Imperial Jade – On The Rise

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Imperial Jade – On The Rise
Epictronic
Release Date: 18/01/2019
Running Time: 44:37
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

Imperial Jade are five young friends who also happen to be rock and roll lovers from Maresme province in Barcelona. The band was born in 2012 by Francesc Lopez (drums), Alex Panero (guitar), Arau Ventura (vocals), Hugo Nubiola (guitar/keyboard) and Ricardo Turro (bass) with a sound that can be described as 70’s rock with a hint of country rock and a twist of groove rock.

In 2015, the band released their first record “Please Welcome Imperial Jade” which hit several lists of best releases of the year. Throughout 2016 Imperial Jade toured throughout Spain with the album, performing gigs all booked by themselves, they opened for Californian band Rival Sons in Barcelona and for Swedish band EUROPE at two concerts given in Madrid and Barcelona, among other great bands like Ten Years After or Michael Monroe.

In 2017, the band recorded two new singles on analogue tape at Music Lan Studios which was then mixed in Nashville USA by the sound engineer John Netti (Rival Sons, Europe, Black Stone Cherry, Bon Jovi) and mastered at The Room Studios by Gorka Dresbaj. Throughout the year the band played different venues and gigs and appeared live on television for the first time at Los Concierto’s de Radio 3 of RTVE (Spanish TV channel) while also playing the main stage of Rock Fest BCN, sharing with bands like Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Airbourne and Alice Cooper.

With crystal clear vocals, this album is rocky, bluesy, enchanting but with a real edge to it and even a hint of country groove with ‘Sad For No Reason’. With a foot tapping beat, it’s a fun song which shouldn’t work but does and then you have ‘Dance’ which is much rockier.

‘The Call’ is yet another completely different track which starts very psychedelic, yet the harmonies take you back to rock so there’s no telling what you will get next! They, almost, want to keep you on your toes and just when you think you have got the album sussed; it turns in a completely different direction again.

These guys have a soulful yet passionate persona about them. There is so much feeling in the album, with epic guitar riffs, changes of pace, and changes of direction it’s almost like they have layered everything and you must get through all the layers to get to the end of the album. And just as you think you understand it; you get the upbeat and rock n roll guitars of ‘Heatwave’ and if you aren’t dancing around to this track then I will be surprised. It’s an epic song for summer days blasting out of the car.

Imperial Jade certainly give you value for money with so many epic songs covering so many different genres all on one album. This is definitely not your usual run of the mill band, which is very refreshing. It’s rock but light and a pleasure to keep listening too. It’s edgy, gritty, enchanting yet strong without being overpowering.

TRACKLISTING:
1- You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
2 -Dance
3- Sad For No Reason
4-The Call
5-Glory Train
6-Lullaby In Blue
7-Keep Me Singing
8-Heat Wave
9-Rough Seas
10-Struck By Lightening

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ImperialJadeRock/

https://www.instagram.com/imperialjaderock/
https://imperialjade.bandcamp.com/

 

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Cats In Space – Daytrip To Narnia

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Cats In Space – Daytrip To Narnia
Harmony Factory/Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 01-03-2019
Running Time: 52:33
Review by Tsarina Wilson
10/10 (Only because I couldn’t give it more!)

Cats In Space “Epic Long Player” album is everything I expected it to be. From the amazing art work of the album cover to the punchy, catchy tracks, this band never disappoints. I had the pleasure of reviewing their last album and, as with this album “Daytrip To Narnia”, once again they have gone above and beyond to give us a fun, bouncy, rock album with tracks that will just bowl you over.

The guys, who include Paul Menzi on lead vocals and “screams”, Greg Heart on lead guitar, tubular bells and acoustic vocals, Dean Howar on lead and rhythm guitars, Andy Stewart on piano, synthesizers, vocoder and organ, Steevi Bacon on drums, percussion, timpani and vocals and, last but not least, Mick Wilson on vocals, acoustics and additional synthesizers, have such a unique sound it certainly makes them stand out for me.

The guys have certainly caused a stir since they exploded onto the scene in 2015 with their debut album “Too Many Gods” and they have earned their right to be still going strong after touring with legendary rock giants Deep Purple, Status Quo and Thunder playing UK arenas, plus playing Hyde Park with Phil Collins and Blondie. But somehow, I think the best is yet to come for these guys! They are a total breath of fresh air.

‘Tragic Alter Ego’ reminded me very much of ‘Good Old-Fashioned Loverboy’ by Queen, with also the hint of the lyrics from ‘Play the Game’, but they also remind me of bands like ELO and Kiss.

But don’t think for one minute this band is your standard run of the mill band. They deliver great guitar riffs, brilliant vocals plus some great synths with a fun and light hearted air about them.

That said this album is one of two halves. The second half (tracks 8-14) make up ‘The Story Of Johnny Rocket’ which takes you on a trip into space and, let’s be honest many of us have dreamed of that. This is great song writing with a twist, terrific harmonies and just a great feel good factor to it.

‘Thunder In The Night’ is the track where “Johnny” meets the future Mrs Rocket, ‘One Small Step’ continues their story and the slower song ‘Twilight’ is quite melancholy compared to other tracks but the harmonies are so good.

The last track concludes the “Johnny Rocket” story and ends in an uplifting mood telling us never to give up hope and I’m sure these guys never did. The whole album is like a story within a story and you get little hints of their influences. It maybe just a few notes of guitar but makes you think “wow that could be…” Some lyrics certainly make you reminisce, especially when they mention “The Soup Dragon” and, for those of you not old enough to remember, it’s from The Clangers! But thank you! You have now made me feel very old!

This album “Daytrip To Narnia” has it all, storytelling, fun, rock, great clear vocals, great harmonies, but above all it’s just a damn good listen.

So, make time for it either in the car, in the office or at home as it’s an uplifting and great album.

The whole album “Daytrip To Narnia” is a pleasure to listen to, a real “pick me up listen”
Some tracks have a real 70’s rock feel while others have quite deep lyrics, but one thing for sure is I hope I get to review their next album as well.

The album will be available on standard CD, 12” 180g white vinyl and the extremely limited addition Narnia Box which are numbered, premium quality wooden boxes full of Cats In Space goodies including the new album, a 12”of Thunder In The Night, which includes unreleased tracks like their version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Communication Breakdown’ ‘Man in The Moon’(acoustic) a Johnny Rocket woven patch, dog tag, guitar plectrum, six collector cards and a cover of Slade’s ‘How Do You Feel’ featuring Danny Bowes from Thunder on 7” vinyl. (Ok just take my money now hahaha)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Narnia
02. She Talks Too Much
03. Hologram Man
04. Tragic Alter Ego
05. Silver And Gold
06. Chasing Diamonds
07. Unicorn
08. The Story Of Johnny Rocket I: Space Overture
09. The Story Of Johnny Rocket II: Johnny Rocket
10. The Story Of Johnny Rocket III: Thunder In The Night
11. The Story Of Johnny Rocket IV: One Small Step
12. The Story OF Johnny Rocket V: Twilight
13. The Story Of Johnny Rocket VI: Yesterday’s News
14. The Story Of Johnny Rocket VII: Destination Unknown

LINKS:
https://www.catsinspace.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/catsinspaceband/

https://www.instagram.com/catsinspaceband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6u18E3uWblUypQJu8_UAcA

 

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