A Change is coming

I’ve got some good news and some bad news related to Carbellion.

Let start with the bad news…
It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that Stephen Richgruber is leaving Carbellion.
He did not easily come to his decision to leave Carbellion. He spent many years performing in a critical role as a powerhouse bass player at live shows, touring from Wisconsin to California. Additionally Steve ...was a key contributor to the songwriting process starting with the material on the original AMERICAN HEAVY ROCK demo released in 2005 through the HEADLINER EP released in July 2013. Ultimately he has decided to pursue new musical avenues. He will continue to play lead guitar in his other band, Last Call Trio, along with Carbellion’s Brandon Bauer on bass.
Steve has been a brother to all of us and will continue to be after his departure. Please join us in wishing him all the best. Steve will only be performing live three more times with Carbellion. Fortunately for all of us these are three great shows to ride out on that you don’t want to miss.
5/22- McAuliffe’s Pub in Racine, WI-Outshine’s US tour kick off show w/Carbellion & Imperial Fall.
5/23- Inferno Nightclub in Madison, WI- Outshine’s US tour w/Carbellion, Subatomic, & TBA
5/24- VibeZ in Sheboygan, WI- Carbellion, Outshine, Subatomic, & Imperial Fall. This is Carbellion’s first show back home in Sheboygan since July 2013. This is Steve’s final show with Carbellion as well.

Let’s finish with some good news…
At VibeZ on 5/24 Steve will be handing off the bass to Carbellion’s newest member Matthew Danbeck as they are splitting the live set that night. We’ve known Matt for several years through gigging with his past bands such as Mr. Deagun Jones and Enemy Star. He comes to us with a great deal of band experience going back to when he played bass in Milwaukee’s Big Dumb Dick through his current role in the Motley Crue tribute band, Motley Brue. Not only is Matt an amazing bass player but he is one of us as he understands what American Heavy Rock is all about; respect, work ethic, showmanship, morality, pride, and hard f’n rock music. He will be playing out the remainder of the Outshine US tour dates starting with the hand off at VibeZ and continuing on from there. Matt has already been learning and rehearsing songs going back to the Villain LP. Additionally he has started working with us in writing new material that we are looking to record this summer for a Fall release.
In summary, with bad news comes good news and we are excited to turn over the next page in Carbellion’s quest to bring American Heavy Rock to the people. This October Carbellion celebrates its 10 year anniversary and there are discussions around a special release on vinyl with some new material and some classics along with a big release show to celebrate it. We are finally almost set on a European tour in early 2015 as well. So crack open a bottle, turn up the volume, and hold on for dear life as we are ready to take it up a notch once again…


And the Winter rolls on...
We had a great time this last Saturday out at Drifters in Paddock Lake! It was a little lighter than I would have expected in attendance but with the bad weather and being right after Xmas and New Year's Eve it wa...s actually pretty good. As always our friends and fans that came out made it feel great along with the locals that were hanging out at bar. Real Knives opened it up with a great groove rock set that primed us up just perfect for our two sets that followed. We really dug playing with those guys and definitly will again soon. We've got another handful of Wisconsin gigs getting setup so keep your ears peeled to know when to come kick it with us.

Skull to the Road 2013- Tour Blog- Diary of a Drummer


Diary of a drummer Skull to the Road Tour 2013,

The first day of our trip is really a testament of what Carbellion stands for. It is American Heavy Rock swagger  and  our “us against the world attitude”. We get in the van, drive all the way across the country, and it does not matter 20 people or 2000 people we deliver the same show.  

We have heard the term travel day from time to time from other bands meaning that they take a day to drive to a show,  get a good night of rest, and play the show the next night. We however are wired a little bit different.  We drive, stop to eat only twice in a 24 hour period, and play a show a few hours with next to no sleep. We think if we are to take time from our normal lives to do this you should get in front of as many people as you can.

Enough rambling, we met up with our Swedish counterparts, The Outshine, that had flown into Houston and drove down to Austin (about 4 hour drive). It was like seeing your family for the first time in a year. Man, I really love these guys and look forward to seeing them every time. This time was the same as every other time except a different singer for Outshine no EJ. Sorry but it will take me some time to get over him not being around and I do wish him the best of luck on wherever life takes him. With that being said they found their replacement and he really is a perfect fit for what these guys are trying to do musically and a great down to earth easy going guy with Micke. We all think that they were just trying to find a guy that looks like Brandon. lol Also the Swedes brought Kalle with them ,their band manager, who is again just a great guy.

From there we went to the hotel and had a couple beers with smiles from ear to ear talking about gear and trading war stories of shows past, the mini-tour, and how much fun we are going to have.  Next we had to get to Holy Mountain which is just off Sixth Street in Austin. Unloaded our gear and started trying to figure out who was using what gear as we are semi-sharing equipment for the whole tour. Mike Nachos and Jacob “Izzy Awesome” Delmont worked on setting up the merchandise booth and tour display which I need to thank Chris Kellenberger and Steve Richgruber for a beautiful job once again. Brandon, Jimmy and I went to scout out food and walked by a few other clubs we had played at before to see what our competition was for the night. The old Headhunters Bar (not too many people) was fun to look at after watching Bar Rescue (now called “Metal and Lace”). Room 710 is now a different place also but not many in there either. We grabbed some hot dogs from a lunch wagon and started making our way back. When we got back we noticed not too many at our place either but South by Southwest Music festival was just last week and we were told everyone in town gets pretty exhausted after a week of hundreds of bands rolling through town. Also we were competing with the college basketball tournament. First band of the night was Inkblot- good riffing and drums, not hot on the singer but I get what they were trying to do. The screaming cookie monster vocals don’t do it for me (sorry, just my opinion) Next Outshine hit it and hit it hard. I think we were more nervous than Outhshine because Micke in our opinion had some big shoes to fill by replacing EJ. If there is one thing I learned about Outshine It is that Jimmy, Fredrick, and Rey are not going to half ass anything. Again we were impressed with this kid Micke. I call him a kid ‘cause the fucker is 9 years younger than me. He did a great job.  A few more nights and he will own It, I can tell. We got up there and tore it up. Keep in mind the work and time that goes into preparing and setting up a tour like this. To finally let her rip is a great feeling. Big booming P.A. that made my drums turn into an acoustic onslaught of power you could hear a few blocks away seeing as we were playing semi- outside. Nothing like playing outside in the middle of winter sorry to everyone back home to say but it was a beautiful 70 degrees when we hit the stage. Sabbath Crow went on next. This would be the 3rd time playing with these guys and Jay’s powerful display of tastefully hammering out licks on his guitar. We’ve all determined that he is a man possessed and instead of speaking he gives it to you through his guitar and then does his haunting yet cleaver vocal over the top. This is a real treat to say the least while Kristin hold’s down the groove with a badass Rickenbacher bass. The new drummer  we met fits like a glove with his heavy hitting style is a great addition to an already great group of rock veterans. We got back to the hotel and had a small party in the parking lot (security only came twice not bad). Bed at 4:30AM up at 10AM to shower, and hit up the world famous Texas Chili Parlor (2nd time there). I know we will all be fighting for the toilet later but it is what it is.

Thanks for tuning in and your support,

-Jamie Damrow



Hit the road!


We have saddled up in ole faithful and hit the road to Austin to meet up with Outshine to kick off the tour at Holy Mountain thursday nite. see ya there. all dates posted on the calender. thanks for the cookies. 


Skull To The Road Tour 2013 Starts next week!


We are also looking for places to send the new EP for reviews, airplay, promo, spins or whatever.  If you have any suggestions or run a mag, swag, rag, online/college/national/interantional radio of some sort let us know and well get it out to ya!  All we ask if for feedback.  Thanks a ton! BZR


Skull To The Road Tour 2013


3/21- Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain w/ Sabbath Crow
3/22- Ft Worth, TX @ The Rail Club w/ TBA
3/23- San Angelo, TX @ The Deadhorse w/TBA
3/25- Birmingham, AL @ The Nick w/TBA
3/26- Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn w/These City Limits
3/27 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/Nest of Snakes
3/28- Racine, WI @ McAuliffe's Pub w/TBA
3/29- Green Bay, WI @ JD's w/The Body Thief
3/30- Sheboygan, WI @ Speakeasy w/Onset Oblivion and 4 Degree Fix
3/31- Sheboygan, WI @ Champs- Open Jam with Outshine, Carbellion, and friends


Carbellion/Outshine do it again in 2013?


So the rumor is Outshine from Sweden are making their way back to the US for a tour with Carbellion in March.  That rumor is true and this time around we bringing the destruction to many more states!  It's looking like mid March.  Keep your eyes peeled and get your liver ready!


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Work on the new EP rolls on!  We have 5 or 6 songs recorded ( I cant remember right now, lol) with most of the music complete.  Now Cam is heading to Indy in the near future to start laying down Vocal Tracks.  We'll keep ya updated.