Sunday, October 21, 2018

Prog-Metallers FORMING THE VOID sign with Ripple Music | Work on their follow up to this year's RIFT to begin in early 2019

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"Their fourth album Rift is epic in scale, replete with windswept hooks and skyscraping vocals, but it also delivers heavy metal thunder in abundance [...] It's immense - and immensely satisfying."

“Forming The Void are set to crush all-comers with this follow up to their much lauded third album Relic.”

“Crunching stoner riffs with trippy lyrics that speak of mythical winged beasts, secret epiphanies…”

“Forming the Void stake their claim as the pre-eminent stoner/doom band from the state with their second effort, Relic, a sterling collection of hook-laden riffs and clean vocals…”

“Melding their influences, which range from Mastodon and The Sword, to Soundgarden and YOB, Forming The Void’s riffs summon a sense of adventure.”

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of one of 2018's biggest and best breakout acts, Forming the Void. Following the release of last year’s critically acclaimed album, Relic, Louisiana’s preeminent prog warlocks caused a storm across the planet earlier this year with their much-lauded follow-up, Rift.

"We're stoked to be working with Ripple Music!" explains guitarist James Marshall. “We got to hang out with Todd Severin at Psycho Las Vegas. It gave us the opportunity to spend a lot of time chatting about everything from medical problems to our guilty pleasure songs. It's an honour to be a part of the Ripple Family and we're looking forward to making music with them."

Originally formed in 2013 in Lafayette – a place with an impressive reputation for raising underground rock into realms of the unknown – Forming The Void became one of the city’s most talked about bands of 2017. With the release of their third album Relic (voted album of the year on Heavy Planet), their colossal and atmospheric sound summoned the towering hard rock riffs and progressive influence of bands like Mastodon, Baroness and Torche. A distinctive sound that not only marked them out as ones to watch, but a sound that promptly earned them recognition as ambitious and gifted players, capable of producing, “Crunching stoner riffs with trippy lyrics that speak of mythical winged beasts, secret epiphanies…” (PROG MAGAZINE)

"I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Forming the Void to the Ripple Family," explains Severin. "Obviously, they released one of the best albums of the year this year, and dominated the Doom Charts for months on end, but it really was seeing them lay waste to the stunned audience at Psycho Las Vegas that blew me away. Amazing musicians and amazing people. The best still lies ahead with this band!"


11/7 – New Orleans, LA – Santos Bar
11/9 – Lafayette, LA – The Boom Boom Room
11/16 – Houston TX – Satellite Bar
11/17 – San Antonio, TX – Faust
11/30 – Lake Charles, LA – Center Stage
12/10 – Lafayette, LA – The Boom Boom Room

Forming The Void:

James Marshall – Guitar/Vocals
Shadi Omar Al-Khansa – Guitar
Luke Baker – Bass
Thomas Colley – Drums

Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Ripple Conversation With Fade Awaays

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

When I heard crazy hazy kisses by the flat duo jets. Had never seen so much energy come from such a small group.

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?

Usually someone has a riff or Dunc and I have a cool groove. A lot of it happens spontaneously from just jamming together

Who has influenced you the most?

The Beatles to pick 1. But I also love Dylan, Jimi Hendrix (Especially Mitch Mitchell) and Buddy Rich on a more percussive level

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

By continuing to listen to new music together and trying to adapt our own personal feel on what we hear.

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

Mimico baby. Our group is spread out all over the city but Mimico is the Fade Awaays homebase. I guess it helps being in the burbs cause we can blast amps and bash drums and the neighbours just think it sounds cool.

Where'd the band name come from?

There are a couple streams of thought. We love that legal green so its kinda like being 'Faded'. Reid Mac came up with the name cause he said he kept seeing the phrase pop up in music and thought it was a really cool sounding name and we all agree. We also love the song Fade Away by Twin Peaks so we just wanted to pay homage to our boys.

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

Snakes on A Plane.

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?

Bob Dylan's Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie if that counts.

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

Had to opportunity to chat with the late, great Gord Downie (rip, love you man). Id booked his sons band to play at the lola bar in Kensington market with another group of mine. Its the tiniest, dirtiest bar you'll ever see but there he was in the fedora. After id played my set he shook my hand and said "Haven't heard something like that in a long time" and he patted me on the back and took of in his suv.

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

Playing live with Fade Awaays is an out of body experience for me so I might not be of much help haha. I get in the zone and just shutdown any other areas of thinking except for the beat. Its funny, I always come back down to earth at the very last chorus of get along when everyone's screamin'.

The fans love it or at least i hope they do hahaha. It seems like we have a particular knack for getting a crowd moving that I think is super cool. We meet so many sweet people too and I love getting to know new people every show. Love the fans <3 p="">

What makes a great song?

I'd say you can tell its a great song if you're already knocked on your ass after 10 seconds of a band starting. I think Lou Reed or Danny Fields said that. Watch Danny says, great fucking movie.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

The first I personally ever wrote was called Shelby and it was about this girl I had a crush on in the 7th grade.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

I have this new song I'm really happy with but you'll hear about that one a little bit later ;) I think Seal Beach Saint is one hell of a song. I didn't write it bit Reid crushed it and its my favourite to play live.

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

The Dirty Nil writes such great music and they've had such an awesome progression through their career. Master Volume is one of our band favs right now. Its just that perfect mix of kick ass and melody that makes your soul shine.

Also love Ty Segall, Twin Peaks, The Beaches and holy fuck Thee Oh Sees are so dope.

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

Vinyl yo. Ya can't beat it but ya can't afford it either.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

I'm a beer guy. For now its just easier cause you get the choice of casually sipping or just all out chuggin'.

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?

Sonic Boom in TO is a breathtaking sight but if you're looking for the real underground stuff than head on over to Faith/Void at College and Dovercourt.

What's next for the band?

We're trying to gst this ep out to as many people as we can really. We're also always writing and we've been filming some nifty video entertainment.

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

Keep riding that wave readers. Love ya, appreciate ya, have a good one 🙏 Come check out some rock and roll with the Fades sometime.

Friday, October 19, 2018

New Signing: RIPPLE MUSIC welcomes Auburn, CA heavy blues trio SHOTGUN SAWYER to the Ripple Family

New album BURY THE HATCHET coming in 2019!
Blistering ahead on its mission to dominate and elevate the global heavy rock landscape, Ripple Music has signed blues-infused California heavy rock 'n rollers SHOTGUN SAWYER to a worldwide deal.

Intent on reviving and re-imagining the musical spirit of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf while treading trails blazed by Zeppelin, ZZ Top, and Sabbath, bassist Brett "The Butcher" Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Dylan Jarman and drummer David Lee banded together in January of 2015.  The result was a thundering and authentic blend of tasty grooves, crunchy riffs, searing solos and powerful vocals, all underpinned by virtuosic drumming.

After self-releasing impressive debut Thunderchief in 2016 and touring Europe earlier this year, Shotgun Sawyer is preparing for the release of sophomore record Bury the Hatchet via Ripple Music in early 2019, along with a Western US tour in the Spring.

For Bury the Hatchet, the band teamed up with Cody Tarbell (of Slow Season) at his Double Wide Studios to create an utterly raw, unfiltered record.  The album was recorded live to tape with no instrumental dubs, and assembled with nothing but analog technologies and techniques to ensure the most honest presentation of the band possible.

Regarding their signing and plans for a big 2019, the band couldn't be more enthusiastic about things:

"We're thrilled to be signed to Ripple Music, the world’s finest dealers in heavy music!  No one else boasts the elite roster that Ripple does, and we couldn’t be more excited to join the family!"

Adds Ripple Music CEO Todd Severin:

"So thrilled to bring these guys into the family.  They've already played with many Ripple bands who all raved about them, and when I found myself unable to stop playing their debut in the car, I knew I had to reach out. Seeing them live sealed the deal. Just wait til they storm your town with their mutated heavy blues... minds will be blown!"

Look for Shotgun Sawyer's Bury the Hatchet on deluxe vinyl, CD and digital from Ripple Music during the first half of 2019, and make sure to catch them tearing the roof off at a rock bar near you!

Shotgun Sawyer:
Brett (The Butcher) Sanders - Bass Guitar
Dylan Jarman - Vocals and Electric Guitar
David Lee - Percussion and Beard

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Domkraft stream forthcoming sophomore album Flood early via Revolver Magazine

"If you like your doom on the heavy and groovy side, this band will blow you away." -- CVLT Nation (Top 10 Doom Releases of 2016)

"A lot like what I'd imagine Neurosis would sound like if they attempted to be Sleep in the early 2000s. The vocals are more throat-shredding than the latter's, and the music is certainly more in the vein of Neurosis' swirling brand of sludge." -- Metal Injection

"Flood shows a particular focus on songcraft, one that uses proggy stoner riffs to keep a hypnotic cadence while the vocals guide you on a melodic journey -- think of the approach on an Om record, but with more changes in the riffs. Hypnotic, Krautrock-inflected doom." -- Revolver Magazine

Swedish trio Domkraft are streaming their forthcoming sophomore album Flood in its entirety starting today via Revolver Magazine. Hear and share the full length HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Metal Injection recently shared lead single "The Watchers" HERE. (Direct Bandcamp) Doomed & Stoned launched "Landslide" HERE.

The album will be the first release on new label Blues Funeral Recordings, founded by former MeteorCity (Truckfighters, Nebula, The Obsessed) cofounder Jadd Shickler.

Domkraft will also appear on Magnetic Eye Records' massive Pink Floyd homage, THE WALL [REDUX]. Out in November, the song-by-song recreation and reimagining of the iconic Floyd double album features recognizable artists including The Melvins, Mark Lanegan, ASG, Pallbearer, Ruby the Hatchet and Scott Reeder, and includes Domkraft's rendition of the song, "Empty Spaces."

Musically, Sweden has always been exceptional at sensing and seizing upon significant moments.  And at a time when political chaos and societal unrest have deadened our senses, it takes a band with monolithic, hypnotic power to secure our attention and offer a mollifying score to civilization's decline. Domkraft are that gloriously massive and land-levelling band.

If debut album The End of Electricity was the soundtrack to the impending apocalypse, then follow-up Flood provides the musical backdrop to armageddon in full, The Purge-style swing. A strong contender to dominate a style some are calling the New Wave of Swedish Doom Metal, Domkraft wield a mindbending soundscape of obeliskian riff-majesty, layer upon layer of crushing fury weaving through the wormhole punctures of spacetime in defiance of beginnings and endings. 

Majestic, annihilating, reductive and roaring, Flood merges blackwater tributaries from Neurois, YOB, Monolord, and Windhand into an all-encompassing torrent of nothingness and resignation, but in the most singable, appealing way imaginable. There is no fan of blistering, melodic doom on earth who should be without this record.

DOMKRAFT. Their name combines the Swedish "DOM" for judgement and "KRAFT" for power.
The seeds for this monolithic Stockholm band were planted in Gothenburg, where bassist/singer Martin Wegeland, guitarist Martin Widholm and drummer Anders Dahlgren met while playing in various musical constellations.

Bonding over the likes of Spacemen 3, Monster Magnet, Sleep and Hawkwind, plus a fascination with trudging, 10-minute/three chord songs, they finally came together after each relocated to Stockholm. Drawing from the heaviest of their combined influences, the three spent spent years shaping and crafting a sound that blends towering dirges of annihilating doom, mindbending psychedelia, and hypnotic minimalism.

"Our songs build from one riff, played LOUD, then we add and lose parts to mold it into something powerful," says bassist/vocalist Martin Wegeland. "Focusing on the dramaturgy of the songs, we have clear images in mind when writing, often inspired by films like Jake Paltrow's Young Ones, Stephen Fingleton's The Survivalist and (of course) The Road Warrior, though we never let it interfere with the groove and energy. The results of our songwriting method may differ in shape from one song to the next, but the foundation is always the same -- repetition and volume! You'll eventually get sick of every melody, but grooves are forever."

Flood will be available on LP and download on October 19th, 2018 via Blues Funeral Recordings.

Artist: Domkraft
Album: Flood
Record Label: Blues Funeral Records
Release Date: October 19th, 2018

01. Landslide
02. The Watchers
03. Flood
04. They Appear To Be Alive
05. Sandwalker
06. Octopus
07. Dead Eyes, Red Skies

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Elegiac – Pagan Storm
Zane Young – Drums/Guitar/Bass/Vocals

Rituals Of War dark evil tones and textures that just swallow you whole. Allegiance And Honor being drug down the road chained to a bumper of a speeding car.  Somber Morning the pit opens up and black masses crawl out of it toward you. Through Ancient Eyes dissonant chords pierce thru you as they rip and tear. Purity Of Winter hordes of demons pounding your flesh slowly. Golden Fires of Victory crack appear in the earth as the black masses of hell rise up and swallow the earth. Pagan Storm pounding riffs and crunchy rhythms slice and dice. Ancient Spirit has a marching beat that just makes you stand up and join in.

Anguish Force – Chapter 7
Tumbler – Bass, Luck AZ – Guitar, LGD – Guitar, Pemmel – Drums, Kinnall – Vocals

Chapter 7 screaming guitars pierce the skies with a fast heavy riffs that just shreds and searing leads.   Karma’s Revenge fist pumping fast heavy Motorhead style heavy rock with excellent sing along vocals. Don’t Lose The War fist pumping head banging riffs that will have the entire crowd rocking out. The Other 11 September shredding thrash speed metal with lots of great musicianship and emotions. Planned Earthquake stand up and get ready to rock as you place your fist in the air and sway along to the riff that then kicks into overdrive. Under The Streets low rumbling bass, a steady drum beat that just takes you over then a crunchy guitar riff that has you head banging as you sing along and jam to the searing leads. Waiting For The Call hop in your car or on your bike crank the tunes and just jam away down the highway. The Punishment air raid sirens and sounds of war guitars slowly come in then a thundering Iron maiden style riff that has you charging down the hill. The Book Of The Devil fist pumping head banging speed thrash metal that takes you back to the days when thrash was king. So It Was melancholic classical music sounds then a powerful majestic rhythm comes in with soaring leads and great sing along memorable vocals that just pierce your heart. Thunder In The Tundra is an excellent cover of the Thor classic fist in the air head banging metal with a riff that just sticks in your head.

Lizzies – On Thin Ice
Motorcycle Marina - Bass, Patricia Strutter – Guitar, Elena Zodiac – Vocals, Dani Vera – Drums

Like An Animal low bass screaming guitars with reverb pounding drums and a catchy vocals. No Law City has a beat that grabs you kinda like the GoGos but heavier. I’m Paranoid get the fist in the air and just rock out to one excellent song. Playing With Death sounds rising with a head banging fist pumping riff that just takes you away and some sing along vocals. Real Fighter grab the air guitars and play some screaming leads add to that some thundering bass and drums and some great vocals. Talk Shit And Get Hit is a great get in the car crank up the tune and just jam speeding down the highway song. Final Sentence will have the entire crowd up and swaying to the music slow and steady. Rosa Maria is a fast paced rock n roll gem. World Eyes On Me great emotional guitars fill the air powerful vocals and a very catchy rhythm. Love Is Hard has a very ACDC style of riff that just grabs ahold and won’t let go as you move and groove to the rhythm and sing along. The Crown has a 70s style hard rock rhythm with lots of great musicianship.

Onkel Tom – Bier Ernst
Tom Angelripper – Vocals, Celli – Guitar, Klaus Nicodem – Guitar, Marc Beste – Bass, Corny – Drums

CD1 – Ich Steh An Der Bar Und Ich Habe Kein Geld starts out melodic then a punk meets rock flavor with lyrics to sing along with. Flasche Zu Flasche has more of a metal feel a solid steady riff that just grabs ahold of you with some polka influence. Wir Trinken Wenig would be a great road trip song just jam out and drive. Bier Bier Bier Ist Die Seele Vom Klavier has a riff that just makes you wanna get up and slam about in the pit. Durst Ist Schlimmer Als Heimweh rough vocals heavy riffs and pounding drums with thundering bass fast and heavy. Hatter Wir Lieber Das Geld Vergraben starts with more of a ska feel and just grab a beer and sing along. Was Sind Wir Manner Doch Fur’n Lustiger Verein fast heavy slamming and sweating in the pit mixed with some interesting sounds. Jacky Cola has a catchy guitar riff and some excellent leads with a very catchy beat. Durst Wird Duch Bier Erst Schon punk rock influences with rough vocals. Trunkenbold heavy fist in the air sing along metal. Bier Bier Bier go in the bar grab a beer and just watch the band play along. Prost is more melodic guitar with a sing along chorus.

CD2 – Ich Finde Nur Metal Geil is a fist pumping head banging riff that just shreds. Todgeweiht is more of a straight forward hard rock metal song with pounding rhythms and scorching leads. Ich Muss Hier Raus rough vocals and a metal punk sound that just has the crowd up and moving. Egal fast heavy rock on the down the road and head bang. Von Arschlochern Fur Arshlocher is more of a steady beat that just works its way into you and has some scorching leads near the end. Zwischen Emscher & Lippe melodic and slow with lots of feeling. Auf Dennum Eis is a fist pumping foot stomping head banging metal riffage song. Das Blaus Buch Des Lebens some great guitar and pounding drums thundering bass with rough vocals. Polizisten slow and steady with a low rumbling bass.

Sundrifter – Visitations
Craig Peura – Guitar/Vocals, Patrick Queenan – Drums/Percussion, Paul Gaughran – Bass

Sons Of Belial thundering lumbering bass pounding drums chugging guitars with psychedelic vocals. Death March low overdriven guitars and bass with solid drums just grab ahold for the trip. Lightworker get up and just move to the catchy riff and rhythm rock out. Targeted slow bass rumbles thru your very essence with some searing leads get ready for a psychedelic hard rock adventure. Till You Come Down psychedelic stoner rock to just trip away to. Hammerburn is a get up and fist pump move and groove rhythm that just takes you over. Sky People Son close your eyes and just let the tripping riffs and music take you away. Fire In The Sky a slow steady beat with overdriven guitar that just crawls on down the road. I Want To Leave melodic guitar tones fill the air leading to a mystical journey.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Wall (ReDux) - Various Artists

Magnetic Eye Records

This "cover" album is breath taking. Truly a redo of the original work. You know the words but not all the songs sound the way you remember them. They are reworked as a different take on each song, done by a different band in the Doom/ Stoner Metal/ Stoner Rock genres.

The Melvins kick it off, with a peppy "In the Flesh?". The Low Flying Hawks slow down "The Thin Ice" until they stomp on the fuzz petal and the goosebumps. The "Another Brick in the Wall" block (Part 1, Happiest days..., Part 2) sounds about the same with the bands personal flair added. ASG brings new light to "Mother" in ways I've never heard or felt it before. Mos Generator gives an updated "Goodbye Blue Sky" but does not stray from the original. Domkraft have "Empty Spaces" and add a bit of eeriness to it. The Slim Kings give a bluesy spin to "Young Lust". Worshipper keeps it real but updates the sound of "One of My Turns". Spaceslug add some doom and gloom to "Don't Leave Me Now". Good to see that MER added "When the Tigers Broke Free" and Year of the Cobra give it a good go, a bit of crunchiness and her vocals are wonderful. Greenleaf finish off what would be the first record/disc (for us old media types) with "Another Brick...part 3" and "Goodbye Cruel World". First, part 3 is classic then add hit cruel world gets a punch before fading out.

"Hey You" by Summoner has the classic sound with a twist, of the tuner pegs and effects pedals. Scott Reader does "Is There Anybody Out There" well. Mark Lanegan gives "Nobody Home" a Tom Waits kinda sound. Ruby the Hatchet's take on "Vera" is a good one.  "Bring the Boys Back Home" by SunFlo'er has a haunting sound to it. Then Mars Red Sky kicks it up a notch with "Comfortably Numb". Fuzzed out guitars and eerie vocals, more goosebumps appear. Open Hand give "The Show Go On" a classic pop sound to it, sax and all. Solace updates "In the Flesh" and gives it a flashy go at it. Pallbearer's version of "Run Like Hell" is 70's duel guitar driven, giving it a Priest or Maiden chug to it. "Waiting for the Worms" by WhiteNails is clean and upbeat at times and has the classic crunch at others with some new flair at the end. Blue Heron has an interesting side to "Stop". "The Trial" is given a good go by Church of the Cosmic Skull with a classic sound to it, does all the voice parts well, giving additional depth to it. Yawning Man have the finisher "Outside the Wall" and they do not disappoint. Slow and lingering sound giving an aftermath feel to it all. Winding you down from the trip that is "The Wall".

I think all in all that it is a great album and gives The Wall new life.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip compilation out on Halloween, hear C.T. Pilferhogg's 1973 rager "You Haul"

"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds

"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian

"We're huge fans of the Brown Acid series... Think of it as a companion to the essential Nuggets compilation but covering artists and records that never made it out of their hometowns." -- Ultimate Classic Rock

The forthcoming seventh edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip is set for release on Halloween 2018. Hear and share C.T. Pilferhogg's stomping 1973 track, "You Haul" over at What Youth HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

Loudwire recently premiered the first single, "Peace of Mind" by Blizzard from 1973 HERE. (Direct YouTube.) "The Sorcerer" from Pegasus dropped last month on YouTube HERE.

The Brown Acid series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. The Quietus hosted a full album stream of the previous edition Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

About Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip:

Everybody's favorite source for the hard stuff is back in business, with ten more lethal doses of rare hard rock, heavy psych and proto-metal! These obscure tracks have all been licensed, the bands have been paid, and the sources are all analog. The quality of tracks seems to increase along with the number of Trips and this cohesive collection comes outta the gate with both guns blazing! 

Pegasus recorded one single in Baltimore in 1972 and they made it count. "The Sorcerer" is a throbbing ripper that prior to this was basically unknown. However, it doesn't seem too far fetched to speculate that Black Flag lifted the riff for "No Values" from this track eight years later. Unlikely, but possible, especially considering how big a Black Sabbath fan Greg Ginn is. Pegasus was lauded back in the day for "how much they delivered that Black Sabbath feel."

You may not already be familiar with Schizo, but you should know at least one of the French freaks behind this short-lived group.  Richard Pinhas was the co-writer and uncredited, wah-wah abusing guitarist in Schizo after his stint in Blues Convention. Schizo recorded just two singles, the first being the heavier of the two, before Pinhas went on to record with Heldon and then going solo. The band had a unique vibe that didn't sound unlike Lemmy fronting a gang of stoned Martians.

Youngstown, Ohio is the most commonly referred to city of the entire Brown Acid series. This town of just under 150,000 people may've had the highest (literally and figuratively) per capita output of heavy 45s. Blue Amber recorded this in 1971 at Gary Rhamy's analog Mecca, Peppermint Recording Studios. This two-riff boneheaded banger sounds like a caveman protest song with an extraordinary amount of delay on the vocals. No wonder this 45 fetches three-figures on the rare occasion it comes up for sale.

Batting clean-up, we have Negative Space, the only LP sourced track on this album. This crunchy jam comes off the band's 1970 record entitled Hard, Heavy, Mean, & Evil. At over six and a half minutes, "The Calm After the Storm" is the longest track included on this volume, but it never gets dull. Fun fact: before changing the name to Negative Space, Rob Russen called his band Snow and released the "Sunflower" 45 in 1969 - you might recall that groover from the First Trip.

We generally stick with American artists for this series, but every now and again something foreign grabs us and shakes us to the core. One example is the Schizo record from France, another is this Swedish 45 by Zane. These crazy Swedes did one incredibly damaged (hence the title) record on the MM label in 1976. These proto-punkers relied heavily on synth for this tune and mixed the drums so obnoxiously loud, you might think the kit is in the room with you. This is a weird one that somehow sounds like Zolar X covering Wicked Lady. Brown Acid material all the way!

B must be short for Bangers, 'cuz this side is full of 'em! The flip of this Trip begins with a virtually unknown Oklahoma record from 1973. Blizzard was Rod McClure's high school band, but you couldn't possibly guess that teenagers recorded this heavy slab on the Token (should've been Toking) label. It's one of the best we've comped and it sounds like a hypothetical MC5/Hendrix collaboration. The "Under the Ice" level drum fills will knock your socks off if the heavy shred doesn't first.

OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain and apparently where the fuzz goes seepin' in your brain! Third World is the second Okie inclusion on this Trip and we couldn't be more stOOOOOked to be sharing this very obscure single with y'all. If the heavily distorted two-note riff doesn't grab ya, the apocalyptic Grand Funk vibes will. Once they get their mitts on ya, Third World will take you back to 1971 and leave ya there. Can we hitch a ride too?

Ever heard of Virginia, Minnesota? We hadn't either until we got in touch with Calvin Haluptzok and got the back story on his band Sweet Wine. This bitchin' one-off 45 must've melted the snow off the roofs of the households brave enough to play it when it came out in 1970 and it's still red hot nearly 50 years later. This vino may be sugary, but it packs an incendiary punch! Sadly, Calvin passed before we could get his music re-released, but it was nice to have reached him before it was too late. The Sweet Wine legacy lives on thanks to the Brown Acid archivists.

C.T. Pilferhogg wins the award for most puzzling band name in our series. What's not puzzling is how righteous both sides of their self-released 1973 single are! Featured here is the A-side "You Haul" which is one of the best examples of a poor man's Deep Heep (Deep Purple meets Uriah Heep) we've ever heard and the demonic Echoplex-laden laughs mixed into this track are out of control. The band was touted as "Southwest Virginia's Finest Boogie Band", but don't let that fool ya.vThey could bang heads with the best of 'em.

The closer on the Seventh Trip is one we hold very near and dear. Not only is this record the one that's taken us the longest to secure the rights to, it's also one of the very best examples of heavy psych you'll ever hear. The track rings your bell (literally) straight out of the gate and the dank psychedelic vibes kick in immediately. Summit's "The Darkness" was recorded in a basement studio in Kansas City in 1969 when the lead guitarist was only 16. The band was from a rural Missouri town, played only one impromptu gig in Clinton, and pressed only 125 copies of this, their only single. It should come as no surprise that it sells for hundreds of dollars when it's offered. That's a small price to pay for such greatness. 

About the Brown Acid series:

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on
Brown Acid.

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long.

"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for
Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success.

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 31st, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of the first single) at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 31, 2018

01. Pegasus "The Sorcerer"
02. Nobody's Children "Good Times"
03. Blue Amber "We Got Love"
04. Negative Space "The Calm After The Storm"
05. Zane "Damage"
06. Blizzard "Peace of Mind"
07. Third World "End of Time"
08. Sweet Wine "Things You Told Me"
09. C.T. Pilferhogg "You Haul"
10. Summit "The Darkness"

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