Take A Trip To Snakeland
You may not know where Snakeland is, but you want to go there. Zak Daniels and the O.E.S. have released their hard rockin' CD Snakeland, complete with some delicious booklet photography. It's hard to focus on the music while looking at the pictures, but one does one's best. Zak Daniels and Jim "The Kat" Katsikides provide the sleazy, greasy guitar work (Kat on lead) for this Los Angeles area band, and if that's not entertaining enough (it is), their humorous, sarcastic approach to lyrical content will leave you laughing - "...skin and bones and silicone..." from the track "Silicone", as one publishable example. These guys have done their homework on XXX movie sets, and in gentlemen's clubs, corner bars and crossroads honky-tonks across the country, and their righteousness is evident. With mean lead guitar, driving rhythms and the aforementioned experiences, they have a winning formula.
Few bands are as so humorously defiant as Zak Daniels and the One Eyed Snakes. Known on the local L.A. club circuit as a no nonsense hard rock band, the group has matured considerably since they were hailed as the "next big thing" by local radio and press in the mid-'90s. After a couple of line-up changes the Snakes have become a permanent musical family. Jimmy Katsikides, who co-produced the album with Daniels, brandishes one of the meanest lead guitars in all of rock. The rhythm section consists of Doug Lavery on drums and Orion Lindeman on bass. Together they promote a sound that can blow away the casual listener - or tenderly seduce them. Interestingly, Daniels' compositional catalog boasts over two hundred and fifty songs.
From their hometown of L.A. to the Big Apple and back, you can bet that wherever Zak Daniels and the One Eyed Snakes appear, fans will be left with a big smile on their face.
Big Water Records
2554 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Web site: www.zakdaniels.com
Featuring Albert Lee
You must be careful when reading the German band the Rolling Drunks' CD title - read it several times just to make sure it doesn't say what you think it might say, but really doesn't (especially considering drunks recorded it). Their CD, entitled Pukka Blokes, really does feature Albert Lee, who lends his incredible lead guitar work to the first four tracks. Thomas Weick provides lead guitar on the remaining tracks, all of which were written with acoustic instruments in mind, which gives the album a great "unplugged" feel. Even if you're not ripping drunk, rolling drunk, or somewhere in between, you can appreciate the wonderful musicianship on this album. It's a rock CD done purposefully with acoustic instruments, and it's an infectious slice of musical steak - have yours "well done".
Founded in 1991 in Wheatley, England, the Rolling Drunks are one of the last authentic rock 'n' roll bands touring both in Germany and in England since then. Playing only their own original songs, they are known as a line-up enthusing the audience with their power. In particular, lead guitarist Thomas Weick (co-founder of the prog rock band, The Formula), is one of the best and most versatile lead guitarists in Germany. Their connection to Albert Lee came about after supporting Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes at a few venues while they toured Germany. This classy, true English gentleman and music addict did not hesitate when asked to ennoble their CD with his unique and genuine guitar style.
Pukka Blokes is the Rolling Drunks seventh album, and most of the songs and lyrics on the album are about traveling. The band enthusiastically adds, "Cheers for riding with us!"
The Long Road
Lass Mich Los
Web site: www.rollingdrunks.de