I first noticed the band The Spittin’ Cobras in 2008 when they were in the running for the Guitar Center/ Motley Crue contest in 2008. The Last Vegas ended up winning the contest (and the opening slot on the Motley Crue tour), but there were several
good bands worth checking out that made the top six. One of those bands was The Spittin’ Cobras.
Once upon a time, Seattle was once known for its long list of depressing grunge bands. It seems as of late the bands rockin’ in Seattle are back to playing kick ass rock and roll. Just check out the bands Underride and The Spittin’ Cobras. It is refreshing to hear bands from the Emerald City playing kick ass rock n’ roll again.
One listen to this band, and you might think, who the hell are these guys? This isn’t a pimple faced band starting out. The Spittin’ Cobras have members from the bands KMFDM, The Dwarves and Murdock. Needless to say, these guys have been in the music business for a while, and they know how to rock. Their music takes the energy of punk rock, the fury of Motorhead, and blends it to excellent blast of hard rock.
Year of the Cobra is the debut of these Seattle rockers, and a damn good one at that. One word best describes this CD, “relentless”. Every song on this album is heavy and fast with blazing guitars and pounding rhythms. I don’t know how a person can actually sit still and listen to this CD. It is a very energetic disc that with have you headbanging, and throwing your horns in no time.
This is one of those rare cases where every song on the album rocks, and rocks hard. Some of my favorites are “All the Way” “Throw Your Horns”, and “Built For Speed”, but I truly like every song on this disc.
Year of the Cobra closes out with a rockin’ rendition of the Rainbow classic, “Long Live Rock N’ Roll”. Alx Karchevsky is no Ronnie James Dio, but the Spittin’ Cobras do the song justice with their high-octane rendition of the song.
If there is anything I would have changed about this disc, it could have used a song or two to break up the pace. I think it would have given some of the songs more impact. Nonetheless, Year of the Cobra flat out rocks. You should pay a visit to the Spittin’ Cobras myspace page and check them out. You can purchase Year of the Cobra on iTunes at this link.
- All the Way
- 10,000 Broken Bodies
- Coup D’Etat
- Criminal Mastermind
- Throw Your Horns
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold
- Built for Speed
- Last Chance Saloon
- Long Live Rock n’ Roll
The Spittin’ Cobras are:
Jake Hagan – Bass
Jules Hodgson – Guitar
Andy Seway – Drums
Alx Karchevsky – Vocals
Guest Back up Vocals – Rob Swenson
Guitar Center and Motley Crue announced today the six finalists for the Guitar Center On-Stage: Your Chance To Make Rock History. The final six bands were chosen from a pool of 30 semi-finalists over a period of two days as each semi- finalist performed one song live in front of a panel of industry experts at Guitar Center’s legendary Sunset Boulevard location. The final six bands will continue onto the finals to perform live for Motley Crue at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go on November 10th in Hollywood.
The top six bands were chosen by influential leaders in the music industry, including President of FUSE TV, Eric Sherman; Producer and Front man of Sixx:A.M., James Michael; Music Director of Los Angeles radio station 98.7, Julie Pilat; Chris Nilsson of Tenth St. Entertainment and General Manager of Eleven Seven Music, Frank Woodworth.
Sixx:A.M. front man and producer, James Michael shares, “I was amazed by the talent I saw over the past few days. Rarely do I get to see so many great bands play one after another. The “Guitar Center On Stage” program has already proven effective in finding America’s best up and coming rock bands.”
The finalists who are just one step closer to being official rock stars include:
— The Spittin’ Cobras (Seattle, WA)
Since launching the search for the next great American rock band in August, Guitar Center and Motley Crue have had a staggering 7,930 bands register and close to 175,000 online votes cast at the program’s web site — makerockhistory.com. The site also garnered nearly one million unique visitors since its launch on August 1st.
Motley Crue’s Mick Mars notes, “Our partnership with Guitar Center gives us the opportunity to help an up-and-coming band by giving them every element needed to succeed. Like Ozzy did for us when he took an unknown band called Motley Crue on the road, we too are looking for the next generation’s great rock band.”
Continuing its support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center and the world’s most notorious rock band will provide one up-and-coming band the ultimate, career-altering opportunity — the chance to open on tour for rock icons, Motley Crue. The winning band will also receive $25,000 cash, $20,000 in exclusive new gear from Gibson Guitar, management from Tenth St. Entertainment, and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music, Motley’s management and record label.
“Guitar Center On-Stage is our most revolutionary program yet, and we are truly amazed with the quality of talent that will go onto perform for Motley at the finals,” said Norman Hajjar, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Guitar Center. “Guitar Center invests millions every year behind programs that are dedicated to helping striving artists realize their musical dreams and this initiative is literally going to make rock history.”
The Guitar Center On-Stage finals, which are free to the public, will be held November 10th at the world famous Whisky A-Go-Go at 7 p.m., where each of the bands will perform live for Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars of Motley Crue who will select the top band and winner of Guitar Center On-Stage.
Allen Kovac, CEO and Founder of Tenth Street Entertainment and Eleven Seven Music said, “From the performances that we have witnessed over the duration of this initiative, it’s apparent that Guitar Center On-Stage is an innovative platform that helps find fresh and groundbreaking new artists, whom would otherwise not have a chance to tour with the likes of Motley Crue. The winning band will not only have the chance of a lifetime to open for the notorious rockers, but they will have the support of the record label, management, credibility from Guitar Center and marketing to launch them into the competitive music industry to jump start a long and successful career.”
To check out the audio and videos of the final six bands or for more information about the finals at the Whisky A-Go-Go on November 10th, please go to http://www.makerockhistory.com.
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