THE POPES – New Church

Shake The Tree records 2012

Originally formed as Shane McGowan’s post Pogues backing band, current line-up are fronted by guitarist/vocalist Paul MadDog McGuiness and, alongside the twin guitar, feature a mandolin and fiddle.

The immediate feel of the opening track “Storming Heaven” is a full on dirty and rough hard rock with an Irish tinge. The title track has a more gothic darkness and an alternative jangle too.

Vocals and guitars alike have a growl, holding a melody within the clutter, adding to the fullness of sound.

“Throw Down Your Aces” (featuring Howard Marks) has a broody narrated intro, while “Alice”, full of vocal harmonies, is more uplifting.

The lighter moments see the mandolin and fiddle come through, adding more of an Irish touch, while keeping the roughness. There’s a sleazy attitude to “Queen Of Manhattan” and some decent picking too.

Much of the album, mixing metal and pop, has alternative, Celtic and gothic influences in equal measure, an interesting and often quite enjoyable mix.


Joe Geesin

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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).

Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 STEVE HARLEY Uncovered (indie)

Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREEK Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)

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