EMQ’s with BS BONE

EMQ’s with BS BONE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sant’Elia a Pianisi, Italy based Alternative Hard Rock/Stoner band, BS BONE. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Vyper 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?

I’m Vyper from BS BONE, a three-members line-up. We started to play together in the summer 2017. We play an Alternative Hard Rock with several other influences. I play bass guitar and I’m also the vocalist of the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

First of all, “BS” stands for Bandsaw…So we decided to choose Bone Bandsaw, a tool that gives the idea about anything we want….But then we switched words and we opted for “BS Bone”…so anyway it’s something nice!

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

We’re based in Italy The situation is not the best. The live music venues that allow you to play unreleased songs are less and less, especially genres like hard rock and metal. Not to mention the fact that we live in the centre-south of Italy (Molise)…And it is useless to add that this global pandemic made things worse. But in spite of everything there are so many valid bands.

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

In October 2019 we released our self-produced Demo, called “Inside Insanity”. There are four killin’ tracks who talk about madness, anger, insanity, slice of life; for example, ‘Dysfunctional Souls’ (#3) speaks about the pain of feeling inadequate, useless; speaks about the presumption and the failure.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Duff McKagan, Nikki Sixx and Rachel Bolan, three bassists and songwriters with some consistency of their sound. They mostly play bass with a pick, a style/technique that comes from punk rock bands. I love this sound, ‘cause pick gives you the tone that fits the style. In my opinion there’s no “right way” to play the bass. As long as you are getting the sound you honestly want and it’s not out of stubbornness or laziness, you’ve chosen the “right” method: Choose the sound not the technique.

What first got you into music?

Well, after watching on DVD (borrowed from a friend) a concert of Guns called “Live from The Ritz (1988)”: I Think this is what they call “spark”.

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

A collaboration with Hardcore Superstar that would be great! I love ’em to bits and if that could happen, that would be a dream come true!

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

I can say without hesitation Hellfest in France, Rock am Ring and Wacken in Germany, Download in UK and Sweden Rock Festival. Each of them have their own peculiarities but are attended by people who live and breathe rock every single second!

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

The choice is hard, but I’d take back Chris Cornell, a very complete artist and a very big source of inspiration.

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

I hate the slogan “everything at once”, where music is meant like a fuckin’ grinder; single is preferred over album. No, this cannot stand!

There are few record labels willing to believe and produce compared to what happened in the past. It is useless to deny that the record market is going in another direction … rap, hip-hop, trap music …. but the Rocker gives a sh*t and goes straight on his way, despite everything…I hope so.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction” (1987) – Guns N’ Roses

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

I’m already a structural engineer with rock running through my veins.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would like to invite Ozzy Osbourne, Duff McKagan, Nikki Sixx, Matthew Shadows and Lita Ford.

What’s next for the band?

We’re putting together some stuff for our first full album. We have composed more than twelve songs up to now. We’d like to begin pre-production as soon as possible. We wanna play live hoping that the Covid situation it gets better.

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

www.facebook.com/bsboneband/
www.instagram.com/bsboneband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCIKF_-DAXcvOg-mscWCtHw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Rm16JwBRyoqnpOYLCnQAi
www.bsbone.bandcamp.com/album/inside-insanity

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A name I’ve never heard before hahahahaha…they have to be good!

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

What we call “Rock” is not simple music: it’s salvation, breakout…’cause after all:

We’re nothing more than 99 Lions in a cage!

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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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Volcanova – Radical Waves

Volcanova – Radical Waves
The Sign Records
Release Date: 21/08/2020
Running Time: 44:55
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

Ahh, stoner rock. The music of choice for horticulturists worldwide, the genre exploded out of the Palm Springs region of California back in the 90’s, adding haze and psychedelia on top of grooving blues, hard rock and even punk. It was the laid-back, chilled alternative to its neighbour to the North in Seattle’s grunge scene and championed by the likes of Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Sleep and East Coast brothers Monster Magnet. The genre has been explored and improved upon in the 20+ years since its initial breakthrough and now the latest band to step up to the mantle is three-piece Volcanova, hailing from the sunnier climes of *checks notes* Reykjavík in Iceland. Hmm.

Indeed the ashened fjords of Iceland have conjured up a trio who deliver a galvanising concoction of fuzzy, blues-heavy riffs, a jam rock atmosphere from the school of Clutch, and vocal melodies that borrow just has much from the likes of Corrosion of Conformity and Graveyard as they do with Queen and Chris Cornell. The album opens with the suitably titled ‘Welcome’, an instrumental track that shows off the slowed down, doomier side of Volcanova, before moving on to the more up-tempo, head-banging rhythm of ‘Where’s The Time?’. It is this version of the band’s sound that best describes the album, guitars plucked from latter-day Mastodon rousing away riffs that could get any room to come alive, backed by more cowbell than the entirety of Dusty Rhodes’ WWF/E career.

Further into the album, and it feels like this is where the true extent of Queens of the Stone Age-isms come into play, combining stoner fuzziness and guitar work with catchy alt rock songwriting, with ‘I’m Off’ and ‘Sushi Sam’ feeling like B-sides to 2002’s “Songs For The Deaf”. For a peak into where it could fit in with modern day contemporaries, tracks like ‘Mountain’ and the closer ‘Lights’ operate in a mid-tempo riff-storm that optimises every second of a song with brilliant transitional riffs or drum rolls, much in the same way as UK occultists Puppy.

For those truly about the groove, the tempo slows right down for ‘Stoneman’ and ‘M.O.O.D.’ but both hit just that little bit different. ‘Stoneman’ is the psychedelic doom number that makes your head bop, the drinks feel that much cooler, and the day just ease by, whereas ‘M.O.O.D.’ is more about psyching you up to bare-knuckle fist fight a tree and win.

Undoubtedly a highlight of “Radical Waves” is the three-part harmonies the lads employ. As Samúel boulders on a vibe not too dissimilar from Mike Dean-fronted CoC, Þorsteinn Árnason and Dagur Atlason back him in styles that befits each song perfectly, whether it’s a classic gang vocal backing for the existential dread of ‘Where’s The Time?’ or the conversely party vibes of ‘I’m Off’, or the previously-mentioned Queen-inspired melodies on ‘Super Duper Van’, the gravitas the vocals create at times is incredible.

The album is rounded off with a top-of-the-line production job. So easy is it to get these stoner rock albums, with all the best riffs and vocal hooks you can think of, and have them ruined by overindulging in the *aesthetic*, reducing an album to a hazy, my-first-Encore-amp blur. This is not the case for Volcanova though, as there is a perfect working harmony between the musicians and the producer that allows the riffs to slap, the bass to roll, and the cowbell to cowbell, whilst still retaining the feel of the desert heat, the background noise of a rattlesnake, and the local herbological harvest. Or whatever the Icelandic equivalent to all those things are.

“Radical Waves” then goes down as a brilliant start for the young band. Definitely in the argument for best debut rock album of 2020, may the years treat Volcanova well and allow them to knock out belters like this for years to come.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Welcome
02. Where’s the Time?
03. Super Duper Van
04. I’m Off
05. Stoneman
06. Sushi Sam
07. Mountain
08. M.O.O.D.
09. Got Game
10. Lights

LINE-UP:
Samúel Ásgeirsson – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Þorsteinn Árnason – Bass, Vocals
Dagur Atlason – Drums, Vocals.

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/volcanova/
www.instagram.com/volcanovaofficial/
www.volcanova.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5PxsSQ4uYOq6svb417ravK

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The Goners – Good Mourning

The Goners – Good Mourning
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 13/03/2020
Running Time: 41:37
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

This little beauty threw off it’s shackles and ran for the hills, almost without me noticing. I’m blaming the societal breakdown caused by Corona virus, obviously not an oversight on my part. No, sir. “Good Mourning” – the debut album from The Goners – was released back in March 2020; just before the world turned into a 1970’s Charlton Heston dystopian sci-fi movie.

The Goners are comprised of Nate Gone – formerly of Salem’s Pot – on vocals, with four dudes from Swedish rock band Yvonne. “Good Mourning” is a throw-back to zoned-out good times and bizarro occult rock, with absolutely no regret the morning after.

First song ‘Are You Gone Yet’ sets the pace nicely: fuzzy 60’s garage rock with a proto metal ferocity. With the next track, ‘High, Low And Never In Between’, the Goners throw in more of their other specialty – 70’s doom with groovy, care-free freak outs.

Wonderfully out of time, this retro feast also sounds totally now. You can throw this on your portable music system and liven up any social gathering (so long as you stay far enough apart). Press play and jump around all crazy-style to ‘Evil (Is Not Enough)’ and ‘The Little Blue’ – this is Black Sabbath if they were a Stones cover band.

Plus – and this seals the deal – a couple of fine, desert bleached songs in ‘Good Ol’ Death’ and ‘Dead In The Saddle’ that rattle with a dread atmosphere. Absolutely essential for your next David Lynch/rockabilly/goth themed horror party.

“Good Mourning” by The Goners, then: if you’re a werewolf biker trapped in a cursed world you never made, but like to let your scraggy hair down with chicks from a Russ Meyer movie – this is for you. Great cover art, too.

I’ve thought I was a goner myself, on a few occasions: most of them involving my old mucker Ozzy Osbourne. One time, we were drinking in a golf club in LA and got thrown out, as you can imagine.  So, Ozzy decided to go for a joyride in a golf buggy, with me on shotgun. He was flooring it, but we were only going at a jogging pace, so the golfers soon caught us up and were ready to brain us with their hitty-stick things.

All of a sudden, Oz drove the buggy over a hill and we toppled into a sand dune (bunker?). We were lucky we were thrown clear and the buggy just managed to avoid crushing the pair of us. The golfers took pity and consoled us with a nice brandy in the clubhouse. Till the cops turned up, and dragged Ozzy and me off to jail. The whole time, we were both wearing Sharon’s dresses.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Are You Gone Yet
02. High, Low and Never In Between
03. World Of Decay
04. Evil (Is Not Enough)
05. Good Ol’ Death
06. The Sickening
07. Down and Out
08. You Better Run
09. The Little Blue
10 Dead In The Saddle (Dead Moon)

LINE-UP:
Nate Gone
Mick Dagger
Vic Odin
Timo Tinto
Grave Dave

LINKS:
www.thegonestgoners.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thegonestgoners/
www.instagram.com/thegonestgoners/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Sm7cJ4MVMohAkynq7uEhS
www.ridingeasyrecs.com/

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Dozer – Re-issues

Dozer – Re-issues
In The Tail Of A Comet/Madre de Dios/Call It Conspiracy
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release date: March 2020
Running time: 35:06/37:34/53:18
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10
9/10
9.5/10

Don’t you just love it when you find a new band to obsess about? Music so awesome, so perfect that it just lights up your life. Well, Dozer have filled that gap in my existence recently – I can’t believe how I endured without them before. Though these three albums are all reissues from the early part of the 21st century, so fuck knows what I’ve been up to for the last 20 years. Seriously, what was I doing back then that meant I missed out on this?

Hailing from the wonderful land of Sweden, a place which must have some kind of genetic master code for musical excellence, Dozer are a mighty stoner rock collective delivering heavy, intense and groove laden tunes. I don’t know how or why the Swedes are so good at this – is it the long, dark winter isolation? The never-ending day light in summer? Agnetha Falkstog’s tight pants? There’s something magical happening there, that’s for sure.

Italian label Heavy Psych Sounds have done the world a remarkable, philanthropic favour by re-issuing these three albums by the band. And, praise Tony Iommi, on beautiful, sexy vinyl too. This really is a wondrous, benevolent gift to bestow upon us. 

So, what does the music sound like, you ask (at least you do if, like me, you were clueless enough to be unaware of Dozer previously)? First album 2000’s “In The Tail Of A Comet” (8.5/10) erupts into beautiful, head nodding, rolling riffs from the off. Layers of fuzzy, psychedelic invention and heavy rhythms usher us into their world. A particular highlight is the finale, ‘High Roller’, where although the band take their foot off the gas a little, they create a trippy, vast soundscape to get lost in.

Nay-sayers may choose to point out Dozer’s obvious similarity to Kyuss; hell, even singer Fredrik Nordin sounds like a carbon copy John Garcia. With their second album, 2001’s “Madre de Dios” (9/10), that influence becomes less pronounced as their own creativity develops. This second album seems more brutal, more aggressive. It doesn’t take long, however, to reveal more textures and experiments with the formula – see ‘Earth Yeti’. Album number two is a faster, heavier, punkier version of Dozer – yet still expanding on the desert rock template.

By the time we get to the final album of this reissued trio – 2003’s immense “Call It Conspiracy” (9.5/10) – Dozer have developed their own sound and personality yet further. The Kyuss/FU Manchu influence is still there, but Dozer have grown into something of their own. This album is the heaviest, most “metal” work – but still creative as it stretches those stoner boundaries into new, warped shapes. Whether it’s full throttle rock’n’roll with lead track ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ or groove laden head-nodder ‘Man Made Mountain’, there’s much to explore here.

Gushing praise, indeed: but if you, dear reader, are a fan of the crushing riffs, unrestrained groove and sonic washes of stoner/desert rock – these Dozer albums are highly recommended. Tune in, turn on and explore these revived classics now.

TRACKLISTINGS:

In The Tail Of A Comet (2000):
01. Supersoul
02. Lightyears Ahead
03. Speeder
04. Inside The Falcon
05. Riding The Machine
06. Cupola
07. Grand Dragon
08. Captain Spaceheart
09. High Roller

Madre de Dios (2001):
01. Let The Shit Roll
02. Freeloader
03. Soulshigh
04. Octanoid
05. Earth Yeti
06. Full Circle
07. Mono Impact
08. Early Grace
09. TX-9
10. Thunderbolt

Call it Conspiracy (2003):
01. Hills Have Eyes
02. Rising
03. Feelgood Formula
04. The Exit
05. Spirit Fury Fire
06. A Matter of Time
07. Man Made Mountain
08. Way to Redemption
09. Crimson Highway
10. Black Light Revolution
11. Glorified
12. Lightning Stalker

LINE-UP
Tommi Holappa – Guitar
Fredrik Nordin – Guitar/Vox
Johan Rockner – Bass
Olle Mårthans – Drums

LINKS:
www.dozermusic.com/
www.facebook.com/dozerband
www.instagram.com/dozer_band/
www.lo-fi-merchandise.com/band/dozer/
www.spotify.com/artist/57VFYrmiB0eCM2qXZmV96N
www.youtube.com/user/wwwdozermusiccom
www.heavypsychsounds.com/
www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/

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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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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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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 http://www.facebook.com/fumaroleband and @fumarolebandaus on Twitter and Instagram. The easiest way is to go to http://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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EMQ’s with OLE ENGLISH

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EMQ’s with OLE ENGLISH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lafayette, Louisiana based Warlock/Stoner Rock band Ole English! 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?

Our band name is Ole English, we are a warlock/stoner rock outfit from Lafayette, Louisiana. It started out by about 3/4 of the band having been in bands that had ceased. Two of us got together and started jamming and figuring out where this project was going to go and when we met our bass player and then soon after drummer it was seemingly an already well-oiled machine! We were ready. And we want(ed) it!

How did you come up with your band name?

We were at a bar and started trailing on about Olde English 40oz and decided to knock of the d and go with Ole English in an almost alcoholic-ode to how many 3/4’s of the band have survived on.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from the United States of America where the metal scene is steadily growing at a rapid rate. Particularly in the ecosystem we play in, with so many of these sub genres it’s just attracting that many more listeners.

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

Our latest release is the single ‘Paladin’ off of our upcoming self-titled EP, which can be found on our bandcamp and other streaming platforms on August 23rd.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath, the Melvins, Yob, The Sword.

What first got you into music?

AC/DC man!

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

Refer to question 5.

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

Pretty much most festivals in Europe!

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

Some plastic doll with the eyes carved out and she handed it to me and said “this is for you”!

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

Your dad thinks we fucking rule!

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

Biggie Smalls!

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

Hitting the right note and lifting your gear!

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

Just let me pay the bills man!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Sword – “Age Of Winters”.

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

Vinyl baby!

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

We played a gig at Kickbutt cafe for 420 in August fest this year and we were cramped up on this tee tiny stage but it was the by far the funnest show we’ve done simply because it felt so “in the basement” I guess you could say!

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

Trying to figure out how to become a musician again!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Trailer Park Boys cast!

What’s next for the band?

Getting this album out on the 23rd and get some road shows under our belt. Sniff around some festivals and just keep our ear to the ground as we record new material and pump out that merch for that cream (get the money).

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

We use bandcamp and we have a Facebook/Instagram handle under our name. Currently creating a website!
https://oleenglish.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/yeoleenglish/
https://www.instagram.com/yeoleenglish/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what that is, but as the name implies, it’s a cake.

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

Our single ‘Paladin’ is out now on streaming platforms and can be found on our bandcamp as well as a presale for the record coming out on August 23rd!

 

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EMQ’s with HELL & HOLLAR

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EMQ’s with HELL & HOLLAR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with South Florida Stoner Rock band Hell & Hollar! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Blake Burns 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?

My name is Blake and I am the lead singer and guitarist in H&H. I started H&H with my good friend Jean about 6 years ago. I met our bass player Johnny when I was buying a pedal at Guitar Center and we exchanged numbers and he came to check out what we were doing. We played shows for about a year just the 3 of us. Then Jean had to move for a job. Johnny and I pressed on and asked our friend Nate to play drums with us. He fit the band perfectly. After we went to Nashville to record the EP together, we wanted to add a second guitar player to thicken it up and someone to share the leads. So we brought in our good friend Ian Pattison and he has been a wonderful addition. Now we have a video out and our Why The Hell Not Summer Tour coming up.

How did you come up with your band name?

My friend Jean heard it in a Hank III song and it just stuck.

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

We are in the United States. It really depends on the city you live in, in the US. The scene is huge in some places and smaller in others. Where we are based in South Florida there is a tight knit scene. But most of the venues here jump on the cover acts because it is so tourist based here and they just want their fruity drink by the water with someone playing acoustic cover for the most part. Oh and reggae is huge here too. So for us we try to get out and play out of town.

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

Well our EP “442” has been out for a bit now and we just released the video for the single ‘Showdown’ which is getting a great response.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNufD54DNJw

Who have been your greatest influences?

QOTSA, Clutch, Frank Black and The Catholics, Iggy Pop.

What first got you into music?

I have been into music ever since I can remember. I have been playing guitar since I was about 10 or so.

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

Joshua Homme

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

Wow that’s a tough one because there are so many amazing ones, but probably Glastonbury. It’s so big and so many people.

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

Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever been given a gift from a fan.

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

Thank you so much for listening and we hope to keep your interest peaked for a long time to come!

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

That’s another tough one. There are so many I would want to bring back. I guess I will say Dimebag Darrell. He didn’t deserve what happened to him. Not that anyone does. But that was so tragic.

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

I love all of it. I love the family we have put together as a band. I love writing and recording as well as performing. It’s all great. I really don’t think there is anything I hate, maybe the unfairness with the streaming world. That’s probably the one thing I hate. Too many musicians don’t get paid enough.

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

How much money goes to the artist! Oh and the 360 deal needs to up and disappear. That’s just not right.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Another tough one! Maybe “Dog In The Sand” by Frank Black and The Catholics.

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

Vinyl. There is just something about a great record played through a nice table and system.

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

Probably playing Sun Fest in Palm Beach Florida! But we are about to hit the road soon. So who knows? That might be replaced soon.

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

I don’t know. I have tried other things and this is the only thing that has every really clicked for me I guess.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My mother, father, band mates! I believe that makes 5. But yeah, quality time with those close to you is important.

What’s next for the band?

We are about to hit the road for our ‘Why The Hell Not’ Summer Tour soon. We will be in Johnson City TN at The Hideaway June 26th, Milwaukee WI at Summerfest June 28th, The Depot Brewery in Fairfield IA on June 29th, The Pour House in Raleigh NC on July 2nd, Mountain Freedom Festival in Andrews NC July 3rd, Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta GA July 4th and Mathews Brewing Company in Lake Worth FL on August 30th. We also have some stuff in the works that we can’t announce just yet. But we are also continuing work on a new record to be released sometime next year.

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

http://www.hellandhollar.com
http://www.facebook.com/HellAndHollar/
http://www.instagram.com/hellandhollar/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hell-hollar/1403195157
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0u0Pb5Z342rJA8MGepMlu6

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly have never had one. From the looks of this debate I think I will stay out of this one. Hahahaha!

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

Thank you for having me and featuring Hell & Hollar. We look forward to the next one. Cheers!

 

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