Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 6, 2014

Bands celebrate release of CDs with Friday show

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — Dreamcult has been racking up success since its debut, self-titled CD four years ago.

The band will mark that success with a CD release party for its second CD Friday at Huntington Ale House. Also marking the release of their first CD will be members of Four Skull, a band from Catlettsburg. The band Evil Me of Carter County will perform as well.

Morton Counts, bass player who also provides background vocals for Dreamcult, said his band will perform at 11 and play for about an hour and a half, followed by Four Skulls and Evil Me.

No one is a headliner at this show, he said; it’s three local bands putting on a show and celebrating their new CDs. Counts said there is much respect of each other among the bands.

“Four Skulls’ CD is a journey of musical genius,” he said. Members of the band are Mick Bryan, Chip McGlone, Aaron Miller and Tony Pack.

“Mick has been a godsend for Dreamcult, as a producer at his amazing studio and a father figure to me,” he said.

“Red Head Girl” is the title of the new CD by Dreamcult, which consists, in addition to Counts, of Cinton Adkins, lead vocalist; Kyle Baldridge, drummer; and Greg Brown, lead guitarist.

Counts and Adkins wrote all the songs for the CD and it was produced by Mick Ryan, lead guitar player of Four Skulls.

Counts said his favorite song of the collection is “Need You Now,” a ballad.

“It’s the coolest ballad I’ve heard in 20 years,” he said. “It’s produced great and it’s catchy.”

He said he also likes a song he wrote called “Devil’s Elevator.”

“I would compare it to Motley Crue’s ‘Wild Side,’” he said.

In the last few years, the band has opened for Hinder, Pop Evil and Warrant.

“When we opened for Warrant in Portsmouth, people thought we were on national tour,” Counts said. “They couldn’t believe we were from Ashland.”

He said one of the things he’s proud of is band members take the stage wearing leather.

“We don’t wear jeans and T-shirts,” he said. “It’s entertaining.”

The band also has gotten airplay with the first CD in Canada and in Los Angeles, but they are very well received in the hometown area, too, Counts said.

 “People treat us real good, singing along and hollering our names,” he said. “It’s all good.”

Dreamcult, Four Skulls and Evil Me will perform Friday at Huntington Ale House at 1318 Fourth Ave. Admission is $5. Doors open at 8 p.m.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.