The V-Roys hailed from Knoxville, Tennessee, with a sound that blended gritty rock n’ roll with bar room country and a keen melodic sense. The band put out two albums on Steve Earle’s E-Squared label in the 1990s before breaking up near the end of the decade. Since then, the members have gone their separate ways, yet their legend has continued to grow. They were named "Best Knoxville Band Ever" in a 2009 poll conducted by Metro Pulse magazine. Since both of their discs are currently out of print, to satisfy demand, they've released Sooner or Later, compiling the best tracks from their two albums, plus extra unreleased material. Icon Fetch talks with singer/guitarist Scott Miller about the new best of, plans for a New Year's Eve reunion of the original members, and about playing Farm Aid with Neil Young. Miller also touches on his new solo material.
Their album was dead in the water, but the Spin Doctors kept plugging away...and it paid off.
They're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pocketful of Kryptonite, their debut album, with a deluxe 2-CD set from Legacy Recordings, featuring a remastered version of the original CD, plus an entire disc of rare early recordings from the band that has never been released commercially. Icon Fetch sits down with Doc's guitarist Eric Schenkman, who takes us through the early days, how they got signed to a major label, and what influence John Popper of Blues Traveler had on the band.
--For 30 years, he's created radio ready music that never gets played on the radio--
Melodic rock, power pop, or just plain good music - whatever you call it, Tommy Keene has been making it for the last 30 years. Hot on the heels of 2010's 2-CD anthology, we sit down again with Keene to talk about his brand-new studio album Behind the Parade. Unique to this project, he recorded most of the instruments himself at his home studio. Yet, the signature Tommy Keene sound, with chiming guitars, memorable hooks, and big drums (courtesy of session-ace Rob Brill), are all intact. We also touch on the crazy video he made for the first single, "Deep Six Saturday."
Can't get enough Tommy Keene? Click here for our first interview with him from 2010.
Can a band take 16 years off and return like they never left? Yes
Urge Overkill scored an alternative smash in 1993 with "Sister Havana," from the album Saturation. Then, director Quentin Tarantino used their version of the Neil Diamond nugget "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" for his surprise hit movie Pulp Fiction a year later. After their next LP, Exit the Dragon, failed to match their previous record's dizzying heights, the band broke up. Now, they're back with their first new record in 16 years, Rock n' Roll Submarine. Icon Fetch talks with co-leaders Eddie "King" Roeser and Nash Kato about picking up right where they left off, playing a star-studded roast to Tarantino, and some of the cool features of their Rock n' Roll Submarine.
Singer / guitarist Glen Phillips led Toad the Wet Sprocket through five albums throughout the Nineties. Starting out on the underground college radio scene, the band would eventually score hit singles like "All I Want," "Walk on the Ocean," and "Good Intentions." After the band called it quits at the end of the decade, Phillips would embark on a solo career that would see him tackle many different styles. Icon Fetch talks to the Toad frontman about the reunion of his old band, the strange Top 40 success they had, and re-recording their old hits to reclaim their catalog.
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