Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf

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Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf
Self-Released
Release date: 09/04/2019
Running Time: 33:52
Review by: Alun Jones
9.5/10

I’ve never been to Australia. Don’t need to go there really; I know exactly what it’s like. It’s like that David Bowie video where he’s inside a big concrete block in the middle of nowhere. ‘Let’s Dance’ – that’s the one. Or it’s like Mad Max 2: all arid desert, people surviving on dog food and a struggle to exist without civilisation.

So, it’s quite apt that such a barren, isolated place has decided to gift us with an album that is, quite frankly, a masterpiece of desert rock. Or outback rock, if you will.

This is “Giant Dwarf”, by the band Giant Dwarf, who hail from somewhere called Perth in Western Australia.

Right from the start, with opener ‘Golden Walrus’, the album bursts from the speakers like Gandalf after a month-long Charles Atlas course. The songs are tough and uncompromising, yet cerebral. ‘Black Thumb’ and ‘Kepler’ in particular will make you put your foot down on the accelerator and bang your head – whilst absorbing the intricate tapestry of the universe.

It’s all pounding rhythms and hypnotic, repeating riffs. On first encounter, the album seems very – shall we say, inspired by – Kyuss and the first Queens of the Stone Age album. Aaron Soppo (vocals) can even do a pretty convincing Josh Homme impersonation. Which is no bad thing, in my book – in fact, it’s a sure fired recipe for success.

Further investigation reveals far more than this obvious comparison, however. As well as a more fuzzed-up guitar sound – not unlike a particularly fried Fu Manchu – there’s a trippy, psychedelic sheen to the muscular groove. There’s even sitar and didgeridoo on here, in wave after wave of glorious chunky riff and rolling beats.

‘The Deluge’ illustrates this breadth of feeling with a six minute plus track that undulates between exuberant rocker and introspective meander in just one epic song.

If I have one small criticism, I’d like to hear a track like ‘Strange Wool’ – a mind melting instrumental track that’s quite brilliant – dragged out to three times its two-minute length. Even more development and experimentation would really push Giant Dwarf further into a new dimension. But keep the edge-of-the-seat rockers too, OK guys?

“Giant Dwarf” comes within a koala’s cock of perfection. Powerful like the venom of a Death Adder, yet enticing like Natalie Imbruglia. It really is that good: from out of nowhere, an album that will surely be in my end of year Top Five.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Golden Walrus
02. Black Thumb
03. Disco Void
04. Kepler
05. Repeat After Defeat
06. Strange Wool
07. High Tide Blues
08. The Deluge

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Giantdwarfmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/giantdwarf.australia/
https://giantdwarf.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NCOEWQFyTA&t=1901s (Full Album Stream)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTTjfWArtJEGUsrrXuU1ew

 

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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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EMQ’s with FUMAROLE

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EMQ’s with FUMAROLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane based. Stoner Rock band Fumarole! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist Kurt Werder 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 Kurt, I play guitar and vocals. Dan who plays bass and I work together and had bonded over our love of heavy music. I decided I wanted to start a band, asked if Dan wanted to join and he thankfully agreed. The first band we had was a punk band that failed and after we figured out we didn’t have the same direction with the Drummer and Guitarist we were jamming with on that project we decided that we wanted more riffs. From there Dan and I started writing more riff driven songs and when we jammed with Ryan it all fell into place. 3 months later Mountain was written and recorded in the Jam room we were ready to start gigging and gig we did! We played anything we could get on and must have made an impression because when Sydney based psych legends Comacozer were touring and came into town they asked if we wanted to do a show with them which we did out in regional Queensland which was a great success. We’ve been really involved in the scene trying to get the word out that Australia really is a hotbed for guitar driven music and stoner rock and that music and people are starting to notice because it earned us the opening slot for Wo Fat when they came through Brisbane. That was a great show. Now we’re working on a full length to release into the world.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted something earthy and powerful. Dan came up with it; A Fumarole is a crack in the earth’s crust which spews huge clouds of gas like sulphur. After seeing a few images of how they kind of look almost alien I knew that was the right name for us. It really ties into our lyrical style of alien landscapes and ruined planets.

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

We’re from Australia, The metal scene is amazing right now, there’s so many great bands and clubs and promoters booking killer shows, I can’t think of a time in the last twenty years that it has been this great! You only have to look at festivals like Wo Fest & Dead of Winter and bands like Hobo Magic, Witchskull & Zong to see that the calibre of music coming from our shores. It really is thriving, it’s at the point where now there’s at least 3 good shows a weekend in Brisbane!

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

Our latest single is called ‘Ghost Smoke’ and we recorded it at Love Street Studios on the Gold Coast with Scott French. It follows a group of escaped slaves on a freezing planet as they navigate the harsh landscape in search of food. We recorded the instruments live and it was honestly the best experience, Scotty knew exactly what he was doing and there’s no going back for us. It came out heavy and dark and exactly what we wanted the song to sound like. It’s available on all streaming services and Bandcamp.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally Minor Threat showed me you can do it yourself and it’s more about passion, Every Time I Die showed me you can be different and succeed, Isaiah Mitchell from Earthless is the greatest lead player ever in IMO and Toke have the whole damn package I just see videos of them live and think I wanna be that cool! at the risk of being derivative here I’m gonna also say Matt Pike as he just knows who he is and does what he wants and gives no fucks and that’s the coolest shit ever.

What first got you into music?

When I was 7 I walked into my cousin’s room and he had this huge Pearl Jam Poster on the wall. Now my Cousin Shayne was my hero so instantly I was getting up first thing to watch the music video countdown we had in the morning called Rage, it was there I saw the video for ‘Alive’. You know that part where Eddie climbs the rigging hangs upside down? That was the exact moment I knew I wanted to be in a band.

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

Toke or High Reeper! I can’t stop listening to their stuff, it’s just so pure and sure of itself I love it!

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

Hellfest, just look at the most recent line-up! Incredible! I really love that camping festival vibe, the sculptures! It all looked so spectacular! That is how you do a festival!

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

Probably a pack of roll your own cigarette filters, but hey they came in handy haha!

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

If you have a passion follow it! I still work my 9-5 soul sucking office job but Fumarole makes all that bullshit worth it! It’s never too late and if you do send that shit to us! I wanna see/hear/smell it!

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

Dimebag fucking Darrell, what a legend, what an inspiration, I mean that swing! The dude had groove.

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

There’s a moment when you go off on a tangent and without speaking everyone is vining on the same wave length and just smiling and into it, that right there is the cats pyjamas. I hate that I love big old tube amps and have to carry them upstairs haha.

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

I would make pay to play Illegal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Orange Goblin – “Back From The Abyss”! They are absolute legends in my eyes and this album has it all, start to finish it’s a ripper!

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

Vinyl! Nothing better than getting a new LP and blasting it while smashing a tinnie (can of beer for the non Aussies) and absorbing it with that big artwork!

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

It’s a tie between playing with Wo Fat because they are AMAZING and we got to play our favourite Brisbane club Crowbar & playing at Banshees in Ipswich with Comacozer. Comacozer are so good and we had the best time with the guys, they really are the best kind of people. I said I’d do a shoey which is where you fill your shoe with beer and down the whole thing and Rick from Comacozer said he would too but he only had thongs (flip flops), so he managed to curve the thong into a kind of funnel and true to his word did a shoey with a thong and the Thongy was born. What a night!

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

I’d probably be dead, I’m a man of extremes and if it weren’t for my need to create I would have had one bender too many by now. There was a point in my life where I wasn’t playing guitar and I was an absolute mess. There’s no going back there ever!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt Pike, Henry Rollins, Jamie Jasta, Vinnie Stigma, Dave Grohl

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on a full length album as we speak; it’s almost all written and is very sci-fi driven. Has a great story line to it, it’s a bit of a different take on a concept as it’s all mini stories based in a universe that we have created where the rich have discovered the how to become immortal but have had to enslave the poor to mine the material used in the pharmaceuticals that keep them alive.

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

You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fumaroleband and @fumarolebandaus on Twitter and Instagram. The easiest way is to go to www.fumarole.com.au. Other than that we are streaming on all the main offenders Spotify, Apple, Bandcamp.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s like they took a cake and biscuitised it, bizarre!

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

Ozzy Sabbath is the better Sabbath! Thanks heaps legends! OWW OWW!!!!

 

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