Here is the final post for September 2020.
Black Stone Cherry
“Ringin’ In My Head” is one of the lead off singles from their upcoming album “The Human Condition” which will be released on October 30, 2020.
And the riff and the melody go back to 2017.
People, people, your attention, please
I need to tell all y’all about a new disease
It’s crept right up from beneath our nose
And what happens next, we already know
Lockdown, and quarantine and then more lockdowns and then masks and a lot of alcohol on our hands than inside our bodies, and sadly infections and deaths.
It was the Guitar Hero game which got me into this band and I’ve been a fan since. Their form of punk borders on fast metal like riffs, with melodic vocals.
“Broken Dreams, Inc.” is the song.
What a great title?
They contributed the song to the “Dark Nights: Death Metal” Soundtrack, DC’s new Batman comic-book series. The song deals with levelling the playing field for everyone to have a chance at achieving the American dream.
People vote our leaders in so our leaders should work for the people and put power in the people’s hands. Instead our leaders put power into the hand of businesses.
When we owe more than we’re worth
And they’re changing the locks on the doors
In Australia, each household is in so much debt it’s not even funny. The banking industry got wealthy from selling debt.
How’s that for a career?
How does it feel to make billions because you gave mortgages to people who never shouldn’t have got one.
When the factories are automated
Broken dreams incorporated
Gather your things, but there’s nowhere to go
When one business closes, a new one begins. Kids starting school this year, will be working jobs that haven’t even been created.
Tygers Of Pan Tang
I’m an original fan of this band because of John Sykes. And throughout the years, they’ve kept on going with some breaks here and there. But in the last twelve years, I’ve jumped back in with TOPT.
Original guitarist and founder Robb Weir re-started the band back in 2001 and from 2008’s “Animal Instinct”, I’ve been on board. Italian born signer, Jacopo Meille is brilliant and very melodic as he brings a Jeff Scott Soto / Robert Plant / Paul Rodgers like feel, with Craig Ellis on drums and Gavin Gray on bass.
The “Ambush” album is good. Produced by Chris Tsangerides.
“Keeping Me Alive” kicks it all off, with a riff straight from the Sunset Strip.
“These Eyes” is an excellent Dokken/Lynch inspired cut which isn’t written by Dokken/Lynch.
Do you reckon the band would have succeeded if it was called Lynch Dokken instead of Dokken?
“Rock N Roll Dream” is a roller alright, with a rumbling bass riff in the verse and a Freddie Mercury style vocal line.
“Play To Win” sounds like the old TOPT with a nod in the direction of AC/DC.
“Burning Desire” is an excellent Bad Company inspired song, which isn’t written by Paul Rodgers or Mick Ralphs. And the lead break had me playing air guitar.
“Hey Suzie” feels like a Guns N Roses cut from the Appetite era.
“Mr Indispensable” sounds like a song from The Cult and the closer “Cruel Hands Of Time” is my favourite cut.
Basically TOPT are still delivering the goods, 40 years later.
I checked these guys out based on the album cover.
There is a normal looking human hand reaching out from dark grey water and another human hand trying to pull up that person who is submerged. Then there are two other hands, withered and decaying and white, trying to keep the submerged person in the water and trying to bring the unsubmerged person also into the water. And this takes place in front of a red moon.
And I pressed play and became a fan.
So I did some reading.
They are from Melbourne, Australia. There ya go, from my own back yard. Even though the websites have them listed as emo, to me this album is basically anthemic rock.
“Disappoint” opens the album, with its layered guitar riffs and melodies courtesy of Abe Miller and Armarin Saengsri with aggressive drumming by Drue Herring and solid bass playing by Matt John, which allows Russell Holland to wail.
“Picture Us” feels like a Brit Pop 90’s song, mixing The Cure with My Chemical Romance and Blink 182.
“Dawn” deals with being lonely at night and giving life to those dark thoughts. Again, it’s a on a bed of layered guitars.
“Say It” feels like a track from “Mellon Collie” from The Smashing Pumpkins.
“The truth is I’m not fine and it’s not okay / tell what you want to be hearing I will say it like I mean it” is the hook in the Chorus.
It’s basically a fuck you to “Are You Okay?” day.
“Let’s Talk” is a pop song about giving up on a toxic relationship.
And that’s a wrap for the massive month that was September 2020.