Sterling Drake – “Roll The Dice” | Soul Step Records REVIEW

A few weeks ago, some friends of mine were discussing country music. One of them complained about the lack of authenticity with the modern variation of the genre. Another shared his hatred for what most call bro-country. I really didn’t have too much to offer to the conversation because it’s a genre I seldom explore. Of course, I enjoy the occasional artist here and there (quite a few I’ve covered here) but it’s a style I would never call myself an expert in. Oddly...

7-inches of Rock N Roll: Clinic EP 1

  Hello and welcome back to another Seven Inches of Rock N Roll with your host Benny Fuzz! For this find, we step into a time machine and go back to 1997 to England with Clinic and their very first E.P. Three songs put out by the band on their label Aladdin’s Cave of Golf. This E.P. has all the Rock N Roll needed to see why they would later become a staple on the label Domino. Keys, Fuzz, and people wearing masks in public, way before it was cool. The three-song E.P. has guts and...

Lauren Eylise – “This Is Personal” | Soul Step Records REVIEW

Whether you know it or not, R&B is the most important genre of music in pop culture. From greats like The Beatles to modern-day pop stars, they owe their success to soul, rhythm, and blues. As a genre, the sound of R&B is important to secular music as drums and guitar. But somewhere in the 90s, the style of soulful vocals, slinky guitar, and smokey melodies gave way to hip-hop flair. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hip-hop as much as the next person, but it clearly took the place of...

Album of the Week: DEAP VALLY – ‘Marriage’

As underground music goes, there’s nothing wrong with a band swinging for the fences. LA garage rock duo Deap Vally has done just that with their third album ‘Marriage‘. Over 12 tracks guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards experiment with a new pop bent and bring in collaborators including KT Tunstall, Peaches, Jennie Vee, and Warpaint’s jennylee. The duo still growls and snarls with catchy ferocity and there is enough primitive crunch displayed...

PREMIERE: KRADLE: ‘Living For the Thrill’ – 80s Vancouver Metal

In the mid-80s in Vancouver, glammed-up leather-clad rockers Kradle came pretty close to breaking out. In 1984, the quartet had recorded a 4-track demo that was making the rounds and drawing interest from numerous labels. Don’t forget, 1984 was quite the year for heavy music: Metallica’s ‘Ride The Lightning‘, Maiden’s ‘Powerslave‘, Ratt’s ‘Out of the Cellar‘, Scorpions with ‘Love at First Sting‘, W.A.S.P.’s first...

Album of the Week: THE EXBATS – ‘Now Where Were We’

The Exbats ‘Kicks, Hits, and Fits‘ was one of the best albums of 2020, with its play on timeless sounding pop, it offered up a sunny respite from the ills of the world. Their latest titled’Now Where Were We‘, (perhaps alluding to our lives being interrupted for the past 20 plus months), is another collection of beautifully crafted late 60s sunshine pop from the father/daughter team. Lead vocalist and drummer Inez McClain with her dad Kenny on guitar and vocals are...