Goldray – Feel The Change

Goldray – Feel The Change
Akashic Records/Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 31/07/2020
Running Time: 39:36
Review by Martin Bennewith
8.5/10

Goldray were not really on my radar before now. I feel like I have been missing out, but not anymore. Leah Rasmussen’s strong and stirring vocals, together with (Former Reef Guitarist) Kenwyn House’s melodic intricate guitar lines are short of the perfect marriage, so it does take time to understand their relationship, but I think I do get it after listening through this. Their deep psychedelic progressive rock fuelled album “Feel The Change” demonstrates this to the fullest. While on my journey through this, at times I would close my eyes and almost feel the energy running through me, as if I was listening to them live, but then I would open them again, and realise I was still alone in my room.

The feel of the album is firmly announced in the first track ‘Oz’ – which for the most part is a phased rhythmic lead riff matched against steady stirring vocals and swirling effects. At times, it has an eastern feel to it both through the vocal melodies and the way the guitar riff morphs, as well as some mellow lead playing against stirring effects as the track moves from energetic to dreamy in a way that works really well. It is definitely one to close your eyes to, only to be nudged back to reality with the nifty but slightly self-indulgent lead playing towards the end of the track.

Title track ‘Feel The Change’ begins with some really nice arpeggiated guitar work, giving it an almost acoustic feel. Leah doesn’t disappoint with her vocal work – emotional with expression that builds up as the track develops with great energy. The track has a fairly laid-back feel throughout, but with enough groove, direction and meaning to keep me interested.

‘The Forest’ has an equally sweet feel and progression, and you really can hear House’s Hendrix influences shining through with his melodic rhythmic playing as well as the lead parts, whereas ‘The Forest (Part 2)’ in contrast has a heavier energy to it, and made me wish I still had hair to fly around while rocking my head to the beat. Leah’s impressive vocal range and versatility really shine at the climax of the track as my journey through ‘The Forest’ nears the end.

We return to a slightly eastern, more psychedelic feel on ‘How Do You Know’, with heavily reverberated vocals, against an energetic beat and repetitive hypnotic guitar lines. I don’t think this is the most memorable track on the album, musically it didn’t hold my interest as much as the other tracks, but it does have a guitar part that is lengthy and full of raw energy to spice things up a lot towards the end.

Next track, ‘The Beat Inside’ has a really pumping guitar riff that will blow the dust off your speakers. Following most of the album’s formula, the stirring vocal work strikes an almost unusual contrast which is most evident in this track. With ad-lib style vocals and lead, this track feels like a bit of a jam session, albeit a jam session that I love to listen to. This is followed by ‘Come On’ which in contrast, has a more laid-back country feel, so the vocals do not sound so much detached as they occasionally do in the more energetic numbers.

On the final track ‘Phoenix Rising’, I could really hear Kenwyn House’s style shining through with his Hendrixesque rhythm play and intricate bluesy lead lines. After lots of energy and vocal stirrings to finish the proceedings, I opened my eyes, and felt like I had listened to a pretty good album!

I don’t think this album will be for everyone. The style is quite raw. Musically, it sometimes sounds like a jam session as opposed to a work of art, and the vocals at times feel like they don’t quite fit the music. But if you are like me, and you can see that the way this was put together was to draw you in and send you into a dream that is mixed with raw energy and emotion, then you will like it a lot.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Oz
02. Feel The Change
03. The Forest
04. The Forest (Part 2)
05. How Do You Know
06. The Beat Inside
07. Come On
08. Phoenix Rising

LINE-UP:
Leah Ray Rasmussen – Vocals
Kenwyn House. – Guitars, Piano, Farfisa Electric Organ, Bass, Backing Vocals

Plus, appearances from:
Geoff Laurens – Bass
Mike Kenna – Bass
Jamie Morrison – Drums & Percussion
Jonny Brister – Drums & Percussion
Lee Spreadbury – Electric Piano, Keyboards
Stephen Large – Hammond Organ

LINKS:
www.goldrayband.com/
www.facebook.com/Goldrayband
www.instagram.com/goldrayband/
www.twitter.com/Goldrayband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/03shUdhAgHcvpG1dXz2WXT
www.youtube.com/channel/UCNkWB93F51PRK4geKuQP52w

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EMQ’s with RED SPEKTOR

EMQ’s with RED SPEKTOR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stoke-On-Trent, UK based Psychedelic Stoner Hard Rock band Red Spektor. Huge thanks to John, Jonny & Rob 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?

John: Hi, my name is John and I play guitar and sing.

Jonny: I’m Jonny and I play drums

Rob: I’m Rob and I play bass; our collective minds make our band Red Spektor which we formed late 2012

John: And we play psychedelic heavy rock. We have a debut album out through label Kozmik Artifactz and an EP from way back and we are just about to release our second album “Heart of the Renewed Sun”!

How did you come up with your band name?

John: I think it was a term seen in a book, but it was one of a few names we had, but this seemed to stick.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

John: We are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK. The metal and rock scene is good, lots of bands and a few places to play.

Rob: it’s definitely got better over the past few years

What is your latest release?

Rob: We are just about to release our second album “Heart of the Renewed Sun” on the 2nd October. With a single called ‘Long Way Down’ which is out now!

‘Long Way Down’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

John: It’s quite difficult to pinpoint specifically, but it’s fair to say our music has been likened to some of the heavier bands from the 1970’s. For example, Rory Gallagher is one of mine, not because of what he played, but his approach to his music. He does his own thing.

Rob: It is a tough question, cause individually we have a varied taste in music, which definitely has an effect on the music we make. I think it stops it being too much like one thing.

Jonny: For me The Who, songs like Happy Jack and I Can See For Miles were phenomenal, all about the drums and had energy.

What first got you into music?

Jonny: I wasn’t very old, 8 or 9, and my uncle used to come round on pay day having bought a record and I was always fascinated with the vinyl.

Rob: I’ve always been around music, but I think the first time I found my music was when a mate lent me a tape with Suicidal Tendencies and Nuclear Assault.

John: For me, getting my first record player as a teenager and hanging out with my like-minded friends who loved the rock music.

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

John: John Frusciante

Rob: No idea for me, I’d love to collaborate with bands like Radio Moscow, Kadavar, Graveyard Uncle Acid on an awesome festival.

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

John: Download. I have fond memories of Donington, the hallowed turf of rock during the days of the Monsters of Rock festival. It would be great to fulfil a teenage dream!

Jonny: Has to be Glastonbury for me

Rob: Glastonbury would be cool, but I think something like South by South West, or the new Black Deer festival would be awesome.

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

John: It’s not necessarily a weird item, but it felt weird to be given a vintage Ibanez guitar pedal from a fan. It’s worth a lot of money and they wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I still have it and look after it – if they ever want it back!

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

John: Everyone I’ve met has been wonderful, so carry on.

Rob: Agreed, stay awesome

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

John: Hillel Slovak the original guitar player from the Chillies who died too soon.

Rob: Same reason for me but I’d bring back Cliff Burton, awesome bass player.

Jonny: for me, its Keith Moon

Rob: that would make an insane super group

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

John: Love: creating lovely honest music with my good friends in the band. Dislike: poseurs.

Rob: Definitely playing our music, and meeting people while doing it. And I agree with hating the poseurs.

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

Rob: People getting rich on other people’s talents, while those with the talents go poor.

Jonny: Price of music instruments, everything is way expensive.

John: You’re not wrong. But I’d say any form of narrow-mindedness.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

John: It’s tough to name one, but I’d say “Love” by the Cult

Jonny: “Forever Changes” by Love, Rob you have to pick an album with love in it

Rob: Jeez, with love in it? I can’t think of one, wait “Louder Than Love” by Soundgarden, awesome record.

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

John: For me, vinyl. Always. But whatever suits you.

Jonny: Definitely vinyl

Rob: Vinyl, then downloads then cassettes. Never CD’s. CD’s aren’t tactile or convenient.

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

John: HRH Doom vs Stoner.

Rob: I agree, over 3000 people made that gig insane.

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

John: I already do. I’m a designer. It was a hard fight to make that dream come to true. It’s a tough industry.

Jonny: I’d be an artist.

Rob: For me I’d be a failed poet, but I guess technically I already am.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John: Barney Bubbles, Danny Fields, Rosetta Tharpe, Christine McVie, Sly Stone.

Rob: I agree, as long as they don’t drink all the booze.

What’s next for the band?

Rob: So, the biggest thing is the album launch on the 2nd October. The 5th track from the album is out now [Aug 7th] and called ‘Long Way Down’.

Then it’s getting some gigs sorted somehow. We have some ideas about streaming a live show and making a proper event of it, but we are still working out the details.

We’ll also have a second single out in a month or so along with a few music vids so stay tuned.

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

John: Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp.

Rob: yep, the usual places. The main one for physical sales is www.kozmik-artifactz.com/ or www.red-spektor.bandcamp.com/

For digital we also use Bandcamp, but also iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify etc. and something like 26 stores.

Check out our website for details www.redspektor.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jonny: Cake

Rob: Cake, it’s nowt like a biscuit

John: Neither. They are a total eclipse.

Rob: of the heart?

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

Rob: I guess the biggest thing is a thank you to everyone that has stuck by us over the years. And a huge shout out to Daz, Simon, Judy and Ashey, they are or have been a huge part of the band and we can’t thank them enough.

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EMQ’s With DÄTCHA MANDALA

EMQ’s With DÄTCHA MANDALA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bordeaux, France based Psychedelic Heavy Blues Rock band Dätcha Mandala. Huge thanks to them 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?

We are Dätcha Mandala, a rock power trio.

We met at high school 12 years ago when we were teenagers. We all love Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and The Beatles, so naturally rock music came out from our first rehearsals, and that brought us to play more than 600 shows all around Europe, and also New York and Montreal.

We have two records, “ROKH”, an album recorded full analog with producer Clive Martin (Queen, The Stereophonics, Reef…), and “HARA”, which was just released on the 5th of June 2020, also recorded with Clive.

How did you come up with your band name?

“Dätcha” is a Russian house, it represents materialism, and “Mandala” is a drawing made by Tibetan monks, referring to spirituality. “Dätcha Mandala” means the balance between the material and spiritual sides of humanity, a kind pf Yin and Yang.

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

We come from Bordeaux, in the South West of France, and there are a lot of great bands here, like Gojira, Mars Red Sky, Gorod, The Great Old Ones, Salamander Jiver, The Inspector Cluzo, Overcharger, Francis Cabrel etc.

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

Our latest release is a video clip of “Stick It Out”, the first single of our upcoming album “HARA”. You can find it on Youtube, also on Spotify, iTunes, stuff like that.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The musical/rock scene in the late 60’s, 70’s from the UK and USA of course!

What first got you into music?

The influence of our families and close friends, who played music before us.

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

If we have to choose someone famous, we would probably say Robert Plant, but if we are more realistic, we would like to collaborate with Mars Red Sky.

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

We would love to play at Hellfest, because we would love to play at Hellfest!

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

A fan gave us a painting of her own creation, which was supposed to represent flowers, but it looks like a dozen vaginas…

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

We think our fans are wise enough to take the good decisions in life, so they don’t need any advice from us!

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

Nico: Jeff Buckley

Jeremy: Kurt Cobain

Jb: Janis Joplin.

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

What we enjoy the most is to play concerts, sharing energy and music with the crowd, and meeting everyday new people.

What we “hate” is that most time is on the road and waiting backstage, which is so much longer than the show itself.

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

We would prefer the label directors choose an artist because of his quality rather than is popularity on social media.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nico: “Grace”, by Jeff Buckley

Jeremy: “LA Woman”, by The Doors

Jb: “Back In Black”, by AC/DC

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

Live performance!

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

Don’t know if it’s the best, but one of the craziest experiences was at the Stadium of France.

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

Jeremy: A drug dealer

Nico: A shepherd or a monk

Jb: A Paleontologist

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We would gather Louis de Funès, Frank Zappa, James Maynard Keenan, Jane Goodall and Divine.

What’s next for the band?

What’s next is the release of our new record “HARA”, which came out on the 5th of June on Mrs Red Sound label.

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

We use Youtube, Deezer, Spotify, iTunes, Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp etc.
www.facebook.com/datchamandala/
www.instagram.com/datchamandala/
www.datchamandala.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCBEE5mqy7ol-FrctE4hZ8yQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t know and as we don’t want to google it, we’ll go on the biscuit!

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

Thank you!!

Photo by Julien Dupeyron

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EMQ’s with LITTLE JIMI

EMQ’s with LITTLE JIMI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bordeaux, France based Heavy Psychedelic Rock band Little Jimi. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Ben 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 Ben, I play the guitar and sing in Little Jimi, with my two fellas Antoine on drums and Guillaume on the lead guitar. We’ve met like 3 or 4 years ago, in a music school in Bordeaux, France ; and started playing together. At first Guillaume came to me with a few ideas and riffs, and a story to tell (the story of Little Jimi). Then we asked Antoine if he wanted to play drums and the first rehearsal was like ‘ Yes, when’s the next one??’. We’ve been playing together since this time, writing songs and hanging out together.

How did you come up with your band name?

Since the beginning Guillaume had in mind the story of a little boy who has an imaginary monster as a best friend, so we had to find a name to this little boy, Jimi came in our minds and yes that’s it : ‘Little Jimi’.

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

The three of us come not far from Bordeaux, France, and we’ve met there, and we live here now. There’s a pretty rock scene in this city, a lot of associations who make bands play in small underground places it’s really cool, and there a few venues who help bands with their careers. Plus, it’s kind of a small city, and people know each other.

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

It’s our first album : ‘EP.1’ . We released it in the end of the year 2018 with the precious help of our friendly label: Mrs Red Sound. We are working on the second album in this time!

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s a lot, I think that everything we listen to, watch or see is kind of an influence. But I think our main influence about the music that we play will be Mars Red Sky. And not just in music, because we know them pretty well and they are really good people, and they help us to move forward.

What first got you into music?

For me it was when I was about 11 or 12 years old, a friend of mine started to play the guitar and I was like ‘I wanna play it too!!’ So, I started to play the guitar, learning Wonderwall and Come as You Are haha. I play the guitar since this time. For Guillaume it was pretty much the same. But Antoine in his childhood, played the flute in the conservatory for music in his birth town, then as a teenager he started playing drums. And then a few years ago we met in a music school in Bordeaux.

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

It would be Mars Red Sky, AGAIN ! Because those guys know how to write songs in this kind of music, and it’s a band that Antoine Guillaume and I have in common.

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

The Desertfest would be perfect ! The meeting of really great bands…

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

It was in Bordeaux, it was late, and people started to get pretty drunk, and one of the guys in the audience started to throw me his cigarettes, one by one, and he seemed happy about doing it… Great night for the smoker that I am!

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

Just listen to a lot of music, go to live shows, buy records, and be nice to have good Christmas presents.

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

Keith Richards! Hum, sorry not yet…! More seriously, Guillaume and I would agree on Jimi Hendrix.

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

Being on stage of course! And hate not to be on stage!

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

All the dickheads who think they are above you and think money before music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I think it could be “Consolers of the Lonely” by the Raconteurs. It’s the album that I’ve listened to most in my life I think, and I’m always in it when I listen to this record.

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

I recently became a vinyl guy, because of my girlfriend, she has a lot of records, she listens and make me listen to really good records, and now I’m infected, I buy records like she does…

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

Probably last summer at the Black Bass Festival in Blaye, France. Lot of people, lot of good vibes, lot of beers, it was a really good night!

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

Besides being musicians, Guillaume and Antoine are doing other stuff: Guillaume studies literature, he’s really good at it and really likes it, and Antoine is kind of a gardener, he loves plants and trees.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Edouard Philippe and Christophe Castaner. I have a really special menu for them in mind, I won’t tell you but just to give you have an idea, it’s based on poop.

What’s next for the band?

Our second album!

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

Bandcamp, and the website of Mars Red Sky merch, where you can buy our first album!
www.littlejimi.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/LittleJimi.music/
www.instagram.com/littlejimimusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit I guess…

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

Thank you guys, listen to music, go to live shows, and that’s pretty much it! Kiss.

Photo by Pierre Martial

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EMQs with Flying Circus

EMQ’s with FLYING CIRCUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Progressive Psychedelic Hard Rock band, Flying Circus. Huge thanks to Michael Dorp 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?

We are called “Flying Circus”, I’m Michael Dorp and I am the singer of the band. I founded the group 30 years ago with our guitarist Michael Rick – at first as a quite straightforward hard rock band in the Led Zeppelin/Deep Purple vein. Over the years, more and more progressive rock elements crept in, and since our debut album “Seasons” in 1997, most critics have described us a mixture between Led Zeppelin and Yes, and we have often been compared to another crossbreed of these two sides, Rush. We released a string of albums and had major line-up changes in 2011/2012. Since then, the band members have been me and Michael Rick, Rüdiger Blömer (keys and violin), Roger Weitz (bass guitar), and Ande Roderigo (drums), and the music has become even more open. The hard rock influences are still there, but the progressive influences have become more varied. Sometimes, we get compared to King Crimson now, but I guess we draw our inspirations from all the late 60s and 70s rock world and make our own mixture of styles out of that.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we founded the band, I studied English at the University of Cologne, and as I was a big fan of the Monty Python movies! I was very glad to find out that you could rent the complete Monty Python TV series on video cassettes at the British Council in Cologne. I binge-watched the whole lot, and always thought that “Flying Circus” was a great name for a band as well, as it has so much energy. So, when we formed the band, it was clear that we would call it that.

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

We are still based around Cologne and Düsseldorf in Germany. As you know, this area is in the western part of Germany, and in the music world, the two cities are best known for Can (Cologne) and Kraftwerk (Düsseldorf) – who are both quite arty, of course. Maybe that’s why we picked up that half of our influences. On the other hand, we recorded our latest album in the Cologne hinterland at “Dierks Studios”, which has always had strong hard rock and metal links. The classic Scorpions albums were all recorded there and many works by Accept and U.D.O. The studio has always been host to great recordings from all kinds of genres (Rory Gallagher, Ike and Tina Turner, Eric Burdon…). So, the music scene in general in our area has always been, and is still quite vibrant, but for bands playing their own material, it’s sometimes hard to get gigs among all the tribute and cover bands around. But I guess that has become a worldwide phenomenon.

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

Our latest release is a concept album called “1968”, which will come out on 27th March. All the album’s songs share a unique historic event of this momentous year and are set in different places all around the world. Thus, incidents that happened in Paris, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Derry, My Lai (Vietnam), Memphis/Tennessee and New York in 1968, get set to music in tracks named after the respective cities they are set in. Currently, we have released two singles with videos accompanying the album which you can have a look at on our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/circuscrow

Who have been your greatest influences?

Besides the bands we have already mentioned, our strongest influences probably comprise Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Uriah Heep on the metal/hard rock side, and early Genesis and Pink Floyd on the prog rock side. But really, we listen to everything that falls between these two corner stones of ours: Jethro Tull, Pavlov’s Dog, Wishbone Ash, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Nektar… folk, metal, psychedelic, blues rock, krautrock, jazz rock – you name it! Bert Jansch, Iron Maiden, Hawkwind, Free, Mahavishnu Orchestra – ANYTHING fitting in with our concept.

What first got you into music?

I was a keen listener from my teenage years onwards, and I really liked Queen at the time, but I guess my interest got much more serious when Deep Purple reformed in 1984, which was a huge event in Germany. In addition to their then new “Perfect Strangers” album, I bought a greatest hits LP set that was advertised on TV at the time. I really got into that, and similar “old” stuff, and asked myself why there weren’t more bands like that around, still. And with Michael Rick, I soon found another guy who wanted to recreate that magic of the 70s.

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

Oh, as far as current bands and musicians are concerned, an obvious choice would certainly be Opeth and Steven Wilson – simply because I think we share the same ethos.

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

That’s quite easy to say as well: Simply because there are not that many festivals for our type of music around, we would love to play the “Night of the Prog” festival over here in Germany. Our albums have all been very well received, especially by the critics, but we certainly need some live exposure on a bigger scale. Plus, that festival takes places at the Loreley arena directly overlooking the Rhine, and it has seen many great concerts in its history.

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

Oh, at one of our concerts in the 1990s we had a dozen or so cuddly toys being thrown at us. That was really odd, especially considering our type of music…

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

Always give new music a try. Don’t just listen to types of music you already know and like. I think that’s very rewarding. And go to small live shows where you can look the musicians in the eye. That’s what it’s all about.

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

That would probably be Jimi Hendrix – I think he would have been the most interesting guy of those who are already gone to see develop further. I am certain he would have given the world so much more incredible music we cannot even imagine.

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

The best thing is being able to express yourself. To turn your innermost feelings into something tangible. What I hate is the administrative side of it. People have no idea of how time consuming all the booking and promotion work is. I like interviews, though… 🙂 It’s the social media stuff nowadays that ties you to some kind of screen or another for hours and hours…

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

I guess that would be rewinding the clock, but I would love to see labels go back to the practice of really LISTENING, and then getting behind a band – sometimes maybe even simply for artistic reasons. Nowadays, they let all the bands do the work themselves up to a certain degree, and then they just pick what’s got the most popular already in order to cash in on that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Physical Graffiti” by Led Zeppelin – it’s so varied and open that I still consider it a template worth striving for.

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

Vinyl, of course! The wonderful sleeves alone would be enough, but it just feels different to put a needle on a turntable in order to sit down and have a listen. That’s how it’s meant to be!

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

As far as reputations go, that would be playing the Burg Herzberg-Open Air here in Germany alongside some bona fide 70s-stars like Man, Colosseum, Wishbone Ash, Caravan & John Mayall, but musically I think it was our first promotional show we did for our current album “1968”. We really nailed live what we’ve recorded there!

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

Oh, I AM doing something else in addition to being a musician: I am a freelance publicist and editor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Jon Paul Jones, so they can reunite Led Zeppelin and David Gilmour, and Roger Waters in order for them to bury the hatchet as well…

What’s next for the band?

The current album is our first in years that has been published by a label, so we are very curious what difference that will make for us. But we are already thinking of various concepts for a follow-up album and will probably start writing for that very soon.

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

http://flying-circus.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/circuscrow https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ax4rGbXiW2HqYamidXrju
https://www.facebook.com/FLYING-CIRCUS-117944154951115/
https://www.instagram.com/flyingcircus_rockband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have them in Germany, but I have always considered them to be a biscuit when I have come across them in Britain.

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

Yes, you British are so lucky with your incredible rock heritage – cherish it!

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Trippy Wicked and The Cosmic Children of The Knight – Moving On Singles

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Trippy Wicked and The Cosmic Children of The Knight – Moving On Singles
APF Records
Release Date: 30/10/2019
Running Time: 21:24
Reviewed By: Dark Juan
9/10

Good evening, my initiates. It is I, the Ipsissimus of all things Groovy, Dark Juan, and I am here to take your mind off the mundane and into realms of cosmic thought never truly encompassed in the human journey before. Or I could just write a record review.

However, I’m sure you have all become accustomed to me babbling incoherently about anything but the record I am supposed to be writing about AND THIS TIME IS GOING TO BE NO DIFFERENT! However this time, it’s a simple message I want to share with you all. After all this unpleasantness to do with rich bastards squabbling over who gets to tell us what to do and lying about what they will give you to make you like them is out of the way (they won’t give you what they promise anyway) take the time to reconnect with people who might have different opinions to you.

Love everyone without question, my people, for that is what makes the world a better place. Not which motherfucker in a suit sits in a leather chair and talks a lot. Love each other and for fuck’s sake look for the good in each other because I have never seen such venom and vitriol flying amongst friends before. It’s fucking depressing to see friendships that are years old fall apart because of shitposting on the internet. Us alternative people only have each other to depend on – so fucking love each other, drink the fucking beer, smoke the fucking weed, hug fucking strangers and turn them into fucking friends and dance the fuck out of every piece of metal you hear. So sayeth My gospel. Here endeth the sermon…

Trippy Wicked and The Cosmic Children of The Knight. Now there’s a name to conjure with and no mistake. I like it. I like it a lot. This EP comprises four songs that didn’t make the Movin On (I hate it when bands do this. There’s a G at the end of the word for a reason. STOP IT FOR FUCK’S SAKE!) album recorded in 2009 and as the demented pscyhonauts themselves put it, “10 songs had made the album while the other 4 went in the cupboard under the stairs and were forgotten about for a while. Since then we’ve played a whole bunch of gigs, released another album and a few EPs, went on a few tours around the UK and Germany, and generally did what bands do. The 10 year anniversary is a perfect opportunity for us to revisit the recording on Movin On, give those 4 extra songs a release and finally share them with our fans. So here they are. Dig it.”

Quite. So here we have four songs based on absolute fuzz heaven. Fuzzy fuzzy fuzz fuzz with a bit of fuzz-wah thrown in for variety. It is stoner doom distilled down to the most basic elements of stoner doom – highly distilled Sabbath riffs, lazy tempos, thunderous fuzzy bass (if only the bass player was called Fozzy, then my life would be complete) and a drummer who seems intent on reducing his drums to their component atoms instead of playing them.

Opening track “Evil” starts with the sound of a bad earth before the instruments all kick in together with the kind of punch in the guts a certain Mr. Tyson might deliver if you upset him and a heartbreakingly beautiful palindromic riff of such stoner splendour this hellpriest fell to his knees and wept against the sofa. Hodgson Fartpants (the only dog to be classified as an illegal chemical weapon under both NATO rules and the Geneva Convention. Not even the Russians would have him) was sat on it at the time and gave me a look best described as quizzical and not “What the fucking fuck is that fucking demented human bastard doing this time and why does it not involve feeding me?” It is very, very good as it stomps all over the landscape like some kind of ironclad assault walker. Vocals from Peter Holland are very Ozzy-esque as well, having that high pitched, throaty and raw quality that the auteur Mr. Osbourne had when he fronted Sabbath the first time.

Track two “Hark At You” is more of the same wholesome stoner wonderfulness but a bit faster this time, as if the boys had put down the weed and decided a bit of the old Billy Whizz was the way to go this time. It’s a bit of a goer, this song, like it’s had its arse whipped sore by a vigorous rider and moves along at a brisk canter.

“Things Go Up” is the third song in. This is where Peter decided that we needed to hear his fuzz-wah. He was right. We all needed to hear his fuzz-wah. Fuzz-wah me, baby. It’s soooooooooo good. I love it when you fuzz-wah me. Don’t stop. Drummer Chris West had apparently also decided that his cymbals had to die on this song and gave his crashes the kind of thrashing that only Basil Fawlty can deliver with any conviction.

The final song on the record is called “I Wanna Be” and sees the entire fucking kitchen being thrown at the song, not just the sink. There’s wah, there’s phaser, there’s the kind of monolithic riffs Kirk Windstein and Tony Iommi would face off in a grim battle to the death to claim to have written. And the bass. Oh, the bass. Dicky King (probably deploying the smile of champions he is displaying in the band photo) goes into some kind of fuzz nirvana and disappears (in my head anyway) into a pineal focus streaming outwards from his third eye in glorious psychotropic colour, dissolving into a self-contained universe of the groove…

Ok, I have managed to contain myself. It’s cost me a pair of pants, as it usually does. Trippy Wicked are awesome. Buy their music.

Trippy Wicked, I salute you. Now I’m going to drink this beer.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is floating motionless in a universal groove constant and awards Trippy Wicked etc etc 9/10 for a trip through the psychedelic heartlands that leaves me wanting more…

Tracklist

Evil
Hark At You
Things Go Up
I Wanna Be

Trippy Wicked and The Cosmic Children of the Knight are: quite clearly insane.
Pete Holland – vocals, guitars, brass, slightly worrying propensity to look at your left ear when talking to you.
Dicky King – bass, winning smile, award winning face fuzz.
Chris West – drums, knowing smirk. This man has seen things – things that would fuck you right up.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/trippywicked/
https://www.instagram.com/trippywicked/

 

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Duel – Valley Of Shadows

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Duel – Valley Of Shadows
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 17/05/2019
Running Time: 38:00
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Duel have been on my radar for quite a while. Despite hearing a few tracks via the band’s social media, I’d never sat down, ear-goggles locked in place, to listen to a full album. So, I was pretty stoked to have the opportunity to review their latest album: “Valley Of Shadows”, released recently by Heavy Psych Sounds.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, these four fiends are responsible for an almighty stoner doom racket; full on heavy rifferama with psychedelic and classic metal references. In case that description alone doesn’t grab you like a graveyard ghoul on the way to an unholy shindig, their whole aesthetic is tripped out in the sort of late-night, B-movie gore that’s lurid enough to make your eyes pop.

It’s like Dracula Has Risen from the Grave sound-tracked by a bunch of longhair ne’er-do-wells, and that’s just how I like it.

‘Black Magic Summer’ opens up the proceedings with some appropriate rain-soaked sound effects, before launching into the heavy-as-a-crypt-door attack. There’s a brilliantly melodic middle section too, adding some light to the gloom.

Second track ‘Red Moon Forming’ has a direct, driving pace that’s infectious and purposely concocted to inspire the raising of horns. ‘Drifting Alone’ has a real classic desert rock vibe, with a cool head shaker riff.

‘Strike And Disappear’ comes on like the vampire Western that Tarantino needs to make. A slower, bluesy pace with a dusty feel, it’s the first taste we get of a very different – and effective – approach. It melts into a ferocious, face pummelling section that screams blood and violence.

Songs like ‘Tyrant On The Throne’ have a classic metal, almost (gasp!) Iron Maiden feel to them. Otherwise, the sound explores more of the head-banging, smoke induced groove of bands like Trouble and The Obsessed.

But just like the best stoner metal movers and shakers, there’s always room for some ZZ Top-style boogie, which particularly comes to the fore in the final track, ‘The Bleeding Heart’.

As always, my sound comparisons are only meant as genuine compliments. Duel manage to create an album full of their own spirit and character, and it’s one hell of a fun ride. At turns hypnotic, fist pummelling, and sombre; “Valley of the Shadows” pulls the stake out of the stoner doom corpse and brings it back to bloody life again.

The last time I actually was involved in a duel, it was a case of duelling banjos. I was on a canoeing trip with some buddies out in the Appalachian back country. We ran into some unsavoury redneck types, one of whom challenged me to a banjo showdown. Of course, I threw in some licks that my old mentor Jimi Hendrix had shown me, and the creepy little weirdo had no chance: I was victorious.

Unfortunately, the locals weren’t too happy and we had a bit of a run-in of sorts with ‘em later. It was all fun and games really, and we were on our way home soon enough. But I tell you: just whatever you do, don’t mention piggies to my buddy Bobby!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Black Magic Summer
02. Red Moon Forming
03. Drifting Alone
04. Strike And Disappear
05. Broken Mirror
06. Tyrant On The Throne
07. I Feel No Pain
08. The Bleeding Heart

BAND LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/DUELTEXAS/
https://www.instagram.com/dueltexas/
https://duel3.bandcamp.com/

RECORD LABEL LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/

 

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Stew – Hot EP

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Stew – Hot EP
Unsigned
Release Date: 01/06/2018
Running Time: 17:13
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Have you ever had that warm, fuzzy feeling of bliss and contentment when you stick a CD on and straight away it reminds you of times gone past? Yes? Well, that’s exactly the feeling I got when I started playing this new EP from Swedish band Stew. I didn’t really know what to expect as, once again, I hadn’t read the notes that came with the EP, but I was (very) pleasantly surprised.

Stew hail from Lindesberg / Ӧrebro in Sweden, forming in early 2017 and are made up of the power trio of Markus Asland on bass and vocals, Nicklas Jansson on guitar and Nicklas Dahlgren on drums. The music they play is a mix of classic rock, blues and soul, heavily influenced by the late 60’s and 70’s era.

The bands notes state that they play a “gritty and nostalgic fusion of classic rock and blues inspirations” and they are not wrong! You could almost have been transported back four decades as soon as this EP kicks in with the track ‘Might Be Keeping You’, which, by the way was picked for Classic Rock Magazine’s Best Of The Year in 2018!!

And Classic Rock, themselves, couldn’t have summed it up any better if they had tried; “spewing embers of psychedelic wonder, Stew emerged from Sweden this year with an album so far out that half of us still haven’t come back. This track is a highlight, a deep, rumbling ode to the days when metal was acid-rock and life was consistently wild.”

With groovy riffs, strong vocals (love this guy’s voice!) and swinging drums this is classic yet with a modern twist. With a little bit of blues, a little bit of rock and killer guitars, these guys have nailed the sound of the 60’s / 70’s with true musicianship.

With influences stated by the band including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Free, Deep Purple, Grandfunk Railroad, Buddy Miles, Rory Gallagher and Spooky Tooth, these guys wouldn’t have been out of place at the great Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Despite only being around for just about two years, this band sounds like it is a seasoned veteran of the 60’s and 70’s and have decided to get back together for a reunion tour, playing all their old hits.

I loved this EP from the very moment it started and the only gripe I have with it is that’s it’s just not long enough! Just as I am really getting into it, it finishes. So, my next comment would be, I am REALLY looking forward to an album when one is done. I think that would be on my play list for a very long time to come!

The only other thing I can comment on about this EP and band is the fact that they are unsigned! Why these guys haven’t been snapped up by a record company is beyond me, but I hope they are very soon. With a little bit of support, Stew could really go places!!

TRACKLISTING:
1 Might Be Keeping You
2 If This Will Be
3 Tongue Tied
4 Dig For Gold

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/stewsweden/
https://twitter.com/Stew13434878
https://www.instagram.com/stew_band/
https://stew1.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6gQxEftIRnjg_nxDmThwQ

 

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