Monday, January 23, 2012

AudioScam rock Australia on January 13, 2012

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Audioscam Diary

It’s been about five years since we last played at The Smithfield Tavern...the old pub has been torn down and replaced with a new one that didn’t cater for live music until a few months ago.

This is Brad’s first gig back since injuring his back in October. We did our usual load in and sound check and it was like the Tavern vibes were as good as before.

The first set was a little laid back..some Jack Johnson (Sittin’Waitin’ Wishin’),

Stevie Ray Vaughan (Cold Shot), Bernard Fanning ( Song Bird and Wish You Well) and from our new CD, Brad sang "Closing in on Midnight". A little polite applause, the crowd checking us out ,and, vice versa.

Second set, lets go. Time to crank it up a little. Started with Black Crows (Hard to Handle)...which packed the dance floor, thank you very much !! Smashmouth (Walkin’ on the Sun), "Jumpin' Jack Flash" from The Rolling Stones...(our publicist in America was the business partner of Jimmy Miller who produced that song for Mick and the boys back in the 1960s), Fun Lovin’Criminals (Scooby Snax) and from our Abbattack CD (Rock Me) . The ABBA cover is ALWAYS a crowd pleaser !!

By the time we got to our third set, we know what they want and they know what we do. From the new CD, the title track, When The Money’s Gone into some Blink 182 (All the Small Things), AC/DC’s Long Way to the Top , then the danciest song ever written, The Romantics (What I Like About You). It’s Rock & Roll to the end of the set.

First encore, also from the new CD, "That Other Guy" !! I hate those other guys !! They always stole my girl friends !!!

Second encore. Ross starts "Road House Blues" with the slowest, meanest, dirtiest, grunty guitar. Two hundred people jumping, screaming, sort of dancing…I love it. Then it’s over, and the ugly lights come on. ( in the house lights we can all see how sweaty and “not good looking” we all are)

Hope the next gigs as good !!!!


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Australia's Audioscam, Vanilla Fudge

When The Money's Gone 4 song CD
The Australian trio Audioscam returns with their second release, When The Money's Gone. The four-song CD heightens the uptempo power-pop vibe that made their debut release, the rocking ABBA tribute titled ABBATTACK, uncompromisingly engaging. This time, the guitar/bass/drums threesome unveil their songwriting talents with more irresistible hard-edged rock 'n' roll.
Composed by drummer/vocalist Brian Pitcher, the title track explodes with classic Anglo-pop rhythms, enhanced by catchy melodies and chiseled lead guitar figures. With vocals perfectly blended into the high-powered mix, "When The Money's Gone" echoes the sonic energy of Britain's Status Quo while connecting toof the 21st Century. this second decade
Underpinned by Pitcher's creative percussion, "That Other Guy" shines with all-around shimmering power-pop stylings. Changing its pace, Audioscam takes an unexpected mid-tempo rootsy turn on "Closing In On Midnight," composed and sung by bassist Brad Wallace and highlighting guitarist Ross Wilson's dynamic and varied acoustic and electric guitar licks.

Ending the disc with their heaviest song, Audioscam delivers "Different Eyes," a double-barreled blend of power chords and guitar riffs influenced by the late '70s New Wave sound. On their all-original When The Money's Gone, Audioscam has created a contemporary sound that will please fans of classic power pop and high-energy Anglo rock. (

Joseph Tortelli

Review by Jay LaFond

Vanilla Fudge Tupelo Music Hall December 7th 2011

On December 7th, 2011, Pearl Harbor Day, a great American hard rock/blues rock ensemble, Vanilla Fudge, was engaged in an intense soundcheck at Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry NH.
A medley of “People Get ready”, “Shotgun”, and “Dazed and Confused” set the tone for what would be a great evening of psychedelic memories. Backstage, guitarist Vinny Martell wore a leather vest emblazoned with “Brotherhood of Jesus Christ”, proclaiming “God Bless America, this is the greatest country in the world”. Bassist Pete Bremly sat on a couch with Carmine Appice and Mark Stein. Pete’s living his dream ... playing in place of Tim Bogert. With Bremly’s musical influences including Paul McCartney and Bogert he's a perfect addition to complement the original three members.

These guys look younger than their age, and it’s very refreshing to see that youthful attitude onstage. A copy of their eponymous album “Vanilla Fudge” sits on a table backstage and at 8:15 pm it will get played in its entirety. A 6 minute version of “Ticket to Ride” opens the show, that Beatle moment evolving into Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” with Carmine on vocals. Cher's classic, “Bang Bang”, a hit for Cher (and in the 2007 film Zodiac), gets a powerful nod from the Fudge here. Mark Stein and his rented Hammond B-3 carry the haunting epic with a bit of a Felix Cavaliere-esque Rascals twist.

“Eleanor Rigby” is slowed down to 8+ minutes, sounding much more dire than the Beatle’s original. In 1967, George Harrison would play this song for anyone who would listen---Vanilla Fudge was one of his favorite bands. Donovan's "Season of the Witch" from the Renaissance lp, Jr. Walker's "Shotgun" and the powerfully over-the-top "Dazed and Confused" all led up to
the 7 minute version of the Supreme’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. It never gets old listening to this reinvention of a Motown classic---with Stein’s eerily baroque sustained minor chords and Carmine’s cascading cymbals. The Fudge played it on Ed Sullivan back in the day and on Jimmy Fallon in March 2011. It was also featured in the 2007 final episode of The Sopranos HBO program. finale in 2007. The Beatle’s “You Can’t Do That" concluded the show.

The crowd at this intimate and friendly venue was ecstatic with Appice telling them it was one of their best shows. These guys were inspirations to the likes of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin—they are among the founding fathers of Psychedelic Rock. Playing on bills with Zeppelin, Hendrix and Cream in the 60’s’, inducted into the Long Island Rock Hall of Fame with Billy Joel, Little Anthony, Peter Tork, et al, this is precious music not seen elsewhere in this digital age.

Jay Lafond December 22, 2011