Music Review: Elvis Jackson – Against the Gravity

19 03 2010

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1. Against The Gravity2:48

2. Wake Me Up! 2:47

3. Sweet Perfection 1:50

4. Dry Your Tears 4:15

5. Breaking The Silence 3:12

6. Not Here To Pray 3:15

7. This Time 4:02

8. Street 45 3:46

9. Salvation 2:49

10. A Glass Of Tequila 0:54

11. The Burned Out Flame 2:09

12. Boyz And Girlz 4:01

13. What Took You So Long 7:19 43:07

Band Members

• David Kovšca – Buda, vocal

• Boštjan Beltram – Berto, guitar

• Erik Makuc – Slavc, bass guitar

• Marko Soršak, drums

• Emir Beširevic,  DJ

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Producer: Bill Gould (Faith No More, bass guitar)

• Mixing: Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, Slayer, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

• Mastering: John Cuniberti (Aerosmith, Dead Kennedys, Joe Satirani).

Studio Albums

• Move your feet it´s one o’clock (Rock’n’Roll Rec) – 1999, re-issued 2001 • Go home and practice (Rock’n’Roll Rec) – 2000

• Summer Edition (Elmo Rec) – 2004

• Against The Gravity – 2009

Elvis Jackson is a ska/punk/rock group from small country in Europe Slovenia. The band is active since 1999 and Against the Gravity is their fourth studio album. They use number of different styles in their musical creations. From ska, punk, hardcore punk, reggae rock and metal. Elvis Jackson was formed at the end of 1997 and had its first concert after only two practices. Since the start they are known by »crazy« live performances full of positive energy that stays with you for a lifetime.

The band had concerts in numerous clubs, halls and festivals all over Europe. They already made thousands of kilometers through Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. They’ve played with well-known names, such as Fishbone, Toasters, Looking Up, Burning Heads, Murphy’s Law, Vice Squad, Subhumans, Edna’s Goldfish, The Offspring, Asian Dub Foundation, Vandals, D.O.A., Goldfinger, Citizen Fish, Propagandhi, Ska P and NoFx.

Against the Gravity

Wow! What an energy! The album won me over in an instant. My first choice of mp3 player music for skiing and crosscountry/downhill MTBiking.

I’ve actually had a pleasure to see and hear the band live quite a few times. I’ve been to a concerts of rock legends like Velvet Revolver, Lenny Kravitz, The White Stripes, Fun Loving Criminals, The Killers,… and must say the live performance and the stage energy of band Elvis Jackson is something special.

That natural positive feeling really sticks and the whole show is an unforgettable experience… It happens often by punkrock bands, that quality of live show and performed live music disappoints you. But not Elvis Jackson. The band members are all great musicians. What’s more, they take their live shows to the next level and offer you an experience that you can’t get by just listening to the album in your Hi-fi system.

The album Against the Gravity is first choice in my mp3 player for almost a year now and I still haven’t got tired of the music. Against the Gravity is multilayered album. You’ll find sth. For every »occasion«. From songs with a lot of drive and surreal energy, to more laid back songs with that special summer, »surf feeling«. Album starts very strong with three »hyper« songs that will instantly raise your blood to prefered level for listening to Elvis Jacksons. The album calms with beautiful, calming Dry Your Tears. On this album it’s hard to decide for the favorite song, etc. First of many rememberable moments on album to me is dynamic Wake Me Up!, with great guitar passages. One of the peaks of Against The Gravity is »Not Here To Pray« that was also the first single. From the laid back songs I would point out »This Time«.

Album Peaks: Whole Album, Not Here To Pray, This Time,…

Don’t be the fool with prejudices, that thinks nothing good can come from small foreign countries. You’ll miss great musical creation if you ignore Elvis Jackson and Against The Gravity…

Familiar to: The Rebelution, Incubus, Pennywise, No Use for A Name,…

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Music Review: Ben Harper & Relentless 7 – White Lies For Dark Times

5 03 2010

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Album Artwork

Track listing

# Title Length
1. “Number With No Name” 3:05
2. “Up to You Now” 5:01
3. “Shimmer & Shine” 3:06
4. “Lay There & Hate Me” 4:14
5. “Why Must You Always Dress In Black” 4:41
6. “Skin Thin” 4:33
7. “Fly One Time” 4:12
8. “Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)” 4:56
9. “Boots Like These” 3:54
10. “The Word Suicide” 5:04
11. “Faithfully Remain” 4:28

47:20

Album Lineup

Ben Harper – guitar, lead vocal

Jason Mozersky – guitar

Jesse Ingalls – bass

Jordan Richardson – drums

Yes, Ben Harper is back. This time with new backing band, Texas based blues-rockers Relentless 7. This is first Ben Harper album with new band.  Although Innocent Criminals were great band in my opinion, I guess  somewhere along the way Ben Harper wanted to achieve new sound. So he formed new band Relentless 7 and I must say, they rock! Harper stated for Rolling Stone magazine: “It’s a sound I’ve been looking for and reaching for in my mind. We’ve taken turns kicking each others’ asses in the most gracious fashion, pushing this into new places.” Even though Harper is now fully committed to Relentless 7 and will tour with them, he plans to keep Innocent Criminals together.

Relentless7 is an American rock band formed in 2008 by singer/guitarist Ben Harper. The current members are Harper (guitar, lead vocals), Jason Mozersky (lead guitar), Jesse Ingalls (bass), and Jordan Richardson (drums).

Harper met Jason Mozersky in the late 1990s when Mozersky was working for an Austin music promoter. Mozersky was chauffeuring Harper to a gig, and asked if he could play a demo for his band, Wan Santo Condo. Harper resisted initially, fearing the music would interfere with his mental preparation for the show, but then felt remorseful and agreed to hear the demo. He was “blown away,” and the association led first to a record contract for Wan Santo Condo, and then to a collaboration between the two.

When Harper recruited Mozersky for his album Both Sides of the Gun, Mozersky suggested his friends Jesse Ingalls and Jordan Richardson, then members of the Austin-cum-L.A. band Oliver Future. The resulting sessions yielded the track “Serve Your Soul”, and were the genesis of Relentless7. (wiki)

Album »White Lies For Dark Times« is first Ben Harpers studio album with Relentless 7. The album was released on May 5, 2009 and reached 9th position on Billboard 200 chart. Harper co-wrote six of the tracks with his bandmates, and those he wrote himself have been arranged and/or written to be played with this band.

Ben Harper rocks again. The whole album has this new rock energy that I sometimes missed in last Ben Harper releases. I’ve listened to »White Lies for Dark Times« for a little more than a week now and must say it’s becoming one of my favorite Ben Harper albums.

As always Harper perfectly managed to merge blues, rock, gospel, funk, folk into soulful, playful mix so special, that can hardly be compared with any other artist on the music scene. On »White Lies for Dark Times« you’ll hear whole variety of different styles and types of songs. From classical blues-rock songs with a lot of positive energy and good guitar riffs like »Number With No Name«, »Shimmer & Shine«, »Why must you always dress in black«, »Keep it together”, funky »Lay there & Hate Me«, »Boots Like This« and more laid back »Skin Thin« with 12string guitar, »The World Suicide« and “Faithfully Remain”. One of the highlights of the album for me is track »The World Suicide« with gentile guitar solo which turns to energetic, “metal” guitar playing.

The most album songs are accompanied with roaring wah-wah sound of guitar, which gives songs extra edge. I also like the drumming and percussion on »Boots Like This«, The funk-rock energy on »Why must you always dress in black«,… Actually the whole album is a rare masterpiece and more I point out specific songs or part of the songs the more I realize that the listing would go on and on…

Album Peaks: Whole Album, »Number With No Name«, »Why must you always dress in black«, »The World Suicide«,…

Ben Harper stays truth to his style, to his musical creations. He is one of few that is all about music. He doesn’t care for music videos, Mtv, or mainstream trends. What’s more, with R7 he’s found this new energy that will hopefully last for a long time, and live trough the future album releases.

Familiar to: John Butler Trio, Black Keys, Davy Knowles, Queens of the Stone Age, …





Movie Recomendation: Into the Wild

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Cast: Emile Hirsch

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Movie Recomendation: Un Prophète

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Movie Recomendation: Crazy Heart

1 03 2010

Director: Scott Cooper

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Collin Farrell, Robert Duvall

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