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Charlotte (USA) - 2010 Medusa Groove



ARTIST: Charlotte (USA)
ALBUM: Medusa Groove
LABEL: Eonian Records
SERIAL: ER-00011
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Eric Ganz - lead vocals * Nick DiBacco - guitar, backing vocals * Vinnie Cacciotti - guitar * Chris Colovas - bass, backing vocals * Eric D. Brewton - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Medusa Groove * 02 Woman Behind The Eyes * 03 Siren * 04 Little Devils * 05 Miss Necrophilia * 06 She Get It Up * 07 Got Love On The Line * 08 Changes * 09 Roadhouse Of Love * 10 Ocean Of Love And Mercy * 11 Invisible Man * 12 All Tied Up

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/charlottelamus


Background
Just about every band that has been released on Eonian Records roster has a story to tell. L.A's Charlotte are no different. In a situation of what could have been, this outfit chased fame and fortune without following the trends of the day, nor of the music scene immediately around them. Starting out in 1986, this band were a few years ahead of the style they would eventually pursue. A melodic but bluesy hard rock metal sound, that would eventually give bands such as Badlands, Tora Tora, Beggars And Thieves and Tangier a higher profile during the 1989-1991 years. Whether they were ahead of their time is a question only Charlotte's band members can answer, but the success of 1987's 'Appetite For Destruction' by Guns N Roses should've had the A&R guys hovering around this band like a bear to a honeypot. Charlotte appeared on the stage with many of the high profile outfits of the era, and they were well known around the regular haunts of the day (Whisky A Gogo, Roxy, Troubador etc).


The Songs
'Medusa Groove' contains twelve tracks covering Charlotte's tenure during the late 80's heyday. Listening to it you can tell this band had something unique in their sound, and certainly were not typical of that so called 'L.A hair metal sound'. Lead singer Eric Ganz provided most (if not all) of the lyrics, and his vocal style holds the band together, both powerful and intense, he lays the platform for guitarists Nick DiBacco and Vinnie Cacciotti to do their thing, in much the same way Mike Matijevic did with Steelheart. Charlotte stand out on the heavier tracks, as with the opener 'Medusa Groove', 'Little Devils', 'She Get It Up' and 'All Tied Up'. A few tracks have an Enuff Znuff vibe happening, 'Got Love On The Line' is a good example of that. A couple of tracks don't quite work for me, but then the band weren't making excuses to be pigeon-holed into any particular category. They were just delivering songs as they felt fit.


In Summary
During their run, a few labels sniffed around, but none made a total commitment to sign the band. Charlotte also featured in magazines such as Metalized, Metal Forces, and Rock Scene, but even these appearances weren't enough to sway those with the chequebooks to do the good deed. Consigned to the history books, the band members are still in touch and haven't ruled out a return of some sort (any sort) in the future.


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