The Dead Daisies’ Success Continues Again On ‘Burn It Down’

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Rock super group The Dead Daises has made quite the impression on the rock community since its formation roughly eight years ago.  In the time since its formation, the band has crafted one EP, a live recording and four full-length studio recordings – each album boasting pure, guitar-driven rock and roll compositions.  Each of those albums has also seen the band change its approach each time, both musically and lyrically.  That change is what has kept the band a favorite among its fans around the world, and is just as welcome in its latest album, Burn It Down, as it is in the band’s first three albums.  While Burn It Down does boast some of the bombast of The Dead Daisies’ previous LPs (and its EP), it also adds in some more reserved moments to round out its 41-minute run time.  The most notable of those more reserved moments comes late in the album’s run in the form of ‘Set Me Free.’  This moving, southern/blues rock opus will be discussed shortly.  Those who enjoy the band’s more familiar rock and roll works will especially enjoy ‘Bitch.’  This piece will be discussed a little later on.  ‘Burn It Down,’ which comes early in the album’s run mixes those noted bluesy elements with the band’s more familiar rock elements for yet another of the album’s key entries and is sure to be a favorite among audiences on either side of the proverbial fence this time out.  Between this song, the others noted, and those note directly discussed, the whole of Burn It Down proves to be another overall successful offering from The Dead Daisies.

Burn It Down, the fourth full-length studio recording from The Dead Daisies,’ is a recording that proves over the course of its 10-song, 41-minute run time, to be another successful offering from the rock super group.  That is because as with the album’s predecessors, the band proved that it didn’t rest easy on the laurels of those albums.  Instead, the band opted this time to take another risk and change things up again.  That risk involved the inclusion of some material that is more reserved in comparison to the band’s previous compositions.  ‘Set Me Free’ is one of the most notable of those more reserved compositions.  This applies both to the song’s musical arrangement and its lyrical content.  In regards to its musical arrangement, Doug Aldrich’s guitar line conjures thoughts of old school Aerosmith.  To a lesser degree, one could just as easily make comparisons to softer songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jimi Hendrix.  Yes, that’s quite the juxtaposition, but it works, at least to this critic.  The Hendrix comparison comes as the song enters its bridge, about three minutes into the song’s run.  That breakdown lends itself to a comparison to Hendrix’s ‘Manic Depression.’  Whether or not that was intended is anyone’s guess, but it is there.  It’s not a bad thing, either.  Rather, that comparison, along with the comparison to Skynyrd and Aerosmith, adds even more interest to the song’s musical arrangement.  When the song’s musical arrangement is set against its familiar lyrical theme – that of a broken relationship — the two together give the song even more interest.  Front man John Corabi sings here about someone who would not emotionally let go of that former love interest, “Sometimes we just hold on/A bit longer than we should/And we both knew this time would come/I would change it if I could.”  That’s pretty straight forward.  He goes on to sing later, “Set me free/Love won’t be easy/If I don’t leave/Set me free/Woman/Let me be/I know in time/You’ll be fine.” This is someone telling another person to let go of a relationship that has ended, and who is doing so in a rather gentle fashion.  Considering the song’s subject sings at one point, “Woman/Let me be,” one would think that this would be more of a pure blues/rock arrangement.  Instead, it is more of a soft-spoken, emotional piece that shows the band’s softer side.  It’s not the first time that the band has shown something of a softer side, but it is also not overly common for the band to do so.  Keeping that in mind, this is an interesting change of pace for the band, and in turn, just one of the album’s key entries.  For those who yearn for the band’s harder edged sound, the band still offers plenty of that throughout this album, with the most notable of those songs being ‘Bitch.’

‘Bitch’ is a straight forward, guitar-driven, adrenaline-fueled rock and roll song that is just as certain to be a fan favorite in a live setting as it will be on record.  Corabi’s vocal delivery, the dual guitar attack of David Lowy and Doug Aldrich, and Deen Castronovo’s solid time keeping join bassist Marco Mendoza’s low-end to form a musical foundation that is instantly infectious.  Its pure rock and roll roots will have every rock and roll purist putting his and her horns in the air as they sing and dance along.  It’s just one part of what makes this song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious as its lyrical content.  Lyrically, it’s more familiarity, as it tackles the subject of relationships, but in a more light-hearted manner.  That is inferred as Corabi sings in the song’s chorus, “You can’t fix it/Love, it’s a bitch.”  He adds in, “Yeah, when you call my name/I salivate like a Pavlov dog/Yeah, when you lay me out/My heart is beating louder than a big bass drum/Alright.”  In other words, this is someone who can’t seem to control himself around a certain woman, but really wishes he could because “love/it’s a bitch.”  That mentality could so easily be interpreted in a way too overly emotional manner here.  Luckily though, the band didn’t go that route.  Rather, the band went more of the almost sarcastic, cynical route instead.  That route, coupled with the song’s high energy heightens the song’s impact even more, and in the end, showing in full why the song is another strong entry from Burn It Down and why that song proves the album’s strength overall.  Even as much as it does to prove the album’s strength, it still is not the last of the album’s standout entries.  The album’s title track also serves to show why this record is another strong effort from The Dead Daisies.

‘Burn It Down’ is notable because it offers its own balance of slower, blues-based rock with the band’s signature harder-edged sound for a composition overall that is easily one of the album’s highest points.  What’s really interesting here is that musically, one can’t help comparing this opus to Audioslave’s hit single ‘Gasoline.’  That’s not just because of the chorus of ‘Burn it down” either.  The song’s overall arrangement bears at least some similarity to the prior noted song.  That’s not a bad thing, either.  Lyrically, it boasts its own share power, too.  Corabi sings here about what would seem to be those people who are the living embodiment of misery loving company.  This is inferred as he sings, “You’re choking on the words you want to say/In this prison/So you stay/You lean on me to free you of your chains/While you’re living in that house of pain/Oh, you are/You’re living in that house of pain.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “You’ve always had a plan to try and change/But the outcome always stays the same/You’ll always wear the thorns that make your crown/until you strike that match and burn it down.”  From there, Corabi proceeds to refrain the song’s chorus, singing, “Burn/Burn it down/Watch that mother burn to the ground.”  The song leaves little to no room for doubt here about its subject matter.  It comes across as an indictment of those people who would rather be real life eeyores than make their lives better.  Again, it’s not the first time that a band has taken that route, but still just as impacting as any other.  The power in the song’s musical arrangement adds to that power with its sort of no-nonsense approach to make the song stand out that much more.  When this is considered alongside the musical and lyrical content in the previously discussed songs, the whole of the songs discussed here shows clearly why each is so important to Burn It Down’s whole.  When they are considered alongside the songs not noted here, the whole of the album goes on to prove that it is another successful entry from The Dead Daisies.

The Dead Daisies’ latest full-length studio recording Burn It Down – the band’s fourth full-length studio recording – is another strong new effort from the rock super group.  That is proven through a 10-song set that while it offers some familiarity, also takes some new risks.  ‘Set Me Free’ is one of those risks.  It is very much a gentle ballad centered on the all too familiar topic of love lost.  It’s a step out of the band’s comfort zone at least musically.  Its lyrical approach to the topic is somewhat new for the band, too.  Less of a risk was ‘Bitch,’ which while also tackling the theme of relationships, was more of a rocking, sarcastic and cynical look at the matter.  The album’s title track was a little bit of a risk while also not being one.  It crossed those familiar harder-edged sounds with a slightly slower blues rock sound in its arrangement for a work that conjures thoughts of ZZ Top and so many other bands.  Lyrically, its take on the matter of people who live to bring others down is not a stretch and neither is the manner in which those people are addressed.  The thing is the combination of those elements gives the song plenty of punch.  When these songs are noted alongside the album’s other offerings, the end result is an album that is not only another successful entry from The Dead Daisies, but one more that shows The Dead Daisies is alive and well.  Burn It Down is available now in stores and online.  More information on Burn It Down is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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The Dead Daisies Debut ‘Rise Up’ Lyric Video

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The Dead Daisies have unveiled the lyric video for the band’s new single.

The ‘Rise Up’ lyric video release comes only days after the song made its debut.  It is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album Burn It Down, which is currently scheduled to be released April 6 via Spitfire Music.

Frontman John Corabi explained in a recent interview that the song’s lyrical theme centers of a call to action by the people.

“‘Rise Up’ is a blistering, old school Sabbath riff with angry lyrics about the state of the world!,” Corabi said.  “It’s about the people in power that say they have our best interests at heart, but don’t.  We need to rise up and let our voices be heard and tell them we want CHANGE and deserve BETTER!”

‘Rise Up’ is just one of the 11 total songs included in Burn It Down, which is currently slated to be released April 6 via Steamhammer Records.  Also included in the record are songs such as ‘Set Me Free,’ ‘Can’t Take It With You’ and the album’s title song alongside seven other songs.  Audiences will hear plenty of new material when the band heads back out on the road next month in support of Burn It Down.  The band’s upcoming tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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The Dead Daisies Put Out A Call To Action With Its New Single

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It’s time to ‘Rise Up’ again with The Dead Daisies.

The band today unveiled the lead single from its forthcoming album Burn It Down.  The mid-tempo, guitar-driven rocker is streaming online now via Spotify.  Front man John Corabi explained in a recent interview that the song’s lyrical theme is a social commentary.

“‘Rise Up’ is a blistering, old school Sabbath riff with angry lyrics about the state of the world!,” Corabi said.  “It’s about the people in power that say they have our best interests at heart, but don’t.  We need to rise up and let our voices be heard and tell them we want CHANGE and deserve BETTER!”

‘Rise Up’ is just one of the 11 total songs included in Burn It Down, which is currently slated to be released April 6 via Steamhammer Records.  Also included in the record are songs such as ‘Set Me Free,’ ‘Can’t Take It With You’ and the album’s title song alongside seven other songs.  Audiences will hear plenty of new material when the band heads back out on the road next month in support of Burn It Down.  The band’s upcoming tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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The Dead Daisies Announce ‘Burn It Down’ Specs

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The Dead Daisies is alive and well.

The band has announced it will release its next album this spring.  Titled Burn It Down, the album will be the band’s fourth full-length studio recording and will be released Friday, April 6, 2018 via Spitfire/SPV.  It will be available on Digipack CD, Digital, picture disc vinyl and deluxe vinyl/CD combo pack.

The 10-song record was recorded in Nashville, TV with Marti Frederiksen leading the project.  Anthony Focx mixed the record while Howie Weinberg handled mastering.  Also joining the band for its latest album is Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints, Bad English, Journey).  Castronovo played alongside guitarist Doug Aldrich most recently on Revolution Saints’ most recent album Light in the Dark (2017).

The album’s track listing is noted below.

THE DEAD DAISIES — BURN IT DOWN TRACK LISTING: 

Resurrected

Rise Up

Burn It Down 

Judgement Day 

What Goes Around 

Bitch

Set Me Free

Dead And Gone 

Can’t Take It With You 

Leave Me Alone 

Front man Jon Corabi said in a recent interview that he enjoyed working on the album and was looking forward to its release.

“I’m extremely excited about our new record “Burn It Down!,” Corabi said.  “It was a pleasure to once again work with Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record!!! Enjoy it, and see you all on our massive 2018 world tour!!!! Peace, Crabby”

Aldrich anticipated the album’s release, too.

“The new Daisies album will melt your face!,” Aldrich said.  “It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!”

The band will take to the road this spring in Europe in support of Burn It Down beginning April 8 in Glasgow, UK.  The band’s European schedule currently runs through May 12 in Madrid, Spain.  The tour also includes performances in France, Hungary, Belarus, Germany and a number of other nations.  The full schedule is noted below.

THE DEAD DAISIES BURN IT DOWN WORLD TOUR UK & EUROPE:

UK  (with special guests THE TREATMENT* & THE AMORETTES) 

APRIL 

Sunday 8th Garage Glasgow, UK

Monday 9th  Robin 2 Bilston, UK

Tuesday 10th  Koko London, UK*

Thursday 12th  Academy 2 Manchester, UK

Friday 13th  Rock City Nottingham, UK*

Saturday 14th  Academy Bristol, UK*

EUROPE (with special guests THE NEW ROSES) 

APRIL 

Monday 16th  013 Tilburg, NET

Tuesday 17th    Biebob Vosselaar, BEL

Wednesday 18th  Markthalle Hamburg, GER

Friday 20th  Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, SWE

Saturday 21st  Parktreateret Oslo, NOR

Sunday 22nd  Klubben Stockholm, SWE

Tuesday 24th  Pumpehuset Copenhagen, DEN

Wednesday 25th  Rosenhof Osnabrueck, GER

Thursday 26th  Backstage Werk  Munich, GER

Friday 27th  Barba Negra Track Budapest, HUN

Sunday 29th  Simm City Vienna, AUS

MAY 

Tuesday 1st  Thanks Jimi Festival Wroclaw, POL

Thursday 3rd  Kesselhaus Berlin, GER

Friday 4th  Schlachthof Wiesbaden, GER

Saturday 5th  Live Music Hall  Cologne, GER

Sunday 6th  Le Trabendo Paris, FRA

Tuesday 8th  Z7 Pratteln, SWI

Wednesday 9th Live Club  Trezo (Milan), ITA

Friday 11th  Zentral  Pamplona, SPA

Saturday 12th  Mon Madrid, SPA

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Sherman’s Studio’ “Concert” Is A Performance Of A Lifetime

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This year was another strong one for live recordings.  Between recordings released in bundles and those released either as standalone CDs or DVDs/BDs, the recordings that serve audiences who might have otherwise not been able to take in a live show, proved on both fronts to be largely solid offerings.  Given, there were some disappointments including Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at Twenty-Five and the archived Les Paul tribute concert Live From Universal Studios Hollywood.  For the most part though, this year’s field of new live recordings — both on CD and DVD/BD — has proven to be quite impressive as has already been noted in the previous live recordings lists.  Keeping that in mind, it is only fair, having noted the best live CDs and best new live DVDs and Blu-rays to present one list of the year’s best new overall live recordings.

This year’s best overall live recordings pull from both audio and audio-visual fields, proving that recordings can be enjoyable in both arenas.  Topping this year’s list of best live overall recordings is PBS’ in studio “concert” from Richard Sherman, one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team, Songs of A Lifetime.  Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the Gusano is on this list, too thanks to the combined impact of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  Of course while Alter Bridge, Jon Cleary and Experience Hendrix, LLC all released new recordings that were CD only, they deserve their own spot on the overall list.  Eagles of Death Metal’s new live recording Live at the Olympia Paris also deserves to be on that list along with The Rolling Stones’ new From The Vault offering Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 — again because of the overall impact of its audio and audio/visual sides.  It’s just one more on that list.

As with every previous list, this entry offers this critic’s 10 best new titles in the category along with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Enough rambling.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live Recordings.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE RECORDINGS

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  3. Mumford & Sons — Live in South Africa
  4. Between The Buried & Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  5. Jon Cleary — Live at Chickie Wah Wah
  6. Curtis Knight presents Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 1965 & 1966
  7. Eagles of Death Metal — Live at Olympia Paris
  8. The Rolling Stones — From The VaultSticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. Foghat — Live at the Belly Up
  10. Black Sabbath — The End
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  13. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years — Live at Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  14. The Who — Tommy Live at Royal Albert Hall
  15. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder

That’s it finally for the live recordings categories.  Up next will be the year’s top new albums overall.  It’s going to be an interesting list, needless to say as it may well change before it even gets posted up in the next day or so, so stay tuned!  Also on the way is a handful of lists for the year’s new DVD and Blu-ray titles including box sets for families and for grown-ups as well as family DVDs and Blu-rays.  Stay tuned!

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PBS’ Richard Sherman Studio “Concert” Hits All The Right Notes For Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs List

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Experiencing a live performance by one’s favorite acts is a special experience.  The sights and sounds — from the performance itself to the enjoyment and excitement experienced alongside other fans — come together to make the live experience something almost as magical as it is memorable.  Of course it’s not always that easy to have that experience because of work, family or maybe other items.  Enter the live DVD and Blu-ray.  These recordings are pivotal for audiences the world over because people don’t always get to see their favorite acts.  They also often prove to give audiences an experience that is at least slightly different from that offered in their CD counterparts.  Keeping that in mind, it is fully justifiable for critics to present lists of the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays as well as live CDs.  That is exactly what this critic is doing here.

This year, as with so many years past, Eagle Rock Entertainment has proven to have the majority of the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays, once again proving why it is the leader in live recordings.  Of course it is not the only label represented in this critic’s list this year.  Live recordings from The Winery Dogs, The Dead Daisies, and even famed songwriter Richard Sherman (one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team) are all on the list, too alongside new material from Between The Buried and Me and Michael Schenker.  Those noted recordings are all from other labels.  In other words, this year saw a healthy range of new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  With that in mind, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.  As always, the list includes this critic’s Top 10 choices as well as five additional honorable mention titles, for a total of 15 titles.  Let’s go!

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS/BDs

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Tedeschi Trucks Band — Live From The Fox Oakland
  3. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  4. Mumford & Sons — Live From South Africa
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic
  6. Black Sabbath — The End
  7. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  8. The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. The Who — Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  10. The Winery Dogs — Dog YearsLive in Santiago and Beyond 2013 – 2016
  11. Eagles of Death Metal — I Love You All The Time — Live at the Olympia Paris
  12. Sting — Live at the Olympia Paris
  13. Spock’s Beard — Snow Live
  14. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder
  15. Michael Schenker — Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo International Forum Hall

That’s all for this list and still not all for the live recordings.  Still to consider is the whole of the combo packs and the standalone recordings.  In other words, there is still a list of the year’s top new live recordings overall to consider.  Also still on the way are the year’s top new albums as well as a handful of DVD and Blu-ray lists.  As many as possible will be covered before the year lets out, so stay tuned for all of that.

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The Dead Daisies Debut ‘She Always Gets Her Way (All The Same)’ Video

The Dead Daisies debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band unveiled the video for its new single ‘She Always Gets Her Way (All The Same)’ Wednesday.  The clearly NSFW video, which includes drug references, partial female nudity and other elements, was crafted entirely in animated style.

Courtesy: Chipster PR

Front man John Corabi said of the song’s lyrical content, which fits with the song’s visual companion that the song was at least partially inspired by his past relationships with women.

“In lieu of some of the psychotic and crazy women that I somehow managed to find and get involved with, writing the lyrics for this was quite easy!,” Corabi said.  “I’ve kinda realized that I’m ‘that guy’ that could walk into a nudist colony in a full length fur coat and ski mask, and I would be the one that left with mosquito bites!  That’s my life with women, well in the past anyway…hopefully!”

The Dead Daisies is currently working on material for its next album.  It will soon head to Nashville, TN to start recording the album with Marti Frederiksen manning the boards.  That album is expected to be released sometime in 2018.  Its title, release date and more details will be announced eventually.

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