Teenage Time Killers, the supergroup put together by Mick Murphy (My Ruin) and Reed Mullen (COC) is putting on a one-off all-star concert in Los Angeles on September 12th. Featuring many of the big names that make up each of the tracks ofGreatest Hits Vol 1, (Rise Records) taking the stage with Murphy and Mullen will be Randy Blythe, Corey Taylor, Neil Fallon, Lee Ving, Tommy Victor, Vic Bondi, Phil Rind, Ron Beam, Tony Foresta, Clifford Dinsmore, Tairrie B. Murphy, Jonny Webber, Greg Anderson, Pat “Atom Bomb” Loed, Karl Agell, and Trenton Rogers. Tickets are already on sale at this link:
Have you ever heard an album so good you thought it was made just for you? Like someone reached into the great boombox in your brain and pulled out just what you wanted to hear? Well, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Rise Records) by Teenage Time Killers is that album for me. If you have yearned for some new tunes to come along and kick your ass back to 1988, then this music is for you. Masterminded by Mick Murphy (My Ruin, and Reed Mullen (Corrosion of Conformity),the core band is rounded out by the ubiquitous Dave Grohl and chipping in everything except lead vocals and Greg Anderson (Sunn O)))/Goatsnake) and his mighty axe. In addition to a cavalcade of former and current stars from across punk and metal, it’s an ambitious attempt to turn the idea of a supergroup on its head.
Certainly, a lot of hype has gone on about the assembled players, especially the vocalists. If you re thinking of Grohl’s Probot project, you are not far off. That was Grohl paying tribute to his metal heroes. TTK is all about paying tribute to a certain mindset. An era when writing fun, smart songs that hit you where you live was the norm. Mullen has put his distinctive angry yelp on many C.O.C. albums and does a fine job here on the opening track ‘Exploder’ and on ‘The Dead Hand’. ‘Exploder’ is just a classic punk track with all the whoa-oh-ohs you can handle. Second track ‘Crowned by the Light of The Sun’ sounds like an early-era Clutch song and thus Neil Fallon is right at home singing over some stone grooves. The most blistering track here is the thrash/punk ‘Hung Out To Dry’. Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) just slays the track with his parts.
Following these first salvos the rest of the album is a tad uneven in a few places, but on repeated listens the entire thing holds together well. Jello Biafra is predictably pissed off in the too-short ‘Ode to Hannity’. ‘Barrio’ featuring Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio/Blink 182 has the second-best track on the album. It’s another fun old-school sing-a-long that is both fun and political. Mike IX (EyeHateGod), Tommy Victor (Prong/Danzig) and Tairrie B. Murphy (My Ruin) anchor the three of the remaining real standout tracks. While it’s great to have an album in 2015 with Lee Ving (Fear), Karl Agel (COC Blind/King Hitter) and Phil Rind (Sacred Reich) altogether, at times you wish the tracks were a little stronger. Although a little short of total greatness for all the meaningful names, Teenage Time Killers backed up having the stones to call this album Greatest Hits Vol 1.
Given how many of the fallen luminaries of the black/death/grind scenes have recently recaptured their former glories with a slew of successful comeback albums it was only logical that a big name from the South was going to get in on the act. With their line-up reading like a who’s who of classic stoner and doom outfits, the mighty Goatsnake have reformed after nearly a decade away with their classic line-up intact and ready to once more blend the rough with the smooth, which they do so with aplomb on third full-length Black Age Blues (Southern Lord).
Firmly rooted in Southern culture and boasting a strong Gospel influence that filters through the songs like light through stained glass windows, the members of Goatsnake may wear their hearts on their sleeves, but they are more interested in getting your hips shaking courtesy of the bulldozing riffs of guitarist Greg Anderson, whose day job is making people feel sick with Sunn 0))). The sonic waves are nowhere near as punishing as those emitted by that fearful outfit, but they certainly pack a punch. Opening track ‘Another River to Cross’ begins with the gentle sound of trickling water before a gigantic riff appears out of nowhere which the rhythm section instantly lock into for a stately march through the heat haze. Next track ‘Elevated Man’ is more upbeat, with elements of classic rock flaring up around the more standard stoner refrains, especially in the instantly hummable chorus.
The good-time vibes continue with ‘Coffee and Whisky’ which stomps along happily, aided by Anderson’s effortlessly shifting fuzzy riffs and another catchy chorus. The basic percussion adds to the frill-free atmosphere and all seems at ease until the power builds to a monstrously heavy level to close the song, indicating that the band are not interested in playing it safe. Things get even better on the pure NOLA-worshipping headbanger of the title track which the members of Eyehategod will surely be kicking themselves upon hearing for not thinking of it first. The sludge gets even thicker on ‘House of the Moon’ which sounds like it was grown in the New Orleans swamp and fed nothing but BBQ and liquor. The backing vocals from Dem Preacher’s Daughters give it a veneer of class, but not by much.
The band turn their attention away from genre lyrical tropes on the nod-along stoner jaunt of ‘Jimi’s Gone’, an ode to Hendrix that even features a brief guitar solo from Anderson. The soaring backing vocals and harmonica perfectly compliment proceedings and act as the perfect upper to the somewhat downbeat feel of ‘Graves’, which follows. The album finishes strongly with the heavy as molasses march of ‘Grandpa Jones’ which comes close to doom metal perfection, aided once more by superb backing gospel vocals before the slithering, sinister ‘A Killing Blues’ plays us out.
Clearly the time away and experience in other bands has done the members of Goatsnake the world of good. All four of them put in a stellar shift throughout Black Age Blues, from the measured percussion of Greg Rogers, the pulsing bass of Guy Pinhas and of course the fuzzy axe of ol’ Greg. However the plaudits must go to vocalist Pete Stahl, who not content with having pioneered hardcore with Scream back in the 80s, has just staked a claim for being one of the finest singers of today. His clear, soulful tones elevate the songs above the rest of their stoner/doom brethren and his vocal lines will lodge in your head for days after.
An excellent comeback album from a band that has been away for far too long. Let’s hope they decide to keep this motor running for a little longer this time around.
Teenage Time Killers will be releasing their long awaited release Greatest Hits Vol 1 on July 31, 2015 via Rise Records. The brainchild of Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, the project has released a track listing along with a breakdown of guest credits. All instrumental tracks on Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Dave Grohl‘s 606 Studios in Northridge, California. The album was produced by Lousteau, Mullin and Murphy, engineered and mixed by Lousteau at 606 Studios.
Stream “Barrio” (with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio) and “Hung Out To Dry” (with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God) below.
01. “Exploder” Vocals: Reed Mullin Featuring Pat Hoed (Bass), London May (Drums)
02. “Crowned By The Light Of The Sun” Vocals: Neil Fallon Featuring Jim Rota (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
03. “Hung Out to Dry” Vocals: Randy Blythe Featuring Mike Schaefer (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
04. “Power Outage” Vocals: Clifford Dinsmore Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
05. “Ode to Hannity” Vocals: Jello Biafra Featuring Mike Dean (Bass)
06. “Barrio” Vocals: Matt Skiba Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)
07. “The Dead Hand” Vocals: Reed Mullin Featuring Woody Weatherman (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
08. “Egobomb” Vocals: Corey Taylor Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
09. “Plank Walk” Vocals: Pete Stahl Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
10. “Time To Die” Vocals: Mike IX Williams Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar)
11. “Days Of Degradation” Vocals: Tommy Victor Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
12. “Clawhoof” Vocals: Tairrie B. Murphy Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
13. “Big Money” Vocals: Lee Ving Featuring Pat Smear (Guitar & Bass), London May (Drums)
14. “Devil In This House” Vocals: Karl Agell Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
15. “Say Goodnight To The Acolyte” Vocals: Phil Rind Featuring Jason Browning (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
16. “Ignorant People” Vocals: Tony Foresta Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Nick Oliveri (Bass)
17. “Son Of An Immigrant” Vocals: Johnny Weber Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)
18. “Your Empty Soul” Vocals: Aaron Beam
19. “Bleeding To Death” Vocals: Vic Bondi Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
20. “Teenage Time Killer” Vocals: Trenton Rogers Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Pat Hoed (Bass)
Goatsnake will be unveiling details of their first full length in fifteen years entitled Black Age Blues, out June 2, 2015 via Southern Lord.
Black Age Blues is an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of the four members of Goatsnake in top form. Everything is magnified; Pete Stahl‘s vocals have never sounded so good, the rhythm section comprised of Greg Rogers on drums and Scott Renner on bass are the driving force on each track, and Greg Anderson‘s riffs are heavier than ever before.
Appearing on the album intro to “Another River To Cross” is acoustic guitar courtesy of David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M), the track also containing previously released recordings from Goatsnake’s “The River.” Piano is played by Mathias Schneeberger and Petra Haden contributes violin and vocals. Another welcome addition to the album, across multiple tracks, are brilliant backing vocals by Dem Preacher‘s Daughters: Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit.
Black Age Blues Track Listing: 01. Another River To Cross 02. Elevated Man 03. Coffee & Whiskey 04. Black Age Blues 05. House Of The Moon 06. Jimi’s Gone 07. Graves 08. Grandpa Jones 09. A Killing Blues
Mar 21: Gypsy Lounge – Austin, TX SXSW (Day show) Mar 21: Yellow Jackets Social Club – Austin, TX SXSW (Night Show) May 02: Pappy & Harriets – Joshua Tree/Pioneertown, CA May 24: Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD (w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Inverloch, Neurosis, Winter, more) May 30: Temples Festival – Bristol (UK) Jun 01: De Kreun – Kortrijk (BE) Jun 02: Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL Jun 03: SO36 – Berlin, DE Jun 04: Freakvalley Festival – Siegen, DE Jun 07: AN Club – Athens, GR Jun 20: Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT
Teenage Time Killer, an all star project headed by Corrosion of Conformity’s Mike Dean and Reed Mullin, has reportedly signed a record deal with Rise Records. The name was taken from a Rudimentary Peni song. The instrumental parts for the upcoming CD were recorded at Dave Grohl’s (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) Studio 606 in Northridge, California on the famous Sound City mixing board, which was the central focus of Grohl’s acclaimed “Sound City: Real To Reel” documentary. The effort was mastered by Bill Stevenson (THE DESCENDENTS, BLACK FLAG).
Reported artists who have contributed to the project include:
Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) Neil Fallon (Clutch) Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) Lee Ving (Fear) Tommy Victor (Prong) Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator, ex-Queens Of The Stone Age/Kyuss) Aaron Beam (Red Fang) Pete Stahl (Scream, Goatsnake) Greg Anderson (SUNN O))), Goatsnake) Karl Agell (ex-Corrosion Of Conformity) Tairrie B Murphy (My Ruin) Mick Murphy (My Ruin) Vic Bondi (Articles Of Faith) Clifford Dinsmore (BL’AST!) Pat Hoed (Brujeria) Max Cavalera (Soulfly) Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan) Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (The Misfits) Keith Morris (Black Flag, etc.) Phil Rind (Sacred Reich)
Asked if there are any plans for TEENAGE TIME KILLER to go on the road in support of the upcoming CD, Mullin told INDY Week: “Touring, I don’t know. Dave Grohl’s folks — his management and marketing people — are going to help us do all that with the thing. We recorded about 98 percent of it at his studio. They were talking about — since there’s so many people from so many different bands — maybe do something like ‘[Jimmy] Kimmel [Live!]’ and have three or four different singers come out at one time, like Jello and Lee Ving, maybe Randy from LAMB OF GOD, something like that. All the songs are real short, so we could do, easily, four songs and not go over. But you know, we’d have Brian Baker come out and play guitar, Pat Smear play bass or guitar or whatever. It’s pretty star-studded.”
He added: “It sounds really organic. It sounds like we — the people that we associated with for the different songs — wrote the songs together.”