Sunday, May 15, 2011

NEW ROCK RELEASES OF THE WEEK - MAY 15

"Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With"
SPARKS THE RESCUE - WORST THING I'VE BEEN CURSED WITH (Fearless Records)
Channeling modern rock influences into anthemic choruses and themes of lust, loss and embracing your inner demons, Sparks The Rescue returns with 12 impressive edgy pop-rock tracks on new album Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With.

The band's second full-length is a step forward for the band, blending the dynamic, unique vocals of frontman Alex Roy into the melodic, infectious songs the five-piece have become known for. Emerging from Portland, Maine with debut album Eyes To The Sun in 2009, Sparks The Rescue's playful pop rock made them a fan favorite as they toured with the likes of Mayday Parade and The All-American Rejects.

Catch them on tour with Go Radio this month. Fans of intelligent pop rock in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Jimmy Eat World and Saves The Day, get ready to fall in love with Sparks The Rescue. Rock




"Rock&Roll Submarine"
URGE OVERKILL - ROCK&ROLL SUBMARINE (U.O. Records)
The insatiable rock machine that is Urge Overkill returns with their first release in 16 years - all aboard the Rock&Roll Submarine. Almost two decades since Exit the Dragon and their Pulp Fiction hit cover of 'Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon,' founding members Nash Kato and Eddie Roeser have reformed the band that sold over 2.5 million albums and epitomized rock star personality in the early 90s with their celebrated releases on Chicago's Touch & Go Records.

Joined by former Gaza Strippers guitarist Hadji Hodgkiss on bass and Cherry Valence's Bonn Quast on drums, the Chicago band released the first song off the new album, 'Effigy,' in the fall of 2010 to great response from critics and fans alike. With the energy of past albums' fusion of arena rock and punk coupled with the evolution of Kato and Roeser's songwriting over the years, Rock&Roll Submarine is set to deliver its cargo of a new breed of UO rock torpedoes to fans hungry for new material.

'In a span of about three years in the mid-'90s, Chicago rockers Urge Overkill dropped a hotly-tipped major label debut, 1993's Saturation; released a wildly popular cover of Neil Diamond's 'Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon' on one of the decade's most beloved soundtracks, Pulp Fiction; then, on the verge of breakout success, flamed out and broke up. Now, fifteen years after their last album, they're back with a brand new album.' - Peter Gaston for SPIN.com. Rock




"Move Like This"
THE CARS - MOVE LIKE THIS (Hear Music Records)
After a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles made them one of the most popular American rock 'n' roll bands of the late '70s thru mid-'80s, the Cars are back in action with their very first studio album in 24 years. Featuring original band members Ric Ocasek, David Robinson, Elliot Easton & Greg Hawkes, Move Like This recalls the alt-rock minimalist sound the Cars are so well known for, yet at the same time, maintains significant relevance to the music of today. Alternative Rock




"Speeding Ticket And A Valentine"
BLAME SALLY - SPEEDING TICKET AND A VALENTINE (Ninth Street Opus Records) 
Bay Area favorites, critical darlings, and great songwriters Blame Sally hit new highs with Speeding Ticket And A Valentine. Warm, witty, melodic, filled with depth - an apt description of the music on the new album but also the four women who make up the band. In the studio or live, their music and vibe are compelling and infectious. Blame Sally will be on tour all spring and summer. Americana



 
"The Song Remains Not The Same"
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME (E-One Music Records)
Black Label Society unplugged at a special low price.
Available for the first time, unplugged versions from Black Label Society's critically acclaimed Order of the Black combined with additional material recorded during the Order of the Black sessions. Conceived, created and compiled by Zakk Wylde, The Song Remains Not the Same is a must buy for any Black Label Society or Zakk Wylde fan. The track 'Darkest Days' features John Rich as guest vocalist. Unplugged

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