Too rock for country, too country for rock. It’s this inability to be pigeonholed into one genre that has allowed Steve Earle to pick up fans from across every walk of life; from banjo loving bluegrass aficionados to long-hair outsider rockers, there’s something in the Earle oeuvre to tickle your fancy. 2017 saw the release of So You Wanna Be An Outlaw, the critically acclaimed record that saw Steve Earle and The Dukes skew back to a more country sound which also had them enlisting the talents of Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert to try and find the answer the album title posed. But the more pertinent question for this evening was would they find any outlaws in Manchester?
After an intro track of Johnny Cash’s excellent version of “Rusty Cage”, Earle strides on stage looking every bit the weathered rock star; black shirt, sloppy jeans, multiple bandanas, beard more grey than black. With little fanfare, the band, completed by Brad Pemberton on drums, Chris Masterson on guitar, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle and keys, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel and long-time Duke Kelley Looney on bass, launch into the title track of their last album and, in fact, the first three songs of the evening follow the order of the album with “Lookin’ for a Woman” and “The Firebreak Line” coming in quick succession. The pre-amble to “The Firebreak Line” also gives us the first taste of the famous Earle monologues, providing insight into the brave actions of firefighters and wondering why they are always called into service to save rich folk’s stuff. Unlike other Steve Earle gigs I’ve been to though, this is not a night for chatting and ruminating on multiple topics as the band have come prepared to play and they blast through a long list of songs.
Check out the video for “So You Wanna Be An Outlaw”
It’s not long before the back catalogue gets mined and a trio of “My Old Friend The Blues”, “Someday” and “Guitar Town” give the audience a chance to have their voices heard. It’s not hard for the crowd to get involved because Earle’s sound engineer has everything mixed just right. There’s a lot going on on stage between twin guitars, drums, fiddle, bass (both electric and double), pedal steel, piano and multiple vocals but everything is crystal clear and at a level that is loud but inoffensive. All of this allows songs like “Taneytown”, “Fixin’ To Die” and the ubiquitous “Copperhead Road” to be delivered with the power and emotion that is central to their message.
The main crux of a Steve Earle show is that you know the man has been there and done it all and the songs he sings are all part of his unique past and personal experiences. Steve’s history and various struggles are well documented, but there’s hope to be gleaned from the fact that one man can go through so much that should have killed him but instead he found a different gear, changed direction and he is still here today for us to live vicariously through. There may not have been too many genuine outlaws in the crowd tonight, but at least we got to witness a true original up on stage and one that is still displaying that creative inspiration and captivating charisma that has kept him relevant for over three decades.
Steve Earle & The Dukes Setlist:
01. So You Wanna Be An Outlaw
02. Lookin’ for a Woman
03. The Firebreak Line
04. Walkin’ in LA
05. Sunset Highway
06. News From Colorado
07. My Old Friend The Blues
09. Guitar Town
10. I Ain’t Ever Satisfied
11. I’m Still in Love With You
12. You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had
14. Johnny Come Lately
15. The Galway Girl
16. Little Emperor
17. Acquainted With the Wind
18. Copperhead Road
20. Hard-Core Troubadour
21. The Week of Living Dangerously
22. If Mama Could See Me
23. Fixin’ To Die
24. Hey Joe
26. Ben McCulloch
27. The Girl on the Mountain
Track-by-Track: Beyond Unbroken Discuss Some of Their Greatest Hits
Hard rock/metal band Beyond Unbroken join us for a special track-by-track rundown of some of their most notable and significant songs.
Beyond Unbroken has proudly unleashed “The Madness” via FiXT Music. It’s a fitting title for the metal quartet’s brand-new single, released with an accompanying music video earlier this month. The clip matches the song’s intensity, a deep dive into the small pockets of our minds where our demons lurk. “The Madness” depicts a psychological struggle where the mind succumbs to manic thoughts. The prison in the video is a metaphor for this struggle and the fact that one’s mind can become its prison. With “The Madness,” the message that the band is trying to convey is that you are not alone. Pain comes, and it’s often only temporary. Facing obstacles is a part of life, and we derive strength from these experiences. We’re all in this together, and Beyond Broken wants to emphasize that.
Beyond Unbroken celebrated their tenth year together last year, originally formed between Monte and Michael Money after leaving Escape the Fate. Although “The Madness” is a very aggressive metal song, the band is not defined by one genre. They enjoy trying new sounds, mixing genres, and, in doing so, defying expectations. The Money brothers and their bandmates derive inspiration from all of life’s experiences, culminating in a hard-hitting sound widely appealing to fans of both rock and metal.
With the recent release of “The Madness,” Beyond Unbroken joins us today for a special track-by-track feature in which they expand on the stories and meanings behind some of their most notable songs.
1. “The Madness”
“Lyrically, the song deals with the negative thought patterns we sometimes find ourselves in when facing struggles such as depression and anxiety, which can have negative impacts on our mental health. The song is about finally facing and breaking through those barriers. We wanted the music to greatly relate to the impact on the potential of the mind’s destruction, from heavy, ground-shattering guitar riffs and high-octane scream vocals from Michael Money, until you are met with the blissful vocals of Monte Money on the chorus to tie it all in. We literally couldn’t be happier with how this track turned out. It’s so great we had to do it justice by complementing it with an equally crazy music video.”
2. “Blood On My Hands”
“This was the first song to debut the dynamic we wanted for Beyond Unbroken and its future sound going forward in correlation with our label FiXT. The song truly resonates with a dark nuance of a tale of the aftermath of murder, demons, drowning, and blood, literally losing one’s mind and the regret of the aftermath of it all, begging for forgiveness only to be faced and judged as the criminal at hand hears the words ringing ‘Burn It, Burn It, Down, This Is Your Hell!’ as the embodiment of the victim finally gets payback. The song’s breakdown is truly unique and heavy and does the story justice in this dark, sinister world.”
3. “Running Out of Time” (Remaster)
“The official first single off the album debut. The song defines the band’s growth with modern originality, depicting as we age how little time we truly have and how we shape our destiny. We wanted to bring up the track with a slightly new touch to signify our signature sound as a remastered version with intense drums and big, booming guitars that complement the vocals. The song is a staple of our sound.”
4. Andromida – “Break the Cycle” (feat. Beyond Unbroken)
“With ‘Break the Cycle,’ we wanted to vocalize the effect the routine of everyday life has on us. Doing the same routine day after day becomes a monotony that you never even question, but are left just sitting in silence and suffering with all these thoughts in your head. The song is about finally breaking that vicious cycle of repetitiveness. The music defies all natural law and order of the world with big, chunky guitars, screaming verses and breakdowns, and a mind-bending chorus met with a screaming metal vocal choir to really kick you out of your seat and inspire you to take action.”
5. “With or Without Me”
“In ‘With or Without Me,’ we took you into a digital world influenced by big blockbuster movies like Blade Runner 2049 and TRON: Legacy, and games like Cyberpunk 2077. We wanted the touch of mechanical machines and digital sounds to meet heavy guitar-driven choruses to really bring a big impact to today’s music. We absolutely love the track and how it resonates with all our listeners.”
6. “Falling Down + Heathens”
“2020 was the year of lockdowns and COVID-19, with everyone staying inside. We noticed a significant increase in at-home quarantine-type cover songs that began to take social media by storm. With ‘Falling Down + Heathens,’ we wanted to do more than just a cover. We aimed to create a mashup consisting of two entirely different genres of music, putting them together to make something new. The result is this masterpiece, a song that truly unleashes Monte Money and Michael Money’s capabilities without any restrictions. The monstrous dueling guitar solos leave listeners hitting the repeat button. We never imagined that the song would end up being one of Beyond Unbroken’s greatest releases to date. We are truly thankful for every one of you who contributed to its success.”
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.
The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.
Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.
If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD
Get your tickets while they last!
J.MYSTERY Releases His Pure and Earnest Single “Everlasting Love”
J.MYSTERY drops his latest single, “Everlasting Love,” which takes all the emotion and heart of his sound and pours it into something pure.
The name of Portuguese singer-songwriter J.MYSTERY has grown synonymous with high-quality and emotionally resonant sounds that strike something deep within listeners, amplified by the artist’s magnetic performances and enigmatic, distinctive presence. J.MYSTERY’s latest single, “Everlasting Love,” takes all of the emotion and heart of his sound and pours it into something that feels pure and earnest, evoking the spirit and euphoria of a new relationship and the wonder and optimism that comes with it.
These thoughts and feelings are captured as much through the artist’s delivery and soundscape as it does in his lyrics, creating an atmosphere and feel that is full of hope and dreams and visions of a brighter future.
J.MYSTERY says of the track:
“I wrote ‘Everlasting Love’ thinking of the early stages of a relationship when you want to know more about the person next to you, and you start planning for the future because you know there’s something unique, something worth fighting for. Everlasting love.”
There is an engrossing charm and vulnerability to this sound that reinforces this statement and makes for a raw and easily identifiable ode to the most sincere form of love.
While the exciting artist has made a name for himself over the last few years as a unique and boundary-pushing talent, doing things his way and carving out a unique path and vision, it is the more human and emotional side that has cemented his growing following. This new release sees him continue to open up and bare his soul while maintaining a level of intrigue and mystique through his otherworldly atmospheric style. “Everlasting Love” is out January 26th.
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