Single Review: Social Distortion – Machine Gun Blues

January 12, 2011

I reviewed Social Distortion’s new single for There Goes The Fear.

Since forming in the late 70s, Social Distortion have been a mainstay of the American punk scene. Never quite breaking into the mainstream as much as newer bands, but still managing to keep their loyal fanbase interested. After many lineup changes and six studio albums, Social Distortion are now gearing up to release their seventh LP entitled ‘Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes’.

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Interview: Jesse Leach

January 12, 2011

I interviewed ex-Killswitch Engage now Times Of Grace vocalist Jesse Leach, for The Linc.

It’s been one of the most anticipated reformations in metal in recent years, the ex-vocalist of metalcore titans Killswitch Engage, Jesse Leach, teaming up with his former bandmate Adam Dutkiewicz. Having not played together for over eight years, the duo’s new band Times Of Grace are set to release their debut album “The Hymn Of A Broken Man” on Roadrunner Records on January 18th.

The band is the brainchild of Dutkiewicz, who started writing the album in his head from his hospital bed in London after receiving emergency back surgery. When he returned to America, that’s when Jesse received the call. “[Adam] said ‘Hey man I wrote a record and I really want you to sing on it’ so of course immediately I was just elated. I was like ‘Wow, that’s amazing. Of course, of course!’” said Leach.

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Review: Festivals Britannia

January 7, 2011

I reviewed the BBC4 documentary Festivals Britannia  for Virtual Festivals.

It’s always good to learn something, even better if you’re actually interested in the subject. Thankfully, then, the BBC were able to offer up a documentary covering the highs, lows and most importantly history of music festivals in the UK.

Of course, being the BBC, the amount of history covered was astonishing. From archive footage of 1950s jazz festivals (which, incidentally, is where music festivals began) to the old news reports of the illegal rave scene in the 90s, it was all included. This was somewhat of a problem, though. It’s quite hard to report on the biggest musical change of the last 30-plus years in just 90 minutes.

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Interview: Dave Brock

January 7, 2011

I spoke to Hawkwind’s Dave Brock for The Linc.

One of the longest running bands of all time will be coming to Lincoln’s Engine Shed later next month. Since their beginnings in 1969, there has been many line-up changes, but one man has stayed with them throughout their illustrious 41 year career.

Dave Brock is the singer and guitarist for the pioneers of space rock, and when asked if he thought Hawkwind would last 40 years he simply answered “no”.

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Interview: Beardyman

January 7, 2011

I interviewed Beardyman for There Goes The Fear.

Starting off small, beatboxing to his friends, Beardyman has become one of the hottest properties in underground music. His unique way of performing with looping sounds, manipulating his voice and using an endless supply of electro gear has gained him a cult following. Next year he is finally releasing his debut album, read below to find out more from this truly original artist.

For those who haven’t heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
It depends on the gig really, so it’s hard to say. I make live music, of many different genres in many different styles, all live, using about half a ton of synthesizers, sound-loopers, FX units vocal manipulation tools and other things. Generally I sway towards dance music genres. I started out as a beatboxer but I now incorporate so much technology into my shows that you could hardly call it beatboxing anymore.

Most of the sounds in my shows come from my mouth and are manipulated live to become what ever I want them to be. It’s at times comedic, at times ridicu-sick, at times disgusto-bad, at times trippy and psychedelic.  I take people on a musical journey when I play, from hip hop through jazz, gabba, techno, drum ‘n’ bass – not in that order. It depends on the night, I play whatever are the most popular underground genres in whichever country I’m in at the time.

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Live Review: The Blanks At Walkabout In Lincoln

January 7, 2011

I reviewed The Blanks’ performance at Walkabout in Lincoln, for The Linc.

Sadly one of the most successful American sitcoms of all time was cancelled this year, but its spirit still lives on. “Scrubs” ran for nine series but was cancelled due to poor ratings after Zach Braff left the show, but this didn’t stop hundreds of fans heading over to Walkabout last night for a special treat.

Named in “Scrubs” as the Worthless Peons, real-life a capella quartet The Blanks are on their debut tour of the UK. Featuring Sam Lloyd who plays the hapless lawyer Ted in the show, there was a definite Scrubs fanbase in the crowd.

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Interview: Dallas Green

January 7, 2011

I interviewed Alexisonfire’s Dallas Green for The Linc.

Alexisonfire are one of the biggest names in post-hardcore, and their guitarist/vocalist Dallas Green is arguably one of the reasons they got there. Having written songs for four studio albums in the past nine years, as well as having great stage presence and the object of desire for many screaming girls, Green is at the top of his game right now and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Two weeks ago, Alexisonfire ended their UK tour at Nottingham’s Rock City. The tour truly put the band through their paces, which required a lot of physical energy as well as mental stability.

“Three or four days ago I started losing my voice a little bit, just because of the cold and not sleeping very much,” Green said. “I’m trying to get it back, drinking lots of tea, it’s held up for the show. I’ll probably just go for it tonight, I’ve got nearly two weeks before the next tour.”

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