Month: January 2016

Band Of The Week: Matriarchs



The hardcore genre has undergone a few changes since its inception, but the true spirit of what the genre started as lives on in a few bands still. Last weekend while I was at the Whisky to see Vision Of Disorder, the first band I saw that night left me really excited. Matriarchs delivered the goods and represented hardcore music to the fullest. Their sound incorporates a tinge of metal, yet still rings true to the roots. Their EP Scandalous Jointz, reminds me of old school Hatebreed and Agnostic Front with a little bit of old Throwdown in there. Live, these guys are intense and command the stage. Vocalist Richard Barthel is quite a force. His gutteral vocals and true to life lyrics get the point across clearly. The band also features ex-members of well-known bands like Hoods, Ruckus, and The Faceless, making Matriarchs a band with countless influences to expand upon as time goes on. Check them out if you need to get your fix of well done hardcore.




Better Off Dead:


Slave City:




Cover Thursday: Deftones (Sade)- No Ordinary Love


Yesterday Deftones released a teaser for their new album GORE, which should be out in April. While talking to a friend of mine about it, for some reason Deftones cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love” popped into my head. It had been a little bit since I heard it and now I feel compelled to share it with you.

Deftones-No Ordinary Love:


Sade- No Ordinary Love:

Anticipated Albums: Killswitch Engage- Incarnate



Back in 2013 after many years away from Killswitch Engage, singer Jesse Leach came back to the band. The result was astounding and the album Disarm The Descent that marked his return was fantastic. Now in 2016, the band is back and ready to unleash their next album, Incarnate. March 11th can’t come soon enough!!!


Killswitch Engage- Strength Of The Mind:


Killswitch Engage- Hate By Design:


Killswitch Engage- Cut Me Loose:


Killswitch Engage- Alone I Stand:


Killswitch Engage- Just Let Go:


Killswitch Engage- Embrace The Journey…Upraised:


Killswitch Engage- Quiet Distress:

Ultimate Set List: Alice In Chains



I have so many different playlists for my favorite bands, it’s often really hard to just pick a few songs, so I’m really loving doing this feature. As most of you who read this site have figured out I am a huge Alice In Chains fan. So I present to you my Ultimate Set List for them

Here are the rules:

Rule 1: maximum 25 songs

Rule 2: What line up of the band would it be

Rule 3: Where would you want to see the show

Lineup: Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Mike Starr, Mike Inez, William DuVall

Venue: The Moore Theatre (Seattle)



Man In The Box
Them Bones
Sea Of Sorrow
We Die Young
Bleed The Freak
Down In A Hole
Heaven Beside You
Rotten Apple
Black Gives Way To Blue
I Stay Away
No Excuses
Sludge Factory
Love, Hate, Love
Rain When I Die
Angry Chair
Phantom Limb
A Looking In View
Private Hell
Last Of My Kind


Live Review: Vision Of Disorder at The Whisky


One of my favorite things about going to see bands that I’ve loved for years and years, is looking around at the crowd and seeing fans from the beginning till now reveling in the music. Vision Of Disorder has that effect on people. The legends that they are still pack one hell of a punch live and deliver with all their might. More on them in a bit.


The night began for my friend and I with the band Matriarchs. This 5 piece hardcore band from Los Angeles was the surprise of the night. Not only did they pummel the crowd with their brutal intense brand of hardcore, they managed to get a Los Angeles crowd on a Sunday night into quite a frenzy. It’s been a while since I listened to this type of hardcore. They reminded me of old school Hatebreed and Terror. Matriarchs are legit and deliver the goods as each song goes into the next. This band is on my radar for sure.


Next up was a band called Critic. These guys had something really cool going on. Musically they had elements of prog, industrial and hardcore, making for quite an intriguing set. Just as Matriarchs did, the crowd got into a bit of a frenzy during their set. Even the security guards at the venue were into them and Matriarchs. This band as well will see some more attention as time goes on.

After Critic, the reformed Pissing Razors took the stage. I have to say that while enjoyable, I couldn’t help but think they were taking their groove metal love of Pantera a bit too far. While watching them, I could see and hear the distinct similarities of Pantera in their music and stage personas. Not to take anything away from them, but when you start singing Pantera songs over their songs, you might want to revisit your own songs.


The highlight of the night was of course the legendary Vision Of Disorder. Their unrelenting set consisted of songs from their beginning to their latest release Razed To The Ground (which by the way is a great album). The sheer magnitude of intensity that lives within each member of the band was left on stage last night. Songs like “DTO,” “Suffer,” “What You Are,” “Set To Fail,” and “Loveless,” killed. One of the coolest things during their set was watching a swarm of fans push forward to the front of the stage to sing along with Tim Williams. Amongst the crowd and singing along was Dave Peters of Throwdown. Seeing him in the crowd pushing to sing along instead of jumping on stage was quite an awesome move on his part. Very punk rock Dave!!!

The entire night was outstanding. Vision Of Disorder are still the real deal and continue to put out great new music. Matriarchs and Critic are two bands I will be following and writing about soon. It’s shows like this that make it fun for me still. As I get older I’ve noticed I’ve become more selective in the shows I go to, but as long as my favorite bands keep playing in Los Angeles, like VOD, I will be there.



By: Brian Lacy

Band Of The Week: The New Regime


Ilan Rubin has had quite the career so far. He has played with bands such as Denver Harbor, Lostprophets, Paramore, Angels and Airwaves and most notably Nine Inch Nails. Even through all that, Ilan has still managed to remain quite the artist. In 2007, he released his first album as The New Regime entitled “Coup.” a few years later after Nine Inch Nails took a break for a bit, Ilan readied his next album “Speak Through The White Noise.” By the time it came for a third album, there was enough material that it was divided into two EP’s Exhibit A and Exhibit B. Since the release of those albums, The New Regime has been on tour constantly with some of rock’s greats including, Gang Of Four, Failure, Muse, The Used and so many others. Ilan is a true visionary. He has quite the knack for writing really interesting songs. It’s as though his time working with so many different bands, especially Trent Reznor, rubbed off on him in such a positive way. The New Regime is a band that should be on your radar and in your music library.

We Rise, We Fall:


Speak Through The White Noise:

Worst Cover Songs: Adema (Alice In Chains)- Nutshell



I love Alice In Chains. They are in my top 2 favorite bands of all time right behind Nine Inch Nails. Anytime I hear a cover of one of their songs I have to listen. no matter how bad it is. A few years back when Adema was popular (remember that?), they released an EP that had a cover of Alice In Chains “Nutshell.” Well I forgot about it until last night and now I feel compelled to share it with you.


Adema- Nutshell:


Alice In Chains- Nutshell:

Interview: Vicky Hamilton

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One of my favorite sayings is “Life is short, but a band’s life is shorter”

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Vicky Hamilton. You might recognize her name as being Guns N Roses’ first manager and for her work with other bands such as Faster Pussycat, Poison, and countless others during the 80’s. In the next couple months, Vicky will be releasing her autobiography entitled Appetite For Dysfunction. We talked about her career and what she sees for the future of music. See what she had to say below.

B. Thank you for doing this Vicky. Let’s begin… You got your start at Licorice Pizza years ago working there?

V. Actually I worked at a record store in Indiana and managed 3 bands in Indiana as well. But made my move out here.

B. While you were in LA you worked at Licorice Pizza, you wound up meeting Nikki Sixx

V. Yeah at Licorice Pizza, yes

B.  I know you helped them out early.  What was your role early on with them?

V.  I was a management consultant.

B.  Did you have a hand in their Leather Records organization at all?

V.  They had made that record and that’s when I came on board, right when they were putting the package together for that.  I didn’t have a hand in songs or anything like that, but I did marketing for them and display, merchandising all over town, especially in all of the Licorice Pizza stores.

B.  I also know you worked with Stryper for a little while and had some differences in your beliefs and things like that. Of all the bands in the world to work with, how did you wind up working with Stryper?

V. I knew them when they were Roxx Regime and they played at Gazarri’s and I was a cocktail waitress at Gazarri’s when I first met them and then they like disappeared and I didn’t really know what happened to them.  I called Robbie Sweet when I went to work at Silver Lining Entertainment as an agent.  He said yeah we’d love to have you work with us and …… He didn’t tell me anything about their religious thing.  I went down to La Mirada to their rehearsal and I saw the Isaiah 15:35 thing and I knew that was like a religious connotation, but I didn’t really think it had anything to do with the band.  Not until I already agreed to work with them that I figured out they were like …………  Nobody did that, you would never question that.

B. What was your role with Poison and what was it genuinely like to be around them?

V.  I was their manager.  They were pretty wild and zany, charismatic, hustlers, probably the best promoters I’ve ever worked with. Self-professed glam-slam kings of noise.

V.  But I didn’t manage them with CC.  There was a different guitar player when I managed them named Matt Smith

B. I remember reading about that actually

V.  He was really good. We actually auditioned Slash and he had the job for about 10 minutes.

B.  You were the one who introduced Axl to Slash

V.  Well theoretically.  They had jammed before, but I didn’t know that. I had booked Black Sheep, which Slash was in for about 10 minutes.  When I started booking Hollywood Rose, previous to Guns N Roses, I introduced Slash to Axl that night at the… and they shook hands and acted like they were just meeting for the first time, but apparently had jammed before.

B.  As their management consultant, what was it like with them in there…. I know Axl lived at your place and was hiding from the police for a while and they all moved in, except for Duff.  I remember you mentioning a long time ago, you and your roommate locked yourselves in your room, because they had basically taken over the whole place.

V.  They were like stealing our t-shirts and things too.  Yeah, Jennifer Perry and me had to live in the bedroom, barricaded the bedroom door. The guys all lived in the living room, Axl slept on the couch.  The other guys slept in sleeping bags on the floor usually with a groupie or two.  They would double up sleeping bags and zip them together.

B.  One of the things I’ve always wanted to ask you about, everybody always asks about Axl and Slash and all that.  But what was Izzy really like?

V.  Quiet, sarcastic.  He had a really dry sense of humor but I appreciated it, you know?  He was kind of a musical genius too, but he’s just really quiet. Somber looking.

B.   A lot of people always think it was Slash behind all the music and everything like that.  Everything I always randomly heard about was that Izzy was more of less the brain and Axl of everything.

V.  Slash was the business mind, but in the creative zone it was easily the three of them.

B.  You worked with them all the way up to them getting signed to Geffen……………. When did your relationship end with them exactly?

V.  I took an A&R at Geffen and Geffen decided the band needed major management. We tried to work out a co-management deal like I had with Death Sailor, but they already had Motley Crue and they didn’t want another band that was strung out so that didn’t really come together.

B.  Besides Slash do you have a relationship with anybody still?

V.  Mmmhmmm, Steven.  When I see Duff, he’s friendly.  I haven’t seen Izzy in like say 7 years or so, but when I see him, he’s fine.  The only one I’ve never talked to again is Axl.  I would speak to him if he called me.

B.  You mentioned you worked at Geffen as an A&R rep.  While you were there, I know you worked with like Faster Pussycat.  Was that more of a managerial thing? Or did you help them get signed as well?

V.  My deal with Geffen was set up so that I could. They had first writer refusal to sign a band, but after they passed I could do whatever I wanted with the band. I managed Faster Pussycat while I was there, Darling Cruel, Lost Boys who I also got signed with the other label.  It was great.

B. With Faster Pussycat circle and things like that were you ever a frequent guest at the Cathouse? 

V.  I was, it was the best club in Hollywood when you got to that time period.  The best bands played there.  And I managed Faster Pussycat and Riki (Rachtman) and Tamie Downe (Singer of Faster Pussycat) were best friends so it was kind of hard to avoid.

B.  Later on after Geffen, you started your own label at some point and wound up releasing June Carter Cash’s album that won a Grammy.  What was it like with June Carter and did you ever get a chance to meet Johnny and have a conversation?

V.  He sang a duet on the record.  I hung out in Nashville for like a month.  I was at their house and everything.  Johnny always came. Super nice. He sang a duet on Far side Things…on June’s record.   It was probably the highlight of my career.  Two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. ……….  I have a band now called Talk Like June that recorded at the cabin where I made the record with June and turned it into a real studio they have a tracking room there now and an iso room which is twice as big as it was when I made June’s record.  John Carter (June’s son) has become sort of a major force in Nashville as a producer and I gave him his first producing job.

B. That’s amazing

V.  He co-produced June’s record with a guy named JJ Bolero, that was like the first thing they really put out. Now he has worked with Loretta Lynn and all sorts of others.

B.  Since you’ve been around the Sunset strip for so long, how do you feel about the venues closing and the fact that there’s no scene anymore?

V.  I would say there’s no Sunset Strip scene, but there is a scene in Echo Park.  Sunset Strip has become very touristy; bands don’t want to come west of Vine or Vermont even.  The Echo, The Echoplex, and some others are out there – there’s about 3 or 4 other blocks in Echo Park.  They do a thing at the Echo, called Funky Soul.  It’s off the hook.  It’s like a sort of mash-up of soul and rock.  It’s like computer nerds and like hip-hop people, indie people…. I was amazed.  I was like “wow” this is different.  New.  A lot of it doesn’t have lyrics, it’s mostly just around dance beats but it was very interesting to watch.  This has been going on a couple of years. …

B.  I never really ventured out there; I was always on Sunset and going over there always felt weird to me, like I didn’t fit there. In my teenage years, early 20’s I was always out at the Key Club, Whisky, and Roxy

V.  My early years were at the strip too, but it’s changed.  Honestly it pisses me off that they’re building all these hotels and things.  It’s like if they take down the venues, who’s going to stay in these hotels?  They’re there for the entertainment, you know?  That’s it.

B.  You also were a booker for a very long time at Bar Sinister, the club that is very predominantly more Goth type of vibe. 

V.  Then I booked at Malibu Inn, which is like the surfers; it was like such a different scene.  It’s fun.  I had fun doing Bar Sinister.  I met a lot of great bands.  One of the guys I’m working with right now was in a band called Vegas In Space that I managed that I met at Bar Sinister.

B.  I have two more questions for you.  What are your thoughts on the future of music itself seeing as thought he physical copy has dwindled out of the picture?

V. Although album sales are up.  I think it’s changing.  It will be a better music world soon because the laws are slowly changing.  We only have baby bands, dinosaur bands.  This week we lost Bowie; we lost Lemmy, Scott Weiland.  The established artists are starting to die off.  If we don’t start changing the laws, there will be no new bands because baby bands can’t afford to make a living at this business the way it is so things have got to change.  I think it will be a more Internet savvy business with bands. It has to be.  Because that’s the way everything is done now.  My hope is that the laws will change and will favor artists.

B.  The older guys are slowly dying off and the baby bands aren’t getting anywhere where they need to be.  What’s your advice for any new and up and coming band that is really just trying to get out there and do it? 

V.  Play as many gigs as you can.  Get outside of your box and play other cities.  Have a super savvy Internet person be the 5th member of the band. Go to things at the YouTube space, the creator things, meet creators, network, tour, make really cool merchandise.  We used to give away t-shirts to sell records, now we give away records to sell t-shirts.  The cooler the merchandise the better off you’re going to be.  Develop your own mailing list, you want to control your own ball in this.  Don’t do it through and other company, you want to control your own stuff.

Tribute: Glenn Frey


When I was a kid my first memory of Glenn Frey wasn’t with the Eagles. It was his contributions to the Miami Vice soundtrack. The songs “You Belong To The City,” and “Smugglers Blues,” are forever in my head. I can’t forget Glenn’s small role he had as a smuggler pilot on Miami Vice too. It wasn’t till I got older, did I fully realize that the Eagles were more than a Big Lebowski joke. I really sat down and listened to the albums, and boy what a great thing to do. To be able to hear the songs that Glenn and Don Henley wrote and created shows how unstoppable they were songwriters together. To be honest I don’t know why the Eagles get such a bad rep. Sure, the radio has overplayed a bunch of their songs, but you can’t deny the quality of the song. To have something that keeps going for 40 plus years is astounding. If you are looking for a way to get into them, I strongly suggest watching the documentary The History Of The Eagles. It’s one of the best music docs I’ve ever seen. And if you weren’t a fan or didn’t appreciate them, this might be the thing to change your mind.

Thank you Glenn for all the great songs and music through the years!!! You will be missed.

You Belong To The City:


Smuggler’s Blues:


Eagles- Desperado:


Hotel California:


Greatest Hits Vol 1: