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Open Season…

Posted in City Of Lights, Music, Music Review, News, Review, Rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by Rex Bussey

Times change, and recently a lot of rock focused news outlets have been focusing on the negative, on the recent retirement of Foo Fighters, Motley Crue’s announcement that they are set to close shop in the near future, and Steven Tyler’s unpleasant dig at Paul Stanley of Kiss. But it’s not all doom and gloom.

There are up and coming bands that promise to replace the masters of old. Hardcore Superstar, the indomitable Reckless love, Foxy Shazzam, and, closer to home, City of Lights.

COL, as they are affectionately known, are a Leeds based band that play surprisingly meaty melody driven pop Rock. It isn’t, technically, hard rock, but it’s still worth a mention. Since they started touring the UK earlier this year, they have been going from strength to strength. They have sold out shows in Leeds and Manchester, they’ve played encore after encore, their album sales have spiked through the roof. Why? Their musics good, that’s why. Maybe they aren’t Aerosmith, or the Rolling Stones. Maybe they don’t swagger quite as hard as Axl Rose or pout as convincingly as Gary Cherone, but they do produce catchy tunes, and they will make you smile. Take their new CD, Seasons change (available here: and give it a listen. Energetic, bouncy, light hearted fun. You might not find yourself subconsciously banging your head in a helpless parody of the hapless Ozzy Osbourne, but you will enjoy it. Their gigs are the same, fun fuelled, full of vigour, and thoroughly enjoyable.

And I guess that’s the point really;  seasons do change, but just because we’re watching old growth die back, doesn’t mean that there isn’t new talent rising up to fill the gaps. There is always hope, always something to believe in.


A Long Way Down

Posted in Music Review with tags , , , on October 3, 2012 by Rex Bussey

You know what’s old hat? Criticizing Kiss for being bad musicians. Yes we know Gene Simmons is a money hungry, child-gobbling monster, and yes we know that Paul Stanley wears a wig and prances about like a flea bitten flamingo, but that doesn’t make them a bad band. I know, I know; Fireworks? Explosions? they obviously value showmanship more than technical prowess; their music must suck. Right? WRONG! Go listen to Long Way Down, right now. It’s Kiss’s newest attempt to rob you of your hard earned dollars and you know what? It Rocks. It’s louder than a hastily tasered eunuch, it drips more attitude and charisma than a freshly blended Steven Tyler smoothie, and it will eat your ears alive.


‘Another anthem?’ I hear you jeer, ‘how many more can we possibly need?’ well one more at least, obviously. Pause at 2:59, hear that angry, raw bass fill? Yeah that’s good music right there. Pause at 1:38 and listen to Eric singers mini drum solo, that wall of sound, those Bonham-esque flourishes…what’s not to love? This is an anthem, a loud, brash crowd pleaser, but it’s also full of clever little pauses and innovative little licks. It’s tight, controlled mayhem, it’s orgasm inducing walls of sound all neatly packaged and perfectly arranged. It’s Kiss on top of their game. Don’t take my word for it though, go give it a listen here or find out more about their album Monster here


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