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.

Also visit Mr. Greer on his Official Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

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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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For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT]

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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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Pleasure or Pain? Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle Releases Novocaine.

Lush Lyrics and Brooding Bass Give Listeners an Aural Fix

(New York, NY) - Emerging Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle is set to release his new single Novocaine to Spotify and all the major services today Friday April 30th, 2021.




Produced by Donnie Klang, (The winner of MTV’s Making The Band and the producer who has worked with artists like Madison Beer and Sky Katz) Novocaine is Eberle’s second single release this year.


Featuring elements of Lofi-Pop, Alternative & Pop Rock to create a dark, but upbeat vibe, “Novocaine” is ultimately about a relationship falling to pieces. Picture this, you’ve just gotten out of a relationship that was very all over the place all the time. After the breakup, you can’t figure out whether you love or hate the person. You keep going through the memories that you made together and realized that person really just numbed your pain. 


For More Information on Robert Eberle, Go To: 

Instagram: @roberteberle1

Facebook: @roberteberlemusic 

Twitter: @EberleMusic

YouTube Channel


For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT]


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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Long Island Judge Hits Top Ten Worldwide with First Music Release “I Called You Rose”

Jan 2021 (New York, NY) — Over the last quarter century, Long Island Singer/Songwriter (and former Judge) Chris St. John has truly led a diverse and successful professional career in the field of law. 


Now, his dream of lateral success in the music business is starting to become a reality, as his instantly satisfying first single “I Called You Rose” has hit Number #3 on the Euro Indie Music Charts at and #10 on the World Indie Music Charts at !




“I Called You Rose was the last song I wrote for the album”, said St. John “It came fast and I could not get it out of my head. It’s a song about falling in love and breaking up – with alcohol. I like that it’s upbeat and has a happy ending. I pray this song for everyone who finds it hard to put the bottle down.”


St. John has been a practicing attorney for 26 years; a former judge and prosecutor; worked in the State Department, participating in the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in 1987; and lived, studied, and taught in China later that year. He was also a Congressional Aide and is now a volunteer firefighter.


In 2015, he and his friend started a not-for-profit charity called HALO Missions, which provides medical care, clothing, food, farming equipment, and surgeries for AIDS orphans and the extreme poor throughout Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. 


“My professional career is what I do. These songs are who I am. They are about my personal life. The songs have been written over about 30 years, with four new ones written in the last several months to finish up the album,” he added.


His upcoming debut record is entitled “I’m Dreaming.” The album will include 13 original songs, plus Chris' version of the Grateful Dead's "Ripple". The finishing touches are being put on the offering, expected in March 2021.


The topics include the loss of love at a young age; the loss of his parents; the birth of his son John (now 17) and life with his wife of 27 years Elisabeth; a surprise DNA discovery; a serious illness where he was put in a medically induced coma, and a nurse sang him back to life; the loss of a young relative in a car accident and the subsequent climb out of depression; alcohol addiction and recovery; and a gift from his grandmother that he intends to return to her someday.


“The title of the LP is ‘I’m Dreaming’ because some of these songs were dreamed up and written down when I awoke. And there are so many references to dreaming in the album. I guess I like to dream. People have told me I should write a book or make an album. This is both to me.”


The album will and individual songs can be downloaded for purchase from iTunes, Spotify, and all other musical platforms shortly. These first listens are offered as a gift.


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Off to Spain…



Off to Spain…

We’re off… Off grid for a couple of weeks. Hiking the Mountains of Picos de Europa and surfing the waves of the Bay of Biscay. Taking those forty albums of the May Doom Charts with us, and many more… No updates on the little old blog or on Facebook… But there might be a very occasional post on Instagram. Should you follow the HiVe there… Probably of a mountain or a wave… Or a beer kept cool by the world famous Psychlona koozie…

Dos cervezas por favor!

The Doom Charts for May 2024


Doom Charts

May 2024

“The DOOM is strong with this one...”

~ Darth Vader (probably misheard quote from A New Hope)


We’re almost at the halfway mark of 2024, and the onslaught of quality heavy music shows no signs of stopping. Mark your lists, tally your year-end contenders, rack and re-rack your abacus, because May is yet another bountiful month of doom, stoner, sludge, psych, prog, you name it. Doom or do not, there is no try.

Well. I'm almost off for a three week off grid holiday... And Kyle took and takes over Doom Chart duties. He's a good boy! And delivers great work once again, just like he did for Doom Charts of March. It's been an amazing month once again. With so many great release. It keeps me in constant awe, the quality and the quantity. Browse the list to see them forty that rose to the top of a total of 199 albums that received votes. Of the ones that made it,  I voted for: Drive By Wire, Geezer, Isaak, Djiin, Sautrus, Nine Moons, Spaceslug, Maragda, High Noon Kahuna, Young Acid, Daily Thompson, Mooch, Vitskär Süden, Kayleth, The Hazytones, Huanastone, Baardvader, Ufomammut, Pallbearer, Gjenferd, Abrams, High Desert Queen & Black Pyramid... But as usual, I could have and probably should have voted for all the others as well.. Two others that were on my list that I would have loved to have seen mentioned: CostaSol & Tricklebolt... Check those out as well! But first, run down all forty of the May 2024 Doom Charts!

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and reviewers from the heavy underground around the globe.  Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge, metal, stoner, psychedelic and heavy rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below.  This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world…

The Doom Charts for May 2024


Huanastone - Son Of Juno



Huanastone - Son Of Juno
Self-released – 2024
Stoner Rock, Grunge, Alternative, Nineties, Blues
Rated: ****

It seems to come in waves. The influences that rise up through the Heavy Underground that were always there to begin with but get more attention at one point in time. Making albums drift more towards the progressive side of things, the psychedelic stomping grounds, the early proto days or start of it all, the blues… The Huanastone four hail from Malmö, Sweden and seems to show us on Son Of Juno that the blues was and always will be the main undercurrent for the Heavy Underground. Grunge, Stoner Rock and everything else the Alternative Nineties gave us, had that coursing through its veins. But on Son Of Juno, they take those genres and inject it with even more blues. Turning it almost viscose. And even though they are mainlining their stoner and grunge sound on the blues of yore, those minor swirling Psychedelic touches and wavey Desert Rock vibes make Son Of Juno that album you need to hear. They start off intensely grunge and alternative nineties, evoking the spirit of Alice In Chains and Soundgarden and turning it into something completely their own. Opening track … And Then Came The Sun opens with these dragging guitar lines, that dissipate and give room to the vocals to exhale, to breathe life into the song, to give extra meaning to the lyrics, to the turning of the page, to the sun finally arriving. Intention articulated to perfection. Following title track Son Of Juno, boasts much of the same and at the same time offers it in tenfold. And once you get to that forlorn sounding guitar in the middle, Son Of Juno is swinging deep inside every one of your pores. That guitar is so beautifully done and time and place will be immediately out of focus, you are there with them, feeling the blues on whatever imaginary landscape they inhabited while crafting it. Four more song follow, that let the blues creep in more and more. And then there’s absolute smashing instrumental end song Red Dunes, that has guitar lines climbing mountains, braving thunderstorms and hitting like lightning over and over. And Huanastone managed to capture all those flashes and bottled it up…

(Written by JK)





Redwood – Dry Rivers



Redwood – Dry Rivers
Self-released – 2024
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Cosmic
Rated: ****

Sure, it is probably mostly in dept to the vocal effects used, but there is a hint of Psychlona here. And if you’ve read some stuff on Stoner HiVe before, you know we love Psychlona! And don’t think this means we are listening to Redwood solely on that merit. Hell no! The four track Dry Rivers EP uses those effects and made them special! The Redwood Special is twenty two minutes of lovely swirling stoner and circling cosmic rock! It’s a Sheafer McOmber special, for it is another of his outlets. A project like his Bloodshot Buffalo. But you might know the man from Deer Lord or way back when he was playing in an outfit called Civillian Assault. And if you’ve listened to any of those outfits the quality of this release will not come as a surprise. The doom touch used to rough up the edges, that psychedelic twirl to turn everything into a kaleidoscope and the stoner groove to turn it all into one gigantic and blissful wave. These Rivers ain’t dry at all, but filled with wonderful crashes and an endless current to surf…

(Written by JK)




Deer Lord's Witches Brew/Psychedelic Roadkill

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Ruff Majik – What A Time To Be A Knife



Ruff Majik – What A Time To Be A Knife

Sorry, we’re going to boast a bit now. We’ve been one of the lucky ones that have been living with this track for a month or two now. And we’ve also been one of the lucky ones to already have heard it live. O’ and let’s not forget… We’ve also been one of the lucky ones to drive them home, offer them a place to sleep and serve them breakfast and basically cater to their every need. And we’ve been happy to do it! Cause Ruff Majik has something special, it needs to be cherished, the boys need to be stroked and fondled with care so that it may grow! And flower into the mushroom cloud that wants to envelope everything! And yes, it needs to be heard by one and all! Just get a load of the new single: What A Time To Be A Knife! It’s the first single of the new Moth Eater album to arrive via Sound of Liberation Records somewhere around October. It will be the completion of the trilogy that started with The Devil’s Cattle and Elektrik Ram and it will be telling the tale of Ruff Majik on the road, the good fight against everything evil they’re in and about that explosive energy that courses through the veins of these good ol’ boys! Love it! And if you don’t, do as they state on their own post about the new single… “Skip to the last three second…”

Their own words:

"What A Time To Be A Knife is out now, everywhere music can usually be found. It’s angry - don’t say we didn’t warn you. Featuring some extra power from our homie Reegan du Buisson (Facing the Gallows). Mixed and mastered by Justin Bernardo. Written and recorded by all of us. Released via Sound of Liberation Records. To all our friends, families and supporters, we love you. To everyone else, skip to the last 3 seconds of the song …"

Way too many words with and about Ruff Majik

Review of Elektrik Ram





Mongrel Records 

Sound of Liberation Records

The Ripple Effect

AMORPHIS Releases “Black Winter Day” Video Off Upcoming Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Live At Tavastia) Album And Concert Film

Photo by Jaakko Manninen

Watch/stream AMORPHIS’ "Black Winter Day” HERE.


The 30th anniversary of AMORPHIS‘ landmark album, Tales From The Thousand Lakes, will be celebrated with a live recording that sets new standards in terms of brilliance and intensity. Set for official unveiling on July 12th via Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM) on CD+Blu-ray and vinyl, the performance was shot at the iconic Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland.


Performing a legendary album in its entirety, front to back in the chronological order, is an extraordinary moment. It captures a time long gone, a point in our lives we will never forget. For who can say they weren’t forever changed after listening to the breathtaking and spiritual beauty that is Tales From The Thousand Lakes? With their second album, AMORPHIS erected a monument to Finnish mythology, nature and music, as touching, inspiring and nurturing today as it was back in 1994.


Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Live At Tavastia) manifests AMORPHIS' unparalleled dynamism and artistic uniqueness. Rarely has the raw power and emotional depth of a live performance been captured so authentically as on this sonic memento and extraordinary concert film.


In advance of the release, today the band reveals “Black Winter Day” from the forthcoming Blu-ray. "Back in 1994, 'Black Winter Day' was a somewhat different song among the other Tales... material,” reminisces AMORPHIS bassist Olli-Pekka Laine. "Being probably the first death metal song with a waltz time signature and a Moog synthesizer, it truly stood out at the time. Three decades later, 'Black Winter Day' still resonates with metal audiences around the globe and plays a crucial role in the saga of AMORPHIS!”


Watch AMORPHIS’ “Black Winter Day” video, taken from the forthcoming Blu-ray, HERE. Stream/purchase the track HERE.


Watch AMORPHIS’ previously released clip for “Drowned Maid” HERE.


Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Live At Tavastia) will be available in the following formats:


– CD+Blu-ray-digipak

– 2xLP in gatefold (Blue Blackdust | Crystal Clear Blackdust)

– digital


Preorder Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Live At Tavastia) in the physical format of your choice, presave it on your favorite DSP, or preorder it digitally to receive “Black Winter Day (Live At Tavastia)” and “Drowned Maid (Live At Tavastia)” instantly now at:


Stay up to date on AMORPHIS’ upcoming live dates at



Tomi Joutsen - vocals

Esa Holopainen - guitars

Tomi Koivusaari - guitars

Olli-Pekka Laine - bass

Santeri Kallio - keyboards

Jan Rechberger – drums


A Fistful Of Questions With Benji Straker From Gnarwhal


     Guitarist.  Vocalist.  Drummer.  Killer#2!?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes out to Gnarwhal guitarist Benji.    


What is your full name?


Benji Straker


Do you have any aliases?


No but most people who know me just call me, Benj. Mark our vocalist has the best alias - “Killer”


If you had an alias what might it be?


Killer #2


What bands are you actively involved with?


Gnarwhal (guitarist), and my solo alt/acoustic project, Hughes. I’m actually playing bass in a one-off band for a big Emo Night show this summer. We’re called Ptarmigan Archery.


What was the first instrument that you played?


Probably my mom’s acoustic guitar, piano, or ukelele. We always had instruments around the house growing up. My mom played a lot and encouraged me to have fun playing.


Tell me about one of your first musical memories?


I have memories of mom strumming guitar or playing piano and singing at home. I grew up hearing that a lot. She was into classic country and folk, and also played a lot of classic church hymns.


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


Neon Meat Dream


Tell me about the genesis of Gnarwhal. 


Mark (vocals), Jer (bass) and I were offered the opportunity to sublet a jam space in a storage unit. This was during covid, so there weren’t a lot of things to do during that time given that most other activities were canceled, and there was a “bubble” in effect only allowing small groups to gather. We had all been involved in various bands and musical projects, but none of us were currently committed to anything musical. So we started hanging out there, playing covers, drinking beers, with just the intent to have some fun messing around. Over the course of that first year, we started to write a few originals. When Layne (drums) joined the band a few months later, things really came together and we decided to be a ‘band’ and really focus on songwriting. As covid restrictions were lifted, we started to play a few shows and kind of helped re-jumpstart the heavy music scene in our hometown.

What inspired the name Gnarwhal?


A few years ago, Jer and some buds were brainstorming “northern-themed” cliche band names for fun. He came up with the idea of Gnarwhal and sat on it for a few years. When we were trying to settle on a name for our group, he pulled that one out and it stuck. We actually went by a couple of other terrible band names prior to Gnarwhal. I won’t say what they were.


How long did it take you to write and record Altered States?


We actually had Tides and The War/Nothing More finished about a year ago, shortly after we released our debut album.

I originally wrote The War back in January 2023 for Gnarwhal but ended up recording and releasing an acoustic version on my Hughes EP, Here I Am.

Nothing More (which is the second half of that track), was written as a separate song originally, but we fused the two together.

From Her Hands and the title track, Altered States were finished right before we went into the studio in January 2024. We actually weren’t even sure Altered States would be ready, but it all came together nicely so we included it on the EP and made it the title track.


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


Tough question! I’d love to play drums in a fun blues rock band. So I’d probably kick Patrick Carney out of The Black Keys and take his spot.

Jer, Mark and I used to jam on older Black Keys songs a lot when we first started jamming. Drumming to that stuff is a blast. Thickfreakness, The Big Come Up, Magic Potion. All influential albums to me.


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

New Noise by Refused.

Sanctuary by Elder.

Conduit by Russian Circles.

Forty Six & 2 by Tool.

Bad Feeling, by Cobra Man.


Do you have any non-rock/metal musical inspirations?


For sure. I actually don’t listen to near as much heavy music and metal as I used to. I listen to a lot of acoustic alt/folk music, classic country/Americana, surf rock.

As I said earlier, The Black Keys are an inspiration. A few other artists from different genres would be Charley Crocket, Ghost Woman, Sturgill Simpson, Kurt Vile, Melenas. More than I can list, really.


What’s a non-metal song that you'd like to do a cover of?


Anything by Blondie would be fun. Hanging On The Telephone.


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


Dead Quiet. We played with them this year at this rad little festival in Calgary called, Electric Highway. I had heard of them but didn’t really know their music well. They absolutely crushed their set and I’ve been on a Dead Quiet kick ever since. They’re a really really good band.


Do you have a favorite venue to play at?


I think our funnest stage so far is at our hometown festival called Folk on the Rocks. It's during mid-summer up here in Yellowknife Canada and takes place on a bunch of stages lakeside under the midnight sun. Such a great vibe and good crowds. We’ve also had the opportunity to play at a festival in a snow castle. Legit castle built of ice blocks and snow in the middle of winter.


Do you have a pre-show ritual?


A couple pints, some THC, and a couple shots of Jagermeister and we are good to go.


What is your favorite thing about touring?


Making memories with the bandmates and new band buds.


What is your least favorite thing about touring?


Early morning flights. Checking baggage. Flying with guitars is stressful.


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


Calgary has been good to us so far.


The year is 2006.  Where are you at and what are you listening to? 


I believe I’m working in the skate shop and listening these new albums:

Crisis (Alexisonfire), Age of Winters (The Sword), Wake the Dead (Comeback Kid), Decemberunderground (AFI), Witch (Witch), Magic Potion (The Black Keys), Death by Sexy (Eagles of Death Metal), Supremacy (Hatebreed), Blood Mountain (Mastodon).


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


Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun and enjoy performing, writing, and rehearsing. Be in the moment with your friends and bandmates. Don’t be a dick, or a bully. Invest in good gear. Go to other bands’ shows. Support your local music scene.


What is an absolute killer band?


Black Sabbath obviously


Have you ever recorded a song that you really didn’t like, but somebody else in the band really did?

I’ve written some demos for the band that I wasn’t sure about, but once everyone provides their input and it morphs into a Gnarwhal song, they seem to turn out pretty good!


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?


Right now I’d call it, “Altered States Fest”, in honor of this new EP.

Headlining would be Fu Machu, Allah-Las, and All Them Witches (because those are the last 3 bands that Spotify played for me this morning).


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


Maybe a couple days. I don’t like feeling dirty and I can sweat a lot.


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


I have a pretty sweet bottle opener collection.


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


Do bears shit in the woods?

(interviewer’s note.. This is easily my favorite answer to this question)


Do unicorns sleep standing up?


Unicorns sleep laying down for a minimum of 9 hours a night. Everyone knows this.


Give me three albums that I should listen to immediately, if not sooner.


Grand Rights - Dead Quiet

Hindsight is 50/50 - Ghostwoman

Visions - MOOCH


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

It’s Alive - The Ramones


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


Still Hangin’ Around


What is your favorite song by Taylor Swift?


You Belong With Me ????


Slipknot or Rammstein (if you had to choose)?




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


Doobies between the boobies


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

Eggo toaster waffles


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


Star Wars


Favorite band t-shirt you own?


I pretty much exclusively wear plain tees, but my good friend in Portland has a band called MOON and he sent me a shirt that's pretty rad.


Favorite meal?


Well it's summertime, so I’ll probably fire up the smoker soon and cook a brisket. It's always a hit.


Favorite book?


My wife got me this book titled, The Boy and the Mountain. It's great. I’m also making my way through Rick Rubin’s, The Creative Act.


Favorite movie?


Too hard to narrow down to one, but I’m a sucker for gangster and war movies. I’m going to say Goodfella’s right now.


Favorite album?


Albums that changed my musical trajectory are: Appetite for Destruction, Master of Puppets, Nevermind, New Noise.

Favorite video game?


I don’t game much anymore, but EA NHL07 was unreal when it came out.


Favorite Professional Wrestler?


Ultimate Warrior or The Iron Sheik.



     Massive thanks to Benji for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate you doing so.  As for the rest of you, you should click on the link so generously provided below and fill your ear holes with Gnarwhal’s latest EP, Altered States.  You will not be disappointed. 


~El Pedo Caliente

Boston's Nervous Eaters have announced details for their upcoming 10-track album "Rock n Roll Your Heart Away," out August 23 on Wicked Cool Records.

The just released title track is a soulful, bluesy rocker that's sure to get your feet moving. It's the latest gem in a string of recent singles from these rock and roll veterans.


The song, written by founding member and front man Steve Cataldo is his heartfelt tribute to the legendary Boston club 'The Rat', its owner Jimmy Harold, and the vital musical world that was once centered around the Kenmore Square section of the city.


Stream "Rock n Roll Your Heart Away"/Pre-Order the LP HERE:


'Rock N Roll Your Heart Away' Track Listing:


1 Rock n Roll Your Heart Away

2 Vampire

3 Don't Need to Make You Mine

4 Just for You

5 Inside Out

6 New Face

7 Girl Next Door

8 Scream

9 Sharlene

10 In The Shadows




2022's well-received LP 'Monsters + Angels' marked a welcome return for the 4-piece, which proved that the Nervous Eaters are as relevant as ever.


The Nervous Eaters are an original rock and roll band from Boston, MA who helped define the Boston underground garage/punk rock scene of the late 70’s. The band was formed by Steve Cataldo on the North Shore of Boston in Beverly, MA.

Fueled by the raw sounds of Link Wray, early Chicago Blues greats and British guitar legends Beck, Clapton and Page, the Nervous Eaters created a raw edgy song style uniquely their own. The band consisted of Steve Cataldo lead vocals and lead guitar, Stanley Clarke vocals and rhythm guitar, Rob Skeen vocals and bass guitar and Jeff Wilkinson on drums.


The Nervous Eaters would eventually become the house band for the legendary Boston punk rock club The Rat, where they established themselves as a leading punk rock band in the Northeast, playing with a who's who of punk and new wave luminaries, including The Police, The Ramones, The Cars, Patti Smith, Dead Boys, Iggy Pop, The Stranglers, Go-Go's and many others.


The Cars’ Ric Ocasek produced the band's original demos, which got the band signed to Elektra Records, and they went on to tour around the world. However, after a series of poor decisions on the part of the label, their major label debut album failed to deliver on the promise of their legendary live shows.


After dissolving the band, Nervous Eaters returned in the mid-80's and has been revived over the years with various lineups.

The current version of the Nervous Eaters formed in 2018 and includes three other Boston rock vets, bassist Carissa Johnson, (Winner of New Act of the Year Award, Boston Music Awards and Boston’s legendary Rock n Roll Rumble), drummer David McLean (of Willie Alexander’s Boom Boom Band) and guitarist/vocalist Adam Sherman (of Private Lightning), and between them, they have toured with Iggy Pop, The Ramones, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Lenny Kaye and many others.


Upcoming Shows:


Saturday, June 29th Press Room Portsmouth NH w/ Tiger Bomb

Saturday September 7 The Music Room, West Yarmouth, MA w/ Robin Lane

Friday September 13 Sonia, Boston, MA w/ Tiger Bomb

Saturday September 14 Alchemy, Providence, RI w/ Tiger Bomb


About Nervous Eaters


“What can a poor boy do? Except to sing for a rock ‘n’ roll band?”


Mick Jagger posed that question back in 1968 and he’s certainly answered it over the years by steadily touring with the Rolling Stones: Keep singing for a rock ‘n’ roll band. It’s still a pretty fun job. Maybe an essential job. Retirement is not an option.


The same goes for Steve Cataldo, whose band, the Nervous Eaters, has delivered this new 10-track album - MONSTERS & ANGELS and it’s released on Stevie Van Zandt’s label, Wicked Cool Records.


“Where would many bands be today without Mick Jagger and his guitar-slinging partner Keith Richards?” says Cataldo, singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer. Jagger has a few years on Cataldo, but both grew up with the same Rock, Blues and R&B roots, Cataldo continues to ply the rock ‘n’ roll trade. He must ply the trade.


“It’s what I know,” Cataldo says, simply. “I’ve been doing it since I was 12. I started out on the drums, but didn’t have enough control so I moved to guitar and started singing and writing. You get out there and do it. It doesn’t matter what vein of rock ‘n’ roll you’re in. If you’re creating art, it’s just in your system and that’s what you do.”


“I’m not a physicist or doctor - you know, the things your parents would like you to grow up to be,’ Cataldo adds. “I’m like a little grasshopper that fiddled his summer away in the Nervous Eaters”.


BEGINNING: Cataldo’s lifetime of summer fiddling began on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he was born and once again lives. Cataldo was in lots of bands, on the Cape and on Boston’s North Shore and the one that stuck around – in various incarnations over the years – that raves on - is the Nervous Eaters.


BAND NAME: The band’s original drummer, the late Jeff Wilkinson, and the band rehearsed in his family’s basement. “His mother, Florence, was a great lady and she fed the band a lot,” Cataldo explains. “We’d come up from the basement at different times to grab something to eat and she said, ‘Why don’t you all come up and sit down and have a meal? You’re such a bunch of nervous eaters.’ So, it stuck. It wasn’t the coolest name to hit the town, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. We had a good laugh over it and we loved Florence. We are the Nervous Eaters.”


STARTING OUT: The early Eaters were just a bunch of insane kids. "In our youth, the Nervous Easters spent a lot of time driving old cars held together by duct tape and speaker wire,” says Cataldo. “Gear in the back and on the roof. We played everywhere. We were just too young and stupid to know fear and too jazzed up on the life of rock ‘n’ roll to worry about anything. We just had to play. You didn't have bills, just balls. The next song, next gig, next record, next guitar, next girlfriend, THE NEXT LIFE.”


THE EARLY DAYS - The band launched in the mid 1970’s and were a leading punk rock band in the Northeast. Home base: The black-walled, sticky-floored, basement club in Boston’s Kenmore Square - The Rat. The Eaters played snarling, self-deprecating lust-for-life blasts like Shit for Brains, Get Stuffed, Last Chance, Just Head, and I’m a Degenerate. Their first release a 45, on Rat Records, 1976, which gained local and national college airplay for their classic single - Loretta.


“Loretta was irresistible,” says Oedipus, former program director and legendary DJ at Boston rock powerhouse, WBCN. “You jumped around the dance floor when they played it live or when you heard it on the radio. Live, they were great and Steve was such an energizing front man.”


The buzz built and their popularity grew. The Cars’ Ric Ocasek produced a demo tape which got the band signed to Elektra Records. They toured around the world - but the album stalled, going astray from the start with the wrong assigned label producer and a lack of follow-through. As Cataldo says, “Mistakes were made. To quote Shakespeare ‘It is not in the Stars to hold our Destiny but in ourselves. (That’s Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar.)”


The original Eaters dissolved but came back in the mid- ‘80s with a new lineup. The reborn Eaters launched a salvo called HOT STEEL AND ACID in 1986, a far better disc (that sounded like the band), on the indie label Ace of Hearts. Producer Rick Harte captured the Eaters vicious, vintage punk sound and it went as far as a Boston indie could take it.


Cataldo's passion and drive never waned. He needed to keep seeking, playing, writing, couldn't stop, didn't know how or why to stop.


THE NEXT LIFE: The current version of the Nervous Eaters includes three other Boston rock vets, including drummer David McLean (of Willie Alexander’s Boom Boom Band), guitarist/vocalist Adam Sherman (of Private Lightning) and bassist Carissa Johnson.


The Nervous Eaters are


Steve Cataldo Lead vocals, lead guitars, keyboards and percussion

Carissa Johnson bass, vocals and percussion

Adam Sherman guitars and vocals

David McLean drums and percussion

Jim Sullivan Piano and Organ


Additional musicians


Brooks Milgate Piano and Organ

Jack Gauthier Vocals

Lou Cataldo Vocals

The Xroadie Files

Michael Shrieve - Drums of Compassion

Michael Shrieve, Jack Dejohenette, Jakir Hussain, Airto Moriera, Babatunda Olatunji, Trey Gunn, Amon Tobin, Skerik, Jeff Greinke, BC Smith, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Pete Lockett, Stephan Maass, Tarik Banzi, Dave Hill Jr, Farko Dosumov, Joe Doria, Danny Godinez, James Whiton


The Call of Michael Olatunji one interesting percussive musical journey thru your minds eye. On the Path to the Healing Waters close your eyes and drift in your imagination. As Above, So Below clap foot tap and groove. The Euphoric Pandiero of Airto Moriera takes a trip across the plains of Africa. The Fierce Energy of Love will have the crowd on its feet dancing the night away. Oracle just let the emotions sends shivers down your spine. The Breath of Human Kindness has a very catchy groove and great musicianship. Zakir Hussain clap groove and just let the music pull you in. Hejira lost in distant memories and emotions.



Intelligent Music Project VIII- Miracles Beyond

Joseph Williams, Simon Phillips, Carl Sentance, John Payne, Richard Grisman, Ernest Tibbs


Intro close your eyes and dream. Thunder crunchy riffs pounding drums thundering bass screaming leads and powerful vocals. Days Rollin is a very catchy tune that sticks in your head. For You take a trip back to a music simpler time and place. Real lost in emotional memories. Expecting You will have the crowd swaying and singing. Miracles Beyond emotions send shivers down our spine. Then I Know catchy riffs great vocals and steady rhythms. Anyway floating on a cloud of melodies. Right I Said scorching leads thumping bass pounding drums with great vocals. Believe In Love lost in emotions and memories. A New Day sway lighters held high as you sing along. Walls take a trip back to the magical eighties and enjoy. Shine for You is a very catchy tune that will have you singing it all day long.



The Foreign Correspondents- Lovin' You Ain't Easy- Single

Pastore, Sweetapple, Brendan Canty , Ted Leo


Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy is a very catchy tune that takes you away to a much simpler time and place. We’re Dancin’ a heavy groove pounding drums scorching guitars and emotional vocals.



Cock Sparrer- Hand On Heart

Colin McFaull, Mickey Beaufoy, Steve Burgess, Steve Bruce, Daryl Smith


With My Hand On My Heart bop fist pump and chant. Mind Your Own Business crunchy riffs punk rock rhythms with sing along vocals. I Belong To You is a very catchy tune that sticks in your head for days. Rags to Riches lost in the punk rock 80s just enjoy the journey. No Way Out mosh slam sweat and just be bop along. Take It On The Chin crunchy riffs chant along vocals and catchy rhythms. One Way Ticket sway groove to pounding drums thumping bass catchy rhythms and strong vocals. Nowhere To Be Found is a catchy tune that has you on your feet rocking. My Forgotten Dream close your eyes and drift away. Here We Stand fast melodic punk rock magic.



Black Wound- Warping Structure

WK- Grunts/Low Ends, DL- Caustic Strings, GM- Warhammers


Dread crushes your very soul into madness. Warping Structure death despair and dementia envelops your senses. Rad the pits of hell open and demons spew forth. Sworn lost in the depths of dark imaginations. Trench Blast pulls you into your deadliest dreams of mayhem. Vermin Firstborn the depths of hell pull you in as it slowly dissects you.




Californian heavy rock pillars FIREBALL MINISTRY to reissue "Their Rock Is Not Our Rock" album on Ripple Music this August 9th; preorder now!

Los Angeles heavy rock heavyweights FIREBALL MINISTRY are set to reissue their 2005 album "Their Rock Is Not Our Rock" on Ripple Music as part of their "Beneath The Desert Floor" vinyl series.


Fireball Ministry's third album, 2005’s "Their Rock Is Not Our Rock" was recorded at Dave Grohl's 606 West studio, and like their previous album, produced by genre legend Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains). The album lineup is James A Rota II on guitars and vocals, Emily J Burton on guitars and backing vocals, Johny Chow (Stone Sour) on bass and John Oreshnick on drums. The album features the song "The Broken" — which appeared in 'WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006' the video game — and won the band an appearance on “Last Call with Carson Daly” as well as support slots with CKY, Opeth, Clutch and Bam Margera’s Viva La Bands tour.


Listen to the album on all streaming services

Watch Fireball Ministry's "The Broken" video


Formed by James A. Rota II (The Company Band, Dream Widow), Emily J. Burton (Black Sabbitch), Scott Reeder (ex-Kyuss, The Obsessed) and John Oreshnick, Fireball Ministry has truth and rock n’ roll valor imprinted in their DNA, with a mixture of East Coast and Midwestern roots stirred into their California melting pot. From the outset, the band has aggressively steered clear of pretension. They move ever forward with a clear focus on bottom-heavy tunes, channeling timeless hard rock without falling into the traps of mere imitation or novelty.


As such, they have earned the respect of many fellow artists and a legion of dedicated fans has built in their wake, and today, Ripple Music is proud to deliver some high-class heaviness from the mighty Californian foursome through the exclusive reissue of some of their most iconic material!


"Their Rock Is Not Our Rock" will be reissued on limited Cherry Marble Red vinyl, Midnight Black vinyl on August 9th, with preorders available now via Ripple Music.



FIREBALL MINISTRY "Their Rock Is Not Our Rock"

Out August 9th on Ripple Music (vinyl reissue)

Bandcamp preorder / Shop preorder


1. It Flies Again

2. Sundown

3. The Broken

4. In the End

5. Hellspeak

6. Two Tears

7. Under the Thunder

8. Spill the Demons

9. Rising from the Deep

10. Save the Saved


Sabbath-soaked rhythms, Priest-worshipping melodies, and no-nonsense Thin Lizzy mayhem collide in the Hollywood, California band, a group that has humbly but confidently flown the flag for rock authenticity since the hard-partying year of 1999. The list of legendary icons that have invited Fireball Ministry to share their stages reads like a crucial discography of desert island riffs: Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heap, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Slayer, Danzig, Anthrax, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Dio, and Zakk Wylde’s tribute trio, Zakk Sabbath. They’re an essential part of the festival landscape, regularly appearing at crucial events like Psycho Las Vegas and Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise. The WWE and the people who made Sons of Anarchy are among the true believers who’ve adopted Fireball Ministry anthems as battle cries in their programming.


For nearly two decades, a subversive clandestine cadre of true believers from all walks of life has spread the good word about the band. Fireball Ministry asked an important question with their debut in 1999: Ou Est La Rock? In 2001 they released an EP on Small Stone Records, FMEP. Four years later, the rumble rang louder from the underground, with MTV News taking notice of The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast).


Their Rock Is Not Our Rock (Century Media), released in 2005, was recorded at Dave Grohl’s 606 West studios, and like their previous album, produced by genre legend Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains). In 2010, Fireball Ministry released their self-titled fourth studio album Fireball Ministry (Restricted), produced by Andrew Alekel (Clutch, Fu Manchu), followed by Remember the Story in 2017 (Cleopatra Records). The band remains determined to define success on their own terms, forging ahead with lives free from artistic compromise. Never forget to Remember the Story.



James A. Rota II – Vocals/Guitar

Emily J. Burton – Guitar/Backing Vocals

Scott Reeder – Bass

John Oreshnick – Drums