Jul 182019

Out of tragedy and turmoil, Awaken I Am have released a collection of emotion-filled tracks that are at once beautiful and yet filled with anger, confusion, and heaviness.

Australian band Awaken I Am have gone through the typical band member replacement drama but also have had to endure the worst, when a wrong-way driver took the life of guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley.  The band had just finished a US tour in support of their debut album Blind Love and were due out on the road in less than two weeks.  The band picked up guitarist Jay Sibthorpe and pushed on.  The ep The Beauty in Tragedy is the band’s way of not only paying tribute to Connor but also coming to terms with the senseless nature of the tragedy.  Taylor Larsen (Asking Alexandria and The Word Alive) recorded the ep.

The ep opens up with one of the heaviest tracks in “Kin”.  Start off with some electronica and then bring in the heavy guitar riffs and once those die out the keyboards and bass largely keep things moving along during the verse sections backed by some drum work from Luke McKenzie that adds some interesting texture.  Vocals are incredibly smooth and emotion-filled and to be honest, from a composition standpoint, the song reminds me a bit of something from Linkin Park but with a bit more emphasis on melody and heavier guitars.  Topically the song is addressed to the driver who purposefully drove on the wrong side of the road, so you can imagine the emotion involved.  Not being a fan of this style of music, the emotion in the performances drew me in before I even knew the back story.  This is one of those albums you listen to and think to yourself that there is something authentic here and it keeps your interest. Continue reading »

May 312019

Carousel Kings have released one of the most head-bopping, infectiously catchy albums of 2019 with their fifth studio album “Plus Ultra” today via Victory Records. To celebrate its release, the Pennsylvania four-some gear up for a lengthy tour starting tonight in Albany, NY. The Plus Ultra Tour Phase 1 includes stops at Milwaukee’s famed Summerfest on July 3, Renegade Fest in Pontiac, MI on July 6 with more dates to be announced soon.

Listen to the full album “Plus Ultra” below.

“We are very humbled and excited to give the world Plus Ultra!” exclaims Carousel Kings frontman David Alexander. “Being together as long as we have, our set list took some time to gather, but it is going to appeal to fans old and new. We feel a refreshed energy with Plus Ultra and cannot wait to brandish these new songs live for everyone.” Continue reading »

Nov 292018

With over 1 million albums sold, Reverend Horton Heat come roaring back with their 12th masterpiece “Whole New Life,” streaming now at Billboard. The zesty, infectious eleven track release will be available worldwide this Friday, November 30 and is the follow-up to 2014’s REV. “Whole New Life” Full Album Now Streaming below.

Jim ‘Rev’ Heath has been at the helm of rockabilly royalty since 1985, along with longtime bass master and confidant Jimbo Wallace. After rocking as a trio for nearly 30 years, “Whole New Life” marks a whole new era for the band, now a quartet with Matt Jordan on organ and piano, and new drummer Arjuna ‘RJ’ Contreras, adding new flair to an already legendary outfit.

Heath adds, “I love playing with these guys, it truly is a whole new band, so the title fits perfectly. It is appropriate for what Jimbo, RJ, Matt and I are going through. We’re really enjoying our career right now and it’s all a little new for each of us.” Continue reading »

Oct 282018

Reverend Horton Heat have released another barnstormer with the new single ‘Hog Tyin’ Woman,’ from the upcoming collection “Whole New Life,” available worldwide November 30, 2018. On December 7, fans of the NBC thriller Midnight, Texas can tune in to see Reverend Horton Heat perform ‘Hog Tyin’ Woman’ on the hit show.

“I love her so much she’s got a rope around me,” admits crooner Jim ‘Reverend’ Heath. That wryly fits the theme of Reverend Horton Heat’s twangy chord strumming and doo-wop drumming of ‘Hog Tyin’ Woman.’ Heath bucks up and confronts his love of the road and the love of his woman, adding “Even though this tune is a crazy little romp seemingly about bondage, it’s really just an ‘I’m true to you’ love song. It has that fun, yet psychotic vocal uttering, and a bluesy yet desperate guitar.” Continue reading »

Sep 232018

Like ripping bolts of lightning from the sky, Reverend Horton Heat unleash smoldering electricity with ‘Whole New Life,’ the lead single and music video from their new album, aptly titled Whole New Life. The album will be available everywhere via Victory Records on November 30, 2018.

From his signature Gretsch guitar, Jim ‘Reverend Horton’ Heath summons a bounty of rock ‘n’ roll flavors and Whole New Life is the perfect example of how a great song can hook you instantly. Also featuring longtime slap-bass general Jimbo Wallace, the eleven track blockbuster features new sticksman Arjuna ‘RJ’ Contreras whose jazz and rock qualifications brought a distinctive new backbeat to the legendary rockabilly duo. A flashy, young pianist named Matt Jordan, possessing all the pomp and power of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, rounds out the lineup. Heath expands, “I love playing with these guys, it truly is a whole new band, so the title fits perfectly. It is appropriate for what Jimbo, RJ, Matt and I are going through. We’re really enjoying our career right now and it’s all a little new for each of us.” Continue reading »