Crankin' Up the Local Music Scene

Updated 5 years ago by David "Alligator" Williams
Under Social
Under Social
AC30 has released a new single http://ac30.bandcamp.com/album/ac30-single The band features ex-American Minor guitarist Bud Carroll and well known local bass player Ian Thorton. The band was listed in Paste Magazine’s article “10 West Virginia Bands You Need To Listen To Now” - http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/08/10-west-virginia-bands-you-should-listen-to-now.html
Stacee Lawson who has been rocking the region for years is fronting Under Social. The band which is the same band that has backed her solo performances will be rocking harder than her solo material. A single will be released soon on itunes and they will be performin g locally soon as well. Check them out at http://www.facebook.com/jeff.westlake.75?fref=ts#!/undersocialmusic

A couple of Tri-Staters have done well in the music world. Larry Rust grew up in Huntington and played keyboard and did vocals for a while with an incarnation of Iron Butterfly. He is now making a world-wide name for himself with an outstanding solo cd. He has won several awards including Crunch Radio’s ballad of the year for “If I Could Hold You.” Check out his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/larryowenrust?fref=ts Hear his music at http://www.reverbnation.com/larryrust

Another Tri-State resident is the lead singer for Marion Crane. Thomas Crane is actually a graduate of Chesapeake High School and Marshall University. Marion Crane is perhaps the hottest indie rock band in the country and their cd “The New Religion” has made national waves. Check out the title track of their cd here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS9xnArCB2s The cd is available nationally through Full Effect Records and has received airplay on dozens of FM radio stations throughout the country. Check them out at http://www.marion-crane.com/

Check out Huntington singer songwriter Grim Charles. He is a very talented writer/ vocalist who has a knack for making a point and doing it in a very colorful manner. his latest cd is highly recommended, for a pleasant change of pace, sample his cd and buy it here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/with-hearts-of-coffee-black/id416705443

Nationally known Point Pleasant rockers BOBAFLEX cover Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-1D5N7Bzrk

West Virginia metallers Byzantine have released their first new song in years. Their new self-titled cd, their first in 5 years will be out February 26. Hear "Signal Path" the new single here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbI2eVcP9JI

Hydrogyn has been hinting toward a 'box set.' Also Hydrogyn lead singer Julie Westlake is going to be on a new reality show on CMT. The reality show that Julie is in will air January 26th at 10 and 10:30 on CMT. The name of show is Guntucky . .According to www.cmt.com : ”The 10-episode series Guntucky follows the three generations of the Sumner family who run Knob Creek Gun Range in Knob Creek, Ky. At the range, it's up to the family to keep things running smoothly as customers use, try out, purchase and sell weapons across a broad spectrum of firearms -- from cannons to machine guns. The family will also create shooting scenarios for their guests, hunting down rare and hard to find firearms for anything from a Civil War reenactment to a movie-style mobster scene. Things get crazy when customers get to blow up whatever they can physically bring to the range. Two half-hour episodes of Guntucky will premiere weekly at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PM.”
Hydrogyn guitarist Jeff Westlake is working on the second cd of his side project Audio Porn. Westlake is playing all guitars and bass for new project Audio Porn. Azriel St. Michael is the vocalist and Byron Black is on drums. They have just released the 80s sounding album "Jezebel's Kiss" worldwide. Now, Westlake has posted the new song “Freak Like You” which will be on the second cd which will be released in 2013. The song can be heard at http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/164190582

Jeff Ellis has a new cd coming out in 2013. Check out this very powerful track from his last cd that was a masterpiece and deserved national attention http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/HTIkxmMDoDk
That’s the roundup for this month! Check out all of the great local music. Local pride, tune it in and crank it up!   //
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