Take some classic rock 70's guitar stylings with a hint of rockabilly, add a little punk attitude, throw in some r&b and funk swagger, top it off with some sexy new orleans swing and spice, then add a little dirty blues edge, bring it all to a boil in a big ol' bubbling voodoo brew, and you'd have yourself this monster swinging alt rock band called Amberola, named after Thomas Edison's internal horn cylinder phonograph the Edison Amberola.
Originally from the small town of Mission BC, Canada, but now calling Gibsons BC home, the band is the brain child and vision of singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer Rick Speke (Whiskey Kings, Wolf and Tui, Epsilon Knot, Damn The Device). Amberola debuted to an overwhelmingly positive response on Halloween 2015 at the Legendary Railway Club in Vancouver, under the impromptu name "100 Proof", but soon renamed as Amberola. Amberola's debut EP "Rock n Rolla" was released on March 5, 2017. Since its release the album has been added to the playlists of independent and Canadian college radio stations such as CFUR, CITR, CIVL and CJAM. The first single "The Never Ending" from the EP was picked up by a music placement agency in Los Angeles and pitched for shows such as Virgin River, and was placed in the movie "Under the Silver Lake" starring Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace. Jamie Robash of Divide and Conquer described The Never Ending as "a dark and twangy stutter step of alt country. Its tone and dark lyricism suggest the dissolution of a romantic relationship and the unraveling of its singer."
Amberola played the Summer Festival circuit with the highlights of performing at the City of Surrey Fusion Festival headlined by Nelly Furtado, along with other notable performers as The Zolas and Classified. Headlining festivities at the Maple Ridge Country Music Festival, and opening for Canadian guitar legend and multi Juno nominee David Gogo at the MNET Radio Music Festival. Lance Shilka of MNET Radio described the performance this way, "Amberola rocked the crowd! What a high energy musical experience. I guess thats why your CD's sold out! Rock n Rolla baby!"
Amberola recently released several singles on all major streaming platforms, as part of an upcoming album titled The Subtle Art of Death Cleaning, which includes an epic 13 minute song called Seul Au Monde, and are also currently gearing up for this years post-covid Summer music festival circuit.