Hey there fiends! If any of you cats should know anything at all about ol’ XIII it’s that I absolutely love me some Glam Rock! Now, while this genre of 70’s era rambunctious rockin’ may be hard to come by these days as far as new music is concerned, there are indeed folks keepin’ the gla flag a’ wavin’; and no one does it better than the dudes in WICKED!
The fearsome foursome of WICKED; Chad Michael (lead vocals/guitar), Danny Doll (bass guitar/vocals), Scotty V (lead guitar/vocals) and JP Clubs (drums), have played shows far and wide (including legendary festival Rocklahoma for the past two years) as well as releasing a sold-out debut album entitled ORIGINS, and believe you me this is just the beginning of what these lads are going to deliver (and I ain’t kiddin’…check out their website for the details of their upcomin’ live album releasin’ on double vinyl no less)!
But I hear you cry “That’s impressive and all Danny XIII, but a band is only as good as their music. How do I know WICKED is the sonic saccharine that I crave?” To that I say “Click on some of the vids I’ve posted below and let your ear holes get all sorts of filled with the greatest glam this side of The Sweet!” Oh, and when your done gettin’ yer day thoroughly rocked and rolled, head on over to the boys Facebook and give them a like; and don’t forget to tell ’em XIII sent ya!
Hey creeps! As you may be aware, there is nothin’ that sets my lil’ black heart a-flutter more than a good ol’ fright flick…but, there is a close second for my arcane admiration, and that dear fiends is the diabolical decibels of heavy metal, especially deafening ditties from the glory days of the 1980’s!
But, that’s not to say there isn’t any worthy metal to keep the fires burning in these here modern times; no ghouls there are many a band these days that echo the classic sound of their denim clad forefathers, and one such band that really holds the retro-metal flag high is Sweden’s own NIGHT! Here, check out the latest video from the band entitled Out of the Ashes, and tell me it doesn’t slap a ten mile grin across your puss as it get’s your cute lil’ head a-bangin’!
Wasn’t that just tha Bee(lzebub)’s Knees? Ya, you know it was! So, now that you’ve had a taste of NIGHT’s supersonic serenadin’, want to learn a bit more about this blisterin’ band? Well, yer in luck buddy, ‘cuz recently I had the opportunity to ask guitar god Midnight Proppen himself a few quick questions!
First of all, let me say a word of thanks to you on behalf of metal maniacs everywhere for keepin’ the classic metal sound alive! Speakin’ of classics, what bands influenced your sound?
Midnight Proppen: Thank you! Ah, our influences are many, but I would say that our biggest influences are bands like Saxon and Judas Priest, good ol’ heavy metal, so to speak!
You went on tour with one of my fav bands recently; the uber-theatrical (and equally classic rock influenced albeit in a more comic-booky satanic vein) Ghost B.C.. How did the crowd embrace your sound?
MP: The tour was fantastic! Although we went on a little bit too early most nights, the crowd really treated us well! I think that our music lies fairly near Ghost’s in one sense, so the crowd was almost with us from the get-go every night!
So, you crazy cats got a new album percolatin’. What do you have in store for your faithful fanatics?
MP: Well, if you liked the album that’s out now, your gonna love this one! Its really everything that the last album wasn’t; so you are in for a real treat!
Your video for “OUT OF THE ASHES” is freakin’ killer! It features not only comic book visuals, but plenty o’ laughs! What made you guys concoct a cocktail equal parts hard rockin’ and hilarious?
MP: Haha, well I for one think that most music-videos today are somewhat boring, anyone can film themselves doing playback to a song. Our way of doing it for the last few videos takes a little bit more planning and time to do, but I think it shows in the result! And also we love the music videos from the 80s, which had a lot of humor in them, and that goes well with ourselves as well.
So, are you guys comin’ to the good ol’ U.S. of A. any time soon?
MP: No plans as of yet, but you never know what the future holds! We sure would love to come to the US and play some rock!
Any final message for our rockin’ readers?
MP: Be sure to check out our Facebook and our shop to satisfy your NIGHT needs! Other than that, keep the spirit of rock n’ roll alive!
Thanks Midnight! Now, let’s all raise our fists and hail the mighty NIGHT and rock n’ roll!