Acclaimed American guitarist Geoff Tyson (born in Berkeley, California) releases his first instrumental guitar album, 'Drinks With Infinity', on CD, vinyl and digital on Friday 31st July, distributed by Cargo Records. Geoff’s story is an interesting one. In 1983, at the age of 13, Geoff studied guitar with Joe Satriani, and refined his skills jamming with high school mates Alex Skolnick, Charlie Hunter, Jude Gold, Joshua Redmond and Third Eye Blind’s Kevin Cadogan. Geoff is one of two students Satriani has said 'Graduated' from his lessons (the other being Steve Vai). In 1994, Geoff recorded and toured with T-Ride and released an album on Hollywood Records. In 1999 he appeared on Snake River Conspiracy’s debut album (Reprise Records) and toured with Monster Magnet and Queens of the Stone Age. In 2003, he formed Stimulator with singer Susan Hyatt, and in 2005 they signed a record deal with Universal Music. Stimulator toured the world with Duran Duran, The Go-Go’s and featured on the Van’s Warped Tour.
Chasing Suffering 30/6/20
Born of a passion to create dark and melodic music, Milton Keynes based British Metal outfit Chasing Ghosts are resurging with the recent release of their EP 'Bring Me Suffering', and the title track/single is today's Video Of The Day. Brooding, atmospheric and full of emotion, it features the sorrowful melodies of Meghan Pettitt (ex The Eden House). The EP is no doubt their biggest and most ambitious record yet, a union of haunting female harmonies and natural sombre strings, resulting in an evolution of all the darker elements in their already present sound since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album in 2018.
Blues On The Radio Double Trouble 30/6/20
Today's latest Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day takes leave of all the new releases and delves back into the past - revisiting their 'go to' albums from the 1930's through to the noughties, including John Lee Hooker & Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and more.
A New Day Now 29/6/20
Joe Bonamassa has always talked with an incredible fondness for the late great legendary producer Tom Dowd, who has a stellar discography, a veritable who's who of Soul, Rock and Blues superstars. Joe was obviously thrilled when Tom signed on to produce his first solo album, 'A New Day Yesterday', twenty years ago. However, as time has gone by, Joe's vocal style, particularly, has changed enormously. He's grown from an adolescent shouter to a very mature and soulful singer. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'A New Day Yesterday', Joe wanted to re-do all vocals without losing the original feel of the record. This re-release on Friday 7th August, comes with 3 bonus tracks, produced and written with Steven Van Zandt, the legendary guitarist from Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. To complete the new package, the album has been remastered and remixed by producer Kevin Shirley, and rebranded with an appropriate title: 'A New Day Now - 20th Anniversary Edition'.
Spectres Of The Blood Moon Sabbath 29/6/20
Today's Track Of The Day is Hellripper's debut single and animated lyric video for 'Spectres Of The Blood Moon Sabbath' from their upcoming new studio album 'The Affair Of The Poisons' scheduled for release on 9th October 2020 through Peaceville. The single sets the scene for the new album as its themes primarily revolve around the dark and insidious underworld witchcraft and the occult, with some tracks being based on historical events. The single unfurls in an infernal storm of heavy blackened Thrash, given the band has been fast gaining a reputation for whipping up an infectious storm of blackened speed Metal greatness in the spirit of old and are one of the most electrifying young, up and coming Metal acts in the scene today. Inspired by the likes of the old-school legends including Venom, Kreator, Sabbat [JPN] and Metallica, mainman James McBain formed Hellripper in 2014, and with the release of their debut EP 'The Manifestation of Evil' shortly after, the band were already making a very clear mission statement... total fucking mayhem! The band has also announced that they will be touring later in the year to coincide with the album’s release, with some UK headline shows, including London's The Black Heart on Thursday 22nd October, plus further European shows as special guests to Cleveland based Black Rock 'n' Roll/Thrash legends Midnight.
Cut To The Core 29/6/20
Today's Video Of The Day is Empyre's new single 'Cut To The Core', taken from their latest album. 'Self Aware'. Last November we had the pleasure of attending the band's 'Self Aware' album party gig held at London's Water Rats, with support from Jack J Hutchinson. Indeed, 2019 had been the band's most significant year so far, with the likes of Planet Rock and Classic Rock Magazine sitting up and paying attention to 'Self Aware', released earlier in July. In the meantime, Empyre are trying to get out as many tracks and videos online as they can, during Covid-19 times, for your watching and listening pleasure!
Drag Me Back In 28/6/20
Rising star and profound songwriter Laura Evans, who is amongst the new wave of the Country, Blues and Roots music scene, released her new single ‘Drag Me Back In’ last Friday. It definitely brings out a more rockier, edgier side to Laura, and follows on the heels of her last single ‘Running Back to You’, the title track from her EP, which charted and went straight to Number One in the UK iTunes Blues chart. The single also entered the US Blues Chart, peaking at Number 43. Laura co-wrote ‘Drag Me Back In’ with London-born and LA Soul/Blues artist and songwriter Desi Valentine plus producer Nicolas Gruter.
Bitter Better 28/6/20
Expanding on the boundaries of what an Indie-Folk band can be, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards add a lightness and Pop sensibility on their upcoming album, 'Bitter Better', due to be released on Friday 17th July on Compass Records, of which their song 'Typhoon' is today's Video Of The Day, filmed and recorded before the pandemic in Laura's adopted home of Ghent, Belgium. A stunning lesson in all the ways string instruments can be played – bowed, plucked, percussively - combined with lush vocal harmonies, 'Bitter Better' showcases Cortese and multi-instrumentalist producer Sam Kassirer striving to capture the most adventurous approach to each moment. The result is an 11 track album that incorporates dance-worthy foundational grooves, synth and loops to push the boundaries of the genre.
Shining Black 28/6/20
Featuring singer Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt) and guitarist Ölaf Thorsen (Labyrinth, Vision Divine), today's Track Of The Day is taken from Shining Black's self-titled album out on Friday 10th July, which showcases this new duo's cutting edge Melodic Metal songwriting combined with outstanding vocal ability. The roots of their collaboration date back to 2014 when the Italian Metal band Labyrinth replaced their singer (Roberto Tiranti) with Mark Boals, but conflicting schedules put paid to recording plans and they eventually made a new record with Tiranti back on board. However, Thorsen remained in touch with Boals and the two have now created a fabulous debut.
Reef Live From The Drive In 27/6/20
Utilita Live from the Drive In have announced the addition of Reef to play a special Drive-In tour this August and September. With Gary Stringer on vocals, Jack Bessant on bass guitar and Jesse Wood on guitar, the band will also be joined by former Duran Duran/The Power Station guitarist Andy Taylor, so expect a few choice Andy Taylor numbers in the set too. Plus, to round things off for this special run of dates, the band will also be joined by virtuoso drummer Luke Bullen (Bryan Ferry/Joe Strummer/Chris Squire), capping off one very special line up. Reef will also be releasing a very special vinyl edition of their debut album 'Replenish' on Friday 25th September to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Clockwork Sky 27/6/20
Today's Track Of The Day, 'Longinus', is the latest single from Deathcore act Clockwork Sky, which has been unleashed via One Eyed Toad Records. 'Longinus' represents the Hertfordshire band’s heaviest release to date, which also makes a powerful impact lyrically. Recorded at The Practice Roomz Studio, Stevenage, the single was mixed and mastered by the band’s own Steven Cela. This level of hands-on-control has granted Clockwork Sky the creative freedom to produce a track truly representative of their creative mindset and musical vision, setting the bar for releases going forward.
I've Got The Music In Me 27/6/20
In partnership with the Music Venue Trust, Marshall Amplification have launched a special t-shirt as part of their support of the #saveourvenues campaign. All proceeds from the t-shirt will help fund grassroots music venues through the continued economic threats and challenges they face. Taken from UK rockers Bad Touch’s latest album 'Kiss The Sky', a Rock and Roll cover of Kiki Dee’s 1974 hit and today's Video Of The Day, the t-shirt and Marshall encourage everyone in the music industry and their fans to stand up and support their local venues whilst declaring 'I’ve Got The Music In Me'. Launched on 27th April, the #saveourvenues campaign has already amassed over £2,000,000 and indeed hundreds of UK grassroots music venues recently signed an open letter to the government calling for an emergency £50 million of funding to allow them to “hibernate” until October due to restrictions caused by Covid-19.
Pretty Fallacy 26/6/20
Detroit rocker Mike Skill, founding member and principal songwriter of The Romantics, is back today with another new solo track, 'My Bad Pretty' - the follow-up to his highly acclaimed single, 'Not My Business'. Skill is on guitars, bass and vocals, Kevin Rankin (A Flock of Seagulls, Animotion) is on drums and Rick Bain is on slide guitar. Meanwhile, the long awaited EP 'Volume lll Fall', from Black Note Graffiti is also out today, and one of the tracks, 'Fallacy', is our Video Of The Day. Consisting of Gabrielle Bryant (vocals/keys), Kris Keller (guitar/vocals), Kurt Keller (drums), Ricardo Ortiz (vocals/guitar) and Adam Nine (bass), the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rock band has a lot to say with their thought provoking lyrics, heavy guitar riffs and melodic tendencies.
October King King UK Tour Rescheduled 26/6/20
Due to the pandemic and uncertainty when live concerts can take please, King King have rescheduled their October UK Tour to October next year. All tickets remain valid for the new dates. The band release their 10-track fifth studio album 'Maverick' on Friday 16th October via Channel 9 Music – King King’s new independent label. 'Maverick' follows 2017’s critically acclaimed album 'Exile & Grace' and includes the new line-up featuring Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Stevie Nimmo (guitar), Jonny Dyke (organ/piano), Zander Greenshields (bass) and Andrew Scott (drums).
Surreal Blues Club 26/6/20
Today's latest Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day is another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and Beyond with More Music and Less Chat featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks and UK IBBA Presenters' Picks including songs from The Surreal Lockdown Experience, John Primer & Bob Corritore, Hooson Maguire, Jose Ramirez, Micke & Lefty feat. Chef, The Reverend Shawn Amos and The Brotherhood, Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke (pictured) and many more.
Ballad Of A Prodigal Son 25/6/20
Jim Kirkpatrick has decided that the time is right to reignite his solo career with the release of his brand new solo album, ‘Ballad of a Prodigal Son’, due out on Friday 4th September on US One Records. Following on from his 2006 debut ‘Changed Priorities’, this new album took some time to assemble, due to Jim’s FM commitments to touring all over the World, including playing at some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious Rock festivals, and supporting top-flight Rock icons, as well as his recording and touring commitments with some of the UK’s top talent. Having also accumulated over two decades of experience as one of the UK’s most in demand session players, ‘Ballad of a Prodigal Son’ has a very different sound and feel to his debut though. It’s less ‘acoustical’, and indeed Jim has called on a wealth of friends and colleagues in its making, that really showcases where he is today as a guitarist and songwriter.
Gates Of Slumber Interview 25/6/20
Karl Simon from The Gates Of Slumber joins today's Zach Moonshine Show Track Of The Day, where the guys talk about the new live album, whats been going on with the band, drug addiction, Covid-19 and much much more. This episode also features new music from Ulthar, League Of Corruption, BPMD, Goatsnake, Thou, Obscene, Lantern, Left For Dead, Insatanity, Satanica, Changing Tymz and Faceless Burial.
Elliott Waits For No One 25/6/20
Alternative Rock trio Elliott Waits For No One have recently released their self-titled debut album on Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal, and today's Video Of The Day is their first single 'Who Am I'. Based in Chicago and Las Vegas and cleverly named for their mutual affection for Elliott Smith and Tom Waits, their exuberant members endured storied journeys before finally forming what they each consider the best project of their career. Indeed, EWFNO is the result of three separate long and winding roads that converged at just the right time. Inspired by the ups and downs of decades spent in the music industry, they reflect the hope and heartbreak that can only come from lives lived on the road, on the charts and on stage. With songs such as 'Sick of It All' and 'Loathing', as hopeful and catchy as they are dark and aggressive, Brian Troch, Jenny Franck, and Jeff Tortora have sculpted their many adventures into a sound and story fit for the multitudes.
Evanescence and Within Temptation Reschedule 24/6/20
Due to the ongoing restrictions preventing large gatherings, and to health concerns surrounding Covid-19, as well as certain travel restrictions that remain in place, Evanescence and Within Temptation have been forced to reschedule their massive co-headline ‘Worlds Collide’ European tour, which will now move to September next year. The tour was initially postponed from April until September this year in the hopes that conditions would permit the artists to perform for their fans. Specific information for the rescheduled shows will be available on the band’s websites.
Freundschaft & Brotherhood 24/6/20
Today's Video Of The Day is the Brüder4Brothers, featuring the Orange County Choppers (OCC) and FREI.WILD, and their new single 'Freundschaft Brotherhood', ahead of their new album 'Brotherhood' which will be released on Friday 7th August via Soulfood. The legendary custom motorcycle manufacturer OCC and FREI.WILD, one of the most successful German speaking Rock bands, have teamed up for this brand new musical project that connects two continents in the spirit of music. Friendship among Germans and Americans… well, that’s old news. But if you replace German with South Tyrolese/Italian, and then throw together the most successful biker group on TV and the most talked about German-speaking Rock band, what you’ll get is something truly interesting – a musical marvel!
The Neal Casal Music Foundation (NCMF) has been created to honour the memory of the late great, multi-dimensional artist through an ongoing series of charitable endeavours. The initial focus of this non-profit organisation is to provide instruments and lessons to students in New Jersey and New York state schools where Casal was born and raised, as well as to make donations to much needed mental health organisations that support musicians in need. NCMF is being spearheaded by Neal's longtime manager Gary Waldman along with a team of Casal's friends. A first round of funding for the foundation is being raised through a Kickstarter campaign comprised by two primary packages: a 30-plus song tribute album, 'Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal' and a coffee table photography book, 'Tomorrow's Sky: Photographs by Neal Casal.'
Leontas Black Magic 23/6/20
While uncertainty distills throughout the live-music industry and beyond, British Camden-Town based Rock/Blues Rock-duo Leontas, think Black Keys, White Stripes, Rival Sons, have taken isolation as an opportunity to conjure their latest single offering of percussion and riff-driven excellence; Black Magic, with today's captivating visualiser Video Of The Day to accompany. Built around the construct of a bad relationship, ‘Black Magic’ is a reflection of the dark side of the magic present, when the rose tinted glasses are firmly on, self-destruction ensues, but the intensity causes hunger for more. With over 100 live shows/festivals under their belt, worldwide media/radio support, and thousands of streams off the back of such a modest discography, Alex (vocals/guitar) and Scott (drums/vocals) continue to evolve their dynamic and energetic sound, proving that two minds, multiple amps, and a drive to sound louder, more aggressive, and more expressive, are all the ingredients needed to deliver their unique “tight sound brimming with swagger.”
Blues On The Radio Warning 23/6/20
Today's all new Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day manages to squeeze in music from Shemekia Copeland, Gregg Martinez, John Cee Stannard, CD Woodbury, John Whitehill, Catfish (pictured), Nick Steed, Walter Trout, When Rivers Meet, Elles Bailey featuring The Midnight Band, Storm Warning, Scott Ellison and Errol Linton.
Love Is Howe 22/6/20
Legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe has announced he is to release 'Love Is' on Friday 31st July through BMG Records. It's Howe’s first solo album since the all-instrumental 'Time' in 2011 and has a balance of five instrumental tracks and five songs. Steve sings lead vocals and plays electric, acoustic and steel guitars, keyboards, percussion and bass guitar on the instrumentals while Yes vocalist Jon Davison provides vocal harmonies and plays bass guitar on the vocal tracks. The album also features Dylan Howe on drums. Many years in the making, 'Love Is' brings together a consistently strong and polished listening experience, forging the very best from the writing and playing throughout the album. This may well be considered the real 'stand out' album of Howe’s solo career. The instrumentals keep a highly Progressive Rock guitar style to the fore, with songs that explore stories of lives lived and lives only just begun.
Radio Hum 22/6/20
Egomunk recently released the video for his new song ‘Radio Hum', and today's Track Of The Day finalises a trilogy of visuals to accompany his 'Only One' EP. ‘Radio Hum’ is a dark unnerving track which builds through a blend of pulsating beats and interchangeably brooding, dissonant and infectiously melodic guitar lines, set against half-spoken, hauntingly hollow and distorted vocals which address the battle of inner demons. The video is a haunting animation, which has been created by Robert Beebe who has previously worked on iconic horror film Saw among others. The EP also includes the single ‘Islands’ that highlights loneliness and caring for the elderly, delivering an important message for these current times, and as such Egomunk announced all profits of the single were to be donated to Age UK.
Chelsea Dragged Under 22/6/20
Seattle Hardcore outfit Dragged Under recently signed to Mascot Records and to celebrate they have revealed the brand new official video for the Pop-Punk inspired earworm 'Chelsea' which is today's Video Of The Day. Later this year, Mascot will release a deluxe version of the bands’ debut album 'The World Is In Your Way', with two brand new songs. With bludgeoning riffs, Punk ferocity and hook-laden choruses, the band consist of front man Tony Cappocchi, guitarists Ryan Bruce and Sean Rosario, bassist Hans Hessburg and drummer Kalen Anderson. Cappocchi’s lyrics paint a colorful picture of on mental health issues, government overreach, individual freedom, personal responsibilities and self-accountability.
Lonely Robot Album Review 21/6/20
"The Silent Life' is a deeply sublime arresting atmospheric ballad. A beguiling sonic bed of delicately shimmering cellos peppered with decorative piano arpeggios, support raw, emotionally exposed and vulnerable euphonious vocals as they delicately glide over the top with a strong sense of purpose and respectful grace. “For in the endless street parade, there's beauty in her silent ways, she's living life to observe, never speaks a single word, and in tooth by tooth she builds a smile, and lives the silent life." A tastefully restrained and technically proficient melodic guitar solo, reminiscent of David Gilmour or Steve Rothery, tingles the senses and is quit simply stunning!"
Today, read another one of our self-isolating album reviews, as Steven C. Gilbert gives us his take here on Lonely Robot's 'Feelings Are Good' CD that is not only due to be released on Friday 17th July, but is also today's Video Of The Day.
Always The Villain 21/6/20
Michael Grant & The Assassins release ‘Always The Villain’, their debut album, on Friday 10th July, on which band mastermind Grant plays all the instruments and is today's Track Of The Day. It's a diverse, exciting brand of Hard and Alternative Rock and Metal that explores different textures, genres and influences, such as Prince, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, David Bowie, Tom Petty and In Flames, resulting in this intense, heavily melodic and anthemic release. Prior to The Assassins, Michael was the driving force behind Endeverafter, a US act that released two albums via Epic before disbanding in 2012. He then served as touring guitarist for L.A. Guns for five years and recorded one album with them.
Aussie Pink Floyd Reschedule 21/6/20
WRC 2014 Best Tribute award winners Australian Pink Floyd have rescheduled their 2020 UK tour dates, which will now take place next year, kicking off at the Ipswich Regent on Thursday 28th October, ending at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday 4th December. Additionally, the band have added four new shows where a number of tickets will be available for free for NHS workers for a 24 hour period. Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection, this critically acclaimed tribute show has been astonishing audiences worldwide. Striving to reproduce the Pink Floyd experience and bring the music to new audiences, the show continues to include a stunning light and laser show, video animations, state of the art high resolution LED screen technology and other special effects. To accompany these visuals are several large inflatables including a giant pig and their own distinct Pink Kangaroo!
Roach Infest In-Studio 20/6/20
The 20th Anniversary Infestation continues here today at 2pm PST/9pm GMT as Papa Roach perform their second live streaming experience iteration called “Infest In-Studio”, a special virtually-ticketed, live HD broadcast, set to take place from Sacramento, California. Not only will it feature Papa Roach performing their multi-platinum, classic album 'Infest', live and in its entirety, but also exclusive discussions and reflections in a unique studio environment.
The Bloody Nerve Of It 20/6/20
The super-resilient, Nashville-based but by no means Nashville-sounding ,Rock duo, The Bloody Nerve are back with a hard-hitting vengeance, announcing their brand-new concept album ‘All Blood, No Treasure’, of which their first single, ‘A Million Arms’, due to be released this Friday 26th June, is today's Track Of The Day. It’s a sophomore album that showcases the band’s new, far rockier sound, that brings together singer/guitarist Stacey Blood and vocalist Laurie Ann Layne. Indeed the single is an uncompromising, anthemic opening to what’s going to be one hell of a ride.
Busman's Holiday 20/6/20
Good to hear from Wrinkly The Elder and his lockdown choice of Video Of The Day, 'Busman's Holiday', by Californian psychedelics Allah-Las, which just proves the point, that sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself. Taken from their self-titled debut LP released in September 2012, the Rock band from Los Angeles, consisting of Miles Michaud (vocals, guitar), Matthew Correia (percussion, vocals), Spencer Dunham (bass, vocals) and Pedrum Siadatian (lead guitar, vocals), was formed in 2008.