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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Gyasi - Pronounced Jah-See


In the woods of West Virginia, in an isolated hollow, a young boy thought he was a peacock. When he realized, much to his dismay, that he was not a peacock, he picked up a guitar. "Pronounced Jah-See" is his official debut full length released on Alive Records And it's brilliant. Gyasi is the new face of Glam Rock.

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about you and your musical background to introduce yourself? Can you also introduce the other guys who participated on the recordings? Are they going to be part of your "live" backing band?

Well I grew up in a holler in rural West Virginia with parents that were part of the "back to the land" movement who had moved there to live close to the land and learn old ways of farming and living primitively. They had an amazing record collection of early blues, jazz, world music, and rock and roll records so I was exposed to a lot of music that most people my age were not at that time. I got a guitar at age 6 and began playing along with records and learning everything I could. I started playing shows at age 12 with my first band and writing songs. After high school I went to the Berklee College of Music to study music further, playing mainly hot jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt. As I began writing more I decided to combine all my interests into one project which led to the recordings on this record. 

The recordings and live band differ a bit. Most of the sessions were done by just me and a drummer named Ammed Solomon. Some tunes are me playing all the instruments, and some are my full touring lineup. It all depends on the circumstances of the writing/recording of the song. About half were recorded at my home studio and the other half were done at Blackbird Studio in Nashville. The current lineup is Cole Bearden on bass, Sam Skorik on drums, and Ricky Dover Jr.  guitar. 


2) About your new released full length album "Pronounced Jah-See",  what can you tell about the 5 tracks that were already on your self released CD "ANDROGYNE" from 2019? Were these 5 tracks re-recorded for the new release or are they the same recordings than the one on the previous CD?

They are the same recordings but they were remastered. These were songs that the label really liked and wanted to give them a vinyl release. This album’s overall goal was to serve as an introduction. That’s why I called it “Pronounced Jah-See” because the first thing people ask when they discover me is how to pronounce the name. Both Alive Records and I thought those songs were important to include as a good introduction to my music. 

3) Do you use the nowadays digital recording technology or do you only work with analog machines in analog studios?

I basically use an analog/digital hybrid setup now where I will record to tape and then transfer to digital for overdubs and mixing. Some songs have been all tape and some all digital. Just depends on what suits the song at the time. Generally I prefer tape, or at least working in a similar workflow to recording to tape. I find it usually yields performances and recordings with a certain energy that seems harder to get with digital for some reason. 

4) Would you agree to say that the cover pictures (and even the title) of the self released CD were more sexually orientated, almost like a statement. The pictures of the new CD/LP  - although really great, specially the back picture- are a step away from this statement. Is this an attempt to avoid shocking the larger masses?

Mmmm no I don't think there was any conscious thinking that way. I’m not afraid of shocking the masses. It’s just a different collection of songs. In this case it's more of an introduction so that was how I packaged it. It's not as much of a conceptual album per day. "Androgyne" is more provocative because that was more of what those collection of songs was about. 

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write the lyrics to a new song?

I tend to write about characters who are searching for identity and reinvention. I grew up in a very narrow minded environment (in public school) and had to break out of that and find my identity so that seems to come pretty easily as subject matter. Also sexuality, desire, love tend to be common topics. But my hope is that I can write about anything. Working on branching out my lyrical topics on some of the new tunes I’m working on. 

6) Do you have a new video on youtube  featuring a track from the new CD/LP?? 

I don't have any new music videos at the moment. Just some recent live videos. That’s something in the works now so stay tuned for some new music videos in the near future. 

7) What can concert goers expect at a Gyasi gig? Are you playin' any famous cover songs during the gig? 

I want my shows to be transportive. I try to create a world in my music and performance. I think of it very much like theatre. To cast a spell beyond just the performance of the tunes but to take the audience somewhere they may not have been expecting. The best shows I ever saw were like that so I’m always trying to achieve that magic. There really is nothing better than the power of live performance. That is where I feel most at home. Sometimes I'll throw covers in. Usually they tend to be blues songs that we’ll put in the middle of some tunes. Sometimes we’ll do “Waiting For the Man" by Velvet Underground or “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex. 

8) Are there any bands in The USA today you consider yourself close to musically speaking?

Hmm not too many these days. In the US at least. I really like the band Starcrawler. They rule. They're a bit different from what I do but it's great theatrical rock and roll. 

9) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

As a teenager I listened to a lot of Led Zeppelin. I was obsessed with that music. It took hold of me and I wanted to learn every note of it. Also the White Stripes were a huge influence, and the only contemporary band I listened to at that time. T Rex was another favorite band of mine at that time that still is a big influence. 

10) What are the plans for the rest of 2022 as far as you're concerned? Are you going to tour Europe in support of this new record?

We’re currently working on a new record as well as playing a weekly residency in Nashville. We’ll be touring in the states a fair bit. European dates are in the works! No specific dates to announce yet but it’s looking like a fall tour, which is very exciting as I’ve wanted to come to Europe for a long time. 

11) Anything you wanna add?

Thanks so much for the interview and I hope to see you at a show in Europe!

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

How's the weather in Memphis these days?

 


THE REIGNING SOUND - MEMPHIS IN JUNE

IN FLAC - Front and Back covers included

A1.Let's Do It Again 2:54

A2.Make It Up 3:20

A3.Never Coming Home 3:38

A4.Drowning 3:37

A5.On And On 3:53

A6.She's Bored With You 2:17

B1.Time Bomb High School 1:57

B2.Funny Thing 3:23

B3.Reptile Style 4:08

B4.Just Say When 4:45

B5.I'll Be Your Man 3:12

B6.Moving & Shaking     3.41


A Record Store Day 2022 'RSD first' release on Neon Orange vinyl.

Limited edition live album, compiled from a handful of (safe, socially distant) outdoor shows put on by the band in their hometown in June 2021.

https://www.mediafire.com/file/6dws0n3qlyzikfc/MemphisInJune_flac.zip/file



Saturday, May 7, 2022

Happy Man - A Tribute To The Sunnyboys


Happy Man - A Tribute To The Sunnyboys

In WAV - Booklet and Tray

This post in dedicated to ANGELO of PPC

1 I Can't Talk To You

2 Show Me Some Discipline

3 Catwalk

4 Seeker

5 Alone With You

6 Love To Rule

7 It's Not Me

8 Tunnel Of My Love

9 Tomorrow Will Be Fine

10 Happy Man

11 Tell Me What You Say

12 Love In A Box

13 Trouble In My Brain

14 My Only Friend

15 Liar

16 Pain

17 What You Need

18 Stooge

Excellent tribute to the seminal SUNNYBOYS by 18 Australian bands delivering recordings from the powerpop smarts of Melbourne's Even & Brisbane's Shifter to the all girl garage action of Melbourne's The Shimmys to the straight out rock n roll attack of the Naked Eye and Cherry Smash.

https://www.mediafire.com/file/jd7pkxoi47yl137/Happy_Man_-_A_Tribute_To_The_Sunnyboys.rar/file

The Split Squad - Another Cinderella


Michael Giblin put together a rock'n'roll supergroup and "Another Cinderella" is their sophomore album. They play what they call "Big Dumb Rock". Check it out, this blog loves it and you gonna love it too!

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about The SPLIT SQUAD to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays? What are your various individual backgrounds? How did you manage to gather this "super-group" of musicians? 
 

The Split Squad is composed of myself, Michael Giblin, (bass, vocals, guitar, keys), guitarist Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls), guitarist/vocalist Keith Streng (The Fleshtones), drummer Clem Burke (Blondie), and keyboardist Josh Kantor (The Baseball Project).  We all knew each other, through various musical projects, and decided to make a record together in 2013. We had so much fun, we turned ourselves into a real band, and have been playing together a few times a year, ever since. 

2) About the new full length record "Another Cinderella", can you explain the choice of this title in regard of the cover artwork

In American sports, the term "Cinderella" is used to describe a person or team that is succeeding where they aren't expected to.  In boxing, it's referred to as someone who is holding his own against a much stronger opponent.  Given the current fractured state of the music business, we thought it was a good metaphor for releasing an album independently these days.

3) What can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

Our process is that generally myself, Clem, and at least one of our guitarists will record the basic rhythm track, and then the rest will overdub their parts and vocals.  We like to record like a "real" rock band as much as we possibly can.  We did the first album that way, essentially completing it all in about 3 sessions.  The new album, however, was a bit different, due to the restrictions of the pandemic, and the fact that no one could travel for almost an entire year.

4) Do you use the nowadays digital recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?  

All of the actual recordings are digital, but, depending on where we are working, there will be a number of analog components involved, with regard to preamps, signal processors, eq's, etc.  I have my own studio (Red Chuck), where most of the new album was done, but we have also done a lot of tracking and mixing at a wonderful old school studio near Boston called Woolly Mammoth Sound.

5) Are you the main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another? I
mean do you arrive at the rehearsal with a full demoed song where the other guys play what you tell them to play or do you only give the global direction and everybody plays what he wants?  

Keith and I write the majority of the songs, but everyone is most definitely involved when it comes to arrangements and such. I like to demo my songs (because with my studio, I CAN), but Keith will generally just have an idea and show it to us to learn.  I'm not fussy about my demos.  If the band comes up with something different (and usually better!) it's always a good thing.

6) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write the lyrics to a new song?

When I write for The Split Squad, I try to keep the subject matter "not too serious".  In fact, I often refer to our sound as "Big Dumb Rock".  But there are a handful of our songs that have deeper, more personal meanings, such as I Can't Remember, which was inspired after the death of my wife.

7) To what kind of music did you listen to as teenagers and does it still influence your today work? What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.  

I was a teenager in the late 1970's and early 1980's, and the music that inspired me the most was all of the great cutting edge New Wave and Punk music of the time. The three bands that continue to influence me, are also the bands that were my favorites at the time: The Who, The Clash, and Elvis Costello.  They have always stuck with me.

8) Do you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the latest full length? 

Yes, we do! For our first single, "Hey DJ

 

 9) What can concert goers expect at a gig of The SPLIT SQUAD? Are you playing any famous cover songs during the gig? 

As a live band, we are very high energy and kinetic.  We take that from The Fleshtones, as Keith is a non-stop, perpetual motion machine. Our set consists of an equal sampling from both our albums, as well as some fun covers from The Heartbreakers, The Small Faces, AC/DC, and a few surprises!

10) Are there any bands in the USA today that you consider yourself close to musically speaking?  

We take a little bit from a lot of different styles and genres, so it's tough to say we are close to any ONE band, but we are never very far away from The Fleshtones and The Plimsouls.

11) How would You describe the music you're playing? Is this POWERPOP, is it Garage rock or do you consider there is way more than that?  

As I said before, we call it "Big Dumb Rock"! Musically, it's some 60's-inspired Mod rock, some Power Pop, some Garage, some Soul, etc. Everyone in the band is so musically adept, that we feel confident trying just about anything, and making it sound like us.  There's even an unreleased instrumental track from the album, where Keith said "let's play it like The Meters!", so that's what we did!

12) What are the plans for 2022 as far as The SPLIT SQUAD is concerned?

Now that "Another Cinderella" is out in the EU (on FOLC Records), we have plans to play over there a few times this year. We will be in France in June, The UK in July, and then Spain in the fall.

13) Anything you wanna add?  

It's been a rough couple of years for musicians, so we are excited to get back out in front of some people with our rock and roll circus!


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Faz Waltz - On The Ball


When I first heard the single "Hot Cold Fever" I must admit that I was a bit confused -to say the least. As a musician myself, I totally understand that, at one point, every band is entitled to make a change in its musical style. But in this case the change was RADICAL. 

What the hell happened to FAZ WALTZ that everybody loved for their take on BOVVER rock? It was almost like, in the early seventies, SLADE had morphed overnight into Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers. 

Nevertheless, now that the full length "On the Ball" is out everything seems to make more sense. After all, it's only rock'n'roll and as long as the songs are good everything is fine. And Faz knows how to write great songs! So why complain?

1) This radical change in sound and in look, is this something that happened during the pandemic or is it something you had in mind since a long time.

Faz La Rocca: It's something that came naturally, always loved the roots of Rock'N'Roll and it shows in many other songs during the years: "Shakin' Like An Hooligan", "Millionaire", "Last Train To Nowhere" and others.

2) Aren't you afraid to lose the old FAZ WALTZ fans? Why have you not tried this new musical style under a different band name? 

Faz: No, I'm not afraid of losing old fans... I've never wrote my music to please somebody else, I write for my pleasure and for what I feel. I think fans should follow the musical evolution of the artist, not the opposite. In eight albums I see a progression in many ways, but basically it's always been Rock'N'Roll. Why should I play my music under a different name? This is me.

3) what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? Did you overdub the piano parts yourself?

Faz:  We recorded the rhythm section first (drums / bass) playing all together, then I've added guitars, piano, vocals and percussions. Yes I've played all the piano parts on this album.

4) For this new album did you use the nowadays recording technology or did you only work with
analog machines to reproduce the 50's sound?

Faz: We used both technologies, old and new. Anyway we love working in studio, not at home like many do today. Thanks to Brown Bracella, who always produce the records with me, we can use 50s/60s microphones and preamps, of course going through a real vintage mixer.

5) During concerts are you going to keep playing old numbers and mix them in the set with the new ones or will it be a total new set focused on the new album?

Faz: Yes, we're playing many songs of the new album but we always add some from the old repertoire.

6) When it comes the rock'n'roll pioneers of the 50's who are your main heros? I, for one, hear a lot of Eddie Cochran and Little Richard influences in this new record.

Faz: Well, I've always been a big fan of 50s Rock'N'Roll, I think my favourite are Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Buddy HOlly and... John Lennon. Yes, I consider him one of them, a real rocker.

7) On every FAZ WALTZ there is a John Lennon's tribute. On this one, it's "Shining Teeth". Can we expect a full "Lennon" album one day ?

Faz: No, just expect a new full "Faz Waltz" album as always.

8) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?  

Faz: Yes, the first single, "Hot Cold Fever".

 

 9) What are the plans for the rest of 2022 as far as FAZ WALTZ is concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe to promote the album? 

Faz: Yes, we're on tour and playing in Italy now, Germany in July, Spain in October, we're working on a new U.S. Tour in 2023.

Thank you Eric!

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

14 YEARS of this BLOG

 



Today is a VERY special day, not only because it's the birthday of yours truly but also because we celebrate 14 YEARS of this BLOG.

And what better way to celebrate than with this AMAZING contribution of our Special Agent in Kuala Lumpur. 

Thanks a lot, man! 😃😃😃😃😃


Friday, April 8, 2022

LOS ABISMOS - Back Alley Surfers

 

 

Hey Guys and Girls, check out the debut release by LOS ABISMOS, a band that may or may not feature some members of the VICE BARONS. It's way cool and super groovy, just the way we like it.

PURCHASE THE GOODIES HEREhttps://losabismos.bandcamp.com/album/back-alley-surfers


Tuesday, February 22, 2022

MARVEL - Five Smell City (Reissue)



The Sign Record recently released the long awaited vinyl version of Märvel's debut album Five Smell City  titled after their hometown Linköping (known locally as the city of five smells) that was originally released in 2005.  So it was high time for this blog to try to find out who are the guys behind the masks.

1) For the sake of the argument, let's say that a very young viewer stumbles upon this blog for the first time and doesn't know who MARVEL is: what would you tell him about the band to introduce the various members, the history of the band and also your body of work?

Hello young person! People playing music together is sometimes referred to as a "band". Märvel is a band from Sweden. Sweden is a land famous for making watches, chocolate and soft porn. There are different kinds of music. Märvel's music is sometimes described as sweaty group sex with The Hellacopters, Turbonegro and Electric Six at a KISS-themed children's party. If you throw some 60's soul and 80's metal (the good kind) in the mix you are getting pretty close to the truth. 

Märvel has three steady members - The King (guitars & vocals) - The Vicar (drums) and The Burgher (bass). This band setup is sometimes referred to as a "power trio". Because we are sought after by the police we wear masks to hide our faces. We also wear masks to hide our bad and tormented skin. People all over the world like our music. Those people have formed fan clubs called "Märvel Army". With the new album we're releasing this spring we have made 9 albums. That is quite impressive. On the other hand, we have been around for twenty years so it's not so impressive after all.

2)  About the newly reissued debut album, "Five Smell City", that finally receives the vinyl treatment, do you remember the recording process back then and what can you tell us about it? Was it a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

Five smell city was originally released in 2005. Prior to that we released a few vinyl ep's. The debut album consisted of a handful of songs from those earlier EP's as well as ~7 new ones. We recorded all those songs in Soulmine Studios in Linköping with awesome producer and friend Jörgen Wärnström.

 All basic tracks were recorded live in a one take fashion with us all standing in the same room. Vocals, solos and percussion were added afterwards. There was probably a lot of cheap cookies and strong coffee involved in the process. Besides the King and the Vicar, the band at that time had Speedo (aka Ulrik Bostedt aka Animalizer) playing the bass. He (most likely) used a vintage Burns bass through a Fender Bassman 100 for all the songs. The King played his Gibson Les Paul '78 through a Marshall JCM 800 with bad tubes. The Vicar played a vintage Ludwig drum kit that previously belong to someone who moved to Australia (no, it was NOT Uffe Stenport's drumkit!).

3)As far as your more recent recordings are concerned, do you use the nowadays digital recording technology or do you still keep on working with analog machines in analog studios

We have built our own studio, Solskensfabriken (the Sunshine Factory) and it facilitates both analog and digital equipment. We're not to anal about that stuff as long as it sounds good in the end.

4) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write the lyrics to a new song?

Most of our lyrics are inspired by the TV-show "Eigen Kweek".  Other than that, there's no special theme. Some songs are about a state of mind or a feeling. And sometimes it's about a made up character or scenario. It could also be about something personal that's happening has happened or is about to happen in the future.

5) To what kind of music did you listen to as teenagers and does it still influence your today work? What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

If we have to choose just 3 it's Pedda P, Gurra G and Doktor C. (note : Swedish hip hop trio formed in Stockholm in 1990. Looks awful!). They made a very strong impact on us as kids. We also listened to Kiss, Iron Maiden, Dire Straits and WASP. 

6) Now that your debut album as been reissued on vinyl, do you also consider reissuing other albums as well. Have some of them never been released on vinyl so far?

The only album that hasn't been released on vinyl is our first cover album "Unleashed" from 2006. Hopefully that will happen in the future. Thunderblood Heart, Hadal Zone Express and The Hills Have Eyes sold out or very close to sold out so it definitely time for some reissues of those albums.

7) Are there any artists in SWEDEN today you consider yourself close to, musically speaking?

Not really. The Scandinavian rock scene is thriving with so many bands releasing new music all the time. That's great but we've never really felt like we're part of that scene. We've always been too late or too early to the party, yet somehow we managed to stick around. After 20 years in the bizniz we've seen it all.

8) Do you think it was different to be in a rock'n'roll band way back when you guys started than it is now? What has changed, according to you?

People are so young nowadays. Of course, social media was not a big thing and you more or less had to have a record deal to get heard. Do you remember that singles were released after the album, not before like today?! It feels like music in general was a bigger deal for young people back then. But that could just be a sign of us having lost touch with reality. 

9) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

The King writes the songs but the band works on the details of the arrangements together.

10) You guys are now The Sign Records recording artists. Is this the label that suits MARVEL the best And if so, why?

It suits us fine. We know them since many years and they're situated in the same town. They give us a lot of creative freedom and they're very passionate about music. They release insane amounts of music every year.

11) What are the plans for the rest of 2022 as far as MARVEL is concerned? 

Our new album "Graces Came With Malice" (our ninth!) is out April 22nd. We'll be celebrating the release with a release party and gigs around Sweden. We're also turning 20 years as a band which means we're celebrating this the whole year. We've got a festival planned for the summer and a greatest hits double album for the fall. We're also digging in the archives and will be sharing historic events, gigs, demos, etc with our fans through our social media channels.

12) Anything you wanna add?

Märvel is always online. Check our homepage marveltheband.com and keep up to date through facebook.com/marveltheband and instagram.com/marveltheband

Preorder our album and buy tshirts and stuff at https://marveltheband.bandcamp.com/- Thanks for the support!

Here is a track from the forthcoming album: 

Purchase the limited colored vinyl edition of Five Smell City here: 

https://freighttrain.se/m%C3%A4rvel-_-five-smell-city-lp-(limited-purpleopink-splatter-vinyl)/