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11
Jul

Decibel Geek Podcast - ANGELS IN VEIN

 

Decibel Geek podcast/YouTube channel videographer Rockin' Ron Runyon recently sat down with the new Hard Rock band Angels In Vein in their home base of Las Vegas for the full band's first on-camera video interview. What transpired was a 30+ minute video conversation with each member on everything that any rock fan would want to know about this up and coming band of veteran rockers. The band, consisting of Guitarist Todd "Taz" Anthony (Cherry St., Producer), 2nd Guitarist Stacey Blades (L.A. Guns, Let It Rawk), Bassist Eric Stacy (Faster Pussycat, Jetboy), Drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion, Gilby Clarke), and Vocalist Chris Van Dahl (L.A. Guns, Steven Tyler/Legends/Aeromyth), talked candidly about their history, the band name, the label they don't want, the difference/similarity in selling records today compared to the 70's, internet response, their future plans, and much more. A few excerpts follow:

On the internet's overwhelming response:

Chris said: "I think it's a testimony that the timing for this is right and people are hungry for a really great hard rock band."

On defining the songs they will be recording:
Stacey said: "I have not been this excited about an original project in years."
Chris said: "The songs are a good indication but, in no way defines the band. There will be a lot of surprises so, stow your expectations"

On the difference/similarity of selling your music today:

Chris said: "It's like we're back in the 70's building a following by touring and selling our record out of the back of a van but, the van now is the internet."

On being labeled in the press as a "Supergroup":

Eric said: "We're flattered that they say that but, that word never came from us. We're not Asia"
Chris said: "A Supergroup is Hollywood Vampires"
Eric said: "And that's a fly by night, done for cash thing."
Troy said: "Those groups are contrived. They are typically known for big shows and catalogs of the guys that are in the band. This is not a cover band."

On the name Angels In Vein:

Chris said: "Originally we were going to call the band "The Devil You Know" and I went after that. Then, literally the day I was going to launch the website, two guys one from Killswitch Engage and another big band released that they had formed a band called "The Devil You Know" and I said WHAT!"
Chris said: "I was doing some research and came across a passage that ended with angels and the next sentence was hyphen and then "in vain" and it stuck with me. Then I thought why don't we spin it and instead of vain we go with vein because what we do comes from inside us." 

On releasing more music:

Chris said: "We may just release a song a month for the next 50 years."
Eric said: "We're looking at releasing a song a month right now."

Link to Official Website Posthttp://www.decibelgeek.com/wordpress/angels-in-vein-dbg-exclusive/

The Decibel Geek Podcast, started in 2011, is a weekly hard rock and heavy metal music and discussion show. Covering rock and metal bands from the late 60s to today, the show features rotating themes including Year in Review, Radio Sucks Radio Show (music-based), Interviews, Fresh Blood (upcoming bands) and many more.

Subscribe to Decibel Geek on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/decibel-geek-podcast/id433426711?mt=2

Official website located at: http://www.decibelgeek.com

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Thu
28
Jan

Decibel Geek Podcast - DEAN COOK (Briar)

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DEAN COOK ON LINE-UP CHANGES, RECORDING THE “HARD TIMES” ALBUM, AND WHAT THE BRIAR GUYS ARE DOING TODAY
 
  
 
Decibel Geek podcast/website staff writer The Lionsheart recently interviewed Dean Cook for a talk about the reissue of Hard Times by Briar, the bonus material and the last couple of years of Briar before disbanding in 1993. A few excerpts follow:
 
On recruiting a new vocalist/frontman in Kevin Billington:
 
“As I say we were deflated after the CBS/Sony deal and we were keen to get something else out there to try and help restore our reputation as a solid original band, Gimme All You Got was written as part of Reach Out so that was our next 7” self-financed single! We got that out there on our managers Shotgun Charlie label, it gained us a little interest but sadly didn’t get us an acceptable record deal, which is what we needed at the time, which is a pity! Basically, Kevin Griffiths was always more interested in playing bass than singing, so at this point he decided he  just wanted to enjoy himself on stage and just play bass...so we got a new singer in for a while! It was as simple as that really!
 
On recording the Cleveland House Demo in 1990 with the new six piece line up including keyboard player Jez Prosser:
 
“It was recorded in our rehearsal space in Cleveland House on Tyburn Road in Birmingham with our live sound guy Den York & manager George Bond, it was recorded completely live on our 8-track Tascam tape machine, as far as I can remember it was the only time we recorded live with Kevin Billington, it turned out well.“
 
On memories for the recording of the Hard Times album way back in 1992:
 
“We had set up that studio with our manager, it was so we could go in and record demo’s when we wanted to! In hindsight Briar always sounded best when we recorded live, we weren’t the type of band who were happy to record and re-record! We rehearsed a lot and we sounded great live and in my opinion that’s how we should’ve always recorded.“
 
On how Dean has kept himself busy and what the guys in Briar are doing today:
 
“Yeh, I have many projects and I’m always playing in lots of bands, it’s just my thing really! I’m only happy when I’m playing! Dave is currently in a couple bands, I also play with him. He is in Bogus Blooze and Ssex PistolsS (tribute). Dave’s my fave guitarist ever! He’s the most natural rock player I have ever played with and I have played with many players! Kevin Griffiths still plays, I’ve played in a number of projects with him over the years since Briar split up, he played bass in my solo project for a while called Ten and we also played together in a band called This Is. Kev also still plays occasionally with a few covers bands. Darren I still see occasionally but he doesn’t really do much of the band stuff nowadays, I think he was and is still more interested in the recording process as opposed to the live bad thing!“
 
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The Decibel Geek Podcast, started in 2011, is a weekly hard rock and heavy metal music and discussion show. Covering rock and metal bands from the late 60’s to today, the show features rotating themes including Year in Review, Radio Sucks Radio Show (music-based), Interviews, Fresh Blood (upcoming bands) and many more.
 
 
Official website located at: http://www.decibelgeek.com
 
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2015
 
Fri
11
Dec

Decibel Geek Podcast - RADIO EXILE

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CHARLIE CALV AND CHANDLER MOGEL TALK RADIO EXILE DEBUT ALBUM, LYRICS, LED ZEP, LIFE & LAUGHTER
 
Decibel Geek podcast Staff Writer Adam Cox recently interviewed Charlie Calv and Chandler Mogel for a talk about their band Radio Exile's self-titled debut album, lyrics and influences, plans for the band, ideal touring packages and why we need a good laugh.

'I think we touch many different elements, a little soul, a little gospel, maybe a tiny hint of country, but all based in hard rock.'

On the Radio Exile lyrics: 'I've always written about things that are very real to me, as in real life, real situations - I find those things can best translate to the listener as well - as we all go through stuff.  David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio are two I have always favored.'

On the band's plans and doing it their own way: 'We plan on releasing another video, possibly a third and then we would at least like to do some shows, unfortunately due to everyone's touring schedules it makes it hard for us to do any proper touring so maybe some select dates.'

On bands they would like to tour with, including bands no longer around: 'My all time favorite is Led Zeppelin, so to tour or work with any of those guys would be amazing.'

On musical anecdotes: 'It's the only business where you can work your ass off and be truly good at what you do and it just does not matter'it's all about luck and timing. Like my old friend and former Shotgun Symphony bandmate Ed would say, at least we had a lot of laughs'.and that we all have.'

Link to Official Website Posthttp://www.decibelgeek.com/wordpress/interview-radio-exile-2/

The Decibel Geek podcast, started in 2011, is a weekly hard rock and heavy metal music and discussion show. Covering rock and metal bands from the late 60's to today, the show features rotating themes including Year in Review, Radio Sucks Radio Show (music-based), Interviews, Fresh Blood (upcoming bands) and many more. 

Subscribe to Decibel Geek on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/decibel-geek-podcast/id433426711?mt=2

Official website located at: http://www.decibelgeek.com

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2015
 
Thu
15
Jan

Decibel Geek Interviews Mika Kansikas (STUD)

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DECIBEL GEEK INTERVIEWS MIKA KANSIKAS (STUD)

Interview Now Available for Viewing

The Decibel Geek website has released an interview with Mika Kansikas, guitarist and songwriter of the Finnish band STUD. Decibel Geek writer Rich “The Meister” Dillon caught up with Mika via email and got the inside scoop from the band whose Rust On The Rose album was released in October, 2014.

Included in the interview is discussion on the 80’s history of the band, the recording process of both the Rust On The Rose and the debut, Out Of The Darkness, albums, and what the future holds for this great reformed 80’s band.

Direct link to the interview: Interviewing A STUD: The Meister Interviews Mika Kansikas of Finland's STUD

To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit http://www.decibelgeek.com

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Fri
21
Nov

Decibel Geek Podcast - GREG FRASER (Brighton Rock)


DECIBEL GEEK INTERVIEWS GREG FRASER & STEVIE SKREEBS (BRIGHTON ROCK)
 
Podcast Episode #163 Now Available for Listening/Downloading
 
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released episode #163 - The BRIGHTON ROCK TAKEOVER. For the third Thanksgiving in a row the Decibel Geek Podcast has been hijacked by Canadians!  Decibel Geek Staff writers turned hosts, Wallygator Norton and Rich "The Meister" Dillon, are back once again and this time they've brought some friends, Greg Fraser (guitar) & Stevie Skreebs (bass) of Canadian band BRIGHTON ROCK/FRAZE GANG.  The Canucks spent the evening in Niagara Falls, Ontario, drinking beers, chatting about Brighton Rock and playing some tunes in the very room where the Brighton Rock songs and both Fraze Gang albums were conceived.

Included in the episode is discussion on "Creatures of the Night", the forthcoming Brighton Rock album, stories from past tours and much more.
  
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Mon
14
Jul

Decibel Geek Podcast - KEN BARR (Kiss Road Crew)

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KEN BARR (KISS ROAD CREW) GUESTS ON DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST

Former KISS crew member Ken Barr talks to the Decibel Geek podcast this week for an in-depth discussion of a very transitional phase in the Hottest Band in the Land's career. Ken was a drum tech/guitar tech/carpenter for KISS from 1992 - 1996. His tenure included the Revenge tour, Alive III, the 1995 convention tour, MTV Unplugged, Reunion tour rehearsals, and the 1996 KROQ Weenie Roast. Lots of stories about the personalities behind the members of KISS, stories from the road, and Ken's thoughts on what the band is doing today.

Listen here:

http://dbgeekshow.blogspot.com/2014/07/conversation-with-ken-barr-ep145.html

 
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Tue
20
May

THE DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST - AUTOGRAPH

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The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Steve Lynch, from the L.A. based band Autograph. Decibel Geek writer Rich (The Meister) Dillon caught up with Steve recently in Toronto and got the inside scoop from the 80's era band reborn and currently on tour throughout North America. Included in the interview is discussion is the reformation and rebuilding of Autograph, the current tour, their upcoming UK live debut, Steve Lynch's guitar technique, on tour with Eddie Van Halen and what the future holds for this great band. Direct link to the interview: www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2014/05/hey-steve-lynch-can-i-get-your.html.

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Wed
07
May

VINNIE VINCENT SPECIAL - DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST

FORMER VINNIE VINCENT DRUMMER DISCUSSES MAKING OF UNRELEASED ALBUM
VINNIE VINCENT SPECIAL PART 5 - EPISODE 135
DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST
 
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released the fifth installment of it's Vinnie Vincent Special with Episode 135 - Vinnie Vincent Special Part 5 w/Andre Labelle.
 
In this in-depth discussion, hosts Aaron Camaro and Chris Czynszak are joined by former Vinnie Vincent and current drummer of The Sky Andre LaBelle. Andre was tapped by Vincent for the recording of the still-unreleased Guitars from Hell album that was in production from 1989 - 1992. LaBelle shares his memories of auditioning for the enigmatic former KISS guitarist, the amazing amount of equipment available, and the meticulous recording techniques that seemed to define Vincent as the extremist of which he has been described.
 
The album went through numerous titles during production. In this long-form discussion, LaBelle recalls a period where Vincent was bouncing between projects; his own and his contribution at the time to KISS' upcoming 1992 release and how one of his titles plays into KISStory.
 
Other topics discussed in this episode include Vinnie's method for punching in his guitar parts in the studio as well as how budgets were stretched and tensions caused a break from Vincent's then-label Enigma; causing the project to be shelved to this day.
 
Episode 135 - Vinnie Vincent Special Part 5 w/Andre LaBelle is now available for download/stream at the following link:
 
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