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"MykEl (Pool Cleaners from Distant Planets) reviews '8:05'"

Time to Rock Roll

by Myk-El

There is always some amount of uncertainty where music is going to go next. All we know is that what comes next will be somewhat based on what has come before. New styles are formed out of mixing separate genres. When it's all said and done, though, we want to rock out.

That brings us to 8:05, the time on the broken clock in Sammy Hagar's "There's Only One Way to Rock" (which we actually know to be incorrect. Rock scientists now have documented 67 different ways to rock, though they theorize there may be two more unaccounted for.) Apparently, that is when it is time to rock and it is the title of The Bad Directions' first CD.

This band is one of the strongest arguments I have for not trying to define and categorize everything in music. Dan Garcia brings some of the strongest metal style guitar onboard while providing backing vocals and lead vocals on "Taos." Bradley Weaver plays bass, harmonica, sings lead on most tunes and provides his slighty twangy singer/songwriter sensibilities. Both of these sit on top of Carlos Newman's (now of Buckwild) speed-country drumming. We've called it "Punktry" (a term now adopted by Rolling Stone for Alt-Country acts). Others want to call it Country-Metal and more hard-to-comprehend genre combinations.

Whatever it is, it's fun. There is something to be said for following your muse wherever she leads you. In conversations past, Weaver has admitted he isn't 100% certain what their target market is. I also am not sure how much he cares. He seems to operate on the theory the right people will appreciate what they're doing.

What this CD provides is intensity: Garcia's thrashing guitar demands attention, Weaver understands how to use his distinctive voice to tell a story, and if you aren't held captive by the beat provided by Newman's drum work, you may not have a pulse.

There are also no subjects off limits in song content, there are tunes about breasts ("Sideview"), prostitutes ("Truck Stop Hooker"), drinking, death and more. Some of it leans more toward rock ("Cool Cool" and "Taos"). Others more toward country ("Alligator Cowboy" and "Wagon Wheel"). Some songs work better ("Cool Cool") than others ("An Honest Name") but taken as a whole, it's a fine collection demonstrating what the band is capable of -- including a fun cover of Elvis' "Suspicious Minds".

The toughest part of taking a good live band into the studio is capturing the intensity. The Bad Directions have managed to succeed at this. If you want to find out for yourself, check them out live, then take the CD home. The release party is 10/21/05 at the Soiled Dove in Denver. You can also see their website for future shows or get the CD by clicking here.
- The Pool Cleaners from Distant Planets (http://www.pcfdp.com/rgood.html)


"'8:05' review in Xposur magazine"

Artist: The Bad Directions

Title: 8:05

When singer songwriter Bradley Weaver released 'Think' as a solo project a few years back he took the title as dogma and proceeded to recruit a band to help forge a sound still molten. Weaver only had to look across the stage during his bass duties with 'rachel's playpen' to find the 'metal' in the guitar of playpen bandmate Dan Garcia. Previous music acquaintance Carlos Neuman needed little coaxing to complete the three piece and readily embraced the challenge of laying down drum tracks to accommodate the ensuing collision of country and hard rock. Call it 'punk-try' if you wish. The Bad Directions spent the past year and a half paying their dues on the local live circuit and their raw sound grew increasingly refined. For a live band that managed to always stay true to its sound despite the mysterious-and sometimes unhealthy-dose of humility the local scene can dish out, several months in and out of the studio recording 8:05 was the answer. This studio album showcases guitarist Dan Garcia's intricate alternating riff and lead runs fusing metal to country, and should earn him overdue accolades as one of the top guitarists in Denver. Drummer Neuman emerged from his mostly enthusiastic and studious role to prove himself as an outright monster on the kit. Weaver carried solid songs forward from Think, and the band added punch to 'Wagon Wheel' among others, to push them to a new level. 'Truck Stop Hooker' hooks the listener as effectively as the name implies. Fittingly, this album is straightforward and genuine. There is very little fat to be chewed off the track list here. 8:05 will open many doors for The Bad Directions and should finally vault them into the lofty stratosphere occupied by local country flavored bands like the Railbenders, Rexway, and newcomers Ten Cent Redemption. For those of us who knew it all along we can only say 'It's your turn, boys!'

Russ Christiansen
- Xposur magazine


Discography

LP - The Bad Directions; 8:05

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When you combine influences as diverse as Neil Young, Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Guns 'N' Roses, and Johnny Cash, the result is quite a tasty stew, and 'THE BAD DIRECTIONS' prefer to serve it up loud and fast.

In December of 2002, singer/songwriter Bradley Weaver had just finished his solo album 'THINK', and realized he would need a band to support the album. For guitar, the choice was easy. Throughout 2002, Bradley had played bass for 'Eric Shiveley & the Deserters'. During that time, he became fast friends with guitarist Dan Garcia (also of 'rachel's playpen'). Dan jumped into Bradley's new project without hesitation, and in turn, recruited his old 'El Fiend' bandmate Carlos Newman for drums. With Bradley handling bass/vocal duties the power-trio was complete.

Throughout 2003/2004, 'The Bad Directions' slowly built a following throughout the Denver area, playing such clubs as 'Herman's Hideaway', 'the Blue Mule', 'the Cricket on the Hill', 'the Little Bear Saloon', 'the Soiled Dove', 'Hard Rock Cafe', & 'Benders Tavern'. Early 2005 found the band in the studio, working on their debut album, while continuing their live schedule, highlighted by a monthly concert series on the rooftop of 'Lodo's Bar & Grill'.

August of 2005 marked the departure of Newman, and uncertainty for the future of 'The Bad Directions'. With momentum on their side, and their debut album just weeks from completion, Garcia & Weaver decided to press on. Now, with new drummer, Tim Stough ('Lickin' Lolli'), and the new album, '8:05', in hand, 'The Bad Directions' stand poised to take the scene by storm.