Review : Greta Van Fleet// The Sylvee, Madison WI / 10.11.2018

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I am a believer. A believer in the sense that I believe that Greta Van Fleet has the musicianship to become a very influential band in drawing a younger generation of people into a rock musical renaissance of sorts. Not that this was ever their intention. Maybe it’s more a serendipity of what they have created sonically that brings all ages out to their shows.  Greta Van Fleet is four young musicians – twin brothers Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar), both 22, younger brother Sam (bass/keys, 19), and longtime family friend Danny Wagner (drums, 19).

Their hybrid sound definitely draws a definite parallel to the style of music that truly is the foundation and framework upon which some of the greatest rock, blues and soul musicians of the 60’s and 70’s built.  Names like Hendrix,  Johnny Lee Hooker, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, and many more.

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For GVF, the recipe is perfect —  First the powerful songwriting and the passionate, sometimes fierce vocal delivery of Josh (whose range is something out of this world). Next add in Jake’s virtuosic guitar playing with commanding riffs and roaring distortion.  Balance that out with the rock steady rhythmic pace and moody synth tone created by Sam while topping it off with the tenacious, unyielding power of drummer Danny Wagner.

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What is truly incredible is that with only being a professional band for just over a year or so, these guys have developed an undeniable sense of true showmanship in their performance, albeit playful, and you can see the confidence they exude in the interacting with each other and engaging their audience. They have charmed audiences (and big name artists alike), building a large fan base both here in the states and abroad.  Their message is one of bringing people together in peace, love and unity.

I look forward to release of their full length album, “Anthem of The Peaceful Army”. It will be available October 19 on Lava/Republic Records.

You can get it here : https://gretavanfleet.lnk.to/AOTPAFp

I am anxious to see how their live sound translates in the studio.  GVF will be continuing their current tour here in the states and overseas into the middle of 2019. You can follow everything GVF at http://www.gretavanfleet.com

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All photos by Rockpicschick Photography and Music. All rights reserved except for by Artist.

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Picture Archive : Reignwolf at HI-FI Indy 9/20/2018 / Indianapolis IN

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Two of my few good pics of the man, the myth, the warrior.  The red light and fog proved extra tricky this night.

Truly blown away by the organic flow of this show. The interplay between man, instrument, and audience was electric.  No set list and jams that went on for days. Good things come to those who wait.

Are fans satisfied ? They heard a few new songs but are still chomping at the bit for a record release. Will it come ? In due time. For now, wolf fever is alive and well.

Still a few dates left to catch them on tour here :

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#Undercover / Reignwolf (Jordan Cook)- ‘The Chain’ (Fleetwood Mac)

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September #UnderCover artist is Blues rock phenom Jordan Cook.
Pick your jaw up off the floor after feasting on this KEXP live taping of his cover of Fleetwood Mac’s  “The Chain”.

Cook and his band are currently out on tour after internet silence for well over a year. ‘Wolfpack’ fans have been salivating since the pre-tour  release of the track, “Wanna Don’t Wanna”. Here’s hoping that therir first official full length release is on the horizon.

Check out all the details of their music and tour at www.reignwolf.com

Michigan band, Great Van Fleet on tour, transcend time with throwback sound

Thrilled to announce that the October 11th  Greta Van Fleet show at The Sylvee, Madison, WI is sold out. Wisconsin knows great new music!
There has been a lot of talk about these four young men, three of them brothers,  and their throwback sound. With a majestic sound the likes of Led Zeppelin, and the swagger to match, they are a young band that is sincere in their hopes to make their own mark.

Currently the band two EP’s out and on are on the cusp of delivering their first full-length 10 song LP.  People around the industry are looking at this forthcoming release to see what they will build from here. Their talent is undeniable, as is their passion and intensity. Their live shows can be described as  giant walls of sound with savage guitar shreds, crushing drums and Josh’s dynamic howls and wails that shake you and draw you into a fervor. Much like lightening in a bottle, they have captured something elusive and powerful, and are now showing it off to the world.

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I look forward to seeing them deliver a smashing performance, cutting their teeth on their first major tour.  The band have set out on a worldwide Fall tour that started in Seattle WA and ends in November in Manchester, UK.  More info on dates and tickets for N. America , Europe and Asia can be found on their website.
Their new album will be out shortly after, on October 19th, entitled  ‘Anthem of a Peaceful Army’ on Lava/Republic Records. Pre-ordering available now here :  http://www.gretavanfleet.com

You can listen to the recently released “Watching Over” from the upcoming album here :

 

“Reignwolf” surprise fans with 2018 Fall Tour in USA/Canada and new jams

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It’s a great day for Reignwolf fans ! There is evidence of life.

The band posted on Facebook announcing fall US and Canada tour dates and hinted at music they have been putting together.  It was like a beacon to many of their hardcore fans who have stayed the course,  in hopes that they had not seen the last of Jordan Cook, the passionate force behind the wall of explosive guitar brilliance that is the stuff legends are made of – – – fire and fury.  (Check out the formidable singles ‘In the Dark’ and ‘Are You Satisfied’ to get a flavor of the distortion- laden blues this guy can lay down).

Reignwolf  have maintained a rather low profile conventionally, rolling across the country, gathering fans from their travels and live shows. That doesn’t mean they have not been on the music radar.  Their resume’ includes a prestigious spot opening for Black Sabbath on their Canadian tour, playing at Sasquatch, Lollapalooza , and Voodoo Festival to name a few.  All without a single proper album. In past interviews the band has discussed what they feel are the challenges of capturing the “essence” of their live music.

After releasing one track last year, ‘Hardcore’, fans looked to the release of a promised first full length album — then nothing.  If their short-list arsenal of singles gives a peek into what might be coming next, no doubt we are all in for an incredible churching in the school of Reignwolf.
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Check out all the dates here . More West Coast and Canada dates to be added:
http://www.reignwolf.com/tour/ 

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Be sure to stop back to check out my reviews and photos from their tour .

#Undercover / Blacktop Mojo – “Dream On”

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Texas Rockers Blacktop Mojo steal the spotlight with this cover of Aerosmith classic , “Dream On”.  A monster of a song and vocal, but they nail it, with Matt James going toe to toe with Steven Tyler’s primal wails and screams.  This cover led me to the band’s website and music – – –  which is best described as a fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal that falls somewhere between Soundgarden, Black Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Be sure to check out their album “Burn the Ships” / March 2017 on Cuhmon Records.

Link to hear cover : https://youtu.be/qF9dCWmq3pM