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MICK JAMES IS DEAD CD Review
By Gerg Anidem – Indie Scene Radio
Feb. 8th, 2014
The other day, while I was working my live broadcast, The GERG SHOW, on my internet radio station Indie Scene Radio (shameless plug) a call came in on my cell and after I wrapped up the show, checked my messages and it was none other than Mick James asking me to call him back at his private studio. I called Mick and he said he wanted me to be the first to review his recently released CD, “Mick James is Dead”…so naturally, I told him where to go…NOT! My reply was an ecstatic YES, it would be an honor!
Just to give you a little background, through my SoMe (Social Media) networking efforts to farm out the best independent artists I could find for my station programming, I connected with Lisa Norman, Independent Promotions and Production, who introduced Mick and I to get his music played on the station. During our meet and greet, he mentioned he’d been producing music for and with Chris Angel for the Mind Freak TV shows as well as many other TV and cable network shows and movies, (His talented, yet slightly hidden footprint is laced all over the place!). Mick agreed to send me one song called, “I Don’t fight Fair” and when I asked him if he had any more, he said, “I do but I can’t send you any at this time as I have a huge project in the works but I can’t really talk about it now, though you’ll be one of the first to know when the time is right”. Given this opportunity to be first to review his CD, Mick is surely a man of his word.
Since Mick told me he is constantly working, at his Freedom of Speech Recording Studio in New York on multiple projects simultaneously, we worked out a date to feature his song during my show and connected via all our SoMe accounts and I immediately started to do my artist discovery homework and what I found out was, not only has Mick been rockin’ out for years, he’s amassed tens of thousands, that’s right…tens of thousands, of loyal fans from around the globe who not only take it upon themselves to promote Mick with a few street teams but also get tattoos of his art symbol, create artwork both on canvas and digital while buying and promoting the many items he has to offer in his online store! Now I got really stoked to promote the feature of his song. The show was a big success and Mick could hardly keep up with the station’s chatroom buzz with listeners paying compliments, asking where they could purchase his CD, gave his Facebook profile a “like”, joined his street team and started to follow him on Twitter and ReverbNation. He later sent me two other tracks, “Strap You down’” and “Speeding Like a Fiend” which have received rave reviews and regular requests for plays from the station’s many listeners spread across all 5 continents.
So let’s dig into the “Mick James is Dead” CD which was released in October 2013 and produced as a Mini Soundtrack to a movie currently in development. First off, the over-all quality of production and song writing are top notch and reminiscent of the solid, hard drivin’ (pun intended) rock in the likes of Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Nine Inch Nails with an unmistakable Mick James creative stamp of pumpin' beats, screamin’ guitar riffs and memorable melodies that have a haunting feel to them. His arduous efforts have clearly succeeded, creating a sound track list of songs that ride along with a film’s story line opening up with a scripted audio clip from his “Speeding Like A Fiend” video that illustrates Mick finishing up with a gig, then ends up in the back stage dressing room with a couple of open minded groupies and when morning arrives, Mick is called and reminded that he’s late for an appointment and speeds off in a rush. Then, as one would expect, that is followed up with the song that comes at you like a ’68 Camaro Z28 peeling out at high speed, which is how the beginning of the 2nd track, “Speeding Like a Fiend”, starts out and features Dave “Snake” Sabo (Skid Row) who plays intense solos and the song finishes up with the sounds of a bad car crash.
There’s a crazy story linked to the release of the name of the album/film project. Long story shortened, while Mick was delivering fan created artwork for a gallery show exhibit they had coordinated themselves, he disappeared off the SoMe grid, which was very uncharacteristic of him and apparently, someone had leaked the project name on Facebook and a death rumor ensued about Mick being in a fatal car accident. This created a huge buzz within his fan base with numerous calls to action to find out if it was true. After a full day of emails, phone calls and posts, it was later revealed what had happened and Mick subsequently released the Speeding Like a Fiend video he posted on YouTube that has garnered about 35K views to date!
Now back to the review. The third track, “Guess What You’re Dead”, featuring Tony Harnell (TNT, Starbreaker, Brazen Abbot) starts out sounding like you’re listening to a small transistor radio, then revs up to a crankin' tune which is then followed up by one of my personal favs in the list called, “Dead and Gone”, which has a funky groove with a team of female backup singers and a very memorable chorus surrounded by heavy guitar work. The “Rippers Speech” is a film script dialog rant from someone, named Ripper, who is seemingly standing over Mick’s grave. It should be noted that there are other small film dialog clips from the movie script laced in between the tracks which adds a nice touch of anticipation to the forthcoming movie for the project.
The next couple of tracks, “Piss On My Grave” and “Necrophilia The Necromanic”, both of which are epic sounding tunes featuring hard hitting drummer extraordinaire Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath, The Lizards, and Rondinelli). The 9th track is another hard drivin' tune that starts out with the sound of breaking glass then charges on from beginning to end with a funky rockin' rhythm and rugged guitar work. I should point out that, with the many F, B, A and S bombs throughout the songs, it’s understandable why the CD includes a Parental Guidance Warning stamp. Consider yourself warned.
Next up in the song lineup is the huge resounding, “I Don’t Fight Fair” that resonates with the same heavy feel throughout all the recordings and is followed by, “I’d Rather Be Dead”, which starts out with a techno NIN feel then rips into another wild rockin’ tune folks will be hard pressed not to reach for the volume control to “crank it up”! Next is a tune called, “I Can’t Get No Rest In Peace”, featuring, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns ‘n Roses) and once again, Bobby Rondinelli on drums, incorporating acoustic guitar, symphonic violin tracks combined with ripping electric guitar leads and finishes off with the sound of a hospital heart monitoring machine, indicating a heart that has ceased to continue to beat, with a long beeeeeeep!
Wrapping up the album is track 14, “My Life Before Me”, with lyrics that paint a picture of Mick experiencing his life flashing before him stating, “My life is over and I see the things I’ve done”, giving you a mental image of a man reflecting on his life in regret and track 15, “Crash”, with another contribution from Mr. Rondinelli, is yet another compelling tune that reminds you of the hard and heavy rock from the early 70’s with a 21st century spike to it including some real tasty guitar work and a chorus of backup vocals that will leave you just dying to see the eventual film!
The Mick James Is Dead project recordings were obviously created with the full intent of inducing you want to listen to it LOUD and with both the music and film industries watching him closely, burning with behind the scenes chatter, this record is sure to inspire them to want to create a movie which Mick’s fans, many rebellious teenagers and the Zombie/death walker loving world will surely label as a “cult classic” project in the making.
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About the Author:
Gerg Anidem is a singer/songwriter and owner, program director and host of Indie Scene Radio, an internet radio station streaming at 320k and ranked the #1 Indie station on the KryKeyPremium.com global network with thousands of internet radio stations. The station programming format focuses on promoting original independent music and is constantly in search of the very best music created by independent artists from around the globe. Music genres include; Rock, Folk, Pop, Metal, Americana, Reggae, Singer/Songwriters and more.
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