Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Nightmare Police - Long Island, NY

(LONG ISLAND, NY - May 10th, 2017)
New York pop-punk trio The Nightmare Police have released their newest single 'Where Were You?'.
Vocalist Ian Washington spoke exclusively to New Noise Magazine about the new record.
Their new track is taken from their upcoming sophomore EP Losing The Light, set to be released on June 9th.
The album is available for pre-order on Bandcamp. https://thenightmarepolice.bandcamp.com/
Hailing from Long Island, New York, The Nightmare Police are on a mission to bring light from the darkness. Hitting on relatable topics such as youth, drinking, loss and addiction, their infectious tunes leave a feeling of nostalgia and self-reflection. Citing influences from Alkaline Trio to Fall Out Boy, the band creates anthemic pop punk songs filled with catchy melodies and driving guitar riffs.
On the heels of their debut EP "if only i could...", released in October 2015, The Nightmare Police are primed for their sophomore release. Losing The Light, produced by Frank Laudicina and Brett Romnes, is out June 9th.

The Nightmare Police set off on tour next month, with the 8-date run kicking off in Connecticut on May 6th.
Full dates:
5/26 - Mystic, CT @ The German Club
5/27 - Boston, MA @ TBA
5/28 - Mechanicville, NY @ Our Place

5/29 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City 

5/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
6/1 - Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
6/2 - Boonton, NJ @ BoonTunes
6/3 - Smithtown, NY @ Katie's of Smithtow

Friday, May 12, 2017

Head North - Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY-based, cosmic rock band Head North announce their debut LP, The Last Living Man Alive Ever In The History Of The World, due out on June 2nd. The album was produced and mixed by Brett Romnes (I Am the Avalanche) and mastered by Jesse Cannon (Animal Collective, Man Overboard) at Barbershop Studios in Lake Hopatcong, NJ.

Having already received attention from Noisey, New Noise Magazine and Dying Scene from their 2014 EP, Bloodlines, Head North is currently gearing up for the release of their full body of work and accompanying tour.

The concept album revolves around an alternate world where both God and love are forbidden. The personal narratives are told through the perspectives of principal songwriters Brent Martone, Ben Lieber and Alex Matos, whose driving force can be heard through their transition from harder, louder rock driven tracks to the more atmospheric and dreamy second half of the record. Martone's gritty lyricism and the accompanying instrumentals reflect the groups evolution, as they reflect on their previous release and more forward with an air of wisdom and continued understanding of the band's place in the world, and the alternate universe they've created.

Last summer, the band released album track and video, "God (Bring It Back)," which has received attention from fans and press alike, and has built momentum towards the full length release out this summer. Infections Magazine stated on the video, "Displaying a new, melodic sound, layered with their signature introspective lyrics, the band prove that they’re coming back stronger than ever with their new release."

Head North - "God (Bring It Back)"

06/15 - Milk Boy - Philadelphia, PA
06/16 - Lizard Lounge - Lancaster, PA
06/17 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
06/18 - Monte Hall - Jersey City, NJ
06/20 - SongByrd - Washington, DC
06/21 - Double Happiness - Columbus, OH
06/22 - Hoosier Dome - Indianapolis, IN
06/23 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
06/24 - Flink Local 432 - Flint, MI
06/26 - Mahall's - Cleveland, OH
06/27 - Roboto Project - Pittsburgh, PA

06/28 - Studio Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY 

06/29 - TARG - Ottawa, ON
06/30 - Sneaky Dees - Toronto, ON
07/01 - The Middle East - Boston, MA

Monday, May 1, 2017

Jimi Hendrix appeared at The Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on 3/23/68

After Elvis appeared at The Aud in 1957... before the famed Buffalo Memorial Auditorium AKA "The Aud" was the home for The Buffalo Sabres starting in 1970, The Aud hosted basketball games and wrestling matches and in 1968 the Legendary Jimi Hendrix (AKA: The Greatest Guitarist of all time!) made a stop in Buffalo on his Axis: Bold As Love tour in March of 1968, the 3rd show on a 11 day consecutive stint of shows. Thanks to Bruce Eaton, impresario of the Albright-Knox Jazz concert series, we have a first hand account of the performance.
According to Bruce the stage was only about 4 feet high and the Aud was filled to 1/2 it's capacity, only about 6000 people were there.
This was when the cheap seats were colored grey and way before The Aud was renovated to accomodate more people after the Sabres moved in.
Hendrix rocked out on "Fire", "Manic Depression" and "Purple Haze" etc. etc. "blah blah woof woof ...only cowboys stay in tune anyway".
Those songs and many more were inlcuded in the set and Hendrix violently smashed his equipment at the end of his performance, a trademark for Hendrix early in his career.

Bruce still has a piece of a smashed amplifier, which he politely asked 1 of the roadies for, that Hendrix graciously sacrificed for the Buffalo audience.
Upon learning that the scheduled opening act "Jesse's First Carnival" was stranded in a Cleveland snowstorm the concert promoter, Jerry Nathan quickly recruited his sons local band. After a emergency afternoon rehearshal Buffalos own "The Sinnermen" opened the show.
Before reading the recent article in Buffalo Spree http://www.buffalospree.com/
I learned of this show from the book, "Jimi Hendrix, Experience The Music" written by Belmo and Steve Loveless.
I also heard another first hand account from Phil when I was a member of the local Buffalo band "Wanted By The FBI" http://www.fbibluesrock.com/. Phil was in attendance.

A Big Thank You to "Buffalo Spree", the "Jimi Henrix, Experience The Music"book, Ed Adamczyk, Bruce Eaton, Tony Markellis, Jay Weisbeck, Jerry and Steve Nathan and Phil for sharing their "Experiences" with everyone and last but not least, Jimi Hendrix.
Oh yeah and all the bands I witnessed @ The Aud in the 80's and 90's.

Hendrix giving oral to his guitar, AKA playing with his teeth, was always an exciting trick Hendrix enjoyed and employed during his improvisational soloing.
"The cat in the blue hat" looks really excited.
Check out the spare sunburst Strat standing up against the Sunn cabinets.

Before James Hendrix became "Jimi Hendrix" Jimi was a sideman to many R&B touring bands, here's a rare pic from '65 when Jimi played McVans in Buffalo New York with Joey Dee and the Starlighters.
Photo courtesy of the book "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" by Steven Roby & Brad Schreiber.