Mia Klose – London

The last time I spoke about Mia Klose, I referred to her arrival on the music scene as “the return of chick rock with balls” based on her sample EP.   When I saw that her debut EP, London, was finally finished I was filled with excitement to review it.  It has been a while since a new artist has filled me with such enthusiasm.
Mia Klose oozes confidence and sexy charisma. Mia’s pretty face could be misleading for the frame of leather and lace that surrounds it. But her music is a perfect fusion of metal and melody that screams radio hit. Her talent for style and visual expression frequently stops traffic.  The album artwork is something of feisty beauty, but is tasteful at the same time. It is great to see an artist with personal style.
Musically, think young Axl Rose, Madonna, and Michael Monroe treading the hard rock floorboards of Skid Row, Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi, with a wardrobe that would impress Cindy Lauper and Lita Ford. Her sound takes you back to the 1980’s, golden era of metal and rock. Mia’s vocals are powerful and controlled, backed by heavy guitar riffs and structured songwriting. The emphasis is on quality, and it shows in every aspect of her performance.
The album embodies everything that a rock album needs and indeed it does rock. It has an oomph of inspiration from the glam rock era and a touch of the infamous 80’s power ballads, but there is nothing cheesy about this EP. Klose’s work comes with an air of class.
London is the running inspiration behind the album and is it any wonder? London has been the inspiration behind many artists and has showcased some of the best such as David Bowie, Queen, and The Rolling Stones. The opening and closing of the 2012 Olympics conveyed to the world that when it comes to music, the United Kingdom is home to some of the best artists in the world.
“London’s a Heartbreaker” and “City of Rock” are both stellar tracks on the album with their 80’s power riffs and eccentricity. They give a great taste of this country’s electric atmosphere.
Possibly my favorite track on the album is “Living for Tomorrow”. The first couple of notes always remind me of “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses.  Lyrically, this is a very powerful song and brings great inspiration to anyone having a bit of an off day.
The guitar on the track “Mama” personifies classic rock music which can be tricky to recreate in modern times.  But with Klose’s vocals and style, it creates a perfect harmonic rhythm and excellent song.
The track that I am most looking forward to hearing live if Klose comes to Scotland is “You Drive Me Crazy”. The sensual guitar riffs provide a great get up and dance vibe and demonstrates Klose’s vocal range at its best. I have no doubt in my mind that this team of talented artists are going to go far!
London was written, recorded, and performed by Mia Klose, Melly and Danny Drama and was produced, mixed and mastered by Danny Drama with Mia and Melly at their studio in London, England and was released via the band’s own label DMD Music Ltd.

Falling Red – Hasta La Victoria Siempre – Review

Falling Red have been said to be ‘One of the best the UK has to offer’ by Kerrang magazine and from listening to their new EP Hasta La Victoria Siempre I agree that the band have great future potential to shake things up on the glam metal scene.

They fall into the category of classic rock/glam metal a genre that has rather loyal yet rather picky fans – a hard market to make it in indeed but Falling Red have a great following behind them and have support from other bands such as Peep Show, Sebastian Bach and Dirty Penny. 

They played the famous rock festival Hard Rock Hell last year and will be playing the Lancashire rock and bike show in Blackpool this June.  The band have been putting in a lot of hours this year touring the country to try and make a name from themselves but the hard work is paying off with them co-headlining with Peep-Show in Camden’s Underworld music venue and having previously supported artists like Sebastian Bach of Skid Row.

Although the EP only has four tracks this does not take anything away from the album.  The album has everything you expect from a band of this genre – heaps of attitude, catchy choruses and of course the soppy track to prove its not all about sex, drugs and rock n roll.

In my opinion the best track on the album is the cheeky ‘If you aint down with the rock (you can fuck right off)’.  It really explains what the band is all about and that is hard, fast rock n roll and dedication and if you don’t like it well I guess you can fuck right off.   The band are not in to messing about when it comes to their music.  The passion is very evident and passion is the one thing that will keep this band afloat regardless of what happens with their music in the future. Not that I think they have a bleak future.  If anything I feel the exact opposite.

The Last Kiss Goodbye is the token ballad and it showcases singer and lead guitarist Rozeys strong vocals.  Unlike a lot of glam metal vocalists Rozey does not have the cliche screechy vocals that glam metal is usually accompanied by but a coarse yet melodic voice that no doubt makes a lot of girls swoon.

Come on Down is the first single to be released from the EP and has all the ‘woahs’ that you need in a classic rock tune.  Think Bon Jovi meets Motley Crue.  It also has video full of sexy dancers that if you want to check out can be found on the bands Myspace page.

Last but not least My Little Vice with intrinsic guitar solos shows a more subtle side of the band but still encompasses the overall attitude of the band which is work hard but rock a lot harder.

If you like bands in the classic rock genre or are more into a bit of sleaze like Crash Diet and Hardcore Superstar then Falling Red will fit nicely into your play list and that the fact that the EP is short means you have time to hit repeat and enjoy it all over again.