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HUDSON VALLEY ROOTS ROCKERS LARA HOPE & THE ARK-TONES RETURN TO TEAR IT UP WITH THEIR ROLLICKING THIRD ALBUM,
 HERE TO TELL THE TALE, DUE JUNE 25 VIA SOWER RECORDS (CD/DIGITAL) AND CRAZY LOVE RECORDS (VINYL)

After rocking the road with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Blasters,
the Reverend Horton Heat, and Tiger Army, 
this Catskills quartet has reemerged with their strongest, most rip-roaring release to date.


KINGSTON, N.Y. — Ask anyone who’s caught them live and you’ll hear the same thing: It’s simply impossible to see Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones perform and not have a great time. A smile on the lips, a swivel in the hips, and an earful of snappy tunes are the inevitable takeaways from any Ark-Tones appearance. The band’s singular blend of rock ‘n’ roll, country, blues, surf, Western swing, rockabilly, folk, pop, and jazzy rhythm & blues gets feet a-moving and hands a-clapping no matter the audience. By the end of the night, if they weren’t already, those lucky concertgoers are rabid fans.

From behind her trademark red cat-eye frames, Lara, winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, fills any hall that she and the Ark-Tones play. Her neon-bright, bigger-than-life persona is matched only by the outsized power of her towering voice, an instrument that moves effortlessly between big-stage belting and sexy, sultry crooning. Alongside Lara, the ace Ark-Tones know innately how to complement the leader and singer-songwriter’s dynamic vocal presence, both before an audience and in the studio: Double bassist Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh, lead guitarist Eddie Rion, and drummer Jeremy Boniello keep the train rocketing down the rails, making moody detours whenever the songs call for them. Want an illustration of an act that knows its craft? Here to Tell the Tale, the band’s red-hot third album, is diamond-hard proof. In spades.

“Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones’ records and live performances capture, and release, the spirit of the original rockabilly and country bands that I have listened to and enjoyed for most of my life,” says Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s long-time bassist and a devout devotee of the group. “And my two boys, who are 10 and 13 and are [otherwise] glued to Top 40 radio, are also huge fans.”

Garnier is by no means alone in his praise for the quartet’s sound. “A beguiling chanteuse, Lara swirls with facility from sonorous swinging to purred intimations to powerhouse, knock-down-drag-out rock ’n’ roll,” says No Depression, while PopDose calls their music “a damned fine gathering of real, American rock ’n’ roll — the way it was meant to be played — with fun and passion.”

One listen to the all-originals Here to Tell the Tale shows just how true that is. After blasting out of the box with “Let’s Go,” a high-octane shot of the band’s steadfast sound, the 11-song disc spins further out with new gems like the lush, haunting “It’s a Crime.” The rousing “Some Advice” is a playful poke at the generation gap complete with hilarious voicemails from Lara’s mom, and the simmering sax of Hayden Cummings of the Kings of Nuthin’. (Another album guest is keyboardist Matt Jordan, sideman to Stray Cat Lee Rocker and Reverend Horton Heat.) The raucous title track, an anthem of steadfast determination, came to Lara after a 2019 tour fall that shattered her leg but didn’t stop her — three metal rods, twenty-three screws, and a few weeks later, she and the Ark-Tones were back out again, doing regional shows.

If there’s a theme to Here to Tell the Tale, it’s one of not holding back or being afraid of following your personal path. “It’s about getting out and living your life, creating new memories, for good or for bad, and having experiences that you just couldn’t have had otherwise,” explains Lara. “Having your own tale to tell.”

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Dream Finisher is a self-aware record. Plain and simple. High on the current times and slick like a greaser’s coiffed hair. Ear LSD on a sonic bed of nails. Andee Blacksugar has fleshed out the end of his 2020 trilogy with his signature moves all rolled into one. Smartass lyrics adorn lead single “Twatted”,  “Nobody cares what’s inside your underwear or who went to your fucking party.” A record and sound that all the current soulless pop jackoffs could only dream of having their merry men cook up. Instead, this whole recipe was concocted mostly in a Brooklyn apartment by an eloquent dude with beautiful hair and guitar licks for days who DOES NOT CARE what you think. After one listen you’ll be ready to go for a victory lap. Tracks like “A Prayer Trapped” will get your head bopping, kinda Beach Boys meets Blur.  It bleeds NYC (“Thrill of a Lifetime”) and as much concrete as that may elude to it easily blasts you off to outer space in “Don’t Make It Easier”. Certainly a great achievement, better still is that Dream Finisher is part of a trilogy just as lush and lavish as it’s two counterparts. For those of us who love substance to their music, Black Sugar Transmission has all you need and more.

For enthusiasts of Shudder To Think, Abandoned Pools and Blur

And hey, if you like this review please poke your head in to my reviews of part one and two of the BST 2020 thrillogy. 

 https://musicsurvivalguide.org/2020/06/03/black-sugar-transmission-the-flowering-album-review/

https://musicsurvivalguide.org/2020/01/29/black-sugar-transmission-wandering-into-the-bullseye-album-review/

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 19 (Soda w:Spookey Ruben)Finally! A new episode. And I am ecstatic to say I had the honor to interview Spookey Ruben on his rare visit/tour to the East Coast. I linked up with him for his last 3 dates in NYC, NJ, and Long Island. I was also honored to participate in his experimental art pop VHS performance (NYC,NJ) and then to end our time together at a private house show (LI) performing two songs with him. We talked about a few of his different projects, his current show, what’s to come and a little bit of the in betweens here and there. On this trip he was also accompanied by his wife who showcased her artwork with her current show United Three Colors which was an incredible accompaniment to his show. So psyched to bring you this special episode. What a blast! Thanks so much Spookey! (Featured song, “Mr. Everywhere” off of the latest Spookey Ruben album, MODES III)

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MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 14

What a great episode you have here ready to consume. I had the honor of sitting down with singer extraordinaire, Mr. Tony Harnell last week to discuss…A LOT. You know him from his wonderful work with TNT and perhaps you ARE familiar with his other endeavors… If not, that is what we hope you take from this. We touched on almost every topic, leaving just a few stones unturned. Tony was gracious and super cool to spend this time with me. He has a lot of great stuff coming down the pipe and will even be playing on Long Island Friday October 5th in Smithtown at The Rail (see flyer below). I think enthusiasts of Tony’s will eat this up and those that enjoy our show will get treated to another informative and insightful installation. Doing these shows has been a joy. So lets spread it around and build it more so we can continue to bring you quality. I hope you dig this one. Thank you again Tony! Here’s to fast friends! Special thanks to D.A. of Shinobi Ninja for letting us use his place and also thanks to Monkey.

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TH Live

 

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE EPISODE 11 Stereo Assassin

It’s been a few weeks since we released a new episode. We have had this one in the vault since then. A man with big opinions and huge ideas, Mr. Stereo Assassin. It’s worth the wait, listen with an open mind! AND…also, a Happy Birthday shoutout to the man behind SA, Kevin Caputo.

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MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcast Episode 7What an episode right here! Dave Alvin of Queens based 90’s rockers White Trash spent some time with us for an incredible interview last week. I’ve been listening to Dave’s music for a majority of my life. White Trash always possessed such a monstrous energy to me and Dave is such a consistently fantastic singer. This was a true honor for me. AND, it’s our longest episode yet! Filled with great banter and even better music. Get ready to crank this Mother! Listen, Share, Repeat!

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A Metal Monkey MSG Ep 6 02.23.18My pod partna, Monkey, returns as a guest again this week, but not to discuss his bands or people he has worked with but rather to showcase his debut solo record under the name, A Metal Monkey. The record is called “Demonstrations” and we have the whole thing here for you following some background info about it. Dig in, share it, enjoy it!

*ALL MUSIC USED WITHIN THIS PODCAST IS PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL WRITERS.*

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M-S-G Episode 5 02.16.18
Last week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk, I mean…really talk with my friend Andee Blacksugar. After many years of knowing each other we finally got to have a conversation almost 10 years in the making. And the best part is…you get to be a part of it.
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A phenomenal and in depth interview. Andee reveals some tips and insider info as well as a little glance
behind the Blacksugar curtain.
We talk hard about music, songwriting, influences and much more!
*ALL MUSIC USED WITHIN THIS PODCAST IS PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL WRITERS.*

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 3

This episode is incredibly special to me…My last band, NOX CULT had not been in the same room together for almost 2 full years.

For this episode…

NOX CULT reunited, one more time

NOX CULT reunited, one more time

 

WE were NOX CULT one more time. We finally had the reunion, but not in traditional form. We talked, we laughed and cleared the air…we confessed and we nearly cried. Once again, in true NOX CULT fashion we present you with this very special episode. This was the best way after all this time for us to really end this wonderful adventure. Dig in!

 

 

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Soda - Therapy Sessions (An Experiment In Sound and Word) COVER FINAL

Once in a while I’ll drop a shameless self promotion post here at MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE. This, is one of them. I just wanted to announce that my new release, Therapy Sessions:An Experiment In Sound and Word will be released this Friday, October 13th. It is not a traditional “record” by any stretch. It is somewhat stream on consciousness, storytelling, spoken work and a few songs. I’ve been explaining to people that, if an abstract painting had a voice, this might be it. I’m pretty excited about it and sharing it with all of you. It will be available physically only in a limited edition bundle in which the CD version will come with 4 other DIY components. ONLY 20, and the only way you can get it will be with the bundle. Other than that it will be available digitally through all the major sites.

Friday the 13th…seek Therapy.

Preorders are available now over at my website. Direct link is below:

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