JD & the FDCs will release their second album, entitled 'Anatomy Of A Wolf', on 22nd June 2015.
It is the follow up to the star-studded 'Recognise' - which was voted Uber Rock's Album of the Year in 2012 - and will be available to purchase on all digital platforms, CD and also as part of a limited edition box-set.
A band proud to stand on its own two feet, once again, the album was self-financed and self-released thanks solely to their hard work on the toilet circuit and JD's constant hustling of merch sales.
The cover art was drawn by Johnny Bonnel, lead singer of the Swingin' Utters, and the album features guest appearances by Spunk Volcano from Dirt Box Disco and also one of the UK's hottest rappers, YouthOracle.
'Anatomy Of A Wolf' tracklisting:
1.) This Ship Is Going Down 2.) Switchblade Knife 3.) Black Hearts 4.) Stop, Look And Fuckin' Listen 5.) Fire Door 6.) It's All A Work, Brother (featuring YouthOracle) 7.) The Devil 8.) Northshore 9.) Hoying Bottles At The Moon 10.) Anatomy Of A Wolf 11.) Strength To Endure (CD-only bonus track)
The album release show will be held at the Tap N Tumbler in Nottingham on Thursday 18th June and is FREE ENTRY!
Further news, full information on the 'Wolfpac' box set pre-orders, and more UK tour dates to be announced very soon.
Watch the video for 'Black Hearts', the first single from 'Anatomy Of A Wolf', below:
You can download 'Black Hearts' on iTunes, Bandcamp and all of the usual digital platforms
RYAN HAMILTON, former Smile Smile vocalist and member of People On Vacation, has announced that he will return to the UK in September for a House Party Tour.
At house parties you don't have worry about whether you'll have a good seat since the show is literally in the living room! A House Party tour gives fans the opportunity to both enjoy a unique show, but also to get up close and personal with Ryan. This comes with a duty to remember that this is a person's house, so behave accordingly and don't do anything you wouldn't do in your own house!
The tour will take in seven UK dates, and is sure to sell out so get your tickets quick! Visit www.ryanhamiltonmusic.com to grab yours now!
The tour is in support of Ryan's debut solo album. Entitled 'Hell Of A Day' the album will be released via Pledge Music on 30th April, with a full release to follow later in the year. A lyric video for 'Karaoke With No Crowd' has just been released, which you can view below:
Following the stealth attack of new track ‘Barbarian’ exploding onto the internet last month, THE DARKNESS have announced details of the first single from their forthcoming fourth album, ‘Last Of Our Kind’. ‘Open Fire’ is an explosion of rock which sounds like The Darkness if The Darkness were offered a million pounds to come up with the best song ever in 10 minutes and then 10 minutes later The Darkness are all just driving around in Ferraris – sweet!
The track is released on the same day as the album, June 1st via Kobalt Label Services, and the band have announced a very special, tiny launch Pledge Music Presents gig at London Dingwalls on 3rd June, with tickets on sale now from:
The band have just completed a warm-up tour of Ireland where some of the new songs from the album received their first airing and the classics were dusted off for the enjoyment of fans new and old alike. The video for ‘Open Fire’ was also filmed over there on the magical Valentia Island where the album was recorded. Showing the band performing on an, ahem, fresh Spring Irish day it also features some fabulous fire breathing ladies! Watch it below:
'Last Of Our Kind' is the meaty and impassioned follow-up to 2012's 'Hot Cakes' which saw the band reunited having enjoyed a well-publicised and well-deserved hiatus. As distinguished guests of Def Leppard, The Darkness destroyed Download Festival in 2011, then waved goodbye to their loved ones and toured planet Earth for over 18 months. They rounded off 2013 with a celebratory tour marking the 10th Anniversary of their legendary number one debut album. 'Permission to Land' featured the classics 'I Believe In a Thing Called Love', 'Love is Only a Feeling', 'Love on the Rocks with No Ice' and 'Love is a Many Splendoured Thing'; it was the fastest selling debut album by a British band in America since that of the Spice Girls.
Internationally renowned rock and heavy metal legend DORO PESCH has just announced a run of three UK shows this November.
Tour dates are:
20 Nov – Norwich, Waterfront 21 Nov – Buckley, Tivoli 22 Nov – London, Garage
A special live DVD will be released around this tour.
Last year Doro released the ‘Raise Your Fist (30 Years Anniversary Edition)’ in celebration of her 30 year stage jubilee. This package included a bonus CD entitled’ Powerful Passionate Favorites’ which featured cover versions of some of Doro’s all-time favourite songs.
After forming the band Warlock, Doro managed to secure a record deal and tour with legends such as Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Scorpions, Megadeth and W.A.S.P. She was the first woman to play at the Monsters Of Rock Festival and became a pioneer for the whole genre. Her solo albums carry on that spirit, not least on her 17th studio album, ‘Raise Your Fist’, released in 2012. The following year saw the ‘Queen of Rock & Metal’ receive the ‘Legend’ Award at the Metal Hammer ‘Golden Gods’. This was followed by a celebratory show on August 2nd at the Wacken Open Air in front of 80,000 fans. Last year she continued to celebrate her 30th anniversary, returning to her hometown Düsseldorf for two concerts, performing a Classic Night and a Rock’n’Roll Show with illustrious star guests.
Doro will also be playing at the Steelhouse Festival in Aberbeeg, South Wales on July 26th.
The current Doro band line-up is:
Doro Pesch – Vocals Bas Maas – Guitars Luca Princiotta – Guitars Nick Douglas – Bass Johnny Dee – Drums
South Wales metallers TRIAXIS are absolutely thrilled to have been added to the line-up of this year's Bloodstock festival.
They're no stranger to the festival, but this year they have the huge honour of playing the Sophie Lancaster Stage, which they're understandably very happy about! They first played Bloodstock in 2009, and both the festival and the band have come on leaps and bounds since them, and both have grown at a wonderful rate. This feels like a natural progression for the band, especially to be playing the Sophie stage.
The band had this to say about it:
"We are so excited to have been invited back to Bloodstock. It's the best metal open air festival in the country and a favourite of ours to attend as well as perform at. We can't wait to hit the Sophie Lancaster Stage.'"
This performance will come hot on the heels of their new album, 'Zero Hour', which is due for release on May 18th. The album has been funded through a highly successful Pledge Music campaign, and we can expect to see a whole host of material from this album onstage at Bloodstock.
'Zero Hour' features over an hour of music and comprises of 12 tracks:
1.) Liberty 2.) Death Machine 3.) Ministry of Truth 4.) Terraform 5.) Dying Sun 6.) Victorious 7.) Stand Your Ground 8.) Queen of the Iceni 9.) End of Time 10.) Lest We Forget 11.) Voices 12.) Zero Hour
A new video where RONNIE WOOD talks about his new book, 'How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary' has been revealed and can be seen HERE!
Ten years before he joined the Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood’s musical apprenticeship with The Birds catapulted him onto the stage of swinging London’s music scene, aged just 17.
Featuring a cast of characters including Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Marianne Faithfull and many more, the story of Ronnie’s adventures was handwritten in his 1965 diary. Inspired by its discovery 50 years later, Ronnie Wood presents his journal for the first time, plus much more in a major new book for 2015.
“I suppose my own private world is in the diary.” – Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood’s 1965 handwritten diary has been produced in facsimile, down to its scuffs and scratches. Ronnie Wood reflects on the words he wrote 50 years ago and shares his memories in an extensive new manuscript.
He is creating a series of original and exclusive artworks to illustrate his words throughout the book. ‘How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary’ also uncovers rare and unseen photographs and ephemera.
“This diary shows what an amazing schedule I had. We’d be travelling the length and breadth of the country every day. With youth on our side, it was a continuing adventure. Our overspilling energy was enough to take care of work every night of the week. It was enough to chase the girls, enough to write songs, enough to rehearse and enough to travel. It was all go, all the time.” – Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood Reader Event April 29th 2015 – 8pm Ambassador’s Theatre, West St, London WC2H 9ND
During a special evening to celebrate the upcoming release of his new book, HOW CAN IT BE? A ROCK & ROLL DIARY, Ronnie Wood will appear on stage at the Ambassador’s Theatre, in conversation with BBC presenter Bob Harris.
Released in a limited edition of just 1965 copies, each book is signed by Ronnie Wood. Available to pre-order now from: www.RonnieWoodBook.com
While the California-based ARNOCORPS may be best known as the world’s first band to feature lyrics based exclusively on the cinematic works of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the charismatic troop aim to clear up this common misperception. ArnoCorps are quick to point out that their “action adventure hardcore rock ’n’ roll” is actually intended to honor timeless heroic archetypes which empower listeners to unleash their own ballsy potential.
ArnoCorps’ legendary live performances are comprised of frenetic metal and punk-infused anthems, including 'Terminator', 'Commando', 'Predator' and 'Total Recall'. As such, the band claim to be singularly responsible for restoring integrity to ancient Austrian tales of heroism that have been exploited by nefarious Hollywood movie moguls.
This summer’s 12-date tour sees the band heading out across the UK and Europe, as well as a headline slot on the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on 6th of August.
Lead vocalist Holzfeuer explains: “We have conducted audio assaults throughout the UK and Ireland in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Last year, the fans insisted their muscles would dwindle and they would become marshmallow asses if ArnoCorps did not return sooner. That truly made me lose sleep, right there… or maybe it was just gas from a bad protein shake? Either way, the discipline we inspire, the muscularity, proportion and symmetry that we espouse, we enable so many to experience the pump... This is our service not only to Californians where we are based, but also to the heroes and sheroes of the UK and Europe that we have such a powerful bond with!”
Their energetic live performances feature interaction with audiences that are often dressed in as much commando garb as the band themselves. ArnoCorps UK appearances have garnered much critical acclaim over the years, from a 10 out of 10 rating from BBC Manchester to a Metal Hammer review describing a London performance as “just about the most fun live show you could imagine.” Last year's appearance in Glasgow inspired one Kerrang! reviewer to suggest ArnoCorps’s show was “enough to leave Manowar sweating through their loincloths.”
ArnoCorps insist the best is yet to come, starting with this year’s ballsy and fantastic blockbuster European tour, which will feature their complete lineup of “Heroic Symmetry” where two guitarist are counterbalanced by two bass players. The time to assemble your heroic rescue team is now! Run! Go! GET TO THE CHOPPER!
Sat 1 - The Star and Garter, Manchester Sun 2 - Voodoo Lounge, Dublin Mon 3 - Bar Sub!, Belfast Tues 4 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow Thur 6 - Bloodstock Festival Mon 10 - Explosiv, Graz, Austria Tues 11 - TBA, Vienna, Austria Thurs 13 - Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany Friday 14 - TBA, Holland Sat Aug 15 - The Underworld Camden, London
The Swedish born producer/artist known as BIG SWEDE is releasing his new rock single, 'Date Night In A Straitjacket', on April 28th, 2015. The release includes an industrial remix and features Johnny Griparic (Slash’s Snakepit), Patrick Stone (Adler’s Appetite) and Howie Simon (Alcatrazz).
“This track is a little heavier and more up in your face than the ‘Rock Star’ single which was released last year,” says Big Swede.
The release comes with an original version and a remix. “The original version is a straight up rocker. I was going for hi-energy and attitude with a live band feel. The remix is a whole other world, with a completely different feel, very industrial with synths, samples and loop elements,” continues Big Swede.
“I released a rock album last year and named the project ‘Refurbished’. This release and upcoming, heavier Big Swede tracks will have more of an industrial feel for sure, with electronic elements being a big part of the sound, like the remix of this track,” says Big Swede.
Big Swede’s credits include Mercedes Benz “Super Service” Commercial feat. Roger Federer, NCIS, The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, Alphas, 90210, Lie To Me, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Punk’d, Real World, tour introduction music for Van Halen, and drum samples for KISS and Slash. Collaborations include Reeves Gabrels (The Cure, David Bowie), Paul Ill (James Blunt, Christina Aguilera) and Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, Lita Ford).
Eclectic melodic tech-rock trio THE DECOY are set to release their new EP, 'Parasites', on May 25th via Ghoulish Records.
The perfect introduction to this vibrant young Welsh band, this 4-track EP packs in a huge amount of sound and draws on a staggering range of influences in spite of the relatively brief running time.
Citing comparisons as diverse as Reuben, QOTSA, Gorillaz, early Biffy Clyro and The Police, the trio interweave triple vocals with funky basslines and thumping riffs. Combined with a healthy dose of noise rock, Parasites is a heady and compellingly catchy listen.
Parasites was recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Coulter (Arcane Roots, Reuben, A Plastic Rose).
The band are playing a short tour in support of the EP. Catch them live here:
1st May - Percy's Coffee and Curios WhitChurch 2nd May - Warehouse 54 Newport 5th May - Three Tuns Gateshead 6th May - Arizona Club Sunderland 7th May - The North Rhyl 8th May - The Alma Inn Bolton 9th May - The Shed Leicester 10th May - The Lemon Factory Swansea
Manga obsessed hardcore metallers RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR will be supporting Japanese avant-garde metal outfit DIR EN GREY at their upcoming London show on May 23rd. This appearance will be ROTNS's first ever show in London.
Rise Of The Northstar said of the announcement: "This first show in the city of London is for us a very important gig, and we are thrilled to be teaming up with Osaka's Dir En Grey for the occasion. Since we started out, we've been sharing our love for Japanese culture with every song and every live show. Being part of this bill is a strong statement about what ROTNS stands for. Let's bring the heavy side of Neo Tokyo to London for one night!"
Driven by strong DIY ethics ROTNS have paved their way into the scene since their inception in 2009 and achieved a lot for a young band. Touring Asia and Europe alike and having produced several of their own music videos (most of them gaining up to 1million clicks on YouTube) has made the five piece to one of the most exciting bands around. Their spirit was born in the back alleys of the 1980s Japanese Shibuya district. The heart of their music is the Japanese culture, with its mangas and Furyos. They handle their business on stage as they do every other day, wearing gakurans, the traditional Japanese school uniform.
Their debut album 'Welcame' (mixed and mastered by renowned producer Zeuss - MADBALL, HATEBREED, EMMURE) was released in November last year globally via Nuclear Blast Records to widespread critical acclaim.
"R.O.T.N.S. really know how to bring that old thrash sound current! Their NYHC influenced style mixed in with their original mojo is something that appeals to many extreme music enthusiast worldwide! Killer band!" – Roger Miret (AGNOSTIC FRONT)
"What a sick mixture of some of the greatest influences from the '90s, I love what they are doing!" - Billy Graziadei (BIOHAZARD)
"Hardcore will never die as long as bands like R.O.T.N.S. are carrying the torch. A crushing album!" - Mille Petrozza (KREATOR)
"This is some HEAVY stuff with a youthful, hip hop kind a flare/flavor, what can I say… they definitely demonstrate their saiya style!" - Freddy Cricien (MADBALL)