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Flashback :: The Alarm

The past seven (7) days have been absolutely crazy and while there has been no time to write I could not, in could conscience, allow the sun to set on the week without the Flashback.

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The alt-rock explosion that emanated from across the Big Pond back in the day was spearheaded by a number of different bands with just as many different sounds.  We could debate the merits of the Liverpool versus the London versus the Manchester sound until we were blue in the face.  We might even find ourselves coming to blows like a couple of rowdy Hooligans at a soccer match but in the end the only thing that would be accomplished would be…well…nothing.  So let’s elevate things to the country level then, shall we?  It is my contention that if we are talking the UK here, and we are, the top (4) alternative band from the ’80s would be, in my humble but accurate opinion, Big Country (Scotland), U2 (Ireland), The Clash (England) and the band feature above…The Alarm from Wales–North Wales to be exact.

From their humble beginnings in 1977 as a punk band called The Toilets (good gracious, what were they thinking) to an opening act for U2 and, eventually, a headlining band, Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie MacDonald and Nigel Twist drew inspiration from their Welsh culture and channeled it into their music.  Wrought with raw emotion, The Alarm’s big sound (and hair for that matter) cemented their place at the table and while the original band has been broken up for some time now, it’s hard to argue their impact on alternative music.

“Rain in the Summertime” was released in 1987 on Eye of the Hurricane (IRS Records) and also featured a couple of other Alarm classics, namely “Rescue Me” and “One Step Closer to Home.” Three (3) great songs on what would be a very strong follow up to 1984’s Declaration and 1985’s Strength.  For ten (10) years these cats poured it on with classic after classic…“Sold Me Down a River”, “Love Don’t Come Easy”, “Blaze of Glory” and the timeless anthem “68 Guns.”

It was all going so well until Peters announced he was leaving the band during a performance at Brixton Academy.  The crowd was stunned and his bandmates shocked.  What was he thinking?  I’m sure I don’t know but what I do know this; “I love to feel the rain in the summer time…”

– Drago

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Flashback :: Joy Division

Check out Joy Division on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-will-tear-us-apart/id278672609?i=278672963&uo=4″ title=”Joy Division on iTunes”]

One of the originators of the “Manchester Sound”, Joy Division formed in 1976 with more of a punk sound but, overtime, as their sound evolved they truly set the stage for the post-punk movement in alternative music. While  “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” featured above, was their first major hit, it was somewhat overshadowed by the tragic suicide death of lead singer Ian Curtis at the tender age of 23 in May 1980.

It’s been forever and a day since I last heard this song and as hear it now again, many moons later, two (2) thoughts come immediately to mind…what a good band Joy Division was and, sadly, how great they could have been.  Either way, many thanks to DMitch for suggesting this track and this band for the Friday Flashback.  Dig it.

– Drago

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Cleveland Rocks with Everything Zen

Genre: indie-pop | rock
Label: unsigned

Everything Zen

Down Down Down :: Primo :: Party With The Lights On!

At the heart of Everything Zen you will find (5) musicians who absolutely love to play.  You can hear it.   Their self-titled debut disc, recorded at Jungle Studios in their hometown of Cleveland, OH, has a very “live” feel to it which is perfect for this band.  For Zach McCraith (vox), Vince Lundi (guitar/vox), Jon Benko (guitar), Josh Whiteman (drums), and Jake Goldberg (bass), their musical career is just beginning.  At 20 years of age, none of the aforementioned bandmates are even old enough to drink legally and yet they play with a certain musical maturity that is usually reserved for musicians 10 to 20 years their senior.   Elements of alt-rock and indie-pop, along with a dash of punk and ska, radiate from within and give life to a sound that is teeming with infectious energy and raw enthusiasm.  The only thing I would have to say I’m not down with is…the name.  But, given that I not only dig their music and their delivery, I’m willing to overlook it.

-Drago

Upcoming Shows

Dec 5 2009 7:00P
John Carroll University University Hieghts, Ohio
Dec 18 2009 7:00P
The Wikki Wikki Tour – The Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Dec 19 2009 6:30P
The Wikki Wikki Tour – TBA Chicago, Illinois
Dec 20 2009 6:30P
The Wikki Wikki Tour – Mainstreet USA Streamwood, Illinois
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Rude Boys from the Great White North


Perhaps it’s just my imagination but it seems like the critics of Ska music have been predicting its demise ever since the genre first emerged back in the 1960’s.  Well, Froglix is happy to report (and disappoint, as the case may be) that Ska is very much alive and, dare I say, thriving both here in the US and around the world…especially with bands like Vancouver, Canada’s Rude City Riot leading the charge.  This mighty ensemble from the Great White rudecityriot_playingNorth can kick it old school or rock it with a Third Wave style that is packed with bold originality.  These uber talented Canucks are most definitley poised to and on the cusp of catapulting to the next level because they have been able to do something not everyone can…write and perform music that has  the potential for mass market appeal while staying true their roots.  Rude City Riot’s particular blend ska, punk and reggae masterfully builds on the core elements of these genres while molding them into a musical offering that is ripe with well-crafted hooks, infectious grooves and an energetic vibe that is unmistakably unique.  
In addition to “Victoria” (featured in the video above…and our personal fav) we have also included (3) other titillating tracks from their 2008 self-titled debut CD as part of Froglix’s global broadcast.  So get out your skankin’ shoes and get ready for wild ride!