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#NEWS The Darkness to unleash a new single ‘Last Of Our Kind’ 21st August

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Having recently stormed Download with a secret set backed with a crowd of barbarians (and a 30 row strong crowd outside the tent!) The Darkness unleash a new single on 21st August.  ‘Last of Our Kind’ is the title track of their recent 4th album which entered the UK charts at No. 12 on its release in June. The song has been described as ‘part Van Halen, part Waterboys, ALL The Darkness’. It features a record-smashing choir of several thousand Darkness enthusiasts (The Darkness Army) who each contributed their individual performances using the Internet service.    The single, described by one reviewer as “(the track’s) effortlessly catchy hooks and righteous leads deliver pure rock perfection”, is a stomping rocker which demands hands be thrown in the air (when not playing air guitar on the excellent solo).

The album ‘Last of Our Kind’ has received some of the best reviews of the bands career to date with Classic Rock proclaiming it “A glorious return to form for the flamboyant rockers … they’ve only gone and made their finest album since Permission To Land” whilst Total Guitar said “Their very British blend of battle rock and classy ballads still hits the spot.”

The band have also announced a UK tour for November/December where they will entertain and astonish fans all over the country with their marvellous tunes and killer riffs.  A few UK festival spots will also warm them up nicely.

Summer:

4 July                         WICKLOW, Groove Festival (Ireland)
5 July                         WATERFORD, Daytripper Festival (Ireland)
12 July                       CHELMSFORD, Brownstock Festival
9 August                    NEWQUAY, Boardmasters Festival
30 August                  PORTSMOUTH, Victorious Festival

Winter:

30 November          NORWICH, Open
1 December            CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
2 December            NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
4 December            NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
5 December            GLASGOW, O2 Academy
9 December            LEEDS, O2 Academy
10 December          MANCHESTER, Academy
11 December           BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
13 December           BRISTOL, O2 Academy
14 December           SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
15 December           BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
17 December           BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
19 December           OXFORD, O2 Academy
20 December          LONDON, Roundhouse

Tickets on sale now priced £25.00 & London £27.50 adv.
http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-darkness-tickets

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

The Hawkins Brothers, Frankie Poullain with new drummer Rufus Taylor

THE DARKNESSJUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/lead guitar), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass/backing vocals) and RUFUS TAYLOR (drums)

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#NEWS: Crazy Town have revealed the details for their upcoming new album ‘The Brimstone Sluggers’

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Crazy Town have revealed the details for their upcoming new album, ‘The Brimstone Sluggers’, which is set for release on 28th August via Membran/The Orchard.

Produced by Bret ‘Epic’ Mazur, it is stylistically a follow up to the band’s platinum selling debut, ‘The Gift Of Game’, which included the massive hit single ‘Butterfly’. The new album features guest appearances by Tom Dumont of No Doubt, DJ AM, Madchild and Bishop Lamont.

Spearheaded by the duo of Seth ‘Shifty Shellshock’ Binzer and Bret ‘Epic’ Mazur, Crazy Town combine hip-hop’s lyrical attitude with the grooves of an alt-rock record. This combination yielded the group a number one hit in 2001, when ‘Butterfly’ topped the Billboard 100 and helped push the band’s debut album, ‘The Gift Of Game’, to platinum status and a main stage slot at Ozzfest. The group’s follow-up, ‘Dark Horse’, was released in 2002 and included the rock hit ‘Drowning’. Most recently, Crazy Town frontman Seth Brooks Binzer (aka Shifty Shellshock) has garnered widespread attention for his appearances on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab and Sober House reality shows.

The tracklisting for ‘The Brimstone Sluggers’ is as follows:

01 – Come Inside
02 – Light The Way
03 – Born To Raise Hell [feat. J Angel and DJ AM]
04 – Ashes [feat. Tom Dumont of No Doubt]
05 – Megatron
06 – Backpack [feat. Bishop Lamont]
07 – A Little More Time [feat. Koko Laroo]
08 – Keys [feat. Madchild]
09 – Lemonface
10 – Baby You Don’t Know
11 – My Place
12 – West Coast
13 – Megatron (Alternate Version)

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#NEWS The Picturebooks announce another string of UK dates

Hailed by many as one of the best discoveries of 2015, The Picturebooks are a rock-blues-country-soaked duo consisting of Fynn Claus Grabke (vocals/guitar) and Philipp Mirtschink (drums). Based in Germany but signed to the American psych/stoner imprint Riding Easy, the boys are currently in the middle of their second US tour of 2015. They have also visited the UK twice already, wowing the crowds as support to The Answer on their April trek before returning a few weeks later to perform at The Great Escape festival plus a handful of headlining shows to promote the UK release of their new album, ‘Imaginary Horse’.

11415484_10153403461825775_5642767845835052730_oFollowing a slew of excellent press write-ups from publications as diverse as Artrocker, Blues Magazine, Classic Rock, Noisey and Trebuchet, plus radio support from stations such as Planet Rock (‘New Rock Show’) and Team Rock (‘Breaking Bands’ Record of the Week), the band have announced another string of UK dates in the early autumn. The ‘Imaginary Horse Tour 2015’ will initially visit a dozen towns plus an appearance at the Sound & Vision festival in Norwich. A further month of solid touring in mainland Europe will then be followed by a visit to Wales for shows in both the capital and another festival set at Hard Rock Hell IX.

The full itinerary is as follows :

26.09.15 SOUTHAMPTON – Lennons  http://www.seetickets.com/Event/the-picturebooks/lennons-nightclub/886698

27.09.15 ST. ALBANS – The Horn  http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/183281

29.09.15 NEWCASTLE – Think Tank  http://www.seetickets.com/Event/the-picturebooks/think-tank-/883066

30.09.15 GLASGOW – King Tuts  http://www.gigsinscotland.com/homepage.aspx

01.10.15 WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms  http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk/-/show-details/103288/THE-PICTUREBOOKS

02.10.15 MANCHESTER – Gullivers  http://www.seetickets.com/Event/the-picturebooks/gullivers/883020

04.10.15 GRIMSBY – Yardbirds  http://www.seetickets.com/Event/the-picturebooks/yardbirds-club/886481

05.10.15 LEICESTER – The Cookie  http://www.seetickets.com/Event/the-picturebooks/the-cookie/888310

06.10.15 LEEDS – The Key Club  http://lunatickets.co.uk

07.10.15 BRIGHTON – The Hope  http://www.seetickets.com/Event/the-picturebooks-the-imaginary-horse-tour/the-hope-ruin/886991

08.10.15 TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Forum  http://www.twforum.co.uk/listings/events/8-oct-15-the-picturebooks–the-imaginary-horse-tour-the-forum/

09.10.15 LONDON – Boston Music Room  http://bostonmusicroom.ticketabc.com/events/the-picturebooks/

10.10.15 NORWICH – The Mash Tun (Sound & Vision festival)  http://norwichsoundandvision.co.uk/tickets/

13.11.15 CARDIFF – Fuel Rock Club  https://orchardentertainment.ticketsolve.com/shows/873535900/events

14.11.15 GWYNEDD – Hafan y Mor Holiday Park (Hard Rock Hell festival)  http://www.hardrockhell.com/tickets.html

Recorded in the same garage where the band refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers (both are keen bikers), ‘Imaginary Horse’ captures a raw, rich and real energy befitting the room’s natural reverb, industrial aura and spiritual spark. More importantly, it has revved up their musical career.

The new single from the album can be seen here :

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Cheers

MJx

PS. Click here for the link to an interview we did earlier on this year

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Thursday night on THE CLASSIC ROCK SHOW FROM 7PM [2PM EDT / 11AM PDT]

Looking down the list of song requests for this Thursday’s show, I can’t wait to crank these babies up on the night: Nazareth, Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Metallica, Def Leppard, Warrant, Black Stone Cherry, Foghat, Kings Of Leon, The Doors, Black Label Society, Diamond Head, Five Finger Death Punch, Max Webster, Foo Fighters…quality tuneage all the way!

Alice Cooper, Faith No More, David Bowie, Deep Purple, Motley Crue, Mr Big, Saxon, White Lion and Poison will get featured as they all released albums at about this time in the past.

Plus…we’ve the first previously unreleased version of a Led Zeppelin track that’s been made available for airplay from Reissue program. ‘Hots On For Nowhere’ will form part of the ‘Presence’ album bonus tracks or “companion tracks” as they now like to call them.

TCRS This ThursdayWe get to play some totally awesome box-fresh music on the show too: The latest singles from firm favourites Slayer, Fear Factory and Five Finger Death Punch, as well as those from a swathe of exciting young bands such as Citizen, Northlane, John Coffey, The Picturebooks, Screaming Eagles, Templeton Pek and Third Lung.

Join in the chat and comment on our Facebook Group and @classicrockshow during the ‘live’ broadcast. Listen links are found on the home page.

Cheers!

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#NEWS Tonight’s offerings include…

Hey everyone!

Join us later today (from 7pm BST) as we’ve some fabulous rock tuneage lined up to play for you.

TCRS tonight

Collating all of your requests has been an absolute joy: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden (x2), Saxon, Whitesnake, Status Quo (x2), Scorpions, AC/DC (x2), Motley Crue, Kiss, Q5, Ted Nugent, Steel Panther, Andrew WK, Jane’s Addiction, Marillion, Pantera, Coheed and Cambria, amongst others.

We’ll also hear some new music which comes in the shape of Northlane, Brother/Ghost, Future Shock

PLUS, some awesome blues from Joanne Shaw Taylor, Aaron Keylock, Gary Moore, as well as something from Norwich rockers Nocturna, Lita Ford, Lizzy Borden, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple, all squeezed into three hours!

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INTERVIEW: Damo Fawsett of Slam Cartel talks to The Classic Rock Show

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Slam Cartel  are Gary Moffat (vocals), Terence Warville (guitar), Damian J Fawsett (lead guitar), Marc Neudeck (bass guitar), Steve Campkin (drums). The band have been busy in the recording and rehearsal studios of late in readiness to accommodate a few of the new songs ahead of some up and coming shows. We took the opportunity between rehearsals to grab a few words with their lead guitarist, Damo Fawsett, and ask about the new music.

Damo: Yes, we’ve got a new single ‘Storm Seasoned’, we’ve just finished all the final recording on it now, just put the last bits down. It’s got to be mixed and mastered and then it will be ready to go.

TCRS: How to the mixes sound so far?

Damo: Yeah, it sounds great, it’s still pretty much the Slam Cartel you know. Still in the same vein, so the die-hard fans won’t be disappointed. The people that have heard it, the rough, the lucky few that we’ve played it to have said ‘Storm Seasoned’ is a beautiful song.

TCRS: What’s ‘Storm Seasoned’ about?

Damo: It’s a love story. It’s Terry’s lyrics, so you know the guy is a poet anyway, so he writes great lyrics and he’s probably the best one to explain the story of the song. Everyone has got their own interpretation of it and I don’t want to do him an injustice by telling him my interpretation of it, but no it’s got a great vintage feel to it as well, it’s like, I’m not going to spoil it because I want people to be surprised, but it’s kind of got an early Who, Floyd type vibe to it, you know it’s a beautiful song with a kind of dark vibe.

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TCRS: You’re one of the new boys in Slam Cartel.

Damo: I’m the last one in, yeah so hopefully I won’t be “last one in, first out” [laughs]. I’ve been in the band probably about 18 months now and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve had to prove my worth, you know they don’t just take any old crap, I have to work hard to stay in the band. It’s great we’re all a good bunch of mates, we all get a long, we socialize as well, it’s quite unusual in bands these day to get along and have a good time together and we still do and that’s what it’s all about is enjoying yourself, enjoying the music you’re playing.

TCRS: Guitar-wise, what is your go-to guitar in the studio and does that find its way on stage?

Damo: For years and years I use to hate Fender Telecasters.  I just thought they were just a country and western guitar. It wasn’t until I saw a local guy that I know, a session guitarist Jeff Whitehorn, who has played for Paul Rogers and Elkie Brooks, I was chatting to him at a gig and he showed me this hollow bodied telecaster and I was really turned off by the idea of a hollow body Telecaster. You know the fact that they feedback and it was sounding like a Telecaster, he played it and it was amazing.

TCRS: A Telecaster Thinline?

Damo: Yeah. Jeff can make anything sound good, so I got a hold of one made by a company called ‘Fret King’, and played it and I use it for everything. I’ve got loads of other guitars, but the Fret King ‘Country Squire Semitone’. For guitarists that want to know what the spec is it has two humbuckers on it, and you’ve got the ability to turn it into single coils like an old style Telecaster. I’ve used in the studio with Slam Cartel recently and I use it live on most of Slam Cartel’s stuff as well. I’m endorsed by Fret King and Vintage. Vintage used to be a budget range and now they’re producing real high-end guitars and they’ve got Les Paul style that I use as well and its better than most guitars I’ve ever played including the Gibson Les Paul.

TCRS: And you’re running them through Marshall stacks?

Damo: I use to use Marshall years ago and then I went off and tried all sorts of different amps and a lot of these other amps sound great you know, Engl, Black Star, whatever, all these different things. I used a Cornford for years which sounded great as well, but there’s only one that will work in Slam Cartel and that is a Marshall. You just need that grit and the sleaze and only a Marshall can do that.

TCRS: You’ve got some more gigs lined up as part of this tour.

Damo: Last year, we talked about two rounds of gigs, you know we did a lot in the first part of the tour earlier in the year and then later in the year, from the summer on through the winter, we do like a second bout of the tour. We just announced a hand full of dates for the second part of the tour, there’s quite a few more coming in and hopefully we’ll have a few nice big support slots as well like we did last year.

TCRS: So the singles, not quite in the can yet but very close to?

Damo: Yeah

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Damo Fawsett of Slam Cartel

TCRS: Tour and dates gets lined up, what else can we expect from Slam Cartel this year? Are you likely to do some more recording or is that already in your back pocket so to speak?

Damo: Yeah, there’s no doubt we’ll go back in the studio, we’re as good in the studio as well as we are out on stage… you know if the influence is there and the will is there to keep writing, then we’ll keep doing it. We’ve got a good team we work with, we use George De Angelis (Producer) and Mandy Parnell masters our stuff as well, so you know we’ve got the right people to do the gold dusting as well.

TCRS: There may be a few people reading this who might not make the connection with the two names you’ve just mentioned and what they have probably heared on the radio.

Damo: Yeah the best way of explaining it all, the best advice I could give to our producer and the lady that a masters our recordings is just to Google them because I could go on for hours about this stuff but George De Angelis, great producer, I probably wouldn’t like to work with anyone else as a producer now, you know the guy is an absolute genius.

TCRS: He used to be Trevor Horn’s Engineer?

Damo: Trevor Horn, yeah that’s right. He knows his stuff. We’ve Mandy Parnell, she’s received a Grammy nomination. She gold dusts everything and she’s won countless awards for what she does and you probably couldn’t get better than her to be honest.

TCRS: Plenty of stuff coming up for Slam Cartel, then. Potentially an EP at some point?

Damo: Yeah we’ve got a few options, we can keep putting out singles if the demand is there. It’s something that we need to all sit down and discuss really, the way forward, we might go away tail end of the year and start writing an album. That’s the good thing about writing music and releasing music these days, if you’ve got the backing behind you and the financing, you can go and do it, but it’s something we need to look at. We may put all the singles together on an EP and put out a five-track EP later in the year or we might just keep releasing a few more singles, but there’s probably going to be a video as well. We’ve got some ridiculous ideas (Laughing). We haven’t approached anyone yet about doing a video, but we have sat and discussed it and some ideas have been muted, so needless to say the video will be as epic as the new single, it may be ridiculously epic but it will be great. We did a little live studio session a few months back at a local studio. They did a little video for us, we recorded ‘Hypnotize’ live and they recorded us doing it and they sort of synced the track and video together and it worked quite well. I’m quite proud of it, but I think you can’t really beat a good music video. Yeah, I mean basically just keep an eye on Slam Cartel on Twitter and Facebook, there’s always stuff going on and we’re always full of surprises as well, I mean a lot of stuff goes on behind the scenes, we’re always talking to people and getting offers on things and we now this is something quite high profile I’m discussing at the moment, so it’s really just keep an eye on us.

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