Collide & Conquer A Solid Second Effort From Hunter Valentine

Courtesy:  Red Distribution

Courtesy: Red Distribution

Hunter Valentine’s second full length studio release, Collide & Conquer, is a solid follow-up to the band’s 2007 debut record, Impatient Romantic.  What the band started on that record, it has built up even more with this new release.  That is evident right from the album’s opener, ‘Liar Liar.’  This is an interesting opener as singer/guitarist Kyomi M’s vocals come across as a mix of so many past great female rock vocalists.  The song’s driving guitars and drums serve to enhance the song even more making it a very good first impression for this record.  Whereas ‘Liar Liar’ is a solid opener for this new record, equally interesting is the ease with which the band is able to change moods and sounds with the album’s very next song, ‘Lonely Crusade.’  While this song has a noticeably different vibe about it all the way around, it’s still a nice follow-up as it doesn’t lose any of the energy built up from ‘Liar Liar.’

As much as Hunter Valentine offers listeners some nice up-tempo punk rock pieces on its new album, it has also offered fans the more poppy sound from its debut record in the new song, ‘Crying.’  What really makes this song interesting is that considering the song’s chorus of “I feel like crying tonight”, and the gentle tones from the piano backing the song, the band still hasn’t lost any of the energy built through the album’s first three songs.  It makes for an interesting juxtaposition of emotions and sounds.  Even more interesting is the transition of the band from this song to the album’s halfway point with the song, ‘Little Curse (S*** Happens).’  This song kicks the album’s energy right back to ten, even with its lyrical side that seems to touch yet again on personal relationships. 

The first half of Hunter Valentine’s new album, Collide & Conquer is a solid new effort from these young Canadian rockers.  And even for those who might be new to the band’s music, it makes for just as much of an impressive introduction.  The band does a good job of balancing its mix of punk, pop punk and rock throughout the course of the album’s eleven songs.  Considering this, it would be no surprise if this band’s name makes its way across mainstream radio stations nationwide given the opportunity.  The band already has a number of performances slated for the New Year in support of its new album.  It will be touring up and down the West Coast and into the Midwest during the early part of 2013.  Audiences who want to check the band out live can see the band’s tour dates online at http://www.facebook.com/huntervalentine and http://www.huntervalentine.com.  Fans can also go to both sites to get all the latest news from the band.

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Laura Wilde’s debut record is rock done right

Courtesy:  Vice Grip Music Group

Courtesy: Vice Grip Music Group

Laura Wilde, meet the world.  World, meet Laura Wilde.  This Aussie rocker looks like Britney Spears, but sings like Joan Jett and Lita Ford.  She is everything that Avril Lavigne wishes she could be.  Lots of rock acts have come from the land down under.  But not since AC/DC has there been such a hard hitting act.  Wilde comes right at audiences on her debut album, “Sold My Soul.”  The album’s opener, ‘All Alone’ comes at audiences with all the power and energy of fellow female rockers, The Donnas, The Runaways, and so many other female rock acts.  It’s a great high energy, fist pumping, arena anthem that is perfect for any rock radio station.  She sings on the album’s opener, “I think you’re sexy/and I like your face/But much more, I like the chase.”  It comes across as a very confident, “I am woman hear me roar” type of song filled with enough energy to get audiences both male and female moving.

Wilde follows up ‘All Alone’ with an equally adrenaline fueled song in ‘Sold My Soul.’  She writes of the rigors of touring all over the world, and not looking back after kissing her mother goodbye as she heads off.  It’s not one of those Bon Jovi or Kid Rock style emotional pieces.  Instead, it takes the classic road warrior theme, and takes that proverbial bull by the horns, almost embracing it in a way.  The softest that Wilde gets on her debut is the song, ‘For You.’  She definitely wears her emotions on her sleeve in this song.  But it isn’t what one might expect.  This piece isn’t the standard “oh woe is me, I’ve had my heart broken” sort of song.  She lays into the object of her anger throughout the song, eventually leading into a string of profanities aimed at said individual at the end of the song.  She shows that she’s not going to go the route of so many standard break up songs.  And that sort of mentality is just what will keep Laura Wilde one of the leading names in the next generation of mainstream rock.

Laura Wilde’s debut album was released nationwide just three months ago.  Since that time, this artist who started her career years ago at the age of sixteen has taken some huge steps.  She has been tapped to join legendary rocker Ted Nugent on his Summer tour.  The pair are out on tour now.  They will be performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, California next Saturday, May 26th.  After next Saturday’s show, Wilde will take some time off before hitting the road again in June.  From there, she’ll be touring the rest of the Summer.  North Carolinians will get to see both Wilde and Nugent on their tour this Summer, as they’ll be making a stop in Durham, North Carolina Thursday, August 9th at the famed Durham Performing Arts Center.  Audiences can go to http://www.dpacnc.com to get information about tickets and more for the show.  Regardless of which date fans attend, audiences can get a taste of what to expect from Laura Wild right now.  The video for her single, ‘Sold My Soul’ is up on Youtube now.  It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6z2GrhZxDU. Fans can also get all the latest on Laura online at http://www.laurawilde.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/laurawildemusic, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/laurawilde, and on her official Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/laurawildemusic.

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