Top 20 Songs for November 19-25, 2017

1. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (1)
2. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (2)
3. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs (3)
4. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (4)
5. THE SKY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD – Foo Fighters (5)
6. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (7)
7. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds From Mars (6)
8. ONE FOOT – WALK THE MOON (10)
9. I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST – Tears For Fears (11)
10. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (9)
11. KINKY – Oli Barton & the Movement (12)
12. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (8)
13. NO ROOTS – Alice Merton (14)
14. THUNDER – Imagine Dragons (15)
15. LAY ME DOWN – Candid (18)
16. DEVIL IN THE DETAILS – VERIS (19)
17. RX(MEDICATE) – Theory of a Deadman (N)
18. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (13)
19. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana, Swae Lee (16)
20. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (20)

Top 20 Songs for November 12-18, 2017

1. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (1)
2. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (3)
3. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs (2)
4. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (5)
5. THE SKY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD – Foo Fighters (8)
6. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds to Mars (7)
7. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (9)
8. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (4)
9. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (6)
10. ONE FOOT – WALK THE MOON (11)
11. I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST – Tears For Fears (15)
12. KINKY – Oli Barton & the Movement (14)
13. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (10)
14. NO ROOTS – Alice Merton (16)
15. THUNDER – Imagine Dragons (17)
16. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana, Swae Lee (13)
17. THE MAN – The Killers (12) 21st week on list
18. LAY ME DOWN – Candid (19)
19. DEVIL IN THE DETAILS – VERIS (20)
20. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (17)

Top 20 Songs for November 5-11, 2017

1. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (2)
2. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids ft. Bishop Briggs (1)
3. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (4)
4. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (3)
5. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (7)
6. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (5)
7. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds to Mars (8)
8. THE SKY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD – Foo Fighters (10)
9. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (12)
10. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (6)
11. ONE FOOT – WALK THE MOON (13)
12. THE MAN – The Killers (9) 20th week on list
13. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana, Swae Lee (11)
14. KINKY – Oli Barton & the Movement (16)
15. I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST – Tears For Fears (17)
16. NO ROOTS – Alice Merton (18)
17. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (14)
18. THUNDER – Imagine Dragons (19)
19. LAY ME DOWN – Candid (20)
20. DEVIL IN THE DETAILS – VERIS (N)

Top 20 Songs for October 29-November 4, 2017

1. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids w/Bishop Briggs (1)
2. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (2)
3. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (5)
4. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (6)
5. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (3)
6. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (4)
7. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (8)
8. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds to Mars (9)
9. THE MAN – The Killers (7)
10. THE SKY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD – Foo Fighters (11)
11. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana ft. Swae Lee (10)
12. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (13)
13. ONE FOOT – WALK THE MOON (15)
14. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (14)
15. LAY IT ON ME – Vance Joy (12)
16. KINKY – Oli Barton & the Movement (18)
17. I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST – Tears For Fears (19)
18. NO ROOTS – Alice Merton (20)
19. THUNDER – Imagine Dragons (N)
20. LAY ME DOWN – Candid (N)

Top 20 Songs for October 22-28, 2017

1. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs (1)
2. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (5)
3. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (2)
4. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (4)
5. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (6)
6. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (7)
7. THE MAN – The Killers (3)
8. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (9)
9. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds to Mars (11)
10. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana, Swae Lee (8)
11. THE SKY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD – Foo Fighters (13)
12. LAY IT ON ME – Vance Joy (12)
13. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (16)
14. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (15)
15. ONE FOOT – Walk the Moon (17)
16. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (10)
17. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (14)
18. KINKY – Oli Barton & the Movement (N)
19. I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST – Tears For Fears (N)
20. NO ROOTS – Alice Merton (N)

Top 20 Songs for October 15-21, 2017

1. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids featuring Bishop Briggs (2)
2. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (1)
3. THE MAN – The Killers (3)
4. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (5)
5. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (7)
6. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (6)
7. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (8)
8. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana, Swae Lee (4)
9. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (10)
10. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (9)
11. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds to Mars (11)
12. LAY IT ON ME – Vance Joy (13)
13. THE SKY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD – Foo Fighters (19)
14. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (12)
15. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (17)
16. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (18)
17. ONE FOOT – Walk the Moon (20)
18. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (14)
19. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (15) 19th week on list
20. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (16) 24th week on list

Top 20 Songs for October 8-14, 2017

1. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (1)
2. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids w/Bishop Briggs (4)
3. THE MAN – The Killers (2)
4. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana w/Swae Lee (3)
5. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (6)
6. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (7)
7. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (8)
8. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (9)
9. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (5)
10. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (12)
11. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds to Mars (13)
12. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (11)
13. LAY IT ON ME – Vance Joy (18)
14. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (10)
15. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (14)
16. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (15) 23rd week on list
17. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (19)
18. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (20)
19. THE SKY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD – Foo Fighters (N)
20. ONE FOOT – Walk the Moon (N)

DISCIPLES OF BABYLON release new album “The Rise and Fall of Babylon” with a concert at the Viper Room

The long-awaited and highly anticipated release of the new Disciples of Babylon (DOB) album The Rise and Fall of Babylon is finally here, and it’s a revelation. I’ve been following the Los Angeles-based rock band since 2015, and it’s been a pleasure watching them grow both musically and professionally. They’ve been gathering national and worldwide acclaim and a rapidly growing base of loyal fans, not only because of their exceptional, dynamic sound and thought-provoking lyrics, but also their appreciation and undying support for their fans. I know I’m in good company when I say that I love this band!

DOB

All accomplished musicians in their own right, DOB are Eric Knight on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Ramón Blanco on lead guitar, Gui Bodi on bass and backing vocals, and Chris Toeller on drums. The guys have had quite a year. In June, they performed at the extreme sports event Dew Tour 2017, and on July 8, they kicked off the 2017 Gladiator MMA Championship Series with a performance at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Sports Coliseum. Also in June, Ramón and Gui had the thrill of playing in the backup band of Luis Fonsi when he performed his monster hit “Despacito” on Conan, and then in September, Chris joined Ramón and Gui to once again play backup for Luis Fonsi’s appearance on Ellen. Doesn’t get much better than that, except for DOB themselves to one day perform on Ellen!

DOB premiered The Rise and Fall of Babylon in front of a capacity crowd on Thursday, October 5 at the legendary Viper Room on the world-famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, and they all but blew the roof off the place. The crowd reception to the new tracks was ecstatic – no surprise given the band’s exciting and charismatic stage presence. Along with all seven tracks off the new album, they also played songs from their terrific debut EP Welcome to Babylon, plus an awesome cover of Led Zeppelin’s classic “Immigrant Song.”

DOB Viper Room

Here’s a video I shot of them singing their hit song “KARMA.”

The Rise and Fall of Babylon features seven powerhouse tracks, some of which speak to issues facing America today. Eric feels passionately about social justice, and has strong opinions about the current state of affairs in our country, which he took time to express Thursday night. In a previous interview, Eric explained the impetus behind the new album: “These are precarious times we live in. The Rise and Fall of Babylon signifies something that I feel has been a long time coming. Babylon, meaning the USA, is slowly spinning out of control and entering into vast turmoil. I feel we are at the beginnings of a revolution. one of which the likes we’ve never seen before. As a nation, we are no longer viewed in the regard we once were. The title reflects this shift and quite possibly a prelude of what’s to come.”

The album was produced by GRAMMY award winner and longtime DOB producer Andres Torres, one of the producers behind the Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee smash hit “Despacito.” The album was mixed by GRAMMY award winner Curt Schneider  (Augustana, Richie Sambora, Joe Bonamassa), and mastered by Dave Kutch (Bruno Mars, The Strokes, Outkast, Joe Perry).

The guys get right down to business with “Freedom,” a thunderous full-frontal assault on tyranny as powerful as anything I’ve heard in a long while. Ramon lays down blistering jaw-dropping riffs as Chris hammers out a galloping beat on the drums, anchored by Gui’s pummeling bass. With a passion that borders on fury, Eric brings goosebumps as he screams the searing lyrics:

Oppress us no more
We’ve waited for this day
Our rights have been taken
Your rule is coming to an end
The faster that we rise above
And we scream from our lungs
Freedom! Give us freedom back!
We crave freedom
Yes, we stand strong

Next up is “Without You,” the album’s lead single that I reviewed upon it’s release in late July. The hard-hitting track is a defiant rebuke to someone who’s betrayed you, killing the love you once felt toward them. Brimming with awesome instrumentals, the track is an exhilarating rock song. Ramón’s guitar work is a thing of wonder, and Gui nearly blows the speakers with his crushing bass line, aided and abetted by Chris’s pounding drums.

DOB slows things down a bit on the beautiful anthem “We Are the Ones,” a hopeful clarion call for us to all come together and unite in our fight against those who try to divide us. An especially notable aspect on this track for me are the gorgeous soaring backing vocals. And speaking of vocals, Eric has a phenomenal singing voice. As I’ve already noted, he can elicit chills with power and fury, or bring us to tears with heartfelt tenderness. He does both on the fantastic, emotion-packed “Lift.” And, needless to say, the guys unleash their sonic weaponry once again with mind-blowing instrumentals.

By this point in the album, I’m practically speechless at how incredibly good it is, wondering if DOB can sustain the high quality of the songs. I’m quickly reassured within seconds of hearing “Idiosyncracies,” a pile-driver of a track about struggling to keep a failing relationship from breaking apart: “I’ll fight to keep my sanity. I really want to believe in us, in you and me. There’s harmony, yeah! But I’ll fight to keep my spirit free.” And they keep on delivering the goods with the uplifting anthem “Simple Life.” This is one gorgeous rock song. Everything about it is perfection – lyrics, instrumentals, Eric’s vocals, and the superb production and arrangement.

The guys close the album with “Civilized,” a real head-banger of a tune. Gui sets the rhythm with a pulse-pounding bass line, then Ramon dives in with scorching riffs while Chris commences to attack his drum kit with all the strength he can muster. Eric snarls the lyrics that speak to someone he’s obsessed with who’s hurting him: “I’m out of my head, every time I realize all those things you said to me. So cruel, unkind. From the moment I wake, with every step that I take, draws me closer into you.”

The Rise and Fall of Babylon is a meticulously crafted album on every level, and a testament to the exceptional songwriting and musicianship of these four supremely talented gentlemen. It’s an effort they should be extremely proud of, and I’m so proud of them! I’ve gotten to know them all personally, and they’re as humble and kind as they are skilled at making music. I’m honored to be their friend.

Follow Disciples of Babylon: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Stream their music: Spotify / Soundcloud / Reverbnation / YouTube

Purchase: iTunes / Amazon

Top 20 Songs for October 1-7, 2017

1. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (2)
2. THE MAN – The Killers (1)
3. UNFORGETTABLE – French Montana, Swae Lee (3)
4. SO TIED UP – Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs (7)
5. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (6)
6. LITTLE ONE – Highly Suspect (8)
7. SUIT AND JACKET – Judah & the Lion (9)
8. HIGHWAY TUNE – Greta Van Fleet (11)
9. LOVING YOU IS SO EASY – Wide Eyed Boy (10)
10. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (4)
11. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (5)
12. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (17)
13. WALK ON WATER – 30 Seconds to Mars (18)
14. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (13)
15. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (14) 22nd week on list
16. IT’S A TRIP! – Joywave (16)
17. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (12) 20th week on list
18. LAY IT ON ME – Vance Joy (N)
19. UP ALL NIGHT – Beck (N)
20. WITHOUT YOU – Disciples of Babylon (N)

DISCIPLES OF BABYLON – Single Review: “Without You”

DOB

L.A. alternative rock band Disciples of Babylon have released their first official single “Without You” from their forthcoming album The Rise and Fall of Babylon, scheduled to drop this October. I recently wrote a piece announcing the album, which you can read here. As I’ve stated in previous posts about them, Disciples of Babylon (DOB) are one of my favorite indie bands, so I’ve been anxious to hear new music from them, and “Without You” does not disappoint.

DOB consists of Eric Knight on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Ramón Blanco on lead guitar, Gui Bodi on bass and backing vocals, and Chris Toeller on drums. All are seasoned musicians who collectively bring a lot of talent to the band, creating a dynamic signature sound defined by epic melodies, Ramón’s killer guitar work, Gui’s monumental bass lines, Chris’s nimble percussion, and Eric’s commanding vocals. Their song lyrics are always deeply compelling, whether addressing social injustice, troubled relationships or the personal struggle to find truth and meaning in our lives.

“Without You” is loaded with all those signature elements, immediately blasting through the speakers with a soaring chorus and an assault of powerful instrumentals. Chris aggressively pounds out the beat while Gui lays down an impressive bass line, establishing a solid foundation for Ramón’s mind-blowing riffs. This man can play guitar, and I’m confident that as his career continues to grow, he’ll be included among the great guitarists of today.

With his impassioned vocals, Eric snarls the biting lyrics that speak to someone who’s betrayed you, killing the love you once felt toward them: “Without You, I can’t get past these lies that I lived with you. I doubt you could ever feel the same as I’ve felt for you. But this fight, has spiraled me out of control.”

It’s an awesome track, and a harbinger of more to come from The Rise and Fall of Babylon.

Follow Disciples of Babylon:  Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Stream their music:  Spotify / Soundcloud / Reverbnation / YouTube

Purchase:  iTunes / Amazon