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Guns N’ Roses announce 8 new US Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:08 AM (PST)

GNR have announced new tour dates Stateside for Not In This Lifetime. I am real tempted to sell a leg and get to the Florida date somehow so I can croon along to “Sorry” and “Civil War”, as I have still never gotten to see the band live. Anyhow, new music is also rumored to be on the way and I hope it is in a classic/ hard rock vein like some of the stronger Chinese tracks such as “I.R.S.”, “Street Of Dreams” and “Chinese Democracy” more than the more experimental stuff. I am sure it is gonna have more bite anyway with the current line-up of OG legends and tour tested newer members who slugged it out and earned their keep.

Pre-sale for the new dates starts on June 18 at 10 a.m. local time, with V.I.P. packages available then. General sale begins on June 21 at 10 a.m. local time.
Newly announced tour dates:
Sep. 25 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Oct. 01 – Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
Oct. 07 – Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
Oct. 15 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct. 23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energey Arena
Oct. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Collosseum at Ceasars Palace
Dec. 02 – Las Vegas, NV @ Collosseum at Ceasars Palace

In addition to the above-mentioned shows, GUNS N’ ROSES will make four U.S. festival appearances this fall — Louder Than Life, Austin City Limits, Exit 111 and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

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wahhh…my fans suck and I don’t do nearly enough to condemn their bullshit

CW: A lot of bad shit. 

Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner but I just been busy. I wanted to just live my life and pretend the problem wasn’t as bad as it is but frankly, at this point…fuck you. It is more and more impossible to ignore that the MAJORITY of Stan Culture is extremely toxic, enabling and nihilistic. You think racist black metal trolls are bad? They are. But a lot of the shit pales in comparison to POP culture these days. Like, when did Pop become more nihilistic than the worst elements of the hardcore scene?

A friend who is a teacher the other day was telling me about some four year olds who she caught cornering a frog trying to murder it. They were gleefully laughing. She admonished them and picked it up and rescued it and put it near an empty non-functional pipe where it could escape and one of the kids said ,”I hope it still burns to death.” Frankly, while I know some kids that young don’t have the wits to determine what consequences are real and what is just a game, empathy is still a thing and if you don’t stop sadism like that it festers and can be habit forming. The story honestly made me think of the supporters of numerous pop stars these days.

If you allow nihilism as a social solution of course people will return to it. Ironically, many of them will probably use Frog avatars down the line. Some of them will just gaslight and say you “deserve” it for having an opinion different than them, which in Stan bingo of pathetic overused rhetoric is the box you will check off quickly where they say you are “causing drama”.

As much as I want to bitch about MAGA trolls and Gamergate types though, this article is indeed about Stan culture. Shit has gotten so nihilistic and out of control and NO, I am not gonna dig up “receipts” for everything I mention, assholes. Use your common sense. Anyone with a brain knows and can see daily the shit going on I am gonna talk about. We all know about Nicole Curran getting death threats over nothing. I am just gonna relate stuff I have seen myself or that I know is out there which happened to my partner.

When I was growing up I remember Axl Rose wrote “Get In The Ring”. He called out a lot of people he didn’t like in a song and said he wanted to fight them. In hindsight it is one of the worst songs by one of my favorite bands lyrically (the music kicks ass), and I appreciate how over the years Axl has tried to reform and also move more to the left, vocally opposes Trump and seems like a much better person than he used to be. I also these days CAN admire that he complained himself about who he disliked and didn’t send a mob of people after them.

If you show up to a fight and bring thirty people against one, you are a giant fucking wimp. Even more so if you bring hundreds of trolls and dogpile on someone’s personal Instagram for DAYS or WEEKS or MONTHS for disliking or critiquing your favorite overrated pop star! You got some issues Stan, I think you need some counseling. Err…Get in the ring, motherfucker.

You can make one tweet saying you aren’t crazy about something an artist did or a song and XXXtentacion, Charli XCX fans (the fucking WORST, forget what you heard about the Bey Hive) or other groups will make memes or super sexist psychotic comments bullying you within an inch of your life. They are often WORSE than NRA supporters or Alt-right groups! Seriously, my girlfriend the psych folk artist Globelamp fought for days with a pack of NRA trolls in the wake of her tweeting support for March For Our Lives but even the gun nuts and the right wing incels didn’t get as cruel and dark as some of the stan groups we have tangled with. Yes, I know incels actually murder people. I am just talking about our own experiences.

Globelamp…an actual angel.

There is literally a bingo card of responses you can fill out that you are certain to get from these mob mentality mindless stan dipshits. “Clout”, “drama”, “hater” will all be used against you and if you are, God forbid, a woman with their own opinion numerous people will call you a hoe or a thot or a stripper with no talent.

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Texas boys Blacktop Mojo are a very driven band who are nearing the release of their third grassroots buzz-swell album Under The Sun. These dudes have earned every ounce of their growing popularity with hard work and hard rock focus. A new video for a tune with the same name as the tour “Can’t Sleep” will go public on June 21st the same day the song is available for streaming and downloading and the new full length is expected in September.

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Cherubs announce ‘Immaculada High’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 3:10 PM (PST)

Austin rockers Cherubs have announced their upcoming album Immaculada HighImmaculada High is due out on July 26 via Relapse Records.

Immaculada High will be Cherubs’ 5th studio album.

Cherubs comments on Immaculada High, “This recording feels like the soundtrack to a movie about Mother Nature exacting dark revenge on the nasty homo sapiens. There’s tigers and pigs and wolves crying out of eyes – oh my.”

You can listen to the first single off of Immaculada High, “Sooey Pig” as well as check out upcoming Cherubs shows here.

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From their impending fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE present a new video for the emotive eco-collapse movement, “Bare Shores Bleed.” The video makes is public debut through a premiere at New Noise Magazine as the album nears release through Nefarious Industries next week.

“Bare Shores Bleed” sees WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans on vocals and bass, GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner on vocals, guitar, electronics, harmonica, effects, and field recordings, album performer and producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser) on drums, and features a cast of guest contributions, including guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), vocals from Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), and accordion from Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe). The video was directed and filmed by Brenner.

With the “Bare Shores Bleed” premiere, Evans offers, “Dave mainly wrote this one, but I was really stoked Elizabeth and I sang on it together as the environment is important to both of us. She got me taking care of my health again and has been vegetarian for fifteen years. I also love the nature of where we live in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate, New York and hate that the world is threatened by the careless march of humanity. Also shout out to Jay for spending extra time on mixing this one as there was so much going on. It is thrilling to hear Brett’s chaotic guitar swells, which remind me of nature’s wrath.”

Brenner offers, “Our planet is in peril. We see some of the most devastating ecological disasters happening right in front of our eyes, we watch species go extinct daily, we clear millions of acres of woodlands yearly, and each of us throws thousands of pounds of plastic into the planet each year. We have an administration who hires rapists of the EPA to run it, and legions of ‘Flat Earthers’ and ‘coal rollers’ simply defying science and common sense. Political affiliations aside, we all need air and water. Our planet is the highest priority to all of us, and it saddens me when I see so much abuse of it every day.”

See WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE’s emotional “Bare Shores Bleed” video at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms next Friday, April 26th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where several other songs are streaming HERE and HERE.

Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

Suicide By Citizenship was conceived by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser). In addition to Mike Score, guest contributions from Thomas Andrew Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more are featured throughout the album, which was recorded and mastered by Andersen, who also plays on the entire album, with additional recording by Brenner who created the cover art.

GRIDFAILURE – Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 w/ Zud:
5/01/2019 The Bungalow Bar & Grill – Manchester, NH w/ Anxiety, Wkeah [info]
5/02/2019 Tubby’s – Kingston, NY w/ Parkbench Messiah [info]
5/03/2019 J. B. Lovedraft’s Micropub – Harrisburg, PA w/ Voarm [info]
5/04/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Voarm, Radamanthys [info]

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Spylacopa, the music project formed by Brooklyn based musician and artist John LaMacchia will release a new album on May 14th. The album titled ‘Beneath The Earth That Lies Beneath The Sea’ is a major departure from most of what the project has released to date with more ties to ambient, electronic and experimental music than earlier material which was informed mostly by post-hardcore, progressive rock and post-metal. In regards to the inspiration of the album LaMacchia added “The title of the album came to me first. This looming question of what exists beneath the earth that lies at the bottom of the deepest ocean. It’s a very frightening thought to me and you can certainly hear that in the music. On the contrary it’s fascinating to think how peaceful it might be. This sacred place, unspoiled by humanity. Once I had the title I just kept creating music with it in mind and I wound up with this body of work.”

Part I – Minauros, the first piece of music off of the album is available to stream at the Spylacopa Bandcamp page.
John LaMacchia had this to add about it “Fans of Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin and Autechre might have a thing to say about it.”

Beneath The Earth That Lies Beneath The Sea is available for pre-order through the Spylacopa bandcamp page as well as a limited run of cassette tapes which includes a HIDDEN BONUS TRACK that will not be included with the streaming or download version. It can be pre-ordered direct through Rising Pulse Records or through the Spylacopa bandcamp page.

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Band Spotlight – BES.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 5:46 PM (PST)

Ohio’s Bes are a calamitous racket of alt-rock infused heavy sounds and have recently released the very worth your time Pieces Missing EP. Fans of Torche, Failure or even some KEN Mode will find stuff to latch on to here. I don’t know how intentional it was but I hear a lot of late nineties influence in some of what this band is doing, but paired with an even more aggressive edge befitting our times.

Recommended Track: “Lost It All”. 

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Jørgen Munkeby of Shining is a road warrior and so perhaps his range of experiences has allowed him to learn how to see the humor in the following crappy situation you’ll read about in a second. I had hit him up as part of our preliminary year end coverage to see if he had a
“road story” worth sharing that was funny from this year, considering his band has been tearing it up live in support of awesome new hard rock album Animal. Turns out he had plenty to say but it wasn’t anything a band would usually laugh about. This guy has a good attitude, even when complaining, hahaha.

I’m currently midway on a 6-week release headline tour for Shining’s new album
Animal in Europe. All shows have been great, and it’s been absolutely awesome to see
how well the new songs go down with the audience. We usually open our set with the
songs “Animal” and “My Church”, and from right from the start we see more people singing
along than we’ve ever had in our shows before, which is amazing! But the funniest thing that has happened -or maybe craziest is a more correct word? – is what happened after I broke the neck off my guitar in a show in Marseille, France, last week!

All of the instruments I use, except my saxophone, are pretty new and cheap standard
stuff, because I want to be able to get the same stuff quickly from any store or backline
rental company in case it is delayed by an airline or breaks down on tour. My two guitars
on tour has been a Gibson SG Standard and an Edwards SG guitar, which is basically a
cheap but great Japanese copy of the Gibson SG. The neck of the Edwards guitar
actually broke on the last brutal and physical note on a song during a show in
Netherlands two years ago, but was later repaired.

On the last note of our song “The Madness And The Damage Done” during our Marseille
show last week, I felt that I had been a bit controlled during the whole show because of
a bruised rib I got during a show in Paris a week before. I was missing a little bit of action and physicality,so I decided to make the last note of the song a big and aggressive one, and I raised my guitar high before the note and signaled to the band that we were going to play a heavy ending when I brought the guitar down. But during that heavy downward motion my guitar snapped in two pieces just like it had done two years ago.

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One of my favorite gosh darn honest REAL rock n roll bands, The Compulsions have been kicking out blues influenced, skinned knuckles fiery albums for awhile now. With an emphasis on songwriting you don’t see enough of anymore hog-tied to a sense of sly humor, the NYC brainchild of Rob Carlyle continues to astound. I HATE when people say rock is dead when we should be blaming the dumb fucks who decided to kill rock radio and push crap instead. Of course people are gonna be more into what they hear every god damn day! How about we remind people of the power of guitar and real dedication?

The Compulsions narrowed thirty songs down to the ten that will be featured on Ferocious. Bumblefoot, Frank Ferrer and other big scene talents like Nicki Richards and Earl Slick have all played a part in recent Compulsions doings, so be sure to check out the finished project when it drops! We will keep you posted.

 

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Album Review: Clutch – “Book Of Bad Decisions”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 1:20 PM (PST)

Not liking Clutch is kind of like not liking chocolate or beer. I mean, the second is fine if you are straight edge or in recovery or whatever but otherwise you pretty much just played yourself. To be fair, I firmly have never met a Clutch song whether angry or goofy that I did not love. They are incredibly consistent even when settling into the veteran stage of their hard won (in the truest, road dog sense) career. They have made an investment in their fans and given us gold time and time again. While you can critique any artist, when it comes to Clutch their is always very little to nothing to complain about. I mean, I don’t know them on a personal level but as a fan they are they most rewarding band I have ever followed for decades. What I am trying to say is, they may have had a lot of jager here and there but they certainly haven’t made that many bad decisions career wise.

Book Of Bad Decisions continues the band’s long winning streak. Some people thought it was a little more tame or a bit too long but to me that is kind of like having extra helpings of a good meal. You binge at first and then settle in for a slow extra course and a big grin digestion stupor. Whether slow or fast, aggro or jam focused, Clutch are only adding to their still super potent live range. “H.B. Is In Control” is probably their most knowing wink thrill ride Neil Fallon as madcap ringmaster tune since the underrated From Beale Street To Oblivion record. Hollered vocals, amazing blues and stoner influenced riffs and the impeccable distinctive drumming we know and love are all present.

“Gimme The Keys” is already a newfangled anthem with the band hitting hard. It is also rad to hear some Hammond on this record as well as brass. Some people think the Vance Powell production was a bit too big and clean but I didn’t hear that. It sounded great on big speakers and the band are too tasteful to ever have shitty tones or sub par material. It might not be worn into your fibers like the S/T classic songs but, like Black Sabbath, that doesn’t mean later day songs on 13 or Bad Decisions were somehow super terrible inherently. Any band that can hit the 12 album stretch and still write stuff as freedom loving and witty as “Weird Times” and awesome or sly as “How To Shake Hands” is probably made up of a group of miracle workers. It is incredible these guys have been at it so long and still are in such control of their sound and not pushed around by labels, still cranking out killer albums like Psychic Warfare or this new baby and still reminding us that rock n roll can rebirth us on a Quantum level.

 

Hey friends. As a non binary trans person who struggles with PTSD and even keel mood regulation, the news is getting to me and I am taking a break for a few days to decompress and focus on working my day jobs, not despairing and spending time with my girlfriend (the singer Globelamp ) and our cat, Lil Puff. We played Albany last night (no cat involved) sharing a bill at Pauly’s Hotel with this upbeat melodic punk band Lame Brains from Germany (I know that name is kinda ableist but they were a fun kind of goofy punk band from Berlin and very cool guys) and I am still sleepy. I also might catch up on Man In The High Castle Season 3 but that also seems a little fatiguing with all the god damn Nazis out there right now in real life.

From the transphobic Absu news to Mina from Life Of Agony telling the depressing reasons Sal is really out of the band (I remember sadly defriending the guy after he complained on Facebook months back about anti-Trump protesters. Think I defriended Ross The Boss for pro Trump posts in the same god damn week, bummer) to Kat leaving Agoraphobic Nosebleed to these press attacks from the crook “president”, I am feeling wiped out but trying to hold fast. Sending so much love to you all who fight the good fight.

October came and flew by faster than a bat fleeing Ozzy or Dracula late to dinner. Yeah, I know those are both pretty candy, corny statements. Oh man, haha. I am so cool. Just kidding. Anyway, my top 4 of October are all major bangers. Before I list my top 4 I want to say PLEASE purchase the inspiring WOMAN 2 comp (love that Ghoul opener!!!), which only doesn’t make the list as I am listing top full length original albums for October, not compilations.

1.Super Unison – Stella was by far my favorite album this month. “I wanna be as strong as you, wind in your hair/free…” Phenomenal post hardcore record featuring  Meghan O’Neil (formerly of PUNCH) on bass and vocals, Kevin DeFranco on guitar, and Justin Renninger (formerly of Snowing) on drums.I will be covering this to a more in depth degree in the coming days. It is exceptional, raw and cathartic but very skilled. Steve Albini tracked it and it makes me feel about fifteen years younger, in a good way. This is so inspiring to hear a band play with so much heart and conviction in a time when it is so easy to want to go numb instead.

2. Glacial Tomb S/T: A complete monster. So much excitement in one album and perhaps the strongest debut of 2018 for metal. Interview with the band HERE. 

3. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want – A dynamic and poetic carnival, frenzied and insightful in the same breath. “The Flammable Man” and “Long Road, No Turns” zoom out from the speakers like hidden bee swarms while “The Reason They Hate Me” is lurching and menacing in a busy way that evokes chaotic times. This album is an incredible experience and one of the most unique of the year in terms of calamitous cacophony that doesn’t over clutter somehow, but you wouldn’t expect anything less. Comeback is an understatement. “Satan In The Wait” is one of the best songs this group of malcontents have ever conjured from their unlimited well of contradictions, a sad siren dirge for 2018.

4. Shining – Animal : I was chatting online with J. Munkeby from Shining the other day (disclaimer- we are friendly and he was on my last album Brave Hours on the opening cut) and he said how he feels like the new Shining album is kind of the most provocative thing they could do right now after so much time doing weird music. “It’s pretty much upside-down, and a bit surrealistic that making simpler or more commercial music is the best way to provoke,” he said. I am sure he won’t mind me including that here. Shining have managed to make a complex party rock record that doesn’t suck.

I always liked the sort of European piss taking element of even early Shining like the experimental stuff that was borderline Mr. Bungle at times, but this album kind of reminds me of how Boris subverts rock cliché on some of their most popular records (Pink comes to mind). While this sounds way more like mainstream industrial rock than the chaotic rock clamor of Boris, Shining are smart and cheeky and also the album tackles serious elements as well. It is always better in my opinion when a band with real underground ties like these guys, Audioslave, Monster Magnet or the aforementioned Life Of Agony can have a big rock crossover moment and flirt or conquer with the mainstream or any charts, because it can only help to hopefully make the bigger world out there a fraction smarter (always worth it). Some American critics are probably to “cool” to get some of this but it is their loss.

 

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America’s greatest hard rockers Clutch are back with a new platter of joy, Book Of Bad Decisions (out now). One of the most consistently awesome bands in rock history with not a single bad album in their discography, Clutch are a shining beacon of real rock n roll straddling a sewer of Maroon 5’s floating down the stream to Hell.

All ticket links are available at www.pro-rock.com.

Thu/Dec-27 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Fri/Dec-28 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sat/Dec-29 Portland, ME @ Aura
Sun/Dec-30 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Mon/Dec-31 Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium at Temple Live

Jean-Paul Gaster on the package said “We are very excited to have our friends Lionize, The Mike Dillon Band and The Messthetics be a part of this year’s Clutch Holiday Run. Each band brings something special to the bill and with so many great players in one place there’s bound to be some surprises. Come out early and celebrate with us!”

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Gilby Clarke embarks on a string of headline dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1:29 PM (PST)

 

Rockers! We got cool news, Gilby Clarke of GNR/MC5 association is heading out in a comet blaze on a short run of headliner tour dates. Clarke is one of the baddest mofos out there in the guitar wars trenches and we suggest you go.  The Gilby Clarke band is a well-oiled three-piece that comprises of Gilby Clarke (vocals/guitar), EJ Curse (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums).

Clarke joined Guns in the early 90’s as the Use Your Illusion tour kicked off. He appeared on the bands Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 & Greatest Hits albums. Surviving the longest tour in history – Clarke went solo & came out swinging with PawnShop Guitars. A catalog of rock n roll purity: Tijuana Jail, Cure Me… Or Kill Me… & The Stone’s Dead Flowers put this record on many year-end top 10 lists.

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Greta Van Fleet‘s anticipated debut opens with a number that reminds me of Jethro Tull meets Muse, a dramatic blend of classixc rock and proggy influences before the more patented blues rock side of the band’s sound carries “Age of Man” forward. While the record could have charged forth with reckless abandon it makes sense in a way that the group, often compared to Led Zep, wanted to drop you notice that you are in for the long haul and this is an album lovers album. The mid paced majestic march of the song is very well done and shows the band’s hype is now bearing more tangible long term fruit. Still, for all the albums merits I can’t help but wonder how a new band doing more of an original sound would fare if they had the same financial support and marketing push as these guys.

Anthem Of The Peaceful Army indeed has a GREAT mix and the group manage to capture their soulful and youthful energy to a terrific degree. It sounds amazing even on my shitty cheap computer speakers, like you are hearing something IMPORTANT. Everyone did a great job and fans of the band are going to be thrilled. It sucks that a friend of mine wasn’t able to see them recently because bots purchased all the tickets in seconds and marked them up for Stub Hub, but the potential of having a live experience is different than what we are talking about today…the album itself. The Plant and Page mimicry finally comes on thick in second track “The Cold Wind” and if you are gonna hang with this band you are just gonna have to decide if you can deal with it or not. Cuz yeah, they don’t only capture youthful energy but tend to try to “clone the dinosaurs”, so to speak. And I love Zep and dinosaurs, so that is not meant as an insult. Even the Zep guys would admit they are aging rock royalty (and we love them, of course). That said, they made a video for my least favorite song “When The Curtain Falls”. Just felt too distracting even for my open mind on that one, though I still am torn because God knows how many bands copied, say, Green Day or The RAMONES.

Like new Alice In Chains, for some people it seems a little too much like trying to recreate something classic, but for many others (in GVF and new AIC cases) it is thrilling. The difference is that some of the real Alice are still IN Alice and I am afraid that makes a big fucking difference. I am not so crazy about direct “Ooh yeah” Plant style vocal lifts, but the rest of the time it doesn’t bother me sooo much that the GVF band are obviously doing an homage to their influences rather than pretending they personally invented the wheel themselves, but other times I change my mind and get distracted and cringe here and there. I still know an even split between “wow, rad” reactions and “fuck this sacrilege shit” responses (much like the DIO hologram) when people discover GVF amongst my peer group. Well, there are more harmful things in life, like the big rap releases of this week Wayne and Con-Perrier-Ye both having XXXTentacion post death cameos like it is no big deal he gay bashed a guy and brutalized a woman with nary any real convincing show of tangible remorse (despite what “he was gonna change” apologists keep saying and despite death still being tragic). At least these guys seem to be real chill dudes and I loved interviewing them awhile ago and wish them the best. I am certain they will get better and better.

Anyway, back to GVF…”Watching Over” is a cool, crawling song that mentions “water rising” (heard that somewhere before, haha), but again it is somehow intriguing rather than so derivative you feel like they are pouring it on too thick. I mean, the songs are just so damn good that it feels like either a young Zep somehow started with ZOSO or that somewhere in rock history we overlooked some classic rock gems and then the vocals were remixed with a little modern polish. “Mountain of the Sun” is a little more Houses Of The Holy, twangy guitar and summery vocals aiming to kiss the sun. All in all the band remain very much a topic of conversation and semi-controversy. You can’t deny their talent and songwriting, but it would be nice on the next one to see them move a bit more into their own territory rather than reshaping the clay of the past.

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New Single: Foxbat’s “White T(h)rash” takes on privilege

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 6:10 PM (PST)

Photo by Mike Thompson.

Hey rockers. Today we have a ripping and rollicking new single called “White T(h)rash” for you from Foxbat. It was awesome to find out the hard hitting hardcore and rock n roll influenced act had a song for us about white privilege being a real problem, since there are enough ignorant types out there in the world who think otherwise and since I am always trying to get people to watch 13th on Netflix. It doesn’t mean white people can’t have had hard lives, rather that they also don’t have to deal with institutional racism on top of it.

Props to the band, who fans of ETID and their ilk will be super stoked on, for confronting this important topic despite the potential to get shit from bigoted edgelord trolls.

Since forming a few years back the Louisville, KY act has shared stages with heavy hitters such as: He is Legend, ’68,  Norma Jean, Islander, and The Devil Wears Prada. Foxbat features ex-members from: SoCal’s Prog-Metal outfit I, Omega (Bullet Tooth) and Louisville’s own Party Rockers Uh Huh Baby Yeah (Revival Recordings). The band are releasing their Rotgut debut album on August 3rd via Louisville, KY’s record label Core Sample Records.

“White T(h)rash is about acknowledging one’s privilege and more specifically, white privilege,” says Clay Nevels (vocals). “White people tend to pretend their privilege doesn’t exist. Or as individuals, they don’t currently contribute to society’s perpetuation because of events that happened before the current generation was born. That’s just not the case. We all are a part of it, regardless of intentions or how you grew up. It exists. My thought is that you should be aware of it and when it’s oppressive to others; as well as, when you could potentially use it as an ally to help someone else’s voice be heard and not stifled.”

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