is always important for us, as music connoisseurs, to keep up with the current
trends in music. So, here at Are You On Something.com, we decided to get
on board with the current MySpace explosion and start opening our eyes and
ears to all that has been made available through this convenient networking
source. We will be scanning the pages of MySpace.com for anything musical
that seems worthy of a few words. This is a source that gives us a chance
to see an artist, as well as hear their music, by just clicking a few times.
If you are an "old dog" and you want to learn the newest "trick,"
you can go to www.MySpace.com and see what all the rage is about. Or, better
yet, you can just drop your eyes down below and we'll bring a few pages
to you. Enjoy.
bands are in short supply in these days of alternative and emo bands.
I remember bands like The Clash, Iggy & The Stooges, Dead Kennedys,
Misfits, and so on. There isn't a band out today that even somewhat resembles
the lost genre of old school punk, except possibly Queen Bee.
These Detroit natives - fronted by their leggy, platinum blonde singer,
Karen Neal, who is heralded as the Bee Queen - are a throwback to the
golden age of punk. Sounding a bit like punk legends X, mixed with hints
of early Soundgarden, and sprinkled with the salt of every other classic
punk act of the past, their full-length disc "Girl On Top" is
the treasure of a lost genre. Songs like "Happy Medium Rare,"
"Unraveled," and "Anatomical Gift" are filled with
a minor chord drone that lays like lead upon your ears, while tracks like
"Road To Good Intention" and "Tongues Of Fire" lean
toward a smoother, Patti Smith style of angst. Then of course, there are
tunes like "Wish You Dead" and "Wanna Bee," which
are stamped with the Dead Kennedys trademark speed and melody combination.
Much of the appeal of this band comes not only from their welcome sound,
but from their outrageous vision as well. Reminiscent of bands like The
Cramps, you'll find this band dressed in a lot of wide stripes, candy
apple red thigh high platform boots, and heavy makeup. Crotch grabbing
and expletives are all part of the beauty of it, and they wear it all
MySpace profile: www.myspace.com/queenbee
Official website: www.thequeenbee.org
Strutting the halls of my high school in my jean jacket that was riddled
with patches that displayed my love for hard rock / metal bands like Maiden,
Priest, Sabbath, and about 800 others, I really felt at home with the
music of the era. Since then, there have been very few bands that remind
me of that time enter Legion. This is a band that places me in
front of my high school locker again with their nod to the classic Rainbow
sound, and high-pitched Grim Reaper-style vocal tones.
All of the music from their 8-song CD "Shadow of the King" has
that classic metal appeal. You know,
the dual guitars
sounds like a nine-armed drummer bashing away
the singer that sounds
like his testicles are in a vice
you know, all those things we love
about metal. Tunes like "Shadow of the King" and "Illusion"
have that Ronnie James Dio-era Rainbow glow to them, while "The Watcher"
and "Heart of Stone" have the Joe Lynn Turner-era shine to them,
and "Deny Yourself" could fit on just about any Dio record.
But, the band's impressive guitar work and excellent drum tracks (check
out some of the cymbal work on these tunes!) keep the material genuine
and honest. This is a band that loves the style and their not afraid to
Every time I turn this disc off I feel like I've hung up my denim and
slammed my locker on it. But with Legion nestled between Led Zeppelin
and John Lennon alphabetically in my collection, the portal to those metal
glory days is never too far away.
MySpace profile: www.myspace.com/legionnjusa
Official website: www.legion-music.com
Here is another band fronted by an amazingly beautiful woman. Niki Saletta,
with her long blonde hair and angelic face, has a beauty that cannot be
seen in the pictures that grace the band's MySpace profile. Niki Saletta
has the voice of an angel as well. This band is empowered by Saletta's
vocal talent, and a series of wonderfully written songs. Xü (pronounced
"zoo") is a quintet from Los Angeles that has a particularly
unique sound. I was about to say that they sounded something like Queensrÿche
with a female vocalist, but that really doesn't sum things up entirely.
The soul and savvy of a track like "Waiting For You" doesn't
really sound like anything but Xü. This is one of those bands that
seem to bounce around inside your head for months. After listening to
their 6-song disc for a few weeks now, I find myself waking up in the
middle of the night with one of the tracks banging around in my skull.
Although Saletta is the horsepower here, the rest of the band burns some
rubber as well. Very stylish and patient guitar parts that enhance the
song and a rock solid rhythm section are something that can be found on
every song. "Roll By" and "Tainted Freedom" are a
helluva hard rocking one-two punch that gets this disc flying; and "Laugh"
and "On The Run" are two superbly written songs that still deliver
a chill or two.
I must admit, Niki Saletta's overwhelming appearance is what initially
glued my eyes to Xü's page, but it's the power and passion of her
voice and the excellence of the band around her that beckoned my ears.
This band is the perfect example of sound and vision coming together for
the complete package.
MySpace profile: www.myspace.com/xuworld
Official website: www.xuworld.com