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#BESTBANDOFTHEDAY is “BITTER ENEMIES”

BENEMIES

Hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne, “BITTER ENEMIES” is made up of primary band members Richie Hutchinson and Max Kreetcha

With the occasional help from miscreant friends such as Keith Mills,Peter Snowdon
Jae Brooks, this newly formed collective will unashamedly deliver a rock punch to your jaw reminiscent of something from the 90s alternative scene…and who knows, you might even like it!

Following up the band’s 2016 debut EP “NEWBORN”, Broadcast is a new collection of three songs in celebration of the big and small screen, and the often forgotten female characters within! Stream it now on Spotify and other services or buy it on iTunes!

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MADDIE

Music video  to MADDIE by Bitter Enemies,  was inspired by Twin Peaks.“Maddie” is the first track released from the EP “Broadcast”.

Says the band

“All three tracks from the Broadcast EP take inspiration from some of our favourite female characters from TV or film.”

“Maddie…the first song from our new Broadcast EP…and the first song I wrote in response to a brief. I got a text from Max saying he wanted to write a song about Twin Peaks and asked me to listen to  the Angelo Badalamenti score from the show and write some music. I knew it needed to be dark and what you hear on the EP is pretty much what I wrote, with little having been changed. If you listen carefully in the first verse there’s a quiet Leslie effect guitar line, a knowing nod to the TP theme tune, which was much more prominent in the demo but @theaquarium made the right call in dropping it down in the mix. Hearing Max’s lyrics/vocals on the demo for the first time blew me away! The rest of the band really added some finesse as well. There’s a few happy accidents in this one (on my part), but that just makes me love this song more…

Adrian Fisher:“Brooding intro which immediately strikes as being very cinematic. I love the way the song kicks into gear with big guitars and drums and a Cornell-like vocal. The great thing about this track is that writers Richie Hutchinson and Max Kreetcha have put a lot of thought and care into the arrangement and production of the song, to the point where you can’t say “oh, that sounds like ……” because it doesn’t sound like anyone obvious.

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Adrian Fisher:”Another cinematic intro, great use of synth sounds and tribal-sounding drums.This is another song that strays from the norm with the same care and attention to detail that Maddie uses.The verses are quite stark and sparse before the energy surges into the choruses with big guitars, before dropping out again into the low key verse again. I love this use of light and shade dynamics which I think is sadly lacking in today’s music of all forms.My only thought from my producer’s head is the last chorus vocals should have been mixed higher to hear the lyrics better.

WON’T BE PRETTY FOR LONG

Adrian Fisher:Eerie vocal and drum intro, using a great melody line.Again, serious thought has gone into constructing the arrangement and melodies of this song.Great vocal production using ghostly reverb on the voice. Great change of feel and pace during the “live..die” section of the song before pounding into a blistering guitar solo. 

Bitter Enemies are onto something !With so much music fighting for our attention from every platform the world over,the only way an Independant band has any change of growth and survival is to differentiate from the masses of samey music out there.These guys are doing that with their “Broadcast EP”.

GO CHECK THEM OUT…..NOW !!!!!ADRIAN FISHER.

BITTER ENEMIES Links

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Website: http://www.bitterenemies.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bitterenemies13

Twitter: @Bitter_Enemies

Instagram: bitter_enemies

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bitter-enemies

Email: bitterenemies@gmail.com

 

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 TEXAS SPECIAL PART TWO…VAN WILKS

OK, so I’ve just had my mind blown by DAVID GRISSOM last night at the “SAXON PUB” in Austin TX, when my friends and family tell me I have to go and see VAN WILKS, who happens to be on at the same bar the next night.TALK ABOUT HAVING YOUR MIND BLOWN !!!! This is the man who, when he has a birthday, ERIC JOHNSON and CHRISTOPHER CROSS come to play with him onstage !!

This is the man  to whose house BILLY GIBBONS of ZZ TOP goes to for jam sessions, leading to songs like DRIVE BY LOVER ( see  full story below)

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When you think Texas blues-rock, you think Van Wilks. There are few names that have lasted and flourished within the Texas music scene like Wilks. Fads come and go, but Van Wilks is here to stay, as evidenced by his latest release, 21st Century Blues.

Like the steam engine on the cover, 21st Century Blues, his first studio album in 10 years, is a powerful beast that keeps on rolling from start to finish. Recorded at studios in Austin and France, 21st Century Blues is the real deal. This diverse collection of songs highlights Wilks’ impressive guitar styling with his striking lyricism to create a contemporary blues-rock masterpiece.

As Wilks says, “This is not a typical “blues” record. This is “MY BLUES” and even though the songs jump from one feel to another the common thread that holds it all together is my guitar. It’s just that ‘Low Down, Wound Up, Rockin’ Texas Blues.’”

Born in Galveston, TX, Van Wilks began playing guitar at a young age as a youthful refuge while his family constantly moved around Texas. Influenced heavily by the British Invasion, Wilks began to hone in on his sound early on. He moved to Austin in the early 70s, a time when guitar was defined by volume and power. Combining previous influences and his own style, Wilks brought his guitar muscle and class to the people of Austin through his popular band, Fools. Wilks’ distinct and unique ability caught the attention of many notable industry names, including ZZ Top manager, Bill Ham. In 1979, he signed with Mercury records and released his first record, Bombay Tears, in 1980.

Since his first release, Van Wilks has built an illustrious career that includes six solo albums, one live album, and multiple globe-spanning tours with acts such as ZZ Top, Heart, Van Halen, Journey, Aerosmith, and countless other. His career has led him on a scorched earth path from Texas to Moscow, the Virgin Islands to India, and everywhere in between. Along with that, Van Wilks was featured on ZZ Top’s Live at Montreux Jazz Festival DVD.securedownload-8

Throughout the years, Wilks has acquired an impressive trophy collection, winning multiple Austin Music Awards, being voted best electric and acoustic guitarist in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, and being inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame. In addition to that, Wilks guitar prowess has been featured on albums such as the Geezinslaw Brothers’ The Eclectic Horseman (w/ Willie Nelson), The Texas Christmas Collection (Duet w/ Eric Johnson), Texas Guitarslingers Volume I, Double Trouble’s Been A Long Time, and KLBJ-FM’s Local Licks.
Van Wilks credentials highlight his successful and storied past. 21st Century Blues lets us know that Van Wilks will continue to be a trendsetter that is here to stay.

Take a listen now, to some of the songs that show just how great VAN WILKS is.!!

DRIVE BY LOVER

As described by Wilks, the path to having “Drive By Lover” on the album was long and winding. “We played around with the idea for years in late night hours at my house on Elizabeth St. in South Austin. It was forgotten until Billy asked me if I could revive it or even remember it! I sent him a few vignettes from a barely working cassette and a few hours later he played me the track from a LA studio. ‘Whip up some words, Dusty’s ready to give it a go’, he said. So I put the pen to the paper and the, long in the making, tune ends up on ZZ’s ‘La Futura.’ Billy came out to the studio and we “messed it up” just right for my take on our tune.”

Just Walk Away

Beautiful guitar tones and chords in this tune, evoking a smokey lonesome night in some faraway jazz/blues nightclub.Van Wilks gets all the deserved accolades for his songs and guitar playing, but he also possesses a great singing voice, showcased here on Just Walk Away.As you would expect, the guitar breaks  ooze feel and emotion.

THERE’S A SIN IN THERE SOMEWHERE

Very authentic old blues intro, sounding like a lost Robert Johnson song, but then things really take off and the song morphs into a furious slidefest of a rocker, featuring another stunning guitar solo, after which the song takes another twist and turn before kicking back in with the main guitar riff.Glorious stuff.What I love about Van Wilks is that he takes great care in keeping things interesting.There is always a surprise in store just when you start to get easy in the song.

BADLY MISTAKEN 

Explosive track from the album TEXAS JUKIN’ kicks off in half time guitar bass and drums then hammers into a full steam ahead rocker which matches THIN LIZZY at their peak of powers I kid you not !!Superb drumming on this too and yet another killer solo section from Van Wilks with its customary twists and turns to keep up the interest.Killer track which I cannot stop listening to.

BLUES FOR DELPHINE

Another track from TEXAS JUKIN’, this is all instrumental which I would describe as  a slow Fusion Blues featuring stunning guitar work from Van Wilks who manages to keep the interest at its peak with his trademark twist in the musical plot.If JEFF BECK came from Texas it would sound like this !!Breathtaking.

21ST CENTURY BLUES

Title Track from the latest Van Wilks album, and what a cracker it is.A slow paced blues boogie tune that rocks along with gorgeous guitar tones and sumptuous slide breaks.

Truth is I could have featured every track on every album by Van Wilks and you would not be disappointed.The Man has a knack for crafting perfect guitar tones within an endless supply of great songs which are much more than cobbled together riffs.These are real songs composed by a master musician who also possesses a great voice, and, like all true Greats of the music business, is a genuinely engaging man to boot.

If you do not have a VAN WILKS album in your collection , you need to rectify that right now, and if you ever visit Austin Texas, you simply have to track this man down at one of his shows to see how he does this in the flesh !! And tell him I sent you !!!!!!!

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ADRIAN FISHER

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BOB DEE with PETRO

Bob Dee with Petro New York City’s premier rock band with a sound reminiscent of Cheap Trick, has developed a significant worldwide fan base, as well as selling CDs & Video’s on all major internet sites worldwide.

Bob Dee  has toured Japan, Europe, Canada and several East coast and West coast US tours, the band’s hard driven melodic pop resonates well with fans.Bob Dee with Petro released their new single and video “Socially Awkward” on AMG/Universal Records.SOC AWKWD.jpg

The hit single is getting major airplay around the world and received a whopping 5,000 mobile app downloads in one week, making it the highest charting single of the band’s career. The video “Socially Awkward was picked up by Zoom Media placing it in heavy rotation in 5,000 major Gym’s in the USA.
The band’s full 12 song LP “Pretty Things” released worldwide on AMG/SONY Records with songs featured on the Hit TV Reality show “Bondi Ink” broadcast in over 30 countries.PRETTY THINGS

Bob Dee has graced the pages of Japans’#1Rock magazine “Burrn” magazine, RockHard Italy, Rocknation,USA, Fireworks, UK, UberRock,UK, MelodicRock,UK, Relix,USA, “Performing in Japan” a book by Duane Levi, Japan & Hardrockhaven, Czech & The New York Times.
Bob Dee with Petro’s radio playlist hitting the UK this year with Hit Single “Socially Awkward” off of “Pretty Things” CD stations currently playing Petro include : radio legend UK’s Jackson Cooper show, Dr. Johns Rock Surgery Show ,RockNAtion Radio and Kerrang Radio, Croydon Radio, JAmes Whale show, Dunoon Radio, Tameside RAdio, Audio Grafiti, Brooklands radio and the DJ Yorkie show
Bob Dee guitarist and founder formerly of RCA recording artist “Beg Borrow & Steel”,was signed by “Joe Galante”. Bob also signed a publishing deal with Famous/Paramount Music, co-writing“A Simple Heart” with “Desmond Child” (Bon Jovi, American Idol)
Petro’s debut CD “Bullets and Bandaids” released on America’s biggest hard rock label “PERRIS” records, Petro also featured in “bands on the rise” in “RELIX” magazine with single”WE ARE STARS” as a CD pullout. 
Bob Dee scouted by Japan’s Metal Guru “Masa Itoh” of “Burrn Magazine” “Dee is the next big thing”Masa Itoh” is also host of “Rock The Nation” radio Japan. Bob Dee also recorded with Legendary producer “Nick Blagona” (Deep Purple) at “Metalworks” studios in Toronto, Canada and at “The Sound Emporium” in Nashville.Single “Lips That heal” mixed by “Eric Greedy”(Kelly Clarkson, Smashing Pumpkins) in Los Angeles, CA. Film credits include 2 videos with director “Nigel Dick” (Britney Spears, Oasis) for Jimmy Barnes on Atlantic records and Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam. Beg Borrow & Steel live at CBGB’s by Lucas Films “Outta My Face” directed by Malasian director MoMo featured as top hit on Asian TV, 2 video’s “We Are Stars” and “Mother Says” released in Europe on HorizonVUMusic, Paris, France.

BOB DEE with PETRO UK TOUR JUNE 2017

BOB DEE is coming to the UK in June for an 8 DATE TOUR

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Bob Dee is endorsed by DR strings and Voodoo Amps

“SOCIALLY AWKWARD” A slice of power pop and current hit single.Bob Dee describes the inspiration behind the song.”I wrote this from being at a famous party one night in New York City. I was like a wallflower I didn’t say anything all night. I was so shy I felt out of place like I did not fit in.. Every time I tried to talk to some girl at the party, words would not come out of my mouth and yes, it is true, there was a Jenny at the party, she was the one that was looking at me it was a surreal time for me because when I get onstage I am not shy I own it!!

“LIPS THAT HEAL” GREAT SONG!!And great video to go with it! Bob says “I was in a long term relationship and I always have my female friends that I hang out with, so one night we were all out drinking and one of my long time friend’s got a little too drunk,when I came down the corridor in the bar, she grabbed me threw me up against the wall and gave me a full hot sexy mouth to mouth long kiss like in the movies, then she walked away!! wow we never talked about it ever again, we remain friends but I will never forget that kiss, so I wrote a song about it and made a video too for it!!

“MOTHER SAYS” A brooding slow rocker about a fallen Angel! Bob Dee says “this is a funny story. I live in Queens, NY, you know where the accent is real New York here, so I ran into this girl’s Mother and she kept telling me to date her daughter, she is so sweet and kind, hmmmmm so I started dating her daughter, but this girl was a wild one she was a party girl out every night.. She drove me crazy.. so when a girl’s Mom says My daughter is so sweet with a nice personality, run for the hills!!!!!

“WE ARE STARS” A pounding Rock Anthem with a great guitar riff and catchy chorus.Bob’s insight on this one “This song is an Anthem for all the people that are having a rough time in life, getting put down every day, the only place they feel good is talking to their shadows: when we play this song live I want everyone to feel hope. We all shine, we are all stars so we hide our scars

“TAKE MY HAND” Haunting ballad which Bob describes as “We had a huge storm in New York City called “Sandy” and I was stuck inside my apt with my girlfriend at the time and we were in a big fight.She was in one room and I was in the other, we had no power so we lit candles all over our apt. It was a real New York story, living in a high rise apt on the Upper West Side, the rain was hitting the windows hard and I just started playing my guitar writing this song, she laid down beside me and we made up.

Bob Dee is a huge talent and a great songwriter.His albums have hit songs on them, one after another.For more info, got to BobDee with Petro.com , Facebook , Amazon plus all usual outlets.

SEE BOB DEE and PETRO live in the UK JUNE 2017.(SEE POSTER ABOVE FOR DATES)

ADRIAN FISHER

 

TEXAS SPECIAL…………………..DAVID GRISSOM

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David Grissom has toured and recorded with John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville,The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy, Bob Schneider and John Mayall among many others. His songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, John Mayall, Shannon Curfman and Storyville,to name just a few. Over the years, he has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and Vintage Guitar magazines several times.

David moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a stalwart on the vibrant local scene. Playing first with Lucinda Williams, he then joined Texas legend Joe Ely’s band in 1985, touring and recording nonstop until 1991, when he joined John Mellencamp’s band. David made three records with John and toured extensively from 1991 through 1993. After, Mellencamp, David went back to Austin to form Storyville, the band that included the Double Trouble rhythm section and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. Storyville released two CD’s for Atlantic Records,which were well received at various rock radio stations. Since 2000, David has divided his time between recording sessions, including the last three Buddy Guy CD’s, among scores of other releases, touring with the Dixie Chicks, Bob Schneider and also playing hundreds of his own gigs, while still finding time to produce his CD’s and two releases for Ryan Beaver.

In 2007 Paul Reed Smith Guitars introduced the DGT, David’s signature model guitar, which represents the culmination of a 25 year relationship working with Paul on the design and improvements of their guitars from a touring/session players perspective. David’s two PRS signature amps the DG-Customs, were just released in the Fall of 2013. David makes frequent appearances around the world giving guitar clinics and performing for PRS with their other artists, such as Orianthi, Brent Mason and Santana at NAMM, Musikmesse-Europe, Experience PRS-Japan / U.S., among various other shows.

David has three prior solo releases, “Loud Music”, “10,000 Feet” and “Way Down Deep” which was released in 2011. His fourth CD, “How It Feels To Fly” includes eight new original songs recorded in studio and four extended live cuts, of which two find David paying homage to fellow hometown guitarist, Billy Gibbons with a blistering version of the Z.Z. Top classic “Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings”and the other, to his ex-band mates the Allman Brothers with a spot on performance of “Jessica”. “How It Feels To Fly”  shows David confidently settling into the role of bandleader and solo artist, fitting nicely with his well established Guitar Slinger reputation.

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I had the pleasure of a holiday in Austin Texas during October 2016, and was lucky enough to catch David Grissom live at the Saxon Bar on 3 occasions.I could not believe that such a world class musician and his equally talented band were tearing people’s heads off with the music they were playing……at tea time….For Free !!!!

Using his signature PRS DGT Guitar  and  PRS GRISSOM AMPLIFIER, David Grissom’s guitar tone is so thick, you can stand your pint on it, but the clarity is there too.

The first night I only caught the last 30 mins, but that was enough time for me to start picking splinters out of my chin as my jaw hit the deck time after time.

The second night saw the addition of guitarist Carter Arrington, whom I thought was there to play rhythm.Wrong !!!!!Carter is a world class player in his own right and now I was getting two for the price of none !My chin now needing scaffolding.Complementing all of this is bass player Scott Nelson who gets enough limelight to show he too is a class act.

Here is a selection of songs showcasing the talent of DAVID GRISSOM

 

WHAT PASSES FOR LOVE .. STORYVILLE

From the Album: A Piece Of Your Soul and based around a Texas shuffle,this song features the trademark Grissom open string riffs which fill the song with sound.The twist and turns in this song allow Grissom to infuse the instrumental sections with impeccable taste throughout.Great vocal performance from Malford Milligan, giving the song a soulful quality.

GOOD DAY FOR THE BLUES….STORYVILLE

Tasty acoustic intro kicks this song off for the first verse before the full band hits with a gorgeous groove full of punch and melody. A reference to BB King in the lyrics encourages David Grissom to pull off a great BB-style guitar solo. I was lucky enough to be there when Milligan got up with the DG Band and did this song live. What a great song from a great band.There’s the added bonus of the David Grissom solo version on his album “10,000 FEET” which has a more bluegrass sound to it.

NEVER CAME EASY TO ME

Swampy-sounding tune from the album “How it Feels To Fly“.David Grissom is synonymous with virtuoso guitar playing, but on his albums he concentrates on songwriting.Sure, the guitar playing always amazes, but his albums showcase what a fine lyricist/singer/songwriter he is.You can tell he takes time to get the lyrics right for the song, which is always King.

WAY DOWN DEEP

Title track of the same named album, Way Down Deep begins with a nice Beatles -Esque opening guitar chord leading to a funky guitar motif.Then the filthiest of texas swamp guitar oozes from the speakers, sparking the song into true texas style action with a guitar sound thicker than Rio Grande mud !!The textures of the guitar solos weave between grit and beauty to keep things interesting, showcasing why David Grissom is a world class talent.

SKIMMING THE SURFACE

From the album “WAY DOWN DEEP”

Very funky instrumental featuring a riff guitarists would have nightmares trying to decipher !!The studio version is great but check out the live versions which are usually double the length and enable David to really stretch out and show an incredible depth of influences in his playing.

TAKE ME BACK TO TEXAS.

A sentimental choice for me with this song.I had an amazing time in Austin TX and this song echoes many of the sentiments I feel every time I hear this tune.I look forward to going back to Austin next year and hope to catch more shows from the truly awesome

DAVID GRISSOM !!!

PS !! STAR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID GRISSOM COMING NEXT

ADRIAN FISHER

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Temple Avenue…
…an alternative rock band based in the North East of the UK. Their music is a raw mix of rock, grunge and punk, with influences ranging from Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana to 3 Colours Red.
Uncomplicated and stripped back, Temple Avenue’s style has no room for pretentiousness or egotistical flamboyance; they’ve taken the bells and whistles and thrown them from a high speeding car, turned the radio up and not looked back.
Temple Avenue started life in mid 2013 under the name ‘Alter The Republic’, and quickly gained momentum during their first year. Support slots included Tek-One at the O2 Academy, hard rock band Fallen Red at Think Tank and opening for Saints of Arcadia at the highly successful launch of their debut EP “XI.MMXIV” as well as runners up for the 2014 Guitar Guitar sponsored Battle of the Bands at the legendary Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle.
Early demos of two tracks “Black Box” and “Remedy” were quickly picked up by a number of independent radio stations, with local newspapers also providing support, helping to establish their name across the local scene.
After a couple of line up changes, the band felt a change of name was appropriate. Temple Avenue was conceived from the confused looks on people’s faces when faced with the question “sorry, Alter the What?”
The final third of 2015 has seen the trio, Craig (vocals and guitar), Martin (Bass and beard) and Dom (drums and vocals) refining their sound and writing new material. When discussing their writing process, the lads state they try not to take themselves too serious, but collectively agree that no single member should try to take artistic control of the music.
In May 2015 the band finally released their debut self titled EP. Available on CD and through a variety of digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, the EP has been well received by local media and the modest following the lads have brought together.

Craig Brown (vocals, guitar) Martin Hudson (bass) Dom Aitkenhead (drums, vocals)

This note from their website  “with the help of Stephen and Anne at RNE Records, we released ‘By The River’. Thank you for the continued support, great comments and feedback we have received regarding the track. It’s been overwhelming to have had so many awesome things said. If you’re new to us, take a peek at the snippet of ‘By The River’ by clicking the link 

https://soundcloud.com/temple-avenue/by-the-river-snippet

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Disappeared

A ‘Big’ guitar song which would not sound out of place on a long lost Nirvana cd. Lovely pounding bass guitar sound from Martin Hudson complements the hammer drums of Dom Aitkenhead perfectly.Nice light and shade between the verses choruses which showcases the excellent voice of Craig Brown. How a 3 piece Band can make this much beautiful racket is beyond me but I bet this song is a killer in a live setting.!!

Black Box

Gorgeously filthy bass guitar intro piles nicely into another uptempo rocker.Another great mix on this song, drums big and punchy, good separation on the guitars and the vocals with great harmonies cut through very nicely.No doubt another live fave !!

Nowhere to Be

Nice “Nirvana” -sounding intro.Great arrangement keeps up the interest and another great performance from each member, stars all round here.

Cela Dor

Total departure on this song ! tasty acoustic/vocal intro this time, once again showcasing the excellent voice of Craig.The Harmonies are spot on too.Beautiful mix again when the tasty guitar solo kicks in to take the song to the next level,  full of passion, harmony and vigour.Excellent stuff.

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TEMPLE AVENUE deserve to be checked out immediately.Do so…….. now !!!!!

ADE FISHER

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BEST BAND of the DAY is proud to present to you a Star Interview with

                                 Bill Leverty………………………..Guitarist of FireHouse and Solo Artist.

Thanks so much Bill for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me today.

1.When was the moment you knew music was your life mission?

It was a series of little moments for me. Each time I saw a rock concert, I stepped closer to wanting to be a full time musician. My first concerts were The Doobie Brothers, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and BTO. Playing guitar during this time in my life helped draw me closer. The final decision to try to be a full-time musician came when I decided to take an indefinite hiatus after my first year of college. After many years of working real hard, I started to see some positive results.

2.Did you try to sound like anyone else when you were learning the guitar?

I tried to learn my favorite songs like they were on the recordings. These were the only real lessons I got other than the first basic chord chart lessons I got when I first started. Yes, I wanted to get the songs and solos right, so I guess I was trying to sound like everyone in my record collection.

3.Who was the first Major band you saw live?

The Doobie Brothers. They were amazing.

4.What was the first record you bought and why?

Ted Nugent’s first album. I heard “Stranglehold” and had to own it, then I had to learn how to play it.

5.what inspired you to take up the guitar?

I was always drawn to the sound of the guitar. When I learned my first 3 chords (D, C, and G), I could play “Sweet Home Alabama”. I was hooked from then on.

6.How does musical inspiration come to you?

It’s 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration. I go down to my studio and play my guitar until I come up with something that I think sounds interesting to me. It usually takes a lot of time. I’ve also been inspired by singing. Sometimes, just singing a melody helps to generate the spark that lights the fire. Sometimes an idea will come in a dream. More often than not though, it’s just going into my studio and working, practicing, and trying to come up with something that I haven’t done before.

7.who are your favourite Songwriters?

There are so many. I’ll name a few of the bands. Beatles, Scorpions, Skynyrd, Boston, Aerosmith, Dixie Dregs, The Eagles. I could go on and on. I’m sure I’m leaving some out. There are so many great writers out there.

8.When you began learning guitar did you have an ambition to turn it into a successful career?

Not at first, but pretty soon I wanted to be able to make a living as a professional musician. I never wanted to be a big rock star or anything like that. I just wanted to be a professional musician who could pay my bills.

9.what are you most proud of as a musician?

I’m proud to have been a part of a band whose songs have had a positive impact on people’s lives. I’ve heard stories that our songs have made a difference for people in a good way, either keeping a family together, helped someone who was going through a depression in their life, or helped someone fight cancer. These are the things that make me feel good about what I’ve done as a musician.

10.How do you approach writing for Firehouse compared to your solo work?

I try to write any way I can. It’s a never ending challenge. When You’re not thinking about it, it doesn’t happen. Writing is pretty much the same process not matter how I’m doing it. I try to come up with an idea that has potential. Either a riff or a chorus, or just a title or hook it can get it started. If the idea is good enough, it’ll hopefully lead to the next part of the song, next chord change, etc. I try to let the song tell me where it wants to go. I don’t force it. When I work on my own, I don’t have the other guys to bounce the ideas off of, so things tend to go a bit slower.

11.How does your live guitar rig differ from your recording rig.?

I’ve been using the Fractal Audio Axe FX 2 for both. The only thing that has changed is that a few months ago, I got a Fractal Audio AX8, which is pedal board with the same amazing amp and speaker tone. It’s more compact and fits in my backpack. My Axe FX 2 is now in my studio. The  AX8 has a little less processing power so you can only use 2 amps in one patch and you can’t load up a bunch of effects all at once, but my sound isn’t very heavy with effects anyway.

12.What is your approach to recording your guitar parts?

I start out with the writing process, hoping that I can use some of the tracks that I’m initially recording. So, I’ve got a guitar sound dialed up with the Axe FX that fits the part of the song I’m working on, and I just record it directly into Protools. I save the preset because frequently, I’ll want to change what I played, and with the Axe FX2, it’s so easy to just go to that preset and it’s right there. No changing settings on an amp, adjusting the mic in the other room, mic pre, EQ, compressor, etc. It’s exactly the same, so it really takes the pressure off. There’s much more freedom now and the tone is STUNNING.

13.what’s the best advice you have been given?

“Take a course in music theory.”

14.A lot of musicians don’t read music or know theory.What is your take on this.?

I’m not a good sight reader, but taking music theory REALLY helped me. I’ll never know enough theory. It’s the kind of thing that can always improve my musicianship. Music theory probably helped me more than anything. I also had a great teacher which made it a lot of fun.

14.As someone in the Rock spotlight, how do you balance your music with having a family.?

It was tough at first to be honest. I managed and tour managed our band for over 9 years. I was in my office most of the day advancing shows, production, rider requirements, etc. I was working with our booking agent to organize tours, working with the other guys in the band to get a consensus on business decisions, working with our accountant to keep our books organized so that it was easier for him to prepare our corporate returns at the end of the year. I was booking the flights, hotels, vans, busses, writing the paychecks, managing the merch inventory, on and on. On a show day, my to-do list was completely full, then I had to get up on stage and smile, sing, & play guitar. On top of all this, I was producing and engineering recording projects, running our indy label, working with distributors around the world to get our CD’s out. There was very little time left for my family. I didn’t see a problem for a long time because I have an amazing wife, but it soon became readily apparent that we needed a change. I talked to the band and told them that I just couldn’t carry this workload much longer. They understood and right about that time, a guy, who we all knew and loved, gave me a call looking for a gig. He jumped right in as our tour manager. I then learned what balance really felt like. It’s easier these days because we mainly go out and play gigs on the weekends so I’m at home during the week. I can go to my daughter’s sporting events, plays, etc. I can be there when she gets home from school and help her with her homework. I still get dragged into the management of our band from time to time, but nothing like it used to be.

15.Any weird stories backstage at one of your gigs ?

There are so many. It seems like every night there’s something weird that happens. Most of the stories are things that I can’t repeat because I’d be throwing someone under the bus. I can say that backstage has gotten much less of an animal house vibe now that we’re a little bit more seasoned. Back in the day, everyone was on eleven.

16.which solo album MOST represents who you are as a musician ?

For me, it’s a tie between SOUTHERN EXPOSURE and DRIVE. SOUTHERN EXPOSURE represents myself as a guitarist playing instrumental music, basically singing the melodies with my guitar. I tried to write interesting changes in those songs and still make it easy to listen to as an instrumental album. DRIVE, which is an album of cover tunes from my youth, shows my influences before I decided that I wanted to become a musician. I tried to put my style into these songs without losing the vibe of the original artist. I feel like this album shows where I’m coming from as a singer. It’s my way of going back in time and being the singer in a cover tunes band. These are the songs that I’d want to have in the setlist. I’m working on my fifth solo album now. I hope to have it done by the end of the year.

17.Who made you feel the most starstruck when you met them ?

Ted Nugent. He was one of my biggest influences, and when I met him for the first time, I was shaking. Later, in 1993, FireHouse got to tour with Damn Yankees and Poison. On this tour, Ted was extremely kind to me and we became friends. He’d sit down and eat with me at catering. Ted would come to where I was warming up with my little 9 volt battery powered Marshall amp that I had clipped to my belt and he’d play me something he was working on. Last year, FireHouse opened up for him at Sturgis and Ted was on the side of the stage watching us. After his set, he walked right up to me and shook my hand. He’s a great guy and he’s singing and playing better than ever.

18.Ok Bill.Final question 😉 All Family are safe, but your house is burning! You can save only ONE of the following.What would it be ?

from your GUITARS                 My CR Alsip “13” guitar

from your AMPS                       My   Splawn Quick Rod

from your PEDALS                   My   Fractal Audio AX8

from your RECORD COLLECTION           Dixie Dregs – “Bring ‘Em Back Alive”

from your BOOKS                         The Holy Bible

from your FILM COLLECTION.         Spinal Tap

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Huge thanks to BILL LEVERTY for taking the time to be interviewed this week.

Bill is working on his 5th solo album. Here’s where you can listen to all of his tunes:

ADE FISHER

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“BILL LEVERTY”

Guitarist of FireHouse and Solo Artist

Bill Leverty (born January 30, 1967) is an American guitarist currently a member of the hard rock band Firehouse

Bill was born in Richmond, Virginia. His parents gave him a guitar when he was 4 years old, but when he grew up he put it aside and took up diving and ice hockey instead. When he was 15 years old, he took up the guitar again, and studied music theory in high school.

He started a band called White Heat. Auditioning for a drummer, he met Michael Foster and was impressed with him. Some time later, they hooked up with C.J. Snare and Perry Richardson, and formed FireHouse. One day, Leverty got an endorsement deal with Yamaha Guitar Development and has been playing them since.

After 15 years with FireHouse, Bill released his first solo album.

Says Bill of the launch of his solo career

“In 2004 I released my first side project Wanderlust. The album received wonderful reviews from both critics and fans. I am very grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reaction.

In December of 2007 I released my first instrumental album Southern Exposure. I played all of the instruments except drums, as I was able to bring in Michael Foster for his amazing drumming talent. The album has received many great reviews. I plan on going out and playing these songs in music stores around the world as I do clinics to demonstrate various gear that I play. Please join my Mailing List so I can send you the latest clinic tour dates.
In June of 2009 I released my first album of cover tunes. After finishing the album I realized that all of the songs had originated in the Southern United States, so I named the album Deep South after an amazing piece of artwork that my Grandfather, William G. Leverty, had created called Deep South. The music is very diverse and most of the songs were written in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I’m playing a lot of instruments on this album that I had never recorded before. You can hear some sound clips on the Deep South page. I hope you enjoy the music!
In 2013, I released an album of classic cover tunes that influenced and inspired me in my youth. The album is called DRIVE. I thought it would be a great learning experience for me to go back to the songs that made me want to become a musician. I learned from not only the greatest artists and songwriters of all time, but also from the producers and engineers who made these timeless recordings. Some of these songs were number one hits, and some were songs that were so important to me in my formative years that I HAD to put them on this album. The result is an album that will show you how I started. I hope you enjoy the DRIVE.  After the release of DRIVE, I’ve been very busy working with other artists as an engineer, mix engineer, producer and vocalist on their songs. I’ve also been working on my fifth solo album. I’ve decided to release each song as soon as it’s finished. After I finish enough songs to make an album, I’ll release the album; but, in the meantime, you can keep up with my progress by getting the singles.I hope you’ll check them out on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.-

DISCOGRAPHY:
Wanderlust (2004)
Southern Exposure (2007)
Deep South (2009)Drive(2013)

Featured Songs

STRONG        

Features Michael Foster on drums, Keith Horne on bass, and Bill Leverty on vocals, guitars & keys.

Anyone familiar with Firehouse will know Bill Leverty as a virtuoso guitarist of the highest calibre,but in his solo career he takes over lead vocal duties too which are almost as good as his guitar playing.STRONG powers in with gutsy instrumentation before highlighting a beautiful bluesy groove in the verse featuring some liquid bass lines.The chorus kicks in to reveal an ultra catchy dedication to his Old Lady ,powered along by some kickass drumming.During the guitar solo Leverty delivers a thrill-a-second masterclass in taste and technique before the chorus takes us out the big finale.Wow !! what an introduction.

Boll Weevil

from his 3rd solo album, DEEP SOUTH

Quite a departure in sound and style from Firehouse.Boll Weevil has a brilliant mix of southern sweat and modern groove with, as you’d expect, great guitar tones.The vocal takes on the “megaphone” treatment and the arrangement keeps you on your toes with lots of sonic twists and turns and a surprisingly understated solo from Bill, relying on taste this time over technique, and very nice it is too.It just goes to show the depth of songwriting skills Leverty taps into outside the confines of Firehouse.

THE BLOOM IS OFF THE ROSE

Beautiful moody intro hints at a love song but this is anything but, lyrically, and the Santana-type lead lines at the start also hide the stinging lyrical content which brings to mind a myriad of lead singers I could think of with an “axle” to grind perhaps.The instrumentation is deep and menacing with a fat production which lends well to the sentiments of the song.The guitar solo is beautifully poignant, dripping with emotion

 

“My Right Mind”. (No video yet.) You can listen here:

Click the link to Bill’s website music player at the top of the home page to hear the new song “My Right Mind” a country rock flavoured tune with funky rock grooves and right-field stop/start breaks to keep things interesting, and a great vocal performance from Bill.

Tasty key change heralds another eye-watering solo featuring echoes of Schenker to take us to the end of another cooking song.

Bill Leverty is living proof that there is a healthy existence outside of the Mothership, in this case Firehouse.While the latter is a great band and still continues to function today,the last album released was in 2011, so Bill’s solo career is a chance to write and release new music in a less confined way.

I, for one am loving that and look forward to further new material from a highly talented artist.Go now to the website to experience the real thing.ADE FISHER

ps.Exclusive Star interview with Bill Leverty coming very soon.

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MARINA CITY

Fusing melodic top 40 pop sensibility with a heavy punk rock edge, Marina City given their growing audience something they didn’t even know they craved. Dubbed “One of Chicago’s best up and coming bands”* and “THE Chicago band to watch out for, Marina City is set to release their 3rd Ep, Wanderlust, on August 11, 2015. The band’s first two releases, In the Wake of Dreaming (2012) and Chimera (2014) have watched the band develop from their pop-punk roots into a more melodic yet in-your-face sound. But for the newest EP, Wanderlust, the Chicago sextet traveled 6,000 miles to producer Casey Bates (Pierce The Veil, Chiodos, and Portugal. The Man) to record a collection of songs in a genre that the band has coined “Aggressive Pop Rock”. On The Request Magazine says: “ (Marina City) have brought a very real, intense rock flavor to vocals that could easily appear in today’s top 40… they are showing the world what real music in popular culture could and should sound like.”

Since debuting at a sold out House of Blues show, the sextet has gained through heavy online and street promotion an intensly dedicated fan base they call The Lost Boys. This fan base has opened the door for Marina City to tour heavily across the Midwest and East Coast, play Warped Tour, and share the stage with national/ international touring acts such as Go Radio, Senses Fail, Amanda Palmer, State Champs, Real Friends, The Rise Records tour, and more. The band has also gained airplay on many local radio stations including 101WKQX and Fearless Radio and have been featured on Absolutepunk.net, PropertyOfZack, Pupfresh, Red Eye Chicago, and The Herald News.

The band features

lead vocalist Ryan Argast, guitarist and vocalist Brian Johnson, keyboardist and vocalist Matt Gaudiano, drummer Eric Somers-Urrea, bassist Aaron Heiy, and lead guitarist Todor Birindjiev.

Songs from the EP WANDERLUST

KEEP YOUR FAITH IN ME 

Nice subtle piano vocal intro and verse, building to a slow tempo ballad , beautifully produced and performed.Tasty harmonies abound.The type of song where you know you haven’t it but you think you have.The mark of a great song.

WHEN YOU LEFT ME 

Another slow paced song but with huge guitars and harmonies.Again, ridiculously catchy but very emotive.

I CAN’T LOVE YOU

Great rhythmic intro, this song features all 3 vocalists and it works very well.Another impassioned vocal from lead singer Ryan Argast and a showcase for the instrumental talents of the band during the mid section with some stunning interplay between all the band….awesome!!!

THE HAUNTING

Uptempo rocker this time, another huge sounding track with the band tight as a camel’s arse in a sandstorm and instantly catchy again and showcasing a classy lead guitar break from Todor Birindjiev.

MARINA CITY  fuse melodic top 40 pop sensibility with a heavy punk rock edge

Hats off to an awesome band, check them out right now !!!ADE FISHER

rebel

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After rip roaring sets and sold out gigs, this Birmingham quartet has really arrived!

Supporting The View and playing up and down the country, the rebels are putting their own original stamp on the Birmingham music scene and are definitely on the rise.

Their latest EP, ‘HOWLIN’, was released in the summer of 2014 and is available for worldwide digital download. The official video for lead single ‘SHAKE ME DOWN’ was released June 29th.

The four-piece band from Birmingham combines the power and intensity of classic rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues.

Members: Danny Core – Vocals & Rhythm guitar; Luke Davis – Vocals & Bass; James Tranter – Vocals & Lead Guitar; Anthony Byrne – Drums & Percussion

SHAKE ME DOWN    https://soundcloud.com/brokenwittrebels/shake-me-down-1

The tasty, subdued guitar intro eases you gently into a modern take on The Faces type instrumentation. THEN ENTERS “THE VOICE” !!!!! A voice that sounds like a thousand break-ups and a million JD’S, perfectly complementing the great musicians on show.This song ooses Deep South, never guessing it originated in Birmingham uk !! I can see why this was a single, very commercial in a sort of Kings of Leon sort of way. Awesome !!!

HOWLIN   https://soundcloud.com/brokenwittrebels/howlin

Another rootsy rocker featuring some great guitar riffs and powerful bass n drums and another killer vocal from Danny Core.

From the EP of the same name this is another hit single in the waiting.Nice wah wah solo too !!

BOTTOM OF THE HILL   https://soundcloud.com/brokenwittrebels/bottom-of-the-hill

Slower in tempo but not intensity, this song is drenched in bluesy soul, the passion is dripping out of the speakers !!!!

Lovely contrast of light and shade in the verses and chorus with more awesome guitar and the ever-present world class vocals.You might need to bring fire extinguishers if you catch this band live..!!!! if the UK keeps producing bands as great as this, then the future of music is in very safe hands .

catch them at

Saturday 30 May 2015

Camden Rocks 2015

http://www.brokenwittrebels.com/

ADE FISHER

ENDIANA “ENDIANA”

A classic rock band exploring the histories of love, lust and bloodshed in the heartland.
Formed in ’09, ENDIANA is comprised of Tim Fuller on bass, Tim Gray on the drums and Matthew Aaron on vocals and guitar.

Sounds Like: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Chris Whitley.

Endiana puts a battered — but bold — heart on display throughout new album “After the Fall.” The nine-song collection rocks harder and is more accessible than previous recordings by Matthew Aaron, who sings, “We all have scars from being torn apart.” Aaron remains an expert at exploring haunted corners of love and life, while Tim Gray’s drumming erupts with personality and Scott Manning’s polished guitar work escorts Endiana from a dark alley to Main Street.”
—  dave lindquist, the indianapolis STAR
I’ve featured ENDIANA today because they are something different.I get sent a lot of stuff lately that sounds great until the ubiquitous Screamo sets in. A lot of bands are now starting to become indistinguishable among the pack. Not so ENDIANA !!
Have a listen to the following tracks and you’ll see why !!Ade Fisher
Hints of Petty, Steve Earle, the song has a vintage production feel of great Americana. Impassioned vocals from Aaron blend beautifully with the analogue sounding drums bass and guitar giving an authentic sound and feel.Great stuff !!
VODKA  ( http://www.reverbnation.com/endianamusic/song/16197797-vodka)
A White Stripes style bass n bass drum intro a vocal detailing a fall out with the Lil Woman.
Is the Vodka to blame ??? Real tasty bass and Gretsch sounding guitar kicks in a dirty guitar solo that sits under your finger nails like a whore’s eyeliner.Awesome choon !!!
Laid back ditty , sounds like Steely Dan with sweat !! Great vocals again and some note-worthy guitar tones and lines.
Lots of twists n turns in this one, even some Stones hints in this one.!!
If, like me, you like your music with some alternative flavours,ENDIANA are just what you need.
CHECK THEM OUT NOW !!!
FREE TRACKS AT http://t.co/zDZw0A0tFS
ADE FISHER