Down To Rock #12 (November 2014)

polaroid_teddy_dtrMy name is Teddy Heavens and I’m bringing you the latest Sleaze/Glam/Punk/Metal and Trash rock and roll news from the Golden State and the streets (and gutters) of Hollywood, California! From the Valleys to the alleys, I’ll find the coolest bands to report on and let you know what’s up from the Rock and Roll capital of the world!
Check out my Glam Punk website at www.ftwrecords.com

Bands I’ve been digging the last few months:

The Montecristos-this is the new band featuring my guitar hero Neal X from Sigue Sigue Sputnik!!! Cool rockabilly tinged rock with Neal singing and Slinging the Gibson guitar!! Catch them on Facebook.

Butcher Babies-New 5 song release of cover tunes from these contemporary metal Plasmaticsesque big titty rocker chicks. Any band that names their band after a Plasmatics song is OK with me. The Deadly 7 out of Las Vegas (and rivals of the Playboy chicks from BB) had a better choice of songs they covered, more punk rock than metal, but tits are tits, so check them out.

Salems Lott-New shock rock band outta Los Angeles looking like X JAPAN and sounding like a reved up Skid Row. They are brining back big hair to the Sunset Strip, featuring Toe Knee from Willow Wisp with some new young guns. Check out their single on Itunes “No Choice To Love”.

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Charm City Devils-Baltimore based hard rock band with a current release “Battles” out now, and sounding like a cross of Guns N Roses and Soundgarden. This is sleazy street rock n roll making noise on the East Coast.

Night By Night-Young English band bringing back the melodic 80’s sound. Clean but sleazy enough to be interesting , a cross of modern AOR metal like Halestorm, with a Def Leppard touch. Interesting enough for you to check out.

The Beautifully Demolished-New band from ex Jetboy replacement singer, tearing up the Central California scene. This is AC/DC 70’s party rock with a 6 song self titled release on Itunes and via Demon Doll Records.

Vinyl Tattoo-Superstar cover band in Las Vegas featuring Frank Dimino from Angel on vocals and Oz Fox from Stryper on guitar. This band rocks and are a must see if in Vegas where I like to go to relax. They do classic rock and roll along with Angel songs and as Frank is one of my favorite singers of all time, I had to mention his Vegas band. He also just inked a deal with Frontier records for a solo release, so cheers to hearing some new music from Frank Dimino!! Find em on Facebook.

Undercover Slut- Paris France glam goth metal legends sent me a teaser song of their up coming EP release “Vice”. The song is “Chloroform Nation” and it’s a departure from the past goth industrial material that the band is known for. This song mixes the industrial flavor with modern electronics in a very “danceable” form. The band plan on releasing a series of singles and EP’s leading up to a full release. Hit them up at:

UNDERCOVER SLUT
c/o Hateful Society Production
34 Avenue des Champs-Elysees
Suite #999
F-75008 PARIS
France

CD Review:

Girl-Live In London

This band was a huge influence on me when I was a kid. I always loved that punk/glam/hard rock sound and along with Hanoi Rocks, these guys were my fave. Featuring Phil Lewis and Phil Collen and sounding very snotty, they didn’t fit into the NWOBHM scene, but they were great. This Live In London CD release marks the eve of their debut release in 1980 and features songs like “My Number”, “Heartbreak America” and “Hollywood Tease”, along with covers like “Do You Love Me” and “You Really Got Me”, showing the diverse influences this group had. Deadline/Cleopatra Records gets props for releasing this live gem, and now they just need to release the two studio records “Sheer Greed” and “Wasted Youth”.

What’s been up in Los Angeles:

Inside Metal Movie-A new movie highlighting the hard rock and metal bands form the mid 70’s that ruled Los Angeles and Hollywood, bands like Angel, Legs Diamond, Detective, Van Halen, Snow, Quiet Riot and bands from the early 80’s like WASP, Motley Crue and Ratt. All of these bands are featured along with Rodney’s English Disco scene, The Starwood and the Rainbow Bar and Grill. This film breaks down the rock and roll heyday in Los Angeles and is a nice document of bands that made it and a lot that didn’t. It’s been screened around town and is getting good reviews and building steam, and it’s starting to screen around the country now. By all accounts it’s a good lesson on what went on with the LA music scene in the 70’s/80’s, as told by those that played the clubs and participated in the debauchery. Find the Facebook page to see when it will be playing in your town.

Hollywood Rocks Night @ Loaded with Spiders N Snakes/Rebel Rebel-Glitter and Glam reunion at the new hip rock and roll club in Hollywood, Loaded. Spiders and Snakes featuring Rik Fox from WASP and Steeler on bass and Betsy from Bitch on vocals, along with regulars Tim, Lizzy and Chris from Sweet Savage tore it up with songs like “Piece of Your Action” and the Angel version of “Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore”, and their new single “Kawaski City” from the upcoming Year Of The Snake 25th anniversary release. Rebel Rebel opened up the show and played all the usual songs from the last 25 years and it was cool playing for a packed rock and roll audience (I play guitar for R2), with many faces from long ago at the Coconut Teazer Glitter and Glam shows. Spiders N Snakes are having a record release party at the Whiskey in Hollywood in mid December for their 25th anniversary, so do yourself a favor and be there if you live in the LA area.

If you want me to review your music or write about your event, send it all to:

Teddy Heavens
27750 Firebrand Dr.
Castaic, Ca. 91384

http://www.ftwrecords.com
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New Babylon “My New Baby”

NBabylonThese Italian guys released a first CD in 2008, and opened for bands like FASTER PUSSYCAT, ENUFF’Z’NUFF, CRASHDIET, etc., but then went on a hiatus in 2011…
They are now back with these five new songs (recorded with the GIUDA‘s sound engineer Danilo Silvestri) mainly influenced by US sleaze rock, sometimes reminding of VELVET REVOLVER (“Can’t Stop”), or LYNCH MOB (“Any Given Day (Big Brother).”) The title track (“My New Baby”) is quite catchy and should be able to please every big chorus 80s metal fan around.
NEW BABYLON might not change the face of rock music, but their hard rock’n’roll is solid enough to make you have a good time!/Laurent C.

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The Zombie Dandies “Lo-Fi Heroes”

LFHeroesThis young band (actually just two guys) from France started as a horrorish glam punk band, but they have now widen their influences, from cryptic garage (“Lo-Fi Hero”, “Love Dream”, “The Werewolf Rock”) to glitter pop (“Nostalgia”, “Fascination”, “Lunacy”), reminding a bit of The BARBARELLATONES.
You’ll still find some glammy punk songs (‘Electric Girlfriend”, “Careful!”), or MÖTLEY CRÜE (“Shout At The Devil” era) touches here and there (“Living In Darkness”, “Cassie Lace”), but the ZOMBIE DANDIES seem like they needed to try and experiment on these 13 songs.
As the title of the album suggests, don’t expect a big production, this album sounds more like a demo, but in the end, it doesn’t affect the band too much, it just sounds like some old Sunset Strip demos! Quite an interesting mix!/Laurent C.

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Radiations “S/T”

RadiationsFor some weird reason, I’ve just recently found out about this ’77 punk influenced band from Paris. Unfortunately, they’re not around anymore, and this 9 song vinyl record was released in 2008… In the 00s, the ’77 punk revival was mostly happening in the South of France, with the Marseille scene (The HATEPINKS, NEUROTIC SWINGERS, etc.), but it seems like RADIATIONS was waving the same flag at that time in the French capital. Snotty vocals, dirty THUNDERS rock’n’roll guitars on speed, catchy choruses and all other distinctive elements of the style can be found in RADIATIONS. You just want to sing and dance when listening to “Berlin Babies”,”Operation L”, or “Schooldays”, and these guys definitely had good tastes since they show their love for The BOYS, covering “No Money.” All this raw energy reminding me of The BRIEFS makes me think that it’s too bad I never got to see RADIATIONS live. At least you can still listen to them, better late than never, they say… And guess what? There’s still a few copies of this cool red vinyl left for you to grab… /Laurent C.

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