Tesla is back with their latest offering Twisted Wires.
Twisted Wires offers fans acoustic versions of some of Tesla’s classic tunes. Half of the songs recorded feature former Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch, the other half Dave Rude.
I have to be honest, I have mixed feeling about this release. While I love Tesla, I can’t say that Twisted Wires feels like an essential release.
The two new songs “2nd Street” are “Better Off Without You” are pretty good, but I wouldn’t rate them amongst Tesla’s best works. I did like Tesla’s rendition of the Climax Blues Band’s tune “I Love You”.
The acoustic versions of the songs are good, but some of the songs lose their power by unplugging them. A perfect example is the song “Hang Tough” which I have heard hundreds of times prior to this acoustic version. This song really loses its energy without those blazing solos from Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch. The acoustic version isn’t bad, but it just isn’t as good. I felt that was about a few of the songs on Twisted Wires.
I did like hearing the acoustic versions of “Shine Away” and my all time favorite Tesla tune “Song and Emotion”.
Overall, Twisted Wires isn’t a bad CD, but your enjoyment of it will greatly depend on how big of a Tesla fan you are. I am a huge fan of the band, so needless to say, I will buy anything they put out. While I enjoyed this CD, I thought it was good, but not great.
It will definitely hold me over until the next Tesla CD comes out.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Into the Now
2. Hang Tough
3. 2nd Street
4. Edison’s Medicine
5. What You Give
6. Better Off Without You
7. Shine Away
8. I Love You
10. Lot To Lose
11. Caught In a Dream
12. Song and Emotion
Jeff Keith – vocals
Brian Wheat – vocals, bass
Frank Hannon – vocals, guitar, piano
Troy Luccketta – drums, percussion
Dave Rude – guitar
Tommy Skeoch – guitar
WRONG PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON AMAZON DISK ON DEMAND
SoulMotor have just released a new EPK where they talk about the themes of their new record, Wrong Place at the Right Time. “‘Wrong place at the Right Time’ and ‘Down in Mexico’ were deliberate attempts at continuing to tell stories with songs,” recalls SoulMotor vocalist Darin Wood. You can watch the clip in its entirety here: http://youtu.be/pD2SmG8B_WM
Featuring Brain Wheat of Tesla fame, and creative mastermind Darin Wood, SoulMotor has also recently released a video for the song “Down in Mexico” which is included on Wrong Place at the Right Time. The controversial NC-17 version of the clip can be seen now at www.soulmotor.com.
Vocalist Darin Wood created the SoulMotor CD package, accompanying series of artwork and cast of characters related to the SoulMotor project. Some of the characters have already been introduced to SoulMotor’s followers on the band’s Facebook page, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks.
While many are familiar with Wheat and his multi-platinum Tesla roots, SoulMotor is a departure, with one journalist describing SoulMotor as “pounding riff-rock” along with a “Crushing rhythm section.”
Wrong Place at the Right Time is being released on Wheat’s custom label, Good Seed Music.
For a full history of the band check out the full-length version of the EPK here: http://youtu.be/jMSNnUlNDzo
SoulMotor’s Brian Wheat and Darin Wood expose Mexican drug bust by being in the
Wrong Place …at the Right Time!
New CD, Wrong Place …at the Right Time available at iTunes this coming Monday, June 28
Pre-orders available now.
Controversial NC-17 rated version “Down in Mexico” now on SoulMotor.com
SoulMotor bassist Brian Wheat, along with lead vocalist, songwriter and video director Darin Wood have documented a drug deal gone bad “Down in Mexico,” by being in the Wrong Place …at the Right Time.
Available on iTunes this coming Monday, June 28, the digital CD release can be pre-ordered here and now at: http://bit.ly/mbdvZv
The fictitious drug deal and more are stories set to song are all part of SoulMotor’s upcoming CD, Wrong Place at the Right Time.
Wheat and Wood have created a cast of characters including the more-than-shady Reefer-Man Sam who appears on both “Down in Mexico” and the title track. This low-life has double-crossed the FBI, double-crossed the Mob and has even double-crossed his mom. A knife fight results in murder and Sam heads south of the border with a suitcase full of cash, a .45 in the glove box and a few tabs of mescaline playing pinball in his brain.
Along the way, Sam picks up more bad news in a tight dress by the name of Lola De La Mota and by the time he reaches Mexico, he’s seduced by The Chick With No Name, ambushed by the cops and gets his own music video directed by none other than SoulMotor lead singer Darin Wood.
In addition to the aforementioned tracks “Down in Mexico” and the title song, “Wrong Place At The Right Time”, the other nine remaining tunes and characters on Wrong Place at the Right Time include the following.
Mopar Charlie. Listen and learn …and drive a fast car.
“5 Megatons of Love”
A bank robbery in space. And you thought it was a ballad.
“Bones In The Rosegarden”
Convicted Sacramento, CA serial killer, Dorothea Puente buried her borders in the backyard of her home. Read up, listen up and know some things just can’t be made up.
The classic Cars track.
“Get To Know Me”
Homage to Howlin’ Wolf with a little help from hallucinogenics.
“High Noon in Hell”
The devil wears cowboy boots …and makes a Western.
“Warlord of 16th Street”
Darin’s alter ego. Not to be confused with
Brian Wheat’s mom passed in ’06 and she continues to visit him.
“Burn Down The Disco”
There’s only so many times the misfit that gets picked on gets picked on one time too many. Some may call this a torch song.
Wheat produced and engineered Wrong Place …At The Right Time
at his J Street Recorders that turned out to be the very last production ever done within the walls of the studio. A fire in September of 2010 destroyed J Street. Wheat is in the process of building a new studio, tentatively called The Trax.
SoulMotor’s release is on Wheat’s newly formed custom label, Good Seed Music with partner Brian Clausman, a career-long marketing pro with a history of success stories with some of the leading brands in the U.S. including Seagram Beverage Company, Dannon Yogurt, Tropicana, P&G, PepsiCo, WalMart, Home Depot, CVS and many more. Many years prior, Clausman’s dad owned a management company that signed three artists including …Tesla.
The controversial NC-17 rated version of the video for “Down in Mexico” is available now for viewing on SoulMotor.com. An R-rated version will be available shortly for purchase on iTunes and can be viewed on YouTube at http://bit.ly/izhsC7
Wood created the SoulMotor CD package, accompanying series of artwork and cast of characters related to the SoulMotor project. Some of the characters have already been introduced to SoulMotor’s followers on the band’s Facebook page, with more to be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Wood has over 15 years experience writing, directing, producing and editing film and video projects, as well as experience in exhibition. His background includes cartooning and graphic design, and for your horror film fanatics, Darin is a writer, director and producer of horror films and writes all of the stage shows for the Trash Film Orgy Film Festival.
While many are familiar with Wheat and his multi-platinum Tesla roots, SoulMotor is a departure, with one journalist describing SoulMotor as ‘pounding riff-rock’ along with a ‘crushing rhythm section.’
SoulMotor was born under a full autumn moon in the city of Sacramento, California, home of Wheat, Wood and the former home of Father of the Year, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Spawned by a fusion of shadowy symbolism and a dark ejaculation of rhythm, the creation crawled forth and began to kiss the universe with sound. SoulMotor would like to remind you, if you’re at the “Wrong Place…At The Right Time!” then you’re already there and hopefully, with the CD on pre-order.
Check out the new Soulmotor (featuring Tesla’s Brian Wheat) video, “Down in Mexico” below. Like what you hear? You can download the song for free at this link.
Tesla’s Brian Wheat was on Bruce Dickinson’s Friday Night Rock Show. If you missed the show yesterday, you can listen to the show in its entirety, at this link.
If you missed Tesla on tour earlier this year, or even if you haven’t seen them before, and are a fan of the band, you ought to pick this DVD up.
For this concert to be a club show, the video footage, and audio is awesome. I am not sure how they accomplished some of the shots they did, but I was extremely pleased with the way this was filmed. This is high quality footage that has to be seen to be believed.
As far as live concert videos go, the band put on an excellent set that featured a ton of Tesla’s hits, as well as their new song “Dear Pvt. Ledbetter” from 2008 CD “Forever More”.
No only is the live footage superb, the behind the scenes footage is pretty cool as well. I enjoyed getting to see the bands’ arsenal of instruments backstage, as well as some of Frank Hannon’s pedals etc.
I won’t hide the fact that I am a huge Tesla fan, but as far as live concert DVD’s go, this one has to rank close to the top. No Tesla fan should be without this DVD.
“Comin’ Atcha Live! 2008“ track listing:
01. Comin’ Atcha Live
02. What A Shame
03. Modern Day Cowboy
04. Miles Away
05. Heaven’s Trail
06. Mama’s Fool
07. Hang Tough
08. Dear Pvt. Ledbetter
10. Love Song
11. What You Give
12. Song And Emotion
13. Heaven 911
14. Freedom Slaves
15. Rock Bottom
16. Into The Now
18. Little Suzi
19. Edison’s Medicine
Jeff Keith – Vocals
Frank Hannon – Guitars
Dave Rude – Guitars
Brian Wheat – Bass
Troy Luccketta – Drums
Joe and Lesa Johnston of Sacramentos Pus Cavern spent October and November assembling 23 musicians with ties to Sacramento, balancing egos and schedules, harmonies and delayed flights to produce Happy Christmas (War Is Over) in time for a December 10 worldwide release. Marrying their clout as Sacramentos premier recording studio with their desire to support their community, they managed the ambitious project of assembling the Pus Cavern Allstars to record a holiday song. Profits from the distribution will go to the scholarship fund of the Sacramento Childrens Chorus.
The positive message of this song echoes our objective. Several years ago we undertook a charitable project of this magnitude and we felt the time was right to make this happen again—to do our part to give back, said Joe Johnston, engineer and Pus Cavern owner. So many musicians eagerly lent their time and considerable talent to this project and we actually had a great time pulling it all together.
Engineered by Johnston, produced by Dave Buckner of Papa Roach and mastered by Eric Broyhill of Monster Lab Audio, the recording also includes talent from Tesla: Jeff Keith at vocals, Brian Wheat on bass and Frank Hannon on guitar; the Deftones: Abe Cunningham on drums, FAR: Jonah Matranga at vocals and Shaun Lopez playing the vibe; Endeverafter: Michael Grant on guitar and vocals; and Day Care: Sonny Mayugba on guitar. Also lending talent are Brandon Tyler on piano and vocals; The Snobs Jason Boggs on saxophone; Aroarah, The Secretions, Last Angels (Buckners current project), Lonely Kings, The Hoods, Larisa Bryski, Phallucy, The Skirts, Rowdy Kate, Evelyn and Joe Getty of The Dead Flowers and Armstrong and Getty on Mandolin.
The song, a cover of John Lennons Happy Christmas (War Is Over) will be released December 10 by Nozzle Records with worldwide digital distribution by Ingrooves.
In addition, the song will be available on Itunes and live sessions at the Pus Cavern, filmed by Will DaRosa, will be viewable on Youtube and Vimeo. The Sacramento Childrens Chorus is a world class training and performing group under the artistic direction of Lynn Stevens. sacramentochildrenschorus.org myspace.com/puscavernrecording
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Digital Distribution through Ingrooves
Recorded at Pus Cavern, Sacramento, California
Executive Producer: Lesa Johnston
Producer: Dave Buckner
Engineer: Joe Johnston
Mastering: Eric Broyhill, Monster Lab Audio
Artist: Pus Cavern Allstars
Guitars: Frank Hanon (Tesla)
Michael Grant (Endeverafter)
Sonny Mayugba (Day Care and Phallucy)
Additional Guitars: Shaun Lopez (FAR)
Bass: Brian Wheat (Tesla)
Drums: Abe Cunningham (Deftones, Phallucy)
Piano: Brandon Tyler
Saxophone: Jason Boggs (The Snobs)
Mandolin: Joe Getty (The Dead Flowers, Armstrong and Getty)
Programming and Keyboards: Dave Buckner (Papa Roach, Last Angels)
Jeff Keith (Tesla),
Jonah Matranga (FAR),
Michael Grant (Endeverafter),
Danny Secretion (The Secretions),
Jason Boggs (The Snobs),
Keri Carr (Rowdy Kate),
Jake Desrochers (Last Angels, Lonely Kings),
Lynn Mayugba (The Skirts),
Sarah Volkov (Evelyn),
Joe Getty (The Dead Flowers, Armstrong and Getty),
Chelsea Baker (Aroarah),
Morgan Knoester (Aroarah),
Mike Hood (The Hoods),
Shaun Lopez (FAR),
Dave Buckner (Papa Roach, Last Angels)
Will DaRosa (willdarosa.blogspot.com / 916-955-6942)
2008 has been a pretty good year for Tesla. They have released a new DVD, “Comin’ At Ya Live” and a new CD, “Forever More“. When the opportunity came up to interview Brian Wheat from Tesla, I couldn’t pass it up. Tesla has been one of my favorite bands for a very long time now. Brian and I talked about Forever More, the current Tesla tour and more. Check out the interview below. Enjoy!
HRH: I have seen Tesla live a couple of times in the last year on the Real to Reel Tour. Dave Rude is fitting in well with the band. How did you guys find Dave ?
Brian Wheat: Frank found Dave on myspace. It is pretty well documented that we were having problems with Tommy Skeoch. When it came to start looking for someone to replace him, Frank started looking at myspace, and people in the Sacramento area. Dave is from Oakland, California so he was pretty close by.
HRH: Do you still keep in touch with Tommy Skeoch?
Brian Wheat: No, I don’t keep in touch with Tommy at all.
HRH: Forever More is the first album with new studio material with Dave Rude. What
musical influences does he bring to Tesla?
Brian Wheat: Dave likes Guns ‘N Roses, Tesla and Motley Crue. A Lot of the new stuff out there he listens to as well. He is 30 years old. Frank is 42 years old, I am 44. He brings a younger spark, and a lot of positivity to the band. He is a great guitar player. We all wrote the songs together on this album. He has a positive attitude and money can’t buy that.
HRH: What are some of the circumstances the band was going through that inspired the songs on “Forever More”?
Brian Wheat: There was a lot going on. People coming to life changing decisions. The general gist is that we didn’t want to put up with any more bullshit. We just wanted to move forward. Just like the song “I Wanna Live”. I wanna live before I die and I don’t want the world to pass me buy. “Breaking Free” is we are done with the negativity, lets get on with positivity.
HRH: When Tesla prepares to record a new album how many songs do you usually go into
the studio with and what happens to the songs that do not make the albums?
Brian Wheat: We go in with ideas for songs with bits and pieces. We brought in Terry Thomas for this record. Even with the ideas that we had, he stripped them down to their basic form and we rewrote them all. In the end it came out great. While we were doing it there were some growing pains. When it was all said and done the results came out brilliantly. The songs that didn’t make it on the album were ideas that we didn’t finish.
HRH: What songs are you current favorites on the new record?
Brian Wheat: I like “Falling Apart”, “I Wanna Live”, “Breaking Free”, “First Time”, and “Forever More“.
Brian Wheat: We have a guy that works with us Dwayne Serfass. Frank(Hannon) had this idea that he wanted to call the album Eternity, and none of us are eternal and none of us were too keen on that. We had a song on the album called Forever More which much means the same thing. Once we agreed on the theme, Dwayne found this photo of these two bodies buried in Pompeii that was 4000 years old. They were buried together embracing each other. The photo is called the “eternal embrace”. That is where the skeletons come from. It is a well noted photo.
HRH: What songs from Forever More will you be performing on tour?
Brian Wheat: We are playing six songs. We will probably play each of them at one point in time. I can’t tell you which ones. We have only been on tour for a week.
HRH: How long will you be out on the Forever More tour?
Brian Wheat: The better part of this year and see what evolves with this record. We will probably do 4 or 5 legs in America. We will hit Europe, Japan and Australia and see what is left. We want to play everywhere we can. We usually do a month on and 3 weeks off, that way we don’t burn ourselves out.
HRH: Tesla played in a couple of big rock festivals in the U.S. this year, The South Texas Rock Festival and Rocklahoma. What was your Rocklahoma experience like?
Brian Wheat: That was great. Those guys do a really good job on that. They keep expanding and keep coming up with new ideas. It was a really nice festival that was reminiscent of the festivals we have played in Europe. There are a lot of festivals in the summer there. It was good.
HRH: Will you be playing in any U.S. Music Festivals in 2009?
Brian Wheat: In America? I don’t know. The question is do we do Rocklahoma two years in a row or do we wait a year. That is kind of the question that has been posed. There may be a Texas Jam next summer.
HRH: There is a new festival called Rock Gone Wild that will be in Iowa next summer, that has 5 or 6 bands lined up to play so far.
Brian Wheat: That will probably be something that may end up playing.
HRH: Your new video for” I Wanna Live” came out really cool. Do you have plans to do any more videos for Forever More?
Brian Wheat: Yes, absolutely. We are doing a lot more stuff in house. We have our art department, we have our own recording studio, we have our video department. We are pretty self sufficient. If we want to do something we can do it. If we were in a situation where we were on a major label, that might not have always happened.
HRH: You are current on the road with Pop Evil. How has the tour been going so far? How did you meet those guys?
Brian Wheat: A guy that works radio manages them. George Capalini, he sent us a disc, and we liked it, and we put them on the tour. They are out there promoting their record, trying to bring in new fans and young fans. They are good guys.
HRH: What is the status of the Tesla box set?
Brian Wheat: The Tesla box set is currently on hold. Until we and Universal can come to a mutual agreement and understanding of the box set, it is on hold. We wanted to get it out by our 20th anniversary, maybe it will be the 25th anniversary. We just don’t know.
HRH: Is there any unreleased or cover material in the box set?
Brian Wheat: There is some stuff. I just don’t know if we are going release more cover stuff. We did two records of covers. The box set will be material with Tommy Skeoch. We did release some additional cover songs on iTunes on “A Peace of Time”. There were two or three covers. The version of “I Love You” and the Bread song (“Everything I Own”), those two came out really good. Lets hope that we all see the box set. It is kind of in Universal’s court right now.
HRH: Is it easier to get music out to the fans since Tesla now has their own label?
Brian Wheat: Yes and no. It is young. How does your music get out there? Is out on iTunes yet? You have to look for it. The way most people find out about music is the radio. Some stations still think Tesla is really relevant and some stations don’t. It is hard because you have to convince them that band still is relevant. I don’t think that wouldn’t matter with a large label, or our a label of our own. You can’t buy radio time, its against the law. You just have to go out and swing the bat you have.
HRH: Do you have plans to signing additional bands to your label?
Brian Wheat: No, Tesla Electric Company is just for Tesla.
HRH: A lot of bands are releasing their music as downloadable content for sale in the
video games Guitar Hero and Rockband. Any chance the Tesla catalog will be made
available this way?
Brian Wheat: Absolutely, yes.
HRH: In closing, do you have anything you would like to tell your fans?
Brian Wheat: Go out and buy the new record, I think you will enjoy it. Come out and see us this year on the Forever More tour, if we play in your city or a city near you.
That was the way the interview closed. Brian had another interview call to make and we were a little over on time. Brian was very cool and easy to talk to. I am looking forward to catching Tesla on the road on the Forever More tour!
If you haven’t picked up a copy of the new album, click on the cover below to place your order today!
Ok, we’ll admit it. We’re already on record hailing Tesla. Just check out the back of their recent DVD “Comin’ Atcha Live! 2008” and you’ll see what we mean. Tesla’s blistering live, plugged-in performance recently on ROCKLINE was one of the best we’ve ever had in the twenty-seven year history of our show. This year has been the busiest in the eighteen year history of the Sacramento based band. It’s hard to believe they disbanded for six years at the end of the 90’s to the beginning of this millennium; because with the release on October 7th of their brand new album it is very apparent this is absolutely the best music they’ve even created. Maybe that layoff was just what the doctor ordered. Every single song is outstanding and worthy of airplay. But broadcast need not concern you as all that is needed is to load “Forever More” into your MP3 or CD player and let it rip. What’s really astonishing about this new collection of songs is the fact that you want to hear every single one again the moment it ends. That’s the hallmark of a really good album and there’s absolutely no drop off from one song to the next. It will be our absolute pleasure to welcome Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat to our next show, to play as many songs as we possibly can and to have them tell you all about them. It’s as if their whole career has been pointing to this album, an album to enjoy forever more. They began writing in January and the results are about to be made public.
The band is currently on tour (we know, what a surprise) and you can locate all the dates at TeslaTheBand.com We’re not sure how many of the new songs they have incorporated into their set, but we’d be happy to hear them play the entire new album live. Not only is it a great experience as a fan to hear music of this quality, but imagine what a jolt of electricity this must be for the band to have songs like this become part of their arsenal. If any band knows what to do with a jolt of electricity, it’s Tesla. Jeff has never sung better, Frank absolutely shreds on guitar, Brian and Troy are locked into a wicked sounding rhythm section and Dave’s contribution surely must be part of why this is working so well.
We’ve raved enough, now it’s time to deliver and let you decide for yourself. Our money is on Tesla knocking your socks off on the next ROCKLINE!
Forever More is easily one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2008 for this listener. I am a big fan of Tesla, and have been for many years. Their cover albums from 2007 Real to Reel Volume 1 and 2 were really good, and I have had high hopes that the band would put out a CD with some new kick ass tunes for me (and everyone else) to enjoy.
Forever More finally hits stores October 7th. It has been over four and half years since their last studio album, Into the Now. I can gladly say that this album was worth the wait.
The title and opening track “Forever More” has more of a modern feel to it. It reminds me a lot of the sound from the Into the Now record. Frank Hannon’s trademark sounds show up often on this song. This one grows on me each time I hear it.
“I Wanna Live” is a great new rocking tune from Tesla. This is their first single, and it ought to be a hit.
Believe it or not, “One Day At A Time” rocks even harder than “I Wanna Live”. This song ought to be a new concert staple for Tesla.
The first time I heard the song “So What” was right here at HRH. I liked this song the first time I heard it, and still do. (Click here to listen to “So What”).
Each time I hear “Just In Case” I think to myself, man this ought to be a monster hit. This song sound is more similar in sound to The Great Radio Controversy. This song ought to be huge, if radio picks it up. Great stuff!
There are so many good songs on this disc, it is hard to call them all favorites, but “Fallin’ Apart” is definitely one of mine.
“Breakin’ Free” is a very moody sounding tune by Tesla. In fact, I don’t recall hearing them do a song anything like this one before. This song has some modern bass tones, and guitar sounds that initially reminded me of Tool in the beginning of the song. It then morphs into a sound that is more reminiscent of Into the Now. This isn’t my favorite song on Forever More, but isn’t bad either.
“All of Me” also has a very modern sound to it. This is a very mainstream rocker that ought to draw some new fans to Tesla.
I think the song ‘The First Time” should have been named “Extraordinary”, but aside from that, this is a pretty cool tune. Dave Rude breaks out the slide guitar on this bluesy rocker.
Tesla has been performing “Pvt. Ledbetter” during their live shows in 2008, so I was already very familiar with this song. This is also on Tesla’s new DVD, Comin’ Atcha Live. This is another solid tune and is also one of my favorites on Forever More.
“In A Hole Again” has more of that modern sound to it. I love Hannon’s solos on this song, but as a whole (no pun intended) this is my least favorite track on this disc.
The closing track “The Game” has a heavier edge to it, and sounds like it could have been a left over track from the Bust A Nut record. Dave Rude and Frank Hannon really jam on this killer song. This is a really cool tune to close out the album.
Forever More is every bit the album that I hoped it would be. Is it Tesla’s best work? No, not by any means, but it is really good. Forever More is better than their last studio effort Into the Now, and will please Tesla fans everywhere. Forever More has stellar guitar work, great production, and the fantastic vocals of Jeff Keith. What more could a fan want? This is highly recommended listening!
You can buy your copy of Forever More at this link!
1. Forever More
2. I Wanna LIve
3. One Day At A Time
4. So What
5. Just In Case
6. Fallin’ Apart
7. Breakin’ Free
8. All of Me
9. The First Time
10. Pvt. Ledbetter
11.In A Hole Again
12. The Game
Jeff Keith – Vocals
Frank Hannon – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards and Background Vocals
Dave Rude – Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars, and Background Vocals
Brian Wheat – Bass Guitar and Background Vocals
Troy Luccketta – Drums and Percussion
In 1994, hard rock was on life support. Unless a band was wearing flannel and sung about how much their life sucked, chances are they didn’t get any airplay.
During this time, Tesla managed to sneak out one of their better releases. Sadly, Bust A Nut fell under the radar for many rock fans.
Bust A Nut, is one of Tesla’s heavier records, but their are plenty of tunes on this disc that are very much in the style that Tesla fans have grown accustomed to.
The first three songs on Bust a Nut have the heaviest guitar riffs, I have ever heard Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch record, but Jeff Keith’s raspy voice has a way of keeping Tesla’s music from venturing too far into the metal realm.
Bust a Nut has several hits that Tesla often performs live including Try So Hard, Shine Away, and the excellent Mama’s Fool.
There are some other excellent heavy cuts including Action Talks, Cry and Earth Mover. This album also features the Tesla live staple, A Lot To Lose.
If the album has any faults, it would be the Joe South cover song, Games People Play, which doesn’t really fit the mood of the album, in my opinion. The song is good, but it seems out of place.
Out of the entire Tesla discography, only Mechanical Resonance gets more airplay from me. Bust a Nut is a killer heavy record that should be in the collection of every hard rock fan. You can find copies of this record, for next to nothing at Amazon.com.
Rating:Out of 10
1. The Gate/ Invited
3. Shine Away
4. Try So Hard
5. She Want She Want
6. Need Your Lovin’
7. Action Talks
8. Mama’s Fool
10. Earth Mover
11. A Lot To Lose
13. A Wonderful World
14. Games People Play
Vocals – Jeff Keith
Guitars – Frank Hannon
Guitars – Tommy Skeoch
Bass – Brian Wheat
Drums – Troy Luccketta