Posts Tagged ‘Rocklahoma’

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The bad ass rockers from New York, Nasty Habit that has released a music video for their song, Don’t Bring Me Down. These gusy have a rock and roll passion that is non stop. They have a high energy ’80s style rock sound that you will grab you when you first listen to their songs like Heart Breakin, Hip Shakin, Saturday Night, and Tripped.  Nasty Habit has Tommy Ende on lead vocals, Kenny Ende on guitar, David Jordan on drums, and Frankie Wheeler on bass. Check out the video here: 

When I first heard Nasty Habit, they completely renewed my faith in the younger generation to keep true rock and roll alive. Nasty Habit will make sure that Rock and Roll is here to stay! We will see if we can bring you another interview with them and find out more about what is in store for Nasty Habit in 2015! In case you missed our interview with them from last year, you can check it out here: Nasty Habit.

If you are in the New York area, make sure to not miss their show on December 12th at The Webster Hall. They will be opening for another of our favorite bands, Santa Cruz. For tickets and details visit here.

~ Crank it up, Marisol

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New York City based rockers, Tempt who made their debut earlier this year at Rocklahoma are set to release their new EP, Under My Skin on iTunes, Amazon and a physical CD. The EP was previously only available as a limited edition collectors item released for the band’s appearance at Rocklahoma where the pressing sold out. They will celebrate the official release on July 29th as they will be performing as support for one of my favorites, Tom Keifer at BB Kings in New York City. That is one show I wish I could make it out to!

Zach Allen, the19 year old lead singer of the group explained “we’re starting to get some radio play of other cuts beyond the single and fans want the EP.”  Harrison Marcello, guitarist added, “It’s great to start to hear guitar solos and up beat rock on the radio again!”  The band also stressed that the EP will not be available to streaming services. “We believe that our fans want to hold an album, see the credits and have more of an experience than a streaming service provides. We also believe that our fans want to support us and our music and they understand that streaming does not do that.”

I completely agree that holding a CD or downloading an entire EP is so much more important than streaming. In this day and age, buying a band’s EP or merch is the one sure way that you can truly show your support and we strongly encourage it!  We can’t wait to pick our copy up!

The band chose this show to coincide with the official release date because of their admiration of Tom Keifer. “We had the chance to see Tom perform at Rocklahoma and he is just incredible.” “Of Course we are huge fans and count Tom among our influences so being able to play with him is incredible”.

We will bring you our review of Under My Skin soon and can’t wait to catch Tempt out on a tour soon. We had the chance to interview Tempt earlier this year before they headed out to Rocklahoma. In case you missed it, you can check it out here:  Interview with Tempt.

The New York City based Tempt is Zach Allen (vocals), Harrison Marcello (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Zak Gross (bass, vocals), and Jimmi Kane (drums). Together these four are breathing the life back in to rock and roll with their big sound. Their music is highly guitar driven, up-tempo rock that will have you with your fist in the air and ready to party. 

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. You will be hearing a lot from this young promising band as they bring life back to straight up rock n roll!

~ Marisol

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Photo Credit: Eric T. White

Photo Credit: Eric T. White

 

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We recently brought you our coverage of Australian rockers Ragdoll as they performed last Saturday night at the Whisky a GoGo. You can read more about that night here: Ragdoll at Whisky A GoGo. They were in town to open for legendary rockers Skid Row and it was an awesome night and they put on a excellent set.  Ragdoll have returned to the the US in support of their upcoming release, Ragdoll Rewound which is a compilation of Ragdoll‘s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The album is set to release later this week on May 23rd.  This powerful trio are creating a strong rock and roll sound worthy of your attention. Ragdoll is Ryan Rafferty on Lead Vocals/Bass, Leon Todd on Guitar and Cam Barrett on Drums.

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Ragdoll has just released a fun animated comic style video for their song, Tell Me which you can find on their Ragdoll Rewind CD. Check out the vide3o here:

 

We had a chance to talk with Ragdoll after their set at the Whisky and take them around the Sunset Strip a shoot a couple fun photos. Check out our interview with Ragdoll

 

Ragdoll will be performing at Rocklahoma as well as other US Rewind Your Mind Tour Dates. Visit the Ragdoll website for a complete list of upcoming shows. Make sure to visit their social media sites, pick up your copy of Rewind Your Mind and stay tuned for more rock and roll from Ragdoll.

~ Marisol

 

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We recently brought you our coverage of Australian rockers Ragdoll as they performed last Saturday night at the Whisky a GoGo. You can read more about that night here: Ragdoll at Whisky A GoGo. They were in town to open for legendary rockers Skid Row and it was an awesome night and they put on a excellent set.  Ragdoll have returned to the the US in support of their upcoming release, Ragdoll Rewound which is a compilation of Ragdoll‘s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The album is set to release later this week on May 23rd.  This powerful trio are creating a strong rock and roll sound worthy of your attention. Ragdoll is Ryan Rafferty on Lead Vocals/Bass, Leon Todd on Guitar and Cam Barrett on Drums.

We had a chance to talk with Ragdoll after their set at the Whisky and take them around the Sunset Strip a shoot a couple fun photos. Check out our interview with Ragdoll and Rockin Ryan’s photos from the Sunset Strip: 

 

Ragdoll put on a solid rockin set filled with energy that had the crowd on their feet. It is great to see how a trio can create such a powerful sound and breathe fresh new life into rock and roll.  They all have great stage presence, with Leon jumping around and getting the crowd fired up, Ryan captivating the crowd with his vocals and Cam was spot on his precision drumming, all while the three of them were smiling at the crowd. You can really tell that these three love what they are doing and they are exactly where they belong; on the stage. Check out the slide show of photos by Rockin Ryan from their set (you can also check them out on Rockin’ Ryan’s Facebook Album)

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Ragdoll will be performing at Rocklahoma as well as other US Rewind Your Mind Tour Dates. Visit the Ragdoll website for a complete list of upcoming shows. Make sure to visit their social media sites, pick up your copy of Rewind Your Mind and stay tuned for more rock and roll from Ragdoll. I will leave you with some videos of their set at the Whisky.

~ Marisol

 

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Australia rockers Ragdoll have returned to the the US in support of their upcoming release, Ragdoll Rewound which is a compilation of Ragdoll‘s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The album is set to release later this week on May 23rd. The trio revisited the first EP and had it remixed and polished the way they had always wanted to hear it. Songs like “Foot to the Floor” sound leaner and meaner while “The Feeling” is even more epic! Any issues the band may have had with the original ‘Here Today’ master have been fully rectified here too; while the new master of “Tell Me” in particular is a lot more dynamic and more true to the original mix.

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Ragdoll is Ryan Rafferty on (lead vocals, bass), Leon Todd (guitar), and Cam Barrett (drums) and together they are creating a powerful strong rock and roll sound worthy of your attention. With an intense desire to inject new life into the music they love; Ragdoll‘s mission is to dismantle the sometimes tired genres of classic rock, hard rock and progressive rock and rebuild them, producing a modern hybrid that both transcends and revitalizes the traditional rock genres. What they have created is rock and roll at it’s finest and a big sound coming from these three.  They are set to perform at this year’s Rocklahoma and will be performing on their Rewind Your Mind Tour.

We were able to catch Ragdoll as they opened up for Skid Row at the legendary Whisky a GoGo this past Saturday. Ragdoll put on a solid rockin set filled with energy that had the crowd on their feet. It is great to see how a trio can create such a powerful sound and breathe fresh new life into rock and roll.  They all have great stage presence, with Leon jumping around and getting the crowd fired up, Ryan captivating the crowd with his vocals and Cam was spot on his precision drumming, all while the three of them were smiling at the crowd. You can really tell that these three love what they are doing and they are exactly where they belong; on the stage. Check out the slide show of photos by Rockin Ryan from their set (you can also check them out on Rockin’ Ryan’s Facebook Album)

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We had the opportunity to talk with Ragdoll right after their set and here is that interview:

 

Another highlight of the night was catching Dug Pinnick as he came down to check out Ragdoll. We interviewed Dug a couple months ago as we discussed his new band, KXM. Check it out here.

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They are currently out on their Rewind Your Mind Tour and catch them when they come to a venue near you. Check the upcoming dates below:

  • 5/20 Leon’s Lounge, Oklahoma City OK
  • 5/21 Undercurrent, Tulsa OK
  • 5/22 Rocklahoma Pre Party, Pryor OK
  • 5/25 Rocklahoma Festival, Pryor OK *w/Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and more*
  • 5/26 Uncercurrent, Tulsa OK
  • 5/27 Boobie Trap, Topeka KS
  • 5/29 The Drunken Skunk, Cheyenne WY
  • 5/30 Eck’s Saloon, Denver CO
  • 5/31 Ricky B’s Sports Pub, Windsor CO
  • 6/1 The Manfort, Durango CO
  • 6/2 Vault Nightclub, Alberquerque NM
  • 6/4 The Riot Room, Kansas City MO
  • 6/5 The Outland, Springfield MO
  • 6/6 Rock 3405 Kansas City MO
  • 6/7 Queen City Music Hall, Fort Worth TX
  • 6/8 RBC, Dallas TX
  • 6/13 Vamp’d, Las Vegas NV

These guys know how to rock and they have quite a busy schedule ahead of them as they explain,  “We’re returning to the USA in May and June to tour in support of ‘Ragdoll Rewound,’ and return to Rocklahoma for the third straight year. We’re doing twenty shows, starting in California, then the Midwest and culminating in Vegas. We’ll be rolling out a new music video and a whole new line of merchandise; everything from tee shirts and CD’s to condoms and slap bands! We’ll then return home for the Australian launch of the record before entering the studio to record the material we’ve prepared for our fourth all original studio release.” 

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay tuned for more rock and roll from Ragdoll. I will leave you with the video of my favorite song of theirs, All I Want. 

~ Marisol

 

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Rocklahoma is just a couple weeks away and with bands like Five Finger Death Punch, Twisted Sister, Kid Rock,Tom Kiefer, Jackyl and so many more it will be a weekend full of nonstop rock. We recently introduced you to the young new band, Tempt which will be making their debut at this year’s Rocklahoma. You can read more in our original post here.

The New York City based Tempt is Zach Allen (vocals), Harrison Marcello (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Zak Gross (bass, vocals), and Jimmi Kane (drums). Together these four are breathing the life back in to rock and roll with their big sound. Their music is highly guitar driven, up-tempo rock that will have you with your fist in the air and ready to party. 

Now it is time for you to get to know Tempt, we are pleased to bring you our interview with the band:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you guys so much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press! We are excited to hear that you will be hitting the stage at Rocklahoma. What are you most excited for?

Harrison: It’s only been about 10 months since our first show. It’s all been exciting. Many kids our age have never seen a rock show and when they see it they love it. Converting people into new fans of not just us but of rock music has been so exciting. Now I’m really psyched for the release of our EP and then album and our first tour and of course hitting the stage at ROK.

Zach: I’m excited to spend time with the guys on tour. I’m also looking forward to long van rides and hearing the endless stories from our FOH engineer, the legendary Nite Bob and continuing my Rock and Roll education!

Zak: I am most excited about hitting the road with the band for the 1st time.  I’m also very excited about seeing and hanging with all the great bands over the three day period at ROK.

Jimmi: I am most excited to play Rocklahoma as it’s been a dream to play. I cannot wait to make new fans as well.

Music Junkie Press:Have you ever been to Rocklahoma and this year the lineup is great, who are you most excited to see while you are there?

Harrison: This is our first year and we are super excited! I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone play, especially on our stage. There are a lot of great artists that will be playing on the Retrospect Records stage this year! I am hoping to also catch both Kix, and Tom Keifer as well! I’d like to thank Sammy McCaslin of Retrospect, AEG and everyone associated with ROK for the opportunity.

Zach: I’m absolutely thrilled to be playing Rocklahoma and getting a chance to play with all of the great bands this year is such an honor. I’m most excited for Twisted Sister, Black Label Society, and Skid Row.

Zak: I have never been to Rocklahoma and I can’t wait.  Looking forward to seeing the Deftones, Kix, Skid Row, Kill Devil Hill, Trivium, Extreme, Black Label Society, and Down.

 Jimmi: I have never been there. I am most excited to see bands like Pop Evil, Gemini Syndrome, Theory of a Deadman.

Music Junkie Press: How did Tempt form?

Harrison: Tempt originally started when Zach and I got together. We shared a similar interest and passion for rock music. We started writing together and things really took off. After we had written a bunch of music we got Zak Gross, and Jimmi Kane on board and finished off an album and started playing out in the summer of 2013!

Zach: Tempt formed when Harrison and I met through the magic of the Internet. I saw him doing guitar covers of classic Whitesnake songs and was completely blown away at how he nailed every bit of every song. We talked and met up a few weeks after that. He and I really hit it off; within weeks of knowing each other, we had already written about 12 songs together! I feel really fortunate to have met someone with his talent who shares the same love for rock n roll that I do! We knew we needed an amazing drummer, and I thought of Jimmi because I had seen him in some of my friends’ bands, and always wanted to play with him. We invited him down to rehearse with us and he brought a completely new energy and feel to the songs. After that first play together we knew we had our drummer. Finally, we needed a bass player, and Harrison called up his cousin Zak to play bass. Zak came down to a rehearsal with Harrison, Jimmi, and me, and Tempt was complete!

Music Junkie Press:You guys are very young and really are bringing back the old style 80’s rock, where did your rock and roll inspiration come from?

Harrison: I was always brought up on rock music, and have loved it my entire life. I originally got into 80’s rock when I was around the age of 13, and first heard Round and Round by Ratt on the radio. As someone who was just starting to take the guitar seriously hearing that song was a huge inspiration. I had never heard anything like that before. All of us are all really serious musicians, and we all have a passion for melodic rock, a genre that demands a high level of musicianship. Its fun, challenging, and we all get a kick out of playing it and listening to it! The 80’s were all about great songs and guitars. We’re using that as our starting point.

Zach: I’ve always listened to rock n’ roll, ever since I was young. I remember buying my first album when I was about 11 years old. It was Guns n’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction”, and to me it was (and still is) a masterpiece. It was so cool to hear Slash’s blazing guitars, and how every song was so catchy and easy to sing along to. Also, my mom would always play the Rolling Stones in the car nonstop when I was growing up, so rock n’ roll has been in my blood for a long time.

Zak: My inspiration for playing music started at a very young age.  I was always surrounded by music growing up.  My mother is a singer and my father is a bassist.

Jimmi: My inspiration came from drummers like Tommy Lee, Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Rob Affuso

Music Junkie Press: Did you start playing music at a young age?

Harrison: I originally started with the piano when I was very young. I played around with the guitar a little bit but didn’t seriously start playing until around the age of 12. The biggest thing for me was growing up in a very musical environment where I was exposed to all kinds of music. Anyone can learn how to play an instrument technically, but to be able to translate something more than just the notes takes a lot of listening and personal understanding of many different types of music.

Zach: Yes, I started taking piano lessons when I was four years old, and started singing when I was 6. I’ve always been extremely passionate about music, and was eager to learn from a young age. Then, when I was about 11, I picked up a guitar and taught myself how to play! Music’s been a huge part of my life since I could barely talk!

Zak: started taking piano lessons at age 9, and then when I was 10 I received my first bass guitar and pignose amplifier.  At age 11 I started playing electric guitar after discovering Jimi Hendrix.  I have continued playing various stringed instruments since.

Jimmi: Yes I started playing drums at the age of 4. My parents noticed me rocking on my rocking horse on beat to Michael Jackson’s Thriller album and the rest is history! I am self taught.

Music Junkie Press:Who are some of your favorite bands?

Harrison: When I first started listening to the genre of 80’s rock my favorite bands, and the most influential on my playing and songwriting were Ratt, Dokken, Europe, Bon Jovi, Winger, Whitesnake, etc. Even though I still love those bands today, over the past few years I’ve gotten much more into the sub genre of AOR. Listening to bands such as, Treat, Glory, Alien, Aviator, Bonfire, Dare, FM, Mark Free. The Scandinavian scene back in the late 80’s was great. A lot of awesome melodic music that has heavily influenced me came from there.

Zach: My favorite bands are Guns n’ Roses, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Motley Crue and Led Zeppelin. They’ve all inspired me in different ways!

Zak: Some of my favorite bands include, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, White, Lion, Blue Murder, Winger, and the list goes on and on.  My favorite new band is The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, and Mike Portnoy).

Jimmi: The Beatles, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Blink 182, The Used, Volbeat, Led Zepplin, The Who

Music Junkie Press: We understand that you will have a 4 song EP available at Rocklahoma, how about for all your fans who can’t make it out to the show, How can they get your music?

Harrison: Right now we have our single, Under My Skin, out and available! We completed 14 songs and worked with the amazing Michael Wagener on most of it. It truly is an entire album of rockin’ material. We are in the midst of trying to acquire a record deal and are talking to a few labels now, so hopefully we will be releasing the full album for everyone soon! We also will most likely make physical EPs available online or via Facebook. We can’t stress enough how important it is to take the time to go to Amazon or Itunes and purchase our single. Right now it is extremely difficult for guitar driven music to get distributed by major labels or to get played on the radio. Fans make a difference and it’s up to the fans to effect a change.

Zach: For our fans who will not be able to make it out to Rocklahoma this year, they can get our music on iTunes and Amazon. We’re strongly encouraging everyone to come out to Rocklahoma to get the special 4 song EP, but if they cannot, there are other ways to rock out to Tempt!

Music Junkie Press: If you could put together your dream lineup, what three bands (living or dead) would you want on the bill with you?

Harrison: Europe (with Kee Marcello), Whitesnake (original Whitensake album line up), and Alien!

Zach: Motley Crue, Guns n’ Roses (the original lineup, of course), Aerosmith

Zak: A dream lineup with Tempt would be White Lion, Blue Murder, and Whitesnake.

Jimmi: The Beatles, Motley Crue, Led Zepplin

Music Junkie Press: Your song Under My Skin is a great rockin track, can you tell me more about it?

Harrison: Under My Skin is just a simple uptempo rocker! It’s a fun song, and we love to play it. Originally it was in the key of E minor, but that was a little uncomfortable for Zach’s voice at the time so we dropped it down a major second to D, and it gave it an awesome sound with a little heavier vibe!

Zach: Thanks, I’m glad you like it! Under My Skin was the fourth song Harrison and I wrote together. He came up with the awesome verse riff and chorus, along with the chorus lyric and hook. I remember that he originally had thought the song should be in the key of E, but we talked about it and he ended up tuning his guitar to drop D. I came up with the idea for the verse lyrics when I thought back to a girl I knew in high school, who was a real pest, and I mean that in the best way possible. She crawled under my skin and stayed there for way too long, probably because I let her! I wrote the lyrics about my experience with her, and Under My Skin was born!

Music Junkie Press: Do you have any more shows planned? Maybe a West Coast tour, we would love to see you play on the Sunset Strip?

Harrison: We are touring out and back to Rocklahoma, and we have some shows lined up in NYC but that only takes us into June so who knows! Of course playing the strip would be amazing!

Zach: We have a lot of upcoming shows planned! Before and after Rocklahoma, we are playing gigs in Louisville, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Raleigh-Durham. We also have some gigs booked in New York City coming up. We are always looking to book more! While we do not have any West Coast dates booked, I know I can speak for all of us when I say we would love to play out there, especially on the Sunset Strip, where some of our favorite bands made a name for themselves. It’s always been a dream of mine to play a show in California, especially on Sunset Blvd! We will definitely be working on it!

Music Junkie Press: Lastly, what is something you would like to share with our audience?

Harrison: I think we covered a lot already! Stay tuned for the album, and go and buy our single!!!!!! It’s up to you to support the bands you like and to support rock music.

Zach: I would like to thank all the people who have supported us from the start, we would not be able to play these cool gigs like Rocklahoma if it weren’t for all of your support! In a world where rock music is not prevalent on the radio, it’s really refreshing to know that there are kids out there who still love rock music as much as we do! It is with your help that we will bring the rock music we all know and love back to the forefront, where it belongs! Stay tuned; we hope you join us on this crazy journey we’re embarking on!

Zak: Stay tuned for our full-length album and a lot to come from Tempt!

Jimmi: As you might be able to tell I love getting tattooed. I have over 50% of my body tattooed and plan on getting the rest tattooed in the near future. Every single tattoo on my body means something to me and tells quite a story. I’m like an open book! haha

 

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They will have available at the show a four song Rocklahoma collector’s EP sampler. To get you ready, they have released their bad ass track, Under My Skin on iTunes  or Amazon.  “We’re so thrilled that our record is finally mixed and mastered and we wanted to get one of the tracks out there for our fans. ‘Under My Skin’ represents our sound and we’re ready to hear our fans sing it at Rocklahoma”  You can check out the song here

 

They will be performing on the Retrospect Stage on Sunday May 25th at 4:20. You can get more details about Rocklahoma by visiting their website at www.rocklahoma.com  Make sure to also visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on the latest Tempt news.

~ Marisol

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Photo Credit: Eric T. White

Photo Credit: Eric T. White

Ragdoll

 

Australia rockers Ragdoll are returning to the US in support of their upcoming release, Ragdoll Rewound which is a compilation of Ragdoll‘s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The album is set to release on May 23rd. The trio revisited the first EP and had it remixed and polished the way they had always wanted to hear it. Songs like “Foot to the Floor” sound leaner and meaner while “The Feeling” is even more epic! Any issues the band may have had with the original ‘Here Today’ master have been fully rectified here too; while the new master of “Tell Me” in particular is a lot more dynamic and more true to the original mix.

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Ragdoll is Ryan Rafferty on (lead vocals, bass), Leon Todd (guitar), and Cam Barrett (drums) and together they are creating a powerful strong rock and roll sound worthy of your attention. With an intense desire to inject new life into the music they love; Ragdoll’s mission is to dismantle the sometimes tired genres of classic rock, hard rock and progressive rock and rebuild them, producing a modern hybrid that both transcends and revitalizes the traditional rock genres. What they have created is rock and roll at it’s finest and a big sound coming from these three.  They are set to perform at this year’s Rocklahoma and will be performing on their Rewind Your Mind Tour. Check them out below:

  • 5/16 San Souci, Ventura CA
  • 5/17 Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood CA *Supporting Skid Row*
  • 5/20 Leon’s Lounge, Oklahoma City OK
  • 5/21 Undercurrent, Tulsa OK
  • 5/22 Rocklahoma Pre Party, Pryor OK
  • 5/25 Rocklahoma Festival, Pryor OK *w/Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and more*
  • 5/26 Uncercurrent, Tulsa OK
  • 5/27 Boobie Trap, Topeka KS
  • 5/29 The Drunken Skunk, Cheyenne WY
  • 5/30 Eck’s Saloon, Denver CO
  • 5/31 Ricky B’s Sports Pub, Windsor CO
  • 6/1 The Manfort, Durango CO
  • 6/2 Vault Nightclub, Alberquerque NM
  • 6/4 The Riot Room, Kansas City MO
  • 6/5 The Outland, Springfield MO
  • 6/6 Rock 3405 Kansas City MO
  • 6/7 Queen City Music Hall, Fort Worth TX
  • 6/8 RBC, Dallas TX
  • 6/13 Vamp’d, Las Vegas NV

These guys know how to rock and they have quite a busy schedule ahead of them as they explain,  “We’re returning to the USA in May and June to tour in support of ‘Ragdoll Rewound,’ and return to Rocklahoma for the third straight year. We’re doing twenty shows, starting in California, then the Midwest and culminating in Vegas. We’ll be rolling out a new music video and a whole new line of merchandise; everything from tee shirts and CD’s to condoms and slap bands! We’ll then return home for the Australian launch of the record before entering the studio to record the material we’ve prepared for our fourth all original studio release.” 

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay tuned for more rock and roll from Ragdoll. I will leave you with the video of my favorite song of theirs, All I Want. 

~ Marisol

 

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Photo Credit: Eric T. White

Photo Credit: Eric T. White

Rocklahoma is less than a month a way and with bands like Five Finger Death Punch, Twisted Sister, Kid Rock,Tom Kiefer, Jackyl and so many more it will be a weekend full of nonstop rock. We wanted to bring to your attention a young new band, Tempt which will be making their debut at this year’s Rocklahoma.  These days with all the various genres and subgenres, straight up ROCK n ROLL  seems to get left behind or lost in the shuffle. This young band, Tempt is going to make sure that Rock is alive and well and they are going to keep it that way!

The New York City based Tempt is Zach Allen (vocals), Harrison Marcello (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Zak Gross (bass, vocals), and Jimmi Kane (drums). Together these four are breathing the life back in to rock and roll with their big sound. Their music is highly guitar driven, up-tempo rock that will have you with your fist in the air and ready to party. They will have available at the show a four song Rocklahoma collector’s EP sampler. To get you ready, they have released their bad ass track, Under My Skin on iTunes  or Amazon.  “We’re so thrilled that our record is finally mixed and mastered and we wanted to get one of the tracks out there for our fans. ‘Under My Skin’ represents our sound and we’re ready to hear our fans sing it at Rocklahoma”  You can check out the song here

 

The song just has that perfect feel good summer rock song that I miss. I really look forward to hearing more from these young rockers. We know that they are going to bring a high level of energetic rock to Rocklahoma. “We are ready to take Rocklahoma by storm and feed off the energy of some great rock fans,” says Tempt. “This is a great opportunity for us and we’re thankful to everyone at Rocklahoma for including us. It will be our one year anniversary of our first show when we hit Rocklahoma and it’s a great place to celebrate.”  

They will be performing on the Retrospect Stage on Sunday May 25th at 4:20. You can get more details about Rocklahoma by visiting their website at www.rocklahoma.com  Make sure to also visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on the latest Tempt news.  We will try and bring you an interview soon so you can get to know more about these talented rockers.

~ Marisol

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Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

I told you earlier this year about an incredible rock band from New York, Nasty Habit that has a rock and roll passion that is non stop. They have a high energy ’80s style rock sound that you will grab you when you first listen to their songs like Heart Breakin, Hip Shakin, Saturday Night, and Tripped.  Nasty Habit has Tommy Ende on lead vocals, Kenny Ende on guitar, David Jordan on drums, and Frankie Wheeler on bass.

When I first heard Nasty Habit, they completely renewed my faith in the younger generation to keep true rock and roll alive. Nasty Habit will make sure that Rock and Roll is here to stay! In order for this hard working, self funded, self managed band to continue putting out this KILLER ROCK n ROLL without a record label, they need your help! As you know from the past, I am a big believer and backer of bands utilizing the Kickstarter campaigns. Well, this time I want you to join me in supporting these rockers as they work to produce and make their next EP appropriately titled, “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures”. Head over to their  Kickstarter campaign page  and check out their video which talks more about it. 

Nasty Habit

In case you missed what we had to say about Nasty Habit earlier this year as well as our  interview with them, we are pleased to bring it to you here:

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They have my favorite sounds from the ’80s which I love. They kind of remind me of a mix of White Lion/Poison and with the groove of Bullet Boys! These guys are going to blow your mind away as you take a listen and think you are listening to an old reel left from an 80’s recording studio. They not only have the sound, but these guys rock the look as well. When I first saw them I thought they must have been dropped of by Marty McFly in his DeLorean as he plucked them from the Sunset Strip from 1985.  They are definitely a band that you will be hearing more of here in 2013 and don’t miss them at Rocklahoma 2013.

We had a chance to catch up with Nasty Habit for a quick interview. First we want you to check out one of their videos:

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Music Junkie Press: How did the band form?

David Jordan: Nasty Habit was formed in the earlier years in between 2009-2010. Kenny Ende, Tommy Ende and I (David Jordan) have been playing together for quite some time and it wasn’t too long after that we brought aboard this missing piece to our rhythm section, Frankie Wheeler.
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Music Junkie Press: What is your current album out and what can we expect from Nasty Habit in 2013?
David Jordan: Right now, we are scheduled for a North American tour from NYC – ROCKLAHOMA in May for the release of our self titled album, NASTY HABIT. Fans can expect for NH to be playing with band like Guns N Roses, Alice in Chains, Papa Roach, Bullet for my Valentine, and more to come soon!
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Music Junkie Press: Rig Rundown: Can you tell us about your favorite gear you like to play on tour?
David Jordan: oh sure, well we are big fans of vintage instrument for the simple fact they they aren’t made the same now! Kenny, my axe man, enjoys shredding Kramer guitars and Fender Strats while Frankie likes to play BC Rich. on the other hand, I play Ludwig drums that resonate for days and adds a whole other layer of thunder to the live show.
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Music Junkie Press: Do you have any favorite albums growing up that really influenced you to pursue your dream in music?
David Jordan: Everyone in the the band had grown up with a family full of musicians, and were always influenced by the daily living of loud music. Some of our favorite albums include bands like Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue, Van Halen II by Van Halen, and Boston’s self-titled. Nasty Habit became more than just a band to us; Nasty Habit became a life style and a way of  living.
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Music Junkie Press:  Who does the writing in the band or is there a particular writing process or song writing ritual?
Kenny Ende:   Usually either I’ll come up with the bulk of the songs instrumental movements and bring them to Tommy to get his opinion, or he will come up with some lyrics and vocal lines and bring them to me to get my opinion. From there we work together to flesh out the main gist of the song; we focus heavily on vocal melodies and harmonies while trying to keep the songs edgy. Once we feel we like where we’re going with the idea and have the main parts figured out we bring them to Frankie and David to figure out the lacking parts, they help Tommy and I arrange the different parts we’ve brought to them, then we practice it religiously until we are satisfied with it overall. We don’t write anything we cant preform in a live setting.
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Music Junkie Press:  How about your dream concert? If you could perform with three bands/artists living or dead, who would they be?
Frankie Wheeler: My dream concert would have to be performing with Led Zeppelin, Warrant and I know you said three bands but I can’t decide between Lynch Mob and Badlands because they are both SO DAMN GOOD, so I’m going to cheat and say both! As unrealistic as it is, that would be one hell of a concert.
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Music Junkie Press:  If you could go back and talk to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to your 14 year old self?
Tommy Ende:  In my particular case it would be mainly about singing! That’s the age that I transitioned from drumming to singing. As a 14 yr old I couldn’t get the Rock N’ Roll sound I wanted so I developed some bad vocal habits, too much of a clenched, gritty sound can be destructive. I’ve since improved on my technique, but if I could, I’d tell my 14 year old self to go take a couple professional lessons from the start and maybe if I could show myself how far I’ve come, it could probably be great inspiration.
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Music Junkie Press:  We are strong believers that music can heal your soul or just get you through the good and bad times. Do you recall a particular time in your life, where music saved you or help you heal?
Tommy Ende:  I’m not sure that I can exactly say its “healed me” or that I’ve used it to cope necessarily. I can definitely say that I use music in my everyday for a variety of reasons. A kick ass Hard Rock song can get me through a workout like nothing else. I can also use it as a means of expression, when you have a concept or fantasy, something that resonates in you, you can portray it creatively and effectively through song.
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Music Junkie Press:  If we could peak into your Ipod or Playlist, what would be the next three songs on shuffle?
David Jordan: Well lets find out together, let me take out my Spotify palylist here. OK, so the first 3 songs that come up are Lithium by Nirvana, Baba O’ Riley by The Who, and Hotter Than Hell by Airbourne. Some of my favorite tunes to listen too.
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Music Junkie Press: If you could take any song from any type of musical genre and remake it into a rock version, what song would it be?
Frankie Wheeler:  I’d say “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys. You could categorize this song under “rock” already, but I think it would be an awesome song to turn into “hard rock”. It has great melody and has a very uplifting sound to it. I just picture us juicing it up some and adding a little shredding here and there. It would sound KILLER!
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Music Junkie Press: With the 80’s making a comeback and all, if you could pick a song from the 80’s or 90’s to describe your life or be your anthem song, what would it be?
Frankie Wheeler:  There are so many answers to this question that my brain is overloading right now! I’d have to go with “We All Die Young” by Steelheart. It’s such a moving song to me.  It has a message that I strongly agree with; which is that you only get one life, so why would you want to spend your time sitting behind a desk doing paperwork or cashing people out at your local Wal-Mart? Get out there and take the risk! You know what you really want to be in life, so why don’t you be it?
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Music Junkie Press: If Nasty Habit was to become an ice cream flavor, what would it have and why?
Frankie Wheeler:   We’d probably end up being some kind of exotic flavor such as Bacon Maple. It’s not as mainstream as Chocolate or Vanilla and people tend to be afraid to try it, but most of the time they end up liking it a whole lot!
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Music Junkie Press: Anything that you would like our audience to know about Nasty Habit
 David Jordan:– YES! Nasty Habit will be on a North American tour May, 2013 so go to ww.nastyhaitkills.com/tour NOW and see if we are coming to your home town! Also, dont forget to say hello, we love talking with our fans personally. Feel free to contact us through any of our social networks..

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So what are you waiting for? Head over to their Kickstarter page and see how you can help in the  making of their new EP and keep ROCK n Roll ALIVE AND WELL!!

~ Crank it up, Marisol

Information & Links: 

David Jordan - Drums

David Jordan – Drums

Frank Wheeler - Bass

Frankie Wheeler – Bass

Kenny Ende - Guitar

Kenny Ende – Guitar

Tommy Ende - Vocals

Tommy Ende – Vocals

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Rocklahoma 2013 Band Feature

I have a great new Nasty Habit for you and it will ROCK your World! I am talking about four young guys from New York who are on a mission to bring back Rock and Roll. With their Rock and Roll passion prevalent throughout their rockin songs like “Heart Breakin, Hip Shakin”, “Saturday Night”, and ‘Tripped” it is no wonder they are a part of Rocklahoma 2013!  Nasty Habit has Tommy Ende on lead vocals, Kenny Ende on guitar, David Jordan on drums, and Frankie Wheeler on bass. When I hear a band like Nasty Habit, I completely renew my faith in the younger generation to keep true rock and roll alive. Nasty Habit will make sure that Rock and Roll is here to stay!

They have my favorite sounds from the ’80s which I love. They kind of remind me of a mix of White Lion/Poison and with the groove of Bullet Boys! These guys are going to blow your mind away as you take a listen and think you are listening to an old reel left from an 80’s recording studio. They not only have the sound, but these guys rock the look as well. When I first saw them I thought they must have been dropped of by Marty McFly in his DeLorean as he plucked them from the Sunset Strip from 1985.  They are definitely a band that you will be hearing more of here in 2013 and don’t miss them at Rocklahoma 2013.

We had a chance to catch up with Nasty Habit for a quick interview. First we want you to check out one of their videos:

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Music Junkie Press: How did the band form?

David Jordan: Nasty Habit was formed in the earlier years in between 2009-2010. Kenny Ende, Tommy Ende and I (David Jordan) have been playing together for quite some time and it wasn’t too long after that we brought aboard this missing piece to our rhythm section, Frankie Wheeler.
* * *
Music Junkie Press: What is your current album out and what can we expect from Nasty Habit in 2013?
David Jordan: Right now, we are scheduled for a North American tour from NYC – ROCKLAHOMA in May for the release of our self titled album, NASTY HABIT. Fans can expect for NH to be playing with band like Guns N Roses, Alice in Chains, Papa Roach, Bullet for my Valentine, and more to come soon!
* * *
Music Junkie Press: Rig Rundown: Can you tell us about your favorite gear you like to play on tour?
David Jordan: oh sure, well we are big fans of vintage instrument for the simple fact they they aren’t made the same now! Kenny, my axe man, enjoys shredding Kramer guitars and Fender Strats while Frankie likes to play BC Rich. on the other hand, I play Ludwig drums that resonate for days and adds a whole other layer of thunder to the live show.
* * *
Music Junkie Press: Do you have any favorite albums growing up that really influenced you to pursue your dream in music?
David Jordan: Everyone in the the band had grown up with a family full of musicians, and were always influenced by the daily living of loud music. Some of our favorite albums include bands like Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue, Van Halen II by Van Halen, and Boston’s self-titled. Nasty Habit became more than just a band to us; Nasty Habit became a life style and a way of  living.
* * *
Music Junkie Press:  Who does the writing in the band or is there a particular writing process or song writing ritual?
Kenny Ende:   Usually either I’ll come up with the bulk of the songs instrumental movements and bring them to Tommy to get his opinion, or he will come up with some lyrics and vocal lines and bring them to me to get my opinion. From there we work together to flesh out the main gist of the song; we focus heavily on vocal melodies and harmonies while trying to keep the songs edgy. Once we feel we like where we’re going with the idea and have the main parts figured out we bring them to Frankie and David to figure out the lacking parts, they help Tommy and I arrange the different parts we’ve brought to them, then we practice it religiously until we are satisfied with it overall. We don’t write anything we cant preform in a live setting.
* * *
Music Junkie Press:  How about your dream concert? If you could perform with three bands/artists living or dead, who would they be?
Frankie Wheeler: My dream concert would have to be performing with Led Zeppelin, Warrant and I know you said three bands but I can’t decide between Lynch Mob and Badlands because they are both SO DAMN GOOD, so I’m going to cheat and say both! As unrealistic as it is, that would be one hell of a concert.
* * *
Music Junkie Press:  If you could go back and talk to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to your 14 year old self?
Tommy Ende:  In my particular case it would be mainly about singing! That’s the age that I transitioned from drumming to singing. As a 14 yr old I couldn’t get the Rock N’ Roll sound I wanted so I developed some bad vocal habits, too much of a clenched, gritty sound can be destructive. I’ve since improved on my technique, but if I could, I’d tell my 14 year old self to go take a couple professional lessons from the start and maybe if I could show myself how far I’ve come, it could probably be great inspiration.
* * *
Music Junkie Press:  We are strong believers that music can heal your soul or just get you through the good and bad times. Do you recall a particular time in your life, where music saved you or help you heal?
Tommy Ende:  I’m not sure that I can exactly say its “healed me” or that I’ve used it to cope necessarily. I can definitely say that I use music in my everyday for a variety of reasons. A kick ass Hard Rock song can get me through a workout like nothing else. I can also use it as a means of expression, when you have a concept or fantasy, something that resonates in you, you can portray it creatively and effectively through song.
* * *
Music Junkie Press:  If we could peak into your Ipod or Playlist, what would be the next three songs on shuffle?
David Jordan: Well lets find out together, let me take out my Spotify palylist here. OK, so the first 3 songs that come up are Lithium by Nirvana, Baba O’ Riley by The Who, and Hotter Than Hell by Airbourne. Some of my favorite tunes to listen too.
* * *
Music Junkie Press: If you could take any song from any type of musical genre and remake it into a rock version, what song would it be?
Frankie Wheeler:  I’d say “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys. You could categorize this song under “rock” already, but I think it would be an awesome song to turn into “hard rock”. It has great melody and has a very uplifting sound to it. I just picture us juicing it up some and adding a little shredding here and there. It would sound KILLER!
* * *
Music Junkie Press: With the 80’s making a comeback and all, if you could pick a song from the 80’s or 90’s to describe your life or be your anthem song, what would it be?
Frankie Wheeler:  There are so many answers to this question that my brain is overloading right now! I’d have to go with “We All Die Young” by Steelheart. It’s such a moving song to me.  It has a message that I strongly agree with; which is that you only get one life, so why would you want to spend your time sitting behind a desk doing paperwork or cashing people out at your local Wal-Mart? Get out there and take the risk! You know what you really want to be in life, so why don’t you be it?
* * *
Music Junkie Press: If Nasty Habit was to become an ice cream flavor, what would it have and why?
Frankie Wheeler:   We’d probably end up being some kind of exotic flavor such as Bacon Maple. It’s not as mainstream as Chocolate or Vanilla and people tend to be afraid to try it, but most of the time they end up liking it a whole lot!
* * *
Music Junkie Press: Anything that you would like our audience to know about Nasty Habit
 David Jordan:– YES! Nasty Habit will be on a North American tour May, 2013 so go to ww.nastyhaitkills.com/tour NOW and see if we are coming to your home town! Also, dont forget to say hello, we love talking with our fans personally. Feel free to contact us through any of our social networks..

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So what are you waiting for? You should be heading over to their social media sites and see what they are up to. If you are in the New York area, make sure to head out to their show at THE GRAMERCY Theater on April 13th. They will be playing with another one of our favorite bands, CrashDiet.  Here is another video for you that will have you rockin in no time!

~ Crank it up, Marisol

Nasty Habit Information & Links:

Website:  www.nastyhabitkills.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nastyhabitkills

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nastyhabitkills

Instagram: instagram.com/nastyhabitkills

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/nastyhabitkills

Photograph credits for Vasiliy Images: Website: www.vasiliyimages.com and Twitter: www.twitter.com/Vasiliyimages

David Jordan - Drums

David Jordan – Drums

Frank Wheeler - Bass

Frankie Wheeler – Bass

Kenny Ende - Guitar

Kenny Ende – Guitar

Tommy Ende - Vocals

Tommy Ende – Vocals

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