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Festival News : Yours and Owls Festival – April 2021

Yours & Owls Festival 
Approved to Go Ahead by The NSW Government and Ministry Of Health
April 17 & 18, Stuart Park Wollongong 
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Yours and Owls Festival reports:

“Hello again Yours and Owls fam! Today we bring you some great news; The NSW Government and Ministry Of Health has advised that our COVID safety plan is approved and that our festival will be able to run this April 17 & 18, pending the current COVID situation remains under control. 

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Album Review : THUNDER – All The Right Noises

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

THUNDER
All The Right Noises
Released – March 12th 2021

Thunder may be the band who will just never give up – having been a fan from the earliest Terraplane days, and having been lucky enough to be present at the 10th Anniversary “farewell” tour in 1999, and the 20 Years & Out show at Hammersmith Odeon in 2009 (despite moving to Australia in 1998) and even getting to shoot the sold-out Hammersmith show in March 2015, we felt thrilled to get the band to Australia in 2017 for some intimate, but very raucous club shows.

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Album Review : Jim Kirkpatrick – Ballad of a Prodigal Son

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

JIM KIRKPATRICK
Ballad of A Prodigal Son
Released – Oct 2020

I bought this album when first released – Jim Kirkpatrick is currently the lead guitarist of my favourite AOR band, FM, and has always offered a finely balanced melodic blues-rock tone to the live and recorded output of that wonderful band since he joined in 2008.

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Naked Gypsy Queens – release “Georgiana” (Official Music Video)

Photo – John Partipilo

With the release of their single Georgiana, the Tennessee quartet Naked Gypsy Queens stake their claim as one of the new heavyweights of rock & roll’s modern-day renaissance. Rooted in amplified blues, hard-charging grooves, and dual lead guitars, the band builds upon the larger-than-life sound of their heroes from the 1960s and ’70s, keeping the flame burning for old-school hard rock while using their own 21st century fuel. Having just been signed to Mascot Records, the band’s forthcoming EP is slated for release in late 2021. 

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Sticky Fingers’ Tribute Tour adds new shows in Sydney and Brisbane | 1st Shows SOLD OUT!

STICKY FINGERS’ 50th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TOUR SELLS OUT
BRISBANE AND SYDNEY!

NEW SHOWS ADDED AT ENMORE THEATRE AND FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL

ADALITA | PHIL JAMIESON | TEX PERKINS | TIM ROGERS

#TheStonesStickyFingers50

Proving that The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers still tastes so good, tickets to The Stones’ Sticky Fingers Tour shows at The Fortitude Music Hall and Enmore Theatre sold out within days of going on sale this week prompting the release of second shows at each venue on 17 April and 30 July respectively.

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EP Review : The Mercy Kills – New Rule

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

THE MERCY KILLS – NEW RULE EP
Released 15th Feb 2021

This is an interesting piece of Melbourne’s rock’n’roll history that finally gets to see the light of day thanks to the team at Golden Robot Records.

New Rule is the debut EP by Melbourne dirty / sleaze rock band The Mercy Kills. Written and produced in 2010, this five-track release has strong elements of the four members influences, with elements of post-punk, grunge and rock ‘n’ roll.  TMK are proud that it stands strong, alongside the music they have produced over the ten years since.

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Pukebox (Official Video)

Completing what’s been a significant creative journey over the last few years, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and filmmaker Oliver Jones present the official video for the band’s latest single, ‘Pukebox’.

Following on from their recent claymation videos for ‘Mr. Prism’ and ‘Tally-Ho!’, Jones puts his own spin on Psychedelic Porn Crumpets already hectic sonic narrative

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Album Review : Joanna Connor – 4801 South Indiana Avenue

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

JOANNA CONNOR
4801 South Indiana Avenue
Release Date Feb 26th 2021

Chicago-based slide guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter, Joanna Connor, who is best known as one of the reigning Queens of blues rock guitar, releases her 14th album 4801 South Indiana Avenue on Joe Bonamassa’s new independent blues record label Keeping The Blues Alive on February 26, 2021, and the record features a serious dose of Joe Bonamassa himself in the production, alongside blues guitar great Josh Smith, and both of them playing guitar all through the album.

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Album Review : Inglorious – We Will Ride

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

INGLORIOUS – WE WILL RIDE
Release Date 12th Feb 2021 

A new line-up for Inglorious, a band that has seen a few personnel changes in the years since I was at one of their early major gigs in Birmingham almost exactly 5 years ago – with the constants of Nathan James up front on the voice, and Phil Beaver at the back behind the kit both still in place.

The sound on this fourth album remains very much as it was from the start, a fresh modern take on those classic British rock bands – Deep Purple, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin and others, with Nathan James being heavily influenced by David Coverdale, with that raw bluesy edge to the enormous vocal power he brings.

We Will Ride has been written and recorded through the COVID-19 lockdown in Wales, with producer Romesh Gogandoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Motörhead) at the helm, and saw the band take a more relaxed and fun approach to the writing process, despite the delays caused by the pandemic, and they reckon this has been a real rejuvenation of the Inglorious phenomenon.    

The upbeat riff-heavy She Won’t Let You Go opens up with a familiar touch of the solo guitar providing the intro, before the band powers in behind the guitar and we are off – a straight-forward no-nonsense verse that leads into a powerful pre-chorus and an absolute monster of a chorus – and features the first of many ripping solos (not sure which guitarist contributes which).  The two newer band members Danny Dela Cruz and Dan Stevens are clearly working in perfect harmony on the guitars, and this forms a key part of the Inglorious sound – topped off by the power and passion of Nathan James on the voice.

Messiah has a slightly ‘eastern’ tinge to the melodies, and some atmospheric vocals, but is another example of the huge sound, and the great production values here.  There is lots of light and shade here with a real contrast between verse and chorus.  The newest single release is Medusa, which kicks off with a brutal slide guitar intro, and a vocal delivery that is as big as anything David Coverdale delivered in his prime – again a slightly ‘eastern’ vibe in some of the guitars, in the same vein as fellow Brit-rockers Ten have delivered.  There is some sensational drumming in the track as Phil Beaver confirms what a solid performer he is behind the drums, with some excellent touches throughout.

There is a more stripped-back opening to Eye Of The Storm which suggests a power-ballad, with lots of effects and echoes on the spacey guitars, and a softer lead vocal line which lasts until the massive build-up into the super-catchy chorus which powers along at double-time.  The dynamic changes continue between the verse and chorus, and there is a brief interlude that sees Nathan’s voice at full force, before the huge guitars power back in and we get the closing chorus in all its glory.

A similar approach is suggested by the very sparse guitar intro to Cruel Intentions, which is soon overtaken by the upbeat rocking guitars and immense AOR backing vocals – this is just classic power melodic rock of the highest quality.  James’ vocals show off his huge range and power, and the guitars are off the scale.  There is a change of feel with the piano intro (from Rob Lindop) and the guitar tone to the epic My Misery, and Nathan delivers a sensitive feel to the vocals in the verses, and then the goosebumps appear with the opening lines of the chorus, which rises to soaring heights, and they don’t go away! The pumping guitar-fuelled middle-eight is glorious, and then we get another chorus and a powerful outro to close!

Do You Like It is an Inglorious classic full of all the trademarks of the band – a crushing riff, a huge lead vocal line, a chorus full of hooks and backing harmonies and a searing solo that explodes out of the chorus!  The rhythm section of Beaver and bassist Vinnie Colla absolutely lock down the beat and perfectly support the outrageous harmonies going on above! 

There is only one track that gets over the 5 minute mark which might be a surprise, and He Will Provide gives us a moody riff and a slightly menacing lead vocal (think Ozzy in classic Blizzard of Ozz days), and also features an atmospheric mid-section that leads into another ripper of a solo over that grungy riff – the solo may be a combination of both Danny and Dan doing their thing.  We Will Meet Again delivers another powerhouse melodic rock beast, with a really contemporary feel to the riff and melody, and some strong backing vocals to add depth to the delivery which is restrained without losing the power.  

The last two tracks continue to deliver the power and passion of the rest of the album, with God Of War really letting the two guitarists excel as they trade-off delicate fretwork in the verses, brutal powerchords in the chorus and frenetic harmony licks in between.  The band picks up the pace in the outro, with a double-time beat and more guitar soloing to the last chord.  

We Will Ride is the perfect title track and album-closer – a dark and moody verse, and another soaring chorus full of layers, while the guitars weave their magic underneath it all. 

The twin guitars certainly add a dimension to the band that perhaps has not been quite so apparent in the last album or two – Danny and Dan appear to have quickly developed a level of rapport and interaction that finds them intuitively working around each other in the riffs and melodies, and then through the interplay in the lead breaks and solos!

I really hope this one pushes all the right buttons around the place, because a band that has worked as long and hard as this one to find the right formula really deserves it!

Line-up:
Nathan James – Lead Vocals
Danny De La Cruz – Guitar
Dan Stevens – Guitar
Vinnie Colla – Bass Guitar
Phil Beaver – Drums/Percussion

Useful Links:

Website : http://inglorious.com 

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/weareinglorious 

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/weareinglorious 

Twitter : https://twitter.com/weareinglorious 

Pre-order/save HERE: https://orcd.co/wewillride 

Photo Credit – Paul Harries


Album Review : Hunted By Elephants – Carry On

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

HUNTED BY ELEPHANTS
Carry On
Released – Jan 15th 2021 

Hunted By Elephants were formed in the UK in mid-2018 by Apostolos Liapis (vocals), Roman Flourendzou (guitar) and Raymond Phelan (bass), and are now joined by Alex Butticè (drums). The London-based rock ’n’ rollers ignite favourable comparisons ranging from rock heavyweights to modern classic rock acts, and their debut album Rise of The Elephant put them on the underground rock radar in 2019. 

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Album Review : W.E.T. – Retransmission

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

W.E.T.   Retransmission
Released – 22 Jan 2021
Frontiers Records

W.E.T. truly epitomizes what melodic rock has become in the present. The key element at the foundation of W.E.T has always been to create a modern melodic hard rock sound that combines powerhouse rhythms and top-notch production, with the music being equally classic and contemporary.

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Album Review : Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – The Reckless One

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

SAM MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR
THE RECKLESS ONE
Gypsy Soul Records – Nov 2020

With the worldwide pandemic wrecking utter havoc upon the careers of many musicians, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar elected to use their time off the road to record, mix and master their latest tour-de-force, the astonishingly powerful, funky and deeply soulful The Reckless One

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