The Audio Nut
April 13th, 2005
back to the page everyone. I have gone ahead and made the increased size of
interviews and ‘underground’ bands a permanent move due to the overwhelming
response to and for these sections. This time around we, (you and I) get to see
what The Juliet Dagger, Mankind Is Obsolete and Quiver of Jasper have to say.
Plus, we also get to check out some of my favorite bands in the Blast from the
Past and Double Dose sections. Remember to get updated when the new page gets
posted be sure to see that section on the right. If you want to send in a review
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This time around we will be
doing reviews for c.d.’s from:
3. Modern Day Zero
4. Kathleen Edwards
7. Jah Root
8. Monet, Madrid, Madagascar
9. Chaos Order
The Juliet Dagger, Mankind is Obsolete and Quiver of Jasper.
2005 Geffen Records
Guero is Beck’s follow up to 2002’s widely successful
Sea Change. Unfortunately, it isn’t as good as Beck
recordings from the past. I will wholeheartedly give him
respect for experimenting and trying new things in his
music and song writing styles; I just don’t think he
really hit the mark with this effort. While the first
single “E-Pro” is a really good and catchy song, the
record really lacks in genius after the first track
completes. A couple other songs worth mentioning include,
“Que Onda Guero” and “Go it Alone.”
is a variety of musical styles on this recording; a dash
of older folk/country mixed in with some Latin music and a
twist of the electronic side of Beck that most of us have
become used to.
Longtime fans probably won’t be disappointed in Guero.
If you are just now discovering him I would highly
recommend Mellow Gold or Odelay first, but
it’s your money.
Alternative Pop fans have a new group to embrace in the
band Eisley. After putting out two short recordings (EP)’s
in 2003, Room Noises is the full-length debut from
this band of siblings (and one friend) on Warner Brothers
Records. The songs are light on the ears and have been
well written, including good melodies and lyrics.
first single “Telescope Eyes” has gotten the band constant
airplay on both radio and TV and they have even been
dubbed by viewers of Fuse TV as one of the next big
things. (Fuse TV and Tower Records presents, The Next Big
Thing on Fuse). Check out the songs, “Lost at Sea,”
“Memories” and “Plenty of Paper”.
truly expect this band to gain some momentum over the next
few years as they have already done some opening slots for
bands like Coldplay and New Found Glory.
are a fan of groups like Sixpence Non The Richer, The
Pixies, The Cardigans or 10,000 Maniacs check out Eisley
I’m sure you will enjoy.
Modern Day Zero
Coming up for Air (Parental
2005 Bullet 339 Records
from the ashes of the bands Mesh and Mesh StL has risen
Modern Day Zero; a powerhouse of rock riffs and really
good songs. The band owns the rights to Bullet 339 Records
and has gone thru great lengths to get themselves seen and
heard around the world. One of the most impressive things
about them ‘owning’ themselves is that when you hear this
disc you know that these are songs that they like and want
to record. I must say they have a great taste in their own
music every song on this release is great.
have heard people tell me that they sound like Stone
Temple Pilots or The Exies, but to me they sound like
Modern Day Zero or MDZ to fans.
Their leadoff single “Sick Inside” is a killer up tempo
song with a catchy sing along chorus and other songs that
grab your ears are, “Broken,” “Clear Day” and “Smother
Me.” You may also recognize the song “ Down” off of the video games NASCAR Thunder 2004 and
NHL 2004 (EA Sports).
The bottom line is that if you like music with a little
edge to it that isn’t today’s heavy metal, but more along
the lines of good rock then you should come up for air and
check out Modern Day Zero.
Note: Check back in the next issue for an interview with
Back to Me
2005 Rounder Records
Kathleen Edwards has been gaining momentum since her 2003
release Failure. She has found herself picking up
even more steam with the release of Back to Me. The
title track is just one of many songs worth listening to
and that could get tons of airplay all over the world.
“Good Things,” “Copied Keys” and “Away” are all notable
songs that could end up getting pretty high on the charts
if they became singles.
you will find this disc in the country section it does
have more to offer along the lines of music variety.
Edwards has a great mix of folk, country and rock n roll
on this recording. I truly expect her to become one of
country music’s next cross over favorites and see plenty
of commercial success in other genres of music.
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The Double Dose
Cleansing was released in 1994 and
became Prong’s most successful release to date. The band was
best known for an all out metal guitar assault on previous
recordings, but Cleansing saw the band take a big step
into other directions while still keeping the guitar riffs the
main focus of the songs. “Cut-Rate” is the only song on this
disc that’s reminiscent to ‘older’ Prong. The single “Snap
Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck,” is probably still the bands
best known song and showed the progression of this New York
trio from an outright thrash metal band to a band that could
sling out some killer (and heavy) grooves as well. Songs like
“Test,” “Home Rule” and “Broken Peace” can be heard as a major
influence to bands like Korn, Helmet, White Zombie and a
countless list of others. Fans of any of the bands listed
above or even bands like Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails or Mudvayne
should take the chance to get gouged by Prong. Be sure to
check out other recordings from the band like Rude
Awakening, Primitive Origins and my personal favorite
Beg to Differ.
Scorpio Rising is the rebirth of
Prong. Tommy Victor (guitar/vocals) the only original member
has brought the band back from the grave to deliver another
blow to the guitar metal world. This release shows an older
more matured Prong, but still contains the bands’ trademark,
Victor’s riffs. Songs like, “Regal,” “Attached,” and “Embrace
the Depth” are really good and keep you interested to hear
what will be coming up next.
While this c.d. isn’t the best work that
Prong has ever done it is really good for a band that had
disappeared for almost eight years. If you have ever been a
fan of Prong or any other guitar driven music be sure to check
out Scorpio Rising.
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Blast From The Past
journey back into the past and get a listen to Fastway.
Fastway 1983 Formatted for
CD in 1989
If you have
ever heard of this band then you know it was a ‘super group’
of sorts being started by ex-Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie
Clark, ex-UFO bassist Pete Way, ex-Humble Pie drummer Jerry
Shirley and singer Dave King. If you have ever seen the movie
Trick or Treat or heard the soundtrack to it then you have
heard Fastway. If you haven’t heard of the movie or this band
until now then I have a treat for you.
“Another Day”, “Heft!” and “Far, Far From Home” are all
amazing songs. This release doesn’t have a bad spot on it at
all. It is a shame that the group didn’t stick around or catch
any major type of fame in the 80’s metal movement because they
had the riffs, the songs and the talent to do so. If you like
bands like Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Ratt or The Darkness get
a hold of any and all Fastway recordings as soon as possible.
didn’t last long, but put out another good album after this
one called All Fired Up along with the soundtrack to
Trick or Treat. You can also get the first two albums
digitally remastered on one disc.
All of the
above c.d.’s can be bought new or used by going to
your local music sellers or at their respective webpages.
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The Underground Spotlight
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More Herbs for the Youth
name says it all. Jah Root is a reggae group that brings a
positive message and really good jams to the table. More
Herbs for the Youth is a 17-track disc that keeps the
music flowing and your body moving. The group mixes newer and
older styles of reggae music very nicely in this recording.
Tracks like “Give Praze,” “Pleaze,” “Wanna be Alone” and “Come
Wit Me” are all stand out songs. I myself haven’t been into
reggae music a lot over the past few years, but from what I
have heard and stumble across in that time I will say that Jah
Root is a really really good band.
If you like
Bob Marley, Sublime, Peter Tosh or any other ska / reggae type
of stuff this is worth a listen. You can get a FREE copy of
the disc by contacting the band at their web site or by
emailing me and I will forward your request to them.
Madrid Madagascar 3-song Demo
Madrid Madagascar is a rock band from Ohio that has been
logging the miles lately doing tours around America. I have
heard from more than a few people that have seen them live
that they are a highly energetic group to see in concert. I
have no doubt after hearing this 3-song demo that they
released in 2004.
shows a varied style in their music, which reminds me of bands
like Fugazi, Bad Religion and many other hard rocking bands.
download all three songs for free at the PureVolume site and
be sure to check the MySpace page to get info on when and
where they are playing next. Be sure to look them up, they are
worth the listen.
Chaos Order 3-song Demo
this set of three songs will grab you by the ears and pummel
you. Chaos Order should put a little sticker on this demo that
says not for the squeamish. The singer reminds me a lot of
Phil from Pantera, and Super Joint Ritual, I’m not saying that
is a bad thing. He sure sounds better than someone churning
out vocals reminiscent of Boy George or Lenny Kravitz over
this style of music.
news is that there are just three songs, but the good news is
that the band will be recording a full-length c.d. this year
and I expect it to be blistering. If you like the bands
Pantera, Slayer, Sepultura or anything that is of that nature
check out Chaos Order. I’m not sure if this demo is available
for anything other than promotion and such, but contact the
band for more information and be sure to tell them that I sent
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7 Questions With...
Who are you and what do you do in the band?
A. Erin - sing & play
Q. How did you come up with the
name the Juliet Dagger?
A. I've been obsessed with
Romeo & Juliet since I was about 12 years old...and I just
thought it was a cool references - kind of dark & creepy &
girlie all at the same time.
Q. Read any good books lately?
A. I wish I had the time - for
this tour I think I'm going to try to finish what I started on
the last tour - "I Know This Much Is True" by Wally Lamb...Leisha
(bass player) gave it to me last time we were on the road.
Q. Who are some of your
influences musically? Non-musically?
A. Musically...for me: Juliana
Hatfield, Weezer, Down By Law, Descendents, Samiam - for
Leisha: The Cure, Ani Difranco, Cursive - for Josh: The
Ramones, The Clash
Non-musically for me: my mom
Q. If you could be anyone
in world history who would you be? Why?
A. Joan of Arc - who wouldn't
want to talk to God - man I've got quite a few questions I'd
like answered :)
Q. What can we look forward to
at The Juliet Dagger's live show?
A. Hmmm... well I throw myself
around a bit & make bad jokes between songs & Josh strips down
to his underwear & spits straight up in the air, & Leisha
stares people down...other than that, a sweet set of catchy
Q. What are you listening to in
your home/car stereo?
A. I just got Tegan & Sara (So
Jealous) & I can't stop listening to it - soooooooooo good.
Q. Who are you
and what do you do in the band?
A. I am Jon Siren, and I am the
Q. How did you come up with the
name Mankind is Obsolete?
A. The name originally came out
from feeling completely apathetic towards humans in general. I
felt as if not only the people around me, but people around
the world were always being completely negative and selfish at
the expense of others. I really find the name to be a
challenge to not be that way for myself personally and for
others around me as well.
Q. Are there any plans for a
tour or any upcoming live performances?
A. Yes, we plan on touring for
two weeks this summer in July. Some possible other tours are
in the works as well. We are also doing a series of weekend
excursions where we will be playing around Southern
California, Arizona, and Nevada.
Q. Read any good
A. Yes I have, a book called
"On The Record." This book has a series of interviews with the
same questions to different musicians, producers, etc. It is a
very inspiring book to listen to some of my favorite musicians
Q. What are some of your
influences musically? Non-musical?
A. I am influenced musically by
so many different musicians and styles. A few that come to
mind are Nine Inch Nails, Neurosis, Godflesh, WASP, Portishead,
Skinny Puppy, Switchblade Symphony, Depeche Mode, and The
Beatles. I like a lot of different bands for different
reasons. I am really influenced by my life growing up when it
comes to songwriting. I go back to the way I felt as a kid and
how the right music was the only thing I could truly connect
with. I really want to pass that on now because I know there
are others out there who feel this way.
Q. If you could be anyone in
world history who would you be? Why?
A. Well, that is a tough one. I
would really be one of my musical heroes, because they changed
my world at least. Maybe I would be Trent Reznor, because on a
musical/lyrical/vibe level, I feel like I really relate with
what he does and how he does it.
Q. What are you listening to in
your home/car stereo?
A. Currently, I have really
been digging the Dismantled cd "Postnuclear." I have been
listening to a lot of Slowdive, Miranda Sex Garden, and Eminem.
read the review of the Mankind Is Obsolete c.d. called
Metamorph check out Issue 8.
Q. Who are you and what do you do in the band?
A. Jack Justice. I play guitar, sing the songs, pour
Grill the occasional chicken sometimes. I write the lyrics and
NICHOLAS J. MOUTH, BASS, & A$$
PM Ramey. Drums, percussion, and hissy fits
Q. How did you come up with the name, Quiver of Jasper?
A. (Jack) I remember liking the way those two words sounded
together, so it stuck. I had been in a band called Buzzard
Skyline and the impact of the phonetics was so different. I
was sitting on a black leather couch back in college in the
summer of '94 when it hit me.
(Nick) NO CHOICE
Q. Are there any plans for a tour or any live shows coming
A. (Jack) There will be shows in Lexington KY and perhaps
Cincinnati throughout the summer. It you have electricity we
will play there.
Shows pop up randomly, so check in on our website.
(Nick) I'M PLANNING A LIQUOR STORE TOUR BEGINNING IN APRIL.
Q. Have you read any good books lately?
A. (Jack) I recently read Eric Burdon's autobiography. I am
into a collection of Robert Creely's short stories right now.
(Nick) DOES HUSTLER COUNT? WHERE'S WALDO?
Q. Who are some of your influences both musically and
A. (Jack) Psychedelic rock like Moby Grape and 70’s stuff
Hell and the Voidoids. These days Wilco and Neil Michael
Hagerty are cool.
Can't forget the Replacements and Rolling Stones. I suppose
they made me want to write and play big nasty style. Most
anything influences me non-musically.
(Nick) ANYTHING I HAVEN'T HEARD BEFORE. NON-MUSIC: H.H. HOLMES
(PMR) Favorite drummers include Max Roach and Ringo Starr.
Favorite musicians are Miles Davis, The Beatles, and Frank
Zappa. Non-musical influences are mainly friends and family.
Q. If you could be anyone in world history who would you
A. (PMR) If I was somebody else, would I end up being them
or would they end up being me?
(Nick) I WOULD BE 21 IN 1967 (IN CALIFORNIA)
(Jack) Picasso or Harry Reems. They seemed to be enjoying
Q. What are you listening to in you car/home stereo?
A. (Jack) I have Roland Kirk on the turntable and have been
going back and forth between NRBQ "at Yankee Stadium" and The
Kinks "Kinkdom" in the car.
(PMR) Miles Davis "Seven Steps" (box highlights disc), Mothers
Invention "Weasels Ripped My Flesh", Jeff Beck "Wired",
Emmylou Harris "Anthology", Beatles "Rubber Soul" (US Mono
version), Wilco "A Ghost Is Born", Sly and the Family Stone
"Fresh", Cat Power "You Are Free", Millennium "Begin".
You can hear four live songs from Quiver of Jasper at their webpage.
Note: To read the review for the
Quiver of Jasper c.d. called Surly check out
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Jack, K. Memphis, TN
Hey, I like how you have been adding
bands that aren’t on record labels. Everybody has got to start
somewhere and I think it is really cool that you give them
some attention on this website.
Jack, Thanks a lot! I feel that a
ton of great bands never get to see the light of day, because
they don’t get on a big record label or get much publicity. I
am really fortunate to have the chance to try and help get the
Sierra M. Normal, IL
I totally like that band Mankind is
Obsolete! Thanks for putting them on this page. I never would
have heard of them otherwise. Amazing singer and very cool
Sierra, I couldn’t agree more.
Metamorph has to be one of the best c.d.’s I have ever heard
by a band that isn’t on ANY record label at all. I hope you
checked back and enjoyed the interview with Jon.
Isaac K. Norfolk, VA
Thanks for including a good mix of music
in your writings. I dig how you include rock, alternative,
metal and even country music. I like all kinds of music and
this is the only music page or whatever I have found that has
a cornucopia of styles on it by one writer. Keep it coming and
I’ll keep reading!
Isaac, Thanks for the kind words! I
am truly glad that you enjoy The Audio Nut, I myself like a
vast assortment of music and I try to make it something good
for readers and for myself as well.
up J Sohn? Hey I just wanna say I like the site and most of
the music you include in it. Is there anyway I can get on a
mailing list or newsletter thing or whatever so I can be
notified when a new issue comes out?
Brock, Thanks for your interest.
There is a section on the right hand side of the page that
says UPDATE ME all you have to do is click on there and send
me an email. I went ahead and added your email address to the
list and you will be informed when the new issue gets posted.
Amanda G. Santa Ana, CA
That new Queens of the Stone Age cd is
awesome. Anyone that likes them and hasn’t gotten it yet
should get it NOW!! Did you know that some of the guys used to
be in the band Kyuss? Also, QOTSA puts out recordings called
The Desert Sessions, which feature all kinds of other
Amanda, Yes ma’am I do know about
Kyuss, I grew up listening to them and I am also very aware of
The Desert Sessions. I could be wrong, but I think they have
put out 10 releases of them so far. Some songs that have made
it on to QOTSA records have originally pen written and or
recorded during these sessions.
If you have anything that you’d like to share with us feel
free to send it to
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1. Queens of the
2. He is Legend
3. Shooter Jennings
5. Mankind is Obsolete
7. Alterior Motive
Plus Interviews with:
Calico System, Given and Inkognito
1. Rise Against
3. (hed) P.E.
7. Drivin’ Rain
8. Fists of Phoenix
Plus Interviews with:
Ryan Clark from Demon Hunter and Dick Witham from The Curse of Western Culture.
Quiver of Jasper
Plus an interview
with the band, This, Is A Virtue.
3 Doors Down
Alison Kraus and Union Station
Driven to Her Death
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