Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Things I Miss: Army of Anyone

I felt that with all the recent back and forth news between Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots, this was a perfect time to talk about a project I really did hope for more of, but was cut short.  While Weiland was off on touring the sophomore album of Velvet Revolver ("Libertad"), the remaining members of STP were working on their own projects since STP was on indefinite hiatus since 2003.

From those projects rose a four piece consisting of the DeLeo bothers (Dean & Robert), Richard Patrick of Filter, and Ray Luzier manning the drums.  Not a bad lineup so far right?  This is what it sounded like:

So basically the four guys got together, created an awesome album, and then went back to their respective projects.  DeLeo brothers rejoined Scott in STP, Patrick went back to Filter duties, and Ray (in a surprising move) took over drums for metal group Korn.  The self-titled album was released on November 14th, 2006 via The Firm Music.  Army of Anyone was cited as a main influence in the production of the album, but ultimately produced by legendary Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, KISS, Pink Floyd, Rob Stewart, Peter Gabriel, etc), and Ken Andrews (Beck, A Day To Remember, Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, etc) as mixing engineer.

(Album artwork courtesy of The Firm Music and Army of Anyone)

1. It Doesn't Seem to Matter 
2. Goodbye 
3. Generation 
4. A Better Place 
5. Non Stop 
6. Disappear 
7. Stop, Look and Listen 
8. Ain't Enough 
9. Father Figure 
10. Leave It 
11. This Wasn't Supposed to Happen

“Army of Anyone” meshes the musical influences of Stone Temple Pilots and Filter, but such an outcome should be easily determined. A softer approach than most of his work, Richard Patrick finds his vocal work a touch subtler than his abrasive-yet-melodic tone he features with Filter. Not to mention, he’s working in an environment that doesn’t utilize elements of industrial music (which Filter is partly classified into). The end result, when paired with the talents of the brothers DeLeo and Ray Luzier, comes across as a remarkable debut effort for the group. -Sputnik Music

So what about the possibility of a reunion or [dare I say it] a new album?  Well, it seems that some of the members are on board as well.  Apparently, they all stay in contact with each other and still discuss new tunes and touring plans.  A recent interview between Richard Patrick and Alternative Nation confirmed a lot rumors that could have been made about a reunion.

(Photo found at mail.msopr.com)

“All they need to do is get together, and make some music, and then at the very last minute I come in, and I sing over the top of it, and there you go.  Ray Luzier, Robert, and Dean are an amazing group of musicians who I hold in high regard.  I would have to say that Army of Anyone slowed my career down quite a bit because I went to rehab, and I was supposed to release a [Filter] record a couple years later.

Now Ray is building a studio, he’s been on tour with Korn for the last 6 years or so, he’s taking some of that money and making a big studio in Nashville.  The DeLeo brothers have their own studio, Robert has his in Southern California.  All they have to do is just make some killer music, and I come in at some point, I could probably just sing it at my house, and get in via the internet, and there you go.  It’s that easy, it’s up to them to get together and jam.  I would like to be there when they jam, [but] I really feel like it’s their music.  They should be the musicians, they’re all wonderful, amazing, musicians. I’ll just come in and color it up with some cool vocals, hopefully.  They all 3 definitely are talking, we’ve all had several e-mails about it back and forth to each other about doing it.  It’s like, ‘Okay, do it, I’m with you.'” - Patrick

I guess we will all just have to wait and see.  For now, I will be spinning this album over the next few days to reconnect with four amazing musicians.  Do we need to start a petition online to get these guys back in the studio.  With any hope, STP/Linkin Park/Filter's touring schedules will wind down in in end of 2015 and have some more free time for side projects.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Full Album Stream: Slaves - Through Art We Are All Equals

So one of the newest sections I created was "Full Album Streams".  Not only did this gave folks something to listen to when they are cruising the site (being that the original intention of this site was to acts as a hub to explore), but also a chance for people to explore new artists, new genres, and new albums before deciding to purchase them (also from links on AFGM's site).

Full album streams seem to be a new fad that a lot of internet savvy people are jumping on.  It can be in the form of a Soundcloud widget, a YouTube playlist, or even a single YouTube video.  This often gives record labels a chance to promote new artists and for people to subscribe to their social media pages.  So hopefully this provides you access to some new music, bands, and/or artists.  Cheers!

PS - Feel free to send us an email if you have any albums you think you should be on this list or a new one coming out we missed.  We're always listening!

(Artwork by AFGM.  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

"Through Art We Are All Equals" is the debut album by Sacramento, California's Slaves.  It was released on June 23rd, 2014 via Artery Records.  For this album, Slaves consisted of:

Jonny Craig - Lead vocals/Piano | Alex Lyman - Lead guitar 
Christopher Kim - Rhythm guitar | Jason Mays - Bass | Tai Wright - Percussion

Slaves is currently recording their sophomore album set for release sometime in 2015.  They will also be looking to replace Jason Mays and Christopher Kim as both have exited the group (currently being filled in by Colin Viera and Jonathan Wolfe).

(Album artwork courtesy of Slaves and Artery Records)

1. The Fire Down Below*
2. This Is You Throwing In the Towel
3. The Young And Beyond Reckless (Feat. Tyler Carter)
4. My Soul Is Empty And Full Of White Girls
5. Those Who Stand For Nothing Fall For Everything
6. The Hearts Of Our Young (Feat. Natalie Craig)
7. There Is Only One God And His Name Is Death*
8. The King And the Army That Stand Behind Him (Feat. Kyle Lucas)
10. The Upgrade Part II*
11. Starving For FRIENDS (Feat. Vic Fuentes)

(* = AFGM recommendations)

Like many other long-time fans, I was both excited and apprehensive for what Slaves would be. It’s safe to say that fans can rest easy with their debut release, and Craig seems to be committed to putting his time and energy into this new endeavor. Long time fans can also get a hint of the short-lived post-hardcore supergroup Isles and Glaciers with the guest vocals from Vic Fuentes in the track “Starving for Friends,” which is a nice little trip down memory lane. The album also involves strong guest vocals from Tyler Carter of Issues, Kyle Lucas and even Craig’s sister Natalie Craig. Craig has come a long way from his constant drug use and the infamous MacBook scandal of 2011, and it seems he’s finally found a sense of purpose in music again. -Mind Equals Blown

Review of Bush @ The Sound Academy (February 18th, 2015)

Is it sad or gratifying that I waited a good twenty years to see another legendary grunge band from the nineties?  Whether you are like me and have only gotten a glimpse of Bush once, or multiple times for those die hard fans, there is something encapsulating of Gavin's vocals soaring over hit singles from my youth.

The evening did not start off like I had hoped.  My post-day job festivities at a local pub proved to be in vain as I arrive at the venue without a cell phone.  Good start to the evening eh?  Regardless of losing something like a phone, I reminded myself that the phone can be found/replaced by the next day.  'But for now, there is a band in front of you that you have waited 20 years to see.  DO NOT F**K THIS UP!'  So that's just what I did.

Opening act Theory of a Deadman proved to be a dull momentum.  Not that I have an issue with their music, but someone in the sound department I think needed a few extra songs to get the tweak just right.  Overall, it wasn't the best performance of TOADM in my history of watching them live.  But that just made us more eager to hear the main headliners of the night.  BUSH!

The guys came out in as confident as they would have following a showstopping album like "Sixteen Stone".  From afar, the guys haven;t aged a day and the sound/vocals was top notch.  I remember debating the $50 ticket purchase when they initially went on sale.  Then had my girlfreid metaphorically slap me and said "It's Gavin and the guys from Bush.  How could you not?!"

(Random video footage of Bush @ The Sound Academy, February 18th, 2015)

The setlist for the night was:

1. The Sound of Winter
2. Bodies in Motion
3. Everything Zen
4. Greedy Fly
5. Man on the Run
6. The Chemicals Between Us
7. This House Is On Fire
8. The Only Way Out
9. Swallowed
10. Letting the Cables Sleep
11. The Gift
12. Just Like My Other Sins
13. Little Things

14. Machinehead
15. Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads cover)
16. Glycerine
17. Comedown

Gavin, you are more than welcome to visit Toronto again very soon and can assure you my friends and I will be back in full force losing our voices as we sing "I don't want to come back down from this cloud!"

(Random video footage of Bush @ The Sound Academy, February 18th, 2015)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Music Video Round Up For February 20th, 2015

Going through my playlist at the end of a work week is like the toast to the weekend; especially when you have been gone away on vacation for the past week with no contact with the outside world.  YouTube playlists and subscriptions coming out my ears so sometimes it's rather hard to follow each upload unless doing a round up such as this.  I hope this will make the starting of your weekend energetic, whether you are going into work or escaping from it.

Apologies in advance for those who loathe my video articles but there are just too many great clips out there to ignore.  So if you do not have the bandwidth to watch this video, then too bad!  Hahaha just kidding.

So for the slower connections just load the article, go for a coffee/glass of water, return, play and enjoy!  This will surely be one of my playlists for the end of the work day and hopefully doesn't keep your eyes glued to the screen for too long.  Cheers and happy Friday!

*Please click on the hyperlinks of each video to find out more about the artist and album releases.*

Alvita - Galaxy:

"Galaxy" is a new single from Alvita's collection.  The single was released on February 16th, 2015 via Oxygen/Spinnin Records.

Black Star Riders - Finest Hour:

"Finest Hour" is taken from BSR's upcoming album "The Killer Instinct", which will be released on February 20th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Drowning Pool - Soul from Sinner (13th Anniversary Deluxe Edition):

"Soul" is an unreleased track taken from Drowning Pool's re-issued album "Sinner (Unlucky 13 Edition)", which was released on November 11th, 2014 via The Bicycle Music Company/ Concord Records.

ERRA - Warrior:

"Warrior" is taken from ERRA's latest EP "Moments of Clarity", which was released on November 10th, 2014 via Sumerian Records.

Motionless In White - Break The Cycle:

AFGM: Motionless In White - Reincarnate

"Break The Cycle" is taken from MIW's latest album "Reincarnate", which was released on September 15th, 2014 via Fearless Records.

The Ghost Inside - Out of Control:

AFGM: The Ghost Inside - Dear Youth

"Out of Control" is taken from TGI's latest album "Dear Youth", which was released on November 17th, 2014 via Epitaph Records.

Down - Conjure:

"Conjure" is taken from Down's latest EP, "Down IV – Part Two", which was released on May 13th, 2014 via Down Records.

Deez Nutz - What's Good?:

"What's Good?" is taken from Deez Nuts' upcoming album "Word Is Bond", which will be released on April 21st, 2015 via Century Media Records.

CHON - Story:

"Story" is taken from CHON's latest album "Grow", which will be released on March 25th, 2015 via Sumerian Records.

The Francesco Artusato Project - Infinite Waves (Guitar Playthrough):

"Infinite Waves" is taken from FAP's latest album "Our Dying Sun", which was released on October 6th, 2014 via Sumerian Records.

Ice Nine Kills - Me, Myself & Hyde (Lyric Video):

"Me, Myself, & Hyde" is the self-titled track from I9K's latest album "Me, Myself, & Hyde", which was released sometime in 2015 via Outerloop Records.

Lee McKinney - Skylasher (Audio Only):

"Skylasher" is taken from Lee McKinney's upcoming album, which will be released sometime in early 2016 via Sumerian Records.