Friday, February 26, 2021

ANGEL Signs with Cleopatra Records for New Album, Takes to the Radio with Keith Roth This Sunday

Legendary Rock Band ANGEL is set to start recording a brand new album on Cleopatra Records. This will be the second album on Cleopatra and a follow up to the very successful album “RISEN” released in 2019. Founding members Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino have been working with new partner and band member, guitarist Danny Farrow to write and craft the new songs. The three recently got together and wrote 13 brand new songs and the band is super excited to get back in the studio to record. “We've written some great songs and are excited for all you guys to hear,” says Meadows, continuing “We’re recording our second album for Cleopatra records and couldn't be happier about it! They're an awesome record company and we can't wait to get started.” Says guitarist Danny Farrow, “We are all super Excited to be working with Cleopatra Records again on a follow up album to RISEN. It will be great to get back in the studio again with the band as well as working on lots of positive things for the future of ANGEL.”

 

In 2020, Angel also signed with veteran artist manager Ron Rainey in Beverly Hills, CA. “Ron is the real deal and has already done great things for Us!” Punky says. The respect goes both ways says Rainey, “I'm happy to be working with Angel again. The group is sounding great live and they are prodigious writers, testified by the success of their 2019 Cleopatra album ‘Risen.’ They are now writing songs for their next Cleopatra album and we at Ron Rainey Management are proud to be a part of their resurgence.” Part of that resurgence will be the eventual return to touring and Ron has already hired Mike Weinstein from American Artists Corporation to help bring their show to Angel fans across the USA. “We have a great team now and are looking forward to an amazing year, and of Course we'll be back out on the road to blow the roof off in a town near you!” celebrates, Meadows.

 

But you don’t have to wait long to reconnect with Angel. Tune in to hear Punky, Frank and Danny interview with the radio rocker Keith Roth this Sunday night (Feb 28, 2021) from 8:00 to 10:00 pm Eastern time on The ELECTRIC BALLROOM show on WRAT 95.9FM Click "listen live" on www.WRAT.com, or play WRAT on iHeartRadio.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Have You Seen Our Euro Webstore?

Have you seen our European webstore? It's seriously a can't miss for our European fans. Not only do you save money on shipping, you also get product faster and with less risk of it getting damaged. Seriously, check it out: https://en.ripple.spkr.media/

 

We've had this Euro store for a while now, but a lot of you guys are still buying from Bandcamp or the US shop. Here's the thing - we get the same cut from this store as we do Bandcamp. Really, we're just trying to pass on benefits to you, the fans.

 

So head over to check it out here: https://en.ripple.spkr.media/ do some shopping and tell us what you think, or if there's anything you'd change!

PS: More records are getting added to the Euro store all the time, so even if you've been before, check it out, you might find something new: https://en.ripple.spkr.media/

Don't Miss Out On Jakethehawk!

It's always interesting when a band really draws from the influence of their home in their music. Such is the case with Jakethehawk and their new album Hinterlands. Their unique brand of sprawling psych fuzz captures the imagination and you NEED to experience it by heading here and grabbing it: https://fanlink.to/Jakethehawk

 

Seriously - from the first single it was clear to us over here at Ripple that the band was tuned into something special. Hinterlands is a masterful offering not just because of the massive riffs or heart wrenching melodies, but because of the overarching sense of Appalachian magic that the band communicate.

 

Anyway - we got this thing on CD plus black and splatter vinyl variants. Both of which are gorgeous. (Check 'em out HERE) They're moving fast so if you want one, pick it up here: https://fanlink.to/Jakethehawk

 

If we didn't think you'd dig it we wouldn't put it out. So smash that button below and buy your copy today!

PS: There's literally 2 of the splatter vinyl left in stock on Bandcamp and numbers are super low on the other stores. Act now or forever hold your peace: https://fanlink.to/Jakethehawk

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A Fistful Of Questions With 20 Watt Tombstone’s Tom Jordan

     Vocalist.  Guitarist.  Gentleman & Scholar.  Soon to be author!?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to 20 Watt Tombstone’s Tom Jordan.   

 

 

What is your full name?

 

Thomas Vincent Jordan III

 

Do you have any aliases?

 

Not really, no.

 

What bands are you actively involved with?

 

Currently I am only in one, 20 Watt Tombstone

 

What was the first instrument that you played?

 

Guitar, It's really the only instrument I play.

 

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?

 

As a kid I grew up in a religious home. Rock was looked at as a bad thing, so my exposure to mainstream music was somewhat limited. My Dad taught me how to play old stuff like Bob Dylan and The Ventures, Neil Young, stuff like that. From there I discovered bands like Kiss, Van Halen, Black Flag and Metallica through other kids.  Eventually, I got a record player from my grandpa and an elder in our church gave me old blues records like Taj Mahal and Muddy Waters. His influence was huge and I owe a lot of the influence I have to the old records he would loan me every week. The hot for teacher video from Van Halen was probably the reason I wanted to play at that age, to me that video was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

 

What was the name of the first band you were in?

 

I honestly can't remember! It was a 15 year old me, a drummer who was a senior and a singer who was older and graduated. We practiced out at the older guys house and at one point I snuck out on a school night to go play a bar with them. We were awful and didn't get paid but I remember at school the next day all the other kids thought It was super cool.

 

Tell me about the genesis of 20 Watt Tombstone. 

 

I was in another band, a three piece called Meantooth Grin and Mitch (My drummer now) was filling in, we discussed starting a duo since we had a hard time finding people that could tour and play as much as we wanted to. Eventually we started this band as a joke, side project to do on the side for fun and it ended up getting a lot more attention than we intended. So we decided to record a record and take it a bit more seriously.

 

What inspired the name 20 Watt Tombstone?

 

Well, it's a long story but I will try and condense it a bit. When we started out, our name was "the Goddamns".  When we started looking at touring and tv and movie placements, the name became an issue. The biggest issue became when we tried to trademark the band name and were told by the U.S. Trademark office that you cannot legally trademark a curse word. Also around the same time, our booking agent told us that she was having some trouble booking us with the name in the bible belt. We also had several tv and movie placements get rejected because of it. So we decided to change it, however...we had no idea what to call ourselves. In an effort to seek help we asked our booker and lawyer and they recommended we ask our fans and get them involved. Make them part of the process, so we took to social media asking for name suggestions and after about 3 months of 1000's of suggestions we narrowed it down to a few we didn't hate. After running them by our lawyer and booker again we decided that the one that worked the best with our current logo would be best for branding and that name was 20 Watt Tombstone. We gave the person who chose the name a big merch package and a public post about them choosing the winner and the rest as they say, is History.  

 

You picked two amazing songs to do covers of.  What’s the process that you go through when you are picking songs to cover?

 

I have a weird theory about covers, I don't really choose them as much as they choose us. Our originals are always the priority but sometimes a cover just stands out to me. Our style is fairly odd so a lot of stuff doesn't work so well, but some lends itself really well to what we do.

 

If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why?


 

I'm pretty happy with where I am, but If I had a chance to play with anyone it would probably be some of the old blues guys like Muddy Waters, RL Burnside, Howlin Wolf. I think the level of creativity those cats brought to music would be a blast to just be around and maybe learn from.

 

Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?

 

Not really, though I am jealous of some of the amazing songwriters out there like Amigo the Devil, Shawn James and Brother Dege. Those guys draw from something that few people do anymore. It's truly a gift to speak to the soul the way they do and just to have a small piece of that level of artistic creativity would be pretty great in my opinion.

 

Do you have any non-rock/metal musical inspirations?

 

Absolutely, most of my musical inspirations are not metal honestly. Metal was a huge part of my childhood and I am a metal head at heart but there is so much great music out there I have a hard time not enjoying all of it. I love old country by the greats like George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, WIllie Nelson, etc. Those guys were bad asses in a time that music was changing in some cool ways. I also love hip hop and soul, funk, and blues music. I am as likely to be listening to Mos Def and Charlie Patton as I am to listen to Lamb of God and Prince. I also love women like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald. I am really all over the map. Only thing I hate really is pop country.

 

What’s a pop song that you'd like to do a cover of?

 

I have always wanted to cover "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish.

 

What band have you played with that has really impressed you with their live show?

 

Man, there are so many. If I had to pick one I would say Mothership. Those guys are on point every damn night and their live show might be one of the best out there. Super nice guys too. There are so many great bands we have had the honor to play with though, it's hard to pick just one!

 

Do you have a favorite venue to play at?

 

This is another tough one. We play so many cool spots all over. I would say at home here in Wisconsin our local dive bar Polack Inn is home. They are family and we love it there. Otherwise Burns Alley Tavern in Charleston SC, The Thirsty Devil in Tupelo MS, Limelight in San Antonio TX, The Skylark Social Club in Charlotte NC, as well as High Noon Saloon and Lyric Room here in Wisco are all great spots too. Again it's really tough to pick one. We are very blessed to work with all really great venues lately.

 

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

 

Not really, vocal warm ups sometimes. Mitch has one for sure. He has become somewhat infamous for his "Pre-show dump."  He takes one before every show and posts from the bathroom about the show. We have rolled up to shows and had total strangers ask if he's taken his pre-show dump yet. It's Crazy. He's become famous for pooping.

 

What is your favorite thing about touring?

 

It's hard to say. It's definitely not something that's for everyone. It's a lot of driving and sleeping in odd places, getting lost and dealing with some very unique problems, but I wouldn't change anything. I've been blessed to be able to do what I love for a living and even on its worst day it's better than any day job I have had. For me it's the travel, the adrenaline of a good show, the burn in your skull from loud amps when you fall asleep at night. Mostly I love the fact that we get to meet so many people and hear their stories, get to know them. We have really seen the best and the worst of people out on the road but it's refueled my belief in humanity. I have met strangers who have fed us, helped us fix our van, given us gifts, and let us stay with them. There are truly some amazing caring people out there in the world if you look hard enough.

 

What is your least favorite thing about touring?

 

Easily missing my Wife. The hardest thing I do every tour is say goodbye to her but she is amazing and supports what I do. She's a lifer like me and gets it. I lucked out finding her.

 

Is there a city that you love to hit while on tour?

 

Tupelo MS is probably our favorite spot in the U.S. outside of home. They love us there and have embraced us like family. We now have a ton of very close friends and road family there and it's always a spot we look forward to. My wife and I plan on renewing our vows there after travel is safe again.

 

What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had on the road?


 

I have a lot honestly! Probably too many to list and most probably are a little too strange to publish. I am actually in the process of writing a book and that will contain all of them in detail. However one that comes to mind was in Mississippi somewhere (I'll refrain from naming the city), we had an off day and did a house show that turned out to be a meth house. That one got very interesting and at one point a gun was discharged. Crazy night. I'll leave it at that. 

 

The year is 1991.  Where are you at and what are you listening to? 

 

Motorhead and Prince most likely.

 

What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business?

 

There is a lot I would say but I will keep it to the basics.  I am 44 and it took me years to learn what I have but I still have a ton to learn. Biggest thing is lose the ego, that ends careers quickly. Second is be nice, to everyone. You never know who is going to be that person that can change everything. Be nice to the drunk guy in the front row, the booker, the other bands, all of em. Be the band that when your name comes up people say "wow those guys are sweethearts". Nobody likes an asshole. Third thing I would say is there is no substitute for elbow grease. Work hard and someday someone will take note. Nothing in life comes easy and that is especially true in the music biz.

 

What is an absolute band killer?

 

Ego probably, that and shitty girlfriends. Those two will get your ass in trouble quick!

 

What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?

 

Oh boy hahaha! I think two weeks?That was way back when we first started touring. Now it's much easier to shower than in the early days. We actually have a hazing list we make new merch guys do before they can get paid at the end of the tour and on that list one of the things is to not shower or bathe for a week, if we had to do it we figure they need to experience that too.

 

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?

 

I actually am 3 credits from a bachelors degree in behavioral psych and 4 credits away from one in Religious studies.

 

What are two things that people absolutely need to know about Wisconsin?

 

1) Our winters are brutal

 

2) Our winters are brutal

 

Is the Fistful of DOOM show in the top 10 of your favorite music podcasts?

 

duh.

 

Do unicorns sleep standing up?

 

I heard they build cocoons out of dead kittens and party liquor and dream about murder and cotton candy in them, but that is all "alleged", you understand. Remains to be seen.

 

What are a couple of bands that Pete the dog likes to jam to (outside of 20 Watt Tombstone, of course)?

 

Hahaha! Pete hates loud noise (except when he is making it of course) but he seems to enjoy Beyonce and Slayer in equal measures.

 

You’re driving cross-country and you can only listen to one album the whole time.  What album will it be?

 

That is a tough one! I would have to go with good driving music and for driving you can't beat Waylon Jennings. I will have to cheat a bit and say the Nashville Rebel Box set for that one. :-)

 

You are writing a book about your life thus far.  What is the title of that book?

 

No title yet, Still working on it. Hopefully I will have a title soon though.

 

What is your favorite song by Taylor Swift?

 

Probably "Love Story", I'm a sucker for a good love song and say what you will, she does love songs and break up songs well.

 

Motorhead or AC/DC (if you had to pick one)?


 

Motorhead for sure, although Mitch and I do love to scream the words to "Let me put my love in you" by AC/DC while in the van.

 

Doobies or Boobies (if you had to pick one)?

 

Boobies, long as they are my wife's, but really...You should be able to have both. :-)

 

Waffles or Pancakes (if you had to pick one)?

 

Waffles. Especially if they are from Waffle house.

 

Star Wars or Star Trek (if you had to choose)?

 

Star Wars, the defense rests.

 

Favorite band t-shirt you own?

 

Ha! Another tough one. I would have to say either my Goddamn Gallows one that says "Y'all motherfuckers need Jesus" or my Kiel Grove one that says "If you don't like Randy Travis Fuck you"

 

Favorite meal?

 

Vietnamese or vegan food is something I am always on the lookout for. Having no gallbladder I don't do a ton of meat.

 

Favorite book?

 

I have a few, American Psycho and The Last Temptation of Christ are probably the two I have consistently loved the longest. Lately, I am loving Cab Log by Dege Legg.

 

Favorite movie?

 

Scarface with Al Pacino, a close second would be Taxi Driver.

 

Favorite album?

 

It's so hard to pick Just one! Lately I would say Sturgill Simpson's "Sound and Fury" has been on constant repeat. That would be my pick currently.

 

 

     This has been one of the most entertaining interviews that I have had the pleasure of doing. I laughed out loud several times.  Massive thanks to Tom for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate it.  If you are looking for some top shelf bluesy rock (and why wouldn’t you be?) then look no further than 20 Watt Tombstone.  Check out their latest ep Year of the Jackalope to wet your whistle and chase that with their split with Left Lane Cruiser... Death Blues vs. The Dirty Spliff. 

 

 

~El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle Jameson from The Fistful of DOOM show)

 

 

https://20watttombstone.bandcamp.com/album/year-of-the-jackalope

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Xroadie Files

Incursion - The Hunter E.P.

Steve Samson – Vocals, Maxx Havick – Guitars, Michael Lashinsky – Guitars, Stone Jamess – Bass, Buddy Norris - Drums

 

The Hunter: Prologue/Warrior Of Destruction majestic rhythms searing leads that just envelop you. Guiding Faith Gothic chants powerful riffs scorching leads with soaring vocals and pounding drum fist pump and head bang. Fade To Black chugging riffs thundering bass pounding drums soaring leads and catchy rhythms stand as one fist pump chant and head bang. Kingdom Of The Dead the majestic heavy metal just envelops you as it takes you away into your imagination with amazing musicianship and great vocals. The Hunter: King Of All The Land stand as on and get ready to take on the world.

 

 

Becoming – In The Name Of God/ Sonic Revelations

Band members - ????

 

Through The Now powerful vocals thundering rhythms with crunchy guitars and thumping bass screaming leads fist pump and slam. The pit In The Name Of God pulls you into the dark depths of your fears and dreams. Powerlines thundering drums pounding bass strong vocals with crunchy riffs. Wish thundering bass crunchy chugging rhythms with screaming leads and gruff vocals. Far From Reality crunchy riffs c=screaming leads pounding drums thumping bass head band and fist pump. Temporary Existence crunchy guitars searing leads thundering drums with pounding bass and powerful vocals.

 

 

Collapse Under The Empire- Everything We Will Leave Beyond Us

Martin Grimm, Chris Burda

 

Ark of Horizon close your eyes and float along the majestic melodies and emotions. Red Rain takes you deep into the imagination and thoughts of your minds eye. Seven floating on a cloud of melodies just drift along. Resistance takes you into your dreams and thoughts with many emotions. Destruction close your eyes and dream. Everything We Will Leave Beyond Us pulsating space rock that takes you out in your imagination. A New Beginning just let the amazing musicianship flow thru you s it envelops your spirit. A New Earth lost in thoughts f dreams space time and emotions.

 

 

Qilin – Petrichor

Frédéric B. -Guitar, Benoît C. -Bass, Mathieu G. -Drums, Thomas V. -Guitar

 

Through The Fire crushing chugging riffs pounding rhythms screaming guitars that just slam at your very being. Labyrinth slowly slithers at you as it pulls you in and picks up that pace just get ready to rock. Cold Pine Highway dark heavy melancholic metal music. Sun Strokes The Wall close your eyes and drift away in your inner mind as the excellent musicianship takes you away. Myrmidon’s Big Jam pounding drums thundering bass chugging guitars with scorching leads. Head Of Medusa slow dark and melancholic.

 

 

Serpents- Anima

Karyn Crisis, Luciano Lamanna

 

Ecate Celeste pulsating rhythms dark demonic vocal that pull you into the depths of hell. Incantesimo lost in the blackness of you're minds eye. AlphaOmega drifting along in space and time till driven to madness. Requiem melancholic tones envelop your soul. Your Cold Embrace just try and survive the darkness that envelops you. Centrum floating away in despair and dementia.

 

-Xroadie

Monday, February 22, 2021

Announcing The Ghost Road Fest!

6th November 2021 - London https://ghostroadfest.bigcartel.com/product/ghost-road-fest-london

7th November 2021 - Leeds https://ghostroadfest.bigcartel.com/product/ghost-road-fest-leeds

 

Ghost Road Fest is a multi city two day festival with a mission to offer opportunity to the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming bands, provide mentorship programmes, and paid work experience to young adults from underprivileged backgrounds who are interested in a career in the music industry.

 

The festival’s ethos strongly supports inclusivity, creativity, gender equality, and opportunities for the young.

 

The festival will offer proportional representation with a hope to stimulate the underground music scene post Covid-19. The two shows will help the up-and-coming bands gain a further reach with their music, and a chance to play to a larger and different audience outside of their hometown alongside national DJs performing at the events; opening doors to networking opportunities to artists, interns and audience members alike.

 

Inclusivity

 

Ghost Road Fest encourages everyone who loves and has a passion for music to come along to an exciting, safe, inclusive festival in the name of live music.

 

Creativity

 

Music by nature is creative, Ghost Road Fest solidly promotes the UK’s most exciting up and coming artists in an intimate environment.

 

Opportunity

 

Ghost Road Fest supports not only up and coming artists but creatives within the industry too by offering a mentorship programme and paid work experience. It opens opportunities for young people (18-25 years old) to work first hand within a live music situation at a festival inaugural year.

 

Gender Equality

 

Proportional representation is at the heart of everything Ghost Road Fest stands for, both artists and crew are fairly represented with an equal split throughout.

 

Aspirational

 

The festival aims to encourage young people to one day host their own events and work within the music industry.

 

Festival Partners

 

Kycker

Blackstar Amplification

Vocalzone

Piston Head Foundation

These Bloody Thieves

The Zine

Knight PR

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak

It’s preach to the choir time waveriders!  You all know, or at least the vast majority of you know that Thin Lizzy rocks!  It also stands to reason that you don’t need anyone to inform you of the greatness of Jailbreak.  I get it, you’re well aware.  If you wouldn’t mind indulging me however, I was struck by the need to write about the album after my most recent play through.

 

I bought my copy of Jailbreak from a CD Warehouse store in the early 2000s.  While I had heard “The Boys Are Back In Town” many times on the radio, the real reason I bought the album was because some of my favorite artists regularly professed their undying love and affection for Thin Lizzy and this record in particular.  Hey, if it was good enough for them it’d be good enough for me too!  I took my purchase home and popped it right into my stereo.

 

Now if I were a cooler individual this is the part where I would tell you how I immediately latched onto this album, how I couldn’t stop listening to it, and how I bought a t-shirt that states “If You Don’t Like Thin Lizzy, F!@# You!”, but that wouldn’t be true.  I liked Jailbreak right away, but I didn’t instantly love it and it certainly didn’t knock me on my backside with its sheer, rocking power.  No, my much younger self thought the songs on offer were quite good, but it took a long time for me to realize just how enamored I truly am with them.


 

Here’s a simple test anyone can use to determine whether they legitimately love an album.  Allow some time (days or weeks) to pass from your last play through of said album.  After you feel enough time has passed, play the album again.  If your entire upper torso starts gyrating to the music and you involuntarily sing along to every song on the album then guess what?  You’ve just proven to yourself that in point of fact, yes, you do love that record!  Wouldn’t you know it?  I love Jailbreak!

 

I love the twin guitar onslaught of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson!  I love Phil Lynott’s resonant voice and the varied methods he utilizes to deliver his lyrics!  I love Phil’s bass playing!  I love Brian Downey’s rock-solid drumming!  I love all nine songs that comprise the whole experience!  I love the uptempo tracks like the self-titled album opener, “Angel From The Coast”, “Warriors”, and “Romeo And The Lonely Girl”!  I love the more relaxed, laid back numbers “Running Back” and “Fight Or Fall”!  Although I’ve heard “The Boys Are Back In Town” many, many times I never get tired of it!  I love that my two favorite songs on the album are the last two tracks!  “Cowboy Song” and “Emerald” are so disgustingly anthemic it’s absurd!

 

Waveriders I realize that I just used an abnormal amount of exclamation points but in this case they are entirely justified.  Thin Lizzy rules, and Jailbreak is an astonishing work of rock ‘n’ roll power and precision.  My feelings about this band and their music have evolved over time.  Now they reflect the sentiments of that aforementioned t-shirt.  If you don’t like Thin Lizzy, well…you know the rest.  Whether it is your first listen to Jailbreak or your hundredth, this album needs to be a part of your listening life.

 

-Penfold


Saturday, February 20, 2021

A Ripple Conversation With Deva St John

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

 

In May 2018, Amanda Palmer hosted a Patreon-only party in London. My mum is a patron, so she got herself a ticket, and I was her +1. It was at a theatre that was showing an immersive production of The Great Gatsby. It was a really cool location, and naturally everything was 1920’s themed. We drank bourbon, danced, and there was of course live music. Toward the end of the night, Amanda Palmer played a very stripped-back set. She played the piano fantastically, and the ukulele slightly less fantastically. It was her ukulele playing that had the biggest personal impact, though. Being pretty instrumentally stupid is a large reason why I felt discouraged to release music. To see her unapologetically playing an instrument that she was only half-good at was pretty significant for me. She was rocking it. Being truthful and poetic. It didn’t matter that she wasn’t being technically perfect. Music isn’t supposed to be perfect, it’s just supposed to make you feel something. It was that night that flicked the switch in me, I think. I released my first song a few months later.

 

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?

 

The idea, usually. I’ll slot the lyrics into a melody and then bring the melody to my band. We'll write the arrangement together.

 

Who has influenced you the most?

 

There are so many. There’s no one artist who’s influenced me in every way, either. I suppose I began singing when I was first introduced to Evanescence and Paramore - so Hayley Williams and Amy Lee are big reasons why I sound the way I do. Though vocally, I also adore Steven Tyler, Shannon Hoon, Alanis Morissette, and even Sia - though I think my perspective on art and music has been shaped more by the punk and hippie ethos. People like Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Clash, etc. In recent years, I’ve become fascinated by more production-based, commercialised alt-rock and really value artists like Twenty One Pilots, AWOLNATION and Imagine Dragons. So, yeah. There’s a lot.

 

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

 

Spotify, I suppose. Social media. New art is super inspiring. Though for lyrical content, I usually look inward at what’s going on in my life or in my head - or outward into the political or spiritual.

 

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

 

I’m from the Reading area! Though my whole family are American. So, I’ve experienced growing up in the UK with somewhat of an American perspective. I don’t feel completely British and I don’t feel completely American. I’m a little culturally confused, and I think you can hear that in the music I put out.

 

Where'd the band name come from?

 

My full name is Skye Deva St. John Bennett. I’m an actor, and have professionally gone by Skye Bennett since about 2004. So, I figured I could go by Deva St. John for music! It’s still me, there’s just a clear distinction between me as an actor and me as an artist.

 

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


 

It would've been cool to have a song on The Craft soundtrack. That soundtrack rocked. I had the CD when I was a kid - I listened to it all the time.

 

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 a 1,000 word essay on the song We Appreciate Power by Grimes and HANA. It’s a great commentary on simulation theory, the future of technology and how it's likely to completely reshape society. You can’t exactly tell whether the intention of the song is antagonistic or not. To me, it does seem more like a satirical worship of AI than a literal one. The mix is too sinister-sounding. It’s a great song.

 

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

 

I don’t really have anything major or hilarious to share! The opportunity for mischief hasn’t really presented itself. I fake-smashed my ukulele at the end of a set once, but it’s too expensive to replace. I’ll real-smash it as soon as I can afford to get another one. I real-smashed a broken iPhone at the end of The Information Age once! That was very fun. I keep asking people if they’ve got an old, broken phone they don’t want anymore. I like smashing shit up on stage.

 

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


 

Playing live is the best part. I love it. I love everything about it. Not being able to perform in 2020 has sucked big time. I feel like I’m in a cage. A big, enthusiastic and engaged crowd! There’s nothing quite like it. It’s been interesting to meet other people with CF too. I’ve met a couple people who have come to see the show, or have just randomly been there. They mention they know someone with CF, or even have it themselves. That’s very cool - though not a particularly good idea to hang out together in a hot, sweaty and crowded room! I was thinking - if word gets out and more people with CF come to my gigs, they should probably come with a doctor’s note or something. We can make sure to position everyone far away from each other and meet afterwards - wearing masks!

 

What makes a great song?

 

Authenticity. Doing something because it’s natural to you. It doesn’t have to be a song about you to be authentic, it just has to have a genuine, artistic intention. Not superficial one. When your song is an obvious cash grab, I tap out. It’s boring.

 

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

 

There’s nothing out there that I’d wished I’d written. The original artist is what makes a song brilliant. Though there is a lot out there that I wish I could do something similar to. There’s a ton of albums I wish I performed on. Literally all of my favourite albums.

 

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

 

I’m particularly proud of my next release, actually! The lyrics are really cool.

 

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

 

Up and coming people! Nova Twins are fantastic, Calva Louise are fantastic, Ecca Vandal is fantastic… I’m also super into what Bring Me The Horizon and Ronnie Radke / Falling In Reverse are doing. They each made great music back in the day - but lately they’ve been bringing out some of the best music they’ve ever written. (In my opinion.)

 

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

 

I’m a millennial, all of my music is digital. That said, I do have a record player and I love sticking a record on. Especially on a sunny day. It’s true, the music does feel more “alive” and natural in that format. It’s like a part of the air. It’s a bit too clean and crisp coming out of a laptop - though that definitely does work better for certain genres.


 

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

 

Beer is like rat piss. I actually really like whiskey! You can mix it with less gross stuff and it’s a lot smoother than beer. Plus, you get trashed much faster.

 

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?

 

Well, I’m personally from the Reading area - but most of the band is from Oxford, so we meet there to practice. There’s a great place by the O2 Academy Oxford called Truck Store. It’s a great shop, and I hear they support the local scene quite a bit.

 

What's next for the band?

 

Demoing new stuff! I’m aiming to get back into the studio asap. I’m also hoping to shoot a music video at the end of February.

 

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

 

Keep riding the wave!

 

https://www.instagram.com/devastjohn

https://www.facebook.com/dayvasaintjohn

https://twitter.com/sdsjb

 

For more: https://linktr.ee/devastjohn


Friday, February 19, 2021

Bandcamp Bonanza – 122

Once again, another week featuring albums on pre-order, wishlist items, that I’ve whittled down to under 200 recently, and items I’ve been spinning on my turntable already. It’s a beautiful time to be alive in the realm of recorded music. Hoping the live music is just around the corner.

 

Holy Monitor – Southern Lights

https://holymonitor.bandcamp.com/album/southern-lights

 

Kicking things off right off the bat with an album I’ve only heard the first two cuts available, but I’m familiar with the band and quite a fan of their proggy kraut rock style layered with a driving bass line, intense rhythm and kaleidoscopic energy. Pretty stoked to hear the full album. It’ll be out on February 28th. Vinyl orders available here.

 

Moon Woman – Open Gates

https://moonwomanmusic.bandcamp.com/album/open-gates

 

Mesmerizing rhythm, rumbling tone, and cosmic energy give this bad boy a seat at the heavy-psych meets indie-blues table next to bands like All Them Witches and The Devil and the Almighty Blues.

 

Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams

https://arloparks.bandcamp.com/album/collapsed-in-sunbeams

 

I predict this one to be one of the greatest indie rock / soul albums out this year. Her warm, vivid vocals sweep across the cinematic and psychedelic at times atmosphere with poignant lyrics and catchy melody. Not my typical go-to genre but damn, if this isn’t spectacular.

 

The Blue Stones – Hidden Gems

https://thebluestones.bandcamp.com/album/pre-order-hidden-gems

 

This one is on pre-order and based on my experience of all their past material the half and half vinyl was instantly pre-ordered. With the purchase you gain access to 5 of the 10 tracks. The lead single ‘Shakin’ Off The Rust’ is an undeniable blues anthem with a kick ass video already gaining momentum to be one of 2021’s biggest poppy blues albums.  The Blue Stones exhibit a powerfully engaging spin on modern blues rock.

 

Olivier St. Louis – Matters of the Heartless

https://olivierstlouis.bandcamp.com/album/matters-of-the-heartless

 

If you’re active in using the Bandcamp mobile app such as myself, you’ll see their featured picks that are updated regularly on the Home tab of the app. I enjoy checking out stuff that I normally wouldn’t find on my wall where music supported by the fans I follow shows up. The featured section is predominantly electronic and pop stuff it seems, but there is always good stuff such as this album by Olivier St. Louis. I snagged the vinyl edition within minutes of hearing the smooth R&B/Soulful grooves. Totally worth checking out.

 

Dust Mice – Super Moon Fetus

https://dustmice.bandcamp.com/album/super-moon-fetus

 

Where has this band been all my life? The Pacific Northwest I suppose, cranking out a super progressive post-punk infused garage rock. I found them via the promotional pipeline with the heads up on their brand new upcoming album titled ‘Earth III’ which I haven’t been able to put down since downloading the files. The album is to be released sometime in April I believe and until then, chew on this prior album from 2019 and lose your shit just as I still am. Reminds me of two of my favorite rock bands who have a heavy utilization of the horn, Spidergawd and Coogans Bluff. Check all their stuff out including the new single Choom Wagon and a couple more tracks off the upcoming album and tell me you aren’t ready to hit the order button. Wow!!!

 

Reed Turchi – Creosote Flats

https://reedturchi.bandcamp.com/album/creosote-flats

 

Another pre-order I have been hovering over the purchase button for some time. Reed Turchi seems like someone I will eventually own all the records in the discography. He’s got another album just released called I’ve Chosen Love, which I just started spinning. This one in particular just seemed cool in the fact that I myself have an infatuation with the arid desert landscape. "Creosote Flats" is a limited edition of 100 numbered, autographed vinyl. Each record includes a deluxe, high quality 20 page booklet featuring photos by Mark Klett, paired with lyrics of each song, and liner notes by Peter Turchi.

 

DayGlow Mourning – Dead Star

https://dayglomourning2.bandcamp.com/album/dead-star-2

 

DayGlow Mourning bring us a Paleolithic slab of sludgy tone, progressive melody and kaleidoscopic dirge. The artwork alone speaks volume and blows mind.

 

Credit Electric – Credit Electric

https://creditelectric.bandcamp.com/album/credit-electric-3

 

Sweeps me off my feet with its cosmic ambiance, mumbled yet divine vocals, and cathartic atmosphere. Hard not to deny the attraction to this Oakland-based americana stalwart.


Jurassic Witch – Black Masses and Ashes

https://jurassicwitch.bandcamp.com/album/black-masses-and-ashes

 

4 thick cuts of fossilized fuzz raging with carnivorous tone and barbaric blues. I’ve always had a hard time choosing a favorite dinosaur and these 4 tracks make it even harder. Pure paleoriffic gold!

 

-The Huntsman


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Strips Of Bacon - Imposter Syndrome And You

Imposter Syndrome, that is to say the sense that you are doing something that you’re not qualified for, is something I struggle with quite a bit, especially in these last few weeks where everything is harder than it absolutely has to be. It’s something that I see reverberating around the music industry and something that I think doesn’t really get addressed head on enough.

 

So how do you deal with it? It seems to require a look at past successes and reminding yourself that I wouldn’t have gotten to this point if a bunch of previous things hadn’t gone right. Then it’s important to look at recent successes as proof you haven’t lost your touch. So yes, maybe you feel like you’re in over your head right now, but a lot of other cool things happened before this so that now you feel this way. And remember – everyone deals with it. 

 

3. Remembering Past Successes And How You Got Here

 

There’s a Buddhist proverb that says ‘You can’t fall off a mountain.’ I think this is important to remember. It’s easy to suffer from Imposter Syndrome and feel like you’re an incompetent loser who can’t do anything, but again – you can’t fall off a mountain!

 

When you take the time to build yourself up slowly and build relationships, ultimately it means that you do belong because you have a spot in the community and people are engaging with you. For you to get to a certain point, especially in music, it requires a lot of hard work. You can’t let yourself forget that.

 

2. Looking At Recent Triumphs

 

I think most important to look at is recent successes. It’s easy to forget some of the things that made past successes possible and thus doubt your own role in them. However, if you look at recent things that helped you grow I think it’s a lot easier to feel good about yourself.

 

This is also part of why it’s important to constantly be doing things. So that you can continue to remind yourself, ‘Oh right, I didn’t lose my touch, I’m not a colossal screwup.’ People will often forget your failures, especially if it didn’t impact them directly. So realize you just need to grind through it and keep going.

 

1. Everyone Deals With This

Ultimately – I think this is something we all deal with. We all worry that what we are doing isn’t right and what we are doing isn’t making an impact. We just have to remind ourselves that we ARE in fact making an impact and people do in fact care about what you do.

 

Obviously this isn’t always easy, and sometimes we do in fact screw up really badly. However, from what I understand about life, that’s like… most of it. You do stuff that you think can help you, you screw up really bad, you learn and then you move on. That’s what the game is.

 

Suffice it to say this isn’t easy, but we’ve got to deal with it, and discuss it. When suffering from Imposter Syndrome it can only be overcome by remembering how you got here, why you’re still good and realizing everyone has to deal with this.

 

How do you deal with Imposter Syndrome?

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A Fistful of Questions With Gaia Guarda

     Flutist.  Harpist.  Vocalist.  Lover of cats & dogs. Nu Metal enthusiast?  Canuck.  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to Gaia Guarda.

 

 

What is your full name?

 

I prefer to go by Gaia Guarda.

 

Do you have any aliases?

 

Gaia, it was given to me by my little brother when he was learning to talk. I prefer not using my real name because it gives me a little more privacy :)

 

What bands are you actively involved with?

 

I'm currently the main singer (and harpist) of the metal band Uriel, I also have my own thing going on under my own name.

 

What was the first instrument that you played?

 

I started playing the flute when I was 7 years old. We had a special music program at school that was available to students that had good grades. The first time I heard the flute, I felt like it was the most beautiful instrument in the world. I played it for a few years before switching to guitar, then piano and finally the harp.

 

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?

 

I was 3 years old, my dad, a trained classical musician, would make me sing scales on the piano to work on my understanding of music. He would make me turn my back to the piano and ask me to identify the notes. I was not really good at it, but the more we did it, the more it would get easier.

 

What was the name of the first band you were in?

 

My first official band was Sanguine Glacialis, I was in that band for like a year in 2012. There were a lot of conflicts in the band, and I was fired.  It almost made me not want to join my current band,  Uriel. I felt really burned out after Sanguine.

 

When Uriel asked me to join, I told them I needed at least a month of no music to be fully ready to make a commitment to them. Which they agreed, and I've been with them for almost 8 years now.

 

Tell me about the genesis of your solo project. 

 

I kinda had a fake band before this project, it was named The Chrysalide Project. It was basically me not having the courage to call it a solo project. 4 years ago, I decided that I was ready to take full responsibility for my art. I know it sounds really silly, but it was a huge deal for someone as shy as me. I felt like I didn't have a thick skin enough to go through all the process of taking full ownership of my songwriting. I released my first debut album under my name back in November, and wasn't as bad as I had feared. We are our worst critics!

 

What inspired the name Anatomy of Fear?

 

When I was writing the album, I came to realize that fear was a huge motivation for me. I felt that everything that I was doing was related to fear. The more I worked on the songs, the more that theme was recurrent for me. Fear of not going anywhere, fear of not being loved, fear of not being enough, fear of stillness. It was everywhere, I felt like the best way to address it was to make it visible. We are all afraid of things, it drives us, pushes us, it can be a bad or a good thing. We give fear a bad reputation, but I think that it's actually not a bad thing to have in your life if you understand how to use it at your advantage. I use my fear to motivate me to be a better version of myself. I don't let it control me, but I give it enough space to motivate me to work towards my goals. I'm afraid that my existence in this world is meaningless, so I try to do all I can to be kind to people so I can be a positive force in their life, it gives meaning to me.

 

How long did it take you to write and record Anatomy of Fear?


 

It took about 6 years, I worked two jobs to have the fund to pay for the best quality I could afford. I also did a crowdfunding that really helped me fund what was left to do last year. Thanks to all the generosity of my fans, I was able to release it in November. I think that if I hadn't done the crowdfunding, the album would not have been out that quickly.

 

If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why?

 

I would love to be the third voice of Depeche Mode. They have always been one of my favourite bands and I think harp in their songs would be amazing too!

 

Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?

 

One day the only butterflies left will be in your chest as you march towards your death.. by Bring Me The Horizon (FT. Amy Lee), I would probably have a shorter name for that song though! I cried when I was listening to it the first time, I couldn't remember the last time a song had touched me that intensely.

 

What are some of your non-metal musical inspirations?

 

Björk, Depeche Mode (again ahah), Nirvana, Loreena Mckennitt, Sarah Mclachlan, they have all had a big impact on my music.

 

What’s a metal song that you'd like to do a cover of?

 

Anything by Katatonia, I was working for fun on a cover of Lacquer when their last album came out. I feel like a harp cover would be really interesting.

 

What band have you played with that has really impressed you with their live show?

 

I opened for Lindsay Schoolcraft, she's such a great musician (and overall person), she was incredible live and made me want to work more on how I speak to the crowd.

 

Do you have a favourite venue to play at?

 

I haven't played a lot outside my hometown of Montreal, but my favourite venue so far is Les Foufs. It's one of the oldest venues still operating, I've played there like 5 times, and it is still my favourite.

 

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

 

I stretch a lot, I run a lot on stage and I made the mistake of not stretching once, I will never do it again. I ended up in the hospital thinking something was wrong with my appendix.

 

What is your favorite thing about touring?

    

I haven't toured a lot unfortunately, but I love meeting fans that I have spoken on social media. It's so much better to be able to put a face on someone's handle!

 

What is your least favorite thing about touring?

 

The bathroom at gas stations, they are terrifying!

 

Is there a city that you would love to hit while on tour?


 

There are so many! I would love to tour Europe, London is on my bucket list for sure!

 

What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had on the road?

 

We randomly stopped at a museum of wooden birds once, it was.. interesting ahah.

 

The year is 2007.  Where are you at and what are you listening to? 

 

I was 17 years old, big into Evanescence, Linkin Park and all the 2002s nu metal classics!

 

What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business?

 

Don't believe every person that contacts you from a ''label''. Do your research and contact the bands on the label roaster. A lot of people make money from musicians, not everybody wants good things for you, be ready to defend yourself because you are worth respect.

 

What is an absolute band killer?

 

Misunderstandings and also forgetting that your bandmates are humans too. The reason why my band has been around for so long is mostly because we are super understanding of each other. We take care of each other like we are a family. Treat your bandmates with kindness, they deserve it, everybody deserves it. I feel like sometimes we forget that.

 

What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?

 

5 days when I was backpacking on the west coast! I was disgusting, but I had a great time, even slept on the beach one night and under a bridge another night.

 

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?

 

I'm fluent in three languages, English being my least comfortable one!

 

What t-shirt are you wearing in the GhostCult Magazine interview?

 

I was wearing my band's t-shirt, it's our album cover for Multiverse.

 

You’re driving cross-country and you can only listen to one album the whole time.  What album will it be?

 

The Open Door by Evanescence, let's go full nostalgia!

 

You are writing a book about your life thus far.  What is the title of that book?

 

How to learn how to stand up for yourself or How To Stop Being Shy!

 

What is your favorite song by Adele?

 

Tough question, I've never really listened to her. I will go with the one about burning rain... Set Fire To The Rain?

 

Do unicorns sleep standing up?

 

They don't need to sleep, they are magical creatures!

 

Arcade Fire or Nickelback (if you had to pick one)?

 

Arcade Fire because they are from Montreal too and some members went to the same university as me!

 

Star Wars or Star Trek (if you had to choose)?

 

Star Wars I think, but the older films. I don't care much about the newer ones.

  

Favorite band t-shirt you own?

 

I'm currently wearing a t-shirt from a Montreal band, Fall Of Stasis. It's pretty cool. There's like a monster on it!

 

Favorite meal?

 

Pizza, I could only feed myself with pizza if I let myself do it.

 

Favorite book?

 

Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, it's a really beautiful book that I read every 3-4 years.

 

Favorite movie?

 

Evil Dead 2, I watch it every year!

 

Favorite album?

 

Vespertine by Björk, big big influence on me when I was a kid.

 

 

 

     Thanks mucho to Gaia for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate it.  Be sure to check out both her solo project and her band Uriel.  Her solo album is a quite remarkable listen. 

 

~El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle Jameson from The Fistful of DOOM show)

 

https://urielmetal.bandcamp.com/album/multiverse

 

https://gaiaguarda.bandcamp.com/album/anatomy-of-fear


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...