Sunday, April 30, 2017

Quickbits : Humphrey-McKeown, Lonely Robot, Mew


Humphrey-McKeown - Tapestry of shadows (2017) Americana from windy city
"Tapestry of shadows" is the 5th album from Chicago based Americana / folk rock band Humphrey-McKeown, led by Heather Humphrey - Lead Vocals/Piano and Tom McKeown - Lead Vocals/Guitars/Banjo.
Although, this album is mainly filled with classic Americana sounds, the listener will find traces of jazz and blues in "You don´t know me" and progressive rock in "You and I".
I´m not a fan of the entire album but I do like "Your secret´s safe" that bring thoughts to Led Zeppelin IV and the beautiful" Sasha on the carousel", not to mention the folk-rock-prog-ish "Passing shadows" which is the best song on the album.
I don´t know if the band tour like crazy but they could easily fool me because they sound like a tight unit that performs 100 shows per year.
(+) Thumbs up for the great performance on acoustic bass from Tony Meadors.
(-) The vocals are a bit too high and sharp in the mix.


Lonely Robot - The big dream (2017) A magnum opus of pomp indeed
Sit down, relax and get ready for a true prog-rock adventure from John Mitchell´s Lonely Robot, the stunning new album "The big dream" is the follow up to "Please Come Home" (2015) and I must say that I did have high expectations since I love the first album so much.
But "The big dream" does not only fulfill my expectations, it´s even better than the great debut.
John Mitchell - Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Keyboards and his bandpartner from Frost, Craig Blundell - Drums, have created something extraordinary. Imagine what a fan would say if he could make 3 wishes from a fairy for the perfect prog-rock album.
The fairy would say -Here it is, Lonely Robot´s "The big dream".
The prog-rock year of 2017 just gets better and better with releases from Blackfield, The Mute Gods, Voyager and now Lonely Robot. Oh my.
(+) Sigma! Where did that masterpiece come from?
(-) ..................................


Mew - Visuals (2017) Art-pop perfectionism
"Visuals" is the 7th studio album from Mew, and for once it came out pretty fast after the latest record so I´m not complaining a bit here. I will shut my mouth.
It was 6 years between "No more stories" (2009) and "+ -" (2015) so this trio must´ve been in a creative process of writing new material since we get "Visuals" so soon.
So how does the new record sound like? Well, it sounds like Mew! Absolutely wonderful.
Founding member and guitarist Bo Madsen left the band in 2015 after 20 years in the band, making "Visuals" the first record without him but lead singer Jonas Bjerre is handling the guitar duties in the studio and Mads Wegner will replace him as touring guitarist.
However, it didn´t affect the quality of the songwriting because I´m amazed.
(+) Is Mew influenced by Sigur Rós or was it the other way around? Both started at the same time.
(-) Too bad they didn´t include the 2016 song "Count to ten" because it´s only available on the Transformers Roll Out Soundtrack.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Album Spotlight : Kobra And The Lotus - Prevail I

It's been three years since Kobra And The Lotus' last studio album High Priestess was released back in 2014. The time since has not been wasted, with their third album under their belt, and completing multiple tours worldwide (with the likes of Kamelot, Sonata Arctica and Demon Hunter to name a few), their path of self-discovery has led them to this most important moment in their career. Prevail I, the band's latest offering, is a rock juggernaut full of blistering guitars, pounding rhythms and haunting vocal melodies that will take the listener on a sonic journey leading them out from the darkness and into the light. Produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica etc) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, and featuring the soon to be classic songs “You Don’t Know” and “Light Me Up” that will undoubtedly usher the band to much deserved elevated hard rock status. Evolution is inevitable and Kobra And The Lotus have delivered their most powerful album to date, Prevail I, with Prevail II to complete the story in the not too distant future...

Prevail I is released May 12th on Napalm Records.

Tracklisting : 1.Gotham 2.TriggerPulse 3.You don´t know 4.Specimen X 5.Light me up 6.Manifest destiny 7.Victim 8.Check the Phyrg 9.Hell on Earth 10.Prevail

Review : Voyager - Ghost Mile


Voyager - Ghost Mile (2017) IAV Records
Produced by Voyager / Matthew Templeman
ALTERNATIVE / PROGRESSIVE METAL
Tracks : 1.Ascension 2.Misery is only company 3.Lifeline 4.Fragile Serene 5.To the riverside 6.Ghost mile 7.What a wonderful day 8.Disconnected 9.This gentle Earth 10.As the city takes the night
www.facebook.com/voyageraustralia
5 out of 5

If Voyager´s 2014 album "V" didn´t knock you out, then their 6th opus "Ghost mile" absolutely will!
Danny Estrin - Vocals, Scott Kay - Guitars, Simone Dow - Guitars, Alex Canion - Bass and Ashley Doodkorte - Drums are on their way to stardom with their unique sound.
It´s just brilliant to combine the pop sensibilites of A-Ha, Duran Duran and Tears For Fears with the heaviness of Karnivool, Devin Townsend and Tool.
If Vola´s "Inmazes" is last year´s most exciting progmetal release, then Voyager´s "Ghost Mile" is without doubt this year´s most exciting progmetal album.
Everything about "Ghost Mile" is completely breathtaking, it´s nothing but a masterpiece but then again, I knew from the start that I would love this album to death ever since I heard their latest single "Ascension".
That song is a killer and so is the rest.
Bravo!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review : Vaultry - Eulogy


Vaultry - Eulogy (2017) Independent
Produced by Leith Hynds / Adam Sutherland / Ben Erikson
ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Tracks : 1.Eulogy 2.Ghost writing 3.Wildfire 4.The devil and the deep 5.Hospice 6.Cold tea 7.A letter to a dead friend 8.Painted in grey 9.Communion 10.Blindfolds
www.vaultrymusic.ca
3,5 out of 5

The new album "Eulogy" from Canadian band Vaultry is not only about the music, there is a story behind the album as well, and an emotional one too.
"Eulogy" is dedicated to their late guitarist Chasen Fraser who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25, the album is a collection of songs written in the last few months of Chasen´s life and upon his passing, "Eulogy" tells the story of Chasen´s life and from the perspective of the band as a reaction to their grief.
Vaultry formed in 2014 and released the "Coven" EP in 2015, this year the band releases their most comprehensive album so far and even if the music demands your full attention, it sure grows for each time I hear the album so don´t give up after 1-2 times.
I highly recommend this album to fans of pop punk, emo and more aggressive indie rock, and it´s hard not to be moved by the band´s tribute.
"Eulogy" is performed by Leith Hynds - Lead Vocals/Keyboards, Damian Anthony - Guitar/Vocals, Bradford Davis - Guitar/Vocals, Josh Christensen - Bass/Vocals and Skye McLean - Drums.

Album Spotlight : Kaleido - Experience

Detroit claims a long line of musical trendsetters. Perhaps there's something in the water, or maybe it's the blue collar, put-up-or-shut-up mentality, but the Motor City has served as fertile ground for musical geniuses ranging from Alice Cooper and Kid Rock to Eminem and Bob Seger.

Kaleido - comprised of Christina Chriss (vocals), Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (rhythm guitar), Cody Morales (bass) and Zach Bolling (lead guitar) - is a fresh, modern day Detroit incarnation of rock n’ roll. Their upcoming 2017 debut fulllength album "EXPERIENCE" is straight, unadulterated, feel it in your soul rock with flourishes of pop, R&B, punk & funk undertones - and hooks for days.

At the core, Kaleido is reminiscent of the piss-and-vinegar, stadium rock of a young Guns N’ Roses crossed and fused with the lovable, fun and energetic sensibilities of an early No Doubt. Their authentic and memorable songs are highlighted by an explosive live show, both of which quickly gained them notoriety in the Detroit music scene.

Named Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly in both 2013 & 2014, plus having won two Detroit Music Awards in 2015 for "Outstanding Rock/Pop Group" and "Outstanding Rock Recording" for their second independent EP 'Unbreakable', they have since taken the show on the road, lighting up stages on the Van's Warped Tour, Rockstar Uproar Festival, Summerfest & CMJ Music Marathon and opened for Aerosmith, Slash, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Sammy Hagar, Evanescence, Halestorm, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Twenty One Pilots and countless others.

Kaleido recently wrapped up their latest US tour with groundbreaking rock legends Living Colour and their first tour of the United Kingdom with Alien Ant Farm and Hed PE in October 2016.

The first single released from "EXPERIENCE", titled "Love & War" (co-written and featuring Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm), won an unprecedented 27 nights on 89x The New Rock Alternative People's Choice, and was consequently retired as the most winning song of all time on the station.

"Trouble In Paradise", the second single, combines hard hitting 808's, pounding live drums, a bouncy rhythm, beautifully eerie vocals, soaring melodies and harmonizing guitars with a funky reggae inspired bass line. Trouble In Paradise blends and bends genres, creating a fresh, new sound.

The new single "Die Tryin" is a rock anthem to stepping up to the plate, taking your swings – and never backing down form a challenge.  Kaleido is on tour with Seether in May and June, Rob Zombie in July.  "Life resembles a kaleidoscope. Ever changing, intricate, and beautiful.”

 EXPERIENCE is released May 19th on Luxor Records.

Tracklisting : 1.Intro 2.Blue collar delight 3.No more little miss nice bitch 4.I 5.On one 6.Die tryin´ 7.II 8.Trouble in paradise 9.III 10.Balcony 11.Love and war 12.All together 13.The end



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review : Cranford Hollow - Color / Sound / Renew / Revive


Cranford Hollow - Color / Sound / Renew / Revive (2017) Independent
Produced by John Cranford / Preston Havill
SOUTHERN ROCK
Tracks : 1.Songfield 2.Long shadows 3.Bury it down 4.Noise 5.And your, Brutis 6.North 7.Dark turns 8.Swing
www.facebook.com/cranfordhollow
3 out of 5

Feel like taking a long ride in the car? Well then, here´s some perfect music for the road trip.
The South Carolina based Cranford Hollow call their music lowcountry stomp, they´ve got quite a unique sound that I would like to call chill rock.
Their 5th album "Color/Sound/Renew/Revive" invites the listener to a smorgasbord of southern rock, blues, Americana and even celtic sounds.
The band is fronted by John Cranford - Lead Vocals/Keyboards/Guitar and he is joined by Phillip Sermans - Bass, Randy Rockalotta - Drums, Eric Reid - Fiddle, Yannie Reynecke - Lead Guitar.
I think they´ve done a good album where my personal faves are the Zucchero-like "And Your, Brutis" and the instrumental "Dark turns" that sounds like a laid back tune by Kansas.
For fans of The Allman Brothers, Nils Lofgren, Joe Cocker

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review : Donoma - Falling forward


Donoma - Falling Forward (2017) Independent
Produced by Mike Hoffman
ROCK
Tracks : 1.Sick 2.Jack in the box 3.Memory 4.A change is gonna come 5.He loves me not 6.Deep beneath the woods 7.Another light 8.Splinter 9.Unfortunate one 10.A new shed of colors 11.Otherside 12.Come with me
www.facebook.com/donomatribe
2,5 out of 5

Donoma (pronounced Do-no-ma) is native American Omaha origin and means "sight of the sun" and is generally used as a girl´s name, but it´s also a rock band from Wisconsin, formed in 2008.
There is also a pop band from Marseille, France with the same name but let´s not confuse things.
"Falling forward" is the second release from this female fronted rock band that consists of Stephanie Vogt - Lead Vocals, Israel Alpizar - Drums, Nick Campolo - Violin, Shelle Mounce - Bass and Timmy King - Guitars.
So what do they sound like? Well, imagine a punk-ish version of Jefferson Airplane mixed with the 90´s rock of 4 Non Blondes if they were the backing band in Rocky Horror Picture Show, and you´ll get Donoma´s new album "Falling forward".
There are songs that will take you back to Woodstock in 1969 and the voice of Janis Joplin, while other songs belong in a sweaty punk rock club in London, 1977.
I can´t say that I´m a fan of the entire album but I do like some of the songs like "Memory", "Sick" and "Come with me".

Review : Chris Bartels - Myths and Mold


Chris Bartels - Myths and Mold (2017) Anthem Falls Music
Produced by Chris Bartels
DREAM POP
Tracks : 1.Blind 2.Missoula 3.Stay 4.Myths and mold 5.Counting hands
www.facebook.com/chrisbartelsmusic
3,5 out of 5

Minnesota based artist Chris Bartels makes music that will take you to places, just close your eyes and wander away. "Myths and Mold" is the second official release under his own name, the debut "Morning´s gold" came out in 2011 but this is the first time I hear his beautiful songs.
Chris Bartels has a number of different projects of multiple styles such as Bora York, Elskavon, Hi-Fi Cali and Vitamin June but let´s focus on "Myths and Mold".
This 5 track EP is like the seasons of the year, it has the playfulness of spring, the warmth of summer, the colors of spring and the dramatic weather of winter.
I like all 5 songs but there are 3 songs that has a special place in my heart, the opening track "Blind" that bring thoughts to Of Monsters and Men, the atmospheric "Missoula" that should please fans of Death Cab For Cutie and the brilliant "Counting hands" that would fit just fine on any Mew record.
So where´s the "like-button" on this page, I´d like to click it several times.

Album Spotlight : Lana Change - Rise

LANE CHANGE is a rock quartet from Phoenix, Arizona. Led by a dual vocal powerhouse in Myles Vann and Lizzie Shafer, the band’s infectious guitar riffs, driving bass lines, and pounding grooves breathe new life into the rock genre. Straightforward lyrics are soulfully delivered, and their complex harmonies create a fresh yet familiar sound. Rounding out the line-up is guitarist Jake Galambos and drummer Cameron Holladay, blending a mix of influences into an exciting and eclectic musical journey.

LANE CHANGE recently released an independent, self-titled debut album in 2015. They recently released a follow up EP, “RISE”. “RISE” is a 4 song work that strongly showcases each member of the band and their individual contribution to the unit. “We utilized more production on this effort in an attempt to produce a fuller sound, but while still keeping it as live sounding as possible” admits Jake.
LANE CHANGE has performed nearly 200 shows for crowds of 50 to 10,000 people, and they have become one of the most in-demand and talked about acts in the Southwest United States. Audiences are not only buzzing about their musicianship and diversity, but also the energy and passion in which they deliver every performance. “No one ever leaves one of our shows without a feeling of W.T.F was that?” Cameron exclaimed. “We really believe that there is still a place in the industry for a kick butt rock and roll show with tasteful music and lyrics you can actually understand”.

The RISE EP is out now.
Tracklisting : 1.The rich get richer 2.Club 27 3.Floodwater 4.We won´t back down
Stream the EP at:
https://www.lanechangerocks.com/music

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review : Dru Cutler - Hometown


Dru Cutler - Hometown (2017) Independent
Produced by Dru Cutler
CLASSIC ROCK
Tracks : 1.Hometown 2.Infinite moons
www.facebook.com/DruCutlerMusic
3 out of 5

It´s hard to believe that Dru Cutler (Tampa, Florida) was a punkrocker in his youth when I listen to his new 2 track single "Hometown", the music on these two tracks is more heartland rock than punk, especially the title track that bring thoughts to Tom Petty.
It´s a good song but my favorite is the second track "Infinite moons" that sounds like it could´ve been featured on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Soundtrack, it´s got the same atmosphere as "Heartbeats" by José Gonzalez (Junip). José wrote several songs for Ben Stiller´s 2013 film.
I really like the 60´s pop flavor in "Infinite moons" that puts me in a Spa mood, who needs yoga when you can listen to sensitive music like Dru Cutler´s meditative sounds?
Two good songs that leaves me wanting more.

Review : Born Cages - Exit signs in a burning building


Born Cages - Exit signs in a burning building (2017) Razor and Tie Records
Produced by Vlad Holiday
INDIE ROCK
Tracks : 1.Champions 2.Ain´t gonna happen 3.Half asleep 4.Please be crazy 5.Suicide note in a pop song 6.Free fall 7.Could´ve done it better before
www.facebook.com/BornCages
4 out of 5

The NYC based band Born Cages started out as a 4-piece but is reduced to a duo on the new EP "Exit signs in a burning building", but the main songwriters are still the leading force in Born Cages, namely Vlad Holiday - Vocals/Guitar and Matt Maroulakos - Bass/Keyboards.
Their debut album "I´m glad I´m not me" ended up on my top album list of 2015 so it´s only fair that I have high expectations on the new EP, Born Cages trademark is 80´s synthesizers in a modern package which they haven´t moved away from to my joy.
The 2016 single "Ain´t Gonna Happen" is included along with 6 brand new songs, "Ain´t gonna happen" is one of the highlights along with the opening track "Champions" that sounds like Imagine Dragons meets The Killers.
The song "Our revolution" that was featured on the Transformers Roll Out compilation (2016) isn´t included here but I don´t miss it since the rest of the songs are so good.
The guitar riff on "Free fall" reminds a bit of Michael Jackson´s Black and White but it´s only charming, I don´t think Michael Jackson would mind from his place above.
This is a great EP.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rumours in the air and more


It´s been rather quiet around a new release from Snow Patrol since all the songs they had written for their 7th album in 2015 were scrapped. Snow Patrol´s latest album Fallen Empires came out in 2011 but it looks like a new album with new "mind-boggling" material will finally be out in 2017.

Heavy metal legends Accept will release their 15th album The Rise of Chaos on August 4th through Nuclear Blast Records.

Progrockers World Trade featuring Billy Sheerwood and Bruce Gowdy, returns with their first album since 1995, the new album is called Unify and will be out in July.

American hard rockers Mr.Big has a new album coming out this summer, it´s called Defying Gravity.

Last month, I decided to quit our band Blue Cow Kent for personal reasons. We are still friends and they will finish the upcoming album Even Stars Die without me.

In case you didn´t know, once in a while, I still write reviews for melodic.net and recently posted reviews of Dismissed - Heads Held High and Rex Smith box set Rock and Roll Dream 1976-1983.
Read them at:
http://www.melodic.net/?page=review&id=119213
http://www.melodic.net/?page=review&id=118468

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Review : King Washington - Potential


King Washington - Potential (2017) The End Records
Produced by King Washington
INDIE ROCK
Tracks : 1.My reflection 2.Superman 3.Interval 4.Evelyn 5.Love be gone 6.Hey boy 7.Nowhere´s hard to find 8.I wouldn´t laugh about it 9.The other side 10.Be where you belong 11.The great disguise 12.Interlude 13.New meaning 14.Climb out the valley
www.facebook.com/kingwashingtonmusic
4 out of 5

Listening to King Washington´s new album "Potential" gets me all nostalgic and in an instant, head down on memory lane to remember the days in the 70´s when I jumped on a bike to ride 20 km to the nearest record store, just to buy the latest LP´s.
Tell that to a kid these days, how many who are willing to spend 2 hours on a bike to see if there´s any new great music to lay your hands on.....I think you know the answer.
Los Angeles based King Washington has a sound that bring thoughts to 70´s California pop, progressive rock and folk rock, I just love their superb vocal harmonies.
The band is Tyson Kelly - Vocals/Guitar (son of songwriting legend Tom Kelly), George Krikes - Vocals/Guitar, Billy Lee - Vocals/Bass and David Contreras - Drums.
They debuted with the "Grenadine" EP in 2009, that was followed by the full length "The Gears" (2012), "The Overload" (2013) and in May, their 3rd full length "Potential" comes out which is an album with a huge amount of potential.
For fans of Jars of Clay, Julian Lennon, The Eagles.
Highlights : My Reflection, Superman, New meaning

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review : The Maine - Lovely Little Lonely


The Maine - Lovely Little Lonely (2017) Eighty One Twenty Three Records
Produced by The Maine
POP / ROCK
Tracks : 1.Don´t come down 2.Bad behavior 3.Lovely 4.Black butterflies and Deja Vu 5.Taxi 6.Do you remember? 7.Little 8.The sound of reverie 9.Lost in nostalgia 10.I only wanna talk to you 11.Lonely 12.How do you feel?
www.facebook.com/themaine
3,5 out of 5

It´s no secret that the guys in The Maine has great taste in music since they´ve done covers of Def Leppard´s Pour Some Sugar On Me and New Radicals´ You Get What You Give in the past.
But one thing strikes me when I listen to their 6th album "Lovely Little Lonely", they must be fans of Third Eye Blind too because this album truly sounds a lot like 3EB´s first records which is really cool. I didn´t see that coming.
"Lovely Little Lonely" is an uplifting record that keeps me in a good mood several hours after I listened to it, there are plenty of great songs on their new album but the ones that I hold more dearly to my heart are "Bad behavior", "Don´t come down" and "How do you feel?".
"Black and white" from 2010 is still my favorite album with The Maine but "Lovely Little Lonely" is the second best.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review : Soldiers Of A Wrong War - Countdowns


Soldiers Of A Wrong War - Countdowns (2017) Independent
Produced by Soldiers Of A Wrong War
MODERN ROCK
Tracks : 1.Deep impact 2.Hit me 3.Through this wall 4.We will never fall 5.Clocks 6.Broken bones 7.In our skin again 8.Yeah 9.Milestone 10.Out of time
www.facebook.com/soldiersofawrongwar
3 out of 5

"Countdowns" is the second full length album from Italian modern rock band Soldiers of a Wrong War, but it´s the first time I get to hear this band and I´m quite pleased with it too.
SOAWW was formed in 2007 and released their debut "Lights and Karma" in 2011, followed by the EP "Slow" in 2014, if you feel like checking out their back catalogue.
They blend post-grunge, pop punk and hard rock with a solid result, I think "Countdowns" is a good record without any real killer tracks but I also can´t find any album fillers so that makes it even.
I can hear traces of Trapt, Foo Fighters and Simple Plan in their music where my favorite songs are "Clocks", the single "Yeah" and "Through this wall".
Try to pronounce their name when you´re drunk, that should be fun.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Album Spotlight : Elyne - Alibi

"Alibi", the new album of alternative metal band Elyne is finally out via White Tower Records in digital and physical edition!
Their frontman Daniele Faccani says: "Alibi represent at 100% what we are today. Is most hard and best album we've ever made till we exist. Lyrics and music talk for us. This album talk about the way of live of the people in the 2.0 age. All the songs got different stories but with a concept that still under all the lines talking about how many people live they're life wearing a mask, living just for appear hiding who we really are, and sometimes with shame. The message we want to share with this album is this, leave the mask, don't like to ourselves and be ourselves".
Elyne is a post-hardcore band formed in Italy in January 2013. They released their first EP, “Syncretism” that year and toured Italy playing many venues. Elyne released their first Album “What Burns Inside” in September 2014. That CD was a hit, salling over 1200 copies throughout Europe. Following the Album release, Elyne toured Europe and shared the stage with many bands including Architechts, Destrage, Chelsea Grin, Being As An Ocean, Silverstein and many more. They have been very active on tour from 2014 to the present, playing over 120 concert events and music festivals.

Tracklisting : 1.O.B.E 2.Empty mirrors 3.Demons 4.From within 5.White light, black rain 6.Breathless 7.Broken faith 8.Wrong nature 9.Sick 10.Frames



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Interview with Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights

Paul Johnson & The About Last Nights may be from Mississippi, but this isn’t your traditional southern rock. Singer/Songwriter Paul Johnson and Drummer Zack Lewis had a vision in mind, which was to play songs people want to sing, a kind of "Power Pop”, with the emphasis on “Power." They unified on the principle of a "song first, honest music" mentality. High-energy rock n' roll that draws from their influences like Cheap Trick and the Foo Fighters and at times the band recalls the performances of Weezer and Sloan in full-on rock mode, but never neglecting the art of the power balled. This is a band with a purpose, which is to make great music and have fun doing it.
Here at Palace of Rock, we have a saying, if you think power pop is dead, think again!

Hello there, greetings from Sweden. Can you name three things that comes to mind when you are thinking of Sweden?
Paul-High seas adventure, Vikings, and beautiful people.

Are you taking a stand against bullying with your new video Burn it down?
Paul-Yes, being bullied by most of the people, and peers in my life growing up I'm finding more ,and more people that has had the same experiences. I have felt compelled to give us all a voice for a long time, and hopefully encourage those struggling today.

How come you got into music?
Paul-It was prevalent in my home because of my dad's love for it. Nirvana happened, and it changed everything for me. I didn't just want to listen to it, I wanted the emotional release of playing it, and recording it.

What was the first record you bought and really liked?
Paul-I want to say Pearl Jam Ten, but also, Superunknown from Soundgarden was a first as well.

I think you´ve got a cool bandname, it bring thoughts to the 2006 album The rise and fall of Butch Walker and The About Last Nights. Are you familiar with Butch Walker?
Paul-I am, I love him. His music, and songwriting is phenomenal, and he is a southern boy that blazed his own trail. As far as the band name similarity to one of his records? No, it was simply the "everyone write a band name as cool as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers down!' That one won the vote.

Tell me about your upcoming debut EP Give Up The Ghost, when will it be out and is the music going in the same direction as the single?
Paul-It will be out May 1, 2017 on iTunes, and all major streaming services. I can say if you like "Burn It Down' you will love our EP "Give Up The Ghost" its got the same sense of urgency, and hopefulness, along with the guitar riffage, and energy we are getting known for.

There aren´t that many new artists in the power pop genre, are you the saviour of power pop?
Paul-I would never call myself a savior of anything, but I will say we at this moment stand out, and I love that.

With the streaming services taking over, what are your thoughts about the future of selling music?
Paul-The future of the industry is on hard times for sure, there are less opportunities for making a living based off the old model, but like anything that changes, I am hopeful new bands can still break out, and succeed at their craft without having to go on gameshows or a be in a sex tape.

Do you believe in ghosts?
Paul-The Ghost I refer to in the EP title "Give Up The Ghost' is talking about these spiritual Ghosts we all carry around from childhood trauma. At some point we have to give them up to something higher, and move forward stronger than ever.

You come from the state of Mississippi that has a fine tradition of great rock and roll bands like 3 Doors Down, Blind Melon, Saving Abel and even up and coming artists like The Electro-Lights, Bass Drum of Death and yourself.
What has the city of Hattiesburg meant to you as an artist?
Paul-It is where I cut my teeth in the clubs, and bars. I have some good friends there, and I am hopeful we can be a part of a big MS music scene one day because the talent there is just amazing.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Quickbits : Roshambo, Message From Sylvia, Pete Lynch


Roshambo - Bombastica (2016) Not so bombastic but oh so emotional
Roshambo is another name for the game "rock-paper-scissors" but it´s also the name of an indie pop band from Karlskoga, Sweden, just 40km from where I live.
Their new 4 track EP "Bombastica" is so good that it hurts, I think it´s time to bring out the champagne and celebrate because how often do you get to hear such talented bands in your local area?!
With songs like "Dog eyes" and "High", they should be playing MTV awards and big festivals in England. Mark my words, this EP is the start of something big.
Swedish melancholy meets Chinese folkmusic in the irreristable "Home", why buy a ticket to Beijing when you can get there with Roshambo´s music.
All in all, here´s a new hope on the Swedish indie scene.
For fans of Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Interpol
(+) Everything about this band really.
(-) Only 4 tracks sucks, give me a full length album now.


Message From Sylvia - Message From Sylvia (2017) Perfect for active rock standards
In a politically correct world, let´s say sometime in a near future, music groups of 4 persons consists of 2 men and 2 women with a multicultural background to make politicians and journalists happy.
In a time like that, the art of music will be of secondary importance. Scary eh?
For me, the art of music comes before anything else and I don´t really care if the band consists of 4 white guys, 4 women, 4 jews, 4 black or 4 homosexuals.
In this day age, the art of music is worth fighting for so here´s a message from the band Message From Sylvia. They´re 4 guys doing what they love doing best, playing rock and roll that feels dangerous and therefore, has no place in a politically correct world, but definitely a place in our "not so perfect world".
The band is Matthew Nevitt (DoryDrive) - Lead Vocals and the Lopez-Smith brothers, Dane - Lead Guitar, Isaac - Bass and Zachary - Drums (all formerly of First Decree).
Their self-titled debut features the singles "Heart of war" and "Right here and now" and it´s produced by Sahaj Ticotin (Ra), especially the track "Heart of war" is reminiscent of Sahaj´s band Ra.
Otherwise, this strong album has more in common with bands like Breaking Benjamin and Nothing More. There are a lot of muscles in their riffs and the band let the adrenaline flow in their glowing performance throughout the entire album.
(+) The song Crystal Ball, that one is gigantic.
(-) Ok, I admit that they will hardly receive an award for being unique but it´s not a big deal.


Pete Lynch - Kill The Monster (2017) A monster of an album
Let me present a contender for my top album list of 2017, "Kill the monster" by Pete Lynch.
I can´t stop listening to this lovely album, imagine a blend of Aussie rock, Canadian prog and the thinking man´s pop and you´ll get "Kill the monster".
The first single "Till the rivers run dry" is a brilliant arena rock song, this song as well as other songs on the album reminds a bit of artists like Gowan, Matthew Good and Blue October.
The title track and "Where are you" are two other favorites from Pete Lynch´s second album that is mixed by Tim Palmer (Ozzy, Pearl Jam) so we´re not talking low-budget production here.
Any Hi-Fi nerd should be satisfied with the big sound of "Kill the monster", I especially like the warm sound of the drums.
Pete Lynch is joined by Markus Gartner - Guitars and Sascha Bem - Drums, there is also a guest performance from Simon Hinkler (The Mission) on the track "4140".
(+) Any artist that has toured with Nina Hagen has great taste in music and so has Pete Lynch.
(-) If only mainstream radio could skip playing mass-produced pop and instead put "Kill the monster" on the airwaves so people can find out that quality comes before quantity.