GTC Has Track Picks: Rock And Roll Edition
In celebration or recognition of Maria Haskins Real Rock And Roll launching their new Facebook page (see it HERE) we travel the growing catalog of stellar rock n’ roll she has been featuring on Track Of The Day.
So here is the best of the best from Rival Sons, Scorpion Child, Biters, The Tea Party and of course rock n’ rollers, HEAVY TIGER!
We do the digging so you can just dig!
Rival Sons – “Electric Man” (Live At Amazon Artist Lounge)
Rival Sons are on my mind this weekend with the announcement that the band will be opening for Deep Purple on their European tour this fall. I’ll celebrate that with two live performances by Rival Sons: Jay Buchanan and Scott Holiday doing an acoustic version of ‘Jordan’ from Head Down, and a live performance of ‘Electric Man’ from Great Western Valkyrie, recorded at Amazon Artist Lounge. For a bonus shot of awesome, check out this mind-blowing performance of ‘Keep On Swinging’ from Jimmy Kimmel live.
Scorpion Child – “Polygon Of Eyes”
Heavy acid rock merchants Scorpion Child are currently working on a brand new album, and yes, I am very excited about that. The band’sself-titled album from 2013 was a knockout, and I am betting the new one will pack a punch as well. Until there are new tracks to consume, I’ll make do with the old, including ‘Polygon of Eyes’.
Biters – “Low Lives in Hi Definition”
Well holy moly on a swizzle stick, these guys just rocked my world with their first single ‘Low Lives In Hi Definition’. Biters hail from Atlanta, Georgia and are made up of Tuk on vocals and guitar, Matt on guitar and vocals, Philip on bass and vocals, and Joey on drums and percussion.
The band quotes Cheap Trick, golden era Bowie, golden era Alice Cooper, Slade, The Boys, Slaughter and The Dogs as influences and describe themselves as “Electric Playboys in the Disposable Age”, and all of that sounds pretty darn good to me. Biters are signed to Earache Records, and their album Electric Blood drops July 10th.
The Tea Party – “The Ocean At The End”
The Ocean at the End” is 8 minutes of total bliss – submerging you in an audio landscape that is all glimmer and shimmer and ocean-waves, before the band unleashes its guitar and bass and drums. There’s some outstanding guitar work here, and I just want to dive deeper into this track as Martin’s vocals tremble – just slightly – as he sings “please take me home.
The Tea Party was founded in 1990 and are still made up of Jeff Burrows, Stuart Chatwood, and Jeff Martin. The band toured extensively in support of The Ocean At The End, and are confirmed for two Canadian tour-dates later this year: Ottawa Blues Fest 2015 on July 19, and Rockin’ The Fields of Minnedosa on August 1.
HEAVY TIGER – “Saigon Kiss”
Heavy Tiger is a hard-rocking Swedish three-piece that I first checked out after Thundermother’s lead guitarist Filippa Nässil mentioned them in an interview I did with her a while ago. Well, musicians often give the best music recommendations, and that turned out to be the true in this case too.
Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Heavy Tiger formed in 2010 and is made up of Maja Linn on guitar and vocals, Astrid Carsbring on drums, and Sara Frendin on bass. “Saigon Kiss” is the title track from the band’s debut album, released in 2014 on High Roller Records.
They’ve played gigs all over the world: Scandinavia, Spain, UK, Japan, and even Vietnam. As for their sound, I’ll just quote the band’s website bio:
Some say The Runaways in their heydays, but think KISS meets Thin Lizzy delivered by The Clash and you would probably be closer.
*cover foto Rival Sons by Rick Horn. .