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Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has hinted in a new interview that his upcoming solo album, 'lullaby … And the Ceaseless Roar' maybe be his final release and mark the end of his career.
Plant surprised The Independent's James McNair when he made the following proclamation at the end of their conversation, "And maybe this new album is the end now for me."
McNair followed up and asked "Really? The end of what?" and Plant responded, "Of this musical wanderlust and the wonderful carousel that I've been on.
"It's like a kaleidoscope: you hold it up to the light, rotate it, and the pieces fall beautifully in different ways, but this record feels different. It's a consummation of all those bits from Son House to Roni Size to the Gambia and it seems to have some sort of finality."
The new album is set to be released on September 9th and Plant has lined up a handful of dates to support the trek including a show in London and four North American dates.
Read the Independent's full interview with Plant including a comical run-in with a fan here.
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(Radio.com) Kinks fans have hoped-for years-that the iconic British band would reunite. On Tuesday (Aug. 26), the UK music magazine MOJO may have prematurely caused some excitement among those fans, when they reported that a reunion is imminent, in their story titled "Kinks Reunion Confirmed For 2015 - With Or Without Dave Davies."
The magazine quotes the band's leader Ray Davies as saying of his bandmate and brother: "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway. He's very welcome to turn up if he wants. I'd much rather work with him than without him."
When asked if the Kinks would still be the Kinks without Dave, Ray is quoted as saying, "Yes, it would. I think it's all down to the music. If somebody can't or won't play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it," referring to founding drummer Mick Avory.
However, now Ray Davies claims he never said any such thing. The Kinks' official Facebook page posted a message today that reads: "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."
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(hennemusic) Def Leppard will perform the pre-game show at the first of this year's three NFL International Series games on Sunday, September 28, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium.
"Having most recently visited Wembley in May to watch Sheffield United in the FA Cup semifinal," said singer Joe Elliott, "I know what the atmosphere in the ground is like for 'our' football, so I'm really looking forward to performing there before the NFL game , of course, soaking up the excitement of the actual match. I can't wait!"
The Raiders-Dolphins game will kick off at 6:00 p.m. U.K. time (1:00p.m. ET) and will be aired live in the U.K. on Channel 4 and Sky Sports and in the U.S. on CBS. More details here.
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(Gibson) Jack White suffered a sprained ankle during a gig in San Francisco on August 22. White's label Third Man Records posted a picture of the musician's severely bruised ankle with the accompanying text:
"The camp is pressuring Jack to postpone the rest of the tour but Jack wants the show to go on tonight. See you tonight at the Bill Graham Civic."
White did indeed perform, playing a full 28 song set that included songs from his time with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, as well as material from his two solo albums.
White is currently on tour in support of his latest solo release, Lazaretto, which earned the distinction of being the biggest vinyl release in twenty years, selling over 60,000 copies since its release in June.
It doesn't seem as if the sprained ankle will cause White to postpone the tour, since the musician took the stage again Monday night (August 25) in Seattle. More here.
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Avenged Sevenfold have released a new music video for the track "Unholy Confessions" which is taken from the band's just released "Waking The Fallen: Resurrected".
The new release is an expanded reissue of the band's 2003 sophomore album "Waking the Fallen" which was curated by the band and released as the new three-disc set.
"Waking The Fallen: Resurrected" includes the original studio album, as well as "11 previously unreleased b-sides, live and alternate versions of songs, three music videos and a 30 minute documentary with never before seen live footage from some of the band's earliest shows", according to Hopeless records.
Watch the new music video here.
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Rock icon Billy Idol has revealed more details about his first new album in almost a decade and he has also released the first single from the effort, "Can't Break Me Down.".
The new album will be entitled "Kings & Queens Of The Underground" and will be released on October 21st via Idol's own record label BFI Records (in partnership with Kobalt Label Services).
The bulk of the new album was produced by veteran record producer Trevor Horn (Yes, Seal, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, The Buggles, Simple Minds) with two tracks produced by pop producer Greg Kurstin, who produced the first single. Check out the new track here.
Fans will be getting a lot more Billy Idol this fall as he will also be releasing his self-penned book "Dancing With Myself," which is set to be released on October 7th and he will be launching a European tour in November.
You can preorder the new album here and also pre-order Idol's book here. Check out the tracklisting and the initial tour dates here.
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(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced a vinyl reissues series that will see the band's classic 1980's catalogue re-released on heavyweight 180g black vinyl this fall.
The records will be released chronologically across a two month period starting October 13th (Oct 14th in North America) with the first three albums: "Iron Maiden", "Killers" and "The Number Of The Beast."
The albums will also be cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases. As a bonus, the first batch of album releases will also be made available in a Collector's Box sized to house all 8 albums; this package will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.
In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7" singles from each respective album will be made available. More details here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Supergroup Pitch Black Forecast have made a new version of their track So Low featuring Randy Blythe available to stream. The Lamb Of God frontman also guested on the original version of the track, which was included on PBF's 2008 debut album Absentee.
That record is now out of print and PBF have re-recorded a string of songs from it and follow-up EP Burning in Water... Drowning in Flame for new release As The World Burns - out on October 20.
PBF was formed by Jason Popson (aka J Mann) of Mushroomhead and Gene Hoglan of Testament. Popson says: "This record is a compilation of my favorite Pitch Black Forecast songs, which are remixed with additional tracking and far closer to my initial vision."
Check out the new song here.
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The 35th anniversary of AC/DC's seminal album "Highway to Hell" is celebrated on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.
The show sent over these details: In August 1979 a lot of North American rock music fans had no idea that Highway to Hell was the Australian-based AC/DC's fifth studio album, and that their long-suffering U.S. record label was getting frustrated by the band's lack of sales.
Short on money but with a full tank of steely determination, armed with a demo tape containing Highway to Hell , the band found and secured a young South African producer named "Mutt" Lange. Lead guitarist Angus Young recounts to InTheStudio host Redbeard:
"We actually had written most of the songs in a weekend for Highway to Hell... We snuck in the rehearsal studio...we put a tape together and sent it to Mutt Lange and he said, 'Look, I hear what you're trying to do. I'm sure I can do you a great job'."
The result was a rock masterpiece complete with the title track "Highway to Hell", "Girl's Got Rhythm", "Shot Down In Flames", "If You Want Blood" which all to quickly became rock classics. But as rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young recalls, tragically, colorful lead singer Bon Scott would only get to enjoy the worldwide success of Highway to Hell (certified seven million sold in the US) for another eight short months.
"Bon was unlucky, he just happened to fall asleep with his head in the wrong position from a big night of drinking... Bon wasn't a rockstar like Jim Morrison. Bon was a rock and roller. He lived that lifestyle, he didn't act that lifestyle."
Stream the full episode here.
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(Radio.com) Sony Legacy has revealed that they'll be releasing the next installment of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series. Titled The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, the collection is credited to Bob Dylan and the Band.
The six-disc set, including 138 tracks, is available for pre-order at Amazon and iTunes. The collection draws from Dylan's legendary 1967 sessions with the musicians who would later name themselves "The Band."
But for those who are unfamiliar with that era in Dylan history, here's some context: After a few years as one of pop's most significant voices in the '60s, Dylan took a break in July of 1966, when he was reported to have been injured in a motorcycle accident (Dylanologists have long debated whether or not that was just a ruse).
What is agreed upon is that Dylan retreated to upstate New York, where he recorded lots of new music (reportedly over a hundred songs) with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed "Big Pink" by the group, in West Saugerties. Their recordings included traditional covers as well as dozens of newly written Bob Dylan songs, including "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire" and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."
A lot more here.
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(Classic Rock) Slash has credited Aerosmith with turning his band into a better outfit during their summer US tour together. The axeman has been on the road with the veteran rockers on their Let Rock Rule tour - and he insists he'll sound superior when he hits the UK in November as a result of their influence.
Slash tells UltimateGuitar: "It's been an amazing experience. Those guys have been heroes of mine ever since I was a teenager - and also because they're just such a great f***ing band.
"I think it's really upped our game playing with those guys. Our tour in November will be that much better as a result of having played with Aerosmith."
Find out why he went analog on the new album here.
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(Classic Rock) Genesis concert film Three Sides Live is set to be released on Blu-ray for the first time. Three Sides Live is released on the format on November 3rd in the UK.
Filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour in North America, it was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only ever been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007.
Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray. The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are intercut with behind the scenes footage and interviews with band members. More here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Joe Bonamassa has released a second video feature taking a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his upcoming album. Bonamassa will release Different Shades of Blue next month.
In his latest video blog, Bonamassa says: "The recording session in Vegas was great. It's a very creative place for us because there isn't any distractions, we're not at home and all we have to do is go from the hotel room to the studio and back to the hotel room. It's a very focused session. I'm very excited about hearing more finished versions of the songs."
It wasn't all plain sailing though. The guitarist previously admitted the writing process for the album wasn't the easiest he has ever experienced. Watch the video update here.
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(Classic Rock) Suzi Quatro will release an 82-track box set to celebrate her 50-year career in the music business. The Girl From Detroit City spans her entire career across four discs and features album and poster artwork, photographs and up-to-date liner notes.
Along with her hits, the collection features three songs from her days in the Pleasure Seekers - the band Quatro formed with sister Patti in the 60s.
The anthology will launch on October 20 via Cherry Red Records, who will also release 2013 track The Girl From Detroit City on digital formats on September 29 - a track exclusive to the box set.
Find out what else Quatro has planned here.
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Motorhead have revealed additional onboard performances and activities for their inaugural Motorhead's Motorboat cruise which will be setting sail next month.
The cruise will be launching from Miami on September 22nd and will be visiting ports in Key West, Florida and Cozumel before concluding on September 26th.
Motorhead's Motorboat will include Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson.
The newly announced activities will include a spoken word performance from Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian that will promote the upcoming November 13th release of Ian's spoken word CD "Swearing Words In Glasgow."
There will also be a special onboard screening of the Lemmy Kilmister documentary "Lemmy," which was directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski.
Organizers have revealed the following details about the special theme nights that will be taking place on cruise:
Monday, September 22 -- Loud and Hometown Proud: Motorhead's Motorboat will have a very diverse and international crowd. Guests are encouraged to be proud of where they come from. Wear a state jersey, don your Nordic horns, paint your face and show your city/state/country pride.
Tuesday, September 23 -- Pajamarama: "Rock on out in your jammies!" It's the biggest slumber party on the open seas. We know some people like to sleep in the buff, so remember that you have to wear something, even if it's minimal. And who knows, there might even be the biggest pillow fight of all time?
Wednesday, September 24 -- Fiesta En Barco: Motorboat is going to Mexico and back. It's siesta and fiesta day! In the morning - sleep late. We don't get off the boat in Cozumel until 1pm. (There will be activities a'plenty in the morning - info on those will come later). When we get back, it's FIESTA all night - bring something from home, or pick up something new in Mexico - show off how you spent your day: sombreros, Mexican wrestling masks, donkeys, your tequila face, anything...
Traditionally, theme nights start after dinner and go late into the night. While guests are not required to dress up, the sea's the limit with the amount of fun one can have. Find others to join you and dress up in groups. Go stag and stand out in the crowd. Enjoy yourselves...be creative and push the envelope.
Thursday, September 25 -- Go To Heaven, Raise Hell: This is our full day at sea! It's Heaven & Hell, Leather & Lace. It's the best of both worlds. Show us your good side or your naughty side. As we pay homage to those rock gods that have passed, come to our all star jam dressed as your favorite rocker, groupie, devil, or angel. The sky and the sea are the limit!
Find more details on the official site for the cruise here.
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(Prog) Empress AD have streamed debut album Still Live Moving Fast ahead of its release. The British prog outfit launch Still Life Moving Fast next week via Roadrunner Records.
It's described by their label as "an album for the ages, with lyrics that focus upon suggestive metaphors for the intangible minutiae of everyday life rather than relationships and lost love."
Roadrunner add: "This is a band of musicians as focused upon grooving together as one, and relating to fans on an emotional level." Check out the album stream here.
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(Prog) Coheed And Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez has released a video of him performing a song that he wrote for his son ahead of the birth. And he admits he's only beginning to understand its full meaning as he prepares to head out on tour with Coheed And Cambria - leaving wife Chondra and the three-month-old child at home.
Sanchez explains: "Several months ago I wrote Atlas for him. At the time, I could only imagine the feelings I'd have for him when I'd have to leave for tour. I didn't truly understand the power and relevance of the song's sentiment.
"Now, after having him in my life for almost three months and with Neverender just a few weeks away, I'm starting to feel it. This will be my first tour away from Atlas. And sure, it will be hard - but it's all for him. I'd like to share that song with you."
Check out the song here.
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(The Blues King King won a total of five British Blues Awards over the weekend. They were named Blues Band Of The Year and their record Standing In The Shadows was named Blues Album Of The Year at the annual ceremony.
Frontman Alan Nimmo also took home the Male Vocalist gong, while colleagues Lindsay Coulson and Wayne Proctor won Bass Player and Drummer Of The Year respectively.
Presentations took place at the Great British Blues festival in Colne over the weekend, with other winners including Aynsley Lister (Songwriter Of The Year), Marcus Bonfanti (Acoustic Act Of The Year) and Walter Trout (Overseas Artist Of The Year).
The band say: "Not a bad haul - thanks for the nominations, and a massive thank-you to all who voted for us." More details and the winner list here.
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(hennemusic) "The Paintings Of John Mellencamp", a traveling art exhibition featuring the works of the Indiana rocker, is set to make its first showing in Florida this fall.
Opening at The Museum Of Art in Deland on October 10, the exhibition will feature some 40 oil and mixed media paintings, which will remain on view at the Museum until December 28.
The multi-talented singer-songwriter, actor and humanitarian was inspired to paint by his artist mother at a young age growing up in Seymour, Indiana. In the early '80s, he attended the Art Students League of New York and was influenced by, among others, German-Expressionists Otto Dix and Max Beckmann.
Find out more details including where it is headed after Florida here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Entombed AD have announced four UK dates as part of a wider European winter tour. The Swedish death metallers are hitting the road in support of new album Back To The Front, out now. Support will come from Hang The Bastard.
Guitarist Nico Elgstrand says: "Fellow tea-sipping, sheep-shagging bastards of Britannia, the time has finally come for retribution. For too long have we been watching and waiting silently on the sidelines, but in November we shall once and for all together bring back the spirit of proper metal mayhem as was once the trademark of the Empire.
"Sharpen your swords, polish your helmets and be prepared for the last victorious battle of our age. As the wise King Willie once said, 'There is no stopping what cannot be stopped, no killing what cannot be killed. You cannot see the eye of the demon. Until him come calling. This is dread man, truly dread.'"
More including the dates here.
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(Classic Rock) Prince will release two new albums on the same day next month. His 37th album Art Official Age will be released on September 30th in North America and on the 29th in the UK, the same day as his new funk rock band 3rd Eye Girl release debut album Plectrumelectrum.
Art Official Age contains previously released tracks Breakfast Can Wait and Breakdown and is Prince's first since his return to Warner Bros Records. His split with the label 18 years ago led him to change his name to a symbol in an attempt to nullify his contract.
Warner Bros Records Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang says: "Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture."
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(Classic Rock) Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno jokes his wife won't let him retire - because she couldn't stand having him around the house. Last year he told fans he was "pulling the plug" on his career, but later changed his mind, saying he hoped to carry on after undergoing knee surgery.
Now Di'Anno tells The Metal Voice: "I spoke to the wife and she said, 'Oh, my God - if you stay home for two months I'll probably murder you.' So I decided in the end, 'F*** it.'"
He explains: "I was going to retire because of a bad knee, and it was really pissing me off. I thought about quitting - not because I wanted to, but I thought, 'This could get worse; I'm doing more damage to it.' Then I thought, 'It doesn't make a difference. It's about the voice.'"
Check out a stream of the full interview here.
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(Classic Rock) Rob Halford has included Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie in his list of the 10 albums that changed his life. The Judas Priest frontman gave his choices to MusicRadar and also named albums by The Beatles and Alice Cooper.
His top pick was Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Halford says: "Listening to this music at the time it was being made is something I'll never forget.
"Simply because of the sheer audacity of this extraordinary guitar player and artist. He made the room light up so vividly. To listen to the sounds that he made with the electric guitar was unbelievably special.
"Things were changing at this time. The music in general was getting louder. Marshall amps were being made, speaker cabinets were being used - everything was getting bigger, louder, more impactful. I think Jimi had something to do with that."
He also praises Led Zeppelin II, describing it as the "roots of heavy metal." Halford adds: "When I heard the riffs that Jimmy was doing, I got a real sense of where things were going. Even though Led Zeppelin never expressed, 'We've got some heavy metal in us,' it's quite apparent that it was there all along."
More including the full list here.
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(Radio.com) Another day, another ice bucket challenge. Today, we have Aerosmith joining in the fun, with a full-band "ALS dump" from their performance Monday night in Texas, after being nominated by Motley Crue.
Frontman Steven Tyler starts out the clip by getting the audience pumped up to be on the video, with guitarist Joe Perry announcing that "every ticket bought, a part of that is going to the ALS Foundation, too."
Roadies then feverishly prepare the band to be soaked in near-freezing water, removing electrical equipment from the clothing. After the ice bucket drenching concludes, drummer Joey Kramer looks the most horrified of the five by the experience, while Tyler doesn't seem phased one-bit, fueling speculation that the years of rock and roll living have left him with a complete loss of physical sensation in his body.
Who's next? Aerosmith calls out a pretty random assortment of folks: Quentin Tarantino, Fleetwood Mac, Cheap Trick, the Dali Lama, and both their road crew and opening act Slash's. See video here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix says making the band's new album was a challenge but insists it's "probably the most positive record we've written."
The US rockers played last weekend's Reading festival and are due to release F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) in 2015. And the singer says there are positive vibes throughout the album - an important element in the band's sound.
Shaddix tells Kerrang!: "It's probably the most positive record we've written. The element is from the darkness to the light. I think there's obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music we write and I think that's always key. It's very important to always have that element of hope, and that's laced throughout the record."
The album was recorded in Las Vegas and the singer, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction, reveals he was apprehensive about visiting the city because of his past problems.
Read about that here.
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(TeamRock Radio) The Haunted have released a music video for the track Cutting Teeth - taken from their new album. The Swedes released their eighth album Exit Wounds this week.
The new effort features the return of singer Marco Aro, 10 years after he ended his first spell at the helm. He has described the new album as his best ever work with the band.
On Cutting Teeth, he says: "We decided to make a video that matched the brutality in the song, so we contacted a guy we had heard great things about, Jakob Arevarn.
"With Jakob at the helm, the filming and all the stuff around the shoot went really smooth - and it turns out I made a good friend along the way too. So here it is. Enjoy and we'll see you all soon."
Check out the video here.
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(Prog) Pendragon have released a stream of their track "Beautiful Soul" from upcoming album Men Who Climb Mountains. It's to be released on October 6 as a double-disc album including a live show by mainman Nick Barrett.
Men Who Climb Mountains will be their first recorded work with drummer Craig Blundell, who replaced Nick Higham earlier this year. Describing the music as "very melodic," Barrett recently said of the storyline:
"Sometimes I get asked to write a detailed description of what all the songs are about. It takes about two hours. This time I thought, 'Sod it - what it's all about is in the lyrics! Leave it to people to find their own dimension in it; it's much more fun."
Stream the new song here.
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(Classic Rock) White Hills have premiered their video for Spirit Of Exile, taken from revamped 2007 album Glitter Glamour Atrocity - presented for the first time on vinyl and with new artwork.
The song is described as "an expression of desire to live apart from a culture one does not fit into." It's part of a record that explores "the passion of free thinkers trapped in the waning years of the US Bush administration."
The new version of Glitter Glamour Atrocity is out now via Thrill Jockey Records. White Hills tour the UK next month. You can grab the tour dates and watch the new video here.
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(TeamRock Radio) LA rockers Butcher Babies have hinted at a new release in October. The band are lined-up to play the Soundwave festival in Australia in early 2015 and vocalist Heidi Shepherd let it slip the group have something up their sleeve for later this year.
Shepherd tells Australia's Music Feed: "We have something dropping in October, something we're very excited about and we actually worked really hard on."
The singer also says the band are laying down the groundwork for the follow-up to 2013's Goliath. She says: "Our new album is well underway and that will be coming out next year - Soundwave is going to be perfect spot to debut some new music."
More including a stream of the full interview here.
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Today Phillip Fox from Phillip Fox Band tells us about the song "You Are The Girl" from their brand new album "Heartland," which will be released next Tuesday, September 2nd. Here is the story:
"You Are The Girl" actually began five or six years ago. I had that melodic hook you hear on the intro as the starting point and the verses came pretty easily. I was never really happy with the chorus, though. The idea at the time was about shutting out everything going on outside (mostly the constant demands of music) to be with your girl for a night. But the focus lyrically was on the stuff that tries to get in the door. I let it sit for a year or two until I was writing with a friend of mine one weekend and I pulled it out. He immediately realized the focus on the chorus needed to be shifted to "the girl" and musically it really needed to open up. We wrote the chorus as it exists today in about 5 minutes. The song still needed a bridge and we had several ideas but all of them were flawed in one way or another. So the song went back in the notebook for another couple years.
After PFB released our EP "Motor City Blood", I was digging through my songwriting notebook and came back across this song. It was right in the wheelhouse of what we had been working on as a band and I think that context helped me put all the pieces together. I could really hear all the parts, even down to drum accents, which is a rare thing for me. I brought it into the practice room shortly thereafter and it came together flawlessly.
We played it live for about 6 months and after listening to some pre-production tracks we had laid down, I heard the final piece of the puzzle - changing that opening lick to a banjo instead of a guitar and then incorporating that texture throughout the song. And when it came time to lay it down, Brad Wright knocked the ball out of the park!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the band and the album right here!
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It is good to know and very refreshing to see that some of the up and coming new bands that are hitting the alternative hardcore scene actually GET IT. Its only the bands that have true passion for what they do that will be successful. (3.5 stars)
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