Friday, July 19, 2019

VOID VATOR Debut New Single in Advance of New Album on Ripple Music

VOID VATOR brings their massive metal to RIPPLE MUSIC

High-adrenaline Los Angeles metal four-piece to release new album in 2020, debuts celebratory new single "Nitrus" today via Riff Relevant

Fire Down Below - Ignition Space Cruiser video

Ripple Music, following the"can't stop, won't stop" philosophy of churning out untouchable heavy music, has signed Los Angeles metal quartet Void Vator, a band who merge elements of classic, rapid-fire American metal with the massive, chunky riffs and thick tones of today's best stoner rock, all topped with utterly infectious, singable vocal hooks that make for an unforgettable blend of heaviness.

Formed in December of 2014, Void Vator built their approach on hard-hitting rock riffage rather than the stoned vibes of many of their peers, and quickly developed a reputation as a take-no-prisoners live act.

Following the creation of debut EP, Dehumanized  (July, 2017) with Grammy-nominated producer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Deftones, Metalocalypse) and 2018's Stranded EP, produced by the world-renowned Bill Metoyer (Slayer, DRI, Bodycount), along with countless tours, the band are ready to take the metal world by storm heading into 2020.

On joining forces with Ripple Music, Void Vator guitarist Erik Kluiber (ex-Gypsyhawk) says:

"Ripple Music has been on my radar for years, ever since they signed Mothership in 2013.  Once Void Vator started touring and releasing music, we were on the lookout for a label that was interested in promoting and working new rock music.

After building our reputation and both proving and improving Void Vator's live show on the road, we won the confidence and respect of mutual friends of Ripple Music who put in a good word for us.

[Ripple CEO] Todd Severin and I got in touch after the Void Vator "Skeleton Crew" tour of Spring 2019.  He expressed excitement regarding our approach to rock music and old school road work ethic.  I told him of the band's desire to partner a fair deal with a forward-thinking label whose primary focus is pushing new music in the rock genre.

Void Vator worked out a fair no frills contract with Todd and Ripple Music in the best interest of both parties.  We're excited for what the future holds in our new partnership.

Our first single with Ripple Music is a rework of Dick Dale's "Nitrus" as a summertime teaser for the forthcoming album.  "Nitrus" is a hidden gem that was a banger on the road, showcasing the upbeat high energy, guitar theatrics, and good times approach that Void Vator has become known for across the country.

Please enjoy this summertime wave ripper and have a drink with us this August when Void Vator tours the West Coast with the legendary Slough Feg and Sanhedrin."

Void Vator's rendition of "Nitrus" is now streaming here at Riff Relevant, and will be available as a pay-what-you-want download via the Ripple Bandcamp as of this Friday, July 20th, and via all major streaming services.

And look for news on Void Vator's forthcoming album soon!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

A Ripple Conversation With Dylan Evanik Of Crooked Spies

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?

Hitting us right in the nostalgia feels to kick the interview off. I can dig. There have definitely been quite a few moments over the years where you kind of get tipped upside down and everything you thought you new about music changes. In our household we were fortunate enough to have parents that abided by the rule that music needs to be played loud. Stemming from that was a endlessly available catalogue centred around classic rock and blues.

I can honestly say that my earliest memory of the impact of music came when I was four years old. I was riding shotgun with my dad cruising in an old truck through the winding roads of Salt Spring Island. I remember the wind ripping through my hair and The Tragically Hips “Little Bones” blaring. It was the first feeling I ever had of music creating an atmosphere, complimenting your environment and making you feel a certain way. In that moment I was the baddest 4 year old around.

In terms of putting us on the path we are on now my brother Steven is to blame for that. In our formative teenage years we were dedicated to punk and pop-punk having departed a bit from the classics. Steve was an avid collector of epitaph artists and of course the Punk o Rama compilations. Punk o Rama 8 was the tipping point. Thickfreakness by The Black Keys was on that album. That was an absolute mind fuck. This savagely dirty blues rock song in the midst of a dedicated punk compilation series. It kind of opened our eyes to being able to explore all aspects of rock and blues shaping them into whatever context you see fit. It seems so obvious now that you can write any type of song you want but at the time we were young and following the pop-punk trend. Thickfreakness definitely threw a wrench in that.

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?

O man. It varies wildly. In general I’ll have a riff first but occasionally a melody or a line will weasle its way into my brain and I can’t stop humming or singing it until its documented in some way, shape or form. Usual via a voice memo. Often times these lines become the hook or the chorus of a song. I have a deep catalogue of random one liners that I can use in times of lyrical trouble.

In many cases I’ll have the majority of a song put together (riff wise). Try to lock down lyrics for a chorus. From here I try to figure out what it is I’m actually trying to say and then write the verses. Most of the time bridge parts are a communal effort when we start going through and putting the song together as a band.

Who has influenced you the most?

This is a tough question. I mean so many bands over the years have influenced each of us in different ways. I like to think all of it finds its way into our songs one way or another. In terms of Crooked Spies it really is all over the map. We definitely are influenced by all that rock music has to offer. The Black Keys, The Raconteurs, Queens of the Stone Age, Attack in Black, Hot Water music, Zeppelin.

I asked the boys for one band each. One band each that really speaks to their soul. One band each that really encompasses the sound and mind of Crooked Spies. I guess we are the product of these four bands and these four bands only.

Lou Bega -Dylan Evanik
Prozzak - Steven Evanik
Vengaboys -Aaron Samson
Savage Garden - Mark Lawlor

Can you hear it?

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

Lately I’ve been obsessed with finding new bands via KEXP and programs like audiotree via the YouTube. Seeing all the amazing new music flowing out of independent bands with ever diminishing budgets and the “decline” of rock music is definitely a motivator for us.

I think another thing that keeps driving us is the community we are apart of and how gosh darn inspiring and motivating the wealth of local talent is that we are fortunate enough to see perform here on a nightly basis. In Canada it’s always about the bigger markets like Toronto or Vancouver, but man, the bands Calgary currently has to offer include some of the rawest talent around. I don’t know if it is an underdog mentality or that commercial aspirations aren’t as prevalent or obtainable here but it’s a good time to be into live music in Calgary. It definitely makes you want to keep improving and pushing you forward.

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

Sick segway alert. Calgary, AB, Canada. Such a beautiful city located in the foothills just east of the Canadian rockies.  Alberta is known for Cowboys and country pumpkins but we have an absolutely stellar indie music scene and art community. It is a pretty tight knit group but it is an extremely welcoming bunch. A huge part of the success we’ve had to date is from this open arms policy that seems to exist throughout the scene. The emphasis was never on genre here. Everyone has always been super welcoming of all types of music. When we first started psych rock and folk seemed to be prominent throughout the scene. I think we’ve been influenced by some of this to a degree.

We are super fortunate to have some local staples in terms of venues that have somehow persisted through constantly changing economic situations and the social relevance of live music in the city. The Palomino, Broken City, The Ship & Anchor, etc. all have really been the backbone of our music community over the years and I think contribute greatly to the success of every band trying to cut their teeth here. Each of these venues has the best staff in the world and give artists the opportunity keep growing even when the business itself might be hurting. These spots value live music and without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. I think this also permeates through into our music in ways.

Where'd the band name come from?

No good story here. We smashed words together for a couple weeks until someone thought Crooked Spies sounded reasonably cool.

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

Man I don’t know. Lets say something with Bradley Cooper in it? A high grossing movie so we get paid yo!

Wait, wait ,wait. I think I actually figured it out. Bill and Ted’s upcoming blockbuster Face the Music. We could help the Wyld Stallyns out with some modern rock vibes. Do a little tappin’ if we need to. Most Excellent indeed.

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?

Shit man. Is this high school or Uni all over again? I thought we were done with essays. I did take a history of Led Zeppelin course. I did write an essay in it. So let's go with Since I’ve Been Loving You from Zeppelin III.

This songs dynamics and its ability to utilize tonal shifts and volume expression to create suspense is something all bands strive for. It’s an emotional song. Every member absolutely crushes it. Plants vocals are haunting. Pages guitar is so damn silky. The solo is savage. It takes their blues influence to a new place. The song is 7 minutes in heaven.

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

Well our original drummer Luke died in a bizarre gardening accident so I guess that is the closest thing.

One of the most badass moments we’ve had as a band was last summer at a music festival called FrogFest. It was this super dope outdoor stage with about 300 people around a massive bonfire. Near the end of our set we brought up a bunch of good friends to jam out on a Raconteurs song called Level. Legal and illegal substances were passed around the entire jam. It felt pretty darn good to solo with a rollie hanging off my lip and some great friends all around. 10/10 would do again.

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

I mean this is why we do it. Nothing touches playing live music with your friends. For me it’s the ultimate release after a hard week of work. I can’t be certain but for our fans I think it’s similar. I think it’s a release for them as well. Our approach to playing live is very natural. It’s a raw, unrehearsed and honest show we put on. We never stop. It’s full on for however long we get. I think that our fans appreciate the energy and the honesty that comes with our live experience.

What makes a great song?

Three chords and the truth. Duh.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Man I honestly can’t remember the first song I wrote.

It definitely wasn’t a bruting pop-punk song about trying to get girls.

It almost certainly wasn’t embarrassing or a terribly written piece of burning garbage.

It definitely didn't have a lame name like Mystery or something.

One of the lines definitely wasn’t “ You’re hiding behind a mysterious mask”.

If only I could remember.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

I can speak for everyone and say we are proud of everything that we have put out. It’s pretty cool to go back to our first album, which was more so a spattering of songs written by Steve and I in the infancy of the band and compare it to what we are currently writing. It’s rad to see the evolution we have all gone through as artists and songwriters. Tastes change. Styles change. But it all fits in the context of Crooked Spies.  The songs we are currently writing are a bit more cohesive, but just like the previous albums each has its own voice and distinct sound. It definitely changes daily what songs I think are good and what songs I’m a bit over. If I had choose right now I would say beginnings/wandering is a tune we are particularly fond of. It really encompasses all aspects of our sound and is a beast of a tune. On the album it is two songs but it was originally written as one song. Everyone shines in parts of this song. Steven’s solo at the end of wandering is my favourite thing he has ever done.

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

The War on Drugs. Nothing better on a road trip. Crazy tones.

PUP is on another level. Lyrics range from hilarious to insightful. Damn can Stefan string a sentence. Best gang vocals ever.

Idles is a band I’ve been obsessing over lately. Colossus is colossus.

The Dirty Nil. Savage Canadian Rock.

Cloud Nothings. Dope.

Queens of the Stone age. Nuff said.

The Raconteurs. Just the best rock band in the past decade. So pumped for this new album. Definitely something rock could use right meow.

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

Vinyl at home. Digital almost everywhere else. CD’s in my aux port and the radio frequency adaptor sounds like garbage.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice


It doesn’t make me spew…

Well at least not as immediate.

Sidestory: I think I am subconsciously deterred from drinking whisky. I was 16 years old at a party. Some fine young thugs decided to rob the house in which the party was at. Loaded on Jack, I may of had a few choice words for these upstanding citizens and that put me on the receiving end of a pretty vicious beating via batons. Turns out Jack Daniels is hella good at suppressing pain. I honestly didn’t feel anything until the morning after and my biggest concern was losing my hat. Since that day though I just can’t keep the whisky down. Sorry Jamesons. Sorry JD.

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?

Calgary, AB, Canada!

Sloth Records is super rad. Recordland is a blast from the past. Heritage Posters and music is super cool.

What's next for the band?

The same thing we do every year pinky. Try to take over the world.

We are releasing a new single ‘Chasing Light’, March 29th, 2019. It’s definitely more reflective of our pop-punk influence.

This summer we have some super fun shows booked and we our getting the opportunity to play some bigger stages. 

We are beginning to put together our next full length. Hopefully she will be wrapped up this fall.

Western Canadian tours are in the midst of being booked for late September and October. 

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

Thanks for reading. Thanks to Ripple Music for showing interest in indie music. Check out some tunes.

Keep it steezy, keep it breezy, have fun and this shit will be easy.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Deorc Absis – The Nothingness Transfiguration
Claudio Miniati – Vocals, Alessandro D’Antone – Guitar, Marcello Tavernari – Bass, Marco Taiti – Drums

Stasis just grabs you by the throat and drags you into the depths of hell. Epanastasis eerie sounds envelop you as the darkness closes in on your imagination. Metamorphosis just get ready for the hordes of hell to rise and devour your very soul.

Gravefields – Embrace The Void
Alan Hurley –Guitar/Bass/Drums/Samples/Programming, Thomas Blanc – Vocals

Psychoactive Rites just rips and tears at your very innards. Sulphur Injection hell opens up and just tries to devour your soul. Chemical Rampage hard heavy demonic shredding of flesh. Mind Leech ripping tearing shredding crashing burning evil. Voices Above the earth splits open and the minions of hades pour forth. The Devils Breath slow heavy demonic evil breath that just sears your very essence. Psychonauts Inferno blackness surrounds and envelops you as it pulls you into dementia. Narcotic Warfare dark dreary fast heavy demonic death metal madness. Void just hang on for your life.

Black Tape Suicide – Ignition
Mia Theresa Endler – Vocals, Bernhard Paul Weber – Guitar, Christopher Fitz – Drums, Wolfram Leiner – Bass

Pills chugging riffs screaming guitars pounding rhythms and powerful vocals just rock out.  Bloody Valentine grab your air guitar and riff away as you groove to the rhythm. The Hidden One just stand up and rock n roll.

Dizzy Mystics – Wanderlost
Kyle Halldorson – Vocals/Guitar, Alexandre Joyal – Guitar/Vocals, Jeffrey Laird – Drums/Vocals, Aaron Bacon – Bass/Vocals

Letter a very progressive jazzy song with many flowing musical tones. Shindigjig fast beats chugging guitars and catchy rhythms just enjoy the ride. Fallasophy close your eyes and take a wild psychedelic jazzy trip. The Frequent See Consistent Seas interesting rhythms take you over with some strange psychedelic tones that just flow all around you. The Anti Dream a fast punkish progressive psychedelia tune. The Scythe Pendulum Swing very slow jazzy bluesy tune with loads of emotions. Diamond Duller a very strange musical journey thru the very recesses of your mind. Jaunter melodies just flow thru and around your senses. Rester (Analog Chameleon) close your eyes and take one magical musical trip. Wanderlost over 11 minutes of a strange psychedelic jazzy journey thru time space and your imagination.

Beaten By Hippies – ST
Stephane Legat, Christophe Collin, Bruno Jacobs, Stephane Verbeurgt

Velvet Hills chugging riffs gruff vocals with added melodies and bluesy feeling. Space Tail scorching leads catchy rhythms and sing along vocals. Blue Rose has a bluesy feel with some great bass solid drums and slow crunchy guitars. Rock n Roll close your eyes and just take an excellent musical journey. Beaten By Hippies psychedelic music to just trip away with. Breathe Slow crunchy riffs pounding beats thumping drums and emotional vocals slow and steady. More Is More is a fist pumping head banging riff that just takes you over get up and rock out. Dust slow guitar melodies flow all around as they work their way into your very imagination as the song gets heavier. Cabron take a trip back to the hard rock psychedelic 70s and just get ready to rock out. Tomahawk a heavy riff that just takes you over and it grooves along.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Brocken - Demo

4 piece from Freiburg, Germany

Two track demo coming in at just under 20 minutes. Pay what you want, on Bandcamp.

Can't wait to hear more from them.

Bulwarks of Canvas - low end starts us out chugging along. enters the clean Type O vocals nice and slow. As the verse carries on the vocals vary, frying a bit then in the chorus there is some growling to add to it but it works. Dark, doomy and spooky.

The Castle - Two minute instrumental opening and they right into the topic of the song. Great guitar work near the end. Longer than your normal doom metal song but very well done and no filler.

Down tuned guitars and crunchy sounds. But also clean, clear and crisp. They float nicely between it all.


Monday, July 15, 2019

RIVERS OF NIHIL To Kick Off North American Live Takeover, Including Summer Slaughter Tour, Next Week

Pennsylvania technical death metal outfit RIVERS OF NIHIL is preparing to embark on an extensive North American summer tour next week. July 17th through 19th will see the band playing a trio of headlining shows with support from Lorna Shore and Brand Of Sacrifice on their way to this year's Summer Slaughter tour.

Summer Slaughter sees RIVERS OF NIHIL out with Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, The Faceless, Nekrogoblikon, Lorna Shore, and Brand Of Sacrifice, as well as the winners of the Headbang For The Highway contest for each show from July 20th through August 14th. From there, the band will play four more headlining dates through August 19th (with support again from Lorna Shore and Brand Of Sacrifice). See all confirmed dates below.

RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Lorna Shore, Brand Of Sacrifice:
7/17/2019 Tiger Room - Louisville, KY
7/18/2019 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
7/19/2019 The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Cattle Decapitation, Carnifex, The Faceless, Nekrogoblikon, Lorna Shore, Brand Of Sacrifice + Headbang For The Highway winners:
7/20/2019 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
7/21/2019 Royal Grove - Lincoln, NE
7/22/2019 Wildwood - Iowa City, IA
7/23/2019 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
7/24/2019 The Forge - Joliet, IL
7/25/2019 Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
7/26/2019 Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
7/27/2019 Heavy MTL Festival - Montreal, QC
7/28/2019 Opera House - Toronto, ON
7/29/2019 The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
7/30/2019 Oddbody's - Dayton, OH
7/31/2019 Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
8/01/2019 Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY
8/02/2019 Fete Ballroom - Providence, RI
8/03/2019 One Centre Square - Easton, PA
8/04/2019 SoundStage - Baltimore, MD
8/05/2019 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
8/06/2019 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
8/07/2019 The Firmament - Greenville, SC
8/09/2019 Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX
8/10/2019 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
8/11/2019 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
8/13/2019 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
8/14/2019 1720 - Los Angeles, CA
End Tour
w/ Lorna Shore, Brand Of Sacrifice:
8/15/2019 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
8/17/2019 Jakes Sports Cafe - Lubbock, TX
8/18/2019 Vino's - Little Rock, AR
8/19/2019 The Citadell - Indianapolis, IN

RIVERS OF NIHIL will be touring in support of Where Owls Know My Name, released in March of 2018 via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted on the Billboard and Canadian music charts at #3 Top New Artist Albums (Billboard / US), #9 Current Hard Music Albums (Billboard / US), #57 Top 200 Current Albums (Billboard / US), #61 Top 200 Albums (Billboard / US), #50 Top 200 Chart (Canada), and #10 Top Hard Music Charts (Canada) upon its first week of release. Named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire, Exclaim, Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, and many other media outlets, Where Owls Know My Name can be previewed and purchased at: View the band's latest video for the album's title track at THIS LOCATION.

"...not only a fresh breath of air for death metal but metal in general. The record promises extravagant technicality that is fascinating and entertaining." - Metal Injection

" of the best progressive death metal albums in years..." -

"...a behemoth accomplishment from an already accomplished band." - Invisible Oranges

"RIVERS OF NIHIL could well be the next heirs to the heavy prog throne." - Louder Sound

"A genuine classic." - Sputnik Music

Sunday, July 14, 2019

A Sunday Conversation With Ian Blurton Of Ian Blurton's Future Now

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 Monkees and Banana Splits on TV, getting Raw Power for my 16th birthday from my one of my sisters, seeing ELP live (my 1st show), 1st time plugging into a killer amp.

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?

Doesn't seem to happen the same way every time so the inspiration can start with a guitar riff, drum pattern, a vocal idea or silence.

Who has influenced you the most?

Jimi Hendrix

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

I look back to the masters and continue to search out New Horizons. I find music easily inspires me to make music but also get off on art, design and long walks in the snow.

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

From Toronto, on a lake surrounded by concrete, cranes in the sky and skyscrapers blocking out sunlight. Frozen half the year and for sale. Our music reflects in the lake.

Where'd the band name come from?

 The MC5

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


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?

Machine Gun/Jimi Hendrix. There is so much to say about the song because there is so much unsaid.
For me it's one of the greatest guitar performances of all time.

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

There are many, been playing,live since '82. A gig bag going up in flames when a candle fell into it 
right after the singer turned his 5 foot home made fluorescent cross upside down onto the stage comes to mind.
Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

Live music is the best, it only lasts as long as it's happening and then is gone. There is a freedom in that I love. The experience of being there, watching a band and taking in the vibrations rules. You are either in the moment or you are out.

What makes a great song?

Perfect timing and a perfect storm. The best ones just happen and no one knows how so people make up songwriting rules so they think they know.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

It involved a MXR microchorus, a right handed guitar played upside down and a Musicman amp in the basement of a hippie house of high school friends who had painted Helter Skelter on the awning of the front porch. Song was called Lullabies, sort of a post punk Love Like Anthrax flomp that utilized the clock strikes twelve harmonic part ripped directly from Cheap Trick. Not very good.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

I've been very fortunate to work with and learn from incredible musicians and am equally proud of   most of the work I've done because of it. Recently I got to play guitar on a new Twink record and it was a gas!!

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

I'd say Motorpsycho are probably my favourite current band in that they have great songs, are willing to try almost anything and they just rip.

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

Honestly I love music in all forms and although I grew up on vinyl and collect to a certain degree I'm good with any format.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Apple juice. Straight from the can. Chilled in a snowbank.

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?

We have great record stores here so it's hard to choose one but I love Stained Class, Rotate This and Grasshopper Records.

What's next for the band?

Just recorded our first full band song for a 7" and are demoing our next record.

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

Wave on waveriders, wave on.

Saturday, July 13, 2019



Ride Again:  The Shakespears Sister Story
Podcast Explores their Reunion as Friends and Collaborators

NICK LAUNAY (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Arcade Fire),
MIXED BY ALAN MOULDER (Killers, Foo Fighters),

London Records recording artists, Shakespears Sister have reunited as a band after a 26 year falling out between creative collaborators Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit.  

The reunited powerhouse duo will release a new record, ‘Singles Party’ (London Records) on July 19, 2019, which will include two new tracks, “All the Queens’ Horses” and “C U Next Tuesday” as well as classic hits from their back catalog.

‘Singles Party’ is made up of Shakespears Sister singles, including ‘Stay’, ‘You’re History’, ‘Hello (Turn Your Radio On)’, and ‘I Don’t Care’.

In addition, Shakespears Sister today launched a new, three-part podcast, Ride Again: The Shakespears Sister Story.  Narrated by Kate Hutchinson the podcast explores the band’s history as one of music’s most subversive duos, their iconic number one single Stay, how they eventually fell apart in the early 90s – and then came back together, with brand new music, after 26 years.

Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit talk candidly about exploring female stereotypes in music, their fight for authenticity and their fight with each other, as well as how Americana and Nick Cave have helped shape their new sound. The series features three episodes Beginnings, Back Together and Staying Power & Evolution and will be released each Thursday for the next three weeks.

Siobhan told Dazed: "...[we are] A magical combination. Marcy brings her rock’n’roll roots, and I bring the weird, diverse, art school ideas that come with being a product of London during a certain era." She continued, “I realized that Marcy is the perfect writing partner for me. We have some sort of weird fusion of energies, that feels fated. It just feels good to be back together. It’s like this third entity exists that is neither me nor her, it's the two of us.”

Marcy said, “I think we've come to a point where we respect and understand each other more than we ever could have back then. It’s just about acceptance - acceptance of who we both are, for each other and to each other.”

In true Yin/Yang fashion, the two creative forces came together not only on record but in the visual explanation of this journey for the video for ‘All the Queens’ Horses’

NME wrote: "...they’ve returned with a lush new Morricone-influenced single which is about a doomed love affair – yet the lyrics (‘All the queen’s horses/ All the queen’s men/They couldn’t put us back together again’) can also be viewed as about the pair’s chequered history. It’s a nudge-wink that’s highlighted in the video which depicts their initial meeting as a Mexican stand-off and features a plethora of nods to the iconic ‘Stay’ promo."

The video was directed by renowned creator, Sophie Muller who took this on as a passion project.  Sophie shares a personal relationship with Shakespears Sister and wanted to give this reconciliation the breadth and weight it deserved. The video, shot in Joshua Tree is a powerful representation of the true meaning of forgiveness, redemption, and deep friendship.

The deluxe version of their album features another unreleased track ‘Cat Worship’ and remixes of ‘You’re History’ and ‘You Made Me Come To This’ remixed by Catz ‘n Dogz and HMD Pulsatron respectively. 

The reunited duo will also do select dates in the UK including a night at the iconic London Palladium in the fall and will spend the balance of the summer promoting the record in the US with visits planned to NYC in early August as well as select events in Los Angeles.

A new EP is also planned for a fall release with new original tracks.


Shakespears Sister’s debut album, 1989’s Sacred Heart was a top ten record and spawned the band’s first hit single, ‘You’re History’, which also went top ten. Even greater success followed with a second album, Hormonally Yours, in 1992; among its hit singles,
‘I Don’t Care’, ‘Hello (Turn Your Radio On)’ and ‘Stay’, which remained at number one for eight weeks. The triumphs and accolades piled up: over a million albums sold, a Brit award for best video for ‘Stay’ and an Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Collection of Songs for the band’s second album, 1992’s Hormonally Yours. The pair went onto headline world stages including the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury as well as supporting PRINCE at his request.

Singles Party is released through London Records

Singles Party tracklist:

1 - Break My Heart (remastered)
2 - Heroine (remastered)
3 - You’re History (remastered)
4 - Run Silent (remastered)
5 - Dirty Mind (remastered)
6 - Stay (remastered)
7 - I Don’t Care (remastered)
8 - Goodbye Cruel World (remastered)
9 - Hello (Turn Your Radio On) (remastered
10 - My 16th Apology (remastered)
11 - I Can Drive (remastered)
12 - Bitter Pill (remastered)
13 - Pulsatron (remastered)
14 - Bad Blood (remastered)
15 - It’s A Trip (remastered)
16 - All The Queen’s Horses
17 - C U Next Tuesday
18 - Stay (acoustic version) (remastered)

CD2 (Deluxe Only):

1 - Cat Worship
2 - You’re History (Catz ‘n Dogz Remix)
3 - You Made Me Come To This (HMD Pulsatron Mix)
4 - Pretty Boy (Remastered)
5 - Mr Wrong (Remastered)
6 - Remember My Name (Remastered)
7 - Do I Scare You? (Remastered)
8 - Excuse Me John (Remastered)
9 - Singles Party (Remastered)
10 - Heroine (Heavenly Mix) (Remastered)
11 - Black Sky (The Black Dub) (Remastered)
12 - Break My Heart (Shep Pettibone Dub) (Remastered)
13 - Goodbye Cruel World (BTO Remix) (Remastered)
14 - You’re History (Brothers In Rhythm Remix) (Remastered)

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