Old century rock'n'roll

They say with youth comes energy and with age wisdom, but nobody told The Brought Low to slow down and wise up.

Three records in and with countless shows under their belt, this NYC powerhouse power trio has set the benchmark for the sort of classic hard-rock that the mainstream's long forgotten and the underground only claims to represent. You want a cheap, mass produced facsimile, I'm sure some by-the-numbers corporate act is overcharging for their tepid arena-rock. You want generic bar-rock, go to your local club. You want the real deal, go see The Brought Low.

In the words of guitarist/singer Benjamin Howard Smith, the aptly titled Third Record (Small Stone Records) has the band "coming to terms with their punk rock roots" while remaining true to their undisputed and undeniable classic-rock sound.  The end result is an invigorating, unrelenting kick in the ass with hard charging rockers like "Old Century Man" and "Everybody Loves A Whore" having just as much soul as cry-in-your-beer ballads "A Thousand Miles Away" and "Last Man Alive," and grooves as deep as new live favorites "The Kelly Rose" and "Matthew’s Grave."

Recorded fast'n'dirty with producer Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Cave In, Scissorfight), Third Record is the album that finally matches the band's intense live energy. It's a new chapter in The Brought Low's continuing reign as the heavyweight champs of classic hard-rock.

Formed in 1999 by Sweet Diesel's Benjamin Howard Smith and drummer Nick Heller, The Brought Low released their self-titled debut album in 2001 on Tee Pee Records. Several tours and members later the band solidified its line-up with bassist Robert Russell. 2006's Right On Time, their first on Small Stone, was hailed as an instant classic by The Boston Phoenix, Lollipop, Roadburn and Stonerrock among others. The band is renowned for their awesome live show and has shared the stage with such bands as Them Crooked Vultures, The Supersuckers and Nebula.

CD Release Date: March 11th, 2010
(Available now on iTunes)

Through the mists of time

Australia's Raven Records presents The I.R.S. Years 1980-1985 – It's Super Rock Timea superb 26-track, 78-minute CD collection from one of America’s original, and longest-running, garage-rock bands, self-proclaimed Living Legends, The Fleshtones. Formed in 1976 in Queens, New York by vocalist Peter Zaremba and guitarist Keith Streng, The Fleshtones combined fuzzed guitar and Farfisa organ with '50s rockabilly and '60s r&b into a potent retro stew they called “Super Rock.” Contemporaries of Suicide and The Cramps on the late-'70s NY scene, the group became a huge influence on early '80s garage-rock revivalists Dream Syndicate, Plimsouls, Hoodoo Gurus, etc. Amazingly, they are still at it today, finally garnering respect for being as raucous as ever. It's Super Rock Time covers their key five year tenure with Miles Copeland’s record label. Culled from their classic albums (Roman Gods, Hexbreaker!, and Speed Connection) and numerous EPs and singles, highlights include the frat-rocking "Girl from Baltimore," the whomping "Screamin' Skull," the moody "Shadow Line," the Standells-like "Stop Fooling Around" and one of their most memorable tunes, a tasty cover of Lee Dorsey’s "Ride Your Pony." Many tracks are appearing on CD for the first time. With superb quality audio, detailed notes and color booklet, this excellent release is a must for fans of irresistible, reverb-drenched garage/r&b.

Release Date: March 5th, 2010
Catalogue Number: RVCD311