In 1992, Southgang released their sophomore effort, Group Therapy. This disc was released towards the end of late 80’s and early 90’s glam metal scene. The introduction of grunge killed any chance of Southgang maintaining any level of success.
It is a real shame too, as Group Therapy is a definite step up from the band’s debut CD, Tainted Angel. The songs on this record have a harder edge, and less of that pop metal sound found on the first album.
These Georgia boys went out in style, as Group Therapy is one great, hard rocking affair. Butch Walker added a bluesier style of guitar to the songs on this record, giving the band a better, more relevant hard rock sound.
The production value on Group Therapy is quite high. This disc was produced by Howard Bensen, who also produced Pretty Boy Floyd’s Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz, and Bang Tango’s Psycho Cafe, and years later Chris Daughtry’s multi-platinum debut.
There truly isn’t a bad song on this record. It rocks from
beginning to end! Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are Water Under the Bridge, Tug of War, and Culture Clash City.
Sadly, this is the band’s last record, and a I am guessing that a reunion is highly unlikely.
Mitch McLee, Jayce Fincher and Butch Walker went on to form the Marvelous 3 after the break up of Southgang, but are no longer together.
Group Therapy has been out of print for years. Used copies turn up from time to time at Amazon.com and Ebay, and well worth picking up. If you don’t own any records by Southgang, this is the one worth searching for.
Rating:Out of 10
1. White Trash With Cash
2. Water Under the Bridge
3. Tug of War
4. Fire in Your Body
5. Final Resting Place
6. Legend of C.C. Road
7. Culture Clash City
10. My Best Friend’s Girl
11. Ode to Peggy’s
12. Blue Bird Has Landed [The Uncut Trail Mix]
Jesse Harte – Vocals
Mitch McLee – Drums
Jayce Fincher – Bass
Butch Walker – Guitars
According to a posting on the Tokuma Communications web site, veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release their new album, “Metal Mad”, through the label on February 20 in Japan. Release dates for other territories have not yet been announced.Metal Mad features the following tracklist: ‘Fire Of Spirit’ (instrumental), ‘Metal Mad’, ‘High Flyer’, ‘Spellbound #9’, ‘Crimson Paradox’, ‘Black And White’, ‘Whatsoever’, ‘Call Of The Reaper’, ‘Can’t Find My Way’, ‘Gravity’, ‘Transformation’.
U.S. Airbourne fans are you ready! Airbourne has announced their first U.S. Tour dates of 2008!!
US Tour dates:
FEB 21 @ URBAN – Salt Lake City, UT
FEB 23 @ THE BOARDWALK – Sacramento, CA
FEB 26 @ ROXY – Los Angeles, CA
FEB 27 @ BEAUTY BAR – Las Vegas, NV
FEB 29 @ BLUEBIRD – Denver, CO
MAR 1 @ BLACK SHEEP – Colorado Springs, CO
MAR 4 @ RECORD BAR – Kansas City, MO
MAR 5 @ OUTLAND BALLROOM – Springfield, MO
MAR 6 @ POP’S NIGHTCLUB – Sauget (St. Louis), MO
MAR 9 @ WHITE RABBIT – San Antonio, TX
MAR 10 @ HOUSE OF ROCK – Corpus Christi, TX
MAR 11 @ LOLA’S – Ft. Worth, TX
MAR 12 @ SCOUT BAR – Houston, TX
MAR 14 @ MIDNITE RODEO 3 – Abiline, TX
MAR 18 @ STATE THEATRE – St. Petersburg, FL
MAR 19 @ SOCIAL – Orlando, FL
MAR 20 @ STUDIO A – Miami, FL
MAR 21 @ FUEL – Jacksonville, FL
MAR 23 @ POOR HOUSE MUSIC HALL – Raleigh, NC
MAR 25 @ THE HANDLEBAR – Greenville, SC
MAR 26 @ RECHER THEATRE – Baltimore, MD