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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Mr. Bison - We'll Be Brief (Great Retro-Hardrock Italy 2012)


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Mr Bison is a rock band that formed in 2009 in Cecina (Tuscany, Italy) made up of Matteo (guitar/vocals), Federico (guitar/vocals) and Gabriele (drums) (I don't have last names). They play high-octane rock that is unpretentious and a blast to listen to at high volume. 


Their most recent album entitled We’ll Be Brief has 10 high-energy songs that quite often actually reminded me of Rage Against The Machine. Let me clarify that the music sounds like Rage while the vocal work couldn't sound further from that.

The album opens with a rocker that brings down the house called “Today” (No it’s not a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins). They hit the right tonal palette, as the distortion is just about perfect for the music they are playing and the snare sounds like a machine gun. 


What might be the best part of the song is the last minute where the go full drone metal and encase the song with an ominous white noise that Sunn O))) would be proud of. If you didn't hear the Rage Against The Machine influence on the first song it is hard to go unnoticed on the first couple of seconds on “Just One Time.” However, this seems a lot less apparent as the vocals are introduced. The song slams hard and has some brutal guitar tones that tantalize the senses.

“Grocery Store” was one of the highlights. I couldn't help but chuckle a bit when the chorus hits and he sings about a grocery store.

The dichotomy of a hard rock song that is sung somewhat aggressively and the vocals making me think that I needed to pick up ham later today was certainly appreciated. Mr Bison brings home the bacon again on “Wake Up,” which is another thumper that makes me want to take a shot of whiskey and watch Sons of Anarchy. 

Throughout the duration of this album Mr Bison never slows down. There are no breaks where the singer breaks out his acoustic and sings in a soft voice. This is a hard rock album with no lulls. If you are ready to rock out take a listen to We’ll Be Brief.

We don't like love songs EP 2011
01. Thin line 03:27
02. Wake up 02:47
03. Mr Bison 03:09
04. Dirty bitch 02:57

We'll be brief Album 2012
05. Today 03:40
06. Just one time 02:26
07. Grocery store 03:02
08. Wait 02:10
09. Thin line 03:35
10. Wake up 02:42
11. R&R cobra 02:41
12. Sweet music 03:09
13. Milady 03:12
14. Beat you down 03:13 

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Shanda & The Howlers - Trouble (50's R&B US 2017)


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Shanda & The Howlers is a Rhythm & Blues revivalist band from Las Vegas, NV playing 50s-60s influenced R&B, Blues, & Soul reminiscent of the Stax Sound. Influences in their sound can be traced to such artists as Big Maybelle, Ruth Brown, Otis Redding, The Crystals, LaVern Baker, and James Brown. 


In the bands’ short history, they have played on bills with such legendary acts as The Blasters, Wanda Jackson and Rev. Horton Heat. Their debut album "Trouble" delivers 11 soul seared songs that speak directly of breakups, heartaches and moving on after surviving both. 

Lead singer Shanda Cisneros' raw vocals seem to claw their way through your speakers as the band locks tight behind her with gritty saxophone riffs, a Motown inspired rhythm section and the occasional slide guitar.


Rhythm and blues, lounge, soul. I’m not sure what Shanda & the Howlers do. I just know that it’s FUN and that’s reason enough to give it a listen. Besides, I gather from their Facebook page that they recently played on a bill with Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, an absolutely great rockabilly revival band. And if they’re good enough for Big Sandy, they have to be pretty damn good.


Big Sandy was right, of course, and Shanda & The Howlers’ Trouble is both powerful and engaging. “Keep Telling Me” is a great opener and makes it immediately evident that Shanda can REALLY sing. “She Don’t Want a Man” settles into an awesome groove and will remind you of old Motown or Stax recordings. God, how I love the horns here.

If David Johanssen‘s alter-ego, Buster Poindexter, had a sister, ever wonder what she’d sound like? Give “Don’t Need Your Love” a listen. While I typically don’t gravitate toward slower songs, “Born With a Broken Heart” showcases how really great a vocalist Shanda is. This track is killer.


Shanda & The Howlers won’t hit the spot with every power pop fan. It’s a sixties revivalist thing and not every song falls neatly into a pop category. But if you like 60’s soul (not unlike last year’s Charley Faye & The Fayettes) and emotive songs executed damn near to perfection, I suggest you give Trouble a listen. I’m surely glad I did. Now there’s only one thing left to do. See them perform live...

• Shanda Cisneros - Vocals 
• Luke Metz - Bass 
• Trevor Johnson - Guitar 
• Mich Lapping - Carr Sax 
• Keith Alcantara - Drums

01. Keep Telling Me 02:32
02. She Don't Want a Man 03:53
03. Trouble's Out to Play 03:08
04. Don't Need Your Love 02:37
05. Born With a Broken Heart 04:16
06. Don't Wait Up 02:43
07. Stay Awhile 03:57
08. Mind Made Up 03:18
09. Li'l Operator 03:33
10. You're Gonna Cry 03:35
11. Bad Love 04:29

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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Glitter Wizard - Hollow Earth Tour (Hard Psych. Rock US 2016)


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San Francisco glam weirdos Glitter Wizard have signed to Heavy Psych Sounds for the release of their next album, Hollow Earth Tour. The alliance continues the label’s successful run of Californian hookups — see also: Wild Eyes SF, Farflung, Hot Lunch, Fatso Jetson, etc. — and when it comes to Glitter Wizard, they strike me as the kind of band who are way too busy writing the next album by the time the current one has been released to worry about the particulars. 


Nonetheless, their strange, vaguely subversive and often catchy heavy rock and roll was most recently heard from on the earlier-2016 7″ Life Under Traffic/Circle of Kings, neither song from which will be featured on Hollow Earth Tour, which is out Oct. 21 with preorders going live Sept. 30.

Glitter Wizard is an American band, influenced by Hawkwind, Deep Purple, Motorhead and the Young Ones episode with an appearance by The Damned. So it shouldn't be a real surprise that this band gently flows along the currently highly acclaimed wave of vintage rock and old school psychedelics. With fingerlicking riffs, often epic synths and a nag for experimentation, Glitter Wizard certainly delivered something interesting.


So why did it need several listens before I was finally ready to write this thing? Well, mostly because it's not an easy digestible piece of work. True, from the very first riffs of 'The Smokey God', they drag the listener back to the seventies. However, they do it with an experimental touch, which results in some strange sounds and jam-passages. The drums in 'Mycelia' certainly are something you need to get used to but it's worth it.

My favorite tracks are the 'Stoned Odyssey Part 1, 2, 3', a brilliant rocker that combines Hawkwind with 'Driver's Seat' by The Carrs and the party rocker 'UFOLSD'. Well, pretty much all the songs here are party rockers, sometimes even reminding me of the whole glam rock scene with bands like Motley Crue and even Iron Maiden in their early days. Hey, now I know why this collective is called Glitter Wizard, because they're a glammed up version of vintage hard rock.

In the end, this album is an interesting journey through the childhood days of the hard rock industry. It seems to contain a number of songs the big names from back in the day forgot to write, and that is exactly why I welcome these heavy psychedelic bands nowadays. So while the album closes in a folky way with 'Sightseeing with Admiral Byrd', followed by the brilliant 'Death Of Atlantis', I'd like to close my review by recommending this to all you stoner rockers out there. This definitely is something up your alley.

This has to be one of the records I was most looking forward to this year and it does not disappoint. It is great to see the band grow with each release. The main things you love about this band are intact but they have grown a bit more progressive. Still strange and funny lyrics and stories, great guitar riffs, bass lines and solos mixed with some spacey sounds at times. The album starts off with the Smokay God. Drums and a bass line start things off before the guitar line kicks in, followed by vocals and then a great groove. A sparkling of synths adds to the stew and then a longish instrumental part and a great guitar solo! 

Mycalia has some cool lyrics and this sort of epic rock tone to it! The Hemtar is a more punky rocker with a sound going back to the bands early records but then becomes more classic hard rock, prog… Scalas has you banging your head and a great organ line and phased out guitar. The mid-end section is really intense and psychedelic the way the keyboards are mixed. Far out and included a bong hit at the end!  Stoned Odyssey is a long 3 part track.  Part one is slow and spacey and then kicks into high gear right away and off we go. I like the more laid back vocal with some delay on it. 

3rd album from this San Francisco band who play hard psychedelic rock with some brilliantly raging guitar licks and heavy throbbing chords. Organic keyboards and rock ‘n’ roll vocal harmonies help give the songs a clean, heavy retro-thump of power. Blistering chug-a-lug riffs rip around the cranked-up melodies like the God of auto-fire spitting bullets through a kaleidoscopic sound tunnel. 

The music flexes a dramatic muscle of accessible grit; it rocks hard through prog-jams and tripped-out tangents. Recalls bands like Deep Purple, The Sword, Uriah Heep, Sea Of Green, Muse, Stray, Opeth. There’s a definite 60s/70s potency here that locks onto a groove and kicks out in multiple directions. “Hollow Earth Tour” delivers a metallic old-school punch with class & guts. Recommended for those who get “the rock”.

Apolgd is another uptempo fast track, actually every song on the record is a fast rocker! It ends with some nice violin! Sightseeing with Admiral Byrd is a short instrumental track. The CD ends with the great Death of Atlantis, which the band played on their European tour. A totally killer track..  CD only lists 8 song but there are 9 on the CD…  I look forward to see the gatefold vinyl for this one. I hope they include the lyrics. I miss that in the CD wallet. A very cool album…

01. The Smokey God 05:33
02. Mycelia 03:21
03. The Hunter 04:08
04. Scales 07:13
05. Stoned Odyssey Pt.1 Pt.2 Pt.3 (Fungal Visions) 05:45
06. UFOLSD 04:37
07. Death of Atlantis 09:56

Bonus Tracks:
01. Abaca (2011)  03:29
02. Sacrifice (2011)  06:03
03. I Don't Like You (2011)  03:03
04. Mirror Man (2011)  07:21
05. Warsawng (2011)  07:19
06. Summertime (2011)  06:03
07. Blood of The Serpent (2012)  04:06
08. Motörider (2012)  03:31
09. Space (2012)  07:57
10. Ragdoll Deux (2012)  05:07
11. Wizard Wagon (2012)  03:04
12. Sunlight Wolves (2012)  02:51
13. Big Sur (2012)  08:45

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Vertical - Vertical (Very Good Retro-Hardrock Spanish 2017-19)


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This Spanish band has surprised everyone with their second EP full of groovy riffs as well as some voices and choirs that trap you through 5 songs in which they incorporate enough melodies to lower your guard before kicking your arse with a good dose of powerful and effective riffs. Without ever losing the groove, their work grabs you with a bet that revitalizes old-style hard-rock.


Vertical - Vertical Is the first EP from the Spanish rock band Vertical. (2017)
01. Nothing To Lose 04:13
02. Country Random 03:19
03. Godspeed you, Desert 03:40
04. Nº 6 03:57
05. Payback 04:21

Vol. 3 is the second EP from the Spanish rock band Vertical. (2019)
06. Sweet Pills 04:10
07. Train Station 05:24
08. Acute 06:25
09. White Dust 04:15
10. Wolves 04:25

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Killer Boogie - Acid Cream (Superb Retro-Hardrock Italy 2019)


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As it was with their 2015 debut, Detroit, the forthcoming second album from Roman trio Killer Boogie, titled Acid Cream and set to release March 9 via Heavy Psych Sounds with preorders up now, is an entirely unpretentious romp through classic fuzz influence given a modern stylistic update. 


Shades of The Stooges and the MC5 are of course consistent, but to listen to the new single “Atomic Race” or a later piece like “The Black Widow” and one can hear elements pulled from Hawkwind and at-their-most-blues-shuffling Black Sabbath as well, and the signal is clear: Killer Boogie are growing, have grown. They’re becoming a more versatile band.


I’m hoping to have a full review up before the album hits, so I don’t want to go too deep into it now, but “Atomic Race” represents the record pretty well and the new dynamic forming between guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori, also of Black Rainbows and the head of Heavy Psych Sounds, newcomer bassist Nicola Cosentino and returning drummer Luigi Costanzo is palpable in its relatively quick four-and-a-half-minute run. It doesn’t necessarily represent all the ground their songwriting covers throughout on songs like “Let the Birds Fly” and the 7″-worthy fuzz rocker “The Day of Melted Ice Cream,” but in its undeniable hook and heady vibe, it definitely speaks well for its surroundings.

“Acid Cream” marks the fuzzy comeback of KILLER BOOGIE, with Gabriele Fiori, Luigi Costanzo and new bassist Nicola Cosentino on board for this 11-track long trip. Inspired by the craziness of the late 60s-70s, with a pinch of proto-punk and proto-metal feeling to make it sound even more unique, “Acid Cream” is filled with riffs that will please all Fuzz & Big Muff lovers! Vocals have both a vintage melodic touch and an aggressive punch. Fast and heavy songs get mixed with catchy and happy ones. From shorter and straightforward tunes to some with long and changing parts, the trio provides the listener an intoxicating rock’n’roll experience following the footsteps of MC5 and Cream.

“Acid Cream” was recorded in the summer of 2017 and mixed in the fall, includes new riffs and grooves together with a bunch of exclusive and previously unreleased live songs. All the tasty licks, the raw sounds and light-hearted atmospheres are perfectly depicted by the trippy artwork of Swedish artist Robin Gnista. “Acid Cream” will see a limited Clear Blue and Black vinyl, and will also be available on CD and digital format.

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* Gabriele – Vocals & Guitar
* Nicola Cosentino – Bass
* Luigi Costanzo – Drums

01. Superpusher 01:29
02. Escape From Reality 03:05
03. Atomic Race 04:35
04. Am I Daemon 04:47
05. Let The Birds Fly 04:39
06. Dino-Sour 02:46
07. Brother In Time 04:25
08. Mississippi 01:01
09. The Black Widow 05:13
10. The Day Of The Melted Ice Cream 02:40
11. I Wanna A Woman Like You 03:53

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Sunday, 31 March 2019

Johnny Winter - San Diego 1974-03-30 FM Broadcast (Bootleg)


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10 FACTS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JOHNNY WINTER: 

Johnny Winter's incredible career yielded some great music over four decades. But how much do you really know about the guitarist, who died in 2014? We dug deep to uncover a number of facts that you might not know about one of the most respected guitar players of all-time.


As you'll see, Winter lived quite an amazing life and overcame many challenges in order to sustain a long career and earn himself a spot in any serious conversation about the greatest blues-rock guitarists in history. So let's get to know him a little better with 10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Johnny Winter: Used the same piece of plumbing pipe as a slide for his entire career.

Winter is widely recognized as being one of the greatest slide guitar players of all-time. And while many guitarists utilize odd items to run up and down their fretboards – Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band famously used old Coricidin glass pill bottles – Winter’s choice was similarly unique. “I used to play slide before this, but could never find a good slide,” he told Tom Guerra. “I'd use everything from a wristwatch crystal to broken-off test tubes to lipstick cases, bottles ... I tried everything, but nothing would work, until I found this conduit pipe, and I've used the same piece of pipe for 30 years for both acoustic and electric slide. Its just a piece of plumber's pipe that just fits my finger real good.”


Smashed Led Zeppelin’s record for largest advance from a record label.
In 1968, Jimmy Page’s blues-rock outfit Led Zeppelin inked a contract with Atlantic Records for a then-record advance of $200,000. As they say, however, records are meant to be broken and just one year later, Winter obliterated the old mark when he inked a deal with Columbia to the tune of $600,000.


Once sued DC Comics for defamation.
While his contributions to the world of music cannot be downplayed, Winter also inadvertently made a significant contribution to the world of comic books. In 1996, Johnny and his brother Edgar Winter sued DC Comics for defamation after an issue of Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such featured two worm-like villains named Johnny and Edgar Autumn. The Supreme Court of California ultimately found that “although the fictional characters Johnny and Edgar Autumn are less-than-subtle evocations of Johnny and Edgar Winter, the books do not depict plaintiffs literally,” and that, “the characters and their portrayals do not greatly threaten plaintiffs’ right of publicity.” It was a landmark case that, essentially, gave comics free reign to parody and lampoon figures in the public eye.

On just his second album, Winter had the guts to fire a legendary rock producer.
Producer/engineer Eddie Kramer has worked with some of the biggest names in rock from Kiss to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix to the Rolling Stones. One person who wasn’t quite impressed with Kramer’s pedigree was Winter, who was forced to fire the producer midway through recording his solo album, Second Winter. “He wasn’t doing his job,” Johnny said. “He was outside the studio recording rainstorm sound effects. So we fired him midstream leaving me and Edgar to finish the job of producing and recording the album.”

Was one of the few artists to get paid for performing at Woodstock.
The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival might be one of the most notorious examples of money mismanagement in the history of rock, with many of the artists never seeing a cent from the promoters for their work. Johnny Winter proved to be an exception and received $3,750 for his time, but lost out on a bigger payday later due to a lack of forethought from his manager. “Steve Paul didn’t want us to be in the movie because he thought we wouldn’t make any money,” he recalled in his biography. “He thought it was gonna be a drag so he didn’t want us to be on it. Of course it helped a lot of people’s careers. I wish I could have been in it. Later on he admitted he f---ed up.”

Recorded with Jimi Hendrix
When Winter first arrived in New York City, he became a fixture at a club frequented by the rock elite called the Scene. One of those who would come around the club was Jimi Hendrix, who occasionally invited Winter to come down to the studio to jam a bit. “He’d tape everything and listen to it the next day,” he remembered in his biography. “I usually gave him the reins pretty much—I mostly played rhythm. But on the song we recorded, "The Things that I Used to Do," we traded off -- I played slide guitar and he played regular guitar. It came out real well. I believe that was the only song that was recorded. I played with him about 10 times maybe and thought he was the best guitar player around.”

Jammed with B.B. King at age 17
In 1962, while only 17 years old, Winter was beginning to make a name for himself around the Texas and Louisiana blues scene. One night, he and his brother Edgar went down to a club in Beaumont, Texas to catch B.B. King. After a bit of cajoling, the bluesman allowed Winter to come on stage to show off what he could do. “He didn't know if I could play or not and I showed him,” Winter recalled to Jam Magazine. “I got a standing ovation for it. It was the first time I had ever played the blues in front of a black audience. I, my brother and a couple of our band mates were the only whites in the audience.”

Intense anxiety hounded Winter throughout his life
Winter has been candid about his earlier struggles with anxiety through his life, but the issue really came to a head in 1990 at a tribute show for blues legend John Lee Hooker. “I was feeling horrible for that show,” Winter recalled to Guitar World. “I didn’t think I was going to get through it. I just wanted to die, and I was thinking, Now I have to play? I really wanted to do the show, too, because of my love for John Lee Hooker, but I was feeling really horrible. And I have no idea why. I was just having terrible panic attacks. So that’s when I started taking medication to deal with the anxiety, and it did help, but I took it for way too long.”

Almost single-handedly saved Muddy Waters' career
By the latter half of the ‘70s, not too many people really gave much thought to Chicago blues legend Muddy Waters. But Winters, who offered to produce a record for him in 1977, never forgot him. The ensuing album, Hard Again, was a critical and commercial hit, and Winter would work with Waters on two studio follow-ups and a live album. The pair grew so close that Winters was one of only a few people to appear at Waters' wedding to Marva Jean Brooks. Near the end of his life, Muddy would grow to think of the guitarist as a son.


Discovered the blues because of Hollywood
Around the age of 12 or so, Johnny went to a theater in San Antonio, Texas, to check out the Roaring Twenties mob period piece film. In his biography, Raisin’ Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter, the guitarist recalled it as a defining moment in his life. “I remember that movie making me want to be a musician,” he said. “It was real bluesy music with songs I could relate to, a lot of songs I had grown up singing. I didn’t like Pete Kelly’s part so much; the shootin’ part of the movie didn’t appeal to me. It was the music that got me.”

The leaves hadn’t even started turning red in Texas in late October 1969 when Beaumont-born bluesman Johnny Winter released Second Winter, arguably the pinnacle of his long and storied career.

Technically speaking, this was the guitar great's "third Winter," if you take into account 1968's Progressive Blues Experiment, which was released by Austin’s tiny Sonobeat Records before Winter signed with the mighty Columbia -- a label so powerful, it evidently had no qualms about revising historical accounting.

Either way, the talented six-string phenom grasped this opportunity and let loose a powerful display of fret prowess across all three vinyl sides of Second Winter. As anyone with a prized original copy, or a long memory, can tell you, the album was released as a rare three-sided set, the product of an inspired Nashville recording session that yielded too much great material to be pared down into a regular two-sided LP but not quite enough for a four-sided double.

So, rather than short-change fans or themselves, Winter and his bandmates -- bassist Tommy Shannon (who later joined Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble), drummer Uncle John Turner and keyboard-and-sax-playing little brother Edgar -- released the bulk of the sessions and left side four blank.

Winter starts it all off by showing off his soulful voice on a cover of Percy Mayfield’s "Memory Pain," before he surrenders the spotlight to Edgar’s nimble keys on the self-penned "I’m Not Sure." It wraps with a strangling of his Gibson Firebird’s neck on Dennis Collins’ "The Good Love."

Side two, somewhat surprisingly, turns into an old-time ‘50s rock 'n' roll dance party, as Winter wails his way across classics like "Slippin’ and Slidin"’ and "Miss Ann" (both made famous by Little Richard), and Chuck Berry’s ripping "Johnny B. Goode."

But the biggest surprise was saved for last: a reinvention of Bob Dylan’s "Highway 61 Revisited" featuring a slide-guitar tour-de-force that would go down as a highlight of Winter's career.


Side three shifts the focus back to Winter's songwriting, including the amusingly contradictory "I Love Everybody" (another slide-swathed standout) and "I Hate Everybody" (a jazz-based departure) sandwiching the tongue-in-cheek "Hustled Down in Texas," and the experimental "Fast Life Rider."

Second Winter may be the late Winter's masterpiece. It made it to only No. 55 on the chart (both The Progressive Blues Experiment and 1969's self-titled debut charted higher). But he never sounded more assured and seasoned than he does here.

Johnny Winter , 1974-03-30 , San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, FM Broadcast (Very good soundquality)

Disc 1
01. The Good Love 11:20
02. Bad Luck Situation 04:55
03. Bony Maronie 08:01
04. Stone County 07:33
05. Rollin' Cross the Country 07:13
06. Be Careful With A Fool, It's My Own Fault 16:30
07. Treat Me Like You Wanta 05:13

Disc 2
01. Silver Train 19:36
02. Jumpin' Jack Flash 07:14
03. Johnny B. Goode 05:32
04. It's All Over Now 05:01

BBC (London, England) 1978
05. Hey Joe 16:07
06. Mississippi Blues 15:35

Bonus:
07. It's My Own Fault [Live At the Fillmore East] - 22.24
08. Rollin' and Tumblin' [Live At the Fillmore East] - 4.14

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Pilsner - Autosuggestion (High-Energy Rock US 1998)


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The sound of popular music in the 1990s has been varied and eclectic--but high-energy Rock’n’Roll never goes out of style! 


With that in mind, Rob Tabachka (guitar/vocals) formed Pilsner in 1996 with Ted Williams (bass), Kevin Hoffman (guitar) and Joe Wainwright III (drums). Influenced by rockers like Iggy and the Stooges, the Ramones, Motorhead, and Johnny Thunders, the band laid down a self-titled, four-song demo showcasing their inspired mix of punk, blues, and heavy metal. 


The recording was well-received in the U.S.;  single “Shot to Hell” appeared on the soundtrack to Marc Johnson’s 1997 independent film Leaving Scars. (Sure to be a cult-classic!) 

It wasn’t long before Get Hip Recordings added Pilsner to their roster, releasing the song “Monster Inside My Head” on a split single with fellow Pittsburgh punks Liverball (GH-204). 

The two remaining cuts debuted on the acclaimed Pittsburgh compilation CD Iron City Punk Vol. 2 (Ripe Records, #002, 1997), which includes tracks by internationally renowned Pittsburgh punks Submachine and Anti-Flag and Get Hip labelmates Steel Miners. 

With the word on the street, Get Hip is ready to unleash Pilsner’s full-length debut Autosuggestion on the world. It’s not an understatement to say that Pilsner fuckin’ ROCKS! So for those about to (rock), we salute you!

Rob Tabachka: Vocals, guitar 
 Ted Williams: Bass, backing vocals 
 Kevin Hoffman: Guitar 
 Joe Wainwright III: Drums 
 Additional drums: Matt Forbes 

01. I'm Going Mad   01:57
02. Teenage 505   03:20
03. Monster Inside My Head   02:31
04. Fish Song   03:29
05. Shut Up!   00:59
06. Laughter   03:54
07. Bring Down the Power   02:53
08. Highway 095   02:45
09. Shot to Hell   02:14
10. Fight Back   03:42
11. Voodoo Drinkin' Blues   03:54

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Crypt Trip - Rootstock (Bluesy Retro Hard Rock US 2018)


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What do you get when you combine the styles of Grand Funk Railroad, The James Gang, and Black Sabbath? Something pretty similar to the Texas trio known as Crypt Trip and their sophomore full-length release Rootstock. While their debut self-titled album from 2014 treaded much more into stoner/doom territory ala vintage Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer, this latest release injects a healthy dose of psychedelia, blues, and classic rock tones into their hard hitting yet groove laden attack. 

The band are comprised of Ryan Lee (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Cameron Martin (drums, vocals), and Sam Bryant (bass), and they've written eight exciting, hard rocking tunes here that are well worth your attention. "Heartslave" kicks things off in fine fashion, a psych drenched blues rock jam with some killer guitar tones, and that segues into the uptempo rocker "Boogie No. 6", a tune that seems straight out of a time capsule from 1970. 


The crystalline wah-wah comes out on the gorgeous "Aquarena Daydream", bringing up images of Robin Trower but the sublime electric piano adds a nice proggy/psychedelic touch, and there's a nice jam at the end that's almost like a midnight session between the Allman Brothers and Grand Funk. "Rio Vista" is barnstorming hard rock, again conjuring up vintage James Gang with its sizzling guitar licks and beefy bass lines, and Bryant's fat bass again is the driving force on the meaty "Natural Child" alongside Lee's awesome wah-wah soaked riffs...think Grand Funk's first three albums and you know what you are in store for here. Fantastic stuff. 

"Tears of Gaia" ups the speed a bit for a raucous rocker that approaches metal, complete with some neat time changes and plenty of acrobatic riffs & drumming, while the more psych drenched closer "Soul Games" is prefaced by the brief instrumental "Mabon Song", both fantastic cuts that show additional sides to the band.

It's incredible to hear both Crypt Trip's debut and this release, as they almost sound like two different bands, but each are great examples of what this hot trio have to offer. Rootstock is a rewarding and truly enjoyable trip back to the days where heavy rock was in its infancy, and psychedelia and blues both played a significant part in its maturation. Highly recommended stuff here, and I personally can't wait to hear more from this band.

In 2016 Crypt Trip released a short EP featuring 3 incredibly groovy, vintage rock songs. ‘Mabon Songs’ was a short demonstration of quality songwriting and originality but more importantly, my first introduction to Crypt Trip. The band seemed to have come out of nowhere and after playing this 14-minute EP on repeat, I was in desperate need of more material. The big question was, is there ever gonna be more Crypt Trip? Yes, there, IS! Two years later and Mabon Songs gets revived into ‘Rootstock’, together with five completely new songs. The new material blends in perfectly with the previously released songs and a diverse full-length record is the result. 


The band follows a classic recipe of retro sounds, long jams, and bluesy hard rock but manages to stay creative and pull-off an original sound. The songs contain a lot of energy and sound like they could have been recorded live, but at the same time seem to be carefully thought through. The rhythm and lead section are following each other closely through ever-changing parts and clever hooks. Well performed vocal-parts and solos by Ryan take the lead and alternate endlessly through-out the record.


The opening track builds pressure before firing away on full speed as the blues-rock power trio that is Crypt Trip. They give everything they’ve got which makes ‘Heartslave’ a great introduction into the record and definitely gets you warmed up for more. Punchy blues licks, lots of wah and epic soloing set the tone and continue into ‘Boogie No. 6’, just to release the gas a little in ‘Aquarena Daydream’ for a piece of mellow psych-rock. The band lets you drift for a couple minutes but puts you back both feet on the ground halfway through the song to warm you up for ‘Rio Vista’, which is a great rock ‘n roll song.


After all the new material it’s time for a small trip to the past into Mabon Songs which are the next 3 songs in the queue. All three of them are absolutely brilliant songs so the excuse to listen to them again is almost as good as the fact that there are new songs to accompany them. ‘Natural Chylde’ used to be my absolute favorite of Mabon Songs and still is a strong competitor for this title in Rootstock. It’s catchy and immediately gets you grooving.

The band blasts through ‘Tears of Gaia’ just to close Mabon Songs with, the ‘Mabon Song‘, a short, chilled out instrumental track played on acoustic guitar. It’s a great track that adds a nice change to the record and shows they can also handle a different dynamic. “Rootstock” is closed off by “Soul Games“, which is the 5th new track added to the album. They don’t get back up to full-speed anymore after cooling down, but the track is definitely a worthy ending to this 40-minute masterpiece.

Overall Rootstock is an incredible release with eight songs that are all different but at the same time equal in quality when it comes to production, songwriting, and execution. Just give it a spin already and have a nice Crypt Trip!

   Crypt Trip are
Ryan Lee: Guitar, Vocals, Elec. Piano
 Cameron Martin: Drums, Vocals, Perc.
 Sam Bryant: Bass

01. Heartslave  05:19
02. Boogie No.6  04:18
03. Aquarena Daydream  06:02
04. Rio Vista  03:17
05. Natural Child  06:46
06. Tears Of Gaia  05:08
07. Mabon Song  01:42
08. Soul Games 
06:25

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