The release of the early 70s Iron Claw recordings on vinyl made headlines in Dumfries, Scotland recently. After 40 plus years these recordings have finally made it to vinyl, a life long dream, for Iron Claw founder, Alex Wilson. Alex is seen here holding the red vinyl version of the record and sporting the new T-shirt from the collector edition package. (Click on photo to enlarge and read the article.)
This CD is from the mastertape recorded in 1972/1974 which seemed to be lost. This quartet are clearly influenced by hard rock’s illustrious past, cuz there are faint echoes of Led Zeppelin, Cactus, Grand Funk, Leafhound and Bloodrock. Although Stepson are, at least on the surface, an easily familiar commonplace hard rock band, there is something absolutely intriguing and hypnotizing about their stab at bluesy hard rock music. The powerful opening track “Danger Zone” is screwed into your head, then you get hit with the excellent “Streets of Alameda” and ripping “Can’t help myself”. The songs on this LP are played with such awesome power that you cannot fail to be blown away. Possibly the best track on the album is the stunning MC 5-like “Midnight creep” which is a roller coaster ride into guitar madness. The recording is marred somewhat by inferior equipment and bad mixing, but it still is a splendidly thick slice of 70’s hardrock served up in the Golden Eagle in the motorcity Detroit, Michigan.
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Holy crap! What an insane f*cking great song! Opening track ‘I’m Lookin’’ is simply the best hard rock song I’ve heard this year! It starts with an okay harmony chorus (the only time there are vocals on this song), but then the ear cracking riffs and mind splitting grooves gives me a knot in my red swollen neck. Damn. What a terrific piece of hard rock Valhalla! Then I realise the song is already recorded in 1978…
Yes, this band with simple souls are completely unknown, but have the right sense for awesome hard rock, but created this during the years 1972-1983. They never managed to release an album. Until now, almost thirty years after their split up. The recordings date from 1978 and 1979, including one song 1975. That latter one is by far the least interesting one with (despite the fitting album title) obligate rock & roll rhythms. The rest is classic seventies hard rock style, with a strong vocalist (even nice harmonies in the Beatles tribute ‘Beatle’) and a high octane energy drive…….
EXCERPT FROM REVIEW BY LORDS OF METAL E-ZINE: http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showreview.php?id=22247&lang=en
PUSSY are in no way a new band. They are actually pretty much as old as I am, if not older. That apart I had not even heard of them until I came upon them on MySpace. With a name like PUSSY I knew I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 for BattleHelm.com The following in a excerpt, the whole interview can be found here.
To me Jerusalem and in the extension Pussy were completely unheard of. The only Jerusalem I knew of was the Swedish one. Give all of us infidels a brief run through?
-The Swedish Jerusalem appeared about 3 years after we disbanded and were basically a Christian Rock Band. Our Jerusalem, although in the midst of what was then Heavy Rock, was very different from the mainstream rock bands. What people say now is that we were years before out time, we were playing a form of Metal, Doom, Stoner etc., years before they became recognised/successful genres. We played throughout the UK and parts of Europe, mainly Germany and the large Rock Festivals in Europe. Most of the press and the public at the time did not really understand what we were doing, which is why to an extent we became more of a cult band with very little media exposure. [Read more...]
The awesome blog It’s Psychedelic Baby interviews Vintage/Rockadrome label group Ultra members about the band and previous bands like Homer, Outcasts, etc. Here’s an excerpt, to read the entire interview follow the link below:
Billylee Janey never ceases to impress me. No Saints Ringin’ The Bells, his fifteenth release, is innovative, psychedelic, and, at times, reminiscent of his Truth & Janey days. The album is composed of fifteen original songs, a haunting cover of Russian folk song, “Dark Eyes,” and a mini-version of Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.”
There’s this funky little song called “Broken Arrow” that Janey fills with lots of great unexpected aural treats. This one brings a smile to my face every time. And before that smile can even reset, “Lord of the Strings,” an amazing instrumental, kicks in, fusing surf rock and blues together for an amazing listen. It’s sheer back-to-back pleasure.
Janey breaks out his axe and throws down some great delta blues groove on “Delta Man.” It is a composite of legendary Mississippi bluesmen such as Son House, who continues “singing the blues,” “singing the truth,” and “living the life of Hell.” This favorite features his son, Bryce Janey, on acoustic guitar. “Sweet Seventeen,” another track featuring Bryce Janey on acoustic, is a stand-out song as well. This is a beautifully sad, heartfelt song. It has such a lovely melody that I keep going back for repeated listens.
As the title implies, the saints aren’t ringing the bells, because maybe they’re all off playing guitar. That’s just a gut feeling. This one is highly recommended for those who like their blues plugged in.
By Phillip Smith (a contributing writer at BluesWax)
Link to article: http://bluesrevue.com/2011/11/billylee-janey-no-saints-ringin-the-bells-11-04-11/#