Monday, 24 October 2016

Outlaws Nation Joint Interview: An Interview with YEAR OF THE COBRA

Year Of The Cobra are about to release their colossal debut album ...In The Shadows Below. The band which is comprised of married Drum and Bass riffsters – Amy Tung-Barrysmith (Bassist/Vox) and Jon Barrysmith (Drums) have created a delicately played and loud as hell debut album. It's an album that strikes the perfect balance between heavy Doom sounds with a pounding Sludgy/Stoner based groove.

Year Of The Cobra have been making a name for themselves over the last 18 months or so. They already have a fearsome live reputation and have already released a split single with Mos Generator. Signed to ace record label STB Records who will be releasing their debut album on October 29th 2016, Year Of The Cobra are going to become one of your favourite bands.

I asked my good pal Matthew Thomas over at Taste Nation LLC if he wanted to do one of our joint interviews that we've been doing recently. He agreed and this is the result as Year Of The Cobra have agreed to do another Outlaws Nation Joint Interview.....

OOTS/TN – Hi Amy, Jon. Thanks for doing this joint interview. Congrats on the new album. How are things with you both today.

YOTC - We’re doing great! Thank you. Excited about the album release. It’s been a busy week for sure!

OOTS - Can you tell our readers how the band came together. Or why you decided to form the band.

YOTC - We met on Halloween 2007 at a club called the King King in LA. We were playing in separate bands at the time and didn’t really talk much at that show. It wasn’t until the second or third show we played together before we became friends. We actually didn’t start writing music together until 2014, after moving to Seattle. We didn’t really know anyone in the music scene at the time, so we just started writing songs. Luckily, we both wanted to write the same style of music. For the most part, it was easy.

OOTS – Why did you choose the name Year Of The Cobra for your band. Any specific meaning.

YOTC - It took quite a while to find the right name. We had long lists that covered many pieces of paper before we decided on Year of the Cobra. It was actually supposed to be a temporary name, but it stuck and we’re glad it did.

TN – We are here to talk about your new album. What was your recording process like? Was it spread out over days, weeks, months…….?

YOTC - We booked 10 days with Billy Anderson to track everything. Billy did a few mixes for us remotely after tracking, but we went back for the final mixes to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. All in all, it took about 3 months from the initial tracking to the final masters. The recording process itself was amazing. The studio, Hallowed Halls, was magnificent and working with Billy was life altering. He’s a genius. We consider him a third member of our band now.

OOTS – How did you manage to hook-up with the legend that is Billy Anderson to Produce the album. Especially for your debut album. What was it like working with Billy. Did he provide any helpful advice when you were recording the new album.

YOTC - Billy was at the top of our list for many reasons. He was the first and only one we reach out to and he really liked the EP. The first time he came to watch us play, we were scared shitless, to say the least. After working with him, we’re still scared shitless, haha, but we’re all good friends now and we have the utmost respect for him. His ear, his ideas, his knowledge, is beyond anything we’ve seen or experienced before. He just knew exactly what we were going for, without ever having to tell him. It was amazing.

TN – What does Billy bring to the Year Of The Cobra sound.

YOTC - One of the first things Billy said to us when we first met him was that he knew how to make it sound big, without making it sound like we added a ton of tracks, and that’s exactly what he did. Billy brought a bin full of pedals that we tried in every configuration until we found the exact tone. We’re sure no one noticed, but right after the recording, Amy’s pedal board got much larger.

TN - Did you "test" the new tracks at live shows to see what people's response to the new material.

YOTC - Absolutely. We always test out songs live first. It’s one thing to play it in the studio, but you won’t know how it works until you see how a crowd reacts.

OOTS – The album is being released on STB Records. Perhaps one of the best independent record labels currently out there. Did you guys have offers from other labels. Or was their no hesitation in signing for anybody else.

YOTC - STB was actually the only label we contacted directly. Jon sent an email when we released the EP to say that we were a brand new band and that we wanted to be on Steve’s (STB) radar. Steve wrote back the next day and said that he liked our debut EP, and in his own words said, “you are definitely on my radar”. From there, we started some cool and casual conversations via email and bonded over our punk and hardcore roots and our DIY ideals. Within that week, we signed with STB. The STB Family is real. We’re so stoked to be a part of this movement. It’s home.

OOTS – Did you have any involvement with the final design of the Vinyls or Cassettes. Or was this left down to Steve STB.

YOTC - We definitely had involvement. Steve wouldn’t have it any other way. Before we even recorded, right when first signed with Steve, he was chatting with us separately just to figure out who we were as people and our take on the band. It’s important to him to make sure the band is represented properly, not in the image that he wants, but in the image that the band wants. He’s the real deal, all heart.

TN - The album crossovers and melds many genres from Doom, Stoner, Psych, and Sludge. How would you classify the album's sound? Your thoughts on the use of the Doom/Stoner Rock designation which many describe your album as?

YOTC - The album does have many crossovers. We intended it to be slightly diverse, to shake things up a bit. Our main shared background is hardcore punk, but as individuals, our musical tastes span the spectrum which helps when we’re writing music. We’re willing to move in whatever direction the song takes us.

TN - What contemporary Bands do you like? Do you have any guilty pleasures that you would like to share with us?

YOTC - That’s a good one….. I don’t think anyone should have a “guilty pleasure”. Music is music, you like what you like. Don’t give a shit what people think and don’t be ashamed. We could go on forever about current bands we love. We play out a lot and have toured quite a bit this past year and are always in awe of the talent that we’re surrounded by, not to mention the cool people we meet.

TN - Will you be hitting the road on an extensive tour to support the album or have multiple, shorter outings? For my own selfish reason, will you be coming to Southern California to play??

YOTC - We have some short tours planned in the near future. A west coast tour the end of this year (2016) with Mos Generator and Castle, and Europe in March and again in April/May. So far, no plans to play LA, but it is on our list. We’ll definitely do a full US tour for summer of 2017 again like we did this year.

OOTS – How hard is it for you to tour and perform with Year Of The Cobra especially with your young family. Are your kids proud and happy of their “Rockstar Parents”.

YOTC - Our family is always our first concern, but to have a happy family, we both feel it is important for us to focus on things that fulfil us as well. We’re just both lucky (and unlucky) that we want to do the same thing. We believe it’s important for us to show our kids that we’re willing to work hard on something that we believe in and hopefully, they find the same drive in whatever fulfils them.

TN – You've only been going as a band for about 20 months or so. Has is it surprised you the responses you've received for your music from the Doom/Stoner Metal community. Looking back then did you ever think you would be releasing your debut album.

YOTC - We started the band because we just wanted to play music we both loved and somehow, we found a crowd that happens to like it too. Whatever happens, we will always write and play music. Hopefully, it will be music that resonates with others as much as it does with us.

OOTS – Who designed the awesome artwork for the album. How much input did you have into the final design of the artwork.

YOTC - The artwork for the album was designed by our good friend, Esther Heckman. She is one of the most amazing artists we have ever met. She doesn’t normally do album art, but we sent her one song off the album as inspiration (Electric Warrior) and gave her no direction. Everything after that was her own creation.

OOTS – For a Drum/Bass Duo. You have quite a loud sound compared to other Drum/Bass duos. How do you create this sound. Do you use an advanced setup or basic setup when recording and playing live.

YOTC - It was important for us to sound big because being a duo is very limiting. Amy’s setup is very fluid. She can find a setup that works for the moment, but is constantly on the lookout for something that can help advance it. Splitting the bass tones was a no brainer, but finding the right amp/cabinet and pedal combination was much harder. It is always in flux.

OOTS/TN – We both wish you every success with it. As it's a fantastic album that will no doubt receive a ton of praise when it's fully released. Do you have anything to say to your fans before we go.

YOTC - We just want to thank everyone. We’re so appreciative of the response we’ve received so far. We have put so much heart into this project, it’s nice to see that other people like it as well. Many thanks to you, Steve and Matthew, for the killer review and for doing this interview.

Words by Steve Howe, Matthew Thomas and Year Of The Cobra

Thanks to Amy and Jon for taking the time out talking to Matthew and myself. ...In The Shadows Below will be available to buy on Cassette/CD/DD/Vinyl via STB Records from October 29th 2016.


Mother Mooch - Nocturnes Vinyl News



Dublin psychedelic doom-grunge five piece Mother Mooch self released their debut album Nocturnes in digital format on Friday 13th November 2015 to critical acclaim throughout the international stoner/doom/psych underground. Always intended for vinyl release, the band were on the verge of pressing a vinyl edition of the album themselves when they were contacted by Henry Fauser of Germany’s Krauted Mind Records who had discovered the album on bandcamp and offered a vinyl release through his label. Aware of the fertile stoner/doom/psych scene in Germany and the rest of mainland Europe, Mother Mooch jumped at the chance to get their music heard by a wider audience.

The marbled orange vinyl limited edition comes in a gatefold sleeve with a new interior piece from Illustrations by Emmet Mulligan to accompany his beautifully rendered cover art, and will also shortly be available in the US through Ripple Music’s Heavy Ripples Distribution.

Earlier this year, Mother Mooch recorded and released their darkly cinematic ‘Hive Mind’ video – which was nominated for Dublin Underground Cinema’s Best Music Video Award 2016 – and recruited new bassist Léon Ó’Gríoffa before a setting off on a successful September tour of Ireland’s major cities with an inspired cross section of Ireland’s rising stoner/doom/sludge/psych bands.

Mother Mooch are set to play their first ever European shows in November with dates in Netherlands and Belgium and have plans to tour the U.K. in early 2017.

“The music flows seamlessly through grungy Alice in Chains style vocals, up-beat Venom-esque tempos and groovy psychedelic solos.... A full spectrum of heavy music – from psychedelia to doom to grunge – wrapped up in one beautiful package.” Doomed & (US)

"Another fine debut from a band of the heavy underground global scene... Besides the musicianship which is quite impressive, you’ll hear one of the best female vocal performances of the last year." 
- More Fuzz (FR)

"[A] wonderful and weird sounding mix of Psych, Desert Rock, Blues, Grunge and Stoner Rock given a trippy modern makeover."
- Outlaws of the Sun(UK)

"It is the group effort that makes Mother Mooch who they are. I believe their strong suit is serving the song like many of their 90's elders did."
- Stoner HiVe (NL)

"Behind the relatively simple song structure there’s a concentrated effort of arrangement and technique, and behind the forceful vocal delivery there’s a dedication to honest storytelling. This may be, in fact, why ‘Nocturnes’ manages so successfully to conjure up such a melancholy, introspective atmosphere across its eight tracks." 
- GoldenPlec (IRL)

“Nocturnes” Vinyl Limited Edition is available through Krauted Mind Records:

US distribution through Heavy Ripples:

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11Paranoias - Reliquary for a Dreamed of World (Album Review)

Release date: October 28th 2016. Label: Ritual Productions. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Reliquary for a Dreamed of World – Tracklisting

1.Peripheral Metamorphosis
2.Destroying Eyes
4.Mutus Liber
5.Meditation on the Void
6.Phantom Pyramid
7.Milk of Amnesia

Band Members:

Adam Richardson - Bass, Vocals
Mike Vest - Guitars
Nathan Perrier - Drums


11Paranoias return with full length, “Reliquary For A Dreamed Of World”, which is by no means a modest album. It is more the keeping of a procrastinated appointment with a voluntary, therapeutic treatment process through a heavy audible nightmare, experienced by the intelligent schizophrenic audiophile. This record augments and holds the listener with heavy eyelids shuddered down by the sound of bedlam, as your mind runs from reality into the album’s outstretched chords, which embrace beyond the mere cortical structure of auditory reason. The songs provide an overdose through a variety of noises, all with different tones and glowing resonances. The tunes are as follows…

Peripheral Metamorphosis - this track dangerously throbs along with the band’s own brand of distortion through nicely chosen amplifiers and slowly keeps time while nudging vocal pain forward through the crude atmospheric noise.

Destroying Eyes – this is essentially metal music created in a sewer by slimy “fishmen” who have been accidentally grown through an unexpected experiment in waste management. These guys moonlight with the underground utility company, speak to us in echolocation and once they snake the pipes, they pick things up as the sound drives without hindrances through a subterranean maze craze of crunch and commotion.

Avallaunius – in this track you will hear octaves from the ocean fathoms, showcasing a sea accident or maritime disaster with no identifiable injuries. Cymbals explode and guitars feed back their surplus power. Great stuff.

Mutus Liber – this song is constructed with sepulchral bass donations that fill an empty casket, alongside painful distorted guitar zooms, both amidst mudslide vocals, all accompanied by drums to make your earlobes quiver.

Mediation On The Void – It is time to take a psychedelic ride down the Floydian Fallopian tubes in order to witness the birth of besmirched meat on Iommi’s butcher block. The use of sonic effects are sheer perfection on this tune, advertising electric frenzy, manifested under hallucinogenic influence, forever increasing the strength of echoes, screams, whispers and unmitigated cybernetic madness. Lock the storage shed, turn the volume to 11 and go somewhat insane on your way to becoming a better person. This is a confident and choice favorite.

Phantom Pyramid is a track that was captured by the demented choir who provide the background music for your confession to a mummified priest who is stuffed with berries and oil, giving you your resultant penance as a doom loaded milkshake with a multi paranoid sound sprinkled topping. This is a splendidly made song and truly another clear favorite on this album.

Milk Of Amnesia is the most traditional song on the entire album. It is short and catchy, making it time to shake hands once again with Mr. Reality.

Overall this album is a magnificent musical concoction that trudges through one’s acoustical plumbing, removing the clogs of melodious blandness that have accumulated through the common drivel barraging our tune filled library.

This is a recorded shrine, made by masterful princes, through radiculopathic, doom trumpeted daffodils, that contains all the musical relics and strange thoughts dedicated to a sonic dream world of altered consciousness.

Words by Nick Palmisano

Thanks to Jack at Rarely Unable PR for the promo. Reliquary for a Dreamed of World will be available to buy via Ritual Productions on CD/DD/Vinyl from October 28th 2016.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Captains Of Sea And War - Remote (Album Review)

Release date: September 30th 2016. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Remote – Tracklisting

1.Ny Alesund 01:12
2.Aral Tengizi 05:56
3.Socotra 07:33
4.Bemaraha 05:25
5.Assale 08:04
6.Atacama 05:36
7.Aokigahara 04:18
8.Kerman 07:26

Band Members:

Àlex Garcia / Gerard Gual / José Martinez / David Montón


Remote is the second album from Spanish Progressive Post-Rock Stoners – Captains Of Sea And War. I remember listening to their 2014 self-titled debut album and being impressed by their style of highly anthemic post-rock vibes with a heavy Stoner Rock influence. Fast forward two years and Remote is here to impress you from the very start.
Opening track – Ny Alesund – is a brief semi-acoustic post-rock interlude before the real business of heavy post-rock/stoner riffs that appear on the remainder of the album. This is a nicely played track but a stark contrast to the rest of the album.
Second track – Aral Tengizi – is where Captains Of Sea And Water create a powerful musical odyssey by combining Prog Post-Rock Riffs with a distorted psychedelic stoner rock sound. It has moments of quiet passages set against the heavir stoner vibes. The band weave an exciting tale without the need for vocals. If you're a fan of early era Pelican and Russian Circles then you will find much to enjoy here.
The instrumental work sounds fresh and exciting throughout the album. As Captains Of Sea And Water inject a fresh perspective into the world of Instrumental Stoner Rock. The production of the album is handled superbly well though there a few moments where the volume could have been turned down to get a more dramatic effect.
Remote gives you the impression that you're on a musical journey of some sort. With each song representing a chapter in that journey. Some songs are very emotional such as the excellent third track Socotra where the band add soothing vocals to the mix.
Captains Of Sea And War are very much a cinematic band as they create musical landscapes that demand your full attention. Remote is a very hard album to define as the band don't favour one genre over the other. So you end up with a thrilling and quite challenging album to listen to at times. Though it will appeal to fans of Instrumental Rock/Metal music the most.
Remote is an excellent and well rounded album that will last long in the memory.
Excellent and Highly Recommended.

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An Interview with Paul Craig from CLAWHAMMER


Clawhammer hail from Mississippi, the hospitality state. This hard rocking stoner band officially announced their existence with the self-titled debut album in 2015, and just two months ago the sophomore album “In Space” was born. Heavy, driving, fuzzy tracks go one by one bringing the weight and bliss of real Rock. Don’t believe? Then taste the opener song “Lunatic Friends” of the new album! Paul Craig (vocals, harmonica, keyboards) is here to tell more about fantastic world of Clawhammer.

Hello Paul! If you do not mind I would like to start with the question of the band’s origin, so how did you start Clawhammer?

Clawhammer began about 30 years ago when Paul Hill and I (Paul Craig) were kids discovering heavy metal. At 12 years old, we were into Ozzy, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Dio, Metallica and all the other big names of metal at the time. We knew we wanted to be rock stars when we grew up. As we grew up, we went our seperate ways, each becoming musicians on our own. Paul Hill has been recording non-stop for 20 years with his bands Arise Within, Curse of Disobedience, Black Mountain Thunder and Sungod.

I had a band in the 90's called Secret Agent Mushroom and I worked on solo stuff for a while after that band split up and then I pretty much just fell out of it altogether until a little over a year ago when after getting a divorce, I decided to put a new band together. Paul Hill heard I was looking to get something started so he recruited me for a new project he was working on which became Clawhammer.

What was on your mind when you gathered for the first time under Clawhammer banner? Do you already know how you want it to sound?

When Paul first told me about what he was doing, he told me he wanted me to sing on his metal album. That was the only goal - to make some metal music. We didn't have a goal on what we wanted it to sound like but we are both heavily influenced by Black Sabbath so it was no surprise that a lot of the songs have a very Sabbath vibe to them.

Paul, you not only sing but also play keyboards and harmonica, how did you learn to deal with these instruments?

I am primarily a singer but I do have some minor skills with instruments. I learned music theory playing tuba in the high school band. Once you know the basic fundamentals of music well enough to play one instrument, it's not that difficult to apply what you know to playing another one in most cases. Except guitar. I suck at guitar. (Although I do have a very small uncredited guitar part on the first album on the track “Steam Roller”)

Clawhammer - Lunatics

There are two albums in Clawhammer discography, how do you value your progress? Do you feel that “In Space” is a bigger step further consider the self-titled debut?

In Space was a progression for us. As I said before, Paul Hill has been steadily recording for years but the first album was my first major exposure to digital recording. Previously I had only recorded with analog. Paul H was the only engineer on about half of the first album. As I learned the process, I set up my own studio at home. By the time we started recording In Space, I was adept enough with the software that I was able to engineer all the vocal myself. 

 This gave us a lot more time to work on tracks and be artistic since we could both work as often as we liked and were not locked into a schedule of only when both of us could be in the same room. Also, our first album was only about half new songs. The other half was songs that we had written in other projects and re-recorded for Clawhammer.

How do you share duties with Paul in Clawhammer?

We don't really have an official policy on which one of us does what. We both do whatever we can to move the band forward. That being said, Paul stays busy writing and keeping the other band members up to speed and I stay pretty busy on promotion.

What’s band current lineup besides you and Paul? I see three serious dudes on the artwork of the first album as you did it with a bunch of guest musicians and as I see “In Space” was recorded only by you and Paul.

The current lineup is me on vocals, Paul on guitar, Stephen McNeer of drums and backing vocals and Bass Player X on bass. Stephen has been with us for a while. He co-wrote Break My Chains on the new album. We've had trouble locking down a permanent bass player. Bass Player X is our newest member and we're hoping we can keep him around for a while.

In Space” starts with that striking artwork. How did you find it? Does it describe a concept of the album?

We started this album planning to call it Clawhammer In Space and write all the songs with a space to them. We wrote Polish My Rocket and did a cover of Ride the Sky by Lucifer's Friend and then we kind of fell away from the concept and wrote about whatever. A month or two before the release, we had decided to call the album Get Hammered. However, Eddy Sanchez, who played bass on Flowers on Your Grave and Betrayed started sending us the space themed artwork so stuck with In Space as the name of the album.

Speaking about non-musical influences… Some bands tend to base their songs on movies. Do you have something of this kind on “In Space”? And one more thing – do you prefer old school cinematograph or new stuff (including modern Star Wars) is okay too?

To my knowledge, none of our songs are based on movies. "Lost in a Maze" was featured in Lindsey Productions' short film "The Warning" but it was not written for the film. Also, we use movie clips in our YouTube videos sometimes, but this is only because we are too broke to produce our own content.

Well, metal-archives say that Clawhammer perform doom stoner, your Facebook profile says that it’s about heavy metal rock, I think that truth is somewhere in between. What’s your opinion? Which influences do you see in “In Space”?

The first song we recorded was 3D Death Machine, which was actually a remake of a song we made together about 15 years ago when we briefly collaborated over the internet to record a couple songs. The next songs we recorded were Gethsemene and Sunshine, both of which had a doom/stoner metal vibe to them. Paul's other band Black Mountain Thunder is a doom/stoner band. This is how we got the doom/stoner label. We never set out to be a certain type of band. We just play what we like. Some of it is doom/stoner, some of it is more mainstream rock and some of it is something else. When people ask me, I just tell them we play rock and roll.

In Space” opener track “Lunatic Friends” is a bloody awesome song, can you tell its story? How did you born these riffs?

Paul wanted to write a song in the style of Randy Rhoads and the result was the music for Lunatic Friends. I based the lyrics of the relationship Paul and I have but it could be about any two friends who are known for acting crazy together.

How do you participate in the process of songwriting? Do you discuss with Paul some details of the songs or he just brings ready tracks for you?

Paul is a recording machine. A week after we released the first album, he had 10 new tracks for me. Most of the time, he sends me a music track. If I like it, then I will write lyrics for it based on what emotion the music makes me feel. Sometimes Paul will write some lyrics and I finish them. Sometimes he writes them all and I record them as he wrote them and sometimes he writes them all and I make changes.

By the way, how lyrics are important for you? What kind of topics do you prefer to use in Clawhammer?

Lyrics are very important to me. I think every song should make you feel something and make you relate to something and good lyrics are essential for pulling that off. I try to make every song about something different. A lot of the songs on the first album were about different mental states (anger, depression, schizophrenia, etc). As far as In Space goes, you have Lunatic Friends which is about friendship. My Angel is about addiction. Break My Chains is about work. Polish My Rocket is about sex.

Vibrio Cholerae Records released both of Clawhammer’s CDs, did you search for bigger label? And how do you deal with promotional things?

Paul has had a relationship with Vibrio Cholerae for a while. They also released his other projects with Black Mountian Thunder, Curse of Disobedience, Sungod, etc. Personally, having a label is not that big of a deal to me. I'm not against the idea but I don't think that any label would be willing to invest a lot of money into us unless we were willing to quit our jobs and tour, which we are not willing to do. We promote ourselves through social media pretty well.

How often and with what kind of bands do you usually play live? How is it important for you to keep the living spirit of the band?

We don't play live very often. In the beginning, Clawhammer was only supposed to be a studio project. We were getting some demand from a couple of local club owners to come play so we put the live band together this year and we have played a few gigs but we have turned down more than we have played. Paul is a truck driver and is on the road for three weeks at a time so we usually are only able to get together for practice once or twice a month. Combine that with effort of constantly replacing and training bass players and we just don't have a lot of time to play live.

Clawhammer – In the Name of God

Man, you’re from Mississippi, and I don’t remember if I ever did an interview with bands from your region. What kind of local stoner doom scene do you have there? And how much of Mississippi in your music?

I don't know of any other stoner doom bands around here that don't have Paul Hill in them. Most of the bands in this area who play original music play either blues or country, and there are a couple of Clawhammer tunes that have a blues or southern rock influence to them, but not many. It's not a sound that we try to have but it's not something we try to avoid either.

How do you see prospects of Clawhammer? Which direction do you plan to follow with the next album?

I think prospects for Clawhammer are good. We may never be a household name, but our fan base is slowly growing. This all started as a hobby. We never expected to go anywhere with it so any success we have is surpassing our expectations. As for the next album, who knows? We're recording a few cover songs to give away on our ReverbNation page right now (reverbnation/clawhammer1) but once we are finished with those, I'm sure the new original songs won't be too far behind. "We Will Rock You" and "Electric Avenue" are already posted up by the way.

Okay, Paul, god speed you on your way! I wish you all the best with further spreading of Clawhammer Word! Do you have few more words for our readers?

To the fans of Clawhammer, I say thank you. You make all the effort worthwhile. To the artists out there, I say don't make success a goal. Record what makes you happy. You will have your share of haters but there will be people who like it. And to everybody, I say like us at and buy us at

Words by Aleks Evdokimov and Paul Craig


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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Glitter Wizard - Hollow Earth Tour (Exclusive Album Stream)

Release date: October 21st 2016. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Hollow Earth Tour – Tracklisting

The Smokey God
The Hunter
Stoned Odyssey (Including: Spreading The Spores / Delivering The Monolith / Fungal Visions)
Sightseeing With Admiral Byrd
Death Of Atlantis

Band Members:

Wendy Stonehenge, Doug Graves, Lorfin Terrafor, Kandi Moon, Fancy Cymballs

The Lowdown:

As the group enters it's ninth year, Glitter Wizard are set to release their most ambitious album yet. Hollow Earth Tour is a concept album of sorts; chock-full of reptilian overlords, underwater fascists, and inner-earth explorers. This band of California rifflords pillage the best of vintage hard rock while keeping their laser eyes on the future, creating a unique brand of oddball psychedelia. Their onstage performance is a glammed-up force to be reckoned with and they've been taking their act on the road from the West Coast all the way to Europe.
Lipstick stains on the rim of a bong”
That's all the information you require to listen to the excellent new album from Glitter Wizard – Hollow Earth Tour. It's a blistering ride of classic hard rock riffs with at touch of Psychedelic Stoner Rock madness thrown in for good measure.
It's definitely their craziest release to date but also perhaps their finest album to date. The album has quite a schizophrenic feel which has appeared on other Glitter Wizard releases. Though Hollow Earth Tour is where the band make an almighty leap for greatness and pull it off with true conviction.
Standout tracks have to be: The Smokey God, The Hunter, Scales and Death Of Atlantis.
The album is superbly produced from start to finish as Glitter Wizard include a ton of different noises to impress you with. It may take you a few listens to fully understand it all as the band create a progressive mind-fuck of different ideas that all have a delicious wicked edge.
Now you can enjoy Hollow Earth Tour in all it's glory. As the cool folks at Heavy Psych Sounds and Purple Sage PR have allowed me to stream the album before it's official release this Friday.
So sit back and enjoy Hollow Earth Tour. It's time to take a trip and believe me when I say it's glorious!!!
Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR and Heavy Psych Sounds for the album stream.

Hollow Earth Tour will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from October 21st 2016.


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Spiritually Obsessed: An Interview with Dave Sherman

Dave Sherman is the man who put a damned lot of effort to raise the doom scene fighting back to back with other American doom heroes. In the early ‘90s, he was in Wretched, then added his energy to the rocky flow of Spirit Caravan. Earthride turned out to be a kind of his anger management course since 2000, but it wasn’t enough and he started one more doom band named Weed Is Weed in around 2005.

Did you know that he joined The Obsessed a few months ago? I bet you didn’t! So even though Dave was busy with celebrating his birthday on 16th of October, he somehow found some time to answer my questions about the bands he involved in.

Hi Dave! First of all, thanks for your time! Your name is tied to a lot of bands, can you clarify - which ones are the most active ones for you today?

The Obsessed, Weed is Weed, Earthride, and PillBilly which is one of my new projects. It has this country and western thing going on and features Ed Brown on Bass ..

So there are these rumours that The Obsessed are preparing new full-length album with the working title “Sacred” and you're on board. How does the writing process go? What's your progress?

Yes – The Obsessed recently reformed from the band Spirit Caravan with Brian Constantino, on drums. We signed with Relapse Records and we have been in the studio recording. It has 14 songs, two cover songs Mountain: Crossroader and Thin Lizzy: It’s Only Money. It has one old song and 11 new ones.

The Obsessed – Retroman live 2016

The Obsessed is a well known band, and I believe that you already have the label who'd like to release the album. Do you have now schedule consider the tour dates and the date of release? Do you feel yourself as a serious guy doing a serious business?

As I indicated we are now signed with Relapse Records. The album release date will sometime in February 2017. I always take whatever I do seriously in my music. I put my heart and soul in it.

How much of Earthride will be in the next album of The Obsessed? How do you share your duties in the band?

There will not be any Earthride influences on this album, as it is a totally different band. Wino will be doing most of the vocal duties and wrote the material.

Spirit Caravan stopped their journey on some point but The Obsessed returns, what does differ one band from another for you? Can you say that they both have really different souls?

Yes, Spirit Caravan is more a stoner rock band with a positive edge as The Obsessed is more punk rock doom band.

Earthride – Grip the Wheel

Since 1999 you play with Earthride, it’s known by its crude, nearly anarchic doom - a kind of Motorhead of doom. What did you put in the band? What was your primary goal when you started it?

Motorhead and Black Sabbath had a baby and it was called : Earthride. We are thinking about getting it back together again. Eric Little and I have been talking about writing a new album. Yes, Kyle Van Steinburg had monster riffs and an amazing tone. That is only one of the reasons Earthride stands out. The song writing is in an old school way, which makes it more authentic. My gurgle with glass vocals stand out.

What made you switch the efforts from Earthride to Weed Is Weed?

Weed is Weed has been around for about 15 years. Earthride at that time took precedence.

I always like to keep reinventing myself, I started working hard on Weed is Weed as well. With great musicians from this area like, Gary Isom, Rob Portillo, Russ Strahan, Darren Waters, Mark Ammen, and Tyler Lee, we can create great music together. The Maryland Family. We are coming out hopefully within this year or next year with a new EP called, “The Bong Remains The Same”. So be look in’ for it, because it rocks hard and heavy.

Earthride dealt in its songs with such themes like “drugs, death, misery, struggles”. How much of you are into that?

Yes it does deal with those topics as Black Sabbath did and of course we all know what drugs can do, and that was the main reason for the bands long hiatus. I don’t consider weed a hard drug, but everything else is taboo, especially the opiates.

Weed Is Weed – Blunt Force Trauma

You played in a dozen of bands through your career, which ones were most difficult ones from technical point of view?

Spirit Caravan, The Flood Foundation with Dale Flood from Unorthodox, and The Obsessed. They are the most progressive songs to learn. There a lot of changes and weird timing signatures as far as playing the bass. Bands such as: Captain Beyond, Yes, Rush, and King Crimson.

Speaking about your past – you recorded three albums with Wretched in ‘90s, why didn’t you join the band after the reunion in 2004? Wasn’t it just important for you during that period?

The band had a good 5 year run, but the band broke up and Shine was born, which later became aka Spirit Caravan. After Spirit Caravan split up in 2002, we made up a few songs, but we couldn’t get it together, because of personal reasons.

Spirit Caravan – Black Flower

By the way, how did you manage to play the right tunes during gigs? I’m meaning that you need to keep in your head a damned lot of tunes from all these albums you record and sometimes you even need to sing. So how seriously do you usually prepare yourself for the gigs?

We have relentless rehearsals. A lot of listening, to the material to acclimate myself with the band that I am presently working with and more rehearsals.

You were always a part of the bands who actively play live and do tours, what are your main rules of surviving on tour?

Drink a lot of water, and try and stay as healthy as you can, because there is a lot of time in the van and in between venues so you have to think of ways to amuse yourself, and there is a lot of joking around. When you are working in close quarters it is hard for you to pick up your instrument to play. On the road I have been Bass Player, driver, tour manager, and roadie.

Booze or drugs? What do grant best inspiration?

To be truthful with you I don’t need either for inspiration. My inspiration for my music comes from living it with my Heart and Soul. To me music is the breath of my life.

What do you feel being the part of doom scene's history? Does it still bring fun or does it become boring over the years? Do you feel pressure because people expect more from you?

It is an honor to be recognized by my peers, but I have done a lot of work to get this far. the The war is never over and you have to keep battling on. It never becomes boring because there are new songs to be written and new riffs to come up with. It is an endless journey. No, I don’t feel pressure anymore because, like a fine wine you only improve with age.

Okay, let's sum up - what are your plans for the bands your currently involved with in the nearby future?

Be look’in for the new Weed is Weed record sometime this year. I am also working on a new project which will be called “PillBilly.” PillBilly has a country folk favor like Hank III, and Bob Wayne. It will include Ed Brown, Bass & vocals, Thane Farace, guitar & vocals, and myself on cigar box guitar, six string acoustic, and vocals. It is going to be a whole lot of fun in the coming year. Hopefully I will be on tour with one of these bands. As everyone knows I am always on the move.

Thank you & Take Care, Peace, Dave Sherman

Words by Aleks Evdokimov and Dave Sherman