Monday, August 31, 2020

Boston heavy rock supergroup KIND go full-throttle with new track "Faster Number Two", off new album 'Mental Nudge' on Ripple Music!

Boston-based stoner rock supergroup KIND (with current and former Elder, Black Pyramid and Roadsaw members) share the new single taken from their sophomore album 'Mental Nudge', due out September 11th on Ripple Music.

"Faster Number Two" is built on a proto-Stooges riff and is one of the more upbeat songs on 'Mental Nudge'. The title is the follow-up to the song "Faster Number One" from their debut album 'Rocket Science'. Vocalist Craig Riggs says: "Faster Number Two is a song about the greatest party in the world. After an earthquake, a man walks up to a crack in the ground and looks in to see another world, and he wants in. When he gets there it slowly dawns on him that he is in Hell. But maybe that's ok because it's not as bad as he has been told. I guess this is the life for me. Got everything here I need." says guitarist Darryl

LISTEN to new track "Faster Number Two" HERE

Featuring Matt Couto (ex-Elder), Tom Corino (ex-Rozamov), Craig Riggs (Roadsaw) and Darryl Shepard (ex-Black Pyramid), Boston heavy rock/stoner foursome KIND return with their second full-length, ready to unleash the follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 Ripple Music debut 'Rocket Science'. Staying true to their sound but expanding their sonic palette, KIND has crafted seven new songs that cover the aural spectrum, from the indie-rock influenced “Helms” to the full-on doom of “Trigger Happy” to the rock bombast of “Broken Tweaker," all capturing the effortless interplay between the instruments and Craig Riggs' powerful vocals. The result is a wall of sound that shows the talent and experience these musicians continue to bring to the form.

'Mental Nudge' was recorded at Mad Oak Studios by Alec Rodriguez and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering. Artwork was designed by Alexander von Wieding (Monster Magnet, Karma to Burn, Brant Bjork). 'Mental Nudge' will be released on September 11th via Ripple Music, and available now to preorder on vinyl, CD and digital.

KIND New album 'Mental Nudge'
Out September 11th via Ripple Music
1. Broken Tweaker
2. Faster Number Two
3. Bad Friend
4. Helms
5. It's Your Head
6. Mental Nudge
7. Trigger Happy

Featuring members Matt Couto (ex-Elder), Tom Corino (ex-Rozamov), Craig Riggs (Roadsaw) and Darryl Shepard (ex-Black Pyramid), KIND formed in 2013 and released their debut album “Rocket Science” on Ripple Music in the waning days of 2015. That album garnered favorable reviews across the board, including from Metal Hammer who stated that it built up “an atmosphere that’ll sound awesome played live”. That was proven by a West Coast tour KIND undertook with Ripple labelmates Salem’s Bend and a live appearance at Desertfest London in 2018, as well as many shows throughout the Northeastern U.S.

After entering the studio a couple of times in the intervening years to demo new material, KIND booked time at the venerable Mad Oak Studios in January 2020 with Alec Rodriguez (Lesser Glow, Forn, Chelsea Wolfe live sound) behind the boards once again to track “Mental Nudge”. Staying true to their sound but expanding their sonic palette at the same time, KIND has crafted seven songs that cover the aural spectrum, from the indie-rock influenced “Helms” to the full-on doom of “Trigger Happy” to the rock bombast of “Broken Tweaker”. Rodriguez once again deftly managed to capture the interplay between the instruments and the powerful vocals of Riggs, resulting in a clear yet heavy recording of the new material.

Once the recording was complete, it was time for renowned artist Alexander von Wieding to work his magic and create the cover art.  Alexander has worked with many heavy rock artists, including most notably Monster Magnet, Karma to Burn and Brant Bjork. He once again delivered some eye-catching art for “Mental Nudge”, tying up the themes of the songs in a striking visual representation. The record was expertly mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, providing a powerful final master. “Mental Nudge” will see a September release on Ripple Music once again in the U.S., and Kozmik Artifactz in Europe.

KIND are:
Matthew Couto - drums
Tom Corino - bass
Craig Riggs - vocals
Darryl Shepard - guitar



Sunday, August 30, 2020

A Sunday Conversation With Maximilian Eckardt, vocalist of Dresden metal combo Omega Purge

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

There have been quite a few throughout the years. Getting introduced to punk rock by my older brother and having this whole new world of music open up in front of me was probably one of the first.

Being introduced to harder music, namely Caliban, Heaven Shall Burn, As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage for example would be another. And yet again my brother is responsible, even though it´s not his style. He got the feeling it could be something for me, as I got into stuff like Underoath or From Autumn To Ashes in a rather long phase of listening to some emo/punk/alternative like Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail, Saosin or Brand New and he proofed to be right. Thanks man!

After having developed my taste in music it was moments like listening to The Blackening by Machine Head or Awoken/Endzeit from Iconoclast by Heaven Shall Burn that that really got me. I could go on.

But there are also those moments where you don´t expect to get overwhelmed by music, like a few days ago, when I finished a video game and the song in the epilogue with its build up from sounding like a game from the 80´s to being a full on choir epos just got me like: WOW! (NieR:Automata if anybody´s interested)

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?

With Omega Purge it all starts with Kai writing the music, giving us a taste of what he has come up with during rehearsels, then we would give him some ideas about the songs structure or the progression of some parts, he continues working on them, records a demo and usually we love it. When most of the song is worked out, I will most likely have a general idea what the it will be about and start writing the lyrics and have brainstorming sessions with Tobias. But the moment it all is set in stone is when we record the songs, that´s when it actually all falls into place, at least concerning the lyrics.

The whole process could change over time, but right now I don´t really see myself writing lyrics from scratch and then a song around them. Of course there are always some ideas running through my head, but most of the time I need at least a general direction of a songs atmosphere, rhythm and melody to really work them out.

Who has influenced you the most?

Bands like Lamb Of God, Nevermore, Killswitch Engage, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder and At The Gates, to name just a few, definetly had a great influence on what music we play today.

For me personally I would say my early years of making music where very much influenced by Machine Head, especially Throuh The Ashes Of Empires and The Blackening. As I started to focus on doing vocals, rather than vocals and guitar, Randy Blythe and the sound of his voice got me into actually learning vocal techniques, so that I wouldn´t screw up my voice every time. Of course you can´t copy someone else´s sound, but his combination of sheer demonic power and precision in his articulation were what I wanted to be able to do and, at least in my opinion, it worked out pretty well.

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

Everywhere, but nowhere in particular. If we are talking about content and topics to write about, I just have to read or watch some news and I get ideas, as most of the lyrics I write are about society in general. Sometimes I would even get ideas just by watching people interact. I´m really trying to get to the point where I feel comfortable with writing about more personal matters, I´m think I´m getting there, but I´m just not here yet.

If we´re talking about music in general, I like to keep an open mind. I can listen to Hollywood Undead at one moment and the next to Ed Sheeran and I´ll always find something interesting that I might want to try myself, as long as I like the song in general. You won´t hear influences like this at the moment, but who knows what might come? Especially concerning vocal techniques I´m really trying to get a greater range, even do some decent clean singing, so I don´t limit the possibilities by just not being able to do more different things. So basically everything that appeals to me in general can and at some point will give me some kind of inspiration and motivation.

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

The bands hometown would be Dresden, Saxony. Until a few years ago, we had a rather active scene for selfmade hard music, especially hardcore and metalcore, but for some time now electronic music has dominated the alternative scene. Of course the venues playing everything from rock to metal are still there, but there are not as many local artists as there used to be. Considering this and the fact, that we live in a globalized world, where we have access to information from all around the world, I would say that the town itself doesn´t really impact the music at all.

Where'd the band name come from?

It was Kai´s idea, we all liked it and that was basically it. At the time we weren´t really looking for something with a deep meaning, just something that sticks with you. After deciding on the name we realized that it actually has quite some room for interpretation, especially considering that up until now most of the lyrics deal with a rather critical, pessimistic, even dystopian view on society as a whole.

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

As I am a big fan and really hope for the return of good movies about him, I´d say Batman.

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?

King Me by Lamb Of God! I love this song, it has been one of my favorites since I first listened to it. The atmosphere they create, which I think was a little atypical for there sound at the time, in combination with those powerful lyrics gives me goosebumps. The progression from this dark and melancholic start, it getting heavier and heavier to finally culminate in the bridge before dropping back into this quiet, melancholic atmosphere just to explode in your face (or ears) for the finishing hook, just beautiful. Thanks to Lamb Of God for this piece of art!

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

One time our drummer died from spontaneous human combustion. To be honest, since we were only able to play one show for our EP release before the whole corona-crisis hit, there´s not much to tell you concerning Omega Purge. We all had our projects before and as Kai, Sönke and probably Tobias as well have more stage experience than me (for Martin, being the youngest among us and this being his first band, it´s all new to him) they would most likely have a few good stories for you, but well, I´m the one who´s writing the answers. Of course there have been the classic moments of being „a little“ to wasted when getting on stage, but somehow still pulling it off, but that´s not necessarily something to be proud of let alone make a mockumentary about. Ask us again next year, when we hopefully had the pleasure of playing more shows and I guess we´ll have some good stories for you.

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

We started with very high expectations in ourselves and of course it wasn´t perfect, but our debut show got almost exclusively good feedback. We wanted to skip the phase were we look like rookies, that barely got to finish writing their songs and now want to play and I think it worked out pretty well. A lot of our friends were actually really impressed, as we had everything from side drops with the EP design, a back drop, an EP, merchandise and even a stage costume ready. Now the next step was not just to look at least semiprofessional, but to deliver. We use backing tracks for some intros and atmospheric stuff, so of course our drummer has to play with a metronome, which he had never done before so that got him a little nervous. In the end everything worked out and the feedback we got really assured us that we are on the right path.

What makes a great song?

Honetsy. You don´t have to be the best singer, the best guitar player or the best whatever to write a song that will appeal to people. Just be honest with what you want to say and don´t force it. If you´re writing something just because it has to be done, it won´t come out as good as something you wrote because you wanted to, because this thought, this melody, this rhythm has stuck with you and ripened for days or weeks and now it´s ready to be picked. But this makes a great song, not necessarily a successful one.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

That was back in school, I guess I was fourteen or fifteen years old. I had just started playing second guitar and doing vocals in my first metal band. Me and the other guitarist, Jason Melidonie who is now with Cytotoxin, were really into technical guitar stuff at the time, so our motto was basically faster and more. We would write some riffs on Guitar Pro, send them to each other, rewrite, rearrange and so on. In the end, when we were done with writing the solo section, I realized I couldn´t play it anymore, so I had to practice a few weeks until I was up to speed again.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

The title track of our EP “As Hell Emerged”. To be honest, at first I was rather skeptical, because I had some problems with writing the lyrics. Especially the chorus section gave me headaches, as I had different things in mind, but couldn´t decide on what I wanted to do or just couldn´t do what I wanted due to my rather insufficient clean singing skills. It wasn´t until we recorded the vocals and I was listening to the raw mix when I realized, that we had actually done some pretty damn good work on this one.

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

There are a lot of great songwriters in all genres out there who all deserve recognition, but to me personally Lamb Of God (yes, I mention them a lot) still are and will probably always be the greatest ass-kickers. I just love their drive, their energy and have never been disappointed by what they do. Mark Morton has to be mentioned as solo artist as well. I love what he did with the Anesthetic record, especially the songs with Chester Bennington and Jacoby Shaddix. He basically took Lamb Of Gods guitar sound and showed us what it could be if someone else was singing and those two absolutely nailed it.

Lately, a little before there last record was released, Slipknot got back on my radar and they have to be mentioned here as well. To me Corey Tailor is one of the best vocalists in the genre and if it´s solo with just an acoustic guitar or with a band of nine people, he just gets through to me.

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

Definitely and almost exclusively digital. Fast and easy access, no need for extra players, you can basically take all your favorite records with you in your pocket, what more could you want? Of course there are those who would say that the sound will be better playing a vinyl, but I just don´t have this distinct hearing, so I don´t really care.

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice.

That´s a hard one, I like both, but if I had to choose only one, I would go with beer. It´s just better suited for a greater range of situations like nice summer sunsets at the riverside, going to concerts or just hanging out with friends and family. And well, I am German, I feel I have to go for beer.

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?

As mentioned above, I almost exclusively listen to records in digital form, so I couldn´t even tell you when I last visited a record store. If, however, I was looking to buy records, I would check out Dresden-Neustadt. It´s home to the alternative scene in Dresden and I know that there are a few record stores there, so it would definitely be worth checking out.

What's next for the band?

That´s a very good question indeed. After releasing our EP in January, we were actually really looking forward to playing shows, but step by step they are all being canceled and nobody knows when it will all go back to normal. For now we have to sit tight and wait, as we are not even allowed to have rehearsals. Maybe we will start writing new material, but I wouldn´t want to force it, so if it happens, it happens.

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

First of all, thank you for having us! I was rather surprised when I was told someone wanted to do an interview and it was a very interesting experience, as I have never done anything like this before.
And to the readers, check out our EP, so you know what we were talking about here! Stay safe, stay healthy and stay metal!

Cheers \m/

Saturday, August 29, 2020

A Ripple Conversation with Gary Wendt (vox/gtrs) of The Ghost Next Door

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" 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 epiphanies 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?

“Well, there’s two examples I can think of off the top of my head.

I remember the time I was around 17 and a co-worker turned me on to “Faith” by The Cure. Up until that point, I was a fairly strict metal head. I mean, I had dabbled with modern rock/alternative music growing up. I had the “Cars/Metal” 45 by Gary Numan. I liked early U2 and “Ghost in the Machine” era Police. The Cure, though? I had really only heard their poppy radio-friendly stuff up until that point.

“Faith”, however, turned me on to their darker side, and I loved it! It’s still up there as one of my all time favorite records. It, alone, started my lifelong love affair with alternative music. I never looked back.

I guess the second epiphany is something that happens still, from time to time.
You know, you’ve heard a song or album a bunch, and you like it ok but you’re not totally behind it... then there’s that moment! When you realize, Fuck! This song/record is amazing! I can’t live without it!”

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?

“There are a couple of approaches I take. I either start with a single idea and just sit there until I have a basic arrangement (my preferred method). That’s followed by the demo process wherein I create the secondary guitar parts or orchestrations, as I like to call them.
Vocal melodies are next. Lyrics come last.

The other approach is to pick from the hundreds of song ideas I have and arrange them into something cohesive. Considering I literally have about 700 ideas recorded, it’s not the ideal route. Too much to pick from. They’re there if I ever run into writer’s block, I guess.

I have, in the past, written songs collaboratively. Someone brings in an idea or two to set the stage and go from there. That’s not really how I like to do it these days though.”

Who has influenced you the most?

“The most? Hmm...I guess I will go in chronological order from the beginning: Kiss started my love affair with rock and roll. I think that deserves a mention. I have a photo floating around somewhere of me as a 5 year old sporting a Kiss shirt. After that comes my all time favorite band and, easily the most influential, Rush.

The next would not be a band but an individual, Randy Rhoades. To this day, hands down, my all time favorite guitarist.

Metallica came next. I’d never heard anyone play leads like Kirk Hammett. All that fast picking!
Subhumans came next. Dave Ed from Neurosis turned me on to them in the 80s. “From the Cradle to the Grave” is nothing short of amazing! Definitely in my top 10 favorite records.

The Cure came next. That love affair has lasted for many years. Super influential on my songwriting.
Another band I got heavily into at around the time I got into The Cure was Tears for Fears. Roland is one of my all time favorite singers/songwriters.

After that, it was two bands from the SF sadcore scene, Red House Painters and American Music Club.

Other influences have been Pat Metheny Group, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths and The Sundays.
The whole shoegaze thing as well: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, The Daysleepers and Airiel. I’m also into the whole post punk vibe.

These days I’m into bands like Grizzly Bear, Mew, The Boxer Rebellion, Hundred Waters and Softkill. On the metal side of things I like Meshuggah, VOLA and Katatonia.

All of the above bands seep in on some level and leave their mark.”

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

“New music/bands for the overall vibe. Lyrically, it’s a bit tougher. For that, I look to current events typically. Occasionally, I’ll delve into more personal subject matter.”

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

“I guess the fact that I grew up in Berkeley has affected me in the sense that I’ve been around all walks of life since day one. I’ve been exposed to it all. Culturally, artistically and musically.
I was also lucky enough to grow up during the heyday of Bay Area metal and punk rock. Obviously, that’s as much a part of who I am as anything. I am definitely a product of that environment.”

Where'd the band name come from?

“I lived next to a house in the Berkeley hills. It used to be owned by the Hearst family, I think. I knew this guy who lived there. One night, he saw a glowing orb floating down the staircase before disappearing. It was the ghost next door!”

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

“The next Mad Max movie, should it ever get made.”

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?

“This is starting to sound like homework! “Electric Counterpoint” by Steve Reich and performed by Pat Metheny. It’s just a one of a kind piece of music. Never heard anything like it before or since. Interesting, for sure. Simple yet quite complex. The “Slow” movement is my favorite.”

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

“The only one I can think of actually occurred off stage. My first band Sacrilege BC was touring in Canada. We had two vans and a personal mechanic we brought with us because we were always breaking down.

So, we’re driving along and one of the vans catches on fire! And what does the driver do? He pulls into a GAS STATION! The clerk comes frantically running out armed with a fire extinguisher. He’s yelling at the driver, we’re yelling at the driver. It was chaos. He managed to put the fire out, but the van was toast.”

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

“Playing live is a double edged sword for me. On one hand I love the social aspect of it. It can be magical up there. But, on the other hand, I’m a perfectionist. There are so many variables and so much can, and does, go wrong. I have trouble staying in the moment sometimes.”

What makes a great song?

“I really couldn’t say. You could have all the right ingredients and the song can still fall flat. It needs something special, something otherworldly to add that bit of magic.”

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

“It was a metal/punk crossover type number called “Judge Death.” I didn’t write the lyrics, just the music.  It’s on the first Sacrilege BC album.”

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

“I just wrote a string section for a new song. My first attempt at one. I love it! You’ll have to wait for the next album for that, though. I also like the acoustic interlude on the song “Doubt” a lot.”

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

“I absolutely love the album “Communicating” by Hundred Waters. I like all their stuff actually.  They write fantastic material. Very unique, very interesting with lots of hooks. Mew writes some amazing songs as well.
The stuff I like isn’t so much a certain sound or genre. I like bands that are one of a kind.”

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

“Digital, for convenience.”

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

“Beer, always beer. IPAs are my favorite. I don’t like whiskey much. No need to defend my choice. I like what I like.”

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?


What's next for the band?

I am, also currently demoing songs for albums number 3 and 4. I have 16 written so far.”

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

“Be kind to animals!”

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Riven Premiere Music Video For New Single "Windbreaker"!

Following the success of their self-titled debut album, Swedish retro rockers in The Riven are back with new material.  On August 28, the band will release a 7" double single featuring the songs "Windbreaker" and "Moving On."  The first press of the 7" is limited to 500 copies and is available for pre-order today. The first single, "Moving On," will be released digitally on Friday, May 15.

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Tour Dates

The Riven has toured extensively since the release of their debut album in 2019, taking them all over Europe in three separate headline tours around France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden. The band is now announcing that they will go on a 10 date tour in Spain in October 2020;

1 Oct - Urban Rock Concept - Vitoria
 2 Oct - Rock & Blues Café - Zaragoza
 3 Oct - Café Teatro La Nube - Bilbao
 4 Oct - La Traviesa - Torredembarra
 6 Oct - TBA - Castellón
 7 Oct - Sala Nana - Ciudad Real
 8 Oct - Boogaloo Café - Cáceres
 9 Oct - La Cueva del Jazz - Zamora
 10 Oct - Mardi Gras - A Coruña
 11 Oct - Sala Porta Caeli - Valladolid

About The Riven

Hi-flying charismatic power rock, influenced by the great bands of the 1970s and 80s: The Riven plays honest rock n roll that makes you wanna shake your fist and bang your head. Taking you on a journey through their sonic landscape, The Riven is classic Rock for the 21st Century.

It all began in 2016 when the modern vagabonds of the western world, singer Totta Ekebergh, guitarist Arnau Diaz, and bass player Max Ternebring started the band when they were living together in West London, the birthplace of groups like The Rolling Stones and The Who. With this sweet trio on the move, they got the drummer Olof Axegärd to join up. Later, during the cold and foggy days of November 2016, The Riven recorded their EP ‘Blackbird’ at Buffalo Studios.

The Riven had their blast off on the 1st of March 2019 when the band released their self-titled debut album on The Sign Records with a worldwide distribution. The band that started out in London, to later relocate to Sweden, made their way down to Madrid to record with Ola Ersfjord (Lucifer, Tribulation, Dead Lord) at Holy Cuervo Studios.

The album, containing nine tracks, has further developed the band's sound, with a direct approach to rock as well as giving space to a progressive and psychedelic side. The album has received great reviews and got a South American release through the Brazilian label Hellion Records in the autumn of 2019.

The Riven embarked on extensive tours following the album release, taking them all over Europe in three separate headlining jaunts around France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Sweden, playing festivals like Muskelrock, Hellgart, Live at Heart, and Skövde in Rock.

They're now back with new material, the 7"double single "Windbreaker / Moving On," out August 28, 2020, on The Sign Records. The release is followed up with a 10-date tour of Spain that October.

The Riven are:
 Totta Ekebergh - Vocals
 Arnau Diaz - Guitars
 Max Ternebring - Bass
 Jussi Kalla - Drums

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Stone Eye Premiere Music Video For New Single "Presence of Mind"

Puerto Rican progressive metal outfit Moths and Philly rockers The Stone Eye will be unleashing a 4-track split EP on August 21st.  "Intervention" and "Hand of Doom" (Black Sabbath cover) showcase Moths' unconventional and at times even psychedelic interpretation of stoner metal, while The Stone Eye drives their garage rock gumbo to colossal heights with "Presence of the Mind" and comes back down to earth with the bluesy cover of "Wayfaring Stranger" a traditional folk song.

"Presence of the Mind is an older tune that was primarily written by our drummer Jeremiah and that's been in our catalogue for quite a bit. It actually was one of the first tunes where we really experimented with harmonizing vocally. It's always been something we all wanted to come back to as we matured musically- a lot of tunes get phased out in the live environment when you end up writing and releasing new material, but we always stuck on to Presence as the year's passed. It sort of just evolved with us as we grew, and that's really cool in it of itself. So, we decided to hop in the studio and re-record it and this is what came out of that session." - Stephen Burdick

About The Stone Eye

Rising from the ashes of absolutely nothing but the remnants of Uncle Earl’s canned Budweiser in 2014, The Stone Eye is an electrifying rock band from Philadelphia, PA. Combining elements of stoner, alternative, progressive, and garage rock comes a hard-hitting yet catchy style of music. Hell, we’d wager that there’s even more styles of music which they draw inspiration from. Crazy, right? Following a plethora of releases dating back to 2014, The Stone Eye is at it yet again with their latest full length record, Ventura. This one’s for you, Uncle Earl.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Neal Smith – Pop 85/95
Neal Smith – Drums

If I Only Had You just get up dance sing and groove along. Dying to Love You sloe emotional music that just pulls at your heartstrings. Secret Eyes clap sway and just let the music take you away. Love Sets the Night on Fire sitting in a smoky bar listening to the band on stage. Distant Drum close your eyes and just drift along. I Wanna Be Good, but I Don’t Know How catchy riffs solid beats that will stick in your head for days. Love Can Run, Love Can Hide searing guitars pounding drums soulful vocals. In a Heartbeat stand clap and just groove till the song ends. Fly Home Sweet Angel one emotional tune that just envelops your very being. I Love You to Death catchy beats sing along vocals and great melodies. All My Eyes Can See just drift with the excellent melodies.

WeedWizard - Closed Eyes...Open Mind
Frank von Boldt, The Dude, Flecko and Hamdi

The Weed Wizard slow stoner metal that just envelops your senses as it pulls you in. Immortality crunchy riffs pounding rhythms and gruff vocals with scorching leads. Blame It (On Rock 'n' Roll) stand sway groove and let the music just take you into the dark recesses of your mind. Closed Eyes...Open Mind slow grinding pulsating heavy stoner metal. Burning Altars (Album Version) opens the mouth of hell and slowly the demons slither out ready to devour. No Soul to Sell the dark melodies just envelop you as they pull you into your imagination. They Peed On Your Fxxxin' Rug sliding slithering melancholic stoner metal music. Battlesmoke fast fist pumping head banging heavy metal and doom.

Staring Into Nothing- Love
Steve Rogers-Keyboards/Vocals, Kurt Barabas- Bass/Vocals/Guitars, Gregg Bissonette - Drums, Victor Bisetti - Percussion, Mike Keneally-Guitar, Trey Gunn- Warr Guitar, Dave Nachmanoff- Acoustic Guitar, Danny T. Levin - Horns.

Winter just close your eyes and let the melodies take you away into your dreams. Spring awesome musicianship melodic vocals that just have your imagination flowing. Summer take a trip back to the 70s and the excellent music of that era. Autumn on your feet clap sing and just take a wondrous musical journey. The Thin Line emotions just envelop your senses. Beautiful Delusion slowing keyboards solid drums thumping bass and magical vocals. Only Love sloe blues jazzy progressive music that pulls you in. The Ties That Bind a catchy tune that stick with you for days. Find Our Way Back stand clap sway and sing along. To All close your eyes and drift in your dreams. Ashes jazzy blues with some amazing musicianship and melodic vocals. Amazing Grace drifting on a cloud of melodies.

Sundogs – The Code
Stan Snow-Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Piano, Jed Moffitt: Vocals/Keyboards, Mike Stone-Drums, Ben Smith-Drums, Alan White-Drums, Jazmin Candia- BG Vocals, Eric Patterson-Horn arrangements/Tenor Sax, Javier Gonzalez- Trumpets

I Want It Now catchy riffs steady beats thumping bass and great vocals with some scorching leads. Mystery Car amazing leads steady bass pounding drums with a very bluesy jazzy feel. Comin Back Home will have you on your feet clapping foot tapping playing air guitars ans singing. Pick It Up close your eyes and let the melodies take you into your dreams. The Night Of The Light slow emotional music that just envelops your very being. Jennifer kicking back in a smoky bar enjoying the jazz band on stage. Ride just close your eyes adrift and dream. Hard Life searing leads steady drums thumping bass with excellent keyboards and sing along vocals. The Code foot tapping hand clapping musical magic with some amazing leads that just pierce your soul.. Freedom funky psychedelic rock with great musicianship. Angus sway sing and just enjoy.. Balloon a catchy tune that sticks in your head.

Chaosaint – In The Name Of
Shay Burgess - Vocals / Guitar, Jon Cribb - Guitar, Chris Neilson – Drums, Steve Baker - Bass

Knives Are Drawn crushing riff thundering drums pounding bass and dark vocals that just grab a hold and wont let go. Both Eyes Open crunchy riffs thundering rhythms and gruff vocals with scorching leads. Following hard fast heavy punch in the air metal. In The Name Of just let the music envelop your imagination. Blackened Days hit the pit slam sweat and just enjoy.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With The Stone Eye

Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Well the band started in 2014, as a stoner rock duo featuring our guitarist/singer Stephen Burdick, and our drummer Jeremiah Bertin. Our latest bassist joined in 2017, and then I hopped on board around 2019.

How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

It’s basically Alternative mixed with Grunge, Stoner Rock, and some other nifty stuff. We have our major influences such as Alice and Chains, and Queens of the Stone Age. But individually we have a wide array of influences, ranging from Oasis, to Meshuggah, to Igor Stravinsky.

Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?

Our music has always had a strong Stoner Rock influence, as well as Prog Metal, and all sorts of heavier stuff. There’s something in there for everybody, especially metalheads.

What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?

We’ve had 4 full length releases, Poison Apple (2016), The Meadow (2017), Kevlar, Kryptonite, Gloria (2018), and our recent album: Ventura (2020). We also have a decent amount of other material out there, including singles, demos, and live albums. Generally, our material has been received very well by the public and media, and our fanbase has only been getting stronger!

Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?

Yes, we try to play live as often as possible. We’ve been gigging and touring since the beginning, and we try to play for as many new audiences as we can. Due to the current circumstance, performing live is obviously difficult, but we’re hoping to get back out there as soon as possible!

What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

This band is the bee’s knees. I know personally that people are interested in bees, as well as knees. So basically we got the whole package.

What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

Well we have a new full length album coming out in the very near future, and are basically trying to release as much content as possible during this period of time. We hope to get back on the road soon, and rock out with our socks out!

Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can find us on Spotify, BandCamp, Youtube, Instagram, Itunes, and basically all major streaming platforms. Our merch is available online at BandCamp. If you see us live, we also offer lots of physical merchandise, including some special rarities that are otherwise unavailable.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Ocean City's psychedelic rock trio THE SWELL FELLAS releases brand new single "Death Race" on all digital streaming platforms.

Ocean City, Maryland's prolific psychedelic rock trio and All Them Witches protégés THE SWELL FELLAS release their brand new single "Death Race" on all streaming platforms today. Their latest EP 'The Great Play of Extension' and debut album 'The Big Grand Entrance' are still available on digital.

Everyone is born. Everyone dies. These are the only things you're guaranteed. Death Race is about giving up comfort to live your dream. Open ears, open eyes, open doors. Clock's always ticking...

Hailing from Ocean City, Maryland, THE SWELL FELLAS are fresh off of the release of their impressive debut full-length ‘The Big Grand Entrance’ and 3-song EP ‘The Great Play of Extension’ in early 2020, both recorded and produced by All Them Witches guitarist Ben McLeod in The Church studio. THE SWELL FELLAS are partisans of a fresh, modern psych that avoids clichés and refuses to bask in nostalgia. Their smooth, expansive and definitely addictive brand of psychedelic and progressive heavy rock places them among the bands to watch for anyone craving lush and inventive guitar work, memorable vocals and an overall rocking vibe.

Stream and buy new single "Death Race":
New single "Death Race" was written and recorded by The Swell Fellas, mixed by Ben McLeod and mastered by Mikey Allred at Dark Art Audio in Nashville, TN.

The band comments: "This song was recorded in Berlin, MD at the house that we created "The Big Grand Entrance" and "The Great Play of Extension" in. While in the process of moving out amidst quarantine, we found ourselves wanting to capture the sound of the place that we've lived at for the majority of our time as a band before venturing towards the next endeavor. Different instruments/parts were recorded throughout the house, allowing us to forever stamp the reverberations of its walls into the song we wrote while saying goodbye."

After countless nights spent in Walmart parking lots with their 91’ Chevy van, highway breakdowns, and rented uHaul’s, THE SWELL FELLAS are building a reputation for packing out small clubs across the East coast, writing modern psych/prog rock anthems dipped in a vat of whatever was in the 70’s punch bowl. Eschewing tropes of stoner and psych bands in the scene today, these small-town east coasters are in it for the long haul with their seemingly unpredictable compositions and face-melting riffage.

The power trio is made up of a pair of brothers, Conner and Chris Poole (guitar and drums respectively) with their longtime friend, Mark Rohrer, a rock guitarist who they begged to buy bass gear. Growing out of their homemade backyard studio, the three old friends have distilled their personal chemistry into something greater than the sum of its parts. With larger than life lyrics inspired by the ebbs and flows of their personal lives, they remain surprisingly grounded for a band who are so prone to interstellar exploration. Furthering their sound, the trio linked up with mixing/recording mastermind Ben McLeod of All Them Witches on the album and EP to breathe life into their compositions and create a truly unique sonic experience.

Conner Poole — guitar & vocals
Chris Poole — drums & vocals
Mark Rohrer — bass & vocals


Sunday, August 23, 2020

VINYL OF THE DAY: Rabbit - Broken Arrows

VINYL OF THE DAY:  Rabbit - Broken Arrows

Old school Island Records release (1973) with heavy gatefold, lyrics and pics.

Rabbit was an in demand session musician for the Back Street Crawler, Eric Burdon, Jim Capaldi, Pete Townshend, Roger Dalty, John Martyn amongst others, was a member of Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu & Rabbit and later became the touring keyboard player for The Who, which he continues to do to this day.

He released a few solo albums, of which this is his first, joined by members of Free and Traffic like Jim Capaldi, Simon Kirke, Tetsu Yamauchi amongst others.

Mellow, 70's style keyboard-infused rock, with some punchy surprises.  I've seen this called a "vital work by a figure who is hardly a household name, but whose performances grace tons of albums.  A much more important figure than he is given credit."

A Sunday Conversation With. . . Katya Richardson

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?

I can think of two distinct moments that shaped my appreciation for music. The first being when I was really young and went to go see a live performance of Prokofiev’s ballet, Romeo and Juliet. This performance was the first time I was so affected by hearing an orchestra play - as I kid I never understood how music gave people goosebumps until that very moment, and I knew I had to be a musician. The second musical moment was another live concert. It was a live performance of Orphée by the late film composer, Jóhann Jóhannsson. What I love about his music is the simplicity of layers and themes, yet immense intimacy and complexity in depth and repetition. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a visceral connection with cinematic music as with this album. It’s also special to me because I was lucky to see Jóhannsson on tour with this album a few months before he passed away. It was a live, 2 hour set without intermission - I remember moments where I was staring into the ceiling of the concert hall, completely transformed.

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?

I usually start improvising at a piano, playing with various sounds in my studio, or recording layers of vocals and seeing what sticks. Sometimes my music is influenced directly by what I’ve been listening to. But I generally approach each project - whether it be a film score or a song - as its own entity, so the process is a little different each time. I would say that most of my music is naturally cinematic and emotive, and I like focusing on certain elements for each piece. I’m super into minimalist textures and vocal loops, and sometimes a whole piece is about exploring that. Other times, my jazz piano background kicks in and I find myself prioritizing melody and harmony.

In my most recent electrojazz release, Left From Write, the musical process was especially driven by the narrative, which is new for me. It was a dance collaboration with a choreographer, aiming to sonically reinterpret dyslexia. For me that meant creating an entirely new language for the piece, and completely disregarding traditional musical phrasing. I looked at it in terms of sound design, production, and experimenting with the stereo space as if it were someone’s inner monologue - playing with moments of musical saturation and focus. I’ve never interacted with something so thematically before!

Who has influenced you the most?

My background spans electronic, jazz, and classical, so I’m influenced by a lot of different music! Film scores, probably more than any other type of music, remind me why I decided to become a musician: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Alexandre Desplat is one of my favorites.

Classically, I’m influenced by minimalist composers like John Adams and Phillip Glass, and the electronic aspects of my music are largely inspired by the jazz-fusion in Flying Lotus’ work and the tactile, synthesized sound design of SOPHIE. As a composer, I aim to combine all of these influences in my work. A hybrid artist I really look up to right now is Isobel Waller-Bridge. I love how her recent score to Vita and Virginia (2018) showcases grungy electronics and traditional strings to both romanticize and modernize the 1920s. I think it’s super cool when genres collide, especially in a film score medium, and that balance is something I really aspire towards.

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

I’m inspired by various forms of art - whether it be dance, poetry, or film - and ambitious people and collaborators. As a creator, I’m very tactile, so I either need to be at a piano playing out ideas, doodling words or drawings in a sketchbook, or walking in a new city. That’s one way I try to solve writer’s block, is by still being creative but not limiting myself to one outlet.

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

I am based out of Los Angeles, California. LA is a great hub for all sorts of music, and live music is so easy to find, from acoustic sets on rooftops or summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Being the epicentre of the film industry, the abundance of movie theaters and film music culture in LA has definitely been a large influence on me and the type of work I create. LA is a very diverse and progressive city, and I think my combining of influences of both urban and classical music reflects that.

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

I’d love to score a drama or thriller with grungy electronics. I could never top Johannsson’s iconic score, but probably Sicario.

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?

I would write an essay on  “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie. It’s one of my favorite songs. Something about the lyrics and instrumentation is so cinematic and theatrical, yet intimate and timeless. It’s one of those songs that transports me to another era.

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

Most of the music I make is usually pre-recorded and produced, but I hope to adapt a live synth and vocal set soon.

What makes a great song?

A good melody, original vocals, and meaningful lyrics are important - but I think a great song is the kind where instrumentation doesn’t really matter, and it can sound just as good fully produced out as it would on solo piano.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

My father is a jazz musician, so the first piece I wrote was a duet for trumpet and piano so we could jam together.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

Left From Write is my first release as an artist and my first time properly combining all of my musical influences of classical, electronica, and jazz. So I think it really encompasses me as an artist. Almost a year in the making, I mixed, recorded, and produced everything, and it is probably my most detailed and extensive project to date. Musically, it is far more experimental than my film score work, but was such a blast to make! I loved recording my friend on sax, myself on vocals, collaborating with a choreographer, and creating beats from samples of everyday objects. It’s not every day that I get to write music that’s groovy and fun.

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

Billie Eilish and Finneas. Her whispery voice is so original and Finneas’ beats are super unconventional. It’s refreshing to hear something raw and intimate in a sea of over-produced pop songs, and I think the grungy nature of her music redefines and questions what it means to produce a hit song. It’s crazy to me how DIY their setup is too - really goes to show that you don’t need much to create something great.

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

There’s nothing like listening to your favorite tunes on vinyl. The grain adds so much ambiance and warmth that I miss in digital formats.

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice

Whiskey - much more versatile and full-bodied than beer.

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?

The best record shop in LA is Amoeba Music!

What's next for the band? 

I am currently scoring an experimental dance film about plastic pollution in our oceans, and I’m excited to release that very soon! I’m scoring and singing on a number of other projects, but in the next year, I plan to develop a classical album and record with a string quartet.

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?
You can stream my new album here:

Left From Write EP:

And follow me on Instagram for photos from the release:

Instagram: @katya.richardson

Thanks for having me!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

VINYL OF THE DAY. The Godfathers of Psychobilly

VINYL OF THE DAY. The Godfathers of Psychobilly. 

2xLP set of killer early horror tinged rockabilly with cuts by Link Wray & His Ray Men, Dale Hawkins, Dick Dale & His Del Tones, Screaming Lord Sutch amongst many others

Gatefold black vinyl. 2012 Not Now Music. Uk.

Could use more liner notes and pics but a killer comp for all psychobilly/early rock n roll fans.

Album sent in by the label.

A Ripple Conversation with Old Blood (halifax, ns, canada

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

Trev - When I was 5 years old, my Dad and I were taking a drive in our old station wagon.  Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones came on the radio about the time that we pulled up to our destination.  I remember being so blown away by the riff, the melody and the lyrics that I asked my Dad to keep the car running so I could sit and listen to the rest of the song.  It entirely changed my perception of what cool music was.

Lloyd - Metallica – …And Justice for All , specifically the video for One , it wasn’t like anything I heard on the radio , and the video was in a world of its own, super dark and deadly serious compared to what it was played in rotation with.

Josh - hearing music that wasn't country - Nirvana, Bad Religion, Metallica

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?

Trev - most of the tunes we have written together typically start with one of us (Usually Lloyd) sending out a 10 minute demo of a million riffs, chord progressions etc. that could possibly fit into one song.  I’ll listen to these demo’s  over and over until a vocal melody pops into my head.  We collectively decide what feels like a verse, what feels like the chorus, and where the bridge/interludes should end up.  After much collaboration and re- arrangement a song will slowly emerge.  We always make sure we play a song live, to an audience before attempting to properly record it.

Who has influenced you the most?

Lloyd - equal parts John Carpenter and John Cusack

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

Lloyd - Currently lots of film scores and lots of 70s 80s rock and pop

Trev - Probably just picking up a guitar that I haven’t played in a while, they all have different pockets and sweet spots that force me to play differently.

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

Lloyd - Halifax, N.S. – I once heard it described as “ A self Important city in the middle of nowhere”

Trev - Being so close to the ocean has certainly shaped some of the lyrical choices.  It’s hard not to be inspired by it.

Where'd the band name come from?

Trev - I think we had our first record almost done before we could decide on a band name.  We had a show or a tour lined up so we of course had to decide on one very soon.  Josh and I were having a beer one day at a local bar.  Our buddy Heather’s band van pulled up and we could see it outside the window. It was an old Dodge Ram van that used to be red, but 20 years of weather and wear changed the colour to what would look like a blood stained murder scene.  I commented that the van was the colour of old blood.  We both laughed. That was it.

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

Lloyd - Days of Thunder .

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?

Lloyd - Do The Bartman – The Simpsons – my reasoning would take at least 1000 words.

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

Lloyd - On the first night of a week long tour across a couple of provinces with some other bands, upon loading into the venue and getting ready for soundcheck, Josh realizes he has no Bass to perform with, in the chaos of load out with the other bands, his bass was left in the rehearsal studio back in Halifax and we were now two provinces away.

Trevor - Definitely Josh forgetting his bass on tour but also I ruptured my achilles tendon a few years back and couldn’t walk for like 6 months.  I had to play a bunch of rock shows sitting down.  My band mates had to set up all my gear for me and rock out extra hard. They were sweet, they never complained. I am grateful.

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

Lloyd - The 30 to 60 mins that you usually get to play live on any given day, is always the best part of that day or any other.

Josh  - my favourite thing about music is playing live. sucks we can't do it right now.

Trev - Playing a great live set with your friends, what could be better?

What makes a great song?

Lloyd - Sometimes it’s a lyric, sometimes it’s a riff or a solo, a lot of times your own mood dictates what songs are great.

Trev - I don’t think you can have a great song, without a great melody.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Trev - I was like 17. Drop D, 2-3 Chords Recorded on a tape cassette.  I listened to it on repeat in my van. It was not great.  A year or so later we recorded it in a proper studio and it actually got some radio play.  The song came on the radio at a friends house during a poker game. I was hooked.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

Lloyd - This newest record, lots of set backs, but we finished it.

Trev - Arrows, from our first record Ruins.  It was the second song I think we wrote together. 10 years later it’s still my favourite song to play live.

Josh - The Ides III & IV, Bath Salts, Dead of the Night

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

Josh - Deftones, Brutus, Pup

Lloyd - Nick Cave, Gunship, QOTSA  - all very different but all peak my interest anytime I hear something new by any of them.

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


Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Josh and Brad say Beer - less expensive and more variety

Lloyd Says Rye – Whiskey,  but for Canadians.

Trev  - I don’t want to live in a world where I have to choose.

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?

Halifax, N.S. – Obsolete Records – independent local owned and operated.

What's next for the band?

“Reckless Calm” album release is May 15th 2020, and we have another EP in the can that was thankfully recorded before the shut down.

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

Stay Frosty!

Friday, August 21, 2020



45 RPM burst of new wave of American heavy metal.

Triple folding gatefold cover -- blue multicolored, splattered vinyl

Creator-Destructor Records.  Album sent in by the band.

Twin Sides Of The (Evil) Coin Drop Today!

At Ripple we always seek to bring you a broad range of heavy rock. That's a big part of what makes this job so fun! It's also what makes this week such an interesting one here at Ripple HQ. With the fuzz madness of Psychlona in one corner and the occult sorcery of Brimstone Coven in the other, no matter what type of stoner rock you love, you're going to find something for you!

Psychlona bring the unadulterated heavy. When I saw them at Desertfest London last year it was like you could cut through their tone with a knife. It was just so incredibly thick. This new offering, Venus Skytrip is a huge step forward for them. Far more professional than their first record and benefiting from a hectic touring schedule, this is the album they were always meant to create and it's a monster.

As for Brimstone Coven... well, let's just say these occult rockers have gotten all the more evil since their last release. Few bands really conjure up the sonic sorcery the way they do. It's a lot of fun to hear it come together. It pulls from a deep well - the secret satanic history of rock. What's not to love?

So yeah - we have two very cool record dropping Friday - coming from opposite sides of the spectrum but promising sonic punishment regardless. Which are you going to get?

PS: We have multiple formats of each of these records. So go here and see all the possibilities for Psychlona:

Or here for all the options from Brimstone:
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