Victory Pill’s debut, self-titled album was released on Tuesday October 23rd!.
Victory Pill guitarist and frontman Jim Davies (ex-Pitchshifter, Prodigy) has posted a blog on the group’s MySpace page discussing Victory Pill, his new project with Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper.
“After I did the Flint project I had decided it was time to do something for myself for once. Looking back I have done a lot of other people’s bands. Even though I played a big part in ‘shifter, it wasn’t my band. I’d been writing alot of instrumentals, which is how I normally write music. I had around 20 tunes. I’d been doing this on the quiet on my own and wasn’t sure what to do with them until I played them to Kieron Pepper. He went mad at me saying ‘You have to do something with this!’ So we formed a band,” says Davies of the group’s formation. “We tried for ages to find a vocalist that fit the music but none worked. I wanted a very English sounding vocal, I love bands like The Jam, The Sex Pistols and Depeche Mode,. All the singers we tried sounded like Slipknot, so I tried it myself and it really gelled. It was a big move for me to go from being just a guitarist to front-man/lyricist. I’d never written lyrics before now and I had to rehearse it a lot to be able to do all the guitar madness I do live and sing, but I’m really comfortable with it now.”
Jim Davies guitar work helped shaped the band Prodigy’s breakthrough Fat Of The Land album, which included modern rock hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe”. Jim toured worldwide with the band including a headline slot at Reading 2001.
Davies was also a contributing member of electro-metal outfit Pitchshifter who toured alongside Incubus and Ozzfest. Davies contributed to the groundbreaking http://www.pitchshifter.com album, as well as co-wrote the subsequent Deviant and PSI records. Davies’ last gig for Pitchshifter was immortalized in the Bootlegged, Distorted live album.
“I think this album is a natural progression for me from what I did with Pitchshifter. There is obviously a taste of ‘shifter in there which is unavoidable as I co-wrote a lot the last few albums. But then tunes like ‘King and Country’ wouldn’t have worked in Pitchshifter because it’s not even a rock song and that’s what I find really refreshing about doing Victory Pill. I can take it anywhere I want and not be restrained by someone saying ‘That’s not what Pitchshifter should be sounding like,'” says Davies. “I think fans of electronic music will dig it, certain tunes like ‘Red Pill’, ‘Scaremonger’ and ‘Thin Line’ are very electronic. I think industrial heads will like tunes like ‘Downfall’ and ‘Another Clone’ and there also more melodic more live band sounding tunes on there like ‘Worst Case Scenario'”.
Victory Pill has made an Mp3 of the track “King and Country” available through the Corporate Punishment Podcast, which can be downloaded at the following location http://corporatepunishment.libsyn.com/
For a limited time, the band is still offering a free t-shirt to anyone who orders the album through the Corporate Punishment website at the following location http://www.corporatepunishment.com/shop/?manufacturers_id=26
ROAD TO RUIN ready with self-titled debut album on October 26th!
This hot, new Swedish four piece is the brainchild of guitarist Lars Chriss (LION’S SHARE) and bassist/ keyboard player Sampo Axelsson (LION’S SHARE, GLENN HUGHES). “Road To Ruin” is a musical celebration of the band’s influences coming from the classic rock era and carrying trademarks from artists such as Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin plus – especially when it comes to the guitar sound – Black Sabbath. The band is completed by Thomas Broman on drums (HUGHES/ TURNER, JOHN NORUM, ELECTRIC BOYS) and one of Sweden’s highest profiled singers: Matti Alfonzetti (SKINTRADE, JAGGED EDGE), on vocals.
Tracklist: 1. The Only One, 02. Pale Rider, 03. Face Of An Angel, 04. Pleasure And Pain, 05. For Your Soul, 06. Walk The Line, 07.Thorn In My Side, 08. Crawling, 09. Until I See The Sun
Here come some sound clips in advance:
For more information on Road To Ruin…Check out the following links:
This CD was produced by Slaughter’s Dana Strum. Not surprisingly, the band sounds like Slaughter, and at times a little like Guns ‘N Roses.
Steven Shareaux is a good singer, and has a sound that is somewhat unique. The band is quite solid as well.
No Rules is a CD that was a little better than some of the other offerings by many of the hard rock bands in the early 90’s. This CD, like many, was released to late in the game, and crashed and burned when Nirvana hit the music scene. The band hung around and released an EP in 1992 but then broke up and has not been heard from since.
Some of the stand out cuts on this disc are You’re So Strange, Trash City, Velvet Crush and the cover of the Paul Simon classic Mrs. Robinson.
Fans of 80’s hard rock are going to love No Rules! You can get low cost used copies of this CD at Amazon.com. Go grab one before they are all gone! You can hear more songs at Kik Tracee’s myspace page here.
Enjoy the video for You’re So Strange!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Don’t Need Rules
2. Mrs. Robinson
3. You’re So Strange
4. Trash City
5. Hard Time
6. Big Western Sky
7. Generation Express
8. Soul Shaker
9. Tangerine Man
11. Velvet Crush
12. Rattlesnake Eyes
13. Romeo Blues
14. Fade Dunaway
Kik Tracee is:
Stephen Shareaux – Lead Vocals
Rob Grad – Bass Guitar and Background vocals
Michael Marquis – Lead and Acoustic Guitar and Background vocals
Gregory Hex – Rhythm and Slide Guitars and Background Vocals
Johnny Douglas- Drums, Percussion and Background Vocals
Shinedown did a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s A Simple Man. The first time I saw this video, I was eating dinner in the Hard Rock Cafe, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I thought this was worth sharing.
Click this link to watch the video!
In addition to talking about how the band’s personal drama helped create their latest CD – “Blood Stained Love Story”, he also talked about living the rock star life to the fullest, how Nikki Sixx helped him with his personal demons, and he answers the burning question – Boxers or Commando!
It is a really cool, and funny interview, that you hard rockers need to take the time out to listen to.
Thanks to Tori, for the heads up on the awesome Interview!
Here is the video for Saliva’s tune, Click, Click Boom!