Down with the Gypsies Sign to StoneFree Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

While there are elements at work that fall into the scope of the modern heavy blues rock one finds increasingly coming out of various Northern European corners, I think if one listens to a Down with the Gypsies track like the piano-into-later-percussion-exploration “Sky Full of Cars” from their 2017 debut album, Kassiopeia, the beginnings of an aesthetic standout can be heard taking shape. I’m also pretty sure the German five-piece are “down” with the gypsies in the sense of “I’m on board with this” rather than like a protest against the Romani people or anything like that, at least judging by the hippie-style presentation. That’s supposition on my part, but it seems like Down with the Gypsies have bigger fish to fry than discriminatory tribalism.

You can stream Kassiopeia in its entirety at the bottom of this post. StoneFree will have the album out on vinyl and CD with new cover art early next year, so keep an eye out and enjoy in the meantime.

The label announced the alliance as follows:

down with the gypsies

NEW SIGNING // band introduction #7 // Down with the Gypsies

We’re honoured to welcome Down with the Gypsies to the family.

After experiencing their intense live show at this years Void Fest, a real goosebumps moment, we decided to look no further and signed this five piece!

DOWN WITH THE GYPSIES is a young psych / folk / prog five piece, based in Karlsruhe, Germany and Linz, Austria. The band was formed in late 2015 by singer & guitarist Gaba Wierzbicka and drummer Tom Schneckenhaus.

In 2016 they already shared the stage with bands like DEATH HAWKS, Mondo Drag, Forever Pavot, Wucan and many more. The first demo tape was recorded in April, just before Melina Tzimou joined the band on guitar. After the show at Psyka Festival, Karlsruhe in October 2016, Maik left the band and Mitja Besen took over on bass.

As there were a lot of changes in their line-up, the band took a break from playing live and turned it into a creative process of songwriting and a period of finding their own sound.

In March 2017 their debut LP “Kassiopeia” was recorded & mixed by Sabina Sloth at KAPU Studio and self-released in July 2017. The band toured Europe for the first time in August & September.

In early 2018 “Kassiopeia” will be released in a new outfit on vinyl & cd. We’re looking forward to release this beast!

Down with the Gypsies are:
Gaba Wierzbicka – Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Melina Tzimou Weis – Guitar
Mitja Besen – Bass
Philipp Reiter – Flute, Clarinette, Percussion
Tom Schneckenhaus – Drums, Saz

https://www.facebook.com/downwiththegypsies/
https://downwiththegypsies.bandcamp.com/album/kassiopeia
https://www.facebook.com/stonefree.co.at
http://www.stonefree.co.at/kassiopeia.html

Down with the Gypsies, Kassiopeia (2017)

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Lizardmen Premiere “Steady Rolling Man” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 30th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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German trio Lizardmen may have had their moniker in mind when they decided to call their 2016 StoneFree Records debut release Cold Blooded Blues (review here), but the truth is there’s very little frigid about it. Instead, the full-length comes across with an immediate tonal warmth, basking in neo-heavy fuzz and a post-Truckfigthers energy to which Lizardmen — the lineup comprised of guitarist/vocalist Nikki Engelbrecht, bassist Niklas Giese (also Into the Wild) and drummer Tobias — bring their own spin in the form of a blend of thickened grunge and weighted blues rock. Opener “Dust” sets the tone in a hook that owes as much of its churn to the ’90s as to the late ’10s, and where the subsequent “Turn the Screw” feels in part derived from the post-Queens of the Stone Age quirk of “Monte Gargano” by the aforementioned Truckfighters, the way the track takes off in its second half belongs more purely to Lizardmen themselves, and offers a clear signal that they’ve begun a process of exploring and discovering their sound and set forth to distinguish themselves from their influences.

That thread holds as “Seven” introduces more of their side rooted in blues progressions, and this will come up again later in the album on the penultimate “Steady Rolling Man” as well. The six-plus-minute track builds off a Robert Johnson original, “I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man,” recorded circa 1937, a sample of which also leads off in Lizardmen‘s new video, as if to emphasize the point. From there, however, Lizardmen coat the Delta blues vibe in fuzz riffing and a hard-driven groove, turning the line “You can’t give your sweet woman everything she wants at one time” from Johnson‘s version into their own “I ain’t got what you need — fuck off” as they rock out in an open space with their tour van behind them, standing ready to carry that message forth to any and all ears willing to hear it. As they add a psychedelic break and album-highlight solo in the song’s midsection, joints are rolled, weed is smoked and what looks like good times are had, so clearly, despite their protests to the contrary, they’ve got what somebody needs.

“Steady Rolling Man” caps with a final chorus before giving way to the crashing opening of nine-minute finale “The Cannibal,” which unfolds a chaos of its own in a more fuzzy bounce, psychedelia, and a particularly aggressive march that caps with a return of its initial thrust, so while the song before is catchy, righteously and thoroughly baked and born of multiple sonic traditions, it doesn’t necessarily speak to the entirety of Cold Blooded Blues from whence it comes. Fortunately, the whole thing is streaming on Bandcamp — also at the bottom of this post — for those who’d seek a deeper dive.

And the video makes a solid argument for one. Check it out below and please enjoy:

Lizardmen, “Steady Rolling Man” official video premiere

LIZARDMEN – you can hear the social isolation of the cold-blooded, feel the scaly saurian skin that spurns all touch. Sometimes, a guitar solo cleanses you like a venomous fang, and the white-hot pain creeps through your blood vessels straight into your heart.

Beasts in disguise invite you to revel in playful melodies or driving rhythms, but as soon as frontman Nikki approaches the mic, the grimy Grunge inevitably cracks the surface. His vocals are rough and alien, like after decades of silence – but at the same time gripping in his subliminal ire. The hooks implant themselves in your lobes after the first playthrough, as stubborn as termites in a rotten tree, hollow you out, may yet wrest a tear or two from your eye – would not the bone-dry sound swallow them up in the same instant.

Lizardmen are:
Nikki – Vocals/Guitar
Tobias – Drums
Niklas – Bass

Lizardmen, Cold Blooded Blues (2016)

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Succopuss Premiere “Back in Hell” Video; Self-Titled EP out March 31

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 24th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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It starts out innocently enough — easy taps on the ride cymbal, a smoky, bluesy, Mark Lanegan-style vocal delivery — smooth in its inclusion of sax, in its tone and overall execution. But the song is called “Back in Hell,” so you you know trouble’s not far off, and indeed, Vienna duo Succopuss raise a bit of it before they’re through. The song comes from their upcoming StoneFree Records self-titled EP, set to release March 31 as a limited four-song 10″ vinyl. Heavy blues is the foundation but not necessarily the limit of what vocalist/guitarist Tobias Paul and drummer Krystof Hümer bring to bear in the track, and from the classic reefer-in-the-dancehall feel of the transition to the chorus to the deceptively thick guitar push that serves as payoff, “Back in Hell” plays cleverly around notions of sonic heft throughout its six-plus minutes.

As to how “Back in Hell” might stand in line with its companion cuts “Succopuss,” “Death Groove” and “Black Flash,” I don’t know as I haven’t heard the full release, but “Black Flash” and maybe the eponymous opener (though it was spelled differently) could also be found on the band’s 2013 debut full-length, Austrian Power Kush, albeit in much rawer form. Much rawer. Like garage rock. Maybe that vibe shows up in the Succopuss EP as well, but “Back in Hell” plays it with a cooler and more patient head on the whole and a fuller sound, and so makes a fitting introduction if you, like me, are taking on the band for the first time with the new offering. Likewise, the video by Christian Fischer is pastoral in its vibe emphasizing a visual flow that feeds off the energy of the song while engaging its own narrative.

If you think you might be able to dig it — and if you do, you just might — you can check out the clip for “Back in Hell” below. More info, preorder links for Succopuss‘ Succopuss EP, and other whatnot follow beneath, courtesy of the PR wire.

Hope you enjoy:

Succopuss, “Back in Hell” official video

Video-Premiere for the first Single “Back In Hell” of their upcoming EP shot by Filmmaker CHRISTIAN FISCHER.

Succopuss is the name of a rock and roll, stoner, blues duo based in Vienna, founded after Tobias Paul (vocals, guitar) and Krystof Hümer (drums) met each other at a nightclub in their hometown 2013, one dressed up as a sailorman and the other as Nick Cave. Tobias’ 24-year-old voice sounding more like he had already lived decades of rock and roll lifestyle, complementary to Krystof’s drumming, a rhythmic eardrum stimulating penetration.

Their notorious live performances, with jam passages often resulting in more or less obvious acoustic sexual innuendos, are a damage of space and time, causing the crowd flashbacks to a more analog era, when psychedelics were taken before breakfast.

They recorded their “Succopuss EP” which will be released soon as a limited 10″ Vinyl Version (Black/Mint)

Tracklisting:
Succopuss
Death Groove
Back In Hell
Black Flesh

Pre-Order for Succopuss 10” is available now and comes in a tasty limited edition via StoneFree Records, Artwork done by KVSH:
Limited to 300 Pieces – 10″ Black Vinyl 33rpm
Limited to 200 Pieces – 10″ Mint Vinyl 33rpm

Pre-Order:
http://www.stonefree.co.at/succopuss10inch.html
https://succopuss.bandcamp.com/album/succopuss-succopuss-10

Release set to 31st of March 2017

Succopuss is:
Krystof Hümer – drums, percussions
Tobias Paul – vocals, guitar

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