Friday, September 18, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With Alfie Pawsey And Ted Joyce Of Latenight Honeymoon

What have been your musical epiphany moments?


AP: When I was around 7 years old. I heard Bowie for the first time in the car with my mother and it opened me up for a whole new world of music that I had to explore.


TJ: This whole year has been a mindblowing epiphany of self introspection. The events of this period will impact the way I look at life (and music) forever.


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?


AP: There’s no set formula. It may be one of us cooks up an idea... a riff, a concept, a chorus or even the foundation of an entire song. Then together we’ll build from the ground up, with Ted providing most of the lyrical content and me focusing on the instrumentation in the production process while bouncing ideas off of each other throughout. Now we're able to get in a room as a full band again (with new guitarist Harry and Drummer Saif) the process is going to be something different which is really exciting for us.


Who has influenced you the most?


AP: I’m a huge Bowie fan, from Ziggy to way beyond the Berlin era and even the most recent albums. In terms of bands we’re embedded with pride in British music; the Verve, Blur, Pulp and Radiohead are huge influences as songwriters.


TJ: Can’t argue with that. I guess I’d add Lou Reed and Iggy Pop in that era they were working with Bowie and the likes... That's the ultimate trifecta for me.


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


AP: Real life experiences. Songs that mean something don’t generally just spring from thin air, there’s nothing better than when you find meaning within a song you adore. Life can be difficult and relentless for everybody… music is a tool to take a bad experience and turn it into something that gives context to the crazy world we live in. This is essential for our understanding. Hopefully this carries across to the listener also.


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


TJ: We were all born & bred on the fringes of London and have gradually moved closer toward the centre pulled by the gravitation of live music. We have felt so blessed to have found each other amongst the melting pot, but this city has a way of magnetising the right people together… Reminiscing of all of the incredible bands we have got to witness before lockdown has fuelled us for this EP, with limited resources have managed to capture that live energy into our EP "Codependecy B.S.T"


Where'd the band name come from?


TJ: Initially, I had heard a song by The Doors called ‘Moonlight Drive‘, which sounded like a wicked band name…It seemed a little too American pop-punk for the music we were initially making, though…Then Moonlight Honeymoon was suggested…that had too many moons, though (laughs). Finally landing on Latenight Honeymoon, it just had a nice ring to it phonetically, I guess?

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


TJ: A bond theme tune would be the epitome really… some sort of Alien invasion predator style Bond movie would be an interesting concept to soundtrack…


You now write for a music publication. You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?


TJ: Staying on the Bowie theme, let’s go with ‘Five Years’ I think I could write an essay on the Ice-cream Parlour verse alone… Any offers? I’ll take a fiver.


Come on, share with us a Spinal Tap, rock and roll moment?


AP: The funny thing is the genuine reality of that movie. When we played ‘Think Tank’ In Newcastle in October… you have to go through an industrial back entrance to get to the venue. We legitimately couldn’t find the way to the stage before going on…


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


TJ: To be completely honest it’s hard to remember… It’s been 8 months since we played a proper show. We had all these crazy plans for our 2020 shows in terms of adding a theatrical element to everything (wonder where we got that from???) When full gig’s start happening again that is going on the back burner though. It’s just gonna be an explosion of all the energy we’ve built up missing playing throughout lockdown.


What makes a great song?


TJ: A great song is like a perfect bond you share with a person. There is an initial attraction that you can’t really explain. That’s the beauty of it. The music is the initial attraction and the story gives it the longevity. You can like a song with only half the criteria. But a truly great song has both as well as feeling like the artist is talking directly to you.


What one single album do you wish that you'd written or performed on, and why?


AP: The Verve - Urban Hymns. It’s such a wonderfully heartfelt and thought provoking album, with such immersive production. Not only is it one of my favourite albums of all time, but it goes down as one of the best in history


What piece of your music are you particularly proud of?


TJ: Our Debut double EP Codependency is our first ever body of work. It is a collection of songs that has a combined meaning. Before this point we’ve made songs we are proud of. But to have an overall concept that links everything together is definitely our proudest moment musically. If I had to say one track I’d say ‘[What If?] the closing track on Codependency (Part i) BST is a song I’d wanted to write for a long time.


AP: yeah I second that… A personal favourite of mine is ‘Elixir’ which is on ‘Codependency (pt.ii) DST’ released on October 23rd, A 80’s throwback song stylistically with a contemporary feel.


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


TJ: There is this one band who I just can’t get over, an Australian band called ‘Middle Kids’ who we saw support Bloc Party at Ally Pally beginning of 2019. There was talk of us getting that slot so I was a bit peeved that we lost out on playing my favourite venue (understandably.)  I watched their set wanting to hate it but instead was blown away. Haven’t got their song’s out of my head since…


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


TJ: Vinyl. Vinyl. Vinyl. CD’s are pretty much obsolete at the moment. Digital just gets so processed by countless filters that something gets lost along the way and falls a bit flat to me personally. Obviously the ability to stream music instantly has its benefits. I’m hoping for a futuristic 3D printer that you can have in your living room linked to some sort of web platform where you can go and buy favourite albums that print in front of your eyes with lossless quality. This way there can still be some sort of physical relationship with music. I can see it pretty clearly. Anyone out there want to fund us to make said printer???


Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice


TJ: I’ve drank so much beer over the years I’ve seriously built up an intolerance to it. Heartbreaking. There was nothing more I loved than a Pint on a hot summers day in the pub garden. Forget a hot summers day actually. Just any day. I think I had a problem ha. I can still enjoy some whiskey without any major repercussions though so I’d have to go with that.


AP: Beer works just fine on me! I almost feel bad for you Ted.


We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your hometown, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?


TJ: All the record stores around us are pretty shoddy not going to lie. If anything we’d much prefer to come to your town and guarantee we’d be able to find some gems in your favourite record shop.


What's next for the band?


AP: We’re just going to release a constant stream of the music we’ve made in lockdown until this nightmare is over. We just want to get out an play live now. It’s going to be difficult with all the major label acts touring schedule just being nudged forward a year. Who knows maybe if the EP is received well we might end up on a support slot in 2021… Doesn’t look like festivals are going to happen any time soon.


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


TJ: Ride that wave. It’s gonna be ok… Keep keeping on.


AP: As soon as live music starts happening again go out and support the artists. Buy some merch and make sure to tell the artists how much you appreciate them making music. It's been an impossible time for creatives alike and the world is pretty bleak without them.




Weird Tales has arisen to heal mental traumas, to patch up injured minds. Pour the whole mess into the music while getting rid of it. Such a mistake.
Thrilling and shivering riffs began to scratch the festering brain’s wound instead.
Treacherous sonic mass has risen like a cancer,
while greedily absorbing the remnants of ourselves.
The black plague of our consciousness.
Not everyone was able to bear it.
Those who have survived will spread the disease further.


WEIRD TALES is a Warsaw Doom Power Trio made up of Dima (guitar, lead vocal), Kriss (bass, vocal) and Matt (drums, vocal).WEIRD TALES has toured the Poland and neighbouringcountries, sharing stage with well-known bands such as Church of Misery, Belzebong, Dopelord.
Band was started in the middle of 2015
They are extensively playing gigs from 2016
In 2017 they recorded two EP’s
In 2019 they launched debut Full Length album “Hell Services Cost a Lot” It grabbed great responses among the audience and placed 10th on Doom Charts.
The band recently have signed INTERSTELLAR SMOKE RECORDS
Together they are preparing new release.

Connect with Weird Tales:

Interstellar Smoke Records:

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Xroadie Files

James Williamson & Deniz Tek - Two To One
James Williamson- Guitar/Vocals, Deniz Tek – Guitar/Vocals

Jet Pack Nightmare catchy driving riffs pounding drums humping bass and punkish vocals. Progress just stand groove and sing as the music pulls you in. Take A Look Around has a very southern rock feel that just envelops you. Good As Gone will have the crowd on its feet clapping singing and dancing the night away. Stable crunchy riffs pounding rhythms with thumping bass. Climate Change sway groove rock and just enjoy. Birthday Present fast thumping bass catchy riffs soaring organ and interesting vocals. Small Change sitting with friends strumming guitar and singing. Liar just hit the floor and bop till you drop. No Dreams thumping bass with rockabilly guitars and punkish vocals. Melissa Blue close tour eyes and dream.

Horde Of Hel – Doden Nalkas
Sanctvs – Vocals, J.O Sandin – All Strings, Nils Fjellström – Drums

Blodets Morgon death destruction madness and dementia. Death Division Status the pits of hell blast open spewing demons forth. Visdomen Kallas Døden slithering from the blackness overtaking all light. Standard Nordland hit the pit slam sweat and just get rid of all aggression. Totalitarian Regime death black metal mayhem. Total Death lost in the dark depths of madness. Holy Ash fast heavy rip your face off death metal. No Remorse take one strange journey thru your deep imagination. Livets Narkos shreds your inner mind into small pieces. Of Eternity And Ruins lost in the dark black abyss of nothingness.

Winterkat – The Struggle
Jonathan Grell – Guitar, Michael Steele Grotheus – Vocals, Gerardo Ramirez, – Keyboards/Drums, Dean Vallecillo – Bass, Marcus Steven – Drums,Paul Therell - Keyboards

Sacred Heart crunchy fist pumping riffs screaming leads thundering rhythms and soaring vocals. Someones Calling catchy rhythms that will just envelop you and take you away into your imagination. Ghost Of Legal Crime fist pumping head banging metal music. Cold The Blade grab your guitars and get ready to rock till you drop. Last Time psychedelic acid blues rock that just sends shivers down your spine. The Struggle close tour eyes and just dream and drift. Minuet ILL amazing acoustic guitar. Light Of Day stand sing clap and groove. Life Of Changes some excellent melodies that just pull you in. Little Wing one great version of the Jimi Hendrix classic.

The Kings Pistol – Rip It Up
Julian Casewell, Andy Shardlow, Jim Farmer

Rip It Up a very interesting rhythm that pulls you in and wont let go. Rive At Midnight thumping bass pounding drums surf rock rhythms and punkish vocals. Sharpshooter has a very close riff to Kick Out The Jams just rock n roll. Flame Of Love grab your air guitar or just hit the pit and mosh till you drop. The Way The West Was Won sway groove and just trip. Nothing To Lose is one catchy interesting tune that just sticks with you for days.

The Livesays - The Rhythm of Love and Dysfunction
Billy Livesay – Guitar / lVocals, Jorge Laplume – Bass / Vocals, Howard Goldberg – Drums, Victor “Cuqui” Berrios – Organ / Vocals, Tim Murphy- Piano / Vocals

There's Something Coming Now just slow bluesy jazzy music that envelops your senses. When I Dream has a very catchy rhythm with great vocals. Another Mile sway sing and just enjoy. Let It Flow soaring organs funky bass with soulful vocals. Woodstoock one psychedelic melodic version of the classic tune. The Rhythm Of Love will have you on your feet grooving and rocking. Better Than He Ever Was just close your eyes and drift. How Can I Be just drift along on a cloud of melodies. That's The Trouble With Love Spanish guitar just envelops your senses with a catchy rhythm and great vocals. Heart Of The Matter powerful melodies just envelop your very being with an excellent cover version. Better Than You just kicking bask with friends singing and playing guitar. Book Of Rules sway groove clap sing and just enjoy. Can I Have (What You Have) catchy riffs steady t rhythms soaring organ and excellent vocals.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

8snake Release Surprise Live Album "Kuiper Belt"!

Message From The Band:

The Kuiper Belt album idea came out during the writing process for another future album.  Considering that we are in lockdown, we couldn’t met each other to jam and put together new ideas, so we thought we would go back through some of our old recorded jam sessions instead. We looked through and found some good input for the album, even though we’re still writing. Doug (our bass player) luckily recorded our jam sessions since 2014 till now. We realized that the music material we had recorded already at the Music Complex –London during our music jams was well performed and sounded good enough to consider as a proper release. Wayne (drums) had the idea to choose some of the best tracks and to make an album out of it , which we all agreed on. Doug did not just record the full album but even mastered the entire release, he did an impressive job.

At this moment we thought it would be a good idea to release a live album considering that we can’t play live for the time being. The best thing about this release is that all tracks have been played just once, none of the tracks were ever rehearsed or played twice. All tracks are pure improvisations and there was no intention from us to make it sound that tight or to release an album out of it. The tracks are frozen in time, left behind, like most of the Kuiper Belt object, frozen volatiles (termed “ices”) but we’re here to bring them back to life.

The artwork is just unbelievable, it’s a sculpture inspired from the change of our band name. 'John Summers' the sculptor met Francesco our front man in an art gallery. John is a brilliant artist, he liked ‘Eight’ our previous album under the name Francesco Fonte Band (2018) before we changed it to 8Snake. John got inspired by our music project and the way it has evolved. The sculpture is about 6ft tall, John said The title of the album fits the image perfectly. The white complex form is inspired from geometric forms but it’s completely organic, also the face give us the idea it could be looking out into the Belt. The face of the sculpture is like a mask and the white complex form is his true identity, his true complex presence.

The Best Little Ripple Bands From Texas

This just came across our radar today - not one, not two, but THREE Ripple bands were listed on Ultimate Guitars Top 7 Amazing Metal Bands From Texas list! Check it out for yourself:

This is obviously a huge honor - Texas has historically been great for heavy metal and stoner rock and delivered some great bands to Ripple. So who are the three they referenced? We're disappointed you couldn't guess!

The bands they dug were Mothership, Wo Fat, and of course Sweat Lodge! All three have had a Texas sized impact on the scene, and we are proud that Mothership and Wo Fat sit among our flagship acts!

For those not in the loop, Mothership are much more on the rock and roll side of things with thrilling live sets that have captured the imaginations of fans across the world.

Here more from our Texas boys here:

Wo Fat mesmerize audiences with waves of volume and colossal riffs. Their obsession with volume is so exciting to see! It translates really well on their new record, Midnight Cometh.

As for Sweat Lodge? Well they've been broken up for a few years but they remain a blast to listen too - you should really give their last record Talismana a spin when you get a chance!

So yeah - there's a lot of good Texas heaviness coming from Ripple. Which are you going to pick up?

Monday, September 14, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With Made Of Eyes

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

It’s got to be in the song writing, it’s easily the most satisfying but unforgiving moments in music. There’s nothing more satisfying than spending so much time in trying to make a song work with missing pieces—only for that missing piece to hit you in the moment, and then have such a hype for what you’re making. But in a similar situation, there’s nothing more cruel than spending so much time, trying to make a song work with missing pieces—for it to hit you in the moment… that it’s in-fact a song by someone else… satisfyingly cruel.

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?

We all have a hand in the writing and (interestingly) it can sometimes range from things such as: pitching to each other lyrics; melodies; recorded demo sessions; and then we’ll all work off of what’s being pitched and each other. Other times can be situations where someone presents whole songs, already there (musically/lyrically) and conceptualized. Because we all have an individual style of writing, we’ll come away with such a wide variety of songs. It’s really refreshing for us and changes things up from time-to-time. We’ve been experimenting far more now that we’ve got a handful of singles under our belts, with a little more unusual tracks—giving more freedom to try things that are sounding a bit more “risky”.

Who has influenced you the most?

Couldn’t ever put it down to one sound/artist that inspires us the most and I think the likes of our new single is a great example of that. The song started from piano work and its vocal lyrics and melody. Having such a soft chilled lounge/soulful thing happening—inspired by the likes of Jack Garratt and how he incorporates piano into his sound, adding with his samples as he plays, then loop and play guitar. Just an insane amount of talent there so I guess you could say he inspired the song in a more piano based direction for sure. Then it was at the point of taking that concept into the demo stage of things, heavily inspired (at that point) by looking back at Kanye Wests ‘808s & Heartbreaks’ album, throwing heartbeat percussion sounds, soft snares and low sub kicks that you’d find in songs like of: Love Lockdown; Heartless; and Welcome to Heartbreak.

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

We really have such a wide range when it comes to influences. In some cases—it’s easy to say our obvious ones would be from the 2000s pop rock era, but there are some that are far away from that genre (sometimes not even a song), bits of inspiration and sounds that are so unusual (in connection with our band), inspiring from the smallest (to biggest) of decisions in our music.

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

We are a project from Glasgow, Scotland and Hugely proud of the countries music scene. It is such a great thing to be a part of. Heavy hitters like: Lewis Capaldi, Emeli Sandé, Saint Phnx, Twin Atlantic, Biffy Clyro & Paolo Nutini to name a few. And then future artist (growing each day) with such an inviting sense of community—helping each other move forward.

Where'd the band name come from?

I think (like all band names) there’s such a worry in getting that perfect one. LOADS of different ones are tried out to see what sticks. To be honest… it was only until ‘Made Of Eyes’ got a chance to be tried out—the name actually ended up having more of a meaning for us. Hearing from others about how it “gives off an emotional feel towards things”. Giving imagery towards the likes of a relationship, or as an individual—being that person in life that worries about anything and everything (having that worry of the world watching & waiting for you to make a mistake) just humanized so much for us. It actually inspired us to write our songs in a certain way about our own personal worries—in the hopes that it helps a person out in their situation.

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

Drive (2011) starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. It’s one of them—where the soundtrack plays as a big factor to the movie. Would love to write something a lot more flowing with some weird tones, that movie has loads in there.

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?

Outkast-Hey Ya, on how it is one of the closest things to a perfect single but for reasons that just shouldn’t work when sitting down with a song (on-paper) to begin with, it tweaks so many rules musically, things like: using 4/4s and then a 3/4 in the last bar of the chord progression, but it’s just so easy flowing and inviting from the get-go.

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

Liam played a festival and ended up having a bra thrown at him, along with underwear landing on his pedalboard… the poor guy didn’t know how to react. He also has a drunken tattoo of a old band name hidden on um somewhere.

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

We adapt as many as we can, although we do have some “album-like/EP interluded” songs being worked on at the moment, so far—it’s been all of them. The way we’ve been treating our song writing is “the song (on-track) comes 1st and live comes 2nd”. it’s made for some really interesting tracks that we just simply would not have made being cooped up in a rehearsal space—going round in circles and just limiting ourselves to what we’ve got in front of us. It’s a much more refreshing take on translating it to live as well. Gives the audience a far greater reason to come see us live and hear these tracks in a new light.

What makes a great song?

There’s definitely more than a “black & white” composition to a hit song. I think that’s why there have been such incredible covers out there that outshines the original… and also sometimes not so incredible ones. The artist comes with the song for sure (original or cover) and I think that you need to be good fit for what you’re looking to create.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Ooooh it was bad. one of those ones where it’s about a crush—lyrics like… “you’ve hurt me but I’ll win you back someday, somehow” (insert punching in mid-air freeze frame scene here) sort’ve thing. But you never know, I’ll get back to you about it in a years time and it could be turned into a hit song. 

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

We all have our individual tracks but we definitely hold the same level of excitement in our work for all of our songs. When it comes together as a whole and then (later down the line) recorded in the final mix. There are some songs where we work on individually, and then others as a group that hold more of an emotional attachment over another for sure. The two singles (this year) hold a huge amount of that. We’ve found more of a definition in our sound now and the writing has improved so much from our last group of singles in 2019, it’s brilliant just to be getting better as we move forward.

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

Hands down… it’s Billie Eillish, her whole album became an upset for comfy chart layouts everywhere, and the song ‘when the party’s over’ is incredible.

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

Personally, I think downloading music online is great, it means that people can access the music of unsigned bands/artists and making it much more accessible to everyone—giving an artist a much bigger platform. Vinyl can such a valuable thing to have in this day in age though (if done right). It deserves to be treated as a (deluxe) display piece—giving fans more insight into the artist and their work. A recent band that did this perfectly were The 1975 with their ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it’ album. The artwork carries through the opening of it with additional information and photographs that they took from all around the world, with the two vinyls being a pastel blue/clouded/see-through tint—it’s a beautiful design and that’s what a vinyl should be. So yeah, if you come across an artist with their “vinyl” and all that they’ve done is make it a bigger version of their CD… ask for your money back.

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice

Got a love for both—it definitely just depends on what I’m feeling at the time and the kind of night it is. Not both at the same time though… that’s been tried & tested on nights out to not go down well.

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?

‘Missing Records’ on Oswald St, Glasgow. It’s nicely hidden away and definitely has a gem or two in there worth looking for. They also support artists to set up and play in-store which is amazing on their part.

What's next for the band?

We currently have more songs than we know what to do with. Releasing ‘Honesty’ and also another single (that we can’t go too much into at the moment) is our main objective. We are also going back into the studio in a few months time to record two more songs. We hope to get our first two music videos for these new tracks and look back to our current catalog of demos for a possible (Part 1 & 2) EP.

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

Just that you’re amazing and shouldn’t forget that. it’s easy for all of the self-isolating and uncertainty happening right now to become such a damaging feature to your mental health. People take a dip mentally and that is more than okay—it makes you the most human you can possibly be, but it's also about knowing when to open up to someone. If ur ever feeling at your worst or not making much sense of what you're doing/where you're going, please don’t forget that u can always take a steps back to reassess what's going on, and make the way for saying to someone "y'know what, I'm just not as okay these days as I thought" there are people that'll listen, professionally or not.


Sunday, September 13, 2020


The single arrives with a lyric video ahead of Enlightened In Eternity’s October 16th street date.
On Enlightened In Eternity, Spirit Adrift have created another monument to the timelessness of heavy metal.  While the album builds on the sizable foundation established by the band’s previous albums, it also sets itself apart in formidable new ways, widening the scope of what Spirit Adrift can be.  And while Enlightened In Eternity already marks the band’s fourth album, Spirit Adrift have only just begun.

On their new single, “Astral Levitation,” Spirit Adrift displays all the elements the band has become known and loved for, with an even more soulful, powerful vocal approach.  There are lumbering mid-tempo traditional doom sections, unforgettable vocal lines, ethereal psychedelic passages, a blistering solo section that summons the most bombastic hard rock vibes, and of course, tons of epic guitar harmonies.

Check out “Astral Levitation” with a new interview on (or share the song directly from YouTube).

Vocalist/guitarist Nathan Garrett and drummer Marcus Bryant have mastered the ability to invoke the power of metal’s past, whether it be the 70's, 80's or even the 90's without ever feeling throwback or "retro." Spirit Adrift urgently represent the sonic and emotional zeitgeist of 2020, and Enlightened In Eternity carries the same enormous magnitude of the most significant metal records of every era.  Garrett comments on their new single: “‘Astral Levitation’ is about searching within for untapped power during times of darkness and despair.  It’s an empowering soundtrack to the challenging times we all currently face.”

Enlightened In Eternity will be released on October 16th via 20 Buck Spin in North America (on Century Media in the rest of the world), and is available for preorder directly from 20 Buck Spin and on Bandcamp. If you missed it, check out the album’s lead single “Harmony of the Spheres” here (and see the guitar tutorial for the song here).  More news and music coming soon.

Enlightened In Eternity Track Listing:
1.  Ride into the Light
3.  Cosmic Conquest
4.  Screaming from Beyond
6.  Battle High
7.  Stronger Than Your Pain
8.  Reunited in the Void

Enlightened In Eternity credits:
Engineered and mixed by Ryan Bram
Produced by Ryan Bram, Marcus Bryant, and Nate Garrett
Mastered by Howie Weinberg and Will Borza

Artist photo by: Pablo Vigueras.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With Luv Dot Gov

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? 

When I was 15, I’d hang out in the city with my friends.  Smoking, drinking, listening to whatever was on the radio.  (It was very good at the time, trust me.)  My friend’s dad came in one night and shut everything down, turned off all the lights, turned off our music and told us to lay down on the floor and “shut up and really listen”.  He put on “In My Life” by the Beatles.  I think that’s when shit really started to change for me as a writer.

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?

Typically an idea comes first.  Chords and a melody.  That sort of thing.  Lyrics always come second for me.

Who has influenced you the most?

The list seems infinite.   …Powerpop was big for me.  The 70’s / 80s stuff, but also the 90s wave bands that not many people know about. They were all on MTV but if you blinked, you never saw them.

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

Daily life seems to provide a generous helping of new inspiration or motivation.  Both the positive and the negative.

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

We pretty much grew up in New York, both sort of near enough to the city that there were always fun punk and pop-punk shows to go to.  There was a lot of that.  Though, I don’t necessarily think it was a regional thing.  It was the 90s.  Great music was literally everywhere.

Where'd the band name come from? 

Just cheeky nonsense beer-talk.  Although, we always wanted “love” in the name.  Or the short answer is:  symmetry.

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

Seems like so many have attempted to record their own score for “Le Voyage dans la Lune”, but I’d still like to have a go at it.

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? 

“God Only Knows”  and I’m not sure why, but I’m sure I’d know why once I was done writing it. 

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

Steve is actually our 2nd drummer.  The first guy spontaneously combusted. 

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

Playing live is everything for us.  That’s what makes the current global situation so difficult.  We loved to be interactive with a nice big crowd.  And Seanski can really dance!

What makes a great song? 

Brian Wilson.  Next question.

What one single album do you wish that you'd written or performed on, and why? 

Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”.  Just because I can already play guitar and write a pop song. 

What piece of your music are particularly proud of? 

I’m proud of this new upcoming record (“The Good Times Are Over”).  I am super proud of the compositions, and the arrangements I worked on with the boys.  A lot of this came out of pandemic and political stress, and I think you can really hear that throughout. 

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

John Davis from Superdrag.  Me and Steve can’t stop listening to the new Lees Of Memory album “Moonshot” that he did.  I really dug the new Strokes and also the new Hum record as well.

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


Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice 

This I feel very strongly about.  Whisky.  No E.  Straight outta Alba.  Reckon my favorites come from the Highlands/Speyside regions.  But don’t make me choose one.  I love them all. 

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? 

My hometown is Nyack, NY.  Best to take your time machine back to 2011 to visit the record shop I used to own.  Other fave shops of mine?  In NY?  Most, unfortunately, have vanished. 

What's next for the band? 

Well, we’d like to lose our Covid weight I suppose.  But like everyone else, we’re waiting to see how this crisis pans out.  The first thing I want to do is get another tour together, overseas.  We had a blast all around the UK in 2018.  Simpler times…

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

If you’re in the states, register to vote!  If you’re in Europe, can I have a job and a visa please?  Ich lerne deutsch!

*Also:  It’s not so difficult to be kind to each other.  Do that every day.  And wash your dirty hands you filthy, filthy animal.  :)

Friday, September 11, 2020

Dungeon Weed To Release Vinyl Edition Of Debut Album 'Mind Palace Of The Mushroom God'!

How many times have you heard an album and immediately thought, “this needs a vinyl release?”  Here’s proof that sometimes the stars really do align……. 

Dungeon Weed dropped their debut album Mind Palace of The Mushroom God and it immediately landed in the top ten of the August Doom Charts.  In their infinite wisdom Forbidden Place Records swooped in to do a vinyl release to satisfy the teeming masses or “collector scum” whichever you prefer.  Limited to 250 copies of purple and yellow splatter (sounds amazing, right?) with deluxe gatefold and some of the most insane artwork that you are likely to see this year or any other.  Pre-orders available now!  Dungeon Weed is Dmitri Mavra (SKUNK & Slow Phase) going balls out and handling everything, but the drums.  The drumming is most capably handled by Chris McGrew, session drummer and studio engineer at San Francisco's Wally’s Hyde Out (formerly Hyde Street Studio C). As if Dmitri hadn’t done enough already he also provided the aforementioned insane artwork.  I mean… seriously…  WTF!?  I’ve spent my quarantine just trying to get by and this fucking guy creates a sonic masterpiece and oh yeah…. That insane artwork.  Hat’s off to Dmitri and Forbidden Place Records…… 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

A Certain Ratio Share New Single And Video "Berlin"; New Album Out September 25


"...ACR made some of the most seminal yet underrated post-punk, avant-pop, and tweaked funk of an era filled with hybrid explorations…” – PITCHFORK


“… pioneering, criminally overlooked” – ELECTRONIC SOUND


“Cult punk funkateers” – UNCUT


A CERTAIN RATIO have shared the brilliant video for “Berlin,” the latest single to be taken from their eagerly anticipated new album, ACR Loco, due out September 25 on Mute. Watch the Groovy Chaos-directed video here.


Over the last few months, the band have shared a taste of the directions and styles distilled into their forthcoming new album. From "Friends Around Us (Part 2)" to "Always in Love," to the Tokyo suburbs on "Yo Yo Gi," now comes the brand new single, "Berlin." ACR Loco, explains Jez Kerr, “…is a culmination of everything we've ever done.”


“Berlin” also includes the beautiful voice of Denise Johnson who sadly passed away in July this year. “Denise will be missed so much by us,” says Martin Moscrop, “but her soaring voice will live on forever in our music and we are so blessed to have recorded with her on ACR Loco.”


ACR Loco will be released on CD, cassette, limited edition colored vinyl and digital platforms. The vinyl will be available in one of four colors: white, blue, red and turquoise, randomly packed, with each color of varying rarity. Pre-order ACR Loco here.


The album’s release on September 25 will be marked by a very special online event. An Evening with A Certain Ratio will see the band play their new album in full at the Hope Mill Recording Studio following an exclusive premiere of their 2019 hit-laden gig for the Manchester Warehouse Project’s Haçienda night. The band will also be in conversation with a Q&A. To finish, expect one of the band’s infamous ACR Soundsystem DJ sets. Book your ticket here. Full schedule below.


Looking ahead to 2021, A Certain Ratio will be continuing their run of unmissable dates with a winter tour. See below for a full routing.



ACR Loco was recorded by the core line up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop, and Donald Johnson with contributions from the ACR live line up – Tony Quigley on sax, Denise Johnson on vocals, and Matt Steele on keyboards. Additional guests include Sink Ya Teeth’s Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford, Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor), and Manchester luminaries Mike Joyce (The Smiths) and experimental multi-instrumentalist Eric Random.


Keen on the joys of collaboration and sharing, it makes sense that adding the ACR touch to other artists via a series of reworks led to their latest album taking shape. Recent reworks of tracks for the likes of Baba Ali, Maps, Number, Barry Adamson, and The Charlatans saw the band return to the studio to unpick those original tracks. “The reworks were crucial,” says Donald Johnson. “They got us back in the studio and forced a union and a bond. They allowed us to start getting a groove again.”


A Certain Ratio + Mute = Good Together



ACR Loco tracklisting

1. Friends Around Us

2. Bouncy Bouncy

3. Yo Yo Gi

4. Supafreak

5. Always In Love

6. Family

7. Get A Grip

8. Berlin

9. What’s Wrong

10. Taxi Guy

An Evening with A Certain Ratio (September 25; all times Eastern)

2:00pm – ACR live at The Haçienda, The Warehouse Project (2019)

2:45pm – ACR in conversation

3:15pm – ACR perform ACR Loco live

4:00pm – ACR Soundsystem

5:30pm – ACR:END


A Certain Ratio 2021 Tour

November 3, 2021 – Huddersfield, England – The Parish

November 4, 2021 – Newcastle, England – St. Dom's Social Club

November 5, 2021 – Manchester, England – Gorilla

November 6, 2021 – Stoke on Trent, England – The Sugarmill

November 7, 2021 – York, England – The Crescent

November 9, 2021 – Birmingham, England – Hare & Hounds

November 10, 2021 – Southampton, England – Engine Rooms

November 11, 2021 – Brighton, England – CHALK (formerly The Haunt)

November 12, 2021 – Bristol, England – The Exchange

November 13, 2021 – London, England – EartH

November 15, 2021 – Preston, England – The Ferrett

November 16, 2021 – Leeds, England – The Warehouse

November 17, 2021 – Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Desiree’s Vision – Dark Shine

Desiree’s Vision – Vocals, Silent Partner – All Instruments, Special Thanks To Castle Door Studios / T Box/James Forbes Vortex Music Productions

Angel & Her King crunchy riffs t majestic music with soaring vocals that just pull you in. Beowulf will have your imagination taking over as the music and amazing vocals just envelop your very being. Magdalene catchy pulsating rhythms with c vocals that just send shivers down your spine. Nivia just let your dreams drift away. In The Courtyard great music memorable rhythms and soaring vocals. Death dark heavy emotional music that just pulls you into deep depths of your minds eye. Cry Beautiful stand chant fist pump and just rock out. Ice Garden clap shout sing and just let the music envelop your senses. Awaken dark melancholic Gothic emotions just pull you in. Starlit Skies drifting in the depths of your imagination.

Skyfall – Sleeping Forest

Jens Englund – Everything

The Awakening take one prog metal musical journey thru your imagination. Gloomy Horizon crunchy guitars majestic keyboards pull you into your deepest dreams. Obscure Memories flowing in the depths of emotional music. Decadence just drift in your imagination with some amazing musicianship. Fading Light awesome music that drags u you into to your deepest minds eye illusion. Sleeping Forest close your eyes dream and let your thoughts go wild. Emptiness take a musical magical journey. Tidens Ondska majestic tones and textures pull you into your deepest dreams. Desolation lost in time space and imagination with some excellent guitars and emotions. Lurking Shadows close your eyes and dream away the night.

Dave Schoepke – Tessellated Resonance

Dave Schoepke – All Instruments

Earth Calls one interesting percussive tune with great tones. Voices Welcome pulls you into your dreams. Hartundi just drift along with a catchy rhythms. Loomfixer just let the percussive tones envelop your senses. Nemophilist a trip thru your inner minds eye. Shorn groove along to a catchy rhythm. Sounds After Life will take your imagination in strange directions. Air Above just takes your dreams in different directions. Currents just let the percussive tones envelop you. Beyond The Slanting Surfaces lost in space time and tones. The Churning Void just one strange mind trip of percussive tones.

Peggy James – Paint Still Wet

Peggy James – Vocals/Guitar, Jim Eannelli- Guitar/Bass/Percussion/Autoharp/Drums, Daryl Stuermer – Guitar, Jim Liban – Harmonica, Anna Vafal – Violin, John Calarco- Drums/Percussion, Victor Span – Drums, Connie Grauer – Piano, Guy Fiorentini – Uke Bass, Lil Rev - Harmonica/Ukulele

Let’s Fly Away has a very emotional country feel with soulful vocals and a catchy rhythm. Wiser sitting strumming and singing as the night goes on. Holdin’ Hands bluesy country soulful music. San Antone take a trip back to the 70s and the folky melodic music of that time Can’t Do Lonely Anymore countrified soul that just envelops your senses. Sailor Knots strumming guitar and singing as the day whiles away. Lighter Than A Feather music that just envelops you as it pulls you into your dreams. Head Over Heels country folkish music with tons of emotion. Nuthin’s The Same drifting along with the emotions. Fallen Star clap your hands snap your fingers and sing along. Scarlet And Gold close your eyes and just flow with great emotional singing and playing. Gettin Serious a catchy tune that sticks in your head for days.

The Pilgrim - From The Earth To The Sky And Back

Gabriele Fiori —Guitars/Vocals/Bass/Keyboards/Synths, Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums

Mexico ’84 take a trip back to the 70s and the excellent melodic music of the times and enjoy. Sitting Down On The Porch sitting around with friends strumming guitars and singing. Obsessed By The West Part I, II ,III, IV just take a great musical journey in your imagination. Lion close your eyes and drift away in your dreams. Fool Around tap your feet clap your hands sway and sing. Riding The Horse a very catchy tune that just envelops your very being. Cuba catchy rhythms emotional vocals and great musicianship. Secrets In The Kingdom drifting with some amazing melodies. I’m Just Scared strum guitar and sing with great emotions. Solitude take a psychedelic trip in your imagination. At Your Door sway sing and just enjoy the magical journey. Sounds In The Night just take a strange trip in your dreams. Space And Time lost in the depths of your imagination. Waiting For The Sun floating on a sea of melodies.

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