Corrosion of Conformity, Alice in Chains and Badmotorfinger-era Soundgarden – the latter due in no small part to singer Ryan Ferrier’s exemplary vocal range – listeners are treated to a sound that runs the gamut of blues, hard rock, grunge and heavy metal, via big riffs, fuzzed out hooks and deep bass grooves. It’s a concoction expertly packaged with a raw and unbridled delivery whether heard from stage or speaker.
After supporting Fuzzorama label mates Truckfighters on lengthy stints across Europe and America, 2016 continues to be a big year for Valley Of The Sun as they travel across Europe this September for a headline tour.
Valley Of The Sun:
Ryan Ferrier – Guitar/Vocals
Aaron Boyer – Drums
Adam Flaig – Guitar
Ringo Jones – Bass
Volume Rock by Valley Of The Sun is out now on Fuzzorama Records –www.fuzzoramarecords.com
Monday, August 22, 2016
PLAINRIDE – Cologne-based Stoner Rock ‘n’ Rollers sign worldwide record deal with Californian label RIPPLE MUSIC
"Imagine a pack of rabid tumbleweeds sweeping across the hot desert sand of Mojave set on fire by the nearby explosion of a Dodge Challenger ‘69 driven into a fuel soaked pile of Orange Half-Stacks by four whole-body bearded lumberjacks dressed in bearskin.”
This sentence originated in 2013 as part of an attempt to describe a German band that had only just been tossed onto the face of the Earth: Plainride. Little did these guys know they had just created what would soon become a self-fulfilling prophecy of dramatic extent. Three years later, the band is ridiculously close to their own, ambitious vision of themselves. Let’s recap: Beards? Check. Orange Amps? Check. Mojave? Well, kinda.
When you’ve got Plainride spinning on your turntable, you will barely believe these guys are in fact not from California, but from Cologne. Sweat-drippin’ drums, high voltage guitars, wailing solos and a voice so frenetic, one might assume the Beast himself took control of the mic.
That said, it comes to little surprise that Plainride eventually teamed up with Ripple Music from San Ramon, CA. The dedicated rock label will kick things off with a re-release of “Return Of The Jackalope”, the bands’ ferocious debut album, which had first been unveiled in Summer 2015. The re-issue is scheduled for this winter and will include a digital release on all platforms, a CD, a double vinyl release, and world-wide distribution.
The official video announcement can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dSkR-_DmpE
While this is undeniably a huge step, Plainride keeps on rolling with their sympathetic down-to-earth attitude, as singer Max confirms: „We’re not a business band at any rate. Rehearsals are what makes my week worthwhile. Hanging and rocking out with the guys, frequenting shady concerts - that stuff is like sex to me: Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty damn good! The day we decide to stop making fun of ourselves should be the day someone takes away our guitars and punches us in the face.” Beer-fuelled banter aside, these guys aren’t in it just for the heck of it: “We always had the ambition to achieve as much as possible while staying true to our founding spirit. Signing with Ripple Music is an awesome and humbling opportunity for us and I’ll be damned if we’re not gonna work off our asses to honor that!”
Sunday, August 21, 2016
My fellow Swedes, Salem's Pot, have been very productive since their inception in 2011. After one full-length, two singles, a split and an appearance on a compilation, they are now back with their sophomore release, 'Pronounce This!' All this activity has certainly played in their favour with the new wax showcasing a fantastic knack for composing compelling and captivating music. Yes, you're right dear waverider, Salem's Pot are getting better and better by the minute and I love that!
Being the new masters of occult, trippy, modernized 70's space rock, Salem's Pot levels the other-worldly playing fields with this album. Moving within a music sphere that is severely over-crowded, it is easy for bands to sink without a trace, but that’s not a problem for these guys. Taking what they have and hitting the ground running, we’re all taken on trip – hopefully an everlasting one at that – leaving all slow pokes and smartasses behind.
‘Tranny Takes A Trip’ has the occasional Thin Lizzy twin axe attack sound backed by a laidback and groovy yet distinct and direct rhythm section. Add a trippy as hell keyboard chasing for cosmos and beyond, and riffs of intergalactic proportions while fantastic guitar solo after guitar solo are fired off. ‘Just For Kicks’ starts kinda bluesy juxtaposed with surf rock vibes. Again that trippy, spaced out keyboard pops up along with a touch of doom and kick ass rock’n’roll making everything a brilliant headfuck. Those riffs being pulled off in ‘The Vampire Strikes Back’ are something else! Haunted, desperate vocals run side by side with hooks that kill. There are late 60’s, early 70’s vibes with attitude, space and pure old rock’n’roll permeates throughout. And do I dare say it? Yes, that freaked out keyboard is there and it scares the hell out of me in a great way. ’Coal Mind’ is by far the longest track on the album and comes on with strong excellent movie vibes at first…courtesy of the frightening electronic sounds emanating from the ivories. Slow, punishing doom walks side by side with this until a sudden quick change into heavy blues territory mixed with a bit of Iron Maiden and Deep Purple for good measure. Then it all reverts back to horror movie music again. Brilliant and scary indeed and listen to those solos!
A slight change occurs towards the end of ‘Pronounce This!’. Still retaining their psychedelic, doomy, trippy space rock, Salem’s Pot veers off into the land of country! Don’t be afraid though, dear waveriders, because ‘So Gone, So Dead’, which is semi-acoustic, demolishes just about everything within that cowboy genre. As odd as the song might seem at first, it works so well with the whole theme of the album. Most likely because of the superior lyrics. Could have been something Nick Cave recorded for his ‘Murder Ballads’ album. Sticking – somewhat - to the country formula, closer ‘Desire’ is initiated by a twangy electric guitar. But once the singing commences backed by an organ, the song morphs into something sinister, yet beautiful. The guitar solo amidst the doom and gloom is so liberating.
I really like ‘Lurar Ut Dig På Prärien’, Salem’s Pot’s debut album, it still holds up so well. But ‘Pronounce This!’ has elevated these guys to a top notch outfit. Everything on this album is elaborate and well thought-through, as well as greatly executed. At the same time, it is so free-flowing and unshackled without any boundaries and that’s a trademark of a band way above the rest…and they are still climbing!
Saturday, August 20, 2016
In addition to their recently-announced UK/EU dates this coming fall, Portland hard rockers RED FANG have announced a new Revolver Magazine, Orange Amps and Dunlop-sponsored US tour with labelmates Torche set to kick off this November. The trek will see the bands touring from coast to coast in support of their signature brands of stoner metal for a full month. Noise rockers Whores will also support; tickets will be on sale this Friday at 10 AM PST. Check out a full itinerary of dates below.
After three years of vigorously touring the world, RED FANG, the beer-loving Portland-based rock band whose new album was included in Rolling Stone’s list most anticipated 2016 releases, re-emerge with their greatest and latest full-length album, Only Ghosts. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, The Cure, Slipknot, and many more) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Melvins), Only Ghosts consists of 10 new tracks of the band's signature, high-impact, hook-filled, hard rock. RED FANG prove once again they are top-notch songwriters who have mastered the heavy anthem without taking themselves too seriously. Only Ghosts is a rock album of incredible magnitude that demands to be played at maximum volume!
Only Ghosts is set for release this October 14 on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com here, and digital pre-orders can be found at the band's Bandcamp page at this location.
The debut single from the album, "Flies," can be heard now at this location.
RED FANG Live:
Aug 4 Copenhagen, DK Jr Vega
Aug 5 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
Aug 6 Utrecht, NL Tivoli Pandora
Aug 7 Lokeren, BE Lokerse Feesten
Aug 17 Tacoma, WA Jazzbones
Aug 18 Walla Walla, WA Main Street Studios
Aug 19 Missoula, MT The Palace Lounge
Aug 21 Spokane, WA All Age Rage @ The Viking
Sept 22 Portland, OR Northwest Hesh Fest
**All Dates from Nov 18 - Dec 16 with Torche and Whores***
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA Slims
Nov 19 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
Nov 20 Los Angeles, CA Terragram Ballroom
Nov 22 San Diego, CA Casbah
Nov 23 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
Nov 25 Austin, TX Mohawk
Nov 26 Dallas, TX Three Links
Nov 27 Houston, TX Warehouse Studio
Nov 29 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell)
Nov 30 Durham, NC Motorco
Dec 1 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
Dec 2 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Dec 4 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Dec 5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Dec 7 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Lounge
Dec 8 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Dec 9 Detroit, MI El Club
Dec 10 Chicago, IL Metro
Dec 11 Bloomington, IL Castle Theater
Dec 13 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Dec 14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Dec 15 Boise, ID Nuerolox
Dec 16 Seattle, WA Showbox
***All Dates with Torche***
Sept 26 Brighton, UK Concorde 2
Sept 27 London, UK Koko
Sept 28 Bristol, UK Bierkeller
Sept 29 Leeds, UK Leeds Stylus
Sept 30 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy 2
Oct 2 Birmingham, UK Institute2
Oct 3 Glasgow, UK Garage
Oct 4 Newcastle, UK Riverside
Oct 5 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
Oct 7 Athens, Greece Desert Fest
Oct 9 Paris, FR Trabendo
Oct 10 Munich, DE Strom
Oct 11 Vienna, AT Szene Wien
Oct 12 Berlin, DE Huxleys
Oct 13 Cologne, DE Essigfabrik
Oct 14 Antwerp, BE Desertfest
Oct 15 Leipzig, DE Conne Island
Oct 16 Hamburg, DE Markthalle
Oct 18 Odense, DK Posten
Oct 19 Oslo, NO John Dee
Oct 20 Stockholm, SE Debaser Medis
Oct 21 Malmo, SE KB
Oct 22 Munster, DE Skater’s Place
Oct 23 Karlsruhe, DE Substage
Oct 24 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg (OZ)
The band has also premiered the first in a multi-part series of behind-the-scenes webisodes documenting their studio sessions for Only Ghosts. The clip, which can be seen here or below, focuses on John Sherman and the drum tracks for the new album.
Additionally, RED FANG’s music and likeness are featured on Pabst Blue Ribbon’s new pinball machine, the Can Crusher, which was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. The machine, developed in partnership with Stern Pinball, Inc., features a retro game design with art by Dirty Donny.
Ever since their inception in 2005, Portland's RED FANG have strived to write heavy, catchy music underlaid with subtle complexities. Founded by David Sullivan, Maurice Bryan Giles, Aaron Beam, and John Sherman, the band had a distinctive and fully-formed sound right from the start: a mix of compelling rock songwriting and party-hard metal euphoria that speaks to the headbanger, the hesher, and the music student alike. The band's two-pronged vocal attack and knack for finding the sharpest hooks made sure that the music world caught on right away. Within just one year of RED FANG's first show, they were opening for genre stalwarts Big Business and The Melvins, and soon began appearing at festivals including FYF, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Sasquatch Fest, and more.
After the release of their self-titled debut (Sargent House, 2009), RED FANG signed to independent label Relapse Records for the release of their 2011 full-length Murder the Mountains, which hit #25 on the US Top Heatseekers chart and received widespread critical acclaim. RED FANG followed that record up with a slew of dates worldwide, and two years later, released Whales and Leeches, which put the band on the US Billboard charts (at #66) for the first time and garnered praise from outlets ranging from Spin and Metal Injection to Stereogum and Alternative Press. The success of Whales and Leeches even led to a live appearance on Late Show with David Letterman in January 2014.
Additionally, RED FANG have gained renown for their inventive comedic music videos directed by Whitey MConnaughy, several of which have become viral hits. The band's videos have received more than 10,000,000 views in total. RED FANG have more than made a name for themselves on the live circuit as well. Over the years, they've toured with prominent artists such as In Flames, Opeth, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Helmet, and Crowbar, and have appeared at major festivals including Hellfest, Rockstar Mayhem Fest, Wacken, Roadburn, and many others. In their travels, RED FANG have performed across the globe, from North America and South America to Europe, Russia, and Australia.
RED FANG is:
John Sherman - Drums
Aaron Beam - Bass, Vocals
David Sullivan - Guitar
Maurice Bryan Giles - Guitar, Vocals
Photo: Séb Bonilla
THE SKULL, featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends TROUBLE, has announced a fall U.S. tour as direct support to Saint Vitus. The month-long jaunt will launch on September 27 in Austin, TX, running through October 23 in Tucson, AZ. Joining the revered bands on the tour will be Portland's Witch Mountain, which features in its ranks, THE SKULL guitarist Rob Wrong. THE SKULL continues to tour in support of its debut album, For Those Which Are Asleep, a record hailed as "a natural extension of the exemplary work they had been putting out during their 20-plus years with Trouble" by LA Weekly.
Additionally, THE SKULL has announced the addition of Steve Hanford as the band's fill-in touring drummer. Hanford, formerly of hardcore punk legends POISON IDEA, has been recruited to fill in for Sean Saley (PENTAGRAM) on the upcoming tour. Read a recent interview with Hanford at THIS location.
"I'm really bummed to miss this tour, but sometimes life happens and other commitments have forced me to sit out the tour with Saint Vitus and Witch Mountain," comments Saley. However, The Skull is in the more than capable hands of a great drummer, "Thee Hippy Slayer" himself, Steve Hanford. Steve will nail this and the band will be great with him on drums! Don't miss this tour!"
THE SKULL tour dates:
(all shows also feature Saint Vitus and Witch Mountain)
September 27 Austin, TX Grizzly Hall
September 28 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
September 29 San Antonio, TX The Mix
September 30 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse
October 1 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
October 2 Atlanta, GA The Earl
October 3 Raleigh, NC King’s
October 5 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
October 6 Boston, MA Middle East
October 7 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
October 8 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
October 9 Indianapolis, IN 5th Quarter
October 10 Chicago, IL Reggie's
October 11 Madison, WI High Noon
October 12 St Paul, MN Turf Club
October 14 Missoula, MT Stage 112 (as part of Erosion Festival)
October 15 Seattle, WA El Corazon
October 16 Portland, OR Star Theater
October 18 Sacramento, CA Starlite
October 19 Oakland, CA Metro
October 20 Costa Mesa, CA Wayfarer
October 21 Los Angeles, CA Viper Room
October 22 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
October 23 Tucson, AZ Club Congress (as part of Southwest Terror Festival)
THE SKULL's debut album, For Those Which Are Asleep, features ten tracks of elemental Heavy Metal. The record's greatest strength is how well it captures the apocalyptic trudge that the iconic TROUBLE delivered from the first downbeat of their 1984 debut, but now unequivocally propelled by the hallmarks of a hungry new band fueled by new blood. The mighty voice of Eric Wagner is on full display; the vocalist proving on For Those Which Are Asleep that he still wields an eerie power at the mic. Make no mistake, THE SKULL are in complete command of their craft and have capably created a modern classic; a recording where atmosphere is established as drums crash, guitars blare and stories are told.
In addition to Wagner and Holzner, Wrong and Saley, THE SKULL also features guitarist Lothar Keller.
"For Those Which Are Asleep is a goddamn magnum opus of kaleidoscopic doom...epic" - DECIBEL
Friday, August 19, 2016
L-R - Dominique Salameh - Drums, Vocals, David Lines - Keys, Guitar, Vocals, Thomas Chollet (R) Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Photo Credit: Renaud Kasma
Music Video - 'Skylight'- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9lX4H7hMc0
Canadian psychedelic rockers A DEVIL'S DIN will be touring the UK this September in support of their latest album 'Skylight' released this past June via Island Dive Records to follow their 2011 debut album 'One Day All This Will Be Yours'. The tour will kick off in London on September 10th and end with a special family reunion as A Devil's Din's David Lines (originally from the UK) will share the stage with his brother's band The Electric Zoltz on September 23rd in London.
Full Album Stream of 'Skylight' can be heard at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaLTUpQjGzQ
Sept 10 - TBA - London, UK
Sept 11 - The Fiddler Elbow - London, UK
Sept 12 - Nambucca - London, UK
Sept 13 - The Chambers - Folkestone, UK
Sept 14 - Pitcher & Piano - Brighton, UK
Sept 15 - Dog & Whistle - Hertford, UK
Sept 16 - Crowley's Rock Bar - Swansea, UK
Sept 17 - Lounge 41 - Workington, UK
Sept 18 - Percy's - Whitchurch, UK
Sept 19 - The Skerries - Bangor, UK
Sept 20 - Saturn Bar - Liverpool, UK
Sept 21 - Thirsty Scholar - Manchester, UK
Sept 22 - Mullberry Tavern - Sheffield, UK
Sept 23 - London, UK - The Birds Nest w/ support from The Electric Zoltz
A DEVIL'S DIN is made up of 3 musicians born in the Old World who traveled across the ocean to find each other in Montreal, QC where they were drawn together by a mutual love of melodic, innovative, inventive and daring rock / metal tinged music. Fusing the colourful sounds of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd & the psychedelic-era Beatles with intensity of classic power bands like Sabbath, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, as well as the boundary-pushing adventure of Yes, Gentle Giant and King Crimson, A DEVIL'S DIN is an uncommon and uncompromising voice in modern music.
Vocalist / guitarist David Lines comments on their album 'Skylight':
"Essentially this album is really a tribute to the psychedelic experience. I drew on my own personal involvement with certain consciousness-expanding substances to create a set of songs that would take the listener on a journey, both lyrically and musically. Within these 9 songs there exists a certain contrast between the hallucinatory and the heavy. Obviously we also owe a lot of this album's influence to another era, not just by sound and texture, but by the spirit of adventure, daring and experimentation that was prevalent then and bring all of that to the world today, right now."
Bassist Tom G. Stout also adds "Even though we are inspired by LSD trips, we still like to hit hard, and enjoy getting a little aggressive. You have to balance out the light with the darkness, because otherwise you're not being real."
Boston-based metal band, WORSHIPPER, will release its full-length debut, Shadow Hymns, on August 26 via Tee Pee Records. Recorded at Q Division, Mad Oak, and Converse Rubber Tracks Studios with producers Benny Grotto (Aerosmith, Orange Goblin) and David Minehan (The Replacements), the LP showcases the group's melodically thunderous sound. In advance of the LP's release, Brooklyn Vegan premieres the new song, "Place Beyond the Light", saying, "Worshipper traffic in the kind of classically-oriented capital-h Heavy Metal that delivers hooks as directly and effectively as possible." Hear WORSHIPPER's "Place Beyond the Light" now, at THIS location.
Boasting a sound described as "darkly epic", WORSHIPPER has earned consistent accolades since its formation, being named the "Metal Artist of the Year" at the 2015 Boston Music Awards. The group was also chosen over 23 other participating bands as champions of the 2016 "Rock and Roll Rumble", a competition hailed as "The World Series of Boston Rock" that has taken place annually since 1979 (read more via Vanyaland here). Through its unique mix of contemporary and classic influences, WORSHIPPER prove that the horn-throwing soul of melodic heavy music's past still burns brightly.
"'Shadow Hymns' is a document of four guys melding four unique artistic and sonic imaginations into one vision," comments guitarist Alejandro Necochea. "The sound is loud and familiar. We favor classic guitars played through classic amps, with melodies and heroics; not unlike the records we grew up on. This is exactly the record we wanted to make and we are beyond thrilled that people will finally get to hear it."
WORSHIPPER will perform live at the Shadow Hymns album release show on September 9 at ONCE Sommerville, in Summerville, MA. For full details, visit the Facebook event page.
1.) High Above the Clouds
2.) Step Behind
3.) Ghosts and Breath
5.) Place Beyond the Light (Brooklyn Vegan premiere)
6.) Another Yesterday
7.) Wolf Song
8.) Black Corridor
Pre-order Shadow Hymns at this location.
In addition to Necochea, WORSHIPPER features John Brookhouse (vocals / guitar), Dave Jarvis (drums) and Bob Maloney (vocals, bass).
"a masterclass on veteran musician showmanship...Worshipper play the kind of darkly epic rock that can only be found in the vinyl collection of your cool uncle." - VANYALAND
"it’s awesome, it’s very heavy and very hard but not too heavy and hard" - BOSTON HERALD
"a two-guitar assault that was at times Thin Lizzy and at times Iron Maiden/slow-Slayer...They looked like a group coming into the realization that they could be something special together, and it was exciting to watch." - THE OBELISK