Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 4/11/16.
Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.
This week, Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with Electric Revolution drummer/founder Billie Pulera, who discusses the meaning and inspiration behind the band’s latest single, “Here We Go.”
In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)
ELECTRIC REVOLUTION – “Here We Go”
Trends come and go, but one thing that NEVER goes out of style is high-energy, soulful, bluesy hard rock. Enter Wisconsin’s Electric Revolution. As you listen to their single, “Here We Go,” you’ll swear that it should have been featured as an under-the-radar classic cut on our weekly Hard Rock Music Time Machine column. You’d be wrong!
This killer tune proves, without question, that it doesn’t have to be old to be classic. From the pacing of the powerful rhythm section that is Billie Pulera (drums) and Steve Crucianelli (bass), to the adrenalized riffs of guitarist Josey G. and the Ian Gillian-esque vocals of frontman Dave Lawson, “Here We Go” is a journey back in time to the formative years of hard rock. It’s all about the “colors” for this blues rock band: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Rainbow and shades of Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure.
Whether you want to take a nostalgic journey back to the soundtrack of your youth, or have an appreciation for the aforementioned legends of rock, Electric Revolution is for you. Buckle up, crank it up and enjoy the ride…“Here We Go!”
In an exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Electric Revolution drummer/founder shared the meaning and inspiration behind this instant classic…
“ ‘Here We Go’ is the opening track off our latest album, Character Is Power. The premise of this song is basically about overcoming life’s seemingly impossible wants, needs and obstacles, to grab the bull by the horns and give it your all. It’s about taking risks and making the most of one-shot chances, because so many people end up regretting not doing the things that they wish they had done in life. ‘Here We Go’ is meant to inspire people to embrace a ‘you-only-live-once’ mentality, take risks and reach for the brass ring. People who know the group will realize that we’re taking our own advice in this song.”
MOTHERSHIP – “Good Morning Little School Girl”
The origin of Mothership’s “Good Morning Little School Girl” dates back nearly 80 years to when it was first recorded by John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson in 1937. Though a number of interpretations of the song were recorded through the years, it’s likely that Mothership’s version is something totally different. Opening with fuzzy, stoner rock riffs, this “supersonic, intergalactic, heavy rock trio” from Dallas, TX invokes the spirit of early Black Sabbath. The colorful vibes continue as the song progresses with a taste of Blue Cheer, ending with Led Zeppelin-esque close. Like this week’s featured artist, Mothership proves that it doesn’t have to be old to be classic. Ironically, their modern take on a song from the 1930s still feels like a journey back in time to the ’70s. The band is currently touring with Corrosion Of Conformity…quite the double bill!
ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – “Strength Of The Mind”
The masters of Metalcore are back with their latest album, Incarnate. “Strength Of The Mind” – the first single off the album – shows their fans that Killswitch Engage is still at the top of their game. From the signature dueling guitar work of Adam Dutkiewicz / Joel Stroetzel, and the bass-pounding rhythm section of Mike D’Antonio and Justin Foley, to the growls and screams of returning vocalist Jesse Leach, this song reeks of everything that is awesome about the Killswitch sound. From the opening heavy odd-time signature riff to the uplifting lyrics, this song will have you starting bar fights and hugging puppies at the same time.
CLUTCH – “X-Ray Visions”
One of the best hard rock/blues rock/rock and roll bands to ever grace my ears returns with their 11th studio album, Psychic Warfare. Clutch never fails to deliver their brand of pure rock fury, and their single “X-Ray Visions” proves this fact. The band’s distinct sound, which includes: Tim Sult’s guitar work, Dan Maines’ rolling bass lines, Jean-Paul Gaster’s stick control and Neil Fallon’s testifying vocals, shows off the talent that these guys possess. They are the epitome of no-frills, talented rock and roll. No gimmicks, no flash. Just fancy instrument work and smart vocals.
ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout
THE DEFIANTS – “Waiting On A Heartbreak”
The Defiants are a reunion of Danger Danger’s current guitarist, Rob Marcello, and current bassist, Bruno Ravel, with the band’s former singer, Paul Laine (who fronted for them until 2004). All three are at the top of their game here, churning out melodic hard rock with lots of groove and addictive riffs. Their self-titled debut album will be out on April 15th.
SPLIT HEAVEN – “Speed Of The Hawk”
Split Heaven, an old school metal band out of Mexico, pounds out thick riffs and twin guitar harmonies at a galloping pace. Releasing their fourth album, Death Rider, they have a new (and very capable) frontman, who brings a new dimension to the songs, while remaining true to that headbanging ‘80s sound.
CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout
SUNBURST – “Forevermore”
Sunburst is a lively new band from Larissa, Greece that features half of its members from Black Fate (another Greek band that has been featured on Music Discovery Monday). This group brings heavy and highly skilled musicianship (especially in the rhythm section). “Forevermore” – off of Fragments Of Creation – combines this base with infectious guitar riffs and veteran vocals from Vasilis Georgiou. It’s definitely worth your time to check out the entire album.
MAGIC KINGDOM – “Dragon Princess”
Good change-of-pace track in “Dragon Princess” – off the most recent album, Savage Requiem – by Belgium’s Magic Kingdom. This melodic metal song boasts a powerful, straight forward rhythm, Dushan’s Petrossi’s great, wailing guitar refrain and solo, and catchy choruses, highlighted by the vocals of recent addition, Christian Palin.
To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to – submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com