Back in the late 80’s, just about every record company on the planet was looking for a new sleaze rock sensation in the vein of Guns N’ Roses. Chrysalis Records found theirs with San Francisco transplants, Sea Hags. Back when the band’s debut came out, I originally picked this up on cassette, and only replaced this on CD recently. The only thing I could remember about this band is that I didn’t care for them very much. It had been years since I heard their music, so I decided to give them a second chance.
Mike Clink who produced the infamous Appetite for Destruction album for Guns N’ Roses, also produced this disc. It had to be great right?! Well, not really. The Sea Hags are better than I remembered them to be, but this isn’t what I would call a great disc either. It just seems to be missing the big hit tracks to push it over the edge. “Half the Way Valley” is pretty cool, as is “Doghouse”, and “Back to the Grind”.
Frank Wilsey shows off some really cool guitar licks on this disc. In fact, the music overall is pretty good. Singer Ron Yocum’s voice is kind of cool. It reminds me of a cross between Phil Lewis from L.A. Guns, and Davey Vain from VAIN. He has a familiar sound, but quite frankly, I don’t think he is quite as good as either of those singers. The biggest issue I think this CD has, is the songs lack the really big chorus that is needed to push them over the edge. The music is good, but is just isn’t memorable enough to stick with you.
Overall, I am glad I gave the Sea Hags a second chance. This isn’t the best CD in my collection by any means, but it is definitely worth a few plays now and then.
This CD was reissued by Rock Candy Records in 2007, but is still somewhat hard to find. You can purchase this disc from CD Inzane.com. You can listen to music from the Sea Hags, at the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Half the Way Valley
3. Too Much T-Bone
5. Back to the Grind
6. Bunkbed Creek
7. In the Mood for Love
8. Miss Fortune
9. All the Time
10. Three’s a Charm
11. Under the Night Stars
Sea Hags are:
Ron Yocum – Vocals
Chris Schlosshardt – Bass, Vocals
Adam Maples – Drums
Frankie Wilsey – Guitars
Their legacy was made famous with four rockin’ words, More Wine Waiter Please and now The Poor are baaack! So fill your glass and come along for the ride!
The Poor started out playing the pub circuit in Darwin nearly 2 decades ago. The plan was simple, hard rockin’ hard drinkin’ and world domination. In 1992 the band cut their debut release, the EP; Rude, Crude & Tattooed, produced by Rick Brewster & Bob Spencer from The Angels and from the opening line you knew it was going to be something great; Aussie pub rock, in your face, no bullshit, straight to the point, rock’n’fuck’n’roll!
In mid 1993, the band recorded their debut album, Who Cares, at Festival Studios in Sydney and Montreal, Canada with English Producer Paul Northfield. The Poor Boys also became The Poor, the name change was straight to the point just like the band and on March 21st 1994, Epic Records USA released the single, “More Wine Waiter Please”. It instantly became the number 1 most added track on US Rock Radio and attracted unprecedented acclaim from the U.S. rock press. Australia soon followed suit with the release of Who Cares on June 13 that year.
There was no stopping them now and with a mega hit single and album, the whole world wanted a piece of The Poor. They toured relentlessly, drank hard and rocked harder. Over the next 2 years The Poor toured the States (twice), Europe, Japan and all over Australia. During their turbulent roller coaster ride they scored support slots for The Angels, AC/DC, KISS, The Scorpions, Alice In Chains & Van Halen just to name a few.
After relentlessly touring to support Who Cares and playing over 20 brand new songs to rock fans worldwide they came to the realisation that they had already toured the world with the second album without actually releasing it! Was this a case of too much too soon or the simple fact that they toured their asses off on the road for so long? 1998 saw the release of the single ‘Simple Livin’ and with the birth of a new decade, The Poor went into hibernation.
It wasn’t until 2008 that The Poor returned to the stage for the first time in over 10 years when they were invited to join US metal icons WASP on a national tour around of Australia as special guests.
Within minutes of being back on stage on the first night of the tour it seemed that those 10 years had passed in the blink on an eye. The Poor partied with many old time fans while gaining many new fans who were witnessing their super charged live performance for the very first time.
With a taste of how it used to be and their hunger well and truly back, The Poor have teamed up with Riot Entertainment to unleash a new barrage of material to get the feet stomping and the fists pumping.
Stay tuned as The Poor get ready for Round 1 this October……
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FIRST SINGLE “MEDICATE” TO PREMIERE 8/25
Davey Havok, Jade Puget, Hunter Burgan and Adam Carson, collectively known as AFI, will release their eighth studio album, CRASH LOVE, September 29th on DGC/Interscope Records. Produced by Joe McGrath (Alkaline Trio, Green Day) and Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer), CRASH LOVE is possibly AFI’s most focused, direct and ambitious effort to date. “I am so proud of this record. I really believe it’s the best AFI record. It honestly feels like we’ve made our first truly timeless record. We didn’t set out to do that–you can’t set out to do something like that–but it definitely feels like that’s what we’ve achieved: created the album by which we’ll be remembered,” expressed front man Havok. With an album full of standout tracks including “Medicate,” “Veronica Sawyer Smokes,” “End Transmission,” “Beautiful Thieves” and more AFI is poised to do just that, be remembered.
CRASH LOVE, the follow up to platinum albums Sing The Sorrow (2003) and DECEMBERUNDERGROUND (2006), will hit stores September 29th while the first taste of single “Medicate” lands on airwaves and the Internet on August 25th. “Medicate” will be made available for sale digitally on 8/25 and CRASH LOVE will also be available for pre-order on the same day at iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album from iTunes will also receive the exclusive bonus track, “Breathing Towers to Heaven,” an unreleased demo from the CRASH LOVE sessions.
In support of the forthcoming album AFI will head out on the road, the band’s second home, beginning this October in the United States. For more information on AFI, including the latest news, tour dates, and more visit www.AFireInside.net, www.MySpace.com/AFI or www.facebook.com/AFireInside and stay connected with the band on Twitter @AFI.
AFI TOUR DATES
10/02 – Minneapolis, MN – Epic w/ Gallows
10/04 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall w/ Gallows
10/05 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s w/ Gallows
10/07 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom w/ Gallows
10/08 – Clifton Park, NJ – Northern Lights w/ Gallows
10/10 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom w/ Gallows
10/11 – Pittsburgh – Club Zoo w/ Gallows
10/13 – Hartford, CT – The Webster w/ Gallows
10/14 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel w/ Gallows
10/19 Richmond, VA – The National w/ Gallows
10/21 Scranton, PA – Scranton Cultural Center
10/25 Boston, MA – House of Blues
11/03 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
11/04 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/06 Kansas, MO – Uptown Theatre
11/07 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
1. Torch Song
2. Beautiful Thieves
3. End Transmission
4. Too Shy To Scream
5. Veronica Sawyer Smokes
6. OK, I feel Better Now
8. I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
10. Darling, I Want To Destroy You
11. Cold Hands
12. It Was Mine