Hot on the heels of their Aug. 12 Compass Records release, Cold Spell, Washington, D.C.’s Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen learned they received multiple 2014 International Bluegrass Music Award nominations, including a repeat nomination for Instrumental Group of the Year. And last week, the album entered Billboard’s Bluegrass Music Chart with a Hot Shot Debut at No. 3.
The Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association also nominated bandleader Solivan for Male Vocalist of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year, and 2013 Banjo Player of the Year winner Mike Munford earned another nomination for that award. In 2013, guitarist Chris Luquette received the Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year, a performance award. The band, which also includes bassist Danny Booth, was nominated for Recorded Event of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year in addition to the Instrumental Group nod.
The 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will take place October 2 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, N.C., as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Week.
In addition to appearing in Raleigh, the band’s got a full schedule of tour dates through October, starting with a week in Sorrento, British Columbia, at the Nimble Fingers Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival. (See list below.)
Following their appearance in June at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, No Depression’s Jake Schepps wrote: “Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, with their blazing IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Mike Munford, put on a fantastic show … I love this band. Great energy and superlative musicianship.”
The band’s 2013 Compass Records debut, On The Edge, reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart. With guests Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick, Cold Spell is poised to do the same. For a look at what the excitement’s about, view their performance of “No Life in This Town,” recorded by videographer Dan Foldes at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
For ticket information and show updates, check dirtykitchenband.com/schedule.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen tour dates:
Aug. 23-29 – NimbleFingers Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival, Sorrento, B.C., Canada
Aug. 31 – Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, Woodstown, N.J.
Sept. 4 – The Tractor Tavern, Seattle
Sept. 5 – Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Ore.
Sept. 6-7 – Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, Ore. (with Peter Rowan)
Sept. 12 – Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Sept. 13 – The Cooperage (RiverFolk Concerts), Honesdale, Pa.
Sept. 14 –Hill Center (American Roots Music Series), Washington, D.C.
Sept. 14 – Hampstead Hill Festival, Baltimore
Sept. 18 – Ashland Coffee & Tea, Ashland, Va. (CD release show)
Sept. 19-20 – Berlin Fiddler’s Convention, Berlin, Md.
Sept. 20 – Dogfish Head Brewpub, Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Oct. 1 – IBMA World of Bluegrass (live broadcast), Raleigh, N.C.
Oct. 2 – MerleFest Bluegrass Ramble, Raleigh, N.C.
Oct. 4 – Albino Skunk Music Festival, Greer, S.C.
Oct. 10 – Station Inn, Nashville
Oct. 17 – Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-off after-party, Night Hotel, Dallas
Oct. 18 – North Caroline High School (Caroline County Council of Arts benefit), Ridgely, Md.
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia Folksong Society (with Spuyten Duyvil), Philadelphia
Oct. 24 – Palmetto Brewing Co. (the Loading Dock Series), Charleston, S.C.
Oct. 25 – Edisto Island Mostly Bluegrass Festival, Edisto Island, S.C.
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With their second EP of 2014, fiddle-driven folk-rock band Lost & Nameless are actually making quite a name for themselves. When You Walked Into the Room, releasing Sept. 9, continues the musical adventure the Austin-based foursome embarked upon with their March EP,Empty Spaces. That one earned them a succession of positive reviews, and the new one, also recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Bil VornDick, is poised to do the same.
In fact, When You Walked Into the Room was recorded during the same sessions that produced Empty Spaces, their fourth release since the band solidified its lineup in 2008. That was the year Patrick Conway (vocals, guitars and banjo), Chris E. Peterson (mandolin, fiddle and vocals) and Nathan Quiring (piano, organ, accordion and vocals) added Kimberly Zielnicki (vocals, fiddle, bass and piano) — then an 11-year-old fiddle protégé of Peterson’s. Four years later, she won the 2012 Old Settler’s Music Festival Youth Talent Competition.
Together, they create a lively blend of old and new that draws from a vast array of influences. Michael Corcoran, the dean of Austin music journalists, wrote of the last EP in Austin Post: “[It’s] full of songwriting a bit punchier than most of the newgrass stuff going around, with Zielnicki’s smooth belting a bonus.”
Austin Monthly added, “The latest feel-good collection of songs from this country-folk quartet might jolt you into a full-blown foot stomp.”
And Twangville noted, “Right from the get-go you know this is going to be an interesting listen.”
EP features six tracks; the title tune reflects Conway’s experience with love at first sight, while Zielnicki’s “Say Goodbye” revisits a relationship’s end.
The closing track, the only non-original, combines “Matthew’s Reel” by Erin Shrader and “Reel a Levis Beaulieu,” a traditional French Canadian fiddle tune. It’s made for dancing; come step out with Lost & Nameless when they walk into a room near you.
Lost & Nameless performance dates:
Sept. 4 – Heritage Place Amphitheater, Conroe, Texas
Sept. 12 – Cactus Cafe, Austin (EP release show)
Sept. 20 – Montgomery Wine & Music Festival, Montgomery, Texas
Oct. 19 – Central Presbyterian Church, 175th anniversary celebration, Austin
Oct. 19 – St. Richard’s Episcopal Church Great Pumpkin Festival, Round Rock, Texas
Nov. 8 – Fischer Fest, Fischer, Texas
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For the first time in a little more than five years I went to see a concert in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The only other time I’ve made the drive up there from Dallas was when Dallas (and Mid-West) legends The FEDS performed their farewell show in early ‘09.
At least this show was under happier circumstances.
I was pulling double duty, reviewing Sevendusts’ set for On Tour Monthly and Gemini Syndromes’ for this site. A couple other bands were joining them at Cain’s Ballroom this night, though. The Kansas City, Kansas-based Sidewise was one of them.
The quintet mixed metal and hard rock together, which was readily apparent from their opener, “Farewell to Virtue”. There was a lot of force behind it, making it easy to head bang to; and one of the guitarists, Matt Wilkinson, viciously screamed on some of the backing vocals. On the flipside, frontman Nico gave the music a semi-melodic component, singing in a hevy, yet smoother tone much of the night.
“…We’re from Kansas City…” he informed everyone afterwards, before announcing their next song was titled “Reconnect”. It was catchy in some regards, with potential to even be a good sing along to audiences that are familiar with it, something they didn’t have this night. “Make some noise, Tulsa!” roared Nico towards the end of it. It was around then that Sean Thibodeaux wound up breaking one of his guitar strings, and he quickly retreated to go grab a new axe. “We have a new album out…” Nico mentioned while killing time, adding that everything they were doing this night was off the Made of Matches record.
“The Fool I Am” was another song that had Jason Dean pounding out some hefty beats on the drum kit, and Josh Graves rounded out the good rhythm section with some good bass lines, while Sean and Matt ran about the stage. “Give it up for our brothers in Moks of Mellonwah who opened,” requested Nico, before they did what I thought was one of their best tracks of the night, “Prism”. “…Here I stand before you with my heart engulfed in flames…” went one of the lines on the first verse, before getting to the chorus of, “Why can’t you see this light that I’m shining through you? It never burned so bright, but I still can’t get through to reach the other side…” Lyrically it was an awesome song, and the music bed packed a serious punch, again mining more of the metal variety.
“Make some noise for yourself, Tulsa,” Nico told the crowd once they were done, really liking how much people seemed to be enjoying it. He let everyone know they might recognize the next one. Singing along was also encouraged, but before they could get it going, they lost the kick drum. “We can’t have a show without kick,” Nico halfway joked with the sound guy while he tried to resolve the issue. It delayed them just a few moments, and then they got to the song going. “Do you know it yet?” Nico asked shortly into the intro. It was “Head Like a Hole” by Nine Inch Nails, which struck me as funny in a way, considering I had seen NIN just two days prior to this. They did a good cover of it. They gave it more of a harder edge to fit their style; and Nico packed a lot of energy into it, really getting into the song. The audience liked it, too, and several were singing along.
“That was great,” he told everyone of their participation. The people weren’t done yet, though. “Let’s see some hands!” shouted Nico, as his band mates got “The Final Awakening” underway. Some horns went up in the air, while others started clapping along with the beat of what is the final track on their latest release. “If you guys feel like I do, I want to hear you scream!” declared Nico before an instrumental break, succeeding in getting a rise from people.
The band showed off more of their metal side with “Our Last Words”, which was a drastic change of pace from their other material in my opinion. I’m not even saying that was a bad thing, but the extreme screams that Nico and Matt did at times definitely woke you up and got your attention. The four of them on the forefront of the stage all thrashed about in unison with one another at times; and there was even a point when Sean jumped into the air and spun around.
“Cain’s Ballroom, we have one more…” Nico said, a little sadness seeping into his voice over the fact their time was almost up. “…Let’s see you guys moving out there,” he finished. With the last couple of songs, they had been getting progressively heavier, and “Breath to Breathe” took the cake as being the most intense thing they did this night. Nico offered one more word of thanks as he finished the vocals, then left the stage for Matt, Sean, Josh and Jason to do an instrumental outro as their 30-minute long set ended.
They worked great on this bill, being very similar in style to the headliner and main support act they were setting the stage for; and based on the interactions they had going on at times with the crowd, I think a lot of people enjoyed them, too.
Their stage presence was pretty strong, and the energy they put into it all ensured they had your attention. Nico was a compelling frontman; and your eyes gravitated towards all five of them, as they each excelled at different points on everything they did this night.
Especially if you like heavier rock music, then Sidewise is a band you at least need to listen to. If they ever get down to Dallas, I’d be game to see them again, too.
Along with their newest album, they have a few others available in iTUNES.
(Photo credit: Danielle Keating)
Denver based Alternative Rock band Glass Deliriumhave released a shot for shot music video parody of the Journey classic “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (originally premiering with Alt Sounds). The band, having shared the stage with such giants asHalestorm, Lacuna Coil, Sick Puppies, and In this Moment will be filming their next music video at The Gothic Theatre in Denver on August 30th.
You know a lot of bands cover this song, and they do a great job. It really is a great song! When the idea came up to have us do a shot for shot remake of the video, we lost it! When it came time to shoot the video, none of us could keep a straight face, with the mullet wigs, and horribly awesome wardrobe. Goodwill rocks by the way! Once we played the video next to the original music video, by Journey, we knew that we had something totally hilarious, and cool. I cant wait for everyone to see this! - Pat Anderson (Glass Delirium)
Glass Delirium’s latest album “Diamond Lullabies" is available for purchase on iTunes.
Foxtrot Uniform has released a couple albums during the few years they’ve been a band, but coming Saturday, they’ll have something that better reflects their current style.
Both their debut EP and first LP were done entirely by Kenny Uptain (vocals and guitar) and Kelly B Test (drums), the bands two founding members. Since those two releases, the two have steadily grown their outfit into a full-band, though, adding Katie Robertson (piano, backing vocals), James Hughes (bass) and Morris Holdahl (guitar) into the group.
It’s strengthened their Americana/roots rock sound, allowing them to flesh out some of their older material and write some new songs that even better represent the band they’ve grown into.
On September 2nd, their first album with a full-band, Cisco, will officially drop on online retailers. However, if you live in or near Dallas, you can get a slightly advanced copy when the band plays a CD release show at The Foundry on Saturday.
I caught one of their recent Dallas gigs, finally seeing them for the first time in a couple of years and they are superb. A definite must-listen for any and all Americana fans.
Saturday, August 30th at The Foundry in Dallas.
Cody Jasper at 9 / Foxtrot Uniform at 9.
(Photo credit: darkophoto.com)
Toronto based Alternative Rock bandThe Rabid Whole have released the official music video for their track “Don’t Stop Now" (originally premiering withBlankTV) from their upcoming EP “Problems" (out September 23rd). The band has also announced the first batch of tour North American tour dates with Cyanotic (The Terminatour)
This year is definitely a year of boundary pushing for TRW. The video, which is our favorite to date, showcases the horror/thriller genre…with a little bit of psychedelia thrown in the mix. We had an awesome time shooting this, and we think our fans will love it. Special thanks to director Peter J Arvidsson. - Andreas Weiss (The Rabid Whole)
Click On The Banner Below For An Up To Date List Of Terminatour Tour Dates:
Current tour dates include:
SEPT 26: Chicago, IL - Metro - Cold Waves Festival *ONLY Cyanotic:
SEPT 28: Chicago, IL - Underground Lounge *ONLY The Rabid Whole:
SEPT 29: Ypsilanti, MI -TBA
SEPT 30: TBA
OCT 01: Cleveland, OH - The Foundry
OCT 02: Pittsburgh, PA - 31st St Pub
OCT 03: Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe’s
OCT 04: Toronto, ON - Bovine Sex Club:
OCT 05: Montreal, QC - TBA
OCT 07: Ottawa, ON - TBA
OCT 08: Providence, RI - DV8
OCT 09: Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
OCT 10: New York, NY - Tobacco Road
OCT 11: Washington, DC - TBA
OCT 12: Atlanta, GA - TBA
OCT 14: New Orleans, LA - Dragon’s Den
OCT 16: McAllen, TX - TBA
OCT 17: San Antonio, TX - Limelight
OCT 19: Tulsa/Oklahoma City, OK - TBA
OCT 21: Albuquerque, NM - TBA
OCT 22: Denver, CO - TBA
OCT 24: Tucson, AZ - TBA
OCT 25: San Diego, CA - TBA
OCT 26: San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
OCT 28: Portland, OR - Tonic Lounge
OCT 29: Seattle, WA - Highline
OCT 30: Missoula, MT - TBA
NOV 01: Los Angeles, CA - Bar Sinister
NOV 02: Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
NOV 04: Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
NOV 05: St Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar & Hall
NOV 07: St Louis, MO - TBA
NOV 08: Madison, WI - TBA
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King Camel Will be Throwing One Big Birthday Bash on Saturday
Jeffrey Brown (the man behind King Camel Productions) seems to have become one of the busiest promoters in North Texas. You can expect at least a handful of shows from him a month, and often, he’ll present multiple ones a week; and he’s not afraid to book a show in the middle of the week, either. Even if it means taking a slight loss, which does happen from time to time. It’s just the nature of the business.
He’s a music fan first and foremost, and has often said that he just wants to put on a kickass show. One he knows he himself would love to see as a fan. It’s a perspective not just every promoter has, and it’s one to respect, because he truly does take the fans into account.
So, you can bet that was thinking not only of himself, but also all the potential attendees when he put together his 1st King Camelversary show at Club Dada.
A whopping seventeen bands will perform, most doing thirty-minute sets; and with both the indoor and outdoor stages being utilized, there will be no downtime. Just one band right after the other for at least nine hours.
Bands like Dead Mockingbirds, Blackstone Rangers, Cutter, Bashe, Fogg, Matthew & the Arrogant Sea, International Bitterness Unit, Mercury Rocket and many others have been tapped to play. Oh, there’s also a secret headliner that has yet to be revealed.
So, as the next festival season gets underway, go support a local one. You’ll get to see a ton of great bands all for one low price. You can’t go wrong with that.
Saturday, August 30th at Club Dada in Dallas.
Doors @ 4 / Music @ 4:30.
$10 in advance / $13 day of show.
For the first time in a little more than five years I went to see a concert in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The only other time I’ve made the drive up there from Dallas was when Dallas (and Mid-West) legends The FEDS performed their farewell show in early ‘09.
At least this show was under happier circumstances.
I was pulling double duty, reviewing Sevendusts’ set for On Tour Monthly and Gemini Syndromes’ for this site. A couple other bands were joining them at Cain’s Ballroom this night, though. Like the opener, Monks of Mellonwah.
The band from Sydney, Australia has been touring the states for a bit, and wound up landing a spot on a few of these final dates Sevendust had planned.
Style wise, they were different, fitting more of an alt rock, even indie sound. The early birds who got here didn’t seem to mind they weren’t hard rock, though; and those who had made it out for their 6:30 start time gathered around the stage as lead guitarist Joe de la Hoyde, bassist John de la Hoyde and drummer Josh Baissari began a lengthy, serene intro. It was “Ghost Stories Intro”, the first track off the Turn the People record; and soon, vocalist and rhythm guitarist Vikram Kaushik stepped on stage, as they rolled it into “Ghost Stories”. The peaceful pace of that intro didn’t last much longer, though; and later on, Joe tore things up with a guitar solo that led to a sensational finish.
They rolled it right into “Afraid To Die”, and John was thrashing about while laying down his bass riffs, which dominated much of the tune. “It’s a pleasure to be here in Tulsa…” Vikram remarked afterwards, and he also acknowledged what an historic venue Cain’s was, as well as dropping the word, “crikey” while he was speaking. (I couldn’t help but think of The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin when he said it.)
Vikram showed off the falsetto voice he is capable of at times on the catchy “Tear Your Hate Apart”; and upon finishing it, he pointed out they had a few “second timers” there. He took a moment to work on a rapport with everyone, first thanking those fans for coming back, saying he did remember them and he was glad they made it back out. He then talked about their time in the U.S. “We came here a few months ago and thought we’d only be here a few weeks. Then we wound up on tour after tour…” he noted.
It was already easy to see why one thing had led to another for these Aussies, because their songs were both catchy and deep (in a lyrical sense). “…Come chat with us…” Vikram then urged everyone to do after their set. “…You can make fun of our accents, or we can try our Yankee accents on you,” he joked. Shortly afterwards, they initiated a clap along with the onlookers, and the beats Josh was laying down at the start of “Pulse” was perfect to clap along to. However, not many people joined along at first, prompting Vikram to playfully ask, “Are you too cool to clap or what?”
“It’s time for our ballad,” he told the crowd before their next song, adding they could “feel free to cry”. I don’t believe any tears were shed, though it was a lovely song. Joe and Vikram even got face to face with one another and jammed at one point, really slowing things down before Josh started working on a massive build up.
They had saved the best for last, and for the final song of their 25-minute long set, they went back to the Stars Are Out EP, performing “Swamp Groove”. It was quite bluesy at first, and while it retained those elements throughout, it spiked and became a powerhouse number filled with soaring guitar solos and mighty drumbeats that saw Josh become a madman behind the kit.
I didn’t know what to expect from the openers, since I had never heard of the first two before, but man, Monks of Mellonwah were a nice one to stumble across.
In terms of genre, they may have been a stark contrast from Sevendust and Gemini Syndrome, but honestly, the semi-indie style rock is often what I prefer.
As I kind of touched on earlier, they make it a little fresh. Maybe not groundbreaking, but while their music did have a certain radio friendly vibe, there was, again — as I previously mentioned — depth to the songs. They’re a solid group, too, and were extremely tight this night; no doubt a side effect from all the time they’ve been spending on the road.
Those who did show up early really seemed to enjoy these guys, and I know I’ll be seeing Monks of Mellonwah in the future. So, here’s to hoping a Dallas show will happen sometime down the road.
If you want to stay up on their goings on, check out their FACEBOOK PAGE. As for their albums, you can find those in iTUNES.
If Stone Cold Steve Austin teamed up with Bo and Luke Duke and got into a heavy duty parking lot brawl on a Saturday night, you would have yourself the personification of six-piece outlaw metal band SCATTERED HAMLET. Known for their rowdy live shows featuring harmonicas, double and triple guitar attacks, and lots of whiskey, SCATTERED HAMLET has been described by Big Wheel Magazine as having “the feel and sound of the American South’s influence modernized for punk and metal consumption.”
Today, SCATTERED HAMLET has unleashed their music video for the track ‘Shelter’! ‘Shelter’ was produced by Grammy-nominated Jason Donaghy and mastered by the legendary Howie Weinberg (White Zombie,Slayer, Danzig). Keeping true to their loyal and growing fan base, the band took to social media and let the fans vote on which song would serve as the first video from the album.
‘Shelter’ is an autobiographical song that champions trucker speed, quitting your job and heading out on the highway – pretty much what SCATTERED HAMLET is all about! The video for ‘Shelter’ has been preceded by a series of behind-the-scenes “life on the road” videos released weekly, called Hell Rider TV.
According to frontman Adam Joad, a man who is known for performing on top of a beer keg with a shotgun converted into a microphone stand, “We’re pumped to finally get a video out there for the Skeleton Dixie album, we had been so busy touring, shooting a video always kept getting put on the back-burner.”
In addition to this video announcement, SCATTERED HAMLET is excited to announce a U.S. tour, hitting several markets this October. Fresh off a series of tour dates that included support for the Genitorturers and Wayland, combined with an appearance at this year’s Rocklahoma Festival along with industry heavyweights like Black Label Society, Kid Rock, Hell Yeah and Five Finger Death Punch, the band kicks off the tour on October 1st in Los Angeles, CA. Several venues are still TBA, so stay tuned for updates.
SCATTERED HAMLET Tour Dates:
Oct 1 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
Oct 3 Kansas City, MO @ Aftershocks
Oct 4 Cave Rock, IL @ Hog’s Rocktober Fest
Oct 5 Columbia, MO @ TBA
Oct 7 Cape Girardeau, MO @ TBA
Oct 8 Lincoln, NE @ TBA
Oct 9 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
Oct 10 Algona, IA @ Afterlife
Oct 11 Burlington, IA @ The Washington
Oct 12 Ottowa, IL @ TBA
Oct 14 Detroit, MI @ TBA
Oct 16 Lansing, MI @ Uli’s Haus of Rock
Oct 17 Nashville, TN @ Daisy Dukes
Oct 18 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
Oct 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Legendary Dobbs w/ Hellion
Oct 21 Indianapolis, IL @ TBA
Oct 22 Saint Louis, MO @ TBA
Oct 23 Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard w/ Hellion
Oct 24 Oklahoma City, OK @ Leon’s Lounge w/ Hellion
Oct 25 Joplin, MO @ Blackthorn Pub
Oct 26 Memphis, TN @ TBA
Oct 28 Louisville, KY @ TBA
Oct 30 Greenville, SC @ Gottrocks w/ Genitorturers
Oct 31 Hickory, NC @ Wizard
Nov 1 Gulfport, MS @ TBA
“Scintilla”, a science fiction thriller, is set deep underground in the wilds of a former Soviet state where strange genetic experiments are taking place. A war weary mercenary is hired to lead a company scientist to the secret underground laboratory and with his team of mercenaries to steal the research in the laboratory. Along the way the good people face dangerous militia involved in a bloodthirsty civil war, strange monsters lurking in the abandoned tunnels of the old Soviet bunker and finally they meet the scientist running the genetic experiments and her terrifying secret.
The film has inspired a newly formed super-group THE SCINTILLA PROJECT, fronted by SAXON’s own BIFF BYFORD, who will be releasing their album The Hybrid in the U.S., featuring songs inspired by the film, onSeptember 2, 2014 via UDR Music. Select tracks on the record are co-produced by world-famous heavy metal producer Andy Sneap, who also plays guitar on these tracks.
Biff Byford states, “I was introduced to Lionel Hicks by Toby Jepson while recording ‘Call To Arms’. This was leading SAXON to write a song for the Lionel Hicks produced film ‘Scintilla’. As the film developed through production, our minds began working – maybe we could put together a concept album based on and inspired by the film. While I was having a break from writing with SAXON, Lionel Hicks, Anthony Ritchie (both ‘Balance Of Power’), and I decided that I would produce and also sing on the album. I brought in Andy Sneap to co-produce and play guitar on some tracks.”
1. Scintilla (One Black Heart)
2. Beware The Children
4. Some Nightmare
7. The Damned And Divine
8. Life In Vain
9. No Rest for The Wicked (SAXON recording as featured in the film – taken from ‘Call To Arms’)
THE SCINTILLA PROJECT:
Biff Byford (vocals)
Lionel Hicks (drums)
Anthony Ritchie (bass)
Andy Sneap (guitar)
Earlier this year, when Jesse Anderson and the rest of Bad Mountain released their debut album (simply titled Bad Mountain), it didn’t get a lavish release. Not like what any album deserves, given all the time, effort and money that is put into these pieces of art.
However, having that EP did help firmly establish Bad Mountain as a band; and they are set apart from any other band in the North Texas music scene due to their heavy focus on the ragtime genre of music. Elements of folk, Americana and roots (among others) are easily found in the music as well, music that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and walked into a saloon in the Old West.
Anderson and his fellow musicians that comprise the band take more of a DIY approach to things, so it was only a matter of time before Hand Drawn Records discovered them and welcomed them to their roster.
HDR will be re-releasing the self-titled debut EP from Bad Mountain; and to make things a little more special, five limited edition mason jars with a Bad Mountain logo etched onto them will be given away at the CD release party at The Foundry.
So, go out, see a free show, maybe get one of those mason jars (if you’re lucky) and pick up a copy of the EP if you don’t have one yet. Basically, help make Bad Mountains’ CD release show the party it should have been the first time around.
Friday, August 29th at The Foundry in Dallas.
The Hazardous Dukes open @ 9 / Bad Mountain @ 10.
This night wasn’t all that different from October 6th, 2012.
Well, it was considerably warmer than that October night nearly two years ago; but the other circumstances were quite similar.
Back in late 2012, Somebody’s Darling finished up a tour in their hometown, a show that also served as the album release party for their sophomore record, Jack City Shakedown.
The venue was different this night, and Trees can accommodate far more people than the club they did their last CD release at. The space was needed, too. This was also their first show back since completing a tour, which included some dates in Wisconsin and Illinois earlier in the month, while this Dallas show was their fourth straight, after doing a run through Houston, San Antonio and Austin.
Trees was pretty packed even during the main support act; and when 10:30 rolled around, people were already claiming their spots in front of the stage. By the time the curtain opened at 10:50, you were pretty much stuck where you were at, as folks stood shoulder to shoulder with one another.
The band had promised to play everything off the new album Adult Roommates, and they began tackling the release with the sixth cut off it, “Vowels Flow”. “Where’s your honey? Where’s your soul?” singer and rhythm guitarist Amber Farris crooned at the start, adding a lot of soul into the roots/rock number. Their performance exploded before the final chorus, when the quintet went all-out on the instrumental section, and Amber hunched over her guitar, tearing it up, as she first walked over to lead guitarist David Ponder, and then went to bassist Wade Cofer on stage left, before returning to the main mic.
“Alright!” she shouted in her twangy voice, as if to say they were just getting warmed up. With that, they went into the newly released single and lead track, “Bad Bad”, with Nate Wedan laying down a beat that was perfect to bob your head to. These songs may be new, but they have been worked into the live shows for months. Even back in January and February (the last two times I saw them) they were doing large amounts of new material. So, their fans are familiar with them, and that was what was cool about tonight. People already love these songs, and “Bad Bad” was one that received some mighty cheers as they started it.
The night wasn’t entirely about the new stuff, though.
“Where you at, Dallas?! Where you at?!” Amber asked, getting a loud response from everyone. “Let me tell you something,” she added. Nate had already started on the drum bed for the next song, and Amber then jumped right into the lyrics. “Well, I believe God made a lover for me…” she sang on “Back to the Bottle”. They played half of the songs from that previous release, and this one raised the excitement level considerably, especially during the instrumental jam, where the keys Mike Talley was playing where highlighted. David and Amber stood back to front with each other as they cranked out some notes, and shortly after, she and Wade were face to face with one another, rocking out. Her face was seldom seen during that time, as it was shrouded by her long, curly locks.
“Thanks, goddammit!” exclaimed Amber after brushing the hair from her face. “How you doing, Trees?!” she then asked, getting another rise from everyone. “That feels good. I love you guys!” she remarked with a warm smile on her face. As she spoke, a large cloud of smoke billowed out from the stage towards the audience; and then they went for one of their heartbreakers. Upon hearing it back in January, “Come to Realize” was an instant favorite of mine; and I do believe they made some tweaks while recording it. It sounded more fleshed out than I recalled, though it’s still wrought with emotion. “So I think about the morning, the way the coffee fell, and I came to realize I was by myself. And I wanted to know, was it me? Was it you?” goes the second verse of the song that epitomizes heartache. Wade lent his voice to the track, helping with some backing vocals on the chorus, and together, he and Amber sounded quite impressive.
“We’re selfish, and we like to throw parties for ourselves,” Amber joked afterwards, saying that was why they had The Suffers open up for them (that soul band from Houston had a party going in their own right.) “Let’s do it!” Amber finished, informing everyone this next song was titled “Set It Up”. David served up a superb solo during it; and upon finishing it, Amber mentioned that everyone in the band had done some writing on this new album, something that hasn’t happened in the past.
Mike was responsible for writing the next one. “It goes like this,” stated Amber. Mike and Wade crooned along with her on the profound chorus of “End of the Line”, “This is the oldest we have been; this is the youngest we will ever be.” There were many haunting elements about it as they slowed the pace down; and upon reaching the final chorus, the crowd burst into another round of cheers.
“Where you at, Dallas?!” Amber again asked, before informing everyone they had got home at five in the morning after their show in Austin. “This is why we do this,” she said, beaming at all the North Texas residents who had come out to support this night. David showed off his skills with another slickly done solo during “Same Record”; and once it was over, Amber asked for everyone to give it up for Wesley [Geiger], who had opened the show. “Once again, we’re selfish. We like to throw parties,” she joked.
“Alright, now here we go,” she said, as they brought out another oldie in the form of “Weight of the Fear”. The one thing with older tracks a band has been playing for a few years is that they have done it so many times, it’s just second nature. That was highlighted with that staple from Jank City. The clap along that came at the lull made everyone a part of the song; and David was killing it, often capturing everyone’s full attention.
“Cheers, Dallas!” Amber shouted, making a toast to all their friends and fans. “…We’ve been a band for a long time, and we’re excited to still be doing it,” she said, speaking of having a chance to put out yet another record. That said, they kept going with album number two, by doing “Keep Shakin’”. The amount of cheers and whistling that followed the end of that song was unreal. Everyone here was a die-hard Somebody’s Darling fan, and they were making it well known.
“Can I introduce the band?” asked Amber, who then took a few minutes to introduce “Red Pants on guitar” (AKA David Ponder), as well as Nate “Grizzly Bear”. “I stole the best bass player in town, and I don’t feel bad about it,” she remarked before naming Wade. Once that was taken care of, Amber swapped out her electric guitar for an acoustic. She said a few of them had a hand in writing this next one, as did Jonathan Tyler (of Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights.) It was the next to last song off the album, “Smoke Blows”, and despite the acoustic, it wasn’t that slow of a song.
The five-piece even dug all the way back to their first album, and the lone track they did from it was “Cold Hearted Lover”. Even now, it’s still a beloved tune, and peoples reaction to it this night proved that. Afterwards, something surprising happened. Wade, who is usually silent sans the backing vocals, spoke. “You guys know how to bounce?” he asked. “Come on, we need everybody to bounce,” he said, trying to get some movement going before one of the singles off Jank City Shakedown, “Cold Hands”. There wasn’t much jumping about, though Amber did try to get another clap along going. It started off slow, with few participants, though. “I see you in the back. We’re not starting till you’re all doing it,” she told the audience, prompting some more people to get involved. “I need this!” she shouted enthusiastically.
No sooner had they finished, and then David started them onto to the next one. Amber just laughed and shook her head. “We weren’t gonna do it, but let’s do it. Screw it,” she said. In the last year plus, they’ve made Faces’ “Stay with Me” into a staple of their longer sets, and I don’t think anyone would have viewed the night complete if they hadn’t done it. It became a massive sing-along, not just with the crowds aiding them, but also some of the many musicians who had come out to support their friends this night. Most of Goodnight Ned got up on stage and helped on the choruses, as did Corey Howe, from Dead Flowers.
“We’re happy that Trees let us party here tonight,” said Amber, thanking the venue one last time before they wrapped their 68-minute long set up with the final track, “Keep This Up”. More clapping was required as they gave their set a fun sendoff, as was singing. Even if people didn’t know the lyrics, the refrain of, “How can I keep this up?” was easy to pick up on.
If there hadn’t been a couple of songs missing, you would have thought they were done. But everyone knew better, and after a couple minutes of shouting, Amber ran back down the stairs from the green room and out on the stage.
“We got to get the boys out!” she said, looking that way. David returned, as did Nate, who simply sit behind the kit and watched his band mates during “Two Lords”. Amber had her hands free, and David grabbed the acoustic. “…It’s super meaningful to us. We wrote it about a buddy of ours,” she said before the song, which deals with two fellow musicians who took their own lives. “…I wish I could have told them I’d hate they way they leave,” went one of the lines of what was a chilling song, and one only those familiar with the D/FW music scene will truly understand and appreciate.
The full band was intact now, and they had saved their biggest two for last. “Wedding Clothes” was one; and as Nate rolled them into the last song, he proceeded to clap along to the beat he was delivering on the kick drum. Much of the crowd joined along. “Generator” was the final song they had to do off Adult Roommates, and it has been a routine closer for many months now. “Thank you again Dallas for coming out…” Amber said during the instrumental break, pointing out that the album wouldn’t be available digitally until September 16th, so everyone here was getting the “exclusive”.
That powerhouse number concluded not only their 14-minute long encore, but also one epic night.
This was what an album release show should be. A club packed with fans who are anxious not only about getting their hands on the latest release from a band they love, but also seeing them pull out all the stops to make this something more than just your average show.
The last few times I had seen Somebody’s Darling they were clicking on a level that affirmed they were one of the areas’ best. That was still holding true this night. The showmanship, the musicianship and even the way it was all executed was no different from that of a bigger ticket act you’d pay good money to see here at Trees.
That’s why Somebody’s Darling has built such a solid reputation not only here in Dallas/Fort Worth, but even in the Mid-West — where they often tour. That’s why they can pack out pretty much ever show they do: because they deliver an experience each time they take the stage.
It’s only been five years since they released album number one, and each follow-up they’ve put out in the last few years has proven to be a cut above their previous material. With Adult Roommates, they’ve crafted something that has more depth and feeling and in a more mature manner than their previous stuff; and in a couple of years, I think it’s safe to assume we’ll be talking about another album, where they have outdone themselves yet again.
“Bad Bad” is available as a single, with the full album dropping on September 16th. In the meantime, if you don’t have their first two records, you can get them in iTUNES (as well as pre-order Adult Roommates.) Their next show will be on September 13th at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth (as part of The Toadies Dia de los Toadies music festival). They also have a short tour planned in October, with shows in Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; and Raleigh, NC, on October 17th, 18th, and 19th, respectively. Specifics can be found HERE.
Although the release of her debut, full-length album,Field Notes, is still three weeks away, Nashville singer-songwriter Annalise Emerick has been teasing everyone with a small taste of what’s to come. Yesterday, Emerick dropped a brand new track and acoustic performance of the twangy, free-spirited tune, “Patti Smith,” exclusively on Roughstock.com.
"Annalise Emerick is a rising star in the Americana side of the Country music world," Roughstock curator Matt Bjorke writes. “Compared to contemporaries like Brandi Carlile and Americana legends like Patty Griffin, Annalise Emerick is certainly an aritst to watch.”
Three years of non-stop touring (150 shows in 90 different cities this summer alone), a stint on the road with Grammy-nominee Seth Glier, a move to Boston, a first place win in the New England Songwriter’s Competition, and an inevitable return home to Music City is what it took to inspire Emerick’s new album. Now, in just a few short weeks, all of the hard work pays off as she gets to share the field notes of her journey with the world.
The new, 11-song record showcases a unique blend of Americana overtones highlighted by Emerick’s indelible pop songwriting sensibilities and unique penchant for spinning stories. The autobiographical nature of the album is palpable, giving it a feeling of intimacy that makes Emerick’s songs uniquely personal yet still universally recognizable, and in Field Notes, it seems that there’s something for everyone. Sparkling, mellow tracks like “The Sun and The Moon" still feature her trademark acoustic-pop vibes, while songs like "Simple Life" and "A Good One" surprise with a newfound and completely unapologetic twang. Emerick’s cover of the Shake-Russell-penned Waylon Jennings tune “Deep in the West” solidifies the fact that the Nashville songstress isn’t afraid to let her home flag fly. In either element, the quiet power in her vocals makes it easy to see how she situates herself among fans of Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, andNatalie Maines alike.
The unbridled nature of Field Notes marks a more mature turn in tone for Emerick. In 2011, she released her first musical project, Starry-Eyed, to heavy critical acclaim after it debuted at #9 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. The seven-song EP featured adult contemporary pop tracks sprinkled with twinkling production value that Performer Magazine hailed as “undeniably good.” Skope Magazine praised the record’s “mellow and moving” tunes, while The Deli New England celebrated Emerick for “crafting melodies as pretty as her name.” The album went on to also catch the attention of American Songwriter Magazinewho premiered her first single and music video, “This Love Won’t Break Your Heart.”
Field Notes is now available for pre-order via Amazon MP3.
For the first time in five years, Chicago industrial metal outfit DOPE is releasing a brand new music video for their newest track “Selfish" exclusively through LOUDWIRE.COM today. Fans were chomping at the bit when the band teased new music last year and again last week here and here, so DOPEfanatics will be pleased to consume a full featured video of an entire new song. For the first time in five years, Chicago industrial metal outfit DOPE is releasing a brand new music video for their newest track “Selfish" exclusively through LOUDWIRE.COM today. Fans were chomping at the bit when the band teased new music last year and again last week here and here, so DOPEfanatics will be pleased to consume a full featured video of an entire new song.
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Opening up the party Exit 380 was throwing for themselves in celebration of their first ever vinyl record was Andrew Tinker.
It was fitting that the Denton-based musician be on the bill, given he recorded Exit 380s’ Photomaps record at Big Acre Sound. He wasn’t alone, though, and had a couple band mates to make this a full-band show.
Part of me was skeptical in a way, because after seeing him solo a few months prior, it was absolutely chilling, while another part of me was excited to see what kind of difference a full-band made.
The trio of Andrew Tinker, bassist Jacob Smith and drummer Lupe Barrera (who was so new, he had only done a couple of rehearsals with them) got their show going with a catchy, upbeat number. “…Lord knows it’s been quite, but the music never dies…” went one of the lines from the chorus. As it neared the end, Andrews’ playing on his guitar got less intense, while Lupe also greatly softened his drumming, as the three of them bridged themselves perfectly into their next track.
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One of the most striking parts of the entire night came at the end of it, when Andrew belted out some of the line a cappella. It was jaw dropping. He formally introduced his band mates before they tackled “I Can’t Do it Alone”, which was one of several songs they did from the Upon the Ecliptic album. The song about realizing you do need others to help you along your journey is a beautiful one; and the bass and drums made it all the more inspiring.
“…Must have been in love, must have been out of my mind… To think that you would stay through another season or two…” crooned Andrew, with nothing but his voice filling the Cambridge Room of the House of Blues. He went a little further into “Must Have Been in Love”, before he placed his hands back on his guitar and his band mates joined along, creating a sort of cinematic effect. A light drum roll then segued them into “So Does a Season End”, which found each instrument getting its moment. Andrew started the break by busting out a harmonica and doing a solo, which snowballed into a drum solo, and then Jacob letting loose some thick bass lines, as they gradually brought it back up and exploded into the final part of the song.
The soulful and poppy sounds continued with “I’ll Come Around”; and they kept the great flow they had going alive as Andrew quickly strummed on his axe, relenting some when they began “Always Loved”. Another lengthy instrumental break was thrown in, and it turned into a drum solo, with Jacob quickly getting in on the action. Eventually, they backed off it, creating the impression the song was almost done, but that was when Andrew struck with a guitar solo.
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They offered up one last song — another peaceful number — and that concluded their 43-minute long set.
Like I said, I was a little hesitant as to how the full-band would sound, ‘cause Andrew Tinker is the epitome of what a singer/songwriter should be in its rawest form, but man, the additional band members made the music so much more powerful in every regard.
The tight trio gave the songs more of a punch; and with it being fleshed out, the lyrics even seemed to carry more weight. Making it all the more impressive was knowing that Lupe had only practiced with them a couple of times, because they all looked like they had more chemistry with each other than that.
If you got out here early enough this night, you witnessed something special; and it proved to me that Andrew Tinker excels in all musical environments, be it with a band or alone.
He has a couple of records available in iTUNES, which you should definitely check out if you don’t have them.
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