Sunday, 26 April 2015

Interview: Geoff Thorpe, Vicious Rumors

Balls to the Wall

It's been a while since San Francisco act VICIOUS RUMORS launched an album. About a year to be precise. Their latest release for Atlantic Records is the weighty Welcome to the Ball, a pretty sound spine-breaking statement of intent to take the five piece thundering in the 1990s.

Trivia fans might like to know that it's got precisely sod all to do with an album of the same name by venerated fellow Frisco resident Grace Slick.

I must confess that I expected to find guitarist Geoff Thorpe was just another Californian dude, whose band got lucky. It bloody well serves me right for being quick to pre-judge people. He, along with fellow guitarist Mark McGee, bass player David Starr, drummer Larry Howe, and vocalist Carl Albert,  have produced a polished re-interpretation of heavy metal with this album. They've been tagged as 'a thinking man's metal band.' Were Geoff and the band happy with that tag?

Friday, 10 April 2015

Album Review: Misha Calvin, “Evolution”

Listening to the creative, exuberant six string talent of Yugoslavian-born Misha 'The Hat' Calvin is a welcome antidote to these tired, grunge-infected ears.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Photo: Mike Scott on Stage in Tokyo

Mike Scott of the Waterboys live on stage at the Shibuya Club Quattro on 6th of April, 2015, their first gig in Tokyo for 18 years.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Album Review, Deep Purple, "Battle Rages On"

Following Joe Lynn Turner's departure from the Deep Purple ranks, Purple MK II have re-reformed, cashing in the lucarative prospects marking the band's 25th Anniversary. Ian Gillan is back alongside Messers Blackmore, Glover, Lord, and Paice, bravely crooning over a set of seemingly 'standard' songs in comparison to pioneering 'screaming' MKII classics of yore.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Live Review: Wolfsbane, Bradford Queens Hall, 10th March, 1990

Tamworth's finest returned from the USA to Bradford for the second date of their tour. They got a heroes welcome as they walked on stage; vocalist Blaze Bayley told the audience they were "beautiful, gorgeous, absolutely lovely..." in his warm Midlands accent.

Their amusing self parody songs, like Limousines and Money To Burn are well received and definitely suited to Blaze's warm voice. he wails over the opening Money sounding like the wolf he was looking like with all his facial hair.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Live Review: Drums, Shibuya Quattro, 18th May, 2011

It's par for the course now. You come to Japan for a gig, you make obeisance at the shrine of the Great Quake. You at least ask "How ya holding up?" or something similar. And who are The Drums to be any different?

But tonight, during the encores, the young five-piece from Brooklyn do something a cut above. They debut an entirely new and quite excellent song The New World for the musical benefit of us here at the venue and the financial benefit of the Red Cross in Japan.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Album Review: Asphalt Ballet, "Asphalt Ballet"

We, as a magazine, have been chasing the progress of this band for some time. They were first brought to our attention via dear Babs over in Los Angeleees. They cause her breath to stop and her heart to pound whenever she saw them. Hmmm...could this band be detrimental to your health? Will the album carry a government health warning?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Interview: Emily Haines, Metric

The great dilemma for modern rock musicians is the need to maintain the creativity of earlier generations along with the constant fear of unwittingly copying their output. This is a conundrum perfectly captured in the song Gimme Sympaythy by Toronto-based band Metric, playing one show here this October.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Interview: Kelvin Morris, Discharge

Rising like a phoenix, Stoke-On-Trent's Punk/Rock heroes and music pioneers DISCHARGE are back. Two original members of the band, Cal – now using his full name Kelvin Morris (vocals), and Garry Maloney (drums) form the core, with Andy Green (guitar) and Anthony Morgan (briefly of NEW MODEL ARMY) on bass. They've just released a new LP called Massacre Divine on Rio Records, and they have been recently touring the UK. Speaking from his South London home, Kelvin the voice of the band explains the resurrection of yesterday's heroes.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Revenge Recommends: "Bullet" by Grand Avenue

Bands like U2 and Coldplay are among the biggest on the planet. Denmark's Grand Avenue, founded in 2001, tick all the same boxes, but tick them a lot better – and they even sing in English – so it continues to surprise me that this band is not mega massive.