Saturday, August 18, 2018

DIRTY STREETS UNVEIL NEW TITLE TRACK FROM THEIR NEW LP "DISTRACTIONS" VIA ALLMUSIC



DIRTY STREETS (photo: Bob Bayne)

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, a hub of historical soul and blues that crafted much of the world's modern music, Dirty Streets have spent years on the road and in the studio forging their own style. They've moved from DIY, independant recordings to ambitiously self-produced studio ventures over the course of five albums. Their fifth, and latest, LP, Distractions, is an explosively charged follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 release White Horse, which contains a unique style of heavy, soulful and sometimes psychedelic rock. Recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis, the album pushes the sonic palette of the band to the next level with an eclectic mix of songs. Drawing from influences that span from the bluesy twang of Howlin’ Wolf and Wilson Pickett, to the heady expansiveness of Hendrix and Donovan, Distractions lives in its own time and place. The album was recorded live in the studio by Matt Qualls and Wesley Graham in the room where the raw and explosive energy of the Yardbirds' iconic “Train Kept a Rollin’” was originally put to tape. This album continues the tradition.

Dirty Streets’ Distractions will be available September 14th on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats. Click here to pre-order via iTunes.

DISTRACTIONS TRACK LISTING:
01  Loving Man
02  The Sound
03  Dreams
04  Riding High
05  Can’t Go Back
06  Distractions
07  Take A Walk
08  Death’s Creep
09  On The Way
10  Trying To Remember

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HERE'S WHAT CRITICS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT DIRTY STREETS:

”When it comes to taking volcanic early-70s-style blues rock to modern times, Dirty Streets are now furlongs ahead.” - CLASSIC ROCK

“… a hard-hitting blast of eleven arena-ready rock tunes best cranked to maximum volume." - GLIDE MAGAZINE

“Memphis trio Dirty Streets brings the blues and the boogie on their latest album and their no-frills, less talk/more rock approach serves them well.” – ALL MUSIC

[Rating 10/10] “…astounding in almost every single way.” - MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC

“Who says rock is dead? You just have to know where to look and that place just happens to be the streets of Memphis, Tennessee. Dirty Streets have elaborated on their signature sound which features smokin' hot guitar riffs, a mighty soulful groove and a hypnotic midnight moan.” - HEAVY PLANET

“Perhaps best described as a bit Troggs meets Flamin’ Groovies, a smattering of MC5, a sprinkle of Captain Beefheart, some Grand Funk Railroad, a pinch of ZZ Top-esque build ups and licks and you’re approaching Dirty Streets’ bitches brew.” - NO DEPRESSION

“One of the best Memphis rock records of the year. Dirty Streets have honed their James Gang-meet-Blue Cheer sound into their most cohesive album yet, and rock critics from all around the country are taking notice.” - MEMPHIS FLYER

“Rather than essaying the heavy garage blues of previous platters, the Streets polish big-ass boogie rock, driven by the meaty riffs and plainspoken soul of frontguy Justin Toland.” - BLURT MAGAZINE

“Dirty Streets trio cranks like a dirty hybrid of the Black Keys and Kings of Leon.” - MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Forming The Void - Rift


2017 was the year my world of music was changed dramatically. By chance I was introduced to Forming The Void from Lafayette, LA and nothing has been the same since. Their second full-length, 'Relic', which altered my world, is a one-of-a-kind mind-shattering experience, so when the third wax, 'Rift', was about to be unleashed I was shaking with anticipation and pure excitement. Of course, the old fear "can they emulate or surpass previous recordings" raised its ugly head, but holy hell! That fear was unfounded, so shame on me for letting this fear overcome me. Forming The Void are better than ever on opus 3. I've said it before but I'll gladly repeat myself: as a music fan there is no greater thrill when one of your favourite bands shatter their already excellent past with the new platter.

And that's exactly what's going on here. Forming The Void has stepped well out of their box and above what they've done before. Don't think there's a dictionary of superlatives big enough to really show how great 'Rift' is and how truly above the rest of the pack this band is. It might be that they put something different, something really special, in the boudin balls in Lafayette. Regardless, the band's new wax is...well simply fantastic!

Opener ’Extinction Event’ moves with brutal elegance between punishing heaviness and a dreamy, almost hymnal disposition. It is beautiful and fearful at the same time as our protagonists depart our dying world for a new home. Yet there’s a sense freedom floating on top which immediately shows how Forming The Void have moved onward and upward. ‘On We Sail’ tells of the travelers’ hopes and fears of this journey with no set destination. Throw off your shackles though, get on board as we take off into the unknown and let any fear dissipate. Based on a heavy foundation with a nautical feel backed with Middle Eastern tones, the guitars especially, this is an amazing composition. Starting off like the mighty Zaum, ‘Arcane Mystic’ is definitely mystic in its approach, invoking images of ancient Egypt. Picking up somewhat in pace it puts me in a wonderful trance from which I don’t want to leave because the beauty within is mind-blowing. Slowing down while remaining in that wonderful state of trance, ‘Transient’ moves in a strange world, an in-between world, on the way to a higher being. Dark, sinister, yet full of hope and beauty – just like life itself – Forming The Void is the guiding light.

‘Arrival’ exudes elation as the protagonists finally arrive where they can rekindle their lives and create a new, better world. Still, behind all the excitement a lurking fear of the unknown moves freely hindering the settlers from fully enjoying this new world. Heavy, mid-tempo and slower parts, as well as neck breaking segments bring forth all the emotions the travelers go through. ‘Ark Debris’ is pondering, maybe even content, in where the protagonists have ended up. Their vessel is gone, there’s no way out for them, so they have to make do with their situation. It’s only as good as it gets and the music reflects this perfectly. Dreamy and spacey, almost pastoral, yet unforgiving and dejected. In closer ‘Shrine’ our brave settlers have come to terms with their environment and situation. What they had in the past they are trying to recreate and bring in a new world order. Hopefully, it won’t turn into destruction as it did before. The music moves between the two polar opposites – good and evil – as the people work hard at staying on course.

When Forming The Void released ‘Relic’ I said countless times “what if…” in relation to if I never got to hear this amazing band. That’s not a question anymore as these Louisianans are probably one of the best bands out there. New album ‘Rift’ cements this sentiment in so many ways. As stated above, not only have they stepped above and beyond their previous releases but they do so with such ease. The musicianship is beyond anything else; from the other-worldly guitars courtesy of Shadi Omar Al Khansa and singer James Marshall to the relentless rhythm section of bassist Luke Baker and drummer Thomas Colley. They make everything sound so effortless, unrestrained and fun…all while sounding extremely hard, relentless and spaced-out other-dimensional. ‘Rift’ is a beast that very few – if any – can surpass and I’m stating the obvious by saying this is the best album of 2018. I might stick my chin out a little bit by claiming the band has finally created their own genre, Forming The Void-ism, but hell it’s the truth, waveriders!

-Swedebeast

Thursday, August 16, 2018

THIRD MAN RECORDS ANNOUNCES 12" VINYL RELEASE OF SLEEP'S "LEAGUES BENEATH"


LIMITED AQUAMARINE VINYL AVAILABLE IN SELECT STORES BOTH AQUAMARINE AND STANDARD BLACK VINYL FEATURE B-SIDE ETCHING

IN STORES WORLDWIDE NEXT FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 AND AT THIRD MAN STOREFRONTS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
"A cavernous, slow-burning mass of doomy riffs."

"A trudging, monolithic record that slowly builds and expands until it consumes you."

"It's a voyage."

Third Man Records is happy to announce the forthcoming 12" vinyl release and pre-order period for Sleep's sunken treasure of doom, "Leagues Beneath." On May 23rd the California stoner rock band surprised its legions of freshly-emerged-from-hibernation fans for the second time this year, following the April release of The Sciences with a nearly 17 minute single of bonus, deep sea sludge as part of Adult Swim's ongoing Singles Program.

The song is a testament to what has made The Sciences such a success: bottomless tone, spacetime-melting riffs and an unparalleled aural experience from start to finish. "Leagues Beneath," available now for pre-order on black vinyl, features the full 17-minute hadal plunge on the A-side, with a tentacled aquanaut nightmare etching on the B-side.
The black vinyl 12" is officially available at record stores worldwide next Friday, August 24th with select stores (including Third Man Records' Nashville & Detroit storefronts the following day) carrying the very limited aquamarine special edition (also featuring B-side etching). Contact your favorite local, independent record store for availability, or line up at Third Man the morning of Saturday the 25th to purchase (while supplies last).

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Xroadie Files


Merryweather Stark – Carved In Rock
Neil Merryweather – Bass/Vocals, Janne Stark – Guitar/Bass, Peter Svensson – Drums

Irma la Douche starts with some excellent lead work and pounding drum with thundering bass get ready to just rock out.  It Aint Pretty rumbling bass crunchy chords and solid drums kick back and enjoy.  We Got To Own This Thing is excellent blues hard rock with lots of soul and emotion.  Babylon Sin City take a trip back to the seventies and some great jamming music.  Give Em Hell Boy get out the air guitar and air drums and just play along to one catchy song fist in the air.  Rockers Lament hope in your car or on your bike crank up this tunes and just speed down the highway.  Lay Your Body Down fist in the air bodies swaying to this bluesy rhythm.  Love And War another trip back to the sixties and some great tunes.  Freedom To Love kick back close your eyes and just drift along to some awesome musicianship.  What’s It Gonna Be some excellent late sixties Mahogany Rush influenced music with great vocals.  I Believe grab your guitar and just jam along to a soulful song.


Grand Design – Viva la Paradise
Pelle Saether – Vocals, Janne Stark – Guitar, Dennis Vestman – Guitar, Stefan Westerlund – Bass, Joakim Jonsson – Drums

Face It has the sounds of bikes racing down the road then a excellent riff that just sticks in your head.  Rock N Roll Hysteria fist in the air head banging hair flying as the crowd just get into the groove singing along.  Viva La Paradise melodic lead guitar that just pierces the soul with some excellent playing and great vocals.  Don’t Ice Me Out this would be a great song live to get the crowd bouncing and swayin with fist in the air.  Aim For The Heart nice melodic guitar and vocals that just lift your soul just a great power ballad.  I Would Be The Wind cruising down the road music blasting on a trip to who knows where.  Love Shouldn’t Hurt is a very melodic heart felt that just reaches inside and grabs your very soul.  Its Only Straight From The Heart crowd bouncing fist pumping sing along hard rock.  Too Late To Fall In Love get your fist hi and rock out as you sing along and just jam away.  U Can’t Fool Love grab your air guitar and just jam along with one very catchy song with excellent musicianship and vocals.


Hazemaze  - ST
Ludvig Andersson – Guitar / Vocals, Stefan Carillo – Bass, Nils Eineus – Drums

Wall Of Confusion slow Sabbath style bass and drums with a piercing guitar with loads of emotion.  Lord Cubensis close your eyes and just move to the slow psychedelic stoner rock rhythm and excellent vocals.  Black Mamba Pt1 take a trip back to the early days of stoner rock and just trip with the music.  Black Mamba Pt2 these guys were definitely influenced by the mighty Sabbath slow song that just plod along but never get boring.  Minds Abyss take a dark journey thru your very mind.  Lies slow bass riffs fill the air then psychedelic guitars and pounding drum to just take a long journey along with.  Beast And Prey is slightly more up tempo but not music just rock out and enjoy.  Searching great bass playing that just rumbles your insides guitar that just works its way thru you and drums that just pound into your very being with vocals that take you on a strange trip.


The Heavy Eyes – Live In Memphis
Trip Shumake – Guitar/Vocals, Wally Anderson – Bass, Eric Garcia – Drums

Mannish Boy live stoner rock with a very bluesy feel that just makes you wanna move.  Maggie searing guitar that takes you back to the late 60s and solid rhythms.  Iron Giants close your eyes and just take a trip thru your musical mind.  Parado is a very laid back blues based hard rock psychedelic song that just remind some of us of the great old music.  Shadow Shaker move and sway to the excellent heartfelt guitar then a rhythm that envelopes your entire essence.  Super Moon the crowd will be moving and swaying to a riff that will just stick in your head for days.  Saint sing along and fist pump to one catchy song with some excellent musicianship.  These Men Are Wolves rollin drums thundering bass and a great song that takes you on a interesting trip.  One Hand On The Buffalo get your air guitars out and get ready to jam with a song that has a very Cream influence mixed with Sabbath.  The Fool bass that just overtakes your very essence then a slow plodding trip thru strange times.  Voytek music slowly rising out of the darkness and surrounding you taking you on a trip thru maybe the swamps or some other backwoods place.  Goodnight is a great song to end this blues based festival of psychedelic notes.  Catfish Blues one last stoner song about being a catfish you figure it out.


Khorada – Salt
Don Anderson – Guitar, Jason Walton – Bass, Aesop Dekker – Drums, Aaron John Gregory - Guitar/Vocals

Edeste has a sort of spaghetti western feel then a slow steady beat with an almost gothic feel.  Seasons Of Salt will take you mind on a strange trip thru the darkness of the black abyss then just pound you into dust.  Water Rights evil rises and just envelopes you taking you into the very pits of hell.  Glacier Gold sounds of a storm then a very melancholy gothic feel that just works its way along the musical path.  Augustus starts out more melodic with a very eerie feel.  Wave State strange and eerie jazz meets death meets gothic.  Ossify taking a strange trip thru the nether world.


-Xroadie

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench - Sunday's Cool


Fun With Song Titles!:

The scene opens on an African James Bond.  He stands confidently posed in front of enormous marble columns, a picture of strength living in a mad world.  His gaze wanders and lands on a beautiful swingaboo standing twelve steps away.  She's a sexy plum flying solo, humming a jolly little tune to herself.  After doing some sums in his head, James is convinced that he won't earn his daily gold star without facing the final countdown of his inner doubts and misgivings.  It is imperative that he introduce himself to the pretty lady.  After all, that is what John Wayne would do.

Fun Over.  Let The Review Commence!

This album is sick waveriders.  Normally I'd spend a few sentences setting up the delivery of my overall opinion, but what's the point?  If you're a frequent visitor to The Ripple Effect you know that we only review music we're passionate about.  On the other hand if this is your first foray into our little corner of the digital world, welcome!  We only review music we're passionate about.  Therefore, guess what?  I love the album Sunday's Cool from Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench!  It's sick!

Thanks to inadequate search methods I have been unable to locate many new hip-hop artists I find exciting.  Amazingly Sunday's Cool appeared within one of my regular musical discovery cues and chance compelled me to listen.  What we have here waveriders is not your average hip-hop album.  Indie rock and pop elements blend seamlessly with the typical soul and funk to produce an enticing hybrid.

So it's not really a hip-hop album then?  Hold your horses there friend.  This is a hip hop album through and through.  The hallmarks of the genre can be found in every song.  Head nodding beats, tongue twisting lyrics, huge and memorable choruses.  Prime examples include songs such as album opener "John Wayne" and "Jolly Little Tune".  Tracks like "African James Bond" and "Flying Solo" however lean a lot more heavily into the indie rock sphere with a focus on acoustic guitar and a slower, more deliberately melodic vocal delivery.  And then there's the song "The Final Countdown".  Placed smack dab in the middle of the album, this track perfectly demonstrates the bipolar nature of this group.  For about one minute and ten seconds it's a sweet, somewhat trippy sounding pop song.  The rest of the tune is an ominous rap track.  Brilliant.

Waveriders, those of you with a taste for the musically adventurous have a new act to check out.  Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench have released one of the most enjoyable albums I've had the pleasure of listening to this year.  Sunday's Cool will blow you away.  Listen today!

-Penfold


Monday, August 13, 2018

Bloody Gulch - Fly The Ghost




Bloody Gulch, a stoner metal band based in Dixon, Illinois, has an album out called Fly the Ghost, and it is 8 tracks of awesome riffs, kick ass vocals, and powerful rhythm section mastery. Chad, the vocalist for Bloody Gulch, hooked me up with the digital, and physical copy, of this bad mother fucker, and for that I am very thankful.

All My Friends opens this album up with a nice heavy riff, one that isn't a technical fueled riff, but is still heavier than anything by any tech group out there. The vocal melody is infectious,  like a good old fashioned dose of syphilis, but, you know, syphilis that you'd actually want to have lol This is a thundering mammoth of a track, and easily my favorite one on Fly the Ghost!  

The title track is another favorite of mine, mostly because it is an up tempo rocker of a song.  The verse riff is absolutely perfect for the song, and allows the drums and bass to drive the song ahead. I love the vocal delivery, and tone, on this, and all songs. Very cool execution across the board!!!!

Bloody Gulch Road rages in with a Sabbath infused riff of pure heaviness.  This track has my favorite vocal tone on this fantastic album, it's just so cool sounding. This song is another of my top picks, because of their use of dynamics, sounds, and overall power!!!

Bloody Gulch have scored a huge hit with Fly the Ghost, at least in my opinion.  They have killer metal edge to their guitar tone, yet have a stoner metal writing style; which I think is pretty cool. I'll attach a link to their Bandcamp page, and let you discover this great bands for yourselves!

Enjoy!!


-T.C. Mayhem


Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Ripple Conversation With Nopes




What have been your musical epiphany moments?

The less you try, the more people care. Everything sucks, but not really.

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

We like to write them all together - it’s usually idea, fuck around with a riff, and write the rest (structure, lyrics) from there.

Who has influenced you the most?

Nicholas Logan

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

Nick Logan

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

The old Bay Area was a great inspiration and influence for punk, indie, metal, etc. The new Bay Area is starting to become full of bitch ass techie transplants that think the world revolves around them. They’re literally children with credit cards who can’t get enough Iron & Wine. This helps keep the music angry.

Where'd the band name come from?

No

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

When Harry Met Sally

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

Probably Daybreaker by ELO, because it’s the best song in the world. People like to talk shit on ELO but they’re just ignorant people that should never be trusted.

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

Calvin Johnson from Beat Happening / K Records showed up at our show in Olympia. Apparently it was just for the book signing before our show, and he promptly left before we started.

One time, I emailed Henry Rollins and he never emailed me back.

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

We have pretty energetic sets and get really sweaty. We want to put our all in whether it’s hundreds, or just a few people. If you come to a show, our music will be louder, noisier and heavier than on record.

What makes a great song?

The mood

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

It was utter dog shit

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

There’s also a noise band ¾ of us are in called Featuring Members of Rammstein. There’s a live album of it on YouTube. Go look it up

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

There’s only one answer for that - Robert Pollard.

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

Vinyl

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Whiskey, because we’re not babies about our booze when we do drink (we really don’t drink much at all)

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 Amoeba in Berkeley, 1234 Go in Oakland, and Thrillhouse in SF. Don’t miss out on the local talent, be sure to pick up anything that has the name Yogurt Brain, The World, or Marbled Eye. Oakland’s finest right there

What's next for the band?

Tour in October, a tv show we’re all working on, a new Yups album, and a new Meh album. Eventually, another new Nopes album.

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

The silence is eggs.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Bandcamp Bonanza – 080


Last week we featured several 3-song short albums. This week we move back to the nitty gritty and that being brand new discoveries that absolutely burned through my wishlist. If something on this feature doesn’t blow your socks off than your feet must be rotten to the core.

ThunderWhip – Forever’s End
Massive walls of Danish doom echo upon us as the titanic stoner metal riffs crush with molten force. Forever’s End will abduct your mind with deep throbbing grooves, killer vocal chops and monumental melody.

Radiant Knife – Science Fiction
This is awesome!! It has a very atmospheric ring to it in the vein of a post-metal band, but I wouldn't classify it as post-metal. Burly vocals, progressive time signatures and weighty riffs put Radiant Knife on the podium next to some of the greats including VYGR, Boss Keloid, Intronaut, and Pelican but more in tune with the modern Doom movement. This is fantastic.Favorite track: Suffer Under God.

Electric Horseman – Arrival EP
Electric Horseman have arrived with a blistering debut EP reminding me at times of Pink Floyd. Complete with sweeping psychedelic tones, savory vocals and sun-soaked arrangements the band harness both the electric and acoustic resulting in one hell of an enticing listen. I'm already excited to hear what comes next .Favorite track: Wild Flowers.

Z/28 – No Rides For Free
Z/28 have tuned their fuzz craft to equal parts Motörhead and Sabbath, taking us on a head banging ride, groove deep and riff heavy, fueled with no frills, balls to the wall, high octane rawk and mother fu%#ing roll.

Hound – Settle Your Score
I haven’t added this one to my collection yet on bandcamp but I did manage to score the vinyl online and what a beauty these guys are. It took me a minute to appreciate what was going on here as the vocals are a bit non-traditional and quasi obnoxious, but the music sets in and you realize this is not just your average rock and roll bands. These kids are young and driven. The organ is on par, and the guitar solos shred like no other. I can see this one growing on other people’s lists and encourage you to dig in. Lots of potential here. 70’s inspired heavy rock in the vein of Deep Purple but in a modern tone.

Stelios – Flower EP
Wow, what a refreshing listen. A gorgeous bouquet of song craft, rich on guitar skills, heavy without being loud, and the groove pulls you in with a potent aroma of heavy blues meets 90s alternative rock. Album of the day! 8-9-18

Visdom – Black Soul
Well shit, they’re not Swedish and they’re not Sabbath? Why should we bother? Trust me, trust Papa Paul Rote, this is smoking hot heavy rock n roll! These Germans play a mean retro rock on plane with Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and more modern bands typically found in Sweden. Top shelf!

Low Hums – Night Magic Wine
I went ahead and ordered everything these guys had on vinyl and their EP on cassette tape. Go figure that. A lovable blend of garage tinged psych/pop with punk rock grit and a Pacific Northwest attitude.

Tempelheks – Midnight Mirror
We recently featured a giveaway of this new album over at the Doom Charts blog which I manage and I highly recommend you go check it out there to see if there are any left. If not go ahead and buy the record. Vinyl available at Cursed Sun Records.

Midnight Mirror reflects a pristine image of Scandinavian doom, shining with deep rumbling grooves, occult inspired vocal chops and hard hitting riffs catchy like the cover art. Tempelheks have constructed a stairway to the desert/doom heaven showcasing their ability to bring together catchy hooks and low end doom without skipping a beat. The vocals really shine when he lets it all out. Favorite track: Prey.


-The Huntsman

Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Music Video And Tour Dates For The Kut




The Kut - Latest

The Kut debut album has landed entries at No. #7 in the UK Rock Album Chart, No. #6 in the UK Indie Breakers Album Chart & No. #18 in the UK Indie Albums Chart. This was after a mid-week sales bulletin, putting the album at No. #136 in the Multi-Genre Chart. The debut album 'Valley of Thorns' has been released alongside a string of headline tour dates, with vinyl 12 inch to follow their 22 date U.K. Album Launch Party Tour.

Rock category Finalist of the UK Songwriting Contest 2017 and Semi-Finalist of the International Songwriting Competition, The Kut, is the alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist and PhD Graduate, Princess Maha. Live, The Kut is a three-piece, featuring Diana Bartmann (drums) and Stella Vie (bass / BVs). Active on the UK and European alt.rock scene, festival performances in the last year have included Download Festival, Camden Rocks Festival, Rebellion Festival, Hard Rock Hell, Amplified Festival, Nice N Sleazy and Strummercamp among others. Meanwhile, tours have spanned the UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

2017 was a significant year for The Kut. They featured as one of Kerrang! Magazine's Breakthrough Acts of the year, while 'The Kut EP' was released on 500 limited edition picture discs for Record Store Day 2017, also featuring at number 4 in Kerrang! Magazines Top 10 Record Store Day Releases, alongside Baby Metal and Gerard Way. The summer saw The Kut playing over 50 UK mainland dates, and the year ended with the band claiming the Number 1 Spot in the Beyond 50 Promotions Top 50 Under the Radar UK Bands.

2018 has seen a worldwide record deal announced with Cargo Records for the long-awaited debut album, 'Valley of Thorns'. Produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / Def Leppard / White Zombie / My Vitriol) the debut sees some of the live favourites heard on The Kut tours, and is released on Friday 4th May (May 18th North America). Reactions have been incredible across the board. The latest single 'Mind Games' has been premiered on Kerrang! Radio by Johnny Doom, played out by Sean McGinty at BBC Introducing, Total Rock, Hard Rock Hell Radio and picked up airplay as far as the USA and Australia, with over 90 stations adding the release! This includes airplay in 12 US States and on a number of Triple A, Specialist and College Stations - including adds to USA's NACC Rock Chart. Meanwhile the accompanying music video was on rotation on Scuzz TV and was premiered online by Clash Magazine. The Kut has also recently aired a live session for Total Rock Radio, performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at TNFOM Blackburn, and has also been selected as 'Ones to Watch' by Planet Rock Radio. The forthcoming video ‘Hollywood Rock n Roll’ sees The Kut into their mammoth UK Tour.

Get info on The Kut - Valley of Thorns at http://thekut.co.uk/valley-of-thorns

// Watch the brand new ‘Hollywood Rock n Roll’ video

// Watch the ‘Mind Games’ video

The Guardian - Editor’s Pick
“Your snarly singer-guitarist in the latest line up of this doughty girl-grunge trio. Shades of Courtney, Brody and L7”

Kerrang! Magazine
“Led by Princess Maha, this is a neat twist on grunge pop”

Q Magazine
"There's a slice of angst-offloading gutter rock that's a kissing cousin of Hole, but The Kut's scuzz-covered family tree also stretches further back to the garage rampages of The Stooges.”

Clash Magazine
“New single 'Mind Games' leads the way, and it finds the three-piece blazing a trail for others to follow. Glamorous rock 'n' roll with a punk edge”

Metro
“This trio of multi-talented girls with a ‘90s grunge alt-rock sound have been touring all over Europe”

Metal Hammer
"The Kut are like the bastard lovechild of Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson with awesome riffs and chaotic live shows"

Classic Rock Magazine
"Marks the precise point in the Venn diagram where L7 meets I Wanna Be Your Dog meets Courtney Love, which is equal parts terrifying and a cause for long and rowdy celebration. Punk's not dead, pass it on.”

Planet Rock Radio
"grungy sounds nod towards everyone from Hole to Nirvana to L7 and The Distillers, yet despite wearing their inescapable influences on their sleeves, crucially they have their own indelible, attitude-packed imprint."

THE KUT VALLEY OF THORNS ON TOUR

27/07 B2 - NORWICH
28/07 VOODOO LOUNGE - STAMFORD
29/07 GREEN DOOR STORE - BRIGHTON
31/07 THE JOINERS - SOUTHAMPTON
01/08 DISCORD @ MOLES - BATH
02/08 REBELLION PUNK FESTIVAL - BLACKPOOL
03/08 ZANZIBAR - LIVERPOOL
04/08 REBELLION - MANCHESTER
05/08 O'RILEYS - HULL
07/08 CLASSIC GRAND - GLASGOW
08/08 BANNERMANS - EDINBURGH
09/08 THE BRICKYARD - CARLISLE
10/08 TRILLIANS - NEWCASTLE
11/08 THE SOUNDHOUSE - LEICESTER
12/08 VERVE - LEEDS
13/08 WEST STREET LIVE - SHEFFIELD
14/08 ARCHES - COVENTRY
15/08 THE CASTLE & FLACON - BIRMINGHAM
16/08 THE CHELSEA INN - BRISTOL
17/08 THE MOON - CARDIFF
18/08 CLUB 85 - HITCHIN
19/08 THE ISLINGTON - LONDON

Additional Dates
24/08 BYLINE FESTIVAL - EAST SUSSEX
31/08 WILKESTOCK FESTIVAL - STEVENAGE
30/09 SONDER FESTIVAL - MANCHESTER
27/10 STAR & GARTER - MANCHESTER
04/11 CROYDON ROCKS FESTIVAL - CROYDON
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Xroadie Files


Jeremy Romeo – All You’re Meant To Be
Jeremy Romeo – Vocals/Instruments

This Is Home light mellow acoustic pop music with emotional vocals.  Lights Of Boston has more of a southern rock meets pop punk sound very interesting.  Here With You sit back with your loved one and just drift away while holding each other.  Said And Done has a country pop feel and some interesting vocals.  All You’re Meant To Be has a country feel with pop overtones.  See You Soon reminds me of Jim Croce or Gordon Lightfoot.


Black Moth – Anatomical Venus
Harriet Hyde – Vocals, Frederica Gialanza – Guitar, Jim Swainston – Guitar, David Vachon – Bass, Dom Mcready – Drums

Istra melodic guitars strange sounds a solid heavy beat then riffing guitars come in with some emotional powerful vocals.  Moonbow is an excellent fist pumping song that will have you movin and grooving.  Sisters of The Stone fuzz guitar slowly moves in then a slow steady Sabbath style of riff that just worms its way thru you that speeds up at times.  Buried Hoards has a very catchy riff that stick in your head.  Severed Grace takes you back to the hard rock style of the 70s with lots of emotion.  A Lovers Hate fast heavy in your face hard rock/metal that will have you head banging along.  Screen Queen is a great stoner rock metal song.  Tourmaline slow trippy psychedelic sounds that drift and trip along.   A Thousand Arrows solid heavy beats riffing guitars and powerful vocals that just work their way into your brain.  Pig Man dance and head band to an excellent riff.


Fox Medicine – Greetings From Mars
Neezy Dynamite – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, Vanny Keeps - Drums/Vocals/Synths

Glitter Alien weird space rock sounds and strange vocals that just take you on a very strange trip.  Supervillian lost in space drifting along listening to the strange sounds and hearing strange voices.


Reichelt – Seduced By The Light Side
Reichelt – Vocals/Instruments

Seduced By The Light Sides guitars that just work their way into your very soul with lots of emotion add solid bass great percussion and various other instruments with some interesting vocals.


Visions of Atlantis – The Deep And The Dark
Thomas Caser – Drums, Siegfried Samer – Vocals, Clementine Delauney – Vocals, Herbert Glos – Bass, Christian Douscha – Guitar

The Deep And The Dark swirling keyboards classical overtones and a prog metal style with very powerful female vocals.  Return To Lumeria keyboards and then a rolling drum beat and thundering bass with a very catchy riff get ready to rock.  Ritual Night slow building riffs and keys along with a flute and tribal drum beat and some excellent lead guitar work and vocals.  The Silent Mutiny straight ahead power prog metal that just takes you away on a very special trip.  Book Of Nature rolling drums classical sound and very ethereal vocals pump your fist in the air to this excellent song.  The Last Home melodic piano and soft vocals that builds near the end.  The Grand Illusion fiat pumping head banging pounding prog metal at its finest.  Dead Reckoning guitars that pierce your soul then an excellent speed metal prog song with lots of emotion.  Words Of War foot stomping head banging riffs and melodies rock n roll to this great song.  Prayer To The Lost melodic piano soft female vocals then the band comes in and lays down an excellent rhythm that just takes you away and has you singing along with a few tempo changes.


-Xroadie

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tailblock - Think Or Be EP


I don't know about you waveriders, but I'm not above admitting that the reason I investigate certain bands is based solely off how interesting I find their album art.  Sure if I hit play and the music isn't any good I'll pack up my mental energies and quickly move on to the next release.  On the other hand if the music is solid, well I'll feel totally justified!  My eyes wouldn't possibly deceive me concerning matters my ears hold sway over! 

So you ask, what is the latest release my eyes have required me to experience?  That would be the Think Or Be EP from a band named Tailblock, and it's fantastic!  The Dadaist art on the cover (no, I didn't know what Dada art looked like until I google searched art styles trying to find the right descriptor) piqued my interest.  The six songs that make up the EP absolutely demanded my full attention seconds into the opening track, and I was perfectly happy to oblige.

What does Tailblock sound like?  Their Facebook and Bandcamp pages apply the terms alternative, emo, post-hardcore, and lastly the combination emotional hardcore.  In my opinion the last classification is the most accurate thanks to the band's willful blurring of genre lines.  I definitely hear the bedrock of 1990s alternative rock throughout the EP, but frankly there is too much aggression for me to draw comparisons to the emo groups of old.  Dashboard Confessional this ain't.

Anyway the title track blasts out of the gate demonstrating the power this group is projecting.  Rockin' instrumentation matched with highly emotive vocals.  "Heavy Arms" follows the same blueprint.  "Rocket" elevates the melodic elements to a towering height and is the most post-punk sounding track on offer.  "Blisters" ambushes the listener with unexpectedly harsh vocals and heavier distortion, really delivering on that post-hardcore tag mentioned previously.  Having expended vast amounts of energy Tailblock reigns in the tempo on the final two tracks, "Listen" and "100".  "Listen" lulls you into a false sense of security before the massive, sonically abrasive choruses come crashing down.  In contrast "100" sounds downright beautiful and supportive all the way through.

Give this one a shot waveriders.  I liked the Think Or Be EP when I initially heard it, and I like it more and more with each successive run-through.  What can I say?  My eyes, on occasion, know what my ears will appreciate.  Maybe your eyes and ears will be in agreement with mine.  It will only take a moment to find out!

-Penfold

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Second Coming Of Skraeckoedlan's Debut Album Äppelträdet!




Fuzz-science fiction rockers Skraeckoedlan are set to do the international release of their debut album ‘Äppelträdet’ (The Apple Tree), the 12th of October. Since its initial release 2011 in Sweden, ‘Äppelträdet‘ have been a gem hard to find. When the album was first released it reignited and marked the start of the modern Swedish stoner scene. The record will be released through The Sign Records and comes available on CD and vinyl with world wide distribution.

Äppelträdet is available for pre-order HERE

Originally recorded in 2010, in Truckfighters’ Studio Bombshelter, the album will once again see the light of day this fall, when it returns as a 180g transparent green vinyl housed in a single sleeve cover with updated artwork. A CD version with the original artwork will also be available, both versions featuring the ten seeds that grow to be the Apple Tree.

Also emerging anew are Skraeckoedlan themselves. While still singing in their native tongue, telling stories about mythological beings and cosmic wonders, having just come out of hiatus the band recently made the transition from quartet to trio. The as of now three-piece shares the following words concerning the reprint:

“The reissue of Äppelträdet is, in a somewhat allegorical sense, a celebration of what has been and to a certain extent of what still is, but it also serves as a kind of bridge to what will be. These are our roots and they grow deep.”
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Biography:

Heavy riff power trio Skraeckoedlan are telling tales draped in metaphor. Fuzzy stories buried in melody are cloned into a one of a kind copy of an otherwise eradicated species. Previously found only in Sweden, this cold blooded lizard have once again started to walk the planet that we know as earth. The extinct is no longer a part of the past. Skraeckoedlan is the best living biological attraction, made so astounding that they capture the imagination of the entire planet. 

The dinosaurs are believed to have made their first footprints on our earthen floor some 240 million years ago, during what is now known as the Triassic period. Indisputable behemoths and apex predators amongst them, they wandered freely and soared sovereign, ever evolving as the impending Jurassic and Cretaceous eras unfolded. Then, 65 million years ago, it stopped. Be it by asteroid or volcano, the dinosaurs’ fate became one shared with most species ever to inhabit our pale blue dot, extinction.

While Skraeckoedlan translates into something like dinosaur, an analogy better drawn is perhaps one to the great lizards’ descendents, the birds. In their flight there is a, quite literal, escapism to be found. A vital ingredient, encapsulating the bands very being. Although escape, it should be said, not necessarily in the sense of shying away but rather as a recipe for observation and introspection. A kind of fleeing of everyday worries in benefit of larger and hopefully more profound queries  A bird’s-eye view, if you will.

“Our music is, in addition to good fun riffery and hard hitting drums, the very lens through which we watch life”, the band collectively states. “Meaning that to a degree music is ever present. It’s how we explore and how we tell stories our words can’t comprehend. It is uncertainty and apathy, anger and frustration, joy and euphoria and all the heartfelt beauty that’s to be found in the process of creating.”

Quite a few million years later than their reptilian namesakes, Skraeckoedlan is leaving their own footprints in earth’s soil, albeit not as physically grand. Their self proclaimed fuzz-science fiction rock is an homage to the riff, vehemently echoing throughout the ages like that of a gargantuan Brachiosaurus striding freely. Equal in weight to the deafening heaviness of a Skraeckoedlan melody, these long-necked colossals further possess in their very defining feature the weapon needed for a complete experience of such melodies. Although strong neck or not, once in concert heads will, regardless of intent, be moving along. 

Through their natively sung lyrics Skraeckoedlan invites us to partake in a world of cosmic awe inhabited by mythological beings and prehistoric beasts, like the immense havoc wreaking reptilian awakening from its slumber in the polar ice caps, featured on the debut full-length Äppelträdet (The Apple Tree), or the reclusive great ape Gigantos, solemnly wandering his mountain as one of several entities on the follow-up, Sagor (Tales). Against backdrops like these, underlying themes of the aforementioned big picture-nature are being explored, much in the spirit of, and hugely inspired by, great minds such as Alan Watts and Carl Sagan, fantastic creatures in their own respective rights. Since Mr. Sagan has been briefly referenced at the outset, it is Mr Watts, musical adventurer as he was, that will begin to play us out:

 “The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.”

Still far from going extinct, releases old and new just around the corner and eras untold waiting to be explored, a statement that rings painstakingly true, as Skraeckoedlan closes with a similarly mannered reflection:

“Our volcano has yet to erupt, our asteroid has yet to fall. When our end, whatever form it may take, inevitably comes, it is with the utmost gratitude and curiosity that we’ll return to the cosmos, hopefully to be kept in its thought.”
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