The Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) will hold a Press Conference on Monday July 11th at 5pm at Tony Starlight’s to announce the 2011 Inductees into OMHOF. This year’s inductees will be inducted on Saturday October 8th at the Newmark Theater.

OMHOF was formed in 2003 to both promote and preserve the musical arts in the state of Oregon. Since then they have been successful in putting musical programs on in many elementary schools and raised money for college scholarships, besides recognizing the great talent from our state.

Previous Inductees include Black ‘n’ Blue, Robert Cray, The Crazy 8s, Dead Moon, Johnny & the Distractions, Doc Severinsen, Nu Shooz, Quarterflash, Jim Pepper, Mel Brown, Billy Rancher, Paul Revere & the Raiders and the Kingsmen. For a complete list go to omhof.org

OMHOF will also announce the talent to play the 5th Annual Induction Ceremony as well as this year’s host. At the press conference, there will also be a performance by one of this year’s inductees.


Also New Endorsement Deal with Warwick/Framus International

A Life Once Lost

A LIFE ONCE LOST is pleased to announce their brand new endorsement with Warwick/Framus International. Framus and Warwick are known worldwide for their excellently crafted guitars and basses. Framus guitars and Warwick basses are used by several of today’s biggest artists in hard rock and heavy metal, as well as numerous other genres.

“Framus is a perfect match for our sound,” states guitarist Bobby Carpenter. “We have been playing live and recording with Framus guitars for years and are excited to be working with our friends over at Warwick/Framus.”

“We at Warwick and Framus are thrilled to have A LIFE ONCE LOST on our growing roster of US endorsers,” adds Warwick/Framus US Artist Relations Manager Christopher Kunitz. “ALOL is an extremely talented and hard working band, and we are so glad we are working together with them to bring the message of our sonic quality and European craftsmanship to the world at large.  They are a great group of guys and we couldn’t be happier they have chosen Framus and Warwick instruments and amplifiers as their weapons of choice.”

A LIFE ONCE LOST is also pleased to announce the addition of a new drummer to their ranks. After the departure of previous drummer Justin Graves earlier this year, the band auditioned several drummers and landed upon fellow Philadelphia resident Jordan Crouse.

“I’m stoked to be joining up with A LIFE ONCE LOST,” affirms Jordan. “Performing at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival two weeks ago was definitely a great experience and I’m looking forward to touring and working on the new record due out later this year.”

The band is currently finishing their follow up to 2007’s Iron Gag. Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium, The Red Chord), designer of the album art for previous A LIFE ONCE LOST records Hunter and Iron Gag, is confirmed to illustrate the album art. The band is looking forward to releasing the upcoming record during the fall of 2011 on their new label, Season of Mist. Season of Mist is home to many other impressive international acts such as Atheist, Cynic, Dillinger Escape Plan, Kylesa, Mayhem, Morbid Angel, and Watain.

For more information on A LIFE ONCE LOST please visit:

Lawson Fusoa Inada and Emmett Wheatfall

“A Celebration of Poetry in Jazz”
Lawson Fusoa Inada and Emmett Wheatfall

In honor of National Poetry Month, Poets Lawson Inada and Emmett Wheatfall are celebrating Poetry in Jazz.  Performances are in Portland on Friday, April 22nd and in Seattle on Saturday April 23rd.  Visit www.petersonentertainment.com for more information.
“A Celebration of Poetry in Jazz” has been created to share the works of these inspired and gifted writers.  Lawson & Emmett bring their diverse backgrounds, styles and experiences to life in thoughtful, expressive poetic story.  Combined with music these performances are inspiring and evocative.
Lawson Inada is considered a pioneer in Japanese-American literature and has received many honors and awards.  He was named Oregon State Poet in 1991 and served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate from 2006-2010. His collection of poems “Before the War” was the first book of poetry by an Asian American to be published by a major New York publishing house.  He won the American Book Award for his work “Legends from Camp” in 1992.  He won the Oregon Book Award for Poetry in 1997, the Pushcart Prize for Poetry in 1996 and was honored at the White House for a “Salute of Poetry and American Poets.”  He is a Professor Emeritus of English at Southern Oregon University, received two Poetry Fellowships from the NEA, was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry in 2004 and currently serves as the Steinbeck Chair for the National Steinbeck Center.
Emmett Wheatfall is a rising star in the world of poetry.  He burst onto the scene with his recorded work, “When I Was Young” a music and poetry collaboration with producer Noah Peterson.  Featured in Wine and Jazz Magazine, Emmett was called “…one of the most original and powerful debut jazz artists of the year.”  “When I Was Young” is currently on air at various stations throughout the country.  Emmett is a gifted orator and is sought out for his speaking ability.  He has done voice-over work and is an annual presenter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s “I Have A Dream Speech” for various organizations during Black History Month.
He has two published collections of poems, “He Sees Things” and “We Think We Know” and an audio CD of his poetry entitled, “I Speak.” Emmett has several poems published online for organizations celebrating and promoting African-American Poetry.
  • Saxophones: Larry Nobori, Noah Peterson
  • Piano: Gordon Lee
  • Bass: Andre St. James
  • Drums: Tim DuRoche
Please join Lawson Inada and Emmett Wheatfall for a rare and special evening of Poetry in Jazz.

Lazarus A.D. Become Victims of Van Robbery in UK

Money and Personal Items Stolen, PayPal Donations Are Appreciated

Lazarus A.D.

LAZARUS A.D. is the most recent casualty in a slew of unfortunate band robberies to claim theft of their personal items and money from their touring van. The incident took place last night in Southampton, UK. After breaking a window to enter the band’s van, the burglars stole roughly $1,500 in cash, all of the bands personal items including Social Security cards, birth certificates, and clothing, and even their personal hygiene items. The band members luckily had their passports in their pockets and their gear inside the venue; otherwise they fear that those items would have been taken as well.

LAZARUS A.D. have many dates remaining on their tour with Bonded By Blood, so having no money or personal items will be a great strain on the band financially and personally. A PayPal donation link has been set up in order for fans to donate to the band in this time of need. Please head to this link to donate what you can spare:http://lazarusad.com/?p=280.

See below for all upcoming European tour dates and please consider donating to LAZARUS A.D. so they can finish spreading their message and metal to their fans in the UK. Any help is sincerely appreciated.

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  • Mar. 16 – Norwich, UK – Metal Lust @ The Brickmakers
  • Mar. 17 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
  • Mar. 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
  • Mar. 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice
  • Mar. 20 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
  • Mar. 21 – Vienna, Austria – 3Raum/Arena
  • Mar. 22 – Bologna, Italy – Blogs Club
  • Mar. 23 – Barcelona, Spain – Mephisto
  • Mar. 24 – Madrid, Spain – Hebe
  • Mar. 25 – Paris, France – Paris Extreme Festival
  • Mar. 26 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27 Black
  • Mar. 27 – Porto, Portugal – Porto Rio
  • Mar. 29 – Hamburg, Germany – Headcrash
  • Mar. 30 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
  • Mar. 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock
  • Apr. 01 – Cologne, Germany – The Underground
  • Apr. 02 – Bruges, Belgium – JH Comma

For more information on LAZARUS A.D. visit the following locations:


Ex Alice in Chains Bass Player Mike Starr Dead at 44

He just couldn’t leave it. I remember when AIC kicked him out of the band for drug abuse in 93. He stopped over at my friends house in Seattle all upset that he was not in the band any more. Sadly this did not get him clean and now he has followed in the footsteps of Layne Staley.

More at MTV

More at Rolling Stone

More at TMZ

More at OMG

Alice in Chains first video with both Mike and Layne. When I first saw this on MTV, I was blown away. Shortly after that I saw them open for Megadeth, I think, in the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.


Stephanie Schneiderman launching a Kickstarter campaign!!

Today Stephanie Schneiderman launched a Kickstarter campaign!! Kickstarter (for those of you don’t know) is an online funding platform for artists to raise money for their projects. Stephanie in the process of finishing up her new CD, Rubber Teardrop. Stephanie has been collaborating with Keith Schreiner (trip-hop DJ/producer from Dahlia) and… they’re almost done! She is using Kickstarter to raise the remaining money needed for recording, mixing, mastering and manufacturing. She is asking for your help to complete the CD!

Stephanie is offering LOADS of rewards including CD’s, Live DVD’s, private concert tickets and more!!! “I’ve got 30 days to raise the money but my goal is to fund the project within the first 72 hours! So, if you’re planning on participating, please do so today!!” says Stephanie.

CHECK OUT HER KICKSTARTER VIDEO featuring Stephanie and Keith, as well as music from the new CD-
Here’s the VIDEO LINK



Lamb of God’s Chris Adler and Mapex Drums Draw an Impressive 730 Fans to Tour Kickoff in Salt Lake City, Utah

LAMB OF GOD’s CHRIS ADLER and MAPEX Drums were thrilled to see a whopping 730 fans arrive at the “A Throne with a View” tour’s impressive Salt Lake City, UT kick-off show at BackBeats Drum Shop on Monday the 28th. A typical drum clinic will draw about 50-70 attendees. This impressive turnout is only a taste of what is yet to come on the “A Throne with a View” tour, and ADLER hopes to see many more fans out at his upcoming appearances. The tour will take ADLER through the country until March 16th when the tour lands in Hollywood, FL at Resurrection Drums. The tour is sponsored by MAPEX DRUMS, AQUARIAN, PRO MARK, GIBRALTAR, MEINL, and ZOOM (SAMSON).

“Never would I have expected such a massive and warm response,” states ADLER. “I had a blast jamming tunes and talking shop and SLC really brought it. Honestly, I was shocked and a bit of a nervous wreck without my bandmates, but in the end I loved every minute of it. I’m lucky to have the opportunity and I hope to share that, and if all goes well, inspire everyone that stops by.”

“The performance CHRIS ADLER brings to his drum clinic is at the same level as his performance with the band live and in the studio,” states Joe Hibbs of MAPEX Drums. “Because he is truly a musical and drumming artist, fans know it is important to see him in these truly special clinic appearances.”

“The “A Throne with a View” tour with CHRIS ADLER was a huge success,” adds Sean Chase of BackBeats Drum Shop in Salt Lake City, UT. “A sell-out crowd of over 700 attendees witnessed an inspiring performance and insight from one the world’s greatest drummers. Chris’ humility, honesty, and passion for our craft gives us all something to aspire to.”

“GIBRALTAR is proud to support CHRIS ADLER,” affirms GIBRALTAR Hardware Artist Relations manager Kim Graham. “He has been an artist of ours for eight years and is an amazing person and drummer to have on our team.  It’s no surprise that this clinic tour is such a success!”

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On this tour, ADLER is playing on MAPEX’s newly released Black Panther “Blaster” drum set. MAPEX introduced the Black Panther Drum Collection in January at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA and this will be the first opportunity for many fans to see and hear it. The Blaster kit features a unique maple and walnut shell design and is the first in a series of new drum sets based on MAPEX’s popular series of Black Panther Snare Drums.

ADLER appeared at the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival in 2005 and performed a “Battle” clinic tour with his brother Willie Adler across Europe in 2008. “A Throne with a View” is his first and only U.S. clinic tour in 2011. See below for all current clinic tour dates, and watch an example of one of ADLER’s aforementioned drum clinicshere.


  • 3/2 Bellevue, WA @ Donn Bennett Drum Studio
  • 3/3 Fresno, CA @ Bentley’s Drum Shop
  • 3/6 San Antonio, TX @ Jeff Ryder Drum Shop
  • 3/7 Nashville, TN @ Forks Drum Closet
  • 3/8 Kansas City, MO @ Explorers Percussion
  • 3/9 Memphis, TN @ Memphis Drum Shop
  • 3/10 Kenner, LA @ Ray Fransen Drum Shop
  • 3/14 Plainview, NY @ Original Long Island Drum Center
  • 3/15 Portland, ME @ Drum Shop
  • 3/16 Hollywood, FL @ Resurrection Drums

CHRIS ADLER recently announced the release of a comprehensive behind the scenes narrative book, detailing the early days of the band through the writing and recording of the LAMB OF GOD album, New American Gospel. This is the first and only book chronicling the history of the making of this classic album. Known for not pulling any punches, ADLER tells the real story, warts and all. The book includes drum tablature transcribed and verified by master technician Travis Orbin (travisorbin.com) and ADLERhimself, and are designed to provide accurate insight into the drumming on the album as well as a convenient learning and teaching tool to teachers and drummers alike. The book is a must-have for any fans of LAMB OF GOD or ADLER’s drumming, as well as fans looking for ‘fly-on-the-wall’ access to how and why critical choices and decisions were made in the process of creating New American Gospel. Throughout the narrative, ADLER speaks frankly of his drumming, the successes, the failures, and obstacles that ultimately led to him contemplating leaving the band years ago. To purchase the book, head to this link, or www.chris-adler.com.

Fans should be sure to head to CHRIS ADLER’s brand new website, www.chris-adler.com, to catch up on first-hand information, endorsements, and appearances. The site also includes a small store of exclusive items used by ADLER and special giveaways throughout the year.

For more information on the tour, the book, and more, head to www.chris-adler.com and www.mapexdrums.com.



STOLEN GUITARS Taylor 414ce & Fender Telecaster (Seattle)

I saw this on Craig’s list thought maybe I could help by posting it too.

Date: 2011-02-27, 8:58PM PST
Reply to: sale-dfty6-2238433013@craigslist.org

Hey, thanks for looking at this post.

These guitars were stolen out of my car in the university district of Seattle on Sunday morning between 02:15am and 03:30. The exact location is 52nd & 16th. 

An Ibanez bass guitar was also taken with my two guitars. But, I’m not able to offer as much of a detailed description on that, and the two guitars are worth much more to me.

1. Taylor 414ce w/back hardshell case 2007
Serial #20070711044

2. Fender Telecaster 1971 reissue
Crafted in Japan 2004
Milk wash/white finish w/white pick guard
the pickups were upgraded with Seymour Duncan Antiquities
Serial #R????? (Don’t have it on hand, but I remember it starts with an R which correlates the make to 2004)
I bought this guitar in Japan.
It should be in a Fender tweed hard case with red carpet inside.

Tell me you have them and I’ll buy them back. No questions and no cops.

  • Location: Seattle
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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The 4th Annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Launches Boise, Idaho “Get Off Your Ass” Ticket Sale …

The 4th Annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Launches Boise, Idaho “Get Off Your Ass” Ticket Sale & Details – Act Now to Access this Limited Time Offer and Discounted Ticket Price

The Hard Rock & Metal Tour Event of the Summer Kicks Off on July 9th with Pre-Sale Tickets Slotted for Friday April 8th

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans’ summertime rite of passage.  Tickets are on sale NOW for ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s stop in Boise, Idaho (Nampa) on July 13th, 2011 at the Idaho Center Amphitheater.  Fans can purchase their Idaho Center Amphitheater festival tickets at www.ictickets.com or by phone at 1-208-442-3232.  The venue is offering a very special “Get Off Your Ass” ticket promotion which offers buyers of the first 1,000 tickets a $29.50 ticket price with a 3D laminate and front of line access.  The second batch of 1,000 tickets will be sold at a special $35 price, and the third batch of 1,000 will be sold at a $39.50 price.  All other advance tickets will be sold at the price of $45, and the day-of-show price is $49.50.  ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL fans in Idaho and surrounding areas should make sure to take part in this limited time offer!

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Right now, fans can head to the official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL website at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or to the official Facebook page to watch an exclusive video message from KINGDOM OF SORROW vocalist Jamey Jasta.  Be sure to watch the video to learn more about KINGDOM OF SORROW on ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL and some exclusive insider information about Jamey Jasta and his summer plans withHATEBREED.

“I can’t wait to tour again with Mayhem Fest,” states KINGDOM OF SORROW frontman Jamey Jasta. “The line up is killer, the vibe is awesome and every day I get to connect with swarms of metal and rock fans. It’s going to be a great summer!”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.

This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBEDGODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a ferocious mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today.  For the first time in festival history, through their success, IN FLAMESMACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour. This year sees the return of festival veterans DISTURBEDMACHINE HEADTRIVIUM, and SUICIDE SILENCE. TheJAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTHKINGDOM OF SORROWRED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCEALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.

The 4th annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL attendees can enjoy a plethora of festival activities, including perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that enhance the concert experience.  It’s a 10 hour trip to heavy nirvana.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is produced by Rockstar Taste of Chaos organizer John Reese, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and Creative Artists Agency.  The trio has made the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL a standout on the summer concert circuit by following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience. This year sees them joining forces once again withROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the title sponsor.

“Metal is ALIVE and WELL in 2011,” states tour producer John Reese. “Each year the tour gets bigger and better and 2011 is no exception.  This group of artists this year are going to apply a big, bad, metal shellacking for the fans across the USA and Canada.”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2011 is a true mix of molten veterans and smoldering up-and-comers, who are bringing their A games and giving the fans nothing less of an amazing day,” adds tour producer  Kevin Lyman.

In 2008, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL bulldozed onto the scene and quickly made itself known as the preeminent summer destination for the hard rock and metal community.  ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts the most powerful artist line-ups in heavy music.  Artists who have performed in ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s past include hard music legends SLAYERSLIPKNOTMARILYN MANSONKORNROB ZOMBIELAMB OF GODHATEBREEDCANNIBAL CORPSEBULLET FOR MY VALENTINEMASTODONFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH,KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and many more.  All have pummeled the stage, while delivering the intensity and heaviness that fans have grown to expect year after year.

See below for all current tour dates. When viewing, fans should take notice of the line-up changes on the San Bernardino, Mountain View and Montreal dates.  On July 9thin San Bernardino, CA, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s metal cartoon phenomenon DETHKLOK will perform in the place of MEGADETH, and colossal Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT will perform in the place of IN FLAMES.  TESTAMENT will also perform in the place of IN FLAMES on the July 10th Mountain View, CA date.  MEGADETH will not be appearing on the Montreal, QC Heavy MTL date.  Other bands will be announced for Heavy MTL soon.  Go to www.heavymtl.com for further information.


  • 7/9 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 7/10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA (San Francisco, CA)
  • 7/12 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA (Seattle, WA)
  • 7/13 – Idaho Center Amphitheater – Nampa, ID (Boise, ID)
  • 7/15 – Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
  • 7/16 – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
  • 7/17 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO (Denver, CO)
  • 7/19 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis, MO)
  • 7/20 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
  • 7/22 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)
  • 7/23 – Parc Jean-Drapeau – (Heavy MTL) – Montreal, QC /www.heavymtl.com
  • 7/24 – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT
  • 7/27 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
  • 7/29 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 7/30 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA (Washington DC)
  • 7/31 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
  • 8/2 – Virginia Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
  • 8/3 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
  • 8/5 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)
  • 8/6 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
  • 8/7 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)
  • 8/9 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
  • 8/12 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
  • 8/13 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
  • 8/14 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL



Sweden-based post-punk/melodic pop outfit THE BELL to release “Great Heat” on Badman Recording Co.

On April 11, 2011, Portland and San Francisco-based independent recording label Badman Recording Co. will celebrate the release of The Bell’s “Great Heat,” the latest from a Sweden-based post-punk/melodic pop outfit.

Listen to “thebell_today from the new album Great Heat.

Samples of previous press for The Bell:

“Hot Indie Rock” feature – iTunes

“I Am History finds singer Mathias Stromberg waxing philosophic in a cold-wave deadpan that sounds like a less throaty version of House of Love’s Guy Chadwick.” – NPR ‘Song of the Day’

“No matter what comes next, I get the feeling a lot of people will be paying attention.” – KEXP ‘Song of the Day’

Hailing from Malmo and Stockholm Sweden, The Bell are a three-piece with a penchant for memorable melodies and drum machine-driven, classic, alternative songs. Vocals and instruments are shared by the trio of Nicklas Nilsson, Mathias Stromberg, and Jan Petterson. Though they live many miles apart, they co-wrote and recorded “Great Heat” together through e-mail, electronic file exchanges, and Skype.

“Great Heat” is the follow-up to their strikingly good 2007 release “Make Some Quiet.”

Being a band living in separate cities does have its challenges. All was going splendidly while recording the album until it came time to sequence it.

Nicklas says: “We were mainly working through mail and chat and I guess we should have had some more calls or a meeting to clear things more easy. A couple of days into the process everything went chaos. We rapidly cycled through stages of consensus to massive conflicts. Beasts from a biblical hell took turns in throwing series of harsh words at each other and I recalls some gloomy but now amusing quotes”:

“OK, I quit the band!”
“You can do whatever you want with that record. I’m not in it any more.”
“You can redo the vocals yourselves. I am not going to give in to just anything.”
“Fuck this! It’s really not worth it.”

“I am not sure how it happened,” he continues, “but we finally ended up with the first sequence that we had came up with and we are all very happy with it now. The group’s wiry and catchy post-punk pop has had some significant success with sync placements on television. Vampire Diaries, MTV:s Jersey Shore (we agree that one’s a bit weird) as well as the ABC shows Greek and Kyle X/Y have all featured tracks from the debut Make Some Quiet.”

Singer Mathias Stromberg cuts through like Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, The Editors’ Tom Smith or Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes).

Instrumentalists Nicklas Nilsson and Jan Petterson keep the music tense and propulsive. One is occasionally reminded of favorite, seminal band’s – such as Maps, Stars, Magnetic Fields and The Cure when spinning their music.

But, “Great Heat” comes with a more developed sound than their previous, wonderful offering, and leads like a trip through computerized sounds and a balanced choir of voices to support the nostalgic glam-rock style.

The riffs, the strings, the cold vocals – it’s all there. Colored with the brilliant splashes of history this is a new and fresh take on the breathy 80s daydream. “Great Heat” delivers an immediate impact of songs that stick in your head after just one listen.