Unlikely stars Bad Wolves, have a platinum record, a worldwide number 1 hit song, two YouTube videos with millions of views, and more success than they ever dreamed of when the band was formed as a side project several years back. Even though all this has happened and more accolades are on the way, frontman Tommy Vext keeps things at an even keel by staying humble. We caught up with Tommy at the headquarters of Eleven Seven Music Group to discuss the debut album Disobey, the pressures of having a “hit”, whether or not his band is a “supergroup”, practicing self-care on the road, what happened to all the old music clubs in New York, and whether or not modern hardcore bands are real tough guys or not. Also appearing, Tony the stuffed Tiger! Thanks to Tommy, Eleven Seven, and Bad Wolves for their time. Interview by Keefy with videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Live Bad Wolves photos by BunnySyn Photography for Ghost Cult. Continue reading
We have picked a winner in our ticket giveaway to the first ever Souled Out Fest, all day tomorrow at The Chance In Poughkeepsie, NY. Emilie Padnick and a friend will go to the show thanks to the sponsors of the show and Ghost Cult! Nearly100 people participated in our contest on Instagram and we thank you all! More details about the fest are below: Continue reading
Operation: Mindcrime, in support of their début album took to the legendary venue of The Chance to showcase material from The Key (Frontiers Records) album and as well as Queensryche classics in 90 minute set full of musicianship. With openers Mike Campesa, Christian Gisondi and Parallel Universe the crowd was well primed for a night of stories through songs.
Opening with a string of ‘Rchye songs starting with ‘Neue Regal’ and ‘Screaming in Digital’, the show was one big sing-a-long. Along for the ride again with Geoff Tate are drummer Simon Wright, the masterful time-keeper who just handled everything with such ease. Keyboardist wizard Randy Gane and guitar maestro Kelly Gray (who looks more like a frontiersman sheriff nowadays) bring their A game and some solid harmonies. New to the fold is second guitarist Scott Moughton and bassist Tim Fernley who both fit in smoothly with the bunch. They gel so well you forget they’re the rookies of the group.
Keeping the crowd guessing, the band went into an acoustic set of ‘Jet City Woman’, ‘Take Hold of the Flame’, ‘Silent Lucidity’ and ‘The Weight of the World’. After another story intro from Geoff, they preformed a slew of songs from The Key. From opener ‘Burn’ and ‘Re-Inventing the Future’ you get a glimpse at what this band has in store for this first act of a massively planned trilogy. With saxophone in hand they went into ‘The Fall’ which is one of my favorite songs off the album. Ending the night with ‘Breaking the Silence’ and ‘Empire’, everyone in attendance seemed well satisfied with the song choices of the evening.
From opener to headliner, this was a great night for progressive music fans. The year’s early, but this is easily one of my favorite shows of 2016. Operation: Mindcrime is a must see live act.
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It’s been awhile, ten years actually since the band formerly known as Superjoint Ritual has graced New York with a show. Now known simply as Superjoint and armed with a new rhythm section, Kevin Bond, Jimmy Bower and Phil Anselmo come a crushin’.
In tow on the “It Takes Guts Tour”, was Fulgora from Missouri who features past and present members of Misery Index. Up next was Detroit Michigan’s Child Bite, who bring their experimental punk metal mesh to the hungry crowd. Following their eclectic set was Australia’s new golden boys King Parrot. Vocalist Matt Young and crew just drenched the on lookers with water and sweat. A mystery masked man joined them during their “hit” song ‘Shit on the Liver’. It may or may not have been the proprietor of Housecore Records under the cowl!
Phil and company were on fire, sounding like no time has passed since 2003. Everyone was on point, new bassist Stephen Taylor and drummer Joey Gonzalez of Phil’s solo band, The Illegals fit seamlessly into the SJR sound. Playing a hefty 17 songs from their two albums. Opening with ‘The Alcoholik’, many tunes turned into sing-a-longs. They were so good I ended up in the pit moshing after I put the camera away. The much missed Kevin Bond was treated to an intro and chant before ‘It Takes Guts’. Phil joked about their bus not having air conditioning and did an improv mini-song about it. Hearing these songs live after so many years felt like a time warp. Even though I didn’t hear ‘Dress Like A Target’, a blast was had by all. Thankfully these songs are timeless and it was easy to get lost in the music. Here’s to more Superjoint tours and music in the future.
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY OMAR CORDY