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Day in Rock Report for 02/05/2016



Further Seems Forever, Sense Field Singer Jon Bunch Dead At 45

Former Reason To Believe/Sense Field and Further Seems Forever vocalist Jon Bunch died this past Sunday, January 31 at the age of 45, it was confirmed on Thursday. The cause of death is still unknown, according to his partner and longtime best friend Angelique Flores.

Jon's latest project, the rock band Lucky Scars, released its debut EP, 'Rock and Roll Party Foul,' in December on Spartan Records. In remembrance and with the family's blessing, Spartan Records has just released the band's final music video for the single "Bandita" which can be viewed here.

Flores released the following statement: "Earlier this week we lost an amazing person. Jon was a kind, thoughtful, sensitive man who made time for everyone and made a huge impact on many lives.

"For reasons still unknown to us at this time, his life was cut short at age 45. I am still in shock and devastated. My heart aches over his loss, and he leaves a massive void not only in my life but also in the lives of his family, friends and fans.

"I appreciate the outpouring of support, love, stories, pictures and videos shared that show the fun-loving, sweet and talented person he was. His heart and personality was as big as his 6'6" frame.

"I will notify everyone of the services once they are scheduled. His friends and I are planning a tribute show to honor this incredible man. Jonathan, you are an angel in heaven now. I miss you immensely tonight and forever."

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Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires Doing Lemmy Tribute

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires, which includes Johnny Depp, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, among others, will pay tribute to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the Grammy Awards next week.

Rolling Stone reports the band will perform a Motorhead classic as part of a two-song set that will also see the premiere of "As Bad As I Am", one of three bonus tracks featured on the upcoming deluxe edition of the Hollywood Vampires' 2015 self-titled debut that's due February 12.

"We started this band as a means to toast our 'dead drunk friends' at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar," says Cooper, "and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too. Lemmy was one of those salt-of-the-earth guys. Find me somebody who didn't love Lemmy. He's just one of those guys that's impossible not to like.

"He was always funny," Cooper continues. "I'm a 'healed' alcoholic and I haven't had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me.

"A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.' And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'" Read more here.

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Future Of Down Is In Doubt Following Anselmo Controversy

(Classic Rock) The future of Down is in doubt after under-fire singer Phil Anselmo suggested the band "move on" without him. Following the former Pantera man's controversial outburst at last month's Dimebash event in Hollywood, California, he said he was making reference to drinking white wine backstage.

He later apologized in a video message after a backlash from the rock community, led by Machine Head's Robb Flynn. But this week Down were pulled from the lineup of this year's FortaRock event in the Netherlands, with organisers saying Anselmo was "not welcome." He's since posted a further apology on his website and says he doesn't want to drag his bandmates down with him.

Anselmo, 47, says: "I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through action, not just mere words.

"My bandmates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I've privately suggested to them that they move on without me." Read more here.

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Tom Delonge Plans Major Project 'Sekret Machines'

(Radio.com) Former Blink-182 guitarist and current Angels & Airwaves guitarist and lead vocalist Tom DeLonge announced a massive new project this week that spans creative mediums.

Called Sekret Machines, the transmedia series will feature new music from Angels & Airwaves, fiction and non-fiction books, as well as a documentary. Everything officially kicks off on April 5th with the release of a 704-page hardcover novel, Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, the first in a trilogy that DeLonge co-wrote with author A.J. Hartley.

Discussing the book's subject matter, DeLonge said in the press release, "I wanted to tackle the subject of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena because it seems so unbelievable."

He continued, "This was the one topic that could tackle religion, cosmology, science, history, politics, secrecy and more. After taking over a year to meet, prove myself and acquire 8 elite advisors--each of whom has held the highest positions within the military, scientific and executive branch offices--this story contains true information from a secret historical record, some of which has NEVER been heard until now." Read more here.

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David Bowie Classic Featured In Super Bowl Ad

(hennemusic) David Bowie's 1972 classic, "Starman", provides the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for Audi and the full ad as well as an extended version, have both been posted online

Adweek reports the ad tells the story of a retired astronaut who rediscovers his passion for life - and powerful machines - when his son lets him drive the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Entitled "The Commander", the commercial will be seen during the first quarter of this Sunday's game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

"Starman" was enjoying a renaissance even before Bowie's death from cancer on January 10. The tune was played in full during a sequence of Ridley Scott's space film The Martian.

The lead single from 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Starman" peaked at No. 65 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the classic album hit No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and was a Top 5 record in the singer's native UK. Check out both versions of the commercial and the original track here.

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Rare Navarro Era Red Hot Chili Peppers Song Leaks Online

(Classic Rock) A rare Red Hot Chili Peppers demo from Dave Navarro's stint with the band has leaked online. Audio of the band performing the track Circle Of The Noose can be streamed below. It is believed to have been recorded as the band were writing for what would have been the follow-up to 1995's One Hot Minute.

Those sessions were abandoned and Jane's Addiction man Navarro was later replaced by John Frusciante, who he had replaced in 1993. One Hot Minute ended up being Navarro's only album with the group, who went on to release Californication in 1999.

Navarro previously referred to Circle Of The Noose as "the greatest pop song I've ever been a part of" and this week he responded to the leaked stream by saying on Twitter: "Wow, what a trip down memory lane! Thanks." Check out the demo here.

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Reunited Santana Stream New Song 'Anywhere You Want To Go'

(Prog) Santana have made their track Anywhere You Want To Go available to stream. The song is taken from upcoming album Santana IV, due out on April 15. The record sees the original lineup reunite for the first time in 45 years.

Guitar icon and singer Carlos Santana, lead vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve last worked together when they produced multi-platinum record Santana III in 1971.

Fans attending select shows on Santana's Luminosity tour this year will receive a CD copy of Santana IV with every pair of tickets. More details and the song stream here.

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Deftones Stream New Song 'Prayers/Triangles'

(TeamRock Radio) Deftones have made the first track to be released from their upcoming album available to stream. After teasing fans with a number of time-limited clips over the last few days, Chino Moreno and co have finally uploaded the full stream of the track Prayers/Triangles, taken from the band's upcoming eighth album Gore - due for release on April 8 via Warner Bros.

Moreno previously described the follow-up to 2012's Koi No Yokan as "a little screwy." He said: "It's a little more of a heady record. We've gone into the songs and really dissected them.

"If something sounded a little straight we took a left turn. We tried something completely opposite - not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things.

"It definitely feels like we've taken a step from our last record. But it's definitely a Deftones record - it has all the elements that make us who we are." Stream the song here.

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Video Of Rolling Stones South American Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones kicked off the South American leg of their ongoing world tour at Santiago, Chile's Estadio Nacional Wednesday night and several videos from the show have been posted online.

The 19-song set was full of classics and, as Rolling Stone magazine notes, the band performed "She's A Rainbow" from 1967's "Their Satanic Majesties Request" for the first time since 1998, and only the 11th time in their entire history.

The Santiago show also saw the debut of new backup vocalist Sasha Allen, who took center stage with Mick Jagger for "Gimme Shelter" as she fills in for longtime singer Lisa Fischer, who was unable to make the South American run due to prior touring commitments.

The 12-date América Latina Olé tour - which includes multiple dates in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo - marks the group's first shows of the continent in a decade.

Meanwhile, the Super Deluxe Edition of The Rolling Stones' 2015 reissue of their 1971 album classic, "Sticky Fingers", will compete for a Grammy Award at next week's event in Los Angeles. Read more and watch the videos here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Announces U.S. Shows With Orchestra

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne's ELO will play three shows at the Hollywood Bowl this fall, marking the group's first Los Angeles dates in nearly 30 years. Lynne and crew will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Strings, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, for the Fireworks Finale shows on September 9, 10 and 11.

New subscriptions and group sales for the venue's summer season will be available February 9; "Five or More" packages go on sale March 15; and the Bowl's box office opens for single ticket sales on May 1.

Jeff Lynne's ELO are touring in support of 2015's "Alone In The Universe", the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade. The project was launched with the lead single, "When I Was A Boy." Read more and stream the single's video here.

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Daevid Allen's Final Album Release Announced

(TeamRock Radio) Late Gong and Soft Machine icon Daevid Allen's final album Elevenses is to be released later this month. He died in March last year aged 77 - just weeks after reporting he had six months to live as he was suffering from inoperable cancer.

Elevenses will be issued under the Daevid Allen Weird Quartet banner via Purple Pyramid Records on February 12. It's said to feature "a mixture of styles of music found throughout Allen's career, plus a few surprises, including a blues song, a catchy Irish-tinged folk song, ambient and explosive instrumentals and a post-punk rave-up with Daevid's final message."

Allen was joined on the recording by Don Falcone of Spirits Burning, Michael Clare of Daevid Allen's University Of Errors, The Tubes' Trey Sabatelli and The Muffins' Paul Sears. Check out the cover art and track details here.

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Slipknot's Appearance On Artsnight TV Show Previewed

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot will feature on a BBC television program exploring why artists wear masks. Frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan appear on tonight's (Friday) Artsnight episode, which airs at 11pm on BBC2, where they discuss the origins of their masks and why they wear them as part of their art.

Taylor describes seeing the band before he joined and how he was captivated by the visual element of their show. He says: "I was there for the first Slipknot show. I was in the audience, it was before I'd even joined the band. It was so many different things all at once. It was visual, it was visceral, it was antagonistic, it was dangerous, it was powerful.

"I'd never seen a band like that before. It was taking everything that had been done creatively, artistically, visually and taking it to such a different realm.

"I loved the fact that every mask was different because it represented a different person, it wasn't all linear and just thrown together. I felt that everyone put a lot of time and thought into what they were doing. So when I did join, after some trial and error, it came to emboss that theory onto the mask that I was wearing."

Crahan, the man behind much of the visual side of Slipknot, talks about the day a mask changed his life. Read about that and watch the preview clip here.

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American Head Charge Stream New Song 'Let All The World Believe'

(TeamRock Radio) American Head Charge have made their track Let All The World Believe available to stream. The song is taken from the Minnesota outfit's forthcoming fourth album Tango Umbrella.

The record was originally due out last year after a successful crowdfunding campaign, but the release date has been pushed back until March 25. It'll be the follow-up to 2005's The Feeding.

AHC bassist Chad Hanks previously said: "Sonically, Tango Umbrella feels like a combination of The War Of Art and The Feeding. It's a logical progression for us, as we continue experimenting with different feels, sounds, vocal styles, etc.

"It's heavy in every way possible, and I really think our fans are going to love it. We made the record we wanted to hear, and I feel like we definitely achieved that." Stream the song here.

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Paradise Lost Release Live 'Terminal' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Paradise Lost have released a live video for their track Terminal. It was filmed at a special fan event in Bielefeld, Germany, last year, where the band played their most recent album The Plague Within in its entirety.

Frontman Nick Holmes said of the record: "I feel it's like a flag-in-the-ground album for us. In the past we've had certain albums that set the pace for the next few years.

"We did that with Icon and then One Second. And this is another. The death-metal element is adding a texture that we haven't had for a long time, but the album is a mixed bag and it's better for it."

The promo has been issued to mark the launch of this year's 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which leaves Fort Lauderdale, Florida, later today (February 4). Paradise Lost will set sail along with bands including Children Of Bodom, Delain, Cradle Of Filth, Iced Earth and Lacuna Coil.

Nick Holmes and co will return to Europe in April and have several festival dates scheduled for this summer, including an appearance at the UK's Bloodstock festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, on August 13. Watch the video here.

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Tesseract Streaming 'Phoenix' Lyric Video

(Prog) Tesseract have released a lyric video for their track Phoenix. It's lifted from the band's latest album Polaris, which launched last year via Snapper Music. The promo has been issued to coincide with the band's UK tour with Nordic Giants and The Contortionist.

The band said of the album: "Polaris is a different scenario - the first chance for us as a group to stop and take stock of what we are right now, to explore a TesseracT of melody, dynamics, and singular focus. For the first time, too, we feel free from the bounds of genre-specific expectations."

It was the band's first release since the return of vocalist Dan Tompkins, who'd been replaced by Ashe O'Hara for 2013's Altered State. Earlier this week, guitarist James Monteith hinted they might release "re-workings" to coincide with their appearance at this year's Download festival. Watch the lyric video here.

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Spiritual Beggars Stream 'Sunrise To Sundown' Title Song

(Classic Rock) Spiritual Beggars have released the title track of their Sunrise To Sundown album, the follow-up to 2013's Earth Blues. The album is released on March 18 via InSideOutMusic.

"I wrote Sunrise To Sundown last year and brought into the jam room, where it very quickly went from a basic idea to a finished arrangement in something like five minutes!" says guitarist Michael Amott. "Some songs come fast and others take time to fully develop, you never know when inspiration hits you...and therein somewhere lies the beauty of creating music. The lyrics follow that train of thought too, talking about following your chosen path and turning your dreams into reality - two things I believe in very much."

"I'm super excited about how the album sounds sonically," he continues. "Our engineer Staffan Karlsson also produced and mixed the album, and the result is something we're very proud of. I think every album we have made has had its own vibe and atmosphere. I can honestly say this band has never made the same album twice.

"To me, Sunrise To Sundown is the next chapter of the book we've been writing since we started the band over 20 years ago. Of course, the foundation of our style is heavy rock music, but we always keep evolving adding new influences and colours to the bands core sound."

Spiritual Beggars tour in March and April. Check out the dates and stream the song here.

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Sex Pistols' Steve Jones Finds Unity In David Bowie's Passing

(Gibson) Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones considers himself a rather stoic fellow, but even he was roiled by the passing of David Bowie. Speaking with Billboard, Jones said Bowie's death "was like the 9-11 of rock and roll."

"I was paralyzed when I heard the news," said Jones. "For some reason I didn't ever think I would feel that way with someone's death, but with Bowie it just struck a chord.

"I like the fact that a lot of other people have responded the same way. It gives me some hope in humanity, that there are actually some people who appreciate culture and … not everybody is a bloody robot, you know?"

Jones went on to describe the era of early '70s "Ziggy mania" in Great Britain. "I was 16 or 17 at the most," he recalled. "You really hadn't seen anything like it, the look and the songs … Although I like 'Life on Mars,' The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane are the best albums ever. I never get bored with playing them." Comment here.

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King 810 Talk Flint Water Drive On Local TV

(TeamRock Radio) King 810 have described their Flint bottled water drive as "the obvious thing to do" in an interview with a local TV station. The band have been leaving packs of bottled water on people's doorsteps and street corners in their Michigan hometown, which is in the grip of a toxic water crisis.

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in the city. The problems started after a cost-cutting switchover from Detroit to the River Flint in April 2014.

King 810 have been a prominent voice for Flint residents. They recently made the song We Gotta Help Ourselves available to stream, dedicated to Flint victims, and they partnered with local shop Savage Village to release a line of t-shirts.

All proceeds from the sales go to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint's Child Health & Development Fund. Frontman David Gunn tells ABC12: "It's the obvious thing to do. If there's a problem in the city, if there's a problem with the people, then everybody should do something about it.

"It's our town, it's our people, it's not a question about a reason that we have to do it. As soon as it became a problem, you gotta immediately start finding an answer for it." Check out the station's report here.

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New Keepers Of The Water Towers Release 'The Forever War' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Swedish outfit New Keepers Of The Water Towers have released a video for their track The Forever War. It's lifted from their upcoming fourth album Infernal Machine, which is set for release on March 4.

The band say: "This is a very sad song about leaving everyone you know and love behind to face something new. When everything is different but nothing really changes.

"It's about the war inside each of us and the war we wage on each other while striving to create the life we want for ourselves." Check out the new music video here.

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The Defiled Reveal Rescheduled UK Tour Dates

(TeamRock Radio) The Defiled have announced their rescheduled UK tour dates. They were due to support In This Moment on dates originally scheduled for January and February, with those shows to be followed by a run of nine headlining gigs.

But when In This Moment postponed their tour as singer Maria Brink was suffering from unspecified health issues, The Defiled also put off their own shows.

Now they've announced nine new dates for May which coincide with the rescheduled In This Moment gigs. Keyboard player The AvD says: "After our Running In Circles tour getting postponed earlier this year, we are proud to announce that we are hitting the road with our brothers Forever Never.

"These are dates that coincide with our In This Moment UK tour so get ready for some intimate drunken shenanigans. Can't wait to see all your pretty faces. Let's party." See the dates here.

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Against The Current Go Behind-The-Scenes Of 'Outsiders' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Against The Current have released a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot for their Outsiders promo. The single was released last year and the promo video depicts the band as leaders of an uprising.

Singer Chrissy Costanza says: "The video is basically about being an outsider, and we are the leaders of a rebellion of sorts. The 'faction' are coming to find us and we're recording this message, which is the song Outsiders, for hope for all of the other rebels out there.

"The video is based in this alternate that's kind of like the real world but a little bit different. It's cold here, it's dark, it's dirty - the faction is very scary."

Against The Current released their Gravity EP last year and their debut album is expected to arrive this year. Watch the new beyond the video clip here.

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Periphery Talks Taking Prog In New Direction on FreqsTV

(Prog) Periphery say being labeled as progressive is "cool" as it allows them to do whatever they want. The US outfit are the latest band to appear on FreqsTV's Into The Machine web series. And guitarist Bowen reports they're happy to be part of a movement that's taking prog in a new direction.

He says: "As far as the term progressive, when I was growing up it was very different than it is today. The one thing that will remain the same is you get to do whatever you want. It has to have certain aspects to it that define it as progressive, but it's a really cool term for bands who don't want to be pigeonholed into one style of music.

"If you listen to the older prog bands you're getting a lot of influences such as jazz and classical, with these long, elaborate arrangements. Now it seems to be more metal orientated rather than all inclusive. I think that's cool, too.

Fellow guitarist Misha Mansoor agrees and says Periphery have no limitations when it comes to their sound - something he thinks hinders some other bands.

He adds: "If you're in a rock or metal band there's things you might run into like, 'We can't do that, it's not metal enough.' I've always liked that bands that seem to be progressive don't ever fall into that.

"It's probably the most free of the genres. It's something that gives you the license to do what you want." Watch the full feature here.

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Sites & Sounds: Spring Music Festival Preview

Kevin Wierzbicki takes an advance look at what will be going on at some of the tastiest music festivals coming up this spring, including two that are taking place this year for the very first time.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival
March 11-13, Phoenix, Arizona

It's the lucky thirteenth edition of this festival, returning this year to Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. And lucky festival-goers will be able to enjoy a diverse line-up of talent over the course of the three-day event. Opening day presents shows by Animal Collective, Beck, Big Wild and MS MR while Sat. March 12 features music from Bloc Party, Goldfish, GRiZ, Kid Cudi, the Main Squeeze, M!NT, Porter Robinson and St. Lucia. The final day of the festival will see the Avett Brothers, Bird Dog, Firekid, Gary Clark Jr., Kaleo and the Oh Hellos taking the stage. Lots of Arizona bands will appear too, including Captain Squeegee, Luna Aura, Fairy Bones and Harper & the Moths. After hours parties will also be part of the fun. For more information go here.

Desert Generator Festival
April 9, Pioneertown, California

The first annual Desert Generator Festival will celebrate "van culture" with a heavy dose of rock 'n' roll thrown in. The day will start with the Rolling Heavy Van Show where festival-goers can check out 1960s and '70s-era custom vans, some of which will be vying for trophies. Vintage clothing, vinyl records and handmade goods will be on sale and a DJ will spin classic rock and classic metal tunes. Around dusk, at Pioneertown venue Pappy and Harriet's, the live music starts with sets from Red Fang, Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Acid King, Golden Void and Ecstatic Vision. The van show is free, admission to the concert is $48.00. For more information go to here.

Moonstone Music Festival
April 30 - May 1, Orlando, Florida

Move over Mickey! The action moves to the Central Florida Fairgrounds where multiple stages will host an incredible line-up over the course of the two-day event featuring big acts like KISS, Def Leppard, Buckcherry, Evanescence, Kansas, the Flaming Lips, Queensryche, AWOLNATION, Best Coast and many others. The festival will also feature performances from comedians Jim Florentine, Judah Friedlander, Jim Norton and others, while the music will keep rolling courtesy of Stone Foxes, Scott Stapp, Steel Panther, Wolf Alice, Sebastian Bach, Live, Girlpool, Raveneye, White Buffalo, Civil Twilight and a couple dozen others. There are lots of ticketing options including VIP experiences; for more information go to http://moonstonemusicfestival.com/.

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Singled Out: Striker's Out For Blood

Canadian metal band Striker released their brand new album "Stand In The Fire" today (Feb 5) and to celebrate we asked frontman Dan Cleary to tell us about the song "Out For Blood". Here is the story:

I've always been a big fan of the 80's. Something about that era just strikes a chord with me. From the music to the action movies, the dawn of skateboarding, to the clearly cocaine influenced clothing choices. It's just a weird piece of western history that I love. I was born in 88 so I didn't get to experience the 80's, but growing up with the remnants of 80's culture in the 90's and the 2000's always left me wanting more. I started to get into 80's metal because it was so cool, miss me with that grunge sh*t, I never really got into that. Everything was over the top, the guitars, the vocals, the speed...the hair. It was just a god damn skeptical and I loved it.

Meanwhile during this time "The Simpsons" was molding the brains of me and all my friends, with Slayer's "South Of Heaven" as the sound track to our youth. The Simpsons had the perfect embodiment of the glorious ridiculousness of the 80s action hero, McBain. I'm sure some people know but if you don't The Simpsons some how snuck an entire 80s action movie plot into the McBain cut scenes from over something like 10 years of episodes. So in our song "Out For Blood" we paid tribute to the McBain story, and jammed in all the 80s cliches we could think of including some kick ass saxophone. You can find the entire McBain story pieced together on youtube, and after you check that out you can bask in the 80s glory of "Out For Blood"

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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