• revolution mother Rollin' With tha Mutha (CD, £11.50)

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    “My first show ever was seeing Black Flag in 1984. That night was really the beginning of the rest of my life. I decided whatever I did from that point on I was going to do it with that kind of intensity.” Mike Vallely (AKA Mike V) vocalist of Revolution Mother definitely resembles the word intense. A towering, bearded lightning bolt who delivers raw punk venom in his vocals. All of the members of Revolution Mother have an image that reflects their music, an amalgam of greasy biker rock and charging skate punk. Vallely clarifies, “At the end of the day we are just a rock n roll band. We have hardcore, punk and metal influences but really we're just playing overdriven blues.” Capturing the fury of their live performances, the band’s second album Rollin’ With Tha Mutha delivers on the promise that the debut album held. “I think we really found our groove as a band with the last three or four songs we recorded on the last record and we definitely found our groove live playing two sets a day on the Warped Tour (2007).” Vallely is used to performing, being an iconic pro skater for the past 23 years and counting. The band is rounded out by California's most notorious punk and hardcore veterans including past members of Mean Season and Outspoken. Revolution Mother formed in 2005 as the outgrowth of the hardcore project band Mike V And The Rats that Vallely and Hampton were doing for fun. The band quickly built up a rapport with audiences completing US tours with Tiger Army, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Every Time I Die and Danzig as well as a European tour with Funeral For A Friend.

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