Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Faces - Stay With Me

Sunday, time for a classic!

"Stay with Me" is a tune written by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, was first recorded by their band FACES for the 1971 album "A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse". The song has also appeared on various FACES compilations and on albums by both songwriters. The lyrics describe a woman named Rita with "red lips, hair and fingernails" he "found... down on the floor"; the singer proposes a one-night stand on the condition that she must be gone when he wakes up, although he does offer to pay her cab fare home.

The song was the first and biggest American hit for the FACES, although Rod Stewart scored his massive solo hit "Maggie May" four months before "Stay With Me" was released in November 1971. In "Maggie," which is based on a true story, Stewart is the object of sexual conquest. Psychologists could have a lot to say about this one!

This has been covered by ELF featuring Ronnie James Dio (1972), Elkie Brooks (1978), Rod Stewart with Kim Carnes and Tina Turner (1982), Rod Stewart himself (1993), MANIC STREET PREACHERS with Bernard Butler on guitar during their 1994 European tour and DEF LEPPARD (August 5, 2002). Plus as a B-Side on the "Do Ya" single by McFly.

Today's tune "Stay With Me", record at BBC - Sounds for Saturday - 1972, enjoy!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Steve Hackett - Behind The Smoke

The old school progressive rocker Steve Hackett is back with a brand new video "Behind The Smoke" to promote his latest and twenty-fifth solo release "The Night Siren" that was release on Mars 24th at InsideOut Music.

Hackett had been working on his singing "since 1981" and marks his vocals on "The Night Siren" as the first time he "actually felt like a vocalist" and cited the style of American singer Tim Rose as an influence. Hackett describes the album as "a bird's eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world. From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defences".

Some sections on the album was longer than what appeared in the final version, leaving Hackett to edit them down as he noticed a "sense of let's get to the point" and had been prone to develop long sections or song introductions in the past. He intended to make a more accessible album, and after listening back to it, enjoyed making it. "Behind the Smoke" centres around the historical plight of refugees. "West to East" reflects on the effects of war and hope for a better world and features orchestral and choral arrangements. Hackett sees the two tracks as companions to each other; the former originated from a lyric that his wife Jo came up with: "Behind the smoke it's black". Hackett's brother John Hackett plays the flute on some tracks. "Anything But Love" contains a mixture of styles, opening with flamenco guitar to become a rock song with an electric guitar solo to finish. The change of style and joining them together in the studio was particularly demanding.

On the composition, Hackett adds, "we've got 20 people from all around the world all working together ... although it's a rock album there are some big differences." The album also contains influences from the Beatles' psychedelia phase and classic science fiction.

Stephen Richard "Steve" Hackett (born 12 February 1950) is an English musician, songwriter, singer and producer who gained prominence as the guitarist of the English progressive rock band Genesis from 1971 to 1977. Hackett contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums and seven singles before leaving to pursue a solo career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.

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Today's tune "Behind The Smoke", taken from "The Night Siren".

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Knogjärn - Bitar Av Glas

The Swedes punkrockers KNOGJÄRN have released a new single and video "Bitar Av Glas". The tune is taken from the upcoming album "Bitar Av Glas", set to be release during spring.

Singing in their native language makes the band stand out. The music is a mixed style of metal and punk, reminds a little bit of the Norwegian KVELERTAK.

"Bitar Av Glas" ("Pieces of Glass") is about what happens to our soil and how we treat it. A subject that may seem tricky but still extremely important, especially in the political situation prevailing in the world. No one can do everything but everyone can do something. The tune is filmed by Emelie Hanhe, Klara Olsson & Allixandra Jonasson. Music is recorded at BigBalls Production.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Voyager - Misery Is Only Company

The Australian progressive rockers with modern pop sensibility - the cult force that is VOYAGER.

With 5 full-length albums under their belt and shows throughout North America, Europe and Asia with the likes of OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SOILWORK, NIGHTWISH, EPICA and ORPHANED LAND. This five-piece band from Perth is now firmly entrenched in its international repute as "the band who doesn't sound like anyone else".

With a fiery red keytar, a feisty female guitarist and concerts described as "amazing chemistry blending pop with heavy, technical and progressive riffs", VOYAGER are consistently a live force to be reckoned with. DEFTONES Chino Moreno recently likened singer Danny Estrin's vocals to DURAN DURANs Simon LeBon.

VOYAGER consists of:

Daniel Estrin,
Simone Dow,
Alex Canion, Scott Kay,
Ashley Doodkorte

In June 2014, VOYAGER released their fifth opus; the internationally critically acclaimed 'V'. In addition, 'V' entered the top 20 on the CMJ US Loud Rock Charts and led VOYAGER to receiving a nomination for the 'Breakthrough Artist' award at the 2014 Prog Magazine Music Awards and an invitation to appear at Bigsound 2014.

VOYAGER has performed at major festivals such as ProgPower USA and Hammersonic Festival (Indonesia) and completed a headling tour of the in October 2014, including an appearance at Euroblast Festival in Germany and the prestigious ProgPower Europe Festival in The Netherlands.

2015 sees VOYAGER driving home the success of ‘V’ with a headlining tour around Australia promoting their new video clip for the anthemic “Seasons of age”, releasing limited edition vinyl pressing of ‘V’, supporting Swedish heroes OPETH in hometown Perth, North American Tour supporting EVERGREY and accepting their second invitation to Prog Power USA festival.

2017 will give the light of a new album "Ghost Mile", set to be release later this spring. A tour in Australia will be done with French band THE ALGORITHM.

Today's tune "Misery is only Company",  taken from the upcoming album "Ghost Mile". Video Mixed by Matt Templeman, Mastered by Forensic Audio, Filmed and edited by VOYAGER (drum take filmed by Fraser Cringle).

VOYAGER tour with The Algorithm!

Thursday, 11 May 2017 :: Fowlers Live, Adelaide
Friday, 12 May 2017 :: The Evelyn, Melbourne
Saturday, 13 May 2017 :: the zoo, Brisbane
Friday, 19 May 2017 :: Amplifier Capitol
Saturday, 20 May 2017 :: The Basement, Canberra
Sunday, 21 May 2017 :: OXFORD ART FACTORY, Sydney

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