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Rick Pierce Group – Brick By Brick

For a band to come up with a new You Tube video they are very happy with must be immensely exciting?! If so, Rick Pierce Group is very excited now! Rick Pierce Group release new single Brick By Brick on 7th December, out on Crusader Records.

Rick Pierce is a founding member, lead guitar and songwriter of the legendary Seattle hard rock band TKO, whose debut release Let It Roll continues to cement the band’s cult-like status. Pierce then went on to play with Q5 (with Floyd Rose, acclaimed inventor of the Floyd Rose tremolo system) whose album Steel The Light goes down as an all-time classic.

Pierce recently returned with Rick Pierce Group (RPG) and subsequently delivered a new single Tick Tock which was released by Crusader Records. Rick Pierce Group (RPG) are set to follow that up with a new single Brick By Brick that was released digitally on 7th December.

Rick Pierce and songwriter Floyd Rose (in a guest appearance) put up a rock-solid wall of guitars (reminiscent of their NWOBHM classic anthem, Q5’s Steel The Light) in RPG’s new single Brick By Brick, in front of which vocal belter Chris James exhorts his listeners to tear down the walls, while Frankie Rongo on drums and Izzy Rehaume on bass lay down the pounding rhythm.

Tick Tock was written in the spirit of Q5’s Missing In Action, Steel The Light’s hard hitting album opener.  The idea is to get everyone’s attention from the start.  It matches a heavy guitar riff to Floyd’s almost mystical lyrics. 

Lyrics,

A ticking clock, is all you’ve got, and you’re running out of time

You made your choices obeyed the voices, but peace was hard to find

Don’t let it make you crazy, it’ll make you blind

Don’t let it take you to a darker place, and you’ll be fine

Moving faster, time is your master

Tick Tock goes the ticking clock

Tick Tock you can make it stop

It’s moving faster, time is your master

Running faster, to the future, nothing can change your mind

Spinning in circles, searching for answers, hoping for a sign

Don’t let it make you crazy, it’ll make you blind

Don’t let it take you to a darker place, and you’ll be fine

Moving faster, time’s your master

Tick Tock goes the ticking clock

Tick Tock you can make it stop

Don’t let it make you crazy, it’ll make you blind

Don’t let it take you to a darker place, and you’ll be fine

Tick Tock goes the ticking clock

Tick Tock you can make it stop

Tick Tock goes the ticking clock

Tick Tock you can make it stop

Make it stop

Make it stop

Following his successful stint with TKO, Rick Pierce remained true to his metal roots and teamed up as lead guitarist for power metal band Q5 with Floyd Rose, acclaimed inventor of the Floyd Rose tremolo system. Buoyed by tremendous word-of-mouth and subsequent critical acclaim for their self-released first album, Q5 was signed by the influential British metal label, Music for Nations (Metallica, Manowar). Q5’s album Steel the Light, produced by Floyd, is still considered a classic in metal and hard rock circles worldwide and continues to sell in all formats to this day. The opening thrasher Missing in Action is one of Rick’s best known compositions. Polygram Records released the album in North America and distributed the next album, When the Mirror Cracks on Cliff Bernstein and Peter Mensch’s Squawk label.

Suicide Squad, a project with his former singer in TKO, Brad Sinsel marked Rick’s return to Music For Nations, and after Q5’s split MFN signed Rick’s new band, Nightshade for the indie chart topping album Dead of Night. Two more Nightshade albums followed.

Q5 staged a reunion (Floyd couldn’t take part) at Sweden Rock Festival in 2014.  This ultimately resulted in a third Q5 album on Frontiers Records.  Rose and Pierce then began a new songwriting/recording collaboration with Floyd again as producer and Rick on guitar joined by Chris James on vocals, Izzy Rehaume on bass and Frankie Rongo on drums. Chris is Floyd’s discovery from Southern California while Frankie and Izzy are Rick’s past touring and recording mates, Frankie with Nightshade and Q5, and Izzy with the (ex-Metal Church) Ronny Munroe Project.  RPG are recording their new project between Floyd’s studio in Southern California and the studio in Washington State where Rick Pierce did the tracking for Q5’s New World Order.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6856 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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