The new album from The Casanovas was released in late August – their first release since the 2015 Terra Casanova – and 20 years after their debut single 10 Outta 10 was released to the world.
As stalwarts of the thriving Melbourne rock’n’roll scene, with influences coming equally from punk and blues as well as the more straight up classic rock bands, The Casanovas are not obviously an “Aussie-rock” band, as they have been able to meld some British and US rock influences into the mix which makes them more accessible internationally, and provides a sound that both retains the energy and rawness of the earlier records, but adds a little bit more spit and polish.
VAMBO – VAMBO DeLuxe Released 06/11/20 GOLIATH Records
The debut album from London-based classic rock band Vambo was first released in October 2019, and has been treated to a re-release with some extra tracks, including an acoustic version of one song, and a live version of one of hard rock’s classics, and is a perfect introduction to yet another exciting new band from the UK, whose material is very much grounded in the great British classic rock sounds of the 1970s and early 1980s, with their own individual take on the genre.
BROTHERS OSBORNE – Skeletons Released Oct 9th 2020 Spinefarm Records
Better known for smooth and elegant country rock, and the warm, mellow tones of TJ Osborne’s baritone voice, the new album sees the band in the studio with their full stage band for the first time, and the result is a more honest representation of the band seen live, and much more of a rock’n’roll record, full of grit and swagger.
THE CADILLAC THREE TABASCO & SWEET TEA Release Date – 23/10/20
A second album in 2020 from The Cadillac Three is a doubling of the joy spread every time this band releases any new material. This set of new songs has been dropped with less than 5 days notice, and has caused a flurry of excitement as a result.
JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Tea Mascot Label Group / Provogue Release Date – October 23rd
A new album from Joe Bonamassa is generally something to get very excited about – something of a phenomenon in the world of blues and rock guitars in the past 10 years, with his own solo career going stratospheric, as well as a number of collaborations with Beth Hart, the supergroup Black Country Communion, with Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian, and his most recent side-project, The Sleep Eazys, an instrumental tribute to Danny Gatton.
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.