Toby and the Whole Truth – Ignorance is Bliss (25th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition)

Toby and the Whole Truth – Ignorance is Bliss (25th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Jepsongs Recordings
Release Date: 17/07/20
Running Time: 52:17
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

The 90’s was a Marmite decade, musically. The rise of the manufactured band and the new waves of Britpop, indie, and mainstream rave was making it an eclectic picture, which you either loved or hated. The punk, glam, and classic metal scene was being driven underground by the polar opposites of kids with baggy jeans and curtains, smoking joints and playing bar chords, or kids dripping in Burberry, dropping Es and ‘climbing the rope’ or ‘stacking the shelves’ until dawn. The industry was fickle, and driven by profit more than ever before, to the detriment of many artists and bands. But if you looked hard enough, you could still find glimmers of hope amongst the detritus.

In 1995, I was 15, and in somewhat of a period of discovery as far as music was concerned. My tastes had begun to grow up from the likes of Take That and Let Loose. It started after hearing Queen, “Greatest Hits”, for the first time, and having an epiphany moment! And thank god it did, hey?! It was also the year Toby Jepson, formerly of Little Angels, released his first solo album, “Ignorance is Bliss”. A couple of years previously, Little Angels had been seen as the most successful group of a generation, but thanks to the greedy and destructive place that was the 90’s music industry, that had all ended in somewhat bitter circumstances. Now, after a quarter of a century, the dust has settled a little and, Toby, now the vocalist with Wayward Sons, has decided to re-release it as a special 25th anniversary edition. It has been remastered for this release, and there’s also a Limited ‘Songbook’ edition with CD featuring all 11 original tracks and two unreleased songs. The book features 36 pages of production notes, hand drawn illustrations, lyrics, song explanations and a forward introduction by writer David Gailbraith (Kerrang!)

Musically, this album leaves behind the safety of Little Angels’ classic Hard Rock style, moving into the darker realms of Alternative Rock with a hint of 90’s Grunge. Not surprising really, given the events that led to the demise of Little Angels, and, I suspect the need to ‘fit’ with the scene back then. But this album has a more mature edge than a lot of the music that was in vogue at the time, and that makes it ageless. It doesn’t feel dated in any way, and its themes are still as relevant today as they were quarter of a century ago; betrayal, sadness and existential angst, juxtaposed with hopefulness and new musical discovery, which really do make it a timeless classic.

It’s littered with catchy riffs, and a hefty dose of distorted fuzz, and is underpinned with intricate bass and robust rhythms. On top of all this sit Toby’s vocals, crystal clear and with just the right amount of edginess and grit to meld in the classic Rock ‘n’ Roll overtones, without taking the sound too far back into the comfort zone of times gone by.

It also has a certain acoustic intimacy about it – all the tracks could legitimately be played acoustically and not lose any of their meaning or feeling. I like this a lot. A few of the tracks have purely acoustic lead-ins, giving them a certain reflective melancholy, which nods to the overarching mood in which these songs were penned. One example of this is track 5, ‘The Wind Blows Hard’. It mixes a 90’s Bon Jovi style, with a more grunge inspired guitar and vocal sound, and classic rock rhythms. It ebbs and flows between acoustic sections and full on crunchy choruses. And just to top it off, there’s also a couple of intricate cross rhythm sections that bring you out of any false sense of security you may have been lulled into. Although it’s hard to single out any favourite tracks on this album, this one is right up there for me.

You should all know by now that I’m pretty fussy on production values when it comes to recorded music. Having not heard this album originally, I can’t really comment on the scale of the improvement that remastering has made, but the production on this release is pure quality. It’s very thoughtful in its placement of sounds, making it full and expansive, and dynamically everything is placed perfectly to create a very balanced and rounded sound. And every time I listen to it, I hear something new!

I’m going to shut up now. You can probably tell I quite like this album! All I’ll say is, if you liked elements of the 90’s, but need something a bit more grown up, thoughtful, and edgy, and appreciate talent and superb production, then this is definitely an album you should check out.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Some People Are More Equal Than Others
02. Better Off Without Me
03. Slipping Through Your Fingers
04. Haven’t Got Your Strength
05. The Wind Blows Hard
06. All Heal In Time
07. I Won’t Be With You
08. Save Me From Myself
09. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
10. Harder All The Time
11. Open Your Mind
12. Get Your Feet On (Previously Unreleased)
13. Spiritually Bankrupt (Previously Unreleased)

LINKS:
www.tobyjepsonofficial.com/
www.facebook.com/tobyjepsonofficial/
www.twitter.com/TobyJepson
www.instagram.com/therealtobyjepson/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKYqWet2jpPHLa5bS5eEA6g

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EMQ’s with GYPSY’S KISS

EMQ’s with GYPSY’S KISS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with 1970’s Rock Icons Gypsy’s Kiss. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

David Smith: Vocals, Guitars (For GK I use a Gibson SG Standard, a Gibson Firebird, a Line 6 Variax and a Yamaha APX500 Acoustic) and song writing.

Jonathan Morley: Guitar and backing vocals. Gibson Les Paul Deluxe (which I have owned from new in 1979!)

Fraser Marr: I play guitar. Primarily a Gibson Flying V. Hopefully Gibson.

After leaving school in 1973 and sharing a love of all things rock and West Ham United, David and Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden) decided to form a band. David even helped Steve choose his first bass and learn to play. They rehearsed and David began writing the songs that are still loved by fans today. They gigged around East London (including the iconic Cart and Horses in Stratford) but the band came to an end in mid-1975. David has been asked many times to reform the band but resisted until a charity performance in 2018. The response from the Iron Maiden family was so good that it kick started a fully blown reboot.

How did you come up with your band name?

David: The band were formed in 1973 as Influence (Line Up Me, Steve Harris, Bob Verschoyle and Paull Sears (Tim Nash was added later)) but we changed the name in 1974 to Gypsy’s Kiss (which is East End rhyming slang for ‘piss’). Steve wanted to change the name to Spare Rib at one point, but we resisted!

Fraser: David came up with it whilst chatting to Dinosaurs

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Jonathan: Glasgow. And not a lot has come out of there in terms of metal. There was actually a New Wave of British Heavy Metal act called Glasgow. I always liked GUN as well. The best Scottish band you could call ‘heavy’ for me was Nazareth. I have the details of a couple of Scottish venues and Viv at Roulette Media (our management) will no doubt send them our new EP launch details!

Fraser: I am from Yorkshire originally where the Rock scene is good. I am now in Southern England where the rock scene needs a good kick up the arse!

David: I was born and brought up in Leyton (in London’s East End) about a mile away from Steve Harris in Leytonstone but now live in Chessington. Back in the early 70s the East London Pub Rock music scene was vibrant with loads of pubs and clubs having bands on most nights of the week. Sadly, in London now there are fewer and fewer live venues staying open and its really difficult for young bands to get a start.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

David: We released the EP “Heat Crazed Vole Re-tailed” on 1st May which is a remastered copy of the EP we put out last year but including our debut single ‘Influence’ and our new radio single ‘Don’t Ask the Question’!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fraser: Going roughly through the Years I would say. Clapton, Hendrix, Zappa. Stones, Skynyrd, Aero, Zep, Floyd, Nugent, Caravan, Lizzy, UFO, especially Michael Schenker. Later would be Queensrÿche, Lynch Mob, Guns n Roses, LA Guns etc…

David: I grew up in the 60’s and loved the great bands of the time (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Move etc). and then Purple, Sabbath, Free, Floyd, Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Bowie, Quo, Slade, Roxy – man what an era that was! I started playing in 1971 (yes that long ago) and have since been influenced vocally by Paul Rodgers, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Ozzy and Ian Gillan. Guitar influences would be Chuck Berry, Gilmour, Kossoff, Page, Peter Green and, of course, the greatest Jimi Hendrix.

What first got you into music?

Fraser: My parents. No question. They loved Jazz and it was always playing. Modern not Trad. In my house The Beatles were not regarded hugely. I went pretty much from Jazz to Rock and missed out Pop. First song I remember was Little Red Rooster by The Stones. My older brother turned me on to Sabbath, Zep, Atomic Rooster, Wishbone Ash, Nektar, Neu, Amon Duul. A lot of weird and varied stuff.

David: None of my family are musical but all loved music. We always had the radio on. My elder sister was into Elvis and then the Beatles and that kick started me. Like all teenage lads I wanted to play guitar and finally owned a Woolworths Audition acoustic (for the princely sum of £8) in 1971

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Jonathan: Rival Sons

Fraser: Aerosmith, Schenker, Queensrÿche

David: There would be so many, Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour, Neil Young, Pete Townsend come immediately to mind, but the list is huge.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Download.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Fraser: Praise.

David: I would normally get the standard stuff like booze, pictures, t shirts etc. But there’s still time!!!!!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

You know our legacy music and the Iron Maiden connection well, but look out for new material and an album in the not too distant future!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Jonathan: Bon Scott.

Fraser: Jimi Hendrix

David: Jimi Hendrix

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Jonathan: I love gigging, recording, rehearsing, everything, even driving to a gig and setting up and getting nervous before playing. I don’t like packing up after. And it’s true what they say about singers never helping!

Fraser: There’s nothing to hate. We are lucky.

David: Pretty much all of it except setting up and packing up!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Fraser: Reduce the price of CD’s and increase the payment from streaming sites to artists. A lot.

David: Bring back more live venues and to keep music live

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonathan: Rush – “Exit Stage Left”.

Fraser: Queensrÿche – “Operation Mindcrime”.

David: “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”

What’s Best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads

We can’t agree. But cassettes? Just no!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

David: I pretty much love most of the gigs with all the bands I’ve been in but the very first GK gig at the Cart and Horses in 1974 is still in my memory!

Fraser: They are all good. Big or small. Need some right now.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Fraser: Photography. Science, Conservation. Maybe gardening…

David: What I use to do being a Civil Servant!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Bond, David Lee Roth, Prince, Bobby Moore & My Mum.

What’s next for the band?

EP release, write more songs and plan gigs.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Facebook and Instagram
www.gypsyskiss.net/
www.facebook.com/GK74Band/
www.instagram.com/gypsyskiss1974/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jonathan: They should be allowed to identify as whatever they choose!

Fraser: Haha… They are a cake. They get hard.

David: Isn’t it a cake for tax avoidance purposes? I’m not a fan anyway – give me a digestive or a slab of bread pudding anytime!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

David: Thank you for the opportunity. It’s good to be back after 46 years as Gypsy’s Kiss!

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Lucifer Star Machine – The Devil’s Breath

Lucifer Star Machine – The Devil’s Breath
The Sign Records
Release Date: 03/04/2020
Running Time: 42:42
Review by Dark Juan
Rating 8/10

It is evening at Dark Juan Terrace, Mrs. Dark Juan is making facemasks upstairs in her eyrie and I have the pleasure of the company of Number Two Furry Son Sir Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover while I write this. When I say pleasure, I use the term loosely as he is variously shouting at me for my beer or trying to steal my crisp butty, the thieving little hellhound bastard. I have trained him well. He has been exiled from the eyrie because he is such an unutterable tiny terror. He honestly bullies a dog four times his weight. He has now left the room and I am instead blessed with the anal artistry of Number Three Furry Son Hodgson Biological-Weapon. He has just dropped a fartbomb of such stupendous filth that even he has left the room in disgust. Do you see what I have to endure in order to bring you such factual and splendid record reviews, dear children of the dark? I will attempt to stave off oxygen starvation and the possibility of being poisoned in order to bring you the benefit of my wisdom regarding Lucifer Star Machine’s latest opus “The Devil’s Breath”…

I don’t mind telling you, Novichok has nothing on that dog’s arse. I had to leave the room for a good ten minutes. Not a problem because I needed to get another beer.

Lucifer Star Machine are a German punk n roll band formed initially (and somewhat confusingly) in London, however they now reside in Hamburg and now have an all German line-up. With stage names. Dark Juan likes stage names. But theirs aren’t as good as his. He thinks…

Yeah, enough of the nonsense. What do Lucifer Star Machine sound like? The blurb the PR company very kindly sent says, “The Devil’s Breath is a high-energy mixture of classic rock, punk, a touch of metal, and a hint of 1950’s Rock’n’Roll…”

They are nearly right – there’s little to no metal on display here. It’s rock and roll and punk fused. And it’s pretty damned good. Imagine The Offspring and “Earth A.D.” era Misfits meeting Nekromantix and having a bloody good piss up together and then forming a band and you have a rough idea of what this bunch of German miscreants sound like. You’re fortunate – I have decided to forgo the usual nauseating sadomasochistic sexual metaphor I normally employ. It’s been a trying day. Frankly any album that starts with the words “Catholic Church sex abuse scandal” has already earned a million goodwill points considering my virulently anti-church stance (no matter how much fun it is deflowering virgin Christian girls upon the sacred altar in front of a packed house of increasingly shocked parishioners while the priest weeps quietly in the corner and I shout “Hail Satan!” at the moment of completion. Thus, another goth girl is created and the Church loses another sheep from the flock…) and sets the tone for a record that, although done before by the likes of the Hellacopters et al, has a certain charm all its own.

Opening cut ‘The Void’ crashes into the lugholes like a six foot, and ridiculously friendly pink mohicaned punk who’s pissed up at half ten in the morning and has staggered by accident into your venue of choice. This is good time music. Music you drink to and dance and do stupid things to. The kind of music that inspires Jackass style madness off your garden chair involving you, Smudgy the cat, the paddling pool and five very drunk friends. And a trip to hospital. And every song is like that. Speedy, fun, entertaining and well produced and accessible. Some punk can be samey and difficult to listen to and LSM are not like that. It does make it hard to pick standout songs from the record because it is an album that rewards you listening to it as a complete body of work rather than a song here and there. Lucifer Star Machine are the soundtrack to your stupidest ideas and they are to be commended for that. Every song is pretty much three chord punk madness, but played with a sense of fun and enjoyment you seldom hear on a record until you get to the last track which is the title track. Where Lucifer Star Machine delve perilously close to Green Day style chart bothering with acoustic guitar but thankfully with a suitably satanic lyrical content to save it from my righteous fury. That was a close one, meine herren!

Dark Juan officially recommends Lucifer Star Machine to your attention. If you like something less heavy occasionally then you’ll probably love it. If you’re a snotty purist, go fuck yourself. With a JCB or something. Make it count.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Das Patentierte Dunkle Juan Blutspritzer Bewertungssystem) awards Lucifer Star Machine 8/10 for a jolly hockey sticks, fun record that will be best enjoyed fucking hammered on a beach with ladies all around you. Of course, Dark Juan would do this while in the black desert in Iceland with Nordic hotties everywhere. Just saying…

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Void
02. Dwell In Misery
03. Cruel Hearts
04. Baby, When You Cry
05. The Night Is Young
06. Eat Dust
07. A Touch Of Death
08. El Camino Real
09. Pretender
10. Evil Blood
11. Midnight Crawler
12. Your Love Remains
13. Devil’s Breath

LINE-UP:
Tor Abyss – Throat
Mickey Necro – Guitars
Marshall Speed – Guitars
Benny Zin – Bass
Jay Impact – Drums

LINKS:
www.luciferstarmachine.com/
www.facebook.com/luciferstarmachine/
www.instagram.com/lucifer_star_machine/
www.spotify.com/artist/0OadEGpCQGopnStMsULCig
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0btWSJQ5kJE3RMn8yDyYA

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Stew – People

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Stew – People
Ripple Music
Release Date: 11/10/2019
Running Time: 37:24
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

At the beginning of this year I had, what can only be described as, the absolute pleasure to review the “Hot” EP by this young band from Sweden. I gave it 9 out of 10 as I was so impressed and even stated in my review how much I was looking forward to reviewing the album once it was done.

Well, the album has now been completed and, as you can already see from the score I have given it, it’s an absolute stonker! But, to be fair, I already knew that would be the case!!

Formed in early 2017, the band hail from Lindesberg / Ӧbero in Sweden and is made up of the power trio of Markus Asland on bass and vocals, Niklas Jansson on guitar and Niklas Dahlgren on drums. Their own band notes state they play a “gritty and nostalgic fusion of classic rock and blues inspiration” and this just about sums them up perfectly.

I said in my review of the EP that the music enticed a “warm, fuzzy feeling of bliss and contentment” as you were transported back to the past and this album gives you that feeling once again….and more! Playing a mix of classic rock, blues and soul, this band is obviously heavily influenced by the sounds of the late 60’s/70’s era. And that is by no means a bad thing.

With groovy riffs, strong vocals (this guy’s voice is outstanding) and swinging drums, this is classic rock but with a modern twist. With a little bit of blues, a little bit of rock and killer guitars, these guys have nailed the sound of the 60’s/70’s with true musicianship.

With influences such as Jimi Hendrix, Free, Deep Purple, Grandfunk Railroad, Buddy Miles, Rory Gallagher and Spooky Tooth, they were always on to a winning formula, but they do it with a class that could easily put them up there with the best of the genre.

A quote from Classic Rock magazine regarding the EP stated that the music was “spewing embers of psychedelic wonder” and these guys would not have been out of place at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. They really are the perfect band to just chill out to.

Just like the EP the whole album was recorded live except for the vocals and solos and recording finished in just nine days! Something of an accomplishment!

When the EP was released Stew was an unsigned band (a sacrilege if you ask me as they should have been snapped up ages ago!) but I was extremely pleased to see that they have now been signed to Ripple Music and I know with the backing of a record label and the hard work they so obviously put into their music, this band will go places. They are still young and have many successful years ahead of them.

Its not very often I give a 10 out of 10, having only dished out a handful during my reviewing career, but this album certainly deserves it. In fact, it actually deserves an 11!

I am sooooo impressed with these guys that I will be following them very closely in the future and monitoring just how successful they are going to be. I am even going to recommend to Rick we add them to our “Bands We Follow” page on our site.

Keep up the good, no great, work guys and I hope to see you at a gig over here sometime! Now, THAT would just be the icing on the cake!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. Right On Time
03. People
04. Newborn
05. Endless Journey
06. Play The Fool
07. Goddess
08. Afraid Of Getting Nowhere
09. Sweet And True
10. Fruits
11. Morning Again

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/stewsweden/
https://twitter.com/Stew13434878
https://www.instagram.com/stew_band/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6gQxEftIRnjg_nxDmThwQ

 

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NozFest – The 1865, Southampton, UK 10/08/2019

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NozFest
The 1865, Southampton, UK
10/08/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham

The concert hangover is a common thing amongst the rock and metal community; these usually take place after experiencing an excellent live show. Symptoms can often include sore muscles, pounding heads and ringing ears. The most common of the symptoms is a huge desire to go back and experience it all over again.

I definitely experienced this concert hangover the day after NozFest. This fantastic event took place at ‘The 1865’, Southampton on 10th August. Given it was the same weekend as Bloodstock and Boomtown, lots of people came through the door which was great to see. JodieBowie was the promoter of this event; after running successful Rock Nights around the UK, this was her first festival.

It was clear that the high winds were not going to dampen the spirits of festival goers better known as Nozzers. As the venue began to fill, you could instantly see fans securing their spots to watch the bands, buying their first pints, browsing the band’s merchandise and talking excitedly amongst themselves about what bands they were most looking forward to seeing.

27 Days

To kick off the proceedings, Bournemouth based 27 Days were the first band to take to the stage. As the opening act, the pressure is higher than ever to get the crowds warmed up. Especially when it’s early doors and alcohol consumption had barely begun. 27 Days conquered that pressure and showed NozFest what they were made of. Their performance consisted of great guitar solos, brilliant harmonies and infectious energy on stage and their cover of the Darkness classic ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ went down a treat with the crowd and got them participating. This is another achievement for an opening band to conquer and 27 Days did just that.

01 27 Dayshttps://www.facebook.com/27DaysOfficialPage/

The Wicked Jackals

As the day went on, the venue started filling. With a performance from the next band The Wicked Jackals looming, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Their melodies contained some great hooks that kept the crowd alive and engaged. Their charismatic and passionate stage presence also seemed to win fans over, particularly when the booze gun came out. Advice: be sure to catch The Wicked Jackals when they come to your hometown. Where else are you going to see a water-pistol filled with alcohol?!

02 The Wicked Jackalshttps://www.facebook.com/thewickedjackals/

The Outlaw Orchestra

For the next act The Outlaw Orchestra this was their first hometown show for a long time and given the warm reception they received; it was evident it was an anticipated one. The first thing I noticed with their stage performance was it was clear they were having a great time. This energy and positivity passed onto the crowd alongside their tight live sound as they performed a selection of material from across their EP’s. After experiencing their live show, I instantly felt much happier. I will call this ‘The Outlaw Orchestra Effect’. If you wish to feel this effect, experience hard rock with a country tinge and watch banjo solos then catch them soon!

03 The Outlaw Orchestrahttps://www.facebook.com/theoutlaworchestra/

Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters

There was no beating around the bush when Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters took to the stage. They got straight to the point to play us some no-nonsense Rock and Roll. Their dominant stage presence and excellent live sound meant that audience members were under their control. They performed an eclectic selection of songs from the emotional ‘You & I’ to new drinking anthem ‘Jack & Coke’. With their fire, passion and energy; they could quite easily be the UK’s answer to Halestorm. It’s highly recommended you catch them when they next tour.

04 Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disastershttps://www.facebook.com/BBATBDofficial/

StOp, sToP!

The appearance of StOp, sToP! was baffling at first. It seemed they had dressed as elderly men as they played the first song ‘The Last Call’. As they finished the grey wigs came off and the glam rock outfits were gallantly revealed. The message behind this appearance became clear: rock and roll makes you feel alive, it keeps you young and can turn back the years. A great message told in a fun way. If AC/DC decided to go glam, then StOp, sToP! would fit that category easily. Their live show was fun and energetic, which matches their uplifting music. They are due to play HRH Sleaze in a couple of weeks so if you are attending this, then be sure to catch them and get involved.

06 StOp sToPhttps://www.facebook.com/stopstopofficial/

Marco Mendoza

The name Marco Mendoza is a household name in the Classic Rock community. Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and The Dead Daisies are among the portfolio of bands that he has played alongside. This was the first date of the UK Tour and with his previous work with JodieBowie, it couldn’t be a better date to start the tour on. For this performance, he played his solo material alongside Micky Crystal (Tygers Of Pan Tang) and Kyle Hughes (Bumblefoot). From the word go, it was evident who was in control. The mighty opener ‘Viva La Rock’ got the crowd going instantly, this gave the audience a first taste of his excellent showmanship and tight live sound. His set consisted of solo material and cover songs that went down well with the crowds. His passion for the community shone through during his performance, as he sang and spoke you could feel that heartfelt, genuine, spirit that caught on in the crowd. He is currently on tour so be sure to catch him.

05 Marco Mendozahttps://www.facebook.com/marcomendozaofficial/

Bigfoot

For Bigfoot, this was one of their last performances before they go their separate ways. Whether you are a long-time fan or a new listener, it was the perfect chance to catch them live before they call it a day. It is more than safe to say that this was a great performance from the band. When listening to them, Alter Bridge and The Answer come to mind. Their harmonies were on point and their stage presence was fierce. There was a high amount of passion and energy on the stage. They provided a more chilled out vibe to the evening and were a great warm up for the two main bands of the night. (Rick Here – I will be just one of many very sorry to see them go)

07 Bigfoothttps://www.facebook.com/bigfootukrock/

Those Damn Crows

As the night drew in, the crowd got bigger and the atmosphere was happy, people excited to catch the two main acts of the night. The main support Those Damn Crows are one of the best new up and coming bands. They were fresh from appearing at Download Festival this year and from their live performance it’s easy to see why they are receiving high praise from fans and critics. Their stage presence was incredibly energetic and it was clear that this passed on to the Nozzers that were still standing, bearing in mind some of them had been standing all day. They provided a modern edge to the evening with their sound reminding me of Shinedown. They performed a great selection of music from both their albums. They ended with the new album track ‘Rock And Roll Ain’t Dead’ which was very apt. Those Damn Crows are easily the future of rock and provided the perfect set to get the crowds ready for headliners Massive Wagons.

08 Those Damn Crowshttps://www.facebook.com/thosedamncrows/

Massive Wagons

Having got off an arena tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Status Quo, NozFest headliners Massive Wagons were a hugely anticipated performance for the evening. From the moment they took to the stage and opened with ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’, it was very easy to see why they were the headliners for the night. They did a fantastic job bringing a stadium like atmosphere to a small venue and they got everyone involved with their performance, even the newer listeners who didn’t know what to expect. This stadium like atmosphere included fans singing along to their anthems such as ‘Ratio’, ‘Billy Balloon Head’ and ‘Red Dress’. Hearing the chants echoing around the venue truly was one of the magical moments of their set. Whether you have two albums or ten albums in your discography, it can be tricky picking the right balance of songs for a setlist.
Massive Wagons got this balance perfectly and showcased songs from each of their albums. This setlist seemed to go down well with the crowd. Their boundless energy on stage was incredibly infectious, so much so that they even got those sitting standing up. They ended with the classic ‘Back To The Stack’ that marked the end of a triumphant set and a successful festival.

09 Massive Wagonshttps://www.facebook.com/MassiveWagons/

It’s now a week after the event and the positivity for the festival on social media is still rolling in. People are already booking hotels and time off work ready for next year’s date. If this doesn’t show how much people and bands enjoyed the festival, I don’t know what will!

NOZFEST LINKS:

https://www.nozfest.org/
https://www.facebook.com/nozfest/
https://www.instagram.com/nozfest/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXPgPYzdzbBn-4JQTvSAPpQ

 

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https://www.facebook.com/RWConcertPhotography

Interview with Jodie Bowie, NozFest Organiser

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Interview with Jodie Bowie, NozFest Organiser
Interview by Lotty Whittingham on 10/08/2019

Rick Here – Back in April our reviewer Lotty Whittingham interviewed NozFest Organiser Jodie Bowie to discuss the inaugural event. On the day of the event Lotty caught up with Jodie again for a brief chat before the doors opened to see how she was!

It’s the day of NozFest, it has finally arrived. There was a lot of anticipation and nervousness leading up to the event. It was all brought together and organised by local promoter Jodie Bowie. After a series of Rock Nights, she was holding her first festival. Before the doors opened I grabbed a quick chat with her about the festival, her plans for 2020 and any advice she would give to those trying to make it in the creative industry.

Hello Jodie, thanks for joining us today here at NozFest. How are you feeling today?

Really good thanks, really nervous though.

So, this is your first festival today, please tell us more about it?

It’s a New Wave of Classic Rock Festival and it’s featuring all the best up-and-coming bands in the New Wave of Classic Rock. It’s completely new, self-funded, self-promoted and it’s an independent festival. It’s different and new, hopefully it will grow. We have bands such as Massive Wagons and Marco Mendoza.

What can the readers expect?

I have no idea but I do know we can expect some fun, discovering new music, making new friends. Everyone here is super lovely, there’s already a group where people have started meeting each other and stuff which is amazing. People are already calling themselves Nozzers. It’s going to be fun and I expect there will be lots of excitement.

Word has it you already have plans for NozFest 2020?

Yes, indeed there is already a plan for NozFest 2020. There’s a date.

Can you tell us a bit more about the bands playing today?

Most of the bands are New Wave of Classic Rock bands so it means they have their own modern spin on the modern rock sound. Some of them are quite big, others are just starting out. 27 Days come from just down the road and they’ve only been going for about a year. We’ve got The Wicked Jackals who have recently changed their name, they’re from Watford. We also have Massive Wagons who have just come off tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Those Damn Crows have just played Download and of course, Marco Mendoza from The Dead Daisies.

What advice would you give to those who are trying to make it into the creative industry?

Work very hard at it and don’t listen to those who tell you that it’s not going to happen because if you want it enough, it will happen!

Rick here again.
As you can imagine Jodie was incredibly busy on the day and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her for inviting Ever Metal to cover NozFest. This is the first of a series of interviews that Lotty completed on the day of the Festival and we will also have a live review and pics up very soon!

NOZFEST LINKS:
https://www.nozfest.org/
https://www.facebook.com/nozfest/
https://www.instagram.com/nozfest/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXPgPYzdzbBn-4JQTvSAPpQ

 

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https://www.facebook.com/RWConcertPhotography/

EMQ’s with TANITH

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EMQ’s with TANITH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York Heavy Rock/Classic Metal band Tanith! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Bassist Cindy Maynard for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Cindy Maynard, Bass guitar and vocals. Tanith started in 2017 when Russ Tippins and I decided we wanted to do original music together with a band based out of Brooklyn, NY. We got in touch with our friends Charlie and Keith, and started sorting out a couple of songs which we recorded that November. The music is 100% analogue from recording to mixing to mastering right to the vinyl. We self-financed the release of those songs on a 7”. That went down really well and we got a lot of good feedback, so we just kept going with new material. Pretty soon we had a full length album. That’s when Metal Blade got in touch.

How did you come up with your band name?

Tanith is a character in an old Hammer movie called “The Devil Rides Out”. We liked the sound of her name and also the imagery and symbolism associated with the deity Tanith- the Phoenician Goddess of war and fertility!

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

I am from the US and I live in Brooklyn, NY. We have a small scene here but it has kind of dispersed over the last few years. The shows are a fewer and farther between nowadays. I’m talking about bands that play the old school kind of metal I listen to- there are plenty of metal bands around just not the kind I can speak to. Every now and then there will be a great show that a lot of people will come out to, and most of us know each other. A lot of people in the scene seem to find a way to be involved in some way too, whether it be as musicians, artists, photographers etc. which is really cool.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest single is called ‘Under The Stars’ and you can listen online at Metal Blade Records.
https://www.metalblade.com/tanith/

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many great bass players but I really like John Paul Jones, Steve Harris, and Andy Fraser for the ultimate musical inspiration and technique, then Francis Buchholz, Joe Bouchard and Greg Lindstrom for their really cool lines. Carol Kaye was also a big deal as she showed me how to play a big bass with my small hands. For vocals, probably Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper, although early on my favourite singers were guys like Paul Rogers and Klaus Meine.

What first got you into music?

The radio; I listened to everything on the radio and would tape record it and then play it back to write down the lyrics to songs until I knew them all. So I was always fascinated with singing. I didn’t start playing an instrument until pretty late however.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Uh, I’m already collaborating with Russ Tippins so I’d say that’s pretty amazing! Really it’s a thrill making music with him. As far as other bands, I do think Black Magic is amazing and it would be very cool to do something with them.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

To be honest, I haven’t been to a ton of festivals and really I just hit the small ones with bands I really want to see, so I don’t know much about the bigger ones in Europe. It’s an honour to play any festival, but I’d say Keep It True is on my bucket list because they have such great fans who love the music, they keep it old school and have great quality bands all round.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Well once I got an oversized XL pale blue t-shirt in the mail in an unmarked envelope that said “One of the top 10 best bass players” in a fancy black cursive script. It was definitely an odd thing to get. Like I was going to walk around town wearing this dress of a t-shirt blowing my own horn haha! I never found out who sent it. If anyone else wants to send me a shirt though, I’m a size small by the way. 😉

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

We love our fans! Thanks for all the support, the comments and the messages! We are excited every time someone takes time to write to us and especially fans who come to see us play live.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Phil Lynott of course!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I like creating music with a group of great people, hearing the fruits of our hard work on a recording, and playing live to our fans. Sometimes the administrative aspect is a real time suck and gets in the way of feeling creative. Oh man and booking shows is something I try to have other people do at all costs!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’m just learning about all this, but I would say artists need more money through the industry to make doing what they love more doable. So better royalties, advances, and tour support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This question is tough! How can I name just one? There’s so many great records. Ok, “Sad Wings of Destiny” by Judas Priest. Absolute masterpiece, it’s so varied and huge.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

When my record player is working properly, vinyl. The big artwork and tactile experience of interacting with the record are ideal. Cassettes are also great and really fun on car trips. Downloads are convenient when you don’t have the music or players for the first two methods.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

The Frost and Fire festival in 2018 was a blast. Great crowd, great fest!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Taking better care of my plants…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Uh…I could have a David party I suppose. So David Gilmour; David Bowie; David Wayne and…Larry David haha, with a guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne, just because I love Ozzy. That would be an interesting mix of thoughtful, godly, badass, confrontational and off the wall.

What’s next for the band?

We have a full length release called “In Another Tim”’ (which came out on May 24th on Metal Blade Records). And will play a special NY record release show before heading over to Sweden to play the Muskelrock festival in Tyrolen. This Fall, we hope to do a full tour in the US and in Europe. Stay tuned!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://tanithnyc.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TanithNYC/
https://www.instagram.com/tanithnyc

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Whoa I just bought some of these for the first time a couple of days ago. A biscuit I’d guess since it looks like a cookie and British people call cookies biscuits. Although it is made of sponge cake…hmm (scratches head)…

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you so much. This was fun. Cheers!

 

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers – South Orange Performing Art Center, New Jersey – 06/03/2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

https://ever-metal.com/2019/03/18/red-hot-chilli-pipers-south-orange-performing-art-center-new-jersey-06-03-2019/

 
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Red Hot Chilli Pipers – South Orange Performing Art Center, New Jersey – 06/03/2019

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers
South Orange Performing Art Center, New Jersey
06/03/2019
Review and Pictures by Stephen Moss

I have to admit, I was sceptical about this show. After the first song however, I was blown away. Let me explain what happened!

Before the show started I had some preconceived ideas about what it would be like. For one, I’m not a big fan of Classic Rock. So, mixing Classic Rock with Celtic music, mmm, I didn’t think I was going to like it.

Celtic music does mix well with Punk, so I tried to keep an open mind. I love bands like Flogging Molly, The Real McKenzies, Street Dogs, and the Dropkick Murphy’s. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a little different from that, though. They are more on the Celtic side of the spectrum and really stress the bag pipes and make that the highlight.

At the show in Jersey, The Chilli Pipers played a mixture of Classic Rock tracks including ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ by Queen, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ by Journey, ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC, and ‘Eye of the Tiger; by Survivor to name just a few.

One of the coolest things they did was actually a medley mash up of ‘Starlight’ by Muse and ‘Charlie Brown’ by Cold Play. They added more guitar and three bag pipes, and dudes, it worked! They also do cool versions of ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes and put their spin on ‘Jump’ by Van Halen.

In 2007 the Red Hot Chilli Pipers walked away with the top spot on a UK TV show called “When Will I Be Famous.” They call their style of music “Bag Rock” and it has done well for them in the States. The show in South Orange was a sell-out and SOPAC, which is a beautiful Performing Arts Theater just outside of Newark, NJ, was full to the brim!

After the show, I immediately went to Apple Music and bought their albums.
If you’re looking for something new and outside the norm, I definitely recommend checking these guys out. They are currently on a huge world tour so check out their links for dates!

LINKS:
https://rhcp.scot/#
https://www.facebook.com/redhotchillipipersofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/redhotchillipipers/

US Tour Poster

 

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Stew – Hot EP

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Stew – Hot EP
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Release Date: 01/06/2018
Running Time: 17:13
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Have you ever had that warm, fuzzy feeling of bliss and contentment when you stick a CD on and straight away it reminds you of times gone past? Yes? Well, that’s exactly the feeling I got when I started playing this new EP from Swedish band Stew. I didn’t really know what to expect as, once again, I hadn’t read the notes that came with the EP, but I was (very) pleasantly surprised.

Stew hail from Lindesberg / Ӧrebro in Sweden, forming in early 2017 and are made up of the power trio of Markus Asland on bass and vocals, Nicklas Jansson on guitar and Nicklas Dahlgren on drums. The music they play is a mix of classic rock, blues and soul, heavily influenced by the late 60’s and 70’s era.

The bands notes state that they play a “gritty and nostalgic fusion of classic rock and blues inspirations” and they are not wrong! You could almost have been transported back four decades as soon as this EP kicks in with the track ‘Might Be Keeping You’, which, by the way was picked for Classic Rock Magazine’s Best Of The Year in 2018!!

And Classic Rock, themselves, couldn’t have summed it up any better if they had tried; “spewing embers of psychedelic wonder, Stew emerged from Sweden this year with an album so far out that half of us still haven’t come back. This track is a highlight, a deep, rumbling ode to the days when metal was acid-rock and life was consistently wild.”

With groovy riffs, strong vocals (love this guy’s voice!) and swinging drums this is classic yet with a modern twist. With a little bit of blues, a little bit of rock and killer guitars, these guys have nailed the sound of the 60’s / 70’s with true musicianship.

With influences stated by the band including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Free, Deep Purple, Grandfunk Railroad, Buddy Miles, Rory Gallagher and Spooky Tooth, these guys wouldn’t have been out of place at the great Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Despite only being around for just about two years, this band sounds like it is a seasoned veteran of the 60’s and 70’s and have decided to get back together for a reunion tour, playing all their old hits.

I loved this EP from the very moment it started and the only gripe I have with it is that’s it’s just not long enough! Just as I am really getting into it, it finishes. So, my next comment would be, I am REALLY looking forward to an album when one is done. I think that would be on my play list for a very long time to come!

The only other thing I can comment on about this EP and band is the fact that they are unsigned! Why these guys haven’t been snapped up by a record company is beyond me, but I hope they are very soon. With a little bit of support, Stew could really go places!!

TRACKLISTING:
1 Might Be Keeping You
2 If This Will Be
3 Tongue Tied
4 Dig For Gold

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/stewsweden/
https://twitter.com/Stew13434878
https://www.instagram.com/stew_band/
https://stew1.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6gQxEftIRnjg_nxDmThwQ

 

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