Following the announcement of their self-titled debut album, set for release on May 3rd, Cambridgeshire’s own rising stars of rock Hollowstar are set to hit the road for their long-awaited UK album tour.  The band have announced a run of seven dates stretching from Bridgwater to Edinburgh, with Welsh rockers Florence Black joining as special guests for the duration. British Singer/songwriter Matt Mitchell (Pride, Furyon, Colour of Noise) is also confirmed amongst the supports.

Listeners of Planet Rock and BBC Radio 2 may well be familiar with Hollowstar’s brand of hard-hitting rock, with the each of the album’s first two singles (All I Gotta Say/Let You Down) gracing their airwaves in recent months. The band has also been featured in Classic Rock’s Heavy Rotation and Planet Rock’s ‘Ones to Watch’, garnering massive acclaim in the process and even reaching the top five in the ‘Best New Band’ category at this year’s Planet Rock awards (2019).

Tour Dates:

Friday 24th May  London, O2 Academy Islington (Album Launch Party)

Saturday 25th May > EVI Ebbw Vale

Sunday 26th May  Bridgwater, Cobblestones

Friday 31st May  Manchester, The Star and Garter

Saturday 1st June  Midlands, The Iron Road, Pershore

Monday 3rd June  Cambridge, Junction (J2)

Wednesday 5th June  Edinburgh, Bannermans

Tickets for all tour dates are available from:

The debut album tour will see Hollowstar visiting some of their favourite venues throughout the UK, kicking off with the album launch party in London before heading to Florence Black’s home ground in South Wales. A return to Cambridge is of course on the cards for the Hollowstar boys, with the run ultimately coming to a close north of the border in Edinburgh. The energy in the Hollowstar camp has been palpable in the build-up to the tour; the lads more eager than ever to show the world what they’re really capable of.

The eponymous album is available for pre-order now from the band’s official website, with various formats and bundles on offer. The band said of the upcoming tour, “We are excited to bring the full Hollowstar experience out on the road for the first time and we hope to see as many of you as possible across the seven shows. We’ve tried our best to spread these shows across the country to bring this as close to everyone as possible so you can all see the brand new material live and up close!”

Line up:

Joe Bonson – Lead Vocals, Bass
Phil Haines – Guitar
Tom Collett – Guitar
Jack Bonson – Drums

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British singer / song writer Matt Mitchell is back with a new self titled group debut album and music video for lead track ‘Black Diamonds‘.

The former Furyon and Colour Of Noise frontman describes the new song as being about an “inevitable ending”, explaining that “‘Black Diamonds’ is a metaphor for the loss of beauty/light/energy that occurs in the theoretical final stages of some stars life cycle (Black Dwarf). There were a lot of changes occurring around the time of the writing and demoing stages of this song. It started out as a song called ‘I hope you find what you’re looking for’ though after a re write session it morphed into the song we now know, being ‘Black Diamonds’.”

Black Diamonds‘ was voted Number One in Louder’s ‘Tracks Of The Week’ and received extensive airplay by the likes of Kerrang! Radio, Great Music Stories and moreIn addition, Planet Rock Radio has added the song to their prestigious A-List.

Not one to hold back with his writing and performance, the songs on the upcoming album ‘Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts‘ reflect real human experience, passion and great songs that hold potency, diversity and purpose.

“I’m aware that sometimes an album is just for the love of rock n roll and I do love that. It’s on my agenda”, explains Matt. “It could be a song about a car, or thunder and lighting. However, the main stories on this album are all about people. The people that have been part of my life, the people that have loved, cared, nurtured, hurt, inspired, broken, stayed strong, lost themselves, found themselves. Family, friends, honesty, dishonesty, music and the music business, integrity and faith. The songs in this self-titled album are inspired by all these things.

Recorded at Rockfield’s Quadrangle studio with acclaimed producer Nick Brine (Stereophonics, Thunder, Bruce Springsteen, The Darkness) and featuring the piano that Queen’s Freddie Mercury used to record ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’; Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts self-titled debut album delivers an exploration of soundscapes combined with mesmerising art inspired by benchmark “tracks of our lives” tied together with astonishing performances by Matt and the band aligned with innovative, fresh song writing.

Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts‘ is a modern contemporary rock record that holds its own and then some; it digs deep and looks set to be a highlight of the year for rock music.

Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts‘ debut album is released 19th April.

Album Tracklist:

1. Black Diamonds
2. Home
3. On & On
4. Dare You To Watch
5. Kings & Queens
6. Unavailable
7. Do You Wanna Be My God
8. Old Enough & Ugly Enough
9. Wave Goodbye
10. Everything To You
11. Keep Me Safe
12. Waiting For The Sun

Line up:

Vocals & Guitars – Matt Mitchell
Guitars – Mauro Laconi
Bass – Dom Ladd
Drums – Matt Cherry
Keys – Stevie Watts

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Colour of Noise‘s ‘Stark Reality‘ tour has proved to be aptly-named, having been dogged by problems, which caused delay and even threatened the band’s survival,  but it’s going ahead.

“We were beginning to suspect this tour was cursed!” guitarist Bruce John Dickinson explains, “At the start of 2016 (following the Toseland and Dead Daisies tours), we were on a high, but stark reality soon gave us a hefty kick in the nuts. CoN‘s new-act novelty wore off, overnight. It seemed that, as a support band, we couldn’t even get arrested! We  scraped together a few other shows through the Summer. Then, emboldened by a couple of one-off gigs with our friends Massive Waggons, we decided to set up a co-headline tour, intended to be on sale in early December.”

That’s when the problems really started! CoN lost two band members in swift succession. Also, songwriting slowed to a low ebb. Bruce and vocalist Matt Mitchell were disagreeing over material, so no new songs were on the horizon. Meanwhile, the few December shows proved erratic affairs (though with magic moments amidst the chaos). It was Matt’s turn to be mentally and physically fried during the tour, so offstage he wasn’t his usual self, which made communication harder and a new distance and unexpected darkness descended around the band.

What’s more, CoN had parted company from a legendary agent and long-time friend, back from the Little Angels days. Bruce felt guilty leaving “With hindsight, I realised that even one of the biggest agencies couldn’t work miracles,” admits Bruce, “We were just another new band looking for a gig. I kept hassling for shows. It felt undignified to be begging, but Colour of Noise live to play live, and not doing so was killing the band. What can you do?

Matt adds, “It’s kind of arrogant to go out too early as a headline act, so we carefully planned a co-headline tour with our new agent, confident it would create a positive vibe. Band after band expressed interest, only to pull out for logistical reasons, but time ticked on, making it harder to fix not only co-headliners but venues, and importantly get the tour on sale and a positive vibe going out on social media to follow up our new excitement”

“God bless Planet Rock!” says bass player Ben Daniels, “They kept the flag flying and played our single ‘Medicine Man‘ through those hard weeks. That radio station is the lifeblood of new rock n roll, as well as keeping alive the best music of the past.”

With the long-awaited announcement of their Stark Reality Tour, CoN are taking their own leap of faith into new towns, not yet even knowing who’ll be sharing the stage with them, playing largely new material from the forthcoming album ‘Bone‘. CoN will document the honest ups and downs of the tour in a series of mini-documentaries, shared with their fans on Facebook and Pledge.

Happily, CoN are now on a creative roll, writing their best-ever work. Galvanised by collaboration with Luke Potashnick (producer of Medicine Man), they are moving into deeper psychedelic and experimental regions, always using vintage analogue equipment, always with an eye for a killer chorus, and a lyric that speaks about the quest to live a life in rock n roll, on your own terms, in your own way, whatever the cost.

See you on the road!

CoN have recently announced they will be opening the main stage on Sunday at Ramblin’ Man Fair.

Tour Dates:

May 11 Fibbers York, United Kingdom Tickets
May 12 Yardbirds Club Grimsby, United Kingdom Tickets
May 24 Bierkeller Bristol, United Kingdom Tickets
May 27 Stoke Prior Sports Club Bromsgrove, United Kingdom Tickets
May 29 Gulliver’s Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets
May 30 Robin 2 Wolverhampton, United Kingdom Tickets
Jun 01 Harpenden Public Halls Herts, United Kingdom Tickets
Jun 03 Camden Town London, United Kingdom Tickets


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Colour Of Noise

Brighton-based, classic rock band, Colour Of Noise release their single ‘Can You Hear Me’ on Friday 26th February.

The song originally appeared on their proudly ballad-free, self-titled 2015 debut album.

” ‘Can You Hear Me‘ tells a story of a person who is lost and crying out for help. Depression takes many forms, and affects one in three of us. In fact, musicians are particularly prone to this,” says Bruce John Dickinson.

“The song describes that feeling of not quite ‘getting through’, or not really being heard; not understanding fully why the world has turned so grey, or how pain has become an attendant part of every second in the day. Crying out for help and needing to be free from the weight of anxiety and depression. The video shows the band trying to reach the psychotherapist via different methods of communication and the frustration of this process. The psychotherapist only gives the vaguest indication of offering a solution, but we are left finally with an empty chair, and therefore no hope of redemption… leading to the conclusion that we must ultimately help ourselves.”

CoN have issued a limited run of 100 CD singles, signed and numbered, featuring a B-Side with the single ‘Head On’ taken from the Live EP ‘Colour of Noise Live In London’.

Colour of Noise will be supporting Toseland on tour this March. Singer Matt Mitchell looks forward to the tour: “For me personally, it’s such a joy to be making a noise again in 2016 and to think we can do this in such a spirit of community and shared love of music. It’s gonna be two high energy bands giving it all. We look forward to catching up with fans and friends, and making new ones – Good times!”

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The single is available for sale on the band’s Online store

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UK rockers Colour of Noise will be supporting Toseland on tour this March, kicking off March 16 at The Hope in Brighton and will be releasing their new single ‘Can You Hear Me’ on Friday 26th February.

Colour of Noise are a classic rock band from Brighton England who released their debut album in the Autumn of 2015 following a very successful Pledge campaign, following appearances with ThunderDead Daisies and played various festivals including DownloadPlanet Rockstock and Steelhouse.

The band features Bruce Dickinson who you may remember as the Guitar player in Little AngelsMatt Mitchell the singer from FuryonRandy Nixon (Magic Bullet/Jeevas), Dan Electro (Magic Bullet Band) and Silent Ben Daniel on bass.

Colour of Noise use vintage equipment and record in a traditional way, are suspicious of technology, love tape and valves, but on the other had are too experimental to get hung up on that. The debut album encapsulates the spirit of 70’s stadium rock but is a very much a record for our times made by people who have lived, breathed and will die making traditional hard rock n roll. The blues is the backbone to every song. There are no ballads in a Colour of Noise set.

Matt Mitchell comments “We’re excited to get back out on the road this March with our friends Toseland. It’s great to be out so quick again after our last UK tour. It’s amazing that two bands can make their way in rock n roll without the need for any record label, and having that direct relationship with the people who come and see us live and buy the records. For me personally it’s such an unexpected joy to be making a noise again in 2016 and to think we can do this in such a spirit of community, shared love of music , with no real commercial distractions- It’s gonna be two high energy bands giving it all. We look forward to catching up with fans and friends, and making new ones – good times!

Colour Of Noise Tour Dates

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Colour Of Noise

UK classic rockers Colour Of Noise have released a music video for ‘Can’t Take It With You’, the track is taken from their self-titled debut album, due to be released on December 4 via Colour Of Noise/Townsendmusic.It will also be available via iTunesSpotify and Amazon Music.

The album was produced by Gez Walton and Andy Nixon. All tracks recorded by Gez Walton at Stronghold Studios. Studio Assistant: Paul Lennox. Except ‘Head On’ & ‘Great Day For Rock & Roll’ recorded by Nick Brineat at Rockfield Studios. Mixed by Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, AC/DC, Bad Company, Blue Murder, The Cult, etc.).

Track listing:
1. Can You Hear Me?
2. Can’t Take It With You
3. Medicine Man
4. Head On
5. Drive It Like You Stole It
6.You Only Call Me
7. Heavy
8. Temptation
9. Rock Bottom
10. A Great Day For Rock And Roll

Colour Of Noise are a classic rock band from Brighton, England! „We are steeped in the spirit of the late 60’s British Blues Boom and early 70’s Stadium Rock, but cannot escape the urge to deliver songs with a steam-powered intensity.“ There are no ballads on a Colour of Noise album.

You might know guitarist Bruce John Dickinson (Little Angels, b.l.o.w) , singer Matt Mitchell from his band Furyon and Pride, or Randy Nixon (Drums) from The Jeevas or Magic Bullet Band. It is our pleasure to introduce you to Dan Electro (aka Swedish Dan, the Sweed, Dan The Man) and ‘Silent’ Ben Daniels on bass.

The debut album ‘Colour of Noise’ has been pre-released via Pledge Music in November 2015 following the road testing of songs on tour with Thunder, at Download and Steel House festival, the Hard Rock Hell IX, the forthcoming Planet RockStock and starting on December 5 our UK dates with The Dead Daisies.

Tour Dates:
3rd December 2015 : Trecco Bay – Planet Rockstock
5th December 2015 : Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms (with The Dead Daisies)
6th December 2015 : Nottingham – Rescue Rooms (with The Dead Daisies)
7th December 2015 : Sunderland – The Point (with The Dead Daisies)
8th December 2015 : Glasgow – Cathouse (with The Dead Daisies)
9th December 2015 : Newcastle – Academy 2 (with The Dead Daisies)
10th December 2015 : Manchester -Academy 3 (with The Dead Daisies)
11th December 2015 : London – The Garage (with The Dead Daisies)

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With Colour Of Noise it’s all about the live show. See you on the road in 2016!

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UK rockers Colour of Noise have been confirmed to play at this years Download Festival on Sunday 14th June, 2015, further solo dates to be announced soon. From Little Angels’ Bruce John Dickinson comes a new rock band called Colour of Noise, steeped in the tradition of the late 60’s British blues boom, and early 70’s stadium rock. Joining Bruce is singer Matt Mitchell (Pride and Furyon) and Randy Nixon on drums (Magic Bullet Band, Jeevas, Straw). The band also features Dan Electro on rhythm guitar and ‘Silent’ Ben Daniel on bass.

Colour Of Noise describe themselves as from the school of classic rock and wear their influences of Free, Bad Company and Led Zeppelin amongst others, fully visible on their collective sleeves – ‘great songs recorded in the old fashioned way’. They use carefully chosen vintage and custom guitars, backline and record onto two inch tape.

Colour of Noise are launching their debut album through PledgeMusic, the direct-to-fan website that allows fans to participate and be part of the making of the album. As well as signed CDs, vinyl and merchandise, Colour of Noise’s PledgeMusic campaign includes studio visits, updates and exclusive tracks – including when you sign up to the Pledge campaign an immediate download of their first single ‘Head On’. All the details and more on

Interesting Fact : Matt and Bruce met for the very first time at the Download Festival in 2012 when they were performing with Little Angels and Furyon respectively
More Information on Bruce John Dickinson and Matt Mitchell.

Bruce John Dickinson was previously in Little Angels. Through the late 80’s and early 90’s, Little Angels achieved 11 top forty hit singles and 4 Top 20 albums – including a #1 with 1993’s much acclaimed ‘Jam’.

Little Angels toured across the globe with Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, ZZ Top and Aerosmith. The band ended in 1994 and reformed in 2012 for a triumphant return at Download festival. This was followed up with their own headline tour, culminating in an appearance at the 2013 Isle of Wight festival supporting Bon Jovi.

Bruce is also a founder/director of the much respected and award winning British Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) franchise of music colleges and the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME). Alongside Colour Of Noise activities, Bruce continues to work in Music Higher Education writing degree courses and ‘making the academic case for rock n roll’.

Matt Mitchell was a founder member and lead singer songwriter of cult melodic rock act Pride and more recently the highly respected Furyon. Furyon played Download in 2012 and Bloodstock Festival and have enjoyed support from Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazine. Matt and his band have a healthy and loyal audience of discerning rock and metal fans.

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