Did you miss the Airbourne Interview on The Bruce Dickinson show last Friday? You can listen to it at the following link!
The fallout from the financial turmoil surrounding Quebec distributor Fusion 3 continues, with Universal Music Canada announcing a deal to distribute SPV. SPV, which has acts such as Sepultura, Alice Cooper, Eric Burdon, Whitesnake, Motörhead, Skinny Puppy, Symphony X and Type O Negative, has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with Universal, which already distributes indie labels like Last Gang, Maple Music and others. SPV also has several sub-labels that it produces and distributes such as Steamhammer, Synthetic Symphony, Oblivion, SPV Recordings/SPV America and progressive label InsideOut.
The label had been previously distributed by Fusion 3, Canada’s largest independent distributor that filed for bankruptcy protection in Quebec in December. Jim West, the company’s founder, told Billboard today that the label has extended the bankruptcy protection by an additional 30 days as it negotiates with creditors.
SPV’s director of sales, Thomas Ziegler, said the deal with Universal should stabilize SPV’s distribution in Canada.
“There is no need to point out that these are challenging times in the music business,” Zeigler said in a statement. “We feel very confident about going with the market leader to face those challenges and to make sure to satisfy the needs of our customers.”
The Osbournes’ brand-new variety show for FOX (Osbournes: Reloaded) is searching for the biggest, baddest Ozzy Osbourne superfans who are willing to do anything (and we mean ANYTHING!) to meet him. We definitely want to push the boundaries. Think eating bugs, licking belly buttons, getting pierced, shaving your head, getting tattooed, etc. If you’ve always dreamed of meeting Ozzy Osbourne and know that you’d be willing to do whatever it takes, we want to hear from you!
We’re looking for HUGE fans from Southern California. If this is you, please shoot an email to producer Brian Updyke (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, age, location, a recent photo, and a brief paragraph explaining why you’re the ultimate Ozzy superfan and deserve to meet your idol.
Freshly signed to WorldSound Music, it shouldn’t be long before Los Angeles’ best-kept secret, Carbon 9, is launched upon an unsuspecting world – especially after hearing their latest release, ‘The Bull,’ Mixed by Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, Perfect Circle, Tommy Lee, etc.) ‘The Bull’ manages to balance electro rock sounds with strong pop melodies and anthemic choruses – resulting in a sound that sounds custom-made for crossover success.
Comprised of members Stacey Quinealty (vocals and sequencing), Danny Cistone (backing vocals), Darwin DeVitis (guitars and vocals), Omar D. Brancato (bass and vocals), and Matty Milani (drums), Carbon 9 has already made numerous impressive inroads into the music industry, including their music appearing on XM Radio and commercials. Also, the band has received rave reviews from L.A. Alive (“I have seen the future of rock, and it is Carbon 9”), Music Connection (“The music is so overwhelming no one is spared”), and KNAC.com (“Carbon 9 craft memorable songs while still keeping the head-throbbing beats”), and has headlined such renowned clubs as the Whisky A-Go-Go, the Viper Room, the Roxy, and the Troubadour, among others.
But it’s the numbers that speak loudest – the group has sold over 5,000 copies of their earlier releases, while their Myspace page has over 14,000 friends signed up.
If you’re still unsure, just check out the handful of songs from ‘The Bull’ that are currently posted on Carbon 9’s label page for the proof – including such originals as “My Friend” (a song that according to Stacey is “Directly about that one person that constantly stabs you in the back yet we continue to keep them close within the circle”), “Somebody Like Me” (which is “A very egocentric song that states the fact that we need a significant other but usually demand someone to follow our ways and do as we do”), and the title track (“It is about the strength in belief of the self”), as well as a rockin’ version of the Danzig classic, “Mother” (“This was our first cover song to ever record and we chose it very carefully”). While they’ve often been noted as the “hardest working band in L.A.,” with the arrival of ‘The Bull,’ perhaps a more fitting description of Carbon 9 is the “hardest rocking band in L.A.”
TRACK LISTING FOR ‘THE BULL’:
1. What is it We’re Made of
2. Crawling Over Me
3. My Friend
4. Somebody Like Me
5. The Bull
7. Butterflies in My Head
8. For You
9. The Life
10. Mary Mannequin
11. I’m Not Broken
12. Loving You
13. I’m on My Own
14. Lonely in Love
FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO:
http://www.worldsound.com/carbon9/ [includes stream of entire album]
George Lynch is back with a hot new CD, and an updated sound. For his new project, Souls of We, he has enlisted the help of former Brides of Destruction front man, London LeGrand. I kind of liked the Brides of Destruction CD’s so I was curious to see how LeGrand would fair with Lynch. Much to my surprise, this is easily the best music ever released with London on vocals.
First and foremost, I had no expectations going into this disc. I didn’t expect the music on this CD to sound like Dokken, or Lynch Mob. I knew George Lynch was tired of playing the same old riffs over and over again, so I expected something different from Souls of We. Different it is, but in a good way.
The bass guitar on this CD is deep and heavy. At times it seems as if Lynch has tuned his guitar down a key to better blend with the bass. The ripping solos that Lynch is famous is for is there, but they don’t stand out as much as his previous works. London LeGrand shows more range with his voice than ever before.
Lynch may be known best as a hair metal guitarist, but with Souls of We he has managed to put together a very modern sounding recording. It so modern sounding in fact that some of these songs ought to be played on rock radio. There are a couple of songs on “Let The Truth Be Known” that remind me a lot of Alice in Chains, and one or two that could easily fall into the System of Down territory.
The first time I played this record I thought to myself, “Wow, I need to listen to this again.” There are some pretty cool if not amazing songs on “Let The Truth Be Known”. I applaud Lynch for trying something different. Not every song on this disc works, but there are quite a few good ones to check out.
If you listen to one song on this disc, check out “January” or “Skeleton Key”. These are some of the stand out tracks.
If you are a fan of modern hard rock fan, you ought to pick this up. Lynch fans probably already own this.
1. Let The Truth Be Known
3. Skeleton Key
4. Everything I Want
5. Key Of Noise
6. Sorry To Say
8. St. Jude
9. Ghandi’s Got A Gun
10. Push It
11. Psycho Circus
12. Nork 13
14. Under The Dead Tree
Souls of We are:
George Lynch – Guitars
London LeGrand – Vocals
Johny Chow – Bass
Yael – Drums
Andrew Freeman – Bass
Frederic Leclercq – Bass
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Mike Hanson – Drums
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Mike Wengren – Drums
Patrick Johansson – Drums