Friday, June 14, 2024

Bad Boys Make You Eat Dust

Former Badlands bassist Greg Chaisson has a new band going by the name of Kings Of Dust who will be releasing their debut album this March through Shock Records/Vanity Music Group.

Chaisson whose earlier career saw him play with Steeler, and in his time played with guitarists such as Pat Travers, Craig Erickson and Jake E Lee in both Badlands and Red Dragon Cartel, is joined by vocalist Michael Thomas Beck (also formerly of Red Dragon Cartel), lead guitarist Ryan McKay from Crash Street Kids and drummer Jimi Taft from local legends Surgical Steel, in Phoenix where the band is based.

Rooted in mid-70s era classic rock, Kings Of Dust employ the influences of Deep Purple, Humble Pie, Bad Company and Led Zeppelin in their arsenal.

“There are some really great bands out there right now with that 70s style sound,” noted Chaisson, “But Kings Of Dust is first generation stuff. We were all there when it was a sound the first time around, so I think it’s very authentic, seeing as this is what we grew up listening to.”

Recorded throughout the spring and summer of last year and mixed the following Autumn at SoundVision Recording in Mesa in Mesa, AZ, the self-titled release was produced by Chaisson and mixed by Michael Beck and mastered by Brad Vance (Rainbow, Graham Bonnet) at Red Mastering.

The album’s intentions go beyond being run-of-the-mill collections of three chord-based love songs and standing-up-to-the-man type anthems.

“The song subjects vary from parents teaching their kids the rules of life to not letting your emotions get the best of you,” noted Beck. “Positive messages brought to life by a veteran group of musicians who don’t abide by the three-chord rock theory.”

The band has released a new single, ‘Like An Ocean’, taken from their forthcoming album. You can see the lyric video for it here at RAMzine.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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