Trashbeat, the rock & roll brainchild of venerable bassist Steve Trash, has released a teaser track for download. “Toys” will appear on Trashbeat’s full-length album (dropping in 2014 via Major Label) which features guest appearances from members of the Sex Pistols, Blondie, and the Stranglers.
“Toys” is a chunky, beat-driven track with chiming chords and a snarling vocal attitude reminiscent of the late ‘60s-early ‘70s punk and new wave movements. With nods to Bowie, Iggy, Small Faces, Modern Lovers and such, it sounds like the next generation of rock.
The progressive hybrid of punk, glam, and alternative, Trashbeat’s sound is informed by and filtered through Trash’s music and art background. He came up in the punk/art rock movement, but also studied modern composition. Art without boundaries, figuratively and literally, as he has bases in both London and Los Angeles. His recording and touring resume includes the likes of Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison, KD Lang and Elton John as well as Stranglers, Attractions, Damned, Sex Pistols and more. He’s performed across the world, from rock dives to Live 8.
Among the legendary guests on the Trashbeat record are Hugh Cornwell, Clem Burke, Glen Matlock, and Richie Ramone. The record is produced by Trash and Arnaud Bascunana.
Steve Trash is touring with former Strangler, Hugh Cornwell this fall and art-punk legends Chrome in 2014.
10/5 Soda Bar San Diego CA
10/6 The Echo Los Angeles CA
10/8 Café Du Nord San Francisco CA
10/9 Luckey’s Bar Eugene OR
10/10 El Corazon Seattle WA
10/11 Biltmore Café Vancouver BC
Omaha, Nebraska based hard rockers, Emphatic have revealed more details about their new album “Another Life”, which is scheduled for an October 22nd release through Epochal Artists Records/Capitol Music Group. The band have enlisted the help of drummer John Tempesta (Ex-White Zombie, Testament, Exodus) to lay down drum tracks for the group’s sophomore effort. The album will be the first to feature new frontman Toryn Green, who was previously the singer of multi-platinum rock band Fuel and the touring vocalist for Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica.
Produced by Emphatic guitarist Justin McCain and co-produced by Ryan Greene at Validus Recording Studios in Los Angeles, “Another Life” showcases Emphatic‘s newfound sense of maturity and creative firepower as they belt out a powerful dose of groundbreaking hard rock. Rejuvenated creatively, the band is now firing on all cylinders with a line-up that matches the intensity of their songs. “Another Life” is filled with gigantic hooks, powerful melodies and is an inspiring triumph over adversity. The band’s lyric video for their debut single “Remember Me” can be seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifoxluKd_rg.
Emphatic are best known for their major label debut album “Damage”, which produced the hit single “Bounce”, and shot the album onto the Billboard Heatseekers charts at #9. The album was produced by Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Halestorm), and featured A Perfect Circle‘s Josh Freese playing drums on the record. From there, the band went on to take part in the Carnival Of Madness Tour alongside hard rock heavyweights Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and Adelitas Way.
EPYSODE is a project, led by Samuel Arkan. This gathering of musicians and vocalists from bands like Symphony X, Evergrey, Pain Of Salvation, Triosphere and many more results in a powerful, dark, melodic piece of first-class Progressive Power Metal.
In the song “the Arch” which is available as a lyric video now, EVERGREY frontman Tom S. Englund takes over the vocal part.
Check out “The Arch” below!
Coming off the very strong and very fabulous Awake, Skillet has returned with their latest rock record, Rise. Fans have been waiting for a couple of years to see what Skillet had in them for a follow up to one of their most popular (and fantastic) records. Well, we can all rejoice, because Skillet has delivered a record that is every bit as good as its predecessor.
Rise opens with the hard hitting, heavy sounding, title track, “Rise.” If you love a guitar driven, hard rock sound, “Rise” is going to put a smile on your face. The song is a great opener for the record and sets the listener up for the rest of what’s to come—hard hitting rock music with an edge. Keyboards blend with shredding guitar and some hard pounding drums to create a strong, forceful album opener. “Rise” is just a great track.
Pounding drums, wailing guitars, and a steady heavy beat isn’t all that makes “Sick Of It” a hard core rock song. It is also the lyrics and the message behind the song. Almost a modern day “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Sick Of It” could be an anthem for a whole new generation. The song screams sing along at a concert, with fists flying in the air. “Sick Of It” speaks to standing up for yourself and fighting for what you believe in. If you’re sick of…whatever…fight it and stand strong.
“Good To Be Alive” takes off on a similar message that “One Day Too Late” (from Awake) had, in the celebration of life and all that we have. A simple steady beat is the backdrop for lead singer John Cooper’s vocals, which are very strong on this song. And while the beat is simple, and the song is not overly complex, it is still quite amazing. “Good To Be Alive” was the first song that really grabbed me from this album and I found myself singing along almost immediately.
Skillet really hits a home run with “Not Gonna Die,” the best song on the album. This song has the perfect blend of guitar, vocals, anthem style rock, and overall fun. “Not Gonna Die” is a solid song that kicks off strong and immediate grabs the listener’s attention. It is also a song with deep meaning about fighting back and overcoming any challenges that life may throw. I always attach to songs like these because they are powerful in spirit, style, and substance. “Not Gonna Die” is no exception and I found myself hitting repeat several times.
And while the rest of the tracks on Rise are solid, it is these first four that pack the hardest punch. Admittedly, I spent much more time listening to these four tracks than I did to the rest of the album, but that’s not to say the rest of the album is weaker, because it’s not. It’s just that these first four songs brought so much enjoyment, that I could not help but constantly hit replay after “Not Gonna Die.”
Skillet has once again delivered a fantastic record that hard rock fans will be sure to enjoy. Packed with an edgier modern rock sound and guitar solos galore, Rise is sure to please fans of both the modern rock genre and the old school rock style.
Rating: Out of 10
- Sick Of It
- Good To Be Alive
- Not Gonna Die
- Circus For A Psycho
- American Noise
- Madness In Me
- Fire And Fury
- My Religion
- Hard To Find
- What I Believe
John Cooper – Bass, Lead Vocals
Korey Cooper – Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Jen Ledger – Drums, Vocals
Seth Morrison – Lead Guitar
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
We As Human spent the summer on the road with the Carnival of Madness tour alongside Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet and In This Moment. We As Human is back on tour this October – in support of Filter, RED, and Otherwise. Check below for dates!
WE AS HUMAN ON TOUR
10/3 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
10/4 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
10/6 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/9 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
10/11 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room / Old National Centre
10/12 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/13 – Baltimore, MD – Fishhead Cantina
10/15 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music Hall
10/16 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
10/17 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
10/18 – Vienna, WV – Fishbone Gill and Grill
10/19 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
10/20 – Racine, WI – Rt. 20
10/22 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
10/24 – Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
10/25 – Broussard, LA – The Station Bar & Grill
10/27 – Fort Smith, AR – Longhorn Saloon
10/29 – Rockford, IL – District Bar & Grill
10/30 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
We As Human spent the summer touring alongside Shinedown, Skillet, Papa Roach and In This Moment on the Carnival Of Madness Tour in support of their recently released self-titled debut record, produced by Howard Benson (Skillet, My Chemical Romance). The album was released on June 25th and was described by The Front Row Report as “the epitome of what rock music is missing these days,” while Artist Direct said the album is “as powerful as it is passionate.”
The music video for “Strike Back” features an appearance by John Cooper of Skillet, who discovered We As Human and played a pivotal role in signing the band to Atlantic Records/Hear It Loud.
Check it out below!