Phantom Blue

Phantom Blue
Phantom Blue
Phantom Blue was an all-female American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1987. Phantom Blue were the first and only female artists to be signed to Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Records, only three months after forming.

Biography

Formation and main career (1987-2001)

Phantom Blue was formed in 1987 in Hollywood, California by Michelle Meldrum and Nicole Couch. Couch and Meldrum were students of Paul Gilbert and Bruce Bouillet of Racer X. Michelle Meldrum had played with drummer Linda McDonald in previous projects and together with vocalist Gigi Hangach and original bassist, Debra Armstrong, the band signed a contract with Shrapnel Records. Armstrong left the band prior to recording and was replaced by Kim Nielsen-Parsons, a student of John Alderete, bassist for Racer X and The Mars Volta.[1] Phantom Blue recorded their first album with the help of producer Steve Fontano and fellow Shrapnel label mate, Marty Freidman. Couch and Meldrum also co wrote a track on the album with Marty Freidman. Roadrunner Records, who owned the bands European distribution rights, were responsible for the band shooting a video for the single “Why Call it Love” and a successful European tour followed.

Upon returning to the States, Phantom Blue caught the attention of singer Don Dokken who introduced them to Tom Zutaut of Geffen Records. Other major labels were interested in signing the band, most notably Disney’s Hollywood Records, but the band signed with Geffen. Couch and Meldrum began writing the material for the Gefffen release. Couch left the band prior to recording and Meldrum successfully recorded all the guitar parts for Built to Perform. Guitarist Karen Kreutzer replaced Couch and the band embarked on another successful European tour and shot a video for the single Time to Run.

The band was eventually dropped from Geffen, sued by manager Byron Hontas and the management position was taken over by Mark Dawson, boyfriend of drummer Linda McDonald. Guitarist Michelle Meldrum was the first to leave due to disagreement as to the direction of the band under Mark Dawson and vocalist Gigi Hangach soon followed. By 1996, drummer Linda McDonald was the only original member left and she continued to use the name Phantom Blue, enlisting a total of ten different members until finally calling it quits in early 2000.

Post-disbandment (2001-present)

Drummer Linda McDonald went on to form The Iron Maidens (billed as “The World’s Only Female Tribute to Iron Maiden”), who have released a self-titled tribute album worldwide and Japanese release version, the CD/DVD release Route 666 and the EP The Root of All Evil in Japan. In addition, she plays drums in the cover bands Crabby Patty (I’m So Unclear!), Unholy Pink and Valley Dolls. She was also the drummer of the all-female Ozzy Osbourne tribute The Little Dolls from 2005 to 2010.

Guitarist Karen Kreutzer (from the 1993-1997 lineups) retired after moving to West River, MD. She is currently married with one daughter and is working as a data analyst for a content solutions company.

Bassist Kim Nielsen (who now goes by her married name Kim Nielsen-Parsons) has become a successful session musician, tour production and artist management assistant, working with many top bands in the music industry. Her most notable work outside of Phantom Blue is in Asia’s 2004 album Silent Nation.

Lead vocalist Gigi Hangach currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a fierce supporter of animal rights. Critics claimed her performance at the 2009 Phantom Blue reunion show was captivating and she is regarded to be one of the most underrated hard rock/metal vocalists in music history.

Guitarist Nicole Couch currently lives in New York City with her husband and two kids and works as a music teacher.

Original Bassist Debra Armstrong currently lives in Sioux City, Iowa with her husband. She left the music industry soon after being replaced by Kim Nielsen in 1988, and went on to pursue a career in 3D modeling and engineering, working for clients such as Disney Imagineering, DARPA and others.

Guitarist Michelle Meldrum went on to form an international band called Meldrum. The band have toured with Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Motörhead, Sepultura, Nashville Pussy and Danzig. They have released a live DVD, Loaded Live, and two albums, Loaded Mental Cannon and Blowin’ Up the Machine, the latter featuring her former Phantom Blue band mate, drummer Linda McDonald. Sadly, on May 21, 2008, Meldrum died as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. She is survived by her husband John Norum (of Europe) and their son Jake.

Reunion (2009)

On May 26, 2009, Linda McDonald, Gigi Hangach and Kim Nielsen-Parsons reunited as Phantom Blue for the Michelle Meldrum Memorial Concert at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA. Meldrum’s position was filled by Tina Wood (from the 1997 lineup), while Sara Marsh and Courtney Cox of The Iron Maidens filled in for Nicole Couch.

Original members Gigi Hangach and Nicole Couch are constructing the website www.phantomblue.net in honor of Michelle Meldrum.

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LEAH

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LEAH is an emerging Canadian songwriter. Buy her new debut album HERE: http://www.leahmusic.bandcamp.com/ Also on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/of-earth-angels/id524834071

“Ethereal vocals, layered harmonies, powerful chord progressions and unpredictable notations that keep you somewhere between on the edge of your seat and in a state of hypnotism.”

The art of LEAH is one of diverse influence: Haunting celtic melodies, mysterious eastern vibes, heavy symphonic rhythm, and most of all… A voice that will utterly enchant and inspire you.Visit http://www.leahthemusic.com/ for more about LEAH.

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/leahthemusic/videos?view=0

Some have described LEAH’s debut album, Of Earth & Angels as “heavy metal Enya”, and others as “Loreena McKennitt with distortion”. Whatever her influences, one thing is for sure: LEAH’s voice will play the strings of the most brutal of hearts, causing them to melt into submission. From soulful, spiritual ballads to folk-tale operatic blast beats, to more mainstream rock singles, “Of Earth & Angels” is sure to impress the skeptic, and is already beckoning the rest of the world to take notice.”

Review of Beyond Violet

by L. White

beyondvioletIn traversing the globe to find great music, one must open their minds as well as their ears if you truly want to find the very best music gems hidden amongst the plethora of hopefuls in the wide spectrum of genres of music. One of those hidden gems is how I would describe Beyond Violet. Listed as Hard Rock/Goth/Pop in the genre sense, this band delivers a sound that I was not capable of really pinning down to a specific, or even three genres.

For instance, on the track “Beyond the Fire“, the music is driven by the drums of Merlijn. With Roxane‘s dark and melodic harmonizing of heartfelt lyrics. Backed by a blazing guitar with hooks and leads winding around every word. Adding solos swirling around the bass beating of Chiara and dept fingers on the keys of Ilona‘s keyboard. All together a spectacular journey down the rabbit’s hole of the story they so masterfully tell.

All band members have extensive backgrounds in every aspect of music, from concept, to writing, to recording and most of all mastering the sound that is Beyond Violet. On the track  “Cupid”, the band starts the song with a very heavy lick and beat. Adding just another touch to their diverse sound. Roxane comes in with the dark Gothic appeal to her voice range that gets low and sharp then high and equally as sharp. The timing is impeccable as the synthesized keys of Ilona come in giving it that Ministry feel of Industrial metal, but then disappear as if just a hint of something yet different. All driven by a subtle bass-line that comes in and out at all the right moments.

Beyond Violet have set the scales very high with their composition and arrangements in their music style. Having some background in music myself, I was invisioning the band through the writing process and found myself very impressed with the way they go about creating their art of music. Doing extensive background on the band, I found a very hard working band that really takes the creative level to all new highs. It shows in the music they create together. As the finished product is very melodic, very technical, but then also sounding so simple and basic, even though I know it is not in the least. That they make their sound seem easy, and it is actually the exact opposite. That is a genuinely creative genius point that is commonly referred to as the “IT” factor. Beyond Violet definitely possess this in every sense. They not only have studied music in it’s many forms and concepts, but have mastered the art that they bring forth with each track.

With the track “Cybercherry“, they manage to squeeze in so many different styles of music, yet not stray from the core of what Beyond Violet showcase as their sound. It doesn’t sound muddied with too much, and captures the essence of what the band tries to put forth. With that dark Gothic harmony, and industrial feel at times, it is a refreshing sound with that added touch of genius that draws you in. Willing you to feel the passion in Roxane‘s melodies. A perfect choice to make their official video for, as I found it the epitome of what Beyond Violet had to deliver for a sound.

I fully enjoyed the music of Beyond Violet and look forward to their full-length release later in 2012. This is a highly technical band that makes it all seem easy, as their talents and knowledge of music lets the songs flow from them freely and keep the listener entranced in the stories of their songs. A hidden gem indeed, but soon to be hidden no more as they take the music world by storm.

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Butcher Babies Album Review

Butcher Babies Heidi and CarlaI first saw The Butcher Babies, before I ever heard any of their music. My first thought was “is this a joke”?  Vocalist‘s Heidi Shepherd (the blond) and Carla Harvey (the brunette) are both former playboy models and very beautiful, they use this to their advantage on stage going topless with just the tiniest pieces of black tape covering their nipples on stage. That isn’t what this is about. This article is about their music. Which as it turns out isn’t a joke at all.

Their debut EP “Butcher Babies” track listing reads like something you would find on most Black Metal albums:

  1. Axe Wound
  2. Mr. Slowdeath
  3. Jesus Needs More Babies For His War Machine
  4. National Bloody Anthem

However the album and the band aren’t BLACK METAL at all. The girls themselves call it “SLUT METAL”, I don’t know what I personally would classify this material as. I had another DJ friend of mine say it’s a cross between STOMP ROCK and DEATH METAL. I’m not sure I would take it there but I will however say this; the first 3 tracks all have very catchy hooks (80’s style almost) and if it wasn’t for lyrical and subject matter could all easily find airplay on many radio stations (FM) across the country.

Mr. Slowdeath, is the single off the EP and is very much in your face right from the beginning. Fast paced with a very catchy hook.  I’ve found myself listening to it over and over again on my ipod.

Overall in spite of the fact that like most EP’s its very short, it’s actually a lot of fun to listen to. The girls can actually sing and for the kids there’s plenty of screaming too.

The musicianship displayed on the album is pretty good as well. Henry Flury is the guitarist, he can lay down a riff with just about anyone. The Bassist is Jason Klein and The Drummer is Chris Warner together they make one hell of a rhythm section. All together they help make Butcher Babies into “NOT A JOKE” If you have a chance to see this band live I would also recommend that.

Butcher Babies, put it all out there on stage and are a hoot to watch you can definitely tell that Shepherd and Harvey are having a blast up there on stage. Unlike some bands I have seen lately. If you aren’t into seeing half naked women playing metal though I wouldn’t go, but hey I’m a guy half naked women going just about anything is cool by me

My final thoughts on Butcher Babies; Would I buy this album… I have. Would I recommend it to a friend? I have. Would I play them on my show… I have. Do you need this album to complete your music collection? No, but it is definitely worth the money.

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Butcher Babies EP

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Joan Palmer (Trocaria)

Joan Palmer Trocaria
Joan Palmer Trocaria

While most dark symphonic bands are female-fronted, Trocaria proves to go against the grain by being a female-backed  project. This is exactly what Joan Palmer (the founding member and instrumentalist of Trocaria) wanted.

Over the course of several years, Joan had been exposed to diverse musical influences—from classical interludes to psychedelic/acid rock to blackened death metal. This melting pot of influences harbors the very essence of Joan’s creative driving force and is blatantly apparent in her musical compositions.

Here’s how it all began…

Joan’s classical music training was introduced to her at a fairly young age. She took private piano lessons under the instruction of Beverly M. Russell. During this time, Joan was introduced to musical performance, by playing recitals and performing in competitions. However, by the age of 12, Joan was more interested in playing rock music. With a little bit of money saved up, she decided to buy her first guitar.

At the age of 15, she received her first electric guitar. Shortly afterwards, she started taking guitar lessons under the instruction of Charlie Salem, in lieu of her continuing piano education with Mrs. Russell.

By the time Joan had turned 16, she wanted to play in rock bands, but she had a few strikes against her. There were too many guitarists in the area—and no band in the Charlotte area wanted to have a teenage girl guitarist. So, instead of becoming discouraged, she decided to venture further into the realm of music by taking up bass guitar.

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Once Joan started playing bass, more people started to notice her playing ability. Bassists were not as common in the Charlotte scene in the early 1990s, and the fact that a female was playing bass became appealing to other musicians. Her first “real” band she was involved in was Sin (1991), followed by Cryptic Reign (1992-1994). However, due to personal reasons, Joan withdrew herself entirely from music–as well as the Charlotte area scene—for the next 13 years.

At the end of 2007 (while Joan was in embalming school), she reconnected with an old friend of hers who was a recording and sound engineer. He persuaded Joan to start playing music again—and she did.

She bought a bass guitar and started composing songs. The idea of Trocarian Fate was born.

Her original idea was to gather a group of up-and-coming underground musicians in the greater Charlotte area for the purpose of highlighting their talents. She scrapped the idea of any type of collaboration because of the extremely poor response to her idea.

However, she did not abandon her hopes of playing music.  She shortened the name of the project to Trocaria and combined her playing knowledge of keyboards, bass, guitar, and drum programming to her advantage. She asked her friend, Jon Slough (a local blackened death metal guitarist and vocalist), to record vocals. The result was a blend of symphonic melodies and overtones with straight-forward, no-frills guitar and bass work, with blackened death metal vocals–all tastefully blended together.

Joan was approached by Humid Records A&R Director, Billy Chad Grooms, in January of 2012. A contract was offered on-the-spot before any of the recordings were completed. She worked diligently to get all of the recordings completed as quickly as she could. Her debut CD, “The Dark Nears”, was released May 25, 2012.

As difficult of a road as it has been, Joan made sure to never give up on her dreams and aspirations of being a recording artist. She is currently promoting “The Dark Nears” and is also busy writing material for another upcoming release.

Veruca Salt

Veruca Salt is an alternative rock band founded in 1993 in Chicago, Illinois. Since its inception, the band’s line-up has included vocalist-guitarist Louise Post. The current guitarist is Stephen Fitzpatrick, who has been with the band since 1999. The current drummer is Kellii Scott, who has worked with the group on and off since 1999, and the current bassist is Nicole Fiorentino, who has been with the band since 2006.

Veruca.Salt1993 – 1998: Formation and Growth

Named after the spoiled rich girl from the children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Veruca Salt was formed in Chicago by Louise Post (guitar/vocals) and Nina Gordon (guitar/vocals). Post and Gordon were introduced through mutual friend and actress Lili Taylor, and began playing music together. They wrote songs for a year and a half before being joined by Gordon’s brother, Jiim Shapiro, on drums and Steve Lack on bass.

The band had done a handful of shows when Jim Powers of Minty Fresh Records asked to sign them to the independent label. The band’s first release was the single “Seether”/”All Hail Me” on Minty Fresh Records, in 1994. The single was a success and Veruca Salt accompanied Hole on a tour, before releasing their debut full-length LP, American Thighs, which eventually reached Gold status.

After signing to Geffen Records, the band quickly gained in popularity as “Seether” became an MTV hit. A stopgap EP produced by Steve Albini, Blow It Out Your Ass It’s Veruca Salt, was released in 1996.

Veruca Salt’s popularity skyrocketed after their second full album, Eight Arms to Hold You, was released in 1997. Produced by Bob Rock, the album generated the hit lead single “Volcano Girls”, which gained exposure as the opening theme to the teen comedy film Jawbreaker. Veruca Salt performed another single, “Shutterbug”, on Saturday Night Live; however, instead of the featured musical group performing two songs as had been tradition, the musical performances were split between Sting and Veruca Salt. Shapiro left the band soon after the release of Eight Arms and was replaced by Stacy Jones (of Letters to Cleo and now American Hi-Fi). Jones toured with the band on the Eight Arms tour, but never recorded with them.

Songwriting duties were shared between Gordon and Post, though the two seldom collaborated. Rather, each would typically submit a complete song to the group and sing the lead vocal on that song, while the other would submit backing vocals. Critics often cited the harmonies between Gordon and Post as one of the band’s major strengths.

1998 – 2005: Gordon’s Departure, Reformation and Resolver

In 1998, Gordon left the band to pursue a solo career (her debut album Tonight and the Rest of My Life was released in 2000). The undisclosed dispute between Gordon and Post has been described as “one of the greatest rock soap operas since Fleetwood Mac or H?sker D?.”

Post, now the only original band member, recruited a new band, consisting of Stephen Fitzpatrick (guitar), Suzanne Sokol (bass) and Jimmy Madla (of ‘Blind Venetians’ and ‘Anger Cake’)(drums), and continued to record and perform under the Veruca Salt moniker. The new band signed with Beyond Records. The first album with the new lineup was 2000’s Resolver.

Gina Crosley became the new bassist at the end of 2000. The new line-up toured in the summer of 2001, and spent time promoting Resolver in the UK. Crosley and Post then moved to L.A. where they lived together and wrote songs that appeared on the Officially Dead EP. Crosley is credited for co-writing “Smoke & Mirrors”, but left the band before the record was released. She also worked on songs that later appeared on IV, but no credit is officially given.

December 2002 saw the release of both Resolver and lead single “Born Entertainer”, in Australia through Embryo Records/MGM. Following the release of “Born Entertainer”, the label released the single “Officially Dead”, which contained newly recorded tracks as well as a remix of “The Same Person”.

2005 – Present: VSIV

In 2005, the band went through another line-up change with Sokol and Madla leaving, being replaced by Solomon Snyder on bass and Michael Miley on drums for the recording of the EPLords of Sounds and Lesser Things (LOSALT). The band then went on tour as Post, Fitzpatrick, drummer Kellii Scott, and bassist Nicole Fiorentino. LOSALT was released and sold independently at the band’s shows and via the website and included six new songs. The title of the EP is an extract from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. This preceded the full-length album, IV, released September 2006, accompanied by a U.S. tour. IV failed to chart in the US; lead single “So Weird” was released to radio at the end of October 2006, however a video was never produced and the single failed to receive any significant radio play.

The band recently recorded a cover of Neil Young’s song “Burned” for a 2007 Breast Cancer Benefit album due for release in October 2007.

Members:

Louise Post

guitarist Stephen Fitzpatrick

bassist Nicole Fiorentino

drummer Kellii Scott

The Runaways

The RunawaysThe Runaways were an American all-girl rock band that recorded and performed in the second half of the 1970s. The band released four studio albums and one live set during its run. Among its best known songs: “Cherry Bomb”, “Queens of Noise”, “Neon Angels On the Road to Ruin”, “California Paradise” “Dead End Justice”, and the cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock n Roll”. The Runaways, though never a major success in the U.S., became a sensation in 1977 Japan thanks to the hit single “Cherry Bomb.”

Early years

The Runaways were formed in late 1975 by drummer Sandy West and rhythm guitarist Joan Jett after they had both introduced themselves to producer Kim Fowley, who gave Jett’s phone number to West. The two met on their own at West’s home and later called Fowley to let him hear the outcome. Fowley then helped the girls find other members. Two decades later he said, “I didn’t put The Runaways together, I had an idea, they had ideas, we all met, there was combustion and out of five different versions of that group came the five girls who were the ones that people liked.”

Starting as a power trio with singer/bassist Micki Steele, The Runaways began the party and club circuit around Los Angeles. They soon added lead guitarist Lita Ford who had originally auditioned for the bass spot. Steele got fired from the group, later resurfacing in The Bangles. Local bassist Peggy Foster took over on bass but left after a month. Lead singer Cherie Currie was found and recruited in a local teen nightclub called the Sugar Shack, followed by Jackie Fox (who had originally auditioned for the lead guitar spot) on bass.

Fame

The Runaways were signed to Mercury Records in 1976 and their debut album, The Runaways, was released shortly after. The band toured the U.S. and played numerous sold out shows. They headlined shows with opening acts such as Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Van Halen. The documentary Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways, directed by former Runaway bassist Vicki Blue (aka Victory Tischler-Blue ) revealed that each girl patterned herself after her idols: Currie patterned her look after David Bowie, Jett after Suzi Quatro and Keith Richards, Ford as a cross between Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Jeff Beck, West after Queen drummer Roger Taylor, and Fox after Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

Their second album, Queens of Noise was released in 1977 and the band began a world tour. The Runaways quickly became lumped in with the growing punk rock movement. The band (already fixtures on the West Coast punk scene) formed alliances with mostly-male punk bands such as Blondie, The Ramones and The Dead Boys (via New York City’s CBGB) as well as the British punk scene by hanging out with the likes of The Damned, Generation X and The Sex Pistols.

In the summer of 1977 the group arrived in Japan for a string of sold out shows. The Runaways were the number 4 imported music act in Japan at the time, behind only ABBA, Kiss and Led Zeppelin in terms of album sales and popularity. The girls were unprepared for the onslaught of fans that greeted them at the airport. The mass hysteria was later described by guitarist Jett as being “like Beatlemania”. While in Japan, The Runaways had their own TV special, did numerous television appearances and released the live album Live in Japan that went gold. Also in Japan, Fox left the band shortly before the group was scheduled to appear at the 1977 Tokyo Music Festival. Jett temporarily took over bass duties and when the group returned home they replaced Fox with Vicki Blue.

Currie then left the group after a blow-up with Ford during a photo session in the fall of 1977. Jett, who had previously shared vocals with Currie, took over lead vocals full time. The band released their fourth album, Waitin’ For The Night and started a world tour with their friends The Ramones. Currie released a solo LP, Beauty’s Only Skin Deep, produced by Kim Fowley, and began a separate U.S. tour, which included her identical twin sister Marie. Mercury Records chose not to release Currie’s album Stateside, although it was available as a pricey import via France. In 1980, billed as Cherie and Marie Currie, the sisters released a poorly-received pop-rock album for Capitol, Messin’ With The Boys.

Dissolution

Due to disagreements over money and the management of the band, The Runaways and Kim Fowley parted ways in 1978. The group quickly hired new management, Toby Mamis, who also worked for Blondie and Suzi Quatro. When the group split with Fowley, they also parted with their record label Mercury/Polygram, to which their deal was tied. In the Edgeplay documentary, members of the group (especially Fox and Currie) as well as the parents of Currie and West, have accused Fowley, and others assigned to look after the band, of broken promises as to schooling and other care, using divide and conquer tactics to keep control of the band, along with the verbal taunting of band members. The band reportedly spent much time enjoying the excesses of the rock n’ roll lifestyle during this time. They partnered with Thin Lizzy producer John Alcock, after Jett’s future partner Kenny Laguna turned down the job, to record their last album And Now… The Runaways.

Vicki Blue left the group due to medical problems and was briefly replaced by Laurie McAllister in November 1978. Laurie McAllister was referred to the band by her neighbor, Duane Hitchings, who played keyboards on “And Now… The Runaways”. Before joining The Runaways, Laurie played with Baby Roulette and the Rave Ons, who had one song released on a Kim Fowley compilation LP called “Vampires From Outer Space.” Laurie appeared onstage with The Runaways at their final shows in California during the last weeks of December 1978 and McAllister quit soon after in January 1979.

Disagreement between band members included the musical style; Joan Jett wanted the band to take a musical change, shifting towards punk rock/glam rock while Lita Ford, backed by drummer Sandy West, wanted to continue playing hard rock/heavy metal music. Neither would accept the other’s point of view. Finally, the band played their last concert on New Year’s Eve 1978 at the Cow Palace near San Francisco and officially broke up in April 1979.

Joan Jett

Jett arguably achieved the most success after the Runaways. She went on to become a partner and work with producer and former Shondell Kenny Laguna. After being rejected by 23 record labels, they formed their own label, Blackheart Records, in 1980. In doing so, Jett became one of the first female recording artists to found her own record label. The label continues to release albums by The Blackhearts, and also other new up and coming bands. Jett went on to have massive success with a cover of the Arrows’ song “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, as well as other hits such as “Crimson and Clover”, “Bad Reputation” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You”. Jett also co-starred in the 1987 film Light of Day with Michael J. Fox, and appeared in the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show as Columbia.  Jett is also on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. She still continues playing to this day and is still touring all over the world.

Sandy West

West continued her association with John Alcock once the group disbanded. She and Ford attempted to record some music, but nothing materialized. She formed the Sandy West Band and toured California throughout the ’80s and ’90s, sometimes with Cherie Currie. She also did session work with John Entwistle of The Who and became a drum teacher. West was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005 and, after many treatments, succumbed to the disease in October 2006. A memorial tribute concert featuring The Sandy West Band, Cherie Currie, The Bangles, The Donnas, Carmine Appice, Vinny Appice, and several others, was held in Los Angeles.

Micki Steele

Steele joined the all girl band The Bangles in the early 1980s and went on to success with songs like “Manic Monday”, “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Eternal Flame”.

Lita Ford

Lita Ford returned as a solo artist to Polygram in the 1980s, where she released several albums before pairing with manager Sharon Osbourne. She also had success with songs like “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever” (the second a duet with her manager’s husband Ozzy Osbourne). She was married to Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. and former Nitro singer Jim Gillette. They have two young sons. After a long hiatus, Ford staged a comeback, performing at Rock The Bayou, and other hard-rock festivals during the summer of 2008. She released Wicked Wonderland, her first studio album in 14 years, on 6 October 2009. During 2009, Lita toured as a special guest during many shows of the American Soldier tour for the ever-enduring progressive metal band, Queensryche where she performed two songs from Wicked Wonderland and reprised her duet “Close My Eyes Forever” with Queensryche lead singer, Geoff Tate. Ford is also currently making her rounds on TV, appearing on Vh1’s Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp, That Metal Show, and recently filmed a guest spot on the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush.

Cherie Currie

Upon leaving The Runaways, Currie released a 1978 solo album entitled Beauty’s Only Skin Deep and a 1980 duet album with her sister Marie, Messin’ With the Boys, in which the duo was backed by most of Toto. She also appeared in a number of films, most notably Foxes with Jodie Foster. Throughout the 1990s, Currie worked as a drug counselor for addicted teens and as a personal fitness trainer. She married actor Robert Hays; they have a son together, Jake Hays, but split up in 1997.

Currie still performs and records but her current passion is chainsaw carving. She has an art gallery in Chatsworth, California where her works are currently on display. She is also currently under contract with Jett’s Blackheart Records label.

Jackie Fox

Fox returned to using her birth name of Fuchs and graduated from UCLA summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Linguistics and Italian, and received her J.D. from Harvard becoming a lawyer, focusing on entertainment. She has lived abroad and is an amateur photographer. Fox has photographed many other famous actors such as James McAvoy and George Clooney. She co-wrote “Delilah’s Scissors” with Tischler-Blue and executive-produced and appeared in Edgeplay, Tischler-Blue’s 2005 documentary about the Runaways.

Vicki Blue

Vicki Blue, now known as Victory Tischler-Blue, briefly had a band with Currie in the early ’80s (Currie-Blue Band), but never released an album, though they did appear together in the film This is Spinal Tap. After leaving The Runaways, she shifted her focus to film and television production eventually becoming a producer/director for several reality and magazine based television shows, including Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood & Real Stories of the Highway Patrol—receiving an Emmy nomination along the way. She went on to form Sacred Dogs Entertainment Group—a motion picture production company and released a documentary on The Runaways called Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways. Edgeplay went on to win numerous awards and became the highest rated rock documentary film on the Showtime Networks. In 2005, Tischler-Blue directed “Naked Under Leather”, a documentary about fellow female rocker, Suzi Quatro which is yet to be released. Focusing on music driven productions, she is currently executive producing a network special: The Bee Gees “Unbroken Fever”—The 30th Anniversary of Saturday Night Fever (2007). Additionally, Tischler-Blue and Ford have teamed up together with Ford recording music for El Guitarrista, an animated series that Sacred Dogs Entertainment Group is producing.

Laurie McAllister

McAllister joined another of Fowley’s all-girl bands, The Orchids, who released a single LP in 1980. The original Orchids members were Laurie Bell on drums, Jan King on vocals, McAllister on bass, Sunbie Sinn, and Sandy Fury. She retired from the music industry and worked as a veterinarian technician in Eugene, Oregon. On 30 August 2011 The Runaways website reported that McAllister had died on 25 August, 2011.

Influence

The Runaways’ success paved the way for many successful female artists and female bands over the past 30 years, including The Go-Go’s, Sahara Hotnights, L7, The Donnas and new French rock and roll girl band Plastiscines to enter the male-dominated arena of rock music. They are named as influences by several male and female artists, including Running Thoughts, The Germs, Courtney Love, The Adolescents, Taylor Momsen, Ryan Ruins, Ryan Anne Kane, White Flag, and Rhino Bucket who acknowledged The Runaways’ influence on their music during their performance at the December 2006 tribute concert honoring Sandy West.

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Priscilla Fiazza – Vocals

Teodasia weave sound experiences that are shaped by Light. The path they track is there to be walked on with vigour. On the way, food for the Soul. A Guide from a different dimension leads the way. Here is what Teodasia is all about:

THE SOUND:
The style of the music is syncretic. There is a base of metal, of rock with symphonic accents, there is a base of metal with symphonic and epic accents. The tracks vary from having passionate and evocative melodies and eerie keys to having heavy sonority, dynamic intensity, and firepower. The orchestration is the key feature of the sound, the one that allows the music to take epic proportions. The sound is very clean, articulate and flowing, and there are sections without voice where the listener can enter the spirit of the lyrics and fully embrace the sound. Francesco, the band’s composer, believes that, in order for music to be heartfelt and make impact on the listener, it needs to enable the access to new dimensions, and in particular to the dimension of dreams. His dreaming life is very rich, so he is able with his music to convert such experiences into sound.

THE IMAGERY/THE LYRICS/THE MESSAGE:
In line with the lyrical vocation of the compositions, the lyrics that Priscilla conceived in each track are evocative and can support multiple readings, which are different but also compatible. The band aims with their message to speak to a variety of different people who can relate to the message at one level at least. It is a good example of how several sensibilities can be composed without having to frustrate the personal beliefs in anybody. The band recruits imagery from as many sources as possible (there are Biblical themes, mythological themes, and themes from all sorts of other traditions) to strengthen the power and impact of the message they want to bring across. They are shaping a possible way on how to go about things in life, knowing that chaotic systems nowadays have brought confusion, and the direction to take when walking a path is not so simple to see anymore. The direction the band intends to take is that of looking (and moving) up, towards the Sun!

THE UPCOMING ALBUM
‘Upwards’, Teodasia’s debut album – featuring a guest appearance of Fabio Lione from Rhapsody of Fire – will be released in early 2012 along with music videos currently in postproduction. Although the album has not yet been released, the band is nevertheless gaining much success. They are playing at gigs extensively along with major acts, have played live twice on Rock TV, the Italian leading rock broadcaster, and the free to download single has been reviewed successfully in several magazines and webzines. All these latest events concur to the building up of the long awaited release.

Members:

Priscilla Fiazza – Vocals
Nicola Falsone – Bass
Fabio Compagno – Guitar
Francesco Gozzo – Drums
Michele Munari – Keyboards

eodasia weave sound experiences that are shaped by Light. The path they track is there to be walked on with vigour. On the way, food for the Soul. A Guide from a different dimension leads the way. Here is what Teodasia is all about:

THE SOUND:
The style of the music is syncretic. There is a base of metal, of rock with symphonic accents, there is a base of metal with symphonic and epic accents. The tracks vary from having passionate and evocative melodies and eerie keys to having heavy sonority, dynamic intensity, and firepower. The orchestration is the key feature of the sound, the one that allows the music to take epic proportions. The sound is very clean, articulate and flowing, and there are sections without voice where the listener can enter the spirit of the lyrics and fully embrace the sound. Francesco, the band’s composer, believes that, in order for music to be heartfelt and make impact on the listener, it needs to enable the access to new dimensions, and in particular to the dimension of dreams. His dreaming life is very rich, so he is able with his music to convert such experiences into sound.

THE IMAGERY/THE LYRICS/THE MESSAGE:
In line with the lyrical vocation of the compositions, the lyrics that Priscilla conceived in each track are evocative and can support multiple readings, which are different but also compatible. The band aims with their message to speak to a variety of different people who can relate to the message at one level at least. It is a good example of how several sensibilities can be composed without having to frustrate the personal beliefs in anybody. The band recruits imagery from as many sources as possible (there are Biblical themes, mythological themes, and themes from all sorts of other traditions) to strengthen the power and impact of the message they want to bring across. They are shaping a possible way on how to go about things in life, knowing that chaotic systems nowadays have brought confusion, and the direction to take when walking a path is not so simple to see anymore. The direction the band intends to take is that of looking (and moving) up, towards the Sun!

THE UPCOMING ALBUM
‘Upwards’, Teodasia’s debut album – featuring a guest appearance of Fabio Lione from Rhapsody of Fire – will be released in early 2012 along with music videos currently in postproduction. Although the album has not yet been released, the band is nevertheless gaining much success. They are playing at gigs extensively along with major acts, have played live twice on Rock TV, the Italian leading rock broadcaster, and the free to download single has been reviewed successfully in several magazines and webzines. All these latest events concur to the building up of the long awaited release.

Members:

Priscilla Fiazza – Vocals
Nicola Falsone – Bass
Fabio Compagno – Guitar
Francesco Gozzo – Drums
Michele Munari – Keyboards

Straight Line Stitch

Straight Line StitchArmed with an unstoppable work ethic and a musical vocabulary that stretches from face-ripping metal to soulful, stratospheric rock, Knoxville, TN, quintet STRAIGHT LINE STITCH are poised to grab heavy music by the horns with their Raging Nation/KOCH Records debut, When Skies Wash Ashore. Though just 11 tracks in length, the album packs more dynamics and diversity than many bands’ entire catalogs. Not surprising, then, that the five individuals that make up STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have spent a lifetime honing their craft to reach this point.

Technically speaking, the STRAIGHT LINE STITCH story begins nine years, a handful of lineup changes, and two early releases (a demo EP and album, to be exact) ago. However, to understand the force that is STRAIGHT LINE STITCH today, simply fast-forward to 2003, when vocalist Alexis Brown joined the band. Though without formal training (recent screaming lessons from vocal coach Melissa Cross aside), Brown completed SLS’ sound with a multi-octave, multifaceted approach that could be snarling and guttural one moment, angelic and ethereal the next. Making her recorded debut on SLS’ second full-length, 2006’s self-released To Be Godlike, Brown defied gender and genre alike to emerge as one of the most promising vocalists, period, in modern heavy music.

Despite being followed by a few final lineup shifts, To Be Godlike cemented SLS’ core sound and generated a key partnership between the band and Raging Nation Films’ Dale “Rage” Resteghini. The award-winning director — whose credits include Fall Out Boy, Hatebreed, Mudvayne, Shadows Fall and hundreds of other acts — helmed the striking 35mm clip for the ’07 The Word Made Flesh’s “Remission,” and in 2007, he made SLS the inaugural signing to his newly created KOCH imprint, Raging Nation Records. As When Skies Wash Ashore proves, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have risen to new heights for their label debut.

Recording When Skies Wash Ashore in the remote village of Millbrook, NY, SLS pushed themselves to the proverbial limit, even as cramped living quarters, geographical isolation, and physically demanding sessions (from Brown’s strained vocal cords to her bandmates’ strained limbs, the members rose to the challenge) took their toll. “Unless you’re really wealthy, there’s not a whole lot to do in Millbrook,” Thacker says of the longtime celebrity-attracting village, “so we literally ate, slept and breathed this record while we were there. It was the most intense session we ever did, but I feel like we became that much stronger because of it.”

Whether it’s in the crushingly brutal metalcore of the official lead track, the neck-snapping thrash “Black Veil” with it’s incredibly powerful video or the next video track “Taste Of Ashes” (featuring a screaming duet between Brown and SLS fan/Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta), the epic, soaring rock of “Eucharist,” STRAIGHT LINE STITCH’s musical strength is undeniable. For every double-bass-pedal assault, death-metal-inspired guitar riff or finger-bending bass line (see the hyperactive “Adult Cinema”), there’s an equally strong hook, texture or atmosphere. And whether she’s shredding her throat on a verse or hitting a soulful melody at the chorus, Brown keeps SLS’ songs grounded in enough raw emotion to cause goose bumps in even the most jaded listener. “My songs come from a really personal place,” says Brown, who’s as likely to draw inspiration from spirituality as she is from classic horror movies. “I’m pretty soft-spoken in real life, so this is the one outlet I have to let out everything I’m feeling.”

Of course, SLS’ studio performance is just half the story: Averaging some 200 shows per year since 2003, the band have shared stages with national heavyweights such as Slayer, Anthrax, Staind, Mastodon, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and 3 Inches Of Blood, in addition to rocking the Atlanta stop of the 2005 Vans Warped Tour and multiple Jägermeister Music Tour dates (Jägermeister is a proud SLS sponsor). More recently, a run of shows supporting DevilDriver, Napalm Death and 36 Crazyfists on the 2008 “Bound By The Road” Tour found SLS winning over some of their biggest nightly audiences ever, while subsequent Headlining club dates with the Autumn Offering and the Destro saw them diving back into the underground where they cut their teeth.

No matter what size the stage, though, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have the presence and drive to make it theirs — and, as When Skies Wash Ashore makes punishingly clear, they also have the musical muscle to win over any audience within earshot. “When you get down to it, we’re a really personal band,” concludes Thacker, “and as far as I’m concerned, that should be the same whether you’re watching us in front of 5,000 people or coming up to talk to us after a show. In the end, that one-on-one connection is all that matters.”

Members:

  • Alexis Brown – vocals
  • Andrew Mikhail – Guitar
  • Jason White – bass
  • Kanky Lora – drums

Rock Goddess

rock goddessRock Goddess was a London based all girl band that very nearly stole Girlschool’s crown of top female achievers in the British rock scene. The band wrote catchy hard rocking songs blessed with Jody Turner’s raucous high powered vocal delivery whilst her younger sister Julie manned the drums. The original line-up comprised the Turner sisters, whose father John managed the band, bassist Tracy Lamb and keyboard player Donnica Camon. This band had featured a track ‘Make My Night’ on the Girlfriend Records compilation ‘Making Waves’ and toured with The Gymslips to promote its release. Major label A&M Records signed Rock Goddess shortly after a four track Vic Maile produced demo and a triumphant appearance at the 1982 Reading festival.

Upon the release of the album ‘Rock Goddess’ a second guitarist Kate Burbela was drafted in to beef up the live sound. Lamb had been feeling dissatisfaction within the band for some time and announced in 1983 that she was to quit. However, she was persuaded to stay on for a British tour supporting Def Leppard and then more dates with Fastway. Lamb eventually walked out following their Hammersmith Odeon gig. Her replacement was 19 year old Dee O’Malley, but not before Girlschool guitarist Kelly Johnson stood in on a one off German TV special. Burbella also quit to team up with Lamb in a new band entitled She, this unit coincidentlly including future Girlschool members guitarist Chris Bonacci and vocalist JACKIE BODIMEAD.

The second album ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ was well received. A&M issued two versions, a photo sleeve variant for the US market which included the Gary Glitter cover version ‘I Didn’t Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)’ and a European variant with an artwork cover and ‘No More’ and ‘Seen It All Before’ not included on its American counterpart. The band promoted an opening single of ‘I Didn’t Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)’ supporting both Y&T and Iron Maiden on their 1983 European tour.

That year Jody Turner lent her lungs to backing vocals for Tank’s ‘This Means War’ album. Further sets of demos were laid down with Paul Samson and Chris Tsangarides but these would not surface commercially. This second set of demos saw Darren Wharton of Thin Lizzy contributing keyboards and muscle mountain THOR donating his vocal skills to an updated ‘Rock n’ Roll ’85’. A setback came when A&M decided not to pick the band up for another album but nevertheless Rock Goddess did manage sporadic touring in France, opening for Saxon and Spider, during 1984-’85 and Jody Turner contributed backing vocals to another London Metal band, appearing on TYTAN’s ‘Women On The Frontline’. O’ Malley departed due to pregnancy dashing hopes of a projected American tour.

The only activity during 1986 was the recording by the band of backing vocals for Paul Samson’s solo album ‘Joint Forces’. In 1987 the Turner sisters were finally augmented by keyboard player Becky Axten and ex-PDQ bassist Julia Longman. An album ‘Young And Free’, produced by Samson’s Paul Samson, actually the demos recorded a few years earlier, surfaced in France but never saw a British release. Rock Goddess finally called it a day in the autumn of 1987.

Jody Turner soldiered on for a while with a solo project entitled The Jody Turner Band featuring sister Julie, former Phantasm, First Strike and General Dymanix guitarist Gavin Taylor and bassist Phil Manley-Reeve. After a four year hiatus Rock Goddess surfaced once more in the latter half of 1993 with a line-up of Jody Turner, ex-Warhammer, Ice Age and Original Sin guitarist Isabella Fronzoni, Aki Shibahara on bass and drummer Nicola Shaw, previously with Sisterhood. The band effectively folded when Fronzoni quit but Jody Turner switched titles to Braindance in 1995. Fronzoni relocated back to Italy to enroll with Thrash covers band Conspiracy. Back on the move, the guitarist journeyed to South Carolina in 1988 before jumping back to the UK, forging Death Metal project Self Disgrace.

The reunited band, alongside Tigertailz, Sonata Arctica, THE Quireboys, W.A.S.P., Terrorvision, Girlschool, QUEENSRŸCHE and New Yorkdolls, played the ‘Hard Rock Hell’ festival in December 2009 at Pontins holiday resort in Prestatyn Sands, North Wales. The band was also confirmed for the ‘Headbangers Open Air’ festival taking place in July 2010 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.

Members:

  • Isabella Fronzoni 1993- 1995 – ORIGINAL SIN, CONSPIRACY, SELF DISGRACE, WARHAMMER, ICE AGE
    Guitar
  • Aki Shibahara 1993- 1995 –
    Bass
  • Nicola Shaw 1993- 1995 –
    Drums
  • Jody Turner – THE JODY TURNER BAND
    Guitar / Vocals
  • Albums

    • Rock Goddess (1983) – UK #65
    • Hell Hath No Fury (1983) – UK #84
    • Young and Free (1987)

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