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EMQ’s with Lamassu

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EMQ’s with Lamassu

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Hard Rock band Lamassu! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Chris Fisher for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi I’m Chris, I play guitar and sing in Lamassu.

Everyone in Lamassu plays in at least one other band so we were all known to each from the local heavy stoner doom / psych scene here in Melbourne. Matt (Guitar) and I had played a few shows together in our other bands and were fans of each other (the man is a riff wizard!). He suggested we have a jam sometime and about 6 months later we ended up doing just that. It was immediately clear that we worked well together as riffs flowed pretty easily.

From there Matt asked Nick (Drums) who also plays in Motherslug, if he wanted to jam and then Ant (Bass) from Borrachero joined and what would become Lamassu was born.

We wrote around 15-20 tracks over the following 7-8 months, played a show and then went into the studio to record our album with Mike Deslandes (YLVA / High Tension) at the helm.

Ant has subsequently moved to The Netherlands and Al Cooke who plays bass in my other band Field, has joined bringing with him another heavy element to the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt and I spent months trying to find a name, sending lists of potential candidates to each other almost daily. After a few false starts with other names, we all agreed that Lamassu was the right choice.

A Lamassu is a Sumerian protective deity, depicted as having a human head, the body of a lion and eagle wings. We love the imagery of this and the way the word looks when written.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from Melbourne, Australia which has an incredible live music scene and a very healthy heavy / stoner / doom / psych scene. We’re pretty spoilt in Melbourne as it’s possible to go and see quality local bands pretty much 7 nights per week.

The heavy scene here is world class, hugely supportive and you’ll always see members of other awesome bands in the crowd supporting the scene. We also have a few local community radio stations that are huge supporters of local independent music.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?

We release our debut album “Into The Empty” on 2nd September on digital download, CD and 12” Vinyl. It’s been described as being everything “from Dopesmoker to Superunknown” and we’re okay with that – pre-sales available via Bandcamp now.
https://lamassuband.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-empty

Who have been your greatest influences?

Growing up I was heavily into Pantera, Sepultura, Van Halen blew my mind (DLR all the way!), Hendrix and Skid Row (how good is “Slave To The Grind”?!) to name a few. Later I developed a love of Sabbath, Zeppelin, Ozzy’s “No More Tears” album was killer, and then late one night the video for Soundgarden’s ‘Jesus Christ Pose’ came on TV and I was hooked.

I still find influence in a lot of music I hear; QOTSA, AIC, Sumac, Pallbearer, Soundgarden, Yob, they’ve all played a part in shaping how I play in Lamassu.

Vocally, influences are wide ranging but really it starts and ends with Chris Cornell.

What first got you into music?

My older brother Graeme played guitar and when I was very little I needed to do everything he did. I started on his 3/4 scale acoustic when I was 6 or 7 and went from there…I’m actually left handed yet play guitar right handed because I picked up his right handed guitar so young!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I’d have to say Pallbearer or Yob. Both bands are carving out their own sound and making incredible progressive steps forward in heavy music

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Duna Jam is an absolute bucket list item for me – can anyone hook us up?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Whisky, beers or joints are the usual offerings and we’re fine with that!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Buy direct from artists instead of streaming, buy merch, share bands you love on FB and come to shows.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

John Bonham, just for that groove!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the challenge, pushing myself to sing better, to play better and the privilege of being able to perform in front of people. It’s also a great excuse to buy gear, I love amps and guitars.

What do I hate about it? Having the back of an old man and needing to lift all my gear!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Fairer distribution of royalties from streaming providers to the artists!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Badmotorfinger” by Soundgarden.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

They’re all amazing and what’s best is whatever is best for the listener. Personally I love the process of putting on vinyl at home. I love CD’s in the car and digital files on my phone for the commute to work.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Our debut Lamassu show in August last year was killer. Big stage, full stacks, great crowd. I ended up inviting everyone back to my place afterwards and sat around drinking whisky all night.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I work full time and play music outside of that. I guess if I weren’t a musician I’d be doing the same but with a less cool hobby.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Serj Tankian (SOAD singer / activist), Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister, NZ), Bill Ward (Drums, Black Sabbath), Mike Scheidt (Guitar & Vocals, Yob) and Brian May (Guitar, Queen / Astrophysicist).

What’s next for the band?

We can’t wait for everyone to hear our debut album “Into The Empty” on 2nd September. After that we’re hitting the road here in Australia in support of the album, playing shows through Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Hobart, with more dates to be added.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://lamassuband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LamassuBand/
https://www.instagram.com/lamassumusic/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No idea, we’re Australian! You need to try a Tim Tam slam though.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Praise the riff!

 

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The Electric Mud – Burn the Ships

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The Electric Mud – Burn the Ships
Self-Released
Release Date: 23/08/2019
Running Time: 38:00
Review by: Alun Jones
8/10

Let’s get the important stuff covered off first. For any of you who thought this band were something to do with that lot from the Seventies who sang ‘Tiger Feet’, you’re wrong. The Electric Mud have very little in common with their Glam Rock similar-namesakes. Of course, a professional such as myself would never make a mistake like that.

The Electric Mud hail from Fort Myers, Florida – and specialise in making a steaming hot gumbo of stoner rock and dense, swampy blues.

“Burn the Ships” is The Electric Mud’s second album. Through the course of seven songs, the listener travels from the sweltering everglades through time and space – as vintage sounds melt with modern.

Opening track ‘Call The Judge’ oozes an irresistible Southern rock ’n’ roll groove, starting proceedings with a triumphant swagger. Grab a beer and a whiskey chaser, you know it’s going to be a lively night in the Roadhouse.

The Electric Mud show their stoner credentials on tracks like ‘Priestess’, which melds inventive riffs with pace and dynamics. ‘Good Monster’ weaves funky, head bobbing grooves and ‘Reptile’ lunges out of the depths, attacking like a gator whose mother’s been made into a pair of shoes.

There’s some stunning musicianship on display here; the guitars of Constantine Grim and Pete Kolter are crunchy yet nimble when required. Tommy Scott’s bass rumbles and glides perfectly. Pierson Whicker’s drums can smash and bang yet can be refined when necessary. Kolter’s voice, smoky yet soulful, is an addictive asset in itself.

Songs range from rocking brawlers to heartfelt blues with awesome proficiency. ‘Black Wool’ and ‘Terrestrial Birds’ showcase these slower moments really well, allowing the music to breathe and worm its way under your skin.

The variety of sound – together with the confident delivery and clever song writing – is what makes “Burn the Ships” engaging and successful. In the best tradition of stoner rock, The Electric Mud can combine old and new, fast and smooth, dirty and graceful. Their Southern charm, marinated in the blues, give this band their unique identity.
Although it feels maybe one song too short, “Burn the Ships” is full of character and demands repeat listens.

By the way, I used to see quite a bit of Mud – and lots of other glam rock bands – in the early seventies. Mud used to take a paddling pool everywhere with them, to do some backstage mud wrestling. Hence the name, you see? Though it never worked! Not once did they persuade lovely dance troupe Pan’s People to get involved, or Suzi Quattro. It usually just ended with the band in the mud bath, drunk on Babycham and fighting with Slade.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Call The Judge
02. Priestess
03. Good Monster
04. Reptile
05. Black Wool
06. Stone Hands
07. Terrestrial Birds

LINKS:
http://theelectricmud.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheElectricMud/

https://www.instagram.com/theelectricmud/
https://theelectricmud1.bandcamp.com/album/burn-the-ships
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBs_Uu6yNKF1jFHI4rDSm_A

 

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Scrollkeeper – Path To Glory EP

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Scrollkeeper – Path To Glory EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 13/09/2018
Running Time: 19:55
Review by Dawn King
8/10

Ok, so I have been out of the loop where the actual reviewing of things is concerned for a while and, technically, this review should have been written months ago. So, I apologise to the band Scrollkeeper for the delay with this. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait though.

Scrollkeeper are a band from Houston in Texas, formed in 2016, who specialise in high-energy, anthemic, original material that is “reminiscent of metal’s halcyon days!” – TRADITIONAL heavy metal to you and me!

The band consists of Simon Marfleet on drums, Justin McKittrick on vocals, Alexander K on lead/rhythm guitars, John Morris also on lead/rhythm guitars and Will Sullivan on the bass and “Path To Glory” is their latest four track EP.

With influences cited as (deep breath here!) Les Warner, Ken Owen, Bruce Dickinson, Leather Leone, Geddy Lee, Andy Laroque, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Geezer Butler, the band’s debut show was as support for Delain and Hammerfall in 2017 and they have since shared the stage with the likes of Manilla Road, Dirkschneider, Angra and Cloven Hoof. They have also kept a busy show schedule in the Houston area with some out of town festivals as well as being scheduled to open for British heavy metal veterans, Saxon, in 2019.

The self-released EP “Path To Glory” was recorded at Sound Arts Studio and Nocturnal Sound Studios in Houston, Texas and was engineered by Brian Baker and the band’s guitarist, Alexander K. It was mixed and mastered by Ricardo Camargo at Tidalwar Studios in Queens, New York and the artwork was done by German illustrator, Helge C Balzer.

So, now you know a bit of the history of the band and some background to the music, what of the EP?

Well, this really has everything that all great traditional heavy metal albums should have. The drums are galloping, and the riffs are crunching. Justin’s voice is well suited to this type of metal, being powerful and strong and the guitar solos are fantastic.
There is such a high energy throughout the EP that if you are not headbanging with your sword held high by the end of track one then something is wrong with you! I had this on repeat for more than half a dozen runs through and I was banging my head whilst cooking my chili con carne!

The pace throughout the EP hardly seems to let up (slowing down slightly for the track ‘Surrender’) and the choruses are anthemic (just as the band promised!) Scrollkeeper, as a whole, are tight and concise and although I find the vocals a little ‘flat’ at times, there really isn’t anything to dislike about this EP. The only drawback I could find is that it just wasn’t long enough. I would love to have seen what these guys could do for a whole album, and I wait with bated breath until one is released!

Did I like this EP? Hell, yes! Do I recommend you go and give it a listen? Again, hell, yes!
I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next, and if this is anything to go by, it’s bound to go down a storm!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Not Of This Earth
02. Path To Glory
03. Surrender
04. Fortune Favors The Bold

LINKS:
https://facebook.com/scrollkeeper

https://www.instagram.com/scrollkeeperhm/
https://scrollkeeper.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZ6aSK0QOAqGEgxNO_Xhmw

 

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Interview with Beth Blade – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

Beth Blade (Please Credit Renegadewolf Photography)

Interview with Beth Blade
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

NozFest is well underway and it turns out people have literally travelled far and wide to experience the festival. Lotty speaks with Beth Blade after performing a successful live set with her band Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters. They speak about the latest album, their live show and the importance of rock music.

So since we last spoke, you have released your new album “Show Me Your Teeth”?

Yes, good. We have just been gigging and plugging away as per usual, it’s been awesome.

The album has gone down really well from what I can see?

It has, which is always nice, because you always worry. You do the first album and then worry that if you do the second one people won’t like it, but people are really responding to it. Personally, I like it better than the first one. Everyone is so supportive and wonderful, we are all very lucky.

You have just played NozFest downstairs; it was a fantastic live show.

Yes, for 5pm in the afternoon there are a lot of people here. I really can’t complain apart from how hot it was on that stage. I was dripping! I came off the stage looking like Alice Cooper, which is not a bad thing.

People have literally come from far and wide to watch you play?

Yes people have come from Scotland, Wales, Manchester and we are incredibly blessed to have such great friends. We have this little group of tight knit fans who are incredibly important to us.

Jodie has put together this incredible line-up which has sold out. For a festival in its first year it is absolutely amazing and deserves recognition for bringing rock ‘n’ roll to the South.

The thing about this community, this new wave of classic rock is that everyone is very supportive of each other. There is no rivalry, everyone is friends and all the people who come and see us are friends. They will go and see Those Damn Crows but the next day they will come and see us and then spend their whole week spending their money and hard earned cash on getting out there and supporting us. The fact is that this community is vital to our existence.

Some people have come from Germany today…Incredible! That’s the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll music! Rock n Roll will never die!

What does the rest of the year hold for you?

We have another show for Über Röck in Wales on 23rd August, with Last Great Dreamers. We had a show in London that was cancelled, the festival was cancelled, but we are still playing on 29th September in London although cannot say line-up and then in October we play ‘The Massive Weekend’ at the Waterloo in Blackpool with Those Damn Crows, Massive Wagons, Falling Red etc. We are very much looking forward to that.

Then we have the big one! We are opening the main stage at Hard Rock Hell in November, our big end to the year.

Thank you so much Beth for talking with us today!

LINKS:
https://bethbladeandthebeautifuldisasters.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BBATBDofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/BBATBDofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVNIjbGEbR1PIU85Bm9XMwQ

 

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Photograph supplied courtesy of Renegade Wolf Photography

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