Gimme me an R! O! C! K!, What you got? Well tonight you get a Canadian Geek interview with legendary Helix vocalist, Mr. Brian Vollmer! For over 40 years now Helix have been tearing up stages and eardrums of rock fans worldwide. They are definitely contenders in the” hardest working band” category. With the touring schedule they have planned this summer, it seems they have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. This time out they will be supporting a brand new Helix album, Old School! Some may argue it’s actually an old album. Old School is now available here in Canada and will be released in the US and Europe on July 14th through Perris Records.
Brian Vollmer was gracious enough to join the Canadian Geeks on the phone to discuss this somewhat unique album from Helix. As the story goes, Brian uncovered a collection of tapes containing unreleased songs that were written and recorded between 1981 and 1989. A Helix fan’s treasure chest! A decision was made to release this music, aptly titled Old School. Ten tracks, many written by Brian Vollmer and the late, great Paul Hackman including three songs that were originally written for 1987’s Back For Another Taste record.
During the interview, we get a good news update on the condition of Helix drummer “Fritz”, some track by track synopsis of the album and a thorough list of upcoming Helix live shows. Best of all Brian encourages us to spin the new music with our listeners. It’s an amazing trip back in time with some instant (new?) Helix classics. Standout tracks include “Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound”, “If Tears Could Talk” and the smoking track “Games Mother Never Taught You” featuring the aforementioned Paul Hackman on guitar.
Canada’s heavy metal cowboys continue to deliver. Pick up your copy of Old School and be sure to catch them live this summer!
Furthermore, the CGCM Podcast is proudly sponsored by Rhythm & Brews Brewing Company in Cambridge, Ontario. By The Farm Rehearsal Studios/Farm Rocks Build-A-Band Program in Markham, Ontario. And by Cloven Hoof Rum in Brighton and Hove, UK. In co-operation with King Art Music Management/Promotion, in Helsingborg, Sweden.