Chavis Records has announced the signing of Atlanta’s ASPHALT VALENTINE. The group’s debut release, “Strip Rock Roll”, was produced by Andy Reilly and contains 11 tracks of “high-energy white-knuckled rock ‘n’ roll.”
ASPHALT VALENTINE will begin the 2008 touring season by hitting the road January 18.
Formed in 2003 out of frustration with the present music scene, ASPHALT VALENTINE consists of “five guys with one common goal — to play sleazy, ballsy, no frills, white-knuckled rock and roll in an era that is overrun with corporate induced blandness,” according to a press release.
(Rocklahoma side note: The band has July 11 – 13th scheduled in Pryor, OK.)
The band was forced to change their name, using the spelling that it is today. The Kelly Hansen led, Hurricane, must have had rights to all things related to the name back in the 90’s.
I always thought the name change and spelling was kind of stupid. Funny enough, when I pop the CD in my player, the name comes up as Herricane Alice. Even Atlantic Records couldn’t get their name right. The name of the album, “Tear the House Down” also seemed to be a poor choice as well. Several bands in the 80’s and early 90’s had a song with the same name. It is a very cliched title.
Luckily, the music here is better than the name. Singer Bruce Nauman has a vocal style that falls somewhere between KISS’ Paul Stanley and Marq Torien from the Bulletboys. The music wasn’t breaking any new ground. It is fairly typical 80’s pop metal, but it is still very solid.
Tear the House Down is one of the many overlooked records of the 90’s pop metal era. Some of my favorite cuts, are Wild Young and Crazy, Dream Girl and Need a Lover.
There is good news for those of you seeking out a copy of the Hericane Alice CD from 1990. The folks at Wounded Bird Records are putting out a reissue of this CD in February. If you didn’t grab a copy of the original disc from Atlantic Records. You will soon be able to pick a copy of this disc without paying extortion rates on Ebay.
All of you new hair metal fans who never had the opportunity to get this disc, out to pick this up when it comes out.
You can preview some of the songs below at the Hericane Alice myspace page. This band has resurfaced at The Alice in 2007. We may not have seen the last of this group yet.
Rating: Out of 10
Hericane Alice is:
Bruce Naumann – vocals
Ian Mayo – bass guitar
Danny Gill – guitars
Jackie Ramos – drums