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L.A. GUNS – THE MISSING PEACE (ALBUM REVIEW)

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SOURCE: Lisa Burke for Cryptic Rock

 

As the years race by and Father Time takes its toll, only a small handful of bands popular in the early ’80s are still currently writing music. That said, there is an even smaller percentage who are reuniting as a close rendition of the earliest incarnation of their respective band during its claim to fame era. One of them are the hardworking fellows in L.A. Guns who as recent of last year saw Vocalist Phil Lewis and founding Guitarist Tracii Guns join forces for the first time in 14 years!

 

With Lewis and Guns back together, excitement is high as L.A. Guns prepare to release their new album, The Missing Peace, on Friday, October 13, 2017 via Frontiers Music SRL. With the two sharing writing credits together, long story short, The Missing Peace is exactly what the title implies and exactly what fans have waited for.

 

With the rest of the lineup consisting of Michael Grant on guitar, Johnny Martin on bass and backing vocals, as well as Shane Fitzgibbon on the drums, L.A. Guns offer a 12 song album jam-packed with catchy tunes and classically intense riffs/solos. Tucked toward the end, the title track is among the favorites on the album as it exemplifies the best traits L.A. Guns has to offer from its heyday to now. This in mind, L.A .Guns will always be an Los Angeles staple and, although they never took off quite to the extent of Guns N’ Roses, which was the offspring of L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose, they still make a solid impact on the current scene and invigorate the Sunset strip the way it was always meant to be.

 

Making for a perfect introduction, it starts off with “It’s All The Same To Me” where Lewis dishes out compelling vocals combined with the riveting guitar of Guns. Rushing into the song “Speed,” with a catchy Hard Rock rhythm and chorus, next, on “A Drop Of Bleach,” Lewis tears down the house with the familiar sex appeal of his vocals and antics. Along with some gritty drums and sultry riffs, it embodies the whole essence of L.A. Guns.

 

Whatever the influences may be for The Missing Peace, the album still carries that signature sound through and through which makes each song their own. Some similarities or hints of Deep Purple can be found along the way, but again, L.A. Guns have a strong original signature sound to begin with. For the ballad and bluesy portion of the album, “Christine” comes in about midway through and promotes nostalgia as well as hope for the days to come. Another happening tune, “Kill It Or Die” is fun with flavor-filled lyrics. This is before the album’s feisty number, “Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight,” dragging in the sinister mood with a slight touch of early White Lion.

 

Toward the end, “The Devil Made Me Do It” has marketable promise and an overall catchy appeal in the chorus similar to a Mötley Crüe song, although, the solos clearly define it as an L.A. Guns tune. Last, but far from least, “Gave It All Away” opens with an acoustic medley that blasts into a heartfelt number that will no doubt reach the modern day Rock audience.

 

The most definitive characteristic throughout the years is that L.A. Guns has always stayed true to themselves even through the break-ups, switch-ups, and double-edged sword play. They risked fame for their vision. In the end, they have everything they have ever needed and then some, all the while maintaining a typical, wild Rock-n-roll lifestyle. The Missing Peace is a special gift and every bit worthy of being a significant contributor to the modern Hard Rock scene as well as a refresher course on the sparks of ’80s Glam Metal without an overabundance of the actual Glam swagger. For all these reasons, CrypticRock gives this album 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Musicians 3 times more likely to experience depression compared to public

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SOURCE: TEAMROCK UK “The best source for rock news on the web”

“Working in the music industry might indeed be making musicians sick,” reports survey by the University of Westminster and the charity Help Musicians UK

A new study has revealed that musicians are three times more likely to suffer from depression compared to the general public.

 

The study was undertaken by researchers Sally Gross and Dr George Musgrave of the University Of Westminster and published by MusicTank in conjunction with charity Help Musicians UK and their Can Music Make You Sick? project.

 

It’s the world’s largest academic study into music and mental health, with more than 2200 musicians surveyed.

 

The study cited money worries, poor working conditions, relationship challenges and sexual abuse, bullying and discrimination as major issues.

 

As a result of the findings, Help Musicians UK have made three pledges: To establish a music industry Mental Health Taskforce, deliver a nationwide 24/7 mental health service titled Music Minds Matter and advocate change across the music industry.

 

Help Musicians UK’s director of external affairs, Christine Brown says: “HMUK is uniquely placed to commission and share the results of this important, game-changing study.

 

“The charity granted nearly £2 million last year to those that need it most in the industry, so it is a natural step to examine the key issues and make a call to action to help implement wider, lasting change in the industry, namely HMUK’s three key pledges.

 

“The British music industry is in rude health and has a world class reputation – but to continue the long-term wellbeing of the industry and its workers, we aim to create a constructive forum for discussion, partnership and collaboration.”

 

Brown continues: “Through the new Music Minds Matter service, we are closer to providing the crucial support, advice and education the music community desperately needs. Together we can continue to chip away at the stigma, so that in the long-term those working in the community never have to suffer in silence.”

 

Researchers Gross and Musgrave add: “This research is a crucial step forward in our understanding of the complex relationship between the working conditions of musicians and mental health conditions.

 

“The honesty and poignancy of our interviewees has made possible this important work, and informed the service provision being implemented by Help Musicians UK, and for that we are truly thankful.

 

“We welcome the new service Music Minds Matter and hope that this research can spark a wider debate both in the music industry about the welfare of those at its heart, and more generally about the challenging nature of precarious work.”

 

Music Minds Matter will combine clinical and therapeutic help, grant funding and bespoke legal, welfare, debt and benefits advice. It’s scheduled to launch in December.

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AVAILABLE TODAY: L.A. GUNS The Missing Peace

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As the revival of the classic ‘80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlist of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. Guns banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.

 

L.A. Guns never looked like the pretty poster boys that so many of their peers did, but more the band that you would be terrified to bump into an alley as they would likely be carrying switchblades and ready for a fight. But despite having many a song to back up that image, the band could also write powerful ballads (see the smash hit, “The Ballad Of Jayne” for Exhibit A of this argument) that showed there was some serious songwriting chops in the band. Those chops are on fully display on “The Missing Peace”, arguably one of the most vital and exciting releases in the band’s catalog.

 

The story of how we got from the band’s powerful early years to here has already been well documented, so no need to rehash it. What’s important to know and understand is that the driving force of all those classic L.A. Guns songs, Tracii and Phil, is back and in a BIG way. Feeling inspired and excited like they did when they first started out, but with many years of wisdom and experience under their belts, “The Missing Peace” will surely please fans of the band’s classic albums (the self-titled debut, “Cocked And Loaded”, and “Hollywood Vampires”) as well as their widely heralded “comeback” albums (“Man In The Moon” and “Waking The Dead”). In fact, this album feels like the next logical step after the critically heralded “Waking The Dead” album and shows a band invigorated and ready to bash you over the head, as well as “wow” you with some epic, slower songs, proving you don’t always needs a semi-truck to run people over.

 

TRACKLISTING:

 

It’s All The Same To Me

Speed

A Drop Of Bleach

Sticky Fingers

Christine

Baby Gotta Fever

Kill It Or Die

Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight

The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain

The Devil Made Me Do It

The Missing Peace

Gave It All Away

 

 

LA GUNS IS:

 

Philip Lewis – Vocals

Tracii Guns – Guitars

Johnny Martin – Bass

Michael Grant – Guitar

Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums

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