Review: Departed – Tides

Independent (Feb 2nd 2019)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

South West UK rockers Departed have just released ‘Tides‘, their follow up EP to the band’s debut EP. It’s been nearly three years since that debut, an EP I still play, and it’s nice to finally get to listen to some new music from the band.

Tides‘ consists of five tracks, which have that ‘British Rock Band’ sound firmly stamped all over them. First off the block ‘Come On‘ does however have a certain Black Crowes vibe to it, fast paced, foot tapping goodness, it nicely sets the scene for what’s to follow.

Soul Shaker‘ ramps things up another notch, is there such a thing as a double foot tapper? Again catchy as hell, think car windows down, arm out, stereo blaring, it’s got that sort of vibe about it.

Next up is ‘All The Way‘ which has a deeper groove with a great riff throughout delivered with aplomb by guitarist Ben Brookland.

Let Her Down Easy‘ slows things down, again with a Black Crowes vibe, but with that British twist delivered by vocalist Mark Pascall, whose vocals slot very favorably into my personal musical tastes.

Remedy‘ is another slow number, with a wonderful guitar sound, and again brings thoughts of sunnier weather, lazing in a beer garden, sun on the face, you get the picture I’m painting! It brings the EP sadly to an end, but with a flourish.

These guys really need to give us a full album, with the types of response they’ve had from fans and media alike with their live performances, it would really help give them that final push.

All I can add is that ‘Tides‘ is highly recommended.


Celebrated rock guitarist Michael Schenker will start touring “Michael Schenker Fest” in less than a month. The tour includes dates in London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Nov 2), Sheffield O2 Academy (Nov 3), Manchester O2 Ritz (Nov 4) and Hull City Hall (Nov 5).


Tickets for the concerts at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire London, O2 Academy Sheffield and O2 Ritz Manchester are on sale from Ticketmaster and Ticketweb.  Tickets for the Hull City Hall concert are on sale from the Hull City box office booking link –

UK rock band Departed will be support Michael Schenker on all UK dates.

Michael Schenker‘s endeavor to unite rock fans together at his concerts has enraptured his audiences and so it is fitting that his most recent concept of ‘Michael Schenker Fest’ doesn’t disappoint. The project reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).

Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take place with the original band members of M.S.G. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.

Michael Schenker Fest’ – November 2017 UK Tour Dates

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London            Thursday 2 November

O2 Academy Sheffield                                    Friday 3 November

O2 Ritz, Manchester                                       Saturday 4 November

Hull City Hall, Hull                                          Sunday 5 November

Photo Credit: © Emili Muraki

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Review: Departed – Departed (EP)


Reviewer: Dan Mann

It is really pleasing to see another young British rock band hitting the ground running, mind you they’ve already got a wealth of experience from previous bands.

With Ben Brookland, the former lead guitarist of The Treatment, Mark Pascall, lead singer of Empire Of Fools and guest drummer Chris Rivers from Heaven’s Basement, there is plenty of British talent to inject into this the band’s first release.

Kicking off with ‘Are You Ready‘ the influences from previous work is very much in evidence, not that this is a bad thing in any way, shape or form. Mark’s vocals have the right tonal qualities for my own tastes and if your already familiar with Ben’s guitar prowess then you won’t be disappointed. Moving onto ‘Dreaming‘ which is one of my favorites out of the seven tracks on offer. Great riffs and energy.

Pretty Little Thing‘ follows on nicely, up tempo with a catchy chorus. ‘Don’t Follow Me‘ starts off in a slightly different vein than the previous two tracks, a good track but for some reason it doesn’t gel with me the same as the others.

Superstitious‘ kicks off with a nod in Airbourne’s direction before leading into an absolute belter of a track, the only disappointment is it’s too short at under three minutes but hey I’m being picky. Penultimate track ‘Steel Your Crown‘ is the track the band are pushing for airplay, I can see why, being rockin’ but radio orientated. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but it’s airing on the safe side.

And so we reach ‘All I Want‘, a track I can see as being a popular rock club track, it’s got that vibe about it and it finishes off the EP rather nicely.

There’s no doubt that Departed are a band to keep an eye on, as they are most certainly helping this resurgence of British rock and hats off to them for it.