Indya – Strip Me Down

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Having burst through ears with an introduction which as good as stopped you in your tracks, that being the outstanding single Harder Faster, British rockers Indya follow up with another highly flavoursome slice of heavily seductive rock ‘n’ roll in the shape of Strip Me Down. Their new single is a bordering on salacious web of tangy grooves and rapacious riffs guided by the temptress tones of vocalist and band founder/songwriter Natalie Indya West; an encounter which wraps its tenacious and muscular body around the senses like an erotic dancer.

The character and moves of the single in many ways echo a part of Natalie’s earlier life. Hooked on music from a young age with the sounds of her Mother’s eclectic taste in bands ranging from indya-art-strip_RingMasterReviewFree and Bad Company through to David Bowie and Rainbow fuelling a brewing passion, Natalie studied music at the Performing Arts & Technology school in Croydon before moving on to study at the Colin’s Performing Arts College in Essex. On a 50% scholarship, Natalie had to fund the remaining of school fees and subsequently worked as a pole dancer in a gentleman’s club. The single physically reflects that environment with its twists and turns whilst, as many of her songs, the dark time she also experienced at that period of her life is equally evocatively touched.

With a touch of the now demised Karn8 to its personality, Strip Me Down is instantly a lure of grooved temptation, the guitar of Maxime Raguideau-Obadia weaving a seductive yet invasive entangling of ears as the stalking rhythms of drummer Andrea Rapisarda prowl hand in hand with the rapacious groan of Raymond Tagnola’s bass. There are many familiar textures at play within the drama honed song but all with freshness and an imaginative spicing which magnetically slips in with the band’s own invention.

Their first single stoked the fires of attention towards the 2015 emerging outfit; the Dan Baune produced and James Lerock Loughrey mixed/ mastered  Strip Me Down now keeps that blaze burning very nicely whilst showing another flavoursome flame to the rich body of Indya’s rock ‘n’ roll.

Strip Me Down is available now.

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Pete RingMaster 07/10/2016

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Indya – Harder Faster

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Need something to put some spirit rousing energy and vitality into your day? Then we suggest checking out the new single from UK band Indya for a swift and highly agreeable shot. Harder Faster is a virulent stomp of rock ‘n’ roll with the anthemic prowess of Andrew W.K., the pop infectiousness of Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, and the inventive dexterity of Pryti; a rebel rousing, thigh slapping slice of devilment just as happy to add some flavoursome glam to its hard rock bred adventure too.

Indya is led by vocalist Natalie Indya West, a songwriter/musician who was in the arms of music from an early age through her Mother’s keen and eclectic taste for artists such as Free, Bad Company, David Bowie, Rainbow and many others. From school, Natalie went on to study music at the Performing Arts & Technology school in Croydon before going on to study at the Colin’s Performing Arts College in Essex. Having to fund a large part of her schooling herself, she eventually took up a job as a pole dancer in a Gentleman’s Club, an experience which saw her fall in with the wrong crowd and into a subsequent debilitating habit. It is a time though which gave a spark to her songwriting and the often raw lyrical themes explored within that cathartic release.

Indya art_RingMasterReviewPerforming as a singer and professional dancer over recent years, Natalie eventually pulled together the band which is Indya last year, recruiting the talents of guitarist Daniel Baune, bassist Raymond Tagnola, and drummer Tobias Miorin to help bring her life bred songs to life. Combining inspirations from the likes of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Bowie, Madonna, and Amy Winehouse into their hard rock seeded rock ‘n’ roll, the band is looking to make a potent impact on ears and attention in 2016, and if Harder Faster is a sign of things to come, it is hard to see them failing.

The song opens on a great blues meets glam rock groove, beats badgering its lure with their own feisty bait. Things soon settle into an infectious canter as Natalie’s vocals flirt with and dance on ears and the imagination. The virulence of its energy and rousing bounce alone has hips and appetite gripped, the dexterity of vocals and melodic enterprise only adding to the easy going yet heavily dynamic proposal. The song is pure rock ‘n’ roll, but equally prime pop with a touch of punk to it too and quite irresistible.

Providing the thrilling lead to Strip Me Down, their new EP, Harder Faster has all the temptation to bring the UK music scene to the point of no return with the name Indya on its lustful lips.

Harder Faster is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 25/04/2016

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The Brimstone Days – On A Monday Too Early To Tell

If the heady days of soulful blues soaked 60’s and 70’s rock ignite your heart and the likes of Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, and Free send your emotions and pulse rate soaring then a new and equally impactful treat is just waiting for your adoration. The Brimstone Days is a band from Malmö, Sweden, a trio who live and breathe those inspirational days whilst their creativity sows those old seeds within its own unique imagination to bloom impressive and powerful songs as within their new album On A Monday Too Early To Tell. The band and their release takes you back to those heated groove filled times whilst brewing its flavours through their modern energy and invention. It is a vibrant pleasure and an essential listen for all blues rock fans.

The Brimstone Days began with vocalist/guitarist Hakan Lanz and drummer John Malmqvist driving off boredom by forming Blue Windmills. Playing as a blues /rock duo the band soon realised something was missing so brought in bassist Elias Dellow and changed the band name to The Brimstone Days. 2009 saw the release of their debut EP Flowers and Rainbows as the trio continued to light up stages with their irresistible sounds around the Malmö -Lund region. Not long after the EP came out Dellow left the band and was replaced by Hampus Hallgard, the new line-up energising the band further with its varied musical tastes linked by the love of sixties and seventies rock. The following year brought the release of their self titled album, its arrival well received and eagerly digested. Having gigged all over Europe the past years, the band has unmistakably matured and evolved further, with On A Monday Too Early To Tell the irrepressible evidence that the band has elevated all aspects of its craft, from songwriting to sound, and that their passion is as potent as ever and always sleeve worn.

Released through Transubstans Records, the album immediately opens on a major high in I Need Soul, a song which envelops the ear with a teasing swagger and infectious declaration, its heart and enthused energy an instant contagion to unleash ones inhibitions to. It is a confident piece of rock which is unafraid to settle back at times to build a crescendo of garage sixties fuelled melodic heat; it is also a song which has one on their toes physically and emotionally to share the warm eager skies it strolls.

From such a strong and irresistible start many bands might have lost impetus such the quality of the song, but The Brimstone Days just lays layer after layer of sensational sounds and impassioned energies brought with sharp invention and fired imagination. The likes of the hungrily grooved What Do You Want light up every corner of the senses with its simple yet incendiary breath, whilst songs such as the devilish Same Old Story, the catchy Burry The Hatchet, and the growling bluesy One-Two-Two, simply grabs one by the scruff of the neck and lead into an unbridled tempered riot of melodic fires and addiction forming grooves.

The vocals of Lanz are outstanding throughout, his delivery carrying whispers of so many greats from the past within his own inspiring tones. Within the slower prowl of Helping Hand his plaintive style really stokes the emotions and on what are predominantly energised storms of sharp melodic enterprise and energies elsewhere he leaves smouldering trails behind his powerful delivery.

Bigger highlights, though the release is one colossal one, come with the thumping title track, a demon of a blues rock conjuration, and the delicious Captain Tom. The second of the pair has a unique character amongst songs which are nothing less than diverse anyway, its pulsating saunter veined with great backing vocals and an acidic guitar sound to mesmerise completely, the result one breathless listener. It is masterful, a track just exuding flames of artistry and impassioned imagination.

On A Monday Too Early To Tell is a dynamic and absorbing album which only enlivens and illuminates the day and senses. The Brimstone Days are on the verge of major recognition, it definitely starts here.

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RingMaster 25/09/2012

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Stone Axe: Stone Axe II Deluxe Edition

Released a couple of years ago Stone Axe II is given another outing as a special deluxe addition on Ripple Music and is a vibrant treat for not only fans of the band Stone Axe but for rock music lovers in general. If you have not yet felt the majestic power and heart of Stone Axe and their sounds then this release of their second album complete with a second CD of fifteen tracks only previously available either upon their vinyl releases, as part of compilations, or are just rare tracks previously buried deep within their vault, is an essential for your ears. The package bulges with blues and classic rock fuelled rock n roll, the band dipping into the past and soul of the genres with flavours from the likes of Free, Deep Purple, Bad Company, The Faces, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin the catalyst for their own absorbing sounds.

The band was formed in 2007 by multi-instrumentalist T. Dallas Reed in Bremerton, Washington who upon leaving previous band Mos Generator and its different direction to what the band was set up upon, worked swiftly to set up Stone Axe to continue his hearts calling, Seventies rock preservation. Alongside Reed in the studio there is vocalist Dru Brinkerhoff and live the pair is aided by bassist Mike DuPont and drummer Mykey Haslip. Since forming the band has become an important part of the current rock scene for an ever rising fan base with their impressive live shows and their two albums, as well as splits and EPs which show so sigh of slowing, constantly grabbing eager acclaim, attention and enthusiasm. The nostalgic music influences strike a firm partnership with the band invention to offer a fresh and powerful mix that has a versatility and variety to satisfy persistently.

The first CD as mentioned is the complete ten track second album of the band, a release that with an enthused attitude, heart, and energy combines the flavours of blues rock, stoner, and seventies rock into a stirring and fresh homage come reinvention of classic rock without losing its passion and soul. With songs like the hit Chasing Dragons and the excellent Thin Lizzy spiced Those Were The Golden Years where Brinkerhoff sounds like the reincarnation of Phil Lynott through to the Free inspired Ain’t Gonna Miss It and the stunning Procul Harem tinged Turned To Stone, Stone Axe II is an essential release for all old classic rock favouring fans.

Very often these types of packages offer very little for the passionate fan that has much of the output of a band already, the release riding on the desire of the fan to simply want everything a band releases for their collection. With this special edition those who already have the second album are more than provided for with the second CD and the wealth of tracks within, though if a truly ardent fan you may still have everything already of course. The disc includes a cover of the Cream song SWLABR, an early version of Black Widow, as well as a thrilling live cut of Taking Me Home to name just a trio of the excellent tracks within. With the majority of the cuts now unavailable the CD alone makes the release a virtually new one for most and a very rewarding package with more than just something for every rock fan.

Stone Axe has taken classic rock forward without losing the essence and purpose they and the genre strive by. From the excellently crafted sounds and lyrics through to the perfect and impassioned delivery the band and this release sparks up all the senses and emotions easily and impressively. Many bands are trying to create music with a soul and breath seeded from the early fires of rock, Stone Axe just do it better than most.

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Interview with Lukas Paulsen of Lonely Kamel

Norwegian blues/stoner band Lonely Kamel released one of the year’s more impressive and undeniable raucously fun albums in their third album Dust Devil. Bursting with gloriously heavy grooves, oppressive heaviness, treacle thick melodies, and wonderfully consuming blues/sludge metal/ doom sounds; the album is an essential listen for all rock fans. Taking time out to chat with us we asked vocalist/guitarist Thomas Brenna and guitarist Lukas Paulsen about the album and Lonely Kamel the band.

Hello and welcome to The RingMaster Review.

For those yet to discover your sounds could you introduce the band members and tell us about the band. How did you all meet and come to the point of forming Lonely Kamel?

Stian and Thomas worked together in a bar in town. Both eager record collectors. After making a club concept called Klubb Pudding playing all kinds of hard bluesy rock they decided to start a band playing groovy and hard shit. The indie pop/rock “genre” was starting to get really big in Norway at the time and they hated it. Thomas had been writing a few songs, and after a little while with another drummer and a couple of strange guitar players and two live gigs, Lonely Kamel was offered a spot as opening act for Orange Goblin at a bigger venue in town. We had 5 songs ready (including Pentagram’s “Forever my queen”) so we called this guy called Lukas if he wanted to join us as a lead guitarist two weeks before the show. He had been playing in more progressive kind of metal bands earlier, but we knew he had the love for that hard and heavy bluesy music and it worked out great. A couple of months later our first drummer left town with his family and we needed a new one. Someone told us to call this guy (Espen) who had just left another band. I knew he was a fantastic drummer and we jammed out for a couple of hours. There was no doubt, he fit perfectly both as a person and musician. That was 3 and a half years ago and we love hanging out together making music. Good times!

With Norway more renowned for its death and black metal bands and sounds did you find an eager reception for your varied rock sound or is there a hidden world the rest of Europe has yet to discover in Oslo and beyond?

We are somewhat of a Lonely Kamel in Oslo. The rock scene which was really good in Oslo and Norway ten years ago kind of disappeared and is slowly crawling back towards the surface after ten years of bullshit indie pop and Hip hop/R&B. We can feel a bigger buzz these days, times are changing again, but we still do the same thing, producing classic hard rock. Looks like the kids are getting back into the classic hard rock again listening to Zeppelin, Sabbath and are starting up bands inspired by bands like that. Yeah, we have had an eager and overwhelming reception in Europe, but there is nothing like a big scene for our music in Norway. There are all these crappy indie-bands that media makes a big hype around. So we decided not to bother trying to make it in Norway. There are a few good bands down our alley though, like Brutus and… hmmm… probably a couple more.

As mentioned your music is spiced with a fine array of flavours, classic hard rock, stoner rock, blues, a touch of sludge etc, what are the major influences that have formed your music?

We listen to a great variety of music, but the stuff we are jammin’ around most of the time is hard rock, stoner and blues. All of us have favourites in other genres as well, and since we just like to make good songs we add whatever we find suitable for the song. Then later somebody says: hey, it sounds like southern rock or sludge or whatever. Well, that’s fine with us. Call it what you will, the song remains the same. To name a few bands that we love: Mountain, Free, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Blue Cheer, Pink Floyd… yea and a lot of other more unknown stuff as well like Black Cat bones, Leaf Hound, Night Sun, Dust and so on. A lot of people are telling us that we sound more American on this album and want to know the inspiration. The fact is that we are more inspired by the British heavy blues era (68-72). Leaf Hound, Peter Green, Groundhogs etc. It is really inspiring to watch those bands play. Great musicians and some great songs which make us wanna play and make new songs.

You have just released your third album Dust Devil via Napalm Records your first for them. Has this link up brought any changes to how you approached this release? 

Maybe unconsciously. But we didn’t make any changes to please the label or anything. Most of the music was already there. The recording process was fast and raw, the way we like it. Prime goal was to capture the energy we have live. And we are a bit heavier and primitive live than for example the sound on our second record. But all this things were something we talked about before we ever talked with Napalm. We wanted to make a darker album catching more of the heaviness than the previous two. I think we progress as musicians and songwriters on every album and already we got a couple of new ones ready…

There seems a deeper American feel to the music of Dust Devil is that fair to say?

Yes it’s fair to say ’cause anyone can have their own opinion of our music. But we didn’t go out and buy a lot of American records to inspire us to get a certain sound. We just play hard rock. We listen to the same shit as we’ve done for many years, and the process of writing Dust Devil was pretty much the same as Blues For The Dead. We gather in the rehearsal room and if someone has an idea or a song we try it out. As mentioned earlier the British heavy blues is one inspiration, but also the American scene, not special for this album. Often the songs start off more as an American early blues sounding idea, but that changes when the band comes together. For me (Thomas) especially when I write songs I like to keep it stripped down to a simple but catchy riff. Sometimes we just keep it that way and sometimes we build on it. Nothing new for this album, I always loved guys like Son House, Muddy and that honest music.

Since your debut album in 2008 how has the band as a whole and your music evolved would you say?

We’ve evolved in many ways. We know each other better as musicians, we are more skilled musicians. That opens up new doors when it comes to writing music. And sometimes it’s like: hey let’s go down this dark road and see what happens. Or maybe we are in the mood of stripping a song down and make no attempt at making it original. Just try to capture a certain vibe.

Dust Devil is wonderfully varied, each song having its own flavour whether with a heavy blues feel , or stoner essence to name a couple. Do you intentionally spice songs this way or do they find their own identity as they become more solid?

I often have an idea in my head while making a song like I wanna make a really hard song. I try to make a suitable riff. Sometimes it turns into something completely different. I think we wanna make all kinds of rock, we don’t wanna limit ourselves. It’s like no matter what the songs sounds like in the beginning, the way it’s build up etc you can always hear the lonely kamel in the finished product. (Thomas)

How does the songwriting process happen?

Usually Thomas or Lukas get an idea, a riff or a complete song or two which they bring to the rehearsal. if the song is almost finished it’s only details, but if it’s just a riff or two we work together trying out different things developing the song. As an example when I (Thomas) wrote “Evil Man” I wrote it as a slow, doomy and dark song. Recorded it on the 8-track and kept it for a couple of years before I discovered it again and tried to play it in a different way. It worked out pretty good so I wanted the guys to listen to it. They liked the changes to it and we stuck with it. Sometimes we just start to jam in a key and Thomas starts to sing something and before you know it you’re on your way making a new song.

What influences your song’s themes predominantly?

Lyrics are written by Thomas. inspiration is found everywhere, but mostly things going on around me (Thomas) in my daily routine. Sometimes it’s about getting high or drunk, sometimes it’s about a girl and sometimes I get depressed in the winter which makes you see the world from a darker place. It’s not like we live on the streets and everything is hopeless. So I don’t feel that urge to write only about dark times. It’s about having fun and make the listeners feel the same. I almost always write the lyrics after making the melody because I like the lyrics to have that same feeling as the melody. On this album specifically the lyrics are a little darker. I got a friend who struggled with psychosis and experienced the Devil more than one time. Songs like Seventh Son and Blues for the Dead are inspired by that. And all this shit going on around the world with hunger, terror and stuff makes it easier to write “angry” songs and lyrics. But there is also room for humour and fun and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Too many bands think the need to walk around with pout faces and be angry to look tuff. We wanna show people we have fun and want people to feel good listening to our music. I think the next album gonna make people wanna drink more and make more love, ha ha!

You are just coming off a tour how did that go?

The tour was fuckin’ amazing. We travelled with 3 other bands and we came along really well with all of them. There were absolutely no problems. A lot of people showed up on our shows, we drank lots of good beer from different countries, met tons of nice people and yeah… on a scale from 1 to 10 it was 11.

Did any one particular show stand out?

All shows were cool. The one in Berlin was one of the highlights. The place was packed, mosh pit and crowd surfing, it was a Friday night and we played really well. It was our 15th gig in 15 days and we were pretty tired and Thomas got the flu, but the crowd just lifted us up to one of our career highlights. We got booked for some festivals and stuff as well that night so that night stood out among all the other great nights on that tour.

Have you found any one country in particular more eager for your music?

Our main arena has been Germany. That’s where we’ve played most of our gigs, and our booking agency is located there. Things have gone really fast for us. We haven’t had the time to play in all the countries we wanna play in. Central Europe has been good in general.

Any places you have yet to experience that you have a yearning to take your sounds to?

Oh yes! UK, Portugal, Spain and lots of other places. South America, US of A, Japan. We just got started, we wanna play everywhere. Playing live is what it’s all about. That’s when you meet people and connect with your fans.

What are the favoured sounds that travel around with you when touring?

Lukas:  Free – Free me, Moonshine, I’m a mover.

Thomas: Fleetwood Mac “Then play on” for every mood, Motörhead or ZZ Top to get fired up for a show. Early Pink Floyd to relax or leave the planet for a while!

What is next for Lonely Kamel?

Everything!  Hopefully this is the beginning of something beautiful. Right now we gonna stay up north for a couple of months making new songs, go fishing and look forward to next year. Hopefully there will be a tour with festivals and stuff from march/April 2012.

Many thanks for taking time to talk with us, would you like to leave us with a last thought or comment?

Blues, grooves and a bottle of booze!  that will get you a long way….and come see our show!

 

Read the Dust Devil review @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/lonely-kamel-dust-devil/

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