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CD Review: Nails Hide Metal “Breach”

Coming out of the Pacific Northwest, Nails Hide Metal is a two-person band that consists of Russ Quinn on guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals and MeLinda Dalton on drums, percussion, keyboards, harmonica and vocals. Together, the duo creates more than just your usual guitar-and-drums music that you would usually associate with a two-person band. Their music is so much more than that. While the duo is only two people, their use of multi-track recording allows for their music to sound as rich and full as any full band’s music would sound.

Having existed since they formed the band back in 2009, Nails Hide Metal has already created a discography that includes the 2015 Outside City EP as well as being included on the Morning Dew compilation with fourteen other bands. Currently, the band is promoting their just-released new album entitled Breach.

Breach from Nails Hide Metal begins with the track “All Through”. The track features a definite Indie Rock feel to the music. The track finds Russ Quinn delivering the lyrics in a pseudo-sing/song delivery as he speaks some of the lyrics and sings others. That delivery helps to add even more Indie feel to the track while the inclusion of MeLinda Melton’s background vocals helps to add more of a melodic feel to the lyrical content. The music of the track itself features a quick tempo and energetic feel that comes courtesy of the guitars from Quinn. Altogether, the opening track of “All Through” starts the Breach release off with plenty of energy.

The Breach release continues with the track “On the Hill Stairs”. The track’s music begins with a light Grunge feel. Before too long, the duo of Russ Quinn and MeLinda Dalton change the direction of the music drastically as the music takes on a direction that feels closer to something from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In fact, the lyrics of the song even have a Hendrix-like feel to them. The duo alternates the music of the track between the Hendrix direction and the Grunge feel. The two-tone feel of the song keeps the music moving and keeps the listener focused on the song.

With the inclusion of a fuzz guitar, the track “Cause” comes across as part Rock and Roll, part Punk Rock. Along with the fuzz guitar and the bass from Russ Quinn that give the song a very deep, rich sound, the keyboards from MeLinda Dalton fill the background of the track with effects that add a lot texture and make the song feel slightly other-worldly. “Cause” contains a strong, driving feel to the pace of the song and keeps the song moving.

After several tracks of quick-paced songs, Nails Hide Metal change the direction of their music. The track “Iconic Nobody,” like “On the Hill Stairs” before it, contains a slight Jimi Hendrix feel to the music. Along with that Hendrix influence, the track features a slowed down pace when comparing it to the tracks that came before. As Russ Quinn sings of the current state of affairs of today’s youth, his vocals contain a quality that seems like a cross between Hendrix and Paul McCartney. Quinn’s lyrical delivery on the track is matched up well with MeLinda Dalton’s vocals that help to add a lot of harmony to the track.

The Breach release from Nails Hide Metal continues with the track “Straight and Narrow”. The track finds the duo of Russ Quinn and MeLinda Dalton venturing into a more experimental direction as the music of the track contains an avante garde feel. The song is one of the most unusual moments on the album. However, the musical direction taken by the duo on the track “Straight and Narrow” simply shows the diversity in their influences.

Nails Hide Metal brings their newest release to an end with the track “Bend the Day”. After songs that feature many different influences and musical directions, the duo creates a track in “Bend the Day” that has, perhaps, the most straight-out Rock and Roll feel to the music. The track’s music would fit alongside Rock and Roll songs from the seventies. That is, until the final few seconds of the track where the band chooses to bring the song to an end by making the song sound as it was collapsing. The breakdown of the music at the end of the track (and the end of the album, as well) gives the album the unmistakable feel that it is coming to an end. A rather unusual way to bring the eight-song release to a close. However, it works.

For having been created by only two musicians, the Breach album from Nails Hide Metal contains a surprisingly large amount of variety in the styles of Rock and Roll that make up the eight tracks on the album. This is due to the versatility of both Russ Quinn and MeLinda Dalton who are responsible for bringing the music on the release to life. Of course, this is not their first album. And hopefully, this won’t be their last.

To experience a little of the music from Nails Hide Metal, check out the video to the song “Cause“.

For more information, check out the PR firm for the band, Whiplash PR.

To purchase a copy of the Breach release from Nails Hide Metal, click on the album cover below:


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CD Review: Voice of Addiction “The Lost Art of Empathy”

There are many different musicians and artists that make a statement in their art. One such musician who has been using his music as a way to make a statement about the way the world is Ian Tomele.

Ian Tomele grew up in the city of Cleveland, Ohio where many find living in the Rust Belt to be rather tough. But living in the Blue Collar town helped to form Tomele’s view of the world and that view of the world would later help to influence the Punk Rock music of Voice of Addiction, a Chicago, Illinois-based band that released its debut self-titled release in 2004.

Years have passed, but Tomele is still being influenced by the ways of the world. And his band of Voice of Addiction is still making a statement through their music. And while the band has seen a continuous line of musicians come and go, it was with the lineup of Dennis Tynan on drums, Jake Smith on guitars/backing vocals, Luke Ostojic on backing vocals that the band’s newest album was created. The newest album from Voice of Addiction is entitled The Lost Art of Empathy.

The Lost Art of Empathy from Voice of Addiction begins with the track “Rustbelt”. Having grown up in the city of Cleveland, “Rustbelt” is Ian Tomele’s ode to the town that helped make him who he is today. The track features a quick pace to the music which seems to add energy to the lyrics about living in a town where you have to be tough to survive. The energetic nature of “Rustbelt” helps kick off the album in a strong way.

Voice of Addiction’s latest release continues with the track “Dead by Dawn”. The band picks up the intensity of the music and brings a lot more energy to the track than the previous song had. In fact, Ian Tomele, Dennis Tynan and Jake Smith combine their talents to create music that inches closer to Hardcore than Punk Rock on the track. The heaviness of the guitars on the track, as well as the intensity of the lyrics saying that we need to stick together in order to survive shows off just how intense the musicians in Voice of Addiction can be.

To show they are a pure Punk Rock band, Voice of Addiction included a definite punk track on their newest release of The Lost Art of Empathy. “Unity” is a track that finds the band showing off their defiant side as they tell those who want to oppress us that they will not be held down. The track’s quick and energetic pace adds to the punk nature of the track. “Unity” is definitely a pure Punk Rock lover’s dream track.

As a way of showing off his vocal abilities, the beginning of the track “Corporate Pariah” features just the voice of Ian Tomele and Jake Smith’s guitar. The track soon finds the rest of the band joining in. On the track, the band shifts from a straight-out Rock and Roll beginning to a Reggae delivery for a few measures before they take up the Punk Rock style once again. The shifting from one style to the next shows off the abilities of the members of the band. “Corporate Pariah” is easily the most creative track on the new twelve-song release from Voice of Addiction.

With the band Voice of Addiction, Ian Tomele writes and records straight Punk Rock. However, with the track “Lockwood,” Tomele changes directions a bit by creating a track that features a more Pop Punk-like musical delivery. The lighter, bouncier feel of the track makes for a strong and listener-friendly track. The track features lyrics dedicated to the memory of a fan and promotor of Punk Rock in the city of Chicago. While “Lockwood” is about one particular person, the track is a fitting tribute to anyone who helps to keep the style of Punk Rock alive.

On the track “Everything Must Go,” Voice of Addiction goes from one extreme to another. While “Lockwood” features a “pop” feel to the music, on “Everything Must Go,” the band creates a song that brings to mind the sound and style of some of the earlier Punk bands. In the song, you can hear elements of The Sex Pistols and/or The Ramones in the music. With the two tracks together, you get a good indication of just how strong the band’s influences are.

The newest release from Voice of Addiction comes to a close with the track “Are We Even Human Anymore”. This is the only track where the listener gets to experience the talent of Ian Tomele totally as the resulting track features only Tomele and his acoustic guitar. The simple feel of the song sets the track apart from the rest of the album.

The Lost Art of Empathy from Voice of Addiction is a strong Punk Rock album. And while most of the release finds the band making use of their Punk Rock influences, the inclusion of Pop, Hardcore and other musical elements helps to give the album plenty of depth. As the band has been around for over a decade, the newest release from Voice of Addiction proves that the band still has plenty to say and the talent to continue making music that lets their voice be heard.

To hear the music of Voice of Addiction, check out the song “Rustbelt“.

For more information, check out the band’s PR firm, RMG Artist Development.

To purchase The Lost Art of Empathy from Voice of Addiction, click on the album cover below:

The Lost Art of Empathy


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CD Review: Dead On TV “Creeper”

Dead on TV is a Rock and Roll band from Chicago. The band features Daniel Evans on Vox/Guitar, Vince McAley on Drums, Mike TeeVee on Bass and Synths and Corey Devlin on Guitar. Each of these musicians helps to give the band its sound that includes several different genres of Rock and Roll music. Along with the usual Rock sound, the band also includes some New Wave influences as well as a generous amount of Punk feel. The band created quite a stir when they released their first EP called Fuck You, I’m Famous back in 2012. Recently, the band returned with a six-song EP entitled Creeper.

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CD Review: Pistol Whip “Terminal”

In the late seventies, Erie, Pennsylvania was home to one of the earliest punk bands in the Northeastern part of the United States- Pistol Whip. In fact, this band was responsible for helping to create the “f—k you” attitude that many later punk bands would replicate. And Pistol Whip also was one of the first bands that became known for trashing dressing rooms and rock clubs alike.

But aside from the stage antics and attitude exuded by the members of the group, it was the music that made Pistol Whip PISTOL WHIP. And about twenty years after the initial breakup of the band, Smog Veil Records unearthed the music of this talented band whose music was somewhere between the later form of Glam Rock and early Punk.



deedee-ramone“His speech was inarticulate;
His songs were not.”
(Carl Cafarelli, “This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio”)

“Dee Dee was the most important musician in the history of punk rock,
and probably the most overlooked.”
(John Holmstrom, editor/publisher of PUNK Magazine)

Seven years today since his passing, with (punk) rock now routinely reduced to yet another noxious niche within the gigantic corporate crime-scheme of things, it does seem all too easy to forget the indelible impact Dee Dee and his fellow Ramones truly wrought upon a terrifyingly wide swath of humanity. Yes, their SOUND was forever first and one-two-three-foremost within their arsenal. But the band’s look, posture, taste, aroma and very thorn-in-the-craw omnipresence offered vital inspiration, and delivered desperately needed hope by the dumpster-load, to all of us who just refused to take “Frampton Comes Alive” or even “Rumours” lying down.

Lest we ever forget too that, within mere months of that first Ramones long-player, Paul McCartney finally discovered the overdrive position on his amp, half of Led Zeppelin and even The Who tightened up their pant-legs (not to mention song structures) considerably, and even the mainstream media itself was sufficiently baited to pounce upon what in retrospect we can see to have been the last great (Caucasian) threat to the melodic status quo.



It’s happened only a handful of times in my life: I’ve innocently strolled into a record store, overheard something playing therein, and become so instantly intrigued that I fly to the counter, ask what I’m hearing, purchase same immediately, and rush said vinyl/cassette/compact disc straight home to a privileged, ever-lasting spot of honor in my collection.

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Bargain Basement Book Review: Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

There is a danger sometimes in knowing too much about the musicians who create the music you love. Sometimes it is better to have that haze of mystery that surrounds performer from fan in case when the haze is pierced you find out that, well your hero is an asshole. This is a bit of the problem I had when reading Please Kill Me – The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain.