Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Prince Tribute Night - Benjamin Wise

Benjamin Wise is one talented fellow, Actor, General Manager, and Musician! We managed to have a quick chat with Benjamin about his Prince experience!

Hammer Records: What was the first song that your heard by Prince?BenjimanFirst prince song I heard was purple rain

Hammer Records: How did Prince’s music influence yourself as a musician?BenjimanPrince did not hugely influence my music apart from maybe vocally

Hammer Records: Why did you choose this certain song(s) to perform by Prince?BenjimanI chose this specific song because of the amazing memories of LA it invokes in me

Hammer Records: With such a large diverse number of bands performing, are there any bands you are looking forward to seeing share the stage with you?BenjimanI am really looking forward to TrailerHawk

Hammer Records: Where can people find your music? What are your social media links?Benjiman: People will be able to find my EP 'trust your feet' on bandcamp from September 1st

The Roxy Launch Project - Untitled Sequence

Untitled Sequence already played their showcase but we had a nice chat with them about their thoughts on the showcase and battle of the band contests around Vancouver.

Hammer Records: What made you enter the Roxy Launch Project?Untitled Sequence: This constantly growing need to promote what we've been working on for years. 

Hammer Records: Which of the prizes are you most looking forward to?Untitled Sequence: Trevor needs a new bass.

Hammer Records: How are you going to get fans out to your show? Any special tactics?Untitled Sequence: Hinting about possible anti-republican bits in between songs (Fuck Donald Trump).

Hammer Records: Will you be doing anything special at the show?Untitled Sequence: Sean playing rhythm is new. 

Hammer Records: What do you think of battle of the band competitions around the city? Do they help build the scene?Untitled Sequence: Absolutely. It's a great way to learn from your mistakes and keep improving as a band. 

Hammer Records: What are some of your social media links? Where can people find your music?Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UntitledSequence/?fref=tsTwitter: https://twitter.com/untldsequenceInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/untitledsequence/

Thursday, July 21, 2016

DEAD RANCH Announce Western Canadian Dates (MB/SK/AB/BC)

Winnipeg's crushing and catchy loud noisy four piece DEAD RANCH are hitting the road for dates across Western Canada in support of their latest album 'Antler Royal' recorded with renowned engineer, Jesse Gander (Japandroids, Anciients) and released on No List Records (dates listed below). The tour will also see the band perform new material from their follow up, their sophomore album 'Brumation' set for release later this year.

'Antler Royal' is available digitally on all major online retailers plus colored limited edition 12" Blood Milk Splatter vinyl from No List Records here.

Tour Dates:
Aug 5 - Brandon, MB - North Hill Inn
Aug 6 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's
Aug 8 - Edmonton, AB - Filthy McNasty's
Aug 11 - Victoria, BC - Logan's Pub
Aug 12 - Victoria, BC - Happy Birthday House
Aug 13 - Vancouver, BC - BURGER FEST (The Waldorph)
Aug 17 - Siksika First Nation, AB
Aug 18 - Lethbridge, AB - Ask A Punk
Aug 19 - Calgary, AB - Distortion
Aug 20 - Regina, SK - The Exchange

For more info, please visit http://www.facebook.com/deadranch.


Set to kick off their cross Canada tour on August 4th with death metal masters NECRONOMICON and Floridian tech-death metallers ABIOTIC for the 'Okkultis In Canada Tour' presented by PureGrainAudio.com (dates listed below). Canadian epic metal quartet VESPERIA are featured on the 'Live At Wacken 2015 - 26 Years Louder Than Hell' Double CD & DVD / Blu-ray being released on Aug 5th in Europe and Aug 26th in North America via UDR Music. The release captures the 2015 Wacken Metal Battle world champions performing their track 'Iron Saga' live at the festival. Please visit WACKEN's UDR-Music.com page for more information.

VESPERIA are currently completing the recording of their new album to follow to 2015's 'The Iron Tempests' EP. The album is being recorded at Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada with engineer/ producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx) and will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians with the art created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theater). 

VESPERIA launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise over $5,000 to record the new album giving fans many special and unique perks for their contributions, including mead made by the band's front man Morgan Rider, drinking horns, album pre-releases, the bands stage banners and much more! For all details on contributions, please visit the following link: https://www.indiegogo.com/at/new-vesperia-album 

Friday, July 15, 2016

HOWLING GIANT 'Mothership'; New EP 'Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 1'

HOWLING GIANT is what happens when three nerds write about space travel, doomed seafarers, and a sentient android hellbent for a camel killing death crusade. HOWLING GIANT plays self-indulgent, drop-tuned, fuzzed out riffs that could curdle milk. With the release of their upcoming EP 'Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 1' due out on August 5th, the fuzz rockers from Nashville, TN have teamed up with Idobi Radio for the premiere of their first single 'Mothership' streaming at the following link: http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/premiere-howling-giants-mothership/

Drummer Zachary Wheeler comments on the track:

"Mothership' sets the scene for the Black Hole Space Wizard universe. Mankind has ravaged earth and has been forced to live on a giant space station which they revere as the pinnacle of human achievement. About halfway through the track we start to focus on a group of humans answering a call to defend the Mothership from an unknown entity."
'Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 1' was produced by HOWLING GIANT, mixed by Kim Auch plus mastered by Chris Fasco as the follow up to their 2015 self titled debut.

HOWLING GIANT! The very name summons up mental images of a huge mutated orc-warrior astride an even more gigantic mastodon, ready to bring death, doom, damnation and destruction (and many other things beginning with “d”) down upon its enemies

Names matter, and something magical happened when three nerds obsessed with all that is fuzzed-out, riffed-out, and heavy came together to compose cosmic odes to space travel, doomed sea-farers, and even an android on a camel-killing crusade (what harm did the poor camel ever do to him?), under the name Howling Giant.

Drummer Zach Wheeler says the name is no accident and reflects the band’s music. “Howling Giant sounds a lot like a loud beast, which is what we strive to do musically. We aim to create a full sound that people might normally expect from a five-piece rather than a power-trio.” Indeed, by employing the three-piece format, Howling Giant is following in the footsteps of legends like Motorhead, MC5, Cream, and Corrosion of Conformity; good company to be in! As the band’s philosophy would have it wisely: “Teamwork makes the dream work.”
Hailing from Nashville, Howling Giant obviously had some special metal immunity to all the country and western music in the air. The boys started jamming at school in Boston with an aim to move away from overtly serious music and have fun, describing their music accurately as “loud, energetic, heavy, melodic, and cosmic.”

Overall, Howling Giant’s music forms part of a fascinating Black Hole Space Wizard concept EP series. As guitarist Tom Polzine explains, “Musically we aim to write songs that are melodic, catchy, and head bang-able. As a concept series, we strive to conjure up space-themed imagery of heroes and villains at war, introducing the story and setting the scene of things to come within the Black Hole Space Wizard Universe. We’re not trying to spell out the entire story so much as we are creating scenes to provoke your imagination.”
Writing is very much a collaborative effort. “We usually come up with a general theme, then we write riffs and musical passages to support said theme. After that, we work on overall arrangements to create a nice flow and build within the song. Lyrics and vocal melodies come last as an icing on a very meaty cake. We find the flow of an album is just as important as the flow of an individual song and we strive to make each song unique. We wanted to include a combination of heavy, spacey, doom, and thrash, all wrapped up in a crunchy garage-sounding blanket. Fans can expect two more EPs within the Black Hole Space Wizard Universe. And with an overflowing riff bank, who knows how long we’ll go.”

Such far-out music deserves far-out lyrics, and Howling Giant is prepared to go to extreme lengths to get them. As bassist Roger Marks reveals, “We have a strict regimen of smashing our heads into walls daily until lyrics finally come to us.” As for inspiration, “We are inspired by science fiction and occult rituals, as well as books, movies, and other music.”

As part of an overall concept, the EP paints four distinct scenes.

The pinnacle of mankind.
An exodus from Earth.
The Black Hole Space Wizard destroying everything.
A lone survivor trapped on a ravaged Mother Earth.
In Roger’s own words, “The first track is a little more progressive, packed with riffs both dark and triumphant. The second track is all about build and groove. The third track is thrash, metal, and destructive. The final track is spacey with doom elements.”
Overall, it you are one of the many that wishes Mastodon had continued in the cosmic, crushing progressive manner of Crack The Skye and Blood Mountain, Howling Giant is your dream band!

PSYCHOSTICK Unleash Their Heaviest Video Ever! Watch 'So. Heavy.'

Comedy rock kings PSYCHOSTICK have just unleashed 'So. Heavy.', their heaviest of heaviest videos ever with the most intense cookie cutter vocals to burst your ear drums!

"So. Heavy. is a favorite from our latest album in all it's over-downtuned glory." says guitarist Josh 'The J' Key. "We felt it was a worthy video to launch our Patreon, which has been going very well. If you want to help us make more ridiculous videos like we have been, then please support us on Patreon!"

PSYCHOSTICK's Patreon campaign allows fans to make pledges to the band to produce videos more frequently plus give exclusives and behind-the-scenes access to everything they're working on, as well as supporting the DIY band and their video production group.

Full details at the following link: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2994778
Unfortunately, their guitarist Josh 'The J' Key didn't understand Patreon right away... so please watch this video of the rest of the band explaining it to him. FYI they needed to visit a doctor!

Video - Josh Doesn't Understand Patreon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhEzePWlfss 

...Whatever That Means ON TOUR!

Hailing from Seoul. "....Whatever That Means" is rocking around the states so be sure to catch them on one of their upcoming dates. We chatted with Jeff Moses, lead vocalist and guitarist in the band, about their upcoming tour.

Hammer Records: So we've got to ask, what’s the origin of the band name?
Jeff from …Whatever That Means: Well, as you may or may not know, Trash and I are married. On our wedding day, we had a big punk rock show as the after party for our wedding reception. At that point, Trash was still playing in her old band, BB Lucky Town, and I didn't have a band of my own yet in Seoul, but there was no way I was going to book one of the best shows of the year and not play. I was in the middle of putting together what I planned to be a one-off project when my buddy was finishing up the poster for the show. We still didn't know exactly what my band was going to be, so he just listed all the bands playing and then at the end of the list wrote, "and Jeff....whatever that means." Once we had a lineup set, we just decided to call ourselves ...Whatever That Means so we could pretend our band name was on the poster.

Hammer Records: What differences do you find between Korean crowds and North American crowds?
Jeff from …Whatever That Means: That's a really tough question to answer. How do you generalize North American audiences? I've toured all over the West Coast of the US, and most towns are really different from each other. I can tell you that even though Seoul is a huge city, most shows feel more like small town punk shows. Tens of millions of people live in Seoul, but it can be really hard to get more than 40 or 50 people out to a show. With that said, the 40 people who come out are the right people. Everyone is always ready to have a good time, jump around, and sing-a-long with the bands.

Hammer Records: Interesting to list GOB as one of your influences, many of the members are now producing Vancouver bands and working with the local music scene. If you could meet them, what would you want to say to them?
Jeff from …Whatever That Means: All the Canadian punks I've ever talked to love their early stuff, but I have got to say that "The World According To Gob" was such a killer album. The first time I heard the intro to “For The Moment,” it blew my mind. I think you can hear a lot of that album and "Foot in Mouth Disease" in our writing. I'd put it right up there with some of the best stuff Face To Face put out.

Hammer Records: What is one of your favourite venues to play on your previous tours? Any that you are looking forward to this tour?
Jeff from …Whatever That Means: My two favorite stops on our first US tour were The Interzone Cafe in Corvallis, Oregon and Nemesis House in Tacoma, Washington. We're going back to Tacoma this year, but unfortunately, the Nemesis House is gone. I'm stoked to play at The Interzone again though. I'm actually tour managing another Korean punk band, Full Garage, on their US tour right now. They just played in Corvallis, and it was every bit as rad as I remembered. ...Whatever That Means will be back there on our tour in a few weeks, and I can't wait!

Hammer Records: Which is one of your favourite songs to play live?
Jeff from …Whatever That Means: "Sixty-Eight, Twenty-Two" is always a lot of fun to play because lyrically, it's a song that I really believe in, and it's also our best sing-a-long song. A lot of the time when we play it at home in Korea, the crowd overpowers the mics. That's an awesome feeling. We also just released a new Korea punk compilation album that we'll be giving away for free on tour called "Them and Us 2." We have a new track on there called "The Inside." It's kind of my punk rock midlife crisis song. We've only played it a few times, but it's a lot of fun to play, and Trash sings lead so I can just enjoy actually playing my guitar and singing along with her when I feel like it.

Hammer Records: Besides the tour, what’s on the horizon for the band?
Jeff from …Whatever That Means: People keep asking that, and I don't really have any specifics to offer. We've spent the last six months planning for this tour, working on the "Them and Us 2" compilation, and running our World Domination, Inc. record label. It was a ridiculous amount of work, and I've only recently realized that we don't have any real projects planned for after tour. We've got some new song ideas that I'm hoping to work on during tour, and hopefully we can get back in the recording studio again before year's end. We've also got our annual "Still Alive" Halloween show coming up in Seoul in a few months. Beyond that, it'll be more of the usual. Play lots of shows around Korea, and hope for the best.

Hammer Records: Where can people find your music? Social Media links?

Jeff from …Whatever That Means: You can find our music on Bandcamp at http://whateverthatmeans.bandcamp.com and we're on Facebook at Facebook.com/whateverthatmeansmusic. To keep up with other music coming out on our label, World Domination, Inc., go to Facebook.com/wdikorea and if you're outside Korea and would like a copy of the "Them and Us 2" compilation, just email me at wdibooking@gmail.com and I'll send you a free digital download link.

Here are the band's US tour dates:

July 23 Las Vegas, NV @ The Double Down Saloon
July 24 Fresno, CA @ TBA
July 26 Corvallis, OR @ The Interzone Café
July 27 Seattle, WA @ The Kraken
July 28 Tacoma, WA @ Real Art
July 29 Portland, OR @ Foggy Notion
July 30 Reno, NV @ PB&J's
July 31 Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street 
August 1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Redwood Bar

Music video for "I Can't Take It" (it was just released last week) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl_4FqbMyi8
Music video for "Asian Prodigy" -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTxYRWzl81I
Music video for "Sixty-Eight, Twenty-Two" (Jeff mentioned this song in his answers) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahC2WuwSD1g

The band’s music can be streamed here: http://whateverthatmeans.bandcamp.com/.  And their new "Blowing Minds & Melting Faces" split 7-inch record with Seattle's Burn Burn Burn can be pre-ordered and streamed here: https://burnburnburn.bandcamp.com/album/blowing-minds-melting-faces