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Gerry Jablonski

and the 

Electric Band

“Live at the Blue Note”

Album Review by Simon Furness

Gerry and his band are no strangers to a live release, in fact there are several already to support the trio of studio albums.

Formed back in 2009 they quickly gained a reputation in being one of the most authentic blues acts around fusing more traditional blues with classic rock, a mix that's certainly popular with the bands expanding army of fans.

Listening to this album I'm reminded of times gone by when live records captured the essence and atmosphere of what it was like in that concert hall, not simply a rerun of studio tracks recorded live and taken away to be preened and polished etc but

an honest reflection of the artist in the most fragile of environments.

Through rapturous applause the album kicks off with ‘Sherry Dee’, immediately I'm reminded of a little texan trio you might remember.

It's upbeat and I would imagine most definitely enough to stir up even the most casual attendee, guitars blending perfectly with harmonica and percussion.

Next up is ‘Soul Sister’, the most commercial sounding track on offer here, like I said there's a blend of styles in the bands repertoire and it's most apparent here.

‘Two Time Lover’ whilst more traditional is seriously addictive and I find myself going back for repeated listens, laid back but at the same time aggressive in its musical attack, at around two and a half minutes there's an instrumental breakdown that reminds me why I love this genre of music so much.

‘Black Rain’ lurches along like an old favourite and ‘Fork Fed Dog’ again picks up the pace with the guitar/harmonica interplay.

‘Angel of Love’ starts out all mellow telling its story but ends forcefully shoving its point across.

My favourite track on the album happens to be the last, ‘Broken Heart’ clocks in at 8 minutes 51 seconds, with a ridiculously catchy verse rhythm the song builds and you can feel the heat and atmosphere in the room, the last minute is purely applause but you know I like that.

There are few artists these days who can pull off a live release, you might say for a band like this it's the perfect vehicle to showcase their apparent talent.

If you are looking for an introduction to the band then this is a great place to start, from this then possibly like me you'll want to hear more and also get along to see them live too.

SF


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Massive Wagons

“Full Nelson”

Album Review by

Neil Thomson

As a fan of Massive Wagons I was expecting a lot from this album and I wasn't disappointed. It is a rare occasion that an album like this comes along, everything I heard just blew me away. It kicks off with 'Under No Illusion' which made me want to turn the volume right up and put it on repeat...It's that good. When you follow this with 'China Plates' and 'Billy Balloon Head' you are ready to rock out the air guitar. The ending of 'China Plates' makes me smile every time, it's a great way to finish a song. For me every track on this album is full of energy, even when the pace is slowed down for 'Northern Boy.' By the second time I listened to the tracks I was singing along to these rock anthems. Lancaster should be proud of these boys and the British Rock scene should stand up and take notice.

Please don't ask me to pick a favourite track from this album, it's impossible!

For me Full Nelson rates 10/10

NT

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THE RADIO SUN

“Beautiful Strange”

Released 24/08/2018

Album Review by

Simon Furness

Three years ago I was doing what I always do ahead of Hard Rock Hell AOR, I gathered the line ups and day splits and with all the band lists in front of me proceeded to do a little homework to help me decipher who I would put on my list to watch over the busy musical weekend in Wales.

Apart from the obvious inclusions of bands with a long track record one band really stood out for me and as I listened to what was the bands second album “Heaven Or Heartbreak” I knew I had a winner for the weekend away.

I have to say I was totally new to the band at this point even though they were already established back in their home country of Australia, the reaction to them that year at the festival was great and over the last few years their following has gathered momentum.

So to “Beautiful Strange”, their fifth album in as many years, Rockfiend Publications Scotland talked at length with Jason and Steve at this years HRH event and it was there they revealed the new album detail and also release date, it was great even at that point to feel their enthusiasm for the new material and having now heard it in it's entirety I know why.

Album opener ‘Hold On Tight’ is the first to show the bands intent and right now I'm hearing a slightly heavier version of the band, melodic and dynamic...what's not to like? There's a sense of the familiar but at the same time also a real feeling of progression.

Jason Old has never sounded better handling vocal duties, Steve Janevski effortlessly peeling off platinum coated guitar solos and riffs, Gilbert Annese laying down solid drums and Anthony Wong providing the flowing bass lines that bring together the magic of the band, the fact that they all sing is evident too and obviously this makes the transition between studio production and the live environment an easier journey.

Of the 12 tracks on offer here the band have chosen the tracks that belong with each other if you get what I mean, ‘Should Have Listened To My Heart’ opens and I'm hearing keys that remind me of Cheap Trick in their golden era, it's upbeat and rolls along at a relentless pace.

‘As Long As You Want Me’ hints at melodic 80's radio hit, Jason talks of magical chemistry through multi layered vocals and I find myself singing along with it.

‘Miss Wonderful’ has a different groove and I hear Anthony's bass all over it, an atmospheric mature track, ‘Have You Got What It Takes’ again taking the band in a heavier direction and I can already hear this played live, always a good sign believe me.

‘Hearts On Fire’ continues the theme, familiar heavy hook laden melodies with a production that's second to none.

‘Standing Tall United’ closes out the album, it's upbeat and is destined to be a surefire live favourite...anthemic and guaranteed to get you nodding along, horns held high!

There is not a filler on the entire album and also no need to go deeply into each track, the proof is in the listening.

Paul Laine has done a wonderful job in production alongside ex Danger Danger bandmate Bruno Ravel mastering the release, it's a winning formula and I see no signs of this fine band from down under slowing down anytime soon, great news for us punters.

Be sure to catch The Radio Sun at HRH AOR 2019 and also on tour around the UK, March cannot come around soon enough!

SF

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TREMONTI

THE FALLEN STATE

ANCHOR LANE

O2 Academy

Glasgow

28/06/18

Review & Photos

by Gus Darroch

Mark Tremonti is back in Glasgow with his self titled side project as he tours the album “A Dying Machine”, newly released on the 8th June.

“A Dying Machine” is Tremonti’s fourth album and is a concept album which will be accompanied by a book of the same name, which should be available some time over the next few months.

Last time in Glasgow 2016, Tremonti played the O2 ABC as he toured third album “Dust”.

Tonight’s gig should also have been at the same venue, but as it was recently damaged by fire, the show was transferred to the larger capacity O2 Academy.

First up on stage this evening were the excellent Glasgow band Anchor Lane, freshly back from Download and The Isle of Wight Festival.

I last caught these boys in February at King Tut’s and you can see that their trajectory since then which has seen them playing on bigger stages to larger crowds is really starting to pay off as they look very much at home here at the Academy.

Anchor Lane are scheduled to take the stage at 7:15pm, and with the doors only opening at 7pm there has barely been enough time for tonight’s crowd to pack into the venue. This however doesn’t deter Anchor Lane from ripping into their set with a gusto and performance befitting of a full venue.

It’s apparent from the response they get that Anchor Lane are building a decent fan base here in their hometown and every song brings more cheers from the steadily growing audience.

They close their six song set with ‘Finished for Twelve’ from their excellent debut EP “New Beginnings” and if the crowd reaction is anything to go by, they have increased their fanbase tonight.

Main support of the evening were South West based The Fallen State, these guys have also been tirelessly gigging and honing their craft in recent times with support slots with Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry among others.

The hook up with BSC resulted in the recording of a version of the song ‘Nova’ featuring Chris Robertson on vocal duties.

Recently they have completed their own 11 date headline U.K. tour as well as playing at Winters End and Camden Rocks Festivals.

A one off support with Seether last month brought them up to the point of entering the studio to record their debut album but for now they are back out on the road with Tremonti for six dates across the U.K. and Ireland.

This is a first visit to Glasgow for The Fallen State and the audience response seems to drop a little after Anchor Lane, this is surely down to Glasgow not being as familiar with The Fallen State as they are with Anchor Lane, however this five piece band are here to warm up the crowd for Tremonti and they set about giving it their all.

The engine room of Greg Butler (bass), Dan Oke (Rhythm guitar) and Rich Walker (drums) drive everything forward with precision, especially Walker who is a joy to watch laying down the beat. The quintet is completed by Jon Price (lead guitar) whose solos and lead guitar work complements the energetic performance of vocalist Ben Stenning who barely stands still throughout as he bounces around the big Glasgow stage.

The aforementioned ‘Nova’ slows things down a little, though it is still delivered with emotion as Glasgow really starts to warm to The Fallen State.

They bring their set to a close with the appropriately named ‘You Want It’ as the audience are now ready after two great bands who set out to warm up the crowd for the main reason that everyone is here tonight.

Eric Friedman, Garrett Whitlock and Tanner Keegan take the stage to a raucous welcome from the Glasgow crowd with the biggest cheer reserved for Mr Tremonti himself.

He has a hardcore following and a longstanding relationship with Glasgow and Scotland that dates all the way back to his first visit in 2004 with Alter Bridge.

In the years since then he has been a regular visitor to Scotland with Alter Bridge and Tremonti.

Mark Tremonti is loved and admired by his fans for being one of rock music’s nicest men who always has time for them, and tonight is no exception as young guitar playing fan Fraser Cummings gets to watch his hero from side of stage.

They race through the first three songs, ‘Cauterize’, ‘Another Heart’ and ‘You Waste Your time’ without barely a word, which is followed by debut album title track ‘All I Was’.

This ensures the crowd is suitably prepped for the first new song of the evening ‘As The Silence Becomes Me’.

The remainder of the set sees another four songs from the new 14 track album “A Dying Machine”, so it is well represented for fans wanting to hear the new material played live.

Tonight is also Friedman’s birthday and Glasgow duly obliges with a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ for the birthday boy.

Tremonti teases the crowd by saying that they should record a live DVD right here in Glasgow, which I’m sure would ensure a sell out crowd for that gig.

They close the ‘no encore’ show with ‘Radical Change’ and ‘Wish You Well’ to send the Glasgow crowd home happy from an awesome night of rock from three great bands.

SETLIST:

Cauterize

Another Heart

You Waste Your Time

All I Was

As The Silence Becomes Me

My Last Mistake

Take You With Me

Betray Me

The Things I’ve Seen

Bringer Of War

So You’re Afraid

Flying Monkeys

Throw Them To The Lions

A Dying Machine

Dust

Radical Change

Wish You Well

This was the opening night on this U.K. and Ireland tour and if tonight is anything to go by, fans are going to be in for a treat over the remainder of the tour as Tremonti and his fellow bandmates Eric Friedman, Garrett Whitlock and Tanner Keegan deliver a blistering set of songs from A Dying Machine and the rest of their back catalogue.

Tremonti are planning to return to these shores in November, so if you have missed them this time around, make sure that you catch them then.

GD

28/06 - O2 Academy, Glasgow.

29/06 - Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

30/06 - O2 Institute, Birmingham.

02/07 - Limelight 1, Belfast.

03/07 - Academy, Dublin.

05/07 - The Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth.

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RUSHfest Scotland

Dreadnought Rock

Bathgate

12/05/2018

Review & Photos by Simon Furness

So here I am at my first RUSHfest Scotland, the annual event now five years old in which time it has raised over £30,000 for cancer charities, a cause close to organiser/founder Steve Brown's heart.

On arrival to the town I immediately clock many people in Rush regalia shuffling around the town centre on this warm spring day, all waiting for The Dreadnought to open it's doors and the meeting of friends and

enthusiasts to ensue.

People have travelled from all over the globe to be here and there is a true sense of friendship inside the venue, it's hot outside and the bar doesn't take long to be at full steam as the event fires up with Steve

saying a few words.

First up we have a Bass clinic with Paul Livingstone and William Winsborough playing 4 and 5 string basses respectively and running through a few old classics with the opportunity to let us here what Geddy's

instrument may sound like without the guitar track in the mix, the songs instantly recognisable as the crowd hum along in unison.

Before we know it after a fairly swift change around on this small stage we are watching The RFS Allstars, the tribute band fronted by Canada's Terry Hill handling vocal duties, Steve Brown on guitar, Mark Bray on drums, Paul Livingstone on bass

and William Winsborough on keyboards and bass. With the band made up of different Rush tribute acts coming from far and wide they managed a day of rehearsals in Edinburgh the day before just to iron out any last minute glitches.

I'm not about to go through each set track by track but as you can imagine every song rolled out was a classic, highlights for me were ‘Limelight’, ‘Passage to Bangkok’, ‘Freewill’, ‘Xanadu’ and ‘The Spirit of Radio’.

Terry's voice cutting through mix and providing a perfect platform for the others to lay down their respective contributions, you could see she was loving the energy and enthusiasm in the room and you wouldn’t believe this band only had one practice,

any of you that know these guys will also know what devotee's they are to Canada's finest.

‘Xanadu’ was the first Rush song I ever heard thanks to The Friday Rock Show and Tommy Vance way back when, so is always going to be a favourite and it's played out to perfection as Steve cracks out his Double Neck Gibson to make it as authentic as possible

but it's ‘The Spirit of Radio’ which really sees this most loyal group of fans get animated as Terry conducts us all in a mass sing along, it's all over too quickly and we collectively shuffle upstairs in search of more refreshments and a seat for what's next.

It's fair to say this next series of events are a bit of a blur as while there is an acoustic set with David King, Maurice Pickles, Micky Kerrigan and William Winsborough at one end of the room beside the bar there is a Whisky tasting provided by The Green Welly Stop

at the other end, dangerous to say the least, I have to say I did participate also as it's only right to get into the Spirit of things!

The set from the acoustic band was without vocal but as you can image with a few libations on board nobody in the room was on the shy side and we all sang along, a definite winner.

There was a quiz next hosted by Paul Beaulieu from The Canadian Music Scene, Paul has been a major participant and organiser since the first RFS, most definitely an honorary scot!

I thought I knew a thing or two about the band but I'm clearly still in kindergarten compared to some here, think I need to stay home and read up more!

What followed was a live Skype conversation with Tony Geranios AKA Jack Secret-Geddy's keyboard tech since the very early days, a little bit lost in the mix as it's not easy to hear over a room full of people when not everybody is silent.

The whole interview will be posted on the RFS YouTube channel soon, here's a link to their live interview in person with Terry Brown who was the VIP in 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67rp3tyOOO8&t=140s

It was good to hear parts of the conversation at least and before we know it the time has come to get some much needed food, unfortunately there are a few that choose to stay face down in the upholstery due to a few too many rounds with the whisky man!

The evening kicks off with an auction and raffle which raise a shed load of cash for St Columba's Hospice then we all head downstairs for the final act of the day.

The Rushians are here from Holland to headline the event, formed in 2016 and continuing to gather momentum on the live circuit.

All I can say is Wow, you forget at times basically what you are seeing is a tribute act as your heart and soul get wrapped up in the music we've all spent a lifetime of listening to.

We get a fabulous 2 part set including many of the days favourites as well as Natural Science, Jacobs Ladder, Caravan and a stunning version of The Garden.

As far as my clouded mind can remember there was only one request and it was all mine, I shouted the loudest and asked for Subdivisions and the drummer shot up and pointed straight at me, they didn't even so much as look at each other just launched straight into the synth heavy

intro and the room sang it's collective heart out, absolutely magical is the only way I can describe it.

A couple of hours flew by and before we know it the event is all over, many weary punters disappear into the night and I make my way back to my hotel...encountering only one individual in a 40 minute walk, he high fives me as we pass and I wander towards my bed for the night.

RUSHfest Scotland reminded me that although the band appear to have hung up their tour outfits the music they created is still loved and adored by many, what better way to celebrate than to come together yearly with friends to raise a glass to them.

Sláinte Mhaith

Simon Furness

The official total raised for St.Columba's Hospice from RFS 2018 was a massive £6,500

For more info, including some great merchandise [with all profits going to charity] visit http://www.RUSHfestScotland.co.uk

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Hollywood Vampires

The Darkness

The Damned

Glasgow Hydro

19/06/2018

Here we are at Glasgow's very own Spaceship Earth/ The Hydro to witness what is bound to be a special evening of excessive rock n roll, with the Hollywood Vampires playing only a few shows in the UK it seemed only fitting that they stop by at Scotland's biggest shed to play a few tunes.

Starting the evening off nicely we have The Damned, never being blessed or lucky enough to witness this legendary punk band back in the day I was more than eager and excited to see them on this huge stage...they did not disappoint.

It's easy to see why they have stood the test of time whilst others have fallen by the wayside over the years, 42 years strong, that's worth celebrating.

Captain Sensible joked there will be no "Happy Talk" tonight...no sign of a parrot either, that was reserved for someone much later!

Launching into their first song of the evening ‘Street of Dreams’ Goth God Dave Vanian's voice on top form as they raced through ‘Neat,Neat,Neat’ and ‘Love Song’ before playing newie ‘Standing on the edge of Tomorrow’from the

album "Evil Spirits", not forgetting their rich past they play crowd favourites ‘Eloise’ and ‘New Rose’ before disappearing into the night.

The punk veterans put on a great show and must have loved playing to such a large and enthusiastic crowd.

The Darkness are up next, you wouldn't have put money on seeing Lowestoft's finest back treading the arena boards a few years ago but here they are and they aren't about to allow the crowd the time to stare at feet either.

The sound mix is perfect as Justin takes the crowd by the scruff of the neck, he's an entertainer with bags full of energy and enthusiasm and the crowd respond as you'd expect, he even tells the crowd Mr Depp had never heard of The Darkness

but had admired his hair.

Opening with ‘Solid Gold’ from the album "Pinewood Studio" and then straight into ‘Growing on Me’, more favourites follow...’Love is Only a Feeling’ ‘One Way Ticket’ ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ and finishing up with the inevitable

‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’

It's a dynamic performance and most definately FUN.

So, to the reason the majority of this crowd is here tonight...

As the Hollywood Vampires hit the stage I'm a little unsure what to expect, parody? pantomime? cash in? with celebrity meets rockstar it could go either way but there really were no need for such reservations as Depp, Cooper and Perry backed by a

more than credible group of musicians gave us a night of pure celebration of rock n roll.

The Glasgow crowd eager from the off, cheering loudy with arms and horns raised high.

Opening with ‘I Want My Now’ followed by ‘Raise The Dead’

Next they play ‘My Dead Drunk Friends’ and the words "We drink and we fight and we puke and we puke and then we die" flash up on the background screen followed by many black and white pictures of rock legends, the whole night feels like a home to the excesses of the industry

and the crowd respond accordingly.

The Doors are represented with two numbers ‘Five to One’ and ‘Break on Through’ quickly followed by AC/DC live favourite ‘The Jack’ gets the whole room singing along, as does Motorhead classic ‘Ace Of Spades’ Depp looking every bit the rocker strutting the stage and throwing all the right shapes, he appears to be enjoying every second.

Depp takes the lead vocal on an emotional tribute to Bowie with ‘Heroes’ which went down very well with the crowd, again with images across the large backdrop to accompany the poignant nod to the British legend.

All to soon we’re in finale territory and it's a bit obvious what were going to get, Alice with cane in hand conducts the masses in a singalong to ‘Schools Out’, he might be a few weeks premature of the real summer break but it feels like New Years Eve in here and nobody is in the mood for it to end.

So what appeared as a bit of a project at first really did have the grit to succeed in the live arena, the blood suckers from Hollywood really did rule and brought a little LA glamour to a Tuesday night in Glasgow.


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Voodoo Blood

“Fresh Hell”

EP Review by Simon Furness

More and more these days we find ourselves looking for the next big thing, there is little that has not gone before but there is new music out there tinged with the past but pointing to a bright future, Manchester's Voodoo Blood could very well be that.

With many live appearances under their belts since forming in 2015 this band have been building momentum for some time, not just through the press either as word of mouth goes a long way in these circles.

In “Fresh Hell” we have 4 brand spanking new tunes all served up in typically over the top fashion, this is honestly the first time I have sat down and listened to them and from the off there are similarities to be drawn, imagine a very British gritty Blues Pills and you won't be far from the mark.

First up is ‘Mean’ totally at home in it's fuzzy psychedelic groove laden melodies, throw in a few full on death metal growls and you have something here that has plenty of substance, the band aren't scared to allow the song the time to breathe...a great opener.

Next up we have ‘Brain’, "I am a god within a god, you know my name" Kim "the voodoo woman" speaks before the song drops into an almost dancey rhythm, its simple enough to get into and at the same time there is a lot going on, as I listen with headphones cranked every bit of it is required to build the track to its massive crescendo.

‘Dirt’ opens like Tony Iommi had a day out in the North West and couldn't resist the urge to throw a few shapes, it's as heavy as a heavy thing and I imagine will have heads bobbing everywhere it gets heard, it's the bluesiest heaviest thing I've heard in quite sometime and I love it.

Finally ‘I go to bed (when the sun comes up)’ closes the EP with very upbeat style, Sean soloing all over the place while Chris on Bass and Will on Drums perfectly nail down the ever quickening backbone of the song as it lifts off and leaves you hanging, I'm guessing this is exactly how they want you to feel, like I said it is the first time I have heard the band and already I am suitably impressed and looking to find out more.

Do yourselves a favour and try them out, if the recorded output is this good then the live spectacle must be mighty impressive.

They have a string of live dates already booked in for the rest of the year so head on over to their website and check them out.

If you like what you read I'd start off with a trip to the smoke and catch the hometown show coming up

Ep launch - 30th June - The Bread Shed Manchester - supports from Twisted Illusion and The New Breed - tickets £7 from skiddle

SF

DARKNESS DIVINE

“Digression”

Review by Simon Furness

Single Release date 29/06/18

Formed in Glasgow in 2017 this five piece make their intentions clear with this debut single "Digression"

I'm totally new to this band and what strikes me first is that this feels very familiar but at the same time offers up enough elements to keep the listener interested,

they have spent their time wisely and literally thrown the kitchen sink at this, coupled with a great balanced production it leaves me wanting to hear more.

From mainstream to old school thrash and all areas inbetween, even moments that point to progressive metal influences it covers all the bases.

In frontwoman Toni they have someone who sounds at home nailing down a commercial sound and also not being afraid to go for the full on growl as the song draws to an end, this backed up by a solid backline and twin guitars

ensure that there is plenty of substance to this release for any listener to get their teeth into.

All in all I have to say it's a fully entertaining 5 minutes 26 seconds and any supporter of independent music will be rewarded by a track they will be singing along to in no time.

The band are venturing to new locations this year, from Aberdeen to Leicestershire in June and with view to having an album to accompany touring through 2019 the future looks bright indeed, catch them now and get on board.

SF

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Dan Baird and Homemade Sin

Kinross

27/05/18

Review & photos by Simon Furness

Any of you that know anything about the band will know that they have been on quite a journey since late July last year, I last saw the band on the 26th of July last year in Kendal, little did I know at the time that within 24 hours Dan would be in hospital.

What followed were months of treatment and recovery from a form of Leukemia which sidelined the frontman while the band honoured touring commitments with Joe Blanton from The Bluefields and The Royal Court of China handling Dan's duties within the band.

So here we are in May 2018 in Kinross at an unlikely location for a gig of this nature, The Green Hotel as it turns out has a fabulous venue "Backstage" tucked away along one of its many corridors.

Dan by his own admission is not fully game fit just yet, only a few shows into the tour which is also his first with recently acquired bassist Sean Savacool.

I have to say even if he questions how he is doing it's not obvious one bit, with Warner on guitar and Mauro hitting the skins he is surrounded by band members that know the legendary frontman inside out.

So does this mean they play it safe with a setlist? no way, as has always been the case Dan calls the shots and this keeps everyone on their toes including him.

No need for a track by track description of the set but safe to say it covered all bases from The Satellites, earlier solo material and all parts of Homemade Sin recorded output, with a smattering of covers here and there, Zeppelin, Bill Haley & The Comets and The Grateful Dead to name but a few.

Plenty of audience favourites flowed like the beer from the bar on this scorching hot day in Scotland, ‘Licka Sense’, ‘I Love You Period’, ‘Shake it Til its Sore’, ‘Crooked Smile’, ‘Knocked Out Cold’, ‘Fall Apart on Me’, ‘Out Livin', lots more beside these but every one of them greeted and cheered by this sell out crowd, we might have been seated but it was hotter than hades in there.

I could feel the energy in the room notch up with each track, each of the band members playing like their lives depended on it, the biggest reactions of the night reserved for ‘Keep Your Hands to Yourself’ and finally ‘Railroad Steel’, the latter extended as each of the band forced home their own moment in the spotlight.

Speaking to people in the crowd it was suprising to hear a number of them had never seen DBHMS before, one man said "I get what you mean now" to me as we left the room, job most definitely done it appears.

Normal service has indeed resumed and with several more visits to the UK this year and with a new album ready to go this band show no signs of slowing down.

Many thanks for the memories of yet another incredible show gentlemen, is it September yet?

Simon Furness

Proud Danorak and Reviewer!


SONS OF LIBERTY

"Shinola" EP

Review by Simon Furness

A southern flavoured rock band pulled together with members from both Bristol and South Wales, not necessarily what you'd expect right?

How's about I tell you that this actually works.

The 5 piece have been gigging since 2014 initially playing Southern Rock covers on the circuit, in 2017 they decided that it was time for some original material and set about writing and recording this EP.

"Shinola" comprises of 5 original tracks, all with a very distinct flavour.

Think Blackfoot meets Molly Hatchet and you'll be somewhere in the vicinity of where this band are, they wear their influences on their sleeve.

First up is ‘Brotherhood’ and its a great intro to the band to be honest, a full on "driving down the highway” number, great musicianship with a rich and powerful sound to match. Of all the tracks on show this is the most immediate.

‘Fools Gold’ lurches along like an old rock classic, or is that classic rock?....let me here you shout "Hell Yeah"

Next up we have the melancholy intro of ‘Free Man’, before the cowbell signals a southern boogie workout, I bet this goes down a storm live.

‘Looking For A Good Time’ has all the swagger of a radio friendly hit, albeit wedged firmly in its 70's splendour.

The EP closes with the epic ‘The Brave’, clocking in at 7 minutes 13 seconds there is time to allow the music to become familiar, after only a few listens I found myself humming the melodies long beyond the cd ending on the deck at home.

I have to say I admire any band that can write its own original material and come up with something as well put together as this, the true test of any band is to go beyond covering others and become something in their own right.

You can see why they've been busy sharing stages with the likes of Skinny Molly and Stone Broken.

If you like what you read head over to https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shinola-Sons-Liberty/ and order it.

SF

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Haymaker - Stoke On Trent – Lymedale Bar - Saturday 5th May

Thirteen

Prisoners Of War

Fat Albert

​Wasted Life

Haymaker

Gig Review

by Christopher Cochrane & Fiona West

Most of these bands were a first for us both, Haymaker especially. As both long term fans of frontman Tim Steinfort's previous band Discharger and his solo career this was a gig that we were eagerly excited for.

The night started off young with varying punk rock n roll and oi! music from support bands Thirteen, Prisoners of War, Fat Albert and Wasted Life. These bands all delivered a tight hard hitting set which got the Lymedale Bar atmosphere going, a great build up of what was to come.

So the reason we are all here, well most of us anyway, has finally arrived...WE ARE HAYMAKER WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU! (p.s this is Haymaker's best used saying)

Haymaker are one of those bands that you can't help but sing along to. Tim works the crowd by getting the legendary chant going before delving into the first song ‘We Are Haymaker’. The crowd responds with getting a pit on the go and of course we were both front and centre in amongst the glorious chaos. Tim hands out some beers to the crowd before getting back into it. Songs that followed all came from both their new album “We Apologize to Nobody” and their EP “We Are Haymaker”. This included songs such as ‘Too Drunk to Fight’, ‘Skinhead Rock n Roll’, ‘Hold On to Your Dreams’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘We Apologize to Nobody’. The crowd were alive for the full set, bassist Tomas Ashtar even hands over his mic to the crowd mid song for everyone to join in (when I say everyone I mean us, especially Chris). The band ended on a high by singing an unreleased cover of Neil Young's ‘keep on rocking in the free world’ a sneak peak at what is to come. Since coming home the music video for this cover has been released, it features footage taken at the Lymedale gig which both of us feature in, obviously making this the cherry on the cake. Overall this night was one we will both never forget for many reasons, the great music and getting to spend time with the band afterwards (TimSteinfort / frontman and Christian Stobi / drums) hearing some of their main influences and more of what’s hopefully to come in the future.

“WE ARE HAYMAKER WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU!”

CC & FW

Haymaker - Rocking in a free world (Neil Young cover)

 

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Promethium

“Faces of War”

Album Review

by Simon Furness

With their third full length album release since their birth in 2007 Lancaster based metallers Promethium have elected to write a concept album with each track telling stories of war from different viewpoints.

In all honesty it's the first time I've heard this band and it's taken me a while to get my head around the release, of the 10 tracks on offer the overall sound is that hailing back to the early mid 80's, that's no bad thing by the way.

It's clear to hear where their influences lie in much of the work here, a little bit of Megadeth, Slayer, Sabbath,Danzig, like I said it's doomy stuff but not everyday is full of rays of sunshine right!

Opening with ‘Enemies Fate’, a full on riff fest building until we get an anthemic singalong towards the end of the track.

Another standout for me is ‘Shell Shock’, I enjoyed the melancholy verses inter spread with solid and catchy as hell chorus, yes I was humming this one way beyond spinning it on my deck.

Onto ‘20,21,15’ worthy of mention as we get to hear Barry Mills from Massive Wagons getting all gnarly in the microphone.

‘Stolen Valour’ keeps up the aggression while still providing a groove thats difficult not to sway to.

‘Kill On Demand’ is another winner for me, reminding me of Anthrax circa Among the Living, riffs a plenty and some fine soloing.

The title track is the last on offer, ‘Faces of War’ lurches along relentless in its pace as I'm again reminded of some fine moments from my metal past.

This five piece from the North West have done a good job, there are enough moments on offer here that make for repeated spins and after all that's what it's about.

Try and catch them live at venues throughout the North West between now and the end of the year.

SF


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​CATTAIL BREW

“It's a Bit Difficult Really”

Album Review by Andrew West

Imagine if you could take a large cooking pot and add some Lynard Skynard, The Rolling Stones a touch of Black Stone Cherry and a wee dash of Waysted. What you would cook up would be a special brew and that brew would be Cattail Brew.

This album has been in the making in various formats and guises for around 5 years but its been worth the wait. The sound is bluesy southern rock, combined with the unmistakable sound of Fin on vocals, you end up with a fun catchy blast of an album.

The songs are full of big crunching riffs and the grizzly Scottish tones of Fin sit perfectly within the songs. The opening two tracks really set the tone with huge guitars and melodies. We have a blues feel running through some tracks as well and ‘Fishbowl Blues’ is a highlight sounding like the Stones on steroids.

Steve Theados guitar work is superb throughout with some ear splitting solo work coupled with slide guitar on songs like ‘Fools Gold’ and the cover of Tommy Bolin's ‘Jump Back’.

Highlight of the album for me though is the moody and darker ‘Glitter’. This has Fin at his best and the track builds slowly to a thunderous crescendo and blistering Theado solo.

The band are completed by Keith Pickens on drums, plus Snowblynd bassist Joe Viers and have a few gigs lined up in the states soon but lets hope that we can have the chance to enjoy a Brew on this side of the pond sooner rather than later.

 AW 


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Massive Wagons

Cathouse Glasgow

08/04/18

Gig Review & Photos by Andrew West 


I have to admit I have come late to the Massive Wagons party. I had not had much exposure to the band prior to seeing them at Troon's WinterStorm festival last year and found myself mighty pleased I had, superb catchy classic rock tunes and immense fun into the bargain.

Tonight at the Cathouse in Glasgow was going to be a real test as to how far the band had come. With The Dead Daises at the Garage and Toto at the SECC it was a busy night in Glasgow for rock fans but any fears could be put aside as a packed Cathouse bounced and sang along to another hot and sweaty night of rockin fun.

Hitting the stage to one of their catchiest tunes the Wagons were rolling from the off. ‘Back to the Stack’ is one of those tunes that gets stuck inside your head and one that had the crowd in the palm of singer Baz's Mills hands. What followed was a night of energetic classic rock from a band who are clearly enjoying every minute of being on stage. Mills is the perfect frontman working every inch of the stage. The last album “Welcome to the World” features heavily in the set with songs like ‘Nails’, ‘Ratio’, ‘Jodie’ and ‘The Day We Fell’ all getting an airing, we also have a blast of the new single ‘Under No Illusion’ from the forthcoming album “Full Nelson” due out in August this year.

The crowd are left wanting more as the band finish up with a 100mph version of ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ but with the curfew there can be no encore.

One thing for sure I will be at the Dreadnought Rock in Bathgate when the band return to Scotland on the 4th May to catch these guys again. This is what Rock and Rock is all about! If you do not have a ticket why not...get one now as bands like this will not be playing venues like this for long!

AW

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SKID ROW

HRH AOR

10/03/17

Review by Simon Furness

Photos by MB Photos Scotland

It’s a few years since Skid Row visited our shores, the two vocalists have been and gone and now we have ZP Theart at the helm, previously the frontman of Dragonforce.

The band’s position as headliners of the Saturday night earns a certain amount of anticipation, as Dave “The Snake” Sabo commented earlier in the day. “I embrace all that we’ve done over the years” and it is clear that some of the music from that 80’s golden era has stood the test of time.

As the intro tape kicks in with some familiar Ramones music, it suddenly gets a lot tighter near the stage, each person keen to catch the first glimpse of this iconic band and as air raid sirens drown out the backing track the band hit the stage with opener “Slave to the Grind”

It’s frantic and the band push the track down our throats; just how it was intended back in 1991. What’s great to see is that ZP isn’t intimidated by the position of filling some big “Bach” boots, but instead using the stage to make his own presence known commanding the crowd - judging by the capacity crowd it’s evident we will be singing along all night and participation is mandatory.

Next up is “Sweet Little Sister” from the 5X platinum ‘89 debut - has it aged? Not by a day. It’s delivered with all the over the top swagger that era was famous for. I didn’t hear anyone saying it would have been better with Sebastian, just happy to be in the room and participate in what will be the bands biggest show on this tour of the UK.

The majority of what the band offered up tonight was from the 89 debut and STTG with only one song from more recent recordings. “Big Guns” sounded fabulous as did the anthemic “18 and Life”. It’s hard to pick any low point here but far easier to sing the praises, original members Dave, Rachel and Scotti must be pretty happy they have a great frontman in ZP and I know from a brief catch up on Saturday afternoon he feels the same. “Makin a Mess” “Rattlensake Shake” and “Quicksand Jesus” all delivered perfectly, the latter causing the shedding of the odd tear in the crowd, it’s great to hear the band so tight and clearly loving the full room to roll out all these classics.

One final bow before the encores and they give us “Monkey Business”, it sounds huge and although I’ve now moved to a position mid-room there is no escaping the impact this has, just like 29 years never happened and right now is the only place we want to be.

Of the 3 encores the first is poignant, “Woke up to the sound of pouring rain”. ZP sings and a few thousand reply “the wind would whisper and I’d think of you”. “I Remember You” is truly stunning and by the time the song builds to the solo, it’s like watching something holy, a stonewall classic and the crowd sway in unison to the melody. Fairly obvious what’s coming now and as ZP throws his arm in the air “Youth Gone Wild” descends, delivered in typical over the top style including the usual singalong, with the frontman leading the way to get every last drop of energy we might have left out of our systems.

So did HRH get it right in putting faith in a band with a new frontman? I’d say 100% they did.

An engaging performance that will be spoken of for a long time.

SF

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Enuff Z ‘Nuff

HRH AOR

March 10th 2018

Review by Simon Furness

Photos by MB Photos Scotland

It’s quite a while since I last saw Enuff Z ‘Nuff. Over the years I’d seen them both with and without Donnie Vie and until tonight I would conclude that this band were better with than without. Like many gathered I’m thinking this could go either way obviously hoping for a great set.

The band took the stage. Only Chip remains from the original band along with long term lead guitarist Tory Stoffregen, and the newer members Tony Fenelle on rhythm guitar and Daniel B Hill on drums. Chip takes his place in all his Willy Wonka glory; his Cheap Trick bass strung with day glow strings. From the off, he and the band mean business as they launch into “Baby Loves You". What is obvious is that despite the fact Chip talks like he’s been gargling with razor blades, up in the spotlight his vocals work perfectly in recreating that famous bubble gum rock the band are best known for; all great melodies intact and suddenly we are back to being part of the late 80’s MTV boom that helped propel the band to stardom.

Whatever is going to happen tonight this band are tight and every song they roll out is done with professionalism and panache. It’s a refreshing sight and as they ease into my favourite Z’Nuff song “Kiss The Clown”, there’s more than just the band providing the harmonies, the crowd seriously loving it.

I couldn’t have picked a better set of songs for the set which is too short for a band on this kind of form, “Heaven or Hell”, the superbly heavy cover of “Bowie’s” “The Jean Genie” and the singalong of “Wheels”, all perfectly executed. By the time we get to “Fly High Michelle”, Chip reminds us that when the song came out there wasn’t a band to touch the popularity of this song for a long number of weeks. We sway and close our eyes, not just me missing this era of hair metal it seems.

“New Thing” appears too quickly and we savor every note and melody. The band close the set with “Dog on a Bone” from 2017’s “Clowns Lounge” release. It wraps up a great set and restores more than a few differing memories of the band.

Backed with a UK tour whilst they are over, I’m sure they will continue to tick boxes all over the country - I for one will be first in line the next time they visit our shores.

SF

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PRETTY MAIDS

L'EMPREINTE PARIS

21st March 2018

Review & Photos by

Andrew West

Like fine wine or malt whisky some things get better as they age and Pretty Maids are no exception. Formed in 1981 in Denmark the band are still going strong with founding members Ronnie Atkins and Ken Hammer still the driving force.

This set of dates are the last in support of 2016 thunderous Kingmaker album, and with several shows already sold out its clear the band still have a huge following on the continent. Paris tonight is one of those sold out gigs and the number of ticketless fans outside the venue looking for anyone with a spare shows the bands popularity, despite as Ronnie later said this being their first gig in the French capital in around 20 years, is in no way on the wane.

As the lights dimmed the opening intro to “Mother Of All Lies” kicked in and we were off. The song from 2013's Motherland album about political corruption and oppression is as relevant today as it was back then and the crowd waste no time in joining in.

Next up we are into the title track from the latest album Kingmaker, when the bands previous keyboard player Morten Sandager decided to move on just before recording of the album the band decided to produce a more guitar heavy record and the title track is no exception, the huge anthemic riff gets the crowd fist pumping along. We then have the first trip back to the 80's of the night with ‘We Came To Rock’ from 1987's Futureworld. This was the record that really set the bands sound throughout their career and became one of those classic 80's rock albums that everyone should own. Celebrating its 30th year the band have played a few shows recently where the entire album was played live and the final show on this current run in Zlin in the Czech republic will again see a full run through of Futureword that will be recorded and filmed for a forthcoming live CD and DVD release.

We move back to Motherland for another riff laden song in ‘I See Ghosts’ before slowing things down for ‘Walk Away’ from the 1994 album Scream, the first power ballad of the night. It features a huge sing along chorus and Ronnie works the crowd perfectly as they sing every word.

The sing along songs don’t stop as we have the first single from Kingmaker in ‘Face The World’ next followed by a trio of songs from Futureworld in ‘Yellow Rain’, the hugely catchy ‘Rodeo’ and as Ronnie states probably the first ballad the band ever wrote in ‘Eye Of The Storm’.

Speeding things back up with some balls out metal came ‘Pandemonium’ from the album of the same name from 2010 and another catchy song in ‘I.N.V.U .’ from the same album. We then move back to the latest album with ‘Bullseye’, another song with a huge chorus the crowd sings along word perfectly. Its hard to fathom out why success in the UK never really came to the band with such a wealth of classic songs but hopefully that will start to change

in the near future as they look to break back into the market over here.

We slow things down again with “Little Drops of Heaven”, with many older classic rock bands now gaining mainstream radio play on Radio 2 in the UK a song like Little Drops would be a sure fire addition to the play list nowadays, the band slow it down in the middle for a chance to work out the crowds vocal skills and Ronnie takes the time to tell everyone that they still do it because to put it simply "they love it" and it's clear they do with drummer Allan Sørensen thundering away behind his impressive red and white double bass kit, Keyboard player and rhythm guitarist Chris Laney smiles throughout and bassist Rene Shades is the most energetic of the bunch as he never stops the whole night bounding and jumping around the stage. Even despite obviously being in huge pain from an injury that leaves him struggling to get around lead guitarist Ken Hammer never stopped smiling the entire night and Ronnie Atkins is still the epitome of a rock front man with the crowd in the palm of his hand.

We close the set with a trip back to 1984 and the bands first official album Red Hot and Heavy, I remember buying this back when it was released, I had never heard of the band but was drawn to the record as it was then by the cover art of a women in chains, I was not disappointed as the album became a firm favourite and remains so to this day. First up we have the title track, full on heavy metal and then to close we have ‘Back to Back’ again huge riffs and full on metal and the crowd are jumping by now.

The band leave the stage for a few seconds and the intro to Futureworld heralds their return and the evening closes with a sing along to ‘Love Games’ again from Futurewold.

Nobody could ever come away from a Pretty Maids gig feeling short changed, the band are tight and know how to put on a show as the guys take their bows to the familiar outro of Monty Pythons Sit on Your Face the crowd disperses with faces beaming and sure in the knowledge it will not be another 20 years before Paris will see Pretty Maids again.

With the forthcoming live album to come and a deal for another studio album in place the band are going to be around for a good while yet and along with a few summer festival appearances including Sweden Rock, they have just been confirmed for a long overdue return to UK shores at this years Rockingham Festival in Nottingham. If you are not planning on going yet then do yourself a favour and get those tickets booked up now. There are many great bands on the bill and one of them will be Pretty Maids.

AW

UNCLE SID

Colin (eventually) talks to Dale from

UNCLE SID

Colin - How are you doing?

Dale - I’m doing great how are you Colin?

Colin - I’m very well thank you, we get to speak at long last.

Dale - Yes it’s been a little while.

(Laughs)

Colin - A few years I think now.

Dale - Yeah a few years, you know what this is the best time actually, I think it was meant to be because now things are starting to happen for UNCLE SID, so it’s a really good time.

Colin - Where are you guys actually from?

Dale - Well all over, I’m from Ontario originally then I moved to Vancouver. The bass player is from Montreal originally and he moved to Vancouver when we were looking for a bassist years ago. Then our guitar player is from Timmins Ontario, he joined the band three years ago along with Emerald, Emerald is from the Philippines. She moved here just before we auditioned her. She moved here and auditioned and this was her first band. Everything worked out really well.

Colin - Is this the original line up?

Dale - No, the original line up was a three piece with me on drums, our friend Brian Maricle on guitar and bass player/singer Ken Firomski, we had a little success. Our guitar player, he had a really good job, he went for his job instead of touring with the band, so we had to look for another guitarist and that’s when the revolving door of UNCLE SID started to happen, we finally stabilised it three years ago with Emerald Green on vocals, Frankie Scars on Guitar, Kirk October on Bass and myself on Drums.

People really seem to be digging the new self-titled CD!

Colin - That was released earlier this year?

Dale - Yeah in May, at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver here and promoting it round the world ever since.

Colin - How long did it actually take to record the album?

Dale - It took us a couple of years from the beginning of our first song, we started writing in 2015 and released a song ‘Code Blue’. There’s a couple of songs that were pretty complicated as for the musical content, Emerald she was just getting into song writing because she never really did it before, so we had to be patient with her, everything seemed to work out after she got her rhythm.

Colin - Are you signed at the moment?

Dale - No we are totally independent and we actually hope to kinda keep it that way, we can get an agent that can book us, I seem to have the business down and I manage the band and it seems to be going good in that direction.

Colin - There’s no point in giving a percentage of your royalties away to someone if you can do the job yourself.

Dale - Yes and I work very hard to do that, I read some books and that helped me out a lot a few years back, now everything seems to be falling into place except for an agent which we are hoping 2018 brings us some luck with that. Someone who believes in our music and wants to help us tour because that’s our mission right now, to keep on the road for 2018 and keep it rocking you know.

Colin - Do you have any endorsements from any companies that are helping you just now?

Dale - No not at the moment, we have a financier who helped us get to Japan, now that we have Japan under our belts we feel that we can get some sponsorship now, so 2018 looks like it’s the year that’ll happen.

Colin - How did the Japanese dates come about?

Dale - There’s a promoter in the United States that I found somewhere between 2005 and 2010, I started talking with him and I get to a point you know... the two CDs we had before this one, same thing we had female singers, I brought the act on the road then we got back and because the singers had never toured before they didn’t find it to their fancy so they parted from the band. We are like the Spinal Tap of CDs right now! We are on our fifth CD and every CD the singer exploded...in Spinal Tap it was the drummer!

(Laughs)

Colin - What were the fans and audiences like in Japan compared to back home?

Dale - They were awesome, a lot of women which surprised me are coming to see rocks acts. Usually there's a lot of males especially in Canada, its very male oriented. In Japan it was refreshing to have women come out to the shows and really dig what we are doing. They’d come and talk with us after the show, it was really good!

In Canada here our last tour was right across to Toronto, Montreal and back here to Vancouver. I don’t know what it is I guess you gotta make it somewhere else before you make it in your own country, that’s with a lot of bands.

Colin - Do you have any plans, obviously you were saying about a booking agent but do you have plans to come across to Europe or the UK at all?

Dale - Yes, we are actually talking to a fellow right now from the UK that seems to be wanting to help us, then hopefully Germany. For some reason on our website we get around three hundred views a day from Germany, so its like ‘holy mackerel’ we really have to focus on where people want us to go!

And the UK is starting to build and we hope with people like yourselves and people that are interested in us over there that we get this wheel going over there. I think we are going to have the same reaction and very positive towards our music.

Colin - Where can people get a hold of UNCLE SID? To hear you? To contact you? Is there a website or email etc?

Dale - There are several sites, we are on ReverbNation which is a good site for us, its more band orientated, where its a bunch of bands standing together to help each other networking and whatnot and they have a lot of opportunities there and that’s where we giveaway our free music, our link for that is www.unclesid.rocks and we have our main website which is www.unclesid.com which shows pics and videos of Japan and stuff like that and tours.

Thank you Dale for your time.

Thank you, hope to see you next year Colin.

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Danny Vaughn & Dan Reed

Snake Oil & Harmony ​​​​

Gig Review by Chris Stones

Photo by MB Photos Scotland

Cottier Theatre, Glasgow ​​​​​​​20th February 2018

Cottier Theatre was originally the Dowanhill Church and would have seen all the fire and brimstone that one would expect in a house of religion but tonight a different worship is happening - the adoration of Messrs Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn.

Under the vaulted ceiling adorned with sparkling fairy lights framed by the elaborate pulpit of this old church-turned-theatre, we are gathered to hear a night of acoustic songs on the first night of the Snake Oil and Harmony tour. The eager crowd are seated on makeshift seats surrounded by pews along the walls and the atmosphere is special. This is a unique venue and hushed voices lead to a polite applause as local lad Tom Russell takes to the stage to tell a few tales in support of the main act.

Russell’s pedigree as a DJ on rock shows over the years has allowed him to pen a recent autobiography and his tales from the road are warming and interesting to all gathered. Laughs are had and the punters are in awe at his experiences but we are reminded that the book is available for the meatier subjects. Russell relates to Reed and Vaughn and adds character to the start of the evening with a warm wit and cheeky grin.

As the main men take to the slightly elevated stage, they climb onto two high stools, slightly facing each other whilst open to the admiring audience as they quietly say their hellos. Both grinning broadly at the prospect of the tour ahead, but also the warm reception in the airy hall, they start a set that weaves from old to new material with the addition of some guests along the way.

Reed in particular isn’t shy about his views on life. His background and upbringing have given him a forgiving view of people but he is firm in his opinions as he references the desperate political position in the US and in particular, the current president. Not one to dwell on darker subjects however, this is a light affair and Reed introduces the first song ‘Smile’ as being the only thing left to do in the current situation across the Atlantic.

Vaughn and Reed are accomplished artists in their own right but together, an extra ingredient is added. They joke about harmonies and structure of songs given it’s the first night, but the addition of the occasional fist bump after a song is a nice touch. There are tracks from both artists’ catalogues, notably the love song ‘Reach’ by Tyketto – a song written by Vaughn for his wife after she had waited for 8 years for him to pen something for her.

The new Dan Reed Network song ‘A Distant Star’ is a heart-felt song that Reed wrote after visiting a fortune teller in his formative years back in Minneapolis. The songs are passionate and engage the crowd throughout, especially when asked questions from the stage. Those with fewer inhibitions are quick to become involved. Such is a Glasgow crowd! Vaughn’s rendition of Queen’s ‘Love of My Life’ is explained as a song he was asked to perform at a festival in Spain. His added comment clarifying it wasn’t his song because if it was he would have a nicer car is well received.

The ninth song of the night sees the first guest of the night – Lucy MacDonald take to the stage. The addition of MacDonald’s viola to ‘Independence Day’ brings a traditional, haunting air which is altogether appropriate as Reed introduces the song in honour of his late father Thomas.

The crowd are rewarded for their loyalty later with the addition of a newly penned song that Vaughn and Reed perform for the first time live. ‘Where the Water Goes’ is a sublime song that is as mature and listenable as the better known songs in the set and leads well to the second guest of the night.

Alan Nimmo of local legends King King takes to the stage with a smile as wide as the Clyde and seated alongside the old guard – provides guitar and vocals on the upbeat cover of Bad Company’s ‘Shooting Star’. This is a sublime moment delivered seamlessly as a three piece and gets a tremendous reception from those in attendance. There are more songs to come as Vaughn and Reed thank Nimmo who walks to the back of the room again smiling broadly to the nods and thanks from the crowd.

As Reed begins to engage the punters more, an unplanned rendition of Happy Birthday to one lucky lady is delivered in an alternative style that again has everyone pinching themselves at the opportunity they have had tonight.

As the evening reaches its finale, Reed and Vaughn maintain their passion and humour, working through classics like ‘Champion’ and Tyketto’s ‘Lay Your Body Down’ with accompanying singing from the seated congregation.

The closing number ‘Get to You’ by the Dan Reed Network is a rousing closing number and sees Reed upfront driving a sing-along with the audience. Vaughn and Reed are visibly moved by the response and are obviously delighted at having kicked off the tour in such a positive way.

As the crowd starts to shuffle towards the cold night, Reed and Vaughn mingle and pose for photographs with those who have waited behind. This is what’s endearing about the duo. They are approachable, engaging and most importantly – appreciate the people who listen. The Snake Oil and Harmony Tour may not be a religious experience for most, but it deserves high praise indeed.

CS

Oliver Dawson Saxon (ODS)

Gig Review​​ by Chris Stones

Dreadnought, Bathgate

16th February 2018

The Dreadnought has a long and rich history in the local rock scene of central Scotland. The weekly bill of both local bands and national touring outfits has ensured the future of live music is healthy in this corner of the world. Tonight, there is an eye on that future but also a nostalgic look back as Oliver Dawson Saxon return to light the fires of those who appreciate the strength of the early Saxon catalogue.

Graham Oliver (guitar) and Steve ‘Dobby’ Dawson (bass) are stalwarts of the stage having enjoyed a career of four decades. They will admit with a wry grin that they aren’t getting any younger but the addition of Gav Coulson (guitar), Jake Adderley (drums) and the inimitable Bri Shaughnessy (Vocals) gives ODS the energy that many witnessed in the 80s.

The ‘Dread’ fills up nicely for what is to come and the addition of local support act ‘Black Sun’ provides a powerful warm up with passion and fury as they perform a solid eight tracks of original material. This three piece of bass, drums and guitar punch from blues rock to NWOBHM then to prog and back again as they weave melodies into their no-nonsense percussive approach.

The material is angry at times with the song introductions being all the more impactive with the addition of some choice language that the material could have survived without. The guitar work and composition in tracks such as ‘Hail Storm Fire’ is accomplished and shows what this band have in terms of ability and hook writing. There are slowed breakdowns and tempo lifts through the set that keep the material interesting and importantly – engage the growing crowd. A firm, rather stern start to the night ends well with deserved applause, allowing a short break for glasses to be charged and hairspray to be applied.

As ODS slowly, calmly take to the stage, there is a brief moment of eye contact from Oliver as he nods a smile acknowledging the gathered masses. No time is wasted however as the 1985 Byford/Dawson classic ‘Rock n Roll Gypsy’ is delivered with style and class with Dawson’s straight forward work on bass complimenting Oliver’s note perfect riffs and solos. This is a classic 1980s memory tsunami. Close your eyes and tracks like ‘Dallas 1pm’ and ‘Hungry Years’ will take you back to those true days of denim and leather and it’s fair to say Shaughnessy captures the feel of early Saxon perfectly.

It’s not so long ago that ODS were on stage here and knowing that those gathered are knowledgeable in all things Saxon – the addition of riff-fest ‘Power and the Glory’ to the set adds a little something special from the last appearance. There are few bands of this vintage who enjoy the opportunity to keep playing but the sound of every lyric being sung by the punters must be motivation enough for this enthusiastic five piece. It is clear that they enjoy themselves and anyone doubting this is warmed by Shaughnessy’s engaging patter as he talks about weather and his observations on his host country for the night.

The strength and depth of the material played is testament to Oliver and Dawson’s legacy and the fact that it is played so passionately and authentically makes their performance all the more endearing. The fact that Coulson takes some solos is good to see and shows the unselfish nature of these 60 somethings. Look closely and you will notice Oliver watching Coulson – the master admiring the work of the apprentice.

As the show drives towards the inevitable close there are unexpected moments not least the few bars of ‘Scotland the Brave’ and then the guilty pleasure of the Proclaimers’ ‘500 miles’. The initial hesitancy of the punters to sing along is quickly lost along with any inhibitions as everyone grins broadly as they follow Shaughnessy’s lead. The uncomfortable regaining of any ‘cool’ left in the room is quickly tackled however as the band return to the set list.

There are many songs that would be fit such a show but the anthemic ‘Bands Played On’ was on the money with the lyric ‘there was magic in the air’. This was a moment in time that oozed pure class as this humble group of musicians leave the stage to be greeted with handshakes and photos with fans. I was there. And I’m glad I was.

CS


UNCLE SID

 Uncle Sid​​​ Album Review

​​​by Chris Stones – 29/01/18

Uncle Sid are a hard rock outfit from Vancouver and have released their self titled new album to glowing reviews not least from their growing fanbase. The band have their sights on global domination and having secured solid support slots with such greats as Nazareth and Uriah Heep before venturing as far as Japan in their own right at the end of 2017.

The band are ably fronted by Emerald Green who has range, power and stage presence. She is complimented by the melodic guitar work of Frankie Scars and the accomplished rhythm section of Kirk October on bass and Dale Salive on drums. Their style draws from the more melodic style but there are heavy hints of Sabbath and early Priest in the composition.

The album moves through a texture of pace, power and delivery but remains consistent in the style. The opening track ‘Devil With A Halo’ is interesting and takes a slower pace with that Sabbath influence shining through. It’s a dark, atmospheric track and leaves space for the soaring vocals of Green.

The album lifts in pace with ‘Horns Up’ and signals an intent for what comes next. The production doesn’t highlight the fact that this is a song that will be thunderous on a live stage. The album moves well to a similar tracks in ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Fear of the Unknown’ where Salive and October drive proceedings with a staccato delivery that again will work as well live and adds to that texture that’s evident. ‘The Optimist’ verges on stoner/doom rock with a smooth guitar solo and deconstructed bridge again providing the space to emphasise Green’s range.

‘Evilution’ was the stand out for this reviewer as it grabs the band’s influences and drives them into a fast paced powerhouse of a track. This one gets the head bobbing and is interesting in that the band move at a frenzied pace whilst Green sits back and provides a measured approach rather than being dragged along by the pace of her counterparts.

This album is a solid release and captures what the band is all about – live performance. They are talented and know how to write a hook. Some of the recorded tracks lack the dynamism that the live arena will undoubtedly provide but I look forward to seeing them invading this side of the Atlantic as they tackle that challenge of conquering the rest of the world and building an army of Sidizens!

Check them out at –

https://www.reverbnation.com/unclesid

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialUncleSid/

The album is available at the usual oulets.

Track Listing

Devil With A Halo

Horns Up!

Fear of the Unknown

Empire

Let’s Go

The Optimist

The Road

Code Blue

Master of Fate

Evilution

Emerald Green: Vocals

Frankie Scars: Guitar

Kirk October: Bass

Dale Salive: Drums

CS

Kane'd

Show Me Your Skeleton

Album Review by Simon Furness

So here we are in January 2018, new year and also time for the world to hear the new Kane'd album.

Almost 3 years since the release of "Rise" I know the band have been keen to get this album out for their constantly growing fanbase.

With many tours both headlining and supporting some of Rock's elite as well as several appearances at HRH AOR in their homeland of Wales over the last few years it's clear that they have grown in stature as well as confidence.

As I listen to this release It's clear to me that this is more about musical evolution over revolution, they have an identity which is established now and why mess with a winning formula?

In summary Rise was a great album with more hooks than a "Hellraiser" movie, in this release the 7 piece band have delivered more catchy song's which grow with each listen, from moody and dark to upbeat and punchy.

Of the 11 tracks here it's hard to find any weak link, Stacey, Stephanie and Chez sing their asses off and the playing from Harry, Jack, Josh and George complements perfectly backed up with a nice crisp production.

Were not going to go down the route of a song by song description as I've said enough to make it a justified listen from front to back.

Current favourites are "Show Me Your Skeleton", "I Won't Bite" [Awesome solo from Harry], "I Do What I Want" with it's great hook riddled chorus, "Reckless" with all it's 80's swagger, "Hey Hello" well balanced and melodic, "Never Surrender" with it's traditional approach and upbeat chorus's.

This brings us to the album closer and also the nearest thing we get to a balad on the release "I'll Bring You Home", we all love the likes of "Covered In Roses" and "Wasted" live but in this new track I think the band have a new anthem, well written and one the band could use in any acoustic set as well as ramped up and electrified.

So there you go, I'm sure this will satisfy both the current fanbase as well as anyone discovering the band for the first time.

With headline tour dates and festival slots already confirmed 2018 looks like being their most productive year.

I look forward to seeing them out on the road and if you get the opportunity you should too.

Cheers

SF


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BLACK DIAMONDS

Rockfiend talks to Andi & Manu from BLACK DIAMONDS

Rockfiend - How you doing tonight guys?

Andi & Manu - Absolutely fantastic! It’s great to be doing an interview with you.

Rockfiend - Great! How long has the band been together?

Andi - You won’t believe it, but it’s been thirteen years already! We started off as a cover band and went through of changes before we came the band that we are today. The current formation has been together for two and a half years now.

Rockfiend - So this is not the original line up then?

Andi - No not really.

Rockfiend - Who are the original members?

Andi - The singer, Michael, and I. We are the remains from the original line up and the musicians around us changed a little bit over the years because of different interests.

Manu - We’ve never had such a strong and tight band.

Rockfiend - So it works well with this line up?

Andi - Yeah, it’s fun, it works well musician wise and personally. I think it’s essential to have the same or at least similar goals and work together for them. The more disagreements there are within the group, the harder it is to accomplish anything.

Rockfiend - Where did you all meet?

Andi - Michael and I already went to school together. Manu joined us a few years later when we put an ad in the paper, or online..

Manu - yeah it was online.

Andi - And Dee was known as a guitarist from a different band and we asked him to help out as interims bass player.

Rockfiend - Where did the name come from Andi?

Andi - Haha there is this band called KISS...

Rockfiend - Yeah, I thought that but I didn’t want to go in there straight away.

(Laughs)

Andi - We we’re looking for a band name when that song came on the radio and our singer said for a joke ‘will we just call ourselves BLACK DIAMONDS’ he was expecting laughter, but we said "yeah that doesn’t sound bad".

Rockfiend - It is a great name, whoever designed your logo did a good job, it’s really well done.

Andi - Thank you, it was a friend of ours who did it.

Rockfiend - Are you guys signed at the moment?

Andi - Yes, we are signed to AOR Heaven.

Rockfiend - Ah yes I’ve heard of them.

Manu - Adult orientated rock, the record label is from Germany.

Rockfiend - Have you signed a long deal with the or is it just an album deal?

Andi - At the moment we’ve just signed an album deal. Actually we signed it last December, the album came out in March so things were happening very fast for us!

Rockfiend - We’ve been listening to your album a lot, I’ve never heard an album with so many different styles, there isn’t two tracks the same. It just flows, very easy listening, really good! You should be very proud of yourselves.

Andi - Thank you! We are very proud of it too and think the same way. Due to everybody's contribution the song writing resulted in quite a variety of songs.

Rockfiend - You said the album was released in March, what formats did you release it on? Was it just cd or did you do a vinyl as well?

Manu - Yeap, we did vinyl as well. And of course CD's, digital downloads and Spotify, you know to share is to care.

(Laughs)

Rockfiend - On the word of sharing, where can I get a hold of the vinyl?

Andi - At the moment we only sell it on our online store

-> http://www.black-diamonds.ch

Rockfiend - Ah right, so I can go onto the store and get one there?

Andi - Yeah

Rockfiend - Excellent! Are you looking forward to coming over to the uk?

Andi - Absolutely, let’s face the truth...this is our first real tour, we are totally thrilled! We are still at the point where we are not totally believing and understanding what’s going to happen. It’s just the year for us, the album release with the record deal and the tour.

Manu - Absolutely fantastic!

Rockfiend - 2018 will just be headlining festivals then?

Andi - Absolutely, haha.

Rockfiend - Cut out the middle man and just go straight to the top.

Andi - Yeah, and we have already quit our jobs for 2018 because we are sure we don’t need them anymore.

Rockfiend - Quite right! We would love to do the same.

(Laughs)

Rockfiend - You were saying you’ve been in the music industry for thirteen years, obviously you said that was with cover bands, how do you feel the music industry has changed towards yourselves now you are signed? Is it a lot easier with people helping with finances or are you still having to do a lot of financing yourselves?

Andi - I think it has changed a lot and records are practically dead, nobody pays for them anyway and to run a band like we do it means you make no money with it. If you’re going to play your own music, you do it because you love it. We financed our album completely by ourselves and we do it for the pleasure of it. We do it for us. Maybe it’s also what you can hear on the album, it’s not music we write for people; it’s writing the music we like and it’s even better if people understand it and like it too.

Manu - We don’t care about the reaction actually, while we are writing we are just writing down what we love to play and what we love to listen to.

Andi - And the response is great!

Rockfiend - That’s a really good way to look at it, you’re doing it for yourselves and the fans are liking it, it tells you something.

Andi - Yeah and what the fans get in return is a very honest rock n roll album or rock n roll band.

Rockfiend - Yeah, I’m really looking forward to hearing the first album.

Andi - Ow, I guess you won't be disappointed. It's like the start of a journey that we continued with "Once Upon A Time".

Rockfiend - As you said you are heading over to the uk in November, how did the H.E.A.T tour come about? Was it something that the record company helped with or do you know the guys in H.E.A.T?

Andi - It goes back to recording the previous album, in 2013 we went to Sweden to meet with our mixing Engineer Tobias Lindell, who was also responsible for them. While we were at the studio he told us by the way H.E.A.T was going to come by, we said...‘yeah, yeah, for sure’ he said..."no seriously"! And we had a great night out!

Some months later I decided to see them together with our singer Michael in Barcelona, and that was a very funny story. We were sitting near the beach in a café having a beer then suddenly some guy just asked...’excuse me are you going to a rock show tonight?’ ‘Yeah, yeah we are going to see H.E.A.T’, ‘well that’s amazing because this is the bass players mother!’

(Laughs)

We had a beer with them, we chatted with them and became friends. So last year we asked

Jimmy the bass player, if we could support them on the last tour...and surprisingly the offer came up this year.

Rockfiend - Awesome! I think it will be a sell out uk tour pretty easily.

Andi - We would appreciate that.

Rockfiend - We will do as much press as we can behind you guys.

Andi - That would be great.

Rockfiend - Do you have any other plans for the rest of 2017? Or is the H.E.A.T tour going to be the triumphant final spot of 2017 for you?

Andi - I think we can say yes. We don’t know quite what to expect yet, we have no idea how people will react to our music, we are a little bit in the mood to try and see what’s going to happen.

Rockfiend - I don’t think people are going to be disappointed, I’ve seen a couple of your live videos on YouTube and apart from the cd that’s all I’ve seen or heard so really looking forward to seeing you guys!

Rockfiend thanks you Andi & Manu for your time.

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Chris Ready from WALKWAY talks to Colin about their new album WWIII track by track.

Colin - How you doing Chris?

Chris - I'm not too bad, how are you?

Colin - I'm very well thank you, still having withdrawal symptoms from the weekend that we had with you a couple of weeks ago.

Chris - Haha!

Colin - One of the best weekends I think we've had with a band in many many years.

Chris - Ah good, that's nice to know.

Colin - We'll start off with this new album that WALKWAY has released, could you go through it track by track and give us a little breakdown on what the songs are actually about?

Chris - Yeah no problem, ok so the album starts with a track called "Stutter", it's about no one in particular, but sometimes you find or know of someone that is in a relationship with someone, and you know that it's not working, but they just don't know how to get out of it. Every time they try to finish it there's something that stops them doing it, even though they know it's wrong. Whether someone I knew was going through something similar at the time I don't know, but I'm constantly writing. I like to start with titles and I have pages full of titles from which "Stutter" was one that I had had for quite a while. I thought it was a good title for a song and it just slotted in with the subject.

Since we've been playing it live it's been a real fan favourite.

Colin - Without a doubt, I remember when we came over to Limekilns we were talking to you about it and I was hoping you were going to start the show with it, and it was! It's definitely a crowd pleaser and a really rocking track.

Chris - Good, good haha!

Second is "Best I Ever Had". Like "Stutter" this is one of the more heavier tracks. "Best I Ever Had" is quite a suggestive title, however it is my take on a situation where someone loses someone for whatever reason to another.

Colin - So it's written for whoever you're with or whoever is listening to that track they can be thinking about their loved one for that song.

Chris - Yeah I suppose. There's a few things I saw from people at the time, and whatever way you want to portray it, the song is about if what you've got with this person is so right, why would this said person throw it all away for something that you see is so wrong?

That's the general feeling for the song.

Next is "Get a Grip".

I won't go into names, but we have come across a lot of people over the years that have promised us the earth; they say we can do this for you, we can do that. 'We're gonna break your band, we gonna make you the next big thing', and it's about a person we came into contact with a few years ago. They had this big "opportunity" for us that would apparently make our dreams come true. Things didn't add up, we smelt a rat and it turned out to be that way, unfortunately.

Colin - Must be very difficult when you get promised the earth and there's nothing at the end of it?

Chris - Yeah, it's something that I just don't understand. So many up and coming artists come across it, but what honestly gives someone a kick out of lying and taking advantage of someone?

Next song is "Casey".

Now this is quite an interesting one.

We have two songs on the album which are about this subject. "Casey" is about a couple we came into contact with a few years ago. I won't go into to much detail about it but they caused the band quite a bit of trouble.

Colin - Ah right...not so good.

Chris - Particularly through Facebook, this couple started a fan page for the band from which we found out was actually being used for something else.

Colin - Ah right.

Chris - Not very nice things, not something we were very happy about, but "Casey" is about the female of the couple. That's all I'll say on that.

(Laughs)

Colin - Enough said.

Chris - "Kiss Me Hard" is the next one. This is another title I had that funnily enough I saw on a billboard in London. I saw "Kiss Me Hard" and thought what a great title. The song is about someone we know who was a bit of a player. When you hear the lyrics you'll know what I mean.

Colin - As easy as that.

Chris - As easy as that.

(Laughs)

Chris - Track six "Modern Day" is about my thoughts on how the modern day is. A few things that I disagree with, how things are when it comes to modern music, about how certain laws are, social media with people being glued to it, just my general out look on the Modern Day.

Track seven "Same Old Situation" is a little funkier. It came about looking at the news, a few months ago and seeing that everywhere in the world was going through the same sort of thing. You had Brexit going on over here, the election in America. Everyone was in the same situation with no one knowing what was going to happen. To some extent we still don't haha!

Next "Holding onto Letting Go" which is the only ballad on the album.

Colin - An absolute classic though.

Chris - Thank you very much!

Again not about anyone in particular but it's just a general love song. I'm a very ballad orientated person, and that's what I usually listen for on an album. James worked a lot of hours on this one, I think it's his masterpiece.

Colin - One that you are very proud of together.

Chris - Yeah I think that's the one that we spent a bit of time on. It shows off the bands harmonies too which is something we pride ourselves on.

Next track "Leap of Faith".

On our previous album Streetwise, we worked with a songwriter on the ballad "Take Me to the Top". We worked with him again on LOF. He sent over this idea from which we absolutely loved the riff, so we took it and wrote a song around it. "Leap of Faith". Again looking at what was going on in the news, we all know that there's been a lot of terrible things going on recently. What makes someone do that? What can someone do to get through these terrible things? Whether people turn to religion or just hope for something to change.

"Right Here Right Now" the next track, despite whatever may be going on, just do what you want with what you've got right here right now'.

It's all that really matters.

Next track "Something About You", is about the other half of "Casey", the male of the couple I spoke about earlier.

So that's that.

(Laughs)

Next track "Rain" is obviously our cover of Status Quo's "Rain".

Our tribute to Rick Parfitt.

Colin - And it is a great cover.

Chris - We're very proud of it, and a lot of Quo fans are very complimentary towards it as well. We've recently had the Status Quo fan club contact us and they are actually featuring it in the next fan club magazine.

We played with Quo over the years, and got particularly friendly with Rick. He became quite a fan of the band and we were scheduled to be working with him this year on his solo project. James and I had already written some tracks for him, but then as we know on Christmas Eve he sadly passed away.

For the album we thought that we had to do some sort of tribute and what better way then by covering one of his Quo songs "Rain".

Our manager had the idea of getting original Quo drummer John Coghlan to play on it for us, for which John agreed to do. He was happy to do it, and it just went from there - It's added a real stamp of authenticity to it too.

'Rain' has a great riff, it's a real Quo classic.

After 'Rain' we've got "Mission Impossible".

This is probably one of the oldest tracks on the record. We finished this a couple of years ago, after Streetwise. We worked with a songwriter and producer who's worked with Amy Winehouse and Bad Company. He came down here and we worked on the track for a few days. It's about a female you'd love to be with but you just can't get hold of her, she's just a "Mission Impossible". You can't get anywhere near her.

We actually shot a music video for this track and our Mission Impossible girl in the video is up and coming actress Claudia Adshead who's been in Sacha Bara Cohen's film Grimsby, Channel 4's No Offence and recently has just started a part in Coronation Street.

Finally we close with an acoustic version of 'Holding On To Letting Go'.

That totals fourteen tracks WWIII.

Colin - And it's one classic album, absolutely love it!

Chris - Thank you.


Part Two of the Chris & Colin Interview

Colin - Were there any tracks left over from your writing sessions?

Chris - We constantly write.

I've got books and books of lyrics and James has got God knows how many recordings of riffs, verses and choruses.

There's a few songs which didn't make the album, plus we've got lots of unfinished songs to get working on for the next record.

Colin - Are you going to be releasing any singles from this album?

Chris - We've asked what people's favourite songs are and there are a couple of real standouts, but it seems that everyone loves every single track which is really nice to hear as people are finding it difficult to pick out their favourite song/s.

Colin - Its just hit after hit, hopefully this album will get you signed and you'll hit the big time.

Chris - That's what we are aiming for. The press and public love it and there's been a lot of comments of "Best rock album of the year so far". I'd say "Stutter" and "Leap of Faith" stand out, plus people seem to love "Casey" too.

Colin - Its a very catchy track.

Chris - That's what we've found. We released a music video for "Mission Impossible" a few years ago and "Rain"...the Quo fans have taken a hold of that, so there's just so many tracks to pick from haha!

It's in the pipeline that we'll be doing some music videos for some of them too.

Colin - Do you know how many units of the album you have sold so far?

Chris - I honestly have no idea.

From the previous albums we've done this is by far the most successful release. It's been quite crazy in the fact that we've been sending and still are sending copies to Japan, also to America, Europe as well; it's not just the UK we've been sending orders to. There's been absolutely masses of it every single day. When we check the orders we've got loads more, it's been very successful! We've also got some quite big artists that we've played with and have been in contact with, and they have been happy for us to send them a copy too, which is quite nice.

Colin - The title WWIII obviously it's WALKWAY III, have you had any problems with the World War idea?

Chris - Well this is the thing, we were thinking about titles for the album and the first one that came was obviously WALKWAY III.

I came up with the idea of abbreviating it to WWIII. That could be taken as WALKWAY III or it could be taken as World War III.

With the state of things you see in the news again World War III has relevance so I think that's part of the reason we chose that title, but also not that we knew at the time, but with just myself, James and Andy being the only members on the album as we lost our bass player after we recorded the album, it's sort of got that relevance with just three members too.

There's three different takes on it really.

Colin - They can take it whichever way they want to take it.

Chris - Exactly.

Colin - As long as they buy a copy.

Chris - Haha please do!

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Colin interviews Shane from

THOSE DAMN CROWS

Colin - Hi Shane how are you doing tonight?

Shane - How's it going Colin mate? Good to speak to you too.

Colin - Its going very very well thank you, how's your 2017 been going so far?

Shane - Very well mate, "em" we've had a big sort out with New management, band representatives, etc...and we've recently signed to Uprawr publishing, so there were big changes for us just after Christmas.

Colin - Ah right ok

Shane - ...And with those changes we're already seeing the re percussions it's having on us as a band....doing more shows, got more say, "em".... main goal is just to try and do as much shows as possible.

Colin - Excellent, so is this not the original line up of the band then?

Shane - Well Dave joined the band around two years ago after we recorded the album as we thought we needed a bit more of a punch when it came to playing live shows.

Colin - Alright so it was just the management team.

Shane - Yeah it was management and the agent we were with, so "um" yeah all that's been changed.

Colin - Good, good, so it's going better for you now that's the main thing?

Shane - Yeah it seems to be, just in the last few months, we've seen a massive change already, we're doing more shows and the support and feedback at those shows have been immense.

Colin - So where are all you guys from?

Shane - We are from Bridgend in South Wales, so when we travelled up to your neck of the woods (Scotland) to do Wildfire it was an eight hour drive, it was horrendous! Ha!

Colin - Well its ten hours when we come down to Hard Rock Hell, so we are one ahead of you.

(Laughs)

Shane - It actually takes about four and a half hours to get from South Wales to North Wales to do that show, we did that show two years ago....Hard Rock Hell. So even though it's Wales it's still a four and a half drive.

Colin - Yeah I was really surprised at how big Wales is, you know I'm just one of those silly Scotsmen that think...you know Wales is just a tiny little place, and I was just like "wow"

Shane - I'm a Welshman and thought exactly the same.

(Laughs)

Colin - Well impressed though, really nice people. So how did you feel Wildfire went for you?

Shane - We were pretty overwhelmed actually, soon as we got there people were coming up and recognised us, and people wearing our merch, our t-shirts, and it was really cool! After the show the merch table was full, asking for autographs, it was a pretty special feeling, We were really shocked and surprised, we went down well.

Colin - Great, so how do you feel the Scottish crowds differ from the English or the Welsh crowds?

Shane - "Em" they are just super passionate, they just know what they like you know. They are just super fans of rock music and just appreciative of what you are doing and you can just tell. It was one of the easiest shows I've done because you immediately feel at ease, everybody was onboard, everybody was supportive and after every song there was a huge applause, they are just really passionate about their music. We went up the day before so we kinda got the whole atmosphere embedded in us, everybody was so friendly and welcoming.

Colin - It's a very well run festival.

Shane - Dave Ritchie; what a genius. I had a chat with him afterwards, I can almost see that festival being so much bigger in a couple of years. Saying that I hope it doesn't go too big so you lose the atmosphere you know.

Colin - Yeah it's one of these ones...where do you stop at.

Shane - Yeah exactly.

Colin - The line up has been really good, every one that he's done, he definitely gets the bands and gets the crowds in, he knows what he's doing for sure.

Shane - You can tell mate, so well run, all the staff there are great, incredible festival. It's brilliant!

Colin - Good, glad you enjoyed it. When are you due back in Scotland?

Shane - That's a great question "um" I'll be speaking to Dave Ritchie next year hopefully.

(Laughs)

Colin - I'd be hoping to see you before then.

Shane - We've got a few shows coming up in London, Cardiff and Swansea, we are supporting 'Aaron Buchanan', we are supporting 'Massive'... the Australian band 'Massive'. There's still shows that I can't really say right now because they haven't been announced.

Colin - Ah right ok.

Shane - But there's some big shows coming.

Colin - Anything in Scotland?

Shane - Nothing in Scotland unfortunately.

Colin - So we need to get you up here then, that's what we need to do.

Shane - Absolutely.

Colin - Get you on some sort tour up here.

Shane - We love Scotland.

Colin - Now who's the main songwriter in the band?

Shane - We all pretty much do it to be honest, whether it be a riff from one of the boys or myself. Ronnie and I pen the lyrics, but the music and everything it's a complete collaboration with the band, we could just be jamming and something will come up or one of the guys will have an idea, bring it to the table and we will all work on it together. We've all got our own studios too, so if they've got this idea they send it over then I add to it, the boys add to it, then go to the rehearsal room, jam it out, things will be changed again then write lyrics "job done". It's a brilliant process, everybody's so creative in the band, it's not just one person, it's really really refreshing.

Colin - So who were your influences growing up? Because you know you've got a really wide genre of music when you listen to the album.

Shane - Yeah it really is across the board, me personally I grew up listening to my dad who was a bit of a singer himself, he loved all the Country and Western sorta stuff...so Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings all those singer song writers, then you've got Bruce Springsteen another singer songwriter, story telling element was huge when I was growing up. Then the bands like Nirvana they were massive for me "em" the grunge scene, was massive when it hit our hometown of Bridgend. Soundgarden, Alice in Chains. Then across the board with the boys we love Led Zeppelin, Motorhead, AC/DC, sort of the classic rock bands, Aerosmith etc as well as 'The Police', Foo Fighters, Green Day... Man.... the list goes on and on!

Colin - You can really hear so many different bands when you listen to the album and when each time you listen to the album you hear different things again.

Shane - Yeah, yeah I'm so pleased you said that, we've been told that before, so that's good.

Colin - Is there anywhere that you really want to play, that you haven't played yet?

Shane - Anywhere mate, because we just love to play live, I think we are better live, I think there's an energy about the band, so we'll literally play anywhere. Whether it be a pub with fifty people or a big festival, the show is kinda the same. The same sort of impact for the live shows whether they are big or small.

Colin - What is the biggest audience you've played for so far?

Shane - That was probably Hard Rock Hell...two years back, we were on at the same time as Saxon were playing on the main stage, so we thought ah well there wont be many watching us tonight but we're really surprised in just how many came and STAYED to see us! Giants of Rock in January this year was packed to the rafters too mind!

Colin - "Cool"

Shane - Apparently GOR next year is going to be bigger, we are on the bill again for next year, we've been told there's a capacity of around 7,000! So we can't wait for that, really looking forward to it. Another really well done festival and the people that go there just know their stuff, they know their music. It's half the battle sometimes.

Colin - Nothing worse than playing to an unappreciative audience, it doesn't work.

Shane - Absolutely mate.

Colin - You recorded and released 'Murder and the Motive', which came out last year, have you got any material written for a new album, is there anything on its way?

Shane - Yes we've pretty much got about seven to eight songs done ready for the next album, but there's talk of us doing an EP first, we are looking to record that in September... or releasing it in September actually. Next weekend we are going up to the studio to record some tracks to see how it's goes, not sure if we are going to use the track for the the EP but we are just trying out a few ideas and studios to see what's what and "um" we'll be doing that next weekend up in Birmingham, so yeah hopefully EP in September.

Colin - Excellent, well can I thank you from myself and Rockfiend Publications Scotland for giving me your time tonight. Good luck with the rest of 2017, and hopefully we'll get you back in Scotland very very soon.

We'd love to mate, we'd love to, thank you Colin

Thank you Shane

CASSIDY PARIS

​​Rockfiend Interview 

 with 

Cassidy Paris 

Just before the release of her debut single

'Talk About It'

out on 1st August 2017

Available for preorder on iTunes and Amazon Music 

Rockfiend - How are you? 

Cassidy - Hi guys I'm great.

Rockfiend - Good, good, the single ' Talk About It' is sounding extremely good, very catchy, you should be very proud of it.

Cassidy - Thank you so much, your support is amazing.

Rockfiend - Glad you are happy, anything to help you along. 

Who were your influences growing up?

Cassidy - Well I had a number of influences, but many consisted of Avril Lavigne, Kiss, Def Leppard, Halestorm recently "um" Danger Danger, The Defiants, Heat, Dokken... yeah.

Rockfiend - Sounds like your Dad has had a lot of influence on you.

Cassidy - Yeah absolutely, since an early age, I think I've picked up music from my Dad and it's been awesome! 

Rockfiend - Have you been to any concerts lately? 

Cassidy - My last concert...I think was the Taylor Swift concert '1989'

Rockfiend - And how did that go down for you? 

Cassidy - That was fantastic, she's such an amazing artist. 

Rockfiend - Very talented. So you'll be hoping to get to the same level as her by this time next year then? 

Cassidy - Haha yeah...some day, some day. I also attended the Rock N Skull festival in the USA, it was amazing.

Rockfiend - Who was playing at that? 

Cassidy -  "Em"...The Radio Sun...

Rockfiend - Never heard of those guys..

 (Laughs)

Cassidy - It was just an awesome festival, Enuff Z'Nuff also played there. 

Rockfiend - Have you written tracks for an album as well or are you just concentrating on the single at the moment? 

Cassidy - I'm concentrating on singles, we will be producing an album later on with the singles that I've released, so yeah it's going to be very exciting.

Rockfiend - Your Dad Steve (Janevski) from The Radio Sun, is he a cool Rockstar Dad or is he a boring teacher Dad? 

Cassidy - Ah he's both on many levels, but I'd say he's the cool Rockstar Dad. 

(Laughs) 

Rockfiend - Do you play any instruments yourself?

Cassidy - I do, I play guitar.

Rockfiend - And was it your Dad that taught you guitar?

Cassidy - Yeah he did.

Rockfiend - So what age were you when you realised you could sing? 

Cassidy - I think I was seven or eight, and I was kind of listening to other artists and discovering music, although "em" I'd taken on guitar from seven or eight, and then singing along to some tracks. Then I really started taking it seriously at the age of about nine or ten I'd say. I knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Rockfiend - That's good at such a young age, you know exactly what you want to do and you can concentrate on it.

Cassidy - Yeah absolutely yeah...I just love music so much.

Rockfiend - You are fourteen just now is that correct? 

Cassidy - Yes that's correct.

Rockfiend - So is it music or boys? 

Cassidy - Haha...music over boys any day.

(Laughs) 

Rockfiend - Are you coming over to Hard Rock Hell with your Dad next year?

Cassidy - No not so far, one day maybe, I'm focusing on school at the moment.

Rockfiend - I'll thank you very much Cassidy for your time. 

Cassidy - Thank you so much.

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ANCHOR LANE

Rockfiend talks to Conor, Jack, Matthew and Scott of

 ANCHOR LANE before their gig at

The DreadnoughtRock

Bathgate 12th August 2017

Rockfiend - How's 2017 been going for you now that we are three quarters of the way through it? 

Anchor Lane - Amazing! Great! 

A lot better than 2016...we lost a lot of great people in the rock world.

Rockfiend - A lot of great musicians will be sadly missed.

Anchor Lane - We've had a good year so far. Since we brought out our EP people got to hear something that's not a muffled recording. 

Rockfiend - A proper bit of recording.

Anchor Lane - Yeah.

Rockfiend - How was the Mason Hill gig? 

Anchor Lane - It was amazing, really great.

Rockfiend - Yes, you went down really well.

Anchor Lane - Yeah we heard. We are glad it went down well; it was good! 

Rockfiend - Is this the original line up of Anchor Lane? 

Anchor Lane - No, it's not no.

Rockfiend - How long have you been together as this line up? 

Anchor Lane - A year, in fact a year this month, because we played King Tuts with Scott last year in August, that's a year this month. And Matthew was in the band about six months before that.

Rockfiend - And its all working out so far? 

Anchor Lane - Yeah, this is the line up and this will be the line up from now on, and this is the line up that's got us everything we have...this is Anchor Lane now.

Rockfiend - Are you signed at the moment? 

Anchor Lane - No. 

Rockfiend - So you are doing everything self financed? 

Anchor Lane - Yep everything on our own. 

Rockfiend - So you all have day jobs I take it? 

Anchor Lane - Yeah, two of us - Conor & Jack. Matthew and Scott have just left college, that middle stage between leaving college and getting a job.

Rockfiend - Proper job.

Anchor Lane - Yeah a job that's not a paper round. 

(Laughs) 

Rockfiend - Are you endorsed by anyone? 

Anchor Lane - We are endorsed by "Dead Angel Society Clothing", a clothing brand from Glasgow. They endorse us and we wear their t-shirts, it's really cool stuff. Kev the owner designed our logo, he's a really good guy.

Rockfiend - Where did the name come from? 

Anchor Lane - We used to rehearse in a studio called "Lofi Studios" on Anchor Lane. We went through a whole bunch of names in the first month or so, we played three gigs under three different names. We walked out of the studio one day and saw the sign, we thought you know what lets go with it and it stuck and people remember it.

Rockfiend - Its great, and it looks good on the t-shirts too.

You've got your EP out, have you got material written for an album? 

Anchor Lane - That's what we are currently working on, anything that's not on the EP is getting demoed. We are also constantly writing. We've got about four or five ideas that are currently getting developed. We want to demo so much more than there will be on the album, so we have much more to choose from, so when we release the album it's the best it can be at the current time it's being released. We don't just want to write ten songs that will do, we want to write ten songs that work really well together...then write ten more. 

(Laughs)

It's a big work in process. 

Rockfiend - Have you got any ideas when you'll be recording anything? 

Anchor Lane - No we don't know yet, demos done and we will see what's happening.

Rockfiend - When are the next Anchor Lane shows? Where can people come and see you next? 

Anchor Lane - We are in here (DreadnoughtRock) next week for the Winterstorm Storm Breakers, Battle of the Bands with Stoneface, Gordon's Alive and The Audiorayz. So whoever wins that gets to play Winterstorm this year, so here's hoping the next time we are doing an interview and they ask this question we'll be able to say we are playing Winterstorm this year (which they can now say, since the time the interview was recorded they have won).

Rockfiend - Good luck with that you deserve it, you put on a really good show. 

Anchor Lane - All the bands that are playing are really good, so it's going to be a tough night. If we win, it will be a massive credit to every band there.

Rockfiend - Where else can people find you? 

Anchor Lane - All social media.

YouTube

Twitter

Facebook 

Instagram 

Rockfiend - Thank you and enjoy tonight. 

Anchor Lane - Thank you.


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THE KING LOT

THE KING LOT

O2 ABC 24th January 2017

Rockfiend - Obviously we've seen you a few times at The Dreadnought, saw you with Dan Reed, seen you all over the place. So is this the original and only line up The King Lot has had?

The King Lot -Yeah that's right.

Rockfiend - And it's going so well apart from people running late all the time.

The King Lot - That's Scottish M8 traffic though, I'm actually on time, they're just incredibly efficient.

Rockfiend - So this is the second night of the Tyketto tour, how was last night?

The King Lot - Last night was amazing,

Rockfiend - Yeah, totally sold out?

The King Lot - Yeah it was totally sold out, its a funny venue (Cluny Newcastle) actually, its a strange shape, if you want to view from the side balcony area you've got no chance.

Rockfiend - Oh right.

The King Lot - But it was a cool venue to play, it had a cool vibe.

Rockfiend - I was quite surprised, I looked at the video today and thought why such a wee venue? why are they doing that? they are playing the ABC tonight thinking you were on the big stage.

The King Lot - I think Danny has played it a few times and he likes it, and he prefers to play there if he can when he comes. We were supposed to play it with the Dan Reed Network but there was such a demand for tickets we were upgraded to the Academy 2 Newcastle so we didn't get to play it that time round.

Rockfiend - That was the idea of it, playing there.

The King Lot - Even that gig was rammed, there was so much people in that room there wasn't any real room for us, we struggled to get out gear on stage.

Rockfiend - Newcastle audiences are good though, they are as close to Scotland without being Scottish.

The King Lot - Think that was our third time playing in Newcastle, there was a couple of people coming up to us saying they had seen us at Dan Reed, they had come down especially for that and they liked Tyketto too.

Rockfiend - Opening with Tyketto again, are they good to you?

The King Lot - Really brilliant, they are really nice guys. And getting the opportunity to do the song, and we didn't realise they'd make such a fuss, Danny and the rest of them. Last night you know when they were explaining how it came about to the crowd, and we are going to do the same tonight.

Rockfiend - I was going to ask are you going to be doing it tonight?

The King Lot - Yeah it's been amazing the last few months, we've been in contact with them so much, and it sounds bizarre I can't believe that Danny Vaughn is whatsapping me! You think to yourself that's mental! It's quite mad eh!

We have business to discuss in terms of the single and what they wanted to do, and they were going to do some things for the video and worked out their time schedule. We are in a fortunate position and say that Tyketto are friends of ours, and so that's how they are, it's really really cool.

Rockfiend - Are you playing any new tracks tonight? I know you are just a supporting act.

The King Lot - Yeah we definitely are, what do you mean just a support band. (lots of laughs)

Rockfiend - Double headliners......sorry haha

The King Lot - We are special guests,

Yeah that's right special guests.

Rockfiend - What are the other band called?

The King Lot - The Toi

Rockfiend - Yes that's right, spoke to them earlier on.

The King Lot - Have you seen them?

Rockfiend - No I haven't, but they sound good.

The King Lot - You are in for a treat.

Rockfiend - Good, good.

Rockfiend - So eh, the new songs, is it going to be split 50/50 or are we just getting a couple?

The King Lot - Well to be completely up front we are unsure of what the set lengths are going to be tonight. We are going to do two new songs tonight and we've got an album demoed. And we've got half an hour which is fine.

Rockfiend - Is that all you're getting?

The King Lot - Aye, which is fine, which is fine.

Rockfiend - Is that going to be the next one? Have you got things recorded and stuff?

The King Lot - Two weeks and we will be in the studio and there's going to be a plan of attack if you want to call it that. Over the next year it's quite interesting, so we will be leaving it with our manager to announce everything that's gong to happen.

In two weeks time we are going to do the demo before we go into the studio, and do the two new tracks tonight and it's going to be great.

Rockfiend - Excellent.

The King Lot - Talk about being secretive eh.

Rockfiend - It's like talking to Mason Hill, they are very secretive too, waiting to see who they're signed to.

The King Lot - The new songs tonight are called "Hearts on Fire" and the other one is called "All I Want"

Rockfiend - Full rocking tracks or ballads?

The King Lot - Full rock n roll, here you go!

Rockfiend - The debut album was a classic album, it was great.

The King Lot - Well there's a bannister out there, so when they come on just hold on to it. Hold on to your false teeth.

Rockfiend - Haha excellent! Looking forward to it. When is the album coming out?

The King Lot - We don't have a date, but we signed a management deal, who is giving us all the proper advice and everything and we will be working closely with them. It will be before summer, around about then, in time for our shows.

What's happening is myself and Michael are both expecting babies within a week of each other. Must've been some party haha, that's the reason we are recording, so when we are with the bundles of joy we are discussing mixes and things like that, we need to be together for about three or four weeks, then straight into it, boom!

Rockfiend - Are you signed to a label?

The King Lot - Not right now.

Rockfiend - Have you financed it all yourself?

The King Lot - Yeah we are because, you know I think........

Rockfiend - ......record labels are just going to take the money back off you anyway.

The King Lot - Well you know quite a lot of our friends have signed deals lately, and we are of the opinion that maybe those deals are not for us, so when you look at that you think do we really want to give all the control, we are in control of all this thing along with our management and it's important to us to stay in control of all this to a degree and own the songs. Obviously if there were offers and record labels interested in us, we would discuss, we have spoken to record labels in the last couple of years you know, but we feel the best thing for us is to do it on our own and own it ourselves. It's quite amazing what you can achieve without that, I mean even without that even with the way you're able to record now, it's different with the digital age and the way you can release things now is different. I'm very much in the understanding that records are a very big thing at the moment.

Rockfiend - Yeah vinyl looks like it's coming back.

The King Lot - But before that, you know being able to release an album and produce it and do everything yourself on an independent budget, it's been great and you can see the level that you can get to because we are proof of that, being able to play with Dan Reed Network, get invited by Jizzy Pearl, Love Hate, to be Love Hate and do our own stuff. And these guys who Chris said earlier on, it was only last night Danny introduced us as their friends, it's brilliant! It's a bit strange.

They are really keen to have us out again, and we discussed that last night, so you need to look out for that, possibly some more stuff from these guys.

Rockfiend - Superb

The King Lot - I suppose things have been a wee bit unconventional with this band from day one, how we have developed and operated and managed with everything we have achieved through that you know. Some people would've said it wasn't possible or feasible by doing it yourself, and here we are just about to go into record songs from the second album, and we are gearing up to release the first one on vinyl fairly shortly as well, a limited edition. And that's kind of a bizarre twist of things to do you know, when you are gearing up to focus on your next one. We've always got something going on, lots of plans for the future.

Rockfiend - Is the vinyl going to be available on your website?

The King Lot - Yeah

Rockfiend - Through yourselves?

The King Lot - Think it's going to be starting as a pre-order, think it's going to be available from 1st February.

Rockfiend - Because it does cost a lot money for vinyl.

The King Lot - Think it's going to be £20 for your vinyl I'm led to believe by management, with that I think you get your name on it after we get it signed. People have been talking for a while, saying they wanted it. So we thought it would be good to supply that, and do it through a pre-order kind of thing.

Going back to the bands thing and the level you can get to you know, Romeos Daughter who we were talking about earlier, they said they weren't going to do a gig in March if we weren't on it, they wanted us to go on it last time, they were disappointed that we couldn't do it, so because of our connection with FM, who also want us on lots of shows. Jim sent a wee message to us saying can you do this? I want you guys to be on it, all that kind of thing. It's amazing when you play these shows with them you make friends with them. We went back stage with FM at Winterstorm Festival....well I did (Jason), hung out with my pal Pete Jupp for a while and talked about beards haha.

Luckily enough they were staying on the same floor of our hotel, so Jim Kilpatrick had a party in his room when we got back, I thought nah that's me I'm done, that was really late. I think we get adopted almost don't we, we are light minded.

Rockfiend - Lovable guys that play good music.

The King Lot- I think it could be the beards, they like to stroke them like wee dogs or something haha.

I'm short of that King Lot beard oil haha (says the only King Lot member... Michael without a beard)

We are quite easy going and we admire these bands, we have fun with them and chat to them afterwards.

Rockfiend - It's good when you've got bands that want to appreciate you as much as you appreciate them.

The King Lot - Exactly

Rockfiend - Because all those bands you are talking about, they are all from your youth.

The King Lot - It just seems to be continuing when we play shows with these bands and they are like can you come out with us again. It just seems to have a snowballed with us, so it's amazing how we managed to do that.

Rockfiend - Now the charity single "Wings", did you make a lot of money for the charity?

The King Lot - Tony Green more or less orchestrated the whole event from The Jolly Boys, who is outside, he's still waiting for the figures coming in, I think it takes a wee bit of time. The single will be available digitally until such time that someone decides it won't be. So every time someone buys that will go directly to the MS Society as well.

Tony said tonight that not just the MS Society Scotland but the MS Society are hugely grateful and give respect for the promotion that they got for it, and people just being more aware of it. He feels he's achieved his objectives in respect of that no matter how much money has been made from it, but obviously when it comes out it would be nice to see what comes out of it. I think we kind of felt that too, it was job done in terms of raising awareness, was a huge thing. You know we managed to do that and hopefully it will be a great amount, no matter how much it is it will still be beneficial.

Rockfiend - Yeah exactly, it's money towards it. You looked like you had fun in the video.

The King Lot - It was brilliant, but I'll be honest there was times where we filmed it, it was right off the road, but you can see what we were doing from the road, so people were seeing us with a drum kit on a stone, and us with our guitars. So people were actually coming down and then there were people with big cameras, and all these tourists taking photos. And there was a group, I thought it was a stag do, eight or ten guys, they just wouldn't go away, and I'm like I can't do this haha, because obviously you're mining to the song. The mistake we made was at the side of the road that was chosen to do it in front of the Buachaille down at the waterfall, is locally known as the James Bond road because they filmed parts of Skyfall on that road. So it's quite well known, a lot of people go there anyway, and cars turning into this road and here's us carrying a drum kit over the burn. And I nearly fell into the burn, we should've done outtakes haha.

Rockfiend - So now it's James Bond and The King Lot video. Have you got any festivals planned for this year?

The King Lot - We have got festivals coming up. Some of them we can't announce yet, we need to be told that we are allowed to announce them. Our manager has got a lot of those details, certainly ones that are confirmed are Summer in The City down in Swansea, with Mason Hill, I think Massive Wagons and Vega are on it, lots of great bands.

We got voted by the public recently, there was a big thing it was actually in the Courier, forgot to tell you. We got online votes, we got just under 800 votes for us to open Redemption Festival. Are you coming?

Rockfiend - Yeah we'll come down.

The King Lot - They are coming guys. We are opening and then we get to enjoy the rest of the bands.

Rockfiend - And a good drink?

The King Lot - Especially if you are coming we will get a good few.

Rockfiend - Aye definitely.

The King Lot - We are going to be in Wales a few times this year at Summer in The City and the Dollhouse, Dollfest and the Christmas Charity bash. We are doing a private show as well, which is going to be cool, with Dan Reed Network.

Rockfiend - Ah right.

The King Lot - Doing a private show, a house show with one of his bands, he does quite a lot of these shows. We got asked by the person who does the private bookings to come on board.

Rockfiend - Excellent!

The King Lot - So will be in that area anyway in Wales that weekend. We like those guys, they make great pots of macaroni and chilli and all that.

Rockfiend - Ah you see I cook remember, you could be up there.

The King Lot - We could come up to your house.

For Dollfest we are headlining on the Saturday night, which is not great you can't get a beer, we will just have to crack on with it. We are opening some and headlining others.

Rockfiend - As long as you are playing and people are seeing you.

The King Lot - Aye that's the most important thing. We love to play where people have never seen us before. There's a demand for us to come back to places. There's a huge demand for us to go back to London. People asking us all the time, when are you coming back.

Rockfiend - Excellent, if there's anything that we can do to help. Rockfiend thanks you for your time.

Rockfiend Publications Scotland.



The Cruel Intentions 

At Rockmantic Carlisle

10th February 2017

Rockfiend - Is this the original line up?

Lizzy - Everyone apart from the drummer, the original drummer Eiliv left and we saw Robin on Facebook, his other band had posted a video of him playing drums.

Mats - I saw him on my news feed somehow, and I thought this guy is great. I said to Lizzy look at this guy, I love the way he's playing!

Lizzy - I was blown away.

Mats - I said contact him.

Rockfiend - You do have a really good style.

Mats - I was kidding with Lizzy, "get this guy in the band!"

Lizzy - All of us live in Oslo Norway, except for him, he lives in southern parts of Sweden. He has to travel to rehearse, but it works out, he's a good fucking drummer.

Rockfiend - It's worth doing it?

Lizzy, Mats - Yeah

Lizzy - I don't know if he's happy in the band or not haha, if he's happy to play with us, so far so good.

Rockfiend - Where did the name "The Cruel Intentions" come from?

Lizzy - We really didn't have an idea for a name, so we were throwing some ideas around and Mats is a really big fan of...what's that band called again?

Mats - "Nasty Idols" from Sweden, and they have an album called "Cruel Intention".

Lizzy - So when i heard that I thought ooh, add "the" and "s" on the end and we have a band name.

Mats - I called Lizzy and told him the band is going to be called "The Cruel Intentions", he did not know about Nasty Idols, he had never heard of them.

Mats - My favourite band, I loved them for years and years, it's like a homage to them. The bass player didn't take it so well. He thought I was just stealing.

Lizzy - Stealing his idea.

Mats - He's been harassing the subject on Facebook, but that's because he's old and done, and we are not.

Rockfiend - You are ready to take their position?

Mats - I took his position, I was blonde as well as playing bass, I was better suited, haha.

Lizzy - It's a good name like he said, a cool homage to a band he loves.

Mats - But he didn't get it.

Lizzy - He didn't get it, so fuck em.

Rockfiend - Yeah with a capital F! Where did you guys meet?

Lizzy - This is a story, em....I lived in the US for a long time, didn't play music for about five years after I quit Vains of Jenna, and I moved all around that country. I went to Nashville, moved to Phoenix, I was married, got a divorce. Then I decided to move back to LA, in the first week back in LA I met a Swedish girl and fell madly in love, and decided to move back to Scandinavia, took a chance and moved back. She had friends in Norway because she had lived there before and one of them was Mats. So she had to go to some photo shoot , so I was stuck with this guy. He was cleaning his apartment, I had to sit there.

Rockfiend - No choice but to get on.

Mats - Yeah you ended up with me alone.

Lizzy - I was tired talking, I was like can you put some music on. I love this song, never heard anybody else listen to this, it was "Hardline - Hot Cherie" something like that.

Mats - Yeah it was "Hot Cherie", we bonded over "Hot Cherie".

Rockfiend - Superb song.

Lizzy - So we started drinking.

Mats - We were slightly drunk as well.

Lizzy - And we thought let's start a band, so we did, and we needed a guitar player and Kristian came along.

Kristian - Mats and I had played in a band previously together, we knew each other well.

Lizzy - Just before the band got started we did an acoustic show together with their old band. Their singer and me on vocals as well, like an acoustic gig. It felt so good. So let's try this out, so we started the band. It seems to be working out still. We haven't killed each other yet.

Rockfiend - Not yet, is that on the cards?

Mats - No we are best friends and we are having a good time.

Rockfiend - You certainly looked tight last night when you were playing as a band, you some sounded so so good.

Mats - This guy (Robin) lives in Sweden, and we rehearsed three times together. The band has clicked together. We don't rehearse like every other day or two times a week, we meet two days before.

Lizzy - I wish we could.

Mats - Yeah I wish we could, then we could be even better.

Rockfiend - Bannermans is a difficult gig, the sound can be a hit or a miss, you sounded really really good.

Mats - Thank you very much.

Lizzy - As long as we are on the same page and everybody wants the same thing, I think it's gonna work out, yeah that's the way it works. If somebody is out of sync and you don't feel the same something is going to feel off, it's going to look weird. So I'm lucky to have met these guys.

Rockfiend - Do you have an album recorded?

Lizzy - Not a full album no. Our idea was......it started as a bit of fun and it started to take off a bit, and we were like let's put out a single here a single there. We've tried to make a video for every song. I really never wanted to make an album, lately we realised we have to put out an album.

Rockfiend - There is a fan base out there.

Lizzy - Yeah, so we are talking to a few labels, been to a few meetings about it but I'm not sure I want a record deal. It depends on what they can do for us. These days you can do a lot on your own.

Mats - We can do so much for ourselves.

Rockfiend - The money you make for yourselves, instead of a record company taking it away.

Lizzy - That's what we have been doing, but if somebody can step up and help us out of course we might choose to go down that way.

Mats - There has to be a real interest from a label, someone passionate about it, burning for the music as we do because we do everything ourselves, mainly I do a lot of stuff. I really want to do it, I love it, I want the label to be the same as we are.

Lizzy - So far its been working out they way we've been doing it, but an album will be released somehow, some way.

Mats - We have to do it, we have been writing, we wrote two new songs last night. We get really good reception from the people hearing it first time live. People like grooving to it, we have so many good songs.

Kristian - People have been asking for an album on our Facebook page, constantly asking for one, so we feel you know we have to give into the demand .

Mats - If we release a single, the day after.....when's the next single?......when's the next single?, when's the album coming?, you have to be there all the time.

Lizzy - I always have to be the exact opposite to what people want, so when people tell me make an album I'm like...no I'm not going to make an album, haha we'll see.

Rockfiend - You'll do it when you're ready.

Lizzy - Yeah.

Kristian - When the time is right.

Mats - The songs are there, we have good material.

Lizzy - The thing is the songs we write always get better and better, I don't want to stress it out.

Mats - We can't rush it, we rewrite songs so many times.

Lizzy - It's pointless just stressing out an album, putting out three good songs and seven half assed, I don't want to do that.

Mats - We could've done an album from the start writing half assed songs. We want an album that's going to be an appetite for destruction.

Rockfiend - It's going to be up there and stay up there.

Lizzy - It's going to be an album I really care about.

Mats - Yeah, we all care about.

Lizzy - I really don't care about what other people think, if they like it it's fucking awesome! But this time around doing things, I'm doing it for me and not for somebody else. And people seem to like what we are doing, it's a great fucking bonus!

Rockfiend - The record business you know....the music business has gone, there's nobody interested, all it is making money and passing it on to the next thing, when you've got passionate bands like yourselves that want to make it for music for fans and for themselves, do it! Why not!

Lizzy - And that's why, I think this band is fun to be in, it was started for fun you know.

Mats - We've had a lot of fun since we started.

Lizzy - You always want more that's the problem, it's a dangerous fucking business.

Rockfiend - Did you have to finance the tour yourselves? Obviously it's just the two dates.

Lizzy - We basically did but try to break even, sometimes we hardly make anything after.

Mats - We try to make ends meet.

Lizzy - As long as we don't lose too much money.

Mats - If there's a gig worth doing we try to maybe get one before and one day after. Raz White booked us here and he said do you want to do Bannermans, and you can have some cash for that and then you can come here. So of course we are here, so why not. That's what I try to do when I go to tours, make ends meet, we don't necessarily do it for the money because there ain't no money in it.

Rockfiend - The thing is you have still got to live and make money....once the big time comes in.

Mats - If it comes it comes.

Lizzy - It was a lot easier when I was in my twenties, I had nothing to worry about back then, but now I'm a bit older you gotta work to make money as well, that's something to take into consideration.

Mats - It's still a privilege to do this.

Lizzy - Yeah, it's a great privilege, we are lucky bastards!

Mats - To travel and to play for people that like the music and travel to see us, and that's amazing.

Rockfiend - It was just two dates, the Edinburgh show and this one?

Lizzy - Yeah, It's always fun to just try it out.

Rockfiend - Do you have any plans to come back to the UK?

Lizzy - We would love to, hopefully when it gets a little bit warmer.

Rockfiend - Anything we can do to promote or help in anyway we will do.

Lizzy - Ah great thinking, thank you.

Mats - Much appreciated.

Rockfiend - I've just recently moved up near Aberdeen, which is away from Edinburgh/Glasgow area to get married to her majesty there, so gigs are coming back up to Aberdeen as well. There's three decent places in Scotland that we can boost and promote popularity.

Lizzy - We definitely want to go back to Scotland, Bannermans was great, I want to go back there.

Rockfiend - We definitely want you back, you are playing what people wanted, you are sounding great, the live show, it does tell you things.

Rockfiend - Do you have a video for "Stare at the Sun"?

Lizzy - No we don't, it was the only one we don't have a video for.

Mats - We had planned to do a video but couldn't make it.

Lizzy - I don't know what happened though with that, the plan was to make a video for every song released.

Mats - We were going to make a video for this one but the guy who did "Borderline Crazy" he wanted to do something more spectacular, he had lots of ideas but it was above budget.

Lizzy - And his girlfriend got pregnant.

Mats - We were stressed out as well, so I think we just released that one.

Lizzy - But from now on though we are going to try and make a video for every one, it's fun.

Mats - We are recording our next video in March.

Rockfiend - Ah right what's that going to be for?

Lizzy - Our new song which is called " Sick Adrenaline".

Mats - The drums are recorded.

Lizzy - The drums are done.

Mats - Drums and now we are just waiting for Erik Mårtensson of "Eclipse" he's going to mix the song. We've always gone with Chris Laney, he's mixed everything we've done but now he's on tour with "Pretty Maids". So now we are going to give it a try with Erik, he's a great guy and a great musician and mixer.

Rockfiend - I saw that you posted a little snippet from Bannermans last night on your instagram page, do you have any plans to record anything tomorrow night?

Mats - I will probably do the same thing I did at Bannermans, put my Go Pro on bass amp to record for ourselves.

Lizzy - We try to get as much footage as we can.

Rockfiend - If you want us to record some footage, we can record that for you no problem.

Lizzy - Yeah, because it's always good to have from a different angle.

Mats - It's better from the front, my angle is kind and of awkward, it's just me and maybe Lizzy.

Lizzy - And tomorrow I know where the camera is, and it will be only me...haha

I didn't even realise he was filming.

Rockfiend - I never saw anything at all until I saw it on instagram today, I thought when did you do that? I never saw anything at all.

Mats - I just pressed play seconds before we started our first song.

Lizzy - Nobody told me about this, next time I would like to know.

Mats - Haha

Lizzy - It's fun to listen back to what you have done, even though I hate seeing myself or listening to myself, you can learn a lot from it.

Rockfiend - Take the good and the bad.

Lizzy - And you can always get better at what you do.

Rockfiend - You are playing an hour tomorrow night 11pm until 12 midnight, is it the same set?

Lizzy - Pretty much yeah, it's gonna be the same set.

Rockfiend - Do you have any big plans for 2017?

Lizzy - We would like to do as much as possible, we try to get as many bigger shows as possible. Whatever comes our way, if it's affordable for us to do it we will do it.

Mats - We are going to continue working our asses off.....more shows.

Rockfiend - Thank you very from Rockfiend Publications Scotland




Saxon

Decade of the Eagle

Best of anthology 

Saxon are one of the foundation stones of NWBHM movement and have graced the rock world since 1979. The band has gone through a few line-up changes, some members leaving and then coming back but with Biff Byford always at the helm they have always stayed true to their heavy metal roots. This anthology celebrates the first nine albums from 1979 to 1988 starting with the debut album Saxon right through to Destiny. Saxon have been one of the most successful bands of the movement and have provided many of the heavy metal anthems of time such as Wheels Of Steel, Denim & Leather and Power & the Glory  to name just a few.

I remember going to buy my first new single from my local record shop and seeing that eagle on the cover and since that moment, I have always had a soft spot for Saxon. Now, saying that you don’t need a soft spot to appreciate the great songs and sound that Saxon produced in those ten years and continue to produce to this day. Lets start with the package this comes in two formats, both in a four LP or a two CD set all held in a gold gatefold embossed cover all with liner notes from front man Biff Byford and some pictures of this classic era. There is a total of 34 songs on this collection and with each one, you can hear the progression from the raw heavy metal band of the late 70’s to the smooth rock of the late eighties. There are so many great songs on this collection and if, like me, you grew up with the music of this period, it is a musical memory ride that does not disappoint. Songs that we all know from Wheels of Steel to 747 (Strangers in the Night) and Crusader to Strong Arm of the Law to slightly less known song such as Backs to the Wall and This Town Rocks, there is just a great collection of songs from this legendary band.

I would highly recommend this to you all, whether you are new to the band or have, like me grown up with them. The collection comes out on November the 17th and would make a great heavy metal stocking filler.

JP


NEW ALBUM

WWIII

Seeing this band live for the first time at Hard Rock Hell really opened our eyes. We had to hear more and we weren't disappointed. Now they have just released their third album WW111, we were lucky enough to be given a listen to the new tracks before the release date (thanks Chris).

WALKWAY have created an album that is heavier and fuller but still melodic with Chris's distinctive vocals. James' riffs fill the tracks up, Kiss Me, Stutter and Leap of Faith are the tracks we find very catchy, the album as a whole is captivating and highly-listenable. Stutter opens the album, we are looking forward to hearing it live.

14 killer tracks, will keep new and old fans happy. You can hear influences from the 80s and 90s in a few tracks, definitely no fillers on this all hard rocking melodic album. Their best, most satisfying album to date.

'This band deserves to hit the big time'


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DANGER DANGER

Hair Metal Heaven/ Hull City Hall

26/08/17

Review by Simon Furness

I've followed this band's career since the debut was released in 1989 so was delighted when they were announced on the line up for the first HMH event.

Danger Danger took to the stage in the late evening, drawing the largest crowd of Saturday and everyone in that room was ready for a singalong.

From their debut lineup we had Poley, West and Ravel, the band completed with Trixter 6 stringer Steve Brown.

The band arrived to the stage with no big intro and they wasted no time in launching into "Boys Will Be Boys" quickly followed by "Beat The Bullet".

The mix was fantastic and that was from up close and it was clear to see that despite the delays during the day this was their time and they were going to enjoy it.

The songs chosen for this evening were all culled from the self titled 89 debut, "Screw It" and 2009's "Revolve"

Every song a winner and played out with enthusiasm and making the music just as relevant now as it was back in the day, Ted Poley sounds just as good if not better than ever and Brown does a fantastic job on guitar, solo's cutting through the mix and leaving the punters in melodic heaven.

Standout songs from the set were "Don't Blame It On Love", "I Still Think About You", "Monkey Business" and "Naughty Naughty", the latter being the encore and fitting that the band close with the song that launched their career with the help of MTV's Headbangers Ball, remember those day's?

If you happened to be there then you witnessed something special, let's hope that they don't make this the last time in the UK as it's clear there is still a very healthy appetite for the band and their music, I heard someone saying that when she booked a ticket she didn't know what to expect with the event as it's far from being the easiest place to get to, I'm sure it was clear looking at the hair metal invasion of punters in Hull on a Bank Holiday Weekend that our music is alive and well.

SF


TANTRUM

WILDFIRE FESTIVAL

23rd June 2017 

We have watched this small Scottish band over the last few years and......

Watching them today just blew us away.......

We arrived just in time to see TANTRUM on stage at 1pm, they opened their set with 'ANARCHY' a great catchy opening song, There was a handful of people there, a few wearing TANTRUM t-shirts (including us Rockfiends). As their first song crashed out through the WILDFIRE sound system more people filled the tent, and no matter where you were standing it sounded spot on! We noticed a few people singing along to TANTRUMS better known songs.... 'ONE MORE REASON' being a big Rockfiend favourite.

Bearded front man Adam sang his heart out, his gravelly raspy tones really shone through, he put everything he had into his festival performance, he also talked to the crowd and mentioned the recording of an album.

The lighting and sound quality were amazing, the atmosphere was great and the vibe that the band gave off was phenomenal!

Thumbs up to WILDFIRE FESTIVAL, a very well run festival with very helpful and friendly people!

    ALL HAIL ROCK N ROLL



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