The Jock of Rock Presents...
NEW YORK CITY – Let's meet Amito Hoshino, an up-and-coming bassist originally from Japan and now residing in New York City, is quickly becoming a go-to-bassist in the diverse and competitive music scene that is “the city that never sleeps.” And the word is spreading, as our friend and local bad-ass-axeman, Joey Leone, is now understanding and utilizing. But more on that later...
KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Meet Steiner Youth, a seven-piece, Southern New Hampshire band formed about a year ago, that cranks out a blend of classic, punk and progressive rock. It may sound like an oxymoron - youth plays classic rock - but if your heart is in the right place, that's surely all that matters. The band features Taylor Viles on lead vocals, Zach Dafeldefer on lead guitar and backing vocals, Griffin Temple on lead vocals, Cedar Gadbois on drums and percussion, Ben Galligher on rhythm guitar, Cy Willingston on bass and Tyler Bell on piano and keyboards.
WINDSOR, VERMONT – Hailing from scenic Windsor, the birthplace of Vermont, The RoadTrash Band is a gritty blend of “rock, cowpunk and thunderboogie”... a stripped-down, vintage style of rock-and-roll that will leave you stomping your feet and wanting more! The RoadTrash Band was formed in 2012 by drummer-turned-front-man Dan Blaise (vocals and guitars) and also features Bernie Moss, (one of this writer's favorite local guitarists) Seth Howard on bass and vocals and Levi Howard on drums.
BARRE, VERMONT – Scott Campbell is a unique musician in that along with his skills as a guitarist and studio engineer, he just so happens to be a world-class fiddler and 2005 inductee in the Fiddler’s Hall of Fame! But more on those accomplishments later...
NORTHAMPTON, MASSACUSETTS – Winterpills has been a mainstay in the Northamptom indie-rock scene going back to 2003 and have developed quite a loyal following over the last decade-plus. Featuring Philip Price on guitars and vocals, Flora Reed on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Dennis Crommett on guitars and lap steel, Dave Hower on drums and percussion and Max Germer on bass, the band released their self-titled debut CD in 2005 on the Signature Sounds label also based in Northampton.
CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Having merged their talents from several other established area bands, the members of REIGN are ready to rock and looking to create a hard-edged metal-rock sound which takes influences from a variety of current and classic bands; everything from After Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack and Drowning Pool, to Rush, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Rage Against The Machine.
RUTLAND, VERMONT – This installment of The Jock of Rock Presents features Dystrot, a death/thrash-style metal band based in Rutland and formed in 2012 by Angela Champine on lead vocals, Sean Moore on guitar, Gene Lopez on guitar, Mike Paul on bass and Jeff Bixby on drums. The band's true vision is to create extreme, metal music that is not only brutal, but also thought-provoking and emotional.
DUBLIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Based in Southern New Hampshire and formed as a duo in 2012 by guitarist/vocalist Wes Aldrich and drummer Garth Tichy, Hug The Dog grew to a five-piece band the following year which now includes Aldrich on guitar and vocals, Jeff Costello on drums and backing vocals, Sareth Rouen on bass, Leslie Sheldon on keyboards and Whit Shonk on guitar.
BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT – There is a very young... no, let’s say “fresh, new” indie-rock band emerging from Brattleboro, Vermont that deserves some attention... and they’re starting to get it, having already been featured on Vermont Public Radio’s Digital VPR,” won a local “Brattleboro Battle of the Bands” contest and are getting ready to play a show at the very cool Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction.
KILLINGTON, VERMONT – The first time I saw Joey Leone perform live was at a local awards show in 2011 and I remember walking away quite impressed with his guitar work and stage presence. But that was nothing compared to the second time I saw him perform the following year alongside my guitar idol, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, at a benefit show to raise funds after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.