July 21, 2007 - Weedsport Speedway - Weedsport , NY
|Brand New Sin Shares Stage with Social D, Deftones, Chris Cornell & More
History of The K-Rockathon
A Year-By-Year List of When, Where, & Who
|July 28, 1996
Rev. Horton Heat
Seven Mary Three
The Butthole Surfers
|July 13, 1997
Fountains of Wayne
Cool For August
Better Than Ezra
Our Lady Peace
The Goo Goo Dolls
|July 12, 1998
God Lives Underwater
Our Lady Peace
Third Eye Blind
|July 11, 1999
|July 9, 2000
NY State Fairgrounds
Jimmie's Chicken Shack
|July 14, 2001
|July 14, 2002
Dogs on Mars
Mad at Gravity
Puddle of Mudd
|August 16, 2003
|July 30, 2004
|July 16, 2005
Seven Mary Three
Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers
Black Label Society.
|July 22, 2006
People In Planes
|July 21, 2007
Brand New Sin
Black Lite Burns
You Know It's Summer When They're Rockin' in Weedsport!
The 12th annual K-Rockathon rolled into Weedsport, NY on July 21, 2007. Since the concert's introduction in 1996, it has grown to be one of Central New York's most anticipated music events each year. I have attended every single one. But this year's show had me really psyched because it featured Social Distortion! I bought my tickets the day they went on sale and counted off the days until the show arrived.
Brand New Sin Highlights from 2007 K-Rockathon
|When rock fans think of Syracuse, New York they often think of Hardcore Punk and the Straightedge movement. Bands like Earth Crisis used Hardcore to promote drug- & alcohol-free living, veganism, and spirituality. Despite Syracuse's reputation as a Punk/Straight-Edge town, not every band has a Straightedge connection.
Brand New Sin (BNS) has nothing at all to do with Straightedge; if anything, these rowdy, long-haired, tattooed, decadent, hell-raising Head Bangers sound like they are rebelling against everything that Syracuse's Straightedge scene stood for. They drink their beer from bottles, eat baked potatoes with their steak, and love wearing their leather jackets.
Heavy, yet consistently melodic, Brand New Sin has been influenced by a variety of metal and hard rock bands, and those influences range from Motörhead, Black Sabbath, and Guns N' Roses to Pantera and Metallica. There are also traces of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Southern Rock in the band's material. Although Brand New Sin has plenty of '70s and '80s influences, the band has enough of a Corrosion of Conformity/Down influence to avoid sounding flat-out retro and be relevant to the current alternative metal scene.
In June of 2002, Now or Never Records released Brand New Sin's self-titled debut album. The album garnered acclaim from such mainstream outlets as Billboard and Guitar One. CMJ New Music Monthly stated: "BRAND NEW SIN is the finest rock act to emerge from the underground in recent memory."
The group went on to earn a devoted legion of fans through relentless touring with a wide array of artists, from Motörhead to Zakk Wilde's Black Label Society and Slayer to Breaking Benjamin and Saliva. They have also performed at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
The band's blue-collar image and tough as nails sound also earned them a place in the Jack Black movie "School of Rock." The band was on set for three days and ended up with a very brief appearance in the film and one of their songs plays during the credits.
|In 2004, Brand New Sin signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. They released their highly anticipated sophomore effort, titled "Recipe For Disaster".
The album "Tequila" was released in 2006.
It's the stunning blend of Joe Altier's captivating roar and melodic overtones mixed with the band's gritty, rock-solid rhythm section of bassist Chuck Kahl and drummer Kevin Dean, and Kenny Dunham and Kris Wiechman's blistering guitar solos and pummeling hooks that help this group appeal to a diverse audience. And from what I could see, the K-Rockathon crowd definitely loved it.
Five minutes before the Syracuse natives took the stage, the crowd began to chant "Brand New Sin!" It was awesome. Brand New Sin came out and tore up the stage, opening with the song Freight Train and followed it with Arrived. The crowd went wild. There was a decent mosh pit and plenty of crowd surfers.
Brand New Sin's fans joined in, singing along to The Loner, which was followed by Black and Blue, Brown Street Betty, and Dead Man Walking.
Brand New Sin Interview with Joe Altier
TATW: What the fuck was it like playing your first K-Rockathon?
|Joe: Yeah! I mean, we've played in front of three thousand people in front of Stone Sour and Black Label, but not like fucking ten thousand people, ya know
TATW: It's a big crowd here today and they went nuts when you played. Everybody up front was just going berserk. It was fucking great!
Joe: It was cool. It made it all worthwhile. It got the nervousness and shit out of me. It was really cool.
TATW: Was there any particular moment of the show that was your favorite?
Joe: It was definitely during "My World". I mean, obviously, it's our most known song that's gotten the most play over the years. Everyone was singing that and I could stop and everyone was singing that right after that we went into "Motormeth" and to have the entire racetrack break out into a mosh pit I haven't seen that at all today.
TATW: Yeah, that was awesome. So, what is coming up for Brand New Sin in the near future?
Joe: We're gonna do some bigger shows. We're gonna do a Watkins Glen NASCAR race, and the Inner Harbor in Syracuse, and we're playing the Coliseum Stage at the [New York State] Fair. And then, after that, we're going on tour in Canada with Saliva for a couple of weeks. And then, I think, we're gonna spend the fall and winter recording a new record and staying at home getting ready for the next step.
TATW: Cool. Do you have any final words you'd like to say to the fans out there checking this out?
Joe: I love TomAroundTheWorld dot com!
TATW: Thanks a lot brother!
For more info on Brand New Sin, check out their website at www.BrandNewSin.com or on MySpace.com/BrandNewSin
After my interview, I caught a few minutes of Black Light Burns. I am not that familiar with the band, other than the song Mesopotamia from the 28 Weeks Later movie soundtrack. They turned in a good performance. The band features Wes Borland formerly of Limp Bizkit. I was never a huge Limp Bizkit fan, but this band was really nothing like that. Upon his second exit from the band, Borland looked for his next project to be more musically varied, quirky, and unpredictable. No stranger to oddball side projects (just check out the one-and-only release by Bigdumbface Duke Lion Fights the Terror!!, for the proof), Borland also sought something a bit more permanent, which led to the formation of Black Light Burns. While some of the material had been demoed years earlier, it wasn't until Borland decided that he was going to pull double duty as the band's lead vocalist - and the enlistment of former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner - that the project came to life. With Lohner supplying bass, Joshua Eustis playing keyboards, and studio vet Josh Freese keeping the beat, Black Light Burns recorded what was to become the group's debut full-length, 2007's Cruel Melody (the first release for former Limp Bizkit producer Ross Robinson's new label, I Am: Wolfpack). But with none of the other contributors willing to commit to touring in support of the album, Borland enlisted the aid of a whole new supporting cast for the road - including second guitarist Nick Annis, bassist Sean Fetterman and drummer Marshall Kilpatric, formerly of The Esoteric.
For fans wondering if Borland would truly commit long-term to the band, he has confirmed that a second album was nearly halfway penned right around the release of Cruel Melody.
The next band to perform was Evans Blue, a modern hard rock quintet from Toronto. Evans Blue was supposed to play the 11th K-Rockathon in 2006, but due to a 17-mile traffic back up along the New York State Thruway caused by the show, the band was unable to perform. The band was able to make it to the 12th K-Rockathon, so I guess it was a case of better late than never
As part of my preparations for the K-Rockathon, I did an interview with Mike Ness on July 10th. We talked for a half hour about the band's thirty-year history, new Greatest Hits collection and Ness' personal life. Ness was very open about his past trials and tribulations and it made for an interesting and informative interview. (Click Here For Interview Page, I would have posted it here, but it's soooo long...)
I got right up into the photo pit to get my pictures of Social Distortion, but ended up having to wait because they started late. It appeared that there was some sort of electrical problem, and the stage crew was doing their best to work it out.
with Mike Ness
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|After that he let the crowd know that Social D had a new Greatest Hits album out that included a new song called Far Behind, and played it. The crowd ate it up. (The song is currently on my MySpace profile.) The classic Ball and Chain came next, followed by Gotta Know The Rules, and then Prison Bound. Social Distortion ended their set with their cover of the archetypal Johnny Cash song Ring Of Fire, which is arguably the best cover song ever.|
The Deftones were up next and they rocked the house. I have seen them many times, including an opening slot on the KISS "Farewell" Tour. The Deftones always put on a great show and the K-Rockathon was no exception. The Deftones performance was recorded for their forthcoming live DVD that may be released sometime in late 2007 or early 2008.
Due to the fact that I was backstage with Brand New Sin's Joe Altier doing an interview, I didn't see much of the performance, but I could hear it and it sounded great.
|After Soundgarden's breakup in 1997, Cornell carried on with a solo career and later went on to sing for Audioslave, with members of Rage Against The Machine.
Produced by Rick Rubin, the band's self-titled debut arrived in November 2002 and went multi-platinum. The follow-up, 2005's Out of Exile, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and was followed by the platinum-selling Revelations in 2006. Cornell left the band that same year, citing the usual "irreconcilable differences," and began work on his second solo record, 2007's Carry On, a topical, biographical, and musically confused whirlwind featuring a cover version of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" and "You Know My Name" from the James Bond movie Casino Royale.
Cornell and his band played songs from the Soundgarden days as well as Chris' solo stuff and most of the crowd loved it. There were a few that were not into Cornell's solo material. One guy even wore a shirt that said Chris Cornell is a Douche on the front with You're Not Soundgarden on the back... I guess there has to be one in every crowd.
After Cornell's set, Dawn and I headed to her mom's house where we were joined by Sven, Jackie, Courtney, Sarah & Sarah, and their friend. We all hopped into the pool to cool off after the long day. The water was breathtakingly cold, but felt great. It was the perfect ending to a long day.
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