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The Rocket Dolls Announce DeadHead New Album Details And UK Shows

Explosive Brighton based heavy rock trio The Rocket Dolls are ready to ignite with the news they’ll release their full length new studio album ‘DeadHead‘ on Friday the 6th April and take it on the road for UK live dates. Featuring just the right amount of melody with straight up hook laden driven riffs combined with curveballs when you least expect them, ‘DeadHead‘ is a must hear album for 2018


Recorded at London’s award winning British Grove Studios (David Gilmour, Razorlight, Mark Knopfler) ‘DeadHead‘ was produced and mixed by Mark Roberts (Black Peaks, Rob Chapman, Toska, Dorje). Relentless in their approach, The Rocket Dolls have taken the rock mould, smashed it, and then meticulously pieced it back together again to deliver a fresh contemporary collection of music that combines the best bits of heavy rock, grunge, punk, and pop smart sensibilities. It’s clear the band have spent time wisely crafting their second album, as it’s a monster.

The art work for ‘DeadHead‘ was created by Sam Hayles at DOSEprod (Earthtone 9, Pitchshifter, Jayce Lewis) and serves as a poignant reminder to the meaning behind the forthcoming release. “Sam captured the essence of what our new album is about”, explains Nikki Smash (lead vocals and guitarist). “It’s a reflection on personal demons and modern day society; the split in the wolf (half animal / half machine) symbolises the transformation between good to bad and bad to good. It demonstrates not just the struggle of depression and anxiety that inflicts itself upon our society, but also the wolf in motion should be seen as a symbol of hope and the need to fight and overcome what’s wrong in our world.

The Rocket Dolls are no strangers to the music scene, having shared stages with Funeral For A Friend, Grinspoon, Slaves To Gravity, Zico Chain, Rob Chapman & Dorje, Terrovision and more, plus slots at festivals like Hard Rock Hell, Teddy Rocks, and their music videos have been aired on Scuzz TV.

Nikki Smash talks about the new album:

I wrote most of this record in a short space of time. It just started pouring out of me, the riffs, lyrics and melodies moulding the vibe of each song, and creating a monster of a dark, fighting, battle laden, anthemic rock album. It’s both a very personal album, but also a reflection on modern day society. We’re all incredibly proud of ‘DeadHead’, it’s our strongest collection of music to date and we can’t wait to share it with all our friends.

The Rocket Dolls new album ‘DeadHead‘ is out 6th April 2018.


  1. None Of This Is Right
  2. She’s Starting Something Now
  3. DeadHead
  4. She Said
  5. The Last Thing On My Mind
  6. Stop The Dead Men Crying
  7. Drowning
  8. The Desperate
  9. Strain
  10. Rusty Bones
  11. Trigger

‘Deadhead’ UK Tour

6th April – Southampton, The Firehouse

7th April – Worthing, Bar42

10th April – Sheffield, West Street Live

11th April – Newcastle, Trillians Rock Bar

12th April –  Edinburgh, Bannermans

13th April – Glossop, The Globe

14th April – Birmingham, The Hammer & The Anvil

15th April – Northampton, The King Billy Rock Bar

19th April – Cardiff, Creature Sound

20th April – Weymouth, Finns

21st April – London, Dublin Castle

26th May – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar


Simon McBride Returns To Mainland UK For Two Shows

Simon McBride

Belfast blues-rocker and uber guitarist Simon McBride returns to mainland UK for two shows in November after a year-long break. He plays London at the O2 Academy in Islington on Friday, November 27 followed by a show at the Raven Hall in Corby Northants on November 28.

Since last bringing his band to London McBride has recorded and toured with Deep Purple’s Don Airey, including a tribute to the late Gary Moore with whom Airey played for a number of years.

Often compared with the leading lights of guitar-focused rock (right up there with Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa and others . . . . yes, it’s that good!” Music News, Nashville), McBride has been the toast of the guitar and rock media since emerging on the scene supporting artists such as Joe Satriani and Jeff Beck. His most recent album Crossing The Line was a Classic Rock annual pick. His song Don’t Be A Fool has notched-up more than one million streams on Spotify.

At the London show McBride will be supported by emerging band Sweet Crisis, described by Classic Rock magazine as “an edgy slab of classic rock” and gaining five stars for their debut single. At the Corby show the support will be The Mentulls.

November 27 London O2 Academy Islington
November 28 The Raven Hall

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