Back For More

Back For More is a hard rock band hailing from the Gold Coast who have just released their debut EP. The self titled EP is full of badass riffs and killer vocals, it delivers raw, edgy and distinctive Rock n Roll to its listeners. Heavily influenced by pioneers of rock such as Sabbath, Zeppelin, ZZ Top and ACDC, the group have taken these sounds and added in their own spice giving you gritty rock at its best.

Learn more about them here. Listen to their music here. And to find out what they’re up to, follow them on Twitter.

Go on, what are you waiting for?

HellsBelles

Introduced to this excellent band on Twitter (it is good for everything!). I’ve just been listening to them here and I really like their sound.

The next snippets of info are from their FB page 

HellsBelles – the original British heavy metal rock and roll band – formed in 1984 now revamped and reformed ready to roll …

Biography

Originally formed in 1984, HellsBelles is now the metal vehicle of founder member and frontman, lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Quigley – Helles Belles – The Belle Lord, Castle Belle Lair, Bellesylvania.

You can find out all you want to know about them on their website.

Cry

Just found this band on Twitter, gave them a listen and think they’re bloody brilliant. Debut album ‘Growing Old Disgracefully’ was released back in May 2012 and is well worth a listen.

‘Cry are a rock band that mix fun, punk, metal and politics….we came here to chew bugglegum and kick ass….and we’re all outta bubblegum’ … (pinched this bit from their FB page … sorry fellas, I should be somewhere else!)

You can find out more about them here.

Sum 41

Sum 41’s career has been filled with highlights that extend well beyond the traditional ‘punk’ band. They’ve collaborated with Iggy Pop, Ludacris, Tommy Lee, Rob Haldford, and Tenacious D, and were invited to tour with heavy metal legends Motley Crue when they reunited. They were shockingly close to death while filming a 2005 documentary in war-­‐torn Congo, and Deryck Whibley was almost deported from the U.S for his political views in 2007. Not to mention, they’ve sold over 12 million albums and toured the globe countless times.

Since their inception in 1996, Sum 41 has been relentless, unapologetic, and unconcerned with musical boundaries. In the past, their music style has been described as an “eclectic meld of raucous punk-­‐rock, thunderous heavy metal and straightforward rock.” Sum 41’s new album, Screaming Bloody Murder, feeds off this past and expands on it.

They have recently been labelled as one of the world’s best live bands. Whibley says he’s not concerned with these labels, but “all we’ve ever tried to do is play better live. Its what makes us a band. At times, everything else is bullshit. Touring is something we constantly work on, and over 12 years we have continued to improve.”

Sum 41 has also been unapologetic about their life-­‐style off the stage. “We’re best-­‐friends, we love to play music. And we also happen to be idiots. This hasn’t changed since high-­‐school,” says drummer Stevo 32. “Rock music has a long history of partying. We are no different,” quips Whibley.

With track titles like: ‘Blood in My Eyes’, ‘Jessica Kill’, ‘Holy Image of Lies’ and ‘Happiness Machines’, Screaming Bloody Murder is an evolution of the band’s metal and punk-­‐rock influence, but continues to blend musical styles as they have done in the past.

Bassist Cone McCaslin feels “like we really reached a new level with this one. Its definitely my favourite Sum 41 album. Musically, this album has pushed way beyond anything we have ever done. I can’t wait for fans to hear this album. I can’t wait to play this album live.”

http://www.sum41.com/

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol’s new album, Fallen Empires, arrives with a serious reputation attached. The Irish/Scottish five piece have sold over 11 million albums and have been responsible for several era-defining singles, including Run, Chocolate, and Chasing Cars (which spent an incredible 104 weeks in the UK Top 75 and was voted song of the decade in a Channel 4 poll). Their albums have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, Grammys and MTV Europe Music Awards, with Final Straw landing them an Ivor Novello Award in 2005. By anyone’s standards, it’s been a pretty good century so far.

Given its iconic status, The Joshua Tree National Park in south-eastern California seemed as good a place as any to start work on their sixth studio album. In October 2010, the band drove out into the desert with their guitars and one or two rough song ideas. A week later, their writing session at Rancho De La Luna Studios had laid the foundations of the tracks that would comprise Fallen Empires.

Over several months, the five piece – singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn and keyboardist, Tom Simpson – began a musical road trip around California. They recorded tracks at Eagles Watch, a topsy turvy house in Santa Monica with widescreen windows and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Backing vocals were drawn from the LA Inner City Mass Gospel Choir in Compton, south central LA. Later, tracks were mixed at the studio owned by longterm collaborator, Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee – a hacienda tucked away in Topanga Canyon, the one time hippy commune and former home to Neil Young and Woody Guthrie.

Along the way, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, US singer Lissie and Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist, Troy Van Leeuwen all popped by to lend a guitar part here, a lyric idea there. Meanwhile, Snow Patrol’s new adventures seeped into every note on ‘Fallen Empires’. The result is an album that promises to redefine the band as an altogether more ambitious, more expansive, creative force.

“We wanted to make a massively ambitious record,” says Gary Lightbody, sipping wine by the pool at Garret Lee’s picturesque, Topanga Canyon home. “Arcade Fire’s last record (The Suburbs) made us realise that we had to up our game. It was amazing. We decided that we wanted to make a record unlike any other we’ve made before.”

“We started writing songs that were more playful, even rawer than before – we were brave enough to do what we wanted as a band, rather than what convention dictated to us. It was tough at times, we were out of our comfort zone for most of it, but I think it’s given us a great album.”

On first listen, its immediately apparent that Fallen Empires breaks new ground for the band. Bolting distorted, electro guitar riffs, club-friendly drums and anthemic choruses to Gary Lightbody’s heart-bruised lyricism, this is an album that takes its cues from LCD Soundsystem’s The Sound Of Silver, U2’s Achtung Baby and The Suburbs, Arcade Fire’s aforementioned album. Despite the experimentation, Fallen Empires still retains the essence of Snow Patrol’s appeal. The catch-all emotional dynamics are still there: the soulful New York feels like a festival moment-in-waiting; The Garden Rules a soundtrack to autumnal romance.

“I’m really happy with the words,” says Gary. “I always try to write about personal experiences – New York is about a girl I was seeing over there. We both had strong feelings for one another, but we were never in the same place at the same time. It’s about missed opportunities. The overall feeling of the record is home though – there are stories about my childhood (The Garden Rules) and Garret’s kids (Life-ning). Home is the overall theme.”

Beyond Gary’s lyric writing and pop hooks, the band have flexed their creative muscle as a whole. On the album’s title track and Weight Of Love Nathan Connolly is revealed as a guitarist with stadium riffs to burn; I’ll Never Let Go arrives blitzed with distorted, synth like curlicues and techno-mixed effects.

“The most exciting part of making this album is that I felt able to express myself more” says Nathan. “ This time round I felt confident enough to be really creative when it came to recording my own parts. We also tried to record differently. I used to write my parts and play them along to Gary’s songs. This time Garret would just play the song and say ‘Go’. I’d improvise. I had to think on my feet, and it worked.”

Gary later admits the band decided to release their “inner dance monkey” during recording sessions. “I’ll Never Let Go is a proper night out track,” says Gary. “It’s full blown electro. There’s always been a dance element to our music, but this time we’ve been a bit bolder with it. I’m looking forward to hearing some of these songs in a club because it’ll get people going. I always see people walking off the dance floor when they play our records, we’re not that kind of band. I’ll Never Let Go might change that.”

Elsewhere, Fallen Empires’ call-to-arms anthem is powered by a clattering percussion attack – the sound of dozens of different drums picked up by Jonny Quinn from a local music store in LA. “I was inspired by the drummers I used to see on Venice Beach in Santa Monica,” he says. “They were always out there playing – some of them were great, some of them were shit, but they all had different drums and drumming styles. I just went down to the store and picked up loads of different kits. I started playing them and we layered drum over drum over drum. It was so painful playing them all. By the end of it, my hands had totally swollen up.”

Cameo roles were later played by Michael Stipe (Gary: “He was very supportive when I had writer’s block and gave me the confidence that everything that I had already was worth pursuing further.”), Queens Of The Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen (Nathan: “We recorded the track Called Out In The Dark with him in LA”), and the LA Inner City Mass Gospel Choir (Gary: “It brought a real soul to songs like I’ll Never Let Go”). Lissie was also invited to contribute vocals to four tracks, including The Garden Rules.

“I’m a big fan of hers so I got in touch,” says Gary. “I didn’t write any songs with her specifically in mind, but we just got her to sing on a bunch of stuff and it sounded great, she gave us that Gimme Shelter vibe. She’s a real infectious character – she lights up the room with her energy.”

The overall results are an album that should mark Snow Patrol as a band big on experimental ideas as well as stadium sized anthems. Fallen Empires feels like a suitably weighty follow-up to the platinum success of 2008’s A Hundred Millions Suns and the million-selling 2009 collection Up To Now – it is simply their best record to date.

“This feels like a proper record to me,” says Gary. “A grown up record, but a fun record. I’ve always wanted to make an album that could rank with the ones that inspire me, and hopefully this one will. I’m really proud of this album. Listening to it thrills me and that is a beautiful thing indeed.”

Visit their website: www.snowpatrol.com (copy and paste link)

The Glass Caves

Saw these guys playing on the streets of York, when I was there a week or so ago. I was very impressed by them. They have an EP out entitled Eboracum … An unusual title, which I felt needed a bit of research. I’m assuming it’s named after a fortress founded in AD 71 and part of ‘Roman York’. A quote from the York archaeology website explains its history:

“Founded as a fortress in AD 71, Eboracum housed first the 9th and later the 6th Legion. It soon had a civilian population and boasted fine public and military buildings. Eboracum became one of the most important cities of Roman Britain and, after 211, it was the capital of the province of Britannia Inferior (Lower Britain).”

Interesting.

Anyway, why not check the band out here and have a listen to their music … Enjoy 🙂

 

Lady Antebellum

From the website:

Lady Antebellum’s truth is in the music. But the alchemy which forged this seven-time Grammy award winning trio extends beyond its signature vocal blend and heartfelt songwriting gifts. With a self-titled double platinum debut album and triple platinum second effort—Need You Now—it’s easy to applaud their amazing achievements, but equally significant is the underlying importance of the group’s shared heartbeat.

“That’s the core of our group, how we started,” says Dave Haywood, harmony singer and multi-instrumentalist. “What spawned our friendship was that special writing chemistry. That’s when we are the happiest, just sitting in a room together making music.”

“Maybe it’s a self preservation kind of thing,” agrees co-lead singer Hillary Scott. “Especially on the road we have to work to nurture our relationship. I write so much from about what is happening in my life and the people closest to me, so knowing my friends care about what is going on in my life outside of Lady A, makes me more likely pour it all out into a song.” 

“Writing lets us chill and slow down a bit,” says Charles Kelley whose edgy lead vocals merge and weave with Hillary’s velvet tone.”

Lady Antebellum formed in 2006. Hillary and Charles decided to try writing together after a chance meeting at a Nashville music spot. Charles and his high school musician friend and co-writer Dave Haywood were living with Charles’ brother Josh Kelley at the time. Late night songwriting sessions with the new trio soon became the genesis through which they discovered the remarkable emotional effect that was created when Charles and Hillary’s vocals blended. With Dave’s harmony sounds and instrumental prowess added to that mix the three young musicians realized they might not just be writing songs for other people, but perhaps would get to perform them, too. A Music Row “buzz” began to spread as the newly-formed trio started making appearances on local stages.

Soon key tastemakers began to believe in the group, including producer Paul Worley who has worked on all three Lady A albums. By April 2007, a blink of an eye in music industry time, Capitol Nashville had signed Lady Antebellum to a record deal and the trio began to ascend toward the constellation of country music stars with powerful hits such as “Love Don’t Live Here,” and “I Run To You.”

The group’s second album, Need You Now (released Jan. 2010) took the band to an even larger audience. To date the album has sold over five million copies worldwide, spawning three multi-week No. 1 hits (“Need You Now,” “American Honey” and “Our Kind of Love”), and scored five Grammy Awards. It has also received over a dozen other award show trophies. ‘Need You Now’ introduced the world, outside North America, to Lady Antebellum. The single was a huge airplay hit around the globe, reaching the No. 1 spot in numerous markets and achieving Top 5 Airplay in 30 countries world-wide. The album has sold in excess of one million units outside the US, and ‘Need You Now’ remains in the airplay charts more than 18 months since release.

“We never expected to be thrust into the international spotlight in the way that we were…from the success of just one song,” says Kelley. “It was six months or so after the album came out that we were finally able to go play overseas. When we got there, we were floored at the life that ‘Need You Now’ had taken on. The power of that one song really changed the scope of our entire career at home and in all these places we had only dreamed of playing.”

In The Studio – Own The Night
The pairing with Paul Worley has proved a good fit. His warm temperament, creative sensibility and platinum experience with acts such as the Dixie Chicks and Martina McBride helped guide Lady Antebellum’s studio development.

“Recording for us is an open forum of ideas,” says Dave who readily avows, “One of my first loves is messing around with studio production. Paul has great vision for where these songs need to go. Over three albums we’ve learned a lot about the recording process, how to speak the language and what it takes to get it done. Naturally, as songwriters we envision these songs a certain way. It’s not some far removed kind of thing with a bunch of session guys and us just showing up to sing. This is from the ground up—we are writing these songs, playing these instruments and creating the arrangements.”

Lady Antebellum’s third album, Own The Night
is scheduled for release Sept. 13. The upcoming 12-cut set features the band’s fastest rising single to date, “Just a Kiss” plus 11 additional tracks. Charles, Hillary and Dave wrote or co-wrote 10 of the songs, including “We Owned The Night.”

“‘We Owned The Night’ opens the album, “says Dave excitedly, “and I really love this song. We reworked the title slightly to make it present tense for the album title–Own The Night. When people come out to our live show it’s a call to action. Be confident, live in the moment and enjoy the experiences you’re going through—own them. That’s the premise of what we wanted to say.”

Own The Night 2011 Tour
Part of the challenge of a new album is translating it into a live show. “When we were tracking ‘We Owned The Night’ in the studio,” says Hillary, “I was in the control room with Paul (Charles sings lead on it). Listening to the track inspired me to visualize our live show. I grabbed a legal pad and began drawing out the stage. That was the first sign to me that the song would be a cornerstone of this third album.”

“Many of our songs have an interplay between Charles and Hillary and we feel strongly about creating that emotion live,” adds Dave. “And being on tour with artists like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban has also given us a lot of ideas. So yeah, we’re excited to get a chance to jump up into arenas and give that a shot.”

“People want you to entertain them,” says Charles. “The fans feed off your energy. They see it on your face. So we’ve learned to let ourselves go on stage. With three people the strongest moments are when we are close and tight together. But it’s a giant stage to fill up.”

Being themselves has worked for this group. As Hillary recalls, “I’ll never forget when we were on our first radio tour and a programmer said, ‘I don’t think two lead singers, a girl and a guy are going to work.’

“Especially with the name too,” remembers Dave. “Programmers weren’t sure if people could identify with two singers. It was a risk at the time. But for us it was just like, well that’s who we are. How can we not do that?”

It’s All About Our Fans
“We stay connected with everybody in a huge way online with our webisodes and social networking,” says Dave. “After a show we pull up Twitter to see what people are saying, especially when we’re introducing a new song. We care about what they think and the internet gives us a way to get an immediate reaction.”

“All these people who spend their hard earned money on a concert ticket or a CD, they invest in us and who we are,” says Hillary. “Not just in the music we play, but in our lives. So the least we can do in return is reciprocate that trust in the form of continuing to tour, create music and do our very best at both.”

“We are just as vulnerable about this music, self-conscious and need approval like anyone else,” says Charles quietly. “We recognize we’ve been given an amazing opportunity and don’t want to let anyone down. We hit the lottery. We’re just lucky we can sing and play instruments.”

“I hope people realize we aren’t taking it all for granted,” says Dave. “This is crazy, but we want to enjoy it and do our very best. Twenty years later I hope people will talk about us and say, ‘They were just genuine people who made genuine music based upon their life experiences’.”

Lady Antebelum

Soundgarden

Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thavil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the bands full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990.

Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles Black Hole Sun and Spoonman. The band split in1997 due to internal strife over its creative direction but reunited in 2010. A new album King Animal will be released on November 13.

As of 2012, Soundgarden had sold over 10.5 million records in the US and an estimated 22.5 million worldwide. http://www.soundgardenworld.com/home

 

 

 

Poets of the Fall

Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall – singer Marko, guitarist Olli and keyboardist Captain – started out their musical adventure from scratch in 2003. Marko sold everything he had to invest in pursuing the love of his life, music, with his buddies Olli and Captain. He moved into his folks’ basement, when he couldn’t keep a place of his own any longer. The guys then built a little studio of their own in Captain’s living room for the recording and producing sessions, and kept an office in Olli’s beat up old car. The result of the recording sessions was a blend of pop, rock, metal and industrial sounds. Later the guys were joined by guitarist Jaska, bassist Jani and drummer Jari.

The band’s first single was Late Goodbye, written for the acclaimed computer game Max Payne 2. Reaching millions of people through the game, the song earned the guys international recognition and the first prize at the G.A.N.G. Awards in 2004.

Their debut album Signs of Life went straight to #1 on the Finnish album chart in January 2005, and stayed on the chart for over a year. The next album Carnival of Rust, released in April 2006, also hit the number one spot on its first week, with the debut album still on the official Top 40 chart. To date, both albums have sold platinum in Finland. The third album Revolution Roulette was released in March 2008. It also took the first place on the album chart, and broke the gold record limit in just a couple of weeks after its release. The fourth album Twilight Theater, released in March 2010, sold gold in one week, and made Finnish chart history by giving the band four number one places with their first four albums. 2011 saw the release of the first song and video compilationAlchemy Vol. 1, and the fifth studio album Temple of Thought hit the stores in March 2012.

The singles and videos released from the albums have received lots of plays on radio, TV and the net. The song Carnival of Rust was the most played Finnish song in 2006, and singles like Dreaming Wide Awake andCradled in Love have spent several weeks among the top songs on national radio and TV. The blockbuster video games Alan Wake and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare featured songs from Twilight Theater andTemple of Thought, as well as completely new songs, performed as the in-game band Old Gods of Asgard.

Among others, Poets of the Fall has received the following awards:

  • Best Finnish Act at MTV Europe Music Awards 2006
  • Best Finnish Music Video of all time in TV2’s Musiikki-TV and Best Music Video of 2006 at The Voice (video Carnival of Rust)
  • Two Emma Awards (the Finnish Grammys) in 2005 – the best debut album and the best new act
  • The Bronze Muuvi and People’s Choice Muuvi 2006 Awards (videoCarnival of Rust)
  • Best Finnish band at the NRJ Radio Awards 2006
  • Commercial Radio Stations’ Newcomer of the Year Award in 2005

Poets of the Fall has toured in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, United States, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, India and Romania.

http://www.poetsofthefall.com/

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band’s line-up has included Eddie Vedder (vocals), Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass) and Mike McCready (guitar). The band’s current drummer is Matt Cameron, also of Soundgarden, who has been with the band since 1998.

 

To date, the band has sold over 31.5 million records in the US, and an estimated 60 million worldwide. http://pearljam.com/

Enjoy! 🙂