Imagine Classical Music making love to Punk Rock, two giant extremes coming together in a beautiful sonic collision – BOOM! – can you see the lightning blitz?.
Imagine a love child of “Queen” and “Guns and Roses” being reborn in the fresh snow drifts of Russian winters and flown into the modern alternative land of White stripes, Foo Fighters, Awolnation and Dead Sara.
Here comes the band who American music critics are already calling “a savior of rock’n’roll”. Here comes PRIVET EARTH!
It all started when Ivan Smirnov moved to Los Angeles from a small town in Russia to pursue his dream of music. After a lot of struggles, finally in mid 2013 he was joined by Megan Mullins (drums) and Mikael Oganes (keyboards), to form a fiery blitz-rock trio.
With a growing following on both sides of the Atlantic ocean, Grammy ballot for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance and Top 10 Reverbnation ranking in the World, PRIVET EARTH! is ready to take on the Universe.
“A tack-sharp collection of quintessentially 21st century alt-rock, drawing complimentary comparisons to Blood Red Shoes, Interpol and The Young Knives.” – Truck Festival (July 2012)
Earning an impressive live reputation on the vibrant and competitive Oxford music scene, Black Hats are Ian Budd (Bass & Vocals), Nick Breakspear (Guitar & Vocals) and Mark Franklin (Drums & Vocals).
Last year saw the band release their successful debut EP, Austerity for the Hoi Polloi (Produced by Sam Williams – Plan B, Supergrass), which garnered praise online from sites such as Muzu.tv, Stereoboard and Red Hot Velvet and received acclaim in local press such as the Oxford Mail and Ocelot Magazine. Following the equally successful singles 'Button Down Shirt' and 'Gang of One' in 2013, the band are set to release their first full album in 2014.
High-profile shows at Truck Festival, Gathering Festival and support slots with Dodgy and NME darlings, Spector, have strengthened support that the band has already had from BBC Introducing Oxfordshire and BBC 6Music (Tom Robinson). Oxford’s respected music journal, Nightshift Magazine, has sighted Black Hats as ‘ahead of the current crop.’
GOOD LUCK PENNY
Good Luck Penny is an Orlando-based country trio that considers themselves, well... lucky.
In September of 2011, an Arkansas-born rocker, a gospel crooner, and a cajun-blooded southern belle came together to collaborate as songwriters for a military benefit album. Sitting around a piano in an old chapel, the trio quickly established a camaraderie and the realization that a unique sound was being born. Through the writing, recording, and touring stages of that project -- which included visiting United States military bases in Germany and Italy throughout 2012 -- Good Luck Penny was born. Read more
The Knife On 'Shaking' Expectations
The Lower 48
“I heard they’re all left handed. They had to go to a special class at the same school.”
“No, I swear to god they met in the minor leagues. Bench warmers.”
“Yeah, well I heard they moved out to the West Coast to claim an inheritance from a phony uncle and they got stranded.”
"I don't believe any of the rumors, but you can tell they’ve done some hard time by the way they sing harmony.”
This much we know:
The Lower 48 came west to Portland, Oregon when the weather got cold. They play 1960s-style pop rock and roll, and they have a big year planned.
“Somebody I know actually knows them. Apparently they’re pretty decent cooks, but don't stay for dessert if you know what I'm saying...”
“Sarah speaks fluent Dutch and has a side project in The Netherlands with someone who knows the Talking Heads.”
“I met them playing pool in San Francisco. They hail from Georgia, but Ben and Nick have spent more than a few years at sea.”
“Shut the front door! I thought they got their start in West Hollywood.”
“Dude. I see them in Minneapolis all the time.”
“Alaska, man. They’re from Juneau. That’s the joke.”
You know what they say. It’s where you’re at, not where you’re from. So boom, baby! When The Lower 48 plays your town, where are you going to be?
Dani Wilde Love Hurts
Michael Angelo Batio Video Release
M.A.C.E Records has officially released the new Michael Angelo Batio music video ,"8 Pillars of Steel". The song was written by Batio and longtime friend, Marc McNally. The video features guest solos by music icons, George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, KXM), Elliott Dean Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker), Jeff Loomis (Conquering Dystopia, Nevermore), Craig Goldy (Dio), Dave Reffett (Shredding The Envelope), Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis), Rusty Cooley (Day Of Reckoning) and virtuoso drummer, Joe Babiak. Watch the incredible, star-studded video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT_3xwqVmt0.
"8 Pillars Of Steel" is the first single from Batio's new album, Intermezzo, which features all new original music. It is filled with Michael’s signature virtuoso guitar playing, mixed meters, great melodies, superb arrangements and world class production. The album features an amazing list of some of the best guitarists on the planet. This is the first album that Michael recorded using his new Dean signature MAB 7 “Warrior,” 7 string guitar. It is available for purchase on his website, itunes, amazon, and other major online retailers.
The complete list of guest guitarists on the album includes: George Lynch, Guthrie Govan (2 solos on the album,) Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Jeff Loomis, Craig Goldy, Dave Reffett, Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth, OHM), Rusty Cooley, Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Elliott Dean Rubinson, Joe Stump (Holy Hell), Andrea Martongelli, Alex Stornello, Bill Peck, Max Carlisle, Florent Atem, Annie Grunwald (Formless), Tobias Hurwitz, Joe Rose and more!
Michael Angelo Batio is known for his technical mastery of the fretboard and his extremely fast picking and sweep picked arpeggios. He is also known for his showmanship during performances, particularly his use of the "Over-Under" technique, and for his ability to play a double and quad guitar, using both hands to play. Batio is also noted for his guitar instruction DVDs in the "Speed Kills" series which teach shred guitar techniques and how to "master the art of playing lightning fast." Batio was voted the "No. 1 Shredder of All Time" by Guitar One Magazine in 2003.
AC/DC Plan New Music And Tour Dates For 40th Anniversary
(Classic Rock) AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has confirmed the band will be back in action soon to mark their 40th anniversary. The singer has confirmed their schedule had been put on hold while one member of the band dealt with serious health issues.Johnson tells 98.7 The Gater: "We've been denying anything because we weren't sure. One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn't like to say anything. We're pretty private about things like this; he's a very proud man."
He continues, "I think we'll be going in the studio in May in Vancouver - which means we should be getting ready. It's been 40 years of the band's existence, so I think we're going to try to go 40 gigs to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. We're happy to go out even though we're getting a bit long in the tooth - I'm really looking forward to it." more on this story
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KISS Frontman Says Rock Hall Is 'Tainted, Corrupted And Distorted'(Classic Rock) KISS have long been outspoken critics of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and frontman Paul Stanley has not changed his tune, calling the Rock Hall "tainted, corrupted and distorted" even after fans helped the band finally be inducted to the hall this year.
Classic Rock has published excerpts of their exclusive interview with Stanley where he shares his strong feelings about the Rock Hall and whether Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are invited to the upcoming induction ceremony.
Stanley was asked, "Did you feel honoured at being inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?" He responded, "No, it was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us. At the end of the day most people don't realise that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was a privately created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board. It's a perfect case of perception becoming reality. People heard 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame' and gave it credibility. So whether it deserves the title has to be weighed against who it inducts. So was it an honour to be nominated? No. It means a lot to the fans and I understand it because it's validation for them. So for that reason I accept graciously and accept on their behalf.
"My feelings and my ambivalence about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame hasn't changed any. Their attitude is elitist and it doesn't reflect the public. It reflects a small group who dictate who meets the criteria that they set up as 'rock and roll'. I've always felt the spirit of rock and roll meant not only ignoring your critics, but ignoring your peers and going your own way. I think we've done that pretty much with few exceptions for forty years. So that same criteria that kept us out has not gotten us in. I scratch my head a little and I also take issue with a certain arrogance within that group.
"Nonetheless I look at some of the inductees and any club that has Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and The Who and the Beatles and the Stones is company I don't mind being in and my feelings have nothing to do with any of them, it purely has to do with a system which I think is tainted, corrupted and distorted."
He was then asked if was looking forward to playing at the induction event. He responded, "Honestly, I have no plans at the moment to do anything, and that includes playing with Ace and Peter or anyone else. My plan at the moment is to go and accept the award. Anything else, we'll see how it unfolds or unravels. It was interesting to me, or offensive to me, that when the question was broached with the hierarchy about inducting additional members it was shut down immediately as 'a non starter,' which to me is arrogant. People who sit behind desks need to respect the people who are actually either inductees or possible inductees into this so-called hallowed organization. So the fact that there are 30 or 40 or 50 or some absurd number of Grateful Dead members all inducted, the fact that all of the Chili Peppers, including people who played on early albums that never amounted to very much are not inducted, the fact that John Rutsey, the drummer on the first Rush album is not inducted, the fact that Rob Trujillo, who's a great guy but didn't play on any of the classic Metallica albums, was inducted after being in the band six years makes me wonder exactly what are the rules? If the rules don't apply to everybody then they're not rules."
He goes on to address Peter and Ace possibly joining them on stage at the induction. Read his answer to that and more here.
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When he is at his best, Schenker is a force of nature – he needs to be given his head and allowed to be as excessive as he likes and on this album no-one seems to have thought of reining him in.
All through the album his riffs and soaring melodies are there, dark and doom-laden and underpinned by some great vocals from Doogie White (ex-Rainbow). He is back together with his old Scorpions chums Heman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and having a rhythm section that is completely in line with his music is definitely allowing his music to soar. The band also includes Wayne Findlay on keys and his seven string guitar playing adds a remarkable layer to the sound:
"I wanted to combine the old with the new,” says Schenker. “That's why the album's called Bridge The Gap. With Wayne playing 7-string guitar we created some low, heavy modern sounds. Since I play and experiment on a regular basis, I always have some new, fresh sparks to share when I record a new album. I am inspired from within. It's infinite like a kaleidoscope."
The music is not too far removed from the stock German Euro-Metal except that the song writing is incredibly good and he manages to make songs like ‘Lord of the Lost And Lonely’ sound powerful and fresh while in weaker hands it definitely would be formula stuff – the rhythm section drives it brilliantly but it is really Doogie’s vocals that take it to another place.
‘To Live For The King’ slams its ponderous path while ‘Land Of The Thunder’ and ‘Temple Of The Holy’ take you on a path to a land of imagining and desolate mountainscapes.
It does touch on the softer and more melodic but not often – this is a rampage through your head by a man on a mission and when the band reach ‘Dance For The Piper’ you feel as though you have been pummelled by a UFC fighter with all his belts on the line.
One of the best Michael Schenker albums I can remember for many years and definitely one to listen to time and again in the months to come.
Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman