Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Koit Raudsepp Show Tonight

6 p.m. tonight (April 29th, GMT +2) Andres will be appearing on the Koit Raudsepp show on national broadcasting's pop station R2. Listen in real time here or find it from the archives after the show - scroll down to "TEISIPÄEV | 29. APRILL 2014" and click on "18:00 Koit Raudsepp".

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Album Review: "Raw, Lyrical & Swinging"

The first "Trad.alt.blues" review is in! Nathan Nörgel writes in the German Wasser-Prawda webzine: "...It is clear why Andres Roots is considered one of the best guitarists in his homeland and on the European underground blues scene: from start to finish, the creative tension between his instrument and Terep's drums is palpable. At times raw and to the point, at times lyrical and swinging, they perform their ideas without wasting a minute on mindless strumming."

Read the full thing here - yes, it's in German - and don't forget: the album itself is available for free download here for two more weeks!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rapla Pics & Tallinn This *Friday*!

IMPORTANT: Roots & Terep's Buffalo Bar & Grill show in Tallinn has just been rescheduled to Friday, April 18th - that's this Friday!!! Free entry, music starts 9 p.m. 

Below are some of the great pics Siim Andrespok took last weekend at Linna Pea Rock in Rapla.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rapla Tonight!

Roundabout are in Rapla tonight, "opening" for Riho Sibul at the Linna Pea Rock festival. Meanwhile, don't forget - Roots & Terep's duo album is only available as a free download until May the 8th!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's A Live!

Roots & Terep in Liverpool. Photo by Martin Eessalu.
Yes, the free download was activated at midnight: you can get your own free mp3 copy of the live album "Trad.alt.blues" by following this link. Enjoy!

P.S. You may also want to go and 'like' this Facebook page - that's where the chance to win a free and signed CD version of the album will be announced later today ;) 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions About the New Album

1. Why is "Trad.alt.blues" not a Roundabout album?

Because it's just Andres Roots & Raul Terep playing on it.

2. Andres and Raul - are you guys Spanish?

No, we're Estonian. And yes, those are our real names.

3. Why did you decide to perform and record as a duo?

We didn't, really - it's just that the line-up of Andres Roots Roundabout changed over Christmas, with bassist Peeter Piik replacing guitarist Martin Eessalu as the third member of the group; and then Peeter ended up in hospital right before we were due to go on the road with Finland's Devil Box. Martin would have helped us out but he was on the road with MOduo, and thus we had two options: do the shows as a duo, or cancel. We hate to cancel.

When Antti Alanko of Devil Box told us he was going to tape their performances and asked if we'd like him to record our shows as well, we said yes: we'd only had time for one quick rehearsal and had been wondering what it all sounds like. The idea to make an album out of it only occurred when we heard the tapes back and went "Hmm..."

4. Why does it sound like a field recording?

Because that's what it is, essentially, and that's part of the reason we like it so much - we had been thinking about putting out something rougher and not studio-produced for quite some time, and this was the perfect opportunity. It's a one-track stereo recording made from the audience, so there wasn't even anything to mix. Field recordings are cool!

5. Was there an octaver used to enhance the bass frequencies?

No, Andres has never used an octaver. He does favour the open G tuning on his guitar, which goes pretty low, and for the duo shows, the guitar signal was split between a bass amp and a guitar amp. But it's still just guitar and drums you hear throughout "Trad.alt.blues".

6. If there's no bass, why is there a bass solo on "Legacy Blues"?

Because there are no limits to our arrogance and temptation is a terrible thing...?

7. Why is it called "Trad.alt.blues" - and which is it then?

Both, and possibly neither - quite a bit of it *is* blues, though. The title was in fact suggested by Steve Lury long before these recordings were made - we had been discussing the fact that in Estonia, our music is always pictured as "very traditional", whereas abroad it's usually labelled as "alternative".

8. Why is there a waltz on the album?

There was a tango on the last one, wasn't there? But really, what would you do when you get a request for "House of the Rising Sun" and you really don't like taking requests?

9. Are you going to continue as a duo or a trio and how is Peeter?

Peeter is fine and we'll be appearing as a trio on April 12th at the Linna Pea Rock festival in Rapla and on May 8th at the Tartu Jazz Club. But we'll also be continuing as Roots & Terep - the next duo show is in Tallinn on April 19th at the Buffalo Bar & Grill.

10. Are you planning to release "Trad.alt.blues" as a regular CD album?

Not at present. The free download will be available from April 6th to May 8th; if there's still a lot of interest beyond that, we may consider it. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Trad.alt.blues Is Coming :)

Indeed: the free download live bootleg will be released via this very website on April 6th and contain the following tracks: Bullfrog Medley, Moby Duck, Greengrass Stomp, Wagon Swing, Pärnu Hambone, Build Me A Statue, Django, Legacy Blues, Funky Rooster, and Tartu Hambone.

In addition to the free download, there will also be a chance to win CD copies of the album, signed by the band. Details of the competition will be revealed on the Andres' Facebook page on April 6th, winners announced and CD's shipped out on May 9th. 

The live album "Trad.alt.blues" by Andres Roots & Raul Terep will remain available as a free download until May 8th, when Roots, Terep & bassist Peeter Piik appear live at the Tartu Jazz Club as Andres Roots Roundabout.