1.7. RADIO MOSCOW / SUCCOPUSS


Trends come and go, but the idea of a bunch of guys getting together in a garage and playing the kind of music that makes the neighbors call the cops — that’s forever. And it’s that idea that’s crystallized in the form of Radio Moscow. The power trio led by the Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula : powerful, crunching Sabbathstyle chords and fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian and plants its flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet.

Parker’s demo caught the ear of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced the 2007 self-titled debut. With « Brain Cycles », their second album Radio Moscow proves that they’re not a cheap time machine but a direct descendant from the golden age of Rock’n’Roll. In 2011, Griggs continued his psychedelic trip with « The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz » realesed by Alive Records. 2014 the band recorded their first album as a full trio untitled “Magical Dirt”.

The follow up Albums “New Beginnings” & “Live in Californoa” are, aswell considered modern classics of the Psychedelic / Blues Rock genre.

The band has been touring heavily to an ever growing audience for the past few years, cementing their status as one of the most exciting Rock n Roll live acts around today.

radiomoscow.net

Succopuss is the name of a rock and roll, stoner, blues duo based in Vienna, founded after Tobias Paul (vocals, guitar) and Krystof Hümer (drums) met each other at a nightclub in their hometown 2013, one dressed up as a sailorboy and the other as Nick Cave.

Tobias’ 24-year-old voice sounding more like he had already lived decades of rock and roll lifestyle, complementary to Krystof’s drumming, a rythmic eardrum stimulating penetration. Their notorious live performances, with jam passages often resulting in more or less obvious acoustic sexual innuendos, are a damage of space and time, causing the crowd flashbacks to a more analog era, when psychedelics were taken before breakfast.

succopuss.bandcamp.com

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28.5. ELECTRIC CITIZEN / IDLE HANDS

Based in Cincinnati and signed to California based heavyweight, RidingEasy Records, Electric Citizen has spent the last several years touring the world headlining and opening for acts like King Diamond, Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Fu Manchu, Budos Band, Charles Bradley, Joan Jett, Wolfmother and playing renowned festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, Psycho California and Desert Fest Belgium.

After bursting to the American heavy rock forefront with their 2014 debut album, Sateen, Electric Citizen released their second album, Higher Time in 2016; a breakout moment for the band as a whole and for vocalist Laura Dolan. Like its predecessor, Higher Time was recorded at The Diamonds studio in Cincinnati by Brian Olive (The Greenhornes, Dan Auerbach, Dr. John, etc.), and in search of an even more expansive feel, Laura, Ross and Brian traveled to mix alongside Black Keys engineer Collin Dupuis at Easy Eye in Nashville, TN.

Helltown, their third album is, in many ways, a homecoming.

While the title may seem fittingly metal (if not exceedingly so), it actually has real relevance. Helltown (all one word), while also multidimensional, is named after the Cincinnati, OH neighborhood in which the band lives, practices, and where the album was written, recorded and mixed. Now known more prosaically as Northside, Helltown earned its name in the 1800s due to its reputation for rowdy taverns frequented by the neighborhood of factory workers and immigrants.

Inasmuch as Helltown is an ode to the band’s home and its buried past, it also represents a return to the grittier sound of their 2014 debut, Sateen. Furthermore, it marks the return of original bassist Nick Vogelpohl, who rejoins vocalist Laura Dolan, guitarist Ross Dolan and drummer Nate Wagner. It’s a fun, tough, dirty rock n’ roll album.

electriccitizenband.com


Idle Hands introduce their first full-length album, “Mana”, to be released by Eisenwald. Rising out of ashes of traditional heavy metal quintet Spellcaster like a new wave phoenix, Idle Hands is bound to catch the attention of anyone who loves NWOBHM, occult rock or the sleaze of the 80s.

Entering into the studio only 4 months after the release of their highly acclaimed EP Don t Waste Your Time , “Mana” conjures up an emotive 40-minute ride into the realms of heavy metal, new wave, goth rock, and continues to solidify the bands unique brand of heavy music.

Mana was recorded between the months of November 2018 to January 2019. Drum production executed at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, CA with producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head). Tracking of all guitars and vocals were completed at Falcon Studios in Portland, OR with Producer/Engineer Gabe Johnston, and followed by mixing by Gabe Johnston and Gabriel Franco. Brad Boatright gave the album it`s final touches at his esteemed Audiosiege mastering studio (Corrosion of Conformity, Yob, Poison Idea, Mantar). With the first EP and Album under their belt, the band is set to tour heavily in 2019 across EUROPE and NORTH AMERICA.

idlehandspdx.bandcamp.com

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27.5. MOTORPSYCHO / CADU

 

Named for a movie by American sexploitation auteur Russ Meyer, Motorpsycho are an eclectic Norwegian band whose music is an adventurous amalgam of progressive rock, psychedelia, alternative rock, folk-rock, hard rock, jazz, country, and old-school heavy metal.

Based out of Trondheim, the group emerged fully loaded in the late ’80s, but really caught fire with the release of their ambitious third album, Demon Box, which spanned two LPs and earned the group a Norwegian Grammy nomination. With a loyal fan base established, Motorpsycho set out to make a name for themselves both at home and abroad, issuing a string of acclaimed albums that chewed through genres with impunity, with highlights arriving via Phanerothyme (2001), Child of the Future (2009), and The Tower (2017).

2019 saw the release of their latest LP „The Crucible“.

Both visually and musically, The Crucible starts where the last album The Tower ended, but it soon takes on its own hue, and it is clear that it cannot be called a ‘sequel’ as such:  this is very much a step further out than anywhere the band ventured on The Tower. While it is broader lyrically speaking, it is even sharper focused musically and, if possible, even more idiosyncratic and insular than ever. Unarguably a Motorpsycho album, it is one that is going to make the novice Psychonaut’s head spin, but feel comfortingly unfamiliar to the acolyte. Motorpsycho was always too gnarly for prog nerds as well as too musically unwieldy for punks, and as their appeal becomes ever more selective, they are still proudly falling between all cracks, stools or chairs one might think of putting in their way. ‘Prog rock’? Call it Motorpsychodelia!


The Crucible was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales in August 2018 by Hans Magnus Ryan (guitars, vocals), Bent Sæther (bass, vocals, sundry) and Tomas Järmyr (drums), with co-producers Andrew Scheps and Deathprod. To these ears, and to the band’s satisfaction, this co-production ploy worked out wonderfully, and has resulted in a beautifully crafted record, smaller in size but at least equal in ambition to its celebrated predecessor. It is somehow both more focused, and denser in content, but also compositionally more ambitious than The Tower. One would perhaps think that this necessarily results in a diminished sonic assault, but the album still packs a wallop like a good rock record should. And – ‘for once’ some waggish tongues would say – does not outstay its welcome.

motorpsycho.no

Cadû is a 4 piece ProgRock / TripHop formation hailing from Vienna Austria.

With band members emerging from all corners of the Viennese underground scene, Cadu benefits from a vast variety of stylistic influences ranging from Trip Hop to Jazz to contemporary music and progressiv theatre music, which being incoporated, combined and torn apart by heavy riffs and mindless screams.

Their songs are mirrors and reflections of deep rooted subconscious dreamworlds hitting the 21st century human experience.

Never resolving but always evolving their arrangements move back and forth between utopia and dystopian breakdowns forming a unique dark yet colorful musical experience.


cadu.bandcamp.com

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8.5. THE DEVIL & THE ALMIGHTY BLUES / THE GREAT MACHINE

With a profound love for the old heroes of the Blues walking hand in hand with rock, metal, country and last but not least punk, The Devil & The Almighty Blues is armed with vintage Gibson guitars and tube amplifiers. Their new take on blues-based rock is heavy without becoming metal, slow without being doom, bluesy without being straight up and boring. It’s slow, heavy, melodic and raw.

When the 60’s turned into the 70’s there was a musical crossroads. The American blues had had it’s run with teens on both sides of the Atlantic long enough so that the blues-offspring named rock’n’roll had to expand or die. It did not die, it expanded in all kinds of directions!

And right there in the crossroads between blues-based rock and all the world’s other sub-genres of rock, something happened to the blues. The format got experimented with, expanded and almost made unrecognizable. But at the same time the roots to the original ’real’ blues was never lost. Where Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac in 1970 with the track «Green Manalishi», where Johnny Winter stretched his musical legs, where ZZ Top bought Marshall full stacks and shot from the hip, and last but not least where the legend himself, Muddy Waters, stretched the limits of that was ’legal’ with the album «Electric Mud». And not to forget Hendrix, Free, Canned Heat and the rest of the gang from the Woodstock-era. The result was a highly electric musical revolution, where e.g. the newly born genre hard rock walked hand in hand with traditional delta blues.

It is out from this musical mud The Devil & The Almighty Blues  have found their inspiration. Their music is slow, heavy, melodic and raw, all without losing the almighty blues out of sight.

Their lastest LP “Tre” was released in late March 2019.

thedevilandthealmightyblues.bandcamp.com


The Great Machine is a 3 piece rock band from Israel.
The brothers Haviv: Omer on guitar and Aviran on bass, combined with the energetic drumming of Michael Izaky, create a strong psychedelic, stoner-rock musical experience with a punk rock attitude.

Shortly after the release of their first EP in 2013, the band set out for a tour in Germany. They played at the Rotormania stoner festival along side Colour Haze, Coogans bluff, Rotor and many others.

In 2014 The Great Machine debut album was released, and on April 2017 the second album “Love” was released, and has been getting many great reviews from all over the stoner/psych scene around the world.

On January 4th 2018, The band’s 3rd studio album Respect was released under the independent label ‘Reality Rehab Records’.

After establishing a strong, loyal fanbase in Israel, The Great Machine has played festivals and venues all over Europe, including Freak Valley in Germany, Wild Mint in Russia and SonicBlast Moledo in Portugal, and toured with ‘All them Witches’ in October 2016.
They were also the support band for Ozzy in Israel in 2018.

“The free spirit and wild feeling that The Great Machine spreads, and their on-stage behaviour immediately releases your inner rocker, even if it is quite suppressed”.

thegreatmachine1.bandcamp.com

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3.5. ELECTRIC FIRE FESTIVAL ft. DIAMOND SKULL / NAPLAVA / RAUCH

Diamond Skull are a stoner rock quartet, born 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
Hard edged bluesy riffs, mesmerizing groove with great attention to detail their crafting a sound that is equally straight forward, dark and hypnotic.


The band consisting of members Thomas (guitar/vocals), Robert (bass), Dragan (guitar) and Jan (Drums).
In 2015, Diamond Skull began recording their debut album „Sleepless“. After the single release of „Cocaine“, their debut album came on the 15th of April 2018 via Electric Fire Records. The Ltd. Edition 12“ Vinyl will be released on the 1st of August 2018.

diamondskull.bandcamp.com

Since 2010, Naplava have been merging Stoner Rock with Doom, Slugde and Heavy Rock, and they are elegantly demonstrating  that genre boundaries are not more than an artificial disruption of the music industry. A raw, direct and gloomy sound aiming at the sore anti-mainstream Listener.

Naplava are currently working on their follow up LP to 2015´s „Opposites“.

naplava.bandcamp.com

Stressed swarms of bees, thunderstorms and a good dose of melancholy. Groovy, dreamy and dirty rock music, served by three musicians, who’ve been playing together since they were teenagers. As Rauch they met for the first time in the very familiar rehearsal room in 2017.

Soup, Sweet and Sour, the debut single of the band (available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify,…), was released at the beginning of 2018 by the label Electric Fire Records. 

Rauch are currently working on their debut LP.

www.rauchmusic.com

Poster Artwork by Dr. Knoche
drknoche.squarespace.com

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10.4. MONKEY3 / *SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT CANCELLED!*

 

Samsara Blues Experiment official Statement

Dear Fans, we are very sorry to inform you that we have to cancel all gigs of our upcoming EU Tour. It´s again a very unfortunate circumstance, but i am seriously ill and in hospital treatment. As it looks there is no chance for a speedy recovery so we could play the coming shows and i can only ask you to bear with us. We are very sorry for this! However our tourmates Monkey 3 will still play most of the scheduled shows and we can only leave you with hope for the future. I am very sorry, Chris /SBE

 

 

Native to Lausanne, Monkey3 started in 2001 as a jam sessions community fueld by the love of psychedelic, stoner-rock and space-rock music. In 2003 they became a permanent group featuring Picasso on bass, Walter on drums, Boris on guitar, dB on keyboards. Monkey3 self-titled first album was released in 2003 as a self production and press to 1000 copies. In 2004, Monkey3 inked a deal with belgian label Buzzville Records and the first step was the re-release of “Monkey3” on a larger scale. The band started to tour Europe in the underground club circuit putting them on the map of the psychedelic/stoner-rock European scene.

2006 is the year of Monkey3 2nd release: “39Laps” (Buzzville Records). This record sets the band unique blend of psychedelic/stoner/prog/space they are known for and is often considered as a fan’s favorite. Audience started to grow bigger, the band toured intensively across Europe and appeared in festivals such as Roadburn and Stoned From The Underground.

After intense touring, the band recorded and self-released “Undercover” (2009), an album filled with covers that pays tribute to the bands musical influences. Among other tracks, a live cover rendition of Ennio Morricone’s timeless classic “Once Upon A Time In The West” and a heavy cover of Kiss’s “Watching You” featuring John Garcia (Kyuss, Unida, Hermano) on guest vocals.

In 2011 the band signed a deal with german label Stickman Records and released the album “Beyond The Black Sky”. This record features one of Monkey3’s live favorite track: “Through The Desert”.

“The 5th Sun” (2013) is the first step in the collaboration between Monkey3 and Napalm Records. After The 5th Sun Tour, band’s co-founder and bassist Picasso quit the band. With new bassist Kevin, Monkey3 started to work on their next full-lenght effort: “Astra Symmetry”. The album was released via Napalm Records in September 2016 and ranked 93 in the german charts.

Over the years, the Swiss quartet has intensively toured Europe and appeared in festivals such as Roadburn, Hellfest, Freak Valley, Desertfests, Burg-Herzberg, Rock Oz Arènes…The band’s 6th full-length studio album, “Sphere”, is set to be released on April 12, 2019, on Napalm Records.

www.monkey3official.com

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1.4. THE GOLDEN GRASS / WEDGE


The Golden Grass is free-wheelin, good-time rock and roll band. They play a soulful mix of heavy-country-funk-boogie and progressive-psychedelic-freakbeat. Their music is bursting with a feel-good energy, inspiring with an earnest vibe, and classic in a modern time.

…the Golden Grass weave a tapestry~
***rooted in sun-soaked and funky southern/country US classic rock back-beat
***emblazoned with swinging, hip and groovy UK mod/soul/freakbeat vibrations
***bursting with proto-metal and bluesey-prog overtones
~get in on it….

Their 3rd album „Absolutely“ was released in 2018 on Listenable Records.

thegoldengrass.bandcamp.com


Wedge was born into the spotlight in 2014. The trio was founded in Berlin by guitarist/singer Kiryk Drewinski (ex-Liquid Visions & ex-The Magnificent Brotherhood), drummer Holger “The Holg” Grosser & bassist/organist Dave Götz and named itself after the first stone tool of human history.

Their sound is accordingly archaic, extremely effective, “made from solid rock” and, when used correctly, causes fire … especially live! WEDGE blends mainly elements of classic rock, 60s garage and some Psychedelic with a proper dose of joy while playing.

Their latest studio album “Killing Tongue” saw it’s release in February 2018 on Heavy Psych Sounds Records and was accompanied by a 50 shows tour through Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Poland & Italy.

www.wedgeband.com

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