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Kickstarter Ritual is a stoner-influenced rock’n’roll band. The power trio led by a drummer singer has a unique style: a balanced bitter mixture of blues, leather, stoner rock, long hair, punk and heavy metal played at high speed, framed in a mystique reverse triangle of head-banging heads and wavy hair. It was the year 2013. Drummer Fortu decided to put together a project that could combine his love for rock and roll and the catchiness of fast, sharp rhythms. That’s how Kickstarter Ritual were born. Fortu was already well known in the Northern Italian scene as cofounder of the glam metal band Houston, back in 2005. After several auditions, Francesco, from stoner band Shloost, became the bass player. Straight after him, Goran came on board: a raw, hardcore guitarist well known in the punk scene. At the beginning, the guys were looking for a full time singer, however, while practicing, they realised they did not need one, as drummer Fortu was already doing a pretty damn good job: with time, the stylistic choice of having a drummer singer became Kickstarter Ritual’s signature.
The power trio developed biting sounds, halfway between punk, rock and heavy metal. Lyrics
talk about ancient curses or late drunkenness, about jumping on your bike and riding away. A year later, Black Mama EP was released: four aggressive tracks, recorded live at high volume. The record was quite popular and the band managed to get a handful of gigs without quitting the songwriting process.
Sounds became more refined and complex, so the trio released a catchy single for Christmas 2015: Cooperate. This song is a steady, sharp, galloping tune with a singalong chorus: still one of the main tracks at their live shows. The single featured the cover from Danzig, Mother, on the B side. The sound spectrum went wider with blues and garage influences from the Stones and The Hellacopters.

“Ready to Take a Ride”

Kickstarter Ritual
“Ready to Take a Ride”
[April 23, 2018]

heavy metal, hard rock

Piacenza, Italy

Label / Booking:
Burning Minds Group  / Atomic Stuff



When, in summer 2016, Francesco leaves the band, Goran and Fortu did not stop rehearsing:

after a couple of months they found a new bass player. Juliusz, founder member of the glam rock band Hollywood Pornostar, as well as classical musician and opera singer, brought in the mix more sound contaminations and the band begun to write again.
Kickstarter Ritual started recording their first LP, Ready to Take a Ride, in may 2017: the band did not lose its raw approach and sound and they managed to create an album that, with its eleven tracks, travels through several genres. It breaks categorisations and it proposes a powerful straight forward rock and roll, chromed with catchy pop sounding melodies. As soon as the album was available in hard copy, Kickstarter Ritual embarked on their first three weeks European tour.
As soon as they came back from the tour, guitar player Goran officially announced his
decision to part ways with Kickstarter Ritual. This might have determined the end of
Kickstarter Ritual. However, despite this misadventure, Fortu and Juliusz did not give up. They’d rather play as a duo than cancelling shows already booked. The fan base grew stronger and closer to the two members thanks to this display of heart and determination.
Gaby, cofounder of Houston with Fortu, just arrived from Australia after almost a decade away from Italy. The two friends met each other again and destiny did the rest. Juliusz switched to guitar, with Gaby taking on the role of bassist. The new formed power-trio is technically more advanced, sharper and tighter: the album is selling fast, and the growing fan base is vibrating and energetic. Kickstarter Ritual’s future is bright: Fortu, Juliusz and Gaby are willing to do anything to smash it and bring their music to as many people as possible.

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Kickstarter Ritual
Label / Booking / Press:

Atomic Stuff
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