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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

 

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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?

www.hellandhollar.com
www.facebook.com/HellAndHollar/
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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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip

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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release date: 20/04/2019
Running time: 29 mins
Review by: Alun Jones
7/10

Back in ’68, I believe it was, though a lot of my memory remains hazy. It was a small London jazz club, in Chelsea I think, and Hendrix spontaneously got up to jam. Moon was on drums, John Paul Jones picked up the bass, and Clapton and Pagey jumped up to run through a few blues numbers. I was in the audience, somewhat refreshed, with a quality geezer who worked as a roadie for Hendrix. His name was Ian, though everyone called him “Lemmy”.

Anyway, I might have overindulged in something or other, but it was a fantastic night. I mean, musicians of that calibre sharing the same stage! Incredible! Until, that was, Jagger decided he wanted to join in on vocals. Brian Jones decided to bring his bandmate down a peg or two, and lobbed a huge quiche at old rubber lips. Bosh, hit him straight in the mush. Jagger was not happy. The next thing you know, Moon chucks his sticks at Mickey Dolenz and all hell breaks loose!

There was cake and vol-au-vents everywhere. It took me days to clean the sausage rolls out of Pagey’s pick-ups. But that was the sixties, you know? All good fun!

“Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip” does a great job of bringing back the vibes from that time. Compiled by RidingEasy Records and Permanent Records, it consists of ten rare shots of proto-metal and stoner rock from the late 60’s and early 70’s. These tracks are so long lost, whoever raided the tombs they were in probably received an ancient curse for disturbing them.

The songs on offer aren’t really of the sheer riff heavy variety that Black Sabbath would perfect, but if you’re interested in hearing how Rock’n’Roll was deep fried in LSD and pushed to the limit, there are some fine nuggets here.

The first track, ‘School Daze’ by Attack! has a real MC5 hell-for-leather Rock’n’Roll feel. That greasy, take-no-prisoners Detroit approach serves them well. Up next is White Rock with ‘Please Don’t Run Away’, a glorious fuzzed out, scuzzy rocker. The brilliantly named Luke and the Apostles give us ‘Not Far Off’, featuring fabulous throaty vocals over a dynamite slab of blues rock.

There’s plenty more psychedelic, acid drenched fare that will resonate with fans of Hendrix, Cream, Mountain and even early Alice Cooper. ‘I Need My Music’ by the Tourists is another highlight, along with Moloch’s ‘Cocaine Katy’. There’s a reassuring low-fi sound to the whole thing, with occasional faint vinyl crackles even, that gives the enterprise some charm.

Of the two covers on offer here, Inside Experience’s ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’ is fine but doesn’t challenge the original. On the other hand, the wonderfully named Grump take the King’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ out on a glorious, whiskey fuelled Leo Sayer and don’t hand it back till it’s puked it’s kebab up in the back of the taxi.

The tracks compiled for “Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip” may not change your life, but there’s plenty to enjoy. If you’re not already a fan of rock music from this period, then think of this as a history lesson and indulge yourself. Just be careful what you indulge yourself in, eh?

Right then, gin and tonic, anyone?

TRACKLISTING:
01. Attack! – “School Daze”
02. White Rock – “Please Don’t Run Away”
03. River Side – “Wayfarer”
04. Luke and the Apostles – “Not Far Off”
05. Tourists – “I Need My Music”
06. Bartos Brothers Band – “Gambler”
07. Inside Experience – “Tales of Brave Ulysses”
08. Karma – “New Mexico”
09. Moloch – “Cocaine Katy”
10. Grump – “Heartbreak Hotel”

LINKS:
https://ridingeasyrecords.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ridingeasyrecords

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfcKvfj8ei5GD2YVtLYhaoQ
https://www.instagram.com/easyriderrecord/

 

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EMQ’s with PINTO GRAHAM

Pinto Graham

EMQ’s with PINTO GRAHAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New Haven, Connecticut, Southern Stoner/Rock trio Pinto Graham! Huge thanks to guitarist Andre Roman 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 Andre Roman, guitar player in Pinto Graham. Pinto Graham was started as a 2 piece (bass and drums) band by Ant and Brian sometime around 2013 or so. A friend of mine had played guitar with them briefly before moving to California and I was introduced to the guys with the hopes of replacing him. It was a great fit and I joined the band in 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ant (bass/vocals) came up with the name. I believe it was really just a version of some of his favourite band names…Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd etc…

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

Our drummer Brian is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ant and I are from the United States. The metal scene here in the US is amazing! It’s thriving well and really embracing all the styles within the “metal” title.

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

Our latest release is Entitled “DOS”. Our second record, oddly enough following our first record, “UNO”. We have just released a single from DOS called ‘Southern Superstitions.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally my greatest musical influences are Cream, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, the Melvins, Mudhoney, RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough….to name a few!

What first got you into music?

My older brother introduced me to punk when I was around 10 years old. Black Flag, Bad Brains…and at the same time I received my first guitar. So I spent a lot of time learning songs by Mudhoney, Dinosaur JR, Sonic Youth…

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

That’s a tough question! I would really love to collaborate with the guys in Earthless. Maybe just an improvised jam or something!

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

Any rock festival in Europe would be awesome.

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

Boogie!! Have a great time, all the time! And thank you for coming to shows.

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

Jimi Hendrix. No doubt.

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

Well, I don’t hate any of it. As long as we get to play, there shouldn’t be anything to hate. Maybe typing out interview answers…I’d rather talk to people. Other than that, it’s a good gig being a musician. The most enjoyable part is playing and meeting other bands and talking about gear or studios.

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

We try hard not to be involved in the music industry per se…We don’t have a label and if we did we’d want it to be a small one that appreciates music rather than how much money an artist can pull in.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The ‘Red Album’ by Grand Funk Railroad is just one of my favourites.

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

Vinyl with a download is the best.

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

All of them rock!! We just try to make sure we have a good time all the time.

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

I’d be a carpenter. Oh wait…I mean…I am a carpenter. Music ain’t payin the bills!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Frank Zappa and whatever 4 people he wanted to bring.

What’s next for the band?

We’ll be playing shows in support of “DOS” and getting new songs ready for the next record!

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

https://pintograham.com
https://pintograham.bandcamp.com/releases
https://m.facebook.com/pintograham.band/
https://www.instagram.com/pinto_graham/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d maybe call them a cookie…a fucking delicious cookie/biscuit hahaha!

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

Thank you. Hopefully we can rock out for y’all sometime!

 

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Spacetrucker – Smooth Orbit

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Spacetrucker – Smooth Orbit
Self-Released
Release Date: 17/08/2018
Running Time: 51:00
Review by: Alun Jones
9.5/10

“Have a listen to Spacetrucker, I think you’ll like them!” came the recommendation from Rick at Ever Metal HQ. So I did. And he was right – the “Smooth Orbit” album is one of the most exciting listens I’ve had for a long, long time.

These psychedelic space monkeys have created a superb Stoner Rock classic that’s right up my space lane. Throw in some fuzzy Grunge and Classic Rock and Spacetrucker have achieved the almost impossible: put a huge, acid-warped grin on my ancient, grumbly mug.

First track ‘Sample Of A Sample’ warms the jets up nicely for take-off with a trippy lead and some bongos. Yes, bongos! Past the two-minute mark it erupts into a face-melter of a riff that had my cranium nodding like an Easter Island statue after some herbal refreshment.

Mike Owen (guitar/vocals), Rob Wagoner (bass/vocals) and Del Toro (drums) seem to be able to magically conjure up the grooves with uncanny ease. ‘Meat Wagon’ is another brilliant track with a pulsating, infectious riff.

In true lazy journo style (hey, I’ve had a few), Spacetrucker combine the stoner slouch of Fu Manchu and early QOTSA with classic Sabbath and Purple, mixing in some Mudhoney and Melvins fuzzy sludge on the way. Perfect, in other words. If any of those bands get your hyper drive firing, this is for you.

There are some Iommi-esque shorter numbers and experimental sounds that add a further dimension to the proceedings, constantly keeping the listener on their toes. ‘Vanishing Point, Science of Us’ has an almost Nirvana Unplugged vibe before bursting into a crushing rocker. This is followed by another monster riff with ‘Pulling Teeth’.

Plus the final track, ‘Lost In The Sauce’, is over ten minutes long! An extended jam floats in and builds beautifully, never rushing but enticing the listener along on every step…!

This might not be the most critical review I’ve composed, but I don’t care. “Smooth Orbit” is a triumph of an album and I love it. The only reason it didn’t get ten out of ten is it needs more references to skateboards and 1970’s muscle cars. Other than that, I need a vinyl version, please?

If any of the above references to sub-genre labels and other bands resonates with you, I urge you do a Boba Fett and track this album down now.

All of this “space trucking” talk reminds me my days working with Deep Purple back in the early seventies. I was working as the band’s roadie/driver when one time, in the middle of the night in the Arizona desert, we got a flat. I left the Purps partying in the back whilst I went out in to the freezing, dusty highway to change the tyre. I was distracted for a moment, and I swear blind that I saw several lights zipping about in the sky at unbelievable speeds. “UFOs!” I thought.

I rushed back onto the bus and dragged the band out to take look (all except Roger Glover, who was busy knitting). Except when we got outside, the lights had vanished. The Purps weren’t amused and blamed it on me overindulging in peyote. Gillan was very gentlemanly about it all and even gave me a hand with the tyre. Blackmore had a tantrum about the delay and docked me a day’s pay. The bastard!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Sample Of A Sample
02. Not As Hung
03. Breach
04. Meat Wagon
05. Fuck Up
06. Hotbox Airlock
07. Cat March
09. Vanishing Point
10. Lost In The Sauce

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