Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Brother Norm Presents : NITROVILLE In Concert (at his local friendly rock joint)


  Howdy soaps....err, i mean folks, Brother Norm here again, now this is a band I heard about a few years ago thanks to my habit of late night trawling on ReverbNation and wanted to share with you.

     Nitroville was founded by Anglo-Scottish vocalist, Tola Lamont and German-Scottish Guitarist, Kurt Michael. On the first song-writing session two songs were born – the southern rock grinder, “Cuts to the Bone” and the stomping “Got what it takes”. Both songs were later included on Nitroville’s debut album, “Can’t Stop What’s Comin’” which was released in 2011.the second album is called "CHEATING THE HANGMAN" and was released in 2016 on the Mighty Music label ( Marco Mendoza, Tygers Of PanTang ) to rave reviews. Nitroville are also currently working on their third album which is due to be released Worldwide via Target/Mighty Music (Scandinavia/USA), Bickee Music, (Japan) later this year.

The current line up is :-
Tola Lamont - Vocals

With her mane of blonde hair and her film star looks Tola commands the stage from the opening guitar chords, style wise her vocals are a  cross between Vinegar Joe era Elkie Brooks, Mothers Finest singer Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy and Rossington Collins era Dale Krantz

Kurt Michael  - Guitars  & 
Grizzy Rose Lee - Guitars  

Striding the stage like a menacing KK Downing and Glenn Tipton these boys have the chops to match the attitude, coming across like latter day Mick Cocks and Peter Wells of Rose Tattoo,and Kurt`s plug in and play attitude (no pedal boards here) comes across in the very first power chord.

Paolo Succo - Bass

Mercurial bassist Paolo strides the stage whilst laying down a rock solid groove reminiscent of Glenn Hughes

Moyano El Buffalo - Drums

...What can be said about Moyano, other than WOW!!!

he obviously wears his influences on his sleeve, Keith Moon of The Who, Phil Taylor of Motorhead and first and foremost Animal from the Muppet show,this gut is a POWERHOUSE DRUMMER and a name to look out for in the future.

Right that`s the back story for you guys, onto the actual gig.

So, its a Sunday night in Newcastle,and after a 5am start for work (i`d been called in the night previous) i not so much cruise in to a bar on the shore as Aerosmith`s Mr Tyler might have put it, i more stumble tiredly into my local rock `n` roll watering hole,now as i`ve been trying to convince the band to come and play up here for sometime now, and now they`re here i`m not sure what to expect, i know its gonna be good though,  i walk into the venue and pay my door fee and head for the bar....after a 10 hour shift i think i deserve an ice cold Corona, but i digress.

After a quick chat to friends and bar staff i see there is movement on the stage, suddenly there is a quick guitar riff from Kurt and the band explode onto the stage with their opening number APOPHIS 2029 from their second album Cheating The Hangman and we`re off on a 10 song set that instantly grabs the crowd by the throat and doesn't let go until the end of the last song.....
and not a ballad in sight, that`s not to say they can`t do them, check out the YouTube video below for a stripped down version of 

During the set, Tola is centrestage commanding her boys and making sure the crowd is having a good time,and enticing them to come to the front of the stage,three new songs feature including, PITLANE FIRE a balls out Nascar rocker that is bound to get you a speeding ticket when you play it in the car,and ZOMBIE GALORE another rocking tune that will sit comfortably alongside the rest of their catalogue,check out the videos below

 Pitlane Fire 

        Towards the set finale, after checking how much time was left, Kurt says to the crowd "If someone buys me a beer i`ll buy you one back after the set", almost instantly a voice shouts up "What Kind?", to which a shocked Kurt replies "Any Lager", i`m not sure he realised just how generous us Geordies are,any-who, ten songs later, after the band had ripped through some old favourites like SPITFIRE, LOUISIANNA BONE and the future classics CHEATING THE HANGMAN and MOTOROCKER the crowd are suitably warmed up for Marco Mendoza......

           Zombie Galore   

and the NITROVILLE NATION has gained a good few new members

Afterwards, as i was congratulating Tola on her and the bands Newcastle debut, a young girl came up to us and maybe she thought i had something to do with the band,but the conversation went like this....

                                Q: Your drummer`s brilliant, what`s he on??

                                Tola: Coffee, lot`s of coffee.

                                Me: Rock `n` roll and LOTS of coffee


Then came the punchline, the girl then says....

To the lead singer/front woman of the band

 "You should bring the drums to the front of the stage so everyone can see him"

, which i suppose is a compliment for Moyano, but in my opinion really rude to the singer of a band who've travelled the length of the country to entertain you for 45 minutes, but hey ho as Mr. Jagger once said "ITS ONLY ROCK N ROLL"

     For more information about the band......





so thats that ...ripping gig, look 'em up..


Friday, April 20, 2018

Its the Cadillac Three

Firstly G'day , secondly , I was on you tube the other day looking at some Blackberry Smoke videos and on the side bar video suggestions wotsit  I found another band to add to the collection of bands that just rock.....I discovered quite the brilliant trio called Cadillac Three
Before  the boys got Cadillaced, all three members were in American Bang, which also featured Ben Brown as a fourth member; Mason and Brown had been in the band Llama before that.  

Between 2011 and 2013, Johnston co-wrote "You Gonna Fly" for Keith Urban, "Southern Girl" for Tim McGraw, and "Days of Gold" for Jake Owen (with Neil Mason).

the boys hace rather brilliantly combined outlaw country and classic Southern rock, born and bred out of Nashville, Tennessee. The Cadillac Three have their roots in the rock group American Bang, who were formed in 2005 by lead guitarist Ben Brown; drummer Neil Mason; singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jaren Johnston; and bassist Kelby Ray. 

Originally called Bang Bang Bang, the group released an album, I Shot the King, under that name in 2005, but switched to the name American Bang upon signing with Warner Bros. 

American Bang released an EP, Move to the Music, in 2007, and a self-titled full-length in 2010 with Reprise Records, but after the album didnt find an audience, Brown departed for a solo career. 

The remaining trio members changed their name to Cadillac Black, but once again discovered they'd chosen a name already in use; signing with Big Machine Records, they switched their handle to the Cadillac Three, and issued the self-titled full-length album The Cadillac Three in the spring of 2013. 

In addition to making a name for themselves as performers, the Cadillac Three have generated chart-friendly material for other acts 


Jaren Johnson co-wrote the songs "You're Gonna Fly" for Keith Urban, "Southern Girl" for Tim McGraw, and "Days of Gold" for Jake Owen. In February 2014, the Cadillac Three enjoyed some chart action with the single "The South," which featured guest appearances from Dierks Bentley, Eli Young, and Florida Georgia Line. 


Six months later, they dropped the single and video for the song "Party Like You," followed by the ballad "White Lightning" in April 2015. It took another year before Bury Me in My Boots, the band's third album, finally saw release in the summer of 2016. The trio returned in August 2017 with Legacy, an album that saw the group strip back to basics.


And rest assured , i'm gonna get as much C3 as I can get my hands on ...I suggest you do the same.


Seeya Next time

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Its the FOOEYS

Fooeys giving Sydney WHAT FOR !!!!

Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Rock n Fkn Roll
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts
Nirvana , Sunny Day Real Estate,  Scream

Time for another blogaroo AND once again its about a band that Ive only really got into in the last few yonks but have been around for  fair while...THE FOO FIGHTERS

Now to be fair and transparent when Dave was in NIrvana , I more than readily considered them the enemy cause I was doing the hairy metal thing and they were the antithesis of what I liked , this aint saying that Kurt and the boys werent any good , they were but they werent my bottle of pepsi at the time.

Now I dug Big Me and Learn to fly but that was about it for me and the Fooeys until recently when I saw Dave on Lemmys dvd and then I saw the Sonic Highways and Sound City docos ..

.I thought to myself, self , might be time to give them another shot , so i hit You Tube hard , and I was amazed at how much of their stuff I genuinely dig

 I went and bought the Greatest hits c.d and the live at Wembley dvd and that was me sold 

The boys formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. It originally a Dave Grohl solo project following the end of Nirvana . 

Rumour has it the group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as "foo fighters"....so there you go , historical learnage for you

Dave Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly ofSunny Day Real Estate, as well as getting Pat Smear to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. 

When most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl on the group's second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997),  Goldsmith quit during the recording 

Pat  Smear's departure was rather cool , he left the band after playing the first song of a set on the balcony of Radio City Music Hall,  though he would rejoin them in 2006.

Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, took their spots respectively, although Stahl was let go before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999). 

The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band's lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. During this time Taylor had a close call with a overdose but Dave and Taylor told each other to F**k off and made up

The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002. and there was a struggle duirng this album,   Dave even went and played with Queens of the Stone Age, and some thought that this was it for the Fooeys

 The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material, and its just f**kin amazeaballs ...go get it

Fooeys released the sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. The band's seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011, in which Pat returned as a full member. 

In November 2014, the band's eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. 

On September 15, 2017, the band released their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, which became their second to reach #1 in the United States.

Dave Grohl
Nate Mendel
Pat Smear
Taylor Hawkins
Chris Shiflett
Rami Jaffee

     Past members
William Goldsmith
Franz Stahl

1995 -  Foo Fighters
1997 -  The Colour and the Shape
1999 -  There Is Nothing Left to Lose
2002 -  One by One 
2005  - In Your Honor
2006 - Skin and Bones 
2007 - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace 
2011 - Wasting Light
2014 - Sonic Highways 
2017 - Concrete and Gold 

So . there you  go, if you aint heard any ...get amongst it