Monday, January 23, 2017

Review : The Flashpot Moments - The Flashpot Moments

The Flashpot Moments - The Flashpot Moments (2017) Independent
Produced by Andy Pinkham, Tom Polce, Hal Cragin, Tim Cawley
Tracks : 1.Places unknown 2.Strangers dance 3.On some awful night 4.´Splode 5.Abigail, mispronounced (the party aftermath) 6.The learning curve 7.Hands up! 8.Satisfaction isn´t 9.Can´t wait to find out 10.Stories we´ve told 11.The last stand
4 out of 5

Feelin'. ready for some arena rock coming your way? Well let me present a fabulous record.
The Flashpot Moments is a studio project led by singer/songwriter Tim Cawley (vocals, drums), recorded in Boston and Los Angeles.
I am amazed by the strength of the music on this self titled album, not a filler in sight and each and every song has something new to offer without sounding too shattered.
The album opens with the adorable "Places unknown" that would fit just fine on a 70's Bowie record.
"Strangers dance" comes next and anyone could be fooled that the E Street Band joined this musical party, and party it is because Tom Petty fans will be delighted to hear "On some awful night".
The smile is stuck on my face and I feel like the joker when the powerpop gem "Splode" follows, I'm sure Butch Walker would've been proud to have his name in the songwriting credits.
If Meat Loaf ever need a new partner to compose future rock anthems, then he should contact Cawley because "Abigail" has everything a Meat Loaf song needs.
One of the absolute best songs is the glam-rock ride of "The learning curve", Slade meets Queen sort of. Then it's time to rock hard in "Hands up" which sounds like the perfect song to open the show with.
Another favorite is "Satisfaction isn't", put it on a mixtape of Rick Springfield songs and you won't hear the difference. The next song "Can't wait to find out" slows down a little bit where my thoughts go to R.E.M, I like the atmosphere in this tune.
"Stories we've told" is even more emotional where the vocal performance stand out, very nice.
This brilliant album has a grande finale in the bombastic "The last stand", ever wondered how a collaboration between Elton John and Cheap Trick would sound like? Well here it is!
What a great record.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review : Wild Domestic - Singular

Wild Domestic - Singular (2017) Independent
Produced by Mike Pepe
Tracks : 1.Left, right 2.New year, new me 3.Author 4.Headlights 5.Overjoyed 6.Firewall 7.Senses 8.Right, left
3 out of 5

Wild Domestic is Matt Carlson´s first solo project, he was born in Paraguay and moved to North Carolina, U.S when he was 6 months old and that's his home to this day.
Matt is influenced by artists like My Chemical Romance, Arcade Fire and Talking Heads. But there are other artists that comes to mind when I listen to his 2nd EP "Singular".
If you take the modern rock of Black Lab and mix it with the Britpop of Manic Street Preachers, not to forget a slice of pop / punk a la SR 71. You're gonna get Wild Domestic.
I like this EP and especially the song "Headlights" is really good.
A job well done.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review : Righteous Hillbillies - Two wheels down a lost highway

Righteous Hillbillies - Two wheels down a lost highway (2016) Independent
Produced by Righteous Hillbillies
Tracks : 1.Rollin´ 2.Throwing stones 3.All down but nine 4.Shake this feeling 5.Two wheels down a lost highway 6.Down to Memphis 7.Call me a doctor 8.Drama zone 9.Shackles and chains 10.Rock, salt and nails
3,5 out of 5

It doesn´t have to be so complex, I´m talking about rock and roll, you know when it´s down to basics with 5 guys doing what they do best like the Illinois based Righteous Hillbillies.
They are having lots of fun and has written some good music along the way, so what kind of rock and roll are we talking about here? Well, these guys play a lovely blend of southern rock, boogie and blues. Timeless rock that could hail from 1974, 1990 or in present time.
This kind of music will never sound dated and their frontman Brent James sings with so much feeling that I totally surrender to the songs on their 4th album "Two wheels down a lost highway".
They invited guest musicians from Gov´t Mule and Steppenwolf on their previous record "The muscle shoals sessions" (2015) but this band doesn´t need any outside help, they show us that they can do it just as good on their own.
Just listen to groovy songs like "Shackles and chains" or "Rollin´" and you´ll be a fan too, the song "Call me a doctor" bring thoughts to Joe Cocker while the rest of the album will appeal to fans of Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ile Kallio Big Rock Band.
It´s only rock and roll but I like it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review : Deaf Havana - All these countless nights

Deaf Havana - All these countless nights (2017) So Recordings
Produced by Adam Noble
Tracks : 1.Ashes, ashes 2.Trigger 3.L.O.V.E 4.Happiness 5.Fever 6.Like a ghost 7.Pretty low 8.England 9.Seattle 10.St.Paul´s 11.Sing 12.Pensacola, 2013
4 out of 5

"All these countless nights" is the first album from English rock band Deaf Havana since "Old souls" (2013), now they´re back on a new label, with a new lead guitarist and new energy.
The new album sounds like a collaboration between Rick Springfield and Foo Fighters if the guys had spent an entire weekend listening to Bruce Springsteen, and then wrote a bunch of songs.
If "Old souls" opened my eyes for this band, then "All these countless nights" truly makes me a real fan because these songs aren´t only great from start to finish, the music feels alive and touches my heart very deep.
But it was close that the band called it quits in 2014, the group were experiencing a lack of communication that almost tore them apart, frontman Veck-Gilodi planned to use the band´s 2014 Reading and Leeds performance to act as it´s final swansong.
However, some sideshows reminded him of how much he, and Deaf Havana´s fanbase - depended on the band, so a sudden burst of inspired songwriting followed which resulted in the band´s best effort so far including the smash singles : "Sing", "Fever" and "Trigger".
Put away your smartphone, sit back and relax and enjoy the awesome track "St.Paul´s". I promise it´s worth every second of your time.