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No More Art of Telling Lies as Vains Of Jenna Breaks Up :(

Another one bites the dust. Well, in a manner of speaking that is….

According to the newsworthy Metal media providers over at Bravewords.com, it seems that the Swedish Sleaze Rockers Vains Of Jenna have decided to call it a career and are breaking up after seven years of performing together. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the band a couple of times since over the recent years of PiercingMetal adventuring and have to say that this is a little bit of a bummer because they clearly delivered some good stuff and were very energetic in concert. I consider myself lucky being able to enjoy any band in concert and kind of sad when they call it quits since I tend to think that more people would have enjoyed what they were all about if they only had the same opportunity to catch them.

PiercingMetal coverage of the band can be viewed HERE

The band states that this was an amicable split and no one holds anyone to blame about the decision. On each of the occasions that I saw them they had a different singer with the first being Lizzy DeVine and the second Jesse Forte. Lizzy left not long after the gig that I caught over at Santo’s Party House and it was reported recently how Jesse joined up with George Lynch’s band The Lynch Mob. Obviously the latest change was instrumental in the larger group decision and with that being the case the song had ended. At least for now. I opted to categorize this under “Heavy Metal Happenings” more than “Heavy Metal Holy Sh*t” or “When The Music Died” because I didn’t feel that either applied at the end of the day. This was a fun band that I enjoyed and I wish all of the members well in their next adventure. I am sure that we have not heard the last from any of them, and we all know just how permanent band breakups are don’t we?

Learn more about the band on their Wikipedia Entry HERE

Also check out some quick footage that I shot with the Panasonic Lumix from their last NYC appearance during the Big City Rebels event.

I’ve assembled a Widget in Amazon.com with several pieces of their music for fans to complete build up their collections with. Check it out and remember that it is NEVER too late to support a band.

“Nikki” by Sex Slaves

Artist: Sex Slaves
Title: “Nikki”
Label: Germ Music
Release Date: N/A
Genre: Punk
Rating: 3/5

A fun throwback to old school American punk, this is a decent effort replete with buzzsaw guitars and some very impressive drumming by Marty E. Not metal by any stretch of the imagination, this album is a catalog of sex-obsessed frustration and disappointment that everyone can relate to, and the band’s theme tune — the imaginatively titled “Sex Slaves” — sounds like a fair approximation of the Danzig-era Misfits, “whooooas” and all, so how can you not show these guys some love?
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“People Like People Like People Like Us” by Backyard Babies

Artist: Backyard Babies
Title: “People Like People Like People Like Us”
Label: Abacus Records
Release Date: 5/2/2006
Genre: Hard Rock Punk
Rating: 3.5/5

If you’re a fan of the slam bam Rock & Roll style of bands like Social Distortion and the Punk and edgy attitude that made up the Ramones then The Backyard Babies are one of those bands who you really should be looking into. They were formed in Sweden back in 1987 but you North American Punk fans might have only heard about them in whispers or in music downloaded by unconventional means since they are not able to come around these parts all that often. Most of their music had been unavailable until the issue of a greatest hits type of package called “Tinnitus” and a live effort called “Live, Live In Paris” which were both available on Liquor & Poker Music. Their first go at new original music and a long overdue domestic release comes to us in “People Like People Like People Like Us” and while it’s a welcome change from bands who call themselves Punk (Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Fallout Boy), its not exactly what I expected from them. I have to admit that I feel spoiled by the best of compilation since it was my own first go at the band and presented to me all of the tracks of note so when I put this one on I was expecting a little more of an assault. It’s not bad by any margin but the impact of tunes like “Making Enemies Is Good” or “Look At You” are not even come close to by the releases most notable efforts of “Blitzkrieg Loveshock” and “The Mess Age (How Could I Be So Wrong)”.
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“Motor City Resurrection” (remaster) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Motor City Resurrection” (remaster)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 4/3/20075
Genre: Glam Rock/Punk
Rating: 8/10

If you have only recently heard the music of The 69 Eyes and are enjoying their brand of Dark Gothic Rock & Roll, then this CD serves as almost the origin issue to their identity as a band. Reading interviews that have been conducted with lead singer Jyrki69 you will find a man whose band and sound are very influenced by early New York City Punk and the scene that surrounded it. This collection of band classics comes from a time before they adopted the Helsinki Vampire motif and if you were a fan of the sleazy Motley Crue and Pretty Boy Floyd sound you would find a lot in common with the stuff these guys were doing in the beginning. I admit that I found quite a few of the songs to be fun such as “Mrs. Sleazy” and “Stop Bitching!’” but the greatest appeal to me on this CD was the inclusion of all the covers that the band did. Hearing their respectful renditions of classics by KISS, The MC5, Glenn Danzig, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Dictators & The New York Dolls just truly painted the picture as to what exactly inspired this band. From this part of the collection I really loved the take on “Deuce” that was here since it is so dead-on. A good job is done on the Iggy tune “TV Eye” and the Dolls “Vietnamese Baby” also. As a New Yorker, I was particularly impressed in how influential this group thought my city and its early Punk scene was to their music. The album was originally released in 1994 and until recently only available as an import.
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Backyard Babies: Live Photos @ North Six (2/5/2005)

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The Backyard Babies were rocking in the USA Brooklyn style and the performance was documented in a posting that you can read HERE. These photos by Skeleton Pete Parrella will allow you to be a part of the excitement from your computer desk.

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Backyard Babies in Concert by Pete Parrella (2005)
backyard babies, backyard babies live photos
Backyard Babies in Concert by Pete Parrella (2005)

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