TALON : FOURPLAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release date: 20th March 2015
Catalogue No: ESM273
Bar Code: 5 031281 00273 0

Genre: Melodic Rock
Format: CD

Track List: Spun / Sin City Sister / Holly Would / Set Me Free / Tonight / It’s A Fine Line Between Love And Lust / Evil / I Don’t Wanna Cry / Love Is Like A Drug To Me / Raise ‘Em High / Hole In My Head / There Ain’t Nothin’ In The World Like A Rockin’ Band  

Talon is: Michael O’Mara: Lead and Backing Vocals / Kory Voxen:  Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar / Jim Kee: Lead and Rhythm Guitar / Phil Keller: Bass Guitar / John Parker:  Drums.

*Special Guest Musicians: Tim Pierce:  Lead and Harmony Guitars on “Spun” and “Tonight” / Pete Fry:  Lead Guitar on “Love Is Like A Drug To Me”

Produced by Ty Sims / Co-Produced by John Parker, Michael O’Mara & Kory Voxen

An American band and based in California, TALON was born from the ashes of VOXEN – a band that achieved international success with their release “Sacrifice”, which included a track that was used in the major motion picture “Outbreak” starring Dustin Hoffman.

Soon after, a new vision was brought forward with the recruitment of Michael O’Mara (Joshua Perahia, EFX) and demos were soon recorded some songs which culminated in the release of their self-titled debut. Upon release, the CD was wildly praised and was on countless top-10 lists for the year. Soon followed major live shows, including The Gods Festival in the U.K. Talon also had the privilege of being Stan Bush’s backing band at The Gods Festival and the subsequent DVD release. After a break of working on individual projects, Talon recorded new demos and ultimately recorded their next release “Fallen Angels”. With a closer vibe to an AOR feel, New York native Chandler Mogel was brought on board.   

Chandler Mogel went on to front the Greece outfit Outloud and Talon then used the vocal talents of Shawn Pelata (Line of Fire) and keyboardsman Eric Ragno (China Blue, Takara, etc.). This was simply entitled “III” and was released on Escape Music. It proved to be a great album which strengthened the bands reputation and the addition of Jeff Scott Soto on guest vocals helped them gain a strong following.  

This brings us to 2015 and the band have gone back to their roots and Michael O’Mara is back behind the mike stand. This is great news, and to add to the excitement they had the great pleasure to have contributions from some amazing friends and guitarists involved in the release. First off, top session guitarist extraordinaire Tim Pierce (Bonjovi, Ozzy, Santana, Elton John, etc.) provides Lead Guitar on 2 tracks and Pete Fry (FarCry, Rockarma) provides Lead Guitar on another track!    

With amazing tracks such as the emotional “Tonight”, the in-your-face “Evil”, the dirty groove of “Holly Would”, and the energetic fun of “Spun” – and many other outstanding tracks, this release is bound to show up on a lot of 10 Bests Lists for 2015!   Its just going to be like the good old days!   

Talon recently played at MelodicRockFest4, previewing several of the new tracks and now with several shows being set up for 2015 to promote the upcoming release, look for Talon to play near you in 2015!!!!

Talon have come strong with their fourth release, this is going to be a monster!

 

 

 


 

 


CHINA SKY : CHINA SKY II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: 20th February 2015
Catalogue Number: ESM272
Bar Code: 5 03128100272 3

China Sky is:

Ron Perry: Lead vocals, acoustic guitars, and electric guitars
Richard Smith: Bass, backing vocals
Steve Wheeler: Lead guitars, and slide guitars
Tim McGowan: Keyboards
Bruce Crump: Drums  ex-Molly Hatchet

Produced by: Ron Perry
Mastered by: Mike Lind

Track list:

1- One Life 3:32 / 2-The Road Not Taken 3:52 / 3-You’re Not The One 3:17 / 4- I Believe In You 4:17 / 5-I Wish I Could Fly 4:40 / 6-Enemy 3:52 / 7-I’m Survivor 4:23 / 8-The Richest Man In The World 3:51 / 9-You’ll Get Yours 3:10 / 10-The Darkness 3:00 / 11-Give It Up 3:42 / 12-Dreams I’ll Never See 4:13

A lot can change in 25 years. Countless fashion trends have come and gone. The Soviet Union ceased to exist. MTV stopped playing music videos. People began to explore a whole new universe called "the internet", and a forgotten album by a group called China Sky became a cult classic.

With its soaring melodies, lush harmonies and flawless production, China Sky seemed destined to be a rock classic from the word go. Grammy winning Bee Gees producer Karl Richardson headed up a production team that also featured celebrated composer Frank Wildhorn, and a young Bob Marlette, who later went on to work with Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Seether, Shinedown, and dozens of others. How could it go wrong? All of the pieces appeared to be in place: the players, the producers, the music, the management, the record label… Upon release, the album's first single, "The Glory," immediately began to receive radio airplay all over the US and Canada. Records were flying off the shelves in Europe and Japan. Derek Oliver raved in Kerrang Magazine. When the second single, "Some Kind Of Miracle," was released, more and more radio stations began to add China Sky.

Success seemed just around the corner, but six weeks later the band China Sky was no more.

Just what happened was never completely clear to anyone, it happened so quickly and members of China Sky decided to cut their losses and bail out, leaving the promise of everything for which they had worked so hard unfulfilled.

Guitarist Bobby Ingram went on to join Jacksonville southern rock outfit Molly Hatchet. Singer Ron Perry spent fifteen years recording and touring with his band, The Ron Perry Connection. Bassist Richard Smith did studio work and played with several popular regional bands in the southeast. No one looked back. China Sky became a distant, painful memory marked with the scars of what might have been… until sometime in the late 2000s, when Perry began to receive strange emails. Requests for China Sky pictures, CDs, and memorabilia started to become an increasingly regular occurrence. Collectors started to inquire about unreleased China Sky material. "I thought it was a friend pulling pranks," said Perry, about the renewed interest in a band that had been all but forgotten by its original members, “But the messages kept coming in from all over the world.” People started posting China Sky songs on the internet and they were racking up tens of thousands of hits. "The ball just started rolling on its own," chuckles bassist Richard Smith, "and there was no getting out of the way." With the resurgence in popularity of what is now called "Melodic Rock" in Europe, Japan, and South America, Perry and Smith began to sense an opportunity to finally bring the early promise of China Sky to full fruition. The pair decided the time was right to take what they had started a quarter century earlier and make it right. That haunting feeling of having important unfinished business needed to be addressed. China Sky would be re-born.

New guitarist Steve Wheeler was hired he seemed the natural choice for China Sky. The pieces were starting to come together, but things were not yet complete. Drummer Bruce Crump was next to join, a seasoned veteran with numerous gold and platinum records to his credit, Crump spent 15 years pounding the skins in southern rock band Molly Hatchet, with whom China Sky shared management in the 80’s. By 1988, Hatchet’s original members had pretty much had enough, and with the end of that situation looming, Crump actually did a few rehearsals with China Sky amid talk of joining the band. Management, however, wanting to squeeze every last dime out of Molly Hatchet, talked him out of it. Now, with the re-birth of China Sky, it seemed the next logical step would be for the boys to put in a call to their old friend Bruce, who, as it turned out, was itching to get involved in a serious project, and was quick to come on board. It was a perfect fit, but there was still one piece of the puzzle missing.

"Keyboards were an essential part of the China Sky sound in the 80s. They provided the atmosphere and the ambience that made for such a rich sonic landscape," says Richard Smith. "We couldn't trust just anyone with such an important component of our music." The search was on for a keyboardist who could tie the whole package together. After much networking, scouting, and a couple of disastrous auditions, guitarist Steve Wheeler remembered a Scottish piano player with whom he had played a few pickup gigs. Tim McGowan was a crack keyboardist and an actual China Sky fan. "From the very first time we played with him, we knew he was the guy," said Wheeler. McGowan had played with several popular bands all over Europe, and had etched out a respectable solo career in the world of New Age instrumental music, having released no less than twelve albums of original material. It seemed he was, indeed "the guy."

With all of the pieces firmly in place, China Sky has entered the studio to begin production of their second album. Ron Perry sums it up: "Being back in China Sky feels as comfortable as putting on an old pair of sneakers. We're incredibly lucky to have an opportunity to go back and set things right. We feel the new material is better than anything on the first album, and we're incredibly excited about taking the band in the direction we had originally intended. We are in control of everything this time, and that makes all the difference".

A lot can change in 25 years!