“The Cole twins can do no wrong. Birthed from quarantine, Wall is monstrously heavy instrumental sludge, drawing in the groove and crush the brothers of Desert Storm and The Grand Mal are known for. Wall is its own beast, however, a rumbling behemoth of growling doom and visceral drumming that sets a benchmark for heavy two-pieces”. – The Doom Charts
APF Records is delighted to announce the release of WALL’s sophomore EP Vol. 2 on 30th July 2021. First single The Tusk hit Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube and all streaming sites today. Listen to it here: https://wallbandrocks.bandcamp.com/
Elliot and Ryan Cole have been stalwarts of the international stoner doom scene since they formed Desert Storm almost 15 years ago in their home town of Oxford, releasing five albums with that band and touring Europe like dogs ever since. They are two parts of the quintet which is The Grand Mal, also signed to APF Records, whose self-titled debut was released in 2019.
Their latest project Wall was conceived during lockdown. Frustrated at not being able to tour, and stuck at home together, Elliot and Ryan found themselves seeking a substantially creative way to kill the boredom. The debut eponymous five track EP was released by APF Records on 15th January 2021, chock full of Iommi-worshipping instrumental sludge doom. The homage to Black Sabbath was manifest in an electrifying cover of Electric Funeral, featuring vocals by The Grand Mal’s Dave-O. Wall entered the Doom Charts at number 10, and was met with acclaim in the stoner doom underground.
Now, a mere six months later, Wall unleash Vol 2. Once again recorded with Jimmy Hetherington at Shonk Studios, this second effort leans more towards the classic US rock the lads grew up on. It features a cover of Karma To Burn’s Nineteen, released as a tribute to Elliot and Ryan’s friend Will Mecum who sadly passed away in May. The Cole twins other band Desert Storm and Karma To Burn had toured the UK together on several occasion, becoming firm buddies on the road.
About Nineteen, the Cole Brothers say “We recorded it a few months ago in lockdown as a way of saying thanks, and showing our appreciation for one of our favourite bands - true pioneers of the genre and an inspiration to many. It feels right to share it now with the sad news of his passing. It's been an honour knowing you, Will. Rest in peace".
Wall tour the UK with The Grand Mal in August:
12.8.21 : Banbury – The Wheatsheaf
13.8.21 : Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
14.8.21 : Bolton – The Alma Inn
15.8.21 : Blackpool – Waterloo Music Bar
16.8.21 : Hull – Gorilla Studios
17.8.21 : Bradford – Al’s Juke Bar
18.8.21 : London – The Black Heart
19.8.21 : Gloucester – The Dick Whittington
20.8.21 : Swansea – The Bunkhouse
21.8.21 : Oxford – The Wheatsheaf
Pre-orders are open now in the APF website store.
"A guaranteed foot-stomper throughout thanks to its ballsy riffs and relentless rhythms, WALL‘s debut is exactly what we need as the hangover from 2020 subsides; a no-nonsense, well brewed shot of fuzzed out warmth and buzzing adrenaline to chase those winter blues away" - Jay Hampshire / Distorted Sound
"What we have here is just less than twenty-five minutes of music with no pretensions, no questions of ‘how do we out-heavy Band X?’... This is music that is written and performed for the sheer love of it, and that’s why it’s such a great record to listen to." – The Sleeping Shaman
"For those who worship at the altar of Tony Iommi, Wall’s self-titled debut gives your new year the kick start it deservers. Doomy majesty dripping in Iommi inspired riffage!" – The Razor’s Edge
“It’s a 20-minute run, and most of that time is spent engaging full-on aural crush. To what should be the surprise of no one, Mama Cole’s boys have the musical conversation down. Chemistry? They’re brothers. They’ve probably been playing music together since they realized they had ears to hear the noise they were making” – The Obelisk