36 Crazyfists – Lanterns Review
by Dustin Wikoff

Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, 36 Crazyfists are back with their second album of new material in two years. Lanterns, their second album on Spinefarm Records, continues vocalist Brock Lindow’s trend of deeply personal lyrics. The previous album, 2015’s Time and Trauma, dealt with the loss of his mother, and now Lanterns chronicles his recent divorce after 13 years.

             “Lanterns represent the light we all seek,” explains Brock. “These songs are all about struggling to locate it and trying to find the way to move forward and get past what has mentally hampered you in your life. Everyone deals with depression on some level. It’s a matter of how you’re going to get out of it, put one foot in front of the other, get up, and live in this dark spot. That encompasses the umbrella of the album. I can say I’m much stronger mentally than I was two years ago when we started this.” Guitarist Steve Holt, bassist Mick Whitney, and drummer Kyle Baltus paint the landscape for Brock to unleash his feelings of anger, depression, sorrow, loss, and hope.

Lead off track Death Eater grabs you by the ears and demands your attention. “It’s probably the heaviest and most metal track. Lyrically, it’s about how it feels being on the top of the mountain without a care in the world and having everything crumble. You don’t suspect your life can turn upside down in a blink. When that does happen, who is there to support you and help you get back up? I found out exactly who my friends are. They’re the exact same people I’ve known since fourth grade. They’re real dear to me and helped me through the last couple of years.”

Tracks like Better to Burn feature the anthemic choruses you’ve come to expect from 36CF, while Where Revenge Ends show a more vulnerable side to Brock’s vocals. In their 23rd year, 36 Crazyfists show no signs of slowing down or easing up anytime soon. And with albums like Lanterns, why should they?

Dustin Wikoff is the host of Drunken Lullabies
http://drunkenlullabiespodcast.libsyn.com/
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In September of 1997, Kid Rock and The Twisted Brown Trucker Band entered the studio to begin work on the landmark album, Devil Without A Cause. 20 years later, guitarist Kenny Olson sat down with the Talk Toomey Podcast to discuss the making of said album. Click player above to listen to the entire interview.

On Meeting Kid Rock:

“I met him when he first came out, when he was 18. When he got his first record deal. We have mutual friends. He was going back and forth to the east coast and I was going between Detroit, the east coast and the west coast. When the big earthquake hit Northridge in L.A. in 94, it pretty much annihilated my apartment. I couldn’t live there anymore because the ceiling collapsed. So I ended up back in Michigan. That’s when Kid Rock and I joined forces. It was weird going back to Detroit and getting our big deal with Atlantic Records.”

On Devil Without A Cause turning 20:

“We did Devil Without A Cause, which is going on a 20 year anniversary. That’s blowing my mind. We are tied with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in sales. All these great albums of all time and it be considered one of them, is an honor.”

On making Devil Without A Cause:

“When we made Devil Without A Cause, we made it very organically. We took all the beautiful mistakes and we didn’t create any polished turds. We didn’t record a record, we made a record. We wrote a lot of stuff on the spot and we just let all the beautiful elements come out of it. Even if we had a room full of expensive equipment, I would still pick a shitty amp to run a guitar through.”

On Devil Without A Cause being a collaborative effort:

“We were always together. We made it all happen together. The music industry is kinda crazy how it divides things, but we went through the trenches together

On what everyone brought to the album:

“It was just taking each one of us and our element, what we added to that sound. We all had a mutual understanding of what kind of music we wanted to make, we all shared a liking with, and it was straight across the board. Detroit Rock City to Motown to Rock to hip hop, funk, punk and everything in between

Looking Back on Devil Without A Cause:

“It still blows my mind. It was a prime era of my life. It’s indescribable. I don’t think people would believe half the stories that really happened. It’s pretty mind blowing and I feel blessed for a lot of it, ya know.”

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Chris Czynszak recently sat down at the conclusion of the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo 2017 and spoke with the Talk Toomey Podcast. When asked about the “endgame”, Chris had this to say. (Click Player above for the entire interview)

“The endgame was for everyone to get together and have a good time and enjoy rock music. I think we accomplished that.”

We here at Talk Toomey definitely agree with Chris and look forward to being apart of many more Rock N Pod Expos in the future. Maybe a few less beers though.

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Performance times have been announced for the 35-plus bands playing the fourth annual Louder Than Life, Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 at Champions Park in Louisville, KY.

Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne – recently reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde for the first time in over a decade – leads a Saturday bill that includes Five Finger Death PunchRob ZombieMastodon and many more. Prophets of Rage  bringing together the sonic firepower of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, with members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real, and DJ Lord – closes Louder Than Life on Sunday after sets from IncubusRise AgainstStone Sour and more.

Louder Than Life band performance times are as follows (subject to change). Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day.

 

Limited tickets and VIP packages are still on sale while supplies last at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com, where concertgoers can also find more information about camping packages and discounted online hotel rates available through Curadora. General Admission ticket discounts are also available for active military through Louder Than Life partner GovX (www.govx.com).

 

All Louder Than Life camping passes include campsite space for 3 nights as well as access to campground bathrooms, showers, food and beverage concession stands, and a general store. Campers also have in and out privileges between the campground and festival grounds throughout the event. Car (tent) camping passes are $99.00 and RV camping passes are $175.00.

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Toby Wright recently joined the Talk Toomey Podcast and the classic album …And Justice For All was discussed. Click player above for the audio.

On the missing bass on …And Justice for All:

“Here’s the real story: The bass was recorded by me and Jason Newsted, in all of its glory. At the time, the theology in the room between Lars (Ulrich) and James (Hetfield) was that if you can hear the bass it’s 2dB too loud. So when it moved over to Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero mixing it, they brought that same theology with them. No matter how hard Steve and Michael tried to fight them on that’s not right, that’s not right, they still insisted that’s what they wanted so that’s what the world got.”

On the …And Justice for Jason YouTube videos:

“Jason played a lot better than those mixes that are out there. There are some amazing riffs, there are some really finite definitive moments that happened on that record that you really can’t hear because it was buried.”

On the 30th anniversary possibilities of a remix/ remaster of …And Justice For All:

“I’d like to remix it and I’ll show you exactly what was laid down on tape and then the world will be stunned, I think. Keep in mind I would love to remix it, Lars. If you are hearing me, I would love to remix it. I think it would be a bit more powerful. Fill out some of that tonality that’s missing from it. If you listen to the Black [Album] which was done a year and half, two years later under Bob Rock, that’s a full band. I don’t know if anybody fought him on all that kind of stuff, because I wasn’t in the room, but you never know. And it turned out how it turned out and 20 million records later. There was some success there.”

 

 

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