Ungraven/Slomatics – Split EP

Ungraven & Slomatics Split EP Cover Art

Ungraven/Slomatics – Split EP
Blackbow Records
Release date: 05/03/2021
Running time: 30:53
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

How did you spend your time during the pandemic? Did you learn a new language or a musical instrument? Did you get out there running, hammering marathons and getting super fit? Or, like most of us, did you hang on there by your finger nails, just about keeping it together and escaping the monotony? Well luckily for us, these two bands – Ungraven and Slomatics – decided to put their talents to creative use and deliver some music to keep us all sane in these bizarre times.

This is one EP, two bands and six songs in total. First off, we have Ungraven, who despite only being formed in 2019 feature musicians of fine pedigree: Jon Davis (Conan), David Ryley (Fudge Tunnel) and Tyler Hodges (Tuskar). ‘Defeat The Object’, their first offering, features a reliably sturdy riff to nod your head to. Next track, ‘Onwards She Rides To A Certain Death’ comes galloping out of the gates like an armour covered battle horse – it’s no nimble dressage, more like a cavalry charge into a frenzied battle. Ungraven’s final song, ‘Blackened Gates Of Eternity’, has a grinding intensity that has an industrial feel.

Slomatics pick up the baton and start off with the brutally heavy, atmospheric ‘Kaän’, which seems to move sideways rather than forwards. Slow and hefty, I’ve seen ox bow lakes form quicker than the pace of this monster. ‘Proto Hag’ follows a similar style, but you’ll be glad to learn that it’s even more intense. Slomatics have been building their reputation for some years now, and these tracks confirm their prominence. Their final song, ‘Monitors’ – probably my favourite on the whole EP, though I feel bad singling out one track – only pushes their reputation further. The music is almost trancelike, with a magnetic melodic element.

This split EP is dense and compelling. Both Ungraven and Slomatics impress with their conviction and integrity. The only down side is that approx. 31 minutes just isn’t enough. This is a very enjoyable starter, but it just makes me hunger for a full plate of whatever these two immense bands can serve up. Please sir, can I have some more?

TRACKLISTING:
01. Defeat The Object (Ungraven)
02. Onwards She Rides To A Certain Death (Ungraven)
03. Blackened Gates Of Eternity (Ungraven)
04. Kaän (Slomatics)
05. Proto Hag (Slomatics)
06. Monitors (Slomatics)

UNGRAVEN LINE-UP:
Jon Davis – Vocals
Tyler Hodges – Drums
David Ryley – Bass

SLOMATICS LINE-UP:
David – Guitars
Chris – Guitars
Marty – Drums, Vocals

UNGRAVEN LINKS:

SLOMATICS LINKS:

Ungraven & Slomatics Promo Pic (Slomatics pic credit Gerry Dollso)
(Slomatics pic credit Gerry Dollso)

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EMQ’s with KING BONG

King Bong Logo

EMQ’s with KING BONG

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milan, Italy based Instrumental Psychedelic Stoner band, King Bong. 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 King Bong, an instrumental psychedelic band. We play mostly improvised music. We started in 2008 with the aim of playing heavy riffs adding some improvisation and we’ve now published 16 albums. Our sound has evolved to include many different influences: what started off as a combination of doom riffs and psychedelic funk grooves evolved into progressive compositions first, and into free improvisation including elements of jazz and noise later.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was actually the reason we started the band: on the 9th of March 2008 Teo sent an SMS to Andrea and Alberto, with a joke: “We should make a band called King Bong and play the doomiest riffs”. Said and done.

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

We’re from Milan, Italy. The country as a whole doesn’t have a huge metal/rock scene, if compared to others like Germany, or the UK, but Milan being a big city and closer to the borders with other countries is the city where most touring bands stop. Small live clubs have been struggling in recent years, and Covid has forced some to close. The scene is still there but it’s likely less healthy than a few years ago.

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

“Beekse Bergen, vol. 6 – OGOPOGO”. Released on 5th March. It’s the latest chapter in our ongoing project: a series of live improvisations based on a map we drew.

(It’s 4 CD’s and 4 Hours long and what I’ve heard of it is pretty damn good! – Rick)

Taken from the above!

Beekse Bergen XXII w/ Chris Haskett (Henry Rollins Band, David Bowie, Tool).

Who have been your greatest influences?

They’re very different for each one of us, but as a band we could name the Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Motorpsycho, Parliament\Funkadelic, King Crimson, Metallica, Faith No More, Ulver, Miles.

What first got you into music?

Our parents exposed us to music since we were born, so it was natural for us to pick up an instrument when we were kids. Bizarrely enough, none of our parents are actually musicians!

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

We’d love to play with Nils Petter Molvær.

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

Roadburn! Because it’s the best festival, with the best music and we’ve been attending it for a decade. They’re able to constantly evolve and find new flavours of heavy music. They give every musician enough time (no 20 minutes sets at 1PM!), they have a fantastic sound system, they treat fans with great respect. It’s a dream.

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

Two friends from Rome brought us a huge piece of guanciale. It’s a kind of cured fatty meat that is the basic ingredient for carbonara (God forbid you use bacon!). We were very grateful, for several meals!

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

“Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST.”
– Frank Zappa

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

Jerry Garcia.

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

We love the freedom that comes with art: we keep exploring and learning and we can’t wait to find something new to try. We hate the fact that it’s almost impossible to make a living out of it.

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

We’d love for it to be more about actual music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blind Guardian – “Nightfall In Middle-Earth”

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

We enjoy a bit of everything, but certainly not cassettes. Fuck cassettes!

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

We once played in Koper in a fantastic squat. It was  fully packed, with a nice stage and a great sound crew. Half-way through our gig we were interrupted by local hero/artist/provocateur, Marko Brecelj. He was moved by our music and he needed to give a speech to the house. He then proceeded to thank us, and we resumed playing. Amazing night.

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

We were once told by a great artist that no matter what daily job you might have, if you’re a musician you will always be one, even when you don’t earn from it. We might work in different fields, but at the core we’re musicians.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Robert Fripp, Dave Grohl, Andy Summers, Grace Slick and Tony Iommi.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve also just reissued our 2017 LP “Sand ≈ Return” through Mandrone Records.

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

We’ve got a Facebook page and a BandCamp account, plus our albums are available on most major streaming services.

www.facebook.com/kingbongofficial
www.kingbong.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’ve never tried them, but we can say that we love pulled pork.

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

The King is happy to welcome you in his family: come along, follow us in our explorations and we promise you’ll never get bored!

King Bong Band (Stefano Di Noi PH)
Stefano Di Noi PH

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EMQ’s with MARS ERA

Mars Era Logo

EMQ’s with MARS ERA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florence, Italy based Stoner/Alternative Metal band Mars Era. Huge thanks to the band 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 guys, here’s speaking Mitch, Dave, Tom and Leo. We are MARS ERA, a stoner alternative metal band born in 2014 in Florence (ITA).

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s just that…we like humans…but we definitely love Martians!

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

We’re based in Florence, but we come from different parts…of the universe!

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

In 2017 we released “DHARMANAUT”, our first LP, via Argonauta Records, and now we’re ready to roll with our next release, “ONIRO”, out on 19th February 2021!

‘Brighter Than The Sun (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We can surely say that the alternative metal scene of 2000’s mixed with stoner rock and psychedelic rock music of the 70’s could be a perfect description of our mixed influences.

Anyway, we could tell that there’s one of us who grew up with Pink Floyd, someone with Beatles and Led Zeppelin and someone with the Encyclopedia Metallum in his pocket!

What first got you into music?

The power of the music itself, the magic that melts different souls together just playing it!

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

Aaaaaah, there’s lot of bands we’d like to collaborate with!

Stoned Jesus! We love their sound, it’s evolving release after release in an original way.

Elder…seen live in Bologna two years ago, amazing musicians and songwriter, great psychedelic and progressive rock!

Last but not least, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion. We had the opportunity to share the stage in 2016 on one of our first summer festivals. Live they rock, neutron bomb sound!

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

Pinkpop Festival, for sure. How could you forget Eddie Vedder in 1992 climbing above the crowd?

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

A perizoma…ahem…but we cannot say anything else…

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

Keep rolling stronger and stronger, cause we have to make this world a better place!

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

Chris Cornell. Each of us was born with Soundgarden and then Audioslave. We miss him a lot.

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

Enjoy: the power of playing live in front of the crowd. It’s pure energy. We benefit from it second by second when we are on the stage.

Hate: the deadlines…We used to say “we’ll be ready when we are!”

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

TV Talent shows. They’re not the worst thing that happened…but maybe they could be managed in a more illuminating way. Why just pop? We want to listen to every kind of music genre in talent shows. People’s music taste is too much addressed by music industry nowadays.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dave: – “Superunknown” – Soundgarden
Leo: – “Ghost Reveries” – Opeth
Mitch: – “10000 Days” – Tool
Tom: – “Around The Fur” – Deftones

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

Vinyl, they last forever.

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

Music W Festival, opening to Chelsea Wolfe. A great show, it was our first festival and we were so excited to play!

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

Probably living on Mars, trying to improve the underground station below Amanthes Planum Region. Have you been there too?!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We would have to invite Lemmy of Motorhead ‘cause there’s no party without alcohol! R.I.P.

Rick Rubin, one of the best producer nowadays to ask his advice.

Cristina Scabbia, ‘cause she’s one of the best metal vocalists nowadays and…of course…cause she’s so damn Hot!

Maynard James Keenan & Tool! Cause we want to have a barbecue with them!!!

What’s next for the band?

We are focused now on our upcoming album, “ONIRO”. It will be released via Argonauta Records on 19th February 2021.

“ONIRO” is a warning to an internal awakening: it’s the story of an ordinary man who finds himself facing his innermost fears which, changing through music, become real and tangible dreams. Only by facing these difficulties, our character will overcome the obstacles that arise on his long and imaginary journey. An oniric travel that leads to a final awakening.

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

We are on Facebook and Instagram. Come to our page and leave us a like! We need your support!
www.facebook.com/mars.era.live
www.instagram.com/mars_era/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC5gavuhF-W_mGQ9HKctbb3A

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa…don’t you remember that the “The cake is a lie”????

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

May the Mars Era be with You!

Mars Era Promo Pic

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Red Spektor – Heart Of The Renewed Sun

Red Spektor – Heart Of The Renewed Sun
Kozmik Artifactz
Release date: 02/10/2020
Running Time: 40:45
Review by Dark Juan
Score: Fucking millions out of 10!

Good afternoon once again, acolytes and denizens of the world. Of climes unknown to me, Brazil (hi, Victor!) and of Australia, a continent where even the wildlife is designed to kill humankind, yet where people still survive although their surroundings wage a guerrilla war, knocking off a victim here and there. And to anywhere else on this strange little blue ball careening through the galaxy at a steady 67,000 miles per hour. You are my brothers and sisters, you dear people, and my heart explodes with love for you all.

Actually, that’s a big fat lie. I am a twisted, obsidian wreck of a man only concerned with furthering my gospel and defiling virgins in the name of The One That Walks Backwards, and absinthe. My hellhounds (all three currently snoring in various positions of repose – Sir Zeusington Zeus VC, KCVG, MM, DFC and Bar stealing all the warmths in front of the radiator, Hodgson Biological-Warfare asleep on the sofa, welded to the side of Mrs. Dark Juan as usual and the Dread Lord Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover tilting at windmills, shouting at absolutely nothing and trying to fight dogs three times his size to no avail as is a normal day at Dark Juan Terrace…) are relaxed for once, enabling me to exhort the delights of Stoke-on-Trent heavy rock trio Red Spektor to you in peace, for once in my miserable goddamned existence! That, and the fine cup of Yorkshire tea by my side (other hot beverages are available, but trust me you wouldn’t want to fucking bother) enable me to give my full attention to an album that appears to be so far up my street it has parked its psychedelic painted Type 1 VW camper van in my front room, much to the consternation of Mrs. Dark Juan, who is upset that I have not told her that we were expecting visitors, from another plane of reality or otherwise.

Before we begin, a disclaimer – There will be drug references and an overuse of the word psychedelic in the following ranting. This is because psychedelic stoner rock gets me more excited than being left alone in a room full of cloned Gemma Arterton’s in varying states of undress and I have an endless supply of Viagra. You can thank me later for the mental image that has left you with.

Opening track ‘Warflower’ transports us instantly into the mid 70’s psychedelic explosion with a pleasing mix of Wolfmother, Hawkwind at their most muscular and the more exploratory parts of Steppenwolf and Blue Oyster Cult as a basis for their sound, with added Sir Lord Baltimore and LSD dripping Cream. This diverse mix of musical influences is indeed a Very Good Thing. It is well known that Dark Juan is a sucker for stoner and doom and added psychedelia just makes me dance like a hippy with those strange hand movements that only hippies and goth girls do to “Lucretia My Reflection”. It’s all phaser, fuzz and tube screamers and its fucking brilliant! Every instrument is mixed very well, and the clarity of the sound is excellent. The bass of Mr. Rob Farrell cuts cleanly through the mix without over powering the sound of the band as a whole and the riffs, man. The fucking riffs! Riffs of such splendour and majesty and acid fuelled power that I can’t help but prostrate myself at their feet and worship their shining puissance whilst weeping that I am the world’s shittest guitarist. Also, the impassioned howl of Mr. John Scane deserves note as he rips out his soul with his vocal, at the same time as whipping out cutting yet utterly groovy solos on his guitar. I am being transported on giant rainbow waves of mescaline fuelled enthusiasm into a stoner universe I haven’t visited since I reviewed Blackwulf, several years ago. This record is a mighty fucking beast, stomping around among the galaxies in there. Mainly because the drumming on this record, by Mr. Johnny Esp, is utterly magnificent. His drums are also produced to perfection, cymbals being punchy and easily clearing the bass and snare drum, and the bass drum being thrilling and resonant and not sounding like a taut dishcloth being clouted by a length of wet four by two.

‘Masquerade’ is a standout tune on the record, fuzz driven guitar being driven by sexy basslines and touches of Hammond organ while John howls his impassioned heart out. It has to be said that I currently love this modern reinterpretation of the early stages of hard rock and heavy metal that is being explored by the likes of Red Spektor, Lucifer, Häxan and the like. Having reviewed Blue Öyster Cult’s live record recently, I have had occasion to compare the mastery of BÖC’s early output with the more modern version that we call psychedelic stoner, and with this record by Red Spektor I am pleased to report to you all that this album is a modern classic in the making, if there’s any cosmic fucking justice.

‘Long Way Down’ has the trippiest opening I have heard in years, valve-driven fuzz phasered guitar with lashings of reverb and echo over a grooving bassline that suddenly jumps into the kind of hard rock riff that makes this hellpriest weep for joy, and want to cut the hands off every other guitarist out there. Then there’s some of the bluesiest soloing I have heard in a good long while as well.  Vocally, John Scane sits in a range best described as what Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale would have sounded like had he not got his bollocks stuck in a vice during recording sessions and this is to his credit. ‘Violet Sun’ is arguably the most psychedelic song on the record – echo, reverb and phaser turned up to the max for the utterly glorious acid-fuelled solo. The valve-driven, tube screamer sound adds to the ambience – it is a record that sounds like it has been played on the richest sounding pieces of old equipment the band could get their hands on.

In short, this record sounds absolutely PERFECT for what it aspires to be. Vintage, trippy as fuck and hard as hell. All bases are covered – the psychedelic aspect with the sound and the sometimes (ahem) exploratory middle eights, the hard rock with the tempos and distortion and soloing, and the blues in the arrangement of the songs (especially on ‘Hell To Pay’ – that verse is bluesy as fuck mate before we go skyrocketing off into purple edged, LSD fuelled universes of the mind on the soloing) and the vocal being of the classic rock type. It is safe to say I’m a bit of a fan, and proof that music doesn’t have to be spectacularly fast and roaring to be heavy as fuck, man.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is utterly broken beyond repair right now, to the imminent despair (and probably fury) of Editorial Lord Richard of Tilley, as he doesn’t like me making a mockery of his scoring system, but it is currently reading about 47,000,000 out of 10. It could be a calibration error.

A serious contender for Album of The Year. Red Spektor are THAT good.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Warflower
02. Revol
03. Masquerade
04. Guided Tears
05. Long Way Down
06. Violet Sun
07. Hell To Pay
08. Ivory Towers

LINE-UP:
John Scan – Vocals/ guitar
Johnny Esp – Drums
Rob Farrell – Bass

LINKS:

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Moths/The Stone Eye – Split EP

Moths/The Stone Eye – Split EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 21/08/2020
Running Time: 25:34
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Which is why I like to mix my drinks. And my strippers. Why stick to just one, when you can explore everything life has to offer? This split EP offers two bands and four tracks in total, showcasing a considerable amount of musical diversity and talent.

First up is Puerto Rican band Moths, with their track ‘Intervention’. Beginning deceptively calm, restrained and quite beautiful, it soon builds and descends from a chunky stoner riff. And then, at pretty much the halfway mark, ‘Intervention’ erupts into a full-on aggressive growl fest, though still portraying an adept progressive spirit.

The meandering intrigue of the opening track is followed by a less surprising cover of the Black Sabbath classic ‘Hand of Doom’. A great song, but I was hoping for more original material or an unusual cover. No fear though, Moths inject the Sabs tune with plenty of atmosphere, the powerhouse vocals of Damaris Rodriguez helping to make their own mark on the song. Not easy with a genuine metal standard like this, Moths have the class to pull it off.

Then it’s over to The Stone Eye, for their track ‘Prescence of the Mind’. These guys are from Philadelphia, PA in the USA. A little harder to pin a style on, they journey on a stoner path that adds in psychedelic detours akin to some of the best 90’s alternative rock – but never abandoning a gutsy garage rock swagger.

A cover of the old trad ballad ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ is next from The Stone Eye. Delivered in a bluesy style, it contrasts nicely with the other songs. It both delights and begs for another play.

And there you have it: four songs, different in style but each displaying a sound that seems to well define both bands. An excellent endeavour from both Moths and The Stoned Eye, you’d be well rewarded in tracking this down.

And while we’re on the subject of moths: Glenn Danzig – remember him? Singer/visionary with the Misfits, Samhain, and of course, Danzig. Body builder, martial arts master and expert on the occult. Scared to death of moths, I shit you not. Always running around with his hands over his face, hiding under tables if there was one around. Eventually, I learned to calm Glenn down by telling him that moths were simply goth butterflies. Amazingly, it worked.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Moths – Intervention
02. Moths – Hand of Doom
03. The Stone Eye – Prescence of Mind
04. The Stone Eye – Wayfaring Stranger

MOTHS LINE-UP:
Damaris Rodríguez – Vocals
Jonathan Miranda – Guitars
Omar González – Guitars
Weslie Negrón – Bass
Daniel Figueroa – Drums

MOTHS LINKS:

THE STONE EYE LINE-UP:
Stephen Burdick – Guitar, Vocals, Bass (Track 2)
Jeremiah Bertin – Percussion
Christian Mechem – Guitar, Vocals (Track 1)
Wolfgang Noll – Bass (Track 1)

THE STONE EYE LINKS:

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EMQ’s with HER NAME WAS FIRE

EMQ’s with HER NAME WAS FIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lisbon, Portugal based Stoner Rock duo, Her Name Was Fire. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist João Campos 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 João, I am the singer and guitarist for the duo Her Name Was Fire. We started in 2016 when I asked Tiago the drummer if he was interested in creating a stoner rock duo, and the chemistry was there from the first jam. So far, we have recorded an EP then our debut LP “Road Antics’” in 2017 that took us to a lot of stages and cool adventures. We are currently working on the release of our second album “Decadent Movement”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were looking for a name that had all the right ingredients, Her Name Was Fire was the one that best conveyed what we are trying to do musically. It has an element of mystery, danger and it’s clearly a rock’n’roll name that alludes to a femme fatale, so it was a winner combo.

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

We are from Portugal, the metal scene here is very active, there are loads of bands, gigs and metal festivals, the most know are Vagos Metal Fest and VOA.

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

We released the single ‘Allure’ two weeks ago.

Our new album “Decadent Movement” was just released on April 3rd and we are pretty stoked with what this album came to be.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically it changed along the time, started with Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, then Tool and Jeff Buckley and then came the stoner phase from Kyuss, QOTSA to Electric Wizard among other things like the classics -Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath or The Doors.

What first got you into music?

Thankfully my brother always had good taste in music and when I was 12/13, he introduced me to all the grunge bands, punk and even metal. I always had a curiosity about musical instruments and when I was 16 a classmate taught me my first chords as well as showing me the classics – he had old Zeppelin, Sabbath and Doors vinyl from his parents.

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

Well I would love to do something with Trent Reznor, that would be out of this world.

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

Tough choice, we still have a lot in our checklist, but from the top of my head Roadburn Festival is definitely one of the top ones. From all we saw about it, it seems to have the coolest vibe, bands and a lot of art happening besides the concerts.

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

Well nothing too crazy, our fans are pretty chilled, just the occasional shot that you don’t even want to know what is in it!

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

Well since we are living in weird times with this pandemic, just stay home, stay safe, take care of each other and blast the new album from the couch. Soon enough we will be enjoying each other’s company with awesome live music.

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

Probably Jimi Hendrix, he still owes humanity a couple of killer albums.

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

I love creating new songs and playing live. I hate the long waiting hours from the soundcheck to the show.

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

Not change but regain something lost, the music industry changed so much that the Labels are no longer interested in creating careers. You either have a hit from the get-go or you are done. Artistic development takes time and nowadays it’s all about how to make money fast.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Superunknown” from Soundgarden, I don’t know how many hundreds of times I have listened to it. It has inspired me throughout my life and musical journey.

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

Downloads and streaming services are without a doubt the most practical, but nothing beats putting on a vinyl and just enjoying it from side to side.

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

Probably the one gig we opened for Vintage Caravan at RCA Club in Lisbon. Awesome venue, line up and crowd, it was one of the best nights we had for sure.

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

Being an illustrator, which is my other passion and source of income.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jim Morrison, Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson, Maynard James Keenan and David Bowie. That sounds like a fun night.

What’s next for the band?

Releasing “Decadent Movement” and promoting it as soon as this storm passes. We want to play this album live so bad because these are fun songs to play, we feel they will gain a new depth when we do it live.

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

You can find us here:
www.instagram.com/hernamewasfire/
www.facebook.com/HerNameWasFire
www.hernamewasfire.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The eternal dilemma…Can we just settle for mini cake biscuit?

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

Thanks for the interview! Just stay safe and listen to the album “Decadent Movement” which was released on 3rd April 2020

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EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC

EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort Worth, TX based Stoner Rock/Doom Jazz duo Stone Machine Electric. Huge thanks to Dub and Kitchens 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?

Kitchens: I’m Kitchens, I play drums, keyboard, theremin, and I also sing. We’ve been a band for 10 years now, but Dub and I have been in other bands together throughout the years and have known each other since I was in high school.

Dub: My name is Dub, and I play guitar and vocalize.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were listening to a lot of Electric Wizard and Black Pyramid back then. It was hard trying to find a name that sounded original and wasn’t already used. Stone Machine was taken, so we added the Electric to make it ours. Sounds weird to me sometimes still!

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

We’re in the United States. In Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there’s a pretty rich metal scene for all different genres. It’s actually a bit saturated with bands, so it’s a bit hard to stand out.

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

We released our last album “Darkness Dimensions Disillusion” last year on Sludgelord Records. We put it out on CD and cassette, as well as on all the digital platforms. It has got all the stoner, doom, and jazzy psychedelic metal sounds you need.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Kitchens: My personal influences range a great bit. I’m a big fan of Frank Zappa and the many drummers he’s used over the years. I’m also a big Dave Lombardo fan, even though I pretty much suck at anything fast, ha!

Dub: Whatever I hear is going to influence me in some way, but going back it started with The Allman Brothers and recording them off the radio.

What first got you into music?

Kitchens: I grew up with MTV, and the biggest thing I remember from being a kid is Van Halen’s Jump video. I was so stoked when I was able to get this short sleeve Van Halen shirt from K-Mart. It was all music from that point.

Dub: It’s just in my blood, and it’s always been there since I was a kid.

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

Kitchens: That’s a tough one. We’ve done some collab shows and jams with Wo Fat in the past. I’d love to do something with Here Lies Man or Elder. Would love to get some heavy funky weird psych shit going for hours and put on some weird shows!

Dub: I’d like to do some collaboration with Michael Walter of Wo Fat on some original material not necessarily in the heavy realm of music.

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

That’s another tough one. There are so many, and we’re starting to get some really good ones in the States. I’d have to go with Roadburn just because they always seem to have a good eclectic mix of music that just makes sense together. And I’ve never been; it just always looks epic.

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

Can’t say we’ve ever received anything weird. I guess we’ve failed as musicians.

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

Kitchens: Explore, open your mind, discover as much as you can and enjoy it.

Dub: Thank you so much, we wouldn’t exist without you all supporting us.

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

Kitchens: Frank Zappa, because I want to see him perform his music because I missed out, dammit!

Dub: Agreed! On top of being a musical genius, he’s a smart Mother!

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

Kitchens: I love creating and performing, it is just so satisfying. I want to do it all the time, and it would be cool to make a living doing only that. Moving gear around and the business side aren’t fun, but I wouldn’t say I hate any of it.

Dub: It’s a creative outlet. I hate that bands don’t really get paid anymore. It’s the difference in cost to perform (gear, practice, time, and travel) versus what is provided in return.

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

Kitchens: Not sure it is the industry, but it would be nice if more people liked listening to new music or discovering new music. There’s so much out there that people don’t know about. People and the music industry need to be more adventurous.

Dub: See my last answer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kitchens: Firehose – “If’n”. That album has it all for me. I could listen to that non-stop. Mike Watt is awesome, and I recently got to see him live and fall down on stage. Dude got right back up and didn’t stop.

Dub: It’s hard to narrow it down to one album, but I can narrow it down to Led Zeppelin.

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

Kitchens: I don’t think it matters as long as you support what you like. I do all of the above in some form or fashion. Unfortunately I end up downloading a lot of music from bands that are outside of the country because shipping gets expensive!

Dub: I prefer vinyl for the sound and experience, but I do CDs for the convenience. Downloads sound like shit and aren’t convenient for me personally.

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

Kitchens: We recently played the Lost Well in Austin, TX. It was awesome to actually play there on a night that didn’t have a bigger show going on that sucked up the crowd. They had a great crowd and staff. It was also awesome to play with our friends in Temptress from Dallas and our buds in Abject Terror made up of dudes from Destroyer of Light and Monte Luna. Gravitoyd Presents puts on some good heavy shows in Austin.

Dub: I agree. But I also dug our show in 2015 with Wo Fat where we all got on stage together and jammed as Whoa! Fat Machine. It was completely improvised, and that is always cool!

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

Kitchens: By day I’m an architect, but I’d probably be doing art more if I wasn’t playing music. I love messing with watercolours and markers and drawing weird shit.

Dub: I’d probably be dead, or living in a van down by the river. Except for the fact the river is dried up too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kitchens: Sam Adams, Colonel Sanders, Little Debbie, and Ben & Jerry. Every party needs food and drink.

Dub: Uh….. That’s a private affair!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on something special for the 10th anniversary of our first show in March. Other than that, we’re working on booking shows regionally around Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

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

https://stonemachineelectric.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/StoneMachineElectric
https://www.instagram.com/stonemachineelectric/ https://twitter.com/SME_band
https://www.youtube.com/user/StoneMachineElectric

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Kitchens: Can it be a biscuit cake or a cake biscuit? A biscake?

Dub: What’s a Jaffa cake?

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

Thank you for the opportunity to be heard on your platform, we appreciate it very much! We hope you and everyone reading really dig this and our music

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, TN based Groove/Stoner/Hard Rock band Them Fixes! 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?

My name is Dustin Rye and I play guitar/bass and sing. Shawn Jones is the drummer/percussionist.
We’ve been playing in bands since we met in High School and then Shawn decided to move back to Ohio where most of his family is from. He then decided to come back to Tennessee and we reconnected along with some mutual friends and then I asked him to come be a part of a band I was forming at the time called The Clover Club. After about 4 years that project came to a close and we decided to do something new and fresh. I was super inspired by 2 piece bands like Royal Blood and Death from Above and I convinced Shawn to give it a shot. Of course put my own spin on the concept and decided to go with a Fender Bass VI as a weapon of choice among other things. Our first day of practice, after I had gathered the proper equipment and tuned up, we wrote our first single we released called ‘Fangs’. Everything else is playing out!

How did you come up with your band name?

It took about 2 months for us to finally land on a band name haha. In our last project The Clover Club we had a song that we favored titled ‘Fixes’ and as we were sitting in the jam room Shawn made the suggestion that instead of using “The” in a band name we should do like Them Crooked Vultures and use “Them”. Thus Them Fixes was born.

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

Nashville, TN in the United States! It’s pretty rad but most of the best stuff in my opinion is in the underground scene. There’s a TON of amazing bands making rad music. You just have to be willing to turn over the rocks to find them due to the industry being the way it is and oversaturation.

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

Our Debut EP “Electric Prophetic” just released! You can listen to it at;
https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Royal Blood, Red Fang, Crobot, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch and KISS to name a few!

What first got you into music?

Just picking up an instrument when I was young! I knew music was a part of who I am and what I wanted to do.

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

Oh man, Probably Neil Fallon / Clutch or Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

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

‘Bonnaroo’ for sure! It’s a huge festival in our Home state! All the greats have played and a ton of up and coming bands play there when they are first breaking out!

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

So far nothing super weird but one of our fans/family gave us a drum head in a pizza box at our EP release show that had a very kind and encouraging message on it. It now resides on the wall in our jam room.

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

That we appreciate them GREATLY and we couldn’t do what we do without them and Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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

Jimi Hendrix!

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

Playing Shows and meeting people and other Musicians! Writers Block. There is nothing more infuriating than getting a good riff going just to be stopped dead in your tracks and not know where to take it.

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

Hmm…For artists to get a fair shake in the market and be more able to make a living with their art¬

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”!

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

All the Above but we are partial to spinning wax ourselves!

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

Our EP Release shows we had for sure. We played in Nashville and then in Huntsville, AL the next night. They were great shows regardless of the storm that decided to follow us.

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

No clue, probably working in IT or Teaching.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, Mike Kerr, Dan Auerback, Jack White.

What’s next for the band?

Shows, Shows, Shows! We also will be releasing another song by the end of the year before we break ground on EP#2

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

https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/themfixes
https://twitter.com/ThemFixes
https://www.instagram.com/themfixes/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’ve never had a Jaffa Cake but from what i can tell from a google search it appears that they are…delicious!

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

We appreciate you interviewing the band and digging what we do! I’d like to just say if you’re reading this….send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

 

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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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