Faster Pussycat: The Power & The Glory Hole

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    The Power & The Glory Hole is the first release of new material from Hollywood sleaze rockers Faster Pussycat since its return in 2001, and a release which despite its flaws just leads to mischievous satisfaction. The band is one which for many is a love or hate relationship whilst for others like us their earlier presence largely was ignored due to a lack of connection with their glam/sleaze flavoured hard rock. The new album though finds the band evolved into a heavily spiced industrial rock n roll which points to the likes of Dope and Marilyn Manson, and on certain points on the album, Jane’s Addiction.

Formed in 1985 and taking its name from the Russ Meyer cult film Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, the quintet of Taime Downe (vocals), Greg Steele, (guitar), Brent Muscat (guitar), Kelly Nickels (bass), and Mark Michaels (drums), soon grabbed attention with their self-titled album of 1987 and two years later gold album, Wake Me When It’s Over. The band subsequently split in 1992 with Downe forming the Newlydeads. In 2001 though he resurrected Faster Pussycat with a more rock driven sound and the band soon released Between The Valley Of The Ultra Pussy, a collection of industrial remixes of the  early songs produced by Downe, and spent the next years touring and thrilling audiences. With a line-up now of Downe, Xristian Simon (guitar), Ace Von Johnson (guitar), and ex- L.A. Guns members Danny Nordahl (bass) and Chad Stewart (drums, percussion), the band has stepped forward with further evolved material and sound and it has to be said it is quite a blast.

Released via Full Effect Records in the US and City Of Lights Records in Europe, The Power & The Glory Hole takes no time in FasterPussycat_cover20making a convincing persuasion with opener Number 1 with a Bullet. The track introduces itself with bulging rhythms and scything sonics from the guitars which immediately lures an interest in its offering. Settling into a sinewy gait and fiery energy, the vocals of Downe dance over the ear with a gruff devilment whilst riffs and basslines tease and incite boisterous responses. Wholly infectious with its acidic groove and undemanding chorus, the song is easy meat for the ear to revel in, recognisable rascality which is irresistible. That also about sums up the album, there is nothing new or adventurous to it just sounds and ideas plenty of others have exploited but Faster Pussycat make it an aural shenanigan you do not want to avoid.

From the terrific start the equally addictive Gotta Love It with its repetitive pawing riffs and cyclonic grooves continues to excite the senses, the tempting chorus and unbound flurry of hooks virulent and again impossible to resist adding voice and agitated limbs to. Two songs in and there is not much more convincing needed to make the album one which will make many returns before the ear and even though it does ebb and flow in success across its twelve tracks, there are no actual disasters waiting to loom into view. The following slowly strolling Useless is one of the moments though where things hit a lull, the admittedly easily assessable and enjoyable track failing to hold or ignite any fire with its presence. It is arguably the most industrial toned track on the album and wins on variety and intent but just does not spark like some of the other tracks.

Something the songs Sex Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll and Hey You do not have a problem with achieving.  The first is one which brings rich essences of Jane’s Addiction to a hard rock swagger for another transmittable aural contagion whilst the second rampages with a grinding abrasion and snarl to its energy, riffs, and baselines whilst the drums create a frame of jabs and crisp uppercuts any middleweight would be proud of. The guitar flames add extra heat and transfixing persuasion to the song and again it is hard to tear oneself away from its eager and easily satisfying clutches. Splitting the pair Disintegrate and a cover of These Boots Were Made for Walking play nice without again raising any temperatures but are still decent enough songs to catch a lingering stay.

Completed by the wanton blistered seduction of Porn Star, the biting title track, a fiery cover of the Betty Blowtorch song Shut Up & Fuck, and a closing tribute to the late Bianca Butthole, a close friend of Downe, called Bye Bye Bianca, the album makes for a dirty brawl of a party, a sonic binge you are welcome and will want to gate-crash. For sure The Power & The Glory Hole takes easy familiar routes in songs for the main and lacks uniqueness but it still makes a more than appetising encounter which gives voice, feet, and mischief an excuse to riot.

www.fasterpussycat.com

7/10

Ringmaster 26/02/2013

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Delicious horrors: an interview with The Monster Ones

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From within the heart of the Palma de Mallorca region of Spain there has stirred in the past couple of years, a fresh and exciting storm of graveyard rock n roll. It comes in the thrilling shape of The Monster Ones, a band which collects the essential essences of various styles and flavours to create a fusion which leaves all fans from psychobilly and rockabilly to punk and horror rock, an energised limb casting explosion of energy. The quintet is a force on the rise and one we wanted to know much more about and find what drives their obvious hunger. So we had the band tell us all.

Hi, welcome to The Ringmaster Review and thank you for taking time to talk with us.

Firstly would you please introduce the members of The Monster Ones?

The Monster Ones are:

-Carpi Malone: Guitar and Back Vocals

-V: Guitar and Back Vocals

-Cecile The Beast: Lead Vocals

-Maf: Drums and Back Vocals

-Elvis Lugosi: Bass and Back Vocals

When and how did the band come about?

In 2008, Carpi and Cecile started the band, along with Bukake Kid (bass) and the help of some friend drummers; we collaborated with them in the early shows as we still did not have an official drummer in the band.

It was so fun! In just 15 days after getting a place to rehearse, we gave our first concert. We had no idea how to play, but had a great time, and from the beginning we have had the support of our family and friends who have encouraged us to learn and evolve day by day.

Your music is a great hybrid of punk, horror rock, glam, rockabilly and more. How do you describe it when asked?

Good question! hahaha! We used to call it Horror-Glam-Punk-Rock Band.

It’s just what you say … A mixture of many things we love, and we will not spare any of them. Rock ‘n’ Roll is beautiful in all its aspects, and we love to play with them all.

From your varied and flavoursome sound one imagines your influences too are wide. Who are the major ones to Cecile The Beastimpact your sound and invention?

Many, many influences, yes! We are 5 members in the band that have musical tastes in common as: Misfits, Ramones, Cramps … But each of us, individually, brings his/her own influences too.

I am right in thinking the band has evolved from initially playing cover songs to the all original composition making group it is today?

Yes, our first show lasted only 20 minutes, and consisted solely of covers of some of our idols (Misfits, Ramones, Turbonegro, Iggy Pop  …). But immediately after, we started to compose our own songs.

Tell us about the early times of the band and how easy or difficult it was to find a place in Spanish rock music.

Well, from the beginning we have this eagerness and enthusiasm to work; we believe that’s fundamental to make a site in the rock scene anywhere. Stay there, no matter what happens … And the harder it is, the more effort we put.

Is there a vibrant rockabilly/garage/horror rock scene in your homeland?

In our home, Mallorca Island … If you rely only on the local music magazines, the predominance is for Indie Pop

But really, if you visit the rehearsal rooms or go out to see concerts, you can see that there are great bands of Punk Rock, Metal, Rockabilly and Garage.

You released the Transilvania Rock City EP in 2010 and last year the excellent I Wanna Be A Teenage Monster!! EP. How would you say the band has evolved between the two in the aspect of songwriting and the sound itself?

In “Transylvania Rock City”, we recorded with a different formation to the present and served as our first experience in a recording studio.

Now, together with the current members, we feel our sound and compositions much more defined and worked.

In 2012 we decided to start experimenting with home recordings made by Maf (drummer). We recorded our songs in his living room, it was very useful to carefully analyse our music, and in this way we can improve.

From these recordings is where “I Wanna be a Teenage Monster!!” was born. It contains four of the most simple and direct compositions of The Monster Ones, of which we feel very proud.

 How does the songwriting work within the band?

In our band we are five songwriters. We all love to create, and we always do it together in the rehearsal room. It’s fun to see how each of us brings something different than expected, but which engages perfectly with the final composition.

The Monster OnesThe songs are steeped in horror, sci-fi, and comic book imagery and essences. Are these areas the major inspirations for your lyrical imagination or do you take the ‘horror’ of every day as a provocative factor too?

Horror, sci-fi, and comics are the main inspiration. Also very useful are the dreams and nightmares.

Tell us about your live shows, I hear they are an event few forget once tasted 🙂

Thanks, it’s the best we can hear about our shows! 🙂

In our live shows, we forget the boring real world and focus on the fun.

Yes, we like to dress and make-up for every performance … It is a form of expression, and also a way to carry over our audience with us to this imaginary world of horror and Rock ‘n’ Roll. We want them to get into the story and feel part of it.

Tell us about Zombie Walk and Zombie’s Party in Mallorca which I believe you helped found in 2010. Is this now an annual event and what do they comprise of?

Yes, it is an annual event that takes place every summer, thanks to our friend Adrian Garcia, who makes the hardest work of organizing this. Each year come more zombies, surpassing the 400 undead in the 2012 edition. The route of the Zombie Walk ends with a Zombie’s Party, where we give a show, along with other friend bands, varying in each edition.

Soon we’ll begin preparations for the 2013

With the internet have you found a widespread fanbase around the world growing for your sounds?V

Yes, we have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Monster-Ones/117290895817

and also our official website: www.themonsterones.com

Both updated with latest events and news from the band.

How do you feel about the internet and its part in the rise and arguably demise of the chance of success for new emerging bands?

It is a very useful tool, both for the bands and for music fans.

Where do you hope to find The Monster Ones in five years?

Evolved, full of good experiences, with several albums behind us, and many others to record. Stay there and keep rocking!

What is next from the band and plans for 2013?

In mid-February we’ll get into the studio to record our first LP.

Of course, we will continue writing new songs, and we fervently wish to tour outside our home.

Carpi MaloneThanks so much for sharing time with us, any last thoughts for the readers and fans?

Thank you, Pete. It was a pleasure!

To all our friends and fans: Thanks for your support, you’re great! Keep rocking with us, guys!

And lastly give us five moments which shaped the destiny of your musical direction personally or within The Monster Ones.

1. – The entry of V (Monster-Guitar). Great composer, and gives better shape to existing songs adorning them with his riffs, and Maf, (Monster-Drummer), perfectionist to the limit, which always encourages us to improve ourselves.

2. – The entry of Goatboy (bassist during a year in the band in 2011). He provided great ideas and recorded with us on I Wanna be a Teenage Monster.

3.-The entry of Elvis Lugosi (Monster-Bass), now bringing his forceful and elaborate riffs

4.- Our video clip “Teenage Ramone”, by which we were chosen “COOLEST SONG OF THE WEEK” in New York’s Radio Show Little Steven’s Underground Garage. This has made known our music in many more places around the world. Thanks so much, Steve Van Zandt!!!

5. – And at the end of last year was carried out the voting for “THE COOLEST IN THE WORLD 2012”, among the 50 songs of very great bands. We got to the No. 5, we see it as a great achievement and an honor. This has also been a great help to make our music known to the world.

The RingMaster Review 23/01/2013

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THE MONSTER ONES – TEENAGE RAMONE (official video)

ToxicRose – Self Titled

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The self-titled debut EP from Swedish rockers ToxicRose may not hold many surprises but it does offer plenty of bruising fun and sleaze soaked enterprise. Combining an energetic blend of hard rock and melodic metal the band unleashes a sound which parties with the essences of Crashdiet, Alice Cooper, W.A.S.P., and Motley Crue to the fore.

Formed in 2010, the Stockholm quartet of vocalist Andy and drummer Michael (both ex- Lipstixx ‘n’ Bulletz), guitarist Tom (ex-Gemini Five), and bassist Goran (ex-Sexydeath), took no time in combining their ‘veteran’ experience to create sounds drenched in eighties hard and glam rock, bringing it all up to date for a full and vibrant encounter.  They have garnered quite a buzz around their presence since which their first release can only enhance and drive forward. Admittedly their chosen genre is not one which excites our hearts here but it is hard not to find enough to be enthused about with the EP and find richly pleasurable.

Released via City Of Lights Records, the EP opens with the powerful and magnetic A Song For The Weak. Big thumping rhythms ToxicRose_cover_12and striking riffs  soon capture attention whilst the whispers of keys brings a warm and gentler caress from within the muscular engagement. The vocals of Andy are aggressive yet welcoming to match the array of guitar skill from Tom, his sinewy riffs and melodic invention impressive and engaging. The band look the part for a glam/hard rock band and as this song proves they sound the part too. There is nothing openly adventurous to discover but it is an infectious riot of accomplished invention and invigorating sound which can only be enjoyed and applauded.

From the strong start the following Set Me Free takes a similar path to its predecessor whilst matching in appeal and quality. The striding rhythms and towering riffs command the ear whilst the melodic wash of the keys and sonic teasing of the guitars leave their contagious mark on the senses. The bass of Goran is a pulsating shadow to the song bringing extra flavoursome to its compelling presence. Arguably the track is too much like the first to reach the same heights but still makes for a satisfying companion which gets the job done.

Follow Me offers a slight symphonic breeze from the keys, the track allowing them a more noticeable place in the energetic storm. It is a pleasing difference and adds something extra to a song which brings diversity to the previous tracks. Again the musicianship and songwriting is spot on ensuring another song of epic melodic stature and heated craft. Whilst not igniting the same depth of pleasure as the first pair its open originality to those same songs makes it probably the more rewarding on the record.

The release is completed by Black Bile and Fear Lingers On, two songs which are less accessible and immediate but with deeper depths and surprisingly more anthemic appeal. It is unclear who provides them but again the keys make a great feature on the pair whilst the heavy and intense rhythmic and melodic aspects of the songs share front spot throughout, the track switching focus between the two attacks seamlessly. The second of the two is the heaviest most formidable song on the EP and for that is our favourite especially with its scorched sonic flaring and ear chewing riffing and hungry energy.

As mentioned glam/hard rock is not the genre to bring great pleasure here but we would be lying if we declared that ToxicRose made the time with their release not enjoyable or unworthy. It may not ever be used in the same sentence as best or favourite by us but the EP will certainly find a happy acceptance whenever it finds itself before our more brutal personal tastes.

For fans of the bands mentioned and the likes of Hardcore Superstar, Crazy Lixx, and Faster Pussycat for sure.

http://www.toxicrose.org

RingMaster 11/01/2013

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