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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Mandates - DEAD IN THE FACE


A few months ago, THE MANDATES have released their third full length. This Canadian four piece rock'n'roll combo is tighter that ever and "Dead in the Face" is probably their best work so far. If you like your rock'n'roll in the vein of the Exploding hearts, this collection of 10 new hooky originals all penned by the band is gonna be right up your alley.

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about The Mandates to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays?

Mandates have been a rock n roll band for about 8 years. Brady plays guitar and sings, Jimmy plays bass, Warren on drums and I (Matt) play guitar and sing. That’s the way it’s always been.

2) About the latest full length record "DEAD IN THE FACE",  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?

We recorded it with our good friend and Brady’s bandmate from FEEL ALRIGHT, Craig Fahner, in his basement studio. It was rad. Zero pressure, lots of laughs. I think the whole thing took about eight days or so. The backbone, like all of our records, was recorded live off the floor. Vocals and some extra guitars slapped on after. We sound best when we play all together, the instinctive tempo changes that happen, the rough edges, that’s all part of our sound.

3) Do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?

I don’t think it’s foolish at all. There are a ton of examples of bands that record totally analog and sound rad doing it. We’ve talked about how awesome it would be to make a Mandates record on tape and we would jump at the chance if it came along. But, I have nothing bad to say about the technology we’ve used recording either. With the software we can go back and fix a guitar solo, or a flat vocal or add a cymbal hit in no time. Everything is analog until it hits the hard drive - we still want our records to sound like the mid-70s - but having a computer involved as an editing and mixing tool is really handy.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Brady or I will do the initial writing of the song but everybody is involved in shaping and rearranging it until we’re all satisfied. Mandates songs will change A LOT from the time they’re brought to the table to the time they are finished.

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

Romance.

6) The Mandates are sometimes described as a "punk/power-pop" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that?

I think there is more to it. I mean, I get the label. We do have a punk/powerpop sound. But, at the same time, I don’t wanna play by the rules of the genre. I like that our songs have twists and turns that haven’t been heard before and structures that aren’t typical of a powerpop/punk band. These days if anyone asks what genre of music we play I just say Rock ’n’ Roll. All these little sub-genres like powerpop, punk, proto-punk, glam etc. that we draw influence from all fall under that umbrella.

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

    YES!


8) What can concert goers expect at a The Mandates gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

Mandates gigs are loud, high energy, a lot of fun. And yeah we throw in some covers. Classic stuff that you might expect like the Ramones, Dead Boys, Dictators etc. Lately we’ve been having some fun with a little AC/DC.

9) Are there any bands in Canada today you consider yourself close to?

We’ve got a lot of close friends in Canada. Mother’s Children, NEEDLES//PINS, Real Sickies, Steve Adamyk, Vicious Cycles, Fashionism, Chain Whip the list could go on forever.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Check out our new record and PURCHASE IT HERE: at https://mandates.bandcamp.com/




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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

DEE RANGERS - "All You Need Tonight" on LOW IMPACT Records


Some months ago, LOW IMPACT Records released "All You Need Tonight" the seventh album by the Swedish veterans DEE RANGERS. This band is getting better by the years and delivers a full-blend of 60's Garage, Pub rock and Power Pop. This latest album is probably their best so far and contains 12 originals tracks penned by the band and one cover ("Older guys") from the Flying Burrito Brothers. All the songs are catchy as hell and will you keep humming for the rest of the day. 
So it was time for this blog to have a very enlightening conversation with bass player Johnny who is in the band since day one. 

1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about DEE RANGERS to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

Hey there, thank you for your interest in our band. Dee Rangers have been around since the winter of 1994/95, when guitarist Nicke and bassist Johnny decided to start a new outfit to help resuscitate the punk/garage movement, that had been a little sleepy since the heyday of the mid to late 80’s. Johnny was already an experienced garage rock player, from his years with the Maryland Cookies. They eventually found a drummer in Ulf, who was also a Cookie, and a singer, Per, who unfortunately left the band due to youthful delusions of musical grandeur.

With Mike (also a former Cookie) at the mic, they burst onto the scene with the first EP ”This Is Not The Modern World” on the world famous Estrus label. After a few more singles and EP’s, they recorded two albums, ”So Far Out So Good” (2001) and ”Pretty Ugly Beat” (2003) for the White Jazz label, before parting company with Mike and re-enlisting Per on vocals in the summer of 2003.

Also, between 2003 and 2007, the band could count on the ever hip organ player Parsley the Lion - who merits an article all of his own - but for the last twelve or so years, the band has consisted of Johnny on bass, Nicke on guitar, Uffe on drums and Per on vocals and guitar, and together we’ve recorded another five albums and a handful of singles and EP’s.

2) About the recently released record "All You Need Tonight", 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? 

We recorded the album with our good friend Stefan Brändström in his studio The Dust Ward in the old town of Stockholm. We always start with the basics; bass, guitar and drums, whereupon we add vocals and any other extra bling we want. We’re very happy with the recording, and we hope to work with Stefan again in the future.

3) Do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?

We definitely want to record as much as possible in the analogue domain. For instance, we’ve been to Jorge Explosion’s fantastic studio Circo Perrotti in Gijón a bunch of times. He doesn’t have anything this side of 1970, or something. The Dust Ward is a similar place, chock full of old technology, and of course Stefan’s expertise; we loved it. We used our own amplifiers, that we are comfortable with, and that sound amazing.

4) Powerslam II, Powerslam III and now Powerslam VI on the latest record. First, what happened to the other Powerslam (I, IV, V)? Second, Will there one day be a record with nothing else than Powerslams?   

The first Powerslam was included on the first EP, and the fourth is somewhere … we don’t know, but number V is on the Take Me Home EP, and is supercool. As for a possible instrumental album, we don’t think it’s in our near future, as we like to sing pretty words for all the boys and girls.

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

Anyone who’s ever heard an album by the Dee Rangers knows that our songs are predominantly about girls, lack of girls, and the joys and troubles they bring. We’ve never been very political or otherwise topical, with maybe a few exceptions. The lyrics are important, but not the be-all-and-end-all that maybe other writers and singers think. If you actually bother to listen to the lyrics, you’ll find a lot of honest emotion, and some really good rhymes. Per won’t sing anything he doesn’t like, but at the same time it’s only rock’n’roll.

6) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Our most prolific writer is Johnny, hands down. On the new record, he’s responsible for more than half the songs. Over the years, everyone has contributed; sometimes we strike gold, other times not so much. Once a song is presented to the band, we all shape it with our playing and suggestions for arrangements and lyrics. It’s definitely a group effort, but every song needs a first idea from someone. And that could be anyone.


7) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

Uffe: Status Quo, Rory Gallagher, Grand Funk, Canned Heat. They all still kick ass.

Per: my all-time favorites are the Ramones and The Saints, and bands like the Sonics, Hard-ons, Stooges, Radio Birdman, Lyres, Chesterfield Kings, Big Star, Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Mudhoney etc all had a huge influence on me; some of them still do. And loads of others as well. My sister Anna, who was in The Stomachmouths when I was a kid, bears responsibility for most of my musical formation. And I think the 15-year old me would like what he’s doing now.

Nicke: My first idol was Elvis and the song ”Baby , let's play house” blew my mind.

Johnny: My first album given to me by my parents was ”Well Respected Kinks” by the Kinks (still got my scratched copy), so the Kinks was my first favourite band. Bands that has inspired me during the years is The Sonics, Hoodoo Gurus and yeah..the Kinks.


8) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?

Our label boss, Ollie, made an impromptu video in our rehearsal room, for ”I’m Your Fool”, which should be available on various video sites online.



9) Are there any bands in Sweden today you consider yourself close to? 

We share a rehearsal space with The Maharajas, who we’re big fans of. They’re a fantastic band, full of talent and rock’n’roll. They’re almost a super-group. It’s cool that the best bands in the world share the same room. The only downside is they keep wrecking our gear. Every time we get down there something’s broken. Last night it was the fridge, a couple of weeks ago a drum-stand. What’s next, guys?

10) What can concert goers expect at a gig of DEE RANGERS? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

We always play a little bit of every album, we try to mix it up. And maybe we make a bit of an effort to play songs that we haven’t played in a while, so that it’s not always the same stuff. We’ve got loads of of our own songs to choose from, so covers are maybe not so important, although we’ve recorded and released more than a few.

11) What are the plans for 2019 as far as DEE RANGERS are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe to promote this new record? 

We hope to play live a bit, and we’re currently setting up a kind of a weekend tour in Germany with The Satelliters in May. That should be a blast. Our new album is more or less sold out, we’re told, but there’s a cassette version coming out, so get your walkmans out. Also, it would be fun to play festivals or whatever, wherever. Spain is always on or near the top of our list.

12) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

We’re happy you like the album! We haven’t been to France in years, so our french is rusty, but we’d love to come back and fire up le moteur. Á bientôt!



PURCHASE THE GOODIES HEREhttp://lowimpact.tictail.com/

or HERE: https://deerangers.bandcamp.com/releases
 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Beat City Tubeworks - I Just Cannot Believe It's The Incredible


Some weeks ago, when this blog interviewed Andy of GRANDE ROYAL and asked if they felt close to some other Swedish bands, his answer was: "From our hometown, we have Beat City Tubeworks. Look them up if you haven’t heard them. They kick ass". Well, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, it appears that Andy was damn right, this band really does kick ass! So let's hope that Beat City Tubeworks will get signed to Sign Records as well to release their sophomore effort! Lets talk with Erik Linder, guitar player and singer of the band.

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about Beat City Tubeworks to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays? Can you explain the name of the band and  how you came up with that name?

Beat City Tubeworks is a rock'n'roll band formed in Jönköping, Sweden in the end of 2014. Three out of four of us used to be in a band called The Horsehead Union. When that band was put to an end back in June of 2014, we pretty much started Beat City Tubeworks shortly thereafter!
Beat City Tubeworks is: Erik Linder: Guitar and Vocals, Kristian Rigo: Guitar, Henrik Frisk: Drums, Stuart Bayliss: Bass

About the name of the band.. Back in the 70's in Detroit, there used to be a rock’n’roll Music TV-show that simulcasted with local radio stations. It was called Detroit Tubeworks.. They aired a lot of great live footage of great bands like Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, MC5, Amboy Dukes to name a few..

We first thought that the name "Detroit Tubeworks" sounded cool, suitable, and somewhere in the ballpark what we wanted as a name, but yet we found the word "Detroit" is a bit cliche!..and already done! especially for a Swedish rock'n'roll band!

So after some playing around with words, we finally ended up changing the word Detroit to "Beat City", it's slang for describing a place or a thing that's dead, on decline, or completely worn out!

2) About the full length record "I Just Cannot Believe It's The Incredible",  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? 

It was originally intended to be an digital 7 track E.P. at first, but we only released three of these songs as singles (Rat Race, Decline To Conform, and Frenetic Magnetic) and held on to the rest.. A while after that (half a year or so) we decided to add new songs and release it all as a complete album, so we went back in to the studio, and recorded an additional 6 songs.

The process for the whole first album (both sessions) was quite simple.. drums and rhythm guitars recorded simultaneously live in a studio, and then we added bass, some licks and guitar solos, and all the vocals with some overdubs!

All in all, i think the whole recording part of that album took us 6 days. The mixing part was a completely different story Haha!

Get two completely separate recording sessions to sound as one take, is not a simple task for a studio producer, but we think that our studio man (Ulf Blomberg at Hoborec studios) did a excellent job on our first album all things considered!

3) Do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?

Hmm.. Of course you always strive for that 60's 70's analog rock'n'roll sound all the way, but to be a TRUE puritan, and record a whole album from scratch analog (every process from start to finish)..nowadays.. Mixing and cutting completely analog, mastering included, and send in analog tapes to a studio to cut masters from? Hmm.. doesn't seem like a easy one to pull off if you ask me.. Is it really worth the effort? I'm not by any means in a position or profession to talk about what or what not to do regarding studio work, but it just seems like a tad overambitious.. Especially with the great digital software, tools and tricks and plug-ins nowadays, you can get a quite deep and warm vintage sounding result by quite simple means..  However..on this album, Reel-recording was used to some extent. (hope i get this right!!)

Digitally mixed tracks was put through a vintage studio reel-recording device by our studio guy, and then played back again as a analog track file, to get that small vibe of analog sound.. How and if it works for the better, i don't know thou.. haha!

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Beat City Tubeworks is in fact a fully functional democracy.. We're talkin’ about four stubborn strong characters here though haha! It usually starts with that me, or Kristian has got some riffs, or some parts for a new song, and then we'll just work something out from there..

All the members are involved in the makin' of songs in some way, by adding their own touch to the song, and then we decide the direction of the process of the rest of the song makin’ in consensus .. Vocals and lyrics is most often added in the end. Our drummer Henrik and i share the lyric-writing part, and then i work on a song melody suitable for the register in my voice.

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

The everyday life.. i would say! strange personalities, fucked up relations, love, hate, passion, death.. etc! It really depends on the mood i’m in that particular day.. Me and Henrik has really different approaches when it comes to lyric writing.. My lyrics often tend to be of a story-telling kind, and Henrik’s writing is often more cryptic and dark in a cool way.. They all complete each other in a good way!

6) Beat City Tubeworks could be described as an "High Energy" band in the vein of Grande Royale, The Hellacopters, Marvel or the Sewergrooves. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that?? 

I can clearly see why people think so, but yet i'm frankly quite tired of people subdividing all bands into the "high energy" and "action rock" department. Beat City Tubeworks plays rock'n'roll!

Of course The Hellacopters influenced us big time.. We all listened to their music in the 90's and 00's in Sweden along with bands like Nomads and Union Carbide! On the other hand.. Hundreds of other bands from loads n' loads of other genres and eras has also influenced our band greatly. Every member of our band has a huge spectra of genres they listen to, and we are fans of all kinds of weird fucked up music.. but when we came to chose what to play in Beat City Tubeworks, the consensus just boiled it all down to our least common denominator.. good ol'swedenized rock'n'roll all spiced with our wide influences and ideas! (Even though i recall our first song ever rehearsed in this constellation was "information overload" with Baby Woodrose, and they're Danish!..Haha!)

And by the way, I do like Märvel a lot, and Grande Royale is friends of ours, and rehearsal room neighbors.. A great rock’n’roll band!

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

No.. not yet, but there will be! We only have a couple of low-budget videos now from our previous album now.. the single track "Rat Race" being one of them! Our new album is now all recorded, mixed and mastered, and we are all super satisfied with how it all turned out! Our goal is to release a couple of music videos quite soon with new songs to reach more people with our music! Time will tell..




8) What can concert goers expect at a Beat City Tubeworks gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

Approximately 55 minutes of no holds barred, all guns blazin' loud hook’y extravagant rock'n'roll, and about 5 minutes of cheesy vague pre-rehearsed talking between songs..hehe! We’ve got some covers to play, but the thing is we never get to play them live, since we're always running outta stage time! haha..


Hey is that an ad for Gibson Firebirds?
9) Are there any bands in Sweden today you consider yourself close to?

In terms of playing style/music wise? not really.. So hard to answer..it's really up to others to be the judge! Of course an easy answer would always be to drop a name of any other famous 70's inspired open-G rock'n'roll bands of today haha, but i really think that us as a band (and other bands as well) has more uniqueness, and qualities in the music making to offer than that!


10) Was the LP "I Just Cannot Believe It's The Incredible" released on your own label? How much copies were pressed? Was this expensive?

We released "I Just Cannot Believe It's the incredible Beat City Tubeworks" under our own flag, all by ourselves, except for some help from our friends with artwork, distro, etc.. No label involved whatsoever!

It takes a lot of work and effort releasing an album, so we were very pleased the first LP was received well by people that are into our music!

This time around with our second album, we are working on finding a suitable good record label for some collaboration with us, and our brand new unreleased album! It's just too darn good to be released by ourselves.. Take my word for it.. We wanna reach out to the people!

About prices and costs.. Of course releasing an full length album (especially on vinyl) is not the cheapest and most effective way to reach out with your music, but it's a goddamn near religious feeling when you finally hold 180 grams of your own music in your hands.. worth every penny!

You haven't released an album until it's on vinyl! Basta! We used gig and merch money to create the LP.. I think it was limited to 400 copies

11) Anything you wanna add?

If you guys like what we do, and are into our music, please give us a like on our facebook page, or follow on instagram, for news, updates etc. From there you can always support us by buying merch, vinyls, t-shirts..We're also on spotify, apple music, deezer and such..

Purchase it here: https://www.facebook.com/beatcitytubeworks/

Do yourself a favor and get a copy of this amazing vinyl album. 180 grams of pure rock'n'roll, immortalized on fat thick black vinyl, covered with a high gloss laminated cover with thick spine, and It comes with a full color lyrics leaflet and a free sticker
The price is only 14€ (130 sek) plus shipping. Payment is done via paypal. Send Beat City Tubeworks a message and provide them with address and full name, and they will tell you the full price for the album with shipping included.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"At Home With Satan's Pilgrims" re-issued on Green Cookie Records


Originally released on eMpTy Records in 1994, "At Home With Satan's Pilgrims" was re-issued a couple of months ago on Green Cookie Records. The Album was specially remastered and comes in a beautiful red vinyl. This record has become a classic of surf music and includes such famous renditions as "Mr. Moto", "Squad Car", "Movin'" or "Music To Watch Girls By".  

So it was time for this blog to have a very interesting conversion with drummer extraordinaire TED that tells us everything we always wanted to know about this band featuring no less than three guitars.

1) For the viewers of this blog and in particular for the younger generations who might not be well aware of instrumentals bands, What would you tell about The Satan's Pilgrims to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays? Are these all the same guys as when you started out in 1992?

Hello, we are Satan's Pilgrims! We started in 1992 so we are in our 27th year as a band-though there was a time where we didn't play or record between 2000-2004, and since then we play a limited number of times per year, and have been making new records again since 2009.  We are very lucky and proud that we have the same original members that we started with: Bobby and Scott on guitar, Dave on guitar and keys, John on bass, and me, Ted, on drums.

2) About Your first full-length album, "At Home With Satan's Pilgrims", originally released in 1994 and recently re-issued on Green Cookie Records 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? 

I remember that we recorded and mixed it very quickly, in just a couple of days. We had practiced all of the songs and couldn't afford a lot of time to fool around. We recorded it the same way we have done it since, which is to record it live, or at least the bass, drums, and rhythm guitars live and overdub any leads, percussion or keyboards if the song calls for them.

3) When you look back on how tracks were recorder back then and how most of the music is recorded today, do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys still work with analog machines in analog studios?

No, not at all. We prefer analog, when we can, but have had to use digital sometimes because the circumstances require it. When we do use digital, we work hard to make it sound as analog as possible and often run the tracks to tape to "warm them up".

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Everyone is involved one way or another. Often one of us has the original idea. We may ask for input from one or more of the other guys to help co-write, but many times they might finish the main idea. Either way, it is presented to the rest of the band, and we all come up with our respective parts. Because we have always worked this way, we have always credited the entire band with the writing credits and have shared all of the royalties equally.

5) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

For me, personally, it kind of depends on which years you are talking about. As a young teenager, it was a combination of lots of 60s stuff (oldies-pop, soul, British Invasion etc),whatever punk, new wave, and "college rock", as they used to call it, and because I was in jazz band and my uncle gifted me a bunch of classic bebop records, I was into a lot of that too.
Because I probably listened and played along to them the most, I would say The Who (especially 60's era) were my favorite band.
It's really hard to pick 3 bands that still have an influence on me, but I will say The Beach Boys, The Ramones and The Who. I still listen to those three all the time.

6) The Satan's Pilgrims started out more as a "Surf band" but in 2009 you recorded the 60's psychedelic/garage influenced instrumentals "Psychsploitation". Lately, it seems you guys went back to your Surf roots? Do you agree with this? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that? 

We are very proud of "Psychsploitation" and it was a side of us that we wanted to do a full album of, even though we had dabbled in it here and there throughout our releases. We always just thought of it as a standalone record, not as a "new direction". We went back to surf and ended up making our most trad surf album, "Siniestro", since "Around the World With Satan's Pilgrims" back in 1996.


7) Do you have a new video on youtube  featuring a track from the newly re-issued LP/CD?? 

Not that feature the remastered versions. Everything on YouTube is older.



8) What can concert goers expect at a Satan's Pilgrims gig? Are you playing any famous cover tunes? Are you playing any vocal tunes?

I hope they can expect a lot of fun and some dancing! We don't play very may cover tunes, and usually the ones we do play are not very famous. We don't play vocal tunes either, except on a very rare occasion, for just one song.

9) Are there any bands in Portland, Oregon  today you consider yourself close to?

We are still close to some bands in the Northwest, but they are friends of ours from back in the 90's, not new bands. The bands that come to mind are The Boss Martians from Seattle and Girl Trouble from Tacoma. So, from the same region, but not from Portland specifically.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Just that we are really grateful to be have people still interested in our music for over 25 years. We really appreciate being able to play when we can and meet fans who saw us back in the 90's alongside younger fans who are seeing us for the very first time.

This is the third time that a label like Green Cookie has reissued one of our older albums. Back when we were originally recording these, especially "At Home With Satan's Pilgrims", we were hoping to maybe sell some copies regionally and have something to sell at our shows.

We never expected that we would make as much music as we have been able to make with the original 5 members and have people interested in it enough to have reissues made. Thank you to all of our friends and fans!



PURCHASE IT HERE: https://greencookierecords.bandcamp.com/album/new-at-home-with-cd-lp




Special thanks to Mike



Friday, January 18, 2019

Valley Lodge - Fog Machine




The latest Valley Lodge Album, "Fog Machine", was released a couple of months ago on Tee Pee Records. So the time was right for this blog to have a conversation with comedian / guitar shredder Dave Hill
And if you ask yourself is this the guy from SLADE, the answer is no, though he clearly could have been. In another life. 

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about Valley Lodge to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays? 

Valley Lodge is a rock band from New York City. I formed the band with my friend John Kimbrough (Walt Mink, Teen Judge) in 2004 and we made the first, self-titled Valley Lodge album together shortly after with our friend Zach Danziger playing drums. The band has evolved over time from there. John moved to Los Angeles and formed a great new band called Teen Judge. And now Valley Lodge is me, Phil Costello (Tragedy, Satanicide, Witch Taint) on guitar, Eddie Eyeball (2 Skinnee J’s) on bass, and Rob Pfeiffer (Sense Field) on drums.

2) About the latest full length record "Fog Machine",  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? 

We recorded the album very gradually over the course of a year and a half or so with Tom Beaujour in Hoboken, New Jersey. We tend to record everything track-by-track. Because of everyone’s schedules, it’s hard to get us all in a room very often, so it’s kind of out of necessity. It would be fun to do it live though as that’s when we’re at our best in terms of overall rockability.

3) Do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?

We love analog recording but it’s hard to even find a place where you can do that now. Plus, with
digital recording, you can send files around very easily and record in several different locations at once if necessary.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

The first album, John and I each wrote a bunch of songs that put them together for the album. The second album was mostly me with John and Phil contributing a couple songs. And then the last two albums were written by me, usually at home in my underwear. But when it comes to playing and recording the songs, everyone puts their own spin on it. We don’t really tell each other what to do, so it’s exciting to see what everybody comes up with. In the end, the sound is definitely all four of us and not just the songwriter’s vision or anything.

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

I tend to just go with whatever comes to mind. I don’t really have preconceived notions too much. On the new album, Fog Machine, there weirdly ended up being a few songs with maritime themes. Go figure.

6) Valley Lodge is sometimes described as a "Power Pop" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that? 

Yeah, I think that makes sense. The band is really inspired by Cheap Trick and Big Star and all that. And we’re really celebrating that kind of music. But there’s also glam rock and indie rock and metal and whatever else thrown in there. We just try to make music we would like to hear.

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

We’re making a few videos now that aren’t quite done yet, but the other day someone sent me this video a fan made, which I thought was pretty cool:



8) What can concert goers expect at a Valley Lodge gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

It’s a fun show. We rock out and wear tight pants and everyone in the crowd is making out to the point where it’s actually kind of distracting. We have played “Sentimental Lady” by Bob Welch a few times live, but that’s the only cover we know.

9) Are there any bands in New York today you consider yourself close to?

Yeah, we love Windbreaker, Tigers and Monkeys, Bird Streets, Happy Chichester, Falling Stars, and a whole bunch of others.

10) Anything you wanna add?

It’s important to stay hydrated. Everyone could stand to drink a little more water than usual each day. Also, be nice to each other!




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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Revox - In Mono


Hailing from Switzerland, The Revox is a 60's garage trio featuring Billy Hill (vocals, guitar), Buzz Fuzz (drum, back vocals) and Bernie Wildish (bass, organ, back vocals). Their third full length album was recently released on Soundflat records and contains 10 slices of raw and stomping Rock & Roll. Except for the cover of "Hey Joe", all the other tracks were penned by the band itself. 

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about The Revox to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays?

The Revox is a garage punk band from Switzerland, together since 2011. We already recorded 1 demo, 2 LPs (Lazy Sunshine as an autoproduction and In Mono on Soundflat Records), and one 7" (Talk About Her / Sick of You - Voodoo Rhythm Records). We played around 200 shows in Switzerland, France, Germany and England.
We are the same line-up since the beginning, Billy Hill - vocals and guitar ; Buzz Fuzz - drum and back vocals ; Bernie Wildish - bass, organ, back vocals.

2) About the debut full length record "In Mono",  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? 

We recorded at the cool analogic Shirts Off Studio in Bern, with engineer Sebastian Zwahlen and producer Rob Butler, who used to play in the Miracle Workers and The Untold Fables to name a few. We recorded all the instrument live on tape and overdubbed the vocals, few guitar part and organ. It seems to be the best way to keep the band's energy. We couldn't imagine recording track by track, it would not be very rock'n'roll!!!!

3) On the back cover of "In Mono" it is mentioned that it was recorded in an all-analog studio in Bern but do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology in the future or do you guys decided to only work with analog machines in analog studios?

As we try to obtain the warmth of the 60's sound, it's logical for us to record on tape. We will continue to work like that in the future. Modern technology are great tools for many kind of music but maybe not the best for rock'n'roll and old school sounds. In garage punk there is a real feeling of emergency and the limitations of tape recording help us to keep it hot!

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Billy Hill often come with a riff idea and we built the song together from there. Sometimes ideas come out of a jam in the rehearsal room or Bernie Wildish find inspiration behind the organ. Most of the time we can say that the final result is a band effort.

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

Girls!!!!

6) The Revox is generally described as a being a "60's garage" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that? 

100% ok with this label. We never tried to invent new kind of sound, we are just playing a music we all love.

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



8) What can concert goers expect at a The Revox gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

We try to be as raw as possible and to always have fun. Rock'n'roll is about intensity and passion. We play mostly guitar - bass- drum and have a few song with organ. Always playing 3 or 4 covers, sometimes from obscure 60's garage bands, or sometimes more famous as The Kinks - All the Day and all of the Night, Hey Joe that you find on In Mono or more recently Kick out the Jam from MC5.

9) Are there any bands in Switzerland  today you consider yourself close to?


The Jackets, The Monsters, The Giant Robots, The Lovers or Brocken Bridge are doing well on the garage scene. There is too many for us to name everyone. We share the rehearsal room with great bands too, but not specifically from the garage scene. We can certainly argue that the Swiss scene has never been as rich and dynamic as nowadays.

10) Is any of you guys working in a pizzeria as a day job? (The record came ....in a pizza package😛)

No but would be a dream job for pizza addict like us :)

11) Anything you wanna add?

Many thanks for your interest and FUZZ ON!!!



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Friday, January 11, 2019

The ODD NUMBERS - About Time re-issued on BEER CITY Records


"About time" was originally released in 1990 on cassette. In 2000 the band secured a CD deal with Cold Front records and now for the first time it will come out on vinyl on BEER CITY Records and has been restored and remastered to sound even better. 

The ODD NUMBERS are the first band ever to be interviewed twice on this blog but the re-issued of one of the best Mod/Powerpop debut albums of all times was certainly a good reason to have another enlightening chat with singer and guitar player Dave Baisa.

1) How did you guys come together and decided to start a band?  Were you all attending the same school or living in the same neighborhood?

Myself and Miller have known each other since kindergarden. We met Cummings When we were freshmen in high school. Yep all from the same hood. The music we liked is what brought us together.

2) Who was playing what instrument in the band way back in the days? Had you already some experience on your instruments or were these difficult beginnings?

I had some guitar lessons when I was 12 and got to a point where I knew all the cords and could play a bit. I would jam with some other guys from high school once in a while. One time Cummings came with me and the drummer wasn't there so he jumped on the kit. He just started ripping on them instinctively! It was pretty cool, we locked in that day and knew we had something! Originally we had a guy named Stan playing Bass but he was really highly strung and didn't last long. When he left we handed the bass to Miller and said start practicing dude cause your in the band! He started from scratch.
Cover of the original cassette release of 1990
3) About the full-length album, "About time", do you recall the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

Recording About Time was a big deal for us. It was the first time in a real recording studio and we had a producer (Ray Stevens II) who had done a lot of pre-production with us which helped a lot. We did this one pretty much track by track. Drums and scratch guitar first then start layering it up. I think we did this one on 1 inch tape.

4) When you look back on how tracks were recorder back then and how the music is recorded today, do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys still work with analog machines in analog studios to this day?

The last record we made ("The Oddyssey") was done on pro tools but through a analog board and I think it sounds great. I think there's a million ways to make great recordings these days but you still need to mic the drum kit in a good live room and record it that way. We have been pretty loyal to tape up until the last record though.

5) Was the newly re-issued CD/LP remixed or remastered?

It was remastered for vinyl but no remixing. As much as I'd like to remix some of that stuff I can't mess with the way those songs sound.

6) The bonus track "Between the two of us", was it recorded during the same studio sessions as the other tracks of the album? Was this a finished song or just a demo by you alone?

"Between the Two of us" was recorded in Minneapolis from that same time period. We did a full band version and a guitar and vocal version. We liked the starker vision, we were really into Billy Bragg at the time!

7) How did you secure the original deal with COLD FRONT?

It was the end of the 90's and we didn't have a record label but we wanted to make a new record so I started calling people and putting out feelers. Brett from Coldfront heard about it and jumped on us. He had been a fan since the first record and I guess he'd put us up on the road when he lived in Salt lake City.

8) How was a ODD NUMBERS gig way back then? Were you playing any famous cover tunes? Are you you still playing some of those songs today?

The Shows in the early days were great! We still have great shows but when your young and doing things for the first time the energy is crazy! The last time we played NYC it felt like the old days. In general playing live is still a big buzz for us. We always put a cover or two in our set but we've been together for so long there's to many to mention.


9) Were there any bands in San Jose back then you considered yourself close to?

In the early days of the SJ scene we were all tight. None of us sounded like each other but we all hung out together. There was Crash Course, The Spit muffins, The Diesel Queens, Hemi, the Kingpins.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Thanks for listening to us over the last 28 years and if you like this one check out our latest release 'The Oddyssey' and see where our rock n roll journey has taken us!




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