We are a charitable all voluntary organisation, founded in 2010, which helps children and young people with cancer and other serious illnesses as well as children living in life threatening circumstances. We strongly believe that music does heal and will play it's magical part in helping to restore a child's confidence and the love for life after extremely traumatic times. We aim to touch hearts, bring joy, comfort and SMILES back into lives. We want to help in times of worry, fear, pain and uncertainty..... One note at a time.
OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE...
To use the life-changing tool of music in as many variations and ways as possible in the healing process. We are working WITH MUSICIANS and other artists / public figures / businesses / private supporters - to raise funds for our work. Working with children's wards in hospitals and in children's hospices to create or add to existing sound rooms, sensory rooms / therapy rooms, to provide musical and other toys for playrooms in children's wards, donating MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS / musical toys / sensory equipment / special needs toys/comfort toys. To arrange for MUSICIANS to visit wards and HOSPICES where the rules and regulations allow this. Arrange a "Catch a Dream" day, whereby any dream involving music or meeting a celebrity may come true, taking children to music events / backstage / VIP treatment. We need the support and generosity of many musicians and their management to make this happen. Where a child is too ill to benefit from playing instruments, music therapy / sound rooms, attending concerts or other Music Heals events, the Charity will consider providing other support to the child and family. Support specified non-animal tested research into children's cancers and cures for other life threatening illnesses, concentrating on specific child-related results.
As well as our work for children in cancer wards/other children's wards for serious illnesses (such as specialty heart units ) supporting hospices and 1:1 support for children and young people, we are also opening up international projects. The charity will help children living in life threatening circumstances. These projects will include helping children's hospitals in areas chosen by Music Heals Children's Charity, with much needed supplies - basic medications / mosquito nets and much more.
There is the demand for much much more and we will try our very best to provide help wherever it is needed. To make all this possible,we need YOUR help and support Our work at Music Heals Children's Charity is all 100% voluntary.
CASABLANCA, the Swedish rockers who feature Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie in their ranks, will release sophomore album, 'Riding A Black Swan', in the UK on February 3rd, 2014.
CASABLANCA return with a brand new offering of anthemic rock songs with a classic feel. A natural progression from their debut, Riding A Black Swan enjoys a slightly harder edge-while building on the bands natural talent for creating highly memorable, hook-laden future classics.
First single, 'Hail the Liberation' is already a favourite with Swedish radio and international interest remains high for these Nu-Classic Rockers.
Last year Casablanca's debut album entered the Swedish Hard Rock Charts at #1 and the band was nominated for Classic Rock magazine's Best New Band Award. Casablanca opened for Kiss at Sweden's Malmo Stadium as well as touring with fellow Swedish hard-rockers Crashdiet.
Casablanca are: singer Anders Ljung, bassist Mats Rubarth, guitarist Ryan Roxie (from the Alice Cooper Band) as well as Eric Stenemo and Josephine Forsman (from Swedish bands Melody Club & Sahara Hotnights)
'Riding A Black Swan' is released in the UK on 3rd February 2014.
NEW FOUND GLORY have parted company with guitarist Steve Klein (far right in the above photograph). The band announced his departure in a post on their official Facebook page:
"To All Our Fans,
It is with heavy hearts that we must let you know that Steve Klein is no longer a part of New Found Glory. We’ve had our differences with Steve over the years that have led us to this decision. We love Steve however personal differences have guided this decision and we no longer feel we can work with him. Rest assured that New Found Glory will still go on! After the Parahoy Cruise we are planning to write a new record and start this new chapter for our band. We have not decided on who will fill Steve’s position however we will let you know our plans as soon as we figure that out. We love you, our fans, so much and appreciate your dedication and loyalty to our band. We hope you stick by us during this difficult time.
We love you,
Chad, Jordan, Cyrus, and Ian"
Klein was one of the founding members of the band, forming the celebrated pop punks alongside frontman Jordan Pundik in Coral Springs, Florida in 1997.
SUPERSUCKERS celebrate 25 years of punk rock with their first studio album in 5 years, 'Get The Hell', set to be released on January 14th, 2014.
The Supersuckers' ninth studio album is a blistering return to their punk rock roots. Featuring 12 new soon-to-be Supersuckers classics, 'Get The Hell' is a tightly-focused sonic assault of big riffs, catchy hooks and raw, balls-to-the-wall rock n' roll, dripping in attitude, head-bobbing chord progressions and their trademark, tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
Recorded at Willie Nelson's famed Arlyn Studio in Austin, TX and mixed by Dwarves leader Blag Dahlia and Andy Carpenter, Get The Hell conjures all the attitude of a band in it's prime, kicking out snarling, anthemic choruses over head-bobbing chord progressions.
'Get The Hell', the opening title track, fires a warning shot across the bow, with singer Eddie Spaghetti offering his road weary wisdom over the menacing groove of recent addition, drummer Captain Von Streicher (of Throw Rag fame). "You wanna hear about the evil and the wicked things/I'd love to tell you, but I can't because of what it brings", before finishing the sentiment in true Supersuckers form, "When you're staring down the mouth of this unruly beast/You might crap your pants or wet 'em at the very least."
On the remainder of 'Get The Hell', the Supersuckers spin tales of romantic debauchery ('High Tonight'), biblically proportioned excess ('Gluttonous'), hard-boiled obsession ('Something About You') and the trials and tribulations of being a total fuck up ('Fuck Up'). Never one to shy away from a good (and completely unexpected) cover song, the 'Suckers exhibit their sonic dominance tackling Gary Glitter's 'Rock On' and soft rocker's Depeche Mode's popular 'Never Let Me Down Again'.
Since their 1992 Sub Pop debut, the Supersuckers have toured relentlessly, sharing stages around the world with Social Distortion, Bad Religion, The Ramones, Motörhead, Flogging Molly, Butthole Surfers, Reverend Horton Heat, New York Dolls, The Dwarves, White Zombie and Nashville Pussy. They have also recorded with Steve Earle, Eddie Vedder, Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Willie Nelson, who they also backed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
SISTER will release their new album, 'Disguised Vultures', on January 27th in the UK. The record was recorded with Martin Sweet and Linus Birbrant and features the previously released single, 'Sick'. Fans can listen to 'Sick', watch videos, and pre-order 'Disguised Vultures' at http://www.metalblade.com/sister/
'Disguised Vultures' emphasizes what the band is all about: heavy, raw sound and attitude. Fans will find plenty more of what Revolver Magazine described as "a genre-bending amalgam of street punk attitude and glam-inspired melodies" on this new album.
More music and videos will be made available leading up to the release of 'Disguised Vultures', so keep an eye on http://www.metalblade.com/sister/ as updates are posted!
London glunkers BUBBLEGUM SCREW have released the video for new single 'Play Some Fucking Stooges' - watch the video, directed by Graham Trott who has worked with Jim Jones Revue and Flesh For Lulu's Nick Marsh, below.
'Play Some Fucking Stooges' is the first single to be taken from the band's new album, 'Filthy Rich Lolitas!' - You can download the single NOW at:
Multi-platinum band BOSTON is celebrating the holiday season with the release of a rocking twist on a Christmas classic titled, 'God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen'. This festive song, produced by BOSTON mastermind Tom Scholz, is available today on iTunes at: http://smarturl.it/BostonGodRestYe and features Kimberley Dahme on bass and lead vocal, Gary Pihl and Scholz on vocals and guitars, along with Tom Hambridge on drums.
For a limited time, BOSTON fans can also listen to a stream of the track on Soundcloud. Scholz said about the song, "This was my chance to BOSTON-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols. I had so much fun with this one, I think I'll have to try a few more."
BOSTON is currently conquering the US airwaves as 'Heaven On Earth', the lead single from the newly released 'Life, Love & Hope', climbs the Classic Rock charts. Written and produced by Scholz, 'Heaven On Earth' features David Victor on vocals with special guest Louis St. August.
More than a decade in the making, the highly anticipated new album 'Life, Love & Hope' (read the Uber Rock review here!) was released on December 3 in the U.S. and Canada and is available now for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The collection of brand new tracks, recorded at Scholz’s very own Hideaway Studio II, was produced, arranged, and engineered by Scholz and is BOSTON's first release since 2002's 'Corporate America'. In addition to the late Brad Delp and Victor, current BOSTON singer Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme and Scholz himself, contribute vocals on the new album. Diverse yet cohesive, the long-awaited album has something for everyone and will fulfill the expectations of existing fans, while exposing a new generation to one of rock and roll’s great acts. Albums purchased at Best Buy will contain a bonus track titled 'Te Quiero Mia'.
BOSTON burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, BOSTON generated hits such as 'More Than a Feeling', 'Peace of Mind' and 'Smokin', rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, 'Don't Look Back' was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, 'Amanda'. With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON's music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live BOSTON audiences that spans generations.
EXUMER will return to the UK to play two shows with Martin Walkier's Viking Funeral. The legendary German thrash outfit will play on what has been dubbed 'Martin Walkyier Goes Skyclad' in London on February 19, 2014 and the following day in Birmingham. Also appearing at both dates are Elevenking, M:Pire Evil and Ravens Creed.
Frontman Mem V. Stein is looking forward to it:
"We are extremely excited to finally rerun to the UK after 26 years of absence and play for our loyal British fans. We hope that many of our fans will seize this opportunity to see us perform on this killer package and we promise that it won't take us another 26 years to return to the UK."
Pixies’ 2013 – 2014 global tour schedule continues to escalate with a series of major South American and European festival performances now confirmed for next Spring and Summer. The band – Black Francis/vocals, guitar, Joey Santiago/guitar, backing vocals, and David Lovering/drums, backing vocals - will kick off the festival season in late March in South America with headline appearances at Lollapalooza Chile, Lollapalooza Argentina, and Lollapalooza Brazil, as well as Colombia’s Festival Estereo Picnic. Pixies will then head to Europe for a series of major festivals that begin May 30 when they headline the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain. Tickets for all of these festivals are on sale now – visit pixiesmusic.com for more information.
Today, Pixies also unveil a brand new music video for EP-1’strack “Another Toe In the Ocean.” Completely different from the band’s recent music videos, “ATITO” is a 2-D animated clip that was written, directed and animated by Liviu Boar of the Romania-based ReeAnimation. Check out the video below.
Joining the Pixies as touring bassist for the North American, South American and European summer concerts will be Paz Lenchatin (A Perfect Circle, ZWAN, The Entrance Band). “We are really looking forward to playing with her on these dates,” said Lovering. “Working with different bass players is very new for the band, but we’re having a great time doing it.”
Pixies inaugurate the New Year with a 33-city headline tour of North America, starting January 15 in Toronto, Canada. With many more dates to be announced, follows is the Pixies’ confirmed tour schedule for 2014:
With words from the creators themselves, the story of how the impending collaborative Terrestrials LP from SUNN O))) and ULVER was conceptualised and created can now be revealed, in addition to the first auditory indication of the material the album presents.
Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008. Following their 200th gig, playing before 2000 people at the Øya festival, SUNN O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends ULVER at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three "live in improvisation" pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows.
"We were sitting in the console room, early in the morning, listening to the takes. Someone said, 'ah, sunrise over Crystal Canyon,' as if the night had been a dark one. We all laughed and Greg proposed it as a title. In that setting it sounded perfect. The boys had mentioned wanting the music to orient towards the light, like some lost pilgrim stretching before the sun. We kept that mental picture for the processing." – Kristoffer Rygg
That take became the album's opening piece, "Let There Be Light," which builds up from silence and darkness and proceeds – ceremoniously, coruscating – O'Malley and O'Sullivan creating the backdrop for Rygg's Basso Profondo chants. The music unfolds over eight minutes before reaching a crescendo of bass and brass, introducing both Anderson and ULVER as we know them. The Sunn has risen.
"Western Horn" accelerates on a single and austere note of sustained bass and low end, evolving gradually into a haunted soundscape. Crying violins, clusters of Fender Rhodes, guitar pickups, and metal plate drones are gradually layered beneath Anderson's augmented bass feedback.
"Eternal Return" introduces Rygg singing a lyric evoking ancient Greece, Egypt and the Biblical lands. The song is palindromic, echoing the lyric, beginning and ending with the same bass line and musical pattern, though the guitars are ultimately reversed as the song implodes upon itself.
After the session, ULVER spent a fortnight enhancing the dynamics of the original recordings, adding their own distinctive sheen to the mix, while never losing sight of the SUNN O))) gestaltqualität and remaining careful not to become caught up in studio stratagems.
O’Malley would join ULVER once in a blue moon to develop and sculpt the production more closely with Rygg — overseeing additional recordings of trumpet, viola and violin and attempting to illuminate, and preserve, the unique atmosphere of the collaboration. Over the course of several of these short visits, now some years since the original recording session took place, things slowly and steadily grew to become Terrestrials.
"I remember the vibe in the room back then was more rÄga than it was rock. And despite the fact that the walls were literally shaking from volume, it was actually quite a blissed out, psychedelic session. I wanted to preserve that vibe in the final mix." – Stephen O'Malley
And while Pandit Shankar (may he rest in peace) was not physically present, his spirit loomed large, perhaps together with a few nameless Persian ghosts attracted by the boys' mutual appreciation for composers like Conrad, Riley, Glass, Alice Coltrane and Shivkumar Sharma.
"You know that opening sequence of Koyaanisqatsi, where the desolate desert landscapes, waves and cloud formations roll over the screen accompanied by deep male chanting and organ ostinatos. That's where we were." – Daniel O'Sullivan
So: serene, vociferous, and visually charged stuff. Supreme sounds of synergy from two seminal forces – and friends. Remember to play loud.
In advance of Terrestrials’ street date, now confirmed as February 3rd, 2014, an excerpt of Terrestrials’ immense third composition, “Eternal Return,” can now be heard: http://sunnulversl.bandcamp.com/
Terrestrials Track Listing:
1. Let There Be Light
2. Western Horn
3. Eternal Return
Additional information and samples from the Terrestrials experiment will be available in the coming weeks prior to the album’s release.
US outfit Combichrist are set to release their new album 'We Love You' on March 24th via Out Of Line Music.
For COMBICHRIST to name the album ‘WE LOVE YOU’, it’d be easy to think the band have abandoned their sonic assault for something softer, fluffier and less bloody. Knowing Combichrist, though, that couldn’t be further from the truth. With their trademark body-pummeling beats and vitriolic vocals intact, Combichrist’s latest full-length album digs deeper into the abyss and delivers 13 tracks of relentless aggression and manic electronica. From the stuttering thump of 'Every Day Is War' to the choking-on-glass/buzz-saw aggression of 'Satan’s Propaganda' to the breakneck punk metal of 'Love Is A Razorblade', ‘We Love You’ leaves you gasping for breath.
Singer Andy LaPlegua comments: “One of my best friends said it the best - ‘listening to this album sums up everything I know about you and music”, he laughs, “only bigger, more bombastic and even louder!”
Founded in 2003 when singer Andy LaPlegua departed Icon of Coil, Combichrist combined hardcore with electronics into a single, mechanical music monster. Without compromising the band’s dynamic, LaPlegua, who does everything in the studio himself, was able to explore whatever musical avenue he desired. ‘The Joy of Gunz’, the first Combichrist album, and the four subsequent albums – ‘Everybody Hates You’ (2005), ‘What the Fuck Is Wrong With You People?’ (2007), ‘Today We Are All Demons’ (2009) and ‘Making Monsters’ (2011), cemented Combichrist’s iconic place in the dark electronica pantheon. The 2013 album ‘No Redemption’, a companion soundtrack to the CapCom videogame DMC ‘Devil May Cry’ brought Combichrist into a world more metal and intentionally harder and brutal than anything that had been previously released. Stretching their musical scope even wider, in late 2013 the band performed with a symphony orchestra in Leipzig as part of the Gothic Meets Klassik Festival.
Considered by many to be one of the most energetic and best live bands to come out of the scene, Combichrist did not only manage to sway the Rammstein-fan-crowds when they supported the iconic German band on their “Liebe ist für alle da”-Tour, but are renowned for unleashing absolute mayhem at every show they play on their extensive tours around the globe. Paying homage to their history, the band will be playing a series of “old school” shows to remind fans of their illustrious electronic roots before the year is over.
‘We Love You’ will be released in the UK on 24th March 2014 as a jewelcase CD, a limited deluxe double disc containing an exclusive Dark Ambient bonus album and as a limited double 12” vinyl.
Combichrist Tour Dates: Old School Electronic Show 18.12.2013 Hamburg (D), Kaiserkeller 19.12.2013 Duisburg (D), Pulp 20.12.2013 Amstelveen (NL), P 60 21.12.2013 London (UK), Electrowerkz 22.12.2013 Glasgow (UK), Classic Grand
J. Roddy Walston & the Business release their new album ‘Essential Tremors’ through ATO Records on 10th March. Released in the US last month, the album was co-produced by Matt Wignall (Delta Spirit, Cold War Kids) and Mark Neill (The Black Keys) and recorded in Valdosta, Georgia. The band, who recently played a sold-out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, also made their first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman a few weeks ago. Displaying trademark frenzied guitars, raw vocals and piano, listen to album track‘Heavy Bells' below...
Tucked away unassumingly in the town of Valdosta, Georgia is Soil of the South studios. Between meals of home cooked lasagna and restless nights on thin, spring-popped mattresses J. Roddy Walston & the Business was the first band ever to settle in there to record their new album.
No stranger to the south, lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist J. Roddy Walston was brought up in the southern church hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee before relocating to Baltimore where he made the acquaintance of lead guitarist and vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist and vocalist Logan Davis and drummer Steve Colmus, now collectively known as The Business.
‘Essential Tremors’, the band’s third release, is their most far-ranging and eclectic album to date. Their blend of classic rock & roll emphasised by rapturous hooks, riffs and rhythms, coupled with Motown flavour and funky charm brings out a pure Bacchanalian splendour. J. Roddy’s arresting voice and thumping piano playing travels directly from your eardrums to your bone marrow as he keens, croons and intones words and music that are at turns lunatic and mystic. Their relentless touring and trademark spirited live performances have helped J. Roddy Walston & The Business grow from a grass roots movement into a band with a loyal and expansive following.
It's all been going on with the Radio Nasties, they've bagged a residency at Camden's Hawley Arms and released a real cracker of a video clip for 'She's The One' which was premiered on the prestigious Big Cheese Magazine website if you've not seen it yet please feast your eyes on this.
Now they have announced the release of 'She's The One' as an extremely limited coloured vinyl single. The package also includes a CD and sticker. This band are tipped for great things so investing in this 7" of pleasure could well be a shrewd investment for collectors out there. Available at live gigs or from 13/12/13 on-line direct from The Radio Nasties themselves. Check it out below, that's a pretty thing I think you'll all agree.
British rock 'n' roll band THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT have announced a 2014 headlining UK tour.
Having played over 100 live shows in 2013, THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT will return with a brand new UK tour in spring of next year. Kicking off on April 21st in Lincoln, THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT will take their critically acclaimed and award winning brand of rock 'n' roll around the country in April and May, including what will be the band's biggest ever headline show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on April 30th.
The band's self-titled debut album stormed into the UK charts at number 12 on its release in September, and since then the band have gone from strength to strength selling out concert venues around the UK and Europe with aplomb.
See THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT live on tour at the following shows:
Apr. 21 - Lincoln, UK - Engine Shed Apr. 22 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall Apr. 23 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2 Apr. 25 - Glasgow, UK - QMU Apr. 26 - Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree Apr. 27 - Newcastle, UK - Newcastle University Apr. 28 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Metropolitan University Apr. 30 - London, UK - Shepherd's Bush Empire May 01 - Oxford, UK - Academy May 02 - Portsmouth, UK - Pyramid Centre May 03 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff University Great Hall
A limited number of tickets will be available exclusively from the band's website at http://www.thetemperancemovement.com from Tuesday, December 10th at 10am, with tickets on sale to the general public from Friday, December 13th.
Fresh from releasing their critically acclaimed 4th studio album, “Bombo”, Bonafide have confirmed UK dates for 2014.
Swedish hard rockers BONAFIDE returned in 2013 with a vengeance. "BOMBO", a Pulp Fiction style tale of rock´n´roll debauchery over 10 chapters, saw the band return to the in your face, crotch kicking sound of their first three albums. BOMBO is BONAFIDE´s fourth full length album, and the third to be produced by singer / frontman and main songwriter Pontus Snibb. The first single release from the album; "Harmony", witnessed BONAFIDE bringing down the tempo slightly but still holding true, the Bonafide hooks and shredding skills throughout its production. "Harmony" is a perfect example of Pontus quite eclectic, yet very Blues / R´n´B oriented songwriting and will be sure to be a popular addition to most radio play lists over the course of the year.
Rest assured: "BOMBO" is nothing but total pure n classic BONAFIDE at its very best. All the elements that make BONAFIDE one of the best new hard rock bands on the scene today are here: the energy, the tongue n cheek lyrics, the marvelous guitar playing and the thunderous rhythm section. Get ready for yet another thrust of pure Rock n Roll debauchery as the rebels ride again...
Fri 14th Mar Newport, The Steelhouse
Sat 15th Mar The Temple @ HMV Institute, Birmingham
Sun 16th Mar Thekkla, Bristol
Tue 18th Mar London, Barfly support from Afterlife
Wed 19th Mar Nottingham, Rescue Rooms support from Afterlife
Thurs 20th Mar Marine Hotel, Colwyn Bay
Fri 21st Mar Hard Rock Hell AOR 2, Pwhelhi FESTIVAL
Sat 22 Mar York, The Duchess support from Afterlife
Sun 23rd Mar Grimsby, Yardbirds Rock Club support from Afterlife
Tues 25th Mar Corporation, Sheffield
Wed 26 Mar Manchester, Club Academy support from Afterlife
Thurs 27th Mar Zephr Lounge, Leamington Spa
Fri 28 Mar Newcastle, Think Tank? support from Afterlife
Sat 29 Mar Ballymena, The Diamond Rock Club support from Afterlife
Sun 30 Mar Glasgow, Cathouse support from Afterlife