Monthly Archives: April 2019

Album review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Another World

Erja Lyytinen - Another World

Tuohi Records [Release Date 26.04.19] ‘Another World’ is a suitably titled album that reflects blues-rock guitarist Erja Lyytinen growing musical aspirations. She initially learnt her craft as a slide playing blues guitarist, but in recent years she’s brought a sharper … Continue reading

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Album review: CRAIG FINN – I Need A New War

Partisan Records [Release Date 26/4/19] Brooklyn-based band The Hold Steady had already made quite a name for themselves with their lyrical storytelling and classic rock influences when their front-man, Craig Finn, began a parallel solo career back in 2012. The … Continue reading

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Album review: FIND ME- Angels In Blue

Release Date 22.02.19 For those in the know, Find Me has been one of the best melodic rock projects in recent years. A partnership between producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Flores and Blanc Faces singer Robbie Le Blanc, a stunning performance … Continue reading

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Album review: 99 CRIMES – 99 Crimes

Perris Records [Release date 05.04.19] 99 Crimes are the band featuring Paul Lidel (Dangerous Toys, Dirty Looks, Broken Teeth) on guitar and vocals, drummer Chris Jordan and a bass player called Jeff Lynne (not that Jeff Lynne or things would … Continue reading

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Album review: MASSY FERGUSON – Great Divides

MASSY FERGUSON - Great Divides

North & Left [Release date 17.05.19] Massy Ferguson plough a fairly industrial, ‘heavy duty’, furrow of country rock.  Or as the PR sheet for the Seattle based band’s 5th album aptly describes it, ‘amplified Americana’. Driven by the song writing … Continue reading

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Album review: DORJA – Gemini

DORJA - Gemini

Dakini Records [Release date 21.06.19] Having recently reviewed JoanovArc’s sophomore album here at GRTR! it’s interesting to note that Dorja – another new, all female rock band – shared the stage with them in February. Also based in London, Dorja … Continue reading

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EP review: ERICA DRIVE – The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

ERICA DRIVE - The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

ERICA DRIVE The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing “The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing” is the new four track EP from UK band Erica Drive. With the band having only been together since 2017, they have already developed somewhat of … Continue reading

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EP review: STORMCHASER – Breaking The Silence

STORMCHASER – Breaking The Silence

Self Release [Release date 04.05.19] Stormchaser are a local band for me, they have been playing live around Central Scotland for a few years and have built up a good following and a good reputation. The guys master in all things classic rock … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

Graphite Records [Release Date 03.05.19] The Wildhearts are back with a new album, their first full release in ten years, and boy is it worth the wait. What we have here are ten joyous slabs of perfect pop rock with more harmonies per chorus than most … Continue reading

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Album review: SAVOY BROWN – City Night

SAVOY BROWN – City Night

Quarto Valley Records [Release date 07.06.19] ‘City Night’ is a milestone release for Kim Simmons. It’s his 40th album release and comes on the back of his relatively recent 50th anniversary and the chart topping ‘Witchy Feelin’ album. In recent … Continue reading

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Album review: LASTWORLD – Time

LASTWORLD - Time

MelodicRock Records [Release date 12.04.19] LastWorld is guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Jim Shepherd and vocalist David Cagle, who joined forces after approaching their label separately as each wanted to create more new music. It is a good pairing, with Jim Shepherd recently releasing … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MERRICK’S TUSK, THE EXPERIMENTAL

MERRICK

MERRICK’S TUSK Between The Earth and The Trees Undead Collective Records [Release date 03.05.19] Although Merrick’s Tusk have been around for the last decade, the band are now releasing their debut album “Between The Earth And The Trees”. With the … Continue reading

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Album review: FAT COPS – s/t

Fat Cops

Absolute [release date: 01.03.19] It’s hard to work out whether this Fat Cops ensemble is a serious project, or whether a bunch of blokes with other, loftier careers have simply got together to have a bit of a blast. Maybe … Continue reading

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Gig review: NEXT OF KIN – Zonnehuis, Amsterdam, Saturday April 13 2019

Hallelujah and hot-damn if there wasn’t a spotlight shining from above on Amsterdam Saturday night as Dutch Americana virtuosos Dawn Brothers, DeWolff and friends put on a quite extraordinary show to launch their new collaborative EP/album under the appropriately-named, band … Continue reading

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Album review: LONELY ROBOT – Under Stars

 LONELY ROBOT – Under Stars

Inside Out [Release date 26.04.19] ‘Under Stars’ sees John Mitchell bring his Lonely Robot project trilogy to a finale. Joining him on this one are drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Frost*) and bassist Steve Vantsis (Tilt, Fish). Available on vinyl … Continue reading

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Gig review: LED ZEPPELIN MASTERS – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 13 April 2019

The Led Zeppelin Masters (also known as the Zep Boys in their native Australia) – vocalist Vince Contarino, guitarist Tzan Niko, bassist Warwick Cheatle and drummer Bradley Polain – were back for their second UK tour with the 35-piece Black … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL GILBERT – Behold Electric Guitar

PAUL GILBERT – Behold Electric Guitar

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 17.05.19] ‘Behold The Electric Guitar’ is a delightful, passionate, adventurous and imaginative album. It’s full of technical mastery that is counterbalanced by a sense of humour as evidenced by the song titles. It’s a restless … Continue reading

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Gig review: BURNING RAIN – Camden Underworld, London, 6 April 2019

BURNING RAIN - Camden Underworld, London, 6 April 2019

And now for something slightly different. While many of their contemporaries seem to constantly tour, Burning Rain have a rather chequered career with a low profile in the UK. They have only released four albums over a 20 year period, … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMIE FREEMAN – Dreams About Falling

Union Music [Release date 17.05.19] Jamie Freeman (brother of the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Martin Freeman aka Dr Watson!) returns with his third album, which was produced by Grammy-nominated Neilson Hubbard in Nashville. The songs are themed around the fine … Continue reading

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Album review: CANNONBALLZ – 8Ballz2Many

MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.05.19] Andrew McNeice and his MelodicRock Records label have released some top quality AOR releases in recent years including Don Barnes and the excellent comeback album from Boulevard, now you can add to this Cannonballz. Who … Continue reading

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