Los Angeles band Dirtycakes play Rock And Roll. And they play it LOUD. The group has a varied background, including world tours, political activism, and criminal records, but the band itself comes together in a union of Punk with a DIY ethic, to share the love and angst. Song topics include drugs, emotional turmoil, day to day struggles, and politics – a mixed bag, making the group an interesting one to get to know. Lisa had a chat with Dirtycakes to see what makes them tick.
Tonight Shakespears Sister wind up their ‘Ride Again’ UK tour with a concert at the Brighton Dome, in the grounds of the world famous Royal Pavilion. To get into the mood, we’re listening to their album, released in June this year, ‘Singles Party (1988-2019)’. To say this has everything is really putting it mildly.
LA duo Lovers & Poets got their musical start in the lounge of Vietnam’s Saigon Park Hyatt hotel. Shannon Hurley, spent three months at the piano there as she wrote, recorded, and mixed most of the vocals and keys for their debut album. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, band-mate and husband Ben Eisen rounded it all out with bass and additional programming. Their new album and its title track, ‘Sugar High’, is out now.
Carmine Appice is without doubt, a rock god. He played drums for the legendary Vanilla Fudge (on ‘Season Of The Witch’ and ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’), and he co-wrote ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’ with Rod Stewart and Duane Hitchings. He’s also, with Vanilla Fudge, responsible for paving the way for one of the most popular genres in rock: heavy metal, by way of bridging the gap between psychedelic and prog/hard rock. The likes of The Nice, Deep Purple, Yes, Styx, Led Zeppelin, and Uriah Heep, all credit “The Fudge” as their inspiration.