- FM Radio host of JiveKiller Radio at KSVY (Bay Area) & writer for Sonoma Sun Newspaper
I will make this brief. I spent about 7-8 years in the battle of touring, recording, starving, and eventually collecting. I have interned radio stations for roughly 10 years, finally got my own show at KSVY in the CA. Bay Area, which is also streamed in almost every State, as well as across the pond! I write for The Sonoma Sun, and Moonlight at The Index Tribune.. I am humble, stoked and have a mouth bigger than my overdraft number; I want Real honest Rock N Roll. And by Rock N Roll, I mean send me your good tunes in the Garage, Blues, Country, all the dirty dancy sleazy fun pop or not stuff my listeners are accustomed too! -Garage,Blues,Country, all the dirty dancy sleazy fun pop or not stuff my listeners are accustomed too!
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Holy crap! Not sure what I was expecting, but it was not this. So first of all Miles On End, Thank You for surprising the stuff outta me. Rather than comparing this to other bands with female singers, because I can't think of ONE anyways, I'm going to go ahead and guess that they listen to a lot of Tool, as well as a bevy of 60s-70s rock n roll. Don't get me wrong, I am not a Tool fan in the least. They bore me to death, that doesn't mean I am not aware of how talented they are. This song did ANYTHING but that. The opening baseline gets your foot tapping immediately. If it wasn't accompanied by these guitarists and drummer, it could've not met it's potential. (As I've seen too often) I dunno how to explain it other than- you can tell they're having a blast, and that is so very important to me in rock n roll. In fact, it's the entirety of reasoning behind my enjoyment of it. The vocalist is incredible. The melody is perfect, the hook (song title) never gets old somehow, again because she loves what she's doing. Don't get me wrong, this band doesn't sound like Tool, it mainly comes out in the bass that drives the whole song. Their influences are all over the place. At about 3 min in, this radical build up starts, and I'm like "Please don't disappoint. Please don't disappoint." And then BAM, off into this fast, sexy, hellfire of a jam, with the driving bass, and jazzier/dancier Mitch Mitchell back beat, all behind this Knoffler-esque (Dire Straights) or should I say Knoffler on crack coccaine guitar shred, while hitting all the perfect notes with the vocals+backup vox all the way out! Thank You Miles on End! May I have another!
Right outta the gate- Dug the "intro", almost wish it was longer. I picture this introduction taking 5 minutes live. Really get people paying attention, and waiting for the fantastic vocal to hit. Pardon my rant, that's just where my brain goes when I hear groovy shit. Firebug kills on this track, and they have all of the necessary elements to keep you drawn in for the entirety of it As stated before, a very powerful vocal takes us through, and very aptly placed keyboard leads make the bridge, well, just that, the bridge. I really, can't tell you how much I love when a guitar lead is placed well, and not an over done, contrived, narcissistic, shit-show, so that the ONE dude who happens to shred (big fucking deal, everybody shreds these days dude) finds it important enough to let us all know tat he sacrifices the song to do so. (Another rant.... Apologies) The lead towards the end of "Red White and Blue" is fucking perfect. This song didn't need a SOLO, I personally think that would dent the integrity of it, it needed a straight forward lead, that still let the song play. It's fucking perfect. You see some douche-bag like Eddie Van Halen, or Stevie Ray YAWN would've bored me to death with how fast they can for no reason at all, move their fingers. Very tasteful, kudos. I think this band will blow up. And as long as they stray far enough out of the fucking GRUNGE pigeon hole, I'll play anything they got on my show. It reminds me of Band of Skulls, and their first album is still on heavy rotation on JiveKiller Radio. Good shit, and thanks for sending it my way!
From the first few seconds, I was expecting maybe some tripped out House music to come in, and I felt a yawn coming on. Of course, then the actual music comes in, and I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Now, from my bio I'm sure you can tell that I neither play this kind of music on my show, nor listen to it on a regular basis. That being said, Good music and talent is exactly that, and one thing about being a fellow musician, is that, in order to give validity to being an occupational big mouth on the radio, and Rock N Roll "snob", is that you have to respect what is good. This track is just that, really fucking good. It's the good kind of "ominous", and although it has no percussion, this song has a backbeat of, I guess I'll call it, inspiration. It rather quickly puts out the vibe of overcoming something, or leaving something negative behind. I found it to be exactly what it's supposed to be. I always listen to the tracks first, before I read what the Artist, or Manager, or whoever wrote about it. So when I finally did, it was exactly what this musician was going for. Zero Gravity is not only a perfect name, it can actually describe, the all around vibe that the music gives you. I would put this in any movie, or promo, or anything really that needs some music to lay down some, "we shall overcome" undertones. Well done.
Man, wasn't quite sure what to expect. Martin needs to already be gainfully employed by a Movie/Production Studio. As a musician, I know for a fact it has got to take an insane amount of patience to make this kind of stuff really well. So, Well done. I can definitely picture this behind ANY of my favorite movies, no matter the genre. It gets intense, sneaky, and intense again, it builds itself up and takes it back down. The strings are awesome, it adds to the mood changing as a whole. I am thoroughly impressed.
This is not my normal "jam", but this is just done too well to pass up. Vocal is fucking done beautifully and the guitars and arrangement are incredibly spaced out, and somehow hooky as hell. Great voice on this Cat. Can't wait to hear more, as this is not your cookie cutter Emo BS, this is psychedelic, groovy panty dropper music. Good on ya!
Don't let the "NOT FOR ME" tag fool you. Le Folli knows what the hell he's doing. The production is great. Super crisp and clean. I have a few qualms with the video, but nothing that matters- or at least mattered after I saw the super hot Woman's Buttocks anyway. And don't worry, the video makes sense at the end. Moving on..... Dude can sing, and his melody is flawless throughout the song. I am by no means being critical when I say that I feel slightly that the "HOOK" is missing from this song. Just an opinion. I don't always need a hook, it's just that the fans that are into this vibe, aren't usually the fans who have a vast Genesis and Floyd collection. I got the vibe of both of those bands immediately, but I am a nerd about it. From the reviews, this band has an incredible live show, I can see that being a reality. I enjoy this song, and I fully respect the talent that went into it. It is a lot more intricate than it sounds on the surface. (I could never pull it off.) My issue is solely this..... I don't know what to do to it. Dance? Chill? Sing along? I mean if I had just dosed a bit of Acid, I would be very content appreciating what was coming outta these dudes. I guess I need to hear more, because these guys are fucking good, and everybody knows their part, I can just kind of tell that this is an energy better seen than ONLY heard. Not because it's not listenable, because it is, but because the appreciation to the heart, soul, and sheer talent would put a smile on my face. Find a Producer who can get that to show through, and I'll play that record every fucking day on the Radio. The musicians obviously know what they are doing. I can already name 10+ friends/acquaintances that would dig the hell out of this. I am definitely going to check some more stuff, as I am intrigued. Great band, can't wait to hear more.
I picture people dancing to this, and meeting someone, and dancing with them till they leave together- OR- People who are already couples dancing close, and just getting down. Thank you for the HORNS, they make this hooky tune mighty moveable. Bass line is killer too! Bo Haan has that particular gift of : "Everything I sing becomes a HOOK!" Great Vocal Delivery! And Bo.... Thanks for getting people laid.
Hell yes. I love these melodies, and vocal patterns. It is really easy to get stuck in the same "Country/Bluegrass/Blues melodies" and 12 bars. And I hear it all too often, that is for god damn sure. This however is fresh. It's not trying to be any of the 1-3 bands you'd think I would compare them too. I'm not mentioning them, because I'm not comparing them to each other, as I'm sure they're sick of it. I will however, throw some Ryan Adams "Heartbreaker" twang, and mix it with Black rebel Motorcycle's "HOWL" and throw in some "Swamp Music" and a bottle of Buffalo Trace. Hand it over to the Devil, and ask him for 3-4 chicks who want to dance and make Horrible decisions for a trade..... THAT is what this fantastic song makes Me want to do. great band, I'd play the shit out of this on the show, as well as blast it from my speakers for my buds. And THAT is about as bitchen a compliment as I give. Playin it for the masses (which I will) is 1 thing. Playin it for my friends is another. Well done. Legit jig, Legit Country, Legitimately Makin the greats proud.
Right on dudes! I dig when -1- You can tell bands are playing exactly the music they w ant to be playing. And -2- They are at least rooted in some solid rocknroll. I appreciate the way the riffs are in some spots, just fucking zainy. They mastered the trick of also making them melodic. Cool stuff. It is also important to mention, that when you can tell a rock n roll band is in it for the chix, and more importantly- don't hide it- you have to a whole new respect for them. Here's why: If anyone told you they got into tock n roll for any other reason they are full of shit. MONEY keeps the integrity of some the greats :: Radio Birdman, Fleshtones, The Urges. But add a little twist of Mystic Motorcycles "sass" (look up mystic motorcycles- you'll dig some riffs) My only advice as someone who knows his audience; Dirty up the vocals a bit. I would like to here a bit more Iggy than "mellincollin". If you add some dirt, which I can tell is not a problem, the chicks will make some worse decisions, and that's better for all of us. Ps. (I get rock n roll from around the World daily. CHECK out Thee Attacks from Belgium. You remind me of a slightly poppier style they do well too. KEEP IT UP RATS! Welcome on my show anytime.
Yes! Did i just get laid? I'm so in. Thank you Bo Haan for not stealing a sample from an "obscure" 70s Funk/Soul group. So often these non due paying, pseudo artistic, over-produced douchebags hear a song on the credits of some Blacksploitation movie thst they assume nobody has heard, so they have someone who's "done tracks for Rihana" rip it off- and then wonder why Buddy Miles daughter's Lawyer sent thrm a sease and dessist letter. "EARNED IT" is NOT that. The hook is fantadtic. The vocal ha xxx a Timberlake-like delivery, but leaves a little tadte of "Prince swagger" on the back end. The hook suprised you, but reminds you thst you want to sing it, and I can't name 1 person in my immediate circle that wouldn't dance to this. Even if it was just to get laid. Cuz bet your ass- the chicks will be on the dance floir.
Thank you for the horns! How bout that backbeat?! One thing I love about this band, besides the stellar song writing, is their unabashed attitude towards being older than you. Why is that a good thing? They have a certain twang that bends and says "been there- done that- still doing this- here's why." Love the traditional beat, but love how they put their signature covky Country Seagger all over it. Horn solo could've very easily come out super 90s bar band, but these dudes are too original for that nonsense. "4 Hours is Never Enough" kicks ass. The whole song is fancy and fun as hell. They have no qualms talking about the pills that might have to be invested for the 4 hours to take place, I feel like they take my stance on the subject, which is- "If I ever need Viagra, I'm gonna snort the shit." Who wants to wait 30 minutes? Not these dudes, they get a fantastic F.U. Country song down in 3!
"He's a Senior Center Giggalo, and he's drivin Granny wild." Fantastic. Said it before it's hard to find a band this funny that you can take seriously. w-B and the Geezers is THAT rare find. The metal fans have Steel Panther, now the (REAL) Country fans have W-B! Great sing a long! Great guitar work.
Just in case you had questions about WB and the Geezers song writing capabilities- put em to bed. Wouldn't the douchey, Pop- Country song writing teams in Nashville, (or wherever the 10+ suit wearing squares who take a week to write songs do their "think-tanking" at) love to get their hands on this gem. This would be a bonefied HIT! A crossover hit at that. Once again, the guitar work is stellar. A surprisingly somber track for these Hillbillies. And in this case, "Hillbilly" is a compliment. They are real, and I believe them. If I don't believe a band, I don't listen further. Enjoy this very relevant track from a hopefully very relevant band. War is a terrible thing. A point driven perfectly in 'Don't Want to Dream',
Thank the fucking LORD! I'm so happy I just heard thIs song. It's like Betty Blowtorch screwed the dudes from Foxy Shazam, and then Wolfmother and Mary Weiss. Got jealous and fought to the death on a fucking neon colored dance floor. The music is fast and chopped up- but incredibly dance and groove filled. Every lyric in the winters song can be an "audience chant" and the best part is.... I believe it. I believe this is the music this band wants to play. That is why you can hear the FUN! I'll buy this record, and I'll play it on the radio- and people will dig it. The Rock n Rollers will dig it, because it makes sense- and it is refreshing as hell. The d-bags will love it because it's edgy and the Rock n Rollers dig it. The chicks will dig it because it's big girl music, and the energy is relentless. It's catchy as hell- Jesus Christ that's what you call a hit! Haven't heard an ACTUALLY ROCK N ROLL bonafide HIT that could be all over the radio since "Hate to Say I Told You So" . Get yo shovel and dig this tune!
Thank the lord! This is a band I want to interview on air. Most of the time songs that make me laugh out loud are not to taken seriously. These dudes can play. And I actually agree with everything they say. Great tune. At first I was like: "Why is this racist band sending me shit?" Then I dug it! I can not tell you how much I hate new Country. Sure we have Ryan Adams and Rosie Flores. But we don't have good ole fashioned Shit-kicker Country like this anymore. We'll be chaos. I got my shovel and dug the hell out of it!
Ha! Hell Yes! This fucking band can write a song. Thank you for this twangy guitar lead into the up front fiddle. The leads all around this track make it incredibly listenable. The chorus is one of the best I've heard in a while. Especially a a fellow musician, attacking the revered "Fat Bottom Girls" thing is borderline impossible because of, well, Queen. And how do you compete with that? Easy for this band, they figured it out. YOU DON'T. William You guys done it again. This is not only a hilarious song. The guitar, Piano, and fiddle are bad to the big bootied bone! Thanks for this song. It needs to be heard!
Once again. I need to have a beer with these guys! Especially for this REAL old school Honky, good feeling Country- I think that is one of the best compliments I can give. After all, isn't that what the new Pop, Alt- Country bands are trying to come across ass? good Ole Boys who you'd just "love to have a beer ,and just be real with"? Aptly named song, because I believe them. And if you've read any of my reviews, if I don't believe you, I ain't digging it. The instrumentation in this track is perfect. The guitar slides over the vocal perfectly, and the fiddle makes this somewhat somber story telling track still danceable. GOOD ON YA BOYS! This is what needs to be on heavy rotation. Not some rich boy playing with dudes the label lined him up with. I can tell these guys hang out and talk shit- more than likely solving all the World's problems. As it should be.
This is fantastic! Reminds me of Andre Williams- Just less raunchy and not as heavy. Solid soul and honesty all the way through. I will buy this record and play it on the radio. Would love an interview. I can hear the grit and beauty in the voice. I appreciate when an artist is exactly what they are. Nothing contrived here. A bit junior Kimbraugh in there as well. The Black Keys should give this a listen and get back on track!
This track is really good. If I didn't read it or watch it, I would not have even guessed it was live, being my first introduction to Claus. He's on a great track to make some really good, dark Cohen-esque numbers. Thing about Claus Zinger, is he sneaks in more melody, and more "tune" than the 5-10 Artists I can list. I got (I'm not comparing) a Depeche Mode, meets Lou and Leonard vibe. I played it again immediately. Dig it.
I absolutely love the little intro. Great voice and clever lyrics. I'm also a sucker for a great vocal melody. The guitar work is really spaced out and groovy. Really talented band here. At first verse, my first thought was The Pixies, there is tons more going on here.. I listened to this track again with the headphones on, even more killer. Twangy, psychedelic , the lyrics come full circle. So much more then the lame pop/singer-"songwriter" garbage that stalks us today. Well done, this would easily make a set on my radio show
Good job dudes! My only qualm is with the guitar tone is really heavy. This is by no means a bad thing! My personal preference, is that it just sounds sleazier a little softer, and a bit crunchy. With that out of the way, channeling the greats here, like Hanoi Rocks (your singer nails it) and of course, every band Stiv Bators ever did after the Dead Boys. I would play the hell out of these guys on my show, and my listeners WOULD dig it with the biggest of shovels. I love when you can tell a band ACTUALLY has a good record collection. More importantly, if I don't think a Rock N Roll band gets laid, I tend to move on. I'm guessing this band enjoys coitus. It's something in the sound. Motley Cru had it, Johnny Thunders had it, 3 Parts Dead has it. Thank you for playing Rock N Roll, and not just calling your music Rock N Roll, I don't have time for that. Well Done. PS this Immediately reminded me of "Dead, Jail, or Rock N Roll" by Hanoi Rocks.
I love when artists figure out the "Perfect POP" equation. I rarely listen to this genre, simply because the song writing is usually sub par at best. I'm not quite sure how to type the band name, but the difference between them and %90 of the poppy dance music out there in the mainstream has a complete lack of SOUL. Not to mention, it takes a "team" of writers to jot down a song about teen girl angst. This group, is honest, and most importantly, I believe they are having a fucking blast. The chorus is a perfect pop gem. The singers voice has personality, and I would not be afraid to play this LOUD in front of all my dirty Rock N Roll friends. This is that "Pop Narcotic" sound I dig, the beat is next to perfect, and vocal melody is exactly what it's supposed to be. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as I believe it, and it makes me want to dance. Well done guys. It's like the baby of Terri Nunn (Berlin) and Prince, after a threesome with Madonna, (when she was good).
Wow. At first I was thinking I wouldn't be that into it. Then the vocal melody came in, and the lyrics were good. This is super groovy. Reminds me a bit of way back when Jimmy Eat World wasn't a straight "bible-gum" band. Those early albums were pretty savage. This has enough of a hook to be a bit. It's short and sweet and gets out while I'm still interested. Great musicians- and great song writing. I can see this bands B sides being rare gems. Personally I would like to see them venture into a bit of the psychedelic side. With those vocals and musicians, it would more than likely be amazing. For me it has just enough edge for me to get into. And entirely enough hook to be fancy and a bit! Well done. Good production.
It's like Marylin Manson Listening to NIN on a pub crawl. Not for me, but I know plenty of people who would dig this. Simple fact= well done. I'd throw in some 808s, but like I said, not my thing. Dig the goth vibe, and like that it's not so cheery, and that there are no toddlers singing the chorus. Good job.
I love how this song starts out! (I made sure to write this write after the first 10 seconds) Question: Will it keep me interested until the end? Wow. Well done Graham. It's going to take me all night to nail down everything I think this reminds me of. I mean that in a good way. It went from Paul McCartney via his RAM days( his grooviest days in my opinion) to something like, say The Libertines were actually good, and were able to write one perfectly structured , catchy PANTY DROPPER. The cool thing, is that during this very British sounding surface, he underlines it with this fantastic rather Bruce Springsteen-ISH gallop in the vocal delivery, and guitar... Until he turns on what I call the "POP NARCOTIC", which is reminiscent of what The Young Veins almost got to on their first release. Being from the Ca. Bay Area . This band reminds me of some local (and across the pond) Heroes and Legends, American Heartbreak. ( Saw em about 10-11 years ago when The NY Dolls were touring on their first album in 30+ years, they supported)
Chorus is fantastic. I would like to hear some backups. I know it's hard to find three chicks to hit certain notes, but hey, one can hope. Songwriting = pretty damn close to perfect. Hats off. Doesn't really sound like anyone off the top of my head. That never happens. I would listen further. And I'm a dick. Good job.
I applaud you! This music is fun, honest and incredibly well thought out. It's like Gary Clark Jr. if he wrote an album in the middle of his first Acid trip. And what a good trip it must have been. I can not wait to look up more. Please send me some or anything you would like me to play on JiveKiller Radio. firstname.lastname@example.org or get them to me however you can. or just message and with your permission, I can play them on air from a website. People need to hear this.. It's a rarity a song makes me want to drink Whiskey and dance. Usually, it's one or the other. Well done. please keep me posted. Paulie HIps
Yes! Right away, I thought Fugazi meets Hot Snakes! Also reminiscent of some of the later Cave In releases circa 2001-04 . I appreciate this tune on so many levels. 1) It is incredibly commercially viable. 2) It is vocally repetitive, but the music makes the listener forget. The music, AND the range of intensity the singer breezes through throughout the song make it a non-issue. 3) The Musicianship is fantastic 4) Perhaps well, not perhaps, actually the most important point of them all, Honesty. I believe these guys %100. When i can tell a band is enjoying what they are doing, I am so IN! I don't even have to be crazy about the style of music they are playing, but there is a certain respect to be given to people who are actually playing what they love, and love what they play every night. Not only do I actually Dig this tune/sound a lot, i can tell that they do to. Not a lot of bands doing this thing right now either. Kind of a newer San Diego Punk Rock style, mixed with an early L.A. Punk Rock Style, maybe a little surf stuff deep down in there waiting to come out too. The drums are spot on and spastic- heavy, with a very "on time" Mitch Mitchellness to it. Guitar tone, FANTASTIC! The pseudo distorted bass on top is real nice. The really interesting thing about this song "Revelator" by Boy From the Crowd, is that you can do one of two things the entire time this song plays out. Dance, or Mosh. Oh by the way, I mean dance like actual DANCE-ing, not like what the friggin straightedge kids call whatever the hell their turrets arm flailing wackiness is. All in all, I would play this on my show, my fans would dig it, and I can't wait to hear more!