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BACKYARD BABIES ink deal with Gain/Sony Music - new festival date announced Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:34

Rejuvenated Swedish glunk rockers BACKYARD BABIES have signed a new deal with Gain/Sony Music Sweden. The band's long-awaited comeback album will be released in August, with the first single debuting in May.




"We are extremely pleased to continue our career together with Gain/Sony Music Sweden," commented Nicke Borg. "It's partly our history together, through the RCA, but above all it is the common love of real rock that makes this cooperation will become a success story. Here we go another 25 years, at least!"


"We are extremely happy and proud of our new partnership with Backyard Babies," added Gain's Markus Tagaris. "We are confident that together we will lift the band to even greater heights around the world."


Backyard Babies continue to add new festival appearances to their upcoming live schedule. Alongside shows at Sweden Rock and Download the band has now confirmed an appearance at Norway's Tons of Rock festival.




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FAITH NO MORE confirm North American tour and 'Superhero' single details Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:31



FAITH NO MORE have confirmed their first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off April 15 in Vancouver.
The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on their follow-up to 1997's Album of the Year.  The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via the band's newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould is overseeing production.
"Here we go," said Gould. "First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven't played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way."

The full list of dates can be found at: 




Preceding the tour is the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, 'Superhero', which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17 followed by a digital release on March 31. FAITH NO MORE have already released the single, 'Motherfucker', as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event. To mark the release of their first new music since the late '90s, the band played a surprise set at Amoeba San Francisco.
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NIGHT RANGER to play London headline show prior to HRH AOR appearance Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:27



NIGHT RANGER, the critically acclaimed San Francisco hard rockers, will play a special concert at the London Islington O2 Academy on Thursday 12th March. The special London show is being treated as a rare and intimate, warm-up to their Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival appearance on Saturday 14th March.


Night Ranger will perform songs from their multi-platinum 1983 album 'Midnight Madness', which includes their hits 'Sister Christian', 'When You Close Your Eyes' and '(You Can Still) Rock In America', plus songs from 2014's 'High Road' album.


Night Ranger have sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed over 2,500 live shows, and have played with the biggest names in rock including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, ZZ Top, Journey, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Cheap Trick, and many more.


The current Night Ranger line-up features bassist and vocalist Jack Blades, plus Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).




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SAXON, FM, DREAM THEATER & BÖC added to RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR line-up Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:24



RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR has announced further acts to join the already impressive bill. The Rock Collective and TeamRock presents event will bring the best of Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Country and Blues to Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent over the weekend of 25th and 26th July 2015.
Saturday 25th July will see the following Main Stage additions (with more still to be announced)
Dream Theater (UK Exclusive Show) are masters of progressive metal and one of the most acclaimed and successful bands of modern times, with more than 12 million album sold in their career. Their appearance at Ramblin' Man Fair is a UK exclusive.


Saxon are a truly legendary British heavy metal band - hailed by Metallica as one of their biggest influences. In the early '80s, Saxon made their name with era-defining albums such as Wheels Of Steel and Denim And Leather. Three decades on, they're still delivering pure heavy metal thunder, with a new studio album expected soon. "We are excited about playing our only festival show in the UK this year.  It will be the last show of the 35th anniversary tour so make sure you bring your denim and leather." - Biff Byford, Saxon.
Blue Oyster Cult are among the most enigmatic and influential American rock bands of all time, their mythic status sealed by seminal albums such as Secret Treaties and Agents Of Fortune, the latter featuring the smash hit and classic rock anthem (Don't Fear) The Reaper. The band's current line-up is still led by two of the dominant figures in BOC's history: frontman Eric Bloom and guitar hero Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser.
FM have been described by Classic Rock magazine as the best melodic rock band ever to come out of the UK. Now, more than 30 years after their classic debut album Indiscreet, the new FM album Heroes & Villains proves they're still at the very top of their game.


No Hot Ashes are one of the bands that formed part of Belfast's epic '80s rock scene. The beginning of 2014 saw them supporting the likes of Foreigner, FM and UFO. They are now bringing their music to the main stage at Ramblin Man Fair to put on one hell of a show
More acts for all stages are set to be announced soon.


Ramblin Man Fair will take place at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK on 25th & 26th July 2015. Already confirmed:


Scorpions - UK exclusive show in 2015
Gregg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) - UK exclusive show in 2015
Camel - UK Festival exclusive show in 2015
Marillion - UK Festival exclusive show in 2015
Ian Anderson plays the best of Jethro Tull
The Pineapple Thief
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Shooter Jennings
Hayseed Dixie
Aaron Keylock


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Guest stars litter tracklisting of new CHRIS SPEDDING album, 'Joyland' Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:20



On February 16th Cleopatra Records will release the new album by one of the most acclaimed and sought after British session guitarists of all time. CHRIS SPEDDING's guitar twang is one of the most fab sounds of Brit rock – has been so for many years – whose CV includes work with such luminaries as Jack Bruce, John Cale, Harry Nilsson, Tom Waits and Elton John to name but a few, and that’s without mentioning his solo career and success with the ‘Motorbikin’ 45 and producing demos for SEX PISTOLS’ debut.  He looked like a street tough, and he played like one as well. Tight riffs like drainpipe trousers, he solo’d like Gene Vincent sang, without a wasted breath or misplaced note, and the great thing was, he seemed to be everywhere.
Now the past comes to haunt the veteran on jolly terms with the release of his new album, 'Joyland', which features, alongside Chris and the powerful legendary Andy Newmark on drums, an array of heavy guests. While the most prominent participants on it would be Johnny Marr or ROXY MUSIC’s own Bryan Ferry and Andy Mackay, as well as ex-Pistol Glen Matlock and God Of Fire Arthur Brown, of special interest are the involvement of Spedding’s former colleagues from SHARK, Andy Fraser and Steve Parsons, or Snips, The Pretenders’ Martin Chambers. Something special indeed.
JOYLAND tracklisting:
1. Joyland – with Ian McShane, voiceover
2. Now You See It – with Arthur Brown, vocal
3. Cafe Racer – with Glen Matlock, bass
4. Gun Shaft City – with Bryan Ferry, vocal
5. Heisenberg – with Johnny Marr, guitars
6. I Still Love You – with Robert Gordon, vocal
7. Pied Piper – with Andy Mackay, oboe and sax
8. Go Down South – Steve Parsons, guitars and backing vocals
9. Shock Treatment – with Andy Fraser, bass
10. I’m Your Sin – with Lane, vocals
11. Message For Stella – with Steve Parsons, vocals
12. Boom Shakka Boom
Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Chris Spedding has been a mainstay of the British session scene since the late ‘60s, playing with just about everyone from Nucleus, Jack Bruce, John Cale, Elton John, Mike Batt, to Paul McCartney and The Bay City Rollers (anonymously!).
In 1975 Spedding had a hit record called ‘Motorbikin’. In the late ‘70s he moved to the States and worked with Robert Gordon, Jerry Harrison, Dick Rivers and Johnny Hallyday. Since 2001, Spedding has been playing live with Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, The War Of The World and R.Gordon / D.Rivers, Herbie Flowers, Charlotte Glasson among others. In 2011, put out solo album ‘Pearls’ and formed a legendary band called King Mob with Steve Parsons, Sixteen, Glen Matlock and Martin Chambers. In 2014, Spedding formed his own band and 2015 sees the release of his 13th original studio album, ‘Joyland’.


EDEN'S CURSE to release 'Live With The Curse' double live album in March Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:18

EDEN'S CURSE will release their first ever live album, titled 'Live With The Curse', on 13th March (EU) and 14th April (USA) via AFM Records.




Recorded live at The Classic Grand in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday 28th November, 'Live With The Curse' is packed with over 100 minutes of music on 2 CDs and contains many fan favourites and classics from all four Eden's Curse albums : 'Eden's Curse' (2007), 'The Second Coming' (2008), 'Trinity' (2011) and 2013's 'Symphony Of Sin'.


Fans from all over Europe, and as far away as Japan, travelled to Glasgow to witness and participate in this truly special event. The energy and vibe of the evening has been perfectly captured thanks to the stunningly powerful mix by the band's long-standing engineer, bassist of Pink Cream 69 and Unisonic - Dennis Ward.


The cover artwork was once again created by graphic designer Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy, Avantasia, Jorn) who has worked with Eden's Curse since the days of their 2007 debut album. The CD booklet is packed with lots of stunning live pictures and was designed by the bands Web Designer Tadeu Grigolon of HGC Productions.


Eden's Curse will release a live promo video in the coming weeks and announce pre-order links for all territories as soon as they become available.


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AMPLIFIER announce UK headline tour - BLACK MOTH to support Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:15

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Last year AMPLIFIER released their fifth full-length album, 'Mystoria', and with the beginning of 2015 the band are now pleased to announce a UK headlining tour including a very intimate show in London at the end of March, and an appearance at Desert Fest. The band will be joined by Black Moth on all dates except London, and Sel Balamir had this to say:


"Finally some UK shows - you'll be getting the whole of the 'Mystoria' album, plus some less played classics new and old. Good dirty fun. See you at the front."


The dates are as follows:


28/03/15 - London,  Old Blue Last
20/04/15 - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks*
21/04/15 - Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall*
22/04/15 - Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms*
23/04/15 - Bristol, The Exchange*
24/04/15 - Manchester, Gorilla*
25/04/15 - London, Jazz Café (Desert Fest)
26/04/15 - Southampton, Talking Heads*
27/04/15 - Brighton, The Haunt*


*with Black Moth


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THE BOYS get banned in China! Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 20:27

UK punk band The Boys arrived in Shanghai on January 13 to embark on a nine-date national tour to promote their new album ‘Punk Rock Menopause’ only to discover that the tour had been cancelled by the Chinese Ministry of Culture due to “crowd control and security issues”.


The Boys China


The ban came in the aftermath of the Shanghai stampede at a riverside New Year celebration attended by around 300,000 people in which 36 people were killed and 49 injured. Citing worries about major gatherings of people, the Ministry of Culture sent letters to all the venues on the tour telling them that if The Boys played they would be shut down with immediate effect.


Undeterred, the band set off on a cultural/culinary tour of China and along the way managed to play three secret underground gigs promoted entirely by word of mouth and carefully avoiding official Chinese chat rooms and social networks such as Weibo. In addition, the band gave multiple interviews, performed on a top TV channel in Beijing and recorded a live album, which will be released later this year.


Singer/guitarist Matt Dangerfield says, “We can perfectly understand why a lot of government officials are nervous right now about anything that attracts crowds – especially while the investigation into the stampede is still ongoing. Nobody knows where the buck will stop and it’s likely more heads will roll."


“But despite our disappointment at the tour being cancelled, we decided to make the best of the situation and we actually had a fabulous time. We absolutely loved China. The people are great, we ate some fantastic food, saw amazing things and had a lot of fun organising and playing the secret gigs.”


“We would also like to thank Chachy from punk band Round Eye in Shanghai and all his friends and contacts in China who worked so hard to organise everything and help us to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.”


(Photo by Rachel Gouk)




Not content with Album of the Year, THE HIP PRIESTS release 'I'm A Fuckin' Genius' single Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:37



Kicking off 2015 with a bang THE HIP PRIESTS have released a split single with Egyptian Gay Lovers - one of the single's tracks was debuted on The Uber Rock Radio Show last week and sees the band take things up a notch or two.


Fresh from being crowned Uber Rock's Album of the Year champions the band's leader and bass supremo Lee Love sent this message:


"Welcome to 2015 black denim believers.... as if effortlessly tossing off the album of the year (nee decade) in the majestic 'Black Denim Blitz' wasn't enough then here's our first single offering of the New Year, the modestly titled yet unnerving truthful 'I'm A Fuckin' Genius'. This is the first of a likely six stunning slabs of multi-coloured vinyl that we'll charitably bequeath upon the mortal world over the coming 12 months - like filthy pearls before hungry swine. Like the lyrics say ‘we piss pure sonic gold.’ Look out kids.. Hip Priests rising...Strap yourselves in snuffle ‘em up motherfuckers..."


Limited edition of the single on different coloured wax is available from:


A video from that album of the year can be seen here:


The band also head out on three UK dates with Basel rockers Bitch Queens in february, beginning in London on the 19th, Manchester the 20th and Nottingham on the 21st - full details can be found here:


AGNOSTIC FRONT confirm classic member Matt Henderson's participation on new album Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:32



New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have released a full track by track commentary for every song on the band's forthcoming album, 'The American Dream Died’'. Find the piece written by the band's iconic frontman Roger Miret below.


The band also announced the collaboration of legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson on the song 'A Wise Man'. Miret commented: "Matt Henderson tracked all guitars for 'A Wise Man' being that song has a total ‘One Voice’ era feel! Our good friend Ricky Singh (BACKTRACK NYHC) is to credit for the songs existence! The band executed it with such a great feel and bringing in our brother and ex-AF veteran Matt Henderson to solely do the guitar tracks was just magical!"



Roger Miret's track by track commentary:


The American Dream Died:  “It’s a harsh look at what’s going on today in our society. The intro that precedes this song says it all! It’s a reaction to everything happening around us right now. The higher ups are out of control!”


Police Violence: “This is our reaction to what’s going on in our country regarding the unprovoked brutality of our citizens by those who we pay to "protect and serve" us.  If they are going to act like criminals, then they should be prosecuted as one! They have some kind of elite fraternity-like understanding that they protect each other with.  Don't abuse your badge!”


Only In America: “It's sad to learn that the people who serve in our military and risk their lives fighting in wars come home to the government not giving a shit about them, especially if those veterans were wounded mentally or physically. They gotta go through a lot of bullshit just to try and get a little help and support. You've gotta be blind if you don't see that, only in America. This is why I strongly believe the US Government should stop policing the world, and start caring for the issues right here in the USA!”


Test Of Time: “Learning from the past is important, to help you move forward and not make the mistakes we did in our youth. Longevity is the key to success. We won't get left behind.”


We Walk The Line: “It’s a statement of who we are and how we live in relation to the hardcore community.”


Never Walk Alone: “We always spoke about unity and how sticking together will help us grow as scene. Hardcore is worldwide now. This is our scene, our passion and it was great to present this song with honorable NYHC veteran's Freddy Cricien (MADBALL), Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) joining on the anthemy chorus!!! Punk rock/Hardcore is a movement it's not an image!”


Enough Is Enough: “Protest song! I once read an inspiring quote that went like this "I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical" - Thomas Jefferson.”


I Can't Relate: “Dealing with different people you don’t like in different situations. Could be applied to a boss, ex-girlfriend, someone who lives a completely opposite lifestyle, etc.”


Old New York: “New York City has lost its edge. It's been stripped of its culture and over run by money. Making it hard for musicians and artist to live there. Now we're surrounded by transplants and rich hipsters. Let's face it, it's not the NYC I once adored. That one is so well documented in one of my favorite movies Taxi Driver! Hence the intro, I Miss The Old New York.”


Social Justice: “Nothing is more disgusting than hearing about a grown man rapping a child. This song talks about a man who got caught in the act and was served street justice stabbed with knives from his head to his toes. Justice served!”


Reasonable Doubt: “Our whole lives we’ve been criminalized for one reason or another. But it’s actually the media, the corporations and the government who are the scumbags. Power to the people standing up against them. Wake the fuck up people!”


No War Fuck You: “Self explanatory, stop creating wars so you can justify your unlimited defense budget and make all your friends rich. Innocent people are dying for your stupid games.”


Attack!: “On some occasions people tend to disrespect and take our kindness for weakness. We have always been known for never taken shit from anyone. Cross the line and we will attack!”


A Wise Man: “Growing up in NYC living in and out of Vinnie’s apartment. Our old friend John always looked out for us like a father figure. He tried to guide us in the right direction and give us good advice. He was a wise man, a friend forever.”


Just Like Yesterday: “This song takes us on the journey through our history as a band, from touring all over the world and making friends that still remain loyal today. One of my favorite lines is "From NYC to the Berlin beat." It shows our love for those two great cities and our great world accomplishments as a hardcore comunity.”


Singer Roger Miret comments further: "We chose this title cause we want to open up people's eyes to what's going on in this country. We have a lot to say. Not everyone realizes that our government and the people who run this country are so corrupt, greedy and ruthless. We need to educate the ones we reach. We're losing our values. We address real issues from full blown corruption and scandals to unjust police abuse and brutality. Everything's we stood for as a country is going down the drain. But we still somewhat have our freedom of speech. We're expressing it all through this record while we can."


'The American Dream Died' was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR) and will be released 6th April 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The record will feature guest appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL).


SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS reveal studio album and London show details Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:28

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SCOTT WEILAND, "one of rock's most dynamic front men" (Spin Mag), and his band the Wildabouts, will release their first album ever on March 30th, 2015 on earMUSIC.


Titled 'Blaster', the album was produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), and recorded throughout 2014 at Lavish Studios in Burbank and at The Sandbox in Beachwood Canyon. 'Blaster' features twelve tracks, all but one were written by ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer Weiland.  


The two time Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling songwriter/vocalist Weiland proclaims: "I wanted to make a rock record. It all just came together. It's got a distinctive sound, but it also can entice those Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans who have stuck by me. What we've come up with is really heavy, slinky, and sexy. There's a lot of fuzz. The best way to describe it is 'Furry'."


"Furry" seems completely apropos given the natural, almost primal connection between the singer and his bandmates guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black, and drummer Danny Thompson fostered by years of jamming and touring together.


Take 'White Lightning' for example, it sparks up 'Blaster' Merging a revved up riff with Weiland's immortal croon, it instantly captivates. Maintaining that energy, 'Beach Pop' wields a summery swing. A psychedelic guitar snap gives way to an enchanting vocal melody courtesy of Weiland. Then, there's 'Way She Moves' which is inspired by Weiland's wife. It slides between a spiraling riff from Brown to more signature crooning that's as seductive as it is soaring.


The group also got the chance to nod to their idols further with a cover of T.Rex's '20th Century Boy', allowing the musicians to flex their chops as Weiland's voice reaches impressive heights.


Take all this into consideration and you realize why the title 'Blaster' fits so well.


Weiland declares: "We chose a boombox for the cover because the image and sound are retro, but modern and, always, LOUD."


Simply put, It's Scott Weiland reborn.


Scott Weiland The Wildabouts Blaster cover


Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts - 'Blaster' tracklisting:


1. Modzilla
2. Way She Moves
3. Hotel Rio
4. Amethyst
5. White Lightning
6. Blue Eyes
7. Bleed Out
8. Youth Quake
9. Beach Pop
10. Parachute
11. 20th Century Boy
12. Circles


Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts play the following UK show.


Thursday 9th April 2015 - London, The Garage


Tickets are available from


THUNDER's London HMV acoustic show/signing sells out in minutes Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:25



One of the most popular and enduring British rock bands of the last 25 years, with 18 Top 40 singles in the UK and a string of gold and platinum albums around the world, THUNDER have just announced a series of new live shows.


As well as a trio of arena dates in March, the band are set to play a very special acoustic performance at HMV, Bond Street on Tuesday 17th February, in support of their brand new album, 'Wonder Days', which hits the shelves the day before. Tickets went on sale this morning and sold out immediately.


The band are also set to play at this year's legendary Download Festival at Donington Park, alongside the likes of Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Muse, Slash and many more.


Thunder first stormed the Donington stage in 1990, when they opened the old Monsters Of Rock festival alongside Whitesnake, Aerosmith, Poison and Quireboys. The band have since gone on to grace the stage for Download in 2009 as part of their farewell tour, and again in 2013 as part of the band's comeback.


On announcing their appearance at this year's festival, singer Danny Bowes says: "Download is one of my favourite festivals in the world, so I can't wait for June to come around. Donington was where we made our mark back in 1532, so it's fitting somehow to be back at Download this year when we release 'Wonder Days', our first studio album for 6 years, and it'll be great to see how the new tracks go down alongside the classics. The Download crowd is always amazing, so as my dear old Mum used to say, 'Let's have it!'"


The group's first studio album in six years, 'Wonder Days', reminds us why Thunder are now more revered than ever before, with a sound that is a timeless marriage of unforgettable melodies and sheer rock power. Their long-awaited return should ensure that Thunder are elevated to their rightful place in the pantheon of truly great British bands.


Recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, with Luke Morley reprising his role as producer, the album was mixed by the renowned Mike Fraser, whose CV includes such names as Aerosmith, AC/DC and Metallica and who worked on several of the group's key early records including their celebrated debut, 'Back Street Symphony'.


Thunder also hit the road in March with headline arena dates in Leeds, Birmingham and London, with Reef and Tax The Heat as support.


March 2015
Thur 12th - Leeds, First Direct Arena (UK)
Fri 13th - Birmingham, NIA (UK)
Sat 14th - London, Eventim Apollo (UK)


Lizzie Grey's SPIDERS & SNAKES stream 'Year Of The Snake' album - listen here! Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:22



SPIDERS & SNAKES, the Sunset Strip veterans led by Lizzie Grey, are streaming new album 'Year Of The Snake'.


Check it out here:



'Year Of The Snake' is 10 original glitter-rock anthems featuring a gloriously campy remake of the 1977 Angel hit 'I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore'. Guest performances come from Angelo Moore (FISHBONE), Billy Sherwood (YES), Rik Fox (STEELER), Bestsy Weiss (BITCH), Ryo Okumoto (ASIA) and Jon Payne (SPOCK'S BEARD, ARETHA FRANKLIN).


Band founders Lizzie Grey (guitar/vocals) and Tim Yasui (drums/keys/vocals) are joined with Phil St Vincent on bass/vocals and former SWEET SAVAGE lead guitarist /vocalist Chris Sheridan, who together are a phenomenal classic rock songwriting force.


Purchase 'Year Of The Snake' here:


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IDLEWILD announce bespoke craft beer, Scottish Fiction IPA! Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:19



IDLEWILD have joined forces with Edinburgh based Barney's Beer to celebrate the band's eighth album, 'Everything Ever Written', in association with The List.


The beer will be available in Scotland as part of a limited edition batch to coincide with the launch. The band and brewer are very excited to be working together to celebrate the launch of the new album and the band's return to music after five years away.


To mark the launch, the band are having a party on Friday 6th February in Summerhall (Edinburgh) where the beer will be available, plus an exclusive playback of 'Everything Ever Written' followed by a DJ set from the band.


The bottles will also feature a QR code that will provide access to a free download of a special acoustic performance of one of the band's earliest and best loved tracks, 'A Film For The Future’ from their album 'Hope Is Important'.


The band tried Barney's range from the very light Extra Pale ale to a new double Volcano IPA – the band, all beer drinkers, settled for a beer that would be sessionable and accessible to music fans and beer fans alike.


"When the band approached me to collaborate on a beer I invited them down to the brewery to have a taste of some beers and throw around some ideas," stated Barney, the man behind the brewery. "We're not new to artistic collaborations having worked with John Byrne, Ryoko Tamura and Will Pickvance so it was great to have the whole b’s input and come up with something that reflects the ideas behind Everything Ever Written."


Scottish Fiction IPA is named after a track from the band's album 'The Remote Part', which featured the poem Scottish Fiction by the late Edwin Morgan. It is made with Scottish malt and American hops to mirror the album's musical ingredients - Scottish Folk, Hebridean psychedelia, Americana and American alternative rock.


Idlewild's Roddy Woomble commented: "Idlewild are a band of committed and enthusiastic craft beer and ale drinkers and Barney's beer has been a favourite for quite a while."


The very limited edition brew of 1250 bottles will be available at independent beer and wine shops and also will also be available on cask for a limited time only.


Idlewild single 'Come On Ghost' will be available to buy on iTunes and all good online retailers from 9th February 2015 with album 'Everything Ever Written' to follow on 16th February 2015 in the UK on iTunes, CD and vinyl. These and a limited, deluxe edition with exclusive live acoustic tracks recorded during the band’s recent Highlands & Islands tour are available to pre-order now from:


Cyberpunk rockers DOPE STARS INC. to release new album, 'TeraPunk', next month Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:16

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Cyberpunk rockers DOPE STARS INC. will release of their fifth album, 'TeraPunk', on Friday the 13th of February.


The new album is a mix of industrial, rock and electro music with a raw punk attitude. 'TeraPunk' is a recording that mixes real and artificial sounds such as live guitars, bass and drums meshed together with e-guitars, programmed drums and loops to create a deep cocktail of rock and electro music. The album was described by the band as a "terabyte of raw data straight to your face. A synth'n'roll perversion of real and artificial machines."


With lyrics inspired by Cyberpunk imagery and subculture Dope Stars Inc. have been mixing industrial beats, acid synths and distorted sounds with a bratty rock'n'roll sound and attitude since their foundation in May 2003.


'TeraPunk' will be released on February 13th digitally and on CD March 10th through Distortion Productions.



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