The band maybe new, however two key members aren’t as the line-up features former Little Angels guitarist Bruce J Dickinson and on vocals Matt Mitchell (Furyon/ex-Pride).

The band’s sound is steeped in the bands of the 70′s, specifically Led Zeppelin and Free. You can really hear Free in the superb guitar playing on ‘Heavy’, a song that also features some excellent harmony vocals.They know their way around a blues swagger too, grab a listen to ‘Medicine Man’.

The band’s most unusual song, in that it has a much more modern feel, ‘Can You Hear Me?’ opens the album. A song which covers the topic of mental health and done with sincerity by the band. Bit of an AC/DC riff going on throughout ‘Rock Bottom’, one of the album’s stand out songs. Overall if there is one band they sound most like it is Skin.

An assured debut by the Colour Of Noise and a good match of talents in Bruce Dickinson and Matt Mitchell. If you like classy hard rock taking its cue from 70′s classic rock you will like this album. Seems like fellow new boys Inglorious have some competition… ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

WHITE WINE – Who Cares What The Laser Says? [Release date 25.03.16]

White Wine began as a solo project for Joe Haege (Menomena/31knots/The Dodos), before he was joined by Fritz Brückner. These two musicians have written, performed and produced the whole album (on live duties they are joined by drummer Fritz Brückner).

They certainly encompass many musical styles from the weirdly catchy synth pop of the title track, through to ‘Drama Queen’ – this one reminded me of Sparks. I am also pretty sure you can hear a photocopies being deployed on the fade out of ‘Bullet Points Like Swords’.

‘Where Is My Line?’ has been released as the lead song off the album and is the most instant song. Synths/electronics mix with Phil Collins-approved drum fills, topped by the vocals of Joe Haege who has that singing style of almost speaking the lyrics. Check out the YouTube video as well as it is worth a watch.

There is a lot to take in on this album, from the electronic soundscapes through to intense passages of drums and percussion. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

SANCHO PANZER – Your Own Accord

Sancho Panzer are a three piece punk band hailing from Exeter. Their line-up is Adam (Guitar/Lead vocals), Jon (Bass/Backing vocals) and Jules (Drums/Backing Vocals).

This is the band’s debut album, yet they have been around since 2006 and released an EP back then. The single ‘It Can Only Be So Good’ is a really good piece of pop punk and ‘High Speed’ is another one on the album in a similar vein. They have no frills punk on ‘Jonny Don’t Do Buses’ and being honest this is where the band don’t work as well for me. They have a great line in song titles included the perky bop of ‘There’s More To Life Than PG Tips’.

A couple of stonking pop punk tunes on here that are well worth a listen and overall not a bad set of punk/punk pop tunes. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

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Featured Albums w/c 6 July (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 MANDOKI SOULMATES Living In The Gap (Red Rock Production/Cleopatra)
12:00-13:00 MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL – We Are The Night (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN REEL The Nashville Calling (B.Reel Records)

Power Plays w/c 6 July (Mon-Fri)

ZENITH MOON Gypsy (Golden Robot Records)
RARITY Leave It Alone (New Damage Records)
THE RISING I Want You (indie)
MANDOKI SOULMATES Young Rebels (Red Rock Production/Cleopatra)
LA GUNS Well Oiled Machine (Golden Robot Records)

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