Bearknuckle: “Lost Woods” Album Review

Bearknucle Lost Woods

Bearknuckle: Lost Woods

First of all I will make it clear that I’m not a professional reviewer of music. However, I do know what I like and what I think sucks when it comes to music. Personally, I have just over one million digital songs in my library, over seven thousand physical hard copies of music, (to include LP, CD, 8-Track, and Cassette), and thousands more saved in a variety of music based websites. I listen to allot of metal and rock & roll all day long every day of the week, so, when I can add some new music that gets my ears twitching I jump at the opportunity. So, bust my balls if you must but I know what I like. I have never seen Bearknuckle live but I hear they put on one hell of a show. As is, I have never met the band, but I have heard a great deal about them. So, if y’all are in Atlanta Georgia, visit Atlanta Georgia, or plan on going to Atlanta Georgia, I highly recommend checking out their website, Bearknuckle or their Facebook Fanpage to see when and where they are playing next. Bearknuckle has a really cool website chocked full of great information, merchandise, downloads, and so much more. Y’all can trust me when I say that y’all will NOT be disappointed. Strange enough, I will be doing this “review” without an actual band interview, so I hope that y’all won’t feel that it lacks anything. By the way, just in case you need the information, look to the right at my “Great Places To Visit” and y’all will see the permanent link to Bearknuckle Band. So let’s jump right into the mix. The album “Lost Woods” is pretty spectacular, and I don’t use that word to often, in fact it is on the verge of holding the rank of Epic in my book. As artists and musicians, these boys will blow you away with their creativity and the explosive nature of all of their songs. In the short time I have had this album I have listened to it many times, as you will need to also, I have three personal favorites which I will acknowledge when I list them below. I remind everyone that everything Bearknuckle is copyrighted, to include images, websites, lyrics, titles, songs, and music. Y’all do NOT have permission to use any of it without express permission from the band. All of these young men have day jobs and perform their music as a passion. So, with that being said, I will urge everyone to visit their website, give them a listen, and pay the small price to download their music. I know they would all really appreciate any and all support that everyone gives. Plus, every dime spent at their website is very worth it, just trust in what I say.

How did I get introduced to the music of Bearknuckle? Well, that in itself is a long twisted story. The short version is thru their loving and supportive mother, Kris Landt, (y’all may know her as helenafortissima at Blogcatalog). We have had many conversations about her sons and the band via Facebook and Blogcatalog. She does an excellent job of spreading the word and sharing in the life and times of her boys and the band. She is always posting YouTube videos on Facebook for the world to enjoy. These boys have a great mom!

Bearknuckle is:

  • Jordan Hayes, age 21, Drums
  • Nick Landt, age 23, Guitar
  • Willie Williams, age 23, Vocals
  • Rory Landt, age 23, Bass/Vocals

Bearknuckle: Lost Woods album is 7 songs that will please your ears for over 31 minutes.

  • Rite of Passage (4:10)
  • The Natives (4:30)
  • Mating Call (3:52) (favorite)
  • Conductor’s Hymn (3:30)
  • Hard Candy (6:52) (favorite)
  • Caveman’s Valentine (2:58)
  • Alive Today (5:10) (favorite)

So, what did I think of the album overall? I really enjoyed it. I was really surprised at the diversity of the song material, subject matter, and the range which was expressed musically. I could hear the talent and I could feel that they played from their souls. I can hear the passion in the vocals and well as the how the actual music is very complimentary. Sometimes, local bands sound local and lack the punch of people performing from the heart and soul. Not Bearknuckle, their hearts bleed the music, I could feel the pain, the confusion, and the desires in every song. I’m trying not to spoil what someone is going to experience when they hear the music for the first time. I was reminiscent of the first time I heard the song “Fairies Wear Boots” performed by Black Sabbath way back when I was just a teen. I have always liked the pain and passion that Ozzy (if you don’t know who Ozzy is then just leave now) would let rip in the way he sang. I can’t get away from thinking that one day I will be listening to Bearknuckle and remembering that I heard them the first time and was hooked. As an example, some months ago I had the opportunity to see an impromptu video of the band performing Purple Haze and I was forever hooked. They show great diversity and I hope that in 30 years I am still listening to great music from them. I mean that. For a moment there I felt like a teenage girl groupie expressing my love for the band. To be honest, in my opinion, if an average person like myself who has no musical experience doesn’t find their music great then they just don’t know shit about rock & roll in general. But, I can only speak for myself here, I can only relay how this emotionally charged album came across to me, and I can only share how their passion for music made me feel. Everyone will feel different and I know that. In the end I’m disappointed that I live here in Houston and don’t have the opportunity to see them live all the time because I would be there. Why does a 40 something man enjoy this 20 something band? Because, in my own way, I can appreciate talent when I hear it, the end and period. Will you like what you hear? Will the music move you? Will you feel the passion that bleeds into every song? I don’t know because I can’t speak for you. But, my answers are, yes, yes, and absolutely yes! I have you wanting to leave this post and get a head start on the listening don’t I? Feel free to crash the website with traffic, I’m sure they will appreciate it. In fact, spread the word, share the wealth, and see to it that more people in your circles have an opportunity to witness Bearknuckle. My overall impression of Bearknuckle: Lost Woods is that it is just freaking awesome! I can’t begin to relay how impressed I am with the music and lyrics I listened to. Listen to it loud and you will not be disappointed!

IMG_20140110_145554Bearknuckle Band Members: Jordan Hayes, Nick Landt, Willie Williams, and Rory Landt

One last time:

Bearknuckle website.

Bearknuckle Facebook Fanpage.

Stay Tuned for more new material from Bearknuckle and more from me about Bearknuckle in the future. Now y’all can leave and go show Bearknuckle some love. Just do it! By the way, the CD you see pictured above is a picture I took of my personal copy. The picture of the band members was provided by Kris Landt, the mother of Nick Landt and Rory Landt. Neither of the images are public domain and y’all do NOT have permission to re-use them at will. I hope y’all enjoyed my review of the music offered by Bearknuckle. I enjoyed listening to the album and writing the review and look forward to many more. I hope these talented young men read my review knowing that my best intents were to relay how great they are as performers, musicians, and as a band. Great job y’all, I look forward to all of your future works!

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Beer Flavored Ice Cream

 
 
Being a bartender at heart doesn’t mean that I am a big drinker. For me, however, I like to use alcohol in different ways, like cooking. But, I still enjoy mixing, creating, and conjuring up new drinks in terms of being experimental, that will never change I am afraid. In the spirit of looking for new creations I was on-line looking to find out how to make the perfect beer ice cream float. You know, I was looking for what kind of beer yields the best results. Which for me is all new information since I do not drink beer, I only cook with it. So, this whole quest started out as an inquiry from friends of mine who thought just because I was a bartender that I automatically knew how to make a beer ice cream floats. I did find what I was looking for in the end. However, as y’all can see by the title of this post that this isn’t about beer ice cream floats, I will leave that for another day. Today, however, we will be discussing what I found that side-tracked me. I live in my own little world and was not aware that there was such a thing as beer flavored ice cream. This began to intrigue me since I dabble in making home made ice cream when the need arises, which is only about 3-4 times a year. I will share a web site called Yummly which has proven to be very useful in my quest to satisfy my new needs for something just different enough to make sense.
 
While I am on that topic, I would like to mention what doesn’t make sense in the form of the type of conflict of interests and concerns sales of a multitude of different brands which sell their beer flavored ice cream in the United States. Feel free to correct me if needed, but the information I have found about the sale of beer flavored ice cream in the United States is pretty limited to put it mildly. I know for me personally I have never seen a television commercial for beer flavored ice cream, nor have I ever seen any advertisements in magazines or newsprint, nor have I ever heard about it on the talk radio stations or the more mainstraem radio stations. I don’t lead a sheltered life by any means, but I also don’t follow the craft beer industry either. If you take the example I have used, Frozen Pints, I have found, according to their web site, that pretty much the only place to get ahold of their beer flavored ice cream is at select places in Atlanta Georgia. There is a whole slew of places that offer it to the general public, most of which are bars, pubs, liquer stores (package stores), and a few resturants. My search is real limited in the Houston Texas area, but then again I only made this discovery yesterday, so I will search it out because I want to try theirs versus the ones I attempt to make myself. I know, I have allot of spare time on my hands and all I can think to do with it is to find new ways to make my own life interesting. But don’t worry, because I am not, I am very sure that I will have people lining up to try my concoctions. 
 
I mentioned above that I found in certain areas there is quite an uproar about beer flavored ice cream being available to “underage” people. I will let y’all do some internet searches and see what you come up yourselves. Why bring it up then? It is simple, because I would like for y’all to form your own opinions based on your findings. From what I have seen, a person has to be of legal age per the state of residence to purchase it. The question that arrises in my mind is how do you stop a minor from getting anything it wants to get it’s hands on? We can’t. We can’t be with our children 24/7/365 and that is a proven fact. We end up have little control of their influences outside the realm of our own households. I can guarentee when I make my ice cream flavored beer that my 11 y/o son and my 17 y/o daughter will eventually get a taste, with or without my personal consent. Do I want them to seek it out on their own? Absolutely not. However, the “exploritory laws” present in my house are pretty lax. Meaning that I try to expose my children to things at home so when they are out and about in the world without us that there isn’t so much shock and awe. My children are not sheltered from much since we are open to discussions and questions of all sorts at home. I would rather talk to them about the things they have questions about so I might help them get the right answers instead of having to depend on friends gossip or even worse, the internet. Because we all know they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true……wink….wink.
 
So, I guess I will leave it all right there. If y’all are so inclined might I suggest y’all seek out beer flavored ice cream in you local areas. I know I have friends from the great state of Georgia who can hook me up….hint….hint. I am sure that I have overlooked allot of information and so forth, I assure y’all it wasn’t intentional. The links provided in this particular post belong to the respective owners and I only provided them as helpful examples. In no way am I being paid to post their links. I borrowed the picture from the website listed below it and I in no way claim ownership of it. Therefore, what I am trying to say is that I am borrowing the information, the links, and the picture for the sole purpose of illustration for this single post.