Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Q and A with Jenni Dale Lord

Photo by Victor Mosqueda
If you read my blog regularly, you know I dig for good music because I'm not going to hear it on the radio.

Then, sometimes, while on vacation, I randomly stumble onto something great.

The latter is how I found the Jenni Dale Lord Band. A working band. A full bar set. With lots of covers. But the originals were what drew me in.

Jenni Dale Lord was gracious enough to do a Q and A session with me. Here are the results.

First of all, thank you so much for doing this.
Thank you for choosing me to partake!

You were in Austin for a number of years and then moved to Lubbock. That seems like the opposite of what most musicians would do. What prompted the move? Is Lubbock home? Was it something about the Austin scene?
Lubbock is home. Truthfully, my move from Austin to Lubbock had nothing to do with music. I went through some life changes and needed to be closer to my family. I actually quit performing and decided to finish my degree at Texas Tech. It just so happens music wouldn’t let me go, and now, here I am - doing what I love most, what I’ve always loved most.

Was it anything like Mac Davis’ song “Texas in My Rearview Mirror” only on a statewide level?Well, I don’t know about that, but I must confess, I am glad to be back. When I left, people said Lubbock would suck me back in someday. I said, “heck, no!” I was wrong. Obviously. Lubbock is not the city I remember leaving. It’s grown. I’ve grown. And now, we seem to fit really well together.

Of course, all songs that an artist writes are personal. With songs like “The Music, Man” and “True Love” you touch on feelings that music is much more than just an art or a an expression, but rather music is a living, breathing force that lives inside of you. Is that accurate?
It’s certainly pretty close. Music is alive. But more than that, music makes me alive. It’s who I am. It’s what I am. I have learned that without music, I am not complete. So, yes, music is my “true love” as much as it is an extension of my true self.
As a music lover, certainly you’d agree that music is a force. It has the potential to touch every emotion within you. It has the capability to move you to action. Music has the power to do many, many things.

Your first record was Jenni Dale Lord. Your latest album is Jenni Dale Lord Band. How important is that distinction to you?
Jenni Dale Lord (the album) is a collection of songs. I was a solo artist granted the amazing opportunity to record in a brand new studio (Crossroads Recording Studio) as the first full length project from a newly instituted program at Texas Tech. I had never really considered how I wanted my songs to sound outside of just a girl and her guitar. I gathered a group of really talented musicians who put their spin and interpretation of the songs, and an album was made. It was a big step for me, and I’m proud of the work that was created.
Jenni Dale Lord Band is a group of people who come together and seriously mold each moment of music. Every single detail is created with the utmost care and forethought. Add in months and months of preparation and practice, and you have The Band. Jenni Dale Lord (the person) is still involved in every aspect of the music. The Band is just another way to express herself.

I’ve given up on trying to define music genres. There is only one that I’m interested in and that’s called “music I like”. Anything else, I’m not concerned. That being said, how would you describe your music?
That’s always the hardest question for me. If I must pick a label, “Americana” seems to suit it pretty well. I joke I’m Donny and Marie all rolled into one - a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. Throw in some blues and musical influences from all over the world, and there you have it.

What’s next for the Jenni Dale Lord Band? New record? Shows? Tour?
We are preparing to make a new record to be released in 2016. We’re tightening things up and getting ready to head into the studio. But we are still touring. You can go to our website for our schedule.

I like to lighten things up a bit at the end, so here are five questions just to get to your personality, if you'll indulge me.You’re in Texas, your answer may be judged. Is there a difference between a cookout and a barbecue? If so, what is the difference?
Of course there is a difference! BBQ is smoked meat that takes hours of preparation to do correctly. And I love it all.
A cookout involves any type of cuisine as long as it’s made outside on a grill (or any other propane cooker) with friends and beer.

Stranded on an island, what are the three albums you have?
Etta James - Peaches
Ani Difranco - To The Teeth
John Mayer - Continuum

I don’t like the term “guilty pleasure” because I own it all. But what do you like that all your friends/family/bandmates give you grief?
Barbra Streisand - I love everything she does.

The one song you would like to perform with which artist. Think outside the box.
Does He Love You - Reba McEntire

Right about now, how much do you regret agreeing to this?
Just a little.

Any parting thoughts?
I want some ice cream. Oh, and thank you.

Jenni Dale Lord Links:

This song was mentioned in the Q and A. And for good reason. Here is "True Love" from the album Never Let Go.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Album Spotlight: Samantha Fish: Wild Heart

Singer/guitarist/blueswoman Samantha Fish has released her third record Wild Heart. It's been a little over a year since I first heard her previous album Black Wind Howlin', which I wrote about here.

Wild Heart is an evolution in the best sense of the word. This record has more texture, color, depth and breadth than Black Wind Howlin'. And that's not a knock on Black Wind Howlin', because it is fantastic. Wild Heart is everything you want in a record. You don't want the current song to end, but can't wait to hear the next one.

There is some Southern Rock style blues rockers, some blues, some country, some Americana. It's all there.

Here are couple of live versions of songs from the new record.

"Go Home"

"Bitch on the Run"

Monday, July 13, 2015

Q and A With Singer/Songwriter Kate Vargas

Photo by Brett Lindell
My first introduction to Kate Vargas was through the independent alternative to SXSW known as Couch by Couchwest.

Initially, I was enamored with her voice, but after digging into her music, there is a depth and maturity to her songs that belie her years.

Kate's 2014 album Down To My Soul will take you on a musical journey.

I had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A with Kate recently. Here are the results.

My first exposure to you was through Couch by Couchwest 2015. Lets just get this out the way. The voice. You introduced the song. Normal speaking voice. Then you started singing and it was an "Oh Wow" moment. When did you realize that you had such a unique singing voice? Or do you?

I suppose I have realized that, yeah. The voice was released when I was 16 years old after many years of trying to sound like the cute little voices that I was hearing come out of some popular female singers at the time. I really wanted to sound like them. But, at a particularly pivotal time in my young life, I opened my mouth and all my emotions were sonically released in a way, that I’m often told, sounds nothing like my speaking voice. *shrug* Perhaps it’s the voice of my soul and not my body.

How important is something like Couch by Couchwest to independent artists?

It’s always important, for me, to have avenues to get my independent artist songs out to independent artist supporters. Sometimes I don’t know where to find those supporters and they don’t know where to find me. Couch by Couchwest has really helped us find each other. It’s a truly wonderful thing.

I just stopped trying to define genres anymore. The only thing I’m interested in is music I like. Your music falls into that category. How would you describe your music?

I think it’s being described as Americana and I support that description. Because really that just means a mush of good stuff.

The music business is tough. Always has been. But now it’s easy to get music out, but increasingly difficult to get it noticed. How does a new artist navigate the current state of the music industry?

I don’t know if my navigation skills are particularly smooth, but I’d say ask a lot of questions of anyone who will answer them. The more I ask, the more I learn. In an industry that’s constantly changing, I need to always be open to learning. (I think that goes for life, in general.) So just substitute the word ‘industry’ for ‘world’.

I found your music because I don’t rely on familiar channels. Who do you think your audience is?

I’m constantly surprised by this. I’m happy to say that I’ve found no obvious common thread.

There are a lot of twists and turns within many of your songs. Tempo changes, time changes, dynamic changes, even style changes. How does that happen during the songwriting process? Or does some of that happen during the recording process?
That is something that happens during the songwriting process and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why. Sometimes it feels like I wake up from a trance and a song is written. I have little memory of what occurs during the process.

You live in New York City now. Your bio says that you are from Albuquerque, NM. How much of your music is influenced by the southwest and how much from NYC?

I have a strong connection to New Mexico and that certainly presents itself in some of my songs. The songs “Sisters of Loretto” and “Mama Watched Me Sink” are both based on New Mexican stories.
I think, as a songwriter, I will always be influenced by my surroundings. Hopefully. In NYC, we’re all squished in this tiny space and, because of that, we get to hear a lot of other people’s stories. I try to be a good listener. If I’m listening properly, I’m writing properly.

With the music you write and play, you may described by some as having an “Old Soul”. I know what that phrase means to me, but what does it mean to you? And do you think it’s accurate? Why or why not?

I have been told that quite a bit. When I was younger, it made me sad. I didn’t want an old soul, I wanted a new one!
But now I embrace that. And I feel proud when people say it. I think about souls a lot, as you might be able to tell from the title of my album. I like to think that mine’s been around the block once or twice. A well-worn soul.

How important is social media to an artist in today’s climate?

It’s super important, I suppose. I’m still getting the hang of it. It’s a lot of remembering- to tweet, vine, Facebook, Instagram…every day! I’m working on it. It’s not my favorite thing.

What is in the near future as far as shows, recording, etc.?

I recently returned from my first performances outside the US and I’m still catching my breath a bit. I have a few shows in in the next 2 months in New York and New Hampshire, details are on my website.
The big project is my 2nd album, which I’m just starting to record with my friend Jamie Muffett, who is a really fantastic producer here in NYC. Very excited to release a killer album with him.

Enough serious stuff, if you’ll indulge with five inane questions:

On a scale of truckstop to Kentucky Derby, how would rate your headwear game?
Is Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want” video on the scale? If there’s one thing I know, it’s that I can rock a beanie.

Stranded on a deserted island, what three albums do you have?
The choosing is torture but, if that’s the game…
Nina Simone’s
Silk & Soul, Tom Waits’ Mule Variations, and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Sharks. Respect, fascination, fear, or a combination?
The percentages don’t add up, but I’d say 50% respect, 50% fascination, and 80% fear.

How many times is it okay to reuse the same bath towel?
What color is the bath towel?

How much do you regret agreeing to this Q&A right now?
Not one little bit!

Any parting thoughts?

Just an extension of gratitude to you and your readers for supporting independent music.

Kate Vargas' Links:

Here is the song from Couch by Couchwest that turned me on to Kate Vargas' music:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

We All Come From Somewhere

The title of this post I stole from Scott Van Pelt who says this in relation to rooting interests among people who are supposed to report impartially. Here, I'm going to extrapolate on the statement that "We all come from somewhere."

Nobody woke up today and found themselves transported into some alternate reality. Everybody woke up today exactly where their past brought them. Does my blog feature artists as diverse as Chris Stapleton, Halestorm, Houndmouth, the Dead Deads, Koritni and Kate Vargas because I want to be cool? No, it's because that's where this journey led me. It's because of from where I came. Growing up I listened to George Strait and AC/DC, Garth Brooks and Guns 'N Roses.

Sometimes where you came from was great and you managed to somehow screw it all up. But that's okay, because where you are now will eventually be part of where you came from.

Sometimes where you came from was horrible and you clawed your way out and made a better life for yourself. Congratulations. Keep it up or this could eventually be a part of where you came from.

Some choose to hide where they came from. That's their choice. And I can't  disagree with that choice. Sometimes it's painful, maybe even shameful.

I did some stupid things in my younger years. Thankfully there was no social media to record it. You would gain nothing from my youthful indiscretions.

Then there are times when telling others where you came from makes a difference.

"I’m still scared, and I’m still ashamed. But I am raising my hand now."

That's a quote from Daisy Dead of the band the Dead Deads. It comes from the band's Tumblr. It has to do with domestic violence. In reading it, it's obvious it was not easy to write.

That's where she came from. That can't be changed. But by her speaking out publicly, maybe that inspires someone else to change their future. We can't change where we come from, but we can affect where we're going.

With permission, the full post will follow. For more from the Dead Deads:
Daisy Dead

I Didn't Raise My Hand
An organization based in Nashville, AWAKE, held a victory party last week to celebrate a couple of targeted legislative wins. One was centered around softening the laws on prostitutes with AIDS being put on sex offender registries along with pedophiles and rapists. The other was related to choking laws in TN, making it easier to prosecute that under domestic violence. The event was held at Thistle Farm/Cafe, which is another wonderful organization that is the fundraising arm of the Magdalene Foundation. Magdalene is focused on helping women find their way out of prostitution, giving them the help and training they need to live a new life.
Good stuff all around. So when Sara Beth Myers was recapping the laws at the event, at one point she asked a show of hands of who has experienced domestic violence. A couple other ladies raised their hands, but I didn’t raise mine.
As soon as the moment passed, I felt ashamed for not showing solidarity with the couple of women in the room that did have the balls to raise their hands. It has been eating at me ever since.
I am still afraid to talk about it. I am so ashamed for “letting that happen to me.” I’m welling up with tears right now just writing this. Keeping this shit a secret is part of what perpetuates domestic violence in the first place. I am a strong, kind, beautiful, intelligent woman - how could this happen to ME? Why did I LET it happen and let it go on?
It sneaks up on you. The first time is a surprise and assumed to be an isolated incident, likely explained by the especially heavy drinking that day. Then another time, and another. You start to understand you should leave. But at the point where you are angry and most mobilized to do something about it, is typically the time when the abusing party is the scariest, so you don’t take measures then. Or you are simply not prepared to leave with just the shirt on your back. Soon, they are apologizing, asking for forgiveness, themselves crying and recounting their own victimization at the hands of others. They soften, so you relax, and with time, forgive and nearly forget. They probably need your help to heal and be a better partner. And look, they aren’t all bad. They are witty, charming, generous, sweethearts. Everyone loves them. Maybe it won’t happen again, especially if I don’t do that thing again that pissed them off or talk to that person (or any person at all outside of work).
There was one especially bad incident where he was actually arrested, and with my window of time with him out of the house, I literally packed a suitcase and called a local domestic violence number to figure out where to go (still ashamed to tell friends/family/coworkers). With the limited resources they had, they only accepted families there. But the lady on the other end talked me out of even leaving. I don’t remember how, but it was something along the lines of that my situation wasn’t that bad compared to what a lot of the other people go through. True, it could have been much worse. I wasn’t in black eyes “falling down” territory, although that was being believably threatened, which was enough to keep me pinned.
I went years before telling anyone, and then at that point did an entire life change, move, left job, started over. It was so scary. My support network at that point was pretty anemic since I cut myself off from everyone to prevent “incidents,” but it was enough.
I’m still scared, and I’m still ashamed. But I am raising my hand now. I have been a victim of domestic violence. Those experiencing it feel like they are alone, and it is so hard to find your way out. Every situation is different, so I don’t have specific advice for those going through this right now. But know that this happens to other strong, smart, successful women, too, and that you can find your freedom. Do it ASAP.
Some links to the organizations I mentioned above and a couple resources for those going through this hardship:
PS, My life is heaven on earth right now, with the love of my life, amazing friends, family, job, NASHVILLE, my health, and my incredible adventure with THE DEAD DEADS! Thank you for reading this.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Video: The Dead Deads: Lemonade

So, ask a question about what The Dead Deads superpowers would be and get a response in the form of a new video. In less than a week, that was impressive. Thanks ladies.

In all seriousness, the video was already in the can, just waiting for the release.

The new video for "Lemonade" from the album Rainbeau, directed by Seth Graves, is genius. It tells a story, that may or may not be related entirely to the song itself.

As far as the song is concerned, it's The Dead Deads at their "space grunge metal punk" best.

I won't tell you what you should take from this, just watch it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Music Found: Crystal Shawanda

Crystal Shawanda grew up in Ontario, Canada on a reservation. You can read her bio on her official webpage. What I want to focus on is her music and incredible voice.

Her 2014 album The Whole World's Got The Blues saw her turn away from the country music of her first record, and she truly found her place. Her voice, to me, sounds like a cross between Tanya Tucker and Bonnie Raitt with a touch of Aretha for power.

The  soul-inspired, country-tinged blues rock music is the perfect bed for her vocals to lie.

Here's a live version of the song "The Whole World's Got The Blues". Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Q and A with Meta Dead of the Dead Deads

Photo by Gina Binkley
The Dead Deads are an all female "Space-grunge, metal-punk" band (according to their official Twitter) based in Nashville. Their debut album Rainbeau is available in all the usual places (links below). I had the opportunity to conduct a question and answer with guitarist/vocalist Meta Dead. Here are the results of that interview along with a previously unreleased photo.

First of all, thank you so much for doing this. I appreciate it.

Our pleasure.

Let’s get the obvious out the way so we can get to some more interesting stuff. The Dead Deads. Why that name for the band?

We played a Halloween show where we had x’s on our eyes and we fell in love with the simplicity and uniformity of the make-up and wanted to continue doing it. We felt we needed to be called something “dead” to make it make sense. We just started spouting off a bunch of “dead” band names at a practice and someone said, “The Dead Deads,” and we all laughed and then paused and were like, “yeah. okay.” Since then its developed lots of meanings for us, but its beginning was very unassuming.

There’s a lot going on with Rainbeau as far as musical diversity. I’ve read the website bio and the influences, but I sense it goes much deeper than that. I hear 70’s era glam like the Sweet and T-Rex, Black Sabbath, Joan Jett, 80’s era epic Euro Metal (Helloween, e.g.) and punk all with strong pop sensibilities. Tell me where I’m wrong.

None of that’s wrong! With five girls in the band, the influences are all over the map. The reason they all come through in the music is that we all write in a room together. That makes the magic. We don’t rule out any idea and we aren’t pushing for any particular sound or genre, so what happens is organic and a true representation of us and our diverse tastes.

This is not anyone’s first rodeo, so where did everyone come from, band-wise, and how did it all come together?

Billy Dead and Betty Dead were in a band together called Catfight. Daisy Dead and I had been performing in a rock/punk band called PRIM! I was also in a musical comedy duo with my sister Hella Dead called The Wolf Sisters. The drummer for PRIM! was Benjarvis Dumas, who left us to join The Wild Feathers. So, Daisy and I were without a drummer. I invited Billy, the drummer of Catfight to come jam with us. We wrote “The Lonely Sound” that day. We decided to make a band and invited Hella and Betty to join us. We are all sisters now and we are so grateful for things to have worked out the way they did.

From what I can tell, the band’s Tumblr page is a fairly recent endeavor. You haven’t shied away from anything controversial. I have to commend you on the candidness of the posts. Also, as someone who writes words as a hobby, the quality of the writing is stellar. How has the reaction been?

Haha. Thank you. Yes, we recently started the tumblr for many reasons, and it has had a warm reception thus far. Not everyone gets into reading blogs, but we wanted to have one there for fans that do. Social media tends to paint a very one dimensional picture of who an artist is. We feel like through our tumblr we can help those pictures come to life. Our fans can see the real struggles we have, the love we want to share, and the vision we have for our impact on rock ‘n’ roll, etc. We aren’t paper dolls. We are life soldiers just like everyone else. I think the tumblr clarifies that to some degree, and we have really enjoyed curating it.

You’re a really good drummer/guitarist/musician/etc…………. for a girl. How much do statements like that make you cringe? Or do you just let roll off?

The umbrella answer is, we let it roll off. However, I think it affects each of us a little differently. As a drummer, Billy really gets the “worst” of it. No one expects her to be good. Not even women. The fact is, there are not many female drummers that rip like her. It does come as a surprise. However, that’s when we have to look at society and just say, “we still have a long way to go.” Girls aren’t even picking up drumsticks because there is still a stigma that its a boy’s instrument. We enjoy the moments before a show where everyone sizes us up and assumes we won’t be good, because we know that on that night, we will get to teach someone something about gender roles. Ha!

I know it’s not your genre, but being located in Nashville I’m sure you’re aware of the struggles women are having in country music right now. For years, it seemed like women had to fight to get a foothold in the rock world (not pop, hard rock/metal). With strong female-fronted bands like Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless and In This Moment having success right now, do you think female-fronted and all/mostly female bands are more readily accepted now?

Country music. I’ve heard of it. Ha. Especially with the Keith Hill comments bonanza going on about women being the “tomatoes in the country music salad,” meaning the boys are the lettuce and the girls are decoration and unnecessary. Ugh. I’m thrilled to not be on that salad bar. Jesus! But to you your point, and not to take anything away from the fact that Lzzy and Taylor are women, but the reason their bands are topping the charts is because those two bands are legit, hard-rocking bands with great songs and people are hungry for something real. The fact that they are fronted by women seems secondary to me.
Are people more ready to accept female fronted bands? Were they ever not ready? I speak for myself when I say that its up to us as women to pick up instruments and play. The more women do so, the more women we’ll hear on rock radio. I really do think its that simple.

I may date myself, but I grew up when there was no social media (thankfully). In today’s world, how important is social media to an up and coming artist? I know I was able to reach out and get this Q&A via social media initially (thanks Daisy). So yeah, it’s important to fans and idiots like me, but how about you?

Social media is everything for us. It’s how we have grown so quickly in such a short amount of time. The same way you got this interview is how we get shows, gain fans, share videos, sell music, make friends. It’s all visual, it’s all at our fingertips and we embrace that. I’m a shy person to some extent, so sometimes it can be overwhelming, but its so worth it. Daisy said once, “I never knew what ‘I do it for the fans’ really meant until now.” We really desperately love our fans and we’ve gotten to know them through twitter. Without that, we wouldn’t have the connection that makes The Dead Deads and The Dead Corps what they are. It emotionally moves us. We never could have had any of that before social media. It has taken a black and white experience and made it color.

Tell me about new stuff coming up. New record in the works? Summer tour?

So much new stuff! Tour? Yes. We just did southeast, breaking for a month to write, then we’re doing a midwest tour sponsored by That will be followed by another short writing and recording break, then we go on Motorhead’s Motorboat with Lemmy and co. Our tentative release schedule, should we continue to be self-releasing through Tishimon Records is an EP this fall and an album by first quarter of next year. If another label gets involved those timelines could certainly shift, but that’s what we are writing and recording towards.

Enough serious stuff, if you’ll indulge me, here are five inane questions:

Since you are based in Nashville (the South), is there a difference between a barbecue and a cookout? If so, what is it? (You may get judged on your answer here).
A cookout is the event. Barbecue is the what you eat at the event. That’s my answer. Judge away. “Sally is having a cookout! We will be eating barbecue.”

On a scale of reading in a library to screaming incoherently while standing on a bar, how is your time spent not on the road or recording?
Well, I don’t guess it would blow anyone’s mind to know that Daisy, Hella and I participate in a book club. It’s pretty...ya know...brutal and shit.
We spend a lot of time together outside the band. We go to lots of shows. We are all seeing one of our favorites, The Melvins, this weekend.

Billy has a pool at her house so we swim and day drink and talk music, life, philosophy, feminism...
And we work. A lot. We are constantly hustling in this music game. Ha! Skyping, texting, emailing, communicating with fans, booking shows, doing interviews, editing video, photos, balancing the books, working with graphic designers, sending out promo...there is so much work on the back end that people don’t even think of.
We’re a band!

What would be your superpower?
Watch our new video “Lemonade” which premiers July 6th and find out!

Stuck on a deserted island, what three albums do you have?
I’d wish for more wishes.

Right about now, how much do you regret agreeing to this Q&A?
It was pretty tough and I’m really hungry.

Thanks again for your time. Any parting thoughts?


Links for the Dead Deads:

And last but not least, here's the video for "Organ P" from their latest record Rainbeau.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Trixter and BulletBoys New Releases

Trixter and Bulletboys both came out in the tail end of the 80's hard rock scene, right before Nirvana blew it all up. They both had minor hits, Trixter with "Give It To Me Good" and BulletBoys with "Smooth Up In Ya".

Then, like any band that rose to prominence on the hard rock scene during the mid-to-late 80's/early 90's not named Bon Jovi or Motley Crue or Guns 'n Roses, were quickly forgotten.
Both bands had new records come out recently. And for the most part, nobody's going to hear them. Certainly not on radio.

Is either record a musical masterpiece that will go down in the annals of history as a great record? Nope. But if you're a fan of that era of music, it's better than a lot of stuff that came out at the end. The songs are good. The playing is excellent (guitar solos anyone?). The vocals hold up.

With so many artists of that era hanging it up, fighting amongst themselves or just giving up on releasing new music, this is worth checking out.

Here is Trixter with "Rockin' To The Edge of the Night" from their new record Human Era:

And "Rollover" from Bulletboys new record Elefante':

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Album Spotlight: Chris Hennessee: Greetings From Hennessee

If you like any combination of country, Southern Rock, blues,Texas country, gospel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Allmans, Alabama, Jerry Reed, the Eagles, Marshall Tucker, the Bellamy Brothers, etc., you might just find something you like in Chris Hennessee's latest record Greetings From Hennessee.

Classify it how you want. As regular readers of my blog know, I've given up. Just say it's good music.

Here is "Long Way Gone" from the new record.

Album Spotlight: Koritni: Night Goes On For Days

Koritni's latest record Night Goes On For Days could have come straight out of the 80's. And that's a good thing. This Australian band with a French guitarist sounds like they grew up on the Sunset Strip, or Indiana or Mississippi. Confused yet?

Koritni could have easily come out of the mid to late 80's LA sleaze rock scene. Or feel right at home with the Mississippi Delta blues inspired Southern Rock of the 70's. Even touches of American heartland sentiment a la John Mellencamp.

Whatever, they make it all work in a sound that I find refreshing. Mostly it's just good, fun, 80's style hard rock. If you're a fan of that era, these guys do it right.

And they self-aware of what they are doing. Enough to make fun of themselves as is evident in this track, "Rock'nRoll Ain't No Crime":