Special treat for you waveriders.
We love Heavy Psych, Stoner, and Riff Rock around the Ripple. How could we not with bands like Stone Axe, Poobah, JPT Scare Band, Mos Generator, and the rest of the crew on our roster. And we also love the whole scene. People making music and folks supporting the music with love, enthusiasm and abandon. While there are lots of music sites to go to when you want to read about your favorite music, there's something cooler about a glossy printed magazine. Particularly when it comes with a free CD introducing new sounds to your ears.
And that's Vincebus Eruptum.
Bill, from the Soda Shop, dropped issues 11 and 12 into my hands in the midst of a joint Soda Shop/Ripple Music vinyl buying frenzy. 3 stores, one day. Chicago be damned! So, after talking music all day, pulling out one cool piece of vinyl after another, what would a freak like me want to do the most? That's right, break open the fridge and delve into a magazine to learn more. And that's what I did.
With the killer free "Acid Sounds Vol. 1" CD blaring from my speakers, Vincebus Eruptum #12 was my companion for an evening of acid, fuzz, stonerfied riff rock. And what a blast it was.
First the magazine. A little bit smaller than a comic book, with glossy page and cardstock cover, issue #12 opens with a perfect interview with Cathedral frontman and Rise Above Records mastermind, Lee Dorrian. It perfectly captured that man's love of music, why he's still digging the record biz, and what he's attempting to do with Rise Above Records. Mainly, release records he wants in his own collection. From there, interviews with The Black Rainbows, Zippo, legendary Joe Hasselvander, Gentlemen's Pistols, The Freeks, Wight, and Grand Astoria fill the pages with stories of musical excess, fuzzy days and fuzzier chords, live shows and what not. Add to that a stash of reviews of truly relevant stoner, psych, and riff rock reviews and we got a magazine of great reading. It's one of those rare magazine to be read cover to cover. I even checked out all the ads, looking for new bands from labels like Small Stone, Rise Above Records, Clearspot Distribution, Kozmic Artifactz, Black Widow Records, Blood Rock Records, Sulatron Records, Elektrohasch and Go Down Records.
Just as good was the soundtrack for the night, the free CD. I didn't know many of these bands before I listened to the free comp, but I'm a fan of a bunch of them now. As on any compilation, there's high and low points dependent upon your taste. I didn't care as much for the noise punk psych of Core, the shoegaze fuzz of Vibravoid, or the droning instru-doom of Colt38, but freaked for the fuzz assault of That's All Folks, the mellow psych-jazzy/folky prog of The Freeks, and the retro-bluesy freak attack of Tectonic Break. E.X.P. brings a downcast, doomier vibe, followed by Vic Du Monte's garage/punk blitz, Zippo's space rock excursion, and the Electric Moon's futuristic garage warfare. Killer stuff, all of it really.
Top all that off with gorgeous cover by Kabuto, a pint-sized gorgeous DSW poster, and spacey, cool-looking psych themed layouts everywhere and it's one gorgeous project.
So, if you're deep into exploration of the world of heavy psych, acid rock, stoner rock, space rock and good 'ol mind-numbing riff rock, you should check this little magazine out. It's quality stuff, delving deep into the underground world. And most importantly, it's clearly a project done with love.
It's one worth collecting and keeping. I know I will.
Vincebus Eruptum is distributed in the USA by The Soda Shop
and world wide by Vincebus Eruptum. European orders through Big Cartel
"Acid Sounds Vol.1" exclusive CD compilation:
- 01 - CORE "Mood Disorder"
- 02 - OJM "Har(d)ucks"
- 03 - THAT'S ALL FOLKS "Hypnotic Pulse"
- 04 - THE FREEKS "Vitamin-D"
- 05 - TECTONIC BREAK "Maria"
- 06 - E.X.P. "DNA connect just like a kids tumble"
- 07 - VIC DU MONTE'S PERSONA NON GRATA "Man On A Mission"
- 08 - VIBRAVOID "Photosynthesis In Darkness"
- 09 - COLT.38 "Amplesso in DOm"
- 10 - ZIPPO "Night Jam #2"
- 11 - ELECTRIC MOON "Trip Trip Trip"