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NEWSLETTER 2013 – #4

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Hello friends, time for another update from Scandinavias most productive rock label!
We have some really nice subsidiary releases, but also old Transubstans friends coming up to the surface to deliver sweet rock ‘n’ roll…

OUT NOW:
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EMMA NORDENSTAM
Response To The Birddream (SAK005) (Sakuntala Records)
Released: 2013/03/20

The third album by Swedish singer/songwriter EMMA NORDENSTAM takes a step in a new direction as her first album completely sung in English. Her sound has grown into a more emotional, melancholic mood than before – a mood that immediately brings your thought to such legends as VASHTI BUNYAN and JONI MITCHELL. This album will remember you of the early acid folk era, as well as the modern sounds of ANNA TERNHEIM, FERN KNIGHT and MARISSA NADLER. “The June morning we arrived to the studio it was already hot outside; bumblebees were buzzing beneath a magnolia tree with white buds… I sat down with my guitar and watched the magnolia flowers blossom in front of me while recording the basis of the songs. Six months later we walked in snow between the recording room and control room – Tom ran back and forward with new firewood to the stove while me and Cecilia made bonfires between the last overdubs.” Emma plays most of the instruments herself, but on “Response To The Birddream”, Lisa Isaksson (LISA O PIU) also participates. Members of MY BROTHER THE WIND take part on the last song, and this was recorded by Mattias Olsson of ÄNGLAGÅRD.

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EMIKA KLASDOTTER
Everything Is Screaming (SAK008) (Sakuntala Records)
Release date: 2013/03/20

“Everything Is Screaming” is the debut album of Swedish singer/songwriter EMIKA KLASDOTTER. The featured tracks have carefully been chosen between tons of other songs written during a whole decade. EMIKA’s passion about what is close and real comes clear while listening to the fragile songs on the album – she sings about love, loneliness and the struggle within the common man. The emotions flowing through this record could easily be the same emotions flowing through a lifetime. The album is partially recorded in EMIKA’s home studio, by herself and Tommie Thunström. The other parts of the album was recorded on tape, in the studio of Tom Hakava (UpAndRunningRecording). EMMA NORDENSTAM, who is releasing her third album “Response To The Birddream” on the same date played cello and piano on some of the tracks. Cecilia Klingspor, Karl-Jonas Winqvist (BLOODMUSIC) and Johan T Karlsson (FAMILJEN) is also participating on this record. Very recommended for fans of the modern singer/songwriter -scene, suitable for anyone who enjoys the sound of ANNA TERNHEIM, CAT POWER, FERN KNIGHT etc.

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CRYSTAL CARAVAN
With Them You Walk Alone (TRANS108)
Release date: 2013/04/03

“Our friends over at Transubstans Records have once again produced another solid entry in the retro sweepstakes with the latest from Swedish band The Crystal Caravan, titled With Them You Walk Alone. This six-piece band show their love for Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, The Doors, Danzig, Steppenwolf, and Atomic Rooster on this latest release, which is a dramatic platter of heavy guitar riffs, powerful vocals, driving keyboards, and memorable arrangements.

Vocalist Niklas “RG” Gustafsson soars over most of the heavy rocking songs here with his Jim Morrison-meets-Glenn Danzig approach, as he powers through the crunchy riffs, haunting Mellotron, and spacey Moog synths of the crushing, somewhat psychedelic title track, the hard rocking “Hour of the Wolf”, as well as the more textured, prog/folk/psych piece “Against The Rising Tide”. The bleak, almost doom laden “Roses And Morphine” has elements of The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane, until massive, Black Sabbath inspired riffing joins in on the fun, while the heavy rock freakout of “Brick By Brick” will instantly appeal to fans of fellow Swedes Witchcraft with its mix of ’70s styled hard rock and Sabbath/Pentagram inspired doom. Closer “Drifting” is an atmospheric ballad complete with dreamy vocals and an emotional wah-wah drenched guitar solo.

With 6 songs, With Them You Walk Alone perfectly gives the listener just what they need and doesn’t overstay its welcome, but more importantly there’s the right amount of variety and classic sounds here that makes it retro but not everly so. If you love ’70s inspired heavy rock, prog, and psych, but with a modern flavor, you’ll need to investigate this one pronto.” – Pete Pardo, Sea Of Tranquility

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SMALL JACKETS
IV (TRANS112)
Release date: 2013/04/10

“In the mood for some no-nonsense, ass kickin’, early ’80s styled hard rock? Then you’ve come to the right place with the latest from Italian act Small Jackets. IV is a lot of fun from start to finish, no-frills, hi-energy rock with elements of classic heavy metal, Southern Rock, and ’70s styled hard rock. “Trouble Blues” is pure whisky soaked Southern Rock along the lines of Molly Hatchet & Lynyrd Skynyrd, while “Ball n Chain” & “Black Beauty” reminds of the days when Motley Crue were ‘shouting at the devil’ rather than singing about ‘girls, girls, girls’. Elsewhere, hard rockers like “What We Feel”, “Hellraiser”, and “Mama Said” dial up raunchy guitar licks and vocals with a bluesy swagger that will appeal to any fan of vintage Aerosmith, AC/DC, Free, or even modern act Rival Sons.

I’ve said it many times before, but Transubstans Records always seems to have a knack for finding bands like this that have a real grip on classic heavy rock sounds, and Small Jackets are no different. Give IV a shot and be prepared for a hard rockin’ good time.”
Pete Pardo, Sea Of Tranquility

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BOBBY SANT
  My Dead Town (SAK007) Sakuntala Records
Release date: 2013/04/20 (Record Store Day)

“If I don’t have myself, then what do I own?” Following frequent touring in his native country Sweden, prolific folk artist Bobby Sant in January 2013 embarked on a three week’s promotional tour in USA prior to the release of his second album MY DEAD TOWN. Stage appearances, co-writing sessions and industry meetings were performed in Austin TX. MY DEAD TOWN hits close to home on many levels. The dramatic lyric lines on death, love and despair echoes as much of own experiences of loss as of images capturing society’s demise. Given to the thematics, the location for the album’s recordings could not have been more suiting; in the church of Bobby’s rural home town. During four evenings in November 2012, all tracks were recorded live without any overdubs and many of the songs were also cut on the first take.

COMING RELEASES:

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OBLIVIOUS
  Creating Meaning (TRANS114)
Release date: 2013/05/01

First track released from Transubstans veterans OBLIVIOUS new album “Creating Meaning”! Bluesy, groovy hard rock with flowing bass lines and mysterious riffs that resembles the inventiveness of LED ZEPPELIN and SABBATH, but also acts like DOZER or CLUTCH. Since their 2009 debut “Goons And Masters”, OBLIVIOUS has not lost the harshness of the tone in their sound. During these four years, they’ve rather built up a more solid wall of sound, with well-arranged riffs and conceived 70’s grooves.
This will be released on Transubstans Records in the beginning of May.

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DYNAMITE
  Lock N Load (DEN006)
Release date: 2013/05/01

If you ever wondered how the follow up album to “Highway To Hell” should sound like, look no further ! If Bon Scott would be alive, AC/DC would have delivered the album DYNAMITE is now blessing us with. It oozes of fat Angus Young riffs, and a Bon Scott alike voice, high energy classic rock style, easily compared with AC/DC, KROKUS and ROSE TATTOO, easily taking up the competition with new bands like AIRBORNE and BONAFIDE. This is also the band who got chased by the police force in Sweden after an imaginary bank robbery some folks thought was real ! This is already one of the best albums from Sweden 2013, no kiddin’ !!

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EGONAUT releases second single and video from new album.

Swedish Bastard-Rock quartet Egonaut have released the song ”Awake” as the second single from the album ”Mount Egonaut”, out now on Transubstans Records. The video for the track can be seen below.

Awake shows a different aspect of Egonaut than the two previously released tracks ”Cursed and Damned” and ”Crawl”. Instead of going full throttle and in your face ”Awake” is built around a more mellow groove and strong melodies. Vocalist Fredrik comments ”This song might very well be the best I’ve ever written so far and I’m really pleased on how the arrangement and production turned out.”

 

 

 

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NEWSLETTER 2013 – #3

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Hi friends! After a cold winter, the sun has finally started to appear in Sweden!
Today we let some of the rays shine upon the new releases and the exciting news we have for you – have fun!

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THALAMUS
Soul (TRANS104)
Released: 2013/02/20

Soul is the newest universe bending, bone crushing CD from the Borlange based band THALAMUS. Their third full length piece to date. Like their previous cd Subterfuge (Transubstans 2011) it has a blend of low tempo songs and heavy stuff. But where Subterfuge tends to spin off into a bluesier mood, Soul is all about plain seventies hard rock in a modern suit…..with just a little flirt towards a progressive side. Bassist Peter Johansson explains:”For the first time we did all pre-production together. We had five months at my house, writing and pre-recording material. It was a new step for us; previously everyone brought their own songs, now we all took part in what everyone was doing. The result was that all songs almost directly became THALAMUS songs, with the same nerve as how we deliver the songs live.”

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EGONAUT
Mount Egonaut (TRANS107)
Release date: 2013/02/27

Two years after the successful debut “Electric” and the three-track EP “Los Egonauts”, EGONAUT returns with “Mount Egonaut”. The album-opener “Crawl” sets the mood for the rest of the album; heavy, fast well-arranged hard rock! The band smoothly blends the sleazy/melodic elements with a slight touch of stoner rock. Add a swirling 70’s organ and in-your-face vocals and voilà: you’ve got yourself some Bastard Rock. For friends of MUSTASCH, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR and METALLICA.

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GENEROUS MARIA
III (TRANS111)
Release date: 2013/03/06

It took GENEROUS MARIA 7 years to deliver a 3rd album, from 2006 album “Electricism”, released on Buzzville. During these years, GENEROUS MARIA have developed a more clean sound, without giving up their original music. The band still delivers many real strong tracks, influenced by the 70’s hardrock scene, with incredible melodic hooks and a nod to the indie scene. Imagine AEROSMITH playing with SOUNDGARDEN, or similar to other artists like MUSTASCH, ALTER BRIDGE, WOLFMOTHER and MOTHER MISERY.

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SYRON VANES
Evil Redux (DEN005)
Release date: 2013/03/13

In order to reinvent something, it usually requires you to be there from start. Swedish SYRON VANES is a band that certainly has been there from the start – guitarist Anders Hahne and drummer Staffan Lindstedt formed SYRON VANES in 1980. Their fifth album “Evil Redux” is a statement for all metal fans out the. It is the most complex, innovative, sophisticated studio album SYRON VANES ever made. Massive guitars, powerful vocals, fantastic musicianship – a sound that’ll blow your mind anyday! To sum up; “Evil Redux” proves it possible for the classic heavy metal scene to keep the fire alive – even after three decades! The album will be released on Denomination Records in the middle of March.

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EMMA NORDENSTAM
Response To The Birddream (SAK005) (Sakuntala Records)
Release date: 2013/03/20

The third album by Swedish singer/songwriter EMMA NORDENSTAM takes a step in a new direction as her first album completely sung in English. Her sound has grown into a more emotional, melancholic mood than before – a mood that immediately brings your thought to such legends as VASHTI BUNYAN and JONI MITCHELL. This album will remember you of the early acid folk era, as well as the modern sounds of ANNA TERNHEIM, FERN KNIGHT and MARISSA NADLER. “The June morning we arrived to the studio it was already hot outside; bumblebees were buzzing beneath a magnolia tree with white buds… I sat down with my guitar and watched the magnolia flowers blossom in front of me while recording the basis of the songs. Six months later we walked in snow between the recording room and control room – Tom ran back and forward with new firewood to the stove while me and Cecilia made bonfires between the last overdubs.” Emma plays most of the instruments herself, but on “Response To The Birddream”, Lisa Isaksson (LISA O PIU) also participates. Members of MY BROTHER THE WIND take part on the last song, and this was recorded by Mattias Olsson of ÄNGLAGÅRD.

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EMIKA KLASDOTTER
Everything Is Screaming (SAK008) (Sakuntala Records)
Release date: 2013/03/20

“Everything Is Screaming” is the debut album of Swedish singer/songwriter EMIKA KLASDOTTER. The featured tracks have carefully been chosen between tons of other songs written during a whole decade. EMIKA’s passion about what is close and real comes clear while listening to the fragile songs on the album – she sings about love, loneliness and the struggle within the common man. The emotions flowing through this record could easily be the same emotions flowing through a lifetime. The album is partially recorded in EMIKA’s home studio, by herself and Tommie Thunström. The other parts of the album was recorded on tape, in the studio of Tom Hakava (UpAndRunningRecording). EMMA NORDENSTAM, who is releasing her third album “Response To The Birddream” on the same date played cello and piano on some of the tracks. Cecilia Klingspor, Karl-Jonas Winqvist (BLOODMUSIC) and Johan T Karlsson (FAMILJEN) is also participating on this record. Very recommended for fans of the modern singer/songwriter -scene, suitable for anyone who enjoys the sound of ANNA TERNHEIM, CAT POWER, FERN KNIGHT etc.

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CRYSTAL CARAVAN’s new effort is available for pre-order!
“In the spring of 2013 The Crystal Caravan are planning their third release, With Them You Walk Alone. Right from day one, the band decides to, for the first time, just do it all themselves. With a certain amount of hybris given the band’s guitarist and founders, Björn Lohmander and Stefan Bränberg, the responsibility as a sound engineers, producers and the mixing of the album. The level of ambition is higher than ever and the time to finalize the album is set by a good margin. Unlike the jammed and live recorded predecessor, Against the Rising Tide, the idea is to take the arrangements to a new level. During the work of With Them You Walk Alone, the band has gone from being a seven-piece band into a six-piece with a more distinct and a more guitar-based sound. A greater emphasis has also been placed on the work of mixing and soundscapes created by analog synthesizers, tape echoes and Leslie cabinets. To go the whole hog and do not repeat themselves have been symptomatic of how With Them You Walk Alone has been developed. And even if they decide to do it all yourself, they cannot help, in the true spirit of Umeå, to take the help of the amazing Lina Högstrom (Skator). Highly recommended for friends of
URIAH HEEP, STEPPENWOLF, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE,
but also acts like TSOOL and THE DOORS.”
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The Three Seasons debut album ”Life’s Road” recieved a lot of attention upon its release in 2011. The album have twice reached great spots on the Swedish charts, the reviews have been splendid (”This 2011 debut album goes straight into the heart!”; ”This is 70′s-influenced rock at it’s best – 5/5”; ”I believe Three Seasons and their “Life’s Road” is the best release of this 2011”; and so forth…) and the album was also released as a fine double vinyl in co-operation with Dutch distributors Clear Spot.

After the release of this firstalbum, Three Seasons have been doing a lot of gigs and shows, including for example a long tour in Spain. The band have since their also released a 7-inch single ”Escape” and a second full-length album ”Understand The World”, both of which have recieved very good reviews and apprecation. ”Understand The World” has by many critics been considered one of the very best albums of the whole 2012, and has also been featured on the official Swedish charts. And in the coming spring, the band will be back on tour in Spain again to support their releases.

The first pressing of the ”Life’s Road” have long been sold out due to popular demand, but now at last a second pressing is on its way! Be sure to keep your eyes open and snag your copy, before it’s too late once again.

PS. If you’re in the middle of Sweden: the release fest for the second Three Seasons album will take place this coming Saturday, on the 9th of March in Sala! Don’t miss this one – find all the relevant info here:
http://www.facebook.com/events/428865590516211/

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That’s all for now! Please contact us if you have any
questions about the upcoming releases!
Best regards
The Transubstans Crew

NEWSLETTER 2013 – #2

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Hi again friends! This time we have a bit more sweets for you – music, news and how about the revival of TRANSUBSTANS VINYL CLUB?

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STONEWALL NOISE ORCHESTRA
Salvation (TRANS103)
Released: 2013/02/06

The fourth album from Swedish rockers STONEWALL NOISE ORCHESTRA delivers all you can ask from a modern rock band. Heavy riffs that recollects a classic metal scene are blended with catchy 70’s grooves that makes it impossible to drive slower than 90 mph… As the band did with the previous album “Sweet Mississippi Deal”, STONEWALL NOISE ORCHESTRA marks their place in Swedish rock history by proving it completely possible to mix up dirty rock with professionally arranged melodies and bridges. A must-have!
To celebrate this new release we also share another smashing track from the album, “New Age Inc.”!


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THALAMUS
Soul (TRANS104)
Release date: 2013/02/20

Soul is the newest universe bending, bone crushing CD from the Borlange based band THALAMUS. Their third full length piece to date. Like their previous cd Subterfuge (Transubstans 2011) it has a blend of low tempo songs and heavy stuff. But where Subterfuge tends to spin off into a bluesier mood, Soul is all about plain seventies hard rock in a modern suit…..with just a little flirt towards a progressive side. Bassist Peter Johansson explains:”For the first time we did all pre-production together. We had five months at my house, writing and pre-recording material. It was a new step for us; previously everyone brought their own songs, now we all took part in what everyone was doing. The result was that all songs almost directly became THALAMUS songs, with the same nerve as how we deliver the songs live.”


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EGONAUT
Mount Egonaut (TRANS107)
Release date: 2013/02/27

Two years after the successful debut “Electric” and the three-track EP “Los Egonauts”, EGONAUT returns with “Mount Egonaut”. The album-opener “Crawl” sets the mood for the rest of the album; heavy, fast well-arranged hard rock! The band smoothly blends the sleazy/melodic elements with a slight touch of stoner rock. Add a swirling 70’s organ and in-your-face vocals and voilà: you’ve got yourself some Bastard Rock. For friends of MUSTASCH, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR and METALLICA.

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GENEROUS MARIA
III (TRANS111)
Release date: 2013/03/06

It took GENEROUS MARIA 7 years to deliver a 3rd album, from 2006 album “Electricism”, released on Buzzville. During these years, GENEROUS MARIA have developed a more clean sound, without giving up their original music. The band still delivers many real strong tracks, influenced by the 70’s hardrock scene, with incredible melodic hooks and a nod to the indie scene. Imagine AEROSMITH playing with SOUNDGARDEN, or similar to other artists like MUSTASCH, ALTER BRIDGE, WOLFMOTHER and MOTHER MISERY.

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SYRON VANES
Evil Redux (DEN005)
Release date: 2013/03/13

In order to reinvent something, it usually requires you to be there from start. Swedish SYRON VANES is a band that certainly has been there from the start – guitarist Anders Hahne and drummer Staffan Lindstedt formed SYRON VANES in 1980. Their fifth album “Evil Redux” is a statement for all metal fans out the. It is the most complex, innovative, sophisticated studio album SYRON VANES ever made. Massive guitars, powerful vocals, fantastic musicianship – a sound that’ll blow your mind anyday! To sum up; “Evil Redux” proves it possible for the classic heavy metal scene to keep the fire alive – even after three decades! The album will be released on Denomination Records in the middle of March.

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 In early may 2013, NYMF will enter Berno Studio (The Haunted, Amon Amarth, Spiritual Beggars) in Malmö to record their second album that will be released 9/11 2013!
NYMF is:
Niklas Sjöberg (The Graviators)
Kristofer Stjernquist (Seeds of Cider, Trollfnask)
Martin Fairbanks (The Graviators)
Thommy Lindskog (Wulfgar)
Robin Ingemansson (Unfaithful)

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The date has finally been set for GIN LADY‘s follow up to their successful self-titled debut. The band is currently in the mixing process and we’re all psyched to hear the new material !

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Ronny Erikssons MAGNOLIA is preparing their fourth album as you read this – the final result of this groovy trio will be released by Transubstans in June!

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CRYSTAL CARAVAN new album “With Them You Walk Alone” is scheduled for release on April 6, 2013. Songs and more info to come in March!

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SPACE MIRRORS back on track!
The international Space Rock / Prog Metal collective is recording their new album tited “Cosmic Horror II: The Other Gods”.
The bands line-up has changed, adding new recruits: Sparky Simmons (ACID FM), Claudio Tirincanti (BLAZE BAYLEY), Gabriel Monticello (SPACESEED) amongst others. The album is scheduled later in 2013 – more info to come!

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TRANSUBSTANS VINYL CLUB:

After a long time without releases from the Transubstans Vinyl Club, we return with three grand splits!

THALAMUS / PONTUS SNIBB 3
This is a long-time awaited split, featuring Borlänge hardrockers THALAMUS and PONTUS SNIBB 3, a bluesrocking trio. It is expected to be released in the end of April.

ÖRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE / PAPIR
This is a split featuring the totally improvised space rock group ÖRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE and Danish instrumental jam group PAPIR.

NYMF / DOZER
The NYMF / DOZER split consists of NYMF’s “Possessed” and DOZER’s “The Imposter”. The version of “Possessed” is the same version that NYMF’s previousbass player Daniel Sköld appeared on. This split single will also be digitally released, together with a new NYMF song called “Fear Of The Doom”.
Expected in late April!

The artwork for all the singles will be announced in March.

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There you have it, people! Please contact us if you have any questions about the upcoming releases!
Best regards
The Transubstans Crew

Crystal Caravan served on 33 RPM !!

Transubtans Records has now released the LP edition of Crystal Caravan’s “Against The Rising Tide” !

CRYSTAL CARAVAN’s energic explosion “Against The Rising Tide” is back, this time served on 33 RPM with a beautiful 5 mm classic gatefold! The 2nd album of CRYSTAL CARAVAN brings the North Swedish band into new dimensions. Seeing the band on stage is a truly rememberable experience, and so is it hearing them on in your home speakers. This hybrid of classic hard rock sounds and psychedelic flower power style takes elements from URIAH HEEP, STEPPENWOLF and JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, the band just do it far more intense and will. The big question is; How many of liters of sweat are lying on the stage once they left it?!

Listen to the song “Apple Hotel” from the album below !

Order your LP today from Record Heaven !