Monthly Archives: June 2015

Single and EP reviews: TWO BEATS APART, THE STANDARD LAMPS

THE STANDARD LAMPS - Mono EP

THE STANDARD LAMPS – Mono EP www.thestandardlamps.com A frustrating band name if you want people to find you on Google, The Standard Lamps are a three-piece band who have already landed support slots with The Who and in the autumn … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BOOMTOWN RATS – Live Germany ’78

THE BOOMTOWN RATS - Live, Germany

Gonzo Mulitmedia [Release date 07.08.15] A bit like a Roman candle, the Boomtown Rats burned brightly for a short period, spewing out several excellent albums before just as quickly fading and fizzling out. This particular ‘gig’ was for the TV … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON AND WINE & BEN BRIDWELL – Sing Into My Mouth

IRON AND WINE & BEN BRIDWELL - Sing Into My Mouth

Black Cricket/Brown Records [Release date 17.07.15] Iron And Wine is a strange pseudo name for an individual – Samuel “Sam” Beam, an American singer-songwriter who’s released five studio albums, here teams up with Band Of Horses lead singer Ben Bridwell … Continue reading

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Quick plays: OSUKARU, DAVID CELIA, ED DUPAS

OSUKARU Transition

OSUKARU Transition www.osukarumusic.com [Release date 01.06.15] A band led by keyboards player/songwriter Oz Osukaru and this album is half new material, with some older songs given a reboot. Must admit not to knowing the name, however the songs on here … Continue reading

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Album review: GAMMA RAY – Heading For Tomorrow

GAMMA RAY - Heading For Tomorrow

earMusic [Release date 24.07.15] Gamma Ray were formed after Kai Hansen left Helloween, the band he helped co-found, back in 1988. Back then this was big news as Helloween were riding a massive wave of popularity (they had played Monsters … Continue reading

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Album review: ANZI – Black Dog Bias

ANZI - Black Dog Bias

Chemical Music Enterprises [Release date 22.06.15] “Black Dog Bias” is the sophomore album from London-based Finnish musician Anzi…who’s he then? Well he used to be the vocalist in Finnish punk rockers Stereo Junks! Nope that doesn’t help… well he used … Continue reading

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News: DEEP PURPLE, CRAZY TOWN, BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – Thursday 25 June 2015

Yes - Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 2 May 2014

Photo: Iain Scott/GRTR! CHRIS SQUIRE (1948-2015) Yes co-founder and influential bass player has died from acute erythroid leukemia. Crazy Town release their new album, ‘The Brimstone Sluggers’, on 28th August via Membran/The Orchard. Screaming Eagles release their new album ‘Stand … Continue reading

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Gig review: EVERGREY – The Underworld, Camden, London, 20 June 2015

EVERGREY – The Underworld, Camden, London, 20 June 2015

My love affair with Progressive Power Metalers Evergrey began, as most love affairs tend to do, completely by accident. The year was 1999 and US legends Crimson Glory visited my native country Greece in order to promote their latest album … Continue reading

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Interview: JANNE STARK (Constancia) – June 2015

Constancia - Final Curtain

Janne Stark is a busy man with a new Constancia album ‘Final Curtain’ out on July 10th on Melodic Rock Records, plus he is a member of Grand Design and Overdrive. All of this and he reviews and writes books … Continue reading

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Interview: TOM MORIARTY (June 2015)

Tom Moriarty

Tom Moriarty releases his new album ‘The Road’ in August. GRTR! caught up with him for some insight into the songs on the album and this thoughts on the current state of the music scene and more… Pre-order ‘The Road’ … Continue reading

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Interview: MANY THINGS (June 2015)

Many Things

Michael Tomlinson of Many Things gives us the lowdown on their debut album ‘Burn Together’, along with some top tips for the band’s fans… What have you got planned for the next few months e.g. recording, touring, etc. We’re just … Continue reading

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News: Fee Waybill of THE TUBES interview and UK tour (June 2015)

The Tubes - Club Academy, Manchester, 8 August 2015

In this exclusive interview edit Fee Waybill of The Tubes chats to David Randall about the forthcoming tour and meeting audience expectations (14:58) Gig review: Manchester, 8 August 2015 The Tubes tour continues! The Tubes Anniversary Special Get Ready to … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOTHERINGAY – Under The Bridge, London, 19 June 2015

FOTHERINGAY - Under The Bridge, London, 19 June 2015

The re-ascendancy of folk rock continues apace and unsurprisingly its antecedents are dusted down, peered at, prodded.  Most are faded, without light since the glory days of the early 70′s, some weathered but kicking hard at the traces. Scratch the … Continue reading

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Album review: EXOVEX – Radio Silence

EXOVEX - Radio Silence

Self-released: www.dalesimmons.com  [Release date: March 2015] Greenville, South Carolina. Hardly a town known as a creative hub for progressive rock one wouldn’t have thought – but, something is stirring in downtown Greenville and all fans of the genre had better … Continue reading

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Gig review: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL – DAY 3, 14 June 2015

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL – DAY 3, 14 June 2015

For any classic rock fan the Sunday line up was not to be missed with Slash, Motley Crue, in their last UK festival appearance, and Kiss all ready to show the young guns how a festival set should be done. … Continue reading

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Album review: ASIA, JAH WOBBLE, STRAWBS, GONG (Access All Areas)

Asia - Access All Areas

Edsel Records [Release date 08.06.15]  CD/DVD The latest batch of AAA releases run the full gamut from the melodic pop rock of Asia to the weird and wonderful meanderings of Daevid Allen’s Gong. All packages include a CD plus DVD … Continue reading

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Quick plays: STEVE LOGAN, MRS FRIZZLE, DEADLOCK NCHC

MRS FRIZZLE  Queen

MRS FRIZZLE  Queen German’s can’t do pop.  At least not convincingly.  Or if they can, I can’t think of a single one that has managed to cross over to the world market. Mrs Frizzle are not likely to be the … Continue reading

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Album review: BEAUVOIR/FREE – American Trash

BEAUVOIR/FREE – American Trash

Frontiers Records [Release date 05.06.15] “American Trash” by Beauvoir/Free is a Crown of Thorns album in all but name and is a welcome return to the classic melodic rock sound of yesteryear. Jean Beauvoir, he of the impressive ever-present white … Continue reading

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Album review: VONDA SHEPARD – Rookie

VONDA SHEPARD - Rookie

[Release date 07.08.15] Best known (obviously) for her association with the Ally McBeal, singer songwriter Vonda Shepard has released five albums and toured extensively in Europe since the five season TV series run ended 13 years ago. Rookie, her 14th … Continue reading

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DVD review: Heaven Adores You (The Life & Music of Elliott Smith)

Heaven Adores You (The Life & Music of Elliott Smith)

Eagle Vision [Release date 17.07.15] Several things are clear from this elegant documentary of the life and music of Elliott Smith.  Firstly, he was revered by those whose lives he touched, and secondly, as evidenced by some of the footage … Continue reading

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