Sunday, September 22, 2019

Ripple Music Brings You The Huge R.I.P. Sale, the Final Chapter of The Second Coming of Heavy, and New Album by War Cloud

We hate it when it happens, but sometimes even the best bands reach their end.  Many reasons why, but bands often split up.  At Ripple, some of our favorites have ended way too soon.  So in their honor, we're launching the R.I.P. Sale, a special 50% sale on all release from Ripple family that are no more. You'll find 50% saving on bands like Witchers Creed, Sweat Lodge, White Light Cemetery, Earthen Grave, The Flying Eyes, The Rare Breed, and more.  No code needed, discount is already applied.  We won't run this special sale forever, to pop over quickly and show your love for the recently departed.
After 3.5 years and 10 Chapters, The Second Coming of Heavy comes to it's conclusion.   10 split LP's, 20 bands, thematically-linked art.  It's been a blast.  Now, don't worry, I got something really special set to take it's place, but in the meantime, there are a scant few copies of Chapter 10: featuring The W Likes and Palace in Thunderland remaining in the shop.  A scattered few other editions may be there as well.  Don't let them get away.  Pop on over and get a piece of what many have called "one of the coolest undertakings in the heavy underground in ages."
So what's next you may ask?  How about this total heavy metal, guitar-blow out rager from War Cloud.  Their debut blew minds around the world and launched them on a trajectory that finds them touring Europe as I type this.  For the follow up they've amped up the guitars, the songwriting and the energy to bring forth an album that even surpasses their debut.  Riveting dual-guitar work, heavy, heavy riffs, melodies that actually stick in your head, and serious songwriting chops.  The first press of the debut sold out in under a month, this one won't last either.   Release date Sept 27, pre-orders open now!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Las Robertas Debuts New Video "Thunder Rider"

"Dreamlike" Track Taken from Costa Rican Group's New EP 'Together Outrageously', Now Streaming in Full via NPR
Las Robertas
(photo: Stefanie Schmid Rincon)
Hailing from San José, Costa Rica, Las Robertas (aka The Robertas) is a psychedelic garage rock band whose name draws inspiration from 60's girl groups and The Ramones. The trio's sound is equal parts 70's American and British rock, shoegaze, and indie pop from the 80's and 90's, driven by entrancing, ethereal vocals. Named by Rolling Stone as "One of the Top International Acts to Watch" at Coachella 2019, Las Robertas became the first-ever Costa Rican band to perform at the renowned music and arts festival.

Now, Popmatters premieres Las Robertas' new music video, "Thunder Rider", saying, "Dreamlike, psychedelic and infectious, the new single from Costa Rica's Las Robertas will make you grab your dancing shoes and head to the desert." "Thunder Rider" is taken from the band's new EP, 'Together Outrageously', which was released on April 5 via Rogue Wave Records. View Las Robertas' "Thunder Rider" video at this location.

"The 'Thunder Rider' video was shot in the desert of Joshua Tree, California by Berlin-based photographer and artist Stefanie Schmid Rincon," says guitarist/vocalist Mercedes Oller. "When the band made its debut at Coachella, this year, we visited one of California's national parks and shot the video, which is mainly a compilation of images and clips from the beautiful surroundings, experience, and adventures of the stay."

NPR's Latino USA debuted 'Together Outrageously' in full, saying, "'Together Outrageously' features three songs with the band’s unique yet familiar and nostalgic sound, all shedding light on their home country’s current political moment. In the title track “Together Outrageously” they sing, “There’s nothing around that can stop us now, and it feels like we’re drowning alone, but in pieces together we’ll go.” The EP premiere also features a new interview with vocalist / guitarist Oller. Stream Las Robertas'  'Together Outrageously' at this location.

Las Robertas "Thunder Rider" (official video)
Follow Las Robertas' adventures on Facebook, Instagram, twitter and YouTube.

"Costa Rican psych-rockers Las Robertas are primed to mesmerize...sunshine-laden jams" - Rolling Stone

   "During Las Robertas' gloriously heavy garage rock set, singer Mercedes Oller shouted out the fan waving the flag of their Costa Rican home. With guitars that at times fuzzed with showgaze-level distortion, their songs were punchy and smart." - Los Angeles Times
   "Las Robertas, straight out of Costa Rica, are making the kind of buzz saw pop songs we should really like regardless of gender, fringe or dubious fashion choices" - Neu!

   "With each turn of the kaleidoscope, Las Robertas' music shape-shifts to offer new ways to hear its bright, hypnotic sounds. It's a magical mosaic that dazzles...a sunny set of tunes tinged with surf-rock and psychedelia and surrounded by its hallmark sylphic vocals." - NPR

Las Robertas 'Waves of the New' 

A short documentary, filmed on tour, and in the studio, with producer Jon Greene at Rarefied Recording, and in the band's hometown of San Jose, Costa Rica.

Friday, September 20, 2019

PSYCHO SMOKEOUT 2.0 To Take Place April 18th, 2020; Lineup Includes Weedeater, The Obsessed, Acid King, Cough, And More + Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!

Behold! PSYCHO SMOKEOUT 2.0 will make its annual descent upon Los Angeles' multi-level Catch One Riff Compound April 18th, 2020!

Brought to you by Psycho Entertainment and RidingEasy Records, this year's day-long puffathon features performances from nearly two-dozen artists including North Caroline stoner metal goliaths Weedeater, Maryland doom icons The Obsessed, California stoner rock veterans Acid King, and Virginia sludge bringers Cough, with the final headliner to be unveiled later this fall. Spread across three stages, the glassy-eyed gala will include a massive vendor market and more surprises to be announced in the weeks to come.

Early bird tickets for PSYCHO SMOKEOUT 2.0 go on sale Thursday September 19th. The limited early bird tickets are a cool $39 plus fees and are expected to sellout within 48 hours of being announced. The next tier will be $49 plus fees. The final tier will be $59 plus fees. Don't sleep on this!

Nab your tickets today at THIS LOCATION.

PSYCHO SMOKEOUT 2.0 is a 420 friendly, 18 and over event.

Psycho Entertainment & RidingEasy Records Presents:
April 18th, 2020
Catch One Riff Compound
Los Angeles, California

Lineup (in alphabetical order):
Acid King
Casket Raider
Great Electric Quest
Heavy Temple
Holy Grove
India Tigers In Texas
Leather Lung
Mondo Drag
Mother Iron Horse
Mountain Tamer
Pale Mare
Salem's Bend
The Munsens
The Obsessed
The Well

Thursday, September 19, 2019

UFO Guitar Legend Vinnie Moore To Release New Album “Soul Shifter”

NYC - The follow up to Vinnie’s critically acclaimed 2015 “AERIAL VISIONS” album will be released on October 9, on his label Mind's Eye Music. Titled “Soul Shifter”, Vinnie's 9th solo album features guest appearances by legendary artists Rudy Sarzo and Jordan Rudess, with Richie Monica on drums, Michael Bean (bassist from Vinnie’s TIME ODYSSEY album), John Cassidy (Keyboards), and John Pessoni (Drums).

Vinnie is considered one of the originators of shred guitar, and has released eight influential solo albums, and six albums and a LIVE DVD as a member of rock royalty legends UFO. He’s made countless album guest appearances, and has even recorded the soundtrack for a PEPSI TV commercial. He’s been a member of Alice Cooper’s band and was opening act for RUSH on their ROLL THE BONES tour with his own band. His solo and UFO recordings as well as LIVE performances have amassed rave reviews all around the globe from both fans and music press, catapulting  him into guitar icon distinction! He has been an inspiration for fans and guitarists worldwide.

Say’s Vinnie, “I have been touring all over the world extensively with UFO and my solo band for the past 16 years. I started this album a couple years back and have been working on it religiously between tours. It’s quite different than any of my others. It has elements of things I’ve done in the past, but has gone much deeper into certain areas. There is an overall sort of contrast between energetic upbeat songs, versus ballad-like soulful ones which has always been a big part of my style. There are some Jam elements in places too. This is likely the most emotional and soulful thing I have ever done. Very moody, with lots of feel”. “I wrote a song as a tribute to Carlos Santana, called BROTHER CARLOS, and another called GAINESVILLE STATION which is a tip of the hat to Steve Gaines. Both players were huge influences on me when I was learning to play, and continue to be now”.

“He’s hands down the greatest Moore since Demi, Roger, Dudley and Mary Tyler”, and the greatest Vinnie since Vinnie Barbarino.” – Johnny JizzleJam, Planet Guitar Gods Magazine

“When something moves me, what I am feeling flows directly into music. That’s how I deal with reality. I woke up one morning to the news that Chris Cornell had passed and it really hit me hard. I went into my studio, picked up a guitar and immediately wrote and recorded MYSTIFIED. Without intending to do so, and because of what was going on around me at the time, this album in a way became a tribute to people who meant something to me. The Allman Brothers were always one of my favorite bands and I was working on a song called SOUL RIDER that was inspired by them. While writing it, unfortunately Greg Allman left us. A lot of heart went into recording that song. Also, I wrote a song called HEARD YOU WERE GONE for my friend and band mate Elliott (Dean Guitars) who left us unexpectedly a couple years back.

“There are definitely some downhearted cathartic moments on this album, but they’re balanced out with songs like KUNG FU GRIP and FUNK BONE JAM that represent the opposite side of my personality, which is my constant joking and goofball sense of humor”.

Vinnie has done hundreds of shows all over the planet, including Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Brazil, USA, as well as India, S. Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, and Canada. The UFO “Last Orders” tour began in England in March, and will continue in the USA on October 9.

“Ancient astronaut theorists suggest that Vinnie may have been spawned from alien DNA! Or at least his left index finger anyway” – Giorgio Thessaloniki, Ancient Aliens

“Solo records are a great vehicle because the canvas is totally open and I can paint whatever and wherever I want. There’s total freedom in not having boundaries. All of my influences are on the canvas, from Rock to Blues to Be-Bop to Funk, even R&B and beyond. I have always felt music deeply even before I played guitar. After I began playing, it became my vehicle to express and release what I feel inside. I love channeling my soul into melodies and songs.”

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Zex – Execute
Gretchen – Vocals, Jo – Guitar, Chris – Drums, Andreas – Bass

Execute moody heavy melodic music to just envelop you. Moving On get up bounce to the punk flavored metal music. No Where To Go Part 1 I hit the pit slam and mosh as it takes you over. Who Are You guitar feedback catchy rhythms and sing along vocals. Tell Me fast memorable riffs that just make you get up and bounce to the rhythm. Bite The Hand chugging guitars pounding drums thumping bass and punkish vocals. Firepower take a trip back to the heyday of punk rock and enjoy. External Torment catchy rhythms thumping bass pounding drums and vocals to sing with. Dehumanize fast punk hard rock with some tempo changes slow to fast. Shot Down In Fire crunchy poppy punk rock. Shine On just get up and bounce to the beat.

Sons of Famine - As Razors Gnaw Like Wolves
Patrick Clancy – Guitar, Tom Flanagan – Guitar, Zion Meagher – Bass, Garrett Schanlan – Drums, Matt McClelland – Vocals

Lord of The War Cry fast heavy aggressive rip your face off dark metal. Surge Of Steel pummels you into the ground and blow. Hail The Aggressor shredding ripping thrashing deep heavy madness. Crackling Whips Consume pounding drums thundering bass death metal vocals and crunching guitars. Exterminate hit the floor and slam away getting all your aggressions out.  As Razors Gnaw Like Wolves grabs you by the throat and slams you against the wall. Shit Tower thrashing ripping chugging violence. Cunting Gavage pounding drums thumping bass eerie guitar chords that just drag you to hell faster and faster. Vigorous Procession Of Death the gates of hell open and hordes of demons spew forth devouring all.

Necronomidol – Voidhymn
Risaki Kakizaki, Rei Imaizumi, Himari Tsukishiro, Hina Yotsuyu, Sari

Dawnslayer excellent melodic duel leads pounding rhythms and soaring vocals with thundering bass metal live on. Thanatogenesis slow dark melancholic music that builds with intensity and fist pumping riffs.  In Black strange but interesting mixture of Japanese music and rock just close your eyes and drift. Samhain just get up and dance along to the catchy rhythms. Innsmouth the sounds of storm and the music builds with an industrial feel. Psychopomp is strange with the very interesting vocals. Strange Eons is a fist in the air head banging song with scorching leads. Les Tenebres Sans Visage is a very classical into with emotional playing and a catchy rhythm. Kadath starts with a heavy riff and some interesting vocals thumping bass and pounding drums. Skulls In The Stars is gothic metal hard rock emotional music.

Illyrian – The Entity, Unknown
Scott Onofrychuk – Guitar/Growls/Shouting, Jeff Perry – Bass/Harsh Vocals, Darren May – Drums

Void grabs ahold and just pummels you into submission. Amanar Rising chugging guitars pounding rhythms growling vocals just hit the pit and slam. Grant Us Eyes eerie vocals then aggressive dark metal mayhem. Levottomus shredding ripping thrashing music to mosh by. Recipe For Disaster the music just open the pits of hell demons pour forth and devour the earth. Gwynbleidd storm sounds melancholic guitars searing leads. Xanthous thrash metal madness. The Entity Unknown charging thundering riffs chugging guitars pounding drums thundering bass and growly vocals.

Embrace Of Disharmony – De Rervm Natvra
Gloria Zanotti – Vocals, Matteo Salvarezza – Vocals/Guitar, Leonardo Barcaroli – Bass, Emiliano Cantiano – Drums

Prohoemivm Lavdito Epicvri eerie dark music envelops you add spoken words then gothic progressive. Music comes in. De Promordiis Rervm over 10 minutes of heavy psychedelic prog death that just takes you on a wild trip.  De Motv Primordiorvm Rervm interesting mixture of prog and death that just swallows your soul. De Infinitate Orbivm melodies that just seep into you as the emotions take you over into a nightmare. De Mortalitate Animae dark melancholic music that envelops you as it pulls you into a dark abyss. De Pavore Mortis celtic tones and folk sounds that are also strange and eerie. De Captionibvs Amoris music that just pulls your imagination into a dark nightmare. De Formatione Orbis classical death dark progressive tones and emotions.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Ripple Conversation With Hippie Death Cult

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?

The very first one for me that left a lasting impression was prepping for an ice hockey game as a kid and someone put “Appetite For Destruction” on in the dressing room to hype us up. It was my first exposure to it and the whole vibe and sound hit me pretty hard. I instantly became obsessed. From that day forward I started growing my hair and begging my folks for a guitar. The rest is history... I’ve had many others since, but I’ll leave it here.

So many musical epiphanies... The Cure - "Disintegration".  Faith No More - "Angel Dust". Nirvana - "Bleach". Pixies - "Surfer Rosa"... I could go on for days.

I was fortunate enough to have a “Cool Aunt” who turned me on to rock n’ roll at a young age.  I used to love when we would drive around in her car blasting Guns N’ Roses, Appetite For Destruction.  My cousins and I would dance and head bang in the back seat and my jaw dropped when I first heard Axl say “Why Don’t You Just, Fuck off”!  I loved that feeling of freedom and raw, wild energy......something I never had experienced before when I used to just listen to Weird Al and Madonna.

The first epiphany I had was in regards to Neil Young. My dad listened to him a lot when I was growing up and I just didn’t get it. I even saw Neil with Blind Melon and Pearl Jam in 1994 and being 18 years old I still didn’t get it.  It wasn’t until I had lived a little bit that I began to understand the beauty in what he offers in a song.

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

For me it’s sort of a “channeling” sort of effect. There are usually two common occurrences. One is hearing parts or entire songs in my head. I will hear the entire instrumentation, no vocals. Most commonly while I am sitting quietly in meditation or just waking up. I have six different guitars hanging on the wall right next to my bed and others scattered around the house, so I’m always covered. Another is when I really just let loose on the guitar and let my soul do the talking. At that point I’m just watching it happen. From then I typically try to organize the idea and record a demo of it. I’ll play all of the instruments as I hear them and then present it to the band and singer I’m working with to further mold and finalize it.

With vocals I like to try to respond to a riff as naturally as possible without thinking too much and find the melody, cadence, and vowel sounds before writing lyrics. Then develop and refine.

For this first album, the songs were already written by Eddie. I did however add in some of my own parts as I got to know the songs better.  I usually like to build off the existing guitar riff and hum bass lines to discover what I think sounds good.  In the past I often got some of my best ideas when I would be halfway in and out of sleep.  I’d hear the bass line running through my dream, then jump up and record myself humming so it would be captured immediately.

I never have a typical place that a melody comes from. Sometimes I hear a rhythm and will structure a beat that a riff later comes to or I hear a riff and work it out on guitar or bass and then bring drums to. Occasionally I dream a song and wake up to try to catch it before it slips away.

Who has influenced you the most?

There’s a lot to list so I’m gonna just go with the very first guys (guitar wise) that first inspired me to play and push myself as a player back when I was 10 or 11 years old. Slash was the reason I initially started playing guitar. Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, Jake... Zakk, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell also stoked the fire very early on. The fact that all of those guys (that are alive) are still going strong later in life is also really inspiring to me.
Mountains, adventures, animals, friends, family.

The first female bass player that really blew me away at a live show was Corey Parks when she was in the band Nashville Pussy.  She’s even taller than I am and puts on the most insane stage performance.  I mean, the woman blows fire into the audience mid set and is a true rock n roll queen to the core. I don’t personally perform like she does, but she has always been a huge inspiration for me to keep going with the bass.

That’s hard to say. Early on Van Halen was the prime motivator for achieving excellence for me. I also believed that anyone could accomplish what they did. I learned along my path that only they could do it their way and I had to figure out what my way is. What’s coming up for me now is Willie Nelson and here is why. He was pretty much considered a failure when he “gave up” on Nashville and went to Austin to create music for himself. He was 42 when he released Red Headed Stranger which was his break. The lesson is create music for yourself and never give up.  Don’t listen to critics. 

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

Inward. All of “my” best ideas and inspirations come as a by product of regular meditation practice or spending time alone. I do also enjoy improvising on the spot, jamming spontaneously and letting it all fly. A lot of times, those can produce some magic for me.

Experiences in nature, animals, and to anyone that tries to do something well with feeling.

Nowadays it’s so easy to watch YouTube videos of cool interviews and live footage.  Hearing about other people’s process, struggles, inspirations and vulnerabilities while also seeing their live performance serves as a huge inspiration and learning opportunity for me.  At live shows, you can find me right up front by the bass player, soaking it all up.  I love that we are all so different which is great!

I still look in the same places. I’ve never given up on my love for progressive hard rock. The bar was set so high with players from the 70’s and 80’s that I still am working on techniques these players had. So, as a music instructor I’ve been digging into my books and just hammering skills. I find through learning new tricks come new ideas

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

I think that may be only partly true in our case. Portland is a pretty amazing place that has loads of culture, music, art and nature going on. There’s a reason we all chose to live here, but at the same time I feel like we are each pretty strong willed individuals who don’t really allow outside influences to dictate who we are and what we do for the most part. One of the things I do really like and identify with is that most people here seem to be doing their music and art for the right reasons. Doing it from the heart and are not concerned with trends and fads that are going on or whether or not they will be popular. Then there is a whole cliquey, hipster type of element to the scene here to which I roll my eyes and yawn at.

I grew up in rural Oregon and have lived in Portland on and off since the mid 90s. I have a deep connection to the NW that reflects in the music through the influence of grunge and also my connection to the landscape comes out some in the lyrics. 

I grew up in Portland and was immersed in the rock world since I was a teenager going to underage shows.  Once I picked up the bass at age 19, I always felt encouraged and welcomed by the rock community.  What I’ve always liked about this town is that really, anything goes.  People here seem to genuinely be passionate about their music, loyal to their band, authentic and really don’t give a fuck if you don’t like it.  Most of us aren’t trying to follow some set formula for success.  We do this because we love it and we genuinely connect to our own songs.  It also helps that it rains here most of the year, so we are inside a lot writing, recording, practicing and playing shows.  The cold, dreary days help with the creative process. 

Well there is no way that this is not going to offend someone so to those people I say “not everything is about you”. I don’t believe that our sound comes from the city of Portland. We just happen to be here at this time. I grew up in the mountains of North Idaho in the Regan 80’s. It was a fucked up place for a sensitive kid to land.  In the middle of sawmills, social detachment and extreme prejudice. That place may have a beautiful landscape but what I was craving was social diversity, art, music, metropolis….  What I felt was disparity, intolerance, despair, disconnection.  I was angry about it, so I escaped into music.  That sets the tone for what comes out of me.  Portland is not like that at all.  It used to have this creative energy that seemed to emanate from all places at all times. We’ve tapped that out. Now there is a wave of conscience here that feels had, that feels entitled, that feels that they are owed something and that by shining a light on every persons shortcomings somehow we are proving that we are better than you. Fuck those people. I am not one of them. Portland is just where I collect my mail, for now.

Where'd the band name come from?

I stole it from a good friend of mine Luciano Ferrea, who had played bass in several bands with me in the past. He mentioned it one day and I instantly thought it was a great band name and thought of all kinds of mythology concepts that could be associated with it. Though I have my ideas of the meaning behind it, I want to keep it open ended and let people come up with their own reasons for being drawn to it.


Eddie already had the band name picked out before I joined. :)


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

Oh wow… tough to think… Maybe doing the little shred parts for Bill & Ted’s could be pretty fun. Could also see myself scoring an entire film of some sort but can’t think of a specific title..

Anything by David Lynch, Tarantino, or Werner Herzog.

I would be into doing the soundtrack for the movie Basket Case which is my favorite, super weird and funny horror film from the 80’s.

Mad Max.  The 1979 film.

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?

Of off the top of my head... I’m gonna say “Halo Of Flies” by Alice Cooper. So much amazing shit going on in there, to dissect it would take at least 1000 words.

Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew" title track. It's a 27 minute long masterpiece.

Megadeth, Holy Wars.....because Holy Shit....that song is insane! 

Saints In Hell by Judas Priest of the Stained Class album. Musically it doesn’t get much better than that. Killer riffs, great rhythm section, soaring diverse vocal melody, deep lyrical content, epic battle style solo/non solo section, sick production, full story and conclusion. These are the kinds of songs that I would love to write over and over again. Perfect.

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

In most recent memory, I’d have to say the time it took me two fucking minutes, on stage in Seattle, during a song, to figure out why my guitar wasn’t making any noise. I swapped out cables, unplugged every pedal… everything. Turns out it was the guitar. When is it ever the guitar?! A first for me. Got it all sorted just in time for the guitar solo though, it was a pretty triumphant return!

Love that movie!

My Spinal Tap moment was when I decided to do a four day Ayurvedic cleanse that involved taking a laxative on the final day.  This was right before leaving for a mini tour.  Not good on so many levels! 

I was playing a big show opening for Red Fang.  Was super excited about it and right in the middle of the first song I put a hole in my LEFT bass drum.  One of the other bands brought up a double kick pedal to use.  It fell apart on me too.  Super defeating and a huge ego blow.  I guess that is my version of the Pea Pod scene during Rock N Roll Creation.  Poor Derek.

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

I think that the four of us put a lot of work into making sure that when we come out on stage we have all guns blazing. It’s amazing experience letting your soul loose like that, and an even better one when you feel everybody’s positive energy coming back at you. It Takes you to a whole other level of existence.

Playing live or watching a band play live can be one of the best things in life. There's usually a fair to a large amount of sweat involved.

I still get super nervous before shows, mostly when they are spaced out a month apart but once I get out on tour and am playing nightly, I really start to find my groove.  I love the positive feedback loop of sharing my energy and passion with the audience who equally shares their energy and appreciation of the music back with me.  It’s a beautiful exchange! 

Each time is a really unique experience. One thing I’ve learned over the years is to have ZERO expectation of what the night might be like. I can be totally prepared and botch something big.  I can go into a show feeling very “why are we even here” and get blown away by the response of the people there.  I do my best to just enter the space with humility and determination.  Give everything that I can to the moment and not worry about wether or not someone is enjoying what we do. If I enjoy it most of the time others will too.

What makes a great song?

To me, how it makes you feel. I can’t say there’s a set formula as far as I’m concerned. All I know is I know it when I hear it.

Honesty, Originality, Talent.

If it makes you move and penetrates your soul, then its good for you! It’s an individual experience. 

Honesty.  If someone is following a formula I can smell that shit out. Fuck modern pop music. Everything is written by like 5 guys? Bullshit.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

The first one I can really remember writing all the way through was an acoustic instrumental piece. It was was something along the lines of “Blackbird” by the Beatles, or “Dee” by Randy Rhoads but nowhere near as good.

I wrote a song called "Mushroom Julius" with some friends in high school. I'll never forget that one...

Ha, well the FIRST song I ever wrote was when I was very young.  I was obsessed with Weird Al and basically wanted to be him.  So I would write my own parody songs, playing them on the keyboard and performing them for my family.  The first one I can think of off the top of my head was “Under The Toilet” inspired by “Under The Boardwalk”.

I will not. That shit was garbage. I will tell you that it made me realize that it was harder than I first thought. But I overthink things. I wish I could write like Kurt Cobain or John Lee Hooker.  Grab one fucking thought and make it your bitch.
Wouldn’t you believe it? It’s just my luck. No Recess.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

I’m really proud of this 111 album as a whole. I put a lot of work in putting this band together and a lot of heart and soul into writing these songs, recording, producing, engineering and mixing the album. It’s been a labor of love and a touching experience having it all come to fruition and seeing the positive feedback and support we’ve been getting thus far. I’m really proud and grateful to be making music with these people.

I'm proud of the whole album.

I’m very proud to be in HDC and for our debut album 111.  The guys in this band are all incredible musicians and it’s really pushed me to become better myself.  I’m looking forward to what we will create next!

When we initially recorded the material for 111 the songs were pretty new still and so a lot of what came out was more responsive than premeditated. Some of that is really cool and it captures a vibe that we had at that time. Upon further examination down the road we could see that some of that material needed to be revisited. I think that what I was able to arrange for Unborn was pretty slick. I’m proud to have that recording out there.

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

Of this newer generation of heavy rock type stuff Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats really stands out to me. Particularly their “Blood Lust” & “Mind Control” albums. They’ve just got that “something” to me that a lot of bands are lacking these days. They’re not super complex, but I find what they do really tasteful and a lot of their tunes hit the spot for me.

Helms Alee has been ruling me lately. So much originality, variety and depth. I also hear that NW influence in them which I am immediately drawn to.

Lately I’ve been exploring King Gizzard and The Wizard Lizard and I’m super impressed with how many albums they have put out in such a short amount of time as well as how diverse they all are. Their upbeat stuff is super great driving music.

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard is blowing my fucking mind. They keep coming out with new albums like every 6 months and they are doing it while not sticking to one particular genre. They are doing whatever the fuck they want at all times. I love it.

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

I might actually go with cassette tapes even though not listed, ha! I grew up on them and theres something cool about that sound. Its really nostalgic in a good way to me. I do enjoy all formats though.

I appreciate the vinyl but i mostly go digital for the instant gratification and clutter reduction.

Vinyl is beautiful and my favorite artistically but I’m always on the go, traveling, hiking, walking my dog etc, so digital is a must for me. 

I prefer vinyl for the sound, the feel, the look. I do love a great sounding CD though too. As long as it sounds good I don’t care where it comes from. I don’t have a CD player at home but I also don’t have a turntable in my car.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Weed. Never been a big drinker…

I appreciate a good Bourbon but I love Beer.

I don’t drink much anymore but I’ll take a smoky, aged whiskey on the rocks that tastes like an old leather jacket sitting by a campfire with a craft beer back to wash it down. 

Coffee with cream and sugar. Keep em coming.

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?

Music Millennium

Music Millennium

Music Millennium and Second Avenue Records will have you covered!

Music Millennium. No question.

What's next for the band?

More music, more tours, more good times, more creating, more growth.

We are already working on new songs for our second album.  We also plan to tour as much as possible and really want to get on a European tour by next year!

More of everything.

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

Thank you all for reading this and giving a shit about our band.\m/

Thank you to everyone out there who has supported our band!  We love and appreciate you all!

Be excellent to each other.


Monday, September 16, 2019

Warish streaming forthcoming full length debut ahead of release

SoCal "evil-ish" sludge-punk meets early Nirvana, Scratch Acid

Hear & share Down In Flames album (YouTube) (Metal Injection)
Photo: Greg Bojourquez

"Remember when indie rock sounded all grimy, corroded and metal-sludgy -- the last thing you'd hear in a commercial or being played at an arena show? Warish do. It's music to the ears of anyone who wants to damage their ears." -- Rolling Stone

"Warish totally rules... An awesome mixture of punk energy, biker rock fuzz, and grunge growl." -- Kerrang!

"Sludgy and punk-y at the same time, with an Iggy and the Stooges meets Misfits vibe, plus a bit of stoner rock and metal mixed in, as well." -- Consequence of Sound

Southern California trio Warish are streaming their forthcoming full length debut Down In Flames in its entirety today ahead of release via Metal Injection. Hear and share the full album HERE (Direct YouTube HERE.)

Loudwire recently premiered the lead single "Healter Skelter" HERE, Rolling Stone previously hailed Warish as a Song You Need To Know feature HERE.

Warish hit the road this month in support of the album with San Francisco stoner rock progenitors Acid King, who reissued their legendary Busse Woods album on RidingEasy on August 30th. Please see all dates below.

Imagine if early, weird Aberdeen Nirvana were crossed with low budget horror-obsessed garage-punks. You'd have sinister vibes with a visceral, twisted weirdness and bludgeoning riffs. Some might call it nightmarish, we call it Warish.

Warish is a very newly minted SoCal trio formed in early 2018 that has wasted no time making its presence known. The band formed when guitarist/vocalist and pro-skater Riley Hawk (son of skating legend Tony Hawk) and drummer Nick (Broose) McDonnell decided they wanted to try their hand at something more distinct than they'd done previously.

"We wanted to do simpler riffs and a fun live show," Riley explains. "A little more punk, a little bit of grunge... a little evil-ish."

Their sound takes cues from a variety of cool underground sounds and twists it all into an energetic and exciting fist to the face of dark fury. Hawk's effect-laden vocals hearken to 90s industrial monsters Ministry and David Yow's tortured caterwaul in Scratch Acid. The guitars are heavy and powerful, though decidedly not straightforward cookie cutter punk; more like Cobain's and Buzz Osbourne's wiry contortions. The rhythms bash and pummel right through it all with aggressive force ensuring that nothing gets overly complicated and the horrors keep coming throughout the band's uh, warlike assault.

Down In Flames will be available on LP, CD and download on September 13th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

09/20 Portland, OR @ Star Theater - Hesh Fest *
09/21 Seattle, WA @ Highline *
09/23 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater *
09/24 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
09/25 Chicago, IL @ Reggies *
09/26 Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle *
09/27 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
09/28 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place *
09/29 Boston, MA @ Sonia *
09/30 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory *
10/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *
10/02 Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall *
10/03 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
10/04 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight *
10/05 Atlanta, GA @ The 529 *
10/06 New Orleans, LA @ One Eye Jack's *
10/07 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey *
10/09 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister *
10/10 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red *
10/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite *
10/12 San Francisco, CA @ Chapel *
11/09 Austin, TX @ Levitation Fest

* w/ Acid King
Artist: Warish
Album: Down In Flames
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 13th, 2019

01. Healter Skelter
02. You'll Abide
03. Big Time Spender
04. Bleed Me Free
05. In a Hole
06. Bones
07. Voices
08. Fight
09. Shivers
10. Run-in' Scared
11. Their Demise

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