Memphis-born Every Mother's Nightmare is a sleaze/punk/hard rock band
whose debut garnered the band respectable sales and radio airplay. The
act was formed in 1989 by Ruhl and Malone. The ballad Love Can Make You
Blind was a minor hit. Arista sent the band on the road with Doro and
Circus Of Power. The follow-up was also a respectable outing. Still,
musical climate changed and the dream quickly became dormant.
The turn of the century meant renewed activity, this time through the
independent Perris Records, and a revamped lineup which only left
Rick Ruhl in place. The band quickly released two new albums, a
compilation (of older tracks partially featuring drummer Clay Fuqua)
a live album. Every Mother's Nightmare also appeared on two AC/DC and
one Poison tribute CD. Live Songs From Somewhere was released in
November of 2002 and recorded at various locations across America.
EVERY MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE - LIVE SONGS FROM SOMEWHERE - PERRIS
Think of Live Songs From Somewhere as a 'best-of' package from Memphis' Every Mother's Nightmare. Newer songs mingle with older hits like the ballad Love Can Make You Blind or Walls Come Down. Having said that, the album shies away from material off the Wake Up Screaming album. Also think of the album as 'mix-of' package. Sounds reminiscent of Jackyll (the band's musical cousins), Def Leppard and Bon Jovi mix with that of a more Southern tinge. The songs cruise and do so without any pressure. The hits are there as mentioned, but so are quite a few newer songs from the band's reappearance era. Love Can Make You Blind is still very Bon Jovi-esque and Deeper Shade Of Grey begins with a Def Leppard riff, but EMN seems to be in a groove of its own really. Solid Ground is a specially good tune. The CD contains no less than seventy minutes of music which includes two unreleased songs (Hole and Bring Me Down - the latter being a hard one) and a cover version of songs by Lynard Skynard and Alice Cooper each. The band is less Southern rock and more hard rock than advertised by Perris Records and anyone into any of the aforementioned band names should give it a chance. Play loudly! - Ali "The Metallian"