Monday, March 1, 2010

Under-Rated: Faster Pussycat

One of the most under-rated hard rock bands, Faster Pussycat has been around since the 80s and brandished a glam rock style that differed than the later posers of the glam rock scene during the early 90s like Winger, Warrant, Firehouse, Enuff z Enuff, and a host of other B bands who permeated, and eventually, ruined the era with their water-downed brand of hard rock.

Don't get me wrong, Pussycat had songs that fit right in with the sleaze rock of the era  like "Cathouse" and "Bathroom Wall," but their follow up album Wake Me When It's Over dropped their party, blues sound down a notch from their debut album and took a more darker, bluesy tone with songs like "Where There's A Whip," "Cryin' Shame," "Little Dove," and "Ain't No Way Around It."

Of course, Wake Me When It's Over still had the typical sleaze songs of the era (What would glam rock be without sleaze?) like "Poison Ivy," and "Tattoo," which are damn fine songs, and keep the album from too much gloom and doom. However, Wake Me When It's Over reminds me of what a pissed off  and more angst-ridden Aerosmith would sound like.

No, Faster Pussycat did not go quietly into the dark night like most bands of their era. They're still rockin' n' rollin' with a different line-up and a darker, more industrial sounding sonic blast. The band has still kept the glam image, but with a darker, goth look. Pussycat is also still fronted by singer Taime Downe and he can still write dynamic and edgy lyrics to songs that still ooze with sleaze. Songs such as "Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll," and "Porn Star" off their newest disc Power And The Glory Hole is a testament to that, and unlike other reviewers of the album still stuck in the 80s hard rock sound like me, I like their new disc.

For the new generation who hasn't yet heard of Faster Pussycat and is hungry to find more hard rocking sounds that this era in music has...sometimes it's best to go backwards. Check out all their albums from their debut album, Wake Me When It's Over, Whipped, and their newest - Power And The Glory Hole!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Metal Spotlight: UNDERCOVER SLUT

If you're sick of all the boy bands with guitars playing that safe, sissy rock music that you would probably catch your own mother rocking out too, then, maybe, you should give Undercover Slut a listen.

If you love offensive, abrasive, hard-rocking music that your mother would scream at you to turn down or, even better, turn off, then you HAVE to give Undercover Slut a good listening too.

Even though these Paris, France headbangers don a glammed-out image, you wont hear songs with the likeness of  "Ain't Nothing but A Good Time" or "C'mon Feel The Noise." Nope. Don't let the image fool you. These boys grind a heavy industrial metal sound with some of the raunchiest, dirtiest, and offensive lyrics put to music. Don't believe me? Just roll on over to their myspace page and rock out Daddy's Little Cunt.

Undercover Slut gets the metal spotlight because they're bringing back the "just don't give a shit," attitude that Rock N' Roll has somehow lost in recent years.

So here...chew on this video below for a taste:

Friday, February 26, 2010

Third Eye Blind's Ursa Major

Little less than a year ago on August 17, 2009, Third Eye Blind released their long anticipated album Ursa Major. Being a fan of the California bay area group for sometime, I was excited to hear what song writing mastermind, Stephan Jenkins would let loose this time on fans.

With Jenkin's witty lyrical style and the band's penchant for exotic sounds and groove-orientated rhythm, this album doesn't fail to deliver. It just delivers in a different way.

Unlike the band's previous albums Out of the Vein and Blue, which had chockfulls of more modern-sounding hits, Ursa Major is more stripped down and less over produced as the band's previous albums. While it takes a few more listens to click with some of the songs on Ursa Major, the album does have immediate stand out tracks such as "Don't Believe A Word," "Bonfire," and "About To Break". However, the album's crown jewels are the songs "Water Landing" and "Monotov's Private Opera."

Water Landing's tint of 60s and 70s classic rock sound in the beginning immediately sets a groove that persuades one to sing along. It then rocks out before it sets into a reggae influenced rap and eventually flows into a verse filled with exotic sound scapes.

The other gem on this album is the heart-felt "Monotov's Private Opera," and is the must-listen to track on Ursa Major. Sexy and sensual with Jenkin's typical lullaby voice and deep lyrical content. This song grooves with a melancholic sweetness that just mesmerizes from beginning to end with a wonderful hook. All I can say is - "Songwriting at it's absolute best."

Ursa Major is a must-check-out album for any Third Eye Blind fan, or even one who has yet to stumble upon their amazing music. There are plenty of songs on this album that will grab hold of the listener and not let go for quite some time.