Summarily dismissed from Ozzy Osbourne's band (via telegram no less), guitarist Jake E. Lee licked his wounds and formed Badlands with another former Black Sabbath singer, Ray Gillen. Despite the employment history of its principals, the group eschewed gothic themes and textures on their self-titled debut, embracing instead the bluesy swagger of Led Zeppelin and Montrose. Within the first few seconds of album opener "Live Wire" it becomes clear that Lee and Gillen made a wise stylistic choice, as the guitarist's swinging riff and vocalist's gravelly howl are electrifyingly compatible.
How do you prepare for a ride through nowhere? Miles and miles of it. Alone on his trusty KTM, Henry Cole is going to have plenty of thinking time as he attempts to travel from one of the world's most isolated cities, Perth, on Australia's far west coast, across vast swathes of nothing to the tropical climes of Darwin in the north. Miles of great empty red desert will surround him en route and, whilst the mileage is high, the soaring temperatures will be higher as well as relentless and merciless. This is endurance riding at it most intense. Even seeking out company after riding through the wilderness from miles can be harder than you'd imagine, as Henry discovers when he visits Binnu - population 6. To help break the monotony, Henry volunteers as a ranger at the Purlulu National Park, admiring the amazing solitude of the area up close. The endless seclusion and isolation can play tricks on any rider's mind during long stretches in the saddle but the breath-taking scenery and crazy characters popping up along the road could still make it a World's Greatest Motorcycle Ride. Henry just has to survive being baked alive in his leathers to tell the tale.
Siblings Danielle Schnebelen (lead vocals and bass), Nick Schnebelen (guitars and vocals) and Kris Schnebelen, (drums) have a lifelong connection with the blues. Growing up in Kansas City, MO, the trio soaked up the music of their parents, who were active in the thriving blues scene. After years of playing in separate bands, Danielle, Kris and Nick decided to keep things in the family and formed Trampled Under Foot.