- Eclectic Americana and alt-country from Melbourne, Australia
- New album ‘Le Rayon Vert’ is grabbing great reviews
- Latest video for ‘Stoner’ features some of Melbourne’s up-and-coming actors
- ‘Let it Rain’ video shot in London by award-winning production team Other Brother Studios
- Recently back from a huge 15-date tour of Germany and Switzerland
- Australian album launch – Northcote Social Club – Sunday 7 April
“The fast-paced, gun-slinger sound makes ‘Let it Rain’ the perfect
outlaw track” -Music News Today
“A drive through Route 66 in a 1976 Eldorado Cadillac
whilst the sun sets” -Rock on the Radar
“Le Rayon Vert is a masterpiece that captivates from the first to the last note – it’s a gripping mix of desert-hot Americana, atmospheric indie,
and elegantly rumbling garage rock” -Country Music News International
“Webb’s voice takes the most emotional role – alone his earthy, scratchy
timbre would be enough to fill a dozen albums” -Soultrain
“Stoner caught our ear with its noir verses and power pop on codeine chorus. It’s lush and swooning in the way its glides and soars at different times” –Post To Wire
“Since 2007, Webb has been delighting his fans worldwide with this quaint mixture that hardly any other artist has perfected so well” -Metalglory
“Like John Mellencamp on drugs” -Darkstars
“Le Rayon Vert is an album for those who are cosmopolitan, like to have variety and want to chill every now and then” -Crossfire Metal
“At a later hour, after an eventful party evening, it’s just perfect listening” -Metalogy
About new album Le Rayon Vert
Le Rayon Vert is the new album from Melbourne alt-country singer-songwriter Rich Webb, further exploring his offbeat tales with a house band from a dusty Australian roadhouse porch.
Rich’s rasping vocals and sweet melodies will drag you on a road trip of the band’s own creation. If it feels cinematic, it’s because it’s meant to be:
“The bulk of the album was recorded in France which definitely influenced our thinking, and Le Rayon Vert is a French film we liked way back when. The premise behind it is that if you see the green ray as the sun goes down you will be able to read the mind of the person you are with, and they will be able to read yours.
“It’s like looking into an apartment block and being able to see eleven individual stories happening at the same time – we set out to shed a little light on each and to try and reach a level of understanding along the way.”
Le Rayon Vert was recorded by David Odlum (formerly of The Frames) in France last year and by Arno Jordan and Wolfgang Manns in Germany. It was produced and mixed by multiple BAFTA winner Howard Bargroff, known not only for his music work but also for his film and TV successes on shows such as Sherlock, The Night Manager and Ripper Street.
Mastering was by Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton/Tom Waits) at Infrasonic Mastering, Nashville.
First single is the fabulous Let it Rain, a jostling, vibrant affair with styling guitars, distorted banjo and theremin. It’s about wanting an absolute deluge right now to wash away this all-pervading crap we are in. The follow-up is Stoner, which comes packing a video shot in one of Melbourne’s music institutions, The Thornbury Theatre.
The ‘Le Rayon Vert’ album launch will be at the Northcote Social Club – Sunday 7 April – matinee – $10 entry + supports. Tickets here.
Previous Rich Webb release The Girl Who Laughed Too Much scored 4* in Rolling Stone, while follow-up Overboard topped that in Europe.
Rich Webb has delivered roaring shows from the large (Amsterdam’s Melkweg and Germany’s Saarbrucken Castle), to the small (and superbly elegant Café Vinyl, Germany and London’s What’s Cookin’), to venues less travelled (KAMA, Kampot, Cambodia and Turning Point at the top of a German mountain somewhere).
You may have seen them recently in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands or Cambodia, and we doubt you would forget it if you had.
Make sure you catch them this time too.
“An electric blend of Americana and garage rock, with a sprinkle of country rock with some scorching riffs” – PureGrainAudio
New Rich Webb single Stoner is spinning across Australia, Germany and the UK. It’s the follow-up to Let it Rain which proved an absolute blast. Both tracks are from new Rich Webb album Le Rayon Vert.
Rich Webb worked closely with Visual Culture to deliver the video for Stoner. It was filmed in Melbourne at The Thornbury Theatre and St Georges Motor Inn in Thornbury and features some great Melbourne actors.
“Expect primal, country-tinged dirty rock, devil’s rib bone rhythms and scorching leads strung like delicious party lights around Webb’s offbeat story-telling” – Rock on the Radar
“A steamship trip on the Mississippi, at times a road movie, at times an ode to love, and at times no nonsense rock and roll” –Musicheadquarter
“Like a Tarantino soundtrack” –Beat Magazine
“Thumping alterno rock and tender urban balladry” –Time Out, London
Rich Webb are:
Rich Webb – vocals, guitar
Phil Wakemen – guitar, keyboards, vocals
George-Savva Georgiou – bass, double bass, vocals
David Eugene Webb – drums, accordion
Germany / Netherlands / Switzerland: Manuel Klemm / Zeroblues – email@example.com
Germany radio: Alisa Sieland / Medialuchs – firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia: Rich Webb / All Killer Music – email@example.com
UK: Dave Webb / All Killer Music – firstname.lastname@example.org
Words about previous Rich Webb albums:
* Low-key, darkly glamorous tales of lost love and infidelity. Subba-Cultcha, UK
* An album of gorgeous contradictions and effervescent intensities. InPress, Melbourne
* Wonderfully inventive – employing a kind of narrative storytelling that transcends the usual form of song. Across the Tracks, 3PBS, album of the week
* Desert rock, capturing the concept of Australiana completely – like a trip through the outback where you are continually fascinated by the scenery as it richly unfolds. Melodie & Rhythmus, Germany
The Beautiful World album delivered two radio singles in Germany – Gone Gone Gone and title track Beautiful World which was used by the German anti-nuclear organisation .ausgestrahlt.
* Classy package from olde M-Town. Rolling Stone, Australia
* Subliminal, dangerous, impending and mystic. Angehort, Germany
* Tracks like ‘Move on Over’ and ‘Burn in Hell’ demonstrate Rich Webb’s commanding presence … his husky dry voice resonating amongst a sea of howling guitars and deliberate, solid bass lines. Rough Trade, UK
* Not only has it got everything you need if you want to plunge overboard but it’s also like some sort of art statement from which it’s difficult to leave. Bremer Stadtillustrierte, Germany
* From the opening song Gone Gone Gone, they lifted the mood in the hall … this band were celebrated. Hessisch Niedersächsische Allgemeine
* A trip into the bittersweet world of country, the Antipodean way. David McComb rest in peace. Hope & Anchor, London
* Howlingly good, dark-hued Aussie popmeister. London Evening Standard
* In a humorous and charming way, Webb knew how to make the audience dance and laugh in the full vaulted cellar, Die Rheinpfalz, Germany
* In addition to rousing music, Rich Webb ensured good entertainment, presenting a mix of garage and indie rock with tons of Americana sound, that could not better fit the Kassel scene bar. Joe’s Garage review HNA, October 2018.