Friday, 13 May 2016

Ginger Wildheart - Songs & Words (The Book) (2016)

Published - Round Records / Pledge Music

So what after seem like an eternal wait Ginger Wildhearts Songs & Words book has finally arrived. Now first lets just clear something up, the above statement is in no way meant to sound derogatory to anyone involved in this mammoth task, in fact Ginger has himself stated that when he began this project that he had absolutely no idea as to the timescale involved in both writing, editing, re-editing and then getting a book of the scale published, but by god it was worth it!

This book is first and foremost a beautiful sight to behold, jam packed with wonderful phots etc and informative stories.
Like the DVD of the same name, Ginger here tells the story of his career, only instead of making it a typical biography, he chooses to tell his story through his songs, giving us the stories behind them and what was going on in his world at the time that they were being written and recorded.
The book is as huge as the project to create it was, and well worth IT
I cant really say too much about this book without giving away spoilers, but it really is worth checking out!

Rating - 11/10

Multiverzal - Multiverzal EP (2016)

Genre - Pop / Rock / Powerpop
Label -

Track listing:

01 - Spoiled By Happy
02 - En el fondo del Mar
03 - You Lost The Keys Again
04 - Triste in Berlin

Juan Pablo Mazzola has been a busy bee as of late, not only has he been working on the forthcoming new album from his band, Baby Scream, he has also been working on other projects such as Lunchbox Bullies and this, Multiverzal, a new project that he has put together with Mariano Azcurra (another pretty good Argentinian songwriter). For this project the Juan gives his interpretation of Marinano's songs and Mariano provides the same for Juan's, singing his in Spanish.
So first up we have Juan's rendition of Spoiled But Happy. Now I cant say that I have ever heard the original, but I can say that this is a wonderful song, which Juan gives his usual Baby Scream type treatment. A great start to the Ep. Next up we have Mariano's take on Baby Scream's A Human Being On Mars (En el fondo del Mar) originally from Baby Scream's Fan, Fan, Fan album. Now this sounds absolutely awesome, especially with the Spanish vocals (which I shamefully have to admit to not understanding a word of!). The feel of the original is captured wonderfully and the Spanish vocals add an air of mystery to the already great song! Love it!
Juan's take on Mariano's You Lost The Keys Again is up next. This song has a darker atmosphere to it than we maybe used to with Juan's usual Baby Scream releases, but is all the better for it. This is a great song!
 Triste In Berlin closes out the EP and is Mariano's take on Baby Scream's Blue In Berlin, again taken from Baby Scream's Fan, Fan, Fan album. Here Mariano provides a pretty faithful to the original rendition of the song with only the vocals being in sang Spanish being the main difference.

This is a great debut EP from a very promising project that combines the talents of not one but two excellent songwriters

Well worth checking out

Rating - 10/10

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Ginger Wildheart - Songs & Words Dvd (2016)

Genre - Live Concert / Acoustic / Spoken Word
Label - Pledge Music / Round Records

Track listing:
01 - Main feature (The Concert In Full)
02 - Extras - Short Documentary

Last Year, 2015, Ginger Wildheart embarked upon a UK Songs & Words (spoken word / acoustic) tour, playing old theatres and other obscure venues across the UK. The shows averaged on a three hour long performance with medley performances’ from every release that he has been involved in since he formed The Wildhearts back in the early 1990's, within which Ginger regaled the audience  anecdotes and stories from the various time periods in question.

This DVD captures the entire show from London's Leicester Square Theatre from April 26th 2015, in all of its glory, and what a show it is, intimate in nature and extremely candid and revealing. All professionally filmed, complete with added extras including interviews, behind the scenes footage and bonus material from Hallowe’en and Birthday shows!

This DVD is a great record of a tour that may never be repeated again and is an essential addition to the collection of any Wildhearts or Ginger Wildheart fan, as well as being well worth checking out for any fan of the 90's era rock British music scene

Very, Very Highly Recommended

Rating 10/10

Techinical Information:

Codec: MPEG-2
Encoding format: 16:9
Resolution: 576i (PAL)
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

English: Dolby Digital 2.0
English: Dolby Digital 2.0


Single disc (1 DVD)


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

THE TREATMENT - Generation Me (2016)

Genre - Hard Rock
Label - Frontiers Records

Track listing:

01 - Let It Begin
02 - The Devil
03 - Tell Us the Truth
04 - Generation Me
05 - Backseat Heartbeat
06 - Cry Tough
07 - We Are Beautiful
08 - I Know She Knows
09 - Bloodsucker
10 - Better Think Again
11 - Light the Sun
12 - Killer (digital Bonus Track)

"Generation Me" is THE TREATMENT's 3rd studio album and the first to feature new members Mitchell Emms (who some of you may recognise from the BBC TV program The Voice) on vocals & Tao Grey on guitar.
The opening track and first single ‘Let It Begin’ kicks in with a catchy classic hard rock inspired riff and some rather excellent vocals from Emms. Sonically, it’s the same full on attack that you would expect from the band but it’s the vocal delivery which is different now and it works really well. A belter. ‘The Devil’ is next up, another strong song propelling the album onwards and upwards. ‘Tell Us The Truth’ keeps the momentum going with another foot stomping and air guitar playing rocking track, and title track ‘Generation Me’, is no slouch either and could quite easily be the next single. This is an immense hard rock track, hard hitting with loads of great hooks and some truly great guitar playing. ‘Backseat Heartbeat’ is as slow as this album ever gets, an infectious song with a great chorus.  ‘We Are Beautiful’, ‘I Know She Knows’, ‘Bloodsucker’ and ‘Better Think Again’ continue to maintain the high standards set by the albums earlier tracks and can all be examined and pass with flying colours, while the album closer ‘Light The Sun’ is really the icing on the cake.
Bonus track 'Killer' is indeed an assassin rocker plenty of stinging double guitars and a cool street attitude.
"Generation Me" is a great album from a revitalised band.....very Highly Recommended!

Rating - 9/10

Violet Janine - So much more (ft. Tony Martin) (Coming Soon!) (2016)

Genre - Melodic Rock / Blues
Label -

Track listing:

01 - So Much More

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin makes a guest appearance on "So Much More", the new single from VIOLET JANINE, the project led by Swedish singer Janine Nyman.
The song was originally written for Tony Martins' debut solo album, Back Where I Belong way back in 1992 but was left unused. Pity as its a bloody great song.
This is the first that I had heard of Violet Janine, and believe me it sure wont be the last, with a voice reminiscent of a young Bonnie Tyler in places, this Woman is destined for greatness!
The song is a beautiful bluesy track, that works really well as a duet, with both vocalist voices really complimenting each other.
The song  feature the talents of the the following musicians:
Vocals: Tony Martin
Janine Nyman
Guitar: Daniel Palmqvist
Bas: Basse Blyberg
Drums: Ian Brunnberg

"So Much More" will be made available as a digital single on April 21. The song is one of nine tracks that will appear on VIOLET JANINE's debut album, "Between Red And Blue", due later in the year.

Very Very Highly Recommended!

Rating  - 10/10

KNOCK OUT KAINE - Cruel Britannia (2016)

Genre - Hard Rock / Sleaze
Label - Rocksector Records

Track listing:

01 - Cruel Britannia
02 - Love The Way You Hate
03 - Going Down
04 - Copperhead Road

"Cruel Britannia" delivers four tracks; 2 originals, 1 cover version & 1 re-recording.
The cover of 'Copperhead Road' (originally recorded by Steve Earle) has been a Knock Out Kaine live show fan favourite for many years now, so to finally have a studio recording is great especially as the band give their own spin on this bluesy rocker.
Originally released back in 2012 on their debut album House Of Sins, the re-recorded version of 'Going Down' is a very good choice. The original was really good but this version is better still! The band are on fine form and sounds like they had a bloody fantastic time recording it.
Then we have the new 2016 songs.
Track 1 'Cruel Britannia' shows Knock Out Kaine's more serious side. Probably about as political as this band could ever get. Full of satire and cutting social commentary that basically sums up the feeling of the United Kingdom & the current government as it stands. Musically kicks with a vintage hard rock swagger.
'Love The Way You Hate' was originally composed for the band's second album. It never made into the final track list, and I'm glad the band now properly recorded it. It's a catchy melodic rocker with lots of harmony vocals and an infectious riff.

Well worth checking out!

Rating 8/10

Lunchbox Bullies - Here Comes The Rain (Digital Single) (2016)

Genre - Acoustic
Label - Self released

Track listing:

01 - Here Comes The Rain

Lunchbox Bullies are a new project featuring Juan Pablo Mazzola (Baby Scream).
In his own words,
""Lunchbox Bullies" is an acoustic duo created by Juan Pablo Mazzola (Baby Scream) and Agus Samur (One Man Dancing) that recreates the music of "Greg Dowell, a crazy misfit and weird and underrated composer from Birmingham
Basically Greg (former known as Chaisaw Murphy) recorded many songs and he's always re recording stuff and for some reason the stuff keeps always we thought it was a cool thing to pay tribute to his songs.
We are going to be releasing more singles with his songs, and eventually, we'll make an album out of them...probably by late 2016"

Now how can I describe Lunchbox Bullies? Well imagine the best, trippiest, most mellow moments from 60's and 70's artist such as the Beatles, Everley Brothers etc with beautiful acoustic guitars and finely crafted subtle vocals and then you are pretty darn close to how these two guys sound.
Now it is no secret that I am a huge fan of Juan's work with Baby Scream but I think that he is onto something really special here with Lunchbox Bullies. The vocal harmonies between Juan and Agus work really well, creating an almost ethereal effect......truly heavenly. The song its self. "Here Comes The Rain" is a beautifully crafted piece of music. Personally I can not wait to here more from these guys. Perfect for those moments when you just need to unwind a little and chill out!

Very Very Highly recommended

Rating - 10/10

The digital single is available here from the bands bandcamp page.