Quick plays: THE BARNUM MESERVE, KINGNALDO

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THE BARNUM MESERVE – S/t

www. facebook.com/thebarnummeserve [Released 06.04.15]

Three piece from Nottingham consisting of Leon Wiley (vocals/paino), Paul Moss Pearce (drums) and Dylan Griffiths (bass), the PR blurb name checks Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire and Soundgarden as musical reference points. No pressure there then lads eh?

From the start on ‘War Games’ the music has that sweeping, epic feel aided by the strings that are present throughout the album. The vocals of Leon Wiley go from mellow and melodic through to full on top of your lungs almost screaming, best shown on ‘Without Numbers’. The drums /percussion also stand out with some interesting drum patterns on ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ and ‘After The Fire’.

A debut that shows a band with great promise and big, cinematic ideas. Certainly worth your time investigating further. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

KINGNALDO – Memorandum

www.kingnaldo.net [Released 26.09.14]

Puerto Rican musician Kingnaldo has played live supporting Yngwie Malmsteen and Bumblefoot amongst others. This is is his third album and he is joined by Doug Green (Stone Temple Pilots/Scott Weiland) who co-produces and plays guitar on the album.

It is a mix of grunge-lite, not dissimilar to Stone Temple Pilots at times and some psychedelic musical ideas added to the mix. ‘Hollywood Blow’ and the strong chorus on ‘Out Of Control’ are the pick of the eight songs on here. Have a listen on his website for a feel of the music.  ***

Review by Jason Ritchie



On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)



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