"Thunder are one of those bands that have been far less commercially successful than they should have been. Which only goes to show that there is no justice in this world. From their early beginning in 1989, Thunder rose out of the ashes of Terraplane with their hugely successful debut album 'Back Street Symphony' which earned them a slot on the 1990 Monsters of Rock festival at Donnington. But whilst following albums were successful, the band never got the mainstream attention that they deserved. Which is a shame because they are a class act. However, Thunder did build a loyal fanbase through constant album releases and touring which remain as steadfast and devoted today as any band could wish for. But through the years the mighty Thunder have announced more than once that their current tour would be their last. Thankfully they kept coming back for more."
Read the whole of Mother's Thunder gig review from Tuesday at London's Hammersmith Apollo here plus check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Underworld Photo Gallery 31/3/17
"Sumo Cyco are a Punk Metal band from Toronto, Canada. Lead singer Sever (formerly solo artist: Skye Sweetnam) is an achingly pretty provocateur whose attire doesn't leave much to the imagination. The girl next door, if you live near Anne Summers. And who during the course of a hot and heavy night was in competition with the drummer to strip down to wear the least amount of clothing. Compulsive viewing that I can attest to. If you want to see who wins, go see them for yourself."
Read the whole of Mother's Devilskin, Sumo Cyco and Eva Plays Dead gig review from last Wednesday at Camden's Underworld here plus check out John Bull's amazing new photo gallery here.
Blues Club Friday 31/3/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns today with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from The Johnny Max Band, Frankie Miller, John Mayall Blues, Catfish, Lachy Doley, Teresa Watson Band, Marcus Malone, Big Wolf Band, Adrianna Marie and Her Roomful of All-Stars, Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child", The Rainbreakers (pictured), The Blues Spiders, Mick Simpson, Peter Karp, Malaya Blue, Geoff Achison, Mick McConnell, Sean Chambers, Van Morrison, The King's Parade, Haymarket Riot, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Imelda May, Brad Curtis and The Some x 6 Band, SmithNThompson, Lazy Eye Band, Valerie McKnight, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
A Little Piece Of Aotearoa 30/3/17
"Devilskin are back at the Underworld again - I saw them there last year with the excellent Skarlett Riot in support. Devilskin is a four-piece Alternative Metal band from Hamilton, New Zealand, formed in June 2010. And it would appear that at least half of the audience are fellow Kiwi's following their homeys around the globe. I would if I were a Kiwi. Fronted by the black leather clad Jennie Skulander, Jennie has a powerful voice that ranges from whispers to full bellowing roar. Yes she's beautiful, yes she's dressed like a sexy dominatrix, but it's the voice you notice first. Sporting red beards Nail (lead guitar) and Paul Martin (bass, backing vocals) provide the power and the melody behind the vocal delights of Skulander whilst Paul's son Nic Martin excels on the drums. Nail, playing a Gibson Les Paul through twin Marshal JTM stacks, won fame in NZ playing lead for the popular Waikato band Chuganaut who won the NZ Battle of the Bands and the World Battle Of The Bands in 2004."
Read the whole of Mother's Devilskin, Sumo Cyco and Eva Plays Dead gig review from last Wednesday at Camden's Underworld here.
Roundhouse Goes Up In Smoke 30/3/17
2014 WRC Best International award winners Blackberry Smoke proved at a packed London Roundhouse on Tuesday night that they have still got what it takes in the Southern Rock department! Now two further albums down the line, namely 'Holding All The Roses' and 'Like An Arrow', their distinct dueling guitars/keyboards sound they traffic sent the Smoke faithful home happy on their way back to Chalk Farm station. With great support from fellow Atlanta based band Biters (pictured) and a review to come - check out today's photo gallery here plus a new Blackberry Smoke vid (Track Of The Day).
Discipline Of Steel 30/3/17
Manowar founding member Ross The Boss returns to the UK at London's Underworld tonight for a seven gig tour that ends a week later at the Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, near Milton Keynes. Celebrating the band he is fondly remembered for and most importantly, reprising some of the majestic riffs he penned back in the bands formative years, his new line-up includes vocalist Marc Lopes, one-time Manowar drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl and bass player Mike LePond of Symphony X. Each night promises to be a special evening, in all senses of the word. It’s aptly entitled the “The Discipline Of Steel Tour” and who are we to argue? After this tour, this line up will then enter the studio to finish work on a new record. The band’s first official recording, a storming version of Manowar favourite 'Blood Of My Enemies' is now available on Itunes and Spotify, which is as grand as they come!
Chalk Farm Confederacy 29/3/17
North London became part of the Confederacy the last time we saw Blackberry Smoke at Islington's O2 Academy three years ago - so much so that they they walked away with our 2014 WRC Best International award! So two albums later, namely 'Holding All The Roses' and 'Like An Arrow', did we once again surrender to the brilliance of this Southern Rockin' band at London's Roundhouse last night? Anyway watch out for a review and more pics shortly - but in the meantime please check out today's Vid Of The Day!
Talk To Me 29/3/17
This week's Route 66 Track Of The Day showcases tracks that feature the spoken voice including classic Rock tracks from Iron Maiden and Aerosmith plus the Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper. Host Rory Auskerry also plays tracks from Joe Satriani, J.J. Cale, Thunder (pictured), Guns N' Roses, Pink Floyd and more.
Hope & Glory 29/3/17
This Summer the inaugural boutique festival Hope & Glory is taking over Liverpool’s city centre, hosting an array of live music and entertainment across the weekend of the 5th and 6th of August. 70-piece orchestra Hacienda Classical will be closing the festival on Sunday, Manchester band James have now been confirmed as the Saturday night headliners and will be joined on The Great Exhibition Stage by Razorlight, The Fratellis, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, The View, Embrace and many more. Starsailor will close Saturday nights mayhem on the Wonders Of The Age Stage with the likes of Lucy Spraggan, Dave McCabbe (Zutons) with Ian Skelly (The Coral), The Seahorses lead singer Chris Helme, The Ordinary Boys and more playing throughout day. On Sunday, Haçienda Classiçal will be joined by special guests Shaun Ryder and Bez from the Happy Mondays with Tim Booth from James also now featuring, whilst Ocean Colour Scene will also now be playing The Great Exhibition Stage alongside Tom Chaplin (Keane), Lightning Seeds and musical troubadours Public Service Broadcasting.
Blackberry In The Smoke 28/3/17
"But for those whose eyes glaze over in rapture when the name Ronnie Van Zant gets mentioned, Blackberry Smoke fills the bill for the next generation of gutsy, heartfelt and honest Southeast rocking with plenty of talent, tons of drive and no apologies. I have loved these guys since the WRC saw them at the 02 Academy Islington in March 2014 and will continue to do so. I cannot wait to see them back on a ten date tour in the UK end March/beginning April 2017 with a stop at the Roundhouse in London..See you there folks !!.." That was part of Wrinkly The Silver's recent take on Blackberry Smoke's latest album 'Like An Arrow' and indeed the time has come to see that gig at London's Roundhouse in Chalk Farm tonight!
Into The Fire 28/3/17
American Hard Rock band Into the Fire, featuring vocalist Bryan Scott (The Union Underground), bassist Tim King (SOiL), guitarist Adam Zadel (SOiL) and drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence), have just released a lyric video for their new single 'From The Medicine' (today's Vid Of The Day) which comes from their self titled Into The Fire debut EP and is a follow up to the single 'Spit You Out'. Their debut EP was released in September last year and can be best described as a raw and stripped down Rock sound with modern elements. In the meantime, the group is planning to record new material and make touring plans for later in 2017.
Just In Case You Missed It 28/3/17
Today's 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show, originally broadcast on Saturday night, features music from Electric Boys, Red Sky Mary, Troubled Horse, Sonic State Capital, Austin Gold, Motorgun, Blacktop Mojo, The Raven Age, Seether, Freeburn, The Greasy Slicks, The Broxton Hundred, Nine Miles South, Dirty Thrills, Red Light Revival, Bad Touch, Blacktop Deluxe, King King (pictured) and on their introducing stage - two in a row from Buffalo Fuzz.
Ross The Boss Is Back! 27/3/17
Manowar founding member Ross The Boss is returning to the UK and Ireland playing seven shows beginning with London's Underworld this Thursday 30th March and ending a week later at the Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, near Milton Keynes. Celebrating the band he is fondly remembered for and most importantly, reprising some of the majestic riffs he penned back in the bands formative years, his new line-up includes vocalist Marc Lopes, one-time Manowar drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl and bass player Mike LePond of Symphony X. Each night promises to be a special evening, in all senses of the word. It’s aptly entitled the “The Discipline Of Steel Tour” and who are we to argue? After this tour, this line up will then enter the studio to finish work on a new record. The band’s first official recording, a storming version of Manowar favourite 'Blood Of My Enemies' is now available on Itunes and Spotify, which is as grand as they come!
Sin At Mac's Lounge 27/3/17
Once again we're indebted to American WRC member Sam Davis for today's Vid Of The Day! South Carolina videographer Sam films bands regularly in order to support local artists in the Pee Dee area of SC so check out his recent vid of Dan Baird & Homemade Sin at Mac's Lounge. Remember, just fill out the form here and become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll consequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from the current members offers of which we also hope to add to in the future.
Cotton Pickin’ Blues 27/3/17
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features music from Susan Tedeschi, Brick Fields, Kate Lush, Malaya Blue (pictured), Vanessa Collier and Samantha Fish.
Monster Party 26/3/17
"It was then time for a walk in the 'Black Forest' - evidence of Monster Truck's undoubted musical breadth - Blues Rock at its best - smacking of Bonamassa's 'Sloe Gin' even down to its opening/closing cool keys from the appropriately named Brandon Bliss and its awesome climactic guitar solo courtesy of the energetic Widerman. Indeed the breadth of MT's music, as showcased in 'Sittin' Heavy' was indicative of why the Electric Ballroom mosh pit never got really going on the evening, further evidenced, once Harvey returned, on 'For The People' with its Country feel. "Are You Having A Good Time?" enquired Harvey as 'Things Get Better' with this rockin' belter and more audience participation "I Got A Feelin' Things'll Get Worse Before They Get Better". The delicious Blues fusion of Bliss's keys and Widerman's guitar on 'For The Sun' - not only re-empahasised the fact that these guys are not just one trick gold mine ponies but Harvey's vocal really nailed the guts of this Blues track from 'Furiosity' before it dissolved into the heavier Blues Rock of 'Seven Seas Blues'."
Read the whole of AJ's Monster Truck/The Picturebooks Electric Ballroom gig review here from last Wednesday plus check out our photo gallery here.
Nine Shrines 26/3/17
Ohio quartet Nine Shrines (Vid Of The Day) will release their debut EP ‘Misery’ on Mascot Records digitally on Friday 7th April and physically two week later. Based between Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio – Nine Shrines dig deep to explore the nuances of contemporary Metal, navigating through Metalcore, Alt-Rock and stadium sized choruses. Formed by former Attack Attack! Drummer Andrew Wetzel and Life On Repeat guitarist Andrew Baylis early in 2014, they are a band woven into the fabric of the explosive Ohio scene. Within weeks Devon Voisine, also ex-Life on Repeat joined on bass, guitarist Evan McKeever (Downplay/Before Their Eyes) had heard about the band and showed a keen interest in joining and as the trio began to find the sound they were looking for, McKeever was on board. After they auditioned for vocalists and Chris Parketny (ex-Stranger to Wolves) completed the final line up.
Continental Breakfast 26/3/17
Fuzzwalker's lead single 'Continental Breakfast' (today's Track Of The Day) was aired on BBC's Introducing The South at the beginning of March! Meanwhile, more new music is coming with the guys spending a lot of time at Fuzzwalker HQ writing and crafting brand new choons some of which should be getting the recording treatment this month so look out for more music soon!
Stolen Hearts Review 25/3/17
"Erja Lyytinen's tenth studio album 'Stolen Hearts' is her latest release in her 15 year recording career that sees her team up with producer Chris Kimsey to create an album that is somewhat more diverse in styles than previous releases. The "Finnish slide goddess" recorded the album in her homeland but it was mastered by the Master in London's Air Studios. And it's a slick production. Whilst known as a Blues artist, Erja has incorporated elements of many other styles in an album that is therefore a mix of tastes. And with lyrical themes that transcend all ages there's something in it for everyone."
You can read the whole of Mother's Erja Lyytinen 'Stolen Hearts' album review here plus check out our Vid Of The Day.
Gary Lammin in Beckenham Today! 25/3/17
Following the release of his self-titled solo debut album, veteran Punk and Blues guitarist Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin has the first of his two London in-store appearances today at 4pm at Raven Records at 74 Bromley Road, Beckenham. Known first and foremost as a Punk rocker, who has collaborated with the likes of Joe Strummer, Public Image’s Jah Wobble and Generation X’s Mark Laff, and built a cult following as leader of Punk-Blues trio The Bermondsey Joyriders, Lammin dealt listeners a curveball with his sublime and surprising first solo offering. His second London in-store appearance will be next Saturday at 4pm at All Ages Records at 27 Pratt Street, Camden.
Ghost Bath Headline UK Show 25/3/17
Depressive Black Metal merchants Ghost Bath (Track Of The Day) release their new album 'Starmourner' on Friday 21st April and then embark on a UK tour in May supporting Katatonia plus their first ever UK headline show at London's Sebright Arms on Tuesday 16th May. Ghost Bath began in October of 2013 with the release of their self-titled EP which was followed by their debut LP titled, 'Funeral', which was released in June 2014. 'Moonlover', their latest LP was originally released on Northern Silence Productions (Germany) and then re-released with a bonus track through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Monster Rocks! 24/3/17
Despite the cowardly attrocity in Westminster on Wednesday afternoon, life in England's capital city, as it always does, carried on in the face of adversity, as Monster Truck did both London and Canada proud at Camden's Electric Ballroom. With excellent support from "in yer face" two piece The Picturebooks (pictured), we were lucky enough to interview Jon, Brandon and Jer backstage beforehand and also present them with their 2016 WRC Best Support Band award! Anyway, with a review and that interview to come - check out today's photo gallery here.
I'm Not Running Away 24/3/17
In August last year we introduced you to one of the best songs of last Summer - if in fact any Summer - namely 'Sound Of The Summer' by Jamie Porter. Jamie's a musician living in North Wales, writing and playing Country Rock infused with Blues and taking them out live with his band. Well as promised, the Jamie Porter Band are soon to release their new album 'I'm Not Running Away' and we have a preview of the album as today's Vid Of The Day!
Blues Club's Back! 24/3/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns this week with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Mike Zito, Big Wolf Band (pictured), Kenny Neal, Canned Heat, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, "At Last - The Etta James Story" (Vika Bull & The Essential R&B Band), Catfish, Beth Garner, Lachy Doley, Delbert McClinton, Vin Mott's Rhythm & Blues Band, Half Deaf Clatch, Teresa Watson Band, Mick McConnell, Eric Gales, Southern Avenue, Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro, Eliza Neals, Marcus Malone, Malaya Blue, Van Morrison, LaVendore Rogue, Vanessa Collier, Sean Webster Band, Swingrowers, Ruby & The Revelators, Imelda May, Geoff Achison, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Camden Rocks 23/3/17
Monster Truck pulled up at The Electric Ballroom in Camden last night and virtually blew its roof off. The Canadian rockers finished off the UK leg of their European headlining tour with support from The Picturebooks. And we were lucky enough to meet the guys before the gig to present them with our 2016 WRC Award for Best Support Band - something which they will revert to when they support Deep Purple no less on their European tour beginning in May. Anyway with more pics and a review to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Call It Stormy Monday 23/317
"Despite teething problems with both the Borderline's sound and lighting - Sari and the guys soldiered on - with Sari resting her voice as Innes led the band into a classic cover of Freddie King's instrumental 'The Stumble' which cooly set us up for another Blues standard - T-Bone Walker's 'Call It Stormy Monday' - with Olinder's delightful opening keys, Innes' jaw-dropping fretwork and Sari's sultry vocal - this was the stand-out for me on the night and showed the class of this band - not forgetting the literal 'Engine Room' of Jefferies and O'Rourke. Two new tracks (for me) sandwiched 'AFON's, the mellow and groovy, 'Oklohoma', with its mean fusional outro jam with Anders' keys, another Sibun guitar solo and of course Schorr's excellent lyrical diction. The former 'Don't You Call My Name' and the latter 'American Boy' both kept the Blues Police and momentum in check."
Read the whole of AJ's Sari Schorr & The Engine Room/Ash Wilson Borderline gig review here from last Monday plus check out some new pics from John Bull in our photo gallery here.
Stones On Route 66 23/3/17
This week's Route 66 Track Of The Day has rockin' tracks from The Stones, Elton John and Juliette and the Licks. Host Rory Auskerry also celebrates birthdays for Supertramp and Reef, plus remembers Rock legend Jeff Healey (pictured).
Camden Rocks Tonite! 22/3/17
"Kicking off the night were fellow-Canadian southern rock band Monster Truck. who brought a very 70’s swagger to the stage along with a lot of noise to boot!! AJ told me they were good and he wasn't wrong!! These guys are coming off the release of their second album ‘Sittin' Heavy’ from the start of the year, and made it clear in their short set that they are one to keep an eye on." That was part of Wrinkly The Silver's review of Monster Truck supporting Nickelback at the O2 Arena last October - and not only are we off to see them again tonight at London's Electric Ballroom, but there is also another WRC contingent in Camden tonight to see Devilskin (Vid Of The Day) at The Underworld!
Borderline Photo Gallery 22/3/17
We were lucky to enough to witness a cracking night of Blues Rock at the nicely refurbished Borderline in London on Monday night - now missing its infamous pillar in the middle of its main standing area. As expected, 2016 WRC Best Blues Rock performance winners Sari Schorr & The Engine Room rocked the new joint - although a major bonus of the evening was support band Ash Wilson - who took his recent debut album 'Broken Machine' to another level with his superb live set. With John Bull's pics and a review to come - check out our intial photo gallery here.
Rock On The Ridge Mojo 22/3/17
Today's Track Of The Day is the 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show originally broadcast last Saturday night. The play list includes Jet Set Satellite, Troubled Horse, The Black Delta Movement, Blacktop Mojo, Black Rose Cadillac, The Blackfires, Seether, Art Of Anarchy, Inglorious, Royal Thunder, Big Wolf Band, Black Star Riders (pictured), Stillroom, Mindriotmt, The Answer, Rory Gallagher and on their introducing stage, two tracks from The Spiritual Machines. There's also the new single from Smithradio!
On The Crest Of A Wave 21/3/17
Sari Schorr & The Engine Room's current UK tour, which began last week, stopped off at London's newly refurbished Borderline last night. Currently on a crest of a wave following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album 'A Force Of Nature', The WRC were lucky enough to present Sari with our 2016 Best Blues Rock Performance award prior to the gig. With support from Ash Wilson - watch out for more pics and a review shortly - but in the meantime check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Chuck Berry 21/3/17
Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry - American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of Rock and Roll music sadly passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday. Today's Track Of The Day - his 1958 classic 'Johnny B. Goode' - is dedicated to Chuck - a tribute to a man who was at the forefront of moulding the music that we have all grown to love.
Amber Galactic 21/3/17
Swedish Classic/Progressive Rock supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra (featuring members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy) release their third studio album 'Amber Galactic' on Friday 19th May via Nuclear Blast. 'Amber Galactic' was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden, and will be available as limited edition digipak CD featuring an alternate cover art, 2LP vinyl (black and violet sparkle) and as a digital download and stream via all known platforms. TNFO consist of Björn Strid - vocals, Sharlee D' Angelo - bass, David Andersson - guitars, Sebastian Forslund - guitars, percussion, Richard Larsson - keyboards and Jonas Källsbäck - drums, their two previous releases being 2012’s 'Internal Affairs' and 2015’s 'Skyline Whispers'.
Sari Tickets Still Available For Tonight 20/3/17
All roads lead to 2016 WRC Award winning Sari Schorr & The Engine Room's gig at London's Borderline tonight - and we still have two spare tickets available - so if you are interested in purchasing them then simply send us a message in the contact box below and we will get back to you asap! Special guest on the night is Lincolnshire’s Ash Wilson who launched his brand new single ‘Broken Machine’ last Friday - the title track from his critically acclaimed debut album. The album is out on Friday 21st April with Ash also a special guest on Dan Patlansky's UK tour in April and May.
Their Finest Hour 20/3/17
"And it was not only St. Patrick's Day, but it also just happened to be Scott Gorham's birthday - with not just one, but two choruses of 'Happy Birthday' afforded to the legend from the BSR faithful. 'Heavy Fire's 'Dancing With The Wrong Girl' saw more of those sweet jousting chords, whilst their Celtic riffs were complemented by Gaelic chants of "Tar a Ti" in the lyrics of 'Soldierstown' from 'TKI'. The slower 'Hey Judas' from 'AHBL' was followed by 'When The Night Comes In' - Jimmy Degrasso's pounding opening drumbeat accompanied by mass hand clapping, giving way to Gorham's guitar solo in this fast and furious track from 'HF'. 'Cold War Love' - also from 'HF' slowed things down nicely before literally 'All Hell Breaks Loose' with the classy title track from their very first album - with Gorham's guitar again in overdrive. And given the occasion - you could have been forgiven for listening out intently during every BSR intro for THAT Lizzy classic. Muted cries of 'Jailbreak' subsided until exactly half way through proceedings when, cue pyrotechnics, 'The Boys Are Back In Town' was ecstatically received - to be sure! Well it was St. Paddy's Day after all!"
Read the whole of AJ's Black Star Riders/Backyard Babies/Gun Forum gig review from last Friday night here plus check out our photo gallery here.
A Blues Fest 20/3/17
Big Wolf Band's debut album 'A Rebel's Story', due to be released on Monday 15th May, is not only featured on today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day but it's also our Vid Of The Day! Also showcased on our TOTD is music from Selwyn Birchwood, Brody Buster, Mike Atherton, Dennis Binder and Albert Bashor.