Goo Goo Dolls Debut New Single, ‘Miracle Pill’

Courtesy: Warner Records

Goo Goo Dolls debuted its latest single this week.

The band debuted its new song ‘Miracle Pill’ Wednesday.  The song is streaming now through multiple outlets here.  The song is the title track to the band’s forthcoming new album, which is scheduled for release this fall.

Goo Goo Dolls front man Johnny Rzeznik explained the concept behind the song in a recent interview.

“‘Miracle Pill’ is a metaphor for the instant gratification and relief we seek from our own circumstances,” Rzeznik said.  “Are you sad? Take a pill. Are you lonely? Get popular on social media.  The fact of the matter is no one has 50 friends, much less 5,000.  I’m just trying to articulate my observations of the second decade of the 21st Century, with all its angst, avarice, confusion and insecurities.  We are inundated by bulls***, cheap, shiny objects and false solutions to every problem and desire we have.  I have no answers to these problems, but i don’t believe hero worship, life hacks, shortcuts and escapism are the answers.  I just want to make a real connection with real people in real time.”

Goo Goo Dolls is in the midst of a tour in support of its forthcoming album.  The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 2 in Lima, Peru and features performances in cities, such as Clarkston, MI; Raleigh, NC and Tampa, FL.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

2019 Tour Dates
June 22nd – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
June 23rd – Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove*
June 25th – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove*
June 26th – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*
June 28th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
June 29th – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion*
July 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre*
July 7th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
July 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place*
July 10th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park*
July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion*
July 13th – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater*
July 14th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach*
July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*
July 18th – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam*
July 20th – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*
July 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
July 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*
July 24th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center*
July 26th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
July 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
July 28th – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion*
July 30th – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Park Pavilion*
August 1st – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain*
August 2nd – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center*
August 3rd – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
August 5th – Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood Amphitheatre*
August 6th – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest*
August 7th – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*
August 9th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*
August 10th – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion*
August 11th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena*
August 14th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center*
August 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center*
August 17th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center*
September 22nd – Recife, Brazil @ Estádio do Arruda
September 25th – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
September 27th – Curitiba, Brazil @ Pedreira Paulo Leminski
September 29th – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Rock in Rio 2019
October 2nd – Lima, Peru @ Estadio Monumental
*Co-headlining dates with Train

More information on Goo Goo Dolls’ new single, album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.googoodolls.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/googoodolls

 

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The Black Moods Announce New Live Dates

Courtesy: FM Music Management

The Black Moods has announced a new slate of live dates.

The rock band announced Wednesday, it will launch its new schedule July 14 in in Salt Lake City, UT.  The new live dates are part of the band’s ongoing tour, which will stop in Pinetop AZ Saturday and Madison, WI on June 30 also features performances in cities, such as Wilmington, NC; Denver, CO and Southbend, IN.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

The Black Moods Tour Dates:

6/22 Pinetop, AZ The Lions Den
6/30 Madison, WI WJJO Boob Toob
7/5 Monett, MO First On Front
7/12 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
7/14 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court w/ Them Evils
7/15 Denver, CO Steets w/ Them Evils
7/16 Sioux City, IA The Marquee w/ Them Evils
7/17 Des Moines, IA Leftys w/ Them Evils
7/18 Mankato, MN Whats Up Lounge w/ Them Evils
7/20 OshKosh, WI Rock USA
7/21 Racine, Wi Route 20 w/ Them Evils
7/23 Pekin, IL Twisted Spoke Saloon w/ Them Evils
7/25 Whitesburg, KY The Listening Room Whiteburg
7/26 Toledo, OH Frankies Inner City
7/28 Southbend, IN 103.9 Presents (The Big Growl)
7/30 Waterloo, IA Spicolis Reverb
7/31 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater w/ Gin Blossoms
8/1 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom w/ Gin Blossoms
8/2 Ft. Wayne, IN Sweetwater Pavillion w/ Gin Blossoms
8/6 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre w/ Gin Blossoms
8/7 Chattanooga, TN The Signal w/ Gin Blossoms
8/9 Springfield, MO Mothers Brewing Company (KQRA WienerFest)
8/10 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino (KSHE Pig Roast)
8/13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre w/ Gin Blossoms & Collective Soul
8/14 San Diego, CA Voodoo Room @ HOB
8/15 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre w/ Gin Blossoms & Collective Soul
8/16 Tucson, AZ The Rock

Courtesy: FM Management

The Black Moods debuted its most recent single ‘Bad News’ in March. via PureGrainAudio.com. The single’s video features live footage of the band set against the musical backdrop of the single.

Front man Josh Kennedy talked about the video in a recent interview.

“We put out the video for ‘Bad News’ with live footage from some of our past and current shows from our 2019 NYE show in Tempe, AZ,” Kennedy said.  “that being the band’s home town, we wanted to show not only how much fun we have, but just how great our fans are.  I think the energy from the night shows in it and that a good was had by all.”

The band’s debut of ‘Bad News’ comes almost a year after the band debuted its most recent single, ‘Bella Donna’ last June.  The band has released two albums to date, The Black Moods (2012) and Medicine (2016).

The Black Moods launched a tour in support of both albums and its new singles on March 4 in Ponte Verda, FL.  That tour ran through May 14 in Greesnburg, PA.

The Black Moods’ music can be found online at:

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/3dMxvtFNu8IjZRhu4dAyg6
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-news-radio-edit-single/1451621564
Apple Music – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-news-radio-edit/1451621564?i=1451621964

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Websitehttp://www.TheBlackMoods.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheBlackMoods

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/theblackmoods

 

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Soulfly Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly announced a new slate of live dates this week.

The band’s “Blood On The Street 2019 Tour” is scheduled to launch Sept. 3 in Dallas, TX and to run through Sept. 29 in Los Angeles, CA.  The almost month-long, which is in support of Soulfly’s latest album Ritual (2018) tour also features performances in cities, such as Clifton, NJ; Athens, GA and Clarksville, TN.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Tickets are now on sale via www.soulfly.com/shows.

Confirmed dates for SOULFLY‘s Blood On the Street U.S. tour with UNEARTH (Sept 3 – Sept 16),INCITE, PRISON and ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN are:
9/03/2019  Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
9/04/2019  Oklahoma City, OK 89th Street Collective
9/05/2019  Ft Smith, AR The Majestic
9/06/2019  Memphis, TN Growlers
9/07/2019  Cave In Rock, IL Full Terror Assault Festival
9/08/2019  Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
9/09/2019  Buffalo, NY Chrome
9/10/2019  Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater
9/11/2019  New York, NY (le) Poisson Rouge
9/12/2019  Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
9/13/2019  Providence, RI Fete Ballroom*
9/14/2019  Easton, PA One Centre Square*
9/15/2019  Baltimore, MD Soundstage
9/16/2019  Norfolk, VA The NorVa
9/19/2019  Athens, GA 40 Watt ^
9/20/2019  Clarksville, TN The Warehouse ^
9/23/2019  Houston, TX BFE Rock Club ^
9/24/2019  Austin, TX Barracuda ^
9/25/2019  El Paso, TX Rockhouse ^
9/26/2019  Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater ^
9/28/2019  San Diego, CA Brick By Brick ^
9/29/2019  Los Angeles, CA Whisky A Go Go ^
* – No ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN
^ – No UNEARTH

Soulfly’s latest tour announcement comes on the heels of a winter North American tour run that ran from Jan. 25 to Feb. Feb. 26.  The band released a series of videos in support of Ritual, the most recent of which was the lyric video for the album’s single ‘Under Rapture.’  Prior to its release, the band also released a series of videos featuring Soulfly front man Max Cavalera discussing various aspects of Ritual and a group of music videos.

The full list of videos is noted below with their links.

More on Ritual:
“Evil Empowered” track video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB7gYzoVUQw
“Ritual” 360º track video https://youtu.be/z2LHZs7xx-w
“Dead Behind The Eyes” visualizer https://youtu.be/v3uSTOQlDXc
Trailer #1 (album artwork) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH-CPWmzo
Trailer #2 (working w/ Josh Wilburhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W_fTgBx2iY
Trailer #3 (album title) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y81QdZPqpeY
Trail #4 (return of tribal elements) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgJGksz66ZA 
Trailer #5 (working with the Navajo tribe) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5cNXiAvmbk
Trailer #6 (choosing what music goes to what project) https://youtu.be/HdqwH3tIA-o
Trailer #7 (working with guest vocalists) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n9a0xVkfjI
WATCH: “Under Rapture”, Lyric Video (Feat.Ross Dolan (IMMOLATION)) 

More information on Soulfly’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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Blacktop Mojo Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Video

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Blacktop Mojo announced this week, the release date for its new album.

The band announced it will release Under The Sun, its third full-length studio recording, on Sept. 13.  Pre-orders for Under The Sun are open now.  The band debuted the music video for the album’s lead single ‘Can’t Sleep‘ on Wednesday.

The dark, breeding song presents a musical arrangement whose choruses lend themselves to comparisons to Nonpoint’s cover of Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’ while the verses are more akin to so many songs from Breaking Benjamin.  The video is just as dark as the song’s arrangement, finding the band’s front man Matt James carrying a shovel through a forested backdrop at night.  The revelation as to why he is carrying the shovel is even darker.

 

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Blacktop Mojo will tour in support of Under The Sun this summer.  The band’s tour is scheduled to launch July 12 in Dallas, TX and to run through Sept. 24 in Quapaw, OK.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Catch BLACKTOP MOJO Live on the 2019 CAN’T SLEEP TOUR w/Special Guests LULLWATER

07/12 @ The Blue Lights – Dallas, TX
07/13 @ Aftershock – Kansas City, MO
07/14 @ Apollo Theatre – Rockford, IL *
07/16 @ Spicolis – Waterloo, IA +
07/18 @ Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
07/19 @ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
07/20 @ Kentucky Bike Rally – Sturgis, KY
07/21 @ Exit/In – Nashville, TN ^
07/23 @ Winchester Music Tavern – Cleveland, OH
07/25 @ Hard Times Cafe – Four Mile Fork @ Fredericksburg, VA
07/26 @ Muddy Creek Saloon – Heath, OH
07/27 @ Cotter Pin – La Crosse, WI
07/28 @ Q and Z – Ringle, Wi
07/31 @ Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
08/01 @ Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
08/02 @ Madam Caroll Boat – Monticello, IN
08/03 @ Moefest – Monticello, IN
08/04 @ Madison Theater – Covington, KY +
08/06 @ Hard Rock Café – Pittsburgh, PA +
08/07 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
08/08 @ Wally’s – Manchester, NH +
08/09 @ Alchemy – Providence, RI +
08/10 @ Spook Hill Bar & Grill – Adams Center, NY
08/11 @ Woodbury Brewing Company – Woodbury, CT
08/14 @ Eclectic Room – Angola, IN +
08/15 @ Illinois State Fair – Grand Central – Springfield, IL
08/16 @ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
08/17 @ ABATE Summerfest 2019 – Bristol, IN
08/18 @ The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
08/20 @ Sidetracks – Huntsville, AL +
08/21 @ 1884 Lounge – Memphis, TN +
08/22 @ Temple Live Commandry – Ft. Smith, AR
08/23 @ City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
08/24 @ Downstream Casino – Quapaw, OK

+ w/ Lullwater
* Supporting Nonpoint
^ w/ The Georgia Thunderbolts

Tickets are available here while VIP packages are available here.

 

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Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

 

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King’s Classic Montreux Show Will Appeal To Her Most Devoted Fans

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Carole King has seemingly done it all over the course of her career.  She has released 17 studio albums, released countless hit songs, earned just as many awards and nominations for her music and even been honored with a Broadway music.  She will also serve as one of the featured performers for this year’s Independence Day celebration on PBS.  That’s a heck of a resume (of sorts), and is surely just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Early this month, Eagle Rock Entertainment released a new archived performance from King from 1973.  The performance, recorded at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival, is a presentation that is sure to appeal to King’s most devoted fan base.  That is due in part to its set list, which will be discussed shortly.  King’s performance of said set list plays into that appeal, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The recording’s liner notes put the final touch to its presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Carole King: Live at Montreux 1973.  All things considered, they make this recording a piece that King’s fans will agree shows why she is “King” in name, but royalty in the bigger picture of the music industry.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Carole King live recording Live at Montreux 1973 is a presentation that will appeal easily to King’s most devoted fan base.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list.  The 15-song set focuses largely on King’s 1973 album Fantasy and her 1971 record TapestryWriter (1970) is represented here with a performance of ‘Up On The Roof,’ but otherwise, the set list is composed of songs from the noted albums.  Fantasy gets the bigger portion of the show, with 10 of the album’s 13 songs featured in the set in the near same sequence as they are presented in the album’s presentation.  The only songs featured in Fantasy that are not featured in this performance are ‘Directions,’ ‘Weekdays’ and ‘Welfare Symphony.’  Again, save for those songs, the rest of Fantasy is featured here in its exact order from the album.  In regards to Tapestry, that record gets seven nods.  The album features 12 songs, to put that previous number into perspective.  In other words, while it may not be featured in whole itself, it certainly receives a healthy representation, too.  The songs are not presented in the same sequence from the album, but King’s most devoted fans will obviously overlook that, considering again just how many of the album’s songs are here.  It is not known why King’s 1971 album Music and its 1972 follow-up Rhymes and Reasons are not featured as part of the set list, considering that the performance featured in this recording came only a month after the original release of Fantasy – this little factoid is one of the interesting notes featured in veteran journalist Jim Farber’s liner notes, and will be discussed later – but that aside, the set list that is presented is such that it will still appeal to audiences even without those albums’ representation.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set list at the center of Live at Montreux 1973 forms a strong foundation for the recording.  That foundation is strengthened even more by King’s performance and that of her band mates who eventually join her on stage.

King’s performance of the show’s set list (and that of her band mates (al clad in St. Louis Blues hockey jerseys – that should add even more appeal to a certain cross section of King’s fan base, considering history was made by the Blues this year) strengthens the recording’s foundation even more because of the group’s ability to pull audiences into the experience.  It is difficult to fully put into words just what it is about the group’s performance, but audiences are pulled into the show through the group’s performance.  Maybe it is the subtlety in King’s own performance.  Maybe it is the subtlety of her band mates’ performances, which build on her own work, or maybe it is all of the above.  Even in the concert’s more energetic numbers, there is a certain control among King and company that creates its own power, and in turn pulls audiences in that much more.  It’s like watching a good movie or reading a really good book.  The collective performances present such expert talent that audiences will have no problem escaping into the performance.  Audiences will know, obviously, they are not there as they watch, but at the same time, the performances make it so easy to get wrapped up in the performance.  That is a tribute to the work of all involved.  When this is considered along with the concert’s set list in general, the two elements together make Live at Montreux 1973 that much more appealing for King’s most devoted fan base.  They are not the only elements of this recording that the noted audiences will appreciate.  The recording’s bonus liner notes put the finishing touch to this recording’s presentation.

The inclusion of bonus liner notes is nothing new for Eagle Rock Entertainment’s live recordings.  The liner notes always add so much to the recordings’ presentations, too.  This recording is no exception to that rule.  As previously noted, veteran journalist Jim Farber – who has worked for outlets, such as Time magazine, The New York Times and Mojo magazine – crafted the liner notes for this recording.  Farber offers plenty of information to add to the experience through his liner notes.  He reveals in his notes that the performance featured here was recorded only one month after King released Fantasy, adding prior to the performance here, the songs featured on that record had not been tested in a live setting.  That is important to note because considering this would have been the first official live outing for Fantasy, it received quite the positive reaction from audiences at the time.  To that end, it makes the recording a certain historical documentation of sorts.  He further states the performance here was a stark contrast to the 10,000 people before whom King had performed only six weeks prior in New York.  Additionally, he notes that the performance featured here marked king’s first-ever international outing.  King jokes nervously with her audience late in the show how little French she knows (for those who might not know, Montreux’s location makes French one of four prominent languages spoken in that region of Sweden.  The other prominent languages spoken in Montreux are German, Italian and Romansh.), leading to some playful laughs from the audience along with King. King even makes light of that herself in the hour-long performance.  As if everything noted here is not enough for audience, Farber also makes note of King’s role in the advent of the Smooth Jazz movement through certain songs that are featured here.  Audiences can read about those songs for themselves.  Between the revelations discussed here and plenty of others that Farber makes in his liner notes, the notes in whole join with the performance to strengthen the presentation of Live at Montreux 1973 even more.  It gives King’s most devoted fan base that much more reason still to add this recording to their own music libraries.  All things considered, the recording in whole leaves audiences agreeing that King is royalty not just in name, but in the bigger picture of the music industry.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released Carole King live recording Live at Montreux 1973 is a presentation that King’s most devoted fan base will find appealing with each watch.  That is due, as discussed here, in part to the shows’ set list, which presents King at an early stage of her career; not its infancy, but still very early on.  The performance of King and her fellow musicians will certainly pull audiences into the concert, adding to the experience for the noted audiences even more.  The recording’s bonus liner notes, crafted by veteran journalist Jim Farber puts the finishing touch to the recording’s whole.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Live at Montreux 1973.  All things considered, they  make Live at Montruex 1973 a virtual time capsule of Carole King’s career that her most devoted fans will assuredly appreciate.  It is available now.  More information on Live at Montreux 1973 is available online now along with all of Carole King’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.caroleking.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/carole_king

 

 

 

More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

 

 

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Set It Off Debuts ‘Hourglass’ Video

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Set It Off debuted the music video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Hourglass‘  Friday.  The video finds the band’s front man Cody Carson in a desert setting, visited by a not so nice figure and a group of robed women who don’t seem to mean him any good as he sings about the choices we make in life.  The song’s musical arrangement is such that it will fit easily into any mainstream Top 40 radio programmer’s list.

A picture held by an elderly gentleman at the video’s opening hints that the setting is a purgatory — a place where the soul goes to make amends for the sins of life.  Considering the seeming message of the song’s lyrical theme, the setting would seem to fit.

‘Hourglass’ is just the latest entry in Set It Off’s current list of songs to be released from its latest album.  Prior to its release, the band also released the singles ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,’ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ ‘Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’

The full track listing for Midnight is noted below.

MIDNIGHT TRACK LISTING:
1. “Killer In The Mirror”
2. “Hourglass”
3. “Lonely Dance”
4. “Different Songs”
5. “For You Forever”
6. “Dancing With The Devil”
7. “Go To Bed Angry” [feat. Wayfarers]
8. “Midnight Thoughts”
9. “Criminal Minds”
10. “No Disrespect”
11. “Stitch Me Up”
12. “Raise No Fool”
13. “I Want You (Gone)” [feat. Matt Appleton]
14. “Unopened Windows”
15. “Happy All The Time” [feat. Skyler Acord]

More information on Set It Off’s new single, tour, album and more is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://www.setitoffband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/setitoffband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SetItOff

 

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‘Blood’ Shows Collective Soul Still Has Heart

Courtesy: Fuzze-Flex Records

Veteran rock outfit Collective Soul is back on the road, touring in support of its upcoming album Blood.  The band’s 10th full-length studio recording, it is scheduled for release June 21 through Fuzze-Flex Records.  The record’s 10-song, 34-minute record is a strong new offering from the band thanks to its diverse musical arrangements and lyrical themes, both of which are easily accessible and radio ready.  One of the songs that serves to support that statement comes early in the record’s run in the form of ‘Crushed.’ It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Good Place To Start,’ which comes a little more than halfway through the album, is another example of what makes this record a positive effort.  It will be discussed a little later.  The Wallflowers-esque finale that is ‘Porch Swing’ is yet another example of what makes Blood another interesting effort from Collective Soul and will also be addressed later.  Each song is important in its own way to the whole of Blood.  When they are considered along with the seven other songs not directly noted here, the whole of Blood becomes a new work from Collective Soul that has plenty of heart.

Collective Soul’s 10th full-length studio recording Blood is another positive effort from the band.  It is a collection of songs that shows this band still has plenty of heart.  That is proven early on in the form of the song ‘Crushed.’  The song’s musical arrangement plays its own important part in helping to support the noted statement.  It is a solid, driving work that puts the talents of drummer Johnny Rabb and the guitar duo of Dean Roland and Jessee Triplett on display.  Rabb’s time keeping is seamless throughout the song, which clocks in at just under three minutes.  In regards to Rabb’s work, the use of the ghost notes in the verses and the driving floor toms in the choruses couple with the seasoning added through the cymbals to make the percussion its own key addition to the song while Triplett and Roland’s pairing creates an easily accessible rock and roll sound that is sure to become a fan favorite.  Bassist Will Turpin and front man Ed Roland add their own touches to the song to form a foundation for the song that makes the song an easy candidate for a single if it is not already a single.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content is just as noteworthy as its musical arrangement.

The lyrical theme at the center of ‘Crushed’ comes across as a statement about a woman who seemingly is a bit stuck on herself.  That is inferred as [Ed] Roland sings in the song’s lead verse, “Hey little girl/What you living with?/The 90s rocked, but they came and went/You got some heart/But you need more soul/Yeah, dig down deep ‘til you find that gold.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Hey little girl/What you speaking of?/Life is hard/Yeah, life is tough/What’s this? (attitude)/Back it up slow ‘til you catch that groove.”  He adds later in the song’s run, “There’s something in your eyes/There’s something with your lies/Something in your eyes/There’s something with your lies.”  This is important to note because he sings alongside his band mates in the song’s chorus, “The whole world is your pain/Who’s to blame/Another lover you drained/You crush once again.”  This comes across quite blatantly of a woman needs a bit of a reality check; a drama queen of sorts almost.  Considering this seeming message, the edge in the song’s musical arrangement makes more sense.  That is because if this critic’s interpretation of the song’s lyrics is right, then the energy in the arrangement serves well to illustrate perhaps the frustration that someone might have with such an individual.  Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of ‘Crushed’ becomes its own interesting addition to Blood, and just one example of the importance of the record’s musical and lyrical diversity.  ‘Good Place To Start,’ which comes a little later in the record’s run, is another example of the musical and lyrical diversity presented in Blood.

‘Good Place To Start’ is a start contrast to ‘Crushed’ both in terms of its musical and lyrical content.  The song’s arrangement is upbeat, but is much more subdued than that of ‘Crushed.’  This work is centered more on a keyboard line performed by Ed Roland.  Rabb’s solid time keeping couples with Turpin’s low-end and the guitars of Triplett and Dean Roland to make the song’s arrangement even more interesting.  The result of the group’s work here is a song that could fit into any Top 40 radio programmer’s list just as well as that of any rock radio programmer.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its seeming social commentary plays into its appeal just as much as its musical arrangement.

The seeming social commentary presented in this song is inferred as Ed Roland sings in the song’s lead verse, “There’s a guy with a gun/He swears he’s the chosen one/I think his pride is swollen with inflammation/We got weed we can’t smoke/But the prescriptions are afloat/My temple can’t take all this inflammation.”  The reference of a “chosen one” with a gun seems to hint at David Koresh while the mention of the “weed we can’t smoke” and “prescriptions” seems to address the ongoing debates over the legalization of marijuana and the cost of health care in America.  Roland continues in the song’s second verse, “There’s tourists in flux/I think we killed lady luck/Or at least that’s what they say/There’s moments I’m involved/And there’s moments I can’t solve/But I take all these moments day-by-day.”  The band in whole joins in during the chorus, singing, “Let’s love where we’ve been/And let’s love where we are/Yeah, that’s a good place to start/A good place to start.”  Simply put, the song in whole comes across as a message of appreciating and making the best of our lives because of all the bad that is going on.  It is a seeming message that is definitely welcome, especially considering the current sociopolitical state of the world, which, again, Roland seems to be addressing.  This is not the first time that any band has ever addressed the state of the world.  That goes back decades, obviously.  Even despite that, it is still a good new delivery of said message (again, if that is indeed the song’s message).  Keeping this in mind, the combination of the song’s lyrical and musical content make ‘Good Place To Start’ yet another positive addition to Blood that shows even more why this new record is another positive effort from Collective Soul.  It still is not the last of the songs that most serve to support that statement.  The album’s finale is yet another example of the album’s strength.

‘Porch Swing,’ the finale for Collective Soul’s latest LP, is yet another example of the strength of Blood through its musical and lyrical diversity in part because of its musical arrangement.  It is even more of a stark contrast for the album’s opener (and the rest of the album’s works) as they are from one another.  The bongos, organ and gentle, flowing guitar line join together with the Roland’s own vocal delivery and that of his band mates in the chorus to make the song so similar to the best works from The Wallflowers.  That is not a bad thing, either.  Again, it is that much more musical contrast and diversity exhibited in the record, showing that much more what makes the album such a strong new offering from the band.  Of course the song’s musical side is just one of its sides.  The song’s lyrical content adds its own share of interest to its whole.

Roland sings in the song’s lead verse, “Everybody swears/They care/They share/Opinions I don’t want to hear/Everybody lies/They try/To hide/Underneath their social fears/I am made of simple thread/A common man/wanting peace for one and all/I am just a comedy/In life’s symphony/Listening for some resolve/So I won’t mind when you’re gone/No I won’t mind/When you’re gone/I’ll just be here on my porch swing/Rockin’ all day long.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Everybody’s bruised/From news/the views/That work to further their own cause/everybody needs/To bleed/To see/We’re all human after all/I am made of simple thread/A common man/Wanting peace for one and all/I am just a comedy/In life’s symphony/Listening for some resolve/So I won’t mind when you’re gone/No I won’t mind/When you’re gone/I’ll just be here on my porch swing/Rockin’ all day long.”  Roland further adds in the song’s third verse, “Let the summer breeze/Cool our knees/Right or wrong/Let tomorrow bring/Love to move us on/Til then I’ll be here on my porch swing/Rockin’ all day long/Till I rock the next song.”  This is another song of unity.  It preaches a message of coming together and overcoming the division that has so torn our nation (and world) apart.  What is really interesting here is the subdued nature in the overall nature of that delivery.  This is a message that could have come across as quite strong.  Roland and company took another road that, while maybe not less traveled, was still powerful in its subtlety.  That subtlety, coupled with the song’s equally subdued musical arrangement, makes the song in whole a work that is certain to become another fan favorite while also proving even more how the diversity in Blood’s musical and lyrical content makes the record such a strong effort from the band.  When this song in whole is considered along with the other two songs noted here and the rest of the album’s entries, that diversity is put on full display.  It in turn, shows fully why Blood is another successful effort from Collective Soul.

Collective Soul’s 10th full-length studio recording Blood is a strong, positive new effort from the veteran rock band.  That is thanks to the diversity in the record’s musical and lyrical content exhibited throughout the album’s 10 total songs.  The songs discussed here are just a sample of that diversity.  When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s songs not directly noted here, that diversity is put on full display.  The noted display will lead listeners to agree that this record proves Collective Soul still has a certain amount of heart.  Blood is scheduled for release June 21.  More information on Blood is available online now along with all of Collective Soul’s current tour dates, news and more at:

 

 

 

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