Best rock videos that 2016 has delivered so far…

2016 promises to be a big year for rock music! New music will be coming from Lacey Sturm, Alter Bridge, Slash, The Offspring, Green Day, Dream Theater, Korn, Megadeth, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Metallica!

Whoever said rock music is dead never had a look at that line-up!

The past two months have seen quite a few rock music videos which you can lose yourself to.

Black Stone Cherry – “In Our Dreams”

Black Stone Cherry is back with their up-and-coming album “Kentucky”. Watch their latest video for their new single “In Our Dreams” with an interesting concept of people living under water in terrible conditions under the rule of a dictator. See what happens next:

 

Halestorm – “Mayhem”

Exactly the song you will expect with “Mayhem” as a title. Halestorm throw everything they have in the execution of this song, an adrenaline fuelled, fist-pumping track that is sure to make any rock music fan happy!

 

 

Against The Current – “Outsiders”

Chrissy Constanza charms the crowd during a live performance captured to serve as a music video for their single “Outsiders” filmed at their sold-out London show.

 

 

Falling In Reverse – “Chemical Prisoner”

Ronnie Radke told Loudwire.com that he had the most fun shooting this video and they made use of his dad’s motorcycle club. It was shot in Ronnie’s home town of Vegas. An intense song that will keep you coming back for more.

 

New Years Day – “I’m About To Break You”

A creepy yet stylistic video for New Years Day’s song “I’m About To Break You”. A fun, hard rock song that I can just imagine myself singing along to in the car and maybe head-banging at the traffic light! ūüėÄ The video reminds me of Mad Max, which is definitely a good thing!

 

PVRIS – “You and I”

“You and I” by PVRIS is probably the tamest song on this list, but the band is on fire at the moment and they have recently released a slew of music videos. I just admire Lynn Gunn’s haunting, silky voice and I love the arty, gothic style of the video. I’m really excited for the what the band’s future holds in store!

 

 

I hope that we will share many more rock music moments in 2016!

 

Rock Regards,

 

Lauren Kruger

Band of the Month – Rival Sons

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Rival Sons is an American rock band from Long Beach, California. The band formed between 2008 and 2009 from the remnants of the band that Scott Holiday was part of called Black Summer Crush featuring¬†Thomas Flowers (Oleander). The pair began auditioning musicians when Scott was introduced to Michael Miley and instantly felt he was the right fit. After trying several bass players Michael suggested¬†Robin Everhart who joined the band. The band recorded together from 2006-2009. Scott was introduced to producer Dave Cobb who became a writing partner for the new album. Scott was eager to find the right vocalist and writing partner for the band. He came across Jay Buchanan’s music on MySpace.¬†Michael Miley had previously played with him in his band Buchanan. Scott instantly knew that this was the vocalist he had waited for the past ten to twelve years of his life.

The band re-recorded “Before The Fire” with Jay Buchanan on vocals in 2009.

Prior to the formation of Rival Sons Jay Buchanan performed as a solo artist with his band Buchanan. Rival Sons would be the first rock band that Jay Buchanan has performed with and considering that he was a¬†blues singer songwriter, he was initially sceptical and regarded the band as a side project. He was surprised by the reaction that the band received and the success they achieved with their debut album “Before The Fire” released in 2009. ¬†The band got some exposure when their song “Tell Me Something” was used in an ad campaign for Indy car racing.

The band supported AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock and performed on the track during a televised show of the Indianapolis 500.

The band recorded another EP which they released themselves in 2010 catching the attention of Earache Records founder Digby Pearson. The band signed a deal in November 2010 which eventually led to the recording of the album Pressure & Time in 2011.

The EP was re-released digitally by Earache Records and it spawned the band’s debut European single “Torture” in February 2011. In March 2011 the band played shows at the House of Blues, SXSW and Canadian Music Week. The band made their European debut at Camden Barfly on the 12th of February 2011 for the HMV Next Big Thing. Vintage Trouble supported the band and the show sold out in advance, which ignited an almost unbroken string of sold-out European shows.

The band takes pride in the fact that they write and record an album as quickly as their inspiration allows. This ensures that the spontaneity is maintained and that there is risk involved when the material is released. The live recording process that they use is key to their sound and adds an edge to their music.

The band has recorded every record released thus far with Dave Cobb. They released their second album Pressure & Time on the 20th June 2011 in the UK and on the 28th of June 2011 through Earache Records. Pressure & Time went on to be voted as Classic Rock magazine’s second best album of the year reaching number 1 under Amazon’s Best Sellers and charting at Number 19 on the Billboard charts.

Rival Sons played a number of shows in Canada in May 2011, as well as SXSW, Hangout festival, The Viper Room and they went on to play some European festivals such as Azkena, Sonisphere, Rock Werchter, Main Square, Putte Parken and Bospop in July 2011. The band joined Judas Priest, Queensryche and Lady Starlight who was on tour in the UK at the time.

Amy Lee personally requested that Rival Sons support Evanescence in the USA in October/November 2011 and again in January 2012. The band went on to play a headline tour in Europe in November and December 2011.

Rival Sons played an acoustic set at the annual Classic Rock Awards at the Roundhouse in London and they were voted “Best New Band” by the listeners at Planet Rock Radio. Pressure & Time was voted as the second best album of the year by Classic Rock Magazine.

In February 2012 the band entered the Honey Pye studios in Nashville, Tennessee for only 20 days to record their third full-length album along with Dave Cobb and Vance Powell.

Pressure & Time was re-issued as a deluxe edition from which the last single Face of Light was taken. They shot the video for Face of Light before the band embarked on some US and Canadian shows which included Rock on the Range and Big Music Fest before a string of European summer festivals including Rock Am Ring, Sweden Rock, Ruisrock, Bukta, Graspop and Download. Rival Sons played with Evanescence, Eagles of Death Metal and Black Stone Cherry at some European shows.

Rivals Sons released their fourth studio album “Head Down” in September 2012 to critical claim. The album charted in the Top 40 in 7 countries. The band embarked on another sold out European tour, featured on the cover of Classic Rock Magazine and won the Breakthrough artist award presented by Vic Reeves.

In January 2013, the second single “Until The Sun Comes” was released accompanied by a video directed by¬†Simon Gesrel, known for his stop-motion work. In March the band recorded for Billboard The Beat and appeared in Jimmy Kimmel Live on the 7th of March 2013 then left on another tour to Europe supported by The Balconies and they then went to the UK in April supported by¬†The Graveltones and Ulysses, culminating in a sold-out show at Shepherds Bush Empire. The band did a small mid-west USA tour before returning to Europe in June to play more summer festivals including Download,¬†Kivenlahti Rock, Bergenfest, Bravalla, Main Square and Open Air St. Gallen. The band also supported Kiss in Italy and Switzerland.

In September of 2013 Rival Sons supported Sammy Hagar across the US, played Hard Rock Vegas in December and celebrated New Year by headlining a street party in their hometown of Long Beach. Robin Everhart left the band in August 2013 due to the rigors of touring and was replaced by Dave Beste.

In early 2014, the band returned to the studio with Dave Cobb producing once more, their latest album “Great Western Valkyrie” was released on the 6th of June 2014.

I’m always looking for new material for my blog, so when a friend of mine in America posted on her Facebook page about Rival Sons I was intrigued. I recognized the name, because I had seen the band on the cover of that month’s Classic Rock Magazine. I decided to give them a listen. I clicked on the link and eventually got redirected to the band’s video for “Open My Eyes” on YouTube. I was NOT disappointed. The guitar work, combined with Jay Buchanan’s passionate wails had me hooked. It is honestly one of the best songs I have heard this past year. Generally this type of rock music is not my cup of tea, but at least I can enjoy some classic rock without feeling like I have time-traveled to 1975. I was a little irritated when I saw all the terrible comments on their videos. The band is constantly being compared to Led Zeppelin and other classic rock bands, which I feel is irrelevant. It is 2014, which means they are continuing a legacy and not merely copying a band which was popular years ago. Their music is uplifting and immediately puts you in a good mood. In 2014 this band is unique and passionate which is all I need to know to appreciate their music. Scott Holiday is a beast with the guitar, by the way. ūüėČ

You can follow the band on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rivalsons

You can follow Scott Holiday on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Scott_Holiday

You can follow Jay Buchanan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaybuchanan_

You can follow Mike Miley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mileyondrumz

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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Six Videos You Have To Watch… NOW!

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Recently I had the pleasure of watching a few interesting rock music videos, I just had to share them with my readers.

Enjoy and vote for your favourite video below!

Videos numbered in no particular order.

1. Pop Evil – Trenches ft DMC

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I just had to share this explosive collaboration between rock band and rapper, quite a combination!

 

2. Lindsey Stirling – Shatter Me ft Lzzy Hale

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Another interesting collaboration between Lindsey Stirling, American violinist, dancer, performance artist, composer and Lzzy Hale lead vocalist for rock band Halestorm. A visual treat which will not disappoint the viewer.

3. Adelitas Way – Dog On A Leash

Adelitas Way will be releasing their third studio album “Stuck” on the 29th of July 2014 and the first single off the album titled “Dog on a Leash”, the band released a video for. It has a creepy, dark feel to it and it is just plain awesome!

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4. Of Mice & Men – Would You Still Be There

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An adrenaline fueled song accompanied by a perfectly executed concept makes for an explosive video. The shot of the ballerina in the video is pure brilliance, view it below.

5. Black Stone Cherry – Me and My Mary Jane

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A sexy music video filled with tons of good-looking women, featuring BSC with their trademark twang, southern rock attitude and enthusiasm. A solid hard rock song which you can dance to.

6. Skillet – Not Gonna Die

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An empowering rock song that will make you gather the courage to face the hardships in your life with more conviction than before. A visually stimulating video which will linger in your mind for a while after you have watched it.

Enjoy your week, can’t wait for the weekend!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

 

Band of the Month – Black Stone Cherry

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Black Stone Cherry is an American rock band that was formed in Edmonton, Kentucky. The band consists of Chris Robertson (lead singer, lead guitar) , Ben Wells (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Jon Lawhon (bass guitar, backing vocals) and John Fred Young (drums, backing vocals).

Chris Robertson and Richard Young’s (The Kentucky Headhunters‘s rhythm guitarist) son John Fred Young started to play music together in their early teens and the duo were soon after joined by Lawhon and Wells. Black Stone Cherry officially formed on the 4th of June 2001. The band then took over the practice house which had been used by The Kentucky Headhunters since 1968. They started recording their songs in the practice house. The band then started to perform at clubs in the area and gained a large following of fans from all ages.

The band’s self-titled debut¬†album was released in May 2006. After they finished recording their first album they were invited by Chris Robertson’s former¬†school principle to perform a homecoming gig in the gym of the local middle school. The gig was attended by 1500 people. The band received a royal welcome, as they entered the town the streets were filled with people holding “Welcome Home” signs.

They released the Hell & High Water EP (2006, Digital-only EP) on the 11th of November  2006.

It contained the following tracks:

  1. “Hell & High Water”
  2. “Big City Lights”
  3. “We Are the Kings”

On the 10th  of July 2007 the band released the Rain Wizard EP (2007, Digital-only EP). It contained the following tracks:

  1. “Rain Wizard”
  2. “Drinkin’ Champagne”
  3. “Stop Runnin'”

BSC released their first live album on the 31st of October 2007 which was recorded and released on the same night at the Astoria in London. This album is a limited edition and mint condition albums was on sold on Amazon for £200. (in January 2013) The album was limited to 1000 copies and sold to the crowd after the concert.

On the 19th of August 2008 Black Stone Cherry released their second album titled Folklore and Superstition. Four singles from the album was released, these included; “Blind Man”, “Please Come In”, “Things My Father Said” and “Soulcreek”.

Drummer John Fred Young had this to say about Folklore and Superstition; “There is a mystique with folklore and superstition, we’re intrigued by and interested in history, roots and heritage, and we incorporate that into the band.” With the release of their second album Black Stone Cherry demonstrated their incredible talent for telling stories. “We are taking Southern tradition and giving a taste to the rest of the world,” says bassist/vocalist Jon Lawhon.

Famed rock producer Bob Marlette (Ozzy, Shinedown), accompanied by the band headed to Nashville’s Blackbird Studio. The band used turkey calls, a banjo and a washtub basin among other things while they were creating the album. The band was fearless when it came to experimenting with different sounds. The band travelled extensively during their tour cycle in 2006 in support of their debut album. This experience inspired the band to stretch their creativity like they never had before. Black Stone Cherry is a positive band and they try to write uplifting songs.

Vocalist/guitarist Chris Robertson reflects on the process, saying, ‚ÄúStarting out as a band seven years ago, with high hopes and even bigger dreams, I honestly believe this record shows the experience of our past travels, and gives a hint of the future. It captures all the energy and heart that make up Black Stone Cherry. We took some chances on this album and I believe that our fans will appreciate seeing the other sides of the band that they may or may not have known existed.‚ÄĚ – Excerpt taken from http://www.blackstonecherry.com

Black Stone Cherry was asked by their female fans¬†to¬†write a song or two specifically taking their female fans into account, so the band decided to dedicate “You”,¬† a timeless ballad¬†to their female followers.

“Long Sleeves” is told from the viewpoint of a friend who who took part in the battle of Mogadishu which was depicted in the film¬†Black Hawk Down.

“Things My Father Said” was covered by Elvis Blue on¬†the final¬†of South African Idols which took place on the¬†1st of¬†November 2010. Elvis received 64% of the votes and went on to win Season 6 of South African Idols.

In 2008 the band supported Def Leppard and Whitesnake on their U.K. arena tour. In May 2009 Black Stone Cherry supported Nickelback on their Dark Horse tour, which is the reason I started listening to them in the first place. I decided to listen to a few tracks from BSC and I then went to purchase Folklore and Superstition shortly thereafter.

The band’s third album Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was released on the 31st of May 2011. The album was produced by Howard Benson (Seether, Halestorm, Three Days Grace) and the first single off of the album was titled¬†“White Trash Millionaire“. The band was nominated for a classic rock award in 2011.

Black Stone Cherry supported Alter Bridge alongside Theory of a Deadman on a tour of Europe from October to November 2011. Cavo co-headlined a tour with Black Stone Cherry in February 2012 with Rains as support. The band also headlined their own sold-out U.K. tour supported by Rival Sons. They opened for Chicken Foot on their American tour in 2012.

Black Stone Cherry is a unique, Southern rock band and their song “Soul Creek”¬†conjures up the feeling of sitting next to a dam/river around a bonfire with your friends¬†sharing¬†stories and¬†occasionally going for a swim. Their music makes me feel part of a culture that I have never experienced. The band shares their folk stories with the listener and the music still manages to have a wide appeal even if you’re not familiar with the content. My favourite songs are “Lonely Train” to which I have air drummed to on numerous occasions :D, “Hell and High Water”, “Blind Man”, “Please Come In”, “Long Sleeves”, “White Trash Millionaire” and “Like I Roll”. The drumming in the song¬†“Lonely Train” is astounding.

Black Stone Cherry is definitely one of the most unique bands I have listened to.

You can follow Black Stone Cherry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlkStoneCherry

Like the Black Stone Cherry on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr#!/officialblackstonecherry?fref=ts

The following photos were taken by Francesco Tosi Photography whose work I’m a big fan of.

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The Rock Riff will be reviewing Sinner’s Creed soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Recently Viewed Music Videos

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ENJOY!

First up is Disturbed’s energetic Down With The Sickness, with David Draiman’s signature ‘Ooh-wah-ah-ah-ah’ inserted at the start of the song.

Second is Black Stone Cherry’s Like I Roll. I love the lead singer’s smooth and rounded vocals. The guitarists really enjoy the song as much as the audience does.

Third is Maroon 5’s One More Night video.

Fourth is Slash, Myles Kennedy and Haley Reinhart’s cover of Wild Horses which is AMAZING! Haley and Myles’s voices blend together beautifully. Slash’s guitar skills is the icing on the cake of a touching performance.

Fifth is Halestorm’s feisty Miss The Misery which is a smashing song to say the least.

Sixth is Theory of a Deadman’s Hurricane. I love the storyline of the video which is a slight departure from their usual themes. Check it out!

Seventh is Jared Leto’s tribute to Kurt Cobain for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. The resemblance is quite striking.

Eighth is Shinedown’s Unity featuring a powerful performance by frontman Brent Smith. I love the message of the song as well as seeing the band’s live performance. Keep an eye out for their upcoming music video for Enemies, its going to be a cracker!

Ninth is Hugo’s take on Jay-Z’s 99 Problems which is really impressive.

Last but definitely not least is another Slash & Myles Kennedy video with their cover of Night Train, which I can’t get enough of.

This concludes my list of interesting videos.

A fantastic article that caught my eye this week is from Loudwire.

Top 50 Hard Rock Songs of the 21st Century

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-songs-21st-century/

Its a really great list, most of my favourite bands are listed as well.

Have a Rocking week!

Rock Regards,

Lauren