Monthly Archives mars 2012

An interview with Serenity.

I spoke to Georg Neuhauser and Thomas Buchberger from Serenity in their dressing room before their headline show at the Underworld in Camden, London on 25th March 2012. Pythia singer Emily Ovenden who was also in the dressing room and who I know well, joined in at times with a few comments starting moments after I walked into the dressing room.

Emily: Don’t tell him anything, he’s a troublemaker !

Festivalphoto: Your current album, Death and Legacy came out last year. How has the album been going down with fans?

Georg: First of all, the reactions were great...

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Black Stone Cherry & Rival Sons – HMV Forum, London – 28/03/2012

The night started with Rival Sons who had a very impressive turnout – often here people stay in the pub till the headliner but Rival sons had the place packed out for their set and the huge amount of applause proved people were here early to see them not just to get a good spot for Black Stone Cherry’s set. 

The band are in good form tonight and their 70s influenced sound goes down very well with the crowd. As well as playing plenty of stuff from their debut album (Pressure and time) during their 45 minute set, we are also treated to some new songs as well (I’d love to be able to tell you what they were called but if they said then I missed that, but they certainly sounded damn good).

Despite the venue being packed, they announced towards the end of their set that they’d be coming out to...

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Eklipse – A night in strings

Eklipse are a group of four young ladies who play classical music and who joined forces in 2011. As Eklipse they play classical versions of various pop and rock songs. This is obviously going to draw comparisons with Apocalyptica who play heavy metal songs on the cello.
Unlike Apocalyptica, Eklipse don’t just use cellos – instead they play viola, violins and the cello. This does give them a quite different sound to Apocalyptica.

Unlike Apocalyptica, Eklipse have chosen a much more pop oriented range of songs to cover, with songs on the album being from Kate Bush, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Depeche Mode and Linkin Park amongst others.

Eklipse are clearly not afraid to use their looks to help promote their music and don’t try and pretend that sex appeal doesnt affect sales...

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Northern Soul: 20 Original Classics Volume 2

Various Artists
Northern Soul: 20 Original Classics Volume 2
Out 16th April 2012 on Spectrum Audio

Since its release in July 2010, Northern Soul: 20 Original Classics has sold over 74,000 o.t.c. Now two years later the same team are pleased to present volume 2.

This collection of 20 Original Northern Soul classics provides the listener with an overview of a style of black American soul music which swept across England in the late 60s & 70s. Emerging from the British mod scene in northern England, the style initially focused on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the Tamla Motown sound of the time but expanded to take on other styles.

The album features household names including The Supremes, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles & The Temptations alongside lesser-known artists made famous by the gen...

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Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream – April 2nd

With the release of her nineteenth album, Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt is starting anew. The album marks her return to studio recording after seven years; it’s coming out as the launch of her own label, Redwing Records; and it delivers some of the most surprising and rewarding music of her remarkable career, thanks in part to some experimental sessions with celebrated producer Joe Henry.

The years before and after Raitt’s last album, 2005’s acclaimed Souls Alike, weren’t an easy time for her, with the passing of parents, her brother, and a best friend...

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KREATOR – reveal more album details!

Germanys thrash export no. 1, KREATOR, have revealed more details on the bands upcoming album, „Phantom Antichrist“.

The tracklist of the album reads as follows:

01. Mars Mantra
02. Phantom Antichrist
03. Death To The World
04. From Flood Into Fire
05. Civilisation Collapse
06. United In Hate
07. The Few, The Proud, The Broken
08. Your Heaven In My Hell
09. Victory Will Come
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again
11. Iron Destiny (Japan exclusive)

Limited Edition Bonus DVD:

– Conquerers of the ice – The making of Phanom Antichrist
– Harvesting the grapes of Horror
Live at Wacken Open Air in 2011 and 2008.
Mixed by Klaus Scheuermann.
Edited by Marcel Schleif and Stephan Lier
W.O.A. 2011:
01. Choir Of The Damned
02. Hordes Of Chaos
03. War Curse
04. Coma Of Souls / Endless Pain

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The Kinks for Record Store Day 2012

Three vinyl reissues – ‘Arthur’, ‘Face To Face’ and ‘Something Else’ – released April 21st on Universal

The Kinks jump on board for Record Store Day 2012 with three vinyl reissues; classic albums ‘Arthur’ (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)’, ‘Face To Face’ and ‘Something Else’, released April 21st on Universal.

Based around fictional character Arthur Morgan – a carpet-layer inspired by Ray Davies’ brother-in-law Arthur Anning – ‘Arthur’ is a canonical Kinks concept album from 1969. This 2-LP edition reissue comes on white coloured vinyl.

‘Face To Face’ was released in 1966 and represents the first full flowering of Ray Davies’ songwriting; narrative-rich, with wry social commentary...

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On May 21st 2012, Universal is set to release the last three solo albums which Sandy Denny recorded for Island Records during her lifetime. The release coincides with a special tribute tour – “The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny” – which commences on May 19th.

Each of the three albums is now presented as a deluxe two-disc edition: SANDY, was released in September 1972 and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year; LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALTZ, from June 1974 and RENDEZVOUS which was released in May 1977, less than a year before her death in April 1978...

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Auction for the promise club – 100 club, London

The night started With Meisha. Sadly when they came on stage at 8pm the venue was almost deserted. 
To make things worse the sound was awful. The keyboards were way too prominent and this detracted from the overall sound and enjoyment.  The dozen or so fans present were vocal in their support but with so few people there was simply no atmosphere. 
The vocals were good and the  music might have been good with decent sound but its hard to tell when the sound is so bad.  By the end of their set the audience had grown to around 30 people – still an embarrassingly poor turnout. 

Next up were Suzerain, who had a much rockier sound than Meisha. They too had sound problems but these were at least resolved fairly early on...

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An Interview with The Answer

Ant May from Festivalphoto spoke to Paul Mahon, guitarist with The Answer shortly before their gig at Rock City in Nottingham earlier this month.

Festivalphoto: You’re currently on tour with The Union. Are there any gigs or festival appearances planned for later in the year.

Paul: At the moment its mainly European festivals, and then we’ll see whether it’s Download or Sonisphere, that’s the big question this summer.

Festivalphoto: Any preference which you’d like to play?

Paul: Happy to do either. We did Sonisphere last summer, really good, very refreshing. I think with Download it’s getting very mainstream, I think maybe they’re trying to cater to too many different tastes...

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