mercredi 17 octobre 2018

Filthy Filthy - "Tripping/Getting Away With It" single review

You like the UK. You like punk rock. You like to chant with you beers buddies. Here you go then !

Filthy Filthy, this bunch of eternal punk teens, have already been reviewed on this blog for their first Digital E.P. 

And just like a Saturday night at the pub they are back to mess with your sanity.

This time the band is releasing 2 songs, still in Digital format. And still in their own fashion and style : bare bone basic old school punk rock with simple yet catchy vocal melodies and backing vocals handled by the rest of the boys (It's gang thing!).

If you enjoyed their previous effort you will dig this one too. If not, well...

The lads being part rebels / part wizards they succeeded in delivering 2 tracks with the exact same length (2:56 mn). The lyrics are once again dealing with deep personal issues as you may have guessed. Yes, fun songs for a fun evening. Not sure the band have another agenda than that. And they are doing a swell job doing so.

Simplicity and their "no fancy production" is part of their charm. But I candidly wonder if they would try to capture their spontaneous energy in a more tight manner in the future. In a similar way than The DeRellas for example.

dimanche 14 octobre 2018

Video of the Week : The DeRellas "High Rise Supersize"

Few months ago I reviewed their latest and excellent E.P..

It's about time their video for their the highly effective song "High Rise Supersize" get featured here.

The fight must go on, GO GO DeRellas !

The DeRellas "High Rise Supersize" (2018 - Rockaway records)
7inch vinyl & CD, download @ CD baby

1. High Rise Supersize
2. I Got Something To Say
3. Fox On The Run (Sweet cover)

dimanche 7 octobre 2018

Video of the Week : Alice Cooper "Along Came A Spider, The Movie"

Because it's the last good records he has done that looks and sounds as an Alice Cooper album should (as a solo artist). A bit too polished tho' but...

And he even made a (short) movie/music video for it. How cool !

Obviously we can't expect so much effort from him anymore so let's enjoy this one for what it is. Not the best AC record but so much better than his half-backed latest ones.

Am I a bit harsh ? That's only because I like him you know.

Alice Cooper "Along Came A Spider"  (2008 - SPV records)
1. Prologue/ I Know Where You Live
2. Vengeance Is Mine
3. Wake The Dead
4. Catch Me If You Can
5. (in Touch With Your) Feminine Side
6. Wrapped In Silk
7. Killed By Love
8. I'm Hungry
9. The One That Got Away
10. Salvation
11. I Am The Spider/ Epilogue

dimanche 30 septembre 2018

Video of the Week : The CRY "Shakin'"

"Shakin' like a vibrator, Burnin' like a radiator"

'Nuff said. The CRY is delivering the goods songs after songs and help Rock N Roll infidels to keep the faith in their own religion.

The band is currently in the last leg of their European tour. Go catch them in a club near you if you can.

Oct. 1 2018 : Paris, FRANCE @ Supersonic (FREE)
Oct. 3 2018 : Hamburg, GERMANY @ Komet music bar
Oct. 7 2018 : Munich, GERMANY @ Untel Deck
Oct. 14 2018 : Turin, ITALY @ Blah Bah

dimanche 23 septembre 2018

Video of the Week : Bakers Pink "Watercolours"

Once called The Front, Bakers Pink was the new guise choose by the band to release their second album. Was it a clever commercial move to change its name at this point ? Probably not.

Nonetheless the album is one of these forgotten gems that paving Rock music history. But at last Sony has re-released Bakers Pink on all major digital platforms so if you never had the chance to listen to it before -or lost your copy during your path on this mortal life- you have no excuse left !

Love it from start to finish. Now and then.

Here's the video of the single "Watercolours"

Bakers Pink "Bakers Pink"  (1993 - Sony)

1. The Noose, The Flesh & The Devil
2. Euphoria
3. Soul Connection
4. Untouched
5. Lonely, Lonely, Lonely
6. Watercolours
7. Burn On
8. You Ai't Gonna Love Me
9. Julianna
10. Truly, Madley, Deeply

jeudi 20 septembre 2018

John Stevenson interview : his Kill City Dragons days

I heard about John Stevenson because of Kill City Dragons. He was the second singer of the band during less than a year between '91 and '92. Later he moved to the USA and been the singer in the alternative rock band Rhinocerotic, a Milwaukee household name. Nowadays he's still creating music as a solo artist under the name The Scorpio Experiment, a one man electronic rock band, where he writes, records, and plays all the music himself. 
A 5-song E.P. will be released online and free of charge, sometime around October 2018. 

But today the man is talking about his days with the Dragons.

Prior to KCD you were in Dawn after Dark. How long have you been in this band ? 

A couple of years I believe ? I loved my time in D.A.D. and have made lifetime relationships with the guys , I love them to death, they emotionally supported my decision to join The Dragons and even turned up to some shows, which was great!! 

I don't think you ever recorded with them but only played live gigs. Am I correct ? 

Yeah, we played a whole bunch of shows all over the U.K…. fantastic time! ...way too much fun (lol). Nothing was released, but we did record some stuff, that unfortunately I lost at some point during all my travels ! It was very cool, riff heavy melodic rock, ala AC/DC / The Almighty. NO BALLADS ALLOWED!!! (lol)

Were you still in the band when you first met Steve von Saint and Danny Fury from Kill City Dragons ? 

Yeah, they had seen me play with them at The Limelight in London. 

Because your image didn't fit with their expectations you didn't get the job at first. Were you aware of that and how did you react ? 

I was very aware of the image, and what they were looking for, In fact an old band I sang for called The Hybrids played with them at a show in Doncaster. But I live Rock and Roll and was open to anything that would get me out playing shows and recording on a more constant and professional basis. 

But after searching through the US the perfect match, Danny and Steve came back at you with a re-looking plan, innit ? 

Yeah, I got a call from them. I was living with Richie and Dave from Dawn after Dark when I got the call and discussed the whole situation openly with them. They were very much in favour of me joining KCD as they believed in me and thought I had the chops to go all the way!! ...also present that evening was Ozzy and Jeff, from Gunfire Dance who were our next door neighbours and drinking partners in crime!! They all convinced me I'd be stupid not to join The Dragons

How long did it take for this new line-up to be ready to play gigs ? 

Hmmm…..not sure…not too long, we were all itching to get out and play live. 

Did you learn and perform on stage all the songs written before your arrival ? 

No not many, me and Steve bonded very quickly and we very much wanted to do all the new songs we were writing, although I did learn about 4-5 old songs right away so we could gap that bridge between the old and new songs. My voice didn’t quite suit the old Dragons material, and I've never liked singing someone else's lyrics….kinda like being in a covers band, if ya know what I mean!! 

Which ones were your favorites ? 

My favourite old song was “That Ain't no Lie” cause it was more straight ahead and punky, and of the new stuff I loved “Little Bitch” very much, an indication of the musical style we were heading in. 

As you said, you co-wrote new songs with Steve. Can you talk about these numbers ? 

Writing with Steve was the best…. probably the most instinctive partnership I’ve ever had musically… I truly believe if circumstances had been different we would've continued to get even better and become much more successful than before. We even talked about changing the name…..which I very much wanted……we were a completely different band from KCD by that point in time! 

Do you remember what was the regular setlist for the shows ? 

My memory is a little fuzzy about the shows… . ..thank you alcohol !!!! (lol)  But I do remember doing Fastest Way Down, Ain't No Lie, I Don't Want Anything From You (my least favourite song) and Devil Calling. I do remember we always opened the shows with a new song : The Madness Within.

How many live gigs did you perform with the band ? 

Phew…. not sure, around 20 or so??, Danny or Steve might know better ?

Do you know if live recordings bootlegs exist ? I never found any while there's at least 5 of the original line-up. 

Not that I’m aware of.. I would love it if Danny or Steve had any recordings we did tho.. .Would be great to put them out on your webpage and let everyone finally hear all the great stuff we did. 

It's always a difficult task to replace the singer in a band. How was the reaction of the audience

Yeah , it was a difficult task, that was always my pet peeve. They wanted me to be a Billy Pt 2. I wanted to be Johnny #1. (lol) But I think where we lost some fans, we gained more, who found the new Dragons a more fresh sounding band to listen to ! 

Did you feel comfortable to fill this role and did you feel any pressure ? 

NO I was never comfortable to fill someone else's shoes, and YES I did feel the pressure, I truly believe the reason the band ended was certain members lived in the past… forward thinking is something that’s just part of who I am as a person, musically speaking at least. The New Dragons (Hey that would've been a great name for KCD #2) would have been much more successful and well known if the ghost of the past remained in the past, so I’m very much to blame that I let it get to me and didn’t give it more time…  if only you could go back in time eh!? 

From the start KCD use to offer merchandising (T-shirts, badges...) . Was it still true at this point ? 

Not at that point.. . We were more concentrated on the music! 

Did you get magazines attention and exposure ? 

A little... mainly from Kerrang magazine..., we did get a nice live review of the Marquee show…..the writer saw the potential I think !? 

From the early days of the band, KCD were supposed to make it big but ultimately it never happened. How was the situation when you joined them ? 

I think in time, if we had stayed focused together The New Dragons would've been a fucking great touring, and more importantly recording rock and roll band……people were looking for more real and authentic sounding rock n roll, and we would've provided that, I truly believe it!! 

You've recorded a 3 songs demos with Mark Dearnley (Bang Tango, Gene loves Jezebel) whom recorded the first E.P. of the band. What are your recollection of these sessions and how picked you up these particular tracks ? 

I absolutely loved those recording sessions, best time ever! Steve and I particularly enjoyed the whole recording, mixing and production process, and were very much “hands on” with Mark Dearnley during the whole thing. Steve and I wrote both “Down In A Groove” and “Scene Of The Crime” almost immediately as soon as I joined, so these were the two we chose, a shame cause we wrote MUCH better songs later! 

One of the song "Scene of the crime" appears on a British bands only comp' entitled The Kingdom of Rock released in 1992. How come ? 

I have no idea!! (lLol) I don’t remember, sorry….. I would love a copy if anyone has one ! 

Music for Nations showed interest and wanted to sign the band but you call it quits. What happened ?

We just weren't ready… I remember at the time thinking I didn’t want my name associated with anything Kill City Dragons…, but now I believe with a little more time and name change we would’ve been mind blowing!!!! I also had a girlfriend whispering in my ear about how much better I'd be without them!! To this day I regret the decision to leave the band…..that was ALL ME! No one else… as I’ve previously said, with time we would’ve become much more successful than the old Dragons

Now, how do you feel about this period of your life and the time spent in the band ? 

Regrets with how it ended, but now I look back with great fondness. More importantly Me, Steve and Danny all keep in touch today, and I will always be their friend and brother!!! ....and I still feel we have unfinished business, so don't be too surprised if we get together at some point and make some great music again !!!???

Peace out, and keep Rockin' 



dimanche 16 septembre 2018

Video of the Week : The Black Bubbles "Cigarette"

With Niina Klemetti, a Barbe-Q-Barbies member, at the mic and RITE guitarist Sami Lintunen, The Black Bubbles are playing together since quite a few years already but it's only now that the band officially release music.

"Cigarette" is their debut video. And it's not a ballad.