Music Review – Stonerider – Hologram

Score – 4.5 outta 5

Rock ‘n’ roll is coming back, but it won’t be heard on the radio – not yet at least.

One of the bands bringing the blues infused rock back is a hidden gem named Stonerider. The boys in the Georgia based band have evolved from many different types of rock. Coming to the scene in 2008, they released Three Legs Of Trouble, which was a AC/DC – Jet inspired cock rock. Four years later they released the timeless Fountains Left To Wake which rekindled early 70’s – late 60’s rock. It’s classic tone and rock piano let listeners know they weren’t just a group with rock in them. They were a band with deep substance and roots into the soul.

What would they do next? Would they even put out another album? Surviving as an independent band is so difficult.

Another four years later, Hologram is released.

Stonerider has gone from cock rock, to soulful rock, to now, Pink Floyd-esque, organ blairing, vocal harmonizing rock. They’re proving again that whatever they set their minds to, they do it right.

Make no mistake that these guys are a rip off of whoever they are inspired by.

The title song is an awakening to what rock was intended to be. It’s not about sounding as heavy as possible, having tough guy vibes. It’s soul, it’s something you feel inside your chest when you hear that organ or guitar rip around, not for the sake of doing so, but stirring something inside. Drive around open roads in the middle of the night and listen to this album.

Highlight songs are War, Traffic, And Blind Faith, Your Chains, The Great Divide, and Undertow.

They play cock rock better than Jet, early rock to match bands like Kadavar or Horisont, and they released an album unrivaled by modern rock.

I can only hope the world is gifted by another album in the future.

Check this one out on their bandcamp and buy the CD.


The Revival of Rock N Roll

To the next person that says rock n roll is dead, please stay away from me.
When Gene Simmons said it months ago, people freaked out, celebrities argued and everyone tweeted their faces off about it.
I decided to wait and gather my thoughts on the whole matter since I love rock n roll so much, I have the phrase tattooed on my arm.
The beginning of rock n roll can be traced back decade after decade and it begins at different places for different people.
For me, it began in 1968 with Led Zeppelin. It was the birth if blues played loud and heavy. There were slews of other bands that came out of the woodwork and proved that Zeppelin wasn’t the only band that had licks to kill. The Who, Deep Purple, ACDC,  The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Golden Earring, Mountain, The Doors and never forget the gods of metal, the forerunners – Black Sabbath.
Please allow me to tell you, all of you ROCK N ROLL IS NOT DEAD. Rarely will you hear it on the radio. The radio is a static noise frequency playing a rip off of a rip off. Rock n roll is an art that requires love and longing. You have to search for it.
If you want a Zeppelin/Free influenced band, search no further than Rival Sons.
Maybe Heart is your style. Then look up Blues Pills and be reborn in the 70’s.
A hybrid of bluesy rock n roll and Sabbath – Graveyard

I’m not here to promote bands that I love, I’m here to say that rock n roll is alive and well and it needs to be heard by more people. It lives in the local bars all over the country.
If you’re a fan of rock n roll, please don’t pass off these bands saying they’re just redoing what the masters did in the 60’s and 70’s. Yes – it’s true that the masters and origins lie in that period but we have innovators now just like we then.
When you listen to these bands, you have bands that are influenced by retro rock but it’s a brand of its own. It’s modern rock n roll. It’s a blend and brand of its own.

If you’re interested in finding more, here are some good starters
Stonerider – hard bluesy rock
Irene & The Sleepers – Light hearted rock n roll
Vidunder – blues infused chilled rock n roll
The Stone Foxes – If The Black Keys still played bluesy rock, this is what it would be
Kadavar – heavy 70’s rock with killer leads
The Sword – mixture of rock n roll and doom
Rival Sons – rock n roll in a pure form – features the best vocalist of this decade
Blues Pills – think Heart. Bluesy, female fronted rock n roll sure to get a few things moving
Witchcraft – Clean guitar driven rock n roll doom.

Guess what? A lot of these are from US.
Irene, Rival Sons, Stonerider, Stone Foxes, Sword all from the States.

That’s a good start.

Have anything to say? Maybe suggestions of your own? Comment it up!