Tuesday, April 16, 2024

‘Audio Vertigo’: gnarly, naughty and their best since ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’


Phwoar – now there’s a word you never thought you’d see aimed at Elbow again, eh? Such a comforting and regular presence have the Manchester everymen become over the last 17 years since their triumphant Mercury Prize win for the monolithic ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, that to think of them conjures up images of Sunday roasts and Olympic victory montages. Alas, that ‘One Day Like This’ effect may have overwritten the public perception of the band’s more experimental nature.

From the trip-hoppy delights of debut ‘Asleep In The Back’, the weirdly wonderful art-rock of follow-up ‘Cast Of Thousands’, the proto-arena widescreen ‘Leaders Of The Free World’ and all of their many curious flourishes since, Elbow have never actually been the milquetoast ‘band you can introduce to your nan’. Now 10th album ‘Audio Vertigo’ is here to drop some spice on your pie and mash.

Earlier this year, frontman Guy Garvey warned us of an “inky” and “groove-based” record, leaning on their more alternative influences of punk and new wave, of Stiff Records and Afrika Bambaataa. Opener ‘Things I’ve Been Telling Myself For Years’ is a fitting taster of that palette: skittering and unpredictable, epic yet a little bit naughty. Then lead single ‘Lover’s Leap’ is horny – horny, horny, horny. A meandering bassline leads us into a rhythmic and boisterous ode to love and abandon; the graffiti on the park bench.


“Cool, really cool,” beams Garvey over an interlude glimpse of them stretching themselves in the studio, before he calls on his band to “give it fat wide wheels”. They oblige on the gnarly ‘Balu’ – where synths meet horns and a whole lot of attitude, like a marching band en route to hell as the frontman idiosyncratically paints a raunchy review: “You were the B of the bang of the binge / Til I split for a tryst with a rust belt girl with a Plantagenet fringe.”

Swedish fuzz rock outfit Guenna launch the pre-order for their debut album!


"Peak of Jin’Arrah"; the debut album by Guenna, can now be pre-ordered! Hailing from the southernmost part of Sweden, this 4 piece offers a thrilling take on fuzzy, progressive and heavy rock with vocal harmonies, perhaps described best by Nick Oliveri during a night when Guenna opened up for his band Stöner in Malmö; “Guenna sound like if YES played heavy stoner music, with all the harmonies and stuff. And I mean the good part of YES! It’s fucking rad!”

"Peak of Jin’Arrah" offers 8 new tracks recorded in Tambourine Studios, Malmö. The album is released on the 19th of April and will be available on 300 copies on black vinyl and 200 copies on transparent green vinyl. The album will also be available on most digital platforms.

“The completion of this album has been a much bigger project than we had initially prepared for and it has been clear that we have not done anything of this magnitude before. But FINALLY after many months of work, we now have a record that we are incredibly proud to be able to share.Though each member in the band has their own way of writing music and concepts for songs, we all have a shared affinity for adventure, sci-fi and the mythical unknown. That is something that heavily influences our creative process from beginning to end. Several songs has started as a concept before a single note has even been written. Ideas and musical motifs are usually written individually, presented infront of the band and then, as a group, we build, write, and arrange concepts, themes, and storys together."



Guenna are four guys who met when they studied music together in 2018/2019. After they all realized they miss cranking their amps and smashing the drumheads with raw power, Robert suggested starting a stoner band! While Robert were newly in love with stoner rock, his and Albin’s top three list of bands both included AC/DC and Black Sabbath, while Viktor and Oskar don’t even have a top list of bands, but some of their mutual favorite bands include Rush, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The result of their creativity and widely mixed influences became, to quote Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, QOTSA): “Guenna sound like if YES played heavy stoner music, with all the harmonies and stuff. And I mean the good part of YES! It’s fucking rad!”. Others say “Progressive Stoner Rock”.

While none of the members originally are from Malmö, Guenna is now based in Malmö, Sweden, the best geographically place in the country to connect with Europe. Guenna is ready to go intercontinental to share their art!


Psych Rock Trio HOWLIN' JAWS Drop New Video Single, 'Bewitched Me' via Sophomore LP "Half Asleep Half Awake"


Howlin' Jaws, the captivating psych-rock band hailing from Paris, is ready to take on the anglosphere with its classic '60s soundscapes and psychedelic vibes with their latest LP "Half Asleep Half Awake."

The band's latest single and video release, titled "Bewitched Me," lives up to its name with its spine-tingling, '60s overtones that sound like a Munster Family TV theme poking fun with The Beatles and The Kinks. Combining enchanting melodies with hypnotic visuals, Howlin' Jaws takes viewers on a hilariously spooky, surreal journey through a crystal ball via a sultry character casting spells on the Parisian trio as they navigate around the ensuing chaos.

Comprised of Djivan Abkarian on vocals and bass, Lucas Humbert on guitar, and Baptiste Leon on drums, this talented trio has created an album that serves as a consecration of their musical journey.

Recorded at Liam Watson's renowned Toe Rag Studios in London - known for producing acclaimed albums such as The White Stripes' "Elephant" - "Half Asleep Half Awake" showcases Howlin' Jaws pushing boundaries by infusing psychedelic phases and thunderous rhythmic signatures into each track. The band's evolution demonstrates a coming-of-age moment as they experiment with effects to flesh out their sound spectrum.

Already making waves nationally, the record was released last month in France to resounding acclaim from the press and fans alike. The album garnered attention from esteemed publications such as Rock & Folk and Rolling Stone France who featured them on their covers.

Standout tracks like "Lost Songs," "Mindreader," and the title track itself deliver captivating ballads brimming with powerful nostalgic emotions. Other songs such as "Mirror Mirror" showcase experimental elements like sitar-like guitars and vocals run through Leslie speakers for a vibrato effect. Drum and guitar solos are also infused with phaser effects to further elevate the sound spectrum.



According to the band: "Two years ago, we didn't think we'd be experimenting so much and incorporating so many effects into our music. But now it seems self-evident to use them to flesh out the sound spectrum."



The overall aesthetic of "Half Asleep Half Awake," from the AI-designed artwork to the sound, perfectly supports the album's themes of dreams, clairvoyance, incantations, and mysticism. In essence, this second album can be considered their own version of "Sgt. Pepper" - an album where chemistry and sonic experiments give birth to frenzy, wildness, and emotion.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Peggy Gou announces debut album, shares "1+1=11"


After nearly a decade releasing singles and DJ mixes, Peggy Gou has announced her debut album, I Hear You, which will be out June 7 via XL. The album includes Lenny Kravitz collab “I Believe in Love Again” and great 2023 single “(It Goes Like) Nanana,” as well as “All That,” which features Puerto Rican rapper Villano Antillano.

With the album announcement comes a new single, “1+1=11,” which closes I Hear You on a techno-powered note and comes with a video made by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The director says, “Sculpture and dance are both non-verbal languages. Sometimes in order to communicate, you simply have to move. That’s what happened when I first met Peggy. We were having lunch, talking about our shared interests in psychosonics, rhythm, and movement, and to show her the moves I was talking about, I stood up in the restaurant to dance. I was thrilled that she later asked me to dance on video for one of her upcoming releases and to develop the visual language for it. By bringing together dance — embodied exploration of space — with colourful shadows, lights, and mirrors, I was able to bring some of the key interests that have long shaped my art into an entirely new context. Working together has been rewarding and a lot of fun!”

Peggy Gou plays Coachella later this month and her 2024 schedule also includes festival appearances at Primavera Sound and Glastonbury. All dates are listed below.



I Hear You:
1. Your Art
2. Back to One
3. I Believe in Love Again (with Lenny Kravitz)
4. All That (feat. Villano Antillano)
5. (It Goes Like) Nanana
6. Lobster Telephone
7. Seoulsi Peggygou (서울시페기구)
8. I Go
9. Purple Horizon
10. 1+1=11

Peggy Gou – 2024 Tour Dates:
Apr 12 – Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA (Coachella)
Apr 19 – Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA (Coachella)
Apr 20 – Liv Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
May 17 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
May 29 – Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain (Primavera Sound)
Jun 1 – Bois De Vincennes, Paris, France
Jun 8 – Heaton Park, Manchester, UK
Jun 9 – Heaton Park, Manchester, UK
Jun 13 – Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland
Jun 21 – Parco Bussoladomani, Lido di Camaiore, Italy
Jun 26 – Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK (Glastonbury)
Jul 26 – Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan
Aug 17 – Gunnersbury Park, London, UK
Aug 22 – Daresbury Estate, Halton, UK
Aug 24 – Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast, UK
Aug 29 – Parque Da Belavista, Lisbon, Portugal

Sunny Day Real Estate Prepare To Celebrate ‘Diary’


Sunny Day Real Estate are just days away from beginning a 30th anniversary tour in support of their Sub Pop debut album, Diary, during which they will perform the hugely influential LP in its entirety.

The tour begins Wednesday (March 13) in Lawrence, Ks., and includes a special Spin day party event on the afternoon of March 16 in Austin, Tx. Numerous shows are sold out, leading to the addition of second nights in cities such as New York and Los Angeles. Sunny Day will also play three times at The Showbox in their Seattle hometown. Click here for tour ticket information.


Sunny Day Real Estate features original members Jeremy Enigk (vocals/guitar), Dan Hoerner (guitar/vocals) and William Goldsmith (drums). The live lineup is rounded out by bassist Chris Jordan, while multi-instrumentalists Greg Suran and Jason Narducy will alternate at various points during the itinerary.

In celebration of the tour, Sunny Day have recorded a live-in-the-studio, song-for-song rendition of Diary at Seattle’s famed London Bridge Studios. It will be released digitally and in a limited vinyl run of 3,000 copies on May 3, and vinyl will also be available at the upcoming shows. Click here to pre-order.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Jeff Lake’s “AMERICANA IN NYC” Debuts at The Cutting Room


Jeff Lake’s “AMERICANA IN NYC”, a new series of concerts featuring local & national artists each doing a 30-45 minute set of Americana roots music, will be premiering at The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd Street in New York City on Wednesday, May 1. Doors open at 6pm, performances begin at 7pm.

Tickets: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/americana-in-ny/593955?afflky=TheCuttingRoom

The show on May 1 also includes an All Star Jam including members of the Billy Joel “Movin’ Out” Band, as well as the Dennis DeYoung Band (Styx).

It’s a literal mini music festival offering 5 hours of music (7pm to 12am) for an all-inclusive ticket price of $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door.





The lineup includes the following Artists:


7pm - Emma Claye

Emma Claye is a New York City based actress, singer, and songwriter. She has been seen in campaigns for Imperfect Foods and Maybelline New York and previously performed on tour in Hamilton. Her music, featured in Medium and Disrupt Magazine, is genre-fluid but rooted in soul and available on all streaming platforms.


7:45pm - Mark Newman

Mark Newman is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - guitar, lap steel, mandolin, dobro. He has shared the stage with such notables as soul legend Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), John Oates (Hall & Oates), Jim McCarty (Yardbirds), the late Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille), Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominoes) and Sam The Sham. His four album releases - “Must Be A Pony” (2006), “Walls Of Jericho” (2010), “Brussels” (2015), and “Empirical Truth” (2018) are available on all streaming platforms.


8:30pm - Jeff Lake

Jeff Lake’s debut album “Midnight Sun” has inched up the Americana AMA chart over the last three months, reaching a peak position of #100. With over 135 radio stations playing his music nationwide, the title-track single currently sits at #118 on Music Row. Jeff combines elements of folk, bluegrass & rock to form his own brand of Country Fried Rock.


9:15pm - Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos

Chris Berardo has spent the last several years touring the country, playing shows with the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, The Marshall Tucker Band, Reckless Kelly, America and Three Dog Night. His fourth album, “Wilder All The Time” is due to be released on Blue Elan Records later this year. Date tbd. Chris will be joined on stage by his full band including brother Marc Douglas Berardo on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Bill Kelly on electric guitar, mandola and vocals.


10:00pm - Special Guest Jam featuring:

Jim Leahy - guitar (Dennis DeYoung/ Styx)

Dave Anthony - drums (Dennis DeYoung/ Styx)

Darin Brown - piano (Enrique Iglesias, Willie DeVille)

Deni Bonet - violin (Cyndi Lauper)

Mark Newman - guitar (John Oates, Willie DeVille)

+ Members of the Billy Joel “Movin’ Out” band



Watch Anna Tivel's video for "Bluebird" off upcoming LP 'Living Thing'


Portland, OR singer/songwriter Anna Tivel will release her sixth album, Living Thing, on May 31 via Fluff & Gravy Records (pre-order). It was made with longtime collaborator (and Bon Iver-approved musician) Shane Leonard, and written during the turbulent year of 2020. “I wrote feverishly in the strange chaos of that year, suddenly out of work and attempting to understand the shifting human fabric, the depth of desperation and the overwhelming tenacity of spirit,” Anna says. “The resulting songs felt rhythmic and vital, with more melody and soaring chorus than I’ve explored in the past.”

Following the folky lead single “Disposable Camera,” we’re now premiering second single “Bluebird,” which finds Anna channelling sweeping, classic pop balladry. “‘Bluebird’ is a song about hope, about the beautifully flawed, fundamentally human way we reach toward something better – forward and backward all at once, chaotic, painful, profound,” she says. “I wrote it after a summer of unrest, isolation, and thick wildfire smoke. My city, the whole country, the world – it all felt alarmingly silent and utterly deafening. History so close you could taste it. The future an unknown expanse lit up in eternal change.”

About the video, Anna adds, “The video is archival footage from old and recent protests around the world. And also this strange alien future dance sequence I found. We made a projector reel of the footage and put it up on a bunch of white sheets hung in an old empty office space. I’m moving through those scenes from the past and also out in front of it, just the blue light of the future still unformed…the past will break your heart but the future hasn’t been told yet and we forever see it lit up better in our minds…is the general idea :)” 




2024 Tour Dates:

April 4 — Bluebird Theater — Denver, CO
April 5 — Armory Event Center — Fort Collins, CO
April 6 — The Commonwealth Room — South Salt Lake, UT
April 7 — El Korah Shrine — Boise, ID

Friday, April 5, 2024

Pearl Jam ‘Heavy’ New Album In 2024 Revealed


Pearl Jam’s guitarist, Mike Mccready, recently dished out details on the band’s upcoming album, promising a musical experience that defies expectations. The follow-up to 2020’s “Gigaton,” produced by the acclaimed Andrew Watt—known for his work with Eddie Vedder on the Pearl Jam singer’s 2022 solo LP “earthling”—is said to pack a heavier punch than fans might anticipate.

In a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, McCready shared insights into their collaboration with Watt, a multi-Grammy-winning producer with an extensive portfolio that includes working with artists like Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne, and The Rolling Stones. According to McCready, Watt’s influence in the studio was transformative, pushing the band to stay focused, play with intensity, and churn out songs at an unprecedented pace. Unlike the prolonged process for “Gigaton,” the upcoming album came together swiftly under Watt’s guidance.

As for the musical direction, McCready revealed that the new material is a departure from the norm, carrying the melodic energy reminiscent of the band’s early works. He emphasized Watt’s role in encouraging them to play harder and with more thoughtfulness than they have in a long time. Additionally, McCready hinted at a return to a more prominent lead guitar role for himself, drawing parallels to his earlier work with Chris Cornell and Temple of the Dog.

Discussing the impact of current events on Eddie Vedder, the band’s lead singer, McCready acknowledged Vedder’s longstanding activism and advocacy for political causes. In the guitarist’s words, Vedder has always been aware of societal issues and has been a vocal supporter of the underdog. McCready expressed the band’s commitment to being proactive, solution-oriented, and advocating for positive change.

In a broader context, McCready shared his thoughts on the potential ups and downs of 2024, expressing concerns about a potential re-election of Donald Trump. However, he also highlighted the importance of unity, compassion, environmental responsibility, and the rejection of racism and ignorance as essential elements for a better world.

Reflecting on their collaboration with Andrew Watt, McCready praised the producer’s energy, youthfulness, and keen ear. Watt’s ability to challenge the band and inject fresh perspectives into their established dynamics proved to be a vital catalyst for creativity.

As pearl jam gears up for the release of their forthcoming album, “Saviors,” on January 19 via Warner/Reprise, fans can anticipate a sonic evolution and a continued exploration of the band’s musical prowess. The collective efforts of the band members, united under the guidance of Andrew Watt, promise to deliver an album that captures the essence of their journey while pushing the boundaries of their sound.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Brooke Moriber to Release Single “More Love” and Perform Select Shows in Nashville, New York and Napa Valley


Former Broadway star and current Reviver Records Country music sensation Brooke Moriber’s brand new single “More Love” will be available Fri April 19th on all the major music services. Pre-save here!

More Love is a song for this moment - reminding us what we can do together if we just open our hearts. It’s an anthem that demands that we not only recognize how similar we all are but also that we can love each other for our differences


We need more love, Maybe more than ever,

We need more us, Coming back together

More of what we’re here to do,

This crazy world is living proof

We need more - More Love!



Watch this breakout artist perform her poignant new track and many of her previous hits including “Half a Heart”, “Little Bit Of You”, and “This Town Made Us” live at stops across the country in April and May 2024 at select special events.

First on Saturday, Apr 6th, Brooke plays as part of the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival at Commodore Grille located at 2613 West End Ave in Nashville. The show also features friends Bill DiLuigi, The Heels, Mark Narmore and Jude Toy. The 32nd annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival is happening from April 2nd - 6th, featuring over four hundred songwriters spanning multiple genres at ten venues across Music City.



On Friday April 12th, she’s at Industry Makers, 344 New York Ave in Huntington, Long Island NY for Maxwell’s LI Bandstand, where she will celebrate the release of “More Love” with support from New York’s My Country 96.1.



Brooke will also appear at Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC), happening April 23rd - 25th, 2024 in Napa Valley, CA. The 2024 LITVGC lineup also includes Scotty McCreery, Rodney Atkins, Sara Evans, Drew Baldridge, Laura Bryna, Anderson Daniels, Wesley Dean, The Dryes, ERNEST, Larry Fleet, Elliot Greer, Kelsey Hart, Scotty Hasting, Levi Hummon, LoCash, MacKenzie Porter, Charly Reynolds, Lily Rose, Runaway June, Hailey Whitters with more to be announced. LITVGC pairs exclusive access to today’s hottest country artists with Napa Valley’s celebrated winemakers and world-renowned chefs during an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime event. Since its formation, the event has featured performances by Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne and many more.



Then Saturday May 11th, Brooke Moriber and friends return once again to the legendary The Bitter End on Bleecker Street in NYC for the third installment of new bi-monthly Songwriters in the Round series “Nashville in New York (NINY)”. The New York native and current Nashville resident will host and perform at this intimate acoustic storytellers style performance event, also featuring songwriter Emily Shackelton, Victoria Banks and more. Previous NINY shows have showcased the talents of Jeff Cohen, Kara DioGuardi, Ian Flanigan, Toby Lightman, members of the 615 Collective (which includes tunesmiths Aaron Goodvin, Sarah Darling, Michael Logen and Nicole Witt), and Jon Stone.

Brooke is also planning a return to this year’s Montauk Music Festival, happening May 16th - 19th in Montauk, New York. Details to be announced.



Brooke Moriber is a singer/songwriter and native New Yorker who has paved an unconventional path for herself in Country music. After getting her start at a young age professionally performing on Broadway, Brooke turned to songwriting as a teenager to cope with losing her eyesight to a rare eye disease. When the disease went into remission after a difficult four years, Brooke began traveling to Nashville to tell her own stories. Praised for her “clarion voice” (Associated press), she went on to release her first single “Cry Like A Girl” independently in 2019 and later signed with Nashville’s Reviver Records.

Brooke's music has been featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Country (Little Bit of You, Half A Heart, Down to Nothing) and Country Christmas playlists (All I Want for Christmas is You), Sirius XM's Velvet, CMT online, Music Choice Network and the Music Row Country Breakout radio chart. Hailed as a "stellar songwriter and a powerhouse vocalist" (Country Swag) and a "force to be reckoned with in Country music" (Celeb Secrets Country), Brooke recently released a self-titled album and launched "Nashville in New York", a series of Nashville style songwriters' rounds sponsored by Music Choice Network bringing some of country music's top talents to the iconic Bitter End in her hometown New York City.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The Staple Singers New Live Album Africa 80 To Be Released


Omnivore Recordings has announced a new live record from The Staple Singers, Africa 80, which features performances from their first ever tour in Africa. The album will be released on CD and Digital on May 10.

The Staple Singers emerged into the public consciousness in the early 1950s and over the course of their influential career, transformed how listeners experienced Gospel music. During the Civil Rights movement, Roebuck “Pops” Staples discovered that their music could both enlighten and inspire a new generation. Signing with Stax Records, they began to rule not only the Gospel charts, but the Pop and R&B ones as well, with hits like “I’ll Take You There” (which topped both the Pop & R&B charts), “Respect Yourself,” “Touch A Hand, Make A Friend,” and more. After Stax closed, they moved to Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records and 1975 saw them hit #1 on both the Pop and R&B Charts again with “Let’s Do It Again.” Three additional albums for Warner Bros. closed out the decade. [Expanded editions of Let’s Do It Again (1975), Pass It On (1976), Family Tree (1977), and Unlock Your Mind (1978) are available from Omnivore Recordings].

An international tour sponsored by the U.S. Government found the Staples performing across the continent of Africa in 1980. The set included recent and classic hits like “Let’s Do It Again,” “Respect Yourself,” standards “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “Come Go With Me,” and choice covers like “Ease On Down The Road” from The Wiz, and the Bacharach/David classic, “A House Is Not A Home.”

Now, with Restoration and Mastering from multiple Grammy-winning Engineer, Michael Graves, Africa 80 presents a look into this ever-evolving musical and National treasure. New liner notes from Tim Dillinger-Curenton contextualize the band’s story, legacy, and detail the tour and recording. Africa 80 delivers a snapshot of this powerful group on tour for the first time on the African continent.

Pre-order: http://www.omnivorerecordings.com/shop/africa-80

Africa 80 tracklist:
1. Introduction
2. Ease On Down The Road
3. Let’s Do It Again
4. Respect Yourself
5. Come Go With Me
6. Why Am I Treated So Bad
7. A House Is Not A Home
8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
9. He’s Alright
10. Touch A Hand, Make A Friend
11. Touch A Hand, Make A Friend (Reprise)

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

NEW ALBUM FROM NY-BASED INSTRUMENTAL METAL ACT IRON AXXIS


Anupam Shobhakar is no ordinary shredder. Wielding seven- and eight-string fretted and fretless electrics, the intrepid guitarist aims to fuse the technicality of ’80s virtuosos with modern metal influences. Iron Axxis - his power duo with bassist Phil Duke – Shobhakar pays homage to Eddie Van Halen, Way of the Warrior’s namesake hero.. while the track also crosses into Vai-esque meditative phrases and Holdsworthian scalic runs.” - Guitar World Magazine

‘Words don’t feel necessary when you’re playing on the level that this duo is playing’ ..‘Based on Iron Axxis’ impressive output here, we’d have to say that Eddie [Van Halen] would be proud and honoured by what he would hear.’ –V13

New York's metal scene is growing and mighty, and bringing the genre to new heights is instrumental metal band Iron Axxis, exemplified on their new album 2286. Out March 29, 2024, the album highlights the band’s unique progressive, guitar-driven songwriting. "The sound is closer to Dream Theater than Van Halen, but there are some neat tips of the hat to Eddie, with some playful bends and whammy bar horse whinnies, while the track also crosses into Vai-esque meditative phrases and Holdsworthian scalic runs." (GuitarWorld) Iron Axxis played shows supporting the release, including one with Alex Skolnick of Testament at Main Drag Music Williamsburg.

The band states, “‘‘2286’ is our first full length album release. The album blends the high-risk Influences of the ‘guitar & bass guitar virtuosos’ of yesteryear and looks into the future by incorporating modern metal.. for a futuristic take on ‘guitar music. The listener will hear that ‘2286’ runs deep with their favorite metal influences with bad ass heavy riffage, thundering bass lines, and monstrous drum grooves, all while exploring metal through a wide cinematic lens, which ultimately takes it up a notch to an untamed guitar universe. "

Iron Axxis was forged from a friendship between Anupam Shobhakar and Phil Duke, two metal heads. They have worked together on previous recording studio projects and were in Book of Harmony, which was signed to Sony affiliates. Hailing from Brooklyn, they began to develop Iron Axxis at their studio in 2022.

Monday, April 1, 2024

JEFF LAKE’S MIDNIGHT SUN: COUNTRY FRIED ROCK!


Singer/Songwriter Jeff Lake presents his debut album “MIDNIGHT SUN” - available now on Spotify and all the major music services. Jeff Lake combines elements of folk, bluegrass, and rock to form his own brand of Americana, or as he likes to call it - “COUNTRY FRIED ROCK”.

“Midnight Sun” was released to radio on January 2, 2024. It debuted on the AMA (Americana Music Association) chart at #136. Nearly two months later, it has inched its way up to #100. With 96 radio stations playing songs from the “Midnight Sun” album nationwide, the title-track and single is sitting at #120 on the Music Row chart.

“Midnight Sun” the album (and the song) are a smörgåsbord of string instruments intertwining traditional acoustic instruments - acoustic guitars, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, pedal-steel & upright bass - with electric guitar power chords & all the regular rock accouterments.

The song leads with a rhythmic, rap-styled vocal hook with a layered 80s rock-styled treatment, and is an homage to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” - “Hey, ho, got to go to the midnight sun where the hot springs blow!”

Lyrically, the song speaks to Lake’s own plight as well as the plight of artists everywhere - feelings of detachment, displacement, depression & life in a rapidly changing world:


“Got a few bucks in my pocket

“And a ticket for the train.

“I sip my whiskey in solace

“And think about the good ol’ days.”



Another homage, this one to Jim Morrison, illustrates the point further in verse 2:


“All the streets - they are uneven.

“All the faces lookin’ strange.

“All the women here are wicked

“As I drift through outer space”



But, all is not doom and gloom says Lake: “There’s this magical place - the lands of my ancestors - where we can all go to dance and sing and live happily ever after!”



A multi-genre singer/songwriter, Lake has written music for Universal Greece recording artist, Michalis, and the theme song for CBS’s Latin American Idol spinoff show, the “Nueva Estrella Awards”. He has performed and recorded alongside members of TSO (the Trans Siberian Orchestra), the Dennis DeYoung Band (Styx), as well as the Billy Joel Band.

Jeff Lake picked up his first guitar at 8 years old. By junior high school he put together his first band for the annual talent show. By 17, he played his first professional gig and has never looked back. Music aside, Jeff is a long suffering Mets & Jets fan, and a Civil War buff. He was a journalism/history major at Brooklyn College before quitting school to pursue music full-time.