Hot off the heels of jamming/writing with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, looks like lead vocalist Nik Frost has been out at Joshua Tree recording studio, Rancho De La Luna with it’s head honcho Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal) producing a new album of hip shakin’ Rock and Roll. Chris Goss (Masters of Reality/Queens of the Stone Age/Kyuss) co-writing/arranging and maybe even singing. Brent Hinds from the band Mastodon lending lead guitar. We’re surprised Frost hasn’t been snapped up by the Stone Temple Pilot guys yet. Time will tell.
On a side note, Nik’s following on Twitter has continued to increase. If you haven’t already added him to your list of followers, simply go to twitter.com/nikfrost and hit the Follow button.
Chris Goss came in and started arranging on the single with Brent from Mastodon playing lead guitar. How mental is this? Living the Rock n Roll lifestyle!
Formed by Rancho linchpin Dave Catching (also in the Eagles of Death Metal) and hos fellow studio-wiz neighbour Bingo Richey, the Mpjave Lords have just releases their debut album. It’s title, Unfuckwithable, probably tells you all you need to know about the band. Featuring a selection of fellow travellers like Chris Goss, Barry Martin (ex-Screaming Trees) and Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age), the album packs in the thicj-set riffs with a set of off-kilter melodies, as evidenced on this, the opening track.
Andy Black also known as Andy Biersack from Black Veil Brides releases his debut solo album The Shadow Side in just a few days time, on Friday 6th May. But while it may see him going it alone, he was far from all by himself in the studio, as he explains in the May issue of Upset.
“Having [Blink-182’s] Travis Barker come in and play drums…” he starts. “Part of the joy of it is I go, ‘Here’s the song, what would you do on it?’ Other people like Quinn Allman from The Used were intrinsically involved with the guitar writing.
“The single ‘We Don’t Have To Dance’ came from working with Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy. We both really hit it off and the single came from a conversation that we had about things we just mutually hated, and just kind of laughing about things.
“’Louder Than Your Love’ I wrote with Gerard and Mikey Way, and that song wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Gerard coming in and saying ‘I have this idea, let’s roll on this’. It’s all different, but what I guess is the surprising element, is how much fun I had doing it.”
For years, Andy Biersack has built his name as the frontman of Black Veil Brides, but in recent years he’s also showed off another side of himself using the alter ego Andy Black. Under the moniker, he first showed a more dark, yet poppier side with the 2014 single “They Don’t Need to Understand.” Fast forward to 2016 and Andy Black is readying his first full album under the moniker and getting ready to hit the road in support of The Shadow Side, but first he had to get his inaugural solo show out of the way.
Andy Black chose the Lyric Theater in Los Angeles for his first show with his solo band and he set the right mood for the night as a DJ played plenty of ’80s new wave, synth pop and punk classics which all are influences on his current music. With the audience packed in and the smoke machine making things a little hazy onstage, Black was greeted with cheers and a slew of cell phones and cameras from audience members raised to the air ready to catch this historic moment for the vocalist.
The singer, flanked by a drummer and a guitarist-keyboardist, started his first show with the upbeat and uplifting “Stay Alive.” On the album, it features a guest turn by Alkaline Trio and Blink-182 member Matt Skiba. That was followed by the bouncy rocker “Ribcage” that had fans singing along to the “oh-oh-oh-oh’s” of the track. Black welcomed the crowd, sharing his love for the loose nature of the show and not having to adhere to deadlines. He then busted out a cover that had fans grooving along as he rocked the Billy Idol classic “Dancing With Myself.”
Those in attendance got yet another dose of new music, as Blake trotted out “Louder Than Your Love” for the first time, and in this case it was the first listen for almost all in attendance as the track has not been released as of yet. Following the song, some fans noticed Biersack’s wife, Juliet Simms, at the side of the stage and chanted until she came out and joined him onstage. After greeting the crowd and welcoming them to Andy’s show, she exited so he could continue.
The vocalist then dipped into the covers once more, inviting the crowd to sing along if they knew the song and explaining that it came from a band that was one of his greatest influences. With that, he broke into Alkaline Trio’s “Time to Waste.” Finishing out the night, Black played his two most well-known songs, starting off with “They Don’t Need to Understand” before a rousing finale of “We Don’t Have to Dance.”