EPISODE 5

Woah! Strap yourself in for a long ride as this show went overboard with antics and insane ramblings from the LGL crew. Once again Damo, Craig and Michele take you through all things awesome. There’s news, there’s obituaries, there’s birthdays, and there’s also heaps good music too! I dunno how we did it but this show is a whopping 3 hours but if you have nothing better to do and you’re sick of the radio, then tune in and listen to the comedic value that the LGL show will bring. Please remember to take everything said with a pinch of salt. We’re here for a good time, not a bad time. Sit back, turn it up and enjoy by clicking this link.

Enjoy tunes by:
Naked Raygun
Ginger Wildheart
Massappeal
Frank Popp Ensemble
H20
Gorilla Biscuits
Bullet Lavolta
Thrust
Against Me!
Teen Machine
7 Seconds
Order Of Decay
The Replacements
Parasites

EPISODE 4

With Tommy Ramone’s passing this week, Michele, Craig and myself have dedicated a show to honour the world’s greatest band. From Joey’s humble beginnings in glam rock outfit Sniper through to their last album, Adios Amigos, we pay tribute to the brothers from Queens telling stories and anecdotes and bits of trivia about the one band that kickstarted a whole genre of music. Not only that but we play all music that was inspired by the Ramones, whether lyrically, musically or both. It’s all here and you can listen to it right now by clicking this link!

Enjoy tunes by:
Iron Chic
Sloppy Seconds
The Queers
The Dahlmanns
Screeching Weasel
Masked Intruder
The Transgressions
The Eastern Dark
The Mr T Experience

Joey Ramone RIP
Dee Dee Ramone RIP
Johnny Ramone RIP
Tommy Ramone RIP

 

Last year, the American-French-Swedish awesome foursome, Blues Pills, graced Australia with their vintage riffs and perfect blend of everything that is great about rock n roll. Mixing the best of Soul, Garage Rock, Stoner Rock, and what they now term as ‘classic rock’, these cats came charging full speed ahead with Corey Berry’s thumping back beat filled with groove, while vocalist Elin Larsson’s voice wailed from the stage as 18 year old guitarist, Dorian Sorriaux left everyone speechless with mouths open fixated on every guitar lick and perfectly executed solo. It really was one hell of a spectacle.

On the strength of their debut 7” (now extremely rare and most sought after) and the now infamous Devil Man 10”, we as lovers of music have been waiting patiently for their debut self-titled full length to drop. Will it stand up to the high praise received by their earlier works? Well my friends, let me tell you this: It does.

Blues Pills is a work of genius. In a day and age when there is just so much music out there to choose from and finding something fresh and exciting may seem a little overwhelming, this 10 track album is pure sonic bliss from start to finish. Oh and check out that bitchin’ cover art!

High Class Woman opens the show and right from the start you can feel it in your bones. It’s as though you just want to get up and get your groove on at a 60s love-in. Remember those? I don’t, but I know what they are. Thanks to all those books on the MC5 and the Stooges, but I digress. ANYWAY, I have to point out that there’s just no holding back on the guitar work as Sorriaux goes in for the kill with some of the most incredibly well-crafted guitar solos you’re likely to hear this year, maybe this lifetime. It’s as though the fiddly diddly solos follow Larsson’s vocals along, each guitar note reaching where Larsson’s voice was just mere moments earlier. It’s this kind of playing that stands out the most on Blues Pills. Every single solo feels just right. There’s not a single moment where it goes off track and gets lost on its trip through shredsville. It’s just so well calculated and whether he is carving up a storm through the finale of Black Smoke or kicking it back through the album’s more gentler moments like The River or Astralplane, there is nothing on this record that doesn’t gel so fluidly.

The band have reworked both The River and Devil Man from their Devil Man EP for this album and oddly enough, The River is longer on this album while Devil Man is just under a minute and a half shorter yet still manages to pack quite a punch. Zack Anderson’s bass lines are so on point rounding out one hell of a rhythm section that shades of Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones or Dust’s Kenny Aaronson creep through at every moment which is never a bad thing.

To put it plain and simple, Blues Pills is simply incredible. Everything is as it should be. The music, while based in a sound of days long ago, never gets tiresome or repetitious. Each song is as good as the last and the only fault you will find with this record is that it ends. Seriously. It’s no surprise that Blues Pills are receiving endless praise and hype and this album is every reason why. They are most worthy. A contender for the best album of 2014? You’re damn right! No, fuck it, I’m calling it now. This is no contender, this IS the best album of 2014 and we still have another six months to go! Sucks to be every other band releasing albums this year.

Blues Pills is out July 25th through Nuclear Blast.

www.bluespills.com
www.facebook.com/bluespills
www.nuclearblast.de/bluespills

 

EPISODE 3

We’re back! This week, Sydney rocker Michele Madden joins the team and we take a walk through the wild side of rock n roll. Well, maybe, kinda, possibly, not really, ok maybe a little, and we mix it up with tons of stories and hilarious chit chat and fun times revolving around our love for music. There’s new, there’s old, there’s classics, there’s just awesomness all round. We talk rock news, give our thoughts on Baby Metal, and a whole slew of rock stuff happening in the world today. It’s a long one so strap yourself in and enjoy the ride! Have a listen right now by clicking this link!

Enjoy tunes by:
Boris The Sprinkler
Far From Perfect
Spunkbubbles
Murder City Devils
Dead Kennedys
Bloodsucking Freaks
The Demon Parade
Marvelous Darlings

EPISODE 2

This week, Damo and Craig talk all about the recent Hard-Ons 30th Anniversary show in Melbourne along with rock news, vinyl nerdism and a whole slew of sweet jams from some of Australia’s most kick ass bands and also some international gems too! It’s a bitchin’ powerhouse of good time rock n roll and you wanna get on this stuff, STAT!

Download/stream by clicking HERE.

Enjoy tunes by these fine folk:
Brother Brick
The Hard-Ons
The Quadrajets
Dwarves
Against The Grain
HITS
Oblivians
Simon Chainsaw
Screamfeeder

 

And to watch the Vinyl documentary that we talk about on the show, it’s right here:

EPISODE 1

We are back! It took a long time and on this show I explain why. On the new improved Long Gone Loser Rock Show, I am joined by the Movies About Girls Podcast heroine of all things Canadian, Holly, who along with me chats about rock music and joins in on the review of this week’s Aussie release, the psychedelic religious experiment from MONROES FUR. We play some tracks and talk nonsense but it’s all good times from here on in. We also talk rock news, we remember Doc Neeson from The Angels and talk about the Hard-Ons 30th Anniversary this month as well as many other rants and chats of randomness.

Download/stream by clicking HERE.

We play tunes by:
The Vultees
The Angels
The Mystaken
Hellmenn
Space Juniors
Giants Of Science
Monroes Fur
The Hard-Ons

And you can get a taster of Monroes Fur right here with this sample I found on YouTube… this shit’s weird!!!!

 

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Picture the scene: We’re in a town called Bad Arolsen which is somewhere in Germany. It’s the summer of 2008 and a group of us trekked to Europe to catch the annual metal festivals and on Wednesday, July the 9th, we were on our way to the Magic Circle Festival to witness the almighty Manowar play their first six albums in their entirety. It was going to be epic and we knew it. Before the onstage shenanigans of the leather clad bad boys of heavy metal took to the stage to deafen us with those classic albums, San Francisco’s thrash legends, Death Angel were playing a surprise set… at three in the freakin’ morning! Ok, so for the hardcore gig goer, that’s no big deal but we were jetlagged, we were tired, we had trekked with backpacks full of a month’s worth of crap and we watched as Poodle struggled to put his tent up opting to just do what he could and that would suffice. The first night’s antics found us hanging with like-minded individuals who were gathered around a Hummer that was painted with Manowar imagery and signatures with a stereo blasting Crown & The Ring at full volume. And why not? The festival’s opening day saw Alice Cooper headline the stage with legendary support acts tearing the small town of Bad Arolsen a new one like Michael Schenker Group (who were terrible but they had the legendary Chris Slade on drums so that’s cool) and Ted Nugent (who shot a crossbow and arrow on fire into a guitar… as you do). By the time Cooper’s incredible two hour set was done, I was knackered and told the guys to wake me up at 2:55 so I could see the bay area thrashers do their thing. Well, right on 2:55, I get my wake up call “Damo! Let’s go see some fuckin’ thrash!” and up I got and we headed to not the main stage where Cooper and his band did their thing, but this tiny shed where a stage was set up and Death Angel took to that stage for a blistering performance to about 50 people. It was truly a sight to see and by the time they were done, I was beyond exhausted. I headed back to my tent and was quite pleased at what I had witnessed. I never thought that I’d ever see Death Angel again so I was in no position to complain about anything, ever.

Fast forward six years and I am at the old Billboards venue, which is now aptly titled 170 Russell St, and I am getting ready to watch one huge double header thrash fest as Death Angel were supporting Germany’s greatest thrashers, Kreator. Ok, so I will say now that the term ‘thrash’ is going to come up quite a lot in this review and that is simply because there is just no other way to describe it. Besides, I’m not some wacko journo who likes to use big words to describe something we all know as one simple word. It is what it is. The doors opened at 7:45pm which meant the 8 o’clock start time saw a line go around the corner and down the street. I took one look and thought to myself “I’m gonna miss me some Death Angel at this rate!” but once inside, I found myself witnessing a packed house as Death Angel were delivering one insanely powerful set that stretched across their entire discography. For a band who have been doing this genre of music since the early 80s (they had a lengthy break in the middle but we won’t count that), it’s amazing to see a band stay true to their roots and just deliver each song with power and aggression. Vocalist Mark Osegueda belted out each tune with so much energy whilst shredders Ted Aguilar and long-time guitarist Rob Cavestany just didn’t stop all their fiddly noodling which was just awesome to see. Newcomers, and I use that term loosely cos five years is still a long time, bassist Damien (heaps cool name!) Sisson and drummer Will Carroll deliver a pounding rhythm section that just didn’t let up. And why would you want it to? These guys haven’t aged a bit musically and for thrash purists, that’s welcomed with open arms. They smashed through all the “hits” including Evil Priest (I love that song title, I mean, how clichéd and metal is that!?!?! So good!), Sonic Beatdown, Claws In Too Deep, The Dream Calls For Blood and Succubus. Of course there was no way they would be omitting possibly their most well known tune, Seemingly Endless Time, which went down a complete treat. So were they good? Yeah, Death Angel, I like ‘em and you will too. Good stuff!

So let’s go back to 2008 but skip to the end of July. We make it to the infamous Wacken festival for what was to be the end of all parties with the likes of Iron Maiden, Airbourne, Nashville Pussy, Carcass, Nightwish, Avantasia, Exodus, Hatebreed, and the original German thrash attack of Kreator. They were incredible. This was a band I was introduced to through seeing the video for Betrayer on RAGE in the early hours of the morning; Coroner’s Masked Jackal usually followed, if you care, and I was immediately hooked. Who else besides everybody loves that breakdown in the middle with the bitchin’ mosh part? Exactly. Kreator were insanely awesome that night and the crowd worshipped the stage they played on. It was totally rad. Really, you haven’t seen Kreator until you’ve seen them whilst you were surrounded by 79,999 other metalheads all headbanging in synch. Such a surreal experience.

So here we were, 2014, Kreator’s intro music hits and out on stage they came. Immediately the crowd were whipped into a pool of flailing bodies as they danced up a moshable storm of the most epic proportions that the likes of 170 Russell had ever seen, maybe. Even though a few fan favourites were not part of the setlist (nothing off Extreme Aggression or Terrible Certainty – What the fuck, dudes?), they still managed to find 90 minutes worth of insanely awesome ass kickin’ thrash metal. Opening with the immediate classic Phantom Antichrist (the title track of their last album which is most bitchin’), the band blasted their way through the likes of People Of The Lie, Endless Pain, Pleasure To Kill, Violent Revolution, Enemy Of God, Riot of Violence, but not before finishing with an encore that included the classics Flag Of Hate (complete with flag waving) and Tormentor. It was heaps good and was definitely well worth your $59 (plus booking fee).

Both bands really gave 100% and then some. It was quite a step back in time yet in a way it showed that the original formulas still ring true in 2014. Of course it does. I’d like to say thankyou to all involved in bringing out these two great thrash (that word again) bands. Two thumbs up… even if Kreator didn’t play Betrayer. Well, at least they brought the flag so we’re good on that.

Bonus (at no extra cost!): Here’s a video of Betrayer since Kreator forgot to play it last night!

 

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