MUSIC DISCOVERY MONDAY – 10/30/17
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.
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/Editor, Hard Rock Daddy)
DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ – “Overnight Angels”
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott is more than just the singer of one of the most successful bands in rock and roll history. He also understands what it’s like to be a diehard music fan. Elliott formed Down ‘N’ Outz back in 2009, after being asked to participate in some way in the reunion of his favorite band, Mott The Hoople. The rest of Down ‘N’ Outz is comprised of members of The Quireboys (another of Elliott’s favorite bands), Wayward Sons, and Raw Glory.
Though Elliott is a headliner in every sense of the word, he was thrilled to have Down ‘N’ Outz open for Mott The Hoople in a 2009 show at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon. The band doesn’t do any original songs. Their catalog is filled with songs by Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter, and British Lions.
Down ‘N’ Outz will be releasing a 2 CD/DVD live album set entitled “The Further Live Adventures Of…” on December 1st. This past week, the video of the live single of “Overnight Angels” was released. If you were one of the early ones to jump on the Def Leppard bandwagon, you’ll appreciate hearing Elliott in a more stripped down setting.
Although the song is more raw than what you usually expect from Def Lep these days, it’s not quite going back to the On Through The Night days. There are still some nice vocal harmonies, albeit in a club setting, not the arena sound that you usually expect with Elliott.
THE PROFESSIONALS – “Rewind”
Joe Elliott isn’t the only member of Def Leppard showcasing his talent outside of the band this week; guitarist Phil Collen is as well. Collen is a guest on “Rewind,” the latest single by The Professionals.
This band was originally formed from the ashes of the Sex Pistols by Paul Cook and Steve Jones 35 years ago. Although Jones is not fully participating in the reunion (he plays on three tracks on the band’s upcoming album), a number of well-known guitarists appear as guests on What In The World.
The beauty of “Rewind” is in the simplicity. It’s as if the song actually hit the “rewind button” and traveled back to a simpler time. “Rewind” is definitely rooted in punk, but the upbeat vibe makes for some outstanding straight forward rock and roll. Though they’re more melodic, and not nearly as over-the-top, the gang vocals have the same gin-soaked, happy hour feel as Dropkick Murphys.
KEVIN GRAYSON – HRD Music Scout
ROXFERRY – “Not This Time”
RoXferry is a teenage hard rock outfit from Mid North Coast, Australia, featuring: drummer Jake Teiffel (16), guitarist Clay Teiffel (15), vocalist Billy Heywood (15), and bassist Jordan Mitchley (15). These young, straight-forward rockers are off to a great start.
The musicianship on their catchy single, “Not This Time,” is tight. Heywood’s vocals are the only giveaway that the band is young, but that’s how 15-year olds sound. His raw voice fits with the band’s sound. The thumping bass, the crisp drumming, Teiffel’s guitar playing, which is the driving force in the band. This kid has some crazy licks, and may just be the next big guitarist in a few years. The band just released their first album, Hells Domain.
MODERN DAY OUTLAW – “Good Day To Die”
Modern Day Outlaw rocks! Based on their sound, I would have guessed that they were from Texas, but I would have been wrong. The band, who says that they’re bringing something new to hard rock and metal fans, hails from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as they blend heavy rock with a touch of blues and country. Modern Day Outlaw just released their second album, Day of Reckoning. Throughout the album, they throw down catchy, groove-filled, heavy, southern flavored tunes.
“Good Day to Die” showcases all of what the band is about. To me, they sound kind of like Sons of Texas mixed with a little Kill Devil Hill (not a bad mixture). You be the judge…take a listen for yourself.
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