“No way, no never! Don’t tell me what to do!” Cherri Bomb are confident with their album’s opening small track Take This Now, even if they just seem an all-teenage-girl band they’re more, some already fans defined them the “new hope for rock”. What’s my opinion? Well…the album rocks! In every single way! Just starting with the title THIS IS THE END OF CONTROL.
Their ages range from 14 to 16 and already, the Californian quartet (Julia: guitar, Miranda: guitar and keyboard, Nia: drums, Rena: bass) has toured with bands like Foo Fighters (whose The Pretender has been covered in the band’s first EP) and Smashing Pumpkins and has grown its own fanbase: the BombSquad.
This masterpiece is full of potential hits: the second song on the album is Better This Way where they claim their independence and scream their presence to the world of music, not definitely what you’d expect from girls of their age!
Raw.Real. is the lead single of the album “Follow rules or rebel” – Rena screams, – “Say a prayer as I sin” they want to compare themselves with modern artists, but I personally think that the lyrics that more sum up the whole album are “LET’S UNITE, VICTORY!”; a perfect portrait of the entire band, they win. There’s no front woman or lead singer, there’s just a band.
Shake The Ground was part of The Avengers Soundtrack (Cherri Bomb can shake the ground more than those heroes can!) and some of its lyrics also give the name to the LP, the grooving riff proves that they are not only serious, but they can face in the rock industry. THIS is definitely THE END OF CONTROL.
Too Many Faces, Act The Part and Paper Doll deal with how their image could be seen and interpreted by the audience and also with people who change themselves just to please others, they’re definitely not like that! “So I smile to the camera and I act my part”…”I’m not here to break your fall, I won’t be your Paper Doll”.
Let It Go was one of the songs contained in their first EP STARK, it sounds like a radio-friendly tune with its repeating “I just can’t let it go, just won’t let it go…etc” sung by all the girls.
Sacrificial Lamb and Heart Is A Hole are the dark sides of the album: the first cryptical one sung by the redhead drummer, Nia, with teen themes of rebellion rises to the ears thanks to its continuous drums’ sound; the second one is a dark ballad about the tragic end of a love “Nothing to fill this heart that’s a hole”.
In the end the vibes of the songs Drawing A Blank and Hold On will definitely convince you to give the girl a serious look – “We gotta hold on to each other”.
Be scared of what Cherri Bomb will reach in future.
It’s been a few days now, I’ve slept in a real bed and I’m not drinking gin for breakfast so I am ready to write about Leeds Festival 2012! It’s been a long time since I went to Leeds, my last visit was when Temple Newsam decided they didn’t want the festival back, so my bags were packed and I was off to Bramham Park.
The great thing about festivals is the opportunity to discover new bands and great music and Leeds was no different, I knew a couple of bands from the line-up but otherwise it was a weekend of discovery!
Friday started with my discovery of the weekend – Band of Skulls (I’m actually listening to them while writing this, sadly there are no vinyl releases yet). A heavy three-piece who make match a driving rhythm section with male-female vocals and some super-sweet guitar licks over the top.
Band of Skulls is the band you’d want to stumble across playing the darkened back room of a bar… lights low, drink in hand and their hard rock filling the room, which has plenty of groove to get the crowd moving (I’ve not been surprised to see they toured with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club who share a similar sound on a number of their songs).
Friday also delivered my first tastes of the Eagles of Death Metal and The Gaslight Anthem, both impressive, but the Eagles of Death Metal slightly edging it as they followed the Band of Skulls perfectly, plenty of hip shaking bar room swagger for a Friday afternoon!
Friday evening saw the arrival of The Black Keys and I freaking love The Black Keys, from the early blues duo records to the more recent fuller sounding albums they have never lost their blues and ability to get you moving… it was an amazing early evening set that featured “Howlin’ For You”, “Strange Times”, “Lonely Boy” and “Tighten Up”… hard rockin’ blues, hit after hit this was a perfect festival set and they ruled the main stage.
Friday night was closed by the Foo Fighters who spent two and a half hours belting out classic after classic, from someone who doesn’t really know much about the band’s back catalogue it’s staggering how many of their songs you know. The field was packed for them and they worked it, at one point Rufus, the son of the Roger Taylor from Queen was playing drums while Taylor Hawkins sang “Tie Your Mother Down”… didn’t expect that!
Saturday brought a hangover that was eased with painkillers and coffee and then it was off back to the arena to see what the day brought and to build up to The Cure! The first band to stand out was Coheed and Cambria who had an impressive looking guitar rack at the side of the stage. Intricate and technical they showed how to be heavy and not rely purely on screaming vocals. Coheed and Cambria are next to hunt down after the Band of Skulls.
Paramore were also new to me (seeing a theme here) but were great fun, massive crowd and oh so many Paramore t-shirts on the Saturday! They made way for The Cure…. THE CURE… this gig has been a long time coming for me and to see the band live was momentous. And they were awesome, a huge sound filling the Leeds sky, plenty of smoke and Robert Smith’s vocals sounded amazing – the sound was beautifully mixed. A two hour plus set that featured the hits you would expect (“Boys Don’t Cry” and “Love Cats” were saved for the encore) but it was two songs in particular that hit home the hardest, a mind-melting “Pictures of You” from Disintegration (the album that made my love The Cure) and a spell-binding “A Forest”. This was two hours plus of magic, an effortless demonstration of how good this band is as each song weaved into the next – it wasn’t about gimmicks just beautiful music enveloping a crowd of fans.
Los Campesinos opened the final day, and these lot had more bite than I remember from when a friend played me their first album a few years ago. The beefier sound suits them and it was a great way to ease into the day.
Highlights of Sunday were the brilliant on-stage antics of Santigold and plenty of “hits from ads” that you would recognise if you watch enough TV like me! Another highlight was my introduction to Billy Talent in the NME/Radio 1 Stage, watching a circle pit open up was an impressive site like a vortex… obviously if I wasn’t edging closer to 31 and wearing wellies I would have been in there! I’ve had “Devil On My Shoulder” stuck in my head since in Sunday and you couldn’t leave the set without a massive grin on your face.
Florence could really do with being more machine like and toning down the wispy arms because she can most definitely sing… but wispiness and being marvelled by a sofa can distract me from the songs!
This left Kasabian to close the day and festival. I have a lot of early Kasabian records and remember seeing them in 2004 before they headed off to Glastonbury. Those early records came out of nowhere and for me weren’t tainted by the “lad-ness” that has built up around them. Live, they are amazing and have a huge number of songs which are perfect for the outdoor arenas and it was great to hear a number of the early singles. Kasabian are always a much better band (in my old opinion) when their guitar sound is mixed with the darker electronic beats and this was delivered during their live set… great to hear “Club Foot” and “LSF” live again.
Finishing their set in skeleton suits, Vlad the Impaler was much heavier than the recorded version and reminded me of that feeling in the air on a Sunday night that always drifted over Leeds Festival… waiting for that spark that used to signal to people to cut loose. Followed up by “Fire” they definitely delivered.
Who doesn’t love a good horror movie? And if you are a fan of horror then what better T-Shirt to sport than a Night Of The Living Dead T-Shirt? A total horror classic and in my opinion a totally sweet looking shirt.
This T-Shirt features a slightly adapted version of the original theatrical release poster. The black and white action shots are set off brilliantly by the garish and ghoulish bright green text making this a really eye catching and striking T-Shirt.
Wow! We are now mid-way through August. The months are rolling on and the bands are pumping out the records and merchandise. We started this thread back in April and promised that we would update it again in 4 months time. So here we are, 2/3rds of the way through 2012… the world has still not exploded as predicted… so we better get this posted before it’s too late!
It’s strongly noted that there has been an insane amount of great releases during the past 4 months. This list is pretty long and could have been a hell of a lot longer had we added everything that we wanted to.
So have a read through the following list and let us know if you have been digging any of these albums/EPs, what ones are missing that you think we should have posted and what else you are looking forward to in 2012. We will be back to complete this list in December with a comprehensive round up and a list of our top 10 albums of 2012.
In no particular order:
Slash – Apocalyptic Love
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
Anathema – Weather Systems
Every Time I Die – Ex Lives
Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power (20th anniversary edition)
Hawkwind – Onward
Accept – Stalingrad
Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol
Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living
Unleashed – Odalheim
DragonForce – The Power Within
Torche – Harmonicraft
Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where It Ends
Pigeon Toe – The First Perception
7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow
Woods Of Ypres – Woods 5
St Vitus – Lillie: F-65
Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
Europe – Bag Of Bones
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Tenacious D – Rize Of The Fenix
Royal Thunder – CVI
Burzum – Umskiptar
The Cult – Choice Of Weapon
Mekong Delta – Intersections
Grand Magus – The Hunt
Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
Tank – War Nation
Mnemic – Mnemesis
The Night Flight Orchestra – Internal Affairs
Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Spiritualised – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Unsane – Wreck
Nile – At The Gate Of Sethu
Deathspell Omega – Drought
Ancient Ascendant – Into The Dark
Cambion – Last Rights
Wodensthrone – Curse
Periphery – Periphery II: This Time Its Personal
Baroness – Yellow & Green