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ACROSS THE DESK By Robin Noll
September is the first month on the Jewish calendar and they say it’s the month when God created all the earth and it is a time of new beginnings and a new energy. After the elcipse I do feel it all around. My prayers and thoughts are with those who are suffering so much. Such devastation throughout the earth and it’s all just the beginning or maybe we’re somewhere in the middle as there have been so many crazy storms, faminines, wars, rumors of wars and evil definitely has increased. Most important statement made to me in my life by my husband was, “What you need in your life is Jesus Christ if we’re going to make it as a family.” I am amazed how God has changed me over the years and though there is chaos all around, yet His peace transcends all understanding. Ahh, this is what happens when I’ve been up all night, I get philosophical. When I get done with The Shopper’s Remedy (our other paper) and I start working on the PA Musician, I always think I don’t have many ads. Then I procrastinate which causes my advertisers to procrastinate and then...WHAM!!! It all goes crazy and I wind up with enough ads and so much information. As I see all the music that is happening throughout the month I think, oh I should go there and hear that. On Saturday, September 2nd Stonewood is performing at Joe K’s in Union Deposit and will be raising funds for the Texans and victims of the Harvey Flood. It’s the first one I have heard about I’m sure there are several others. Union House is collecting items and have located a big rig that is heading down so check out Union House’s facebook page and see what they’re up to. The Red Cross and other relief workers would prefer that you send cash to those who are buying exactly what people really need. If you send goods a lot of time they wind up in a warehouse and are not distributed. Someone actually sent a used tea bag, seriously?!? I can’t believe my baby is going to be 39 on September 2nd. I love her so much, she truly is my bestest friend and
helps me in so many wonderful ways! When I got pregnant with her I wasn’t so sure but God know exactly what I needed. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY BEAUTIFUL RACHEL!!
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OUT ‘n’ ABOUT By Rachel Rocks
How is it time for my September article already? Can Summer please come back?!? I swear I blinked and it’s gone. What a whirlwind of a month. I literally saw two bands. Yep. That’s right.. two.. I know pathetic. I’m just glad I at least got out to see two! Two is better than zero. I’m really hoping to get out more this month but we shall see… The first band of the month I saw was Strangest Hearts. Last month on my plea for new ads, Anna Spangle sent me a message and told me about her new band. I’m so glad she did! They had their first show at The Blue Moose in Linglestown and she wanted to promote it. It’s great that the Blue Moose has live music every weekend. I just wish they would advertise and promote their shows more. I know they post their shows on multiple Facebook pages, and send out evites, but with how insanely busy I am I don’t have time to click around to a million Facebook pages to see what’s going on, I just flip open a PA Musician Magazine and take a look through the ads. Unfortunately, many clubs and bands don’t choose to use our pages to promote
their events; which in turn means that I have fewer and fewer choices of knowing where and when bands are performing. I occasionally will take the time to go through Facebook if I have extra free time on my hands, but honestly, I just don’t. I know there were plenty of things advertised that I didn’t have the time or energy to get to this past month with starting my new job and still doing three part time jobs, plus being a wife and mother, there’s only so many hours in a day that I can stay awake. This is my little disclaimer: even if you do advertise, it doesn’t guarantee you will see me at your show, there is just a much better chance of it happening. There are still quite a few venues and bands that advertise that I haven’t gotten a chance to check out and I do apologize. I’m not the only one that reads the magazine, and hopefully the other readers are coming out there to support your show or venue. I know I stick local to the venues right here around my house, but with so much happening in my life during the day, it’s usually midnight til I even get the chance to go out. I used to swing in to Double K at the end of my run and I was already at two other venues. Anymore when Scott asks me where I’ve been the answer is usually, “sleeping on the couch.” Maybe the problem is I’m just getting old. Lol. So anyway, back to Strangest Hearts. Anne is their lead singer and she has some amazing lungs on her. A majority of their songs are originals, but they do throw the occasional cover in to mix things up a bit. Anne also plays guitar, usually acoustic but she does rip away on the electric too! Her guitar player, Corey has all of the crazy guitar parts under control tho. He stands back and lets Anne rule the show, but don’t let him fool you, he’s pretty fun to listen to. Tommy on bass and Brian on drums definitely have the back beat under control. The four of them make a great combo that is very easy to listen to. Their songs are filled with passion and amazing lyrics, some of their music has an Americana feel to them, and others are just pure Rock. I’m glad they took a few of their hard earned dollars and placed an ad, and I’m even more glad I had the time to go see them! The next band I saw was New Direction at Double K. They were a new band for Double K, They are a magnificent band, they could us a bigger stage but Karen at the “Double K” enjoys their sound and wanted to give New Direction some needed exposure and her patrons a chance to hear something different on their stage. New Direction definitely needs a bigger stage as they are a six piece band that plays way more than six instruments, even their sound man was playing the tambourine when it was needed. Joann was pulling out and performing on all kinds of instruments, plus she sings lead or harmony on almost all of the songs I heard. She played the flute, kazoo, and tambourine just to name a few. They had keys which I love, and even a slide trombone, plus of course all of your regular standard
band instruments. Overall they did a great job and had an amazing sound with so many band members. Their harmonies were crazy cool! Hopefully they find big enough venues for them all to fit on the stage. It’s hard to believe they are the only bands I saw this month, but it’s true hopefully September will afford more opportunities to get “Out & About”. September is a big birthday month in my family, and in our PA Musician family. My birthday kicks off the shenanigans, followed by the one and only super dee doper dee amazing photographer Meredith Kaminek. Then next is my son Zack’s 15th birthday!!! I still can’t believe my baby is in High School at Dauphin County Vo-Tech. I’m so proud of the amazing man he is becoming, it is truly humbling watching him grow into a fine young man! Last but not least is our other writer Eric Hoffman’s birthday, and boy oh boy, it’s a big one, he’ll probably hate me for writing this, Rachel & Zack but Eric is going to be the big 5-0!!! The man never visibly ages, so that is super hard to believe, but it’s true!! Happy Birthday Meredith, Zack, and Eric!! Here’s to hoping we all have a fabulous year ahead!
Well that’s all for this month. I am exhausted and my deadline is looming ahead of me. I hope you all have a fantastic month. If you are one of the lucky ones that see me Out and About, please stop me and say Hi! You can also e-mail me at RachelRocks@pamusician.
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NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman
Greetings Rockers ‘N’ Rollers! Last month began with yet another free show at Sawyer’s Summer Concert Series. The 90’s alternative band Fastball visited downtown Harrisburg on August 2nd. Local favorites, The Jellybricks gave a great set and help bring the large turn-out. Fastball are known for their hit single titled “The Way,” which was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1998. Their second album, “All the Pain Money Can Buy” reached platinum sales within six months of its release, and stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for a year. August 6th required a trip to Brooklyn, NY Coney Island Amphitheatre for the best punk tour of the Summer titled ‘From Boston to Berkeley Tour’ featured Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and Bouncing Souls. Rancid are currently promoting their latest album ‘Trouble Maker,’ and were incredible bringing their amazing punk rock, with songs ‘Roots Radicals,’ ‘Time Bomb’ and ‘Ruby Soho.’ Dropkick Murphys delivered their Celtic punk music and played their Platinum-selling single ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston.’ The Bouncing Souls were also fantastic providing their fast light-hearted songs like ‘Sing Along Forever’ and ‘Hopeless Romantic.’ It truly was an unbelievable show and beautiful night on the Coney Island boardwalk on the Lower New York Bay. Godsmack played Bethlehem’s Musikfest on August 9th. Musikfest originated in 1984 and is considered the nation’s largest non-gated free music festival. The annual festival begins on the first Friday in August, and ends on Sunday ten days later and brings hundreds of bands. The premium concerts do require paid tickets to gain admission, this year artists included: Godsmack, Live, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Santana, Chicago, Father John Misty and Toby Keith. My thanks again to Sean Byndas for making this great night happen and the backstage opportunity to meet with Godsmack again. Drummer Shannon Larkin is truly one of the nicest musicians I’ve ever encountered. Godsmack delivered a solid show with hits “Whatever,” “I Stand Alone” and ‘Voodoo.’ Possibly the biggest show in this area in 2017 happened August 13th at Hersheypark Stadium. Legendary band Guns ‘N’ Roses brought their ‘Not In This Lifetime Tour’ to a sold-out crowd over 30,000 fans. The crowd was beyond impressed with the bands’ 3 hour 15 minute show, which included 30 songs. GNR currently consists of three original members: Axl Rose still has that notorious scream and ran miles on the stage, Slash never left the stage once nor took off his guitar, performing non-stop and Duff McKagan was consistently great, even performing a Misfits’ song “Attitude.” Guns N Roses only visited the midstate once before in 1991, selling out Hersheypark Stadium with Skid Row. The recent Hershey show began with National band Live from York, PA. NATIONAL NEWS: David Crosby says fellow rocker Ted Nugent has been kept out of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame because he “just isn’t good enough,” not because of his politics. Nugent claims he hasn’t been inducted because of his support for gun rights and his membership on the National Rifle Association’s board of directors. The outspoken Nugent was a fierce critic of former President Barack Obama’s gun control efforts and said that he’d be dead or in jail if Obama was re-elected. Crosby has been inducted into the Hall twice for his membership in The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Nugent’s biggest hit was “Cat Scratch Fever,” which peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard chart in 1977. Taylor Swift won $1 and long-awaited vindication after a jury decided that a radio host groped her during a pre-concert photo op four years ago. Denver DJ David Mueller was fired after he grabbed the backside of Swift during a backstage meet-andgreet photo. The dueling lawsuits involved Mueller seeking up to $3 million from Swift for ruining his career and Swift’s countersuit wanting a symbolic $1 to stand up for other women. The singer-songwriter said the encounter was a clear case of sexual assault. “He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” Swift testified. “It was a definite grab. A very long grab,” she added. Chris Cornell’s widow has commissioned a statue of the late Soundgarden frontman to be placed in his hometown of Seattle. Vicky Cornell hired artist and sculptor Wayne Toth to create continued on next page...
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Hackensack, New Jersey. A follow-up Facebook post said to be made on O’Connor’s behalf said the singer is currently OK. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed that he feared the worst after being diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. The 70-year-old guitarist says he thought it might be “time to say goodbye,” after a doctor performing routine tests offered the news that he “had this supernova burning away on my left lung.” Wood had decided not to have chemotherapy if results turned out to be bad. The musician says he decided, “I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere.” Wood will undergo checks every three months.
& Saddle Sept 9. Teenage Bottlerocket Baltimore Ottobar Sept 10. Willie Nelson / Van Morrison Hersheypark Stadium Sept 10. Best Coast Baltimore Ottobar Sept 12. Adam Ant Baltimore Soundstage Sept 19. The Dead Boys HMAC Sept 20. War On Drugs Philadelphia Dell Music Center Sept 21. St. Etienne Washington DC U Street Music Hall Sept 27.
the memorial. Toth also created a statue of Johnny Ramone that sits atop his grave in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, where Cornell is buried. Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel hours after a Soundgarden concert there in May. He was 52. Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut with a five-days-per-week solo show at the Walter Kerr Theatre that runs from October 3rd to November 26th. “I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible,” Springsteen said. “I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken some of it is sung.” ‘The Boss’ added that the 960-seat theater is “with one or two exceptions” the smallest venue he’s played in the last 40 years. Sinead O’Connor has emotionally pleaded for help and opened up about her struggles with mental illness in a rambling Facebook video. The 50-year-old Irish singer says that she was staying alive for the sake of others and if it were up to her, she’d “be gone.” O’Connor was living at Travelodge motel in South
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The Killers have announced dates for a 2018 North American tour and will be showing off tunes from their fifth studio album, “Wonderful Wonderful”. The LP is due out September 22nd on Island Records. The Killers has a handful of upcoming U.S. festival appearances, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Stops on the itinerary include Washington DC’s Anthem on January 10th, New York’s Madison Square Garden on January 12th and Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on January 13th. UPCOMING SHOWS: Depeche Mode Washington DC Capitol One Arena Sept 7. Teenage Bottlerocket Philadelphia Boot
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Scott Fritz with an electric sitar Scott Fritz, owner of Schoolhouse Music, grew up in a musical home and at the age of 9 his dad offered to pay for music lessons for each of his children and Scott chose to take guitar lessons. Scott took lessons from Sam Jaffin for 4 years and Sam is still teaching in the area. He also learned how to play the banjo, and the fiddle plus various other stringed instruments. In the 70’s Scott was in a band called the Juice and he also was in a band named Last Chance. Out of high school Scott attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied the intricasies of Jazz, music theory and also started writing his own songs and music. He knew at that point that he was always going to be involved in music. Running out of money he came home and was performing in a local band and started buying musical instruments at Flea Markets and Yard Sales and began building up a reputation as the “go to guy” in the Danville, PA area to buy quality musical gear from. He not only bought used gear he also started fixing up the instruments he pur12
chased. He actually sold the gear out of his car for a time. He realized that there was a definite need in the Danville area for a music store. His brother and his wife had bought an old schoolhouse along Route 11 between Danville and Bloomsburg and offered to rent it to Scott, thus in 1983 Schoolhouse Music was established and soon became one of Northeast PA’s most popular music stores. After 23 years in the little Schoolhouse Scott outgrew it and moved to his current location at 1906 Montour Blvd, Danville (it’s actually right up the road from the one room schoolhouse. To maintain the character of his original beginnings he added a bell tower and still displays the pictures of President Lincoln and George Washington and the flag of the United States of America to continue with the Schoolhouse theme. Scott is well known for his honest service, precise instrument set-ups and repairs. If you don’t have a stringed instrument set up right they won’t sound too good and they will be hard to play. The Set Up is very important and Scott has been doing that a long time, This year marks 34 Years of serving the public. Schoolhouse Music’s prices are very competitive with any store or online catalog sales. Scott is a firm believer that you need to strum an instrument and hear how it sounds and feels before you purchase one and having a retail store full of quality equipment gives his customers a chance to do just that. Schoolhouse Music is a dealer for some of the highest quality and best known instruments in the industry including Martin Acoustic Guitars, Alvarez, Seagull, Schecter, Sterling and many other brands. He carries
Orange Amps, plus Fender and other name brands. He also has Ukes, Mandolins, Violins and various kinds of drums. Scott knew from the time he was a young boy that he wanted to be involved in music, little did he know it would be in music retail. Scott still performs at coffee houses and private events and is always recording songs he has written. He knows someday he will sell a song to just the right
Scott strumming a banjo person and than he’ll become rich and famous. Until than though he is ready to hook you up with that musical gear that will help you to accomplish your dreams for your own musical goals. Schoolhouse Music is open Monday thru Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Fridays 10am to 6pm and Saturdays 12noon to 4jpm. Don’t hesitate to call 570-275-4949 or stop by with your questions or to see all that Scott has to offer. Schoolhouse Music has very low overhead so their prices are amazing. Or maybe you just want to talk about music, it’s Scott’s favorite subject.
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THE PROFESSOR By Jim Price
The Summer of 2017 enters its homestretch and transitions into fall, with summer festivals and fairs giving way to autumn-themed festivals before live music heads back indoors with the arrival of cold weather. Summer season live music continued at a frenzied clip in recent weeks. County fair season kicked into high gear, and the 157th annual Clearfield County Fair again provided several marquee national recording acts. I caught the Saturday headlining concert, featuring Autograph, Kix and Queensryche. Leading off, Autograph – these days featuring founding members Steve Lynch on guitar and Randy Rand on bass, plus singer/guitarist Simon Daniels and drummer Marc Wieland – delivered a strong set that blended new songs with material from their 1980s heyday. Autograph introduced songs from their forthcoming new album “Get Off Your Ass”, along with two of their best-known ‘80s numbers, “Send Her to Me” and their popular anthem “Turn Up the Radio” to close the set. Kix soon followed, and wasted no time in amping up the party. Singer Steve Whiteman, guitarists Ronnie Younkins and Brian Forsythe, bassist Mark Schenker and drummer Jimmy Chalfant proudly fired off a succession of their most popular numbers, including “Ring Around Rosie,” “Girl Money,” “Cold Shower,” “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “Cold Blood,” “Blow My Fuse” and more. Steve again was the consummate showman up front as he blended nonstop energy with his vocal range, sass and sense of humor; and Jimmy thundered out a drum solo toward set’s end. Having seen former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate’s acoustic concert in State College earlier this year, I eagerly anticipated my first look at Queensryche with Geoff’s replacement, Todd La Torre, on lead vocals. As their headlining set unfolded, it quickly became evident that Todd clearly has a voice, vocal range and power consistent with his predecessor. Now featuring Todd, the founding trio of guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist
Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, plus guitarist Parker Lundgren; Queensryche did one newer song – their set-opener “Guardian” – before celebrating their back catalog with popular songs and deep cuts up through their 1994 “Promised Land” album. Their performance was tight, powerful and focused; the group did multiple songs from their popular “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Empire” albums, including “Operation: Mindcrime,” “Best I Can,” “The Mission,” “Silent Lucidity,” “I Don’t Believe in Love,” “Empire” and “Jet City Woman.” They also performed “Queen of the Reich” off their 1982 debut EP, “The Killing Words” and “Surgical Strike” off their “Rage For Order” album, “Damaged” off “Promised Land” and “Take Hold of the Flame” off “The Warning” to end their initial set. When the Clearfield crowd demanded an encore, Queensryche returned to deliver a few more: “Anarchy-X/Revolution Calling,” “Screaming in Digital” and “Eyes of a Stranger.” And – given the tumultuous nature of their split and subsequent litigation with their former singer – it was interesting to note Todd’s final words to the Clearfield crowd this night as the last song ended: “We are the one, we are the only Queensryche.” Also at the Clearfield County Fair, I saw one performance at the Grove stage, catching my first look at the Josh Squared Band. Based near Elizabethtown, this group is named after two members named Josh; Josh Tindall on keys and guitar and Josh Duma on bass and sax. This group mixed a wide variety of favorites spanning early rock’n’roll to country to modern pop and funk. Drummer Rob Schwartz gave a dazzling drum solo display on The Surfaris’ “Wipe Out” as I arrived, and singer Kali Rodgers belted out impressive voice on Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” The Josh Squared Band also did songs from Van Morrison, Luke Bryan, Bruno Mars and more. Last month’s 46th annual Clinton County Fair near Mill Hall featured several local and regional performers. I saw the Thursday entertainment, including Loose Cannons and The Hobbs Sisters. From the Lock Haven area, Loose Cannons – singer/ bassist Phil Reeder, guitarist/singer Steve Linn and drummer Pete DeSanto – performed a robust blend of classic rock and funk favorites. They fired up their audience with tunes from Bryan Adams, Wilson Pickett, The Kinks, 38 Special, Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, AC/DC and more. Phil deliv-
ered strong vocal range, and showed some impressive funky bass licks on Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” while Steve demonstrated strong guitar solo work on numbers such as ZZ Top’s “La Grange” and the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.” From Pittsburgh, the Hobbs Sisters – Hannah and Lauren – and their band performed a blend of original country and country rock, along with country and rock’n’roll favorites. Both sisters showed big voices and nice harmonies, as well as poise and a pleasant stage presence up front. Accompanying them were lead guitarist Tommy Bozek, drummer TJ Thomas, bassist Dave Gregory and Hollis Greathouse on keys, banjo and acoustic guitar. The Hobbs Sisters performed songs off their two EP’s, as well as hits from Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Joan Jett, Old Crow Medicine Show, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and more. Portage’s 27th annual Summerfest happened last month at Crichton McCormick Park in Portage. I caught some of Sunday’s entertainment slate, including Bon Journey and Three Of Hearts. From Pittsburgh, Bon Journey mixed classics from – who else? – Bon Jovi and Journey, along with a few
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other 70s/80s-era classics. This group presents two strong singers – Tony DiCesaro handling the Jon Bon Jovi singing duties, and keyboardist Jeff Morris in the Journey Steve Perry role – both accompanied by lead guitarist George McGrew, bassist Pat Duff and drummer Mike Vargo. Bon Journey alternated back and forth between favorites from both the Journey and Bon Jovi libraries. The more mobile singer, Tony worked the stage and engaged the crowd, firing them up into joining singa-longs on “Lovin Touchin’ Squeezin,’” “Living on a Prayer,” the show-closer “Don’t Stop Believin’” and more. Then closing out the festival, Three Of Hearts brought the classic hits, doing favorites from the 1950s through 1980s from such names as Wilson Pickett, Elvis, Tommy James, Neil Diamond, Georgia Satellites, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Clash, CCR, The Hollies, Bad Company and more. All three musicians were strong – guitarist Joe Tirpak’s solos and leads were clean and precise, Duaine Detrick’s bass work was sturdy and full, and drummer John Shimko was christened “The Octopus” by soundman Ray Buksa, as he sang, played drums and keys at the same time, and kept it all straight! Three Of Hearts delivered a fun show, honored requests and kept the mood lighthearted. Altoona’s Railroaders Museum capped their Alive @ 5 Summer Concert Series early last month with a performance by New York-based Styx tribute group Rockin’ the Paradise. Although a strong thunderstorm wreaked some havoc and delayed the start, local rockers Teazed eventually opened the evening. Singer Justin Dell, guitarists Jason Berardi and Jim Mincin, bassist Mike Stanley and drummer Shawn Gioiosa warmed up the crowd with a mix of hard rock favorites from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s – including songs from Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Jackyl, Tesla, Poison, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Guns N’Roses and more. Rockin’ the Paradise then celebrated the music of Styx, performing classics and hits from throughout the group’s career, and mixing in a few other ‘80s-era favorites along the way. Singer Jim Vagnato displayed a great voice that achieved Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw-styled vocal range and clarity throughout the performance, and established a friendly connection with the audience early and often. Backing him were guitarists Chris Iazzetta and Mike Baranski (who has performed with Styx members James Young’s and Glen Burtnik’s side projects), bassist Butch McCracken and drummer Carmen Speziale. Over two sets, Rockin’ the Paradise performed almost all of the essential Styx classics, including the title song “Rockin’ the Paradise,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Suite Madame Blue,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Show Me the Way,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Man in the Wilderness,” “Lady,” “Crystal Ball,” “Snowblind,” “Grand Illusion,” “Lorelei,” “Renegade” and “The Best of Times.” They also blended in other songs from the 1980s, including numbers from Night Ranger, Loverboy, Journey, Bon Jovi, and even a comical salute to Axl Rose and David Coverdale. When the Railroaders Museum crowd demanded more, Rockin’ the Paradise responded with “Come Sail Away” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” to end the night. The City of Altoona presented its first-ever National Night Out Against Crime celebration early last month at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza, and among the night’s festivities was the debut of new area rock group Kicked In. This new collaboration features former members of Kyx, Inside Out (Altoona edition) and The Kick. Bassist/singer Jim Walstrom, guitarist/ singer Paul Dixon, acoustic guitarist/singer Jeff Hollingshead, keyboardist/singer Terry Wills and drummer Lisle Weaver mixed up classic rock, pop and country favorites from the Eagle, Collective Soul, Golden Earring, Rolling Stones, Romantics, Stevie Wonder, Robert Palmer, Tom Petty and more. They sounded solid throughout, and I liked the finishing touch at the end, the Terry-sung version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road.” The National Night Out Against Crime festivities were well-attended; watch for Kicked In as they start performing regularly this fall. I finally was able to attend and catch part of last month’s fifth annual Route 22 Rock n Blues Festival, which took place at the Lincoln Caverns fairground near Huntingdon. On the stage as I arrived during the festival’s second day was a brand new band, On The Brink, who was filling in for an act that had to bow out late. A trio, On The Brink features two alumni from The Flame Sky, singer/guitarist Ed Brinkel and drummer Nate Woods, with Dana Brinkel playing bass. The group performed several classic-rooted original songs; including their interesting closer, “My Liver Can’t Handle a Broken Heart.” Next was performer Rich Edmundson, who did his unique brand of improvisationcontinued on next page...
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al acoustic music. Rich improvised lyrics and vocalizations on the spot as he did original songs such as “Firefly” and others, and closed his set with a variation on his popular instrumental “Percussive Guitar,” where he strums, taps and pulls a myriad of different tones and rhythms from his acoustic guitar. And I caught much of The Blacksnakes’ performance, as they did electric blues and blues-rock. Singer Brian Elliott, guitarist Jason Feathers, bassist Hunter Karns and drummer Nate Woods mixed original songs and cover material. They tapped into the catalogs of blues masters like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, and did the original song favorite “Bottom Shelf Woman” from their previous incarnation as The Hawks Blues Band. The Blacksnakes also brought up a special guest, 14-year-old guitar prodigy Ty Fowler, who swapped solos with Jason on Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs” and the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post.” An approaching severe thunderstorm prompted my hasty exit from the festival, but I enjoyed what I experienced and plan to return. After renovations and the completion of their new stage pavilion and amphitheater earlier in the year, Everett’s Tenley Park hosted several free concerts this summer, including The Zillion Dollar Combo last month. Formed ten years ago, this group features singer Natalie Ebersole, her husband and bassist Mike Ebersole, guitarist Ryan Chandler, keyboardist Robert May and drummer Lucas Steinbrunner. The Zillion Dollar Combo mixed up a tasty blend of classic rock, funk, pop and blues numbers. Natalie showed impressive vocal range, smoothness and soulfulness as she sang on numbers from Santana, A Taste Of Honey, Chic, Wild Cherry, Blues Traveler, Bob Marley and more. This group threw some interesting twists in along the way, including an instrumental rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe,” and spotlighting Robert’s keyboard skills on Booker T & the MG’s “Green Onions.” I did manage to escape for a three-day mini-vacation last month, venturing northward to Rochester, New York to visit and tour my personal beer “mecca,” the Genesee Brewing Company and Brewhouse. I didn’t really plan on seeing much live music during my journey, but it found me anyway. The first band I saw was on my itinerary, though, as I learned that Marshmellow Overcoat was performing at an Italian festival – Festa Italiana – in their hometown of Bradford (just south of the PA-NY border) on the first day of my journey. The group – singer/guitarist Tyler Calkins, bassist/singer Jason Wood, lead guitarist Alan Hancock and drummer Anthony Cavallaro – entertained with their bright blend of classic rock/pop covers and their own originals, rooted in the 1960s/70s pop songcraft tradition of the Beatles and the Monkees. Singer/guitarist Marshmellow Overcoat did original tunes such as their title song “Marshmellow Overcoat” (off their self-titled latest album; the name came from The Band as a monicker they considered using, revealed in the 1978 concert film The Last Waltz), “See the Plan,” the title track from their previous album “Wait For Me” and “Girl with the Red Hair.” I liked their cover selection, as they mixed tunes from Badfinger, Collective Soul, Moody Blues, The Band, Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Guess Who and more. In between sets, guest Michael Miller played a short set of rock and pop favorites. It turned out that my hotel accommodation in Henrietta, just south of Rochester, housed a live music venue called Nashvilles,
a country-themed roadhouse. So with live music mere footsteps from my hotel room, I couldn’t resist, and ended up checking out local Rochester area classic rock power trio These Guys. Featuring singer/guitarist Dan Tette, bassist/singer Nick Matyjakowski and drummer/singer Ryan Smith, These Guys did fiery takes on a wide selection of classic rock favorites from Bad Company, Jimi Hendrix, Grand Funk Railroad, CCR, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Band, Buffalo Springfield, Allman Brothers, The Doors, Black Crowes and more. As live music at Nashvilles was sponsored by local music store House Of Guitars, and Genesee is the prominent local beer flavor, These Guys cleverly worked references to both into the lyrics of numerous songs. The group also welcomed Dan’s uncle, Steve, to sing and play drums on several songs during the second set, along with another singer to belt out AC/DC’s “TNT” during the third set. During the final day of my Rochester sojourn, I visited the aforementioned House Of Guitars, a music store jam-packed with new and vintage guitars, basses, amps and multiple other instruments and accessories. They also regularly present live music on an outdoor stage next to the building; and this day happened to be Metal Day, with four bands taking the stage. I caught the set from Buffalo-based thrash/grindcore trio Prepare For the Mindscan. Guitarist/vocalist Jay Wopperer, bassist/vocalist Shawn Gomez and drummer Joe Musial fired off terse, intense original numbers, and covered a song from Avulsion. Indoors, Gaelic Storm brought their Celtic-flavored folk
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and rock sounds to State College’s State Theatre in late July. This was my first time witnessing Gaelic Storm; with Celtic flavors serving as their foundation, this group – guitarist/singer Steve Twigger, singer/multi-instrumentalist Patrick Murphy, fiddle player Katie Grennan, multi-instrumentalist Pete Purvis and drummer Ryan Lacey – ventured into bluegrass, country and rock directions during their two-set performance. Gaelic Storm’s variety of styles and instrumentation kept their presentation fresh as they mixed original songs with traditional numbers, with Patrick throwing in touches of humor along the way. Highlights were frequent; including Katie and Pete alternating solos and dueling fiddle and bagpipes respectively on one number, Katie opening the second set by demonstrating her step-dancing skills, Patrick warning the audience about the dangers of mixing a mechanical bull, whiskey and Indian cuisine before the group’s song “The Mechanical Bull,” and Katie bringing some of her young fiddle students on stage for the night-ending rendition of “The Rattlin’ Bog.” Among the State Theatre’s shows in September will be 1970s hitmaker Al Stewart on September 23rd, and Heart’s Nancy Wilson with Roadcase Royale on September 26th. Musicians and the Lycoming County community came together last month to address and raise awareness about the region’s – and country’s – heroin and opioid addiction epidemic. During the Rock-n-Roll Away Heroin event at the Skybox Sports Bar in Montoursville, performances by a variety of area
bands and musicians were punctuated by information presentations by various speakers about the heroin and opioid problem. I arrived as speaker Abdul Raheem Ali gave a powerful dissertation about the problem in Lycoming County; he broke it down between what happens on the streets, the successes and failures of efforts thus far to address the problem, and his ideas for what needs to happen to fix the problem. Next was the acoustic duo of Lost Saints members Keith Randall and John Freas, who performed a blend of original songs and select covers from Alice In Chains, Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, Danzig and more. Show organizer and host Jeff Pittinger and The Betty Ford All-Stars performed next. This night featuring Jeff on vocals, guitarist Bill Zimmerman, guitarist/keyboard player Steve Kepner, bassist Jason Miller and drummer Matt Colegrove, the All-Stars rocked the house with tunes from Queen, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, CCR, ZZ Top, Grand Funk Railroad, Ozzy and more. Special guest Dan Feist stepped in behind the drum kit for the rendition of ZZ Top’s “Tush.” And 44Mag slammed the door on the night with their brand of intense original power metal. Singer Jared Mondell, guitarist Jason Miller, bassist Chris Bartley and drummer Jesse Roedts mixed new songs with older material, even pulling some tunes from their early “Past Sins’ CD. Kudos to Jeff Pittinger and everybody who worked to make this event happen – it’s important to raise public awareness and inform communities about the heroin and opioid problem, as it is happening everywhere, small towns and big towns alike. Hopefully events like this one will get more people to pay attention, get involved, and work to turn the tide on this situation. Baltimore-based national recording group Silvertung paid their first visit to McGarvey’s in Altoona last month. Small Town Horror Show opened the evening prior to my arrival, debuting new song material from their forthcoming second CD. After more than a year away from live stage action, the new mach edition of Naildriver then scorched the stage with renewed fury. Joining founding guitarist Scott Botteicher and vocalist Matt Watson are the father and son rhythm tandem of bassist Gregg McCloskey and drummer Luke McCloskey. From the opening riffs of their first song, “Enemy,” Naildriver slammed out their volatile set of power metal originals with all-out intensity. Matt proudly conquered the front of the stage, rallying the crowd as he barked and snarled out the words to new assaults such as “Refocused and Reformed,” “Life” and “Suicidal Layaway,” as well as established favorites like “Executioner,” “Hypocrite’s Anthem” and “Seal the Exits.” All four musicians were clearly happy to be back on the stage, and the crowd fed off that enthusiasm, making for an exciting set. This nicely set the table for Silvertung, who went for broke with their own aggressive set of hard-rocking tunes. Frontman/ guitarist Speed, lead guitarist Codey Red, bassist Skoot and drummer Danno mixed established songs with newer originals. They unleashed their radio single “Never Too Late,” along with popular numbers such as “Face the Music,” “Coming Alive,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “Justify” and more. Silvertung’s intensity drew strong approval from the McGarvey’s crowd. Silvertung returns to McGarvey’s on November 18th in a double-bill with Bobaflex, with comedian Don Jamieson (formerly of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show) hosting. McGarvey’s last month hosted a special acoustic performance from Scott Reynolds, former singer for All and The Pavers. I continued on next page...
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arrived in time to catch Scott’s last six songs. He mixed new songs, some tunes from his past bands, and some cover material done in his own style – he did both a version of the Misfits’ “Astrozombies” and Freddy Fender’s “Before the Next Teardrop Falls!” Scott displayed a great voice and a unique style, with a bit of a unique jazz-flavored edge. Scott stuck around afterward to do autographs and photographs, and chat with fans. In 2005, Carrolltown native and musician John Solinski made the decision to relocate to southern Florida and “live the dream,” and has since established himself as a full-time solo acoustic entertainer who regularly plays at Irish Kevin’s Bar in Key West. Every so often, John takes a break from “the dream” to visit his old stomping grounds in northern Cambria County, and sometimes he performs a show or two. During his visit last month, John and his brother, Dave “Redawg” Solinski, performed and gave back to their home area with a special show at the Barnesboro VFW in Northern Cambria, with proceeds benefiting the Hope and Spangler Volunteer Fire Companies. This was a fun night. John and Red played for three hours straight through, never taking any breaks. Strumming acoustic guitar and singing, John brought his nightly beach show to the crowd this night, with Red on zendrum (an electronic mobile percussion instrument that can generate any and all sounds). The two provided fast-firing, nonstop musical action, covering a wide spectrum of tunes spanning rock, pop and country hits with plenty of surprises. Few songs ever went predictably, with John changing up lyrics on the spot (often to hilarious adult-themed revisions), veering into medleys and other wild side journeys, coaxing and demanding crowd sing-a-longs, encouraging crazy crowd antics and more. John and Red maintained the theme of the night, constantly referencing the fire companies and encouraging crowd donations to their cause. (Part of this was plastic fire helmets – John had by chance received a donation of a box of plastic fire helmets from the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware fire department, and he gave the hats to any audience members who made donations on stage.) At one point, John and Red brought the chiefs of both the Hope and Spangler fire companies to the stage, saluting both chiefs and their companies before having them engage in a quick beer consumption contest. By the end of the night, $1,400 was raised and split between the two fire companies, capping a great night of entertainment and community spirit. Other shows I saw recently included performances by Derek Mrdjenovich of Walkney, Zach Wade & the Good Grief, Dave Hates Everything and Fyre at McGarvey’s, Burnicide and Awaken From Ruin during the “Metal for Melvin” memorial benefit show for It Is Written bassist Colin McAtee in late July at McGarvey’s, and Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors during St. Francis University’s annual Summer Rhythm Renewal weekend in July. News and notes: Slim Jim Phantom, Patty Larkin and Commander Cody will headline the annual Northern Appalachian Folk Festival in downtown Indiana, which happens September 9th and 10th (see the ad in this issue for more info. The sixth annual Striking Chords Against Cancer Benefit happens Sep-
tember, 8th at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society; performing will be Drew Dodson, The Chrome Hearts, Ten High Five (acoustic), Flight 19, Matt Wagner, Agent Smith, Matt Pletcher and This Albatross…A benefit show has been organized to help out area musician Tim Homerski as he recovers from substantial injuries suffered in a bicycle accident; the benefit to help Tim with his medical costs will take place on September 23rd at the Patton American Legion in Patton. and will feature performances from Disorganized Crime, Joe Konior & Melissa Vella, Rob Sottile, Acoustic Stew, The Huge Midgets, new area rock group Negan and an open jam session…The inaugural Rock Out to Knock Out MS concert will take place September 30th on The Diamond in downtown Hollidaysburg; sponsored in part by the MS patient Tim Surkovich’s Project Diagnosis Foundation, the event will feature live music from Felix & the Hurricanes, the Hollidaysburg School District Marching Band, Matt Sheedy, Questionable Methods, Walkney and Progmium, the band project Tim assembled to perform songs he wrote about his MS experience…Aaron Gindlesperger takes over bass duties in the group Down to the Wire, replacing Bob Seiler…Lovebettie’s husband and wife duo of C.T. and Alexandra Fields have formed a new country-rock side project,
Willow Hill, and will be issuing a debut album from that project this fall. 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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An Industrial Revolution: Generation Empty By Paul Bakk
Pioneering futuristic music possibilities, experimental, electronic rock band “Generation Empty” ascends genre identification, an undertow of cascading abstract messages unravel a story of their cultural vision for “The Empty”… Musically and philosophically progressive “Tox” (vocals, keys, programming, production) blazes a path with Chuk Devlin (guitar), “ZeRo” (rhythm guitar), “Noxx” (bass) and “Shiz” (drums). Hailing from Philadelphia, in 2011 Generation Empty assembled, then released their EP ‘Incubated’ in 2014. Two years later, their collected work manifested itself in ‘The Art Of Dehumanization’ Generation Empty’s full length album. A recent opportunity for Tox at a studio in the York area has branched the artists to the south central Pennsylvania area. The Depot is the premiere spot in York to find cutting edge music styles, where Generation Empty rocked the stage August 5th as a piece of the 717 Entertainment “August Assault” with Projekt F. Pennsylvania based “Terror Inc” opened with a heart racing beat, getting the crowd hype in no time. “Gen Empty” played second, taking the torch and running with it. Synthesized beats reverberated distorted, multilayered mayhem in slick harmony. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears, I’ve had my sd card in my right hand pocket since I’ve filmed Gen Empty. The destruct principle and Projeckt F finished the night strong with fantastic props and stunning stage theatrics, being at the show was so much more than listening to music. Generation Empty knows Tox loves synthesizers, he seems drawn to composing genuinely transcendent creations. Relentless tension collection and explosion crossfade synthesized orchestrations of electronic madness. Generation Empty delves deep and hits hard through a musical cyclone. Mixing standard and progressive composition in harmony clicks with ‘Gen Empty’ producing an appealing abstraction. Sometimes abstruse music is misunderstood by the majority, it’s rare to find a band who can get so close to the sun without burning. Generation Empty’s ambition is seen in interviews as he discusses the meaning of the name Generation Empty. Tox describes in an interview with “Batbox” how in society we see many instances of parents using prescription
drugs to force behavior as opposed to fostering a real parenthood. A bold statement, could be seen as a hyperbole, some parents do actually completely ignore their children and many could over medicate only slightly. I don’t look to music as a map to live my life, it’s an expression. I like to take the message for what it’s worth, even if there’s parts I leave behind. “Clock Strikes” is a pounding electronic masterpiece from tone to lyrics. Opening fast, staying focused, the song has a straightforward structure. Destructive guitar distortion perfectly harmonized over a deep drop in the bass line escape the strings as a beating drum rushes the pace of synthesized composition. Chorus lines “Run run run, no where to go, run run, got everything to lose, run run run no where to go, run run, the clock strikes” match high speed instruments racing the listener through a musical vortex. Bridging into “Can’t control me, can’t control yourself”, “And now you wish you were someone else” Heart wrenchingly coerce you into a self reflective daze. The reason Clock Strikes is a masterpiece is the entire song collects so much tension and bridges explosive energy with a finale of distorted instrument and vocal pandemonium. The talent in the people producing this music is out of this world, it makes me excited about the future of music and what music styles will be invented next. It’s always amazing to see new music come out because you would think that everyone has tried every instrument, playing it every way, but there’s something about music that keeps the process fresh when you do it right. A lot of artists shy away from controversial topics to maintain a broader audience, Gen Empty doesn’t. That style has ups and downs, but it’s all about how an artist pulls it off. Blatant religious opposition is risky, and while Gen Empty makes it clear it’s how they feel, they don’t make their point obnoxious. I don’t like seeing an artist slam a world view in a negative way. There’s a good way to go about it and a bad way. Putting down the person who believes something, or making offensive statements without basing your views on solid information just embarrasses an artist. If anything Tox makes it clear he sees people as empty who are having the wool pulled over their eyes, which sounds more like he is pointing out a
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problem rather than doing it for attention or shock value. This type of visionary thinking is what people rely on. Music inspires us and helps us form our own views, I love seeing a band who takes full advantage of their position in life to influence their culture base. I’d rather a band be willing to travel down a dark discussion of truth than skirt a topic so they can sell out. I can think back to the first album I bought as a kid; Meteora by Linkin Park. It was a rite of passage for me, I was choosing what influenced me, instead of being affected by the music that was around me. I actually don’t think I even knew what Meteora was going to sound like, I took a leap based on the cool album artwork. Luckily the graphics artist connected me to the right music source, I was hooked! Whether it was lifting weights, or hyping myself up before a track meet, that music was what I used to get me in the right state of mind. I remember when I lived in Hawaii, I was 15 and was in the car with my dad and his friend going to a scuba lesson and the song “By The Way” by Red Hot Chili Peppers came on. His friend liked the song and I did too, and I thought it was cool someone I looked up to liked what I liked. Music is a part of who we are as a society, the messages that incite experiences and creativity in us are pivotal in shaping us. When a band can show me they are interested in leaving a mark on society I can appreciate a harsh approach, it’s suitable. You wouldn’t talk about a grave situation in a happy tone, music about contended affairs tends to have a heavy feel. Sometimes you have to deal with those dark issues and when you can have that music in your life that bravely crosses the line into the void you will be thankful. What Generation Empty could mean to the music scene is promising. They make in depth music with a strong current to stay in focus. A message with compelling lines and thought out perspectives cultivate full bodied music. Tox’s stage presence compliments the music as he grasps at the crowd, pulling them into the experience. Surreal, euphoric futurism eclipse socially engineered Facades. Independent, morally driven lyrics heighten the state of mind, traversing forbidden territory without hesitation. Inevitably clashing against cultural crutches and inciting a spirit of rebellion the boundless possibilities of these innovators stand to uncover the pestilence of our generation.
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PA MUSICIAN REVIEWS By Jim Price
BILL DEASY – TIMELESS THINGS (no label) Best known as the singer for Pittsburgh-based former national recording group The Gathering Field, Bill Deasy has built an impressive resume as not just a solo artist, but as a novelist as well. On his ninth solo studio album, Timeless Things, Bill again proves his ability to weave melodies, emotions and stories together into a captivating
and listenable set. Bill taps the familiar American heartland folk-rock style, and applies his own personality and nuances to make that style his. Assisting Bill in this trek are the album’s producer, songwriter and Donora member Jake Hanner, who co-wrote several of the songs and plays drums; and guest performers Rob James of The Clarks on electric guitar, Noah Minarik (son of Clarks drummer Dave Minarik) on guitar, Anton DeFade on bass, and Clarks frontman Scott Blasey, Maia Sharp and Clark Slater on backing vocals. Opening the album, the vibrant title song “Timeless Things” celebrates the things in life that stay steady and constant while times and trends change. Darker in tone, “The Night Before” reflects on a farewell , while “Blood Red Moon” blends thoughtful observations about love with a shadowy sonic setting. Bill strikes reflective tones on the slower numbers “Then December” and the cavernous lament “I Stood Still.” Bill positions himself as a gambler in the acoustic-driven “Crapshoot,” and does some homecoming reminiscing on “1970s.” Layered guitars give a slight U2 vibe to “After All,” while the disc-closing “End of the Record Song” recalls Jackson Browne in tone, as Bill acknowledges the shifting of his creative mindset over the years. Consistent with his previous body of work, Timeless Things again reveals Bill’s thoughtful and literary lyrical style, and his ability to build deep and full-bodied arrangements to carry those words. His voice is warm and sincere, and he and his assembled cast of musicians give layers and textures to the
songs. The album sounds consistent and cohesive, and flows like a steady brook. Timeless Things is yet another testimony to Bill Deasy’s songcrafting art, and is an album that reveals its depth and thoughtfulness over repeat listens. (The CD can be obtained through Bill Deasy’s website, www.billdeasy.com.) 13 SAINTS – CRUSHING COPPER (no label) Roaring out of Pittsburgh in 2016, 13 Saints delivers punch-in-the-jaw, unapologetic hard rock’n’roll on their 11-song debut album, Crushing Copper. Merging Rolling Stones bad-boy attitude with 1970s punk agitation, 13 Saints fire off fast, feisty, fist-raising, compact numbers with rebellious, reckless abandon lyrics. Guitarists Dave Buzard and Ernie Dirt and bassist Creep Newholland all share in singing duties, while drummer Chuck Shoulders (since replaced by Eric Corbin) provides the driving beats behind the songs. Smacking listeners in the mouth is the group’s calling card, the disc-opener “Deep,” which proclaims that this band is straightforward with their music and message, and doesn’t do deep song meanings. The group rebels against parents, authority and other control freaks on “Mother May I,” resolving to do things their own way. The high-powered “Evel Knievel” celebrates hard living, hard rocking and going for broke, while “Genius” proudly supports the rock’n’roll lifestyle and the ups and downs that come with it. In a bluesier vein, “Smile” tells listeners to take stock in being above ground each day instead of six feet below it, while “In My Head” gives a nod to southern rock tradition with some Allman Brothers-flavored guitar harmonies. The group updates the defiant rant “The Pledge,” which first appeared with Dave Buzard’s previous project, We Came From Space. 13 Saints delivers these songs with constant go-for-broke velocity; their execution is tight and their vocals appropriately edgy. Produced by the group, Crushing Copper sounds crisp and balanced, yet allows this band’s abrasiveness to radiate. The result is a satisfying, action-packed debut; 13 Saints’ Crushing Copper delivers a rowdy listen, and provides a suitable soundtrack for raising hell on a Saturday night. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s website, www.13saintsrock.com.)
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MEDUSA’S DISCO – RIPE (ThoughtRock Records) It only takes a few seconds into “State of Mind,” the opening track to Medusa’s Disco’s third full-length CD, Ripe, to realize that this Lancaster-based foursome is anything but routine. Formed five years ago, Medusa’s Disco taps psychedelic-era hard and progressive rock roots and throws caution to the wind over Ripe’s nine tracks. The group – singers/guitarists Wynton Huddle and Hunter Root, bassist Ty Smith (recently replaced by Jason Shearer) and drummer Alex Aument – craft elaborate, adventurous and unpredictable musical adventures, and deliver them with feverish, go-for-broke intensity. Their tempo and chord shifts, variations in distortion and reverb, and often abstract lyrical themes bring to mind psychedelic stoner rock contempo-
raries like Queens of the Stone Age, classic rock adventurers like Led Zeppelin and Wishbone Ash, the quarkiness of Primus, and modern-day progressive rock adventurers like Porcupine Tree. Each track is its own journey, from the psychoanalytical ”State Of Mind” with its ever-changing intensities and nuances, to the erupting joyride “Twisted Dentist (Novocaine)” with its dental and mental metaphor, and the western tumbleweed-laced “Otherwise.” The group explores a 21st century schizoid King Crimson dynamic on “Atomic 7,” kicks up some surf with “Ode to SEEDS,” and gets their led out with the expansive ten-minute-plus finale “Beautiful Creature.” All four musicians show imagination and precision, yet boldly fire on all cylinders and hammer these compositions for all they’re worth. Huddle’s vocals never stay in one spot, intensifying from mild to hysterical without warning. While complex and busy, the melody lines of the compositions are solid and catchy. Produced by Huddle and David Patterson II, Ripe sounds balanced, crisp and deep, with creative use of reverb and distortion to supplement this group’s prominent retro vibe. This is a captivating, volatile musical adventure – Medusa’s Disco pushes their creativity to the brink with Ripe, resulting in an exciting joyride that will put listeners at the edge of their seats. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s website, www.medusasdisco.com.)
SANE ADVICE By John Kerecz
I was down in Franklin, NC to see the total eclipse, and it made me think of how when out on the road, playing all those gigs, it seems like maybe the sun has set and your music will never go where you hope it will.
Total solar eclipses are an incredible visual spectacle, I think we can all agree, but they’re also a spectacle of personal and communal growth. They show us how even normal things in nature can change radically, not just things in our lives. As you might notice, around eclipse time, everything — events, feelings, thoughts — take on a more fated quality, because of this realization. When events outside of us get in the way of what we want and the path we must take to get there, it forces us to find a different route to our goals. Generally, the changes that a solar eclipse represents are positive. We may be
pushed forward into a new aspect of our lives before we think we’re ready, and the eclipse shows us just that we need to step-up and be ready for what comes. Ultimately, a solar eclipse demands us to demand more of ourselves, and the events around it are a test of our strength and resolve to achieve our dreams. Just as with the eclipse, total darkness can seem to come to our lives and our music careers, but hang in there because the sun will shine again and it might even seem brighter with more possibilities. Be sure to embrace the changes with open arms and an open mind.
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