Artist: The Deafening Venue: UC Lounge (New York, NY) g>Opener: n/a
Date: 7/9/2010 Label: Independent Artist
Even though the weekend was finally here for all of us to enjoy, I started my own musical adventuring last night with the Charred Walls of The Damned over at the Gramercy Theatre. Now it was time to head down to the Lower East Side to see what it was offering the Hard Rock fans of the Big Apple and one of the main reasons for my doing this was based on the amount of time since I had heard what was happening with the sextastic chanteuse Miss Coco Caine. I had not seen her since she decided to dispense with rainbow colored wigs and swapped them for a jet black coif that matched the spandex and leather she would now sport in her new band The Deafening. Clearly this was going to be a lot different from her material in Cocaine The Band, and it was bound to happen once the singer immersed herself in the teachings of Motley Crue and Guns ‘N Roses. The new members of the band come via Eddie Animal and Blackie Doyle on guitar and bass. The pair replaces those Miami Vice looking dudes from her earlier outfit and while white suits seemed par for the course with that band, it was clear that keeping it black was the logic with The Deafening. Continue reading The Deafening @ UC Lounge (7/9/2010)→
Artist: The Deafening Title: “The Deafening” Label: Independent Artist Release Date: 10/1/2010 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 3.75/5
The Deafening is the name of a relatively new band fronted by the legendary Coco Caine, the seductive Glamstress that once commanded the musical armies of the 80’s with Cocaine The Band. With The Deafening we find the singer approaching the modern day with a black leather boot heel instead of the glitter and her attitude is one of taking numbers and ripping them up in your face. That being said the new musical project presents five of its numbers to the hungry for Rock masses of the world in the form of their EP which is self titled. The release starts off with the rocking “Bass To The Treble” and it’s hard to not find you head bopping and foot stomping in time with it as Coco and the boys drive home the point. During the tune guitarist Eddie Animal showcases some serious lead guitar chops and that makes the listener know quickly that he must have studied the teachings of the greats back in his bedroom as he honed his craft in those days of youth. “Less Clean” follows up and demonstrates some of the incredibly powerful vocal register of Coco. The lady can belt them out without a doubt and I must inform you that it’s a melodic register and not her just screaming for the sake of being able to do so while the band pumps out the notes behind her. “The Jackals” is pretty good as the singer tells us of her CIA and NRA affiliations but the rest I will leave up to you to decide. During “Fill It In” the band gives us an almost anthem-type number and based on the way it’s flowing musically I can sense this becoming a big crowd tune or one that gets the fists pumping and lighters lighted. Perhaps in this day in age it will be everyone’s smart phones that showcase a lighter as opposed to a real one. Continue reading “The Deafening” by The Deafening→
As discussed right here on the website, PiercingMetal’s own Ken Pierce and “Skeleton” Pete Parrella were exploring some different media worlds with their coverage of the stage script reading of a hopefully Broadway bound musical called “Us”. The experience was fully documented in a post that you can find HERE, and now please enjoy a full gallery of images that were captured care of the keen eye of Skeleton Pete.
Followers of the PiercingMetal Musings Blog might recall an article that we did for the Stage Script Reading of a new play called “Allies: The Musical” several months ago. The show featured the music of the band Heart and having loved their stuff for many years I was interested in seeing just how it would be used within the context of a play aimed at Broadway. It was also the chance to bring a little bit of difference to our day so we could not resist partaking in it. That play was written by both Celina Carvajal and Maggie Levin and we truly had a good time and look forward to seeing something come of the project very soon. Interested readers can examine that overview by clicking HERE. After the reading we made sure to stay in contact with the creators and that brings us to this new article about their latest adventure – a play entitled “US”. This time around the reading that was being done would feature the music of the legendary Progressive Music icon Peter Gabriel who many fondly remember from the early days of Genesis along with a truly prolific solo career. When it came to “Allies” I was able to easily see how that bands music worked within a love story, but I had to admit some curiosity about how the music of such a Prog-Rock giant would work along similar lines. Today’s reading would be held at The Neighborhood Playhouse down on 53rd Street and 2nd Avenue NYC. Kindly set your cell phones to vibrate for the duration of this blog musing as the show commentary is set to begin.
Welcome to the Neighborhood PlayhouseThe play was introduced by Maggie F. Levin who conceived, wrote and directed the storyline that we were about to be treated to. She outlined how excited she was about this particular play and its use of the wonderful music of Peter Gabriel. Of course, a stage reading is a bare bones thing where the actors are not in costume and instead stand in one spot reading their lines while stage direction is handled by another party. Maggie told us that the story also takes place in a bit of a fantasy world where there are all sorts of vivid Circe du Soleil types of characters present and inter mingling with the cast as their story unfolds so one had to let their imagination run wild while we watched and listened. Stage readings are interesting to be a part of because there is a very simple set up with chairs for the actors to sit in until their part requires them to be at the microphone reading their lines from the script. There are no costumes to speak of and the stage directions are read off by another party. In our case we had Emma Canalese handling this task. Having only been to two of these things so far, I am not sure if the musical accompaniment is par for the course, but was happy to report that for this reading we would have the presence of a full band.
About the Reading: “US” tells the story of a house and family divided by the bitter sting of divorce and how the principal characters are dealing with it. It’s a very common story these days and that will allow the play to make sense to so many people. The opening number was “Talk To Me” and it was sung to perfection by Bryce Ryness who did such a great job of emulating Peter Gabriel’s tone and inflection that if he ever comes to front a classic Genesis tribute act I will try to be one of the first in the door. Bryce plays the part of the Father figure of the story, Hunter Jace. His daughter Brooke Jace is a rebellious and volatile young lady played by Celina Carvajal. Ms. Carvajal gets the most stage time it seems as she deals with both sides of her now split mother and father and frequently interacts with her equally wild friends.
Recently, I got the chance to enjoy something that I don’t get to do all that often and involves the world of musical theater. I attended the stage script reading of a book called “Allies” The Musical which featured my friend in Rock n Roll, Celina Carvajal. The experience was documented in full on THIS LINK so please do check it out if you haven’t already. Now its time to enjoy a larger gallery of images that I shot during the event.