Monthly Archives: June 2015

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 6/28/15

HRD Radio Report - Disturbed

HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 6/28/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 1937
2 2 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1864
3 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 1644
4 4 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 1530
5 5 HALESTORM “Amen” 1454
6 6 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 1284
7 7 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 1255
8 9 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 1086
9 10 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 1038
10 8 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 1008
11 14 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 988
12 11 MUSE “Dead Inside” 916
13 13 HELLYEAH “Hush” 893
14 12 GODSMACK “What’s Next” 864
15 0 DISTURBED “The Vengeful One” 811
16 16 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 720
17 17 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 639
18 15 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 582
19 19 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 484
20 23 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 464
21 21 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 449
22 26 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 436
23 24 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 430
24 22 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 430
25 31 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 362
26 28 STARSET “Halo” 342
27 30 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 338
28 27 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 315
29 40 I PREVAIL “Blank Space” 302
30 41 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 291
31 29 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 267
32 38 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne” 258
33 32 MUSE “Psycho” 254
34 39 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana” 248
35 35 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 242
36 37 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 213
37 42 RED “Darkest Part” 183
38 46 SHATTERED SUN “Hope Within Hatred” 151
39 45 NICKELBACK “Get ‘Em Up” 136
40 36 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 134
41 54 BUCKCHERRY “Bring It On Back” 115
42 44 YOUNG GUNS “Rising Up” 111
43 48 HINDER “Intoxicated” 104
44 61 WE ARE HARLOT “Someday” 96
45 58 GHOST “Cirice” 88
46 53 NEW YEAR’S DAY “Defame Me” 86
47 49 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Unstoppable” 86
48 51 WITHIN REASON “Here Comes The Light” 84
49 47 AC/DC “Rock The Blues Away” 84
50 71 TRAPT “Passenger” 76

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

DISTURBED – “The Vengeful One”

After a four-year hiatus, the long-awaited return of Disturbed has finally arrived.  “The Vengeful One” – the first single off of the band’s forthcoming album –  just dropped this week, and it is already in the Top 15.  It’s fair to say that Active Rock programmers were chomping at the bit for new music from Disturbed as much as the fans were, and that the band is back with a vengeance with their distinct brand of aggressive rock.  The only ones who might not be happy about the timing of the release of “The Vengeful One” are the members of Theory Of A Deadman.  After a methodical climb towards the top of the chart with “Angel,” it looks like TOAD may stall at #2 just as Breaking Benjamin finally fell back to the pack with a big drop this week.  Even if there is enough gas left in the tank to push them to the top, it will be a short stay, as reaching the top for “The Vengeful One” is almost guaranteed.  Sometimes, big-name acts rise to the top because of their status, not necessarily because they have put out a great single.  This is not the case for “The Vengeful One.”  Even without the pent up demand for new Disturbed music, it’s highly likely that this song would have shot up the charts anyway.  It’s just that damn good!

 

 

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

ASKING ALEXANDRIA“I Won’t Give In”

FROM ASHES TO NEW“Lost & Alone”

ART OF ANARCHY“Til The Dust Is Gone”

WOVENWAR“Tempest”

EVE TO ADAM“Calling My Name”

 

DROP IT…

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

Royal Blood“Little Monster”

Zac Brown Band“Heavy Is The Head”

Muse“Dead Inside”

The Struts – “Could Have Been Me”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

If you recall the scene at the top of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart last week, then you pretty much know the scene this week as well.  Breaking Benjamin backs into an 8th consecutive week at #1 despite losing over 7% of their airplay.  They hold on to the top spot because there was virtually no movement at all in the spin counts of any song in the neighborhood behind them.  The order of the top seven songs in the chart remained completely unchanged from the previous week, meaning that Theory Of A Deadman , Royal Blood and Three Days Grace are still next in line to move to the top.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

As stagnant as the highest part of the chart was for the week, the next level down saw plenty of action, with Five Finger Death Punch continuing to climb with “Jekyll And Hyde,” the abrupt return of Disturbed producing an immediate impact on airplay with “The Vengeful One,” and Of Mice & Men slipping into the Top 20…

Red Sun Rising leads a trio of songs into the Top 30 for the first time with their debut single – “The Otherside.”  Joining them as new entries into the Top 30 are double-digit position gainers I Prevail and P.O.D.

Likewise, three songs climb a tier into the Top 40 this week, including the latest single from Red, who oddly climbed five positions despite literally zero change in their number of spins for the week…

The final ten spots on the chart include six tracks that weren’t in the Top 50 a week ago, with artists ranging from familiar names (Buckcherry, We Are Harlot) to virtual newcomers on the national scene (New Year’s Day, Within Reason).
 
 
 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Pop Evil“Footsteps”

Five Finger Death Punch“Jekyll And Hyde”

Disturbed – “The Vengeful One”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Breaking Benjamin“Failure”

Zac Brown Band “Heavy Is The Head”

Apocalyptica – “Cold Blood”

 
 
 

FUTURES REPORT

The chart is an utterly mixed bag.  The top spots are woefully stagnant, meaning that a lot of radio stations have sounded largely like they’re stuck on an endless repeating loop for more than a month.  That’s a sharp contrast to the rest of the chart where there’s an unusually high amount of movement in terms of titles (if not necessarily in amount of airplay) for all but the most elite songs.  Generally speaking, a lot of songs are getting played, but only by a few stations each.  The breakouts in the future will be the ones that manage to cobble together broader support (which may seem obvious).  Few are able to do so lately, but those that can garner broader support will likely find themselves with exceptionally high chart positions.

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/

Music Discovery Monday – 6/29/15

Music Discovery Monday - Red Sun Rising

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 6/29/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week’s Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Red Sun Rising frontman, Mike Protich, who discusses the fascinating inspiration for the band’s debut single, “The Otherside.”    

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

RED SUN RISING – “The Otherside”

Some songs take a while to grow on you, while others grab you from the first note.  Red Sun Rising’s debut single – “The Otherside” – falls into the latter category.  And though it instantly stood out when I first heard it on Octane, “The Otherside” keeps getting better with each listen (the mark of a great song).  Straddling the line between the darkness of Alice In Chains and the bright, soaring melodies of Shinedown, Red Sun Rising has something unique to offer.  Having heard the rest of the album already, I can tell you that there is much more to come from this band beyond their debut single.

 

In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, frontman Mike Protich talked about the inspiration and meaning behind the song (including the reasoning behind making “otherside” into one word)…

“The cool thing about the song is that Ryan (our guitar player) and I both wrote it together, so the lyrics have a different meaning for both of us.  For me, it’s about overcoming obstacles in your life and coming out stronger.  That’s the general message.  There are some other meanings as well, such as the insignificance of life on earth.  It doesn’t really matter what you do here because it’s a spec of time that will pass.  You can either make the most of it, or live carelessly through it.  It’s up to you how you want to live.

Making the title one word was a conscious decision.  We wanted it to be its own thing, like “the otherside” was a place that you’re striving to reach, or that you’ve already reached.  So, “the otherside” can be a mental or physical destination.  For each person, it’s about finding that place…whatever it is.

The song was written together as we sat in a room with acoustic guitars and let the ideas flow.  We loved the vibe of it right away; it reminded us of Alice In Chains.  We kind of went in that direction because they are a huge influence of ours, and it was nice to kind of tip our hat to them a little bit.  The reason that we led with this song was because of the vibe.  It really set the tone for the rest of the record.”

 

BLACKTOP MOJO – “I Am”

Like Red Sun Rising, Blacktop Mojo builds upon a grunge foundation and adds in their own flavor.  In this case, the flavor is a gritty, southern sound.  If Soundgarden and Black Stone Cherry got together to write a song, the end result would likely be something very similar to “I Am.”  Frontman, Matt James reveals the following about “I Am” on the band’s Facebook profile…

“…‘I Am’ makes a statement about who we are as a band, which is taking a crazy group of scatterbrained guys, with different writing and playing styles, sitting down in a room together with all of our separate thoughts and approaches to writing songs, and turning that into a singular energy, that we can all be proud of.”  Based on this track, their approach is working like a well-oiled machine.

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

DISTURBED – “The Vengeful One”

They’re baaaaack.   The first new music from Disturbed in nearly five years delivers one of the themes they do best (vengeance), and quickly re-establishes the band as one of the preeminent hard rocks acts of the modern era.  It isn’t brain surgery; it isn’t groundbreaking, but it provides a badly needed jagged edge to the rock landscape without sacrificing musicality to do so.  A welcome first glimpse into what could easily be a serious album of the year contender.

 

THE PROTEST – “Vicious Cycle”

I’ve noted numerous times just how many bands from the Christian rock niche seemed ready to break through into the mainstream, and the latest single from this Indiana band appears poised to do just that, based on the early interest being shown by numerous rock/active rock stations.  A modern sound combined with lyrics that are admittedly written from a Christian point of view (while remaining extremely relatable to a broader audience) makes this a solid candidate for airplay across multiple formats, none of which matters so much for its selection here.  The simple fact is that it’s a rather rockin’ tune.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

VIRGIN STEELE – “Persephone”

Virgin Steele is a New York band that has been producing quality metal for over three decades, starting in their early years with a more classic sound, and adding plenty of symphonic elements over time.  David DeFeis, the mastermind behind the band, who covers all vocals, keyboards, and synth bass, has described their music as “barbaric romantic metal.”  “Persephone,” a favorite from their latest album (released just last week), boasts the theatrical style that his description implies. 

 

ASCENDOR – “Fear Of God”

I am generally not a fan of death metal-style vocals, though they can work for me where they’re integral to the mood of a piece, and where they play well off of the rest of the music.  Ascendor, a metal quintet from the island of Malta, meets those qualifications with “Fear of God,” a bleak piece that spirals downward into despair.  There’s intense drumming, some intricate guitar work, and enchanting Middle Eastern influences.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

VIATHYN – “Edward Mordrake”

Edward Mordrake was reportedly a man who had an extra face on the back of his head.  As the story goes, Mordrake referred to the extra visage as a “demon face” which drove him quite mad before committing suicide at the age of 23.  Viathyn puts this creepy (yet compelling) take to music with great progressive, heavy metal skill.  Powerful and dramatic as the story line, it features stand-out guitar work by Jake Wright and Tomislav Crnkovic (who is also on vocals).  This track is from their latest release, Cynosure.

 

H.E.A.T.  “Eye For An Eye”

Swedish hard rock/AOR band, H.E.A.T gives us “Eye For An Eye” – a solid, melodic track from their last album, Tearing Down the Walls.  Frontman Erik Grönwall’s vocals are effortlessly powerful – similar to fellow Swede, Erik Mårtensson of Eclipse.  The tune has a good, heavy strut throughout and some nice harmonies backing Gronwall.

 

SUBMISSIONS

To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

 
 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

My selections for this week’s Hard Rock Music Time Machine were inspired by this week’s featured artist – Mike Protich of Red Sun Rising.  If you haven’t checked out the band’s debut single (“The Otherside”) yet, make sure to do so, especially if you are a fan of Shinedown and Alice In Chains…

 

SHINEDOWN – “I’ll Follow You” (2012)

Shinedown singles really don’t fly below the radar for the most part, and to some degree, “I’ll Follow You” is no exception.  While the song has a massive amount of views on YouTube, it was something of a flash-in-the-pan when it came to radio play.  From their hit album, Amaryllis, this song takes a turn in a different direction than the more high energy tracks.  Brent Smith brings poetry to life with his impassioned delivery on this ballad that is reminiscent of classic Elton John.  After what seems like an endless wait (3 years), Shinedown will be releasing the follow-up to Amaryllis in the coming months. (see full Hard Rock Daddy review)

 

ALICE IN CHAINS – “Would?” (1992)

Like Shinedown, Alice In Chains is well-known, as is “Would?”…but I chose to include it this week because it was the song that introduced me to the band, and because of the Alice In Chains influence in Red Sun Rising’s music.  Nirvana may be the Seattle band that is most widely-known for the grunge movement, but the contributions of Alice In Chains cannot be understated.  While Nirvana’s sound was raw and angst-ridden, Alice In Chains took the grunge sound in a more haunting (yet melodic) direction.  Dark, but with just enough light to keep it from falling into the depressing sound that defined many of their brethren at the time.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

SOULICIT – “Parking Lot Rockstar” (2011)

From a band residing in the “Didn’t Get Nearly The Recognition They Deserved” file comes this tune that mixes rock with a southern rock vibe and a fair bit of realistic lyrical grit to produce easy-to-sing-along enjoyment.  This Kansas-based outfit made some noise with several tracks in 2011 and 2012, but this gem wasn’t one that seemed to break out very much.  Sadly, there hasn’t been a lot of coming from the band’s official sources in recent months so their current status is somewhat murky, but songs like this make me hope that we’ll eventually hear from them again.  There’s good rock here.

 

DEVICE – “Penance” (2013)

During the Disturbed hiatus, frontman David Draiman was far from quiet, not only producing several albums, but also delivering a solid dose of rock with his own side project.  Working with former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo, Draiman aimed for a more electronic / industrial sound, but still managed to come up with two solid radio hits and a third song that got notable airplay.  There was also a fourth worthy candidate that holds up well as a hard rock track and could have easily been a hit as well.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

MASTEDON – “Nowhere Without Your Love” (2009)

Mastedon – a melodic rock band not to be confused with the metal band Mastodon – released this stirring (but criminally unknown!) ballad in 2009.  There is a heavy Kansas influence, which is no surprise, as the band is the creation of their former frontman (Jon Elefante) and his brother Dino.  In fact, they are joined (at least on this album) by Kerry Livgren on lead guitar.  The piece enters on a plaintive guitar and then layers in the harmonies for an overwhelming chorus.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

WOLVERINE – “Your Favourite War” (2011)

Wolverine is a rather dark and brooding melancholy hard rock/metal band from Sweden.  Their sound is fraught with gloom from haunting chords, and interludes that create the mood and tension of their music.  “Your Favourite War” has plenty of this, but adds terrific, cathartic break-outs from the gloom with driving and appropriately crying guitars (Jonas Johnson) and arrangements (Per Herniksson) that make the track remarkable.  This song is from their fifth studio album, Communication Lost.

 

TONY MACALPINE – “Sacred Wonder” (1987)

I first heard the great Tony MacAlpine back when Maximum Security debuted in 1987.  This gem, “Sacred Wonder,” showed me just how tremendous his talent is.  The enormous range, variety of skills and music composition is incredible.  He’s still shredding after more than 30 years.

 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-27-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-27-15.

The 6-27-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “The Vengeful One” – DISTURBED

#14 –  “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

#13 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#12 –  “Gravity” – PAPA ROACH

#11 –  “Digital World” – AMARANTHE 

#10 –  “Better Place” – SAINT ASONIA

#9 –   “Never Giving Up On You” – OF MICE & MEN 

# 8 –  “In Between” – BEARTOOTH

# 7 –   “Misery” – N ONPOINT

# 6 –  “Jekyll And Hyde” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 5 –  “Nobody Praying For Me” – SEETHER

# 4 –   “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT 

# 3 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

# 2 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

# 1 –   “Failure” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Saint Asonia – “Better Place”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Highly Suspect – “Lydia”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

The Importance of Nothing More’s “Jenny”

Nothing More – Nothing More: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs: January 2014 – June 2014

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/4/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 7/4/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. 2015 WARPED TOUR COMPILATIONS – Various Artists
      2. HIGH ON FIRE – Luminiferous
      3. OUR LAST NIGHT – Younger Dreams
      4. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      5. IWRESTLEDABEARONCE – Hail Mary
      6. TREMONTI – Cauterize
      7. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      8. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      9. THE ONGOING CONCEPT – Handmade
      10. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      11. SLASH F MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – Live At The Roxy 09.25.14
      12. FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus
      13. BABYMETAL – Babymetal
      14. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
      15. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust

 

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Tremonti – “Another Heart”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Three Days Grace – “Painkiller”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Contrary to What Gene Simmons Says…The Industry Killed Their Own Infrastructure…Not the Fans!

Hard Rock Daddy Editorial

Like many Gen X rock music fans, I consider KISS to be the band that started me on my rock and roll journey.  The music, the mystique and the showmanship all contributed to the intrigue.  And though I never got the chance to see them before they “unmasked” themselves, my first KISS concert on the Animalize tour remains one of my fondest memories.  That being said, the man who was once larger than life to me, now puzzles me with his views of the world.

Following up on his controversial “rock is dead” stance, Gene Simmons has now gone on record blaming the fans for killing the infrastructure of the music industry, specifically, record labels.  While the consumption of music by fans probably does prevent rock bands from reaching the superstardom of KISS and other legendary artists, putting all of the blame on fans is short-sighted and misguided.

 

LONG BEFORE NAPSTER…

Many will point to emergence of Napster and file sharing as the reason that the infrastructure started to crumble.  That may be true from the industry perspective, but from the fans’ perspective, it actually began in October of 1982 when CDs arrived on the scene.  Don’t get me wrong, fans (myself included) fully embraced CDs, and shelled out more money than ever for albums (many of which they already owned on vinyl or cassette).

Even though the cost to manufacture CDs was significantly lower than the cost to manufacture vinyl, CD prices were much higher than vinyl prices.  CDs were also much less likely to be damaged during shipping, but record labels still charged artists the same “breakage” fees.

 

RECORD LABELS – A GIFT FROM HEAVEN?

Simmons puts record labels on a pedestal, calling them a “gift from heaven” and stating that they gave millions and didn’t ask for the money back when the albums failed to sell, something that a bank wouldn’t do if they loaned money to a business that failed.  However, comparing artists that don’t sell enough albums to recoup their advances to a small business that fails is not a good analogy.  Record labels are not banks.  A more accurate analogy would have been to compare them to angel investors who risk their capital for the chance to earn exponential returns on their investment.  It’s all about risk and reward.  Like angel investors, record companies rely upon their “hits” to absorb the losses from their misses.

Now that we’ve established that record companies are not the “gift from heaven” that Simmons made them out to be, let’s take a look at the factors that contributed to the crumbling of the industry infrastructure.

 

GREED IS GOOD – THE GEKKO MINDSET

One of the most famous lines to come out of the movies of the 80s is…“greed, for a lack of a better word, is good” (Gordon Gekko, Wall Street).  Record labels fully bought into this concept when they were making a killing on CD sales, cashing in on lower production costs and higher sale prices while selling music fans something that they already owned in many cases.  All the while, they charged their artists the same “breakage” fees that they were charging for the infinitely more fragile vinyl albums.  When record labels took advantage of technology and padded their pockets, consumers and artists didn’t protest; they simply accepted things for what they were.

 

PEER-TO-PEER MUSIC SHARING

Fast forward to June of 1999 (nearly 17 years after the debut of the CD).  A computer programmer named Shawn Fanning develops Napster (a free peer-to-peer file sharing platform).  Peer-to-peer music sharing was not a new concept.  After all, how many of us made cassette mixes of our albums to share with our friends?  The difference with Napster was that the file sharing was no longer contained to peers who knew each other.  Thanks to technology, file sharing with strangers was made possible.  And though record labels and well-known artists like Metallica did their part to shut the service down, a new way of consuming music was born.

 

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

Like the banks who were thought to be “too big to fail” during the recent financial meltdown, record labels (predominantly the majors) built a machine that was thought to be too powerful to ever bring down.  Rather than accept that there was about to be another paradigm shift in the way that people consumed music, they clung to overpriced CDs with all of their might.  When they finally accepted that the Internet was the great equalizer and that technology would prevail, their response was to offer overpriced paid downloads of songs and albums.  Had they embraced downloads at a reasonable price, with their still powerful presence, they may very well have drawn people away from Napster and peer-to-peer file sharing, which had limitations and had only gained traction with early adopters.

 

THE SUB-GENRE EFFECT

Even without the greed and false sense of security that the labels displayed in the face of a legitimate threat to their infrastructure, advances in technology (in all likelihood) would have prevented the next Beatles, Elvis or KISS.

While pop music is still a narrow enough vertical to create megastars, rock music is now split into numerous sub-genres.  There is no universal radio format to reach the fragmented rock audience, and MTV (which helped launch some of the bigger rock bands in the 80s) has been replaced by YouTube, which is far too vast to reach an audience narrow enough to achieve critical mass.  So, even if consumers were willing to purchase music as they once did, the reality is that rock bands would still be fighting an uphill battle to rely upon music sales to support a career.  There is simply too much music to choose from, and no one outlet to reach an increasingly fragmented audience.

Even if there was a way to reach a critical mass of rock music fans, there are other factors at play that have cut into music sales, especially for newer artists.

 

THE BATTLE FOR CONSUMER DOLLARS

There was a time when rock music fans were willing to spend their hard-earned money on CDs (even overpriced ones) because they had discretionary income.  The generation of fans who believed in purchasing music no longer has that discretionary income because it has been absorbed by expenses that didn’t exist in the pre-Napster era (cell phones and high-speed Internet access), and increases in other expenses (cable television, fuel, etc.).  Ironically, bands like KISS and other megastars have also cut into discretionary income with ticket prices that far exceed the reasonable prices that existed when rock music sales were robust.

 

THE DEMISE OF ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

When Simmons blamed the fans for the crumbling infrastructure of the record business, he glossed over all of the aforementioned factors that lead to this seismic shift in the way that people consume music.  He also failed to mention that (major) record labels shifted from developing artists to promoting songs.  One of the reasons that KISS achieved huge success is that fans were invested in the band, not just songs.

 

TODAY’S MUSIC CLIMATE

Are there generations of fans that see music as disposable?  Absolutely!  Will rock artists ever be able to rely upon music sales to sustain a career?  Unfortunately not, but that doesn’t mean that rock is dead.  It just means that artists have to figure out ways to create value in the eyes of the consumer to inspire them to part with their hard-earned dollars.

Artists who spend their days longing for the past, bemoaning the current climate, or worse, blaming the fans for the crumbling infrastructure of the music industry are not likely to survive for very long.  Simmons can get away with this mindset because he is no longer in the trenches, having already made his fortune.

Rock lives; and while new artists are very unlikely to amass a fortune like Simmons, there is still the potential for a career in music for those who are willing to embrace the fans, rather than chastising them for the way that they consume music.

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 6/21/15

HRD Radio Report - I Prevail

HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 6/21/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 2092
2 2 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1854
3 4 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 1607
4 3 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 1589
5 6 HALESTORM “Amen” 1420
6 8 SEETHER “Nobody Praying For Me” 1256
7 7 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 1225
8 5 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 1179
9 13 POP EVIL “Footsteps” 960
10 10 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 960
11 9 MUSE “Dead Inside” 932
12 12 GODSMACK “What’s Next” 898
13 11 HELLYEAH “Hush” 878
14 0 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Jekyll And Hyde” 691
15 14 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 654
16 19 SAINT ASONIA “Better Place” 646
17 16 PAPA ROACH “Gravity” 626
18 15 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 491
19 23 SLIPKNOT “Killpop” 461
20 17 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 450
21 24 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 449
22 26 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 442
23 22 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 428
24 27 ALL THAT REMAINS “For You” 399
25 21 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 399
26 38 THE STRUTS “Could Have Been Me” 373
27 25 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 365
28 31 STARSET “Halo” 334
29 28 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 323
30 34 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 322
31 43 RED SUN RISING “The Otherside” 281
32 32 MUSE “Psycho” 262
33 20 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 249
34 29 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 235
35 33 BEARTOOTH “In Between” 234
36 30 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 233
37 36 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 228
38 35 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne” 227
39 39 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dirty Diana” 222
40 42 I PREVAIL “Blank Space” 207
41 59 P.O.D. “This Goes Out To You” 192
42 41 RED “Darkest Part” 183
43 37 TREMONTI “Another Heart” 177
44 40 YOUNG GUNS “Rising Up” 148
45 49 NICKELBACK “Get ‘Em Up” 140
46 46 SHATTERED SUN “Hope Within Hatred” 121
47 44 AC/DC “Rock The Blues Away” 120
48 52 HINDER “Intoxicated” 98
49 51 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Unstoppable” 91
50 54 FIT FOR RIVALS “Freak Machine” 84

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

I PREVAIL – “Blank Space”

“Blank Space” was the introduction of I Prevail to many Octane listeners awhile back, although the song only recently started gaining traction on Active Rock Radio, so it’s kind of new as well.  Only after hearing it a few times did I discover that it was a cover of a Taylor Swift song.  I’m sure that it comes as no surprise to reveal that I like I Prevail’s version infinitely more than the original, but this week, mentioning Taylor Swift in this forum goes beyond her music.  Although I’ve read one dissenting opinion from an Active Rock band, for the most part, the community is hailing her for making a stance against Apple’s new streaming service that would have financially impacted artists who have new releases coming out.  Because of Swift, Apple backed down from their initial stance of refusing to pay artists during subscriber 3-month trial periods.  Since her name will never be more popular in these circles than it is this week, it seemed appropriate to feature one of her songs as the pick of the week.  That being said, long before the Apple conflict, I was drawn to I Prevail’s version of “Blank Space” from the first listen.  This is the type of cover song that really makes people stand up and take notice, because the band truly made this pop song their own.  Knowing now that it is a Taylor Swift song, it’s easy to see where the melody came from, but it is I Prevail’s intensity that really makes the song unique.

 

 

HRD SPIN CONTROL (by Adam Waldman and Jon Loveless)

Each week, we will share the songs that we think should be added to rotations, alongside the songs that we feel should be dropped from rotations, either because they are a bad fit for the format, or because they have run their course and it’s time for a new single from the artist.

SPIN IT…

WE ARE HARLOT“Someday”

ART OF ANARCHY“Til The Dust Is Gone”

WOVENWAR“Tempest”

EVE TO ADAM“Calling My Name”

ROMANTIC REBEL“Disappear”

 

DROP IT…

Awolnation“Hollow Moon”

Mumford & Sons“The Wolf”

Beartooth“In Between”

Zac Brown Band“Heavy Is The Head”

Offspring“Coming For You”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Can we get a seventh week at #1 for Breaking Benjamin on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart?  Of COURSE we can!  However, the end might actually be in sight, since it looks as though radio is now being pointed toward the follow-up single as airplay begins to show signs of erosion.  Theory Of A Deadman appears to be in the best position to take over the top spot, with “Angel” holding on to #2 this week with an essentially flat spin count.  Only a tiny bit of change in airplay for both Royal Blood and Three Days Grace allows the former to slip back ahead of the latter this week (the fourth time one of the pair has passed the other over the last ten weeks).  Halestorm still lurks just behind with “Amen,” looking to deny Royal Blood and Three Days Grace from reaching #1.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Pop Evil moves into the Top 10 this week with their latest single, “Footsteps” (the highest ranked song to achieve double-digit increase in spins)…

Five Finger Death Punch debuts exceptionally strong, debuting at #14 with “Jekyll And Hyde” (the first single off of their upcoming album).  That’s better than any single from their previous double-album release (“Lift Me Up” debuted at #19)…  Slipknot breaks into the Top 20 this week with “Killpop”

The Struts lead three new songs into Top 30 this week, breaking out with more than 50% increase in spins…

Similarly, newcomers Red Sun Rising stand out with a major move in the 31-40 section of the chart with their debut single, “The Otherside”

Several new arrivals in bottom part of the Top 50 this week.  P.O.D. joins Hinder as a notable names debuting in the published chart.

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Pop Evil“Footsteps”

Five Finger Death Punch“Jekyll And Hyde”

The Struts – “Could Have Been Me”

 

DROPPING DOWN

Zac Brown Band “Heavy Is The Head”

Awolnation“Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)”

Temperance Movement – “Take It Back”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

A fun week for chart-watchers is on the horizon as it seems likely that someone is going to back their way into a #1 song sooner or later.  That is, of course, unless radio suddenly decides on a definitive favorite and a consensus forms around one particular track.  A major factor in the consistency among the top songs for the past month has been radio’s refusal to let go of the previous #1 song from Zac Brown Band, which peaked nearly two months ago, but at press time remains in the Top 10.  If it had followed a normal pattern of descent, with spins divided among the other contenders still on the rise, things could have easily played out differently.

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/

Music Discovery Monday – 6/22/15

Music Discovery Monday - Outlaws And Moonshine

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 6/22/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week’s Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Outlaws & Moonshine lead vocalist/guitarist, Beau Vann, who discusses the fascinating inspiration for the band’s debut single, “Whiskey.”    

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

OUTLAWS & MOONSHINE – “Whiskey”

More often than not, I am drawn to new bands after hearing their music.  In the case of Outlaws & Moonshine, I was intrigued by the name of the band and the logo when I was invited to like their page.  One listen to “Whiskey,” and I was hooked on the sound of the band as well.  A beautiful acoustic intro sets the tone for the band to hit you with their “back beat boogie woogie” infused Southern Rock sound.  There is something very refreshing about a song that unapologetically embraces the party spirit of rock and roll the way that “Whiskey” does.  The beauty of these Indiana rockers is that they know who they are and they wear it on their sleeve as they deliver a straight-ahead anthem with huge hooks (think AC/DC with southern sensibilities).

 

You might think that the inspiration for a straight-forward anthem about “Whiskey” would be obvious, but you’d be surprised…

“I was out the night before I wrote the song with a few of my friends.  We were talking about some of the houses around the Indianapolis area that are kind of ancient and go back to the Prohibition days.  Smugglers would come down from up towards Chicago, and they would hide some of their whiskey in these old houses.  As a kid growing up, you’d hear those stories about Al Capone and the old smugglers and how they would pass the whiskey off to some our people (the southern people).  They would take it and sell it to the people in the hills and the valleys.  Hearing those kind of stories growing up always fascinated me, so that’s how the song came about.”

The rest of the interview with Beau will appear in the near future on Hard Rock Daddy, along with more coverage on Outlaws & Moonshine.

 

 

ROYAL BLISS – “Drown With Me”

Like Outlaws & Moonshine, Royal Bliss hails from an area (Utah) that isn’t predominantly known for Southern Rock, but you’d never know it based on the band’s latest single, “Drown With Me,” a feel-good song with the perfect amount of Lynyrd Skynyrd influence.  Another modern band with “royal” in the name gets most of the hype these days, but Royal Bliss is the band that should be getting the attention.  More than likely, they are still underrated because of the influences from other genres that they infuse into their music, but that is one of the things that makes them so unique.  Kid Rock has proven that you can simultaneously appeal to fans from all walks of life, so hopefully, Royal Bliss will eventually get their just due.  Check out “Drown With Me,” and then go back to dig into the band’s catalog.  You will not be disappointed!

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

GUS G – “Burn”

A 2014 release that was among my top fifteen albums of the year had me more than a little anxious to see if guitar virtuoso, Gus G. (Firewind/Ozzy) could duplicate the magic on a forthcoming new album.  If the first track released is any indication, the answer is a resounding “YES!”  The tune was co-written with guest vocalist Jacob Bunton (Lynam / Adler), which definitely seems to contribute to an end product that makes room for both the vocals and the inevitable shredding solo to shine.  One of the catchiest songs of 2015 so far, a press release quote sums it up perfectly…“Play it loud, bang your head & enjoy!”

 

STELLAR REVIVAL – “Watch You Walk Away”

In a somewhat unusual situation, Stellar Revival’s long-awaited album Love, Lust, and Bad Company is finally released, even as several members of the band have moved on to another project (the recently featured Southern Gentlemen).  Regardless, the product from the album deserves notice since this track could well be described by the opening line…“Hotter than the hinges on the gates of hell.”  If this turns out to be the last single (official or unofficial) from the band, it’s one heck of a sendoff.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

SYMPHONY X – “Without You”

With their new album slated for release late next month, progressive metal masters Symphony X offer up a taste with the album’s second single, “Without You.”  The lustrous vocals of Russell Allen, rolling over a smoothly shifting landscape of guitar and keyboards, leave us hungry for more.  There are some lighter acoustic moments, plenty of heavy chords to keep us on edge, and a stunning guitar solo.

 

HOUSE OF LORDS – “Another Dawn”

House of Lords have quickly followed up their 2014 release, Precious Metal, with 2015’s Indestructible.  It’s another album chock full of catchy melodic rock tunes, with the vocals of frontman James Christian ably complemented by his famous-in-her-own-right wife, Robin Beck.  They sound particularly wonderful together on the rocker, “Another Dawn,” which features some stylish drumming and a driving guitar solo from Jimi Bell.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

HELLOWEEN – “Lost In America”

Helloween still kicks ass after 40 years!  Their 15th studio release is considered a ‘back-to-the-roots’ album, which is evident with “Lost in America.”  The lyrics, vocals and sound bear Helloween’s unmistakable signature.

 

ELECTRONOMICOM – “Take Me”

Powerful, passionate and driving, Electronomicom has a thick (yet inspiring) sound, fronted by Diego Valdez’s fantastic vocals.  Juan José Fornés shreds, while Owen Bryant keeps the band in time with expert precision.
 

SUBMISSIONS

To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

 
 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

MOLLY HATCHET – “Flirtin’ With Disaster” (1979)

This week’s featured artist (Outlaws & Moonshine) inspired me to travel back to some of my favorite Southern Rock songs from back in the day.  If you’re familiar with Molly Hatchet, then their biggest hit ever won’t be much of a discovery, but if you’re not, then this is great introduction to the band.  This song always brings back a great memory for me because Molly Hatchet was (kind of) my first concert.  I didn’t pay for a ticket, or plan on seeing them for that matter, but when my family and I pulled up to the gate at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, and I saw Molly Hatchet listed on the marquee, I begged my parents to go see the band.  My father’s classic response…“you don’t even know who SHE is!”  Moments like that bring a smile to my face when remembering my dad.  They are also the moments that I miss the most.  In celebration of Father’s Day, I dedicate “Flirtin’ With Disaster” – one of my favorite Southern Rock songs of all-time – to my dad in heaven.

 

JOHNNY VAN ZANDT – “Brickyard Road” (1990)

While “Flirtin’ With Disaster” conjures up bittersweet feelings for me personally, “Brickyard Road” is bittersweet in its own right.  Written over a decade after he lost his brother Ronnie in the tragic Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash, Johnny delivers one of the most inspiring tributes ever written for a loved one.  “Brickyard Road” is as raw as it is touching and beautiful, and still brings tears to my eyes when I listen to it to this day.  These days, Johnny is doing an admirable job as the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, doing his best to fill the enormous void that was left after Ronnie’s tragic passing.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

PALAYE ROYALE – “Get Higher” (2013)

I run across songs in the strangest ways sometimes.  Such is the case when this song suddenly appeared in the Canadian Active Rock Top 50 this month (nearly two years after release, and more than a year after it helped them win a major MTV music contest).  I understand how I managed to have no idea about that affair, but I’m a little more puzzled as to why I don’t seem to have ever heard their names even when they eclipsed 20 million views with a video for their first single (“Morning Light”) back in 2012.  Maybe their self-identification as a “Fashion-Art Rock Band” has something to do with that.  Off-putting genre description aside, there’s really a fine enough straight-up rock song here, something in the vein of Danko Jones and the like.  If you haven’t heard it – or them – set aside all the other stuff and just listen, I believe it’ll pass muster.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

TAKARA – “Colors Fade” (1993)

Takara formed in the late 80s and are still making music today.  This melodic rock ballad from their 1993 debut album features the prolific Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, W.E.T.) on vocals.  There are beautiful harmonies and an emphasis on keyboards in this emotional piece.

 

DIGNITY – “Icarus” (2008)

Dignity is a melodic metal band out of Austria.  Their 2008 epic “Icarus” tells the tale from Greek Mythology of the boy who flew too close to the sun.  There are soaring choruses and some intense double bass drumming.  From the same album, be sure to catch their melodic metal cover of Chris de Burgh’s “Don’t Pay the Ferryman.”

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

BEYOND REASON – “Enlightened Years Away” (1992)

Here’s a throwback from the early 90s.  Beyond Reason was a local band from Westchester, NY, who were together from the late 80s to the mid-90s.  “Enlightened Years Away” is a great track from a band that didn’t get airplay.  Great, raw sound from a tight and talented group, with an outstanding rhythm section (Dave Kramer – Bass and John Grasso – Drums).  Their work might be forgotten, except for a recent compilation released this year called New Reflection.

 

STRAMONIO – “Awake The Jester” (2000)

Stratamonio was prog power metal band from Italy that dates back to the early 2000s.  They had a bright and crisp sound with good pace changes and synthetic arrangements.  Standouts are the guitars (Nicola Balliana) and percussion (Roberto De Cesero & Cristiano Zanvettor).  Although promising, they split up after 2004.

 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-20-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-20-15.

The 6-20-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “I Won’t Give In” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#14 –  “No Way Out” – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

#13 –  “Footsteps” – POP EVIL

#12 –  “Jeckyll And Hyde” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

#11 –  “Dirty Diana” – SHAMAN’S HARVEST

#10 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#9 –   “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT 

# 8 –  “Digital World” – AMARANTHE

# 7 –   “Never Giving Up” – OF MICE & MEN 

# 6 –  “Misery” – NONPOINT

# 5 –  “Nobody Praying For Me” – SEETHER

# 4 –   “Failure” – BREAKING BENJAMIN 

# 3 –   “In Between” –  BEARTOOTH

# 2 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

# 1 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 6/27/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 6/27/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      2. TREMONTI – Cauterize
      3. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      4. YOUNG GUNS – Ones And Zeroes
      5. FAITH NO MORE – Sol Invictus
      6. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      7. INCUBUS – Trust Fall (Side A) (EP)
      8. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      9. THE STORY SO FAR – The Story So Far
      10. ARMORED SAINT – Win Hands Down
      11. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      12. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
      13. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Madness
      14. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      15. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell

 

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Sonic X – “Save Yourself” Video World Premiere: Hard Rock Daddy Exclusive

Sonic X - Save Yourself

Hard Rock Daddy is proud to present the world premiere of the video for “Save Yourself” by Sonic X – the follow-up to the band’s outstanding single, “Pray.”

There is no doubt that this Toronto-based power quartet is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the hard rock genre before long.  The band’s 4-song EP, Fall From Grace, is one of the more inspired and memorable debuts to emerge in recent times.  Incorporating elements from the 80s (the glory days of metal), and blending them with elements of modern hard rock, Sonic X has created a fresh sound that is as relevant today as it would have been decades ago.  If you have an appreciation for exceptional musicianship and meaningful lyrics, this is a band that you must check out.

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, Sonic X frontman, Adam Troy shares the inspiration for “Save Yourself” and provides insight into the making of this superb DIY video…

“Basically, the song is about living recklessly and not really giving a shit about how it affects you or those around you.  We are living in a very narcissistic society that gives little thought to its actions (or much else) if it conflicts with a particular lifestyle.

Alcoholism… gambling…addiction…procrastination…‘my car sucks’…‘why can’t I do that?’…‘I want, I need, gimme, gimme, gimme!’…(Thank you Bill Murray)

Even though ‘Save Yourself’ has nothing do with it, I relate it to the song ‘I, Me, Mine’ (by George Harrison) in that everything these days is…I…me…mine.

For the record I’m just as guilty; I walk around with the same issues as everyone else.  The only difference is that I make an effort to own my own shit (which is the essence of the song)…owning your bullshit…and if you won’t ….well….‘Save Yourself!’

The video comes from a place of people doing things that are reckless, living outrageous lives (myself included). Some things seem crazy and comical, while others are outright dangerous, yet we still do it, never really thinking how it affects those around us.  Sometimes it’s good, and other times, it’s downright dysfunctional.”

Check out the video for “Save Yourself” below…