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Vol.36 # 418 AUG. 2018
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Another month has passed and another issue is on the rise. July was a vacation month for a lot of people including myself. I spent some time camping on the river, then went down to Chincoteague with some friends, rode some bicycles, played on the beach and ate some great burritos from BAYSIDE BURRITOS,( if you are down that way stop and check them out, tell them PA Musician Magazine sent you). But we didn’t stop there, we also took a drive up to the PA Grand Canyon and rode the scenic Pine Creek Trail for an out and back 41 miles on our bicycles. It was a more relaxing ride than what I am used to, but its beauty makes up for the lack of adrenalin. If there is one thing I am learning in life it is to enjoy what I am doing that day; regardless of where I am and what is going on in life as a whole. Believe it or not, a lot of fun can be had right here in our great state of PA. So get out and explore new places, meet new people and try to do it all with a smile. The same thing is true with local music. There are a ton of great places to see shows. So do something different, head out to that bar you have never been too, check out the band you’ve never heard of until today. Just because you don’t know of them doesn’t mean they won’t rock the house. Give them a chance and remember to tell them you saw there ad in the PA Musician Magazine. This month on the cover we are featuring JAKE PULITI. Jake is a newcomer to the scene and he has one single released so far “Dirty On The Dance Floor” and is getting ready to release another single “Night’s Still Young”. Jake has a great attitude about what he is doing with his music and with his life. It’s exciting to hear about how the younger crowd will still be bringing us all great local music for years to come. Not only is he playing live music, but he is also trying to help others out with starting a music label with some friends; old school style by making things happen with what you’ve got. Read all about it in Rachel Rocks’ cover story on page 13. So August is shaping up to be another packed month of music in the Keystone State. THE DEVON ALLMAN PROJECT will be at CLUB XL on the 2nd. Devon is the son of Gregg Allman but he is not just riding coat tails here cause he plays some great music. I was recently turned on to his tunes so I am excited to get to go see the show. CLUB XL is thriving with shows this month and they are including a little bit of something for everyone. From country rock to 90’s night to SKERRYVORE from Scotland. Which if you have never heard of them, Google it. They are an impressive “big” band, big as in accordions, bagpipes, that sort of thing. But it doesn’t stop there. They have SOUL ASYLUM on the 18th , a couple NO COVER WEEKENDS with some great tribute bands, and even a comedy show at the end of the month. Speaking of August 18th, it seems as if it is one of those
days where you just don’t know where to go and who to see, because there’s live music everywhere! If you are in PA on the 18th and can’t find the sort of music you are into then you are not trying hard enough. RACEHORSE TAVERN has a big event with SIX BAR BREAK, ROAD CASE, and MONKEY FOO. The PARK INN/BLARNEY’S has NINE D on the 18th followed by STONEWOOD on the 24th. The UNION HOUSE TAPROOM & LIVERY are hosting an Irish music session followed by GENERATIONS. THE SUICIDE PUPPETS will by playing SHREDFEST. Ok, so you get the point. Look through the paper, there are great shows every weekend this month, so don’t just sit in the A/C watching A-Team reruns. Get out there and support these bands and venues. Your favorite Netflix show will still be waiting for you come sunday morning when your nursing that hangover. Until next month, take care and enjoy the rest of your summer ‘cause it’s going fast.
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OUT ‘n’ ABOUT By Rachel Rocks
It’s so hard to believe it’s already the last month of Summer. My Summer didn’t go according to plan, but when does life EVER go as planned. I think we make plans just so God can have a good laugh.. Sorry if you haven’t seen me this month, I spent most of the month with my Mother-In-Law who had a heart attack June 16th, a 2nd heart attack, July 12th, which ultimately led to Triple Bypass Surgery and recovery, so a lot of my free time has been spent with her. Believe it or not I love my 2nd Mom.. she’s pretty awesome!! A HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to all of the nurses and doctors at Williamsport Hospital. You are all amazing! Many thanks to all of you nurses, doctors, first responders, service men and women, etc.. All of you that put your lives on hold and in jeopardy to
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keep us all alive and FREE! Thank you!!!! Enough with the mushy stuff on to the music.. This year I was able to make it to the Central PA Jazz Festival Kick-Off Party at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co. This was their 38th Annual Festival! 38 years!! They’ve been around even longer than us! I unfortunately didn’t get there until the last band was taking the stage, but late is better than never. I talked to Mike from Mike’s Music Store and heard about all the great acts I missed. If you want to know about the Jazz musicians in this area and beyond, just stop in and talk to Mike, he definitely loves Jazz music and supports it every chance he gets. The Gavin Horning Quartet was on stage and they definitely had the room captivated with their music. Even as late as I was there it was standing room only, but plenty of people were in their chairs tapping to the beat, enjoying every note. Gavin Horning is one heck of a guitar player but he was nicely supported by Connor Rohrer on keys, Andy Alonso on bass, and Tommy James on drums. There was a whole weekend planned of lectures, shows, and a big picnic with obviously more music on Sunday. We do have a great group of Jazz Musicians in this area. If you want to hear some jazz music, you can stop by River City Blues every 3rd Monday of the month for the Big Band show, or you can also swing in to Cliff’s Tavern (the old Gullifty’s) any Wednesday in August. They will be doing jazz on the patio, and if weather is bad they will move it indoors. The 4th Wednesday of every month is an Open Jazz Jam Session at Cliff’s grab your instrument and come out and play, or just stop on by to enjoy the music. You can see more jazz news at www.friendsofjazz.org. Next, I ran over to Chick’s to hear the last set of Frayed Nott rockin’ out in their hometown! Frayed Nott always has a party going on at Chick’s. It was great to see and hear the guys back to their original 3-piece. They just seem to know each other more and they are just there to rock out and have a good time. Did you hear Frayed Nott is opening for the one and only FireHouse!! On September 22nd they will be playing in Granville, PA (not to be confused with Grantville). Granville is up towards Lewistown. If I understand it correctly it will be an outdoors event at an amazing farm. It sounds like one heck of a party. For more details you can check out their facebook
page, facebook.com/frayednottrocks you can also check out their ad in this issue. My next night out and about was a special trip to support my sister and her Newville Lions Club at their annual fair. They had great bands every night, but Friday night was a Journey tribute band, Eclipse. If you know me, you know how much I love Journey, I just couldn’t resist. I grabbed my Journey loving friend Terri and we went to check it out. They nailed all of our favorites, and I even had the chance to dance with my son Zack during “Open Arms”. Thanks Terri for the video! Ha! Eclipse came up from Maryland for the show, but I’m told they play all over PA and beyond. We were even able to sit and play some Bingo where my sister Andrea Greene was the amazing caller, and we could still hear the show. It was a great night just to kick back and relax which is exactly what I needed. On a special Tuesday night my family and I headed to Skyline Park in West Hanover for Movies in the Park to see Wonder. Little did I know the pre-show entertainment would be Jason Carst. I haven’t seen him play in quite a long time, but as soon as I heard a musician performing that sounded so much like Dave Matthews, I knew it was Jason before I even saw him. Jason plays a lot of acoustic shows. He’s even the house musician for the Susquehanna continued on page 9....
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Brandi at Ffej of July Out & About continued... River Boat, he gets to play Brews Cruises on Wednesday nights from 6-8. Do you know they have a full bar on the boat? What a great way to relax and help make it through Hump Day! My next night out was the 16th Annual Ffej of July Party. This is a private event, but one heck of a party in someone’s backyard right on the main strip in Annville. I don’t know how he manages to pull it off every year, but he sure does wake up the tiny town of Annville. I’m sure they are all in shock and don’t even know what hit them until it’s over! Ffej is a great musician that plays in several bands, most might know him from his RUSH tribute band, Solar Federation. I like usual didn’t get there til later, I was bummed to miss One Trick Grizzly, I’ve been trying to catch one of their shows, I’ve heard a lot of great things about them, one of these days I’ll make it some-
where in time. When I got there UZO was just taking the I say putting up with each other. You can check out E22’s stage, some funky jazz jam band. Everyone was just chil- schedule in this issue and get out there and support live lin’ drinkin’ and having a great time. Ffej built a whole big music! Don’t forget your dancing shoes!! stage in his backyard for this event so it was one heck of Well that’s all the music I have for this month. Remema show with lights, sound, etc. The last band of the night ber to turn the pages and check out all of the schedules. was Brazilian Wax. They haven’t really played much for We are surrounded by so much amazing music: inside, 10 years, but you definitely couldn’t tell. They were super outside, underground, on a boat, you name it, music is tight and tons of fun, and a great way to end the night! EVERYWHERE!! On a side note, unfortunately The After the party I stopped in at Double K for some Booby Gong Show is no longer coming to the Harrisburg ScotTrap. These guys are always a blast. Their original songs tish Rite Theatre due to unforeseen circumstances. It’s a are hilarious and very well written. Jeff can really sing a bummer.. I was really looking forward to the show. I’m wide variety of songs from today and yesterday. When really hoping to get out more this month, but my life is you hear these guys play you can tell that Sammy, Paul, To Be Continued…. Thank you so much to everyone for and Jeff have been together forever, and even though all of the continued support and for reading this article. Chris is the newest member, he fits right in. David their If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or faithful sound guy has them tuned in nicely for the Double better yet if you’d like to advertise, please email me at K room. It always helps when bands have a consistent RachelRocks@pamusician.net Please get out there and sound man because he knows what the room and the fans SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!!! And don’t forget to tag us.. can handle and he makes sure everyone has a good night. #pamusician or @pamusicianmagazine. I’m glad I got the chance to catch a set, it was a perfect way to end the night! Check out Double K’s schedule in this issue and get out to your local watering hole and support local music!! Last but not least, after an extremely long day, I stopped in at Chick’s to see E22 Acoustic. Jeff and Darrell are always entertaining so I knew it was well worth my effort to stop in and check them out. Since Jeff practically lives across the street from Chick’s it’s easy for him to fill in at the last minute, and that’s exactly what happened. Jeff also plays quite a few shows at the VFW in Hummelstown, so he has fans that come out and support him too, so it’s a win/win. Jeff and Darrell have been teaming up playing shows as E22 and Asking Andy. Sometimes they play with different people, but they Crowd at Ffej of July do a great job supporting each other or should
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NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman
Greetings Rockers ‘N’ Rollers! Hope you are seeing many live concerts during this peak season of Summer. Last month began with Poison, Cheap Trick and Pop Evil at PPL Center in Allentown. The Mechanicsburg natives (Poison) finalized their latest tour with the closest show to home. It’s been several years since all members of Poison toured together - but the band felt it was time after drummer Rikki Rockett’s recent battle with cancer. They played all their hits including many from their first record, “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” “I Want Action” and “Take Dirty To Me.” Legendary rock band, Cheap Trick, provided support and proved their status as Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Cheap Trick still consists of three original members (Robin Zanders, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson) from when they began in 1974 in Rockford, Illinois - original drummer Bun E. Carlos stopped touring in 2010 - his duties have been filled by Rick’s son Daxx Nielsen. I was very fortunate to meet the band before the show began and share words regarding their great song “Southern Girls.” HMAC brought a great National show to town on July 1st with the return of Southern Culture on the Skids at Stage On Herr. The three-piece band from Chapel Hill, NC has brought their rockabilly/surf rock blend to the mid-state many times and always give an incredible performance. Singer, Rick Miller, continues to be one of the greatest guitarist I’ve ever seen - there’s just something about his playing that is extraordinary. The band continues to build a loyal following recruiting new fans with every performance. A band that when witnessed, will never be missed again. Southern Culture on the Skids return to Reading, PA on Sept 15 for a free show at the West Reading Fall Festival. A highlight this month included a day-trip to New York City on July 18, which included visiting the gravesite of Johnny Thunders in Queens. Thunders played in the New York Dolls and also The Heartbreakers but died at the age of 38 apparently of drug-related causes, but it has been speculated that it was the result of foul play. It was then off to the neighborhood of Forrest Hills to visit sights of The Ramones who grew up there and where the band began. Lastly, the day ended seeing The Shrine play the Bowery Electric, located one block from the legendary CBGB’s. The Shrine originated in 2008 from Venice, California and recently changed bass players, adding Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy, Die Hunns, Chelsea Girls). The band have released 3 albums, with the latest by legendary producer Dave Jerden (Jane’s Addiction, Social Distortion, Alice In Chains). A fantastic show of hard rock n’ roll with a sound similar to Eagles of Death Metal. NATIONAL NEWS: Robert Plant’s vow to never reunite with his old bandmates may have changed. The 69year old former Led Zeppelin frontman is considering a reunion for the band’s 50th anniversary. Supposedly Plant and Jimmy Page, 74, and John Paul Jones, 72, are discussing how to celebrate the anniversary considering this will be the last time that the band has a reason to reunite. The remaining three members last played together as Led Zeppelin in 2007. Deceased drummer John Bonham is likely to be represented by son Jason at the anniversary show. Representatives for the mayor of Philadelphia said JayZ’s annual Made In America festival will no longer be able to use Benjamin Franklin Parkway after this year’s edition. Jay-Z, who started putting on the festival at the parkway in 2012, seemed hurt ““We are disappointed that the mayor of the city of Philadelphia would evict us continued on page 11....
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Twenty One Pilots have returned with the release of two new tracks (a new album Oct 5) and announcing a lengthy arena headlining tour of 60-plus dates hitting markets from Nashville to New Zealand to Moscow from October to March. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun new studio album is titled TRENCH. The album follows their 2015 LP, Blurryface, which has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide. TOP visits Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Oct 28 and Washington DC’s Capital One Arena on Oct 31. continued on page 12....
from the heart of the city, this administration immediately greeted us with a legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event.” Jay Z also noted the benefits that Made In America has brought to Philly, citing a positive $102 million economic impact to the city, payment of $3.4 million in rent, and more than 1,000 jobs on the days the festival is held. Made In America will be held Sept. 1-2 with Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Diplo, Zedd and Meek Mill all set to perform. Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour continues to put up blockbuster numbers, with stops reported in 10 cities so far grossing just shy of $103 million for an average of 82,125 tickets each.The mammoth tour that will take in 50-plus stadiums in North America, the UK, Australia and Japan in 2018 has her selling well more than 50,000 tickets per show. The Rolling Stones, are a close second with $9.14 million grossed per city on their recent European leg. Swift’s two nights at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (July 13-14) moved a combined 107,378 tickets and grossed $11.95 million. New York native, Billy Joel, played his record-setting 100th lifetime show at Madison Square Garden on July 18 to the capacity crowd of 20,789. The 69-year old legend opened the show with “Big Shot” and then “The Entertainer,” Joel turns things over to the audience offering what he calls a “fielder’s choies” letting the crowd decide songs to be played. Bruce Springsteen joined the
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Cheap Trick 4, breaking an attendance record previously held by The Rolling Stones. “184 performances made up the Festival that included everything from the stars of tomorrow to the biggest headliners. The Eminem show attracted the biggest show ever in front of the Orange Stage with more than 100,000 people,” stated the promoter. Roskilde is a non-profit event that donates its profits to charity. Elvis Costello has canceled the rest of his European summer tour after undergoing surgery for a “small but very aggressive” cancerous tumor. Costello wrote “Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, “You should start playing the Lotto”. He had rarely, if ever, seen such a
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Jake Puliti… Bringing the Party Back to the Dance Floor! by Rachel Rocks
Studio with the assistance of Mitch Hood and Logan Summey. It was an amazing experience, and he’s extremely happy with how the song turned out. “Dirty on the Dance Floor” is a very catchy song with a true retro 80s vibe. Jake’s voice is smooth yet gritty at times and it instantly draws you in and easily gets you up and dancing on the dance floor. I’ve heard the full rocking version of “Dirty on the Dance Floor” on Spotify, but I’ve also heard his acoustic version while he was playing at Arooga’s. Jake is not your typical acoustic musician who sits quietly in the corner and strums his guitar, there are some songs he truly lets loose and rocks out in a full band style. It’s hard to believe there is only one guy up there. Jake is also not afraid to take requests when he’s playing, he wants to make sure anyone listening to him is having a great time and is enjoying what they are listening to. He also plays a lot of sing-a-long songs,
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We all love the 80’s, and Jake Puliti is making sure they have the comeback they truly deserve. His style, charisma, and his music all scream 80’s. When I asked Jake how he described his genre of music, his first response was “Tie-Dye,” his music is a melting pot of all genres of music and it really depends on his exact mood and how he’s feeling when he starts writing a song. He loves how music is so versatile and can constantly go in all different directions. Even though Jake grew up surrounded by music, it’s hard to believe he only picked up a guitar 2 years ago. One day he was playing around on a guitar and his Mom challenged him to learn how to play Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy”. Even though he hasn’t mastered the master himself, he has learned quite a few songs, and he immediately started writing his own originals. Just like his music has quite an array of musicians that inspire him ranging from Ed Sheeran to Frank Sinatra to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and beyond. Jake currently plays acoustic shows throughout the midstate and beyond, but his true dream is to not only be a full time musician, but he wants to have a full band where he can be the front man and jump around and go crazy like Anthony Keidis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He’s definitely on the right path, on May 3rd of this year he just released his first original, “Dirty on the Dance Floor” on Spotify and all of the other music platforms, his goal was 500 streams in the first 3 months, but he managed to have 5,000 streams in the first month! It’s awesome how he can see where people are listening to his music, not only locally but all over the world! Jake recorded his song at Rock Mill August, 2018
and it really makes his night when people are singing along and having a good time. He really feels like we need a lot more “fun” in this world, and he makes his contribution at every show! Jake is getting ready to release a new song, “Night’s Still Young” that was also recorded at Rock Mill Studio. He’s currently working on creating a music video to go along with this release. He played a little snippet during the interview, and I gotta say, I’m excited!! Seeing and talking to Jake is very refreshing, yes, he might be one of those “millennials” but his focus and vision is intense, I asked him where he gets his drive from, and even tho he has amazing parents that have taught him a lot, he credits a lot of it to a YouTube video where Steve Harvey talks about the need to Jump. When you are standing on the cliff watching everyone else soar on by, all you have to do is Jump! Steve explained in the video that there will be bumps and bruises along the way, but you will never soar if you don’t jump. Jake decided from that moment on it was time to jump, and put himself out there, and he is definitely soaring! Music is Jake’s life and he’s definitely found his natural gift! Since playing music isn’t enough Jake and his friends are opening their own recording studio and label called Chicken Pennsylvania Musician Magazine
Coop Records. They are currently transforming an old chicken coop/barn into a recording studio. He currently uses it as his own peaceful place to sit and write, but eventually they will be opening up to other musicians to record too. It sounds a little shady, but he showed me some pictures, and they are going all out and turning this chicken coop into an amazing place to record, high on the ills in Lewisberry. You can currently catch Jake playing on a regular rotation at the different Arooga’s in the area, and at Nick’s in New Cumberland. He also has random gigs at other places, and he plays private House Parties, weddings, etc. Wherever anyone wants music he is ready and willing to play! If you want to get Jake booked at your venue or private event you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out Jake’s ad in this issue to see where and when he’ll be playing near you! Jake wanted to thank all of his family and friends for all of their support. Being a musician takes an army and he has a strong one! On a little side note, I do believe that Jake being on the cover is the first 2nd generation cover. His Dad was on the cover with his old band, SOS, and now the musical torch has been passed to Jake. It’s pretty awesome as the next generation takes the helm of the magazine, the next generation takes the helm of the cover too! Music is definitely something that will last throughout all generations, and we are glad we can give people the platform to share their music with anyone who will listen. You can follow Jake on all social media platforms: Facebook, Spotify, Instagram @gingerspicelatte, etc… And just in case you were wondering, the secret to his awesome hair is just a touch of salt water to help make it wavey and fabulous…
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THE PROFESSOR By Jim Price
Summer season – and apparently, monsoon season – continues with multiple outdoor live music events to keep music fans busy. As I started this month’s writ, I observed video footage of the flooding conditions that impacted places like Hershey Park and Knoebel’s Amusement Resort near Elysburg. Portions of Knoebel’s were under water from heavy rains, less than a week after I spent an afternoon there for some relaxation and live music from annual performing favorites Rick K. & the Allnighters. I caught their two evening performances on the Hawaiian Bandshell. This Morgantown, West Virginia-based group is now a quintet, with new guitarist Donnie Barney and sax man Seth Mellon (both from PA) joining singer Rick K., bassist Paul Alan and “The Mad Drummer,” Steve Moore. Both of the group’s performances spotlighted a variety of pop, rock, funk and country hits. The earlier performance featured tunes from the Four Seasons, Contours, CCR, Wilson Pickett, Beatles, Beach Boys and more. Among the highlights were Rick’s dedication of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” to Relay For Life and cancer patients/survivors; Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.,” during which Rick walked among the audience and shook hands with as many veterans as he could get to during the song; and a zany version of the Surfaris’ “Wipe Out” with dualing drummer antics between Rick and Steve. The nightcap set featured the funky leadoff trio of K.C. & the Sunshine Band’s “Shake Your Booty,” Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” and Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” the group’s take on
ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” (the song that brought Steve’s “Mad Drummer” antics to internet prominence via a viral YouTube video), plus songs from Neil Diamond, the Temptations, Spencer Davis Group, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Fleetwood Mac, the night-ending version of Tommy James’ “Mony Mony” and more. Steve provided the craziness and comic relief behind the kit, exploding into flailing arms and sticks at any given moment and living up to his more recent billing of “The Drummer at the Wrong Gig.” Beyond the craziness and antics, though, this band was tight and concise, energetic, vocally strong, and frontman Rick continually addressed the audience and gave brief song histories before nearly every tune. Rick K. & the Allnighters again delivered polished, fun performances, and made it well worth my two-hour-plus roadtrip to Knoebel’s to enjoy once again. Barring any more monsoonal flooding, Rick K. & the Allnighters return to Knoebel’s August 12-16. Closer to home, motorcycle thunder resounded through the region in late June, with motorcycle events happening throughout Cambria and Blair Counties. Johnstown’s Thunder In The Valley, Ebensburg’s Bike Week and Wheels & Wings were joined by a new annual event, Altoona’s Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally. All of these events featured live music, with Thunder featuring headliners such as Quiet Riot, Great White, AC/DC tribute Hells Bells and Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers. Rainy weather, my own band’s gigs and show emceeing duties prevented me from taking in this year’s Thunder in the Valley and the Ebensburg events, but I did witness several events tied to the Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally, including the kickoff concert at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum featuring The Clarks and Agent Smith. A few new “agents” have entered Agent Smith’s ranks, as Randy Rutherford takes over bass duties and former Flight 19 keyboardist Phil Steele join singer Steve Oswalt, guitarist/singer Phil “Philly Grooves” Wagner and drummer
Shawn Gioiosa. The addition of keys enabled Agent Smith to expand their setlist into some new avenues. The group opened with a take on The Tubes’ “She’s A Beauty,” and ventured into numbers from Styx, INXS, REO Speedwagon, Faith No More, Loverboy, Autograph, Cheap Trick and more. Guest Randy Servello sat in behind the drum kit on the group’s rendition of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.” Recently unveiling their new CD, Falling in Love at the End of the World, The Clarks showcased many tunes off the new album, as well as their established favorites. The group’s founding roster of singer/guitarist Scott Blasey, guitarist/mandolin player and singer Rob James, bassist/singer Greg Joseph and drummer Dave Minarik, Jr. were joined by their extended band ‘family’ of Dave’s son Noah Minarik on guitar, Gary Jacob on pedal steel and 12-string guitar, and Skip Sanders on keys and guitar. Opening with “Caroline,” The Clarks switched between
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favorites and new song material. From the new album, the group performed the opening track “She’s On Fire,” “Summer Setting Sun,” “Witness to a Crime,” “Roses,” “The Longest One Night Stand,” “In Blood” and more. Rob strapped on the mandolin for the group’s ballad favorite “Penny on the Floor,” and The Clarks drew cheers from the large audience as they performed such favorites as “Cigarette,” “Maybe,” “On Saturday,” “Trampoline,” “Shimmy Low,” “Better Off Without You” and more. For the encore, Scott first did the acoustic title track off the new album, “Falling in Love at the End of the World,” before the group finished the night with the popular “Born Too Late,” with the song’s last notes sounding just as raindrops began to fall. Three nights later, national recording group Puddle Of Mudd helped close out the Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally before a massive crowd at the Railroaders Museum. Featuring founding singer/guitarist Wes Scantlin, lead guitarist Matt Fuller, bassist Michael John Adams and drummer Dave Moreno, Puddle Of Mudd provided nonstop music as they performed songs from throughout their career. They opened with their popular single “Control,” blending in part of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” along the way. They also performed radio staples such as “Drift and Die,” a crowd sing-along version of “She Hates Me,” the addiction ode “Already Gone,” “Psycho” and “Famous,” as well as “Never Change,” “Bring Me Down,” “Nobody Told Me” and more. With Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul passing away the day before, Wes paid homage to Vinnie during the set. Puddle Of Mudd’s performance was on the mark and sounded strong throughout. When the crowd demanded the encore, the group returned with three more: their radio single “Spaceship,” a rendition of Neil Young’s “Old Man,” and their hit “Blurry” to bring the night to a close. Also part of the Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally festivities was a special performance by Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors at the U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg. Celebrating the recent release of their second album, We See Through It, Jim and the Sun King Warriors mixed songs from the new album with several older favorites and select covers. Some of the new songs performed this night included the album title track “We See Through It,” “The Last Dance,” “Love Is Right,” “Ahh, Can You Feel It?” and “We Have Arrived.” The group also did favorites from their first album such as “You Got to Believe It,” “Oolala” and “I’m Doing Fine,” and broke out renditions of The Record Company’s “Off the Ground,” Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain” and the night-ending, dance floor-filling version of Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun.” Songs from Jim’s famous former band, Rusted Root, also provided highlights, with “Send Me on My Way” escalating into an extended percussion display featuring Jim, drummer Joe Marini, djembe player/percussionist Harry Pepper and conga player Bryan Fazio, and “Back to the Earth” bringing folks onto the dance floor for a swaying, grooving display. Percussion again took the spotlight during the group’s self-proclaimed “two tons of drums” display as they mashed together the drum thunder tracks off both albums, “March of the Sun King Warriors” and “Elephants in the Room,” tied together with a hearty percussion jam workout. Beyond the percussion exercises, Kevin McDonald and Dan Murphy provided guitar solo fireworks along the way, Dan also wailed on harmonica, and bassist Kent Tonkin provided the solid and sturdy foundation on bottom end. McGarvey’s provided entertainment during Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally weekend as well, hosting New York City’s “all metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond,” Tragedy. This group provided insane amounts of fun, applying the glitz and bombast of 1980s-era hair band rock/ continued on page 16...
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THE PROFESSOR continued..... metal to Bee Gees hits and other late-1970s-era disco and pop staples. Opening the show was From Down the Road, who spotlighted a number of their various-flavored original songs, plus select covers from The Cars, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine and the Misfits. Shortly afterward, the assemblage of singer/keyboardist Disco Mountain Man, singers/guitarists Mo’Royce Peterson and Garry Bibb, singer/bassist Andy Gibbous Waning, drummer The Lord Gibbeth and utility man/comic Lance levied
and inventive, and their vocals and instrumental execution were strong. Tragedy rode their metal Bee Gees party to the climactic blowout finale, a metal take on – what else? – The Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” to end the night. Tragedy tours the United Kingdom and Germany this month; based on the resounding response they received this night, Tragedy’s return visit to McGarvey’s is likely. The following night, a local all-star tribute to Pearl Jam at McGarvey’s closed out the Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally. After Ed n’Born – the duo of percussionist/singer Ed Hofer and singer/guitarist Sean Osborn – opened the night, at least eight different area musicians – dubbing themselves All Five Horizons – collaborated onstage on a variety of song favorites from throughout Pearl Jam’s career. Participants included the aforementioned Ed n’Born, along with Blacksnakes frontman Brian Elliott and bassist Hunter Carns, Small Town Horror Show/Black Sun/Maul singer Todd McKeone, Black Cat Moan drummer Rob
Tragedy / all metal tribute of the Bee Gees
heavy-rocking arrangements to such unlikely headbanging Bee Gees anthems as the tribute’s title song, “Tragedy,” “Islands in the Stream” (written by the Bee Gees but popularized by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton), “Woman in Love,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Stayin’ Alive.” Other highlights included a funereal doom-metal treatment of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” plus thunderous renditions of Lipps, Inc.’s “Funkytown,” “You’re the One That I Want” and “Grease Is the Word” from Grease, Toto’s “Africa” and more. Tragedy’s energy level and antics were constant and often hilarious, yet their arrangements were clever
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Bonsell, Fyre guitarist Zach Kensinger and former Rain Must Fall guitarist Jarrett Bickel. These musicians brought to life such Pearl Jam classics as “Better Man,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” “Yellow Ledbetter,” “Daughter,” “Jeremy,” “Black” and more. They also did the Pearl Jam versions of “Last Kiss” and “Rockin’ in the Free
Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band World,” as well as Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” Last month was again a busy time for festivals in Centre County. Although I arrived late, I did catch much of the performance of Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band at the annual Central PA 4th Fest, which happened near Penn State’s Beaver Stadium. Warming up the crowds for the ensuing fireworks display, namesake Jackie displayed her potent, joyous and soulful voice on a variety of soul and R&B classics – backed by John “JT” Thompson on keyboards, Stubby Stubbs on drums, Peter Jogo on bass, Charles Halcomb on guitar and the four-piece horn section of David Priester on trombone, Richard Meyer on trumpet, and Benjamin Kim and Tom Gallagher on saxophones. Jackie and the Gill Street Band performed such numbers as Earth Wind & Fire’s “Serpentine Fire,” Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing” and more. Arts festivals took the spotlight the following week, including the 52nd annual Central PA Festival of the Arts in State College. I attended and checked out some of Thursday’s entertainment at the Festival, starting with JT & the Denicats at the Festival Shell stage near Penn continued on page 17...
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THE PROFESSOR continued..... State’s Old Main. One of the blues vehicles of keyboardist/singer John “JT” Thompson, JT & the Denicats performed a blend of blues and R&B, spotlighting John’s original song arsenal. Flanked by Bill Stetz on bass, Doug McMinn on saxophone, Joel Vincent on drums and Sean Farley on guitar, John sang numbers such as the sterntoned “Too Many Dead,” “Wipe Away the Tears,” the upbeat “Chicken Bone” and more. I then headed to the Allen Street Stage for my first look at Rodeo Serenade. This group did a feisty mixture of roots sounds, spanning early rock’n’roll to roots country, honky-tonk, Texas swing and more; capturing the sound, mood and even some of the look of that 1950s era when rock’n’roll was born. Singer Kristi Branstetter, singer/rhythm guitarist Susan Burlingame, lead guitarist Steve Branstetter, bassist Phil Burlingame and drummer Kyle Haust did nice work on favorites from Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Carl Perkins, Patsy Cline and more. They spotlighted female roots artists such as Charline Arthur, Wanda Jackson and others. Rodeo
work on tunes such as “Brother John,” Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life,” Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” “Got My Mojo Working,” and the soulful and solemn set-ending rendition of “Amazing Grace.” And Chris Rattie & the New Rebels closed out the Allen Street Stage with their hearty brand of Americana rock. Flanked by bassist Jeff Downing, guitarist and harmonica player Nate Cutshall and drummer Forrest Schwartz, Chris played guitar and sang numbers from his new album, Porch, along with earlier numbers and a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” He did numbers such as “My Mountain” and “Heading into Darkness” off the new album, as well as “Hotel By the Highway,” “So Long” and more. This was one of Forrest’s final shows with the band; Chris Rattie & the New Rebels will pause to work in a new drummer before returning to action this fall. Meanwhile, during the same week, the 26th People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts took place
Jim Donavan & Kent Tonkin / Sun King Warriors at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. I took in some of the Saturday performers, arriving in time to see the last few minutes of Myal Soul’s set on the South Stage. Based in Williamsport, Jamaica natives continued on page 18..
John “JT” Thompson /JT & the Denicats Serenade’s vocals were bright and they triggered dancing several times during their set, and even staged a twisting contest during one song with their American Roots CD as a prize to the best twister. Next on the same stage was Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, who dazzled the crowd with their brand of blues, rhythm and soul. An early highlight during their performance was when members of the Penn State Nittany Lion football team strolled through the crowd and handed out free season calendars to everyone. A few players even danced as singer “Miss Melanie” Morrison Zeigler, guitarist Mark Ross, keyboardist Rev. James Harton and drummer Chris Coyne played “You’re Not Gonna Steal My Shine.” Melanie’s voice was in excellent form and Mark displayed clean and tasteful guitar
Melanie Morrison Zeigler/ Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats
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THE PROFESSOR continued..... to see the last few minutes of Myal Soul’s set on the South Stage. Based in Williamsport, Jamaica natives Oneil Peart on lead vocals and guitar, plus Christopher Downer on drums, led their group on a mixture of reggae and soulful sounds. Toward set’s end, Myal Soul led audience members in a reggae-based aerobic dance workout. Following them was Quarterstick, who blazed hard-rocking classics from Four Horsemen, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Golden Earring, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne and more. Dana Confer’s voice was in good form, backed by the strong guitar work of Jason Hritzko and Terry Cressman, and powerful rhythms from bassist Dave Coleman and drummer Farley Hill. I then headed to the North Stage to witness Eric Ian Farmer, Ady Martinez and friends. Eric sang, played cajon and guitar, and Ady sang and played cuatro venezolano (a Venezuelan stringed instrument similar to a classical guitar but smaller). Performing with them were guitarist
Eric Ian Farmer Christopher Beiswanger, bassist Simon Gomez, Andrew Jackson on congas, Jason Crane on sax, and Nathalia Velasquez on vocals. Together, this cast of musicians created a world community among themselves and the audience through their music. Ady sang lead vocals on a couple of Spanish language folk numbers to open the set, and she and Eric alternated singing duties. One of the highlights was their rendition of the Chilean folk song “Todo Cambia” (“Everything Changes”), which Ady made into an audience sing-along. Dancers soon joined in, and this set became a celebration of diversity and togetherness as Eric, Ady and their friends made the world a better place this day, one song at a time. Back in action after a several-year hiatus, the legendary Harpo then closed out the day at the South Stage. Keeping the rock alive, the Harpo roster of singer/bassist “Billy Rock” Kerstetter, singer/ keyboardist John “Lloyd” Kistner, guitarist Chris Silvagni and drummer Richard Smith brought the hard rock full fury as they mixed Harpo original tunes with classic rock and metal favorites. Harpo didn’t hold back, pulling all stops on original tune favorites like “Tuff Love,” “Rock A Bye Blues,” “Heart’s Cold,” “Evil Breeds Evil,” “Pleasure Dome,” the storming finale “Gas House Alley Rock” and more. Harpo also lit it up on Krokus’ “Long Stick Goes Boom,” Kingdom Come’s “Get It On,” Deep Purple’s “Perfect Strangers,” AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Let There Be Rock” and “Highway to Hell,” plus tunes from Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica. The fans haven’t forgotten – a good-sized crowd of Harpo fans was present, including one fan who drove all the way in from Delaware with his teenage daughter. As Billy said after the show, Harpo still “has fuel in the tank” so they are back to keep the fire burning. As one of the very first 18
PA bands I ever saw (spring of 1983 at the Scorpion in State College), I am glad to see this crew back in action! I also saw several groups perform during the annual Wam Bam Mountain Jam, a festival and backyard party event held last month in the hills near Port Matilda. Opening the afternoon was Odyssey, a group of friends who convene annually just for this event. The roster of singer/ guitarist Donny Burns, Jr., guitarists Caleb Mitchell and Steve Eisenhuth, bassist Tubz Eisenhuth and drummer Clay Brown fired up revelers with hard-rocking numbers from Four Horsemen, Metallica, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and more. My own band, the Backyard Rockers, played next; serving up our mixture of acoustic numbers from The Band, Steve Earle, Waylon Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Neil Young and more. Next up was Jampact, who mixed up classic rock and pop favorites. Guitarist/singer Ryan Clark, singer Lisa Bock, bassist, keyboardist and singer Steve Treado, and drummer and singer Jamie Shumac continued to fire up the party with numbers from Journey, Black Keys, Styx, AC/DC, Donnie Iris, ZZ Top and more. They were followed by Dr. C & the Hoopties, who blended classic and new rock/ pop favorites. Donny Burns, Jr. also fronted this band and played guitar, joined by Crissee Higgins on bass and vocals, and Rob Chisholm on drums. Their song selection included tunes from Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Cage the Elephant, Elle King, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. And I caught a few songs from State College trio Close to Ghosts, who did a set of original music that blended funk and modern alternative rock. Other performers at Wam Bam Mountain Jam included Time with Donny Burns, Centralia, The Bigs, CumuloTimbus and Rockweiler. I have seen Felix & the Hurricanes at many venues and events over the years, but last month I added a new location – New York City, as the group turned a gig at Bar 9/Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan into a day-long adventure with a busload of their fans – the Hurricaniacs – in tow. The
Felix & The Hurricanes drawing by Jim Price ored an audience request for Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold,” and even fired off their version of Focus’ “Hocus Pocus.” Leading up to the performance, the Hurricaniacs were set loose in Manhattan, and we took in the sights such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Iridium (the jazz club where Les Paul used to perform every Monday night), numerous eateries, gift shops and more. Felix & the Hurricanes keep devising ways to give back to the fans, and this excursion to New York City was a great time; and early word is that there will be a sequel! Detroit’s Goddamn Gallows returned to McGarvey’s last month, headlining a triple-bill. The night’s first two acts, Florida’s Viva Le Vox and Detroit’s Koffin Kats, both performed prior to my arrival. Playing as a four-piece this night, the Goddamn Gallows stirred things up with their unique, high-powered blend of ominous punk rock, metal, bluegrass and gypsy sounds. Singer/guitarist Mikey Classic fronted the group with his sinister, fire-and-brimstone growl, flanked by the menacing Fishgutzzz on stand-up bass, Jayke Orvis on banjo and mandolin, and Baby Genius on drums. The Gallows did a number of tunes off their new album, The Trial, including “Honeyhole” and “Down with the Ship,” along with past favorites like “7 Devils,” “Load Your Guns,” the ever-popular “Y’all M-Fers Need Jesus” and more. The energy was intense and constant, and the Gallows triggered crazy punk slammeets-folk dancing in front of the stage. The night ended with the Gallows inviting members of the earlier two bands to join them onstage for the last song. This band is an adventure every time they hit the McGarvey’s stage, and future return visits are likely. I took in the latter stages of the Benefit for Alan Delbert McConnell, which happened in late June at the Barnesboro VFW in Northern Cambria to raise money for Alan, continued on page 19...
“Billy Rock” Kerstetter & Chris Silvagni / Harpo Hurricanes – singer and guitar man Felix Kos, bassist and singer Jeff Clapper, and drummer and singer Bob Watters – represented well, bringing their raucous rock’n’blues party and delivering the good time. Even the bartender was grooving and dancing behind the bar as she served up drinks! The Hurricanes mixed up classics and original tunes, with the emphasis on keeping the dance floor busy. They did original song staples like “Free,” “Keep On Rockin,’” “Icy You” and “Cut That Line,” and also did favorites from the Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Al Green, Steve Miller Band, Blackfoot, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more. They also introduced their take on Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” mashed together ZZ Top’s “La Grange” and Grand Funk Railroad’s “Footstompin’ Music,” hon-
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THE PROFESSOR continued..... an area musician and sound engineer who is battling Stage 4 cancer. Performing before my arrival were the Morgan James Band, Nag Champions, Talisman, Rick Ramsey Band, Rust and Acoustic Stew. I arrived in time to catch my first look at Downshift. Featuring singer Travis Dick, guitarists Rob Lynn and Jordan Ferraro, bassist Josh Michael and drummer/singer Randy Wilson, Downshift fired off uptempo hard rock and metal from names such as the Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Metallica, AC/DC, Smashing Pumpkins, Ghost A.D., Pantera and more. After my own band, the Backyard Rockers, performed a set of acoustic classics, Negan slammed the lid on the night with their powerful set. Opening with the Ghost A.D. double-shot of “Square Hammer” and “The Pinnacle and the Pit,” Negan – singer Mike Davis, guitarists Bob Gray and Jeremy Ashurst, bassist Josh Yahner and drummer Damien Falatek – triggered dancing and headbanging with original songs from their EP Burnt Pages, plus tunes from White Zombie, Danzig, Judas Priest, Tool, Alice In Chains, Motorhead, and an excellent rendition of Iron Maiden’s “Two Minutes to Midnight” dedicated to Alan. The benefit was well-attended, and raised more than $1,200 toward Alan’s medical expenses.
Goddamn Gallows drawing by Jim Price Other performances I saw in recent weeks included Florida-based Guns N’Roses tribute Nightrain at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum with local band guests Kicked In, and the triple-bill of the expanded roster of Young Lungs, Pittsburgh’s Two Birds and Altoona’s Lose the Name – playing their final show – at McGarvey’s. News and notes…Blues Traveler, Pure Prairie League, The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts and The Hillbilly Way are among the performers at this year’s AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival, happening Aug. 3-4 at People’s Natural Gas Park in Johnstown…Anchor & Arrow, Hops & Vines, Erin & Wiggus, Leah Mueller, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Natascha & the Spy Boys and Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band will perform during “Women’s Voices,” an event spotlighting
Ady Martinez/ Eric Ian Farmer & Friends August, 2018
Susan Bulingame & Kristi Branstetter Rodeo Serenade women’s voices in music and life, which happens Aug. 18 at the State Theatre in State College, with proceeds helping the Centre County Women’s Resource Center…The annual Rails & Ales fundraiser for Altoona Community Theater happens Aug. 25 at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum…Singer Tyler Ringland and bassist Jon Keller are parting ways with the band DopplerPoppins for personal and career reasons; the group plans to finish work on their debut studio album Turned On Neurons and an accompanying live album, Get Different, with both albums expected to be released in the fall…On a sad note, David Van Doren, former guitarist and singer for the Bellwood-based rock group Still Holdin,’ lost his life on June 29 after his motorcycle was struck by an oncoming vehicle in Butler County; he was 50. We at PA Musician express our condolences to David’s surviving family, friends and former bandmates. Please send correspondence and recordings to: Jim Price, 1104 S. Catherine St., Altoona, PA 16602. You can also e-mail me at email@example.com. And if you’re into social networking, look me up on Facebook or Google+. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!
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CHRIS RATTIE – PORCH (no label) Chris Rattie’s evolution as a songwriter, singer, musician and artist takes another step forward on Porch, his latest offering with his current band, the New Rebels. His songwriting prowess became known during his years with former State College country rockers The Rustlanders, and his 2013 album All These Things showed Chris baring his soul on changes he was enduring in life and musical career. His songwriting becomes more edgy and acerbic on Porch, as he weaves tales of life-hardening experiences and cynical realities, riding along nine sonic backdrops that blend elements of Americana, roots music, rebel country and hard rock. Playing bass, guitar, harmonica and Wurlitzer, Chris sings those tales with passion, acid and wit, assisted by New Rebels
cast members Jason “Junior” Tutwiler on guitar, Forrest Schwartz on drums, and guest singers Natty Lou Race, Kate Twoey (both of Pure Cane Sugar fame) and Cory Neidig (of Grain). A duet featuring Chris and Natty Lou, “My Mountain” opens the album with a happier theme of two souls realizing bliss in a rustic setting. The dual-speed “Sparkling Stars” likewise is joyful, reflecting on happier memories of love and discovery. But uncertainty clouds such love on “Pick Your Pain,” with doubt looming over its future. The sullen “Prisoner 743” tries to pick up the pieces after life in a jail cell, the rowdy and raucous “Country Boy” busts on redneck arrogance, and shadows follow Pennsylvania Musician Magazine
a wayfaring soul on the hard-edged disc-closer “Heading into Darkness,” channeling the Americana-rock styles of John Mellencamp and the Black Crowes. The melodies are cleverly crafted with distinctive arrangements that keep this album sounding fresh throughout. Chris’ vocal performances are riveting, as he invests emotion and grit into each tune; and he and his bandmates blend their instrumental talents well, giving color and personality to the compositions. Recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by Chris with his bandmates, Porch sounds rich and full, enabling the artistry and raw emotion of each song to shine through. Porch shows Chris Rattie’s growth as a songsmith, as he ponders life’s situations, questions and answers, and arrives at realizations and wisdom. (The CD can be obtained through Chris’ website, www.chrisrattie.com.) SHATTERED – BLACKOUT SESSIONS (no label) First formed in Greensburg more than a decade ago, Pittsburgh’s Shattered brings a forceful modern rock and metal sound on their second album, Blackout Sessions. Over the disc’s dozen tracks, guitarists Erik Rhodes and Evan Schlegel, bassist Tim Noel and drummer Kevin Dick deliver a contemporary heavy-rocking sound that blends ‘90s and current rock flavors. Their stern backdrops of tough-rocking riffs and beats serve as the launch pad for singer Josh Comp (since replaced by Chris Taylor) to sing and vent rage on songs with mostly personal and confrontational themes. The angry disc-opener “Martyr,” the confrontational “Hell Bent” and “Blame” display a Godsmack-toned toughness, while “Love Hate Obsession” and “Par-
alyzed” channel a darker Alice In Chains-rooted texture. Shattered explores an acoustic-geared sound and a reflective theme on “Reckoning,” featuring some catchy vocal harmonies, and they also close the album with the acoustic ballad “Silhouette.” The group attempts a trickier, Tool-like arrangement on “Long Walk (Off a Short Pier),” and hammer full throttle on assaults like “These Gates” and “What You Reap.” The song hooks are direct and to the point, and Shattered’s forceful execution makes sure you are paying attention to each tune. Josh Comp’s blend of melody and aggression keeps things fresh and prevents the album from ever sounding routine. Recorded by Gregg Livengood, and produced by Livengood and the group, Blackout Sessions sounds visceral and thunderous, letting Shattered bare their teeth without unnecessary clutter or gloss. Shattered hones their heavy-rocking sound on Blackout Sessions, further defining their hard-hitting foundation and giving fans of current heavy rock a set well worth checking out. (The CD can be obtained through CD Baby, www.cdbaby.com.)
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