Rock’s New Old Heroes

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As the USA recovers from Covid-19 there are a couple of new releases from today’s finest rock bands to provide a much needed experience of joy.

Weezer and Twenty One Pilots are today’s new/old rock heroes. Sure Weezer has some great back catalog; Twenty One Pilots’ catalog is fewer titles but growing well.

Okay, Weezer has been around over 30 years, but remain vital as ever. Alright let’s start with the newest Weezer platter….

Van Weezer is just the right album for Summer 2021. Vocalist Rivers Cuomo had been wanting to contribute this type of modern rock n roll that salutes his love for eighties metal and hard rock.

Hero is a standout single that is on par with great Foo Fighters tracks.

Blue Dream uses the actual tab from Ozzy’s Crazy Train! And the song is totally original.

There are many flourishes of Eddie Van Halen’s playing style throughout the record hence the title Van Weezer.

The entirety of the set’s thirty minutes is pure cathartic release of why rock fans never stop wanting more no matter their age.

Twenty One Pilots have spent their Covid time recording the follow up to their concept epic Trench.

The new one is titled Scaled and Icy to reflect isolation and the scaled back way of life everyone has endured.

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are a great duo. On the current set singles like Choker return them to their earlier form on records like Vessel.

Do not let the surface happy pop sound fool you. The lyrics are just as complex and probing as any Tyler has done previously.

Good Day opens the set with the declaration that it’s hard to believe that today is good. Singing out is the best way to bring joy. Mr. Joseph does just that. He sounds a lot like Mika which is a great thing.

Both albums will provide plenty of happiness this Summer!

Rock Singles

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The year 2020 will not be fondly remembered for many reasons.

Perhaps the music being released in this fourth quarter can serve as consolation.

Veteran rockers AC/DC; Blue Oyster Cult; Bon Jovi and more recent upstarts Greta Van Fleet; The Struts have new music that may provide uplift and inspiration.

Here are my reviews of these new tunes:

AC/DC PWR/UP Produced by Brendan O’Brien Columbia Records/ November 13, 2020.

AC/DC’s ‘Shot In The Dark’ from their upcoming album, PWR/UP, reminds you why they have been around for decades.

The late Malcolm Young’s rhythm work can be heard throughout the cut.

A variation on the song ‘Giving The Dog A Bone’ from the iconic Back In Black LP, adds to the long line of AC/DC tunes filled to the brim with sexual innuendo.

The first BOC album in nearly 20 years! Frontiers Records/ October 9, 2020

Three singles and videos are featured. The first track, “That Was Me”, is a defiant statement set in a late 1970’s groove. It reminds the listener of BOC’s past glories. After all this group is known for ‘Burnin’ For You’ and ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper ‘. They deserve to attract many young listeners to their fold.

Bon Jovi’s single “Limitless” from the new album, 2020,

This song was released right before Covid-19 hit our shores. A straight forward shot of a bottle rocket to shake our routines at a moment when life seemed to stop.

The new single, ‘My Way, Soon’, is a proper anthem celebrating the freedom of the road. Available on October 9th, 2020.

This track encourages people to take risks, forget plans, and live. The past 3 years saw these young lads travel the world on their first big tour. The video shows their self filmed antics in these difficult times. A great way to cheer up!

Luke Spiller duets with Robbie Williams on The Struts’ “Strange Days”. Interscope Records/ released September 20, 2020

This title song for the band’s new album is about staying grounded during these uncertain days.

Two sublime voices on a cut that makes you feel better about what life should be. Those smaller moments of kindness provide us with a bounty of smiles and joy.

It also asks kids to stop their seeming obsession with online antics and take time to grow, slowly.