Back in the summer of 2012 a band with a magnificently memorable name released their debut album Church Of Yeah. Since then this infectious three piece ensemble from Bath in the UK called The Dynamite Pussy Club have not stopped performing and doing what they know and enjoy best. Which is expending and spreading the sounds of their groovy assed, self styled garage rock as much as is possible. The Dynamite Pussy Club are now set to release their second album Shakedown on November 20th 2015. Yeah, Church Of Yeah is a mighty fine album but Shakedown takes The Dynamite Pussy Club into a whole new level.
The DPC have expanded themselves significantly with this new release. Luckily they have not lost one ounce of their original style, groovy assed funked up garage rock with a healthy spattering of original rock’n’roll punk attitude. ‘Power’ is the first track which grips and propels you into this album with some sweet hints of psychedelic rock thrown into the DPC mixture.
Shakedown is a brilliant album which really does ‘get it on’ so damn well. It comprises of thirteen tracks which will rapidly turn any curiosity into an obsession. This is the tracklisting –
Dig On This
On The Floor
Well Well Well
Cold Beer/Hot Nights
Shakedown is available to pre order now in many formats and will be available as from the 27th November 2015 through Wiener Records or Bandcamp
The album launch gig is at St. James Wine Vaults in Bath, UK on Friday 27th November. The magnificent Magic Tractor will be playing support.
I have been taking pleasure in writing for Rock and Roll Report for some years now. Ever since I first joined the team here my musical tastes have been aroused and inspired by the sheer amount of fantastic material which is being produced by an ever increasing variety of bands and artists.
I am not being disrespectful to any band or artist, irrespective of size or stature but at the moment time, or an ever increasing lack of it means that material that lands in my inbox really does need to stand out loud and proud in order for me make time to cover it here on the Rock And Roll Report. If you also have a passion for music and fancy helping out please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Please excuse my short digression, I will now tell you a little more about Rhino’s Revenge. The band is fronted by Status Quo’s bass man John ‘Rhino’ Edwards who provides bass and vocals. Rhino’s Revenge also has Johns son Freddie on guitar while nephew Billy plays drums. Matthew Starritt provides additional guitar, harmonica and backing vox.
The first Rhinos Revenge album was released back in the year 2000 and the fifteen year gap between releases should come as no surprise when the main man has been so busy with Status Quo. John ‘Rhino’ Edwards has also played with The Climax Blues Band and also Dexys Midnight Runners. With this amount of experience along with the strong family bond within the band you can expect and certainly get a tight sharp sound. This is purveyed with a truly joyful punch creating an album which I find to be thoroughly compelling and addictive. Rhino’s Revenge II’ is due for release on Friday 23rd October 2015.
This band who I am highlighting for you here are very new to the unsigned rock scene, coming into formation in early 2014 and they are already making waves in the unsigned rock scene. They are based in between Bath and Bristol in the UK and go by the name of Stone Cold Fiction. At present, finding links for you to check their sound out from is a little difficult but fear not this will soon change.
Stone Cold Fiction are set to release their first EP on the 17th of October. I have been lucky enough to check this out via a private streaming link and believe me, this release rocks out loud and proud in every respect.
The amazingly colourful, ever expansive and absolutely thrilling world of unsigned and independent bands and artists is an absolutely fantastic place. One never needs to look too hard before something jumps out and grabs your attention. One downside of this is that occasionally, especially from my point of view, is that you can easily miss what joys may be right under nose.
What this is leading to is another band that I am compelled and thrilled to highlight here. Named after a mythical Norwegian house witch, Kikamora are inconceivably radiant. While I was happily engrossed perusing new pastures and horizons I managed to overlook a phenomenal band who have surfaced in my region during this year. Fortunately for me, Jimi from this band recently got in contact requesting me to check them out.
I am truly grateful to Jimi for this as from just a few seconds into Kikamora’s video for their song ‘Old Rosie’ I was and am deeply hooked!
I am feeling slightly embarrassed as this red hot band are based not far from my home!
My next port of call was Kikamora’s Soundcloud page where I found a great selection of rock solid hard rock and blues tracks starting with a few stunning and alluring live acoustic numbers.
I highly recommend that every fan of rock, hard rock and blues check out Kikamora, this band have got more than enough talent and style to go a very long way.
I have recently had a little a chat with Jimi from the band to expand our insight into Kikamora
Nick – I have found most of the info on Kikamora in a great little article in the Clevedon Mercury written by Mark Cardwell. Do you have any plans to set up an official website for the band?
Jimi – Well the thing is as far as the band goes we are still very much in our infancy. Although we are all accomplished musicians who have played together in many other projects we only officially started the band as a hard rock outfit at the start of 2015. We have been very busy this year writing and recording so we have some material to get us out there. An official website is definitely something on the list of things lined up to do.
Nick – Who does what in the band, it is easy to see who plays what but who is the main lyricist, who is acts as manager and who does or where do you go for production etc?
Jimi – Lyrics have always been done by Wilf… He is a very good writer and works hard on it while the rest of us build up the bones of a track. As far as managing goes I book most of the gigs we do and everyone chips on on merch, design of posters and tickets etc. We went to a place in Weston Super Mare called the emarty academy to record our first four tracks but it closed down shortly after
Nick – It is obvious that you are all experienced and accomplished musicians, it is clearly heard. Do any of you have any other musical background or training?
Jimi – No, none of us. I had guitar lessons for a year when I was fifteen. Wilf (vocals) also plays guitar bass… and a bit of piano but don’t think he has ever had any training
Nick – That’s cool, after all Ozzy once stated that his training was as a horn tester for British Leyland! What inspires your songs?
Jimi – We all love classic rock it’s something me and the bassist Alex( bassist) grew up listening too. My dad took me to see Sabbath when I was 9 in 97 and me and Alex went to see them again with our dad’s on the last supper tour in 2002. We just love classic rock so I guess the inspiration is already there inside us haha. We just have to pick up our instruments and let it out hahaha. We all get together and play and the songs just come from there. I think a lot of Wilf lyrics tend to be from life experiences and things that grind his gears.
Nick – You have kindly sent me a wicked pair of tracks which are going to be in the playlist of my next Mixcloud show, are you able to give us an idea of when your first EP or album may be ready?
Jimi – We are hoping to get more recording done before the end of this year. The tracks we have done our purely for fans to have something to check out.
Nick – Which platforms/websites are you most likely to use?
Jimi – We are looking to get the website up before an official release, hopefully that the site will be ready by late November.
Nick – What have been your highs and lows in 2015 and what are your hopes and dreams for the future of Kikamora?
Jimi – A high has been recording our first tracks which although was quite a stressful process but it came out really good. I would love to get on some festivals and release a full length album by the end of 2016 songs and material isn’t an issue, it’s just money and time as we all have full time jobs which are a necessity but this does restrict our time working together as a band.
Hot on the heels of a second highly successful crowd funding campaign via PledgeMusic.com which achieved its goal in little more than a week, Irish Guitarist Bernie Tormé announces a New Album titled BLACKHEART, and a New UK Tour!
When talking about their current single, “The Mission Field,” I compared the musical stance from The Payroll Union to that of The Band’s breaking with the expectations and fashion of the day and mining a wholly different seam. Whereas the latter were happy to inhabit that older world, the former are more interested in describing it, the difference between historical re-enactors and academics, I guess. I say this because although they may look the part, their musical tools seem rooted in the present even if their subject is the riotous times of early 19th Century Philadelphia and it’s reactionaries, brawlers, preachers and rabble-rousers.
It may be just part of my inquisitive nature but I have always found myself drawn towards bands with interesting names or albums and releases with striking cover art. Some while ago I was trawling through Bandcamp and stumbled upon a superb alternative rock band called Dead Shed Jokers who are based in South Wales, UK. Yes their name caught my attention along with the cover art of their Peculiar Pastimes EP which is still available on Bandcamp as a pay what you want download.
Peculiar Pastimes is the title of the album which gripped me from just a few seconds after hitting the play button, ‘Peculiar Pastimes’ is the first of six tracks as well as being the only studio track. The other five tracks are superb live recordings from the BRFM vaults. They are from a live session recorded in late May 2013.
Black Hearted Riders are a fantastic new band who have an EP titled Northern Lights which should be set for release in the summer of 2015. This is a stunning set of four songs each of which has a strong hint of a ‘western music soundtrack’ about them. The synthesis of this with an extensively atmospheric rock sound creates a magnificently sweepingly scintillating soundscape.
For a lot of people, not currently having a functioning band around them would be reason enough to put off recording an EP. Not Danny Fury. As the then-current line up of Tango Pirates ceased to become viable as a working band, he pulled the remains into the studio, called in a few favours and got to work. The result is the aptly named In Transition.
The first thing that strikes you is the records line up, an ensemble cast that is nothing short of a who’s who of sleaze rock past and present, an after dark, underground, super group…if you can imagine such a thing. With Danny fulfilling the front and back roles of vocals and drums and the rhythm section completed by Vera Wild and Dave Tregunna, it is the revolving door of guitarists including Luca Commencini of Spizz Energy, Marc Oliver of Plastic Heroes and Jelly’s Mickey Howard – that show Danny’s credentials, most bands would kill to have just one of these guesting on their record.
There are many ways in which the internet has changed the shape of the music industry. Small bands and artists are able to self promote through social media and websites. It is also possible for anybody to download the appropriate software to create a music studio on a suitable pc. The list goes on and is almost limitless. Another facet of this is that music enthusiasts like myself can easily set up a website or a social media page and publish articles or blogs online in order to help promote or undermine anything that they so wish to. I am sure that you are fully aware of all of this, the point which I am leading to is crowd funding. This allows fans to pre order albums before their production in order to help cover the costs involved enabling many artists to record, produce and release material which would not have been financially feasible without any crowd funding.
A shining example of this is the double album Flowers and Dirt which was released by Irish Blues Rock Psychedelic Shredmeister/ Glam Punk Sleaze Rock Frontman Bernie Tormé in September 2014.