Tuesday, 25 April 2017

An Interview with Aaron from RED BEARD WALL

Red Beard Wall have had quite a journey in releasing their excellent debut album. Due out on Argonauta Records from May 12th 2017. Starting as a one-man project with Aaron Wall – writing, recording and performing the instruments all by himself.

Roll onto 2017 and Red Beard Wall are a hard-hitting Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal duo with George Trujillo joining Aaron on drums. Red Beard Wall are now ready to face the world with their bombastic style of Sludge/Doom/Stoner riffs with a deadly appetite for Noise Rock sounds.

I've reviewed the album here and I wanted to find out more about Red Beard Wall. As they seriously impressed me with their debut album. I'm happy to say Aaron Wall (Guitars/Vocals) has kindly agreed to this interview.

Hi Aaron. How are things with you today.

Greetings Outlaws of the Sun! Really appreciate you having me. Everything is going really well. No complaints whatsoever. It's an exiting time for us.

Can you give a brief history of how the band came about and where it is today.

I'll try to keep this a short version of a long story...

I had been out of music for 3 or 4 yrs, mainly because of life bullshit. So I was itching for a reason to get back into it. I had slowly started working on a demo in January 2016 just to appease myself really. I wrote 3 songs and I was so damn proud of them. I put the demo on BandCamp and got a great response. That got me back to being serious about it. After that man, the songs just spilled out of me and were getting better and better. In my humble opinion anyway. Ha ha.

So I decided to move forward. I set up a lil studio at my house, went on a crash course in recording, engineering, and mixing. I was a sponge, I just soaked up every bit of knowledge of could. Then I performed and recorded all the instruments and vocals Then mixed the record. Dan at Mammoth Sound handled mastering. I was just going to release it myself but I thought it was really good, so I took a shot and sent it out to 5 or 6 labels. Argonauta jumped on it. As far as where we are now...

George, the drummer in the band now heard the demo and dug the songs. As fate would have it we live 45 min apart so he offered to help me if I needed a drummer. I went and jammed with him and it just clicked. So we're now a 2 piece of destruction.

How would you describe your overall sound.

When people ask I always describe it as sludge rock. What I've heard from others is Helmet or Butthole Surfers mixed with Black Sabbath. It's interesting to hear the different things people get out of it. It's just an amalgamation of everything heavy that we like...

Which is a lot. Lol.


We are here to talk about your debut album. What can people expect from the album.

Briefly put, people can expect...

Simple and to the point songs. Massive, crushing guitar tones, and drums of thunder. Blistering screams of discontent, alongside vocals melodies that soar. And groove. Can't forget the groove.

What influenced you all when recording the album.

The main influence was to have a vessel for myself to purge the discontent I have with the world around us. Especially at this point in history. Also just to write songs that fucking jammed. Intelligent tunes that were also somewhat easy for people to wrap their heads around. Thoughtful, head bobbing music.

Will you be touring this record heavily in the United States.

That's most definitely the goal, and we're taking offers...any offer! Ha-ha!

Right now we have a bunch of dates lined up this summer all over the South-west US, and booking and trying to book more as we speak.

What is the song-writing dynamic in the band. Is it a group participation or down to one individual.

On this record specifically, I did it all. Wrote, performed, recorded and mixed the record. Now that George is in the band and our chemistry is off the charts, moving forward, the plan is collaboration.

What influences you when writing music.

It's really hard to explain. When I write or do anything musically, I basically immediately fall into a meditative (flow) state. A hyper focus I'd say, and the songs just spill out of my soul. Not to get to philosophical. Lol.

But honestly, there is never any premeditated thought or direction. It's just all of my knowledge and influences being regurgitated in, the form of sound.

Are you all involved with different musical projects or is Red Beard Wall your main band.

Red Beard Wall is what we're 100% focused on. Especially at the moment with the record coming out soon and all the shows lined up. George does play in band as well as Red Beard Wall called Bummified that's a straight doom band. Killer stuff.


What is your musical setup when performing or recording live. Is it a an advanced setup or a basic setup.

I like to plug and play. The tone that tickles my soul is Orange OR tone. I'm using an Orange OR100 and PPC412 with a octave pedal used subtlety for a little extra low end since we're a 2 piece. I'll keep adding as I go. Working towards Conan like setup. Volume!

You're from Texas which seems to have a great Doom/Stoner Metal scene thanks to bands such as Wo Fat, Mothership and Project Armageddon to name but a few. How is the local scene perceived in Texas. Is there a local scene for you to perform regularly.

The Texas scene is badass!! Those bands you mention are carrying the flag of stoner/doom high! Proud to be a part! We have a Our local scene is getting better. We're doing all we can to help it.

Do you perform many local gigs or do you have to travel further afield.

We play locally and we get out and play as well. We'll play anytime, anywhere.

Before you go, do you have anything to say to your fans.

We just wanna say thanks to everyone for the support, big and small. This is our dream so it means everything. GO GET THE RECORD MAY 12!


Well Aaron, thanks for doing this. All the best with the new album.

We can't thank Outlaws of the Sun enough for the support and opportunity. All Hail!!!

Words by Steve Howe and Aaron Wall

Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency for arranging this interview. Thanks to Aaron for taking the time out to talking to us. Red Beard Wall S/T debut album will be available to buy on CD/DD via Argonauta Records from May 12th 2017.

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Red Beard Wall - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: May 12th 2017. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Red Beard Wall – S/T – Tracklisting

1. Beauty In
2. I Am
3. Switching Circuits
4. Alive
5. Born with a Hammer
6. Top of the Mountain
7. Bottom of a Well
8. March in Time
9. Beauty Out

Members:

Aaron Wall Vocals/ Guitar
George Trujillo Drums

Review

Time for another release from Argonauta Records and this time we have the debut album from Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal duo - Red Beard Wall. I've been waiting anxiously for this album to arrive as I've thoroughly enjoyed the little teasers I've heard through social media. Now it's time for the main event. Red Beard Wall self-titled album is one that will appeal to a wide majority of the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community.

Taking cues from band such as Torche, Floor and the mighty CONAN. Red Beard Wall play a more disjointed brand of Sludge/Stoner Metal. They have a very cool punk driven sound lurking in the background. Some people may have trouble getting used to the vocals. Though give that time as it gives the album quite a unique sound.

Opening track - Beauty In - has a familiar Torche/Floor feel but it has quite a solid addictive and heavy edge with the guitars working superbly well with the drums. It's an instrumental song that shows the listener what kind of music to expect on the rest of the album. The production is handled superbly well from the start.

Second track - I Am - opens with a heavy pounding riff with moments of Noise Rock allowing for the dual vocals to appear. A mixture of clean and harsh vocals work surprisingly well and this is where you start to feel the DIY Punk vibe that the band play so well. The lyrics may have a simple feel but they're strangely addictive as Red Beard Wall delve further into classic grunge sounds.

Third track - Switching Circuits - opens with a cool psych/distorted riff that allows the band to play a slower style of sludge rock. It has quite a drone based feel. but the heavy vocals are never too far behind.

Fourth track - Alive - has quite a "poppy" feel but buried under a ton of dirty heavy sludgy grunge and stoner sounds. The band have written some playful lyrics as well to make this one of the standout tracks on the album. Top marks to the production yet again as this sounds super fresh.

The whole album has quite a rebellious and playful attitude. For a duo these guys are remarkably heavy whilst creating a poppier kind of sound. Though I've now learnt that Aaron recorded this album all by himself.

Obviously Red Beard Wall aren't the first band to do this kind of sound. Nor will they be the last. I admire bands that can merge the heavier sludge sounds against a more "radio-friendly" style sound. Torche and Floor are perhaps the innovators of the sound that Red Beard Wall play so brilliantly well. 

Don't worry though as Red Beard Wall are primarily a Heavy Rock/Metal band first. As the second half of the album veers into into Doom/Sludge Rock territory  with songs such as Born With A Hammer, March In Time and Beauty Out. Red Beard Wall's debut album is one of those albums that I wish was on slightly longer. As the album runs for a brisk thirty five minutes.

My final thoughts on Red Beard Wall's debut album is an exciting and action packed album with its playful take on all things Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency for the promo. Red Beard Wall S/T debut album will be available to buy on CD/DD via Argonauta Records from May 12th 2017.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Summoner - Beyond The Realm Of Light (Album Review)


Release date: May 12th 2017. Label: Magnetic Eye Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Beyond The Realm Of Light – Tracklisting

1.New Sun
2.The Huntress
3.Beyond the Realm of Light
4.The Emptiness
5.Skies of the Unknown
6.Into Oblivion

Members:

Scott Smith, Chris Johnson, Joe Richner, A.J. Peters

Review

I was given the distinct pleasure of checking out the new record from Boston stoner rock band Summoner. Beyond The Realm Of Light is the band's 3rd record and I'm going to be brutally honest, this record kills. It didn't grab me right away, but after a couple of listens I was hooked like a riff obsessed crack addict.

Summoner doesn't really tread any new ground, but lay a heavy as claim to their own chunk of the sonic landscape. This record is rocking, it is catchy, it has huge riffs, gigantic drums and shredding solos aplenty.

The band wastes no time, as New Sun kicks in right away. It is the perfect intro for the next 30+ minutes. The Huntress follows and is littered with some NWOBHM style old school guitar solos. The title track, Beyond the Realm of Light, comes in as a slower heavier, more doom laden track and it is a monster.
Next is The Emptiness with a driving, heavy pace that grabs you right by the throat. Skies of the Unknown starts with a slower, spacey intro before kicking in big time with another hard driving finish. The record closes with Into Oblivion, a fitting closing that puts it's foot right on your throat.
After listening to this record, I was reminded of everything from Red Fang to Kyuss, Sabbath to Helmet, and about everything in between. This is a rock record. Period. Track this one down, give it a couple of spins, it won't leave your listening rotation, I guarantee.

Words by Todd Stealey
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Thanks to Jadd at Magnetic Eye and Carl at Action PR for the promo. Beyond The Realm Of Light will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Magnetic Eye Records from May 12th 2017.

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L'IRA DEL BACCANO - Paradox Hourglass (Album Review)


Release date: April 14th 2017. Label: Subsound Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Paradox Hourglass – Tracklisting

1.PARADOX HOURGLASS - Part 1(L'Ira Del Baccano) 11:10
2.PARADOX HOURGLASS - Part 2 (No Razor for Occam) 08:28
3.ABILENE 11:17
4.THE BLIND PHOENIX RISES 08:06


Members:

Alessandro “Drughito” Santori - guitar/direction and architecture of Baccano
Roberto Malerba - guitar/synth
Sandro “fred” Salvi - drums
Ivan Contini Bacchisio - bass

Review

L'Ira Del Baccano (LDB) returns with another round of heavy spaced out instrumental psych doom. Arriving two and a half years since their last album - Terra 42. Paradox Hourglass sees LDB carry on with the subtle psychedelic sounds from that album with a more progressive feel the album is split into four parts - Paradox Hourglass Part One, Paradox Hourglass Part Two, Abilene and The Blind Phoenix Rises.

The first track - Paradox Hourglass Part One - is LBD at their most addictive as they create heavy doom based sounds. The album feels like a natural progression from their last album. As the sound is very familiar if you're already a fan of the band. The instrumental work is superb and LDB show a keen eye for experimentation with their sound. This album isn't as heavy as previous albums as LDB play a more mellow style.

Second track - Paradox Hourglass Part Two - has a more jazz style approach. The song takes time to fully get going but once it does the band don't disappoint with dazzling riffs spliced with the top-notch drumming present throughout the album.

The final two tracks Abilene and The Blind Phoenix Rises is the exciting part of the album as the songs have a fresher feel than the opening two tracks. LDB feel they're having more fun with their music on the final two songs. They have a more interesting dynamic and feel more complete with the heavy instrumental sounds reaching their natural conclusion.

If you're a long time of this great band then no doubt you will find much to enjoy here. If you're new to the world of LDB then this is the best place to start as it offers the most perfect insight of what this band is all about. It's a stylish and heavy psychedelic affair with LDB becoming one of the more interesting Instrumental Psych Rock Bands currently out there.

I will say this is perhaps the best the band have ever sounded on record. The whole feel and mood of the album never feels rushed or forced and that's down to the production of the album. I still prefer Terra 42 to Paradox Hourglass but this is still another great album from LDB. If you're a fan of classic spaced out Hawkwind style riffs merged with a heavy sounding doomy atmosphere then look no further. Paradox Hourglass is the album for you.

Words by Steve Howe

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DUEL - Witchbanger (Album Review)


Release date: April 28th 2017. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Witchbanger – Tracklisting

1.Devil
2.Witchbanger
3.The Snake Queen
4.Astro Gypsy
5.Heart of the Sun
6.Bed of Nails
7.Cat's Eye
8.Tigers and Rainbows

Members:

Tom Frank - guitar,vocals
Shaun Avants - bass, vocals
JD Shadowz - drums
Jeff Henson - guitar

Review

Duel return with their second album - Witchbanger - and it's another heavy slice of classic Heavy Metal carnage merged with slabs of powerful Stoner/Doom Metal. The album has a very classic eighties heavy metal feel with the vocals proving that this album will appeal to both the more traditional metal-head and the more modern doom metal fan.

Opening track - Devil - is what you expect from Duel. Fast-paced riffs that never outstay their welcome as the band play a blend of heavy metal sounds merged with modern sounding doom metal theatrics. The twin guitars have a slight Thin Lizzy feel and that is always a good thing. Duel know who they and they make no apologies for making straight-forward Doom/Heavy Metal such as this. It’s good to see the band mixing things up a bit on this track as it acts as the catalyst for things to come.

Second track - Witchbanger - carries on the vintage sound heard on the first track but with a gloomier atmosphere. It's one of the standout tracks on the album with creepy lyrics and pitch-perfect riffs adding a more subtle blues rock vibe at times. I don't want to spend to long reviewing every song on the album as I want this album to be kept as a surprise for both fans of the band and first time listeners.

If you want a good old fashioned Doom/Heavy Metal album where the riffs, vocals and lyrics are equally as important as each other then. Witchbanger is the album for you. I will admit this was the first album I've heard by Duel as I passed their debut album by. My mistake as Duel are a serious hard-rocking unit who have some cool and original ideas of their own especially on the excellent third track - The Snake Queen.

This track shows how inventive Duel can actually be with the band taking a more psychedelic approach and influenced by the legendary sounds of Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus. Whilst still creating their own sound. Other great tracks to check out are: Astro Gypsy, Heart Of The Sun and Tigers and Rainbows.

The production is first rate throughout as Duel have done their homework here. As Witchbanger sounds like it could have been released back in the classic heyday of Doom Metal whilst still offering a modern Stoner based sound. Witchbanger is an exciting wild ride into the realm of Doom/Heavy Metal and I urge you not to pass this album by as Duel have created another quality album.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Witchbanger will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from April 28th 2017.

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

An Interview with Marty Harvey from SLOMATICS and WAR IRON


With today's announcement of SLOMATICS headlining the first Gizzard Fest in Rotherham, where you can find all the details here.

I've been a fan of Slomatics for a long time now. They have released a string of acclaimed albums and they're a major influence on the mighty CONAN. I wanted to interview one of the guys from Slomatics for ages but I never got round to it until now.

I caught up with Marty Harvey (Drums/Vocals) to discuss his role in Slomatics, festival appearances and their acclaimed 2016 album – Future Echo Returns. So sit back and enjoy this epic interview. I apologize now when we start discussing our beloved football team – Newcastle United.

Enjoy.....

Hi Marty. Thanks for doing this interview. Before we start discussing your upcoming appearance at the Gizzard Fest in Rotherham. We need to discuss your current album – Future Echo Returns which was released last year. That album has won a considerable amount of praise from fans and critics alike. Has the responses surprised you all within the band.

I think getting any kind of praise is always cool, whether it’s after a show or reading something on a blog/review, it’s a recognition of time spent writing, practising and all the other behind the scenes stuff that happens to make an album, but truthfully we’re still surprised when we get it. It’s definitely not something we set out to get or crave by any means. I suppose since A Hocht, then Estron there had been a building response from fans and critics, so with the release of Future Echo Returns, I guess the momentum with whatever praise we got from those albums continued. But it would seem Future Echo Returns has gained the most attention yet.

Did you ever expect it to be embraced the way it is. Excellent reviews and appearing on a wide range of best album of the year lists.

When writing music, reviews and end of year lists simply don’t feature as a reason to do what we do. We play music together simply for fun and to please our ears!! When we play live or people buy our music I always find it humbling that music we’ve made is discussed or considered to be held in the same regard as bands who have been on the scene for years touring, recording and playing live.



Did you know you had something special on your hands before you released it.

Can’t say we did, can’t say we do now!!! As the music started to come together and we jammed out sections it became apparent that there was more melody this time around and more use of synth textures and vocally a decision by myself to try more harmonies. Musically we feel it’s probably the most complete album we’ve done.

What was the overall experience this album compared to other albums that you’ve recorded.

From a recording perspective A Hocht and Estron were recorded in Start Together Studios, Belfast by Rocky O’ Reilly, both in their entirety, with Future Echo Returns we took a decision to use both Start Together and Skyhammer. Chris Fielding (Bass Player, Conan/Producer @ Skyhammer) has produced some great sounding music with some great bands and the overall approach to how he recorded and got such great sonics was something we were interested in. We were curious to see how he used his skills with our music. We recorded all drums, guitars and vocals at Skyhammer over 2 sessions, with a middle session held at Start Together to use Rocky’s vast array of vintage keyboards and synths. So recording in 2 different studios with sufficient time in between sessions gave us time to fine tune the recordings and see what did and didn’t work!!

Did you do anything differently when recording this new album. Your vocals are different compared to other albums you’ve recorded with Slomatics.

There was really nothing too different from a technique perspective that I did largely different vocally. Lyrically I come up with ideas fairly quickly once the music has been written. When we are playing through/practising songs without vocals I am coming up with vocal melodies in my head and trying to phrase them so I can sing and play drums at the same time!! This is something I’ve got better at doing over the years. I do feel that I’m developing a style that suits me vocally and hopefully using melody/harmonising more in the songs.

As you’re now signed to Black Bow Records. How did all that come about. Though Slomatics are a major influence on the label owner Jon from the mighty CONAN

Black Bow Records, as you say, we’re now signed to. It was kind of a natural progression. Jon’s label has developed with his repertoire of artists and to be a part of his label is a really cool thing for us. It was an easy decision when we chatted.

You’re also performing at Roadburn and Psycho Las Vegas later in the year. Did you ever expect to be performing on the international stage such as those two awesome festivals. What’s the current mood within the band in regards to performing in both festivals.

To be asked to play shows that us as fans would want to attend due to the amount of really cool bands on the bill is a great thing. I’ve been to Roadburn a few times and had some great experiences as a fan, going back as part of the festival is going to be awesome. We played the Incubate festival a few years ago, playing the Green Room Stage in the 013, this time round we will be back on the same stage.

Psycho Las Vegas festival was something which came totally out of the blue. Truthfully I had never heard of it. Getting approached to play a show in Las Vegas doesn’t happen everyday!! It’s something which we have talked about, playing in USA, but due to real life stuff like family and work, it was something which we feel would not have happened. But it all seemed to come together and so in August Slomatics are playing their 1st American show. Naturally we’re excited!!

What can people expect from those two shows.

More of the same, but now with added cool visuals that have been put together by Dermot Falloon who did our “Electric Breath” video.


Now you’re headlining the Gizzard Fest gig which Chris from United in Fuzz and Spaztik Munkey is currently arranging. How did that come about. A lot of people will be genuinely excited for that gig.

This is gonna be a head scratcher when the readers are checking this answer out…there are 2 Chris’s and 2 Dave’s!! We were approached by Chris (Festival Organiser) and we couldn’t refuse. The whole set up seemed like something we would all be into. It’s based at a pub with nice ale, so seems like a no brainer!! Chris (Festival Organiser)is good mates with Dave Main (D*A*M Guitar Pedals) and Chris (Slomatics) and Dave (Slomatics) wax lyrical about Dave Main’s pedals as both use them in their set up. So it all seemed like a cool and fun show to do, something when we look at doing shows is a prerequisite!!

Chris has arranged some exciting bands for that gig. Which bands are you currently looking forward to.

Well it’s a 12hr celebration of all things heavy, loud and fuzzy!! What’s not to like!! And all happening in an outdoor marquee with fine cask ales!! So, I’m looking forward to checking out all the bands, some of which I’ve heard of and others I’ve yet to experience. That’s what is really cool about bills like this, you get to see and hear bands that you normally would not get an opportunity to do so.

Is there any chance that Slomatics do a proper UK tour. Instead of one-off dates here and there. Or is it too expensive to do at the moment.

When looking at the logistics of doing a show it’s an obvious thing to factor in finances when a promoter approaches you. So in accepting a gig we are always up front about our costs, generally promoters are aware of our travelling needs from Northern Ireland to mainland UK/Europe and assist accordingly. Touring is something we’re just not into as a band. We all have other commitments with work and family so getting away for a few dates for specific shows is how we like to do it.

You’ve been part of Slomatics since 2011. Did you ever expect the journey the band has taken you on. Three full length albums and a few split EP’s as well. How did you become involved with Slomatics for people who don’t know your history with the band.

I’ve known Dave since we were kids at school and Chris for about 20 years when he stumbled up on stage to play a guest spot for a band me and Dave were in, guesting on a theremin!! Me and Dave were in a band called Cosmonaut, mainly an instrumental stoner band, with Joe the original Slomatics drummer on bass.

We changed the band set up to include Baggy (War Iron) on vocals and Chris joined on guitar, we did our thing for a good number of years, calling it quits in 2004, Dave, Chris and Joe formed Slomatics, me and Baggy formed War iron. I got a call from Dave asking would I stand in for a while until they found a new drummer after Joe left, I said I’d help out for a few months, so 6 years on they still haven’t found a replacement, they seem happy enough with the current stand in!!!

When I joined Slomatics there was no need to get used to playing styles, having played with the guys for years, so it was an easy enough transition for me. I was a fan of the band beforehand and knew they had a number of releases behind them, so to add to that back catalogue was cool. There was no real plan, as is still the case!! Since I’ve been with Slomatics, we’ve released 3 albums, a few EPs, split vinyl and played some great shows, recorded music for an animated movie, with new music being written during practice for our next release.

You appear in another great band called War Iron. What is the current state of that band. Will you be recording any new material with War Iron. Or is Slomatics is your main focus.

I drum in War Iron, leaving vocal duties to Baggy with Ross on guitar and Goat on Bass. War Iron were formed by me and Baggy as a result of our band The Naut (also with Chris, Dave and original Slomatics drummer, Joe) splitting up years ago. Chris, Dave and Joe got Slomatics off and running and did great things with Flooding The Weir and Kalceanna and so War Iron got around to releasing The Faceless Sea, The Fifth and Final Sun Albums, a few EPs and a split 7” with Headless Kross. War Iron have just had 2 great shows with Napalm Death and currently weighing up a few options at the moment. I try to split my time with bands equally.

You're involved with The Planet Of Doom film. How did that come about. 

Planet of Doom came about by being contacted by David Paul Seymour, the creative mind behind the animated movie.  Through discussion the project felt it was something cool and something which we had not done before, so it was really appealing.  We were sent rough concepts/stories about our particular theme.  Writing a song to someone else's concepts was an interesting way to write, especially when you have specific time parameters to stick to and a storyboard theme to get across to the listeners. 



You've recorded a new song for that project. Can you tell your fans what people can expect on that new song. Have you seen the final segment of your part of the movie. 

We recorded our song in Start Together Studios in Belfast with Rocky O'Reilly over the course of a weekend and it was pleasing when David Paul Seymour heard it.  It fitted his brief and told the specific story of the themes we were given...relief!!  The song itself sounds like Slomatics!!  Can't give too much away until the movie is released, as of yet we have not seen the animation for our part of the movie which our song portrays, but with anything that David Paul Seymour has done we know it's going to be super cool!!

You know I’m going to move away from music and talk about our favourite football team. As we both support the same team – Newcastle United. How did you end up supporting Newcastle United. As I thought you would be supporting Manchester United. As most people I’ve came across from Northern Ireland always support Manchester United. Why our beloved Toon.

As a kid I supported Tottenham Hotspur as I just happened to catch them on TV during one of their European matches and wanted to support a team..so Spurs it was!! It just happened to feature 2 Argentinian players..Ossie Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, I thought they were great, flashy skills and just having a touch more skill than the UK players on the team. I particularly liked Ossie and always followed his career. He left Spurs and I kind of lost interest, as you do as a kid!! A few years later I found out he was managing Newcastle United albeit for a year, then Keegan came into manage when Ossie left. I loved Keegan as a kid, as I watched him on Superstars and as a fickle teenager I changed allegiance to the Toon!! The rest is history.

It’s always hard for ourselves as we haven’t won a major trophy for decades. Though we’re trying to get promoted back to the Premier League. Have you seen a Newcastle United football match. If so, who was it against and what was the final score.

Yeah I’ve been over to see Newcastle a good few times. Seen them play and win, draw and lose. Saw them for the 1st time in 2003 when they were managed by Sir Bobby, then made a point to try and get once a year, saw them fall to bits with John Carver, then each year with Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce achieve little!!

Keegan came back on the scene and threw the head up and left, wobble under Joe Kinnear and even Shearer that year couldn’t help not get them relegated. Hughton brought the The Toon back up, Carver again made a shambles of things, paving the way for McClaren's laughable tenure and now we’re looking pretty good under Benitez, straight back up to the Premiership!! He just needs to stay and we’ll be back to the good old days that we had under Sir Bob!!

Best moment by far was watching Shearer crack in his 206th goal against Portsmouth in 2006, becoming the clubs all time record goal scorer!! Worst game I was at was v Man Utd beaten 5-0 and I had paid silly money for the tickets!! Enough said!! I am sure none of this football chat is of interest to anyone but you and me Steve!!!

Well Marty, thanks for doing this interview. Much appreciated. I should have done this sooner but I was always too hesitant to ask. Do you have anything to say to your fans before you go.

I’d just like to say thanks to you Steve for your continued support through Outlaws of the Sun and a big thanks to anyone who appreciates our music, whether buying our merch or coming to a show to check us out. If you’re at a gig come over and say “Hi”.

Words by Steve Howe and Marty Harvey

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Into Orbit - Unearthing (Album Review)


Release date: February 3rd 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Unearthing – Tracklisting

1.Dark Matter 03:52
2.Stone Circles 05:41
3.Scattering Light 03:06
4.Equilibrium 08:02
5.Caldera 05:40
6.The Archer 04:43
7.Unearthing 03:36
8.Gilgamesh 06:51

Members:

Paul Stewart (guitar) and Ian Moir (drums)

Review

Into Orbit are a Post-Rock/Post-Metal duo from New Zealand who add elements of Space Rock and Doom Metal into their music. Their debut album – Unearthing – is packed full of different sounds and visions as the band fully explore their full musical landscapes. Fans of Pelican, Telepathy, Kylver and Russian Circles will enjoy this.

The album contains 9 tracks as Into Orbit take you on mind-expanding progressive journey where the doomy atmospherics allows the band to inject waves of space rock sounds. Songs such as Dark Matter, Stone Circles, Caldera and Gilgamesh all convey subtle riffs with an air of intelligence within them. The progressive rock/metal themes are a major highlight of the album as Into Orbit experiment with their sound on each individual song.

Bands who merge so many different genres normally become bogged down with ideas that often feel flat. Into Orbit have no such trouble as they've created some highly intriguing and original sounds of their own. For a duo these guys are insanely loud.

If you're looking for a different take on the Post-Rock/Post-Metal genre then look no further as Unearthing is a beautiful work of progression and melody.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe