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.

Mia Klose – The Return of Chick Rock With Balls.

Finally there is some chick rock on the scene that isn’t all about having a broken heart and executing revenge in a brutal yet whiny manner.  Mia Klose has brought the balls back to chick rock circa Joan Jett and The Runaways.  

Despite having Mia on twitter @Mia_Klose I didn’t pay much attention to her music until she approached me at Download Festival and told me I had great boobs and proceeded to put promotional stickers on them. Now it is not everyday that you get a good looking blonde rock chick feel your boobs so its safe to say I remembered her face and her name.  

The first thing you will notice about Mia is her striking beauty she is the epitome of rocking blonde bombshell but more Cherie Currie than Avril Lavigne in both looks and attitude.  I haven’t seen Mia live but I bet she packs swagger.  She looks like a girl that could control a crowd and leave them begging for more.

Her music has a great 80’s metal vibe to it which I feel is something that has been lacking in the UK metal scene.  They say grunge killed glam in the early 90’s well I think screamo killed the glam resurrection in the noughties but I am glad to see it making a comeback. 

“I am so lucky to have the chance to go where my passion takes me,’ she says. ‘I’m selfish enough to only indulge in what I find creatively stimulating. The artistic challenge has always been what motivates me when it comes to songwriting and performance, and that goes for the visual aspect too.”

It was clear from the point I met Mia, for the brief moment I did, that she that she dedicated to her music.  She was going around Download Festival handing stickering people with information on her album release instead of getting drunk, sunburnt and rocking out to the likes of Sebastian Bach.  Dedication right there.

You can check out Mia’s tracks such as Lady Killer and London’s a Heartbreaker at: https://www.facebook.com/MiaKlose

If you like the music of Motley Crue, Hanoi Rocks, Joan Jett or Lita Ford then you will not be disappointed. I look forward to seeing Mia progress in her career and wish her all the luck but I am sure she won’t need it for talent and charm go a long way in the business.

Skindred – Jagermeister Music Tour – 11/04/12 – Glasgow o2 Academy

When I attend gigs I score them on a number of things but I think the thing that matters the most is the energy of the band and the atmosphere of the crowd -the music aside.  If you go see and a band and it is blatantly obvious that they cannot be bothered being there well in my opinion they would be as well just not being there even if the sound is good.

Reggae metal band Skindred however score very high on all fronts mentioned though – especially energy and adoration.   Front man Benji Webbe appeared on stage looking like a more kitch version of Will.I.Am – dressed nearly all in white and wearing a top hat.   Apparently the man loves to dress up.  The look totally worked for him though and us metal heads know that he is cooler than Will.I.Am.

This was my first time seeing the band and I attended the Jagermeister Music Tour in Glasgow based solely on Skindred headlining and the ticket was only £5.  You can’t even go to the cinema these days for that price never mind see four bands.  The band played besides Black Spiders, Therapyand Yashin.

The band mixed things up a bit by including parts of other people’s songs in their songs and between starting a new song.  Back in Black by AC/DC was the perfect song to use and got the crowd going but Beyonce’s Single Ladies was the most entertaining.  The whole gig was very entertaining watching Benji dancing along to single ladies and cracking the odd joke.  It was fun but delivering a good performance is obviously something the band does take seriously.

Every song sounded amazing live and Benji’s vocals actually surprised me.  I was wondering if his vocals would sound as strong live – they did.  He managed to balance the slick vocals and the heavier metal growls.
The band were also flawless in their performance but at times I feel they were out shadowed by Benji’s massive personality but then again a lot of successful bands are.
I wish I could have gone out after the gig as the music really put me in the mood to party.  Well, that and to go bask in the sun somewhere.   Especially after the Doom Riff with its big carnival drum beats.
Sadly I had to leave the gig early due to having to travel home and missed three of my favourite Skindredsongs but what I witnessed before leaving was nothing short of amazing.  I can’t wait to see them play Download Festival this summer and if you have not seen the band before you should make a point of going see them when you can.