REWIND 73: Crumbacher original members tell us how they got signed, recorded their epic harmonies, loaded up their many many key
Fri, Oct 13, 2017
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 73, host Les Carlsen gets together with Crumbacher members Stephen Crumbacher, Dawn Wisner Johnson and Jimmy Wisner, and into their "party in a box" pop-dance style. Stephen talks about breaks he got in the early 1980's when he submitted a demo tape to Maranatha! Music, which lead to a track on MRC and Broken Records compilations, which lead to their 3 albums released on Frontline Records: Escape From The Fallen Planet, Thunder Beach and Tame The Volcano.
The group's multi-keyboard style was attractive to Ojo Taylor of Undercover, who produced the first tracks. They also surprised Ojo when all three members gathered around a studio microphone and belted out their epic harmonies. In this episode, listeners are treated to an acappella intro of "Interstellar Satellite".
Stephen wrote Crumbacher's deep lyrics, with Biblical foundation. In fact, he provided scripture references supporting each song, which is why their music is timeless. The three original members are kind of timeless too, attending the same High School in Southern California and their families are still close today. Listeners get to experience the harmony of their relationship and vocals in this rare interview.
Rewind 72: Shout members Ken Tamplin and Chuck King continue with stories of cleaning carpets, speeding tickets, machine guns, a
Fri, Sep 15, 2017
Frontline Rewind host Les Carlsen exclaims, “These are the best tour stories I’ve heard”, as he continues an interview with original Shout members, Chuck King (in person) and “virtual” Ken Tamplin (in Hawaii). Listeners are entertained with topics like: stolen clothes from a dressing room, speeding tickets in every state, train stop in the middle of Germany demanding money or else, and a 26-foot long sandwich Ken gave to KLOS radio to get music played.
Ken’s eating habits were the cause of many awkward situations. Chuck states that Ken needed to eat every 15 minutes –“like a duck.” Ken’s need to stop landed the long-haired rockers in Grandma’s Southern Cooking (Grandma is not the image one would expect) and trapped them in the middle of a tornado while stopping at a “choke and puke” diner in Pennsylvania.
The guys laughingly credit Frontline Records as the reason for the stories. If a tour budget had been provided, they wouldn’t have been speeding from state to state in a broken down van, struggling to pay transportation and food costs. Rockin’ tracks from It Won’t Be Long and In Your Face are weaved in between stories. Pure entertainment!
Rewind 71: Vengeance Rising, Recon, Sacred Warrior, World View, and Chaotic Resemblance members join us in the SoCal Metal Fest
Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Join us in the green room for interviews with guitarist George Ochoa (Recon, Worldview), vocalist Rey Parra (Sacred Warrior, Worldview), drummer Glen Mancaruso (Vengeance Rising, Die Happy), guitarist Doug Thieme (Vengeance Rising, Die Happy), bassist Roger Dale Martin (Vengeance Rising, Die Happy), L/A and Travis from Chaotic Resemblance, Bill Roxx, and Les Carlsen (Bloodgood).
REWIND 70: Shout members Ken Tamplin and Chuck King share epic tour stories and the unorthodox circumstances that brought them t
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 70, host Les Carlsen gets together with Shout member, Chuck King, in person and “virtual” Ken Tamplin from his home in Hawaii. The guys share wild tour stories and insights about songs they co-wrote for albums, It Won’t Be Long and In Your Face.
Contemporary Christian rock music fans might recall that Chuck was originally the guitarist for Frontline artist, Idle Cure. Listeners hear how Chuck and Ken met. (Includes Ken hawking equipment through Recycler in order to eat.) They ended up forming a new group and signing a contract with Frontline. We learn of Ken’s decision to turn down a very lucrative secular band to honor his commitment with Frontline.
Shout recordings often featured guitar solos by Frontline artist, Lanny Cordola (House of Lords, Magdallen), who started giving Ken guitar lessons at age 16. Ken shares a humorous story of this early time with Lanny and how they developed as friends. Listen to his crazy solo on the hit song, “Shout”.
Rewind 69: Sandra Stephens and Allegra Parks talk about doing background vocals for many eclectic Lanny Cordola albums and how t
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 69, executive producer, Adel Meisenheimer, continues her conversation with Sandra Stephens and Allegra Parks. These ladies sang background vocals for Jon Gibson, Scott Blackwell, Lanny Cordola and other Frontline artists. Though it has been about 25 years since they wrote, recorded and toured hit songs, they still recall them and treat listeners with acappella intros and even a new Rewind intro.
The episode focuses on Sandra’s participation with Lanny Cordola in various projects he produced for Frontline Records –and we do mean “Various”! Sandra’s deep appreciation and gratitude for this eclectic artist/producer is rooted in lessons communicated that “This is who you are, and this is who you can be musically.” In the 1990’s and even to this day, when Lanny asks Sandra to write or sing on a project, she doesn’t hesitate to show up.
The show takes us from Reggae Worship II, to Blues For The Child to a far-out trans music album, Symbiotica, where listeners can learn to recognize Sandra’s soulfully low, modern R&B, jazz-influenced, pitch-perfect voice.
Sandra released her first solo album titled He Can and it is a must-have CD! Listeners get a little taste of it. Allegra also released a solo album in 2014 titled Just To Praise and Worship You, and a track from this exciting Gospel-flavored project closes the show.
Rewind 68: Sandra Stephens and Allegra Parks –background singers and writers for Jon Gibson and Scott Blackwell
Fri, May 26, 2017
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 68, executive producer, Adel Meisenheimer, hosts the show, interviewing Sandra Stephens and Allegra Parks. It’s a full hour of Girl Power! These ladies sang background vocals for Jon Gibson, Scott Blackwell, Lanny Cordola and other Frontline artists. Though it has been about 25 years since they wrote, recorded and toured hit songs, Sandra and Allegra still recall them and treat listeners with acappella intros. Sandra shares how a Jon Gibson song changed her life and moved her to make a commitment to Christ. Soon after, she and Allegra had an opportunity to exchange vocal technique lessons from Jon for their background vocal work on a track. Nice barter! Then he recruited them for vocals on almost every track of “Forever Friends”. Listeners will want to tune in closely to hear their amazing vocal contribution. The ladies are forever friends and fans of Jon Gibson and expound on his exceptional singing, intense recording techniques and endearing personality. After writing with Jon, the ladies met with Scott Blackwell, who presented a cassette tape with his house dance music and commissioned them to write lyrics for it. Sandra relates how lyrics poured out and Scott never said “no” to her lyrical ideas, exercising a “no rules” process. The episode includes a couple tracks from “Walk On The Wild Side”, the first album on which they collaborated. Sandra and Allegra toured with Scott and Jon simultaneously, hitting about every state in the USA. Boy do they have some stories!
It’s Part 2 with Fred Lynch of P.I.D. (Preachers In Disguise) on Rewind
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 67, host Les Carlsen continues his conversation with Fred Lynch, founding member of P.I.D. (Preachers In Disguise) and Preachas. In Part 2, Fred talks about how he learned the scriptures and demonstrates a fresh way created for memorizing the Word by paraphrasing it into rap verse.
Fred provides background story for songs recorded on Frontline Records releases, The Chosen Ones and Born With A Gift. Listeners learn about some innovative recording techniques originated by P.I.D. and other pioneer artists, like a compilation of loops by various rappers on “Holy Roland Patches” and abstract structure on “Abstruction”. It was popular for artists to borrow or “bite” loops from other hip-hop artists. Fred reveals one time when they got busted in a magazine review for doing it.
In closing, Fred talks about his desire to mentor and train young MCs and rappers to use “flow” as a discipleship medium. He gives listeners a taste of “The Script”, his scripture translation of I John into verse-by -verse rhyme. Fred also travels to public schools with the organization, Rachel’s Challenge, and speaks with students about a life of compassion and kindness. Listeners will enjoy getting to know this man with a big smile and even bigger heart.
MC Fred Lynch of P.I.D. (Preachers In Disguise) is in the house!
Fri, Jan 20, 2017
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 66, host Les Carlsen gets together with Fred Lynch, founding member of P.I.D. (Preachers In Disguise) and Preachas. He takes listeners back to the beginnings of Holy Hip-Hop and kicks out some old school rhymes. Fred talks about the Bible nerd and street kid dynamic of group members and how it sometimes created hard lessons. Details are revealed about an early tour experience that includes a gun, swagger and being black-balled by white evangelicals.
Though the group didn’t win a talent contest hosted by Graceland Records in 1987, label owner, Caesar Kalinowski, was impressed and signed the teenagers. Frontline Records purchased the albums Back To Back and Here We Are, originally released on Graceland. In this episode, Fred provides background story for selections on these albums. Fred states that rap is “the language of the coming of age”. Of course Hip-Hop artists don’t always see eye-to-eye on execution and say of some: “Dat ain’t rap!” But on this episode, listeners will definitely hear authentic rap from a pioneer artist who still flows!
Lead singer shares journey from HAIR to BLOODGOOD and beyond!
Fri, Nov 18, 2016
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 65, Executive Producer, Adel Meisenheimer, interviews Les Carlsen. She asks what Les was doing before he became famous as host of the show (haha). Listeners will hear about his dynamic musical history, including a star role in the Broadway musical, “Hair”, and how he transitioned from sex, drugs and Hair to a Christian heavy metal band, Bloodgood.
Since writing, singing and recording albums with Bloodgood on Frontline Records in 1986-1990, his musical and theatrical journey continues. In 2013 Bloodgood independently released “Dangerously Close”. Les collaborated with long-time friend, Don Cromwell (bass player for Eddie Money, Air Supply), releasing the album “The Lucky Side”. And in 2016 he has been memorizing a 90-minute monologue for the play, “St. John in Exile”, which opened in October and will be touring the country. In closing minutes of the episode listeners are treated to a snippet of the play, as performed by St. John himself, with Bloodgood standard, “Seven”, playing in the background.
Steve & Mark talk about inspiration & experimentation in albums 3 & 4
Fri, Oct 21, 2016
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 64, host Les Carlsen continues his conversation with Idle Cure members, Steve Shannon and Mark Ambrose. Part 2 includes back-story for songs included on the band’s 3rd and 4th Frontline albums, 2nd Avenue and Inside Out.
2nd Avenue is Steve’s favorite album. It has an aggressive rock feel and guitar experimentation, including putting a Marshall amp in the bathroom, with microphone in the toilet, for a unique sound in “If You Mean It”. Steve’s vocals were taken to a new level, as Mark wrote songs that intentionally challenged him. Mark continued to write in-your-face lyrics on the album. In 1989 the song, “Pray”, was the #1 CCM charting rock song in the USA –the entire year, and nominated for a Dove Award.
Inside Out is a conceptual album that examines delicate spiritual topics like pornography, abortion and hypocrisy. It also includes worshipful, “Holy Mountain”, a brilliant re-write by Mark that almost didn’t make the album. The song describes the worship experience, influenced by the Old Testament story of Moses meeting with God on Mount Sinai.
Two members of Idle Cure share stories 30 years after their debut
Fri, Sep 23, 2016
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 63, Steve Shannon and Mark Ambrose, of Idle Cure, captivate host Les Carlsen and listeners with stories of band history, song inspiration and an angel appearance in Paris. Songs introduced are from their albums, Idle Cure (1986) and Tough Love (1988).
Mark talks about how they hit a wall and almost gave up on the writing of their trademark song, “Breakaway”. Not only was the song a chart-topping hit, it enticed Mark to stay with Idle Cure, in spite of earning his recent accounting degree from USC. Steve tells the story of how radio and distribution execs didn’t believe he sang vocals on “Take It”, because it was so mellow and different from others. Well, Steve did back then, and he sings an intro for the song on Rewind!
Listeners also learn how the name “Idle Cure” was selected from a name search contest conducted by Frontline Records. The band has a rare treat – a limited supply of vinyl albums (still sealed) of their original debut self-titled album. Check out Idle Cure FaceBook page for purchase details.
View clips at https://www.youtube.com/user/FrntlnRcrds
An early 80s Christian rap group is still going strong
Fri, Aug 26, 2016
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 62, conversation continues with 12th Tribe founder, David Portillo, and current members. Host Les Carlsen asks them to share their story and introduce favorite songs from the new indie album, “tha G Hits”. Listeners will be in awe as Eric (DJXRAY) humbly reveals his entertainment industry repertoire as DJ for Ellen Degeneres, undefeated DJ in battles representing the USA and performing with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube. He finds more satisfaction with 12th Tribe. Young tribesman, Simon, tells of his journey of acceptance and how he now fits the group and a new life of service. Carlo (The Realist) escaped death after a gang-related stabbing and credits prayers of his Grandmother and the promise that all things are possible with Christ – even redemption of a poor street kid. Stories and songs from “tha G Hits” provide a constant message that 12th Tribe members are forever changed! As the crew would say, “Check it out!” During the interview session, 12th Tribe performed “G Hits Mash Mix”.
12th Tribe crew meets up with Rewind crew!
Fri, Jul 29, 2016
In Frontline Records Rewind Episode 61, 12th Tribe founding member, David Portillo, gets his latest crew together for an interview with the Rewind crew. David shares his journey of being a 15-year-old rapper performing for crowds of senior citizens, to rubbing elbows with The Newsboys and P.O.D., and recently taking his 15-year-old son on tour.
In Part 1, David takes us back to the days before Christian Rap was welcomed by the church and hits us with some old school rhymes. Song selections on the show are from Frontline releases, “Living In Babylon” and “Knowledge Is The Tree Of Life”. Both albums were produced by DJ legend, Scott Blackwell. David tells the story of meeting him and how that lead to an artist deal with Frontline Records.
Full episodes of all Frontline Records Rewind are available at
http://FrontlineRecords.us/ and iTunes http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind
New digital releases from The Frontline Records Vault
Fri, Aug 14, 2015
Frontline Records, a subsidiary label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Michael Knott of Blonde Vinyl Records, released two albums digitally for the first time.
L.S. Underground (a.k.a. L.S.U.) –The Grape Prophet
This 1992 Blonde Vinyl Records release was one of three rock operas penned by Michael Knott. Songs relate Knott’s experience with a Southern California church he attended that had self-proclaimed prophets from Kansas City. Knott reveals details on Frontline Records Rewind Episode 50. http://frontlinerecords.us/
LifeSavers –Heaven High
This is a crowd-funded CD that released in 2014, available digitally now for the first time. Some songs were influenced by the life of Saint Clare of Assisi, whose picture is on the cover. Michael Knott describes the album as a “bombastic love-fest of hope and truth”. Now that’s worth checking out!
Both albums are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and digital sites everywhere.
Hear interview & acoustic performances by Michael Knott on Frontline Rewind EP 50 at
http://frontlinerecords.us/ and iTunes http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind.
Frontline Celebrates Valentine’s Day & Single Awareness Day with music!
Fri, Jan 30, 2015
Frontline Celebrates Valentine’s Day & Single Awareness Day with music!
Two new compilations are available digitally just in time for the month of love:
Love Found (Frontline Celebrates Valentine’s Day)
Love Actually (Frontline Celebrates Single Awareness Day)
Whether bundled up with a significant other, soul music playing in the background, or alone and hugging an empty box of chocolates, Love Found and Love Actually are here for you.
Although most people think of February 14th as a day to acknowledge romantic love, it has faith roots. Historians claim St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing forbidden weddings and ministering to persecuted Christians. Love Found begins with Jon Gibson’s “Jesus Loves Ya,” capturing the heart behind these compilations. Listeners will hear from Angie and Debbie Winans who’ve been touched by the “Light Of Love,” and Tim Miner who soulfully sings to the Lord in “Love Me Still.” The album closes with Jon Gibson’s “You Are The One,” a danceable love song to the One who “makes our world go ‘round.”
Because of the current romantic love emphasis on Valentine’s Day, those who are not in a relationship can feel… well… lonely. Though you may not have heard much about it, celebrating Single Awareness Day has grown in popularity. Love Actually features a number of Christian artists who share their experiences with heartbreak and loneliness. With titles like “Too Bad She Didn’t Want Me,” (Benny Hester) “I Wait Alone,” (David Zaffiro) “When You Lose Someone You Love,” (Rick Elias) and “Who Can Heal The Pain,” (Liaison), the SAD compilation will provide plenty of sentiment for those who need the God of all comfort this season.
Love Found (Frontline Celebrates Valentine’s Day)
and Love Actually (Frontline Celebrates Single Awareness Day)
are available now at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other digital stores.
Other albums by these featured Frontline Artists are available on http://FrontlineRecords.us/
Hear an exclusive interview with Jon Gibson on Frontline Rewind EP43 http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind.
Rare performance by Michael Roe & Michael Knott Plus VIP treatment at November 7th concert event in Concord, California
Tue, Oct 28, 2014
It isn’t every day that a group of legacy artists gather together and perform music that has been influential over decades of time. It has been at least 4 years since Michael Knott graced the stage. Knott will perform all the music from his iconic 1994 Brainstorm Artists Int’l album Rocket and a Bomb with full band. Thanks to a recent Kickstarter, the performance will be recorded for DVD and Digital release.
Show closer, Michael Roe (77’s & Lost Dogs), humbly states, “I’m happy to be there to support Mike”. Roe will perform solo, but is certain friends will “crash my set at some point”.
Warm-up act, Brian Healy, frontman of Dead Artist Syndrome, just might have the most fun of all. In addition to band mates Ric Alba (Altar Boys, Undercover), Marc Plainguet (Graveyard Café) and Gym Nicholson (Undercover), his anticipated set-crashers include Sean Patrick Doty (Veil of Ashes) and Bill Walden (Undercover).
Frontline Records President, Adel Meisenheimer, wanted to get in on the deal and is hosting an artist hospitality room and Mike & Mike VIP session. Meisenheimer claims, “This VIP package is The Bomb!” For $75, VIP ticket holders will receive: Mike & Mike Meet & Greet and Acoustic set with Knott & Roe, an exclusive new “Gerard” design t-shirt, Michael Roe t-shirt, plus priority seating at the concert.
Purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/900729
FaceBook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1477497422525823/
Hear & See Frontline Records Rewind Show!
Mon, Aug 4, 2014
Frontline Records Rewind radio show is televising on YouTube! The first releases are video clips from the energized in-studio interview with Deliverance members Jimmy P. Brown and George Ochoa.
Rewind clips include:
Jimmy and George play “23” for the first time in 24 years.
Jimmy tells about meeting Metallica’s James Hetfield before either one was famous.
Jimmy & George talk about writing Flesh & Blood.
Jimmy plays guitar licks from title song Weapons of Our Warfare.
Complicated guitar part of Pseudo Intellectual demonstrated by Jimmy
Gene Eugene’s ideas for Deliverance album covers, as told by Jimmy
Shout Out to Brian Healy (Dead Artist Syndrome), original Rewind host
Host Les Carlsen (of Bloodgood) has a reality radio style that naturally translates to TV. View clips at: https://www.youtube.com/user/FrntlnRcrds
Stay tuned for Rewind snippets from a Skype interview with Jacob’s Trouble!
Full episodes of all Frontline Records Rewind are available at
http://FrontlineRecords.us/ and iTunes http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind
Les Carlsen, lead singer of Bloodgood, is new host of Frontline Rewind!
Fri, May 2, 2014
In Episode 33, executive producer, Adel Meisenheimer, introduces Les as the new voice and personality of the show. Les quickly dubbed the new format as “reality radio” and started phoning his Bloodgood band mates.
When you have a founding member of an award winning Christian metal band hosting, it makes sense to feature the music of that artist. Les calls Bloodgood members on the phone as they are in their “natural habitat” and extracts humorous stories from their memory banks. Episodes 33 & 34 include chats with Paul Jackson, Kevin Whistler, David Zaffiro, Michael Bloodgood and Oz Fox (also of Stryper).
Les’ reality radio style is light, comedic and features rare conversations with artists and musicians. His first two shows feature music from Bloodgood’s 1986-1989 Frontline Records releases and the band’s 2013 independent album, Dangerously Close.
Spring and summer shows will include music and interview with David Zaffiro, Jimmy Brown (Deliverance) and Mike Stand (Altar Boys).
Full episodes of all Frontline Records Rewind are available at
http://FrontlineRecords.us/ and http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind
Frontline Presents: The Passion – A Heavy Metal Easter Compilation
Mon, Mar 10, 2014
Frontline SP, a division of Meis Music Group, announces the release of The Passion, an invigorating collection of Christian Metal songs depicting the events of Holy Week.
The Passion begins with landmark Christian artist, Bloodgood, ushering us into the remembrance of the Last Supper with “Eat The Flesh” before retelling Christ’s arrest from the viewpoint of Pontius Pilate through their hit, “Crucify.” Perhaps the heaviest of all Christian metal bands, Mortification, and Vengeance Rising evoke a true emotional response to the Lord’s suffering with “Blood Sacrifice,” “Human Sacrifice,” and “Fill This Place With Blood.” Deliverance, Randy Rose (of Mad at The World), and Die Happy (formed by members of Vengeance Rising) make their contributions to this heavy subject before Bloodgood moves us forward to celebrate the Resurrection with “The Messiah.” Angelica and Recon bring The Passion to a close with a shout of victory with “There’s Only One Hero” and “Alive!”
Bloodgood was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and performed “The Messiah” at TBN’s Visionary Awards.
Mortification has released over twenty albums since the band’s 1987 formation in Australia and maintains its reputation as "some kind of super stars in the Christian metal scene”.
Vengeance Rising’s debut album “Human Sacrifice” was called “the most radical Christian album ever released” by HM Magazine editor Doug Van Pelt.
Deliverance was embraced by mainstream outlets like MTV, which featured one of many chart-topping tracks, “Weapons of Our Warfare”, video regularly on Headbanger’s Ball.
Frontline Presents: The Passion is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 & http://FrontlineRecords.us
Hear commentary by Les Carlsen on Frontline Records Rewind http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind.
Remembering Gene Eugene – Last 3 Recordings by Gene Eugene
Tue, Jan 21, 2014
Brainstorm Artists Int’l, in partnership with Meis Music Group, is pleased to announce the release of Remembering Gene Eugene, a thoughtful look at the life and music of former member of Adam Again and The Lost Dogs, as told by his friends and peers. Testimonies surround solo recordings of 3 cover songs, the last ones Gene made.
Remembering Gene Eugene includes interview footage from members of his bands, Adam Again and The Lost Dogs, as well as many other musicians who were significantly influenced by Gene, either in-studio or on-stage. During Gene’s last days on earth he recorded three covers, “Something About What Happens When We Talk” and “Famous Blue Raincoat,” by Leonard Cohen, and “Coming Back To You” by Lucinda Williams. According to Gene’s dad, Gene L. Andrusco, “The three songs were recorded in the Green Room just before Gene’s untimely death in March, 2000. We decided not to edit the tapes in order to leave his interpretive feelings.” They are available for the first time on this digital-only album.
Hear from Adam Again members: Paul Valadez, Greg Lawless, Jon Knox, Riki Michele
The Lost Dogs band mates: Derri Daugherty, Terry Taylor, Michael Roe
Peers: Ojo Taylor, Rob Watson, Erik Tokle, Frank Lenz
Artist friends: Michael Knott, Michael Pritzl (The Violet Burning), The Prayer Chain, Jars Of Clay
Intro by Gene’s dad and thoughts from Adam Again documentary filmmaker, Todd Zeller
Includes humorous peer commentary: First Impressions • Ode to Gene’s Butt • Gene-isms
Remembering Gene Eugene is available January 21st on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other digital stores.
Adam Again merchandise, giveaways and digital album featured on http://FrontlineRecords.us/
Hear commentary on Frontline Rewind Episode 20 http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind.
L.S.U. (LifeSavers Underground) releases from The Vault
Sat, Oct 5, 2013
Frontline Records, a subsidiary label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Michael Knott of Blonde Vinyl Records, is making three L.S.U. albums available digitally for the first time on October 15th from the Frontline Vault.
Lifesavers Underground (a.k.a. LSU, and L.S. Underground) was one of many Michael Knott projects. The sound combined elements of punk, post punk, funk and hard rock. In1987,Knott decided to take sunnier LifeSavers in a darker direction, both musically and lyrically and change the band name. Here’s the story on three of those albums.
L.S.U. - This is the Healing
This album followed L.S.U.’s debut album on Frontline Records titled, Shaded Pain. This 1991 Blonde Vinyl release features Knott playing most of the instruments, including drum machine. The songs speak to holding on to hope in the midst of pain.
L.S.U. Lifesavers Underground - Wakin' Up the Dead
Blonde Vinyl Records put this out on cassette in 1989 and later re-mastered for its CD release in 1991. The album finds L.S.U. adding a slightly more alternative feel to their gothic hard rock sound.
L.S.U. Cash in Chaos - World Tour
With this release Knott announced that he was changing the name of L.S.U. to 'Cash in Chaos' and released it on his Siren Records label in 1993. It is another classic L.S.U., with dark, moody tunes.
All 3 are available on iTunes and other digital stores, including http://frontlinerecords.us/ for “Frontline $5.99”.
Hear interview with Michael Knott on Rewind Episode 28 at http://frontlinerecords.us/rewind/.
“FALL” tumbles from The Frontline Records Vault
Fri, Sep 13, 2013
Frontline SP, a division of Meis Music Group, is pleased to announce the release of FALL, an eclectic gathering of fifteen tunes centered around the word “fall”.
Compilation producer, Brian Healy (of Dead Artist Syndrome), peered into the Frontline Records vault to seek out songs that express the ups and downs of life, love and faith. This diverse offering features artists who have topped the music charts, won multiple industry awards and achieved high levels of critical acclaim.
Stylistically this project runs the spectrum of genres from rock to alternative to pop-dance. These songs are purposefully sequenced to provide the listener with a roller coaster of emotion. Folks can fall in love all over again with these legacy artists.
Rick Elias, Mortal, Randy Rose, Rainy Days
Altar Boys, Poor Old Lu, Adam Again, LifeSavers, My Little Dog China,
The Straw Theory, Chaos Is The Poetry, Kevin Clay, Echoing Green
Many of these tracks disappeared with the CDs they were released on and have been unavailable for years. Now they are available digitally on iTunes, Amazon and FrontlineRecords.us. The FALL collection is available this autumn.
FALL is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and at http://FrontlineRecords.us/
Hear commentary by Brian Healy on Frontline Rewind Episode 26 http://frontlinerecords.us/rewind/.
Classic alternative-rock re-releases from LifeSavers explode from The Vault
Mon, Aug 12, 2013
Frontline Records, a subsidiary label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Gene Andrusco (Brainstorm Artists Int’l) and Michael Knott (Blonde Vinyl), are making these legacy albums available digitally for the first time on August 13th from the Frontline Vault.
LifeSavers was formed in 1980. Starting out as a power pop/punk band, the group, lead by Michael Knott, has gone through many changes and resets over the years, often releasing albums that reflected those changes. Blond Vinyl’s 1991 Poplife is a prime example. Musically the album is best described as equal parts underground alternative and post-punk surf rock. The general tone is light and playful. With a song title like Surf With God you might expect that. Steve Hindalong and Chuck Cummings add some tasty drum rhythms to Mike Knott’s expressive vocals. Not overly high-tech or glossy, nonetheless there are several catchy, addictive tunes that make Poplife a satisfying listen. It’s a fan favorite with Knottheads. This re-release includes 3 bonus tracks from one of Knott’s earliest bands, Bomb Bay Babies. In 1987 the group assaulted Hollywood clubs with their rebellious punk rock look and sound.
After several years of dormancy the LifeSavers returned in 1995 with the release of Huntington Beach on Brainstorm Artists Int’l. This album saw the return of Brian Doidge on bass guitar and Chuck Cummings on drums. Huntington Beach was also the heaviest LifeSavers album to date – a return to their punk rock roots. Songwriting and lead vocal was split between Doidge and Knott on this album, with less spiritual, but very personal, lyrics that focused on many humorous aspects of ‘80s life in Knott’s hometown, Huntington Beach, California. This re-release includes 3 bonus demo tracks from Knott’s first band, Hightops. Knott says his dad paid for the demo in 1978 for his sister Bridget, Vince Pangrazio and Bradford Salmon when they were teenagers.
Both releases are available on iTunes and other digital stores, including http://frontlinerecords.us/ for “Frontline $5.99”.
Hear interview with Michael Knott on Rewind Episode 24 at http://frontlinerecords.us/rewind/.
Crumbächer’s Incandescent released from Frontline Records vault!
Wed, Jul 10, 2013
Last heard on cassette in 1985. Now freshly re-mastered, with bonus track.
Frontline Records, a label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Ojo Taylor & Innocent Media, is making this Broken Records album available digitally on July 16th.
On this debut record, Crumbächer created the Euro-synth-pop niche in the Contemporary Christian Music industry. CCM announced the album as revealing "a new group on par with Vector." Stephen Crumbacher’s vocals have the bouncy style of Men Without Hats and producer Ojo Taylor's arrangements resemble the minimalist synthesizing of The Human League.
Stephen Crumbacher recorded his first commercial release, a solo version of It Don’t Matter, on the MRC sampler What’s Shakin’ in the summer of 1983, exactly 30 years ago. On the heels of that success which introduced Crumbächer to CCM, Stephen was invited to record a six-song EP for Maranatha! Music’s MRC label.
Stephen and his long-time friends, Dawn Wisner and Jim Wisner, gave their first performance as Crumbächer a few months later on New Year's Eve, 1983. The full band, with the addition of Dan Hohulin on guitar, entered the studio for the first time to begin recording. Ojo Taylor of Undercover was back at the helm producing and engineering. Derri Daugherty of The Choir was brought in as tracking engineer and Chris Taylor mixed. Once the label heard the early results, they were so excited they requested that the band record a few additional songs for release as a full-length album. Those additions were Jamie and Infrared X-Ray Eyes, which turned out to be the group’s biggest songs from that album. Incandescent was released in April 1985 on Broken Records. This is the first appearance of the record in digital format.
Incandescent is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and at http://FrontlineRecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99.
Hear interviews with Crumbacher members and Ojo Taylor on Frontline Rewind Episode 22 at http://frontlinerecords.us/rewind/.
Dynamic Twins digital re-releases from the Frontline Records Vault
Sat, Jun 15, 2013
Frontline Records, a subsidiary label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Gene L. Andrusco, is making these Broken Records/Brainstorm Artists Int’l albums available digitally on June 18th. These haven’t seen the light of day since the 1990’s.
Dynamic Twins were a Bronx-born Christian rap group composed of identical twins Noel and Robbie Arthurton. The group's first album Word 2 the Wize released in 1991 through Broken/Brainstorm Artists International and was distributed to mainstream record stores through Epic Records. S.F.C.'s Chris Cooper helped with production chores and fellow S.F.C.'er The Dove added scratching.
The twins second album No Room 2 Breathe garnered praise from True Tunes magazine as a "landmark in the Christian rap industry" for basing itself musically around live instruments instead of programmed samples and beats.
The third album on B.A.I. was 40 Days in the Wilderness. As with all Dynamic Twins releases, it features many guest appearances, including Ayeesha, who was introduced into the scene on this album. Grapetree Records signed Ayeesha as their first female rapper.
The group received 3 Dove Award nominations for their music and has appeared with many well-known Gospel artists. In 2005, Dynamic Twins appeared on a compilation album Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets that was nominated for a Best Rock Gospel Album Grammy Award. The twins have also produced albums including one for the first Chinese-American bilingual rap artist, Only Won.
All are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and at http://FrontlineRecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99.
Hear interview with Dynamic Twins on Frontline Rewind Episode 20 at http://frontlinerecords.us/rewind/.
Vintage Hip Hop digital re-releases from SFC (Soldiers For Christ)
Thu, May 9, 2013
Frontline Records, a subsidiary label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Gene L. Andrusco, is making these Broken Records/Brainstorm Artists Int’l albums available digitally on May 14th …The first time in over 2 decades.
It is impossible to consider Christian Hip Hop history without Chris Cooper a.k.a. Sup, a.k.a. Super C, a.k.a. Soup The Chemist. His "group" was S.F.C., which stood for Soldiers For Christ. SFC’s debut, Listen Up, brought food for a hungry market bringing authentic street rap with the best use of scratching and sampling heard to date. In your face lyrics dealt with real issues like drugs, gang violence, immoral living and more. CCM Magazine called Listen Up a “welcome face in the growing genre of Christian rap.”
SFC’s 1990 follow up, A Saved Man (In The Jungle), took authentic Christian rap to another level. Featuring a serious urban beat, Saved Man displayed the highest level of sampling, scratching, lyrics and attitude that the Christian marketplace had heard to date. It is little wonder that this release is one of the most requested and sought after titles in hip hop circles. Fans of the Holy Hip Hop Database gave this release a “10 out of 10”….authentic in every way.
Both are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and at http://FrontlineRecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99.
Hear interview with SFC’s Chris Cooper on Frontline Rewind EP 17 at http://frontlinerecords.us/rewind/.
Soup wrote a book releasing in June titled, “Through My Windows”. It details the gospel rap movement from 1985 to 2003. For anyone seeking to understand how the movement started and how groups such as SFC, The Gospel Gangstas, I.D.O.L. King, Freedom of Soul and Dynamic Twins came to be, this book is a must read!
Some of the book can be reviewed now at www.beesydeent.com.
Vintage Hip Hop digital re-releases from Freedom of Soul and Peace 586
Mon, Apr 15, 2013
Frontline Records, a subsidiary label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Ojo Taylor, are making these legacy albums available digitally for the first time on 4/16/13.
Freedom Of Soul released their debut, Caught In A Land Of Time, in 1991 on Brainstorm Artists Int’l. With streetwise styling, the CD was hailed as a nice bridge between harder street rap from artists SFC and P.I.D. and more pop hip hop from artists like DC Talk, due to the inclusion of singers like Jon Gibson and Bernard Wright, along with choice sampling. The Holy Hip Hop Database says of the group, “They raised the bar in the holy hip hop scene.”
FOS released its 2nd CD on B.A.I. in 1994. Appropriately called The 2nd Comin’, the music on their sophomore project featured a rawer, tougher, more streetwise end of hip hop. One reviewer said, “It's gangsta rap without the violence and profanities, a veritable torrent of verbiage sometimes carving out sound messages of hope and salvation verging on the surreal and often spiced with a tongue-in-cheek humor and plenty of sample surprises.” Guest artists include T-Bone, Brainwash Projects, LPG and Sup.
Peace 586 is a prolific hip hop artist, producer and MC whose career has spanned from the 1980s to present. Together with DJ Cartoon, Peace formed Freedom of Soul and is best known for expressing his Christian faith as it relates to life here now, as well as that to be gained. His name is derived from the month and year that he became a Christian: May 1986. The Risen Son was released in 1996 on Innocent Media, owned by executive producer, Ojo Taylor. Gene Eugene mixed and engineered. DJ Cartoon added turntables and LPG and Tunnel Rats contributed to the writing.
All 3 are available on iTunes and other digital stores, including http://frontlinerecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99.
Hear interview with Peace 586 on Rewind Episode 16 at http://frontlinerecords.us/rewind/.