Monday, March 26, 2012

The Used - "Vulnerable" album review

     Today, The Used released their brand new album, Vulnerable. A fitting title, I personally think that this is the band's most emotional work to date. The band (Dan Whitesides- Drums, Bert McCracken- Vocals, Quinn Allman- Guitar, Jepha- Bass) went to work with producer John Feldmann writing and recording 11 songs in 11 days, an effort which Bert has described as "magical".

     "Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me," says McCracken. "This record’s really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It’s a lot more positive than a lot of records we’ve written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays."

     The album begins with a strong start with the single "I Come Alive". This and their second single "Hands and Faces" can be heard below.

"I Come Alive"

"Hands and Faces"

Track Listing:

1. I Come Alive
                                                                 2. This Fire
                                                                 3. Hands and Faces
                                                                 4. Put Me Out
                                                                 5. Shine
                                                                 6. Now That You’re Dead
                                                                 7. Give Me Love
                                                                 8. Moving On
                                                                 9. Getting Over You
                                                               10. Kiss It Goodbye
                                                               11. Hurt No One
                                                               12. Together Burning Bright

     For more on The Used, you can check out their official site. Also, check out their Facebook page for upcoming tour dates!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

LostAlone Interview

     If you haven't yet heard of LostAlone, then you are seriously missing out! This Derby band is definitely on its way to major success. They already have the support of bands such as 30 Seconds To Mars, Enter Shikari, Paramore, and My Chemical Romance. The band consists of Mark Gibson (Drums/Vocals), Steven Battelle (Vocals/Guitar), Alan Williamson (Bass/Vocals)
[L to R in the photo above]. I recently spoke with Steven about the band's latest album I'm A UFO In This City which they released earlier this month. Here is what he had to say about it.

Front Paige Metal News: I know that earlier this month LostAlone released the new album I'm A UFO In This City. What kind of reception has it been receiving?

Steven Battelle: We've had such an amazing reaction from both the press and the fans. I hoped that fans of our first album would enjoy it, but I never expected to receive such positivity from the press. So, it’s been great- overwhelming in fact!

FPMN: Also, many other musicians, including the guys from My Chemical Romance, have been promoting the album. What is it like to have their support?

Steven: Anytime somebody says something nice or supportive is great! It’s a really beautiful moment when artists with a voice can support other artists. We're very appreciative of the support they've given us.

FPMN: How do you feel the band has evolved since your debut? What do you hope fans take away from the new album?

Steven: Writing-wise this album is much closer to what I hear in my head; I hope the fans can take away the true vision and that they enjoy it!

FPMN: LostAlone will be touring Europe until May. How has it been going? Have you had the opportunity to meet fans and talk to them about your new music?

Steven: It's going amazing, a real connective experience. Post show every night, I have been meeting so many amazing characters. It's one of my favorite parts of touring. You'd never experience so many levels of insanity anywhere else.

FPMN: What will the band be working on next?

Steven: Really hope to have another record ready for release this time next year. My favorite era is the 70s when bands released an album a year so I’d like to do that also.

"Love Will Eat You Alive"

     For more info on LostAlone, check out their official site. The band will be touring Europe until the beginning of May. You can find all of their tour dates on their Facebook page.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Steven Adler Announces New Band

     Former Guns N' Roses drummer, Steven Adler, has recently announced that he has formed a new band, Adler. The lineup includes Adler's Appetite guitarist Lonny Paul and frontman Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric).
     "I love the music that we're creating!" states Adler. "I haven't been this excited about my band since the GNR days. Jacob is exactly the singer I have been searching for. He has an amazing range and is a great writer and frontman. Lonny is an amazing guitarist and songwriter and the vibe is amazing!"    
     The band is currently working on their debut album with producers Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner) and Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, The Donna's). The album will feature guest appearances from Adler's former Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash as well as Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 (formerly of Marilyn Manson). "I'm so excited for everyone to hear this record!" states Adler.
     Steven Adler, along with Slash, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, and Izzy Stradlin will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Later GnR members Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed will also be inducted at the ceremony in Cleveland next month.
     For more info on Adler, "Like" them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter (@AdlerRocks).

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Check out Prosevere!

     I would like to introduce to you, Prosevere. With Gary Segars (vocals/guitar), Eric Ashe (guitar/vocals), Rocky Griggs (drums), and Matt Riley (bass), the band has been together since late 2006. Since then, they have toured with bands such as Papa Roach, Godsmack, Sevendust, and Adelitas Way. I recently spoke with Gary, and here is what he had to say about Prosevere's music.

Front Paige Metal News: How would you best describe your music?

Gary Segars: Our music is straight up, edgy rock n' roll. We sing about different topics than I feel a lot of today's radio bands touch on: fighting against the odds, putting yourself first, appreciating life, and all we've been through to this point. It's a different flavor- a more upbeat, raw, classic rock feel. Somewhere between Sevendust and Foo Fighters.

FPMN: What has it been like to have the support of bands like Korn, Godsmack, and Papa Roach? How have their audiences been reacting to your music?

Gary: It's an amazing opportunity to be able to play with such bigger bands. Their experience is definitely knowledge that we've put forth in trying to build this ourselves. They've helped us with our stage show, things to do on the road. All sorts of things. Their crowds have always really been into what we're doing. We're different than what they do and how they sound, and our stage shows are really different. I think it keeps us in peoples' heads. Helps them remember what we do.

FPMN: What are your thoughts on rock n' roll's place in the music industry today? What mark do you hope to leave on the music world?

Gary: Any industry guy out there will tell you that rock n' roll is dead, and I suppose the sales and radio numbers will back that up. But we refuse to believe that because the concert numbers are still good. The problem has been that there are too many of the same damn bands out there. It's difficult to tell the difference between a lot of these radio rock groups, and it's watered down the listening radio audience. There are still a ton of rock music fans, and they're still out there waiting to hear what's going to bring them back. Foo Fighters have started the revolution of bringing back real rock n' roll. We hope to be the next band to start it up. We want our music to be timeless.

FPMN: What would you like my readers to know about Prosevere?

Gary: One thing we're really proud of is the fact that we've still got the same band members that we've had since the very beginning. Same four dudes continuing to grow together towards something that we feel is much bigger than ourselves. This band never wants to be a novelty group. The goal is to write timeless music that people will want to listen to in 20, 30, 40 years.

FPMN: What is coming up next for the band?

Gary: We're going to be touring, at least regionally, all summer long. We'll have a few showcases for a few select labels. You never know what the future holds, but we're going to keep on keepin' on like we've always done. Rock n' roll is all we know, and we'll keep doing it as long as it makes us feel like it does.

"New Number 2":

     For more on Prosevere, you can check out their official site, "Like them on Facebook, and Follow them on Twitter (@prosevere).


Sunday, March 4, 2012

D.R.U.G.S. Concert Review

     I'm baaack! (FIR pun intended) I know that I have been MIA the last few weeks, but I've had a lot going on. FPMN has some cool stuff coming up though that you won't want to miss. If you haven't already connected with us on our Twitter and FB pages (links are located below), make sure you do so that you'll be updated on our new projects (Details will be announced later in the month.)
     Anyway, this past Thursday I went to see Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY. I can honestly say that it's one of the best shows I've seen recently. The show started with two locals bands after which Our Last Night took the stage. The band immediately got the crowd into the show by playing songs like "Elephants" and "Across The Ocean". And by "into the show" I mean a full on mosh pit and crowd surfers!
     After Our Last Night's set, D.R.U.G.S. finally took the stage. Despite the fact that it was the band's final show after a 7 week tour, they all had great energy onstage. The crowd was equally energetic: screams so loud that my friend and I JUST got our hearing back and tons of crowd surfers- Yup, I got kicked in the head. All in the name of rock n' roll right?
     So, D.R.U.G.S. played a 10 song set including their singles, "If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is", "Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm", and "Sex Life". Here are some pictures that my friend Georgina took.

          Craig Owens

Matt Good

Craig crowd walking during "Sex Life"

Me with Trevor Wentworth (lead singer of OLN), Matt Good,
Craig Owens, & Nick Martin

     For more concert reviews, album reviews, and interviews be sure to follow FPMN on Twitter (@FrontPaigeMetal) and "Like" us on Facebook.