28Apr/16

The Dirty But Not Unclean Grooves of Holy White Hounds

HWH-Photo-1-Lindsey-Brynes-smaller-size-980x654We’re dirty but we’re not unclean. We’re mangy, but you’d still let us sleep in your bed.” -Brenton Dean, Holy White Hounds

By Carl C. Sundberg

Holy White Hounds are one of those bands you might want to look into now. If they were a stock, you’d invest. So many bands come out and get tagged with the “buzz-worthy” label, but this time…this time it’s different. Holy White Hounds deserve it. Their feral name best described in their bio by singer and guitarist Brenton Dean: “We’re dirty but we’re not unclean. We’re mangy, but you’d still let us sleep in your bed.” With their unique look, their peculiar vibe and infectious grooves, the quartet from Iowa are about to launch into the stratosphere of the rock world like a magnificent laser beam of glory. Why? Songwriting! Take a listen to their wild, quirky single, “Switchblade” from their upcoming debut album, “Sparkle Sparkle”, which has whiffs of Beck, the swagger of Beastie Boys, the fuzzy punk thunder of Queens of the Stone Age and an epic guitar solo that would turn Jimmy Page’s head. And that’s just one song. Every other song is completely different, utterly surprising, refreshing and fun and just as hard to explain. And every single song even more infectious as the last. (more…)

14Apr/16

The Gritty Thunder and Whiskey Howls of Hounds of Jezebel

Hounds+Of+Jezebel“Sometimes what happens in Vegas, makes it’s way the internet.” -John Curry, Hounds of Jezebel

By Carl C. Sundberg

When The Hounds of Jezebel get the party started, they get the party started right.

As the Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas began to fill for the Awards Ceremony on the final night of the 2016 RadioContraband Convention, something unimaginable to any other awards show was about to happen. A song was about to be played. We’re not talking some auto-tuned diva in a ball gown, no princess chart-topper squeezing out some putrid glitter hit to a bunch of suits checking their smart phones.

No. This was not how the night would proceed.

This night was for rock. And the song, well it was a song so vulgar, so off the charts profane, that it could never be played on the radio without heavy editing and near constant beeps. It was raw. Fast. Loud. And no one was prepared for it. (more…)

31Mar/16

A Spider in the Dark – Bobaflex

bobaflex“I lost my innocence, but I found the truth.” – Bobaflex

By Carl C. Sundberg

Bobaflex is not the type of band that takes it easy. With six full length albums – seven total – and relentless tour schedules that keeps them on the road more often than not, Bobaflex believes in the power of blood, sweat and tears. Formed in 1998 by brothers and guitarist/vocalists Shaun and Marty McCoy, the band is celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. For many bands, these acts alone are a feat. But the McCoy brothers come from a legacy of family honor and strength with ancestral ties to the most infamous family feud in American history between the Hatfield and McCoy families.

The notion of conflict, struggle and fury that fueled that feud remains pumping strong, generations later, in the blood of the McCoy brothers. This is also very clear in Bobaflex’s music and album artwork. Take their latest album, “Anything That Moves” their seventh release, for example. In addition to powerhouse songs that were recorded with no auto tune, no tricks and mostly live, it features an album cover of the sexiest post-apocalyptic world since “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Complete with a scantily-clad female warrior standing in the ruins of a devastated American capitol, holding a couple of wild weapons of mass destruction in each hand, it doesn’t get much more aggressive.
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10Mar/16

It’s Time to Get Weird – Sunflower Dead

sunflowerdead“It’s Time to Get Weird” – Sunflower Dead

By Carl C. Sundberg

Take everything you know about the typical rock tale and throw it away. It’s time to get weird.

We’re talking accordions and face paint. We’re talking zombie clowns. We’re talking dark, bizarre fantasy worlds. We’re talking car crashes with rich, wasted Vegas strippers. We’re talking golden showers in hotel hallways. We’re talking Jonathon Davis of Korn. We’re talking about Sunflower Dead, a band you will not forget any time soon.

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13Oct/15

Separations

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 9.29.44 AMStanding out from the pack isn’t always easy. However, it’s essential for some, and from the beginning, Separations’ desire has been to blaze their own trail.

The Atlanta quintet strikes a delicate balance between energetic heaviness and melodic hypnosis on its full-length debut album for Imagen Records, ‘Dream Eater,’ set to be released October 2, 2015, and produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Hands Like Houses, Dashboard Confessional). (more…)

22Jun/15

“We could learn a lot from the squatch”: Interview with Shaman’s Harvest at Rocklahoma 2015

9770160_origBy Zoe Adler/music journalist, editor of TeenView Music

Hailing from Jefferson City, Missouri, Shaman’s Harvest returned from a three-year hiatus with Smokin’ Hearts and Broken Guns, released in September of 2014.

Their music fantastically combines rock with country and blues nuances, creating a distinct sound carried by the killer vocals of Nathan Hunt, whose voice varies from intense growls to clear, full-throated melodies within a matter of seconds. (more…)

21Jan/15

Aranda

arandaListening to hard-hitting rock band Aranda is explosive — like combining Woodstock with hearing the blast of an atom bomb — it’s an experience!

Brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda have been writing and playing music together since they were kids. Music has always been a major force in their lives. (more…)

19Jan/15

Adelitas Way

Attachment-1Edgy Las Vegas-based hard rock outfit Adelitas Way formed in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2009 when they broke into the mainstream. Their anthemic song “Invincible”, from their self-titled debut album paved the way into numerous television spots, including the “CSI Miami” finale, served as the theme song for the weekly WWE Superstars show, was also featured in the THQ video game “Raw vs Smackdown” and on Fox Sports Network. (more…)

12Jan/15

Hinder

HINDER_MAIN_CREDIT JEREMY CHARLES (2)Hinder have certainly had quite the ride to arrive at this point in their career. The hard rocking group’s 2005 debut, Extreme Behavior, sold over three-million copies in the United States, while their breakthrough single “Lips of an Angel” hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart. Three highly successful studio albums later, the band is excited to announce their upcoming album “Hit The Ground” coming in 2015 via The End Records. (more…)