Z are proud to announce the signing of an agreement that finally allows the underground classic hard
rock debut from Britton “Rock Hard” to finally be released on cd format. The remastered version features
all ten original track plus ten bonus tracks!!!!
Originally release during 1988 via a CBS sub label, this album should have taken the band onto bigger things however music industry politics put a stop to that.
Britton where formed in 1985 by lead vocalist Michael Britton and lead guitarist Jim McMellen. They recruited Gary Holland (ex-Great White) on drums and bassist Greg Chaissson (who was later to join Jake E Lee’s Badlands). Last to join the band was Patrick Schunk, who supported keyboards and rhythm guitar.
The band recorded demos at The Record Plant which were featured on “Ten Best of the West”, a Rhino Records compilation of the 10 best yet unsigned bands in ’87. At this time, Greg Chaisson had left and was replaced by Skip Frank. The Record Plant demo and the Rhino compilation album resulted in a deal with TSR Records, a sub to the CBS label. The band released their highly acclaimed LP “Rock Hard” in 1988, singles lifted from the album achieved extensive radio coverage all over the states, and the album received fine reviews from most respected rock magazines at the time.
2008, for the first time ever, we will have the chance to listen to 20 amazing Britton tracks on CD format supported with the original artwork, pictures, lyrics, comments by front men Mike and Jim of the band and a sound that is better than ever. Britton where definitely a band that deserved much more success than they gained back in the day when relatively many melodic rock bands sold gold and platinum in the US, but with this release their classic “Rock Hard” album will finally get its worthy reissue.
Finger Eleven has released a new video, in support of their album, “Then Vs. You Vs. Me” In this video, they let fifty of their fans film the band. What you see is the end result. Check out the video below.
Back in ’99 I bought Backyard Babies “Total 13” and was absolutely blown away. I have been like a junkie needing a fix every since, getting my hands on anything from BYB that I can and the guys have never disappointed me. Since it’s been 2 years since Nicke Borg, Dregen, Johan Blomqvist, and Peder Carlsson released an album of new material I couldn’t wait to get this album in my hands.
Why these guys are not huge in the states confuses the hell out of me. When it comes to Backyard Babies, you know exactly what you are getting, which is straight up in your face rock that is going to beat you senseless and have you singing along while it happens. Which is exactly how the new album gets started with “Fuck Off & Die”. I have to admit the first time I heard I was a little disappointed, but the second time it felt like the song punched me square in face and kept beating me all the way to the end of the song. Peder play the drums on this song as if his life depended on it and Dregen pulls off a great solo. Nicke’s vocals are in your face from beginning to end. Johan is able to keep everyone in line and tight together.
Without giving me a chance to recover next in line is “Degenerated”. The best way to describe this song is BIG, Big sounding guitars, drums, and gang vocals, another great solo from Dregen. “Degenerated ” is definitely a roll the window down, crank the stereo, and sing along kind of song, as is most of the album.
While there isn’t a bad song on this album, “Come Undone” is my one of five favorite songs on the album. Peder once again plays like a monster on this track and Johan gets his chance with a very cool groove throughout.
The fifth track “Abandon” another one of my favorites gives your ears a break for a minute before starting the assault all over again and it continues all the way to the last song “Saved By The Bell”. While I would have preferred BYB went out with guns blazing they slowed it way down. This is the only song that Peder doesn’t get a chance to shine because there are no drums used on this track.
Fans of BYB know Dregen is the mastermind behind the band and along with Nicke the stars but Peder is the star on this album with phenomenal drumming throughout. In a year when some much great hard rock has been released BYB definitely made their case for Album of the Year with this release.
01: Fuck Off And Die
03: Come Undone
06: Voodoo Love Bow
10: Back On The Juice
11: Where Were You
12: Zoe Is A Weirdo
13: Saved By The Bell
Backyard Babies are:
Nicke Borg – vocals, guitar
Dregen – lead guitar, backing vocals
Johan Blomqvist – bass
Peder Carlsson – drums
Reviewed by Rocknrollcoastie.
Two-thirds of KING’S X and half of GALACTIC COWBOYS unite as new supergroup, The JIBBS.
Influenced by flamboyantly shiny clothing and the most traditional of country music, The JIBBS bring a new slant to non-popular music. After taking a hit from Houston’s Hurricane IKE, these four men banded together over a candle and car battery to produce their debut single, “Burns in the Rain,” from the possibly forthcoming album, What Would Jibb Do?
The JIBBS ibbs: Wally Jibb, Alan Jibb, Ty Jibb, and dUg Jibb.
Only $1.49, “Burns in the Rain” is a limited-edition MP3 download that will directly aid The JIBBS. In addition to the high quality MP3, the zip file includes cover art, credits and lyrics sheet.
For more information or to download the song, go to www.myspace.com/kingsx
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