Welcome to the final Friday New Release post in August and let me tell you there are a bunch to choose from this week. There are over 50 new albums to pick from so sit back and get on scrolling as I am sure you will find something you like. There are a handful I want to hear, but nothing I am running out to buy at this time. The ones I want to hear are marked in Blue. Let me know what you see that you want to hear and let me know what I might have missed that came out this week so everyone will know. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Brian Setzer – Gotta Have the Rumble – (Surfdog): Brian Setzer, former front man of The Stray Cats, is back with another solo album. I am hoping for some good old rockabilly as no one does it better. His singing and guitar playing are exceptional and I am always ready for a good time from Setzer.
Big Red Machine – How Long Do You Think It’s Going to Last? – (Jagjaguwar / 37d03d): I know nothing about this band, but keep seeing good things about it so I am going to venture out and try this one. The band is Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon and the music is indie/alt/folktronica which I didn’t even know was a thing. We will see how it turns out.
This was a show I was really eager to see. I became I real fan with Scott Stapp’s 2nd solo album ‘Proof of Life’ and when he released his third solo album ‘The Space Between the Shadows’ and announced a tour, I was all over it. I got on line and bought 2 tickets and we were able to get 2nd Row. And to top it off, the show was at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte which is a really small venue and it was an old church. A great spot for a show.
The show started at 7:30 and we ended up getting there around 7:00 which was early….at least I thought it was. There weren’t too many people there, so I thought I had the time wrong. I mean it was sparse. When the opening act Sunflower Dead came on, the crowd was pretty thin. I give the band some credit as the crowd just sat there like a bump on a log and these guys were up there giving it their all. Sunflower Dead is a Metal band from California who used to wear make-up and costumes but now have a more normal look, you could say.
They were pretty great. Heck, my wife enjoyed it and that is saying something. The lead singer, Michael Del Pizzo, was a beast on stage. We were so close and when he would come to the end of the stage, he would look right at you and give you this look. I swear I thought he was going to jump down and kick my ass (I’ll admit, he would have won). And the coolest thing, he played the accordion. Yes, that is right. They are an Accordion metal band. Hell to the Yeah!!!