Orange County hardcore legends T.S.O.L. are getting ready to go into the studio to record their newest album, a 30th anniversary album for the band.
Their next record, Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Free Downloads, has the distinct ring of being the opposite of a moneygrab, though, as the band is planning on giving it away for free.
T.S.O.L., including original guitarist Ron Emory, bassist Mike Roche, keyboardist Greg Kuehn, vocalist Jack Grisham, and Tiny Bubs is now working to create their 16th album that will be released on Hurley.com as a free download in early January 2009.
It’s the band’s relationship with Hurley that’s allowing them to be able to offer this record up, according to Grisham:
We were really stoked to be able to make this record, or whatever they call it these days – how about ‘electronic files of emotional significance’ – anyway, the Hurley family has been a longtime supporter of the band T.S.O.L, and we we’re lucky to have that relationship in place. To be able to give away what, without Hurley, we wouldn’t have been able to afford to create, is a great experience for us; and the chance to exchange our services for the benefit of causes we believe in is in itself what punk should have stayed about.
Leading up to the album’s release, visitors to the site will be able to access live streaming video of the band’s entire recording process at the Hurley Studio. The band also hopes to use the project as a call-to-action in order to gain the support for several charities they are involved with including the Midnight Mission, Surfrider, Orangewood Foundation, SPCA and the Orange County Food Bank.
T.S.O.L. will follow up the release with a tour of the states. Stay tuned for dates.
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KEYBOARD/VIOLIN LEGEND EDDIE JOBSON RETURNS FROM 27-YEAR RETIREMENT
TO INTRODUCE ‘VIRTUAL VIRTUOSO’ SUPERGROUP UKZ IN NEW YORK CITY
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR ‘ONE CITY WORLD TOUR’ WORLD DEBUT CONCERT EXCLUSIVE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 AT TOWN HALL
Watch the new video for RADIATION below!
Keyboard and electric-violin legend EDDIE JOBSON (U.K., Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull) is returning in grand style from a self-imposed 27-year retirement to introduce UKZ, his new “Virtual Virtuoso” supergroup, with a world debut concert exclusive in New York City.
Anticipated by Ticket News as “one of contemporary music’s iconic performances” and attracting concertgoers from around the world, UKZ will begin and end its “One City World Tour” on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., NYC. Show time is 8 p.m. This rare concert event also will feature the U.S.debut of special guests Stick Men, featuring King Crimson’s Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. Tickets are $125, $95, $85 & $60 and on sale NOW through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. For info, call the box office at 212.840.2824 or visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.
In a state-of-the-art display of masterful musicianship that elevates the spirit of progressive music to the modern demands of younger new audiences, UKZ will be premiering compositions from its upcoming debut EP, RADIATION, set for release March 24 via Ryko Distribution. UKZ’s updated sound infuses the industrial edge and rhythmic aggression of bands from Tool to Nine Inch Nails, and it’s exemplified in the seven-minute video for the title track, which already has received over 5,000 hits in its first week on YouTube.
“New directions excite me,” says Jobson, “I decided a year-and-a-half ago that I still had more to say in the rock arena, and that the internet had allowed every aspect of that expression to be approached in a new way. Everything with this band project has been self-produced, independent of the music-business machine. I have created a real ‘player’ band of virtuosos and I am taking it straight to the people.”
A classically trained progressive-rock icon, Jobson assembled UKZ virtually by auditioning performances on YouTube. The result is a multi-generational “dream band” of world-class improvisers from all parts of the globe whose members are: Trey Gunn (a 10-year veteran of King Crimson and the leading exponent of the Warr 10-string touch guitar), Aaron Lippert (former lead singer of Expanding Man), Alex MachacekMarco Minnemann (German drum sensation). (Austrian guitar prodigy), and
Jobson has spent much of his time away from band activity creating music for film and television. He’s been an integral contributor to movie and TV soundtracks, and also has earned several Clio awards for his commercial compositions.
More recently, he’s been the driving force behind the Bulgarian Women’s Choir, which he began working with 13 years ago while exploring new sounds for a reunion of U.K., the influential British supergroup. Jobson also runs Globe Media Arts, a music/video production company, music publishing company, and online store, including two indie labels for advanced musicians, Globe Music and Glo Digital.
“I have spent my life looking for new musical challenges,” he says. “The latest is in taking on the challenge of creating a truly contemporary rock environment for some of the world’s best players to exhibit their craft, while maintaining some level of accessibility. So far, I am pleased with the results and I am looking forward to returning to live performance to share those results with fans from around the globe, in New York City — the capital of the world. My hope is to move things forward — at least a little bit.”
Alex Nunez, the former guitarist from Black Tide, has started up a new band called The Panix.
Check them out on Myspace at this link.
Welcome to the first edition of Hard Rock Hideout’s “Fresh Blood”. We are going to introduce everyone to some new and up and coming bands that we think will be making some noise in the near future. For our first edition we have from the U.K., Heaven’s Basement, AC/DC once sang “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll)” and these guys have exemplified that statement. Comprised of vocalist Richie Hevanz, guitarists Sid Glover and Jonny Rocker, and the rhythm section of drummer Chris Rivers and bassist Rob Randell. They were first known as Hurricane Party and issued their debut e.p. “Get This” in 2004. But out of respect to the victims of Hurricane Katrina changed their name to Roadstar and released two albums Grand Hotel in ’06 and followed up with Glass Mountain in ’07. The story supposedly goes that after a disagreement with their previous management team they were forced not only to change their name but quit playing their previous catalog of songs. Now the guys are back with a new name, but the with same sound and same great songwriting displayed on their previous releases. “Tear Your Heart Out”, “Executioner’s Day”, “Saint Routine”, “Reign On My Parade” and “I’ll Never Write A Love Song” are just a few of the great songs these guys have put together, you can check these songs and more at http://www.myspace.com/heavensbasementofficial or you can check the band out at http://www.heavensbasement.com where you can order the band’s e.p. and listen to more songs not posted on the band’s myspace page.