"With a new energy, the revitalized quartet's opening track 'Swing Sinner' sets the tone for this eleven song strong collection. As with each track Guyer delivers his vocals with (for the most part) controlled aggression, and it soon becomes obvious this is a band with a lot to say, and one that is not afraid to say it." That was part of our take here on Federal Charm's new CD 'Passenger' which was released earlier this month and to coincide with the release of the album, the band complete their co-headline tour alongside The Bad Flowers (Video Of The Day) at London's Borderline tonight supported by Those Damn Crows.
Desperate Man 30/9/18
'Desperate Man’ is the latest/sixth studio album from Eric Church, one of Country music’s premier names and biggest, most respected stars; an artist whose ground-breaking 2014 outing, ‘The Outsiders’, a chart-topper in the US and the biggest selling Country album of that year, paved the way for the Rock/Country blend that is such a rich seam today. Eric's follow-up album ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ went on to win ‘Album of the Year’ at the CMA Awards in 2016, reaching RIAA-Platinum certification earlier this year. Church has long maintained that putting music into specific genres is an outmoded concept, and ‘Desperate Man’ (11 tracks tellingly overseen by regular producer Jay Joyce) is further proof of EC’s broad range of influences – from Rock and Metal acts through to Hank Williams Jr. and Ray Wylie Hubbard, the latter getting a co-writing credit on the new album’s lead single and title track (see today's Track Of The Day).
Wrinklystock 7 Countdown 30/9/18
Just another reminder that this year’s Wrinklystock 7 takes place at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm and stars The Kast off Kinks, featuring three former members of the legendary band The Kinks! With support once again from Wrinklystock legends The Replicants, The Kast off Kinks are back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name - featuring Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 80’s & 90’s and still with Sir Ray Davies), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 60’s & 70’s) alongside Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding & Tim Rose). Expect an evening of iconic hits including: 'You Really Got Me', 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion', 'Sunny Afternoon', 'Lola', 'Days', 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Come Dancing', 'All Day and All of the Night' plus more... A great night out, not to be missed! Tickets priced £23 can be purchased online here or from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
Kip Winger Borderline Tonight 29/9/18
American Rock musician, Kip Winger, returns to London for his 6th Annual concert tonight for an intimate set at The Borderline. The multi-platinum recording artist, may be known best for his success with Winger and his early days as a bass player with Alice Cooper. However, the range and scope of his musical journey can be more fully experienced in his solo albums, namely 'This Conversation Seems Like A Dream', 'Songs From The Ocean Floor', 'From The Moon To The Sun', 'Ghosts' and most recently his 'Solo Box Set Collection'.
Midnight Ghost 29/9/18
Brainstorm’s new album, 'Midnight Ghost', released yesterday, is a veritable milestone. All the cogs have meshed and produced a result that’s bound to delight all Melodic Power Metal fans and delivers in no uncertain terms the full range of their typical trademarks: awesome melodies, dynamic grooves and extremely heavy guitar riffs. With Andy B. Franck (vocals), Torsten Ihlenfeld, Milan Loncaric (both guitars), Antonio Ieva (bass) and Dieter Bernert (drums), check out their Track Of The Day - the powerful ‘Ravenous Minds’.
I'll Die For You 29/9/18
Initially born as a one-off musical extravaganza between two Norwegian Metal and Hard Rock giants, Trond Holter (ex-Wig Wam) and vocalist Jorn Lande, the duo's Dracula Rock Opera has now morphed into a full-time musical project with guitarist, producer and songwriter Holter at the helm. With an outstanding line-up featuring singers Nils K Rue (Pagan’s Mind) and Eva Iselin Erichsen, Bernt Jansen on bass, Per Morten Bergseth on drums and Erling Henanger on keyboards, ‘Vlad The Impaler’ (see today's 'I'll Die For You' Video Of The Day) starts where 2015's ‘Swing Of Death’ left off. It is an album that gets straight to the point while simultaneously utilising diverse musical landscapes and it includes memorable melodic songs in a similar style to its predecessor. Think Savatage meets Meat Loaf meets Queen meets Alice Cooper with contemporary Hard Rock in the mix. The album will be released on Friday 9th November, with a special release show the following night in Halden, Norway, with more shows planned that include an appearance in May 2019 at the Karmøygeddon Festival.
The Boys Are Back In Town Tonight 28/9/18
"The crowd lapped it up, as the mastermind behind the drums, Brian Downey; counted in the songs keeping the rhythms tight, with Wilson on bass. With his big curly hair and engaging smile Matt Wilson certainly looks the part, but he very much has his own powerful stage persona and completely owns the stage. The energy of the band went from strength to strength, 'Still In Love With You' soared with Grace and Edgar's guitar playing feeding off each other in dual guitar harmonies with high octane solos sweeping every head banger into the sleaze driven funky mood of 'Johnny The Fox'." That was part of our take on Alive And Dangerous at Nell's Jazz And Blues in February and indeed the boys are back in London tonight at Camden's The Underworld.
DBA Trading Boundaries Tonight 28/9/18
Super-duo Geoff Downes and Chris Braide, known as the Downes Braide Association (DBA), perform their first ever live show at a sold out Trading Boundaries in the heart of the Sussex countryside tonight. Musicians joining them are bass player Andy Hodge, who worked on their 'Skyscraper Souls' album (see today's Video Of The Day) released last November, David Longdon (Big Big Train) and David Colquhoun (Francis Dunnery, Go West). Barney Ashton Bullock (poet, songwriter; Andy Bell; Marc Almond) will be doing the narrative on the night. DBA also release a total remix of their acclaimed album 'Suburban Ghosts' on Friday 30th November. The remix features a plethora of additional musicians performing on the album.
More Music 28/9/18
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 Billy F Gibbons, Buddy Guy, The Proven Ones, Sari Schorr, Sister Suzie, Reloaded Norway, Trudy Lynn, Ana Popovic, Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue, Gary U.S. Bonds, Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective, Connor Selby (pictured), Ben Poole, Robert Connely Farr, Dennis Herrera, Whitney Shay, Johnny And The Headhunters, Saverio Maccne, Jonathon Boogie Long, Gina Sicilia, Booker T & The MGs, Kris Barras Band, The Weight Band, Amanda Fish, Marcus Lazarus Band, Anthony Gomes, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, Malaya Blue, Elles Bailey, Malcolm Holcombe, Rachelle Coba Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and many more.
Big Boy Bloater Interview 27/9/18
"Halfway through their current 'Pills' UK tour - Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs certainly delivered their meds at a packed and appreciative Black Heart in London's Camden last Wednesday night. Supported by his old mucker Jack J. Hutchinson, Bloater's trio, including Matt Cowley (drums) and Steven Oates (bass), are on the road from September to October, following the release of their latest critically acclaimed album ‘Pills’ in June." That was part of our Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs review here and we were also lucky enough to grab a few words with the big man before his set here which is also today's Track Of The Day. Don't forget that band's tour continues at The Frog And Fiddle in Cheltenham tonight.
Universe In Reverse 27/9/18
Kaleb McKane’s spellbinding musical sojourns are explored in detail on his fresh 3-track EP titled 'Universe In Reverse' (today's Video Of The Day) that was released at the end of July. The tracks on the crowd-funded EP summarise Kaleb's perpetual state of nervous existence. The multi-instrumentalist singer (he plays a long-necked Stratocaster, a tailored Les Paul 1968 and his favourite: an acoustic Kinkade 1978 on the disc) is aided by drummer Dean Pearson, aka Denzel and Toshi Ogawa on bass (The Wildhearts). This EP absorbs and assimilates the most satisfying examples of Alt, Psychedelic and Prog Rock: the voodoo electric-energy of Hendrix, the genial sexuality of D'Angelo, the colourful extravagance of Prince and the guitar horniness of Mick Ronson. All this is velvet-wrapped in the type of flamboyant narcissism that Freddie Mercury would never be afraid to exploit.
Second Coming At Troubadour Tonight 27/9/18
If indeed Greta Van Fleet were heralded as the second coming of Led Zeppelin, then what we didn't expect at the O2 Academy, Islington, earlier in April this year, was the second coming of The Rolling Stones in the guise of London's very own, and aptly named, The Second Sons. It was all a thoroughably enjoyable night of great live retro music and you can check them out at London's historic Troubadour in Earls Court tonight supported by Tangerine Rye.
Black Heart Gig Review 26/9/18
"Three more newbies followed from 'Pills' - 'Unnaturally Charming', with a great opening riff and its slide guitar, all about a seriously disturbed individual - think "Dexter", said the American lady standing to the left of me, and then from psychopath to sociopath, the equally disturbing lyrics, but brilliant Rock n' Roll of 'Oops Sorry', and then finally, to complete the morbid trio, the brilliant guitar shuffle of 'The Saturday Night Desperation Shuffle’ - "for all the over 40's in the audience". As we said at Ramblin' Man - it’s nice when you are made to feel special, although if it's any consolation, at least this time he didn't dedicate it to all the ugly ones in the audience! Anyway, it was now time to feel 'Insanely Happy', and this Reggae track from his 2012 album 'The World Explained' certainly did what it said on the tin!"
Today read the whole of AJ's Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs (Video Of The Day) and Jack J. Hutchinson The Black Heart, Camden, review from last Wednesday night here plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Vicious Rumors 26/9/18
Vicious Rumors, who stand as one of the longest running, most prolific US Power Metal Bands in history, are touring Europe in April 2019. With their latest line-up of Geoff Thorpe - guitar, Gunnar Dügrey - guitar, Cody Green - bass, Nick Courtney - lead vocals and Larry Howe - drums, the band is halfway through a massive 45 date US/Canadian Tour in support of the 30th Anniversary of 'Digital Dictator'. The band have also just released a special edition DVD titled '40th Anniversary-Live in Germany' - the DVD of last year's crushing show at the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany.
Rainbreakers Half Moon Tonight 26/9/18
Today's Blues On The Radio Podcast Track Of The Day is definitely not to be missed, with music from Billy F. Gibbons, Main Street Blues, Colin James, Ruby & The Revelators, Detonics, Half Deaf Clatch, Rainbreakers (pictured and who are playing The Half Moon, Putney, tonight), Kirk Fletcher, The Juke Joint Kings, Jawbone, Jim Allchin and (following their appearance at The Tuesday Night Music Club last night) The Voodoo Sheiks!
Fiddler's Elbow Photo Gallery 25/9/18
Today, as promised, we have our Photo Gallery here from Sunday's Night Of Prog at The Fiddler's Elbow in Camden featuring our 2017 WRC Best Prog Performance award winners IT (pictured), headliner's Hat's Off Gentleman It's Adequate plus The Wood Demons. There's also a couple of pics taken of an acoustic set at the very welcoming Spiritual Records Bar which we visited before and after the Prog gig!
Seventh Wonder 25/9/18
Swedish Prog Metal giants Seventh Wonder (today's Video Of The Day) release their fifth studio album,‘Tiara’, on Friday 12th October, their first new record in eight years. Seventh Wonder was formed in 2000 by bassistAndreas Blomqvist, guitarist Johan Liefvendahl and drummer Johnny Sandin, with keyboard player Andreas ‘Kyrt’ Söderin added late that year. Vocalist Tommy Karevik joined in 2005, after the recording but just prior to the release of the band’s debut album, ‘Become’. Karevik made his studio bow with 2007’s well received ‘Waiting In The Wings’, which was promoted via a lengthy tour on which the band shared stages with the likes of Queensryche, Testament and Redemption. ‘Mercy Falls’ (2008) and ‘The Great Escape (2010) saw the group tour the US as well as Europe, with Stefan Norgren replacing Johnny Sandin on drums.
If you needed affirmation as to why IT (pictured) walked away with our 2017 WRC Best Prog Performance award, then hopefully you were at Camden's The Fiddler's Elbow in London last night to see a great gig of live Prog music. Thanks to headliner's Hat's Off Gentleman It's Adequate, they presented a Prog Night which also featured support from The Wood Demons (pictured). Anyway, with a Photo Gallery to come, please check out today's Video Of The Day.
Kris Barras 100 Up Tonight 24/9/18
"The Torquay 4 piece produce some excellent swampy Blues Rock that really made them stand out from the crowd. Barras sports an oilcan/junkbox guitar for some excellent slide guitar before switching back to his trusty strat for regular Blues rocking. Piano/keys from Josiah Manning bring a melodic accompaniment to the great groove. They were hugely appreciated by the large crowd lapping up the sun, and the excellent beers." That was the last time we caught the Kris Barras Band at Ramblin' Man Fair in July and Kris is still on the road, stopping off at London's iconic 100 Club tonight.
A To Z Of The Blues Part 1 24/9/18
Today's Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day is the first of a two part series featuring Blues artists from A-Z. The playlist for this week goes from A-L namely Adam Norsworthy, Ben Poole, Carey Bell, Dave Hole, Eric McFadden, Frank Bey, Guy Verlinde, Hardchargers, Ilya Portnov, Jeff McCarty, Kings & Associates and Laurence Jones (pictured).
Moving On CD Review 23/9/18
"With the Mission currently on a break, this is a welcome collection of Simon’s songs spanning those years living in the back of beyond. "Every time I come back to making music I’m reminded why I started doing it in the first place” Hinkler says. This is not the Mission, but it has enough echoes to remind me of that legacy whilst remaining a substantial successful solo piece of work from one of my all-time favourite guitarists."
Today read Chris Bourlet's complete take here on Mission guitarist Simon Hinkler's new 'Moving On' EP, which was released earlier this month, of which one of the tracks 'It Isn't You' is today's Video Of The Day.
Fiddler's Elbow Prog Tonight 23/9/18
"The Floyd influence on both the intro and outro of new single 'House', sandwiched the apt Halloween chorus of "Like a ghost in this house" before the guys rounded off their take from 'WAITT' with another cracker 'Revolution', with its heavy riff and 'Timewarpish' chorus. Brilliant. And in one of those - 'you couldn't make it up moments' - their finale was taken from their previous 'Departure' album, namely the driving 'God Is Dead' - just as two of our friends arrived - one of which was a Catholic priest who had just returned from Sunday Mass! All I can say is that the Gods are currently with IT. What a set." That was our take on 2017 WRC Best Prog Performance winners IT at Balham's Progtoberfest last October (pictured) and the guys are back in London tonight at Prog Night at Camden's Fiddler's Elbow sandwiched in between headliner's Hat's Off Gentleman It's Adequate and The Wood Demons.
Becoming A Primitive Evolution 23/9/18
Recorded at Desolation Studios in Toronto, A Primitive Evolution's (A.P.E.) new album, 'Becoming' is due to be released on Friday 5th October and features collaborations with writer/producer Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and Audio Engineer Kenny Luong (Metric). Raw & visceral with soul & beauty, A Primitive Evolution is best consumed live and/or at extremely loud volumes as testified by the title track which is today's Track Of The Day. In 2015 the band received the award for “Best Rock Band” from the Toronto Independent Music Awards & since then has been working tirelessly on its new album. Pulling together a complex array of influences including Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Tool, The Prodigy, Ministry, Radiohead, Alice in Chains, Vivaldi, Guns n’ Roses & more, A.P.E.'s rhythm-based attack blurs the lines of rock, electronica & all dark electronic metal aspects between.
Camel Royal Albert Hall Review 22/9/18
"The band have had and tragically lost some fine keyboard players but by the end of ‘Song Within A Song’ you already knew that the new addition to the band, the young Pete Jones on keyboards but also vocals (and later saxophone), was considerably enhancing the overall sound of the band. Andrew Latimer, the only remaining original member and driving force behind the band admits that vocals have perhaps not been their main strength, but Jones actually sounds like he’s got Camel’s own DNA in his genes."
Today read the whole of Rob Wilkes' Camel (Video Of The Day) Royal Albert Hall review from Monday night here.
Airrace Touch Down In London Tonight 22/9/18
Airrace began their nine date UK tour in Cardiff last night to promote their new album ‘Untold Stories’, which was released last month and has been praised for its songwriting and wide-ranging stylistic approach. And the band land at Camden's The Underworld in London tonight, pairing up with Frontiers labelmates The Treatment, with support from Tequila Mockingbyrd. Founded by Laurie Mansworth, Airrace is recognised as one of the UK’s pioneering AOR acts. Following the acclaimed 1984 release of their debut album, ’Shaft Of Light’, the band supported rock titans such as Queen, AC/DC and Meat Loaf, but they had crash-landed by the Summer of 1985. It took a 25th anniversary reissue of the record to reunite the group, and they eventually issued a second album, ‘Back To The Start’, via Frontiers in 2011.
Love And Pain 22/9/18
Doyle Bramhall II will be releasing his brand new album ‘Shades’ on Friday 5th October via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The album features appearances by Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Greyhounds and Tedeschi Trucks Band. Bramhall has spent over a decade as Eric Clapton’s musical right-hand man, collaborating both in the studio and on stage as well working with Norah Jones for a number of years. He played guitar and sang both lead and backup vocals during Roger Waters’ 1999-2000 'In the Flesh' world tour. He has worked with a number of artists including T-Bone Burnett, Elton John and Gregg Allman. Ahead of this he has revealed his new song ‘Love And Pain’ which is today's Track Of The Day.
Sari Schorr/Mike Vernon Borderline Review 21/9/18
"A couple of brilliantly well-crafted and stand out songs from the new 'Never Say Never' album, ‘King Of Rock And Roll’ and ‘Thank You’, thundered in with total conviction and were performed with pure adrenalised energy and fervent passion. Volcanic vocals erupted and poured from Sari like molten lava! Spell binding stuff! It is plain to see that Schorr is at one with the music, inhabiting every song. It is also abundantly clear that she means every word she sings, her honest and sincere delivery exemplifies this."
On Wednesday night Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs walked on to Camden's Black Heart stage in London to the strains of 'Blake's 7' (yes really) and departed seventeen wonderful songs later, leaving his audience (as per the name of his Reggae track from his 2012 album 'The World Explained') feeling 'Insanely Happy'. It was not only a night of great music, but also one, not unexpectedly, of great belly laughs as well. Anyway, with an interview and a review to come, have a gander at our Photo Gallery here which also includes Bloater's special guest Jack J. Hutchinson.
Classic Blues 21/9/18
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 and much more. Music this week includes tracks from Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Scott Sharrard, Jethro Tull, Chris Bevington, The Hitman Blues Band, Ian Siegal, Victor Wainwright, Ana Popovic, Jawbone, Sister Suzie, Frank Bey, Shari Puorto Band, Jack J Hutchinson (pictured), Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Tas Cru, Miss Emily, Mike Ross, Marcus Lazarus Band, Tom Walker Trio, Carlos Santana, Vanessa Collier, Pulsator, Delta Moon, Vanja Sky, Deb Ryder, Colin James, Zoe Schwarz & Rob Koral, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and many more.