Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Forest of Stars – Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes


Black metal is an interesting genre. There are a good many fans and bands who want to keep it traditional and trve, and thumb their noses at anything that steps outside the basic, old school formula. There are bands that stretch the boundaries a bit and mix in some death metal, or maybe some good old rock 'n roll, or dabble with mixing in other bits. And then there is A Forest of Stars.

This band, hailing from Leeds in the UK, uses black metal as their touchstone, but feels abundantly free to throw in whatever else they feel is needed. Somewhat like Panopticon and Winterfylleth, they will do all acoustic breaks in the midst of raging metal. They have songs that are electronic, at least to start, and then suddenly dive headlong into a speed infused rampaging tempest. In all they meld it together in ways that keep the music interesting and flowing. As some of their PR states, there is no other band that sounds quite like them, which is a very good thing.

With seven band members they bring a wide variety of skills and instrumentation to the songwriting table, and there is rarely a dull moment on this album. Based on William Blake's “Proverbs of Hell”, there is a lot to sink your teeth into as a listener, and even after several trips through the album it feels as though one has barely scratched the surface. The band members also bring a Victorian sensibility to bear as well, and I bet these guys and gal are a trip to see live. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for any US appearances after checking out this release.

Song titles such as “Premature Invocation” and “Scripturally Transmitted Disease” certainly seem to show a sense of humor, or a bit of cheekiness if you prefer. One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Children of the Night Soil”, which absolutely bursts from the speakers and the starting blocks at breakneck speed with some straightforward black metal augmented by various electronic sounds and blips, then at the four minute mark does a complete 180 into a string section playing a haunting melody, only to wind it back up a couple minutes later. I have to mention the vocal stylings of Mr. Curse, which are quite unlike anything I've heard before in this genre. He seems to be right on the edge of becoming completely unhinged and many of the vocals seem to be more rants and ravings than anything else, yet it fits what they do to perfection. I found this entire album to be a really magical listen and I truly enjoy it when a band can take something familiar and mold into something that is all their own. I look forward to working into their back catalog and finding more treasure.

If you are already a fan of this genre you really should check this out. It is a truly eye opener of a release. If you've found black metal to be a little bit too much by the numbers and a type of music that doesn't take a lot of risks, you really should check this out. This is music that will make you sit up and pay attention and that is always a good thing.

-ODIN





Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Xroadie Files


Through The Canopy -  Descension
Kristian Drivenes – Guitar/Vocals, Eirik Mathias Husum – Bass/Vocals, TorgeirSolvberg Nilsen – Drums/Vocals

Seven Days slow moody melancholic melodies that just grow as the music develops. Illusions Lost psychedelic music that just surrounds and draws you in.


Bang Bang Firecracker – Welcome to the Slaughterhouse
Kieron Berry – Guitar/ Vocals, Marcus Wrench – Bass, Charlie Cooper – Drums, Russ Gwynne – Drums, Shaun Lowe – Piano

Welcome To The Slaughterhouse melodic piano flows along then a fist in the air riff kicks in with some pounding rhythms and powerful vocals add screaming leads and just rock out. The Non-Believers get up fist pump and grove and sway to the riffs that just take you over. All Thriller No Filler has a surf rock style of feel just float along till the music grabs you and you head bang and sing along while playing air guitar. Devil Dolls heavy strong pounding rhythms scorching guitars and a very catchy riff with some powerful vocals. Immortalized fist in the air head banging slamming riffs thundering rhythms and scorching leads with powerful vocals. Witch Proof hit the floor and just slam and bounce around to the music and you enjoy the emotions. Tasting Hatred fist in the air hair flying head banging music that will take you back to the glory days of heavy metal. Hellbent for Pleasure the entire crowd will be up and head banging as they hit the pit and slam against each other. Outro a great sing along outro.


Slow – IV Mythologiae
Deha – Guitar/Drums/Vocals, Lore B – Bass

The Standing Giant majestic choral style vocals and music that just swallows you whole.  The Suffering Rebel melancholic feeling and dire emotions just pull you under. The Dying God eerie sounds just envelop and pull you into a black abyss of nothingness. Sorrow’s Shadow evil rises and just devours your soul. The Break of Dawn close your eyes and drift away into darkness.


Silver Talon – Becoming A Demon
Colin Vranizan – Drums, Wyatt Howell – Vocals, Bryce Adams Vanhoosen – Guitar, Sebastian Silva – Guitar, Noah Hadnutt – Bass

Breath Of Kerosene eerie gothic sounds surround you and have you seeing may images in your mind. Devil Machine fist in the air head banging riffs pounding beats searing leads and soaring vocals. Silver Talon the entire crowd stands in unison and just moves and sways ad s they head bang along to this majestic song. Speed Of Light scorching leads that just pierce thru you as you just rock out. Cold Embrace classical sounds majestic and powerful just envelope you. Warriors End just close your eyes and drift on a magical musical journey. Battle Angels an excellent version of the Sanctuary song. Outro classical sounds to take you away.


Tytus – Rain After Drought
IlijaRiffmeister – Vocals/Guitar, Mark Simonhell – Guitar, Markey Moon – Bass, Frank Bardy – Drums

Disobey melodic guitars slowly rise with a majestic feel then kicks into a speed power metal frenzy. The Invisible fist in the air head banging hit the pit metal madness. The Storm That Kill Us All grab you air guitars and just jam along to some excellent catchy riffs that will have you fist pounding and singing along. Our Time Is Now fist in the air sing along metal with excellent musicianship. The Dark Wave pounding drums thundering bass chugging guitars screaming leads and powerful vocals. Death Throes the entire crowd will stand and totally get involved in this metal riffage song. Rain After Drought Pt1 searing leads and a riff that is great to just crank up and cruise on down the road to. Rain After Drought Pt2 melodic tones just close your eyes and drift away with the emotional playing. Move On Over fist in the air head banging foot stomping metal magic. A Desolate Shell Of A Man slowly stand and raise your fist as you fist pump and sing along.


-Xroadie

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

DUST PROPHET RELEASE NEW VIDEO


New Hampshire's DUST PROPHET have teamed up with Doomed & Stoned to reveal a video for their new single "Revolutionary Suicide". The single is set to be released tomorrow on all digital platforms.

The band commented "We're thrilled to be debuting our newest single, Revolutionary Suicide, with the almighty Doomed & Stoned!For a newer band like ours, it is an honor to be able to partner up with such a huge supporter of underground metal, and especially a huge supporter of stoner, doom, and space rock like Doomed & Stoned."


About Dust Prophet:

The end of all we know is coming and Dust Prophet will lead us through the fallout.
Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire, this stoner rock four-piece assembled in 2018 and is already making their presence known throughout New England.  With Heather Lynn's commanding presence on vocals, guitarist Otto Kinzel's metallic riffage, and the locked-in grooves of bassist Sarah Wappler and drummer Marc Brennan, Dust Prophet translates an apocalyptic worldview into music.  Singles "The Big Lie" and "Revolutionary Suicide" are just the beginning of the end -- or perhaps, a new beginning.

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Ripple Conversation With Darwin’s Finches


When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

Many listening moments give me this euphoric head tingly excitement. As a kid me and my brother called it the "learning feeling." 

I got it when I was 3 listening to the vinyl of the Star Wars soundtrack.

I got it listening to my Dad sing.

The first time I heard the ending of "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath I got it.

Most recently the music of Russian composer Alfred Schnittke does this. I brainwashed myself to his piano Quintet.

Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?

Story comes first. Data collection, distillation, and various tests run to check purity.

Each song I honestly approach like a wild animal, its a little different each time. But if you are to capture it you have to be cautious and careful.

Who has influenced you the most?

People I've known.  My fellow musicians.  My brother Adam is a huge influence and I think he'd say the same for me.  I feel like truly influencing means you share something.  I feel like musically me and him have shared the most, and he's a classical pianist.  In terms of general influences... Kurt Vonnegut comes to mind, also various scientists, Robert Sopalsky. The guy lived with baboons for 17 years or so.  That influences me. 

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

Everywhere.  But you have to look close and be quiet to notice it.

We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?

Galveston is an odd little ghost town by the sea with a history of natural disasters and outlaws.  It is haunted as hell and the characters you will run into if you are more than a tourist are remarkable cartoons.  The feel of the dingy spooky yet festive Island is inexorably linked to how I see Darwin's Finches.  I feel indebted to some of these characters because they are part of Darwin's finches.  Such as my old friend Trinity the critter.  An old bluesman who was a streetcorner philosopher about the concept of originality.  I think bands and artists, and people for that matter should always embrace the genesis points of things.  It makes things make more sense.

Where'd the band name come from?

I am a biologist by trade so during my studies I wrote down a list of names from the glossary of several biology books, and let the two fellows I played with, banana Brad Stevenson and Jared choose.  They chose Darwin's Finches.

You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?

A documentary about Tardigrades narrated by of course Sir David Attenbourrogh.

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?

Otis Redding- These Arms of Mine

Shall I begin....
To put in a mere 1000 words the beauty of ....

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?

Threw a guitar into the Gulf of Mexico from the now destroyed balanises room, then swam out later, found it and fixed it.

Played in the ruble of Galveston after Hurricane Ike and had people dress as zombies and kill the guitar resident evil style.

Smashed a watermelon with a Hitler face with my head, instigated a fruitfight with durians.

Had audience shave my head on stage then ran into jock bars with the crowd singing Surfin Bird.

Unraveled all the toilet paper at a venue and wrapped me and the band up in it.

Threw a giant yarn amoeba on a crowd.

It goes on and on man.... every kind of Fruit has be ceremoniously smashed.

Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

Must be present 110 %.  I like to create chaotic fun moments.

What makes a great song?

Authenticity & Intentions

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Its called ditty, and its an instrumental.  It is a sad little finger picking ditty I wrote after my Grandpa died.

Now my mom might say my first song was a song called “If I Had A Wish”... I sang about the world being nice and cheez its.  I was in kindergarten.

What piece of your music are you particularly proud of?

The album Lacrimosa.  I am surprised we finished, I was in the midst of becoming a dad,
and our latest release I really spent a good two years on some of those tunes.

Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?

Strange question…

I am a huge fan of local Houston Rapper/Rocker B L A C K I  E.  He is brutally intimate.  He kicks everyones ass with love.

Musically, I am going to say Portishead, because Beth Gibbions writes some great vocal melodies.  Sad the band is super tight organism that I admire but would never encounter in my ecosystem.

You know I just appreciate honesty, a homeless man singing Elvis christmas songs could kick my ass if he sang it with soul.

Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?

All.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

I usually drink beer if I'm feeling reckless, but I don’t like drinking.  I just got tired of killing myself everyday.  Caffeine only my friend.  Yaupon tea.

We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

Go to Vynil Edge or Black Dog or Cactus. 

What's next for the band?

We are going to hwy 787 to film a real ghost.  Its going to be featured in the music video coming hopefully in Feb.  The Bragg light.  Songs called hwy 787.

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?

Go visit your local wildlife sanctuaries.  You will find more lessons in the woods than in books.  Trees and Stones can teach you what you cannot learn from masters.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Maryland Doom Trio BLACK LUNG (ex-FLYING EYES) Sign with RIPPLE MUSIC, Prepare New Album ANCIENTS for Release


In its continued quest to bring the best stoner/doom/psych to heavy fans worldwide, Ripple Music is guided by two critical principles:  building an inspired roster of boundary-pushing bands throughout the world, and maintaining a glorious range of sonic diversity among them.

With that in mind, Ripple announces the signing of Baltimore, Maryland's BLACK LUNG with overwhelming enthusiasm.

Black Lung emerged from a brutal Baltimore winter in 2014.  Wielding a Maryland-doom-influenced blend of melody and power, Adam Bufano and Elias Schutzman (founding members of The Flying Eyes) along with multi-instrumentalist Dave Cavalier crafted a sound heavy on volume that pushed hard into experimental territory.

In lieu of a bass guitarist, the three opted for an unusual setup with a sonic palette defined by a multitude of amps, drop-tuning and copious effects.

Named "Best New Band" by the Baltimore City Paper in 2015 with the release of their self-titled debut, Black Lung embarked on their first European tour that year, including a performance at the Rockpalast Crossroads Festival on German national television.

Sophomore album See The Enemy was released in 2016 and produced by J. Robbins (guitarist/frontman for post-punk icons Jawbox, producer of The Sword and Clutch), with subsequent European tours bringing the band to the Freak Valley Festival and DesertFest Belgium.

Their most ambitious work yet, new album Ancients was produced by Frank "The Punisher" Marchand (producer of The Obsessed's Sacred).

Says the band of the album:

“The title is a reference to the ancient powers of the natural world, as seen in the album artwork and the lyrics of a song like "Badlands.” We embrace and pay homage to these forces while also rejecting the antiquated ideals of an old, white, conservative part of society that wants to drag us back into the past and away from the progressive values we believe in."

And, of the recording process and joining Ripple Music, they add:

“We were searching for a sound that captured the clarity of the instruments and voice, without losing any of the heaviness that is Black Lung, and Frank Marchand really helped us achieve it.  We’re of course stoked to be joining the Ripple Music family among so many other heavy, sick bands. We feel right at home.”

New album Ancients will arrive this March on Ripple Music in North America, Asia, and Australia, with German label Noisolution handling the release in Europe.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bandcamp Bonanza – 088


Happy New Year everybody! I hope you had a great time with your friends and family or with yourself and your dogs or cats. At a minimum, I hope you were able to tune in to as much new music as myself over the break and stay tuned for an eclectic 2019 as I have more recommendations that don’t see an end in sight. Some new, some old, all killer, no filler. Take a listen below and let us know what we missed.

Withered Fist – Withered Fist
Holy mountain of celestial doom! Withered Fist have set the bar high for 2019 with an extremely melodic mix of crippling low end, annihilating fuzz, and tranquil groove. Favorite track: This Is My Mountain.

The Bonnevilles – Folk Art and the Death of Electric Jesus
Right around the new year I got an update that The Bonnevilles had one of their earlier albums up for sale on vinyl and I had been a casual fan but hadn’t really dove heard first into their discography yet. Well that is about to change as any day now 3 of their records on vinyl will be mine this one perhaps being the best one, but man, what a kick ass heavy blues band.
This is a toe-tappin’, barn burning’, high fivin’ sumbitch of an album. Holy smokes. Glad I got in on a vinyl! RIP Jesus!

Gryflet – Time Left to Kill
I had purchased the digital of this bad boy back in 2017 and bandcamp recommended this one from the label to me on the bandcamp feed, which I get many good suggestions from persusing at least once per day. This time it was the limited cassette that drew me in. I don’t really have the desire to listen to these cassettes but the collectability is novelty and fun and plus you’re supporting the scene. Plus, that cover artwork is pretty cool. I’d take that on a poster to freak my wife out with.

Firewater – International Orange
I have never done this but I am recommending this one blind. I have not even listened to it. However, I do have it and a couple of their other albums in route delivery to my house on vinyl after I took advantage of the Bloodshot Records Holiday Hangover Sale, which is still active until the end of January. I ended up dropping coin for probably my biggest vinyl haul of all time. I won’t even mention how much I spend or how many records are coming, but I’ll tell you this much, I am super excited and this band along with about half the others, I have not even listened to yet. Total blind buys after just some minor previews. Tell me if I made a mistake?



Mount Saturn – Kiss the Ring EP
Kiss the Ring is a paralyzing set of celestial doom cresting the limits of atmospheric groove and harmonic aggression. Woah! Favorite track: Kiss the Ring.

Black Hat Society – Doom Country
This one sounds kind of what you’d expect with an album called Doom Country. Its rather dark in nature with a nice twangy bluegrass sort of vibe with the tones and style that will attract those into heavier music, as well as those who just straight up dig the outlaw sort of country western style music. Kind of reminds me of a band I shared a couple of features ago, Henry Derek Ellis. Some great Los Angeles Doom Country I guess you could say.



Whitecrow – Dawning
What we have here is the Mexican Sabbath of the desert. It’s a little spacey, a bit bluesy and a whole lotta riffy. Mexico is making stoner rock great again!!

Dwight James and the Royals – Need Your Loving
Need Your Loving needs YOUR loving pronto. What a brilliant output. Holy cow this just blew me off my rocker. The smooth and soulful grooves melt away at your heart while the psych-ridden jams and delicate croons sweep away with bluesy swagger.

Stone Witch – Desert Oracle
I still need some more time to let this one soak in, but based on their EP from a couple years ago, and my first stream I must say that Stone Witch has released a super dark and creepy stoner doom album. I caught these guys live last year while in was in Arizona on a work trip playing with Phoenix Locals Wolves of Winter and touring band Year of the Cobra. They put on a smoke-filled set of fuzz and this new album is a welcome release for 2019. Bring on the riffs!!!



Orango – Evergreens
Last but not least we have the brand-new album by Orango called Evergreens. This trio is off the charts talented and they are way too under talked about, especially here in the USA. Let’s give them some love.
'Evergreens' emits an incredibly organic aroma with their signature harmony and impeccable songwriting. Their deep 70's roots germinate a forest of refreshing hooks and everlasting rhythm while the chorus runs whistle like a crisp current of alpine air.Favorite track: Loco.

-The Huntsman

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Ripple Conversation With Christoffer Norén From Cities of Mars


When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphanies since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.



What have been your musical epiphany moments?

I grew up in a family where music was appreciated and we have a couple of musicians who inspired me in picking up the guitar. Mostly we listened to jazz, blues and a bit of funk and rock. But when I was about ten or something I found Sepultura’s Chaos A.D. among my fathers’ CDs and it blew my mind. The brutality was overwhelming and together with discovering Metallica’s Black Album the path was set.

Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?

Most often the riff comes first. We find a groove that we evolve to something rich and back breaking and try to see how long we can hang on that groove before it gets boring. If we make to the ten minutes mark then we know it’s a killer groove.

But as the body of Cities of Mars is born from the mythology about Mars and what has (?)  happened there for millennia the story is a big part in how we shape the songs.

Who has influenced you the most?

That’s pretty hard to say. I guess that Tool, Pink Floyd, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and other epic bands from the past influence us all but also newer bands like Mastodon, The Sword and High on Fire puts their mark on us.

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

I like to blend in a bit of extreme music with the old goodies to find inspiration for new riffing. The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ephel Duath and Cult of Luna is something that always sets the creativity flowing. Mixing that up with a bit of AC/DC and ZZ Top then you’re all set.

We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?

Johan and I are both born and raised in Gothenburg. Daniel originates from the deep forests 200km north of the city (which explains the lumberjack/caveman influences in CoM) and moved to the city as he grew older and wiser. Gothenburg has been the origin of many great bands through the years (At the Gates, In Flames, The Haunted, The Knife etc) and had a reputation of promoting young musicians, talent or no. There were a lot of youth recreation centers where kids could go and borrow instruments to practice and start new bands with their friends.

Now days that has changed but back in the day it was a place of marvel for kids with a musical interest.

Where'd the band name come from?

It’s more of a proclamation then a name. It’s the untold stories of Mars and the mythology of Atlantis and Bahb-Elon.

You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?

We are already writing it. When the adaptation of our music is made real then there will be a sci-fi movie that will last through the ages.

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?

I would preferably do the essay on the mythology of the Cities of Mars because the story behind the songs is a pretty massive and thrilling saga. 

But if one song would be chosen I would say “Celestial Mistress” or “Doors of Dark Matter”. CM is a song about our Soviet cosmonaut Nadia searching the ruins of the ancient city of Bahb-Elon and finding the undying Lord, risen from aeons of sleep to the ancient prophecy of a long lost love returning from the stars. DoDM is a multitude of songs describing the journey from Atlantis on Earth to Mars and the foundations the empire to be.

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?

The first that comes to mind is when we did our first show as Cities of Mars on the Wizard of Fuzz Festival. Daniels was so wound up as he arranged the festival and all that comes with arranging something like that so when we got on stage he walked over to me, looked at me with the stare of a mad man and asked “How do we tune the bass?” Later he told me the entire show is pretty much a haze.

We also had a show booked in the Netherlands together with the Swiss band Echolot. When we entered the place we all got very excited as the venue was really nice. Big stage, massive sound and lights and awesome technicians. But as the night came and stage time started to close in the organizers came to us and explained that no one, NO ONE, would come to the show. Because of bad weather and stuff people just stayed at home. There were even a group of people, maybe twenty guys, in the other room that didn’t want to enter the venue because they were in the middle of a tournament of dart. I mean come on… DART.

Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

It’s the best thing ever. The feeling when standing on stage and playing songs you have composed to people who appreciate your creations and sings along to your lyrics… It’s amazing. We have a couple of shows that has stuck in memory a bit more than others, where the crowd has gone ape shit. Potsdam, Basel and Le Mans to mention a few where we’ve had blast, not because of the venue itself but because the crowd has been magnificent.

We always enter a show with the mindset that no matter how big the crowd or the quality of the on stage sound we ALWAYS must be better than the circumstance. We can’t get on stage and not give everything we got, not ever. During our 2016 European tour Johan and I took turns getting a cold for two weeks that messed up the throat and had some fever in it and all the goodies but it didn’t matter. When we got on stage we gave everything. 

What makes a great song?

You need to have a groove. No matter genre you got to have that something that gets it going. Groove and a little something that makes it interesting. When things get to stiff or boring you lose focus on the song and it becomes white noise.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

It was “The Third Eye” which is available online and included on the “Celestial Mistress” vinyl as a bonus track. The song is about Nadia on her first day after landing on Mars. How she wanders the red-sanded wilderness of Mars, gazes upon the holy mountain city of Bahb-Elon and the ever watching eye.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

Don’t think I can choose a specific piece. Every song so far feels like it has its own important place in our saga. Though the new album is a big step forward in our way of writing music. We have approached the songs in a different way and added more layers in the soundscaping which makes the entire album even more interesting I think.

We’re very excited to see how it will be received.

Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?

Honestly I can’t think of one. There are a lot of good bands and the underground scene is thriving but it has been quite a while since I’ve been blown away by something. We Hunt Buffalo's Living Ghosts got close, as did Marilyn Manson's The Pale Emperor. But that was in 2015. A lot of bands that did awesome music back in the day gets a lot of credit for their newer stuff but I honestly think that their new music is boring and unimaginative. Made for the masses and not out of love for their own music.

Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?

Vinyl always feels more real. Today when everything is digital you seldom sit down and listen to an entire album and try to grasp the entity of the art. You put something on in the background the fill the void between your lines of thoughts.

But when you sit down with a physical album things are different. You get involved in a different way.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Both. Of course. You can’t have one without the other.

We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

Gothenburg. Bengans Record Store is a classic which you should absolutely visit. There are a couple of others ones as well but Bengans has the biggest range of artists.

What's next for the band?

2019 is going to be an exciting year. We’re doing our first release with Ripple Music and we are very pleased with the album. With our good friend Esben Willems from Monolord as our producer and engineer we’ve taken a giant leap forward in our songs and sound. The record will be out in the spring and following the release we’re hitting the roads for a couple of weeks with another band that has had a great 2018. Can’t give you the details yet but it will be sweet.

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?

We’re very happy to join the rooster of Ripple Music and be part of the family that it is. The saga of Mars will continue to unfold during 2019. 
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