- Interview with Hardcore Country slash Country Metal band, Silo
- New music from both generations of Queensryche singers
- A musical response to Gene Simmons from Helix
- A history lesson in marijuana decriminalization
- A song about the the sentence for weed possession
- An Australian business-man rocking a killer cover
- New Pretty Reckless, Alien, Sweet Oblivion, Todd LaTorre, and Kickin Valentina
- Hits & Deep Cuts from Warrant, Def Leppard, Motley crue, Godsmack, Junkyard, Bon Jovi, Electric Boys, and Ron Coolen with Keith St. John
The Complete Silo Interview
Silo, the Hardcore Country / Country Metal band of bandits hung out on Zoom unmasked with Pariah Burke two days before their debut album released. Guitarist and founder Brian (who mysteriously wouldn’t reveal his last name), and singer and lyricist Matt Launder talked with the host of the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show about:
- What is Hardcore Country?
- Heavy Metal riffs, Thrash drums, a banjo, and rodeo lyrics
- Country music, motherfucker! Do you sing it?
- How Craigslist and a Samuel L. Jackson meme got them together
- Stripper poles and hay bales
- Singing upside down
- A hat that won’t fall off
- Discussing Silo songs “War Paint,” “Glitter & Gold,” “8 Seconds,” and deep into “Pistol Whipped”
- ‘Rock Is Dead’ says the guy who turned Kiss into a Disco band
- Gene Simmons is becoming irrelevant
- Rock is going through a rebirth like a phoenix
- Silo is Avenged Sevenfold meets Brantley Gilbert, Bad Wolves meets Luke Bryan, Slipknot meets Johnny Cash
- And much, much more!
Watch the complete video interview
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Links to Silo’s Music and Pages
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The Pretty Reckless – Only Love Can Save Me Now (feat. Matt Cameron & Kim Thayil)
Cover Song of the Week
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Transcript of the Show[INTRO]
I’m Pariah Burke, and Bon Jovi is going to start the show right with a 1986 anthem.
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Why, yes, I do “Give Love a Bad Name.”
My name is Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host.
Thank you for joining me for the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
Coming up on the show is my interview with Hardcore Country Metal band, Silo.
New music from TWO generations of Queensryche singers
New Kickin’ Valentina, Alien, and the Pretty Reckless
As well as a kickass Cover Song of the Week mystery.
Right now, it’s the latest from the Electric Boys. This is “Super God” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Electric Boys – Super God
Ron Coolen – White Summer
Featuring Kingdom Come’s Keith St. John on vocals, that was Ron Coolen’s “White Summer” from the late-2020 Rise solo album, something Ron says has been a dream almost his whole life.
This is Junkyard with “Hollywood.”
Junkyard – Hollywood
Next is your first Cover Song of the Week clue and the newest from the Pretty Reckless.
On February 12th the Pretty Reckless dropped their much anticipated new album Death by Rock N’ Roll. At the same time they released the newest single from the record. Featuring Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, this is “Only Love Can Save Me Now.”
The Pretty Reckless – Only Love Can Save Me Now (feat. Matt Cameron & Kim Thayil)
Kickin Valentina – Lookin for Me
Back-to-back new tracks. Following the newest from the Pretty Reckless, that was Kickin’ Valentina’s newest, “Lookin’ for Me,” a melodic Hard Rock nostalgia trip.
It’s time for your first Cover Song of the Week clue. Remember: the first one is always the hardest.
The Cover Song of the Week is a call for legalization of drugs. First released in 1972, it predated the current wave of marijuana legalization and decriminalization by 40 years. Colorado and Washington were the first to legalize in 2012, with another 15 U.S. states and properties following since. Of course, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize marijuana back in 1973. The state the song was written about didn’t legalize medicinal use until 2020.
The song was written after the original artist played a show in Kentucky, where, he learned–but thankfully not the hard way–that the penalty for marijuana possession was a month in jail.
More, and easier, clues later.
Right now, it’s more nostalgia. From Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking’ Rich, this is Warrant with “So Damn Pretty (Should be Against the Law)”.
Warrant – So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against the Law)
Let’s get harder with Godsmack from 2018. It’s “When Legends Rise” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Godsmack – When Legends Rise
If I said I heard a new Hardcore Country band, new Country Metal artists, what sound of music would your mind’s ear imagine? Can you imagine a mix of Beartooth and Luke Brian? How about Five Finger Death Punch and Johnny Cash? If you’re having trouble reconciling those seemingly opposed sounds, then you’re in for a seriously pleasant surprise because, coming up right after brief messages from the people who pay my weekly booze and stripper bills, you’ll not only hear the music of such a band, but you’ll also hear why they do it, how they do it, and what they think about Kiss’s Gene Simmon’s.
My interview with new genre-defying outlaw rockers Silo–UNMASKED–next!
One day in January I was talking to listeners in the Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Bands Facebook group, and someone said–I wish I had written down their name–this person said “when Silo comes out, it’s going to change everything.” When I hear a bold claim like that, I have to look into it. Silo rocked me straight out of the saddle of my iron horse with their first single, “Glitter & Gold,” which is also the title of the debut album they released on Valentine’s Day, two days after the band and I hung out on Zoom.
I apologize for the audio quality. There were some technical difficulties.[Silo interview – Seg1]
When I asked the guys how Silo started, their answer involved this guy:
[Sam Jackson quote – allow me to retort] [Silo interview – Seg2]
Silo – Glitter & Gold
That was “Glitter & Gold,” the title track to the debut album by Hardcore Country band Silo, whom I hung out with on Zoom yesterday. Here’s more of that interview with Matt, lead singer, and then Brian, lead guitarist and founder.[Silo interview – Seg3] [Silo interview – Seg5] [Silo interview – Seg7]
We’ll get back to the interview shortly, but first, you need your second Cover Song of the Week clue.
It’s a supergroup founded by a man with an unusual pedigree for a Hard Rock guitarist. In addition to slinging six-string, this Australian is also an accomplished aerobatic and airshow pilot and a businessman who heads a law and investment group. Every few years, this guitarist overalls his supergroup, trading out members one- or two-at-a-time. Former members have included Frank Ferrer, Dizzy Reed, and Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses, John Corabi of Motley Crue, Marco Mendoza, and Deen Castronovo.
Who is that supergroup? They just released an album called Holy Ground on January 22nd.
Think about it. We’ll be right back with the wrap-up of my interview with Silo.
You’ve been listening to portions of my interview with the all new Hardcore Country slash Country Metal band Silo. Yesterday I hung out with founder and guitarist Brian–no last name, and you can find out why in the full, uncut audio or video interview–and with upside-down singer and lead lyricist Matt Launder. Here’s a couple of more minutes of that interview, and one more Silo song, before I get you one of Motley Crue’s loudest hits.[Silo interview – Seg4]
Let’s give it a listen. From Silo’s debut album, this is “Pistol Whipped.”
Silo – Pistol Whipped
I wish you could see the WAV form for that song. The valleys, the low points, the soft points in the music aren’t low or soft. They’re very high. Just like the best Metal.
Early on, when Motley Crue was trying to get Los Angeles DJs to air their demos, the radio stations refused, saying the Crue’s music was too loud. Just like Matt’s description of “Pistol Whipped,” what they meant by loudness was the difference between the loud and quiet parts of the song. In both cases, Silo and the Crue, that difference is very, very small, making the songs loud.
Let’s wrap-up the excerpts from my interview with Silo, and then I’ll play a loud Crue song.[Silo interview – Seg8]
Again, that was only a portion of my interview with brand new Hardcore Country band, Silo. Silo has been described as Beartooth meets Luke Brian, Five Finger Death Punch meets Johnny Cash. They’ve got Heavy Metal riffs, Thrash Metal drums, a banjo, and rodeo lyrics. During our Zoom hangout we talked about a LOT more than I was able to include in the past few minutes. You can listen to the entire conversation on your favorite podcast app in the newest episode of the Hard, Heavy & Hair Interviews podcast. You can also WATCH the entire interview and see the faces behind the voices you just heard on YouTube. Both the video and the audio, as well as links to everything to do with Silo, is linked on PariahRocks.com in the show notes for show number 292.
This is Motley Crue paving the way for Silo to be loud. From 1981, celebrating Motley Crue’s 40th Anniversary, this is “Live Wire.”
Mötley Crüe – Live Wire
More new music! More old favorites! More whisky-soaked trivia! Next! Don’t go anywhere!
A few minutes ago you heard my interview with Brian and Matt from the normally bandana-masked outlaw Hardcore Country band Silo. Among the many topics we discussed was Silo’s disagreement with the assertion that “Rock is dead,” something Gene Simmons of Kiss said. Silo isn’t the only band to take exception Gene’s statement. Helix, the veteran Metal band that started around the same time as Kiss, made their feelings known the best way they know how–in song. If you listen to the lyrics in this 2020 track off the Eat Sleep Rock album, you’ll see that Brian Volmer and the boys from Ontario have the same opinion as the American Wild West gang leaders of Silo.
This is Helix with the song directly titled “(Gene Simmons Says) Rock Is Dead” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Helix – (Gene Simmons Says) Rock Is Dead
Thunder – Love Walked In
Ah… That familiar feeling. I remember the days when love used to walk in through my studio door all the time, almost every day, certainly every episode. It was beautiful, majestic love that lasted anywhere from an hour to all night. But then COVID made us close the studio doors to women who wanted to join me in this fantastic booze-stocked booth with the oversized couch, plush carpet, and blackout curtains that make the room totally private. Damn.
We need to get herd immunity going so we can get back to live music and so I can get laid on a regular basis again! Dammit!
New music from BOTH Queensryche singers next.
Welcome back to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show, your weekly dose of Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20-teens, and today, including the latest new releases, your old favorites, and deep cuts and rare hair.
I’m on the air–you’re here–because there’s Music, and then “Nothing Else Matters.”
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
Sweet Oblivion – Strong Pressure
Todd La Torre – Crossroads to Insanity
That was first Geoff Tate’s new project, Sweet Oblivion, with their song “Strong Pressure,” and then, following Geoff in the play order as he followed Geoff as lead vocalist for Queensryche, there was Todd LaTorre’s new solo single “Crossroads to Insanity.”
It’s time for your final Cover Song of the Week clue.
The lyrics of the Cover Song of the Week reference Chicago Green, which is weed; Red Lebanese, a strain of hashish popular in the 70s; Durban Poison, a potent strain of Sativa; Black Nepalese, which is hash mixed with opium; and an ale called Newcastle Brown. Of these, in 1972 Kentucky, only the Chicago Green would get you tossed in jail for 30 days, the pokey, the hoosegow, the hole. Presumably, most of the others would be longer sentences, but the songwriter, Humble Pie’s lead singer Steve Marriott, focused the lyrics on the penalty for pot possession.
What song is that that would get you sentenced to 30 days in the… jail?
Think you know? All will be revealed in the Cover Song of the Week next![COW]
After playing a show in Kentucky in 1972 and learning, while there, that a charge for possession of marijuana in that state would land you 30 days in jail, Steve Marriott, lead singer for Humble Pie, wrote a little song about the situation. The lyrics referenced a number of drugs both harder and softer than weed, and basically called for legalization 40 years before the first of the United States would. The original song never charted in the United States, but covers of the song have gone a lot further, as might the newest.
A supergroup formed by businessman and acrobatic airplane pilot David Lowy has taken on Humble Pie’s classic in a brand new single released this week.
I might have thrown you when I noted Deen Castronovo as a FORMER member of Lowy’s supergroup. You might not have heard, but since the release of the Holy Ground album on January 22nd, Deen left the band to prepare for a back surgery. Tommy Clufetos, a session drummer who has worked with Black Sabbath, is Deen’s replacement. Featuring Glenn Hughes on vocals and bass, Deen Castronovo still playing drums on the recording, and Doug Aldrich on lead guitar, and David Lowy, of course, on rhythm guitar, this is the Dead Daisies with the Cover Song of the Week, “30 Days in the Hole,” followed immediately by the Humble Pie original version.
The Dead Daisies – 30 Days in the Hole
Humble Pie – 30 Days in the Hole
That was “30 Days in the Hole”, the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week. That was the original version by Humble Pie following the new cover by the Dead Daisies.
How about something else new? This is Alien and “Lethal Woman.”
Alien – Lethal Woman
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And don’t forget to check out the show notes on Pariahrocks.com for this, show number 292, for that full, uncensored interview with Silo. Ladies are going to want to see the faces beneath the masks and behind the voices, and you’re also going to want to know how long lead singer Matt lasts in bed. That, and many, many other important facts about the Silo band, the music, and more is discussed in our full-length video interview and podcast audio-only version.
And, if you look up Hard, Heavy & Hair on Spotify, you can listen to the Spotify-exclusive version of the interview that includes 6–yes 6!–full Silo songs played during the interview!
My name is Pariah Burke, I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny host and producer. Thank you for joining me for this week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
I’ll see you back here next week on this station for another all new Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. Def Leppard is going to play us out with “Photograph”.
Def Leppard – Photograph