RIP George Michal
While I was never into Wham, I do have much respect for the late George Michael. Kissing a Fool is one of my all-time favorite songs. In my humble opinion, he matured wonderfully as a musician.
Unfortunately, he moved on to the great band in the sky. He passed peacefully yesterday. I shall always remember him as a great lyric writer, a powerful vocalist and activist for gay rights.
George Harrison’s Final Performance
I rarely meet anyone who totally hates The Beatles. I loved the band. However, I think one of the best things to happen with the breakup is the fact that George Harrison was no longer limited to one or two songs per album.
I was never aware of the video I am going to share until I happened on it at Open Culture.
Latchkey Revolt – High Energy Rock from Singapore
Latchkey Revolt is a quartet from Singapore. They are a hard-hitting rock band that pound the listener with great sound, grooves and solos. I like them much.
Disclaimer – Some of the lyrics in this material are explicit. This material is not safe for work. Listener discretion is advised.
Now if a little language does not bother you, I really suggest you listen on. These artists drive the songs from start to finish. All feature a powerful drive, each having their own individualism, and absolutely nothing dull about any of them. In my opinion, a great listen. Check out some Latchkey Revolt after the break.
The Black Satellites – Don’t Forget My Name
If you like driving get-jam-on rock and roll, you will love the four track release, Don’t Forget My Name, from the New York City-based group, Black Satellite. It is driving, hard-hitting, fantastically energetic, and leaves one wanting more.
As I almost always do, let me have the band speak for themselves. According to their bio:
“Delivering a fusion of hearty blues, hard rock with a pop undercurrent that doesn’t undermine its complexity and originality. Melodic, fragile, authentic, built with emotion and groove before giving way to powerhouse vocals and screaming guitars. In a nutshell a sound with every song to make your heart beat a little bit harder”
The Band Avon Dale – Rocky, Bluesy and Jamin’ in Memphis
Warning: Some may consider this material may not safe for work and has some profanities. If that bothers you, please exercise your freedom of choice by going to another post as we exercise our freedom of speech.
The Band Avon Dale is a Memphis-based band. I will give you my take on them in a short minute. However, I think they do a great job of describing themselves, from their About Page:
“Avon Dale is a Memphis-based, rootsy rock band with a touch of soul. A four piece band featuring a dynamic rhythm section, the elemental sounds of an acoustic guitar, blues inspired electric guitar riffs, and soulful vocals, that range from tender and plaintive, to gritty and beseeching. A powerful live act, Avon Dale meshes concise rock ballads with lengthy improvisational jams. With a raw energetic presence, the band is quickly gaining followers in rock and jam band circles alike and becoming a Memphis must see act.”
From the Edge of Spider-Verse, The Mary Janes
I admit that I am a huge Spider-Man fan. While what follows is actually from a Spider-Woman series, I still think it is worth a mention. Married with Sea Monsters has turned themselves into the band that the heroine is part of in the series. To be truthful, I never heard of the band until I noticed this song on YouTube. I like their sound much and I love the idea of becoming The Mary Janes.
Check it out as they do a song from the comic book, Face it Tiger.
You can explore Married with Sea Monsters at:
Perfect for Gen Con, A Star Trek Themed Quintet
While I am into Star Trek, these five men take it to a higher level. Not only did they form a band which pledged to do one song for each episode in the original series which, quoting Fark, “Is one song plus a whole butt-load more” but they also are insanely popular to the point where they just returned from playing the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. I confess that I felt a tad jealous when I heard they got to meet William Shatner.
Powerful and Moving – Speak to Me by On the Run
This band contacted us some time ago. However, due to having the best problem any music reviewer could have, that being too many submissions and not enough listening time, I am just now digging them out of my inbox. On the Run is an alternative rock/rock band from East Freedom, Pennsylvania. The quintet has a very powerful and engaging sound. I won’t say much about them because I am sure you will decide to like them if you only give them a listen. I will say they crank out some great work on the guitars. The members are:
- John Ross Green – Vocals/Guitar
- Ryan Weaver – Guitar/Vocals
- Paul Johnson – Guitar
- Tyler Miller – Bass
- Brian Fisher – Drums
From Columbus, Ohio – The Slang
There is much to like about this band from Columbus, Ohio. To start with, I feel The Slang is a great name for a band. I also really like the EP cover. Stuff like that, however, does not make a band good or bad.
The band is the work of John Bobo, who is the songwriter, plays several instruments and vocalist, and John Newsome is the bassist. They are currently touring their EP with additional members Matt Thiedt on guitars and keys and Michael Dillon on drums.
Musically, this alternative/power pop band has a sound reminiscent of the late 90’s; energetic, loud but not noisy, and a wall of sound. I am not 100% certain but I believe it was also a requirement of the 90s that every song had a keyboard in it. Furthermore, in that era, 9 out of 10 bands and radio stations were “alternative”. While I poke fun at the era, I still turn the volume up when music from it plays… admit it, you do too.
Compositionally, they don’t blow me away. In a good way, they have a typical late 90s sound. They cover that style exceptionally taking “the same old thing” and making it fresh, vibrant and alive.
Technically, the work is exceptional. It was recorded at The Cutting Room. The EP is well produced and mastered having been done by successful, seasoned engineers. (Mixed by Mark Needham, who has done work for Imagine Dragons and Tokyo Police Club, and mastered by Brian Lucey, who has done work for The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.)
Drinking Songs, Irish Folk Music and Sea Shanties
This is one of the interviews we got while at Gen Con 2014. I got to interview the members of the band Marooned. Listen in and hear how it started with “I was really lit at a party…”
Don’t get it wrong, they are not all about parties, they also do charity work. Again, listen in as “The Captain” and I chat for about 10 minutes.
The band has performed at the past 10 Gen Cons and, if you ever attend one in the future, you should put them on list of things to see and do. Amazingly, this band does all their work from different locations. Gen Con has become the one annual event where all the members of the band make sure they all attend.
You can find out more about this awesome act at:
And you can buy their music at the links below:
If I had to describe the work of this band in just two words, I would use “refreshingly different”. If I had to assign them to a genre, which I hate doing, I might go with avant-garde. Galaxxies describes themselves as “experimental, alternative/indie pop music”. Regardless of how one would describe them in terms of genre, their music is great. While it could certainly fit into the genres mentioned, I think the most important thing to say about their style and music is that it has a unique and wonderful sound.
Galaxxies is a Canadian duo that has no shortage of creativity. They also take full control of every aspect of their work’s realization. Garrett Gengler is involved in every step of the project including web design, video and cover art. Marcile Wilmot is the other half of the project and she takes writing credits and brings her Jamaican upbringing to the table as well. It shows in their music, their album art and even their well done covers.
The Galaxxies EP is a great five song collection. Each of the tracks are unique and different. All of the track are well produced and share only the commonality of being great music. Frankly, it was difficult to decide on what tracks to include in this podcast. I went with Galaxies, Love Ain’t True, and Slow Time.