Classic hard rock band, Black Whiskey release new single ‘Bitter Pill’ on Friday 15 Feb 2019.

It is the third single from a new album due for release in April 2019. and  will be available across all digital download and streaming platforms.

Singer, Simon Gordon, said, “The song started to come together when we were touring the UK to support our first album, Heavy Train.  If I recall correctly we were in a Travelodge in Bolton or somewhere equally glamorous.  I was sharing a room with Kev (guitarist).  I went for some private reflection time in the toilet with the newspaper under my arm and when I came out Kev had come up with the opening riff!  I must have contributed to the creative atmosphere. Ha!

“Lyrically it’s a bit of a mix.  Mostly it is influenced by where I live and what I see there.  London is one of the wealthiest cities on the planet but there a lot of homeless people here.  When you hear some of the stories you realise that there are really very few steps between a comfortable life and being on the streets. 

“I also had this theme in the back of my mind about how we are all just here for someone else’s amusement.  Movies like the Matrix and The Truman Show are loosely referred to in the song.

Bitter Pill‘ was recorded at Empire Studios and engineered, mixed and mastered by Guy Davies.

The last 2 years have been a tough road for Black Whiskey. Guitarist, Kevin Ingles was diagnosed with cancer following the release of debut album, ‘Heavy Train‘, and treatment for that has taken its toll. Songwriting, rehearsals and recording for the new album have all needed to be worked around treatment plans and just the ability to function. But, the band are a tight-knit unit and have worked through these challenges to produce a hard-hitting album that will be released in April 2019.

Line up:
Simon Gordon : Vocals
Kev Ingles : Guitar
Rich Bannister : Drums
Craig Nabbs: Bass

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Classic Hard Rock outfit, Black Whiskey release ‘Cheat The Hangman’ this Friday 02 November 2018. It is the first single from their new album ‘Dry Bones‘ due for release in April 2019.

It will be available across all digital download and streaming platforms and will be accompanied by a performance video, filmed by Tommy Roberts.

The last 2 years have been a tough road for Black Whiskey. Guitarist, Kevin Ingles was diagnosed with cancer following the release of debut album, ‘Heavy Train‘, and treatment for that has taken its toll. Songwriting, rehearsals and recording have all needed to be worked around treatment plans and just the ability to function.

But you can’t keep a good man down when there is music coursing through your veins and while Kev continues his battles, Black Whiskey are back with a new single, aptly titled, ‘Cheat The Hangman‘.

Singer, Simon Gordon, explains, “It’s kind of an open secret that Kev has had several health skirmishes and now an ongoing war with cancer. He’s working through that, but it means the band can only do so much. The positive side of it is that, when Kev is well, he really gets on it and is very creative. We all kind of just jump on and ride it while it lasts.

He continues, “I remember that we were pulling a late one at rehearsals and Kev had this riff. We were all tired but first thing the next day I was thinking over the whole situation. That was where the main hook line came to me “We were born to cheat the hangman, we ain’t ever gonna die.” It just seemed quite apt. I spent the rest of the day coming up with different snatches of lyrics and melodies and there it was. It’s a simple song but it’s just about being in a rock ’n’ roll band with the odds against you, whether that is illness or any other outside pressure like a fickle music fashion, and just fighting on through it regardless.

Lineup:
Simon Gordon : Vocals
Kev Ingles : Guitar
Rich Bannister : Drums
Craig Nabbs: Bass

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RPR Media UK/ Rockposer Dot Com! & Kent BluesRockFest are pleased to announce ‘Rock The Red Lion‘, a night of great rock which is being held at Leo’s The Red Lion, the legendary venue which is celebrating ‘40 years of live music‘ in 2018.

The event is being held on Saturday 15th September 2018. Doors open at 4pm.

Headliners Bad Touch are making their first visit to the venue as are Burnt Out Wreck, fronted by ex Heavy Pettin’s Gary Moat. The remaining two bands, Black Whiskey and Collateral (formally The Angelo Tristan Band) are making a welcome return to Leo’s after their superb performances at this year’s Fibrofest.

Tickets are now available to order from Here

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RPR Media UK/ Rockposer Dot Com & Kent BluesRockFest are pleased to announce the full line-up for ‘Rock The Red Lion‘, a night of great rock which is being held at Leo’s The Red Lion, the legendary venue which is celebrating ‘40 years of live music‘ in 2018.

The event is being held on Saturday 15th September 2018. Doors open at 4pm.

Headliners Bad Touch are making their first visit to the venue as are Burnt Out Wreck, fronted by ex Heavy Pettin’s Gary Moat. The remaining two bands, Black Whiskey and The Angelo Tristan Band are making a welcome return to Leo’s after their superb performances at this year’s Fibrofest.

Tickets are now available to order from Here

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Fibrofest is back, and once again all proceeds are going to Fibromyalgia Action UK

We’re delighted that for this the second Fibrofest, we have sponsorship from Blackstar Amplification and our friends at AOR Blvd Records, plus we make a welcome return to one of our favorite venues, Leo’s Red Lion.

Tickets can be bought Here

If you cannot make it, then donations to FMA UK can be made Here

We raised over £1300 in 2016 and would love to double it to help support a small but worthy charity which supports people with fibromyalgia.

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Final HEAVY TRAIN cd AW.indd

Black Whiskey – Heavy Train
Rocksector (Feb 2015)

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

Black Whiskey is a new band but packed full of seasoned musicians and openly admits they are not trying to do something new, which is refreshing in itself. There was in fact a black whisky called Loch Dhu from the 90s which is now very limited. Although, as a Scotsman I need to point out the word ‘whiskey’ doesn’t have an ‘e’ in it! Unless of course it is Irish! But enough of the nerdy whisky lesson! The band cites some influences in the press release and for me as soon as you cite Zeppelin and Free as influences, you seriously raise expectations. Admittedly they also cite UFO, Thin Lizzy and the Scorpions, which sounds like my thang!

Opening track Idol Rich does have a Zeppelin influenced riff and is not a bad start to the album and includes a Zeppelin style breakdown in the middle pre-solo. All Seeing Eye is next up and more Scorps/UFO and chugs along on driving bass line. There is a return to a more bluesy approach for The Devil Rides which is a stomper in places and has nice harmony guitars in the middle also. Stone Cold continues in that bluesier vein and has a laid-back verse and then kicks in at the chorus with a catchy hook. There is funky wah-wah guitar opening to Hungry for Bullets which drives along but the chorus is a little disappointing and the song doesn’t appear to go anywhere for me. A more classic rock approach returns for Save My Life which gets the album back on track. Sounding a little Scorps/UFO the use of the catchy chorus returns! The Coming Storm is a slow burner of sorts and is very Free in places, especially the bridge, but is a little bit disappointing. The title track Heavy Train is a funky blues stomper and lifts the pace a little. With good variation in feel and pace, it is the best song on the album for me. Tie It Down continues the funky bluesier feel and is a little Zeppelin in places and again has good variation in pace/feel. Final track Can’t Kill the Fire is a pacey rocker to close the album but again for me disappoints.

Overall the album is well played and sang and I really applaud the approach in terms of the classic rock and blues influences. There are some great moments on the album too especially the title track and the opening track. However, there is something missing for me and in places leaves me a little cold. There is also a question mark about the consistency/quality of the songs on offer. As I said at the outset, making the Zeppelin/Free reference probably raised my expectations and I am a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I quite like this album but I feel like there could be a lot more from such a clearly talented bunch of guys. On that basis I look forward to the next album!