What I’m Listening To: Neon Coven

This could get lengthy…

Nine years ago, I went to a show in Huntsville, Alabama. The band’s playing were Within Reason and Lynam. I fell head over heels for Lynam (as many of you know, if you’ve been following me for a while).

I was super dedicated, and I saw more than 100 shows in a span of six years. In 2012, Lynam vocalist/guitarist Jacob Bunton joined the band formed by ex-Guns ‘N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, called…Adler. He took on the role of front man. They released an album entitled Back From the Dead.

Adler was put on hiatus when Steven went back into rehab. And that pretty much brings us to the subject of this blog.

Jacob is in yet another band: Neon Coven. He’s not the front man this time, which is odd for me. Lol. However, I really like this band.

Much as with his other endeavors, the influence of 80’s music on Jacob is evident. Neon Coven is reminiscent of the electronica/new wave artists of his favored decade. (They have actually covered a Depeche Mode song.)

Perhaps my favorite thing about Neon Coven, though, is their lyrics. They have a dark edge that appeals to me — and is rather different from both Lynam and Adler.

Anyway, give Neon Coven a listen! I’m including my two favorite tracks, “Bleeding Love” and “Queen of Scars.”

New Music: Neon Coven

I know I’ve talked about Lynam on here, and I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned Adler. But for those who aren’t familiar with either band, here’s what you need to know.

Lynam is a rock band from Birmingham, Alabama. The members include vocalist/guitarist Jacob Bunton, drummer David Lynam, and bassist Mark Dzier. They are heavily influenced by the 80’s glam rock scene (Poison, Mötley Crüe, Guns ‘N’ Roses, etc.) Which is why it was a big deal when, back around 2011, Jacob joined forces with former GNR drummer Steven Adler.

Along with Jacob and Steven, guitarist Lonny Paul and bassist Johnny Martin became a band known as “Adler.” In 2012, they released the full-length Back From the Dead (and Lonny became a member of Lynam). Unfortunately, Steven ended up back in rehab. I don’t know what happened once he was out, just that Adler has done nothing since.

Anyway, fast-forward to the present. Jacob has been writing and producing (and relocating to) Los Angeles. He has since put together another band: Neon Coven.

I was surprised to discover that Jacob is not the front man in Neon Coven. A mix of electronica and rock, I find that his new endeavor is quite different from Lynam and Adler. Why don’t you see for yourself? This is their song “No One Knows You’re Dead” from the recently released EP, Risen.

 

August 28th Birthdays

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Happy birthday to Mary McCartney, Jack Black, Shania Twain, Leann Rimes, and Florence Welch!

And on a personal note, happy birthday to my friends Kristy and Jacob ❤

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My Top 10 Vocalists in Current Rock

Obviously this is simply a matter of opinion, limited to the artists I am familiar with. But isn’t that always the case with these things?

10. Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge/Tremonti Project)

Okay, I admit it, I’m quite partial to Alter Bridge. However, that is not the reason Mark made the list. Though I’m sure there are better vocalists out there, I feel he deserves to be recognized. He and his band (Tremonti) are terribly underrated.

9. Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stonesour)

I’m not a huge Slipknot fan, but even in their early days I couldn’t fail to notice his voice. Stonesour — and Slipknot’s later work — served only to further showcase his abilities.

8. Ville Valo (HIM)

Do I even have to explain? As Bam Margera once said, “All girls love HIM.”

7. Matt Bellamy (Muse)

I wasn’t overly familiar with Muse until I saw them with My Chemical Romance in 2007. That was when I discovered that A) Muse rocks, and B) Matt has one hell of a voice!

6. Ivan Moody (Motograter/Five Finger Death Punch)

First with Motograter and now with FFDP, this man’s voice…it gives me shivers down my spine!

5. Jonny Hawkins (Nothing More)

He has won my heart. Hands down my favorite of the more recent frontmen.

4. Brent Smith (Shinedown)

Look, if you weren’t sold by “.45” or “Burning Bright,” I doubt there’s much I can say to change your mind.

3. David Draiman (Disturbed/Device)

This one may seem odd — until you hear him cover “Sound of Silence.” From day one, I’ve loved his voice, but it was “Darkness” from Disturbed’s second album that sealed his place forever in my top ten.

2. Jacob Bunton (Lynam/Adler)

Jacob is probably the best vocalist you’ve never heard of. He now fronts Adler, which boasts Stephen Adler of Guns N Roses, but I discovered him through his work with Lynam.

1. Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)

Duh! His voice is gorgeous!!! He has an amazing range and can hold a note forever… and did I mention his voice is gorgeous?!?!

 

These Pictures Makes Me Smile

Yeah…that’s Jacob Lynam. I realized I hadn’t previously mentioned this show, which happened back in October. I don’t think there’s much to say about it, though, because this picture explains without words how the night went.

Oh, wait, and then there’s this one:

That totally earns another heart.

I guess I created this post for no other reason than to make up for not blogging last week.

~xoxo~