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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Blacktop Mojo set to release new album “Burn The Ships” on March 10th

MojoBlacktop 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 Mojo self-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.

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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”.

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Steven J Vertun

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1.  How do you feel your life would have been different if you weren’t introduced to music at such a young age?
I was at that time, what would be commonly referred to as a “wild child”. It wasn’t destructive or over the edge lunacy, however let’s just say there was a hyperness and lack of focus about me that pervaded my ever day existence. The “doctors” suggested to my parents that it would probably be a good idea to try and get me involved in something that I could positively focus on instead of torturing those around me. My father, believe it or not, made his career as a square dance caller; keeping in mind that this is in New Jersey, not Memphis or Austin. That certainly had some musical influence upon me, however country was never my route. Good news was, I was around a performer whom had a great musical work ethic and was quite engaging on stage. My parents felt that perhaps a musical instrument and associated lessons might be the way to go. They gave me a choice, with the exception of drums of course, of any musical instrument I wanted to play. The accordion became my weapon of choice. I think the complexity of the keys, knobs, bellows and buttons resonated with my own internal chaos. Simply put, music became my best friend. No matter what else was going on around me, I always had that to fall into. Never bored, always engaged. That bled into the rest of my endeavors and provided me a foundation to excel at any activity that I engaged in, or at the least, exhausted myself trying. The ADHD part of me could never focus on the actual notes in front of me, although I could hear a song once and then instantly replicate by ear. As a result, I started writing my own material right out of the gate, much to the chagrin of my music teachers and parents. My entire BIO can be found at (www.stevenjvertun.com/bio)
2.  What made you decide on traveling to Orange County California right out of college?
About two months before college graduation, my sister called me from California. She and her husband had moved out here about a year earlier. She wanted to know what my plans were, post-graduation. I was plan-less. She said, “Well, why don’t you think of moving out to California.” Took me less time to answer than her to ask the question. I knew they lived near Los Angeles, THE music mecca icon and that was exactly the direction my mind went. Time to pursue my musical quest. Loaded up my VW bu, 2 guitars, 1 beat up Fender Amp, a sack of clothes and $751 of dough. What I didn’t realize was that although Mission Viejo appeared to be 1/8 of an inch away from LA on the map, it was, in reality, traffic light years away in terms of getting there. So, here I was, locked and loaded, and nowhere to go because I didn’t have the money or a job to afford moving there.

3.  How would you classify, or describe your brand of music to others?

I think it is best described the way a recent reviewer of “Ghost, Shadow and Sun” chose to voice it: “It is an extensive mix and variety of grunge, heavy metal, blues and power-pop, heartily crafted into one pertinent, human tale.” I think that statement nails it. I listen to a wide selection of music and always have. I believe that I have dragged these influences into each next decade and have succeeded in remaining current while carrying the past into the overall mix. I don’t believe that you could point to any single band and say;’ “There it is! He sounds just like them.” I like to write in a variety of styles, however I don’t think there is ever mistaking my sound. It all seems to flow with a continuity song to song, album to album, without being redundant. Everything falls into this wide open filter of my mind and comes out as it does.

4.  How does your songwriting transpire, do you have a certain “recipe” you follow when writing?
For me, the writing comes fairly easily. While I don’t feel I was gifted as a technical musician by the music Gods, I was provided the ability to write and construct without a tremendous amount of writers anxiety or road blocks. It has always flowed easily or naturally for me. Establishing the proficiency of playing the chords properly and in the right timing and meter is where the challenge has always existed. Because of my lack of focus, diligence and adherence to the academic side of instrumental proficiency, there were some interesting outcomes that resulted. You know, I’d always pick up the instrument, put the music stand front and center, set the metronome in motion, all with the intention learning my scales, proper fingering and instrumental execution and all of that. However, after 10 minutes (or sooner) I’d be off banging away a bunch of chords and writing something new. That was the part that came easy and where my inspiration lied; on the fly. I’d have these strange and broken chords that I’d accidentally find and like to write from.

Prior to my recent solo excursion, I’d introduce a song to the band and the lead guitarist, a very accomplished musician, would invariably say, “You can’t do that”. Do what? “Play those chords in that order” Why not? “They don’t make technical sense”. Do they sound good? “Well yes”. Okay then what’s the problem? “They don’t make technical sense”. Look, just play the damn song then. “Fine. (long passive aggressive pause) What chords are you actually playing?” I don’t know; here, look at my fingers”. And the battles would rage on and on, but eventually we’d get there and I think it’s what gives my music it’s unique sound. I can be inspired by many things. Often times by a rhythm of some kind. Might be the sound of the tire of a truck driving next to me. I hear the cadence and a song might start playing in my head. Once I’ve got the very beginning of the thread, the ball of yarn just naturally unfolds. The lyrics usually start out as jibberish imitating words and just naturally start to fall into place. Definitely coming from a place of the subconscious. It may be months before I am even aware of what the song is specifically about. And then it will just hit me where it came from or what prior experience initiated it. I have had this epiphany moment on stage a few times over the years. It is a very unnerving, out of body experience when that has happened.

5.  How did you come up with the name of your cd Ghost, Shadow and Sun?
For the longest time I had the working title “Innocence and Confidence” (one of the songs on the CD. I was on a long plane ride traveling to and from Sydney, Australia. I had just gotten the mastered, final version right before I began the trip. It had been a long, adventurous, but exhausting trip. On the return home, I had the phones on and the CD was playing continuously. I don’t typically sleep on a plane, however I found myself in a sort of half dream state. At some point, there were certain words that just kept flashing out at me while I was fazing in and out of consciousness. When I emerged, many hours later, the new CD name was clearly formed and imprinted on my brain and I knew this had to be the title. It fits the overall vibe, the foundation of the CD and there is quite bit of symbolic wordplay going on in it.

6.  You have been though a lot in the last decade, do you feel that music and songwriting has pull you through some of the darkest times?
Without doubt. I am not prone to drugs and alcohol abuse. I have had some of the common challenging times in my life that befall many and I have experienced unfathomable tragedy experienced by far fewer. In all cases I have managed my away through in a sober state. It has always been the music that has provided me the required avenue of cathartic expulsion that kept me balanced, vertical and moving forward. It has been my way through as opposed to trying to go over or under that which has been placed in front of me. What has been most awesome for me has been the Ghost video (https://youtu.be/OWE3MElJf3Y) . It was crafted as a vehicle to send a message of hope for anyone that has found themselves in situation where they have lost someone and are in a grieving situation. The responses that I have gotten, from many people that have found comfort, a new paradigm, or an increased level of peace from viewing the video has been humbling and overwhelming. From this standpoint alone, I have accomplished my main mission.

7.  The album has been out for a couple of months now, how are your fans and critics responding to it so far?
The album was actually released exactly two weeks ago (Feb. 3rd), although it feels as if its’ been many months, with all of the surrounding clatter and clang surrounding it. The response thus far has been beyond what I could have expected. The video for “Ghost” has been racking up the views on Youtube and the CD “Ghost, Shadow and Sun” seems to be going well, however it is hard for me to know because the music sites don’t tend to report sales numbers for up to 2-3 months. If everybody that tells me they have purchased has or does, then I expect it to do well. It is interesting to note that When I started this, I had no fan base as a solo artist. My FB/ Social media was extremely compressed with only 130 friends. In the past 6 weeks, since the initial release of the Ghost video, my friend base has grown to almost 2000 friends. The responses from these people has been inspiring and 100% positive.

Additionally, I’d like share that 30% of the proceeds are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and The Wounded Warrior Project. The balance of the sales dollars will be invested into additional musical projects that will benefit these same organizations. I’ve had two Critic reviews this past week. Both gave the CD 4.5 and 5.0 ratings (out of 5) and they were extremely complimentary about the work. So far so good! The CD can be purchased/reviewed at:

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stevenjvertun

iTunes and most major music outlets @ Steven J Vertun

Or you can find the me at www.StevenjVertun.com

ROCK ON EVERYONE!!!!

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Sinner Sinners “Optimism Disorder” Due Out March 7, 2017

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:

http://lasthurrahrecords.com/sinnersinners-preorder.html

 

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Shallow Side 2017

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Members
Eric Boatright – Vocals
Cody Hampton – Bass/Guitar
Seth Trimble – Guitar/Keyboard
Heath Fields – Drums

Shallow Side is releasing their brand new EP “One” Friday January 13th in their stomping grounds, Birmingham Al. We were fortunate to be able to get an early preview and I must say, these guys have hit it out of the park with this release!
*“We roll” is destined to become a huge pregame anthem celebrating the bands love of their home state. You can just hear the party starting as Eric sets the scene.
*”Rebel” Most Shallow Side fans have already been enjoying this song, this is the band bringing the FUN back into Rock n Roll…as well as a big middle finger!
*”Renegade” is one of the best covers I have ever heard. This song just gets the adrenaline spiking with Eric’s phenomenal vocals and Seth’s killer guitar Styx has got to be proud of this version of their song.
*”Fight or Flight” is inspiring and has relentless guitar grooves!
*”Can you Hear me” will definitely encourage crowd participation I can already see every hand in the air and jumping in unison.
*”Start a Fire” includes multiple elements of digital as well as straight up blues and grooves.

When we interviewed Eric before their Oklahoma City show in August he told us prior to being in the band “he wasn’t even sure if he could sing”. I dare you to listen to their music and question that boys abilities. His vocals are amazing! This band has some of the best music we have heard in a long time. Check out their website at www.shallowside.net for any and all things Shallow Side. Let these Alabama boys show you what they are all about.
And if this EP gets you wanting more, don’t worry they will be releasing a full length album later this year.

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BleachBANGS/Enemy Remains

Listen to “BleachBANGS/Steve Zimmerman” on Spreaker.

Steve Zimmerman – Drums
Tommy Blardo “The Beast” – Guitars/Vocals
Frank Morin – Vocals
Jeff Curtis -Bass
Scott Kadish- Guitars

BleachBANGS was able to speak with Steve Zimmerman of the band “Enemy Remains” about their upcoming release of their newest album titled “No Faith in Humanity” due for release January 20th.

If you are into heavy, driving metal mixed with melodic vocals and hooks that will keep you singing them all day at work, then this is the album you will have to own!

Track Listing:

  1.  Colony
  2. Trust in No One
  3. Divided by Hate (Feat. Nick Bellmore)
  4. Civilization
  5. No Faith in Humanity (Feat. Joey Conception & Jeff Curtis)
  6. Breathe Again
  7. Empty Inside 

    Originally formed in 2005 by original Fates Warning drummer, Steve Zimmerman, and guitarist extraordinaire, Tommy Blardo, Enemy Remains began as a project for two musicians looking for a new outlet and has since grown into a hard rock force of nature. With driving rhythms and a progressive edge, Enemy Remains quickly set themselves apart from the vast majority of hard rock/metal hybrids. Enemy quickly added vocalist Kevin Flowers to the mix and began the process of writing new material, which would eventually become their highly acclaimed, six-song, 2007 demo.

    Their first studio offering would be followed by a string of successes which included sharing the stage with such rock luminaries as Alice Cooper, Queensryche, and Heaven and Hell – otherwise known as the Dio-fronted version of Black Sabbath – and having their song “Live For Today” featured in the Rock Band video game for XBOX 360.

    2014 saw Enemy Remains rounded out their line-up with the addition of two new members in second adding a new mix to the music. This new and improved line-up would be the first local act to be invited to play the massive XL Center (20,000 capacity) in downtown Hartford, performing in an opening ceremony for the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate.

    Enemy took a brief hiatus in 2015 for Steve Zimmerman to focus on reuniting with original Fates Warning members, Zimmerman, fresh off a four album stint with one of the most influential prog-metal bands in existence – recently being behind the kit for the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame album & 30th Anniversary, “Awaken The Guardian” at True Fest in Germany – & for Tommy (The Beast) to focus the developing of his Digital Radio Station “Metal Fortress Radio” now a known station worldwide by both National and Regional bands around the globe. Upon returning from Vans Warped Tour with the station and witnessing new Artists, both Zimmerman and Blardo sought out to revamp a new lineup with new material by the addition of new vocalist, Frank Morin, lead Guitarist Scott Kadish, keyboardist Bobby Bryk. Enemy Remains now has arguably their most stable and powerful line-up yet. Some bands take a long and winding path to their best successes and 2017 sees Connecticut’s Enemy Remains poised to reach for the top of the hard rock mountain with their newest EP set to release in January of 2017 with the highly anticipated single “Trust In No-one” ; Joey Conception (Armageddon & Dead By Wednesday)- Guest Guitars & Jeff Curtis ( Obsession & StikPin) – Guest Bass

 

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THC Tulsa Oklahoma

                         Texas Hippie Coalition

THC IS:
BIG DADDY RITCH – VOCALS
JOHN EXALL – BASS
CORD POOL – GUITAR
NEVADA ROMO – GUITAR
TIMMY BRAUN – DRUMS

I must admit, I have been a little late getting my ticket for the THC wagon. I’ve have been well aware of their music and what they stand for, not to mention some of the most dedicated fans I’ve ever seen.
Big Daddy Rich has always surrounded himself with some of the best musicians in the business, and his current line-up is no exception.
When we had the opportunity to see THC in Tulsa this past week we were more than happy to make the hour and a half drive to see Nevada Romo, a local Oklahoma native and the newest member of the band.
This was a great show, that also doubled to honor recent fallen Tulsa guitarist John Holata, which was dearly loved in the Tulsa music scene.
When THC hit the stage there was no doubt who everyone in the building came to see, and THC delivered 100%. The band was full of so much energy, and talent it’s no doubt why they were chosen to back up the no nonsense Big Daddy Rich.
Big Daddy Rich told the story of when he was young, his mom said you came be anything you want when you grow up, he responded with I want to be Johnny cash! She said there is already Johnny Cash. Then I’m going to wear black and party with my friends every night! And that’s just what he does, Rich is one of the best party hosts in the business telling hilarious stories like his drummer Timmy drinking all of the whiskey. This band is a true Texas party you won’t want to miss and they will have you laughing, singing, and screaming as well as saying holy shit did you just see that?

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Drowning Pool “Not So Silent Night Tour”

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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.

 

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