When I first heard “Hunger Strike” when I was a kid, I was absolutely blown away. The sheer magnitude of vocals from Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder… WOW! That Temple Of The Dog album is still one of the best albums of the 90’s in my opinion. Sadly though so many people have tried to cover “Hunger Strike” and fail miserably. A few years back Chris Cornell joined Chester Bennington on stage to do a version of it. And recently Corey Taylor joined Halestorm at an awards show to do a cover of it as well. Both versions are pretty bad in their own right. I’m curious as to which one you all prefer.
The Foo Fighters have always put out quality videos. They never take themselves too seriously, which makes it all that much more fun. I woke up this morning with their song “All My Life” in my head and thought today I will rank their top 10 videos.
When you think of Canada you mainly think of hockey, and health care for everyone. Music isn’t the best export, especially when Nickelback is a part of it. Thankfully though, Death From Above 1979 saved the day. This dance/electro/noise/punk/rock band consists of Jesse Keeler (bass, synths, vocals) and Sebastien Grainger (drums, vocals). Death From Above 1979 have the ability to cross genres and get different people to enjoy what they offer. Their debut album You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine was released in late 2004. The band toured extensively on that but sadly broke up in 2006. After a few years away from each other Jesse and Sebastien reunited in 2011. They played their first shows in early 2012 and announced they were working on a new album. In 2014, The Physical World was released. The album was produced by Dave Sardy and features 11 songs of pure excitement, with tons of groove, and rocking beats. Currently Death From Above 1979 is on tour with Deftones and Incubus. These guys were very underrated and helped to pave the way for countless bands around today.
Today is going to be a good day. Sevendust released the first song off their new album Kill The Flaw (which comes out October 2nd) entitled “Thank You.” This song is along the same lines of their earlier heavier songs off of Animosity and even the album Alpha, and with just the right amount of melody. It seems that doing that acoustic album helped reinvigorate the heavy in the band. Check it out!!!
Sevendust- Thank You:
SO HELP ME TO SEE
GIVE ME A CHANCE TO COME AROUND
ALL THIS CLOSURE WE NEED
WILL THIS EVADE US ALL SOMEHOW
ON MY OWN
FORGIVE ME NOW WE KNOW
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
YOU ARE THE BEGINNING AND THE END
TO ALL OF THIS
FEEL IT COMING NOW
(FIND A REASON
THE TIME HAS NOW-
(BELIEVE IN ME)
SO THANKS FOR COMING AROUND
AND PUSHING MY HEAD BACK TO THE GROUND
THANK YOU FOR SLOWING ME DOWN
I NEED TO FALL BACK AND START IT ALL OVER
BEEN HOLDING ON SO LONG
DENYING WHAT I’VE DONE
I DESTROYED MYSELF BUT I WISH YOU WELL
ON MY OWN
RELEASE ME NOW WE KNOW
ALL THE ANSWERS HERE WE ARE
THE BEGINNING AND THE END TO ALL OF THIS
When a band can really encompass their influences in their music yet sound original, it’s quite an accomplishment. Wooden Nomad from Oxnard, CA feature guitarist Angelo Miles, bassist Angel Chavez, drummer Danny Fitz and vocalist Tim Straw. These guys have taken their love of stoner rock especially Kyuss, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and lots of others from the early to mid 90’s. The music that Wooden nomad has created was made in Palm Desert (birthplace of Kyuss) with producer Brad Garrow. Their first full length, The Sound Of Earth is a heavy, chunky, riff laden album. Having played countless shows and stealing audiences the gents in Wooden Nomad grew even tighter. Now in 2015, they have just released their new album Pain As A Source Of Light. This album shows the growth of the band and just how tight they got since the release of their first album. Wooden Nomad is definitely a band to watch out for.
I’ll admit I was a little late to the party for Ryan Adams, but since I got put on the train I can’t get enough. A friend of mine brought this cover to my attention this morning and I had to share it. Here is Ryan Adams covering “Times Like These” by Foo Fighters.
There are quite a few bands that really work to create a piece of work that is special. They don’t compromise their artistic integrity just to sell their albums. Instead they grind it out in hope that people will listen and grasp just what they are doing. One of those bands is Dredg. Never one to follow a trend or sacrifice their art for a buck, the guys in Dredg stand by their vision and don’t disappoint. Their third album Catch Without Arms just passed the ten year mark, and it still rocks just as much as when it came out. Catch Without Arms was released on June 21, 2005. This album showed a change to a simpler, and more straightforward musical style for the band but still had a bit of the etherial tinge that El Cielo had. The album was produced by Terry Date (Deftones, Pantera, Soundgarden) and had some additional help from Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo.
Catch Without Arms features great songs such as “Ode To The Sun,” “Bug Eyes,” “Not That Simple,” “The Tanbark Is Hot Lava,” “Sang Real,” and “Jamais Vu.” These songs show the forward movement of the band and it’s members ability to write individual songs. Catch Without Arms is a concept album about opposites, mainly focused on positives and negatives. Each member brings something different to the table. Singer/guitarist Gavin Hayes has a very intriguing voice that makes his lyrics come to life. Drummer Dino Campanella is one of the most underrated drummers in music. His ability is astounding, not to mention his ability to play drums and piano at the same time. This is truly something awesome to watch. Mark Engles has a guitar tone that is his own. It’s melodic and clean that fits perfectly with the nature of each song. Bassist Drew Roulette grooves right along with Dino’s drums, and his bass lines add another element to each song.
Dredg is one of the most underrated bands to come out since 2000. They really know themselves and what they are capable of. Their ability to push the boundaries of their art is uncompromising and satisfying. Give this album another listen and you’ll see why it is an unsung masterpiece