Blacktop Mojo, from Palestine, TX, is set to release their new album “Burn the Ships” on March 10th, 2017 0n Cuhmon Records. To say these guys are great would be an extreme understatement. I honesty have not heard an album this good in a long time. There is a reason why these guys won the contest to open for Bon Jovi at the Dallas stop of the “This House Is Not For Sale” Tour. The album open with the song called “Where the Wind Blows”, and it is a great introduction into what you are going to get throughout this album.
In my opinion, most bands now a days cannot pull off a good ballad. The song “Prodigal” is the first ballad on this album, and it is phenomenal!! The vocals in this song are out of this world. This song is everything you would want from a ballad. The last song on the album, “Underneath”, is the other ballad, which just proves that Matt’s vocals are no joke, and this band can pull off anything.
The song “8000 Lines” has a laid back and cool vibe to it. “Pyromaniac” kicks ass with its slow intro and the progression into the heavier chorus. They cover Aerosmith’s “Dream On” on this album as well. They stuck with the original arrangement of this song with just enough of their own stamp on it, that you want to listen to it over and over.
This 13 track album has it all. You would be hard pressed to find a single bad song on this one.
Blacktop Mojo is made up of: Matt James–Vocals, Ryan Kiefe– Lead Guitar/Vocals, Kenneth Irwin–Rhythm Guitar/Vocals, Nathan Gillis-Drums, and Matt Curtis-Bass.
“If Soundgarden and Lynyrd Skynyrd were to take a roll in the hay, nine months later, out would pop Blacktop Mojo.”
Formed in September 2012, armed with a simple demo and a dream, they set out to play as many shows as they could, touring and sharing the stage (with the likes of Aaron Lewis, Saving Abel, & Puddle of Mudd, among others.) During that time, Blacktop Mojoself-released their first studio album ‘I Am’ back in 2014. Time has not been wasted since their debut album release. Everything on this journey has led them to this most important moment in their career. The band’s latest offering, “Burn The Ships” is an instant rock n roll masterpiece. Featuring the soon to be classic songs Where The Wind Blows and Dog On A Leash. Produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula. This latest album release will launch Blacktop Mojo into the elite company of some of the great rock bands of all time.
Check out the band’s website www.blacktopmojo.com for more information, including links to their social media pages, merch store, and a link to pre-order “Burn The Ships”.
After spending the last several years living, performing and thriving in the greater Los Angeles, CA area, punk-influenced French-American rock band SINNER SINNERS – founded by husband and wife duo Sam and Steve Thill – have incontrovertibly found their groove. After marching their way onto the national scene in 2014 with the release of their raucous, aggressive Nic Jodoin-produced (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) second full-length, XI, SINNER SINNERS return in 2017 with Optimism Disorder – an auditory Molotov cocktail exploding with the intensity of early ’80s hardcore fused with an incendiary ’70s goth punk ethos.
Further exploring the remote reaches of their experimental skillset, Optimism Disorder is set lyrically in front of a sunny backdrop of societal hypocrisy. The 11-track album grabs you by the neck with the swinging new track, “California”.
We were lucky enough to be able to interview Steve with Sinner, Sinners. Please check out the interview below. And check out their music. Head over to their website at www.sinnersinners.com to find all their news, merch, and links to their social media sites. Let’s show them some love.
1. Where did the name Sinner Sinners come from?
When we started out we had a song called Sinner Sinners, it’s kind of a tribute to Damned Damned Damned which is one of our favorite records. It also worked with our initials Sam and Steve. And more obviously since we don’t believe in any divinities and a lot of our songs are about this, it most likely makes us sinners to religious people.
2. I read that you both met in junior high. Were you both already into music at that point?
We were 15 years old and we were already going to lots of shows and spending a lot of time at the local record store, butI was just starting to learn guitar, it came a lot later.
3. What was it that made you decide music is the path that you wanted to follow in life?
The city we were living in when we started out was somewhat of a big hub for music, we were going to a lot of shows and somehow all of our friends and everyone we knew were in bands . In a small town of the french country side there’s really not much to do but play music, so it came naturally and it kept us out of trouble.
4. If you weren’t in the music business, what career path would you have followed?
Honestly that’s not something we ever thought about, we never really had a plan B, if we didn’t have a band we’d probably be working in a venue or something related to music anyway.
5. When it come to writing music, it is a continuous process, or do you set aside time to write new material?
It’s a pretty long and lonely process. I write all the songs, so I usually start by a guitar or bass riff, demo stuff at home and tweak it for months. It takes me a while to write all the parts because I try as much as possible to harmonize everything, both guitars, the bass, the keys and the vocal melody…coming back to the same song sometime 50 times, some of these songs took me years to complete and I dumped well over 40 songs ideas in the process.
6. How would you describe the new album “Optimism Disorder” to people?
It’s a mix of all the kinds of music we are into, it’s influenced by 60s garage rock, early glam, psychedelia, soul, hardcore, early punk rock…It was written and recorded during a very hard time in our lives, writing and recording worked as an escape and kind of a therapy for us and even though it sounds very dark, it was made with a lot of love.
To put it in situation, let’s say you’re having a party, it’s the end of the night, you want everyone to leave but you don’t own Pornography by the Cure, put on Optimism Disorder, problem solved. Also, we guarantee it will ruin your day in just 30mn.
7. I saw you are heading to Europe to tour in a couple weeks. Do you have any plans for a tour in the U.S.?
Absolutely we are trying everything we can to tour the U.S. We really want to be able to stop in every state, we’re crossing all the fingers we have and hope we can make it happen this year.
8. How do you go about choosing the musicians that you play with? Do you use the same ones each time?
Usually it’s because we’re friends or friends of friends. We try as much as we can to bring in people from different musical background together, if we’re gonna play some punk rock, we want to be sure that no one in the band comes from a punk rock background, if that makes sense.
The format of the band can be confusing because Sinner Sinners is actually two separate entities.
First there is the recordings, it starts with us two as a duo. We record all the guitars, bass, vocals, keys by ourselves and then we bring in friends to feature on the record, different drummers, guitarists, etc…
The other is the live band, which is what matters the most to us. There, we do try to have a constant line up but we did have different band members over the years mostly because we’ve relocated to Los Angeles and because being in a band is very time consuming and costly. Since we all have day jobs, sometimes the band schedule doesn’t work for everyone. Luckily, due to this band format there’s always been an understanding that if someone wants out, the band will keep going and even though it’s always sad to see someone go It’s always been pretty drama free, all of our past band members have all invested a lot of time in this band and it means a lot to us, and the most important is that we’re still all good friends.
9. Please tell us where we can pick up the new album, and can it be pre-ordered?
It will be available on all the digital stores you can think of, itunes, google play, amazon… and available on limited edition colored vinyl via Last Hurrah records here:
Bleachbangs was lucky enough to be allowed to cover the “Not So Silent Night Tour” featuring Drowning Pool, Gemini Syndrome, 9Electric, and Red Tide Rising. We knew as soon as this tour was announced that we wanted to attend a show. Living in Oklahoma City, we chose the Wichita show to attend. This was our first time in The Cotillion in Wichita and this venue is set up perfect for live music. There is not a bad seat in the house.
Unfortunately, I missed Red Tide Rising’s set due to some confusion with my photo pass; however, from what I could hear, and the crowd reaction, they were great. 9Electric and Gemini Syndrome absolutely killed it, as I knew they would.
Then last, but not least, it was time for Drowning Pool to hit the stage. Throwing down the old favorites, mixed with some new tunes from the new “Hellelujah” album, they had the crowd going crazy!! I have to say it was awesome to see that Jasen Moreno was definitely representing Texas with his Buc-ee’s hoodie and his Dallas Cowboys tank top.
These guys definitely know how to work the crowd and get everyone into the show. The best part of the night for me was when they did “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor”, several people from the crowd were invited on stage to help out with the vocals while Jasen went into the crowd and sang the song from the mosh pit as far as I could tell. I lost sight of him once he got into the crowd. Whether he was in the mosh pit or not, it was a pretty bad ass way to make sure he interacted with the fans. None of those fans on the stage or in the crowd will forget that experience.
I urge you to check the dates for the rest of this tour and get to a show if they are stopping anywhere near you. This line up kicked ass from beginning to end. It will be well worth your time.
Scattered Hamlet released their new album “Swamp Rebel Machine” on November 4th via Buck Moon Productions. The new album consists of 11 in your face songs. If you like the southern rock feel, you will definitely like this album. The band has been described as “Imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin with his partners Bo and Luke Duke in a parking lot brawl on a Saturday night set to music!” This analogy fits the band perfectly.
Adam Joad’s vocals could easily be described as a mixture of Taime Downs of Faster Pussycat and Steve Summers of Pretty Boy Floyd on apple pie moonshine. The slide guitar solidifies the Southern Rock sound on the album. My personal favorites on the album would have to be White Trash and Stonewall Jackson. I think all of us can relate to White Trash just a little bit, and the whole crowd would get into this one. And Stonewall Jackson, come on…it starts out with the guy saying he would rather watch Dukes of Hazard than getting laid. This song is very catchy and it just grabbed my attention and you could easily see the crowd singing and throwing down to this song.
The song writing on the album has the fuck you, finger in the air, we are here to party lyrics that would make a Scattered Hamlet and Jackyl tour an over the top party I would want to go to. We have seen Scattered Hamlet a couple times at Rocklahoma and rest assured, wherever these guys are, the party is right there with them.
The band is currently on tour promoting their new album. The tour started in Los Angeles, and will wrap up in Louisville, Ky on November 18th. Check the bands website at www.scatteredhamlet.com to keep up with any new tour date announcements. Check out the bands social media sights as well:Facebook: www.facebook.comScatteredHamlet, Instagram: www.instagram.com/ScatteredHamlet, Twitter: www.twitter.com/ScatteredHamlet, YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ScatteredHamlet.
Make sure to check out the new album “Swamp Rebel Machine”!!
Clutch recently made a tour stop in Oklahoma City at The Diamond Ballroom for their Psychic Warfare World Tour 2016. They were touring with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng. Unfortunately, Kyng had to cancel their performance due to a family emergency, but the show must go on. And go on it did. Zakk Wylde, Blasko, and Joey C.started things off and wowed the crowd with classic Black Sabbath songs.
The near sell out crowd was more than ready for Clutch to take the stage. This band has some of the most devoted and loyal fans I have ever seen. People came from hours away on a Tuesday night just to watch Clutch play. The band played fan favorites spanning their 25 year career. Neil Fallon’s energy throughout the set was awesome and passionate. You can tell from his performance that he loves performing.
Clutch heads overseas in a few weeks to do a run of dates through mid-December before returning to the U.S. to finish out 2016. Make sure to check out the bands website at www.pro-rock.com to keep up with all things Clutch related. And make sure to catch them when they are on tour. Nothing beats some live, groove Clutch tunes.
Sabaton, the power metal band from Falun, Sweden is currently on tour with Trivium and Huntress. They recently had a tour stop in Tulsa at the Cain’s Ballroom. I must admit that I am new to Sabaton. I was told that their songs and music is based on wars and historical battles, and that peaked my interest. I was intrigued to see how all of this meshed together. I didn’t know what to expect when I showed up for the show.
I was completely mesmerized when Sabaton took the stage. From the first note to the last, they had my full attention. To say I was pleased with what I witnessed would be an understatement. The music is so powerful, yet you can tell the band genuinely has fun on the stage. Joakim has an amazing knack for completely playing to the crowd. When he said jump, the crowd jumped…when he said clap, they clapped. The band mates had such a friendly, lighthearted banter with each other that it made the crowd feel like they were a part of the friendship these guys share.
If you told me Sabaton was coming back to a town close to me tomorrow, I would move mountains to be at that show. They are honestly the best band I have seen in a long time. I am kicking myself for not listening to them sooner. I feel like I have so much catching up to do since I have missed so many years of Sabaton.
Please check out the bands official website www.sabaton.net to check out tour dates, buy Sabaton merchandise, and get links to the bands social media sites.
The band consists of Joakim Brodén-vocals, Pär Sundström-bass, Chris Rörland-guitar and backing vocals, Hannes van Dahl-drums, and Tommy Johansson-guitar and backing vocals.
I was lucky enough to cover the recent Thrice tour stop in Oklahoma City on October 1st. The band is touring to promote the release of their most recent album “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere”. Thrice is wrapping up the current tour, but stay tuned to their website, www.thrice.net or their Facebook page for any and all news from the band.
The show in OKC was the first time I have seen the band live. I was very impressed. They played hits that had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs. And of course they played their newest single “Black Honey”, which I personally love. Thrice definitely has very devoted fans, as I saw lots of people sporting their Thrice t-shirts and jackets. I always like to pay attention to the crowd and observe how the crowd is responding to the band. I must say, this band has some of the best and most devoted fans I have ever seen. It was awesome to be able to see this band live!! While this tour is almost over, you should keep your eyes open for another tour and make it to a show if they come to your area. It is well worth it.
If you are a fan of Of Mice & Men, Shaman’s Harvest, I Prevail, Sevendust, or Gemini Syndrome, you absolutely have to check out State of Mine. It’s not too often we come across a band that we can’t help but gush over. State of Mine is absolutely one of these bands. From the minute I hit play on track one “Curtain Call” I was hooked. They do an amazing cover of Katy Perry’s “Rise” that you have to hear. “Undertow” is a great, softer, ballad. “Stones” just grabs your attention from the very beginning. If you’re not banging your head on that one there is something wrong with you. The EP ends with a song called “Broke By Monday”, which has a southern rock feel to it and is absolutely the anthem of many people. It is a super fun and kick ass song. I could go on and on about this EP, but you are just going to have to check it out for yourself. In a super tough business it takes something truly special to make it. I hole-heartedly believe State of Mine has that something special and I can’t wait to see and hear more from these guys.
Hailing from Laingsburg, Michigan, State of Mine is a metal band consisting of Vocalist Steven Jodway, Bassist Corey Smith, Drummer Mike Martin, Rhythm Guitarist Matt Martin, and Lead Guitarist Shawn Willett. Organized in 2010, the band hit the local music scene running, playing as support for multiple national acts such as: Black Label Society, Adelitas Way, Saliva, Powerman 5000, Flaw, Otherwise, Soil, 3 Years Hollow, just to name a few.
In 2014 they released their debut, self-titled EP recorded and produced by BJ Perry at Wall of Sound Studio (I Prevail, UFC, INK MASTER, NFL, NCAA), in Memphis, Michigan. After performing for a year, the band decided to go back in studio with a new sound and direction, specifically targeting radio listeners. The new EP, produced by BJ Perry again, went above and beyond expectations, and will guarantee to keep the listener hooked, with huge vocal harmonies, crunchy guitars, powerful bass, and pounding drums. They look to continue on their path toward touring and performing for a national audience.
Orlando metal/rock band Armada announces August 26 release date for new EP Of An Ocean. The Orlando group features former members of notable groups including Modern Day Escape.
Armada, a new super group of musicians from the Orlando area, have formed a band with the mission to take metalcore and hard rock to a new level. The band has written, recorded and prepped their new EP Of An Ocean for an August 26 release date via Apple Music, Spotify and other online retailers. These seasoned musicians with prior successes from the late 2000’s
metal/hardcore scene are ready to take on the music scene again with their new brand of metal. Risen from the ashes of bands like Modern Day Escape & I Woke Up Early For My Funeral, Armada blends influences from their metalcore past with a fresh take on modern metal, rock and hardcore. Vocalist James Vegas’ experience with Modern Day Escape provided him with years of touring experience and the band made records that led to millions of views on Youtube and legions of fans nationwide. The hard work is yet to begin for this quintet, as Armada is fresh blood and are excited to show music fans what the band has in store. In years past, Vegas and the others have toured with Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The Horizon, Fall Out Boy, A Day To Remember, Avenged Sevenfold, Hollywood Undead, Of Mice and Men and have played festivals such as Warped Tour and CMJ. They have also been featured in magazines such as Outburn, Alternative Press, Revolver and many others.
The name Armada was chosen as the band see themselves as a fleet of ships, aligned with their fan base to take the world by storm. Of An Ocean has lyrical topics ranging from corporate greed, personal vices, rebellion, taking chances and always betting on the underdog in life’s tough situations. Armada writes their music for the listeners, and understand that life can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be negative and full of situations that drag people down. “This record is a way for us to use reflections of our past to pave the way for our future, sending a message of strength through real music for real people.” – Jerimiah James / Vocalist
Armada’s first single “Bury The Wolf” premiered this week via Revolver Magazine online. Additional music from Of An Ocean can be heard via the official Armada Soundcloud channel –https://soundcloud.com/armadaorlando
Of An Ocean Tracklist:
01 Like An Anchor
02 Bury The Wolf
03 The Fire The Flame
04 Wake Me Up
06 Riot The Kings
Release Date – 8/26/2016
“Bury The Wolf” – https://soundcloud.com/armadaorlando/bury–the-wolf
Armada Website –https://www.facebook.com/ArmadaOfficialPage
Make sure to check out this EP. It is great from beginning to end. I see big things on the horizon for the guys in Armada. Check out their Facebook for pre-order details. And keep your eyes open for them if they come to a town near you.
Breaking Benjamin recently stopped at The Zoo Ampitheater in Oklahoma City on their tour with Disturbed, Alter Bridge, & Saint Asonia. Of course being August in Oklahoma you can almost bet it is going to be hot, but Oklahoma is also known for unpredictable weather. Well, mother nature stuck to her true “August in Oklahoma” form and delivered us a super hot day for this show. The temperature reached 100 degrees plus that day; however, you would have never been able to tell by the performances the bands delivered that day.
We knew we were in for a treat when Breaking Benjamin took the stage. We have seen them twice over the last year and a half and we knew they put on an awesome show. Playing their older and newer hits, they managed to make everyone in the crowd happy. Their montage of Nirvana and Pantera had the entire crowd cheering. Then Benjamin had the entire crowd sing Happy Birthday to Drummer Shaun Foist. He said it was a day late, but it was ok.
Check out www.breakingbenjamin.com for tour dates, merch store, and links to all their social media pages. Make sure you don’t miss Breaking Benjamin if they are coming to your area. If you miss this tour, don’t worry…they will be on tour again with Korn beginning towards the end of September.