Blacktop Mojo Debuts ‘Jealousy/Make Believe’ Video; Tour With Buckcherry Underway

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Blacktop Mojo recently recently debuted a video for two singles from its latest album.

The band premiered the video for its singles, ‘Jealousy’ and ‘Make Believe’ April 29. The animated video is one part lyric video and one part story of someone going through a very difficult emotional time.

According to information provided about the video, the songs — and a video planned for another single, ‘Darlin’ I Won’t Tell’ — tell a “story of heartbreak, murder and deception”. The songs’ musical arrangements are deeply contemplative works, one being a heavy, melodic hard rock ballad type work while the other is far more contemplative albeit brief.

‘Jealousy’ and ‘Make Believe’ are featured in Blacktop Mojo’s latest album, Blacktop Mojo, as is ‘Darlin’ I Won’t Tell.’ The band released the album last summer. The record is available to stream and download here.

In other news, Blacktop Mojo is on the road with Buckcherry. The tour’s next date is scheduled to take place Tuesday in Hermon, ME. The tour’s remaining dates are noted below. Tickets are available here.

05/10 @ Morgan Hill Event Center – Hermon, ME
05/11 @ Aura – Portland, ME
05/13 @ Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/14 @ Tally Ho Theatre – Leesburg, VA
05/16 @ Suck Bang Blow – Murrells Inlet, SC
05/17 @ Silverados – Black Mountain, NC
05/18 @ Georgie Theatre – Athens, GA
05/20 @ Welcome to Rockville 2022 – Daytona Beach, FL *
06/18 @ Dirty D’s (Matt & Catt Acoustic) – Baytown, TX *
08/18 @ Northwoods Rock Rally – Glen Flora, WI *
09/10 @ Scorpions MC Annual Pig Roast – South Lyon, MI *

* No BUCKCHERRY

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s new album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.blacktopmojo.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BlacktopMojo

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

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Huxley Premieres ‘Second Chances’ Lyric Video

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Rock band Huxley debuted the lyric video for its latest single this month.

The band premiered the lyric video for its single, ‘Second Chances‘ April 18. The video features the song’s lyrics presented over a burned out candle.

The song’s musical arrangement is an upbeat, guitar-driven composition. The chants in the chorus and the drums, bass, and vocals add even more to its impact. The energy in the collective instrumentation and vocals immediately makes the song a surefire hit for any active rock radio station programmer’s play list. It is easily comparable to works from the likes of Eve To Adam, Buckcherry, and others of that ilk.

The song’s lyrical theme is that of perseverance against people who would otherwise prefer to make a person’s life miserable, according to a statement from the band.

“‘Second Chances’ is about not letting people take advantage of you and learning to move on and be strong on your own,” the statement reads.

More information on Huxley’s new video and single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.facebook.com/dohux.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huxleytheband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/huxleytheband

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South Of Eden Debuts New Single, ‘Lone Riders,’ Companion Video

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Neo-classic rock band South of Eden debuted its new single, ‘Lone Riders‘ and its companion video this month.

The band debuted the pair Feb. 9. The premiere of the song and its video came only days after the band premiered its cover of Van Halen’s classic song, ‘Drop Dead Legs.’ Some of that Van Halen influence is on display at points throughout the new song, too. Audiences who listen closely will hear the influence in the arrangement’s guitar line.

The rest of the arrangement proves engaging and entertaining in its own right, too. That is because of the balance of the band’s classic rock leanings and more modern rock approach. The overall presentation can be argued to have comparison to works from the likes of Buckcherry and to a lesser extent, Stone Temple Pilots.

Front man Ehab Omran talked about the song’s musical arrangement and lyrical content in a prepared statement..

“We chose ‘Lone Riders’ as our first single because we felt the high-energy music and down to earth lyrics encapsulate everything about this band,” Omran said. “It’s about being broke, overlooked, and over being on the outside looking in. You deal with it by getting high and watching life go by because you can’t afford to keep up with it.

Omran added, “It’s a mixture of a lot of things. We’re ‘classically rock’ influenced, but listen to so many different genres and eras that there are a lot of different feelings in our music.

He concluded, “When you hear us, I want you to walk away thinking, ‘That was honest and different’. We’re just doing what we do. We’re proof you can do anything you want and shouldn’t compromise your dreams.”

The video for ‘Lone Riders’ follows the band as it finds itself at a record label after its vehicle runs out of gas. Fortuitously, the band is able to record its new song in the video while one of the label’s executives is held captive, taped to a chair. Ironically, the man turns out to enjoy the song, despite being held captive.

More information on South of Eden’s new single and its EP, The Talk, is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://southofedenband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/southofedenmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/southofedenband

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Buckcherry Announces Details For Co-Headlining Tour With The Lacs

Courtesy: Atom Splitter PR

Buckcherry announced a new slate of live dates Wednesday.

The band made the announcement through a press release distributed to the media. The tour is a co-headlining run with the rap-rock group, The Lacs. The 15-date run is scheduled to launch Jan. 7 in Kyle, TX and to run through Feb. 6 in St. Petersburg, FL.

It also features performances in cities nationwide, such as Columbus, OH; Wilmington, DE and Dallas, TX. Core will join the tour on select dates in the run. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

 BUCKCHERRY + THE LACS ON TOUR:
1/7 — Kyle, TX — The Railhouse Bar
1/8 — Houston, TX — Rise Rooftop
1/9 — Texarkana, AR — Crossties
1/11 — Dallas, TX — Tree’s
1/12 — Oklahoma, OK — Diamond Ballroom* 
1/14 — Fayetteville, AR — JJ’s Live
1/15 — Nashville, TN — Marathon Live
1/16 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade
1/18 — Columbus, OH — King of Clubs
1/19 — Warren, OH — Packard Music Hall
1/21 — Corbin, KY — Corbin Arena
1/22 — Jim Thorpe, PA — Penns Peak
1/23 — Hopewell, VA — Beacon
1/25 — Leesburg, VA — Tally HO*
1/27 — Wilmington, DE — The Queen
1/28 — Pikeville, KY — Appalachian Wireless Arena
1/29 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverfront Live
1/31 — Knoxville, TN — Cotton Eyed Joe’s*
2/1 — Birmingham, AL — Iron City*
2/2 — Destin, FL — Club LA*
2/4 — Ft. Lauderdale , FL — Culture Room*
2/5 — Ft. Myers, FL — The Ranch*
2/6 — St. Petersburg, FL — Fergs*
*Buckcherry + Core only

Buckcherry’s upcoming live dates come on the heels of an extensive tour run that wraps up tonight in Jacksonville, NC and that launched July 30 in Columbus, OH. The band’s ongoing road run is in support of its latest album, Hellbound.

In related news, Buckcherry is scheduled to follow up its tour with the Lacs with a co-headlining tour with Fozzy in Australia that is scheduled to run from Feb. 21 – 26. The tour’s schedules are noted below.

BUCKCHERRY ON TOUR:
AUSTRALIA:

2/21 — Perth — Amplifier Bar (Buckcherry Only)
2/22 — Adelaide — The Gov     
2/24 — Brisbane    — The Triffid     
2/25 — Sydney — Max Watts     
2/26 — Melbourne — Max Watts

More information on Buckcherry’s new album and tour is available at:

Websitehttps://buckcherry.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/buckcherry

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/buckcherry

More information on The Lacs’ tour with Buckcherry and all of the group’s news at:

Website: https://thelacs.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLacsMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheLacsMusic

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Buckcherry’s New Album Is “Bound” For Success

Courtesy: Round Hill Records

Veteran rock band Buckcherry returned to the road in June.  The band’s tour, which launched June 1 in Kansas City, MO, came on the heels of the cancellation of more than 100 shows in 2020.  The cancellations came as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Two of the tour’s upcoming dates are in North Carolina – Sept. 4 in Charlotte, NC and Nov. 1 (the tour finale) in Jacksonville, NC.  Needless to say, the band’s shows have featured and will feature plenty of songs from Hellbound, the band’s latest album.  The songs, from beginning to end, offer something for all of the band’s fans.  That is shown through the album’s musical and lyrical content alike.  ‘54321,’ the album’s opener is just one way in which the album shows how much it has to offer audiences.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Wasting No More Time,’ the album’s latest single, is another example of how much the album has to offer listeners.  It will be discussed a little later. 

‘No More Lies,’ the album’s midpoint, is yet another example of how much this record has to offer.  Given, not every listener will enjoy every single song on this record.  However, the diversity and accessibility in the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes brings everything together to make Hellbound a presentation that is bound to be a successful new offering from Buckcherry in the long run.

Buckcherry’s latest album, Hellbound (the band’s ninth album), is a presentation that will appeal widely to audiences.  Given, not every fan will enjoy the whole album, but every fan will enjoy parts of the album.  From beginning to end, the record’s musical and lyrical content does plenty to support those statements.  The album’s opener, ‘54321’ is just one way in which this is proven.  The song’s musical arrangement creates a high-energy opening to the 34-minute album.  The driving guitar line at the song’s center joins with the solid time keeping and vocals and bass to create a sound and stylistic approach that is immediately familiar for the band’s established audiences.  At the same time, audiences can also make a comparison to works from The Sex Pistols what with front man Josh Todd’s vocal delivery style.  The guitar solo even gives a hint of some punk influence.  So all in all here, the song makes for a strong first impression in the band’s latest outing.  The arrangement is infectious throughout its nearly three-and-a-half-minute run time, too showing in part what makes the song stand out.  The energy exuded through the song’s arrangement pairs well with the song’s lyrical energy to show even more why the song in whole stands out.

The lyrical content featured along with the musical arrangement in ‘54321’ will engage and entertain audiences just as much as the song’s musical arrangement.  That is because of the message that it seems to present.  The seeming message in question is one of proud defiance.  Speaking more specifically, the song’s message comes across as a proudly defiant statement that the subject does not care what others think about him.  This is inferred as Todd sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Gettin’ cornered was a bad decision/Finding trouble was my disease/I’m boarded up and it’s like a prison/Cut me off if you want to breathe/I keep on waiting for another outcome/I keep on waiting for the chips to fall/All I wanted was a breakout and to have fun/Now I want it to dissolve/All these things have crossed the line/I must have told you a thousand times/I think I’m gonna have to cut you loose/You keep on talking ’bout my attitude/5, 4, 3, 2, 1, goes another one/Now you’re on the run, are you having fun/5, 4, 3, 2, 1/Are you overrun/Chaos left undonе, it’s a megaton.”  This comes across as the subject telling another person that he is done with that other person, that the relationship (whether plutonic or romantic is beside the point) won’t last because that other person has nothing but negative thoughts toward the subject.  That sense of self confidence is evidenced even more in the song’s second verse, in which Todd sings, “I get in trouble with imagination/I’m likе a butterfly without any wings/I left a mark all across the nation/On my own I don’t need anything/I’m deeper in it and it’s lasting so long/I hit the limit and I dropped the ball/I thought I left it in the past but I’m wrong/Now I’m bouncing off the walls/I should leave this all behind/And I ain’t ever gonna change my mind/I see these mother******* playin’ a fool/Acting so tough cause they’re breaking the rules.”  The song’s third and final verse puts the final accent to the inferred statement as Todd sings, “18 miles away from the conflict/Burnin’ out like a flame, where’s the target/I cleaned out my safe cause I’m rotten/I will do just fine at the bottom.”  Looking at all of this seeming statement, it proves a fully accessible theme.  When the accessibility in this message and its strong tone pair with the power in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole shows clearly why it is such a notable entry in the album.  It is just one of the songs that shows how much Hellbound has to offer audiences.  ‘Wasting No More Time’ is another notable addition to the album.

‘Wasting No More Time’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement.  Its musical arrangement is the polar opposite of that featured in the album’s opener.  It is a much more subdued, blues rock style composition.  Listening through the three minute, 33 second opus, Todd’s familiar vocal delivery style pairs with the song’s instrumentation to give the whole an interesting hybrid approach.  The instrumentation at times lends itself to comparison to works from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  That is most evident in the verses.  The choruses on the other hand give the song more of a modern pop rock sensibility.  Again, the whole makes the arrangement in whole unique from the rest of the album’s entries.  When the subtle approach taken to the song’s arrangement pairs with the song’s equally contemplative lyrical theme, the whole proceeds to show even more how much the album has to offer listeners.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Wasting No More Time’ comes across as a statement about letting go of the past and just living life.  This is inferred through the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “We come from broken homes, coast to coast/It’s hard to accept when there’s debts unpaid/We all have lived, we all have sinned/We all get shattered when we’re feeling that pain/But just a little love gets me feeling like/I figured it out, rid my doubt/So come in my house/Pain ain’t the killer when it’s making you strong/Helps you along and guess we learn from it all/And I know things have change/SoI need something to kill the pain/I’m getting’ older and recognize/Gonna have to face it/I ain’t wasting no more time.”  The song’s second verse makes the seeming message even clearer as Todd sings, “When we set the stage, and look for change/It’s funny how the story kinda looks insane/The lines are crossed, the point is lost/And all you want to do is go and turn the page/And when I hit the road I can separate and be with my thoughts/Walking the walk, let go of my loss/Don’t blame the sinner/It’s a waste of your time/Look to the sky, it’s gonna open up your mind.”  What is so interesting here is that while the combination of these contemplative thoughts and subdued musical content works, other similar songs have been crafted whose musical arrangements are much more fiery.  Those songs work just as well.  It is just interesting that the band chose the more subdued approach in this case.  Regardless, this approach continues to show the diversity in the album’s musical and lyrical content.  That diversity continues to show how much the album has to offer listeners.  It is just one more example of what the album has to offer audiences.  ‘No More Lies’ is yet another way in which the noted diversity shows through.

‘No More Lies’ stands out in part because of its own musical arrangement.  The arrangement in this case is just as unlike the other songs examined here as it is from the rest of the album’s songs and as different as they all are from one another.  The whole thing opens with an interesting almost 311-esque reggae rock approach before very quickly switching gears to a more southern rock vibe a la The Black Crowes.  What is assumed to the bass line takes center stage in this song.  The foundation that it forms is strengthened through the drums and vocals.  It all makes for so much interest in itself.  Adding to the interest is light overall approach taken to the arrangement alongside the song’s lyrical theme.

The song’s lyrical theme comes across relatively clearly as an all too familiar song about a broken relationship.  This is made clear right from the song’s outset in which Todd sings, “I can’t get you on the phone/And I’m sitting home waiting for you/You think I do what I’m told/But baby you ain’t got a clue/I go out ridin’, glidin’/Baby I ain’t no fool/I hit the ground runnin’, gunnin’/Cause I got the right kinda tools/Looking out for you/Looking out for me/I know you’re lonely/Maybe I’m a fool/Maybe I believe/My one and only/Tell me what to do/Tell me what you need/You need to know that/Every time I see you/And every time I tried/You don’t even say hello/You don’t look me in the eyes/I know you don’t believe me/That’s what you’re telling me/All of the time/All them years, and all them tears/Broke this heart of mine/So don’t tell me no more lies.”  This is a pretty rich and direct statement that leaves little if any doubt.  The song’s second verse continues things as the song’s subject effectively begs the other person “What should I do?” in regards to getting that other person to be honest.  This is another accessible message considering the scenario’s commonality among audiences.  As with ‘Wasting No More Time,’ the pairing of this familiar lyrical topic with the song’s light musical arrangement makes for even more interest.  Songs, such as this make it so easy for acts to go the all too common “oh woe is me” approach and use some deeply contemplative style musical approach.  The band opted not to go that route here.  It really makes for an interesting contrast between the two sides.  To that end, such juxtaposition makes even clearer how much Hellbound has to offer audiences.  When the whole is considered along with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of the album proves to be a successful entry that will appeal equally to Buckcherry’s established audiences and more casual fans.

Buckcherry’s new album, Hellbound, is a presentation that is bound for success.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical themes.  Every fan might not enjoy the album in whole but the whole album will give every fan something to appreciate.  Each of the songs examined here serve well to support the noted statements.  When they are considered with the album’s remaining entries, the album in whole proves to be a positive new offering from Buckcherry that audiences will enjoy at the band’s live dates and in itself.

Buckcherry’s remaining live dates are noted below.

BUCKCHERRY ON TOUR:
NORTH AMERICA:

8/3 — Madison, WI — Majestic
8/5 — Dubuque, IA — Five Flags Event Center
8/6 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock Hotel & Casno
8/10 — Columbia, MO — Blue Note
8/14 — Shiley Acres, VA — Shiley Acres
8/15 — Knoxville, TN — Cotton Eye Joe’s
8/17 — Hobart, IN — Hobart Theatre
8/19 — Ft Wayne, IN — Pieres
8/20 — Lombard, IL — Brauerhouse
8/21 — Escanaba, MI — UP State Fair – Grandstand
8/22 — Green Bay, WI — Epic Event Center
8/27 — Fountain, MN — Beaver Bottoms Saloon
8/28 — Walker, MN — Northern Lights Casino
8/29 — Clear Lake, IA — Surf Ballroom
8/31 — West Peoria, IL — Crusens 
9/1 — Lexington, KY — Manchester Music Hall
9/3 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl
9/4 — Charlotte, NC — Park Expo Center
9/5 — Chattanooga, TN — The Signal
9/7 — Ardmore, OK — Heritage Hall
9/10 — Flandreau, SD — Royal River Casino
9/11 — Milwaukee, WI — Summerfest
9/12 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
9/14 — Cleveland, OH — HOB
9/15 — Syracuse, NY — Sharkey’s Event Center
9/17 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wally’s
9/18 — Blackthorne, NY — Blackthorne Fest 
9/24 — Santa Clarita, CA — Canyon Club
9/25 — Agoura Hills, CA — Canyon Club
9/26 — Montclair, CA — Canyon Club
9/28 — Tempe, AZ — Marquee
9/30 — Salt Lake City, UT — Royal
10/1 — Cheyenne, WY — Outlaw
10/2 — Billings, MT — Pub Station
10/4 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
10/5 — Vancouver, BC — Rickshaw
10/7 — Calgary, AB — Eagle Event Center
10/8 — Dawson Creek, BC — Encana Event Center
10/9 — Edmonton, AB — Century Casino
10/11 — Red Deer, AB — Bo’s Bar Stage
10/12 — Saskatoon, SK — Coors Event Center
10/14 — Regina, SK — Conexus Art Center
10/15 — Winnipeg, MB — Burton Cummings Theatre
10/18 — Thunder Bay, ON — NV Music Hall
10/19 — Sault Ste Marie, ON — SOO Blasters
10/21 — Sudbury, ON — The Grand
10/22 — London, ON — London Music Hall
10/23 — Ottawa, ON — Barrymore’s
10/25 — Halifax, NS — Marquee
10/26 — Moncton, NB — Tide and Boar
10/27 — Moncton, NB — Tide and Boar
10/30 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wally’s
10/31 — Portland, ME — Aura
11/2 — New Bedford, MA — Vault at Greasy Luck
11/4 — Norwalk, CT — Granite St Music Hall
11/5 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
11/6 — Farmingdale, NY — Mulcahey’s
11/8 — Baltimore, MD — The Recher
11/9 — Harrisburg, PA — Club XL
11/10 — Jacksonville, NC — Hooligans

After the band completes the North American leg of its tour, it will open 2022 with a brief co-headlining tour with Fozzy in Australia that is scheduled to run from Feb. 21 – 26.

The tour’s schedules are noted below.

BUCKCHERRY ON TOUR:
AUSTRALIA:

2/21 — Perth — Amplifier Bar (Buckcherry Only)
2/22 — Adelaide — The Gov     
2/24 — Brisbane    — The Triffid     
2/25 — Sydney — Max Watts     
2/26 — Melbourne — Max Watts

More information on Buckcherry’s new album and tour is available at:

Websitehttps://buckcherry.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/buckcherry

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/buckcherry

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Buckcherry Debuts ‘Wasting No More Time’ Video; Offers Tour Update

Courtesy: Round Hill Records

Buckcherry premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Wasting No More Time’ Tuesday. The song is the third from the band’s forthcoming album, Hellbound, which was released June 25 through Round Hill Records. Its premiere follows that of the videos for the album’s first two singles, ‘So Hott‘ and ‘Hellbound.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Wasting No More Time’ is unlike that of its predecessors. Where those songs are more energetic, this song is more reserved, but still bluesy, like the other singles. A close listen makes it easy to liken the arrangement to works from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers considering the balance of the guitar, bass, vocals, and drums.

No information was provided in the press release announcing the video’s premiere. However, a close listen to the lyrics and equally close watch of the video leads audiences to infer that the song’s lyrical theme is meant to encourage listeners to live their lives; To avoid control from internal and external forces.

The ‘Wasting No More Time’ video, directed by KasterTroy, features the band performing its single in a desert setting. What looks like an old mechanic shop and the body of an old jet join the band against the dry, mountainous backdrop to enhance the visuals and feel from the song’s musical and lyrical content.

In other news, Buckcherry will continue the North American leg of its tour in support of Hellbound Friday in Columbus, OH. The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 10 in Jacksonville, NC. It additionally features performances in cities nationwide, such as Blackthorne, NY; Walker, MN and Tempe, AZ.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

BUCKCHERRY ON TOUR:
NORTH AMERICA:

7/30 — Columbus, OH — King of Clubs
7/31 — Marietta, Oh — Adelphia Music Hall 
8/1 — Indianapolis, IN — Hi Fi ANNEX
8/3 — Madison, WI — Majestic
8/5 — Dubuque, IA — Five Flags Event Center
8/6 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock Hotel & Casno
8/10 — Columbia, MO — Blue Note
8/14 — Shiley Acres, VA — Shiley Acres
8/15 — Knoxville, TN — Cotton Eye Joe’s
8/17 — Hobart, IN — Hobart Theatre
8/19 — Ft Wayne, IN — Pieres
8/20 — Lombard, IL — Brauerhouse
8/21 — Escanaba, MI — UP State Fair – Grandstand
8/22 — Green Bay, WI — Epic Event Center
8/27 — Fountain, MN — Beaver Bottoms Saloon
8/28 — Walker, MN — Northern Lights Casino
8/29 — Clear Lake, IA — Surf Ballroom
8/31 — West Peoria, IL — Crusens 
9/1 — Lexington, KY — Manchester Music Hall
9/3 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl
9/4 — Charlotte, NC — Park Expo Center
9/5 — Chattanooga, TN — The Signal
9/7 — Ardmore, OK — Heritage Hall
9/10 — Flandreau, SD — Royal River Casino
9/11 — Milwaukee, WI — Summerfest
9/12 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
9/14 — Cleveland, OH — HOB
9/15 — Syracuse, NY — Sharkey’s Event Center
9/17 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wally’s
9/18 — Blackthorne, NY — Blackthorne Fest 
9/24 — Santa Clarita, CA — Canyon Club
9/25 — Agoura Hills, CA — Canyon Club
9/26 — Montclair, CA — Canyon Club
9/28 — Tempe, AZ — Marquee
9/30 — Salt Lake City, UT — Royal
10/1 — Cheyenne, WY — Outlaw
10/2 — Billings, MT — Pub Station
10/4 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
10/5 — Vancouver, BC — Rickshaw
10/7 — Calgary, AB — Eagle Event Center
10/8 — Dawson Creek, BC — Encana Event Center
10/9 — Edmonton, AB — Century Casino
10/11 — Red Deer, AB — Bo’s Bar Stage
10/12 — Saskatoon, SK — Coors Event Center
10/14 — Regina, SK — Conexus Art Center
10/15 — Winnipeg, MB — Burton Cummings Theatre
10/18 — Thunder Bay, ON — NV Music Hall
10/19 — Sault Ste Marie, ON — SOO Blasters
10/21 — Sudbury, ON — The Grand
10/22 — London, ON — London Music Hall
10/23 — Ottawa, ON — Barrymore’s
10/25 — Halifax, NS — Marquee
10/26 — Moncton, NB — Tide and Boar
10/27 — Moncton, NB — Tide and Boar
10/30 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wally’s
10/31 — Portland, ME — Aura
11/2 — New Bedford, MA — Vault at Greasy Luck
11/4 — Norwalk, CT — Granite St Music Hall
11/5 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
11/6 — Farmingdale, NY — Mulcahey’s
11/8 — Baltimore, MD — The Recher
11/9 — Harrisburg, PA — Club XL
11/10 — Jacksonville, NC — Hooligans

Courtesy: Atom Splitter PR

After the band completes the North American leg of its tour, it will open 2022 with a brief co-headlining tour with Fozzy in Australia that is scheduled to run from Feb. 21 – 26.

The tour’s schedules are noted below.

BUCKCHERRY ON TOUR:
AUSTRALIA:

2/21 — Perth — Amplifier Bar (Buckcherry Only)
2/22 — Adelaide — The Gov     
2/24 — Brisbane    — The Triffid     
2/25 — Sydney — Max Watts     
2/26 — Melbourne — Max Watts

More information on Buckcherry’s new single, video, album, and tour is available at:

Website: https://buckcherry.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buckcherry

Twitter: https://twitter.com/buckcherry

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Electric Sister Debuts New Single, ‘Miss American Vampire’

Courtesy: Independent Music Promotions/Essential Oil Records

Independent rock and roll band Electric Sister is doing its part to get audiences in the Halloween spirit.

The band debuted its new single ‘Miss American Vampire‘ Oct. 23. The single is a heavy, guitar-driven work whose musical arrangement lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Buckcherry, and so many pure guitar rock bands from the 90s and 2000s.

The song’s lyrical theme has something of a goth sense, considering its title. In reality though, it would seem that the song is not as “horrific” is it might seem. Rather, it seems to come across as a song about a toxic woman.

‘Miss American Vampire’ is Electric Sister’s First new music since the release of the band’s debut album The Lost Art of Rock and Roll, which was released in March 2013.

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Website: http://electricsister.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElectricSister

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Electric_Sister

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South Of Eden’s Second Studio Recording Could Be The Band’s Breakout Record

Courtesy: Lava/Republic Records

Neo-classic rock band South of Eden  (formerly Black Coffee) will release its first major label studio recording Friday.  The band is scheduled to release its new four-song EP The Talk through Lava/Republic Records.  The 16-minute record is the band’s first new music since it released its 2018 album Take One under its former moniker.  That nine-song album was the band’s debut (and only) album under the name, but was an impressive offering from the group.  Now two years later the band has found success yet again with its debut EP.  That success is thanks to the record’s musical and lyrical content together, as is evidenced right from the EP’s outset in its title track.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Morning Brew’ is another way in which the EP shows its strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  The EP’s closer, which is also its lead singles, is one more example of how this record’s musical and lyrical content comes together to make it such an impressive new effort from the band.  When it is considered with the other two songs noted here and the EP’s one other song, ‘Solo,’ the whole of the EP becomes a work that will definitely leave listeners talking about South of Eden.

South of Eden’s sophomore studio recording and debut EP The Talk is a successful new offering from the up-and-coming neo-classic rock band.  It is a work that will appeal to rock and roll purists and rock fans in general.  That is thanks to the record’s combined musical and lyrical content.  The EP’s opener/title track is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  The song’s musical arrangement wastes no time grabbing listeners in its opening bars with its up-tempo riff.  That riff gives way to a more reserved nature in the song’s lead verse.  That reserved approach gives way to the noted high energy chorus.  The back and forth of that reserved and more up-tempo sounds ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment from beginning to end of the nearly four-minute song.  What is really interesting to note here is that the classic rock influences of AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses, it also lends itself to comparisons to works from Buckcherry and Alter Bridge.  In other words, the classic rock influences are infused alongside the modern guitar rock influences.  The end result is an arrangement that is a strong start for the album and just one example of why the EP’s musical content is so strong.  The lyrical accompaniment to that musical content adds to the song’s appeal.

Not having a lyrics sheet to reference, the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher.  However, from what can be deciphered sans said sheet, it can be inferred (hopefully correctly) that this song is a commentary of sorts about how people say one thing but do something opposite; those people who feed lies to themselves and others.  This is supposed as front man Ehab Omran sings in the song’s chorus about someone who is seemingly rejecting the help that others offer.  He goes so far as to sing in the chorus, “You say you’re trying/But who can tell/When you talk, talk, talk?”  There is even mention in the song’s second verse of “helpful hands/reaching in/everyone tries/But you don’t give in” before he asks again, “What do you want?”  The song’s lead verse adds to the discussion as it addresses someone who in a different situation who doesn’t seem to know what he or she wants.  Again, this interpretation is made wholly sans lyrics to reference.  Hopefully it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark.  Right or wrong, it can at least be agreed that there is a certain commentary going on here.  That in itself is sure to engage listeners while the song’s musical arrangement will entertain them.  To that end, it makes for a strong start for the EP.  It is just one of the songs that shows the EP’s strength.  ‘Morning Brew,’ the EP’s third song is one more example of why audiences will enjoy the record.

‘Morning Brew’ is much more reserved in comparison to ‘The Talk’ and to the EP’s other two songs in terms of its musical arrangement.  This arrangement is a bluesy, subdued composition that lends itself to comparisons works from the likes of maybe Johnny Lang with its slick guitar riffs.  That reserved nature in this almost blues ballad type composition serves to help translate the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme.

The lyrical content at the center of ‘Morning Brew’ comes across as an introspective statement.  It seems to come from the mind of someone who is going through a difficult time, emotionally speaking.  This is inferred as Omran sings in the song’s lead verse, “Where do you go/When your days are numbered/You’re feeling lonely/Down by the seashore/When your days are bright/Lights are heavy/Where would you go/If I can’t see straight/And my feet stay steady/Walk out the door/All we do/Our world is not ready/Ain’t that the way it goes/When you’re all alone.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “What would they say/If they tell you no/But you do it anyway/Life’s all a big game/Where the people lose/When the evil stands to gain/Looking down the aisle of a train/People’s eyes/All I see is pain/newspapers and crosswords say we’re all lookin’ down the barrel of a gun.” Again, there is a lot of contemplation here about one’s own situation and the world.   When this deep thought is coupled with the song’s so subtle that it’s heavy arrangement, the result is a deeply moving work that stands strong on its own merits.  It is just one more example of what makes the EP stand out.  The EPs closer and lead single ‘Dancing With Fire’ is yet another key addition to the record.

The musical arrangement at the heart of ‘Dancing With Fire’ is as fiery as the title implies.  Drummer Tommy McCullough and guitarist Justin Young lead the way this time out.  Omran and bassist Nick Frantianne add their own touch to the arrangement, fleshing it out even more and making it just as strong a finale for the EP as its opener was a start.  Fans of bands, such as Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Poison will appreciate this arrangement.  It’s just one part of what makes this song shine.  The song’s lyrical content adds to its impact.

This is probably the easiest song to understand of the EP’s four tracks in terms of its lyrical content.  It clearly focuses on a person who is head over heels in love with another person.  This is made relatively clear early on as Omran sings in the song’s lead verse, “Well you’re pushin’ left/Pullin’ right/I can’t feel my hands tonight/Now, baby/yeah, you tell me when/tell me who/Stuck between a hard place and you/Sweet lady/You’ve been talking for so long/Putting up so strong/Forget about it/Got me feeling so wrong/Trapped in wire/’Cause I’ve been dancing with fire/Those flames keep burning up brighter/You’re walking past desire/But I can’t keep from loving you.”  This is pretty clear in its message.  This is someone who is crazy for that other person.  Any doubt is eliminated in the song’s second verse, which finds Omran singing, “Here we go/Go again/Ultimatums that never end/I’m hazy/With your smiling lips and your whispering tongue/Getting by/Saying you’re so young and lazy.”  Again, here audiences get someone whose mind is obsessed with that other person.  This readily accessible lyrical theme couples with the song’s equally accessible musical arrangement to make the song in whole the EP’s best song.  When it is considered with the other two songs noted here and the EP’s one remaining song, ‘Solo,’ the whole of the EP becomes a work that rock and roll purists everywhere will appreciate and a record that deserves its own consideration for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new EPs.

South of Eden’s second studio recording and debut EP The Talk is a positive new offering from the neo-classic rock band that purists of the genre will certainly appreciate.  That is due to its musical arrangements and lyrical content alike.  All three of the songs discussed here support that statement.  The EP’s one remaining song not addressed here supports that statement, too.  All things considered, the EP’s content overall makes it a record that will leave audiences talking.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  It is scheduled for release Friday through Lava/Republic Records.

More information on South of Eden’s new EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://southofedenband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/southofedenmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/southofedenband

 

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Filmspeed debuts new single, ‘Brain Dead’

Courtesy: AGR Publicity

Independent rock band Filmspeed debuted its latest single this week.

The band debuted its single ‘Brain Dead’ Friday.  The upbeat tune presents a musical arrangement that mixes old school and modern guitar rock sounds whose whole makes it instantly infectious.  A close listen leads to comparisons in part to works from Black Crowes, Buckcherry and to a lesser extent Led Zeppelin.  The important thing to note here is that even with those noted influences in mind, the song’s arrangement still manages to maintain its own identity.

‘Brain Dead’ is available too stream and download here.

More information on Filmspeed’s new single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at http://www.facebook.com/Filmspeed.

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American Idol Star’s Latest LP Takes Top Honors In Phil’s Picks 2019 Top New Rock Albums List

Courtesy: Big Johnson Records

Rock fans had a lot of reason this year to raise their horns.  From January right up to this month, rock music fans received lots of strong new offerings this year.  That includes both mainstream and independent acts.  Buckcherry’s new album Warpaint, which came out early this year, proved to be everything that audiences have come to expect from the band.  DuG Pinnick’s King’s X side band KXM also released a new record this year — Circle of Dolls — that was a step up from its predecessor.  80s rockers L.A. Guns even produced its own strong new effort in The Devil You Know while prog rock star Neil Morse’s Jesus ChristThe Exorcist developed its own fans, too.  Between those albums and so many others, rock fans had a lot to be happy about.  It made creating the list of this year’s top new rock records quite difficult to arrange.

This year’s list, like others from Phil’s Picks, features the Top 10 picks as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  The list was compiled from consideration of the titles’ overall musical and lyrical content.  That content taken into consideration made this list anything but easy.  No offense was meant to any of the band featured on this list.  With that in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Caleb Johnson — Born From Southern Ground
  2. Set It Off — Midnight
  3. Neal Morse — Jesus ChristThe Exorcist
  4. KXM — Circle of Dolls
  5. Buckcherry — Warpaint
  6. Collective Soul — Blood
  7. Aree & The Pure Hearts — Never Gonna Die
  8. The Sh-Booms — The Blurred Odyssey
  9. Lullwater — Voodoo
  10. The Magpie Salute — Highwater II
  11. Queensryche — The Verdict
  12. L.A. Guns — The Devil You Know
  13. Them Guns — From The Shadows
  14. Myrath — Shehili
  15. Stone Leaders — Stone Leaders

 

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