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Just last year, we featured Pushing The Sun on our 12 Days of Bands You Have To Know. In case you missed it, check it out here: Day 10 goes to Pushing The Sun. This is one band that really made an impression upon us from first seeing them perform at the Rockstar Uproar Festival in 2013. They are a heavy hard rock band fused with catchy melodies and emotionally driven lyrics. Their motto, Their motto, “We will light up your life, we have fire in our hands!” definitely rings true.

Last Friday, we headed to the historic Phoenix Theater to catch their set and as I mentioned with our coverage of Approaching Fiction, it tended to be a light night for the crowd. That in no way stopped Pushing the Sun from delivering their adrenaline fueled set. They took the stage and fiercely rocked the theater! Andrew Saman is captivating on vocals as he creates a strong connection delivering such emotion with each word. He is powerful yet vulnerable, he is heavy yet comforting, he is truly a passionate vocalist.

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Pushing the Sun was started by guitarist Billy Connally in 2012 after his successful instrumental album release, The Silent Canvas which was released through Steve Vai’s Digital Nations label.  Billy is an amazing guitarist as he takes you from blazing shred mode to soothing melodies and throws out some stellar riffs. Billy, Johann and Andrew effectively work the stage as they unleash their fettered energy.

A.J. on drums provides the solid beats and some bad ass double bass, complimented by the fluid basslines of Johann as his energy takes over the stage. Together they form the perfect foundation to fully rock! Another thing I love about Pushing the Sun is Neil on the keys. I really miss a band with keys, they always seem to lack that certain depth which is created by the keys.

This is one solid lineup and together these five are unstoppable. You can see and feel the cohesion in the band which easily transfers through their music as you join them on their musical journey. Check out photos by our Rockin Ryan from their set:

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We had the opportunity to talk with Pushing the Sun after their set and are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

Pushing the Sun are also one of the hardest working bands and are continuously adding shows to their schedule so make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date. They will be performing at the Sofa Street Fair in San Jose on September 14th and they have just announced they will be playing at the V103 Rockfest Festival in Sacramento on October 4th.

If you don’t already have it, make sure to pick up their full length album “House of Lights“, whom they worked withTim Narducci (Systematic & SpiralArms). The CD not only has well written songs, but they bring in catchy hooks and explosive riffs that will leave you begging for more.

So make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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One of our favorite rock bands,  Switchblade Serenade have announced several upcoming shows. We have featured Switchblade Serenade several times on Music Junkie Press and were also one of our Top 12 Bands You Have to Know.  If you are lucky enough to be in the East Coast area, I would suggest you drive, fly, walk or crawl your way to one of their shows. These young rockers are all about delivering full energetic rock with bad ass choruses, amazing guitar work and a hell of a fun time.  Check out the upcoming shows planned for Switchblade Serenade:

  • April 18th, Queens NY at Gussy’s
  • May 3rd, New Haven, CT at Cafe Nine with Prophets of Addiction
  • May 10th, Bristols CT at Bleachersew album

More dates are soon to be announced. If you haven’t heard of Switchblade Serenade then you best head over and pick up their new CD “Alive at Night”  which is available on Itunes here. HOT DAMN! It was definitely an album worth waiting for. It is a complete full on ROCK n ROLL  album that will soon become one of your favorites. Alive at Night” was produced, mixed, and mastered by Nick Bellmore (Drummer of Toxic Holocaust and Kingdom Of Sorrow) at Dexter’s Lab Recording Studio  The first song is the title track, “Alive at Night” and starts right off with their energetic rock, bad ass chorus and amazing guitar work. It is a great anthemic rock song. Check it out here set to photos and footage by Rockin Ryan of Switchblade Serenade from their trip to NAMM 2014 and Hollywood:

 

This album is definitely one of your MUST HAVES! One of the highlights off it is the single, “Who Are You?” Bassist Ed Mandevil told us more about the song, “The song is about asking the listener who they really are. There are so many fakes and phoneys out there and we’re a bit tire of it!”  The song has a bad ass bass intro, vocals are edgy yet mysterious, love the backing vocals, great guitar solo and rockin drums! Check out our full album review here. 

 

We also had a chance to chat a bit with Switchblade Serenade during their NAMM visit as they were busy checking out the new gear and doing interviews. We are pleased to bring you that interview here:

 

Switchblade Serenade is Austin Jaser on Guitar and Lead Vocals, Luke Barone on Drums and Vocals and Ed Mandevil on Bass and Vocals.  These three young guys bring a great big sound that you have to take notice of. They are from New Haven, CT and you can definitely feel their musical influences such as Skid Row, Guns n Roses and Motley Crue come to life in their tunes. Just the other day when I was interviewing Eddie Trunk of That Metal Show, as we discussed our favorite new bands, we made sure to mention to him Switchblade Serenade! You can catch that interview here (we mention them around the 9:00  minute mark)

~ Marisol

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Delta Rose

Delta Rose! That is the band that I am hoping that you already know by now. We featured them last year during our Golden Gods Awards Coverage, Warped Tour Featured band as well as them being our Day 5  of our 12 Days of Bands You Have to Know. So I am hoping you have been paying close attention and are already familiar with these bad ass rockers… Delta Rose!

These guys not only bring the old school rock and roll back to life with their young vibrant personalities but are also one of the hardest working bands on the scene.  They are not only busy playing shows all over Southern California but we even caught them performing at the Gibson booth during NAMM 2014.  They are an awesome band  that you can’t help but fall in love with them.

Last weekend, we headed down to see Delta Rose perform at Lara Gladstone’s Gutter n Grind event at the Troubadour. This would be the first time we were able to catch a full set from one of our favorite bands. Well, let me tell you, we have seen 26 bands perform since the first of the year, and Delta Rose just might take home our top honor of BEST PERFORMANCE FOR 2014! It is going to be really hard for a band to impress us as much as Delta Rose has.  They have an incredible energy, magnetic stage presence and they can ROCK!

Last year we brought you an interview with Delta Rose in front of The Viper Room and this time we got to catch up with the guys after their amazing performance at The Troubadour. Check it out here:

 

In case you haven’t watched their highly entertaining Epiphone videos, head over and check them out here:  Epiphone Vlogs here.  Also make sure to check out the KICK ASS Tribute Video that Rockin Ryan put together with footage and photos of their set at The Troubadour:

 

You can also check out a slide show of the photos of the night by Rockin Ryan:

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Now that I got you all revved up and ready to rock, head over to their social media sites and Like Em, Follow them, Buy Them, See them Live, etc. Also if you are in the SoCal area make sure to head out to their upcoming concerts and show them some Delta Rose love! You will definitely agree that they put on the Best Live Show. We are hoping that they take home LA Weekly’s top honors for Best Live Band in LA! Hope you all got those votes in!

~ Crank it Up, Marisol

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Delta Rose baby! That is the band that I am hoping that you already know by now. We featured them last year during our Golden Gods Awards Coverage, Warped Tour Featured band as well as them being our Day 5  of our 12 Days of Bands You Have to Know. So I am hoping you have been paying close attention and are already familiar with these bad ass rockers… Delta Rose!

These guys not only bring the old school rock and roll back to life with their young vibrant personalities but are also one of the hardest working bands on the scene.  They are not only busy playing shows all over Southern California but we even caught them performing at the Gibson booth during NAMM 2014.  They are an awesome band  that you can’t help but fall in love with them.

Delta Rose also keeps their fans up to date on their fun antics through their Epiphone Vlog that will have you cracking up every time. Here is their new one for you, “The Deal”:

 

Now that I have you hooked, you can head over and catch more of their Epiphone Vlogs here.  If you haven’t seen it before, make sure to check out our first interview we did with Delta Rose right out on the Sunset Strip before their show at The Viper Room for the Revolver Golden Gods Aftermath Party 2013.  You can check out the video interview here:

 

Now that I got you all revved up and ready to rock, head over to their social media sites and Like Em, Follow them, Buy Them, See them Live, etc. Also if you are in the SoCal area make sure to head out to their upcoming concerts and show them some Delta Rose love!

  • February 8th – Ireland’s 32
  • February 15th – Troubadour – Hollywood. Music Junkie Press will be heading down for this show, so let us know you are going and stop in and say Hi!

 

~ Crank it Up, Marisol

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Alive at Night

We have been anxiously awaiting the release of Rockers Switchblade Serenade new album, “Alive at Night”.  HOT DAMN! It was definitely an album worth waiting for. It is a complete full on ROCK n ROLL  album that will soon become one of your favorites. Alive at Night” was produced, mixed, and mastered by Nick Bellmore (Drummer of Toxic Holocaust and Kingdom Of Sorrow) at Dexter’s Lab Recording Studio  You can pick it up NOW  on Itunes here.

The first song is the title track, “Alive at Night” and starts right off with their energetic rock, bad ass chorus and amazing guitar work. It is a great anthemic rock song.

You also have their single we previously shared with you, “Who Are You?” Bassist Ed Mandevil told us more about the song, “The song is about asking the listener who they really are. There are so many fakes and phoneys out there and we’re a bit tire of it!”  The song has a bad ass bass intro, vocals are edgy yet mysterious, love the backing vocals, great guitar solo and rockin drums! Check it out again here:

Mouthful of Dirt has a slamming bassline that sets the perfect tone for the rockin song along with a catchy chorus.  You can’t help but rock out and we clearly all need more rock n roll in our lives!

Another favorite of mine is On The Run and has one of the coolest band chants reminiscent of 80’s style stadium chants. It has a sweet guitar solo and thunderous drums that deliver a kick. It FUCKIN ROCKS!!

Perfect Sin starts off with a Metallica style and feeds you a bit of thrash in there. It also features some devilish guitar tapping. I love that Switchblade Serenade can truly take a bit of all their musical influences and bring them to life perfectly in their own music. Check out the song here:

 

Drive Me Insane is another one that I can’t get out of my head. This song has an incredibly fierce guitar solo by Austin, along with  precision drumming and edgy vocals that bring this song to the forefront.

If you are like me and have been waiting for some old school rock n roll being brought to life by the new younger generation, then Axe to Grind is the answer to our prayers. I love the bad ass bassline by Ed during the smoking guitar solo. These three guys form together a big stadium rock sound that you have to hear!

Full Throttle takes it a bit heavier with some faster double bass drums as well as guitars on the intro. Luke on the drums is a madman on this song, excellent work!!! Once again, Austin treats you to an awesome solo.

Switchblade Serenade brings back the great Motley Crue/Ratt style intros in The Ritual that I miss. It almost has a darker edge to the song which gets highlighted by the deeper vocals. There is not a song on this album that I don’t love.

From start to finish, it is an album to have. It has catchy choruses, kick ass guitar solos, pounding drums, harmonic basslines, strong vocals, melodic chants, and everything you want in a rock n roll album. So get ready and pick up your copy on Itunes here.

Switchblade Serenade is Austin Jaser on Guitar and Lead Vocals, Luke Barone on Drums and Vocals and Ed Mandevil on Bass and Vocals.  These three young guys bring a great big sound that you have to take notice of. They are from New Haven, CT and you can definitely feel their musical influences such as Skid Row, Guns n Roses and Motley Crue come to life in their tunes.

Switchblade Serenade

~ Marisol

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Rockers Switchblade Serenade are only a couple weeks away from the release of their album, “Alive at Night”.  We can’t wait for it! We featured Switchblade Serenade as Day 6 on our 12 days of Bands You Have To Know.  These guys definitely have the rocker look and the talent to back it up! Their new album is going to have you hooked.

Bassist Ed Mandevil tells us more about their new single,  “Who are You?”. “The song is about asking the listener who they really are. There are so many fakes and phoneys out there and we’re a bit tire of it!”  The song has a bad ass bass intro, vocals are edgy yet mysterious, love the backing vocals, great guitar solo and rockin drums!  How about checking out the song before it’s January 10th release?? Check it out here!

 

Switchblade Serenade is Austin Jaser on Guitar and Lead Vocals, Luke Barone on Drums and Vocals and Ed Mandevil on Bass and Vocals.  These three young guys bring a great big sound that you have to take notice of. They are from New Haven, CT and you can definitely feel their musical influences such as Skid Row, Guns n Roses and Motley Crue come to life in their tunes.

Check out one of my other favorite songs by them, Switchblade Susie here:

 

So mark your calendars for January 10th so you can pick up the new album, “Alive at Night” which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Nick Bellmore (Drummer of Toxic Holocaust and Kingdom Of Sorrow) at Dexter’s Lab Recording Studio. Check out the amazing album artwork which was done by Halsey Swain. 

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~ Marisol

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Here we are on the final day of our 12 Days of bands you have to know. Our last days goes to one of hottest female fronted rock bands in Northern California and it is time everyone knows them! The band is Fair Struggle and they recently won Winner of the “Best Hard Rock Band” at the 2013 SAMMIES (Sacramento Area Music Awards). It is no surprise and I am sure they will continue to dominate the rock scene.

Fair Struggle is fronted by the powerful yet soulful voice of Meg Morrison. Meg reminds me of early Lzzy Hale.  Meg has been described as Sacramento’s “angry little sweetheart” and she is spectacular on stage. You have the awesome duo power of Ivan Parra and Wayne Burkett on Guirars. Miles Daniel lays down so slamming bass lines and Scott Garrett delivers his precision drumming.  Together, they have you READY TO ROCK!

Their single, Tear You Apart is top notch rock n roll and has you begging for more. You can check out their single, Tear You Apart which is available on Itunes  and check it out here.

 

They will be playing in Sacramento on January 10th and you can pick up tickets here. We are hoping to catch up with them at NAMM and would love to see them play during that week. It is time that everyone knows about this incredible rock band, Fair Struggle.  

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest  news. They are the band to watch out for so join us on their Rock n Roll ride. Also you can check out some of Rockin’ Ryan’s photos from the last time we saw them live.

~ Marisol

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A year ago I introduced you to Shotgun Harlot, and then we told you about their upcoming new EP, Crescent Moon, read post here. They are an incredible local band with a big sound that demands to be heard. They deliver down and dirty ROCK n ROLL that will have you raising your fists in the air, drink in the other and raising hell with friends!  We also featured an interview with lead singer, Dylan D. Waltz and you can read that post  here.

It is time that everyone gets to know and listen to this high energy, well crafted hard rock band.  Their EP Crescent Moon is set for a January release and they will be having an EP release party on January 4th, 2014 at Spancky’s in Cotati.  It is going to be a night full of rock-n-roll and will include special guests, Bad Boy Eddy and Pushing the Sun.  If you can, make sure to come out to this show! It will be nonstop rock.

Shotgun Harlot  have had some lineup changes and their EP Release Party will have you rockin with their new lineup; Dylan D. Waltz on Vocals, Greg Mills on Drums, Joe McIntyre on Bass, John Post on Guitar and Cliff Anderson on Guitar.

You have to check out their song, Crescent Moon which is the title track off their EP and it is a blazin tune:

 

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest information. Give them a like and tell them that you are ready for their ROCK n ROLL!!!!  I will leave you with another one of my favorite songs “Severed Wings” that has powerful vocals and some fierce guitars!

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

 

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Pushing The Sun

Day 10 of our 12 Days of Bands You Have to Know goes to the heavy melodic rock band, Pushing the Sun. Pushing the Sun is from the San Francisco Bay Area and they literally have exploded on to the music scene and have created quite a buzz. Their motto, “We will light up your life, we have fire in our hands!” definitely rings true.

Pushing the Sun was started by guitarist Billy Connally in 2012 after his successful instrumental album release, The Silent Canvas which was released through Steve Vai’s Digital Nations label.  The band has been doing gigs all over Northern California to include the opening slot for the Rockstar Uproar Festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater. They came right out and started the festival off with their high energy blazing hard rock.  Check out their video for their song “Tragic Love” which will have you hooked!

 

Pushing the Sun is Andrew Saman on Vocals, Billy Connally on Guitar, Johaan Hill on Bass,Neil Hagge on Keys, and A.J. Curtis on Drums. Their upcoming full length album “House of Lights”, whom they worked withTim Narducci (Systematic & SpiralArms) is set for a release in January 2014. We are excited to see what the new album has in store for us. Their music has not only well written songs but they bring in catchy hooks and explosive riffs that will leave you begging for more.

So make sure to visit their social media sites so you can get to know more about Pushing the Sun. Spread the word and tell your friends about this awesome new band.

~ Marisol

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Day 9 of our 12 Days of Bands You Have to Know goes to Road Crew from Santa Rosa. Road Crew maybe a local band but they have their eyes on the big Rock’n Roll prize.  They have a big sound that from the first time I heard them, I had my faith restored in music and now know that Rock n Roll will NEVER DIE!  You can read more about that first time here.

Road Crew delivers non stop adrenaline filled rock, high energy shows that will have you thinking you are back on the Sunset Strip in 1984. They are the true “adrenaline junkies”.  Check out a teaser for their upcoming video of “Lost”:

 

Nikki Scott is the rebel on vocals whose gritty voice you will soon fall in love with. He can not only sing the lows and hit the high notes.  Jakki Dee is the bass wielding wild man who is pounding out the bass and delivers some sweet backing vocals. Tommy Lee… No, I mean… Derrick (D-Rock) the madman on drums takes the energy level even higher as his thunderous drumming radiates from his Pearl set.   Earlier this year, Road Crew announced that Downey Orrick  will be taking over as Lead Guitarist and he fits in perfectly with the band and rocks the stage with his Gibson. All four of these guys have an adrenaline filled stage presence and even in the smallest  nightclubs, they put on a show as if they were playing stadiums.

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Road Crew is currently working on their new album and we asked Jakki about how it is going. Jakki told us that the new album, Adrenaline Jakki…. well, Jakki was hoping for that name. “Adrenaline Junkie” is in the final stages with finishing up backing vocals and then it is off to mix and master!  Jakki tells us about which track he most enjoys playing, “Wild Ones is my favorite because Downey sets it on fire and breathes new life into the track,a lot like the rest of the album.  Downey told us about his favorite songs to play off the album, “Wild One just because the rhythms are tight and it’s pretty catchy vocally. I like No Regrets a lot too because it’s got more of a spacier feeling to it which contrasts with the rest of the album”.  Jakki says,  “Expect a swift kick in the ass” with this new album.  We are all excited about it.

So now that you are excited, how about checking out a track off the album? Take a listen to their song, “Devil’s Smile” from their upcoming album. It will have you counting down to their new release. I will tell you that I had a chance to get a sneak peak and listen to the album and it is going to be amazing!!! Get ready to rock my friends and join the Road Crew!

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date with the latest Road Crew news.

 

~ Marisol

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