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March 3 – The Northern Pikes Began To Soar — A Sound Day

Check out this great interview done by my blog pal Dave who chats with Jay Semko from the Northern Pikes. Jay gives great insight on what’s it like for a Canadian Bands to break into the American Market… Give the link a click and a read…

> PART 2 OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH JAY SEMKO OF THE NORTHERN PIKES. By late 1990 when Snow In June was certified platinum in Canada, to some it seemed like the Northern Pikes were a bit of an overnight sensation. Of course, that was far from the truth. By then they’d […]

March 3 – The Northern Pikes Began To Soar — A Sound Daya

Interview with ‘Storm Force’ Patrick Gagliardi

 

There’s a Storm a brewing and this one will kick your ass! Canada’s very own Storm Force has just released there stellar debut release titled Age of Fear and what can I tell you all if you like your Hard Rock served with a side order of Melody than Age of Fear is for you.

Strom Force hailing from Niagra Falls Ontario features Patrick Gagliardi (Lead Vocals) Mike Beradelli (Bass) Brian Hamilton (Drums) and Greg Fraser(Guitar).

Storm Force is chock full of classic riffs and wicked vocals which result in great songs and there are eleven great ones on this release. (I will be reviewing the album in its entirety sooner than later so watch for it). I can tell you all that these cats can play!

I would like to thank Patrick personally for taking the time to answer my questions and by all mean folk’s grab a copy of Age of Fear (I purchased Age of Fear off of iTunes)  or contact the guys direct on the Storm Force Facebook page or visit the website by clicking the link below!

https://stormforce.ca

First of all Patrick congrats are in order on the debut album from Storm Force called Age of Fear which as of right now is getting continuous spins at Thunder Bay Arena Rocks HQ’s!

Please let all my reader’s know-how Storm Force came about?
Some of this story is pre me. Greg was looking to put together a band after he had written quite a few songs that he believed were strong. He made many attempts using guys that were well known but rehearsals were tough with guys living far away and it just never got to where he wanted it. He decided to go find guys close that were great at what they do and close enough to actually get something done. He called me because he’s known me since we were kids. He had seen a lot of the bands I was in though I would great for the project. He had known Brian for a while and was asking him if he knew any drummers. Brian offered up his services. Brian was in a band called Step Echo and Greg thought he was busy. Once he knew Brian was available, he jumped at the chance. Brian is also a gifted engineer and he recorded the entire album at his studio. We were already deep in the recording when we had found Mike Berardelli to come in and lay down the bass and this guy can play. We just had our first rehearsals and he blew me away!
Was that the idea all along was to make Storm Force a recording act?
Yes. Never a doubt.
I have to add Storm of Force is a great name. Who gets the credit for that as well as the title Age of Fear which pretty much sums up today’s world.
Naming a band is tough. We went through a number of different names and we settled on a different one. Then the label said we don’t like that name. Shit! So Greg and Khalil went through a ton of names the band and he had come up with and we agreed that STORM FORCE would do nicely. For “Age of Fear”, Greg almost always puts a title as a place holder to identify it instead of like Song idea 1, Song idea 2, etc. Some of the titles I changed, but this was one that I loved right away. As a crazy optimist, I can still see the world today and the state of fear that it’s in.
How did the songwriting go? Was it all four guys or did you and Greg hammer this stuff out together?
Greg comes up with a riff and a melody, and like I said, sometimes a title. Other than Because of You, he sends it to me and I will write the lyrics. Having said that, there is always additions from Brian and Mike. A certain bass lick that lifts a section up or a drum part that really changes the sound of the song.
You ended up getting Darius Szczepaniak whose credits include Black Crowes/Big Sugar/Sum 41 to produce. How did Darius come aboard?
I believe Greg knew Darius quite well and he sent him some tracks and he said he wanted to mix it. Really lucky to get that kind of talent on our side.
To my ears Storm Force harkens back to the mid to late in the ’80s in the hard rock vein but you guys have a current sound as well as it doesn’t sound dated. I have some thoughts on what bands Storm Force could be compared to but we live in such a judgemental society that if I say you guys sound like “so and so” some people may go “never liked that band from back then” so I’ll dump this question onto your lap. What bands would you say best describe Storm Force?
There are so many! When you’re writing, you’re always a combination of your influences. For me, it’s Priest, Van Halen, Brighton Rock, Triumph, Dio, Black Sabbath to name a few. But for the most part, I think we just write and come up with songs that we dig. That’s the great thing about writing. More than getting a record out, it’s pure enjoyment every step of the way when you’re creating it. I try not to overthink the comparisons. People will hear what they want to hear. As long as they enjoy it, I’m good.
Patrick, would you so kindly talk about each track on the album as I hear a lot of positiveness in the lyrics which in this day and age is a good thing.
 
Because Of You- 
Greg wrote the lyrics for this. I heard him say that “you” can be anyone or anything. Your girlfriend, best friend, your family, your band, your favorite sports team, whatever gets you through the shit that can get you down.
Age Of Fear- 
I loved writing this one. This is the world today. There are negative things everywhere. Facebook, the news, the internet. Age of fear talks about how the things you hear may not necessarily be true. There are always people and groups with Agendas who try to manipulate the masses with less than pure thoughts. I think by saying “It’s the age of fear”, I’m saying don’t always trust your sources. We need to verify that something is true before we pass that info on and give it power.
Breathe- 
“Breathe”  is about depression and having someone who can support you through it. I’ve never had depression myself and I used to be that guy that would just think WTF, just Cheer up! Having met and had some close to me go through it, I realize that it’s not that easy. We all need somebody to hold us up once in a while and tell us to just Breathe
Ember Rain- 
This is the way I feel about relationships. Sometimes it’s hot and heavy and that intensity can also burn it all down. Like a couple that is great and terrible for each other. I love those kinds of relationships. Keeps it interesting.
Ride Like Hell- 
This one is pretty straight forward. Just a rocker that my biker friends would enjoy. I think it’s about the excitement and freedom that a bike gives you. Not drawing from my life experience, but I like the imagery.
Dirty Vegas- 
Another rocker that just gets me in the mood to live! Vegas is that kind of place that is bright and shiny with a dirty underbelly that everyone should experience.
More Than You Know-  
Just a story about a couple on the verge of splitting and trying to keep it together
Marshall Law- 
Actually, when Greg came up with this title, he was thinking more about Marshall Law closing down a city and taking over to keep the peace. He didn’t tell me that. lol. So the story I came up with is more like a texas ranger who tracks down criminals in the old west. Always loved Cowboy movies and I imagine tracking down a wanted man and bringing him to the hangman. Would be a great video
Different Roads- 
Sometimes you get in a relationship and after a while, you just want different things. Even though the relationship is over, it will always be a great memory and story.
Ringside- 
I always loved the grandeur of old school boxing. Mohamed Ali and Mike Tyson. Especially Don King. The over the top presentation. I’m also a fan of the Rocky movies. I think this one would be good for the next one. Call Sly!!
Weight of the World- 
I think everyone feels this. Bad relationships, money problems, family issues. Sometimes you don’t realize that the pressure on someone’s shoulders. I think about my parents trying to raise 6 kids, just my dad working. Man, that must have tough. And the way the world is today with everyone wanting everything and putting themselves in positions where the stress of the world can just crush you.
Now, Patrick, you have a co-vocalist on a couple of tracks Serena Pryne who has an excellent voice where is she from? Fantastic Stuff. 
She’s actually from Niagara as well. I’ve seen her perform a number of times. An amazing vocalist and a crazy good performer. Perfect for the songs
What are your plans now that Storm Force has been released to the masses?
Rule the world? no, that’s not it. We want to get out there and play. This record will be so fun to play live. We love being on stage. Hopefully some cool festivals in the summer.
I wish you a ton of success on ‘Age of Fear’ Patrick. You guys should be proud as its a great release and what a way to start a new decade! Let me know when some swag is available!
Thanks Deke! Rock on! Will do

 

 

Greg Fraser from Brighton Rock-2019 Interview!

Just a little over a week ago at Brighton Rock‘s Facebook Page was a post about how they recorded there first new track in 28 years! Not to miss a beat I reached out to Brighton Rock Guitarist Greg Fraser who graciously answered my few questions about the New Song ‘End of Time’ and how they ended getting producer Beau Hill to do the mixing!

‘End of Time’ is available from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify! Please take the time to check it out …..

Actually Folk’s why don’t you all show your Visa or Debit cards a good time and just buy the song from iTunes! Here in Canada it’s for 99 cents! Not even a buck! Where can u find anything for under a buck nowadays??  The Dollar  Store doesn’t  even sell stuff for under a Dollar anymore!! ‘End of Time’ is great Ear Candy! 

For the record I purchased this tune….

Check out the video below for the song!

Listen to that opening  Guitar Riff and the song just lifts off! Full out kudos to  Gerry McGhee(Vocals) Stevie Skreebs(Bass) Johnnie Rodgers(Guitars) Mark Cavarzan (Drums) and Greg Fraser (Lead Guitar).  End of Time has that Brighton Sound. Total current sounding track that just flat-out Rocks but could have slid right on the Love Machine album back in 1991!

The only real knock I have is that once it ends that’s it!  Your left with that wanting more feeling. You know I had to ask the questions to Greg like how about more songs? An album in the works? Showing up to play  in Thunder Bay? ( Ok that last one was my doing) Seriously, you have to hand it to these guys that these are same Fella’s that released the debut album Young Wild and Free back in 1986! Now in this day and age of rotating band lineups these guys have stayed intact as a Musical Unit!

I would like to personally Thank Greg for being a great sport as always like he was last summer when he was one of the first guys to get back to me with My ‘10 Questions With’ segment…

Let’s Do This…..

1- Greg! Thanks for doing this Interview with me once again! Pretty exciting news from the Brighton Rock camp that you guys are releasing your first new tune in 28 years! End of Time is the new song and tell us all about whose idea it was to get a song done/recorded/written.

 

My pleasure Derek.  A while back BR was trying to write & record a new record & we soon found that our schedules could never match up. It was impossible to get all 5 of us in the same room together. There was always somebody that had other commitments.  After a while we decided to scrap the idea hoping one day things would open up for everybody schedule wise. If anything it’s even harder to get together now than before. A lot of songs were written & recorded but in pieces, meaning some songs still needed vocals or keyboards or guitars etc. The only song fully completed was ‘End Of Time’ & we decided to finally release it.

 

2- Now correct me if I’m wrong but this being your first new song since the Brilliant Love Machine release from 1991. This song would mark Keyboardist Johnny Rogers first tune with Brighton since  1988’s Take A Deep Breath release!

 

You are correct sir. And the song does not have any keyboards on it! It’s a real balls out rocker & we found that keyboards sweetened it up too much. So Johnny strapped on his Les Paul & rocked out with me to get that twin guitar attack. He plays great on this song.

 

3- What also is real cool is that you got the great Beau Hill to mix the new song as well! How did you guys go about getting Beau who produced many albums in my collection including Ratt/Winger/Europe/Alice Cooper basically a who’s who of hard Rock back in the 80’s!

 

Back in the Myspace days over 10 years ago I was in the process of releasing a solo/band record called Fraze Gang. I started posted songs & Beau somehow got wind of it & reached out to me & said he loved what he heard & said to call him. I was shocked to say the least. This guy is a legend so I initially that this was a hoax. I called him & was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was indeed really him. He said he wanted to mix my songs. I told him the record is pretty much done but we have one more song to record & if he’s interested he can mix that. He said send it over. The song is called Jackhammer & he loved it & mixed it. We actually did a video for it on YouTube if you want to check it out. When we were making our second record Fraze Gang 2 he said he wanted to mix the whole record. So I would send him each song as they were recorded & we would talk about how to approach things and slowly built a friendship that has lasted to this day. We would always check in with each to stay in touch & in fact he’s making plans at some point to come up here a visit me. When we decided to release this new song I mentioned it to Beau he jumped right on it & did a fantastic job .We could not be more happier with the results.

 

4-Now the question has to be asked. Is End of Time going to lead to more songs or is this indeed the End of Time for Brighton? Am I digging too deep here? LOL!

 

We would love to do more stuff but like I mentioned our schedules our insane. Just getting us all together to rehearse for a gig is near impossible. Time will tell.

 

5- Brighton has an appearance on the Monsters of Rock Cruise next month (February) after that is there anything on the cards for more Live Brighton shows in 2019?

 

We have a bunch of offers that we are mulling over but no contracts have been signed yet. We definitely will be doing more shows though.

 

6- With Lead Singer Gerald McGhee running a successful record plant any thoughts on reissues of the current single or perhaps the previous albums being issued on Vinyl?

 

There are talks on reissuing all the BR stuff on vinyl at some point but nothing is set in stone yet.

 

7-  Once again thanks for doing this Greg! Please keep us posted here at Thunder Bay Arena Rock on any more news with Brighton Rock! Take Care and Continued Success!

 

Any time Derek. Have a fantastic 2019 my friend!