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Captain Howdy

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  1. Captain Howdy

    Kane Roberts - The New Normal

    Not one of his out and out best, but I do like that one as well.
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    Cats in Space - Daytrip to Narnia

    Does nothing for me either.
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    The Poodles are no more

    Depends on which ones. Tragedy are my favourite, but their gimmick mostly comes into its own live. Their albums started out as metal Bee Gees covers, but moved into covering other disco and pop artists as well. I really love most of their covers. Satanicide is pretty cool too. Not amazing, but cool. They are not as crude as Panther though. Skrapp Mettle isnt bad, but not amazing either. Features early JSS on vocals, so always worth having for completists. Once again, not as crude as panther, but they do have their smutty moments (Muff diving in the 80s). Bloody Stools over all are closest with regards to crudity, but really lack any great songs. Not one I would tell people to go out of their way to find.
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    The Poodles are no more

    Loud Lion were the Def Leppard soundalike band, but once again, certainly not a comedy band like Panther. Only bands I can think of in the style of Panther are Satanicide and Tragedy (both share some members), Skrapp Mettle and Bloody Stools. None of which are particularly recent (although Tragedy is an ongoing concern).
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    The Poodles are no more

    What makes you think that? They are a serious rock band. The only thing silly about them was their name, but not being English speakers by nature, maybe they did not realise how silly it is.
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    Lillian Axe new single

    Why would anyone release this as the first song from their album unless this is what the whole of the album sounds like?
  7. Not sure if the album has had a name change or not, but Tracii just tweeted that the album is finished and posted this image.
  8. Well it is starting to show that Phil made the right choice jumping from the previous version of Guns with Steve Riley to the new version with Tracii Guns. He stated from the off that the reason he did it was that version of the band was going nowhere, and they were not recording any new stuff. http://bravewords.com/news/l-a-guns-new-album-wasnt-tomorrow-great-due-in-march-2019 Prior to headlining The Rockpile in Toronto, Ontario, L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns – who recently reunited with vocalist Phil Lewis – invited BraveWords scribe Aaron Small on board the band’s tour bus for an exclusive chat about all things LAG. First matter of discussion was the recent L.A. Guns lineup change. In March of 2018, guitarist Michael Grant (who had been with the group since 2013) and LAG parted ways. Then Johnny Monaco (Enuff Z’nuff) joined the band for a very brief stint, and now Adam Hamilton – who played bass on LAG albums Waking The Dead, and Tales From The Strip – is the new rhythm guitarist. “We had (guitar) pics made that just say Stage Right on them; we never know who’s coming or going on that side of the stage,” jokes Tracii. “Adam’s been in the band forever (from 2001 – 2007). I just thought it would be really cool to have this kind of shredder guitar player on the other side; make a spectacle of it. But I guess in the end, that’s not really what L.A. Guns is. Having Adam, even at rehearsal before the shows, it was like, ‘oh, that’s solid!’ I’m always trying to improve things that don’t need to be improved. Right now, it’s nice.” Last month Tracii took to Instagram saying he was about to record “what has to be the best guitar work I have ever done.” Reflecting upon that posting, Tracii admits, “That’s where the stress lies. People are paying attention to me all of a sudden, which they really didn’t for years. It’s got to be good, it’s got to be something. I think we managed to raise the bar a little bit with the one that’s going to be out next.” That next album is nearly complete, with all the music in the can. “Just waiting for Phil to finish (his vocals). Everything’s done. All the lyrics are written, all the melodies. The songs are done, he’s got five in the bag, so he’s got to do seven more.” We’re looking at a twelve-track album then? “I think it’s going to be eleven with a bonus track. Wait, no, no, it’s 13 songs; all original, no covers. No ballads. There’s something close to a ballad; it’s a murder ballad, ‘One More Season In Hell’. We have a song that is like The Cult – Sonic Temple, it’s called ‘Gone Honey’ – that’s a really cool, different kind of thing. A lot of the album’s really heavy. There’s ‘The Devil You Know’, ‘Loaded Bomb’, ‘Boom’, ‘Rage’ – we have some with one-word titles and some with all these words in the title. The album’s going to be called Wasn’t Tomorrow Great.” When it comes to artwork, that title lends itself to so many different possibilities. “Yeah, we were thinking about calling the album Gravity’s In Control. But, last minute change. Phil’s wife was coming up with this concept for the globe hanging in space, but it was the L.A. Guns logo. I think that’s still in order, cause you’re looking at the world – Wasn’t Tomorrow Great – when you dream, it’s always about something that’s going to happen. The dreams are usually great.” Tracii handles all of the guitar parts on Wasn’t Tomorrow Great; lead and rhythm. “It was recorded just me, Johnny (Martin – bass), and Shane (Fitzgibbon – drums),” confirms the six-stringer. Wasn’t Tomorrow Great is coming out really quickly as the previous studio album, The Missing Peace, was released in October 2017, and the live album, Made In Milan, was just released in March 2018. New material is always welcome, but why such a rush? Why not tour on The Missing Peace more? “Because we toured so much before The Missing Peace,” answers Tracii. “And, people have a short attention span. It’s nice to hear now – today – how much people are still listening to The Missing Peace. We weren’t going to do one this quick, we were going to wait about another six months from this point, but we had a break and I was home, and I wrote all the music really quickly; not intentionally. I didn’t sit down and say, ‘ok, got to write an album now.’ It was like, ‘we’re supposed to start writing soon…’ Then all this really, really cool stuff came out. Me and Phil, we have a co-writer, this guy Mitch Davis. I just started sending him demos and he was like, ‘Holy Shit!’ I was like, ‘Jesus Christ, let’s just do this.’” And the potential release date? “We’re looking at March through Frontiers Music.” Once again, Tracii is producing the album. “I did the last one, I did this one. I don’t wanna fuck with the system; the system works. We did do an upgrade on this. We went to a really nice studio – Big Bad Sound LA – to record drums, to record all the instruments. Where on the last album, we went to pretty nice studios to do the drums, and then everything was done in my studio after that. But I managed to get 95% of the guitar done in the same room where we recorded drums, which adds a certain kind of togetherness. I used the same room mics for the guitars that we used for the drums. It’s like, wow! You just pull the faders up and it doesn’t need to be mixed, everything fits. It was like a Godsend.” All counted, there’s seven L.A. Guns albums of original material featuring both Tracii and Phil. Does that mean the songs found on Tales From The Strip (2005) and Hollywood Forever (2012) – which featured guitarist Stacey Blades in place of Tracii Guns – are dead and buried, never to be played live again? “Fuck those songs man. That’s not L.A. Guns, I’m not on those records.” To be fair, the unexpected does happen occasionally. Case in point, Guns N’ Roses performing “Slither” by Velvet Revolver live. Of course, Velvet Revolver featured GN’R members Slash and Duff McKagan, along with Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland. No one ever thought Axl Rose would sing that song, but he is. “I think Axl’s being nice,” offers Tracii. “It is a good song, it was massive on radio. But nobody knows shit off those fucking L.A. Guns records; it’s the truth. Nobody knows shit off half the records I did with L.A. Guns either. The first three, maybe a glimpse of Vicious Circle, a glimpse of Waking The Dead. Those are records we love, and there’s certain songs from those that the audience knows, but overall, to be realistic, the first two records and ‘Kiss My Love Goodbye’ and ‘Over The Edge’ off Hollywood Vampires – that is by far and away the most popular stuff. Then there’s The Missing Peace – it came out of nowhere.” (L.A. Guns photo by Amy Maglieri, Tracii Guns photo by Aaron Small) Catch L.A. Guns live in concert at the following shows: August 9 - Cornerstone - Berkeley, CA 10 - Holy Diver - Sacramento, CA 11 - Rock Star University House Of Rock - Santa Rosa, CA 31 - O2 Academy Islington - London, United Kingdom September 1 - O2 Academy Sheffield - Sheffield, United Kingdom - SOLD OUT 2 - Riverside - Newcastle, United Kingdom 4 - The Robin 2 - Wolverhampton, United Kingdom 5 - The Craufurd Arms - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 6 - Rebellion - Manchester, United Kingdom 8 - The Tivoli - Buckley, United Kingdom 10 - Cacaofabriek - Helmond, Netherlands 11 - Turock - Essen, Germany 12 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany 14 - L’empreint - Savigny-Le-Temple, France 15 - Castle of Princess d'Arenberg - Raismes, France 16 - Hair Metal Heaven Festival - Hull, United Kingdom October 6 - Streeters - Traverse City, MI 12 - Riverside Ballroom - Green Bay, WI November 29 - Proof Rooftop Lounge - Houston, TX December 7 - The State Theatre - Harrah, OK 8 - IDL Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
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    Buckcherry - Head like a hole

    I am no NiN fan, but this is probably the only song other than Hurt that I really know from them, and have never disliked it but never loved it. That said I think this is a decent version, but preferred the Dee Snider version a couple of years ago.
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    Buckcherry - Head like a hole

    New single. And yup, it is the Nine Inch Nails song
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    Electric Boys - The Ghost Ward Diaries

    But they are not their older songs, they were only on the last album.
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    H.E.A.T - Greatest H.E.A.T's

    What? That is one of the best songs on that album.
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    H.E.A.T - Greatest H.E.A.T's

    The probability is we will probably get some kind of b-sides, bonus tracks and outtakes album at some point put together by the record label. These kind of greatest hits packages etc rarely have full input from the bands, and the labels are always looking at a way to make more money out of people. Look at Airbourne and their label. Released a box set of previous albums with a bonus disc of b-sides with no mention of the b-sides album ever being released on its own, then months later it sneaks out on its own. You cannot see that as anything other than the record label conning people to spend more on the box set to get the tracks they don't own, and then releasing the single CD later to mop up any extra sales.
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    H.E.A.T - Greatest H.E.A.T's

    Would have been nice if they could have included all of the Japanese bonus tracks instead of live, demo and radio edits on the bonus CD. Some of my favourite tracks by them have been on Jap releases. FYI Miley, Too far on the wild side, Back into your arms, California & Shame.
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    Buckcherry -Warpaint

    Buckcherry will release their new studio album, Warpaint, on March 8th, 2019. The 12 song album, featuring 11 new Buckcherry songs along with their cover of the Nine Inch Nails track “Head like a Hole”, was produced by Mike Plotnikoff, whose last collaboration with the band was the platinum certified album, 15. Preorders for Warpaint will begin on January 11th. Singer Josh Todd comments, “Good things come to those who wait and we have been very patient and thorough with the song writing for Warpaint, we took into consideration all the factors and what this record means to not only us but the great Buckcherry fans around the world. This record takes the listener on an unforgettable journey and I’m very proud of it.” http://buckcherry.com/7830-2/
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    Southern Pacific - Shoot for the top

    As far as I can tell, all their albums are more country orientated and this never appeared on any of them, just this soundtrack. I have heard a couple of Eagles sounding tunes as well though, so who knows.
  17. Just watching Police academy 4 and this song came on, and I forgot how much I loved it. Back in the day when this movie came out I bought the soundtrack vinyl and as someone who was only just dipping his toe into rock at the time, and listened to a lot of pop I loved this album. Listening to this song now, it gives me a cool lightweight AOR vibe, which is weird considering when I just looked this band up they are actually a country rock band, yet no signs of country on this one. Autograph and Loverboy come to mind for similarity.
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    KICKIN VALENTINA - "Imaginary Creatures" (2017)

    Seeing this pop up again, I am not sure if this was covered here but their singer decided to quit the band the day before they were supposed to leave for a German tour in July this year. They decided to carry on and got a new singer in August and are currently working on a new album for release next year.
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    Enuff Z'Nuff - Diamond Boy

    The more I listen to this Donnie album the more it starts to sound like the more classic EZN sound. Songs like Fallin through the pages, Plain Jane & Breaking me down certainly fit into this style. Personally for me this is the best solo album he has done.
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    Electric Boys - The Ghost Ward Diaries

    I believe the official release day is today, so should be available on most sites.
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    Electric Boys - The Ghost Ward Diaries

    Album is pretty much what you would expect from the band. A mix and match of styles, but nothing out of the ordinary. Another cool release.
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    Enuff Z'Nuff - Diamond Boy

    Got my advance digital copy of the Donnie album and it is defo not an EZN album by any means, with that above song being the only one that really captures that classic sound. Much like most of his releases, this is a more laid back affair for the most part but does have some great songs on it. As expected, a much better album than the EZN one, but would certainly not appeal to everyone. Unsurprisingly the Beatles and Cheap Trick influences are on show here as well. If you are familiar with the rest of his solo career, then that is pretty much what is on offer here as well.
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    Breaking music news

    In theory it is D2. It is the Revolve line up with the vocalists swapped. Makes you kinda think that the only reason that was the last D2 album and no follow up is due to Poley. I remember Ravel saying there would be no more D2 as the recording process of Revolve was such hard work, and seeing as all three other members are recording together here, it kinda starts to look like the issue is with the vocalist.
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    Kane Roberts - The New Normal

    I really like that song. Not one of his best, but still a good song. Hopefully there are stronger tracks on the album though as I would like to hear his guitar work a bit stronger.
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    Midnite City 2

    Actually I listen to most of my music in playlists, and still have no issue. As I say, a great song is a great son. That is what matters, not this does not sound more polished than this.

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