GONE IS GONE Feat. MASTODON, AT THE DRIVE-IN, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Members: Teaser For 'Echolocation' Album

A teaser for “Echolocation”, the forthcoming debut album from GONE IS GONE, the new project featuring MASTODON‘s Troy Sanders, AT THE DRIVE-IN‘s Tony Hajjar, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE‘s Troy Van Leeuwen and guitarist-keyboardist Mike Zarin, is available below.

GONE IS GONE‘s self-titled debut EP was released on July 8 via their imprint label Black Dune Records in partnership with Rise Records/BMG.

Asked where the band’s name came from, Sanders told NME: “We were honing in on things that were very human, relatable, real, and as far away from anything pretentious as possible. We were discussing subject matter of frailty and things that every human can relate to — love, loss, life, experience and opportunity and all things frail and fragile. The phrase ‘what’s done is done’ or ‘what’s gone is gone’ — you need to seize these opportunities now and make the most of it, reward yourself and fulfill yourself while the time is now.

“We think it’s relatable and we’re not trying to be anything that we’re not. The level of pretentiousness is below zero — it’s minus eleven, it’s out of the fuckin’ picture. This band was organically created and it’s formed and has got to where it is now very naturally. It’s all from the heart and it means the world to us.”

Sanders also called GONE IS GONE “therapeutic.” He explained: “I’ve learned it’s a very healthy thing to do to jam with other people. Whether it’s sitting for 30 minutes in someone else’s practice room and just jamming with somebody, or learning a cover song together, or writing something together — any kind of collaboration I think is a healthy thing. You pull different positives from different people.

“For the bulk of the past 16 years, I’ve been very fortunate and proud to be in a band called MASTODON that followed the traditional cycle of write, record, tour-tour-tour, write, record, tour-tour-tour. It’s worked out fantastic for us and I love every minute of it. However, when I get these brief periods away, and I’m doing something else that’s creative musically, it just brings a refreshing feeling over me that hits a reset button. Every time I go back into the MASTODON world, I’m in such a great place mentally to dive headfirst in and give it all I’ve got.”

GONE IS GONE made its live debut on April 27 at the Dragonfly in Los Angeles and completed a handful of dates in July.

For more information, visit www.GoneIsGoneOfficial.com.

Source: Blabbermouth

RIKKI ROCKETT, STEVEN ADLER Featured In 'My Way' Girl Rockumentary; DVD To Arrive In November

After winning five top awards on the film festival circuit and receiving a theatrical release in New York City and Los Angeles, “My Way” now comes to DVD and VOD on November 4.

Meet Rebekah Starr, a small-town girl stuck in a mid-western corporate life. Yearning to break free, she ditches her briefcase for a Les Paul guitar and hits the highway. Destination? Los Angeles’ famed rock ‘n’ roll Sunset Strip.

Although Rebekah‘s marriage is failing, this is not some alternate fantasy life she’s escaping to — it’s her burning passion for music that can no longer be suppressed. On her journey, she serendipitously meets and befriends rock legends Steven Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES) and Rikki Rockett (POISON).

A witness to the power of passion and aspiration, “My Way” chronicles the hugely entertaining path one woman takes to pursue her seemingly impossible dream.

The DVD can be ordered now on Amazon.

Bonus features:

* Exclusive interview with Rikki Rockett (POISON)
* Exclusive interview with Steven Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES)
* Exclusive interview with Chip Z’Nuff (ENUFF Z’NUFF)
* Music video – THE REBEKAH STARR BAND‘s “Irrational Boy” featuring Ron Jeremy
* Music video – THE REBEKAH STARR BAND‘s “My Way”
* Theatrical Trailer
* Optional subtitles in Spanish and Italian

For more information, visit www.mywaythemovie.com.

Source: Blabbermouth

DEEP PURPLE: 'Fire In The Sky' Book About 'Smoke On The Water' Due Next Spring

These days DEEP PURPLE‘s “Smoke On The Water” is such a ubiquitous rock “anthem” that it almost seems as if it has been out there forever. Yet the story of how this most famous of metal tracks came into being is shot-through with chance incidents, any one of which could have seen the recording stifled at birth, leaving music writers to scrabble about for another “best riff of all time” contender (and five hard-working musicians considerably less well-off.)

Incredibly, although the backing to “Smoke On The Water” was the first track laid down for the “Machine Head” album (while the Swiss police hammered at the door at 2:00 a.m. to try and get the noise stopped), in the ensuing chaos of being evicted from their temporary studio and washing up in the corridors of the Grand Hotel (where they built a studio in the corridors using old mattresses and egg cartons for sound-proofing!), the tape was almost forgotten — until an engineer pointed out that they were one track short of an album. The band only roughed it out as something to play to their Montreux host and hero of the fire, Claude Nobs, who told them it was far too good to leave in the can…

Due in the spring of 2017, “Fire In The Sky” is a new book which looks in detail at this important period in DEEP PURPLE‘s history and the making of their breakthrough album “Machine Head”.

While the fact that a fire destroyed their original recording venue is well known to most music fans, the book detours to look at the cause of the blaze, talking to people who were at the show, and gets to the bottom of just what were Frank Zappa‘s last words when he dashed off the casino stage as the roof burst into flames? And in these times of economic hardship, isn’t it inspiring to know that punitive tax rates back home were responsible for DEEP PURPLE being in Montreux in the first place?

This book looks back at the events which led to DEEP PURPLE‘s bizarre and Heath Robinson-esque “Machine Head” hotel recording sessions in the winter of 1971. And as for that “hit to be,” “Smoke On The Water” was not even tried out on stage, and might never have been played live at all were it not for a request from the BBC for a radio session. It went on to sell 12 million copies and is probably the only gold disc ever made to actually be presented to a city. And yes, there really is a music shop in London which threatens to fine budding guitarists should they dare to try out the riff in-store.

The story takes in the subsequent debilitating American tours where “Machine Head” quickly became a massive-selling album, even as the relentless gigging pulled the band apart. Memorabilia and many rare and unseen photographs illustrate the story, including remarkable images of the casino fire and aftermath and Ian Gillan with his notepad writing the lyrics in the studio. The music, gigs and lyrics are covered while appendices include tour dates and a discography, as well as a map showing the important sites for any future visitors.

Several myths are also laid to rest, many fans trekking to Montreux visit the wrong Grand Hotel altogether, while down the road the wealthy owners of luxury apartments sit blithely unaware of the music history made in their living rooms.

This book follows Easy On The Eye‘s previous DEEP PURPLE book “Wait For The Ricochet”, which told the story of the band’s formation (and sold out the first print run in weeks). As before it is written in a way which will appeal both to the casual rock reader as well as the more informed fan.

For more information, go to this location.

Source: Blabbermouth

Next SAXON Album To Include Song Dedicated To MOTÖRHEAD

Vocalist Biff Byford of British heavy metal legends SAXON spoke to EonMusic about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2015’s “Battering Ram” album. He said: “Yeah, we got about nine drum tracks laid down. We’re running two studios at the same time, so we’re writing in one, and recording in the other, and we’re tripping backwards and forwards when we’re working. We’ve got a lot of ideas already; me and Nibbs [Carter, bassist] have got shitloads, and we’re just working through ideas with the band, really.”

Asked how long they will spend in the studio working on the new SAXON album, Biff said: “We’ll be in until the end of this week, and then we’re off to Sweden to a festival. Then we come back in about a week before the tour, and we spend a week recording, and then we go straight on tour on the 28th October. So yeah, we’ll have a three-week break in the middle, but I’ll probably be writing lyrics and doing melodies then. I usually do that on my own.”

SAXON‘s new album will include a song called “They Played Rock And Roll”, dedicated to MOTÖRHEAD.

“Yeah, that’s on its way,” Biff said. “I’ve finished the lyrics for that, and it will make the album. It’s about the eighties, really. It’s about the ‘Bomber’ tour, and ‘Ace Of Spades’. That’s when we first met them; on the ‘Bomber’ tour, we supported them, so it’s about that, and the album ‘No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith’, and the subsequent ’80s scene.”

“Battering Ram” was released last October in North America via UDR Music. The album featured Byford alongside Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitar, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.
Source: Blabbermouth

Listen To New CROWBAR Song 'Plasmic And Pure'

New Orleans sludge masters CROWBAR will release their eleventh album, “The Serpent Only Lies”, on October 28. The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with bands like HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM.

The second song from “The Serpent Only Lies”, titled “Plasmic And Pure”, can be streamed below.

“The Serpent Only Lies” track listing:

01. Falling While Rising
02. Plasmic And Pure
03. I Am The Storm
04. Surviving The Abyss
05. The Serpent Only Lies
06. The Enemy Beside You
07. Embrace The Light
08. On Holy Ground
09. Song Of The Dunes
10. As I Heal

CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein said about the CD: “I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old CROWBAR stuff, like the self-titled and ‘Broken Glass’ albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20-plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced CROWBAR in the beginning, like TROUBLE, SAINT VITUS, MELVINS, and the first TYPE O NEGATIVE record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”

The result is an album that stands toe-to-toe with those early CROWBAR classics while maintaining the lumbering hooks of mid-period standouts like 1998’s “Odd Fellows Rest” and 2000’s “Equilibrium”. “Even lyrically, the approach was a little more old-school,” Windstein offered. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing to go back to that.””

The tour cycle for “The Serpent Only Lies” marks the return of original CROWBAR bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange, who left the band back in 1999 but now joins Windstein, drummer Tommy Buckley and guitarist Matt Brunson in forging CROWBAR‘s future.

Todd helped start the band, so having him back is important to me and, I think, the fans,” Windstein said. “It’s a great feeling to be standing onstage next to him. It’s a breath of fresh air for the band and makes us stronger.

“Having this be our eleventh record, we’re very fortunate because so many bands don’t last this long,” Windstein added. “My whole outlook on music as a career is the MOTÖRHEAD outlook, which is that slow and steady wins the race. If you continue to put out killer records, continue to kick ass onstage every night and continue to treat your fans with respect, that’s the stuff people will remember.”

Source: Blabbermouth