Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rockwired Radio Profiles #570 - Straight Line Stitch

Heavy metal and hard rock fans are a fickle and discerning bunch. Bands that attempt to make a career for themselves by trend jumping with half-hearted devotion do not last. STRAIGHT LINE STITCH has been steadily ascending the ranks of metal and hard rock through authentic and impassioned performances, an organic evolution of their writing and recording, and a tried and true road warrior mentality towards touring. The band defined who they were early on in their career and held steadfast to their beliefs while making the natural progressions and growth of a committed touring band. While being genuine at the core of a band's being is an absolute necessity for credibility and longevity, it gets you nowhere fast if the songs do not matter. The STRAIGHT LINE STITCH sound is commanding and universal, engaging casual fans of hard rock and satiating the most stringent fans of metal. The tenacious musicianship is on full display upon first listen, quickly establishing the virtue of the players. The balance between aggressive punch and highly charged hook goes a long way to explaining the wide and diverse range of devoted STRAIGHT LINE STITCH loyalists. Whether sharing the stage with the titans of metal like SLAYER, or playing a coveted slot at the Punk driven WARPED TOUR, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH captivates and levels all in attendance. Vocalist ALEXIS BROWN is a blazing persona that demands the attention of a room. Throughout their songs, ALEXIS navigates a seamless shift from harrowing screams to heartfelt melody that adds depth and sincerity to their music. Her clean vocal parts never take a back seat to the punishing screams, as they are sung with an assertive power and spirit that soar mightily. The new EP TRANSPARENCY will be released June 30, 2015. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rockwired Radio Profiles #569 - James Rawson

Dubbing his fresh electro indie pop vibe "like a side project between BEETHOVEN and The Postal Service," JAMES RAWSON draws from his passions for classical music, English literature, and social justice to create TRISTAN & ISOLDE, a compelling 10 track song cycle which portrays how love blooms from ruins. Named for RICHARD WAGNER's 19th Century opera of the same name, the cycle - which follows the singer's well received 2012 debut EROICA (named for BEETHOVEN's 3RD SYMPHONY) - is artfully divided into three thematic parts: 1) TRISTAN's journey; 2) ISOLDE's journey and 3) TRISTAN's and ISOLDE's ability to create healing and wholeness together, culminating in the dreamy, soulful closing number LOVE BUILT A CITY.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GONZO #3 - The Third Podcast by Jeremy Gilley

It was a strange experiment having some punk kid interview bands and contribute to ROCKWIRED.COM and our monthly magazine. It was an experiment that has yielded some rather interesting results such as our ROCKWIRED CONCERT WATCH segment and of course this curious podcast series.  Before JEREMY joined the rank and file here at ROCKWIRED I hadn't had much experience communicating with millenials other than some of the bands that we've featured but have to say that I find myself  constantly entertained and absolutely fucking terrified all at once. I hope this latest edition of GONZO gives you that same sense of entertainment and terror. Not Like I'm banking on it or anything. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rockwired Radio Profiles #568 - Station

Ever since ROCKWIRED became acquainted with the New York City-based glam metal band STATION at the dawn of 2014 with the release of their EP WIRED We've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the album that guitarist CHRIS LANE had assured us was on it's way. Why were we so excited? The truth is, STATION delivers the kind of rock n roll that packs a punch rather than something to whine about. In a time when indie rock has embraced  a sickeningly down-home approach as evidenced by shit like MUMFORD AND SONS and other bands of that foot-stomping, accordion-playing sort STATION is here to crank up up the volume with anthem rockers that bring us back to a day when it was boy meets girl and then loses her and can't live without her and then realizing that he was better off without the bitch. The metal guitar theatrics of guitarist CHRIS LANE and the vocal pyrotechnics of front man PATRICK KEARNEY will definitely jog a memory or two of those halcyon days of MTV's HEADBANGER'S BALL which is weird considering the fact that the members of STATION were barely alive back in those days. Maybe there is some hope for rock n roll after all.