Last Christmas Eve when we wrote our first Year in Review, we stated that "in our 6 year history, this year has been our best", well we topped that this year! We played over in Europe for the the first time, released our first 12" Record, signed a worldwide album deal with Napalm Records, gained a new bass player and played with some of our favourite bands such as Saint Vitus, High on Fire and The Sword. We can't thank everyone who made this year awesome, but we truly appreciate everyone who came to a gig, bought merch and supported us!
The year wouldn't have been what it was without the input from the following people, most of whom we said thanks to last year; they continue to be the best people to have on your side!
Gareth Imber: Gaz left Alunah this year to concentrate on his other band, but we can't write this without thanking him. We spent 4 years with Gaz, and wrote and recorded 2 albums with him. We wish him all the best for the future!
Dan Burchmore: Dan joined us earlier in the year, he's an awesome bassist and a top bloke! He learnt our songs straight away, spent his first Alunah gig supporting Karma to Burn, and immediately got stuck in writing songs for our forthcoming album! We're excited about our future with Dan, and Napalm Records.
Sebastian Muench and the team at Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions: Napalm released White Hoarhound on 12" vinyl back in January. We entered talks with them a few months ago regarding a long-term partnership, and at the beginning of December we signed a worldwide contract. News of the deal can be read here >>
Matte and the team at Sound of Liberation: We also partnered up with European booking agency SOL this year, and embarked on a 10 date European tour taking in France, Germany, Poland and Denmark. We are currently making plans regarding our 2014 tour.
Olivia Burr: Liv tirelessly sells our merch for us, provides transport when needed and handles all management queries for us! We couldn't do what we do without her!
Mez Dewsbury at OHMZ Sound Services: Mez accompanies us on the road, providing sound and technical services. He also promotes local stoner/doom gigs at Scruffy Murphys as part of his promotions company Heretic Promotions. Awesome bloke, professional and a top laugh!
Mona Miluski at Platinum PR: We came on board with German company Platinum PR to help promote White Hoarhound, and they have gone above and beyond to get us some amazing international press. They continue to be awesome!
Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios: Greg recorded both of our albums, he totally gets us, and is an easy creative guy to work with. He pulled out all of the stops to deliver some brilliant sounding demos recently, and has given us great advice regarding the legal side of the music industry. We will be working with him on our 3rd album also.
We must also mention the following bands, promoters, radio shows, webzines and podcasts who we've done stuff with in 2013. Again, in no particular order and sorry to those we've missed:
High on Fire, The Sword, Lonely Kamel, Saint Vitus, Ufomammut, Kadaver, Orchid, Gentleman's Pistols, Mos Generator, Fatso Jetson, The Wounded Kings, Samsara Blues Experiment, Witchsorrow, Conan, Black Moth, Black Star Riders, Skindred, Black Spiders, GOLD, Slow Worm, Jex Thoth, Moghul, Mage, Temple of Lies, Diesel King, Eldorado, Grifter, Greenhorn, The Albion Codex, Trippy Wicked, Hannah Rachel McCaul, Karma to Burn, Desert Storm, Stubb, Huata, Belzebong, Dopelord, Stoneache, The Skeletons, Cultura Tres, Prosperina, Heavy on The Ride, DesertFest Berlin, Heavy Days in Doom Town, French Metal Webzine, O2 Academy, Scruffy Murphys, Kerrang Magazine, I Did The Booking, Paranoid Hitsophrenic, Midlands Rocks, Contact FM, Rocking The Midlands, Doomsmoker.pl, Evil Wizard Promotions, Castle Cases, Vein-Tap.Com, Stoned Gatherings, Black Bullet Live, Terrorizer Magazine, Metal Mouth, Destruction Music, The Sleeping Shaman, Doommantia, The Obelisk, Cosmic Tomb, Temple of Perdition (R.I.P - thanks for everything!), The Sludgelord, Uberrock, Repulsive Revolutions, Stonerhead Let Groove Your Brains Tonight, Stonerrock.eu, The Paranoid Music Blog, Blabbermouth, Moonlight666.com, Hard Rock Hell, Native Ground, Metal as Religion, Brett Devey Photography, Zero Tolerance Magazine, Doommantia, Michael Cowell, DesertScene, Rock Regeneration, Doomed and Stoned, The Morsel, Get Ready to Rock, Get Your Rock Out, TBFM Radio, Planet Mosh and Eyes From The Mosh Pit.
In 2014 we will release our third album, re-release Call of Avernus on tape cassette, play various festivals, play with Grand Magus, tour Europe and the UK and hopefully meet a load more awesome people! Here's to a happy new year, these were our most viewed blog posts and images of 2013...
Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts
1. Alunah's 2013 European Tour Diary - by Soph
2. Alunah Sign Worldwide Album Deal with Napalm Records
3. Alunah Announce New Bassist
4. Alunah to Support St. Vitus in Birmingham
5. Alunah Play Hard Rock Hell 7
Top 10 Most Viewed Images of 2013
Thanks to Planet Mosh for our interview and photographs at Hard Rock Hell VII.
Listen to the interview http://planetmosh.com/alunah-interview-at-hard-rock-hell-7-291113/ or read an interview with Soph from 2012 http://planetmosh.com/soph-day-from-alunah-interview/
2012! It's safe to say that in our 6 year history, this year has been our best! We released our second album, worked with some amazing people, played some great gigs, met new awesome people, caught the eye of Napalm Records and made a few end of year lists (read whose here). From a music point of view it's been our best, but we also suffered the loss of Soph's Dad John who was a big supporter of Alunah, we dedicated our upcoming vinyl to him and he will always be in our thoughts.
The year wouldn't have been what it was without the input from the following great key people, in no particular order:
Mark Hegadus at Psychedoomelic Records: He believed in us enough to release White Hoarhound on his legendary Austrian label. One of THE best things we've done.
Sebastian Muench and the whole team at Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions: They will be releasing White Hoarhound on 12" vinyl on January 25th 2013, so proud to be on yet another legendary Austrian label.
Olivia Burr: Liv tirelessly sells our merch for us, provides transport when needed and handles all management queries for us!
Mona Miluski at Platinum PR: We came on board with German company Platinum PR to help promote White Hoarhound, and they have gone above and beyond to get us some amazing international press.
Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios: Greg recorded both of our albums, and did a sterling job on both. He totally gets us, and is an easy creative guy to work with.
Tony Reed at Heavy Head Co: Tony mixed, mastered and featured on White Hoarhound. He also re-mastered the album for vinyl, a top bloke with unlimited amounts of talent.
Mez at Heretic Promotions / Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham: Mez is our number 1 promoter of choice to work with, complete professional and all round good guy. His promotions company hosted our album launch gig this year. Mez now also comes out with us doing our sound engineering.
Alison Richards and Martin Newman at Oath Communications: An awesome duo who are working on a video for White Hoarhound as well as attending the majority of our gigs in 2012 filming and taking photos.
We must also mention the following bands, promoters, radio shows, webzines and podcasts who we've played with / for. Again, in no particular order and sorry to those we've missed:
A Pale Horse Named Death, Gentlemans Pistols, Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight, Gurt, Stubb, Arkham Witch, General, Desert Storm, Conan, Gods of Hellfire, Steak, Stone Axe, Arke, Ironrat, Gringo, Shebrew, Caravan of Whores, A Million Miles, Tairrie B and My Ruin, Baron Greenback, Desert Scene, Desert Fest, Heretic Promotions, Black Bullet Live, When Planets Collide, Kerrang Radio, Johnny Doom, Metal.de, Ripple Music, Metal Hammer Germany, Grip of Delusion Radio, Terrorizer Magazine, Soggy Bog, Core of Destruction Radio, 339 Metal, Doomantia, The Soda Shop, Fast 'n' Bulbous, 411 Mania, The Temple of Perdition, The Metal Observer, Via Nocturna, Unhallowed Nation, Planet Mosh, Skrikzine, Nocturnal Hall Magazine, Sludgelord, Sleeping Shaman, X Transmission FM, WCNI Radio, Femme Metal Webzine, The Obelisk, Black Sunday Magazine, MSN Entertainment, Metal Riot...
There are so many more, but not enough hours in the day to list them alll! Thanks to everyone basically, and special thanks to those who came to our gigs, brought our merch, brought us beer and shared our drunken ramblings!
In 2013 we will release our vinyl, carry on writing for our third album, play with The Sword, Lonely Kamel and Black Moth, tour Europe including Heavy Days in Doom Town Festival in Denmark, and hopefully meet a load more awesome people! Here's to a happy new year, these were our most viewed blog posts and images of 2012...
Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts
1. She Came, She Saw, She Rocked Out with her Cock Out
2. Alunah Sign with Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions
3. Download Alunah's White Hoarhound for Free
4. Alunah to Support The Sword
5. Terrorizer Magazine Hail Alunah as Future of Doom
Top 10 Most Viewed Images of 2012
I caught up with Soph Day, vocalist and guitarist in Alunah after I reviewed their album ‘White Hoarhound’, to find out more about the band how they began etc, favourite bands/records and what their plans are and so on.
Who formed Alunah and when?
It kinda happened by accident, I was at a Sonic Lord show which was Dave our guitarists previous band. Dave and I got chatting to a guy at the bar who we always saw around at stoner/doom shows, that guy turned out to be Jake our drummer. I’d had too much to drink and suggested that Jake and Dave have a jam, I went along for a laugh and ended up singing on one of the tunes they were jamming. Thats how it all happened.
How were the rest of the band found?
Gaz our bassist joined in 2009 to replace our previous bassist. We met him through his other band General who he plays guitar for, we always used to get on really well with the General lads – they’re always up for a laugh and are an awesome band! When we approached Gaz about joining us on bass he was well up for the idea and hes been a perfect fit!
Who are your major influences?
We have so many influences that we throw into the pot, you can probably hear a lot of them in the music as we tend to wear them on our sleeve! Between us Id say the main influences would be Black Sabbath (of course), Acid King and grunge bands such as Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Personally, Janis Joplin and Robert Plant are my favourite vocalists – Im hugely inspired by their style of bluesy singing whilst holding down an awesome melody line! The two ladies who inspired me to want to take singing in a band seriously are Lori S from Acid King and Tairrie B of My Ruin, who I have been a fan of since her Manhole days.
Is there a main songwriter in Alunah or is it a band effort?
We all play a part in structuring the songs. Dave tends to write all the riffs, but because Gaz is primarily a guitarist he also has some killer riff ideas! I write all the lyrics and vocal melodies, but everyone has input regarding putting it all together and making it work.
You had a killer sound on White Hoarhound, what amps do you use?
We used a combination of amps in the studio, Dave used a Matamp GT120, I used a Sound City 120 and Marshall JCM 900, and Gaz used an Ampeg bass rig.
Any future tour plans?
Not touring so much in 2012, but we have some great shows coming up with Gentlemans Pistols, Undersmile, Conan, Black Magician, Ides of Gemini and our friends in Bastard of The Skies. Arkham Witch and Gods of Hellfire. Next year we have some pretty awesome tour plans and well make sure Planet Mosh know about them once they’re finalised.
Who was the 1st band you saw?
The first band I ever saw was aged 13 at Aston Villa FC Leisure Centre in Birmingham, and it was the Manic Street Preachers on their Everything Must Go tour which was the first they did after Richey disappeared. Catatonia and Gorkys Zygotic Mynci supported. My Dad and my Godfather took me to the show as I was underage, they had a bottle of vodka confiscated which when I told my Mom she was not impressed hahaha. I went through an obsessive Manics phase but they’re new material is not to my taste. Gold Against The Soul and Generation Terrorists are their best albums by far!
Have you a favourite studio and live album?
I have so many favourite albums, most important to me are “Cheap Thrills” by Big Brother and the Holding Company, “Dummy” by Portishead and “On Fire” by Spiritual Beggars. Im not a massive fan on live albums, there are very few I have actually managed to sit all the way through. Ill listen to Janis Joplins live recordings over and over again, I think her live performances are some of her best! One live album I do love is Life of Agony “20 Year Strong” which was released a few years ago, theyre an awesome band who Ive had the pleasure of seeing live twice.
Thank you Soph for taking the time out to complete this interview.
Read my 9.5/10 review of ‘White Hoarhound’ click here
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Upcoming Alunah Gigs >>
Friday 31st March
The Chameleon, Nottingham
Thursday 6th April
The Flapper, Birmingham
Friday 7th April
Saturday 8th April
Sunday 9th April
The Lounge, London
Saturday 6th May
MFC, Coevorden (NL)
Monday 8th May
Music City, Antwerp (BE)
Thursday 11th May
Coq d'Or, Olten (CH)
Friday 12th May
Bloom, Mezzago (IT)