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Monday, March 18, 2024

INCOMING!! Speed Limit

 


Time capsules are mysterious treasure chests of history, captivating with their often enigmatic and curiosity-piquing nature, stirring the imagination and exploratory desire of future generations. They act as bridges between eras, containing carefully selected objects, information, and messages that provide insights into the life, culture, and aspirations of their time. Such a musical time capsule is represented by The Broken Record: Chorus Sound Tapes 1990 from the Austrian heavy metal, or rather hard rock band Speed Limit, which will be officially released for the first time in 2024 after remaining hidden for nearly thirty-five years.


Last year, the band Speed Limit celebrated their musical revival with the album "Cut A Long Story Short," which remained in the top 10 of the official rock and metal charts for several weeks and also showed a strong presence on the sales charts of Amazon and iTunes. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the formation from Salzburg, the band announces several surprises, among which the release of the long-believed-lost album "The Broken Record" marks the beginning. Originally recorded in 1990 at the Chorus Sound Studios in Vienna, this work was intended as the group's second studio album. Unfortunately, a release did not materialize at that time.In 1990, Speed Limit was at the pinnacle of their creativity. Following the success of their mini album "Prophecy," which gained widespread recognition in the international heavy metal scene with tracks like "Lady" and "Dead Eyes," the band was named Austria's best metal act in a competition by the Austrian magazine "Rennbahn Express." The jury included legends such as Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden and Gene Simmons from Kiss.


Concerts alongside bands like U.D.O, MANIAC, or CHROMING ROSE, coupled with various festival and TV appearances, significantly increased Speed Limit's fame in the European metal scene. The band from Salzburg thus established themselves well beyond national borders, and their future seemed assured.


At the same time as Speed Limit parted ways with their guitarist Hel Lennart and found a suitable replacement in Joe Eder, the former guitarist of Torso, they entered the Chorus Studio in Vienna to work on a new album. However, the recording process took longer than expected, leading the band to take breaks to play some concerts. The initially planned release date for the album had to be repeatedly postponed and was eventually abandoned for reasons that are no longer entirely clear today. During this tense phase, singer Steven Hogger left the band. The album remained unreleased for a long time – until today.


In addition to the original versions of some songs that later appeared in revised form on the albums "Perfect Inspiration" (1992) and "Moneyshot" (2010), "The Broken Record" offers an exciting acoustic testament. It impressively documents the musical evolution of the Salzburg heavy metal and hard rock band and includes some unknown works of Speed Limit.


In the opening track "Back in Black," Speed Limit tells the story of a young person breaking free from societal conventions and finding their identity in music. This song serves as a clear homage to the rock icons AC/DC. Lyrically, Speed Limit presents themselves from a particularly profound perspective. The heavy hard rocker "Rock 'N' Roll Insanity" deals with freedom on one hand and the love for music and the life of a musician on the other, while the up-tempo metal song "Telling A Tale" addresses the hypocrisy of Christianity, criticizing dogmatism by questioning the futility of blind faith rules and the preaching of a priest as merely telling stories. In contrast to the speed of this piece is then the moderate hard rocker "Black Dessous." First released in 1992 on the official album "Perfect Inspiration", the original version also deals with passion and desire.


A topic that is also explored in the fast heavy metal banger "After Midnight." The song discusses the interplay of attraction and rejection between two people, intensifying in a nocturnal setting. The hard rocker "Fly With The Eagle," which was first released in a revised form on Speed Limit's 2010 album "Moneyshot" as "Fly Like The Eagle," addresses the desire for boundless freedom.


The original version of "Higher & Higher" deals with the theme of a fleeting romance, seeking a continuous escalation of passion. "It Ain’t Easy," another relatively unknown title from Speed Limit's repertoire, comes at a moderate pace and explores the hurdles and sacrifices that come with being a musician. With the hard rock song "Nights Alone," typical of its time, Speed Limit addresses the themes of loneliness and longing, while the original version of the fast hard rocker "Head Over Heels" tells the story of a woman desperately searching for love, only to face disappointments repeatedly and lose herself in a vicious cycle of despair and longing.


The cover versions of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and Huey Smith's "Don’t HaHa" in their original versions provide a fitting conclusion to "The Broken Record: Chorus Sound Tapes."


For over forty years now, the band Speed Limit from the Austrian city of Salzburg has stood for melodic heavy metal and hard rock. The musical journey of Speed Limit began in 1984 when the two bands Ampere and Speed Limit merged and thereafter performed together under the more sonorous name Speed Limit. From the beginning, the lineup included bassist Chris Pawlak, guitarists Chris Angerer and Joachim 'Jocky' Brunner, singer Hans Huthmann, and drummer Andreas 'Andy' Rethmeier.

Speed Limit's concerts quickly became a central meeting point for the Austrian and Bavarian metal scene and enjoyed great popularity. With their debut album 'Unchained', released in 1986 via Die Mühle Recordings, the band solidified their reputation. Songs like "Burning Steel" and "Fight To Survive" are now considered classics by Speed Limit, and 'Unchained' is today sought after as a coveted collector's item among enthusiasts. After several concerts that took the band all over Austria and the southeast of Germany, singer Hans Huthmann and guitarist Joachim Brunner left the band.


With the Bavarian frontman Steven Hogger and guitarist Hel Lennart, Speed Limit quickly found suitable replacements and worked on the now legendary mini album "Prophecy," which was released in 1988 via Breaking Records. This release enabled Speed Limit to achieve success in several European countries. Tours through Austria, Hungary, and Italy were commonplace at the time, as were an extensive series of television appearances and airplay of the clips for "Lady" and "Dead Eyes," which helped to cement Speed Limit's popularity. Contributions to compilations that reached as far as Japan did their part, and Speed Limit achieved international success with "Prophecy."


Concerts with U.D.O. or Chroming Rose were common, and in 1990, Speed Limit was chosen by the magazine Rennbahn Express as the best Austrian metal act. The jury included Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden and Gene Simmons from Kiss. At this time, Speed Limit was tirelessly working on the follow-up to "Prophecy," which was scheduled for release in 1990, but unfortunately never materialized. Frustrated by this situation, singer Steven Hogger threw in the towel and was replaced by the Bavarian singer Chris T. Ebert.


With the lineup of Chris T. Ebert (vocals), Chris Angerer (guitar), Joe Eder (guitar), Chris Pawlak (bass), and Andreas Rethmeier (drums), Speed Limit came together in 1992 at the Kick-Sound Studio in Salzburg and, together with Peter Wehrham and Peter W. Kevin, produced the official second studio album "Perfect Inspiration." In addition to songs like "Nightmares" and "Serenade 45," the album also featured new recordings of the until then unreleased songs "Nights Alone," "Head Over Heels," and "Black Dessous." Extensive concert tours, TV appearances, and radio interviews followed. However, during this time, the band faced internal differences. Founding member and drummer Andreas Rethmeier left the band, and in the short term, U8 drummer Kurt Rumpf stepped in before he handed over to Boogie Stuff drummer Fred Forrester.


With him, Speed Limit played a well-attended and warmly received unplugged tour to promote their new work "Perfect Inspiration". The concerts of this tour were recorded and rest today in the band's archives. Although public and media interest in Speed Limit did not wane, "Perfect Inspiration" could not replicate earlier successes. The trends of the music scene at the time dictated otherwise. Heavy metal and traditional hard rock generally had a difficult time during that period, and in November 1994, Speed Limit disbanded after their farewell concert at the then newly built Rockhouse in Salzburg.


In 2008, Speed Limit surprised everyone with the announcement of their reunion. Alongside bassist Chris Pawlak and guitarists Chris Angerer and Joe Eder, vocalist Steven Hogger was also back on board. Andy Rethmeier did not participate in the reunion; his position on drums was taken over by Wolf Krug.


The five flagship rockers from Salzburg made it clear from the start that this should not be seen as a comeback but as a new beginning. The news of the reunion spread like wildfire after the first band rehearsals, and soon Speed Limit were invited to open for Nazareth in Austria. On April 12, 2008, Speed Limit took to the stage together for the first time in almost fifteen years, precisely at the Gusswerk in Salzburg, and were enthusiastically greeted by around 1300 rock fans.

This reinforced the desire for a reunion.


The official reunion show of Speed Limit took place in front of a packed Rockhouse in Salzburg. Shortly thereafter, they embarked on a short tour with Uriah Heep. At the same time, they performed as co-headliners at the Austro Rock Festival in Salzburg alongside No Bros and Blind Petition. The reunion tour continued in 2009, with Speed Limit performing at the Celtic Metal Festival in Hallein among others, and successfully touring through southern Germany, including shows with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.


To finally complete their comeback album, Speed Limit briefly paused their live activities and released the album "Moneyshot" in November 2010 through Pure Rock Records. "Moneyshot" was well-received by the international press and reached the top 30 of the German metal/rock charts, where it remained for seven weeks. Around the same time, Karthago, a sub-label of Pure Steel, re-released the two works "Unchained" and "Prophecy" together in a bundle.


Live, Speed Limit was known for their performances at festivals, in clubs, and as support, as well as for their own event, the Classic Metal Summit, where they shared the stage with genre heavyweights like Pink Cream 69, Pretty Maids, Bonfire, Dynamite, and Shakra. In 2012, the band was hit hard by Steven Hogger's surprising decision to leave Speed Limit, especially since they were in the pre-production phase of their new album. Ritchie Krenmeier, known from Stigma 4, was chosen as his successor. Unfortunately, a certain lack of inspiration within the band led to the end of their collaboration with Ritchie Krenmeier and drummer Wolf Krug. For a while, this seemed to spell the definitive end for Speed Limit, but long- time members Chris Angerer, Chris Pawlak, and Joe Eder decided to make a fresh start.


With drummer Hannes Vordermeyer and Manuel Bretl, they released the album "Anywhere We Dare" in 2017 through Pure Rock Records, convincing long-time fans with songs like "Sweet Morphine", "Retired Hero", "Bridges", and "Sign Of The Times". An extensive concert tour once again showcased the unbroken energy of Speed Limit. In 2018, Manuel Bretl left the band.


After an unsuccessful search for a new singer, drummer Hannes Vordermeyer took on the role of lead vocalist. This was followed by concerts, and the production of the follow-up album to "Anywhere We Dare" began.


In December 2022, Speed Limit signed a long-term record deal with the German independent label NRT-Records, which was set not only to release the new album "Cut A Long Story Short" on June 17, 2023, but also to make Speed Limit's legendary back catalog available again after a long time. For the first time, "Perfect Inspiration" was released on all common music portals.


Tobias Schönbeck from HOEVER Film remastered the band's music videos, which were re-released by NRT-Records. With the single and its accompanying video for "Hit The Wall," Speed Limit initiated a new era and presented their new work "Cut A Long Story Short" live at the Rockhouse Salzburg on June 17, 2023. Both "Cut A Long Story Short" and the singles "Hit The Wall" and "Shine Brighter Than The Sun" managed to stay in the top ten of the official rock and metal charts for several weeks and reached high positions in the Amazon and iTunes sales charts.


In November of the same year, Speed Limit, along with U.D.O., entertained at the Wildstyle & Tattoo fair in Salzburg.


Nearly simultaneously, NRT-Records, Speed Limit's label, stumbled upon a previously unreleased album by the band from the year 1990. Driven by curiosity and amazed by the quality of the material, the label wondered why this album had never seen the light of day and entered a „Challenge Accepted“ mode.


After intense discussions with the band members, it was decided to release the album in honor of the band's 40th anniversary under the title "The Broken Record: Chorus Sound Tapes."


On April 26, 2024, approximately 34 years after its original completion, this energetic album will be officially released for the first time, capturing not only the essence of 80s hard rock and heavy metal but also still proving to be convincing today.


The year 2024 promises to be a year full of events for Speed Limit. In addition to the long-awaited release of "The Broken Record," numerous live performances are also scheduled. They will perform at Explosiv in Graz on Friday, May 3, and at Rockhouse in Salzburg on October 3. Furthermore, additional performances are planned, and the release of a live album for the band's anniversary is currently in intensive preparation.


Artist: Speed Limit

Title: The Broken Record - Chorus Sound Tapes

Release date: 04-26-2024

Type: Digital Album

Genre: Heavy Metal / Hard Rock / Melodic Metal

Label: NRT-Records

Labelcode: 101254

GTIN: 4099885893728


Line-Up (1990): 

Steven Hogger: Lead Vocals

Chris Angerer: Guitars

Joe Eder: Guitars

Chris Pawlak: Bass Guitar

Andreas „Andy“ Rethmeier: Drums


Songs 1 to 10 were written and composed by: Speed Limit

Song 11 by: Huey Smith & Johnny Vincent

Song 12 by: Michael Jackson

Produced by: Walter l. Huber & Peter Hacker

Studio: Chrous Sound Studio

Cover Artwork: Joe Eder

Photo copyright: Karl „Charly“ Swoboda

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Digital dynamite: The Wall live

 This week's digital dynamite is a double CD that was long cried out for by Pink Floyd's fans.







"Is There Anybody There? -The Wall Live is a concert recording taken from The Wall Tour of Floyd to.support the album and movie.

This original book format release from 2000 was released by EMI and Pink Floyd Music. A reissue would later appear as a standard CD but the book version contains some wonderful photos and details.on the band and the live show.

The band never wanted this release and fought many years to block it as the album and your was such a sore point for Floyd. Bassist Roger Waters would leave after the following album such was the anguish within the band.

The CD is careful not to say when the recording is from exactly or if it had been reworked but fans still delighted in finally getting a live recording of the classic album.it is generally accepted that the album is an amalgamation of shows from 1980 &81 at Londons Earls Court

 A live video remains a holy grail for Floyd fans.

https://www.discogs.com/release/516378-Pink-Floyd-Is-There-Anybody-Out-There-The-Wall-Live-1980-81




Monday, March 11, 2024

Iconic vinyl: Marillion The Thieving Magpie

 Also called La Gazza Ladra; This live double album is important to Marillion and rock fans in general for one main reason.

It marks the end of an era for the band as the tour from which the album was spawned was the last ever with original vocalist Fish.

Fish left the band soon after to follow his own musical path with mixed success and Marillionrecruited a new singer called Steve Hogarth for the next and all subsequent albums.

Fish never returned to Marillion so this album marked a great lasting legacy of the classic line up

Also look out for the video Live at Lorelei from the same tour on video and YouTube

The album was released on vinyl and cassette in 1988 by EMI. A CD version was later resissued

https://www.discogs.com/master/16111-Marillion-The-Thieving-Magpie-La-Gazza-Ladra











Friday, March 8, 2024

Digital dynamite! Journey Time3

This week's digital dynamite

Journey Time3





This 3 CD hardbook set is a fantastic compilation from Journeys back catalogue plus 11 unreleased (at the time) tracks!

The book is packed with photos, stories and interviews of the band and this makes great reading as you are taken on a musical trip through, erm, well time from their early songs with Greg Rolie up to Raised on Radio . 55 songs all sounding awesome. Well worth tracking down.

Released by Columbia Records originally in this format in 1992. Also later resissued in a jewel case format


https://www.discogs.com/release/2590546-Journey-Time%C2%B3

Thursday, March 7, 2024

FM celebrates 40th Anniversary in style!


40TH ANNIVERSARY (1984–2024)


NEW ALBUM – "OLD HABITS DIE HARD"

RELEASED BY FRONTIERS RECORDS – FRIDAY MAY 3, 2024

PRE-ORDER ALBUM


NEW SINGLE – "OUT OF THE BLUE" (Vid bottom of article)

RELEASED WEDNESDAY MARCH 6, 2024

Old Habits Die Hard is the fourteenth studio album from the legendary British AOR rock band, FM. The album is released by Frontiers Records on Friday May 3, 2024, and available to pre-order from https://orcd.co/oldhabitsdiehard.

The first single “Out of The Blue” is released Wednesday March 6th and is available on all streaming platforms from https://orcd.co/fmoutoftheblue.

Released to coincide with the band's 40th Anniversary (1984 – 2024), vocalist, guitarist and founding member Steve Overland says, “the new album encompasses the best melodic elements of the band’s illustrious 40-year spanning career.

‘We really looked at what made the most popular FM albums great and tried to focus on that,” says Steve about the new album Old Habits Die Hard.

FM are known by many for their big choruses, twin lead guitars and Steve Overland’s intimate, yet powerful vocals, and clean guitar sound. Following 2022’s Thirteen album, Old Habits Die Hard was delayed slightly by keyboard player Jem Davis’ cancer diagnosis (thankfully he’s now received the all-clear) and then by the sudden passing of FM’s founding guitarist Chris Overland (Steve’s brother), which hit the band hard.

“Chris’s passing came out of the blue and it was devastating,” says Steve. To add insult to injury, close friend of the band and long-time collaborator of Jim Kirkpatrick, guitarist Bernie Marsden passed away just two days after Chris.”

The tragedies that plagued the band through the recording process only reinforced FM’s resolve and desire to make the best album that they could to represent their 40 years in the business. The new album is also a fitting tribute to Chris Overland.

Over the past 12 months, during their extensive touring schedule, FM produced the album themselves and recorded the bulk of it at their own Dale View and Electric Pepperland recording studios.

Opening track and first single “Out of The Blue” was a song that originated from keyboard player Jem Davis. Says Jem, “the band love the music of Toto and Foreigner and so I tried to put those influences into one track. ‘Once Steve got involved and started singing it, I knew that we were onto something special.”

“Out Of the Blue is a song that old school FM fans will really latch on to,” says Steve. “So far, the reaction to the track has been amazing.”

The album continues with the rocker “Don’t Need Another Heartache” an AC/DC meets Foreigner anthem with an infectious chorus. ‘This song will probably be in the live set for the 40th anniversary tour as it’s one of our favourites from the album,” explains drummer and founder FM member, Pete Jupp.

Whatever It Takes” and “No Easy Way Out” are typical FM melodic tracks and could fit seamlessly on to one of the bands earlier classic albums. Bass player and founder member Merv Goldsworthy explains, “No Easy way Out has the big typical FM chorus. It’s a massive hook. The kind of thing that we’ve become known for. It’s one of my favourites on the album.”

The heavier side of the album is represented by “Lost,” “Another Day in My World,” and “Leap of Faith.” Whilst more hard hitting, these songs embody the catchy melodic choruses that FM are known for.

“Cut Me Loose,” “California,” and “Blue Sky Mind” are poppier, more feelgood tracks. “Blue Sky Mind” was conceived again by keyboard player Jem Davis who originally wrote the song about his experience with his cancer diagnosis. ‘That song really was therapy for me. It was important that I got it out of my system and into music,” says Jem.


“Black Water” is a brooding, bluesy track that grows and grows. ‘This is a real favourite of mine,” says FM guitarist, Jim Kirkpatrick. “I could hear Brian May playing the guitar solo, so I pulled out my Brian May signature guitar and tried to do my best impersonation of him. Hopefully I got somewhere close.”


 



Track Listing

1. Out of the Blue (4.21)

2. Don’t Need Another Heartache (4.35)

3. No Easy Way Out (3.54)

4. Lost (5.20)

5. Whatever It Takes (4.37)

6. Black Water (4.52)

7. Cut Me Loose (4.34)

8. Leap of Faith (4.05)

9. California (5.17)

10. Another Day in My World (4.14)

11. Blue Sky Mind (5.06)


Production Credits

Old Habits Die Hard

Produced by FM

Mixed by Jeff Knowler

Mastered by Jim Griffiths at Principal Audio

Photography by Paul Stuart Hollingsworth

Recorded at West3 Productions, Tremelo, Electric Pepperland, Morsecode Studios, JK Studios

All songs written by - Overland/Goldsworthy/Jupp/Davis/Kirkpatrick


 Track by Track


Out of the Blue – “I wrote this song in Lanzarote, says FM’s keyboardist, Jem Davis. “It’s about a guy who is completely happy in his own little world, and suddenly his partner declares she’s not, and is calling it a day! This comes to him out of the blue, but he’s not going to give in and lose her without a fight.”


Don’t Need Another Heartache – “This is one of the bluesier tracks on the album, kind of early Foreigner/Bad Company vibe,” says Steve Overland. “It’s about a guy that’s been in a bad relationship for too long, but he’s finally had enough.”


No Easy Way Out – “This was one of the first songs written for the album,” says Steve. “It’s about a guy that’s been down on his luck and knows it won’t be easy but is determined to pick himself up.”


Lost – This is a real AOR groove rocker,” says Steve. “It’s about someone who had it all, lost it, and wants it all again.”


Whatever It Takes – “This is the ballad of the album, really,” says Steve. “It’s a song about a guy who worships a girl from a distance but doesn’t have the words to tell her… a familiar story.”


Black Water – “This initially had the working title of Havana, says Jem. “It turned out to be about a someone from Deep South, USA. No matter how far he travelled, the strong pull of home was always going to draw him back.”


Cut Me Loose – “This song is about a relationship that’s faded,” reflects Steve. “It’s time to move on, but how hard that can be if you’ve been together for a long time?”


Leap Of Faith – “This one is the opposite to Cut Me Loose,” explains Steve. “it’s a great riff to open the track. The story tells how if you lose the spark, and you both want to, you can get it back if you both want it.”



California – Musically, I was looking for an old school Indiscreet vibe in the style of Other Side Of Midnight or American Girls,” says Merv. “As a kid I'd watch the Beverly Hillbillies and 77 Sunset Strip. It all seemed so different to where I grew up in the North of England. Sun, beaches, surfing, great weather and, of course, all the great movie studios. I wasn't even sure it was real or make believe.


Another Day in My World – “This tells the story of a guy who has always gone unnoticed and has spent his life in the shadows,” explains Steve. “Suddenly, he wants to change that and make his mark in life.”


Blue Sky Mind – “No one knows how they will react when being diagnosed with cancer, “Says Jem. “When I was diagnosed January 2023, I found my way of dealing with it was just to stay positive. Nothing you can do. I received the all-clear in September. It’s about staying positive and leaving the neg behind. I like this being the last track. It’s a positive message to everyone dealing with cancer!”


"OLD HABITS DIE HARD"

40TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR 2024

FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS

BRAVE RIVAL*, COLLATERAL**,

ROMEO’S DAUGHTER***, & HAND OF DIMES****


TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM

THEGIGCARTEL.COM & FMOFFICIAL.COM


NANTWICH, CIVIC HALL

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2024

Special Guests: Brave Rival*


BRIGHTON, CONCORDE

FRIDAY 5 APRIL 2024

Special Guests: Brave Rival*


MILTON KEYNES, STABLES

SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2024

Special Guests: Brave Rival*


NOTTINGHAM, RESCUE ROOMS

FRIDAY 3 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Collateral**


GATESHEAD, GLASSHOUSE ICM

SATURDAY 4 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Collateral**


LEEDS, BRUDENELL

SUNDAY 5 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Collateral**


BURY ST EDMUNDS, APEX

FRIDAY 10 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Collateral**


BIRMINGHAM, ASYLUM

SATURDAY 11 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Romeo's Daughter***


CARDIFF, TRAMSHED

FRIDAY 17 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Hand of Dimes ****


NEWBURY, ARLINGTON ARTS

SATURDAY 18 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Collateral**


EXETER, PHOENIX

SUNDAY 19 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Hand of Dimes ****


SOUTHAMPTON, 1865

FRIDAY 24 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Brave Rival*


LONDON, DINGWALLS

SATURDAY 25 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Brave Rival*


GLASGOW, ORAN MOR

FRIDAY 31 MAY 2024

Special Guests: Collateral**


ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE

SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2024

Special Guests: Collateral**


Band photo by Paul Stuart Hollingsworth


 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Bywater Call release new single and announce tour dates

 


On Monday 4th March, Canadian roots, rock, and soul band Bywater Call are excited to release HOLLER, their first single of 2024. The single coincides with the news of the band’s October 2024 Headline UK Tour.


Planet Rock will start a 48-hour ticket pre-sale at 10am GMT on Monday March 4 via Planetrock.com. Tickets go on general sale 10am on Wednesday March 6 at The Gig Cartel.

A vivacious, delta blues-based stomper, Holler, is available on all streaming platforms.. The music video for the new single is available to watch on YouTube HERE.



“Lyrically and musically, Holler embodies seedy motel rooms, dirty little secrets, and a woman who knows what she wants, unashamedly and without apology,” says Bywater Call’s lead singer, Meghan Parnell. “The song embraces uninhibited passion.”

From guitarist Dave Barnes’ haunting first notes on resonator guitar, alongside Meghan’s low-fi, high-quality serenade, all the way through to the climax, this song is an infectious blend of catchy melodies, pulsating beats, and powerful, soaring vocals.

Holler was recorded and mixed by Bywater drummer Bruce McCarthy at his studio. The BeatFarm in Toronto, Canada.  The new single follows the 2023 releases of singles Sweet Maria and For All We Know, which received rave reviews from UK, Europe, and North America.

Sweet Maria, an uplifting New Orleans romp, and For All We Know, a rootsy hymn of redemption and self-recognition, along with Holler will appear on Bywater Call’s highly anticipated forthcoming third studio album, set to be released worldwide Summer 2024.

Often transcending genres, Bywater Call is known for their dynamic, emotional live shows, featuring powerful vocals and exciting interplay between all band members.

Bywater Call’s music is an exploration of life’s highs and lows.  From intimate ballads that lay bare the complexities of human emotion to electrifying anthems that demand to be played at full volume. Their catalogue is a journey through human experience, incorporating influences from The Band, The Wood Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Otis Redding, Little Feat, Sly and the Family Stone, among others.


BYWATER CALL

OCTOBER 2024 UK TOUR


PLANET ROCK 48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE

STARTS 10AM MONDAY 4TH MARCH 2024 VIA PLANETROCK.COM


TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE: WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH FROM

THE GIG CARTEL, TICKET SOURCE, BYWATER CALL


MANCHESTER, ACADEMY 3

WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


CARDIFF, GLOBE

THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


LEEK, FOXLOWE ARTS

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


LEEDS, BRUDENELL

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


GLASGOW, ORAN MOR

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


NEWCASTLE, THE CLUNY

TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


SHEFFIELD, CORPORATION

WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


NORWICH, WATERFRONT STUDIOS

THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


LONDON, DINGWALLS

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


NEWBURY, ARLINGTON ARTS

SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: THE GIG CARTEL


SITTINGBOURNE, BOURNE MUSIC CLUB

SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2024

TICKETS: TICKET SOURCE


USA/CANADA SPRING TOUR


23-February Burlington, IA The Washington

24-February Forest Park, IL Robert’s Westside

25-February St Paul, MN KJ’s Hideaway

27-February Sioux City, IA Vangarde Arts

28-February Lincoln, NE Zoo Bar

1-March Omaha, NE The Waiting Room

2-March Kansas City, MO Knucklehead’s

22-March Leduc, AB, Canada Maclab Centre

23-March Camrose, AB, Canada Bailey Theatre

30-March Erin, ON, Canada The Busholme

1-April Syracuse, NY The 443 Social Club & Lounge

2-April Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock

3-April Washington, DC The Hamilton

4-April Charlotte, NC Middle C

5-April Jacksonville, FL Springing the Blues

6-April Coca Beach, FL Heidi

7-April Boca Raton, FL The Funky Biscuit

11-April Orlando, FL Judson’s Live

12-April Tampa Bay, FL Tampa Bay Blues Festival

13-April Bonita Springs, FL Valencia Bonita


EUROPEAN SPRING TOUR 2024


18-April Östersund, Sweden Studioscenen

19-April Piteå, Sweden Studio Acusticum

20-April Luleå, Sweden Kulturens hus

22-April Stockholm, Sweden Melodybox

23-April Näsby, Sweden Carla's Café

24-April Malmö, Sweden Folk å Rock

25-April Kristianstad, Sweden Kulturkvarteret

26-April Falkenberg, Sweden Tryckhallen

27-April Joldelund, Germany Gerd's Juke Joint

28-April Joldelund, Germany Gerd's Juke Joint / duo show

30-April Norderstedt, Germany Music Star

1-May Bremen, Germany Meisenfrei

2-May Leiden, Netherlands Qbus

3-May Weert, Netherlands Moulin Blues

4-May Dortmund, Germany Musiktheater Piano

5-May Assen, Netherlands Bevrijdings Festival

7-May Burglengenfeld, Germany VAZ

8-May Zwickau, Germany St Barbara

9-May Eppstein, Germany Wunderbar

10-May Kufstein, Austria KuFa

11-May Ludwigshafen, Germany DasHaus

12-May Krefeld, Germany Kulturrampe

14-May Madrid, Spain El Sol

15-May Jerez, Spain La Guarida Del Angel

16-May Castellon, Spain Sala Because

17-May Valencia, Spain Loco Club

18-May Peer Belgium Blues Peer Festival

19-May Schöppingen Germany Grolsch Blues Festival

21-May Santander, Spain Sala Niagara

22-May Bilbao, Spain Antzokia

23-May A Coruña, Spain Sala Mardi Gras

24-May Aviles, Spain Niemeyer

25-May Vallés Spain Bocanegra

26-May San Sebastian, Spain Dabadaba


SPRING/ SUMMER USA/CANADA TOUR 2024


22-June Hughesville, PA Billtown Blues Festival

2-August Pomeroy, OH Big Bend Blues Bash

4-August Knoxville, TN Tennessee Riverboat

7-September Drumheller, AB, Canada Badlands Roots, Blues and BBQ


EUROPE FALL TOUR 2024


2-October Verviers, Belgium Spirit of 66

3-October Heilbronn, Germany Waldhaus

4-October Zaandam, Netherlands De Flux

5-October Enschede, Netherlands Mystiek Theatre

6-October Weert, Netherlands De Bosuil 8-October Fulda, Germany Kulturkeller

9-October Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli (Cloud 9)

10-October Herent, Belgium GC De Wildeman

11-October Isernhagen, Germany Blues Garage

12-October Assen, Netherlands New Blues Festival

13-October Bonn, Germany Harmonie


ABOUT BYWATER CALL


Meghan Parnell (vocals) and Dave Barnes (guitar) are the founding members of Bywater Call, a powerhouse seven-piece Southern soul, roots rock band from Toronto, Canada.  The band also features Bruce McCarthy (drums), Mike Meusel (bass), John Kervin (keyboards), Stephen Dyte (trumpet), and Julian Nalli (tenor sax).


Bywater Call has received multiple Independent Blues and Maple Blues Award nominations including Entertainer, Electric Act and Best Female Vocalist for the 2024 Awards Season. They have toured extensively in Europe where shows have been praised by Dutch, German, and UK media, with references to Meghan as one of the best female voices in blues and roots today.


In August 2023, the band participated in Joe Bonamassa’s third Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean Cruise alongside headliners Blackberry Smoke and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.  They were invited to perform at the All-Star Jam on the mainstage with Bonamassa himself. Guitarist Dave Barnes was also asked to join legendary blues artist Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien’s Basic Cable Band) on stage.


Bywater Call have commanded festival stages in Canada and around the world, often referred to as the “find of the fest”. In May of 2023, they opened for Canadian Award-winning band Whitehorse at the inaugural Smokestack Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario.  In July, Meghan joined renowned pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph on stage at his request, at the Briggs Farm Festival in Nescopeck, PA.


On October 24, 2023, Bywater performed a live stream performance on the German TV show and festival Rockpalast.


In 2023, the band played a total of 96 shows in 10 countries, 89 Cities, 19 US States and 3 Canadian Provinces.  This is not including a month-long duo tour in Europe and the UK where Meghan and Dave opened for Southern California rockers Robert Jon & The Wreck, who have recently partnered with Joe Bonamassa’s Journeyman Records.


BYWATER CALL

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Photography by Erin Consentino

Iconic vinyl: Crazy from the heat

This week's iconic vinyl is the EP "Crazy from the Heat" by David Lee Roth.

This 1985, 4 track 12 inch was Roth's first foray into his successful solo career after he left Van Halen. The 4 songs show a fun loving, wacky side to DLR whilst giving a nod to his musical influences. Reception of the EP were mixed as this was a radically different sound for Roth. All the songs are covers and not written by DLR but he puts his usual crazy (pun intended) spin on classics like California Girls. Make sure you check out the video on YouTube!

The EP was certified platinum, was produced by the legendary Ted Templeman and released by Warner Bros


https://www.discogs.com/release/500484-David-Lee-Roth-Crazy-From-The-Heat






Saturday, March 2, 2024

IN PROFILE: ULTIMATIUM

 

Band Name: Ultimatium
Country: Finland
Label: Independent / varies :D

Let's start at the beginning then. When did the band form?

It was late fall, probably around September / November, not really so sure anymore, since it was way back back in 2001, in Suomussalmi Finland, when the name “Ultimatium” first came to be

2. Who's in the band?

At the moment: Tomi Viiltola (vocals), Harri Niskanen (guitars), Matti Auerkallio (drums, vocals) and me, Matt Pulkkinen (keyboards / managing / producing etc)
And in last album, we had a bunch of visitors: Emily Leone, Jukka Nummi and Peter James Goodman in vocals and Petteri Gullsten in bass


3. Were any of you in bands before?

There was couple of groups, I think ‘Mephisto’ was the name of one, we played covers dressed up as costumes and ‘Triolity’ was powermetal band, we did one demo and also one gig, which was at the same time our debut, reunion and farewell-gig :D 

4. How would YOU describe your sound?

We sound quite natural, we don’t fall into the regular pithole of sounding like every note is fixed with Pro tools, but we try to keep it so that you actually hear the musician behind the instrument. So, that means we avoid over-production and sound unique and not like every other band. But while keeping high production value, that's always quite hard to balance.

5. What are your musical influences?

In the early days, our influences were pretty much on the power metal & symphonic metal, with some 70’s Rainbow mixed in it. On our later albums, we’re taken more influences from bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind and not forgetting, Ayreon (and Start One)

6. What have been up to lately? any new stuff to delight our ears?

We’ve been making a new album, hopefully we can reveal more details of it later this spring. In the meantime, I have been doing music videos for us. The latest AI music video ‘Mindcaptives’ was just released on youtube. 

7. How about live dates? What have you been doing and what ya got planned for 2024?

Nah, after ‘Vis Vires Infinitus’ we decided we’re gonna focus solely on the albums and forget about live completely. That has opened up new possibilities to express us better and make epic albums we always dreamed of. 

8. Name something about yourselves that fans won't know

For the past ~15 years or so, I have missed only a handful of episodes of Emmerdale!

9. What's the most embarrassing moment you've had?

I don’t get embarrassed easily… Well ok, I was playing in Dio cover band called ‘Angry Machines plays Dio’ (that’s where I met Jukka Nummi, who in one of the characters in ‘Virtuality’) and on one gig, I just suddenly forgot how the ‘Holy Diver’ goes, I think I played some other song for quite a while :D

10. Do you have any superstitions? Any things you do before a show?

No, I’m not  superstitious at all. Mostly before the show we took a beer or two, sometimes more, which was not always a good idea. It’s like turning a slider, where on one end is the absolute best keyboarding capabilities and on the other side there’s total showmanship and you can’t have both at the same time :D

11. Are there any musicians or bands you'd love to work with?

A bunch, of course, but I’d like to hear how Damian Wilsons sound would fit to any of our songs, some day 

12. Any final thoughts?

Thank you for reading and follow us on social media’s!
https://www.ultimatium.com/
https://www.facebook.com/UltimatiumMetal/



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