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THE NIGHT JESSE MALIN WAS THE KING, AND I HAD A BEER WITH NASH KATO

Dear friends: I’m happy!

Well, I’m exhausted, wasted, injured (nothing serious, don’t worry) and still a bit dumb after attending Turborock Festival in Benidorm.

First of all, would love to thank the organization of the Festival for the quick decision to change the venue according to the pessimistic forecast. Two storms could have ruined the events. Also, to congratulate the staff, never been to a festival where waiters were so smiley, friendly and attentive. And third, both merchandising and drinks were quite affordable and reasonable.

It’s true there were many bands I hadn’t listened to before, and again, didn’t pay as much attention as I should, especially on Saturday, but can assure you this was a festival characterized by the high level of the bands. The main problem was, due to the place was covered, smoking areas (the main social meeting point) were outdoors, so you were missing all the action.

My happiness is obvious for two reasons: Urge Overkill and D-Generation (+Jesse Malin).

You know I’ve already talked about both bands, some of their albums have been the best of the week, and I really love both them.

My own festival started with Jesse Malin. I thought he was gonna perform with full band, but was only accompanied by a guy on keyboards and sometimes playing guitar, which afterwards turned into D-Generation roadie. Thus it was quite alike to the show when he was supporting Ryan Adams in Oporto. Still it was great! The more I see him, the more I like his stuff.

Let’s talk serious stuff. Urge Overkill. Positioned correctly in Kato’s side, first row, good! Surprise! The opened with Effigy, from Rock & Roll Submarine, and I was in heaven.

I reckon they played the first four songs from their last album, a couple from Exit the Dragon, and mainly Saturation main songs BUT, and this is shocking when I think of it now, Sister Havana. Kato’s elegance is none of this world, Roeser was also great, and the bad just sounded awesome. I really wish this comeback is for good, and we get the chance to see them and listen to new stuff in the future.

Thanks to my sister, who was in state of grace that night, we had the opportunity to meet Nash Kato and the bass player, Hadji Hodgkiss. Sorry, but the “team” pic is not available at this moment. Kato was really nice and we chatted for few minutes.

After that, my mind could only think in a couple of things, maybe three: D-Generation, beer and friends.

And the right time came, and again, your friend Toi was in first row, completely hysteric. From 1998 I wanted to see this band on stage, No Lunch, for many years had been like a Bible for me. I needed to see Jesse Malin getting crazy LAMF… honest, D-Generation was one of these bands which, at certain point, marked my musical path. All this been said, this was a dream come true. And it was a blast!

Malin jumped on stage with such rage and attitude and energy…opening  with Degenerated, everybody got insane. Then it was hit after hit: She stands there, Suicide, Guitar Mafia, Capital Offender, Major, Helpless, Scorch, Frankie…to end with No Way Out. Can you imagine? Believe me if I tell you at some point I was seriously considering to jump onto the stage, but thank God, a moment of sanity told me not to, first because I was going to end up losing my teeth, and second, because security stuff were huge blokes not in the mood for stupid crap. Instead I decided to bak up to other rows and join my friends. My voice got mostly lost then, but I didn’t care.

Anyway, most important, the band sounded the best, solid and powerful, and well, rest of the band were a bit aside, allowing Malin to release all the energy kept for himself all these years. Really, down on my knees to the Moltisanti of Rock.

And again, my sis, all of a sudden got kicked by a drumstick…and now it’s mine! I know, it might sound silly, but I love getting setlists, picks, drumsticks or whatever at gigs, these items are like little treasures.

After that there was time for being party animals once again. Not gonna tell you many details, just a couple of highlights, I ended washing my hair in beer on Friday (and ending songs doing the spagat completely inspired by Michael Monroe on Saturday).

One of the greatest nights thanks to the bands and to all the people I met at the Festival. You know who you are, and you’re great.

Ah! Need to highlight my thanks to Spirit76, aka Morote 😉 , for his amazing pictures of DGen. I was too nervous to stay focused on getting pictures and has let me borrow some of his stuff.

ALBUM OF WEEK 19 – ROCK & ROLL SUBMARINE

You can finger point at me for being repetitive, I reckon I’m very in Urge Overkill mood, but for an obvious reason: they rock!

My love for this band has been increasing with the passing of time, no matter they don’t have a very extensive discography, but you know, at the end of the day, it’s quality rather than quantity what makes a band great and indispensable.

After 16 years, the band has come back to a recording studio to deliver this album, Rock & Roll Submarine, which, fortunately, maintains the essence and elegance the band kept us used to.

The album was released on Tuesday, and since then I’ve been listening to it nonstop. My verdict is positive, as you can imagine, considering I’ve selected it as the album of the week. I dare to say most likely it’s gonna be one of the best albums I’ll have the pleasure to listen to this year.

I love every second of the album. Mason / Dixon as the starter is typical U.O, which means a relief and the sense of confidence the stuff is going to be good. First three songs keep a powerful tempo, followed by Poison Flower, slowing and giving you a break, and of course, confirming Kato has one of the most personal and charming voices in the bizz.

After listening to the album, at this moment my favorite song is Thought Balloon. I can’t get it out of my head, and even at work it comes to my mind very often. But then it’s Quiet Person, and I’m getting on my knees. Shit! This album is awesome!!!

Guys, you got to listen for yourselves, I’m too excited to be objective, I feel very enthusiastic right now, and can’t stop thinking they’ll be here in September, in a festival far away from home, which is crazy, but I gotta make it! I’m gonna make it!!!

ALBUM(S) OF WEEK 17 – SATURATION/BOGGY DEPOT

This week is being a bit weird in general, got the feeling I’ve been a bit erratic, although I haven’t done anything remarkable. Beside weather is so unstable sometimes I’ve been a bit down, in a melancholic state. Spring sucks in this sense…yet I’ve managed to cope with it, focusing on writing and listening to music, what would I do if music didn’t exist? Most likely I’d be a piece of boring shit.

Anyway, again subject about choosing the album of the week has come to my mind. Sometimes I know for sure which one should be, but I think because lately I’m listening to such good stuff and my mood swings very often, it’s getting terribly difficult to decide.

Thus this time there are gonna be two albums of the week, both classic and essential in my life.

SATURATION – URGE OVERKILL

These guys are so cool! The mass completely ignores them despite their hit single included in Pulp Fiction soundtrack, Girl, you’ll be a woman soon, but they are sooo good!

Yet I can recall TV appearances here in Spain. Once poor Nash Kato had problems with his playback (playback sucks, by the way!) caused by his microphone stand and the mic going its way…terrible moment!

The synonym most accurate for this band would be ELEGANCE. And the only definition for this album is PERFECTION.

Choose any song and you’ll love it. Kato’s voice is so charming, songs are so varied, no matter whether it’s Erica Kane or Dropout…they’re fantastic.

If I had to choose among all the songs, personal favorite I reckon to be is Positive Bleeding, with a sentence that from time to time comes to my mind, and can apply to myself: I live my life with no control in my destiny. Then you have Sister Havana, Tequila Sundae

I saw them on stage few years ago at Azkena Rock Festival and were amazing. And nw, all fans are still celebrating they’re back in business, releasing a new album, Rock&Roll Submarine, and tour having a date confirmed in September at another festival, together with D-Generation. Don’t know how I’ll make it, but won’t miss them at all.

BOGGY DEPOT – JERRY CANTRELL

When I’m this state of temporary nostalgia, I usually resort to this album to ease such feeling. And it’s not precisely because it’s a cheerful album, just the opposite, it’s quite dark and sad.

One of my top 5 favorite bands ever is Alice in Chains. I got to know them thanks to an old acquaintance who was very important when I was 17 and I reckon left his mark on what I’m now (Felix, wherever you are, you were cool, man, but an asshole too. I’ll always give you the credit for this). He was really passionate about the band and I’ll never forget the way he described their second album DIRT, written under the influence of the most terrible and threatening drugs, yet amazing. And he was right. With such review I went straight to the record store and got myself a copy. Since then, I felt in love with that combination of metal tunes with amazing melodies created by Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell, so evocative and scary at the same time.

After Staley left us 9 years ago, Cantrell started his solo career releasing Boggie Depot, a compilation of songs reflecting sadness, nostalgia and personal nightmares. I felt a bit reluctant to check it out until another friend of mine told me he was completely hooked up on it, so I gave it a chance. I’m so glad I do trust some people taste and advise…

Starting from Dickeye, the first four songs are none of this world, still they all are great. Between, My Song…wow! Priceless!

When listening to this album you realize Cantrell is a genius and was the actual brain of Alice in Chains, but of course Layne’s charisma and amazing voice and attitude left the musician’s wonders hidden a bit aside.

Check him out for the proof…