Tag Archives: alt rock

Quick plays: SULPHER, NIGHT DEMON, DANIEL TRIGGER

SULPHER No One Will Ever Know SPV/Oblivion [Release date 31.08.18] Suplher formed back in 2000 by vocalist/guitarist Rob Holliday (Marilyn Manson/The Prodigy) and drummer Steve Monti, who has worked with the likes of Gary Numan and the Jesus and the Mary … Continue reading

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EP review: DEAD AGENTS

Facebook [Release date 27.04.18] Hailing from the West Midlands (a big plus point in this reviewer’s unbiased opinion!), Dead Agents describe themselves as the “lost boys” of alternative rock. Dead Agents are Geoff Fry (drums), Adam Furmage (bass, vocals), David James Foster (vocal, rhythm … Continue reading

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Album review: COWBOY JUNKIES – All That Reckoning

COWBOY JUNKIES - All That Reckoning

Proper Music [Release date 13.07.18] “All That Reckoning” is the 17th studio album from Cowboy Junkies since they formed back in 1985. The album is easy to listen to with every song telling a story, whether that be deep, personal … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews: THE JADE ASSEMBLY, THE ELATION

THE JADE ASSEMBLY Nothing Changes

THE JADE ASSEMBLY Nothing Changes [Release date 04.05.18] The Jade Assembly are a four piece hailing from Bolton consisting of John Foster (vocals & guitar), Gareth Smedley (lead guitar), Andy Watson (drums)  and Danny Hayes (bass). They have been creating … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ESP 2.0, ROAMER, UNRULY CHILD

ESP 2.0 - 22 Layers Of Sunlight

ESP 2.0 22 Layers Of Sunlight [Release date 20.04.18] www.suncreative.com ESP released a very enjoyable prog rock album in 2016′s ‘Invisible Din’ and now they are back with a revamped line-up. Composer/producer/guitarist Tony Lowe and Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SHINE NOIR, GEORGE ST.CLAIR

Shine Noir

SHINE NOIR – s/t Alternative rock, from Germany, anyone?  Formed when Anne wanted to record a few of her singer-songwriter songs, the guys who owned the studio – Olli (guitars) and No (drums) decided to add their own metal and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LOVED ONES, DAVEY DODDS

LOVED ONES Harness Blood Records [Release date 05.05.17] Loved Ones are on ‘that difficult second album’, or so the theory goes, however this band have no qualms on that score as they have a plethora of musical ideas to share … Continue reading

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EP reviews: WAITING FOR TITOR, BEYOND RECALL, MALLEN

MALLEN Jack Of Cards Mallen released their debut ‘Ignition’ back in 2015 and have toured with the likes of Motley Crue on their UK farewell dates, plus Toseland and Funeral For A Friend. This new song was produced by David … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE HURRICANE – Same Sun Same Moon

Little Hurricanes - Same Sun Same Moon

Mascot [Release date 14.04.17] Little Hurricane feature Anthony ‘Tone’ Catalano on guitar and vocals and Celeste ‘CC’ Spina on drums. ‘Same Sun, Same Moon’ is a contemporary take on “dirty blues” (think The White Stripes meets The Black Keys),  but the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUE OCTOBER – Islington O2 Academy, 4 March 2017

BLUE OCTOBER - Islington O2 Academy, 4 March 2017

Shortly before the UK tour, David Randall chatted to Justin Furstenfeld for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  In the first hour of his weekly show, David plays tracks from the current and recent albums whilst asking Justin about the band’s … Continue reading

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News: BLUE OCTOBER – UK dates and radio interview (February 2017)

Blue October

David Randall chatted to Blue October mainman Justin Furstenfeld on the eve of their UK visit.  This special feature includes tracks from several albums including ‘Home’  (59:40) First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 26 February 2017. Blue October … Continue reading

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Gig review: 3 DOORS DOWN – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 6 November 2016

 3 DOORS DOWN - Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 6 November 2016

Enormous in their native USA since the turn of the millennium, 3 Doors Down have a low public profile in the UK, perhaps befitting a band whose everyday anonymity is one of their virtues. Yet a near sell out at … Continue reading

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Album review: CURE FOR GRAVITY – s/t

CURE FOR GRAVITY

[Release date 14.10.16] www.cureforgravity.net California-based trio Cure For Gravity describe their influences as traditional prog (Genesis, King Crimson) prog with a more experimental edge (Radiohead, God Is An Astronaut) This should give you an idea of the band’s musical range … Continue reading

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Album review: SINNERGOD – Sinnergod

The Best of 2016

[Release date 09.09.16] www.sinnergod.com Described as “Goth Metallers” this is the Wigan/Manchester quintet’s sophomore album release.  There’s a confidence at play, the more so when you realise it has been conceived and produced locally and by the band’s twin brothers … Continue reading

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EP review: CIRCLE OF REASON – Faith or Theory

CIRCLE OF REASON - Faith or Theory

[Release date 27.05.16] Southampton quartet, Circle of Reason come racing out the blocks with their latest EP ‘Faith or Theory’. The 7 song release has been making waves already, being featured on Scuzz TV and Kerrang! TV. This has began … Continue reading

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Album review: TAX THE HEAT – Fed To The Lions

Nuclear Blast [Release date 08.04.16] I first came across Tax The Heat supporting prog/pomp rock veterans Kansas back in 2014 and was suitably impressed by their live show. Since then they have toured extensively and signed with Nuclear Blast. The … Continue reading

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Gig review: CRACKER – Dingwalls, London, 7 December 2015

A spirit-lifting gig on a miserable Monday night from an inventive band who refuse to be pigeon-holed. Cracker have variously been described as alt rock, alt country, country rock, post-punk and blues-folk. I kid you not. Who needs labels when … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MANIC SHINE – Trial And Triumph

THE MANIC SHINE - Trial & Triumph

Pledge Music [Release date 11.15] The Manic Shine are one of those bands that – after several years – have finally hit proverbial  paydirt with their latest Pledge-funded album.  We came across them via the radio station with much airplay … Continue reading

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News: CHRIS SQUIRE, WARREN HAYNES, SEPULTURA – Tuesday 19th May 2015

Royal Hunt have launched a Pledge music campaign for their next album. They also have a new drummer Andreas “Habo” Johansson. Bullet For My Valentine release their new album ‘Venom’ on August 14th. Warren Haynes (Govt. Mule) releases his new … Continue reading

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Album review: LIFEHOUSE – Out Of The Wasteland plus interview

LIFEHOUSE - Out Of The Wasteland

Ironworks [Release date 22.06.15] Lifehouse have sold over 15m. albums worldwide with considerable success in their native US, yet they remain relatively unknown here in the UK.  This album sees the band on a new record label and back after … Continue reading

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