Monthly Archives: October 2019

Album review: XENTRIX – Bury The Pain

XENTRIX - Bury The Pain

Listenable Records [Release date 07.06.19] To me, Xentrix has always been the leading UK thrash metal band back in the day. When it comes to having the whole package meaning musicianship, compositions, ferocity, melodic lines they came up on top … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE ZITO AND FRIENDS – Rock ‘N’ Roll: A Tribute To Chuck Berry

Mike Zito And Friends - Rock

Ruf Records [Release date 01.11.19] ‘Mike Zito And Friends – Rock ‘N’ Roll: A Tribute To Chuck Berry’ is a pit stop, or a pause for breathe in a career that has brought him critical acclaim as both a musician … Continue reading

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Book review: FRANK ZAPPA – On Track Every Album, Every Song 1966 to 1979 by Eric Benac

Eric Benac - On Track Frank Zappa 1966 to 1979

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 29.09.19] Where Ben Watson’s exhaustive mid 90′s ‘Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play’ provided a left wing cultural and critical examination of Frank Zappa and his conceptual continuity, Eric Benac’s ‘On Track’ take a different approach. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: STEELEYE SPAN, GALLAGHER & LYLE, HUMBLE PIE

GALLAGHER & LYLE - Live at De Montfort Hall Leicester 1977

STEELEYE SPAN Live at De Montfort Hall Leicester 1977 Store For Music/Angel Air [Release date 04.10.19] One glaring error on this CD is the concert was in fact recorded in 1978 on the band’s then farewell tour (although the band … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DIVINE COMEDY – O2 Academy, Oxford, 13 October 2019

Seeing the Divine Comedy live has been top of my bands to see list and I was very happy to be able to finally see them at a sold out show at the Academy (or the Zodiac as it was … Continue reading

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Interview: GARY MOAT (Burnt Out Wreck)

On the day Burnt Out Wreck’s new album ‘This Is Hell’ is released Darren Johnson caught up with the band’s front-man and former Heavy Pettin’ drummer, Gary Moat. So the new Burnt Out Wreck album is released today. Tell us … Continue reading

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Book review: THE MOODY BLUES – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Geoffrey Feakes

THE MOODY BLUES - EVERY ALBUM, EVERY SONG

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 22.08.19] The format follows the tried and tested Every Album, Every Song formula by tackling each album in chronological order. In this book though Feakes adds in piece about the album cover – the Moody Blues … Continue reading

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Gig review: DATURA4 – CherryDon, Marseilles, 6 October 2019

Five Australians blokes walk into a bar in Marseilles on a Sunday night……and just kill it. Having appreciated these guys from a distance and reviewed Datura4’s excellent trio of albums (Demon Blues, Hairy Mountain and Blessed Is The Boogie), GRTR!’s … Continue reading

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Album review: JAN AKKERMAN – Close Beauty

JAN AKKERMAN - Close Beauty

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot [Release date 25.10.19] Let’s be honest.  Jan Akkerman hasn’t exactly been active in terms of album releases in the millennium.  I also have to declare an interest having managed several UK tours for the guitarist in the … Continue reading

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Album review: RISE – Strangers

RISE - Strangers

Wise Queen Records [Release date 18.10.19] Strangers is the new album by Sussex based singer songwriter RISE – the artist formerly known as Talitha Rise (aka Jo Beth Young). The follow up to her 2018 debut An Abandoned Orchid House, … Continue reading

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Album review: SAYER & JOYCE – Makes You Stronger

SAYER & JOYCE - Makes You Stronger

Gulf Coast Records [Release date 04.10.19] When Pete Feenstra reviewed British blues duo Ron Sayer Jr and Charlotte Joyce’s debut Hard To Please in 2013 he observed that contemporary roots music had never sounded so good, and had the album … Continue reading

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Album review: ELAINE SAMUELS & KINDRED SPIRIT BAND – Elemental

ELAINE SAMUELS & KINDRED SPIRIT BAND - Elemental

[Release date 02.11.19] Folk rock imbued with flute?  It’s impossible not to make Tull/Anderson comparisons.  Violin – Curved Air anyone? But Elaine Samuels and her Kindred Spirits (no relation Siobhan Maher’s all too short lived post River City People liaison … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVID HASSELHOFF – Open Your Eyes

DAVID HASSELHOFF – Open Your Eyes

Cleopatra Records [Release date 29.09.19] David Hasselhoff, or the Hoff to his many fans, is no stranger to the recording studio having released his first album way back in 1985.  He has always been big in Germany, indeed this album … Continue reading

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Album review: YOGI LANG – A Way Out Of Here

Yogi Lang - A Way Out Of Here

Gentle Art Of Music  [Release date: 08.11.19] Although probably a new name to those not in the know, Yogi Lang’s day job is as vocalist and front-man for exceptional German progressive rock luminaries RPWL (he’s the ‘L’). He’s flown solo … Continue reading

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Album review: STONEWIRE – Life As We Know It

STONEWIRE - Life As We Know It

Independent [Release date 01.11.19] Step aside Anne and Nancy, there’s a new Favorite Bitch in town – big-lunged Sky Hunter and her cohorts who testify as StoneWire and they kick up one helluva sandstorm. This is an outstanding album of … Continue reading

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Album review: DANDELION CHARM – Maybe Dreamers

DANDELION CHARM – Maybe Dreamers

Independent [Release date 01.11.19] Dandelion Charm – John Fowler and Clare Fowler – return with their second studio album and ‘Maybe Dreamers’ marks a big leap forward for the band, as they widen their musical horizons further. Sadly this album … Continue reading

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Album review: RPWL – Live From Outer Space

RPWL - Live From Outer Space

Gentle Art Of Music  [Release date: 15 .11.19] Back in the day, bands such as Pearl Jam recorded all their gigs, pressed the CDs at the venue and flogged them to fans on their way out as a souvenir. A … Continue reading

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Album review: COLD – The Things We Can’t Stop

COLD - The Things We Can

Napalm Records [Release date 13.09.19] Cold return after an extended break – eight years to be precise – with main man Scooter Ward admitting to suffering writers block, which he overcame after discovering Nick Cave’s ‘One More Time With Feeling’ … Continue reading

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Album review: LUKE JACKSON – Journals

LUKE JACKSON - Journals

First Take [Release date 08.11.19] Luke Jackson returns with his fifth album where he is joined by Andy Sharps on bass and Elliott Norris on drums, with both adding harmony vocals. Luke Jackson tackles a number of subjects on the … Continue reading

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Interview: PETE WAY

Pete Way Band

Ahead of his UK tour Darren Johnson talks to the former UFO bass supremo Pete Way. It wasn’t that long ago that the only news we’d be reading about Pete Way was in connection with his various ongoing health battles. … Continue reading

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