For the past week The Alarm’s Mike and Jules Peters have been slogging through the canyon lands of North America, all the aid of Love Hope Strength’s Get on the List and cancer care initiatives.

Both Mike and Jules have had personal battles with cancer, and LHS was born out of these struggles, and has been helping cancer victims and their families around the world since 2007.

Since it’s formation the LHSF  has taken many prominent musicians and celebrities, as well a regular people to some of the highest places on earth taking the message of love, hope and strength to those who do not have access to the same medical treatments, care and facilities as experienced by many of us here in the west. Having played concerts and hosted fundraising events on Mt Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro, this time the group headed down rather than up with a hike through the canyons of the South West USA.

Through their efforts they have added more than 170k people to Bone Marrow Donor lists, resulting in more than 3,000 direct, potentially life saving matches.  In addition, they have provided hospitals in Nepal and Tanzania with new equipment. 

After a bit of a rest and a few shows south of the border The Alarm will be rocking the Rickshaw on Tuesday 30th October – with tickets still available so get them now.

We will have a full review and photos form the show early next week, so watch this space.

Fans of Nightwish and Pagans Mind have one more thing to look forward to. NORTHWARD, the hard rock project from masterminds Floor Jansen and Jorn Viggo Lofstad, will release its debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018. After recently releasing their first single “While Love Died,” the duo last week unleashed their second powerful single “Get What You Give”.

Check out the lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q-Tsd8vF94 ;
Get the single here: http://nblast.de/NWGetWhatYouGive and
the album is now available for pre-order via this link: http://nblast.de/NWNorthward

The album was made with the help of producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT etc.), who mixed the record, they forged a raw diamond composed of heavy riffs and Floor‘s incomparable voice, free from influences of the musicians’ main bands. And although the songs had originally been written in 2008, they feel as fresh and alive upon a second hearing, as they had on the very first day of their creation. 

“The music is melodic, but also in your face and kick ass rock. Cool riffs, good melodies, tasteful arrangements. We would simply like to call it ‘Good Music'”, comments Floor. She goes on to add: “We wanted to explore a stripped down sound, with drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Not the heavy layers of keyboards, choirs etc.”

Alongside Floor Jansen and Jorn Viggo Lofstad, Morty Black (TNT) took on bass duties, while drums were handled by Jango Nilsen and Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN’S MIND). You will also hear a guest appearance by Floor‘s sister Irene Jansen, singing a duet on the song “Drifting Islands”. And finally, Ronny Tegner from PAGAN’S MIND played the piano on a track.  

Vancouver band HEAD recently released their second concept album.

Dear Father”, HEAD’s 2nd concept album, continues the story of Alberta from their 2016 album, “Afraid to Sleep“.

“Dear Father” is the final chapter which unravels the sickness, and reveals the hold her abusive father had on her. Alberta, deeply infected by this damage, continues the cycle by bringing it into her own relationships, elevating her madness to a fever pitch…

The album was released a show at the Rickshaw in Vancouver at the end of April – check out some great photos from the show here.

Purchase the album here

You can catch HEAD live at the Second Floor Eatery and Bar on June 1st. Show starts at 8pm.

HEAD is Lyric, Stone, oD, The Phantom and Styxx, and have been described as  Hailstorm meets Evanescence meets Peter Gabriel and Nine Inch Nails.

HEAD was borne of the twisted psyches of misfits and outcasts. Their collective histories hint at the slightly skewed nature of the music.

Coquettish vocals; electro-slash guitars; mood altering keyboards; intoxicating rhythms laced with dark lyrics.

HEAD is rock, a little industrial, heavy, but melodic. Highly-charged, controversial and edgy.

Find HEAD online

www.headmusic.ca
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/head/1361657742
http://www.reverbnation.com/head_music
https://www.facebook.com/The.band.HEAD
https://twitter.com/headmusic_band
https://www.instagram.com/headmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/head_music 

Youtube channel http://www.goo.gl/x9lqZj

 

Six years ago, Dane Lloyd and Taylor Jones met at a rugby club charity event which lead to a musical collaboration.  The idea struck to go busking in Australia for the summer and eventually the duo secured work performing at tourist resorts.  The duo credit this boot camp experience — performing for hours, seven days a week for six months, occasionally to ‘challenging’ audiences, as preparing them to become working musicians. Upon returning to Wales the pair used the money they’d earned to self-release an EP which eventually led to them appearing on the The Voice UK.

Although Into The Ark didn’t win the grand prize, within weeks of The Voice ending, the band sold out a UK Tour and were offered several great support slots. The duo spent the summer of ’17 performing at festivals and headlining Velvet Coalmine in their hometown of Blackwood. Into The Ark also spent time on the road with their Voice mentor Tom Jones, not only as a support act, but joining the Welsh superstar during his set to duet on two songs each night.

This summer, Into The Ark are back performing at festivals while also starting work on their debut album. First however, they will be touring North America supporting their mentor-turned-cheerleader Tom Jones beginning May 1st in New York and ending in at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on June 2nd.

Ahead of their debut album, the band have announced the release of the Valencia EP which will be available on June 22nd through Blackwood Records.

Recorded earlier this year in Valencia with Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini/Emeli Sande), Into the Ark released first track ‘No Place Like Home’ from the EP on April 6 – a live favourite – which pays homage to their home of Blackwood in The Valleys of South Wales.

 

Recording the EP at a residential studio in the hills and orange groves above Valencia, was like a dream come true for the duo.

“We’d never spent proper time in a studio before, working with one producer,” says Dane. “The aim was to keep our sound as raw as possible, and that’s what Dani did. A lot of the songs were recorded live, old school, sometimes in one take. We had guests come in to jam, including some Spanish drummers. It was an incredible experience!”

Mastered by Pete Maher (U2/The Killers/Noel Gallagher/Lana Del Rey) and written by Dane and Taylor, the ‘Valencia EP’ is the perfect start to 2018 before they head back into the studio to finish of their debut album –due for release later this year.

The second track ‘Caroline’ which was released on April  27 is a rich soulful track that sours with Taylor’s heartfelt vocals and Dane’s swooning harmonies. This is followed by a track they wrote together whilst busking in their teens ‘Better Than Never At All’ on June 15.

Tour Dates supporting Sir Tom Jones

MAY

1                                      Bardavon Opera House – Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK

2                                      Sands Centre, Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA

4                                      Bergen Arts Centre, Englewood, NEW JERSEY

5                                      Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CONNECTICUT

6                                      MGM National Harbor, Oxon, MARYLAND

9                                      Hippodrome, Baltimore, MARYLAND

11                                    Opera House, Detroit, MICHIGAN

12                                    House Of Blues, Chicago, ILLINOIS

13                                    House Of Blues, Chicago, ILLINOIS

16                                    Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TEXAS

17                                    Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TEXAS

19                                    Paradise Cove, Tulsa, OKLAHOMA

21                                    The Pavilion, Irving, TEXAS

24                                    Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA

25                                    Fantasy Springs, Indio, INDIO

26                                    The Bowl, Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA

29                                    The Masonic, San Francisco, CALIFORNIA

30                                    The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CALIFORNIA 

JUNE

1                                      Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WASHINGTON, 
2                                      Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

 

DEBUT ALBUM FROM THE LONG WAR

Vancouver based The Long War are to release their first album – Landscapes – on April 20th.

The band, which won last year’s CBC Music Searchlight award recently released the first single  “Breathe In Breathe out” from the album.

They have also performed the whole album as part of CBC’s First Play Live, so check that out here 

Check out our photos from the band’s performance at the CBC Plaza back in July of last year.

 

 

Canadian Folk Rock favourites Whitehorse, aka Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland will be headed out on a Canadian tour kicking off in Winnipeg on Canada Day, July 1st.

The duo, who have previously released three albums will be touring supporting the release of their latest LP, Panther in the Dollhouse, which will be available on July 7th.

The band will have a couple of stops in BC.  For those out in the valley, you can catch then at Clarke Theatre Foundation in Mission on October 18th.  They will be in Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre on October 19th.

 

Canadian Dates Below:

SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Oct 12

REGINA, SK: WaWa Shrine Centre, Oct 13

EDMONTON, AB: Winspear Theatre, Oct 14

LETHBRIDGE, AB: TBC, Oct 17

MISSION, BC: Clarke Theatre, Oct 18

VANCOUVER, BC: Vogue Theatre, Oct 19

KITCHENER, ON: Centre In The Square, Nov 18

OTTAWA, ON: NAC Theatre, Nov 21

LONDON, ON: London Music Hall, Nov 25

TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall, Dec 8

 

There latest video from the new release, Die Alone is below

 

Today, Juno and MMVA nominated alt-rock band Mother Mother release the official video “Love Stuck”. This is the second single from the band’s sixth studio album, No Culture, released in February via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

“Love Stuck” follows the debut single “The Drugs” which soared to #1 at Canadian Alternative Rock Radio for two weeks in a row and reached top 15 at Active Rock. Watch the video for “The Drugs” HERE.

“In this video we travel through an FX-drenched, animated mind-scape of someone whose soul is lost and fragmented,” singer Ryan Guldemond explains. “Such a journey can be varied, fantastical, confusing even, but if one makes it to the other side, they may just find themselves. On the other hand, they may just find themselves a giant, cosmic ice hole to fall down.”

The “Love Stuck” video comes hot on the heels of a coast-to-coast, twenty-five city Canadian headlining tour, including five sold-out shows at Vancouver’s historic Commodore Ballroom and a sold-out show at Massey Hall in Toronto. The band is about to embark on a US tour with stops at LA’s Troubadour and New York’s Bowery Ballroom, as well as dates with South Africa’s KONGOS.

Exploring themes of love conquering all, the music of Mother Mother’s album, No Culture, emerged out of a world roiled by fear and division borne out of politics, economic uncertainty, and terrorism. Into the maw of anxiety comes No Culture, which posits that society uses negative byproducts of culture — such as narcissism, hedonism, and addiction — as a means to nurture its fears of the unknown. “If we can strip back what feeds our differences, and just connect as people we might be more united at a time where we really need to be,” says Mother Mother’s frontman, guitarist, and lyricist Ryan Guldemond.

Co-produced by Brian Howes, Ryan Guldemond and Jason “JVP” Van Poederooyen, No Culture is the follow up to their highly successful breakout album Very Good Bad Thing. The bands’ new studio album continues to honour their synth-driven sound with aspects of alternative pop, creating a shimmering blend of strong hooks, big beats, ethereal vocals, and sing-along choruses, with an injection of punk rock energy throughout all 10 tracks.

While writing the album, Guldemond retired to a home studio he had built in the woods on the family’s very property where he and sister Molly (vocalist and keyboards) grew up. “It was so perfect and quiet that it became deafening and self-defeating,” he says. Three months prior, Guldemond put down a long habit of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. After a few months of sobriety, the honeymoon wore off and he fell into a depression. A debilitating period of writer’s block ensued, which inspired the first single “Love Stuck”.

By exploring life, songwriting, and their own identity with clear minds void of substances, Mother Mother curated their most emotionally honest, vulnerable, and least cynical album to date.

But the album’s dark themes do not mean the sonic mood of No Culture is gloomy. “It’s not a down record,” Guldemond says. “There’s never a dark theme that isn’t accompanied by an answer or a way out. And it was crucial to take introspective themes and prop them up with energized and optimistic music. Sometimes sadness is better carried in a vehicle of happiness.”

“I think a story is better told when you’re not so entrenched in living it,” he says. “I look forward to performing these songs from the vantage point of having moved on from what led to their creation in the first place.”

Mother Mother is Ryan Guldemond on guitar and vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals and keyboards, Jasmin Parkin on keyboards and vocals, Ali Siadat on drums and percussion, and Mike Young on bass.

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To celebrate Record Store Day 2017, Def Leppard have re-released the original Def Leppard EP This will be a 12-inch 45rpm version complete with duplicate artwork available in select cities.

According to the recordstore day website

The very first EP released by Def Leppard, originally printed, glued and assembled by Joe Elliott and his mother in 1976 and sold by the band at their first shows.

The EP has not been available on vinyl since a 1989 UK fan club reissue, its newly remastered and released for the first time on a 45 RPM 12″ for Record Store Day 2017.

SIDE A: 01 Ride Into The Sun 02 Getcha Rocks Off (Single Version) SIDE B: 02 The Overture

Martin Harley, slide guitar player extraordinaire will be bringing his sound on a short tour of Canada in May.  The tour, which will help to promote his newly released Static in the Wires will kick off at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver on May 5th, making stops across BC and Alberta for a whistlestop 8 days.

According to Martin’s website, Static in the Wires , recorded in Nashville Tennessee over four days, is Martin’s seventh album and second with Bassist Daniel Kimbro is rooted in Blues and Americana. Their ‘less is more’ approach delivers accomplished slide guitar playing and memorable, timeless songwriting. The album features 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes).

Static in the Wires’ follows the highly acclaimed 2015 ‘Live At Southern Ground’ A

Spellbinding 50 minutes’

The Observer

Slide guitar master. Martin Harley is the business”.

Roots magazine.

Martin’s fan base continues to grow with worldwide touring and festival appearances throughout 2017.