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Gig review: VINCENT FLATTS FINAL DRIVE – Kings Head Theatre, London, 7 June 2019

VIncent Flatts Fina Drive by Cath

There ‘s something indefinable about the true spirit of rock and rock. And whatever it is, Vincent Flatts Final Drive front man Steve “Bertie” Burton has it in buckets. It’s not just the spontaneous humour, the belligerent phrasing, the way … Continue reading

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Album review: SUSAN SANTOS – No U Turn

SUSAN SANTOS - No U Turn

Pete Feenstra chatted to Susan Santos for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 26 August 2018 and featuring tracks from ‘No U Turn’. TWH Records [Release date 19.01.19] Recorded in Madrid, mixed and mastered in … Continue reading

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Album review: FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

Wire Sound Records [Release date 14.09.18] Federal Charm’s fourth album finds them with a significant line-up change featuring new singer Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler. Lead guitarist Paul Bowe and solid bassist LD Morawski continue to be part of … Continue reading

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Album review: LUXURIANT SEDANS – Born Certified

LUXURIANT SEDANS – Born Certified

Seventh Son [Release date 08.09.15] From the opening heavy duty guitar squalls, power chords, growling vocal and interwoven guitar parts voiced over cymbal splashes, to the pounding conclusion of Jerry McCain’s ‘Stay Out Of Automobiles’, you know you are in … Continue reading

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Album review: WILY BO WALKER – Moon Over Indigo

WILY BO WALKER – Moon Over Indigo

Mescal Canyon [Release date 25.09.15] Blues award nominee, prodigious songwriter, multi band leader and genre hopping roots rock artist, Wily Bo Walker returns with the concluding part of his 2015 trilogy of solo albums. ‘Moon Over Indigo’ comes complete with … Continue reading

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Album review: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND – Somewhere Over Detroit

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND – Somewhere Over Detroit

Gonzo Multimedia [Release Date 23.05.14] Given the atrocious sound quality of this album and the apparent jumble of material ‘Somewhere Over Detroit’ is for completists only. Recorded in December 1980, this concert was part of Beefheart’s comeback, as he reverted … Continue reading

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Album review: STEPHEN DALE PETIT – Cracking The Code

Stephen Dale Petit

        333 Records [Release date 16.09.13] ‘Cracking The Code’ is an apt title for an album that counter balances some retro sounding material with a contemporary production. There’s something lying underneath the frisson busting energy levels but … Continue reading

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Album review: HOT HEAD SHOW – Perfect

Hot Head Show - Perfect

Tentacle Films Limited [Release date 14.10.13] Hot Head Show is a trio with art rock and avant-garde pretensions. ‘Perfect’ is an album that has its moments of starling musical innovation, as it explores imaginative horizons, but ultimately it struggles lyrically … Continue reading

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Album Review: P-A-U-L LAMB & THE DETROIT BREAKDOWN – Ready Fire Aim

E E Records [Release Date: 04.11.13] P-A-U-L Lamb & The Detroit Breakdown certainly live up to their name. Given their prickly urban rock, funk, soul and bluesy tinged style, they fit perfectly into the city’s musical landscape. Their songs are heartfelt, uncompromising … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHNNY DOWD – Do The Gargon

   Mother Jinx Records [Release date 05.08.13] ‘The record took two weeks to make, which is plenty if you know what you’re doing’, says New York based Texan exile Johnny Dowd. He seems to know what he’s doing, as he … Continue reading

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Gig review: GOV’T MULE – Under The Bridge, London, 4 July 2013

Although their reputation as primary jam band is well merited, Gov’t Mule is much more than that. Their improvisational core takes them across genres and into constantly evolving new areas that gives shows like this its cutting edge. At the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE – Rare Gumbo

  Gypsy Hotel Records [Release date 20.05.13] Even the most riotous and irreverent of bands sometimes need a break. And ‘Rare Gumbo’ is compilation album that gathers together The Urban Voodoo Machine’s bits and pieces in the form of EP … Continue reading

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Album review: MARCUS BONFANTI – Shake The Walls

Jigsaw [Release date 17.06.13] Marcus Bonfanti’s ‘Shake The Walls’ is the record he’s always threatened to make. It may only be the third album of his career but it has the songs and the presence of a mature recording artist. … Continue reading

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Album review: CTHULHU RISE – 42

Cthulhu Rise

Musea Records This incredible heavy but inventive album may sometimes border on the cacophonous as it blasts away the cobwebs of complacency with monumental fractured riffs, but the underlying fast changing time signatures, unrelenting metal dirge (sludge metal anybody?) and … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE MAGIC BAND – Under The Bridge, London, 16 March 2013

There can be fewer stranger tales than the cult like relationship between the late Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. His totalitarian grip on the line-up that recorded the groundbreaking ‘Trout Mask Replica’ album has spawned numerous articles, documentaries and … Continue reading

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