It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that my dear friend René passed away.
He was my musical partner in Pavement Princess, a true inspiration and a great friend.
We had a great journey together, something I will always cherish.
I will miss you dearly.
Rock on, my friend!
Here's a little something to help you memorize the lyrics to the first song of our debut album.
Yes, you can sing along if you want to!
Here's to you, hoping you'll all share the Christmas spirit with your friends, family and loved ones.
Not quite in the mood yet? Maybe this will help. : -)
Or listen to ‘Ho Santa, Play It Louder’ on Spotify (or iTunes, or Amazon, or...)!
As with all aspects of life, we can be happy to know that a constant, at least for lucky me, is making the jaunt to the post box and having the joy of seeing that tell tale manila padded envelop with the potential to hold a little known musical treat within. Another 'unknown but must own'? Definitely and such is/was the case when I happened upon the debut CD First Night Out from these two Dutch musicians and their collaborative effort band name — Pavement Princess.
Rene and Erwin apparently have been playing musicians for forever and a day, and happened upon each other in the musical circles they traveled. As fate would have it, they decided a collaboration was in order. One that would be a diversion from their current styles of play but one that would pay homage to where they came from, a style of melodic 'hair-metal' they grew up on, fell in love with and influenced and embedded itself in their collective psyches. Rene and Erwin, as you will soon realize, are no less than masters at their craft. They both are multi-instrumentalists and are far superior than most who focus on a single discipline.
On first pass of the album, one can only sit back and appreciate the effort from the over the top harmonies, to the song craftsmanship, to the guitar driven (both rhythm and lead) efforts that weave this intricate tapestry of hard rock and glam metal. Certainly a heaping helping of early Stryper can be taken away from this album with both the guitar playing, vocals and that signature soaring metallic hard rock sound that is/was a staple for the Sweet's back in the '80s. Pavement Princess have captured and then transformed this into their own. I also hear a good amount of the more glam fueled bands of the time in this effort, some Poison perhaps, at times some Danger Danger, Warrant as well…
The album was an all-inclusive effort for Erwin and Rene as they wrote, played and produced the lot so it is certainly an all-in effort on their part. Kudos to them both for taking and making the effort to put forth an album of very well performed melodic hard rock that should not disappoint even the most hardened haters of all new releases.
As for the specifics of the tunes, I am quite into Daddy's Cryin' at the moment, as well as Happy Ending and the Poison-esque 'Nothing But A Good Time' like If That's The Way You Want It but then I am a sucker for those saccharine dowsed glam tracks. Sweet Samantha is a dinger as well with its 'Fallen Angel' main riff and a chorus to beat all chorus but as you will figure out on your own, there is not a track on this debut that won't tickle your musical fancy. That dreaded skip button will be non-existent as Rene and Erwin are the true dynamic duo on this effort, a musical dynamic duo, like if Simon and Garfunkel were Simon and Simon… Enjoy.
Reviewed by Terry Martinson for Sleaze Roxx November of 2018
It´s rather long, so grab yourself a cup of coffee or whatever it is you think is tasty and enjoy!
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REVIEW: PAVEMENT PRINCESS - 'FIRST NIGHT OUT'
This Dutch duo deal in eighties-influenced Sleaze Rock that wears a bandanna and shades proudly. There are tales of those characters on the fringe of society, such as the protagonists in ’Out On The Streets' and 'Sweet Samantha', and of course, there's also a lot about partying and rocking.
‘Your Favorite Rock Song‘ and ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’ are as deep as their titles suggest, their purpose merely to help you whoop it up like it's Saturday night... every night. The latter has the appeal of unmasked KISS from the eighties, even if it does sound like a 45rpm record being played at 33rpm.
The music is competent with the duo playing all the instruments themselves, and they do well to make it sound like a full band. There are riffs and melodies that have a bubblegum-like charm, and it all sounds like the guitar straps have been loosened which also gives the disc a low-slung, nonchalant cool. The instrumental parts often work the best on the record, in turn helping the songs to change gear and up the excitement levels. Rene's vocals are fine, but they don't always draw you in; the verses, in particular, don't vie for your attention enough at times.
'If That's The Way You Want It' has the fun Pop Metal feel of Poison, whereas ‘Daddy’s Cryin’ and 'Lift Me Up' come on like Enuff Z’Nuff minus the Psychedelic, Beatles aura. While it's unlikely they‘re going to be headlining arenas anytime soon, Pavement Princess would be a lively band for an early slot at a festival to help get the party started. These days, Sleaze type music has more muscle and edge to it via the likes of Hardcore Superstar or Buckcherry, but if you want the soundtrack to an eighties-themed frat party, dive into this pool.
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Pavement Princess hit the number one spot with their song 'Sweet Samantha'!
You can find it in the radio charts on https://melodicradio.eu/.
Super cool stuff! : -)
PAVEMENT PRINCESS - First Night Out (Self Release)
The new wave of hair metal from around the world always seems to put a smile on my face. So, when I came across Pavement Princess I figured what the hell let’s see what we’ve got here.
Once again, I am not only pleased but freaking ecstatic. These two guys prove that this style of great metal shows no signs of ever dyeing out. Two multi-talented musical veterans got together over a jam session and discovered their love for melodic/80’s metal and Pavement Princess was born. Erwin takes on the guitars, bass and key boards and Rene pounds out the drums, rhythm guitar and the great vocals.
The album is an awesome throwback to one of the best times in music. The two have such an awesome feel and respect for the music and it shines through in every song. The first track “Out on the Streets” gets the album going and the rocking never stops. They have a great mix of melodic/hard rock/AOR and glam and then they put their own distinctive sound that makes it their own. They go from heavy guitar driven songs reminiscent of Autograph and Tyketto and then hit us with some really great up beat 80’s MTV style tracks like “If that’s the way you want it” and “Sweet Samantha”. Rene’s vocals remind me of Ted Poley from Danger Danger with great range and tons on melody. I love how they don’t take the easy way out and fill the album with rock ballads but instead put plenty of “meat” behind every song. Every song has the potential to be a new rock anthem and the album plays like a full-on arena filling good time. Erwin can really lay down some awesome riffs and leads.
First Night Out is just a great, pure 80’s rock n roll good time. These guys would have no problem standing right alongside some of the great new bands like Midnite City, Sisters Doll and Kissing Dynamite as well as the greats like Dokken, Skid Row and Poison. This is definitely an album you want to get. Fantastic album from start to finish no way it gets anything other than a full on 10/10!
(Groovy the Metal Chicken)