The Chris Rolling Squad | Cannonball Holocaust - Review

Like a bat out of hell comes The Chris Rolling Squad with their latest album Cannonball Holocaust. Released on April 15th, 2021, the french trio comes charging in like a bull and never lets up. A great combination of punk, thrash, and swampy rock and roll make this a unique blend of styles, similar to classic bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Misfits, Metallica,  and the swampy blues riff-age of the guitar player we know as Slash. 

In their opener “Wild Time” it’s sure to keep the party going all night long as they say. The party continues with the track “Hate 2000 blues”. Both tracks offer a swampy slash style of rock and roll, as heard on his work as a solo artist and with Velvet Revolver. With that, a new style emerges with the song “Trapped Inside”. Fast heavy driven thrash metal style in the likes of Metallica and Slayer. They do it so well I beg for more!

The French trio delivers hard hitting singles such as "Straight Down To Hell" and "Hollywood" to remind listeners of the yesteryears with a new spin on hard music. "Straight Down To Hell" doesn’t disappoint. It’s fast and hard. It’s got that Motorhead energy that complements the style of Trapped Inside nicely. Just when you think things can’t get any faster, comes the next track, “Faster”. And yes, it's faster.

Blending European style with traditional American metal, The Chris Rolling Squad is a band to see on center stage with mosh pit appeal and a youthful tone that will bring the crowd to their feet in a busy auditorium or at home through the speakers. 

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Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle Releases “WHERE’S MY MIND?” EP

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Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle Releases “WHERE’S MY MIND?” EP

Impressive Young Performer Matures with Diverse Musical Offering




(New York, NY) - Fast rising Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle is set to release his new debut EP “WHERE’S MY MIND?” to Spotify and all the major services Wednesday July 14th, 2021.




At only 16 years old, Robert Eberle already understands what it feels like to truly be heartbroken & humiliated. High school drama, trauma & abasement continue to pave the way for dreamy pop songs and airy alternative tracks.


Partially produced by Donnie Klang (Madison Beer, Sky Katz), with additional tracks done by Colton Lava and Vincent Donnadio, WHERE’S MY MIND? is a collection of songs based on teenage trauma & heartbreak. Robert remarked, “I called this record “WHERE’S MY MIND?” because both literally and figuratively, I felt lost & that no one wanted me.”  “My Pre-Teen/Early Teenage years continued to shut me out and make me feel unworthy.” Eberle’s voice— melancholy, airy and versatile impresses throughout and compares to artists like Billie Eilish & Finneas.


For More Information on Robert Eberle, Go To: 

Instagram: @roberteberle1

Facebook: @roberteberlemusic 

Twitter: @EberleMusic

YouTube Channel

About Robert Eberle:

Robert Eberle is a young, versatile singer & songwriter. Robert writes all of his own music, lyrics and works with various producers to create unique moments within his songs. Each one of Eberle’s songs are stories and moments into his life and others around him.


Influences from an eclectic group of artists such as FINNEAS & Billie Eilish all the way to Madison Beer and Panic! At the Disco have helped to create Eberle’s genre bending darker-alternative to traditional Pop Rock.

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Gnarly Karma Releases “Rags to Riches”

By Playgroundz, 2021-07-06
Gnarly Karma Releases “Rags to Riches”

Gnarly Karma Releases “Rags to Riches”
New Offering Highlights Strong Songwriting and a Signature Sound 


(Huntington, NY) - Known for their infectious melodies and incredible live performances, Huntington based buzz band Gnarly Karma has just released their latest single, “Rags to Riches” to Spotify and all the major music services.


Co written by Singer/Guitarist Michael Renert and Drummer Jarrod Beyer and recorded in California with Steve Pagano and Mario Borgatta (who have worked with many talented national acts over the years), "Rags to Riches" is the third song to be dropped from those fantastic studio sessions - after the rollicking "Brave" and the fan sing along favorite "Follow Me".

Jarrod Beyer remarked - “The statements - I love seeing you guys live because of the energy you bring - and - I have you guys on my Spotify but you guys are so much better live - are things we hear all the time. So one day we all sat down and said - how can we make our studio stuff be as energetic and captivating as our live shows?? We have the talent, drive, and chemistry to do it, we just needed a little direction in the studio. We wanted to capture that same energy in the studio that we create when we play live.  I suggested to the band that we fly to California and record with Steve Pagano. We spent a week at the studio and put in hard work, and were happy with the results. You be the judge!”.

Recently featured on News 12 and 94.3 The Shark, GNARLY KARMA is an Alternative/Indie Rock Band from Long Island, New York. The group consists of five members; Mikey "Manicotti" Renert (Vocals, Guitar), Jarrod "J-Rock" Beyer (Drums), Ryan "McMagic" McAdam (Bass), Billy "Bad Bones" Hanley (Saxophone) and Adam "Sklarface" Sklar (Guitar).

Their music is most often associated with that of The Revivalists, Sublime, and Mumford & Sons, but their sound is not restricted by genre. Each member brings a wide and varied range of influences to the table, equating to the group's unique style. The band's eclectic blend of genres and spirited live performances has led to a feature in Newsday and a mention in The New York Times. Gnarly Karma has had the honor of playing Great South Bay Music Festival in 2017, 2018, & 2019 (supporting acts including Sublime with Rome, 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Less Than Jake, and Dirty Heads), The Paramount multiple times (supporting Tim Reynolds of Dave Matthews Band, and Everlast), The Wellmont Theater (supporting Edgar Winter and Robbie Krieger of 'The Doors'), SXSW, Alive After Five, Montauk Music Festival, My Father's Place, and more! 2020 was a writing year amidst the pandemic with some amazing new music 

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Life Flows On Within You & Without You With Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers

Life Flows On Within You & Without You
With Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers
Tantalizing Troupe Presents Gorgeous Classical Renditions of Beatles Favs


(New York, NY) - Singer/songwriter Jeff Lake teams up with Grammy-nominated violinist Susan Aquila and company, to form "Cellophane Flowers” — a neo-classical spin on the music of the Fab Four. 

The group has released a new music video in support of their psychedelic mashup “Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows” —  which can be found on the Dreamworks/ Universal Film “Shrek” sound-track playlist on Spotify alongside artists such as Smashmouth, Counting Crows, Fergie, Harry Chapin, Lionel Richie, Macy Gray, The Carpenters, & the Beastie Boys among others:

The production here is in stark contrast to the group’s album title track, “Penny Lane”, which offers a minimalistic baroque-era approach — string quartet & voice.  This track is now featured on Disney’s “Zombie” soundtrack playlist — also on Spotify.

Jeff Lake was honored to play a virtual birthday bash on 6/18/21 in honor of Sir Paul McCartney’s 79th birthday.

The Spotify placements, along with a growing social media presence and monthly virtual gigs on the Beatles Fest Facebook site —  have resulted in 12,250 monthly followers at present.

The “Penny Lane” collection is available on CD at Amazon, Walmart, Barne’s & Noble, & Tower Records. It’s also available on streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, & Deezer, as well as digital download at the iTunes store.

Look for Jeff Lake’s new EP, “Field of Grass’ to be released internationally via The Orchard later this summer.

More about Cellophane Flowers:

Founded by singer-songwriter Jeff Lake in 2015, Cellophane Flowers began by playing venues in NYC such as The Bitter End, & The Slipper Room, before becoming a mainstay with the annual Fest For Beatle Fans. A year later they signed with WBA Records in Nashville and began performing at theaters across the U.S. Cellophane Flowers has a repertoire that includes other classic rock artists, a Xmas show, as well as their own original music.

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Starting This Saturday: I'm Presenting Free Live Concerts at Eisenhower Park Every Week

Guy Brogna and I (G & R Events) are proud to present FREE LIVE CONCERTS at Eisenhower Park Lakeside Theater EVERY SATURDAY from 8pm-10pm! Bring the crew this week to see Roots Foundation playing the best of Bob Marley and more!

Brought to you by Jovia Financial Credit Union Nassau County Executive Laura Curran All Music Inc. Rick Eberle Agency

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Blockbuster Lineup of Summer Concerts at Lakeside Theatre sponsored by Jovia Financial Credit Union

Nassau County, NY –Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is proud to announce a full slate of FREE events this summer, starting with a lineup of rockin’ summer concerts at the Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park.  The Saturday Night Concert Series, sponsored by Jovia Financial Credit Union, is part of the County’s free summer entertainment series which features dozens of free outdoor concerts, movies, and special events being held at parks across the County.   

Beginning in June, the County will be offering dozens of concerts and movies for the whole family to enjoy.  Kicking off the summer fun is The Saturday Night Concert Series, sponsored by Jovia Financial Credit Union, which will begin on June 26 at 8pm at the Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park (Field 6).  

Saturday Night Concert Series sponsored by Jovia Financial Credit Union:

Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre 


June 26--Roots Foundation – Bob Marley Tribute 

July 3--Anyway You Want It – Journey Tribute 

July 10--Half Step – Grateful Dead Tribute 

July 17-- Almost Bros. – Allman Bros. Tribute 

July 24--Sir Paul – Beatles Tribute 

July 31--Petty Rumours – Tom Petty/Fleetwood Mac Tribute 

August 7--Janis Joplin Experience 

August 14--Misty Mountain – Led Zeppelin Tribute 

August 21--Strange Magic – Electric Light Orchestra Tribute 

August 28--Street Fighter – Rolling Stones Tribute

Best Regards,

Rick Eberle


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The 24th Annual Long Island International Film Expo is August 10th - 15th

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The 24th Annual Long Island International Film Expo is August 10th - 15th


Top Independent Film Festival To Deliver In Theater and Virtual Movies




Bellmore, NY (June 17th, 2021) - The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island, and one of the most respected festivals of its kind in the world; showing almost 125 feature-length films in many different genres each year. Sponsored by the Long Island Film-TV Foundation (LIFTF), the County of Nassau, the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency and Gold Coast Studios, this year the 24th Annual installment will be held from August 10th - August 15th 2021 at the historic Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave, Bellmore, NY. In addition to the in-theater experience, this year many of LIIFE’s films will also be shown virtually, and will feature films from around the globe including: 


Tango Shalom which is actor Joseph Bologna's last film; his son Gabriel Bologna (Director) was an actor in "Tracks" which won at LIIFE and directed The Elevator (HBO Original Release); Produced by Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks franchise) and includes Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated Actress Renee Taylor (The Do Over, The Nanny, How to be a Latin Lover), Academy Award nominated actress Lainie Kazan (My Favorite Year, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Jos Laniado (Jessica Jones), Judi Beecher (Taken 3), Bern Cohen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing With the Stars) and Marci Fine (Saturday Night Live). My Promise to PJ starring Alec Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin and William Baldwin, One Moment starring Danny Aiello in his final performance as well as LIIFE's past Rising Star honoree, Sal Rendino (Billions), The Soul of a Farmer with Isabella Rossellini, Lie Hard starring Catherine Curtin (Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black), Joel Marsh Garland (Orange is the New Black), Alysia Curtin (Orange is the New Black) and Melanie Chandra (Code Black) as well as countless other phenomenal films to enjoy all festival long. There is also the Friday the 13th Horror Block at 11:30 PM and a NEW Midnight Madness Block at 11:30 PM Saturday August 14th.


LIIFE is proud to feature Twenty eight films made by Long Islanders, Twenty World Premieres, Nine US Premieres, Thirty-nine New York Premieres, Thirty-seven Long Island Premieres, and Films from ten countries! There are also Thirty Three Female Directors, a record for LIIFE.

The Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Bellmore Movies starting at 5:30pm. This year’s presenters and honorees as well as a full slate of panels will be announced shortly. 

This year’s panels are free, but you must get your tickets online at 

You can also learn more about specific showings/times and purchase tickets at:









Festivals of the past have included such luminaries as the late Danny Aiello, Ed Asner, Blue Bloods’ Robert Clohessy and Abigail Hawk, Ralph Macchio, John Amos, Ally Sheedy, 30 Rock’s Kevin Brown, Cathy Moriarty, Steve Buscemi, Ed Burns, William Sadler, Ilene Kristen, and so many more.


LIIFE has become a must attend festival for serious filmmakers; with local and foreign film screenings, celebrity appearances, entertaining and informative panels, a star-studded awards ceremony, Q & A with filmmakers from the world over and networking galore. 


LIIFE's sister festival, Scared for Your LIIFE, a short horror festival, is open for submissions at and the event will be held October 22, 2021 - further details TBA.


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Take a Wistful Walk Down Penny Lane With Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers

Take a Wistful Walk Down Penny Lane With Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers
Tantalizing Troupe Presents Gorgeous Classical Renditions of Beatles Favs



Singer/songwriter Jeff Lake teams up with Grammy nominated violinist Susan Aquila and company, to form "Cellophane Flowers” — a neo-classical spin on the music of the Fab Four.


The group has just released their 2nd single from the “Penny Lane” collection — a psychedelic mashup of “Within You Without You/ Tomorrow Never Knows” which can be found on Dreamworks/Universal Film’s Shrek playlist on Spotify alongside artists such as Smashmouth, Counting Crows, Fergie, Harry Chapin, Lionel Richie, Macy Gray, The Carpenters, & the Beastie Boys among others:


The track feature’s Aquila’s violin virtuosity steeped with long delays followed by rich textures of synth, drums loops, and Lake’s smooth vocal delivery which is a constant throughout the album. The production here is in stark contrast to the album title track which offers a minimalistic baroque era approach — string quartet & voice. The “Penny Lane” collection is available on CD at Amazon, Walmart, Barne’s & Noble, & Tower Records. It’s also available on streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, & Deezer, as well as digital download at the iTunes store.


Look for Jeff Lake’s 5 song, original debut EP, “Field of Grass" to be released on Labor Day, with a full length, 12 song album, “Misbehavin’” to follow — both collections to be released courtesy of WBA Records in Nashville, and distributed worldwide via The Orchard.




Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers continue to be a monthly fixture on the

ongoing Friday Night Virtual Beatles Fest series.


On Friday, 6/18, Jeff is especially honored to be performing on Paul McCartney’s birthday. For this special show, Jeff and pianist Chris Clark (Brand X, Wicked, Mama Mia) will be performing songs from all phases of Sir Paul’s catalogue — classic hits and deep cuts from Wings, The Beatles, and his solo collection. You can see that on Facebook LIVE at 7pm at


Other shows include a performance with cellist Alexandra Moiseeva on Sunday, 6/13, 7pm LIVE at 




More about Cellophane Flowers:

Founded by singer-songwriter Jeff Lake in 2015, Cellophane Flowers began by playing venues in NYC such as The Bitter End, & The Slipper Room, before becoming a mainstay with the annual Fest For Beatle Fans. A year later they signed with WBA Records in Nashville and began performing at theaters across the U.S. Cellophane Flowers has a repertoire that includes other classic rock artists, a Xmas show, as well as their own original music.


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The Grindhouse Radio: From Relative Upstarts to iTunes Accolades

The Grindhouse Radio: From Relative Upstarts to iTunes Accolades
Tantalizing Trio Making International Impact With Weekly Pop Culture Podcast and Daily Specialty Shows


(New York, NY) - The Grindhouse Radio, also known as GHR is an internationally syndicated, award winning, pop culture talk radio series that is featured on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify and over 25 other syndicated networks with between 3.5 - 4 million listeners weekly worldwide. The Grindhouse has been ranked as high as #15 on the Overall worldwide charts for iTunes, with a long run holding a weekly spot in the Top 20  Best Comedic Podcasts worldwide ranking highest at #6. Since 2015, GHR has become a trusted, daily destination for the fans with superstar guests like Kel Mitchell, Chef Chris Santos, Chris Kirkpatrick, Taboo, DMC, Carole Baskin, Stan Lee, Greg Cipes, Robert Davi, Mo Collins, EG Daily, Lou Ferrigno, Will Friedle, Ernie Hudson, Sean Schemmel, Walter E. Jones, Phil Lamarr, Katrina Law, Charles Martinet, Steven Ogg, Khary Peyton, Jaret Reddick, Rikki Rockett, J-Sutta, IronE Singleton, Lee Swift, Veronica Taylor, Rob Wiethoff and countless others.

​Albeit GHR is internationally syndicated - the show and its cast also have a tremendous local appeal with between 620k –650k listeners respectively in the Long Island, New York market where they reside. They were nominated and voted the 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Best Radio Station on Long Island over all the leading competition including terrestrial radio for four consecutive years. In 2019 GHR was nominated and voted winners in three categories... Best Radio Station on Long Island, as well as GHR's Brimstone winning Best Twitter account from Long Island and Best Long Island Personality over Billy Joel, Jerry Seinfeld and Alec Baldwin for the 2nd consecutive year. It should also be noted that GHR's Kim Adragna was nominated for the Personality Award. Furthermore, GHR was announced as a 2018 SCORE American Small Business Awards Champion and National Grand Champion – prompting a Certificate of Recognition from NY Mayor DeBlasio. The Grindhouse Radio was awarded the 2020 New York State Senate Empire Business Award in recognition of their repeated contributions to the community and New York State followed by a 2021 Platinum Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility | Making a Difference and Brimstone awarded for Excellence in Community Service | Leadership in Individual Community Service. 

In 2021, GHR was awarded a Gold AVA Digital Award for Audio Production / Radio Podcast and a Gold Award of Excellence | Individual Episodes, Entertainment Podcast for the 27th Annual Communicator Awards. On social media, GHR branded GIFs have been used over 900 million times via their official Giphy account. Notably, Adragna has been named a recipient of the Long Island Business News’, 30 Under 30 Award 2019 and Grindhouse Radio was a major topic of discussion at the European Planetary Science Congress 2018 – officially making them a citable source for scientific and collegiate papers.

GHR is essentially a show that is designed to appeal to everyone, from a group of not-so “normal” people. Carefully crafted into a TWO HOUR talk radio show, the Grindhouse cast offers listeners their weekly pop culture fix of current news & events, comics, music, gadgets, gaming, sports and movies seamlessly blended in to a precise format. A no holds barred, madhouse of mythological proportions, GHR aims to be the public's weekly fix for pop-culture, nerdisms and all around oddball topics that relate to media and celebrity.

About Brimstone:
Brimstone has had a successful and rewarding career spanning well over four decades; participating in numerous entertainment fields boasting a list of titles including professional wrestler, radio host/professional podcaster, actor, voice actor, author, musician, philanthropist, food critic, horror model, and comic book/animated/children’s book/video game hero. He’s been called  Renaissance man by many, but more accurately described as a well-seasoned entertainer and serial entertainment entrepreneur. Visit his Official Website at for full Bio.

Also visit Brim on his Official Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

About Kim Adragna:
Kim Adragna is an actress, model, voice-over actor, writer, producer, and brand influencer. Visit her landing page on the GHR Website at for full Bio.

Also visit Kim on her Official Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

About Tom Greer:
Tom Greer aka Mr. Greer is an audio producer, editor, brand influencer, on-air radio talent, and sports fanatic. Visit his Official Website at for full Bio.

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Sammi Rae Celebrates Signing to SOHO Johnny’s Tribeca Records

Seductive Singer Partners with New York Label to Release New Material

(New York, NY) -- It was announced today that captivating young singer Sammi Rae has signed an exclusive recording contract with SOHO Johnny’s Tribeca Records. Based out of New York City, Tribeca Records helps artists take their music to the world, bringing iconic songs to life with the help of their staff of A-Class Production experts and a dedicated management team who bring decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to the table.




Influenced by artists like Sia, Dua Lipa and Karol G, Sammi is the real deal - a singer and performer who has been praised internationally by critics and fans alike for her strong, soulful voice and sultry demeanour. Her tunes have appeared on countless Spotify playlists, with several releases in the reggaeton genre "Nunca", "Champagne", "Closer", "No Me Digas", "City Lights", "Ella Se Atreve", "Baby Baila" and "Escapate" generating an international buzz.


Then late in 2020 amidst the pandemic, she released the sexy and striking video for her well received Spotify playlist favorite hit "Nunca" - which has surpassed 250,000 views - resulting in this Record Deal with Soho Johnny and Tribeca Records.




With much more music on the horizon in 2021, and Sammi just touching the surface of her potential, the sky's the limit for this starlet in the making.


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10% Reptile Releases The Big Boycott EP On Compact Disc(CD)

10% Reptile Releases The Big Boycott EP On Compact Disc(CD)

Bellmore, NY, 04/20/21 - Now available for the first time on compact disc. 10% Reptile’s critically acclaimed debut EP titled The Big Boycott. With an increasing curiosity for 10% Reptile’s music, they have released the Big Boycott EP on compact disc with other physical formats to follow. The compact disc can be purchased on their Bandcamp website at The EP was originally released in digital format on February 1st, 2021. The digital download version is available on Apple, Amazon, Youtube, Spotify, Bandcamp and more.

Shasta Beest from Stoner Hive is calling it "one of the most unique and refreshing heavy rock albums in recent memory, spicing up the stoner sound we know and love” and Le Mellow Man states "an inventive and wholly unique take on stoner rock." This is why 10% Reptile has landed on Denpa Fuzz’s highly regarded weekly recommendations list.

Four piece 10% Reptile hail from New York, New York. You will find 10% Reptile to be the merging of hard rock, stoner rock, and desert rock with grunge, post-punk, and garage rock. As Shasta Beest from Stoner Hive put it, the music is “politically charged and wearing their hearts on their sleeves”. It is driven by socioeconomic themes, with catchy hooks in the midst of chaos and noise.

You can find 10% Reptile at and for more information on the artwork packaged with The Big Boycott CD, go to

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Stoner HiVe

Woodcreeper - Mephisto's Kite



Woodcreeper - Mephisto's Kite
Self-released - June 2021
Stoner, alternative, psych
Rated: *****

Iowa's weird and wonderful Woodcreeper are back with their much anticipated second album, and it more than meets expectations. Mephisto's Kite is an alternative stoner rock delight, chock-full of groove with the band's signature warmth, while hiding a surprise around every turn. The excellent vocals are still charismatic and raw, but with more group vocals this time around to add a classy extra oomph. Opener "Chicory Witch" starts things off with thrumming fuzz and agile, busy drums to create an easy nod. Momentum builds until some bluesy, crunchy guitar kicks in, hinting at the soaring psych solo to bring the song to an epic close over crashing kitwork. Follow-up "Lavos Cronos" continues the bassy, bouncing grooves with some extra stoner heft, setting a firm foundation for punkier singing backed by hard-hitting gang vocals. In true Woodcreeper fashion, out of left field comes a frenetic sax solo that sounds eastern one second and Mars Volta-level spastic the next. Yet another curveball comes with the title track, a ballad with shimmering warmth that still absolutely stomps between choruses. At the risk of spoiling much more of the fun, before album's end the trio manage to fit in a Hendrix-channeling solo on "Ezekiel", classic rock boogie on "Puddy Cat Twist", and caustic riff assaults in closer "Orchid Gore", with a scorching space-bound solo as the cherry on top. Woodcreeper is still one of the best-kept secrets in stoner rock, but if Mephisto's Kite is any indication these madmen won't be under the radar for long.

(Written by Shasta Beast)





Kvasir – 4



Kvasir – 4
Glory Or Death Records – 2021
Rock, Hardrock, Metal, Proto, NWBHM, Classic
Rated: ***

The Portland four that form Kvasir have released a new album through Glory Or Death Records called: 4. On it they will take you with them on a grand adventure through all ages of metal. Indeed, we can hear as much influences from the proto stages, the NWBHM era and all that which came after. But it safe to say their main forte lies in the proto era, the Iommi riffs and the Sabbathian grooves. And on those moments they infuse it with something doom or that tiny bit of stoner they turn the grand adventure into something truly majestic. Just check out that trucking second effort on the album titled: Authenticity & The Illusion of Enough. Tony Reed re-mastered the album for vinyl release and I’m keen to hear where it will differ from the digital release. Cause there are also a few instances where the tracks could perhaps benefit from a bit more thickness and a bit more low end. But even then you will love the curveballs these cats than throw, that funky, jazzy start of third tracker Slow Death Of Life which then turns into a Sabbath ode. And they boys know the best way to get people hooked, it to leave them wanting more. And after closing track Alchemy of Identity, you will surely be wanting more! It’s their full-sized debut, and it’s damn freaking tasty!

(Written by JK)



Glory Or Death Records

DeWolff – Live at Royal Theatre Carré with Metropole Orchestra



DeWolff – Live at Royal Theatre Carré with Metropole Orchestra
Suburban / Electrosaurus Records – 2021
Rock, Blues, Seventies
Rated: ****

The three-headed classic rock ‘n roll monster from the South of the Netherlands keeps on doing that thing you would love to see them do. It’s DeWolff, the band we’ve been mentioning ever since the HiVe started. It’s the band we’ve dug ever since their first release from 2008 and that we’ve seen release majestic album after majestic album, blossoming and exploding into those wonderful records we keep on spinning. Especially that Grand Southern Electric and Thrust album of later years, which were simply put: classic solid rock gold. And then during that pandemic year of 2020 they went into Carré with a handful of people in the audience and a stage filled with musicians. Cause they got the Metropole Orchestra to perform live with them and it works pretty darn good! Even though it’s not that needed across the record, cause the three have enough power by themselves, it still add enough or even more on those moments that called out for something orchestral. Those subtle touches during the blues track Medicine for instance or on those few tracks when it all comes together perfectly and during Sugar Moon when the Orchestra takes center stage. A track list of old and new songs, translated into epic proportions by the DeWolff three and the Metropole fifty. It’s DeWolff, Hammond, guitar and drums. And a complete orchestra to subtle fill every nook and cranny and turn the compositions into something grand…

(Written by JK)




Stonekind – Spirit of The Void



Stonekind – Spirit of The Void
Self released – 2021
Rock, Psych, Prog, Stoner, Grunge
Rated: *****

Still going through that massive amount of emails and mail that piled up during only two weeks of holiday. Getting to grips with all that and the June 2021 Doom Charts has turned into quite a process, also because the rent paying side of living has taken up more time than expected. But we love it all! And we love coming across those emails that immediately link with the choices the Doom Charts brethren made for the June edition. Like this months Number 7, Stonekind. I did remember their 2019 EP, but only vaguely, so I had no real idea what to expect when we pressed that almighty play button. And from those first musical moments their new full-sized album Spirit of The Void feels entirely compelling. And by the time that the third, title-track of the record, rolls around, you realize you’re listening to a bewitching piece of art. They way they push the prog rock envelope puts them in the same category as say King Buffalo. Using those same sort of elements and influences from psych and stoner to turn their prog rock into something compulsive. They have the same kind of strength and ability to make an impact during your very first listening session, both sonically and lyrically it will deliver in a way that will make you shiver, give you butterflies and cold sweats. And that’s just on a first session, and you will realize this is something huge. And with every next spin it will grow and grow into something even bigger. The three that were Stonekind in 2019 turned into a duo and implored help recording bass and drums from connected friends and their former bass player. It all sounds so perfectly executed, both bass and drums are tough, clear and spacious across the board. And the same can be said about the intense and strong vocals; as well as the guitar work. Which all manage to take the spotlight when there’s room and then immediately turn the light on another part of the song or instrument. Highly accomplished!  The three that became two have delivered a wild masterpiece with Spirit of The Void. And with that final terra stomping track Nomadic they’ve pushed their album over the top and into legend, (and here we go again with the accolades), yes, a perfectly ballistically delivered record, a blow against the empire, a beautiful and intense strike, like a hammer of the Gods, that will live on in rock… forever…

(Written by JK)




The Ripple Effect

A Fistful Of Questions With Nikos Mixas Of Mosara

     Guitarist.  Vocalist.  Photographer.  Red Vines (similar to Twizzlers) enthusiast!?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to Nikos Mixas of Mosara.      


What is your full name?


Nikos Mixas


Do you have any aliases?


Greekbastard if you must pry…


What bands are you actively involved with?


Only Mosara.


What was the first instrument that you played?


Do I really want to answer this? Let’s just say the electric guitar.


Tell me about one of your first musical memories?


My father was a professional musician and he played the bouzouki which is THE stringed instrument to rock in Greece. I would watch him rehearse songs before playing at whichever Greek nightclub he was playing that night.


What was the name of the first band you were in?


Mizery, a thrash band that sounded like Slayer had a child with Voivod (it was the late 80’s).


Tell me about the genesis of Mosara.


Tony, the other guitarist, originally formed the band in 2005 I believe? They were more stoner metal at the time.  There are still videos on YouTube if anyone is interested in checking out the original sound.  Anywho, the band lasted a couple of years and Tony went on to play in a few other bands to include Twingiant which is where we basically got together.  After Twingiant dissolved, we were both sitting around picking our noses and bored.  I texted him one day and asked if he was interested in standing up Mosara again and as they say, the rest is history.  


What inspired the name Mosara?


From what I gathered, it’s a name of a city in the game of Dungeons & Dragons.


How long did it take you to write and record your self-titled debut full length?


At this point, some of the songs are almost 3 years old that were recorded.  A couple of the songs, Cocoliztli and Earth God were written during the middle of the pandemic.  Recording started late last summer and we wrapped up mixing around this past March.


If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why?


That’s a difficult question since I’m too lazy to learn someone else’s material. Haha.  Maybe the old school grind band Terrorizer since those songs are so fun to play?  That’s the only one that comes to mind so far.


Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?


Hmmm…Yes.  Happy Birthday because it’s the most popular song in the world and myself and everyone around me would be loaded.  Free hookers and blow for all!


Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?


Well, I do photography during my free-time and I dig it a lot.  I was shooting a lot of bands and metal festivals before the world went to shit and now, I’m just shooting places that I travel to.  Not as exciting, but I still enjoy it.  Time to plug myself, yes?  You can see my photos and follow me on my Instagram.  Go there now!


What is a non-metal song that you'd like to do a cover of.


Ramones - Pinhead


What band have you played with that has really impressed you with their live show?


There have been a few but if I had to name one, El Googly Diablo. They are more than just music, it’s like a comedy act.


Do you have a favorite venue to play at?


Ehh…the venues are getting far and in between in the Phoenix area, I’d have to say Yucca Tap Room in Tempe since they always really treat us well and have decent sound.


Do you have a pre-show ritual?


Yes, drink two beers and some water and make sure I take a piss before I hit the stage.


What is your favorite thing about touring?


Meeting new people and trying the local foods and beers.


What is your least favorite thing about touring?


Everything else. Haha.


Is there a city that you love to hit while on tour?


Probably Philadelphia, those people are hardcore and they’ll let you know if you suck or not.


What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had being on the road?


The last time I toured was with my previous band Twingiant and without a doubt it was the after party at some bar in Memphis. The bar was home to some “interesting” characters and was supposed to close down a lot earlier than the time we left in the morning while the locals were starting their morning commute to work. There were also cops coming in and not saying a thing while people continued to party way past last call.


Chicago was also interesting since there were fights breaking out at the bar across the street from where we played and at least three cop cars passed without giving any fucks that people were getting the shit beat out of them.


The year is 1997.  Where are you at and what are you listening to?


I’m probably in one of my college classes and I would be listening to “Album of the Year” by Faith No More.  Yes, fucking boring, I know.


What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business?


If you want to make business out of it, good luck with that. If you want to have fun with it, knock yourself out.


What is an absolute band killer?


Discussing politics or religion with your bandmates.  Just say no.


If you were to start your own music festival what would be the name of that festival and who would be the three headlining bands?


In Phoenix, I would call it Hellishfest (I actually did this once on a much smaller level several years ago) and have Mercyful Fate, Venom and Dark Angel headline.


What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?


Maybe two days?  I’m serious about that.


What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?


I love Radiohead. I can eat a whole box of Red Vines in one sitting and I only wear boxers.


Is the Fistful of DOOM show in the top 10 of your favorite music podcasts?


Um...yeah, of course (insert famous monkey looking sideways meme).


Do unicorns sleep standing up?


No, they sleep on rock hard mattresses in Croatia (Only my wife will understand this).


You’re driving cross-country and you can only listen to one album the whole time.  What album will it be?


“100 Must Have Bach Masterpieces”.  I’ll probably only have to listen to the album 4 times maybe?


You are writing a book about your life thus far.  What is the title of that book?


Get The Fuck Outta Here…


What is your favorite song by Britney Spears?


The one where she has sex with Justin Timberlake.


Faster Pussycat or L.A. Guns (if you had to choose)?


Faster for sure. No hesitation.


Doobies or Boobies (if you had to pick one)?


Boobies…my wife’s of course…


Waffles or Pancakes (if you had to pick one)?


Waffles, more European.


Star Wars or Star Trek (if you had to choose)?


Star Wars.  What’s a Star Trek?


Favorite band t-shirt you own?


I own about 100 band shirts to preface this question, but at this moment, my Black Sabbath Volume IV shirt.


Favorite meal?


I’m in Greece right now while I write this, so every day has been my favorite meal, but when I’m home in Phoenix, probably Pho.


Favorite book?


Shit, ever since my reading vision went downhill, I really don’t read books anymore and I have readers too.  Last book I read was Nergal from Behemoth’s autobiography. 


Favorite movie?


You’re killing me with these “favorite” questions man…oh wait, Borat for sure.


Favorite album?


If I had to pick and all time one, it would have to be Mr. Bungle – Disco Volante


      Big thanks to Nikos for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate it.  Be sure to check out the filthy beast that is Mosara’s self-titled debut album.  You’ll be glad that you did! 


~El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle James from the Fistful of DOOM show)

Ripple Music opens up EU Office in Berlin with Max Rebel as head of operations; first bands for Ripplefest Cologne 2021 announced.

After years of making noise and bringing the best underground bands to riff-worshippers around the globe, California-based heavy rock and metal powerhouse RIPPLE MUSIC launches its European Headquarters in Berlin, appointing musician and promoter Max Rebel as main A&R and head of operations.


Says Ripple Music CEO and founder Todd Severin: "Max has been my right-hand man in Europe for a while, setting up the RippleFest Cologne shows, as well as working with some of the Ripple bands, coordinating tours, and being a general badass. Now it's time to expand upon his growing experience and expertise. Max is young, ambitious, and educated, so he's really qualified to help develop the Ripple roster and presence in Europe."


Max Rebel will be in charge of A&R, as well as coordinating tours and RippleFests, and being the main point of contact for Ripple bands and partners in Europe. Born as Max Röbel in the city of Hamburg in 1993 and subjected to his parents’ music collection from an early age, legend has it he learned to count using the controller of the CD player and ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits. It all started to make sense when Max picked up the blues harmonica and joined his first band at the age of 16. The moment he stepped onto a stage with a microphone in his hand, his fate had been sealed. As his band Plainride was picked up to Ripple Music in 2016, and subsequently climbed stages at Wacken Open Air and in support of Fu Manchu or 1000mods, he moved his base of operations to Berlin in early 2019. A longtime commuter between two of Germany’s biggest music cities, he continues to press on with Plainride, at the same time helping to grow the scene by organizing the first-ever German Ripplefest in Cologne. Finding itself in a constant state of expansion, the logical next step for Ripple Music was to now install Max as their European representative in the heart of Berlin, adding yet another nexus of support for artists into their ever-growing global network.


Ripple Music is also proud to confirm the 2021 edition of RippleFest Cologne, taking place at Club Volta on November 27th. The first bands announced are Plainride, Fire Down Below, Stonebirds, Astral Kompakt, and tickets can be purchased now from


November 27, 2021 | Club Volta, Cologne

w/ Plainride, Fire Down Below, Stonebirds, Astral Kompakt

Info & Tickets:


Celebrating its tenth year in 2020, Ripple Music is the passion-driven imprint that leading metal magazine Decibel Magazine declared "has made a splash in heavy rock and metal,” and Alternative Control labeled "powerhouse tastemaker". Metal Injection went so far as to predict, “they may very well be the future of rock and roll”. Known and revered worldwide for unearthing the finest bands in stoner, doom, heavy rock and metal, the Bay Area-based label is home to Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Tony Reed, Poobah, Wo Fat, Mothership, Colour Haze, Freedom Hawk and many more.




A Fistful Of Questions With Mordian

     Vocalist.  Pianist.  Composer.  Chatterbox?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to the mysterious Mordian.


What bands are you actively involved with?


My solo work, and operatic metal project DiAmorte.


What was the first instrument that you played?


Piano, I started taking lessons when I was four, and it’s been an anchor in my love of music.


Tell me about one of your first musical memories?


I remember trying to fall asleep to a Beethoven CD my mom put in the player in my room, but I couldn’t sleep because I was too interested in the music. It was also a stormy night.


Tell me about the genesis of Mordian. 


I started writing songs at a young age, music is pretty much the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do seriously, so here I am!


What inspired the name Mordian?


I like to say the name was given to me by the gods, but I just thought it sounded cool.


How long did it take you to write and record January’s Moon and when can we expect an ep or full-length album?


15 mins to write the first two parts, longer for the ending. Recording was a gradual process as the last half was during covid. I recorded all the vocals from the first two sections from home, that was new for me.

Another single coming soon, album is in the works. A long time coming and I am very eager to put it into the world.


If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why?


None, I like where I’m at currently.


Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?


Wintersun – Beyond the Dark Sun. Any Wintersun song for that matter. King Crimson – Epitaph. Many songs!


Who are some of your musical inspirations?


Danny Elfman, Insomnium, Dimmu Borgir, Elton John, hundreds of them, everyone I’ve ever listened to, truly.


Is there a metal song that you'd like to do a cover of?


Quite a few, I actually have a few covers on the horizon, so keep your eyes peeled.


What band have you witnessed live that has really impressed you with their live show?


Carach Angren. Seregor has a mesmerizing stage presence like no other I’ve witnessed to date.


The year is 2016.  Where are you at and what are you listening to? 


Riding my bike down a trail in the woods close by. My tastes haven’t varied too much through the years, but I know that summer I listened to a lot of Death, Hatebreed, Motionless in White, and MGMT, but that’s just a few!


What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business?


Do what you love and feel is right in your heart, work hard, have fun, and most importantly never ever give up on your dreams!


What is an absolute band killer?


Inconsistency and/or poor spirits.


If you were to start your own music festival what would be the name of that festival and who would be the three headlining bands?


Electric Degenerate Carnival


Megadeth, Ensiferum, Ganja White Night.

Let’s make it weird.


What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?


The last time I went camping, the showers on the grounds were pretty unwelcoming, so I let nature take its course for the weekend. No shame.


What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?


Most people know me to be a bit shy, but catch me at the right time and I can talk for hours.


Is the Fistful of DOOM show in the top 10 of your favorite music podcasts?


I’ve recently started listening to more podcasts and yours is one of them!


Do unicorns sleep standing up?


If they wish so, but to my knowledge, most prefer to lie down while resting.


You’re driving cross-country and you can only listen to one album the whole time.  What album will it be?


Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle: Greatest Hits.


You are writing a book about your life thus far.  What is the title of that book?


A Chronicle of Stories and Collection of Thoughts.


What is your favorite song by Billie Eilish?


The only songs I know are “You Should See Me in a Crown” and “Bad Guy”

It’s not on my to-do list to check more out, but maybe I will now.


The Smashing Pumpkins or Wilco (if you had to choose)?


Pumpkins, because of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. But I like Wilco too!


Doobies or Boobies (if you had to pick one)?


Doobies. Both are cool though.


Waffles or Pancakes (if you had to pick one)?




Star Wars or Star Trek (if you had to choose)?


I have yet to see Star Trek, so Star Wars.


Favorite band t-shirt you own?


Hard choice, I have to say my The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal 10 Year Anniversary tee is pretty sick.


Favorite meal?


Blackened Chicken & Tortellini, followed by Tiramisu.


Favorite book?


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Favorite movie?


At this time, The Phantom of the Opera


Favorite album?


Children of Bodom – Hatebreeder is one of my favorites



     Huge thanks to Mordian for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate it.  Be sure to check out her new track January Moon.  Dark and enchanting January Moon is guaranteed to cast a spell on you. 


~El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle Jameson from the Fistful of DOOM show)

The Xroadie Files

Badfinger- No Matter What, Revisiting the Hits

Joey Molland – Vocals/Guitar, Mark Healey- Bass/Vocals, Steve Wozny- Keyboards/Vocals, Mike Ricciardi- Drums/Vocals


Guest Musicians- Mark Stein, Rick Wakeman, Carl Giammarese, Ian Anderson , Terry Reid/ Manchester String Quarte, Rick Springfield, Matthew Sweet, The Legendary Pink Dots, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Todd Rundgren


No Matter What take a trip back to the 70s and just dream about simpler times with great music and vocals. Come And Get It close your eyes and drift in your imagination. I Don’t Mind floating on a cloud of memories. Day After Day just a magical musical journey. Love Is Gonna Come At Last tap your feet sway chant and just groove along. Baby Blue just let the emotions envelop your senses and take you back in time. Midnight Caller just let the emotions flow over your. Suitcase southern countrified melodic music. Sweet Tuesday Morning sitting around strumming guitars and singing with friends. Without You emotional memories just take you away in your imagination.



Wartooth- Programmed Dichotomy

Andy Knappstein – Guitars/Vocals, Wally Knappstein - Drums


Wired to Die crushing riffs pounding drums thundering bass screaming leads with powerful vocals. Scourge hit the pit and mosh till exhaustion. Kingdom Of Fear screaming guitars thundering drums pounding bass that fast hard and heavy. Predator fist pumping head banging metal madness. Benevolent Destroyer thundering bass pounding drums crunchy riffs scorching leads with strong vocals. Sabotage catchy riffs fist pumping head banging thrashing shredding it up heavy metal. Venomhead take a trip back to the mid 80s when thrash ruled the world. As Darkness Comes fist in the air heir flying head banging metal music that just slams you against a wall.



Void Vator – Great Fear Rising

Lucas Kanopa - Guitar/Vocals, Erik Kluiber - Guitar, Sam Harman - Bass, German Moura – Drums.


I Can't Take It pounding drums searing leads thundering bass with strong vocals. I Want More hit the pit slam sweat thrash and mosh while playing screaming air guitar. There's Something Wrong With Us fist pumping head banging catchy crunchy riffs that just pulls you in. Losing Control crunchy riffs pounding rhythms with great vocals. Great Fear Rising has a marching rhythm with searing guitars pounding drums thumping bass and powerful vocals. McGyver's Mullet will stick in your head for days just enjoy the musical journey. Encounter drifting on a melodic metal journey in your minds eye. Poltergeist chugging rhythms fist pumping foot stomping heavy metal with soaring vocals. Infierno classic fist pumping metal magic.



Chez Kane- St

Chez Kane – Vocals, Danny Rexon – All Instruments, Jesse Molloy- Saxophone


Better Than Love flowing keyboards soaring vocals with a very catchy rhythm take a trip back to the 80s and enjoy. All Of It stand clap chant sing shout and rock out. Rocket On The Radio will have the entire crowd on its feet just grooving and singing as the music takes you away. Get It On clap foot tap and let the catchy tune stick in your head for days. Too Late For Love catchy chorus great vocals steady beats and amazing musicianship. Defender of the Heart will just have you drifting away in your dreams. Ball n Chain grab your air guitars and rock n roll all night with some catchy vocals and great music. Midnight Rendezvous fast hard heavy rock it all night long hard rock music. Die In the Name Of Love clap sing shout and just let the emotions envelop your very soul. Dead End Street drifting on a cloud of memories that just pulls you in and takes you away with very catchy melodies



Mike Tiano- Creetisvan

Mike Tiano- Vocals/Guitar, Billy Sherwood- Drums, Randy George- Bass, David Sancious , Jonathan Sindelman- Keyboards, Steve McKnight- Guitar, Joanne Perica- Vocals, and a host of notable Seattle-area talents.


There Behind You just take one strange musical mind trip with amazing musicianship. On Hold soft melodies flow in your drams. Constant Companion lost in memories singing with friends. The Dark Ages drifting on a cloud of melodic music and vocals. Dance Of The Little Guys sitting around strumming guitars and playing some excellent acoustic leads. Different Drummer steady beats soaring leads thumping bass with soaring vocals. Automaton just take one interesting mind trip. A Natural drifting in your dreams. Evergreen just flowering with great melodies. Triad sit back tap your feet clap and sing. (Because) You Win take a trip back to the late 70s and just enjoy the ride. Emerge Triumphant just take a magical musical prog rock journey.




A Ripple Conversation With Amber, Michael, Harry, And Noah Of Polarized Eyes

When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.


What have been your musical epiphany moments?


Amber: I think I really got into this kind of music when I first started listening to Yungblud.

Michael: I saw this documentary about on the BBC about punk music that had X-Ray Spex playing on a show with John Peel. It was a really amazing performance and Poly Styrene’s voice was really cool and that’s what switched me on to punk music.

Harry: I was about 10 when Queen came on the radio and I was like, wow – music really exists.

Noah: Mine was really young when I heard Human by The Killers and I used to stand on the chair and belt it out when I was about 3.


Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?


N: It depends on the song. We’ll come to band with an idea and then it’ll span out from there, but it could start with a riff or lyrics or just a concept.


Who has influenced you the most?


A: Well, we’d have to say our parents I suppose

N: I’d say Joe Talbot – his live performances are really explosive and I love that Idles are quite political

M: I guess for me it’s Damon Albarn


Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?


A: Politics mostly and what’s going on in the world


We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?


N: Well we’re from Barnet and that’s probably the least punk place you can find, so maybe we’re rebelling against that


Where'd the band name come from?


N: It’s a combination of two 21 Pilots songs – Glowing Eyes and Polarize, cos they were our favourite band when me and Amber started the band

M: No way – it that why Polarized has got a z?

N: Yeah, cos that’s how I thought it was actually spelt, but it’s not!


You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?


H: Lord of the Rings

A: No a horror film

N: No, wait we should do an action film. Like we’d be really good on a superhero film

A: Yes! Wonder Woman or Spiderman would be awesome.


You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?


N: In our end of year exam at college there was one on heavy metal music, but I definitely wouldn’t write one on that. I reckon Mr Brightside would be a good one, cos then you could write about its influence on British culture and stuff. It’s one of those songs that all our mates know and all our parents do too, so it’s weird how it’s so popular for all generations.


Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?


N: OK so none of us have seen Spinal Tap..erm I broke a door in the rehearsal studio once

H: Not in a rage though!

A: I think maybe it’s just getting out on a load of protests. You know, school strike for climate and BLM marches. Protests are the new rock n roll!


Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?


N: It’s a mad buzz. It’s all about energy creation and everyone gets really into it.

A: Yeah it’s so cool when you feel the energy building in the room and you lift the roof off!


What makes a great song?


A: I would say it’s the drive and the energy

H: Yeah and that magic thing when it can be really simple words or chords, but it all comes together into something brilliant.


What one single album do you wish that you'd writen or performed on, and why?


A: Ticket to my downfall by Machine Gun Kelly

N: YESSS!! That is such a good album and probably one of the biggest ones in the resurgence of punk music


What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


N: I’m really proud of Just Kids. It’s not out yet so you’ll have to wait a bit to hear it unless you come and see us live, but it’s the first one we wrote after Michael joined the band and we love it.


Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?


A: Slaves are awesome and it’s really impressive as they only have two people but they have such a fat sound

N: Yeah and they’re really political, but not in an obvious way


Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?


M: Vinyl, definitely


Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice


A: Beer

N: Both of them are rank. Cider for me please

H: [in a very convincing Scots accent] Scotch. A good old Scotch. I’m lying, it’s fucking grim!



We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?


N: OK, there’s no record stores in Barnet, so we go to Camden

M: All Ages Records in Camden is a really cool punk record store and they have shows outside


What's next for the band?


N: More music, gigs and our first festivals later in the year, which we’re really excited about.


Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?


N: Don’t do drugs kids!