Friday, November 27, 2020

Stoner metal INFEROUS "Somos la Noche"

 

Stoner metal INFEROUS "Somos la Noche"

Fuzzy has long said that Spanish is the language of stoner music. (Russian is for sludge, English is for psych, and French is for prog, in case you were wondering.) So when INFEROUS sent me their new album to check out, and I cast an eye on the Spanish lyrics, I was ready to get excited. And their new album "Somos la Noche" (we are the night) proves that Fuzzy was right all along -- these vocals must be in Spanish to support the massive slabs of fuzz that are contained on this album. Inferous blends heavy psych into their stoner doom in a way that pounds your head down into the underground, while at the same time freeing your mind to soar into outer space. Guitar solos rip over walls of distortion, with the Spanish singing weaving them together. Check out "Somos la Noche" on Bandcamp:

Dig how the instrumental opening track rips straight into the next song, where the Spanish vocals explode onto the scene. The continuity continues again into the next song, and I found the album was well into the third song before I realized the 2nd had finished. I dig this effect because it gives the album a flow which demands you listen from start to finish. Keep your manos off the pause button! 

The album clocks in at nearly an hour. Dig it!

Fuzzy's Favorite: "Infierno verde" (green inferno) but really this album is meant to listen from start to finish in a single massive session of fuzz. With Spanish vocals.

From the band:

Inferous is a 3-member band from Rosario, Argentina, playing since 2018, but members of the band played in several bands from Rosario since 1994, like Testa, Knockout, Unanime, etc. The Music is a Doom/metal/stoner under influences of Dopelord, Sleep, High on Fire, Belzebong, and Black Sabbath.

"Somos la Noche" will be released on cassette tape and CD by Psycho Records. 

Follow Inferous on Bandcamp to stay in touch with their merch, news, and music. 

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Interview with psych rock LOOT THE BODY "The Barrier Peaks Songbook"

 


Fuzzy's interview with LOOT THE BODY is below. The band just released their 2nd album "The Barrier Peaks Songbook" on Bandcamp. This is a psych rock concept album based on the Dungeons & Dragons module of the same name, but you don't need to play the game to dig this incredible album. Loot the Body blends 70s psych with 00s indie rock to deliver an album with catchy riffs, floating vocals and melodies, and a flow that plays out in ebbs and flow just as any great concept album should. 

Pop rock goodness, layers upon layers of vocals, and cleverness to the lyrics which only adds to the killer music. Some songs are more prog rock, some are more late Beatles pop, and every fan of psych rock will want to check this out. Highly recommended!

Fuzzy's favorite: "Robot Police" but mostly I play the whole album on repeat. 

FFO The Lancasters and Mellow Beast (read Fuzzy's review here)

Follow Loot The Body on Bandcamp to keep up with their music and news. 

Watch the new video for "Froghemoth" on YouTube:

INTERVIEW WITH LOOT THE BODY

FUZZY: Is your music only for D&D fans?

Honestly, no. I have found that liking D&D doesn't mean that you'll like the music. But I do think that the D&D connection makes it so D&D players are at least curious. That helps get some people through the door but in the end music has to be enjoyed on its own merits.

FUZZY: Why the Barrier Peaks? What's in this module that piqued your interest?

I am a big fan of classic fantasy and I'm a big fan of retro sci-fi. The idea that your typical Tolkien-esque adventuring party is making their way through a crash landed spaceship ticks a lot of boxes for me. And the fact that the module was written in 1980 means that all the technology is wonderfully dated. I'm still more inspired by an old Tandy computer than I am by nanotechnology.  I actually didn't set out to write a concept album. I was working on my last album Random Encounters and I found that a few songs kept coming that were exclusively inspired by Barrier Peaks. After I had 4 or so I realized I needed to set them aside because they were becoming their own thing. Being a fan of old school prog-rock and psychedelia the idea of making it into a concept album was too much to resist.

FUZZY: Was it confining or liberating to get the music and lyrics to fit the theme?

It was liberating because it was driven by inspiration. I think if someone had given this to me as an assignment it would have been a drag. It was easy to figure out the set-pieces that would make good songs. This adventure has a very specific feeling in my mind. Writing the songs was a matter of getting myself in that place and trying to capture it in music.

FUZZY: You have a lot of great videos! What's your production process like?

One of the core principles of Loot the Body comes from the gaming term itself. You pick up something that was discarded and put it to use. In that way my process is very much like collage. I try not to be too literal. Instead I try to find contrasting or complementary images and fit them with the music. Sometimes this means using old archival footage, old movies or images that I've made myself. The video for Caught in a Gelatinous Cube from my last album was mostly me shooting D&D minis with a macro lens behind a greenscreen. All of the music is very visual to me so the video is almost an extension of the original inspiration.

FUZZY: What are your plans for the new album?

I plan on releasing videos for all or most of the songs. I'll be doing that for the next couple of months. Hopefully this will help people find the music. In the new year I'll submit the album to streaming services. Hopefully it'll help others find the music. When I do that I'll upload a songbook to my Bandcamp page as a reward to all the folks that found me there. It'll have exclusive art, lyrics and chords. I like the idea of having an actual Barrier Peaks Songbook.

FUZZY: Froghemoth VS Froglord -- who would win in a Swamp Royale? (This is only a thought experiment -- IRL, Froglord only attacks humans)

The funny thing is, this doesn't have to be a thought experiment. in the world of D&D every creature gets stats and it's pretty easy to tell who would win. Off the bat Froghemoth has a 14 Armor Class and 184 Hit Points. He is resistant to fire and lightning and his passive perception is 19. He's got tongue, tentacles and bite actions but he's not unbeatable. We may have to stat up the Froglord and let the D20 decide.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Fuzzy Says.... Pre-Release Promotion

So you've got your new album up on Bandcamp in pre-release, and it's got your new CD or Tape or Vinyl on pre-order. 

Now what??

ACT NOW!!

The 2 weeks between the pre-release and the full release is when most of the buzz is going to happen. Don't wait until after the full release date to start promoting your music. START IMMEDIATELY!!

MERCH

Your CD or Vinyl is your album page and waiting for fans to buy it.... so make sure they know it's there! And ship it to them as soon as they buy it! Don't make them wait for the full release date. You want your fans to post their photos before the release date, so get those CDs into their hands as soon as possible. Worried your merch will sell out before the full release? THAT'S GREAT! Order some more and let fans know it will be back in stock in a couple of weeks. Let them keep ordering as a pre-order -- DON'T let the item get to SOLD OUT.

BANDCAMP

Send a message to your Bandcampers. Keep it fun and interesting! Let them know your new single is ready to stream and the album is available to order, and tell them the CD is also ready. Thank them for their support, and remind them how important their support is (especially right now) because it's not possible for the band to play gigs (where you would normally sell your merch).

EPK + CODE

When you contact the media, send them 2 things: a link to your EPK, and ALSO a code for the album on Bandcamp. This gives them the option to choose whichever format they are more comfortable with. It's free to set up an EPK with your bio, photos, and album song files. And your codes on Bandcamp are only $3 per 100 (here's how to make them) or they are FREE for your first 100, and also they are FREE if you are on a label (so ask your label manager for some free codes!). Be sure to include a brief bio of your band and your Bandcamp link in your email.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Get on your social media! Post photos of the CD, tell fans about the artist who did the cover, play a clip of the pre-release single. And always remind your fans to follow your band on Bandcamp. 

PARTNERS

Make a square graphic of your album cover with "Pre-Order Now!" or "Out on Dec. 4" or whatever. Send it to your friends in other bands and ask for a repost or share to a story. Remember to return the favor when their band has a new release. 

REVIEWS / BLOGS

It is very hard to get reviews, but it is easier when you submit your album before the release date. As early as possible, send your EPK link and a Bandcamp code to blogs that post reviews for your style of music. When you get a review, be sure to post it to your social media, and also to your album page. Need a list of blogs to contact? Check out Fuzzy's blog list at the bottom of this page: https://www.fuzzycracklins.com Also check out the list of submitters to the Doom Charts -- the list is at the bottom of each month's list at https://doomcharts.com And don't be shy about asking fans for feedback and comments! 

PLAYLISTS / PODCASTS / RADIO

There are so many great playlists, podcasts, and radio shows, and they love to get music early! Send them an MP3 of your pre-release song, and tell them about your band and the upcoming release date. Include a Bandcamp code so they can grab the album. 

VIDEO

Now is the time to post a video for the pre-release single. Post it to your Bandcamp page. Post it to IGTV. Send it to Mr. Doom on YouTube. Ask Fuzzy to post it. Remember -- a video does NOT need to cost you any money! Find an old movie or some public domain footage. Ask a friend who is good with video editing. The important thing is to get something out there before the full release date. 

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? SUGGESTIONS?

Fuzzy would love to hear from you! Contact me at FuzzyCracklins@gmail.com

Right on!!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

SUBMIT BY NOV. 15 for CD Mixtape

 


Fuzzy is sending a CD mixtape of new music to The Swamp Krewe in December, and Crow Ballard is helping me pick the songs. "Enpsychlopedia Crowtanica volume 3" lands in their CD collections in December. 

Does your band have a new single coming out next month? New album release? Get it on here, and Fuzzy will mail a copy of the CD mixtape to the Swamp Krewe in their monthly mailer. 

Is your song already released, but you think The Swamp Krewe will dig it? Submit it, and if there's room on the CD mixtape then me and Crow will try to get your song on there. 

The Swamp Krewe digs new music, and they are supporters of the Underground scene, so here's a chance to get your music into their CD player. 

All songs will make it onto the digital comp on Bandcamp. The comp will be released on December 15 as NYP for fans to stream and download for free. Fuzzy will provide download codes to all bands to share with their fans. 

Only 79 minutes of music will make it onto the CD mixtape.

I'm expecting at least 50 copies to be mailed on December 15.

HOW TO SUBMIT 

Email a link to the WAV file or a Bandcamp album code to FuzzyCracklins@gmail.com and tell me which song your band is submitting. No MP3 files. No Soundcloud or Spotify links. Unreleased or Pre-Release songs are OK. 

Subject line in the email is "CD MIXTAPE"

Bonus points if you include some info about your band and why you think The Swamp Krewe will dig your song. 

Ultra bonus points if your music is being released on CD. 

Mega Ultra bonus points if your song is being released in December. 

DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 15. 

Questions? Contact FuzzyCracklins@gmail.com

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Jazz metal KAJGŪN debut album "Maorey"

 

Jazz metal KAJGŪN debut album "Maorey"
Maorey cover (artwork by Győző Mesterházy)

It's no secret that Fuzzy digs heavy psych (read my MERLOCK review) and improvisational jams (CROW CRASH RADIO), so when KAJGŪN sent me their debut album "Maorey", you know I was reaching for the PLAY button before I was finished reading their email. And this 4-piece from Hungary delivers the "real deal" in metal improvisation with extended guitar jams, saxophone, theremin (the most psychedelic of all instruments), and most importantly, experimentation. To me, psychedelic music represents not only guitar work and effects that send your mind off into outer space, but it should be done with a delivery that is not afraid to try a new and unique approach. Have a listen to KAJGŪN's debut album "Maorey" on Bandcamp: 

Watch the first single "Raawm Dhe Snaayeef" on YouTube: 


From the band:
We use drums, guitar, sax, electric violin, and a theremin. In addition, Adam and Andras use various effects on the violin and the sax.
Photo credit: Bands Through The Lens
https://www.facebook.com/bandsthroughthelens/

KAJGŪN is from Budapest.

Follow KAJGŪN on Bandcamp at https://kajgun.bandcamp.com
Photo by Péter Szalontai, edited by Győző Mesterházy

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  Fuzzy has over 150 super fans in The Swamp Krewe subscription on Bandcamp. Send album codes to fuzzycracklins@gmail.com and if your music is KILLER then I'll share them with The Swamp Krewe. They have a lot of their own followers, so your album will get into the collections & feeds of many Bandcampers very quickly. It's FREE! Contact fuzzycracklins@gmail.com

CD OF THE MONTH MAILERS!! Fuzzy mails out 100 CDs to super fans in the USA and around the world every month. They love to hear about new bands and new music, so send Fuzzy your stickers, printed album codes, promo CDs, whatever you want. Any number is good. Fuzzy is already paying the postage, and The Swamp Krewe loves swag and frequently posts to Instagram, so contact fuzzycracklins@gmail.com to make it happen! Bands, labels, podcasters, radio show DJs, bloggers, reviewers, get at me! It's FREE! 
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