EMQs with Firing All Cylinders

EMQ’s with FIRING ALL CYLINDERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Metal/Hard Rock band Firing All Cylinders. Huge thanks to vocalist Rix Boker 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?

My name is Rix; my role in the band is lead vocals and acting like a Maniac. Firing All Cylinders started by complete accident honestly. Just started as a few angry teenagers that wanted to be heard and make a difference in the world making noise. We played a few shows and after we had our first pit it kind of just snowballed from there. A new twist on old school rock n roll has been the goal ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve been around race cars my whole life, even raced for a season at Irwindale speedway. So when we were searching for a name to call the group I was watching Death Race and one of the main characters just said the line “Firing all cylinders”. I jumped on the phone with everyone and the rest is history.

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

Born and raised in Southern California, United States. We have always had a very diverse scene because we are right out side of LA/Hollywood. Seems the best shows happen on the outskirts of LA for us.

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

We just released our new record “WEAPONIZED”. We are very proud of it. Jeremy Valentyne and Brandon Wolfe at Wolfe Studios did an amazing job producing it. The lyrics, riffs, beats, etc, just feel right with us.

Weaponized Spotify Link:

Here We Go Music Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh god, where do I start. We are all over the place. We love the old rock/metal the new rock/metal and everything in-between. If I had to name drop a few I’d say Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Primus, Metallica, Parkway Drive, Static X, ADRD, A7X and so many more!!!

What first got you into music?

Just the heavy drive and power that only rock and metal can do! It just grabbed my soul.

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

Rammstein or Mötley Crüe for sure!

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

That’s hard one. Probably somewhere south of the United States or Germany! Rock n Rio, Rock AM Ring, Graspop, Rock on the Range, all good ones. Definitely love playing any festival.

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

I have not come across too many weird gifts besides sexual offers from a fan but I’ve come across some thoughtful ones. Most gifts are baked goods or home cooked meals that we are extremely appreciative of, especially when on tour. One thing that stands out is somebody drew a picture of me while we were on stage and I’ll cherish that forever.

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

Stay strong, even when the world seems to be against you. Just keeping pushing forward!

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

Lemmy, singer of Motörhead!

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

The creative freedom, there are no rules. Starting from a blank page and creating something from nothing is a beautiful thing. What I hate is the constant battle of the time crunches and deadlines. Art cannot be rushed.

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

I’m not sure what I would change about it but I feel social media has a huge impact and that has its pros and cons. Having the ability to directly reach fans is great. If we didn’t have social media most of the bands would have to personally reach out to them rather than a click of a button.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Rust In Peace”, “Appetite For Destruction”, “Astro Creep 2000”… I cannot choose just one. There have been so many great ones.

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

Personally, I like CD’s and Vinyl but whatever gets the music to the fans ear’s works for me.

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

Rock the Boat Festival at the Queen Mary in Southern California. It was out of control!

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

Building Haunted Houses, which I do now and have been doing since I was 6 years old!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Marilyn Manson, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and a Southern Preacher!

What’s next for the band?

Just going to be pushing the new record, shows and videos!

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

You can find physical copies on:
www.firingallcylinders.com
www.awfulygoodrecords.com

It’s also available for streaming on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/2KBcZACP390CeqIWBr6PbH

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit but dryer and not so tasteful!

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

Just want to thank my fans for the continuous support. It really means the world to us.

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Collateral – ‘Collateral’

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Collateral – ‘Collateral’
Roulette Media Records / Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 21/02/2020
Running Time: 34:35
Reviewed By Paul Monkhouse
8/10

The rock scene has seemingly never looked healthier and 2019 has seen some absolutely incredible new albums emerge this year. This trend looks to continue well into 2020 with the release firstly of the Anchor Lane debut album and this, the first full length offering by Kent four-piece Collateral in February. Already making a big impression on UK and global audiences with slots at Camden Rocks, Ramblin’ Man and an appearance alongside Jon Bon Jovi, these South East rockers are amongst the most hotly tipped bands for future superstardom and this self-titled release shows exactly why they’re getting so much attention.

The songs on the album are huge and have such lofty ambitions to be played in stadiums but, unlike many who have come before, their strongest weapon in the fight is their talent and drive to succeed. Despite all the big, singalong anthems and flamboyant image, it’s not all empty glamour and glitz as beneath the noise and gleaming chrome of the surface lies a real blue-collar heart and recaptures the spirit of when Bon Jovi and their ilk were at their peak.

The album kicks off with the single ‘Mr. Big Shot’ and it’s a giant slab of commercial hard rock that mixes in some really 80’s elements ranging from classic American AOR to some almost New Romantic undertones and a pinch of ELO. Full of great guitar work from Todd Winger and epic vocals by Angelo Tristan, the track drips with tongue in cheek innuendos and a huge sense of a band having a ball in the studio. More monster riffing and vast melodies power along paeon to the modern music industry ‘Promiseland’, it sounds like the sleazy lovechild of AC/DC and, should have been huge, USA rock legends Giant as it snarls and purrs, leading to a superb solo by Winger. The band dust off their cowboy boots as the Southern Rock feel of ‘Merry Go Round’ brings images of swirling dust devils and shimmering desert heat to mind as they effortlessly turn their home county ‘Garden of England’ into the American Midwest. Close your eyes and you can feel the sun beating down and the dry mouthed feel that is desperate to be administered an ice-cold beer. Without doubt, one of the greatest strengths of the band is to conjure up that sense of time and place in a very tangible way, transporting you to a time when hair was big, and choruses were even bigger. This is no aping of the classic bands of that era but a contemporary take on the type of rock music that made Bon Jovi et al kings of stadiums, the production by Sean M Kenny bringing out the best in the material whilst giving it a thoroughly modern sheen.

‘In it for Love’ exemplifies this approach as it perfectly balances the pounding rock driven by rhythm section Ben Atkinson on drums and Jack Bentley-Smith’s bass alongside such a great, dynamic song that will have you singing along in no time. With its instantly catchy “woooh oooh oooh” gang vocals during the chorus and another fret blazing solo ‘Lullaby’ has already become a live favourite and should be blaring out of every car radio across the Atlantic, such is its perfect suitability for the American market.

Also finding its main inspiration the other side of the ‘pond’ is ‘Midnight Queen’, the band tilting their Stetsons to a more AOR meets Country Rock feel that sounds like it might have been written by Richard Marx and Vince Gill, the opening line the name of a huge hit that Marx wrote for Vixen and it shares that same sense of space, the focus on the songwriting, not the flash.

Those waiting for the heartfelt power ballad won’t be disappointed as ‘Get Back to You’ ticks all the right boxes, Tristan pouring his heart out as he longs to return home whilst the song proves it’s more about quality and quiet than drama school overemphasis.

Having stated their love for the aforementioned Mr. Jovi, the band expressed their intent to write something that captured the spirit of tracks like ‘Always’ and this certainly will see a sea of mobile phone lights (nobody is allowed lighters at gigs these days) held aloft in tribute. The pace picks up once again in the spot on, commercial pop rock of ‘Won’t Stop Me Dreaming’, a song that contains a tough streak of steely determination laced through its supremely candy coated and instantly addictive shell. The album ends with ‘About this Boy’, another country tinged track that once more heads more to the massive and lucrative Nashville scene than the heavier end of their material. Whilst a meatier number may have been more fitting, the song is still imbued with that Transatlantic feel that may well find the band gaining ground both in their home country and in the United States given the growing market here and the already titanic base there. Always doing things their way, Collateral continue to push forward, and this album shows just how far they’ve grown and where they’re heading. The stadiums of the world are beckoning.

Track Listing:
1 Mr Big Shot
2 Promised Land
3 Merry Go Round
4 In It For Love
5 Lullaby
6 Midnight Queen
7 Get Back To You
8 Won’t Stop Me Dreaming
9 About This Boy

Links:
https://www.collateralofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/collateralrocks/

https://www.instagram.com/collateralrocks/

 

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Anchor Lane – Casino

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Anchor Lane – Casino
R7 Music
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Running Time: 33:23
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Very few new bands come into the public eye with a fully formed and unique identity but it seems like Anchor Lane have just managed this very feat on “Casino”, their debut album. With a solid commitment to being road dogs, having supported the stellar likes of Cheap Trick, Tremonti and Eagles of Death Metal, alongside appearances at some very major festivals it’s obvious that these four young guys from Glasgow have the drive and work ethic to be in the big leagues. It also speaks volumes that, having worked with some of the best in the business, Wayward Sons/Little Angels/Gun/Waysted frontman and super producer Toby Jepson chose to make ‘Casino’ his next project and, with his brilliant ear for sonic enhancement and the bands songwriting skills, it’s a perfect match.

Kicking off with the fuzzed up, lurching beat of ‘Blood & Irony’ Anchor Lane certainly distance themselves from the million and one other new hard rock outfits out there and this slightly unhinged opener promises something different. Listening to the track is akin to being in the ring with Muhammed Ali at his prime; the jabs come thick and fast with the occasional flooring blow to the solar plexus. They follow this with single ‘Fame Shame’, shifting the emphasis to a snotty glam metal vibe that is a wild eyed and lurid stomp through Sunset Strip, careening though the speakers like an out of control motorbike in a china shop and laughing like crazy whilst doing it.

Another twist with the Louisiana swamp blues of ‘Voodoo’, a track as bewitching as its title, the track deftly mixing light touches with a chorus as thick as molasses. The titular ‘Casino’ is a heavy duty rocker that swings, making it impossible not to sway and move to, singer Conor Gaffney putting in a truly gritty and powerful vocal as guitarist Lawrence O’Brien lays down some truly funky licks and the rhythm section of Matthew Quigley and Scott Hanlon lock into a solid groove. The visceral modern blues of ‘Clocks’ once again highlights their great songwriting flair and versatility, marking them out as absorbers of ideas who mould them into something uniquely their own. Very rarely do you get a band this brave to push the envelope on a debut album and, whilst some might want to stick to a rigid formula, it speaks volumes that Anchor Lane show themselves to be true music fans, embracing these multiple influences. A lot of the success of the album is the sky-high production value that Jepson brings and he’s obviously a fan of the bands willingness to take risks, bringing a great guidance and cohesion to the whole.

The bands magpie-like ability to pull in great music from everywhere is seldom better illustrated than on ‘Stone Cold Hearted’ as it opens with a Portishead ‘Glory Box’ style intro but soon transforms into a Led Zep meets Bad Company drama-filled monster of a track, soaking in dynamics. ‘Shell of Me’ is a much more laid-back number, showing their softer, more introspective side perfectly and ‘Flatline’ throbs with an electric current, its singalong chorus underpinned by gut wrenching bass and drums and the howling feedback of the guitar.

Another frontman joins the fray in the shape of Black Star Riders’ Ricky Warwick, his voice giving extra weight to the gang vocals in the pounding ‘Dead Run’. The band really rip things up, led by O’Brien’s wild fretwork and this proves to be one of heaviest tracks on the album as it races towards its conclusion. The album closes on another slice of fresh and potent modern rock as ‘Honey’ glories in a jagged interplay between the vocals and guitar, its stop/start chorus certainly leaving an impression. Anchor Lane are certainly forging their own path and, with a debut as good as this, the sky is most certainly the limit. The arena tours beckon…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Blood & Irony
02. Fame Shame
03. Voodoo
04. Casino
05. Clocks
06. Stone Cold Hearted
07. Shell Of Me
08. Flatline
09. Dead Run
10. Honey

LINKS:
About
https://www.facebook.com/anchorlaneofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/anchorlaneofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3FjgeETYrm0z34eh45RhA

 

 

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EMQ’s with ASHEN REACH

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EMQ’s with ASHEN REACH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool based Hard Rock band, and also ‘Ever Metal band to watch out for’, Ashen Reach ! Huge thanks to Guitarist Paddy Cummins 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?

I’m Paddy and I play lead guitar, but more importantly, we are Ashen Reach! We sort of bridge the gap between hard rock and metal most of the time. We play intense, heavy hitting rock and metal but there’s definitely a softness that shines through too occasionally. There’s something for everyone really! We’ve changed and evolved a lot from the very first incarnations of the band really, musically and personnel-wise. Jess, our drummer, is the only original member of the first gigging line-up, which was then under a different name. From starting as a very old school classic 70’s rock vibe, the band evolved going through different members who brought different vibes and influences until you eventually arrive at what is before you!

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name was inspired by a video game called Sea of Thieves that Jess and I play. One of the islands you can visit in the game is called ‘Ashen Reaches’. It’s a volcanic island that regularly spews out lava and giant boulders. It’s also littered with geysers that shoot scalding hot water up into the air. It’s a very dark area of the in-game world and the overall atmosphere is very misty, but with lots of glowing yellow/orange/red areas. ‘Ashen Reach’ sounded cool to our ears, had a bit more effectiveness and was a little slightly different, but also captured the punch and aggression we put into our music.

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

We’re all from around Liverpool in North-West England. The rock and metal scene here isn’t as strong as we’d like it to be. There are lots of great rock and metal bands from around here 100%, but when you tour and play in other parts of the country and see the support for this type of music and how much more it’s pushed by people involved in putting on rock shows, there’s a lot more to be done here I think on a wider scale. But there are bands in these genres coming out of the Liverpool area, so while that is still the case, there is hope!

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

Our latest release is our brand new single ‘Tear It Down’! It is available on all the usual online streaming services and stores; Spotify, iTunes, Google Play etc. And our music video can be viewed on YouTube or on our Facebook page.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luS1IcgZadc

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have so many influences as individuals, all varying. However, we share a lot of common ground and often enjoy and appreciate the differences we have in what we love. Our greatest influences, those who we’d say have directly affected how we sound include the likes of; Alter Bridge, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, Van Halen, Tesseract and Dorje, to name a few. We draw inspiration from everywhere though. Be it dance, classical, techno, blues, 80’s pop, wherever there is melody really.

What first got you into music?

It’s difficult to say really as music is such a big part of life, all over the world for almost everybody. From when you’re born, you’re pretty much surrounded by it. It’s in your car on the radio, it’s in TV, films, video games, shops. I think you pick up on it from a very young age and the power of melody and beats together can have a profound effect on us as people. It can directly affect your mood, take you back to a place in your mind or a time in your life, it can give you goosebumps. These are things that you can’t fake. It’s very special and an amazing thing that we have as people to share.

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

That’s tough really, there are so many amazing artists out there. It really depends on the nature of the collaboration. It’d be amazing to have someone like Myles Kennedy or Dan Tomkins sing on a track, or to have somebody like Guthrie Govan or John Petrucci play a solo in one of our songs. Although anything these people can produce, we’d struggle to replicate live for sure!

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

Personally, I’d have to say Download really. It’s not only a huge festival but having been so many times, seeing so many great bands and having so many amazing memories from being there, being a part of somebody’s festival experience in that way would be unreal. There are lots of other festivals that would be amazing though. Wacken, Hellfest, Rock am Ring, Graspop, Sweden Rock, to name a few.

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

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think we’ve ever really received a gift from a fan, not that I can recall. Maybe someday we’ll have some interesting stories to tell of strange items we’ve taken ownership of, but not at this very moment unfortunately!

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

Thank you is the biggest thing, for the ongoing support especially in this past year. A year in which we’ve had big ups and downs! It’s really been amazing and please continue to support, share our stuff and show others what we’re bringing to the world. We have a dream to really succeed in this and it won’t be possible without the help and support of people who enjoy what we do and those who believe in us as much as we believe!

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

It’s hard to pick one really. I think the obvious one is Dio. He had such a huge impact on so many artists and is so universally loved and appreciated for what he did for the genre of heavy metal. Jimi Hendrix as well! What he did for guitar players and that whole world was incredible. Not many people can honestly say they’ve impacted something as much as Jimi did with guitar. Prince is another one, one of the most underrated guitar players ever. An honourable mention would be Tom Searle, founding guitar player and songwriter from Architects. Some of the songs he wrote, especially towards the end concerning his stance on coming to terms with death. It’s very powerful stuff, harrowing and raw.

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

I love bringing ideas to life. We recently recorded ‘Tear It Down’ which we’ve just released, but we also recorded another song called ‘Prey’. The music for that song has been around in one form or another for years, long before the advent of this band. Being in the studio with such an amazing group of people, bringing something from my brain to life and building on it and making it as massive and epic as I ever could’ve hoped! It’s incredibly rewarding. I’ve never really been a lyricist, but I’ve never had to be in the projects I’ve been involved with. My focus and passion has always been on riffs, solos, structures, chord progressions, arrangements and all-round guitar-based stuff. Collaborating and being more involved on the lyric writing front has been very interesting and super fun, alongside the other members. Branching out and using the other members as something to lean on whilst exploring a new area of creativity is brilliant and I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to do so.

There isn’t really anything I hate about being a musician. I suppose hoping that one day, people will hear you and a grander scale and appreciate your art and the time you’ve spent honing your craft can be daunting and almost get you down sometimes. Through fear of it potentially never happening, I guess. I think everybody wants to be appreciated in some regard in life, particularly for something they’ve invested and sacrificed so many countless hours, so much money and effort into. However, we are doing everything we possibly can to make our dreams a reality and we are very hopeful!

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

I’m not sure what I’d change really. As with all industries there are many positives and negatives. One thing about the industry that has a positive and a negative side, is the ability to get your music all over the world via the internet. The advent of social media and streaming services mean that it’s easier than it’s ever been to make your music accessible and available to people. Or it should be. The problem, however, is that there are so many bands, so many artists, all doing the same thing. It’s extremely saturated in places like Facebook and Instagram and that makes it a lot harder to stand out. Those sites aren’t necessarily aimed or geared towards musicians or artists either, which means you must find a way to stand out amongst other content too, like clickbait ‘news’ sites, memes or cat videos!

Obviously, the problem with streaming on things like Spotify, is that artist gain fractions of income via listens of Spotify. Of course, as a consumer it’s brilliant! Free, or a £10 monthly subscription for premium, and you can listen to all the music you want by anyone who has music up there, all at your fingertips. Streaming also takes some of the magic away from buying music. Going to the shop, buying a record in a cool enclosure with artwork and info and possibly goodies! Vinyl has made a bit of a comeback recently which is cool, but overall, I think music has less value to people these days, generally. As with anything with such accessibility and surplus, it’s not as intensely sought after. Unless you have a dedicated group of proper fans, people who will defend you and who swear by what you produce, anxiously awaiting new music and tour announcements. There will always be those people who love and appreciate it what goes into it of course, and they are the people who allow bands to do what they do. It does mean however, that artists make most of their income nowadays through things like touring and merch sales. This in turn, means if you’re an up and coming band, recently signed and being pushed by a label, you’re more than likely not going to see much of your home for the better part of 3 or 4 years. Family is the most important thing in the world and being away from them for extended periods is always difficult, but as with anything, to be successful requires some sort of sacrifice in one area or another.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of the standouts of all my favourite albums is, “Fortress” by Alter Bridge. I remember being in high school, and being so insanely excited for the release, more so for any other album before. Every song on it, is amazing. Nowhere does it even hint at the idea of filler. Every song is a strong as the last if not stronger and front to back it’s huge, powerful and had all the movement any great album has. “One Day Remains”, “Blackbird” and “ABIII” were all incredible so they had some work to do following all of those. They went above and beyond all my expectation with it to be honest. For me, the songs are still as amazing now, as they were when that album released and for me, it’s still their strongest overall album they have written.

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

As a consumer, downloads 100%. You can enjoy the glory of your favourite artist, without moving an inch! It’s still fascinating and amazing thinking about how we’ve harnessed and developed technology and the power of the internet.

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

I’ll have to insist on 2 and say that easily, the best gigs I’ve played were the 2 Russian dates with Bullet For My Valentine. I mean, to play alongside such giants of the metal genre, in such a wonderful and interesting country. And to a total of over 12,000 people! It was incredible. The fans were unreal. Warm, welcoming, excited to see us even though they had not come specifically for us. They were everything we could’ve wished for and we went down a storm with them. We met tons of them afterwards, took pictures, signed things. It felt so strange having people ask for photos and signing and things like that, but the whole adventure was amazing. From the gigs, to the sightseeing and exploring St Petersburg and Moscow! I will cherish those memories forever. I can only hope we can experience it again in the future.

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

In terms of a career, I don’t think I’m old enough or busy enough to know really! I’m only 22 and I’m not making a living as a musician yet unfortunately. I’ve been learning about site engineering for several years now. Basically, working on sites as a chain man under a few different engineers! If I didn’t do it all the time, I ended up forgetting little things as losing my confidence. I haven’t been doing it long enough or consistently enough to engrain the information in my head. I knew a lot about it, enough to do the job, and I certainly didn’t think it was beyond me. The issue was definitely with myself and the confidence/trust I had in myself to get it right. The job is very independent and comes with a lot of responsibilities. There is nobody to check your work, in fact you’re doing a lot of the checking and supervising as well as making sure all your calculations are spot on. The work was never consistent enough really to boost my confidence to where I felt I could make the jump up to doing engineering myself. With the introduction of robot instruments and handheld units to operate them, there is less and less need for a chain man. Between that and band commitments I didn’t really have tons of opportunities to work. I’ve recently started a new job with a bit more consistency and stability so hopefully this works better in the meantime! In terms of hobbies I’d be doing if I’d never picked up a guitar, I’ve always wanted to learn to paint. I love Bob Ross and his style and how he creates such amazing pieces so quickly.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Another tough one really! I think I’d have to invite; Derren Brown, Frankie Boyle, Myles Kennedy, David Attenborough and Elon Musk. All for completely different reasons of course, but I think they would all be equally amazing to talk to and all have interesting stories to tell.

What’s next for the band?

Next for the band is writing for our upcoming album, “Homecoming”. We recently played our single launch show for ‘Tear It Down’, and our first gig back as the new line-up. It was amazing and it felt so good to be back on stage. The crowd were brilliant, and some came from far and wide to see us, which was massively appreciated! Now that is behind us, we’re going to continue writing and preparing for the recording early next year, doing a bit of gigging in the meantime. We are super excited for what’s to come and we hope there are some of you out there as excited as we are!

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

Mostly Facebook for us! That is our main area of effect, there and Instagram. We pushed our new music video the most, through Facebook. Mainly because of the fact people don’t have to follow a link. Our society now is so revolving around the premise of instant gratification and we were worried people wouldn’t be bothered with clicking a link, as opposed to the video already being there to view. Additionally, videos usually auto-play on Facebook, so people don’t even have to click at all. The less steps the better really. It worked though and we got up to and above 21,000 views in a little over a week which is utterly amazing, especially for a band at our level! For anyone interested you can find us at:
https://www.facebook.com/ashenreach
https://www.instagram.com/ashenreach
As for our music, that can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlbbAaHImz5Vuedd6h0EIA
and all big streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes and Google Play etc.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think they are definitely more like a cake, than a biscuit. They have a softness and a squishiness that biscuits, such as digestives, just don’t have. Honestly though, they are their own thing altogether really.

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

Thank you! Thank you for your time and your questions, and to anyone who takes the time to read this. Hopefully I’ve managed to spark some sort of interest in what Ashen Reach are doing and what we’re all about and hopefully we’ll see you soon! \m/

 

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Hard Rock band Battering Ram! 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?

Jonas Edmark (Guitar), Johan Hallström (Singer), Jocke Ståhl (Bass), Tony Trust (Drums).

Formed early 2017 with members from former Bullseye and different cover bands!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jocke came up with the band name, it suites our style of music, breaking in doors with a Battering Ram.

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

Sweden, tough to get gigs when you’re not signed! Many small bands fighting for the same venues!

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

‘Chase The Fire’ is our latest single of 6 released! Plus an upcoming record to be released 24th January!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wN-mTLTzNQ
https://open.spotify.com/album/6x7pd5XNWHqlawVSryyMky

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mostly Old school hard rock!

What first got you into music?

Playing vinyl records in the bedroom being influenced by your idols!

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

Bands in the same genre!

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

Sweden Rock would be awesome, then we would show Sweden what real hard rock sounds like!

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

Nothing odd just yet, but often a beer or two!

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

Stay true to Battering Ram and Keep rockin out there.

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

Jonas: Randy Rhoads
Johan: R.J. Dio
Jocke: R.J. Dio
Tony: Lemmy

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

Playing live and difficulties getting to gigs!

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

Make it easier for smaller bands to be seen and heard!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonas: “Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
Johan: “Rising” – Rainbow
Jocke: “Heaven And Hell” – Black Sabbath
Tony: “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

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

Vinyl!

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

‘Putte i Parken’ in Karlstad was an awesome summer gig with a big enthusiastic audience!

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

Same as today, as we are not 100% fulltime musicians!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Here is one from each of us and one bonus!
Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy, Dimebag and Blackie!

What’s next for the band?

Release of the record and some gigs planned for the winter!

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

Spotify, Youtube and all the main streaming media out there!
https://www.facebook.com/cutintwo/
https://www.instagram.com/batteringr/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZE8smCT2oR50Kq9yLZ3GW
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQHD6v4JTd4XatpjtFBEEbQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but we are not sure, all we know is they don’t mix with beer.

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

Just Keep rockin and hope you find our style great and decide to follow us.

 

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Ashen Reach – Tear It Down Single/Video

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Ashen Reach – Tear It Down Single/Video
Release Date: 18/11/2019
Review by Rick Tilley

So this is a review for a single and…yes…I know we don’t usually do single reviews (so don’t all rush asking for one) but there are a couple of reasons why I wanted to write this. Firstly, Merseyside Hard Rock/Metal band Ashen Reach are going to be the next band added to our ‘Bands We Support/Bands To Look Out For’ page and secondly they’ve been through a very up and down year!

In 2018 they won the Merseyside M2TM competition leading to a slot at Bloodstock Festival. We first saw them gig last December, supporting Twisted Illusion in Manchester at the Academy 3 (which was the last gig under their previous band name Equinox), and we were VERY impressed with them. Then came the name change to Ashen Reach, the release of two new songs at the beginning of 2019 and then the wonderful news that they would be supporting Bullet For My Valentine for two dates in Russia. Those gigs, in April, went down a storm and just as things looked like they were taking off the band announced that vocalist Dan and guitarist Ian were leaving the band for various reasons. That news would have sent many bands spiralling in the wrong direction, and I will admit I was a little concerned for a while, but drummer Jess Stanley, guitarist Paddy Cummings and bassist Mike McCarroll are made of sterner things and begun the arduous task of finding replacements. In June guitarist Joe O’sullivan joined and in August new vocalist Kyle Martyn Stanley was announced. Since then the new line-up have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get ready for new gigs and ‘Tear It Down’, the first single from their debut album which is due in Spring 2020.

If anyone out there is worried about how Ashen Reach now sound then banish that thought from your head immediately because ‘Tear It Down’ is an absolute barnstormer of a track. Cracking riff, soulful verse, catchy and heavy as thunder chorus, perfect middle eight, wonderful guitar solo, a superb vocal performance and stunning production with everyone clearly heard in the mix. It immediately gets stuck in your head and you’ll find yourself humming it without realising. The accompanying video is a standard performance one but well filmed and it is clear every member of the band put their all into making it!

As far as I’m concerned this is a clear ‘statement of intent’ from Ashen Reach. They’ve learnt from the events of this year and have hit the ground running. 2020 is going to be a huge year for them!

‘Tear it Down’ is released on 18th November and the band are playing a ‘Single Launch Show’ at the Alchemy Bar, Runcorn on 23rd November which I heartily suggest you get to if you can. I’m certainly going!

Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/409446783037642/

Band Links:

Home


https://www.facebook.com/ashenreach/

https://www.instagram.com/ashenreach/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlbbAaHImz5Vuedd6h0EIA

Enso Music Management:
https://www.facebook.com/ensomanagement/

 

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EMQ’s with RENEGADE CARTEL

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EMQ’s with RENEGADE CARTEL

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Boston, Massachusetts based Hard Rock band Renegade Cartel! 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?

We are Renegade Cartel. Vic and Stephen started with a totally different line-up. After 4 drummers, 3 bassists, and 2 rhythm guitar players, we finally settled on the Power Trio line-up we have now. We’re well equipped with 21 original songs on an EP and our upcoming debut LP. Feel free to groove with us

How did you come up with your band name?

As Star Wars nerds, we wanted something close to the “Rebellion”. Renegade was a cool choice, so we needed a type of group. We ride as the Cartel, because everyone knows the cartels are no joke. Renegade Cartel is a group of musicians that are rebelling against the cover scene. We have only a small window on this earth to make a mark. We intend on doing that by playing originals.

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

We are from the USA and the rock scene here is ABYSMAL. There is nothing new here. To quote Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree fame, “How is it that one of the birthplaces of Rock and Roll and there is no music among the top hits?” But we think the country is hungry for it. It’s all underground right now, but we want to be part of the resurgence.

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

We are releasing our debut album “Dear World” on October 31st, 2019. It’s coming up close and we are super stoked to share it with everyone. With a little hard rock, blues, classic rock, and groove, we hope there is something for everyone.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are inspired by a ton of music. Guns N Roses, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Metallica, Black Sabbath, B’z, Iron Maiden, KISS, Slash, Alter Bridge, The Beatles, Van Halen, King’s X. A bunch of rock artists. Vic’s heroes are Slash, Jimmy Page, Rich Robinson, Eddie Van Halen, and Marc Ford. Stephen’s are Myles Kennedy, Koshi Inaba, James Hetfield, dUg Pinnick. Rob’s biggest influences are Peter Criss, Nicko Mcbrain, Tommy Lee, Tommy Aldridge, Alex Van Halen, John Bonham.

What first got you into music?

Well for me, I heard Metallica’s ‘Unforgiven’. The amazing blend of hard rock/metal verses, and the laid back, clean verses really showcased their breadth and it immediately made me want to sing and play guitar. From there on out, it was all about Metallica for a while. I’ve always credited James Hetfield for making me the musician I am today.

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

Oh man. Of course my first choice would be James Hetfield. I don’t care who’s singing or who’s playing what instrument. Anything he touches is gold. But I’d also love to work with Myles Kennedy on some vocal harmonies. dUg Pinnick on vocals/bass/guitar. I’m sure the other guys would love to work with anyone of their heroes, as would I.

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

I always wanted to play Ozzfest. That was THE festival growing up. I want Main Stage though, or headlining second stage with Rob Zombie \m/! I wanted in on ‘Orion’ by Metallica but that was short lived. My old band had a change playing with Locobazooka opening for Alice in Chains when they reunited with the new singer, but they wanted us to front an absurd amount of money. I guess I’d love to do the Family Values tour and try to get arrested like Rammstein. Haha!

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

Nothing has been too weird to answer this really. I wish I had a good story for this but I really don’t. I guess I could say that fans give me a gift of a “compliment”, as in “Oh you remind me so much of Meatloaf, I mean that in a good way!” What a compliment…

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

You guys aren’t fans. You are our friends, our family, and our lifeblood. You keep us going through every show, release, comment, photo, anything! We are so happy you come along with us for this ride, and I hope we can continue on and provide you with more rock and roll as time goes on. Thank you for everything!

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

Man, that’s tough. I want Chris Cornell back. Is that selfish, considering he didn’t want to be here? I don’t want to bring him back if he will continue on suffering. How about Bowie? I know he was almost 70, but I never got to see him live. Again, another selfish reason!

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

I love the feeling of playing. Pouring my heart and soul into my song and seeing the reaction from the crowd. That’s all that matters to me, that the crowd can groove to what we’re doing. Of course, we love our own songs, but when that room is pulsating with the many that are hungry for new rock, and they cheer us on, we are in euphoria.

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

Bring back the old days where people used to give a chance. Bring back the old days where a rock artist had even the slightest chance. I’d also like to make it so that independent artists make more money from streaming and stuff like that. I mean, our music isn’t more valuable, but we pay and struggle harder that the people on the inside. It would certainly be nice if a few hundred listens equalled even one album sale. It takes a lot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica’s Self Titled, or “The Black Album”. It’s chock full of amazing tunes, and it’s the entire reason I play music. Before that, I had listened to some terrible music. I mean I always listened to Prince, which ended up becoming a huge influence for me. But ‘Enter Sandman’. C’mon, it’s only dumped on because it’s been played a bajillion times. ‘Sad But True’ ripping, ‘Of Wolf And Man’ tearing, and being able to chill with ‘Nothing Else Matters’, and ‘My Friend Of Misery’. Just an amazing album overall!

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

I love Vinyl most. I have to have a physical copy of something if I love the band. I have a complete Metallica collection and Bowie collection on vinyl. Plus much more! My second is CD’s. I know that Tape is a superior fidelity format to all but I can’t be bothered by sticking a pencil into the wheel and rewinding.

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

We had a real awesome gig opening for Damon Johnson of Brother Cane/Thin Lizzy recently that not only went superb, but had Damon praising us. It was such an honour that he liked our stuff, as I’m a huge fan of him. But the BEST gig so far? Probably something up at Live@212, one of our favourite places to play in Maine. It’s a bit of a drive, but the place is awesome, the owner is an amazing host, and the people are so accepting. Love it.

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

I’d probably just be doing what I do now, but no music. I work full time as a security systems integrator. I’d probably be travelling as much as possible. I recently went to Tokyo and would love to be back there. There are so many places I want to see. I’d be working, saving up the dough, and travelling. It would be awesome if I could do that as a tour. Two birds, one stone!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Like, just regular? Or celebrities? Umm my mum, my sister, the boys in the band, and my other bandmate. Is that hard pressing journalism or what?! Hahaha, sorry for my horrible Jimmy Carr style sarcasm! I’d have David Bowie, Prince, James Hetfield, Chris Cornell, and dUg Pinnick over. We’d talk about music, I suppose. I’d love to have just one dinner chatting with all of them. Absolutely wild!

What’s next for the band?

We will continue to push the album as far as it can go, hopefully touring off of it until the end of 2020. By then we may have enough material for another LP or at least and EP. We hope it takes off, gets picked up by someone, and we can tour the world, making people happy with our songs! It may be a pipe dream, but sometimes dreams come true.

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

We’re all over Facebook and Instagram. Twitter is kinda meh for us, but we still post! We’re getting into the Facebook live shows, and uploading videos to YouTube and all that stuff. We’ve paid for all the fancy streaming places like Spotify and Apple Music. The stuff is up for sale on Amazon and Google Play, We’ve got the original EP streaming everywhere, including the hub where you can reach all of our social media, up at RenegadeCartel.com – we also have a bunch of cool media up there too, if you want to check it out!
https://www.facebook.com/RCBoston/
https://www.instagram.com/renegade_cartel/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3PqbzJ0fmVnOx3SAWQVpSM

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes are heaven. Here I’d call them a cookie, so maybe a biscuit. But I’m a huge fan of anything that tastes like oranges, so if I open a pack, I’m pretty sure I’ll eat them all. And I wonder why I have trouble losing weight! Do a lot of people from the US know Jaffa Cakes? I consider myself so lucky to have indulged in them!

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

Rock and Roll forever. God Save the Queen. Thank YOU for your time.

 

 

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, TN based Groove/Stoner/Hard Rock band Them Fixes! 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?

My name is Dustin Rye and I play guitar/bass and sing. Shawn Jones is the drummer/percussionist.
We’ve been playing in bands since we met in High School and then Shawn decided to move back to Ohio where most of his family is from. He then decided to come back to Tennessee and we reconnected along with some mutual friends and then I asked him to come be a part of a band I was forming at the time called The Clover Club. After about 4 years that project came to a close and we decided to do something new and fresh. I was super inspired by 2 piece bands like Royal Blood and Death from Above and I convinced Shawn to give it a shot. Of course put my own spin on the concept and decided to go with a Fender Bass VI as a weapon of choice among other things. Our first day of practice, after I had gathered the proper equipment and tuned up, we wrote our first single we released called ‘Fangs’. Everything else is playing out!

How did you come up with your band name?

It took about 2 months for us to finally land on a band name haha. In our last project The Clover Club we had a song that we favored titled ‘Fixes’ and as we were sitting in the jam room Shawn made the suggestion that instead of using “The” in a band name we should do like Them Crooked Vultures and use “Them”. Thus Them Fixes was born.

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

Nashville, TN in the United States! It’s pretty rad but most of the best stuff in my opinion is in the underground scene. There’s a TON of amazing bands making rad music. You just have to be willing to turn over the rocks to find them due to the industry being the way it is and oversaturation.

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

Our Debut EP “Electric Prophetic” just released! You can listen to it at;
https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Royal Blood, Red Fang, Crobot, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch and KISS to name a few!

What first got you into music?

Just picking up an instrument when I was young! I knew music was a part of who I am and what I wanted to do.

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

Oh man, Probably Neil Fallon / Clutch or Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

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

‘Bonnaroo’ for sure! It’s a huge festival in our Home state! All the greats have played and a ton of up and coming bands play there when they are first breaking out!

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

So far nothing super weird but one of our fans/family gave us a drum head in a pizza box at our EP release show that had a very kind and encouraging message on it. It now resides on the wall in our jam room.

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

That we appreciate them GREATLY and we couldn’t do what we do without them and Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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

Jimi Hendrix!

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

Playing Shows and meeting people and other Musicians! Writers Block. There is nothing more infuriating than getting a good riff going just to be stopped dead in your tracks and not know where to take it.

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

Hmm…For artists to get a fair shake in the market and be more able to make a living with their art¬

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”!

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

All the Above but we are partial to spinning wax ourselves!

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

Our EP Release shows we had for sure. We played in Nashville and then in Huntsville, AL the next night. They were great shows regardless of the storm that decided to follow us.

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

No clue, probably working in IT or Teaching.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, Mike Kerr, Dan Auerback, Jack White.

What’s next for the band?

Shows, Shows, Shows! We also will be releasing another song by the end of the year before we break ground on EP#2

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

https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/themfixes
https://twitter.com/ThemFixes
https://www.instagram.com/themfixes/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’ve never had a Jaffa Cake but from what i can tell from a google search it appears that they are…delicious!

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

We appreciate you interviewing the band and digging what we do! I’d like to just say if you’re reading this….send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

 

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EMQ’s with GEMINI WOLVES

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EMQ’s with GEMINI WOLVES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Providence, Rhode Island based Classic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band Gemini Wolves ! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Bryan Martin 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?

Bryan Martin – guitar/vocals
This band is comprised of seasoned veterans of the New England metal scene. We play what we call..wolf metal!

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve always had a connection with wolves. And the Gemini means we have two sides. We can be heavy or we can play melodic or both. Not every song is about wolves but every wolf has a song.

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

USA. The scene is actually growing again. There are tons of new bands and a lot of established bands touring our area again.

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

We are working on our first single now!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band has so many, Amon Amarth, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Saxon!
I would say mine is Saxon!

What first got you into music?

In junior high my best friend got me really into music, Motley Crue, Saxon, Dio, Accept. Later I found The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson etc.

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

I would say Steve Vai, but maybe the band would say any of the above listed influences.

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

SWEDEN ROCK just about the best festival in a great musical nation.

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

In a previous band someone brought us a headstone from an old grave.weird.

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

Play it loud. Live the best life you can and always be yourself!

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

Randy Rhoads!

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

I like the creativity. I hate the pay!

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

Like Sweden, more support for upcoming bands. More attention to unknown acts!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wasp – “The Crimson Idol”

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

CD’s.

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

Ralph’s Diner. 100 degrees and totally metal!

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

Writing!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Steve Vai, Donald Trump, Blackie Lawless, Biff Byford, Doro Pesch!

What’s next for the band?

Recording and gigs!

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

All of them!
https://www.facebook.com/GeminiWolvesband/
https://www.instagram.com/geminiwolvesband/
https://geminiwolves.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6r2tOZuHVhVISU0pktEdzA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of it..hopefully …cake?

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

Thank you for doing this. Keep howling with us!!!

 

 

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The New Roses – Nothing But Wild

The New Roses

The New Roses – Nothing But Wild
Napalm Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 51:10
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Germany’s The New Roses are a bit of a conundrum and, much to their credit, have so much more depth to them than the casual glance at the new album would give the impression. The snarling wolf artwork, the album title and the opening track all give the impression that these guys are the Teutonic version of Airbourne (in itself, not a bad thing) but as the rest of the album unfolds you’re taken on a very rich journey across a shifting landscape that is much more akin to America than their own home country.

The very rough and ready ‘Soundtrack of My Life’ kicks off the album in true rebel rousing style, kicking up dust and powering you headlong into a furnace of hard rock that comes over like the wild child of Aerosmith at their most kinetic. Thinking that this full on assault is the way that the album is heading, ‘Can’t Stop Rock and Roll’ is a real turn for the unexpected as it’s much more commercial Stadium Hard Rock and third track ‘Down By The River’ has a real Tom Petty/Kid Rock feel to it, bringing memories of happy hazy Summer days. ‘Nothing But Wild’ has a real bluesy Southern kick to it and ‘Heartache’, with its great chorus, would be the perfect soundtrack to dusty road trips, stopping off at roadside bars that smell of beer, chilli and violence.

No rock album aiming for the stadiums would be complete without a big rock ballad and ‘The Bullet’ certainly ticks that particular box. This track could have been written and performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd such is its country tinged, wide screen appeal and you can almost imagine the video, all sepia tinted flatbed trucks, blonde haired high school sweethearts, sunsets and campfires. ‘Running Out Of Time’ is anthemic and joyous and the pace increases for the heavy ‘Unknown Territory’ with its elements of classic hard rock and tinges of New Wave. Similarly ass kicking are ‘As The Crow Flies’ and ‘Give And Take’, the former that takes you from highways to arenas and beyond whilst the latter revels in a ten-million-dollar confidence swagger.

Ballad Number 2 crops up in the shape of ‘The Only Thing’ and ‘Meet Me Half Way’ is another great country number that really shows the quality of the songwriting once again, if any reminder is needed. ‘Glory Road’ rounds off things with another slab of stadium rock that Jon Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams would be proud of. Acoustic bonus tracks ‘Down by the River’ and ‘Fight You Leaving Me’ give you another glimpse of the songs and would be a perfect addition as a mid-set unplugged section for future tours. As mentioned, it’s a somewhat oddly paced album style wise and it will be interesting to see if the next album heads more towards the heads down cranking it up of ‘Soundtrack…’ or the ‘track to break into America’ of everything else. It’s nice to say that the album grabs you because of what it is, rather than what it isn’t, The New Roses certainly defying any expectations and in that lays their genius. Great songs, excellent performances and a band that absolutely begs to be seen live! Everyone needs a bit of good time rock ‘n’ roll in their lives and The New Roses deliver that in spades.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Soundtrack Of My Life
02. Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll
03. Down By The River
04. Nothing But Wild
05. Heartache
06. The Bullet
07. Running Out Of Hearts
08. Unknown Territory
09. As The Crow Flies
10. Give And Take
11. The Only Thing
12. Meet Me Halfway
13. Glory Road
14. Down By The River (Unplugged Bonus Track)
15. Fight You Leaving Me (Unplugged Bonus Track)

LINE-UP:
Timmy Rough – Vocals/Guitar
Norman Bites – Guitar
Hardy – Bass
Urban Berz – Drums

LINKS:
https://thenewroses.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheNewRoses/

https://www.instagram.com/thenewroses/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAq1qDH8UemNCfWBFFhgXBw

 

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