Their bio says they write “trend free music” and what we get to hear are “Real grooves, real performances, real rock.” I’d say that description is
pretty dead on. If there’s one thing that irritates the hell out of me, it’s the over computerized, over produced, overly generic music that’s being pushed out to the world on a daily basis. You certainly won’t get any of that with S.U.N.’s (Something Unto Nothing) self titled debut album.
Sass Jordan (vocals), Brian Tichy (guitar), Michael “Denim” Devin (bass), and Tommy Stewart (drums) make up this quartet with quite an extensive resume: Billboard’s Best Female Rock Vocalist award, songs on major motion pictures and television shows, and time spent in Whitesnake, Foreigner and Billy Idol…just to name a few. With talent like that, you almost can’t go wrong.
Upon listening, the first thing you’re going to notice (because you just can’t ignore it) is Sass’ powerful voice. It’s strong and beautiful in that Janis Joplin kind of way. It’s not dripping with femininity. It’s dirty and gruff and fits perfectly.
The next thing you’ll notice are the solid rock and roll grooves. It’s the kind of sound that makes you tap your foot and bounce your head to the beat because it’s real rock and roll and you can’t help but get into it. There’s dirty, thick guitar all throughout the album, but it pulls you in right from the start with “Burned” and “Crazy Head.” Then you get hit with some Sabbath-y heavy rock during “Nomad.” And if you’re looking for a little 80’s rock influence, you can find it on “I’m the One.”
Where I feel the album falls short is on the ballads like “Wide Ocean” or “If I was You.” Don’t get me wrong, they’re good songs, but they just don’t hold up as well and they’re not as strong as the other songs. S.U.N. are just more powerful when they are rocking faces off.
There’s no doubt that S.U.N. is real, soulful rock and roll. This debut album is a really good, solid foundation that they should be able to build great things on. It makes me excited to see what the future holds for them. They just need to remember not to succumb to making radio friendly music because it sells; they should continue to make solid rock and roll because that’s what makes them shine.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Crazy Head
4. Did Me No Good
5. Mobile Again
6. I’m The One
7. If I Was You
8. The Beginning Of The End (The Journey of The Phrygians from Madrid)
10. Wide Ocean
11. No Way Home
12. Something Unto Nothing
Sass Jordan – Vocals
Brian Tichy – Gutiars
Michael Devin – Bass
Tommy Stewart – Drums
Reviewed by Christine Sixx
NEW ROCK SUPERGROUP
SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING (S.U.N.)
FEATURING SASS JORDAN, BRIAN TICHY, MICHAEL DEVIN AND TOMMY STEWART
TO PHYSICALLY RELEASE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH SELF-TITLED ALBUM
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
ON ROBO RECORDS
ALBUM RELEASE DATE POSTPONED DUE TO TICHY’S RECENT MOUNTAIN BIKE ACCIDENT
AND SUBSEQUENT SURGERY
NEW SINGLE “I’M THE ONE” REACHES TOP 50 AT CLASSIC ROCK RADIO
AS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO IS RELEASED
TICHY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM WHITESNAKE TO FOCUS ON S.U.N.
New rock supergroup SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING (S.U.N.) featuring Juno Award winner SASS JORDAN, BRIAN TICHY, MICHAEL DEVIN and TOMMY STEWART will physically release their debut full-length self-titled album Tuesday, February 5 on Robo Records with distribution through Fontana/Universal Music. Initially the album was scheduled to be released Tuesday, January 15; however, S.U.N. guitarist TICHY was recently involved in a serious mountain bike accident which resulted in a broken collarbone, requiring him to undergo surgery on New Year’s Eve. This unforeseen injury has temporarily sidelined the band’s promotional plans for the record release and as recompense to their fans for the delay, S.U.N. has decided to sign a limited quantity of pre-sale CDs for fans that purchase the physical album beginning today at www.somethinguntonothing.com (while supplies last). This will be the only opportunity for fans to have the album before it’s officially out in stores. Also, as a unique and special keepsake for TICHY fans, included in these signed CD packages will be a signed copy of TICHY’s x-ray which shows the metal plate and nine screws required to put his clavicle back together. Several other bundles will also be available on the website for various price points including t-shirts, lyric sheets, drumsticks and more.
The album’s first single “I’m The One” hit the Top 50 at Classic Rock Radio as the official music video for the track was released. With footage from the band’s November 20 show at the Key Club in Los Angeles, celebrating the digital release of the album, the video showcases S.U.N.’s non-stop, high-octane live performance. Watch it now here: http://youtu.be/7NktMr8Sjqk.
All this news coincides with TICHY’s announcement of his departure from the iconic rock band Whitesnake. TICHY, a veteran musician who served as Whitesnake’s drummer for 2 ½ years and has also performed with Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy and more, has decided to devote his full attention to S.U.N.
“When you start a band with an Interplanetary Mountain Goddess and you both agree it’s worth giving 100%, you don’t just up and leave,” explains TICHY of working with SASS and his decision to leave Whitesnake. “If I did, our efforts would have been a bit of a waste of time, and I might as well stick to being a drummer-for-hire.” TICHY goes on to say, “I owe David Coverdale a big ‘thank you’ for allowing me to be in his band, and be myself in his band. The man simply told me to play how I play and make his band and its music sound like a kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll freight train. He trusted me. I also owe David thanks for all the inspiration and for clearly letting me see that if you want something, you better at least TRY to get it.” A full statement has also been posted to www.briantichy.com.
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale also released a statement regarding BRIAN’s departure: “We are truly sad to see him go, but, we fully support the pursuit of his ambitions & sincerely wish him well. His fearless drumming brought a relentless driving edge & to our music that we fully embraced. Good Luck, Brian…May the SUN shine brightly on you!!”
BRIAN and the rest of the band are looking forward to his speedy recovery and to getting back to what they love most…performing live. S.U.N.’s first show of 2013 will be on Saturday, January 19 at the Key Club. They have also confirmed a gig Saturday, February 9 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas alongside Frank Hannon of Tesla.
Additionally, the members of S.U.N. will also make several appearances at the annual NAMM music trade show January 24-27 in Anaheim, CA. On Thursday, January 24 at 7pm at The Observatory, S.U.N. and the world’s most accomplished drummers will come together for the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm. This event, as with the four previous Bonzo Bashes, is curated by TICHY himself and pays tribute to the legendary drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Those drummers confirmed to appear and perform their favorite Led Zeppelin songs include Steven Adler (Guns N Roses/Adler), James Kottak (Scorpions), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), TICHY, STEWART and many more. There will also be special guests on-hand to host the festivities including Eddie Trunk, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and Uncle Joe Benson (Los Angeles’ 95.5 KLOS). Tickets are on-sale now at http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/bonzo. TICHY will also take part in several signing appearances throughout the convention including at booths for Natal Drums, Regal Tips, Remo, Paiste Cymbals and more.
Positive reviews continue to pour in. Here’s what’s being said about S.U.N.’s debut self-titled album:
“…a slab of blues-based rock that might have been blasting from a Camaro’s 8-track in the summer of ’71…Sass Jordan wails like a congregant called forth to testify on the eve o judgment day. A vocalist in the Janis Joplin mold, the singer hits all the highs and lows…[Tichy] is not only an accomplished shredder; he drives the tracks with his unfussy, supportive playing…his killer guitar tone—a thick, dripping snarl—is the best thing about his playing in S.U.N….Something Unto Nothing dips deeply into the ‘70s canon, but in targeted, discrete ways…”
–DRUM, February 2013
“S.U.N.’s debut album is reminiscent of the classic big album sounds of the 1970s. It’s raw, real music from the days when records were played on a turntable and cranked up to 10.”
–James Wood, GUITARWORLD.COM, November 28, 2012
“Jordan’s gritty, intense vocal stylings are featured prominently on this album, with several short a capella sections on “Burned.” The tracks contain a fusion of blues and rock, which is a natural fit for Jordan’s voice and Tichy’s high energy guitar playing. Michael Devin’s bass playing is tight and in control, and adds to the intensity of Stewart’s drums.”
– Hilary Mahoney, SCREAMERMAGAZINE.COM, December 20, 2012
“The debut album from rock supergroup Something Unto Nothing is perhaps the first great rock record of 2013. The band have come together for a record that’s a solid, no-nonsense rock record.”
–Philip Sayblack, WNCT TV 9, December 24, 2012
“Something Unto Nothing is a record of soundscapes. It’s got delicious, boot-stomping sleaze. It’s got nods to the best of grunge and post-grunge. Over here is a valley of groove, with periodic stands of blues. Over there is a vista of Zeppelinesque drum walls and phrasing. The common thread is hard rock purity.”
–BOWILLIAMS.COM, December 16, 2012
“Las Vegas was treated to some full out, power blues, over-driven, rock ‘n roll on Saturday night, and it went by the name S.U.N. Seeing a band of this caliber in a intimate setting was truly awesome. Imagine a band with a very 70’s, bar room, vintage vibe that can jam with no pro tools, no auto tune, Just balls out, bad ass, Rock and Roll.”
– FULLMETALROCK.COM, November 16, 2012
It’s hard to believe that a mega-rock star such as David Coverdale would have trouble finding love. He’s rich, charismatic, still decent looking, and a well known entertainer. One would think that the girls are lining up to date him and that he would be able to take his pick for a love mate.
However, on Whitesnake’s latest album, Forevermore, themes of needing love, wanting love, and stealing love are rampant throughout. “Steal Your Heart Away”, “All Out Of Luck”, “Love Will Set You Free”, and “Easier Said Than Done” are the first four tracks on Forevermore. All four songs revolve around a similar theme — love. What was going through the mind of Mr. Coverdale while writing the lyrics to these songs?
That’s not to say that Forevermore is a sappy, heartsick, school boy, love fest. It is far from that. While there are the required ballads done in Whitesnake style (ala Is This Love), the majority of the record is rooted in hard rock. And with guitarist Reb Beach lighting it up much like he did on Winger’s last album (2009’s Karma) Forevermore is a treat for both Whitesnake fans and fans of hard rock.
Songs such as “I Need You (Shine A Light)” are notable, powerful, and pleasing to the ear upon first listen. “I Need You (Shine A Light)” is a fast moving, up tempo, hard rocking song that could be the best thing Whitesnake has produced in years. Coverdale’s voice sounds like the 80s all over again and the twin guitar attack from Beach and Doug Aldrich is pure joy for the music lover. The opening riff just screams “Summertime!” and if you close your eyes, you can feel the hot sun on your face and the highway miles rolling behind you. If this song doesn’t become a huge hit, there is something wrong with the music industry. It would be in the best interest of Whitesnake’s management to make sure that “I Need You (Shine A Light)” is released as a single.
Then there is the lighter side of this album. The soft acoustic “One Of These Days” is the perfect contrast to “I Need You (Shine A Light)” and is superbly placed to follow that massive rock single. These are complete book ends in the form of musical opposites. “One Of These Days” finds Coverdale’s voice sounding sweeter than ever. With a perfect blend of acoustic guitar and a dash of electric mixed in, “One Of These Days” weaves wonderfully through the listeners ears.
It’s obvious that Whitesnake took the recording of Forevermore seriously. Their vast catalog of music has served a number of hits over the years, and the band knew that they were up against their past. Rather than shy away from that challenge and try to recreate music they’ve already done, or churn out something that is total garbage, the band worked hard to put together a spectacular collection of songs that make a fantastic record.
Make no mistake, Forevermore, is an early front runner for record of the year. I don’t say that lightly, as I take my favorite albums very seriously. However, Forevermore has earned this early nomination. The hard work and dedication to the craft clearly shows in the finished product. If you’re a fan of Whitesnake, you need to own this album. If you’re a fan of hair metal, you need to own this album. If you’re a fan of rock music, well, you know…
Notable Tracks: I Need You (Shine A Light), One Of These Days, Fare Thee Well
- Steal Your Heart Away
- All Out Of Luck
- Love Will Set You Free
- Easier Said Than Done
- Tell Me How
- I Need You (Shine A Light)
- One Of These Days
- Love And Treat Me Right
- Dogs In The Street
- Fare Thee Well
- Whipping Boy Blues
David Coverdale – Vocals
Reb Beach – Guitar
Doug Aldrich – Guitar
Michael Devin – Bass
Briian Tichy – Drums
After months of speculation, WHITESNAKE are thrilled to announce their new bass player/singer… 35 year old MICHAEL DEVIN.
Recently MICHAEL has been playing with LYNCH MOB with new WHITESNAKE drummer, BRIAN TICHY.
This completes the new WHITESNAKE line-up & MICHAEL will be featured on their new album, alongside guitarists DOUG ALDRICH & REB BEACH & keyboardist TIMOTHY DRURY.
MICHAEL DEVIN says… “It’s an honor to be welcomed into the WHITESNAKE family. I’m a big fan. WHITESNAKE is notorious for exciting musicianship, Davids history is rich, and I’m very proud to be here.”
The album is currently being recorded for release on the FRONTIERS label in early 2011. The band will be also returning to touring in support of the new album’s release.