Midwest hard rockers Cimino have tied in the launch of their video for “Alive” (the third single from their Angels & Animals album) with Classic Rock’s “Tracks of the Week” series and it can be viewed here (link to the location of the video on the CR site)
John Taglieri was an in studio guest at 107.1 on Key West, Fl this morning. Check out his unplugged performance of “Toasting The Man in the Moon” here
Young modern rock upstarts Red Tide Rising have been nominated in three categories for the 2014 Independent Music Awards in the Southwest region.
Young British hard rock upstarts Lovebite have parted ways with the American label, Spectra Records, without releasing their debut album via the company, despite signing with them and delivering masters of their Lock N’ Load album over a year ago.
“We were getting really frustrated with the whole situation and we weren’t sure what to do,” explains frontman, Jonny Sparks. “We signed a management deal with a US based company called Head First Entertainment about three months ago and they looked at our record contract and started asking questions of the label. We had our release date pushed back repeatedly for no good reason and we weren’t getting valid answers.” He goes on to explain, “We were also required to pitch in quite a bit of money for a publicity campaign back in January and we really didn’t see a lot of results from that. And that was the beginning of the end, really.”
The band’s manager, Dave Tedder, chimes in: “Pushing back the album’s release date so many times for the reasons I was given was bad enough, but when I saw the press report they sent, that was pretty much the final straw. Included in the report were outlets such as The Today Show, David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien and other TV shows that made no sense, as well as UK alternative magazines such as Q, Mojo and the like. We’re talking about an upcoming glam rock band here, not a mainstream pop or indie rock act. Now, a lack in judgement is one thing but when I saw the magazines Sounds, RAW, Select and Vox on the list it quickly became obvious that part of the list was fabricated. None of those magazines exist anymore! Combing through the report and doing some research I found that they claim to have gotten “no” (“rejected”) as a response from close to twenty publications that no longer exist and some of which stopped printing as far back as the 1970′s. I sent my concerns over, asked them to explain things and they sent an eMail to Jonny Sparks with a termination notice saying that I was harassing them. It’s not harassment, it’s looking out for the best interests of my clients. It’s right there in black and white – Spectra Records screwed over Lovebite – no if’s and’s or but’s about it. I’ve asked them to prove me wrong and they just ignore that request.”
Free of their contract now, Lovebite will have Lock N’ Load available on iTunes in the next few weeks and physical copies of the album will be available on Amazon’s various sites around the world. In the meantime, the band continues to write and demo songs for their sophomore release which should see the light of day sometime in 2015
Fayetteville, NC) North Carolina hard rockers The Fifth are set to hit the boards once again with upcoming live shows in Raleigh, NC and Pekin, IL, doing photo shoots, adding a new band member, writing and demoing new music and just preparing to take the latter part of 2014 by the balls.
“While our bass player, Franko, has been overseas we’ve taken advantage of the time to work on new material and find the perfect drummer that fits with The Fifth,” says frontman Roy Cathey. “Welcoming Darius Rose into the fold has really given us a sense of stability and dedication we’ve been needing. Guitarist, Icky Jim and myself also made an appearance last year at the 2013 Skullfest in N.Platte, Nebraska playing an acoustic set of material from The Fifth, Cold Sweat and Gibraltar (Cathey’s pre-Cold Sweat hard rock outfit). This gave us a chance to reconnect with the melodic rock audience that may still remember me from my Cold Sweat days.
The band’s new material leans in a heavier direction while still keeping it’s melodic sensibilities. “When we added Franko to the band after recording ‘Confessions of Man’ so many new doors were opened musically and allowed Icky and myself to really stretch ourselves,” states Roy. “With a bass player influenced by Geezer Butler, Steve Harris and Cliff Burton it’s going to change your sound and we feel it’s for the better. We’ve yet to even come close to reaching our potential. It’s very exciting.”.
On the live front, The Fifth has upcoming shows on November 1 at The Deep South in Raleigh, NC, the Rock N’ Skull Festival in Pekin, IL on November 15 (alongside Black N’ Blue, Tuff, Babylon AD and others) and on December 5 at The Lincoln Theater in Raleigh with Rubicon Cross.