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The Drowns – Black Lung Flexi 7” (Pirates Press Records)

Today, we’re covering another Flexi 7” from Pirates Press Records. This time, we’re talking about Black Lung, an opening composition from the Under Tension by The Drowns. If you paid closer attention to our pages in the past couple of days, you have probably encountered our article about their brilliant single named Demons. Just like… Read More The Drowns – Black Lung Flexi 7” (Pirates Press Records)

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Today, we’re covering another Flexi 7” from Pirates Press Records. This time, we’re talking about Black Lung, an opening composition from the Under Tension by The Drowns. If you paid closer attention to our pages in the past couple of days, you have probably encountered our article about their brilliant single named Demons. Just like Demons, Black Lung is one among many singles The Drowns put out to promote their debut on Pirates Press, and to be honest, this is a great strategy to promote music through both digital and physical channels. Pirates Press Records are doing their best on the market by continuously promoting their roster, and their success is more than evident if you take a small glimpse in the back catalog.

The Drowns became one of the favorites on a street punk / Oi! scene in a short period, mainly because of their ability to write compelling compositions, fully stacked with loads of entertaining moments and appealing melodies. Unlike Demons, which offered a profoundly melodic version of American Oi! music pervaded with a classic British punk rock accentuations, Black Lung goes entirely into the depths of pure American Oi! music. The number carries the same amounts of semi-distorted melodies as Demons, but it leans towards energetic rock’n’roll music decorated with a recognizable street punk attitude. It’s more than hearable that The Drowns are feeling comfortable in these waters.

Everything about this number is perfect. From thoughtfully arranged chord structures, warm sounding basslines that are fulfilling the ambiance with rich tones, to exquisite rhythmical segments enhanced by compelling drum fills and sounds of the ride cymbal. The aggressive singing approach gives even more power to the performance of the entire group, but The Drowns added substantial singalongs as well. These singalongs are liberating the pleasing wall of sound over mesmerizing melodies that will force you to spin repetitiously this Flexi a couple of more times.

Black Lung comes as a square picture Flexi followed by an X-Ray lung shot. The Flexi carries both The Drowns and Pirates Press Records logos and minimalistic info about the composition. Head over to the Pirates Press web store and treat yourself with this Flexi and Under Tension by the Drowns.

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Elton John’s trippy 1968 Beatles rip-off makes us want a full psych-rock album from the Rocket Man

Listen to Regimental Sgt. Zippo, Elton John’s ‘affectionate nod’ to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper

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There’s a huge new Elton John box set coming in November, featuring previously unreleased tracks, early B-sides and a deep cuts chosen by the man himself. Featuring 60 previously unreleased tracks from 1967 – 1969, the years in which John’s songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin, iJewel Box promises to be a fascinating listen.

John has just released a taster of the set, in the form of the psychedelic Regimental Sgt. Zippo. The title track of an unreleased debut album, recorded and produced in May 1968 at the DJM studios, the same building that housed the Beatles’ publishing company, Northern Songs, the song is described as “an affectionate nod to Sgt Pepper and the era.”

The ultimate exploration into Elton John’s extensive back catalogue, Jewel Box features a number of rarities, and deep cuts discussed in John’s acclaimed 2019 memoir, Me. The eight discs come in a hardcover book, enclosed in an outer slipcase. Each section contains extensive notes and, for Deep Cuts, there is track-by-track commentary by the singer.

Elton says: ‘To delve back through every period of my career in such detail for Jewel Box has been an absolute pleasure. Hearing these long lost tracks again, I find it hard to comprehend just how prolific Bernie Taupin and I were during the early days. 

“The songs just poured out of us and the band were just unbelievable in the studio. I always want to push forward with everything I do and look to the future, but having time during lockdown to take stock and pull these moments from my memory from each era has been a joy. 

“As a devout record collector myself, this project has really excited me and I couldn’t be happier with the level of craft involved in such a carefully curated, lovingly constructed box set. I’m sure my fans will enjoy it as much as I have.”

Jewel Box is released via UMC/EMI on November 13.

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David Crosby’s response to Eddie Van Halen’s death? “Meh”

CSN legend David Crosby’s reaction to the death of Eddie Van Halen prompts backlash from fans

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When Eddie Van Halen died last week at the age of 65, the tributes began pouring in. From Jimmy Page and Richie Blackmore to Eddie’s former bandmates Dave Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, everyone was united in their admiration for the man who revolutionised the electric guitar,

Everyone except David Crosby, that is.

When the former Crosby, Stills & Nash man was asked by fan on Twitter, what he thought about the guitarist, he dismissed the question with a one-word reply: “Meh.”

The backlash was swift, with several fans and musicians calling Crosby out for his apparent lack of respect.

LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns responded: “Wrong answer as f**k and rude as f**k!!! There are better ways to say you don’t care for someone’s music. That was very disrespectful. And yes straight out f**k you and your smug answer.”

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick added: “I appreciate @thedavidcrosby too much for this to get in the way, but a much better answer would have been: ‘I know he meant a lot to so many but his sound & style just weren’t my thing.’”

Seemingly aware that he’d prodded a hornets’ nest, Crosby attempted to clarify his positon.

“Hendrix changed the world of guitar,” he wrote. “Nobody else really …look I get it… many of you loved Van Halen… and the one time I met he was nice… and he was talented… meh to me means I don’t care that much… and I don’t… doesn’t mean he wasn’t good ,he was but not for me.”

Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider wasn’t pacified, tweeting: “Now David Crosby knows what his eulogy will be from the 100s of millions of fans worldwide (and it’s getting close) – “Today David Crosby died….Meh.”

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Killer Be Killed unleash hell with incendiary video for Dream Gone Bad

US alt. metal supergroup Killer Be Killed blaze back with Dream Gone Bad

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With their self-titled 2014 debut album, Killer Be KilledMax Cavalera, former The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, Mastodon’s Troy Sanders and Converge drummer Ben Koller – proved themselves to be that rarest of entities: a supergroup worthy of the name. And their new single, Dream Gone Bad, a second taster of the quartet’s forthcoming second album, Reluctant Hero shows that their inner fires are still raging.

Troy Sanders says of the song: “Dissecting the idea of uncertainty and how you pull from that to find your way. Dream Gone Bad was initially spearheaded by Max and I, and as I listen back, through the collaborative process this creation’s final form has now become a dream-come-true.”

Reluctant Hero is due for release via Nuclear Blast on November 20. The album’s first single, Deconstructing Self-Destruction, was released last month.

Killer Be Killed: Reluctant Hero track listing

1. Deconstructing Self-Destruction
2. Dream Gone Bad
3. Left Of Center
4. Inner Calm From Outer Storms
5. Filthy Vagabond
6. From A Crowded Wound
7. The Great Purge
8. Comfort From Nothing
9. Animus
10. Dead Limbs
11. Reluctant Hero

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