By: Donnie Hardin
In 1986 my older brother Kenny had taken me to my first real concert at the age of nine to see Ozzy Osbourne at the old Cardinal Stadium. A young band of dirty haired, ripped jean wearing, greasy-haired thrashers called Metallica, unknown to me, opened the show. Cliff Burton would die in a tragic accident a couple of months later.
By the time 1993 rolled around I was a teenage headbanger, while proudly toting my beloved Walkman cassette player to school, getting geared up for the day with the sounds of Metallica, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, Megadeth, and a selective assortment of others, I was hungry for more.
There was nothing quite as awesome as brand new 10-pack of shiny, blank cassette tapes. When you ripped off the packaging they had a unique smell. Brand new plastic. Untouched. By the radio we would sit patiently waiting for that one song, but it would only be hard rock at best, like Guns-N-Roses, Skid Row, or Whitesnake. There were no metal tunes on rotation. (Not until Metallica released ‘One’ off ‘…And Justice For All’ in 1989. But never would you hear Slayer, Pantera, Testament, Sepultura, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, or any of the heavier bands. You had to first read about new releases in Metal Edge or Hit Parader magazines, which were expensive, or be lucky enough to have an older brother who had friends with jobs and played in bands. But it was all spread about, for me anyway.
On August 8, 1993, that would ALL change when our local rock radio station, The Fox, had hired a disc jockey by the name of ‘BLACK FRANK’, and gave him a show originally called ‘The Metal Pit’, later renamed ‘The Attitude Network’, complete with eerie background sounds such as grinding metal, power saws, and spooky, cool noises behind this seriously incredible radio voice. This guy knew his shit too. he wasn’t playing songs off of a list passed down from some geek in a suit and tie somewhere high up the corporate food-chain at Clear Channel Productions.
It was Frank’s list, metal news, release dates, tour dates, and various metal happenings worldwide, scrawled out on a legal pad. I would sit in my bedroom with a fresh cassette tape every week waiting for midnight to strike because he would likely play something by a band I had never heard of, that I would love, like Machine Head, Biohazard, Skinlab, Corrosion of Conformity, Downset, Korn, Voivod, Fear Factory, on and on.
Frank Webb aka Black Frank (I wouldn’t know his real name for about twenty years later)… He had the perfect voice for any radio station covering any genre in the country, and we, the hard-edged thrashers, slammers, fist pumping armies of the 502, 270, and 812 area codes, we were the lucky ones because he was one of the biggest reasons, if not THE biggest reason amazing national acts started coming out of the woodwork to play Louisville Gardens, The Brewery Thunderdome, or The Palace Theater, shaking up our previously tame and humble river city, inspiring would be musicians as an unstoppable collective, eventually kicking ass with our own brand of metal, as the incredible local scene would take hold in the mid-to-late 1990’s, producing nationally relevant acts such as My Own Victim, Primer 55, and Flaw along with local titans Faceplant, Incursion, Shapeless Matrix, Luther, Factor 9, Engrind, and so many more. more, all of which FRANK WEBB promoted, pushed, pimped out, and believed in as much as anyone could have.
I have heard many of my peers talk about the old days, before we all had the luxury of Google, You Tube, when Black Frank could be counted on every single week to play some groundbreaking metal. Then when we started making the metal ourselves, he enabled us, whether you were Dimebag Darrell or unknown me, he would, and continues to carry on a great conversation with anyone whether they are a rock star or unsigned drummer of a garage band in the south end.
I ramble, but I ramble for a good reason.
Thank you FRANK WEBB for your service to this very fortunate metal music community. You may not have been born in Louisville, but you are LOUISVILLE’S BLACK FRANK.
It is about time that Frank Webb hits the airwaves again.
By: Donnie Hardin
I caught with my homie, Flaw guitarist Jay Daunt, and asked him some laid back kind of questions. So… what does Jay say?
Donnie Hardin (DH): I know you are a big fan of mixed martial arts. Who are some of your favorite fighters to watch?
Jay Daunt (JD): I am a huge MMA fan more in person than televised but t.v. is cool. I have preferred weight classes more than fighters. I like middleweight and up as I prefer more damage and slower pace to the fast lightweight fighters that provide few violent finishes. We have a song on the UFC game but would love to get music on more fighting items.
DH: Do you have any favorite t.v. shows you like to watch and / or recent movies you would suggest? Favorite actors?
JD: I watch little tv, more of a gamer. I do watch ancient aliens and sleep to discovery or science channel. For genres I am a horror guy. For gaming I prefer character development role playing games. I am playing Dragon Age and Elder Scrolls Online on the ps4 currently.
DH: Since you passed the bar exam and are a lawyer, I assume that you have had to read a great deal. Do you like to read? Do you have a favorite writer? Favorite books?
JD: In general I don’t enjoy curling up with a book. I much prefer to play an instrument or work on my love for studio engineering/mixing. Oddly enough I love to read instruction manuals and such. I will download manuals for studio gear and software even when I don’t own the particular thing. Feel I learn and works well with my extreme adhd.
DH: When preparing to hit the road for a long stretch, what are your essential needs?
JD: Time with family as will be Factime only for awhile. Pack my portable pro tools studio setup. Get a new game or 2. Prepare our live show and set so we kill each night and give fans what they pay for and deserve.
DH: Other than Flaw, what is the last thing you listened to?
JD: Asking Alexandria……fucking love ’em! Also some Suicide Silence and the new Breaking Benjamin.
DH: I’ve recently become a fan of the low “F” tuning that Meshuggah and Stef Carpenter from Deftones are using now. Have you considered buying an 8-string? (If you have not already) Or discuss any other new toys or gadgets you’ve recently purchased.
JD: I have been using 8 strings for some time but I tune to a low E. Fucking love the tuning and I still am able to do all our prior material. I will be using pretty much only 8s on the upcoming tour.
DH: The band has been touring a lot and about to hit the road again, what can you tell us about recording / new album / or releases? (Hey, I had to ask)
JD: Coming asap. Album is more than written just getting label backing in place. Believe me we are as anxious as fans.
DH: Did you ever go skydiving with Volz (Flaw singer)? If so.. what was that like? What do you like to do for thrills? (other than music)
JD: We have been delayed but will get it on soon. I like anything that pushes adrenaline. Bring that shit on…..
DH: I am wanting to start recording at home, what recording program(s) do you recommend? Drum program? (i.e. Fruity Loops) Sell me a guitar, the most beat down, Jay Daunt special you have.
JD: Pro Tools is the best bet as you will end up there eventually. Mac or PC, your call but I have gone mac. I started with pc due to costs but once you go Mac you won’t go back……..sounds oddly familiar :-)
I use addictive drums to program and trigger 2 for any drum blending or replacement. I never sell my gear……but for you who knows. …
DH: Favorite word?
JD: Fuck…….most of the 4 letter love bombs!
DH: Least favorite word?
It is with honor that we at the Daily Rock Report Louisville Rock & Metal Hall of Fame announce our very first inductee, Bobby Burns, the driven, and musically clever mastermind, visionary and founder of PRIMER 55.
Released January 25, 2000 by Island Records, Primer 55’s debut, ‘Introduction To Mayhem’ has proven to leave an eternal stamp in modern music history, maintaining staying power among fans with songs such as ‘Loose’, ‘ Freak Love’, ‘Dose’, ‘Set It Off’, ‘The Big F**k You’, and other groove metal hybrid based cutting edge tunes carefully and uniquely arranged by Burns.
The album is permanently embedded into hard rock and metal history having been sort of an “Introduction” to the 2000’s portion of the then rising alternative metal / Nu-Metal revolution.
Led by Bobby, with the swagger of some sort of musical modern alter-ego of General George S. Patton, the music of Primer 55 provided a flare to the industry. His vision of ideas melted and stirred into a soulful mixing pot of punk, metal, hip-hop with a powerful element of body twitching groove that listeners of the genre simply could not deny.
Not just some dime-a-dozen guitar player, Burns knows his way around the mixing knobs, wrinkles and pockets of the recording studio due to the fact that he has a superior ear packaged with a strong vision.
Primer 55’s sophomore effort, (The) New Release, dropped on August 14, 2001, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #102 on the Billboard 200. The single ‘This Life’, peaked at #37 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.
In 2003 Bobby would join forces with metal heavyweights SOULFLY, accepting an offer to fill the role of bassist, a gig that many well-known metal bass players would have begged, clawed and killed for just for a secure shot to play with one of the most relevant metal musicians of all time, Max Cavalera.
Soulfly released four studio albums with Burns over the course of seven years. An admirable feat of mental and physical endurance for anyone working with Max Cavalera, and his managing wife Gloria. The couple has developed a sort of reputation among industry insiders as being difficult to deal with. Just ask Max’s former Brazilian band mates SEPULTURA. When Max and Gloria left them behind after feuding over power struggles, Max even left his brother, Igor Cavalera behind. A bit ironic for a guy being all about “family”.
So where does Bobby Burns get his unstoppable determination to keep pushing forward with all he has? There is this little theory I have, called the Muhammad Ali Effect.
The story goes, and in my opinion, is one of truth, that after the Cassius Clay (who would later change his name to Muhammad Ali), returned to the city of Louisville after winning the World Olympic Gold Metal for Heavyweights, representing our country and planting the seed for what would grow into something much larger than just simply being a boy from Louisville.
Ali, after giving the USA a reason to swagger, especially his hometown, walked into a local eatery in the downtown Louisville area, Gold Medal around his neck, and was told that “Colored’s were not allowed, despite being a National Sports Hero. He probably did not even consider the thought of being barred, Louisville was already a much more evolved melting pot and known for its racial relations, which became a model for many cities, and every south of the Ohio.
Ali was furious, the Gold Medal, in his mind had been reduced to nothing more than a chunk of worthless scrap metal. He walked onto the Second Street bridge, feeling defeated as he walked along the walkway, and angrily feeling defeated, tossed the Gold Medal into the Ohio River.
He would go on to never give up ever again. To give all he had for what he believed. In a bout with millions of Americans calling him a traitor, facing prison, he pressed on. He would not bow down, he told the world, someone would have to kill him. They didn’t. Ali, now a long time sufferer of Parkinson’s disease, has not let that deter him still to this very day. In recent years, I personally have seen him in attendance at several University of Louisville sporting events, representing his city. He never gave up on Louisville or himself.
Somewhere lodged deeply in the sediment of the Ohio River is something nearly as symbolic, which transcends any one life and is responsible for being the source of unlimited hope and determination. The Holy Grail of the Ohio River. Those living in the city drink the tapped water and live off of it. Call me crazy, call me what you will, THE GREATNESS is within an incredible number of local natives and citizens. Many who are iconic and world-famous. I personally cite the great Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, my literary hero, as a prime example.
Those living in the Louisville, Kentucky area will have a chance to see PRIMER 55 on September 19, 2015 at a cancer research funding event called ‘HORNS UP AGAINST CANCER’. with all proceeds funding the well-established ‘F**K CANCER FOUNDATION’. It just may be the bands final show ever, “or at least, the last Primer 55 show for a very long time” Burns said recently stating that new vision, with a new direction have emerged from the mind of the musical genius.
Bobby Burns talks about playing what could be last Primer 55 show in Louisville…</div>
“,,,And he (Kanye West) goes…’You people are witnessing the greatest living rock star of all-time!!!,’ and then proceeds to mess the words up to [QUEEN’s] ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ — in England! Are you kidding me?’ where I’m just, like, ‘Look… just stop.”
-#8’s feelings about seeing Kanye in concert.
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky –
By: Donnie Hardin
In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the Louisville metal scene thrived thanks to a few great local acts. One of those acts was the brutality laden power-groove-metal band Incursion. Being at an Incursion show or even band practice would put you in some kind of odd upbeat, energetic form of a trance with the dueling and seemingly possessed vocals of their two vocalists, (or co-vocalists as I would refer to them) of Van Avery and Tim (aka Stem) Holder along with the demonic and brutal guitar riffs and head banging drum beats. You couldn’t help but have your soul and body become a part of the eerie, powerful groove metal sounds.
I will be writing more about them within the next couple of weeks, as they have announced they are working together once again and will see the stage and re-issue their complete cd catalog. For those who live outside of the city of Louisville and state of Kentucky, and like some good groove oriented metal I just wanted to share with you some of their music for now… check them out. If you like what you hear, like them on Facebook here.