The Darker My Horizon – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell

Second time seeing the Darker My Horizon this year and like February’s gig, again at the Acoustic Couch in Bracknell. Joining the core duo of Paul Stead and guitarist Mark Stephenson are drummer Steve Hauxwell (ex-Marshall Law/Winter In Eden) and bass player Paul Hamilton, who was in a previous line-up of Sacred Heart with Paul and Mark.

A nice, up-tempo and hard rocking set for a Saturday night, with a little acoustic interlude from Paul Stead as the support band never materialised. Plenty of riffs to be had in ‘Perfect’, ‘No Superhero Part 1’ and ‘Closure’, and it is always good to hear ‘Dear Olivia’ played live.

The new boys slotted nicely into the band’s sound, a steady bass from Paul Hamilton and as for drummer Steve Hauxwell, he had the flash and style more associated with American drummers like Eric Singer and Tommy Aldridge. Impressive to watch and a great addition to TDMH.

Two new songs were aired from the band’s new album ‘Seize The Day’ due next year – ‘Carpe Diem’ in acoustic mode and ‘Sleaze’, a nice and loud hard rocking tune. Bryan Adams’s ‘Summer Of 69’ was given an enthusiastic run through and the other cover as Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ (popularised by Guns ‘N’ Roses), which will form part of an EP ‘Phoenix’ due out in January. The other songs on the EP are re-workings of Sacred Herat songs with this new line-up.

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KINO – remastered ‘Picture’ to be issued on vinyl for the first time

Kino – the band formed by John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, Frost*), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), John Beck (It Bites) & Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree), released their much-loved debut album ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Now the album has been remastered by John Mitchell, and will be issued on vinyl for the very first time on the 17th November 2017, as well as returning to digital and streaming services.

Mitchell had this to say: “The Kino ‘Picture’ album has been unavailable for a while but a lot of people have been asking about it so it’s clearly got a place in a lot of people’s hearts which is wonderful. It was never released on vinyl previously so it’s great that Inside Out have made that happen. A lot of people have also asked whether there will be a new Kino album one day….that’s a good question and one day it may be answered.”

‘Picture’ is available on Gatefold 180g black 2LP, including the CD as bonus, as well as digital download. Pre-order your copy here

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BIGFOOT ‘Karma’ video

BIGFOOT ‘Karma’ video for new single included on self-titled debut album out 13.10.17 on Frontiers

Bigfoot are releasing another single from their upcoming self-titled debut album, which is released via Frontiers Music srl on 13th October. ‘Karma’ follows ‘The Fear’, ’Tell Me A Lie’ and ‘Forever Alone’ as the fourth song to be lifted from the record. The band begin a UK tour with a special album launch event in Manchester on 14th October. The full itinerary is as follows :

14.10.17 MANCHESTER Sound Control (album launch event)
19.10.17 WITNEY Fat Lils
26.10.17 LONDON Underworld
28.10.17 GRIMSBY Yardbirds
02.11.17 STOKE Eleven
03.11.17 CARDIFF Fuel
04.11.17 CANNOCK The Station
05.11.17 SOUTH SHIELDS Queen Vic
09.11.17 GLASGOW Hard Rock Cafe
11.11.17 SHEFFIELD Corporation (with Tyketto)
24.11.17 TROON Winterstorm Festival
25.11.17 EDINBURGH La Belle Angele (with Tyketto)

Bigfoot is a hard rock band from Wigan who burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014. With a wide range of influences from The Eagles through to Pantera, the group boasts the powerful vocals of Antony Ellis, dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, plus the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall.

Having toured constantly around the UK and performed at festivals including Breakout, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Steelhouse and more, the quintet have built themselves a loyal grassroots following in their home territory. Two successful self-released EP’s also drew the attention of the Naples based rock powerhouse Frontiers Music Srl, who signed them to their roster as fast as they could.

‘The Fear’ was written shortly after the release of the second EP. Sam Millar describes it as “a song about the fear in our heads and how it can consume your whole life and take over”, while musically Mick McCullagh states that “it is a Jekyll and Hyde type affair. There’s the gnarly, in your face heavy rock guitar side of it, then the melodic, anthemic side with big uplifting vocals. It’s very dynamic, which adds to the tension we were aiming for.”

The video for ‘The Fear’ was shot by Shane Green at The Giffard in Wolverhampton. Tom Aspinall says “we had played there a month or so before and thought the stage would be perfect for the shots we wanted with the idea of it being quite dark and frantic. We’ve worked with Shane in the past and knew he would deliver a fast paced and exciting video.”

The self-titled debut album by Bigfoot is out on 13th October via Frontiers. Co-produced by the band with Justin Richards (who also mixed the record), it consists of eleven songs. The artwork and tracklisting are as follows :

1 Karma
2 The Fear
3 Tell Me A Lie
4 Forever Alone
5 Eat Your Words
6 Prisoner Of War
7 Freak Show
8 I Dare You
9 The Devil In Me
10 Uninvited
11 Yours

This Bigfoot is no myth, but they are about to become legends.

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HOUSTON New Album ‘III’ Coming In November

Swedish AOR band, HOUSTON, have released a brand new lyric video & single for the song ‘Dangerous Love’, the track is taken from their forthcoming album titled ‘III’, due out on November 24th via Livewire/Cargo Records UK. The video can be viewed here:

Houston has been around since their self-titled debut album in 2010 and landed the number one in Classic Rock Magazine’s AOR chart that year, up against outfits such as Unruly Child, Crashdiet, H.e.a.t and Nelson. The band then went on to play the festival circuit with appearances at Sweden Rock, Download Festival UK, Rock of Ages Germany as well as touring the UK with Swedish sleaze rockers CrashDiet.

Houston’s second album “Relaunch” featured a cover song called ‘Runaway’ that became the soundtrack to Red Bull’s own Danny MacAskill’s Extreme BMX video ‘Imaginate’ which has over 74 million views on YouTube and 600,000 plays on Spotify and counting.

Together with renowned producer and ex MTV rocker Martin Karlegård (Reptile Smile) the band created ‘III’. Martin Karlegård has worked with French Idol singer Jenifer, Swedish pop star Brolle Jr and world famous Swedish band ‘The Sounds’ and has helped the band to add a mature and organic sound to their brand of classy and classic Melodic Rock.

As singer Hank Erix explains, “It’s been a very creative time with Martin, it’s great to find a producer that brings out the best in you for every single take. Personally I’ve never delivered such a vocal performance as on this album. I really found my sound and I have matured musically since our last album and especially since our debut in 2010. This is a new beginning for Houston.”

HOUSTON is:
Hank Erix – Lead vocals
Soufian Ma’Aoui – Bass
Calle Hammar – Guitars/Backing vocals
Victor Lundberg – Keyboards/Backing vocals
Oscar Lundström – Drums
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Jeff Lynne’s ELO ‘Wembley or Bust’ Live CD/DVD

Having released an acclaimed new album ‘Alone in the Universe’ in 2015, sold out multiple arena tours, and had an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Jeff Lynne’s ELO will release a live CD/DVD of their legendary concert at Wembley Stadium in June. Titled ‘Wembley or Bust’ and directed by Paul Dugdale it is out on multiple formats November 17th on Sony Music.

In ‘Wembley or Bust’ we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd. As Jeff says himself, ’It’s the best time I ever had in music… It is beyond anything I could have imagined.’

Most importantly, the film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs of our lifetime, from vintage ELO classics like “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Livin’ Thing,” and “Evil Woman” to “Do Ya” from his days with The Move, “Handle With Care” which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through “When I Was A Boy” from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe.

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne’s sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

Widely agreed upon as one of the greatest record producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Traveling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and, most recently, Bryan Adams.

Tracklisting:
1. Standin’ In The Rain
2. Evil Woman
3. All Over The World
4. Showdown
5. Livin’ Thing
6. Do Ya
7. When I Was A Boy
8. Handle With Care
9. Last Train to London
10. Xanadu
11. Rockaria!
12. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
13. 10538 Overture
14. Twilight
15. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
16. Shine A Little Love
17. Wild West Hero
18. Sweet Talkin’ Woman
19. Telephone Line
20. Turn To Stone
21. Don’t Bring Me Down
22. Mr. Blue Sky
23. Roll Over Beethoven

‘Wembley or Bust’ is available on the following formats:
2 CD
2 CD/DVD
2 CD/Blu Ray
Vinyl (3 Discs)

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PUGWASH announces new album ‘Silverlake’

PUGWASH
Silverlake

Release Date: 24th November 2017
Cat Nos.: LJX111LP / LJX111CD / LJX111D
Formats: LP/CD/DL

Click here to stream ‘The Perfect Summer’ the first single taken from the album

If Brit Awards were handed out to Best Kept Secrets or Lamentably Lost Legends, Pugwash wouldn’t be able to move under the weight of their gongs. In the 20 years since the Irish band was formed by Thomas Walsh – an ELO, XTC and Beach Boys nut from Drimnagh, south Dublin – their reputation has grown by stealth and they’ve caught the attention of almost all of Walsh’s musical heroes, but mainstream success has remained frustratingly, tantalisingly just out of reach.

Well if it’s ever going to happen, it’s now, with the release of their seventh studio album Silverlake. It’s not only Thomas’s best body of work to date, but an album which leaves you marvelling at how effortlessly he can conjure up so many heavenly pop gems after all these years.

“I still live in a small house with nine guitars, a Dansette, a telly and a fuckin’ mellotron,” says Walsh. “I collect records and live hand-to-mouth. We’ve made some great records but most of them have gone nowhere.”

Silverlake differs from recent Pugwash albums in one major respect: it’s essentially a collaboration between two men – Thomas and Jason Falkner. (The four-piece who recorded 2011’s Top 20 The Olympus Sound and 2015’s Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) has now disbanded). As a former member of Jellyfish, respected solo artist, and musician, Falkner – who’s worked with everyone from Paul McCartney to Air – is another underrated artist with a hugely loyal international following. For fans of these two cult heroes (and there are plenty) this promised to be a dream ticket…and it delivers in droves.

Recorded in Falkner’s LA studio earlier this year, Thomas wrote all 11 songs, arranged them, and played acoustic guitar. Jason played everything else (except the strings), sang backing vocals and recorded/produced. The result is a classy pop-rock feast featuring Walsh’s endlessly hooky melodies and Falkner’s unmistakeable sonic footprint.

“I’ve known Jason for twenty years, so I rang him last Christmas and asked him what his next year was looking like,” Thomas reveals. “He said, ‘It’s fuckin’ full up, but if you’re saying to me we can make a record, I’ll make time.’ That was an amazing thing to hear. The minute I heard that I was hooked. I got excited again. Within a week I’d written all the songs.”

Opening with the irresistible single ‘The Perfect Summer’ and closing with the Beach Boys/ELO homage ‘Autarch’, Silverlake wears its collaborators’ passion for pop perfection on its sleeve which, at the very least, will consolidate Pugwash’s standing in the eyes of those Thomas most admires.

In 2006 Brian Wilson’s manager David Leaf emailed him out of the blue, mentioning Brian loved the band’s recent single ‘It’s Nice To Be Nice’. “Brian was coming to Dublin to play and wanted to meet me… meet me!!” Thomas recalls. “He came and I met Brian. He said ‘Hey! You’re the ‘Nice To Be Nice’ guy. I said ‘Yes’ and he just said, ‘Great song’!! I still think it was all a fantastic dream to honest.”

In the meantime, other “celebrity” admirers got in touch, including XTC’s Andy Partridge who briefly signed Pugwash to his Ape label and co-wrote several songs with Walsh (XTC’s Dave Gregory also played guitar on some of the band’s earlier recordings), The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon – with whom he made two best-selling Duckworth Lewis Method albums – and Jeff Lynne.

“I arrived home late one night after an Olympus Sound session, knackered, to find a letter from the States,” Thomas recalls. “I nearly dropped when I realised it was from Jeff Lynne. I grew up worshipping ELO – I could tell you how many hairs there are on Jeff Lynne’s arse. He’s my idol. It was such a beautiful letter in which he said a lot of really nice things about Pugwash. He also said… ‘and I really liked the cricket album (ie, the first Duckworth Lewis album), but I didn’t think it featured you enough.’ So I rang Neil straight away and said, ‘Neil, Jeff just sent me a fuckin’ letter. He’s slagging you and all in it, it’s brilliant!”

After two decades Thomas has little to prove. Despite certain disappointments, he’s received great acclaim from where it counts – his peers and equals, plus Ivor Novello, Choice Music Prize and Meteor Awards nominations, and two Top 40 albums (with The Duckworth Lewis Method). The only way is up!

As Thomas concludes: “Some people have suggested, ‘Oh why don’t you change the sound of your music?’ But… I love the sound of my records! They ask if I would try something different. I could, but you can’t go out there and make a record just to please other people.”

Chris Twomey

Silverlake by Pugwash will be released by British indie label Lojinx on November 24th, on heavyweight vinyl LP, CD & digital.  Lead single The Perfect Summer is out now on ice-cream swirl coloured 7″ vinyl and digital.

Upcoming live shows:

  • 4/12 – Cork Opera House (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 5/12 – University Convert Hall, Limerick House (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 6/12 – Millennium Forum, Derry (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 7/12 – Ulster Hall, Belfast (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 8/12 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 9/12 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (supporting Divine Comedy)

PictureHouse gig TONIGHT

PictureHouse perform at the National Concert Hall, Dublin tonight. They celebrate the 21st birthday of their debut album ‘Shine Box’, and they are kindly supporting and plugging the Nordoff Robbins charity, who’s Get Loud awareness day is also today.

50 gigs in a day