Interviews

@TTM_Tweets Phil Campbell talks about Glasgow 2014, singles, new songs, tours and tour buses

We caught up with singer Phil Campbell of The Temperance Movement on the eve of their UK Tour. Phil was in fine form and didn’t shy away from sharing his opinion on matters which have been subject of much controversy over the past few weeks.

Our chat began by talking about living in his hometown, the city of Glasgow, and something which has touched the hearts of all Glaswegian’s recently. The impact hosting this years 20th Commonwealth Games is having on the city’s landscape and Phil expresses what most have felt about the future demolition of the Red Road flats.

Not only do The Temperance Movement kick-off their UK Tour today [21st April 2014], but they also release a new single ‘Take It Back’.

The decision to release the single is discussed as well as the Picture Disc release on vinyl of two Brit Pop tracks recorded at Abbey Road Studios in February – part of Record Store Day celebrations at the weekend.

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The Temperance Movement have just completed a tour of mainland Europe and the feeling you get from listening to Phil is that they are very much looking forward to getting back in front of UK fans once again. 2013 was a big year for the group and by all accounts they are ready to push on in 2014; solidify their fanbase and treat new fans to their own brand of gutsy, no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll.

It sounds as though we’ll be treated to a few new songs on this tour. Make sure you get out and see one of the most talked about UK rock bands in recent years.

Here’s the interview, which includes Phil’s take on the reliability of last year’s tour transportation. Enjoy.

For all things regarding The Temperance Movement, please click on the following links: TheTemperanceMovement.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

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Pontus Snibb - Wreck Of Blues-cover

INTERVIEW: @Bonafide’s Pontus Snibb talks to TCRS about ‘Wreck Of Blues’…

‘Wreck Of Blues’ is the latest solo album to be released by Bonafide’s Pontus Snibb. Recorded within three days with his father Håkan Nyberg on drums and taking care of business on the bass guitar is ex-Bonafide bass player and long-time friend, Micke Nilsson, the album has a very much stripped back and raw feel to it. Gentle and sometimes heavy nods towards blues alumni such as Peter Green, T-Bone Walker, Albert King can be heard.

On the day of its release, we spoke to Pontus Snibb who gave us, amongst other little snippets of information, a run down on how ‘Wreck Of Blues’ came about, how and where it was recorded and the blues guitarists that have influenced Pontus.

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Here’s the interview:

You can download the album ‘Wreck Of Blues’ through iTunes here. Visit the official Pontus Snibb website

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@TheBrewUK’s Tim Smith talks about producer @TobyJepson and the making of ‘Control’

The Brew have just returned from a highly successful tour of mainland Europe when, for the first time, they included tracks from their critically acclaimed album ‘Control’ in their setlist.

The BrewWe managed to catch up with Tim Smith during some downtime for the band to discuss how the album was put together, producer Toby Jepson‘s approach to recording The Brew, ‘Control’ song titles, reaction to the introduction to their setlist of album tracks and also their upcoming tour of the UK and Ireland.

If crowd reaction alone was anything to go by, then The Brew are a band which you simply must go and see perform ‘live’. The UK tour starts in May.

Band links:- Official website - TwitterFacebook

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#Gravitas A new album from @originalasia and a new lease of life. John Wetton tells us why.

A new album from Asia and, seemingly, a new lease of life, that’s what John Wetton tells ‘The Classic Rock Show’.

We spoke to John not long after the release of their sensational new album, out on Frontiers Records, called Gravitas. John talks about the Wetton-Downes songwriting partnership, the writing and recording process, how they came to choose guitarist Sam Coulson, the choice of album title and the video for the album’s opening track Valkyrie.

Asia is a band which has, since its formation back in 1982, continued to create some of the most inspirational and catchy songs ever to come out of what is often described as the genre of Prog Rock. Their latest offering – Gravitas – has all the ingredients Asia fans have come to expect and enjoy, but there’s something else at work here.

Listen to the interview and it will soon become apparent that the band has a fresh outlook, rejuvenated by the new line-up, and they are keen to get back in front of fans across the world.

The album Gravitas, produced by Wetton and Downes with John Mitchell (It Bites, Kino, Arena), is being hailed as Asia’s punchiest and freshest album since its classic early 80’s releases.

Keep ahead of all things Asia by visiting their website, and via Twitter @originalasia

You can listen to the interview here…

 

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BlackWolf

Scott Sharp of @ukblackwolf talks to The Classic Rock Show. #BlackWolf

We caught up with BlackWolf’s vocalist Scott Sharp on the day it was announced that the band would be the UK’s tour support for american rock legends Winger.

Scott talks of the busy schedule they’ve been negotiating of late, including a successful debut album release – ‘The Hunt’, a tour with The Answer, the video release of “Keep Movin’ On”, the upcoming Steelhouse festival appearance, plus news of more songwriting and studio sessions.

This is a band that really delivers with their stage performances. As well as at the Steelhouse festival, you can get to see BlackWolf at the Winger gigs (along with additional support band Jettblack) Jun 17: Glasgow O2 Academy, Jun 18: Newcastle O2 Academy, Jun 20: Bristol O2 Academy, Jun 21: London O2 Academy Islington.

Here’s the interview…

 

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Rocket Scientists

The Rocket Scientists have released a new EP ‘Supernatural Highways’. We get Erik Norlander to talk prog! #RocketScientists

It’s been six long years since we heard anything from the Rocket Scientists’ launch control and some 21 years since the first of four studio albums to date – ‘Earthbound’. The release on March 20 of their stellar EP ‘Supernatural Highways’ is a forerunner to a full album promised later this year.

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The EP contains just two instrumental tracks; an epic 26min 20sec opus “Traveler on the Supernatural Highways” and a “hot-rodded” version of the John Barry composed movie theme to James Bond’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – a mere 4min 17sec in length.

‘The Classic Rock Show’ asked founding member and keyboardist Erik Norlander (also of prog rock groups The Galactic Collective and Asia ft. John Payne) to explain the wait and to also take us through the EP’s journey.

Those familiar with the Rocket Scientists work over the years will delight in hearing that the two other founding members, guitarist Mark McCrite and NS/Stick player Don Schiff, return to the camp. Joining Erik, Mark and Don are a veritable ‘who’s-who’ of special guests that include a “welcome back” to the fold from drummer Gregg Bissonette, percussionist Greg Ellis and Lana Lane (vocal pads). Jon Pappenbrook (trumpet) and Eric Jorgensen (trombone) make a not insignificant contribution by playing on the ‘OHMSS’ track.

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On listening to the EP, you certainly get the feeling that this group of hugely talented musicians have not only given their all in the studio, but have also had a lot of fun in doing so.

You can listen to the interview here.

 

For all things Rocket Scientist related and to purchase the EP, go to www.TheTank.com

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Heaven & Earth

@HeavenEarthBand’s Stuart Smith and Joe Retta talk to TCRS about the UK tour, ‘Dig’ and @TheRealSambora

Following the 2013 release of the superb album ‘Dig’, we’ve all been hankering after seeing Heaven & Earth over here in the UK. Well, it’s not too long to wait now as the band recently announced tour dates.

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The band’s guitarist Stuart Smith & vocalist Joe Retta talked to The Classic Rock Show about the album, artwork, vinyl, Richie Sambora‘s contribution on the song ‘Man and Machine’, as well as the upcoming tour which has preliminary dates for the O2 Academy‘s around the UK.

We’re really excited by the prospect of seeing them perform ‘live’ over here in the UK and can’t wait to see a show.

Since we began playing Heaven & Earth on the show, and especially since the release of ‘Dig’, we’ve received more and more requests to hear them. This is a band that’s struck a chord with fans of ‘Classic Rock’ sounding music the world over.

You can listen to the interview here.

You can keep up to date with all things Heaven & Earth by visiting their website www.heavenandearthband.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth and on Twitter @HeavenEarthBand

Join us from 7pm (UK time) this Thursday, March 27 – we’ll be playing another track from Heaven & Earth’s album ‘Dig’ as requested by one of our listeners!

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