BleachBANGS/Thrice

Thrice is an American rock band from Irvine, California, formed in 1998. The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue and guitarist Teppei Teranishi while they were in high school.

Early in their career, the band was known for fast, hard music based in heavily distorted guitars, prominent lead guitar lines, and frequent changes in complex time signatures.This style is exemplified on their second album, The Illusion of Safety (2002) and their third album The Artist in the Ambulance (2003). Their fourth album Vheissu (2005) made significant changes by incorporating electronic beats, keyboards, and more experimental and nuanced songwriting. Their fifth effort was a double album entitled The Alchemy Index (2007/2008), released as two sets of two CDs that together make a 4-part, 24-song cycle. Each of the four 6-song EPs of the Alchemy Index features significantly different styles, based on different aspects of the band’s musical aesthetic which reflect the elemental themes of fire, water, air and earth, both lyrically and musically. The band’s sixth album, entitled Beggars, was released on August 11, 2009, and their seventh, Major/Minor on September 20, 2011. The most recent albums feature a refined combination of the band’s different experiments and explorations. On May 27, 2016, Thrice released their ninth studio album, To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere. Ten days earlier, they released the album’s only current single, “black honey”.

Each album released by Thrice has had a portion of its sales proceeds donated to a new charitable organization.

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BleachBANGS/Kenny Dubman

Every so often new music comes along that restores my faith in the direction the music industry is heading.  In the age of the cookie cutter, this worked for “them” so that’s what we will do too mentality, it’s great to see Kenny breaking the rules and not being tied to one genere just because that’s what’s selling.  Kenny takes a mix of country, and classic rock ind molds it into something well worth checking out. it just makes you feel good!  Kenny isn’t in it to be famous, and actually has no plans to tour, this is what music sounds like in its purest form when no ego is involved. 

About Kenny Dubman & “Reckless Abandon”
“Reckless Abandon” is the first solo effort from NJ native and lifelong six-stringer Kenny Dubman, a veteran of 3 albums with NJ melodic rockers Prophet. Loaded with earthy, organic 70’s influenced hard rock, Reckless Abandon will most certainly fill a gaping void in today’s musical climate.”I wanted to make a song record first; making a guitar record was never really part of the

“I wanted to make a song record first; making a guitar record was never really part of the equation” says Dubman, though guitar fans will likely want for nothing on this offering. Blending elements of Bad Company, Deep Purple, Kansas, and Lynyrd Skynyrd with subtle hints of Queen, Ozzy, Montrose, Pink Floyd, and Rush, Reckless Abandon pays homage to it’s 70’s rock roots while still forging an identity of it’s own….due in no small part to Dubman’s powerful, raspy vocal performances.

Lyrically, Reckless Abandon tackles some deep and dark subject matter; not much boy-meets-girl fare on this record. “I’m not sure where these song ideas came from; I feel like they were channeled through me rather than originated within….like I didn’t really write them. I think the great Tony Joe White sums this syndrome up best: ‘….the music is all given to me anyway. Writing and playing and doing music not for the benefit of having a number one record, just to let it out of your soul, means somebody has fed it down to you.’ That’s right on the money”. Origin non-withstanding, Kenny Dubman has created (or channeled) something special on this record.

http://www.kennydubman.com/

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Farm Rock Tulsa “Streets Gone Wild” 2016

Here in Oklahoma we have Rocklahoma, and several touring festivals that come through every year.  These festivals offer a great mix of new and older music to appease numerous people.  What Oklahoma has been missing; however, is an 80’s music festival.   Farm Rock Tulsa brought just that to the downtown streets of Tulsa on September 8-10, 2016.  They offered an acoustic pre-party on Thursday night with Mike Tramp and Kip Winger offering up amazingacoustic versions of our favorite 80’s White Lion and Winger songs. Friday evening and all day Saturday offered up even more 80’s favorites like Warrant, Night Ranger, Lillian Axe, and Queensryche just to name a few.   This was a perfect weekend that made you remember the days of big, bleached hair, and spandex. 

The organizers did a great job of making sure this festival was the right size, big enough to contain all of the stage, busses, and fans. But not so big that it looked like an empty house. It was just right and cozy for the concert-goers. 

A huge thank you goes out to Frederick Entertainment, Inc. for bringing this festival to Tulsa and giving us a chance to enjoy and relive our youth.  Thank you to the ladies of Six-PR in Tulsa for all their help and hard work keeping we media folks lined out.  

 

I know I speak for more than just those of us in Bleachbangs when I say I hope this festival will become an annual event in Tulsa. 

 

 

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BleachBANGS/Steve Blaze

 

Lilian Axe             

Brian Jones-Vocals

Steve Blaze-Guitar

Chris Brown-Bass

Sam Poitevent-Guitar

Ken Koudelka-Drums

From the early beginnings of BleachBANGS Steve Blaze of Lilian Axe has always held a special place in my heart. He was one of our earliest interviews when we started out on blogtalk radio. The whole time during the interview I was thinking this guy is great, so down to earth and easy to talk to. Later that year Lilian Axe was at Rocklahoma, and who do I see just mingling with the fans? Steve Blaze of course. So I decided to formally introduce myself and sure enough he remembered and was STILL the same person I had talked to on our show, a big smile, a how have you been? Glad you are all here! Genuine all the time. Steve is actually the one that made me realize I don’t need to be intimidated and not be scared to approach most musicians.

True to fashion when Lilian Axe came to Tulsa for Farm Rock, he was here early and was receptive to everyone who approached him as well as me for an interview.
Who would have known he has a T.V. show being shopped to networks? A ghost hunting show even! I can’t wait!

When Lilian Axe hit the stage in Tulsa they were flawless as always…apart from a brief technical problem with Sam’s guitar. This band is the real deal and true musicians.

So please enjoy this interview with Steve and make sure you check out the photos from Farm Rock Tulsa at the end.

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