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Friday Find – 4/19/2013 – The Quartet of Woah!

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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The Quartet of Woah!

I love nothing more than hearing a band for the first time, and thinking, “People NEED to hear these guys!” Such is the case this week when I heard The Quartet of Woah! These four guys from Portugal were brought to my attention by a friend, and I am glad he did. It would be easy to write them off as “stoner rock,” but that doesn’t even begin to cover it. Imagine if Deep Purple, Yes, Fu Manchu and Black Sabbath and the Black Keys all got melted down, swirled around, and poured back out…that might start to cover what you get from The Quartet of Woah!

Take a listen to their single, “U Turn,” from their 2012 debut album Ultrabomb.

The heavy guitar and bass is there, but that organ is what sets them apart. The organ sound is a gut-punch, with a sound like Jon Lord come back from the grave. The guitar and bass tones are thick as syrup, the drums thunderous, and the vocals, performed by all 4 members of the band, are passionate, both wailing and subdued in all the right places.

The songs on Ultrabomb just exude such a groove, if you are not, at a minimum, tapping your foot, you are probably dead. Seek medical attention.

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Mixed in with the heavy rock sound is a collage of sounds and styles, blended in perfectly so that you’re never questioning whether you’re hearing a different band, just different aspects of the same band. Songs like the piano-driven “The Ultrabomb,” or just the raw rock heaviness of “Taste of Hate” or “How to Build a Bomb” are great, and when TQOW channels Yes on “Prodigal Son,” it shows yet another side of the band. By the time the album wraps up with the soulful, bluesy jam “The Machine Limps Towards the End,” the listener feels like they have taken an enthralling musical journey through time, space, riffs and notes.

If you are lucky enough to live in Europe and can catch them live, DO IT. Plans are in the works for The Quartet to make it to America, hopefully later in 2013. Keep your eyes peeled, and don’t miss them! Meanwhile, take a listen to Ultrabomb below.

Friday Find – 3/22/2013

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2013 by heavyuberalles

A little bit of a mixed bag for this week’s Friday Find. Some great tunes, a cool video, and hell, why not throw in Guy on a Buffalo to the mix.

Jess and the Ancient Ones

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I have heard a buzz about them around the stoner rock community, but hadn’t gotten to check them out. Jess and the Ancient Ones are a psychedelic rock band from Finland, and sound a lot like a heavier Jefferson Airplane brought into the 21st century. Singer Jess’ beautifully haunting vocals are sultry and hypnotizing, and the music has the right mix of retro, swanky, trippy 60’s style with a modern heaviness underneath it all. Someone need to get them on a tour with Ghost and we’d have a winner.

 

Vinterland

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In my ongoing mission to listen to bands playing the 2013 Maryland Deathfest that I have never heard before, this week I bring you Vinterland. This melodic black metal band from Sweden released one album, Welcome My Last Chapter, in 1996 and disbanded. As of 2011 they are back together, and playing Deathfest this year. Some songs are not as brutally fast as many other black metal bands, they definitely emphasize the “melodic” element of their genre, with cold, sorrowful melodies and atmospheric tones complimenting the wailing vocals from D.F. Bragman. This album was recorded 17 years ago, yet would still be relevant in the metal scene if it were released today.

 

Danko Jones

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I had heard the name Danko Jones here and there, but had never heard anything by the Canadian band. I had heard Danko’s appearance on Nashville Pussy’s song “Im So High” off of From Hell To Texas, and dug his voice. I finally got around to listening to some of his stuff this week, and MAN was I disappointed…disappointed that I hadn’t heard them sooner. I’m not a big fan of the majority of modern hard rock bands, but Danko Jones pulls it off without sounding fake or pretentious. Tight, catchy riffs, great harmonies, and good old rock and roll with a great vibe.

 

Biting Elbows – Bad Motherfucker

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This insane video is a breakneck thrillride, a live-action mix of first-person shooters, parkour and a huge can of whoop-ass.
Biting elbows is a Russian indie rock band, who had a viral hit with their 2011 video for “The Stampede”, which employs the same style and theme in the video, including the chase for the magical vacuum tube and leads right into the video for “Bad Motherfucker”.

Friday Find – 3/15/2013

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2013 by heavyuberalles

Here we are, the end of another week. Springtime is trying to break through the cold, but old man winter is tryin’ to hang on for dear life. Not long til some sunny days spent on two wheels, listening to some righteous tunes.

 
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And what could be more righteous than some heavy stoner rock that has been thoroughly soaked in the blues? Out of Kingston, NY, this trio takes 2 genres, and makes them as right together as peanut butter and jelly. Slide guitar, harmonica, raspy vocals and heavy distortion as the perfect formula for every song on Handmade Heavy Blues. My standouts on this album are the chunky “Do It In the Road”, the slow, syrupy “Eyes Like Laserbeams”, and the funky groove of “I Just Wanna Get High With You.” This album just came out on March 2, and believe me…you will be hearing a lot more from these guys. They will be a part of The Eye of the Stoned Goat 3 in Brooklyn, NY on July 27th, which has a hell of a lineup. Now go grab a cold beer or some whiskey, kick your feet up and give this album a listen.

 

Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels

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40 years after the guitar legend’s death, we see the release of the last lost tracks from Jimi and his Band of Gypsys. Not a lot of groundbreaking material, but it’s the bluesy rock genius that Jimi was known for. Superb drumming by the amazing Buddy Miles on most of the tracks (Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell plays on three songs) and wicked rhythm from bassist Billy Cox, this album is a true gem and gives a clearer picture of where Jimi’s head was at musically just prior to his death as the follow-up album to Electric Ladyland.

 

Rage Against the Machine
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I have always loved seeing videos of band before they got huge. It’s always piqued my interest to see where they came from, and what they were like when they were young and hungry, before the big time. This is a video of Rage Against the Machine from March 29th, 1992 at Zed’s Records in Long Beach, CA. They began recording their self-titled hit record in April, and released it in November of that year. This is a performance from when they were on the verge of beginning their rise to fame and it is refreshing to see videos like this sometimes. THIS is why you support the local music scene, wherever you are. cause you never know when that band you saw at a DIY show at a Mexican restaurant is gonna record that legendary album next month.

 

Friday Find – 3/8/2013

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by heavyuberalles

This week’s Friday Find is kind of all over the place. A little old, a little new. For those that haven’t read this feature before, on (most) Fridays, I like to post recent music I have discovered. Not necessarily new, but new to me. I always enjoy finding new music , and Friday Find is where I share it with you. Maybe you’ve been listening to one of these bands for years, maybe I just helped you discover something new. Either way, as long as someone out there enjoys it, my work is done. On to the Finds for this week!

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Opossum Holler
First up is Opossum Holler. I got a call last week from my friend Val, who was looking for someone to help book a DC gig for them. I checked them out, and was blown away. This punkabilly band from Bowling Green, KY, fires on all cylinders, and is a must-hear band if you are anywhere remotely close to a fan of punk, punkabilly, rockabilly, psychobilly, or even billy goats.

Here is the kickass video for “Screamin’ Delta Demon”

Here is a good idea of what to expect from an Opossum Holler live show.

You can catch Opossum Holler at Velvet Lounge in DC on April 15th with JJ Damage & The Bandits and The Throckmortens.

 

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Shroud Eater

This three-piece from Miami is only a few years old, but Shroud Eater are making waves in the stoner/doom/sludge circles. With a massive sound that surprises you when you find out there’s only three of them, the most noticable thing is that the sound is huge but clear, not drowned in a murky bog like other sludgy contemporaries. The instruments and the vocals, while having a heavy, fuzzed-out tone, are crisp and defined. Their 2011 release ThunderNoise goes through various mood swings, from roaringly heavy to introspective acoustic-laden interludes and back again, yet does so without losing the flow of the album or sounding forced. Two of the three members are woman, which seems to instantly draw comparisons to Kylesa, even though they are very different bands.

You can hear ThunderNoise here, but I STRONGLY suggest listening to the new single “Tempest” from their forthcoming EP, Dead Ends. The progression in their music is evident, as is the production. Turn up the bass and enjoy the rumble on this one!

Shroud Eater is playing Velvet Lounge in DC on April 24. Very much looking forward to this show!

 

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Dr. Feelgood

I’ve said before how I hate discovering a band that has been around forever. I always feel like I’m the last to know. Well, it happened again with the band Dr. Feelgood. They were a ’70s British pub rock band, who had some really fantastic jams. Their guitarist, Wilko Johnson, has a year (at most) to live, suffering from pancreatic cancer. I highly encourage you to read about it here –  his outlook on life is very inspiring. What introduced me to them, through Wilko, is that Wilko plays Ilyn Payne, the silent executioner on HBO’s Game of Thrones tv series. I had no idea that he was this famous musician from an awesome ’70s band! Listen to 1975’s Down by the Jetty, and you can hear some of the British blues influence mixed with r&b and garage rock styles. This is where I tell people to “know your roots”. Bands like this back in the 70s strongly influenced the burgeoning punk scene that was about to take off. Classic stuff, indeed.

Here’s Dr. Feelgood playing their hit “Roxette” on The Old Grey Whistle Test in the UK in 1975.

Friday Find – 1/18/2013

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Another Friday is upon, time to get this weekend kicked off right! Some sludge, punk, and brutal death metal for you this week. Enjoy your weekend, people!

Hail!Hornet

Ain’t it just a bitch when you knew of a band’s existence, missed their show at the Black Cat over a year ago, but just never got around to checking them out? THAT SUCKS. That is exactly what happened with Hail!Hornet. Man, do I wish I had listened to these guys sooner. A sludge “supergroup” if you will, Hail!Hornet is T-Roy Medlin (Sourvein) on vocals, “Dixie” Dave Collins (Weedeater) on bass, Vince Burke (Beaten Back to Pure) on guitar, and Erik Larson (The Might Could/ex-Alabama Thunderpussy) handling the drums. This is high-powered, supercharged stoner/sludge metal at its’ finest. T-Roy’s trademark howls and growls are the perfect way to lead the charge of the brash, chugging yet _____ riffs that make up 2011’s Disperse the Curse. Collins’ bass tone has the gutteral voice of a monster risen up form a murky swamp, and the whole band is just on point. Highlights of the album for me are “Shoot the Pigs”, “Beast of Bourbon”, “Scars”, and the slower, yet crushingly heavy 8 and a half-minute epic “Blacked Out in Broad Daylight.” If you haven’t heard Hail!Hornet yet, Check em out and get your sludge on.

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Booze Riot

So, yeah, I AM gonna be that guy for a minute and post my friend’s band on here. A lot of punk nowadays has lost its’ way, but some of the best punk bands are on the local level, not playing amphitheaters on summer package tours. One great example is Maryland’s Booze Riot. They are in your face, over the top, and have a great sense of humor. Don’t miss “Macho Madness”, a brilliant punk tribute to fallen pro wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage. I need to see these guys soon before Brian punches me in the jaw.

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Revocation

Finishing out the heavy trifecta this week is Boston’s Revocation. With heavy-as hell riffs, brutal vocals, and songs that are cut with laser precision, these guys absolutely shred. Check out the insane drums and supreme technicality of “Maniacally Unleashed”, and the unbelievably heavy, warp-speed “Bound By Desire.” This is a band that is on my radar now, and high on my must-see-live list.

Friday Find – 1/4/13

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Welcome to the first of a completely non-committal, semi-regular feature I will have on here called Friday Find. I will feature some cool music that I have found in the previous week and give you something to gnaw on over the weekend. Maybe something you’ve heard, maybe not. This week are a few bands I found while browsing around Bandcamp. Specifically, I found them under the tag “stoner rock”. Bandcamp is a great source of new music – definitely give it a look around.

Royal Thunder

To me, there is no greater feeling than when you first check out a band and for whatever reason, they just completely blow you away. This happened this week the first time I heard Royal Thunder. Their latest album, CVI is a  swooning masterpiece of psychedelic, ’70s tinged bluesy metal. Vocalis/bassist Mlny Parsonz is fantastically perfect, her smoky voice ranging from a seductive croon to a mournful or vindictive howl. The big, full sound of the music is exactly what is needed, working in unison with Parsonz. Drummer Lee Smith beats out a perfect rhythm, slow and doomy at times, other times speeding it up, the heavy double bass bellowing in at just the right moment to add to the chaos and urgency of the song. (I believe Lee Smith has since been replaced by MonstrO drummer Evan Diprima).

On “No Good”, Parsonz wails at the object of her anger, “Smooth talkin’ fiend, your slick, but I don’t don’t, I don’t like you, leave me alone!” Other songs, such as “Drown”, take the listener on a voyage of many auditory moods, from its trippy beginnings, building in a crescendo to an intense climax and back again. Mood swings like this are found throughout the album, but are woven together beautifully, never feeling disjointed or scatterbrained.

There are hints of other bands sounds on here, never enough to sound like a clone or a copy, just that hint of an influence: Janis Joplin, Ann Wilson, Alice in Chains, Led Zeppelin, even enough shades of contemporaries such as Kylesa or Baroness. Yet Royal Thunder sounds like none of the aforementioned artists. They stand completely on their own, in a very unique way. I cannot recommend this band and CVI enough. I am utterly heartbroken that AFTER I heard this album I found out that they headlined at DC9 on 12/17, and I had missed them. Don’t make the same mistake.

Give CVI a listen below, courtesy of the band’s Bandcamp page.

 

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The Heavy Eyes

Like a huge glob of resin left over from the ’70s, Memphis, TN’s The Heavy Eyes are keeping the retro-stoner sound alive. With massive, bluesy, fuzzed-out riffs, every song is an over-the top jam of enormous sound. Mixing the best elements of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Blue Cheer, and Black Sabbath, these guys are out of sight, and would sound superb crankin’ out of a boogie van with a Frazetta warrior airbrushed on the side. Every song has a delicious groove, with bassist Wally Anderson’s immense bass tone and vocalist/guitarist Tripp Shumake’s combination of chunky riffs and haunting, echoey vocals. Drummer Eric Garcia rounds out the package perfectly, and it all adds up to a groovy sound that is made to be played on vinyl. These guys will definitely be in my rotation regularly, and I really hope they add some live dates soon.

Check out their 2012 album Maera below!