Rose’s 2014 arrived on a cold and rainy night without even the traditional midnight kiss …..
Sounds depressing, right? Well, before we go off on our tangent….we do wish everyone we’ve ever known, past, present, and future all the best in 2014.
But really, what the hell happened to Lucky 13? Turned out that Rose really didn’t accomplish any of the objectives she’d set for herself. 2013 took a few twists and turns, and had some unexpected encounters that threw us off track a bit. Some of these obstacles were good (some were quite devilishly enjoyable) and some just sucked. We can only hope that they were all necessary detours laying the foundation of a path to better things. What we learned from 2013 is that we’re still learning, and must continue to steadfastly fight the demons that continue to rear their ugly heads. Be it our limited knowledge of technology, that temporarily hinders the progress of this website; or the more personal emotional complexities of Rose’s inner world…. the shit just keeps on coming. The long and short of it, we have to “Get the fuck over it!” (Good advice gleaned from Auditory Armory’s “Phantom”)
And get over it we did; at our favorite place to hang… The Haven, with Maniacal Mojo’s ”A Night of Friends”. No one here cared about the cold and the rain as we kicked the old year out the door and ushered in the brand new 2014.
This show offered something different; a blend of that which we have come to know and love with a new energy and vibe. By that we mean a night that brought together Auditory Armory, Familiar Sin, EarthFall, and Madeline Sonya in a most unexpected way. The seasoned artists broke away from their usual elements to perform some amazing sets with Ariel Hope and Madeline Sonya. It was like looking through a kaleidoscope and seeing all the colors blend, transform, and change into new shapes and patterns.
This was the first time, we’ve had the opportunity to hear Earthfall, a female fronted project still in it’s early stages. Currently, Dale Stump and Dennis Burns are lending their talents to the project. Sure, Ariel Hope is cute and bubbly, but more importantly she’s an amazing and powerful performer (and she rocks the pink pixie haircut with a vengeance!) This is no flash in the pan pop princess. Ariel’s got grit and backbone…. stemming from a healthy lineage of rock, jazz and blues. Check out her music at http://earthfall.bandcamp.com/track/wont-be-broken-li
Photo by Noah Coffman Photography
Beautiful and graceful… she could be the prom queen.. but lucky for us she has chosen the path of vocalist and musician. Madeline’s beautiful voice is spot on in her cover of “The Swan and the Minotaur”, from England’s Ruby Throat. For a really beautiful listening experience, play Madeline’s cover of “The Burden is Mine.. Alone” simultaneously with the original by Green Carnation. It’ll bring you to your knees! Madeline, you have no idea how Rose envies your siren-like vocals and talents on the keyboard. Madeline played her original “Shallow” for us this night, check it out on….https://www.facebook.com/madelinesonya
It was really good to catch up with Auditory Armory to end 2013 and begin 2014. Their 7 song New Years Eve set, included 6 new songs from their upcoming CD, plus “Phantom”. Their set was exceptionally fun and energized. Much as we loved “Anomaly” (our most played CD of 2012) we are excited to see this band of four extremely talented individuals progressing into a more complete package. Their new work is really a collaboration of all members, and with more input from Dennis, Oscar, and Justice, the music is profoundly harder edged. We are eagerly anticipating a new Auditory Armory CD this year.
In past “Opinions” we have applauded Familiar Sin for their raucous good time party attitude; but, we have been a little remiss in those earlier comments. It was not until we witnessed Familiar Sin deconstructed and jamming with the other bands on a variety of songs, that we came to fully appreciate the immense talent that C.J.,Chris, Josh and Caveman possess as individual musicians and vocalists. We listen now to Guitars n’ Guns with more educated ears, able to hear each band member’s unique contribution to the total sound. Whether it’s inspiration from the West Coast, the deep South, or right here in Florida; reflecting styles from Tool to Pantera, we are damn glad that all the pieces came together to give us Familiar Sin. ”Guitars n’ Guns” can be heard at Rose’s house often, and we plan to see more Familiar Sin in the new year …. (Does that make Rose a frequent sinner?)
So after contemplating the alternating successes and failures of 2013 for the first 15 days of 2014; we have decided it’s just best to look forward and not back, take baby steps if we have to, and leap forward when we need to. Appreciate the good stuff and learn from the bad stuff. As Corey Taylor so eloquently put it:
“Because in the end, everything we do is just everything we’ve done”
**Roses “Most” List for 2013**
(once again… this is only the list of ”"mosts” that are okay to put in print.. )
* Most played CD/EP’s of 2013: Born From Ashes debut CD and Meka Nism’s “Dance at the End of the World”
* Most played single songs of 2013: Familiar Sin’s “Martyr” and Auditory Armory’s “Witch”
* Most interesting “first time” experience: Deicide at The Orpheum
* Most unique moments: Tie – being bitten by Tony Blakk and being slashed by Michael Myers
* Most anticipated show: Born From Ashes CD Release at The House of Blues
* Most favorite place to hang out: Yeah… no surprise here – The Haven!
* Most “educational” show: F.I.L.T.H’s CD Release show… LOL
* Most listened to new band of 2013: Sons of Ragnar
* Most unbelievably over the top show: It’s a three-way! Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and Trans-Siberian Orchestra
*Most surprising moments: Being gifted with Earthday Birthday tix for our birthday, Nine Inch Nails for Halloween, and TSO for Christmas!