dimanche 18 mars 2018

Video of the Week : Electric Radio Kings "Sympathy For Me"

Some bands are good to create a buzz around themselves. Electric Radio Kings are one those.

Led by former Roxx Gang / L.A. Guns / Angels in Vein guitarist Stacey Blade, the band -after just a few months of existence- have already released 2 Digital singles (both having their video) gained a good amount of followers on social medias and plenty of articles on the web.

So here is their new effort cut to be aired on radio waves of course !


jeudi 15 mars 2018

The Cornfed Project (album review)

Oh boy, how come such band isn't most renown is a mystery. Really.

California purveys R 'n' R greatness for decades now. And The Cornfed Project is another proof. 

Led by Matt Wheeler (aka Cornfed) this fiery bunch is pure electric riffery at its best, firing their songs like their lives depend on it ; or at least the good mood of the party they crashed.

Take a minute to read the official band biography and you will get an idea of what sort of free spirit we are dealing with here. It sure sounds like a casual discussion  with them around a beer pack could take a weird turn in surrealistic territories.

But let's go back to the music.

All 11 track available on the album are played with the same intensity and a "no prisoner" spirit that in itself is remarkable. The quality of the songwriting and interpretation are reaching a similar level. 

And this is exactly why you can genuinely ask yourself (and probably more importantly people around you) why the band isn't best known and touring all around the world.

Turn on the radio and I'm pretty sure you will hear crappy music. A lot. But of course it's never been a question of talent to reach success but being good (or surrounded by people who are) on many other matter that really count to gain recognition and proper exposure to the masses.

I heard a bit of money might help as well.

If music in itself was enough to achieve such destiny The Cornfed Project would be up there on top of the bill along with Foo Fighters for example.

Debuting with "Long Time Ago" you immediately know something serious is happening here. It sounds massive and everyone seem to be on steroid to deliver the goods with confidence like only the coolest can. And this sentence could work with each and every tunes of the record.

"Out Of Town", "Dirty Habits", "Goat", "I Don't care"... All of them have their own charm and thing going.

I could describe every songs of the album, talking about the incisive guitars, perfect solos, bombastic rhythm section, catchiness of the melodies delivered by Matt's warm and raspy voice, cool as fuck breaks and bridges but I would sound redundant while the songs aren't.

If you didn't become a fan after listening "Milwaukee" or "Chinatown" you probably are in big trouble and possibly have psychological issues that could only be solved by electric therapy. Not that such therapy ever did any good to anyone but what can I say, you once again proved you were your own worst enemy.

You could pick any of these songs and turn them into singles. And in a perfect world, Hit Singles. 
The world ain't perfect tho' 

And rather than trying to make it better with a prayer why don't you choose a really effective way such as buying  records (in Physical or Digital), bands merchandising and let your friends know what real Gospel is ?

Lucky Californians can catch them live with other great acts such as The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs, Junkyard or Mink Daggers (another brilliant band you really should know/hear/love/worship and surely lot of other things too).

Don't be shy, let's get high. Don't worry, everything is legal here : just pure Rock 'n' Roll energy.


 The Cornfed Project "s/t" (20015 - self released)

1. Long Time Ago
2. Southbound
3. Goat
4. Milwaukee
5. Dirty Habits
6. Date Night
7. Out Of Town
8. I Don't care
9. Wind Her Up
10. Who I Am
11. Chinatown

in CD and Digital


dimanche 11 mars 2018

Video of the Week - Faster Pussycat "Don't Change That Song"

OK, let's pretend it's '87 again ! First single taken from the Faster Pussycat debut, "Don't Change That Song" is a Sleaze classic. And yeah, the whole album is a Sleaze classic.

The band called themselves from the most iconic Russ Meyer movie "Faster Pussycat Kill Kill Kill" so it made totally sense to have the man himself to shoot their video.

Here you go, a jukebox, 80s fluffy girls and a bunch of guys with eye liners. Life's grand, ain't it ?

Faster Pussycat "self titled" (1987 - Elektra records)

1. Don't Change That Song
2. Bathroom Wall
3. No Room For Emotion
4. Cathouse
5. Babylon
6. Smash Alley
7. Shooting You Down
8. City Has No Heart
9. Ship Rolls In
10. Bottle In Front Of Me


dimanche 4 mars 2018

Video of the Week : Neon Animal "Bring Back Rock 'n' Roll From The Dead"

Londoners on the loose ! Neon Animals are the new sensation from the UK with lots of rave reviews from all around the world for their first album released last year.  

Classic Rock magazine featured them on their "High Hopes" section in February issue which is a good indicator of the attention the band is getting.

Another one is the fact that the album is about to be re-released worldwide by Cargo Records.

First (and so far only) single taken from the album here's the song "Bring Back Rock 'n' Roll From The Dead". It sure does the job.

Neon Animal "Bring Back Rock 'n' Roll From The Dead" (2017)

1. I'm Killing Myself & Everyone Else Is Helping Me"
2. Spin
3. Bring Back Rock 'n' Roll From The Dead"
4. This Is The End
5. Kiss Like Dynamite
6. Gimme More
7. From Zero To Hero
8. Bedtime Stories


jeudi 1 mars 2018

Every Mother's Nightmare - Grind (album review)

Some bands never quit. Every Mother's Nightmare is one of them and they just delivered a new album entitled "Grind".

Even if I knew the band back in the days I never really was into them. I believe I saw them opening a gig at L'Elysée Montmartre (Paris, FRANCE), possibly for The Cult, can't recall exactly. The show was good and effective but it just wasn't the right timing for me then.

Recently I've been asked if I wanted to review their new album "Grind" so I gave the album a few spins before answering. Apparently I said yes.

Every Mother's Nightmare formed at the tail end of the 80s and quickly gain recognition with their first 2 Arista rec. albums. But like many hard rock bands of this era they disappeared during the early 90s.

At the time record labels and the music press were mostly giving support to anything from Seattle. The Grunge didn't kill the so-called Hair metal, the industry did. A big part of the bands were already dead or irrelevant anyway. But that is another story.

The new EMN album, the first in 15 years,  contains 8 new studio tracks and 3 old songs recorded recently live in concert. 
Actually the band released some of these very songs as an E.P. a couple of years ago so they might not be as new as I said for some but were for me at least.

Based on their first 2 albums this new one could sound as a big departure from their original style and typical hard rock/glam metal of the late 80s but the band have released 3 studio albums between 2001 and 2002. And like their logo suggests they evolved into a more late 90s kind of metal then.

Quite diverse yet coherent you can't really pigeon-hole them. They are no Glam metal, or Grunge, or Alternative/Indie Rock, or just Metal. But with elements of all of these. 

Kicking off with "Loco Crazy" you immediately get a good idea of how the whole record is gonna sound. Heavy but catchy and songs oriented. And the following tracks are exactly that. "Snake", "Upper Hand", "Sacred Circle" and "Swing Again" are all in-your-face kind of tunes while still delivering extremely memorable melodies and riffs.
"Stand Up" being more bluesy and groovy and with the addition of the legendary Jim Dandy to add a southern flavor to it as well.
Tasty guitar work, driven rhythm section, enough hooks to turns you as an addict by pressing "Play" over and over again and a voice versatile enough to suit the different moods throughout the songs from metal to pop (to some extent).

Just like Stone Temple Pilots the band surely find their own way to play anything they want and still sound like, well, themselves.


"Blown Away" and "Days are Through" brings a more Alternative/Indie touch. Mellower, these tracks made me think of bands such as Bleeder, Smashing Pumpkins or even Oasis. If MTV was still a musical channel they could become hits. It sure could have been during the mid-90s.

The special guests from Shinedown, Saliva or Black Oak Arkansas also contribute to give you an idea of the musical range you get here.

In addition of the new songs, you can find 3 live recordings of tracks taken from their first 3 albums performed with the same energy and talent than the rest of the album, making them sound like new ones.

There is no doubt that Every Mother's Nightmare are seasoned songwriters and musicians and the sound production is excellent and suit perfectly their music. 

"Grind" is a really well-balanced and well-written record. And their best to date.

Now check the several official videos made to support the album and make your own opinion. Then buy your copy ! And let's hope it won't take 15 years to get a follow-up.

Every Mother's Nightmare "Grind" (2017 - HighVolMusic)

1. Loco Crazy
2. Snake
3. Upper Hand
4. Blown Away
5. Sacred Circle
6. Days Are Through
7. Stand Up
8. Swing Again
9. Closet Down The Hall (live)
10. Walls Come Down (live)
11. Push (live)

Every Mother's Nightmare "Grind" (2015 - EMN records)

1. Snake
2. Loco Crazy
3. Upper Hand
4. Blown Away
5. Sacred Circle

Every Mother's Nightmare "Live Songs From Somewhere" (2001 - Perris records)

1. Bathe Me
2. Walls Come Down
3. Hole Inside
4. Deeper Shade Of Grey
5. Delta Voodoo
6. Pray
7. Sympathy
8. Love Can Make You Blind
9. Bring Me Down
10. Solid Ground
11. Long Haired Country Boy
12. I'm Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover)
13. Saturday Night Special (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
14. Takes Your Breathe Away

Every Mother's Nightmare "Deeper Shade of Grey"
(2002 - self produced)

1. Done To Me
2. Until I Break
3. Deeper Shade Of Grey
4. SeeThrough U
5. Carbon
6. Takes Your Breath Away
7. Hello Darkness
8. Fly Away
9. Paradise
10. Solid Ground
11. Bathe Me
12. Blind To See
13. (bonus track)

Every Mother's Nightmare "Back Traxx" (2001 - Perris records)

1. Southern Way
2. Muddy Water
3. Seasons Change
4. Ride The Train
5. Lookin' In
6. Stoned On TV
7. Dawg
8. Sorrow
9. River
10. Outside The Circle
11. Too Far Gone
12. Bled

Every Mother's Nightmare "Smokin' Delta Voodoo"
(2001 - Perris records)

1. Push
2. 43
3. Delta Voodoo
4. Sympathy
5. Somehow
6. Pray
7. On Display
8. E34 (Unwritten Law)
9. Kerosene
10. Garden
11. Wait
12. Wire

Every Mother's Nightmare "Wake Up Screaming"
(1993 - Arista)

1. House Of Pain
2. Closet Down The Hall
3. I Hate Myself
4. Already Gone
5. Tobacco Road
6. Slip And Fall
7. Good Die Young
8. Break Down
9. If I Had My Way
10. Bang To The Bone
11. I Needed You
12. Cryin' Shame

Every Mother's Nightmare "s/t" (1990 - Arista)

1. Hard To Hold
2. EZ Come, EZ Go
3. Bad On Love
4. Walls Come Down
5. Love Can Make You Blind
6. Listen Up
7. Dues To Pay
8. Long Haired Country Boy
9. Lord Willin'
10. Nobody Knows


dimanche 25 février 2018

Video of the Week - Twisted Sister "Be Cruel To Your School"

This week video is an iconic one from the 80s on planet Hard Rock. It was 1985. Twisted Sister were one of the big names of the era and used to deliver colorful videos. "Be Cruel To Your School" is no exception and even have a really special guest. Yes, the high priest of Shock Rock himself : Alice Cooper !

Cooper at the time was working on his comeback. His latest album "DaDa" has been released in 1983 and failed to be successful. But the upcoming album "Constrictor" was built to put Alice Cooper back on the Hard Rock map. 
This particular video is showcasing a more healthy version of this legendary figure yet ready to claim back his throne and to remind everybody that bands such WASP or Mötley Crüe would have look and act differently without him.

In studio Brian Setzer (The Stray Cats) did the guitar solo, Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen' E. Street Band) the Sax and Billy Joel the piano part. An all-star song of sort we could say. And probably the best track of the album.

Make-up artist Tom Savini (renowned for his work on some of the best horror movies of this 80s and more) is also playing a role here.

Have fun !

Twisted Sister "Come Out And Play" (1985 - Atlantic)

1. Come Out And Play
2. Leader Of The Pack (The Shangri-Las cover)
3. You Want What We Got
4. I Believe In Rock N Roll
5. The Fire Still Burns

6. Be Cruel To Your School
7. I Believe In You
8. Out On The Streets
9. Lookin Out For #1
10. Kill Or Be Killed


jeudi 22 février 2018

National Nightmare - Sugar Coated (Single review)

The Finnish National Nightmare released a brand new single from the upcoming album SANGRE SALVAJE !

"Sugar Coated", the new song digitally released by the band is one hell of track ! Beginning with a Stonesy guitar riff and followed by an overdrived harp cry, it's all groove, soul and swagger with layers of slide guitars, piano, hammond, harp and backing vocals on top of an unstoppable rhythm section !

Written by Jack Rivera, an L.A. based musician who has been in numerous garage rock bands over the past decades (The Stains, The Crawdaddys, Berry Pickers...) and now flying solo, the song is wonderfully performed by National Nightmare.

I dig so much the tunes that I decided to ask its author/songwriter to tell me more about it.

Jack Rivera : "I wrote that song in 93. Recorded in 94 with Mark Dutton (Burning Tree / Chris Robinson's Brotherhood) on bass. It was a demo and it's never been released. It's only been performed on an English tour I did in 2012. It was a special session. We also recorded "Give it Up" and "Little More Rain". For some reason people love those tunes."

And I won't blame them for that ! In 2012 Jack released a video of his own version. 

Do yourself a favor : blast this perfect rock anthem and let the whole world know about it, it's insanely good !

Since its debut CD EP "Night Bus" in late 2016, the band which feature former members of Smack, Bigelf and Species, released 4 digital singles (including this one). Their first album should be out in the coming months.

National Nightmare "Sugar Coated" (2018)

Digital single
(listen to it on Spotify)