The title track is so deliciously complex, so dark and moody, so metal in your face, it could not go unnoticed.
Welcome, new music adventurers! Here are five more jams I have discovered on my new music quest this week.
Sixx:A.M.: “Prayers for the Damned” | Hard rock veteran Nikki Sixx and company release the first half of their double album, Prayers for the Damned Vol. 1. (Vol. 2 is due to be released later this year.) The title track is so deliciously complex, so dark and moody, so metal in your face, it could not go unnoticed. The vocals are haunting, the guitar work is superb, and the sound is pure, unadulterated metal.
Larkin Poe: “Sucker Puncher” | Georgia has produced some amazing groups, like the B-52’s, R.E.M., and the Black Crowes, and now the Southern state gives us Larkin Poe. Made up of sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the duo is American roots rock at its finest. Ballsy rhythms, throaty vocals, and engaging lyrics combine to make a rocking track. Get into it.
Colours: “Monster” | This track is sexy. The synths seduce me and the vocals make love to me. I would go on and on about how much I adore this track, but I need a cigarette.
Urban Rescue: “Recreate” | This is the kind of upbeat, happy song I would listen to when I am hanging out with my Christian friends just to show them I am super cool. Totally upbeat and happy, this song will fill you with the spirit of something. It put a smile on my face and made me not want to drive my car off a cliff, so points for Urban Rescue.
Philippa Hannah: “Speed of Light” | When it rains Christians, it pours. While this song may not deal with the Lord directly, Philippa is widely associated with Christian music, and the lyrics could be interpreted in a religious way. I suppose the Lord could move faster than the speed of life, but religious temporal mechanics are not my forte. Picking out jams, however, is—and this, my followers, is most definitely a jam.
If you want to hear these songs—and others by these bands, as well as from previous columns—check out my Five for Friday playlist on Spotify. It will become your new radio station! Enjoy!
And check this out, kids! I will be hosting my own monthy radio show on RiotRadioRocks.com on the first Monday of every month from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Central. You can hear all the songs I find, as well as interesting talk about current issues. Be sure to tune in every month! | Jim Ryan