Saturday, 24 January 2015

Wolfmother? Royal Blood? Danzig? No. It's the Diamond Dukes, who have it all!

They are just so good – this the only way for me to describe an actually very new emerging band from Munich. The Diamond Dukes. I just recently saw (or should I say discovered?) them at the Open Stage Night at Munich’s Cord Club – not just me, but also the whole good crowd there were absolutely amazed seeing so much musical talent, passion and rock’n’roll spirit on this stage. Keeping in mind, this band has just been formed about a year ago, I am sure there is a stellar career waiting for them :-) As chance would have it, they are working on their debut EP just now and I am sure neither you nor me will be disappointed from it.

Stevey of the band gave me some more insights in the interview. You should also check out some of their demo recordings below – just be warned, the quality is a bit poor. Best you go to see them live in any around Munich in 2015 and check out their Facebook Page for updates (and give them a thumbs up ;-)).

Enjoy!

The Diamond Dukes live



When and how did you originally get together as a band?

We all met in a bar in Munich in spring of 2013. So it was more or less a spontaneous idea when being drunk to make some music together. Now and then we met afterwards for little jam sessions - just to make some music and without any targets. In the end of 2013 we started to write own songs and decided to rent a rehearsal room. Short time later the Diamond Dukes were born. About half a year later (May 14) we had our first gig at the Festival “Lange Nacht der Musik” at Sendlinger Tor in Munich.  Since then we had a couple of other club gigs in Munich.

You call your musical style “Independent Desert Rock” – well, how does that sound like? What are your most important musical influences?

Our style is influenced by the different genres that every member brought into the band. Marco, our drummer, comes from Jazz. Michael used to play in a Metal band. The other Michael and me come from Stoner Rock. The combination of those different music styles ended up as the sound we have now in our songs. Of course it is always different to explain the exact style when writing own songs but to give you an answer we would say it is basically kind of dirty garage sound.

Bavarian Rock band Diamond Dukes
You played a number of live gigs already, filled with enormous musical talent and passion (if you ask me ;-) ) – still you “only” have 50 fans on Facebook and apparently no homepage – how come? Would you call yourself an “offline-band”?

The most honest answer in terms of Facebook would appartently be: Laziness ;-) Due to the fact that we were more into song writing and playing music instead of “being online” we started very late with Facebook & Co. Nevertheless the plan is to improve our online presence after the release of our fist EP “The devil has found his way” (Spring 2015). Because we see us more as a live band this EP should be an appetizer for the people. It should give a first impression of what to expect at a gig of the Diamond Dukes.

Music Band Diamond Dukes
Any releases, tours and/or gigs coming up in 2015?

For 2015 we are thinking of some short trips to different locations in Germany. Additionally the plan is to have some further club gigs in Munich and is surrounding cities. And our new EP of course! Be ready for that!

Some of my favourite Duke-songs - tell me what you think! How do they sound to you? Comments and shares welcome :-)

https://soundcloud.com/diamond-dukes/the-devil-has-found-his-way ok, Wolfmother maybe?
https://soundcloud.com/diamond-dukes/out-of-time - check the guitar solo at 4:30!!
https://soundcloud.com/diamond-dukes/minds-have-no-rules - love the intro! (well and the rest of it as well, reminds me of the band Danzig)
https://soundcloud.com/diamond-dukes/start-again - and this somehow reminds me of the Vines ;-)

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Pad.

Seriously, what does this picture remind you of?

Lounge pad :-)

Well, yes, in the first place this surely is a very nice toy for adults that blinks and makes noises ;-) And some people - of which some are more talentad and some are not - even can make awesome, chart-breaking, mind-blowing tunes with it!

But when I saw it in Alex' room for the first time, I was more reminded of this:

(c) microscopics.co.uk
Remember the Light Organ from Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"? I am jsut wondering, which was there first... the idea for the pad or the organ? Well, someone else will have to find this out ;-) But anyhow, I wonder, if our pad can entice aliens from the outer space....

Have a rockin' evening everyone ;-)

Sunday, 11 January 2015

In your ears around the world - Interview with Riot Tapes from Dublin

A while ago I aleady told you some stuff about the new emergent Irish electro pop band Riot Tapes here. Now Chris O'Brien from the band gave me an interview for Noisy Crumb and told me some more rocking details about the band their recently released single "Cardinal Rules" and - most important - about their future plans to musically conquer the world :-)

Since when are you making music together and how did you originally get together as a band?

We have been a band about four years, more or less. We met online and immediately realised there was some pretty special potential.

How does it feel having your first single released just some weeks ago and listening to it on the radio?

It's an amazing feeling. We feel very lucky to have had such a great response and hope it continues into 2015.

What are the reactions of the crowd on your gigs like – is “Cardinal Rules” their favourite song already?

Yes and no. People know it's the single, yes. But we're really proud of our entire set and feel there's a lot more to the band than just that song, or any one song.  

 

Your new single is a tune to be played and celebrated in clubs all over the world, if you ask me – what are your plans for “getting it out there”?


First - that idea of Cardinal Rules being played in clubs around the world - it's makes me so excited to even consider that possibility. I'd really love nothing more than to walk into a random club in Germany or Japan or Johannesburg and hear it being played.
As for plans - it's getting a big proper national media push in Ireland starting in a few weeks. We'll be doing our best to support it with gigs anywhere they'll have us and hope to be doing a number of festival this summer. We also hope to be out in Asia and hopefully in Germany and the US at some point this year as well. Fingers crossed. 




What was the greatest thing ever happened to you guys as a band so far?  And what was the biggest letdown?

Hearing our song being played every day in national radio has to be a highlight. It's early days, but that's still a thrill. Getting signed to a label that actually supports musicians and try's to help bands make a career is also pretty huge.
The biggest letdown ... We had plans to go over to the UK last year and they fell through and that caused a few other problems as well. Pretty disappointing. Hopefully that'll change in 2015.

What should fans be expecting from Riot Tapes in 2015?

Touring, as much as possible. Two more singles at least and finally, FINALLY a debut record on the shelves. Hopefully we'll get to Germany and connect with a lot more music fans like yourself!


Thanks so much for the interview, Chris! As for you, my dear readers, make sure to check out their music and gigs  - a little preview is their video for "The Key" - enjoy :-)



Sunday, 4 January 2015

Test your musical knowledge - Rock the Quiz!


Noisy Crumb - Rock the Quiz Part I

Welcome to my musical quizzes to challenge your Rock 'n' Roll knowledge! Only one answer is correct for each question. Are you ready? Here we go! Good Luck :-)

Noisy Crumb's Musical Quiz

  1. In the radio version of one Franz Ferdinand song you can hear a horse neighing - which one is it?

  2. Take me Oot
    No you Girls
    Treason! Animals
    Goodbye Lovers and Friends

  3. Listen closely! Which of these two songs sound most alike?

  4. "Alicia Keys - Falling" and "Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - I Heard it throught the Grapevine"
    "The Doors - L. A. Woman" and "The Guess Who - American Woman"
    "Teddybears - Rock 'n'Roll Highschool" and "Beck - Youthless"
    "Royal Blood - Figure it Out" and "Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage"

  5. Which song by Alt-J was written in just 20 minutes?

  6. Every Other Freckle
    Matilda
    Hunger of the Pine
    Left Hand Free

  7. How many albums did the White Stripes publish, before their groundbreaking album "Elephant"?

  8. 1
    2
    3
    4

  9. What is Blur's "Song 2" actually parodying?

  10. US-Americans
    Grunge
    The Simpsons
    The Who

Thanks for taking the quiz - let's see your results!

PS: the right answers will be published here in about a week or so, so make sure to check back :-)

UPDATE: Please see the correct answers in the comment below :-)

Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Rock 'n' Roll New Year's Resolution

What a year, huh? Just getting to know and quoting the movie "The Room" was worth it ;-) But I am not a big fan of sentimental year's review's, still less, as my 30th Bday is coming up! What I really like though is making New Year's resolutions, as I think they give you a great perspective in how to realise your dreams - so this is what I am gonna do! And as you know me, there always needs to be some good rock'n'roll in it ;-)

So here we go:

Gigs - 2015 will be my personal festival year - so many great bands are coming to rock the city. Alt-J, Royal Blood, Ian Anderson, Buffalo Sunn - to only name a few. And just to think of all the great acts I'll discover when I am over in Ireland again! And Kasabian. Oh yes. They were so totally awesome when I saw them here back in November so I promised myself to see them in 2015 again - no matter where I have to travel. Have you ever seen thm live? If not - go go go! They put so much energy and dedication to their shows so that you can have an unforgettable "party with the rock stars".

Our new Indie label - Last year Alex discovered his passion - and more important his talent! - for making electronic music. We've come a long way and so far we have 9 songs almost ready to go. He did most of the "plunking" and I also created some elements and gave some help with the arrangements. Therefore I really hope we can open our own Indie label next year and...



Publish an album - As his workroom has turned into something that looks like the core of HAL9000 over the last couple of months - with lights blinking and screens, keys, buttons and pitch wheels everywhere - why not take all this equipment and record our first album? I am totally in for this and hope that all works out :) As I said, 9 songs are almost perfectly done already.... 


People - just get on with them! - One lesson I learned - once again! - this year is, that it doesn't matter how much time you spend with a person - true friendship and care is not always adequate to the time spent together and the perception of this can vary very very much depending on what person you talk to. I don't want to hassle any love-bird-relationships here! I just want to point out: there are some people you happen to see quite rarely - maybe just every couple of months - and still the time you then spend together is freakin' awesome and in the end you have the feeling that "we truly went through a lot together"! You are tuned-in and therefore don't need a lot of planning - just be spontanious and off you go!Then there is the other kind - you haven't seen them for longer then a year - for you it seems nothing is more important then to have an unfogettable couple of hours / days with them as well. However need a lot of planning with them -months and weeks and in the end you find out that they are too busy and it won't work our anyway - no spontaneity, no spirit of frinedship whatsoever. You think. You though they would want to spend time with you as urgently as yourself, but instead you find out that you are not as important as you should be to them. Apparently. Guys, of course you don't get your time paid back and of course just syaing yes to an invitation is the best way of reducing the waste-of-time so many of us have to fight with daily. But don't  be angry with the people around you, don't stress yorself and don't be angry if other people need more planning for a simple meet-up than you do. Better get on with people as they are as this truly makes a real friend , don't you think? I've decided to take such situations just as they are and not to stress myself out about everyting "not-rocking" in 2015. Why? Because this is the most useless waste-of-time you can ever face in a new year.


Have a rocking 2015 everyone!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Riot Tapes - Single Release "Cardinal Rules" - OUT NOW :-)


Riot Tapes make heartfelt indie pop that packs a punch.  - Yep, I can totally agree on that! 
And last weekend they released their high-rocking debut single Cardinal Rules. I highly recommend you give a listen to this nice piece! I particularly like the awesome intro which get's you going from the first beat.
 
Formed in 2009 by Colorado native Chris O’Brien and Dubliner Elaine Doyle this leftfield electro-pop act are destined for big things. They became a four piece when Dave Ivers and Marty Canavan joined the ranks. The first single from this exciting new partnership is the alt-pop gem Cardinal Rules. "We are extremely excited to sign with Reekus and to get our music into the hands of as many people as possible." says Elaine.
And yes, she is right! I am so looking forward to hearing this song not only in the radio but also in all those clubs with stylish parties all over Europe :-)

Check out the video below and buy their single here


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Three Days of November Ireland – Soundtrack



Spending three days and nights in Dublin over this year’s Halloween weekend made me remember once again how truly musical genius these happy folks over there really are and: how mild and sunny the in my opinion “saddest” month of the year can be! 
Despite shopping, partying, drinking and watching the hilarious Dara O’ Briain on stage I had some great discussions about the curiosities of the music scene, like the Bowie/Jagger music video of “Dancing In The Streets” not being a joke, Gallagher’s band Beady Eye splitting up just two weeks ago and nobody really knowing why or why the self-appointed “biggest Irish QOTSA-fan” doesn’t know their song “Auto Pilot”.
Well, it just was an awesome time from first to last and - as I unfortunately can’t share all these experiences here – I would like to share my personal “Three Days of November” Soundtrack with you. I hope yor like it and am curious about your take on it! What songs would be on your personal November playlist? Let me know in the comments' field!

Irish Soundtrack Three Days in November

Johnny Rayge – Cracks in the wood
Aw, this just makes you wanting to hit the road and take the world – as "it’s yours and you can just jump in"! There are not a lot of lyrics who express my life philosophy so to the point as this one. And especially when over in Ireland! For me this is a new must-have on every travel playlist ;-)

QOTSA – Auto Pilot
Awesome Track! Just awesome! See my comment above - this is why it is on this playlist ;-)
Listen here

One Republic – Love Runs Out
Yes they are commercial and mainstream, yes yes I know. But this doesn’t mean, they’re not making great music. To be honest I don’t like them too much, but this one really got me. I’d say this is one of my most favourite songs this year and this is why it was “in my ears” in Ireland as well – and it fit quite well!
Listen here

Coldplay – Green Eyes
Classic! Always reminds me of Ireland (God knows why) but also of my very special one back home. Listen to this when approaching Ireland on a plane – when the green lands shine on the ground!

Simon & Garfunkel  - Scarborough Fair
I bet you all know this song, but did you ever listen lot it? Carefully? And with full heart? It is such an amazing ballad and I love how they are singing two strophes at one time. I know this is not an Irish song, but still it always reminds me of a nice traditional Irish tune and it is perfect for a walk in the nature or at the seaside of Dublin Bay.

U2 – Ordinary Love
Well of course, speaking of an Ireland soundtrack, we need some U2 on it! Really love their single “Ordinary Love”, although others may say it is too commercial and has less punch then their former songs.

Skip the Use – Ghost
Get going, get jumpin’ – feel good song from Skip the Use – listen to this when strolling through the City – day or night doesn’t really matter ;-) Video is a bit creepy though.
Listen here

Ben l'Oncle Soul - Seven Nation Army
 “So this is the famous Whelans?” Yes it is and apart from great live gigs, they also have nice DJ sessions there with exquisite music that will kick you’re dancing a** ;-) This version of the world’s most famous White Stripes song is just one example.

Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Classic Club song in Dublin, if you ask me! This time we were Halloween-dancing to it in the Mercantile on Dame Street :-)

ZHU – Faded
I know this is normally is more like a Get-going-for-the-party-song, but this time in November it was more a hangover-morning-get-ready-for-the-day-song for me ;-) Anyway, great track!

Johnny Rayge – Airport
Another Johnny Rayge song – sorry I couldn’t find the link to it anymore. The name says it all! Great closure for a great trip!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Brunettes Shoot Blondes - the magical smart devices music video!

Now isn't that sweet? So sweetysweet! Treadmill were yesterday! (Sorry, OK GO!)
Today's video highlight is finally a useful idea what to do with all these smart phones, tablets and pcsstockpiled in every true digital native's house ;-)
Brunettes Shoot Blondes new and very interactive video - enjoy folks and share the luv!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Soundtrack for a rocking autumn :-)

The days are getting shorter, the leaves rot and the temperatres are starting to get frostier every day - and although probably all of wished for summer to stay a bit longer this year, autum is here, folks. Inevitably. And yes, you might be singing the autumn blues right now, but honestly - with so much good music having been released over the past months and so many great bands heavily touring the planet at the moment, I actually think there are plenty reasons to to rock 'n' roll right now.
After all, it's the last sun beams of autumn that tickle the most, right? So go out, enjoy a picnic in the colourful nature, drive into the golden sunsets of October, visit your friends and make the long nights to become your rocking day!

Here I've compiled my personal musical October-favourites for you - enjoy!

Kasabian - Eez-eh
Gosh, have you listened to their new album 48:13 already? If not: do it! One of the best albums of all times, if you ask me and Eez-eh is my absolute favourite tune from it. Ass-kicking and wild, yeah, shake it!
Listen here

Kaiser Chiefs - My Life
I somehow didn't like Kaiser Chiefs anymore since 2006 or so but with this single they jumped back on my radar - really love it!
Listen here

Buffalo Sunn - I Wanna Be In Love
great band from Dublin! Their debut album will be released this week - watch out for it! They sound like a mixture of Kasabian, BRMC and Dandy Wahols :-)
Listen here

Beck - Where It's At
Yep, this is so Beck. I think I actually just like it because of the genious line "That was a good drum break" - hillarious ;-)
Listen here

The Cure - Love Song 
For a long lovelorn evening... 
Listen here

Kongos - Come With Me
Underestimated band from South Africa - this song was actually released back in 2011, but became a hit in the US this year.
Listen here


John Grant - Black Belt
Fancy! Just fancy!
Listen here 

Zombies - She's Not There
Back to the 60s - very melodic, cool song, and also a bit melacolic - just like October itself!
Listen here

Beady Eye - Shine Alight
I am daring to say they are better then Oasis. Shine Alight is just one example of what I mean ;-)

Jack White - Love Interruption
Another Love song, awww! But listen carefully - the lyrics may shake you. Awesome song! And with a lot of classical instruments - short but neat!
Listen here

Alt-J - Ever Other Freckle
I can't help it, I am in love with these guys! 
Listen here

Arctic Monkeys - Arabella
Reminds me of autumn last year. Arabella is the best song their album AM, which was released in 2013 and in my opinion is thier best album so far.
Listen here

Autumn Soundtrack Rose

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Death In The Sickroom - Jangle Pop from Ireland

When I listen to Death In The Sickroom I get two toughts: One:  so this is the Irish answer to the early Beatles - well done, lads and Two: I bet every teenage and early-20s girl immediately falls in love these handsome lads.
Tonight is the latest single by Dublin four piece "jangle pop" (as they call their musical style) merchants. The video was directed and edited by Gansee Films. It strongly reminds me of that epic house party in Bray, but  this is a different story.
Death in the sick room

The lads formed in 2012 in Bluebell, Dublin. Tonight is the lead single from their forthcoming Brick To The Face EP, due out in August.
The NME said their track Brick To The Face ,“rings with all the bliss of a classic Johnny Marr guitar jangle, but with the blistering clout of Merchandise's 'Anxiety's Door' thrown in by the way of reinforcement”

Death In The Sickroom are:
Mark Heffernan- Guitar & Vocals
Eoghan Keane- Bass & Vocals

Devin Griffin- Guitar

Craig Dillon- Drums & Vocals

Som pretty cool stuff, huh? And here is the video of their latest single realease. Enjoy, folks, and let me know your comments :-)