Archive for: December 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CRASH STREET KIDS

Merry X Mas Everyday sung by The Crash Street Kids

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ZAKK WYLDE AND MEMBERS OF SEVENDUST, CANDLEBOX AND BLACK LABEL SOCIETY JOIN THE INFINITE STAIRCASE TO RECORD SONG FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY

(11 December, 2012 – (New York City, NY)   Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John “JD” Deservio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) and New Yorkers, The Infinite Staircase will be teaming up to write and record a song in an effort to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy

Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility where Sevendust recently tracked ‘Black Out The Sun’ and The Infinite Staircase continue to record their new album, located in Butler, New Jersey, has, along with recording engineer Mike Ferretti, graciously agreed to donate their services to help make this project come to fruition.

The song will be released, as an iTunes exclusive, via Vanity Music Group on 8 January 2013.

Each musician involved in this project has very close ties to the New York and Jersey area, having either grown up there, having very close friends and family who currently live there, or in the cases of JD DeServio and Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie of The Infinite Staircase, still residing in the storm damaged areas.

This storm has touched the lives of so many…Everyone’s hearts are in the right place.

Heading into the studio this week, expect more details on this project and its release to be announced shortly.

Zakk Wylde and John “JD” DeServio just came off a very successful run of shows in both Canada and South America with Black Label Society who have recently announced that a new DVD, titled ‘Unblackened’ will be recorded in 2013. JD has also been producing projects on the side as well as continuing work on the next Cycle Of Pain album.

Kevin Martin has been touring non-stop with Candlebox in support of their most recent release, ‘Love Stories And Other Musings,’ with plans to continue touring in support of the album in 2013 as well as the possibility of releasing new material with The Gracious Few, his other project with fellow Candlebox cohort Sean “Memphis” Hennesy and Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey and Patrick Dahlheimer of Multi-Platinum band Live.

Morgan Rose certainly has had his hands full in 2012 forming a new project with fellow Sevendust brethren Clint Lowery, called Call Me No One, whose debut album, ‘Last Parade’ was released June 5th on 7Bros Records which was followed by a tour as well as a Sevendust tour. Rose has also had his hand involved with producing many projects, not to mention writing and recording a brand new Sevendust record, ‘Black Out The Sun,’ which is set to be released on March 26th, 2013.

The Infinite Staircase has been busy recording their first new album of original material, since 2009’s ‘The Road Less Taken,’ with Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One) producing and playing drums on it as well as recording a collection of cover songs with John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) titled ‘The Dead Cricket Sessions,’ both expected to be released some time in the beginning of 2013. In addition to Rose, the album of new material also features collaborations with Black Label Society & Cycle Of Pain’s JD DeServio, Sean “Memphis” Hennesy of Candlebox and The Gracious Few as well as Troy Cromwell from Cycle Of Pain. The band promises more collaborations to be announced in the near future.

THE NEW BLACK 7 TO RELEASE NEW MINI ALBUM ON VANITY MUSIC GROUP

(Des Moines, IA – 11 December 2012)  Iowa based Southern Rock newcomers The New Black 7 will release their new mini album, Hangovers & Heartbreak on 22 January 2013 through upstart label Vanity Music Group.

 

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“THE PRIDE” – HURRICANE SANDY CHARITY SINGLE

When tragedy strikes, the natural impulse is to lend a hand and do what you can do to help the affected persons ease back into normal everyday life. It’s just part of the human condition. However, when tragedy strikes your hometown and surrounding communities the ‘lending a hand” ethic takes a massive upswing and you immediately jump into high gear to get back to a sense of normalcy and peace of mind.

Such was the case with brothers Jeff and Lenny Cerzosie from the Staten Island, NY hard rock band The Infinite Staircase. Jeff recalls, “It was crazy. It still is. I mean, the devastation, the loss; you feel powerless. We were the lucky ones. My girlfriend’s uncle was trapped in his attic for almost 20 hours. Just him, his girlfriend and his cat. His neighbors were dead and he was surrounded by water and debris. We knew he was there but couldn’t do anything to help.”

Jeff Cerzosie soon jumped into action in another way, enlisting their friends Zakk Wylde and John “JD” DeServio from Black Label Society, Morgan Rose from Sevendust and Kevin Martin from Candlebox. Jeff also adds, “We’ve been friends with Kevin since 2005 when I reached out to him via Myspace about headlining a concert for Multiple Sclerosis that my family and I had put together on Staten Island. He was getting married about a week after the show, and still, he didn’t even hesitate to say ‘yes’ to me. That’s just the kind of guy he is.”

With everyone eager to help, all egos were checked and they set about to the task at hand. The only problem was, they had one shot and only one shot. What should they do, record a cover? Write an original song from scratch? A few cover songs were thrown into the mix and the project members began discussing The Rolling Stones’ “Salt Of The Earth” as the track to cut. (Everyone felt, not only is it a great song, but it’s a song that speaks to the hard working people or as Kevin Martin would say it’s “very New York/New Jersey.” Ultimately, everyone decided that a new song would be the way to go “Anyone can do a cover song and try and raise money for a cause. But we wanted to make a statement. We wanted to let the people who were hit by this storm know that they weren’t alone and that the music community cared about what was happening and they wanted to try and help in their own way.” and they set about putting together the track which would come to be known as “The Pride” Lenny Cerzosie says, “We (Kevin and Lenny) were talking about the chorus. So we were talking about the flooded streets and what the chorus has to be. It has to be the hope part. He’s like ‘These are our streets, this was our home’ And I said, ‘you know what, that’s awesome but what about These are our streets. This IS our home.’ ‘Cause even though it’s washed away, it’s still our home. He was like ‘Yeah, you’re right! Let’s do that!’ It kind of flowed where he said ‘Yeah, we are the pride.’ And I said ‘Yeah, because New York, New Jersey, Philly, you know, we’re all about the pride’ – he’s like ‘Yeah, but I’m talking about the lion’s pride. Like the lion’s den. Forget FEMA and Red Cross and everybody else – that we take care of our own. We’re here for a reason. We are the lion’s den, the lion’s pride, that’s what it’s about. It’s the roar. It’s the pride.'”

The musicians entered Architekt Music in Butler, NJ, where Sevendust had recently finished work on ‘Black Out The Sun” and The Infinite Staircase was in the midst of recording their new album. Studio owners George Roskos, Kurt Wubbenhorst and Engineer Mike Ferretti were more than happy to get involved in something that had also affected them and hit so close to home…
Lenny Cerzosie had actually written a song entitled “Slowly At Least“, which The Infinite Staircase and Morgan Rose had already begun recording for their forthcoming new album. With time short and schedules changing, it was Kevin Martin who, after hearing the demo cut of the song, thought the music would serve as the perfect arrangement for this project. With some fine tuning, melodic realizations and an intimate lyric writing session, everyone was involved and everyone was passionate about the song that was being created.

The Pride” is a melodic harnessing of emotions that tells a story and carries with it a strengthening message of resolve and perseverance. It instills a feeling of honor and unity. Melodic, with an edge, “The Pride” is everyone at their best, because that’s what the communities effected by this storm deserve. It is a culmination of everyone’s musical offerings in a melting pot where not one talent overshadows another. Everyone serves their just cause and purpose.