In 2010, Theatre Of Tragedy announced their break-up and drew a line under their impressive career with 'Last Curtain Call'. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Gothic Rock band returned with a compilation of different remixes of their biggest successes - 'Remixed' - a collection of very different reimagined versions of some of their best known, and not so well known songs from throughout their career. Indeed, in the mid 90's, Theatre Of Tragedy's uniqueness wrote themselves into music history with albums like 'Velvet Darkness They Fear' and 'Aegis'. Never before had a band combined a dark male voice with a charming, bright female voice to this extent, creating such an extraordinary diversity of dark and atmospheric shades that ultimately contributed to making Gothic Rock/Metal so popular around the globe.
Shadow Of King John 31/7/19
Danny Vaughn is recognised worldwide for his melodic, powerful and emotional vocals, and today's Video Of The Day is his latest single, 'Shadow of King John', taken from his latest solo album: his first in eleven years. It's the solo album this talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller always wanted to make and 'Myths, Legends and Lies', released via Townsend Music last month, is a 14-track album that turned out to be an epic quest in its making and rare treasure at its release. To lovers of Rock, Danny is best-known for his involvement with Waysted (1985-1987) and famed for his flourishing voice-work with Melodic Rockers Tyketto. Now, this To coincide with the album's release, Danny will also be undertaking a new UK tour including London's Black Heart in Camden on Thursday 22nd August.
Aussie groove masters Ocean Alley recently released their brand new single ‘Infinity’ (today's Video Of The Day), the dreamy follow-up to their most recent cut ‘Stained Glass’. Premiered by Billboard in the US, the track came in the midst of the band’s North American tour, providing yet another taste of their infectious brand of genre-fusing bliss. Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the six-piece consisting of Baden Donegal (vocals), Angus Goodwin (guitar), Nic Blom (bass), Lach Galbraith (keys/vocals), Mitch Galbraith (guitar) and Tom O’Brien (drums), the band will spend the rest of the Australian Winter months in Europe, playing 18 shows across the continent including an appearance at Budapest’s world-renowned Sziget Festival and a sold out headline show at London’s iconic Electric Ballroom on Tuesday 27th August.
Tuesday Blues Mojo 30/7/19
Before its August sabbatical, Tuesday Blues at the iconic 100 Club in London's Oxford Street tonight, features headliners Mojo Preachers, Jamie Williams Roots Collective plus Andy J Palmer. Playing emotive and authentic Progressive Blues with a heartfelt stage presence to match, Mojo Preachers recently released their new album 'Man Made Monster'. A well-seasoned, experienced and talented band of creatives who specialise in conjuring a melodiously intricate and original sound, that while rooted in the Blues, has its mixing spoons in many pots, some of which are; Fusion Blues, Psychedelic Swamp, Funk and Rock.
Irene Rae At TNMC Tonight 30/7/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day will fill your ears with music from Elles Bailey (pictured), Zac Harmon, Jack J Hutchinson, Martin McNeill, Starlite Campbell Band, Martin Harley, Moonshine Society, Dan Burnett, Ged Wilson, Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues Allstars, The Allman Betts Band, Marcus Lazarus Band and, of course, ahead of her show tonight at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF, Irene Rae!
Jared James Nichols Boston Review 29/7/19
"However, a pivotal moment in Nichols career could be his latest single 'Nails In My Coffin'. It's a curveball, but a brilliant curveball that is quite possibly his most profound and most successful song to date. The single premiered on BBC Radio 2 as well as heavy A-List Rotation on Planet Rock and was duly dispatched with aplomb to rapturous applause. Awesome. Jared then thanked Vambo and then poignantly shared how great it was to be headlining rather than getting a ten minute support slot! The pounding Blues Rock of the superb 'Hardwired To Love' made way for some on stage drinking games before Nichols deviated from his aforementioned Living Colour support set. The headbanger 'Blackfoot' saw Jared venture into the audience once more before another explosive opening solo on 'Run' saw that famous JJN Colgate smile as he eased into another awesome solo."
With so much going on musically recently, we finally play catch up today with AJ's review here of Jared James Nichols gig at London's Boston Music Room on Thursday 18th July, supported by Vambo (today's Video Of The Day).
Piston Ramblin' Man Interview 29/7/19
"Guitarist Jack Edwards sports a beautiful Gretsch White Falcon (apparently inspired by Bill Duffy) through a modern Kemper modelling amp whilst fellow six stringer Luke Allatt takes the more traditional Fender/Vox approach. With Stuart Egan on bass and Brad Newlands on drums the line up is complete. Fun and Fire in equal measures, this is a fist pumping, chest beating forty minutes of Rock joy. They get a lot of love from the crowd who chant along and cheer with gusto. Their own tracks – 'Rainmaker', 'One More Day' and 'Leave If You Dare' are awesome but it is their closing cover of CCR’s 'Proud Mary', rocked up to feck, that has me beaming and screaming along with them. What a great band. Keep an eye on this lot."
That was part of our PistonRamblin' Man Fair review from last Sunday, and after their set, Mother caught up with the band for an interview here which is also today's Track Of The Day.
Wrinklystock 8 29/7/19
Tickets priced £20, for this year's Wrinklystock 8, are still available online here, or alternatively you can call the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100. Following on from the success of last year’s Wrinklystock 7 charity concert with The Kast Off Kinks - and with support once again from Wrinklystock legends The Replicants, there are two, yes two awesome tribute bands playing this year’s Wrinklystock 8 at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Friday 6th December at 7.15pm! Jamie & The Jets present the 'Don't Shoot Me, I'm Not Really Elton John' Show, featuring a full set of non-stop classic Elton hits including 'Your Song', 'Candle in the Wind', 'Bennie & The Jets', 'Saturday Night', 'Sad Songs', 'Nakita', 'Funeral For A Friend', 'Love Lies Bleeding', 'Take Me To The Pilot', 'Tiny Dancer' and many more! Meanwhile, Status Quo tribute act Just Supposin’ capture the raw energy and excitement of the original ‘Frantic Four’ line up of this classic British Rock band. From 'Caroline' to 'Rockin’ All Over The World', through the epic '4500 Times' and the mighty 'Roadhouse Blues', all the elements of a classic Quo concert are here and delivered with all the energy, power and humour of the original.
Puddle Of Mudd Photo Gallery 28/7/19
Today check out both our Puddle Of Mudd Photo Gallery here plus our Video Of The Day, taken on a boiling hot night at London's Islington Assembly Hall last Thursday. In fact, the last time we saw Puddle Of Mudd was in Islington in March 2016, the O2 Academy gig turning out to be memorable for all the right and wrong reasons, our review concluding that "We don't fuc*ing hate you Wes - just please get your demons sorted out mate." Anyway, fast forward three years and time is certainly a healer as lead singer Wes Scantlin has duly done that. And despite Wes apparently suffering from flu, his new POM compadres rolled back the years performing fan favourites, 'Control', 'Blurry' and of course 'She Hates Me'.
Bad Touch Ramblin' Man Interview 28/7/19
"But before I do, I get the 'luxury' of being 'allowed' into the VIP suite to watch a short acoustic set by the fabulous Bad Touch. The five piece are no stranger to festivals, or Ramblin' Man, having been working the circuits for years. Today's short set strips away their electric sound to show their Blues Rock in a more laid back style although with no less excitement. Vocalist Stevie Westwood doesn't seem to get phased by anything so opening day to a major festival is just another day for him and the band. They are writing more songs at the moment so expect a new album in the Spring next year. If it's as good as their last album - 'Shake A Leg' - it will be worth a listen."
That was our Bad TouchRamblin' Man Fair review from last Saturday, and after their set, Mother caught up with the band for an interview here which is also today's Track Of The Day.
With a review in the pipeline, today check out our photo gallery here (courtesy of Tim Russell) from International Blues/Rock/Soul guitarist, singer-songwriter Ben Poole's Half Moon, Putney, gig last Wednesday night. Indeed, Ben began recording a new double live album at Barnsley’s Old Schoolhouse the night before, followed by a live recording at The Half Moon, and then also at the Bootleggers in Kendal, Cumbria, the following night. The concerts, featuring Wayne Proctor on drums, showcased a selection of Ben’s most popular songs from his past two albums - 2018’s critically acclaimed 'Anytime You Need Me' and 2016’s 'Time Has Come'. The forthcoming double live album, released by House of Tone Records, marks Ben’s first live album in five years, and follows the BBC recorded 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' in 2014.
Rainbreakers Ramblin' Man Interview 27/7/19
After Rainbreakers awesome Ramblin' Man Fair Rising Stage set last Saturday, we caught up with drummer Sam, lead singer Ben and lead guitarist Charlie for an interview here which is also today's Track Of The Day. Indeed, following other impressive Summer Festival appearances at the likes of Cornbury and more, not only have the West Country Rock 'n' Soul band now announced a headlining 'Ain't Nothing Going On' UK tour in November, but the band are also special guests to the fantastic Alabama 3 on Friday 2nd August at The Tivoli Venue, Buckley, Flintshire, plus this talented, hardworking 4-piece outfit will also be touring the Czech Republic in October and early November!
Camden's Mojo 27/7/19
From 4pm till 9pm today, Camden Rocks presents another all-day Rock-n-Roll series featuring JK Historian + Pet Needs + Adrenaline Animals + Dirty Falcon - all live at The Monarch. Meanwhile, at 2pm today Mojo Preachers (pictured and Video Of The Day) take to the stage at Blues At Barleylands, Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UF. Playing emotive and authentic Progressive Blues with a heartfelt stage presence to match, the band recently released their new album 'Man Made Monster'. A well-seasoned, experienced and talented band of creatives who specialise in conjuring a melodiously intricate and original sound, that while rooted in the Blues, has its mixing spoons in many pots, some of which are; Fusion Blues, Psychedelic Swamp, Funk and Rock.
Ramblin' Man Day 3 Review 26/7/19
"During 'Heartbreaker' we get a mosh pit going – which at Ramblin’ Man is a rare sight indeed. And 'It’s All For Rock ‘n’ Roll' is dedicated to the one and only Lemmy. So Joel wheels out a mobile "Lemmy’s Bar" on stage and pours out Jack and Coke’s which he hands out to the audience. Then rocks on with aplomb. There are some tech problems with his guitar but no fuss here.... Drummer Ryan decides that drumming needs something different. So introduces an air raid siren to the mix. Which he gleefully winds up to a frenzy before Joel kicks in from the top of the Marshall stacks into 'Live It Up'. He then proceeds to throw beers to the crowd – "Lets be like the English cricket team and catch these" he shouts to everyone’s joy. They close with their anthemic 'Runnin’ Wild', with a few bars of 'Let There Be Rock' thrown in for good measure, to leave the howling crowd wanting more."
With some more interviews in the pipeline, read the whole of Mother's Ramblin' Man Fair Sunday review held at the glorious Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, here, plus check out our Airbourne Video Of The Day.
Crobot Underworld Tonight 26/7/19
"Back in the Grooverider tent, things are really hotting up. Pennsylvanian Hard/Funk rockers Crobot are raising the mercury and raising hell. Although ordinarily a two piece - Brandon Yeagley on lead vocals and Chris Bishop on telecaster and Orange amps – they tour as a four piece. Their brand of Rock suits the stage name perfectly with Yeagley, resplendent in a sparkly reflective waistcoat, high kicking his way around the small stage whilst Bishop quietly gets on with the business of breaking your face with his chugging riffs. The heat is unbearable, the sound is unbeatable."
That was Mother's review of Crobot on the Grooverider stage at Ramblin' Man Fair on Sunday, and Pottsville USA's very own are playing London's The Underworld in Camden tonight, in advance of the release of their new album 'Motherbrain' on Friday 23rd August.
Blues Club Friday 26/7/19
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns on a Friday with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from Delbert McClinton, Mindi Abair, Sean Webster Band, The Mojo Preachers, Samantha Fish, Whitey Somers, Van Dyck Inc., Grady Champion, Laurence Jones, Keith Thompson, Cliff Stevens, Tom Euler, Focus, Jersey Swamp Cats, Danny Bryant, JJ Cale, Zac Harmon, Keb' Mo', Albert Castiglia Band, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Andy Gunn, The Allman Betts Band (pictured) and more.
Collateral Ramblin' Man Interview 25/7/19
"Back at the Rising stage we see another band that are going places - and all of them good. Collateral - previously known as the Angelo Tristan Band - are fronted by charismatic singer Angelo Tristan. Well I never. Looking like the love child of Steve Tyler and Jack Sparrow, Tristan and his band of rock and rollers look like they would fit comfortably into the main stage. As it is, the four piece showed their talent by making their way to the Rising stage by winning a 40 band competition. Guitarist Todd Winger plays a Jackson guitar through Orange amps giving the band an almost Metal sound although they are clearly rockers. Ones to watch."
That was our CollateralRamblin' Man Fair review from last Saturday, and after their set we caught up with bass guitarist Jack Bentley Smith and lead singer Angelo Tristan for an interview here which is also today's Track Of The Day.
Ramblin' Man Day 2 Review 25/7/19
"The headline act and closing the Main stage are Black Stone Cherry. What a great live band. It is noticeable that BSC have a considerable following of younger rockers as well as those of more experienced years. The Kentucky quartet have been around since the early naughties but still feel to me like a fresh new band. And what a back catalogue. Every track is a diamond, played with all the power and passion that frontman Chris Robertson and the band can muster. This is rock played from the heart. The crowd love it. The band live it. It's electric. A fine production too. Ben Wells prances around like a maniac as does bassist Lawhon whilst Robertson owns the centre stage, and the entire park. Some of the stand outs in a flawless set include the almost reggae like version of 'In My Blood' and the 'Purple Haze' section in 'Cheaper To Drink Alone'. But it's difficult to single out anything in a set that had everyone singing at the top of their voices throughout. The closing track, by way of the encore, sees Chris get everyone in the audience to hold hands and raise them in the name of piece as they sign off with 'Peace Is Free'. Great ending to a great set."
Read the whole of Mother's Ramblin' Man Fair Saturday review held at the glorious Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, here, plus check out our Rainbreakers Video Of The Day.
Puddle Of Mudd Assembly Tonight 25/7/19
The last time we saw Puddle Of Mudd was in Islington in March 2016, the O2 Academy gig turning out to be memorable for all the right and wrong reasons. Fast forward to July 2017 and POM were due to return to London at Highbury's The Garage, but once news filtered through after The Fallen State's set that POM lead singer Wes Scantlin (pictured) had not been allowed to leave the USA - and that the band would not be appearing - we were understandably not happy! Anyway, two years down the line, time is indeed a healer, as we look forward to seeing them tonight at London's Islington Assembly Hall!
Half Moon Poole Tonight 24/7/19
International Blues/Rock/Soul guitarist, singer-songwriter Ben Poole began recording a new double live album at Barnsley’s Old Schoolhouse last night, and the live recording continues at London’s The Half Moon in Putney tonight and Bootleggers in Kendal, Cumbria, tomorrow night. The concerts, featuring Wayne Proctor on drums, will showcase a selection of Ben’s most popular songs from his past two albums - 2018’s critically acclaimed 'Anytime You Need Me' and 2016’s 'Time Has Come'. The forthcoming double live album, released by House of Tone Records, marks Ben’s first live album in five years, and follows the BBC recorded 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' in 2014.
Ramblin' Man Day 1 Review 24/7/19
"Frankie does get to open 'One Way Ticket' with some obligatory cowbell but it's the Justin show really. We are offered a competition to win a small piece of Frankie which requires copious quantities of screaming from the crowd. I'm not sure who won or which bit they got. 'Barbarian' again allows the crowd to try and match Justin's falsetto. I think I managed an off key Tenor and that was just what I paid for my beer with. We are also treated to some newer tracks like 'Japanese Prisoner Of Love' from their 2018 album 'Pinewood Smile'. And they have a new album out in October called 'Easter Is Cancelled' - so lots more new stuff on the way. Justin disappears briefly whilst the band jams only to reappear in an outrageous denim blue coloured velour jumpsuit with matching hat. Freddie Mercury would have been jealous. And Justin has the crowd bouncing BEFORE he launched into the closing 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love'. And bounce we did, all the way to the end."
Read the whole of Mother's Ramblin' Man Fair Friday review held at the glorious Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, here, plus check out our updated Photo Gallery here courtesy of Rockrpix and The Darkness Video Of The Day.
Blues Club Catch Up #2 24/7/19
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day is another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from Mavis Staples, Thunder, Mindi Abair, Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, Keb' Mo', Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Angélique Kidjo, Free, The Allman Betts Band (pictured), The Mojo Preachers, Big Wolf Band & Zoe Green, Dan Burnett, When Rivers Meet, Diana Rein, Average White Band, Eva Carboni, Lethbridge Owen, Steve Winwood, Zac Harmon, Al Lerman, Bobby Rush, Shuffle Express, The Soul Jazz Rebels, Gerry Rafferty and more.
Electrowerkz London Gig Review 23/7/19
"The band mix the modern and past, playing tracks such as ‘Radicals’, and ‘Isolation’ from the new album to keep the crowd going. There is a lot of energy here and I am left very satisfied with all three bands I have seen giving me excellent value for my money. 1919 take their name from “a year of massive change and desperate rebellion”. A century on in 2019, some things haven’t changed with quite a desperate year to come with a new Prime Minister and the Brexit question to be setteld, but at least I’ve got some cracking tunes to keep me distracted!"
Read the whole of Chris Bourlet's 1919, Then Comes Silence and Angelbomb gig review at London's Electrowerkz on Saturday 13th July here.
Ramblin' Man Fair Photo Gallery 23/7/19
"Openers The Lazys are just the ticket. Hailing from Sydney, the five piece Australian Rockers give instant vibes of other well known Australian Rock bands (more of which on Day 3). That is no bad thing as, far from being stereotypical, they bring all the unbridled, rough and ready Rock tones that says up yours to the world but with a huge smile and endless joy and energy. Their 2018 album was called 'Sleaze Roxx' - i guess that says it all. Frontman Leon Harrison is pumped and saunters around the stage trying to outshine the awesome Rock sound of the Les Paul and Telecaster blasting out through their Marshall JCM800 amps delivering that Classic Rock sound. Oh, and they are all dressed completely in black. In fact, if it hadn't been for the red Tele, we might have lost them in the gloom. The rain started but nobody cares as we Rock along in fine form and cheer them mightily as their short thirty minute slot is over oh too soon. Well done Ramblin' Man Fair - great choice of how to open a weekend. And well played the Lazys - you did yourselves proud."
Read the whole of Mother's Ramblin' Man Fair Day 1 review held at the glorious Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, tomorrow, plus check out our initial Photo Gallery here courtesy of Rockrpix and our Video Of The Day.
James & Black At TNMC Tonight 23/7/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day has three IBBA albums of the month, a preview of The UK Blues Challenge and a few new releases featuring music from Spikedrivers, Mark Cole, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Connor Selby (pictured), Ian Parker, Delbert McClinton, Laurence Jones Band, Kyla Brox, Mojo Preachers, Ash Wilson, Brent Hutchinson and The Achievers - all bookended by tracks from James & Black ahead of their show tonight at at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF.