Funko, the popular vinyl collectible toy company known for its highly collectible Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures spent the day Monday (January 21st) revealing new products all day today at London Toy Fair, including several new artist collaborations. Among the bands that Funko has partnered with are Slipknot, Slayer, Ghost And Motörhead, ZZ Top, and Weezer. Also revealed at the ToyFair were Pops for Eazy-E, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Lil Wayne, Salt N Pepa, and James Brown. Check out product mockups of the new collaborations below. Ghost Cult broke the news last year that Funko was planning at Papa Emeritus Pop. These new Pops are avaialble for pre-order now! Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks figures in the past include Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and Rob Zombie. Continue reading
YouTuber Anthony Vincent is at it again with another 10 Second Songs Video! Watch Guns N Roses mega-hit ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ performed in the styles of Lady Gaga, Rammstein, Billie Eilish, Periphery, The Smiths, Amy Winehouse, Alice In Chains, Celtic Folk, Bluegrass, Eurobeat, Bollywood, Lizzo, James Brown, Korn, Aerosmith/Run DMC and more! Continue reading
Following the premiere stream of their new single ‘Let It Go’, Ghost Cult caught up over email with the artist known as From This World over email for a Q & A interview to learn more about this project and the motivation behind the music. Armed with an inventive, excellent new album Variations on a Dream our dialogue covers the artist’s self-described “New Classic Rock”, influences, the personal nature of the music and much more! Continue reading
For some time now, Californian Psych junkie Zach Oakley has wanted to team up with his percussionist brother Matt, and this wish has finally materialised with new project Volcano. Debut album The Island (Tee Pee Records) is a million miles away from the weird Blues of Harsh Toke, Joy, and Loom, from where the quintet has been culled: introducing African rhythms to whacked-out jams and creating an unusual yet vibrant concoction. Continue reading
It’s grim up north, so the saying goes. Which, of course, must be the reason why our particular brand of Sludge is occasionally filled with so much joyous Funk that James Brown would be proud to get his good foot on it…Lancastrians Bastard Of The Skies have been flying this flag wonderfully for some years now, and Leeds quartet Corinth have emerged as serious contenders for the Yorkist crown.
Corinth (No Fun Intended) is the band’s third EP in as many years, opener ‘Solar Flare’s rapid rhythm battery immediately ceding to a vicious, knee-buckling groove. Ben Corkhill’s throaty roar duels with the evil scream of vocal counterpart Tom Clayton and the constant time switches, intricate yet weightier than a herd of elephants, bring Clayton’s jazzy bass and bountiful bounce to the fore. The thunderous rhythm section sees drummer Andy Baron change tempo numerous times whilst leading his team flawlessly.
The immense ‘Those With No Eyes’ begins, as the title suggests, with a more sinister feel: a deep-toned, tolling intro adding gravitas to the earlier powerful stomp, before a slow swing coincides with more of Corkhill’s holler. Vanessa Murray’s Maiden-esque leads have a more pensive, melancholic feel here, and head softly into a snarling yet tethered menace: the riff ever building toward a hostile, hateful tone before dropping deliciously into a low yet subtle, squalling morass.
There’s a Stoner vibe to the early strains of epic closer ‘Ironclad’ which initially threatens to cheapen the overall vibe. Whilst that somewhat lumbering beat rarely fluctuates there is, however, a steadily growing swell which is influenced by the howl of the morphing riff. A blend of harsh, soulful and bluesy vocals leads to an explosive mid-section, powering the track into the booming realms of Conan and assuring its eventual status as a modern Doom classic.
Here is a band who have constantly showed themselves to incorporate myriad influences into their intrinsically Low-end sound. This is their most expansive and intelligent offering yet, each track having a different feel without straying too far from home, and maintaining Corinth’s path toward inevitable greatness.
Prior to the release of their Rob Farren produced (Isle of Rhodes) debut EP Citizens Rise this past July, Bad Citizen has been a rising force in the crowded New York City club scene. Cutting their teeth playing institutions like Arlene’s Grocery, The Bitter End, and Legion Bar; this up and coming band has the rough hewn grooves of retro rock grooves and writing inspired by classic Rock, Blues and R & B. The band counts James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Howling Wolf to Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy among their influences.
Bad Citizen is:
Matt Southerland – vocals
Frankie Figz – guitar
Patrick Fischer – bass
Steve Garcia – drums
Oct 29: Connie’s Ric Rac – Philadelphia, PA