Feb 062014
 
Resonator - 9VoltRevolt

Louisville’s 9VoltRevolt has a new album, Resonator, and it’s available for free download at their website at www.9voltrevolt.net/
Here’s the track list:
1. Skin Deep
2. Not This Time
3. Nemesis
4. Building On Nothing
5. I’d Rather Die
6. I Give To You
7. Perfect Forever
8. Please Please Please
9. Skin Deep (Empyrean Asunder Remix)

Feb 052014
 

I noticed on Facebook the other day that other people and myself are getting tired of musical trends and the unsigned bands who strive to stay on top of all of them. It’s one thing that has vexed me from the start when trying to make my own music. When Korn came out everyone flocked to buy a 7 string, and suddenly there were 500 Korn knockoffs. Everyone tried to play grunge, too. Hip hop rock had been overdone, too, in my opinion. It just doesn’t sound very fresh anymore. All the “Yeh yehhhh’s” and the whiney rap vocals don’t do a thing for me. The brutal extreme metal has lost it’s allure as well, now that every heavy band sounds like the cookie monster, pretty much. Where has the actual singing gone in metal? Forget what’s popular, what’s in, and what people are listening to. Take the time to write music from your heart, no matter how weird or different you think it is. Who gives a crap what anyone thinks! I actually have a song called “Putt Putt and Anal,” which is a groovy lil’ tune about golf and slippin’ one up your ole lady’s tater! I’ve written some questionable music in my time, I know this. But I’ve written some awesome riffs, too, some music I’m quite proud of. Some of the best music, to me, is the very different, ground-breaking stuff. So when writing, be bizarre, don’t limit yourself or tell yourself what’s got to happen writing-wise. Let that sh*t go, and just go with the flow and see what happens. You could be pleasantly surprised. And for god’s sake, quit worrying about your band’s image and how cool you look. Concentrate on the most important thing, the music, dillweed!

I noticed on Facebook the other day that other people and myself are getting tired of musical trends and the unsigned bands who strive to stay on top of all of them. It’s one thing that has vexed me from the start when trying to make my own music. When Korn came out everyone flocked to buy a 7 string, and suddenly there were 500 Korn knockoffs. Everyone tried to play grunge, too. Hip hop rock had been overdone, too, in my opinion. It just doesn’t sound very fresh anymore. All the “Yeh yehhhh’s” and the whiney rap vocals don’t do a thing for me. The brutal extreme metal has lost it’s allure as well, now that every heavy band sounds like the cookie monster, pretty much. Where has the actual singing gone in metal? Forget what’s popular, what’s in, and what people are listening to. Take the time to write music from your heart, no matter how weird or different you think it is. Who gives a crap what anyone thinks! I actually have a song called “Putt Putt and Anal,” which is a groovy lil’ tune about golf and slippin’ one up your ole lady’s tater! I’ve written some questionable music in my time, I know this. But I’ve written some awesome riffs, too, some music I’m quite proud of. Some of the best music, to me, is the very different, ground-breaking stuff. So when writing, be bizarre, don’t limit yourself or tell yourself what’s got to happen writing-wise. Let that sh*t go, and just go with the flow and see what happens. You could be pleasantly surprised. And for god’s sake, quit worrying about your band’s image and how cool you look. Concentrate on the most important thing, the music, dillweed!
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Feb 042014
 

Two new rock titans are heading this way to Louisville’s coolest venue, the Louisville Palace Theater, on Wednesday, April 23. This should be a barnburner of a show and will sell out, so you might want to get your tickets ASAP. I’ve never seen Volbeat before, and would really like to. I kinda like them. It’s a lot better than most garbage on the radio these days. One cool fact I found out is that their manager (and the guy who discovered them), Scott Frazier, is a Louisville native, who also manages Saving Able and Flaw. Small world, huh? Congrats to Scott for his success in the music business. Volbeat is a juggernaut these days and the money should be rolling in bigtime.


Trivium is another band that has come a long long way. I remember seeing them/meeting them many years back at Jillian’s when they opened for Lacuna Coil. Very, very, nice young guys and talented, too. Nowadays, they are some serious shredders and their popularity has soared! They have evolved leaps and bounds since those Jillian’s days! The technical prowess of their music is off the hook. So ,yeah, this should be a monster of a show., in a pristine venue of epic porportions! Get your tickets NOW!! Or be left out day of show. And you know you would be one crying, whining mofo!

Feb 042014
 

I have been complaining about this for a few years, that all these Toy Tiger Reunions were all based around Fire Dept (whom I love) and the Eighties crowd that revolved around them, when there was three decades of live music that happened at the Toy Tiger. My point is, there was so much more to The legendary Toy Tiger than Fire Dept.

My generation was the Nineties original metal scene at Toy Tiger. Bands like My Own Victim, Faceplant, Shattered Reality, Rathbone, Shapeless Matrix, Flaw, Drunk Monkey, Luther, Psycho Soul, Inhuman, Paglina, Incursion, and a ton of other bands as well. We had some rip-roaring shows in the mid-to-late Nineties. My goal is to reunite some of the bands for one reunion show. Yeah, I know it will be hard to do, getting bands to reform after 15 years, but I’m willing to give it a try to see if it can be done. I have some doubts because it’s been many many years, and people have kids, careers, wives, or don’t even live here anymore. But if I can set up a decent lineup of these bands, this will happen. I really want to make this reunion happen. It would be one really cool party. But … if bands are lazy and indecisive, then it probably won’t happen. I will be contacting bands very soon to see if it is a possibility to play the reunion, so some of you might be contacted soon!

I plan on having people in the music scene at the time, there to help run/host the show too, people like Black Frank, Louie The Local Guy, Jeff Vernon, Toy Tiger’s Mary Powell, etc..

All the proceeds will go to MERF so we’ll have more money to help people with. And yes, even hardcore, super-fast, brutal metal musicians can apply for assistance! There’s a new MERF in town, and we aim to help all you scalawags, from bluegrass to death metal. I’ll have more news later.

Feb 032014
 

A Must See: Cheap Trick vocalist/guitarist Robin Zander will be playing an impromptu acoustic set at Headliners on Tuesday February 4th. I’ve seen many a band in my day, but this guy is amazing. He has the voice of an angel and plays/sings at the same time-like its nothing. Rarely does one sound so good while doing both at the same time! But Robin does every time! He is a musical master. If you love melody and feeling/emotion in your music, then by all means, get to this show! I’m going to try to make this. I haven’t been to Headliners in years, and want to see how they fixed the place up. This sounds like the perfect opportunity. Ohhhhh yeah. I hope he plays “The flame.” There are a few $20 tickets left, so don’t mess around. Get those tickets!!!

Feb 032014
 

Louisville rocker Dave Moody is back with a new project called Devils Due, an Eighties hair band tribute from Cincinnati that plays Kiss, Ratt, Motley Crue, Poison, Bulletboys, Bang Tango, Steelheart, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Dokken, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Faster Pussycat and much more. I love this type of music and I saw a few videos of these guys jamming out and it looks like good, dirty, unwholesome, Spandex-wearing, Aqua Net spraying, raunchy fun. Just like the Eighties! According to Dave, his new band members are some characters, indeed, and put on quite the energetic show. The band is Staci Michaelz on vocals, Richard Grand on guitar, Sid Lawless (a.k.a. Dave Moody) on bass, Jay Jay Black on drums.


Here’s a video, posted by stingraylouisville:

Feb 032014
 

Not too much happening right now, cause it’s the dead of winter (whoa, that would be a cool band name!), but there are a few shows in the mix, like Volbeat/Trivium, Chimaira, Dark Tranquility, 10 Years, Primer 55 and more.

Yeah, it’s cold. But you can wrap up in bundles like the little brother in “Christmas Story” and get out of the darn house and go see some live friggin’ music, whether it be nationals or some Louisville original rock! Heck, come see me play on Friday, February 7th at Phoenix Hill Tavern. My band Year Of The Gun will be playing our new CD in entirety!! Hope to see you peeps out.

We play at 10 p.m.

Peace.

Feb 022014
 

Howdy ye metal loving folks! OMG, this weather is hideous. It’s been so cold that water pipes burst during band practice (which caused chaos), and my nuts (Planters extra salty. Ha!) froze to my frikkin’ car seat. Not fun at all. And just think, an ex wanted me to move with her to Iowa. Ha ha! That’s a good one. No thanks, Pocahontas, I’m as far north as I care to be. It’s bad enough right here in Louisville with that cold-arse river. Things are always slow this time of year musically in tha Ville. And while it’s not so bad taking a break and hybernating like a big ole grizzly bear, one does tend to get bored a bit. One cool thing to occupy my time is that I am now an official board member of MERF, the Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation, formerly the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund. It is an organization that has been around since the Eighties, when friends of Marvin Maxwell founded it with money left over from benefits for Maxwell, who had torn up his ankle in a car wreck. The goal is to help musicians in a bind. Say a member of a band gets his hand mangled in a cheese grating accident? The MERF board has a meeting and decides if this person meets the criteria for assistance – a working Louisville (or from Louisville) musician, which includes the seven counties of the metropolitan area. If it is a valid case of someone needing help, and everyone votes to help, then MERF comes to the rescue. Is that not a great organization? It’s a wonderful idea, no doubt.

I don’t know why they asked me to a meeting, but I’m thinking my popular Rock For Kosair Benefit might have gotten me on the board. After all, $50,000 worth of toys donated to Kosair isn’t anything to laugh at.

Alas, everything has at least one negative aspect. I have to be 100% honest with you peeps, which is the way I roll (even though it pisses some people off). I kinda always thought MERF was a members-only organization for those who play top 40 covers, or only those who know or are in good with the MERF board/founders. I had heard numerous times that MERF didn’t really have anything to do with the true Louisvillerock/metal scene. There was even a long standing joke that I had heard “you had to know the Maxwells or someone in that group to get any assistance from MERF.” So, as you can imagine, us edgy high-gain hardcore rockers felt a bit left out.

Discarded. Rejected. Heck, bad stuff happens to us too. Probably more so!

But when I was invited to a meeting, I saw a ray of sunshine through a very cloudy winter day! If accepted, I would do my best to include the real Louisville original rock and metal scene the best I could. It turned out that they really just didn’t have a reputable representative of the underground rock/metal scene in the board/organization. The board was a group of super-cool people who only want to help folks. They do everything for free, and donate quite a bit of their time to do so. It was a delightful and very friendly meeting, and I’m so glad I went! Funny peeps, too.

So after the meeting, I was voted in. I really like to be able to help people, and now I’ll have quite a few more chances with MERF. I promise to try to get us rockers an equal amount of help out of this MERF money we raise. And you don’t have to be in a cover band playing “Bulls On Parade” every night! We will go over any application, and although we cannot promise anything, we will certainly do our best to review the case and see what can be done to help. In this doody economy, every little bit helps.

Another great thing about this is that MERF will be more than likely be having a Toy Tiger Nineties Hardcore Reunion late this summer (see info below).