Monday October 20, 2014
All That Remains
In the mid to late 1990's Massachusetts and surrounding environs were a hotbed for heavy rock bands beginning their careers. This week's guests on Rockline, All That Remains, were among those fledgling groups, along with other stalwarts such as Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage, to drop but a couple of names. Fast forward about fifteen years and those once green bands are now major artists. All That Remains released their album, "A War You Cannot Win", their sixth, in November of 2012 and we welcomed the band to Rockline back then to share it with us. The lead track, "Stand Up", went to number one at Active Rock and then the band followed with, "Asking Too Much" cracking the top twenty with that one and then a third single, "What If I Was Nothing", which moved into the top ten in January of this year. Learn more about the band by visiting allthatremainsonline.com
Of course, you can also talk directly with vocalist Phil Labonte (who was once vocalist for Shadows Fall) and guitarist Mike Martin on our next show as they're our scheduled guests. We're all about trying to push "What If I Was Nothing" to the top slot giving ATR their second number one single from "A War You Cannot Win"...and who knows? With the remaining songs from that album there could be a third number one waiting to see the light of day. Okay, maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves, but something seems to have clicked with the Springfield, Mass based band on this album as they continue to find a larger and larger audience with each successive release, likely what's clicked is audience recognition kicking in and not any changes the band has made. Whatever the reason, All That Remains is enjoying the greatest success of their career and we couldn't be happier for them.
Join us for Phil Labonte and Mike Martin from All That Remains only on the next Rockline!
Monday October 22, 2014
ROCKLINE: Notes on Music
What You Haven't Heard
One of our most popular series on ROCKLINE, "Notes On Music", came about in recent years quite by accident. The concept of the show is to have artists comment on their best, most interesting or socially relevant songs created over the span of their careers. These shows are difficult to create in the sense that they are always accompanied by a traditional ROCKLINE, meaning we have to ask these very high profile artists for double the amount of time we usually need. Imagine finishing a show with Pete Townshend and then asking, "You wouldn't have another hour or so to spend with us, would you"? Sometimes we get a yes, sometimes we get a smile, a handshake and a goodbye. We've learned it's best to try to arrange for the extra time in advance. Ya think? Another aspect of recording these shows has to do with the fact that we're not sure how long they will time out, so we usually ask about more songs than will likely fit in our allotted 90 minute timeframe.
Here's a small sample of what you can expect to hear on "Notes On Music: What you Haven't Heard": Pete Townshend commenting on the classic song "The Real Me" from Quadrophenia and a new song from the band's first new album in over a quarter century, an expanded story about the Scorpions anthemic, "Wind of Change", and a song from their newest album "Sting of the Tail". Nick Mason's comments about the violinist whose beautiful, ethereal performance for the song "Wish You Were Here" being left on the cutting room floor and also Floyd's scathing, anti-organized religion epic, "Sheep". Also included are comments about capitalizing on the disco craze from Paul Stanley of Kiss regarding their tune, "I Was Made for Loving You" and whether "Lick It Up" has anything to do with Gene Simmons legendary, lascivious tongue. There's plenty more, but we don't want to give it all away. Suffice to say, everything you'll hear on this show has never before been broadcast.
It's an all-new show, "Notes On Music: What You Haven't Heard" exclusively on our next ROCKLINE. Enjoy!