Robert Randolph and the Family Band have just revealed the insatiably funky new song ‘Don’t Fight It‘ from their upcoming studio album, ‘Brighter Days, which is out this Friday via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

The Family Band‘ is not just a name meant to evoke connections of togetherness. They are an actual family; the group that supports Randolph is anchored by his cousins, bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph and his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph.  The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell
 
Rolling Stone Magazine
voted Randolph as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists and they have earned three Grammy nominations along their journey. It’s no wonder they have picked up an incredible list of artists who have featured on their albums such as; Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Leon Russell, Doyle Bramhall II, Trombone Shorty, Carlos Santana and T-Bone Burnett.

A prolific touring schedule has seen them hit the road with; Gregory Porter, Carlos Santana, John Scofield, Gary Clark Jr, Trombone Shorty, Buddy Guy, Living Color, The Sheepdogs, Tedeshi Trucks and| Dave Matthews Band amongst others.

They have played Clapton’s Crossroad Festival at Maddison Square Garden three times as well as major festivals across Europe such as Hyde Park Calling (UK), BluesFest (UK), Cognac Blues (France), Festival de Jazz (France), Blues ‘n’ Jazz (Switzerland), RAWA Blues (Poland) and Randolph has also taken on the hugely popular Experience Hendrix Tour with Eric Johnson, Bootsy Collins, Robby Krieger, Taj Mahal and Steve Vai.

“When you think about Stax music and a lot of music from the 70s, especially like the Staples Singers, it was inspirational and you danced you had a good time. That’s what we really wanted to hone in on here: let’s sound good and have a natural good time that will bring listeners along. All of the music that we played in the beginning was what we would play in church. We just turned it into long jams,” says Randolph.
The band are currently on tour in the US, more info here: http://www.robertrandolph.net

After the success of debut single ‘My World‘, which saw them crack the US Top 40 Radio Charts and debut week of release at #2 behind Metallica! Three-piece Texan rockers Empty Trail have now released their next single and first for Golden Robot Records, ‘Lost‘.

Lost is a bonafide arena rock smash, with its epic chorus and brooding verses building to something best experienced live but still designed to blow up your stereo. Frontman Rick Lambert describes the song as a search for a missing piece. It may seem like anger, but it’s really loss. The Grief for something you can’t find anymore. It’s a cathartic release that everyone can relate to.

Listen to ‘Lost‘ now on Spotify

Having been groomed on the riffs of Metallica and Megadeth and the dark emotions of Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, Empty Trail distil the best parts of these most iconic heavy hitting bands while maintaining authenticity. Catchy as hell and even poppy at times, each song on Lost stands alone as well as complimenting the other tracks.

In a world where singles are once again at the forefront over albums, Empty Trail have got an arsenal of songs to appeal to everyone. From the strained emotions of opener ‘Wait Around‘, the driving groove of ‘Every Toll‘, to the slower, brooding ‘Reality‘ and the soaring stadium sounds of the EP’s anthemic title track, this is definitely all killer and no filler.

The ‘Lost‘ EP will be released on October 18!

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Review: Wicked Stone – Devil In Me (EP)

Factory Music (September 13th 2019)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Okay let’s start by placing my cards on the table. Wicked Stone, yes I’m a fan!

I first saw them supporting RavenEye at Leo’s Red Lion and when I was booking bands to play the second Fibrofest, Wicked Stone instantly came to mind as a band we needed back at Leo’s.

It’s been a bit of a wait for new material since the band’s release of ‘Ain’t No Rest‘ in 2017, but with everyone working and with other commitments it’s more than understandable.

So, was it worth the wait, a wait that seems longer being an inpatient fan?

Two words……….damn right!

One thing I like about Wicked Stone‘s releases is they capture the full on intensity of the band’s live shows. Fat riffs and a pounding bass & drumline help propel the tracks deep inside your earlugs.

From the opening onslaught of ‘Couldn’t Take Anymore‘ to the last track on the EP, ‘Devil In Me‘ you don’t catch a breather, the infectious, foot stomping assault gives no quarter.

This is a ‘no brainer’, add ‘Devil In Me‘ to your music collection.

After receiving the promo came news of line up change. I hope the band manage to get onto that illusive next rung and get the attention they justly deserve.

 

The Wildhearts are proud to announce the release of the ‘Diagnosis‘ mini album on October 4th through Graphite Records. This six track mini album, features five brand new songs and is released as a limited edition special white vinyl with pale blue powder splatter 10’’ (to look like a pill) and as a regular black vinyl 10” and CD.  All 3 physical formats will also include an exclusive bespoke inner gatefold comic strip illustrated by the award winning Hunt Emerson, who last worked with the band on the Earth Vs’ cover and their classic logo.

The ‘Diagnosis‘ mini album follows the success of ‘Renaissance Men, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, which gave the band’s classic line up of Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny, their highest chart entry since 1994’s ‘P.H.U.Q‘, when it debuted at number 11.

To coincide with the ‘Diagnosis‘ announcement The Wildhearts have unveiled a new video for ‘Renaissance Men‘:

Well fuck me we dropped our first new album in 10 years back in May and blow me down if we didn’t drop a humdinger of an album full of monster riffs and razor sweet melodies. Well, we’ve not only gone back in to the studio to record 5 new songs that will be released as the Diagnosis mini album in October, we’re hitting the road too. We have some great supports confirmed already, The Professionals and Janus Stark and I know there are some other amazing bands to be added to the rest of the tour.  

You’re going to love the new mini album and the surprises we have on there and the tour is going to be one you should not miss. You can’t keep a good band down.” – C.J Wildheart.

The lead track Diagnosis is about “mental health institutions and the medical health profession in this country, and about how it’s letting people down. How the system is broken, and how the suicide rate is not getting any less. 

Depression and mental illness isn’t an issue that attacks any one type of person. Whether you’re homeless or if you’re rich,  this illness is taking people out on a regular basis. The government has pulled most of the funding into mental health research, and as a result people are still ignorant about it.

Education is everything. And the more people talk about depression, the more need there’ll be for education, and the more people will want educating about an issue that doesn’t just affect the people suffering from it, but it affects everyone around them. 

And when someone is in a desperate position and their hope is taken away, then they’re at the mercy of an illness that wants them dead. There’s nothing more important in the world than education on mental health issues.” – Ginger Wildheart 

Track listing:

  1. Diagnosis.
  2. God Damn.
  3. A Song About Drinking.
  4. The First Time.
  5. That’s My Girl.
  6. LOCAC.

To pre-order the ‘Diagnosis‘ mini album go to: https://ffm.to/wildhearts-diagnosis

To coincide with the release of ‘Diagnosis‘, The Wildhearts’ play a10 date UK tour. This tour will start in Brighton at the Concorde 2 on Saturday 5th October and concludes at Booking Hall in Dover on Tuesday 22nd October.

Can’t wait to get back out on tour. I’m one of those people that could live in a tour bus” – Ginger Wildheart

Creatively brilliant, The Wildhearts play a distinctive fusion of hard rock, perfectly complimented by contemporary melodies. With a career spanning 30 years The Wildhearts helped change the landscape of British rock through the 90’s, and to this day they haven’t shown any sign of slowing down. Miss these shows at your peril.

The Wildhearts Renaissance Men tour part 2

with special guests The Professionals and Janus Stark on the shows marked *

October

Sat  5th  Brighton – Concorde 2 *

Sun  6th Reading – Sub 89 *

Mon 7th Chester – Live Rooms *

Tue 8th Hull – Welly *

Thur 10th  Holmfirth  – Picturedrome

Tue 15th  Cambridge – Junction

Wed 16th Bath – Komedia

Thur 17th  Southampton  – Engine Room

Mon 21st Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill

Tue 22nd Dover  – Booking Hall

November

Fri 29th  Buckley – Tivoli

European shows 

October

Fri 11th Helsinki, Finland – Virgin Oil and Co.

Sat 12th Stockholm, Sweden – Fryhuset

Sun 13th Oslo, Norway  – Pa Bryn   Sold Out

Thu 24th Amsterdam, Netherlands – Q Factory

Fri 25th Essen, Germany – Turock

Sat – 26th Paris, France – Backstage

Sun 27th Ooestende, Belgium – Manuscript

November

Sat 30th Madrid, Spain – Sala

Tickets and ticket bundles with new album pre-orders are available at: https://www.omerch.eu/shop/thewildhearts

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Review: Hands Off Gretel, Humber Street Sesh 2019 August 2nd & 3rd August

Reviewer / Photographer: Paul Saripo

Hands Off Gretel have been touring extensively during festival season and with the foresight of Alen Raw, from Humbers BBC introducing, he talked his counterparts in south Yorkshire to get these guys up and over to Hull and play on the Humber Street Sesh, BBC Introducing Stage for 2019

Hands Off Gretel arrived in good time and mingled in the crowds soaking up the Sesh’s unique City Festival atmosphere before delivering a stela performance on the Introducing Stage.

A worthy crowd assembled to take delivery of Gretel’s alternate rock set, opening up with One Eyed Girl, it wasn’t long before the classic SASS and Milk showed just how lyrically strong and poignant the HOG quartet are.

The vocal range of Lauren draws you in with a smoothness that turns wildly into a growling rasping whip and back again with a backlash of calm.

A broken 6th string on Laurens guitar made for a quick change to a sparkly pink axe, it seemed at this point energy amongst the willing crowd turned into small pools of mosh, then up from the masses a crowd surfer emerged and was aloft for a few seconds then brought down back to safety by vigilant event staff.

Sean on lead makes playing guitars look deceptively easy, churning out the complexity with ease alongside Beckie on the Rickenbacker bass, who plays fast, precise and with personality that resonates with the hefty strings, whilst at the back Sam is on drums keeping the time and driving the beats out as sure as an artillery strike.

Review: Three Day Millionaires – Humber Street Sesh August 2nd & 3rd August 2019

Reviewer / photographer: Paul Saripo

Three Day Millionaires have played the Humber Street Sesh before, including headlining the almighty Rock Stage, however this year the three piece hard hitting Punk rock ’ n‘roll power house hit the Main Stage for 2019’s two day festival which takes over the City and far beyond.

It was the first time the Main Stage at the Humber street Sesh, has scheduled a punk band to have the signature stage of the festival and at a prime time on Saturday.

Speaking briefly with the lads before the set, it was clear these guys had a plan and oh boy did they deliver a stunning performance.

Not only did they pull in large crowds filling the Marina, they rocked, kicking out some serious energy to an enthusiastic and eclectic ordinance who may not have anticipated the thrust of power laden riffs of ‘The Snub’.

These guys play hard, tight and fast energy punk that do not hold anything back. Another first for the main stage at the Sesh, was a bust snare head that warranted a quick change out and on with the well-received onslaught of sheer head on punk delivered in true Hull spirit.

The Three Day Millionaires, announced that this maybe one of their final gigs as two of the trio are expectant fathers and will soon be taking time out with their respective families.

Time will tell what happens during this sabbatical, these guys have been around gigging for about 4 years with gigs up and down the Uk, in places such as Camden, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Lincoln to mention a few just this year alone as well as been part of the Hull’s rich musical family.

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band – Brighter Days

Provogue Records (August 23rd)

 Reviewer: Paul Saripo

The opening track is ‘Baptise Me‘ a stand out, solid blues rock number that really hooks you into the rhythm and depth of the music. A great opener for the album and insight in what’s to follow.

Next is the albums only cover song ‘Simple Man‘, originally by ‘Pops Staples‘, this rendition is smooth and offers some new dimension with the pedal steel work. Whilst not presented quite as personal as Pops, its sole full and arranged well.

Lenesha Randolph takes up lead vocals on ‘Cry Over Me‘ whilst Robert concentrates on working the steel guitar in a relaxed sliding swill allowing room for Lenesha’ fantastic vocal lines. A good compliment of instrumental breaks to really push some fast right hand and pedal work of Robert’s steal.

Second Hand Man‘ is percussive and drives a deep farrow with a sprinkle of a jazz feel at times.

Have Mercy‘, is a soulful gospel duet that is held together by a solid bass line from Danyel Morgan and the melodic pedal guitar woven into the track.

Next up is somewhat slower vocally yet still upbeat on the steel that has a voice in synergy and a bonding part of this album.

I’m Living Off The Love You Give‘ picks up the beat and delivers in a car wash jive beat with whip steel string work.

Cut Em Loose‘ has some fast and prominent work on the pedal steel guitar, leaving the hook of the refrain to combine and invite you in to join.

Don’t Fight‘ is built with a variety musical styles presented in medley fashion with influences of T-Bone Walker then midway into the song following a crescendo a riff developed and I was reminded of Soft Cell with the early 80’s Tainted Love

The album concludes with ‘Strange Train‘ a large anthem track with everyone pushing the tempo and keeping balance and use of a the lap steal in prominence over the pedal.

Overall an enjoyable album, unique rock blues gospel with an upbeat feel.

 

 

 

Scarlet Rebels – Show Your Colours

ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records (09 August 2019)

Reviewer: Paul Saripo

Welsh based Rock band, Scarlet Rebels (previously going by the name of V0id) have produced their debut Album, ‘Show Your Colours‘ with riffs as smooth as mountain slate and groves as deep as the lush green valleys.

The album opens with an impressive track, ‘No One Else To Blame‘ that uses vocal harmonies and head rocking guitars to deliver a solid first track introduction and signature for the album.

Each track on the album is robust and formed together with gifted song writing from the heart.  A tapestry of Musical delight as this album unfolds, delivering an emotional journey with a variety of killer riffs and swirling solos of ‘You Take My Breath Away‘,  then on to a potent anthem track ‘Head’s In The Ground‘ followed by dusty confederate undertones of ‘Part Of Me‘.

Moving on to the next track ‘Heal‘, which begins with an air of tension which develops into a roller coaster of vibrant riffs. ‘Let Your Love Go‘ is another energetic song as is ‘Nothing To Say‘.

Next up is ‘Save Me‘ with solid hook’s and solid construction.

‘Blinded By The Pain‘ is solitude and desperation around mental heath, following on is ‘Shattered Dreams‘ and ‘Can I Open My Eyes‘ continuing with an upbeat energy.

From this we are pulled into ‘Returning Light a heart wrenching ballad. Powerful arrangements combine with Wayne Doyle’s well written lyrics delivered with believable vocals. One of my favourite tracks on the album.

‘Losing End’ picks up pace again showing further dexterity of Scarlet Rebels writing ability. The album closes with ‘Radio Song‘.

This album has a place in everyone’s collection, not only seriously talented musicians and song writers, but a breath of fresh air in contemporary rock.

Rock Goddess release a vinyl version of their acclaimed latest album ‘This Time‘ through Bite You To Death Records/Cargo on September 6th.
Pre-order here: https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/rock-goddess-this-time

Since reforming in 2014, Rock Goddess have taken their time to get it right, easing themselves back into the scene with UK and European festival slots plus a short tour as Special Guests to the mighty Saxon in 2018.  In between shows, the band have worked tirelessly on making sure the new album was a current take on the classic Rock Goddess sound.
We always saw a new album as part of our evolution”, remarks vocalist/guitarist Jody Turner, “and we still have a lot to say. But the principle is still the same; make an album, go out and tour, and bring the music to the fans, hopefully gaining new fans along the way.”

Classic Rock writer Malcolm Dome said of the album  – which entered at Number 10 in the official UK Rock Charts in March: “Rock Goddess show on this album they still have dynamism and power, as well as the precious ability to write confident, high grade songs. They’re very much a world class band.”
Paul Davies of The Express newspaper said in his review that it was “a banging album of loud and pleasurable metal anthems.

After cutting short their last run of dates in March when Jody was hospitalised mid-tour. Rock Goddess returned to the stage in July at the Rock n Blues festival

Hitting the road at the end of this month, the band are fully fit and firing on all cylinders with a mission to showcase a lot of the new songs, as well as bring back some crowd favourites.
Of the last few months, Jody continues: “In all honesty, it’s been tough after the criminal demise of Pledge Music, which owed thousands of pounds to us and lots of other bands. Finally, the vinyl will be out but the Pledge debacle made this whole process much tougher. But onwards and upwards: Please come along to our shows. We are so looking forward to this tour!!

Joining Rock Goddess on the September UK tour dates are Glasgow rockers Heavy Pettin’, who reformed in 2017 initially for a one-off performance at Winterstorm Festival in Troon, Scotland.

And, as Heavy Pettin’ frontman, Hamie, enthuses: Rock Goddess and Heavy Pettin’ together!! It’s one helluva bill, in front of the best rock fans anywhere! It’s gonna be Epic!”
“We are especially excited to be touring with Heavy Pettin’,” states Jody, “this is going to be a night you do not want to miss.”

ROCK GODDESS and HEAVY PETTIN’ UK tour:
31 August: The Tivoli, Buckley
1 September: The Exchange, Bristol
4 September: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
5 September: The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
6 September: Oran Mor, Glasgow
7 September: Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby
8 September: The Robin 2, Bilston
ROCK GODESS FESTIVAL DATES:
21 September: Heavy Metal Maniacs, Holland (headline)
4 October: FatFest 2019, Swindon (headline)

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