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WhiteNoiseOwl-EP Album CoverWHITE NOISE OWL

 

Until We Meet Again-EP

 

Away Team Music

 

Rating: 10 out of 10

 

Rarely does a supergroup team with a super-producer and have it result in a finished product that lives up to expectations, but rarely does not equal never… When I first got word last year that former Columbia Recording artist Chris Shy (Aurora Sky/Fear The Clown) would be teaming with Lo-Pro/Ultraspank frontman Pete Murray, I was cautiously optimistic, as we’ve seen these things crash and burn before with even the greatest of musicians.  But there was something different about this pairing, having known Shy‘s penchant for hearing things that take most others a second listen to grasp I was confident that Murray would be the man to take this thing to the next level.  Little did I know that the two would be adding the talents of bassist John Fahnestock (Snot/Amen) and drummer extraordinaire Will Hunt (Evanescence/Device) to the fold, and converging on the famed EastWest Studios to add the final piece of the puzzle in GRAMMY-Winning super-producer Ben Grosse (just about every great artist under the sun); the spawn of this musical marriage becoming White Noise Owl

Bandmembers often say that their band is their family, now I ask you to picture never meeting your family until you were about to be introduced, as a whole, to a worldwide audience.  Sound crazy?  Well as crazy as it sounds, all of this mastery was created by a group of guys who, for the most part, had never even met until they were in the studio!  We always hear of “the band that never was”, in a sense, White Noise Owl is really “the band that never wasn’t”!

Needless to say, I had been eagerly awaiting the final product, and it was well worth the wait!  From the opening chords of “Feed”, we can begin to see what this band is about, a perfect conjugation of early Filter-meets-STP.  Thought we had that already?  Think again!  This would be what we’d get if Army of Anyone had a “do over”.  Murray‘s vocals, combined with an ingenious riff that would make the DeLeo brothers quiver are all you need to beg for them to “Feed” you more! An appetite that is further prompted with the second track “Bomber”, another rocker that displays the mighty talents of these four, all the while wondering if Ben Grosse is having flashbacks to his “Title of Record” sessions. 

Enter “End Over End” and “Are You Breathing”, the final tracks off the EP and one is left with two questions, How the fuck did I not realize what a great set of pipes Pete Murray has until now? And when does the full length album come out?!

As I said before, rare does not equal never; rare is reserved for things like perfect scores on album reviews, happy neighbors of Justin Bieber, and Blue Moons, and it’s only appropriate this Blue Moon has an owl sitting under it, a White Noise Owl!  Mark your calendars for March 11, 2014, the Day of the Owl.

For more info on White Noise Owl visit the band’s Official Website.

 

CHEVELLE

2013-09-21

96 K-ROCK Rockwave Festival

JetBlue Park

Ft. Myers, FL

Photos By: Jay Rybak

FILTER

2013-09-21

96 K-ROCK Rockwave Festival

JetBlue Park

Ft. Myers, FL

Photos By:  Jay Rybak

Rockwave Festival Poster 2013

The first annual 96 K-ROCK presents Rockwave Festival–to be held Saturday, September 21 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida–is offering a special Revolver 4 Pack” ticket package. A limited number of Revolver 4 Pack” packages are now available for $135. EachRevolver 4 Pack” includes 4 general admission tickets to Rockwave, along with a single one-year subscription to Revolver Magazine. Visit www.rockwavefest.com for more info, or click here to purchase tickets.

96 K-ROCK presents Rockwave will feature seminal alternative rock bands Jane’s Addiction and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, along with performances from newly announced addition Chevelle, as well as Filter, Anberlin, and Beware Of Darkness performing on the Monster Main Stage.

The festival is also offering a special discounted ticket pre-sale from July 16-18 at www.rockwavefest.com. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices (plus fees):

Tuesday, July 16: $19.50
Wednesday, July 17: $24.99
Thursday, July 18: $34.99

Regularly priced general admission and VIP tickets go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time at www.rockwavefest.com, Ticketmaster.com, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.  Beginning July 19, General Admission tickets will be $45.00 (plus fees) and VIP tickets will be $89.50 (plus fees). Doors open at 1:00 PM.

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining and private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.

For all things Rockwave, visit www.rockwavefest.com.

 


STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

Alive In The Windy City

DVD

Eagle Vision Entertainment

1 out of 10






I have never been a big Stone Temple Pilots Fan. Their first album that came out, Core, had couple of good songs on it but after that they turned into a pop rock act it seemed to me.

Imagine my shock when I received a DVD in the mail of a 2010 concert of theirs. Who knew they were still around?

The press release states that Alive In The Windy City is the first official authorized by the band for commercial video release. So I don’t know if a previous label screwed them over and released a concert video in the past, or if this just happens to be the first time anyone wanted a live DVD from STP.

Judging by the quality of Scott Weiland’s singing I’m assuming that whoever thought this endeavor was a good idea, has since rethought the idea, and is now rethinking their career path and choices.

The show kicks off with Vasoline. It is the first song of the show. The show opens and Vasoline is playing. Is that clear to you? We are on the first song of the set and Scott‘s voice is crap. Almost painful. The band is fine, and if I cared about their music I might have enjoyed their playing more. But alas, I don’t, and couldn’t.

Just watching Scott Weiland strut around the stage like a chicken annoyed the shit out of me.

All of the big STPhits’ are here. Vasoline, Wicked Garden, Big Empty, Sour Girl, Creep, Plush, Interstate Love Song, Sex Type Thing… you get the idea. Sour Girl was atrocious. It just sounded like a train wreck to me. And every song starts off with the drummer counting out the song, a shot from behind him as he is doing it. It’s fucking annoying. Creep should never be performed live. It sounds like a dirge that should only be played during failed abortions. Absolutely no life in the song, the band, or the crowd.

Speaking of the crowd, the mix on the crowd noise has got to be canned. It can’t be from the crowd in that venue for that show. The venue is too small to have a crowd noise sounding like 15,000 people yelling at once. The artwork exclaims the show is sold out. Hell the Riviera Theater only holds 2,500 people. It had better be sold out if you are going to film it. And there’s no way that 2,500 people sound like 15,000.

So, the show lasts 92 minutes. I lasted 15 minutes. There were interviews at the end too, but I’d rather slam my dick on broken glass than listen to Scott Weiland talk about… well… anything.

I gave the DVD a 1 out of 10 because it was at least mixed well. I mean imagine trying to make a turd sound good. How do you do that? Well whoever mixed this DVD did just that. Maybe they should have gotten more than 1 for that magic trick; however I don’t know the dude’s name and don’t want to give the band too much credit here.

Enjoy at your risk, or don’t. You’ll thank me later.








Stone Temple Pilots-S/T

Atlantic Records

Rating: 10 out of 10

 

 

Upon the release of “Core” in 1992, I, like most of the rest of the world, instantly was a Stone Temple Pilots fan; needless to say, I was quite disappointed when the quartet broke up in 2003 (or as guitarist Dean DeLeo once put it “took a respite”). I was elated to see them back together and touring in 2009, and hungry for a new album to sink my teeth into. After nine years, and a couple of stints in rehab, the newly reunited STP is back in a big way. The new self-titled offering from the quartet is easily the best since 1996′s “Tiny Music…”, and quite possibly their best effort to date.

The album gets things going with “Between the Lines”, an ode to Scott Weiland’s ex-wife, and it’s just a warm-up for what is about to be unleashed unto your eardrums. This album is full of classic rock influence from some of the greatest of all-time. This stylistic influence rears it’s head early on, in Track #3 “Huckleberry Crumble”, a song that easily could’ve been a long lost “B-side” from Aerosmith’s “Toys in the Attic”. The artistic influence continues to shine in “Dare if you Dare”, which mixes a Beatles type sound with the Mott the Hoople classic “All the Young Dudes”. Perhaps the most commonly recurring influence on the album, however, is David Bowie (who wrote “All the Young Dudes”). We hear this first on the psuedo-British “Cinnamon”, which sounds like it’s being done by an Oasis/Bowie supergroup. But the flashback hits it’s climax with the Bowie inspired “First Kiss on Mars”; when I first heard this track I had to check the liner notes, because I swore David Bowie was making a guest appearance.

Despite all of the classic rock influences, STP still manage to give us a couple of killer classic STP songs, in “Fast as I Can” , “Bagman”, and “Hazy Daze”, which are all undoubtedly inspired by Weiland’s battle with addiction. This album is a must have, and I expect to see you all lining up at your local record store (for your sake) when the album is released this Tuesday (May 25th). They could throw ten more shitty songs on this album, and it would still be worth every penny. Very highly recommended. One of this years best.