New Music Tuesday: Tremendous – Open For Closing [Single]

 

Oh do we have something absolutely wonderful to share with you all today. Let me start this out by stating that “Open For Closing” is a brilliant, and systematically engineered absolutely PERFECT song. Seriously Folks, this beautiful track has everything that, I personally feel, is required to be a perfect track. From the soft beginning that quickly ramps up into a hard as hell and also anthemic like vocal structure. With ironic and open for interpretation lyrics that breathe into your ear holes with a sound that is part glam rock, part 80’s hair metal, yet has a far greater and more modern collection of guitar work that is more reminiscent of the best of what we heard in the early 00’s, but without the cheese. This is truly an amazing 3 minute experience that you will quickly turn into a 6 minute experience. And then 9, 12, 27, 300, and so on. It’s an absolutely brilliant record, and I am so happy that it was brought to my attention, and you can rest assure that the name Tremendous will be appearing on these digital pages as the year 2019 progresses forward.

“Open For Closing” is the third single from Tremendous’s forthcoming debut full length album, Relentless, that will be coming to the world this coming September, and I am so damned excited to check out this album, and of course share it with you all when the time comes. Tremendous has that sort of sound that is obviously influenced from another era, yet is completely original in its own right. As I expressed before, there are recognizable elements that will be obvious, but there is something extremely modern and sort of cleaned up about the arrangement in which the track is presented. This could be partially due to the fact that they have acclaimed Kings of Leon and Robert Plant producer Gavin Monaghan piecing the whole thing together. But, I dare say that he was handed a proverbial chunk of gold, and was asked to add a few bits of platinum into it. Folks, it is a damn fine track, and it’s definitely going to leave you wanting more and more.

For our readers in the UK, check out Tremendous doing “Open For Closing” & more live for yourself as they will be performing at Dublin Castle in London on April 4th. Check out the event HERE.

 

“Open For Closing’ will be available for streaming and purchase wherever you do these things (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) on April 12th.

Until then, check out this wonderfully original video for the song, and bask in the glory that is “Open For Closing”:

 

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New Music Tuesday: Jason DeVore – Conviction Volume III: The Road To Clarity [Album]

 

You know when you are born? And you eyes are simply drowning from your mother’s inner fluids that you simply cannot see? Remember that? Well, whilst living the life of a lowly music blogger in the world of digital madness for the last couple of decades, this is a pretty normal feeling that manages to rear its sloppy head time and time again. Case in point: Jason DeVore. This is a cat that has been producing some very important and amazing music for well over 25 years, yet I have been blind to his brilliance. The bright side of it all though: eventually the fluids are wiped away, and the beauty can be identified. This could be a reason why I am so excited to talk about what is apparently (well, maybe literally, not apparently if we are to use proper terms) the third volume of a series of a punk rock legend who also likes to experiment in the world of acoustic and experimentalism from time to time. While I am admitting that Conviction Volume III: The Road To Clarity is my very first listening experience involving the world of Jason Devore, I will say that I am beyond intrigued by his brilliance and will obviously be looking into the previous two volumes, as well as his already well established and beloved punk band Authority Zero, who is probably already a staple in the lives of any new readers we have hear today. Because if anything that this man has done with on his previous solo work, as well as with Authority Zero is half as great as this album, I have a HUGE selection of greatness to get through.

 

 

Third volume of a solo project or not, Conviction Volume III: The Road to Clarity is an absolute gem of an album that stands entirely on its own as a beautifully written collection of songs that perfectly pander to audiences who enjoy high energy and amazing songwriting at the same time. And I’m not talking about the fans of the Church of Latter Green Day. No, this is just a wonderful collection of perfectly written songs that have a certain punk energy that is depicted in an acoustic pop format that is absolutely incredible. For regular readers of TWS, you are already going to know that “Whiskey And Roses” is the stand out track from this album. Fuck, I loved this track so damn much. It will definitely be a fan of this track. Yet, I couldn’t help but be compelled by the modern day spaghetti-western themed track that directly followed that is “Are We Too Loud”. In fact, I have to acknowledge that is is a truly fucking insane way to finish off an album, as these were the last two songs of the album. It’s almost as if Devore is planning to prepare us for a part IV that will be even more entertaining. And as somebody is is planning on devoting a great deal of time listening to the rest of the works from Jason DeVore, this may have been a well timed decision when it comes to track listing.

Essentially, I truly loved this album, and I am very excited to hear what Jason has to share in the future. The fluids of being a newborn have been cleared, and I am a Jason DeVore fan. I shall look to the past for entertainment, and to the future for the inspiration of a brighter day thanks to this amazing songwriter and debutant of a performer.

 

If you are reading this from Florida, Jason Devore is currently touring your truly bizarre state at these locations:

 

MAR 12 HIGH DIVE – Gainesville, FL

MAR 13 Mad Beach Dive Bar- Madeira Beach, FL

MAR 14 Iron Oak Post- Melbourne, FL

MAR 15 Banana Boat- Boynton Beach, FL

MAR 16 Martinis Bombay- Marco Island, FL

Also, check out the wonderful official video for the wonderful track from the previously mentioned album entitled “I Hate To Say I Told You So”:

New Music Tuesday: The Tenth – Dunes [Album]

 

Loud. Abrasive. Fucking brilliant. In just about 30 seconds of listening, these were my initial thoughts of Dune. And that sentiment held true throughout the amazing listening experience that we should come to expect from a band like The Tenth. They refer to themselves as “bubblegum punk”, which if self-inflicted, seems accurate and okay. But, in all actuality, this is a fun group that is punk as fuck, yet also melodic at times, with a primal energy that is absolutely mesmerizing. While vocalists Harley Quinn Smith and Taylor Blackwell have a snappy tone that pops at exactly the right moments over brilliant guitar riffs, I feel that the “bubble gum” effect is minimal at best. I usually don’t care to make comparisons to other groups, but seeing as though they are a staple here at Trainwreck’d Society, I will just go ahead and say that I love this group as much as I love our dear friends at Tacocat. And while there are obvious differences between them, I will say that I would truly love to catch a bill that involved them together. As well as Portland’s Forever. What a fucking roster that would be, right?

At certain points throughout Dunes, it does honestly become less abrasive and a bit more melodic (as sort of mentioned before, in a roundabout way) with tracks like “I’ll Go When It’s My Time”. But the forthrightness and fuck it all energy is a ever-present, no matter how much they decide to slow down the tempo to prove a point on one of their brilliantly written tracks. The very quick but very impactful “I Saw A Ghost” is the obvious single, and a very good representation of the band as a whole, and I am very happy that they chose it as the the lead off track. But I will be fucked if I don’t acknowledge the incredible stick work of Kelly Cruz on the entire album, but specifically on “Hymns and Hieroglyphs”. And the amazing guitar work (especially that damn intro!) from Blackwell and Eden Hain on “Stop Pretending the Song’s Not About Me” is pure magic.

Lastly, I absolutely adore how the incredible artists that are The Tenth seem to be absolutely in love with the word “fuck”. It fucking screams throughout the entire album. It’s contagious, really. I’ve probably written the word “fuck” in this piece more than anything I have written before. The Tenth did that. That is some pretty inspirational stuff in itself, right? In all seriousness though, this is such an incredible album that you simply have to check out. It is fun, it is thoughtful, and a wonderful reminder of the power of what youthful angst can give to the world of music.

Dune is available now wherever you stream or buy (please do that) music. Check out this wonderful video for “I Saw A Ghost” right here:

 

New Music Tuesday: The Hots – The Hots [EP]

 

Holy Shit, Folks! We have a wonderful pair of artist to share with you all today. The Australian bred duo The Hots are an out of this world combo that is not only entertaining, but extremely talented in a manner that is almost unprecedented in this day and age. They are a hard rock duo that perfectly dictates the power of what can come from extremely talented musicianship on the axe, and a set of vocal chords that are simply out of this world. I am seriously in love with the beauty that Foxie Kelly and Ronnie Simmons have given the world with their amazing self titled EP alone. I can’t imagine what the future may hold for this amazing duo, but if it is half as impressive as this EP, I’m certain that they are bound to be a force to reckoned with, hands down.

On a very personal note, there is definitely a nostalgia-inducing aspect to this EP that is very hard to ignore. And frankly, I don’t want to. It shouldn’t be a bad thing to reminisce about the amazing work we have loved in the past. Especially when we are fortunate enough to have a group The Hots out there ready to upgrade a classic sound for the new era. Simmons is simply magical with his guitar work, and Kelly may be one of the finest voices to front a hard rock group I have ever heard since the likes of Goldie Locks or Elsa Faith of Soul Distraction.

 

 

When we break it down folks, The Hots are a band like you most likely haven’t heard in quite a long time. We simply haven’t been blessed enough to be privy to such talent as of lately. Sure, the hard rock scene has existed for quite a long time. And if you dig deep enough, the genre that has moved between 80’s hair metal and the beloved grunge sound of the 90’s has probably been producing a plethora of amazing artists that we should all know and love. I guess we just need to be privy to the genre more often. And for that, I am so thankful that I have discovered The Hots, and have been able to share their genius with you fine folks who may not already be aware of their genius. Seriously, Folks. You’re going to love this. Enjoy!

 

Check out this incredible music video for “Before You”, and find this even more incredible EP wherever you stream/buy your best music:

New Music Tuesday: Crooked Ghost – Skeleton House [Album]

 

First things first Folks, I have to say that I am a huge fan of any band who has a name that is completely and utterly indicative of the sound they are looking to create. So let it be known that Crooked Ghost does just that, and so damn much more. This Asheville based group’s sophomore release Skeleton House is basically everything you would hope it would be with a band name and album title such as this. It’s haunting as shit, yet swerves in and out of fun and despair in a very eloquent manner. While often referred to as a “post punk” band, or at least inspired by said genre in many ways, I can’t help but sensing something much deeper within this group that is far too great to be pigeonholed into such a specific genre. But, if you have to categorize everything these days, I guess it could work. I would dare say that Crooked Ghost is like a vegan-friendly Simple Minds. It has the same flare and concreted misery, but lacks the cheese.

For obvious reasons, the tracks on Skeleton House that were picked to be lead off singles were “Sleepwalker” and “Roadkill”. And believe me, they are fantastic. “Roadkill” has an wonderful video with a great avant garde feel and experimental vibe to it. (which you should definitely check out below). But, this good ole pretentious heart of mine can’t help but lean towards what I would consider to be the most experimental and estranged track on the album, which is the album sharing of a title song “Skeleton House”. I will say this, and I feel as though this should speak volumes to how good it is: When you have to drive 40 minutes at night, on shitty East Anglian roads on the cusp of a blizzard in order to spend far too much money on mediocre Chinese food….”Skeleton House” is the 6 minute opus that will calm your brain as you blow light menthol smoke out of your shitty Mazda Premacy. Sorry, is that too specific? Basically, I loved every song on this 8 track splendor of an album, but that final track really just got to me. I really dug it. Also the Premacy is a fine automobile, I’m just ranting and also a very bad driver. But, I digress.

 

 

Crooked Ghost has a sound that is just so damn intriguing. One element that previous reviews and quotable paragraphs never seen to emphasis is the subtle, yet obvious once the revelation is catered into your brain, is the surf rock-esque elements that are mixed into the album. It’s almost as though this album was recorded in the dead of winter (Spoiler Alert: It was.) and in order to maintain any sort of fun and/or sanity whilst recording the album, they needed just a little spunk. It could have been unintentional on their part, and maybe I am just losing my shit here and am completely out of touch (very possible), but there are many wavering guitar solos that breathe the surf elements into your ears, and they way that Ray Clark’s vocals fade into said guitar, especially on a track like “Sleepwalker” definitely has that delightfully awkward feel of a surf rock track. But, again, do we really have to categorize everything. If we do, let’s call Crooked Ghost a post-surf band. Have we had that yet? I’m not sure.

Despite my own personal uncertainties, I am certain that you all are going to love Skeleton House, as it is a perfectly crafted album from a band that I am very excited to continue listening to, and I would implore you to do the same. With a brilliant post-surf sound and a perfectly relevant to their sound band name, Crooked Ghost is a band that I can get behind with zero uncertainty. They are absolutely brilliant.

 

Skeleton House will be released on limited edition 12″ vinyl on February 15. Order it on Bandcamp. It is also available now digitally across music stores and streaming platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.  

 

New Music Tuesday: California Hearse – California Hearse [EP]

 

On a very personal level, there is no sound that evokes such beautiful nostalgia for me than the thunderous guitar riffs overlaid by somewhat sweet, yet angry lyrics, that are consistent within a pop punk song. It has always been a sound that seems to only bring joy to my heart. And I have to admit, I don’t listen to it nearly as much as I should these days. But, sometimes, when I am feeling as though an energy boost from the past is all I need to recoup from these strange days, something wonderful passes through my inbox (actually or, maybe, metaphorically?) that makes you feel joy, if only just for 15 minutes or so. And that thing would be what I want to share with you all today. It’s California Hearse’s self-titled EP. And it is incredible.

California Hearse is a genuine pop punk band who make seriously good feeling tunes about subjects such as wasting your life away, dissecting broken hearts, convincing yourself that your not dying inside, and…surfing!  A line like “I gave my best years, to the worst things” from their track “Best Worst” probably sums it all up the best, and is 1 minute and 43 seconds of absolute brilliance that I simply could not stop repeating. And as a whole, this brilliant EP is an absolute delight from front to back, with a re-listenability that is almost unheard of these days. Although I will say that while California Hearse can produce a brilliant record, it is bloody apparent that this is a band that should definitely be experienced live and in person. Oh what a life it would be if I could simply have this record for the lull time in between seeing these cats rock out in person. There is absolutely no way that these guys couldn’t put on a hell of a show, based on their sound alone. So, if you find the chance to do so, I highly suggest you see them live. I understand that the will be playing at La Escalera Fest 7 in San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico this coming May. That might be a good place to start!

Seriously Folks, this is an absolutely amazing record, and it only feels like the beginning. Of course, we never know what the future may hold, but I feel a great deal of hope that we are going to be seeing a lot more from the rhythm section of Gentlemen Prefer Blood (who I am honestly unaware of personally, but what a cool fucking name, right?) that has decided to continue on creating their brilliant pop punk manifesto and graciously spewing their positive energy about negative things out into the world. This is great stuff Everyone! Enjoy!

 

 

You can find the EP now on Bandcamp and Spotify. Or to get you started, check out the single “Welcome Home” right here:

 

 

 

 

 

New Music Tuesday: Norman Salant: Always All Around You [Album]

Hello Folks! And welcome to our first (and hopefully many) addition of New Music Tuesday here at Trainwreck’d Society. And in keeping up with familiar fashion for the last decade of my career in discovering some pretty amazing tunes from the previous years, just days after publishing all of my “End of Year” lists already, wishing I had heard them just two weeks earlier! But alas, the brilliant sound has indeed been heard, and I am still so damn excited to share them with you.

So, no matter what the date says, I can definitely tell you that I have found absolute gold in Norman Salant’s amazing sophomore release, Always All Around You, as a singer/songwriter (and second in 2018 alone!) that is a beautiful and melodic folk masterpiece, if you dare say so myself. It is 10 brilliantly written tracks that evoke the power of nature, love, and the unyielding power of the world around us. If you were previously unaware of Salant’s work in this field, I simply cannot recommend this album enough. And I would also recommend checking out his previous 2018 album, Yodeling Goodbye, throwing them both on a playlist, and just mixing it up with the greatness that Norman was kind enough of offer up in 2018. It’s astoundingly enjoyable folk music, considering it came from the mind of a legendary figure in the electronic world. But, alas, art is and can be interpreted in so many different ways. And for some truly talented folks like Norman Salant, forms of expression are limitless!

I will admit that I was previous unaware of Norman Salant, or the immense amount of work he has been doing for over 30 years. It is most likely because he was working outside of my element as an electronic saxophonist. Although I was surprised to learn that he collaborated with the with the great Lynn Mabry at one point, which in retrospect, feels like an amazing experience that I need to check out! But nonetheless, without any prior knowledge of the man’s work or legacy, I am simply awestruck by the sound of Always All Around You. It’s hard to pinpoint a singular track that is special on its own, as the track list works best when played together, or in combination with his preivous album as I stated earlier. But, if I were to point out a couple of favorites, it would probably be “Grace (Love Song25)” and “Point Reyes”, which are reminiscent of those early Good Old War songs I fell love with a few years ago. Sweet. Melodic. And bursting with excitement yet remaining perfectly calm amongst the storm that is life spiraling around us.

It’s so good People! You have to check this one out. Plus, I’ve never steered you wrong in the past, right?

Always All Around You is available now wherever you buy and/or listen to music. Check out normansalant.com for details.