Interview: Rival Sons

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Interviews
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Formed in June 2008, Rival Sons have hit the worldwide music scene with a speedy yet calculated frenzy. This heavyweight quartet of rockers meld an eclectic array of American music to synthesize the lording posture of sound that is Rival Sons: Pure, unadulterated Rock and Roll.

The band played a sold out show at London’s o2 Academy in Islington on 10th November as part of their UK/European tour. I had the pleasure of catching up with Jay Buchanan (vocals) and Michael Miley (drums) before the show. Scott Holiday (guitar) joined us part way through. My interview partner was Lisa Mckeown, one of the owners of the official Rival Sons fan site.

OK, I’ll start with one of my favourites, mainly ‘cos I’m nosey! If you could only watch one movie, listen to one album and read one book for the rest of your life, what would they be? You know, like if you were on a desert island.

Miley – Can I have the Beatles Anthology?


Miley – OK, I’d have that, Braveheart and probably The Bible.

Jay – If we’re on a desert island I would go with a book that tells me how the fuck to get off a desert island, some kind of self help CD about how to survive on a desert island and a video instruction about how to leave. You know, like how to build a boat and stuff.

Are you going to be doing any festivals in 2012 after the success of the 2011 festivals?

Jay – Yeah we did a shitload this year. We did Sonisphere and High Voltage as far as UK festivals go. We’re shaped up to do Download next year and hopefully a whole bunch of others on the circuit.

You have to do Isle of Wight

Miley – Isle of Wight is like a dream for us, but we’re hoping to do a load more.

Your sound is so immersed in the magic of the great British rock of the 70’s, so does it make you especially happy that you’ve already got a strong following here in Britain? And where does this obvious love, and sound, of “retro” rock come from?

Both – Of course it does. We love the UK fans, being here and playing here.

Jay – In the mid 70’s, rock and roll started imploding on itself under its self gratification and image and all that stuff and music started taking a back seat. So then the music got shitty because they took the blues out of it and made this thing called “rock”, you know, “rock star”. But we play rock ‘n roll. We don’t play rock! So I think that when people see us they go ‘oh, retro this, retro that’ but we’re actually just playing rock ‘n roll. It’s not about a time period.

What would you change about the music industry, if you could?

Jay – Bring the money back. I wish people bought records still, and didn’t illegally download stuff, but what are you gonna do? That’s the way it is. If someone has the option to get something for free then they’re going to do that.  What do you think Miley?

Miley – Yeah, bands in our position 20 years ago would not be struggling to pay their rent. It’s not a big selling point, as a single guy, to be broke. But then again, if I was in a relationship or married it would suck to have to explain .. ‘er, honey, I can’t afford to pay the rent’ *laughs* .. so it sucks both ways. Now you have to earn it and its kind better that way.

Was it like that years ago?

Miley – No, it was always big advances back then.

Jay – Yeah, you would get a big advance. For example, we’re out here on this UK/European tour on our own dime. Our plane tickets, our hotels, everything. It’s all on our own dime because it’s our business, you know, this is our business model – Rival Sons – so we have to be grownups. We’re the parents here and we have to keep charge of everything and, no matter what label we’re on or how the record industry is, we have to be held accountable.

So how did you end up with Earache, given that they’re mainly very hard rock/thrash?

Jay – They approached us and at first we were like ‘what?!’, but they were so cool and they had a good business model, you know? They gave us a deal that really synched up with what we were looking for because we weren’t specifically looking at record deals. We were going to self release but they had what we wanted.

Where do you see yourselves next year?

Miley – Next November? Getting ready for the end of the world.

Jay – We’ll probably be touring! It’s a pretty good guess that we’ll be on the road.

Miley – Sitting here with you guys doing another interview backstage at Wembley Stadium. That would be nice.

That would be amazing but, for fans that’ve been with you since the beginning, it’s a double edged sword. On one hand we want that huge success for you, but on the other hand we don’t want to have to share you with 75,000 other people at Wembley Stadium.

Miley – It was exactly like that for me with Jane’s Addiction. What I did was start sharing them with everybody in my high school and then all of a sudden they blew up on the second record, ‘Nothing’s Shocking’, and then within 3 days Perry Farrell had Lollapalooza and I was like, wow! Then within 3 or 4 years they were mega.

Yeah. I think the key with that, and I could be wrong but it strikes me as though you guys wouldn’t be like that, is to still stay true to yourself and humble and interact with your fans regardless of whether you’re playing a venue like this one or somewhere with an 80,000 capacity. That’s what sets different bands apart. Some will play those huge venues and just have no time for their fans, whereas other bands still do even if they’re huge.

Miley – Well that’s hard.

Jay – Yeah, here’s the thing. The way that works is that we have a lot of friends that are way up there and in those bands; they’re always on the radio and have world domination all the time. For them, it really is fucking hard. You don’t have time. You know, even at this level, we get up in the morning and it’s go over here to this radio station, after being up so late the night before. Wake up in the morning, pack our stuff, shower, go to the radio station, go to this other radio station, take a cab, sound check, press, you know what I mean? So even at this level its kind like ‘whoa man. I can’t wait to go to bed tonight and get some rest’. But we’re so incredibly fortunate, so what you gonna do? Complain about it? Because what’s there to complain about? We’re doing well. But then people way up there who are doing really really well, they get run ragged and are very very busy.

When you’re playing live do you ever stop for a split second, look at the other members of the band and think fuck you’re good! Or are you too focussed on your own part to even think about it?

Jay – Nope

Scott – I don’t know about you guys, but we’re doing our job and it’s like keep your ears on to stay connected.

If money was no object, and you could choose anyone either living or dead to jam with, who would it be?

Scott – Jimi Hendrix

Jay – I miss my family so I’d wanna jam with my pop. He’s awesome

Miley – Who would I jam with? Like in a band? Miles Davis, Lady GaGa and The Who

If you had to choose one of your songs to introduce you to a stranger who’d never heard of you, and that you think most sums up Rival Sons, what would you choose?

Miley – I’d go with ‘Tell Me Something’, track one, side one from the first album

Scott – Off ‘Pressure & Time’ I might say ‘Face of Light’ as that’ my favourite song. It shows our quieter, softer side and then it builds up to a climax and the climax is kinda emotional.

Miley, talk to us about your tattoos

Miley – Sure. This one is an owl. I got it in January.

What made you get an owl?

Miley – Well, I just started getting into Harry Potter last year.

Rock ‘n roll!!

Miley – It is! You know what? I believe in balance. I’m so extreme when I am out here on the road, so when I come home I’m like doing yoga, juicing and bare foot running on the beach. I just want rock and roll to get away. Maybe so when I come back I am fresh, you know? I mean I live in Hollywood but I’m not at the clubs every night or trying to fuck chicks and all this stuff, or drink – probably because I don’t have any money. Maybe if I had money I’d be out doing blow and fucking chicks every night *laughs*. Anyway, I got sick and this girl who I was kinda seeing at the time came over and made me soup and she brought the box set of Harry Potter. I’d never seen it or knew anything about it and so we watched disc 1 and I was fucking hooked. I just thought it was the coolest story. It’s so not rock and roll it’s unfunny, but the owl came from that.

Scott – People who say they don’t like Harry Potter are like people who say they don’t like Lord of the Rings .. Fucking liars!

OK, a back to the future question for you.

Miley – I love ‘Back to the Future’!

If you had the chance to take the band back to any year and in any city in the world where would you want to be transported?

Scott – Oh wait, I thought it was literally about ‘Back to the Future’

Jay– Aw, I thought we were going to be talking about Marty McFly!

Miley – Paris, 1920

Why’s that?

Miley – *laughs* I dunno. Just sounded fucking good

Jay – The dawn of existence. I want to see how it all went down, like the big bang. Watch everything come together.

Scott – London 1966 (in his best British accent). Nah, London ’64. It seems a little cheap cos Jay’s going all Genesis but, honestly, like the life I’m living here .. that would be a like ‘YEAH, FUCK YEAH, THIS IS IT’ *laughs*

Miley – I’d like to see The Who/The High Numbers at The Marquee Club. Keith Moon is my favourite drummer when it comes to rock ‘n roll

Scott – Have a cup of tea with George Harrison (dons the British accent again)

Thanks so much for hanging out with us guys. Good luck tonight and have an amazing show

All – No worries, thank you!


Most people know Fozzy as the band fronted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, but they have come a long way since those days and are now an accomplished metal band with four albums under their belt and a diehard fan base. Chris Jericho is joined by guitarists Billy Grey and Rich Ward, drummer Frank Fontsere and bassist Sean Delson. Rich and Frank are probably best known for being in the band Stuck Mojo.

Guitarist Billy Grey was kind enough to answer some questions for us before hitting the stage for Fozzy’s last show of the UK/European tour.

You’re relatively new to Fozzy. How did your joining the band come about?

Billy Grey:
Rich and I have known each other since high school … I have been an on and off touring member since 2001.

How do you split your time between Fozzy and Dangerous New Machine? Do you prefer playing with one band over the other?

Billy Grey:
It just works out, and I love playing with both bands.

What’s your favourite song to play live?

Billy Grey:
‘Pray for Blood’ and ‘Enemy’

If you had to choose one Fozzy song to introduce a stranger to the band, and most sums up what Fozzy is, which song would that be?

Billy Grey:

Was there a moment for the band where music fans started to recognise you as Fozzy rather than just Chris Jericho’s band?

Billy Grey:
Yes, lately, over the past year … It has become more about the band, with Jericho as the front man.

Do you have a stand out moment from being on tour?

Billy Grey:
Playing Sonisphere

Any plans to release a live DVD?

Billy Grey:
Yes, very soon.

What was the idea behind the awesome VIP opportunities you give to fans?

Billy Grey:
We just wanted to get to meet some of our fans, sit down and have dinner with them, and put on an awesome rock show for them.

Do you prefer playing the smaller shows like Dingwalls tonight, or the festivals like Sonisphere?

Billy Grey:
I like both … Small, intimate shows are fun to play but it’s always fun to play in front of thousands.

Out of all the countries you¹ve toured, do you have a favourite and why?

Billy Grey:
So far the UK fans have been extremely supportive.

If you could tour with any band, who would it be and why?

Billy Grey:
Iron Maiden, just to be able to get to know and learn from an iconic metal band every night.

If you could only watch one move, listen to one album and read one book for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Billy Grey:
Talladega Nights, Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘City of Evil’ and The Bible

Who are your biggest inspirations, musically or otherwise?

Billy Grey:
Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Dimebag Darryl, Tom Morello, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul Tuetel Sr. (from American Choppers)

Have you ever met one of your heroes and he/she been totally not what you expected?

Billy Grey:
Got to meet David Coverdale, and it was awesome.  A pleasure .. he was definitely a hero of mine.

Who’s on your iPod at the moment?

Billy Grey:
Bullet for My Valentine, Eminem, Jay-Z and Paramore

You’ve obviously come to the end of a very successful tour, what’s next for Fozzy?

Billy Grey:
Canadian Tour in October, back to UK and Europe in November and new record for the new year.

Set list

To Kill A Stranger
Martyr No More
Daze of the Weak
Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday the 13th)
Eat The Rich
Feel The Burn
With The Fire
Pray for Blood
God Pounds His Nails
Let the Madness Begin
Under Blackened Skies
Encore – Enemy

The crowd are still buzzing from the awesome Voodoo Vegas performance as Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’blasts out over the PA. Cue a barrage of “Fozzy, Fozzy” and “Y2J, Y2J” chants and Rich “The Duke” Ward, Sean Delson, Frank Fontsere, Billy Grey and, their much loved front man, WWE’s Chris Jericho arrive on stage


They open with ‘To Kill a Stranger’ and there is no doubt thatFozzy have well and truly arrived. Firing straight into ‘Martyr No More’,the energy in the room is electric, the chants from the crowd at every break in the music are deafening and you can see that the guys are loving it! Every band member is grinning from ear to ear and clearly having a blast.

Musically, the band is tighter than ever but, vocally, Jericho shows a few signs of fatigue despite his physical energy on stage being off the charts. I suspect this has something to do with it being the last show of a hectic UK/European tour. Rich Ward and Billy Grey are on top form, feeding off the energy thrown back at them from the hardcore Fozzy fans in the front row.

There is absolutely no let up in the pace, and the fans are just as vocal as the band.  Jericho attempts to teach the crowd toParaskavedekatriaphobia’ by breaking it down syllable by syllable and has no trouble in rousing the crowd to join in with the epic “Hey, Hey, Hey .. 1, 2, 3” chorus to ‘God Pounds His Nails’.

‘Enemy’ closes the show and the chants continue long after the band has left the stage. It’s clear that Fozzy are now an awesome band in their own right and not just “that band with the WWE guy and the dude from Stuck Mojo”.

‘Remains Live/Chasing The Grail’ 2 CD Set is now available from most retailers.

I’d not heard of Voodoo Vegas before tonight and within less than 30 seconds I was a fan. The Bournemouth based quintet took to the stage in front of a busy, but not sold out, Dingwalls as the main support to Fozzy on the last leg of the European tour and it certainly didn’t take long for the UK rockers to win over the entire crowd.

Lawrence Case soon proved himself to be a truly compelling front man; not only as an outstanding vocalist, but as a great harmonica player and a natural showman who engaged the crowd from start to finish. The whole band is musically on point and they play a killer six track set full of killer hooks, belting choruses and real energy which has the entire crowd singing along to most of the set.

‘Out There’ was the standout track for me and you can watch a video of the performance here:

They closed their set to the entire crowd chanting their name, which they genuinely seemed humbled to hear. It couldn’t have been more deserved, in my opinion. Without a doubt, Voodoo Vegas are going places and I, for one, am looking forward to seeing them progress on the rock scene.

Voodoo Vegas are:

Lawrence Case – Vocals
Meryl Hamilton – Guitar
Nick Brown – Guitar
Ash Moulton – Bass
Martin Ramsey – Drums

Set list was: No More, Out There, King Without a Crown, Ferry Song, So Unkind and Jimmy Silver

Interview: Incubus

Posted: June 14, 2011 in Interviews
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Multi-platinum, legendary rock band,Incubus have left California and headed to the UK to start off their eagerly anticipated tour to support the upcoming release of their new studio album ‘If Not Now, When?

The band are playing a sold out show at London’s HMV Forum tomorrow night (June 14th) and I had the pleasure of catching up with Ben Kenney (bass), Chris Kilmore (turntables, keyboards) and José Pasillas (drums) today at their record label’s offices.

Resonance: The new album has leaked online in advance of its release next month. How do you feel about people getting access to your material in advance, without having paid for it, and how do you see the future of the music industry in general given that online piracy is so prominent?

José: It sucks!

Ben: It’s tricky. It’s a double edged sword. On the one hand, you’ve worked so hard on something and then you have it taken away from you. The second side of the coin is that people want your music, so if you spent all this time and it didn’t leak, it’d probably be an indicator that people aren’t excited for what you’re doing.  It’s kinda the norm now, every anticipated album leaks and it’s just reality. There’s nothing we can do – we’re busy making music. We’re not going to go out there and start smashing people’s hard drives or anything!

José: You know, the fact that there’s so much time between the leak and the actual release is a good kick in the schnuts too.  But, you know, it’s actually a good indication for us and that’ll never really go away. Once it leaves our hands it’s out of our control.

Chris: That’s what I was gonna say. First you’re like argh, fuck and you’re pissed off but then you get over it and (think that) at least the people want the music. But it’s more relevant for the record labels than it is for us cos once we’re done, we hand them the CD and it’s out of our hands and after that what happens, happens. For us, we just want people to hear the music and as long as people still keep coming to the concerts and get to see us live and have an interest in us then that’s always a good thing. It’s kinda like all press is good press. It’s money out of a lot of people’s pockets but, at the same time, you could be selling no CDs at all.

Resonance: Yeah. It must be hard for fans as they’re in turmoil between desperation to hear it but not always wanting to download it illegally.

Chris: If you download it, that’s fine but as long as you go and buy the record when it comes out too.

José: Yeah, cos then you’ve kinda redeemed yourself (laughs).

Resonance: So, talking about the tour that’s coming up. Is there a really revised set list this time around? Will you be playing a lot from the new album? I know on your Facebook page you asked fans which songs from ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E.’ they’d like to hear played live. Is that an indication of the set list or are you going to be focusing more on the new material?

José: A little bit of everything. Until it comes out we’ll be limiting what we play from the new record but we will be playing some new tracks. We have 6 full lengths that we’re grabbing music from so we’re trying to do a fair share from each. It’s a good 70/80 songs we have to choose from. We’re pretty well versed in playing all that stuff so we’ll be picking and choosing to get an even balance then, as the record comes out and people want to hear more of it, we’ll start adding some more of the new material into the set. It should be fun. It’ll be really eclectic and we’re excited about it.

Resonance: When you’re on stage do you ever stop for a second, detach yourself from your role and just listen to the other guys and admire their ability? Or are you so focused on what you’re doing that you don’t have time to stop and think ‘wow, the rest of these guys are fucking awesome’.

Ben: Personally, my ego is so big so I only have awe for myself (laughs). Some of our stuff is very challenging to play so there’s a lot of the set is spent focusing on just playing it. You divvy up your attention between getting your thing done, checking out the people going nuts in the first few rows and then usually the last thing for me to notice is what everyone else on stage is doing. When that all glues together, I don’t even know, it’s so rapid fire.

José: Especially at the beginning of a tour, we’re focusing on our own part and trying to get that right, After a couple of months of really getting it down you can sorta let go a bit and listen to what other people are doing. I get to appreciate it more when I get to see footage from videos and recordings of radio and live shows then I can really appreciate it. I feel as though I am in a great band with great musicians so I feel really lucky.

Resonance: I guess you’ve got your core songs that are really popular. Do you feel that you have to play those hits or is that not an issue? Do you create your set list based around how you feel on the night or do you always include certain songs regardless?

Ben: With this many records, like José said, it’s difficult to play everything. It’d take days but we def want the show to make as many people happy as possible.

Chris: It depends on what kind of show, too. If it’s a little club show for our hardcore fans then we can dig deeper into the catalogue cos they’ll understand more. But if it’s a radio show or a festival or something like that when we have a short amount of time and not everyone is there to see you then you want to play the bigger songs.

Ben: Yeah, we don’t want people going out to the concessions during our set.

Resonance: Will there be any slightly more obscure songs in the set tomorrow night? Stuff you don’t get to play very much since it’s likely to be an audience of hardcore fans.

José: We’ve been practising some of the stuff we’ve not played in a long time so we’ll get to showcase some of it.

Chris: Ben and I like the obscure stuff, because the obscure stuff is old and that’s before our time so we have a different perspective on it.

Ben: It’s like playing covers (laughs).

Resonance: If you had to choose one of your songs to introduce you to a stranger who’d never heard of you, and that you think most sums up Incubus, what would you choose?

Ben: That’s a really subjective question and I’m not sure there is just one song that sums us up.

Chris: I got one! I would choose ‘Wish You Were Here’.

Jose: I agree!

Chris: Just the sound of it and what’s going on. There’s a little bit of turntables in it so you know there’s a DJ and the chorus is a big rockin’ Incubus chorus. It really defines us. At least that’s what I think.

José: ‘Anna Molly’ might be another one.

Chris: ‘Anna Molly’ has the same kind of thing. What would you choose?

Resonance: I think ‘Wish You Were Here’ is a really good choice, actually. I’m surprised you chose ‘Anna Molly’! I think ‘Wish You Were Here’ is easier for everyone to appreciate. I love ‘Anna Molly’ though and, lyrically, they’re both really strong as well.

Resonance: I guess you’ve probably been asked this about a million times. You have been labelled as many different genres over the years, but how would YOU define yourselves? Do you think it’s even important that you’re able to fit into one category?

Chris: Nu-Metal, Rock, Rap, Jazz (laughs).

Ben: The band has gone from one side of the spectrum to another and, I mean, if you need to call it something then knock yourself out.

José: To me, it’s rock music. Just put it really simply, it’s rock music. Obviously it encompasses more than just rock music but unfortunately everyone seems to need to know some kind of title, of what you’re talking about, who you sound like, which band. It’s kinda of like an impossible question to answer so rock music seems the most simplified.

Chris: Imagine if you were shopping for music and there were no categories and it was just ‘music’. You’d be like ‘errrrrrr’. So it’s kind of a necessary evil and, you know, all bands hate to be labelled.  I think anyone hates to be labelled with anything, you know. You wanna be known for you and what you are and you’re not always one thing.

Ben: Unless your label was your brand.

Resonance: In some of the interviews you’ve done before about the new album, ‘If not now, When?’, you’ve said it’s not really a heavy rock album, but it’s a bit more concise, sort of storytelling. I think Brandon said on an MTV interview that it’s almost romantic in a way, in the way he wrote it. How do you think that will transfer when playing it to a live audience?

José: It’s just gonna add to the spectrum. I mean, most likely, we’re not going to get on stage and only play the new album so it’s just going to be another colour in the palette, I think.

Resonance: That’s what is so interesting about you guys. With every album that comes out, you don’t know what to expect and that’s a good thing. There are some fans who only like, say, ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E’ and that’s it …

Ben: Some people just want to relive a certain period of time.

Resonance: Yeah and they just want you to make ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E’ part two, but that would just be boring and what’s the point. You can see the progression and how you guys have changed over time and that’s amazing.

Ben: Well we appreciate when people appreciate that.

Resonance: OK guys, we’re being hurried along so just one more for you. If you could only watch one move, listen to one album and read one book for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Ben: That’s easy for me! Movie would be ‘Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan’, album would be Ahmad Jamal‘Happy Moods’ and book would be ‘Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand.

Jose: Mine would be ‘Godfather 1’ .. or 2. Record would be Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ and book would be, shit, it’s on the tip of my tongue (laughs). ‘A Farewell to Arms’ by, shit, what’s the author? It’s like an old book you’d study in high school .. Can’t remember. Is it Albert Camus? Or maybe Hemingway?

Resonance: Don’t worry, we’ll find it – It’s Ernest Hemingway, in case you wanted to know

Chris: Yeah, I’m gonna pass on that one.

Resonance: It’s a hard one. I wouldn’t have been able to answer it either!

OK guys, I think we’re done. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat. It’s hugely appreciated. Best of luck with tomorrow night’s show and the album release. Look forward to catching up again when you’re back at the end of the year.

Incubus: No, thank you. Lovely to meet you .. Bye!



The Defiled has had a pretty awesome 2011, so far. The London based band has seen their album given away to thousands of metallers via Metal Hammer magazine, as well as a UK tour supporting Murderdolls. To top it all off, they have received their first Metal Hammer Golden God nomination for ‘Best New Band’, been confirmed as headliners of the Jägermeister stage at Sonisphere Festival and just completed a sell out headline UK tour, aptly named the ’13 – Lucky for Some’ tour.

I was lucky enough to catch their sold out London gig at the Camden Barfly, where they were supported by Romeo Must Die. Sadly, I arrived after they’d already played (the joys of having a toddler to put to bed before going out for an evening) but they certainly seemed to have warmed up the crowd, literally, as my camera and I found our place at the front right of the stage, squashed up against a selection of half naked, sweaty VERY young men.

Excitement builds as the band came flying onto the stage, via the crowd, and quickly launch into‘In the Land of Fools’. Within moments, it’s clear to see why there is such a buzz surrounding this London band. Playing a good mix of tracks from both their debut EP, ‘1888’, and new album ‘Grave Times’, Stitch and the guys launch into my favourite track, and first single from the new album,‘Call to Arms’, which sees the entire crowd singing along and me almost being decapitated by the insanely wonderful keyboardist The AvD. 

From the second they bounded on stage, right through to ‘Red Tape’, the band had amazingly fierce energy, something that can often be lost in such small venues. They obviously have a hardcore group of fans, a fairly young crowd, who’ve clearly been following them since the beginning and this was most evident during tracks from their debut EP ‘1888’. These tracks were a huge hit, especially title track ‘1888’ and ‘The Ressurrectionists’, and had the crowd going absolutely insane.

The only slight negative is that, really, their sound is almost too big for The Barfly and, as a result some of the intensity was lost because it needed a much bigger audience. I feel honoured to have seen this tour because, with their sound, they won’t be playing venues this size for much longer.

Setlist: In the Land of Fools, Call to Arms, Blood Sells, Metropolis, 1888, Locked in Freedom, Permanent Reminder, Black Death, The Resurrectionists, Red Tape

© Photos copyright of Lara Lackie



Foo Fighters’ new album, ‘Wasting Light’, will be released on April 11th with lead single ‘Rope’ already available for purchase. Produced by Butch Vig, and recorded on analog tape in Grohl’s home garage studio, it’s the band’s seventh studio album and could easily prove to be their most memorable set of songs to date.Dave Grohl and the guys are offering a high quality, full stream of the album ahead of its release here.

“These are my famous last words”, screams Grohl as the album opens, over gunfire drums and distorted guitars, with ‘Bridge Burning’ – this bodes well for the rest of the album, and catches your attention from the start.

First single, ‘Rope’, is a good example of the album’s sound as a whole; a huge, rifftastic monster of a song – a real sing-a-long rock anthem which will, no doubt, tear the proverbial roof off of Milton Keynes Bowl later this year when played live.

Up next is ‘Dear Rosemary’, a mid-tempo duet with Hüsker Dü legend Bob Mould. This leads into the bone crushing ‘White Limo’, easiest the ballsiest track on the album and whose video features Lemmy Kilmister – this is rock ‘n’ roll at its best.

‘Arlandria’ kicks off with some hard-charging guitars before slowing down for the first verse, which then leads to a blowout chorus. This same format goes for ‘These Days’, with an almost country feel but a trademark gigantic chorus.

‘Back and Forth’ is as catchy as a Foo’s track gets, with an almost Nirvana feel before the sing-along chorus kicks in. This formula has been a mantra for Foo Fighters for some time, and this song could easily have appeared on 1997′s ‘The Colour and the Shape’, as could final track, ‘Walk’, which closes the album awesomely, with the incredibly passionate, screaming refrain of ”I never want to die”. It is a brilliant way to end, and is probably up there with their best work. It is easy to see why the band was eager to preview the entire album before its release!

Despite, at times, feeling a bit samey, if you thought that the Foo Fighters might be starting to slow down, then you couldn’t be more wrong. ‘Wasting Light’ is one of their heaviest albums to date and it’ll kick you where it hurts. On the whole, it is a striking series of loud, scream-a-long rock songs; it’ll certainly have you reaching for the Strepsils after you scream along to these almost dozen potential singles. I, for one, can’t wait to hear them belted out live later this year.

Published on Resonance UK