The upcoming EP Bastette Exposed was recorded at the Lounge Recording Studio in Wigan with producer Gareth Nuttall (Frank Turner). Taking influence from the Pretty Reckless, Halestorm and Starbenders among others, and fronted by Caroline Eve Kenyon who has more Amy Lee about her than Alissa White Gluz.
TROY REDFERN – The Fire Cosmic Released – August 6th RED7 Records
Blues-rock guitarist, singer- songwriter and dubbed Britain’s “King of Slide Guitar” Troy Redfern has produced an exceptional new album in The Fire Cosmic laden in layers of slide guitar and acoustic resonator sounds – raunchy, sleazy vintage blues rock.
BERNIE MARSDEN –KINGS Released – 23rd July 2021 Conquest Records
Guitar legend Bernie Marsden will be releasing his brand-new album Kings through Conquest Music, on 23rd July, 2021 – his first solo album in 7 years, and it’s sure to delight his fans and lovers of blues, rock and more besides. This is the first of a planned series of albums in the “Inspirations” series, conjured up by Bernie in conversation with Billy Gibbons.
Founded back in the pre-COVID era in South London, Last Of The Misfit Heroes are a three-piece alt-rock / rock / punk band with a bit of swagger and a whole heap of attitude.
They released a 4-track EP in April 2020, and through the whole pandemic era have worked on this full-length record, Hope For The Hopeless, which includes the four tracks from the EP and 6 new songs – in much the same vein.
MIRANDA EASTEN BEHIND UNBROKEN STRINGS Released – May 21st
Following the success of singles Cowboy Lullaby and the super-catchy Country Boy across Australia and USA, Christchurch’s Miranda Easten is releasing her long awaited debut album Behind Unbroken Strings. The collection proves that she is a master of twang and a face of modern country music.
DANGEROUS CURVES – Summertime Highs Release Date – July 2021
Inspired by the likes of their childhood heroes Bon Jovi, Kiss and Van Halen, Geelong rockers Dangerous Curves formed in 2015 with one only one goal in mind, to bring back the music of the infamous LA scene of the late 80’s…with a modern twist.
Their 2018 full length debut, So Dirty Right was nominated for ‘Best Heavy Album’ at The Age Music Victoria Awards 2018, and Take My Money was a one-off single released back in 2019 which caused a worldwide stir.
CORY MARKS – NASHVILLE MORNINGS EP Better Noise Music
Mixing the twang of country music with the hard-hitting stomp of rock & roll, Canada’s Cory Marks made his debut with the July 2020 album Who I Am.
Full of autobiographical storytelling, guitar-driven anthems, party-drinking songs, and breakup ballads, the album 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.
NEW WAVE OF CLASSIC ROCK – VOLUME ONE Released – 23rd July 2021
The NWOCR group was set up in Oct 2017 by a bunch of like-minded music lovers in the UK who felt at the time there were many new bands coming through playing new music influenced by the classic rock bands of the 70’s, 80’s,90’s and noughties, and many of them deserved a wider audience.
The timeline for bands to be featured in the group is that they have not released anything before 2010.
THE DAMN TRUTH – NOW OR NOWHERE Released – May 2021
Montreal-based rock band The Damn Truth have recently bubbled up from an underground presence with the release of their third album, Now Or Nowhere, mostly produced by the legendary Bob Rock who got heavily involved in the recording process by introducing the band to a range of vintage guitars and amps to tie in with the 1970’s attitude and live sound.
MIDNITE CITY ITCH YOU CAN’T SCRATCH Released – June 11th
Since bursting out onto the scene with a vengeance in 2017, Midnite City have taken on the world and hustled themselves to the top of the pile to be considered one of the top modern exponents of quality melodic rock. Their debut self-titled album was a cracker, with Harry Hess mastering their demos, the full band being pulled together, and the formal release gave enough support for the band to be considered as leaders of a resurgence in commercial AOR hair-metal heaven!
THE LOST SEARCH PARTY EP – AN INVITATION TO…. Released – May 28th 2021
In keeping with so many bands over the last year thanks to COVID-19, Kent rock band The Lost Search Party have had a tricky time recording and preparing their self-financed debut EP ready for release. As their social media post says it’s been a case of “5 songs, 4 recording studios, 3 national lockdowns, 2 bass players to produce 1 EP! After this lengthy preparation, it’s now here. I picked up on the first single, Getaway last week and was immediately attracted to the catchy hook-laden guitars, and requested a copy of the EP to review.
As someone who first came across Dellacoma fronting Sydney rock band Sunset Riot in 2012 or thereabouts, I have always been interested in seeing what he has been doing – and the first solo album South Of Everything that came out in 2015 was a terrific opening release.
A regular event in the Mangrove Mountain hall in the past 8 years, thanks to the enthusiasm of promoter Ryan Howard, an evening of Blues / Folk / Roots music from a range of local and national artists, this weekend saw the multi-talented Ash Grunwald head the bill, and he agreed to do two shows to assist with the COVID-19 capacity restrictions.
THE L.A. MAYBE DIRTY DAMN TRICKS Released – March 26 2021
The L.A. Maybe is a 6-piece rock ‘n’ roll band hailing from the southern heat of the Carolinas. If you’re a fan of Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, or Van Halen, with a touch of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Black Crowes then you will feel right at home adding these guys to your record collection.