My pick of the week for this week is more like the pick of the summer, the hard working, hard rocking little label that could, Ripple Music. These guys bust their asses to support the best and brightest (darkest!) up and coming heavy rock, stoner rock, and doom bands and get them into your earholes!
I’m talking about bands like Mothership, Wo Fat, Gozu, Roadsaw, Freedom Hawk, The Watchers, Salem’s Bend, The Judge, Arrowhead, ZED, Blackwulf, LDDSM, Mos Generator — some you know, and some you don’t even know you love yet. And if you just want a taste of what’s good you can check out their chronic compilations called the Second Coming of Heavy on Bandcamp and YouTube.
I’m on their mailing list and their Bandcamp fan list, and it seems like every week I’m hearing about some killer new release through these guys. I’m always impressed with the quality of the music. I’ve also seen some of the behind the scenes efforts on Facebook and have met main man and standup guy Todd Severin in person. These guys go out to the shows, see the bands, walk the walk and talk the talk because they truly love the music and it shows!
Just, damn. Fuzzmasters Sasquatch just released their latest full length album and it is the perfect kind of ‘drop the hammer in your muscle car driving through the desert’ music this summer needed! It’s a cocktail of smoky 70s riff rock, with influences ranging from Mountain and Black Sabbath to Soundgarden and CoC, and goes down as easily as a pint of your favorite beer.
Originally from Philadelphia, power trio Sasquatch now kicks its own brand of ass out of Los Angeles. Heavy without crushing you, fuzzy but no joints required. Just some damn solid bluesy rock and roll that you need to get in your ears as soon as possible!
Favorite tracks: Drown all the Evidence, Rational Woman, Window Pain.
Undercover is a compilation of cover songs spanning the first 10 years of Mojo’s Army music. From the very first recording I did (The Green Manalishi) to my most recent release Need You Tonight, only available as of this album, Undercover covers it all.
It includes my first released single (Little Boxes), and my first collaboration with another singer, Deb Criveau, killing it on She Bop and the very popular Missionary Man. Included also is Gowan’s A Criminal Mind, a cover I began back in 2012 as an online request, but never finished until now. (I hope you’re still listening, wherever you are!). All the songs that were previously released as singles have been remastered for this album and sound better than ever.
Yes it’s 80s heavy — no question, the 80s had some great songs that have stood the test of time. Also, as a former MTV junkie, I can’t help but give props to those formative years, getting my musical taste expanded far and wide with exposure to all those great (and some not so great) videos.
I feel like I was successful bending these songs to my own style and making them my own, as is the hallmark of all good cover songs. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed making them!