When Sean Ono Lennon pronounced the untimely death of rock n’ roll he obviously had not heard N.O.N./Now Or Never! And so it was on 5/13 at the Whiskey…that’s right Friday the 13th. This “revival” was pushed back a bit because the prior band decided to go over their show’s allotted time, but it was well worth the wait. The first time NFTF had seen N.O.N., it felt a kind of symbiotic relationship with them and now it’s been figured out…Joe Cocker is the riddle to the puzzle of where the lead singer Frankie is getting his inspiration from. He’s been drinking at the well of the Grammy winning “Sheffield Soul Singer.” NFTF is an admitted blues dog from way back and we have to tell you these guys are getting quite a blues edge on them. The last song of the set was “Orion’s Song” and they rocked it. Not bad for a genre that is supposed to be dead. Sean you are not alone anymore in carrying that torch for blues driven hard rock. Friday the 13th? Forget about it, NFTF knows they did.
Also on the bill with N.O.N./Now Or Never was 90’s rockers Neve whom NFTF had not seen or heard of till 5/13/2011. The band that NFTF was there to hear was quite impressed with this Green Dayish band as they had a record contract back in the 90’s. Overall, the music componet of NEVE was tight and did well, but the singing was another matter. As their set wore on, he sounded more and more like an ailing cow wanting to be relieved of its load. Does he have polyps on his vocal cords? Anyway, NFTF did their homework and found that this band had been signed by John Kalodner back in the 90’s when several A&R reps believed in signing a lot of acts and throwing it all out there to see what would stick. In an LA Weekly interview from that time period Kalodner said that it was a formula that was popular at the time. This left a lot of bands in debt to record companies and found themselves under promoted. Neve had a hit titled “It’s Over Now” in 1999 on Columbia Records and it seems had a few of their songs on movie sound tracks. Mayhaps, Neve should join the National Association Of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP) and attend their workshops on placing your music on sounstracks as it appears that this is their forte. For the record, recording deals were not hard to get back in the 90’s, but getting promoted was. Today it’s a different story all together. 5/20 is the last day to register for the LAMN Jam…register now to win $10,000 if you’ve got the goods. For the record, it’s a safer bet to begin with a development deal…that’s our story and we’re sticking to it.