September 10th, 2009, 4:32 pm by Greg
September 8th, 2009, 11:46 am by Greg
(Response Records/Rock Ridge Music, 2009):
Remember the glory days of the power trio? When Cream rose to the top, and we all rejoiced as we went Mountain climbing?
Sure you do.
And so does Super 400. But they’re not wallowing in some misty-eyed nostalgia for The Great Rock Days of the Past. Heck, this tireless threesome plays power-trio rock like they invented it.
Troy trio Super 400 have been blasting the message for some time now, and that message comes through loud and clear on “Sweet Fist,” by far the best album yet from these most dedicated, never-say-die rockers.
Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, the album kicks off with the pummeling “Needle Down” and doesn’t look back. Kenny Hohman is just a monster guitarslinger – dig his filigree-riffing intro to “FFMN” – but it’s his wailing soul-soaked vocals that bring this album home.
Anchored by drummer Joe Daley and bass mistress Lori Friday, “Sweet Fist” isn’t heavy metal. It’s just plain old heavy.
Not that this is monochromatic, monolithic sludge-stompin rock from start to finish. Friday wrestles the microphone from Hohman for the sensual, hook-filled “Flashlight,” and Hohman unplugs for some acoustic ballad finger-picking on “Devil Song.” There’s even a straight-up rockin’ re-invention of Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move.”
These dozen tunes put the “super” in Super 400, and there’s just no denying the depth, the dynamics and the unbridled desire that these three musicians bring to the table this time around.
“Sweet Fist” won’t be officially released until Tuesday, September 15. But trust us, you don’t want to have to wait til then. So enter to win an autographed copy of the new album from your pals at Nippertown.com. Just go here for details.
And don’t forget: Super 400 celebrates the release of their new CD, “Sweet Fist,” with a sneak preview hometown party at Revolution Hall in Troy on Friday, September 11.
Super 400: Sweet Fist
September 4th, 2009, 12:27 pm by Greg
Terrific Troy power trio Super 400 are about to unleash their new, red-hot CD “Sweet Fist” on Tuesday, September 15, but you can win a free copy of the CD autographed by Kenny, Joe and Lori. And thanks to those fine folks at Rock Ridge Music, as a bonus the winner will also receive a rare, for-radio-only promo single of the song “Flashlight,” also autographed by the band members.
There’s nothing to buy. No hoops to jump through. No begging or groveling required.
Simply answer this one question:
Who sings the lead vocals on “Flashlight”?
A. Kenny Hohman
B. Joe Daley
C. Lori Friday
Email your answer to Super400@nippertown.com.
Be sure to include your name, email address and snail mail address with your answer. Please only one entry per person.
Deadline for submissions is 12noon EST Friday, September 11. One winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced at 5pm Friday right here at Nippertown.com.
By the way, did we mention that we’ve made free mp3 downloads of “Flashlight” available, too. Just go here.
And don’t forget – Super 400 kicks off “Sweet Fist”-mania with a CD release party at Revolution Hall in Troy on Friday, September 11. Matthew Loiacono and Tern Rounders will be joining in the festivities.
They ain’t foolin’ around.
Troy power trio Super 400 has been knocking on the door to big time success for a long time now, but it sounds to us like they’re gonna bust that door down flat with their brand new powerhouse album, “Sweet Fist.”
In fact, we’re so excited about the album that we’re just about bustin’ ourselves. So dear Nippertown.com readers, just check back here on Tuesday to find out how you can win an autographed copy of “Sweet Fist” for your very own.
We’ll be waiting for you. Meanwhile, here’s an mp3 download of Flashlight, the first single from “Sweet Fist.” Have a listen.
P.S.: “Sweet Fist” won’t officially be released until Tuesday, September 15, but Kenny, Joe and Lori know that their Nippertown fans can’t wait that long, so they’re throwing their CD release party at Revolution Hall in Troy on Friday, September 11. See you there.