Friday, April 12th, 2024

The Latest in Rock: Tracks by Ace Frehley, David Lee Roth, and Other Legends

The recent departure of Kiss might signal a farewell, but it hardly confirms Gene Simmons’ claim that rock is dead. In fact, Simmons might have inadvertently proven the opposite—rock is not just alive; it’s evolving into three-dimensional realms. As Kiss transitions into avatars, crafted by a Swedish tech company, it’s apparent that the future of rock is brighter than ever.

Congratulations to Sardinian group AJO for clinching the top spot in our latest Tracks Of The Week contest, triumphing over Bernie Marsden and Elles Bailey. Their winning video is below, followed by a lineup of this week’s musical showdown.

The Bites – “Dirty City”
The new track from The Bites harmoniously blends 60s pop vibes with robust rock guitar riffs, reminiscent of a mashup between the Ramones and Van Halen meeting over milkshakes. Frontman Jordan Tyler describes “Dirty City” as an ode to the band’s home, the vibrant yet often despised Hollywood. The song’s origin, being the band’s debut performance at the iconic Viper Room, exudes the true essence of rock and roll—80s glam rock at its finest.

Ferris & Sylvester – “Mother”
A departure from the typical rock sounds, British duo Ferris & Sylvester’s “Mother” delivers stylish indie folk infused with classic Americana vibes. This soulful track from their upcoming LP “Otherness” radiates a warm, summery atmosphere, transporting listeners to an idyllic, nostalgic setting reminiscent of Laurel Canyon in the 1970s.

Ace Frehley – “10,000 Volts”
Ace Frehley’s latest single “10,000 Volts” seems almost serendipitous, dropping as Kiss prepared to bid adieu. The song, built on a gripping riff and an infectious chorus, signifies Frehley’s ownership of the future, coinciding with his former band’s symbolic closure. With an upbeat tempo and a masterful guitar solo, Frehley brings back echoes of his renowned, dexterous style.

David Lee Roth – “Jump”
David Lee Roth continues his series of Van Halen covers with a rendition of the 1984 classic “Jump,” featuring Al Estrada on guitar. Although faithful to the original, Roth’s vocals occasionally sound disjointed, possibly assembled from various takes. While its necessity might be questioned, Roth’s homage offers an intriguing twist to the iconic track, showcasing his enthusiasm for the music.

These tracks are a testament to rock’s ever-evolving nature, with artists spanning genres and eras, preserving the essence of rock while steering it toward a promising future. As Kiss bids farewell, rock music continues to transcend boundaries, ensuring its legacy lives on.