This week Source of the Sound caught up with Anthony Armstrong of Red. Their 4th CD “Release the Panic” (due out February 5th, 2013). In addition to the discussion of the new CD, Anthony takes time to discuss the new collaboration with producer Howard Benson. Armstrong clarifies the Jasen Rauch’s involvement with the group and the writing process of Red. According to Armstrong, Red fans are voicing concerns in regard to the direction of the sound of “Release the Panic” and assures me that this is not a new direction as much as an evolution. Red can be found on the WinterJam 2013 tour currently rolling through March 2013.
Currently on tour with Halestorm, Source of the Sound caught up with In This Moment’s Maria Brink. With new found radio success with their latest CD “Blood” (Century Media), Maria discusses the track, the tour, the history….And if you’ve eve dreamed of jumping on a romantic cruise…you can make half of that happen with this year’s ShipRocked.
Through Noisecreep you can check out the new Drowning Pool single “Saturday Night” via the as yet untitled CD due out early 2013 from Eleven Seven Music. Check out the track here.
Last week, I had a few minutes to catch up with Clint Lowery of Sevendust and Call Me No One. As life manages to catch up with you and yours, sometimes it crashes into the world of the rock players too. While rescheduling might have been a better option…we went ahead with our conversation anyway…and in retrospect, with his talkin’ toddler in the back it was a bit refreshing.
Sevendust has just wrapped up a new CD tenatively called “Blackout The Sun”. We cover that in this conversation as well as Call Me No One, his producing projects and more. Check it here!
Short of a few slightly disturbing, and dementedly humorous posts on Facebook, the founding members of Drowning Pool have been quiet over the course of the last few months. Having wrapped up promotional touring for the self titled “Drowning Pool” CD, the only major news whispered came regarding the departure of their third front-man, Ryan McCombes. Rumors had swirled for a while prior to McCombes finally rejoining his former band SOiL in Europe, before he finally exited the band.
Then, they picked up a new guy, Jason Moreno…a hometown boy to fill the slot.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Drowning Pool’s loss of original front-man, Dave Williams. As a tribute, the band quietly released “In Memory of” to YouTube.
It’s been a good while since I spoke with anyone from the band….thought it might be time to check in. Turns out, the break with Ryan…not so rosy. The new guy, they love. And a new CD…could be closer than you think.
Interviewing Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Matt Sorum was actually exactly what I had imagined it to be. Having already interviewed Slash, and Duff McKagen I had a pretty good sense that Matt would reasonably be as laid back and friendly.
Kings of Chaos is another new side project. Already on his card he’s got performing rights with a half dozen bands including Guns N’Roses, Velvet Revolver, Camp Freddy, and The Cult and charity projects like Wounded Warriors and Little Kids Rock.
Our conversation covers the effort on the “Deep Purple:Re Machined”, induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Slash & Duff the authors, the future of Velvet Revolver, and his new efforts with Kings of Chaos. In two parts, check out the interview here.
Having just been banned by Houston’s alternative “The Buzz”, I found DeJesus to be a man of conviction and determination. He’s ready and willing to fight the good fight to make sure that hard rock isn’t lost in the new era of consolidated radio…and that’s a battle I’m happy to fight along side of him. The conversation explains the Houston eviction, as well as his determination, his band’s development, the state of rock radio and more.
If you have not yet checked out “Home School Valedictorian”, put your ears on it. Already “Sick”, “The Collapse”, and “Criticize” have taken rock radio by storm. I have a feeling’the next single “Alive” is about to make it’s mark as well.
Last week I had a chance to catch up with Kaz, frontman and founding member of Redlight King. This is a “first date” interview, which is a prime opportunity to get to know the basics on a fresh artist. While the CD “Something for the Pain” (Hollywood Records) has been out since June 28, 2011 fans are just now getting familar. This CD has already dropped “Old Man”, sampling Neil Young, “Bullet in My Hand”, and now “Comeback” which also appears on the “Marvels Avengers Motion Picture Soundtrack”. Getting to know Kaz, includes a bit of his history and a taste of what is to come. Catch Redlight King on this summer’s Rockstar Uproar Festival.
“Graveyard of Empires” is the latest CD from Evan’s Blue which dropped in April. The supporting tour kicked off last weekend and will most certainly continue through the end of 2012 into 2013. Dan Chandler, lead vocals, took some time to speak with me discussing the current lineup, the decision to pull away from the current industry model, touring, aliens, and much more. Check out the full interview here.