Monthly Archives: April 2016

Interview: BRIAN TATLER – Diamond Head

DIAMOND HEAD – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London, 18 July 2015

As Diamond Head begin to gear up, releasing yet another album we managed to catch up with lead guitarist Brian Tatler to ask him a few questions. Here Dillon Grant puts questions to one of rock and metal’s most influential … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN TROWER – Where You Are Going To

ROBIN TROWER – Where You Are Going To

Manhaton [Release date 06.05.15] You don’t so much listen to a Robin Trower album these days as simply immerse yourself in his grooves. His combination of guitar artistry, syrupy grooves, heartfelt vocals and a constant search for the emotional core … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WESTIES – Six On The Out

THE WESTIES - Six On The Out

Pauper Sky Music [Release date 03.06.16] The Westies is a new vehicle for singer songwriter Michael McDermott, a man who’s been treading the boards Stateside for 25 years, whose lyrics have been quoted in several Stephen King books, and who … Continue reading

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Quick plays: REBECCA PRONSKY, ROD MELANCON

REBECCA PRONSKY  Known Objects

REBECCA PRONSKY  Known Objects Acme Hall Studios [Release date 10.06.16] New York singer songwriter Rebecca Pronsky’s last release Only Daughter made The Telegraph’s Top Ten Country albums of 2013.  If anything, the follow up is an even more alluring affair. … Continue reading

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Album review: FRASER ANDERSON – Under The Cover Of Lightness

 FRASER ANDERSON - Under The Cover Of Lightness

Membran [Release date 06.05.16] Fraser Anderson is something of a well-kept secret.  Unless you’re a regular Bob Harris listener. A Scot, who relocated to the southwest of France, Fraser Anderson’s 2003 debut ‘… and the girl with the strawberry’ was … Continue reading

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Album review: MARCELLA DETROIT – Grey Matterz

MARCELLA DETROIT - Grey Matterz

[Release date 22.04.16] Synth = synthetic.  Unfortunately, while that was de rigueur in the 80′s, it sounds a little clichéd several decades on. Gray Matterz, is however a reminder of a) what a good songwriter Detroit is, and b) what … Continue reading

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Gig review: WILKO JOHNSON – The Forum, London, 23 April 2016

Wilko Johnson

Support came from the prodigiously talented Joanne Shaw Taylor, who commands a sufficient following of her own to headline decent sized venues. As such, it was no surprise that the Forum was pretty rammed for her set. Nor that she … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – 02 Arena, London, 20 April 2016

JEFF LYNNE

For most of the past 30 years the notion that the Electric Light Orchestra would be selling out a 14 date UK arena tour would have seemed preposterous. Always derided by critics and seen as uncool, since their creative juices … Continue reading

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Album review: DEAD LETTER CIRCUS – Aesthesis

DEAD LETTER CIRCUS – Aesthesis

Rodeostar/ SPV [Release date 22.04.16] Australian alt-rockers Dead Letter Circus have now been together for 11 years and this is their third album. The guys have had some high profile support slots over the years with the likes of Muse … Continue reading

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Album review: DUST BOWL JOKIES – Dust Bowl Jokies

DUST BOWL JOKIES – Dust Bowl Jokies

Rodeostar/ SPV [Release date – 22.04.16] This is the second album by the Swedish sleaze rockers Dust Bowl Jokies following on from their debut released back in 2012. Swaggering sleaze/ glam rock is the order of the day here with … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BLACK ACES, A REBEL FEW, 2 WEEKS

BLACK ACES Shot In The Dark

BLACK ACES Shot In The Dark (Bad Reputation) The trouble being an Australian rock band, and particularly one that plays blues rock at a certain speed, is that you are going to inevitably draw comparisons with Australia’s best known rock … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN REED NETWORK – Fight Another Day

DAN REED NETWORK - Fight Another Day

In the first hour of his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, on 29 May 2016, David Randall chatted to Dan Reed and played tracks from the album ‘Fight Another Day’. Frontiers [Release date 03.06.16] When we encountered … Continue reading

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News: THE TREATMENT UK Tour starts 27 April 2016

The Treatment - Steelhouse Festival - Ebbw Vale, S.Wales, 25 July 2015

David Randall caught up with The Treatment’s Mitchel Emms after the first night of the current tour.  In this exclusive feature Mitch describes his own musical development against the background of a difficult music industry and the rising force that … Continue reading

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Album review: JADE VINE – Mind Of A Man

JADE VINE - Mind Of A Man

Self released – Release date: 26 February 2016 You know you’re onto a winner when the wife shouts from downstairs “What’s that you’re listening to? Sounds good” And she’s right – this is good. Very good. Jade Vine are a … Continue reading

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Album review: TREAT- Ghost Of Graceland

TREAT- Ghost of Graceland

Frontiers Records [Release date 15.04.16] One of the pioneers, alongside the more famous Europe, of the definitive Scandinavian sound, Treat’s 2010 return ‘Coup de Grace’ features prominently in many lists of the best melodic rock albums of the last decade. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DEFIANTS – The Defiants

THE DEFIANTS- The Defiants

Frontiers Records [Release Date 15.04.16] The Paul Laine era of Danger Danger, where the Canadian singer kept the flag flying during the wilderness years before the charismatic Ted Poley returned, is often unfairly neglected, not least in the band’s own … Continue reading

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Gig review: TERRY BROCK – Underworld, Camden, 26 April 2016

TERRY BROCK – Underworld, Camden 26 April 2016

Tuesday nights are most probably not the best night for a gig unless you are Jeff Lynne, who was playing at bit further east at the O2 Arena. However, for the small and loyal bunch who turned up to see … Continue reading

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Interview: JON POOLE – THE DOWLING POOLE

The Dowling Poole - One Hyde Park

The Dowling Poole have released their second album, ‘One Hyde Park’, another glorious collection of pop gems recalling greats such as XTC, the Kinks, ELO and the band’s own unique twist. After catching up recently with Willie Dowling, we posed … Continue reading

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EP reviews: NIAMH CROWTHER, MIKE DEDIC

NIAMH CROWTHER www.niamhcrowther.com Niamh Crowther came to prominence aged 16, when she beat over 15,000 other young people to claim the prestigious Youth Music Awards in Ireland. She has received lots of airplay on Irish radio and has transferred this … Continue reading

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News: MAGNUM – UK tour starts 11 May, Radio Specials replayed

Magnum 2016

Melodic hard rockers Magnum start the UK leg of their European tour on 11 May in Southampton. The band released their latest studio album – ‘Sacred Blood “Divine” Lies’ in February and Get Ready to ROCK! described it as “fresh, … Continue reading

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