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An Audioslave deep album cut - Getaway Car

The other day when I was finishing my post on Chris Cornell and making a list of some of my favorite songs that feature him I remembered how much I loved this track on the Audioslave album. It's next to last so technically it's a very deep album cut. Now for those who don't know, a deep album cut is a term most often used to reference track on an album that wasn't a single, never played on the radio, or maybe obscure as on a compilation or soundtrack, now widely known, perhaps even not a part of an artist's live set.

 So enjoy Getaway Car. To me it's a beautiful showcase of how sublime yet powerful a voice Chris possessed. The arrangement is sparse, quiet, moody.  I'd compare it to Like A Stone which I think is a beautiful song but I like Getaway Car more. In that vein, the track that precedes Getaway Car on the album is also a hidden gem with an awesome, juggernaut of a riff, Rage Against the Machine style.

RISE OF AN EMPIRE - Jungle Law Syndrome

Picture this: B movie about a dystopian America where a leader rises who enables his followers to create the country they've always wanted and thought they had in the past.
They get together, quietly at first, finding their footing. The drums don't all play in time, their steps are not yet synchronised but then they get firmer, they become self-assured, their voices grow louder, the beats are tighter, they salute with bravado, they say what they mean and mean what they say.

They think they are witnessing the Rise of an Empire.
RISE OF AN EMPIRE is the opening salvo on AMERICAN REICH Vol 1:RISE, the album I'm working on under the JUNGLE LAW SYNDROME name. American Reich the single came out on January 20, 2017 just in time for the inauguration of Trump.
His victory last November has been the catalyst for this project. I had already been working on the idea of a future dystopian fascist America but as a novel. I hadn't found a way to really make it work, so when Trump beca…

Chris Cornell - An Appreciation

When an artist passes you reminisce about their work and how it touched you. Many influential artists have recently passed away, in the last few years we've lost Lou Reed, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen. Giants.
Chris Cornell was one of my biggest influences as a songwriter. I learned to play guitar in drop D with the Soundgarden song Outshined. 
Superunknown was an album that dared me to be adventurous. Through Chris I discovered Jeff Buckley. In an interview in a magazine called Seven Seconds (If I remember correctly) or maybe another one from when he was promoting Euphoria Morning, he spoke about how he wanted to be that kind of artist, what Jeff Buckley was. That it wasn't about selling albums.
His song "Wave Goodbye" was a tribute to Buckley.

Incredibly though, Euphoria Morning shocked me at first because it wasn't the balls out hard rock album I was expecting from the lead singer/songwriter of that riff juggernaut, Soundgarden.
I was visiting friends in…