Bassist Joey Vera talks about MOTOR SISTER

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Yipee!!! (That’s me jumping for joy at the fact that someone remembered the band Mother Superior)

I recently learned that Scott Ian gave himself a birthday present that in reality gave back to all of us.

     For his fiftieth birthday, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian wanted one present more than any other – the reunion of one of his favorite unsung heroes, Mother Superior – only he wanted to be a part of the lineup.

“They’re a great, classic band that hit me in the same spot as all my favorite ’70s bands, whether it’s UFO, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick or KISS,” Ian explains. “I knew getting to play with them would be like joining KISS and getting to record all my favorite KISS songs with Gene and Paul.”

Thanks to Scott’s wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott’s dream gig. “I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house,” Ian says of the event that eventually led to an album.

“[Mother Superior] frontman] Jim [Wilson] was totally into the idea. Pearl was a huge Mother Superior fan from way back and was in. I asked my good friends Joey Vera (Fates Warning/Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, The Cult) to be a part of it because I knew they were both big fans as well and with no hesitation they said, ‘We’re in.'”

Wilson, too, was stoked by the opportunity to dust off some songs he hadn’t played since his LA rock trio broke up in the early 2000’s after releasing eight albums and playing as Henry Rollins’ backing band.  “I definitely didn’t need any arm-twisting,” he says. “I was totally flattered and thought it was a great idea. I figured it would be fun and it was a great opportunity for a new chapter to be established in order to move forward.”

The band called itself Motor Sister after the Mother Superior song “Little Motor Sister” and got together the day before the party to rehearse in Ian’s jam room. For the party, they invited about 25 friends who were already Mother Superior fans and appreciated the significance of Wilson re-opening the vault.

“The energy in the room was amazing and we were great as a band playing those songs,” Ian says. “It felt awesome. We had no intention of doing anything after that. It was just something we did for fun and to celebrate my birthday.”

The crowd for the show may have been small, but it included several industry veterans who couldn’t stop raving about the performance. In no time, word got back to Metal Blade A&R man Mike Faley, who immediately realized the potential to capture the lightning in a bottle vibe the band exhibited that night and put it out on a record.

“He called me up and asked if I had any intention of doing anything more than that one show,” recalls Ian. “And I said, ‘It’s funny you should mention that because I was sitting in the kitchen talking to Pearl and I just said to her, ‘Imagine if we could make a record.’ And they said if I was serious Metal Blade would be happy to put it out.”

After the original Mother Superior broke up, Wilson recorded a solo album and played with Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris and Pearl. As rewarding as those projects have been, he was excited to return to the pedal-to-the-floor groove-rock he pursued for almost 18 years with Mother Superior.

“The minute I started to play with Scott, Joey and John the chemistry was amazing,” Wilson says. ” We sounded like a band that had been together forever. It was fresh, it was powerful. The original band had moments, but it was a power trio and it just never got its due. We were either a little ahead of our time or a little behind our time. When Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were taking over, we were rock and roll fans. We were being driven by classics like Humble Pie, Cream and KISS. Scott, John and Joey all come from that same place, too, so when we got together to play these songs that Scott had chosen it was like we were putting a fresh coat of paint on these old songs that still held up.”

Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favorite Mother Superior songs, Ian emailed  producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and asked if he thought it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy Motor Sister generated at their makeshift gig, and if an album could be recorded quickly. “He said, ‘Yeah, we can make the record in two days and we can make it sound really good.’ So that’s what we did,” Ian says. “A week and a half later, we made the record in LA over a two day period. We recorded the whole thing live in the studio and the set-up was just like it was at my house.”

For Wilson, revisiting Mother Superior classics with a second guitarist leant a new urgency to songs like “Devil Wind,” “Beg, Borrow, Steal” and “Dog House.” “I was always the sole guitar player of the original band. I overdubbed rhythm guitar in the studio, but it was all me,” Wilson says. “Now, there’s definitely a metal edge to these songs. It’s still blues-soaked rock and roll influenced by Zeppelin and the Stones. But it’s so great having Scott’s guitar in the mix. He’s playing on the left side and I’m on the right. Sometimes I jump in the center for a solo. But when you listen to the album it’s so cool to hear the two guitars and know who’s doing what. So if I’m doing a bluesy solo, you hear Scott on the left side adding his touch to the rhythms. And it sounds like him. I’ve never heard these songs sound more exciting.”

Ian, too, couldn’t be prouder of the album and insists he favorite tracks change almost every day. “I always go back to ‘Devil Wind’ because there’s something so epic about it,” he says. “If they ever finally make ‘The Dark Tower’ by Stephen King into a movie or TV series, ‘Devil Wind’ sound be the theme song.”

While everyone in Motor Sister is busy with their day jobs, they are all interested in playing live as much as possible. “We are a great live band” Ian says. “We proved it to ourselves in my jam room. It was our ability to play live together that made this happen and I can see us getting onstage and  playing this shit back-to-back, Ramones-style, and just blowing people’s minds with the power of these songs. And the door is always open to write more material because Pearl and Jim are always working together and I’m always with them. So we’ll see what happens in the future.”

“It would be great to keep this thing going,” Wilson concluded. “I enjoyed playing these songs with Motor Sister more than I’ve ever enjoyed them before. Scott’s like a brother, John Tempesta is such a monster drummer, Joey [Vera] is incredible and Pearl’s harmonies and background vocals are amazing. This feels like a continuation of trip I started long ago and it’s a real blessing.”

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     To top it all off I had the chance to speak with Joey Vera about the whole thing:
      it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s Rock N’ Roll!
     -the Hellion

INDEMNIFIED – CLOCKWORK SOLDIER CD REVIEW

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   1. Shapechanger

2. Lady Noir

3. Hunter

4. Ignorance

5. The CattleLyst

6. Tarot

7. Amburgris

8. Honor

9. Clockwork soldier

10. Magga

11. Memorial

 

Indemnified has grown up. I met the band a while back and felt that there was potential and that this band could have something with a little work. Clockwork Soldier is the culmination of their hard work.

I was approached by the band to do  a pre-release review and was honored to do so. Here is my take on Clockwork Soldier.

The CD overall is recorded well and the production value is high (recorded at Third Eye Studios, great work guys). This CD can hold its own with sound quality. Professionally packaged, with quality artwork, it does not have the look of some indie releases.

Let’s get into the music. The songs are well written and carry a groove that suits the flow of the CD. I can hear elements of other bands like White Zombie, Deftones, The Cure, System Of A Down, and Tool. They pull this off without “ripping off” the licks of said bands, if you listen to the CD you will hear what I mean.

“Shapechanger” has to be the standout track on the record for me. It grabs hold  and burrows into your brain where it runs around in there and has you humming it throughout the day. I put together a a little video of pics over the song for you to hear what I mean, check it out here:

     Hunter S. Thompson is one of my favorite authors and the first time I saw Indemnified I was thrilled to see them pay homage to him with their song “Hunter”. They have included it on Clockwork Soldier much to my delight. If you are not familiar with the works of Hunter S. Thompson you should do yourself a favor and check out some, you’ll appreciate the song a little more when you do.

“Honor”, “Clockwork Soldier”, “Magga”, and “Memorial” combined tell a tale of the horrors and tragedies of war. Poignant and touching these songs achieve the intended effect.

“Lady Noir”, “The CattleLyst”, “Tarot”, and “Amburgris” do a nice job of carrying the vibe of the CD. It flows is the best way for me to put it. I find some new elements with each listen. What’s cool about this CD is you can put it on, press play, enjoy, and then realize it’s over and you have to press play again.    Overall a solid CD from a band I hope to hear a lot more from in the future. Sold Thumbs up from the Hellion!

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Guitar: Travis Grob
Bass: Ray Buckman
Drums: Don Ivie
Vocals: West Gallowglass

https://www.facebook.com/indemnified

 

EXODUS ANNOUNCES HEADLINING “METAL ALLIANCE TOUR” OFF-DATES

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EXODUS ANNOUNCES HEADLINING “METAL ALLIANCE TOUR” OFF-DATES

“Metal Alliance Tour” with Anthrax, Municipal Waste and more to commence next month

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BAY AREA, CA – Bay Area thrash metal icon, Exodus, has announced several headlining shows to commence following the band’s March/April run on “Metal Alliance Tour.” A full list of confirmed “Metal Alliance Tour” and Exodus headlining off-dates can be seen below.

Tickets for all “Metal Alliance Tour” dates – featuring headliner, Anthrax, as well as Municipal Waste, High on Fire and Holy Grail – can be purchased online at:http://www.metalalliancetour.com/tour-dates.html.

A staple of the Bay Area Thrash scene for over 30 years, Exodus released its latest studio albumExhibit B: The Human Condition in 2010 on Nuclear Blast Records.

Stay tuned for more information on Exodus and the band’s upcoming March/April run on “Metal Alliance Tour.”

 

 

Exodus on “Metal Alliance Tour”…

3/22 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

3/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

3/24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

3/25 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

3/27 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

3/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

3/29 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom

3/30 – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA @ Commodore Ballroom

3/31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

4/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue **Exodus headline

4/02 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

4/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

4/05 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

4/06 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

4/07 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

4/08 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Rogue **Exodus headline

4/09 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

4/10 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

4/12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

4/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

4/14 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

4/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre **Exodus headline + Holy Grail

4/16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

4/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts

4/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium ***Exodus + Municipal Waste (New England Metalfest)

4/20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

4/21 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

4/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance **Exodus headline

4/23 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall **Exodus headline

4/25 – Ashwaubenon, WI @ Green Bay Distillery **Exodus headline

4/26 – Fargo, ND @ House of Rock **Exodus headline

4/27 – Billings, MT @ The Railyard **Exodus headline

Exodus online…