The Apocalypse Blues Revival (Godsmack) Stream New Song “Can’t Win For Losing”

The Apocalypse Blues Revival, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, have shared a new song titled “Can’t Win For Losing.” You can stream that below:

The group commented:

“We had five songs that we demoed with Shane and of the five, this one had the most “Apocalyptic” sound (Tone’s RIFF!) that we felt was in the pocket and aligned us with the earlier work yet showed a grittier, more blues rock sound with a couple spots for Shane to really show his personality. It’s a pretty obvious blues lyric with the underlying story being of heartache stemming from a relationship that is crumbling, the confusion, paranoia, and self blame that one feels when having to decide what is more important – music or love – and the feeling of going insane when forced to choose. The dilemma is never solved in the song… and so ‘I’ll keep on playin’ this sweet old song to set me free…’ Play loud, headphones recommended, and let us know how it makes you feel…

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The Apocalypse Blues Revival (Godsmack) Reveal New Singer

As previously reported, The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, recently confirmed that they will be continuing on with a new singer under the name The Apocalypse Blues Revival. Now, Larkin has issued a new statement to explain what happened with the group after former frontman Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone announced their apparent breakup. He also revealed that his drum tech Shane Hall will be serving as their new vocalist.

Larkin said the following:

“Hello family, friends, and fans of The Apocalypse!

It’s me, Shannon here. There’s been a lot of confusion over the fate of The Revue, and that’s partly my fault as I’ve been silent since Rafer’s announcement that the band was ending.

There’s no short way to explain this, but I’ll keep it as brief as possible.

By now, most of you know how the band started, but for those that don’t, Tony and I started jamming a blues riff. I heard him play guitar like I’d never even realized he could play (we had played together for 10 years by this point, but Godsmack is neither bluesy nor a band that features many lead guitar parts), and immediately I knew that the world needed to hear Tone play like this. And, I had a vision of the songs I wanted to write with him.

To save time and not bore you all (because there are indeed stories as to how and why Rafer and BassGod completed the line-up), we invited Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter into our vision. Now, a very important note here that is relevant to the present situation: when I started this with Tony, our dream was to be as traditional blues as possible, and have the band for our time off from Godsmack as a fun outlet to play blues bars. There was no intent to get signed or be successful…we just wanted to play locally, create cool songs, play a genre we can age gracefully in, and flex our blues muscles.

We played for over four years in bars across Florida as ‘Blue Cross’, getting together a couple times a week to write and demo songs, then go play em live.

All was well.

Then, Zito from (at the time) 99X called and said they needed an opener for the 99XFest for the main stage. But, to put us on he needed a track to play on the radio. By now, the hard rock style of Tony and I had bled into our idea of traditional blues in a natural way. So we picked our heaviest song (The Devil In Me), recorded it and gave it to Zito. Played the festival, all good.

On a whim, I sent the song over to my manager who took it to Provogue Records (a blues division of Mascot), and suddenly we were signed.

We put out the first record, toured as much as we could…which wasn’t much (Tony and I had our priority, Godsmack, which takes most of our time), but played some amazing shows with unbelievable heroes of ours (Robbie Krieger!! Kenny Wayne Shepherd!! plus some Blues Festivals, a live performance on Sirius XM, and yes, a couple club tours in a van too).

But, it didn’t sell that many copies. However, the people that got it (and all critics, every review) were super positive so we weren’t discouraged. On the other hand, to the record labels it is all about the business. Having signed for only one record with their option to do a second one, they needed to hear a new demo before signing us for a second release. We sent “What A Way To Go”, “Have You Heard The News”, and “Open Spaces”, which secured us the deal for the second record, “The Shape Of Blues to Come”.

Here is where it gets tricky: the record did a little better than the first one sales wise, but not enough for Provogue to continue with a third. And, my vision of traditional blues had changed drastically into trying to create a new sound that incorporated more of a classic rock feel, psychedelic even; garnishing the foundation of the band which was, is, and will always be BLUES, with a new element.

I think it’s evident from the first to the second record my path was changing. So with no record deal and no pressure from labels, Mgmt, etc… I wrote a bunch of new tunes with Tony and realized it was a different band, and I wanted a different approach and voice for the new material.

My time is limited with the juggernaut that is Godsmack rolling pretty constantly, so I didn’t fuck around. I talked to Bri and Tone and pitched the Revival idea, which they endorsed, called a meeting, and told Rafer. It fucking sucked. But he’s a pro, and a great man, so he didn’t punch me in the nose, and our friendship remains (I saw him this morning☀️).

As I told Rafer, the Revue isn’t done…I just need to get this new band fired up. And, when it’s right, we’ll get back together, write some traditional blues, play some shows for fun in FL…you know, like we did and enjoyed for years before we were sucked into the machine.

For those that question this change… I respond with it was my only choice to start a different band. I could’ve just fired Ray and remained The Revue with a new singer, but it would never be that band without Ray, and I want both worlds to co-exist. And, I got no rules. I love Ray’s voice and want to explore more writing with him, and it would be a shame to stop performing those records live…but that’ll be down the road a bit. So, I created some confusion. But I did it…so blame me. In the meantime if you’re jonesin’ for some Rafer, he has just released his first solo work, entitled How Much Time, under Ray Cerbone (available on iTunes). I have listened to this front to back several times now, and it’s an intimate portrait of a great singer/songwriter that has produced a gem of a set of songs that keeps you interested, even if Americana isn’t your style or favorite genre.

OK! The singer of my new band, The Apocalypse Blues Revival, is Shane “babyBlue” Hall. His previous band was also with Tony and I and it was a FUNK band! We did it for fun for many years, recording over 30 songs together (never released one song or did one show!). We called ourselves FunkyAntz; we only stopped because Shane lives in Cali, and our bassist Chris lives in MA, and we just couldn’t line up our schedules in life to continue as a band. Someday…? Oh, and Shane is also one of my best and most trusted friends, has been my drum tech for the most part of the last 20 years of my life, and has a wonderful, versatile voice; he loves and grew up on all the same music as me, and has a style and flair that is undeniable.

Tony and Brian also adore Shane as a singer, but just as important, as a human.

Thanks for your patience, and I hope it makes a little more sense now why I did what I did, as selfish as it may seem. I got music, I gotta get it out there, and it has to be perfect for me at the moment I’m inspired.

All I can promise you all, is to try to be unique and original with experimentation in this genre, THE BLUES, in hopes of turning on younger generations to it, which in turn will lead them back in time to the originators to discover for themselves the true American music, and the forefather of RocknRoll.

NEW SONG AND WEBSITE AND PICTURES WILL BE UP IN THE NEXT WEEK!!!

I will put up an exact day prior to release when I know (still getting it all together), but the song is recorded, the pics are taken, and Tony, Brian, Shane, and myself hope that you all love it as much as we do!!!

For those that made it this far in this mini-novel, thank you💙 The mission is still on…

Shannon Apocalypse
July 4th🇺🇸
Las Vegas, Nevada”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) To Continue As The Apocalypse Blues Revival

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, previously announced that they were calling it quits due to scheduling conflicts, but now it seems that isn’t the case. During an interview with The Sound Lab, Larkin revealed that the group have recruited a new singer and that they will be continuing on as The Apocalypse Blues Revival. A new song is expected to be released within the next week.

Larkin said the following:

“We lost our singer [Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone] recently, so we got a new singer. Our old singer was an old guy; our new singer is a younger guy, around our age… Our [old] singer turned 70… We get in a van. We don’t have these fancy tour buses. And we play clubs — blues clubs — in America, smoke-filled blues bars, with no roadies — one roadie. And our singer, a 70-year-old guy, couldn’t do it. So we got a new singer. And now the REVUE wouldn’t be the REVUE without our old singer, so we changed the name to REVIVAL. So it’s THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVIVAL — coming soon.”

The band also issued a statement on Facebook:

“It’s coming soon people. The Apocalypse Blues Revival has begun. Stay tuned for announcement of new singer as well as a new song (which will be free;) and new photo☀️ We should be ready to put it up by next weekend😎”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Call It Quits

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have called it quits. The group were unable to continue due to scheduling conflicts.

Cerbone commented:

“Endings…Beginings…and Continuations

Hey ABR fans, Rafer here….some things I have to relate to ya all. Sit down and relax cause its just some shades of blues that we all just have to accept. Six years ago Shannon and Tony had a dream and that dream manifested itself into The Apocalypse Blues Revue with me and Brian fully on board. It was apparent that together we had something very special. We also knew going in that it wasn’t going to be easy to deal with schedules and timelines but we all poured ourselves into this project heart and soul. Songs were written…shows were performed….a record company jumped on board and a first record was born that went to number 2 on the blues charts and received rave reviews!! We toured and did shows in between Shannon and Tony’s tours with Godsmack. During those tours we all still wrote and rehearsed staying at the ready for any shows that came up. All of you fans were amazing in how you supported and encouraged us in this project, especially during those “quiet” times.

Time passed and soon we recorded our second record. It became clear that the whole scheduling conflict was going to be hard to work around. Sometimes the stars and planets align and sometimes they don’t. Unfortunately ABR had to be put on hold while bigger things in the music universe were taking place.

Maybe too much time passed….maybe the future hold time was going to be too great…maybe it is just the timeline. Unfortunately we’ve come to a place where, for ABR at least, “the music’s over”. For band members it goes on…Shannon and Tony are currently fully immersed in Godsmack with ideas for a new project with Brian in the not too distant future. As for me…I’m working on my first solo record of my fingerstyle, acoustic, singer/songwriter music set for release in early April. It ain’t the blues but it has always been my first love. If you want to check it out on Facebook the page is Ray Cerbone Americana And More.

So from Shannon, Tony, Rafer, and Brian, Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We know we left a mark out there for sure. There could be some ABR shows off in the future…who knows? We also still have some vinyl and cd’s kickin’ around. Send me a PM and I’ll see what I can do. Farewell….The music lives forever in our hearts, Rafer

PS – As soon as I have cd’s and vinyl in hand I will post it. Thank You – Rafer”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Premiere New Song “Nobody Rides For Free”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have premiered a new song titled “Nobody Rides For Free.” This track is from the group’s new album “The Shape Of Blues To Come,” which will be released on July 20.

The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Godsmack) Premiere New Song “Open Spaces”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have premiered a new song titled “Open Spaces.” This track is from the group’s new album “The Shape Of Blues To Come,” which will be released on July 20.

The Apocalypse Blues Revue Premiere “Hell To Pay” Lyric Video, Reveal Details For New Album “The Shape Of Blues To Come”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, the blues band featuring Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, along with Ray Cerbone and Brian Carpenter, have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Hell To Pay.” This track is from the group’s new album “The Shape Of Blues To Come,” which will be released on July 20.

“The Shape Of Blues To Come” Track Listing:

01. “Open Spaces”
02. “We Are One”
03. “Hell To Pay”
04. “Have You Heard?!”
05. “To Hell With You”
06. “Nobody Rides For Free”
07. “Sincere”
08. “What A Way To Go”
09. “Noumenal Blues”

The band said the following:

“Hey there people! Are you tired of hearing the same old thing over and over again? Have you ever wondered where the passion and originality has gone? Do you look at the blues as a form of art with shapes and colors all it’s own? Are you bored with robots doing the 1-4-5 on a shallow pond? If you answered yes to any of these questions and want to be a part of a deeper, darker blue, then come join The Apocalypse Blues Revue on a musical journey into The Shape Of Blues To Come. Available for pre-order now at the Mascot Label Group website. Come with us on an immersive trip into the heart and mind of the true American music. Nothing inventive is safe, and nothing safe is original. To us, this record is an experience, an event. Every note is played as if it could be our last. When it comes to the blues, we mean business. We wear traditionalism on our sleeves, but refuse to grow stagnant. You will not hear automatons going through the motions. If you shut your eyes and let us take you deep, you can join us on the ocean floor and become One, rising with us on our mission to bring the blues into the light. Indeed, into the consciousness of expressionistic and unique lovers of human music. No samples or click tracks, crafted live from four guys sweating and bleeding from our hearts. The mission is pure, the motive is true, the passion is real, the colour is blue. People scream, “You’re not traditional enough!” or, “Its too heavy to be blues!”. We just smile.There has never been a heavier blues band on the planet, and we invite you into our minds and hearts to join us. The blues are about intent and tone, darkness and light and the balance in between, and sincerity. We play from the heart. Our influences come from many styles/genres, and it can’t help but bleed through our music creating our own own unique sound…but blue it IS. We wear our influences on our sleeves and shape it organically to try to excite people about the blues in music and culture. Help us spread the news! The Apocalypse is comin’ and it ain’t yer daddy’s blues!!!”