Monthly Archives: June 2014

Meet and Greet – Rebelution

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Rebelution hit the stage in Atlanta last night, but before the guys rocked the house, they took time to meet some of their die hard fans… including us! The band members were super cool, giving fans autographs at a meet-and-greet, plus talking to them and taking their pictures with them. It was refreshing to see a band stop their busy tour schedule and make time for the people that really love them. Fans brought some of their limited edition Rebelution vinyl records for autographs (we were jealous), everybody got a photo on their phone to share right away, and a good time was had by all. If you haven’t listened to their new album yet, check it out and you’ll see what makes Rebelution special, and maybe we’ll see you at the next show!

 

http://www.rebelutionmusic.com/

Review: Steve Hill Solo Recordings Volume 2

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The operative word when talking about scorchingly hot blues guitarist Steve Hill is Heavy. Not necessarily heavy like heavy metal, but more in the sense that there is a weight to everything he does. There is a density… a mass, and a gravity that means that what he does carries significant, weight and relevance. His talent is deep and his vision is wide, and it all pours out like molten gold in his eigth album Solo Recordings Volume 2.

Awarded, accomplished and renowned, Steve Hill has been active for 20 years from his home base in Canada, though his impact and reach have been truly global. Completely self-performed and produced, with Steve on all the instruments, Solo Recordings Volume 2 is an album to be taken seriously. It’s a twisting path into the center of the soul of Steve Hill. And it’s heavy in there.

This is an album that captivates you. The licks are delicious. The jams are earth-shaking. It’s the shit.

Solo Recordings Volume 2 realizes that shared idea of “that guy”… that blues man that takes the music to a whole new level. Whether it’s in a smoky bar with half a dozen dead-enders drinking away their suffering or a stadium with 20,000 fans all feeling the same vibe, Steve Hill is the guy that can make the moment special. And it’s all because he writes and performs from a place deeper within himself that others can see or imagine. He feels it, and through his talent, you feel it too. It’s his abilty to provide a music and a voice for things that were only emotions before that truly makes him special.

And that is what the ultimate expression of music is, finding a way to say things that have not been said before. Steve Hill has used his technical skills to craft a collection of music that people can truly relate to and feel. It’s an impressive album from an admirable artist with a signature style and a heart of molten gold. Very Highly Recommended.

RUST Magazine wanted to talk to Steve about the path that has led him to this point in life. Along the way he’s worked with, toured with, and recorded with some of the true heroes of modern music. So we reached out to Steve to talk to us about some of the people that have helped him along the way, and here’s what he had to say:

RUST: Steve, thanks for talking to us. Your last few albums have been solo albums with you on all the gear, but as the phrase goes, no man is an island, so we were wondering if you could tell us about some of the people that you’ve worked with, and what it was about your time together that helped you get to this moment in life. Let’s start with Jeff Beck, ZZ Top and Jimmie Vaughan?

SH: These are all artists with whom I’ve been the opening act. I’ve also opened for BB King, Ray Charles, Steve Winwood, Santana and so many others! I was very fortunate to meet, play with or share the stage with a lot of the old Bluesmen like Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Hubert Sumlin and the list goes on. These were amazing learning experiences. I guess what I’ve learned the most out of that is that each and everyone of these artists have a different musical voice, a different sound which is what makes them great. And it does not have anything to do with the gear that they use.

As an exemple, when I played with Hubert Sumlin, a hero of mine ever since I bought my first Howlin’ Wolf record at the age of 15, his manager handed me his guitar for me to tune and asked me to set-up the amp for him, as Hubert is not really good with these things! I opened the guitar case and found a cheap Squier Stratocaster, something you could get anywhere for $250. The amp at the venue was a 70’s Fender Twin, not an amp that I would ever want to play through and yet when Hubert started playing, it sounded exactly like on Wolf’s records. I had been wondering for years how he got that sound! I’d look at pictures and he never had the same guitar! That day, it was proven to me, sound is a matter of soul and personality, not equipment. I knew that already but this was really an awakening moment. I believe we all have a different voice, different style, different sound, unique in every way, buried deep down inside. It can take a long time to find it. It’s very tempting to copy one’s heroes. But the reason why the greats are heroes is because they have found their own thing! You just got to close your eyes and play and play until you get a glimpse of what it is. It can take a long time and for others it’s probably instantaneous.

Really, if you focus on it and work hard for years, you’ll find it, that place deep inside of you, where you can access the real you, your soul, different from everybody else’s, as distinctive as a note played by BB King!

RUST: Thanks Steve!

More info on Steve Hill here: http://stevehillmusic.com/

Review: Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

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RUST Magazine Rating: Essential

 

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Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter is one of those very special albums that are destined for music history. It’s that good, that special, and the album is even being brought to the stage in NYC starting next month, making it the inspiration for the work of hundreds of people who believe in it, and thousands of people about to experience it firsthand.

The source for this creative masterwork is Icelandic composer Ívar Páll Jónsson who has been writing books, lyrics and music since the age of 15. He’s written thousands of songs in his career, most of which are unpublished. One morning in 2011, Ívar woke up with the idea for the project and started working on it, setting out to make the best album of songs he possibly could. He enlisted Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson as producer and arranger, and executive producer Gunnlaugur Jónsson, who is also co-author of the story to help him. Over the next two years the project grew in scope and the artists travelled to New York and hired Bergur Þór Ingólfsson as a director, bringing with him the acclaimed creative team behind the Icelandic production of Mary Poppins, including choreographer Lee Proud and set designer Petr Hlousek.

The album itself takes you on an 18 song sonic journey through the heart and soul of Elbowville, where a story of love and revolution unfolds, as three brothers live in perfect harmony until their story turns to conflict, shaking Elbowville to its core. The music on the album was performed by The Revolutionary Cellular Orchestra, and features an array of guest vocalists, including Liam McCormick, Hjalti Þorkelsson, Sigríður Thorlacius, Valdimar Guðmundsso, Arnar Guðjónsson, Lára Rúnarsdóttir, Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson, Soffía Björg (Orfia) and Ásdís Rósa Þórðardóttir.

What makes this project so significant is that Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter is a true contemporary rock opera on the level to masterpieces like Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. The artists involved are stunningly talented and it seems like they were able to accomplish an extreme projection of themselves in the music, bringing out their very best. Moving across expansive and varied tempos and colors, what’s so fantastic about this album is that there is just so much there to hear. It’s so complex and vibrant, and just so good it is clearly destined to make a permanent statement in music history.

This is music that will unite people everywhere because of what the artists have collectively accomplished. Ívar Páll Jónsson has attracted some of the very best creative people in his home country as well as the United States purely by the virtue of the greatness of his music. It’s music that is so good, and so inspiring that people have come together to make it happen in ways both large and small. No detail is too small, and no load is too heavy for these artists who have their community pride and love embedded in this album.

The many, many people who have brought Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter to life are examples of the best, most dedicated, most talented, and most highly inspired and visionary artists of our modern world. We commend them and congratulate them on this special album. This is an amazing accomplishment and it’s some of the best music our world has ever heard. The inspiration behind the music is genius and the collected community effort to realize it will provide a testament to the best of our age for all time to come.

Essential
More info here: http://www.elbowville.com/

FLINTFACE releases debut album Hope

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Here at RUST magazine we have to give it up to FLINTFACE. He’s got it. He’s got it for real, and his debut album Hope has that magical familiar-yet-new vibe that speaks with a distinct and individual voice. This album bears the fruits of a long-simmering artistic soul whose roots go deep into a long and challenging path that he has travelled to get to today.

As a songwriter, a performer and an artist, FLINTFACE blazes his own path, uncovering a unique perspective on pop rock. He’s got toughness tempered with soul. He has an inner drive that pours out through his music. And he is able to balance the elements of himself as he balances his musical aspirations in Hope. The result is a rocking album with relevance, intelligence and heart. It’s a fantastic album, filled with moments where the music is really, really good – then it goes to another whole level.

That’s the real essence of FLINTFACE as an artist. He builds songs with intricacy and complexity, then uses that structure as a base for a new generation of energy. There are many facets to every song, perhaps as there are many faces to FLINTFACE himself. And with Hope he has now announced his presence to the world.

FLINTFACE speaks with an individual, memorable voice. Perhaps this is due to the long and difficult road he has had to walk to get to here. That path starts in West Philadelphia and crosses through the rural environs of the Pocono Mountains. Along the way he split paths musically with his co-performing brother, leaving him alone on the journey, though the two remain close. This separation turned into a motivating experience and – perhaps – the defining moment for his career.

Alone, FLINTFACE immersed himself in writing music and in 2013 he entered the studio with notable producer Ross Hogarth [John Mellencamp, John Fogerty] to record what would become Hope. Perhaps it is the hope within him, or perhaps it is the hope of building a community through his music, either way, the result is a new rock album that is simply great. The development of the themes and the construction of the ideas is first-rate and done with a personal touch.

To accomplish his inspirations, FLINTFACE recruited some amazing people to join him on this new part of his journey. The talented musicians who are featured on Hope include Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters), Tim Pierce (Jason Mraz, Bruce Springsteen), Randy Cooke (Eurythmics, Kelly Clarkson), Kenny Aronoff (The Smashing Pumpkins, John Mellencamp), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett), Matt Chamberlain (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians), Cameron Stone & Loren Gold (The Who), Jessy Greene (Foo Fighters, P!nk, The Jayhawks). His touring band was handpicked from an array of east coast up and comers and includes Darrell Jones (lead guitar & backing vocals), Billy Sims (bass), Anthony Scorsone (rhythm guitar), Chris DeMas (drums), and the lovely Beth Scorsone, who lends her beautiful voice to the harmonies.

FLINTFACE has been able to find balance in his music, perhaps as he has had to find balance in himself after struggling just to be able to get to today. Hope will certainly mark a change in paths for him, as now the whole world gets to share in his insights and struggles. Hope is a great rock album from a distinctive new artist that deserves to have his music heard. It’s relevant, intelligent, individual and powerful. Very Highly Recommended.

 

More info here: http://www.flintface.com/

 

 

Out today! SPEAK’s new album Pedals

Hey RUST fans we want to give you all the news about the new album from SPEAK and the accompanying video game. The band has been working on this album for two years, along the way involving folks like Ra Ra Riot, Tegan and Sara, Jars of Clay and Pretty & Nice, remixing their originals. SPEAK also recently spent some time at #1 on Hype Machine due to their collaborations with RAC. We really like their sound and we encourage everybody to check them out, play the game and follow the band online.
Check out their video to the song Gates (recently premiered at AV Club) here:

 

Visit the band website here: http://hearspeakhere.com/

Get the Be Reasonable Diane music videogame here:
http://hearspeakhere.com/BRD.php

Six Months of Sun album And Water Flows now pay-want-you-want

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Six Months of Sun pay-want-you-want legal download

It’s been about six months since the digital/vinyl release of And Water Flows, the debut album by stoner-instrumental power-trio Six Months of Sun, and you can now get it for pay-want-you-want. The physical 12’’ vinyl version of the album is also available at the same location. Based on Geneva, Switzerland, Six Months Of Sun is an instrumental stoner guitar/bass/drums power-trio including members from Colossus Fall or Lilium Sova. SMOS has opened for bands such as Karma to Burn, Fu Manchu, Red Fang or Saviours and RUST Magazine recommends you check this band out… right now!

 

http://sixmonthsofsun.bandcamp.com/