ALICE SWEET ALICE “Mandala”

     In my never ending quest for the best in underground rock, I’ve been fortunate and sometimes lucky with the music I come across. I’ll admit, being the host of Blood Borne Radio has helped that search quite a bit. “Alice Sweet Alice” is just one example of the unique and engaging bands I’ve been able to have on the show. With as much as I love mainstream rock music, I’ve come to the understanding over the years, eventually, a great deal of it starts to sound the same. It seems, to me anyway, mainstream record labels find something in a band they like, and make them do the same thing over and over. This is great for them, as it becomes the selling point of the band. Bad for the listener, as they never get a chance to fully appreciate everything a band can do. This is what fuels my desire for underground music. Underground bands have a drive and desire that many mainstream bands unfortunately lack, once they’ve become mainstream.

     Alice Sweet Alice brings that passion, and drive that pulls me in and makes me want to listen. With a unique sound and feel to each song they perform, the listener is always getting something different. From melodic blues, to hardcore punk, just one ASA CD can cover damn near every emotion. As I sat and listened to this CD, I could think of only one phrase that seem to fit what I was hearing, and that is simply, “ear candy”.

Alice Sweet Alice CD “Mandala” 2011 Cauldron Soundwerx

Track Listing:

1) 21st Century Slavery

2) Burden of Truth

3) Full Circle

4) Undone

5) 3 Tides

6) Falling Under

7) Broken Mirror

Alice Sweet Alice is:

Scott Martinez, Bass/Vocals
Ali Kat, Keys/Vocals
Billy Brown, Drums/Vocals
Ron Bales, Guitars

     Now for something completely different. Alice Sweet Alice is nothing you expected, and everything you wanted it to be. Here you will find a variety of melodies and sounds you’re just not going to find anywhere else. I discovered something about this CD that I find a little perplexing. My ears understood that I was listening to new music, but my brain was telling me it was something familiar, even comfortable. Something that seemed to have the power to help me remember better days. Being the youngest in my family, and separated from my brothers and sister for many years, my musical taste was often very different from what they might have been listening to. However, on the rare occasion I wasn’t being the pain in the ass little brother, both my brother and sister would allow me to sit with them, and listen to music from time to time. This CD, brought me back to those days.

     The music is something new and different, and at the same time has the ability to hold on to a classic rock feel. The lyrics, and story behind them have a way of transporting you to a better time. A time less chaotic, more relaxed. A time when music itself made you want to stand up for something. Alice Sweet Alice delivers all that and more with this CD, and I’m happy to say it’s just one chapter in a story that will unfold within your mind. “Mandala” gets a 5 out of 5 star rating from this DJ, and a definite recommendation of a CD you’ll want to have in your collection. Keep it up ASA, I can’t wait to hear more!

Chase Knightly

Blood Borne Radio

PULSE “Show Me The Way”

     When I started “Blood Borne Radio” early in 2012, I did so with a concentrated focus on “Underground” rock music. With this being my first official blog for the show, I wanted to write about a band I have truly come to love. I’ve had the honor of interviewing this band on my show twice now, and I can’t wait to have them back again.

     Not long ago, I connected with Voodoo Queen Management, the managing company of this band. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the bands under VQM’s banner and quickly requested them all to make an appearance on the show. When it had come time for “PULSE” to be on the show, I had already been playing the bands song “No More Next Time” daily. It had been getting  great response, and before long, listeners starting requesting, and wanting more from the band. On show night, it took no more than a few moments to understand, the music, is only half of the “PULSE”  experience.

     This five member band from the Dales Ft Worth area instantly charmed not only me, but all of my listeners. Before the one hour long interview was over, I was already being bombarded with emails wanting more music, and more about the members of the band. Before I review the bands CD “Show Me The Way”, I feel it important to state, “PULSE” and bands like it, are the reason I do this show.

“PULSE” is:

Sean Yeaney – Vocals
P.J. Blackburn – Bass/Backing Vocals
James Brennaman – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Justin Judy – Guitar
Jimmy Lay – Drums

CD: “Show Me The Way” 2011

Track Listing:

1) Hollow                                6) Blame

2) Won’t Let Go                     7) Empty Bottle

3) Run Away                           8) Stay

4) Think About It                  9) No More Next Time

5) Show Me The Way           10) First To Fight

     I received my package in the late afternoon while I was alone in my studio. Knowing what it was, I opened it with the excitement of a child on Christmas morning. There, sitting in the box, amongst other items was a copy of the “PULSE” “Show Me The Way” CD, just for me. Without hesitation, I placed the CD in one of the open decks, placed my headphones over my ears in an attempt to drown out any other interfering noises, and pressed play. I listened to the entire CD without interruption. Something I must have done more than a hundred times since that day.

     From first to last note “Show Me The Way” hits hard with a force few other bands have been able to accomplish. The band lives up to its name as they most definitely have a finger on the pulse of the human experience. I’ve been fortunate doing this show, with being able to hear thousands of underground bands. Now and then, I come across a band I feel will make it big in the music scene. PULSE, is one such band. There is no doubting the bands drive and passion behind the music they play.

     With vocals that cut right through you, and music that slams you against the wall, forcing you to take notice, this is a CD you don’t want to be without. PULSE will do no less than get your blood flowing, and remind you, you’re alive. Well written and imaginative lyrics leave you wanting more. Flesh shredding guitar, and hard hitting drums push the music right into you. “Show Me The Way” will do just that, and show you just how this music should be done. I gladly give this CD a 5 out of 5 on the Blood Borne Chart and recommend it to anyone with a love and passion for this brand of music. An enormous THANK YOU to all of the members of PULSE for making a CD I can stand behind!

Chase Knightly

Blood Borne Radio

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