Tesla is back with their latest offering Twisted Wires.
Twisted Wires offers fans acoustic versions of some of Tesla’s classic tunes. Half of the songs recorded feature former Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch, the other half Dave Rude.
I have to be honest, I have mixed feeling about this release. While I love Tesla, I can’t say that Twisted Wires feels like an essential release.
The two new songs “2nd Street” are “Better Off Without You” are pretty good, but I wouldn’t rate them amongst Tesla’s best works. I did like Tesla’s rendition of the Climax Blues Band’s tune “I Love You”.
The acoustic versions of the songs are good, but some of the songs lose their power by unplugging them. A perfect example is the song “Hang Tough” which I have heard hundreds of times prior to this acoustic version. This song really loses its energy without those blazing solos from Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch. The acoustic version isn’t bad, but it just isn’t as good. I felt that was about a few of the songs on Twisted Wires.
I did like hearing the acoustic versions of “Shine Away” and my all time favorite Tesla tune “Song and Emotion”.
Overall, Twisted Wires isn’t a bad CD, but your enjoyment of it will greatly depend on how big of a Tesla fan you are. I am a huge fan of the band, so needless to say, I will buy anything they put out. While I enjoyed this CD, I thought it was good, but not great.
It will definitely hold me over until the next Tesla CD comes out.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Into the Now
2. Hang Tough
3. 2nd Street
4. Edison’s Medicine
5. What You Give
6. Better Off Without You
7. Shine Away
8. I Love You
10. Lot To Lose
11. Caught In a Dream
12. Song and Emotion
Jeff Keith – vocals
Brian Wheat – vocals, bass
Frank Hannon – vocals, guitar, piano
Troy Luccketta – drums, percussion
Dave Rude – guitar
Tommy Skeoch – guitar
If you missed Tesla on tour earlier this year, or even if you haven’t seen them before, and are a fan of the band, you ought to pick this DVD up.
For this concert to be a club show, the video footage, and audio is awesome. I am not sure how they accomplished some of the shots they did, but I was extremely pleased with the way this was filmed. This is high quality footage that has to be seen to be believed.
As far as live concert videos go, the band put on an excellent set that featured a ton of Tesla’s hits, as well as their new song “Dear Pvt. Ledbetter” from 2008 CD “Forever More”.
No only is the live footage superb, the behind the scenes footage is pretty cool as well. I enjoyed getting to see the bands’ arsenal of instruments backstage, as well as some of Frank Hannon’s pedals etc.
I won’t hide the fact that I am a huge Tesla fan, but as far as live concert DVD’s go, this one has to rank close to the top. No Tesla fan should be without this DVD.
“Comin’ Atcha Live! 2008“ track listing:
01. Comin’ Atcha Live
02. What A Shame
03. Modern Day Cowboy
04. Miles Away
05. Heaven’s Trail
06. Mama’s Fool
07. Hang Tough
08. Dear Pvt. Ledbetter
10. Love Song
11. What You Give
12. Song And Emotion
13. Heaven 911
14. Freedom Slaves
15. Rock Bottom
16. Into The Now
18. Little Suzi
19. Edison’s Medicine
Jeff Keith – Vocals
Frank Hannon – Guitars
Dave Rude – Guitars
Brian Wheat – Bass
Troy Luccketta – Drums
Joe and Lesa Johnston of Sacramentos Pus Cavern spent October and November assembling 23 musicians with ties to Sacramento, balancing egos and schedules, harmonies and delayed flights to produce Happy Christmas (War Is Over) in time for a December 10 worldwide release. Marrying their clout as Sacramentos premier recording studio with their desire to support their community, they managed the ambitious project of assembling the Pus Cavern Allstars to record a holiday song. Profits from the distribution will go to the scholarship fund of the Sacramento Childrens Chorus.
The positive message of this song echoes our objective. Several years ago we undertook a charitable project of this magnitude and we felt the time was right to make this happen again—to do our part to give back, said Joe Johnston, engineer and Pus Cavern owner. So many musicians eagerly lent their time and considerable talent to this project and we actually had a great time pulling it all together.
Engineered by Johnston, produced by Dave Buckner of Papa Roach and mastered by Eric Broyhill of Monster Lab Audio, the recording also includes talent from Tesla: Jeff Keith at vocals, Brian Wheat on bass and Frank Hannon on guitar; the Deftones: Abe Cunningham on drums, FAR: Jonah Matranga at vocals and Shaun Lopez playing the vibe; Endeverafter: Michael Grant on guitar and vocals; and Day Care: Sonny Mayugba on guitar. Also lending talent are Brandon Tyler on piano and vocals; The Snobs Jason Boggs on saxophone; Aroarah, The Secretions, Last Angels (Buckners current project), Lonely Kings, The Hoods, Larisa Bryski, Phallucy, The Skirts, Rowdy Kate, Evelyn and Joe Getty of The Dead Flowers and Armstrong and Getty on Mandolin.
The song, a cover of John Lennons Happy Christmas (War Is Over) will be released December 10 by Nozzle Records with worldwide digital distribution by Ingrooves.
In addition, the song will be available on Itunes and live sessions at the Pus Cavern, filmed by Will DaRosa, will be viewable on Youtube and Vimeo. The Sacramento Childrens Chorus is a world class training and performing group under the artistic direction of Lynn Stevens. sacramentochildrenschorus.org myspace.com/puscavernrecording
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Digital Distribution through Ingrooves
Recorded at Pus Cavern, Sacramento, California
Executive Producer: Lesa Johnston
Producer: Dave Buckner
Engineer: Joe Johnston
Mastering: Eric Broyhill, Monster Lab Audio
Artist: Pus Cavern Allstars
Guitars: Frank Hanon (Tesla)
Michael Grant (Endeverafter)
Sonny Mayugba (Day Care and Phallucy)
Additional Guitars: Shaun Lopez (FAR)
Bass: Brian Wheat (Tesla)
Drums: Abe Cunningham (Deftones, Phallucy)
Piano: Brandon Tyler
Saxophone: Jason Boggs (The Snobs)
Mandolin: Joe Getty (The Dead Flowers, Armstrong and Getty)
Programming and Keyboards: Dave Buckner (Papa Roach, Last Angels)
Jeff Keith (Tesla),
Jonah Matranga (FAR),
Michael Grant (Endeverafter),
Danny Secretion (The Secretions),
Jason Boggs (The Snobs),
Keri Carr (Rowdy Kate),
Jake Desrochers (Last Angels, Lonely Kings),
Lynn Mayugba (The Skirts),
Sarah Volkov (Evelyn),
Joe Getty (The Dead Flowers, Armstrong and Getty),
Chelsea Baker (Aroarah),
Morgan Knoester (Aroarah),
Mike Hood (The Hoods),
Shaun Lopez (FAR),
Dave Buckner (Papa Roach, Last Angels)
Will DaRosa (willdarosa.blogspot.com / 916-955-6942)
Ok, we’ll admit it. We’re already on record hailing Tesla. Just check out the back of their recent DVD “Comin’ Atcha Live! 2008” and you’ll see what we mean. Tesla’s blistering live, plugged-in performance recently on ROCKLINE was one of the best we’ve ever had in the twenty-seven year history of our show. This year has been the busiest in the eighteen year history of the Sacramento based band. It’s hard to believe they disbanded for six years at the end of the 90’s to the beginning of this millennium; because with the release on October 7th of their brand new album it is very apparent this is absolutely the best music they’ve even created. Maybe that layoff was just what the doctor ordered. Every single song is outstanding and worthy of airplay. But broadcast need not concern you as all that is needed is to load “Forever More” into your MP3 or CD player and let it rip. What’s really astonishing about this new collection of songs is the fact that you want to hear every single one again the moment it ends. That’s the hallmark of a really good album and there’s absolutely no drop off from one song to the next. It will be our absolute pleasure to welcome Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat to our next show, to play as many songs as we possibly can and to have them tell you all about them. It’s as if their whole career has been pointing to this album, an album to enjoy forever more. They began writing in January and the results are about to be made public.
The band is currently on tour (we know, what a surprise) and you can locate all the dates at TeslaTheBand.com We’re not sure how many of the new songs they have incorporated into their set, but we’d be happy to hear them play the entire new album live. Not only is it a great experience as a fan to hear music of this quality, but imagine what a jolt of electricity this must be for the band to have songs like this become part of their arsenal. If any band knows what to do with a jolt of electricity, it’s Tesla. Jeff has never sung better, Frank absolutely shreds on guitar, Brian and Troy are locked into a wicked sounding rhythm section and Dave’s contribution surely must be part of why this is working so well.
We’ve raved enough, now it’s time to deliver and let you decide for yourself. Our money is on Tesla knocking your socks off on the next ROCKLINE!
Forever More is easily one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2008 for this listener. I am a big fan of Tesla, and have been for many years. Their cover albums from 2007 Real to Reel Volume 1 and 2 were really good, and I have had high hopes that the band would put out a CD with some new kick ass tunes for me (and everyone else) to enjoy.
Forever More finally hits stores October 7th. It has been over four and half years since their last studio album, Into the Now. I can gladly say that this album was worth the wait.
The title and opening track “Forever More” has more of a modern feel to it. It reminds me a lot of the sound from the Into the Now record. Frank Hannon’s trademark sounds show up often on this song. This one grows on me each time I hear it.
“I Wanna Live” is a great new rocking tune from Tesla. This is their first single, and it ought to be a hit.
Believe it or not, “One Day At A Time” rocks even harder than “I Wanna Live”. This song ought to be a new concert staple for Tesla.
The first time I heard the song “So What” was right here at HRH. I liked this song the first time I heard it, and still do. (Click here to listen to “So What”).
Each time I hear “Just In Case” I think to myself, man this ought to be a monster hit. This song sound is more similar in sound to The Great Radio Controversy. This song ought to be huge, if radio picks it up. Great stuff!
There are so many good songs on this disc, it is hard to call them all favorites, but “Fallin’ Apart” is definitely one of mine.
“Breakin’ Free” is a very moody sounding tune by Tesla. In fact, I don’t recall hearing them do a song anything like this one before. This song has some modern bass tones, and guitar sounds that initially reminded me of Tool in the beginning of the song. It then morphs into a sound that is more reminiscent of Into the Now. This isn’t my favorite song on Forever More, but isn’t bad either.
“All of Me” also has a very modern sound to it. This is a very mainstream rocker that ought to draw some new fans to Tesla.
I think the song ‘The First Time” should have been named “Extraordinary”, but aside from that, this is a pretty cool tune. Dave Rude breaks out the slide guitar on this bluesy rocker.
Tesla has been performing “Pvt. Ledbetter” during their live shows in 2008, so I was already very familiar with this song. This is also on Tesla’s new DVD, Comin’ Atcha Live. This is another solid tune and is also one of my favorites on Forever More.
“In A Hole Again” has more of that modern sound to it. I love Hannon’s solos on this song, but as a whole (no pun intended) this is my least favorite track on this disc.
The closing track “The Game” has a heavier edge to it, and sounds like it could have been a left over track from the Bust A Nut record. Dave Rude and Frank Hannon really jam on this killer song. This is a really cool tune to close out the album.
Forever More is every bit the album that I hoped it would be. Is it Tesla’s best work? No, not by any means, but it is really good. Forever More is better than their last studio effort Into the Now, and will please Tesla fans everywhere. Forever More has stellar guitar work, great production, and the fantastic vocals of Jeff Keith. What more could a fan want? This is highly recommended listening!
You can buy your copy of Forever More at this link!
1. Forever More
2. I Wanna LIve
3. One Day At A Time
4. So What
5. Just In Case
6. Fallin’ Apart
7. Breakin’ Free
8. All of Me
9. The First Time
10. Pvt. Ledbetter
11.In A Hole Again
12. The Game
Jeff Keith – Vocals
Frank Hannon – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards and Background Vocals
Dave Rude – Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars, and Background Vocals
Brian Wheat – Bass Guitar and Background Vocals
Troy Luccketta – Drums and Percussion
In 1994, hard rock was on life support. Unless a band was wearing flannel and sung about how much their life sucked, chances are they didn’t get any airplay.
During this time, Tesla managed to sneak out one of their better releases. Sadly, Bust A Nut fell under the radar for many rock fans.
Bust A Nut, is one of Tesla’s heavier records, but their are plenty of tunes on this disc that are very much in the style that Tesla fans have grown accustomed to.
The first three songs on Bust a Nut have the heaviest guitar riffs, I have ever heard Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch record, but Jeff Keith’s raspy voice has a way of keeping Tesla’s music from venturing too far into the metal realm.
Bust a Nut has several hits that Tesla often performs live including Try So Hard, Shine Away, and the excellent Mama’s Fool.
There are some other excellent heavy cuts including Action Talks, Cry and Earth Mover. This album also features the Tesla live staple, A Lot To Lose.
If the album has any faults, it would be the Joe South cover song, Games People Play, which doesn’t really fit the mood of the album, in my opinion. The song is good, but it seems out of place.
Out of the entire Tesla discography, only Mechanical Resonance gets more airplay from me. Bust a Nut is a killer heavy record that should be in the collection of every hard rock fan. You can find copies of this record, for next to nothing at Amazon.com.
Rating:Out of 10
1. The Gate/ Invited
3. Shine Away
4. Try So Hard
5. She Want She Want
6. Need Your Lovin’
7. Action Talks
8. Mama’s Fool
10. Earth Mover
11. A Lot To Lose
13. A Wonderful World
14. Games People Play
Vocals – Jeff Keith
Guitars – Frank Hannon
Guitars – Tommy Skeoch
Bass – Brian Wheat
Drums – Troy Luccketta