Mothership Live Over Freak Valley and US tour dates

After the rerelease of their momentous second album and a storming start to 2015, Mothership – the hard rocking supersonic/intergalactic Texan trio – are pleased to announce the arrival of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley this coming November on Ripple Music.

Recorded at their debut European appearance at the iconic German rock festival, brothers Kyle and Kelly Juett along with Judge Smith have captured their steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden inspired metal; southern Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top swagger, and deathly Sabbathian doom. A concoction that should by all accounts prove too heavy to handle on record, but as fans will soon discover, Mothership Live Over Freak Valley will deliver the filth and fury of the full Mothership live experience.

Since 2013 the band has travelled non-stop, playing live across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe; taking to festival stages, nightclubs, and under the sun at whatever motorcycle parties they could find. They are for all intents and purposes a heavy rock juggernaut that has only just begun to tear a hole in the cosmos. And guess what? They have no plans of slowing down for anyone.

Over the coming months Mothership also embark on The Drunk As Sh*t Tour with fellow rockers Crobot and Wilson where the band will have CDs of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley on sale ahead of its official vinyl release on Ripple Music at the end of the year. To catch them live and for the full list of dates see below, and to stream and share the live version of ‘Serpents Throne’ follow the link here – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/04-serpents-throne

Mothership Live:

10th July – Blue Fox Billiards, Winchester, VA
11th July – Ziggy’s By The Sea, Wilmington, NC
14th July – Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park, NY
15th July – The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY
17th July – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
18th July – The Met, Pawtucket, RI
19th July – The Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
21st July – The Outpost, Kent, OH
23rd July – Frankie’s Inner-City, Toledo, OH
24th July – Cheers Pub – South Bend, IN
25th July – The Stache @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
26th July – Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH
28th July – Venue 3405, Joplin, MO
31st July – Q&Z Expo Center, Ringle, WI
1st August – Pov’s 65, Spring Lake Park, MN
7th August – Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE**
8th August – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO**
9th August – The Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO**
18th August – Rockbar Theater, San Jose, CA**

** w. Crobot only

Mothership - The Drunk As Sh*t Tour

Ripple Music Celebrates its Fifth Birthday with Anniversary Sampler

This month marks a very special anniversary for the California-based independent record label Ripple Music, a venture kick started exactly half a decade ago by music-lovers and avid record collectors Todd Severin and John Rancik.

“From the beginning, we wanted to run Ripple differently than other labels,” explains Severin. “The music business was already in the beginnings of a transformation and we wanted to help drive a stake through the heart of the old ‘greedy, controlling’ record label. Ripple Music has always been a true partnership between label and band, two forces working hard together to release the best heavy music we can.”

In 2007, with their feet planted firmly in the field of music journalism and a website called The Ripple Effect – set up by both Severin (a former radio DJ) and Rancik (former lead singer of San Diego punk/metal band Blind Justice) – the pair became indebted to all things rock and dedicated to uncovering what they believed at the time was quite simply, “The Best Music You’re Not Listening To.” Praised by the likes of Guitar World Magazine, as one of the top music sites around it wasn’t long before their venture grew to incorporate a record label in 2010, after they were approached by legendary proto-metallers JPT Scare Band who wanted to release several previously unheard tracks from their archives.

“I’d gotten to know JPT Scare Band, after writing a review of their compilation Sleeping Sickness. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was holding in my hands a series of fully mastered unreleased recordings by the band with the mandate to ‘put them out.’ With that not-so-gentle nudge, Ripple Music the record label was born,” says Todd.

Since the release of JPT Scare Band’s Acid Blues Is The White Man’s Burden, and a second reissue released that same year (the 1972 album Let Me In by the cult band Poobah) the label has unearthed music of the highest order by some of the scene’s best and brightest in the world of heavy rock, psych, metal, proto-metal and doom. Mos Generator, Mothership, Stubb, Iron Claw, Trucker Diablo, Grifter, White Dynomite, Leaf Hound; this year alone has already seen critically acclaimed releases from Switchblade Jesus, Geezer, Space Probe Taurus and Ape Machine, and with highly anticipated albums on the horizon from DoctoR DooM and Sweat Lodge the label is showing absolutely no signs of slowing.

“Bands retain all rights to their own music and Ripple does it’s best to get that music heard around the world,” explains Todd. “We’ve even partnered with other, like-minded labels to co-release certain albums, anything we can do to create awareness and availability for the music. A labor of love to be sure, but a love we’d feel lost without.”

To celebrate their anniversary, the label has compiled a special free 5th Anniversary Sampler, downloadable directly from their Bandcamp page for those keen on delving into the label’s history, and inspired to hear its future. Visit Ripple Music’s Bandcamp page to download the compilation in full here https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/ripple-music-5-year-anniversary-compilation

Terminal Cheesecake return with Cheese Brain Fondue: Live In Marseille

“One of the eighties most sonically unhinged bands of all time.”
The Arts Desk

“A delirious carnival of head music interrupted by nightmarish sound collages; a manic parade celebrating both the surreal and psychopathic, with a cast of characters ranging from serial killers to sex toys, circus freaks to a children’s choir and naked hippies.” The Quietus

Formed in East London in 1988 as the brainchild of Gary Boniface (The Purple Things, The Vibes), Russell Smith (A.R. Kane, MARRS), bassist Mick Parkin and drummer John Jobbagy, Terminal Cheesecake are one of England’s greatest musical oddities.

Like Pink Floyd and Hawkwind before them, as chief exponents of unmerciful, head-frying psychedelia, deranged dub and electronica, over a career spanning five albums – Johnny Town-Mouse (1988), VCL (1989), Angels In Pigtails (1990), Pearlesque Kings Of The Jewmost (1992) and King Of All The Spaceheads (1994) – they stand out as a remarkable anomaly.

In part influenced by the likes of Pussy Galore, Big Black and Butthole Surfers, they are an essential entry into the folklore of decidedly English eccentricity and experimentation with a legacy that has lived on over the years through a devoted coterie of fans, chaotic live shows and visionary records. Most notably, and indeed more recently this year, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of their seminal album Angels In Pigtails, released in 1990 on Kevin Martin’s (GOD/Ice/Techno Animal/The Bug) Pathological Records. An album that went some way to expunging the impure mash and disorder of previous releases to create a rich vista from otherworldly instruments, emerging sample technology and even greater psychosomatic depth. All to devastatingly brilliant effect.

Over the course of their trajectory the band adapted to several line-up changes before going on to release three more albums before disbanding in 1995. In 2013 however, they returned after a twenty-year hiatus with Russell Smith coming back into the fold, joined by guitarist Gordon Watson, original drummer John Jobbagy, Head of David’s Dave Cochrane on bass and new vocalist Neil Francis from Manchester’s equally exceptional Gnod. Retreating to the idyllic surroundings of Smith’s home in Bordeaux, the new five-piece line-up rehearsed for a number of outstanding shows in France and the UK, including Oxford’s Supernormal Festival and London’s Corsica Studios.

This August, with guitars placed firmly back at centre stage and a new lease of life running rife through their ranks Terminal Cheesecake release their first record in over twenty years. A live album (of all things!) that dusts off and reawakens the likes of ‘Johnny Town-Mouse’, ‘Bladdersac’ and ‘Herbal Spaceflight’ and puts forward new material as audible evidence of their peculiar, psychedelic and experimental potency.

“Personally, I have been a fan of the band since their first record on Pathological, and I connected with some fellows who were also deep into all things Terminal Cheesecake, so we traded live recordings,” explains Artificial Head Records’ Paul Chavez.

“There was something very dark and sinister about their sound. But also something maniacal and whimsical.  I couldn’t stop listening and ultimately found their first two releases a few months later. As time rolled on I connected with the band and kept bugging them about new or unreleased material. Finally, when I heard about the upcoming live release I kept prodding that it should be on my label… and here we are.” Cheese Brain Fondue: Live In Marseille will be released on 11th August on the Houston, Texas-based label Artificial Head Records.

Cheese Brain Fondue: Live In Marseille will be released on 11th August on the Houston, Texas-based label Artificial Head Records.

DoctoR DooM announce new album This Seed We Have Sown

“With a devilish affection, the band conjures up a foggy brew of wicked blues and righteous stoner rock.”
Heavy Planet

“DoctoR DooM does everything you could possibly ask of them to introduce themselves as major new players in the heavy rock underground.”
The Ripple Effect

Formed in the French town of Ariège in the Midi-Pyrénées by guitarists Jean-Laurent Pasquet and Jérémie Delattre, since their formation in 2011 DoctoR DooM have blazed an impressive underground trail for followers of new, authentically crafted hard rock, metal and progressive blues.

Having come together out of a shared appreciation for forgotten 60s and 70s music, it didn’t take long for the duo to find kindred spirits in drummer Michel Marcq and bass player Sébastien Boutin Blomfield as they sought to pull together the rhythm section required to knock out a monumentally heavy live set. Initially performing covers of Coven, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, out of the riffs and drum rolls of old grew new, original numbers that would later surface fully formed on their 2012 debut DoomO EP on STB Records.

Inspired by the recent wave of Scandinavian stoner/rock bands such as Graveyard, Witchcraft and Spiders, throughout 2013 and 2014 DoctoR DooM took part in a series of high profile festival appearances including Spain’s Riff Ritual Fest, Doom Over Karalis in Sardinia and Germany’s much-celebrated DesertFest before taking to the studio at the end of last year to record their very first LP.

This Seed We Have Sown by DoctoR DooM will be released worldwide on 24th July 2015 on Ripple Music, with a limited vinyl released on STB Records out toward the end of June.