"Got a Taste for OxyContin"Today’s music comes from another band featured on Little Steven’s “Coolest Songs in the World.”
The Bleeding Hearts, from Raleigh, N.C., released Nothing on but the Radio in June of this year. This release finally brought the band the credibility they deserve. The first single, “Rehab Girl,” almost instantly got into heavy rotation on Little Steven’s Underground Garage, and brought them not just national, but world-wide attention.
“Would Green Day a roots-nephew?” wrote Hank, on a Dutch Web site. “Sam Madison has the largest bleeding heart. He writes the skull-with-a-laugh melodies and decorating them piece by piece with a murderous gitaarrif.” (Yeah, it’s a literal translation.)
Madison is The Bleeding Hearts founding member, putting the band together in 2003 with a trio of New York immigrants: guitarist Joe Yerry, bassist Jimbo Britt, and drummer Scott Taylor (Taylor left the band last year and was replaced by Dave Bartholomew).
“The Bleeding Hearts harnesses four decades of vinyl references into polished but hulking two-guitar paeans that meet somewhere between Mott the Hoople and Cheap Trick,” wrote Grayson Currin in Raleigh’s The Independent Weekly. “Despite its scantily clad cover, the band's second album, Nothin' On but the Radio, showcases a more mature, balanced approach from Sam Madison, its braggadocio-belted front man.”
Catch The Bleeding Hearts live Oct. 4 at Slim’s Downtown in Raleigh, N.C., and Oct. 10 at The Tap House in Norfolk, Va. Go to their MySpace space for more information.
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