Gallows Pole – This Is Rock Pure Rock Records Release Date: 30/08/2019 Running Time: 40:43 Review by Chris Galea 5/10
With such a gory-sounding moniker and an artwork vaguely reminiscent of Judas Priest’s “Sin After Sin” I expected to hear something heavy and ferocious. I couldn’t have been more mistaken.
The album’s genre could broadly be described as Hard Rock but occasionally sets foot in Country Rock and Stoner Doom territory. More importantly though, overall “This Is Rock” feels bereft of passion and is characterised by half-assed drumming and disinterested (male) vocals.
In some songs – such as ‘You Got Me’ and ‘Point of no Return’ – I did find some gratifying moments but still not enough to get me hooked.
Until I heard “This Is Rock”, Gallows Pole was an unknown entity to me…whereas in fact this Austrian band has been around for several decades. So it pains me to say that the album sounds more like something you’d expect from a pub band.
02. Heaven Knows
03. Midnight Gambler
04. Point Of No Return
05. You Got Me
07. When I Sleep
08. Move On Out
09. When You Love
Alois Martin Binder – vocals, guitars, bass
Dina Höblinger – vocals
Harald Prikasky – guitars
Harry El Fischer – guitars, vocals
Andy Wagner – drums
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Interview with The Outlaw Orchestra NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019 By Lotty Whittingham
NozFest had just opened its doors and the atmosphere was already buzzing. There was excitement in the air and already punters ready to watch the first lot of bands. Lotty Whittingham grabbed a quick chat with The Outlaw Orchestra about NozFest, their sound and supporting the scene.
Hi guys, thanks for joining us today. First can you introduce yourselves to the readers in terms of what your sound is all about?
Ryan: Hi, I’m Ryan and I am the drummer/vocalist for The Outlaw Orchestra. Dave: I’m Dave, I try to sing for The Outlaw Orchestra and try to play guitar. Pete: I’m Pete and I barely succeed in trying to play the banjo and lap steel for The Outlaw Orchestra. Ryan: There is also Alex who is the giant violin player who is not here at the moment. Dave: It’s because he’s looking for his bass somewhere. Seriously, he messaged me then phoned me to say he was on a train and he will be tracking down my double bass, which is somewhere. In fact, we played a gig in Sheffield and it was about 4am. Alex and I were extremely inebriated sat with about five other bands on the bill, we played in the 02 and at about 4am, we looked out the window and we saw Alex’s double bass laying there in the car park. We realised we had been dropped off at the 02 at 11pm, we taken it out of the taxi, laid it down, went into the hotel and forgotten all about it. I looked out the hotel room at 4am and pointed out his double bass. Nobody had pinched it, it’s too big to steal.
It’s quite amazing that you can lose a double bass in the first place.
Dave: You can lose a guitar; you hear that all the time but a double bass is huge. So, there you have it, Alex is on his way hopefully with his double bass.
So, we’re here at NozFest today and you’re part of the original line up.
Dave: I think so, Jodie contacted us a long time ago as a first conception. Ryan: I think we were the first or second band she asked Dave: Actually, we were first, I’m joking. At the time, she was toying with different venues and as the local boys, she picked our brains as to what’s a good venue. There was a venue we were gunning for that had a kebab shop at the back in Bedford Place, no not really. We suggested The Engine Rooms, we ended up at The 1865 so here we are and it looks like it’s going to go off today.
It’s sold out in advance, punters coming in early for the first lot of bands so it’s looking promising.
Dave: There are plenty of bands. Now I’m not sure if you have been to the dressing room area, we were there earlier and we had to leave. We don’t use nearly enough hair spray and nail varnish to be there. We are also way too grounded. Ryan: Our leather pants aren’t tight enough.
What about the leopard print?
Dave: I shit you not, there is a lot of leopard print in that dressing room. Pete: It’s basically like Lily Savage’s boudoir up there.
If someone hasn’t seen you guys live before, what can people expect from your live show today?
Dave: We play country tinged hard rock. We do everything from hard rock to almost country. Pete brings in a new flavour with playing the lap steel, which is traditionally a country and western instrument. I personally love this as it gives the music a different angle. Pete plays the banjo as well; Ryan’s drums and I play guitar with a lot of country and western tuning. I would describe it as country and western through a Marshall.
Please tell the readers why it’s important to support the scene.
Dave: Or we go hungry. You start in your hometown although having said that, no one in our home town knows about us apart from a bus driver the other day he beeped at and shouted out “I love your record mate.” However, usually you are known in your home town. Def Leppard got huge because Sheffield love them. We are bigger in Sheffield than we are in Southampton. So, Sheffield is our adopted home town. So, support your local music then hopefully good things happen from that. So hopefully after playing here today, more people from Southampton will come check us out when we next play The Coach and Horses.
Huge thanks to The Outlaw Orchestra
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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.
1- You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
3- Sad For No Reason
6-Lullaby In Blue
7-Keep Me Singing
10-Struck By Lightening
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