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(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar says that he is open to the idea of a Van Halen reunion tour that would also feature David Lee Roth but he would only do it for the fans and the situation would have to be right.
"You mean that  Sam and Dave tour with Van Halen as the backup band? Yeah, that would be a dream scenario for me too, but it would be the same old thing," Hagar tells Rolling Stone. "On the  reunion tour, we traveled on separate planes. You check into the hotel at different times so you don't even see them [the Van Halen brothers] in the lobby. You don't really see them until the gig. I could deal with Dave on that level. [Huge laugh.] But he'd have to be cool."
In the summer of 2002, Hagar and Roth teamed up in the "Song For Song, The Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll" tour, also known by fans as the 'Sans-Halen' or 'Sam & Dave' Tour. The shows featured the singer's swapping headline status at each date on the run, while maintaining their distance from each other.
"A tour like that [with Van Halen] would be the coolest thing for the fans ever," continued Hagar. "I would do it for the fans. I wouldn't do it just for the money. Everybody would have to be cool and have their hearts in it. I hate to give out bad news, but I just doubt it'll ever happen. I would like to just see [bassist] Mike [Anthony] back in the band with Dave. If that works, all right, I'll come in next."
Asked if their might a scenario where Hagar would regroup with Van Halen only, the rocker says "I would play with anybody that loves me and that I love. That would include Van Halen, but the love's not there right now. I do love those guys. We really bumped heads on the last tour [in 2004.] Anyone that saw that last tour or read my book knows that I'm not gonna take any blame 'cause there's no blame to give me. I went out and did my job probably better than anyone else in that band. Anyone that saw the show, I think, would agree with me."
"That tour was just a mess and I would never go into a mess like that again," he added. Read more here.
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(hennemusic) Rush are premiering a 1974 performance of an unreleased song, "I've Been Running", as a preview to their 40th anniversary box set, "R40", due November 11.
The track features original drummer John Rutsey and the band in concert at Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ontario. "R40" will present the group's full 8-song set from the show as part of a disc of bonus material recorded throughout their career.
Available as 6-disc and 10-disc packages, "R40" includes "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour", plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013.
Guitarist Alex Lifeson recently confirmed the group are planning a spring 2015 tour. Check out the new song stream here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says he understands why Gene Simmons declared "rock is dead" - but he completely disagrees with the Kiss star. Simmons said last month that filesharing had killed rock music, sparking a barrage of comments to the contrary from the likes of Rob Halford, Dee Snider and Scott Ian.
Now Slipknot mainman Taylor had given his take on the issue. And while he knows where Simmons is coming from, he insists rock is going nowhere. "Are you kidding me? Screw that, man. Rock ain't dead," Taylor tells Rock 105.5.
"Nothing against Gene. I understand what he was trying to say. His way of making albums and making music and getting things out there is dead. But you just kind of have to roll with the technology, you have to rise with the times, you have to learn to use those to your advantage." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Avenged Sevenfold are working on a documentary due out next year. The film will chart the band's career from shortly before the death of drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan until the present day.
Singer M Shadows - who is taking the rest of 2014 off to work on the release - tells Pulse of Radio: "The DVD will take place right before we lose Jimmy, and then it's gonna basically take you all the way through to now.
"So it'll be mixed in with some live performances, but there will also be a very strong story arc to what our story is and what's going on with us. It's basically tracking the whole thing through our own eyes and words, because no one has really heard our side of the story." Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Dave Grohl says his plans for the next Foo Fighters album will make Sonic Highways look like "kindergarten." The Foos have produced a unique promotional drive for their eighth album, which includes an eight-part documentary series also called Sonic Highways.
Currently being broadcast on BBC Four, the series sees the band visit eight US cities to explore local music history and write and record a song inspired by the stories they hear.
The album is due out in November, and Grohl says he already knows what he wants to do for album number nine. He tells Studio Brussel: "Wait until you see what we're doing for the next record. That's some f***ed up sh*t. I already know what we're doing for that, and it makes this look like f***ing kindergarten."
Grohl also promised the upcoming series of tours for Sonic Highways will make fans happy. He says: "As a live band, the audience is like the sixth member of the band. It's important for us that there's a connection with the audience. When you come see the Foo Fighters, we don't disappoint, I don't think."
Read more here.
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(The Blues The Allman Brothers Band ended their 45-year career this week with a 3-set show that came as a surprise to the audience. Leader Greg Allman - who's to receive this year's Living Legend Award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour next month - confirmed earlier this year that their October run of shows at New York's Beacon Theatre would be their last, following guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks' decision to quit.
The band hadn't advertised they'd be playing a third set, which kicked off after midnight when fans were simply expecting one final encore. Instead they were treated to five more songs, including two reprises of Mountain Jam.
Allman then led his colleagues in their first-ever bow to an audience and said: "Never did I have any idea it would come to this." They ended the show with a performance their cover of Muddy Waters' Trouble No More - the first song they'd ever played. More including the full set list here.
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(hennemusic) Bob Seger has expanded a North American tour in support of his latest album, "Ride Out." The rocker has confirmed an additional 10 dates for the run, which begins November 19 in Saginaw, Michigan.
The new shows are included in the tour's second leg, which launches in Toledo, Ohio on January 20. The J. Geils Band will join Seger as a special guest in select markets.
Ticket pre-sales for most of the new dates begin November 5 with general public on-sale starting November 7 - check your local ticket source for full details.
More including the dates here.
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(Classic Rock) Slayer's Kerry King has given a behind-the-scenes look at his Psychotic Exotics reptile house - and hints the band will tour outside the US next year. In the clip, the guitarist shows off some of his collection of snakes which he refers to as his "own little slice of Hell." View it below.
The band are currently in the studio working on their latest album with producer Terry Date - and King reveals he's been so busy with the group, he hasn't had as much time as he'd like to spend time with his growing collection.
He says: "Up until this year, I did all of it. But this year, I just told my dude what I wanted to be bred and I did touring and recording. It's always a joy for me to come and do this because I'm so busy with Slayer these days I don't get to come as often."
Check out the video here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach says he's happy to mix up musical influences on his side-project Aliken - but he won't go near aggressive metal.
He recently released a promo for Fade Into You - a track originally recorded by Californian outfit Mazzy Star in 1994. And he reveals he loves alternative music from that era.
He tells Rock 105.5: "That's one of my favourite songs on the planet. I'm a big sucker for that 90s sort of alternative, gothy sound like Cocteau Twins and The Sundays. I grew up dating a punk-rock chick and she made me a mix tape with all of those groups on it. I thought it would be fun just to mix it up and do something different.
"There's more to come. But not just reggae. I'm going to do rock 'n' roll and some punk stuff. I've got a Minor Threat cover coming out soon. I don't want to be boxed in so my solo stuff is going to be anything but metal - anything but aggressive." More including a stream of the interview and the Aliken version of "Fade Into You" here.
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(Classic Rock) Joey Belladonna says work on the upcoming Anthrax album is gathering pace. While he has yet to start recording his parts, the singer says he is working on lyrics at home while the band are writing the follow-up to 2011's Worship Music.
Belladonna tells Wikimetal: "There's definitely progress. The music's coming along quite good right now. I haven't done anything on the vocal end of it. I've been working on some stuff at home on my own."
The frontman adds that the newest Anthrax member, guitarist Jon Donais, is settling in just fine. Formerly of Shadows Fall, Donais replaced Rob Caggiano. Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Peter Gabriel will revisit his Encore Series for the winter leg of his Back To Front tour. The prog icon has previously made his live shows available to purchase and he'll do the same for his latest run of gigs across Europe.
He'll play So in its entirety on the upcoming dates and each night will be recorded directly from the soundboard and made available to order individually, as a complete 18-show set in a Collector's Edition Box Set or Deluxe Limited Edition Numbered Road Case.
Orders made before the first show kicks off on November 12 in Brussels will receive a free double CD taken from one of Gabriel's spring 2014 shows. Collector's Edition and Deluxe Edition sets ordered before the start of the tour will also get a 10% discount on their purchase.
Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Halestorm will release their two cover EPs on vinyl for the first time in December. Reanimate: The Covers Collection (2011-2014) combines Reanimate and Reanimate 2.0 and launches on December 2. It features tracks originally recorded by artists including Skid Row, Guns N' Roses, Judas Priest, AC/DC and Marilyn Manson.
Meanwhile, frontwoman Lzzy Hale has revealed she's been honored with a new signature Gibson guitar - the Limited Edition Lzzy Hale Explorer. She says:
"Since I first held a Gibson, I dreamt of having a model all to my own. This Explorer is a reflection of me. It's a classic metal shape with a touch of regality that you can only find in a woman who loves rock 'n' roll." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Swedish hardcore punks Raised Fist have revealed details of their first new album in five years. They'll release From The North on January 19 next year via Epitaph Records and have made the album's opening track Flow available to stream now.
Frontman Alexander 'Alle' Hagman says: "This time, everything has connected, like pieces in a perfect puzzle. You know when you have a classic album recorded.
"When you do something with your heart, and the timing is right, there is magic. That is what happened with From The North. From The North is where we are from, and we do sh*t differently up here! We do it hard, whether it's on stage or in the studio." Get more details and the stream of the first track here.
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(TeamRock Radio) US metal outfit Hate Eternal have recruited drummer Chason Westmoreland. The sticksman has previously played with Fallujah, Enfold Darkness, Burning The Masses and Oceano. He replaces Jade Simonetto, who left in 2013 after six years with the group.
The band are currently working on their as-yet-untiled sixth album - the follow up to 2011's Phoenix Amongst The Ashes - and Westmoreland has already laid down the drums for the record, which the band hope to release in early 2015.
Mainman Erik Rutan says: "Chason is such an amazing talent and a very determined guy. He came down to try out in June and literally blew us away. We bonded instantly, musically and personally. He has a high motor, hits hard, plays fast and is a very diverse and dynamic player." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) English alt-rockers Blitz Kids have announced they'll support Taking Back Sunday on their upcoming UK tour. The band released their second album The Good Youth in January via Red Bull Records - the follow-up to 2011's Vagrants & Vagabonds - and have just wrapped up a 10-date UK tour.
And frontman Joe James says following their live commitments they'll take a few months off before starting work on a new album. He tells Mentioned Reviews:
"We're itching to get writing again. We've been writing somewhat on the road but it's hard to get into the right headspace when life is so chaotic. We're looking forward to getting back to our little hometown and getting our heads down for a few months."
Check out the dates here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Suicide Silence have confirmed Fit For An Autopsy as their support for next month's UK tour. The New Jersey deathcore outfit released their second album Hellbound in September 2013. Seven months later, in April, they replaced frontman Nate Johnson with Greg Wilburn, formerly of The Devastated.
The band described their split with Johnson as acrimonious, saying: "It only took seven years, but Fit For An Autopsy has inevitably been 'Nate Johnsoned.' If you know anything about his past you know that we were left with without a singer, at the worst possible time. "So with out anymore bullsh*t or banter, we are happy to welcome Greg Wilburn."
Suicide Silence released their latest album You Can't Stop Me in July. It is their first since the death of frontman Mitch Lucker, who was replaced by Eddie Hermida.
Check out the dates here.
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(Classic Rock) Ray Davies doesn't believe The Kinks would have made it in today's image-obsessed music scene. The singer says he never considered himself a pop star and adds that he wouldn't even have been allowed on TV in today's climate as he isn't "pretty" enough.
He tells The Telegraph: "Nowadays the Kinks wouldn't even get on TV. I shouldn't by any stretch of the imagination be the lead singer. I've seen myself on television and I'm not as pretty as I should be."
He was never particular sure of the way he looked, but says the 1960s allowed him to press ahead without bowing to pressure to look a certain way. He adds: "I had a bit of a hang-up because everybody wanted to change the way I looked. I'm just the way I am."
Read more here.
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(Prog) Dream Theater's John Petrucci admits it wasn't easy writing some of the shorter songs that appear on the band's latest album. The prog heroes released their self-titled 12th record last year and it includes a number of tracks which don't run as long as some of their previous efforts.
And the guitarist and main songwriter says penning snappy songs isn't usually in his nature. He tells Guitar Interactive: "The basic mentality is that every song doesn't have to be 12 minutes long. It's actually hard to do.
"The challenge is to try to write and keep the style that we write in without straying from the thing that makes us unique. And to try to do that within a four, five or six-minute mark, it's hard to do.
"But we did that on a few songs and kept the energy up and everything." Read more here.
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(Prog) Australian prog metal outfit Karnivool have announced a UK tour. They'll hit the road in March next year for six UK dates, with support provided by Monuments.
Their last album was 2013's Asymmetry, which Prog called their "most inclusive album yet." It reached no.1 in their homeland of Australia, but frontman Ian Kenny previously said he didn't feel any pressure due to the record's success.
He told the Metal Hammer Radio Show: "As long as we're moving forward, then that's the only thing that matters. That we're experimenting and new people are coming onboard is awesome.
"The more people we can share this with, the better." Check out the dates here.
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(hennemusic) David Gilmour is sharing his thoughts on the end of Pink Floyd as the group prepares to release its final album, "The Endless River", on November 10 (Nov 11 in North America).
The project features material recorded by Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason during sessions for 1994's "The Division Bell", and serves as the band's tribute to Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.
"As we went through this process, our minds focused on the fact that Rick isn't coming back," Gilmour tells Rolling Stone. "We'll never get another chance to play with him. This is his last recorded moment with Pink Floyd. It's so sad."
The guitarist confirms "The Endless River" is Pink Floyd's final album. "I don't see how it could be otherwise," explains Gilmour. "We've been through all of that stuff now. Anything of value is on there. Trying to do it again would mean using second best stuff. That's not good enough for me. So I think I can confidently say that is not going to happen. Obviously, going with that, there will be no more Pink Floyd shows. Without Rick, that's obviously impossible."
Read more here.
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(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters are previewing "Congregation", another new track from their forthcoming album, "Sonic Highways." The tune will featured in episode three of the companion HBO series of the same name, set to air Friday night at 11 PM ET.
The episode will include guest appearances by Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown, among others . The Foos are unveiling new tunes each week in sync with their 8-part HBO series of the same name, which premiered October 17.
"Sonic Highways" was recorded in eight American cities - Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Check out the new song and the preview video of the new episode here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Machine Head have released a trailer teasing their upcoming new album. The metal icons release Bloodstone & Diamonds on November 10 via Nuclear Blast. And in the trailer, they discuss the inspiration for the record.
Frontman Robb Flynn recently told Metal Hammer that the album artwork "is meant to be like an alchemy book from the 1800s." He added: "So much of that symbolism, in alchemy, Masonic stuff and in the Tarot, there's a duality to it.
"There's a face value image, but when you look deeper you realise that it means something totally different. I love that in lyrics too." Check out the new trailer here.
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(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page has recalled the moment a fortune teller predicted the massive success of Led Zeppelin - just before their formation. He visited a palm-reader in Los Angeles while touring with the Yardbirds in 1968, and tour manager Richard Cole, who went on to work with Zep, accompanied him.
Page tells Rolling Stone: "It was on Sunset Boulevard, not far from the hotel. Richard was with me so I've got a witness. The key phrase was, 'Your'e going to make a decision in a very short period of time that's going to change your life.'
"Within 48 hours the other Yardbirds said they didn't want to continue. I was disappointed - what we had going I was willing to do with them, whatever it was. I can understand how disillusioned they were, but I could see the trajectory. FM radio was happening. I knew what that meant to underground bands. I wanted an underground band, but one that would come through and make a difference."
Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx's other band Sixx A.M. have released a new lyric video for the track "Let's Go," which is taken from the band's third album, Modern Vintage.
Modern Vintage is the sequel to 2011's This Is Gonna Hurt, and was released earlier this month via Eleven Seven Music. "Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, Sixx:A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics - three core elements that helped to define that era", says Nikki Sixx.
"Sixx:A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on Modern Vintage, having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again."
Check out the video here.
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(hennemusic) Yes have released a new preview of "Like It Is - Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome", the band's first live set featuring current lead vocalist Jon Davison.
Due December 5 in Europe (Dec 9 in North America) and available on two-CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the package includes tracks from 1971's "The Yes Album" and 1977's "Going For The One."
"These are two bodies of music that many of the most devout Yes fans wanted to hear in their entirety," says keyboardist Geoff Downes. "I believe our performance at the Bristol Hippodrome was among the most compelling of the entire tour."
Yes have been touring in support of "Heaven & Earth", their first record with Davison, who joined the lineup in 2012. The band return to the road for shows starting November 10 in New Zealand, before playing dates in Australia and Japan.
Check out the preview here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Symphonic metallers Epica have just released their new music video for the track "Victims Of Contingency" which comes from sixth album The Quantum Enigma.
The follow-up to 2012's Requiem For The Indifferent was released back in May via Nuclear Blast and the first to feature new bassist Rob van der Loo, who replaced Yves Huts.
Epica are coming to London for a co-headline show with Dragonforce on 6th December at The Forum in London. Check out the "Victims Of Contingency" video here.
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(Classic Rock) Slash says he didn't fit in at school because he was on a "different planet" to everybody else. And while his mum was keen for him to get a good education, he says once he picked up the guitar, he stopped caring about his schoolwork.
The guitarist tells Rolling Stone: "I had issues in school because I was on a different planet from everybody else. If I liked the teacher and found things to be interesting I could really excel. If I thought the teacher or the subject was full of sh*t then I wouldn't make an effort.
"I definitely walked to the beat of my own drum throughout school. I went to a lot of different schools so I never really adapted - I never really fit in. My mum tried to keep me in school, but when the guitar appeared, it made her job that much more difficult because I stopped caring about fitting in with anything and just became that much more insular."
Read more here.
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(Prog) Brian Eno has made two tracks from his upcoming reissues bundle available to stream. Expanded versions of his 1990's albums Nerve Net, The Shutov Assembly, Neroli and The Drop will be available via All Saints Records from December 1.
He has now made Fractal Zoom - the lead track from Nerve Net - and the previously unreleased Prague available to stream. Prague is one of the bonus tracks on the reissue of The Shutov Assembly.
Each of the four albums will be reissued as a 2CD set containing the original album as well as an additional disc of unreleased and rare Eno work specific to each record.
Three of the albums are also being made available in gatefold double vinyl containing the original audio only, but accompanied by a download card and printed inner sleeves with the content from the CD booklets.
Check out the streams here.
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Today we celebrate Halloween with a Singled Out! from electro-rocker WVM who tells us about his new single "Pale Horse" from his forthcoming album "Waves Of Nothing". Here is the story:
"Pale Horse" came to me as I was walking through the streets of LA. A lot of music comes to me when I walk, as my mind makes up rhythms and melodies to my footsteps. It started with the main synth in combination with what turned out to be the vocal melody for verse one in my mind. I hummed it into my iPhone voice recorder and worked on it when I got home. I had just bought an MS 20 mini synth a couple of days before, the MS 20 has a very signature and vintage sound and feel to it and I started making bass sounds. The bass and kick drum in "Pale Horse" start with a techno pattern in the beginning but then the song dives into more of a new wave feel. The chorus in particular was very inspired by New Order. I love the sound of the mellotron in "Blue Monday" and I knew I needed to have it in this song. I fleshed out the foundation and recorded a quick version of it on my laptop then imported it into my phone. A couple of days later I was walking on the beach and had the song on repeat. I wasn't consciously thinking of finding a melody but after a while the melody for the rest of the song came to me, which included the synth part in the long breakdown. When I listen to my tracks I usually find myself in a bit of a trance. I was singing as I walked down the pathway of a crowded beach, nothing existed except the sounds I was hearing in my head.
I came up with the title "Pale Horse" before I wrote the lyrics. Although I don't believe in tarot, I somehow came across the concept of a pale horse and how it is often misunderstood. It usually means a new beginning, a transition or a change. I liked the imagery and incorporated a lot of horse galloping rhythms into the song. If you listen, there are subtle references to horses within the music itself. For example, in the beginning there is a puff sound I made on my Tempest drum machine that sounds like a horse breathing out, and at the end of chorus one there is a sound I made on a synth that doubles the snare roll and sounds a bit like a horse vocalizing as it runs. The rhythm of the long break section is meant to imitate a horse galloping. I didn't want to go overboard with these references but I did want to suggest them throughout the song, things a lot of people wouldn't hear unless I point them out.
The lyrics are very personal but I tend to write about things people can identify with. I don't like talking about what my lyrics are about as I would rather the listener interpret as they wish.
I recorded the vocals over at Sean Beavan's Blue Room studio. Working with Sean is a lot of fun, there is something to the way he has everything set up that makes recording a breeze. I don't know what it is about his mic but but it picks up my voice incredibly well. He told me the mic is a very rare Nuemann mic called Mohave, one of only two prototypes in the world. A version of the mic Georg Neumann experimented on and never mass produced.
"Pale Horse" is inspired by a lot of synth music from the 80s but I didn't want it to sound like music from that era. I find that a lot of my music is internalized, which is why I don't think I fit any particular mold. My inspiration from those songs in the 80s comes more from the spirit of experimentation from those bands. They were creating unique sounds, as opposed to a lot of stuff released today that seems to follow certain rules and guidelines. F*** rules.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!
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