Monthly Archives: April 2019

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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Album review: THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy

THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy

Frontiers Music [Release date 22.03.19] The Treatment have been the bridesmaid in rock for far too long. They have been the perennial support band with some major tours under their belts but they have never managed to make the breakthrough into the … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – The Vinyl Singles Collection – 2000-2010

STATUS QUO – The Vinyl Singles Collection – 2000-2010

UMC  [Release date 26.04.19] This box set is the last release in a series of 5 charting all the single releases from Quo throughout their long career. As with the previous box sets each single is lovingly recreated in its … Continue reading

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Gig review: UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

Can this really be the end? Whilst part of me dearly hopes not, there is something of a delicious irony about ever-present vocalist Phil Mogg choosing to fold the band on his own terms. During a ride that for about … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIG COUNTRY – Town House, Hamilton, 30 March 2019

BIG COUNTRY – Town House, Hamilton, 30 March 2019

Big Country have been racking up the miles in recent years as they are constantly on tour somewhere in the world. The fact that the guys can still fill halls across the UK and beyond is testament to the quality … Continue reading

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Book review: GARTH CARTWRIGHT – Going For A Song (A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop)

GARTH CARTWRIGHT - Going For A Song (A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop)

As we approach another Record Store Day, it is timely to revisit one of the more recent tomes extolling the virtues or otherwise of the record shop.  And also to compare and contrast with its antecedent which celebrates a 10th … Continue reading

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Album review: CORMAC NEESON – White Feather

Cormac Neeson Music [Release date 26.04.19] The solo debut album from the Answer’s vocalist Cormac Neeson has had a bumpy ride as it was one of those caught up in the recent Pledge Music issues, which have scuppered plans for … Continue reading

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Album review – L.A. GUNS – The Devil You Know

Frontiers [Release date 29.03.19] L.A. Guns are on a roll right now having just released their third album in two years. Following hot on the heels of 2017’s “The Missing Peace”, and last year’s live effort, new album “The Devil … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2019 – June 2019

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2019 July – September 2019 April 5th ANIMAL DRIVE ‘Back To The Roots’ (covers EP) Frontiers BAD NEWS ’32nd Anniversary Box Set’ BRANT BJORK ‘Jacoozzi’ Heavy Psych Sounds Records DAVID BOWIE ‘Spying Through … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BETA MACHINE – Intruder

T-Boy/UMe [Release date 29.03.19] The Beta Machine hail from Los Angeles, led by A Perfect Circle’s rhythm section of bassist, vocalist and keyboardist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl. They are joined by vocalist Claire Acey and guitarist and keyboardist … Continue reading

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News: SOS Festival features THE QUIREBOYS, A JOKERS RAGE, MASSIVE (Manchester, 12-14 July 2019)

The Quireboys - HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Saturday 10 March 2018

In this festival preview, tracks from The Quireboys, Luke Appleton and Massive.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 14 April 2019 (14:57) The 12th annual SOS event will take place at Longfield Suite, Prestwich, nr. Manchester 12-14 July. … Continue reading

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