IT’S ALIVE [2018]

Its Alive John 5 and the Creatures

Original Release Date: January 25, 2018
Number of Discs: 1

Label: 60 Cycle Hum Records
Length: 1:13:11
ASIN: B078X2K9N6


1Guitars, Tits and Monsters6:24
2Flight of the Vulcan Kelly2:31
3Six Hundred and Sixty Six Packers in Hell, CA3:20
4Here’s to the Crazy Ones4:08
5This Is My Rifle4:10
6Jiffy Jam3:14
7Hell Haw3:01
8Season of the Witch5:05
9Portrait of Sydney Sloan (W/Harold Rollings Hymn)4:22
10Triple D (W/Dr Evils Spook Show)4:52
11Black Grass Plague5:02
12Behind The Nut Love2:54
13Making Monsters4:54
14Beat It5:11
15Now Fear This3:59



“It was very strange, like, you know, a lot of bands, they will prepare for a live record.  They will hire a huge crew and all these things that you need to make a live record. You need an actual recording facility, a traveling recording facility. And it’s very, very, very expensive to do that. You know, you have to hire people and you’ve got to get hotels and insurance and the recording stuff and it’s a lot of work, to say the least. So yeah, we were setting up just like we usually do every night and we were in this nice theater in Sellersville, Pennsylvania and the guy said, “hey, would you guys want to record tonight?” and we were like “Absolutely!” And so I said, you know, that we’ve got one shot guys. If we mess up, there’s no redos. A lot of bands have their whole tour to pick from. And this music is so complicated, it’s a nightmare.”

John 5 speaking to Loud Hailer Magazine: January 27, 2018


John 5: Guitars, Banjos, Mandolin
Logan Miles Nix: Drums, Percussion
Ian Ross: Bass

Mixed by: Chris & Bob Marlette
Mastered by:Mike Wells Studio

Visit us:
Art Directions & Design: John 5/Rohan Ocean
Layout & Design: Chris Ackerman – Signify Designs

John 5: Fender, Marshall Amplification, Dean Markey, Boss, The Pick Guy
Ian: Fender

Tour Manager: Paul Chavez
Fender: Michael Schultz, Richard McDonals

Adrenaline PR: Maria

Special Thanks: Rita, Andres, Jeremy & Nicolle Lowery, Emma Page, Dorian Neidhardt, Mike Spears, Butch, Piggy D, Josh Hasty, James @ Local Boogeyman, Rohan Ocean.

Photographers: Matt Wilson, Kevin Baldes, Dwaye Cavanas, Josh Hasty, Liz Harris, Emmi Susanne, Luke Kirtley

Booking USA: Monterey International – Gary Buck & Alex Buck
International: X-Ray Touring – Steve Strange


The nexus of the album is the guitar, and the use of styles and flavors to indicate the eclectic study base that As always, John 5 has exceeded my expectations and in addition to the Creatures, it is quite frankly a masterpiece. Bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix cannot be a better fit for John. It is rare to find a bassist who stands out with incredible talent, especially next to one of the greatest guitarists of all time, in my opinion. I have watched enough John 5 and the Creatures videos to become a Ross fan. He is exciting to watch, extremely talented, and sometimes even will steal the show. Logan Miles Nix sets the perfect beat to songs that I cannot imagine would be easy to play. (I am not a drummer, so I do not know). The frequent changes in the music sound complex, but Nix breezes through it as if he is playing at a high school dance. Flawless.

For the full review from click HERE

Speaking of style, John 5 has done his share of experimentation over the years and somehow manages to come away with arrangements that would make any music aficionado raise their eyebrows. The best example of this is the deep Metal tone of “This is my Rifle” before transitioning into the bluesy, foot-tapping, picking style of “Jiffy Jam” and “Hell Haw.” Odd yes, but it just works. Even though It’s Alive! does not contain any new material, there is great energy and precision shown throughout each track. If nothing else, it should grow a new crop of followers for John 5. The biggest surprise comes with a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” which is given true justice by John 5, making for a fun departure from his normal catalog of songs.

For the full review from Cryptic Rock click HERE


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