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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Fugue – The Spoils Of War

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War
Agoge Records
Release Date 27/10/2019
Running Time: 29:34
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
9/10

Good evening, my dear friends and followers. It is Saturday and I am your saturnine satyr Dark Juan, here to share my opinions, bizarre theories and out and out insane nonsense with you about whatever I please and there’s nothing you can do about it! Apart from stop reading but that would be a very very bad thing to do because you wouldn’t get to learn about the Australian/ Italian alt rock band I am currently listening to. Should you wish to continue to read these ramblings, I should warn you they have been fuelled by a bottle of rather excellent port, and I am a little bit squiffy, after a hard day of trying to find a virgin to defile in West Yorkshire. It appears there aren’t any left. It’s nearly as bad as Liverpool. At least in Wales there is the odd valley or two where my influence has not penetrated. Cheeky! How am I to preach my gospel of hatred for God and the only true way of the Left Hand Path if I can’t defile virgins and sacrifice them to my great and mighty lord Shaitan upon my altar of pain and suffering while they lie upon a bastardised statue of Christ while they bleed their lives out through carved sigils and severed veins? I don’t mind telling you it looks like I am going to have to find a proper job soon and that simply won’t do…

I’ll be honest – when I hear the words “alt rock” the first thing that comes into my head is the fucking Flaming twatty Lips. I hate The Flaming Lips. I hate their name, their whiny bollock music and the fact that they have single handedly murdered rock and roll with insipid lightweight “tunes” and bollockbrained personalities and the fact they are filled with a colossally overwhelming sense of their own self-importance. Even if I do actually love “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part I”. Instead we have this band Fugue. A fugue in music is a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts. Or their name could be associated with the dissociative fugue state, being a psychiatric disorder characterised by reversible amnesia for personality, memories and other identifying characteristics of individuality. Fugue (the band) are absolutely NOT arseholes. They are in fact rather jolly good.

A quick aside – There has just been an advert on television (I have the famously explodatastic Independence Day on in the background – the fact that the filmmakers have portrayed the Royal Air Force flying F-16 Fighting Falcons STILL PISSES ME OFF!) that has the remarkably combative and fabulously whiny Mancunian mop topped Beatles copyists Oasis’ Wonderwall made into some kind of awful pity ballad that is ACTUALLY WORSE THAN THE FUCKING ORIGINAL HATEFUL BASTARD SONG! However, the horror was mitigated somewhat by Mrs. Dark Juan changing the lyric from “You’re my wonderwall” (which is literal doggerel and therefore absolute bollocks) to “You’re my bonzer battlement” which we can all agree is a far superior lyric and makes infinitely more sense.

To business! The record opens with some extremely Led Zeppeliny riffing on ‘Smoketrails’ underpinned with the clean, crystal clear vocal of Luke Corso. The chorus has some tasty vocal harmonies and some emotive guitar soloing. I like this a lot so far – Luke’s voice is part Klaus Meine (Scorpions), part Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and the guitar sound is so clear and pure it makes this grizzled old metaller want to weep for joy. The record has a fine production – every instrument is clear and hard hitting, yet still pleasingly heavy. The band’s sound is interesting as well. It sounds like a combination of QOTSA at their most staccato, crossed with Alter Bridge, Helmet, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Coheed and Cambria with added Bob Mould’s Sugar (Copper Blue is one of THE great and cruelly ignored alternative rock masterpieces). I’m now on the softer and more accessible ‘Leaves’ but it is still very good indeed. To describe this record as a heavy metal record would be entirely wrong. It is a hard rock record with progressive elements. To call it alternative rock is to not do it sufficient justice because most alt rock really is absolute shite, mate. I’m sorry but it is. Now we are on track 6, entitled ‘Air’ which is that rarest of rare things, an acceptable ballad. My hatred and disgust at ballads are well known and I am prone to uttering a sarcasm or two about how godawful they are. However, ‘Air’ is engaging and interesting throughout. ‘Sirens’ is a song that reminds me greatly of Sugar, gentle clean electric guitar giving way to the sheer alchemy of a heavily distorted riff of puissant majesty and power. The next song is entitled ‘Walls’ and is the album closer. The guitar work is very reminiscent of Josh Homme and QOTSA around “Go With The Flow”. This isn’t a bad thing because this song is done right and rocks your metaphorical pants off. Alright, yes, I am dancing around my front room with no pants on. Fugue have done that to me.

Every song on the record is a high quality rock song. Fugue are a damned fine rock band. I love them. I love Anna’s bass work, thunderously underpinning some high quality riffage with some intricate playing yet never overpowering the rest of the band and I love the drumming of Renato Fabrizi too.

I’m going to stop writing now, because I have drunk far too much port. Nos dda, friends!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Fugue 9/10 for a damned near perfect record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Smoketrails
02. Run
03. Leaves
04. The Shroud
05. Waterline
06. Air
07. Hungry Sea
08. Sirens
09. Wall

LINE-UP:
Luke Corso – Guitar and vocals
Anna Bach – Bass
Renato Fabrizi – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Fugue-529079680961495/
https://www.instagram.com/fugue_band/

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EMQ’s with LEAVING EDEN

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EMQ’s with LEAVING EDEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our EMQ’s interview with Boston, MA Rock band Leaving Eden. Huge thanks to guitarist Eric Gynan 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?

Hi I am Eric Gynan Co-founder/Guitarist of the band Leaving Eden Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Leaving Eden has been around for well over 10 years. We’ve toured 47 of the states in the USA, Canada and Europe. We’ve got seven albums and we are a rock band.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were thinking about this whole planet being like the Garden of Eden and with all its corruption and deception wouldn’t it be nice to just go somewhere else, thus Leaving Eden.

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

We’re from the USA as I said and we’ve seen what I feel is a great metal scene all over the country. I think people love the freedom of being themselves not being judged by anybody else and having the opportunity to hang out with others that enjoy the same thing at the live shows. I think people are starving for new bands new material so yeah man it’s very cool.

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

We have just released our newest album “The Agony of Affliction” released by Dark Star Records/Sony. The Title Track will be in Massimiliano Cerchi’s movie Lockdown starring Michael Pare (The Philadelphia Experiment, Eddie and the Cruisers).

Watch the Lyric video ‘The Agony of Affliction’:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0gEue6mh8pg

We are excited about this new album not only because of the production value but the entire album will also be featured in a new fake reality comedy movie titled “The Nitwit”

Watch the teaser trailer For THE NITWIT MOVIE
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=g6uIkgZvVJI

Originally I had written this movie script loosely based on real life events with the intention of having Leaving Eden’s music throughout the movie and procuring other pros to make the movie. Where Leaving Eden has been involved with having our music placed in different movies and TV series this simply made sense. While in Iowa after wrapping up on a shoot I sat down with Ray Van Blarcom and Matt Moody “production crew” over a scotch and threw the script down on the table. They started reading it, thought it was hilarious so we decided let’s make the movie. For me being the director of several music videos it was a very simple transition to direct The Nitwit. Finally, I was intrigued by Matt Moody’s experience not only in production but as an actor. Ironically Matt fit the leading role as The Nitwit perfectly then he also brought in Jordan Smith as his co-star and the rest is history. We expect the movie to be released in 2020 by SGL Entertainment.

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s funny because I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with some of my greatest influences such as Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Alice In Chains. So for me I feel like my music career has really come full circle in terms of being influenced and then being able to share the stage with such notable artists. Of course I like metal but I also like stuff from Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel. Anything that really has a good bass and drum sound!

What first got you into music?

As a kid, since I could walk, my parents had instruments so I would get up and play these instruments and literally learn. I’ve never stopped. Myself, I play guitar, bass, keyboards, Drums, singing. I like to really know a lot of aspects of a rock band, really gives you a good sense of rhythm and helps with recording.

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

I would say Fleetwood Mac or Mark Knopfler. Love the harmonies and Fleetwood Mac and of course love Mark Knopfler’s guitar work.

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

It would be the Download Festival. I’ve seen so many incredible bands to me that would be a highlight for sure. The crowd is unbelievable and that’s why we do it man.

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

Well I wouldn’t say it’s weird but I would say it’s pretty cool. We got this glass picture of the band. So the picture was etched in the glass. It was something I’ve never seen and I still got it.

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

That message would be how thankful we are for every single friend, I call them friends not fans, but of course if it wasn’t for our friends throughout the world where would we be, why would we be doing this and who would be listening? I would be playing if nobody was listening but it’s much better to have an audience and most importantly for people to care.

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

We got to play with Dimebag and now his brother before they sadly passed away. They were so cool. Dimebag was such an innovator of his time and it was such a tragedy.

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

Great question! I believe in this life you should be doing what you want to be doing. I hold firmly on that. So I would say I enjoy the freedom of music. It’s really one of the last frontiers so to speak in terms of freedom of expression. Of course I love performing and the sharing of the energy with the crowd. A crowd draws a crowd right? I love writing music and recording the music. We work with Grammy award winning friends like Johnny K for instance (Disturbed, Three Doors Down, Staind, Megadeth, Pop Evil) to name a few and Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Alison Krauss, Adelitas Way, Three Days Grace, Blues Traveler) and Bob St John (Extreme, Collective Soul, Steven Tyler, Duran Duran).

I think what I hate most is the snakes in the business. People who prey on musicians, take their money and literally do nothing. Over the years I’ve come across many of these snakes and it’s really a shame but there are so many musicians out there that are willing to put forth dollars into people that really promise the world and give nothing back. It’s a shame. Record labels to ask for money from bands you’ll be surprised how many there are and I call them predator labels. The label is supposed to put money in your pocket not take it from you.

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

Well I am a voting member of the Grammys and I would Love to see more local, less known artists get nominated in the rock and metal genres. I would also like to see the streaming companies like Spotify for instance get these unknown bands in more popular playlists as well as pay the artist more for each stream.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh God! Eagles – “Hotel California”! Such great harmony!

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

Well now it’s downloads but more so streaming platforms is where the industry has firmly planted their feet.

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

This is where I’ll copy and paste lol.

Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Puddle Of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Buckcherry, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After (40th Anniversary of Woodstock), Shinedown, Dropkick Murphy’s, Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Michaels, Halestorm, Theory Of A Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, HELLYEAH, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel, Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, Sevendust, Sebastian Bach, Soulfly, Days Of The New, Nonpoint, Drowning Pool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, Mushroomhead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10 Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One Eyed Doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge) Lamb Of God, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motörhead, Blackstone Cherry, Hookers & Blow (featuring members of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack), Adelitas Way, Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Gemini Syndrome, Pop Evil, Ratt, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death, Nickelback, Skillet & many more.

To pick one would be very hard but today let’s say it was the anniversary concert of Woodstock with Jefferson Starship, Big Brother And The Holding Company, 10 Years After and Country Joe and the Fish, basically whoever is still alive was there. That particular show we were not slated to play we were playing a benefit concert the day before and briefly we walked in and saw all these huge stages sound systems light shows and said wow this is going to be great. Then the guy said no you guys are playing there you’re playing over there and pointed to a coat rack of a stage. Our motto we will play anywhere anyhow anyway so long as we can so we did the show to maybe 100 people. After the show the guy came up to us and said wow you’re great you guys want to play tomorrow? And I said sure man we’re here what you got going on? He immediately got aggravated and said what do you mean what do I have going on you don’t know do you know how much money I spent on this advertising? Woodstock man!! And I said like the 90s Woodstock or? He said the original Woodstock man Jefferson Starship, 10 Years After… you guys want to play or not? Of course I said absolutely sir. They gave us a driver in one of those 12 person golf carts and carted us around everywhere we wanted to go. We got to meet a lot of the bands hang out with Jefferson Starship and dine with the kings. Woodstock is where it all began so for us it was like full circle. We got to play on that big stage and it was surreal.

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

I’d be working in the movies, videos, engineering for recordings.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alice Cooper and Kiss! All innovators in the live performance!

What’s next for the band?

As I said earlier my Movie the Nitwit to be released in 2020 with lots of our music in it. Already working on our next album and looking forward to all our tour dates.

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

https://m.facebook.com/bandleavingeden
https://twitter.com/Leavingeden
https://www.instagram.com/leavingedenofficial/
https://m.youtube.com/user/leavingedenband
https://leavingeden.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hmm not sure even what those are lol. I’ll look it up.

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

To introduce the whole band, Leaving Eden is myself, Eric Gynan on guitars and vocals, “Eve” on lead vocals, Alyssa White on keyboards and vocals, Jake Gynan on drums and David Amato on bass and vocals.

Well it’s been a pleasure here today, wish you the best man and peace!!

 

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Interview with Andi Schnitzer of Kissin’ Dynamite – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

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Interview with Andi Schnitzer of Kissin’ Dynamite
The Underworld, Camden, London 18/10/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Kissin’ Dynamite are on a mission to bring back stadium rock. They do this through their solid music and sterling live shows. Whilst on their Ecstasy tour, Lotty spoke to drummer Andi Schnitzer moments before their first UK headline show taking place at The Underworld, Camden. They spoke about the tour, their latest single Cadillac Maniac and answered a couple of reader’s questions.

Hello Andy, thank you for joining us today. How are you doing?

It’s good to be here, we started our tour three or four days ago. We are slowly getting into a groove and yesterday we were in Paris which was awesome. It’s very cool to be playing in London for the very first time as a headliner. We’re very proud of this because England is a special country for us. A lot of our influences come from here.

You performed with Powerwolf earlier this year. I spoke to Jim (Müller) last year about different audiences and he mentioned German audiences are very polite. How do you find British crowds?

Germans sometimes have a stick in their arse during the song. They really like it but they feel like they cannot show it so much. When you finish the song, they really clap and cheer. In every other country, the audiences are more passionate during the songs and that includes England.

So how has the tour been going so far?

We were in Majorca for Metal Holiday and that was a really cool show. We were then in Germany for one show, then Paris and now in London. It’s been going really good so far and as I said, we have got a good groove and a great sound.

This tour is promoting your latest album “Ecstasy”! Which songs off the album do you enjoy performing live the most?

‘I’ve Got The Fire’ is one of my favourites, not just playing it but in general. ‘You’re Not Alone’ is a very good anthem at the end, people really celebrate it and it looks great when the audience participate.

You have also just released ‘Cadillac Maniac’ with The Baseballs, so how did that collaboration come about?

We didn’t know the guys personally but we knew that one of the guys Sam [Sven Budja] was from the town we come from. Our manager had contacted us about this collaboration, Sam and Hannes [Braun] both wrote the song together. I think it’s really cool mixture of those two styles that functions better than anyone could have imagined. This is also a bit of fun between two albums, it’s a kick ass party song.

Where was the video filmed?

It was filmed in a studio in Cologne with a big Cadillac. I remember we only had three hours; we drank, partied and shot the video.

I take it this is a standalone single for now, is there new material in the making? I mean after this tour has been done.

We tried it once but we realised we don’t write whilst on tour. There are of course new ideas always brewing. We’re not in the song writing process at the moment due to the tour.

A couple of questions from the readers, first one is what inspired you guys to make your own music?

The music of our parents influenced us, I would say their music was much cooler than our friend’s music at school, our generation. We discovered Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Guns N Roses and loved that stuff. We then formed a band ourselves with these ideas of bands and kept on going. At the end of the day we wanted to start our own and write our own songs. We started slowly and it worked out very well.

Another question I got from a reader, have you experienced stage fright or anxiety?

Yes always, a little bit but I always find that to be a good thing as it keeps you focused. It would be strange to go on stage as if you were going to do something like brushing your teeth. Another reason to get on stage is to feel that adrenaline rush. As long as you’re not getting too anxious!

You have the rest of the tour, what’s in store for Kissin’ Dynamite?

We will finish the tour, then we will have a long break. We have been touring a lot; with Powerwolf last Fall and earlier this year. We then had our big headliner tour in Spring then many festival appearances and now this tour.

Thank you Andi for taking the time to talk to Ever Metal today and hope the show goes well tonight.

Rick Here,

From Lotty’s subsequent live review which you can read in full here;

Kissin’ Dynamite w/BlackRain & Serpentyne – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

It very much seems that Kissin’ Dynamite played an absolute blinder on the night.
I would very much like to thank both Lotty and Andi for the interview.

Please check out the following links!
Kissin’Dynamite;
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de/en/

https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite/

https://www.youtube.com/kissindynamiterocks
Rock Out Stand Out (Lotty’s own Website and Social Media pages)
https://rockoutstandout.com/
https://www.facebook.com/rockoutstandout/

 

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Cry For Mercy – Overload EP

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Cry For Mercy – Overload EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 17/10/2019
Running Time: 14:59
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Cry For Mercy first popped onto our radar as one of this year’s competing bands at the North Wales M2TM competition, and instantly had our eyes opened wider and glued to their performance! Sadly, they only reached the semis in this competition, but this was nothing to do with their talent – more to do with their fit in the preferred genre – i.e. they just aren’t metal. What they are is absolutely top-quality rock and blues. We were so glad when they announced that they would be releasing an EP and were even more glad that they sent it to us to have a listen to!

So, to the EP!! Yes, yes, yes and more yes! It is top quality, good old fashioned RRrrockkk! Groovy as hell, with a good smattering of southern blues to boot. These three chaps know exactly what they want to sound like and capture it perfectly in four tracks, which are beautifully mixed and produced, and completely echo their polished and professional stage performance.

The title track, ‘Overload’, starts things off. It is a good, fast paced classic rock toe tapper. It is simple and straightforward and doesn’t outstay its welcome. It reminds me in places of ZZ top and totally would not be out of place on one of those ‘Driving Songs’ compilation albums that I seem to have so many of! I could certainly see myself pumping it out in a big American convertible whilst heading off into the sunset on Route 66! (Yes, I am a queen of clichés, so what! Shoot me!).

Next up is ‘Under Dark Skies’, bringing the pace down a little to full on groove level! It makes you pull that face that to you says ‘groove’, but to anyone looking in and not knowing what you are listening to says ‘gurning weirdo’! (Come on, you’ve all done that face at some point, and if you haven’t, you will when you listen to this EP!) In all seriousness, it is a superb track and shows off Bassist and Lead Vocalist Kev Plant’s superb voice and enviable range.

Track three, ‘We Won’t Go Down’, is again a good solid anthem, with a particularly catchy chorus which will be stuck in my head for some time! This track also shows off the drumming skills of Steven Taylor, who gets to do a few more fills and hit cymbals lots! Again it doesn’t outstay its welcome and could be the soundtrack to a myriad of ‘deep south’ style cult films, when the good guys decide to smash the bad guys once and for all (‘From Dusk till Dawn’ was the first thing that popped into my head, but it would work for so many!)

The final track, ‘I Don’t Know’, is probably the heaviest track on the album, but again is classic rock – starting with some solid and catchy guitar riffage from Andy Cutty, who also adds backing vocals to this track, and indeed the rest of the EP, creating some great harmonies and adding extra depth to the vocals, which makes it even better.

I am really impressed with these guys and their first release – yes, its not metal, and yes there are little tweaks that could be made here and there, but that does not detract from the strength of this as their maiden voyage into the world of recorded material! I had a brief conversation with Powerzone’s Dani Maguire about it and he summed it up perfectly:

“You know what I like about Cry For Mercy? They sound familiar. Like I’ve known them for decades. I mean, the sort of band you can slam on when you get in from a hard day at work, chug a cold one and just enjoy for what it is. Hard rocking, hardworking, skilful and comfortable with what they do, which puts me at ease as a listener. Nothing pretentious yet totally fresh.”

I 100% echo Dani’s words and thoroughly recommend that you look these guys up and give this EP a spin. My most major criticism is that it is too short – I want more guys! Get back in that studio!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Overload
02. Under Dark Skies
03. We Won’t Go Down
04. I Don’t Know

LINKS:
https://www.cryformercy.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/cryformercyofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/cryformercyofficial/

 

 

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(the) Melvins Escape From L.A. Tour – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ – 11/10/2019

 

A full review of this gig can be found here:

(the) Melvins Escape From L.A. Tour – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ – 11/10/2019

 

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(the) Melvins Escape From L.A. Tour – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ – 11/10/2019

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(the) Melvins
Escape From L.A. Tour
The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
11/10/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

It would be hard to argue with someone about American rock bands (the) Melvins legacy and influence with anyone connected to the Grunge and Punk music scene. Far too many legends have mentioned them as an influence, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Tool and Faith No More to name but a few. Originally formed back in 1983 they have released about 27 studio albums, many EP’s, live albums and compilations. Well, regarding studio albums, people have actually lost count as I’ve found that number fluctuating widely, however I counted 27. This shows just how hard the band is working, fully dedicated to their music. There remains only one founding member at this point, vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne also known as King Buzzo, although current drummer Dale Crover joined The Melvins shortly after their formation and has been with the band since. He also was part of early Nirvana recordings and helped with their debut LP “Bleach”.

At The beginning of September (the) Melvins embarked on the dubbed ‘Escape From L.A. Tour 2019’, alongside Redd Kross and Toshi Kasai, consisting of a whopping 54 dates running until November 8th when they will wrap it up in California. Basically in two months they will have only a few days off!!

On October 11th these legends came to wonderful South New Jersey venue ‘The Stone Pony’. This is the place where people basically worship Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt, where other New Jersey native bands Bon Jovi and Skid Row played at the beginning of their careers, as well as many big time national tour bands like Green Day and Papa Roach.

I will tell you honestly, this was my first time experiencing (the) Melvins. I did my due diligence to listen to their music before showing up to work on their set, but to listen and see them live was a whole different experience. They opened with three songs called ‘Sesame Street Meat’, ‘Kicking Machine’ and ‘Anaconda’. All three seemed like a good mix of grunge, punk and sludge metal; sometimes bringing out sort of an early Black Sabbath feel too. The tracks had many different tempo changes but guitar solos that all sounded quite similar. This was not an issue with more seasoned fans, who packed the venue to the max. They followed with ‘Queen’ and ‘It’s Shoved’. Their level of play and energy did not show any signs of letting down, despite the gruelling tour schedule. Buzz didn’t do much talking between songs; it was just a continuous music extravaganza. For many older attendees this was almost a trip down memory lane when this place was a regular for punk rock bands, and they enjoyed it fully.

I realised how much I had missed by not listening to (the) Melvins before. Their work is experimental, extraordinary and exceptional. Great music by a great band! Find them in your choice of music streaming platform and take a listen if you haven’t already!

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/melvinsarmy/
https://www.instagram.com/melvinsdotcom/

 

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Gypsy’s Kiss – Heat Crazed Vole And Other Tails EP

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Gypsy’s Kiss – Heat Crazed Vole And Other Tails EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/10/2019
Running Time: 27:17
Review by Chris Galea
7/10

Formed by David Smith and Steve Harris in East London way back in 1974, the band returned to the fore after an absence of over 40 years. Despite the band’s distant origins the last few months have been a time of ‘firsts’ ….first single, first video, first lyric-video, first album (soon)…and, sure enough, here we have Gypsy’s Kiss’ first EP.

Rather than go for contemporary sonorities Gypsy’s Kiss have opted for a sound that harks back to Rock’s nascent years. Think of bands such as Thin Lizzy, early Uriah Heep or early Alice Cooper. All songs in this EP were written by Smith in the 1970s except ‘Settle The Score’ a brand new song with wistful melodies that reminded me of Patti Smith.

Essentially this EP assembles a handful of well-written Rock songs. They sound a bit brash and unrefined but possess some of that candour Smith and Harris must have had all those years ago.

Name-dropping aside, “Heat Crazed Vole And Other Tails” is an auspicious start to Gypsy’s Kiss’ venture into the limelight.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Heat Crazed Vole
2. Endless Pit
3. Gypsy’s Kiss (What Went Wrong)
4. Settle The Score
5. Heat Crazed Vole (live)

LINE-UP:
David Smith – lead vocals, guitars, bass
Jonathan Morley – guitars
Fraser Marr – guitars
Ross Hunter – keyboards, backing vocals
Robin Gatcum – bass
Stuart Emms – drums
LINKS:

Home


https://www.facebook.com/GK74Band/

https://www.instagram.com/gypsyskiss1974/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIVjdkrlmDzk7_wgq0P8HSw

 

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EMQ’s with EXIT 18

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EMQ’s with EXIT 18

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Beverly, Massachusetts based Rock band Exit 18! Huge thanks to Julia Perry 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?

Hey I’m Julia Perry, I sing but I also play guitar and piano. Sean Leahy sings and plays guitar, Doug Mears is on guitar, Darren Muise is on bass and my older brother Dylan Perry is on drums. Dougie and Dylan hold down the harmonies too. We’ve all been playing in the same Boston music scene since like 2012. Me, Doug and Dylan were in a band then called One Track Mind, and we played a lot of the same shows as Sean’s old band. We started jamming when Sean and I were the last two still stuck neck deep in high school after our band members went off to study cubicles or something. They drove back to practice with us when we started to pick up some momentum though.

How did you come up with your band name?

Haha ok so we had a very romanticized idea of adulthood when we started this band at my ripe age of 14, and the name was an homage to the idea I kind of obsessed over that once you turn 18 real life starts and you get to “exit” the whole condescending incubation chamber thing. I was pretty desperate to get a taste of freedom and respect instead of constantly being belittled as a minor. I think kids nowadays deserve way more credit for acting more like ethical leaders than some of our actual leaders do. So “Exit 18” felt like the shiny end of the tunnel for a bunch of kids who were pretty awful at sitting down and being obedient. Except for Dylan, he was a very good boy… We’re also all legit neighbours and it’s everyone’s highway exit off 128.

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

We’re from America, so I can’t really speak to our entire country, but in New England the underground punk scene is alive and well. Some assholes say rock is dead but I don’t think they’re looking very hard.

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

We just put out a single and an official music video for our song ‘Brace for Impact’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04xL4rdGu6A

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh my god we’re big fangirls! Deftones, Portishead, Queens of the Stone Age, Amy Winehouse, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Bjork, My Chemical Romance, Tom Waits, the likes of Hendrix and Zeppelin and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Nat King Cole. But also Biggie. And also, Lana del Rey. And also Judas Priest. As for harder shit I’ve been listening to a lot of newer Metalcore like Northlane and I stay bumping August Burns Red and Knocked Loose.

What first got you into music?

Sean had a classic Beatles childhood, and Dylan and I remember being very little at my uncle Dana’s low rock shows, but I don’t think I consciously obsessed over anyone until middle school when we all began our not yet subsided emo phases? My Chemical Romance ruined my life and then saved it.

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

If I could get Kevin Parker of Tame Impala to make an alt metal album with Deftones id absolutely give limbs to sing on that.

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

Glastonbury because we want to be British

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

One time I got an 3x5ft drawing of my face in the mail, mirrored so there were two of me, it was beautifully drawn but this girl must have spent like 15 hours drawing it in coloured pencil. I still have it. I was also once gifted a small wooden heart widdled to fit in the palm of my hand? I love people.

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

Oh man dude don’t people get albums and albums to express what they want to people?? But I guess just very generally, guys, you are so fucking precious. Everyone in this world is profoundly connected and every little act of help and goodness matters. I wanna be a force of goodness and love and compassion and actively be a part of this great waking up that has come of this frankly horrifying political environment. We can do it if we start right now!!! Don’t stop!!!! Let’s go!!!!

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

Can you imagine if Amy Winehouse got to make a third album? Bro! She’s a rock star.

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

The feeling of screaming my head off is like scratching the itch of all itches. Sometimes it’s like a whole orgasm when you get lost enough. And I love communicating 10x more real emotion with 10x less words. And I love having a concrete recorded expression of that emotion I can keep forever and continue to feel that way over and over. That being said, musicians ironically enough can be pretty bad listeners sometimes. Just in conversation, but I hate that we’re all worse than the occasional associated inflated ego.

Which is something I try to be aware of, so let me know if I’m being an asshole so I can help it?

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

The scummy sexist underbelly! Nobody fucking touch me. Also, unless you already have money it’s very hard to make money. But mostly the scum bags in high places can eat rocks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Around The Fur” by the Deftones. I have a Deftones tat on my buttcheeks! Also “…Like Clockwork” by Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA).

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

Vinyl’s comeback is doing good things for the music industry right now and I love owning CD’s, but downloads make it so easy to consume everything I want, so as a kinda hedonist downloads have kind of become the best way in my opinion. But I like the warmth of vinyl best sound-wise for sure.

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

Sonia in Boston a few months ago was fucking epic, the energy in the room was just overwhelming. Probably the biggest crowd we’ve played to.

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

If I wasn’t a musician I’d probably be volunteering. Refugee camps need HELP, or teaching English somewhere warmer than Boston? I’ve thought about joining the Peace Corps or full time campaigning to get a woman elected president but I also always thought that if I couldn’t sing or write or play I would be almost content to be a nice humble Icelandic goat farmer. But I might just be a bum. I don’t know. Every day my little bubble revolves around music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alive? Ok Obama, a personal hypeman, whoever does the visuals for Massive Attacks live show, and two rock label executives having exceptionally good days.

What’s next for the band?

We have an upcoming EP we’re very excited about, and we’ve got a bunch of shows lined up.

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

Our Instagram is @exit18official and we’re on Spotify, Apple music, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc. Facebook too for ya mum.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what the fuck a jaffa cake is homie! This sounds like a very British argument I have no business in having.

Wait I just looked it up!

…Can I have one? Looks like both to me? Dessert is a beautiful inclusive spectrum guys the binary society doesn’t have to put tasty snacks in a box too!

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

We just got nominated for Rock Act of the Year in the Boston Music awards, and it would mean the world to us if anyone would go to;
https://bostonmusicawards.com/vote/

And vote for us. We’re committed to using our platform to help fight the good fight politically, in the climate crisis and in so many more dire issues, and the more people we can reach the more we can make a difference. Winning this would mean amazing things for us and our ability to help. Thank you!

 

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Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf

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Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf
Self-Released
Release date: 09/04/2019
Running Time: 33:52
Review by: Alun Jones
9.5/10

I’ve never been to Australia. Don’t need to go there really; I know exactly what it’s like. It’s like that David Bowie video where he’s inside a big concrete block in the middle of nowhere. ‘Let’s Dance’ – that’s the one. Or it’s like Mad Max 2: all arid desert, people surviving on dog food and a struggle to exist without civilisation.

So, it’s quite apt that such a barren, isolated place has decided to gift us with an album that is, quite frankly, a masterpiece of desert rock. Or outback rock, if you will.

This is “Giant Dwarf”, by the band Giant Dwarf, who hail from somewhere called Perth in Western Australia.

Right from the start, with opener ‘Golden Walrus’, the album bursts from the speakers like Gandalf after a month-long Charles Atlas course. The songs are tough and uncompromising, yet cerebral. ‘Black Thumb’ and ‘Kepler’ in particular will make you put your foot down on the accelerator and bang your head – whilst absorbing the intricate tapestry of the universe.

It’s all pounding rhythms and hypnotic, repeating riffs. On first encounter, the album seems very – shall we say, inspired by – Kyuss and the first Queens of the Stone Age album. Aaron Soppo (vocals) can even do a pretty convincing Josh Homme impersonation. Which is no bad thing, in my book – in fact, it’s a sure fired recipe for success.

Further investigation reveals far more than this obvious comparison, however. As well as a more fuzzed-up guitar sound – not unlike a particularly fried Fu Manchu – there’s a trippy, psychedelic sheen to the muscular groove. There’s even sitar and didgeridoo on here, in wave after wave of glorious chunky riff and rolling beats.

‘The Deluge’ illustrates this breadth of feeling with a six minute plus track that undulates between exuberant rocker and introspective meander in just one epic song.

If I have one small criticism, I’d like to hear a track like ‘Strange Wool’ – a mind melting instrumental track that’s quite brilliant – dragged out to three times its two-minute length. Even more development and experimentation would really push Giant Dwarf further into a new dimension. But keep the edge-of-the-seat rockers too, OK guys?

“Giant Dwarf” comes within a koala’s cock of perfection. Powerful like the venom of a Death Adder, yet enticing like Natalie Imbruglia. It really is that good: from out of nowhere, an album that will surely be in my end of year Top Five.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Golden Walrus
02. Black Thumb
03. Disco Void
04. Kepler
05. Repeat After Defeat
06. Strange Wool
07. High Tide Blues
08. The Deluge

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Giantdwarfmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/giantdwarf.australia/
https://giantdwarf.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NCOEWQFyTA&t=1901s (Full Album Stream)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTTjfWArtJEGUsrrXuU1ew

 

Giant Dwarf

 

 

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