PREMIERE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE
“SET ME ON FIRE”
TODAY, TUESDAY JULY 29 ON BILLBOARD HERE
‘BETWEEN THE STARS’
SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 16 ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS
iTUNES PRE-ORDER UP TODAY HERE
FLYLEAF PHOTO: http://msopr.com/files/flyleaf_press_photo_147.JPG
FLYLEAF–the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative rock band–have premiered their brand new video for “Set Me On Fire” today, Tuesday, July 29. Watch the clip and read the Q&A with FLYLEAF on Billboard.com HERE. “Set Me On Fire” marks the first single from their fourth studio album, BETWEEN THE STARS, set for release September 16 on Loud & Proud Records. Starting today, BETWEEN THE STARS is available for pre-order on iTunes HERE.
The video for “Set Me On Fire” was directed by Noel Maitland (Speechless, Kings of Summer) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.
FLYLEAF–KRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATTACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS(bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)–recorded BETWEEN THE STARS in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). The band will announce a fall U.S. tour soon.
FLYLEAF PHOTO http://msopr.com/files/flyleaf_press_photo_147.JPG
FLYLEAF has consistently dominated the Active, Alternative and Mainstream rock charts throughout their career. They released the eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005 which went platinum and spawned the singles “I’m So Sick,” “Fully Alive,” and the smash “All Around Me,” which sold over one million digital downloads, was a Top 20 hit at Top 40 radio and won the BMI Pop Award. Their second album Memento Mori was released in late 2009 and debuted at No. 8 on theBillboard charts, featuring the singles “Again” and “Missing.” Their third album New Horizons was released in late2012. After months of touring the world with the new line-up addition of KRISTEN MAY on vocals, FLYLEAF released a new EP Who We Are in 2013 which featured the song “Something Better” with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval on vocals. They’ve shared the stage with Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Evanescence and many more. Conscious of constantly giving back, they played special shows for American troops stationed in Afghanistan as well as Okinawa, Japan.
Summer NAMM is always an adventure for the RNR crew, since its not “down the street” like Winter NAMM. This year was our first year to set up a booth at Summer NAMM and it was an awesome time! NAMM always allows you to see new companies as well as some of the Top brands like Gibson, showing their best products, their new products and answering any questions that you may have. Also included in the slideshow are a couple pictures from the Epiphone after party Friday night. Continue reading
I thought I had seen extreme shows before I witnessed Summer Slaughter 2014, but the brutality of the eighth annual touring festival has taken extreme to a whole new level. I made it to the shows in Orange County and Los Angeles.
The first night was at the Observatory in Santa Ana. I got there just in time to check out the local metal band Our Own Accord. Their style is a hybrid of thrash melodic metal and metalcore. Their set was pretty awesome in the constellation room with the other local bands on the bill, however their set was a lot more energetic. And even though they did not have the biggest crowd, their loyal following head banged their hearts away! They have a new album called “Judgment” coming out in a month and they debuted some of the new material during their set, including their single, “Sinister Split.”
Alex, their lead singer, had this to say about Summer Slaughter, “The show was awesome! The crowd was insane. It was probably the best summer slaughter reaction we have ever had. My favorite band was Morbid Angel. I have been a huge fan of them since getting into metal!” aside from Alex and company, the other local acts did not disappoint. The additional roster including Voices of Ruin, Why We Kill and Nihilitus all put on stellar performances, giving the audience a constant stream of brutal tunes between the headlining acts.
Amongst the brutal, Goatwhore was overwhelming! They played many new hits off their current release “Constricting the Rage of the Merciles” including crowd favorites “Apocoliptic Havic” and “All Destroying.” This band puts out so much energy, especially front man Ben Falgoust. His wicked stage presence really compliments Sammy Duet melting faces with his guitar!
Australian deathcore outfit Thy Art is Murder, drew a lot of fans and had the most intense crowd surfing of the show. And what can be said about Dying Fetus? They gave a killer performance with their brand of brutal, guttural extreme death metal. Aside from playing fan favorites off their new record “Reign Supreme” they also pleased their long-time fans by performing some of their older material, which is always great to see and hear.
Morbid Angel ruled the show, playing many of their most brutal and vicious legendary hits. Their set was about 75 minutes long and included songs like “Rapture,” “Blood on my Hands,” and “God of Emptiness.” Lead singer and bassist David Vincent had his bass vibrating your inner soul.
The mosh pit was utter chaos with tons of young faces that probably were seeing Morbid Angel for the first time! There were lots of teens and that’s cool. Horn’s up! There were also many veterans in the crowd, including me! Well, I was off to the side because the way the mosh pit was going, you were either going to get smacked on the cranial by a stage diver or body slammed.
The Morbid Angel after party was just as awesome! You can’t go wrong with free beer, death metal god fathers and METAL! It was great to see some familiar faces and hang with the bands who were all super cool. If you haven’t seen Summer Slaughter yet, you won’t want to miss it! Go check it out in a city near you. My round two of the show at the House of Blues on Sunset the next day was just as epic! Check out the photos below!
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THE ICONIC AND GRAMMY-WINNING ROCK BAND
RELEASES NEW STUDIO ALBUM
‘HEAVEN & EARTH’
TODAY (7/22) VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS
–“IN A WORLD OF OUR OWN”–
TOP 20 ON THE MEDIABASE CLASSIC ROCK CHART AND CLIMBING
U.S. SUMMER TOUR–“AN EVENING WITH YES”–HITS
ROCHESTER HILLS, MI TONIGHT
YES, the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band, released their new studio album HEAVEN & EARTH today (7/22) on Frontiers Records. An album that’s sure to please both long-time and new YES fans, HEAVEN & EARTH is available on Amazon (link here: http://bit.ly/Heaven-Earth-Amazon) and on iTunes(link here: http://bit.ly/HeavenEarth-iTunes),
Coinciding with today’s album release is the premiere of the HEAVEN & EARTH EPK on ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.com, featuring the multi-platinum progressive rock band–bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON–discussing the new album at length and what the album means to the band. Watch the EPK here: http://tinyurl.com/nnu74mt. The lead single “In A World Of Our Own” is currently in the Top 20 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart and climbing and the lyric video to accompany the single premiered last week (7/14) on MUZU.TV. Check out the lyric video here: http://bit.ly/1koRxyn.
Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. The new album contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as “the YES sound.” YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance. For HEAVEN & EARTH, YES teamed up with legendary Grammy Award winner, Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.), who handled the production and Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply, etc.) who mixed the album. Also onboard is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the album’s cover art and packaging.
Fans can explore the new album on YES’ new micro-site: yesheavenandearth.com. Each week leading up to today’s album release the band premiered a 90-second excerpt from a song off the new album on the micro-site, along with the song’s lyrics.
Tracklisting for HEAVEN & EARTH:
- Believe Again
- The Game
- Step Beyond
- To Ascend
- In A World Of Our Own
- Light Of The Ages
- It Was All We Knew
- Subway Walls
To coincide with the release of HEAVEN & EARTH, YES is currently on their summer tour, titled “An Evening with YES,” featuring the band performing, in their entirety, 1971’s groundbreaking album FRAGILE for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits and songs off the new album.
Spend “An Evening with YES” this summer in the following cities:
|Rochester Hills, MI||Meadow Brook|
|Northfield, OH||Hard Rock Live Northfield Park|
|Madison, WI||Overture Hall|
|Chicago, IL||Copernicus Center|
|Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|Louisville, KY||Louisville Palace|
|Atlanta, GA||Symphony Hall|
|Hollywood, FL||Seminole Hard Rock Live|
|St. Petersburg, FL||Mahaffey Theater|
|Orlando, FL||Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre|
|Houston, TX||Bayou Music Center|
|Grand Prairie, TX||Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie|
|Kansas City, MO||Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland|
|Denver, CO||Paramount Theatre|
|Tucson, AZ||Rialto Theatre|
|Mesa, AZ||Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center|
|Albuquerque, NM||Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino|
|Las Vegas, NV||The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino|
|Anaheim, CA||City National Grove of Anaheim|
|San Diego, CA||Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay|
|San Jose, CA||City National Civic|
|Tulalip, WA||Tulalip Amphitheatre|
|Grand Ronde, OR||Spirit Mountain Casino|
|Lincoln, CA||Thunder Valley Casino Resort|
|Los Angeles, CA||Greek Theatre|
YES is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from YES, and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, go to www.yesworld.com.
Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.
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Society 1 is back, more melodic and much more aggressive. Front man Matt Zane plays the part of many masks, from becoming a published author, to an actor and now directing music video’s. The band’s current lineup include -Matt Zane, bassist -Dirt Von Karloff, drummer -Iorden Mitev,and guitarist -Beau Ashley. Sin Quirin -guitar player and writer for Ministry is also part of the band, and can be seen performing live with Society 1.
Our Senior Editor- Model Angelica Ulloa joined guitar player Beau Ashley on the making of their newest music video- “It’s Yours Now.” and can finally be watched here.
Beau Ashley is fun to work with, the night had some insane technical difficulties and if Beau hadn’t been there I am pretty sure the night would have just been worse. He is super helpful, and makes the environment fun, he was on set helping Zane. Everyone on set was amazing- Zane was very professional, which makes you respect him in a business point of view, and being directed by him was surprisingly very fun- he expresses what he wants from you – detailed enough to get in character when needed. My favorite part of the night is def Beau and me getting to work together back to back- instead of throwing each other signals we would make faces at each other, and even though he had a mask on- his eyes expressed whatever face he would do back. The models were beautiful, one drove states away because she was also a hardcore fan, which in my opinions says a lot. They were all very unique and fun to have met and worked with. I’m very happy that Beau asked me to be a part of this music video, it’s obviously more than just a music video to me because of the connection and the friendship made that night. -Angelica Ulloa
On July 2nd, Society 1 had a music video release party at Skinny’s Lounge in NOHO, the performance was one of a kind as they connected with the crowd. Everyone seemed to be having drinks in hands and having a great time! Sin joined them to complete the band, their live performance is def a show to be watched.
Thanks to Enrique Nunez the night was covered and can be seen here:
Don’t miss their FREE Society 1 show at the Whisky July 22. All ages and the set is being filmed by BUZZ TV to air at a later date, so come down fill up the venue and get aired! For more info check out link: https://www.facebook.com/events/262697107266469/
For more infor on society one please visit: http://www.society1official.com https://www.facebook.com/society1
“SEXY, HOT, SUMMER FUN SPECTACULAR” SHOW
THIS THURSDAY (7/17) AT THE
MAYAN THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
WHAT: We’d like to extend an invitation for you to join LUCHA VaVOOM–the acclaimed and mind-blowing Mexican masked wrestling/burlesque/comedy ensemble voted Los Angeles’ “Best Burlesque Show” by LA Weekly for 2012 and 2013–thisThursday (7/17) for their “Sexy, Hot, Summer Fun Spectacular” show at The Mayan in downtown Los Angeles. Fans are encouraged to dress in their beach attire because this LUCHA VaVOOM show is going to be hot! The “Sexy, Hot, Summer Fun Spectacular” show will feature: From Mexico City, Magnus Real (the professional Mexican wrestler and reality TV personality), world-renowned “Queen of the Ring” Cassandro, New York City’s Peekabook Pointe (NYC’s naughtiest blonde), The Poubelle Twins (the sister duo of Fifi and Bibi dressed up as French Maids who can Mexican wrestle with the best of them), burlesque/aerial dancers Leigh Acosta, Carolina Cerisola, Moana Santana and Lucy Fur, wrestlers Joey Ryan, El Bombero and El Presidente, along with Sexy Mexys, 98lb weaklings, beach bullies and much more.
The Los Angeles-based performance troupe has regularly sold out 1,000-seat venues across the globe (Amsterdam, Calgary, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia, among many other cities) since its birth in 2002 and will unleash a experience not-to-be-missed. Later this month, LUCHA VaVOOM’s will bring their special brand of entertainment to Japan this July 25-27 for the 2014 Fuji Rock Festival. This annual 3-day rock festival in Niigata Prefecture, Japan features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians–including Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Oukast and more–making it the largest outdoor music event in Japan.WHERE: The Mayan (Downtown Los Angeles) 1038 South Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90015 WHEN: Thursday, July 17 DOORS: 7:00pm SHOW STARTS: 8:00pm
About Lucha VaVOOM:
Founded in Los Angeles in 2002 by Rita D’Albert and Liz Fairbairn, LUCHA VaVOOM–the acclaimed and mind-blowing Mexican masked wrestling/burlesque/comedy ensemble voted Los Angeles’ “Best Burlesque Show” by LA Weekly for 2012 and 2013–is good vs. evil played out in quick, exhibition-style, one-fall Lucha Libre matches for maximum enjoyment and action. Arguably more rock than rock and more punk than punk, LUCHAVaVOOM has created a Los Angeles tradition: from the low-rider car parade escorting the performers as the crowd enters the iconic Mayan Theater, to the local luminaries they attract (Drew Carey and Jack Black have sat in), to burlesque (which was revived right here in Los Angeles), to Lucha Libre, where masked heroic wrestlers, in character-driven style, flip, fly and amaze. It all comes together to make one fun, surreal, glam-bam spectacle of raucous entertainment. You could say it’s a wrestling show for people that don’t like wrestling (and those that do). The Los Angeles Times said, “Far-out flamboyance always prevails at Lucha VaVOOM, a spectacle of Mexican freestyle wrestling with an L.A. twist (7/09/06).”
At LUCHA VaVOOM, they like a little sexo with their violencia. In between matches, the finest handpicked burlesque acts from around the world wow the crowds with their unique striptease skills, including raucous aerial acts, pogo-stick peelers and hula-hoop hotties. The Los Angeles-based performance troupe has regularly sold out 1,000-seat venues across the globe (Amsterdam, Calgary, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia, among many other cities) since its birth in 2002 and call Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater–an elaborately appointed, 1927-built former motion-picture palace–home when not on the road. A sizzle reel featuring LUCHA VaVOOM highlights (high-octane Mexican-style lucha libre wrestling, traditional burlesque and blow-by-blow comedic commentary) can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/nswes3x. Press kit here: http://luchavavoom.com/Lucha-VaVOOM-EPK.pdf.
Golden Circle, Ringside and General Admission Tickets Available from Ticketweb.com and at the following outlets:
Wacko, 4633 Hollywood Blvd – (323) 663-0122
BRAT, 1938 14th St, Santa Monica – (310) 452-2480
Garage Pizza, 100 1/2 W 7th Street, Downtown LA (213) 622-3390
For more information on Lucha VaVOOM, visit:
WHERE · Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
WHEN · Saturday, June 21 @ 7:30 PM
The Arctic Monkeys are a band you should never miss out on watching live, not only because of their performance, but because you connect to their music so much more live.
The lighting was perfect for shooting, which thanks to Igor you can watch the expressions on the artists. They surprised us before playing their solo with a Black Sabbath’s -War Pigs.
Enjoy these live shots by Igor Vidyashev
Setlist for Arctic Monkeys at The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto – June 21, 2014
1 – Do I Wanna Know?
2 – Snap Out Of It
3 – Arabella (with a bit of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs)
4 – Brianstorm
5 – Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
6 – Dancing Shoes
7 – Library Pictures
8 – Crying Lightning
9 – Knee Socks
10 – My Propeller
11 – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
12 – Fireside
13 – No. 1 Party Anthem
14 – Suck It And See
15 – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
16 – Fluorescent Adolescent
17 – 505 Encore
18 – One For The Road
19 – I Wanna Be Yours
20 – R U Mine? if you haven’t yet, watch their newest video http://youtu.be/H8tLS_NOWLs and for more tour dates please visit: http://www.arcticmonkeys.com/gigs.php Be sure to get our next issue of Rock N Roll Industries Magazine for the official review with more pictures!
MULTI-PLATINUM GUITAR ICON
RELEASES NEW ALBUM
FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM THE MOTOR CITY MADMAN IN SEVEN YEARS
SINGLE “SHE’S GONE” FEATURING SAMMY HAGAR
CURRENTLY TOP 5 AT CLASSIC ROCK RADIO
“Ted Nugent’s new album not only satisfies, it leaves us wanting more!”
–ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM, July 7, 2014
“ShutUp&Jam!…hits the vintage Gonzo mark with tightened songwriting…and of course, plenty of fleet-fingered guitar heroics…”
–THEOAKLANDPRESS.COM (Michigan), July 7, 2014
Multi-platinum guitar icon TED NUGENT returns with a new full-length album SHUTUP&JAM!, out today (7/8) on Frontiers Records. This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years and features the lead single “She’s Gone” with special guest Sammy Hagar,for an epic lead vocal duet with NUGENT. SHUTUP&JAM! is available on Amazon and iTunes. In the U.S., fans can pick up a special edition ofSHUTUP&JAM!–featuring the exclusive bonus track “Johnny B. Goode Forever”–only at Best Buy (or order it online: http://bit.ly/1mUdiKF).
NUGENT leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to the lead single “She’s Gone”–which is also accompanied by a special performance from one of the most respected drummers in rock, Johnny “Bee” Badanjek of the legendary Detroit band Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. “She’s Gone”–currently in the top 5 at Classic Rock Radio–premiered on ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM (6/9), listen here: http://bit.ly/1o5E7y1. Three other tracks were premiered leading up to today’s album release, including: “Never Stop Believing” onBILLBOARD.COM, “Everything Matters” on GUITARWORLD.COM and “I Love My BBQ” on Frontiers’ YOUTUBE channel.
To coincide with the release of SHUTUP&JAM!, TED is currently on his national headlining tour (full tour itinerary below). Ticket info for all shows is available at https://tour.tednugent.com.
Check out TED NUGENT’s “SHUTUP&JAM! TOUR” in the following cities:
|Tue||7/8||Phoenix, AZ||Celebrity Theatre|
|Wed||7/9||Ramona, CA||Ramona Mainstage|
|Thu||7/10||Prescott Valley, AZ||Tim’s Toyota Center|
|Fri||7/11||The Canyon Club||Agoura Hills, CA|
|Sat||7/12||Las Vegas, NV||Orleans Hotel & Casino|
|Sun||7/13||Anaheim, CA||City National Grove of Anaheim|
|Mon||7/14||Anaheim, CA||City National Grove of Anaheim|
|*Thu||7/17||Council Bluffs, IA||Mid-America Center|
|Fri||7/18||Merrillville, IN||Star Plaza Theatre|
|Sat||7/19||Detroit, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|Mon||7/21||Huntington, NY||The Paramount|
|Tue||7/22||Montclair, NJ||The Wellmont Theater|
|Wed||7/23||Jim Thorpe, PA||Penn’s Peak|
|Thu||7/24||Columbus, OH||Newport Music Hall|
|Fri||7/25||Morgantown, WV||MountainFest at Mylan Park|
|Sat||7/26||Oshkosh, WI||Leach Amphitheater at Riverside Park|
|Sun||7/27||Medina, MN||Medina Entertainment Center|
|Tue||7/29||Kansas City, MO||Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland|
|Wed||7/30||Englewood, CO||Gothic Theatre|
|Thu||7/31||Salt Lake City, UT||The Depot|
|Fri||8/1||Sheridan, WY||Trails End Concert Park|
|Sat||8/2||Tacoma, WA||Emerald Queen Casino|
|Sun||8/3||Tacoma, WA||Emerald Queen Casino|
|Mon||8/4||Worley, ID||Coeur D’Alene Casino|
|Wed||8/6||Sturgis, SD||Full Throttle Saloon|
|Fri||8/8||Maumee, OH||NW Ohio Rib-Off at Lucas County Fairgrounds|
|Sat||8/9||Oxford, OH||Indian Creek Amphitheatre|
|Mon||8/11||North Myrtle Beach, SC||House of Blues|
|Tue||8/12||Lake Buena Vista, FL||House of Blues|
|Thu||8/14||Houston, TX||House of Blues|
|Fri||8/15||Biloxi, MS||Hard Rock Live|
|Sat||8/16||Fort Worth, TX||Billy Bob’s Texas|
*Sharing the stage with Hank Williams Jr.
About TED NUGENT:
NUGENT has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums,performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along withinternational acclaim.
Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, NUGENT’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).
NUGENT was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, TEDdelivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A TED NUGENT show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!
Recently I went to a show at Loaded in Hollywood to see the hard rock band Dead End Sky. The show was awesome! I really enjoyed watching this band on stage! They sounded great and played really well together! So far they have played four shows, three in LA and one in Vegas. I had the opportunity to sit down with Kyle Zamanek, lead singer of Dead End Sky, to get the low down of the bands roots and to find out what makes them unique and where they are headed. Dead End Sky is definitely a band I recommend checking out!
RNR: When did Dead End Sky form? How would you describe your music?
Kyle: We formed in early 2013. I would classify our music as Modern Hard Rock.
RNR: Who are your influences?
Kyle: There are so many, it would take a lot of print to name them all. Many genres & bands influence our sound. Classic rock like The Beatles & Pink Floyd to 90’s Alt/Grunge like Alice In Chains & Oasis to Modern Rock bands like Seether & Shinedown to metal like Pantera & Machine Head to pop like Adele & Christina Perri to Folk/Singer-Songwriters like The Civil Wars & Simon and Garfunkel. I could go on & on.
RNR: What makes your band unique?
Kyle: Instead of being conformed to one type of sound, we try to spread the style around a bit. Some bands kick major ass, but if you listen to the album from front to back, it stays in the same style of writing. I would never want limitations to be imposed on our creativity by our fan base. I’m not saying we’ll ever be as eclectic as, say, Mr. Bungle, but you get the idea. One song might have a more metal vibe while another has a more bluesy vibe.
RNR: If you could play in any festival which would it be and why?
Kyle: I would love to play in one of the big European festivals like Download or Rock am Ring. I love the diversity of the lineups and obviously the crowds are massive.
RNR: How is your first album coming along?
Kyle: Most of it is completed but we’ve got to tie up some loose ends. There’s also a couple of new songs we want included so we’re working on that as well.
RNR: What do you want RNR readers to know about Dead End Sky?
Kyle: We’re a new kickass rock band! If you’re in the Southwest Region, find us on our various social media outlets and come check a show out.
RNR: For more information on Dead End Sky please visit the following links: