Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Preview: Maceo Parker

Saxophonist Maceo Parker brings a funk legacy to Tokyo, Osaka on Japan visit



Maceo Parker will be carrying a heavy load of history on his shoulders when he visits Japan for a string of gigs this month, but you wouldn’t know it from his carefree attitude. The 71-year-old musician is best known for his seminal sax work with James Brown’s legendary funk lineups of the 1960s, and George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic outfits in the ’70s.

“I smile when I reminisce about the early years, and feel lucky that I came up with James Brown, and that I can quote names like Brown and George Clinton, which sort of led to me being where I am today,” he tells The Japan Times. “So in the words of James Brown, ‘I feel good!’ ”

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Overview: U2


In a recent world exclusive with Hot Press magazine, Bono talked at great length to Joe Jackson about, well, just about everything, including the Zooropa album, which, at the time of the interview was in the final stages of completion. So, here's a brief "satellite overview" by Riff Raff's own Mark Liddell:

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Album Review: Laibach, "Spectre"


There have always been doubts about just who Laibach are and what they are up to. First who are they? The band is a collective so it is never too clear where "who" ends, although it seems to begin with Milan Fras, the doom-laden vocalist who chants and growls rather than sings most of their lyrics.

Next, what are they up to? This question often crops up as the Slovenian collective often plays with Communistic and Fascistic imagery. This might seem a little edgytarian to those of us from the more Beatlesque or Miley Cyrusy parts of the cosmos, but let’s not forget that Slovenia, the band’s homeland, was, is, and has been perched much closer to the great Fascist/Communist fault line that ran through Europe for most of the 20th century. Any musician from those parts who doesn't reflect that in their music and style is probably making a conscious effort not to.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Interview: Donnie Vie & Chip Z'Nuff, Enuff Z'Nuff

Donnie Vie, Chip Z'Nuff, DerekFrigo, & Vikki Fox

ANIMAL INSTINCT


Joe Mackett finds out how Enuff Z'Nuff have survived record label upheavals and an absent drummer saga to return better than ever with Animals With Human Intelligence

Enuff Z'Nuff's debut left me a little high and dry. Strength the second album however was a different kettle of cod, chock full of classic rock tunes. One thing it didn't provide for them though was commercial success. However, in March '93 Enuff Z'Nuff released an album entitled Animals With Human Intelligence, which, on the basis of the sheer quality of the songs contained could break the band in a huge way.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Interview: Leigh Matty & Craig Joiner, Romeo's Daughter


Wild and Willing


British rock music is making a comeback. Well, that's what everybody reckons. With the success of bands like the Quireboys and Thunder, some believe that the time is right for many acts to make their mark in the competitive 'dirty thirty' and shake the proverbial plastic world of chart music to its very foundations!

Romeo's Daughter are one such act who are determined not to get trapped by the 'hit and miss' philosophy currently inherent on the rock scene. Instead they intend to 'carve their names' by sheer hard work and the will to succeed. By the time you read this they will have completed a short UK tour with Manchester hopefuls Sweet Addiction, and will be looking towards a prestigious support slot with a major band.

Having just released a single Heaven In The Backseat and backed up by the fact that it's been used on the soundtrack to the latest Nightmare On Elm Street blockbuster, the band are convinced that their 'big break' is just around the corner! So we decided to hook up with guitarist Craig Joiner and 'vogueish' leading lady Leigh Matty to find out the facts for ourselves.

Revenge Recommends: "Der Panzerlied"


Although this site is mainly rock n' roll, we also have an interest in music in a wider sense, plus you can't really get more rock n' roll than the Third Reich who trashed more hotel rooms (and other things) than all the rock bands rolled into one.

Der Panzerlied (The Tank Song), reputedly Rommel's favourite song, was the soundtrack of the German blitzkrieg and in its own right – stripped off its connotations – is a stirring composition with lyrics designed to instill heroism and the altruism of self sacrifice.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Album Review: Japandroids, "Celebration Rock"


There's nothing quite like simplicity. Fuck your ukuleles, fuck your French horns, fuck your multi-voice vocal interplay and especially fuck your degree in Philosophy. If you can't write a good song with just vocals, guitar and drums, you can't write good songs period. Japandroids is a back-to-basics rock band; guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse sing songs about partying, drinking, and making the world your bitch. Their second album, Celebration Rock is the sonic equivalent of pure heroin in the main vein: fucking loud guitar riffs, fucking power drum fills, and fucking good times. Japandroids is one of the few indie rock bands that actually "rocks."

Matt Forney
28th December, 2012

Monday, 23 June 2014

Album Review: The Kills, "Blood Pressures"


Best get it out of the way: Jamie Hince, the guitar-toting half of this male-female duo (shades of White Stripes) is getting hitched to supermodel Kate Moss.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Quote: Keith Richards on Teenage Fans



"The power of the teenage females of thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, when they’re in a gang, has never left me. They nearly killed me. I was never more in fear for my life than I was from teenage girls. The ones that choked me, tore me to shreds, if you got caught in a frenzied crowd of them—it’s hard to express how frightening they could be. You’d rather be in a trench fighting the enemy than be faced with this unstoppable, killer wave of lust and desire, or whatever it is—it’s unknown even to them."

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Preview: Beck, Japan 2009

Singer's deadpan diversity
reflects life's complexity


Musicians can follow several paths to success: virtuoso command of an instrument, intense emotional connection with audiences, a vital message, or that mysterious X–factor called "charisma." Often they may have more than one of these qualities, and occasionally all of them. In the case of Beck, the quirky singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who brings his latest album Modern Guilt to Japan in March, the strange thing is that he seems to have none of these.

Since his breakthrough 1994 hit Loser, Beck's career has been built around the twin pillars of a wide–ranging musical eclecticism and a deadpan, ironic, emotionless singing style.