lundi 13 août 2018

Video of the Week : La Chinga "Wings Of Fire"

In need of a good ol' Hard Rock tune ? Vancouver's La Chinga is delivering one to you !
First single taken from their upcoming album "Beyond The Sky" due in September on Small Stone records, "Wings Of Fire" sure does the job !

La Chinga "Beyond The Sky"  (2018 - Small Stone records)
1. Nothin' That I Can' Do
2. Wings of Fire
3. Mama Boogie
4. Black River
5. Beyond The Sky
6. Keep On Rollin'
7. Killer Wizard
8. Death Rider
9. Feel It In My Bones
10. H.O.W.
11. Warlords

dimanche 5 août 2018

Video of the Week : Tango Pirates "This Boogie"

Tango Pirates are back with a new single/video.

Legendary rocker Danny Fury (The Lord Of The New Church, Vain, Kill City Dragons...) has recruited new pirates and reunited with Jack Flint on guitars, now ready to travel the 7 seas to pursue their mission : bring the Rock n Roll to the masses all over the world.

dimanche 29 juillet 2018

Video of the Week : Trench Dogs "The Gin Beat"

Swedish Glamsters Trench Dogs unleashed a video for the first single taken from their upcoming album "Year Of The Dog" due to the end of August.

Bastards sons of Faster Pussycat and The Dogs d'Amour they brought the audience back in 1988 when bands knew how to dress and sounds cool at the same time.

Trench Dogs "Year Of The Dog"  (2018 - Self-released)
Available in CD & Vinyl

1. Homesick Parade
2. Montenegro
3. Forgotten Melodies
4. Rattlin’ Bones
5. Awake
6. Bad Luck Berlin
7. Leather and Flowers
8. The Gin Beat
9. Fistful of Problems
10. Kids!
11. Buzzards

dimanche 22 juillet 2018

Video of the Week : Plastic Tears "Miss Stumbling Legs" (+ "Angels With Attitude" review

Longevity. So many bands split after a few years whether they met some degree of success or not.  Holding together several individuals sharing the same vision and goal is harder than keeping a long term relationship with a lover.

I have no clue how the love lives of Plastic Tears members are but I know for sure that the band itself is still going strong more than 2 decades later. And probably stronger than ever.

The band released its third album "Angels With Attitude" on City of Lights records last month. 11 songs mixing Glam, Sleaze, Pop and Punk influences. This is their most diverse album to date. When the previous records were a more classic heavy rock / sleaze proposition influenced by the likes of The New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks and The Dogs d'Amour, the new record is traveling through a wider territory.

Still, the new single taken from the album is reminiscent of their original genre : juvenile enthusiasm, blues based riff, rock 'n roll arrangements with Jerry Lee Lewis piano and Chuck Berry-ish guitar licks delivering 3mns of fun. Fun to watch as well.

But before this one the band already made videos for the tracks Rhythm Rider, Iris Kick and Secret Society. That how dedicated they are to their art. And they are not afraid to let the world knowing it.

More modern in the treatment, both in terms of songwriting and sound production, Plastic Tears took the required time to achieve what they had in mind. Something like 2 years apparently since "Rhythm Rider" was originally released in January 2016. 
Since then the band was also part of the compilation "Smacked! a tribute to Ilari Claude Peltola", in memory of the legendary Smack singer, covering their classic "Run Rabbit Run" for which they also made a video. I told you, they are unstoppable !

They have the abilities to write their own classics and don't need to rely on someone else tunes anyway. "Nuclear Nights", "Blue angel", "Dark Passenger", "Secret society"... well, pretty much all the songs here are catchy enough to become someone's favorite number. While Hanoi Rocks influence is still popping up here and there the Punk elements are more predominant on the guitar melodies and track rhythms. Miqu's voice is also deeper than before, less stray dog more seasoned  punk crooner (yeah, why not,  Dean Martin would have looked great with safety pins).

And I'm not the only one to think the album is great, they managed to get rave reviews all over the globe.

Still hesitating ? Well, nowadays you can easily listen to an album on streaming platforms before putting your precious bucks in it, so give it a few spin and then order you a copy of the physical version. Yes CD still does exist as well, several decades later.

Plastic Tears "Angels With Attitude"  (2018 - City Of Lights records)

1. Dark Passenger
2. Secret Society
3. Iris Kick
4. Midnight Date
5. Rhythm Rider
6. Nuclear Nights
7. Blue Angel
8. Day By Day
9. Headless Army
10. Miss Stumbling Legs
11. Universal Kids

dimanche 15 juillet 2018

Video of the Week - Sick Things "Sick Thing"

Hailing from Montreal, Quebec The Sick Things could have been from Scandinavia judging by their style and bravado to deliver Hi-Energy Rock anthems with Power Pop qualities.

The first single is no exception but probably not the best track of the record either. Just to give you an idea of the overall level of the songwriting here.

If the band first album gets enough coverage on medias it sure could find its place on 2018 Top albums lists all over the world.

The Sick Things "Sick Things"  (2018 - God's Candy records)

1. Take The Head From The Crown
2. Boogalooser
3. Sick Thing
4. Empty Castles
5. I've Got News For You
6. We Got It Figured Out
7. Ain't Got Time
8. You Oughtta Know
9. Maybe You Better
10. LOve Sick
11. Dog Days

dimanche 8 juillet 2018

Video of the Week : The Splizzy Gang "Fuck VLC"

Spanish Hard Rock and Rollers The Splizzy Gang are back with a perfect Summer track.

Showing their love for their hometown Valencia.

Taken from their latest Digital release "Fuck & Shout".

The Splizzy Gang "Fuck & Shout"  (2018 - self-released)

1. Fuck VLC
2. Shout It

dimanche 1 juillet 2018

Video of the Week - Kickstarter Ritual "Too Old"

If you like your music fueled with 60s Psychedelia and a good amount of Desert Rock inspiration, Kickstarter Ritual should be exactly what you are looking for.

After 2 singles/E.P. the Italian combo released its first album "Ready To Take A ride". 11 songs during which bands such as Cream, Blue Cheer or more contemporary Colour Haze come to mind.

The power trio is offering well paced tunes here, diverse yet staying true to their own sound and vision. Harder numbers ("Dirty Old Town", "The Man With The Howlin' Machine", Get It On", "City Is Burning") and more psychedelic and retro tracks ("Messin' Around", "Cooperate", "Ready To Take A Ride", ) are mixed for good measure. They even manage to add an acoustic ballad adding to the overall album dynamic a tender touch ("Hazy Days").

Check them out starting with their latest video for the song "Too Old".

Kickstarter Ritual "Ready To Take A Ride"  (2018 - self released)
1. Cooperate
2. Messin' Around
3. Too Old
4. Dirty Old Town
5. Nanananana
6. The Man On The Howling Machine
7. Get It On
8. Hazy Days
9. The Cities Are Burning (with Rock N Roll)
10. Kiss My Gun
11. Ready To Take A Ride