Received cool news yesterday. Our song The Never Ending will be in the movie "Under the Silver Lake" starring Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace, to be released in theatres sometime in 2018. Its only a short portion of the song, but still pretty cool!
The MNET Radio festival was a blast. Opening for David Gogo was an honour. Now as the summer festival season winds down, we are looking forward to fall and winter to focus on more writing and recording with the occasional gig to keep things burning. We have a lot of new musical ideas to develop, and a lot of inspiration to work from, and hopefully come later winter, early spring, we will have a new album out and we'll be gearing up for next years summer festivals.
Cheers for being there everybody
Weve been added to the music libraries of CIVL FM in Abbotsford BC, and CJAM FM in Windsor / Detroit! More to come...
Amberola is pleased to welcome aboard Joey Ritchings on backing vocals. Joey is the lead vocalist for her own band, and we are excited she has decided to grace us with her talents as well. Welcome to the family Joey!
Amberola is pleased to announce Corey McFly McPherson has recovered from his injury and will rejoin Amberola for all our upcoming shows.
Amberola is super stoked to be part of, and opening for the awesome multiple Juno nominee blues guitarist David Gogo at this years MNET Radio Music festival in beautiful Mission BC on August 27th.
Amberola is pleased to announce we will be playing in Ricks childhood and teenage stomping grounds July 30, at the good old Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Country Festival. Check our websites "shows" page for details.
Due to an arm injury, Amberola is disappointed to announce that Corey McFly Mcpherson will not be joining us at Fusion Festival or Maple Ridge Fest, but we are hoping he returns for the MNET Radio Music Festival in August. Replacing McFly at Fusion Festival will be the incredibly talented and super nicer guy, Chris Murray Driver from Doug and the Slugs, as well as another fine drummer Devin Rice will join us for Maple Ridge Festival.
Amberola is extremely excited to be included in this years line up at Surreys Fusion Festival on Sunday July 23 opening for the Zolas and Juno award winner Classified. Nelly Furtado headlines Saturday Nights festivities.
Rock n Rolla
3.8 out of 5
By Jamie Robash
The Vancouver five-piece rockers Amberola adopted their name from Thomas Edison's internal horn cylinder phonograph the Edison Amberola. Made up of vocalist/guitarist Rick Speke, backing vocalist Candice Tanaka, guitarist Rob Breti, bassist Dave "Carlos" Roberts, horn player Richard Craven, keyboardist Jeff "Big Daddy" Redman and Corey "McFly" McPherson behind the kit, this collective of musicians have their hand in multiple genres on their debut five-song EP Rock n Rolla. These genres range from straight rock to blues, to funk and soul, and some swing thrown in for good measure.
Clues to the possible reasons why this myriad of styles made its way onto Rock n Rolla is because the songs were all originally written by Rick Speke for another project that never came to fruition. Instead of scrapping the material Speke put a new band together and the result was Rock n Rolla.
The record opens with the uppity, rocking and rhythm and blues of “Hey Yeah.” The tune is a catchy romp of verse chorus verse of the kind that can easily lodge itself inside of your head. It did for me and it likely will for you too. Next comes the fast paced but dark and twangy stutter step of alt country “The Never Ending.” Its tone and dark lyricism suggest the dissolution of a romantic relationship and the unraveling of its singer. Here some haunting backing vocals and keys help to add an intense, moody darkness to the songs otherwise upbeat guitar and drum pace.
Next on “What Doesn’t Kill” the band splits the difference in tonality. Its brass and bass heavy rhythm’s give its lyrical stylings a little more of a playful mood despite their darkened undertones. The horn heavy rockabilly rocker which follows, “Wildflower (Aleecia’s Song)” is a high energy head banger with radio friendliness oozing out of it.
After a few spins of Rock n Rolla one begins to hear the separateness of its players for better or for worse. This could be that the band were put together to perform and fulfill Speke’s vision. There are times when this cut-up effect really has some good effects but then others when it just begins to sound rather piecemeal.
There is no question that each individual member is extremely talented and knows their instrument backwards and frontwards, though I think Amberola’s sound would benefit from group writing sessions, which would seriously change up the dynamic of the band.
Overall, Rock n Rolla is an impressive debut and look forward to their evolution. Recommended