The master of DIY touring returns to the road next month in support of a new album. Stops for the Paul Collins Beat include Chicago, Louisville, New Orleans, Kansas City, Atlanta and Gainesville.
This time around the power-pop driven Collins is supporting his 15th release. Feel The Noise arrives Sept. 9 on Alive Records.
Known in the touring biz as an artist who books his own dates and support bands, Collins’ next road trip is an extensive journey covering states east of the Rockies. Keeping his method of operation where he plays with up-and-coming bands, this outing will include performances by Dan Vapid & The Cheats, Hitachi Stranglers, Bad Lovers, Rich Hands, Future Virgins and others. But no matter who Collins has on the ticket, his Beat is guaranteed to rock the house on every date.
Here’s the plan:
Sept. 23 – Chicago, Ill., Cobra Lounge (with Dan Vapid & The Cheats)
Sept. 24 – Louisville, Ky., The New Vintage
Sept. 25 – Memphis, Tenn., Various Venues (Gonerfest)
Sept. 26 – Jackson, Miss., Martin’s (with Tuff Luv)
Sept. 27 – Mobile, Ala., Alchemy Tavern (with Hitachi Stranglers)
Sept. 28 – Hattiesburg, Miss., Thirsty Hippo (with Squirm)
Sept. 30 – New Orleans, La., Siberia (with Bad Lovers)
Oct. 1 – Houston, Texas, Walters Downtown (with Rich Hands)
Oct. 2 – Austin, Texas, Hotel Vegas (with Rich Hands)
Oct. 3 – San Antonio, Texas, The Korova (with Rich Hands)
Oct. 4 – Dallas, Texas, Double Wide (with Rich Hands)
Oct. 5 – Oklahoma City, Okla., Blue Note (with Rich Hands)
Oct. 6 – Kansas City, Mo., The Record Bar (with Rich Hands and Josh Berwanger)
Oct. 9 – St. Louis, Mo., The Demo (with Superslag)
Oct. 10 – Des Moines, Iowa, The Gas Lamp
Oct. 11 – Rockford, Ill., Mary’s Place
Oct. 12 – Springfield, Ill., Bar None (with Looming)
Oct. 14 – Indianapolis, Ind., Hi-Fi
Oct. 15 – Buffalo, N.Y., Sportsmens Tavern
Oct. 16 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Get Hip Recordings HQ
Oct. 17 – New Haven, Conn., Cafe Nine
Oct. 18 – New York, N.Y., Cake Shop (with Marvin Berry & The New Sound)
Oct. 23 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Various Venues (CMJ Music Marathon with Twin Guns & The Johnny’s)
Oct. 28 – Raleigh, N.C., The Pour House Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Chattanooga, Tenn., Sluggo’s North (with Future Virgins)
Oct. 30 – Atlanta, Ga., 529 (with Zoners)
Oct. 31 – Athens, Ga., The World Famous (with Casper & The Cookies)
Nov. 1 – Gainesville, Fla., Various Venues (The Fest)
Nov. 3 – Jacksonville, Fla., Jax Underbelly
Nov. 4 – Charleston, S.C., Tin Roof
Nov. 5 – Richmond, Va., Gallery 5
Power-pop pioneer Paul Collins celebrates 40 years in the game this year and his new album Feel The Noise delivers classic jams with individuality and style. This should come as no surprise as he has not only been a member of The Nerves, The Breakaways and The Beat but has been extremely active over the past few years on the DIY circuit, playing with over 160 bands. Feel The Noise feels like the good old days have returned and they’re better than ever. Paul Collins knows the vibe he wants to express and he has the skills and the experience to make it all work with ease.
Feel The Noise follows up his 2010 release King Of Power Pop, and though this is an extreme claim to make, Paul Collins has not only earned the right to make that claim, he continues to produce music that’s vibrant, relevant and just plain fun to listen to. This is an album that teaches a lesson. It’s a lesson that – though times change – the classic sound of power pop is not only still relevant and vibrant, but it’s just as awesome now as back in the day. It seems like every time you turn around somebody is saying that rock and roll is dead. Paul Collins proves that rock and roll is not only alive, but that it never went away, and never will. Produced by Jim Diamond, who also plays bass and guitar, Feel The Noise will be released on September 9th on digital, cd and limited edition colored vinyl.
Video premiere: “I Need My Rock N’ Roll” by Paul Collins
Is Paul Collins the King of Power Pop? The title of his previous album notwithstanding, Collins’ long and praiseworthy career, first with The Nerves (whose original “Hangin’ On The Telephone” was a mega-hit for Blondie) and The Beat (not the English), devotion to the form, indomitable energy, tireless support for younger artists, and sheer talent make a solid case.
Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY 10:14 a.m. EDT July 31, 2014
Paul Collins is a rock ‘n’ roll veteran who has crafted some of the catchiest power-pop tunes of the ’70s and ’80s. Best known for his work with The Nerves and The Beat, Collins has influenced generations of musicians and has been covered by everyone from Blondie to Green Day. (Fun fact: The Nerves wrote and recorded the original version of Blondie’s Hanging on the Telephone.)
In September Collins releases a new album, Feel the Noise, and it proves his songwriting skills have only gotten better with age. Today I’m thrilled to premiere an excellent track from it called I Need My Rock n’ Roll.
As you’ll hear, the song is irresistibly infectious. I’ve had it on repeat for days and still get a chill when those harmonies kick in!
To me, RADIO MOSCOW is the perfect representation of the idiom “they haven’t reinvented the wheel, but daaammn, they can roll it!”. While Parker Griggs perfectly embodies the über gifted and hyperactive multi-instrumentalist who knows exactly what’s best for him and his band (I mean, musically speaking), the lineup has finally stabilized around drummer Paul Marrone and bassist Anthony Meier. I don’t actually know the story behind the making of “Magical Dirt”, and to be honest I didn’t care much when I started writing this review, because this record displays such an incredible amount of shimmering colors, its guitar licks catch you so swiftly… that ultimately, who would care about the ins and outs? To all the people who loved the singles reservoir that “Brain Cycles” is, here: “Magical Dirt” was cast in the same mould. The electric boogie blues dispensed by RADIO MOSCOW conveys a flamboyant energy from beginning to end, from which we can already take off a few hit songs like “Death Of A Queen”, “These Days” or that kind of funky “Bridges”. Self-confidence and complicity were certainly the key elements in the songwriting of this new album, for good vibes show up at any moment. Party anthems being displayed by a trio of hard-partying fellas, what a delight it is.
Juke with John the Conqueror
By VINCENT HARRIS
For the Herald-Journal
Listening to John the Conqueror’s 2014 album, “The Good Life,” is like stumbling upon the hottest juke joint in Jackson, Miss., on its sweatiest night.
The trio, named after an African-American folk hero, gets down to business on every song. Singer-guitarist Pierre Moore slings out greasy, muscular riffs and solos that skip the polish and head right for the gut, and the rhythm section (bassist Ryan Lynn and drummer Michael Gardner) play sharp, nimble changes that are downright menacing in their intensity.
In today’s musical climate, it’s like finding a lost Junior Kimbrough album in a sea of manufactured pop.
Hollis Brown makes today the best day ever. Their debut album “Ride On The Train” is an immediate classic. Pulling from the roots of rock, soul, ballads, folk and jam this hybrid sound feels as comfortable as your old jeans and sneakers on a stroll through sunlit paths. Get-up-and-jam tracks are mixed with patient ballads and they all sound distinctive. Superior songwriting, analog processing and a self-evident dedication to musical excellence across the board has resulted in a total package of musical intensity.
Not only is “Ride On The Train” a must-have for any rock and roll fan but the band is currently on an extensive tour and this is a band that demands to be seen live. Young, but already well seasoned, they bring a fresh vibe mixed with a classic sensibility. Make no mistake, Hollis Brown is headed to big, bright places, and they’ve earned it by staying true to themselves. It’s pretty rare when a group comes on the scene with such a total identity already earned, and they are just getting started. These guys are here to stay because they’re just so darn good that fans won’t let them fade away.
Whatever you’re doing today, stop. Take a pause, just for a moment. Check Hollis Brown out. That task can wait. That email can wait. Invest just a single moment to take a listen to this amazing band. Essential.