Saturday, March 22, 2014

Live Album & Linna Pea Rock

An "official bootleg" of the recent Andres Roots & Raul Terep duo gigs will be released as a free download on April 6th and will remain available through May 8th. Provisionally titled "Trad.alt.blues", the live album will contain audience recordings made by Antti Alanko on Feb. 20th at Rokibaar Underground in Tartu and on Feb. 21st at the Blue Icicle Festival in Pärnu, including new material, traditional themes, and several Bullfrog Brown and Roundabout numbers.

Roots & Terep @ Solaris, Tallinn. Photo: Haldjapere
"We weren't meant to do those gigs as a duo and we were certainly not planning to make a record, but since the shows were good, Antti taped them, and I'd been thinking about putting out a lo-fi "field recording" type of release for quite some time, this seemed like the perfect opportunity," says Roots. "The title was suggested by Steve Lury and I think it fits the album well: what trad.blues and alt.blues fans share is the belief that everything should be done live and preferably in one take, and that's what this is - it's not even a multitrack recording, so the take is the take and the mix is the mix!"

On March 15th, Roots & Terep played a duo show at Solaris in Tallinn at the Haldjapere fashion show, then joined bassist Peeter Piik for Roundabout's appearance at Pubi Juudas in Tõrva. Roundabout will be back for the Linna Pea Rock festival in Rapla on April 12th; the event's proceeds will go towards the construction of a local recording studio.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gigs & Film Première!

On Saturday, March 15th, Andres Roots & Raul Terep will be playing two short duo sets at Solaris in Tallinn - the first set is to provide music for a kids' fashion show. The Haldjapere event starts at noon.

At midnight - still Saturday - Roundabout will celebrate the return of bassist Peeter Piik with a longer and heavier set at Pubi Juudas in Tõrva. Also appearing: Sibyl Vane. Special offer: come to both shows and get a free CD! :)

And then on Tuesday, March 18th, 4 p.m., the award-winning filmmaker Peeter Simm's new documentary "Eesti Tennis 100" - celebrating 100 years of Estonian tennis - will première in Tartu, at the Estonian Sports Museum. The soundtrack features "Spider Jam" by Andres Roots Roundabout (Ahti Bachblum - organ, Raul Terep - drums, Andres Roots - guitar) and "Narva Road Breakdown" by Bullfrog Brown (Steve Lury - harmonica, Peeter Piik - bass, Andres Roots - guitar). 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: "Found the Magic Button"

In the current issue of KesKus monthly, DJ Pickney Tiger calls "Thee!" an "album that rocks, is full of drive and busting with groove. Somehow Andres has found the magic button, a press of which turns his music into relevant, enjoyable world class blues. If I didn't know the players to be Estonian, I would never believe it - so authentic and natural are all their moves, the slide guitar, the ramming riffs and the storming drums." 6/6, which in KesKus' terms stands for "a classic". Cheers! :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tõrva Show Moved To March 15th!

We have just been informed that Pubi Juudas has changed the date of Roundabout's upcoming Tõrva show with Sibyl Vane to March 15th. Which means there'll be one show in Tallinn at noon and another one in Tõrva (right across the country!) at midnight - and the band are now offering a free CD to any members of the audience who attend both gigs :)