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TONY GAMBLE, voted
Outstanding Melodic Instrumentalist in the 2005
Rock City News Awards, has got to be a poster boy for the “if you
want it bad enough” school of music industry success. Something of a
child prodigy, Tony began playing guitar and ukulele and singing at age
eight, and 10 years later was touring Europe with a band called Little
Dolls, which he describes as “...Motley Crue meets Led Zep…”
He was stoked by the playing of Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads and Steve Vai and
determined to become one of them,
meaning the elite.
pursuit of that goal, Tony returned to L.A. from Brighton, England, where
he had been making his home, and enrolled in the influential Grove School of Music. He earned a degree in music theory and struck
up a close enough relationship with Dick
Grove, the school’s founder, that he was selected for a staff
position. He began working on several of Grove’s publishing projects,
including “School Without Walls” and “Beyond Chops,” a guitar
method book that he wrote along with jazz guitarist Dana
with this foundation and these successes, Tony was struggling to stay
afloat. Homeless, he called a North Hollywood Denny’s parking lot his
bedroom for six months, but he kept working. Tony writes – “…being
homeless sucked, but I was so driven to become something... I ended up
writing some more instructional books, ‘Future Alien Guitar Monsters.’
recorded Aces High, his first
instrumental album, and found additional work with Producer Klay Schrodel, the head of USG Records, who was in a partnership
with Bobby Hart from the former
Brill Building songwriting team of Tommy
Boyce and Bobby Hart. (Boyce and Hart wrote a string of hits in the
1960s, including “Come A Little Bit Closer” for Jay and the Americans,
“Last Train to Clarksville” for the Monkees, and hits of their own,
including “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight.”)
Tony – “I started working for Klay and Bobby as their in-house
session guy. I couldn't believe I was working with such a legend, I mean
Gamble at the Read Between the Lines release party
dude has sold over 50 million records worldwide. I worked with Bobby/Klay
for several years doing movie soundtracks to T.V. commercials, as well as
some broadway musical soundtrack, as well as the band Survivor Empires
album and Mickey Thomas from Jefferson Starship…another legend.” Tony
also toured with the bands Passion Street and Caution Men At Work, and he
produced his own LPs, including On
Coming Train (2002) and Read
Between the Lines (2003). He is soon to release Breaking
Tradition, his first ukulele LP.
continues to produce video guitar lessons, and he is endorsed by ESP
Guitars, Seymour Duncan, D-Tar pre amps, and KoAloha ukulele. He was again
nominated for the 2006 Rock City
News Awards in the Outstanding
Melodic & Instrumental Rock category.
© 2006-2007 Tony Gamble, all rights reserved
UP AND PLAY YOUR UKE!
NOTE: I find this uke thing interesting. It never occurred to me
that it might be an instrument given to experimentation, and I asked Tony
about it. Here is what he wrote back:
the ukulele. Since I have been playin ukulele for years, I figured
that one day I would try to approach the uke as it is, it's a musical
instrument that is every bit as viable as a guitar, but I really wanted to
see if I could play scales and arpeggios in a melodic sense on the uke and
break away from what everybody else was doing with it. It's always had a
kind of non serious rap about it, and there are so many great players out
there, and I wanted to try something different with it, and it worked.
Ukulele is actually a very difficult instrument to master and I give props
to those who play it well. I still have a lot to learn, but just like
anything, the more you know, you find out how much you don't know. Ukulele
is fun, but it's also a real instrument. But like I say to people all the
time play because you love it, and if people don't dig it or diss, then
change the station, because it comes all too often from people that don't
practice, and have nothing better to do with their time, so I'll finish
with this, to everyone who is a critic. SHUT UP AND PLAY YOUR UKE!"
TONY NOMINATED FOR UKE
announced in the April 1 edition that Uke
master and guitar ace TONY
GAMBLE has been nominated by the Hawaiian
Music Awards for "Best Ukulele Album Of the Year" and also, from
The Academy Of Recording Arts For " Best Rock Album Of The
Year." Tony also reports that he has re-formed his band "Tony
Gamble's Terrifying Blues Revival." The band, which split up 10 years ago,
is now in the studio recording a new guitar-driven album. More on this as
updates become available.
"Exotics") was nominated in the Outstanding
New Band category in the 2006 Rock
City News Awards, which has got to be a tribute to Dave, who really is the
X-OT-X. In fact, Dave is all that and a bag of chips. He has been around the L.A.
scene and doing impressive work through his Valley Village studio for a long
time, producing, writing and playing for a range of new and established artists.
got his big break playing bass with Randy
California and the re-formed Spirit,
in which he replaced another Links member, Mike
Nile, who is now with the Colorado Irish folk-rock band The
Intruders. Dave and Mike Nile followed in the footsteps of original Spirit
bassist Mark Andes, who went on to further success with Firefall
and Heart. Dave and Mike are often referenced as players beyond the
original lineup who had an actual influence on the sound of the band. Dave's
high-profile performance career began with the Chicago-based band Mariah,
which led to U.S. and European
tours with the classic rock band The
Boxtops (“The Letter”). He then toured with Encounter before
joining Spirit for four North American tours. Dave has also toured with Michael
McDonald and Keith Knudsen of the
has since established himself as a producer and songwriter. Writes Dave - “I
write a lot of songs and only sing about 10 percent of them. Other
vocalists sing the other 90 percent. I usually play all the
instruments, and write the song chords, lyrics, and melody. Sometimes I'll
co-write the lyrics with other writers, but the music is always composed by
has had a string of successes placing songs in movie soundtracks, including five
in 2006. He wrote “Sweat” for the feature film "The Zodiac
Killer," produced and directed by Germany's Uli
Lommel. His "Stronger Every Minute" was featured in "King Of
The Ants," directed by Stuart Gordon of Re-Animator fame. These follow previous successes placing songs in
Baywatch babe Nicole Egert and Tony Sirico, of the cast of The Sopranos.
The studio credits are even more impressive. Dave has
produced, engineered and/or performed on recordings with an incredible cast of
players, including: Wang Chung, Chico Debarge,
Peter Gabriel, Guitar Jack, The Storm, Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Squier, Double
Trouble, Meatloaf, Tears For Fears, Lou Reed, Berlin, Sugarloaf, Exile,
Ambrosia, Michael Jackson, El Chicano, John Sebastian, Todd
Rundgren, Tower Of Power, Savoy Brown, Iron Butterfly, GuitarJack,
Bobby Womack, Edwin Starr, Black Oak Arkansas, The Ink Spots, Suicidal
Tendencies, Pointer Sisters, 101 String Orchestra, Teri Nunn, Menudo, Pink,
Archie Bell & The Drells, Paul McCartney & Wings, and 1988 Playmate Of
The Year- Ginger Miller.
work with the band DHL has yielded success, with their tune
"Keiko," produced and co-written by Dave, being selected as an iTunes
"Single of the Day." Dave also played tracks on that cut. Another tune
that he co-wrote, produced, and played on, titled "Adrenaline," was
nominated Best Rock Instrumental - 2006 by the Just
Plain Folks Music Awards.
on stage with Doors guitarist Robbie Kreiger...
...and with Uli Jon
Roth of The Scorpions
operates a ProTools HD-based recording system set in a sound environment
that is atmospheric, private and relaxed. He offers his own bass, guitar,
keyboards and programmed drum services, and works in genres including
Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Techno, Rap, Folk and more. He recently
completed a CD project for former Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Anthony
Gallo. One of Dave’s new bands recently made it to #5 on the New
Music Weekly chart of radio airplay. He recently recorded singer Marla
Gibbs, who played "Florence" on The Jeffersons TV show. He
has had Embryo recording artists Sammy
Serious And The Zeros in his studio recently, as well as Chelsea
from the television show “All That” who is recording dance songs for
her album on Nick Records.
has a range of Dave Waterbury Productions MP3s available for listening
from his site.
Waterbury was one of a string of musicians (including The
Intruder's Mike Nile - see the Colorado Links) who toured with Randy
California and Spirit after the original lineup disbanded. Dave and
Mike Nile are said to have been among the few from the subsequent lineups
that actually influenced the band's sound.
DIRTY WATER BAND
is the brainchild of Clint Carroll, the son of world champion surfer Corky
Carroll, star of the surf classic Endless
Summer. The Orange County band does a pretty straight forward heavy
rock that brandishes elements of heavy metal married to some fairly
melodic, even thoughtful guitar rock.
band is environmentally focused, naming their unit after an issue of
special importance to the surf community – pollution along our
nation’s shores. That all sounds pretty good and maybe Clint and the
boys should have left it at that. As if to dispel any grand allusions that
they are a political statement, they’ve got a blog on their MySpace site
that details their other great fascination, after metal and surfing, i.e.,
dungeons and dragons, or pursuits of a similar nature. Writes Clint –
“Back when I started playing music (at the late age of 22 years old)
Black Sabbath was my big influence. My first song was real similar to the
1st Black Sabbath song ‘Black Sabbath.’ I Wrote a lot of fictishes
(sic) lyrics sort of like The Lord Of The Rings/Dungeons & Dragons /Star
Wars type stuff. And I was always the Luke Skywalker/Han Solo character
that would basically mean good against evil. And still today my lyrics are
a little more on what's going on around me, which I feel a lot of you
people can relate with.” This sounds like it is going to cycle back to
concern for the planet, but no. What is going on around Clint is
apparently more like fantasy.
Cryp is the Super Hero that I play in my music. The Sorcerer (guitarist
Scott Lane) is like a Gandolf (Lord Of The Rings) type character. I came
up with that name for Scott because he is such a great guitar player (up
there with guys like Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Van Halen, Trower, Jeff Beck,
thought he was going to say Darth Sidious, didn’t you?
he paints a vividly clear picture with his guitar tones - like making
magic is a good way to describe it. So that's where “The Sorcerer”
came from. Not to be confused with any ‘evil’ messages. We are a
positive influence band. Thank God for giving me enough knowledge to know
Dirty Water Band: Clint
Carroll on vocals, Pat on guitar, Paul Janes on bass, Sorcerer on lead
guitar, and Nuge Burly on drums
apparently not the wisdom not to talk about it. Clint goes on to reveal
that “The Nuge” looks like Ted Nugent with short hair. (He’s seen
Ted Nugent with short hair?) And bassist Paul Janes is “John Paul Janes”
as a tribute, of sorts, to Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
all this silliness rings true with readers of the Rock City News, or
reading about the bands just didn’t figure into the voting, because The
Dirty Water Band won the 2006 Rocky for Outstanding
O.C. Band and Clint Carroll topped voting for Outstanding
© 2006-2007 Dirty Water Band, All Rights Reserved
DOESN’T STINK TODAY – LET’S SURF!
environmental calamity occurring along the nation’s coasts, with
partially treated sewage being released into the world’s oceans, has
been brought to the attention of environmentally conscious citizens
through articles in major publications, like “National Geographic,”
and through the efforts of the environmentally responsive surfing
community. Unfortunately, the surfers’ system for identifying dirty
water isn’t more sophisticated than a smell test. You can read about the
pollution problem around San Diego at http://www.wildcoast.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=214&MainItemid=132 where there is
a posting of an article San Diego Magazine did on the subject.
In the bio section of THE SNAKEHANDLERS'
website, there is an extraordinarily succinct description of how the band
achieved its distinctive classic/country/punk/rock sound. After assembling in
2001 as the house band for the monthly Hollywood club “Sweethearts Of The
Rodeo,” The Snakehandlers went into Dusty Wakeman’s Mad Dog studios to
define their sound.
their website - "The sound that developed was raw and energetic but
still had all the touchstones of classic Country music. If it was too
country, they revved the guitars, if it was too rock, they added steel guitar."
Snakehandlers' website is rich with good story telling, which I think somehow
also influences their approach. Ringmaster Bryson Jones seems easy with
language and truly persuaded by the soulful serenading of country's rebel
rockers, like Gram Parsons and Lucinda Williams. However L.A.-spun their take on
the classics might be - and these guys have staked their claim on raucous
tributes to real country -
and his cohorts, guitarists Joel "Easy Pickens" Sigerson and
Brian Forsythe, bassist Reeve Downs, and drummer Dave Raven
are doing what they love, a "Cosmic American Music."
© 2006-2007 The Snakehandlers, All Rights Reserved
Snakehandlers MP3s can be heard at their MySpace site -
Snakehandlers' bio on their website includes a revealing account of the
band's involvement with the television show "Monster Garage,"
which is seen on Discovery Channel. “Monster Garage" is all about
re-visioning classic designs (of motorcycles, in the show). It is a
rebel's take on what's cool and usually features hard rock acts in its
soundtrack. The Snakehandlers have incredible "street cred" in
L.A. and elsewhere, and shortly after it became known that they were in
the studio recording their came an
opportunity with "Monster Garage."
their website - Shilah Morrow, from Sin City Marketing
and the Sweethearts Of The Rodeo club, tells the story. “The
producers called me needing a “Country” band that could hang with the
Hard Rock and Metal bands that they normally book. I told them to stop
looking. I had the perfect band.” She referred The Snakehandlers and the
band had a couple of days to transform the old tune “I’ve Been Workin’
On The Railroad” into a something a little more exciting, just as
they’d done with “Sin City” and tons of other old country and rock
classics. “Covers are a way for us to show where we are from musically.
We grew up on rock, punk, blues, country, everything really, so we want
our music to reflect that.” Says Pickens. "This ( “I’ve Been
Workin’ On The Railroad”) was our own “Monster Garage creation.”
L.A. COUNTRY MUSIC
rebel Lucinda Williams
famously remarked in 2002 - "There's
more country music in L.A. right now than there ever was in Nashville,
Country Music went through a revival around 2001, with the popularity of
special clubs like the monthly Sweethearts of the Rodeo at Molly Malone's
helping to build a community of players who could make a
"scene." But L.A.'s twist on Country is a little like Stephen
King's take on resurrection as positioned in Pet Cemetery. L.A.
Country comes out a little different - make that a lot different. It's
eyes glow, and it bites.
is real passion driving this L.A. Country trend. From the same Billboard
article from which the Lucinda Williams quote above comes this from guitarist
- "Everybody would
love to have a song on the radio and a record on a big label, but they're
not doin' it for that. Everybody's just playin' music that they like. It
doesn't seem like anybody's tryin' to play a certain game just to make
that happen. I lived in Nashville eight years, and I've seen those games,
there is an article from Billboard that does a good job of
summarizing changes in the L.A. country scene over the years.
LEFT: Bryson Jones and
other L.A.-based songwriters listed on this poster traveled to Nashville
to perform in September. RIGHT: Lucinda Williams dancing at the mic with
Bryson Jones during a Sin City show.
ABOVE AND RIGHT: Posters for the monthly
gathering of the Sin City Social Club, a collection of country rockers who
host and musically support guest artists.
CITY SOCIAL CLUB
their website - The Sin City Social Club usually gathers the
3rd Friday of each month at the historic Mint in Los Angeles to
celebrate the best in Roots/Americana and Country Rock! CURRENTLY THINGS
ARE IN MOTION HOWEVER SO MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE CALENDAR AT www.themintla.com
- It's hosted by Shilah Morrow (Mama Shi) and is the home to an
amazing house band featuring Dave Phenicie, Mark Christian (Merle
Jagger), Bobby Gonzales (West Coast Grand), and John Ramey. Chris
Lawrence & Carl Byron from the Sin City All Stars add pedal
steel and keyboards. They play covers throughout the night and lend their
instrumental prowess to our guest artists. Each month we ask four artists
to join us as our Special Guests.
guys rock, not just along the lines of thundering bass and power chord
distortion, but in a rangy, melodic way that makes them enjoyable listening -
not generally a quality I would attribute to what is primarily a ferocious metal
has had a little time to find their sound. The Southern California band came
together in 1999. Their concept was to do aggressive music with a narrative
focus - "Life through the eyes of five young men
struggling with, and overcoming life's everyday obstacles, and the world we live
in..." (from their website).
has gone through personnel changes over the years and they have been a part of a
broadening of heavy metal to include a wider range of feels and sounds. In the
current lineup, Henry Sanchez
is the band's vocalist, and he covers the waterfront from crooner to growls. Mike Reyes
and Josh Mendoza
are on guitars, Danny Perez
plays bass, and Johnny Gonzalez
is on drums.
their website - Sangre Was a featured band in the June 2005 issue
of REVOLVER magazine. They were selected amongst thousands of bands around the
nation and are featured in the "Revolver Raw Talent" section of the
nationally distributed magazine. Sangre also continues to receive airplay on
Southern California Rock station's: 96.7 Kcal fm's "MoshPit" radio
program, and KCXX X103.9 fm's Xtreme X Metal show, Both out of the San
Bernardino/Riverside area. SANGRE also receives airplay on many internet &
college stations, and has been on a hand full of compilations over the years.
Sangre has played all over California, Mexico and western United States. Sangre is required listening for all Metal
ABOVE LEFT: Henry Sanchez (vocals).
ABOVE RIGHT: Mike Reyes (guitars). LEFT: Josh Mendoza (guitars). BELOW
LEFT: Danny Perez (bass). BELOW RIGHT: Johnny Gonzalez (drums).
to Sangre MP3s at their MySpace site at
SANGRE has produced three CDs. From Left: Evolution
is Necessary (2005), Carrion (2002), and Internal Bleeding
is a new band, formed in 2005, that received two nominations in the 2006 Rock
City News Awards – Outstanding Female
Fronted Band and Outstanding Hard
Rock Band. They may have been a bit too orchestral to woo voters in big
numbers as a band, but Korean-born front girl June
Park garnered a lot of votes for her work, and rightly so. June has a big
idea at work here and it has come together quickly.
Park built the band as a vehicle for her original material, which “ingeniously
fuses symphonic semblance and progressive rhythms, underlying lush melodic
lyrics…” (from their website). It came together with the discovery of
guitarist Dan Durakovich, a tasty progressive metal type who seems to get
June’s Goth-influenced symphonics. Dan brought the talented drummer Manny
Castaneda into the band, after the two had worked together previously in a
cover outfit. Bassist Chad Whitaker added the final element with his
informed bass work.
sound is dark with an urgency that is spiked by bursts of metal rhythms and a
spacey quality achieved through June Park’s programmed synth parts. June is
also able to breakthrough the band’s expansive passages with vocalizations
that are punk and even demon-inspired, which seem to come out of left field and
are a little unsettling. Then she can fall right back into a smooth purr that
completely levels the band’s gruesome dynamics. The formula is odd and rangy
and sometimes quite beautiful. It positions the band to crossover between
several of rock’s more decorative genres, including Goth, metal, punk and even
Is: June Park (vocals), Dan
Durakovich (guitars), Manny Castaneda (drums), and Chad
is preparing a self-titled EP that should be available soon, and they are worth
to Clandestine MP3s at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/clandestineband
group of ambitious college student types, TOKYO SHOWDOWN showed well for
themselves in the 2006 Rock City News Awards, scoring a nomination for Outstanding
Punk Band, with lead singer Rachel landing nominations in the Outstanding
Female Vocals and Outstanding Female Frontperson categories.
This band seems to be bonded by shared pretensions
toward the literati - well, maybe not the rhythm section - with each member
listing intellectuals such as Albert Camus and Aldous Huxley and writers like
Jack Kerouac and Neil Gaiman among their primary influences. The references are
weighty, but the music is pretty lightweight fare, more pop than punk, with some
synthesized nods toward lush influences. Rachel lists Pat Benatar as a musical
reference, and you can hear that in her strident approach. They dabble in
ticka-ticka guitar, which again sounds 80s more than it does punk, as do the
swimming synth beds, though Nicholas sometimes yells their lyrics.
daughter just walked in and heard Tokyo Showdown on the sound system and said -
"They're great! They are like a girl Panic At the Disco!"
cannot be held responsible for the musical perceptions of 11-year old girls.
ABOVE: Tokyo Showdown is
Rachel (vocals), Nicholas (vocals, guitar), Hannah (keys), B.J. (drums)
and Miles (bass)
Tokyo Showdown MP3s at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/tokyoshowdownca
What's With these Pictures?
possibilities come to mind. First - Armageddon descended upon their
dormitory in the form of a food fight, and they were still stunned when a
photographer showed up shortly thereafter. Or, second, the tranny in their
van broke down on the way to the shoot and they tried to fix it
themselves. I suppose there could be a third possibility - that they are
involved in some corny theater production, probably about Armageddon and
horrible food fights.
Midnight Deathtrap Quartet is
a straight forward rock’n blues club band that lives on Bryan
Gage’s crunchy guitar sound and sax player Jack Chandler’s
blue note sensibilities. Together with bassist John Palisano and
drummer Mike Zimmerman they make an accessible east coast-flavored
rock that feels like it might be fueled with something best served in a
has the feeling of a unit not playing under pressure of any kind, which is
probably indicative of it being just one of many side projects enjoyed by
this group of players. It didn’t prevent them from being nominated Outstanding
New Band for the 2006 Rock City News Awards.
sax man Jack Chandler fronts the jazz-metal Future Intelligence Agency (F.I.A.),
which blends elements of jazz, punk, metal and funk, and he also leads the
Ice Age Jazztet, a post-modern
Connecticut transplant Bryan
Gage took up photography after moving to L.A. in 1996. He
specializes in providing publicity shots for the creative community of
musicians and actors. He pays the bills working in multiple bands,
currently including Johnny
and the F.I.A. with Chandler.
He is also a member of the punk band the Elegant Bastards, awarded Outstanding
Valley Band by the Rock City News.
John Palisano is something of a renaissance man. He has directed two
films, including Man
Made, and writes novels, such as Amanda. He released LP's with his band The Afterlife, toured the
with alternative punk band Blanket of Ash, and played guitar
for several years in Smoke and Fire. John and Bryan Gage teamed to make
the Man Made soundtrack. John
has a solo single, “In
Vain” on the Beta Monkey Site.
Zimmerman has played drums with Paris Railroad, Albino Buffalo and the
Quick and The Dead, which is where he met Bryan. He is also an actor,
having performed in several plays and motion pictures, including Spiderman
2 and Man Made.
MIDNIGHT DEATHTRAP QUARTET
© 2006-2007 The Midnight Deathtrap
Quartet, All Rights Reserved
future's uncertain and The End is always near" - from the The
Midnight Deathtrap Quartet
Listen to The Midnight Deathtrap Quartet
MP3s at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/clandestineband
JENNIFER PROJECT was
selected for the Outstanding Songwriting award for the 2005
Rock City News Awards. Their brand of pop
punk, powerpop and Christian rap could best be described as accessible,
catchy, hook-filled, and light. They have a likeable sense of humor. Their
tune “Stalker” sings the praises of having some creepy guy around to
chase other creepy guys away (“…to scare them out of
town.”…“Wouldn’t Mom be proud?”).
Talaska does the vocal work with help from Eric
who also handles guitar. Steve Stach plays bass and Mark
sits the kit.
The Jennifer Project apparently took its name from the
C.I.A.’s “Project Jennifer,” which was a Cold War initiative to
recover a Russian nuclear submarine that sunk off the coast of Hawaii. The
1968 incident raised tensions between the superpowers, and the U.S.
specially constructed a vessel called the “Glomar Explorer” to recover
the wreckage. The secret plan was authorized by Nixon National Security
Advisor Henry Kissinger. I have no idea if The Jennifer Project was
working from this premise when they chose that name, but associating
one’s self with a clandestine operation to recover cryptographic secrets
from a nuclear contamination area sounds like great punk stuff to me. I
sort of like this band, too. They are not exactly a heavyweight musical
unit, but they are clever and they’ve got a nice attitude.
© 2006-2007 The Jennifer Project, All Rights Reserved
to more Jennifer Project MP3s at their MySpace site at
The Jennifer Project was
award Outstanding Songwriting at the 2005 Rock City News Music Awards.
Rin Lennon’s band MONOGROOVE has been around in various
incarnations, and producing LPs, since the turn of the century (not as
long as it sounds). They have been in that penumbra just outside of the
bright light of success but judging by their nomination in
the Outstanding Psychedelic Band category of the 2006 Rock City
News Awards they are still in range. (I am pretty vague on how they
got into that category.)
Monogroove released Little America and Live to 12
around 2000, the second release getting some attention on college radio
stations. They then released a third LP, the five-track Sexy Never Knows, before going through some major lineup changes.
Guitarist Hector Garcia took his flashy leads elsewhere, leaving
the bulk of the guitar work to Rin Lennon. Former vocalist/guitarist Lady
V. was replaced by Florida transplant Diana Grace, who further
reinforced the band’s tendency toward southern-tinged pop.
Diana brought Dusty Springfield-like vocals to
Monogroove, which, for those of you who don’t remember the British
bombshell, is a really
good thing. With Rin Lennon adding layers to
the vocals and her chorus laden guitar, they have developed a jangly pop
sound that could be right on radio. Diana brings the harmonica sound to
the act, which I love over Rin’s acoustic strumming thing, the whole mix
putting me to mind of folk-rock dating back to the ‘60s (showing my
age). Diana and Rin are capably supported by bassist Scott Halper
and drummer Rob Courmoyer.
is out with another CD, Real.
One dollar from the sale of each copy of Real
goes to “Much
Love,” an animal rescue organization.
Diana also has her own solo CD (Diana Grace) available. It mixes power pop with some country-rock
inclinations, even throwing in touches of reggae influence. You can check
out her personal site at http://dianagrace.com.
to Monogroove MP3s at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/monogroove
STEIGER’s BLUES CONNECTION is
classic blues-rock all the way and he competed strongly in the Outstanding
Blues Band category in the 2006
Rock City News Awards.
Connection was formed in 1998 when Jimmy, formerly of Devil’s Dues and
Ways and Means, joined forces with bassist Jim
Hudgins, formerly of Max Havoc. They have gone through a few drummers
since then, but now have John
Medina, who previously toured nationally with Brett Michaels. Erik DeLaRosa has also joined the band to add keyboards, sax,
backing vocals, and pedal steel guitar.
STEIGER BLUES CONNECTION
Jimmy Steiger's Blues Connection MP3s at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/jimmysteiger1
did well in the 2006 Rock City News Awards, competing strongly in the Outstanding
Hollywood Band and Outstanding Blues Band categories.
Jo Island fronts this
balls-to-the-walls four-piece guitar and drums classic rock unit that will
put you to mind of Motley Crew, Robin Trower, Bad Company, Steve Marriot
and Grand Funk. Jo is a throwback to an earlier time in rock, the kind of
a guy who hosts late night jams in darkly lit Sunset Boulevard clubs.
Rawk Dawg has been entered
into the 47th Grammy Awards program again with We Only Came To Rock,
with submittals in 13 categories including Best Rock Album, Best Rock
Song, and Best Rock Performance.
Rawk Dawg released Rock
With An Attitude in 2002, then in 2004 released their
second LP, We Only Came to Rock,
which yielded the college radio hit “In My Mind,” which was one of the
top 10 singles on college radio that year. The band received Grammy
nominations for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.
They have been featured on the Lollapalooza Tour, sharing a stage with
Jane’s Addiction and The Donnas.
band also released a well-received studio improve LP, Raw, which included
nine “unpolished gems.”
has also lent his voice talents to Kong
Tones, a mini-soundtrack of the sounds of KING KONG ® that was
sponsored by movie director Peter
Jackson (King Kong, Lord of the Rings Trilogy). Also lending their
talents to that recording were the V-Rex’s, Raptors, Natives, and Jungle
Drums. The CD was produced to represent sounds from the film and used in
association with the marketing of King
Kong-related consumer products.
to Rawk Dawg MP3s on their site, or go to Jo Island's MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/joisland.
rocking metal band OLD FASHIONED BEATDOWN was founded in Orlando,
Florida in 1999 but has expanded their range by touring Hard
Rock Live and House of Blues venues and gigs all around central Florida as well as performing at the New York International Music Festival in
Madison Square Garden, the Florida Music Festival in Orlando, the Whiskey
A GoGo in Los Angeles, and touring nationally with acts such as Super
Joint Ritual 2x's, Otep, Skinlab, Non-Point, High on Fire, Born into
Chaos, Slaves on Dope, Sworn Enemy, E-Town Concrete, and December.
Naugler fronts this testosterone-laden unit, which features the guitar
wizardry of Woodzy, a
minimalist who was named Guitarist
of the Year at the 2003 Orlando
Metal Awards. The rhythm sections consists of bassist Robert
Pickerelli, and drummer Russ
Rodriguez. Joey Naugler belongs to the Henry Rollins school of
in-your-face, heavy on profane lyrics voiced in a low, loud, growl. Old
Fashioned Beatdown wants to challenge you to brawl.
Fashioned Beatdown was a strong competitor for Outstanding New Band and Outstanding
Hard Rock Band in the 2006 L.A.
Rock City News Awards. The band’s MySpace site has had nearly
180,000 views, a testimony to the draw of hardcore metal.
to Old Fashioned Beatdown MP3s at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/
ROSE has a highly entertaining video streaming from her website. It is
in the long line of rock videos about nervous breakdowns, which will
probably continue to be a staple of the medium as long as its primary
audience remains angst ridden teens. Summer's take on the old theme,
however, will put a smile on your face. "Time Bomb" is a
rap-rock track that would be utterly commercial were it not for the
language, which is used to great comic effect but probably wouldn't pass
network censors. It doesn't matter, Summer's marketing focus is on
spreading her fame via the Internet, and there she is well within the
bounds of acceptability. In fact, she shines!
who has been performing in theater and at large public events since she
was a kid, is quite an accomplished video performer. Acting crazy, as she
must in this video, isn't particularly hard to do. (In fact, I might think
it's the default position for a lot of people.) What is impressive is
Summer's sense of comic timing, which she has control of both physically
and vocally, and remove. Summer owns the joke. She's savvy with the
camera lens, clever with her facial and body language. It's like she is
having fun with it, and that's appealing.
Sacramento girl, who at seven years of age was performing the National Anthem
at Sacramento Kings and San
Francisco Giants games, Summer left school at 15 to join a rock band. She
spent two years touring Nevada, playing constantly. From her website - “Performing live six nights a week, four
shows a night, really conditioned me for life on the road. Everyone else
was at home in high school worrying about homework, I was already a
ambition was to perform her original music, which she first did in San
Francisco before moving on the L.A. Her band Snapdragon landed a
recording contract with a subsidiary of Atlantic Records and began working
with music producer Wes Arkeen (Guns'n Roses). The band's work
ethic outlasted the small label's budget and soon the deal fell
a move that will appeal to a lot of people who visit this site, Summer did
the thing so many do in the digital recording age: "...she maxed out
her credit card, bought some equipment for a home studio and started
recording..." (from her website).
emerged from her self-guided efforts was a hardcore rap-rock, as evidenced
by the aforementioned video. Summer found her sound.
NEW BAND OF 2006
Rose was awarded Outstanding New Band at the 2006 Rock City News Awards.
Shooting the video for "Time Bomb"
Rose worked with music industry veteran David J. Holman ( No Doubt, Bush, Olivia Newton
John) on her first LP, Big Mouth.
Summer Rose has several complete MP3s
and clips at her website, and I would strongly encourage you to go there,
take a listen, and see her videos.
You can also hear MP3s
at Summer Rose's MySpace site at
metal band UNSANCTIFIED was created in Southern California by
former Desecration members Brian Carreon in1999, with Hans Faber
joining as second guitarist that year to provide guitar harmonies and dual
guitar leads. The band now includes Frank Herrera (formerly of
Mutilacion, Metal Madness TV) on Drums, former Decay of Salvation
bassist Robert Marks, and Don Marhefka (formerly of Burial
and Evilution) on vocals. The goal of the band, according to their website
“was to create ultra-brutal old-school style death metal.”
were happening out of the box, winning a local death metal "battle of
the bands" competition before ever playing their first paying gig.
2000, Unsanctified released a four-song CD titled Empty
Veins, which furthered their early ascent in the death metal world.
The single “Empty Veins” leaped to #40 on MP3.com within days (out of
15,000 listed tracks).
by the way, is back to life having been bought and reactivated as a CNet
site. The site had gone out of business in 2003.
2003, Unsanctified signed a recording contract with Quadrivium Music, but
the relationship fell apart quickly “as a result of recording issues and
philosophies which could not be reconciled.”
released their new EP Titled Demons
Of My Own Making in 2005, and they have been touring the United States
off and on ever since.
competed strongly in the Outstanding Valley Band category of the 2006
L.A. Rock City News Awards.
Unsanctified at the Key Club in L.A. in early 2006. BELOW: Demons of My
Own Making CD (left), 2005; Empty Veins CD, 2000
of My Own Making
© 2006-2007 Unsanctified, All Rights Reserved
September 2008 Edition:
My Private Hell Back with EP
Los Angeles, California - We
haven't heard from My Private Hell in awhile, but that doesn't
mean they haven't been busy. Gian, Blue and Eric have been
playing Las Vegas and recording a new EP, one tune from which,
"I'm Alive," will be available on iTunes September 30.
"We are in the midst of releasing
this EP that we've been working our lil butts off for and we're
quite proud of it," writes Gian. "The EP is in the mixdown
process so all recording is done, whew! I'll be the first to
tell you how proud I am of this new EP since it will be the best
effort we have recorded to date. Plus I think the EP will
finally bring justice to what My Private Hell is all about.
Release date is pending, sometime in October/November, we hope."
You can check out
some "teasers" at the
My Private Hell
MY PRIVATE HELL is an L.A.-based heavy metal band comprised of “four very good
friends” who came together to play some kick-ass rock and say something
about the pressures of trying to live well in this world.
Erguiza is the
singer/guitarist for this outfit and their outspoken front person. Jigger
Ferrer is the other guitarist in the band, doubling as back vox, and
as the youngest member of the group he is “the young blood/party
spirit/crazy man of the band.” Blue
Palacol – now there’s a colorful name – is the band’s bassist,
“the bigger than life psycho bottom end of the band - Blue is the crazy
one that was always fascinated with the whole rock n roll lifestyle and
all of its amenities.”
we’ve only introduced half the band and the word “crazy” has come up
“The Machine” Cuarez
is the band’s drummer, but he’s not crazy – though as their site
indicates he “is definitely the explosive backbone of the band, the
music enthusiast, drummer who pounds on the drums like a madman…”
Well, okay, he’s crazy, too.
whole insanity theme riddles the thinking of this band. (My Private Hell?
Sounds like some serious inner turbulence.) On their site they say –
“My Private Hell is currently seeking label, management, promotion, more
publicity/media and distribution to further their pursuit of global
acceptance through a beautiful medium of madness.”
it is just the life that has driven them to distraction, and to music.
Again from their site – “My Private Hell is a cultural creation of
hardships with a message with everyday life thrown in for a perfect mix.
Four Exceptional Musicians (sic) with different views on life, different
upbringing, different way of living/thinking. Four friends with fresh
music bringing something new to the table.”
can make your own determination as to whether their music beautifully
captures this crazy little thing called existence: they have three MP3s
posted for listening on their MySpace site.
is in the studio working on their first full-length album. TOP: Gian
Erguia at the board, with an unidentified studio denizen over his shoulder offering insight into the recording arts. ABOVE: The
boys in rehearsal.
PRIVATE HELL MP3S:
Private Hell has MP3s available for listening on their MySpace site.
In the "Private Hell" moshpit. Makes you want to take in a show,
doesn't it? ABOVE: On
the set of The Mora Devora Show
have a great deal of respect for the MPH guys, particularly Gian
who has taken it upon himself to be the spokesman for the group. He is
circulating an email newsletter that comes out on a semi-regular basis,
includes band information, plus a lot of commentary on current issues.
Gian is proving to be an astute observer of the
socio-political and pop scenes. Recently he wrote - Man, the future
is really here…NASA is to start building a permanent moon base in 2010
and are looking for people to be a part of it. Houses are also in talks
for 2020. So it has been confirmed that "The Inconvenient Truth"
is true. 113 scientists from all over the world have finally delivered
their final assessment and yes, we, the human race are probable cause of
emission of greenhouse gases. Hotter temperatures and rises in the sea
level is happening and will happen for centuries to come no matter how
much pollution we create. Great. Have you guys seen these rejects on
American Idol? Somebody give them a camcorder please! My ears! But
better yet, have you seen how Paula has been acting? C_R_A_C_K_(in)! Whew!
Those must be some good pills!"
Gian offered an update on MPH's recording
progress. "We are currently hard at work on our full-length debut.
The drum tracks have been recorded and we are now working on the guitar to
get the smooth tones we are craving. There is no specified date yet on
when we're going to actually finish the record but let me be the first one
to tell ya…..It sounds magnificently awesome so far! It's almost surreal
and religious!" My Private Hell, right?
And he ends with - "So my friends, please tell the DEA to leave the
medical marijuana clinics alone, inform Van Halen that its not a reunion
Anthony, Stock up on your earthquake stuff, and when you do see these way
too skinny models, please feed them a cheeseburger or two, I'll reimburse
your efforts :)"
Now ain't that cool? -
is not only a
songwriter/composer who plays drums, Percussions, bass guitar, vocals,
acoustic & electric guitars; but he also builds his own guitars Clerest
guitars; has traveled the world and considers himself a world citizen.
As a sage and a Yogi he projects his love for humanity with his anti-war
massage in songs such as "Resolution Song", "Final mass
Destruction" ,and "Get up and Help", which are delivered
with raw Rock N Roll Power. David in an interview said: " Just as a
bomb has the power to destroy, the message of peace should be delivered
with lots of energy behind it so that it may be effective."
After departing his three
piece band who had been together for over a decade, he started his solo act in 1990, which is "David Clerest Project".
often amazes his audience with his incredible ability to sing and play his
guitar simultaneously, while he maintains his trademark of precise, and
complex composer machine programming, coupled with his heavy riffs on the
bass guitar. See what some critics say about his performances by clicking here.
- from his website
Clerest MP3s can be heard from his site.
Clerest has been building guitars since 1990. He played an important role
in the Gibson Corporation's buyout of Huntington Beach-based Original
Music Instruments, maker of the popular line of DOBRO Resophonic guitars.
After managing a 500 percent post-sale production expansion, David left to
start his own company, Clerest Guitars. He set up in Leo Fender's old
radio repair shop and started building a line of instruments, starting
with hollow body electrics. Over the years he has expanded to offer a
range of instruments at various price points. Additional information is
available on his website.
Swan has been one of my favorite people since the moment I met him.
He is a Character with a capital "C"; talented, soft-hearted,
serious-minded but always surfacing the underlying joke in
everything. Gary is one of the top B3 players in the business and a
natural entertainer. He's even fun to watch TV with. Gary left his native
Virginia behind a long time ago to embark on a musical odyssey that has
taken him through music meccas throughout the states. In the course of
playing great clubs and bad dives and high profile events like the Country
Music Awards, shows with some of the top players to ever grace a stage
(Billy Preston and the Pointer Sisters, to name only a few), building band
after band, performing as music director for a range of musical types,
experiencing home invasion robberies and beatings, suffering through
relationship meltdowns, becoming a father, a man of faith...Gary Swan has
become the consummate music professional. Add to that his formidable
skills as a songwriter and singer and you've got one heavy cat.
Swan (seated far right at the B3) on stage at B.B. King's Blues Club in
Hollywood with the house band the All Stars
with bass great Chris Jones at the Chicago Blues Fest
||Go to YouTube.com and search up
"Gary Swan" or "Killer Organ Player" or
just click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
to see a short clip of Gary playing at B.B. King's Hollywood.
with his son Johnathan, a bassist and keyboard player who sits in with his
dad at B.B. King's
with his son Gabriel
ABOVE: Colorado, and for a time L.A.
guitarist Micheal Reese playing in
keyboardist Gary Swan's band The Hollywood
Heroes. This was a mid-'80s shot. Writes Swan - "The sax player
playing with us is my friend Chris Mostert who is been with the
Eagles since they got back together."
Writes Swan of this
mid-80's shot of Early Man,
his LA.-based rock'n funk band - "The other picture is
Arvid Helland (Denver Guy) who I played with in Denver and LA. Cornelius
Bumpus on sax." Doesn't Arvid (the guitar player) look a little like
that Dick Shawn character in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World?
has always had a wry sense of humor, as demonstrated on his site and in
our emails exchanges. Recently he wrote - "A lot of those old
Boulder names are ringing bells, as well as causing the occasional (I
believe the word you used is) frisson. One name that I find to be
conspicuously absent from what I've read so far is that of consummate
bassist and object of my envy Kim Stone. I did see him onstage at a
small show here in LA quite a few years ago but did not get a chance to
talk to him. Less conspicuous by omission is equally consummate, and
nefarious, guitarist Lenny LoBanco, aka Lenny Charles. He
jammed with Kim while living with us other shady characters at our
benighted North Broadway ranch, also remembered as Pedestrian Rehearsal
Read, pictured left in pretty much the guise we all remember him in from
Boulder days - though he was also known to wear an army helmet - was the
the Pedestrian who actually lived in The Pedestrians club house. Their
rehearsal house on the northern end of Broadway was a classic musician's
crash pad, right to the egg cartons on the walls. Don lived there with
such colorful characters as Lenny LoBanco,
also known as Lenny Charles.
READ is now a Long Beach, California-based musician, but back the
1980s he was bassist for Boulder-band The
Pedestrians. That band is featured on the Colorado
Links of this site.
Don left Boulder in 1987 and made the
musicians' migration to Southern California, where he took up with such
bands as The Felchers, the Spectators, Flavor Razor, and
He plays fretless, five-string, and upright
acoustic, and styles ranging from '70s rock ("Jurassic Rock" as
he calls it) to Reggae to Latin to Funk to Jazz.
is no secret that you know the real players by their work. The good ones
are always busy. Pictured at right is Don Read on standup bass, with
drummer Bill Hartel of Square One. Don also plays in The
Blue Cats, a big horn band that wales on soul, R&B.
ONE - Don manages to stay active in
a lot of bands, among them Square One, which plays a mix of standards,
funky blues, latin jazz, and unique original works.
The Square One lineup, pictured right, is Joel
Hipps on guitar, Bill Hartel on drums, Don Read on bass
and Aubrey Scarbrough on keyboards.
ran away with
the Outstanding Melodic and
Instrumental Rock category in the 2006
Rock City News Awards.
APEYGA is a three-piece Modern Instrumental Rock band based
in Los Angeles and featuring bassist John
Peloian, drummer Kyrt Hensch,
and guitarist Justin Peloian.
The band’s website describes their trippy jazz-rock as “a culmination
of scientific research experience, drum-line technique, and visual art
theories.” They are something of an intellectual exercise with a dynamic
rhythm sense. Peloian and Hensch are a tight lock in holding the center of
the sound to well-constructed, shifting grooves and tempos, allowing
guitarist Justin to wonder from wailing cries to 32nd note acid
drips to full crunch power chords. The whole thing comes off as
extraordinarily restrained and thoughtful, even while being ambitious in
range. These aren’t songs so much as jazzed up ambient feels, like
snippets of life’s moments – some tense, busy, even frantic, and some
tenuous - forced through a polyphonic synthesizer.
Apeyga offers enough diversity in approach to fascinate a
range of fans. You might think their future lies with movie soundtracks,
where their wildly interpretive sounds could support action and imagery.
It is a somewhat cinematic concept they work within, a kind of sonic
implication. You can listen to their music and imagine scenes.
A new four song demo has recently been recorded at Paramount
Studios in Hollywood, and contains live session tracks of
"Galaxy", "The End of Reason", "Traveler",
and "151". Apeyga is currently booking dates in Southern
California, with plans to expand their territory throughout the Golden
State in 2007. It will be interesting to watch this unit to see what types
of venues they are able to book. They really would be best served by
playing to theatre audiences, who in turn might be best served by enjoying
Quaaludes and mushrooms before heading off to this night of music.
– “the male equivalent of a slut” (from the Urban Dictionary).
we're serving cake and cock - and we're fresh out of cake tonight."
That's a line from the Manwhore's signature tune "Cake and
Cock," and it pretty much sums up all you need to know about this
band. Consisting of Anthony Bamonte on bass, Dan Bamonte on
lead vocals, Paul Brown on lead guitar, Aaron Englert on
rhythm guitar and backing vocals, and Matt Lehman on drums, the
Whores got together in 2004 to create their rather blunt and "priapically"
focused party band, and it worked. In 2005 they were award Best Los
Angeles Rock Band at the L.A. Music Awards. They are a popular
L.A. act, nominated for a Rocky in the 2006 Rock City News competition,
they don't seem to be very serious about it.
it's best to just listen to their live recording, referenced above. To
hear a whole club of girls and guys singing the refrain to "Cake and
Cock" may well say all that needs to be said: Let's party! Guy style.
can hear Manwhore from their music page at http://www.manwhoreband.com/music.cfm.
MANWHORE at the Viper Room
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