This week Lou and Lily discuss songs that never mention the title. Some of us find this really annoying! Why do artists do this? We discuss your picks and thoughts as well. Featured Loudini Artists: Greta Van Fleet Meka-Nism Tax The Heat
Featured Loudini Artists:
Greta Van Fleet
Firing twin barrels of arena-rock muscle and moving melodies, Greta Van Fleet is a modern rock & roll band rooted in the genre's strongest traditions: super-sized hooks, raw riffage and the sweeping vocals of a front man who was born to wail.
The four-piece formed in Frakenmuth, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, where 20 year-old twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka began playing shows with their 17 year-old younger brother, Sam, and 17 year-old family friend Danny Wagner. Holding their practices in the Kiszka family garage and road-testing their songs onstage throughout Michigan, the four became a band of brothers whose songs mix classic chops with the thrill of teenage angst.
From sing-along choruses to fiery guitar solos, Greta Van Fleet rounds up a highlight reel of rock & roll heroics. These guys aren't revivalists; they're looking ahead, breathing new life into a sound that's blasted out of car dashboards and living room stereos for decades.
ABI - Aaron Frank
Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins
Heidi Robinson Fitzgerald
Marc Geiger, Ron Opaleski, Mike Rosenfeld, Alex Bramwell
Meka Nism is a metal band that is comprised of exquisitely talented musicians that seamlessly work in unison to create some of the most elaborate, unique and eclectic music on the planet. Members include, Meka (vocalist), Bobby Keller (lead guitar), Jarret Robinson (bass), Jay Adkisson (keys), and Christopher Lane (drums).
Meka Nism was formed back in 2006 and originated as Meka Nism and Her Rusty Tears. Meka was the former guitar player for Orlando punk legends Dirty Barby and Angel Autopsy, who enchanted audiences for years. Florida based Hidden Records quickly noticed her as being a unique talent and put her on their independent label. In 2006, “Mad to Love” was the first album recorded by Meka Nism and her Rusty Tears. The album was recognized as an exceptional artistic achievement of great beauty and passion. "Break," the second track from the album was the WINNER of the Songwriter's Showcase of America's (SSA) Best Experimental Song of the Year – 2006. Meka was also SSA's Solo Artist of the Month - January 2007. Explosive with enthusiasm, Meka made a scorching impact on the Central Florida music scene. She has a strong, loyal fan base, not only in Florida, but around the United States, in areas like Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and many more.
In 2010, with the return of Meka from touring in Japan with over 150 shows, the movement to solidify the group as “Meka Nism” began and in March of 2013, the debut EP “The Dance at the End of the World” was released as the band’s first collaborative collection of songs as a unit. The theme behind the EP was based off of a world that was destroyed, desolate and in dismay. It was meant to uplift spirits to a higher potential out of negative situations and to bring them to light. The idea of playing their music as the world came to an end was the ultimate triumph, which was based on 2012’s prediction of the world coming to an end. The band also released their first music video for the single “Bring the Sun Back” in October of 2013. Meka Nism’s debut EP “Dance at the End of the World” was proof that new sounds, new excitement and new frontiers have not only been explored but have been claimed as their own unique voice in the music industry.
After touring and playing numerous amounts of shows in Florida and in the South East, opening for Mastodon at the Kink Festival, and a headlining House of Blues show, Meka Nism began the journey to start “The Shift”. The EP was successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014. Brett Hestla, former bass player for Creed and vocals for Dark New Day, was chosen as the producer and recording began back in October of 2014. “The Shift” was released on May 1st with a massive CD Release show at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida.
2015 was a big year for the band in that they toured for a month with platinum award winning band, Trapt, all across the mid-west and east coast. Earlier in the year, playing the Texas Showdown Festival in El Paso, Texas, opening for the likes of The Offspring, Limp Biscuit, Upon a Burning Body, and more. Followed by a tour across Texas with Otep.
In 2016, Meka Nism got the opportunity to tour with the Swedish power-house and one of metal's biggest up and coming bands, Avatar. The two bands wrecked havoc across the east coast and mid-west before ending in Minot, North Dakota. Upon returning home, Meka Nism was named Orlando's #1 Metal Band according to the Orlando Weekly and was chosen to headline the local stage at the 3rd Annual Kink Festival opening for Evanescence, Hellyeah, and InFlames.
Nothing has seemed to slow down. 2017 has proven to be a big year for the band so far. They were given the slot to open the main stage at WJRR's Earthday Birthday 24 with the likes of Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Nonpoint, and more. The name of the new EP, "The War Inside", was unveiled and the plans of recording it in Germany with world renowned producer and engineer, Lasse Lammert, were announced as well.
2016 Orlando Weekly Best of (#1 Metal Band in Orlando)
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Tax The Heat
CHANGE IS GOOD. CHANGE IS IMPORTANT. CHANGE IS THE ENEMY OF STAGNATION, A VITAL MEANS TO KEEP THINGS FRESH, INNOVATIVE AND EXCITING. FOR TAX THE HEAT, ‘CHANGE’ MEANS SOMETHING ELSE TOO. THE TITLE TRACK OF THE ACCLAIMED BRITISH BAND’S STUNNING NEW ALBUM, ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’, SEES THEM ADDRESSING THE TURBULENT STATE OF THE WORLD RIGHT NOW AND THE VERY REAL IMPACT IT IS HAVING ON PEOPLE. “IT’S LOOKING AT DIVISION IN SOCIETY AND PEOPLE USING IT AS AN EXCUSE TO DO WRONG AND SAY WRONG,” SAYS SINGER AND GUITARIST ALEX VEALE. “IT’S SAYING, ‘LOOK, CHANGE YOUR POSITION.' IT’S HOLDING UP A MIRROR TO THINGS.”FITTINGLY, ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’ – RECORDED ONCE AGAIN WITH MAVERICK PRODUCER EVANSSON – REPRESENTS A HUGE LEAP FORWARD FOR TAX THE HEAT, WHO ARE COMPLETED BY GUITARIST JP JACYSHYN, BASSIST ANTONIO ANGOTTI AND DRUMMER JACK TAYLOR.
THE BRISTOL BAND’S BRILLIANTLY RECEIVED DEBUT ALBUM, 2016’S ‘FED TO THE LIONS’, ESTABLISHED THEM AS ONE OF THE MOST ELECTRIFYING NEW BANDS IN THE COUNTRY. ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’ DOES MORE THAN JUST BUILD WHAT THEY ACHIEVED WITH THAT RECORD. IT PUSHES THE TAX THE HEAT SOUND TO THE NEXT LEVEL, ADDING A RAZOR-SHARP MODERN EDGE TO THEIR ROCK’N’ROLL APPROACH.
“IN MY MIND, THIS IS WHAT A MODERN GUITAR BAND WOULD SOUND LIKE,” SAYS ALEX. “WE’RE INFLUENCED BY SO MANY DIFFERENT GENRES. IT’S NO SECRET THAT GUITAR MUSIC IS STRUGGLING GENERALLY. WE’RE ON A MISSION TO HELP KEEP IT ALIVE AND WELL.”
ON THAT FRONT, THEY’VE MORE THAN SUCCEEDED. STELLAR NEW SONGS SUCH AS ELECTRIFYING ALBUM OPENER ‘MONEY IN THE BANK’, ‘ALL THAT MEDICINE’, THE INSTANT CLASSIC TITLE TRACK AND EPIC CLOSER ‘THE SYMPHONY HAS BEGUN’ SHOWCASE A BAND BRIMMING WITH CONFIDENCE, HUMOUR AND A-LIST SONGWRITING SKILLS. THE BAND PUT THIS EVOLUTION DOWN TO THE INTENSIVE TOURING THAT FOLLOWED THE RELEASE OF ‘FED TO THE LIONS’. AS WELL AS FURTHER HONING THEIR MUSICAL INSTINCTS, THE ROAD-WORK ALSO BROUGHT THEM EVEN CLOSER AS A BAND.
“THAT ALWAYS WAS THE CASE,” ADDS ALEX, “BUT TIME AND TOURING HAS MADE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER EVEN STRONGER. ANYONE’S FIRST RECORD IS CREATED OVER TIME. WITH THIS ONE, THE FOUR OF US WENT INTO A ROOM WITH A VISION OF WHAT WE WANTED TO CREATE.” THE INFLUENCES THEY HAVE DRAWN ON – FROM GROUNDBREAKING MODERN ICONS QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE AND WHITE DENIM TO SUCH ETERNAL VISIONARIES AS DAVID BOWIE AND PRINCE – WERE UNIFORMLY CONTEMPORARY, THOUGH THE END RESULT IS UNIQUELY TAX THE HEAT.
THE NEW SONGS CAME SURPRISINGLY EASILY, AND THE BAND SENT A HANDFUL OF ROUGH DEMOS TO PRODUCER EVANSSON. ALEX ADMITS THAT HE FULLY EXPECTED THE PRODUCER TO BE HYPER-CRITICAL BUT THE OPPOSITE HAPPENED.“HE PHONED ME UP AND SAID, ‘THESE ARE BRILLIANT’,” SAYS ALEX. “AND AS SOON AS HE SAID THAT, WE FELT SO RELIEVED. THAT’S WHEN WE STARTED WRITING ALL KINDS OF STUFF, SENDING IDEAS BACK AND FORTH TO HIM. IT WAS THE SONG ‘ALL THAT MEDICINE’ THAT REALLY MADE US REALISE WE WERE ON TO SOMETHING SPECIAL. IT HAS A QUIRKY RIFF BUT STILL HAS A BIG CHORUS. IT FELT LIKE THINGS WERE MOVING FORWARD.”
THE BAND RECORDED THE NEW ALBUM AT THE CHAIRWORKS STUDIO IN CASTLEFORD, WEST YORKSHIRE, WITH EXTRA WORK DONE AT EVANSSON’S OWN STUDIO IN WILTSHIRE. THE BOND THAT WAS INITIALLY FORGED WITH THE PRODUCER ON ‘FED TO THE LIONS’ REMAINS SO STRONG THAT ALEX AND JACK CALL HIM “THE EXTRA MEMBER OF TAX THE HEAT.”“WE KNOW WE CAN RELY ON HIM, WE KNOW HE BRINGS SUCH GREAT ENERGY TO THE TABLE,” SAYS JACK. TAX THE HEAT HAD A CLEAR VISION OF WHAT THEY WANTED TO ACHIEVE WITH ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THAT IT CAPTURED THE INCENDIARY ENERGY OF THEIR LIVE SHOWS. THEY INSISTED ON RECORDING IT WITH ALL FOUR MEMBERS STANDING IN ONE ROOM, PLAYING THEIR INSTRUMENTS TOGETHER, LOOKING EACH OTHER IN THE EYE. “WE PRIMARILY SEE OURSELVES AS A LIVE BAND,” SAYS JACK. “THAT’S WHAT WE WRITE THE MUSIC FOR – TO GET OUT AND PLAY ALL THESE SHOWS. THAT GIVES US A CLEAR IDEA OF HOW WE WANT OUR SONGS TO SOUND. AND THESE SONGS WERE DESIGNED TO BE PLAYED LIVE.”
THAT ENERGY, AND THE SENSE OF JOYOUS CAMARADERIE THAT FUELS IT, RUNS DEEP THROUGH ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’. IT’S ONE OF THE THINGS LINKS THE MUSCULAR, GUT-LEVEL PUNCH OF ‘MONEY IN THE BANK’, THE PEDAL-TO-THE-FLOOR RUSH OF ‘ON THE RUN’, THE GLAM ROCK-ESQUE STOMP OF ‘MY HEADSPACE’ AND THE UPLIFTING ‘CUT THE CHAINS’, WHICH POSSESS THE SORT OF ANTHEMIC CHORUS THAT WOULDN’T HAVE SOUNDED OUT OF PLACE DURING THE BRITPOP ERA. WHILE TAX THE HEAT HAVEN’T COMPLETELY JETTISONED THEIR OLD SOUND, ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’ HAS ITS EYES RESOLUTELY FIXED FORWARD.
ALEX AND JACK CITE THE SUDDEN AND UNEXPECTED DEATHS OF DAVID BOWIE AND PRINCE AS PARTIAL CATALYSTS FOR THE NEW ALBUM. BOTH HAD AN UNDOUBTED MUSICAL INFLUENCE ON TAX THE HEAT – ALEX SAYS THAT HE IMMERSED HIMSELF IN BOWIE’S ‘YOUNG AMERICANS’ AFTER HIS PASSING, WHILE THE BAND COVERED PRINCE’S ‘BAMBI’. BUT IT WAS THOSE LEGENDARY FIGURES’ SINGLE-MINDED ARTISTIC VISION THAT PROVED AN EVEN BIGGER INSPIRATION.
“IT’S UTTERLY INSPIRING WHEN YOU SEE HOW THEY BUILT THESE AMAZING CAREERS PURELY BY GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN,” SAYS ALEX. “IT DOES MAKE YOU THINK, ‘LET’S DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO, NOT WHAT WE’RE EXPECTED TO DO.’ I TOOK THE APPROACH IN MY HEAD, WHAT WOULD WE DO IF WERE ONLY GOING TO MAKE ONE MORE ALBUM? IT’S KIND OF NOT REALLY GIVING A SHIT ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER MAKING IT AS GOOD AS IT POSSIBLY COULD BE.”
WHILE TAX THE HEAT INSIST THEY’RE A NON-POLITICAL BAND, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO SEPARATE ANY ALBUM FROM WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WIDER WORLD. THE WORLD IS IN TURMOIL, POLITICALLY AND SOCIALLY, AND THAT TURBULENCE HAS INEVITABLY FOUND ITS WAY ONTO ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’, FROM THE TITLE DOWNWARDS. “THERE ARE A CRAZY AMOUNT OF THINGS GOING ON, AND IT’S DEFINITELY INSPIRED US IN A WEIRD WAY,” SAYS ALEX. “I WAS AT THE GYM, OF ALL PLACES, WHERE DONALD TRUMP’S INAUGURATION WAS ON THE TV, AND LITERALLY THE FIRST TWO VERSES OF ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’ CAME INTO MY HEAD. I THOUGHT, ‘I’VE GOT TO WRITE THAT DOWN.’ STUFF LIKE THAT AND BREXIT AND THE DIVISIONS IN SOCIETY ARE HARD TO IGNORE.”
THE FLIPSIDE OF THAT IS ‘ON THE RUN’, AN OUTLAW ANTHEM THAT CRACKLES WITH A KIND OF ESCAPIST ROMANCE AND FEATURES SUCH LYRICS AS: “NOW THE FUZZ ARE ON OUR TRACKS, EATING RAZORBLADES FOR SNACKS.” ANOTHER SONG, ‘CUT YOUR CHAINS’, CAME FROM A MORE PERSONAL PLACE. IT WAS INSPIRED BY A FRIEND OF THE BAND WHO HAD OPTED TO LIVE A GENDER-NEUTRAL LIFESTYLE.“WE WENT TO THE PUB WITH THEM, AND THEY WERE TELLING US HOW THEY HAD BEEN FEELING ABOUT ALL OF THIS STUFF AND ALL THESE BATTLES IN THEIR HEAD,” SAYS ALEX. “I CAME HOME AND STARTED SCRIBBLING STUFF DOWN, AND IT TURNED INTO THIS COOL SONG. TO ANYBODY ELSE, ‘CUT YOUR CHAINS’ IS JUST ABOUT BEING FREE AND DOING YOUR OWN THING, BUT IT CAME FROM SOMEWHERE DEEPER.”
FOR TAX THE HEAT, EVERYTHING THEY DO – THE SONGS, THE CHORUSES, THE STYLE THAT GIVES THEM THE KIND OF STRIKING VISUAL DIMENSION EVERY GREAT BAND REQUIRES – COMES DOWN TO ONE THING: THE LIVE EXPERIENCE. “THE BEST PART ABOUT MUSIC IS SEEING BANDS PLAY LIVE,” SAYS JACK. “IT’S WHAT THE BEATLES AND THE STONES AND THOSE OTHER GREAT BANDS WERE DOING BACK IN THE 60S. IT’S WHAT THE HIVES AND THE BRONX AND OTHER ELECTRIFYING LIVE BANDS WHO INSPIRED US MORE RECENTLY WERE DOING. WE’RE CREATING MUSIC FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO AND EXPERIENCE THAT.”THESE AREN’T JUST HOLLOW WORDS AND EMPTY GESTURES. WITH ‘CHANGE YOUR POSITION’, TAX THE HEAT HAVE DELIVERED ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR. THE FUTURE IS SAFE IN THEIR HANDS