The Best Of Rory Gallagher Release Date : October 9th
The extraordinary talent that was Rory Gallagher passed away 25 years ago, and to mark this anniversary UMC are releasing a comprehensive Best Of collection of 30 tracks from the extensive catalogue, including 4 tracks from his band Taste, and a duet from 1973 with Jerry Lee Lewis of the Rolling Stones (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction which has been released as a single.
Mike Elrington has had what most of us would consider a tumultuous couple of years in his personal life, hence the title Aftershock, and that does not include the impacts of the last 6 months thanks to COVID-19 that any musician living in Victoria would have to be suffering.
TWISTER Cursed & Corrected Release Date –
Cursed & Corrected, the debut album (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
from up and coming New Wave British rock band Twister, features 13 tracks and was recorded, produced
and mixed by Tony Draper at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool and mastered at the
legendary Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright (The Killers, Frank Turner,
Biffy Clyro) – one of England’s greatest mastering engineers for contemporary
BLESS YOUR HEART – release date 28th August 2020 (BMG Records)
Greg Allman and Dickey Betts were
founding members of the great American country rock band The Allman Brothers,
and two of the next generation, Devon
Allman and Duane Betts joined forces in 2019 to launch a new album,
and tour on the back of that and some of the Allman Brothers greatest hits,
being the 50th anniversary of that seminal band.
Devon is also well known for his Royal
Southern Brotherhood project with Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers) and
Blues Guitar virtuoso Mike Zito.
Matt Pearce is one of the guitarists in high-profile UK classic rock band Voodoo Six, who are about to release their long-awaited new album in October, and before I review that one, having missed out on the London gig for Matt due to COVID-19 in March this year, I wanted to give this one a spin.
I have had this album on regular play for about a month now thanks to our own Josie O’Toole at Rock People Management, and have found it really hard to get a suitable focus on the content of the record in order to write a coherent review.
This is the Brighton (UK) riff-lords third album in their 12-year history, and got released as a result of a successful crowd-funding campaign that initially fell over due to the Pledge crisis, and got revived through the band’s own web-store – and the album was released in May.
The newest release, their fifth studio album in just over 10 years, from the Lancaster rockers Massive Wagons will be released on 17th July 2020, via Earache Records. This is another of the NWOCR powerhouse bands who have been laying waste to the UK over the past couple of years with their incendiary brand of ludicrously catchy power-pop rock, punk metal, and the latest offering is again full of crowd-pleasing shoutalong riff-driven songs.
Mixing the twang of country music with the hard-hitting stomp of rock & roll, Canada’s Cory Marks makes his debut with Who I Am. Full of autobiographical storytelling, guitar-driven anthems, drinking songs, and breakup ballads, Who I Am is rooted in the influence of his hometown in Ontario. Whenever he wasn’t drumming along to songs by Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rush, he was listening to his parents’ country records, developing a deep appreciation for outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.
“Hard Melodic” Birmingham rockers DevilFire released their debut album Dark Manoeuvres, back in 2017 to high acclaim, and they are thrilled to announce that their brand new album Black Soul Vendetta will be hitting the streets through CARGO Records and all reputable platforms on Sept 4th.
A female three-piece rock band from the UK is not completely unusual, and Häxan, from Cardiff in South Wales is definitely a band to keep your eye on, already performing at venues such as Download Festival UK, touring with a diverse bunch of bands including Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Electric Six. The Subways and Status Quo, as well as some shows with our own Massive, they’re not just ladies, they’re rock stars ready to take the stage.
Australian heavy rock band Wicked Smile will release their debut EP titled Delirium on July 1st.
The band is fronted by charismatic powerhouse lead vocalist Danny Cecati (ex Pegazus & Eyefear) with Stevie Janevski (The Radio Sun, ex Black Majesty) on guitars. The four song EP is produced by Paul Laine (The Defiants & Danger Danger) who also plays bass and sings backing vocals on the record, and mastered by Paul’s bandmate Bruno Ravel.
It is always a joy to get to hear a new FM album…….from the very first listen to that first FM record Indiscreet in 1986, having been a fan of Wildlife before then, and seeing them as the ultimate AOR support band over the next couple of years, including the epic Astoria show in 1987 with White Sister as the opening act.