Butch Walker is unabashedly rock & roll. But his Georgia roots and affinity for artists from Waylon Jennings to Keith Urban (he produced two tracks on Urban’s Fuse ) allow a hint of country to creep in, especially on his 2015 knockout Afraid of Ghosts . A somber record that addressed the death of Walker’s father, Ghosts was far removed from the power-pop and anthemic rock the singer-songwriter perfected on albums like 2011’s The Spade . On Stay Gold , however, his upcoming eighth studio album, due August 26th, Walker returns to loud guitars and sing-along choruses. 30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn’t Hear With its movie-quote payoff line and a healthy dose of what punk pioneers Bad Brains called “P.M.A.” (positive mental attitude), the title track brims with optimism and inspiration, as well as some crunch-twang chords. (Listen to the song below.) “‘Stay Gold’ is about being from a shit-dead-end-town and not having a glimmer of hope. I wanted this record to somehow spin all of those negative stories into a positive light. It came from the S.E. Hinton novel and, later, a Coppola film, The Outsiders — ‘Stay gold, Ponyboy’ was the big line,” Walker tells Rolling Stone Country .
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Jenovese -Love U to death EP (Self Financed, 2016) Review by Keith Langerman ‘Love U To Death’, the initial 4 track EP offering from Cardiff, South Wales Anthemic rockers Jenovese is a fine introduction to a band who seem to be on the verge of breaking out in a big way. Cardiff has a long history with heavy music, going all the way back to the late 1960’s with the formation of the legendary Budgie, and the sounds on the EP do much to convince that time honored tradition is in good hands. The four tracks showcased here, while not breaking any new ground musically speaking, do present the band in a most favourable light. Impeccably captured on tape at legendary Rockfield Studios by Producer Romesh Dodabgoda – who helped engineer and co produce Motorhead’s ‘The World Is Ours’- it must be stated that recording- wise, this is not the sound of a young band deciding to go into the studio after playing a few pub gigs. This is the equal of any modern major label offering sonically speaking. Female fronted melodic metal is the name of the game here, and while it is not a new concept by any means, the emphasis on melody rather than just sheer power, as is found on the band’s first single “Despair I’m Alright” could prove quite enticing to the classic rock audience, widening their potential appeal considerably. There are superb skills on show from all members of the band. From the soaring vocals courtesy of Emma Rees, the crushing guitar riffs of James Rees and Lee Jones, the pulsating bass of Leigh Matthews to the pounding drums of Bob Richards -who has been featured in the last two AC/DC videos deputizing for the legally challenged Phil Rudd – these are all fine musicians who have a clear vision of where they wish to go, and with a bit of luck and perseverance will get there just fine. The bottom line here is that although currently unsigned, Jenovese are a world class band boasting a world class sound. Based on the evidence put forth on this EP, that unsigned status won’t be the case for long.