NYC-based postpunk duo Frenchy and the Punk present their new single 'If The World Doesn't End First', a love song wrapped in an impending apocalyptic scenario that is inspired by current events, past fears and the knowledge that, in the end, the things that don’t matter pass and the one thing that does remains.

This is a superb taste of their seventh album 'Zen Ghost', released via EA Recordings, following up high energy singles 'Mon Souvenir' and Siouxsie-esque 'Come In and Play'. Here, their shadowy sound takes an even darker turn towards the pair’s previously unexplored personal planes and interpretations of the insanity of our increasingly tumultuous age. Dark times make for dark songs.

Frenchy and the Punk is vocalist, percussionist and lyricist Samantha Stephenson and guitarist-composer Scott Helland, who was co-founder and bassist of Outpatients and also Deep Wound (along with Dinosaur Jr. founders J Mascis and Lou Barlow). Influenced by The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie, Concrete Blonde and The B52’s, the duo thrive in their trademark blend of post-punk and dark folk music.

"I have a very clear memory of seeing the apocalyptic film ‘The Day After’ as a child and being totally traumatized by it. I had a recurring nightmare for months afterwards that I was running home during a nuclear war to die with my family, I didn’t want to die away from them. It was the Cold War, it felt like the end of the world was possible back then," says Samantha Stephenson.

"Extreme circumstances tend to put things in focus and in perspective. The past six years politically and culturally have been very intense. The pandemic felt like the culmination of years of social and cultural anxiety. There was a point where, after our US and European dates were all cancelled in 2020, we were trying to book some shows with the expectation that it would be possible again in early 2021 but the situation kept shifting. A promoter, suggesting a new possible show date, ended the email with ‘if the world doesn’t end first’. That phrase really hit me. It took me back and I started thinking about how all the trivialities and ridiculous things that we worry and stress about, things that in the end don’t matter, vanish in the face of survival and we are left with the one thing that does matter - love."

Tapped as one of the Top 25 duos in the US by Yahoo! Music, the freewheeling pair has released numerous recordings, including the acclaimed albums 'Happy Madness' (2010), 'Hey Hey Cabaret' (2012), 'Elephant Uproar' (2013), 'Cartwheels' (2014), 'Bonjour Batfrog' (2014) and 'Hooray Beret' (2019).

French-born, but raised in the UK and USA, Stephenson’s study of piano and dance ignited her eventual rejection of corporate conformity and fueled a quest to lead a truly autonomous life through art and music. A son of jazz-loving teachers, Helland grew up in Western Massachusetts and was a vital player on the region’s fertile early hardcore punk scene.

Helland and Stephenson met in NYC in 1998, when Stephenson spontaneously jumped on stage to accompany Helland during his solo guitar performance. The artistic union was immediate, powerful and undeniable. The two began to tour with fevered zeal, turning heads with their striking aesthetic, steadily building fervent fans on the mystical-folk/steampunk festival, coffeehouse, convention, and club circuits with their boisterous, revival-like live shows.

Over the years, they've performed live with Dead Can Dance's Peter Ulrich and Dresden Dolls' Brian Viglione, and opened for Thomas Dolby, Dinosaur Jr., The World Inferno Friendship Society, Rasputina, Cruxshadows, Hurray For The Riff Raff and The Young Dubliners. 

The 'Zen Ghost' LP is out now and can be found across fine digital outlets, including Apple MusicSpotify and Bandcamp. It is also available on CD via the band's website.

 

Legendary stoner rock band Hermano (with John Garcia) signs to Ripple Music; full catalogue reissues and an exclusive 10" release are also announced!

Hermano, the cult Californian stoner rock band formed by John Garcia (ex-Kyuss), Dandy Brown, David Angstrom, Chris Leathers (Supafuzz) and Mike Callahan (Disengage), joins the Ripple Music roster for the reissue of their entire back catalogue as well as the release of an exclusive 10" record in 2023. 

Entirely remixed by David Barrick (Black Stone Cherry, Kentucky Headhunters) and mastered by Ty Tabor (King's X), the updated Hermano catalogue has been dynamically enhanced and will offer some exciting new features and twists such as never-before-heard live and studio tracks. "We are ecstatic to share these reimagined versions of our albums with friends, fans and family, knowing that the listening experience will be as refreshing for you as it has been for us," says the band.

About signing to Ripple Music, Hermano comments: "Hermano is thrilled to be able to work with Ripple for the remix/remaster reissues of our catalogue. A handful of years ago, when our agreements with the distributors we had been working with for the original releases expired, we knew that we wanted to do something special with the albums. It took some time to find the best home for our music, but after meeting with Todd Severin, we knew from his enthusiasm, pure love and respect for music and concepts for the reissues that Ripple was the perfect fit for us. We are truly honored to be working with Todd and the amazing team at Ripple. After months of searching through the Hermano vaults (ie crawlspaces, closets, attics, storage buildings and cigar boxes) across the US and EU, tracking down master tapes that we thought had been lost or damaged forever and bringing new life to our music through the efforts of Ripple Music and an enormously talented group of engineers, we are eagerly looking forward to beginning the process of reissuing our albums starting in 2023. 'Only a Suggestion', 'Dare I Say', 'Into the Exam Room', and 'Live at W2' as you’ve never heard them before... We can’t wait to share the experience with you." — John, Dave, Chris, Mike and Dandy.

Ripple Music will soon unveil more info about the album reissues and exclusive 10" release, stay tuned!

The story begins twenty-four years ago in a second-floor apartment located in Covington, Kentucky. The details are of a band that never was... There are those who already know the story. They remember the first time they heard about Hermano, the whispers of a super-group that had tracked an album backed by Frank Kozik and set to be released on Man’s Ruin Records. When Kozik’s label closed shop before the album could be released, those who knew of the project waited through nearly four years of hurdles and contractual obligations to be cleared before they could hear an album that not only lived up to its promise but also established itself as one of the most influential heavy blues (aka stoner rock) collections ever recorded.

The legend of Hermano is well documented, found in publications far too many to count when the group was most active a decade and a half ago. To summarize those accounts, Hermano first formed when David Angstrom (Supafuzz), Steve Earle (Afghan Wigs), Mike Callahan (Disengage), and John Garcia (Kyuss) agreed to lend their talents to the session's producer Dandy Brown had scheduled for December of 1998. Coming together for the first time in Cincinnati, the initial riffs that Brown had constructed were arranged by the newly formed group and would become the foundation for the band’s debut album "Only a Suggestion". It is also well documented that before entering Ultrasuede Studio in the winter of that year, the members of the band had never been in the same room together, but with the very first notes they played there was a realization that they had struck upon something special: a musical outlet for each of them where egos were absent, the core of their creativity was free from industry pressure, and where they would quickly develop friendships that would become the central force behind the band.

Over the next decade, Hermano would go on to release three studio albums ("Only a Suggestion", "Dare I Say" and "Into the Exam Room") and a live record (Live at W2) showcasing the force the band had become in the heavy blues market. Embarking on a series of now-legendary sold-out live performances in the United States and Europe, Hermano continued to grow a legion of dedicated fans and critical acclaim. Following the European tour in support of their debut album, Steve Earle’s departure to pursue his solo project opened the door for veteran drummer and lifelong friend of David Angstrom, Chris Leathers (Supafuzz), to step in during the band’s performance at FestiMad in 2004. Performing on the band’s next two studio albums and their live release, Leathers addition to the group cemented another chapter in the friendships established during the group’s formation six years earlier.

Recording albums and touring when they wanted to, not because they were contractually obligated to spend months on the road or in the studio, Hermano quickly became known as the greatest band that never was, a tongue-in-cheek tip of the hat to the impact and influence of a band that consistently refused to operate on anyone’s schedule other than their own. Now six years removed from Hermano’s last live performance at Hellfest in the summer of 2016, the band is thrilled to announce that they have recently acquired full ownership of their entire catalogue and have committed to sonically updating the collections through remixing, remastering, and reissuing their three studio albums and live collection with San Francisco based Ripple Music.

 

 

"Voices" is the new single, accompanied by a lyric video, of Chaos Eternal, which is included in the album The Journey. Pt1: Through The Maze”.

In 2014 Johan Ahlqvist decided to start the onemanband Chaos Eternal after the drummer of his thrashband Dust had an accident and no longer could play. The idea was to have a project where all kinds of genres could be explored freely. Four EP's of different genres was released quickly in 2014 on most streaming services. Then there was a pause up until 2020 because of health issues and some other projects. 2020 the self titled album was released and the move to Bandcamp was made. After that several EP´s and releases was made on bandcamp. Now the return to streaming services is finally here with the upcoming quadrilogy of albums called The Journey. Pt1: Through the maze and Pt2: Higher and higher will be released the 25th of November this year. "Pt3: The path to the void" is basically finished and writing for the closing "Pt4: The path to enlightenment" is on the way. The journey albums each represent a different genre and the quadrilogy is a concept and the albums tell a story.

Social media links: 

www.youtube.com/@chaoseternal 

https://www.facebook.com/ChaosEternalBand 

chaoseternalswe.bandcamp.com/ 

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2n8uarNX3xwNoQgq7XWnlk?si=jh9FWQplT46Fax-_iigZ2A 

 

 

 

 

A founding member of the space crew has died: Nik Turner passed away on November 10th, 2022, at the age of 82. Nik Turner (saxophone, flute, vocals) was a prominent member of the legendary Hawkwind, a pioneer of psychedelic rock, a master of space rock. He founded the band together with Dave Brock and took part in the band's most successful albums, such as "In Search of Space", "Doremi Fasol Latido" and "Space Ritual". After his departure from Hawkwind, he continued to play a classic Hawkwind repertoire with various formations, such as Hawklords and Space Ritual. He was also involved with Inner City Unit, Sphynx and guested on works by Robert Calvert, Psychic TV, Mother Gong, Sham 69, Sting, The Stranglers etc.

In a message on his Facebook page, a representative of the musician said that he died peacefully at home on Thursday evening (November 10th, 2022): "We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Nick Turner, the Mighty Thunder Rider, who died peacefully at home on Thursday evening. He moved on to the next stage of his space journey, guided by the love of his family, friends and fans. Keep an eye on this space to learn about its arrangements".

Goodbye, astral traveller. Rest in Peace.

 

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