Sunday, October 23, 2016
DOT LEGACY announce new album and tour with Truckfighters | Stream video for single 'Story Of Fame' with Rolling Stone and Classic Rock
When Dot Legacy formed in 2009 in a Parisian basement, little did the fuzzed-out French quartet know that their seemingly unattainable dream to one day release albums, tour the world and share stages with some of rock’s finest was in fact anything but impossible.
Over seven years on and with countless gigs clocked up over several European and South American tours with the likes of Blues Pills, Mars Red Sky and Truckfighters, the band returns this November with To The Others, the follow up to their hugely impressive 2014 self-titled debut.
Inspired by the space race and mankind’s desire to discover, To The Others pursues two avenues of exploration; complete freedom of composition and collective creativity. Written by the band while on the road and recorded and produced by bass player/vocalist and Emmy Award-winner Damien Quintard the album not only captures the gain-addled fury of the band’s esoteric brand of “Energy Rock”, it also displays two distinct sides to Dot Legacy. The one side that uniquely seeks to experiment and weave multifaceted arrangements out of great ideas and impressive musicianship, and the other that simply aims to rock out and make you dance.
To support the release of the album, the band will be taking part in a massive tour with Truckfighters, hitting more than thirty-five European cites between September and December (For the list of confirmed dates so far see below.)
To The Others will receive a worldwide release on 25th November 2016 via Germany’s Setalight Records. In the meantime however follow this link to stream, share and watch the official video for brand new song, ‘Story Of Fame’ here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEofNzKkQI4
Damien Quintard – Lead Vocals, Bass
Arnaud Merckling – Guitar, Keyboard, Backing Vocals
John Defontaine – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Arthur Menard – Drums, Backing Vocals
With Truckfighters & Deville – Plus more dates to be announced soon…
25/11 – Koln, Germany – Underground
26/11 – Nancy, France – Le Hublot
27/11 – Paris, France – Venue TBA
28/11 – Nantes, France – Venue TBA
4/12 – Birmingham, UK – Rainbow
5/12 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
6/12 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
7/12 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
8/12 – Manchester, UK – The Ruby Lounge
9/12 – London, UK – Islington Academy
10/12 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
For well over a decade, Örebro’s Asteroid has served as one of the leading lights in the heavy psych community. With a sound firmly rooted in the hard-hitting field of stoner rock, since their very first demo in 2004 the trio has constantly evolved, taking inspiration from American & British blues and Swedish folk music, while always finding something new to bring to the table.
Made up of guitarist Robin Hirse, bass player Johannes Nilsson and recent addition Jimmi Kohlscheen on drums, Asteroid trade harmonious vibes and melodious riffs with all who listen. Treading the same murky waters found in some of the more menacing moments of Led Zeppelin’s back catalogue, combined with their love for the tripped-out prog of Pink Floyd and raw energy of Howlin’ Wolf, Asteroid leave no rock unturned.
Having released a split record in 2006, two full-length albums with 2007’s Asteroid and the 2009 follow-up Asteroid II, and a 7” in 2012, after extensive back to back tours which saw the band average over a hundred shows a year they decided to take a break in 2013. However, at the end of last year the band finally decided that break was over. Performing a number of gigs in early 2016, including a pre-sold out show in Athens in February and appearances at DesertFest London and Berlin in April, the band’s full attention now turns to the release of the highly anticipated III. The third instalment in Asteroid’s spectacular ascendancy.
Stream and share the brand new single ‘Last Days’ here – https://soundcloud.com/fuzzoramarecords/02-last-days
Robin Hirse – Vocals/Guitar
Johannes Nilsson – Bass/Vocals
Jimmi Kohlscheen – Drums/Vocals
1. Pale Moon
2. Last Days
3. Til' Dawn
4. Wolf & Snake
5. Silver & Gold
6. Them Calling
7. Mr. Strange
Release Date: 11th November 2016
Label: Fuzzorama Records
Barcode: CD - 7320470211090, LP - 7320470211083
Catalogue: FUZZCD028, FUZZLP028, FUZZDIGI028
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Over two years ago we featured a “Double Take” review of two records, both residing in Small Stone Records manor. The label has undergone some turmoil since then; including a flooded out basement, some turnover with bands, but what remains is the fact that the bands who call Small Stone home are still ridiculously good. After pre-ordering both these fantastic records on vinyl, I figure I’d bring the feature back. What remains the same is the rawk, what is different is the vinyl are being pressed via Cargo Records in Germany and take the form as an import to the US customers with only 50 available in the US store. Just a fair warning, I still haven’t received either of my pre-orders despite the records being released. Prior SS releases usually showed up on time, if not prior to release for pre-order customers. Minor gripe, but I’m confident the packages will get here eventually and the price remains constant as the US distribution of past.
Captain Crimson – Remind
Although that couch looks rather uncomfortable it reminds us of the past, the present and the future, namely of rock and roll in the context of this article. Captain Crimson ensures no matter what you rest your weary soul upon the new album sweeps you into a state of comfort popularized by the Swedish retro stoner rawk style. Yes, Captain Crimson are from Sweden as well and prove the water over there does in fact contain minerals fortifying the ability to crank out consistently heavy ass grooves, hot and steamy choruses, and carpet burning bass lines. What impressed me most with the record is how consistently pleasing each song plays through, no filler all killer they say. Intricate riffs such as the opening blaze of ‘Black Rose’, to the dreamy psych-driven ballad of ‘Money’ Remind, reminds us of all states of mind, particularly carrying us away to a more pleasant space and time. The more this album plays the better it gets. Blues licks drip from the retro curtains as the cuckoo riffs clock your walls with nostalgia and vocal harmonies blanket the airwaves like Grandma’s quilt on a foggy morning. Don’t forget the songs structure which paints a pattern of symmetry rivaled by none other than the album cover itself. You must pick it up as on the Small Stone scale Captain Crimson may very well weigh in as the heaviest most deluxe record on the Small Stone shelf in years. Not an immediate grabber, Remind takes its sweet time to slowly infect the listener being able to pull the attention in varied states of mind. Some records only sound good in certain moods. Remind is so powerful it will change your mood from its current state to a state of bewilderment, surely a great record for a weekend gathering, poker night out, early morning highway blaster, or even living room background tunes. Speaking of living room, my flooring needs a retroactive makeover, and the clock is ticking. Come on guys, ship me my vinyl already! I’m dying.
Långfinger - Crossyears
Making their Small Stone debut is the band I just discovered via this pre-order. Långfinger rock the power trio format and come at us from Gothenburg, Sweden which by definition means they bring a heavy retro blues to the game. They’ve been together since they were teens and Crossyears is their 3rd full length album. I was so intrigued, not only by the preview track available that I had to scope out their past discography which fellow revolutionaries gave high recommendations for. I found a killer complete vinyl set available from the band which is always hard to pass up as a record collector and music addict. It’s sitting on my shelf now waiting for Crossyears to find its way home, and boy or boy is it cool. Crossyears maintains the full tilt retro boogie of the early material on their Small Stone showcase. The vocals remain charismatic, utilizing a faintly reverb induced melody crackling with spiritual blues. The riffs are catchy, the songs are dynamic and flow well throughout ranging from 70’s arena rock to blistering heavy blues riddled with solos and packed with rhythmic groove. They remind me a bit of The Who in parts with a more modern stoner edge instrumentally at least. The vocals are damn catchy as are the chorus lines and rhythm section to die for. Anthem after anthem are delivered, averaging around that 3-5 minute classic song length mark for 10 solid songs, with the exception of the blues based scorcher ‘Atlas’ melting the listener for over 7-minutes directly at the midway mark of the album. Acting as a breather between the high energy first half of the record, ‘Atlas’ slow burns Pink Floydian space rock into its retro boogie atmosphere with a healthy dose of the organ, grandiose opening guitar leads and bluesy vocal croonage slowly and elegantly building back and forth between angelic melodies to hot and heady rawk n roll. The album is a stone cold modern classic after it sinks in and demonstrates Långfinger are at the top of their game and are in no position of giving up. Let’s hope the trend continues and Small Stone keeps up the taste they’re known for giving us these random treats every now and then.
Although Small Stone has appeared to struggle in recent times with perhaps lack of marketing or lost motivation these two records prove that they are still indeed the pioneers and true icons in the heavy underground stoner-rawk scene. You can stream both records as well as all the other releases up at the Small Stone bandcamp page and hurry up if you want to grab a vinyl edition, they won’t likely be repressed anytime soon. I can attest they are always sexy as fuck!
Listen and/or purchase below.
Friday, October 21, 2016
LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL release "Departure" video; new album "Human Collapse" out on Ripple Music
France's epic heavy five piece LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL are celebrating the release of their third album "Human Collapse" on Ripple Music today, with a new video for the epic "Departure".
Watch LOS DISIDENTES' "Departure" video here
This new LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL album story revolves around the journey of a refugee in a post-apocalyptic world. Written two years ago, this dystopian scenario depicts the social and environmental crises our society has been going through in the past decades. "Human Collapse" is a huge and intensely darker turn into LDDSM's career, as well as being Ripple Music’s heaviest release to date.
The "Departure" video was directed by Mathieu Garcia with additional edits from Bartosh Salmanski from 128 db collective.
LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL "Human Collapse"
Out now on Ripple Music // Buy on CD and vinyl now
"LDDSM’s most daring work to date. The production is first-rate and
it sounds intensefrom the start." Outlaws Of The Sun
"This insanely talented French five piece leaved you hooked
to your last breath." Rock N Reel Reviews
"A massive, angst-ridden collection of anthemic monsters with progressive elements
and a shiny, near-radio-friendly production sheen." Echoes & Dust
A unique name for a unique band. Following up on their two previous albums and confirming their undeniable talent for writing thrilling cinema-inspired music - action movies with "Soundtrack From The Motion Picture" (Deadlight Ent. 2011) and Z movies with "Arcane" (Deadlight Entertainment/Hell Prod 2013) - French heavy five-piece LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL sign their third full-length "Human Collapse" on Ripple Music, depicting a dystopian future inspired by the social and environmental crises our society has been going through these past decades.
Recorded at Cube Studio in Besançon, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge) at Godcity Studio and mastered by Alan Douches (West West Side Music), this new chapter in the LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL story is once again deeply rooted in heavy rock, a 10-track manifesto driven by the band's powerful vocal duo and mature orchestration. LDDSM are now set to present "Human Collapse" on stage, an overall experience that will be enhanced by the visual work of 128db Collective, depicting the main character's wandering in a post-apocalyptic world after a full societal collapse.
LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL ARE
Nico - Guitar & Vocals
Julien - Bass & Vocals
Romain - Guitar
Greg - Drums
Dany - Keyboard & Vocals
Watch "Shadows" at Funny Or Die HERE
Portland rockers RED FANG mess with the wrong comic book collectors in the band’s new video for “Shadows,” which debuted via Funny or Die this morning and can be viewed HERE.
“We had the pleasure of working with Whitey (McConnaughy) again on another music video,” the band's singer/guitar player Bryan Giles commented of the Predator-like clip. “It was a crazy adventure through the woods in rural Oregon. It has stunt men, real firepower and some great explosions! We had a blast on this one.”
The video is the sixth to pair RED FANG and director McConnaughy; the first clip from the partnership was 2010’s “Prehistoric Dog”, which saw the Portland-based band challenge a local role playing troupe only to suffer the consequences. The most recent video from the band & McConnaughy is the 2013 clip featuring Fred Armisen and a horde of beer-thirsty zombies in “Blood Like Cream”.
RED FANG have been vocal about their transformative experience working with Robinson, with the band saying the sessions marked “a huge leap forward for us” and adding that they feel like “a better band for it.” A series of in-studio videos are rolling out via Relapse Records’ YouTube page, which can be viewed here.
The band kick off an extensive fall tour on Sept. 26 with a month of European tour dates followed by another month of U.S. dates. Labelmates Torche will open on both runs with Whores joining the U.S. dates.
RED FANG Live:
October 21 Malmo, Sweden KB
October 22 Munster, Germany Skater’s Place
October 23 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage
October 24 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg (OZ)
November 18 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
November 19 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
November 20 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
November 22 San Diego, CA Casbah
November 23 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
November 25 Austin, TX Mohawk
November 26 Dallas, TX Three Links
November 27 Houston, TX Warehouse Studio
November 29 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell)
November 30 Durham, NC Motorco
December 1 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
December 2 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
December 3 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 4 Boston, MA The Sinclair
December 5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
December 7 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Lounge
December 8 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
December 9 Detroit, MI El Club
December 10 Chicago, IL Metro
December 11 Bloomington, IL Castle Theater
December 13 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
December 14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
December 15 Boise, ID Neurolux
December 16 Seattle, WA Showbox
After three years of vigorously touring the world, RED FANG, the beer-loving Portland-based rock band whose new album was included in Rolling Stone’s list most anticipated 2016 releases, re-emerge with their greatest and latest full-length album, Only Ghosts. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, The Cure, Slipknot, and many more) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Melvins), Only Ghosts consists of 10 new tracks of the band's signature, high-impact, hook-filled, hard rock. RED FANG prove once again they are top-notch songwriters who have mastered the heavy anthem without taking themselves too seriously. Only Ghosts is a rock album of incredible magnitude that demands to be played at maximum volume!
Only Ghosts is set for release this October 14 on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com here, and digital pre-orders can be found at the band's Bandcamp page at this location.
The debut single from the album, "Flies," can be heard now at this location.
Additionally, RED FANG’s music and likeness are featured on Pabst Blue Ribbon’s new pinball machine, the Can Crusher, which was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. The machine, developed in partnership with Stern Pinball, Inc., features a retro game design with art by Dirty Donny.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Reviews are an emotional response to an experience. Emotions wane over time. That’s the nature of it....unless that experience was so phenomenal and powerful that the energy never faded. That’s been my experience with the Beers In Hell Festival 2016 as held at Johnny V’s in downtown San Jose. I’ve held off on this review because the energy was so massively powerful that I had to collect my thoughts in a concise enough manner to present them to your eyes. As of the writing of this, it’s been a few weeks since the event took place. And my thoughts are no more concise.
Jesus, what a rock n’ roll experience! This was a nigh perfect festival...good beer, good people, good drugs, and most of all, GREAT bands! When I got there, I was greeted with the familiar faces of Ripple Family and Friends. Jodes and I met up with T.C. and Wife, Racer, Andy Allen, Rob Allen, Peter Sattari, Alex Wein....just awesome to see everyone again. Smoke was setting up in the corner of Room #1 and Mesmer were lurking around their stage in Room #2. We wandered and socialized with some of the cats hanging out on the street...I don’t remember who all were there...it was a fuckin’ whirlwind!!!
I remember being front and center for Mesmer. I was amped to see them after hearing some of their recent quality recordings. And, I’ve known Nick Fox (guitarist) for a few years, mainly through his brother’s association with the label from years prior. Anyway, I digress, Mesmer impressed! After their gig, we hung out and chatted with the band, and we got to meet Pete and Dave. Definitely good times!
In what only felt like a few minutes and listening to the cataclysmic and thundering doom movement of TVSK, War Cloud were going on stage and I was magically transported to my usual stomping ground of front and center. I was simply blown the fuck away that night. I’d seen them a handful of times over the past year and watched this steadily growing progression in confidence. Beers In Hell was a breakout performance for War Cloud and they the buzz band from all circles. Sweaty, sticky, high octane rock n roll and I couldn’t help but feel that I was witnessing something special!
After that, I honestly don’t remember. I do remember going outside and talking with the War Cloud guys, the rest of the Zed guys had arrived, we chatted more with the Mesmer gang. I stepped back at one point and just soaked in the community vibe that was happening at that time. Made friends with Shawn Williams and was wildly entertained by his stories. Kick ass music blaring in the background and having some killer conversations with great friends....it was like a God damn beach party but instead of sandy beaches and the smell of the sea, we had a concrete wasteland and the stench of bum piss. At some point, a few of us stepped into the adult toy store strategically located next door to the Johnny V’s, admired the realistic veining on the 10” – 12” dildos and then returned to the music.
Zed, in typical fashion, brought the goods. Pulling tracks from the Trouble In Eden and Desperation Blues albums, they always put on a killer show. This time, the stage was too small for the band. Lead singer/guitarist Pete Sattori lost his gear off the side of the stage and apparently fucked up some pretty important shit in his system (need to touch base and see if he needs a consoling drink). But man....that’s what this shit is all about! The Stories!!! This is fucking rock n’ roll and right now, no one is doing it better than the Bay Area. The camaraderie, the sounds, the vibes, the food, the drink, the smoke, the scene. “The community”. It’s a buzz word that I’m hearing more and more as I talk with the players of this Bay Area scene. We are living in some special times.
Wish y’all coulda’ been here!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
As appeared on The Obelisk.
In the wide world of heavy rock sloganeering, there are few urgencies as compelling as ‘Trip on the Ship.’ The invitation, courtesy of reliably brash Texas trio Mothership, is set to be renewed in the first part of 2017 with the coming of a third album. As yet untitled, one can only imagine it’ll be called Mothership III in the spirit of 2014’s Mothership II (review here) and 2012’s Mothership (review here), but that’s by no means confirmed, so don’t go quoting me on it or anything.
Whatever it’s ultimately named, the third Mothership record will be preceded by a new 7″ single, and as they did prior to the last outing, the trio of bassist/vocalist Kyle Juett, guitarist/vocalist Kelley Juett and drummer Judge Smith have started to play new material live. One can’t help but wonder how the significant amount of road time they’ve put in since Mothership II — touring alongside Corrosion of Conformity, labelmates Wo Fat and Brant Bjork, among others — will have factored into their songwriting. It certainly produced a leap forward their last time out, and for a band with the kind of vital delivery as theirs, it’s all the more a crucial part of the growth process.
Ripple put forth a quick line about the coming of the single and the album, and I hit up the band for some comment on the impending doings. You can see what they had to say below:
“Our third offering is fueled by the same supersonic intergalactic heavy rock and roll music that has brought us together today. We are confident this new batch of tunes will solidify your being on board with us, and motivate you to invite others to take a trip and join us as well. These songs perfectly capture the next chapter in our saga across this great planet and beyond. We are currently playing a few of these songs in our set, so come out and hear ’em LIVE before they are released!”
Kelley Juett – Guitars/Vox
Kyle Juett – Bass/Vox
Judge Smith – Drums