BLACK COFFEE Announce Go Fund Me to Finance New Record & Facilitate Future Touring

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Columbus, OH based Rock Band BLACK COFFEE has announced a GO FUND ME campaign to help fund their upcoming new album. Funds will also go towards renovating an old school bus for future touring.

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“We need your help to convert our school bus into a tour bus so we can play shows worldwide and so we can work on our studio album with some of the top producers in the world who have worked with everyone from AEROSMITH, AC/DC, GUNS N’ ROSES, FLEETWOOD MAC, METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and SOUNDGARDEN to ADELE, ARIANA GRANDE, KATY PERRY, and PHARRELL.” – Black Coffee

Click to Donate to Black Coffee’s Go Fund Me Page

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Track List:
1. Creamer
2. I Barely Know Her
3. Hurricane
4. Monica
5. Born to Lie
6. The Traveler
7. Psychedelic Red
8. Fade
9. Away

Click HERE to Download ‘Take One’!

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Black Coffee formed in late 2017 and consists of drummer Tommy McCullough, singer Ehab Omran, guitarist Justin Young, and bassist Nick Fratianne.

With the release of Black Coffee’s first demo, Take One, on April 21st, the Columbus, Ohio rockers definitely possess the sound, style, confidence and work ethic to drive this band’s success. Take One and the original single, “I Barely Know Her,” is available on all streaming services, and its accompanying video which debuted Friday, April 20th.

Fans can expect a diverse selection of original music. From the raw and dominant 1st single to the blistering, “Hurricane,” and funky, “Monica,” . . . along with otherworldly, “The Traveler,” and drive-with-the-top-down classic,“Born To Lie,” Take One proves to be one of the most exciting musical debut’s in modern history.

Black Coffee combines superb musicianship with a high-energy performance. Dedicated to re-inventing modern rock music, Black Coffee parts the proverbial sea for the next generation of artists.

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FORMER MISFITS GUITARIST DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN SIGNS LABEL/DISTRIBUTION DEAL

unnamed-7As announced on the Black Carpet at the REVOLVER MUSIC AWARDS last night, former MISFITS guitarist DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN has signed a label and distribution deal with EMP LABEL GROUP, who will not only release, AS WE DIE, the upcoming sophomore LP from the legendary guitarist’s eponymous project DOYLE, but distribute all releases for the guitarist’s label MONSTERMAN RECORDS.

EMP, the label vessel of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, with operations headed up by former Corporate Punishment President/A&R/Marketing exec Thom Hazaert, home to artists including A Killer’s Confession, Motograter, Heaven Below (featuring Patrick Kennison of Lita Ford/Union Underground), Broken Teeth, Doll Skin, Helstar, Cage9, Green Death, Arise in Chaos, former Faith No More vocalist Chuck Mosley, and many more, started out with deep ties into the Doyle camp, according to EMP’s Hazaert.

“I worked really closely with Bruce (Miyaki – Doyle’s Manager) and MONSTERMAN on (Doyle’s 2013 release) Abominator, and I was actually the marketing director out of the gate on that release. Over the years, I’ve stayed involved, and we’re all good friends, and with David (Ellefson), who also had a great relationship with DOYLE, eventually as EMP came to fruition the conversation inevitably came up about seeing if there was a fit there. With everything else going on in all of our Worlds, it took a bit of a detour to finally get here, but I can’t express how excited we are to finally be able to put this all together. The legacy of someone like DOYLE, who is SUCH a legendary talent, is always such an amazing gift when it comes to putting out records, especially for a label like EMP, where we are all HUGE, genuine music fans. And there’s really not many out there who can hold a candle to DOYLE, in terms of talent OR legacy.”

EMP President David Ellefson agrees. “I’ve always loved Doyle and we’ve had a great relationship that goes back a long time. We’d started some talk last year when Doyle and Alissa (White-Gluz) came out to do some stuff with Metal Allegiance, and it just became an ongoing conversation over the past year. Now that it’s official, we’re extremely excited to be able to not only push out this new DOYLE record, which is amazing, but all the killer MONSTERMAN titles via EMP.”

Says Doyle, “When Dave came to me with an offer for our new CD As We Die it was a no brainer. He has been a good friend of mine for 20 + years, and has never done me wrong, and in this business that’s unheard of. We didn’t want to release it ourselves on Monster Man, we wanted a bigger push and EMP has a lot of exciting things happening in 2017 that will do that for us.”

DOYLE the current project of Von Frankenstein, with CANCERSLUG vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story, and a current lineup rounded out by bassist Brandon Strate and drummer Brandon Pertzborn, continues the lineage of Doyle’s former projects, pairing crushing metal riffs with ferocious Punk Rock swagger and the theatrical intensity one would expect from one of the reigning kings, and erstwhile creators, of Horror-Core.

In addition to the upcoming sophomore release from DOYLE, EMP/MONSTERMAN will release several limited edition vinyl configurations, as well as a CD reissue of DOYLE’s Critically-acclaimed ABOMINATOR, the upcoming LP from LA Industrial Metal mainstays DEAD GIRLS CORP., and several additional 2017 releases TBA.

DOYLE has also announced an extensive EUROPEAN TOUR in February, including several dates in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and more. VIP and MEET AND GREET PASSES are available for purchase at officialdoyle.com

DATES
2/1 BIRMINGHAM, UK – MAMA ROUX
2/2 CHESTER, UK – THE LIVE ROOMS
2/3 GLASGOW, UK – AUDIO
2/4 NEWCASTLE, UK – ACADEMY 2
2/5 MILTON KEYNES, UK – CRAUFORD ARMS
2/6 LONDON, UK – THE UNDERWORLD
2/7 EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS – DYNAMO
2/8 OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY – HELVETE
2/9 BERLIN, GERMANY – WILD AT HEART
2/10 HAMBURG, GERMANY – BAMBI GALORE
2/11 OLDENBURG, GERMANY – CADILLAC
2/12 ERFURT, GERMANY CLUB FROM HELL
2/14 OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC – BARRAK CLUB
2/15 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – DURER KERT ROOM 041
2/16 VIENNA, AUSTRIA – VIPER ROOMS
2/17 MILAN, ITALY – LEGEND CLUB
2/18 CERVIA (RAVENNA), ITALY – ROCK PLANET
2/19 ROMA, ITALY – TRAFFIC
2/21 BADED, SWITZERLAND – WERKK
2/23 MADRID, SPAIN – SALA LEMON
2/24 BARCELONA, SPAIN – SALA BOVEDA
2/25 ROMANS/ISERE, FRANCE – SECRET PLACE
2/26 ST JEAN DE VEDAS, FRANCE- SECRET PLACE

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Needs More Punch: Big Guns Pay Tribute to the Classic Rock Icons

Northern Ireland’s Big Guns have no shame in living in the era where Guns n’ Roses and AC/DC ruled the airwaves. There’s a constant vibe in their music that hearkens back to leather jackets, Harley packs and the grimy, dirty hard rock of the 70’s and 80’s. Big Guns’ debut, Down But Not Out, is an album with a lot of energy behind its rough riffs and crowd-packing choruses, but it still doesn’t have enough Big Guns in it as opposed to the band’s influences.

Despite the focus on the riff-heavy rock from AC/DC, vocalist Kieran “Twerp” McArdle doesn’t try to imitate the kind of sound you’d expect from Brian Johnson (and definitely not Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, the singer from another of the band’s influences). Instead, McArdle channels the grungy, but ranged vocal style of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and the era’s questionable resultant, post-grunge. “The Devil’s Highway” (aside from taking a huge cue from AC/DC in name alone) lets McArdle stretch that vocal range considerably, and while he doesn’t reach the climactic highs of Cornell’s, it’s still a shining moment of promise for Big Guns. You can hear his lungs shaking at the intensity behind his voice.

The band makes a superb showing with “Remember Me,” a blisteringly intense anthem chock full of invigorating left-turns and lots of variety in between the surging pace. Aside from McArdle’s furious, right-in-your-face vocals and a fantastic mix of riffs and solos from guitarist Daniel “Baldo” O’Toole (with the solos drawing comparisons to Judas Priest and early thrash metal), drummer Lisa Howe unleashes a blitz of fast fills and smashing beats, shining as a rhythmic machine behind the kit. “Remember Me” is the kind of song where a band simply doesn’t hold back, letting loose every trick in their book in one massive swell. It pays off: “Remember Me” is easily the best song on the whole album.

That kind of performance makes the rest of the album sound weaker in comparison. The formula of catchy beats leading to a thunderous punch of a hook at the end of the chorus is done rather excessively. Opener “Red Eyed and Rolling” and the underwhelming “A Song For a Friend” both show this formula in effect even before the halfway mark, so expect that abused tactic to ring repeatedly across the eight tracks. “Kiss and Tell” continues that repetition, tugging at those radio-friendly throwbacks that modern classic rock seems to grasp at. The band continues to try and capture that nostalgic fury with a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World”, which while not terrible, neither brings their own sound into the mix enough, nor pays tribute to Young’s iconic vocal style. It clearly sounds like a cover. The brief closer “Forever and Always” is a dark, evanescent simmer that slowly fades away after its finely tuned guitar solo. It’s a very atmospheric track, but as you can deduce from its short length and status as a closer, it’s the not the kind of music the band wants to make.

Classic rock means different things to different people, but to the musicians in Big Guns, it means something important. By covering a Neil Young gem and channeling their love for AC/DC and Judas Priest, they’ve shown that they’re not trying to crutch up the past, but to inject some adrenaline back into the old bones of the 70’s and 80’s. The result is an album that, while catchy and pretty intense, still doesn’t have the full drive behind it. “The Devil’s Highway” and “Remember Me” are songs that the band should definitely keep close to heart, as they aren’t just fine examples of classic rock-infused fervor, but they give the band their own identity; these are great songs and they’re great Big Guns songs. But for the stumbling points like “A Song for a Friend” and “Fall From Grace”, you see a band who’ve analyzed the formulas of classic rock, but not the creativity. The hooky choruses can only last so long before sounding stale. Big Guns’ debut demonstrates a walking of the line behind reverence and downright reliance; if the band wants to move into the big leagues, they need to channel their own spirits just as much as they channel the spirits of their influences.

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AC/DC Entire Catalog Finally on iTunes

One of the last holdouts of the old timers, AC/DC finally ended their hold out from distributing music through iTunes as of this morning. iTunes is now offering the “Complete Set” of AC/DC for $149.99, as well as the “Studio Collection” for $99.99, ringtones, the group’s new live album ‘Live At River Plate’, and of course individual albums.
Another holdout, Kid Rock, has also announced sales on iTunes of his new effort.
About time that these guys just give the fans what they wanted all along.

Head over to iTunes now.

Rosie Soul & The Rock N Roll Cowboys Live @ Daddios

ROSIE SOUL & THE ROCK’N’ROLL COWBOYS are – without a doubt – the hottest hard rock party band in the world. AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Shinedown, Def Leppard, Katy Perry, Nickelback, Bon Jovi, Pink, Van Halen, and MORE. Rosie’s show is NON-STOP DANCING to everyone’s all time favorite songs. Crimson Society is the lead single off of an upcoming EP, the first studio recording effort from Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys. Listen to it here.

ROSIE SOUL is the ultimate, interactive rock’n’roll experience. Rosie brings a full, professional sound and light show that will make your guests feel like they are at Madison Square Garden. This is not a dull, ho-hum, “variety” or “wedding” band – sleepwalking through songs. Rosie Soul’s show crackles with flash and passion on every note.

“Last Saturday was the first time we had Rosie at our venue and I was blown away! From the beginning to the end the crew, the band and Rosie herself was kind, accommodating, friendly, but most importantly entertaining. One of our regular customers told me they felt they weren’t just seeing a band in a bar, they felt like they were truly at a concert and I think from the feedback I have gotten that the whole room felt the same way. It was a pleasure to see all the new faces of Rosie fans in our bar and see all of our regulars converted into Rosie followers! Even our staff hasn’t quit talking about what a good time they had even though they were working the whole time. One of the bartenders said it was the best time he has ever had while working. We thank you for the boost in sales you brought us for the night, for the new customers you brought to our door, for your professionalism and the care you took to make sure we were pleased, but most importantly, we thank you for a stellar night of music we won’t soon forget!

Sincerely,
Glenna K. Strable
Event Coordinator Daddio’s Bar & Grille”

DANKO JONES: New Album ‘Rock and Roll is Black and Blue’ to be Released in North America on October 9, 2012

DANKO JONES is extremely excited to announce that they will be releasing their new album Rock And Roll is Black and Blue on October 9, 2012.

Over the course of six full-length albums, DANKO JONES has forged a singular sound that draws equally from the blues, ‘60s garage, ‘70s hard rock, ‘80s hardcore, punky power-pop, Scandinavian metal, and classic stand-up comedy records without ever being fully defined by any of those sources. But while built from the same rudiments, each DANKO JONES record possesses a distinct sonic identity. Born A Lion (2002) brought the boogie and sledgehammer soul; We Sweat Blood (2003) was, by contrast, more anxious and aggro. Sleep Is the Enemy (2006) wielded the sharpest hooks. Never Too Loud (2008) was as slick as Below the Belt (2010) was stripped-down. But, compared to all that’s come before, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is, hands down, the most emotional and, as a result, the most epic DANKO JONES album to date.

Now, don’t be scared off by those E-words – there’s not a children’s choir, orchestra or piano ballad to be found within a 500-mile radius of this album. But what you hear on Rock and Roll is Black and Blue is the DANKO JONES ideal blown up to skyscraping proportions, resulting in 13 tracks that are bolder, brasher, and brawnier than anything they’ve attempted before.

The album is produced in full by their longtime partner in crime Matt DeMatteo and was mixed by Mike Fraser, known for his work with AC/DC, Aerosmith, Franz Ferdinand and Elvis Costello to name a few. It is also the first album recorded with “new” drummer Atom Willard – the sixth person in DANKO JONES history to hold the “drummer” title, but the first to stand on equal creative footing with Danko and his longtime foil, bassist John “JC” Calabrese. The man’s résumé speaks for itself: Not only was Willard the driving percussive force behind Danko’s all-time favorite San Diegan garage-punk armada Rocket From the Crypt, he’s also been keeping time for the multi-platinum likes of the Offspring, Social Distortion and Angels & Airwaves, so he knows how to drum his way around a massive tune.

The first single – “Just A Beautiful Day” – will be serviced to radio all over the world shortly.
The new album follows the June release of Bring On The Mountain – a two disc DVD featuring a 90 minute documentary, a short film, exclusive live clips from around the world and all the music videos they have ever done.

A lengthy European tour scheduled for October / November was announced during spring and with ticket sales already looking great we expect most shows to be sold out well before the doors open. Tour dates in Canada, US and Australia will be announced soon with more European touring and a busy festival summer in 2013 also on the horizon. European tour dates can be found here:
http://www.dankojones.com/home/tour

Merchandising Madness: What’s Cool and What’s Tool

Recently, an article from Metal Insider regarding strange merchandise from legendary band Slayer, piqued interest.  Some of the choices were depicted as bizarre and others possibly just intriguing.  It begs the question, “When is the band just pocketing money and when is it actually providing for the fans?”.  Much of this would depend on the individual, thus making for an opinionated debate.

The ultimate gods of merchandising of course are KISS.  It is well known that Simmons and Stanley typically put their names on anything, from coffins to potato heads.  One of our favorites, actually here in the office, just happens to be the Gruntz Dressed to Kill KISS collectibles (shown below).  Still, what makes these collectible over a potato head, or the ultimate collectible, a coffin?

KISS Gruntz Dressed to Kill figures in the PMM office

A plethora of wines have been produced lately with mainly classic rock groups as the benefactor.  The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, even AC/DC have signed on to wine their wares.  Vince Neil is no stranger to lending his name to liquor, having a tequila brand and wine label.  Of course, Sammy Hagar made a small mint when selling off his Cabo Wabo Tequila and Maynard from Tool has a very legit wine orchard in Arizona (enough to have a whole documentary about it).

Other oddities include: Durex  marketing their condoms using bands from JLS to Slayer. Rammstein apparently has their own lines of sex toys.  Having seen them in concert numerous times, this actually makes a lot of sense.  Bill Wyman of the Stones endorses a metal detector.  Mastadon have a “horn” to drink from and Motorhead has a beach ball (We must confess this is in the office also- when we think Lemmy we think beach!).

Perfumes, pasta sauces, sodas, energy drinks, if the money is there the bands will come.  The line of action figure type replicas are very collectible and can increase in value rather quickly.  Motley Crue, Lemmy, Slash, Iggy Pop, Ozzy, Hendrix, Morrison, and Metallica are just a few who have been immortalized in plastic.  The bobblehead industry is booming too.  Just “head” on over to Amazon or any number of websites to check out the various bands that are represented.

Jerry Only-Misfits bobblehead in the PMM office

The bottom line is that consumers want these products.  If they did not no one would be putting the money into manufacturing the trinkets and toys and who knows what.  Let the consumer beware and judge.  If someone loves KISS so much they want to be buried in a KISS coffin, so be it.  As rock n’ roll collectors ourselves, the variety beyond the usual tees and posters is exciting and also an opportunity to laugh.  With the market for song distribution so confusing these days let the bands make the money where and when they can.  And let us put the debate to bed.  Hey, where are my Misfits slippers anyhow?