Review: Earache Presents The New Wave Of Rock N Roll

Earache Records (March 13th 2020)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy

Compilation albums are definitely not something I generally come across while reviewing, but this one, especially coming from Earache Records, peeked my interest. For starters it has been released as limited edition vinyl, and of course secondly the track listing reads like a who’s who of some of the best talent coming out of the UK Rock and Blues scene. This one has been out for some time now, but may well have been missed by many.

First track comes from an artist I have seen a lot written about in recent times, but don’t know very well, but damn what a song to start any album with, but when it’s a compilation it sets the bar damn high and difficult for anyone to follow, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones – ‘Bomb Through The Breeze‘ is just powerful, rocking and Hannah’s voice is brilliant.But it has to be said when you start off any album with a track this strong it’s a bloody hard act to follow, and the worry is always that the songs that follow either don’t come up to scratch or that the mix of artists just doesn’t fit, But this album certainly bucks that trend, there are so many top notch tracks on this one it’s a pleasure to listen to.

Highlights on this one are quite difficult to pick out as there are plenty, of course Hannah Wicklund’s ‘Bomb Through The Breeze‘ is one, but add in any from maybe six other tracks and you get an idea of the quality on show here, be it the Blues tones of Elles Bailey’s ‘Medicine Man‘ or the pumping Bluesy Rock of Revival Black’s ‘Wide Awake‘ both of which are top notch tracks in their own rights, there are many different styles and artist types but it mixes well.

Tomorrow Is Lost had the dubious honour to follow the opening track and the balls out rock of their anthem ‘We Are The Lost‘ holds it’s own very well, very much in contrast to what went before it this is the heaviest track on the album, and it gets the juices flowing without any doubt, Cass King’s vocals contain just the right amount of venom for a song like this and it powers along. It should be noted that the first 5 tracks on this one are female artists or female fronted bands, I don’t think it’s quite true to say anymore that women in Rock and Blues don’t receive credit, but when an album is pointing out the best talent around it’s also great to see that there is no old boys club making the decisions.

Take your pick from Loz Cambell, Jack J. Hutchinson, Matt Mitchell and The Coldhearts, Samarakind, The Dust Coda, everyone here has something to say, perhaps for me Side A is slightly more loaded than B, but they just have a slightly different feel to them and the reality is that it will all just come down to personal tastes on the style of bands on offer.Perhaps it’s that there is slightly less of a mix on Side B with it being all Rock/Blues Rock bands, but I’d be very surprised after listening to this if you didn’t go check out at least the majority of these bands on their own albums, and I think that in itself is a massive compliment for this album, it has certainly done it’s job, and keep an eye out for these artists and bands, lots more to come no doubt.

This album was the brainchild of Earache head honcho Digby Pearson, and kudos to him for it, often label released compilations are simply nothing more than some advertising promotions for said label, this one has a different feel to it and really is a showcase for the general Rock/Blues talent in the UK at the moment, and for that it’s quite obvious that there is a lot of it around. We may see more of these artists end up on the Earache label in the future, but one thing is for sure we will hear more of a lot of the bands present here. The vinyl is still  available and for me is well worth adding to your collection.

(photo credit: John McMurtrie)

Massive Wagons have released a highly entertaining Lego video for the track ‘Bangin In Your Stereo‘.

Bangin In Your Stereo‘ is taken from the upcoming new album ‘House Of Noise‘, due for release July 17th on Earache Records. Preorder Here

Stop-motion animation created by Paul White (http://www.paulwhitedrums.com) Lego modifications by Fern Denham at Rock Your NailZ

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Rock Ain’t Dead! The capital awaits the New Wave…

This coming Tuesday 10 March, live at O2 Islington Academy, some of the brightest and fresh young guns on the blues/rock scene will perform live to celebrate the launch of a rather special vinyl compilation album.

The album, ‘Earache presents: The New Wave Of Rock N Roll‘ is released on Fri 13 March 2020 on Earache Records and the live album launch will feature five of the amazing 15 acts featured on the album.

Doors open at 7pm, with the first band soon after at 7:15pm. Tickets are available here  https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F0057909819595B
or on the door.

The live acts include:
Revival Black / Tomorrow is Lost / Jack J Hutchinson / The Dust Coda / Loz Campbell
The night will be compared by the legend that is Guy Bellamy, radio presenter and columnist and author of the album’s liner notes.

About the album:

With a long history of breaking fresh rock talent, Earache Records present a taste of what’s happening in rock n’ roll today with a strong emphasis on tomorrow. The ‘New Wave of Rock N Roll’ compilation is a vinyl-only album packed with fresh new talent and released on Fri 13 March 2020

Earache Presents: The New Wave Of Rock N Roll is available in a choice of three coloured vinyl variations – Black, Clear, Purple.

It is available to pre-order now at http://www.earache.com/nwornr 

The compilation is a direct result of the success Earache have with other leading rock and blues-rock artists, including 2x Grammy-nominated Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke, Massive Wagons, Goodbye June and more recently, Those Damn Crows who hit No14 in the full UK album charts.

The tracklisting of this album was formed from months of research and suggestions by the Earache team, drawing on hundreds of discoveries to finalise on the 15 young pretenders included; all trying to fulfill their musical dreams. Days jobs supplement their night time musical passions and this album draws from a whole raft of professions… barbershop owners, teachers, strip club managers, electrical engineers, child protection officers, post office workers, museum journalists, pawnbrokers, baristas, to name but a few. All trying to make their way in one of the toughest businesses out there… the business of entertainment.

The acts themselves highlight the potential and quality of an emerging rock n roll scene, that draws plenty from the rock megastars of yesterday while striking out on their own musical path – who knows, we may be listening to the birth of the next Stones, Jett, Zeppelin, Bowie, Joplin or Springsteen.

The album also features a strong emphasis on female singers and performers in a genre not typically known for such and it’s a good 18mins into the album before you hear a male lead voice. Rock n roll is known for breaking down barriers and this New Wave continues to do so.

http://www.earache.com/nwornr 

Earache Presents: The New Wave Of Rock N Roll
Release date March 13th 2020
SIDE A (27:27)

01. Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones – Bomb Through the Breeze (02:45)
02. Tomorrow Is Lost – We Are the Lost (04:13)
03. Loz Campbell – Back Biting the Bullet (02:57)
04. Elles Bailey – Medicine Man (03:41)
05. Verity White – Inside Your Love (03:01)
06. Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts – Black Diamonds (03:33)
07. Jack J Hutchinson – Justified (04:01)
08. The Dust Coda – Rock N Roll (03:16)

SIDE B (29:45)

01. Piston – One More Day (03:05)
02. Dead Man’s Whiskey – Last Train (03:50)
03. Revival Black – Wide Awake (04:24)
04. Gorilla Riot – Bad Son (05:08)
05. Samarkind – Black Rain (04:52)
06. SKAM – Take It or Leave It (03:12)
07. Maker – Dead Ends & Avenues (05:14)

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Earache Records announces ‘New Wave Of Rock N Roll’ compilation album – exclusively on vinyl.

With a long history of breaking fresh rock talent, Earache Records presents a taste of what’s happening in rock n’ roll  today with the ‘New Wave of Rock N Roll’ compilation – a vinyl only release packed with new talent – released on Fri 13 March 2020 and available to pre order now at http://www.earache.com/nwornr

Earache Presents: New Wave Of Rock N Roll is available in a choice of 3 different coloured vinyl variations – Black, Clear, Purple.

The compilation is the brainchild of Earache boss, Digby Pearson, who said of the album, “When you hear that Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis is being sung in Tory HQ you kind know its time for a new type of rock movement, a new wave!”

He continued, “We have worked with, and helped break, some great rock talent in the past, including, Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke, Massive Wagons and more recently, Goodbye June and Those Damn Crows, amongst others. We are hugely proud of the work we have done with those acts, but we are still a small independently run label, with a finite resource, so my old-school brain harked back to the pre-internet days of rock compilation vinyl albums and I thought it would be cool to release something along those lines.”

Digby went on, “I got the team here at Earache to go away and find the songs they LOVED, not just which had the most streams or the most followers. And of course, we came back with a VERY LONG list of talent, and it’s a shame we can’t feature them all. However, we think we have chosen 15 of some of the most exciting music out there, not only that there’s a healthy gender mix too. We want Earache to provide a vehicle for TALENT, full stop, no matter your race, gender or beliefs.

Such talented people like Verity White, Loz Campbell, Tomorrow Is Lost, deserve to be heard. While the likes of Jack J Hutchinson, Piston and Gorilla Riot are re-imagining the sounds of before into the sounds of tomorrow. All the acts of this album are on the cusp of something great.”

Tracklisting:

SIDE A (27:27)

01. Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones – Bomb Through the Breeze (02:45)
02. Tomorrow Is Lost – We Are the Lost (04:13)
03. Loz Campbell – Back Biting the Bullet (02:57)
04. Elles Bailey – Medicine Man (03:41)
05. Verity White – Inside Your Love (03:01)
06. Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts – Black Diamonds (03:33)
07. Jack J Hutchinson – Justified (04:01)
08. The Dust Coda – Rock N Roll (03:16)

SIDE B (29:45)

01. Piston – One More Day (03:05)
02. Dead Man’s Whiskey – Last Train (03:50)
03. Revival Black – Wide Awake (04:24)
04. Gorilla Riot – Bad Son (05:08)
05. Samarkind – Black Rain (04:52)
06. SKAM – Take It or Leave It (03:12)
07. Maker – Dead Ends & Avenues (05:14)

New Wave Of Rock N Roll – live showcase.

To further promote the album and live rock in general, Earache Records have team up with the Academy group and will stage a NWORNR live showcase at 02 Academy Islington, on Sat 10 March, featuring 4 of the acts that appear on the album:Tomorrow Is Lost, Jack J Hutchinson, Piston and Loz Campbell.

Tickets are available here: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F0057909819595B