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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Datura4 - West Coast Highway Cosmic released on Alive-Naturalsound


As the viewers of this blog must probably be aware of by now, Datura4 is a psychedelic/heavy-blues band hailing from Fremantle, Western Australia.

The current line-up is Dom Mariani guitar/vocals (previous frontman of legendary Australian garage band The Stems and Power Pop favorites DM3), Warren (Waz) Hall drums, Stu Loasby bass and Bob Patient on keyboards who came in to replace guitarist Greg Hitchcock after the Hairy Mountain album. 

On these new recordings, they are also joined by Howie Smallman – harmonica on Wolfman Woogie, You’re the Only One, You Be the Fool and You Rule My World.

The band has been active from 2011 and since their debut album, "Demon Blues" in 2015, this new offering is already Datura4’s fourth release on Alive-Naturalsound. So that almost one album per year. True workaholics! 

Once again, this new album, the much anticipated “WEST COAST HIGHWAY COSMIC”, is filled with saturated and overdriven guitars but also with groovy keyboards sounds. ("A Darker Shade of Brown").


Of course, on songs like "Get out" or "Rule my world" you will still hear traces of early ’70’s Australian Psych/Blues/Boogie from the likes of Buffalo, Coloured Balls or the latter era Masters Apprentices. 

But the quartet opens more and more to different musical influences and this new album shows there are more to the layers that make Datura4’s sound what it is. As Dom Mariani stated previously, they try to keep things interesting and each song different. ("You're the only one"; "Give").



The beautiful psychedelic cover art, is designed by Robin Gnista and it is a perfect fit to the music.

Once more, DATURA4 delivers a real cosmic masterpiece filled to the rafters with brilliant and ultra catchy songs. You hear them once and they get stuck in your head for days. A must buy!

AMAZING LIMITED EDITION on SPLATTER VINYL. 

https://www.bompstore.com/datura4-west-coast-highway-cosmic-amazing-ltd-ed-splatter-vinyl-70s-style-psych/

NOTE:CD HAS ONE BONUS TRACK

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Outtacontroller - "Sure Thing" released on Alien Snatch Records


Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, comes Outtacontroller, a powerpop punk quartet that's been churning out buzz saw guitars melodies for almost ten years now. Their latest vinyl offering, "Sure Thing", is released on the German label Alien Snatch Records and it's filled to the rafters with perfect pop tunes. Just listen to "Glassy eyes", "Operator" or "Flashpoint" and you will be humming these tunes for days in a row. 

Nowadays, the band is featuring Terry A'hearn - Guitars / Vocals; James O'Toole - Guitar / Vocals; Sean Parsons - Drums and AJ Boutilier - Bass. Yours truly had a very interesting conversation with James and Terry. Here it goes:

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about you and your musical background to introduce yourself? Can you also introduce the other members of Outtacontroller who participated in the recordings? Were there any members changes in the band over the course of the years or are these the same guys, right from the start? 

Terry: Me and James met through a mutual friend when I moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia from Moncton, New Brunswick in 2011. We started jamming at my apartment on top of a run-down pizza shop/laundromat and quickly got a 3 song EP together.

James: I started out playing drums for the guys but Terry and I would switch between guitar and drums since we could play both. That's how the band evolved into both of us singing and playing guitar. I had made a connection with Peter Eichorn at P Trash through recording Tongan Death Grip's "Chula Vista"  and sent him our first EP "Power Out". He liked what he heard and asked if we could have an LP ready in a few months. We hadn't even played a show yet and I think we only had a handful of finished songs in our catalog. So we got Will Irving on drums and jumped in headfirst with writing material, recording and playing shows.

 Terry: On this newest LP, we have Sean Parsons on drums and AJ Boutilier on bass. Past members of Outtacontroller is a list as long as it is important to what we are/sound like today. Past bass players have been Mike Beliveau, Matty Grace and Jesse Leblanc; on guitar, Tyler Delong; drummers Will Irving, Chris Murdoch, Dexter Outhit, and Jesse Leblanc. We have always been a really close-knit band, and they have all left their mark in Outtacontroller.

2) About the new full length album "Sure Thing", what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

All 10 songs were recorded live off the floor with all of four of us playing in the same room. We've always done it that way and feel that it is a major factor in capturing a good take. If you rehearse together and play on a stage together, it only makes sense to us to apply the same principal to the studio. We’re no strangers to overdubs, we do plenty and layer lot's of tracks on top but we try to keep as much of the original take as possible.

3) Do you use the nowadays digital recording technology or do you only work with analog machines in analog studios? 

We work with both. All of our records have been a combination of recording digitally and to analogue tape. Using tape requires more studio time and more discipline but there's nothing cooler than hearing your stuff play back on a reel to reel.

4) How would you describe the music you are playing? If I were to call it "Powerpop Punk", would you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that? 

Yeah, “Powerpop Punk” would be a fair assessment, although it has definitely shifted more towards Powerpop over the past couple of years. We’re very happy with the sound of the band at the moment but I think we will always be trying to tweak and shape it to keep it fresh, for both us and the listener, without alienating the original feeling of the band.

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

We tend to write mostly about going through a negative situation--such as broken relationships, addictions or frustrations of small town isolation--while trying to keep a positive outlook. Maybe things aren’t going your way right now, but they will someday if you keep moving.

6) Do you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the newly released LP?? 

We do! It was a ton of fun making the video for Glassy Eyes with BA Johnston, past members of the band and our close buds.



7) What can concert goers expect at Outtacontroller gig? Are you playin' any famous cover songs during the concert? 

Most recently, we have been closing our shows with a cover of Bastards of Young by The Replacements, and prior to that it was Ever Fallen in Love by The Buzzcocks. An Outtacontroller gig is a very loud, high energy performance, where we try our hardest to get the audience to have as much of a good time as we are.

8) Are there any bands in Canada today you consider yourself close to, musically speaking?

A) Hard to say, musically speaking. There are so many great Canadian bands who all have their own personal touch of style. Bands we pair well with live, for one reason or another, would be groups like Phone Jerks, NECK, Priors, First Base, School Damage, BA Johnston, Real Sickies, and a bunch more amazing Canadian bands.

9) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager? What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today in Outtacontroller.

James: The Misfits, Nirvana and Devo. The video for Jocko Homo blew my mind as a kid.

Terry: I’d say Eric’s Trip, The Replacements and The New York Dolls are bands I loved as a teenager that still resurface, but the heart of Outtacontroller will always be The Ramones and The Buzzcocks.

10) What are the plans for the rest of 2020 as far as Outtacontroller is concerned?

Currently working on a European tour and recording a new EP.

11) Anything you wanna add? 

If you wanna purchase a digital file:
https://outtacontroller.bandcamp.com/album/sure-thing

If you wanna purchase a physical copy of the album:  
https://aliensnatch.bandcamp.com/album/outtacontroller-sure-thing

Thursday, April 23, 2020

TOMMY RAY - First Hits Free


The CRY!'s frontman and principal songwriter TOMMY RAY! (Nelsen) has launched a solo career with the release, on German label gadm-punk, of his debut full length record "First hits free". So it was high time for this blog to ask the man, among other things about his musical background and if this solo career would jeopardize the future of The CRY. Here it goes and it's quite interesting. 

1) For the readers of this blog who would not know you, what would you like fans to know about you and your musical background to introduce yourself?

My name's TOMMY RAY! and I’m a songwriter, street musician, front man, and producer in Portland OR. I’ve been making music as long as I can remember. Even most my baby pictures I have a guitar (Shit I should be better!). My first band was called “Delinquent Souls” I started in with my middle school mate Johnny Martinez. Johnny also recorded drums on half of The CRY!’s first LP. We were playing in PDX punk bars by the time I was 13.



2) About the newly released full length solo record “FIRST HITS FREE”, what can you tell us about the recording process? Can you also explain the title? What are you referring to?

“FIRST HITS FREE”: It was really an “off the cuff” thought. I shared it with a few friends and they liked it too. It has different meaning to different people. I guess it is a kind of reference too old-school dope peddlers giving the first taste of their product to unsuspecting youth for free in order to create new costumers. Beyond that, it seems like it is kind of the way things seem to work out there in world.

3) Do you use the nowadays digital recording technology or do you only work with analog machines in analog studios?

That’s the cool thing. ALL the TOMMY RAY! Stuff was recorded and mixed on my Mac Book! We have some really cool instruments (https://thecryband.com/rockwood-records%3A-gear) but much of the record was record on Garageband. This should be encouraging for young players who can’t afford expensive studio time. 10-years of experience recording songs and playing a spectrum in axes helps too!

4) Were your songs composed for the specific purpose of this record or have these songs been composed over the years and deemed not fit to make it to a The CRY records?

The tunes have been around in some form for a couple years but here’s the thing, TOMMY RAY songs, are The CRY songs. Any of these tracks could have been recorded by the band. They just were not. The CRY! has inter-personal problems (drugs, no money, jobs, girls… that old chestnut). We have been working on a CRY! record off and on for a couple years. We have 8 tracks ready to go but can’t seem to get Brian (lead guitarist and co-founder) on board to finish it up. In all fairness, a lot has passed between us. I love Brian and hope we can make music together soon. That will be his call. In the meantime, fuck it lets do a TOMMY RAY LP! BTW: my 2nd record “Hindsight’s 2020” will be released in August!

5) What are your favorite subjects or topics that come easily to you when you write a new song?

I just try to keep it real. My songs are snapshots of my daily life. If you want to know about my struggles or about my experiences, just listen to the lyrics. I'm pretty much like most people I know. Same problems. Same stories. My lyrics tend to be off the cuff when I am recording and reflect how I am feeling at the moment. Sometimes the whole arrangement is laid out before I write lyrics….

6) Does your solo album mean that The CRY is on an indefinite hiatus?

NO! The CRY! is going through some changes for sure, but The CRY! will be back (probably this year) with the new record. The CRY! has had great “players” over the years but the core of the band has always been Brian, my pops, and I. Pops and I would really love to patch things up with Brian, finish a record , an hit the road but that is his call. We need to move forward regardless.

7) Do you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the new LP??

Sure! Like the music We make our own vids here with basic gear. We are not above clipping a few scenes either…Good Luv Gone South




8) Are you gonna put a band together and perform this solo album on the road? Are you gonna play any famous cover songs?

This record came out in January. The next Solo Record will be out this summer. I also want to get The CRY! record done this year. I’m pretty slammed with writing, recording and mixing. I think I would like to hit the road in fall 2020 if I can find a couple players that want to do the material. It’s not the priority right now. I always try to have three or four Classic covers ready to go and play a couple for every show. The CRY! was a pretty versatile band and could cover a wide range of material. We had a ton of fun pulling out unexpected gems. Couldn’t see changing that.

9) Are there any bands in The USA today you consider yourself close to musically speaking?

Not really. I guess I am a bit of a throwback to days gone by. Building from the likes of Ramones, Beach boys, Beat, etc.. and I have kind of honed my own brand of punk-pop rock and roll over the last 15 years. Don’t get me wrong, shit, there is so much great new music out there. It is rabbit hole that never ends. So, for me, I’m just trying to do the best I can honestly and affordably. If people dig it, that’s cool.

10) To what kind of music did you listen to as teenagers? What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

I STILL listen to Ramones, Beach Boys, and (Portland’s own) Exploding Hearts ALL the time can be easily heard running through songs I write!

11) Anything you wanna add?

Long Live Rock!



Purchase a Physical copy here: https://gadm.bandcamp.com/album/tommy-ray-first-hits-free

Purchase a Digital copy here: https://thecry.bandcamp.com/album/tommy-ray-first-hits-free


Friday, March 6, 2020

The RATBOYS - Click out now on RUMBAR and WANDA Records


The Belgian combo starts their second album with a flawless RAMONES tribute, then settles into the classic 70's NYC Punk'n'Roll (HEARTBREAKERS, DEAD BOYS), adds a fat pinch of BEACH BOYS/Bubblegum sound, the usual 77 UK Suspects (CLASH, VIBRATORS, PISTOLS) and a subtle Glitter/Glam note to a snappy overall package. Just perfect: Wilde Steve Jones riffs, opulent keyboard harmonies, perfect 70's retro feeling. 11 songs in English language, including "French Girls" as vinyl-only track in twice/alternate performance.


The story of The RATBOYS goes back to the summer of 2008. Eric St John went with his daughter Deborah to a so called "punk" festival featuring 4 bands. Belgian punk heroes The Kids, Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols and -his personal favorites of the day- The New York Dolls.


Eric St John
There, in the crowd, he stumbled upon bass player Vincenzo whom he hadn't seen in more than a decade. Probably inspired by the music they had listened to all afternoon, they very quickly discussed the possibility to make some noise together. Soon a drummer -Baba- and a guitar player - Manu Ribot - were found and within a couple of months the four of them had enough material to record what would become their debut full length "Cash, gas and trash" that saw the light of day in early 2010 on Brutarian Records.


Renaud Arents
Unfortunately, shortly after the release of the album various setbacks occurred, the band soon fell apart and everybody went his own way.

In 2017 Vincenzo and Eric St John decided to reboot The RATBOYS. With little success at first until finally in early 2019 guitar slinger James and new drummer Reno entered the picture.


James Neligan
Within a couple of weeks the sophomore album "Click" was recorded and, like the first album, it was mixed by the one and only Pierre Vervloesem.

This album was recorded in various places all around the world between March 2019 and July 2019


Eric St John: Vocals and guitars
Vincenzo D'Aguanno: Bass
James Neligan: Guitars
Renaud Arents: Drums 

Available on CD on RUMBAR Records: 
https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/click

Available on Black or Colored VINYL on WANDA Records:
https://mailorder.wandarecords.de/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=ratboys%20click

If you only want to PURCHASE A DIGITAL COPY, support the band and get it here:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Let's Talk about STARDUMB Records

Kepi Ghoulie - Keeping Me Alive/Accused of Love (7")

On Valentine’s Day 2020, STARDUMB Records will release a new Kepi Ghoulie 7” featuring two Tom Petty love songs. I heard it and believe me it's REALLY excellent. So this was the perfect opportunity for this blog to take a glimpse "behind the curtain" of the music business and to have one of the most interesting conversations ever with Stefan Tijs, head honcho of the label and all around nice guy. Let's Talk about STARDUMB Records!

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not be aware of STARDUMB Records, what would you tell to introduce your label?

Stardumb was founded in 2000 and most bands I work with could be labelled power pop, punk rock or something in between, I suppose. I'm based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, but I’ve been working with bands from all over the world. If I look at my most recent releases, Lone Wolf is the only Dutch band actually, haha.

2) Do you remember when you started it all and why? Was this an out of the blue decision or were you thinking about starting your own label for quite a while?

Stefan about to spin Lucy and the Rats
I ran some other label called Little People Records before Stardumb and that one pretty much happened by accident. It started with two friends and I who put together a compilation CD featuring young local bands we liked, without the intention of running a real label. The only reason we came up with a label name and a logo was that we figured it would help the bands if their songs appeared to be released by a label instead of on something that seemed self released.
That comp was well received though and before we knew it five more releases followed, but that was that. I enjoyed putting out records enough to start a new label though and from day one I was more serious about it with Stardumb, but I don’t think I could’ve guessed I’d still be here 20 years later, ha.

3) Nowadays, do you still run STARDUMB Records on your own or do you have some helping hands?

I actually got more helping hands in the early days than now, haha. The label had quite a booming start and we had a really cool scene in Rotterdam in those days with lots of young people with enough free time to help out every now and then. The scene is smaller now and grew older, so most people have more on their hands nowadays whether it’s work, family life and/or their own projects. So at this point it’s basically just me doing all the work on my own, although I know there’s a handful of people I could always call for help if I really needed them.

4) Is this a full time job or do you have a regular job on the side?

Stardumb totally is a labour of love. The label is sorta keeping itself alive financially these days, but I personally never made money with it, so yeah, I have a job next to this. I’m fortunate enough to make a living as a (children’s books) illustrator working out of my own studio, which is where I run the label from too. And my job allows me to squeeze in some hours here and there for the label whenever needed, so I’m able to get orders out on pretty much a daily base and stuff like that, which is nice of course.

5) In your opinion, was it easier to run a label in early 2000 than it is nowadays?

When I started Stardumb in 2000 a lot of people who had been in the music business for a while already were complaining that sales dropped a lot since the 90’s (the early 2000’s were the heydays for illegal mp3 downloads of course), so I guess I missed the real peak, but in this specific niche of power pop and pop punk I’m specialized in I still think it was easier then. Not for me personally actually, because I was young with not much of a clue about the business side of things, so I made a lot of mistakes, ha. So if it comes to running a company it’s a lot easier for me now, since I’m a lot more organized and I learned from my mistakes, but still I moved way more units then than I do now. But hey, I’m thankful for every sale. I think it’s great there’s still people buying vinyl by obscure bands on independent labels. It’s easy to get lazy these days with Spotify offering these ready-made playlists, but there’s a lot of good music out there that doesn’t make it to those playlists. It’s cool quite some people realize that and make an effort to find out about what else is out there.

6) Let's talk about co-releases. Are co-releases a necessity today for smaller labels (as opposed to majors)? Can you explain how the whole process is working? Is one of the labels taking the initiative? Who decides where the records are gonna be pressed (example in Europe or in the USA, or elsewhere). Who's taking care of the promotion, etc… Please tell us everything.

Geoff Palmer's album
There’s not really one answer to this. For me it varies from release to release, plus it varies from label to label too. If you’d ask this question to five labels you’ll probably get five different answers. But since you’re asking me, for me in general they’re not a necessity, no. I work with distributors in both Europe and the US, plus my good friend Anne of The Machine Shop from New Jersey is always up for helping me out with setting up a pre-order, so we can offer people in the US affordable shipping for that as well.

So there’s still a bunch of releases that are Stardumb only, like the two most recent Even In Blackouts releases or that Local Drags EP that came out a few months ago for example, and in a way I actually like it like that best, because it’s just really clear what’s expected from me. The more parties involved, the messier it potentially can get. But sometimes co-releasing does make sense, and it’s a different story each time.

Like for example last year's Geoff Palmer album. The vinyl edition is on Stardumb (I generally sell more LP’s than CD’s), but Geoff and I both have been friends for something like 20 years with the great Malibu Lou of Rum Bar Records and Lou happens to be specialized in CD’s, so that all just turned out to be a perfect fit. The three of us have been working together with the same kind of enthusiasm on that album and I think we really complemented each other.

Or the sophomore Lone Wolf album which came out in October... At first that was gonna be just on Stardumb, both on LP and CD. I don’t have official distribution in Japan though and I happened to know Kazu of Waterslide loves Lone Wolf and I know Lone Wolf would love to tour Japan at some point... So I hooked up with Waterslide and eventually we did the CD-version together, which is great because he can obviously do more for them in Japan than I can.

My newest release is a Kepi Ghoulie 7” with two Tom Petty love songs, which drops on Valentine’s Day. That one and most of the other recent Kepi Ghoulie releases (including Groovie Ghoulies reissues) have been co-releases with Eccentric Pop in the US. I’ve been working with Kepi since 2001 and we became close friends, but for a good while I slowed the label down because in that period I needed almost all my time for work as well as some personal shit I had to deal with. In those years I still released an occasional single by Kepi and we did a Kepi art book too, but no time for albums. After releases on various labels Kepi found a great home in Eccentric Pop in I think 2013 and they’ve been working together successfully since. When I got more active with the label again though Kepi asked if I wanted to join in with their ongoing projects, taking care of Europe. Which of course I did!

Local Drags EP
That’s just three examples, but the story is slightly different for pretty much every co-release I did. I know some labels also like to do co-releases to spread the risk or just because they can’t toss up the whole amount themselves and this might be the reason I was asked on board for some co-releases, who knows. I personally never feel the need to spread the risk though, because I only release stuff that I think is really great and I’m always confident I’ll be able to move enough copies to make it work. That turned out to be quite naive more than once, haha, but luckily I’ve always managed to survive anyway.

As for where records are pressed and stuff, that all varies too. It usually depends on which label is taking the lead, who’s taking the biggest chunk of the pressing or who’s got the best deal. I’m a bit of a control freak, so I love taking the lead, so with most of the co-releases I’ve done I’ve been taking care of the pressing part.

7) About your personal taste in music: To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager? What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

I’ve always listened to a wide variety of music, but as a young kid in the 80’s living in a small Dutch town I was pretty much dependent on what the radio fed me or what my mom was spinning. Besides John Denver, who she was a huge fan of (and who I only got to appreciate to some degree after my mom passed away, but probably mostly because of sentimental reasons, ha), she luckily listened to a lot of good stuff too, like Neil Young and Johnny Cash, music I still listen to myself today.

The first music I really “discovered” was hip-hop. Beastie Boys and Run DMC both hit the charts in 1986 and that’s probably the first time I really heard hip-hop and as a ten year old I was fascinated by the rawness of it. Since I was still very young it took me another year or two before I was actually able to really dive into the genre, but when I finally did I dove real deep. I think I've heard every single hip-hop release from the US, UK and The Netherlands that came out between 1987 and 1993, hahaha. One of my first faves was Boogie Down Productions, and I think I should name them, or actually their main man KRS-One as the first of the 3 bands that still have an influence on me. I’m not even listening to him that much these days, but I learned so much from his lyrics… He even said things that were in conflict with what I’d been taught to believe my whole life until then… It didn’t turn me into a rebel I think, but it did teach me to question everything, or at the very least to realize there’s often two sides to a story. He helped me shape up to the curious and compassionate person I like to think I am. Plus through a compilation he put together he introduced me to Billy Bragg’s music. That’s a nice bonus too of course.

It wasn’t until 1993 until I discovered punk rock and while they weren’t the first punk rock band I got into, from this period I think I should pick Screeching Weasel as the second band that still has a big influence on my life. Quite literally actually, because Screeching Weasel was the first band on Lookout! Records I ever heard and without that label I doubt Stardumb would have ever seen the light of day. I haven’t paid too much attention to Screeching Weasel in the past 10 to 15 years to be honest, but the amount of amazing songs they made in the 90’s is quite incredible. And by finding out about them it opened the doors for me to discover The Queers, Groovie Ghoulies, MTX… I worked with those first two bands, became friends with Dr. Frank of MTX, worked with both Vapid and Jughead of SW... so I guess that says enough about the impact that picking up that “Anthem For A New Tomorrow” CD in some skate shop in Scheveningen had on my life.

One more to go, right?… I’m thinking what bands I’ve been having on heavy rotation ever since I
Stefan DJ’ing at the Punk Rock Raduno festival in Italy
was a teenager… Dinosaur Jr and The Clash for sure. Ramones of course. I’ve always loved both The Beatles and The Stones… And don’t get me started about Bob Dylan… Still I think I should pick The Clash as the third band though. Besides being the soundtrack to a huge part of my life, I love how diverse they were. Far from flawless of course, but I even love them for that. I think in a way I can relate to them because I’ve been doing stuff in my life that’s all over the place too. So even if Stardumb has quite a clear focus, as a person I get inspired by how they dared to cross boundaries.

8) Do your personal tastes always guide you when you decide to release a new record? Have you ever been tempted to sign a band because you thought I might be "good" for the sales of the label even if you did not actually liked the band you signed?

I did get a few offers through the years that might have been good for business, but if I’m not feeling it I can’t do it. I don’t think it’s a shame if other labels choose differently, especially when there’s people financially dependent on the label, but I guess music is too close to my heart to really look at it as a product. That might be the reason why – after all these years – I’m still running this label as a thing on the side though, haha. But then again, if I was just gonna sell something with the sole purpose to make money, there’s easier markets than the music one.

9) What are the plans for the future/next releases in 2020 as far as STARDUMB Records is concerned?

Lucy and the Rats 7” coming up in March
Since Stardumb is turning 20 this year I’ve actually got a few things in the works to celebrate that, which I will announce in the not to distant future. Wish I could say more now, but gotta keep my mouth shut for a few more weeks. Next to that I’ve got a whole bunch of releases planned. Unless someone or something stops me prematurely this is probably gonna be my busiest year so far releases-wise. Following up the brand new Kepi Ghoulie 7” which I mentioned earlier I’ve got a Lucy and the Rats 7” coming up in March, followed by their second album this spring. Something that isn’t announced yet is a Mikey Erg EP which should be out just in time for his upcoming Euro tour. Eccentric Pop and I have got another Groovie Ghoulies reissue in the works, with incredible new artwork by Tom Neely. Another thing I’m super excited about is that Geoff Palmer is working on a new album again. The songs I’ve heard so far are just as good as the best songs on his previous one. So enough cool stuff to look forward to and to keep me busy, hehe.

10) Any information you want to share with the viewers of this blog.

I just wanna thank everyone that got this far for reading all this. Hope I didn’t bore you too much. And if you own any Stardumb release: Thanks a lot for the support! It might sound silly, but every single sale means a lot to the bands and me. It’s literally an encouragement to keep on doing what we’re doing. So cheers!

PURCHASE ALL THE GOODIES HERE: https://www.stardumbrecords.com/

Friday, February 7, 2020

Faz Waltz' new single soon to be released




Grown Up Guy b/w C'mon Liar is the new single by Italian glam rockers FAZ WALTZ.  It's got a powerful sound and a very nice SLADE vibe. 

It's going to be released physically by Spaghetty Town (USA) and Wanda Records (GER) and digitally (spotify,  etc..) on the 20th of February. The new single will be aired on the radio for the first time by Rodney Bingenheimer on Little Steven's Underground Garage on the 9th of February.

"Grown Up Guy" is the forerunner of a new album (Vinyl/digital) featuring 11 new tracks that will be released in April by Spaghetty Town  (USA), Contra Records (GER) and Surfin Ki (ITA). "C'mon Liar" is exclusive to this release.

The 7" and the album were both recorded at Tup Studio, Brescia and produced by Brown Barcella and Faz La Rocca.

FAZ WALTZ will be playing live at the single release party on the 29th of February, at Joshua Blues Club (COMO), Italy.

Pre-order a physical copy here
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Monday, January 20, 2020

The RATBOYS - Click


A sonic blast of '77 era Vibrators-Undertones-Motors & Ramones with the sound, look, and style to boot punk rock n' roll is what we're talking about. Sprinkled with glitter, new wave, glam, and sneer, slamming with high heeled boot stomping hooks, licks, and choruses.

Vincenzo D'Aguanno
'Click' your stereo on, turn up the volume and get ready for The RATBOYS sophomore release that'll stick to the back of your brain like an everlasting stick of bubblegum as you hummmm, tap, and sing along to these songs all day.

The story of The RATBOYS goes back to the summer of 2008. Eric St John went with his daughter Deborah to a so called "punk" festival featuring 4 bands. Belgian punk heroes The Kids, Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols and -his personal favorites of the day- The New York Dolls.


Eric St John
There, in the crowd, he stumbled upon bass player Vincenzo whom he hadn't seen in more than a decade. Probably inspired by the music they had listened to all afternoon, they very quickly discussed the possibility to make some noise together. Soon a drummer -Baba- and a guitar player - Manu Ribot - were found and within a couple of months the four of them had enough material to record what would become their debut full length "Cash, gas and trash" that saw the light of day in early 2010 on Brutarian Records.


Renaud Arents
Unfortunately, shortly after the release of the album various setbacks occurred, the band soon fell apart and everybody went his own way.

In 2017 Vincenzo and Eric St John decided to reboot The RATBOYS. With little success at first until finally in early 2019 guitar slinger James and new drummer Reno entered the picture.


James Neligan
Within a couple of weeks the sophomore album "Click" was recorded and, like the first album, it was mixed by the one and only Pierre Vervloesem.

This album was recorded in various places all around the world between March 2019 and July 2019



Eric St John: Vocals and guitars
Vincenzo D'Aguanno: Bass
James Neligan: Guitars
Renaud Arents: Drums 

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