Saturday, February 27, 2021

A Ripple Conversation With Ric From Sondag

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?

 

Hi, I’m Ric. As I was a child there was Nu metal going, I can definitely remember when I first listened to bands like Korn, Slipknot, to me it was a very punchy and aggressive sound but also weird at the same time so I liked it a lot. As well as music from Queens Of The Stone Age and Rage Against The Machine, to name a few.

 

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 we start from the music. Me and Marcello make demos most of the time, and then we rehearse them with Marco and Riccardo to glue it all together. Then we write lyrics over it.

 

Who has influenced you the most?

 

It’s hard to say, because we are in general quite sensitive to many genre of music and we like to be open to new things. So I can’t just say that a particular band has more influence than another on us.

 

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

 

I think it come from listening to a lot of music, but even from watching a movie or working too much. For example if we don’t play for a few days it’s normal to pick up the guitar and write some new song.

 

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

 

We all live in a city called Piacenza, just under Milano in Italy. The city has had some venues to play in but right now they’re all closed. There are other cool bands from here but it’s difficult to have a music scene without a place to meet.

 

Where'd the band name come from?

 

It means Sunday in Danish. The reason for this is that Sunday is the last day of the week and maybe the most important. It’s the day in which you make a round up of all the things you've done and you start to think about the thing you must do the next week to improve yourself.

 

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

 

I can’t decide between a movie like Interstellar or a splatter movie, so I’d say a splatter traveling through space horror.

 

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?

 

Not one in particular, but I’d say a song from an emerging and fresh band that really needs some help to spread the word. There’s plenty articles on the big acts, they don’t need more!

 

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

 

I remember one time we had a gig in a very small bar in Hannover, the “stage” was veeeeery small and just near to the tables so at one moment Marco started to jump from a table to another. Magical.

 

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

 

Playing live is just the best thing that happen to bands, that’s the meaning of having a band and who say the opposite is a liar. You have to think about the engagement with the crowd when you write a song.

 

What makes a great song?

 

The right sounds, the essentiality of the arrangement and a good story telling.

 

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

 

I was in a pop punk band when I was a teen, so it has to be a very happy song about pizza and friends. I don’t regret anything!

 

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

 

Out last album, Stick To The Plan. I tend to like the Album more than singles, you have more room to say what you want to say.

 

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

 

Thinking of the metal scene, I like BMTH, Gojira, Stray From The Path, Code Orange.

 

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

 

Vinyl is my favorite, not for the quality, but for the fact that it’s actually a physical medium to listen to music.

 

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice

 

Whiskey, because we are the fucking peaky blinders

 

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?

 

In Piacenza the best record store is definitely Alphaville.

 

What's next for the band? 

 

We have some other tracks we’re working on, we just have to decide how to release them!

 

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

 

Thanks for this interview guys! If you have a moment, take a look to our last single “Titan” here: https://fanlink.to/sondagtitans

 

And be sure to check out our social medias too:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5LUD4DPNUeL81zhr9KPO0P?si=bb_QzscUTYuOSu3Ptqg6VQ

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCile-cqMhmBW9BzRPuI92Ww

 

https://www.facebook.com/sondag.music/

 

https://www.instagram.com/sondag.band/

 

https://sondag.bandcamp.com/

 

Thanks again guys!

Take care.


Friday, February 26, 2021

ANGEL Signs with Cleopatra Records for New Album, Takes to the Radio with Keith Roth This Sunday

Legendary Rock Band ANGEL is set to start recording a brand new album on Cleopatra Records. This will be the second album on Cleopatra and a follow up to the very successful album “RISEN” released in 2019. Founding members Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino have been working with new partner and band member, guitarist Danny Farrow to write and craft the new songs. The three recently got together and wrote 13 brand new songs and the band is super excited to get back in the studio to record. “We've written some great songs and are excited for all you guys to hear,” says Meadows, continuing “We’re recording our second album for Cleopatra records and couldn't be happier about it! They're an awesome record company and we can't wait to get started.” Says guitarist Danny Farrow, “We are all super Excited to be working with Cleopatra Records again on a follow up album to RISEN. It will be great to get back in the studio again with the band as well as working on lots of positive things for the future of ANGEL.”

 

In 2020, Angel also signed with veteran artist manager Ron Rainey in Beverly Hills, CA. “Ron is the real deal and has already done great things for Us!” Punky says. The respect goes both ways says Rainey, “I'm happy to be working with Angel again. The group is sounding great live and they are prodigious writers, testified by the success of their 2019 Cleopatra album ‘Risen.’ They are now writing songs for their next Cleopatra album and we at Ron Rainey Management are proud to be a part of their resurgence.” Part of that resurgence will be the eventual return to touring and Ron has already hired Mike Weinstein from American Artists Corporation to help bring their show to Angel fans across the USA. “We have a great team now and are looking forward to an amazing year, and of Course we'll be back out on the road to blow the roof off in a town near you!” celebrates, Meadows.

 

But you don’t have to wait long to reconnect with Angel. Tune in to hear Punky, Frank and Danny interview with the radio rocker Keith Roth this Sunday night (Feb 28, 2021) from 8:00 to 10:00 pm Eastern time on The ELECTRIC BALLROOM show on WRAT 95.9FM Click "listen live" on www.WRAT.com, or play WRAT on iHeartRadio.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Have You Seen Our Euro Webstore?

Have you seen our European webstore? It's seriously a can't miss for our European fans. Not only do you save money on shipping, you also get product faster and with less risk of it getting damaged. Seriously, check it out: https://en.ripple.spkr.media/

 

We've had this Euro store for a while now, but a lot of you guys are still buying from Bandcamp or the US shop. Here's the thing - we get the same cut from this store as we do Bandcamp. Really, we're just trying to pass on benefits to you, the fans.

 

So head over to check it out here: https://en.ripple.spkr.media/ do some shopping and tell us what you think, or if there's anything you'd change!

PS: More records are getting added to the Euro store all the time, so even if you've been before, check it out, you might find something new: https://en.ripple.spkr.media/

Don't Miss Out On Jakethehawk!

It's always interesting when a band really draws from the influence of their home in their music. Such is the case with Jakethehawk and their new album Hinterlands. Their unique brand of sprawling psych fuzz captures the imagination and you NEED to experience it by heading here and grabbing it: https://fanlink.to/Jakethehawk

 

Seriously - from the first single it was clear to us over here at Ripple that the band was tuned into something special. Hinterlands is a masterful offering not just because of the massive riffs or heart wrenching melodies, but because of the overarching sense of Appalachian magic that the band communicate.

 

Anyway - we got this thing on CD plus black and splatter vinyl variants. Both of which are gorgeous. (Check 'em out HERE) They're moving fast so if you want one, pick it up here: https://fanlink.to/Jakethehawk

 

If we didn't think you'd dig it we wouldn't put it out. So smash that button below and buy your copy today!

PS: There's literally 2 of the splatter vinyl left in stock on Bandcamp and numbers are super low on the other stores. Act now or forever hold your peace: https://fanlink.to/Jakethehawk

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A Fistful Of Questions With 20 Watt Tombstone’s Tom Jordan

     Vocalist.  Guitarist.  Gentleman & Scholar.  Soon to be author!?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to 20 Watt Tombstone’s Tom Jordan.   

 

 

What is your full name?

 

Thomas Vincent Jordan III

 

Do you have any aliases?

 

Not really, no.

 

What bands are you actively involved with?

 

Currently I am only in one, 20 Watt Tombstone

 

What was the first instrument that you played?

 

Guitar, It's really the only instrument I play.

 

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?

 

As a kid I grew up in a religious home. Rock was looked at as a bad thing, so my exposure to mainstream music was somewhat limited. My Dad taught me how to play old stuff like Bob Dylan and The Ventures, Neil Young, stuff like that. From there I discovered bands like Kiss, Van Halen, Black Flag and Metallica through other kids.  Eventually, I got a record player from my grandpa and an elder in our church gave me old blues records like Taj Mahal and Muddy Waters. His influence was huge and I owe a lot of the influence I have to the old records he would loan me every week. The hot for teacher video from Van Halen was probably the reason I wanted to play at that age, to me that video was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

 

What was the name of the first band you were in?

 

I honestly can't remember! It was a 15 year old me, a drummer who was a senior and a singer who was older and graduated. We practiced out at the older guys house and at one point I snuck out on a school night to go play a bar with them. We were awful and didn't get paid but I remember at school the next day all the other kids thought It was super cool.

 

Tell me about the genesis of 20 Watt Tombstone. 

 

I was in another band, a three piece called Meantooth Grin and Mitch (My drummer now) was filling in, we discussed starting a duo since we had a hard time finding people that could tour and play as much as we wanted to. Eventually we started this band as a joke, side project to do on the side for fun and it ended up getting a lot more attention than we intended. So we decided to record a record and take it a bit more seriously.

 

What inspired the name 20 Watt Tombstone?

 

Well, it's a long story but I will try and condense it a bit. When we started out, our name was "the Goddamns".  When we started looking at touring and tv and movie placements, the name became an issue. The biggest issue became when we tried to trademark the band name and were told by the U.S. Trademark office that you cannot legally trademark a curse word. Also around the same time, our booking agent told us that she was having some trouble booking us with the name in the bible belt. We also had several tv and movie placements get rejected because of it. So we decided to change it, however...we had no idea what to call ourselves. In an effort to seek help we asked our booker and lawyer and they recommended we ask our fans and get them involved. Make them part of the process, so we took to social media asking for name suggestions and after about 3 months of 1000's of suggestions we narrowed it down to a few we didn't hate. After running them by our lawyer and booker again we decided that the one that worked the best with our current logo would be best for branding and that name was 20 Watt Tombstone. We gave the person who chose the name a big merch package and a public post about them choosing the winner and the rest as they say, is History.  

 

You picked two amazing songs to do covers of.  What’s the process that you go through when you are picking songs to cover?

 

I have a weird theory about covers, I don't really choose them as much as they choose us. Our originals are always the priority but sometimes a cover just stands out to me. Our style is fairly odd so a lot of stuff doesn't work so well, but some lends itself really well to what we do.

 

If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why?


 

I'm pretty happy with where I am, but If I had a chance to play with anyone it would probably be some of the old blues guys like Muddy Waters, RL Burnside, Howlin Wolf. I think the level of creativity those cats brought to music would be a blast to just be around and maybe learn from.

 

Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?

 

Not really, though I am jealous of some of the amazing songwriters out there like Amigo the Devil, Shawn James and Brother Dege. Those guys draw from something that few people do anymore. It's truly a gift to speak to the soul the way they do and just to have a small piece of that level of artistic creativity would be pretty great in my opinion.

 

Do you have any non-rock/metal musical inspirations?

 

Absolutely, most of my musical inspirations are not metal honestly. Metal was a huge part of my childhood and I am a metal head at heart but there is so much great music out there I have a hard time not enjoying all of it. I love old country by the greats like George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, WIllie Nelson, etc. Those guys were bad asses in a time that music was changing in some cool ways. I also love hip hop and soul, funk, and blues music. I am as likely to be listening to Mos Def and Charlie Patton as I am to listen to Lamb of God and Prince. I also love women like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald. I am really all over the map. Only thing I hate really is pop country.

 

What’s a pop song that you'd like to do a cover of?

 

I have always wanted to cover "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish.

 

What band have you played with that has really impressed you with their live show?

 

Man, there are so many. If I had to pick one I would say Mothership. Those guys are on point every damn night and their live show might be one of the best out there. Super nice guys too. There are so many great bands we have had the honor to play with though, it's hard to pick just one!

 

Do you have a favorite venue to play at?

 

This is another tough one. We play so many cool spots all over. I would say at home here in Wisconsin our local dive bar Polack Inn is home. They are family and we love it there. Otherwise Burns Alley Tavern in Charleston SC, The Thirsty Devil in Tupelo MS, Limelight in San Antonio TX, The Skylark Social Club in Charlotte NC, as well as High Noon Saloon and Lyric Room here in Wisco are all great spots too. Again it's really tough to pick one. We are very blessed to work with all really great venues lately.

 

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

 

Not really, vocal warm ups sometimes. Mitch has one for sure. He has become somewhat infamous for his "Pre-show dump."  He takes one before every show and posts from the bathroom about the show. We have rolled up to shows and had total strangers ask if he's taken his pre-show dump yet. It's Crazy. He's become famous for pooping.

 

What is your favorite thing about touring?

 

It's hard to say. It's definitely not something that's for everyone. It's a lot of driving and sleeping in odd places, getting lost and dealing with some very unique problems, but I wouldn't change anything. I've been blessed to be able to do what I love for a living and even on its worst day it's better than any day job I have had. For me it's the travel, the adrenaline of a good show, the burn in your skull from loud amps when you fall asleep at night. Mostly I love the fact that we get to meet so many people and hear their stories, get to know them. We have really seen the best and the worst of people out on the road but it's refueled my belief in humanity. I have met strangers who have fed us, helped us fix our van, given us gifts, and let us stay with them. There are truly some amazing caring people out there in the world if you look hard enough.

 

What is your least favorite thing about touring?

 

Easily missing my Wife. The hardest thing I do every tour is say goodbye to her but she is amazing and supports what I do. She's a lifer like me and gets it. I lucked out finding her.

 

Is there a city that you love to hit while on tour?

 

Tupelo MS is probably our favorite spot in the U.S. outside of home. They love us there and have embraced us like family. We now have a ton of very close friends and road family there and it's always a spot we look forward to. My wife and I plan on renewing our vows there after travel is safe again.

 

What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had on the road?


 

I have a lot honestly! Probably too many to list and most probably are a little too strange to publish. I am actually in the process of writing a book and that will contain all of them in detail. However one that comes to mind was in Mississippi somewhere (I'll refrain from naming the city), we had an off day and did a house show that turned out to be a meth house. That one got very interesting and at one point a gun was discharged. Crazy night. I'll leave it at that. 

 

The year is 1991.  Where are you at and what are you listening to? 

 

Motorhead and Prince most likely.

 

What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business?

 

There is a lot I would say but I will keep it to the basics.  I am 44 and it took me years to learn what I have but I still have a ton to learn. Biggest thing is lose the ego, that ends careers quickly. Second is be nice, to everyone. You never know who is going to be that person that can change everything. Be nice to the drunk guy in the front row, the booker, the other bands, all of em. Be the band that when your name comes up people say "wow those guys are sweethearts". Nobody likes an asshole. Third thing I would say is there is no substitute for elbow grease. Work hard and someday someone will take note. Nothing in life comes easy and that is especially true in the music biz.

 

What is an absolute band killer?

 

Ego probably, that and shitty girlfriends. Those two will get your ass in trouble quick!

 

What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?

 

Oh boy hahaha! I think two weeks?That was way back when we first started touring. Now it's much easier to shower than in the early days. We actually have a hazing list we make new merch guys do before they can get paid at the end of the tour and on that list one of the things is to not shower or bathe for a week, if we had to do it we figure they need to experience that too.

 

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?

 

I actually am 3 credits from a bachelors degree in behavioral psych and 4 credits away from one in Religious studies.

 

What are two things that people absolutely need to know about Wisconsin?

 

1) Our winters are brutal

 

2) Our winters are brutal

 

Is the Fistful of DOOM show in the top 10 of your favorite music podcasts?

 

duh.

 

Do unicorns sleep standing up?

 

I heard they build cocoons out of dead kittens and party liquor and dream about murder and cotton candy in them, but that is all "alleged", you understand. Remains to be seen.

 

What are a couple of bands that Pete the dog likes to jam to (outside of 20 Watt Tombstone, of course)?

 

Hahaha! Pete hates loud noise (except when he is making it of course) but he seems to enjoy Beyonce and Slayer in equal measures.

 

You’re driving cross-country and you can only listen to one album the whole time.  What album will it be?

 

That is a tough one! I would have to go with good driving music and for driving you can't beat Waylon Jennings. I will have to cheat a bit and say the Nashville Rebel Box set for that one. :-)

 

You are writing a book about your life thus far.  What is the title of that book?

 

No title yet, Still working on it. Hopefully I will have a title soon though.

 

What is your favorite song by Taylor Swift?

 

Probably "Love Story", I'm a sucker for a good love song and say what you will, she does love songs and break up songs well.

 

Motorhead or AC/DC (if you had to pick one)?


 

Motorhead for sure, although Mitch and I do love to scream the words to "Let me put my love in you" by AC/DC while in the van.

 

Doobies or Boobies (if you had to pick one)?

 

Boobies, long as they are my wife's, but really...You should be able to have both. :-)

 

Waffles or Pancakes (if you had to pick one)?

 

Waffles. Especially if they are from Waffle house.

 

Star Wars or Star Trek (if you had to choose)?

 

Star Wars, the defense rests.

 

Favorite band t-shirt you own?

 

Ha! Another tough one. I would have to say either my Goddamn Gallows one that says "Y'all motherfuckers need Jesus" or my Kiel Grove one that says "If you don't like Randy Travis Fuck you"

 

Favorite meal?

 

Vietnamese or vegan food is something I am always on the lookout for. Having no gallbladder I don't do a ton of meat.

 

Favorite book?

 

I have a few, American Psycho and The Last Temptation of Christ are probably the two I have consistently loved the longest. Lately, I am loving Cab Log by Dege Legg.

 

Favorite movie?

 

Scarface with Al Pacino, a close second would be Taxi Driver.

 

Favorite album?

 

It's so hard to pick Just one! Lately I would say Sturgill Simpson's "Sound and Fury" has been on constant repeat. That would be my pick currently.

 

 

     This has been one of the most entertaining interviews that I have had the pleasure of doing. I laughed out loud several times.  Massive thanks to Tom for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate it.  If you are looking for some top shelf bluesy rock (and why wouldn’t you be?) then look no further than 20 Watt Tombstone.  Check out their latest ep Year of the Jackalope to wet your whistle and chase that with their split with Left Lane Cruiser... Death Blues vs. The Dirty Spliff. 

 

 

~El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle Jameson from The Fistful of DOOM show)

 

 

https://20watttombstone.bandcamp.com/album/year-of-the-jackalope

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Xroadie Files

Incursion - The Hunter E.P.

Steve Samson – Vocals, Maxx Havick – Guitars, Michael Lashinsky – Guitars, Stone Jamess – Bass, Buddy Norris - Drums

 

The Hunter: Prologue/Warrior Of Destruction majestic rhythms searing leads that just envelop you. Guiding Faith Gothic chants powerful riffs scorching leads with soaring vocals and pounding drum fist pump and head bang. Fade To Black chugging riffs thundering bass pounding drums soaring leads and catchy rhythms stand as one fist pump chant and head bang. Kingdom Of The Dead the majestic heavy metal just envelops you as it takes you away into your imagination with amazing musicianship and great vocals. The Hunter: King Of All The Land stand as on and get ready to take on the world.

 

 

Becoming – In The Name Of God/ Sonic Revelations

Band members - ????

 

Through The Now powerful vocals thundering rhythms with crunchy guitars and thumping bass screaming leads fist pump and slam. The pit In The Name Of God pulls you into the dark depths of your fears and dreams. Powerlines thundering drums pounding bass strong vocals with crunchy riffs. Wish thundering bass crunchy chugging rhythms with screaming leads and gruff vocals. Far From Reality crunchy riffs c=screaming leads pounding drums thumping bass head band and fist pump. Temporary Existence crunchy guitars searing leads thundering drums with pounding bass and powerful vocals.

 

 

Collapse Under The Empire- Everything We Will Leave Beyond Us

Martin Grimm, Chris Burda

 

Ark of Horizon close your eyes and float along the majestic melodies and emotions. Red Rain takes you deep into the imagination and thoughts of your minds eye. Seven floating on a cloud of melodies just drift along. Resistance takes you into your dreams and thoughts with many emotions. Destruction close your eyes and dream. Everything We Will Leave Beyond Us pulsating space rock that takes you out in your imagination. A New Beginning just let the amazing musicianship flow thru you s it envelops your spirit. A New Earth lost in thoughts f dreams space time and emotions.

 

 

Qilin – Petrichor

Frédéric B. -Guitar, Benoît C. -Bass, Mathieu G. -Drums, Thomas V. -Guitar

 

Through The Fire crushing chugging riffs pounding rhythms screaming guitars that just slam at your very being. Labyrinth slowly slithers at you as it pulls you in and picks up that pace just get ready to rock. Cold Pine Highway dark heavy melancholic metal music. Sun Strokes The Wall close your eyes and drift away in your inner mind as the excellent musicianship takes you away. Myrmidon’s Big Jam pounding drums thundering bass chugging guitars with scorching leads. Head Of Medusa slow dark and melancholic.

 

 

Serpents- Anima

Karyn Crisis, Luciano Lamanna

 

Ecate Celeste pulsating rhythms dark demonic vocal that pull you into the depths of hell. Incantesimo lost in the blackness of you're minds eye. AlphaOmega drifting along in space and time till driven to madness. Requiem melancholic tones envelop your soul. Your Cold Embrace just try and survive the darkness that envelops you. Centrum floating away in despair and dementia.

 

-Xroadie

Monday, February 22, 2021

Announcing The Ghost Road Fest!

6th November 2021 - London https://ghostroadfest.bigcartel.com/product/ghost-road-fest-london

7th November 2021 - Leeds https://ghostroadfest.bigcartel.com/product/ghost-road-fest-leeds

 

Ghost Road Fest is a multi city two day festival with a mission to offer opportunity to the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming bands, provide mentorship programmes, and paid work experience to young adults from underprivileged backgrounds who are interested in a career in the music industry.

 

The festival’s ethos strongly supports inclusivity, creativity, gender equality, and opportunities for the young.

 

The festival will offer proportional representation with a hope to stimulate the underground music scene post Covid-19. The two shows will help the up-and-coming bands gain a further reach with their music, and a chance to play to a larger and different audience outside of their hometown alongside national DJs performing at the events; opening doors to networking opportunities to artists, interns and audience members alike.

 

Inclusivity

 

Ghost Road Fest encourages everyone who loves and has a passion for music to come along to an exciting, safe, inclusive festival in the name of live music.

 

Creativity

 

Music by nature is creative, Ghost Road Fest solidly promotes the UK’s most exciting up and coming artists in an intimate environment.

 

Opportunity

 

Ghost Road Fest supports not only up and coming artists but creatives within the industry too by offering a mentorship programme and paid work experience. It opens opportunities for young people (18-25 years old) to work first hand within a live music situation at a festival inaugural year.

 

Gender Equality

 

Proportional representation is at the heart of everything Ghost Road Fest stands for, both artists and crew are fairly represented with an equal split throughout.

 

Aspirational

 

The festival aims to encourage young people to one day host their own events and work within the music industry.

 

Festival Partners

 

Kycker

Blackstar Amplification

Vocalzone

Piston Head Foundation

These Bloody Thieves

The Zine

Knight PR

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...