Start with a driving guitar riff that's equal parts Steve Jones, Guns 'N' Roses and AC/DC and add the sultry vocals of Melora Saner and you have "More Than This," a preview track from Raging Fire's forthcoming compilation, Everything Is Roses.
This is a previously unreleased 2015 rerecording of a song from the band's 1986 LP Faith Love Was Made Of. The surviving members of the band (Guitarist Michael Godsey died in 2012), along with guitarists Joe Blanton of The Bluefields and Warner Hodges of Jason and the Scorchers, cut the track as a tribute to Godsey. The song sounds as vital as ever and is as potent now as it was nearly 30 years ago.
The band was ahead of its time, predating the grunge movement by several years. Though CMJ voted the Nashville group one of America's best unsigned bands in 1988, no one knew how to market them back then. In the mid 1980s, people were more interested in big hair and keyboards than in-your-face rock and roll.
Now listeners can hear what the fuss was all about. This hard-rocking tune wouldn't feel out of place on rock radio today and oozes with all the elements that made rock music great in the first place. The compilation is out on October 6. Give the song a listen here.