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Chevy Metal

Chevy Metal
Rock & Roll Pizza Stage
Conejo Valley Days, Thousand Oaks, CA

Saturday, 14th of May, 2016

Dave Grohl jams out with his brothers Chevy Metal at a local fair.

Chevy Metal

Chevy Metal are (Foo Fighter) Taylor Hawkins- Drums/Vocals, (Neanderthal,  and My Ruin) Mick Murphy- Guitar, and Wiley Hodgden- Bass/Vocals.  This band is the brainchild of Haklins, who obviously has a heavy addiction to rockin’ out. When he’s not in his main band he has been known to do several other projects. Chevy Metal covers deep cuts of 1970 rock of bands like Black Sabbath, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and Van Halen.  From time to time the band is joined by Taylor Hawkins fellow Foo Fighter Dave Grohl.   Whatever configuration you might catch this band in they will be the most badass cover band you will ever witness.

  1. Bitch – The Rolling Stones 
  2. Double Vision – Foreigner
  3. Mississippi Queen – Mountain
  4. You May Be Right – Billy Joel
  5. Fairies Wear Boots – Black Sabbath
  6. All the Young Dudes – David Bowie
  7. Stay With Me – Faces
  8. Breakdown – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  9. Turning Japanese – The Vapors
  10. Running With The Devil – Van Halen
  11. Eruption – Van Halen
  12. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  13. Jamie’s Crying – Van Halen
  14. Feel Your Love Tonight – Van Halen
  15. The Wizard –Black Sabbath 
  16. The Devil Went Down to Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band
  17. Miss You – The Rolling Stones
  18. My Sharona – The Knack
  19. Ice Cream Man – Van Halen
  20. Panama – Van Halen
  21. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – Van Halen

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2015 – A Look back at the best records of the year!

January 2016 is here and it’s that time again when we all take stock of the previous 12 months. Here at tHeARTofla.com we are taking a quick glance back at the albums from 2015 with friends of the site who have shared their picks for the best albums of 2015.

Best of 2015
Best of 2015

Andrew Mersmann
Travel Writer

Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell” (Asthmatic Kitty Records). Sufjan helps me be all mopey and pewter-sky-wanna-pull-my-hood-up better than most, and he also helps me focus when I’m hunched over my laptop ruining my posture. His 2015 “Carrie & Lowell” is homage to his mother and her passing—so when I want to let out some brine for my mom, he fills that need, as well. Stevens splashes around so deeply in his whispery angst pool, it makes me more inclined to bootstrap my ass into a better, grateful mood.

Johnathan Newsome
Owner/Editor of UnsungMelody.Com
POYNTE Manager

High Road Publicity Music Publicist

Elle King – ‘Love Stuff’
It’s rare that a song is nominated for two Grammy’s and actually lives up to the hype nowadays. In the case of “Ex’s & Oh’s”, the recognition is well deserved. As a whole, ‘Love Stuff’ is a breath of fresh air, even though it’s a bit over produced at times. I’ll be the first to admit, I had never heard of Elle King until I found her on Amazon Prime, but since that day, her quirky pop-tinged banjo-laden brand of blues infused pop-rock has become a guilty pleasure. Another fun fact for ya, she’s the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider.

Leon Bridges – ‘Coming Home’
Leon Bridges is a definite throwback to a bygone era of fantastic soul singers. His voice is as smooth as Sam Cooke, his songs as well layered as many Motown hits, but his brilliance lies in his delivery for me. Never aggressive, ultra-cool and a very laid-back style give Leon his own niche in a music landscape that has its share of retro acts. Look no further than his hit single, “Coming Home” to hear and appreciate who he is as an artist.

Buddy Guy – ‘Born to Play Guitar’
With an album title like that, you’d better be able to back it up. No one on earth can throw out that bravado, back up and look humble while doing it like the one and only Buddy Guy. A living National Treasure who has played with just about every great blues musician in history, returns with an album that truly captures his musical essence. From the slow grinding title track, to the ZZ Top inspired (Including an appearance by Billy Gibbons), “Wear You Out”, to the astonishingly beautiful tribute to B.B. King  “Flesh and Bone”, this album is captivating and an absolute must for any fan of the blues. No matter how large or small your interest may be.

Jason Rockman
Frontman of Slaves on Dope
Radio Personality CHOM  97.7
Montréal (Québec)

Half Moon Run – “Sun Leads Me on”
I have been a huge supporter of this Montreal band since the beginning, and this 2nd full length album will surely cement them as one of the most important bands of the last 10 years. All it takes is seeing them perform live once, and you will be hooked

Dr. Dre – “Compton”
People were quick to dismiss Dre on this album, but it is a real musician’s record. It needs to be heard from front to back, and will really jump out and grab you on the 5th or 6th listen.

Faith No More – “Invictus”
Sheer Genius, from front to back…..17 years later, and they drop the album of their career.Hands down, the best band in the world

Adam Bowman
Drummer in Kamakazi Dali
Instructor Stephens’ Music Company
Rome, Georgia

Sometimes, you want what makes you comfortable. What you know and what you know works. To definitively state what my favorite album of 2015 is to state what actually helped me get through 2015. I can appreciate musical talent (New York’s stellar trio Battles) and I love quirkiness (They Might Be Giants’ “Glean” or The Mountain Goats’ “Beat the Champ”), but eventually I found what resonated. The perfect earworm recipe: one teaspoon melody, one tablespoon rhythm, layered with unease and seasoned with random noise. DawesAlabama Shakes, and My Morning Jacket did this so, so very well…but the Brits have this on lock. Even when he was effectively second fiddle to his more somehow-more-outlandish brother, Noel Gallagher was the one who kept Oasis relevant. He is unabashedly aping every Beatles trait he can short of his own personal Mahatma, but he’s got it down to a science. Go check out his High Flying Birds project and their ‘Chasing Yesterday’ slab. Spring for the deluxe version, too. Strings, strain and succor. It’s always worked and (hopefully) always will.

Harriet Kaplan
Freelance writer
Contributer to tHeARTofla.com
Los Angeles, CA

Don Henley – “Cass County”
Known for his wry, caustic wit and astute observations both politically and socially, Don Henley is back after a lengthy absence from the music scene with newest country-accented solo album. “Cass County” is true to form and on par with the legendary singer/songwriter high standards. Themes of regret and acceptance, the passage of time, love’s fading and boom can be found throughout the release always giving substance, dimension and depth to every song. A number of guest appearances pepper this effort with strong several duets with well-known artists including Martina McBride on the “That Old Flame” and Merle Haggard on “The Cost of Living.”

Caren Spitler
Freelance Project Manager

2015 managed to rock me hard, a few of my picks for heavy tunes from the past year are as follows;

Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”
The bands 11th album offered me a dose of  slick, sardonic, brooding power that never seems to fail me when I need some driving riff  heavy rock.  In heavy rotation in my house was the slowed down vibe of “Our Lady of Electric Light” which really showcased Neil Fallon’s phenomenal vocals perfectly.  This band has lost not one percent of their edge with time. The recording didn’t re-write their brand of hard rock, but still proved they are a force to be recognized.

Baroness – “Purple”
Artfully conceived the semi-psychedelic metal of Baroness is heavily saturated in waves of stirring guitars. “Purple” is the sum of the best elements of their previous albums. Strong, stormy, and aggressive laced with a delicate breathtaking after burn. Purple is a more accessible take on “stoner” or “sledge” metal, and is both euphoric and satisfying.

Eagles of Death Metal – “Zipper Down”
If you could smell it – SEX
If you could see it – Grease
If you could touch it – Hot Chrome
If you could taste it – Cream
If it was an attitude – Smirk
If it was an animal – A unicorn with two middle fingers (cause they are rare and badass)

Teenage Time Killers – “GREATEST HITS VOL. 1”
A super group of 33 hardcore musicians including  current or former members of bands like Slipknot, My Ruin, The Germs, Foo Fighters, Lamb of God,  Clutch, Dead Kennedys, Alkaline Trio, and Fear. The Teenage Time Killers record is an unholy alliance forged of an amalgamation of punk chords and metal fury, offering a full-on sonic assault. The twenty tracks on the album are potent, ferocious and at times poignant. The project offers an unusual chance to experience what happens when musicians at the top of their game team up together without ego just for the love of their craft. And every note on the recording shows it. “GREATEST HITS VOL. 1” cuts deeper to the bone then your usual one off collaboration on a band’s album. They usually come off well, but in the end more has the band’s signature all over it (nothing wrong with that). It’s always great to hear musicians blend and merge styles, attitudes and genres to come up with something new. The album succeeds perfectly in that effort.

Ryan Aderréy
Sony BMG/Fieldhouse Music

  1. “25” by Adele
  2. “X”  by Ed Sheeran
  3. “American Beauty/American Psycho” by Fall Out Boy
  4. “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” by Eminen

Kristin Juel
Juel Concepts
Artist Development & Management

  1. The Arcs– Your, Dreamily
  2. Alabama Shakes– Sound and Color
  3. JD McPherson– Let the Good Times Roll
  4. Gary Clark Jr.– Story of Sonny Boy Slim
  5. Father John Misty– I Love you, Honeybear
  6. Leon Bridges– Coming Home
  7. Kendrick Lamar– To Pimp A Butterfly
  8. Allen Stone– Radius
  9. The Arcs– The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol 1
  10. Son Little– Son Little
  11. “Link Up & Suede”- EP by Anderson .Paakwith Knxwledge, as NxWorries
  12. Vintage Trouble– 1 Hopeful Rd.
  13. Erykah Badu– But you can’t use my phone (mixtape)

Pernell Marsh
Room Producer
NBC Entertainment Marketing; lifestyle ambassador 

What a year in music! Personally, 2015 was a year of exploring new sounds, loving the return of artists I already loved, and appreciating the re-imagining of other artists. Hands down my favorite, probably most played album of the year goes to Purity Ring’s “Another Eternity.” The Canadian electro-pop duo soothes your ear with a subdued hip-hop electro sound. The songs are sung with seemingly intangible and airy expression. The lyrics evoke graphic horror like depictions of love and relationships while the music invites you into a space that is disengaging and ethereal.

One of the biggest surprises goes to Nick Jonas, who in my opinion had one of the most overlooked mainstream pop albums of 2015. In my opinion, Nick Jonas’ self-titled album is equally as good or better as Justin Beiber or Selena Gomez’s albums. His debut surprised me as it was a departure from his Jonas Brothers roots. The album was urban, gritty, pop, and real. The production had me thinking I was listening to an indie urban pop artist rather than just a mainstream pop artist. Overall, fun and a great listen time and time again.

Lianne La Havas’ “Blood” makes you want to fall in love all over again. No matter what hurt has happened in the past, her lyrics and voice capture a vivid imagination that paints a soulful Picasso, drawing you back to a love you have always wanted. Her voice became my lullaby several times. The richness in this album is unparalleled. It was such a pleasure to play over and over while allowing her music’s world to invade my world.

As I am always skeptical of a group or artist’s sophomoric debut, I took the plunge with another duo that continues to make sound bombs from across the pond. Disclosure’s “Caracal” is that moody, party, sometimes emo and down tempo, grab a glass of wine music that you want in your life. I wasn’t sure it was possible for Disclosure to bring a more mature and sonically engaging album than their first. Well, their guest appearance lineup did not disappoint from The WeekndMiguelSam Smith, and Lorde as most notable. This album can be played from waking to sleeping and always give you a lift on that moment. Many times it is my chill getting ready to go out music.

Stacey Sherman
Media Consultant * Publicist
RSP Entertainment Marketing

Don Henley – “Cass County”
I’ve been a fan of Henley for years and I’m also a sucker for a good duets record. He delivers both on “Cass County”. It is unmistakably Don’s voice, but with a decidedly more country feel. I was reminded of some of the deeper cuts on “Building the Perfect Beast.”  He tells stories and seems to reflect on his life. There is also a duet with Dolly Parton.

Mary McGuire – “Love Struck”
With no label backing, this CD was partially crowd funded and the rest paid for out of pocket by the artist. It’s a collection of Mary’s experiences traveling the world over the years. The tracks tell stories and it has a real Detroit feel.  There are a bunch of heritage Detroit musicians on the CD to go along with Mary’s spot-on vocals. She cut the record at Pearl Sound Studios with renowned producer Chuck Alkazian. That is actually how I became aware of the project. To be fair, I was in the studio and worked on the press for this record, but I did that for a lot of albums and this is the only one on the list. It’s good.

Vintage Trouble – “1 Hopeful Road”
The first time I saw Vintage Trouble on Craig Ferguson 2+ years ago I was hooked and I’ve been following them ever since.  They have a huge following in Europe and have been super busy touring in support of some really big names but not putting out anything new. So I flipped when I heard that one of my very favorite former Detroiters, producer extraordinaire Don Was, signed them and was working on the new record. Don did a brilliant job of capturing Vintage Trouble’s frenetic live energy and putting it on “1 Hopeful Road”.

Kacey Musgraves – “Pageant Material”
This one kind of surprised me, but I like her sparkly outfits and the way she shamelessly embraces being girly while singing about being in control of your shit.  “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.” That’s a food analogy, right there.  She has a great voice and the whole Americana band is full of talent. Their matching Nudie suits are also fantastic.

Foo Fighters – “St. Cecilia”
A free Foo Fighters record. Awesome. Thrown together with a raw, gritty feel while they are on the road touring.  Awesomer. The letter from Dave Grohl that accompanied the release; telling the story of being on that particular tour and how this record was made. Awesome-est.

Bonus Single –
Even though it was released in 2014, you have to admit, 2015 was the year we all decided to “Shut Up and Dance.”  Seriously, this song was EVERYWHERE and I loved it.  I saw the viral YouTube video with the movie scene mash up and it was all over.  Every time I heard it after that- volume way up. I travel a lot and logged a ton of time in the car, so I apologize to all of the other drivers on America’s highways, turnpikes and thruways who happened to catch my killer in-car dance moves whenever Walk the Moon came into rotation.

Sophia Urista
lead singer of The VeeVees

Every year in music proves that Rock and Roll is not dead. Hip Hop is not dead. Punk is not dead. Whoever says that is afraid of the ever changing human experience and probably a narcissist without a sense of humor.

Music genres are like family names. With new blood flow comes new personalities and ambitions, new fashions and tastes, brave new curiosities and new color palates of courage and expression.

Thank God people change, because sometimes they can really suck. The same goes for music. Now, in this ‘fast listening’ culture, the single is so hawt right now. Singles certainly serve a purpose for top 40 ‘artists’, fickle listeners and industry folk but hot albums are few and far between. When they enter your life though? It’s like ‘yo, leave me the f*ck alone, I’m popping this <insert vice abused responsibly> to myself, dissolving into the sound waves, and will be forever never the same!’

My favorite albums of 2015 hold up mirrors to my soul. They encourage creativity in my own song writing as a rock n roll artist and even my self-awareness as a person. Our favorite albums do that, don’t they? For masturbators of the mind, that’s why we love them so much.

The artists listed below achieved such a beautiful balance of the following elements:


Get into it!

  1. Alabama Shakes – “Sound & Color”
  2. Kid Cudi – “Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven”
  3. Action Bronson – “Mr. Wonderful”
  4. Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp a Butterfly”
  5. ThunderbitchThunderbitch”

Ari Herstand
Musician, Singer, Actor

“Sound and Color” by Alabama Shakes is my favorite album of the 2015. It’s pure sonic brilliance. Of course, Brittany is a fantastic singer, but this record is more than just a voice. It’s a complete piece of art. It’s an emotional journey. “Sound and Color” isn’t confined to a single genre and it isn’t stamped with a timely sound that will fade as trends change. The production of the record is timeless – as is the songwriting and performances. My Spotify ‘Year in Review’ told me I listened to this album 107 times this year. That sounds about right.

Jason Edmonds
Member of After 7 (RnB Trio)
Manager | Partner Haven Management

It may sound like I’m jumping on the bandwagon by saying my favorite album of 2015 is “25” by Adele. However, I feel the same way as the general public feels about her. Adele has incredible sensibilities as a communicator with her strong yet venerable delivery. Every song is complete in its story. “25” is musically produced to what I’d consider perfection and is easily set apart from the over-practiced, three-focus track, eight-filler albums that are normally released. “25” is easy to listen too, but very thought provoking. Definitely my favorite this year.

We’d like to thank the music fans and professionals above who took the time to share their thoughts on  music from 2015. Here’s to a new year filled with good times and great music!

Foo Fighters, Saint Cecilia EP

Foo Fighters, Saint Cecilia EP
By Davin Newsome
Original content  courtesy of Unsung Melody
By Davin Newsome


In this day and age, it seems Dave Grohl can do no wrong. Every move, whether planned or not, seems to be the right one. Even with his recent announcement of a hiatus, in wake of the senseless attacks in Paris, he did right by his fans by releasing an EP of unexpected music. All for free. You can’t fault him for that. He’s conquered the world, and it would weigh incredibly on his conscience should something so catastrophic conquer you.

The Foo Fighters have done what they sat out to do, which was honestly nothing. Dave Grohl put together some demos after Nirvana, stuck a silly name on them, formed a band, played some shows and the world took notice. It’s a story that is as rock n roll as it is inspirational.

Now, having said all that, the music is why we’re here today. The EP, titled Saint Cecilia, was released just before Thanksgiving and attached was a note explaining things. You can check out the note, the details of the process, the purpose of the album, as well as download the EP, here. No need to regurgitate any more information here, let’s get to the music.

The EP kicks off with the title track, Saint Cecilia. It’s a song that could have been on any of the last threeFoo Fighters records. Is that good? Is that bad? If you’re a fan of the band, it’s perfect. If you’re an outsider looking in, it’s nothing new and a bit stale.

Sean somewhat returns to the early Foo sounds with the quirky guitars, but the smooth polish of the pop melodies and Dave’s leveled vocals adds a bit of laziness. As bad as I hate to say that. If you’re a casual fan and you hear this song, you’ll never be able to pick out which album it belongs with.

The highlight for me, is one of the most raw songs we’ve heard in several albums. It’s a track called Savior Breath. In this stage of their career, this song is as punk rock as they can get away with. It’s fast, it’s aggressive, it’s abrasive and it’s what I wish the Foo’s would do much more of.

The title, Iron Rooster, sounds more like a craft beer than it does a Foo Fighters song. Still, it’s a song that is seemingly a nod to one of Grohl’s idols in Tom Petty. Slow churning, almost Americana in it’s stance, Iron Rooster delivers a sound that is seemingly reminiscent of their influences and could have been a leftover track from Sonic Highways, as it feels like a song with a purpose. Easily my second favorite track on the EP.

The album closes with The Neverending Sigh. A track that is as Foo Fighters as it gets. That’s a blessing and a curse. It’s awesome, but it’s also a letdown at the same time. The Foo’s formula has become rather predictable and the twists and turns are expected musically, but the biggest letdown for me, was the lack of changes in vocal melodies. They simply stay the course and ride out the song.

Saint Cecilia is a collection of polished, pop oriented, slickly produced songs that follow the precedent of the past few Foo albums. While I can’t say that I dislike the EP, I can’t say that I have never heard it before. Similarity is one thing, complacency is another. Perhaps the Foo Fighters’ sound has evolved as far as it ever would have. I’m sad to see them go, but perhaps, at least from a creative standpoint, it was time.




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Following months of speculation, anticipation and outright misinformation, a July 31st release date has been set for Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 on Rise Records. Pre-orders being taken NOW at http://ttk.merchnow.com and via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/ttk-greatest-hits and include the instant grat track “Hung Out To Dry,” which you can preview hereon YouTube (see below)

The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, etc.) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades. Joining Reed on drums and Mick on guitar on the album’s 20 mostly original tracks and few covers of underground classics (including the Rudimentary Peni deep cut that inspired the project’s title) includes: Jello Biafra, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of Foo Fighters, Nick Oliveri, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tommy Victor of Prong and Danzig, Lee Ving of Fear, Mike “IX” Williams of Eyehategod, Mullin’s Corrosion of Conformity band mates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Karl Agell and many, many more. See below for a full rundown.

All instrumental tracks on Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Grohl’s 606 Studios in Northridge, CA. The album was produced by John “Lou” Lousteau, Reed Mullin and Mick Murphy, engineered and mixed by John “Lou” Lousteau at 606.

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http://ttk.merchnow.com AND VIA ITUNES AT http://smarturl.it/ttk-greatest-hits


GREATEST HITS VOL. 1 (Track listing with Guest Credits)

Vocals: Reed Mullin
Featuring Pat Hoed (Bass), London May (Drums)

“Crowned by the Light of the Sun”
Vocals: Neil Fallon
Featuring Jim Rota (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Hung Out to Dry”
Vocals: Randy Blythe
Featuring Mike Schaefer (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Power Outage”
Vocals: Clifford Dinsmore
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Ode to Hannity”
Vocals: Jello Biafra
Featuring Mike Dean (Bass)

Vocals: Matt Skiba
Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)

“The Dead Hand”
Vocals: Reed Mullin
Featuring Woody Weatherman (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

Vocals: Corey Taylor
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Plank Walk”
Vocals: Pete Stahl
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Time to Die”
Vocals: Mike IX Williams
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar)

“Days of Degradation”
Vocals: Tommy Victor
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

Vocals: Tairrie B. Murphy
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Big Money”
Vocals: Lee Ving
Featuring Pat Smear (Guitar & Bass), London May (Drums)

“Devil in this House”
Vocals: Karl Agell
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Say Goodnight to the Acolyte”
Vocals: Phil Rind
Featuring Jason Browning (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Ignorant People”
Vocals: Tony Foresta
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Nick Oliveri (Bass)

“Son of an Immigrant”
Vocals: Johnny Weber
Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)

“Your Empty Soul”
Vocals: Aaron Beam

“Bleeding to Death”
Vocals: Vic Bondi
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

“Teenage Time Killer”
Vocals: Trenton Rogers
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Pat Hoed (Bass)

Teenage Time Killers signed a deal with Rise Records to release their debut album.

All photos courtesy of the artists and Tairrie B. Murphy

Supergroup, Teenage Time Killers have signed a deal with Rise Records to release their debut album. The architects of what is bound to be a monumental work of metallic mayhem, are core members Reed Mullin (Corrosion of Conformity), Mick Murphy (My Ruin/The Birds of Satan/Chevy Metal/Neanderthal) and John “Lou” Lousteau (pictured above).

The album produced by John Lousteau, was recorded and mixed at Dave Grohl’s famed Studio 606 in Northridge, California on very board that was the focus of Grohl’s acclaimed documentary Sound City: Real To Reel. Bill Stevenson (Descendents/All) mastered the recording at The Blasting Room.

MullinMurphy and Lousteau along with the assistance of musicians from the metal and hardcore scene have created what is sure to be one of the most memorable heavy offerings of 2015.  The phenomenal list of talent on this project is like a concert wet-dream. The Teenage Time Killers album, Greatest Hits Vol.1, is due for release in early 2015. It can’t come soon enough!

Reed&Mick TTK@Studio606 Photo by TairrieBMurphyReed Mullin and Mick Murphy recording at Studio 606 

The albums contributors reads like the “who’s who” list of the hardcore scene:

Aaron Beam (Red Fang)
Brian Baker (Minor Threat/Bad Religion)
Clifford Dinsmore (BL’AST!)
Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana)
Greg Anderson (Goatsnake/Sunn O)
Jason Browning (Righteous Fool & HR)
Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry)
Johnny Weber (The Ghost of Saturday Night)
Karl Agell (Corrosion of Conformity/King Hitter)
Lee Ving (Fear)
London May (Samhain/Danzig/Legacy/Tiger Army/Son of Sam)
Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio)
Mike “IX” Williams (Eyehategod)
Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity)
Mike Schafer (Blatant Disarray)
Neil Fallon (Clutch)
Nick Oliveri (Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age)
Pat Hoed (Brujeria/Nip Drivers)
Pat Smear (Foo Fighters/Nirvana/Germs)
Pete Stahl (Scream/Goatsnake)
Phil Rind (Sacred Reich)
Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
Tairrie B. Murphy (My Ruin)
Tommy Victor (Prong/Danzig)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan)
Trenton Rogers (Chaotic Justice)
Vic Bondi (Articles of Faith)
Woody Weatherman (Corrosion of Conformity)

Mick Tairrie Reed Photo by John LousteauMick Murphy, Tairrie B. Murphy and Reed Mullin at Studio 606, Photo (C) John “Lou” Lousteau

Greg John Mick Reed TTK@Studio606 Photo by TairrieBMurphyGreg Anderson, John “Lou” Lousteau, Mick Murphy and Reed Mullin at Studio 606

Are you ready for this? We sure are.. Alright 2015, BRING IT!


The Birds of Satan took over Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana, California to play a spur of the moment show (probably as a warm up for their show in Seattle, WA). The small 108 capacity saloon is tucked into one corner of a sleepy strip-mall and has a loyal customer base despite its diminutive size. Many regulars found a nice surprise this night (if they were lucky enough to get in). The Birds of Satan, are Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Wiley Hodgden, and Mick Murphy (My Ruin), playing drums/vocals, bass/vocals and guitar respectively. This trio came together previously as Chevy Metal to get their collective dirt-rocks yaya’s off while paying homage to their favorite 70’s metal. You just can’t keep good musicians down. So, that side-project spawned another one.

Don’t let the name play with your head though, it’s only rock and roll, and you’ll like it! Their songs are a nice collection of eclectic sounds. In this incarnation they’ve created a sound that fluctuates from a visceral throbbing, to underpinnings of ethereal foreboding, and even to classic rock ballads. But if rock is indeed the devil’s music then I’m happy in hell. Though not as heavy as the name might suggest, a cool name for a really excellent band. For Hawkins, this is another would-be “side-project” for a man who obviously has music running through his veins (and doesn’t seem happy unless he is playing). No matter, we get some good music out of it either way. The crew took the project and ran with it taking it to full blown excellence on the irreplaceable influences of band matesMurphy and Hodgden (and other co-conspirators such as Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, who appeared on the recording).

Birds of Satan and eventually Chevy Metal featuring Dave Grohl:

You’d expect a band like this to play any place else, perhaps one of the small Hollywood venues. Any of which are three times larger than this little bar. Certainly not at a tiny venue in in a strip mall in the San Fernando Valley city of Tarzana (FYI, those non-CA people this is just north of LA, but still in LA County).

When I arrived I was told they were filled to capacity (an understatement). From outside I could see the place was over-packed. I was disappointed (another understatement). I’m never one to shoot the messenger, these guys were just doing their jobs. I felt bad as person after person was turned away from the bar. I tried my best to be respectful of the doormen, while still trying convince them to let me inside. I was in no hurry to get back on the road and head home. After begging and pleading with a few of the hardworking employees at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon (MSMS) I resigned myself to the fact that I’d probably need to listen from outside. I was trying hard to reel in my frustration, and get over myself. It was going to be a long night. Just as I stepped off a bit, allowing the doorman to feel free of my pleas to break the rules, the person I was meeting arrived and got me in the door. Sweet, I’d get to SEE and hear the band. Maybe I’d even get a couple of shots if I could worm my way past a few people.

Two feet inside the door the body heat and humidity hit. As I entered the bar, the person who vouched for me quickly vanished, folding into the condensed horde. The entry-way was the only area free from bodies. The little room was literally compacted tightly with people all facing the cornered off “stage area” that the small band was barely contained on. As I entered in the middle of the first song “Louise”, I tried in vain to secure a place where I could capture a few decent photos. I quickly figured out that it was not going to happen, after pissing off a few people in the crowd who arrived early to get a good spot. There were also a few of my fellow photo journalist who were having none of it on this particular night. Photographers will generally look-out for each other and share the space (as room allows). Not only was there absolutely NO ROOM, but if they moved even a bit they’d lose out as well. I snapped two or three obstructed shots then moved on.

The band started off with a tune that I didn’t really recognize, that turned out to be from another project Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders. I finally settled in behind a dividing wall towards the back of the room on the other-side of the band. I could see Taylor Hawkins from the side and Murphy and Hodgden from behind for most of the show. Even if I didn’t take a photo that would epitomize the fury of sound coming out of this trio, getting to witness it was well worth more than the proverbial ‘thousand words’.

Hawkins uncontrollably whipped his drenched blonde locks as he pounded out ferocious tempos from behind his drum kit. While also singing many of the tunes he remained a flurry of blurred motion. All the while flashing his unmistakable smile and intense gaze. The mic duties were mostly split between Hodgden and Hawkins, with Guitarist Mick Murphy taking over the microphone for one song.Murphy is easily one of rocks most underrated guitarist. The man is just a beast on the guitar, but singing? I never would have thought, and yeah it was pretty nice! Hodgden brings a tasty low end in addition to vocal duties. He’s got a cool, confident presence about him when he sings and a decent vocal quality. He isn’t too bad to look at either, if you like that kinda thing.

I got the album on Amazon a few weeks after it came out and have been enjoying it, but sometimes a band has a way of surpassing a recording and breaths an entirely different life into the work. Don’t get me wrong I was more than impressed with the recording, but there are some moments on the self-titled album that are near ecstasy. Those exquisite nuggets are amplified live with the depth and dimension of their sound.

Adrenaline fueled and comprised of various shades of rock and roll, leaning towards the heavy the songs are lyrically straight-forward. Surrendering any notions of the hyperbolic for the construction of intricately structured tunes. Many of the songs have a feel of progressive rock to them, this is where their poetry lies. In three words; thick, wicked, and delicious. Which brings to mind a particularly crushing tune that I wasn’t sure the band would even attempt to play live. The band’s epic nine minute anthem “The Ballad of the Birds of Satan”. It’s an ambitious track on the recording alone, so I was a bit gob-smacked when Taylor announced they were about to play it. They played it early in the set, Taylor asked if the crowd was ready? Adding something that suggested even he was somewhat surprised they were about to play the song live. And I am so glad they did. They also played another favorite of mine for the album “Thanks for the Line”. The infectious nature of this song is balanced by the counter weight of Murphy’s guitar work the band played for well over an hour playing most of the tracks from the album as well a few other tunes (some Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders). Ending their set with one of those songs “It’s Over”. But WAIT it wasn’t over they had more.

The band switched gears and Taylor called out asking if there was “anyone” else out there. Most of the room knew exactly who he meant. Dave Grohl had been standing next to me for most of the set to the delight of several onlookers who paid a bit more attention to him than to the hard-working, ass-kicking band on the stage. One fan who kept looking over every few moments to pointing his index finger at Grohl. After the fifth time or so, I was wondering just how drunk/high he was. Another person in the crowd playing the role of ‘Captain Obvious’ went up to him and exclaimed “You’re mother f@#in Dave Grohl”. He smiled and nodded. How many times do you think he’s heard those exact words?

I found the extra enthusiasm a bit surprising since a fair amount of the crowd were friends of the band and many of them musicians (some who played on The Birds of Satan album). Dave squeezed his way over to the stage area, strapped on his guitar and Chevy Metal got down to business playing over another hour of their hard rock covers. I have always remarked how funny Dave Grohl’s side patter is when he’s on stage, this night was no different. He kept making jokes about not knowing the songs which was obviously not at all true. He also stopped the band at one point saying “Wait, I need to tell a story here” and went on the describe his evening the night before when he found a sushi restaurant in the valley that was open till midnight and the sushi chef turned out to be a fan and fed and got Dave liquored up on saké all night. He used it jokingly as an excuse for him not knowing the songs (that he knew perfectly). The band performed The Knack’sMy Sharona”, David Bowie and Queen’sUnder Pressure”, AC/DC’sLet There Be Rock”, and Van Halen’s Everybody Wants Some”. As well as at least a dozen more classic tunes. I believe you can find one or two on YouTube. I’ll leave you with this, if you get a chance to see either of these bands, don’t pass it up. If you love rock and roll you won’t leave unhappy.