December 28, 2006

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Raining CDs in 2007
Local bands will produce in the new year'
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Several local bands are looking to expand their presence even more in the local music scene.

From reggae to hardcore rockers, the year 2007 will bring new album releases and even more bands for those loyal and dedicated fans to love and cherish.

Mindset X, an experimental hard rock and progressive rock band, represented by Rat Pak Records, is set to release their new album, Generation RX, in early February.

“We were one of the top selling artists for (Rat Pak), gained over 10,000 MySpace friends and many new fans, and have created a kick ass street team and some kick ass friends. We are gearing up for a 2007 for the record books. New album. New stage show. New tour. No rest for the wicked, as the say,” said Steven Scott, guitarist and vocalist with Mindset X. (For more information on Mindset X and for show listings, go to mind-set.net or myspace.com/mindsetx.

Also getting the goods out in the new year will be Wounded Souldiers, a reggae rock jam band based in Nashua. They’ve spent the latter half of 2006 in the recording studio, but make promises to their loyal 8,000 plus fans to release in the new year. The new album, A Very, Franky Fish is set to be released in early January. (For more information on Wounded Souldiers and for show listings, go to woundedsouldiers.com or myspace.com/woundedsouldiers.)

Not so new to the hip-hop scene, the 603 Kings, have been getting some more public response than expected. DJ Roberto, who works a number of venues within New England, said they’ve got some of the most original and lyrical material to hit Manchester.

Hip-hop in New Hampshire doesn’t get as much credit as deserved, but with dedicated artist breaking through the barriers, DJ Roberto expects that people who may not have given it a chance before will at least now give it a listen.

Another live hip-hop group that DJ Roberto can see on the rise in the new year, is Sons of Kalal. They showed up, unexpectedly at an event that DJ Roberto hosted a few weekends ago and, according to DJ Roberto, took everyone by surprise.

The Sons of Kalal will be performing at Stone Church, located at 5 Granite St. in Newmarket on Saturday, Jan. 6th along with Funkfoot. (For more information on the 603 Kings, go to myspace.com/the603kings. For more information on the Sons of Kalal, go to myspace.com/11543587.)

The Human Flight Committee (HFC) has also begun recording a full length album, tentatively entitled Oh, When The Animals Unionize. HFC is a progressive indie rock band that plays all throughout New England, with a fan base that is steadily on the rise. (For more information on The Human Flight Committee and for show listings, go to humanflightcommitte.com or myspace.com/humanflightcommittee.)

Another band sure to get some more play in the music scene is Demiurge, a metal progressive rock band from Manchester. They spent a good amount of the year searching for a missing link - a drummer. With the position filled, Demiurge has been hitting the scene hard. (For more information on Demiurge and for show listings, go to lowellrocks.com/demiurge or myspace.com/demiurge666.)