Thanks to Trailer for the disturbing artwork. The original image is by the famous photographer David LaChapelle.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Hailing from New Jersey, 40 Pound Hound is a power trio of hard-charging rockers, steeped in the classics of rock and roll, their roots are buried around the yard like tasty bones ready to be dug up and inserted into their original tunes as quick as a lick. Thier songs are as taut as a hound testing the length of the chain with paws dug deep and a defiant howl. The self-titled is no nonsense three prong attack, riffs, beats and more beats. Like a big bowl of table scraps, you'll hear bits and pieces of Gilmore, Baker, Wyman, and other legends of Rock, as these lads have studied hard the foundations of Rock and Roll.
A staple at the Jersey Shore if you like raw, hard and rambunctious music you should go catch them ripping up a joint in the near future.
The band has completed their 1st studio recordings of 7 songs. Recorded at WOM Studio in Long Branch NJ. Next step is to have some CDs professionally printed and for sale online….
A fellow hot rodder, I met Corey at last year's Race of Gentlemen, but just recently found out he had a band so I sent him along some questions to get to know about 40 Pound Hound.
PT - Name of the band and how’d you came up with it?
Corey - Band is named after Duane's dog, Lemmy. Finding a great band name can be very difficult. Lemmy weighs(ed) 40 lbs and he sleeps through every loud rehearsal in Duane's garage. Seemed as good a name as any when we needed to come up with a name.
PT - Who’s in the band?
Corey - Duane Hutter plays guitar, John Mathius plays Bass and is our lyric composer and singer. Me, I'm Corey Stubblefield and smack the shit outa drums... Sometimes rhythmically.
PT - Where do you live and what’s great about it?
Corey - Duane and I are from Middletown, John is from Maryland, near DC area, spent time living in Brooklyn, and now lives in Long Branch. We rehearse in Middletown surrounded by horse farms. It's a great, peaceful setting that we routinely poison with our own noise pollution. Our sound could be described a few ways; heavy, blues rock. Stoner rock, spacerock, mathrock, or high energy hard rock.
PT - Tell us about your latest release?
Corey - Our latest self-titled release started as some riffs that Duane had. After jamming on them for a few months, John brought a microphone to practice and stated he wrote some lyrics to go with a couple of the tunes. (Yes! This fuckin guy is cool!) As we continued to play & grow, John's songs seemed to really take a distinct New Jersey theme. Pine Barrens is about the Jersey Devil, NJT is about riding the train, and Eminent Domain... Well I forgot what that's about.Ha
PT - When did you start making music?
Corey - I started playing drums at age 12. In 7th grade I met Duane and we were soon trying to play AC/DC & Black Sabbath tunes. Duane and I toured parts of USA and Europe with one of our previous bands in early 2000s. After that band split I took a break to focus on my daughter (2005). All the while still just jamming with Duane here & there. Summer of 2012 there was a BBQ at Duane's, we jammed with people at the party. John was at the party with his wife, and when we jammed we just kinda hit it off.
PT - Who are some that have/had an influence on you?
Corey - My biggest influence on drums are; Bonham, Moon, Ian Paice, Ringo Starr, Bill Ward,Tommy Lee, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, Carmine (&) Vinny Appice, John Densmore, Nick Mason, Mitch Mitchell, and Animal (Ronnie Verdel).
PT - What are some of the challenges, obstacles you've dealt with?
Corey - Just off the top of my head. I think the biggest challenge or obstacle would be time. Finding the time to rehearse, having enough time to record, and having everyone in the bands' schedule line up to do a show. It's never easy. John and I are both married with children. And we all three work full time/ overtime. Duane is a painter, John is a graphic designer, and I'm a mechanic. If there was something I could do over it would definitely be to focus on my passion of performing. I love making people feel good! I shouldn't have been focused on fixing cars,(listened to my mom and dad and got a "real" job, what a dummy!) I now know I could've made a living playing music one way or another. I think I might have tried comedy too.
PT - What's one thing about you/band that very few people know?
Corey - All the band members are right handed.
PT - What was the first record you bought?
Corey - My first record I bought myself was Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti. With paper route $ in 7th grade. Followed by multiple Zeppelin $ ACDC records. The first album I asked my mom to get me was something from Ozzy Osbourne, she got me Diary of a Madman.
PT - Who are you listening to lately? Vinyl, CD or digital?
Corey - We listen to vinyl during breaks at rehearsal. Usually old Stones.
PT - If you could record with any one artist who would it be and why?
Corey - I would love to record with Dave Grohl. I love his energy, and his music rocks.
PT - What films have had a lasting impact on you?
Corey - Smokey & Bandit, Hooper, Cool Hand Luke, Idiocracy, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, Blazing Saddles, Airplane, The Godfather, The Song Remains the Same, the Big Lebowski.
PT - Twizzlers or Slim Jims?
Corey - Slim Jims (my daughter loves them)
PT - Since youse are a Jersey band, here's the age old question that defines North/South NJ borders. Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?
Corey - Pork Roll
PT - Whiskey or Beer?
Corey - Whiskey
PT - Favorite road food?
Corey - a burger.
PT - What's next on the horizon?
Corey - Hopefully the band will continue to write more songs, record & perform them. For me, it's all about the fun of it.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
With their retirement from punk rock carnival—and midwest festival favorite—known as Black Jake & The Carnies looming, the Michigan trio of Billy LaLonde (drums, vocals), Andy Benes (guitar, vocals), and Joe Bertoletti (bass, vocals) take two unlikely influences, Dale Watson and The Misfits and create a monster of a sound with their new band Fangs and Twang.
The level of musicianship from the trio takes what could've been just imitation to innovation.
When you need something irreverent and just plain fun these lads serve it up in spades.
The trio started writing and playing shows last fall. Inspired by Joe' s trip to Austin, TX (he saw Dale Watson playing a roadhouse and providing the soundtrack for a game of chicken-shit bingo), some improvised vampire lyrics that Billy belted out (causing those in the room to spit out drinks with laughter), and Andy's twangy Telecaster licks (face melting), the 'monster country' concept was born. "We wanted to do something fun, collaborative, and high energy" said Andy. Indeed, Fangs and Twang share writing and lead vocal duties, and definitely bring a party atmosphere to their performances.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
ICYMI: Feel Bad For You June's theme is Summer songs! (Very loose theme - songs about summer or whatever) oodles of lazy, hazy, breezy tunezy's. Yes it's July, but I've been very procrastidasical and didn't repost this in June. Feel bad for me. As always comments and drunken ramblings welcome
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Jersey post-punk poppers, Cross Town Train are not starting to fade, that's just the name of their latest release, 'Start To Fade'. No, far from it the Central Jersey alt-rockers are furiously barreling forward, on track and on schedule with a robust, rambunctious new release that's bound to pick up new passengers as they tour behind this release.
Tight as tungsten steel the lads lay down tracks with flippant veracity, angst and animosity abound, the songs are powerful and poignant from a maturing band, the train has left the station, but it's not too late, I suggest you catch it at the next stop......
Jun 28 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, NJJul 07 The Sidebar Baltimore, MD
Jul 08 The Electric Maid Washington, DC
Jul 09 Mr. Roboto Project Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 10 Donatos Basement Columbus, OH
Jul 11 The White House Terre Haute, IN
Jul 12 The House Cafe Dekalb, IL
Jul 13 The Upper Room Grand Rapids, MI
Jul 15 The Central Toronto, Canada
Jul 16 Sugar City Buffalo, NY
Jul 18 The Puppy Palace Allston, MA
Jul 19 DV8 Providence, RI
Jul 21 Soul Sounds Sayville, NY
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Formerly known as Buddha in a Chocolate Box, a five-piece rare alternative/folk outfit, sticking to their southern stomp roots, their new journey with the new band name, The Settlement is to develop and spread an Australian folk/roots sound, fuelled by fiddle and strong rhythm their music is bound to invoke!
An exciting year looms in 2015, with constant festival gigging, and the release of their debut album it all starts with their debut single Stomp. which will be released 10th July 2015 on A&R Records is an anthemic crowd involver with a purpose. STOMP! CLAP! AND HOOT!