Michael Doherty’s Music Log Review: Mark Duda “Month of Sundays”

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I wasn’t all that familiar with Mark Duda’s work before I popped in his new CD, Month Of Sundays. I hadn’t heard his bands The Handful or Mad City Rockers, because I don’t listen to a whole lot of hard rock. And so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it did not take long before I was drawn in, and then interested, and then nearly gleeful at the music I heard, almost giddy. Seriously, this CD came as a wonderful surprise. It’s rock, absolutely, no question. But it’s rock with some style (but not bullshit) and with some care taken in crafting its lyrics. And it reminded me of some of the best rock of the 1970s. I am glad to know albums like this one are still being made. All six songs on this EP were written or co-written by Mark Duda. He is joined by Handful  band mate Jimi K. Bones on guitar, percussion and backing vocals; Thommy Price (from Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Scandal) on drums; and Kenny Aaronson (from Stories) on bass. There are also a few guest musicians on certain tracks.

Mark Duda kicks off Month Of Sundays with its title track, which first sounds fairly straightforward. But then the chorus reminds me of some classic Meat Loaf tunes, the vocals carrying that kind of strength and confidence and exuberance, and that’s when I start getting really interested. And by the end of this track, I am totally on board. “You don’t want to hold me down/You just want your hooks in me.” I’m hooked. That’s followed by “Murder On Delancey,” which has a good, straightforward rock sound, and some surprising lyrics. “I am crying/I cannot save her/I am screaming/Bloody murder.” Joining Mark Duda on this track are Cheetah Chrome (from The Dead Boys) on guitar and Bobby Rondinelli (from The Handful) on drums.

Probably my favorite track on this CD is “Standoff Love,” which opens like some classic rock ‘n’ roll tune, complete with saxophone. That’s Arno Hecht on sax, whom you likely know as a member of The Uptown Horns, a group that has toured with The Rolling Stones. And he’s fantastic on this track. Again Mark Duda reminds me a bit of Meat Loaf here, with that obvious love of pure rock and roll in his blood, mixed with unusual lyrical content, creating a captivating combination that is also a whole lot of fun. “Cursing my name under your last breath/Wondering how in the hell you fell in my trap/It’s a death wish, honey, hanging around too long.” Those are the song’s opening lines. And check out these lyrics: “I’m just a wanted man/I know I wasn’t there/Please see my point of view/It’s not that I didn’t care.” I love this song. It was written by Jimi K. Bones and Mark Duda.

Then “Worse For Wear” is a slower rock tune. “I couldn’t help myself/And you couldn’t care less.” I also like these lines: “Lie to me, lie to me/Lie to me, lie to me/Take all the worst out of what you think you see/And hold it over my head.” That’s followed by “Connection,” which has a great 1970s rock feel, complete with cowbell. This song takes me right back to my youth, but again, the lyrics are good. “She’s got friends on the jury, friends on the jury/Whoa, she used to be my mainstay/Hey, hey, hey, hey/Well, she used to be my connection.” This track also features some fun electric guitar work. The EP then concludes with “Subway Song,” which opens with a decidedly lo-fi feel, almost like a folk song performed in the subway station. After thirty seconds or so it then kicks in and becomes a fun rock tune. “I saw you on the subway/And I decided I would take it at six o’clock nearly every day now/Baby, when are we going to make it?” I love the humor of this.

CD Track List

  1. Month Of Sundays
  2. Murder On Delancey
  3. Standoff Love
  4. Worse For Wear
  5. Connection
  6. Subway Song

Month Of Sundays is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To pre-order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To pre-order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

 

Are you thinking it’s time for a manager? Then you’ll want to read this article on how to approach management contracts.

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“‘What Is a Music Manager? Here’s Everything You Need to Know;’ Managers have never played a more important role in the music business than today. And if your musical career has reached a certain level, you probably need one.  But who exactly are these people, and what do they do?” Click Here To Read More!

Mark Duda to Release Debut Album “Month of Sundays” feat. Members of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, BOC

Great review from “The Rocker” for IDC artist Mark Duda for his new Month of Sundays releasing in just a few weeks!

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NYC Singer/Songwriter Mark Duda to Release Debut Album Month of Sundays feat. Members of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, BOC & the Dead Boys
 
Feat. Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow/Black Sabbath/BOC), Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Thommy Price & Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Billy Idol), and Others!
 
 Mark Duda is an artist and musician from New York City’s East Village who sings, plays guitar, and writes great original rock and punk songs. Over his storied career, he has worked with a who’s who of New York’s rock and roll royalty, and he has helped carry the torch for bands and artists such as the New York Dolls, Dead Boys, and Johnny Thunders into the 21st Century.
 
Duda’s new solo release, Month of Sundays, which releases in stores and online worldwide on April 14, 2017, pairs him with the legendary rhythm section of Thommy Price and

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Keys and Chords Review: E-Life 7 “Miked Up”

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Guitarist Ron Walker and bassist Mike Pennick have long been friends, and writing for years ballads and R & B grooves. They are both members of The Exoutics. Now she felt it was time to bring the jazzy side up, and put Mike’s talent in the spotlight. That led to the formation E-Life 7, further comprising keyboard player Rodney Spears & Charlie Crymes Jr., drummer and percussionist Tim Webb. They received additional assistance of guest musicians such as saxophonist, singers and keyboard players. The project began released in the summer of 2012 and now their debut. Opener ‘Sunday Night’ brings cheerful, instrumental jazz funk, followed by the funky ‘Chaos’. ‘Smooth Ride’ is softer, and further is the remake of Stevie Wonder’s “That Girl.” ‘Sunrise’ is pretty smooth jazz with sax, and ‘Before The Storm’ too. The title track is again jazz funk, but ‘Beautiful Day’ goes softer against it. Still further, the second “radio edits” of Tony Rome “and” Feelin You “. Not bad, with some nice tracks.
This debut from the band E-Life 7 Focuses on the bass guitar or Michael Pennick with some beautiful tracks.

Miked Up was released on March 24, 2017 through Three 2 Go Music.

For more information about E-Life 7 please visit:  www.e-life7.net

For Booking information please email info@Three2GoMusic.com

For Press inquiries contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR: (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

Let It Rock Review: FloRocker “Rich In The Heart”

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Reason for rhyme: Californian rapper serves up urban revelations.

This artist is said to have been on the scene for many years now, but “Rich In The Heart” seems to present the first tangible testimony to Flo’s flow of beats; the vocalists he shares a CD space with are also debutants, record-wise, so there’s a freshness to most of the pieces here. Toning down usual boasts, the singer’s spinning a Snow White mantra in “Mirror Mirror” to inform it with sly innocence, and the salvo of “Freaky In A Benz” is as arresting as a pimped ride may get, yet if one can have a beef with the album, it would be the cuts’ flawed sequencing because the first three tracks roll on basically the same groove. Still, the old-school disco infusing the grime is more than welcome, while the rhythm-and-blues tropes – not only contemporary R&B – on “Late Night” and “Get It On” provide the needed variety to the hip-hop drift.

When the rhythms go boom like on “Down Fa Me” with Flo articulating words in a fine manner to stress social discourse of the number, the “wow” factor is brought home, although the hardest-hitting, heartfelt song here is “Rest In Peace” which is an enchanting, acoustic guitar-spiced eulogy to the artist’s mother. Yet if the wordless vocals behind “Get To Steppin” turn it into a Morriconesque kind of deal, the “hey-hey”-abetted lines on “You Got That Work” return it all to the streets. That’s a very emotional work, and as a first offering it deserves to be heard.

-dmme.net/florocker

For Music Samples or to order Rich In The Heart please visit: https://flostyleentertainment.bandcamp.com/

For more information and touring schedule please visit FloRocker’s website: http://www.flostyleentertainment.com/

Hip Hop and Rap Publications please contact Brendan Blandy at Connective Marketing: Email: brendan@connectivemkt.com  Website: http://connectivemkt.com/

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For Live Performance Bookings and Management please contact FloStyle Entertainment: flostyleent@yahoo.com