Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What Can I Say, I Am a Sucker for Beautiful Women That Rock.......

This is being republished because it was one of the top-ranked posts of the year.

....and what guy isn't, really?
   So, last Saturday at the El Cid in Los Angeles I got the distinct pleasure seeing Phoenix-based., ass-kicking, Garage-Rock outfit the Love Me Nots for the very first time. I was not disappointed. They were fantastic, loud, energetic, with well written tunes, and excellent stage presence. I have seen several bands that guitarist Michael Johnny Walker has played in going back to the early 90s and I have always liked not only his playing, but his choice of band mates. The Love Me Nots are no exception. I highly recommend giving them a listen and taking the first chance you can to see them live. Tour dates are available on their website which you can reach by clicking the link hiding under their name.

One of the great things things about the show Saturday was the surprise lurking in the slot just before the LMNs. A band I had never heard of named the Woolly Bandits.....



the video below will give you a taste, but they must be seen live. In addition to being lovely, and nice, Christa Collins can sing (she can currently be seen on the X-Factor) and is one hell of a front woman. Jumping on tables and running out into the audience, generally putting on a great show and backed by an excellent, diverse band. Fun, fun, fun.
This is all I have time for right now-I am going to update this post as soon as time allows, but I wanted to make sure I got this stuff out in front of you guys now so you can get to these bands before they are famous....


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love The Woolly Bandits and Christa Collins is one hell of a talent! Nice review! Their last record "Woman Of Mass Destruction" is one of my favorites!

The Drunken Scoundrel said...

Thank you. The primary reason I started the Internets radio station and the blog is because of bands just like The Woolly Bandits. I don't mean style-wise, I mean: great, fun, entertaining, rock-your-ass-off and nobody gets to hear them bands.
I made a point to go Saturday because being from PHX I wanted to support The Love Me Nots when they come here-and because even though they make the cover of Rolling Stone in France they barely can get played on the radio in Phoenix.
Yes, THE Bible of Rock for 40 years and the country that is considered one of the worldwide bellwethers of culture and sophistication puts them on the cover and a city struggling trying to preserve it's culture and identity can't seem to get behind them enough to realize they belong in heavy rotation on local radio.
There is also another thing about these bands that is near and dear to my heart that causes me immense frustration. People-especially young women-don't get exposed personally to these bands (and others like them) strong, talented, hard-working women pursuing their dreams-how is that anything but a good thing to put in front of your kid?
A quick look at the background on Ms. Collins will tell you a thing or two about what kind of person she must be and Nicole from TheLMNs was (as I understand it) a successful professional woman prior to this AND has survived a battle with breast cancer.
...also not to leave out young Ms.Sophie O from the The Love Me Nots, 18, touring Europe with musicians vastly more experienced than her and not only holding her own but kicking ass only a few months into her tenure....

DJGEE said...

Ah, the mysterious past of Nicole Laurenne! Never ending topic of wonderment.

Just saying, some Phoenicians have followed TLMN for years, just waiting for the moment when the 'break' happens stateside. I know I'll cry when it does. "End of the Line" from the latest disk, "Devil and Devotee" is not to be missed live. There is magic there...voodoo magic...and it's so very, very good.

The Drunken Scoundrel said...

Yessir DJ! I lived in Phoenix long enough to see WAAYYYY too much talent go unappreciated-and I know thhat I missed a ton of bands as well. The roots of Rock and Roll go very deep in AZ from the origins of Surf-Guitar to the birth of Ritchie Valens' mom in Cottonwood. Though I no longer live there I will continue to support the artists from there. Thanks for your input. I am just recovered from an injury and was apartment bound for a month , your feedback and support are a huge shot in the arm.