Finnish rockers White Flame released their sophomore effort Tour Bus Diaries in 2009, and believe me this one band that has not hit a slump. There are a bunch of cool tunes on this disc, of which I have described just a few of.
Tour Bus Diaries picks up where 2007’s Yesterday’s News left off, with the hard rocker, “Tall Thin In”. This song is a cool rocker that has a distinct Aerosmith vibe to it.
“FU&” is so insanely catchy, it should be a crime. You might find your self singing this out loud “FU& I will have my fun”. One thing is for certain, you will want to rip the knob off of your stereo with this impressive rocker.
The bass groove on “Frontrow Girl” is absolutely infectious. The song is short, but it absolutely delivers the goods.
“The Ground” is a very catchy sleaze style rocker that will get your foot tapping in no time.
I can’t ever hear enough of the cowbell in a song, and “Twins” has this and a lot more. This upbeat hit worthy rocker also has horns, piano and some kick ass guitar work to boot.
“Shouldn’t Been Messin’ is a really cool tune that oscillates between a cool piano based number, and a heavy rocker that would make Ugly Kid Joe proud. I love the Saxophone & horns on this tune! Well done!
From the opening blues harp on “Life We Never Had”, I detected another Aerosmith like feel. The song almost starts off like “F.I.N.E.”, but then quickly becomes a massive tune that stands out on its own. This is a slower paced number that have been a massive hit for White Flame. The rock gods are far too unkind to this band.
“No Frozen Angels” features former Bloodpit singer Matthau Mikojan on vocals. I can’t say I am familiar with Bloodpit, but Mikojan’s voice sounds tailor-made for this good & sleazy music.
Do I dare say that “Life We Never Had” has a “Purple Rain” like feel to it? For whatever reason, that is what this song reminds me of, although “Life We Never Had” has more of a bluesy edge to it.
Every time I listen to Tourbus Diaries it seems to get better and better. If White Flame keeps putting out CD’s of this quality, the band will become international superstars. One thing is for certain, if you are a hard rock fan, you need to take a ride on to White Flame’s TourBus now! You won’t want to miss out on this kick ass CD.
Rating: Out of 10
- Catwalk Surprise
- Tall Thin In
- No Good
- Dancing With Her Sister
- Frontrow Girl
- Certainly Something
- The Ground
- Shouldn’t Been Messin’
- 2 Become #1
- No Frozen Angels (featuring Matthau Mikojan)
- Life We Never Had
- Gone By Tomorrow
White Flame is:
Vince – Vocals, Background vocals, Beatbox
Anthon – Guitars, Background vocals, Piano, Organ
Sammye – Bass, Background vocals
Jony – Drums, Percussions
Jari Latomaa Piano, Rhodes, Organs, Percussions, Background vocals
Matthau Mikojan Vocals (13) and Bg-vocals (14)
Sami Hintsanen Background vocals
Antti Mäkinen percussions
STT Horns (4,10,11,13):
Antti Lauronen Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Janne Toivonen Trumpet
Juho Viljanen Trombone
Anu Rasimus Violins (14)
Hanna Heinonen Violins (8,13)
Eeva Kontu Flute (3,14)
Raffe Harmonica (12,14)
Raff Rafferty Soolo Hiphop guy no:1 (6)
Attitude Master Hiphop guy no:2 (6)
Soundwave Decepticon (2,3,9)
Tuna Pasta Girl Laughs (1)
I have known about the band White Flame for over a year now, but their CD, “Yesterday’s News”, was not available in the United States until now.
I originally posted White Flame’s video, “Hour of Emptiness” in the HRH Segment, “Sink or Swim”. The folks that voted all said let it swim unanimously, making White Flame’s Yesterday’s News, Hard Rock Hideout’s first Sink or Swim Winner.
As far as hard rock goes, I love it when a band just gets it, and White Flame does just that. The band cranks their Marshall amps up to ten, plays loud and plays hard. Yesterday’s News is a fine blend of funky, bluesy, kick ass hard rock. White Flame wears their influences on their sleeves on this disc. I can hear touches of Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, and maybe even Sweet F.A. (remember them?) on this disc.
There are a lot of good songs worth checking out on Yesterday’s News. “Gun” has this awesome groove that will get you headbanging instantly. “Swimsuit Issue Centerfold” is one of the coolest rocking tunes I have heard in a while. Some of my other favorites on this disc are “Kill The Radio” and the title track, “Yesterday’s News” and the awesome ballad “Miss U”.
White Flame’s “Yesterday’s News” isn’t breaking any new musical ground, but if you are a fan of the 80’s era of hard rock, you are bound to love this. This is a hard rock record that needs to be heard by all! On a side note, not only is the CD good, but the ultra cool digipak comes with a booklet that folds out into a mini news paper with song lyrics, photos and more. I thought this was a nice touch, especially from a new band.
The Bottom Line, White Flame is a killer new band with a very good debut record on their hands. If they play their cards right, they will be anything but “Yesterday’s News”. Check them out on myspace at this link.
3. The World We Live In
4. Swimsuit Issue Centerfold
6. Miss U
8. Your Joint Tonight
9. Yesterday’s News
10. Hour Of Emptiness
11. Kill The Radio
12. Close To You
13. My Future Ex-Girlfriend
White Flame is:
Vince – Vocals, Percussions, Guitar
Anthon – Electric, and Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Keyboards
Percussions, Backing Vocals
Bass, Fretless, Backing Vocals
Jony – Drums, Percussion