Muzic Notez Magazine Reviews “Stolen Moments”

 

 

Pennsylvania rock artist Rick Shaffer’s career in music spans decades. His accolades are impressive to say the least. But now, he’s released what I would consider his best of 8 solo albums to date! The ten track Garage Rock album Stolen Moments packs a real punch.

From the first track All I Want you will start bobbing your head and grooving along. The guitar riffs are pungent and the vocals are reminiscent of many classic rock legends. The whole album from front to back is packed full of energy. You can tell Rick had a ton of fun creating Stolen Moments.

Rick Shaffer says that the inspiration for Stolen Moments is that there are no guarantees in life, and every moment he spends creating music is precious time. We definitely agree, and are glad he spends his time wisely, for us all to enjoy the results!

Muzic Notez Magazine

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Rebecca Cullen Reviews Rick Shaffer’s “Stolen Moments”

 

 

After experiencing the strength of Rick Shaffer’s previous album Outside Of Time the prospect of a new project to indulge in was an exciting one. In actual fact, if at all possible, Stolen Moments is even more of an explosion of energy, passion and grit than the former, and it’s addictively entertaining.

All I Want is the opener, and what a way to begin. Full throttle rock and roll, authentic grit and gravel in the voice and the distortion. Notably different to anything else I’ve heard from the songwriter, All I Want has something deeply real about it – the lyrics seem consumed by the chaos and beauty of being human, being lost within a lust for making music. It’s not dissimilar to the incomparably honest sound of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The sound of Rick’s voice is superb, stylish and powerful, emotional, entirely engaged and seemingly married to this music and this artistry.

Downtown Suzy explodes in an equally attention grabbing manner. The guitars are out of this world, and the melodies and riffs featured bring about a touch of country rock, a hint of Primal Scream, a varied sense of songwriting and a definite moment of certainty and character. One In Five swings the indie anthem bat and offers up a memorable guitar riff and a song with plenty of space surrounding the lyrics, so you get a real sense of storytelling, as well as a further helping of almighty rock and roll.

Modern Lie is a huge song; from the moment it begins there’s something striking and quite special about it. The chord progression, the slightly softer sound, the additional vocal parts, the melody, the build up to the hook – this one is a stunning bit of songwriting. You can take home a copy of this song in an instant, for free; just click the link below…

Another beautifully honest and compelling song is Other One. This track leaves its mark for a number of reasons, not least of all that inherent depth and passion that comes through in the reflective storytelling, and the emotional vocal performance; gentler here for the most part. There’s a real touch of humanness to the writing and Rick Shaffer undoubtedly has a way with poetic expression, as well as a unique and interesting perspective on life. A fantastic song.

Higher is an infectiously enjoyable track, the rhythm and vibrancy of the piece just pours out through the speakers and incites a craving to witness the whole thing being performed live. The full band, real time experience is likely to be insanely good. There’s a sense of urgency to the song and it fills you with enthusiasm and a certain lust for life, in the way that only truly expressive, authentic music can. Rick Shaffer’s passion is incomparable, it drives these songs with intense purity and realness, and fortunately, his unquestionable level of experience means that every track is skilfully and effectively crafted.

There’s another moment of somewhat lighter rock and roll with Time Stays. The guitar riff running throughout creates a further touch of country rock and blues, and as the song progresses, the melody varies a little, and the good vibes seem to multiply. Call My Name follows on from this brilliantly. Stolen Moments is really a project that just gets better and better as it moves along. The sound becomes familiar, the energy settles in for the long run, and the ideas presented take on a new level of personality and intrigue.

Chopping Wood is a song in a world of its own. The opening instrumentation has the ultimate level of grit and boldness that just oozes creative freedom and storms into your consciousness with a manic sort of power. Then you get the final track of the collection, the smooth and seductive hit that is Danger Awaits. There’s a sense of space again here, the beat is thick and heavy yet mellow in pace, the reverb-soaked solo guitar moments flicker in and out of the mix. The bass line is spectacular – simple but solid in its attitude and relevance to the mood. And of course, right there on top of everything, Rick Shaffer’s vocal strength and immediacy offers up the concept and the story line as one last reminder of his unwavering presence, as one last stolen moment even. The artist is unstoppable, and the quality of the music is at an all time high.

• Rebecca Cullen (Musician and writer with an MA in Songwriting.)

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Rick Shaffer’s “Modern Lie” Video Released

In every way possible America is being slowly destroyed politically, financially, medically, socially and environmentally. The controlled media barrages us 24/7 with nonsensical reporting of “news” that are deliberate diversion tactics meant to keep citizens from knowing exactly what is really taking place around us.

When it’s more important to rebuild Iraq, as our own infrastructure implodes, and people go hungry every day, it’s not hard to recognize the misguided plans of the self-appointed elite. When universal medical coverage can only be achieved if it includes tax credits for the rich there’s a major disconnect of reality.

The middle class has, and is, systematically being destroyed by the obvious agenda of creating two classes, the super-rich and the poor. Ask yourself which group you will become a part of in a two-class country. Sadly, most people are more interested in social media and their cell phones than the future of our country and environment. That is why it’s imperative that everyone in the U.S. band together to take the necessary action to “end the illusion” that this is the greatest country on the planet, when it clearly is not. It’s time to realize it’s all just a modern lie.

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Tarock Music Releases Rick Shaffer’s 8th Solo Album

Rick Shaffer’s eighth solo album, STOLEN MOMENTS, was inspired by the concept that there are no guarantees or promises in life, and every minute he spends writing and recording is precious time.  The result is an album packed with low-tech wallop, bursting energy and immediacy.  The production resembles The Stooges “Fun House” and is a proto-garage raver to end all garage ravers.

Read all the Liner Notes HERE.

Listen to full tracks on CD Baby.

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RockWired Voters Name Rick Shaffer November ARTIST OF THE MONTH

rockwiredartist-ofthemonthThe polls closed for RockWired’s November 2016 ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign. Voters made their vote count and Rick Shaffer is RockWired’s 72nd ARTIST OF THE MONTH.

Back in 2011, guitarist Rick Shaffer perked our ears at RockWired with the release of his solo album “HIDDEN CHARMS” and it’s reliance on the very fuzzy, distorted guitar sounds that made Link Wray legendary, the swagger that made The Stones the big deal that they’ve been for fifty some odd years, and Shaffer’s purring vocals that recall Stooges-era Iggy Pop, and Velvet Underground-era Lou Reed. Trust us when we say that no charms were hidden on that album. It was all audible and the perfect antidote to much of the over-production that had come to typify a lot of rock music that year.

Hell, over-production still typifies much of the rock n roll that’s out there now and thank God for Shaffer’s album “OUTSIDE OF TIME.” Shaffer’s gritty rock ‘n roll approach is put to good use on material that speaks to life’s highs and lows (mostly lows) such as the stomping first single “Going Down Slow” accompanied by a mesmerizing music video.

∎October 31, 2016 — Brian Lush — RockWired.com

WATCH THE VIDEO ► http://www.tarockmusic.com/going_down_slow_video/

 

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Tarock Music Releases New Rick Shaffer Video • SO TIRED

JitterbugShake_FrontWhen Rick Shaffer wanted a fast come-at-you video for “So Tired” he immediately enlisted the expertise of British artist/director, Peter McAdam, who previously took the reins on two of Shaffer’s solo videos, and two for his band, The Reds®.

The “So Tired” visuals encapsulate the feeling of being overloaded by a modern world that continually bombards us with text, sound and images.  McAdam, used his extraordinary software creation called, iCoda — a sound interactive image blender — to express the chaos of the inner mind.  McAdam’s unique application works by loading in numerous images that are then activated by amplitude and duration of the music to create a random animated mash-up.

For the “So Tired” video McAdam resurrected his alternate being, Johnny Satan, to choreograph and dance to the music.  Satan becomes a symbol for going with the flow by dancing and embracing chaos, and/or allowing anger to release our inner demon and the secret inside scream heard only by the screamer.

THE “SO TIRED” YouTUBE LINK ► https://youtu.be/O6eIasvtRds

∎Director: Peter McAdam, http://www.icoda.co.uk   ∎Choreographer/Dancer: Johnny Satan  ∎Still Photographs of Rick Shaffer: Theresa Marchione, http://www.tinyurl.com/TheresaMarchionePhotography  ∎Thanks To: Phil Holden – Tyne Media, Baltic 39, and Dan Parker  ∎So Tired Video © 2015 Tarock Music

∎”So Tired” is track 4 on Rick Shaffer’s album, Jitterbug Shake.  Download a free mp3 — https://soundcloud.com/tarockmusic/so-tired-rick-shaffer

∎Jitterbug Shake buy options — http://www.tarockmusic.com/jitterbugshake/buyjitterbugshake.html

∎Jitterbug Shake liner notes — http://www.tarockmusic.com/jitterbugshake.html

∎ARTIST: Rick Shaffer — ALBUM: Jitterbug Shake — VIDEO: “So Tired” on YouTube — https://youtu.be/O6eIasvtRds

JEREMY GLADSTONE INTERVIEWS RICK SHAFFER

JitterbugShake_FrontJeremy Gladstone at Sleeping Bag Studios (Abbotsford, BC, Canada) interviews Rick Shaffer about his new album, his writing and recording process, his influences, and much more.

Read the interview HERE

Download a FREE mp3 of “SO TIRED” on SoundCloud