On the very weekend that Hurricane Harvey was battering the coast of Texas, Janet Gardner and her band were similarly assaulting the ears of music fans the world over.
Somehow, in between live appearances with her other band Vixen, Gardner and her writing partner, guitarist Justin James: who just so also happens to be Gardner’s husband, have put together some really fucking kick ass noise for the self titled Janet Gardner CD.
Right from the phase out of the kooky carnie music intro, Rat Hole punches a proverbial second hole right through the fucking ozone layer.
By the end of the song you’ll be left feeling like CPR was performed on you really badly, and for a very long time, even though you didn’t need it, and just because the EMT felt like he could get away with doing it….Then you’ll beg him to do it again, because the rush is so fucking amazing.
If getting a degree in dental hygiene: Gardner did this in 2005…is capable of re-energizing a musician to this calibre, we have a few names that we think we should forward to dental school.
Rarely in the past two years has Headbangerwoman listened to a new song from start to end, and over and over….but this fucker grabbed her by the hair and pressed her face hard up against the speakers, allowing her release only when she thought she might pass out. Gardner’s voice is seductive and moody, more so than on any Vixen track. An accidental evolution? Or perhaps the result of some serious shenanigans with James? The chemistry between the two on the Rat Hole video is impossible to avoid.
Hippycrite is the second listed song and has a Slave to the Grind sound; with a slow, heavy bass riff and oily guitar, of course devoid of nose rings, chains and cigarettes. Head banging is a must, grinding your partner is a requirement.
Let It Be Over is an environmental and humanitarian cry for help. Well written, well placed. Could and should be used by the Obama Foundation or a similar outfit, to help bring forward awareness to the mess we are in as a species.
Candle is a beautiful ballad. Heartfelt lyrics…telling and revealing of a story about lack of confidence, and the desire to be there for someone.
Acoustic number Best Friend is another beautiful piece, again, telling and quite obviously documenting the story of the Garner/James romance.
There are ten tracks total on this cd. Every single one is no less than amazing. An absolute stunning result for a new outfit.
A record released because of love…and great dental hygiene.
KG Headbangerwoman Aug 28 2017
As a writer, you generally focus on one particular genre; be it music, politics, art or current affairs.
As a long time sufferer of several chronic illness, Headbangerwoman Karen Graham has also contributed to a few articles to health related websites, and now she has published a book about living with chronic illness, under the pen name Erica Worth.
When you talk about luck, you are likely not discussing musician James Steele.
His bio will explain that nicely without it being repeated here. Besides here is the place to put focus on what is going on with Steele present and future. Not in the past.
Steele recently became an official artist of Dean Guitars. That’s gotta be a good thing…
And with names such as Billy Sheehan (Mr Big) and Brad Gillis (Nightranger) on side for his new music venture, Steele is proving that with a little persistence and a boat load of patience, luck can change.
Some Of These Days is still in production, but if you are a fan of no bullshit, guitar lead, straight up rock n roll, this one is well worth a listen.
Good Day to Die will immediately conjure up memories of LA Guns, Motley Crue and Judas Preist. Heavy Metal is here. No messing.
Don’t Cry me a River will ignite a vision of early Alice Cooper, simple opening riffs and heavy ass vocals.
Rule Brittania opens It Goes to Eleven. A nicely paid spoof homage, to a spoof rock star. If you have heard of Nigel Tufnel you’ll get it, and it’s likely to make you chuckle. This Steele fella has a very wry sense of humor, and his guitar chops are fairly fucking fantastic too.
Not to mention guitar chops, this guy is the vocalist on all these tracks, and he can belt it out, no doubt there.
The opening bars of Can It be The Same (feat Brad Gillis) will perhaps spark memories of the haunting voice, and oh so perfect form that was 80’s Mark Slaughter with The Vinnie Vincent Invasion on the song Love Kills….. and a little further in you’ll get hints of any given Dokken tune.
For those of you that still want to listen to the great music of your youth, this is your segway. It’s fresh and new, but it’s hair is still long, and it’s leather pants still give you that great outline of a great ass!
Great memories, making new memories.
No luck needed here Mr Steele
Karen G Headbangerwoman June 17 2015
Here it is! The first single from the upcoming record by Art of Dying.
You have to give these guys 10/10 just for filming in sub zero temperatures, during a Toronto winter.
If this track is anything to go by, then the rest of the record will be hard, fast, ballsy, gritty and totally fucking superb. An extra 10/10!
KG Headbangerwoman 5/March/15
“Even the angels wanna cry”. Hmm that is probably debatable, but there are definitely mere mortals that will shed a tear or two.
Motley Crue released the video for All Bad Things Must End on Jimmy Kimmel on Jan 20 2015. The final show, of the final tour is in Los Angeles, California, Dec 31 2015!
Take a look. Those of you in from the get go will be pleasantly reminded of a misspent youth!
KG Headbangerwoman 21 Jan 2015