Swiss heavy rock instrumentalists Ephedra take the rather complicated name of their sophomore full-length, Can’-Ka No Rey, from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, which is probably good to know because if you, like me, have never read it, you might also have been wondering where the hell they came up with that from. Fair enough. The riffy foursome have signed to emergent Italian imprint Argonauta Records to release Can’-Ka No Rey, and they’re giving a preview now of the kind of heavy grooving fare one can expect when the album releases at the end of January in the form of the new track “Mother Stone,” which you can stream below.
Also check out the bio if you can, and note the part where it talks about how playing with The Midnight Ghost Train changed their trajectory as a band after their 2013 self-titled debut. I believe it. There are few acts whose on-stage ferocity fits as neatly in a show-’em-how-it’s-done model as theirs, and it’s awesome that Ephedra have been able to take some lessons from that. Maybe that’s part of the energy behind “Mother Stone,” but we’ll hear more when the album comes along.
Info comes via the PR wire:
ARGONAUTA Records welcomes Heavy Instrumental Stoner Rockers EPHEDRA from Switzerland in its roster!
The four Heavy Rockers from Zofingen (CH), have their musical roots all over the place, reaching from Stoner Rock, Metal, Hardcore Punk to Death Metal. If you hear the band’s music for the first time, you’ll notice the different influences moving along between dreamy Space melodies & the Sound of a Tractor refueled with Kerosene! For a final result already described as a perfect blend of KARMA TO BURN meet DOZER.
The band says: “We are stoked & excited to be Part of the Argonauta Records family. This is a huge landmark in the history of EPHEDRA & will hopefully spread the band’s name all over the place.”
Founded in 2012 by Bass player Kilian & Drummer Tomi to have a fun project that should go in the direction of Kyuss, Karma to Burn & Monster Magnet, they went through some lineup changes in their early days before completing their current lineup with the 2 guitarist Andy & Roman in 2013.
Being asked to support the Midnight Ghost Train, this show changed the Band’s spirit forever. They knew now that they wanted to play as many shows as possible. Over the past 2 years they played in Germany, Poland, Austria & Switzerland. Shared stages with bands such as Electric Wizard, Truckfighters, Yawning Man, Monkey 3, 1000 Mods, Karma To Burn, Sasquatch, Elder, Greenleaf, The Midnight Ghost Train, Goatess & Pentagram.
Ephedra went back into the Studio at the Foolpark Studios, Luzern, to record their second Album “Can’- Ka No Rey”, which is named after a place in Stephen King’s Fantasy Saga “The Dark Tower”, and will be released on CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records by January 30th 2017.
Guitar: Andy Brunner
Guitar: Roman Hüsler
Bass: Kilian Tellenbach
Drums: Tomi Roth