WHAT’S ON YOUR FREE
From page 4 of Classic Rock Magazine February 2007
HEAR THIS IN 2007 CD F ace it: January’s the month that you spend trying to recover from Christmas. So why not do it to a killer soundtrack of brand-new rock music? Here at Classic Rock HQ we’ve sifted, sorted, listened, discarded, argued and come up with 15 slabs of high-voltage rock’n’roll that you need to hear in 2007. There’s something here for everyone – from the dynamic pop metal of Damone to the boogie-woogie of KingBaby, from the proggy overtones of Another Tragedy to the garage punk of Dollhouse.
In another first for 2007, we hope you like our new brand-new replica vinyl CD. We’re thinking of making this our regular covermount style, so tell us what you think. Letters to the usual address please, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by www.classicrockmagazine.com to make your thoughts known. And Happy New Year!
Out Here All Night Damone’s Out Here All Night album has been a regular visitor to the Classic Rock stereo ever since it showed up out of the blue last year. In fact it was such a hit with us that it cruised in at No.7 in our end-of-year critics’ poll. If there’s any justice in the world, there are going to be big things for Damone in 2007, and that’s why you need to hear their brand of spiky pop metal now.
Taken from the album Out Here All Night More info at: www.myspace.com/damone or www.damone.net
Always Free We didn’t think they made ’em like this any more, but it transpires they do! KingBaby deliver feel-good boogie-woogie, southern-style hard rock, as you can hear from Always
Free . Formed by frontman Lance Bulen in 2004, KingBaby was his way of getting a band together that combined his New Orleans roots with some storming blues and hard rock. He did a good job.
Taken from the album Whole Lotta Easy More info at: www.myspace.com/kingbaby or http://kingbabymusic.com
Lift Me Up Thought Björk was the rockiest thing that Iceland had to offer? Time to think again, since Sign are here now to rock your world. Thank God For Silence is the band’s third album, on which they worked with New York producer Mark Plati and guitarist Earl Slick. To get the full skinny on Sign, turn to page 14 right now where they get the proper Classic Rock Introducing... treatment.
Taken from the album Thank God For Silence More info at: www.myspace.com/sign or www.sign.is
Under The Overpass
Think the singer sounds a bit familiar? Well, Koritni’s lead singer is Lex Koritni, the co-founder and former singer of previous Classic Rock faves $Green Dollar Colour$. His new band is set to release their full-length debut, Lady Luck , early this year through Bad Reputation Records – and if the sleazy, catchy-as-all-hell Under The Overpass is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.
Taken from the album Lady Luck More info at: www.myspace.com/koritni or www.koritni.com
5 ART OF DYING
Completely Completely If you’re a gig-goer, you may have caught this Vancouver-based quintet on a stage near you, as it seems they’ve been making the UK their second home. Earlier this year they delivered a storming set at Download, and followed that up with support slots on the Seether tour and also for Fishbone in London. And with their epic post-grunge sound, it’s easy to see why they’ve been in demand.
Taken from the album Art Of Dying More info at: www.myspace.com/theartofdying or www.artofdyingmusic.com
6 THE TREWS
Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me Let’s face it: rock bands just don’t use cowbells enough these days.
But it looks like The Trews are trying desperately to redress that balance.
It certainly seems that way with the fantastically catchy Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me, taken from their new Den Of Thieves album. S ounding like the missing link between vintage Black Crowes and The Beatles, we defy you not to sing and clap along on your very first listen.
Taken from the album Den Of Thieves More info at: www.myspace.com/thetrews or www.thetrewsmusic.com
9 McQUEEN Neurotic
Anyone who ever said that girls can’t rock clearly hasn’t heard Brightonbased McQueen do their thang. This all-girl quartet have been together since November 2003, and this month sees their debut album hit the shelves. Neurotic showcases their sneering riffery and their canny sense of melody. No wonder they’ve played support to the likes of Foo Fighters and Juliette & The Licks.
Taken from the album Break The Silence More info at: www.myspace.com/mcqueen or www.mcqueenmusic.com
Lady Conniver York-based Kid Ego sound like they’re from the wrong side of LA’s Sunset Strip with their sleazy, skeezy and quite inspired choons. No wonder The Wildhearts are fans – they even got Kid Ego to open their Rock In The Castle festival in 2005. Lady Conniver, with its relentless riff and a chorus to die for, is representative of the dozen tracks on their September 2006 debut album.
Taken from the album Ignite The Tide More info at: www.myspace.com/kidego or www.kidego.co.uk
7 DOLLHOUSE Dead Man’s Hand
Dollhouse are at pains to tell us that they aren’t a rock’n’roll band. Nope,
they’re a rock’n’ soul band. Well,
whatever you choose to call ’em,
an endorsement from Michael Davis of the MC5 isn’t a bad start – he told the Swedish group that they were “what the MC5 wanted to sound like”. Dead Man’s Hand is taken from Dollhouse’s second album, Royal Rendez-Vous , which was produced by Nick Royale of The Hellacopters.
Taken from the album Royal Rendez-Vous More info at: www.myspace.com/rockandsoul or www.mc5.org/dollhouse
The best way to describe Headrush is to quote our very own Sleazegrinder who said: “ When I first heard these guys, I figured they had to be some sort of retro-fitted supergroup full of
glam-metal vets from the 80s, because they sound almost exactly like Sebastian Bach playing with half the dudes from Ratt and a couple of Gunners (L.A. or Roses, take your pick).” And he’s spot on.
Taken from the A Thousand Pictures EP More info at: www.myspace.com/headrushrocks or www.headrushrocks.co.uk
Magic Man The title track of Rattlesnake Remedy’s debut album is a fiveminute slab of blistering rock’n’roll – no wonder they’ve already warmed up the stage for the likes of Ted Nugent, Buckcherry, Sebastian Bach and many other stalwarts of rock. If the letters we’ve been getting are anything to go by, 2007 will see them go on to far greater things; take a listen and hear why...
Taken from the album Magic Man More info at: www.myspace.com/rattlesnakeremedy or www.rattlesnakeremedy.com
Breaking Me Down
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security with the subdued opening of Hydrogyn’s Breaking Me Down – it soon erupts into a monster Kashmiresque riff. And despite the Bombshe l cover image of singer Julie Westlake, there’s more to Hydrogyn than just a pretty face. “We’re not all about packaging and image,” she says. “We’ve got the music and the vocals to back it up.” They sure do.
Taken from the album Bombshell More info at: www.myspace.com/hydrogyn or www.hydrogyn.com
8 ANOTHER TRAGEDY The Healing
If your taste in progressive rock leans toward the Tool/A Perfect Circle/Mars Volta side of things, then this new Cincinnati quartet could be just the band for you. The Healing lulls you into a false sense of security with its low-key beginning, before it morphs into an expansive, atmospheric song complete with an extended instrumental break. Fans of latter-day Marillion will find much to enjoy here too.
Taken from the album The Beauty Of Suffering More info at: www.myspace.com/anothertragedymusic or www.anothertragedy.net
Life Is Passing By
It’s not every month that we feature a band from Hungary in Classic Rock . However, as soon as we heard FreshFabrik we thought you should hear them too. With a decidedly post-grunge sound, they combine crunching guitars with killer melodies and a smattering of electronica. Life Is Passing By is taken from the their fifth album, which is their first one to get a UK release.
Taken from the album Finest
More info at: www.myspace.com/freshfabrik or www.freshfabrik.co.uk
Do It All The Time Big guitars, big chorus and possibly the most insidious melody we’ve heard in a long time: Toronto’s The Dunes close our CD in fine style. Lead vocalist Kevin Pullen says the band’s philosophy is simple. “The song comes first,” he says. “In order to make genuine, lasting music you have to understand that.” And Do It All The Time proves that this band certainly do.
Taken from the album Socializing With Life More info at: www.myspace.com/thedunesrock or www.theduneslive.com