Monday, December 5, 2016
Ahoy waveriders! Have you ever needed a push, or two, or three from someone you know or trust in order to discover some music/movie/book/etc. that is right up your alley? The rest of this write-up will clearly show that I have experienced this very situation. Now let's talk about an artist named Sturgill Simpson.
For two and a half years I had been reading sparkling reviews and hearing from reliable sources about this amazing music being produced by one Sturgill Simpson. "He's saving country music," they said. "You've got to listen to these songs! You'll love them," they told me. A slew of people took notice and bought his 2014 album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Some of my fellow Ripple Effect writers listed the album in their year-end Top 10 lists. After all that did I take the time to investigate this music? Nope. Not me. I filed the information away and told myself that I would get around to hearing what others were raving about later. Fast forward to 2016.
One day while shopping in Target, a major department store chain in the US for those that might not know, I perused through the dwindling CD section and was drawn to one album in particular thanks to the cover art. Interestingly enough the album in question turned out to be A Sailor's Guide To Earth, the latest release from one Sturgill Simpson. Huh? My memory banks quickly reminded me how this artist came highly recommended so I made the purchase.
Well, well, well. Wouldn't you know? My compatriots were right! This album is amazing! It's also kaleidoscopic in terms of musical scope. What do I mean by that? I'm glad you asked. Overall I like to sell A Sailors... as outlaw country mixed with Motown horns. No, really. The Dap Kings of Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings fame (R.I.P. Ms. Jones) just so happen to be the horn section adding the swing, soul, and funk to these compositions and the combination of sounds is awesome!
Outside of the tracks featuring the horn section there are also the delicate and earnest ballads "Oh, Sarah" and "Breakers Roar". Falling more into the Southern rock template is the insistent "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)". "Sea Stories" reminds me very much of a Waylon Jennings song and that's absolutely fine. Last but not least there is a fantastic cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom", where Mr. Simpson takes the original song and easily makes it his own.
Waveriders. Folks. My friends. Don't be like me. Don't wait years to check into the music of Sturgill Simpson. A Sailor's Guide To Earth is an album that will enrich your listening life right now! Pick up your copy today, listen and become a fan like me, and then recommend the album to somebody else. It's the right thing to do.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
"Silly name or not, I’ll take this shit any day of the week" - The Obelisk
"Will take you from clean shaven to massive, dirty beard in under 30 minutes"
Heavy, filthy blues trio Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters have signed to Riff Rock Records.
The London band (including former Dopefight frontman Owen Carty) have been turning heads on the UK’s burgeoning underground scene not least because of their combination of tie-dye and corpsepaint, but with a staggeringly heavy live show that has everyone who sees them agreeing that they’re about to become huge.
In the video for Mother Chub, CTBKM channels the Wu Tang Clan and their other 90s hip hop heroes for the type of music video you only ever saw when you woke up on the couch at 4am after a bad batch of brownies.
The band’s tongue-in-cheek approach belies their dedication to all things heavy and riff-shaped. A jaw-droppingly powerful live band, Bad Kush have already completed two European tours and repeated circuits of the UK’s underground scene since their inception in late 2014. Having supported the likes of Slabdragger, Dopethrone and Honky, audience members have picked up on the band’s vibe and now blow bubbles in appreciation of the band’s heaviest riffs.
Check out the video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPV3cUy4vQs
Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters will be recording and releasing their debut album in 2017 through Riff Rock Records. Catch the band live before they go into hiding to finish recording:
3rd December 2016 - The Unicorn, London
22nd April 2017 - Rebellion, Manchester
Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters are: Owen Carty (Vocals, Guitar), Will Hart (Bass), Mark Buckwell (Drums).
Created in 2015 to cherry pick the very best of underground heavy music and to bring it to a wider and more mainstream audience, Riff Rock Records has already achieved acclaim with its first signing - Vodun.
New Orleans' most toured metal unit GOATWHORE will kick off their final live takeover of the year with hometown comrades, Crowbar, tonight November 30th. The co-headlining trek will begin in Pensacola, Florida and run through December 14th in Macon, Georgia. Support will be provided by Lillake. From there, GOATWHORE will play three more headlining shows in Florida in Winter Park, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa respectively before heading home for the holidays. The band's latest excursions follows their recent US mini tour with The Blood Royale which included a pulverizing performance at Ozzfest in San Bernardino, California.
GOATWHORE w/ Crowbar, Lillake:
11/30/2016 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
12/01/2016 Riverside Warehouse - Shreveport, LA
12/02/2016 Rev Room - Little Rock, AR
12/03/2016 The Shrine - Tulsa, OK
12/04/2016 Fubar - St Louis, MO
12/05/2016 5th Quarter - Indianapolis, IN
12/06/2016 The Hub - Ft Wayne, IN
12/07/2016 123 Pleasant Street - Morgantown, WV
12/08/2016 The Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA
12/09/2016 Broadberry - Richmond, VA
12/10/2016 Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC
12/11/2016 Capone's - Johnson City, TN
12/12/2016 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/13/2016 The Jinx 912 - Savannah, GA
12/14/2016 Macon Venue Project - Macon, GA
12/15/2016 Haven Lounge - Winter Park, FL **
12/16/2016 Kreepy Tiki Tattoos & Boutique - Fort Lauderdale, FL **
12/17/2016 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL **
** GOATWHORE only
GOATWHORE recently completed tracking the follow-to their globally adored Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length at Earth Analog recording studio near Champaign, Illinois. Further details to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Issued in 2014 via Metal Blade Records, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless debuted at #81 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, topping their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Crowned their most "varied record to date, as well as their strongest," by Pitchfork and, "unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive," by PopMatters, Constricting... also hit the #21 spot on Billboard's Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart, and #13 on the Independent chart. Purchase your copy today at metalblade.com/goatwhore where you'll also find a host of videos, including a special edition of "FBS," compiled from fan-filmed footage from around the globe.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
In a Quiet Room https://vimeo.com/188403633
NYC-Raleigh four-piece The Veldt have released a new video for ‘In a Quiet Room’, created by Tokyo-based videographer Toshikazu Kaneiwa. This track comes from their five-track EP ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’, released via Manchester label Leonard Skully Records.
With 4AD legendary recording artist A.R.Kane contributing production on this EP, it effectively merges the alternative bliss rock sound The Veldt has become known for with the hallmark dreamy electronica that led to A.R.Kane becoming famed as ‘father of dreampop’. These tracks combine intense energy, layers of atmosphere and guitar with beautiful falsetto vocals.
The Veldt are identical twins Daniel (guitar, vocals) and Danny Chavis (guitar), Hayato Nakao (bass) and Marvin Levi (drums). Upon signing to Capitol Records in 1989, they recorded a debut album with Cocteau Twins dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie, which was never released, and then recorded a new once, called ‘Marigolds’, with Lincoln Fong (Moose).
After switching labels, Mercury Records released ‘Afrodisiac’ in 1994, produced by Ray Shulman (The Sundays, Bjork, Sugarcubes), before changing their name to Apollo Heights (they have since changed it back to The Veldt). Earlier this month, Pitchfork included this album in their top 50 shoegaze albums of all time, calling this “the great lost American shoegaze classic, with influences from Prince to Cocteau Twins to A.R. Kane to the Jesus and Mary Chain (who contributed a remix) fused into something beautiful and unique”.
Video producer Toshikazu Kaneiwa is an indie filmmaker hailing from Tokyo, Japan. A long-time friend of the band, their support for each other's art has been mutually complementary. Veldt bassist Hayato Nakao composed music for some of Toshikazu’s short films, including "Believe" and "Surface", while he would offer his skills in photography and creating videos for the band (then Apollo Heights). “They guided my soul when I was in NYC in 2001-2014,” explains Toshikazu.
“I was truly inspired when I heard ‘In a Quiet Room’. This sound is so beautiful and sad, and I felt compelled to do the visual work for this song,” explains Toshikazu Kaneiwa. “At the same time, I met k.a.n.a., who is an artist with so much talent - she can dance, act, paint and sing... and I got an idea for the video and I told her my directional plan. She said yes. I really appreciate that she brought a very strong performance into this video.”
The Veldt were part of a movement of innovators who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired many alternative artists, including TV On the Radio, and led to them working together. They’ve also collaborated with Mos Def and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and have toured and played with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Living Colour, and most recently with The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
'The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur' EP marks the band's re-emergence after a notable hiatus, going down in history as one of the most memorable shoegaze comebacks in 2016, as demonstrated by their recent North American and European tours. In early 2017, The Veldt will release new music through SonaBLAST! Records. The new EP is available on vinyl from Manchester-based Leonard Skully Records and on CD and digitally at http://theveldtmusic.bandcamp.com
Keep up with The Veldt
Following their recent North American journey with Soilwork, Unearth, Darkness Divided, and labelmates Wovenwar, Motor City metal legion BATTLECROSS will close 2016 with their annual headlining run, the third installment of the Winter Warriors Tour, which rolls from November 25th through December 17th. This year, support will be provided by Metal Blade labelmates Allegaeon and Necromancing The Stone.
In conjunction with the Veterans Ticket Foundation, the Winter Warriors Tour once again offers free admission to members of the US Armed Forces, and the band will donate a portion of their proceeds to local veterans' organizations in each city. Veterans are invited to register for free tickets at vettix.org.
BATTLECROSS Winter Warriors Tour w/ Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone:
11/25/2016 Basement Transmissions - Erie, PA
11/26/2016 Harmony House - Webster, NY
11/27/2016 Fuze Box - Albany, NY
11/28/2016 Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD
11/29/2016 Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
11/30/2016 Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY
12/01/2016 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
12/02/2016 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
12/03/2016 The Iron Heights - Augusta, GA
12/04/2016 Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL
12/07/2016 Southport Music Hall - New Orleans, LA
12/08/2016 Shooters - Texarkana, AR
12/09/2016 The Korova - San Antonio, TX
12/10/2016 Jake's - Lubbock, TX
12/11/2016 Thunder Alley - Oklahoma City, OK
12/12/2016 Aftershock - Merriam, KS
12/13/2016 Rev Room - Little Rock, AR
12/14/2016 The East Room - Nashville, TN
12/15/2016 Big Shots - Valparaiso, IN
12/16/2016 Rockstar Pro Arena - Dayton, OH
12/17/2016 The Token Lounge - Westland, MI
BATTLECROSS will be touring in support of their latest album, Rise To Power, which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band's second Billboard chart entry (2013's War Of Will entered the charts at #130). Metal Injection wrote, "Where Rise To Power makes its biggest statement is in not just the voluminous collection of intellectually engaging, yet fist pumping, riffs - check out The Big Four-ish shuffle of 'Scars,' the spidery, single note up-tempo flash of 'Absence' and the dynamic blips in 'Spoiled' - but how the arrangements create a sense of forward motion that keep the above-mentioned songs cogently flowing and seeming shorter than their actual running time." In a 4/5 rating New Noise concurred, "With a fantastic replay value and a high riff per second ratio, Rise To Power is sure to win over a lot of new fans for the band," while Metal Wani, in a 9.5/10 score, lauded an album, "where every member played their best and shone like diamond in the rough, and this diamond will only be more and more polished day by day." To preview and purchase Rise To Power, visit: metalblade.com/battlecross.
Friday, December 2, 2016
In November we started a new monthly feature, Ripple Recommends, on our Spotify channel. We’re letting a Ripple artist take over and put together a playlist with songs near and dear to them personally. Whether they are go-to songs for inspiration or classic tracks that give them a sense of nostalgia or new songs that they can’t get enough of, these are hand selected by the featured artist each month.
The first edition of Ripple Recommends featured the mighty Kent from Wo Fat, who’s archived playlist can be found @ https://open.spotify.com/user/ripple-music/playlist/0cqCDGHU3Djb83Dv87AxMM
December 2016’s edition of Ripple Recommends features a playlist put together by Craneium, from Turku, Finland, to coincide with their Ripple Music debut. “Explore the Void” was released digitally by the band in late 2015 and was immediately noticed by Ripple Music, putting into motion plans for production of CD and Vinyl for a proper worldwide release. The CD and Vinyl options (limited colored vinyl w/ a bonus 7” and standard black vinyl) as well as the digital re-release will go up for public consumption on Saturday December 10th, 2016. Pick up a copy @ http://ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products or https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/.
About their playlist, the band says, “These are some tracks and artists that have inspired and keep inspiring us. Some favorite bands and tracks, a couple of friends bands and a little bit of everything from mellow and haunted old blues to the chugga chugga death n' roll of Entombed. Instead of listing classics, (we could include Sleep, Electric Wizard, Kyuss), we’d rather show you some really great music from the people we've met and played with. Below you can read our description of each track regarding why it was included on the playlist. We hope you'll find a couple of new tunes and bands while listening to this!
All the Best,
- Andreas, Joel, Martin & Axel of Craneium”
Find their playlist on Spotify @ https://open.spotify.com/user/ripple-music/playlist/2Vpc30jMGB5JBUHXQBHFUR and read below for the bands thoughts on their picks.
Mangoo – Datzun
We used to share a rehearsal room with these guys here in Turku. I think "Datzun" is a favorite song for all of us in the band. Local bands & friends inspire us, just goes to show what you can accomplice on your own without being a super big or famous band.
Skip James - Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
I love old 30s blues, that eerie and haunting feel it has is inspiring. One of my favorite bluesmen is Skip James and I've always loved this song. Robert Johnson and Son House are also favorites, they got me into slide guitar. (Andreas)
Pink Floyd – Dogs
Gilmour is one of my all time guitarheroes and Comfortably Numb is the best guitar solo ever. Period. Recently I've listened to the album Animals a lot and the solos on Dogs is just up there with Comfortably Numb. (Andreas)
Kingston Wall - For All Mankind
The best band from Finland ever (cult band over here)and a huge inspiration to me. They existed between the late 80s and early 90s. Sadly singer/guitarist/leader of the group, Petri Walli, killed himself in 1995. They put out 3 albums and I really, really recommend this band!!
MC5 - I Want You Right Now
They need no introduction. Kick Out The Jams is one of the most powerful songs ever written, but too obvious choice here though. Most of the guys in the band are into garage rock, The Hellacopters are housegods. I discovered MC5 through 'Copters.
Shrinebuilder - Pyramid Of The Moon
Been listening to this album a whole lotta times this year. This track is a favorite from it. (Andreas)
The Devil And The Almighty Blues – Distance
Amongst the top 5 albums for me last year. Love the really heavy and bluesy feel going on at the same time. (Andreas)
Goatsnake - A Killing Blues
Top 5 album in 2015
Greenleaf - Trails & Passes
Greenleaf really found their sound with Arvid Jonsson on vocals and Tomi Holappa is a great guitarist. We saw them live in Turku not long ago and I've been listening to them non stop since.
Mother Kasabian - Strike Of The Emperor
These Swedes has got one of the most intense frontmen ever. We've played with them a couple of times and it's always a pleasure. Whenever we play Witchcoven and vocalist Gidon is around he's on stage with us screaming along from the top of his lungs.
Snowy Dunes - Tranquil Mountain Lake
All around great fellas to hang with, and watching them play is just pure joy. Love this track and looking forward to the next release. Also check out their 20min song Atlantis, psychelicious stuff!
Ordos - The Witch
When you hear this live it blows you off our feet! Great record, gloomy tracks and gorgeous riffery.
Witch – Seer
When you have a good riff and a good sound, you just need to play it for at least 8 minutes.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Over And Over Again
Just getting into stoner/fuzzrock when this album came out, had to listen to this track over and over and over again. (Andreas)
Budgie – Guts
Budgie is a band i understood had a lot of influence on the old heavy scene, but didn't love them before i found this song by accident (Martin)
Baroness - Chlorine & Wine
John Baizley is the best songwriter since queen (Martin)
Silver Devil - Cactus Kicker
Great Swedish band we met at Kröckbacken Festival 2016. I want us to sound like this (Joel)
Skraeckoedlan – Talisman
Crazy proud to call them friends. With utopian Swedish lyrics and tunes so heavy you almost throw up they are one of the best (Joel)
Gong - Magick Mother Invocation
I think this is the sound most freak-out/psych bands are going for today. Still remember the first time i heard the track, sent shivers down my spine. (Axel V.)
Baptists – Betterment
The perfect blend between my teenage crust/grind period and a sound that really hits you hard. (Axel V.)
Demonic Death Judge - Green Totem
An amazing track. Being a longtime fan of the band, it was awesome to be able to share the stage with them in Helsinki. (Axel V.)
Monolord - We will Burn
This is an awesome album with super riffs and mind bendingly heavy sound (Joel)
Clutch - Escape From the Prison Planet
The riff all bands wanna play. Super cool vox by Neil. (Axel V.)
Om - Unitive Knowledge Of The Godhead
Cannot overstate the influence Al Cisneros has on my playing style and vox. (Axel V.)
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Well hello there waveriders! Today I would like to share with you something extraordinarily joyful. I stumbled across this album while listening to a series of "artist recommended" punk rock groups on Bandcamp, and when I heard this music my face honestly struggled to contain my smile. Ladies and gentlemen, I gleefully present to you Get Real by Math The Band!
So what gives you ask? Synthesizer punk, that's what. Yes indeed! Math The Band is made up of Kevin Steinhauser and Justine Mainville. On this record Kevin handles programming, synthesizers, and guitar. Justine plays synthesizers. Both band members are responsible for the perfectly frantic vocals. You might notice that I didn't mention drums. That's because with the exception of the vocals and guitar work everything else on this record is electronic.
Would you like to know something else besides actual drums that can't be found on Get Real? A ballad. From start to finish these sixteen songs flash past your eardrums at an incredible rate of speed. Frankly, this is the type of punk record that I have been looking for lately. Math The Band present a collection of unrelentingly catchy songs which generate enough energy inside the listener to rival a fission reactor!
Waveriders if you crave up-tempo punk rock that also hearkens back to your cherished memories of 8-bit video game soundtracks than you have officially hit the jackpot! Get Real by Math The Band is a ridiculously entertaining album that needs to be heard. Enjoy!