Music News Monthly - September 2022

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September 2022

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WHATS INSIDE? THE CADILLAC THREE LIVE IN NEWCASTLE

DANNY GOFFEY

CARVER COMMODORE

NEW MUSIC RUSSELL STEWART

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CRAWLERS

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE

DOHNY JEP

ALGEBRA

DICTATOR

ANCHOR LANE

PHIL LEWTHWAITE

REVIEWS THE CRANBERRY MERCHANTS

PLUS LIVE PHOTOS FROM HARDWICK LIVE AND NOUGHTY 90'S NEWCASTLE Including North East rising stars Keiran Bowe and Andrew Cushin Cover photo: David Weddle Contributing photographer: James Robinson

SEAGIRLS

LITTLE THIEF

THE SECLUDED

PARADISE



Release brand new single 'Falling Apart' From their latest album Homesick Out Now Plus London's Alexandra Palace - Dec 1st Extra Dates Added in Liverpool, Hull, Middlesbrough & Torquay. Lauran Hibberd announced as main support for UK November tour Abbie McCarthy DJ Set (Ally Pally only) "The start of something brilliant and modern" Telegraph "Sea Girls hit that sweet spot between fan-rousing anthems + personal lyricism" - Clash Off the back of a rapturous summer of festival dates, and looking ahead to their highly anticipated UK headline tour in November/December, indie pop heroes Sea Girls have dropped their exquisite new song 'Falling Apart' - listen here. Coming as a brand new track, recorded with producer Pete Robertson (Beebadoobee, Alfie Templeman) in just one day, front man Henry Camamile said "I got the idea for 'Falling Apart' after watching Jimmy Fallon and seeing Steven Van Zandt playing guitar in Springsteen's E Street Band. That same day I had watched him in character as Sil in The Sopranos, so the inspiration was to write a song from that character's mother's point of view, along with mine, watching him play guitar on the TV and letting the art blend with reality. The emotion radiates loss and revenge in a murky underworld." 'The Hometown Tour' kicks off mid-November with recently added shows due to phenomenal demand, and culminates with a massive show at London's Alexandra Palace on December 1st. Tickets for the tour are available HERE, and comes in support of the band's acclaimed new record, Homesick, the band's second Top 3 record in a row

Re-scheduled EU Headline Tour November Sun 6th Germany Cologne, Bürgerhaus Stollwerck (Upgraded Venue) Mon 7th Germany Munich, Strom Wed 9th Germany Berlin, Hole 44 Thur 10th Denmark Copenhagen, Hotel Cecil Sat 12th Germany Hamburg, Molotow (Sold Out) Sea Girls - UK Headline 'The Hometown Tour' Lauran Hibberd main support + Abbie McCarthy DJ Set (Ally Pally only) November Thu 17th Nottingham, Rock City (Sold Out) Fri 18th Birmingham, O2 Academy 1 Sat 19th Glasgow, O2 Academy (Sold Out) Sun 20th Middlesbrough, The Empire (Extra date added) Tue 22nd Cardiff, University Great Hall Wed 23rd Southampton, O2 Guildhall Thu 24th Torquay, The Foundry (Extra date added) Sat 26th Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (Sold Out) Sun 27th Liverpool, O2 Academy (Extra date added) Mon 28th Hull, University (Extra date added) December Thu 1st London, Alexandra Palace (Rescheduled date)


THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ​LOS ANGELES FORUM: APRIL 26, 1969 TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 18 IN ADVANCE OF MUSIC LEGEND'S 80th BIRTHDAY Legendary 1969 Performance Includes "Purple Haze" and an incendiary 17 minute medley of "Voodoo Child (Return)" and Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" Experience Hendrix L.L.C. in partnership with Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is releasing the Jimi Hendrix Experience Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 this November 18 on 2LP vinyl, CD and all digital platforms. Recorded in the spring of 1969 before a raucous, sold out audience, the captivating performance of the original lineup (singer/guitarist Jimi Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell, bassist Noel Redding) has never before been released in its entirety. This album comes out in time for the 80th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's birth (Nov 27). An advance track from the album "I Don't Live Today" is now available and debuted yesterday through LA NPR affiliate's LAist.com. Listen to "I Don't Live Today": https://hendrix.lnk.to/IDLTforumPR Pre-order The Jimi Hendrix Experience Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969: https://hendrix.lnk.to/ForumPR Following the massive success of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1967-68 studio album trifecta (Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland), the trio had developed into the most popular international touring attraction in rock music. This wide scale public interest coincided with the construction of new arenas for sporting events, among them the Forum in Inglewood, CA. Designed by famed architect Charles Luckman (who also designed New York's rebuilt Madison Square Garden), this multipurpose venue opened in 1967 as the home of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, but also began to serve as a music venue. Among the earliest concerts held there was Aretha Franklin in January 1968 and the Cream farewell tour with opening act Deep Purple in October of that year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to perform on April 26, 1969 with opening acts Chicago Transit Authority (soon-to-be renamed Chicago) and Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys, the latter of whom shared management with the headliners. Floor seats cost $6.50 ($51.20 adjusted for inflation). By the time the Jimi Hendrix Experience took the stage to blaze through a spirited set, live concert sound had drastically improved from the time of the Beatles baseball stadium tours, but crowd control was still a major concern. Between songs, Jimi pled with audience members to stop rushing the stage. A heavy police presence is felt; lyrics for their hit "Purple Haze" are altered ("'Scuse me while I kiss that policeman!") and Jimi dedicates "Spanish Castle Magic" to "the plain clothes police out there and other goofballs." Hendrix treated each performance as a unique event.

He never relied on a standard set list comprised only of his biggest commercial hits. This approach was on full display at the Forum performance, blending more familiar tunes such as "Foxey Lady" with "I Don't Live Today" from Are You Experienced and his signature blues original"Red House" ("Everybody want to know what America's soul is; everybody think it's Motown . . . America's soul is something more like this here") which had still not yet been released in the US at this time. Furthermore, the group opened their set with a cover of "Tax Free" – an obscure 1967 instrumental by Swedish duo Hansson & Karlsson (consisting of Bo Hansson and Janne Karlsson), with whom the Experience had previously shared bills in Stockholm. Another unique highlight featured within the Forum performance was an early reimagining of "The Star Spangled Banner," which Jimi would canonize four months later at Woodstock. "Here's a song we was all brainwashed with," Jimi trenchantly declares, at a time when the nation was in a state of great political unrest. The group closed their performance with a unique, extraordinary medley of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love". The song was an Experience favorite and a perfect live vehicle for the trio's unparalleled improvisational skill. The Jimi Hendrix Los Angeles Forum was recorded by Wally Heider and Bill Halverson contemporaneously, and recently remixed by longtime Hendrix producer/engineer Eddie Kramer for maximum audio fidelity. It was produced by Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and the sister of Jimi Hendrix, Kramer and John McDermott, who manages the Hendrix music catalog on behalf of Experience Hendrix. The package's liner notes are by former LA Times staff writer/critic Randy Lewis with a preface by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons who attended the Hendrix Forum show, having toured with the Experience, as part of the Moving Sidewalks, his pre-ZZ band. Both Gibbons and Lewis provided commentary for yesterday's LAist piece.


Pre-order JIMI: www.chroniclebooks.com/collections/music/products/jimi Also coming out during the month of Hendrix's 80th birthday is the book JIMI. Published by Chronicle Books imprint Chroma for a November 15 release, this comprehensive visual celebration is an official collaboration with Janie Hendrix and John McDermott. JIMI significantly expands on the authors' previously published titles, including An Illustrated Experience, and features a new introduction by Janie, extensive biographical texts, and a trove of lesser known and neverbefore-published photographs, personal memorabilia, lyrics, and more. Additionally, JIMI includes quotations by legendary musicians such as Paul McCartney, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, Drake, Dave Grohl and others who have spoken about Hendrix's lasting influence.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 tracklist: Intro Tax Free Foxey Lady Red House Spanish Castle Magic Star Spangled Banner Purple Haze I Don't Live Today Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Sunshine of Your Love Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer & John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.


LITTLE THIEF

Announce new single 'Lost In Love', their engagement AND a 12 date UK tour

Speaking about the single, vocalist and lyricist Charlie Fitzgerald says, "We wanted to write a song that explored the unspoken, unexpected, sultry passion that creeps in when you're 6 feet deep." In true Little Thief fashion, their engagement party will be coming in the form of a very special gig at The Lanes, Bristol on October 1st, on the last day of their upcoming UK tour.

LITTLE THIEF ARE: Charlie Fitzgerald - Guitar, Vocals Rhii Williams - Drums You can keep up to date with all things Little Thief by following them on their social media pages and website: Bristol-based rock outfit Little Thief have released their latest single 'Lost In Love' today, September 16th 2022, taken from their recent debut album 'Under The Patio' released September 17th 2021. Formed in 2015 by long-time collaborators Charlie Fitzgerald and Rhii Williams, Little Thief have created their own, unmistakable brand of raw, gritty and soulful alternative rock. They've previously played live sets at Glastonbury and Liverpool Sound City Festival, and the 2021 release of their debut album 'Under The Patio', recorded with Stew Jackson (Massive Attack), saw them receiving support from the likes of Far Out Magazine, RTE, Steve Lamacq (BBC 6), BBC Introducing, XS Manchester and Amazing Radio. Lost In Love, and its subsequent B-side I'm On Fire, is being released to celebrate both Fitzgerald and Williams' recent engagement announcement, and the fact that their celebrated debut album 'Under The Patio' has been out almost a year to the day. The duo began their romantic relationship 7 years ago, with the formation of Little Thief quickly following suit.

Website: littlethief.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/littlethiefmusic twitter.com/_littlethief www.instagram.com/littlethiefband



Swiss Thrashers ALGEBRA Premiere New Track: "Constricted"

Swiss thrashers Algebra have partnered with Dead Rhetoric for the premiere of "Constricted," a track from forthcoming album Chiroptera. Algebra will release Chiroptera, their fourth fulllength album, September 19 on CD and digital formats via Unspeakable Axe Records. Algebra have become one of the most reliable machines in metaldom over the course of their 14 years of existence. Like the famous Swiss watches, their music is clockwork-precise. Several overlapping schools of classic thrash coexist in their songs, with the heaviness and directness of the classic Bay Area bands somehow not crowding out the weirder, progressive flourishes of countrymates Coroner or even modern, post-1992 extreme metal influences, a la latter-day Megadeth, perhaps. It all comes together into a pummeling, yet controlled, behemoth of a band without visible seams on its stainless steel outer shell.

*Victor Brandt: Bass Ed Nicod: Vocals and Guitar Nick Abery: Guitar Florent Duployer: Drums *Victor is in Dimmu Borgir and previously in Entombed, Witchery, and others.

Their release schedule has been almost as reliable as their riffwork, with prior full-length albums Polymorph in 2012, Feed the Ego in 2014, and Pulse? in 2019. The latter two were their first outings for Unspeakable Axe Records, who is now proud to unleash their fourth album. Titled Chiroptera--with a suitably spooky bat painted on its cover, courtesy of the talented Adam Burke--this may be Algebra's most advanced offering yet, without departing too greatly from the style they have been refining up til now. Photo Credits: Victor's photo by Maciej Pieloch; Ed, Nick and Florent's photos by Anthony Butticaz.



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LIVE - NEWCASTLE 02 CITY HALL 31ST OF AUGUST 2022 The Cadillac Three, an American Country Rock trio, brought their Hillbilly Hypnotized tour all the way from Nashville to Newcastle upon Tyne. Following the cancellation of their last Newcastle date due to COVID, The Cadillac Three's highly anticipated arrival in the city was well overdue. The audience filled City Hall with a steady flow of smiling faces streaming in through the doors, and there was a sizeable crowd for the opening act, Lindsay Ell. The singer showed Newcastle she was there to rock, and rock she most certainly did. Lindsay got the crowd joining in early on and at one point even had them mimicking her guitar in a display of epic crowd

participation. Lindsay went down a treat with the Geordie audience with a stunning guitar heavy set that included a glorious rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The Canadian-born singer has adopted Nashville as her home, and her bluesinfused rock guitar skills and vocals perfectly complement The Cadillac Three's awesome, country rock sound. ​ After a short intermission and with City Hall overflowing with excitement, The Cadillac Three took to the stage. The trio put on an exceptional performance, with a nineteentrack set which had the crowd well and truly rocking out.


Photos: David Weddle 2022

Kicking off the show with "Hard Out Here For A Country Boy", it was clear that the band were enjoying themselves as much as the audience. From "Bury Me In My Boots" to "Tabasco and Sweet Tea", The Cadillac Three played crowd pleaser after crowd pleaser, making sure that their fans got what they came for. The atmosphere was positively buzzing and the band played off the energy of the crowd. This is a band who are clearly masters of their craft. They know exactly how to put on a great show, and this was exactly that. The concert was well worth the wait. Definitely a band that everyone should see live.


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LIVE - HAMPDEN PARK, GLASGOW 23RD OF AUGUST 2022 With a sold-out crowd eager to see legendary band Coldplay, Glasgow's Hampden Park was buzzing on the first of a two-night stint in the city as part of their Music of the Spheres World Tour. Opening up the show was local rising star Nina Nesbitt. The singer put on a fantastic set. Nina admitted to being overwhelmed by the size of the stadium, but this did not show in her performance. The audience seemed to really enjoy Nina's set and gave her a warm reception. After a brief interlude, H.E.R. took to the stage to warm up the crowd. Making full use of the walkway into the crowd, H.E.R. was determined to connect with the audience and definitely got the backing of the Glasgow crowd.

After a great set by both Nina Nesbitt and H.E.R. Hampden Park was well and truly ready for the main attraction. A short documentary film was shown on a loop on the big screens while the supporting act's gear was moved, raising awareness of climate change and the effect we have on the oceans and the environment. Just before the band took to the stage, two local girls introduced a short film which illustrated how Coldplay had tackled the environmental impact of their shows, using kinetic floors and audience-ridden bikes to help power the show and much more. They finished with a thank you message from the band.


With the intro video at an end, it was time for the main event. To rapturous applause, the band made their way through the audience to the centre stage. With a stunning rendition of "Higher Power" to open the show, the bar was set extremely high for the rest of the night. The lads certainly didn't disappoint. Chris Martin thanked the crowd for putting the effort in to make it to the show, acknowledging the difficulty many are facing right now. The band played through 24 of their classic hits, including "Paradise", "Viva La Vida", "Charlie Brown" and the Coldplay anthem "Yellow", interwoven with a smattering of newer material.

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He also asked for a microphone to be fixed before apologising to the audience and letting them know that the interruption was not part of the show. A few moments and an apology later, a shortened version of "Infinity Sign" restarted and the show was well and truly back on track.

Photos: David Weddle 2022

Belting out more crowd pleasers than you can shake a stick at, or in this case, an illuminating wristband, Coldplay proved yet again that they know how to put on an amazing show. With the interactive illuminated wristbands, they create an intimate atmosphere and make everyone from the very top to the bottom of the stadium feel a part of the show.

The main show didn't go without incident, however, as Chris stopped the show during the introduction to "Infinity Sign" and asked staff at the arena to switch off the house lights on a section of the stands which had flickered on in error as the staging wouldn't look as good as it should.

There was one more halt to proceedings during "A Sky Full Of Stars", with Chris asking for the audience to connect with the band and live in the moment by putting away their phones just for that one song. Most people seemed to put their phones away, and, although I was sceptical that this would make a difference, the atmosphere and energy in the crowd did seem to increase throughout the track. The confetti canons' covering the audience with paper stars was a nice touch.


Photos: David Weddle 2022

With a smaller stage in the middle of the arena, the band were able to get closer to the audience on a lot of their tracks. Towards the end of the night, Chris and the lads ended up on a small, circular stage. After a moment or two taken to say hi to someone in the crowd who shouted Chris' name, the singer introduced a very special guest, the legendary Edwyn Collins. They performed the massive hit "A Girl Like You", much to the delight of the fans. Chris then let everyone know that it was in fact Edwyn's birthday, to which Edwyn started to sing "Happy Birthday to Me," and of course, the stadium joined in and wished Edwyn a very loud happy birthday.

They headed back to the main stage for the final three tracks of the night. Giving every last ounce of energy into "Humankind" and "Fix You", the band looked like they had had an amazing time and that was most certainly reciprocated by the crowd. The final track of the night was a newer one, "Biutyful", which went down well with the Glasgow crowd and topped the night off perfectly. Overall, the night was an amazing, interactive musical experience. I am not what you could call a Coldplay fan. I like a few of their songs but haven't invested any real time in listening to their albums. It is safe to say that this review is not clouded with preconceived ideas. There is no doubt in my mind that Coldplay is a mustsee band.


Photos: David Weddle 2022

The live experience is second to none, and with the move to create a more sustainable, environmentally aware tour, Coldplay are true pioneers in their field. Top tip: get your light up wristband from the vendors outside of the venue. Free "Love" button badges are also available on the way in so keep your eyes peeled. Coldplay have also just announced new dates for their 2023 tour, get your tickets for the new European and UK shows when they go on sale now. Full details can be found at coldplay.com/tour.




JEFFREY JAMES SHARES NEW SINGLE "BEAUTIFUL ONES" jeffreyjames.com

THE CRANBERRY MERCHANTS "RADIOACTIVE"

Pop singer-songwriter Jeffrey James returns with his new song "Beautiful Ones," the lead single from his forthcoming 2023 EP. "Beautiful Ones" is the ultimate feel-good anthem. While working with producer Brett Truitt (Betty Who, Chord Overstreet), Jeffrey challenged himself to create a quintessentially "happy" song. He aced the assignment, crafting a song that beams with positive lyricism, catchy pop hooks, slick harmonies and his signature soulful vocals. He elaborates on the songwriting process: "It was a damn near perfect, sunny day outside and Brett has an open and bright studio. It was the perfect vibe to write about feeling confident and careless, and thriving with your friends." Pairing rich vocals, R&B stylings and reflective lyricism, Jeffrey creates svelte, brooding tracks that provide deep introspection on the human experience. Since making his debut in 2016, he's amassed millions of streams across his repertoire, received praise from tastemakers like Billboard and 1883 Magazine, and had his music featured in numerous TV shows and films. In Spring 2022, Jeffrey co-wrote "Breakout" with Grammy Awardwinning DJ Dave Audé which climbed to number 5 on the UK dance charts. Over the course of his singles, collaborations and EPs, Jeffrey has continued to explore his sound, emerging as an exciting force in the contemporary pop space.

Radioactive, is the latest, electronic synth heavy track by indie rockers The Cranberry Merchants. With a fantastically unique blend of electronica, new wave rock and a hint of punk thrown in for good measure, husband and wife duo from Atlanta GA, The Cranberry Merchants have created an exceptionally catchy track that is as engaging as it is unusual. "Radioactive", is a cacophony of sound. Fast paced and full of energy. Talking of the end of the world or possibly the end of a toxic relationship, The Cranberry Merchants sure do know how to go down rocking. If you are looking for something other than commercial rock or pop music, something with a real edge to it and a unique sound, then congratulations my friend, your search is over. The Cranberry Merchants are here to fill that hole in you musical catalogue. Check them out today at www.cranberrymerchants.com


Dohny Jep release anthemic new single ‘Wine and Dine’

PHIL LEWTHWAITE THE BIG OPPORTUNITY www.instagram.com/phillewthwaite777

Following up on the 2022 release of their self-titled album, comes ‘Wine and Dine’, the latest single from Kent-based alternative-rock trio Dohny Jep, due for release August 26th. After forming in 2019 as a core songwriting duo, Dohny Jep self-released their much celebrated debut album L.U.S.T in July 2020, and after playing just one show together as a band, with a third member in tow, the tours they’d had planned throughout the year were put on pause.

Phil Lewthwaite has just released his new album "The Big Opportunity". The 9 track album is a 44-minute emotional rollercoaster. Starting with a very positive outlook, "The Breakfast Show," based on Breakfast TV gives a forecast of sunny weather and happy times.

They instead self-built a home studio and turned their attention to recording, dedicating themselves to putting out four EP’s throughout the course of 2021, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Upset Magazine, Emerging Rock Bands Magazine, Headliner Magazine and Amazon Music. These in turn, combined to create their second studio album, self titled in January of 2022.

The whole album is stuffed full of little surprises from track two "Person" which reminded me of "Local Hero" by Dire Straits in parts to the gospel-esque sound of "Asking For A Miracle". Phil has certainly crammed a lot into the album.

Following up on this release comes their latest single Wine and Dine, recorded at their home studio and produced, mixed and mastered by Rhys May (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, While She Sleeps). Wine and Dine combines their signature anthemic rock choruses with catchy pop melodies, punchy drums, and electronic flourishes thrown in for good measure. Speaking about the single, vocalist Pete Herbert states, “Wine and Dine in its purest form is about love. It’s about those first moments of meeting someone new and the adventures that you are about to go on together, but also those first moments of conflict and how you pull together to get through those harder moments.”

Musically, there were hints of U2 in the start of "Dancing On A Hurricane" and a slight McCartney vibe with "Peace Be Still". which is a great little number on its own but also works well straight after the experimental "Here In The Unseen Place". The overall feel of the album is positivity, even when you reach the final track, "Somewhere in the Stars," which is a lament about somebody who has now departed. On the surface, this could be a very depressing subject, but Phil puts a positive spin on it with forward thinking and looking forward to rekindling the friendship one day, somewhere in the stars. Check out "The Big Opportunity" wherever you stream your music.


Hungarian/American melodic symphonic rock band, Paraside, release new track 'Movin' On'

Paraside is thrilled to announce the release of the second single "Movin' On" available on all streaming platforms. Movin' On is the second single from the first chapter of songs by Hungary- based American/Hungarian band Paraside. The style is an all-melodic rock sound with some 80s vibe mixed with symphonic and dance/trance elements. Paraside was formed in 2021 by Vic, Pete and Matt. Danny joined the band in 2022. Paraside is continuously working on new songs, so you can be sure that some new powerful tracks will arrive soon. Blending Matt and Danny's love for modern rock and Vic's passion for rock, EDM and musical comedy with huge soundstages, Pete's progressive rock counterpart, you get a sure recipe for a complex, yet still melodic sound, combining catchy melodies with bass guitars and symphonic and dance/trance elements.

THE SECLUDED release new music video for "FAREWELL"

Who doesn't know that moment in life when you realize it's time to leave something behind? Breaking free from what is dragging you down? Finding the courage at the right moment to take the step into freedom and feeling the energy when you have taken the step and the open road of life lies before you again. The Frankfurt band THE SECLUDED releases the video for their song "FAREWELL" from their self-titled album, which was released by the Berlin label MOTOR MUSIC. The song was mixed and produced by Düsseldorf producer Michael Czernicki. The band is currently working on their second album, which is due out in 2023.


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Russell Stewart shares glitchy + shimmering new single Align Russell Stewart, Glasgow's own purveyor of shimmering alt-soul sounds, has shared his new single, Align. A glitchy, glimmering track and the first in a run of new releases planned for this year, the release is accompanied by a gorgeous video by Oddness.Studio filmed at The Pipe Factory.

Align follows 2019's Midsummer which garnered over 3 million streams and earned Russell a place on Spotify's 'Our Generation Class of 2020', a year that marked further progression in Russell's sound with the single Citrus. A liberating, off-kilter outburst of slick synths and potent lyrical jabs, it gained support from both BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 1's Introducing shows. Curated from a range of influences including NAO, Lianne La Havas, FKA Twigs and Nick Hakim, Russell's music is an evocative and intricately written brand of modern soul, with electronic flourish and an alternative twist. After spending 2021 honing his sound and live performances, Russell has been busy this year playing shows including playing alongside VanIves for their album launch and mesmerising sets from the main stage of Eden Festival and Kelburn Garden Party's Pyramid Stage. In May, Russell also featured on producer Luke Jay's energy charged debut single Nothing to Lose.

Intimate piano and vocals stoke the embers of a track that slowly builds into a euphoric flood of gliding synths, driving beats and trippy effects, emulating the growing frustration of Russell's lyrics that tell the story of relationships and not being able to line up your life with somebody else's. It was produced by Stuart Ramage and Roan Ballantine of the band VanIves, mastered by Robin Sutherland with the video created in collaboration with Kieran Howe, Delilah Rose Niel and Gary Beatson. The cover art is by Scottish artist and designer TAXMAN. Speaking on the track, Russell said: "Align is about the struggle that comes with striving to make the start of a relationship work. Putting blame on the other person for all failings until you realise that you too are at fault, then accepting that you just don't fit together and it wasn't meant to be. This track marks the beginning of a new musical period in my life."

Photo credit: Kieran Howe


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linktr.ee/Dictatorband Dictator share debut Rubik's Cube EP alongside new single Pangolin featuring Bemz Scottish indie-pop quartet Dictator share their debut EP Rubik's Cube out now on 12", CD, Cassette + Digital via Blackhall Records. The nine track EP is accompanied by the new single Pangolin which features BBC Introducing's Scottish Act of the Year artist Bemz. Created alongside renowned Glaswegian producers Jamie Holmes (Gerry Cinnamon, The Lapelles and Declan Welsh & The Decadent West) and Johnny Madden (Gallus, Spyres, The Dunts), Rubik's Cube was completed over 12 months at 7West Studios. Fiercely ambitious, the release is a wonder of gliding, grooving basslines guided by snappy beats, euphoric horns, cracking keys, and a plethora of earworm choruses. Irrefutable proof of Dictator's ability to traverse across genre and mood, each track packs a punch, existing as individual chapters in a profoundly realised meditation on gratefulness, optimism and love, all glossed in a glorious sunny soundscape. The band – consisting of vocalist Michael Campbell, guitarist Zach Tarimo Goodhur, bassist Joe Murty, and drummer Allan Ramsay – are delighted to announce Pangolin, the emphatic fourth and final single to be taken from the EP, will be released on the same day. The new single epitomises Dictator's ability to embody the bittersweet. Soaring synths coax the listener in before the unmistakable voice of Bemz ratchets things up a notch. Sparking the track with his infallible flow, the brash bars of Bemz are swapped for Michael's stunning vocals in the latter half of the track in a collaboration boasting two of the most incredible acts to emerge from Scotland in recent years.

"With you by my side the sun will always shine," Michael sings as the track comes to an end, fittingly, with a sentiment that embodies the entire Rubik's Cube EP. Intimate samples and aspects of each member's family can even be heard within the walls of its tracks. From previous singles Conquistador which features the heartbeat of guitarist Zach's unborn son and Fin, which, as well as being beautifully written from the perspective of Michael's dog and was made BBC Radio Scotland, The Afternoon Show's Single of the Week, features backing vocals and brass from his parents. to Daddy's Song which features drummer Allan Ramsay's children; familial life forms the bedrock of the entire EP. Speaking on the EP, lead singer/songwriter and vocalist Campbell said: "The key thing about Rubik's Cube is that we wanted to capture elements of every band member's life at the time of writing, like a frame of reference so that, no matter what happens, we could all have a chunk of this piece of work to cherish and be proud of." "Each of the songs means something personal to me individually, but they are based around real-life events that were happening at the time, like the absolute whirlwind of getting a record deal with Blackhall Records. I wanted to focus on what matters to us instead of being swept up inside it all. Throughout the highs and lows, it's our families and our lives outside of music that's the key to everything working well, and this EP represents that in the best way possible." Rubik's Cube is a polished, experimental album that begs to be played in a live setting – and with their biggest ever headline show at Glasgow's iconic St. Luke's on the horizon this September 8th, Dictator are gearing up for their most incendiary show to date. To celebrate the release the band are also playing stripped back shows at HMV in Glasgow, Assai Records in Dundee and Edinburgh and Wax and Beans in Manchester. Rubik's Cube IS OUT NOW digitally and physically on white vinyl, CD and cassette via Blackhall Records.


CARVER COMMODORE "TOO MUCH"

Latin bands honour Green Day and 30 years of "Kerplunk" in new compilation 13 Brazilian and 3 Argentinian bands came together in a project and present Green Day fans with a tribute to the 31st anniversary of the album "Kerplunk", which was the last Green Day release by an independent label, before entering the music circuit. major labels and explode with Dookie, which was the beginning of the band's partnership with music producer Rob Cavallo. A record that has great representation for punk rock fans, Kerplunk is the second studio album by the punk rock band Green Day, released on January 17, 1992. It is also the first album that Tré Cool played, as Green Day's first album, 39/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, still featured former drummer John Kiffmeyer/Al Sobrante. The release is an initiative of the Grudda Records label, with mastering by Davi Package, and cover by Paulinho Tscherniak. You can listen here: shorturl.at/gTXY3 The participating bands are: 1. "2000 Light Years Away" Os Ildefonsos / 2. "One for the Razorbacks" Flanders 72 / 3. "Welcome to Paradise" Bugui Asteroide (ARG) / 4. "Christie Road" Bubblegumers / 5. "Private Ale" Leandro Solitario (ARG) / 6. "Dominated Love Slave" Capones / 7. "One of My Lies" Janelles / 8. "80" Letícia Pires / 9. "Android" BRAmones / 10. "No One Knows" F. Snipes / 11. "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?" Luke Mello / 12. "Words I Might Have Ate" Os Texugos / 13. "Sweet children" The Dramones (ARG) / 14. "Best thing in town" The Gilligans / 15. "Strangeland" Backdrop Falls / 16. "My generation" Tickets.


NEW MUSIC

'I DON'T WANT IT' crawlers.lnk.to/IDWI

Liverpool-based four-piece CRAWLERS today share their new single. A snarling, searing alt-rock anthem fuelled by crunching riffs, spiky hooks and pummelling drums, 'I Don't Want It' will cement the quartet's reputation as the UK's most exciting new band. The group's third release on Polydor Records, 'I Don't Want It' continues the thematic explorations of previous single of 'Fuck Me (I Didn't Know How To Say)' as singer Holly Minto reflects on relationships, body image and the uncertainty of life in your early twenties. Holly elaborates. "'I Don't Want It' encompasses what it is like to be growing up in the current state of society and how it has affected the mental health of the modern generation from a 1st and 3rd perspective. I have a lot of unhealthy habits that I am very self-aware of, however they don't seem to change and seem to manifest into worse problems which I try to ignore, this isn't really my own issue either, so many of us are aware of our own selfdestructive behaviours but we ignore them for the sake of it being easier than recovery. I think the song actually took fruition when my therapist said "you're very selfaware, aren't you?". It's very much a curse that we all, especially gen Z share. Maybe because self-deprecation has become such a normalised thing, which I hate but I can't help but feed into. Writing it was a good way of me getting out a lot of behaviours I want to change about myself as well as critiquing other behaviours that society tends to normalise while growing up in your teens and early 20s. As soon as Amy sent me the riff I instantly knew I wanted to get these particular feelings out and create a song with the guys that sounds like the music I am listening to, especially when I am engaging in the behaviours mentioned in the lyrics, which has always been indie with a killer riff and a fat hook - kinda full circle in a way."

'I Don't Want It' continues a run of thrilling singles for CRAWLERS. Completed by Amy Woodall, Liv Kettle and Harry Breen, the band formed in 2018 and have been putting in the hard yards, honing their live show with gigs across Merseyside. Word began to spread and soon CRAWLERS were attracting diehards from further afield, racking up 650k followers on TikTok, the band's knack of injecting personal tales into their universal singalongs connecting on a mass scale. Using their status is of vital importance to what CRAWLERS are about. "It's really hard to find a safe space – especially for young people, queer people, and other misrepresented or underrepresented groups – and being able to do that with our platform is something we're looking forward to exploring and breaking boundaries with," they say. The band's debut self-titled EP was released last year on Modern Sky/Lab Records and lead track 'Come Over (Again)' has clocked up over 34 million streams on Spotify, 1.8 million views on YouTube and was a Radio 1 Tune Of The Week. It became the band's first hit when it crashed into the Official UK Singles Chart. Their first Polydor release 'I Can't Drive', released in January this year, was a Jack Saunders Tune Of The Week on Radio 1, receiving rave reviews from NME, Kerrang!, Clash, DIY and Sunday Times Cultures. After supporting My Chemical Romance in May and embarking on a headline tour in North America in June, CRAWLERS will head out on a nationwide UK tour in the autumn that includes a date at London's Scala on November 2. CRAWLERS are: Holly Minto (she/they), Amy Woodall (she/her), Liv Kettle (she/they) and Harry Breen (he/him). CRAWLERS UK TOUR 31-Oct-22 Bristol Thekla 1-Nov-22 Brighton Patterns 2-Nov-22 London Scala 4-Nov-22 Manchester Club Academy 5-Nov-22 Leeds Brudenell Social Club 6-Nov-22 Glasgow Saint Lukes 7-Nov-22 Nottingham Rescue Rooms 9-Nov-22 Sheffield O2 Academy 2 10-Nov-22 Liverpool O2 Academy 11-Nov-22 Newcastle Northumbria University Reds Bar


NEW ALBUM CALL THIS A REALITY OUT 27TH JAN 2023 PLUS OCTOBER TOUR DATES INCLUDING THE VIRGINMARYS SUPPORT

Whilst citing a wide range of influences including Nothing But Thieves, Royal Blood, Don Broco, Bring Me The Horizon and Band of Skulls. Conor, Lawrence and Graeme have been recording their new material in Glasgow with producer Bruce Rintoul (Twin Atlantic, Fatherson, Vukovi). The results of which will see the release of their sophomore album entitled ‘Call This A Reality?’ out 27th January ‘23.

Prior to the release of their debut album ‘Casino’ in 2020, Glasgow based Anchor Lane had been building a following with to their relentless gigging schedule. The album garnered rave reviews across the board and went straight into the Official UK Rock Albums Chart at Number 9, scoring the band their first Top 10. It was also Top 20 in the Official Scottish Albums Chart and Top 50 in the Official UK Independent Albums Chart. Appearing at festivals such as Download, Isle of Wight, Stone Free and Belladrum etc. - along with notable guest spots with acts like Eagles of Death Metal, Tremonti and Cheap Trick, Anchor Lane were denied the opportunity to tour the release of ‘Casino’ due to the global pandemic. The band turned this into a positive when, amongst several live streams for their fans, they used the time to dig deeper into the song writing process, which has resulted in a brand new collection of songs.

A welcome return to the road this year has already seen the band wow fans on the festival circuit including a triumphant set at Download as well as debuts at Steelhouse and Call of the Wild following three successful tours around the UK in in 2022 already! October will see the band out on tour again to coincide with the release of the single ‘Stutter’, a first taste of their forthcoming album – these dates are a mix of headline shows along with supporting The Virginmarys. 12-Oct-22 Blackpool The Waterloo 14-Oct-22 Huddersfield The Parish w/ The Virginmarys 15-Oct-22 Lancaster The Pub 16-Oct-22 Reading Face Bar w/ The Virginmarys 19-Oct-22 Hull Polar Bear w/ The Virginmarys 20-Oct-22 Nottingham Rough Trade w/ The Virginmarys 23-Oct-22 Newport The Patriot 24-Oct-22 Bristol Louisiana w/ The Virginmarys 25-Oct-22 London New Cross Inn 27-Oct-22 Birmingham Hare & Hounds w/ The Virginmarys 28-Oct-22 Newcastle St. Doms w/ The Virginmarys


NEW MUSIC

IOTA

Release music video for recent single 'Sometimes'

Just before the pandemic hit, vocalist Jodie Robinson set up a recording studio "through the urge to break out of mundane jobs and take creative control of our own music and time", she reveals, with help from the rest of the band who clubbed together to help build the space. When lockdown did hit however, she had to move into the studio to be able to afford to keep it going, which more than paid off, with business now flourishing thanks to Bristol's thriving music scene. IOTA's upcoming single Sometimes, taken from their upcoming second EP, was recorded at Bristol's Humm Studios with Ben Johnson (Skindred, Chaouche) and Idles' Lee Kiernan, mixed by Tom Hennessy, and mastered by Pete Maher (Pixies, Jack White, The Rolling Stones). Sometimes feels tortured from start to finish. Vocalist Jodie delivers an exceptionally versatile vocal performance; emotively gritty in parts while ethereal and dreamy in others, whilst the band combines driving drums, distorted, synthy guitar tones and confessional lyrics to help spin the tale of a freak accident that could have changed everything.

linktr.ee/IOTABAND Following up on the July release of their celebrated single 'Take It', supported by the likes of Classic Rock Magazine and BBC Radio 1, comes 'Sometimes', the latest single from Bristolbased rock five-piece IOTA, released on August 26th, taken from their upcoming EP due later this year. After their formation in 2019, the band released their debut single 'My Enemy' to critical acclaim, which saw them championed by the likes of Classic Rock Magazine and Kerrang!, and quickly selling out shows in their hometown of Bristol as well as appearing on festival bills such as The Great Escape and 2000 Trees.

Speaking about the single, vocalist Jodie Robinson states, "This song was written about a loved one after a freak accident that I witnessed. It really put everything into perspective and threw me into a realm of gratitude with a whole new found respect for having that person in my life. It's a love letter to this person and a reminder to appreciate what you have before it's too late." IOTA ARE: Jodie Robinson - Vocals Josef Parkes - Guitar Sam Mattison - Bass Joe Dean - Guitar Thomas John - Drums


Review by David Weddle

Supergrass' Danny Goffey 'Everybody's On Drugs'

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bfan.link/everybody-s-on-drugs Supergrass’ very own Danny Goffey is set to release his new solo album, “Bryan Moone’s Discopunk," on 21st of October via Distiller. The release will be accompanied by a selfpenned, limited edition book about a day in the life of his fictional alter ego, Bryan Moore. Danny’s son, Frank, has brought the book to life with superb illustrations, Three 10" X 8" prints of Frank's drawings will also be included in each Disco Bag. Preorder here The first track to be released from the album is “Everybodys On Drugs." The track is a proper foot stomper, with a high-energy, punky sound that is brought together with stunningly edgy guitar work. A heavy bass line keeps the song flowing and keeps the ears well and truly engaged. The message of the song, on first listen, appears to be talking about the issue of illegal drugs. Goffey, however, isn’t referring simply to street drugs; he is talking about a much deeper societal issue whereby everyone seems to have an addiction of some sort, albeit legal in most cases.

Goffey shines the spotlight on the hypocrisy of singling out and making scape goats out of one victim of addiction while accepting the more widely used "drugs". From prescribed pharmaceuticals to vapes, from gummies to alcohol, addiction is everywhere and across all ages. Did I mention the vocals? Wow, I can’t believe I nearly missed them out of this review. The vocals are glorious, there is an urgency about the performance that really gets the blood pumping. ​ ased purely on how catchy this track is, there is B no doubt in my mind that the album is going to be amazing. "Everybody on Drugs" is a true work of art.


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