Honestly, if you think rock is dead, then you would be the killer. You’re the problem. Shame on you for not leaving your comfort zone of your playlist or radio station. You are lazy if you didn’t attempt to even look on your own and expected it to be delivered to you. Harsh words you think? Well deserved I say. We are talking about saving Rock ‘n’ Roll here. This is my call to action for you to get off your asses and give some time to finding out what’s out there. I can’t recall how many times I have heard things like, I wish I could have seen (Insert band) when they were in the clubs, how cool would that be? Some version of that, the sad thing is you can, but you choose not too.
It disappoints me that I have to write this, but I’m taking this seriously and have to do my part. To make my case, I have put together a list of bands and artists I think you should know in one place. The list could be 10 pages long, but I will give you options to delve into. I’m sure I will forget some but hopefully this gets you to break out of your norm and check them out.
Keep in mind these aren’t in any specific order, just random placement. I will give you the link to their website and the song I’m talking about. Some you may actually know from your local scene (At least I hope), but overall this is more of a discovery list than a famous one. I hope you listen to every one of these and be open to something new. This is a bit long as I give you 30 bands/artists that cover various forms of rock and metal. 30 bands may seem a lot but I’m fighting to save you and I guess Rock N’ Roll! Let’s start.
Bad Marriage is a great straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll band with some great riffs and sound. The first song I heard from them and got me hooked was Old School Stereo. I love the video for this one as well. You can check it out here. Their website is here.
One Time Mountain is a band I fell in love with right away. Their melodic and hard rocking at the same time. I say that but I am going to ask you to check out a softer number from them called Seasons but it’s fantastic. You can listen here. Their website is here.
Lansdowne should be bigger than they are in my opinion. I saw them in a local club and became a fan. One listen to their single One Shot and I think you would agree. Listen to it and watch the cool video here. and their website is here.
Black Water Rising surprised me when they came to my attention. Definitely worth your time to check out. Their single Payback is a great tune as well as the video for it. Check out both here. Their website here.
Soldiers Of Solace is a heavy hard driving band. I can tell you once you listen you will be hooked as I was. Check out their title track of their current album We Are Immortal here.
Psycle makes you a believer that rock isn’t dead. They are the new age of rock n roll and they own it. This band should be on the radio, people need to know these guys. Once you hear Kill The Machine here. you will understand. Their website here.
Worshipper is on the psychedelic rock side of music. Darkness here. will make you take a trip you weren’t expecting.
I hope with the 30 bands/artists listed are proof positive that rock is nowhere near dead. If you can’t find a band in this mix then rock’s not dead you are. Allow me to digress for one moment, as a bonus I will give you three bands that I don’t think are together anymore, but I wish they were. I’ll give you the name and a song I enjoyed by them but you should definitely check them out because they should be listened to. They are Fifth Freedom Someday here, Flight Of Fire Rockstar Life here, and We Are Bullethead Bartender Song (Jessie’s Cut) here.
Now let me close with this, if you were open to new music and you found some you like then become a real fan. That being said, the one thing you can do is support them both by buying their music and seeing them live. This is your chance to make a difference. This is you getting in on the ground floor and later can say I remember when. I hope you take action, listen, check out their catalogs, support them and go to venues to see them. Do this and you can change the music landscape.