Fu Manchu Does It Again

So at this point Fu Manchu has the Fu Manchu formula down to a science. Put out a killer record, tour and repeat. I have honestly never been disappointed with one Fu Manchu record. Sure, some I like more then others, but they are all freaking good. The thing is, they all sound like Fu Manchu. Killer riffs, simple and laid back approach to the vocals and serious grooves. Well…. Their latest album “Clone Of The Universe” came out today and its another darn good one.

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“Clone Of  The Universe” starts off strong with the the track “Intelligent Worship” in which Fu front man Scott Hill (guitar/vocals) drops that classic singing style of his. He has always had such a unique and cool approach to his phrasing. There is no mistaking him for anyone else.  Of course the song also features a killer riff that rocks hard and gets the head banging. Guitarist Bob Bach also drops a fantastic guitar solo on this one.

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The album then takes a turn into circus like groove with the song “(I’ve Been) Hexed.” The guitar vibe is really cool on this one and gives lots of space for bass player Brad Davis to show his chops. The next track “Don’t Panic” reminds a bit of Bl’ast!, but with cleaner and tighter execution. Drummer Scott Reeders performance on this one is top notch.

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“Slower Than Light” is a classic Fu Manchu groove that ends up punching you in the face. Scott’s vocals put you in trance while the bass line is pure silk gold. Its the perfect song to lead into “Nowhere Left To Hide.” which is yet another track built around a killer riff. Fu Manchu really let the groove sit in on this one. The slightly sludgy riff pulls back to earth.

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The title track is probably my favorite of the album. Its got all of the Fu Manchu elements I love. The vocals work hand and hand with the guitar and you can’t  help but digging the hook. Scott Hill is a very underrated when it comes to his lyrics and the hook type melodies he comes up with. Fu Manchu songs always seem to get stuck in my tiny little pea brain.

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The album closes out with “ll Mostro Atomico” which is an 18 minute epic monster of a Jam. The band sounds enormous on the long drawn out intro as they pound the riff home. The guitar solo work is killer! Oh by the way… Fu Manchu had a little help from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson on this one so…. Thats a thing.  “ll Mostro Atomico” also features some pretty cool soundscapes.

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So yet again Fu Manchu does what Fu Manchu always does. They stick to being bad ass and as consistent as consistent gets. All four members are stealer players and good dudes to boot. The only complaint I have is I wish there was more!! Seven songs just wasn’t enough. I will say the band sounds very powerful and energetic. You can hear the energy come through their playing on every note. I will be in attendance for the big release show tonight and look forward to seeing these new tracks live.


 

 

 

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All Souls Brilliant Debut!

So….. All Souls is a band that you absolutely need to check out! I mean it!!! The LA based band that features: Antonio Aguilar (Totimoshi)  on guitar/vocals,  Meg Castellanos (Totimoshi) on Bass/Vocals, Erik Trammell(Black Elk) on guitar and Tony Tornay (Fatso Jetson/ Deep Dark Robot/ Brant Bjork) on drums is set to releasee their debut self titled album and its a masterpiece. The album is driving, colorful and chalk full of hooks. You can see that All Souls knows a thing or 2 about rock n roll just by looking at their members resume.  You could even say All Souls is a super group. But…. All Souls is much more then just that. Their music and style is something familiar and comforting while be new and exciting at the same time. That folks, is not an easy thing to do!

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All Souls 9 track album starts strong from the very get with “The Ghost Is Flying Home.” The song starts with a strong punchy cadience that would make Jack White jealous. The guitars paint over beautifully with a dark and mysterious riff that lead into some nifty lead work in the same realm of early QOTSA. All Souls use tempo changes and a killer hook during the chorus to drive this puppy home. The guitar riffs after the songs breakdown deliver the knockout blow.

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The track “Never Know” features another strong vocal performance and killer guitar work. Antonio has little hints of Jello Biafra in his voice that lay over All Souls musical canvas perfectly. He has the perfect voice and style to lay over what the band is doing. The mix and production on this album are great! You can really hear what each member and instrument are bringing to the table. Meg and Tony hold down a solid rhythm section that also keeps your interest with subtle but powerful tweaks. Both are amazing musicians that deliver the goods with such taste.

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“Rename The Room” may just be my favorite track on the album. I love how it builds itself up with plenty of tension and beautiful Melodys that all play off each other. The raunchy guitar solo over the bad ass bass line gets me. The first half has a bit of ZZ Top thing going but leads into a massive Pink Floyd kinda thing. Like I said All Souls have hints of something familiar in their sound but deliver it a very unique and intriguing way. This song seems to grow and grow and gets better with each listen.

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“Sadist Servant” is an instant epic war march! That song makes me wanna battle robots or do something crazy like real life exercise. Tony T crushes it on the drums with a little help from some dude named Danny Carey (Tool) on percussion.  Antonio and Erik’s combined guitar work seems to make for a perfect chemistry.  Haunting guitar solos glide right over the battle rhythms creating the perfect soundtrack for dropping into barrel of a big wave feeling the oceans strength and the surreal feeling of harnessing something so powerful.

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I could honestly go on and on about this album. All Souls crushed on this one and I guarantee this will be in rotation for me for a long long time. There is just so much interesting musicianship on this record. What I love about All Souls is on the surface it sounds so clean and simple. The formula is a killer riff, strong rhythm section and the vocals deliver the unmistakable hook. But if you really listen you can pick up all the little nuances All Souls craft into their. That my friends is not an accident. Its very calculated, its very thought out, and it takes skill to pull off.  Antonio, Erik, Meg and Tony have something special together and they know how to write a complex song that is still easily digested. You can hear and feel punk, desert, grunge and even epic Iron Maiden vibes all mixed  into a exquisite creature.

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ALL SOULS debut and self titled record will be available worldwide 2-9-18 trough Sunyata Records. For those of you who are vinyl collectors you best act fast. The super cool folks at RUNIED VIBES RECORDS are doing something very Special. There will be 2 versions of All Souls debut album. One will be only available on tour through the band. The other is original screen printed piece of art by Kat Von D. Both will be limited to 100. Both will feature different artwork than the CD. I suggest you get over to Ruined Vibes now because these puppies will sell out. In the meantime check All Souls on….

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Wedge & The Killing Tounge

 

If you like good old fashioned  rock n roll then you must check out Wedge. They use a mix of 60’s and 70’s rock with a little bit of psychedelic sprinkles on top.  The 3 piece Berlin based band will be dropping their Sophomore album “Killing Tongue” February 9th. Featuring 9 blistering tracks ‘Killing Tongue” is no joke. The band literally sounds like they should have been part of the original Woodstock line up.  This is the perfect album to crank while the beers are flowing, the grill is fired up and good times are in the making. I love how they use the Hammond Organ to texture their tunes. The track “high Head Woman” is a beautiful display of just that. Wedge has some serious talent and skill. The track “Lucid” allows all 3 members to shine on their respected instruments. My Favorite track on the album has to be “Tired Eyes.” From the tripy intro to the the outro, the song takes you to different time and place.

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I will admit, “Killing Tongue” took a hot minute to register for me. On my first listen I didn’t really get it. Once I let it settle in and took the time to dig in and really listen I really couldn’t help but appreciate what the boys in Wedge are doing. The guitar work on the album is defiantly top notch and the songs just make me feel good. I love how Wedge structures the songs on Killing Tongue. They incorporate many different instruments and styles but still have the fuzz I crave.  So If your at all a fan of that 60’s sound you music check these dudes out!

RELEASE DATE 9TH FEBRUARY 2018

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River Cult has arrived!

Heads up folks. The Brooklyn based band River Cult is making some serious noise on their debut full length album Halcyon Daze. The 3 piece, which features Sean Forlenza (Guitar/Vocals), Anthony Mendolia (Bass) and Tav Palumbo (Drums), should definitely be on your radar.  River Cult have a 70’s vibe thing going but also bring plenty of heavy. They are great at highlighting grooves while also filling the soundscape with a psychedelic flavoring.

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Halcyon Daze starts off strong with the up tempo track Likelihood Of Confusion that starts with a jazzy riff almost in the vibe of Brant Bjork or Walking Papers. The song then slams into Sabbath like riff that allows Forlenza to paint over the top with some killer guitar work.

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My favorite track off the album has to be The Sophist. I love the heavy doom vibe and the band utilizes space very well. The lyrical theme is also very reliable to many folks that I know.  The Sophist is a trip that is just under 12 minutes long but is well worth taking. River Cult use tempo changes and killer tones to really help shape their songs. River Cult use dynamics very very well.

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I’m absolutely pumped this album was sent my way. River Cult should be extremely proud of this record!! Halcyon Daze will make a big splash in the rock, doom and psych community! I highly highly suggest you check them out! Halcyon Daze will be available world wide on FEB. 9th 2018!

HALCYON DAZE WILL BE RELEASED ON MULTIPLE FORMATS

Vinyl:  Nasoni Records
CD/Cassette:  Blackseed Records
Digital:  Magnetic Eye Records

 

Nebula’s Rise

 

Its really really hard to think that Nebula is already turning 20!! Holy shit where did the time go? I can remember it like it was yesterday when I first heard of this new band (Nebula) featuring Fu Manchu members Eddie Glass(Guitar) and Ruben Romano(Drums). I was living in Santa Cruz at the time and just dropped out of high school. I was down by pleasure point checking the waves. I was cruising on my skate with my disc man in hand rocking Fu Manchu’s “In Search Off.” I posted up on the rail with the boys like usual to shoot the shit. After asking what I was listening to a bro of mine informed of Glass and Romano leaving to start a new project. This really got my attention and I remember being really being excited for this. I’m a greedy music fan. The more the better!

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So fast forward to the fall of 98. Nebula had dropped “Let It Burn” and I got copy in hand. At this point I could drive and I loaded the disc into my old hand me down station wagon and hit play. Now you should know, that car was a piece of shit but I put money into a decent car stereo and it could crank! So… “Let It Burn” starts!! Ruben is doing that pattern on the ride symbol and the bass lines kicks in and is groovy. The psyched out sounds swell in and build to the main riff and holy fuck!! I take off in my station wagon to a whole other fucking planet!! “Welcome To Elevation” is an understatement. “Let It Burn” became one of “those records” for me. It opened doors. It opened my mind and lifted me to another level. “Down The Highway” was my station wagon’s theme song. Surf trips up and down the west coast now had a soundtrack for me and my friends.

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Lets fast forward now to end of summer 99. Nebula drops “To The Center” on us. Again the album starts with Romano doing his thing on the drums. Its got this jazzy feel and then he does this little skip pattern on the kick drum and the weed i’m smoking gets magically better. The bass and guitar lines take you to groove planet and then BOOM! “Taking off to the center of the universe!” That Glass riff hits and grooves hard. Eyes closed, summer sun out and life is good. “To The Center”, like “Let It Burn,” became an anthem album my crew.  Those albums for me, are best played start to finish. Nebula’s music was always a journey for me.

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1999 also brought us Nebulas EP’s “Sun Creature” and the split with Lowrider that eventually became to the “Dos EPs” release in 2002. I could not get enough of this band at the time and still do this day crank those records. Nebula had elements of Fu but with out a doubt did their own thing and created their own sound. For me, high school would not be the same with out the music of Nebula!

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So why am I bringing up Nebula now!! Well Heavy Psych Sounds is doing what Heavy Psych Sounds does and thats support and deliver great rock n roll. To help celebrate Nebulas 20th trip around the sun they are going to re-issue all of their first releases. I’m especially pumped for this because I fell like this band never got the credits they deserve.  Glass and Romana are stoner rock pioneers starting with Fu Manchu and then with Nebula. Along with Mark Abshire on bass Nebula was in a class of their own when it came to skill and delivery. Their albums no doubt had a huge impact on present and past stoner rock bands.  Nebula deserves their due and these record deserve some praise. If you know you know. IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOU BEST CATCH UP!

 

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LET IT BURN

  JAN. 26TH 2018

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COC is Back!!

COC IS BACK!!

For the first time since 2000 the classic four-peace line up has brought us new tunes and it was well worth the wait! It feels so good to hear these dudes rocking together again!! I’m going on record right now by saying “Deliverance” is one of the most important records in rock and the stoner scene in paticular. “Wiseblood” is no joke either. Those records spent a lot of time in a rotation for me and now “No Cross No Crown” will as well. 

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So, With Pepper Keenan back in the fold at guitar and vocals the boys of COC did not disappoint with their latest release “No Cross No Crown.” The album is full of that classic swampy heavy ass sludge riffage that COC does better then anyone. Pepper And Woodroe Weatherman have always had great chemistry together on guitar while bringing that unmistakable twin guitar sound. As soon as you hear it you know it’s COC. The Track E.L.M is a prime example of this! 

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What I really love about “No Cross, No Crown” is that it has what I’ve always loved about COC but it also pushes the band. It gives the empress on that the band really gelled again and did not just do another record for the hell of it. The band sounds really great and full of life. Keenan’a vocals are on fire, Reed Mullin’s drumming is killing it and Mike Dean is groovy as all hell.  We have already discussed the ripping guitar work but, I can’t stress enough how bad ass Pepper and Woody are together. The track “The Luddite” is one of my favorites on the album. It’s driven by a swampy doomish riff but with attack. Its in your face and unforgiving. Its like a old school punk rock doom thing that pushes you around.

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“Cast The First Stone” is another strong track that features that killer guitar work again.  I also particular like the lyrics in this one. Keenan still sounds like Keenan but he does push his vocal to some new areas on this record. The track “Wolf Named Crow” has that southern vibe COC does so well while “little Man” brings that bad ass COC riff driven rock that grooves. “Old Disaster” is a jam and should only be played at 11. I love the chunky riff while Keenan fills the void with his unique voice and phrasing. Again, this track highlights the guitar work.

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“A Quest To Believe” actually reminds me of the “Blind” era COC. Its a heavy riff that stomps hard laying the perfect foundation for Keenan’s gritty and attitude laced vocals. I love the groove on this one! “Nothing Left To Say” slows things down a bit and builds slowly to a heavy swampy vibe in the same elk as “Redemption City” of “WiseBlood.”

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I highly suggest you give this record a listen. In fact, give it multiple listens. Let the songs settle in. “No Cross No Crown” is a great record and one can only hope COC is here to stay and give us more goods. I really look forward to seeing this lineup again live!! I also want you all to know that COC’s music seems to make beer taste better! 

Wormhounds Albums Of 2017

So let’s put 2017 in the books shall we. Despite all the shity stuff that happened in the world this year we still had some good Rock and Roll to keep us sane. I have to admit my list this year was really hard to put together. I struggled with the letdown that some of the album’s I was really looking forward to turned out to be a let down. For example “Villains” by Queens of the Stone Age was garbage in my opinion. I just couldn’t get into it. What happened to me this year though, was that a lot of albums grew on me and once I gave multiple listens I find little nuances that hit me. My list is going to be different from others and I’m sure some of you will disagree and possibly even give me shit. But that’s what’s great about rock and roll it speaks to us in many different ways. so why don’t we just get to the list already.

1. ALL THEM WITCHES “Sleeping Through The War”

Number one for me this year without a doubt was “Sleeping Through The War” by All Them Witches. These guys continue to impress me with a mix of unique Sounds that no other band comes close to. I really can’t get into cookie cutter bands who put out records that sound like a watered-down version of their influences. I love bands who take chances and create something that is unique to them and them only. Alll Them Witches are the quintessential band who really gives no shits on what you think they should sound like. They are heavy without slamming it down your face and their grooves are infectious. “Sleeping Through War” takes the listener on a journey through many different soundscapes that are tasteful and full of twist and turns. Like their albums in the past All Them Witches continue to bring a seriously devastating guitar tone and show great song craft. “Don’t Bring Me My Coffee” is a classic all them Witches song. it’s a mix of heavy with a creepy folk like vibe that is haunting. “Alabaster” is a bit of a psychedelic trip with killer uses of temp change. The vocals are trance like.

This song rips!

All Them Witches “Bruce Lee”

2. BLOODCLOT! “Up In Arms”

The number 2 record for me this year was the badass hard core punk album “Up In Arms” by Bloodclot! Now bloodclot is not your ordinary Band, it is a punk rock supergroup. The band features John Joseph from the cro-mags on vocals along with former Danzig guitar Slinger Todd youth. Bloodclot also features Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age) who is one of the greatest drummers in the world. Another QOTSA alum and rock n roll legend Nick Oliveri holds down the four strings and give this quartet an element of danger. “Up In Arms” is a hardcore masterpiece and was the best punk rock record to come out in 2017 by far. I had the privilege of seeing boys slay it in San Francisco and they did not disappoint! if you love hard core punk rock in any way, get this album now!!

Bloodclot! “Up In Arms”

3. Sasquatch “Maneuvers”

Maneuvers by Sasquatch was an excellent album from start to finish. Sasquatch always knows how to utilize killer riffs and “Maneuvers” is no different. This album is full of badass heavy riffs that stick in your head. This album also features a very strong vocal performance by Keith Gibbs. I highly suggest this record for anyone who is into the stoner Rock genre.

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4. MONOLORDRust

MonoLord’s heavy and sludgy “Rust” is number 4 on my list. “Rust” is an ominous and heavy record that does not compromise. Monolord always sounds massive and “Rust” continues this trend. The album is a perfect mix of Sabbath style doom, Electric Wizard and even a hint of Fu Manchu. Love this band and love this record!!

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5. MELVINSWalk Through Love & Death

Number 5 on my list is the legendary Melvins. their 2017 release titled a “Walk Through Love and Death, deserves a lot more credit than it got. It is actually a double album. The “Love” side of the album is a soundtrack to a short film while the “Death” side is a 9 song standard album. I think people got tripped up on the love side of the record. it’s a far out there bizarre soundscape that The Melvins have become masters of over the years. As far as standard rock songs go the “Love” side is not what you’re gonna get. The “Death” side of the record however is classic Melvin’s featuring trippy riffs and drum rhythms that only the melvins can get away with. King Buzzo still sounds amazing on vocals and his guitar work never disappoints.

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6. FOO FIGHTERS “Concrete & Gold”

So this is where I’ll probably start getting some shit. Number 6 for me was “Concrete And Gold” by the Foo Fighters. As much as I try not to like a Foo Fighters records every time they come out I end up really liking them! Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl are like having a Monday off work. It just feels good! at this point Dave Grohl can do whatever the hell he wants and nobody can give him shit for it. He has earned all the leeway he wants. “Concrete And gold” is a solid record that features those classic Foo Fighter hooks that always get stuck in your brain and refuse to leave. I mean, Dave Grohl even got Justin Timberlake to sound kind of heavy. I will admit, at first I didn’t understand this record. This Foo Fighter record took a couple listens to really gel for me. I know a lot of fans of heavy music don’t want to give Foo Fighters a chance but, you really should. I suggest you start off with the heavy riff slammer of the track “Run.” I don’t care what you all think about me, I dig me some Foo Fighters!

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7. YEAR OF THE COBRA “Burn Your Dead

The Seattle Duo Year Of The Cobra continued their rapid rise on the underground rock scene with the release of “Burn Your Dead.” It’s definitely a must have for fans of heavy or doom. Year Of The Cobra is a band all should be checking out in 2018. I’m a big believer in this duo!! “Burn Your Dead” is an expansion of what YOTC do best!

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8. ELDERReflections Of A Floating World

Elder’s “Reflections Of A Floating World” comes in at 8 for me. This album takes you back in time to a world full of warlocks, goblins and magic. This is a great album to get lost in and forget about all your worries!! It’s progish but not with a pompous kinda vibe that leaves feeling cheap and empty. Elder rips it up but still has a soul!

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9. PRIMUSThe Desaturating Seven

For number 9 I went outside the box. I went with Primus and their album “The Desaturating Seven.” Listening To Primus makes me feel good. It makes me feel young. They remind me of my childhood. The Desaturating Seven” is a very solid Primus record. I will admit I was not a fan of much Primus after “Tales Of The Punch Bowl” and didn’t expect much from this record. I was pleasantly surprised though, a lot of classic Primus sounds going on! It’s the bizarre sounds that have always made Primus great but also has songs and melodies you can grip. I’ve since revisited a lot of The later Primus Records and have found some gems. I hope this band never stops making Records!

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10. ATOMIC BITCHWAXForce Field

A rock n roll feel good record ends my 2017 list with “Force Field” by The Atomic Bitchwax. This record is a party ready to happen. Love the riffs and the rhythms on this bad boy! Spent a lot of time driving using this album has my soundtrack. If you never have, you should definitely check out Atomic Bitchwax!

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SO……….

There it is! My list!!

I gotta give a shout out and honorable mention to:

BRUME (Rooster)

Lo Pan. (In Tensions)

Mastodon (Emperor Of Sand)

Nick Oliveri (No Hits At All)

The Obsessed (Sacred)

Royal Blood (How Did We Get So Dark)

I also absolutely have to mention the remaster Of Stone Temple Pilots “Core.” In celebration of its 25th anniversary. Holy shit time flies!!! I swear I just bought this album brand new on cassette! “Core” was a big album for me and truly made an impact on my life!

I also can’t close out 2017 with out…

Giving love and respect for some of my fallen idols!

First off RIP Chris Cornell. One of the greatest rock voices of all time!

I also can’t believe Tom Petty is gone. He was one of the all time great song writers and the definition of cool.

Off Course we can’t leave this year without a tribute to greatest rhythm guitar player ever Malcom Young!