Hello CGCM Rock Radio listeners and readers! Welcome to Beaver Buzz, a regular segment written by contributor Dave Wilks showcasing some newly released (or recently added) singles to the CGCM Rock Radio rotation. While listening to our station, you’ll hear our mascot Buzzsaw Beaver come on at the top of the hour with a new single to spin. We all at CGCM believe it’s important to feature new music. If you’re interested in having your band’s single played, send mp3 files and information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CGCM Rock Radio New Singles – February 16, 2021 (BEAVER BUZZ)
CGCM Rock Radio New Singles – March 12, 2021 (BEAVER BUZZ)
Just a reminder, the Beaver Buzz Poll from episode two is still live. Vote up to three times and let us know which music rocked your soul. Right now, Wicked Smile‘s “Killer at Large” is leading Mustasch‘s “You’re Killing Me” and a pack of others.
For March 9, Buzzsaw can finally load something he’s been wanting to play for a while to the station: new Haunt! It’s as good as a beaver eating kale. He’s also scared up some great guitar players fronting their own bands (Joel Hoekstra’s 13 and Phil X & The Drills), and a singer from a current band with a new solo project (Ronnie Atkins). Of course, this haul includes a pile of hard and fast rock and roll from Midnite City, Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band, Trucker Diablo, and Snake Bite Whisky. Fellow CGCM members recommended Jason Sweeney, The Lonely Ones, and As Strange As Angels.
In Our Dreams – Haunt
“In Our Dreams” is the first track off the masterful Beautiful Distraction. It’s simply classic metal perfection. From the first riff, it hooks you. Trevor William Church‘s songwriting sometimes gets lost in how awesome his musicianship is on all of the instruments, but it’s front and center here. I reviewed this album on January 23, and it’s only grown on me more since then.
“In Our Dreams” is off Beautiful Distraction available April 2.
Buy the single or preorder: Bandcamp
Change The Station – The Lonely Ones
For the first single off their debut album, The Lonely Ones chose “Change the Station“. It’s a heavy political rocker full of angst. It’s definitely a song for this time of division. Formerly Bobaflex, The Lonely Ones seem out for blood. I can’t wait for the full album. Thanks, Ivan Galesic for turning Beaver Buzz onto this treat.
“Change the Station” is off No Control available April 16, 2021.
Rock Hard – Beyond the Badlands
Although completely different songs, “Rock Hard” by Beyond the Badlands has a really similar feel to “Desert Plains” by Judas Priest. They both bring the open road to life making even us non-motorcycle riders long for a ride in the canyons of the American southwest. It’s a great song that’ll lift you up too.
“Rock Hard” is available now.
Finish Line – Joel Hoekstra’s 13
This song just rips. Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake and Trans-Siberian Orchestra) has assembled a phenomenal band who tear up the fast-paced melodic rock gem that is “Finish Line“. Singer Russell Allen delivers with a strong and passionate voice. Of course, the guitars are fast and slick, with a killer solo.
“Finish Line” is off Running Games available now.
“I Love You” On Her Lips – Phil X & The Drills
Phil X might be most well known as taking on the permanent lead guitarist duties for Bon Jovi with the departure of Richie Sambora. With The Drills though, he takes center stage.
Honestly, this song blows away anything Bon Jovi has done in years. The vocals are great and the song rocks.
Wild Woman – Joe Mansman and The Midnight Revival Band
I love the way this song kicks off with that those pounding drums. “Wild Woman” delivers catchy choruses layered on a hard-driving rock song. There’s even that rare appearance in hard rock: a piano solo. It doesn’t feel out of place at all with the overall energy of the song. This band is tight and has a great handle on the core ingredients of serious rock and roll.
“Wild Woman” is off Renegade available March 22.
Scorpio – Ronnie Atkins
Most of the gents here at CGCM are big fans of Pretty Maids, and Ronnie Atkins is definitely a big reason. Ronnie‘s vocal talents standout on “Scorpio“. Overall, it’s a great song with some proggy elements juxtaposed with straight-ahead rock.
“Scorpio” is off One Shot expected on March 12, 2021.
The Curse – As Strange as Angels
Texas is a growing source of heavy hard rock, and As Strange As Angels are a part of that movement. Liam Burke, of The Burke Show on CGCM radio, suggested “The Curse“. It’s jammed with both anger and hope.
As Strange as Angels are joined by Jimmy Beattie (Seasons After) on guitar.
Atomic – Midnite City
As a glam metal band, it’s easy to fall into a formula, but Midnite City is able to creatively deliver another fantastic song. The video shows the boys taking over a boring-ass radio station playing the same old shit. That’s why CGCM is here, to play kick-ass songs like “Atomic“, not the same thing you can hear on any old rock station.
“Atomic” is off the album Itch You Can’t Scratch available in May.
Rock Kids of the 80’s – Trucker Diablo
A tribute to us, at least the writers and DJs here at CGCM, “Rock Kids of the 80’s” evokes the sound and feel of the 80s. Direct references to classics like “Jessie’s Girl” and “Rebel Yell” are just the tip of the nostalgia glory of this track. Trucker Diablo took an intentionally cheesy approach with the video, but the song itself is a great retro rocker. It definitely belongs on the summer road trip playlist.
“Rock Kids of the 80’s” is off Tail End of a Hurricane expected in May.
She’s A Fighter – Jason Sweeney
Jason Sweeney comes and knocks it out of the Burke—yes, it’s another top call from Liam—with some classic rock melodies that even the masters would enjoy. Having been a solo performer and band frontman of The King Lot, this Scottish superstar’s storytelling in his songwriting is key here, with the story we can all relate to…when day-to-day challenges knock you down, get up and keep swinging. This single will form part of an EP due to be released May 2021.
“She’s A Fighter” is off an EP expected in May.
Hammered – Snake Bite Whisky
“Hammered” is definitely an appropriate name for this party anthem from sleaze rockers Snake Bite Whisky out of Australia. If this song doesn’t get you on your feet, I’m not sure what will. I love the gravelly singing of vocalist Jay R, which is perfect for this track. The low end really carries this song with Stacii Blake‘s relentless bass.
“Hammered” is off Black Candy expected March 30.
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