Tickets priced £20, for this year's Wrinklystock 8, are 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.
D_Drive Maximum Impact 31/5/19
‘Maximum Impact’ is the worldwide debut album from Japanese Instrumental Metal/Rock band D_Drive, released on Marshall Records today, and today's Video Of The Day is their first single ‘Attraction 4D’. The album was mixed by Akihiro Nishimura and mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios, London. D_Drive play their own brand of guitar driven instrumental music they call “Driving Rock”, and with a strong touring profile in Japan, as well as performances in China, South Korea and the USA, they celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band in 2019. You can also catch them live this weekend at Marshall Live in Milton Keynes tomorrow and then at Camden Rocks in London on Sunday.
Blues Club Band Together 31/5/19
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 IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from Reese Wynans, Delbert McClinton, The Weight Band, Duke Robillard, Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, Anders Osborne, BluesCorp, Keb' Mo', Jimmie Vaughan, George Benson, Rebecca Downes, Southern Avenue, Dawn Tyler Watson, Robert Cray, Jontavious Willis, The Mustangs, The BB King Blues Band Featuring "The Voice" Michael Lee, Lachy Doley (pictured), Al Lerman, Tony Cuchetti & Joe Flip, Stacie Collins, Lol Goodman Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Allman Brothers Band, Holly Hyatt, Jon Gindick, Cash Box Kings, Katarina Pejak and more.
Hot 'N' Heavy 30/5/19
Hot ’n’ Heavy', the new studio album from Scarlet Aura released in March, heavily draws from Symphonic and Power Metal to Heavy Metal and stays within a unique sound and vision of the band. Today's Track Of The Day 'Hail To You!', taken from the album, is the combination of fast tempo, catchy guitar riffs, and powerful lyrics, together with powerful and touching vocals that could set 'Hail to You!' as the next Metal anthem for the new Metal generation. This is their fourth studio album, written and produced by Scarlet Aura guitar player and producer Mihai Danciulescu. A concept album, it's the first in the trilogy entitled 'The Book of Scarlet', which introduces listeners to the world of Scarlet Aura and explains with every song about the band and what it stands for.
Slim Chance At Eel Pie Tonight 30/5/19
"Two more Faces songs penned by Lane rounded off the set - another from 'ANIAGAAW' - 'You're So Rude' - originally sung by Ronnie but with vocals from Steve - with Charlie's accordion now in overdrive plus another blistering guitar solo from Steve - and the title track of The Faces last album 'Ooh La La' - which according to Ian McLagan, "was Ronnie Lane's album" with Simpson on vocals and mandolin plus a keys solo from Watkins which McLagan would no doubt have savoured. A cracking encore of Louis Prima's 'Buona Sera Signorina' a tango that rocked which belied its sixty years vintage was the last opportunity for the boys to excel with Geraint on keys/vocals plus final solos from Charlie (fiddle) and Steve (guitar). Talking to Charlie after the show he said "I thought the lads gave it their all as usual so its a band I'm proud to be part of." Just goes to show Charlie that class is permanent. No doubt Ronnie would be proud of you all mate." That was part of our take on Slim Chance nearly three years ago at the Eel Pie Club (pictured) and the band return to the same Twickenham venue tonight!
Symphony Of Pain Showcase 30/5/19
London based Rockers Symphony Of Pain will showcase their brand new album 'Virology' live in their hometown on Wednesday 12th June, at the Fiddler’s Elbow, 1 Malden Road, Belsize Park, London NW5. 'Virology' was self-released on Friday 29th March, with the album receiving a whopping 10/10 review from Powerplay magazine. The band will be supporting Irish Rockers Fornoth, who recently competed in the Irish leg of Bloodstock ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ to critical acclaim. SOP will be on stage around 8.15pm, and the band consisting of Threshold drummer Johanne James, alongside main songwriters Tracie Law and Pam Chowhan, will be featuring as much of the album as possible, but today's Video Of The Day ‘Futile’ will definitely be one of the highlights!
"After the excellent opener ‘Animal Beat’ and the radio-friendly hook of the title track, ‘Rebel Heart’ sees Stapley mining a higher register (more akin to the sound of Foreigner perhaps) and we do get treated to a Marriott after all! On this track and the next pair, ‘The Bridge’ and ‘Whiskeyland’ (the latter of which features lead guitar by Ross McEwen), the strong backing vocals are provided by Steve’s daughter Mollie, whose contributions are instantly recognisable, even at this early stage in her career. ‘Rebel Heart’ and ‘The Bridge’ also feature some nice piano work by Richard Young." That was part of our take on Dave “Bucket” Colwell's latest CD '20 Good Summers' (Video Of The Day) and Bucket & Co are heading off on a six date UK tour at the end of June, supported by Collateral, that culminates on Thursday 4th July at London's Half Moon in Putney.
Austin Express Tonight 29/5/19
Austin Jenckes will be bringing his music to the Pizza Express Live at 99 High Holborn in London tonight: one of the capital’s newest live music venues. Rolling Stone Country-acclaimed, singer-songwriter Jenckes releasing his single ‘Fat Kid’ in March, taken from Austin’s debut album ‘If You Grew Up Like I Did’, due to be released this Friday 31st May, via Red Dot. Although Jenckes wrote or co-wrote every other song on ‘If You Grew Up Like I Did’ - and even took his debut album’s title from ‘Fat Kid’s lyrics - he himself didn’t write ‘Fat Kid’. This song was the work of award-winning artist Lori McKenna and her co-writers Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three) and the late Andrew Dorff. The official video for ‘Fat Kid’ was shot in Nashville (featuring McKenna) and indeed Lori herself does perform on Austin’s take on the track.
Deamon Power Metal 28/5/19
Swedish/Norwegian Melodic Power Metal act Saint Deamon is back! Ten years after their sophomore release, the band has just finished works on their new album which will be released in 2019. Saint Deamon was originally founded by former Dionysus drummer Ronny Millianovicz in 2006. The line-up was completed a year later with singer Jan Thore Grefstad (ex-Highland Glory), guitarist Toya Johansson and bass player Nobby Noberg (ex-Dionysus). The band signed a worldwide deal with Frontiers Records that same year - which resulted in the two critically acclaimed albums, 'In Shadows Lost From The Brave‘ (2008) and 'Pandeamonium‘ (2009). Now with their new drummer Jarle Bylund (ex-Shining), Saint Deamon is preparing for their third album and world ascendancy!
RHR At TNMC Tonight! 28/5/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day includes mentions and plays for RHR Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross and Lightnin Willie, ahead of their gigs at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF, tonight and 4th June respectively. There's also the new album from Rebecca Downes (pictured) and a plug for her gig this Friday 31st May in Stockton plus the IBBA albums of the month from The Primitive Noise Band, John Primer and Mike Farris, who is touring the UK in June. The other half focuses on The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne over the weekend 23rd to 25th August with music from The Juke Joint Kings, Charli White, Terri Shaltiel, Dom Martin, Marcus Lazarus and Rainbreakers.
Can't Go On 28/5/19
Following four previous singles, all of which build on the success of the last, Melbourne-based Pop fusion collective President Street's new offering, ‘Can’t Go On’, today's Video Of The Day', has already pulled together a following that is sure to eclipse their previous outings. The current line-up of the moveable feast is headed up by the multi-talented Pete Moses, whether it’s keyboards, guitar, percussion, you name it. This new single is set to take things to the next level, in all areas. With an eclectic style that means it’s hard to know where they will go next – A pure Pop ballad? A sweepingly cinematic three-act drama? – President Street are bringing quality back to radio-friendly music in a big way.
Restless Spirits 27/5/19
Lords Of Black guitarist Tony Hernando is one of the most talented and prolific musicians in the European Hard Rock genre. His new solo album under the moniker 'Restless Spirits' released earlier this month (Track Of The Day), sees him step away from the overtly Metal sound of Lords Of Black and features an array of different singers on a set of songs that covers the Melodic Hard Rock genre. Guest vocalists are a who’s who of the scene: Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell), Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints, ex-Journey), Dino Jelusic (Animal Drive), Kent Hilli (Perfect Plan), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline) and Diego Valdez (Dream Child) - with Castronovo also playing drums on the entire record. ‘Restless Spirits’ not only highlights Hernando’s talents as a musician and songwriter, but it also showcases some of the most outstanding vocal talents around. A must hear for fans of Melodic Hard Rock!
Ramblin' Man Fair Traveler 27/5/19
Ahead of their new album ‘The Traveler,’ due to be released on Provogue this Friday 31st May, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band have announced that they will be returning once again to headline the Outlaw Country Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair this July and have added extra dates to their UK tour for November. The band also recently unveiled their brand new song 'Gravity', taken from the upcoming album, which is today's Video Of The Day. We are all travellers. And for the last quarter-century, riding shotgun with Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been the greatest road-trip in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Gone is the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early-90's scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft. The 41-year-old he’s become is even more magnetic, still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret, while diving deep into human truths and global concerns with an honesty that only comes with age and miles on the clock. Gas up and get ready.
Still Got The Rock 27/5/19
Following their sold-out “Still Got the Rock” European Tour, legendary 70’s Rock band Sweet embark upon the perfect Christmas gift for their UK fans, a 16-date nationwide tour from Thursday 28th November until Saturday 21st December including London's Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 18th December. By the early 70’s The Sweet were arguably the hottest ticket in town with a string of top ten records in the UK and Europe including 'Blockbuster', 'Hellraiser', 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Teenage Rampage' and 'The Sixteens'. With Andy Scott (lead guitar, vocal), Bruce Bisland (drums, vocal) Tony O’Hora (lead vocal, bass) and Paul Manzi (guitar, keyboards, vocal), Sweet still tour the world extensively with one of the most dynamic and slick live shows on the circuit. 1968 to 2019, 51 years and counting of hellraising, star chasing, trail blazing, their special guests on the tour will be four-piece UK Rock band Novatines, who recorded their debut album with Sweet’s Andy Scott as producer in 2018.
Into The Night 26/5/19
The New Strange is a unique musical partnership between James Durbin, of American Idol fame, and journeyman Rock guitarist Alex Grossi, and today's Track Of The Day is their musical take on one of the biggest Pop hits of all time Benny Mardones 'Into The Night'. They released the track last Friday along with the band's original track, the arena-ready 'Tomorrow Never Comes'. Both tracks were recorded and produced by Alistair James who most recently worked with the Joe Perry/Alice Cooper/Johnny Depp project "Hollywood Vampires". Alex and James have worked both individually and collectively on various projects, with music placed with Walt Disney Touchstone Pictures FX NBC VH1 ABC FOX and many others writing original material as well re-working existing tracks to fit with the producer or director's vision.
Riskee Business 26/5/19
Riskee and the Ridicule are a Grime Punk outfit from Ashford, Kent, combining three way harmonies, political poetry, melodic yet heavy guitars, catchy hooks and intricate bass lines. Today's Video Of The Day is their first single 'Kaboom!' taken from their new album 'Body Bag Your Scene' due to be released on Friday 28th June. The band have a couple of DIY releases under their belts and have already shared stages with The King Blues, Mongol Horde (Frank Turner), The Skints, The Spitfires, OPM, Adam Ant, Random Hand, Slaves, Popes Of Chillitown, Imperial Leisure, The Selecter, Hawthorne Heights, Shvpes, Sonic Boom Six and many more.
Ace JoanovArc Tonight 26/5/19
"For the lyric lover this not a collection of silly love songs, no we are dealing with the London riots of 2011, drug addiction, two-faced friends, reflection, denial, delusion and mixed emotions to name a few subject matters. The opening track ‘Burning’ for me is the top number simply on strength of the epic chorus, followed closely by ‘Down By the River’ with ‘Waiting For’ sandwiched in-between making a good opening three." That was part of our 'JoanovArc' CD review here which is out this Friday 31st May, and to coincide with its release they are playing London's Ace Cafe tonight.
Half Man Half God 25/5/19
Don Broco have shared the video for their latest single, ‘Half Man Half God’, ahead of their run of UK festival dates this Summer at London's Community Festival, Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Truck Festival. Today's Video Of The Day features footage from their phenomenal show at Wembley Arena earlier this year, with the band’s infamous cowboy captured in a darkly lit, ominous room before he launches into the crowd, laughing maniacally amid euphoric chaos. The video comes fresh off the back of their recent US tour with Dance Gavin Dance, which saw them play a huge string of dates across North America throughout March, April and May. Now the band have announced their first ever US headline tour and sees them returning in September for string of 24 dates. Earlier in the year, the band headed out on an extensive European run, including a number of UK arena shows which saw them sell out two dates in Manchester and play to a packed-out Wembley Arena in support of their critically acclaimed, Top 5 album 'Technology', released last year.
Myths, Legends And Lies 25/5/19
Danny Vaughn is recognised worldwide for his melodic, powerful & emotional vocals. 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 talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller is about to launch his latest solo album: his first in eleven years. It's the solo album Vaughn always wanted to make and 'Myths, Legends and Lies', due to be released via Townsend Music on Friday 7th June, is a 14-track album that had to overcome some serious obstacles along the way, but draws together many years of influences and inspiration. 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.
London Delta 25/5/19
Today's Track Of The Day is Delta Groove who take to the stage at 2pm today at Blues At Barleylands, Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UF, whilst later tonight the classic British Rock of Vambo graces London's iconic 100 Club, supported by Miguel Montalban + Melvin Hancox. The recent release of their single ‘World Of Misery’ found the band, consisting of Jack Stiles (vocals), Pete Lance (guitar), James Scott (bass) and Steve Price (drums), on unassailable form with its driving crisp riff getting stuck in our heads for days! Currently working on their debut album, Vambo (pictured) know the value of a good tune and with their unique, incendiary blend of rocked out rhythms, scorching solos and lung-busting Blues laden soulful vocals, they are always guaranteed to gain new fans. Vambo are also playing the Download Festival on Saturday 15th June, and with more dates being lined up, 2019 promises to be very good year for Vambo and fans of honest Rock’ 'n’ Roll.
Blues Club Friday Returns 24/5/19
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 IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from Cash Box Kings, John Lee Hooker, Catfish, JJ Cale, The Blues Spiders, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Eight O' Five Jive, Tony Campanella, Mike Ross, Keb' Mo', Meg Williams, Buddy Guy, Tas Cru, Southern Avenue, The BB King Blues Band featuring "The Voice" Michael Lee, Emma Wilson Blues Band, Mike Farris, Dr. Feelgood, Ag Weinberger, Buford Pope, Matt Pearce & The Mutiny (pictured), The Keeshea Pratt Band, Uncle Nef, Bad Influence, Albert Collins, John Primer, The Primitive Noise Band, Gwyn Ashton, Kenny 'Beedy Eyes' Smith and more.
Matt Mitchell Academy Tonight 24/5/19
British singer/songwriter Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts support both Hollowstar and Florence Black at London's O2 Academy2 Islington tonight, following the release of their self titled group debut album 'Black Diamonds', which was released in February. Not one to hold back with his writing and performance, the former Furyon and Colour Of Noise frontman describes the title track (today's Video Of The Day) as being about an “inevitable ending”, and consequently the songs on the album reflect real human experience, passion and great songs that hold potency, diversity and purpose. It's a modern contemporary Rock record that holds its own and then some; it digs deep and looks set to be a highlight of the year for Rock music. 'Black Diamonds' was voted Number One in Louder's 'Tracks Of The Week' and received extensive airplay by the likes of Planet Rock, Kerrang! Radio, Great Music Stories and more.
Bigfooting It To The Underworld Tonight 24/5/19
"As is often the case, Bigfoot saved the best till last: their set finished with the first single taken from their album, ‘The Fear’, a dark and frantic song about how the fear in our heads can take over our lives. ‘The Fear’ mixes heavy in your face Rock guitar with searing melodic anthems and big, uplifting vocals – a fitting finale to a compelling set and an awesome evening of complementary Rock music." That was part of our take on Bigfoot at London's Underworld back in October 2017 (pictured), and they return to the same Camden venue tonight in support of The Treatment and Bexatron, in advance, sadly, of their September farewell tour. Make sure you catch them while you can!
Captain's Fourteen 23/5/19
Once again we play catch up with the Captain's Video Rock Show which is today's Video Of The Day. His mission: to get Rock music back into mainstream music again with wall to wall Rock videos from new and established bands. Episode 14 includes Chaos Magic, Revolution Saints, Kane'd, Inglorious (pictured), Ted Poley and Phantom 5.
Michael Monroe Rocks Out 23/5/19
Former Hanoi Rocks Frontman Michael Monroe will be doing a full European tour at the end of this year in support of his band’s forthcoming and much anticipated new album ‘One Man Gang’, with the album being released to coincide with the tour. The band’s all-star line-up features former Hanoi Rocks and New York Dolls bass player Sami Yaffa, who has played with Michael since the 80’s. Meanwhile, on guitar duties, the band now have Rich Jones (formerly of The Ginger Wildheart band) plus guitar legend Steve Conte (best known as the guitarist who filled the void left by Johnny Thunders in the New York Dolls, as well as playing guitar with many other name acts such as Suzi Quatro, Eric Burden and many more) and drummer Karl Rockfist (who has played with notable acts such as Danzig). The band plays London’s O2 Academy Islington on Wednesday 30th October, as well as headlining the Saturday night at this year’s Hard Rock Hell, alongside the likes of Dee Snider & Buckcherry.
Rebecca Downes Interview 23/5/19
Returning to the fray after the release of her critically acclaimed second studio album 'Believe', the Black Country's Rebecca Downes releases her eagerly anticipated third studio album, 'More Sinner Than Saint' tomorrow through her own label, Mad Hat Records. Anyway, last week in the heart of London, we had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca, which is our latest Wrinklycast interview and our Track Of The Day. Listen here as we discuss co-songwriter Steve Birkett, awards, her new album, Alan Nimmo, playing guitar, musical evolvement, frightening videos, Magnum, social media, Slade, Chris Kimsey, Bill Drescher, Thunder, forthcoming gigs/festivals, Spike, putting the kettle on, the impending closure of London's Borderline and River Island!
German Hardcore/Metal band Tausend Lowen Unter Feinden release their new album on Friday 14th June. 'Zwischenwelt' is a concept album about the impermanence of transience. The protagonist feels trapped in the present as in an intermediate world. He is confronted with the ills of society, the arrogance of humanity and a progressive change that goes beyond the limits of the comprehensible for the individual. He struggles to position his person in the immediate and extended living space. In his search for the original meaning of human existence, he filters the values that are essential to him. Finally, the acceptance of transience and non-existent power over life leads him to a consciousness level of mindfulness. 'Zwischenwelt' is the consistent, musical development of TLUF and is characterized by a distinctive sound. Gloomy, socially critical, demanding as well as hopeful and optimistic at the same time.
Ana Popovic Borderline Review 22/5/19
"Sporting 5-inch heels and a slit skirt with a flat as an ironing board bare midriff, her long blonde hair falling around her shoulders, the guitarist presented a powerful visual image, which was backed up by equally impressive musical chops. She certainly knew her way around the fretboard of her various Stratocasters, playing fluid and lightning fast runs. While her influences may have originated in the Blues, almost none of the songs she played had a standard Blues chord structure. ‘Can You Stand the Heat’, the title track of her 2013 album, and ‘Object of Obsession’, set the scene for the rest of the evening - funky beats and a busy bassline with the two-man horn section bang on the money with their brass stabs and tight riffs, over which Ana played some flowing, extended lead lines."
Read the whole of Simon Green's Ana Popovic gig review at London's Borderline from Saturday 11th May here, plus check out our Photo Gallery here and our Video Of The Day.
Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival Update 21/5/19
This year's second annual Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival takes place at Penstowe Manor Resort from Friday 8th November to Sunday 10th November. It's the South West's sixth annual festival following on from its first four years based in Ilfracombe, and the roster currently includes amongst others on the Friday: Fullhouse (Frankie Miller's Band) and Kyla Brox, Saturday: Wille & The Bandits and The Stevie Nimmo Trio, and on Sunday: Sugaray Rayford, Nine Below Zero and Mojo Preachers, who release their new album 'Man Made Monster' on Friday 28th June.
Chad Strentz At TNMC Tonight 21/5/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day is an hour filled with great music from Jimmie Vaughan, Rory Gallagher, The Primitive Noise Band, Joe Louis Walker & Bruce Katz & Giles Robson, Mike Farris, Johnny Rae Lee & The Blues Boys, Spikedrivers, Mike Ross, Jack J Hutchinson (pictured), Troy Redfern, Sweet Crisis, Catfish, RHR and a little something from Chad Strentz ahead of his appearance with The Chad-illacs at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF, tonight.
Keep Me Down 21/5/19
You want Unicorns? Dragons? Wolves? Dinosaurs? Twitter Wars? You got it as today's Video Of The Day is Crobot's new song, 'Keep Me Down'. Directed by Mike Danger, the hilarious video marks the first new music from the band in three years. Blending Funk, Blues, Metal and good old-fashioned Rock and Roll into a howling vortex of Brandon Yeagley’s vocals and Chris Bishop’s guitar, Crobot have crafted a live show of endless good time Rock hooks. They are currently on tour with The Damned Things throughout May in the US and will then be hotfooting it to the UK for some howling Funk-Blues-Rock revelry of the finest order, when they play six headline shows in Norwich, Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham, London and Milton Keynes as well as festival slots at Ramblin’ Man Fair and Steelhouse. The band will also be sharing exciting information about their upcoming album soon. Stay tuned.