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 »

Abandoned by Bears – “Headstorm”

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Sep 082018
 

Sweden’s Abandoned by Bears return with their second album, Headstorm,  a mix of individual pop punk and metalcore songs and songs that blend the two styles.

Abandoned by Bears have been together as a band since 2012 and live scattered across Sweden, which undoubtedly makes for some challenges in recording.  For Headstorm, the band opted to have Buster Odeholm (Impact Studios) handle the mixing and mastering in contrast to their previous work where the band handled everything.  Even the recording itself had a good bit of variety as the band used multiple studios in Malmo and Trelleborg. With the release of the album on August 24th, the band kicks off a US tour with support from Light Up the Sky, Boys of Fall, and We Were Sharks.

Interestingly, Abandoned by Bears have chosen the first and last tracks off Headstorm to be videos for the album.  The opening track “So Far Gone” is over the top pop punk along the lines of Blink-182, Good Charlotte,  and numerous others and the from a style standpoint, there are brief glimpses of guitars that seem a bit too heavy and maybe that should have been my tip off to what was to come.  In sharp contrast is the last track “Greyscale” which is full on metalcore complete with the chugging deep riff expected from a 7- or 8-string guitar.  Gone are the syrupy bright vocals, replaced with deep growled screams and lines like “Back the f*&^ up…” and breakdowns that sound familiar to anyone who has listened to the genre. Continue reading »