LaVendore Rogue Talks about 2017 Blues Challenge

LaVendore Rogue Talks about 2017 Blues ChallengeLaVendore Rogue Talks about 2017 Blues Challenge

LaVendore Rogue Talks about 2017 Blues Challenge

 

 

BD: firstly, thank you for taking the time out to chat about participating in the 4th UK Blues Challenge, Blues, your music and more.

LVR: It’s our pleasure – we’re thrilled to have been put forward for the competition!

BD: 2017, sees the fourth UK British Blues Challenge.  This year the UKBlues Federation are “Bringing The Blues back to The cavern 60 years on..” Tell us what it means to LaVendore Rogue to have been nominated to participate in the challenge with the chance of representing the UK in Hell, Norway and Memphis U.S.A in 2018?

LVR: We’ve been to hell and back a few times over the years, and playing in the states has to be a dream of any UK musician, so it’s an honour to be considered for the UK British Blues Challenge – we’ve been working hard over the last few years, and it’s great to see its been recognised by the UK Blues Federation.

BD: What are the Blues to LaVendore Rogue? Do you feel British Blues has a different feel to what is being currently produced in Europe, United States and elsewhere in the world?

LVR: A lot of the biggest British Bands in history started off playing Blues but took it somewhere else. Just look at The Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin.  Nowadays, it seems a lot of UK acts lean towards the heavier Blues Rock side of things, which is perhaps reflective of the US artists who took their influence from the 60’s Blues Boom. Whereas in Mainland Europe there is real wide variety of artists such as the Dawn Brothers or Daniel Norgren who are doing something different, but still with its roots in the blues. Obviously the US is where it all began and it’s good to see that despite the influx of “Blues Rock”, they are still producing artists who take their influences from early American Music, people like Blind Boy Paxton or the Carolina Chocolate Drops and even Mud Morganfield.

LaVendore Rogue Talks about 2017 Blues ChallengeBD: Your latest album is A Night In The North, LaVendore Rogue live in a Blues club; tell us a bit about your album and the reaction your interpretation of blues is received by audiences?

LVR: We recorded the album at Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club in January. We didn’t plan on doing so, until 10 minutes before show time, and we’re all really pleased with the result. Joel mixed and mastered the album, and we feel it’s the best thing we’ve done to date. Certainly the most honest.

We were keen to include a cross-section of everything that’s influenced us and that we’ve done, so the album goes from pre-war Blues (“Oh Death” by Charley Patton) to the 60’s British Blues Boom (“Get Off Of My Cloud”, by The Rolling Stones) and includes several Hokie Joint songs too (“Chocolate Cake”, “The Way It Goes…Sometimes”). Oh and obviously there’s some LaVendore Rogue material in there as well. To keep things fresh, there’s also a couple of new songs on the album too.

When we first started as LaVendore Rogue, the reception was mixed, although people generally either love us or hate us. However we’ve worked hard to put together a set that will appeal to lots of people, including ourselves. Songs such as “Chocolate Cake” and “Oh Death” always seem to receive a fantastic reaction, so we’re obviously doing something right when it comes to honouring The Blues.

In our opinion, a lot of the British Blues Scene is leaning more towards rock music more than Blues and songwriting has been replaced with too many guitar solos. Although is good to see a broad spectrum of the blues taking part in the UK challenge.

However our focus is on songwriting and using a song as a way to tell story. At the end of the day, 99% of people go home from a gig singing a chorus, not a guitar solo.

BD: What do you feel The UKBlues Federation can bring to the UK Blues what would you like the Federation to be doing for Blues artists on the circuit in Britain today?

LVR: It’s very difficult for a band to gain much profile without a fairly large budget. We feel there are a lot of great undiscovered bands on the British Blues scene that aren’t getting the attention they deserve for one reason or another. In fact, many are far more interesting that some of the bands that are at the top of the ladder. As artists in our thirties we hope to playing for another thirty and perhaps the Blues Federation could play a pivotal role in bringing the blues to a younger generation, perhaps through schools workshops or through making connections in Universities.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?

LVR: That’s a tough one…we all have very different tastes in music, in many different genres, so the result could be somewhat catastrophic!

BD: The band they would create is left to our imagination. Thank you for your time. The challenge at The Cavern on 10th September will be an amazing night of live music as we hear the five bands – LaVendore RogueElles BaileyZoe Schwarz Blue Commotion The Rainbreakers and the winner of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned to be decided at the 2017 Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival at Colne. Buy Your ticket here and be part of a great night HERE.

LaVendore Rogue Talks about 2017 Blues Challenge

KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaos

KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaos

KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaos

 

Having often been accused of being a Scatterbrain, often getting me into trouble I was intrigued by the title of the album. Was it going to be a Scattergun approach to styles? Would it like a Scatterbrain never finish one thought process before diving off into a different direction? Would the album be cohesive of the eclectic mix of the trio forming the collaboration?  KXM comprise of guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob), drummer Ray Luzier (KoRn) and Kings X front man, Doug Pinnick. Lets put the music on the deck, listen and then decide! Scatterbrain is the follow-up album to the 2014 self-titled album.

Having listened a few times it is unarguably drum led full of tricksy turns as it is kind of Muse meets Volbeat. This is Prog Metal, new with a raw intensity that makes every track grow in its impact on every listen . On repeated listening new grooves, licks and riffs click into place as a sonic picture of a New World Order captured in an exciting collaboration that is cohesive; thoughtful and full of directed melodic force.

Opening with the title track, the album hits all the right spots, huge chorus, lyrics that are memorable coated in a lushness of sound from the start, there is a feel of controlled chaos, manic energy being held just this side of sanity working perfectly as the opening track.  As we pull into the third track of the album we are now understanding the twists and turns that are the signature of KXM. Heavy burst of guitar ladled over catchy choruses, pounding beats and large anthem swoops of sound.  George’s guitar sparkling with a glistening kaleidoscope of textures and tones and Doug with his crisp distinctive vocals making the mix a sound that has a big sky leading out over the horizon of possibilities.

Then we are taken to a new sound with eastern undertones that open out into a Claypso. Always hard rock the number cleverly collects into its lexicon of sounds African drums, reggae vibe and the smooth Latino groove.   Now the heat is rising your musical antennae are twitching we are liking the KXM Scatterbrain approach to its music. The album keeps it’s shape as they do not jump from one thematic feel to another as Not A Single Word flows from Calypso building the warm Caribbean infused rhythm and movement.

The harmonising and rich seam of rhythmic shapes that twist and turns around your ears on Panic Attack, raises the senses into a maelstrom of hits form the notes that paints in sound the vertigo of a Panic Attack. As KXM sings It’s Never enough an understanding dawns that the reality is the one genre of music is never enough we all love the phrasing of a multiplicity of styles and KXM have skilful blended the varied complexities of Punks, Ska and more combined with lyrics that speak to the music of the fan of today.

Yes, Scatterbrain is music of today, but they loop in nostalgic memories threading the past with the future of rock, Noises in the Sky has a sixties feel, capturing your inner Beatle and the closing number Angel a lullaby that excites rather than soothes with its deep riffs that capture the essence of blues whilst never being anything than a tuneful gentle rock love ballad.

On the topic of the musical direction and overall vibe of the new album, Ray recently told Modern Drummer Magazine; “It’s a darker record than the first one, it’s really heavy and it’s very soulful with Doug’s voice leading the way”. Ray further describes the direction of the newbie: “There is some straight ahead rock, bits of prog, ska and tons of dynamics!” and “There is a lot involved but it still sounds like KXM!”

With its thirteen tracks that rock out with an intensity that burns the ears, electric guitar sparks flashing of the deep sonic bass and reverberating around the drums that just keep on rolling. KXM, with Scatterbrain have hit a deep vein of contemporary rock blending styles into a magnificent, cohesive powerhouse as blues is locked into punk, prog and rock.

KXM – Scatterbrain – Rat Pak Records

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Scatterbrain
  2. Breakout
  3. Big Sky Country
  4. Calypso
  5. Not A Single Word
  6. Obsession
  7. Noises In the Sky
  8. Panic Attack
  9. It’s Never Enough
  10. True Deceivers
  11. Stand
  12. Together
  13. Angel

KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaos