It seems that Ric Bennett and his label Twin Earth Records are firing on all cylinders. And he now even got support from a family member, namely his wife Elisa Maria, who completes the trio ‘Stars That Move’ with her deliciously haunting lead vocals. We’ll talk about that a little bit later in more detail as we are going to take a much closer look at what you will find their 2016 release titled ‘No Riders’. Before we do that, let’s complete the staff roster: While Ric, as usual, is in charge of the guitars and Elisa Maria taking care of the Vox, Frank Sikes’s drumming is as solid and song-conducive as it has been in the past, like for instance on the self-titled ‘Starchild’ album we discussed a couple of weeks ago. He’s the kind of drummer you want in your band, that’s all I’m saying!
I must admit I had not heard of Noggin Rockers before up until a couple of weeks ago. But when I got contacted by the company asking me to check out their ‘electricity free’ mini guitar amp, I was intrigued by the concept to say the least. I now had a chance to test drive the device and what you are about to read it my comprehensive Noggin Rockers Mini Guitar Amp Review, along with a video discussion and demonstration of this handy, cheap and remarkably good sounding guitar accessory.
Here is an overview of what we will be covering over the next few minutes:
Is it possible to learn to play guitar in 21 days for under $19.95? Remarkably, yes, it is. That is, if you manage your expectations right and don’t assume you’ll be the next Eddie VanHalen after only three weeks of practicing your axe. On the other hand, it is certainly doable to equip yourself with a solid understanding of some guitar basics, such as a robust beginner guitar chord vocabulary along with some strumming. That’s pretty much standard for everybody. I think of it as the first phase in the guitar journey which as I just said, seems to be more or less the same for all guitar players. And that is definitely within reach, even if you have the objective to learn to play guitar in 21 days only. Oh, and yes of course, we want to make sure that you get this done for very little – or possibly no money at all.
Alright, you’ve likely never heard anything like ‘Droid Intelligence’ by Burn Thee Insects before. Unless you were already blessed and had a chance to listen to this remarkably unique debut release. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I heard the album for the first time, I was ‘pleasantly confused’ for the lack of a better term.
Is it possible to learn guitar in 21 days? What do you think? Well, I have my reservations, but that’s only because I’m innately skeptical when I read advertisements suggesting that if you buy this or that fabulous new product, you can learn to play guitar in 21 days. It sounds like a marketing tactic to me. However, with that being said, I’m not saying that it’s absolutely impossible. But it’s important to cut all the sales-y talk and look at this realistically to set reasonable expectations.
In the following I will share with you my two cents on this topic. But not only that – once we clarified on what YOU actually mean by being able to ‘play the guitar’, we can talk about how to go about that and we can evaluate if – based on what you have in mind – if and how we can get you to learn to play the instrument in such a short amount of time.
Okay, this is one of my favorite finds of 2016, no doubt. Starchild with their self-titled debut album, are one of those bands that you wish you were in. Well, at least I do. I first encountered of Starchild when I was on the TwinEarthRecords website. I remember listening to two tracks “The Futurist” and “Wings” and I was completely blown away. When I told Ric Bennet – who owns that label – how much I liked what I heard, he shared with me that it was actually his band, meaning he played guitar in it and sang. That made it even more interesting.
‘Starchild’ is one of those records where words simply fail me to adequately describe it, or let alone, do an even remotely meaningful review on. However, I guess what I just said in term being a little envious and wishing that I could write and play music like that – in a band like that – pretty much sums up my admiration for this album and its makers.
Today, we are taking a quick look and listen to ‘The Unknown Secretary’ by ‘BUS’, a what I would call Heavy-Rock quartet from Greece. My pal Ric Bennett from TwinEarthRecords was kind enough to send me a copy of the band’s debut release on his label and I had a chance to listen to this record for a couple of weeks now.