alright let’s get back to some kick ass rock ‘n’ roll , you know what I’m talking about, Stones, Kinks, Thin Lizzy, Mott, Bad Company , Zep , the kind of rock that makes you want to jump about like a crazy person, well that’s what we have in store for you. I’m picking 3 tracks from each of these new albums from our friends at Rum Bar Records. You in turn follow the links and order yourself these albums so when your friends come over to listen to records you can show them that you understand what the hell rock ‘n’ roll is and ought to be….
The Backseat Angels
The Backseat Angels
A rock’n’roll story by Eric Knoxx
It was the summer of 2015. My former band, the VICE BARONS, was going nowhere fast so we decided to call it a day. At the same time, I was contacted by some loudmouth who had christened himself “Tom The Bomb” and had busted my nuts for weeks to come and play some guitar with him.
Since I had nothing better to do, I told him I’d come along but only if we could find a bass player and a drummer. As a matter of fact, I knew that Marc, who drove the van whenever the VB’s went on tour, played some bass.
Tom said he knew a drummer. But on the day we finally met, it appeared that the guy wasn’t much of a drummer. So we quickly had to let him go. Drummers have always been a problem ever since. Right now Franck is sitting behind the drum kit.
This band wears its influences on its sleeves and it’s obvious we want to combine the swagger of Glam bands like SLADE or SWEET, the snottiness of The BOYS or The UNDERTONES and the catchyness of groups like The Paul Collins’BEAT or The KNACK.
In 2016, the fast growing American label RUMBAR records will be releasing our debut full length called “Saturday Night Shakes”.
The album provides some crowd favourites such as “My Baby Wants To Brainwash My Mind”, “School Bus Driver” or the moronic “Stupid Brats”. Other newly written tracks like “Peppermint Girl” or “Hard To Tame” display a more glam/footstomping side of the band.
In my personal CD collection it will be filed between THE ARROWS (First Hit) and (Drop out with) THE BARRACUDAS. And this is exactly where it belongs.
The man with the white Jaguar
releases May 27, 2016
Eric : Vocals, guitars and organs
Marc : Bass and vocals
Tom : Guitars and vocals
Franck : Drums
and next up
and I had to pick this….
The Phantoms of the Rum Bar are here…
Fronted by lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Victor Penalosa (yeah, those Penalosas — from the seminal West Coast
punk band the Zeros) and who also just happens to be the drummer of reunited rock icons the Flamin’ Groovies, The Phantoms
play rock and roll in its purest, most lethal form. Dangerous in their approach, yet cool to the ear, their classic sound
evokes comparisons to T-Rex, The Plimsouls, The Hoodoo Gurus, and yes, the Stones. Their timeless approach is drenched
in Chuck Berry riffs and the straightforward energy that recalls the days when rock and roll was still wild, menacing, and FUN.
The rest of The Phantoms are veteran players as well: Xavier Anaya (lead guitar/The Trebles/The Hoods); Chris Iandolo
(bass/Dizzy); and Ed Masi (drums/Ghosts of California/Sleeping Cranes) — a band of confident performers who raise the bar
every time they hit the stage.
The Phantoms swagger through their 11-song Rum Bar Records debut with arena-headlining energy, with songs like the
anthem “Tears Me Up Inside” and the 70’s punk stomp of “Ditch Digger”. “Stab My Broken Heart” kicks KISS-inspired ass, and
the opening track and lead-off single “Baby Loves Her Rock and Roll” plows you over like a long-lost Paul Collins Beat song
Charismatic. Snarling. Fun. The Phantoms are for real.
releases May 20, 2016
Victor M. Penalosa – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Xavier Anaya – Lead Guitar
Chris Iandolo – Bass Guitar
Ed Masi – Drums