By: Edward Pevos

Steve Perry fans rejoice! The former lead singer of Journey is coming out with a new album and he just released its first single.

To say this is long-awaited is an understatement. The Rock and roll Hall of Famer hasn’t released a new album since 1994. “Traces” will drop on Friday, October 5, 2018 on Fantasy Records.

The lead track, “No Erasin'” greets fans with the opening line “I know it’s been a long time comin’.” The song is now available for purchase on iTunes. The full album is available for pre-order.

“Putting 30 years into 10 songs has certainly been an emotional experience for me,” said Perry. “I started writing and recording these songs with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. Along the way, I rediscovered my love for music. Each track represents traces of my past, but is also a hopeful look into the future. I invite you to listen with an open heart.”

Perry produced the album along with Thom Flowers. The album features nine original tracks and a cover of The Beatles’ “I Need You.” Here is the full track listing:

• 1. No Erasin’

• 2. We’re Still Here

• 3. Most Of All

• 4. No More Cryin’

• 5. In The Rain

• 6. Sun Shines Gray

• 7. You Belong To Me

• 8. Easy To Love

• 9. I Need You

• 10. We Fly

Steve Perry makes emotional return with ‘No Erasin’,’ his first song since 1998

Kyuss never wrote any songs that will make the songwriter’s hall of fame. However, they did manage to more or less usher in a new era of stoner rock bands and did it by creating a sound that was weaned by Black Sabbath and baked to perfection in the desert. Blues For The Red Sun, recorded and released in 1992, was possibly their crowning achievement, although it sold less than 40,000 copies initially. Sometimes music takes awhile to find its audience, and throughout the years, Kyuss has found theirs, inspiring tons of bands and musicians who want to perfect that sludgy sound of doom. Guitarist Josh Homme and bassist Nick Oliveri would go on to greater fame with Queens Of The Stone Age, but the videos for Thong Song and Green Machine caught a minor wave on MTV’s original Headbanger’s Ball, and the rest is history. With the bass frequencies causing seismic shifts in the earth’s crust, a legend was born, and that legend was Kyuss!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

U2 made their “statement” album with 1987’s majestic release, The Joshua Tree. A collection of 11 masterfully crafted songs with ace production by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, this was the one that made U2 a truly global phenomenon. Featuring the massive hits With Or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, and Where The Streets Have No Name, this album was unavoidable for well over a year after it was released. As great as those songs were, they were evenly matched by nearly every other track on the album, in particular Bullet The Blue Sky, Trip Through Your Wires, and Red Hill Mining Town. Bono wrote some of his best lyrics and sang his heart out, while the Edge played minimalist guitar parts filtered through massive delay and chorus effects to build cathedrals of sound, and all held together by the bedrock glue of Adam Clayton’s bass and Larry Mullen Jr.’s solid drumming. The Joshua Tree remains their most successful album, selling over 25 million units worldwide.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson

“Sweet dreams are made of these

Who am I to disagree

Travel the world and the seven seas

Everybody looking for something

Some of them want to use you

Some of them want to get used by you

Some of them want to abuse you

Some of them want to be abused”


Bryson’s Picks

I don’t have any big revelations to offer about Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville (1993). It all boils down to the fact that I connected with her songwriting, her voice, and the lo-fi, stripped down sound of the album in general. The album cover is pretty hot, too…but that is just a personal observation. Phair has gone on record as saying this album is a song by song answer to The Rolling Stones album Exile On Main Street, but I don’t necessarily hear that. Whatever it is, it works to this day when I’m in the mood for it. Stratford-On-Guy, Fuck And Run, 6’1″, Dance Of The Seven Veils, Never Said, just a great collection of songs by a woman who fearlessly did things the way she wanted them. Gotta respect that!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Max Webster, like Jethro Tull, is a band’s name, not an actual person. I fell in love with their final album, 1980’s Universal Juveniles, after seeing them open for Rush. Speaking of Rush, Canada’s premier power trio joined Max Webster in the studio for a live recording of the song Battle Scar. The tune featured trade-off lead vocals between Rush’s Geddy Lee and Max Webster’s Kim MItchell (band leader/lead singer & guitarist). Battle Scar received some pretty good radio time on Indy’s own WFBQ at that time and when the Websters played it in concert, Geddy joined them (wearing a Richard Nixon mask, but his voice gave him away instantly). Other killer tunes on this flawless album included In The World Of Giants, Blue River Liquor Shine, Cry Out Your Life, and Check. Kim Mitchell wrote the majority of the lyrics and Pye Dubois wrote some really trippy lyrics. Mitchell is a blazing guitar player and pretty solid vocalist, too. If you can find this disc, grab it and crank it up. Canada knows how to rock!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind