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The Black Flag Mourns Dave Brockie. GWAR! Frontman Dies at 50

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Artists, Featured, News | 0 comments

It is with great sadness that we awoke to the news today that Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus from the controversial US Metal band GWAR! Has died at age 50.

The GWAR! Lead singer was found dead by roommates yesterday evening (March 23). As yet the cause of death is unknown.

Randy Blyth of metal band Lamb of God, who toured extensively with GWAR! In 2009 wrote on Instagram “I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR. My friend Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building and taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old.

“I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home and his roommates found him.

“When someone dies, a lot of the time people will say, ‘Oh, he was a unique person, really one of a kind, a true original.’ Most of these people no idea of what they are talking about; they obviously had never met Dave.

Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND. I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him. That’s VERY HARD TO SAY.

“My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR. They gave us our first shot at this thing.

“I learned many things from Dave, many of which I am eternally grateful for, and some of which I am deeply ashamed of.

“I took this picture at his birthday party a few months ago — Dave kissing his Oderus birthday cake.

“Right now, if I were to truly honor Dave in the way HE would do it if it were ME that had died, I would make a completely tasteless joke about his death. But I do not have the stomach for that — Dave would, but not me. He never put much stock in ‘limits.’

“Richmond has lost one of its most creative people.

“This is a crying shame to me.

“Thank you, Brockie, for all the crazy shit you did. Thank God you existed, so you could do it and I didn’t have to. It was an honor to know you, to be your Shaky Slave, to serve in the Blood Vomits along side you (let’s ride!), and to be soaked by your sweet cuttlefish.

“RIP Dave BrockieOderus, enjoy your trip back home.”
Chris Bopst, former GWAR bassist and a music writer for style weekly said on the site “Everyone is in shock.” Brockie was 50 years old.

Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former GWAR bassist Mike Bishop told Style Weekly. “He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art. His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.”

Regular visitors to the Black Flag will remember that it wasn’t too long (November 11th) ago that we were lucky enough to interview Dave Brockie. During the interview he was cracking obscene jokes and generally being a laugh a minute. Dave seemed so alive during that interview, telling us how he was looking forward to touring Europe this year. It’s devastating to think that less than six months later he’s dead.

We here at the Black Flag would like to raise a glass to Oderus Urungus and say thank you for some of the greatest, most offensive and damn right dirty Rock N Roll to ever grace the planet earth. Rest in peace Dave Brockie. The world has lost a great musician and an even greater legend.

Check our interview here https://www.theblackflag.co.uk2013/11/11/the-black-flag-meets-oderus-urungus-of-gwar/

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Lostprophets Frontman Pleads Guilty to Child Sex offences

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Artists, News | 0 comments

Ian Watkins disgraced former lead singer of now disbanded rock band ‘Lostprophets’ has pleaded guilty to various child sex offences. Two of which include the attempted rape of an 11 month old baby.

The 36 year old frontman who was arrested last December pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of the child with two females, aged 21 and 24, who cannot be named for legal reasons. The two women have also admitted a number of charges.

Watkins denide the charge of actually raping the child, which was accepted by the prosecution but pleaded guilty to the attempted rape charge.

He also pleaded guilty to six charges of possessing indecent images of children and three counts of sexually assulting children.

The Judge, Mr Justice Royce has said that there will not be a case now.

He said: “The defendants have all pleaded guilty to nearly all the charges against them. The prosecution does not seek a trial in these circumstances.

“You have been saved from having to watch extremely graphic and distressing material.”

Ian watkins, hailing from Pontypridd, South Wales will be sentanced on the 18th December.

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Lucifer Star Machine – Brand new album ‘Rock N Roll Martyrs’

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Artists, News, Record Releases | 0 comments

Lucifer Star Machine know their game and stay true to their roots. They take their influences from what they deem as real music – Punk Rock, Hardcore, Rockabilly, Blues, Classic Rock – and mix it up to a violent, yet melodic brew that grabs your attention from the get go.

Like trailer trash poets they sing about love, death, their hatred of religion and the frustrations in every little man´s life. These are five guys that have suffered and would die for their Rock´n´Roll. They are a reminder on days when music used to be dangerous. Finally a band you can believe in, a band with a no bullshit attitude and an arsenal of kick ass songs to back it up.

The London 5-piece has become a tight force by playing everywhere; from tiny watering holes to big festivals. Lucifer Star Machine have toured in over 10 countries, have worked with legends in the punk rock business and shared stages with many big names within the genre.

The heavily-tattooed outfit has now recorded their 3rd album ‘Rock’n’Roll Martyrs’ and by choosing producer Andy Brook (UK Producer of the year, Breakthrough Producer & Breakthrough Engineer nominee at the 2013 Music Producers Guild) they were finally able to catch the sound that resonates the thrill of their high energy live shows.

A band that might have been fuelled by anger to begin with, but is now bound by friendship and their love to real Rock´n´Roll music, that doesn’t hold any punches.

‘Rock’n’Roll Martyrs’ is released worldwide through I SOLD MY SOUL MEDIA on 27/09/2013.

The line-up has recently been completed by former Last Resort/Total Chaos drummer Txutxo Krueger and is now as follows…

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MULTI-PLATINUM ROCKERS DROWNING POOL UNVEIL VIDEO FOR ‘SATURDAY NIGHT’. WATCH HERE

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Artists, News, Record Releases, Videos | 0 comments

Dallas, TX – All-American and multi-platinum anthemic rockers Drowning Pool will be releasing RESILIENCE, their fifth studio album and third with Eleven Seven Music, on April 8, 2013. Their patent arena-ready, fist-pumping hard rock remains intact even as they welcome new singer Jasen Moreno into the fold. Make no mistake about it. This is Drowning Pool at their most focused, fiery, and fierce. The album’s latest single “Saturday Night” is currently climbing the active rock radio chart  in the U.S and the band recently premiered an additional track, “One Finger and a Fist” on WWE’s Slammy Awards.  See below for a complete track listing for Resilience. The band will also be heading on tour with Fozzy in the UK in April. See below for tour dates.

Guitarist CJ Pierce says, “We cannot begin to tell you how excited we are to be heading out on the road again in support of our new CD Resilience, due out in April. We are equally as excited to be going out in the states with our fellow Texans, Flyleaf and over in Europe with our buddies, Fozzy. Come hang out and have a drink with us. Let’s listen to some loud rock music. Look forward to seeing each and everyone of you at the show!”

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Last year, it was announced that fellow Texan Jasen Moreno was selected as the band’s new singer. Moreno joined Drowning Pool after the band decided to release their former lead singer. Moreno’s range and talent also enabled the outfit to perform songs such as “Told You So” and “Follow” from 2001’s Sinner, which haven’t been performed live since the death of Williams. The band’s fifth album and first with Moreno was produced by Kato Khandwala (Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey as well as John Feldmann (Papa Roach, Escape The Fate, The Used).

Drowning Pool turned the world into believers with their breakthrough single “Bodies” in 2001. Ten years, three singers and four albums later, they’re giving fans a new reason to believe.  They continue to deliver on record, on stage, and beyond. They’ve toured Kuwait, Iraq, Korea, and Guantanamo Bay, performing for the soldiers. “Feel Like I Do,” the lead single from their self-titled fourth studio release [Eleven Seven Music], became the band’s biggest radio hit to date, reaching No. 2 at Active Rock Radio, and remaining in the Top 5 for 12-weeks.  With 2009’s “37 Stitches” off of Full Circle reaching #4 at Active Rock and “Feel Like I Do,” the band had 2 consecutive Top 5 Active Rock smashes and cemented their place as one of the top hard rock acts today. The band’s sophomore album, Desensitized with second singer spawned a Top 10 hit with “Step Up.” Recent successes have paved the way for unique opportunities such as presenting the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform to then-senator Barack Obama on Capitol Hill and partnering with organizations like The Wounded Warrior Project and the G.I. Film Festival.

Ultimately, this new album isn’t a new beginning or an end. It’s a continuation of the Drowning Pool legacy—and a fitting one at that.

Drowning pool is C.J. Pierce – guitar/ vocals, Stevie Benton – bass/vocals, Mike Luce – drums/vocals and Jasen Moreno/vocals.

Resilience Track Listing:

1. Anytime Anyplace

2. Die For Nothing

3. One Finger and a Fist

4. Digging These Holes

5. Saturday Night

6. Low Crawl

7. Life of Misery

8. Broken Again

9. Understand

10. Bleed Wth You

11. Skip to the End

Bonus Tracks:

12. In Memory Of

13. Blindfold

UK Tour Dates w/ Fozzy:

April 11 – Southampton, UK – The Cellar

April 12 – Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit

April 13 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2

April 14 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront

April 16 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

April 17 – Rugby, UK – The Vault

April 18 – Stoke, UK – Underground

April 19 – York, UK – Fibbers

April 20 – Manchester, UK – NQ Live

April 21 – Wrexham, UK – Central Station

April 23 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece

April 24 – London, UK – The Garage

www.drowningpool.com

www.facebook.com/drowningpool

http://us.myspace.com/drowningpool

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Johnny Cola & The A Grades – Straight To Video / Marlborough Road Trailer Review

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Artists, Documentary, Featured, Videos | 0 comments

Rising glam rock outfit Jonny Cola & The A Grades have offered fans a glimpse of what to expect from their new double A side entitled Straight To Video / Marlborough Road with a teasing video trailer. The clip for Straight To Video features a cast of sailors and call girls smoking and playing cards and it is more trippy than anything ever witnessed before by the human eye and will leave you wondering what on earth just have you just witnessed.

In what seems to be a surreal yet hard hitting video, the clip contains the sailor’s playing cards and smoking. The music fits beautifully underneath creating a perfect backdrop to the strange goings on. As the camera pans round to focus on the musical side of things honing in on the instruments of the band the camera work is blurry and out of focus , adding to the trippy vibe creating by the sheer audacity of this video.

The video is just one of two videos that the band are releasing as  part of the latest promotional campaign for their two new single releases  from label Scratchy Records Aprl the 3rd.

With the band currently working on the second album these two releases have given us a real peak into the unknown in what looks set to be a huge hit from the ever improving band.

Words: Tommy Jones

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The Black Flag Meets Soley Mourning

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in Artists, Featured, Interviews | 0 comments

Soley Mourning are a melodic hard rock band with a soulful blues edge. Hailing from the Black Country, Soley Mourning have built up a huge following around the midlands as well as in Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Holland.

The band released their third studio album ‘Zaire’ to great reviews in 2011 and are currently working on their fourth album as we speak. We sent our intrepid reporter Alan Bennett, to talk to the boys about ‘Zaire’, their bizarre European tour with Magnum and Tone shitting his pants….

TBF: Hello Soley Mourning and welcome to Black Flag.

Even though you’ve released 3 albums so far, we first heard you guys when we saw your video to a song called Zaire, which had a good amount of hits on Youtube, nearly 20,000 I think. It’s a great video, Black Flag devotees should check it out, was that the first video you’d done?

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Andy: ‘Zaire’ was the first video to support our 3rd studio album, also called ‘Zaire’. It was recorded and edited by the band. (like many of our other videos). After releasing ‘Zaire’ we were then approached by a truly amazing company called frogg and peach (www.froggandpeach.co.uk). They had heard our music and had ideas for another track of ours ‘Deadman’s Town’ . They are an awesome team that produce some outstanding music videos.

Our first video however, was for a song from our debut album ‘Mambo County’called ‘Easy Life’ which was recorded in 2006. Since then we have done quite a few self made videos including live tour footage.

TBF: You did a European tour with Magnum, was it in 2007? We hear that was quite a bizarre experience. Would you like to share any of it with us, our readers like a good rock n’ roll story.

Tone: Well I don’t know if it qualifies to be a rock n roll story but heres the short version…
we left on the Saturday, the tour bus broke down on the Sunday, we were given a tiny little van but made it to the first gig in Copenhagen on the Monday, I shit myself in Hamburg on the Tuesday, our guitarist andy joined us on the Wednesday but we left all his clothes in Copenhagen on the Monday. Got kicked out of a bar cos we were English in Osnabruck on the Thursday, our old drummer ash fell down a steel staircase and fucked his hand up on the Friday, we drove round for an hour and a half looking for the venue that was 100 metres from our hotel on the Saturday, we had to do a 320 mile round trip to pick up the repaired tour bus on the Sunday, we played the last gig and all fell out on the Monday. We drove 16 hours straight and got home Tuesday!
Despite all that the gigs were awesome and there was never a moment where we weren’t getting to the next gig, we all pulled together and it is still to me one of the best experiences we’ve had as a band, we certainly earned some stripes that week.

Andy: you earned a brown one in your pants! (laughs)

Tone: You had to borrow those pants remember?

TBF: What we find refreshing about your band, is that apart from having a feel of true class about you, you seem to really bring a blues feel to rock music and it has a lot of depth to it. Is that something you feel came naturally or is it a direction you wanted to achieve?

D: We have all grown up listening to different styles of music ranging from Rock, Blues and Funk. As a result when it comes to writing new music we all tend to bring our past influences together and see what happens.

Andy: To be honest, we never really set out to achieve anything in terms of style of music. As D said We all have very different influences ranging from Blues and Motown, through to Grunge and Metal. When one of us comes up with an idea that we like we just work on it. We all add our ideas into the track and sometimes they come out heavy, sometimes they come out bluesy. With album 3 though, we feel we have found our ‘sound’ in terms of the songs that we write and the style. If it has groove then we believe we are onto a winner!

Tone: blues definitely is the common ground we all share, I have always loved bands that embrace that into a heavier sound.

TBF: Is your 4th album due for release anytime soon?

Andy: We are currently writing album number 4 and will be back in the studio September to record it. We have recently been signed to a great management company Sanctuary Music Ltd. This has worked out great for us as its the first time we have been able to concentrate purely on the music and writing an album rather than having to arrange gigs, sort out merch etc.

D: Yes and its gonna be fucking class!

Tone: We hope so anyway!

TBF: You’ve not played live for a while, we hear you’re playing Wolverhampton in April, what can people expect to see and hear?

Andy: Yep – April 19th at the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Wolves Civic website or through ours www.soleymourning.com Whether you have seen us before or not, you can expect a high energy performance with songs ranging across all 3 albums and will be road testing some new songs!

Tone: Yeah Im’ really looking forward to getting the chance to play some new material, our fans are always mental at the Slade Rooms and they really make it feel like a home town gig, to me it’s the best job on the planet.

You can find Soley Mourning at their website www.soleymourning.com

Words: Alan Bennett

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