Locomotive Records will unleash Jam Pain Society’s Black Light Messiah in the U.S. on August 12. This North Carolina band, known for their theatrical stage presentation, counterpoints aggression and melody with soulful vocals.
Self-Produced by Guitarist/Composer Chris Hill (who cites KISS, Zeppelin, Van Halen, and Parliament/Funkadelic as major influences), these 12 tracks bristle with melodic invention, heavy guitar riffs and huge hooks.
The woman behind the mic for this Society is Leah Kirby. Raised on a steady diet of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Motown, Leah cites Aretha Franklin and Ronnie James Dio as vocal influences. She is definitely not your typical rock frontwoman!
Nick Campbell’s the man behind the big drum kit, technically gifted, intricate, and raised in the Neil Peart (Rush) and Danny Carey (Tool) school of bombast.
The bottom is filled out in its own spectacular Jam Pain way with two bassists! Matt Frederick (from a band, Drill 187, that Hill produced) and Greg Putnam (he of the six-string bass) puts the prog into the proceedings. Dream Theater enthusiasts both, they combine for one voice…and in so doing, make this Jam totally unique!
1. So Here It Is
3. You Made Me
5. Monster Mind
6. Second Smile
7. The Ride
8. Erase You
9. Choose Your Machine
10. Wrapped Around
Audiophile digital music store HDtracks to distribute high-resolution versions of Favored Nations albums with complete liner notes.
HDtracks.com, the new digital music store offering high definition audio, announced a deal to sell works from renowned guitarist Steve Vai’s Favored Nations record label.
In order to completely highlight the musical wizardry of the Favored Nations
artists, HDtracks will make available albums from Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Timmons, Eric Sardinas, Billy Sheehan, Stu Hamm, the Yardbirds and others as CD-quality lossless FLAC and uncompressed AIFF files, as well as high resolution 320-kbps MP3 files. All three file formats are DRM-free and all HDtracks.com downloads are compatible for use with the majority of digital music playback devises.
Favored Nations was created by guitar virtuoso Steve Via with the intent of
bringing music fans music that’s energetic and emotional, with performances by artists of the highest caliber. The artists signed to Favored Nations are a
unique, dedicated breed that have attained the highest performance level on
their chosen instruments.
Music enthusiasts will appreciate the inclusion of full liner notes and artwork
with full-album purchases made from HDtracks. The unedited liner notes are
included in PDF format allowing fans of Favored Nation’s artists to learn about
the musicians who contributed to the works and experience these albums with all the information originally provided with the releases.
For currently available Favored Nations titles:
Bang Tango, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat came to Louisville’s Expo Five Sunday Night (7/20/08). To read about Bang Tango’s opening set, click here.
L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns and new singer, Marty Casey took the stage, along with new rhythm guitarist, Alec Bauer, bassist Jeremy Guns and drummer Chad Stewart. I must admit that I had low expectations for this version of L.A. Guns. I am a fan of Phil Lewis, and his band with the same name, and quite honestly, I didn’t think Tracii’s group would live up to the name. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The band opened up with the tune, Over the Edge, and played a mix set of L.A. Guns tunes, and a few cover songs. The set list in no particular order was:
Over the Edge, Rip and Tear, No Mercy, One More Reason, I Don’t Care (Brides of Destruction), Shut the Fuck Up (Brides of Destruction), The Ballad of Jayne, Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) and You Can’t Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones).
With Marty Casey as the new singer of L.A. Guns, Tracii Guns has secured a very good front man for his band. Marty Casey put on a very energetic show, and did an admirable job on the L.A. Guns classic tunes. There was a song or two where the rest of the band provided a great deal of vocals, but for the most part, Casey handled the tunes with ease, and sounded pretty good. Casey joined L.A. Guns back in June, and he already seems at home with the band.
It has been a long time since I have seen Tracii Guns play live, and I believe that I have under estimated the amazing talent that he is. His guitar playing was way over the top Sunday night. Check out the solos in the eight minute Rip and Tear video, and you will see what I mean. Total awesome playing! I was very impressed with his guitar work all night.
Jeremy Guns, the bass player for L.A. Guns, took over the vocals for the Brides of Destruction tune, Shut the Fuck Up. He did a pretty good job. I was glad to hear some Brides tunes.
As a whole, Tracii’s L.A. Guns were better than ever. They put on a better show than the Phil Lewis led L.A. Guns did, the last couple of times that I saw them.
I still prefer Phil’s vocals to Marty’s, but I believe Tracii’s L.A. Guns band is a the better of the two now. This show made me a fan of The Tracii Guns faction, and I will certainly give them the support they deserve. I am now looking forward to their new album that is due later this year. I highly recommend checking them out if they come to your town.
Stop back tomorrow, for our part 3 of our review on Faster Pussycat. Until then, I hope you enjoy the videos below.
A7X has released a live video of their performance of the song, Afterlife, at the Taste of Chaos tour stop in Long Beach, CA.