Monthly Archives: September 2012

what i’m listening to: September 2012

there’s gigs, albums and interviews galore! Firefest 2012 in Nottingham and Shout it out Loud in Germany. here’s the September shake-up:

  1. Ratt – Shame, Shame, Shame – it’s Stephen Pearcy’s voice; so raw, gritty and sexy. A cracking tune.
  2. Buckcherry – Everything – a softer side of the blaring hard-rock Americans but a good start to get you tuned in by December for their London gig. Oh, and a new album in 2013 too!
  3. Kiss – Good Girl Gone Bad – Thickly layered and with Gene Simmons purring away, it’s an Autumn song to warm up those cold nights.
  4. White Lion – Love Don’t Come Easy – ah, if there was one band that hadn’t broken up! Still, a beautiful song and something softer if that’s your taste. Great vocals, thumping bass and heart-throb lyrics.
  5. Casanova – Back To The Wall – ballsy, gutsy and with such talent, Casanova dive from the deep and sensual to all guns blazing. King of backing vocals too.

Album of the month: it’s going to have to be Ratt – Out of the Cellar. Yep, they’ve got a track AND album of the month, they’re just that good. You may have heard them in the film, The Wrestler, or you’ve got good taste and have the vinyl. This takes you back to the original Ratt with raunchy lyrics, dirty guitars and hits like Round and Round and Back For More. A classic.
things for your diary:

  • Reckless Love – well, the band at least. UK tour and “residency” at the Barfly, London this October. Supports include the likes of French rockers BlackRain. Watch this space for reviews and exclusive interviews.
  • Firefest – the home of AOR. Taking place at Rock City in Nottingham from 19th-21st October, you can catch exclusive UK performances of bands such as XYZ (original line-up), Gotthard, Slaughter and Danger Danger. Hurry, tickets sell out nearly six months in advance but you might be lucky!
  • Shout it out Loud – heading Germany way? Stick around for the 3rd October to see Crashdiet, Dangerous Toys, Hardcore Superstar, Sister, Vain, Tuff and more. An amazing line up.
  • Sister Sin – Now and Forever due out 23rd October after a 3-month delay. They’ve set the bar high after declaring they weren’t happy with the original record. Check out the single: End of The Line.

i think that’s enough for you to be getting on with ticket ordering and diary re-shuffling, no? If not, keep an eye out here for more sound bites on the latest sleaze and rock news.

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Starbucks 1. Costa 0.

I am someone who shops on principle. This means I don’t go into Topshop because I think the prices are beyond a rip-off and I don’t like the monopoly of the Green’s; it also means I am currently boycotting Tesco milk because they continue to buy from areas that support the badger cull.

For some reason though, I find myself unable to resist the lure of Costa and Starbucks, the premium leads in the UK coffee market. For me, coffee shops are a haven; be they peaceful (admittedly not at 4pm on a weekday when students descend like seagulls on chips) and somewhere for my creative mind to whir, or vibrant, warming places for me to meet, socialise and unwind.

Costa in Aylesbury, Bucks, has the unusual luxury of having no nearby Starbucks with which to compete. It does have a Caffe Nero but counters this by providing mini-Costa’s in the town’s Odeon Cinema and Tesco Extra. Yes, it is true, Costa are pursuing world domination. But that doesn’t stop me from going.

This visit had more of a purpose though. Yes, I was meeting a friend but I was also drawn by the prospect of a new drink: the caffe caramella. Cafes and shops like this are forever re-inventing their menus to keep new-comers rolling in while re-engaging with their regulars. Starbucks’ Spiced Pumpkin Latte, for example, has recently become the new poster-boy for their Autumn drive.

I will gloss over the staff and interior; it’s not that they aren’t worth mentioning, (the staff were both good-humoured and efficient) it’s that you don’t go to these places for the service, you go for the atmoshphere. And the coffee. I am no coffee geek; I do not have a favourite blend and I do not have an extensive knowledge of the historical grounds that coffee came to us on but I do know what makes a good cup and what doesn’t.

“This new indulgent treat tastes every bit as good as it looks.” Yeah right. How many times has that come true anywhere? And, sorry, but it’s not ture again. The frothed milk and caramel sauce was indeed deliciously sweet and foamy but the coffee was too bitter, the caramel syrup barely kissing the Mocha Italia blend. It’s no match for Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiato. I’ll stick to my flavoured lattes thanks; admittedly, Costa has always impressed me with these.

So the attempt to re-engage with a regular has failed. Will it stop me going? Probably not, but if a company can’t develop successful products to move forward with to match competitors, we’re looking at a very interesting autumn and winter indeed.

 

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eat your food KERBside

KERB: Opening Launch

If you’re looking for somewhere to go next Thursday then look no further.

KERB your excitement (sorry) and head down to the launch of the much-anticipated street food crew KERB. It’s taking place on Thursday 4th October from 6-10pm next to King’s Cross under the West Handyside Canopy.

From 1pm there’ll be a food van parade up King’s Boulevard or drop by in the evening for street classics from the likes of You Doughnut, Sorbitum Ices, Bhangra Burger and sput and roast spinning records from the Chicken Van to boot.

Links:

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The Place To Eat: well, if you’re furniture shopping…

The Place To Eat: John Lewis, Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe, HP12 4NW

It’s clean, fresh and bright and, like all furniture shops on a Saturday afternoon, it’s packed. There’s elderly couples cradling cups of tea; couples carefully carting their afternoon-tea stands around middle-class mothers’ prams; children sliding a second sneaky piece of cake onto their parents’ tray and groups of friends calling to each other across the room to ask which sandwich? Milk in your tea? Get that table by the window!!

Ok, it sounds more violent and noisy than it actually was. I was impressed and surprised by how much it had changed; I have boycotted John Lewis’ cafe in the past purely because of the scene I have described above. However, today there were more tables and chairs, the food was fresher and all in all, it was a pleasure. John Lewis is a little bit out of the way of central High Wycombe, located in the Cressex Centre, but it’s near to the M40 via Handy Cross roundabout and next door to Asda and the Empire Cinema, as well as TGI Fridays.

By late afternoon most of the hot and cold lunch dishes have gone although if you’re lucky you might be able to grab the last tandoori chicken wrap or rare beef salad. But most people come to rest their weary feet from trailing around bedspreads, wardrobes and shiny living accessories that we all know nobody needs. Oh, and they come for afternoon tea, of course.

If you want the whole hog then you can pick up a dainty silver stand of miniature sultana scones, complete with pots of jam and cream. The scones are crumbly and moist, and while in my opinion the stands are simply garish, one can see who John Lewis are trying to appeal to. Loaf cakes are nestled into neat cardboard carries; sticky ginger with citrus icing was dark and dense though an added stickiness wouldn’t have gone amiss. The icing left a sharp tang, wonderfully complimentary of the gooey cake. Banoffee loaf faired better; moist and sweet, it oozed that rich ripe banana taste while the icing, a thick ripple of white drizzled with toffee sauce, was just the kind of generous accompanient you hope for, the toffee sauce binding the last few crumbs onto your fork so you don’t miss a thing.

A selection of tarts such as fruit, lemon and chocolate decorate the counter beside the loaf cakes. From here we opted for the millefeuille. It was a classic presentation of the heart-attack inspiring dessert; two thin crunchy wafers sandwiched a white elephant layer of cream. Delicate pastry collapsed under the fork, serving up a crisp texture. If I’m going to be picky then more layers would have been nice, it does mean many layers after all, but it was certainly enjoyable.

The only painful part was paying, both in terms of price and service. The staff are dreadfully slow and inefficient and sadly appear to be doing their best. They work in and around one another like an ivy plant takes over a wall and a flowerbed, yet ivy does it somewhat more successfully. Still, they were bright and cheery and kept the tables clear for arriving guests. The prices are fairly high because, like many department stores do nowadays, they have trapped you in their restaurant and so intend to squeeze out of you what they can. Yep, punishment for not buying that 42″ flat screen, 4-piece leather sofa set and matching armchair that the oh-so-helpful salesman showed you earlier. On the other hand, it’s not poor value and it’s possible to choose wisely in many cases.

So, no need to head to McDonalds in Asda next door when you’re in need of nourishment (yes, they even serve chips and childrens’ meals) and no excuse for your partner to stay behind when you go furniture shopping; you can go out ot lunch too.

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prawn nasi goreng: for that friday-feeling at the beginning of the week

Prawn Nasi Goreng:

It’s Monday night; it’s been a long day at work and you really can’t be bothered to cook. The train was late, work was, well, work and the gym was so busy you couldn’t get on your favourite treadmill. Your partner was home late, the dog was sick and the kids need help with their English homework.

Feel like a takeaway?

This Indonesian-inspired recipe takes 10 minutes to prepare and less than 15 to cook. Oh, and it’s tasty too!

Ingredients: (for 4)

  • Oil – I use spray oil and 3-4 sprays for each step. You can however, use groundnut or sunflower – about a teaspoon should be enough for each stage.
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 4 shallots
  • 1 red chilli (deseeded and sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 carrot
  • 300g white cabbage (finely sliced or shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce – ketjap manis soy sauce if you enjoy a sweeter taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 300g cooked jasmine or basmati rice (200g dry weight) – jasmine provides a more fragant flavour but wholegrain basmati is more filling and still delicious!
  • 200g peeled prawns
  • 2 big spring onion (or 4 smaller ones)

Get Cooking!:

  1. Heat oil in a wok. Add the beaten eggs and spread over the surface of the pan. Give it 30 seconds or so to set before loosening the edges so you can flip it over – like frying a pancake. Cook for a further 10 seconds and then set aside. Roll it up and slice into ribbons.
  2. Heat oil in a wok. Fry the shallots until golden and just crispy. Remove and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wok. Stir-fry the chilli, ginger, coriander and paprika. After 30 seconds add the cabbage and carrot. After 2 minutes add the soy sauce and tomato ketchup.
  4. Add in the cooked rice (if cold), the prawns and the spring onions.
  5. Cook for 2 more minutes or until the rice is hot and the prawns cooked. Add in the shallots to re-heat.
  6. Serve with the egg ribbons spread on top and a swirl of soy sauce if you wish. If you have cooked your rice separately then serve it hot with the stir-fry.

Enjoy!

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Raining Rock or just raining?

Jettblack – Raining Rock – 4th June 2012

Band:

Will Stapleton: Vocals, Guitar
Tom Wright: Bass
Matt Oliver: Drums
Jon Dow: Vocals, Guitar

Track List:

  1. Intro
  2. Raining Rock
  3. Less Torque, More Thrust
  4. Prison Of Love
  5. System
  6. Black Gold
  7. Something About This Girl
  8. Sunshine
  9. Temptation
  10. Never Gonna Give It Up
  11. In-Between Girl
  12. Side Of The Road
  13. The Sweet And The Brave
  14. Raining Rock

A quartet from the rural town of High Wycombe in Bucks, Jettblack are brash, bold and have no bones about their struggle to fund their lives as musicians. Their first album, Get Your Hands Dirty was a in-your-face mash-up of stadium rock released in June 2010 and since then they’ve toured with counterparts Airbourne, Grinspoon and Heaven’s Basement. They’ve also supported Papa Roach.

2012 is a big year for them – not only have they released their second studio album – but they’re also embarking on their first tour as solo headliners in October. So, should you go? Well, they do put on a good show, I can tell you that. And it’s a pleasure to see a band where two guitarist/vocalists manage to both perform to a high standard without cluttering the stage. The album though, well, you can’t have everything.

The Intro is well-produced but pointless before we move into the title track. Raining Rock, dare I say it, echoes elements of Spinal Tap with its weather-themed lyrics and simple, predictable riffs. It’s all a bit over-produced, even in this day and age. The latest single Prison Of Love is much better; softer and sexier to begin with but these boys just can’t resist a heavy track. No bad thing, not even here, but there’s too much focus on the drums and while there are some great elements, they’re trying to cram too much in. Black Gold was the special gem I was hoping I’d find. Okay, 7 minutes is too long, no matter how good the song is, but it’s darker and more melodic without becoming soppier. The vocals command more authority, sounding more mature, and the band seems to have more direction. Great. Something About This Girland Sunshine had a lot to live up to but using less-conventional rhythms than Jettblack are used to, gave them that edge and richer melodies are just what this album needs.

At points, more so than the debut album, the sound becomes a mesh of high-treble instruments and shouting vocals, and the songs undistinguishable– simply put, unpleasant and dull. Temptation dealt well with this, taking the vocals higher and with a more prominent bass. Never Gonna Give It Up put the band in rather more uncharted territory; a touch of cheese Stryper-style and by the next track they were trying to kick in with the attitude again. The Sweet And the Brave was one of the weaker tracks, strummed guitar and more-emotional vocals did nothing to hold it up. The refrain of Raining Rock, if you can call it that and not just a repeat, was unnecessary, seeing as it wasn’t one of the strongest songs. I noticed that all four members are credited in writing all the songs; perhaps developing a tighter writing team might help produce some catchier, more special songs. Their debut felt like they were standing up to convince you they were good, giving it their all to make you listen through. Overall, this stands up to their debut, maybe even edging ahead slightly in places, but it’s not counting down to knockout.

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Interview: fatally charming smiles and a sense of humour

Fatal Smile

Hailing from Sweden and known for their party reputation and fierce, make-up smothered image; Fatal Smile was a band that promised to be fun to interview. Sat in the bar of World’s End, Camden, guitarist Mr Y and drummer Philty, relaxed in casual clothes and flat hair, a world away from the leather-clad, white-faced rockers that would later burst onto the stage downstairs.What made you decide to self-produce the latest album 21st Century Freaks?

Philty: If you can produce a Cd that’s totally self-produced, if you can do everything, you get everything 100% pure of the sound from that band.

Mr Y: After working with legends such as Stefan Glaumann and Michael Wagener it felt natural to go and do it. We had loads to choose from but picking the 11 on the album was easy.

Philty: I still think one of the bonus tracks is the best. Maybe we’ll release a bonus track in the future.

So there’s something for fans to look forward to in the coming months. Did they enjoy producing it themselves?

Philty: We fucking hated it. We did it every day for a year. Like 9, 10 hours a day.

Mr Y: Yeahit sucked. We were so close to a nervous breakdown. But by the end it was fucking sweet. I don’t know if we’ll do it again, time will tell. Our sound totally developed more. It was better this was because we had the time and knowledge to do it. We had something in our heads, the way we wanted to have it and we didn’t stop until we had it on tape.

That would explain the long days in the studio then. Writing wise, “everyone puts in their shit together. What was it like recording? Do you collaborate, write separately etc?

Mr Y: It’s like a big fucking happy family, at the end.

Philty : (points to Mr Y) He’s the riff master, the riff lord! He records these real old-fashioned demos. He even has a drum machine that doesn’t stay in time. How do you even do that?

What are your thoughts on playing in the UK? How do you like the scene here?

Mr Y: The UK fucking rules.

Philty: Camden’s great, I love Camden.

Mr Y: We don’t get the biggest clubs to play but the people here are diehard. The UK has always been more of a punk scene though. It’s a great mix of everything; you get people you don’t see in Sweden. We really like it.”

Philty: In Sweden, metal is huge, really big. A lot of kids play metal.

So what makes you stand out in the genre?

Mr Y: The music? Or the good looking guys?

Philty: Check out our newWelcome to the Freak Show video. It’s like 4 30-second clips of just what we feel like and what we want to do.

Mr Y: It’s all about kick ass music and having fun. We actually do we love so playing music, getting drunk and getting laid.

Do you feel the new, stronger image helps?

Mr Y: Yeah, before this album we had a class hard rock image, ordinary rock’n’roll make-up and every fucking review we got they said good looking guys blah blah blah and there was no fucking focus on the music.”

Philty : We’re trying to look worse, switch it off a bit.”

Mr Y: We look worse but we play better. So it’s good.

How has the live show developed with the new album?

Philty: Loads more fire. Lots more bombs. But we can’t bring any of that here.

Mr Y: That really sucks. It’s a shame we couldn’t bring it but hopefully for the next festival we can bring it all.

What’s it like on tour with Fatal Smile?

Philty: Well there are about 6 or 7 of us.

Mr Y: Well you know, we always say like, we’re not going to drink tonight or whatever but it always ends the same way. It’s like a ticking fucking bomb

Philty: He’s the worst of them (points to Mr Y.) Sometimes you stand there and watch him and think is this actually real? What the hell is going on?  It’s like children in a candy store.

Mr Y: Yeah but candy is good, so why stop? He’s the youngest of us but also the wisest, sometimes.

Philty: I thought you were gonna say all the time.

Mr Y: Yeah, I didn’t hear that.

What have you been listening to in the genre recently?

Mr Y: With being in the studio so much we wanted music to chill to. I love it-

Philty: Yeah like waterfalls and rain and shit. We play hard rock all the time so you get kind of sick of it. I’m more into like, John Mayer and music to chill out to. But really, if I was going to get my party mode on, then it would have to be AC/DC at River Plate. Holy shit, have you seen that?

Mr Y: Yeah. It’s basically about good fucking music. Music with balls.

And what does the future hold?

Philty: Well we have lots of plans but we can’t really talk about them yet. A bunch of stuff in the next couple of weeks though.

Mr Y: Yeah like a new video. We haven’t even thought about another album, we’re just doing this right here, right now. We’re just a bunch of guys having fun. Nothing strange; all about rock’n’roll.

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Interview: Crazy Lixx on driving in London, W.A.S.P and the sleaze scene

Crazy Lixx

Crazy Lixx first played in the UK in 2005, returning to support fellow Swedes Hardcore Superstar and also playing Firefest in 2010. Today, they were here to support Fatal Smile. Vocalist Danny, guitarist Edd and drummer Joel clustered in their dressing room amidst beer, hair straighteners and more beer. Edd fiddled with an adapter, at one point even asking me if I could get it to work. I couldn’t; so much for the hair straighteners. Laid-back, chatty and with a dry sense of humour us Brits are no stranger to, Crazy Lixx let me delve into their thoughts on the latest album (Riot Avenue), the music scene and their own plans and ideas.How would you compare Riot Avenue with your debut Loud Minority?

Danny: We produced this album ourselves because the others were produced by Chris Laney so there was more of a coherent sound on those two. When it comes to song writing, I’d say it’s more like the older album. We went for a more straight hard rock style, more old school.

Edd: Yeah I guess there was certain theme to the 2nd album with all the religious stuff but we wanted to keep it simple, going for like a vintage style

Danny: We had this image of apost-apocalyptic future, Mad Max type thing. Not lyrically (laughing) more of an image in our minds.

What made the decision to have dual-guitars as opposed to lead and rhythm?

Edd: It was natural. I felt it was what I wanted to do.

Danny: We found that when we rehearsed for this live we needed the extra guitar so Andy kept recording the solos and then we did dual for the live show.

Joel: It all felt very natural; it just happened.

How does it feel to be back in the UK since 2010?

Joel: It’s nice to come back

Danny: Yeah those November shows have actually been cancelled now though.London has lots of people with a strong image and people from all different kinds of scenes.

Edd: In Sweden, there’s more competition between glam bands now.

Joel: Nobody wants to be sleaze anymore. Everyone has changed their labels to street-rock or fresh-sleaze.

Is that a shame do you think?

Danny: No, it just is. In Sweden, trends pass quickly.Calling yourself a sleaze band is kind of bad for your image.”

Edd: If you have make-up and long-hair you have a label on you that says sleaze. People are like “Oh you play sleaze?” And I’m like “No, I don’t.”

Danny got up with a rather stormy expression to slam the door shut as first band Motherload took to the stage in a scream of distorted guitar.

Joel: Playing in Malmo (where the band is from) doesn’t bring a crowd.”

It was easy to see a slight disappointment here; Malmo is Sweden’s 3rd biggest city and while hard-rockers Hardcore Superstar may enjoy a small celebrity status in the more metal-orientated city of Gothenburg, it seems Crazy Lixx don’t have that.

Danny: Our biggest following is abroad.

What about plans or hopes for the future?

Danny: Looking at sales we should try Japan because that’s where we sell half our albums. But it’s so far away. We’re gaining popularity so the US or Japan as they’re both big markets but it’s so hard to get there. We came here alone today. Our official tour guide is due tomorrow so it’s just like the good old days. We even drove ourselves. We’re not big rock-stars with crazy demands.”

Joel: Though we’d prefer someone to pick us up. Especially driving on the left hand side of the road!

Edd: But we’re so proud of the great result with the new album done by ourselves and now we’re managing to get other things done by ourselves.

Who have you enjoyed playing with over the years?

Joel: H.E.A.T.

Danny: We’ve known them for like 7 or 8 years so whenever we meet it’s always a friendly feeling. Last time we spent 5 hours playing a truth or dare contest with two of them.

Edd: We played Shout It Out Loud Festival in Germany and shared a room with the band Easy Dynamite. That was good fun. Though I’d like to play with Metallicain 1987.”

Danny: Not possible.

Edd: Danny’s smart you know, he can invent a time machine. I’ve asked him so many times.”

Danny: (laughing, in a way that said they’d been through this before) I’m working on it. But we’re supporting Gotthard and W.A.S.P  later on and we’ve heard a lot of stories about Blackie in particular that he can be quite an asshole to band so I’m looking forward to how he’ll treat us, just a small band from Sweden.

Small they may be but unambitious and quiet they certainly are not. Pick up their latest album Riot Avenue today for some great melodic stadium-style rock.

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Fatal Smile Live: a truly 21st century freakshow

Fatal Smile

It was the Swedish takeover of Camden Underworld on the night of 7th September when Fatal Smile and support act Crazy Lixx delivered thundering and raucous performances to a varied crowd. Playing alongside them were British rock bands Motherload and Wildside Riot.

The former, hailing from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, played their mix of classic rock with remarkable dignity and passion for a band facing a crowd of three people. Nevertheless, the drummer drove from the back seat of the stage, flailing arms and sticks a testimony to his enthusiasm and, while they were off as quickly as they were on, they didn’t pass without an impact.

Wildside Riot was less successful. A 5 piece melodic sleaze band, if you don’t know them already, didn’t exactly live up to the “instantly infectious” songs described on their website. The set was rather monotonous, delivered with a charisma akin to that of an overripe banana.  A bigger crowd found their way down to the main room to watch though their enthusiasm was limited.

Crazy Lixx was obviously hotly anticipated. I’d say it was unlikely anyone wasn’t there to see this band. As the floor thronged with fans, the band was greeted with a roar of noise. The band’s sound was solid, the performance tight and it was good to see vocalist Danny Rexon confident and competent with asking for the vocals to be raised in the mix; he was right, they were too far down. The stage at times seemed cluttered with the recent addition of second guitarist Edd. The dual solos with original guitarist, Andy, confused who was the dominant player though the thickened sound was no bad thing. Edd added some much needed fun and passion to the show while Andy’s experience and easily-deployed talent was evident in his playing. I felt Rexon could have engaged more; the show felt rather cold and impersonal even though it was professional. Spoken words were few and the rapport with the crowd floundered, though the diehard fans were determined to get their 2-cents worth in, chanting along to Lock Up Your Daughter, Hell or High Water and In The Night. Speeding through a medley of songs from all three albums, it is hard to fault the preparations made for Lixx’s performance; I just wish they had been as affable and laid-back as they had been during the interview backstage.

The headlining act, Fatal Smile, appeared to be the underdogs as the crowd slowly seeped back from the bar when they burst onto the stage. I’m not sure the band ever reached the numbers that Crazy Lixx entertained. It quickly became apparent however that this was not a show to miss. With white faces, streaks of war paint and the usual array of chains, leather and shaggy hair, the band brought with them a passion for a show unseen during the night so far. Wild-eyed and glaring, they immediately engaged with the whole crowd, erupting into the latest album’s title track Welcome To The Freakshow. When listening to his album I had some trouble with how undistinguished some of the tracks were from each other but the live show brought these songs to a new level with a high-quality sound and a band that just didn’t tire. By the time we reached the ballad For The Last In Time they were beginning to lose the crowd a little – playing successive ballads does that – and I don’t recommend singing along to a backing track either. Blades announced it as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio and I’m sure, somewhere deep underground, is a funny little, but much-loved man, akin to some sort of elf, turning in his grave.

Never fear though, vocalist Blades was quickly running into the crowd, screaming at fans to Run For Your Lives before a blood-curdling ending of S.O.B. rounded off the performance. By that time, they had everyone stamping for more but some curfews just have to be kept. I don’t know how exciting this performance would be for a second or even a third time but Fatal Smile certainly gave it their all; the most wonderful freak show.

Interviews to follow!

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gig to go to: Buckcherry

Buckcherry: 6th December, Electric Ballroom, London

Arriving in the UK on 20th November, American rock band Buckcherry will be performing a string of shows across the country. They formed back in 1995 and have since released 5 albums, their sixth due or release this year. Tickets are £16 and can be found at ticketmaster, ticketweb and seetickets. The gig will also include so-far unannounced special guests.

With hits including Sorry, Crazy Bitch and Lit Up the band have had success across all their albums and I’m hoping for yet another lyrically-deep and musically-explorative album in Confessions. Vocalist Josh Todd has a mammoth set of lungso on him and the show is a real pleasure to watch; the band is solid and well-rehearsed with a trademark raw, rough sound that emulates their life on the fringe of the rock’n’roll scene.

The band is also fairly well known for their pending lawsuit with manager Allan Kovac, claiming he conspired to poach both the Buckcherry name and Todd himself. The band have toured with Lenny Kravitz, AC/DC, KISS and The 69 Eyes. Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson are the only original band members.

It was rumoured that Todd would become the lead vocalist of the roject led by Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum (2002-2005) but after Todd spent a month in the studio he was dropped from the project by Slash. Todd spoke up, saying “It was amazing, the band was slamming, and then Slash just came in one day and just shit-canned the whole thing”. Slash later wrote in his autobiography, that he was displeased with how Todd’s voice sounded when they played the material back.

So we have something to thank Slash for. We still have Buckcherry.

Links: www.buckcherry.com

http://www.electricballroom.co.uk/whatson/whatson.html

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