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TRIO OF MADNESS-Lost Time

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Well, it finally happened. After much anticipation, Trio Of Madness, the Somerville, New Jersey band, released Lost Time in March, 2017. Filled with 14 wonderfully looney tunes, the trio delivers a blend of psychedelic, surf, and progressive rock sounds, which merge into what can only be called “alien rock”. The album conjures up memories of my old arena rock days, with shades of King Crimson and Yes peering out from behind the wonderful melodies. There are different musical themes woven into songs by exciting changes and transitions. The album is guitar-centric, yet the rhythm section is a standout. Nick Charles’ solos and riffs deliver wonderful waves of melody, while Mike Wojik and Liz Gonzalez drive the music. There are cool effects, and I am certain I heard a bicycle horn. ‘Roswell‘ delivers a surf vibe which morphs into a sound that can best be described as The B-52s meet King Crimson, while ‘Birthquake‘ offers a psych’d out, funky, beach blanket bingo feel. At times it seems that the album is a free for all jam, but the music is brilliantly executed. This is an entertaining trip which, one can only hope, brings with it a safe return. And while the long term effects of listening to Trio Of Madness are, as of yet unknown, this is an insanely good time. Favorite tracks: ‘Lost Time‘; ‘Spaceships‘; ‘Showering At The Bates Motel‘;  ‘Mutant Song‘, with guest vocals by Geverend Dee. You really need to hear this. Play it loud, and remember to keep your eyes on the skies! You can listen and purchase Lost Time here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bruce Tunkel

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I started off with the intention of writing a review of Bruce Tunkel‘s latest release. Another New Jersey musician, I thought. I was sent several cds, and after listening to them, over and over again, I have discovered that Bruce Tunkel is not just another New Jersey musician.

The most recent release, 2017’s ‘Bittersweet‘, is a poignant look into the artist, filled with songs that deal with emotional upheaval, love, hope, and depression. There are wonderful melodies, accompanied by beautiful piano and powerfully soulful vocal tracks. The simplicity of using only piano and vocals, adds to the mood of the album, and touches the listener. The songs are well written, and to be honest, I really didn’t miss any additional instrumentation. The exception, “So Many Ways“, uses acoustic guitar and mandolin to exact the same emotions I felt in the other tracks. A brilliant release, one which you should get your hands on. You can check it out here.

We’ll Make It Up As We Go‘, a double cd released in 2015, is insanely good. A very different sound than that on ‘Bittersweet’, this album is filled with melodic Jersey rock songs, with influences as diverse as power-pop, country and blues infused throughout. I heard very cool guitar, organ, strings, and powerful vocals. The arrangements are dynamite, and I was unable to find a track I didn’t like. At times there is a familiarity to the album, and I can hear bits of Bon Jovi drifting in, only to become part of something bigger in the track. Wonderfully done. I only wish I had been aware of this album in 2015. Favorite tracks: ‘Losing Kind‘, ‘Drive Me Sane‘, ‘Dream Big‘,  and ‘Birthday Girl‘.Check it out here.

There was 1 project I was able to listen to, the 2017 release of The Susan Rumors debut album. A pop-rock-blues album that would be a dynamite addition to any collection. You can check out The Susan Rumors here: https://thesusanrumors.bandcamp.com/.

After my weekend spinning Bruce Tunkel cds, I have realized just what a talented artist he is. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, songwriter, and arranger, able to pull several genres and fuse them into one cohesive album. Wonderful stuff.

Jenny & The Felines-‘Don’t Judge Me’

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As a follow up to their 2013 album ‘Don’t Look Back‘, New Jersey’s Jenny & The Felines released the 9 track ‘Don’t Judge Me’ in March, 2017. 4 years in the making, and well worth the wait. Backed by a new clowder of cats, the disc is filled with catchy pop melodies, and is significantly more guitar focused. The songs are wonderfully written, encompassing influences from early 1960’s rock, country-blues, power pop, and rockabilly. There are memorable hooks, sweet harmonies, great changes, and way cool riffs.  The lyrics are brilliantly written, with no subject off limits, and I heard some incredible, yet subtle effects. Dynamite cat-pop! Get yourself invited to this feline fiesta, and pick up a copy. Favorite tracks: ‘Mrs. Pratt‘; ‘Jail Bird Johnny‘.

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MORE FROM THE EASY OUTS

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easyouts1Back in the studio, The Easy Outs continue to work on a new album. Set for release in late 2016 or early 2017, the quintessential New Jersey garage rockers are busy laying down tracks for a uniquely original album. Their sound, influenced by the likes of The Stooges, The New York Dolls, and The Ramones, has them receiving international radio play, and a deluge of interview requests. Follow them on facebook, and keep up to date on all gigs, and news. And watch for a new music video. The Easy Outs.

 

 

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GET TO KNOW THE EASY OUTS….

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easyoutsSince the release of their 2015 album, Desolate Row, New Jersey garage rockers, The Easy Outs, have been making quite a name for themselves. And rightfully so. With tracks that breathe life back into rock ‘n’ roll, and guest appearances on the album by the likes of Kurt Reil (The Grip Weeds), Dave DeSantos (The Grip Weeds, Secret Syde), and Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett, New York Dolls, Derringer), the band has earned some credibility. Forming in 2008, The Easy Outs released a self titled debut album in 2009, to some critical acclaim. In 2010, their single ‘Come On Come On’ was released, and appeared on ESPN NASCAR.  Desolate Row has been receiving regular airplay across the United States, Canada, and The Easy Out virus has most recently spread to Europe. This could very well become a world wide pandemic! One listen, and you will catch it! Currently the band has returned to the studio, recording tracks for their next album, to be released in 2017.

 

And so, after fielding requests for information about the band, and its members, it is time to get to know The Easy Outs.

 

easyouts30BRUCE FERGUSON—-Vocals

The singer/songwriter was born in New Jersey, with Rock ‘n’ Roll coursing through his veins, in 4/4 time. Bruce began his music career in 1986, with the band The Garden Insane. In 2001, he formed Trench, who released 2 albums to some critical acclaim. He appeared in the 2007 blockbuster film, Fans Anonymous, and was the vocalist for the New Jersey super group, The Satisfactors, with Kenny Aaronson, and Kurt Reil. The Satisfactors released an album in 2014. Bruce plans on releasing a solo project sometime in the future.

 

easyouts37JOHN DIVUOLO——-Bass/Backing Vocals

Another Jersey native, John was born into a musical family: His mother was a classically trained pianist, and his father, an A-Capella singer. John has been involved in the Jersey Shore cover band scene since 2001, and has played in several bands including The Cheap & Easy Band, The Stop Hear Band, Lode, and Slow Kids At Play. John joined The Easy Outs in 2012.

 

easyouts34PAUL LAMBERT——–Drums

Paul is a native of Brooklyn, New York, the son of a professional trumpet player, and began playing drums at age 15. His straight forward, hard hitting style allows him to lay down a rock solid rhythmic foundation for The Easy Outs. Who are we to argue?

 

easyouts36MIKE DEPASQUALE—-Guitar

Mike is Jersey born and bred, and began playing in bands while he was in High School. While playing covers, Mike secretly desired to play original music. A call from The Easy Outs made his dream come true, and the rest, well, is history.

 

easyouts33STEVE DEVITO———-Guitar

Another son of New Jersey, Steve began his venture into music by singing in church choirs while in elementary school. At age 18, Steve joined The Secret Syde, whose album Hidden Secrets received airplay on several college radio stations. Averaging over 100 live performances per year, Steve has shared the stage with Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Rick Danko (The Band), and Toy Caldwell (The Marshall Turker Band). He joined The Easy Outs in 2011.

 

Well, there they are. The Easy Outs!  If you don’t have a copy of BOTH of The Easy Outs albums, you can get them here. Do yourself, and your friends, and neighbors a favor. GET THE EASY OUTS HERE! And while you’re at it, you should probably pick up a way cool t shirt or 2.

 

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MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS

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silentassassinsNew Jersey native and bassist for Symphony X, Mike LePond released a solo album under the title, “Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins.” Mike wrote both the music and lyrics to the album. He has several guest musicians on the album, including “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (Testament), lead guitarist Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X) and vocalist Alan Tecchio (HADES, WATCHTOWER).

The album has 9 tracks and each one will make any metalhead remember why they fell in love with metal in the first place. Tecchio’s vocals are strong and you can hear he is in his element. The first track, “Apocalypse Rider” hits fast and doesn’t let up. The track is a hell of a way to start off an album. The listener knows they are in for a musical treat. Even the slower songs such as, “Masada” are powerful and silentassassins1do not have a hint of ever coming off soft. This is classic metal at its best without sounding dated. It is the type of album you listen to with headphones strapped on tight and lose yourself in a dangerous world. One can hear LePond’s influence in each song. One track, “Red Death” is obviously about the classic Edgar Allen Poe tale, “The Masque of the Red Death.” It fit the tone of the story and it sparked strong imagery in my mind as if I was witnessing the story first hand.

 

 

Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins” is a blistering journey through a dark landscape of madness. It is by far one of the better albums to have hit my eardrums in a long time. I hope to hear more solo work from Mike as you can tell he bares his soul onto this album.

 

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Joshmetal Figueroa, a Metal connoisseur, searches the galaxies, ferreting out the best Metal you may not have heard before. A New Jersey native, he left the button down world to travel through time and space, returning only long enough to share his discoveries.

 

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THE EASY OUTS-Desolate Row

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easyouts2The long awaited new album from New Jersey’s The Easy Outs, is just about here.  And, after listening to Desolate Row, set for a mid October release, it was well worth the wait.

The 12 tracks rock from beginning to end. Not just rock, but Jersey Rock. The kind of rock that hits you in the face, with wonderful riffs, great changes, and a kick ass rhythm section. Sounding like The Beatles meet The Ramones, Desolate Row blends wonderful melodies with unforgettable hooks and way cool harmonies, with high octane garage rock.  I hear great changes, cool drum shots, and some wonderful bass lines. Bruce Ferguson‘s vocals are exceptional, and Kurt Reil‘s production is right on!

 

 

easyoutsThe Easy Outs have struck gold. The sound is insanely full, but there are no gimmicks here, just straight ahead rock and roll. The kind of rock that you take on a road trip, top down as you barrel along some coastal highway! Desolate Row is simply a wild party, and you’re invited. You just need to get a copy, crank it up, and hold on tight! Definitely in contention for I Can’t Believe My Earz Album Of The Year for 2015!! Favorite tracks: “Good Old Days“, “Noreese“, “Can’t Remember A Thing“, and “Come On Come On“.

 

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