Hope you all had a chance to listen to The Rock Solid Pressure Show this past Monday night. It’s EPIC APRIL in the Dungeon. All month long we’ll be spinning new (or semi-new) ‘epic’ metal tracks. What do I consider an epic track? Well, anything over 10 minutes in length falls into that category. It also has to be a majestic masterwork of music. This is the only time of year that we spin multiple tracks of this nature. Sure, we throw in an epic here and there throughout the year, but in ‘Epic April’, it’s a celebration of these crafty bands who have the musicianship and insight to produce these types of songs. I’m an old guy (lol) who was weened on those classic epics of the 70’s. In my touring years throughout the 80’s and 90’s, I also included an ‘epic’ or two on all of my releases. So epics are in my blood (lol) Each week on the show, the first half will be two ‘new’ epics. The second half will be business as usual, and we’ll close out the show every week with a classic epic from the 70’s or 80’s. Tune in every week for a deadly dose of insane musicianship!!
NEW MUSIC: Since 2002, our broadcast has been known for turning on the masses to NEW music. Sure, we spin older stuff now and then, but our goal has always been to focus on new music. We deal with tons of record labels and we’re bombarded on a daily basis with new stuff. Some of it is crazy good, and some of it is..well..not so good (lol) But you’ll only hear the ‘good’ stuff on The Rock Solid Pressure Show. We are not one of those broadcasts that will spin everything we get. Our screening process is a bit strict. After all these years on air, our standards for submissions has to be extremely high. And to all the bands reading this, I urge you all to keep writing new music. Keep going, keep writing. If you’re a prominent band on your scene. You should be releasing new music every year, or every other year. I try to instill this initiative on the hundreds of local bands I work with down here in Florida. It’s best to be prolific writers if you want to get noticed. I worked for Sony Records A&R and a prerequisite for a contract is to be prolific writers. A label won’t invest the time if you cannot produce an album every year, or every two years. They will certainly look at your past history of releases before any consideration. Since the days of ‘Artist Development’ are pretty much over. It’s up to the bands to keep the momentum going. And that’s with NEW releases. So keep going! You’ll get there!!
INDUSTRY SHOWCASE NEWS: We’re hard at work on the 14th annual RSP Industry Showcase. The lineup of 20 bands is ‘almost’ complete. We’ve had so many ‘epic’ Showcases throughout the years. Our Industry Panel every year reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in the Industry. So many GIANT names have sat in on the panel over the years, it even amazes US (lol). Every year we like to change up the panel and introduce new ‘blood’ to our annual extravaganza. This year will also be no exception. We already have reps from PROSTHETIC RECORDS, ECLIPSE RECORDS, SP UNLIMITED (Who works with TONS of labels) on board, and we’re not finished filling up the seats. The date has already been announced for Sept 24th. And of course it will be at the historic State Theatre in St. Petersburg Florida. Next month we will be revealing EVERYTHING! Full lineup of bands and Industry Panel. Stay posted!
*Here’s a rundown of our Playlists from the past month..
The Pressure Playlist for 3/14/16
- ABORTED: In Avernus (Century Media) debut track
- JUNGLE ROT: Paralyzed Prey (Victory Records) debut
- CRADLE OF FILTH: Enshrined In Crematoria (Nuclear Blast) debut track
- SISTER SIN: Desert Queen (Victory) debut
- ANURYZM: 199x (Melodic Revolution Records) debut track
- MARTY FRIEDMAN: Lycanthrope (Prosthetic Records)
- MEATSPACE: Phony Halo (debut track)
- REDNEK MESSIAH: Rednek Messiah (debut track)
- SHOTGLASS SERENADE: Bitch (debut track)
The Pressure Playlist for 3/28/16
- HAKEN: The Endless Knot (Inside Out Music) debut
- LORDS OF BLACK: Everything You’re Not (Frontiers Records) debut
- 3 KILLER BUDS: Crack’n (debut)
- JESUS CHRUSLER SUPERCAR: Let It Roll (SPV) debut
- THE TREATMENT: Let It Begin (Frontiers) debut
- SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: What Doesn’t Kill You (Inside Out) debut track
- 5 STAR HOOKER: Crash The Party (debut)
- 5 STAR HOOKER: Drinkin’ My Blues Away (debut)
- EMERSON LAKE & PALMER: Knife Edge (RIP Keith Emerson) Island Records
The Pressure Playlist for 4/4/16
- EXXILES: Rise (Nightmare Records) debut track
- SYMPHONY X: To Hell And Back (Nuclear Blast) debut
- SAILING TO NOWHERE: Sailing To Nowhere (Bakerteam Records) debut
- CROSSING RUBICON: Unhinged (Pavement Ent) debut
- AEGEA: Hysteria (debut track)
- EVERWAR: The Evil Inside (debut tack)
- EMERSON LAKE & PALMER: Tarkus (RIP Keith Emerson) Island Records
*RIP KEITH EMERSON: As you noticed, for the past couple weeks we have been honoring the late great Keith Emerson who passed away a few weeks ago. Keith’s music was a huge influence on my life as a musician. Tony Iommi inspired me to become a Guitar player, and Keith Emerson inspired me to become a keyboard player. For ME, Sabbath and ELP were 2 of the darkest bands to come out of the 70’s. Sabbath was more Guitar driven of course, but with ELP, the focal point was Keith Emerson on the Keyboard. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing both of these bands multiple times in the 70’s (the joys of being an old guy lol). And I urge all of you to go hunt down video of ELP in the 70’s and 80’s. watching Keith Emerson on stage was like watching a Lion Tamer. He would fight with his keyboard. Go upside down with it. Stab it with daggers. It was an immense shock on my fragile eggshell mind, and just like Sabbath, I worshipped this band. In the early 90’s, I had a chance to share the stage with ELP (look for the pic on my facebook page). This was like meeting my all time hero’s and I got to hang out with them and let them know what an influence they have been on my music career. Even did an in depth interview with them. I was saddened beyond belief to hear of Keith’s passing. We all know that 2016 has taken some of our biggest heroes, but Keith’s death really crushed me. I wanted to do an ELP special on our show, but was afraid all our metal listeners couldn’t get their heads into it. ELP wasn’t metal. Yes, it was extremely dark..The LYRICS were certainly metal, but the music was more of a Prog-Rock kinda thing. For the ELP fans like me, we HAVE been ending the show every week with one of their legendary tracks. On Monday it was the 18 minute ‘epic’ TARKUS!! Please raise your glass for Keith! The one and only innovator of the rock keyboard! There will never be another!!
UPCOMING CONCERTS: Since I have decided to keep this blog on a monthly basis, here’s a huge rundown of our concert events that you can’t miss..
Saturday 4/9: The Local 662: SOULFOUND (Reunion), TRACE OF DAY (Reunion), VERTEBREAKER..Doors 7pm
Saturday 4/23: State Theatre: LITA FORD w/ 5 STAR HOOKER, CRUSH TONE. Doors 7pm
Sunday 4/24: State Theatre: SKINDRED / SOIL w/ THE DEFIANT, PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY, CYPHER MACHINE..Doors 7pm
Saturday 4/30: The Local 662: HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN featuring PSYKOTRIBE, THE CUNNINGHAM WAKE, SCREAMING AT THE SILENCE, DEABSOLVE, FUNERAL FOR A CLOWN and more!! Doors 6pm
Saturday 5/7: The Local 662: COLDCLOCK KNOCKOUT (CD Release), DRASTIC FALL, SCREAMING AT THE SILENCE, TOGETHER IN EXILE, FROM THIS FIRE, CODA CUTLASS. Doors 6pm
Get more info on these events at our site http://www.RockSolidPressure.com or go hunt down the Event Pages on Facebook
That’s all I got!! Cya in the field..