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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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The gents in Thrice have always been amazing songwriters whatever mode they write in and this “new” sort of alt rock mid tempo near hard rock ballad is still an exciting and mature moment for the band. The new song “Hurricane” is from last years excellent To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere and the video plays kind of like a mini movie of sorts more than a performance clip or some such. It is seeming to examine ideas of innocence, the passage of time and self reflection (at least it seemed to me watching it).
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Walking Bombs, the solo + collaborative varied genre effort of vocalist and writer Morgan Ywain Evans today released a new song from pending 2nd album Brave Hours a week before the full release drops via Bandcamp HERE. This track features Jay Andersen (Surmiser) on drums, Evans on vocals, bass and acoustic and lead cold melodic guitar from Gatecreeper/Spirit Adrift guitarist Nate Garrett. Andersen tracked in Saugerties, NY and it was mastered by grunge icon Tad Doyle at Witch Ape.
Says Evans: “The lyrics and melody are honestly from like 2004. It was originally a song for my old band DIVEST that we never recorded but played live a few times and sounded very different. I always liked the lyrics so reconfigured the music into a sort of Soundgarden Down On The Upside inspired number. It is mellow but dark. The arrangement is kind of weird so I figured this would be a cool one to have Nate play on. We became friendly last year and he is such a cool and genuine dude. It certainly doesn’t sound like his other bands- more like The Edge from U2 or something- sad and spaced out- and he said it was fun to try new things. I love the weird scale he does at the end over the sort of shambling bridge as the song falls into a sort of depressed ending. It is basically a tune about moving forward or being left behind by the world or a relationship.”
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Fan favorites Demon Hunter have gotten more and more adept at combining their heavier and more melodic hard rock sides into a coherent whole (“Jesus Wept” into the groove heavy single “Cold Winter Sun” is a good example). Outlive is one of their finest releases yet in a career of many albums and live appearances. This band really follows through for fans and believes in what they are doing. They have been going strong since the early 00’s and have earned my respect. Personally I am liking this record more than The Extremist so far. Check it out below.
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Die So Fluid , one of our fave hard rock bands, have released a new tune. “Bittersweet” is the first song from new album and premiered first on tattoo.com HERE. One Bullet From Paradise is the album title for the L.A./London based act, the first since the tragic passing of longtime drummer Al Fletcher. This one kind of reminds me of a stompy L7 riff if it was more gothic pop. Very confident fun mixed with the band’s usual flirtation with darkness and enjoyable performances. It also features the lyric ,”I like girl scout cookies made from girl scouts”, which is kind of amazing.
Says popular singer Grog: Bittersweet is an alter ego who came to life as I wrote the song. Part me, part fictional, she embodies all the stuff I like about many of my fave female tv, film and graphic novel characters. She makes a statement about embracing yourself as you are, thorns n all. She’s kick ass but not psycho, sexy and clever, fun and darkly deep. She parties hard and rocks her talents hard.”
I love this band and Grog also makes jewellery sometimes. I got my mom, who has dementia, one of her necklaces and she wears it almost every day still. Anyway, check this jam out and show them some support as they get through a hard time and yet continue to celebrate living strong in the moment!Add to My Radar
When I first heard Paralandra I knew they had a great chance of becoming one of my new favorite hard rock bands. The commercial crossover appeal of Lacuna Coil or Halestorm married to a deeper strain of bluesy hard rock and alternative groove gives this Springfield, Missouri act an edge that has many eyes on them already.
You can catch them on The Alive Tour this April or on a great opportunity slot playing Rocklahoma alongside many acts including Three Days Grace, The Cult, Taking Back Sunday and more this May.
Drummer Nick Gray fills us in on band dynamics, their sound and work ethic, recording and almost getting to open for Scott Weiland.
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High Voltage celebrates the 40th anniversary of its international release on April 30.
These past few years have been rough on the boys in AC/DC – and I know I don’t have to fill you in with all of the details.
All I have to say is as I listen to High Voltage I know that there’s nothing particularly rosey about AC/DC – and there never was.
Check out my full retrospective on this massive album here.Add to My Radar
Mother Feather shorthand themselves as ‘pop cock rock’ but that is a far too
insufficient capsule to contain their glam infused explosive energy within.
The Brooklyn based band are theatrical, melodic and hard hitting with an edge
not often seen these days, brimming with enough possessed pizazz to get them
inked to Metal Blade despite being a far cry from the rest of the current
roster like Abornamilty, Sourvein and Criminal.
Listening to their forthcoming full length (order HERE right nowwwww!!!) , arguably the most rock n roll
record that streets in May, you can’t help but feel like the East Coast is
finding a pulse again. It’s been awhile, maybe since The Star Spangles caught
my ear, that I have heard a band who can embody gutter garage meets arena
worthy punch within the same skin so well. Anybody sick of the pretensions of
all the micro blogged sub genres out there today who just wants to get fuckin’
rocked and maybe vanish for awhile in a golden cloud of sweaty club rock with
attitude should eat this shit up fast.
Restaurant personality Chris Santos was impressed with the band and was tweeting about them, bringing them eventually to the attention of Metal Blade owner and rock and metal tastemaker Brian Slagel.
“He kind of pointed Brian in our direction and Brian checked it out and was excited,” says vocalist Ann Courtney. “Our Twitter feed was blowing up with metal guys. We are definitely on one end of the spectrum of the label, which is cool. I think a lot of metal heads think Brian is being subversive or something, but really I think it is just that he is a sincere music fan! He’s said we remind him of the 70’s stuff like KISS and Thin Lizzy that he grew up with.”
It’s pathetic we live in a time where we have to have a show like Vinyl
(admittedly a good program, no slight against it) to remind assholes that rock
n roll even exists. Mother Feather are the real thing, though. Ann Courtney,
Elizabeth Carena, Matt Basile, Chris Foley and Gunnar Olsen are hopefully as
commited as they sound to the cause, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts and
while we have them because this is lightning in a fuckin’ bottle, after all.
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“We started off as a government experiment gone right for once. Designed by
naval science officers aboard the “USS who gives a shit” ~Montana (vox/guitar)
Gossip Girl, Megan Fox, Taylor Lautner, Sugar Ray, Jar Jar Binks. What do they
have in common? I’m pretty sure they all were on the cover of Rolling Stone in America before
the fucking Ramones ! Chew on that awhile, lovers of rock n roll.
Maybe it is because, like NYC’s Tournament, the Ramones were a band who arguably make rock critics less of a necessity. Just press play/drop a needle and the music packs so much punch that it tells your body and brain most of what it needs to know. It speaks for itself.
I nerd out a lot, and today at the dentist’s office waiting room I was reading Terry Goodkind’s Phantom. There is a part where the characters are discussing the magical Sword of Truth and someone says ,“It is not the weapon that matters so much as the man who wields the weapon.”
This is also very true of the guitar (with a disclaimer that it doesn’t just have to be a “man”). Proof can be witnessed when Tournament play The Acheron with Ex-Cult on May 28th.
Tournament take Brooklyn radittude to new heights and decimate mere hipster bands with antics, alcohol consumption and fiery live shows that have garnered them a reputation as great rockers and solid songwriters. Along with bands like PMS and the Mood Swings, Tower, Mother Feather and The Compulsions, Tournament prove the Big Apple can still be a place where rock n roll can’t be killed. We support this message and recommend you check out the following interview with Montana (vox/guitar) and Jordan (drums) from the group as well as purchase their The End Records debut Teenage Creature post haste.
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Seattle rockers Candlebox have officially kicked off their headlining “Disappearing in Airports Tour”.
Candlebox will receive support on the tour from Lull Water and Pete RG.
Candlebox are touring in support of their upcoming album Disappearing in Airports which will come out April 22 via Pavement Entertainment.
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It’s been a good few years for die hard stoner fans, from C.O.C. kicking butt
to Geezer, The Midnight Ghost Train, Tarpit Boogie, Monolord and others
keeping the scene burgeoning like a fat bowl of lettuce. One of the most
solid efforts you’re likely to hear, Greenleaf‘s Rise Above The Meadow is a
hard rock infused crunching mass of bluesy riffs, pounding drums and a
distinctively Swedish sense of melody to vocals that fall between the schools
of Danzig, Wino and Ozzy.
“A Million Fireflys” is a must hear newly forged anthem that anyone into QOTSA, Dozer, Born Again -era Sabbath etc. will be keen to savor or start spreading as the new gospel. The band’s Napalm tenure is sure to stay great.
I’ve been recommending them to everyone lately, ranging from Trevor of Pelican to probably your grandma. It’s such a good single I stopped listening to Future Brown’s “Wanna Party (remix)” for a minute or two to remember rock is really good when it actually exists.
I’m writing this on the anniversary of Van Halen’s 5150 album. Whether you are a Hagar fan or not, those were the days rock and metal ruled the charts. Greenleaf are proof that you can knock back a shot celebrating that rock n’ roll will never die.
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Anyone who has heard their sweaty roadhouse brawl worthy version of “Long Tall Sally” or a wiry and glitchy adaptation of “Cocaine” knows The Compulsions have always had an uncanny knack for updating classic and hard rock without losing the gritty golden street cred that many other bands in the genre sacrifice for a poppier sheen. There is a bluesy heart beating in Rob Carlyle, a guy it is easy to believe stays up late each night in conversation with the devils down at the crossroads while still being open to flirtations with industrial and glam elements after attending mass at the First Church of Fender.
Now Carlyle and Compulsion bandmate Frank Ferrer (of Guns N Roses fame) have teamed up with Bumblefoot to release three space age informed covers of timeless big rock hits and the results are superb. Some bands record covers and it is totally pointless, but Carlyle and Co. have taken three stand alone singles and given songs you know very well a new shot of adrenaline. “Shock Me” by Kiss is big, ballsy and organic yet semi-robotic. A startling Cure cover of “Fascination Street” becomes a seedy gutter rock fit for Taxi Driver jam dripping with edgy danger not seen in NYC much since the corporations took over. But first up for the public’s ears is a special take on “Revolution” by The Beatles like you’ve never heard it before. The big guitar version will air on Nights With Alice Cooper before becoming exclusively available at iTunes on April 19 (pre-order starts March 21). Fans can then expect The Compulsions to release “Shock Me” by Kiss in August and “Fascination Street” by The Cure in December.
While Sammi Yaffa and Richard Fortus are no longer attached to the project, ex-Raging Slab bassist Alec Morton and Mr. Bumblefoot have helped hold things together admirably as Carlyle works on a follow up to 2015 sophomore album Dirty Fun.
According to Rob, “It takes balls to reinterpret songs that so many people love but The Compulsions never shy away from a challenge. We had a blast putting our own dirty little spin on the originals and we hope everyone has just as much fun listening to the results.”Add to My Radar
But as I looked in to it, I realized that there were lots of songs that were overlooked, or just simply did not have the time to make it to single status in an album cycle.
Of course, a person really can’t talk about Boston deep cuts without talking about Tom Scholz and Brad Delp.
Delp’s vocal styling is unforgettable. The belting in “More Than A Feeling” are instantly memorable and known by folks of all generations. When the album Boston came out in 1976 I almost wonder if the world of rock ‘n’ roll knew what they were getting themselves into when this kid with a master’s degree from MIT and another toiling in the local music scene got together to record what became known as the 17x platinum, number 3 on the Billboard 200 self-titled, debut album.
This duo reminds me of another favorite musical pair of mine – Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman, though arguably Scholz and Delp had a much better go with the record labels than Meat and Steinman did.
Also worth nothing before we get underway here is that Boston by Boston turns 40 in August! The band will embark on a 40th Anniversary tour from April to August, make sure not to miss it!
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