Finally the dates have been revealed for the Def Leppard/Motley Crue joint tour in December! The two bands will set out on 6 dates around the UK and joining them will be Steel Panther! Tickets go on sale this Fri 2nd Sep so get in there quick, its certain to be an awesome show!
Birmingham LG Arena (December 6) Nottingham Capital FM Arena (8) Glasgow S.E.C.C (9) Manchester Evening News Arena (11) Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (13) London Wembley Arena (14)
Other shows announced today include a VERY special show from Manic Street Preachers at the O2 Arena in London on 17th December. In celebration of the release of their singles collection 'National Treasures' in Oct the band are set to play each one of their 38 singles at the show! Again tickets go on sale this Friday, and if you are a fan this looks like it will be a very special night indeed!
Also announced today, a mini tour from Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye in November and the return of Tom Vek who will also play a handful of dates in Nov! And Ginger Wildheart has announced a full electric tour in December aswell! Get on it!
FINAL SILENCE – WE ARE THIS FOR A REASON album review by Tom McConnell
This metal band from Stirlingshire has been around in various forms since 2006, with vocalist Willie Lang the only remaining original members. Over the years, bassist/backing vocalist Graham Swan, guitarist David McDonald and drummer Andrew Cowie have came together to form a strong line-up with great chemistry together. I don’t know quite which “core” to categorise Final Silence into, but I can recall a conversation I’ve had with Willie that went something along the lines of “We like to groove, and we like hardcore, but we’re not hardcore…fuck it, we’ll invent groovecore.” So groovecore they are. Check it out; the movement is definitely going to be massive. Anyway, I am here today to discuss Final Silence’s debut LP “We Are This For A Reason.” So let us get to it.
The album opens with “Jaw Ripper” where a subtle little lick quickly gets shoved aside for a breakdown. This to me has had thought put into it and I hope that throughout “We Are This For A Reason” this thought to track listing and structure for the album remains- it really does make a difference. It isn’t the most in your face that an album opener could be, but it does the trick and lets you know what to expect for the next 40minutes. There is that breakdown intro into a gang chanted chorus and a melodic, quieter passage that will become a well known trait by the end of the album.
We are treated to the Final Silence formula for this track and “Collapse!” which clocks in as the shortest song at 2.37 and while is not bad, I feel perhaps there was a lot more effort put into writing the other tracks on “We Are This For A Reason” but I shall give the benefit of the doubt as it isn’t a bad track, it just lacks what I guess is that break in the structure halfway through the song I had come to expect from Final Silence.
The third track, “You Wanna Rape This?” completely throws me off. That thought to the structure of the album I spoke of earlier, and the track listing seems to have been placed to one side with this track as I don’t really see how it fits amongst the other tracks. It does show, to me, how this band can have their tongue in cheek moments however; with the repeated line questioning “You wanna rape this?” which while it may show the humour of this band, just leaves me thinking of it as somewhat bizarre.
Fortunately, following this track is the strongest phase of the album. “I’m Just Like You” will literally grab, shake and throttle you and you can do little to fight back. The riff that runs through the intro and verse is a cracker and the drums partner it perfectly. I haven’t mentioned the drumming before this point and this is because in my opinion, there has been absolutely nothing wrong with them. Tight, and fit the songs perfectly. There is nothing wrong with modesty of a drummer- keep the time, fit the song and worry about the fancy stuff later. An up tempo chorus adds power to this track and gives it some real force. This is my favourite track from “We Are This For A Reason” and in my opinion shows exactly what Final Silence will want to be expected from them.
The track that follows this ace track is “What Have We Done?” which to me was the leading track before release. I know this track inside out and it signals Final Silence’s intent to push their own boundaries. It incorporates Final Silence’s own identity (groovecore!) while really pushing the boat out with a true anthem of a chorus. It is this song that will be most easily recognised live. It is however, half way through the song when it cuts to an acoustic break. This moment gave me that chill up your spine moment, with haunting whispers swirling to provide a real highlight moment for the full album. It kicks back in for a double chorus where the screams substitute the soaring vocals for the second time around and between this and “I’m Just Like You” I am left utter gobsmacked at what Final Silence can produce.
I should have expected after such tracks, I perhaps should brace myself that those were the masterpieces of the album. “What The Hell’s This Crap Supposed To Be” just doesn’t live up to its predecessors and it is a shame because if it appeared before them on the track listing, it may have stood a fighting chance. I am left uncertain now of how this album is going to progress as we enter the second half of “We Are This For A Reason.”
I am ecstatic to announce the next track firmly steadies the ship and shockingly, it isn’t from a track to be expected of Final Silence. “Just For Once” is an acoustic ballad, never attempted before by the band and completely out of their comfort zone. It is tender though, perfectly executed and adds a new dimension to this band. All faith is restored and there’s still throughout this song flickers that Final Silence will never play by the rules with the line “life is just not peachy” that while it shouldn’t bring a brief smile, just does with how it is pulled off. The thought that album structure has been thoroughly considered is back as this track came at the perfect time to break the album up with enough space left to properly kick you in the nuts once again before finishing.
Kick you, it does. After the interval, normal service resumes with the utterly ferocious “Riding a Redhead.” Final Silence are now gunning for glory as this track signals the final push to truly impress you. If this was an aeroplane, the fasten the seatbelts sign would be on because we expect turbulence. I can’t help but feel the verses in this song are attacking someone, and if I was her- hearing this song…I think Final Silence just lost a fan. It does sound like it’s not much of a loss though. The pre-chorus build up from a growl works really well and by the end of this track, we’ve just seen in the space of 7 and a half minutes the completely different ends of the spectrum Final Silence can delve into.
Again, “Wired At The Heart” has a tough track to follow, and suffers as such but it doesn’t suffer quite the same fate as “What The Hell’s This Crap Supposed To Be?” The chorus is propelled by the backing vocals to stand above, as choruses should do, but it is towards the end of this track that saves it from being mediocre as an abrupt and sudden tempo change makes sure it goes out on a high. At this point I have identified a style for the guitar work of this album too, I notice that many of the verses may well be hardcore influenced, but will change to chord progressions throughout the choruses to match the vocals and this provides an essence of tightness and chemistry between Final Silence as they move as one.
“Self Deliverance” I think blends into the album too much. It is not a bad track, but also does not stand out in the slightest. It may be because we are nearing the close of the album- and it is difficult to create an album that non-stop just flows with outstanding tracks and for that, a young band cannot be blamed. It holds those melodic quiet breaks which pepper the track and keep it from becoming stale, and in this track, a full verse is even given this technique. It is not as powerful as featured in “What Have We Done?” by I daresay it is the best executed example on “We Are This For A Reason.”
“I’ll Die Fighting” closes the album, and I’m thoroughly pleased to say well. One of the stronger tracks from the album and I can’t help but think the indecisiveness I had about “Self Deliverance” may have set it up as so. If so, again- there has been attention to detail with the structure of the track list. The chorus will demand crowd participation when played live as the words are shouted “I’LL DIE FIGHTING!” and I’m struck that this is a real positive track and you want to finish an album feeling good, ready to take on the world. A lengthy breakdown winds us down, a tad cliché for an album but it fits. Suddenly- this cliché is shattered, over a breakdown- bagpipes start playing. Never would I have imagined can it fit so well, and the complete unexpectedness of it adds to its charm. At first I believe this is Final Silence just showing their roots and what they want to do, will get done but I am later told this is in name of a friend of theirs who was tragically involved in a car crash and ended up in a coma, who played in a pipe band. I will stress this is not a reason for a neutral to like a song, but upon closing an album in such an epic way- the thought is touching and leaves a moment to reflect fully on what has just passed.
I’m not sure whether to include the AndyMac remix of “Riding A Redhead” so I’ll treat it as very much a bonus track. Now, I am not a fan of dubstep in the slightest, but this track has now clocked up 4 plays according to my iTunes- a true feat in itself considering I would normally turn dubstep off after 15seconds. It is a good example of the humour of Final Silence and their willingness to do something different. My ears would not be offended to hear this remix blasting out of some speakers well too loud for a 3 door hatchback, whose body kit scrapes the ground with windows blacked out too dark for road use.
Overall, I have enjoyed “We Are This For A Reason” despite a few tracks lacking in substance- why this is I can’t quite pinpoint. Is it because stacked up against the stronger tracks on the album, they just can’t cut it? Is it perhaps they are that dreaded form of “generic?” Either way, they are far from bad tracks and Final Silence can count themselves proud with this effort. They have shown they can knock out a full LP showing variations of their work with true highlights among it.
Tracks To Check Out; I’m Just Like You, What Have We Done?, Just For Once, I’ll Die Fighting
Let the Music Do the Talking have had the fantastic opportunity to work in Glasgow’s Apollo 23 thanks to Jay B Promotions!
Sixteen Fingers are a band from West Lothian consisting of two sets of brothers and sisters. They described their combined tastes as ‘eclectic’ which made me initially quite excited; I thought they’d have some interesting variety and maybe even some original music to bring to the stage.
Unfortunately, Sixteen Fingers couldn’t have looked less interested, the lead guitar sound was, to say the least, uncomfortable to listen to and I was quite shocked to discover that they are at best, a covers band.
Out of the three singers, only the bassist (who kept going out of time) was actually what could be described as a competent vocalist. The final nail in the coffin was unfortunately when Sixteen Fingers decided to cover Metallica and almost insulted them with their feeble attempts.
A poor, unoriginal band who seemed as bored on stage as I felt watching them.
Insomniac are a fantastic up-and-coming metal band from Glasgow, but one problem I always seem to find with them is their absolute lack of confidence which can be quite detrimental to their entire performance.
Just before Insomniac went on stage, I was asked if I thought that some bands do local gigs for the sake of performing with no intention to further their career. While I think Insomniac do have the capabilities to go far with their music, I think just performing to small crowds may be enough for them as well. They are so in love with being on stage.
Insomniac deliver a fast paced, consistently fantastic set, and tonight is one of the best I’ve heard them play but vocalist Stephen Steel tonight is out of time and it unfortunately hinders the overall performance of what could have been the best show I’d witnessed so far.
The second Metallica cover of the night, ‘Creeping Death’ is delivered powerfully and almost precisely.
In short, Insomniac are a force to be reckoned with and show up most unsigned bands with the sheer passion and brutality that comes with every show of theirs. Always a pleasure to watch and definitely worth keeping an eye out for.
(with the assistance of Let’s Play God’s Chris Clarke.)
So earlier this year we were in York to catch a show on the first half of Gingers acoustic tour, promising he would be back for another round of acoustic gigs later on in the year, he kept his word and once again we went along for more acoustic madness.
This time the setting was the Dog and Partridge in Bolton, a small pub with a lot of character, but there was no way you were getting 150 people in there, so the setting for tonights show was outside…..
As you may have read, Ginger currently has a pledge music project on the go, the ‘Triple Album Project’ and on this tour he decided to treat his fans that pledged to a special vip experience. Anyone who pledged were invited to go down and see the band soundcheck and then get to meet the man himself. As a pledger, I went down early for the soundcheck, probably the weirdest soundcheck ever to be honest, but fun. As the heavens opened (the gig is outside remember) Ginger led us all inside and went on to thank everyone for putting their faith and money into this project he has created. You can tell how sincere he is, and how much it means to have the support of his fans, which is always lovely to see.
Anyway, showtime loomed, rain still falling as the small crowd gather for the show. From what I remember about the last acoustic show of Gingers I attended, its not your average ‘sit around and play a guitar while the audience watch on silently’ kind of gig. And tonight proved that once again.
Walking on to a rather strange tune about “fucking birds and killing men” (Pat Crowne – I Fuck Birds) Ginger greets the crowd with a ‘Good Morning’ before launching straight into Wildhearts classic Loveshit followed by Mazel Tov Cocktail and a favourite of mine When She Comes.
Ginger is joined onstage this evening by Chris Catalyst of Eureka Machines and once again by ‘Random’ Jon Poole, together the three of them make for great entertainment. Also joining them onstage tonight is a whole host of characters, for example Pogo the sociopathic clown, some weird demon chef guy and the Honey Monster who took to a spot of ironing as the band played on. Bizarre but brilliant, like I said, not your average show.
The set was great, varied and wonderful. Not a million miles away from that of the last set of shows but a few gems thrown in, like You Took The Sunshine From New York, and even a cover of Take on Me by Aha with Chris on vocals.
As the night drew on it got much darker and much colder, thankfully no more rain but still freezing. Ginger passed a bottle of whisky around in a bid to warm everyone up, it seemed to work as when he played 29x The Pain the crowd were in fine singing form.
The night ended with the classic I Wanna Go (Where the People Go). I don’t think I have ever seen anyone mosh at an acoustic gig but people really went nuts and some bouncing about all over the place. A brilliant way to end the chaos and a truly great night.
Remember the triple album project pledge is still open, go here for more details. Also, Ginger will be announcing details of a full electric tour in December so keep checking back for updates!
Two years after their last release, Theory Of A Deadman have returned with The Truth is… With a massive 18 tracks (2 bonus acoustics), you would certainly hope it would fill that gap successfully.
The album begins with Lowlife. The track has the potential to be great, I just can’t help but feel the execution could have been a little better. It seems to lack a little in character and the passion you can normally hear from the group.
Thankfully this returns in second track The Bitch Came Back. The addition of trumpets and a xylophone add a brilliant extra element to the song and certainly picks the record up. Hurricane and Out Of My Head follow, both beautiful, lyrical tracks. Gentleman picks the pace back up and contains riffs that can’t help but make you move. Title track The Truth Is…(I Lied About Everything), is a standard upbeat song with playful joke lyrics about a failed relationship with the cheeky laugh on the end.
Whilst the standard of the album doesn’t really dip, 18 tracks is a lot to take in, in one go. Careless and Villain are the only 2 lively tracks in a very ballad heavy end to the album.
After an unconvincing start, Theory Of A Deadman managed to win me round with some catchy riffs, beautiful ballads, trumpets and musical character. Despite this, I can’t help but feel the album is too weighed down with slower tracks and would have benefited from a little injection of life with a few more upbeat numbers to balance it out.
Songs I’d Recommend:Out Of My Head, Gentleman, Careless.
You may have noticed the other day we posted about Ginger Wildheart’s current music pledge to be able to make his new triple album (which you can still donate to here by the way). Hundreds of people reached for their wallets and within just 6 hours the minimum target was reached. The importance of this? Whilst Swagger Jagger may lead the charts, not only does it prove that people in the UK are capable of having excellent music taste, it is helping Ginger’s cause of writing music for the people, independent music. Too often are artists over ruled and over powered by record labels and independent music gives the artist complete freedom.
The pledge allows you to be able to get a copy of the album and 10% of donations will be given to Save The Children, a well worthy cause.
Mr Wildheart is a busy man this month as he is also undertaking a UK acoustic tour as well as on going work for the album. After attending the last leg of the UK acoustic tour, I highly recommend you make an appearance. Not only will you get a brilliant set compromised of both solo and Wildheart’s tracks, which of course are amazingly played, you get plenty of banter and generally have an all round great evening. At a Ginger gig there are no artist/audience boundaries, everyone is an equal and audience participation is encouraged.
If you are yet to experience any of Ginger’s music, do yourself a favour and set aside a few hours and get yourself involved!
In a break from the norm, instead of writing about a new album about to be released I am going to write a little bit about one of my personal favourites, one I feel doesn’t get enough recognition but that most definitely should.
You may recognise Todd Kerns from bands like Age of Electric, Static in Stereo, his latest band Sin City Sinners or as bass player in guitar legend Slash’s current line up. Well way back in 2004 Todd released Go Time, his first solo album, a collection of songs inspired by the bands and the music he loves.
No rules and no single genre or style, it combines the likes of Bowie, Stooges, and MC5 to create a perfect rock and roll record. Loud guitars, catchy riffs and crazy powerful vocals from Kerns, what more could you want?
Opener Everything Must Go gets things off to a powerful start, fast, furious and sets the tone perfectly. Its Not You Its Me is a tune you will be humming for days, no bad thing I assure you, and Indian Summer is a beautiful track featuring vocals from fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Jenny Galt, more of a mellow approach but it really gives light to Todds amazing voice. All Talk No Action is also brilliant, a bit of a throwback to the seventies with its stomping sound reminiscent to the bands like T-Rex.
To be honest Go Time isn’t a million miles away from the music TK made with his previous bands, but it feels a lot more personal, something you can relate to a bit more. It is also just a great album, from start to finish. It is hard to pick out any personal highlights because every single track is a good one, the reason why it is one of my favourites as I said.
I would highly recommend giving it a listen, use it as a starting point, and if you like it check out Todds other bands (if you don’t know them/haven’t already). Also, for anyone lucky enough to be on that side of the pond Todd will be playing a solo acoustic ‘stripped down’ show in Vegas on August 17th and another in Vancouver August 25th, well worth going along to, I only wish I could make it!
For more info on those shows and all of Todds other projects check out www.toddkerns.com. You can also grab a copy of Go Time here, as well as both albums from Sin City Sinners. Get involved!
Vintage Trouble are a name that is being thrown around more and more as the year progresses. From LA, they are a gritty rock & roll band with a hint of soul, they are definitely worth paying attention to. Stating influences such as Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones & Prince, the combination of these influences can be detected throughout the album resulting in their catchy and addictive style.
Opening track Blues Hand Me Down immediately draws you in and displays their distinctive bluesy style with a modern twist. The catchy riffs are perfectly accompanied by Ty Taylor’s raw, edgy vocal style.
Gracefully, displays the bands soft side with a beautiful lyrical line grounded by melodic guitars and a steady drum beat. The combination of the upbeat and mellower tracks is well balanced and allows the listener fully appreciated the bands talent and song writing skills.
It’s hard to pinpoint highlights of the album as each track is brilliant in its own right creating a strong, inspiring debut album.
With glowing live reviews to accompany their album, it is unsurprising that they have an ever-growing fan base; a well deserved one at that.
Songs I’d Recommend:Blues Hand Me Down, Nancy Lee, Nobody Told Me.
Our song of the day today was a blinding cover of Psycho Killer originally by Talking Heads but tackled by Velvet Revolver, one of my personal favourites and it got me thinking just how many great cover versions there are out there….
It has become very normal in recent times for ‘serious’ artists to cover mainstream pop hits, usually live versions, B-sides or for radio shows, for example Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Mostly, they are awful…but this is because the artists or bands don’t ‘get’ the song they are trying to cover and it ends up going horribly wrong.
A good cover is all about interpretation. That is key. Getting beneath the layers of your chosen material and working out what the song is about, then making it your own, taking it to places you could never imagine. Sometimes making it sound completely alien from the original!
So…i decided to create a little playlist of some of my favourite covers, some classics that everyone loves, and a few that you wouldn’t expect to work but strangely do! Click the link, have a listen and let us know what you think!
An atmosphere of celebration surrounds Leeds as fans prepare for The Music’s last ever performance in their hometown. With 2 sold out shows over 2 nights, they were going to be something to remember.
Support band The Whip were a great choice and complimented tonight’s headliners well. An indie sound infused with a hint of electro, the crowd warmed to them and got the night off to a good start.
The Music graced the stage to huge cheers around 9pm, they kicked off with The Dance before leading into the popular Take The Long Road And Walk It. They started the night as they meant to go on with huge energy and plenty of thanks to their supporters throughout the set. The gig contained everything you would expect, mass sing alongs, plenty of banter and an enthusiastic crowd. Other fan favourites included Getaway, Strength In Numbers and Freedom Fighters. Finishing on The Walls Get Smaller, they returned to a persistently cheering crowd for the encore finishing on The People, probably their most well known track.
Fans left the Academy all smiles and happy in the knowledge that the Brit-Poppers last show couldn’t have been any better. The Music also announced that the shows were recorded in preparation for a DVD release.
Every music lover has a song or a band that they can connect to. Something that gives them answers, a meaning, freedom, peace of mind, a good time party. No matter what genre you listen to, or what defines you and the decisions and paths you choose in life, there is always something out there that enables everything to make sense to you.
This track by American rock band Hinder describes just that feeling. For me personally, I am a rock n’ roll fan. So this song is not only created by a band I love, but they pay homage to other bands I also adore. This song encompasses everything about music that people love, and explains it through that very medium.
Yes, do yourself a favour and click the link to become part of something special! Ginger needs your help to make his new album, triple album to be exact, so go ahead and make a pledge and keep independent music alive!