V/A - Rock is Alive and Well vol.1
“Rock is dead !”
Don't listen to old grumpy rockers, we have heard this refrain for decades now. Rock ain't dead they are just too old and have forgotten their dreams and how to write a good song. And sometimes even turn into their own tribute act (at best!).
There’s plenty of rock n’ roll bands ready to prove them wrong, some are new comers others already veterans. And when you will listen to these compilations* you will hear 10 of them ready to prove Rock is Alive and Well.
Alive and Kickin’ want to make every group involved looking good so the compilations will feature only 5 bands showcasing 2 songs each.
Cause let’s face it, can you really figure out what a band is about with only one song sunk under the quantity of the tracks contained on most compilations, especially since the CD age ? And consider this treatment like enjoying a series of cool 7inch vinyl records !
But don’t stop here and go check further the bands discographies and support them.
The compilation is featuring :
The Sweet Things (New York, USA) ; The Tip (Nashville, USA) ; The Cry (Portland, USA) ; Medicine Ball Caravan (Paris, FRANCE) ; Smash Fashion (Los Angeles, USA)
It is not the future of rock n roll, it's here and now !
(*) Rock is Alive and Well vol. 1 & 2
Release date : July 19, 2016
Format : Digital
Genre : Classic Rock
Catalogue number : AaK3
Available on : CDbaby, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon MP3, Apple music, YouTube, Shazam, Rhapsody, Googleplay, Tidal, 8 tracks, IHeart radio, 24/7 Tradebit, Groove, Mix radio, Medianet, EMusic, 7digital, and Greatindiemusic
1. Through the Crack of the City (The Sweet Things) - unreleased
2. Cocaine Ass Licker Blues (The Sweet Things) - unreleased
3. Love Me Er'y Woman (The Tip)
4. The Drip (The Tip)
5. Sleeping Alone (The Cry)
6. Shakin' (The Cry)
7. Will You Be There (Medicine Ball Caravan)
8. On the Road -single edit- (Medicine Ball Caravan) - unreleased
9. Marionette (Smash Fashion)
10. You Love to Suffer (Smash Fashion)
Veglam review (Laurent C. August 11, 2016)
It might not be all over the big media, but rock’n’roll is still alive, and it’s not only played by grumpy old men! That’s what “Rock is Alive and Well” is all about…. Two digital compilations with great contemporary rock’n’roll bands you might have already read about on this website, or in other webzines/blogs.
In Vol.1, you’ll find two songs by The SWEET THINGS ( (“Through The Cracks of The City” and “Cocaine Ass Licker Blues”) who deliver some dirty glammy rock’n’roll somewhere between the NEW YORK DOLLS and early BLACK CROWES with a touch of THROBS thrown in, the kind of bands we all need nowadays!
The TIP, from Nashville TN play 70s bluesy rock’n’roll influenced by AEROSMITH and The STONES, and the two songs on here, “Love Me Er’y Woman” and “The Drip” (this one has a bit of The CULT “Electric” era in it) will definitely make you want to hear more.
“Sleeping Alone” and “Shakin'” both confirm that The CRY is one of the best power pop bands around, and it makes us think that they would probably be bigger already if they were a British band.
French band MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN offers us two songs from their second album, “Will You Be There” and “On The Road”, think hard rock’n’roll with a bit of Southern rock and grunge touches.
The last band on this first part of the compilation is L.A.’s best 70s glam rock’n’roll act, SMASH FASHION. If you haven’t checked them out yet, then “Marionette” and “You Love To Suffer” should make you run and order their records!
Volume 2 opens with two tracks from CREEM CIRCUS from Philadelphia, “Riff Mountain” sounds like a classic rock song you could hear on some US radio, but “Teenage Rules” has a good glammy vibe. London’s TANGO PIRATES (with Danny Fury from ROGUE MALE, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH, VAIN, KILL CITY DRAGONS… and Dave Tregunna (LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH, SHAM 69, THE CHERRY BOMBZ, etc.)) offer us two songs from their album “Danger! Children at Play”: “Ghost Ship Bar Blues”, and “Dark Star”, a song dedicated to Stiv Bators. The LORDS ‘soul definitely wander around these songs.
“Mojo Motor City Queen” and “Save Me”, from The NASTY THINGS (NYC) gives us a good dose of sleaze rock, reminding me of CRYSTAL PISTOL at times, quite a good surprise!
Speaking of surprises, it seems like TATTOOED MILLIONAIRES are back, and we won’t complain when listening to “Subsonic” and “Next Big Thing”, two cool Hollywood rock’n’roll songs. MINK DAGGERS closes this compilation with some high energy punk rock’n’roll in which you’ll also find traces of early AC/DC.
Are you looking for some new kick ass rock’n’roll? Then these two compilations are for you!