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RIPCHAIN @ Recording Nov 2009 - March 2010

Boise, Idaho, USA

Boise, Idaho, USA

RIPCHAIN @ The Grail

Coeur d’ Lane, Idaho, USA

Coeur d’ Lane, Idaho, USA


Pocatello, Idaho, USA

Pocatello, Idaho, USA

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Posted on NOVEMBER 2, 2005:

Bridging the chasm between rock and hardcore ..

By Amy Atkins

I'm implementing a new policy when writing band profiles. I won't write about a band that hasn't been together for at least a year. I put this new requirement in place, because every time I interview a band, one or all of the members says to me at some point, "We are the hardest working band around. We're totally dedicated and we're going to make it work." A band will utter these words to me with such heartfelt sincerity that I am nearly brought to tears. Lo and behold, a month later, this hardworking, committed band has kicked out their lead singer, is looking for a new drummer (only sometimes due to spontaneous combustion) or their bass player has up and moved to California with his pregnant girlfriend. And while breaking up is inevitable for some bands, it always puts my Underoos in a bunch when I find out that a band I just wrote about is no more.

I don't have time to write about bands I don't enjoy, appreciate or recognize potential in and, therefore, when I write about a band, I will write nice things about them--something along the lines of, "I like this band. They have something special. I'm sure they will be together for a very long time." Feh. Hence, the one-year rule. If the band has been together that long and then breaks up after I profile them, they are probably as surprised about it as I am. So, when I learned that Ripchain has been together almost two years, I was sure a profile of them would be perfect.

I met with the four members of Ripchain at a bar one of them frequents. Dave Ford, who plays guitar and sings lead is tall with long, wavy hair, a pierced eyebrow and is quick to laugh. Guitarist Joff Stone has short hair, a kind face and looks a little like a soccer dad (with three kids, it may not be far from the truth). Bass player and backup vocalist Dan Garrett is a big, friendly guy who wears his black hair long and straight down his back (sporting a thick black beard and mustache, I have no doubt he's been nicknamed "Bear" at least once in his life). And, finally, drummer Ryan Anderson--he's cute, quiet and has the longest hair of the group. (Note of interest: Anderson invents car parts and then sells them online for a living.)

Soon after meeting them, I was struck by two things: They are four of the nicest guys I've ever met (sorry if this messes with your tough-guy image, dudes) and these guys are a little older than a lot of the other hard-rocking bands in town. I was curious how their age would translate into their music and their attitudes.

Over a round of 20-oz. beers and Journey on the jukebox, I asked if them if making the big time was their ultimate goal. The answer was a resounding yes. The musical influences they look to for inspiration have all become quite successful and the men in Ripchain would be happy for even a portion of that fame and fortune. Stone strums like Zakk Wylde, Ford channels his inner James Hetfield, Anderson rocks a Lars Ulrich/Tommy Lee vibe and Garrett emulates Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler. They treasure their friendships with local bands like 12th of Never, Factory Air, Xex, Frantik, OCD, Black Tooth Grin, Mark of Kain, Thoughtless People and many others. They draw from all of areas of their lives for their music and work together to blend rock, metal and hardcore to create a sound that has familiar elements but is wholly unique to them.

I went on a weeknight to listen to them rehearse in their rented space at the Bomb Shelter. They are very disciplined during rehearsals and set up and play just like they would at a live show. The acoustics are, of course, a little different, and performing in an 11x16 enclosed space to posters of naked women isn't quite the same as head-banging in front of a screaming crowd that includes actual women, but they make as if it is.

They played their entire set list for me, which included seven original songs and two covers. They have taken the Crue's "Looks That Kill" and dramatically slowed it down. Garrett adds a rich, deep baritone to the chorus and their version of the popular tune totally kicks ass. They also do a great version of Prong's "Snap Your Neck." (Note: Ripchain has been asked to open for Prong in February when they come through Boise. Yes, Ripchain is pretty damn excited.)

Each original song they play follows a metal/hardcore song formula but is still completely their own. Ford writes all of their music, but no song is finished or makes it on to their set list without a full group consensus, which is how they do everything in their band. This ability to work so well together and understand each other comes from a genuine feeling of brotherhood among them, but also has to do with the fact they are all in their 30s. They know that the minute one of them acts immature or tries to control the others, it's over if they want to make the whole band thing work, they have to work together as a whole. Just as I decided that these guys are merely a phone call away from a record contract, I found out Anderson has only been with the band since April. Technically, that breaks my one-year rule. But, after meeting Ripchain, I've decided to hell with rules. If this is what hard work, dedication and talent sound like, I guess it doesn't matter how long a band has been together. What matters is that they stay together and I have a really good feeling about Ripchain.

Thursday, November 10, 10 p.m., $2, with guests The 3hundred, The Loft, 622 W. Idaho St. (upstairs).

Tuesday, November 29, 8 p.m., $1, The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St.\?oid=154861

- The Boise Weekly

Posted on SEPTEMBER 7, 2005:

Ripchain (and others), September 10

By Amy Atkins

There's been quite a bit about the Battle of the Bands of late in the Boise Weekly. For good reason. Events like the Battle of the Bands gives local musicians a chance to perform in front of people who might not go out and see them otherwise. And, when bands see each other on stage they are either encouraged to kick it up a notch or give it all up and get a decent day job. One rock/metal band that's determined to spend their days sleeping in and their nights throwing down is Ripchain.

Ripchain are Dave Ford on vocals and guitar, Joff Stone on guitar, Dan Garrett on bass and vocals and Ryan Anderson on drums. A little older than many of the bands that have braved the Core stage over the last couple of weeks, the members of Ripchain have a sense of themselves that can only come from experience.

They list Godsmack as an influence and when you hear them you'll know why. There's some serious guitar grinding going on, but all of the songs I heard have some unique sound. A couple of the songs I listened to on their page were sans lyrics (apparently because they aren't finished) but even they were pretty great. There are eight bands taking the stage on Saturday at the Core (see this week's Noise News or the Music Guide) and I don't want you to miss any of them, but pay close attention to Ripchain. Their songs pay homage to the rock and metal of yore, but have an updated, modern sound that this ex big-hair sporting, ripped jeans and black high-heeled boots wearing, leather jacketed metal fan finds rather appealing.

September 9, 6 p.m., $8, all ages, The Core\?oid=147724 - Boise Weekly

"Ripchain announced their presence before they began playing. A neon-lit assault-rifle was mounted on one of their amps, and their guitars were adorned with camouflage and attached to chain-straps or bandoliers full of bullets. Even before their first song, Ripchain oozed an authentic metal vibe."

"There's no other way to say it: Ripchain took no prisoners. Their Sabbath and Slayer- soaked attack was thick, sincere and never predictable. Ripchain played orc killing, church burning heavy metal, with all of the furious riffing and double bass thunder that entailed.Their slower moments were welcome, too. Atmospheric, eerie and punishing, these passages created images of viking ships crewed by skeleton warriors, rowing toward their own doom."

- The Boise Beat


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In the summer of 2004 a group of metal heads in Boise, Idaho (around 8 o’clock) came together to make some noise. The sound they created is defined as modern hard rock built on a solid foundation of old school heavy metal.

David Sean Ford, a rebel of the old school teachings of Metallica, Slayer and Black Sabbath provides lead vocals and rhythm guitar. His lyrics cut through the mix with clarity and attitude. Joff Stone, a student of Godsmack, Black Label Society and Stuck Mojo handles lead guitar duties and backing vocals. On stage, Stone performs a well-rehearsed “ballet” as he skillfully operates his footswitches, plays guitar and sings. Dan Garrett, inspired by bass players such as Geezer Butler and Geddy Lee was a shoe-in for the role. Reflective of his persona, Garrett’s bass tones are dark and full of mischief. Due to his tall, intimidating stature he was dubbed “ The Saskwatch”. (Not to mention… he’s really hairy.) Tony Cornia rounds out the quartet of mayhem with ferocity and attitude, two qualities that earned him the nickname "The Animal". His tremendous rhythms and thunderous kicks are like a punch to the throat that effectively provide sinister dynamics to every song.

Ripchain’s style emerges from the mix of personalities in the group. All four members share a core belief: IT IS ABOUT THE BAND and IT IS ABOUT THE SONG, it is NEVER about the individual. Arrangements are discussed and ideas are played with. The egos are at the door and the beer is in the fridge.

RIPCHAIN performs dozens of local shows and has been blasting their rhythmic hooks across the Northwest. They've had the privilege of opening for STATIC-X, OTEP and INVITRO on two dates of the Cannibal Killers tour in 2007. They also have opened for BURN HALO, PRONG (twice), OPIATE FOR THE MASSES, BAPTIZED BY FIRE, WEDNESDAY 13, FINGER ELEVEN, BROKEN TEETH, and have shared the RTM stage with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD.