Review: Sari Schorr – A Force Of Nature

Sari Schorr - Force Of Nature

Review: Sari Schorr – A Force Of Nature

Cadiz Music Ltd (Sept 2016)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

I guess I must kick off this review by thanking the legendary Mike Vernon who’s part of the driving force behind getting this album recorded and released. And it’s a genuine thanks as A Force Of Nature is an absolute belter of an album from the outset! The majority of the album is written or co-written by Sari Schorr herself, plus she’s gathered a real wealth of musical talent around her.

Kicking off with ‘Ain’t Got No Money‘ your ears are greeted with a guitar sound that really sets the tone for what’s to come. The guitarist in question is Innes Sibun who plays on the majority of the album. And then your greeted by Sari herself. Her voice is a wonderful blend of warmth and huskiness but with an ability to wail like the best of them.

There are bound to be similarities noted with the late, great Janis Joplin, but hey let’s face, it that ain’t a bad thing now is it?

Aunt Hazel‘, street slang for heroin, is a song full of emotion, not glorifying the drug, but highlighting the devastating effect it has on those who partake, Sari drawing on what she saw happen to a friend of hers. ‘Damn The Reason‘ see’s guitar duty taken up by the talented Oli Brown with a great guitar tone  that so suits this slow burner of a number.

Love the into to ‘Cat And Mouse‘ with it’s funky guitar and Hammond organ. Yep an absolute foot tapper but a track that tells of Sari’s struggle to bring herself back to the fore after a disastrous time spent with a previous producer.

And so we reach the first single ‘Black Betty‘, the Lead Belly track best known for it’s cover by Ram Jam. But Sari doesn’t just cover it, she makes it her own, changing the style of the song but without losing it’s original roots. Next up is ‘Work No More‘ penned by the legendary Walter Trout who also plays on it. As a fan of Mr Trout it’s interesting to hear a song that’s unmistakably one of his but with a female singer. This gives it a more soulful feel, still the emotion that Walter brings to his songs, but Sari then layers it with a richness of tone.

Demolition Man‘ is another track that shows Sari writes about the real issues that affect people. Amnesty International passed a resolution that supports the decriminalization of sex work, and to show her support Sari decided to write a song about the virtues of legalized prostitution from a female perspective, while addressing the unfair bias those women face. ‘Oklahoma‘ sees Sari being joined by Oli Brown again on guitar. This track has real atmosphere, reminds me of the music Robert Cray released in the late 80’s with hints of Santana.

Letting Go‘ is dedicated to Mike Vernon’s late wife Natalie, and it’s just full of emotion and love. Sari’s style is different from the other tracks on the album, but it just highlights her versatility vocally. Oli returns for ‘Kiss Me‘. He was originally only going to play on one track but the two gelled so well it turned into three. What we have here is one hell of a sexy number, the huskiness of Sari’s voice once again coming to the fore!

Next we have another cover version, this time it’s The Supremes classic ‘Stop! In the Name of Love‘, but once again it comes with a twist! While still recognisable as the Motown hit, it’s had a blues rock make over.

And so we reach the final song. With the piano accompaniment of Jesús Lavillas, ‘Ordinary Life‘ could almost be called a jazz track. But whatever label you want to attach to it quite simply it’s a song of style and beauty.

Force Of Nature is an album I’ve found myself playing again and again, each time hearing something more. Really looking forward to seeing Sari sing this material live.

 


Illustr8ors Premiere ‘Your Animal’ Music Video

illustr8ors band

 New rock band Illustr8ors has just released their debut music video ‘Your Animal‘, ahead of an extensive UK tour this September with Toseland.

Featuring four white hot songs, the band’s forthcoming self titled EP (out 14th October) is sharp, drenched in groove, ladened with hooks and melody, whilst intelligent and a straight to the point collection of music. No messing about, no gimmicks…this is what rock music sounds like right NOW.
In their previous guise, as BlackWolf, illustr8ors scored tours and supports with the likes of The Temperance Movement, Winger, Blues Pills, Von Hertzen Brothers and The Answer to name a few; a nomination for Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Best New Band’ roll of honour award, numerous playlist slots on major rock radio stations and a debut headline tour endorsed by Planet Rock Radio. However, it was time for a change. A time for a more decisive stride towards a definitive and individual sonic identity. A rebirth. That’s when illustr8ors were born.
From the initial coffee shop conversations between new producer Toby Jepson (The Virginmarys) and frontman/singer Scott Sharp, right the way through to the numerous days of recording in the studio, the aim was simple. The band was in search of a new voice, one they could call their own and one that had something relevant and relative to say.
It didn’t take long before band and producer were shedding away the fat and cutting at the bare bones of what this band were: A slick, riff loving, funked-up (slightly off-centered) melting pot of sas-mouthed rock’n’roll. Growth came quickly and the new songs came out swinging. From the immediate soaring hooks of ‘Your Animal’ to the foot-shuffling, popadelic declaration of identity that is ‘Shush Shush’, the excitement between band and producer was tangible. The end result is a selection of songs that tell the story of a unique band striding confidently forward into a contemporary music world, whilst not forgetting what it was about rock’n’roll that set their hearts alight in the first place. No throw back gimmicks. No bull***t. Just rock music as this band hears it today.

Illustr8ors 2016 UK Tour with Toseland
September:
28th Stoke On Trent – The Sugarmill
29th Wolverhampton – The Slade Rooms
30th Sheffield – The Corporation

October:
1st Edinburgh – Electric Circus
2nd Aberdeen – Tunnels
4th Hull – FRüIT
5th Chester – The Live Rooms
7th Northampton – Roadmender
8th Nottingham – Rock City
9th Bristol – The Fleece
11th Southampton – Engine Rooms
12th London – Dingwalls
13th Norwich – The Waterfront
14th Tunbridge Wells – Forum

Line up

Scott Sharp – Vocals
Jason Cronin – Rhythm Guitar
John Greenhill – Lead Guitar
Ben Webb – Bass Guitar
Thomas Lennox-Brown – Drums

Official Website


RavenEye Announce UK Tour Dates

RavenEye

RavenEye have announce UK Tour Dates in support of their new album Nova which will be released September 23rd. They’ve also released the second single ‘Inside‘ from the album.

The band will be making a welcome return to Leo’s Red Lion where they headlined ‘Fibrofest‘.

Hopefully drummer Adam Breeze won’t fall off stage next time as shown on this fan shot video.

Tour dates

October

20 – Mad Hatters, Inverness

21 – Stereo, Glasgow

22 – Bannermans, Edinburgh

23 – The Fruit, Hull

25 – Islington Academy 2, London

27 – The Bullingdon, Oxford

28 – Met Lounge – Peterborough

29 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

November

3 – Beat Generator, Dundee

4 – Rebellion, Manchester

6 – The Musician, Leicester

10– Greystones, Sheffield

11 – Marr’s Bar, Worcester

12 – MK11, Milton Keynes

13 – Talking Heads, Southampton

18 – Red Lion, Kent

29 – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol

Line up

Vocals, Guitar – Oli Brown

Bass, Synth – Aaron Spiers

Drums – Adam Breeze

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Review: Crystal Ball – Déjà-Voodoo

Déjà-Voodoo

Review: Crystal Ball – Déjà-Voodoo

Massacre Records (Sept 2016)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Here we have another album which I’ll admit I’ve been eagerly awaiting after their excellent 2015 release ‘Liferider’.

Déjà-Voodoo, the band’s ninth album release, kicks off in a very similar vein with the opening title track ‘Déjà-Voodoo‘, a pounding rhythm section, the twin axe attack and the distinctive vocals of Steven Mageney.

There’s that old adage that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, and it’s gratifying to see Crystal Ball have stuck to a tried and tested sound. With eleven tracks (13 on digipak) on the album your certainly not short changed. From that opening title track, through to ‘To Be With You Once More‘, the Swiss rockers deliver a solid hard rock album. Hard rock as opposed to melodic hard rock seems to have fallen out of grace to some extent, but bands like Crystal Ball are still more than happy to carry the hard rock banner thankfully!

And so to the tricky choice of stand out tracks, always difficult when you enjoy the whole album. I particularly like ‘Home Again‘ the album’s ballad as well as ‘Without A Net‘ which has the album’s producer Stefan Kaufmann (ex Accept / U.D.O.) on backing vocals.

If you’re a fan then this album won’t disappoint. If your not familiar with Crystal Ball and fancy a decent hard rock album then this is worth adding to your collection.

 

 

 

 


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Led Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions Details Revealed

Led Zeppelin - The Complete BBC Sessions

Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’, an updated and newly remastered version of ‘BBC Sessions‘ which includes eight unreleased BBC recordings and three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969, will be is released on September 16th.

The remastering sessions were supervised by Jimmy Page.

BBC Sessions‘ was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and ‘The Complete BBC Sessions‘ builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts the eight unreleased performances. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band’s BBC sessions.

Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby‘, ‘You Shook Me‘ and the only recorded performance of ‘Sunshine Woman‘. Also included are two unreleased versions of both ‘Communication Breakdown‘ and ‘What Is And What Should Never Be‘. Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band’s rapid evolution over a short period of time.Speaking in an interview with Guitar World, Jimmy Page said about the band’s growth in that time: “The ‘BBC Sessions’ show in graphic detail just how organic the group was. Led Zeppelin was a band that would change things around substantially each time it played. We were becoming tighter and tighter, to the point of telepathy.”

In an interview with Mojo Robert Plant said: “The whole thing was very quaint: the politeness of the audience, the technicians fumbling about, proper hallowed low-key introductions. Like there was some sort of holy moment about to occur.”

John Paul Jones added in an interview with Wall Of Sound: “We’d been on the road a lot by the time those sessions were recorded. The albums were always the starting point of the music, and then we’d take it out and expand it on the road. Then we’d come straight off the road into those BBC studios.

‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ will be available in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song on September 16th:

* Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio.
* Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP) – Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl
* Digital Download – Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available.
* Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP)– This collection includes:
* Remastered album. 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve.
* Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve.
* Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl.
* Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl.
* High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
* 48-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information.
* High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 20,000 of which will be individually numbered.

Led Zeppelin - The Complete BBC Sessions

Track listing:

Disc One

01. You Shook Me
02. I Can’t Quit You Baby
03. Communication Breakdown
04. Dazed And Confused
05. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair
06. What Is And What Should Never Be
07. Communication Breakdown
08. Travelling Riverside Blues
09. Whole Lotta Love
10. Somethin’ Else
11. Communication Breakdown
12. I Can’t Quit You Baby
13. You Shook Me
14. How Many More Times
Disc Two

01. Immigrant Song
02. Heartbreaker
03. Since I’ve Been Loving You
04. Black Dog
05. Dazed And Confused
06. Stairway To Heaven
07. Going To California
08. That’s The Way
09. Whole Lotta Love (Medley: Boogie Chillun/Fixin’ To Die/That’s Alright Mama/A Mess of Blues)
10. Thank You
Disc Three

01. Communication Breakdown *
02. What Is And What Should Never Be *
03. Dazed And Confused *
04. White Summer
05. What Is And What Should Never Be *
06. Communication Breakdown *
07. I Can’t Quit You Baby *
08. You Shook Me *
09. Sunshine Woman *

* Previously Unreleased

 


Sertraline Release New Single & Lyric Video For Change Of Heart

Sertraline band

Having finished off their recent UK tour with a packed hometown show, Stoke natives Sertraline are delighted to be celebrating the release of their powerful new single ‘Change of Heart‘.

In a genre defying play, Sertraline pull in elements spanning everything from metalcore to straight up hard rock, overlaid with the vocal prowess of Lizzie Parry. Here is a band that is doing it their own way and loving every minute of it.

Want to know more about ‘Change of Heart‘? Hear it straight from Sertraline‘s Lizzie herself:
“People are unpredictable. Change of Heart highlights that you never really know what a person is capable of. At first glance, there are two characters in the story. There’s actually three.”

Having had a Summer full of live shows all over the country, there are still a couple more opportunities to see Sertraline in the flesh before the sun disappears again for another several months. Make sure you experience them live and loud at the following shows:

August 27th – Leeds – Chebfest (with Chasing Dragons, One Last Run, Pulverise)
September 10th – Wakefield – Warehouse23

They may have only been a band for less than two years, but Sertraline have wasted no time in carving out a dedicated fanbase. Having quickly made an impression on the UK rock and metal world with their debut EP ‘Bury The Ghost’ in early 2015, they’ve racked up plenty of stage time. With shows alongside the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Butcher Babies, Toseland, Kobra & The Lotus and Normandie, as well as two headline tours, Sertraline know how to entertain an audience. Change of Heart is the first step in the next chapter of the band, get on board with the story and see where it takes them!

Line up:
Lizzie – Vocals
Mike – Guitar
Hendo – Bass
Wilson – Guitar
Si Douglas – Live Drummer

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