Plainride – “Life On Ares”
Starting your year off right with another RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!!!
Kicking off the new year is none other than RIPPLE MUSIC and this sick pinwheel vinyl for PLAINRIDE! This is the second album on RIPPLE MUSIC from these fierce rocking, jackalope lovin’ hard desert rockers from Germany. “Life on Ares” is filled with Earth Rockin’ Drums, A beard growth inducing Bass, Fuzzomental Guitars, the Roar of a Wolfman and a whole lotta beer. Check them out when they play RippleFest Europe this March!!
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NIGHTWRAITH is a Denver based Melodic Heavy Metal band. The concept was to approach music in an organic way without any any preconceived notions of genre. This brought our elements of blues and Spanish themes, along with melodic singing and fierce screaming. A truly unique listening experience for any fan of heavy metal, hit up SAILOR RECORDS for their self titled debut album, or catch them next week at their record release show in Denver!
RED SCARE started in San Francisco in 2004 and how fitting that there are bands from SF on this split! This is the final release from NOTHINGTON and they’re lucky to pair up with fellow San Francisco punks, SWINGIN’ UTTERS. Two SF legends! And speaking of badass combos, on the UTTERS track we have a rowdy duet with Johnny Peebucks and Jack Dalrymple. Meanwhile, on the NOTHINGTON side, we have a bittersweet farewell that features Chris and Jay trading vocals one last time. Oh, but don’t get too emo about this sad sendoff ‘cuz both sides of this 7” are loud and fast. It’s Haight AND Ashbury. It’s Montana AND Rice. It’s chowder AND the sourdough bread bowl!
HOLY GROVE continues to blur the lines between classic heavy metal, doom and prog, unafraid to take long, strange trips, peel off hot-shit guitar solos, or scream as if their lives depend on it. ‘Holy Grove II’ is their second full-length record, and first for RIPPLE MUSIC. Recording again with “engine-ear” Billy Anderson (Sleep, Swans), II bridges the gap between HOLY GROVE’S gritty heavy blues past and their darker cosmic present.
This is the first release for DARK HORSE COFFEE RECORDS and for THE PETTY SAINTS. The Label is an extension of the coffee brand Dark Horse Coffee brand. A not for profit label, all profits go back to the band. Selling the vinyl in cafes and do their best to promote local bands who write kick ass songs. If the Boss ditched the saxophone and cranked his amp up to 11 you have THE PETTY SAINTS. Americana, Working-Mans Rock. Keep tabs as they are starting a follow up album early this year!
THE ICEMAN SPECIAL formed 3 years ago and are all from South Louisiana and from Musical families. Two Brothers: Will and Charlie Murry had been playing together as HollyRock (Americana) since their high school days and met up with Drummer Hunter Romero in Lake Charles, LA through an acquaintance who’s nick name was The Iceman. They got together and jammed at a party and THE ICEMAN SPECIAL was born. They are currently on tour around the South, go check them out while you can!
BAND NAME: The Iceman Special
Good Looking Friends have been outspoken and committed members of the Brooklyn DIY community since 2016. They’ve self released 3 EPs, and this year put out their debut LP, ‘Settle in Decay’, with Utah’s OLD PRESS RECORDS! They are Post Everything: a blend of indie rock, post hardcore, post rock, math rock, Post-wikipedia math-core. Good Looking Friends is doing an 18 day east coast run with buds in Cheer Up in February, some festival appearances and tours in the works for the summer. Their next record is in the works, so this is only the beginning!
We’ve got a year full of insane things coming your way!