Sunday, July 22, 2018

Holy Grove and Ripple Music Announce the Completion of the Upcoming Album by Portland's Epic Heavy Doomers

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce that Portland, Oregon, heavy rockers Holy Grove have just completed the recording of their second full-length, to be titled "Holy Grove II".

The four-piece of vocalist Andrea Vidal, guitarist Trent Jacobs, bassist Gregg Emley and drummer Eben Travis recently stormed the West Coast earlier this year after announcing they’d signed to Ripple Music for the a new album and a repressing of their 2016 self-titled debut, which was released on glorious multicolored vinyl.  Like the debut, the new album was tracked with Billy Anderson and realizes a developing heavy vision for the band. 

About the new album, the band says, "we started tracking the day after we returned from our West Coast tour in April, and spent about four days tracking at Hallowed Halls in Portland. We then spent an additional couple of days tracking at Everything Hz. We really enjoyed being back in the studio. We felt prepared, focused and excited about the new material, especially after playing the songs live nightly for a few weeks on tour. Billy (Anderson, engine-ear supreme) was fired up and invested and inspired us to push ourselves in getting the takes we wanted, and obviously crucial in getting the sounds we wanted on tape.

To us, the album to represents turning a page and crossing a threshold musically and emotionally that wasn’t available or apparent before. We’re a different band then we were when we made the first record and it was important to us to reflect that in the songs. We made it a point to listen to our gut during the entire writing and recording process, but still allowed the songs take on a life of their own and let them dictate where to go with them.  The songs are darker, more epic, and more emotionally reflective of what the band has been through in the last 3-4 years."

Due to hit the streets this coming November this one is sure to make some huge noise in the heavy underground.  Ripple promises new vinyl colors and effects, black vinyl, CD and of course digital at all the major channels. 

Holy Grove II tracklisting:

Blade Born
Valley of The Mystics

Holy Grove is:
Andrea Vidal – Vocals
Trent Jacobs – Guitar
Gregg Emley – Bass
Eben Travis – Drums

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Heavy Rockers, Ozone Mama, Announce New Headlining European Tour and Welcome New Singer

Big things are bristling on the horizon for Ripple Music's, Ozone Mama!  After releasing their critically acclaimed, best-selling album, "Cosmos Calling" with the California-based Record Label, Ozone Mama have continued to go from strength to strength. 

Since the band's record release show in February David Szeleczki has taken over vocal duties from the band's former singer Marton Szekelys,  and former session-keyboard player Laszlo Lukacs has stayed on to be full-time member of the band, adding his layers of organ to the bands earthy mix.

Now a five-piece, the  band is about to break their recent silence.  After debuting their new vocalist at three gloriously successful festival appearances in Hungary in July, under the direction of main songwriter-guitarist Andras Gabor Ozone Mama will launch a full-scale tour through nine European countries including Slovenia, Romania, Sweden (Ripple Fest Sweden 2018), Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy and Hungary.

On changing vocalists, Andras says, "It’s been a long journey with our singer Marci. Lots of gigs, miles, and laughing. But sometimes roads diverge and people travel in different directions. Ozone Mama wishes Marci the best of luck. He will always be our brother.  But for now, we looks forward to an exciting new era in the band's history.  With our new singer, David, and Laszlo on keyboards, new blood has been injected into the veins of the band and we're excited to see where this leads us musically, and personally.  Also, we're thrilled to announce that we're playing in nine countries this autumn, including RippleFest Sweden II.  It's such an honor to have been invited to play. We're ready to spread the word loud and proud that not only does Hungary have rock bands with potential, but our label Ripple is one of the best underground stoner rock labels in the industry today. It’s like a big family, and we cannot wait to meet some “family members” in Stockholm soon!"

Cranking out a bristling brand of high-octane rock n’ roll, Ozone Mama hails from Budapest with a vintage sound reminiscent of the 60’s or 70’s yet swaddled in a modern vibe. With their debut album ('The Starship Has Landed') they won a Phonogram Prize in 2012 . Their second release, 'Freedom EP', released in 2013 received major play across European, American and Canadian radio stations and their song 'I Really Care'  was featured in Classic Rock Magazine .  While their 2016 release "Sonic Glory" was awarded the Fonogram Prize in the category of "Hard Rock or Metal Album of the Year"

Comprised of David Szeleczki (vocals), András Gábor (guitar, vocals), Gergely Dobos (bass guitar) and Gulyás Máté (drums), and Laszlo Lukacs (keyboards), Ozone Mama has shared the stage with International headliners such as Monster Magnet, Airbourne, the Darkness and Kamchatka.

After joining forces with industry leading heavy rock label, Ripple Music, the new album "Cosmos Calling" hit the streets in January of 2018  and can be heard on the Ripple Music bandcamp, spotify, apple music, amazon or found in vinyl or CD at the Ripple Music webstore or any number of record stores.

As the band prepares to lay a swathe across Europe, look for the rest of the world to start talking about Ozone Mama
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Friday, July 20, 2018

A Ripple Conversation With Steve Marsh Of Evil Triplet

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?

I grew up in a house in the 60s where music was what you sang along to on Sunday. So my very first experience of rock and roll was an epiphany: The Monkees.

Somewhat later, a friend and I crept into his big brother’s room and listened to a record by a black guy and two white guys who all had the same hairdo (Hendrix) and a white record with a yellow banana on it that had been peeled off a bit to reveal a pink banana (Velvet Underground), until we got so scared we had to turn it off; we were 12 years old, and had never heard anything remotely like that. That experience has stayed with me: the visceral life-and-death nature of powerful music.

The first time a friend played Gong’s “Radio Gnome Invisible” trilogy for me, I was blown away. It was “music as psychedelic experience”, and not “music to be played in the background to a psychedelic experience”.

I remember hearing Patti Smith for the first time, and being impressed with how lyrics could be an expressive instrument in the mix and not just the words to the music. And the beautiful minimalism of the first Wire LP when it came out.

Laurie Anderson’s “Mr Heartbreak” tour was an amazing multimedia event, and influenced my diving into video as a live performance component.

In 1985, I lived in NYC that summer and saw Butthole Surfers several times, and Einstürzende Neubauten, and those shows had a profound impact on me.

And then the first time I saw Acid Mothers Temple, and Boris. Not on the same bill, but both of them a revolution!

There are more, but those are the ones that come to mind right now.

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?

For me, it almost always begins with the title. If it’s working, everything else is just filling in the blanks (and trying to keep up!). I will generally feel a riff of some kind and the lyrics just show up.

If it doesn’t all happen at once, then I’ll at least have some fragments ready for the next go around.

Who has influenced you the most?

In addition to the above mentioned artists (minus The Monkees): Can, Zappa, Bowie, Eno, Robert Johnson. Ok, and The Beatles, from about Revolver on.

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

Shamanism, mythology, visual art, literature/science fiction, history, technology, politics, driving...

Where'd the band name come from?

I was thinking about the concept of an evil twin, and wondering what it would be like if your evil twin had an evil twin. That would make it your evil triplet, right?

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

I’m not sure what you mean by “Spinal Tap” - we haven’t ever really performed in a miniature version of Stonehenge or anything.

But I’ll tell you some interesting highlights from my life:

My punk rock band Terminal Mind opened for Iggy Pop at a large Austin venue called Armadillo World Headquarters in 1980.

The first time my industrial psyche band Miracle Room played in Morgantown, WV in 1988, a bunch of hippies came down into town on acid to see what was happening, and we blew their minds. So every time we came back through town, they would always make sure there was a crowd there that was “prepped”. When we were doing our tour in 1991, we played there to a full house, and we had a full-on self-controlled light show going and everything. And at the end of the set, we hit the last note and I turned of the strobe lights and there was a short decaying echo. I said, “Thank you, good night.” And the crowd just stared at us. And kept staring. We finally left the stage and walked through the crowd, who were still staring at the stage, to the bar and were getting drinks when some people started slowly clapping and looking around! Best. Response. Ever.

We also did a show in Barcelona that year at a place called KGB. A big empty warehouse space with a bar. We were doing a song in which I looped and played harmonica against a heavy drum beat. In the middle of the song, the power went out; lights, sound, everything. I kept playing the harmonica and the drummer kept going with me until they found a fuse and the power came back on, and then we finished the song.

The recording of these Evil Triplet records has been a standout experience. Sonic Ranch is an amazing place: world class equipment and engineers, secluded in the desert. We’ve had a great time there!

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

See the answer above!

I’m all about attempting to create situations in which a group of people can encounter a collective experience of the ineffable.

What makes a great song?

I have a great respect for the art of song craft, but I feel like the word “story” is getting thrown around WAY too much these days as a signifier of what a song should be. The songs that live for me are the ones that aren’t “about” something so much as drawing out the “aboutness” of the listener. Becoming a timeless part of the “story” (if you will) of the listener.

That’s why I love working with layers of sound - to get past what the song is about in order to get to what it means.

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

My comments are only temporary, and thoughts are never final. We’ll see you all on the journey. Have a nice trip.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ripple Music's Huge 8 Year Anniversary Sale! Lowest Prices Ever on Vinyl, CD's and More!

This is the Big One!!  This month Ripple celebrates our 8th Year Anniversary, and it's time to thank all of you for making that happen.  Over the past 8 years, we've released a ton of music, and some amazing bands have joined our ranks.  Now you can celebrate with us.  Pop over to the Ripple Webstore where we're having our biggest sale ever!!

LP's as low as $7 (actually, there may be some at $5), CD's as low as $2.  Test pressings, Limited vinyl.  t-shirts, women's tanks, dugouts, even cassettes.   Most titles (not all) are on sale.

This is a limited time only and only while supplies last!   Now's the time to pop over and stock up on back catalog items you've always wanted.

Sale will end when we stop celebrating our anniversary.  So take advantage now.

​And thanks so much for your support over the years.  Tons more great music to come your way.

Ripple Music is widely recognized as one of the world's leading record labels for heavy psych, heavy rock, stoner, doom.  Distributed worldwide via MVD (North America, Australia, Asia),  Plastic Head (UK), H'art (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France), Suburban (Benelux) Borders (Sweden) and Good Fellows (Italy).   All products also available on digital at all media outlets and the Ripple Music Bandcamp.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Revbjelde – Severance
Mordecai Smyth – Mellotron, Andy Prince – Chapman Stick, Guest Musicians

Severance slow melodic sounds that just seem to work their way into your psyche and take you for a strange trip.  Voices From The Sea drifting along the open ocean just watching the waves crash against your boat and relaxing.  Bride of Litton Cheney improvised jazz meets prog rock with some interesting sounds.

Tribulation – Down Below
Johannes Andersson – Vocals/Bass, Adam Zaars – Guitar, Jonathan Hulten – Guitar,
Oscar Leander – Drums

The Lament emotional acoustic guitar that slowly builds to an epic death metal song.  Night Bound more classical acoustic then an excellent beat kicks in that just makes you fist pump with dark deep growling vocals.  Lady Death sounds of wind then a solid metal beat and demonic vocals.  Subterranea has a very catchy riff and melody that just stays with you for days.  Purgatorio evil sounds and envelopes you with melancholy guitar.  Cries From The Underworld keyboards then guitar riffs and an excellent drum bass riff kicks in to make you stand up and take notice.  Lacrimosa fast heavy in your face metal with death style vocals.  The World a child’s music box then swirling keyboards along with a solid heavy beat that makes you want to head bang.  Here Be Dragons stand up fist in the air and bang your head to this metal onslaught.

Us And Them – From The Corner Of My Eye
From The Corner Of My Eye melodic prog rock with lots of great musicianship and soaring vocals.  The Iron Maiden take a trip back in time to merry old England and drift thru the woods listening to some Celtic melodies.  When Life Begins slow melodies surround you and just make you drift away to a simpler time and place.  All The Mad Men swirling keyboards Celtic guitar riffs and a great song to just kick back close your eyes and drift along with.

Adam Wolf – Songs I/II
Adam Wolinskys – Vocals/Instruments

New light Walking slow melodic guitar and soft beats of drums with emotional folk style vocals.  Rooted sit back and drift along to the mellow sounds and vocals.  Not The Light has a country sort of feel to the music with lots of emotion.  Wait Up sitting in a seedy back room club listening to the band play soft music and just drinking slowly to it.  Voyeur nice melodic music to just sit back close your eyes to and enjoy.

Windhand – Satan’s Satyrs – Split EP
Windhand -  Dorthia Cottrell – Vocals, Asechiah Bogdan – Guitar, Garrett Morris – Guitar, Parker Chandler – Bass, Ryan Wolfe – Drums

Old Evil overdriven fuzz guitars slow and steady a slow rhythm and melodic vocals.  Three Sisters sneaks up on you creeping with a great bass line then overdriven guitars and eerie vocals.

Satan’s Satyrs   -  Clayton Burgess – Bass/Vocals, Jarrett Nettnin – Guitar, Nate towel – Guitar, Stephen Fairfield – Drums

Alucard heavy mid-tempo Sabbath style riffs and beats with some interesting vocals and great guitar work.  Succubus fist pounding beats heavy riffs and vocals that are strange but good at the same time.  Aint That Lovin You Baby go back to the time of stoner rock garage bands that were excellent to just kick back and jam to. 


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ramonda Hammer - Destroyers EP

Well hello there waveriders!  Pull up a chair, sit on the ground, stand still for a second, whatever makes you comfortable because I've got a real standout release to discuss with you today.  My friends, when I heard the Destroyers EP from Ramonda Hammer it straight up knocked me for a loop!  It is my opinion that these tunes might produce the same effect when passing through your eardrums.  Allow me to explain.

While I am a child of the 1980s I began paying closer attention to music during the 1990s when grunge reigned supreme.  Listening to the radio back then heavily influenced my musical taste.  When I hear new music that hearkens back to those days long gone I can't help but be interested.  When that new music happens to be good...well, I'm a happy man.  Enter Ramonda Hammer.

According to their bio RH is "a Los Angeles grunge band".  Yeah, that fits.  Pretty straightforward description, but there are two elements that help set RH apart.  First, they don't sound derivative.  Listening to these five songs my mind never wanders towards making direct comparisons between RH and the radio hits of my youth.  Second, and most importantly, band leader/lead singer Devin Davis has an unbelievably powerful voice!  Seriously, when the songs demand it her voice goes to 11.  Also, the emotion she conveys is absolutely spellbinding!

All five songs that make up the Destroyers EP rock.  Title track "Destroyers" perfectly sets the mood.  "Bender" is my favorite song on offer thanks to it's galloping instrumentation and infectious melody.  "Too Much Too Recently" perfectly defines melancholy.  "Care 2 Slam" caustically rips and tears through it's three minute runtime, and EP closer "Same Thing" approaches critical mass each time the chorus hits.

Waveriders if you have an itch for 1990s rock music that needs scratching, or if you want to hear an incredibly emotive lead vocalist look no further than Ramonda Hammer and their fantastic Destroyers EP.


Monday, July 16, 2018

WINDHAND: Announce North American Fall Tour; Unveil Artwork & Teaser For New Album 'Eternal Return'

Artwork By Arik Roper

Today Virginia's heavy psychedelic quartet WINDHAND have announced a full fall North American tour with Satan's Satyrs and give us a glimpse of what's to come on their forthcoming album, Eternal Return, coming October 5th on Relapse.

Eternal Return represents a new era for the group, a chrysalis moment that takes them to new and unforeseen heights. Once again the band have joined forces with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) with vivid artwork by Arik Roper (Sleep, High on Fire). Equally informed by heavy, fuzzed-out psych along with the iconic grunge / alternative groups of the 90s, WINDHAND have crafted a record brilliant in scope, powerful in execution, and perfect for an era of increasingly blurry yet still heavy borders.

Check below for a full list of dates, tour poster and stay tuned for more. Listen to WINDHAND's full discography via Bandcamp.


07/29: Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Fest
10/08: Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
10/09: New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa #
10/10: Houston TX - White Oak Music Hall #
10/11: Dallas, TX - Club Dada #
10/12: Austin, TX - Barracuda #
10/14: Albuquerque, NM - Sister #
10/15: Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar #
10/16: Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #
10/17: Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club #
10/19: Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre #
10/20: Vancouver, BC - Venue #
10/21: Seattle, WA - Neumos #
10/23: Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge #
10/24: Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room #
11/01: Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts #
11/02: Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere #
11/03: Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
11/04: Montreal, QC - Le Belmont #
11/05: Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern #
11/07: Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
11/08: Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe #
11/09: Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club #
11/10: Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi #
11/11: Nashville, TN - The Basement East #
11/12: Louisville, KY - Zanzabar #
11/13: Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups #

# - w/ Satan's Satyrs


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