Swedish post Punk/Dark Wave masters Then Comes Silence release their fourth full-length studio album, entitled ‘Blood’ on Friday 20th October worldwide via Nuclear Blast. Founded in 2012 in Stockholm by singer and main songwriter Alex Svenson, Then Comes Silence have gathered an ever-growing following within the international scene. The band, consisting of Svenson - vox, bass, synth, Seth Kapadia - guitars, Jens Karnstedt - guitars and Jonas Fransson - drums, recently released a brand new song from the album called 'The Dead Cry For No One' which is today's Vid Of The Day.
JJN On Route 66 29/6/17
Today's Route 66 Track Of The Day features brand new tracks from Jared James Nichols, Sonny Landreth and Robin Trower. Host Rory Auskerry also celebrate birthdays in Rock with music from Canned Heat and Deep Purple plus tracks from Lance Lopez, Matt Andersen (pictured), The Brew and more.
Seasons Of The Black 28/6/17
The creativity and productivity of the German Heavy Metal trio Rage seems to have no limits. Only fourteen months after the successful 'The Devil Strikes Again' neckbreaker, Rage deliver their new, 23rd studio album called 'Seasons Of The Black', which will be released on Friday 28th July! Recently, Rage consisting of Peter "Peavy" Wagner (lead vocals, bass), Marcos Rodriguez (guitars, vocals) and Vassilios "Lucky" Maniatopoulos (drums, vocals), published their first single of their new album, entitled 'Blackened Karma', which is today's Vid Of The Day.
SmithRadio On ROTR! 27/6/17
Today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day includes music from Temple Kings, The Bad Flowers, Audrey Horne, Argent, Free, Kiss, Goodbye June, Queens of the Stone Age, The Blue Van, Cheap Trick, Shaman's Harvest, Stone Kings, Justin Schaefers & The Blind Barbers, Big Wolf Band, Dinosaur Pile Up, Vintage Trouble (pictured), John Verity Band, Disciples of Babylon, SmithRadio and on their introducing stage two in a row from Blue Nation.
Erja Lyytinen Interview 26/6/17
"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." That was part of our recent take on Erja Lyytinen's new CD 'Stolen Hearts' here and the day before Erja's album launch at London's iconic 100 Club in April we also had the privilege of interviewing Erja here (today's Track Of The Day) after her private unplugged set at Soho's Ain't Nothing But Blues venue (picture John Bull)
Tequila Mockingbyrd Interview 25/6/17
"As for Aussie Rockers Tequila Mockingbyrd - their storming set was taken, other than newbie 'Tell Me', from their recently released worldwide debut album 'Fight and Flight' - which was actually released down under a year ago. 'Money Tree', 'Never Go Home', 'This Ain't Dead', 'Good Time' and 'So Not Me' easily demonstrated why the band have received such great reviews from both Planet Rock and Classic Rock. The stand outs for mine though were their cover of Richie Ramone's 'Somebody Put Something In My Drink' plus their brilliantly entitled finale 'I Smell Rock 'n' Roll which has received a lot of well deserved worldwide airplay over the last year."
That was part our Tequila Mockingbyrd Stone Free Festival review here and afterwards we also managed to interview singer/guitarist Louisa Baker, bassist Jacinta Jaye and drummer Josie O'Toole who was understandably the spokesperson for TM - as she dropped the Estelle/Jess bombshell during our audio interview here which is also today's Track Of The Day!
Work Of Progress 25/6/17
San Antonio, Texas' hottest newcomers, Across The Atlantic have announced their upcoming label debut! The band's new studio full-length will be entitled 'Works Of Progress' and is set for a worldwide release on Friday 1st September via SharpTone Records. The band consisting of singer Jay Martinez backed by guitarists Jason Lugo and Julio Bautista alongside bassist Jayy Garza and drummer Cody Cook, recently released the official music video for their first single off of the album, called '24 Hours', which is today's Vid Of The Day.
Across The Atlantic 25/6/17
Talking of 'Across The Atlantic' - Wrinkly Towers are taking a well earned break - normal service will be resumed soon but daily updates will be reduced! In the meantime, Just fill out a 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 which we also hope to add to in the future.
Massive Interview 24/6/17
"Typical Aussies - these guys are on a perpetual world tour following the release of their critically acclaimed 'Destination Somewhere' album last year - with even Kerrang saying that they were following in the footsteps of Guns 'N Roses. Massive definitely cranked up the tempo as they weaved around the small stage wringing every possible sinew out of their performance with their full frontal Aussie Rock including fans favourite ' Blood Money Blues' (check out the video) and their new single 'Calm Before The Storm' from their forthcoming album. One of the highlights of the day - make sure you catch them at London's Proud on Friday 14th July."
That was part our Massive Stone Free Festival review here and we also managed to interview Massive singer/guitarist Brad Marr here (and today's Track Of The Day). What a nice guy - who reaffirmed the accuracy of the band's reputation as riot-starting, fist swinging road dogs fuelled on adrenaline, lager and a determination to party hard!
Dancin' Down Below 24/6/17
Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics’ recently unveiled the video for their new single 'Dancin’ Down Below' with its riotous hooks which is today's Vid Of The Day. 'Dancin’ Down Below' is taken from their debut album 'The Man With Stars On His Knees', an enabling vision and unequivocal triumph from the former Heavens Basement frontman. The band, who line up with Aaron (vocals), Laurie Buchanan (guitar), Tom McCarthy (guitar), Chris Guyatt (bass) and Kev Hickman (drums), will be appearing at the Wildfire Festival this Sunday and Ramblin’ Man Fair on Saturday 29th July.
Long Hair Don't Care 24/6/17
Nashville natives The Cadillac Three are fiercely proud of their Southern roots, leaving a lasting impression on fans across the globe with their high-octane live show and chart-topping songwriting skills. And now, with the release of their brand new album 'Legacy', out on Friday 25th August on Big Machine Records, The Cadillac Three are poised to become international stars. The band also return to their second home of the UK as part of their ‘Long Hair Don’t Care’ tour, playing nine November dates across the country, including a highly anticipated show in the capital at O2 Kentish Town Forum. Recently the band performed for their rabid fan base at Download Festival in Paris with Linkin Park, and in the UK with Aerosmith. They also have a full Summer tour of the USA and Canada ahead, taking in cities across the whole of America.
October Session 23/6/17
Danish genre-mashing quartet Vola released their acoustic EP ‘October Session’ worldwide at the end of May. ‘October Session’ contains two tracks: acoustic versions of ‘Gutter Moon’ and ‘Stray The Skies’. The original, electric versions of both songs were featured on the band’s critically acclaimed 2016 label debut ‘Inmazes’. Until now, both ‘October Session’ tracks were only available on the vinyl version of ‘Inmazes’. To accompany the release of the ‘October Session’ EP, today's Vid Of The Day is a stunning video for ‘Stray The Skies (October Session)’, which was shot in three different locations in Jutland, Denmark. A musical journey into the mind in pursuit of happiness, set to a mix of 70’s Progressive Rock, modern day Electronica and Industrial, topped off with clear, beautiful vocal lines - Vola will be returning to Germany and the UK this Summer playing festivals and headline shows. The band is currently working on the follow-up album to' Inmazes'.
Arundel's Deep Blue Sea 23/6./17
Yes, we know it's hot. And it's getting hotter than a Tarka - which is like a Tikka - only otter. So - there's only one place to go - the pub - where they sell liquid relief from all your problems - not just sunburn and mozzie bites - they can also cure male pattern baldness, old age, nose hair and various veins. And nowhere better than where Deep Blue Sea is a playing. So - get on down to The Red Lion in Arundel tonight and wash away your troubles in a luxuriating wash of Deep Blue Sea - with a 100% guarantee that there are no sewer pipes in the region - you can skinny dip in safety. Sea you there!
Non-Stop Best In Blues 23/6/17
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns 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 Buddy Guy, The Blues Brothers, Andy T Band, Average White Band, Robin Trower, Bridget Kelly Band, Rocky Athas, Southern Avenue, Sean Webster Band, Delbert McClinton, Tone Tanner, Debbie Bond, King King (pictured), Katie Bradley & Chris Corcoran, Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers, The McKee Brothers, London Blusion, Salvador Sobral, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', Bruce "Mississippi" Johnson, Tape Five, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Big Wolf Band, Joe Bonamassa, Poplar Jake & The Electric Delta Review, Storm Warning, Ruby & The Revelators, B. B. & The Blues Shacks, Ashton, Gardner & Dyke and more.
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll! 22/6/17
"'Down To Earth's 'All Night Long' was evidence, if you needed it, that Rainbow could go toe to toe with Deep Purple as far as Hard Rock was concerned, however, I'm afraid Blackmore's classical opening to the title track of 'Difficult To Cure' was the equivalent of a drum solo for mine - cue bog break. Upon my return, Johansson's amazing keyboards on Purple's 'Child In Time' also saw a stunning vocal from Romero. And talking of drums solo's, Keith's opener on 'Stargazer' I'm reliably informed was a first, but if you wanted a bit of audience participation, then Romero invited the Rainbow faithful to handclap along to a cover of The Yardbirds 'Still I'm Sad' which was rounded off by another DK drum solo. Rainbow's classic 'Long Live Rock 'n' Roll' sparkled as much as Nouveau's red shoes whilst Blackmore's lack of rapport with the crowd on the night was all forgotten as the guitar legend finished a great set with Rainbow's 'Catch The Rainbow' plus a Deep Purple Holy Trinity: Black Night, Burn (with its amazing backdrop) and Smoke On The Water - cue mandatory air guitars."
Finally read the whole of AJ's Stone Free Festival review here from last Saturday plus check out our photo gallery here.
Barefoot In The Head 22/6/17
Chris Robinson Brotherhood have announced the second leg of their 'Barefoot In The Head' (today's Track Of The Day) U.S. tour. The 35-date run, stretching from September though November, supports their new studio album of the same name due Friday 21st July on Robinson's own Silver Arrow Records. The tour covers much of the U.S. with stops across the Gulf Coast, Southeast, Northeast and Midwest. Along the way they'll return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, make their first ever performance at the historic Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI and play three two-night stands at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC and Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA. The CRB kick off the run off with three shows in Florida supporting Blackberry Smoke, while the remainder of the dates will be "An Evening With..." headline performances featuring two sets each night.
Class Act 22/6/17
And on the subject of bumping into Guns 'N Roses fans (see our Stone Free Festival review here and our Vid Of The Day) on the Jubilee Line after SFF - it was good to hear from our WRC mate Rob who indeed attended their gig that night at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. "My two penneth on Gun 'N Roses on Saturday night? In just less than 3 hours, a solid 5 star performance of their back catalogue - even threw in an AC/DC track for the loss of Axl's dog Rosie! Hard to think of a better live show I have been to. Class act, they nailed it." And talking off class act's - Rob also wanted to thank thank all the very helpful staff at the stadium who assisted his disabled wife Jill, who attended her very first Rock concert that night. Rob added "Good band to start with in her sixth decade - I think we've got a convert!" Nice one Rob - hope to see you at Ramblin' Man!
Standing With Manchester 21/6/17
New North West Festival, Hope & Glory is to donate all the profits from ticket sales of its inaugural year to the victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Manchester last month. The festival 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 with a line-up that includes Manchester headliners James and the 70 piece orchestra Hacienda Classical with fellow Mancunian special guests Shaun Ryder, Bez and Tim Booth. The festival which boasts a host of artist from across the north and wider UK is set in the heart of Liverpool behind St. George’s Hall, in St John’s Gardens and William Brown Street where 12,500 fans can enjoy the festival while indulging in the stunning Victorian backdrop of the World Museum and City Library. A specially created arena will be home to the festival – all within a few hundred yards walk of the main Lime Street train station.
Introducing .... Suicide By Tigers 21/6/17
The soil of Southern Sweden has for a long time been a great breeding ground for Rock 'n' Roll - this trend continues manifested by Suicide By Tigers who we 'Introduce' today. Focusing on dynamic, Blues based Rock, with heavy guitars and strong melodies - just like Free, Taste and Led Zeppelin - they move from light and shade to tight and loose. 'True Believers' (today's Vid Of The Day) is the second single to be released from the Swedish four piece self titled album, hailed by European Rock media as one of last year's best debut albums.
Robin On Route 66 21/6/17
This week's Route 66 Track Of The Day features a new track by Robin Trower (pictured) from his forthcoming album 'Time and Emotion'. Host Rory Auskerry also play tracks from Gun, Kiss, ZZ Top, The Who, Airbourne, Lisa Lystam Family Band and more.
Rough Times 20/6/17
Berlin, Germany-based Rock overlords Kadavar will release their fourth studio album, 'Rough Times' on Friday 29th September via Nuclear Blast. It's the follow up to their acclaimed 2015 album 'Berlin' and they have announced a headline show at London's The Dome on Saturday 30th September plus the riff-lords will also bring the fuzz to the North when they play Sheffield's HRH Doom Vs Stoner Festival the following night.
The concept albums ‘Wanted’ (2014) and its predecessor ‘Beyond Man And Time’ (2012) are widely recognised as career highlights of the German Art Rock giants RPWL, who celebrate two decades together in 2017 with the release of the long-awaited concert movie ‘A New Dawn’ (see today's Vid Of The Day). Documenting the last stop on a tour in support of ‘Wanted’, the talented core quintet make a triumphant appearance in their hometown of Freising, Bavaria on 31st October2015 for an elaborate show comprising not only a Rock concert, but also a play and multimedia event! The one-off production, including Yogi Lang - vocals and keyboards, Kalle Wallner - guitar, Markus Jehle - keyboards, Werner Taus - bass and Marc Turiaux - drums, also involved 50 actors and extras and is presented on this multi-format title.
Stone Free Festival Photo Gallery 19/6/17
Well the day started with some Rock 'n' Roll with some high energy punch from Melbourne all girl three-piece Tequila Mockinbyrd on the Big Entrance Stage (who we had the pleasure of interviewing after their set - watch out for that) and ended with the Classic Rock anthems of Rainbow and Deep Purple from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in the main O2 Arena, supported by Sweet (see today's Vid Of The Day). Sandwiched in between were The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Aussie Rockers Massive (who we also interviewed - namely lead singer/guitarist Brad Marr - what a great guy) and a full headline set at the Indigo 2 from Blue Oyster Cult! Not forgetting also all the new friends we made in various bars on a sweltering but brilliant day. Anyway, our photo gallery here, hopefully reflects what an awesome Festival it turned out to be!
Nashville Rockers A Thousand Horses released their new album 'Bridges' at the beginning of June. This follows on from the success of the band's debut 'Southernality', which featured the band’s hit single ‘Travelin’ Man’, which reached Number 1 in the Planet Rock airplay chart and spent 10 weeks on the A –List. 'Bridges' was produced by Corey Crowder, Dann Huff and the band themselves and highlights the perfect mix of their signature Rock-infused Country sound with catchy choruses and Southern charm.
Norwegians Get The Blues 19/6/17
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features music from Joakim Tinderholt, Good Time Charlie, Michael Packer, Gordon Meier Blues Experience, The Red Devils, Goat Roper and Big Joe Shelton.
No Stone Unturned 18/6/17
All roads yesterday led to London's Stone Free Festival at The O2 Arena and the day, as expected, left no stone unturned! With a full headline set at the Inidigo 2 from Blue Oyster Cult (pictured) plus The Answer, Gun and many more, and the Classic Rock anthems of Rainbow and Deep Purple from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in the main O2 Arena, supported by The Sweet - it was awesome! We also managed to interview Aussie Rockers Massive plus another Melbourne Rock 'n' Roll outfit Tequila Mockingbyrd before their sets on the other Big Entrance Stage. There was also a Speak Easy Lounge, a Beer Garden and a Classic Rock Vinyl Fair, so watch out for hose interviews, a review and more photos over the coming week but in the meantime check out today's Rainbow Vid Of The Day!
Delirium Tremendous 18/6/17
Today's Track Of The Day is the new single ‘Delirium Tremendous’ from the theatrical punks Felix Hagan & The Family! It’s a twisted Electro Rock stomper, reminiscent to the likes of Queen and Scissor Sisters, with a glitter-smacked take on its dark troubled themes that address the journey through substance withdrawal. ‘Delirium Tremendous’ is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming album due later this year. It follows the release of 2015’s 'Kiss The Misfits' EP, which saw the band achieve high profile acclaim from the likes of The Guardian and head out on tour with Frank Turner who said about the band, “Within about 20 seconds of the taking the stage, I was sold, a total convert, a newly-signed-up member of the cult.”
Possessed Sign For Nuclear Blast 18/6/17
Nuclear Blast recently announced the worldwide signing and return of Possessed! Few bands have done more to push the boundaries of extreme Metal than the legendary Possessed. Even fewer can create a unique style, which continues to set them apart from all others by being the very first in a genre they laid the foundation for. Possessed are by definition, the creators of Death Metal. Ever since they stormed onto the San Francisco Metal scene in the early 1980's, Possessed has been redefining and breaking the rules for Metal. Fans can expect Possessed's first full-length release in 31 years, sometime in 2018 and the band, consising of Jeff Becerra - vocals, Daniel Gonzalez - guitars, Emilio Marquez - drums, Robert Cardenas - bass and Claudeous Creamer - guitar, is also planning several tour dates showcasing new material that will change the face of Death Metal once more!
It's Going To Be Massive! 17/6/17
All roads lead to London today for this year's Stone Free Festival, Kilimanjaro Live and O2 extravaganza, with doors opening at midday. With a full headline set at the Inidigo 2 from Blue Oyster Cult plus The Answer, Gun and many more, and the Classic Rock anthems of Rainbow and Deep Purple from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in the main O2 Arena, supported by The Sweet - it's going to be massive. And talking of Massive (Vid Of The Day) we hope to be interviewing the Aussie Rockers plus another Melbourne outfit Tequila Mockingbyrd before their sets on the other Big Entrance Stage. With also a Speak Easy Lounge, a Beer Garden and a Classic Rock Vinyl Fair, watch out for those interviews, a review and photos over the coming week.
Gary Hoey Interview 17/6/17
"It was hard to believe that despite having 20 albums under his belt and having toured with a veritable Rock who's who over the years, that the Massachusetts born Hoey, who once auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne in 1988, was making his London debut. A driving intro from AJ Pappas (bass) and Matt Scurfield (drums) saw the shades wearing Hoey ask the audience "Are you guys ready to have a good time?" before he counted in "1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4!" and his guitar and vocals duly proceeded to rip into a cover of The Alabama State Troupers 'Going Down' - power trio Blues/Rock at it's best. Wow!"
Aussie Metal Titans Thy Art Is Murder have announced a seven date UK Tour for this October including London's Electric Ballroom on Sunday 8th. Guitarist Andrew Marsh commented: "We are super stoked to return to Europe, and this time with more UK dates than we have played in a very long time. For too long we have neglected the UK and we are going to make up for it in style. Joining us on our album headlining tour will be our great friends and ridiculously heavy bands, After The Burial, Oceano, and Australian blackened hardcore juggernauts Justice For The Damned. We can’t wait to bring our new record to the road, and this will mark the very first leg of the 'Dear Desolation' world tour." The band; freshly reunited with original frontman CJ McMahon will release their fourth album later this Summer.