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 ;-)).


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 :-) ok, Wolfmother maybe? - check the guitar solo at 4:30!! - love the intro! (well and the rest of it as well, reminds me of the band Danzig) - 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:

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
    Hunger of the Pine
    Left Hand Free

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

  8. 1

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

  10. US-Americans
    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 :-)