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An introduction to the ambassadors of the weird, the strange and the socially unconventional

If you like the idea of being entertained by an excellent genre bending band then you really do need to check out The Bohemian Embassy who are another fantastic band from Bath in the UK. They released an album back in 2012, Built For The Future, which is an absolute musical gem and a joy to listen to.

The Bohos

This band, affectionately known as the Boho’s defy any defined kind of genre pigeonholing. Their sound combines elements of alt pop/rock with occasional skiffle-ish and post punk connotations. This unique style along with their phenomenally well executed live sets has been getting the Boho’s plenty of praise from the likes of Cerys Matthews on BBC Radio 6 and has taken the Boho’s to some of the best live music venues in the UK as well as a Spanish tour. Since the release of Back To The Future the band have gained a new member on guitar and violin which expands their stupendous sound even further. In 2014 the Boho’s will be taking their fantastic sound back into Europe and also America..

If you fancy checking out the sound of The Bohemian Embassy then you can download track 2 from Built For The Future, Subject To Status’ as a free download.

The mighty Boho’s are about to release a new EP called Seek Love and have already released a single as a free download called ‘Look East’ from the EP.

seek love

The Boho’s main web page is HERE

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Festive Freebies For Your Pleasure

   The purpose of this little article is to list a selection of some wonderful independent bands, all of which have inspired and fuelled my passion for good independent/unsigned music. As it is the season of good will all of the bands who I have listed below have music available as free downloads. On the Bandcamp links where you can ‘name your price’, please do give something if you possibly can. This will help to keep the independent scene alive and of course be a bonus to the bands. Obviously spreading good word about all of these bands will also be a great help. All of us here at the Rockandrollreport wish you a wonderful festive season.

Animals & Men

  There is a saying that old punks never die which is very true although the same can be said for music enthusiasts and aficionados of all varieties.

  This spotlights a great little band called Animals & Men who are based in Frome, South West of England On August 24th 2013 Animals and Men released an EP, To Live And Die In The West Country in downloadable format and also on vinyl.

 This EP is a minor masterpiece in minimalist alternative punk. It is clear that each of the four EP tracks come directly from the heart of the band fuelled by their love and appreciation of the alternative post punk sound. These four tracks have a combined total play time of just under ten minutes making To Live And Die In The West Country a short but extremely addictive experience.  Animals & Men have recently made available a CD copy of To Live And Die In The West Country.

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You can discover more about Animals & Men HERE complete with free downloads of their excellent music. The Animals & Men Facebook page is HERE.

Eletrika

Eletrika were formed in 1998 by Claudio David. They are a Brazilian metal band who combines Brazilian rhythms and Portuguese language in their own unique style. Eletrika have a unique style which is simply amazing. In 2005 Eletrika re titled their album V.S.F. to S.O.B. This was re worked during 2009 into an English version calling it ‘V3.1beta’.

Eletrika combine a powerful metal sound complete with sharp breaks along with that beautiful fusion of Portuguese and English languages. S.O.B. is an excellent album in all of is formats and I cannot rate this highly enough. You can get the complete S.O.B. album HERE. There is a huge selection of Eletrika tracks available as free downloads, you can check this out on Soundcloud HERE. Hey are also on My Space and Facebook. Their Facebook page has a very large selection of tracks to listen to and/or download for free thanks to the generosity of Eletrika.

Fabric

 Fabric are another band based in the South West of England, they are from Bath. The bands roots date back further but Fabric named themselves in 2005. I saw them live couple of years ago and was entranced by their performance. Fabric create a stunning atmospheric form of light electronic/pop/rock which is very easy listening. They have a style which is somewhat magnetic. Once you start listening you are drawn into the music – especially when listening to their most recent album from 2011. This is called The Wait.

 The Fabric website can be found HERE. The band have kindly made their gorgeous music downloadable for free HERE. As always I urge you to show your appreciation and thanks, you could always be really appreciative and make a donation to the band via pay pal, there is a link for this at the bottom of the page. Fabric can be found on Facebook HERE.

Four Year Beard

  This article would be far from complete without mentioning the mighty Four Year Beard. This is a musical project set up by Mike Frank to allow him some escape from the musical and artistic restrictions of playing in a band. This project grew into a stable of artists all of which can be found on the website 7thandbleeker.com – I strongly recommend that you go there and immerse yourself into the vast amount of aural insanity which is available, a great deal of it is for free. Enter at your own peril though as you may never be the same again!

Halfsleeper

 Halfsleeper are relatively new band/musical projects who, to the best of my knowledge are based in Bristol, UK. I cannot tell you too much about them but their music is gorgeous form of light alternative rock. Halfsleeper are on Facebook and Bandcamp. You can name your price to download The Iowaska Demos three track EP through the Bandcamp link.

Hark

 If you are a fan of good dynamic solid and pounding heavy rock then you need to take a look and have a good listen to Hark. Welsh heavy power-rock trio HARK (Jimbob Isaac (ex Taint – Guitar, Vocals Nikolai Ribnikov (ex- Whyteleaf) – Bass, Simon Bonwick (ex- WHYTELEAF) – Drums) have finished recording their forthcoming Season of Mist debut album, titled Crystalline. This has been recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales (Black SabbathRUSHJudas PriestPortishead), and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE,High On Fire, KVELERTAK, YOUNG WIDOWS). Crystalline will be an absolute tour de force of a solid and heavy power rock album which will be released in March 2014.

Regarding the recording, front-man Jimbob Isaac has stated ’Fingers to the bone. That has been one of our mottos since HARK's inception, and it carried us through to the recording studio. Long days, little sleep and grim determination made this record the beast that we believe it to be. We pushed ourselves in all kinds of ways, and that commitment resonates throughout’. This rings so true when you listen to Harks first single, ‘Mythopoeia’. To give us a free taster Hark have made this single available as a free mp3 download through their Bandcamp page HERE. Their main site with European tour dates for 2014 can be found HERE. You can find Hark on Facebook HERE.

Gouranga

  Gouranga are a four piece heavy grunge outfit based in Bristol, UK. They have a solid grungy sound which is guaranteed to shake your foundations. They have two albums, the four track Nature’s Knife and the earlier seven track Keep Your Colours along with the single live track ‘Dinosaur Apathy’, recorded at The Cooler in Bristol during May 2011. You can name your price for all of this kickass music at Bandcamp HERE and find them on Facebook HERE

Los Criptozoos

 Los Criptozoos are a five piece melodic and fun punk band rocking out of Castellon De Plana in Spain. They where born in 2009 and in 2012 the band released their album La Danza Del Cadaver. This translates to ‘The Dance Of The Corpse’ and it is a superb piece of low budget punk jollity. The lyrics are all sung in Spanish which I love, I may not have much or any idea about what the songs are about but they are all extremely infectiously inflective. Los Criptozoos have this album available as a free download HERE and can be found on Facebook HERE.

POHL

 POHL are a powerful experimental rock duo based in Bristol, UK. Their style is a kicking combination of grunge, stoner and sludge with a hint of psychedelia. Their debut five track EP POHLSMOKER is available through Bandcamp. Once again you you can name your price HERE. You will also find them on Facebook.

Sicknote

  Punk has evolved in many ways, one stupendous and sublime example of this is Sicknote who are from Cardiff, South Wales, UK. They are a kind of techno rave dance shamanic punk revolution who, in a relatively short space of time have gained a huge following. The bands formation was an entirely fortunate but haphazard affair. A group of friends met an all night after party spot and decided to ‘wing it’ on stage just to see what would happen. From here Sicknote were born and they have been doing their ‘thing’ ever since. Sicknote have very sadly and recently lost one of their members, Dr Conker who was their dancer and spiritual guide. Dr Conker passed away in his sleep, RIP and dance on forever Dr Conker. Currently all live dates have been cancelled. You can get a great taste of Sicknote on their website HERE, there is a page there where you can download a whole pile of free music. Sicknote are on Facebook HERE, you know what to do!

The Bastard Fairies

  How could you not be intrigued by a band with a name as good as this? It was the name which caused me to check them out some while ago and if I had a Xmas tree in my flat then I would definitely have a bastard fairy on top of it! This band are a dangerous alternative pop band from L.A. who have a couple of stunning albums available as free downloads. Momento Mori is available through Bandcamp where you can name your price and Gutbucket Slims Blues Emporium is up for grabs in return for signing up to the bands mailing list. The Bastard Fairies can be found on Facebook HERE. If you like their music then I would strongly recommend you to also check out Well Hung Heart.

The Shanklin Freakshow

 The Shanklin Freakshow are a top notch steampunk industrial circus rock band who have been blasting out from their home on The Isle Of Wight, UK. Their sound has been shaped by the likes of Marilyn Manson, Insane Clown Posse, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie etc. Their music is big, bouncy and buoyant with a full circus rock sound. I would love to see the live act sometime, it has to be one wild stage party. If you like the sound of these guys then check out their website HERE, there is a music player at the bottom of the page where you can listen to and download their music from. A large selection of it is available for free.

Vodun

  Based in London, UK Vodun are a three piece afro, heavy psych soul outfit who would also slip into the stoner/sludge metal genre. Their seven track album Eat Up The Sun is available as a free download HERE, Vodun are also on Facebook.

 

Thanks to each of the bands mentioned above for their musical generosity and good will 

 

 

 

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Tracer release El Pistolero plus European tour news

  Hailing loud and proud from the land down under, Australian power rock band Tracer has just released their second full length album titled ‘El Pistolero’. Produced by Kevin Shirley who has also worked with Led Zeppelin, Rush and Iron Maiden to name just a few. Readers of Classic Rock magazine and listeners of Planet Rock should already know just how good Tracer’s sound is. Since forming in 2003 the band has released a three track album Into The Night in 2006. You can check this out and also get yourself a free download of this on the bands Bandcamp page HERE. Ever since then Tracer have been going from strength to strength. In 2009 Tracer released L.A?, 2011 saw the release of Spaces In between and El Pistolero was released on the 6th of May this year.

 In the past Tracer have been compared with top-drawer outfits such as SoundgardenQueens Of The Stone AgePearl JamFoo Fighters and Kyuss. Recorded in seven days at Revolver Studios in L.A. El Pistolero is an absolutely superb collection of high octane stoner anthems with biker attitude mixed with all the best elements of classic heavy rock and it certainly marks their own unmistakable identity. From start to finish this album is an absolute belter and well worthy of a 9/10 rating. The only reason that I do not give a full 10/10 is that I find it a tiny bit stereotypical even though Tracer do have a superb unmistakable style.

 HERE is a link to the official video for the first track on the new album with the same title.

  Starting on the 4th of June Tracer have a series of European dates, most of which are in the UK.

Box Office: 0844 478 0898
www.thegigcartel.com

Saturday 8th June 2013
Sheffield Plug
Tickets: £12.00 / Box Office: 0114 241 3040 / Doors: 7pm
14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
www.the-plug.com

Monday 10th June 2013
London Scala
Tickets: £14.00 / Box Office: 0844 999 999 / Doors: 7:30pm
275-277 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9NL
www.scala-london.co.uk

Wednesday 12th June 2013
Bristol Tunnels
Tickets: £12.00 / Box Office: 0845 6050255 / Doors: 7pm
Arches 31-32, Lower Station Approach Road, Bristol, BS1 6Q
www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk

Thursday 13th June 2013
York Fibbers
Tickets: £12.00 / Box Office: 08444 77 1000 / Doors: 7:30pm
Stonebow House, The Stonebow, York YO1 7NP
www.fibbers.co.uk

Friday 14th June 2013
Glasgow o2 ABC
Tickets: £12.00 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk
300 Sauchiehall StreetGlasgow, G2 3JA

Sunday 16th June 2013
Isle of Wight Festival 
www.isleofwightfestival.com

HERE is a link to the bands official website that has full details.

And here are a few more useful links

http://www.myspace.com/traceronmyspace

http://www.tracer.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/tracer

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The balance and power of Akarusa Yami

What would you get if you were to put a combination of industrial prog, brutal beats, 280 BPM drums, slaying guitars, polyrhythms, hardcore vocals into a mixing pot with a touch of  sci fi plus and melodies? Akarusa Yami is what you would get. Akarusa Yami are a Metal/Industrial Noise band who have been blasting out of Nottingham in the UK after being formed in September 2010 by Guitarist Tom Clarke (Insidious) and Vocalist Tom Brumpton. Between them they have formed a bombshell of a musical marriage. Nowadays Akarusa Yami consist of…

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Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa offer free MP3 download

For a free download of the track ‘Well Well’ from the new album, click this link: http://www.hartandbonamassa.com/

NEWS RELEASE:

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Beth Hart, known for her raw and powerful blues-rock sound, wraps her expressive vocals around classic soul covers on Don’t Explain, an album that grew out of her friendship with the acclaimed Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The album will be released in the UK and Europe on Monday 26th September by Provogue Records.

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Jump onto the Officer Kicks bandwagon: “It’s the bestest and funnest wagon out there!”

Back in late October 2009, I was invited to a gig at Fiddlers in Bristol, UK to see Officer Kicks play live (thank you to the Artful/Music Tourist Board and Rocklands Management for the invite!) and I have to say that this band won my heart as soon as the set started: they just simply engaged and excited all my senses immediately.

Officer Kicks have a brightly brash, yet bright, tight and dynamic sound that is raw and pure rock n’ roll. Keith Wickham on drums and Michael Skorjanec on bass punch out a nice, tight, deep driving back beat, and Jamie Fisher on guitar puts a sweet icing over the rhythms with his characteristic guitar style. Jamie Scallion works like a true showman on vocals, and his stage movements as he loses himself to the music add so much to the show! Credit is truly due all around as Officer Kicks put on a great show and are natural rocking entertainers.

The band’s debut album, The Six Grand Plot, is a cracking collection of twelve great tunes, which kicks off with “Pictures Of Me” and really sets things going with a jump-start. A basic, but catchy bass line grabs you and as the drums follow suit, the vocals and guitar swing in. “Nip and Tuck” follows on with less of a swing, but more vocal harmonies and is again a catchy, jumping little number. “Love After Death” is a song with rocking reminiscence (lighters in the air for this!) and is a great showpiece for the powerful gentility that Officer Kicks can lay down so well. “Dog Day Rush” gets you singing your head off as it powers along and Jamie Fishers characteristic guitar style really stands out on this short, but sweet track. The remaining tracks offer much of the same greatness.

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CD Review: Third Bullet – Revelations

This is a phenomenal debut album from this band based in Birmingham UK.

The band members are James Harbridge on vocals and guitar, Stephen Busby on bass and vocals and Matthew Challoner on the drums and vocals/shouting. These three guys combined make an explosive cocktail of hard edged bad assed rock’n’roll that is delivered like an airstrike. You could say that this band have been endorsed by Harley Davidson, check this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ZJNKadGS0

Third Bullet are yet another band that confirms my belief and love of independent and unsigned music. They have a style that resembles nothing more than themselves, truly incomparable and completely addictive.
Third Bullet Revelations pic here

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The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week is Exit State

exit state band of the weekHailing from East Lancashire UK, Roy Bright (vocals/guitars), Adam Stephenson (guitars), Phil Ireland (bass guitar/vocals) & Peat “Crazy Texas” Hicks (drums/vocals) are Exit State! a rock band that draw influences from such greats as Foo Fighters, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Nickelback, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Weezer, Faith No More, Nirvana, Therapy?, The Smiths, Cave-In, Pantera, Dinosaur Jr, THE LIONS, THE TIGERS, THE BEARS….OH MY!!

Likened to Foo Fighters, Nickelback & Therapy, the band demonstrates a sound that combines the melodic qualities of indie with the innovation of rock and the power of metal that saw them described in Rocksound Magazine as “Satisfyingly heavy, unexpectedly catchy, unashamedly experimental and curiously engaging – Impressive”.

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The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week Is: The Ascot Royals

ARIt was a wonderful accident. I arrived on time at a local Montreal bar / live show venue for my interview with a great Canadian band, that shall remain unnamed, only to find that they were stuck at the American border and were running behind schedule. Assuring me they would arrive shortly, I grabbed a seat and began one of my least favorite aspects of the job – waiting. As I watched another band setting up their gear I was soon approached by someone with a, wait for it, British accent, which I must admit I found quite strange, but my interest was immediately peaked. I was soon introduced to the rest of the band (turns out Mr. British Accent had a name, Ben Chauveau, and was the keyboardist for the band I had been watching set up), heard some tunes and before I knew it I was leading an impromptu interview with what has since become one of my new favorite bands – The Ascot Royals. Was it fluke? Was it fate? Whatever it was, my ears, and my spirit (as cheesy as that sounds), thank me every time one of the songs off their debut self-titled album is blasting through my speakers.

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Rock and Roll Report Podcast #64 – The Best Thing to Stick In Your Ears!

mandy with ipodAfter an unavoidable delay The Rock and Roll Report Podcast is back and ready to rock your socks off! This week I once again went all over the rock and roll map with some 60’s inspired tunes, some heavy stuff, some punk and some sunny pop tunes. It’s what I like to refer to as a trip to the rock and roll buffet!

As usual you have a wide range of styles from a wider range of bands and artists who are either unsigned or are signed to independent record labels. If you like what you hear please consider supporting these bands in a tangible way by buying their music, going to their shows and buying their merch.