End the world naked!
At the age of 18 or there about, even your parents are expecting you to be providing them with noise pollution in their basement, or garage for a year or two more and rolling out to the local bar once in a while to pick up loose chicks because you are in the local band.
Not these Beauties!
After bagging an opening slot for The Cult recently, they were subsequently offered a spot opening for Collective Soul at Edmonton Events Centre. They grabbed the opportunity by both balls and by the balls of the bloke next to them.
What rookie musician wouldn’t cop a quick grope for such an opportunity?
Already with a good following, they recently entered a battle of the bands, held by 100.3 The Bear, in Edmonton. They got into the final round but didn’t win the competition. What they did win was more followers and a reputation for kicking it musically. The following increases daily there will soon be a bigger bevy of Naked Beauties rocking out all over Edmonton and beyond.
With song titles such as Cheeze Factory and Working Girl you may be mistaken for thinking this was some kind of Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson side project. You could not be more wrong. This is real rock n roll.
Guitarist, Brandon Yaggey told Headbangerwoman that three of the Gorgeous and Undressed are qualified Recording Engineers, “we are well aware of all the work that is involved in production of music. Myself, Justin Cruse; bass and Jim Stevens; Lead Vocal and guitar, each have our certification.”
Drummer Sean Waddingham is possibly certifiable, but he doesn’t need a piece of paper to tell him that. This guy takes technical to a whole different level and rumor has it that it is not just behind the drum kit. This multi-faceted musician apparently kicks ass with whatever instrument he gets his hands on! He proves it by wearing his Canadian Tuxedo with pride.
When asked about the experience opening for The Cult, Yaggey was still emotionally hyped. “It was just great. We didn’t get our free downloads finished until around 9pm, after we had already played. We took 60 shirts to sell and had two left at the end of the night. Then soon after, we were offered a gig opening for Collective Soul, its pretty surrreal!” Yaggey admits, it is still not a reality in their minds.
He can be assured that he can expect to see his band all over Edmonton in the near future. Who wouldn’t want to book the next big thing?
It hasn’t quite hit home that they have landed well and truly on their feet and Jimmy Choo is giving them free shoes!
JC Studios is situated in St Albert, Alberta and you can contact them for recording information at this Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Karen Graham 16 September 2012
Photography by Barrett Klesko @ Fadeback Studios United
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has a new, fresh breed of Rock n Roll emerging.
Naked Beauty have talent and technical training and have already opened for The Cult. They will open for Collective Soul, at Edmonton Events Centre, in the very near future….
The world is theirs for the taking…….
Stay tuned for an interview with guitarist Brandon Yaggey!
First to hit the stage at this Cult headliner was Local Edmonton band Naked Beauty. They had just managed to put a single to bed at 8pm on the night of the show. They hit the stage at 8.30! Tee shirts are close to selling out! On stage they were raw. Drum and guitar is brash, technical, loud and lucid, clever, yet cool. These guys are still very young and still teething. Once the Wisdom teeth show through, these guys will be huge. It’s a given.
Gloryhound are a little older, but they too are fresh, energetic and animated. They really want it all. Making their first impression on the West on this tour with The Cult, these Halifax, NS, natives are eager to put themselves out there. They have a different sound, but it’s for certain real rock n roll. Even with a live show mishap and broken gear, they survive, adjust, adapt and get it right. Delivering a raunchy and raucous set, singer Evan Meisner appears confident and a little cocky. It gives him just the right amount of edge. Gloryhound will be welcomed back to Edmonton with open arms.
The Cult frontman Ian Astbury and his friend fluffy the sheep, didn’t seem able to engage their audience from the get go. With his unmistakable voice, the audience, made up mostly of middle aged fans from the heyday, were aware that Astbury was in the house, but the flamboyance and arrogance of the once beautiful singer had seemingly burned out. Wearing dark sunglasses throughout allowed Astbury to avoid eye contact with anyone. Astbury as a showman seemed to be no more; he stood almost central for the entire show and barely payed heed to his band mates or anyone else present.
Musically the band was sound. Billy Duffy looked as he had back in the bands heyday, but alas, the lack of chemistry looked to be making his job difficult. Bringing back the big hits and playing new music from Choice Of Weapon, the standard of production was spot on, but the audience was watching a bunch of guys that seemed as if they had been forcibly placed on stage and couldn’t wait for it to be over. Was this part of the show? No-one will really ever know!
Whatever your opinion on the live show, it cannot be taken away from the headliners that they have a library of great music. 2012’s Choice Of Weapon is a great listen and a smart purchase, but if you are expecting a live show reminiscent of your youth, a show with gothic grandeur and glam rock gods, forget it.
Article and The Cult photographs by Karen Graham Aug.-30-12