Wo Fat and Mothership Announce ‘Texas Takeover II’ Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 30th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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By the time Ripple Music labelmates Wo Fat and Mothership hit the shores of Europe together next April, they’ll both have new records out. In the case of Wo Fat, that will be Midnight Cometh, their first full-length for the label — they also have a limited self-released split 7″ out in Dec. on which they cover Betty Davis‘ “They Say I’m Different”; already sold out — and for Mothership, it’s the Live over Freak Valley LP due Jan. 15 that captures their last voyage abroad. In any case, it will no doubt be a trip to remember, including as it does stops at Desertfest Berlin and London and world-famous venues in Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and elsewhere.

You might recall the first Texas Takeover with Wo Fat and Mothership, in addition to Mothership‘s impending live album, also resulted in Wo Fat‘s Live Juju at Freak Valley (review here). We’ll see if 2016’s tour is similarly productive.

Announcement follows:

wo fat mothership tour poster

We are pleased to announce the tour dates for our 2016 Texas Takeover II Tour with our Texas Riff Brothers, Mothership. Dig the rockin’ poster from David Paul Seymour.

Throughout their sonic odyssey spanning five studio albums, a live album, and two splits, beginning in 2006 with The Gathering Dark, Wo Fat have stayed true to the deep, dark blues that wail from within and have continually forged their riffs with a primal groove. Going stronger and rocking harder than ever before, the band are currently readying their next chapter – and first with Ripple – with the release of their brand new album Midnight Cometh. Looming on the horizon and due for release in Spring 2016, this newest slab of riffage lurking in your future is easily their most daring and psychotropic exploration of heaviness to date.

Since 2013 Mothership has traveled non-stop, playing live across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe; taking to festival stages, nightclubs, and under the sun at whatever motorcycle parties they could find. They are for all intents and purposes a heavy rock juggernaut that has only just begun to tear a hole in the cosmos. And guess what? They have no plans of slowing down for anyone.

WO FAT & MOTHERSHIP: Texas Takeover II Tour:
04.18 Mephisto Hannover DE
04.19 Schaubude Kel DE
04.20 TBA
04.21 Pokalen Oslo NO
04.22 Loppen Copenhagen DK
04.23 1000Fryd Aalborg DK
04.24 Rock Cafe Hamburg DE
04.25 The Vortex Siegen DE
04.26 Feierwerk Munich DE
04.27 Arena Vienna AT
04.28 Desertfest Berlin DE
04.29 Dornrosje Nijmegen NL
04.30 Pre-Roadkill Festival Party Waarschoot BE
05.01 Desertfest London UK


Wo Fat, “They Say I’m Different”

Mothership, II (2014)

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Chron Goblin Post New Video for “Fuller”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 30th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Not really a surprise that the video for “Fuller,” taken from Chron Goblin‘s newly released third album and Ripple Music debut, Backwater (review forthcoming), would be a good time — that’s kind of the band’s thing — but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. The new clip from the Calgary-based heavy rock foursome chronicles a freaked-out day in the life of a pizza deliverer, and that includes a guest appearance from the Gimp or otherwise some dude in a wrestling mask, doing stoned doughnuts in an empty parking lot, and dropping off lunch at the Breaking Bad trailer out in the middle of nowhere. I’ve never delivered pizzas professionally, but I imagine it’s pretty accurate to the reality of the situation.

The final stop? To Chron Goblin‘s rehearsal space, where the band awaits two pepperoni pies. As to whether or not they actually get them, I won’t spoil the video entirely, but as ever, it’s more about the journey than the destination, and “Fuller” makes for a fun trip along the way. A catchy, upbeat riff-and-hook approach is cut into a couple times for video/sound effects — the squealing tires into the guitar solo is particularly effective — and the song stands up well to the comedy, which it would have to for this kind of thing to work. Tension builds as the groove thickens later on, but though the stakes are high, e.g. pizza en route, but Chron Goblin never lose sight of the party they’re throwing sonically, and coupled with the songcraft they display throughout Backwater‘s entirety, that’s more than enough to hold even the most fickle of attentions for four minutes or so.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be ordering a pizza.


Chron Goblin, “Fuller” official video

We are proud to present a new music video for “Fuller”! Check out the ill-fated pizza delivery action adventure featuring the lovely and hilarious CJ. Directed, edited, and shot by our very own Josh Sandulak.

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Mothership to Release Live over Freak Valley in January

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 11th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


They toured in the spring, they toured in the summer, and Texas trio Mothership are touring in the fall too. Big difference when you’re doing it with C.O.C.Saviours and Brant Bjork though. I said I’d be plugging these dates multiple times, and I also said I’d be happy to do it. I am. In the case of Mothership, I’ve no doubt they’re going to turn a lot of heads on this tour — the biggest they’ve done to date in the States — and the January release date for their live album, Live over Freak Valley, should be well timed to keep their momentum going into the New Year.

Though by then they’ll probably have more tour dates announced too. That’s kind of how they do. If you’re remembering when the live record was first announced, it was supposed to be this month. I’m just going to assume it’s a pressing plant delay and leave it at that. Seems to be the situation with everybody doing vinyl these days.

But yeah, if it’s January, it’s January. They’ve got a live version of “Serpent’s Throne” streaming now, and as you can hear below, it’ll be worth the wait:

mothership live over freak valley

MOTHERSHIP hit the road with Corrosion of Conformity | New live album released in January on Ripple Music

Mothership Live Over Freak Valley released 15th January 2016 on Ripple Music

After the rerelease of their momentous second album and a storming start to 2015, Mothership – the hard rocking supersonic/intergalactic Texan trio – are pleased to announce the arrival of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley this Janaury on Ripple Music.

Recorded at their debut European appearance at the iconic German rock festival, brothers Kyle and Kelly Juett along with Judge Smith have captured their steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden inspired metal; southern Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top swagger, and deathly Sabbathian doom. A concoction that should by all accounts prove too heavy to handle on record, but as fans will soon discover, Mothership Live Over Freak Valley will deliver the filth and fury of the full Mothership live experience.

Since 2013 the band has travelled non-stop, playing live across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe; taking to festival stages, nightclubs, and under the sun at whatever motorcycle parties they could find. They are for all intents and purposes a heavy rock juggernaut that has only just begun to tear a hole in the cosmos. And guess what? They have no plans of slowing down for anyone.

All this month Mothership embark on a US tour with Corrosion of Conformity, Brant Bjork and Saviours where the band will have CDs of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley on sale ahead of its official vinyl release on Ripple Music in the New Year. To catch them live and for the full list of dates see below.

Mothership is Kelley Juett (guitars/vocals), Kyle Juett (bass/vocals) and Judge Smith (drums).

Mothership Live:
11/16 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
11/18 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
11/19 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
11/21 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
11/23 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/24 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
11/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
11/27 – Racine, WI – Route 20
11/28 – Cleveland, OH – The Odeon
11/29 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
12/01 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
12/02 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
12/03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
12/04 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
12/05 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
12/07 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12/08 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
12/09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s Live
12/10 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre


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Wo Fat Sign to Ripple Music; New Album Midnight Cometh in 2016

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Seems to take more and more these days to catch me off-guard, but Wo Fat signing to Ripple Music has done just that. The Dallas trio have emerged as forerunners of American heavy rock, and as they stand on the precipice of a return trip to Europe in 2016 to support their newly-announced album, Midnight Cometh, they do so as prime exports, confirmed for appearances already at Desertfest in London and Berlin and Hellfest, doubtless with more to come.

This is big news. Not just because they’ve become such a pivotal act, but also because of what it means for Ripple Music and what it means for Small Stone, their now-former label. Commented Small Stone‘s Scott Hamilton, “Small Stone is going through a big nasty distribution switch and it did not line up for the time frame that Wo Fat wanted their new album released.”

Wo Fat commented thusly: “Our time with Small Stone Records has been awesome, but because of a switch in distribution that they are working through at the moment, they weren’t able to meet the time frame we needed for this release and since we’ve been friends and had a great deal of respect for the Ripple guys and their label for a long time, it made a lot of sense to release this with them. Below is a preview of the super bitchin’ art from David Paul Seymour.”

It’s a sizable move either way, and I think it’s fair to say Wo Fat are among the biggest acts on Ripple at this point:

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WO FAT announce signing to Ripple Music, Desertfest & Hellfest Appearances and new album Midnight Cometh for Spring 2016

After slinging their Texas-sized psychedelic blues doom for over a decade, Dallas legends Wo Fat are pleased to announce that they have signed to the California-based label Ripple Music.

“We are thrilled to be working with our brothers in the riff at Ripple for this new record!” says vocalist Kent Stump. “We’ve been friends with Todd and Pope for a while and have always had a lot of respect for them personally, as well as the label itself, and we just kinda realised, that, hey, we should be working together. They are passionate about the music they release, they make really good choices when it comes to signing bands, they’re all about treating artists fairly and trying to help this scene grow, and they’re also a label on the rise.”

Throughout their sonic odyssey spanning five studio albums, a live album, and two splits, beginning in 2006 with The Gathering Dark, they have stayed true to the deep, dark blues that wail from within and have continually forged their riffs with a primal groove. Going stronger and rocking harder than ever before, the band are currently readying their next chapter – and first with Ripple – with the release of their brand new album Midnight Cometh. Looming on the horizon and due for release in Spring 2016, this newest slab of riffage lurking in your future is easily their most daring and psychotropic exploration of heaviness to date.

“We’ve been huge fans of Wo Fat and their maniacal brand of riff-heavy psychedelic grooves,” explains Ripple Music’s Todd Severin, “And they never fail to be one of the most mesmerising bands we’ve ever seen on stage. We’re beyond thrilled to welcome them into the Ripple family.”

The critical success of their albums, most notably 2009’s Psychedelonaut, which truly solidified the Wo Fat name in the Stoner Rock community and secured them world wide recognition, helped land the band appearances at the legendary Roadburn Festival, Desertfest, Freak Valley Festival, Psycho California Festival and Sylak Open Air Festival as parts of a number of successful international tours.

Midnight Cometh is slated for release in Spring 2016 and will be supported by a European tour, which will also include appearances at Desertfest in Berlin and London (www.thedesertfest.com), and Hellfest, France (www.hellfest.fr).

Wo Fat Discography
The Gathering Dark (2006, Red Menace Records)
Psychedelonaut (2008, Brainticket Records)
Noche del Chupacabra (2011, Nasoni Records)
The Black Code (2012, Small Stone Records)
The Conjuring (2014, Small Stone Records)
Live Ju Ju: Wo Fat At Freak Valley (2015, Fuzz Lab)


Wo Fat, Live in Paris, Aug. 9, 2015

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Ripple Music Reveals Cover Art for The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter Two

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

I swear one of these days — and one of these days soon — I’ll be putting up a vinyl review for Ripple Music‘s The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter One, which launched their series of underground-scouring splits earlier this year by righteously pairing Geezer and Borracho, with riffy results. Not that it’s hurt sales any. I think the thing was gone before it was actually out. But it will happen. And it will need to happen even sooner because Ripple‘s already got the follow-up installment, The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter Two, in progress.

The Joseph Rudell cover art for The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter Two has been unveiled, and in addition to lining up with Chapter One when placed next to it, it shows off a lot more of the world in which it’s all set. This time around, Pittsburgh’s Supervoid and Minneapolis’ Red Desert will represent Heavy’s second coming, and much like the cover itself, it’s cool to see the series working quickly to expand stylistically.

Word on a release date? Not yet from what I’ve seen, but I’d guess not before December or early next year. I’ll let you know when I hear more:

the second coming of heavy chapter 2

Our “Second Coming of Heavy” series got off to a banging start with an instant sell out of all Editions of Chapter One. Now Chapter Two is heading our way. But before we get there, it’s time to release our “reserve” copies of Chapter One. These are copies we held onto in case of any lost postage or damages. Now we’ll let them go.

Sorry, no Resurrection Edition are left, but we have a scant few Risen OBI and Black Virgin Editions. This is your last chance to get onboard the Second Coming of Heavy series before Chapter Two comes out. And remember, all chapters in the series have interlocking spine art, which lines up to create one killer image!


Geezer & Borracho, The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter One (2015)

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Stubb Announce UK Dates and Lineup Change

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 9th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


Since Stubb got going in 2007, guitarist/vocalist Jack Dickinson has been through two complete lineups. The London-based trio most recently said goodbye to bassist/vocalist Peter Holland at a gig in July, and he was the last remaining member from what we’ll call Stubb Mk. II, after the departure of drummer Chris West, who was subsequently replaced by Tom Fyfe. One could say DickinsonFyfe and newcomer bassist/vocalist Tom Hobson now comprise Stubb Mk. III — or Stubb Mk. Tom, depending on how clever you’re feeling — but of course with people coming and going at different times it’s not really as clear as one era into the next. Still, it’s been a kind of rotating cast, though it’s worth pointing out that the material has been of consistent quality, whether it’s their split with Mos Generator (track stream here) or their contribution to Magnetic Eye Records‘ 2015 Hendrix tribute, The Best of James Marshall Hendrix (review here).

Last I saw the new lineup was working on new material as well, so hopefully 2016 brings a third album to follow-up last year’s Cry of the Ocean (review here) for Ripple Music. We’ll see when we get there. Until then, since Holland features in Elephant Tree, I’m sure all kinds of fist-fighting dude drama is bound to go down when the two bands share the stage on Oct. 9 with The Picturebooks headlining, all thrown cabinets and whatnot, since everybody seems to be on such terrible terms. Or, you know, not.

This from the PR wire:

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London power-trio STUBB announce UK live dates this October

Heavy psych rockers to play live dates with The Picturebooks & Siena Root next month

STUBB; the heavy rocking London-based power-trio are taking to the stage this October for what promises to be an impressive outing of blistering live performances.

Following the recent release of their split LP The Theory Of Light And Matter with USA rockers Mos Generator (HeviSike Records), and a blinding cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’ for The Greatest Hits Of James Marshall Hendrix on Magnetic Eye Records, the band are rehearsing their back catalogue and prepping new material before entering into the studio early next year to record their highly anticipated, third full length album for Ripple Music.

With these lives dates the band also kick off a new and exciting chapter in Stubb’s story with the arrival of Tom Hobson, who joins forces with Jack Dickinson (Guitar, Vocals) and Tom Fyfe (Drums) as the band’s new bass player, after the recent departure of Peter Holland.

Live Dates:
9th October – Boston Music Rooms, London with The Picturebooks
15th October – The Exchange, Bristol with Siena Root
16th October – The Black Heart, London with Siena Root


Stubb, “Witch’s Kiss”

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Chron Goblin Sign to Ripple Music; Backwater Due Nov. 13

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 4th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

chron goblin (Photo by Unfolding Creative Photography)

Calgary to Portland is about 13 hours by car according to the robot overlords who run our lives (that’s if you take I-84), but that seems to be a hop, skip and a jump for Chron Goblin. The Canadian four-piece have just inked a deal to release their third full-length, Backwater, through Ripple Music, and between their party-heavy aesthetic, the fact that they recorded in Portland with Adam Pike at Toadhouse (also Red Fang) and a vocal guest spot from Holy Grove‘s Andrea Vidal, they seem to be erasing the geographic difference one step at a time.

Chron Goblin‘s second record, Life for the Living (review here), was released in 2013, and to give a sample of where they’re at now, the band have posted the new track “Fuller” for your streaming pleasure. Find it under the artwork and PR wire info below:

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CHRON GOBLIN announce release of new album Backwater on Ripple Music | Stream and share new track ‘Fuller’

Backwater will be released via Ripple Music worldwide on 13th November 2015

Canada’s heavy-riffin’ four-piece Chron Goblin have today announced their signing to the California-based label Ripple Music – home to the likes of Sweat Lodge, Mothership, Mos Generator and JPT Scare Band – along with details of their third, forthcoming album, Backwater.

Venturing to Portland to work with Adam Pike at Toadhouse Studios in February 2015, the band’s intention was to explore the heavy sonic principles of the Pacific Northwest and embrace Portland’s music scene. Under the tutelage of Pike, who recorded Red Fang’s debut album and tours with them as their front of house engineer, he served as an integral component in achieving the band’s aspirations in the studio and ensuring their exploits across the city were well advised.

Swagger and muscle, charm and wit, Chron Goblin pair melody with aggression and groove for a fresh interpretation of heavy. Following the success of 2013’s sophomore album Life For The Living, and having toured the UK, USA and Canada, the band’s third full-length album Backwater picks up where the former left off. Holy Grove vocalist, Andrea Vidal, features on the ethereal first half of ‘The Wailing Sound’, a track offering contrasts to brain pummelling heavy rockers such as ‘Fuller’, ‘Give Way’, and the meandering complexities of ‘The Return’.

Chron Goblin:
Josh Sandulak
Devin Purdy
Richard Hepp
Brett Whittingham


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Kind Premiere “German for Lucy”; Announce Release of Debut LP Rocket Science

Posted in audiObelisk on August 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

kind (Photo by Nicole Tammaro)

I’m going to do my absolute very best to keep this brief, because there’s much more to say about Kind and their upcoming Ripple Music debut, Rocket Science, but there’s also a lot of time in which to say it. It’s out on December, and in addition to being the first track premiere from the new band, the first studio-recorded, non-demo audio to be made public, it’s also the first announcement of the album itself. So there’s time, is what I’m saying, and as much as I’d like to dive into the record headfirst, preorders aren’t even up yet.

Still, if one might have be reminded to cool one’s jets, it’s well justified. I recall hearing late in 2013 that guitarist Darryl Shepard (Milligram, Black Pyramid, etc.) was jamming kind rocket sciencewith Elder drummer Matt Couto, and that wound up as the root of Kind. Tom Corino from Rozamov plays bass, and Craig Riggs of Roadsaw rounds out on vocals, and many of the songs on Rocket Science — dig that Alexander von Wieding cover art — are born out of those same jams. They’ve come a long way, having been developed over a series of local shows fit between the four-piece’s otherwise busy schedules (review here, here and here), but listening to “German for Lucy,” that raw vitality holds up.

If you know the members’ other groups, that still doesn’t really prepare you for what Kind bring to the table. “German for Lucy” opens the record, and immediately the listener is immersed in a heavy psychedelic vibe. Riggs‘ vocals are as much a part of the atmosphere as Shepard‘s effects-drenched guitar, pushed deep in the mix and set for maximum spaciousness. This really is just the beginning of what there is to say about this one, but if you want to get stoked, the stream works even better than my nerding out.

More to come. For now, stream and announcement follow. Enjoy:

KIND; A new doom project from Black Pyramid, Elder, Roadsaw and Rozamov

Formed in 2013 by Matt Couto (Elder), Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar) and Tom Corino (Rozamov) – after the trio spent time jamming together in-between day-to-day commitments – the doom supergroup KIND quickly cemented their formation with the addition of Roadsaw vocalist Craig Riggs.

Out of the mind-bending riffs and extended jam sessions, whole songs began to take shape through winter 2014 rehearsals down in Couto’s freezing cold basement, where the newly formed quartet began laying down ideas for their soon to be released debut, Rocket Science, which officially lands this December on Ripple Music.

Shows were soon booked to share the tunes with the curious. Further riffs materialized, new songs banged into shape, and yet more shows booked, so keen were the band to test their mettle and mixture of heavy metal, psych, Krautrock and straight-up classic rock and roll. With four songs recorded at Mad Oak Studios serving as the band’s demo, in the spring of 2015, KIND entered New Alliance Studios with engineer Alec Rodriguez to record their first full-length, Rocket Science.

Kind on Thee Facebooks

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