The Shakers at The Viper Room

theshakersviperrev1The Shakers, The Viper Room, November 15, 2014

It was off to the notorious Viper Room on the Sunset Strip with photographer Jack Lue to check out a local band destined for greater glories ahead. We are speaking of The Shakers, a raging indie rock entity whose dynamic live shows will take this wondrously unique collective to the top! Fearlessly bucking the trends and coming up with a sound that is visionary and compelling, The Shakers is the kind of band that shows the City Of Angels could still unleash some ferocious talent onto the world at the large. Headlining the world famous venue on a Saturday night,  The Shakers had The Viper Room packed to the rafters for what would be a tremendously memorable show.

theshakersviperrev2Opening with the nefarious strains of Villain, the room was quaking right away with the vibrant intensity The Shakers were exuded from the stage. One notices right away the mesmerizing performance of Jodie Schell, unleashing the memorable vocals with a captivating sense of urgency. Not a shy chanteuse in the least, Ms. Schell vented a range of emotions that were absolutely electrifying. Chris Lee on lead guitar unveiled an exhilarating wall of sound, while John “Ro” Rogan on bass and Nick Woods on drum made for a thrilling rhythm section ride on the wild side. Performing songs from their recently released Rescue Team as well as unveiling a whole cadre of thrilling new material, top tunes by The Shakers included Mystics, I Spy, and the devastating Thundercloud.

theshakersviperrev3Opening for acts as wide ranging as Everclear, Our Lady Peace, and The Motels, The Shakers own innovative work has clearly attracted an audience looking for a heartfelt, auditory adventure. All this, and the songs are insanely accessible, leaving an indelible impression even at first listen. It will be exciting to see what the future has in store for The Shakers, certainly one of L.A’s best kept secrets.  Be sure to check this rocking outfit out when they show up to shake it up at the clubs in your town.

(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)

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At Our Expense at Cobalt Cafe

atourexp2At Our Expense, Cobalt Café, November 12, 2014

At Our Expense is a hard working collective from the San Fernando Valley who has found themselves on national tours, and have self-released their own recordings over the last few years. Amazingly unsigned at this time, At Our Expense combines the melodies of punk punk with the vibrant intensity of post hardcore – unleashing an auditory exhibition of sound that will captivate the senses. Playing right into the middle of an all pop punk night at the Cobalt Café, At Our Expense drew a wildly appreciative crowd on an otherwise tranquil Wednesday night in Canoga Park.

atourexp3Opening with the spiraling Lighthouse, the first track from their recently released I’m The One Who Changed effort, At Our Expense sent the room spinning with their exhilarating set. One noticed right away the shattering clean vocals of Angel Carmona, venting an emotional intensity that soared into the stratosphere. The ferocious unclean vocals then arrived via Andy Argueta, presenting a feral juxtaposition that really kept your attention throughout. The two charismatic front men were way up in the front, certainly drawing the audience in with two very impassioned performances.

atourexp4The musicianship in the band was absolutely thrilling, with each member contributing tremendously to the At Our Expense wall of sound. Terrific performances all around from Danny Santamaria on guitar, Danny Lopez on guitar and vocals, Emory Mugalianon bass, and Michael Duffy on drums. Focusing on material culled from the new CD, songs such as The Walls Around Me and In The Heart Of August were gripping and ambitious. With a show this powerful and an explosive recording to back it all up, it won’t be long before we witness At Our Expense finally breaking it out into the big leagues, whether with a record label or on their own terms. In the meantime, be sure to catch up to this vastly underrated local band on the rise and get ready to be thoroughly impressed by their sonic artistry. Presented by TwoHearts Show!

(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Talia Farber)

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Relient K at The Glass House

fromindian1Relient K, Blondfire, From Indian Lakes, The Glass House, November 14th, 2014

From Indian Lakes have two CD’s already and haa proven to be an eclectic arty garage guitar based band. These mix elements of The Ocean Blue’s sound with an artistic lead vocalist that uses higher vocals that flow gracefully over the blend of lush guitars and keyboards. They hail out of Yosemite National Park, California area. Being from the forest mountain area might explain the dreamy sound of their music. They would do really well if they were to play Coachella Music and Arts Festival or perhaps on Saturday Night Live. They are currently signed to Triple Crown Records. The best song in the bands set was Am I Alive from the newest release Absent Sounds album.

blondefireFrom Los Angeles next up was Blondfire. They are currently on tour in support of their newest release Young Heart. The female vocalist reminded me of Kelly Clarkson but more slowed down and relaxed. They play wonderful heartfelt pop songs with catchy melodies. However, in the middle of the bands set they play a cover of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and did it really well! One of the best songs in the bands set was Hide And Seek. Hide And Seek would make for a cool video of the same name of the game as well.

relientkColumbia Records recording artist Relient K was for sure what the sold out crowd came to see. All six members were playing their hearts out to the crowd. The hour and a half long set had the audience singing alone to every song they did. They decided to go back into 2004 a do the entire album of theirs called Mmhmm. They also played one of their newest songs from the recent album Collapsible Lung. From that album they played during the 20 minute encore Don’t Blink which the crowd went into a frenzy for, plus a few more songs from the bands back catalog. A great time was had by all. Every one left happy and uplifted.

(Review and Photos by Jonathan D. Wright)

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DRAGONHAMMER: early albums reissues

83f63e20-d395-46bb-b2a6-36591e6a9d13We are really glad to reissue on January 19th, 2015 the first two DRAGON-HAMMER’s albums released 14 and 10 years ago.

They are the legendary “The Blood Of The Dragon” (originally issued on 2001) and “Time For Expiation” (which saw the light on 2004) presented here in a new 2015 editions featuring a new digital treatment for the artwork thanks to the artist Antonio Pannullo, a completely new layout and for both releases bonus live tracks recorded during the 2014 European tour together with FREEDOM CALL.

A new European tour will start early next year and some live shows in South America are in program too.

Details will follow soon, so wait for something really shattering!

Official sites:
DRAGONHAMMER:
http://www.facebook.com/dragonhammer.official

MY KINGDOM MUSIC:
http://wwwmykingdommusic.net * http://www.facebook.com/mykingdommusic.label

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MOONSPELL Announce Details of New Album!

(Photo Credit: Edgar Keats)

(Photo Credit: Edgar Keats)

MOONSPELL remain both a pioneer of dark metal and a contemporary of the genre’s greats, continuing to deliver increasingly relevant albums 20 years deep into their career. They are known to sign their souls away to the lunar side while recording and they have done just that with their new album Extinct, due out March 2015 via Napalm Records.

Produced by Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Opeth and Paradise Lost), the album is a true musical and emotional manifesto.

Extinct Track Listing:
1. Until We Are No More (Breathe)
2. Medusalem
3. Funeral Bloom
4. Domina
5. La Baphomette
6. The Last Of Us
7. A Dying Breed
8. Malignia
9. Extinct
10. The Future Is Dark

Available in: Mediabook, Jewel Case, Special Limited Deluxe Edition and LP.

The band will embark on European headliner tour (Road to Extinction) with special guests Septic Flesh in March of 2015. Also confirmed are two Portuguese dates. March 27th marks a homecoming gig at the prestigious Lisbon Coliseum followed by a much anticipated return to the great city of Porto, on the 28th, at Hard Club.

MOONSPELL European “Road to Extinction” Tour W/Septic Flesh
12.03.15 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
13.03.15 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat
14.03.15 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
15.03.15 DE – Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
16.03.15 DE – Essen / Turock
17.03.15 DE – Hamburg / Knust
18.03.15 DE – Berlin / K 17
19.03.15 DE – Munich / Feierwerk
20.03.15 CH – Pratteln / Z 7
21.03.15 CH – Vevey / The Rocking Chair
22.03.15 IT – Romagnano Sesia / R’n’R Arena
23.03.15 FR – Lyon / Ninkasi Kao
24.03.15 FR – Toulon / Vox
25.03.15 ES – Barcelona / Razz 2
26.03.15 ES – Madrid / Shoko
27.03.15 PT – Lisbon / Coliseum
28.03.15 PT – Porto / Hard Club
29.03.15 ES – Santiago de Compostela / Capitol
30.03.15 FR – Toulouse / Metronum
31.03.15 FR – Paris / Trabendo
01.04.15 LU – Esch sur Alzette / Kulturfabrik
02.04.15 UK – London / Underworld
03.06.15 DE – Geiselwind / Out & Loud Festival – Napalm Records Label Night

For More Info Visit:
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www.napalmrecords.com
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Prime Meridian Releases “Mound of Insect” Single

PM promoWinter Park, FL – Pennsylvania’s progressive deathcore duo, Prime Meridian released a new single this past tuesday, titled ‘”Mound of Insect.”

This is the band’s first single off of their upcoming full length which is still TBA. Look for more Prime Meridian in the upcoming months.

Links
www.faminedrecords.com
www.facebook.com/faminedrecords
www.facebook.com/primemeridianpa
www.twitter.com/primemeridianpa

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WALKING BICYCLES RELEASE TWO NEW VIDEOS FOR “SO” AND “BADADA” ON YOUTUBE

walking-biycles_xray_digitalWalking Bicycles have two new videos up at Youtube for So and Badada.  Both songs are from their latest album and the videos incorporate live footage filmed at their record release show this past summer at the Empty Bottle in their hometown of Chicago.  The visuals capture the controlled chaos and intensity of Walking Bicycles, and the energy singer Jocelyn Moriarty gives out both onstage and in the studio.

Walking Bicycles balance noise and pop elements with cathartic dynamics and these two songs and accompanying videos are just a small sample of what the band are about.

Walking Bicycles released their latest album To Him That Wills The Way via their label Highwheel Records in August, their first in four years.  The band was forced into hiatus when guitarist/songwriter Julius Moriarty was sentenced to three years in prison on marijuana charges.  Moriarty opened up about his experiences with Noisey back in August.  It’s an inspiring read and it shows Moriarty and wife Jocelyn coming out of the experiences stronger for having been through them.

Walking Bicycles are currently working on tracks for a new album and I, for one, am excited to hear where the revitalized band is going next!

LINKS:
So video
Badada video
Noisey Interview
Highwheel Records
Highwire Daze Interview

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