---Listen up! For his first solo
album, Bright Side, John Easdale has crafted a powerful, passionate piece...a
searing self-portrait...a gripping, groovy gas of a record...hot, cool, fast,
slow, funny, bitter and, most of all, honest.
---Easdale, called "one of the finest singer/songwriters
of these times" by The Los Angeles Times, was the leader of alterna-rock
pioneers DRAMARAMA, who released five LPs and numerous live collections, EPs,
compilation tracks and rarities packages. DRAMARAMA's classic Easdale-penned
singles "Anything, Anything," "Last Cigarette," "Havent Got A
Clue"and "Work For Food" set the standard for guitar-driven radio in
the 90s. Most of these songs still spin daily nationwide, and the searing
modern Rock anthem, "Anything, Anything," was just voted "#1 Song Of All
Time" by listeners of the "world famous" KROQ in Los Angeles.
---Since the self-inflicted demise of DRAMARAMA,
John has spent the past few years writing and editing for a host of music
publications, producing ex-Sex Pistol John Lydons nationally
syndicated "Rotten Day" radio show, and enjoying the life of a family man.
After a years sabbatical, John resumed composing and performing, and
following a particularly prolific period of output this year he's decided to
"unleash" his solo work on the unsuspecting public.
---Easdale handled the lions share of the
instrumentation on the album, making Bright Side a solo album in the true sense
of the word. Some familiar guests and old cronies did drop by to lend a hand,
including longtime musical partner and DRAMARAMA co-founder Mark Englert
(aka Mr. E. Boy), as well as John's "favorite drummer in the world," Mr.
Clem Burke (Blondie, Eurythmics, Iggy Pop).
---Blistering new rockers like "Breaking Things"
(written after a torrid rage a possible sequel to "Anything,
Anything"!), "Rollerskating On Rattlesnakes" and "Waiting (For
That Sound)" will quickly put to rest any fears of John mellowing through
domesticity. As he proved time and again with his last band, Easdale is capable
of writing songs that touch a nerve through a combination of passionate,
personal lyrics, shimmering melodies and honest-to-God hooks!
---All in all, Bright Side is an album of amazing
strength and versatility. From the opening strains of "Call Me Dave" (a
twisted-pop lover's lament) to the fadeout at the end of "Piss Take,"
Easdale has delivered a modern-day miracle; a work of epic proportions in a
handy, easy-to-use, portable package; perfect for daytime or nighttime