Michael Monroe Horns And Halos on LP
Horns And Halos is the newest full-length offering from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, uber-energetic frontman and all-round rock ‘n’ roll legend, Michael Monroe. Horns And Halos serves as the follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Year’ and a #1 record in Monroe’s Finnish homeland.
Horns And Halos is a cosmopolitan affair, written and recorded around the world by an international posse. Los Angeles, Stockholm, New York and various locations in Finland have all left their mark on the record. Stockholm was especially important, with recording taking place in the same room where Hanoi Rocks recorded their debut album over 30 years ago. Petri Majuri, Monroe’s trusted man for over a decade, mixed the album at Seawolf Studios in scenic Suomenlinna, a fortress island off Helsinki.
The beating heart of the group consists of bass player Sami Yaffa and drummer Karl Rockfist. Sami and Michael go way back, to the 1980s. Sami played bass in Hanoi Rocks, started Demolition 23 with Michael, started cult band Mad Juana in Spain in the 1990s and ended up playing in the reformed New York Dolls, as well as with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in the 2000s. Karl has gone from a preteen Kiss cover project to pounding the skins behind stars like Glenn Danzig and Joan Osborne.
The band’s six-string guts pack a real punch with Swedish legend Dregen and lead guitarist and primary songwriter Steve Conte. Dregen was one of the prime movers behind the Scandinavian rock renaissance of the 1990s, having delivered both The Backyard Babies and The Hellacopters into this world. Conte started his career at the age of 11 backing his jazz singer mother at venues in New York and New Jersey. Since then he’s led his own bands, The Crazy Truth and Company Of Wolves and provided the rhythmic backbone and tasty leads for artists like Suzi Quatro, Willy DeVille and Eric Burdon as well as being called upon to fill the sizable void left by Johnny Thunders in the reformed New York Dolls in 2004.
Michael Monroe’s inclusion in rock’s pantheon was a done deal with Hanoi Rocks, but the fact is he’s just kept getting better and more intense since then, culminating in the last few whirlwind years as the head of this band. Multi-instrumentalist, fearless and consummate performer, bearer of the rock ’n’ roll torch, Monroe has been putting himself on the line for decades and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. There is no half-stepping in Monroe’s world.
A frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, musicians of all ages from Dave Grohl to the original Gun n’ Roses members have cited his ground-breaking career as a source of inspiration. Now, with all the new pieces of the rock puzzle firmly in place, Michael Monroe is gearing up for total domination.
Michael Monroe Horns And Halos Track Listing:
1. TNT Diet
2. Ballad Of The Lower East Side
3. Eighteen Angels
4. Saturday Night Special
5. Stained Glass Heart
6. Horns And Halos
7. Child Of The Revolution
8. Soul Surrender
9. Half The Way
11. Hands Are Tied