Metal/visual-kei superstars X Japan are performing in the United States for only the second time in their long history this weekend at Lollapalooza 2010. Festival organizer Perry Farrell took a personal interest in booking the Asian superstars for their huge Stateside gig, and to help promote their set he’s released a video where he discusses what fans can hope to see at Lollapalooza with X Japan founder Yoshiki.
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Minneapolis’ Gasoline Silver are a rawk band drawing influences from ‘70s American punk and a bit of British blues rock. Being a traditional power trio, they like to rock hard and this live clip today gives you a great idea of their overall aesthetic. Frontman Ron Franklin has three prior solo albums to his credit and for his latest endeavor, he’s teamed with Andy Hertel on drums and Josh Misner on synthesizers. Pulling the bass sounds from keyboards instead of a guitar immediately brings to mind the soul sounds of Stax, but also draws on British ‘60s beat like the Small Faces. Gasoline Silver’s self-titled debut will release 7 September via Victorian Pictures.
The quirky multi-talented duo Mates of States just released an all covers record entitled Crushes (The Covers Mixtape). To celebrate they recorded a live cover of the Replacements’ classic “I Will Dare” as part of the A.V. Club’s Undercover series. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel recruited some help on drums, guitar and even trumpet.
Calgary, Alberta duo Mares of Thrace seem to specialize in making lasting impressions. Their superb debut album The Moulting (Arctodus) deftly walks a line between the crushing riffs and primitive rhythms of Neurosis, the jagged, atonal sounds of Unsane and the Jesus Lizard, the mathcore cadences of the Dillinger Escape Plan, and well-timed melodic passages. In a live setting the band is even more striking, diminutive guitarist Thérèse Lanz howling and snarling away as she churns out baritone guitar riffs heavier than any dude can pull off, deceptively powerful drummer Stefani MacKichan alternating between devastating beats and graceful, fluid fills that feel more jazz-inspired than metal-derived.
Their brand-new video for “General Sherman” takes the cake, however. After starting out as a straightforward, well-shot performance piece, the Colin Hart-directed clip quickly shifts to a twisted, torture-porn storyline involving the ladies and an unsuspecting suitor. With MacKichan as the demure girl and Lanz as the evil, corpsepainted voice in her head, our heroines have their way with the fella in ultraviolent fashion, including an incident with garden shears that will make anyone wince. Though the video’s dark humor is undeniable, it also serves notice that Mares of Thrace are not to be trifled with, and heaven help anyone in the male-dominated metal world who judges these talented women on the way they look rather than the music they play. They’ll blindside you, either by their powerful tunes, or if need be, an Easton bat to the back of the head.
Autumn is the nurse seen in episode 3, “Robot Lovestory”. We learn here that she is Specim3n’s wife, and made a deal to save his life—which brought him into the Dark Doctor’s laboratory/hospital. Having helped Specim3n escape, Autumn retreats home, but is found by the Dark Doctor, who reminds her of the deal she made for her husband’s life, seizing control of her body in a dance-world parallel to the puppetmaster villain (Eric Doyle) seen in the show Heroes. This establishes another pair of opposite-side characters, with Justin Starr and Jimmy Angel already looking to fall on opposing sides of the Uprising vs. LXD conflict.
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