Maps to the Hollywood Scars (Alex Grossi)


BleachBANGS was able to catch up with Alex Grossi to discuss his latest project “Maps to the Hollywood Scars”. Teaming up with vocalist James Durbin, they released Vol. 1.

This E.P. Is a breath of fresh air and I for one can’t wait for Vol.2.

Check out our interview here and go get Maps to the Hollywood Scars Vol.1

February 17th, 2017 – AMERICAN IDOL finalist James Durbin and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi have announced a collaboration entitled Maps To The HOLLYWOOD SCARS. Their first 5 song EP Volume One is being released worldwide via NEW OCEAN MEDIA today. It can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and all digital and streaming outlets.

The first single being serviced to radio is the song Till Death. 

Recorded at Desert Moon Productions in Las Vegas, (a state of the art studio owned by Danny “The Count” Koker, star and creator of the History Channel’s hit show “Counting Cars”), Maps To The HOLLYWOOD SCARS showcases the darker side of Hollywood and the music industry as experienced by 2 people that have taken 2 different paths, yet ultimately found many common themes throughout their respective journeys. Volume One features a guest appearances by longtime GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed, as well as programming and engineering by A.J. St. James (The Big 4, MTV).

“VOLUME ONE” track listing:

01. Roads
02. Till Death
03. Lost Boys
04. Abomination
05. Never Ending Ride

In 2011, James Durbin released the album, titled “Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster”. The album debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200, at number eight on the Billboard Rock Chart, number 25 on the Digital Album Chart, and sold 28,000 the first week, The album went on to sell over 123,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Most recently, Durbin released “Riot On Sunset” in the summer of 2016.

“I have been a fan of James’s for a while, and after we got an impromptu chance to jam together in Las Vegas last fall, we kept in touch and the ideas just started flowing back and forth” says Alex Grossi “I feel that Maps To The HOLLYWOOD SCARS is a true labor of love and reflects a lot of where we have both been, as well as where we are both going musically” outside of what we are both known for”.

Alex Grossi has been a member of QUIET RIOT for over a decade, having been chosen by the late Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali to fill the guitar slot in 2004. The award winning QUIET RIOT documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” has been airing on Showtime since January 2015, and appeared at multiple high profile film festivals including the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is currently available via iTunes and on DVD at www.quietriotmovie.com.

James Durbin adds “It’s not very often that a project like this goes from nothing to something in such a short amount of time, without a slough of industry BS. Alex started sending me instrumental demos & gave me free range to just write! We started churning out songs one after the other & they weren’t losing their quality, they were getting better. I think that we stumbled upon a winning team and its only fair that we let our collective fans hear what we’ve been having so much fun making!”

The band is already putting the finishing touches on “Maps To The Hollywood Scars – Volume 2”. Set for a spring release, as well as their first video, which will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information, check out the band’s website:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hollywoodscars

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BleachBANGS/Shallow Side Interview 3/2/17

Members: Eric Boatright – Vocals

Cody Hampton – Bass/Guitar

Seth Trimble – Guitar/Keyboard

Heath Fields – Drums

Shallow Side is currently on the “Rebels and Renegades” tour with Seasons After, and we were lucky enough to catch them again when they stopped in OKC last week.  To say these boys have had an eventful tour would be an understatement.  From being overcharged by a hotel for their stay, to their RV breaking down and it taking longer to fix than they were told, then continuing the tour in a pickup towing their trailer, these boys were still in great spirits and delivered OKC with a kick ass show.  They drove overnight after getting their RV in St. Louis in order to make the show.

Shallow Side released their newest EP in January , and they played the current single from it titles “Can You Hear Me”, as well as my favorite song “Rebel”.  The OKC crowd went crazy when they played their version of “Renegade” by Styx.  This cover is absolutely amazing.  Eric’s vocals were meant for that song.

Make sure you check out their website or Facebook page for tour dates and get one of their shows.  They will blow you away.  If you give their Facebook page a “like”, you will see that they go “Facebook Live” every Sunday at 5 o’clock in whatever time zone they are in, and I will speak from experience…you don’t want to miss these.  These Alabama boys are hilarious!!!

Shallow Side is a rock band hailing from Alabama.  Combining the driving rhythms that push the core of pop music with aggressive guitar work, carefully constructed bass passages, and a voice that smashes into focus atop the platform laid down by the music, Shallow Side has crafted a new sound with the same “no holds barred” attitude that has kept rock n roll alive and kicking since its inception.

With 5 members, an EP recorded with Evan Coffman, at Starlight Studios in Orlando, FL, and 2 years of consistent tour experience, averaging 200+ shows a year, Shallow Side continues to push the envelope, providing a viable outlet for anyone looking for the future of hard rock..

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BleachBANGS/Seasons After Interview 3/2/17

Seasons After celeased their latest album “Manifesto” back in November and they are Currently on the road with Shallow Side on the “Rebels and Renegades” Tour.  Jim reassured us that Seasons After are in it for the long haul despite the challenges that come along with being a totally independent band.  As a matter of fact even a canceled show won’t stop Seasons After from bringing music to their fans as in the case at a recent show in Texas where they took to the parking lot for an old fashion acoustic jam for the fans that came to see them. Check out this awesome fan video documenting this once in a lifetime experience!



The record truly is a roller-coaster ride that will draw the listener in with every dynamic change. Seasons After uses massive choruses and hooks mixed with heart-wrenching melodies and shrieking, chugging, glass shattering brutality to convey the true spirit and personality of the band. Front-man Tony Housh adds, “This album is the culmination of everything we have learned both as a signed and independent band, and as individuals over the years. We all stepped into this commitment together years ago, and this truly has become our Manifesto”.

Listeners can expect to experience a variety of emotions ranging from rage to bliss and everything in between. The band has truly arrived in thunderous fashion with this record and successfully bridged the gap and improved on their already vast catalog of songs. The desperation and longing for something more truly translates on this record. Having toured coast-to-coast multiple times, the band is primed and ready to do it again to further grow their already rabid fan-base, and showcase what their hard work and dedication have brought forth in the form of their newest release, Manifesto.

 

 

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