Album Review : Beau Bowen – The Great Anticlimax

Review by Peter Coates

BEAU BOWEN — THE GREAT ANTICLIMAX
Release Date – April 10th 2020

Back in the good old days of 2018, a young singer / guitarist / multi-instrumentalist called Kaleb McKane released an EP titled Universe in Reverse with three tracks channelling Muse, Roxy Music, David Bowie and Hendrix with a modern twist on psychedelic glam rock – featuring a cracking voice and some very tasty guitar work.  

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Photo Gallery : Reckless Love + White Widdow + Midnite City + Warbirds at The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne – 5th March 2020

Photographer: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

RECKLESS LOVE at The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne on 5th March 2020 Photographer: Peter Coates

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Steel Panther announce ‘Heavy Metal Rules’ Tour – May 2020 with guests Sevendust

May 2020 will see the wildest, wettest, dirtiest, hardest, heaviest most rocking heavy metal tour to hit Australian shores ever in the history of anything ever. MJR Presents are bringing Steel Panther to Australia once again for a Heavy Metal Party the likes of which have never been seen by human eyes and they are bringing none other than their US mates Sevendust along for the party! This tour also marks the largest venues that Steel Panther will have played in Australia due to growing demand every time they return down under. MJR Presents has increased the venue size so EVERYBODY gets to FEEL THE STEEL because HEAVY METAL RULES.

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Photo Gallery : ATREYU + Ocean Sleeper + From Crisis To Collapse at The Zoo, Brisbane – 26 February 2020

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5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘No Shame 2020 Tour’ – Second Sydney Show Added Due To Overwhelming Demand

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER return to Australia this November/December for their biggest homecoming headline tour yet. Due to overwhelming demand, a second show at the iconic Sydney Opera House Forecourt has been announced for Sunday, December 6.

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Groovin the Moo’s 2020 line up is here!

It’s time to get egg-cited! Groovin the Moo (GTM) is ready to crack open and run into its six beloved regions around Australia this April and May. With an egg-perience that’s hard to beat, GTM offers a full day of country hospitality, amazing music and seriously good times

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Live Review : Alice Cooper + Airbourne & MC50 at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – February 15, 2020

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

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Photo Gallery : Alice Cooper + Airbourne & MC50 at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – February 15, 2020

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Photo Gallery : Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – February 14, 2020

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Photo Gallery : Airbourne + MC50 at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – February 14, 2020

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Photo Gallery : Okilly Dokilly w/ Dr Colossus at The Basement, Canberra – 12 February 2020

Photographer: Krista Melsom

Okilly Dokilly at The Basement, Canberra – 12 February 2020 Photographer: Krista Melsom

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Album Review : Collateral

Review by Peter Coates

A blast of classic AOR rock from a hard-working bunch of lads from Kent.

Over here in Australia I keep a jealous watch on the stream of quality rock bands emerging from all corners of the UK, covering classic rock, southern rock, , blues rock and all combinations of the above, playing at countless gigs and festivals throughout the country, and being encouraged by the continuing influence of bands who were their idols and heroes from the 1980s and 1990s, many of whom are still ripping it up around the pub, club and theatre circuit – Thunder; Tyketto; Gun; FM and the rest.

These guys may just be the pick of the current crop!

Collateral released their 4 Shots EP at the end of 2018 which was a taster of some quality melodic rock, delivered with a touch of swagger and some killer riffs that combined classic stadium AOR anthems of US and Scandinavian monsters, with a modern and slightly edgier British rock feel.  When you hear the varied influences behind each of the band members, it sort of all makes sense.

Front man Angelo Tristan has a heavy country music side, and guitarist Todd Winger enjoys the ballsier southern rock of Black Stone Cherry and The Cadillac 3, while Jack Bentley-Smith flies the 80s big-rock flag, and drummer Ben Atkinson is from the darker, heavier end of the metal spectrum.  

2019 saw the band head out on a number of support tours, playing the UK’s Camden Rocks and Ramblin’ Man Fair festivals, and also got selected from 200,000 entrants to support Jon Bon Jovi on his Runway to Paradise cruise, and they are just heading out around the UK with the mighty bluespower guitarist Jared James Nichols (here in Australia shortly with John 5) to give them yet more exposure, and then with Phil X & The Drills (Bon Jovi guitarist), before crossing the Channel to go round Europe opening for Skid Row before they are back in the UK with Scandinavian melodic rockers H.E.A.T.  So the next few months are going to be flat out for the boys.

Mr Big Shot kicks off the record with a crunching riff which breaks down for the chorus to a kicking bass and drum line and leaps into the catchiest pre-chorus and the enormous crowd-vocals of the “Big Shot” chorus – call it derivative if you will…..but the band describes it as a slightly mocking self-parody of themselves and found the song developed a strength that meant it was perfect to open the album.

Another killer riff opens up Promiseland which features some guitar chops over a solid kick-drum through the verse, some soaring harmonies, and a ripper solo for Todd and a whole heap of epic harmony vocals and keyboards.  Classic 80’s rock with a modern grittier southern edge comes to the fore with Merry-Go-Round which sees Angelo deliver a really strong vocal, with some subtle harmonies, and a sensational middle-eight and solo with crushing guitars before the stripped-back final verse.

Angelo originally wrote In It For Love over 10 years ago and the band re-visited it and changed the tempo, so it is a driving melodic rocker with some pounding drums and an odd time-change in the song that sort of works, but gives the track two distinct vibes which while both great in their own right, don’t entirely gel as the one song.

An absolute stormer of a track come out next with Lullaby which is a moodier riff-driven track with some immense drumming and a tasty solo, and the lyrics delivered with a bit of venom – this one will be immense live with the crowd-chorus, and was released as the first single from the album back in May 2019.

The opening guitars of Midnight Queen, the only track from the EP that is on the new record, are melodic and semi-acoustic rather than brutal riffs, and immediately bring to mind some of the classic AOR anthems from Nightranger, Honeymoon Suite, Loverboy, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon, with driving bass and drums, and a tasty line in guitar licks from Todd

A rock ballad was always going to find it’s way onto the record, and Get Back To You has got it all – the breathy vocals over acoustic guitar before the band kicks in for the next verse, the soaring vocals of the chorus, and the melodic guitar soloing over huge keyboards – you can see the lighters in the air already.  The solo leads into the power-ballad chorus and there is a second solo in the delightfully overblown outro which works so well. If it sounds as though I am critical, that is certainly not the case…….it is impossible to hear this and not be picked up emotionally at least a little.

Won’t Stop Me Dreaming opens up with a pile-driving riff that has more hook-lines than a trawler, as it races into catchy pre-chorus and even catchier chorus.  The harmonies are seamless and the beat just forces the head to nod and feet to stamp – this will be a killer track live. Album-closer About This Boy has some of the country music influences, and ends up as a what could be a huge radio-friendly west coast rock song with a feel of The Eagles or their modern incarnation, Midland.  

Angelo has the hair and the voice to go with it, with some wonderful harmonies in many of the choruses, with some quality lead guitar and riffing from Todd, and an absolutely solid rhythm-section in Jack and Ben, with the whole package supported by a huge production from Sean Kenny – this is stadium melodic rock of the quality of the likes of Bad English, with the commercial power of Bon Jovi and Europe, and the balls of Skid Row, tinged with the modern Scandinavian power and harmony of Eclipse or Degreed, delivered with a modern British edge as with the likes of New Device, Vega or Night By Night.The album is released on February 21st and is available on all normal formats and from the band website.

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Live Review : Adam Thompson Performs Queens Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack at Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo – 8 February 2020

Review by Natasha Wyborn

Adam Thompson Performs Queens Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack at Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo – 8 February 2020 Photographer: David Jackson

He will, He will, rock you.

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