Probably the grandest story of Rock and Roll resembles that of the theological German legend.. Faust. He was a scholar and highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life, which leads him to make a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The Faust legend has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic and musical roots that have reinterpreted it through the ages. Faust and the adjective Faustian imply a situation in which an ambitious person surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success for a delimited term. Rock and Roll and Blues has many who’ve made this arrangment.. Robert Johnson most notable but it is conceivable that Hendrix, Clapton,Page and Eddie Van Halan… did all to make this agreement with the end result being that you don’t pick the time for exchange… it’s the devil who holds all the cards. You can’t walk away.. there’s no stopping and no turning back. Rock folklore is so interesting because of being unsuspecting that the dark side always gets its way. Irish rock/blues trio band PreacherS Son embodies the blues ideology by turning your fears into fantasy. They are headed by Brian Hogan.. who has a slight appearance to a very young Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.. His father was a preacher and whilst a young lad they played throughout Europe and Great Britain in a Christian band.
Brian Hogan Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull Robert Johnson
We asked Hogan regarding this juxtaposition to the “dark side” considering his father forbade him to listen to AC/DC..“To quote Mr Tom Waits “don’t you know there aint no devil it’s just God when he’s drunk”. My dad is gone 17 years and knows all the answers now (one way or the other!). My first real gig at the tender age of 12 was in his band, he was a musician all his life and we used to tour Ireland, England and Europe doing Christian festivals.( Myself my brother and cousin would of course discover the other side of touring in-between gigs too!). I think he’d be proud I’m still at it, not sure he’d be happy about some aspects but then he was tied to a religious moral structure, i’m not. I used to be in a band called PAMF, the Pussy Assed Muther Fuckers; he loved the band but hated the name!
I think everyone’s demons and an angels are inside. The blues is about real things that we all go through, we ALL woke up this mornin’!Digging deep to find a song can bring you to the dark places, i’m just lucky to be able to shout loud about it, very therapeutic!
PreacherS Son recorded their album, “Ten Stories” in Los Angeles and as to be expected the crooked city with its full moon glow steals the light as Hogan says, “LA is the last party before the end of the world! It’s a place that seduces you that anything is possible. It’s like everyone there is planning something.Things get done there and people will pay attention at least once (just in case you’re somebody!). The dogs up on Runyon Canyon had shoes on their feet! Really! The famous Griffith Observatory was amazing and the fancy houses in the hills. I drank beer with Michael Angelo Batio at the Rainbow and Dave Navarro walked in as they put Janes Addiction on the speakers, it was like a movie! I got star struck seeing Jim Morrison’s leather ‘Hollywood Bowl’ pants at the Hard Rock Cafe and met all the players in town at The House of Blues lovingly watching ‘Steel Panther’ parody every last one of them! Brilliant!”
PreacherS Son Cream
Brian recruited drummer Geoff French and ace guitarist, Mark Walsh who plays like a real slinger.. he puts out early Eric Clapton, Mick Ronson and Keith Richards which is allowed the band to pivot into a more..”glamish” vibe…or if there was to be the progeny of a gang band that included Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop! This is all swinging into their new track which is going to be released this November, “Johnny’s Alright”… There are no empty spaces imbedded around this song so the demon of destruction will still have its way. Again, the dark side gets its way.
Ireland’s Favorite Sons…. Rory Gallagher and Thin Lizzy
Ireland has had many artists that have broken through with international success… Rory Gallagher and Thin Lizzy to name a few. As Hogan chimed out about respecting Irish Rock, “Gallagher and Thin Lizzy made us proud to be Irish when not much else did and their music spoke for all of us paddies with chips on our shoulders that we could rock out with the best of them. They died too early and as usual I would have liked to have met them but now they are immortal!”
The Gods have now been swayed….Bless PreacherS Son
Special thanks to Brian Hogan and Justine Doswell