JANUS Returns With ‘Nox Aeris’ Album-Due Out March 27th–Tour With CHEVELLE and MIDDLE CLASS RUT Kicks Off February 24th
January 19, 2012 — JANUS—singer David Scotney, guitarist Mike Tyranski, bassist Alan Quitman and drummer Johnny Salazar—experienced great success with their 2009 debut album, RED RIGHT RETURN, but the band’s new album, NOX AERIS, reveals how far they’ve come.
That musical revelation is the self-produced NOX AERIS, which is due out March 27 on REALID Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). The first single, “Stains,” is already getting spins at WIIL (Chicago), KPNT (St. Louis), WBUZ (Nashville), WJJO (Madison), WWBN (Flint), KHTQ (Spokane), as well as SiriusXM’s “Octane” and “Hard Drive XL.” Early feedback includes Zigz at WBUZ (Nashville), who says, “If ‘Stains’ is a taste of things to come… then 2012 is going to be a great year for Janus. They’ve hit on a new level with ‘Stains’… this track is righteous.”
“Stains” explores what can happen when you don’t follow your heart, the marks left on your spirit when you become someone you’re not. “It embodies what I was trying to say on the record,” says singer David Scotney, “it’s a dark point of view, but represents a cathartic process of self-healing.”
In 2012 touring news, the band’s first round of tour dates will be with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut starting February 24 in Grand Rapids, MI. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
The record’s title, which is Latin for “night air,” comes from the 14th Century, a period where a third of the European population was killed off by the plague. Then, people believed going outdoors at night would cause them to succumb to the Black Death. While writing NOX AERIS, JANUS found this idea to be an apt metaphor for their own journey, preconceived notions of their own being flipped around as they became a bigger, more established band since the release of RED RIGHT RETURN. NOX AERIS reveals who JANUS is and what they’ve gone through.
RED RIGHT RETURN came out in September 2009 on REALID Records and spawned the Top 10 Active Rock hit, “Eyesore.” They spent months on the road touring with Chevelle, Sick Puppies, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, and Alice In Chains. JANUS also sold-out numerous headlining shows of their own, appeared on MTV’s “Headbangers Ball” and performed in the biggest rock festivals in the U.S., including Rock On The Range. Absolutepunk.net raved about the album: “There are a few bands, given the opportunity, could take the radio by storm. JANUS is a perfect example of this type of band. If they were given the chance, and played on some larger radio stations alongside all of our alternative ‘favorites’ (sound-alikes), they could earn themselves hordes of fans.” While Away-team.com hailed in a 9 out of 10 album review: “Brilliant on many levels and impeccably engineered and produced to perfection.”
Check out JANUS with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 2/24 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Sat 2/25 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s
Sun 2/26 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
Tue 2/28 Portland, ME State Theater
Wed 2/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Fri 3/2 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Sat 3/3 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Mon 3/5 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Tue 3/6 Norfolk, VA The Norva
Thu 3/8 Knoxville, TN Valarium
Fri 3/9 Nashville, TN Marathon Music
Sat 3/10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Sun 3/11 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre
Tue 3/13 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom
Wed 3/14 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
Fri 3/16 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
For more JANUS visit the band’s official website here.
As I sit here trying to preface one of the best interviews I have conducted in a while, I am met with an eerily familiar foe… writer’s block. Perhaps it is because there are no words to describe the remarkable success RAINS has achieved sans the help of a major label. Perhaps it is the fact that the stories behind the “Stories” are impactful beyond words. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve consumed one too many Captain and Cokes. Whatever the reason is, you’re probably asking yourself “What the fuck kind of title is that?”. Well sit back, pour your own damn cocktail, and relax as we delve into the mind of a remarkable talent who, next time we talk, will undoubtedly need no introduction. Join me as we talk with Jeff Rains about everything from panhandling-to-pirating music-to-you guessed it, eating shit. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Neither artist, nor author have ever taken part in eating shit. No shit was harmed during the making of this interview.]
AWAY-TEAM: First I’d like to congratulate you on the success of your album, which by the way is fantastic…
JEFF RAINS: Well thank you!
AWAY-TEAM: …also the current single “Look in My Eyes”. As we speak now, you’re on the current leg of the Share the Welt Tour with Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, and Hatebreed. How’s that been going thus far?
JEFF RAINS: It is phenomonal. Ya know, we were a little bit nervous about it because, you’ve heard our album, and all of the other bands on the tour are so much heavier than us. So we got offered the tour, and we had alot of reservations about it. We weren’t sure if we should take it or not, but we did alot of research and basically everybody that we talked to said ‘That’s the tour that you need to be on. That’s THE tour!’ So we ended up taking it, and it was a big risk, but we’ve been accepted and it’s going great. The bands are all phenomonal to us, the crew is great to us, and it’s just awesome.
AWAY-TEAM: Very cool! So when di you first decide that you wanted to write and record music for a living? And what was the driving force behind it?
JEFF RAINS: I was, I think 16 years old, I was brought up on the whole 70′s music scene. My dad was big into Led Zeppelin, CCR, all that stuff, so I grew up listening to that, and then I also grew up listening to alot of Country music. And first Woodstock ’94 happened, and my brother and I were not allowed to watch MTV but we had this little 10 inch TV in our bedroom, and when our parents would go to bed we’d turn it on and turn on MTV and they’d be showing clips from Woodstock, like Green Day and the mud fights and all that stuff. We were like “What in the hell is this?” It was amazing, we’d never seen anything like it. So then I started looking into it a little more, and I stumbled across, well I guess you wouldn’t say stumbled across because it was right in my face the whole time, but the whole Seattle, ya know Alice in Chains-Pearl Jam grunge scene. Right then it was like, it wasn’t even a choice, it was just ‘This is what I’m doing’ ya know. If you listen to the album, I’m just so influenced by that whole Seattle scene, and I still am. I mean, everyday before we go on stage, on the bus we’re listening to either Alice in Chains, or Soundgarden, or Pearl Jam. Then our intro to our show is “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin, ya know, so all of those influences are still there and I really like that.
AWAY-TEAM: You mentioned earlier that you’re band is a little bit different sounding than the other bands on the tour. You’ve been compared alot to bands like Default, Nickelback, and I’ve even heard Staind. If you had to describe your sound to someone that has never heard your music before, what would be your answer?
JEFF RAINS: I’ve been asked this question alot, and the best answer I can come up with is I think it’s a modern day, 90′s Seattle grunge scene sound. The record’s called “Stories” and I really got sick of the cookie-cutter BS that was on the radio. Bands singing about drugs, and drinking, and whatever they sing about. I just wanted to do something real, and something honest, and tell some real stories. I think it’s paying off for us, and people are connecting with it. It’s really cool to see.
AWAY-TEAM: Now you mentioned the album is called “Stories”, the story telling aspect of your songwriting has more of a direct approach than the average artist, I know we touched on it a little bit earlier, but who are some of the artists that influenced that aspect?
JEFF RAINS: I think the story telling part comes from listening to Country music. I mean, I listened to alot of Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and stuff like that. I don’t know, as I’ve said I’ve been obsessed with that whole Seattle scene, I don’t know if that had anything to do with the story telling or not, but I would attribute it mostly to listening to Country music. Because Country music, I don’t know what it is now because I don’t really listen to it anymore, but back then it was story telling. All these Country artists would tell these amazing stories during their songs and I thought that was so cool. So, yeah I think that’s where it mostly came from.
AWAY-TEAM: That’s actually one of the things that I love about your album.
JEFF RAINS: Right on. And I think that’s one of the things that people connect with the most, ya know. People are so used to the current music scene and where it’s at, and they’re just expecting these cookie cutter songs where ‘We’re up all night partying..’ Whatever. It is what it is. So I think when people hear us for the first time, they’re more taken aback than anything, like “Wow, this is actually real music for once. Real stories, about real people. This is cool!” I actually read a really cool article the other day, I don’t even know where I found it, I didn’t interview with them or anything, they just wrote it about us, and the subject said “RAINS-The Band That’s Bringing Back True Rock n’ Roll” I was like “Holy crap! That’s awesome!” That’s what I feel like I’m trying to do.
AWAY-TEAM: Being that the songs on the album are a collection of stories, what song on the album had the most profound meaning in your personal life?
JEFF RAINS: I think the song “Hurricane”. “Hurricane” was really cool, because I was in Austin, TX, before I was really pushing the music thing I was working for another company. And I was walking down the street, and some homeless guy came up to me and asked me for $3.96. I didn’t have any cash on me, and I said “I don’t have any cash on me.” and he was like “Yeah, I get that all the time. Whatever.” I said ‘Well, what do you need it for?” and he said “I need to buy a 40, and one cigarette.” I said “OK, thanks for being honest with me” and I sat down with him and I said “Can I hear your story? I don’t wanna impose or anything, but do you mind filling me in a little bit?” and he told me his whole story. As soon as he was doen, I went to the ATM, took out $20, handed it to him, and said “Buy whatever you gotta buy, but make sure you at least get some food too.” The song “Hurricane” is his whole story, and it’s a very sad song, but in that song I felt like I finally hit where I wanted to hit in the songwriting. I felt like that was where I finally told a story the way I wanted to tell a story. It was awesome, I was just in Austin like two days ago, and that’s all I kept thinking about the whole time. I was like “This is the place.” I actually stood right where I talked to the guy, it was really cool.
AWAY-TEAM: Wow. That is awesome! Many of the songs on the album seem to also be almost interconnected as part of a bigger story. Can you kinda briefly take us throught the album and give us sort of an abridged version of that story?
JEFF RAINS: Well, I’ve been married for almost 8 years, and during the writing for the album my wife and I seperated for a bit, and the majority of the songs on the album are about that. I think every song with the exception of “Hurricane” is a song directly from my own life. I mean, I wrote about what I was going through every day. Ya know, it’s great to be able to put yourself out there, and put your life out there, people respond to it. Luckily the response has been great, so. Yeah, if it seems like there is a story within the “Stories” record, that’s what it is. It’s the story of that time period in my life, and everything I was going through.
AWAY-TEAM: And you’re still married now?
JEFF RAINS: Oh yeah.
AWAY-TEAM: So how’s that work when she hears a song like “Hate”? (laughs)
JEFF RAINS: (laughs) That’s been a bit of a sore subject. She’s over it now, but when I first wrote it… yeah, didn’t go over too well. (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: Well, I’m glad to hear everything worked out for ya.
JEFF RAINS: Yeah, everything worked out great. Like the song “Liar”, I don’t know how people interpret that song, but… that song is completely referring to myself. I just wasn’t doing the right thing in my marriage at the time. So alot of that stuff is completely personal reference. It’s basically me dogging myself the whole record. (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) Hey, that’s what makes it genuine.
JEFF RAINS: It worked, so. (laughs) It is what it is. It was definitely a sore subject for a while though. (both laugh)
AWAY-TEAM: The way this album was written reminds me alot of Sixx A.M.’s “The Heroin Diaries”, in the respect that it could easily be a sountrack to someone’s life. If you could write the soundtrack to the biography of any one musician’s life, who would it be?
JEFF RAINS: Oh man, that’s a tough question. Probably Layne Staley, or Scott Weiland, or Maynard from Tool. Or even Phil Collins, I don’t know, I have alot of artists that have influenced me alot, so that list could go on for days.
AWAY-TEAM: Your day job at one time was actually as a tattoo artist?
JEFF RAINS: Correct.
AWAY-TEAM: What’s the funniest, weirdest, or coolest tat you’ve ever done? Cuz I’ve seen some funny shit out there.
JEFF RAINS: I tattooed a piece of shit on someone once…
AWAY-TEAM: (Laughs hysterically)
JEFF RAINS: ..and here’s the fucked up part. I tattooed a piece of shit on them because they supposedly won a bet. The bet was if he ate shit, he got paid $100. So he ate the shit, got paid $100, and then came and spent the $100 on a tattoo of shit!
AWAY-TEAM: (laughing) What the fuck?
JEFF RAINS: (laughing) I’m not kidding. I’m not kidding you.
AWAY-TEAM: Oh my God!
JEFF RAINS: Yeah. And another weird one, this guy was… I’m not even worried about him reading this, I’m not gonna say his name, but if he ever learned what the internet was, he’d know it was him. But, every Friday the 13th, our tattoo studio was called Studio 13, so every Friday the 13th we would do $13 tattoos. We’d just have these sheets of little 2″x 2″ tattoos, nothing crazy, but one of the tattoos one day was, you know the “Calvin” cartoon pissing?
AWAY-TEAM: Yeah, yeah.
JEFF RAINS: So this guy had his ex-girlfriend’s name tattooed right behind his ear, so then on his neck he had me tattoo the “Calvin” cartoon pissing on his ex-girlfriend’s name.
JEFF RAINS: (laughing) And when I did it I said “Do you really want this on your neck forever?”, and he was that type of guy. He was like ”Hell yeah dude! This is gonna be fucking awesome!” I was like “Ok, whatever.” (laughs) But yeah, that’s why I stopped tattooing. I hated it. I hated that part of it, because people are, I don’t know how to put this diplomatically. Some people don’t follow your recommendations as a tattoo artist, and they’ll get the dumbest shit in the history of the world tattooed on them. And I just got so jaded, I was like “I didn’t sign up for this.” I signed up to make art, not a Calvin cartoon pissing on a girlfriend’s name, ya know?
AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) Your success, has been found thus far through the independent release of your album. There’s been a recent trend of bands trying to get out of their major label deals and back to basics. Does that sometimes deter you from seeking the support of a major label? Or do you kinda take the approach that it works for some and not for others?
JEFF RAINS: From day one, I have said that I wanna be independent. It’s gonna take a hell of alot for me to sign with a major label, or with any label. We’re on our own label, we handle everything ourselves, we have our own PR team, we have our own radio team, we have our own distribution, so. With the record industry the way it is right now, the only way you’re gonna make, and I don’t give a shit what any other band says “Yeah we wanna do it for the music” What the fuck ever, you wanna get paid! You start out wanting to do it for the music, but then when you’re $400,000 in debt, it’s like “OK, I kinda need to get paid at some point.” The only way to get paid these days, is to be independent, and be your own record label. So, I guess to answer your question, at no point in the immediate future or the far future will I be seeking out label support. And I’m very proud of that, and all of the bands we’re on tour with are on major labels and they’re just astounded that we’re doing this on our own.
AWAY-TEAM: That blows my mind too. The success that you guys have had being an independent band, it’s really kinda refreshing to see.
JEFF RAINS: Well I thank you for that. I’ll take that as a compliment. It’s refreshing to be in this position, to be honest with you, because we aren’t getting screwed out of evey penny we make. We make every penny we make, it goes straight to the band. So we’re able to be on a tour bus, we’re able to be on these big tours, we’re able to finance the things we’re able to finance because, believe it or not it takes a hell of alot of money to be in the music business. It’s not like, your playing some crappy bar and some A&R guy is gonna find you and sign you that night on a paper napkin. That’s not how it works. this business is so much about numbers now, and I’m just so happy to be where we are. Being independent and not having to depend on anyone else, and not have to pay everything we make to everybody else, ya know. It’s a really good feeling.
AWAY-TEAM: Speaking of the record industry, there’s been recent rumor of the demise of the CD. Do you think that’s a good thing for the industry? What are your thoughts on that?
JEFF RAINS: I’ll give you an example, last night we played a show, I think there was 5,000 people there. One guy came up to me and he said ”I’ve been listening to you guys for two years straight. I’ve been obsessed with you guys. I’m gonna be honest, I downloaded your CD off the internet.” But he had 5 copies of the CD in his hand that he had just bought from the merch table. My approach is, if people want free music, let ‘em have it. The whole goal is to spread the word right? So it they’re still coming out to concerts, and still paying for those concert tickets, and still buying our merch, what the hell do I care? It served it’s purpose, I mean the guy was standing there with 5 CD’s. So he downloaded one for free, great, he paid it back to us ten times over at that show last night. And that’s normally how it goes. Alot of bands aren’t like this, but I encourage people. If you can find my CD for free, download it. Don’t even call it stealing, call it my gift to you. I just want people to hear it, and hopefully they like it. It will pay off at the end of the day, whether the record labels say it will or not, I know personally that it will.
AWAY-TEAM: Well hey Jeff, thank you so much for your time. It’s been a great pleasure.
JEFF RAINS: Right on. Thank you man!
AWAY-TEAM: Best of luck in everything you do, and hopefully I’ll catch up with you next time you guys make your way through Florida.
JEFF RAINS: Definitely.
AWAY-TEAM: Alright man, we’ll talk soon.
JEFF RAINS: Alright, thanks alot man! Bye.
For more RAINS including, music, merch, and tour dates visit the bands official website here.
Special thanks to Jeff Rains for so graciously giving me his time, and also to Doug Weber at New Ocean Media for making it all happen.
Interview: MEGADETH’s Chris Broderick – From noodling to embellishing, he may be MEGADETH’s strongest guitarist to date
Away-Team: Alright so I’m here with Chris Broderick the guitarist for Megadeth. Hello Chris, thank you for taking the time to do the interview with us today. Appreciate it. So you were in Jag Panzer before Megadeth…
Away-Team: And you played live with Nevermore for a couple of years?
Chris Broderick: Correct.
Away-Team: Didn’t actually record anything with them just kinda filled in, is that correct?
Chris Broderick: Right! Right, I did do Year of the Voyager the DVD with them.
Away-Team: Ok so Jag Panzer very intricate very tough stuff to do guitar wise very impressive work, Nevermore was no slouch musically there either doing the two of them at the same time, you just a glutton for punishment?
Chris Broderick: No! (laughs) I mean you know it’s just part of the reason why I do what I do. I love to play music and I love to play out. With Jag Panzer all the guys are awesome but they couldn’t always get the amount of time they needed to tour quite often and so I had always wanted to play out as much as possible and the opportunity arose to tour with Nevermore as well so I took that. And then there were cases where I had to pull double duty and play with both bands at the same festivals!
Away-Team: Nice (laughs). Makes for a long day no?
Chris Broderick: Definitely(laughs)!
Away-Team: So how did you end up with Megadeth coming off of Jag Panzer?
Chris Broderick: Well it was really Glen Drover, you know the guy that I replaced, him and his brother Shawn had recommended me to Dave who had also seen some of my YouTube clips online as well and so that’s how I got the call I guess a fairly short casting call for that. Then from there we just talked about what each other expected, what the roles would be, and stuff like that. And I just got to work because there was a tour coming up and I had 22 songs to learn in less than a month! So I didn’t even have time to consider that I was joining such a great iconic band it was just ‘let’s get to work’ you know.
Away-Team: For the readers that don’t know, YouTube Chris and check out some of his work online. You’ve got some amazing videos out there… some great, great guitar work… just blows people away. So you recorded parts of the Endgame, were you actually part of the writing process or was it pretty much complete when you came in?
Chris Broderick: No. No, we all submitted material and at the end of the day it’s just the process of going through and making sure it fits the Megadeth sound. I did get a small writing credit on Endgame and it was awesome to be able to get that on the record. And then of course also a lot of things that we do that don’t necessarily…you know there’s only two things that generally warrant writing credit on a CD – there’s the lyrics and there’s the main rhythmic component the music side of the song and then everything else is just considered I guess ‘embellishment’ over the top. But I think all of us have a lot to do with that embellishment whether it’s the melodies or counter melodies or guitar solos all kinds of things that you can do to add a lot of character to a song.
Away-Team: From Endgame to TH1RT3EN which is coming out reportedly November? Is there actually a street date yet?
Chris Broderick: Not that I know of…what they’ve told me as the tentative date is November 1st, so that’s…
Away-Team: What you’re going with for now?
Chris Broderick: Exactly, you know my guess is as good as yours beyond that.
Away-Team: So did you get more as you call it ‘embellishment‘ on TH1RT3EN? Was it more interactive between you guys because you had a little more history together now a little more comfortable with them?
Chris Broderick: You know this CD came together completely differently than Endgame did. It came together really fast. It’s the fastest CD I’ve ever been a part of to tell you the truth. From concept to finished product it was really just a lot of riffs that were written in the last two years and stuff like that brought togethe. Put it on the table right away and then we started looking at how you develop it, choruses, the bridges, the pre choruses all of that stuff, and the arrangement. And then from there we went onto our roles as individuals writing. For me it’s writing the melodies and counter melodies on the guitar and solos of course.
Away-Team: So Dave being no slouch on the guitar himself, getting the two of you in a room together must get pretty nuts at times? Pushing each other, trying to come up with a better riff a faster riff?
Chris Broderick: I don’t know if there’s ever a competition like that (laughs) but it is one of those things where we will play off of each other a little bit. If I present a riff he’ll be like ‘oh yeah, yeah that’s really cool but maybe you could straighten that part out.’ So it’s very back and forth I think sometimes when we play together that’s the cool part about it.
Away-Team: Absolutely! Dave also stated for the sound for the new album that it’s something completely un-Megadeth, it’s a sound Megadeth has never done before the guitars are completely different sounding. He actually hearkens back to, I think it was… I forget what album he kinda compared it to, but he said sound wise it was something that Megadeth had never done before.
Chris Broderick: I would agree with that as far as the mix and the mastering component absolutely this album sounds huge and just very raw in a way because we did put it together so quickly I think it’s got a raw component to it. But also with Johnny K producing I think it just has a much bigger sound to it so in that concept I agree. But I’ve always likened TH1RT3EN to almost like a cut in time from each CD of the past Megadeth discography so you know it’s got stuff that hearkens back to Peace Sells all the way up to Countdown to Extinction to Endgame so you kind of hear aspects of the whole timeline and that’s why I like it so much.
Away-Team: Speaking of Peace Sells, the band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of that. Which would have put you at 15 years old maybe? You’re the youngest guy in the band now right?
Chris Broderick: What was that ’84 right?
Chris Broderick: So I would have been 14.
Away-Team: 14. So do you count that as one of your inspirations as one of your…?
Chris Broderick: You know what’s funny I always heard the title track from MTV and stuff like that.
Away-Team: When they played videos?
Chris Broderick: Yeah back when they actually played videos (laughs). But I didn’t really start getting into Megadeth until Rust In Peace which is when Marty came in and that’s the whole reason why you know I’ve always kind of come from the guitar shredder root kind of thing. I was huge fan of Jason Becker and Paul Gilbert and all those guitar noodlers and still am to this day so when I followed Marty Friedman into Megadeth I was like ‘oh well what’s this all about’ and that’s when I got into the rest of the CDs.
Away-Team: So how’s Mayhem treating you guys? Dave had posted towards the beginning of the tour that there was a lot of problems, he had never contemplated walking off a tour before and then he posted a couple of days later thanks to whoever, whatever problems there were, were fixed…
Chris Broderick: There were some issues; they were mainly technical issues and stuff like that. I think once we got the right people notified they handled it really well and things were taken care of like that. So it was I think a minor glitch but once the right people were notified it was good.
Away-Team: You guys recently toured in support of the 20th anniversary also of Rust In Peace you guys were playing it in its entirety you’re now on the 25th like I said for Peace Sells. Do you guys have plans of possibly doing the same thing with Peace Sells that you did with Rust?
Chris Broderick: We had talked about it but I think because we’re coming off with TH1RT3EN that it may not happen because we’re definitely going to want to support TH1RT3EN in its…
Away-Team: Do a true cycle for that album?
Chris Broderick: Yes exactly, but you never know we might do something in tandem. I think that’s a really good idea we kinda did that with Rust In Peace and Endgame a little bit.
Away-Team: Did the first leg supported the album second leg you did that plus like a greatest hits afterwards type of thing at least knock out a DVD for the fans of you guys playing it live. So you talked about Rust In Peace was kind of your intro to Megadeth, what do you cite as your main influences?
Chris Broderick: Well it definitely it started with Eddie Van Halen of course! And then from there it quickly went to Yngwie and then onward to Jason Becker, Greg Howe, Paul Gilbert, you know all of those guys… Richie Kotzen, I mean I could go on and on and on. But as far as bands go during that time it was also like Queensryche and King Diamond.
Away-Team: So you’ve always had that kind of progressive lean towards at least what you like, what inspired you…
Chris Broderick: Exactly yes!
Away-Team: And with Jag Panzer and even Nevermore you still had that progressive lean, do you feel you’re getting that, you’re bringing that to Megadeth?
Chris Broderick: I don’t know if I would turn the ship that far that’s for sure. There are things I’ll want to try sometimes where they’re like ‘mmm nah that’s a little too progressive’ you know, but that’s ok. (laughs)
Away-Team: ‘Save that for the solo album in a year or two‘ …
Chris Broderick: I’m fine with that. And you know for me this is all a learning experience as well. And I love trying to be able to acquire new styles and new genres and thrash is definitely one of those!
Away-Team: So what was the worst name of a band you were in?
Chris Broderick: The worst name?
Away-Team: The worst name of a band you were in…
Chris Broderick: Oh, the first band I ever joined with my best friend was a band called Slaymaker and I have no idea what it meant…
Away-Team: Funny usually when I ask that question everybody always says it’s the first band they were in …
Chris Broderick: Well, you know, you’re young.
Away-Team: Because that’s your garage band you throw on some stupid name that you think sounds cool and gets attention and 20 years later you’re like what the hell does that mean?
Chris Broderick: Right (laughs).
Away-Team: So after Mayhem you guys are doing the Big Four in New York, Yankee Stadium a month or two after that in theory TH1RT3EN comes out what’s next for Megadeth tour-wise?
Chris Broderick: Then we’re going to do like a three week maybe a little over a three week tour down in South America which is will be the first tour where we actually support TH1RT3EN. So I’m really looking forward to that! And then we’ll probably take the holiday season off and then come the new year we’re going to look at gearing up for the whole tour cycle on TH1RT3EN.
Away-Team: Ok sounds good well I appreciate it Chris. I appreciate your time Chris and good luck with the show I haven’t seen you perform with Megadeth yet so I’m really looking forward to catching it tonight. And for everybody out there stand by because TH1RT3EN is coming soon pick it up when it does!
Chris Broderick: Thanks man!
Away-Team: Thank you Chris, appreciate it.
There is a long list of people to thank for making this and all of our Mayhem Fest interviews happen, so, forgive me if I forgot anyone, but thanks to Lilly at Roadrunner, Bill at eOne Music, Rikki, Natalie, and Jessica at Adrenaline, and Laura Jean with Mayhem.
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TWISTER SISTERLive At Wacken The Reunion
9 out of 10
In 2003 Twisted Sister headlined the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany after reforming 5 years earlier. Eagle Eagle Vision has released the concert on DVD with a companion CD that has cuts from shows as far back as 1980. The DVD/CD combo was originally released in 2005 but was rereleased last week by Eagle Vision.
Interspersed between the songs on the DVD (The Kids Are Back, Stay Hungry, You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Burn In Hell and many more), are interviews that document the initial break up of Twisted Sister in 1987, the reunion, their USO tour of South Korea, and reflections from the beginning of the band through the present.
I remember the first time MTV played the infamous Twisted Sister concert from the Stay Hungry Tour in the early 80’s. 5 guys in drag and make up playing balls out rock n roll. It was a sight and sound to behold. I of course went right out the next day and purchased You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll and Stay Hungry.
20 years later Dee Snider (lead singer) is almost wearing the same exact costume as that first MTV concert. The rest of the band is half in/half out of costume and make up. Which is somewhat of a blessing, as the last 20 years haven’t improved the looks of one of the self proclaimed ugliest bands in Rock N Roll. The important part of this DVD is that the band is back together, and still rocking the fuck out. Dee’s voice may be a bit more gravely 20 + years later, but it still holds up, still has balls, and he can still nail it note for note. He may look like a 60 year old drag queen, but his voice reminds you just how good of a front man he is without the costume and makeup. As he states in the interview, he and Twisted Sister represents real pissed off in your face fuck you music. Sure the stage attire gets your attention but it is the music that still kicks ass, still rocks, and still holds up!
The setlist from Wacken covers the highlights of Twisted Sister’s career and the interviews cover the breakup of the band through the various reunions and get togethers from political fund raising to 9/11 benefits, to the full fledged reunion.
The one reason I gave the package a 9 out of 10 is because I feel if you are going to release a concert video, release the concert video as a whole. Lately I’ve seen several concert videos where they cut away from the concert to show other interviews, back stage antics, whatever. Nothing ruins the vibe of watching a good concert than cutting away to interviews or anything OTHER than the concert itself.
I’m a music geek, I’ll watch all the bonus crap you put on the disc. And if you’re a casual fan, you STILL buy the disc for the concert, and even if you don’t watch the bonus material, you have purchased the disc. Why ruin the vibe the band created while performing by cutting away to interviews? Let the concert play!
Still certainly worth picking up if you are a Twisted Sister fan. It’s a good show that covers all their best material. Now if Twisted Sister and or MTV or ANYONE would put out that early 80’s concert on DVD. THAT would some SMF stuff there. I know Twisted Sister offered it up as a limited edition bonus disc with their new album last year, but it was for one day only, and my local stores didn’t carry it.
Go pick up Twisted Sister Live At Wacken The Reunion and remember why Twisted Sister were targeted by the PMRC, and why twenty odd years later, You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll! You’ll thank me later.
CLUTCH has announced the track listing for the expanded, two-disc-edition reissue of “Robot Hive/Exodus“, due on September 28 through Weathermaker Music. Currently out of print, “Robot Hive/Exodus” was at one point the band’s largest selling title of the decade due to the strength of its three extremely powerful yet diverse singles, “Burning Beard“, “10001110101” and “Mice & Gods“. In addition to upgraded artwork and new “digi” packaging, this expanded edition will feature a bonus DVD which includes a classic 33-minute outdoor performance recorded on location at the Sounds of the Underground festival in July of 2005 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Also included is the Jeremy Hunt-directed “Burning Beard” video clip, which was the first-ever CLUTCH single to reach the “year-end” Top 10 most played on MTV‘s “Headbangers Ball“. In total, the “Robot Hive/Exodus” reissue contains 23 songs and over 90 minutes of music.
This is the second of three planned extended double disc re-issues, as Weathermaker has already released “From Beale Street to Oblivion” in July, and plans to issue forth the “Blast Tyrant” package in November.
For the über-CLUTCH fan and/or retro rocker, Weathermaker will see to it that all three releases will make thier way onto limited-edition vinyl.
“Robot Hive/Exodus” reissue track listing:
Disc 1 (CD):
The Incomparable Mr. Flannery
Mice & Gods
Never Be Moved
Tripping the Alarm
Land of Pleasant Living
Who’s Been Talking
Disc 2 (DVD):
Mercury (live from Sounds of the Underground)
Profits of Doom (live from Sounds of the Underground)
Mice & Gods (live from Sounds of the Underground)
Gullah (live from Sounds of the Underground)
Burning Beard (live from Sounds of the Underground)
Impetus (live from Sounds of the Underground)
The Mob Goes Wild (live from Sounds of the Underground)
Gravel Road (live from Sounds of the Underground)
Burning Beard (video clip)
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A music writer can spend two to three nights a week in clubs and venues watching artists and musicians perform. We write about what we saw, so that you the reader can find out what you missed because you didn’t go to the show. For the most part, show reviews tend to be good if not fair. Trying to entice you off your couch, out of your house, and into the venues to see the artist the next time they come through town.
Sometimes they can be very critical, everyone has a bad day, artists and musicians are no exception. Sometimes they have bad shows, from equipment problems, to PA problems, to health problems. But very rarely will you see a show so bad that you will write what may become the quintessential worst (read BEST) show review ever.
There are only two or three artists who could ever warrant such a review, because there are only really two or three artists that could have such a complete meltdown on stage. Fiona Apple (already happened), Oasis (already happened), and of course Courtney Love.
David Malitz of The Washington Post witnessed the latest on stage meltdown by Ms Love, and wrote what in my opinion may become the greatest show review ever.
From David Malitz at the The Washington Post:
“Imagine a Hole concert that doubles as a complete Courtney Love meltdown. Not too hard to do. Now imagine it being 10 times more disastrous than that — we’re talking one incomplete song after another, offensive and rambling stage banter, exhibitionism, a mass exodus of paying customers. Now imagine it being nearly three hours long. You can start to get a picture of the epic train wreck that was Hole‘s Sunday night show at the 9:30 Club.”
“She took the stage nearly an hour past the advertised 9:30 start time, smoking a cigarette and rambling about how she was late because, allegedly, she had just been hanging out with a senator friend. (She left the friend’s identity a mystery.)
She also introduced an assistant, Lisa, who was onstage for the entire show filming Love on an iPhone. Not on the side of the stage. Not filming a few songs. The entire show, onstage, often directly in front of Love.”
Still not sure this is the best review ever?
Please check out the entire enterview at The Washington Post
I leave you with this last excerpt:
“When Love did get around to singing, her voice sounded as if something had died in her throat. Love has a blood-curdling howl, by far her most effective asset as a performer. She should have used it more on Sunday. During the choruses of “Miss World” and “Violet” — two of her best and most popular songs — she turned the microphone to the crowd and didn’t bother singing. Other times she skipped lines in order to cough or take a sip of water or just . . . not sing. Of the nearly 30 songs (or song fragments), not even a handful were completed without some minor disaster.
Love took a request for “Rock Star” despite admitting that she didn’t remember how to play it. She stumbled through half the song without strumming one correct chord. She played a new song, “Pretty Your Whole Life.” It was bad. Half an hour later, she played it again. It was worse.”
Take 10 minutes and follow the link to the full review at The Washington Post. You’ll be glad you did.