Arrowhead to Release Desert Cult Ritual Nov. 4

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Aussie heavy rockers Arrowhead will issue their second LP, Desert Cult Ritual, via Ripple Music on Nov. 4. They made their debut in 2013 with Atomsmasher (review here) and offered up Desert Cult Ritual early last year. They join a string of others in similar reissue circumstances in working with Ripple, who continue to have their collective ear to the ground in terms of picking up acts who’ve met with a decent digital response in order to translate that into physical sales. As far as sustainable business models go for the modern music industry, one could do way worse. Like trying money on Pandora. That would be worse.

So yeah, it’s kind of a reissue, but to my knowledge it’s actually also the first physical pressing. If you didn’t hear Desert Cult Ritual when it first came out, you can get a listen via the Bandcamp player below.

From the PR wire:

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ARROWHEAD: Oz trio summon spirits with the release of Desert Cult Ritual

Desert Cult Ritual is released worldwide on vinyl/digital on 21st October and on CD on 4th November

Rising from the underground of Sydney’s stoner rock scene, the brotherhood of Arrowhead fire an explosive, all killer/no filler triptych of volume, attitude and down-tuned grooves.

Having paid their dues as a band since late 2009, the iniquitously titled Desert Cult Ritual is the latest addition to the power trio’s quiver and first for the Californian label Ripple Music, following the release of their self-titled EP in 2010 and Atomsmasher, their storming full-length debut from 2013.

Hitting you harder than a Frank Frazetta-airbrushed panel van travelling at 100mph, Arrowhead is very much a band defined by the riffs that raised them. Fronted by guitar player, vocalist and chief songwriter Brett Pearl – the son of a self-confessed “hippy-dippy mom” with a record collection to die for – Brett was brought up on a staple diet of classic rock with Hendrix, Zeppelin, Floyd and Sabbath rarely leaving the turntable. Joined by fellow purveyor of low-end grind in bass player/Viking Dave Lopez and steel backbone, Matt Cramp on drums, all three feed into the Arrowhead-approved vision of hard rock reverie via Hollywood monsters and science fiction cinema.

Arrowhead’s Desert Cult Ritual is released on vinyl/digital on 21st October and worldwide on CD on 4th November through Ripple Music.

Arrowhead:
Brett Pearl – Guitar/Vocals
Matt Cramp – Drums
Arron Fletcher – Bass Guitar

Track Listing:
1. Desert Cult Ritual
2. Hypnotiser
3. Hell Fire
4. Bone Mountain
5. Maneater Blues
6. Weed Lord
7. Rogue Asteroid
8. Dragon Whips Its Tail

https://www.facebook.com/ArrowheadHeavyRock/
https://arrowheadrock.bandcamp.com/
http://www.ripple-music.com/
https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/

Arrowhead, Desert Cult Ritual (2015/2016)

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Geezer Self-Titled LP Due Nov. 18 on Ripple Music & STB Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 15th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This record rules. It really does. I had some decent-sized expectations of New York heavy blues rockers Geezer after their 2015 split with Borracho (review here), but they’ve absolutely blown those out of the water with their self-titled album, due out Nov. 18 through Ripple Music in conjunction with STB Records. That those two imprints — one on the West Coast, the other on the East — would be once again teaming up to get behind the band should tell you something in itself, but I think the songs on Geezer‘s Geezer are not only going to thrill those who’ve already caught onto the band for what they bring to their sound, but probably grab some new ears as well.

So that’s the mini-preview, I guess. Record’s good. Much more to come as we get closer to the release date. For now, the PR wire brings the track “Sunday Speed Demon” for your streaming pleasure and the following art and info:

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GEEZER bring heavy cosmic rock on new Ripple Music album | Stream and share new song ‘Sunday Speed Demon’

Geezer will release their self-titled album on 18th November via Ripple Music and STB Records

Hailed as one of the standout EPs of 2014, Gage confirmed that whether spinning on your turntable or playing live, Geezer could electrify listeners with an appreciation of the American outsider like no one else.

Picking up where Gage left off and building on their contribution to the critically-praised Second Coming Of Heavy series on Ripple Music, the Kingston, New York-based trio return this November for another round of sonic meltdown.

For the uninitiated, Geezer is the sound of tres hombres – beer drinkers and hell raisers – spinning Charley Patton, Son House and Corrosion Of Conformity records, doused head to toe in peyote and whisky. From the swirling and psychedelic ‘Sun Gods’, the Iggy-esque ‘One Leg Up’ and hot asphalt shuffle of bluesy opener ‘Sunday Speed Demon’, guitarist Pat Harrington marks himself out as an authentic twenty first century boogie man. A player capable of leaving the likes of Jack White and Dan Auerbach with the meanest of night terrors, especially when backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Chris Turco and bassist Richie Touseull.

Peddling a riotous trip into the hard-edged and heavy acid blues sounds of ’70s groups like Josefus and Blue Cheer, Geezer will receive an official worldwide release on 18th November via Ripple Music (CD/digital) and STB Records (vinyl). In the meantime however follow this link to stream and share their brand new song ‘Sunday Speed Demon.’

Track Listing:
1. Sunday Speed Demon
2. One Leg Up
3. Sun Gods
4. Bi-Polar Vortex
5. Dust
6. Hangnail Crisis
7. Superjam Maximus
8. Stoney Pony

Geezer:
Pat Harrington – Guitar, Vocals
Richie Touseull – Bass
Chris Turco – Drums

https://www.facebook.com/geezerNY/
http://geezertown.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/
http://www.ripple-music.com/
http://stbrecords.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/STB-Records-471228012921184/

Geezer, “Sunday Speed Demon”

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Salem’s Bend Self-Titled Debut Due Oct. 7 on Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 2nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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You might recall Los Angeles heavy rockers Salem’s Bend hit the road on the West Coast earlier this year alongside Kind. That hardly felt like a coincidence at the time, so it makes sense that the trio would find themselves labelmates now to their once-tourmates on Ripple Music, which will issue Salem’s Bend‘s Salem’s Bend, on Oct. 7. The song “Balshazzar” is streaming to bolster the announcement of the release, and if you head over to the three-piece’s Bandcamp page linked below, you can hear the record, which was originally issued in late 2015, in its entirety.

From the PR wire:

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Ripple Music to release debut album from LA-based trio SALEM’S BEND | Stream and share new song ‘Balshazzar’

Salem’s Bend is released worldwide on 7th October 2016 via Ripple Music

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce that this October will see the official release of the self-titled debut album from LA-based rock trio Salem’s Bend.

Cutting their teeth in various outfits around LA through the years, after idly deciding to crawl into a garage together one day, three unassuming dudes emerged into sunlight as a mighty hard rock triumvirate skilled in the execution of maximum Sabbath, Priest and Zeppelin worship… For on this day, Salem’s Bend was born.

Running an aural gamut of ’70s sounding classic rock alongside the influence of melodic heavy-hitters from the contemporary realms of desert, doom metal, psych and stoner rock, the band coalesced in the summer of 2014 with the intention of turning heavy riffs into the catchiest of tunes. With seven songs eventually making the cut on what would become their self-titled debut, the trio earnestly self-released the album via Bandcamp in December of last year and in doing so caught the ear of Ripple Music. Garnering some early praise one reviewer commented on just how well the band managed to, “forge their own searing, raucous guitars; intense, deep bass; and athletic, punctuated stickwork around some of the most intelligently interesting melodies to float through the stonersphere in quite some time.”

Thanks to the good folk and fellow Californians at Ripple, the album in question – Salem’s Bend by Salem’s Bend – will receive an official worldwide release on 7th October.

Track Listing:
1. Balshazzar
2. Queen Of The Desert
3. Silverstruck
4. Losing Sleep
5. Sun And Mist
6. Mammoth Caravan
7. A Tip Of Salem

Artist: Salem’s Bend
Title: Salem’s Bend
Release Date: 7th October 2016
Label: Ripple Music
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital

https://www.facebook.com/salemsbend
https://salemsbend.bandcamp.com/releases
www.ripple-music.com

Salem’s Bend, “Balshazzar”

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Gozu Post Full Set Video from Psycho Las Vegas

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 1st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Seems like a good time to be in Gozu. The Boston-based four-piece issued Revival (review here), their fourth and deadliest outing yet, earlier this summer via Ripple Music. Last month, they headed out on a choice weekender with the reformed Scissorfight and Backwoods Payback, and this past weekend they took part in what I think is arguably the best heavy rock festival lineup the US has ever seen at Psycho Las Vegas, sharing a bill with everyone from YOB to Alice Cooper to Beelzefuzz. Oh, and later this month they make their way over to Europe to tour with Holy Grove from Portland, Oregon, on a run put together by Heavy Psych Sounds.

No shortage of occasion, is what I’m saying, and if you want to see a band rise to the occasion, look no further than the video of their full set from the Hard Rock Cafe‘s Vinyl Stage. A number of Psycho Las Vegas full sets have begun to show up already, and I might post more as I stumble on them, but even with some technical problems, Gozu absolutely kill it. The momentum they build through “Mr. Riddle,” “Nature Boy” and “Big Casino” is infectious, and closing out with the D’Angelo cover “Brown Sugar” — a bonus track on the vinyl version of 2013’s The Fury of a Patient Man (review here) on which they collaborated with Lo-Pan vocalist Jeff Martin — is a particularly groovy touch to a set that spends so much time raging, if soulfully.

These guys have spent the last few years becoming one of the most powerful heavy rock bands as part of a long lineage for their hometown, and clearly their efforts have started to pay off. I hope they keep going, because the more they do, the more heads are going to turn.

Tour dates follow the video. Enjoy:

Gozu, Live at Psycho Las Vegas

Thanks Psycho Las Vegas!! Thanks to everybody who came out to see us!! This is our set from Friday. Super fun, might be one of our best sets we’ve ever played with backline issues and all. We end the set with a D’Angelo cover of Brown Sugar. Thanks again!!

We are very excited to announce that we are heading back to Europe with the amazing Holy Grove!! We look forward to seeing you all soon!! Ciao!! HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Ripple Music

GOZU + HOLY GROVE Euro Tour!!
28/09/2016 IT Rome-Init
29/09/2016 IT Erba – Centrale Rock
30/09/2016 IT Ravenna – Bronson
01/10/2016 AT Feldkirch – Villa K
02/10/2016 AT Salzburg – Rockhouse
03/10/2016 IT Trieste – Tetris
04/10/2016 IT Zero Branco – Altroquando
05/10/2016 CH Basel – Terrorsamba
06/10/2016 DE Mannheim – 7er Club
07/10/2016 DE Munster – Rare Guitar Shop
08/10/2016 BE Liege – La Zone
09/10/2016 DE Dresden – Chemiefabrik
10/10/2016 DE Koln – Limes
11/10/2016 DE Leipzig
12/10/2016 DE Berlin – Urban Spree
13/10/2016 DE Stuttgart – Keller Klub
14/10/2016 CH Olten – Coq D’or
15/10/2016 CH Frauenfeld – Kaff

Gozu on Thee Facebooks

Ripple Music website

Psycho Las Vegas

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Roadsaw Sign to Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 25th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Roadsaw news is good news. The Boston heavy rock magnates have announced that they’ll hit Mad Oak Studio to work with producer Benny Grotto next month in order to record their eighth album, the awaited follow-up to their 2011 self-titled (review here), which will be released — and here comes the twist — on Ripple Music. Formerly the quintessential Small Stone band, Roadsaw will work with Ripple for their new one, the label having already released material from heavy punkers White Dynomite, whose lineup features Roadsaw‘s Tim Catz and Craig Riggs.

Ripple continues its upswing and will have the new Roadsaw album out early next year, as the PR wire informs:

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Boston Riff-Masters, Roadsaw, Sign World-Wide Deal with Ripple Music – New Album out Early 2017

Ripple Music is proud to announce the signing of legendary riff-masters, ROADSAW to the label’s hard and heavy roster. The veteran Boston motor-stoner act still consists of the decade-long classic line up and will be heading into the illustrious Mad Oak Studios with producer Benny Grotto to lay down a potent new batch of songs, due out early 2017, that are sure to please old fans and turn on new ones.

For the unfamiliar ROADSAW invite you to climb inside their jaded jalopy and careen headlong into their amplified analog landscape. From the shores of British electric blues, across the pond to America’s sonic 70s stomp; down to the Southern swamps, thru the New York groove, straight into heart of California’s psychedelic desert. ROADSAW’s long strange trip is a virtual history of heavy riffs.

ROADSAW’s often turbulent career includes 7 albums , numerous compilations, and a smattering of hard-to-find singles. The band has shared stages big and small on both sides of the Atlantic with comrades like Orange Goblin, Fu Manchu, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nebula, Scissorfight, Karma To Burn, Black Label Society and many others. Together with Ripple, the band looks forward to adding a big bold exclamation point to this already impressive resume. US and European tours are being booked for spring 2017, including an appearance at London’s Desert Fest. Spirits are high for the much anticipated return of one of riff rocks most loyal disciples.

Like cockroaches in a post apocalyptic fall out, ROADSAW rise once again. Having survived every storm, war, trend and taste, ROADSAW simply refuses to die. Now, they’re signed to one of the world’s leading heavy rock, stoner, doom and heavy psych label’s, Ripple Music, and it’s a certainty that mayhem will follow. Look for limited edition vinyl, CD’s and digital to be spread around the world in Spring 2017.

So there you have it. New year. New music. New label. The ‘Saw remains the same.

https://www.facebook.com/ROADSAW-106440249390336/
www.ripple-music.com

Roadsaw, Roadsaw (2011)

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Plainride Sign to Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 17th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Cheers to German heavy rockers Plainride on getting picked up by Californian imprint Ripple Music. The band issued their uptempo groover debut, Return of the Jackalope (review here), last year, and as they join the formidable and increasingly populated Ripple lineup, their first release will be a reissue of their first outing, presumably to be followed at some point by a sophomore effort. We’ll get there when we get there. No doubt the Cologne natives are kicking back a few in celebration of their new alliance, and I wouldn’t argue, either with the band or the booze.

From the PR wire:

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PLAINRIDE – Cologne-based Stoner Rock ‘n’ Rollers sign worldwide record deal with Californian label RIPPLE MUSIC

“Imagine a pack of rabid tumbleweeds sweeping across the hot desert sand of Mojave set on fire by the nearby explosion of a Dodge Challenger ‘69 driven into a fuel soaked pile of Orange Half-Stacks by four whole-body bearded lumberjacks dressed in bearskin.”

This sentence originated in 2013 as part of an attempt to describe a German band that had only just been tossed onto the face of the Earth: Plainride. Little did these guys know they had just created what would soon become a self-fulfilling prophecy of dramatic extent. Three years later, the band is ridiculously close to their own, ambitious vision of themselves. Let’s recap: Beards? Check. Orange Amps? Check. Mojave? Well, kinda.

When you’ve got Plainride spinning on your turntable, you will barely believe these guys are in fact not from California, but from Cologne. Sweat-drippin’ drums, high voltage guitars, wailing solos and a voice so frenetic, one might assume the Beast himself took control of the mic.

That said, it comes to little surprise that Plainride eventually teamed up with Ripple Music from San Ramon, CA. The dedicated rock label will kick things off with a re-release of “Return Of The Jackalope”, the bands’ ferocious debut album, which had first been unveiled in Summer 2015. The re-issue is scheduled for this winter and will include a digital release on all platforms, a CD, a double vinyl release, and world-wide distribution.

While this is undeniably a huge step, Plainride keeps on rolling with their sympathetic down-to-earth attitude, as singer Max confirms: „We’re not a business band at any rate. Rehearsals are what makes my week worthwhile. Hanging and rocking out with the guys, frequenting shady concerts – that stuff is like sex to me: Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty damn good! The day we decide to stop making fun of ourselves should be the day someone takes away our guitars and punches us in the face.” Beer-fueled banter aside, these guys aren’t in it just for the heck of it: “We always had the ambition to achieve as much as possible while staying true to our founding spirit. Signing with Ripple Music is an awesome and humbling opportunity for us and I’ll be damned if we’re not gonna work off our asses to honor that!”

https://www.facebook.com/PLAINRIDE.Official/
http://plainride.bandcamp.com/
http://www.ripple-music.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/

Plainride, Day of the Jackalope (2015)

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Las Cruces Rejoined by Original Vocalist Mark Zamarron

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 15th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Texas doom rockers Las Cruces have set the Denizens of the Dark festival in San Antonio as their first appearance with original frontman Mark Zamarron. The vocalist, who appeared on the band’s last record, 2010’s Dusk (review here), has rejoined the band ahead of the release of their fourth album and Ripple Music debut, which has been in the works for at least the last three years. Considering the album before Dusk, the sophomore outing Ringmaster, came out in 1998, they’re still on pace for a significant decrease in the split from one record to the next at six or seven years, and of course they’ve continued to play shows all the while.

The lineup for Denizens of the Dark — which I’ve posted below the band’s announcement of Zamarron rejoining the fold — is a considerable gathering of heavy acts from Texas and beyond, easily worth your perusal. Check it out if you feel like spending the rest of your day digging on bands (and why wouldn’t you?):

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Great news to share from the Las Cruces camp. Original frontman Mark Zamarron has returned to flock.

The prodigal son has returned from his ten year dragon slumber!

The Ringmaster himself, original frontman Mark Zamarron back in Las Cruces. First full set appearance will be at The Denizens of the Dark festival Sept 2nd. We will be recording our up coming album “Altar of the Seven Sorrows” on Ripple Music.

Las Cruces:
George Trevino – Rhythm Guitar
Mando Tovar – Lead Guitar
Mark Zamarron – Vocals
Paul De Leon – Drums
Jimmy Bell – Bass Guitar

Denizens of the Dark Festival
September 2 & 3
Bonds Rock Bar
450 Soledad St, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Friday line up :
Destroyer of Light (Austin)
Las Cruces
Jason Kane and the Jive
Cursus
Over the Top
Kin of Ettins (DFW)
King Earth

Saturday line up:
Mos Generator (WA)
Mala Suerte (Austin)
Deguello
Switchblade Jesus (Corpus)
The Dirty Seeds (Houston)
Orthodox Fuzz (DFW)
Dead Hawke (DFW)
Death’s Embrace

https://www.facebook.com/Las-Cruces-107675405929597/
www.ripple-music.com
https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com

Denizens of the Dark Festival preview

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Witchskull to Release The Vast Electric Dark CD Sept. 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 9th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

After issuing their debut album, The Vast Electric Dark, on deluxe vinyl through STB Records, Australian trio Witchskull will release the same offering on CD/DL through Ripple Music. The impending disc furthers the bicoastal alliance between NJ’s STB and CA’s Ripple, two of the strongest up and coming American heavy rock labels, and will be out on Sept. 23. Witchskull will head to US shores this fall for The Rage for Armageddon Fest at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, which is no small trip to make from their native Canberra, and if I hear of other gigs around that appearance — doesn’t seem unlikely, given the distance — I’ll let you know.

For now, Ripple Music speaks through the PR wire:

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Proto-metal trio WITCHSKULL to release The Vast Electric Dark this September

The Vast Electric Dark is released worldwide on 23rd September via Ripple Music

Ripple Music is psyched to announce the official worldwide release of The Vast Electric Dark, the crushing debut album from Australian blues-based doom trio, Witchskull.

Formed in Canberra in early 2014 by drummer and former member of acclaimed Australian thrash legends Armoured Angel, Joel Green, along with old school friends Marcus De Pasquale (guitar) and bass player Tony McMahon; Witchskull is less a band and more a brotherhood.

Borne out of a love for Dio, Black Sabbath, Motörhead and the NWOBHM movement the trio locked into an almost hermetic groove from the very beginning. So much so by the Summer of that same year Witchskull were road testing freshly demoed songs at countless shows across Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Capable of unleashing raw, balls-to-the-wall doom indebted in no small part to the influence of heavy blues-rock and proto-metal, their unmistakably primal sound marks them out as a stunning live spectacle… a force of nature awakening again and again, night after night.

Decamping to Mebourne’s Goatsound Studios with producer/engineer Jason Fuller (Blood Duster) in January last year, the trio emerged with what quickly became one of 2015’s finest underground releases. A mélange of gnarled vocal tones, pummeling drums and outright guitar majesty that provided the perfect tomb for the dark lyrics contained within, the self-released The Vast Electric Dark struck an instant chord with purveyors of heavy rock.

Following the exclusive STB vinyl-only version of the album which sold out in record time, Ripple Music will give everyone the chance to find out what makes Witchskull so special when The Vast Electric Dark is given an official worldwide release on CD and digital download on 23rd September 2016.

Live:
30th October 2016 – The Rage for Armageddon Fest – St Vitus Bar, New York

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http://witchskull.bandcamp.com/
http://www.ripple-music.com/

Witchskull, The Vast Electric Dark (2015/2016)

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