Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Fuzzy's guide to THE SWAMP RECORDS

With nearly 300 albums, there is a lot of great music in The Swamp Record's catalog! So where to start listening?

Start with the LABEL SAMPLER. It's got one song from each band in The Swamp.

Looking for a particular style of music? Scroll down to find stoner, doom, metal, instrumental, psychedelic, rock, and more!

BEST SELLERS

COMPILATIONS

DOOM CHART WINNERS

STONER DOOM

DOOM METAL

DOOM BLUES

HEAVY ROCK / FUZZ ROCK

HORROR DOOM

PSYCH ROCK / PSYCHEDELIC

JAM BANDS

INSTRUMENTAL

STONER PUNK

EXTREME PSYCH / DOOM JAZZ

Still not sure where to start? Ask Fuzzy for a recommendation! Contact me at fuzzycracklins@gmail.com 
Pick any bonus CD -- including SWAMP SABBATH -- from 
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Includes over 200 digital albums to stream and download.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Heavy alt rock "Act Of Nature Beyond Control" EP by Caged Wolves

Heavy alt rock "Act Of Nature Beyond Control" EP by Caged Wolves

With a heavy alt rock sound that is more like UN-caged wolves, Austria's CAGED WOLVES have dropped their new album "Act Of Nature Beyond Control" with nearly an hour of riff-laden, fuzzed-out songs with intense vocals. Deep bass, chugging guitar, and driving drums -- Caged Wolves delivers a seriously heavy set of rockers. Listen to "Act Of Nature Beyond Control" EP by Caged Wolves on Bandcamp: 

If you're old school (like me), you will consider Caged Wolves to easily fit into the style of grunge, with their heavy riffs and style that takes them beyond your typical rock band. 

In a way, this is a double-EP. The 2nd set of 3 songs are the instrumental versions. I really dig having the option to hear the songs with- and with-out vocals, although overall its the versions with vocals which are strongest. 

Fuzzy's favorite: "Through The Rainbow Valley" hits the heavy riffs, extended guitar solos, and intense vocals that make Caged Wolves stand out. This is a really solid EP. 

Caged Wolves is from Vienna, Austria.

Follow Caged Wolves band and check out their merch on Bandcamp at https://cagedwolves.bandcamp.com/album/act-of-nature-beyond-control

Want more music from Austria? Check out SPECK and DOS BRUJOS

How (and why) to use Bandcamp codes for EFFECTIVE (and free!) promotion of your music. Fuzzy explains it all right here --

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Includes over 200 digital albums to stream and download.


Debut album "We Only Want the Earth" by Sodus drops Sept. 24

  

Debut album "We Only Want the Earth" by SODUS drops Sept. 24

Trying times call for trying music, and solo band Sodus drops an album's worth on September 24th with an excellent blend of instrumental doom, drone, noise, post-metal, and shoegaze. The end result is "We Only Want the Earth" with 36 minutes of angst and dread which is invigorating and chilling in its delivery. There are haunting guitar solos, samples, and enough energy to keep things riveting to the end. The album is on pre-order until September 24th and you can hear the lead single "Between The Hours" right now on Bandcamp:

5 songs and 36 minutes of fuzzy, doom-filled drone that you will want will want to check out if you like your shoegaze to have a dark edge. 

Fuzzy's Favorite: the title track "We Only Want the Earth" hits all the right highs (lows?) with fuzz, drone, and haunting effects, although all the songs carry their weight and the overall album is excellent. "Gutshot" is another highlight. 

Sodus is Ben Mitchell. From the band: 

We Only Want the Earth began as a collection of drum machine experiments inspired by early Godflesh albums. These quickly expanded to include full instrumentation, all performed by Mitchell. Currently, Mitchell is writing and tone chasing for his sophomore album, and putting together a live show to perform a We Only Want the Earth from start to finish.

"Between The Hours" was featured on Fuzzy's "Loud & Lonely Vol. 2" compilation on Bandcamp. 

Pre-order "We Only Want the Earth" and follow SODUS band on Bandcamp at https://sodus.bandcamp.com/album/we-only-want-the-earth

How (and why) to use Bandcamp codes for EFFECTIVE (and free!) promotion of your music. Fuzzy explains it all right here --

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Includes over 200 digital albums to stream and download.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Horror surf debut EP from ATOMIC DRAG


Horror surf debut EP from ATOMIC DOG

Fuzzy ain't the only one who digs the high-energy yet groovy vibes of surf music, especially when it gets into punk territory or some other genre. ATOMIC DRAG is a solo musician with a debut EP that bends the surf riffs towards the horror side of things, with twangy riffs dripping with spooky synths. It's short but it's a total blood beach soundtrack! Listen to the debut EP by Atomic Drag on Bandcamp:

To add to the party, Atomic Drag adds in samples (always a hit with Fuzzy) and a cover of The Surftones. Crank up Atomic Drag at your next next beach party!

Atomic Drag band hails from Northern Ireland and is the solo band of Lee McDaid. From the band: 

Atomic Drag is Lee McDaid. Old enough to know better but dumb enough to do it anyway, his influences include, but are not limited to, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Big Black (Big Black at their very core were a surf band, a hill he's willing to die on) Dead Kennedys, Pixies and The Bomboras. The debut self-titled EP contains 3 original tracks of horror tinged, Lynchian dark surf punk rock and a gonzoid cover of The Surftones classic Cecilia Ann (famously covered by the Pixies, but you knew that).

RELATED MUSIC: 

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

How (and WHY) to PRINT codes for Bandcamp albums

Bandcamp codes are simply the VERY BEST way to promote your band's music FOR FREE! I've already explained why HERE and also how to create & share digital codes HERE.  And now I'd like to share another way to share Bandcamp codes with your fans, and that is to print them as coupons. 

What are printed Bandcamp codes? They look like this, and each one has a unique code to redeem a copy of your digital album:

First, let's talk about WHY you might want to print the codes: 

  1. Include a code with merch sales -- If you sell CDs, tapes, or vinyls at your merch table, go ahead and include a printed Bandcamp code so that your supporter can also get the digital album when they buy your merch. 
  2. You might be selling your merch on a web site other than Bandcamp, such as Big Cartel or your own web site. So include a printed code with your merch items so that your fans can hear your music in digital format.
  3. Include a code with other merch -- maybe you are selling a shirt, and you can include a printed code for an album with it. For example, I mail out hundreds of CDs every month, and I include a printed code with each shipment. The code gives my fans a way to listen to my digital sampler. 
  4. Free promotion -- it's free to print out 100 codes from Bandcamp, and you'll get more free codes as your sales roll in, or you can buy them for 100 at $3. Print them out to give them away at shows or ask your partners to distribute them. 
And here's how to create printed Bandcamp codes: 
  1. Go to bandcamp.com on your computer
  2. Verify you are logged in with your band's artist account.
  3. Click your band icon in the upper right corner, and pick TOOLS
  4. Scroll down to Track / Album Codes
  5. Create 100 codes (here's more detailed info on how)
  6. Once the codes are created, a new line appears under the "generate codes" button. Look to the far right of that line, and click the PRINT button.
  7. You can make changes to how the codes look, but the default options are probably the best.
  8. Click on "Print the codes"
  9. This part is tricky, and it's different for everyone depending on your computer. Look around for an option to print to a PDF file. This creates a file of about 10 pages in a single PDF document.
  10. You can now print out the codes, or you can send this file to someone else. 
Still have questions? Contact me at fuzzycracklins@gmail.com 

How (and why) to use Bandcamp codes for EFFECTIVE (and free!) promotion of your music. Fuzzy explains it all right here --

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Includes over 200 digital albums to stream and download.

Instrumental post-doom The Drought by Tungsint

 

Instrumental post-doom The Drought by Tungsint

Fuzzy loves instrumental stoner music, and we are spoiled for choice with all the great bands and music in the Underground today. So right off, let me say what sets apart TUNGSINT's debut EP "The Drought". This duo from Sweden brings an edge of post-metal to their instrumental stoner, and puts the drums front and center as befits the metal genre. The driving beats and sharp sounds propel the riffs forward like a speeding train, while the guitar slows it down to give the tunes their stoner edge. Listen to The Drought by Tungsint on Bandcamp: 

This EP definitely rewards repeated listenings, as it gets better with each spin. Just put it on repeat and enjoy the desert vibes. 

Shout out to The Swamp Krewe! By the time I finished my review, I noticed two members of my Bandcamp subscription had already grabbed the album and left comments on the album page. Check them out and follow these dudes for more great album recommendations: 

Follow TUNGSINT and stream their music at https://tungsint.bandcamp.com/album/the-drought

How (and why) to use Bandcamp codes for EFFECTIVE (and free!) promotion of your music. Fuzzy explains it all right here --

Pick any bonus CD -- including SWAMP SABBATH -- from 
The Swamp Records when you join!!
Includes over 200 digital albums to stream and download.

GRAB A CODE for LORE CITY's new album "Participation Mystique"

 

LORE CITY's new album "Participation Mystique"

Grab a code below for the new album "Participation Mystique" from Portland duo LORE CITY. The team of Laura Mariposa Williams and Eric Angelo Bessel deliver a blend of dreamy vocals, shimmering synths, and melodic beats which deliver the perfect antidote to any mid-week slump. Listen to LORE CITY's new album "Participation Mystique" on Bandcamp: 

Fuzzy's Favorite: "I Know You Know" with its haunting vocals and driving beat.

Check out the VINYL PRE-ORDER at https://lorecity.bandcamp.com/album/participation-mystique

Lore City is from Portland with members: 

  • Laura Mariposa Williams (vocals, keyboard)
  • Eric Angelo Bessel (percussion, keyboard, guitar)

Follow LORE CITY band and stream their music at https://lorecity.bandcamp.com and https://www.lorecitymusic.com/

How to redeem your album code: 

1. Copy one of the codes below

2. Go to https://lorecity.bandcamp.com/yum

3. Check the box for "Add This Item to My Collection" (so that you can stream it from your Bandcamp app, and download it). Also check "Join Lore City's mailing list" to get the band's upcoming news. 

4. Paste in your code

5. Click the REDEEM button. (If you get "Sorry, that code has been used too many times" then go back to step #1 and copy a different code.)

6. Start listening!

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How (and why) to use Bandcamp codes for EFFECTIVE (and free!) promotion of your music. Fuzzy explains it all right here --

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Includes over 200 digital albums to stream and download.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Weedcore "Blunderblues" from Halfaya

Weedcore "Blunderblues" from Halfaya
Cover by Fundie Biela

Fuzzy goes all the way back with HALFAYA to their 2019 debut, and I'm excited to say the band just released their latest album, "Blunderblues" which brings 8 new songs from Argentina to blast your ears with fuzz. Halfaya's sound is "energetic" if I'm being polite, and "apocalyptic" if I'm being honest. Halfaya brings an original take on desert rock with their non-stop fuzz and a foundation of blues, and together with the Spanish vocals, "Blunderblues" is non-stop energy from start to finish. Listen to Halfaya "Blunderblues" on Bandcamp:

Things start off with a sense of calm in "TxOxLxA" but any idea that Halfaya is your typical desert rock band is quickly destroyed as the song explodes into their signature weedcore sound. "El Viaje" was the lead single, and is surely the song that you would recommend to a new fan as it captures the essence of the band's sound.

The title track "Blunderblues" is a stand-out, so it's no wonder it's the title track. It's a little slower than the rest of the songs, and it brings with it a sense of somberness or dread that really makes it stand out. 

"Fuego" starts off slow like the first track, but you already know it will be blasting your ear holes before long, and it does not disappoint. "Rio Índica" gives us a short instrumental interlude, and then "Quebrada Del Silencio" starts up the weedcore mayhem once again. 

Spanish lyrics throughout, which fit Halfaya's weedcore like a flame goes with a bowl. I can barely understand any of it, so I don't even try, and I enjoy the songs the more for it. The singing is like an additional instrument and it's hard to imagine Halfaya without it. (Actually, "Desde El Averno" has an English chorus.)

Pure energy, over-the-top fuzz, killer vocals -- "Blunderblues" is not an album to relax with. But if you are looking to light one up and bang your head, this is the album for you. 

Fuzzy's Favorite: the title track "Cruzando El Desierto" with its extended fuzzed-out guitar solos. Overall, this album rips from start to finish.

From the band: 

In this new album we tried to create a union between stoner and the most primitive blues, with a powerful and good quality audio. We really worked a lot on vocal production and creating good atmospheres, with powerful riffs and some instrumental tracks that manage to give the album another color.

It's no surprise to learn that Halfaya hails from Argentina. The members include: 

  • Pancho: vocals & electronics
  • Gonza: bass & vocals
  • Pela Diego: guitar & keys
  • CJ: drums & percussion

Follow Halfaya band on Bandcamp at https://halfaya.bandcamp.com/album/blunderblues

Check out Halfaya on Fuzzy's "Green Fuzz Ritual" at https://theswamprecords.bandcamp.com/album/green-fuzz-ritual




album music review by Fuzzy Cracklins Presents of The Swamp Records

How (and why) to use Bandcamp codes for EFFECTIVE (and free!) promotion of your music. Fuzzy explains it all right here --

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Includes over 200 digital albums to stream and download.