"Fans of the SRC are almost evangelical in their support of the band, placing the new album in more prominent positions on the shelves in HMV, encouraging friends and relatives to listen to the music and in an almost football crowd way, chanting ‘Readers, Readers’ to encourage the band onto the stage. Aaron thanks the crowd and asks how many are seeing them for the first time – and it is no real surprise that the newbies are in the minority! The set is opened with the opening track from the new album – 'Lunatic' and the crowd are soon bouncing along, some swaying, some more energetically. Something pretty close to a ‘mosh pit’ soon forms with arms waving and eventually bodies raised onto shoulders to get closer to the band."
Today read Chris Bourlet's Slow Readers Club gig review from last Friday at London's Islington Assembly Hall here plus check out our Track Of The Day.
Buzzed Up City 31/5/18
Well we were promised Heavy Rock in its purest form that would send you straight to the front of the stage with no nonsense sledgehammer riffs, hooks and melodies - and City Of Thieves certainly delivered that last night. It was our first visit to The Big Red in Holloway Road and it certainly won't be our last. Not only was it free but City Of Thieves grabbed Rock by the scruff of its neck and give it a good shake, including their brilliant debut single 'Buzzed Up City' - think Airbourne meets AC/DC meets Wolfmother! Anyway, with their long anticipated debut album, entitled ‘Beast Reality’, due to be released on Friday 12th October - in the meantime check out today's Video Of The Day.
Camden Rocks - Reigning Days 31/5/18
Just over a month ago since they played a very special show at London’s Nambucca in support of their colossal debut album 'Eclipse', British Rock trio Reigning Days return to England's capital city this Saturday 2nd June playing an acoustic session at the Camden Rocks Festival at the Brewdog at 8.30pm. Reigning Days also recently played The Autonomy stage at the Great Escape Festival plus they are also heading to Wheels and Fins festival in Kent on Sunday 9th September.
Big Red Thieves Tonight 30/5/18
The buzz has been spreading about City Of Thieves ever since they made their initial debut in 2015. Indeed their brilliant debut single 'Buzzed Up City' was released last month plus the guys are playing London's The Big Red tonight - and it's free. No frills, no messin', no gimmicks – just Heavy Rock in its purest form that will send you straight to the front of the stage with no nonsense sledgehammer riffs, hooks and melodies. Working with acclaimed artist/producer Toby Jepson (Little Angels, The Answer, The Virginmarys), band members Jamie Lailey - vocals/bass, Ben Austwick - guitar and Will Richards - drums, knew from the outset that City Of Thieves wanted to take Rock by the scruff of its neck and give it a good shake. With Jepson at the helm, Mike Fraser on mixing duties and mastering by Simon Francis (Kodaline, Kaiser Chiefs, Primal Scream), the group’s long anticipated debut album, entitled ‘Beast Reality’, due to be released on Friday 12th October, is in the best of hands.
Camden Rocks - Raveneye 30/5/18
Fresh from their own headline UK tour in January/February - UK Rock trio RavenEye (Video Of The Day) return to Dingwalls in London this Saturday 2nd June at 6.45pm as part of this year's Camden Rocks Festival. Since releasing their wildly successful EP ‘Breaking Out’, and debut album ‘NOVA', RavenEye has toured globally, supporting Slash, Deep Purple, The Darkness, Kiss, Bush, Aerosmith, Chevelle and Halestorm, amongst others. The band has headlined their own tours through Europe and America as well as performing at major international Rock festivals. Their incendiary live shows have captivated crowds and put them on the map as a ‘must see live’ band.
Ridge Is A Winner 30/5/18
On today's WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day, originally broadcast on Saturday night, there's music from Marco Mendoza, Framing The Red, Mystic Prophecy, Otis, Radio Moscow, Black Coffee, Aviator Shades, Church of the Cosmic Skull, Red Sun Rising, Rick Springfield, The Who (pictured), Chris Cornell, The Black Delta Movement, Palace Of The King, Rainbreakers, Brother Dege, Catfish, Judas Priest, Doomsday Outlaw and on their Introducing Stage - two in a row from Rob Palladino.
Camden Rocks - The King's Parade 29/5/18
The King’s Parade released their brand new EP ‘Woman’ last Friday and they are playing the Crescent at 9.30pm this Saturday 2nd June as part of the Camden Rocks Festival. The four-track EP features the acclaimed title-track (today's Video Of The Day), the new single ‘The Look’ and previously unreleased tracks ‘Mirror’ and ‘Lemon Zest’. The EP’s title track was released earlier this year and addressed the issue of gender imbalance, which led the band to be featured as BBC Introducing’s ‘Artist Of The Week’ and shortlisted for the ‘UMA Choice Award’ at the forthcoming Unsigned Music Awards 2018. 'The Woman' EP follows from the highly praised 'Haze' EP last year, which saw them receive support from the likes of The Independent, Wonderland and BBC 6Music among many others. Alongside the new EP release The King’s Parade have been announced to play a string of Summer festivals across the UK and Germany.
Jam Packed Track Of The Day 29/5/18
Today we have an all new Blues On The Radio Podcast Track Of The Day which is jam packed with music from Ian Siegal, Rob Berry, King King (pictured), Phil Madeira, Catfish, Mitch Laddie Band, Greg Coulson, Benjamin Bassford, Broken Levee & Lindsay Hannon, Matt Edwards, Buddy Guy, Rebecca Downes, Chris Bevington and Dan Burnett.
Clutching At Straws 29/5/18
Following the huge success last year of his 30th anniversary tour of the classic Marillion album 'Clutching At Straws', Fish is embarking on a massive UK and European headline tour starting in September this year. In addition to performing 'Clutching At Straws' live for the very last time, Fish will also be debuting brand new, never-before-heard material from his forthcoming final studio album 'Weltschmerz'. He has also confirmed that he will be making his entire back catalogue, 'Fish – The Digital Collection', available on all digital platforms, this Friday 1st June. The release spans all fourteen studio and live albums, from his acclaimed 1990 solo debut 'Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors' (the only solo album currently available on DSPs, via Warners 2008 reissue) to 2013’s 'A Feast of Consequences'. Finally, Fish will also be playing a number of festivals across Europe this summer, including UK appearances at Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone, on Sunday 1st July and Fairport’s Cropredy Festival on Friday 10th August.
Nine Below Zero Tour Review 28/5/18
"Also performed in Brighton but sadly not in London was ‘Three Times Enough’, a gritty Punk offering from the 1981 album ‘Don’t Point Your Finger’, played with bullish vibrancy and lashings of snarl and bite! In London we got ‘Stop Your Nagging’, which is a fast paced chunk of Punk Blues Rock! ‘Twenty Yards Behind’ (Dr. Feelgood cover) was written by and dedicated to the legendary Wilko Johnson, a jittery galloping Ska style song, top notch stuff! ‘Watch Yourself’ (Little Walter cover) was delivered with assured strutting posturing and sauve sophistication. One of my favourite Nine Below Zero covers sees the set draw to a close, ‘Pack Fair And Square’ (Big Walter & His Thunderbirds cover) also featured on the ‘Live At The Marquee’ album, drives forward at full throttle! A hard hitting, no nonsense, heads down boogie rock out!"
Today read Steven C Gilbert's Nine Below Zero tour review from gigs at Brighton, Southend and London here.
Camden Rocks - Colt 48 28/5/18
Just over two months since we reviewed them at The Borderline (pictured) - Colt 48 return to London this Saturday 2nd June as we continue our Camden Rocks Festival countdown. Due to be on the Electric Ballroom stage at 2pm, the dynamic duo of lead singer/guitarist Adam Jerome and vocalist/drummer Matt Savini supported Puddle of Mudd at the Garage last year and have opened for Crazy Town, Foxxy and Trapt. Indeed their Nu-Metal and Heavy Rock sound with powerful riffs and good melodies comes across loud and clear on their latest EP 'II'. Three tracks that demonstrate their versatility: the building/alternatively paced headbanger 'Never Let You Live It Down', the dark and light of 'The Fire' plus the Nu-Metal lite anthemic arena sound of 'Out Of Habit' (Video Of The Day) - think Puddle Of Mudd collides with Creed. Do not miss them.
Pairing Up The Blues 28/5/18
Today's Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special featuring Zoe Schwarz, Val Starr, Tracy K, Teresa James, Susan Williams, Libby Rae Watson and Bridget Kelly Band.
Camden Rocks - Hollowstar 27/5/18
With just six days to go, our Camden Rocks Festival countdown continues with Hollowstar who are appearing at The Dev at 7pm next Saturday 2nd June. In fact the Cambridgeshire-based Rock band released their new single 'All I Gotta Say' (Video Of The Day) on Friday, and it's easy to see how they take inspiration from Blackstone Cherry, Thunder and Slash; influences that are evident in the music they create. To coincide with the new single, Hollowstar have also unveiled a slew of tour dates throughout the country, joining the Graham Bonnet Band for four shows in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Louth and Newcastle as part of his UK and Ireland 2018 tour from 9th-12th August. The lads will also be making an appearance at the Wildfire Festival on Sunday 24th June, before joining Dan Reed Network and King King at the Cambridge Rock Festival, running from 26th-29th July.
Introducing - Jamie Lee Vessels 27/5/18
Jamie Lynn Vessels is a Rock and Blues artist with her roots in songwriting. 'Storm Coming' is Jamie Lynn's' new Blues-Rock album, released just over a month ago, a collection of 14 songs, which Vessels refers to as “Blues-based roots Rock”, which includes today's Track Of The Day 'Dear Love'. Likened to Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow, this six-foot tall rocker captivates the audience and commands the stage. She has embraced New Orleans as her musical hometown, and the city has done her the same, affording her the opportunity to add grit and soul to her style and music. There is something undeniable about her songs and musical appeal... whatever your taste, Jamie's voice and presence will capture you. Her music is Soulful, Bluesy, filled with intricate lyrics and beautiful stories, and delivers a stunningly intoxicating ride of Rock 'n' Roll.
Rebecca Downes Express Tonight 27/5/18
"Another Birkett guitar solo opened the slower Blues ballad 'Sailing On A Pool Of Tears' - for once Downes' vocal being dominated by Steve's awesome guitar work before Rebecca donned her guitar once more as the band finished with the familiar opening pounding drum/slide guitar of 'Believe's title track - its mid-section burst of driving drums/slide solo easily demonstrating why this track was runner up in the Best Blues Song category at last year's British Blues Awards. A superb Blues Rock set with something for everyone - do get to see her!" That was our take on Rebecca Downes supporting Snakecharmer last May at Islington's O2 Academy and Rebecca returns to London tonight at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho at 8pm.
Camden Rocks - New Breed 26/5/18
With the full stage times just announced, our Camden Rocks Festival countdown continues with news that Dirty Thrills and Doomsday Outlaw, who are both performing on Saturday 2nd June, are both featured on a free 'New Breed' Sampler CD produced by their record label Frontiers Music. New Breed is the name given to the growing stable of young, exciting, up-and-coming bands signed by Frontiers who represent the future of Hard Rock and Metal. The Frontiers label is focused on finding and developing new acts from different territories to show the world that Rock is indeed far from dead! Indeed the sampler can be downloaded for free from the label website here with a CD version also available at merch booths of some New Breed artists on tour.
One Day Of Your Life 26/5/18
King Company's new album ‘Queen Of Hearts’ will be released on Friday 10th August, following which the band will tour to promote it, beginning in Finland, followed by a festival appearance in Spain and further shows in the works for the remainder of the year and well into 2019. Formed in 2014 by drummer Mirka ‘Leka’ Rantanen, the Finnish Hard Rock and Metal band consist of Antti Wirman (guitars), Jari Pailamo (keyboards), Timo Schleifer (bass) and Leonard F. Guillan (vocals). The band released their debut album, ‘One For The Road’, in August 2016. It was well received with multiple great reviews worldwide, plus the band were ranked no. 7 in the well-known Japanese magazine BURRN in the Brightest Hope category for that year. Anyway, check out their latest single 'One Day Of Your Life' which is today's Video Of The Day.
Krautrock Legend's Silhouetttes 26/5/18
Iconic Krautrock legend and seminal electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze released ‘Silhouettes’, his first new studio album for five years, on SPV’s Oblivion record label yesterday. 70 year old Schulze, who was born in Berlin, started his musical career as a drummer, initially with amateur band Psy Free, then with Berlin sound avant-gardists Tangerine Dream before going on to join Ash Ra Tempel. Following the recording of Ash Ra Tempel’s debut album, Schulze left the fold to embark on his solo career. Even more than with a band, the creative work of a solo artist is the direct and unadulterated reflection of recent experiences, a mirror of the soul, an undiluted reaction to their current life situation. Indeed, the four compositions on the album were created between Summer and Autumn last year, reflecting an extended period which was – due to health problems – very quiet and for this reason very meditative at times.
Slow Readers Club Tonight 25/5/18
Manchester four piece The Slow Readers Club, who recently celebrated a Top 20 Chart debut for their new album 'Build A Tower', play the penultimate night of their extensive UK tour at London's Islington Assembly Hall tonight. Specialising in a dark and brooding Indie Electro that has drawn comparisons with Interpol, The Killers and The National, The Slow Readers Club have supported James on their arena tour, and performed at festivals including Isle Of Wight, Festival No.6 and Kendall Calling. The Slow Readers Club are Aaron Starkie (vocals), Kurtis Starkie (guitar and vocals), James Ryan (bass) and David Whitworth (drums).
Camden Rocks - SikTh 25/5/18
The Kings have returned - yes SikTh (Video Of The Day) are back - as we continue our countdown to the Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday 2nd June! After their hiatus in 2007, The Watford mathcore sextet that not only originally stumbled upon a sound unexplored, but also devised their own Morse code of Metal, returned with one of the finest albums of 2017 – 'The Future In Whose Eyes?' Known for their labyrinthine detours and tangents, that ultimately lead to the birth of djent Metal, Sikth's legacy undoubtedly gave the inspiration for bands like Protest The Hero, TesseracT, Animals As Leaders and Periphery.
Blues Club Back 25/5/18
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 Joe Bonamassa (pictured), Nick Moss Band, Big Wolf Band, Billy Thompson, Chris Bevington, Albert King, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Dana Fuchs, Kris Barras Band, Janiva Magness, Freddie King, John Fogerty, Marcia Ball, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Dale Storr, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Malaya Blue, Johnny and the Motones, Mitch Viegut, Professor Longhair, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue, Meg Williams, Steve Grieve and The Mourners, Beth Hart, Mud Morganfield, Philipp Fankhauser, Micke Bjorklof & BlueStrip, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Sold Out Bearded Theory Begins Today! 24/5/18
Held in the beautiful surroundings of Catton Hall, Bearded Theory, Derbyshire's sold out, award-winning, family-friendly festival begins today with a bill of more than live 100 acts across the 4-day festival. This year's line up is without doubt the strongest in Bearded Theorys 11-year history! Saturday night will see a rare festival performance by Robert Plant, one of the worlds greatest Rock and Roll voices. The former Led Zeppelin frontman will bring his incredible band, The Sensational Space Shifters (Video Of The Day) and Friday is headlined by Blossoms, the hottest young band in the UK right now! Joining them on the bill is an exceptional and diverse collection of live acts, including Sunday headliner Jimmy Cliff, Scottish Indie legends The Jesus & Mary Chain, local boy Jake Bugg, Electronic Punk Duo Sleaford Mods and English Punk sensations Idles alongside classic festival acts such as Fun Lovin Criminals, The Coral, Sleeper, Dub Pistols and many more.
Camden Rocks - Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors 24/5/18
Our Camden Rocks Festival countdown continues with transatlantic Pop/Rock group Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors, a band that combines the influences of Texan born singer/songwriter Hamilton with his hair Metal loving British bandmates. For fans of Tom Petty, Foo Fighters and Blackberry Smoke, they are best Known for their kick-ass live shows, previously seen blazing across the U.K. with the likes of Ginger Wildheart, the Main Grains and others. They released their latest album 'The Devil’s In The Detail' last year, an uplifting and energetic, yet sensitive album, that celebrates music and storytelling. There twelve finely crafted songs clearly represent Ryan Hamilton and The Traitors distinctive mix of melodic Pop and Rock as per the infectious single 'Heavy Heart' - today's Track Of The Day.
Rock On Tommy! 24/5/18
Following the release of his brand new album ‘Accomplice One’ at the beginning of this year via The Players Club/Mascot Label Group, esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performer Tommy Emmanuel recently embarked on a UK tour plus his first ever European Guitar Camp. Calling at Buxton, Warrington, Whitley Bay, Birmingham and Bristol, Tommy's tour culminates at Islington's Union Chapel in London tonight which features special guests, jazz guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo. 'Accomplice One’, is a 16-track collaborative album featuring guest artists such as Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and J.D. Simo, amongst others.
Camden Rocks - Sulpher 23/5/18
Today's Video Of The Day is Sulpher and their very first single 'Take A Long Hard Look’ taken from their new album ‘No One Will Ever Know’ due to be released in late August through Oblivion/SPV. The celebrated British Industrial Alternative Rock quartet, who are playing the Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday 2nd June are fronted by former Marylin Manson/Gary Numan/The Prodigy guitarist Rob Holliday, have dusted off and modernized their unmistakable signature sound on the new album, melding massive doses of Rock, Metal, a little electronica and neo-psychedelic shoegaze elements, to create a monumental album. Passionate, unconstrained anger morphs into melancholy toughness, and atmospheric mental images meet a Metallic dirtiness.
Easy As ABQ 23/5/18
Alternative-Pop band ABQ played an amazing set recently at the awesome The Great Escape, which was closely followed by the release of their highly anticipated rebellious and anthemic debut single ‘Takes So Long’ - today's Track Of The Day. Hailing from the streets of Belfast, they are not unaccustomed to recognition, having already been likened to bands such as Imagine Dragons, Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro. With a run of gigs booked for this Summer and their upcoming musical releases, things are getting pretty exciting for this Northern Irish four-piece.
Queen Bees Tonight! 23/5/18
New York alt-Punk mavericks The Nectars continue their UK tour at Camden's The Monarch in London tonight. They kicked things off at House Of Vans, London supporting Swimming Tapes ahead of The Great Escape festival plus shows in Birmingham and Pontypridd, before they finish off at the Dot To Dot festival this coming weekend. The band sit in the realm of Sonic Youth, The Strokes, Television with added Gwen Stefani sass and are a really exciting prospect. With their Punk-inflamed guitars, harmonic melodies and raw vocals, they recently released their latest single ‘We Will Run’, taken from their debut album 'Sci-Fi Television' due out this Friday.
Machine Head Gig Review 22/5/18
"Entering the stage to the sounds of Ozzy’s 'Diary Of A Madman', the opening track 'Imperium' is one such classic followed by said 'Catharsis' opener 'Volatile', complete with its opening battle cry. And it’s a cracker too. All MFH albums have that formula that includes guttural screaming vocals with brutal chugging riffs and emotive lyrics. Chuck in some high octane guitar work, machine gun drumming and epic songs and you have the formula that is the success that is Machine Head. And it’s a formula that doesn’t get stale. Because they are the vital components that go to make up great Metal. But also included within that maelstrom of power is a melodic edge that lifts the tracks from aggressive noise to become memorable tracks that get the blood pumping and the head smashing. This is Metal but it is also music."
Today read Mother's Machine Head gig review from last Friday at Camden's The Roundhouse here (pictures courtesy of Rob Cook).
Camden Rocks - 10. Gauge 22/5/18
Our Camden Rocks countdown continues today with sensational British Hard Rock quintet 10. Gauge, who are unmistakenly seeking to continue the broad-shouldered and durable sound of the late 1980's and early 1990's. The band are poised to unleash their slick and heavy-set debut EP 'Rain's ’Comin', due for public release on Monday 18th June. Based on the outskirts of North London, next Monday 10. Gauge release their cool Rock ballad 'Hand You're Dealt' as a video single which is today's Video Of The Day. Sharing a stylistic palette with modern alternative hitters Black Stone Cherry (and with a hint of Alter Bridge's arena Rock sound), the chunky riff-riot of their new single sees vocalist Rob Jewson equip the same vocal grit given to 'Appetite for Destruction' by Axl Rose, and has the makings of a true Summertime favourite.
All New Blues On The Radio 22/5/18
Today's latest Blues On The Radio Podcast Track Of The Day includes music from Big Boy Bloater & The Limits, Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip, Bridget Kelly Band, Yoka & The Sugarbeats, DeWolff (pictured), Wily Bo Walker, Tweed, Ronny Aagren & His Blues Gumbo, Elles Bailey, Angelo Palladino, Rainbreakers, Sweet n' Salty, Blind Lemon Pledge, Rebecca Downes and (ahead of tonight's showcase gig at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF) The Lewis Hamilton Band.
Wagons Roll 21/5/18
Massive Wagons are today's Video Of The Day as we continue our Camden Rocks countdown to the festival on Saturday 2nd June. For fans of Thunder, AC/DC, Pearl Jam and Ginger Wildheart - its quite simple really - 5 purveyors of Hard and Heavy Rock and Roll! No fanciful tales, no from the ashes bullshit, absolutely no gutter to glory cobblers, it's as plain as the spots on your nose, proper pals who play proper music for real Rock fans!
Super Trooper 21/5/18
Trooper Beer, the award winning collaboration between Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery and British music icons Iron Maiden, celebrated its fifth birthday earlier this month. Since its launch in 2013, the 4.7% ABV Premium British beer has sold over 20 million pints, firmly establishing itself as a top 40 UK beer brand, whilst becoming a leading player amongst exported British ales, having been sold in over 50 countries worldwide. 2018 has also seen the launch of Light Brigade, a 4.1% ABV Golden beer brewed in support of Help For Heroes, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service, which is currently being rolled out across the UK. These beers are the brainchild of Iron Maiden vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson (pictured), working in partnership with Robinsons Head Brewer, Martyn Weeks. Trooper will also be available at all Iron Maiden 2018 UK tour dates!