Friday, October 21, 2016
LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL release "Departure" video; new album "Human Collapse" out on Ripple Music
France's epic heavy five piece LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL are celebrating the release of their third album "Human Collapse" on Ripple Music today, with a new video for the epic "Departure".
Watch LOS DISIDENTES' "Departure" video here
This new LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL album story revolves around the journey of a refugee in a post-apocalyptic world. Written two years ago, this dystopian scenario depicts the social and environmental crises our society has been going through in the past decades. "Human Collapse" is a huge and intensely darker turn into LDDSM's career, as well as being Ripple Music’s heaviest release to date.
The "Departure" video was directed by Mathieu Garcia with additional edits from Bartosh Salmanski from 128 db collective.
LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL "Human Collapse"
Out now on Ripple Music // Buy on CD and vinyl now
"LDDSM’s most daring work to date. The production is first-rate and
it sounds intensefrom the start." Outlaws Of The Sun
"This insanely talented French five piece leaved you hooked
to your last breath." Rock N Reel Reviews
"A massive, angst-ridden collection of anthemic monsters with progressive elements
and a shiny, near-radio-friendly production sheen." Echoes & Dust
A unique name for a unique band. Following up on their two previous albums and confirming their undeniable talent for writing thrilling cinema-inspired music - action movies with "Soundtrack From The Motion Picture" (Deadlight Ent. 2011) and Z movies with "Arcane" (Deadlight Entertainment/Hell Prod 2013) - French heavy five-piece LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL sign their third full-length "Human Collapse" on Ripple Music, depicting a dystopian future inspired by the social and environmental crises our society has been going through these past decades.
Recorded at Cube Studio in Besançon, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge) at Godcity Studio and mastered by Alan Douches (West West Side Music), this new chapter in the LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL story is once again deeply rooted in heavy rock, a 10-track manifesto driven by the band's powerful vocal duo and mature orchestration. LDDSM are now set to present "Human Collapse" on stage, an overall experience that will be enhanced by the visual work of 128db Collective, depicting the main character's wandering in a post-apocalyptic world after a full societal collapse.
LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL ARE
Nico - Guitar & Vocals
Julien - Bass & Vocals
Romain - Guitar
Greg - Drums
Dany - Keyboard & Vocals
Watch "Shadows" at Funny Or Die HERE
Portland rockers RED FANG mess with the wrong comic book collectors in the band’s new video for “Shadows,” which debuted via Funny or Die this morning and can be viewed HERE.
“We had the pleasure of working with Whitey (McConnaughy) again on another music video,” the band's singer/guitar player Bryan Giles commented of the Predator-like clip. “It was a crazy adventure through the woods in rural Oregon. It has stunt men, real firepower and some great explosions! We had a blast on this one.”
The video is the sixth to pair RED FANG and director McConnaughy; the first clip from the partnership was 2010’s “Prehistoric Dog”, which saw the Portland-based band challenge a local role playing troupe only to suffer the consequences. The most recent video from the band & McConnaughy is the 2013 clip featuring Fred Armisen and a horde of beer-thirsty zombies in “Blood Like Cream”.
RED FANG have been vocal about their transformative experience working with Robinson, with the band saying the sessions marked “a huge leap forward for us” and adding that they feel like “a better band for it.” A series of in-studio videos are rolling out via Relapse Records’ YouTube page, which can be viewed here.
The band kick off an extensive fall tour on Sept. 26 with a month of European tour dates followed by another month of U.S. dates. Labelmates Torche will open on both runs with Whores joining the U.S. dates.
RED FANG Live:
October 21 Malmo, Sweden KB
October 22 Munster, Germany Skater’s Place
October 23 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage
October 24 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg (OZ)
November 18 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
November 19 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
November 20 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
November 22 San Diego, CA Casbah
November 23 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
November 25 Austin, TX Mohawk
November 26 Dallas, TX Three Links
November 27 Houston, TX Warehouse Studio
November 29 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell)
November 30 Durham, NC Motorco
December 1 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
December 2 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
December 3 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 4 Boston, MA The Sinclair
December 5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
December 7 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Lounge
December 8 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
December 9 Detroit, MI El Club
December 10 Chicago, IL Metro
December 11 Bloomington, IL Castle Theater
December 13 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
December 14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
December 15 Boise, ID Neurolux
December 16 Seattle, WA Showbox
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.
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.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Reviews are an emotional response to an experience. Emotions wane over time. That’s the nature of it....unless that experience was so phenomenal and powerful that the energy never faded. That’s been my experience with the Beers In Hell Festival 2016 as held at Johnny V’s in downtown San Jose. I’ve held off on this review because the energy was so massively powerful that I had to collect my thoughts in a concise enough manner to present them to your eyes. As of the writing of this, it’s been a few weeks since the event took place. And my thoughts are no more concise.
Jesus, what a rock n’ roll experience! This was a nigh perfect festival...good beer, good people, good drugs, and most of all, GREAT bands! When I got there, I was greeted with the familiar faces of Ripple Family and Friends. Jodes and I met up with T.C. and Wife, Racer, Andy Allen, Rob Allen, Peter Sattari, Alex Wein....just awesome to see everyone again. Smoke was setting up in the corner of Room #1 and Mesmer were lurking around their stage in Room #2. We wandered and socialized with some of the cats hanging out on the street...I don’t remember who all were there...it was a fuckin’ whirlwind!!!
I remember being front and center for Mesmer. I was amped to see them after hearing some of their recent quality recordings. And, I’ve known Nick Fox (guitarist) for a few years, mainly through his brother’s association with the label from years prior. Anyway, I digress, Mesmer impressed! After their gig, we hung out and chatted with the band, and we got to meet Pete and Dave. Definitely good times!
In what only felt like a few minutes and listening to the cataclysmic and thundering doom movement of TVSK, War Cloud were going on stage and I was magically transported to my usual stomping ground of front and center. I was simply blown the fuck away that night. I’d seen them a handful of times over the past year and watched this steadily growing progression in confidence. Beers In Hell was a breakout performance for War Cloud and they the buzz band from all circles. Sweaty, sticky, high octane rock n roll and I couldn’t help but feel that I was witnessing something special!
After that, I honestly don’t remember. I do remember going outside and talking with the War Cloud guys, the rest of the Zed guys had arrived, we chatted more with the Mesmer gang. I stepped back at one point and just soaked in the community vibe that was happening at that time. Made friends with Shawn Williams and was wildly entertained by his stories. Kick ass music blaring in the background and having some killer conversations with great friends....it was like a God damn beach party but instead of sandy beaches and the smell of the sea, we had a concrete wasteland and the stench of bum piss. At some point, a few of us stepped into the adult toy store strategically located next door to the Johnny V’s, admired the realistic veining on the 10” – 12” dildos and then returned to the music.
Zed, in typical fashion, brought the goods. Pulling tracks from the Trouble In Eden and Desperation Blues albums, they always put on a killer show. This time, the stage was too small for the band. Lead singer/guitarist Pete Sattori lost his gear off the side of the stage and apparently fucked up some pretty important shit in his system (need to touch base and see if he needs a consoling drink). But man....that’s what this shit is all about! The Stories!!! This is fucking rock n’ roll and right now, no one is doing it better than the Bay Area. The camaraderie, the sounds, the vibes, the food, the drink, the smoke, the scene. “The community”. It’s a buzz word that I’m hearing more and more as I talk with the players of this Bay Area scene. We are living in some special times.
Wish y’all coulda’ been here!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
As appeared on The Obelisk.
In the wide world of heavy rock sloganeering, there are few urgencies as compelling as ‘Trip on the Ship.’ The invitation, courtesy of reliably brash Texas trio Mothership, is set to be renewed in the first part of 2017 with the coming of a third album. As yet untitled, one can only imagine it’ll be called Mothership III in the spirit of 2014’s Mothership II (review here) and 2012’s Mothership (review here), but that’s by no means confirmed, so don’t go quoting me on it or anything.
Whatever it’s ultimately named, the third Mothership record will be preceded by a new 7″ single, and as they did prior to the last outing, the trio of bassist/vocalist Kyle Juett, guitarist/vocalist Kelley Juett and drummer Judge Smith have started to play new material live. One can’t help but wonder how the significant amount of road time they’ve put in since Mothership II — touring alongside Corrosion of Conformity, labelmates Wo Fat and Brant Bjork, among others — will have factored into their songwriting. It certainly produced a leap forward their last time out, and for a band with the kind of vital delivery as theirs, it’s all the more a crucial part of the growth process.
Ripple put forth a quick line about the coming of the single and the album, and I hit up the band for some comment on the impending doings. You can see what they had to say below:
“Our third offering is fueled by the same supersonic intergalactic heavy rock and roll music that has brought us together today. We are confident this new batch of tunes will solidify your being on board with us, and motivate you to invite others to take a trip and join us as well. These songs perfectly capture the next chapter in our saga across this great planet and beyond. We are currently playing a few of these songs in our set, so come out and hear ’em LIVE before they are released!”
Kelley Juett – Guitars/Vox
Kyle Juett – Bass/Vox
Judge Smith – Drums
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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?
Dillon Bendetti - Drums: As cheesy as it is, my epiphany moment was in 3rd grade when I was still listening to who the hell knows, Smash Mouth? But then I heard Korn and I was floored. I never heard anything so fucking heavy. Eventually I found punk and hardcore, and was raised on a mix from Led Zeppelin to Pearl Jam, which sent me on a path that led me to where I'm at.
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?
D: It mostly always starts with a riff for us. We just jam on it a few times and whatever comes out and sticks is what we roll with.
Jake Hayde - Vocals/Riffs: For us the songwriting process starts with a nice little smoke sesh and a couple beers. From there we ether have come up with a riff in our heads and I try to figure it out on my guitar or we just randomly start ripping and see what happens. We've learned to start recording these times because we've written some pretty dope songs that we have completely forgotten. Ideally keef mountain likes to maintain a nice d/h when jamming.
Who has influenced you the most?
D: That's a tough one since I play a variety of music. But for Keef it would definitely be Sabbath, hands down.
J: Personally I'd say bongzilla has influenced me the most. I first heard them around 2006 or 2007 I believe and I had never heard anything like that before. At the time I was listening to fast hardcore stuff and was just being introduced to this brand if heavy. I also had just seen saviours and high on fire about that time and that show really put in my head that I wanted to play music like that.
Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?
D: I just love playing heavy tunes so that alone is inspiring and always motivating to me. Also the fact that there are individuals that actually dig the music that I'm playing.
J: For inspiration I look towards the leaf.
We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?
D: Keef Mountain was born in a very dirty dungeon basement in Kansas City, Missurah. I guess to me I just see a lot a of corn ball shit going on around me taking up room for so much awesome bands going on in the city. It compels me to play tunes that are disgusting and load for down ass motherfuckers.
J: Kc reflects our music in a way that I feel we're not just sludgy or not just riffy. We play basements with punk bands we are friends with and we play bars with post metal bands we are also friends with. Kc has a diverse scene and everyone is friendly and open to different stuff.
Where'd the band name come from?
J: The band name is a funny story. Me and my friend tubes were in my basement grinding up our weed in a new grinder I had recently bought. It was new and had two screens and a big keef catcher so we were grinding our entire sacks to see how much keef we could get. I remember opening it up and we were like woahhh that's a keef mountain. We decided it needed to be a band one day. I think it's still Tubeys gamer tag on x box. Keef mountain just sounds good to my ears. And once I started writing riffs I came up with the story of keef mountain. It all worked out nicely.
You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?
D: The next Matrix flick.
J: I don't even know what movie I'd wrote the sound track for. Hopefully something involving black magik and wizards though. That or a journey through a black hole in space.
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?
D: I can't write 1,000 word essays but, I'll just say Bananaphone by Raffi.
J: If I were to write a 1000 word essay on any one song it would definitely be dope smoker. That's a song I will never get tired of and I'm always down for the journey. It's a great idea, the tone throughout the entire song is amazing and I really want to follow the smoke towards the riff filled land.
Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?
D: The dancers we hired for a gig turned out to be male dancers. Jake got drunk and fell 20' down worrying the dickens out of me. Oh and once Jake drank chew spit thinking it was water. Later on we ate a bowl of cold noodles, just noodles. Then puked.
J: As far as spinal tap moments go, me and Dillon really love philcore. Also I sometimes tend to drink to much when we play. (drunk mountain) so every once in a while we tend to drunkenly quote Phil Anselmo and say something's that maybe shouldn't be said into a microphone with a room full of people. None of the racist Phil stuff though we love everybody. Before I started dating my current girlfriend she was at a show and I made sure to throw out the " eat pussy and freak the fuck out" line out there. That set might have also had a little Acapella Boyz II Men.
D: We like to get down and get loose. Fans better get friggin' bonkers!
J: As far as live experience goes we do our best to keep it loud. I'm always trying to grow my rig to be louder and louder. Since we are just a two piece our first show was kind of a bummer because I was only using a half stack at the time and we played a venue where they didn't mix the Amps. It was more of a diy space. Now days bars that do mic Amps won't mic me and still sometimes asks me to turn it down.
What makes a great song?
D: Riffs. Heavy, soft, loud, fast, slow, fucking riffs.
J: In my opinion what makes a great song is a great riff. A riff that I want to hear over and over again. A riff that when you play it slower you get even more pumped.
Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?
D: Well as a band Jake brought me the 3 demo songs already written. I put drums to them that day and bam boom!
J: The first song I ever wrote was in seventh grade and it was all power chords. Chorus pedal in the versus wth distortion on the chorus followed up by an extremely sketchy pentatonic solo on the last two extended measures of the last chorus. It was not good. Id say I'm particularly proud of the album we just released. Me and Dillon have been playing some of these songs for a while now and I'm so happy that josh got us to record them and that he put it out on fucking BONGSMOKE CLEAR AND WHITE and DANK KUSH GREEN AND PURPLE!!
What piece of your music are particularly proud of?
D: This upcoming LP. It's been about damn time.
Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?
D: For the past week that new Eternal Champion record has kicked my ass real hard. Why? Because that shit kicked some hard ass.
J: Dillon is in another band called inner altar and I think they write great songs. Not only are they my friends but they are also one of my favorite bands. Lyrically Rew is super creative and the riffs take you through a head banging mid evil journey. Also keep an eye out for hyborian! Talk about riffs! They are also friends of mine and pumping out killer stuff. Kansas City is a really cool place.
Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?
D: Vinyl with digital downloads.
J: As far a vinyl, cd, or digital goes they all serve a purpose for me. Vinyl is what I will always Prefer. I love the tangible aspect of opening it up and looking at every detail of the art and the colors of the vinyl and vinyl always has a unique sound. I only have a CD player in my truck to as opposed to listening to terrible radio all the time I do in fact still rock CDs in my truck. And digital is just convenient. So convenient. I make playlist and stream them at work or if I'm at a friends house and want to show them a new band I just heard I can get the digital file much easier than going home to grab their actual record. Vinyl reigns supreme though.
D: Beer. In my defense, I really like beer.
J: The whisky or beer one is hard for me. I'm a bartender. I work at a craft beer and bourbon bar. I have major love for both. I don't know if I could honestly pick because they both go so damn good together. My live for them is also why drunk mountain makes an appearance more than it probably should.
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?
D: Kansas City, Missurah. Mills Records, and Josey Records.
J: We've recently gotten more record stores in Kansas City over the past few years but mills record company has been my favorite for sure. Judy who owns it is super cool and she is really good to the local music scene. She's great at carrying all sorts of genres of music. There is even a big section just labeled heavy. They also put in shows and have a big all day show for record store day.
What's next for the band?
D: Gigs. Records. L.I.V.I.N.
J: We've got some cool shit coming up next! A possible split with some heavy rippin state neighbors of ours! As long as there is keef to smoke there will be keef to jam. We may be kind of slow and lazy but trust us there is some stuff in the works.
Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?
D: Free my livin' ones. Rest my fallen ones.
Monday, October 17, 2016
HORNSS: San Franciscan doom trio to release new album on Ripple Music/STB Records | Stream and share new song ‘In Fields Of Lyme’
HORNSS on Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp
“HORNSS have got an overdriven sound that sounds like a sexy volcano god jazzing red-hot globs of lava straight into your ears.”
“This is a chiseled, successful and infectious-as-f*ck slice of zeitgeist wed to the evergreen freshness of rock ‘n’ roll.”
“These tunes are f*cking rock n’ roll…”
Following up on the release of their 2013 debut No Blood, No Sympathy on RidingEasy Records, San Franciscan trio HORNSS return this November with their highly anticipated new album Telepath, on Ripple Music/STB Records.
Initially formed in 2010 with a line-up later completed by drummer Bil Bowman – formerly of Zodiac Killers, blackQueen and Scrog – HORNSS have gained a worldwide reputation among the stoner rock and doom scene, taking to stages with fellow heavy hitters such as Ufomammut, YOB, Windhand, Bang, Black Cobra, Fatso Jetson, Lord Dying, Naam and Elder, as well as co-headlining a successful 2014 European tour with Vancouver’s Black Wizard.
Amped up on that heavy, fuzzed-out punk and doom groove, unlike some that are simply content to adopt that famed “desert sound”, HORNSS were practically born into it. Moulded by it from the very beginning in the case of members Mike Moracha and Nick Nava who both got their start on the Palm Desert scene with the band Solarfeast, alongside ex-Kyuss/Evolution’s End member Chris Cockrell.
Recorded directly to analog tape at Green's Louder Studios in Grass Valley, California by Tim Green (Saviours, Melvins, KARP, Comets On Fire, Hot Lunch) Telepath is the follow-up to the trio’s acclaimed debut and showcases a band that is every inch the force you’d hope they would be given their heritage, influence and the arid air that shaped their sound. Drawing on influences such as Hawkwind, Saint Vitus and The Ramones they deliver devastating doom, death punk fury (both Mike and Nick were also founding members of San Fran punk band The Jack Saints), stoned out meanderings and crushing desert progressions that will strike a chord no matter where your allegiances lie.
Telepath will be released on CD/Digital through Ripple Music and on vinyl through STB Records on 18th November 2016. Stream and share new the brand new track, ‘In Fields Of Lyme’ here – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/hornss-in-fields-of-lyme
Mike Moracha – Guitar, Vocals
Nick Nava – Bass, Vocals
Bil Bowman – Drums
1. St Genevieve
4. In Fields Of Lyme
5. Sargasso Heart
6. Prince Of A Thousand Enemies
7. The Black Albatross
8. Leaving Thermal
9. The Airtight Garage
10. Old Ghosts
11. Galactic Derelict
Release Date: 18th November 2016
Label: Ripple Music/STB Records
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Revenge of the Quick Ripple Bursts: featuring Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, American Mafia and Wounded Cross
Simply dreaming and simultaneously pulverizing. That best describes this delicious slab of psychedelic doom that is Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. When I first heard that name I thought it was a joke, as if some stoner/doom band name generator went haywire and stuck every cliched term together in jest. Let me tell you, this band is no joke. Pure, double-barrel, chest-caving doom with an angel singing from above. Already, the doom underground is licking their chops about this album, and it's easy to see why. Monstrous, massively-distorted riffs and Jessica Ball’s haunting vocals. No one sounds quite like them. Well worth getting.
Slam the door, crank up the stereo and turn the key to your '69 Camero cause we got just the soundtrack for your rock n roll road trip. Straight up, no frills, gun metal rockin' blues in the most classic vein. Full of screaming guitars, grooving basslines and a good, 'ol fashioned leading man who can sing with the best of them. Rock n Roll Hit Machine is the debut album from "supergroup" of sorts, American Mafia and is simply 12 tracks of world-class retro-70s Classic Rock, in the Bad Company, Whitesnake class. The "brain-child" of Tom Jude (Doro Pesch/Holy Water) on guitar & Freddy Villano (Quiet Riot/Widowmaker/Holy Water) on bass, American Mafia also includes Bobby Marks (Dokken) on drums and features a way-kool, impressive cast of outstanding rock vocalists lending their superb vocal talents in the form of John West (Badlands/Artension/Royal Hunt), Jimmy Kunes (Cactus/Flood the Engine), Don Chaffin (VOX/Red Lamb), Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan/The Lizards), Ed Terry (Rondinelli/Rage & Beyond) & David Knight. Every songs sounds like one that woulda blasted out of your Pioneer stereo and Jensen Tri-axle speakers on the best night of your life in 1979.
Raving doom-laden heaviness with more than a nod towards the NWOBHM. Wounded Cross have pumped out a raw and fiery 3-song blitzkreig of riffs and insanity. Recently signed to Blackened Death Records, Bonecrusher is Wounded Cross's first EP and is sure not to be their last. Already gigging heavily across the UK, Wounded Cross are sure to hone their chops. Chock full of primal phlegm and guitar madness, everything about this EP reminds me of the glory days of UK metal circa 1979, when everybody was picking up the guitar and pumping out riff madness in pubs across the country. Reminds me in a very good energy of what I loved so much about Dianno-era Maiden. That punk spittle married to excellent guitar work and passion. With only 3 songs, you get just a taste of what this band has to offer, but it's more than enough to whet the appetite for more. Each track is a blitz of trad metal energy and mayhem. It's not perfect. The production is a bit rough, and the band is still young with some more honing to do. But what a way to start! This may just be the perfect sound track for your saturday night.