Monday, January 25, 2010

KIP WINGER returns with TWO projects: WINGER and BLACKWOOD CREEK!





KIP WINGER has been a busy man lately. Not only has he released a brand new WINGER album, but he has also reformed his '70s pre-Winger project BLACKWOOD CREEK and released their debut album nearly 30 years after they first formed!




Karma is the first Winger album in three years, and let me tell ya, brother, this ain't your big-haired '80s Pop Metal revival! Instead of regurgitating the same old Winger riffs, Kip and the boys have moved with the times and are heavier now than they've ever been.  But don't fret: the great melodies are still there in spades, but they are surrounded with bigger, heavier riffs than ever before!  If you are looking for heavy rockin' melodic Metal riffs, there are tracks like "Deal With The Devil", "Stone Cold Killer" and "Come A Little Closer". If you want EPIC tunes, then crank up "Witness".  If you are looking for some great hooks, check out "Big World Away", "Supernova" and many others. If you want great riffs AND a glorious chorus, then go straight to "Pull Me Under".  In any case, if you want to rock out but like a little dessert with your satisfyingly delicious meat-n-potatoes Hard Rock, then Karma is the perfect meal.

To sample some new Winger, check out their Myspace page HERE. Or view this behind the scenes look at the making of the album:



In the '70s, before fame came calling, Kip Winger was the member of a Rock 'n' Roll trio called Blackwood Creek with his brother Nate on drums and childhood friend Peter Fletcher on guitar. While the band were a popular local attraction, they never released an album and, by 1980, the trio had split.

Flash forward to 2007 and Blackwood Creek reformed with all three original members and went about writing a new batch of songs for their first album.

Blackwood Creek is the result and it is a fantastic collection of Classic Rock-influenced tunes that are immediately appealing and wonderfully timeless.  This isn't '80s Hair Metal... not by a long-shot!  The trio's influences shine through: Grand Funk Railroad, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd,  and Led Zeppelin to name but a few.

Comparisons to Winger are understandable, but far from the truth. This is dirty rock with jeans, long greasy hair, unkempt beards and the smell of beer mixed with sawdust on wooden club floors. It's well produced and clean, but the songs tangle with Rock's storied history but never sounding exactly like anyone else.

While that could be Robert Plant wailing on the verses on "Out In Outer Space", the chorus is closer to a lost '60s classic. "Nothing But The Sun" sounds like an edgy cover version of something off of The Records' Crashes album mixed with some zesty Beatles influences. "Love Inspector" is pure rock with cowbell! I don't know why, but certain parts of "Dead Stung" remind me of The White Album-era Beatles (maybe it's in the backing vocals?) mixed with late '60s Psychedelia.

But this isn't a case of 'spot the influence': this is a long-overdue album from a band that really deserves more attention.

Listen to some cool Blackwood Creek tuneage on their Myspace page. Just click HERE.

You're welcome,
Stephen SPAZ Schnee

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