(8/10) The Dead Daisies are one of the rising stars that constantly enlarged their fan-base over the last years. After having released three records and played many powerful live shows The Dead Daisies went back to the studio for recording their next album “Burn it Down”.
„Burn It Down“ is The Dead Daisies’ fourth longplayer, an album that will hit the shelves in April this year. If you expect major changes from what you have heard earlier you‘re on the wrong track. The five-piece continues their journey through rock music by adding 10 new chapters to the story, all told in the typical The Dead Daisies fashion. However, there was change when it comes to the new longplayer since the band has a new drummer. No less than Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English) joined the powerhouse, forming, together with bassist Marco Mendoza, an extremely powerful rhythm crew, which is the ‘engine’ of The Dead Daisies’ sound.
Grooving and dirty hardrock is the main factor of The Dead Daisies and they celebrate it on this new delivery. „Resurrection“ is the opener of an album that gets out of the blocks more than well. A heavy beat is pushing from beginning to end and it‘s a sleazy chorus that makes the song to a rock‘n‘roll treat.
„Rise Up“ takes over. The tune is of same quality as the opener. „Rise Up“ is more kept in a moderate pace and it‘s an irresistible groove that makes this track to one of the best ones on the album. The starting ‚trilogy‘ also includes the bluesy title track, reminds partly of Whitesnake in the earlier days.
I like The Dead Daisies most when the reveal their full rock power. Songs like „Leave Me Alone“ and „Bitch“ stand for the beauty of hard rocking music that is a treat. Next to these vibrant track the band also shows their soulful side with an emotional ballad entitled „SetMe Free“.
If you like the earlier The Dead Daisies albums and if you have witnessed their terrific stage presence over the last years, than you will also love what you get served with „Burn It Down“. Down to earth hardrock music that unites musical savvy and passion to a great album. Good stuff.
Label: Spitfire Music / SPV
Release Date EU: April 4th, 2018
Hardrock powerhouse The Dead Daisies announced a new longplayer, which will be released on April 6th via Spitfire/SPV. “Burn it Down” is the fourth longplayer of this extremely powerful rock outfit and it’s the first one with Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English) on drums.
(8/10) The ones of you that had the chance of seeing The Dead Daisies live on stage know about the explosive energy the band spreads. These guys bring the pure essence of rock’n’roll to your town and their shows are that hot making sweat running down the walls (at least that was the case when I saw them in Utrecht last time). Therefor it stood to reason that the guys also come with a live album that will be available late spring this year.
“Live and Louder” is the name of the release that comes in different packages of which the CD version as well as the comprehensive boxset include a DVD* which adds even more value to it. Since the base for the review is the CD version I can’t report more details of the DVD, however, already the audio version includes many treats for fans of rock solid hardrock.
The songs that made it on “Live and Louder” have been recorded on the bands latest tour through Europe and the UK, focussing on the the latest two longplayers. “With You and I”, “Long Way to Go” and energetic “Mainline” – all excellent hardrock songs that grow in intensity compared to the already well-crafted album version. Some of the cover versions made it on the live album too. CCR’s “Fortunate Son” as well as “Midnight Moses" from the Sensational Alex Harvey Band are part of this live release that in total features 14 songs.
The crucial moment with every live album is the sound. “Live and Louder” was mixed by Anthony Focx who earlier worked with bands like Aerosmith and Metallica. He, together with Howie Weinberg who did the mastering, gave the album a sound that fully reflects the live atmosphere. So all good from that side too.
Conclusion: Great musicians, brilliant songs, hot shows and a cool vibe – that’s what The Dead Daisies is about and that’s what’s captured on this album. There’s just one thing that can top the album and that’s seeing the band live on stage.
Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017
*Additional material on DVD:
Running time: 85 min
Video: NTSC / 16:9
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
Documentary “Live & Louder” (40min)
Tour Recaps (25 min)
Bonus Content (20min)
Two former Whitesnake opening bands teamed-up and embarked on a winter tour that leads the guys through Europe. It's The Answer and The Dead Daisies that warm up fans in the cold season of the year.
Talking about temperature, it was quite fresh that night in Utrecht and the first fans, lining up before doors opened, had to face a chilly time in the queue. However, getting warm again wasn't a big issue since De Helling was sold out, as most of the other shows of this package too.
It was The Answer from Northern Ireland who had to go on stage first. The venue was already filled very well with fans from The Netherlands and some that guys that took the effort to travel from the UK to Utrecht for seeing the show.
Compared to their gig in Tilburg in August this year, the four-piece from Belfast put the new longplayer into focus. In total nine out of the eleven songs from "Solas" have been played, showing all the emotions connected to them.
The newest longplayer was a quite difficult one for the band (see CD review) and it was a very important one for them too. Neeson and band mates made "Solas" to a very personal album that brought back some light after a period of darkness. And it's exactly these feelings that make each track to more than just music. The Answer 'lives' these tunes, on CD and even more live on stage.
The Answer found a great mix that featured powerful hardrock and silent moment like "Thief of Light". "Demon's Eye" included the crowd joining in, singing the chorus as a loud choir and the great "In This Land" featured a mandoline, played by Neeson himself.
The band had obviously fun that night. Micky Waters provided a massive bassline, James Heatley, with his earphones on, added a strong beat and solos played by Paul Mahon have been excellent. And last but not least it was Cormac Neeson who was more than once in the crowd, singing from there with the real highlight at the end. He was the first frontman I saw that finished the show by leaving the venue through the front door. During the last song he jumped off the stage, continued singing while being surrounded by fans, made his way though the crowd to the front door and left the room. What a cool ending of a well done set.
After such a great time it was up to The Dead Daisies to keep the energy level high, something they easily did. Actually they turned the venue into a sauna. No talk anymore about chilly outside temperature, this show was hot.
The Dead Daisies are actually an Australian band even though most of the musicians are from the US. It was guitarist David Lowy who started the band in 2012 together with singer Jon Stevens. That was the past and in the meantime Lowly is the only founding member that's still active.
Th current line-up, which seems to be a more stable one consists out of John Corabi (v), David Lowy (g), Marco Mendoza (b), Brian Tichy (d) and Doug Aldrich, as the newest band member, on guitar. Actually this line-up reflects 60% of Whitesnake a few years ago with Aldrich and Tichy playing in the band even at the same time.
The five guys couldn't start better into their set as with the opener of the newest album "Make Some Noise". It was the awesome rocker "Long Way to Go" that was more than appreciated by the crowd and it was Marco Mendoza, encouraging the fans to be even louder.
The Dead Daisies don't play rock'n'roll, they live rock'n'roll. Their show was pure energy from the first note they played to the last chord that faded away in De Helling. Corabi gave the entertainer, next to his role as a great singer, Medoza, as mentioned, was constantly motivating the crowd to be even wilder, Tichy supported with a tight rhythm and the two guitarist showed what the six-string means for rock'n'roll. Guitarists communicate via their instrument and therefor it was a funny moment when Corabi thrust the mic into Aldrich's hand, giving him the chance to say a few words. It wasn't a lot more he said than that he feels better playing the guitar, something he did very well that night. His solos are great and you can hear, see and feel his passion for his instrument.
After twelve songs played the show came closer to an end. It was Corabi who gave the fans two options to choose from. Either they do this 'rockstar thing' with the band leaving the stage, the crowd making some noise and the band returns or, why not going for option number two: the crowd makes hell of a lot of noise and the band just stays and continuous playing. In the end this was the 'chosen' set-up and The Dead Daisies brought it home with "WeAll Fall Down" and "Midnight Moses".
If you want to se a great rock show in a smaller venues that's very much packed or even sold out, than you should see this hardrock package during their upcoming shows. It's more than worth to go there for having a good time with some excellent music.
Setlist The Answer:
Setlist The Dead Daisies:
Location: De Helling, Utrecht, The Netherlands
(8/10) It was a year ago when I got an album from a band called The Dead Daisies. Not really sure of what to expect I digged deeper into some fact around the band that released an album entitled "Revolución". Musicians Like Marco Mendoza, Dizzy Reed, Darryl Jones and so on sounded quite interesting and what I got to hear on "Revolución" was even better. This debut was more than a few musicians coming together to make some music. This album was dynamic hardrock the old-fashioned way - without coming across dusty. Something that makes The Dead Daisies to a vital band/project is the fact that there is now fix line-up, something that leads to a constant flow of new ideas.
After a great start and live shows, supporting e.g. Kiss and ZZ Top, it was time for a new album. Beginning of August is the moment of truth when the five-piece band comes with the sophomore record "Make Some Noise".
This time the line-up consists out of John Corabi (v), David Lowy (g), Brian Tichy (d), Doug Aldrich (g) and Marco Menoza (b) and the guys definitely make some noise on this album.
"Long Way to Go" is the opener and the first highlight. A bit of AC/DC meets Contraband meets Krokus. This song has an irresistible groove, is a perfect headbanger and marks a well-done start into this longplayer. "We All Fall Down" is next and doesn't belong to my faves, something that changes with "Song and a Prayer". It's song that sounds like a harder Bon Jovi song from the early days and it's a good example for how hardrock has to sound like these days.
"Mainline" follows and speed increases too. We are talking about a dirty rock'n'roller that combines a fast pace with a catchy melody. The title track brings Def Leppard and Kiss together in one number and the result sound damn good. With all the cross-references you might think, that The Dead Daisies copy these bands which isn't the case at all. The quintet's sound might not be rocket sciences, but this album has another huge benefit. The Dead Daisies sounds authentic and with every note played you can feels that the guys want to do what they do. Nothing feels forced or being a 'must'. This come a cross more as a jam session that includes a lot of creativity and freedom. This record contains an ease that is needed for good rock'n'roll.
And if the guys want to do a cover they just do it. "Fortunate Son" from Creedence Clearwater Revival is the one that made it on the tracklist and I think that the guys blew new life into this classic of rock.
I could continue like this since the second half of the album doesn't show any loss in quality.
The Dead Daisies second album picks it up where they ended with "Revolución" and added some new facets to their sound. Modern hardrock needs to sound like this album.
Label: Spitfire Music
Release Date EU: August 5th, 2016
The Dead Daisies, a collaboration of various well-known hardrock musicians like Dough Aldrich, John Corabi, Marco Mendoza and more, released their debut a while ago. Getting quite some positive feedback, the guys have been on tour, being the opener for e.g. Kiss and Whitesnake. This brought The Dead Daisies even more attention and increased the motivation level. Time to work on the studio album, which they did. August 5th is the release date for "Make Some Noise" and a first song/video was posted a couple of days ago.
"Long Way to Go" is the name of this tune that is a good vibe hardrocker, recorded earlier this year during a show in Herborn, Germany. Time for some good-time rock'n'roll.
The Dead Daisies - a name you're not familiar with? Than it's time for getting more infos about the band
The Dead Daisies is a classic rock cooperation that incudes well knwon musicians. It is Marco Mendoza (b), Dizzy Reed (key), David Lowy (g), Richard Fortus (g), John Corabi (v) and drummer Jackie Barnes that are working right now on the new longplayer "Revolución". The album will be released on May 29.
In addition to the new album the band will be also on tour in Europe together with Kiss. Sounds like a cool summer.