lundi 26 mai 2014

Crusaders of Love


Crusaders Of Love
"Is nothing sacred?" questioned the Lords of the New Church  30 years ago. The Crusaders of Love have kept the faith, their holy trinity: Powerpop, Glam and Rickenbacker! With "Sacred", the boys and girl from Lille, France,  release their best album (although the previous two albums are worth listening). The songs have become more efficient, the production has been enriched with always the same sense of catchy melody. In view of their video, those glitter kids loves the seventies but their powerpop is for today just like their cousins The Cry or the Biters. Crusaders of love took up arms for a European crusade to slay the unbelievers and convert undecided with great riffs and assasin beat. If you cross their road, do not hesitate to join the ranks of the believers! For others, Ghost Highway will soon release Sacred in transparent vinyl or download it on Bandcamp!
 Spring Tour 2014:
Mai 28 Orleans @ 5ème Avenue (w/ Prima Donna + White Ass)
Mai 29 Dijon @ Peniche Cancale (w/ Fuzzy Vox)
Mai 30 Lyon @ Toi Toi Le Zinc (w/ Fuzzy Vox)
Mai 31 Lausanne @ Base Bar (w/ Fuzzy Vox)
Juin 01 Chambery @ Brin de Zinc (w/ Fuzzy Vox)
Juin 03 Marseille @ Molotov
Juin 04 Castellon @ Four Seasons
Juin 05 HELP
Juin 06 Madrid @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
Juin 07 Valencia @ TBA
Juin 08 Zaragoza @ Pub Eccos (w/ The Corrigans)
Juin 10 Valladolid @ Black Pearl
Juin 11 Bordeaux @ El Chino (w/ Departure Kids)
Juin 12 Rennes @ Le Marquis de Sade
Juin 13 Saint Malo @ Le riff Magnétique (w/ Interstellar Overdrive)
Juin 14 Paris @ Espace B (w/ Youth Avoiders)

"Is nothing sacred ?" s'interrogeaient les Lords of the New Church il y a 30 ans. Les Crusaders of Love, eux, ont gardé la foi, leur sainte trinité : Powerpop, Glam et Rickenbacker! Avec "Sacred", les lillois nous offrent leur meilleur opus (même si les deux précédents albums valent aussi le détour). Les chansons ont gagné en efficacité, la production s'est enrichie, avec toujours ce même sens de la mélodie accrocheuse. Au vue de leur clip, ces glitter kids fantasment pas mal sur des seventies idéalisées mais leur powerpop est bien d'aujourd'hui à l'image de leurs cousins d'outre-atlantique The Cry ou Biters. Les croisés de l'amour ont repris les armes pour une croisade européenne, afin de pourfendre les mécréants et convertir les indécis à grand coups de riffs et de beat massacreurs. Si vous croisez leur chemin, n'hésitez pas à grossir les rangs des croyants! Les autres peuvent résever Sacred en vinyle transparent chez Ghost Highway ou le télécharger sur Bandcamp.


The Girls



The Girls



Need some more powerpop sensations ?? Here's the first album of The Girls, in fact 2 girls and 3 guys from Colombus Ohio. Founded in 2011 by guitarist Joey Blackheart from punk band the Gallows, bassist Big Nick and guitarist-singer Jessica Wabbit, the band also includes Ryan Viles and Bent from The Reacharounds and Raeghan Savage as background vocals and glamourous dancing tambourin girl! Jessica Wabbit was member of the family band Carson Drew with her father and sisters (one of them is the alt country singer Lydia Loveless). If you like the Gogo's, Wednesday Week or The Fastbacks, The Girls are for you. Power pop with much power and great female vocals, like the Sugar Stems but a kind of Sugar Stems who met each-others in a bikers'bar, if you see what I mean!! Jessica is a talentuous songwriter, writing songs about ex-boyfriends and broken hearts with great sincerity, songs like "Radio", Annie" or "Mesmerize" get straight into your head and stay there all the day! In a better world, "Keys to Your House" will hit the charts! Music keeps the best of 70's Powerpop, and 60's Beat, and never hesitates to get rougher ("Take your feelings and go"). Definitely, one of the best surprise of 2014!

Avec un nom pareil, on pourrait s'attendre à un girl-group mais à voir la dégaine de biker de Joey Blackheart (guitariste), on hésitera à le traiter de "fillette". Le groupe s'est en fait monté en 2011 autour de cet ancien vétéran punk et de Jessica Wabbit, petit bout de femme ayant déjà exercé son talent avec père et soeurs dans Carson Drew. Avec d'autres musicien de Colombus, Ohio, le combo à trouver sa formule définitive en 2011 avec l'ajoût de Raeghan Savage (Dead Girlfriends) au tambourin et choeurs, dont la dégaine destroy tranche avec celle tout en retenue de Jessica. Cet album autoproduit, en vinyle rouge, est une vrai bonne surprise, avec 11 titres de powerpop bien composés qui rappelle un peu des Sugar Stems un peu plus punchy ou les Fastbacks. Si vous n'êtes pas encore convaincu, The Girls reprennent le "Whole Wide World" de Wreckless Eric ! 

samedi 3 mai 2014

Mother's Children


Mother's Children

I've already told you about my favorite canadian band in February 2013, but the expected release of their new album imposes a wake-up call. With three albums, Mother's Children dig their furrow in power-pop style like the Cry! but less glam. References are obvious: us  pop of the late seventies (Paul Collins Beat, Sorrows, 20/20 ...), the kind of boys who cover "I like girls" of The Know, post-Blondie Gary Valentine's band! The album, their best to date, respectto the rules of the genre: no time-outs,  Telecaster  riffs, catchy melodies, hooks, nervous solos... The Children's Mother never let down . Of course, we think about Paul Collins or The Boys but the 4 guys are doing it with so much energy and such a pleasure that you'll get yours listening this great album.  "Lemon" is released on yellow vinylin Europe on Taken By Surprise.


Je vous avais déjà parlé de mes canadiens préférés en février 2013, mais la sortie attendue de leur nouvel opus impose une piqure de rappel. Avec trois albums au compteur, les Mother's Children creusent leur sillon dans un style power-pop pas très loin des Cry! mais en moins glam. Les références sont évidentes: la pop us énervée de la fin des seventies (Paul Collins Beat, Sorrows, 20/20...), le genre de garçons à reprendre le "I like girls" de The Know, le groupe post-Blondie de Gary Valentine! L'album, leur meilleur à ce jour,  ne dérogent pas à la règle du genre: pas de temps-morts, des riffs imparables à la Telecaster, des mélodies catchy. Les Mother's Children ne baissent jamais la garde. Bien sûr, on pensera à Paul Collins ou aux Boys mais les 4 garçons y mettent une telle énergie et un tel plaisir qu'il serait dommage de bouder le notre. Associant juste ce qu'il faut de douceur pop et d'acidité punchy, ce "Lemon" sort en Europe en vinyl jaune citron sur Taken By Surprise.


dimanche 20 avril 2014

Departure Kids



Departure Kids


 Coming from Marseille, France, Departure Kids are 4 kids, wearing beatles haircuts, Telecaster and Rickenbacker guitars, striped t-shirts and closed up collar shirts ... it necessarily evokes things to those who have experienced the power-pop of the late 70's ( Poppees , Nerves ... ) . However, the power-pop of those guys has enriched many other influences. After an EP and one split tape on wich, despite a low-fi production , one could guess energy to spare and a clear sense of composition ( " Gazing at the Moonshine " or " Hertattack " for example are far better than many new'garage tunes comin'out todays) ; they released on their own label Rat Pop a single with a good sound able to reveale their pop aspiration. The two small power-pop bombs on A side, " Oh Please " and " Whore Like You" could draw some tears to Big Star or Buzzcocks" fans. On the B side , they engage with a perilous but brillant exercise of r'n'r crooner. Since the release of the single , the Departure Kids tour much everywhere and have recorded an album that will undoubtedly be one of the great french rock realease of 2014!



Jusqu'ici Marseille n'avait guère briller par ses groupes de rock... les choses sont en train de changer notamment avec les Departure Kids, 4 minots de la cité phocéennes, arborant coupes beatles, telecaster et rickenbacker, t-shirts rayés et chemises fermées jusqu'au col... cela évoquera forcément des choses aux plus anciens ayant connu la vague power-pop de la fin des 70's (Poppees, Nerves ...). Cependant la power-pop des 4 marseillais s'est enrichie de nombreuses autres influences à la manière de celle des Mother's Children ou des Cute Lepers pour chercher des cousins d'outre atlantique. Après un EP et une splitK7 sur lequels, malgré une production encore bouillonne, on pouvait deviner une énergie à revendre et un sens de la composition évident ("Gazing at the Moonshine" ou "Hertattack" sont par exemple au dessus du lot des titres new-garage du moment); ils ont sorti sur leur propre label Rat Pop un single trois titres avec un son à la hauteur de leur aspiration pop. Les deux petites bombes power-pop de la face A "Oh Please" et "Whore Like You" pourrait bien arracher quelques larmes aux fans de Big Star ou des Buzzcocks. Sur la face B, ils se livrent avec classe à un perilleux exercice de  crooner funambule qui évoquera Pete Doherty aux plus jeune et la mémoire de Johnny Thunders aux plus anciens. Depuis la sortie du single, les Departure Kids tournent beaucoup un peu partout  et ont enregistré un album qui viendra sans doute s'ajouter à la liste des réussites du rock français cuvée 2014 (Fuzzy-Vox, Rivals ...).

dimanche 30 mars 2014

The Connection interview

Hey! Here's is the english version of Brad Marino's interview published in the french magazine Rock Hardi. Even if you don't speak french, buy it to get the CD with "Don't talk To My Baby" by the Connection.Click on cthe cover.

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http://rockhardi.blogspot.fr/p/commandes.html


Last year was quite prolific for The Connection, one of the best R'n'R combo of the moment. Started by the release of a compilation of rarities, it ended in Boston for a concert with the Real Kids and Nervous Eaters. Meanwhile,  The boys toured Europe and  released "Let It Rock", superb album without low time, not so common those days. It deserved that an assessment is done with Brad Marino, guitarist-singer.

 2013 was a fantastic year for you, 3 singles, a compilation, en album, plenty of concerts, what your most exciting souvenir?  
BRAD: Yes 2013 was quite a good year for The Connection. Our first "Full Length" album, our 2nd European Tour and we got to play with a lot of our favorite bands. Id say my favorite souvenir from it all is all the cool autographed concert posters/fliers I got.

What feedback did you have on "Let it Rock" in sales and in the media?
 BRAD: We have gotten some great feedback for "Let it Rock". Sales have been very good. It's almost out of print in America and it's done well in Europe. Also the Japan market has been very good as well. The reviews have been positive it seems like people are really digging it so we've been glad.
 There are only two years between "New England Newest Hit Makers" and "Let It Rock"Yet it seems this is not the same band? 
BRAD: Well I'm not sure what you mean by this. We have had a revolving cast of bass players and drummers thats true but The Connection will always be The Connection as long as it's me and Geoff. We started the band and write all the songs. If you mean that we've developed our sound- Yeah that too. "NENH" was more of a stripped down garage rock/64 Pop album and I think we've gotten to the point with songwriting that we can do all kinds of different types of songs. Which we both like to do. 
Let it rock" was released in the USA on Yum Yum, Ghost Highway in Europe and SP in Japan , "Today your lovetomorrow the world"
BRAD: Yes HAHA. Well we hope! We've toured Europe twice already and we would really like to do Japan sometime.
I read that you had an award for "Best Pop Band" at the Spotlight Awards. What's that
BRAD: Yes that's just a local paper here in Portsmouth, NH and we won "Best Pop Band" whatever that means. I guess we're a "pop band". Its nice to get some recognition in your hometown though.
In Europe you have played with and without keyboards, is the line-up fixed now?
 BRAD: Well we only sometimes-very rarely-play with keyboards. In the studio we use Kris Rodgers on all of our stuff. He's very busy doing his own songs as well as playing with many groups. He is a full time musician so he's not always available. In Europe this past tour we started the tour with someone for the first 2 Spanish dates but he turned out to be the biggest loser crybaby any of us have ever met. He starting acting crazy one night so we sent him packing back to America. We call it the "shame plane". He couldn't cut it on the road so we got rid of him. Only made it through 3 gigs. Never seen him since and hopefully will never see him again! We really don't need keyboards to play live. We've only ever had keyboards live about 10 times out of all the shows we've done in 2 years.
How was your European tour compared to last yearWhat are your best memories? 
BRAD: Europe is always a great time. People really care about music there and the shows are always packed. Everyone's really nice to us. We really appreciate the support everyone has for us over there. My best memory was probably our show at LOCO CLUB in VALENCIA SPAIN. That was a crazy night! One of the best shows we've had as a band. 
On the occasion of your visit to France you recorded 3 tracksHow did you find this plan and how ithappenedA chance to see this on vinyl
BRAD: Yes well we had a show get cancelled one day so we decided to make use of our time and booked studio time at WARM AUDIO in LEON(?) [Lyon] I think it was Leon anyways. We did a couple covers that were in our live set and a new original me and Geoff wrote in our hotel rooms along the way. It was a very cool experience to record in France. The 2 cover songs "The Kids are alright" and "First time"-The Boys will be on a very limited 5 inch vinyl on Ghost Highway Records sometime this year. 
There are also two excellent tunes of the New Trocaderos with Kurt Baker. Is this just a studio joke, a kind of "million dollars trio" or will you do gigs in this format? 
BRAD: This was just a studio thing only. A fan who became friend of ours Mike Chaney wrote the songs and asked us 3 to record them. They actually are cool songs and came out pretty good. It was fun to do it but I can't say that anything else will ever come of it. 
Brad, we did not know you were the New England's Ringo Star? 
BRAD: HAHA Yes I play a little drums. In another lifetime I was a drummer for an old band of mine. It was cool to play drums on a recording it had been about 6 years.
Geoff and  Bradyou came from the pop punk "lookout style" scene.  One has the impression that this scene turns around in circles for a while. What is your opinion on it? 
BRAD: Yeah growing up I fell in love with The Ramones which led me to all the Lookout Era bands cuz they sounded like the Ramones. I think the whole pop punk thing is pretty lame nowadays. There either a bunch of snobby brats or they are just too obsessed with The Ramones. They need to realize the Ramones were NOT a pop punk band. They were a rock n roll band and were influenced by Rock n Roll. I think the whole things pretty boring and lame quite frankly.
How was this Boston gig with the Real Kids and Nervous EatersHow was the audience? 
BRAD: That was a great show our best in Boston yet. We played really great and the crowd was really into us and it was a big crowd probably over 300 something people. It was a great time!
Bradyou told me about a possible recording with John FeliceIs it still relevant? Have you heard the new Real kids tapes? 
BRAD: Yes me and Geoff still talk and hangout with John at his place in Boston. We started working on some tunes but we've all been very busy so we have to get back on track and finish writing. There will be a CONNECTION with John Felice record someday though! John has played us the new album and it sounds great. It's like half new songs and half older songs from "Grown up Wrong" that were never recorded in a studio. I think it's great and people will like it.
You also played with the Groovies or Paul Colins Beat, do you get specialized in forgotten (not by everybody)  heroes of rock'n'roll
BRAD: Yes we played with The Flamin Groovies in November it was a blast. Really cool guys and a great band!  Paul is great too- we did his "Power Pop Fest 2" in 2013 as well. We've had a great year of shows all kind of great bands besides Real Kids/Nervous Eaters/Groovies/Paul we also played with Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and The Raiders/The Muffs and Dan Vapid and The Cheats. 
Among the new bands Wich ones did you have noticed in 2013
BRAD: Hmmm to be honest I haven't really heard any new bands lately. I'll say The New Trocaderos!
This year you had 3 songs nominated for the "coolest song of the world" in Little Steven's UndergroundGaragedid it made you reach a wider audience?
 BRAD: Yes it's always cool to get a "Coolest Song in the world". I think it's helped a bit probably not as much as we would wish but it's definitely turned some new people onto us I think. 
What are your good resolutions for 2014? and your wildest dreams? 
BRAD: My resolution was to not make one this year because I'd probably forget about it after a few days. But my goal for 2014 is to keep playing out. Hopefully do a west coast tour here in the states and get back to Europe or maybe even Japan who knows! And we've started to work on new songs for a new record so maybe by years end we will have the follow up to "Let it Rock" ready to go!
 RT for Rock Hardi