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)

Jan 072014
 

Rust N’ Bones has had a pretty darn good year, indeed. Coming from out of nowhere and playing shows all the time must have been grueling, but I don’t think band founder and one of the coolest guys in the scene, Justin Spicer, minds much. In fact, I know the man lives to play his music. He is like me, he doesn’t care if 15 people like his music, he is going to do his thing his way and that’s all there is to it. I respect that totally.</P>
<p>The band just recorded some tunes at two different locations. “The Things You Do” has some lovely, bluesy lead work starting out, though I’m not sure I like the rhythm guitar tone very much. Sounds a bit too fuzzy, kind of like a Crate amp of the Eighties. The lead sound works, well though. Justin’s vocals have a bluesy feel to it and sound pretty good in a Billy Gibbons sort of way. A raspy, Gravelly, gruffy soulful endeavor, but actaul singing, nonetheless. He’s like an old black man down South singing the blues in a Blind Lemon Jefferson sort of way, which makes Justin an original around these parts. I’m not into the drum sound on this recording, though. They are a bit weak to be effective. I have to admit I’m kind of spoiled on studio quality recordings, and I do pick at anything less than what the music deserves. The studio quality is not terrible, but it could be better. I like this band because they don’t care about trends or stupid crap like that. They have their own sound and be damned to everything else! This song reminds me of old ZZ Top or something other South Texas rock! Justin’s leads are rockin’. “Bad Love” is a love song of hurt and betrayal. The guitar tones sound a little better in this one. The use of the wah pedal is cool. The songs are a bit simplistic but who cares, it isn’t about how hard of stuff you can play, its about feeling and soul. And Rust N’ Bones have both. Yeah, they don’t sound like the cookie monster on vocals (thank god), nor do they play lightning fast, ridiculous death metal riffs, but what they do is play music with soul, from the heart. I like this song much better. It’s a good bluesy tune with a good rockin groove. If you like bluesy no nonsense rock n’ roll, then Rust N’ Bones is just what the doctor ordered! Seek them out at www.reverbnation.com/rustnbones</P>

Jan 062014
 

Wow, these guys do not give up. I totally respect their dedication and persistence. Having been through several lineup changes, you think they would give up and start anew, but giving up is not in these guys vocabulary, apparently. The band parted ways with singer Billy Burton (There’s a fargin’ surprise. Not! I hate to say “I told ya so” but I just can’t resist.) and guitarist Tony Henry a few months back but have announced a new lineup coming your way soon. The band has enlisted Troy Hendrix on vocals and James Toler on guitar. Two guys I haven’t heard of before, but that means nothing, as there are lots of undiscovered talent out there just waiting to be heard. These new dudes could be awesome. And knowing Troy and Nick for as long as I have, I’m sure they jam pretty good to even be considered. We will find out on February 7 at Phoenix Hill Tavern when they play one of their first shows back! So be out to support the guys and their new members.

Jan 042014
 

Well, after two years of lollygagging, Louisville’s Year Of The Gun has just finished recording five new tracks at EarlyGrayce Studios with studio engineer Jordan Haynes. In case you haven’t been paying any attention whatsoever, I play guitar in this band. I have heard about Jordan Haynes forever, about how good he is in the studio and how as a musician, you’ve got to get in there and record with him at all costs. Well, all that was true. The guy is awesome. These days, I’m pretty picky about studios and who records me, but everything worked out really good for our band at Earlygrayce Studios. Jordan was easy to work with. Fast at getting the music back to us. And he didn’t rush us like some engineers tend to do. This was the first time I had ever used a click track in a studio and to be honest, I was scared to death. I’m used to playing with the band and getting drum tracks first, and laying instrument tracks over that, but this way was very good. I ended up playing first to a click track by myself to a room full of people, which was stressful, but it ended up being much easier than I thought. I flew through it like poo through a goose! The end result is pretty awesome. I’ve been posting it like crazy. I’m a ham, what can I say! I’m proud of what the YOTG guys and myself have made. If you are in a band and are wanting to record soon, you should try to get in there with Jordan. He is booked a lot and turns away work a lot because of how busy he is, but if you are lucky you can get sqeezed in. The best part is that you will sound good, regardless. It doesn’t matter who you know, or if you are not real good friends with Jordan. He does his best every time. I’ve noticed some studios do you up better if you are good friends with them. With Jordan, you get the full service regardless. I like that.

As a long-time musician in Louisville, I highly recommend Jordan Haynes and another great engineer, Michael Sanders, to handle all of your recording needs. Both are really good and have a great ear for capturing what needs to be captured.

As for our five song CD? There are at least three singles that can be played on the radio “That Mouth Of Yours” “She Dreams” and “Beautiful.” Our singer, Steve Sawyers, killed and you can easily see why (in my opinion) he is one of the premier vocalists/songwriters in Louisville. Great lyrics and melodies are abundant in every song. It’s the best recording I’ve done. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. Of course there are always a few things you would like to change, and maybe we might spend some more cash down the road to fix things up a bit, but for now we are good to go.

Check out our brand new music at https://soundcloud.com/year-of-the-gun/that-mouth-of-yours and you can see us next on Friday, February 7 at Phoenix Hill Tavern with Popkiss Chainsaw and Some Kind Of Saint.

Jan 032014
 

Centerfold is back and is serious about kicking some butt. They absolutely tore it up playing at my Rock For Kosair show in November. Thanks for helping the kids at Kosair guys! You guys rocked. And they had a huge show on New Years Eve at Diamond Pub with Flaw, so things are definitely in high gear for a band just getting back in the groove of things. The guys just recorded a song at Earlygrayce Studios with Jordan Haynes (the same place my band just recorded). “One Way Out” is a modern endeavor with super-cool sounding guitars that are complex and vocals that are melodic and well done. It’s hard to describe the musical category that this song belongs in. Progressive rock? Modern rock? Melodic rock? They don’t really sound like anyone that I can think of, and that’s good. I really like the use of effects on the guitars. Nice! I like Bobby Naelitz’s guitar style, riff writing abilities, and lead guitar work. Dude was shredding at RFK. Some schorching leads! The vocals of John Hager are quite good. I like that he actually sings. The song starts a bit slow but kicks more butt as it progresses. Rich Brown and Bobby Naelitz work very well together as a team and together are a formidible duo. Excellent musicianship and very complex and well thought out songwriting. This is no simple three-chord ca ca that a lot of bands do. These guys put a lot of time and effort into their music and it shows in this recording and in live performances. The sound quality of this recording is badass. No complaints here. My band was in the same studio almost at the same time that these guys were recording. Both our recordings sound pretty darn good if you ask me! But thats Jordan Haynes for ya.

Nov 052013
 

Cold weather and high winds hurt Allen Ashbaugh‘s MF5 Annual Cancer Benefit at The Bullitt County Fairgrounds on October 25 and 26. Despite having a thriving lineup of the region’s underground bands, the show did not do well, I heard. It’s a shame, because Allen worked his butt off to make this a great show and to do some good for the Cancer Research Center and Louisville music scene. I’m thinking Allen lost out bigtime financially, with all the money he put into this show. Not to mention he was most likely unable to get a profit to donate to the Cancer Fund. He always puts a ton of money into providing a great atmosphere/quality stage sound for the bands playing these shows. I feel bad for him for having put so much into this event. There is always next year! Although he may want to have the event earlier in the year though, just to be safe. Good job, regardless Allen! You did your best and that means a lot. Be on the lookout for MF6.

Oct 062013
 

The Louisville rock band Trust Divided has returned from a year-and-a-half hiatus while band members served in the armed forces. I recently played a show with those guys (and learned never to shake an Afghani’s left hand lol) once again and they sounded very good. They have a new guitarist named Chase Groher, who is very young. But don’t let his age of fourteen fool you, this kid is on top of things for such a young age. He has the tone, skills and stage presence to rip it up whenever he plays. Chase went into a nice guitar solo and ripped it up! He seems like a good kid. So congrats to Trust Divided for being home and jamming again, and to new guitarist Chase Groher for doing a great job. Welcome back guys! BTW, you can see TD at RFK on Friday November 15 at PHT.

Oct 032013
 

Promoter Allen Ashbaugh is back with another Cancer Benefit Concert for metal lovers. His 5th Annual Cancer Benefit MF5 will be held at Bullit County Fairgrounds on October 25 and 26. MF5 (formerly Metal Fest) is an annual music festival to support the cure, research, and treatment of cancer. Donations will be going to http://www.jimmyv.org/ which gives 100% of its donations to research or treatment. Every year for the past four years, Allen and several bands from Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding regions have come together for two nights of rockin’ music and friendship. Allen and friends are back for MF5 in 2013 to do the same!!

Friday night features Kyzer, Billtown Road, One For The Doc, Underwater, Moonlight Theory, Yesterdays Diary, The Lost River Cavemen, The Lonesome Cowboys, My Addiction and Second Nature.

Saturday night features Luther, The Stonecutters, 6 to the Third, Slit Throat Vendetta, Granshaw, Devil And The Darkness, Great Floods, They Left Her Body In The Woods, Sons Of Medusa, Chigger, Two Pump Chump and Bury The Wicked. Also two huge bounce houses, one pink ambulance that we can sign, vendors, food vendors, a movie outside both nights (weather permitting), costume contest, pumpkin painting contest, and pumpkin chunkin’. Should be a good time.

Aug 282013
 

Yup, it’s about time that I started to get an idea about how I want to present my annual Rock For Kosair Benefit Concert in November. If you have a theme or idea about a band that would be perfect, give me a shout and I’ll see what can be done. Of course, the most important thing is to raise as much money as possible for toys for the kids at Kosair Charities for Christmas. So I’m going to need all the help I can get doing this. So far you people have been great help and have really shown that you do care. So my deepest most sincere thanks to you. Let’s make this year the best ever. If you have ideas how to generate more money for the kids, I’m all ears. EDDYMETAL1@aol.com

Aug 012013
 

The following bands have been very busy playing out and are pushing their music harder than ever. These guys and gals are the current Louisville original music scene! Show some support and check out some of these great original bands- Signal The Revolution, Popkiss Chainsaw, Some Kind Of Saint, Year Of The Gun, Talk Of Spring, The Tri Tones, IIattatime, Rockaway Drive, Heavens Gate Gospel Revival, Krosjoint, The Whiskey Riders, 18 Xray, Rifle, Overload, Ohlm, Stonecutters, The Revenants, Two Pump Chump, Unleashed, Boozer, RustNBones, Shines Negative, Underwater, Lost In Eden, Branded By Hate, Granshaw, Jet Black Orchid, Reign Of Revelation, Poetry Of The Dead, Created To Kill, Six Foot Fall, Anagnorisis and Demise Of The King, plus more. Excuse me if I left out a band or two, my memory isn’t what it used to be. These following bands are just getting going or back on track, so in a few months time, they should be rockin’ full steam – Luther, Hellfire Malitia, Trust Divided, Chigger, Devil And The Darkness, Bonejinn (reforming with a few original members), Bearhammer, Great Floods.

Props to you bands for soldiering on and getting your music heard the best you can!