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Excellent 2nd studio disc by this way-kool blues-based hard rock band from Wisconsin featuring the outstanding vocal talents of Adam Zierten. Includes 10 tracks of awesome, memorable, dynamic, melodic, soul-powered, blues-based, organic, retro rock n' roll mojo.
On their powerful sophomore effort, Mojo Radio dig deep & produce a killer set of classic, timeless, modern-day guitar rock with a strong musical nod towards their retro-70s heroes. With an emphasis on strong songs full of depth & maturity, and with a unique hard rockin' twist on the blues, Mojo Radio reach for the sky on the aptly titled "Rise" disc. As an added bonus, The Steepwater Band "Riffmaster" Jeff Massey lands as a "Special Guest" guitarist on the stellar, dynamic, epic "See It Through", an uplifting, masterful rock ballad that burns & shines brightly. And as fitting closure to their new "opus", the band create and produce a beautiful, deep, thought-provoking track called "110912" which is dedicated to their fallen good "musical brother" Paulie Heenan. A righteous musical statement & true testament from Mojo Radio that is worth the price of admission and will stand the test of time.
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Blues rock band, Mojo Radio from Madison, WI return with their sophomore release, ' Rise'. This album is full of raging blues that will not disappoint. Original and gritty comes to mind. It will grab your attention from the moment you press play. Mojo Radio are, Adam Zierten on vocals/harmonica, Jason Peterson on guitar, Scott Aumann on bass and Brent King on drums. The album starts of with bluesy mover, "Torn Asunder", powered by Zierten' s, harp and Peterson's locomotive super charged slide guitar. The funky soulful rocker, "Death Of Me" is up next. Talk about getting the blood pumping, this song will do the trick. Then you have the laid back swagger of "Changing Of The Tide". Things slow down a bit with "See It Through", but pick right back up with the gospel tinged soul shaker, "Darken My Door". If you like slide guitar, harmonica/harp and Bonham influenced drum grooves then you are in for one hell of a good time! The production job is top notched and the mix is spot on. Real toe-tappin' groovin' kinda music, combined with powerhouse chords and super-charged slide guitar make ,'Rise' by Mojo Radio a real winner. A raunchy rootsy blues rock ride of your life. You will feel like you are riding the rails at every turn in the road, peelin' paint and melting rubber. Any fan of the Stones, Faces, Humble Pie and Black Crowes, will be greatly rewarded for giving this album a listen. - Highly Recommended
Tony Sison - The Dedicated Rocker Society / All Access Magazine (June 2014)
It used to be that the vocalists with the big blues-inflected rock bands - think The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin - would lace their numbers with some wailing blues harmonica from time to time. Wisconsin four piece Mojo Radio certainly remember this, with a big, big rock-blues sound that has plenty of harmonica work by Adam Zierten neatly and consistently incorporated with the riffing guitars and powerhouse rhythms that recall Led Zeppelin's early days. If you like your blues-rock hot, heavy and harp-laden, this will certainly do the business.
Norman Darwen - Harmonica World (June 2014)
Wisconsin-natives Mojo Radio return with their stellar second disc Rise. The 10-track blues-based hard rock collection is a celebration of early ‘70’s influences and pays tribute to bands like Free, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The four-piece have fine-tuned their delivery in a sonic shockwave packed with soul, power-house riffs and sensual groove. Singer Adam Zierten has a voice custom-built for ‘70’s rock. His expressive crooning on the grinding “Come Hell or Muddy Water” is essential listening. Guitarist Jason Peterson’s playing is conservative yet emotional. His electric notes are carefully selected and packed with passion as heard best in “War Horse,” a cocky study in testosterone-driven rock ‘n’ roll. Drummer Brent King fills each track with a distinctive patter but it’s in the rumble of “Death of Me” that benefits from his full weight. The thumping “Avalanche” is a musical playground for bassist Scott Aumann and his four-string fury. Level, on the mark, and in the pocket, the combined rhythm section gives the guitar and voice all the room they need to flex and strut.
The organic nature of the group is reminiscent of Cry of Love, early Black Crowes or the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. From the foot-stomping “Torn Asunder” with its Louisiana vibe and talkbox vocals to the tearful dedication of their fallen musical brother Paulie Heenan in “110912”, Mojo Radio excel both as songwriters and musical craftsmen. The gospel-tinged “Darken My Door” sparks the imagination as Zierten plays a holy-roller preacher man accompanied by a church organ before the band jump into a rollicking barnburner made all the more authentic with slide guitar and harmonica. “Hold Your Breath” and “See It Through” come in moments where a ballad brings light, color and emotion to a recording superbly assembled. The songs are made all the more rich as they ebb and flow building in texture and dynamics. Personal favorite, “Changing of the Tide” could easily sit on Bad Company’s debut. A power-blues rocker, the song is etched by slide guitar, wah wah, pounding bass/drums, incredible vocal and a hook chorus. It’s 1974 all over again!
Todd K. Smith / The Electric Beard (May 2014)
Mojo Radio is a band from Wisconsin that brings energetic blues-rock. Adam Zierten, the excellent lead singer and harmonica player, along with the other three group members and several guests, produces a robust sound. It reminds one of bands like Black Crowes, and especially the bands to which they listened, groups like Led Zeppelin, Faces, Savoy Brown and Humble Pie. Adam's voice is very reminiscent of Steve Marriot. In short, the blues rock of the seventies has clearly left its mark on this CD, the second strong Mojo Radio disc after their self-titled debut in 2012.
The ten songs on this work are almost all full-power rock songs, one after another, only twice take the gentlemen take a step back for a more subtle approach. One of those tracks is the atmospheric, dreamy "See It Through" that starts out controlled, but halfway through that raw edge resurfaces and ends with the volume knob at full power. The closer, "110912", referring to a date that will never be forgotten, is also the only track that, given the theme, is bereft of rugged rock guitars. Yet it is now our favorite track on "Rise". Adam Zierten here proves what a great vocalist he is.
The Grooveyard Records label has a trump card with Mojo Radio, as these gentlemen have already proven with their two releases. For fans of solid blues-rock inspired by the great bands of that genre from the seventies, this is one you should not pass up. Strong stuff!
Ron / rootstime.be (February 2014)
Mojo Radio is getting it done the old fashioned way. While most bands are resolving that they’ll just go it alone, Mojo went out and signed a deal with New York’s Grooveyard Records (home to artists such as Greg Koch, Chris Poland and other blues and blues/rock stalwarts from across the nation). They’ve also gone out and secured sponsors in Bud Light and UV Vodka. And while many artists are seeking the latest fad – or latest revival – to ride coattails, Mojo Radio has stuck with the tried and true: rock solid rhythm, inspiring blues/rock riffing and soulful, heartfelt vocals. To seal the deal they make the most out of vocalist Adam Ziertan’s exceptional harmonica (or as they like to call it – jaw harp) playing.
In another remarkable move, the band turned to a seasoned professional to work on the songs in pre-production, in this case Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos. Putting that much time and effort into this material makes Rise a labor of love. Even when the band suffered a tremendous personal loss when their friend and possible future collaborator Paulie Heenan was gunned down in November of 2012, they remained focused and true, maybe even gaining some added impetus to make this recording everything it could be. The band recorded an epitaph, both to the album and their friend, in “11092012,” a poignant and beautiful remembrance (You can read more about the song and the band’s contributions to Pauile’s Gift, the fund set up to benefit youth music programs in Heenan’s name here). “I’ve been let down / And I’ve been remiss / But I’ve never seen / Heartbreak like this,” Zierten sings over plaintive acoustic guitar and ghostly slide guitar accents. The song is at once a Madison anthem and a rallying cry for justice.
Mojo Radio imbue the rest of Rise with a sustained intensity that is most impressive. But let’s begin where all recordings begin – the drums. Brent King turns in one astounding performance after another here, giving Rise the drive, determination and grit that puts it over the drop. In lockstep with King is bassist Scott Aumann. To understand the powerful groove these two can generate check out the brief but brilliant coda to “Death of Me.” Aumann also adds steel guitar and additional jaw harp on the album. Jason Peterson is a workhorse combining the zeal and heavy riffage of Jimmy Page with the balls-out passion of Angus Young. The guitar playing and overall approach harken back to the glory days of the Rolling Stones and the twin guitar tandem of Keith Richards and Mick Taylor whose influence has been so profound on nameless bands like the Black Crowes who could also be referenced as inspiration here.
Zierten establishes himself as one of the premier vocalists in the city with strong performances on every track. His Jimmy Swaggert-like intro to “Darken My Door” is hilarious as he implores us to “rock forward into the kingdom of heaven.” Both “Darken My Door” and “See it Through” benefit from guest keyboards by Erik Anderson. Jeff Massey, of Chicago’s Steepwater Band, adds lead guitar to the latter as well. “War Horse” is another strong track with powerful vocals and a cool drum intro from King. This one imforms the rest of the album with all facets of the band firing on all cylinders. Zierten saves his best for last though as “11092012” is simply too hard to top.
Rise was recorded in De Forest by Eric Katte who also works with Sunspot at his Barn 51 Studios. Though it’s a late-year entry it surely ranks as one of the top recordings of the year and one of the strongest to come out of the city in a while.
Rick Tvedt / Local Sounds Magazine (December 2013)
Mojo Radio is back with a new album, Rise, and it was worth the wait. Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Adam Zierten (vocals and harmonica, Jason Peterson (guitars), Scott Aumann (bass), and Brent King (drums) sound like The Black Crowes crossed with Zeppelin and even a little Black Country Communion stirred in for good measure.
“Torn Asunder” lays the ground work that this whole album is based on. This track is a mix of a lo-fi acoustic bluesy guitar riff, some wailing harmonica, some passionate vocals, and eventually some swaggering in your face electric southern guitar rock that clearly show where this bands influences are based. From there things just get better as they continue to let it fly. “Death Of Me” rocks with a weighty pulsating rhythm that’s featured clearly at the break in the middle when the bass gets a couple of measures all alone to expose that second melody running underneath everything.
Jeff Massey from the Steepwater band joins them on lead guitar for a masterful swirling rock ballad on “See It Through.” We get a little bit of gospel influence from guest Eric “E-Rock” Anderson on keys at the beginning of “Darken My Door” where eventually Adam lets the soul fly as the pace picks up into what is clearly a rock song. “War Horse” and “Avalanche” get back to the ’70s rock sound that underpins everything. “Hold Your Breath” has a great message about perseverance and is delivered in a song that alternates between an intense chorus and much more mellow verses. “Come Hell Or Muddy Water” is the most bluesy of all the tracks and it still delivers the rock. The album wraps up with “110912,” a slow acoustic tribute to the late guitarist Paulie Heenan who was killed in a controversial police shooting.
Mojo Radio clearly delivers an excellent follow up that improves upon their initial release. Rise is the perfect name for this one, because that is exactly what this collection of original tracks should cause to happen. This is the album that ought to compel everyone to rise up from their pop radio induced slumber and take notice of these four hard rocking blues guys from Wisconsin.
The Review: 9/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
- Death Of Me
- See It Through
- Darken My Door
- Hold Your Breath
- Come Hell Or Muddy Water
The Big Hit
- See It Through
Kevin O'Rourke - Blues Rock Review (October 2013)
Another stellar blues rocking release from Grooveyard Records. Torn Asunder opens the album pretty cool with acoustic guitar, distorted harmonica and Adam Zierten’s bluesy vocal delivery, a bit similar to Paul Rodgers actually. This was however just the calm before the storm, as all hell breaks loose shortly after. Groovy, heavy blues rock at its best! Wailing slide guitar, groovy bass and drums with a ton of swagger. Throw Free, The Black Crowes and Gov’t Mule in a blender and this is what would probably come out. No need for further explanations. Each and every track delivers and this is a 100 % safe buy!
Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (December 2013)
This revival of raw blues rock as it was played in the early 70s hits all the "musts" with harmonica, passion, hard guitars and dynamics effectively packed in "mojo" right from the start. Songs like "Darken My Door" and "Come Hell Or Muddy Water" will make you "see the light" and "Death Of Me" and "Changing Of The Tide" bring uplifting and beautiful rhythms, changes and dynamic choruses. The second disc from these Americans is excellent and promises more undistorted and entertaining rock and roll to come. Doctor I found my mojo again!
Rocking Greece Magazine (December 2013)
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