We've decided to add some new programming to the station. From now on Friday nights at 8 eastern we will be featuring the New Generation Block.
So what exactly do we consider new generation? To put it simply there was a certain sound with 80s metal and hair band music that we love. To discover that so many of the bands that have come out in this millennium have kept that sound and more new bands are coming up every day has been a pleasant surprise. So we want to help our listeners find cool newer music and help the bands find new listeners.
We will also be playing new releases by older bands during this segment, before we put them into regular rotation so bands like Every Mother's Nightmare, Dokken and Bulletboys who are still going strong will be featured as well as we continue this new programming and obtain their new releases!
As we all know bands come and go- some of the bands we will play during the New Generation block may have disbanded or morphed into another few bands by now. Others are brand new and we can't wait to see them grow. Many of the new generation bands are not from the U.S. although good ol' America has it's share; Switzerland, Sweden , Latvia and many other countries abroad have bred a generation of musicians who believe in leather, big hair and pretty guys. Heavy on the sex, drugs, and Rock'n Roll with a whole lot of alcohol thrown in for good measure. That is something that we LOVE! We're also thrilled to see that our station is being played in numerous countries besides the U.S. !
For our first New Generation block, we'll be playing
We're very excitred to bring y'all this new weekly installment of New Generation metal music and look forward to getting to know more of these bands!
Snakebite started up in 2012 under the name named Sexx Action, however, they were disappointed by the divergence occurring throughout the band.
After regrouping, their first try at putting something together under the new name Snakebite proved to be very difficult due to issues with an ex bandmate. Not letting that discourage them, the 3 founding members, Wagner, Fischer and LaCroix forged ahead and kept the ball rolling without worry.
In early 2013, they released a demo via Maniac Attack Records in limited numbers which was quickly sold out. Fast forward to 2014 when the 3 original members started working on their first album, “Princess of Pain”. Each of them contributed to the song writing which offered a wide variety of songs and sounds. This album was recorded and mixed by Lacuna Coil’s Dennis Koehne and was released in 2015.
In 2016, they added new member Chris Van Kough (guitar). Since then, they have been touring abroad and all over Germany.
On May 4, 2018, their upcoming album, “Rise of the Snake” will be released as a cd and as a vinyl album via Maniac Attack Records. The lineup of : Dominik Wagner (vocals/guitar), Julian Fischer (drums), Alex LaCroix (bass), andChris Van Kough (guitar) seems to be the winning pairing. These guys have a great sound and they rock hard!
Jocke Berg (vocals), Vic Zino (guitar), Martin Sandvik (bass) and Adde Andreasson (drums) make up this foursome from Gothenburg, Sweden. Their sound has been coined as thrash metal and sleaze rock. Drummer Andreasson uses the term “street metal” to describe them. They formed in 1997 and still perform today. They have 11 albums under their belt, one just being released in 2018 called “You Can’t Kill Rock n’ Roll”. These bad boys have an impressive 18 singles and have won several Grammys in Sweden. They have one compilation album with all of their hits.
Their influence came from the 80’s, L.A. rock scene which included bands such as L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat. They also got into Oasis as heard on their song “Someone Special.” Drummer Addes said they wanted to be a lot like AC/DC because they were the “ultimate party band” because they ran on pure energy. Years later, they were invited to open for AC/DC in Turin, Italy to which they were very honored. They have toured all over Europe, Japan and the US.
A few days ago I had the pleasure of interviewing a great rock band out of Vantaa, Finland, Shiraz Lane. These guys were a lot of fun and despite a little hard time understanding them, the interview was great. I spoke to lead singer, Hennes Kett and guitarist, Jani Laine.
Me: This is Misti with the Manamal Streaming Radio and I’m talking to Finland’s very own heavy metal band Shiraz Lane, thanks for joining me guys!
SL: Thank you for having us.
Me: So, I’m going to start off with the cliche question I’m sure you get asked ALL the time. How did you all meet?
SL: (Jani) Well, Ana and I have been best friends from childhood. We met Kennes in 2011 & started the band up in 2011. We met Joel a year later then in 2014 we met Miki via the internet.
Me: We are seeing a lot of rock bands coming out of Finland. What makes you stand apart from all the rest?
SL: Our chemistry.
Me: Not every band has chemistry, but it is evident that you guys really do.
SL: You’re right, that’s what sets us apart.
Me: Now, do you all participate in the songwriting?
SL: It’s very much a group effort. Someone will come up with and idea, say a riff or beat then we just come up with ideas for our individual parts and roll with it.
Me: I think it’s great that you all are involved.
SL: Makes you a better band we think.
Me: So, are most of your songs from personal experience?
SL: Yes, ALL of them.
Me: I know some bands write from experiences their family and/or friends go through too. Are some of the songs written for others, or just the band’s personal experiences?
SL: We have had enough crazy experiences individually to keep our band going forever.
Me: Do you guys have anything new in the works?
SL: We have several ideas being tossed around right now. We’d love to do something like MTV Unplugged, when MTV was still cool.
Me: I hear that! What type of music do you listen too?
SL: Mixed genres. Heavy metal all the way to pop. I think you need to be open minded to ALL types of music to be great.
Me: What made you want to stick with the vintage sound reminiscent of 80’s metal?
SL: We didn’t strive to have a specific sound, but that is just what it ended up being. We love that music too. It’s nice to be compared to some of the great 80’s rockstars.
Me: How does the music scene in Finland differ from the US?
SL: We really can’t answer that. We have never been there. We were in Canada for 5 days a couple years ago, but just haven’t made our way to the US.
Me: What is your personal favorite song you’ve done?
SL: (Hennes) Reincarnation but then sometimes it’s Harder to Breathe.
SL: (Jani) Yeah, both of those songs. I go back and forth. But, ALL of our songs are great!! (*snickers*)
Me: What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you as a band?
SL: Honestly, it had to be going on tour for the first time. We didn’t know what to expect because up until that point, it was local gigging. That was the most amazing feeling in the world hearing fans screaming our name. Very surreal.
Me: I know your time is valuable guys, so I guess my last question to you is, if you could let you fans know ANYTHING about the band, what would it be?
SL: What you see is what you get. We love our fans, and wouldn’t be here without them. We love meeting our fans and we just want them to know that.
Me: Great ending to a great interview. Thanks so much guys for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with us here at the Manamal Streaming Radio. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to hear more from you guys soon.
SL: oh, one more thing. American girls voices are hot, whoa!
Me: If you are referring to mine, I’m so beyond “girl”...I’ll be 50 this year. Lol
SL: There is no way! Well, you sound good!
Me: Thank you. Take care guys.
SL: Thank you too! Bye from Finland!
Congrats to the guys in Permacrush on their new release today. We were intrigued by a Facebook post and reached out to Chris Crush to find out more about this "Sunset Strip" band and their music. We've already discovered that I get a bit flustered when talking to artists so thankfully Chris had a busy schedule and we came up with doing an email interview instead of me attempting to stick to a scripted list of questions. This is actually a win for me, because no matter how prepared I am I always forget to ask one question or another. This gave me a chance to sit down and send a series of questions and allow Chris time to look over them and give me the answers he wanted to without me interrupting him or heading off in another direction! So, y'all enjoy, and add Permacrush to your playlist now!!!
Q. Permacrush- how long have you guys been together and what are the members names and instruments?
A. I ran Permacrush out of the Midwest from 2005-2012. I moved to San Diego in 2012. Tried to run it from the beach in SD but Hollywood pulled me in. Moved to West Hollywood in Dec. 2017. PERMACRUSH is: Chris Crush - Lead Vocals, Guitars - Brett Baugh - Lead guitar - Harley Duggan - Bass, Vocals - Alex Tuccio - Drums, Vocals.
Q. One of the things that most interested me about your band is the Sunset Strip aspect. Who are your influences and how did you start playing the Strip? On that same note do you think the Sunset Strip scene has changed since the days of the previous generation of hair bands like Motley Crue, London, etc.
A. I have always loved the 80's Rock and Metal music. I was just about 10 years too young, to get in on that scene and by the time I had joined serious bands that genre was dead. So When I decided to start my own band, Permacrush and give it one last shot, I knew what kind of band it would be. Arena Rock. Big Guitars. Big Drums. I love Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Ratt, Poison, I could go on... ;) I started playing the Whisky when I moved to CA in 2012. It was always a goal of mine. I never wanted it to be a bucket list thing. I wanted to do it multiple times. Live it... I was driving up from San Diego to do shows. Now we have played there a dozen times opening for bands like Quiet Riot, Stephen Pearcy, Faster Pussycat, Don Dokken, Rough Cutt, Pretty Boy Floyd, Jack Russell's Great White, Bulletboys and more... so it was time to move closer and not have as far to drive home... It has definitely changed but the spirit and the history is still there. You can still feel it on a sold out night at The Whisky. There is magic in that place and I love tapping into it. It will never be the same but bands are still getting it done and will always kick ass on Sunset.
Q. Tell me about Honey... what can we expect from this new tune and what is the inspiration behind it?
A. Ha! This one is about an ex - and instead of posting my relationship problems on facebook, I write songs. So the chorus is "This song will tell them how you done me, (Honey) Let them know just how you wronged me, (Honey) Situation's getting sticky, (Honey) Feeling broke but I'm so money"... The song was recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606, Northridge, CA. Written by Chris Crush. Produced by Matt Starr(Mr. Big, Ace Frehley), Drums and Bass: Matt Starr - Vocals, Guitars, Bass: Chris Crush. I try to make light of a really bad situation. The songs help me cope. Instant therapy. Moving on.
Q. Where and how can fans find and listen to your music?
A. We are on most of the major music retailers and you can always find us at www.permacrush.com and Youtube.
Q. Future plans? tours? taking over the music world??
A. We are currently doing some more shows in Los Angeles, playing some new venues, The Canyon clubs. Really nice. We will be doig some ticket deals for those events soon. Working on a tour and we are close to securing a sponsorship to help promote the band and the new single, Honey.
Q. Anything specific you want our listeners/site visitors to know...
A. Find us on Social Media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Subscribe to our channel on Youtube. Thanks for checking out Permacrush!
These rockers hail from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where you will find, Marcus Prevalil (keyboards), Oscar “Pyper” Muguertegui (vocals), Samual Carabajel (bass), Rodrigo Bugallo (guitar) & German Calero (drums) rocking out songs that have notable 80’s influences.
In the beginning, under their original name, Gunner Sixx they were doing mainly cover songs from bands such as, Motley Crue, Poison, Bon Jovi, Europe and Skid Row. Muguertegui’s voice lends a Dio/Rob Halford sound with plenty of grit and power. In their song “Rockin’ in the City”, you can most definitely tell. (**note, nobody could ever perfectly capture Dio’s or Halford’s voice!)
In 2016, they dropped their 3rd studio album, “All Access” (previous albums; “Keep Fighting” & “Desire). Then, in 2017, they toured all over Asia promoting the album finding an extensive fan base in Japan.
We will definitely be keeping and eye on these guys...they have that nostalgic 80’s vibe that we all know and love. Check them out on youtube & keep rockin’!
When you visit the Babylon Shakes website you will find this description:
"Lead vocalist and guitarist Chris Clark is no stranger to sleaze rock. As the songwriter and frontman for bands like Smashed Alley and Last Call Messiahs, he delivers catchy, dirty rock n roll songs with a distinct Hollywood rasp. Babylon Shakes rhythm section includes veteran musicians Gary Jordan and “Morty” Jeff Mortimer. Each with over 30 years of experience touring, recording, and performing live. Make no mistake despite the extensive experience, they haven’t slowed down one bit since they began playing music at an early age. They each still play with a chip on their shoulder with much still to prove, feeling energetic and ready to Rock! These two have rocked the stage together countless times with bands such as Kage, Bought by Blood, and most recently Last Night’s Villain. Their dedication to their musicianship and stage show is as entertaining as it is musically euphoric to the audience."
So, now you know who Babylon Shakes is. What you don’t know is that they are funny and nice and this music is something that is coming from deep in their souls. Having spent so many years in different bands having these guys come together at this stage in their lives, when there is a whole new generation of “new blood” in the hair metal scene, is bound to shake things up a bit. As a fan of hair bands, sleaze metal and all the amazing bands that rocked my youth I am thrilled to find that the music I loved is still going strong.
I gotta tell you I had planned to do a podcast of the interview I did with Chris, Gary and Morty. I dutifully recorded our conversation so that I could edit and air it on the station. Yeah, I discovered that I do NOT have a voice for radio and I might have been a bit nervous because it seemed like “uh-huh” and “yeah” were all the words I knew. So, nope, you don’t get to hear my interview with Babylon Shakes. But I will tell you that even though they rubbed it in that I haven’t been able to go to M3 yet, we had a very nice conversation about the music, about their plans and the fans.
I’ve been playing Velveteen Libertine over and over then the guys sent me a copy of their next single to put on the station and it has been added to my new favorites. Sunset Striptease- you’ll hear it playing often on The Manamal Streaming Radio!!! The sound of Chris’ voice does remind me of Faster Pussycat back in the day- that Hollywood rasp that made me fall in love with songs like “No Room for Emotion” and “Cathouse”. But he also has his own sound that blends magnificently with the music. Each song I’ve heard feels like a full story- you hear a few notes, you get sucked in to the lyrics, you are rewarded with guitar riffs and in the end, you know it’s done but you still want more. There’s a sense of wildness just barely restrained in the music and it rocks me down to my soul. I have no problem classifying Babylon Shakes as a vintage sleaze band right up there with the bands from my youth. I’m thrilled that one of the “new generation” bands is actually a group of guys with experience, with age, who know the value of “our” kind of music.
So, while Babylon Shakes is a new band on the metal scene they’re not inexperienced kids just getting started. They know how to reach people, they are dedicated to putting out only their best efforts and I can tell you now that they are going to have a huge following. Be sure to grab their 5 song EP out next month! Check out their video below, and then go like them on Facebook to find out where they will be performing and keep up to date on releases, videos and merchandise!!
Denman was formed in 2016 by brothers Ben and Dakota Denman. These boys are transplants in Nashville from upstate NY with one goal in mind, to take the Nashville music scene to new heights. Robbie Crede (bass) & Ted Karole (drums) round out the band. Nate Perry from Nate Perry Music and his band, Transform the Tragedy said, “they have a lot of pull right now…(in Nashville)” and they are an “up and coming band that sounds straight out of the 80’s” and boy was he right!
These bad boys are heavily influenced by Motley Crue, Van Halen and Metallica which is evident in their songs. In their song, “Miles Away from Home”, it features Mark Slaughter and it will surely make you feel like teasing your hair or rock a mullet and dress in spandex and leather! Greg Troyan from the band Lipstick was quoted as saying, “if you’re craving a 80’s sounding band, Denman is your best bet”.
This album has 5 songs and every one of them will rock your ass off. Definitely check them out for something new yet familiar!!
This foursome hails from Riga, Latvia. Bloody Heels is made up of Vicky White on lead vocals, Harry Rivers on guitar, Chris Flint on bass and Gus Hawk on drums.
In May of 2017, these guys dropped their debut album, “Through Mystery”. The tunes on this album are hard tracks combined with softer, melodic bits and pieces which is often hard to do, but they nailed it.
With White’s vocals, there is a definite reminscence of 80’s hair metal...on certain songs. I hear influences of Whitesnake, Ratt and a little Skid Row. In 2014, they had an EP out, Summer Nights and you can definitely tell their songwriting skills have grown by leaps and bounds on the 2017 release.
Bloody Heels has been around since 2012 and have toured all over Europe & the Baltics earning themselves a wonderful fan base. We can't wait to see their popularity spread to the U.S.
The 4-song EP release from Trixy Tang is set to release on March 16. These rockers hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan and have honed their talents as a cover band, opened for Warrant in Detroit, and now they have big plans for their arrival on the music scene across the country.
Recently frontman Klay Fennema was interviewed by Eric Mitts of Revue. In relation to their music Fennema says, “The best way I can describe our musical style is simply having a good time… There is so much to stress about nowadays. We like writing music about partying, letting loose on the weekend after a long week of work, letting your hair down and raising your glass. Good times is what we’re all about.”
Now doesn't that sound like the type of music we love? Let's see what these guys have to offer, and make their EP, "Sunday Cruisin'" one of the most in demand new releases this year!!!
We've created this station, Facebook group and website to bring back our favorite music and remember the best times of our lives.
In doing so we've discovered that people are eager to revisit their glory days and for many that means indulging in a little bit of hair metal, glam rock, pretty boys jamming with electric toys and all the excitement that went with it.
Tribute bands are a big draw for people when they can't see the original bands, They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery and cover bands or tribute bands are definitely flattering.
Rather than being a tribute band that covers just one band, like Motley Inc. with Motley Crue, or Poison Overdose with Poison there's a band out of Orange County, California that covers hair bands. That's right, Power Serge is a band that completely flatters the hell out of all the bands and people that we mid-lifers used to be and love.
The great thing about Power Serge is that when they play, people from all over come running. It's a chance to experience the 80s, hairspray,teased hair and spandex all over again for some of us and for the first time for others. Jimmy Alvarez of The OC Weekly said:
"It’s no surprise that ‘80s Glam Metal music and big hair is the great communicator and unifier between 30 to 50-year old’s and teens. That combination of power ballads and big hair has been such a weird fascination, it’s like a time machine. It can immediately transport you to any point in time, be it good, or bad. The thing about music, unlike people, it is always there for you and never lets you down. That is the draw for a band that does it right."
Learn more about Power Serge and how you can experience the fun of a live show ontheir Facebook page!
Our hope is that through our station we can invoke that same feeling of nostalgia, love and happiness that Power Serge's fans feel! Let us know how we're doing!!!
This new rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden was formed in June of 2016. Band members, Daniel Almqvist (lead vocals), Johan Bergman (guitar and vocals), Timmy Kan (bass and vocals) & Christoffer Almqvist (drums and vocals are heavily influenced by several classic rock/metal bands such as Cinderella, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake & Def Leppard.
Their debut album, “Breaking Free” came out in 2017 and feature songs such as, “As Above, So Below”, “Breaking Free” & “Aerodynamic”. The song “Breaking Free” is a powerful mix of Scandi (Scandinavian) glam and sleaze rock with a heaping dose of attitude. Looking forward to seeing more from these bad boys in the future.
This hard rocking band hails from Vantaa, Finland, consisting of 5 members, Hannes Kett (lead singer), Jani Laine (lead guitar), Miki Kalske (rhythm guitar), Joel Alex (bass) & Ana Willman (drums). These heavy hitters compare their sound to Guns n’ Roses, Aerosmith & Skid Row along with some of their local favorites in Finland, Lordi, The 69 Eyes and Sonic Syndicate.
Their debut, 5 track EP, “Be the Slave or Be the Change” was released in 2015. They toured the biggest national rock festivals such as Wacken Open Air in Germany.
In 2016, the band released their debut album, “For Crying out Loud” which was successful right off the bat, getting rave reviews by the biggest Finnish music magazine, Soundi.
This band has been busy composing, producing and recording their 2nd album. Looking forward to hearing it! Check them out.
Once in awhile, you come across something unexpected and it turns out to be something amazing and boy, did this band Tempt deliver!
The line-up of 4 features, Zach Allen on lead vocals, Harrison Marcello on guitar, Nicholas Burrows on drums & Chris Gooden on bass. In June of 2016, they released their debut album, “Runaway” which was chocked FULL of melodic rock with some added grit which gave them a unique sound. There is not one song on this album that I didn’t like!!
Apart from their own material, Tempt covers some awesome classic 80’s rock such as Def Leppard’s “Women” & “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” along with some contemporary music covers like Taylor Swift’s “I Did Something Bad” and The Weekend’s “Starboy” which they threw their own rock spin on and made it totally their own. Allen says, “We’re taking rock and roll and electric guitars and bringing them to a generation who have never heard them before by rocking out their favorite artists”. Not an easy task, yet they have done it and they did it well!
Tempt plans to keep tracks coming on streaming services as well as posting live, performance videos. If you haven’t heard them yet, what are you waiting for!! This band is a breath of fresh air and I expect bigger and better things for them in the future!!!
*Photos by: Steven ES