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JANANI Interview

Orlando rockers JANANI are in the middle of a truly exciting month. They release their new album Duality this Friday, the 13th. And, then, they celebrate the album release with a killer show on October 21st at The Haven Lounge in Winter Park.

We snagged a few minutes of their time to chat about the new album.  Check out our interview with the members of JANANI.

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Set It Off Announce Special Area Show

Set It Off during their recent stop on the Vans Warped Tour
Set It Off during their recent Vans Warped Tour stop.

They are one of Central Florida’s most successful rock acts over the past decade, and Set It Off the Tampa quartet is putting on a special event in the Orlando area to celebrate the upcoming release of their new album.  The Tampa quartet is offering local fans a killer opportunity to share in the excitement of the release for Upside Down which hits the streets on October 7th.

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Big Week For A Brilliant Lie


A Brilliant Lie Prepare for New Album Release

They’re one of the most exciting rock bands in Orlando and as July kicks off, this talented band is pretty damn busy.

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After a whirlwind recording session this Spring, they recently released the track listing for their forthcoming EP Threads: Cutter, which will be a three part series rolling out over the next year. They’ll spotlight the new music at House of Blues this weekend, and they provided the first peek at their new music with a preview on YouTube.

Let’s start with the Album Release show details. A Brilliant Lie will headline this month’s Orlando Rocks at the Downtown Disney HOB, with a show that you can see for a paltry five bucks through this link (Or Free with the promo code “Brilliant”): LiveNation – Orlando Rocks. The band was also recently offering their fans free tix via email at tickets@abrilliantlie.com, which may still be a possibility if you do not have a LiveNation account.

For those of you not familiar with A Brilliant Lie, this fivesome delivers guitar-driven rock fronted by charismatic lead singer Tara Lightfoot. They are a blast on stage and always deliver an entertaining set. On Saturday, they’ll also be joined by the engaging pop-punk of Hero’s Fate.  (They are also a blast on social media and I highly recommend following them for guaranteed chuckles and some damn good rock)

The first single from Threads is a gritty rocker that shows the band pushing themselves in an edgier direction. It’s good stuff, and a track that highlights Lightwood’s voice as never before. Check out “Circles For Sewing” below.

The EP, Cutter, is the first of a trio that we will see released over the next year. It can be pre-ordered here: www.abrilliantlie.com , or picked up at the event on Saturday night, or for you old school  iTunes fans, purchased on-line on the 17th.

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Threads Cutter Tracklist:
1. Always at Odds
2. Pieces
3. Circles for Sewing
4. Drive til Morning
5. Bittered Bones

Muse Release New Album Drones


Masters of Arena Rock Release their 7th Album Today


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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been treated to a few glimpses of excellent new material from Muse, including the huge alternative rock hit “Dead Inside.” The single has sat atop the modern rock charts for the past month and for good reason. It’s another killer dose of anthem rock from the UK trio who have made a habit of delivering powerful rock ‘n roll anthems.

The Warner Bros. Records release is available today on iTunes:

Drones was co-produced by the band and the lefendary Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Frontman Matt Bellamy shared, “To me, ‘Drones’ are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behavior with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilizing Drones to turn us all into Drones. Drones explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors.”

Additionally, today the band revealed a new music video for the song “Mercy.”


Drones Track Listing
1. Dead Inside
2. [Drill Sergeant]
3. Psycho
4. Mercy
5. Reapers
6. The Handler
7. [JFK]
8. Defector
9. Revolt
10. Aftermath
11. The Globalist
12. Drones

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Faith No More Returns With New Album

sol invctus band

Sol Invictus Returns Faith No More To Their Lofty Perch

Faith No More never really received the due they should have during their height.

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After years of honing their craft with first-singer Chuck Mosely, and then gaining acclaim with genre-refining Mike Patton, Faith No More found themselves a comfortable niche that helped spawn a rabid fan base with little critical acclaim. This shunning of the masses gave the band mad street cred, and paved the way for genre-defining heavyweights such as System of a Down, Incubus, and 311 with similar metal leanings, however, finding ways to work in funk, R&B, and other eclectic tastes.

One would be hard-pressed to find rock n roll kids weaned on the 90’s not citing Angel Dust as a turning point, even if it wasn’t initially accepted. They moved through genres with ease, even devouring cover songs along the way. How incredible was their cover of the Commodores “Easy”? How amazing was the Bee Gees cover of “I Started a Joke”? Faith No More made these songs better, even if they were tongue in cheek, distilled in irony….

Which is what makes their new album Sol Invictus such a milestone. Not all bands are welcomed back to the landscape, Faith No More, however, were sorely missed. There is a glaring hole in rock music that this band fills, whether they like it or not. A form of authenticity that is, and has been, gone…. not misplaced or mistaken, but gone…I believe it to be the lasting effects of the punk ethos….the “I love what I do more than what you think about it” mindset.

And this album is classic Faith No More, the members all original from their 1997 record Album of the Year; It’s energetic, it’s melodic, it’s heavy, it’s funky, it’s avant garde…. There is no other band that could sound like this with so many excellent tracks…. standouts include the first song on the record “Sol Invictus”; beginning with a tender piano until Patton’s lounge singer on LSD croon chimes in.

“Superhero” is a call and return featuring Patton’s acrobatic vocals. An unearthly scream and growl all over the song. Roddy Bottum’s beautiful piano featured over an obnoxious amount of noise.

“Rise of the Fall” would have fit nicely on Angel Dust with it’s Latin sprinkled verse, catchy chorus, and temp changes of which drummer Mike Bordin excels at.

“Black Friday” is a serious pop-song….For some reason it reminded me of Leonard Cohen’s Natural Born Killer Soundtrack offerings, or a Quentin Tarantino end of movie credits tune. I wanted to listen to this song while driving in the desert, clapping my hands along with Patton as we drove under the dirty, dusty sunset. That’s all I’m going to say about it, you’ll just have to listen to it.

“Motherfucker” is a slow riser that really showcases Patton’s rare ability to switch from menacing whisper to room sized chorus with ease.

“Matador” is an anthemic sing-along. Bill Gould using his bass to create a swimming foundation. Jon Hudson’s guitar work is also exceptional.I would argue that this is the best song on the record.

I need to add that the band sounds amazing in their own right. They are cohesive, on point, working as a unit, and bounce off each other naturally… along with Patton and his trademark – non-trademark sound using his voice as an unearthly instrument (see Bjork’s album Medulla for more). Even if you don’t know his direction, you certainly know it’s him. If their recent flurry of late night television performances is any indication, Faith No More are more than prepared to take on another generation and fill that gap currently in rock music hopefully for the foreseeable future, and we should be ready to let them.

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The Maine’s John O’Callaghan Interview

John O’Callaghan Interview with RARA’s Farm



John O’Callaghan Discusses American Candy

We chat with the frontman from The Maine about their exciting new album release, American Candy – out this week.

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As the release of American Candy, the fifth studio album from The Maine, quickly approaches, I had the opportunity to chat with front man John O’Callaghan. It was my first interaction with the talented singer, and he was instantly friendly and engaging. We started off chatting about how my daughter, Kerri discovered his band and introduced their music to me. I noted how unusual it was for her to be the one discovering the new music I was listening to, and O’Callaghan shared how he had a similar relationship with his father. Then we jumped into the new album.

Cretin: It seems that with each release from The Maine, we find an album that’s moving in a different direction from its predecessor? Based on the first two singles, it seems that American Candy is more of a pop-infused record than Forever Halloween. Was there a concerted effort to do that?

John O’Callaghan: It’s more around what the band is going through at that specific time, and what we are feeling. Forever Halloween may have exposed a more somber side, and it was really more of an introspective album. For this album, I had experienced a summer where I met a lot of people and created new friendships and as a result I was carrying myself with more positivity. It’s important to write songs from a more tangible place.

Cretin: What did you think about the finished product?
John O’Callaghan: This album has more of a pop sensibility. Our producer, Colby Wedgeworth embraced the approach that we took, on how we could disguise these pop songs as something different.I think that gave the album more meaning and purpose.

Cretin: So, you didn’t purposely alter your approach to develop a different sound on American Candy?

John O’Callaghan: People can see through music when you’re not sincere. We wanted something from a tangible point in our lives. We did try something different on this album, though. We brought our equipment out to Joshua Tree, California where we rented a house for 30 days to record it.

Cretin: Cool, and you worked with Colby Wedgeworth previously?

John O’Callaghan: He produced Pioneer, our first record off of Warner Brothers. It was a crazy time where we recorded it. We knew his work, and knew he’d go out to California with us. Colby is like us, he’s a young cat, very hungry. He’s not just making a record for a paycheck. It was really a no brainer.

Cretin: It’s been about two years since Forever Halloween, and 18 months since Imaginary Numbers. Have you been accumulating songs since then, or is it more of a concentrated compressed activity?

John O’Callaghan: On the last album, we went into the studio with 26 songs, which we whittled down to the thirteen that ended up on the album.

Cretin: 26 songs: That’s aggressive.

John O’Callaghan: It was too much. On this release, we wanted to make a more concise album. I brought in about eighty pieces on demos, which we whittled down easily. In Pre-production, we narrowed it down to twelve songs. Then when we got in the studio, Pat laid down the drum tracks for all twelve. We eliminated two after the drums were complete. That gave us four weeks to record the ten remaining songs.

Cretin: What’s the process for creating the songs? Did you all come into the session with idea? Do you typically all collaborate?

John O’Callaghan: I usually bring in the demos and then we work off of them as a group. If we just go into a room and jam we don’t make much progress. We’re all too scatter-brained.

Cretin: How about the order and placement of the songs, is that important to the band?

John O’Callaghan: It is really important to us. We’re making an album not just a group of single songs. Arranging the track listing for American Candy actually fell together easily. Before we left Joshua Tree, we spent a night and each of us took the tracks and put together our individual listings. When we were done, we compared them and went with the consensus.

Cretin: That’s refreshing to hear, there are so many artists these days who have abandoned the album concept.

John O’Callaghan: I’m a fan of albums, and we wanted to create an album where the songs fit together. You’ll hear that some stuff flows and fades nicely from one song to another… It’s cool to see the resurgence of vinyl. Pre-orders for this album on vinyl sold out the first time around, and we had to go to a second pressing.

Cretin: So speaking of old school rock, tell me about the reference to the band X and their song “Los Angeles” in “Miles Away?” (Grab the song now on iTunes: Miles Away

John O’Callaghan: The whole song is about a trip I took right before I started writing the album. I went to San Francisco to the Outside Lands festival. I was excited to see Tom Petty, and I hung out with friends, a little debauchery, and even played a little music. While I was there my friend introduced me to The X, and that album became one of my favorites.

Cretin: Do you have a favorite song on American Candy, or one with a bit more personal meaning?

John O’Callaghan: It might sound cliché, but the whole thing means quite a bit to me. That might change when we start to play them live, and after we see how the fans and our friends react after hearing the album.

Cretin: Can you tell us a little bit about the 24 hour event on March 31st, release day? Should your fans plan on being on line all day?

John O’Callaghan: It’s a fun way to give back to the fans. To let the passionate fans experience the excitement of releasing an album, and to feel like they’re a part of it. It’s tough staying awake 24 hours, though. We just did it for a video shoot and I’m still recovering, so I wouldn’t suggest it.

Cretin: Any final thoughts as we are readying for the release?

John O’Callaghan: Things are awesome for us now, and I want to thank everyone who has preordered this album, basically on a whim, after only hearing the two singles.

Cretin: To close, you’re heading out on a US headlining tour, with support from Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors – When does it start? Will you hit Florida?

John O’Callaghan: It starts in about a week, and the nice thing is that The American Candy tour starts right here in Arizona, about a 15 minute drive from home. It’s a six week tour, where we hit Florida near the end. (You can get all of the details at Wearethemaine.net, but here are the Florida dates:)

5/14 Freebird Live, Jacksonville
5/15 State Theatre, St. Petersburg
5/16 The Beacham, Orlando – Tickets
(with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors)

Take a peek at the first single – “English Girls”
Miles Away – American Candy

1. Miles Away
2. Same Suit, Different Tie
3. My Hair
4. English Girls
5. 24 Floors
6. Diet Soda Society
7. Am I Pretty
8. (Un)Lost
9. American Candy
10. Another Night On Mars

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Blaine The Mono Interview

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Blaine The Mono: Eric Joseph, Chris Culverwell, Randi Stickles and Clifton Garner

Blaine the Mono Chats About Their New Album

When we naively started this website a few years ago, one of our first reviews was Vices And Verses from local Orlando rockers Blaine The Mono. Since that time, we’ve grown up a bit, and as we see on their excellent new album Jellyfish, this quartet is maturing into one hell of a band.

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On a chilly Florida night, I recently had the chance to sit down with this affable and talented group at Rock & Brews in Oviedo. Huddled around an outdoor heater, we sipped a drink or two, talked about music and life and then took a deep dive into the new album.

Today, I’ll share the early conversation, and provide a deeper look into “Capsize,” the first single and first track from the album, and then follow it up with a deep song-by-song look into the entire album on the day it is released in Orlando, February 28th. It should be a cool accompaniment for you as you take your first tour through the seven new rocking tracks. Make sure you Like our Facebook page so you don’t miss a thing.

We started out talking about the songwriting on the album. As it turns out, and as you’ll read in our track-by-track immersion, this is a true collaborative effort. Many of the songs start off with a riff from guitarist Eric Joseph. From there, they go through an evolution as all of the band members provide their input, before vocalist Randi Stickles polishes it off by penning the typically provocative lyrics, leaving all of the band members sharing songwriting credit.

We chatted for about an hour, and these four are all passionate about the excellent music that they’ve created, and it was nice to see the way they interacted. They like each other and truly seem to enjoy their time working together.

Cretin: So, we’re sitting here at Rock & Brews, where the walls are plastered with images of larger-than-life legendary rockers. Were any of these artists influences for you?
Eric Joseph – Guitar: Zeppelin, Stones and The Beatles, I really came up on The Beatles. I liked the 60s and 70s, and a lot of 50s stuff and the 90s obviously. But, I kind of skipped a lot of stuff in the 80’s, the New Wave rock.
Clifton Garner – Drums: Doors, Hendrix. For the 80’s, I only really liked the Cars, and somebody bought me a Warrant album once.
Randi Stickles – Vocals: (smiling) I really liked the Scooby Doo soundtrack in the 80’s. My dad listened to the Box Tops and stuff like that, but nothing that really stuck out; I listen to a lot of Nirvana and The Distillers.
Joseph: The Used, Deftones, The Yeah, Yeah Yeahs.
Stickles: Royal Blood is a new one I listen to a lot.

Cretin: That was one of our Top 5 albums of the year last year. (See our list here)
Stickles: They’re awesome.
Joseph: That’s a major break out band. Truly awesome.
Garner: When we went to South By (Southwest), they were all over the place. I think they played eight or nine shows in five days, it was great. I’ve got to throw Primus in there, because Irv is one of the greatest drummers. Everybody just thinks of Les Claypool, but in order to play with a bassist of that caliber, you have to be the greatest drummer in the world.

Cretin: Chris, what about you?
Chris Culverwell – Bass: Classic stuff? I’m a big Pink Floyd guy, Doors, Zeppelin, Hendrix. I’m the only Floyd fan here.
Stickles: That’s weird shit. I feel you need to be high, I don’t know.
Culverwell: (unfazed) As far as newer stuff, I’m a big Tool and Radiohead fan.
Joseph: (as “Somebody To Love” plays in the background) I’d like to add Queen to my list
Garner: Yeah, yeah.

Cretin: You guys need to go on-line and look at my Top 25 albums ever, a lot of these bands are included. There’s no Primus on there, though.
Stickles: (sarcastically) best drummer in the world.

Cretin: So switching over to your new album, Jellyfish, do any of you have a favorite song from the album?
Garner: “Get Me Right”
Stickles: Me too, that’s what I end up listening to the most.
Joseph: I listen to “The Slip” the most.
Culverwell: Probably “Blue.”
Stickles: I think “Get Me Right” is one of the newest, and it’s got more of that sing-songy feel which is why I like it.

Cretin: Thinking about your creative process, what was the first song you created for the album?
Garner: I think “Tides” was the oldest, then “Blue.”
Stickles: I just remember playing “Blue” around the time we were recording Vices (and Verses, their last album).” We were like “why don’t we add this?”
Joseph: I remember when we were recording Vices playing a scratch track for “Blue.” Yeah, so the first song we recorded is the last song on the album.

Cretin: Which was the last one you worked on?
Garner: “Get Me Right,” we recorded it on this last tour in the van. That one’s fresh.
Culverwell: The last one we perfected, though, was “You’re A Ghost.”
Garner: Yeah, that’s probably actually the oldest song. You wrote that before we started recording Vices.

Cretin: Which was the first you recorded for the album?
Joseph: “Blue.” We actually recorded them in alphabetical order, because that’s the way the engineer had created the session…

So, let’s begin our song-by-song voyage with “Capsize” (OK – I’ll stop the corny sea references)


Cretin: Why did you choose this one as the first track on the album?
Stickles: Crowd response. The best crowd response for our songs.
Joseph: We wrote it before we went on tour, and it wasn’t on that album we were touring for. In all of the cities we went to we got a really good crowd response. I think we all felt it was more upbeat – kind of dancy, punky, high energy. And, it just seemed to have that nice strong chorus. I was into a lot of Arctic Monkeys at the time and I thought I’d write an Arctic Monkeys song that’s not an Arctic Monkeys song. (We drifted off on a brief tangent about the Arctic Monkeys. I won’t cover the dialogue here, but it’s safe to say the band members are big fans)

Cretin: The opening guitar on this one does not sound like the Blaine The Mono I heard on the first album. What was the inspiration for that?
Joseph: Just something different. Going and performing at South By Southwest really opened my eyes. A lot of the riffs I wrote for Vices, I wrote before I even met Randi. It was a lot of music that Cliff, Chris and I had and then she filled in a lot of stuff and I really wanted to do some music that I felt was more the four of us at the time. That’s how the whole albums is. I just think this is what we actually sound like as a foursome.
Culverwell: Your songwriting changed a lot. He played in an old band before called Atrophy and everything had that grunge vibe to it, and it’s less of that now.
Garner: It’s more Alt now, and less grunge. I think there’s still plenty of metal influences, though.
Stickles: Especially in the breakdowns.

Cretin: I also thought it was a really good drum song.
Joseph: Oh, yeah, it totally is. Love the drums. Absolutely.
Garner: When he wrote that riff, the first thing I heard was Arctic Monkeys and I wanted to make sure we had a really dancy song that you hear that hear that opening and you immediately want to have fun with it.

Cretin: What about the lyrics? They actually confused me a bit.
Garner: She’ll do that.
Stickles: It’s kind of a one night stand perspective and then somebody taking it further than a one night stand and just becoming ridiculously obsessed with you and you have no idea why.
Joseph: I hate when that happens,
Garner: (chuckling) It happens all the time, right?
Stickles: It happens all the time. Something’s got me locked inside your head and you keep that person a secret because you don’t want other people to know how obsessed they are. It’s embarrassing.
Cretin: Do you want to reveal the person?
Stickles: No, no, I’m good.

Well, that’s it for now – a little sample from our walkthrough of the Jellyfish album. Check back soon as we take a similar walk through every song on the new album on February 28th, the date it is released in Orlando.

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