Day in Rock Report for 11/25/2015

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Reveals Solo Album and Live Return Plans

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page says he is planning on recording his first solo album in almost thirty years in 2016 and he says that he wants to also play live again next year.

"Next year I'm just going to working on the guitar, it's time for me to go out there and do a solo album - my last solo album was 1988," Page told BANG Showbiz at the recent Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards in London. "I haven't really milked the situation; it's time to do another one. I'm known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to re-visit all the different styles I can play."

Page plans to start the project as an instrumental effort before considering adding other players, including a lead vocalist. "I'm not thinking about singers, I'm thinking of an instrumental thing - I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses," he explains. "I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I'm ready I'll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music."

The Led Zeppelin mastermind says he'll follow-up the project with a return to the stage. "I want to be playing live again, but that won't be until next year. I've planned all this a while ago," says Page. "I want to start in the UK. I've got ideas but I want to wait to see what happens. I'd like to do Glastonbury. I could do a sort of karaoke night with Led Zeppelin songs." Read more here.

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Unreleased Van Halen Track Streaming Online

(Classic Rock) A stream of Van Halen performing Big Fat Money in the studio has been released. The instrumental performance was captured during the sessions for 1995 album Balance and has been made available by Van Halen News Desk.

The site says of the song "The solo on this track was recorded in one take on a Gibson ES-335 through Ed's Marshall. Ed was fooling around with some suggestions from Bruce Fairbairn, while unbeknownst to him, Bruce was taping his first attempt. Fairbairn decided he liked what he heard.

"A lot of thought went into the coin sound at the end of the song. Everyone crowded around the recording console where they dropped quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies until they got the perfect sound."

Van Halen News Desk will issue previously unheard instrumental tracks twice a week for the next few weeks. Check out the track here.

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Fear Factory Involved In Tour Bus Crash

(TeamRock Radio) Fear Factory escaped a tour bus crash without injury when their vehicle was involved in a road incident in Germany on Tuesday. They were travelling to tonight's show in Munich as their European tour in support of latest album Genexus continues.

It follows two more serious crashes in the US last week, where The Ghost Inside's driver was killed and members of Hinder's party suffered broken bones.

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares reports: "Everyone is okay, just a little shaken up. It doesn't help when it's 4.30am and snowing outside!" The band have just launched another episode of their tour vlog, covering their visit to Paris in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. They return to the UK in December. Check out their post here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Cancel Live Dates Following Rossington Heart Attack

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd have cancelled the remaining two concerts on their 2015 schedule as guitarist Gary Rossington continues to recover from a heart attack he suffered on October 8.

"After further evaluation and continued treatment by his doctors, Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring to concentrate on recuperating from his recent heart procedures," said the band. "Lynyrd Skynyrd will be canceling or rescheduling the remaining two shows in Loveland, Colorado at the Budweiser Events Center on December 4 and Mescalero, NM at the Inn of Mountain Gods Casino on December 5.

"Full refunds will be provided at point of purchase or thru the box office. Lynyrd Skynyrd will commence touring in 2016 and looks forward to seeing the fans next year."

Rossington's daughter, Mary Elizabeth, broke the news of his health issue last month, saying "Dad had a heart attack. They went in to repair and unclog the two stents they did previously in the year which had a blood clot, added a third stent to one vein and in two weeks we will need to go in to do a fourth stent in one of his bypassed veins from 12 years ago."

Both his daughter and the band have issued statements saying that the guitarist is expected to make a full recovery. Rossington is the sole remaining founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose roots trace back to 1964 in Jacksonville, FL.

Last month, the group released "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd & Second Helping - Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre" on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats.

The set captures the legendary Southern rock band performing their first two studio albums live in their entirety for the first time before a hometown crowd. Check out a video from the package here.

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Journey Reunite With Steve Smith, Announce Tour With Doobie Bros

(hennemusic) Former Journey drummer Steve Smith has rejoined the band as they announce the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour with The Doobie Brothers and guest Dave Mason.

Smith played with Journey during their commercial peak from 1978 to 1985, and returned a decade later for a second stint from 1995-98. Through the years, Smith has appeared on several of Journey guitarist Neal Schon's solo albums, including 2012's "The Calling" and 2015's "Vortex."

The news follows the summer 2015 firing of Deen Castronovo after domestic violence charges stemming from a pair of arrests earlier this year in Salem, Oregon.

Castronovo eventually plead guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence, two counts of menacing constituting domestic violence, unlawful use of a weapon and coercion. The drummer received a suspended sentence and four years of probation.

The 4-month San Francisco Fest 2016 tour across North American will begin May 12 in Irvine, CA. "It's gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band," said Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. "We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically. It is going to be a powerful tour. We can't wait to share it with the fans!" See the tour dates here.

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San Francisco Giants Announce 4th Annual Metallica Night

(hennemusic) Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants will host the 4th annual Metallica Night AT&T Park in 2016. A portion of the proceeds from every Metallica Day special event ticket will benefit the Surfrider Foundation and another charity.

"We're honored that our hometown baseball team has invited us back yet again," says the band. "We'll all be on hand for Orange Friday, May 6, 2016 as the Giants take the field against the Colorado Rockies, and as always the night will kick off with the National Anthem and first pitch.

"We'll stick around all night to cheer on the orange and black with all the loyal fans and keep your eyes peeled to spot us participating in some in between inning action.

"The special event Metallica ticket package includes a ticket to the game and a limited edition Metallica/Giants goodie that we'll tell you about at a later date." Read more here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal's Julian Dorio Releases Statement On Paris Attacks

(Radio.com) Eagles of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio has taken to social media to share his thoughts on the recent attacks in Paris. His band was playing a show at Paris' historic Bataclan theatre when terrorists attacked, holding many concert goers hostage. CBS News reports that 130 people were killed on Friday, November 13 in a series of coordinated attacks throughout the city.

In part Dorio writes "I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families."

He continues, "To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes."

Read Dorio's full statement here.

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Scott Stapp Does Funny Review Of Creed Movie

(Classic Rock) Creed frontman Scott Stapp has poked fun at himself and his band while carrying out a review of the latest Rocky movie for Funny Or Die. As he comes to terms with being diagnosed with bipolar disorder following a public mental breakdown, a healthy-looking Stapp stars in the spoof review show Can You Take Me To The Movies.

And in his review of Creed the movie, he isn't afraid to have a laugh at his band's expense. Stapp says: "This week I checked out a new film called Creed. I said to myself, 'Finally, the epic tale of my band Creed is coming to the big screen! As Creed the movie unfolded, there wasn't much that resembled what happened in Creed the band.

"The main character is played by Michael B Jordan. You know, interesting choice. I mean we don't look much alike, and that character's name is Creed, not Scott Stapp. But sometimes when I walk down the street people shout, 'What's up Creed.' So I guess I get."

Referring to Creed's music videos, Stapp adds: "Spoiler alert! Creed the movie has no epic guitar solos played on a mountain top, and at no point does Creed sing on a steep cliff. That's what we do best!" Watch the video here.

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Papa Roach Pull Out Of Five Finger Death Punch Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Papa Roach have pulled out of their European tour with Five Finger Death Punch - and Skindred have stepped up to fill in on some of those dates. 5FDP have three dates left on their European trek, having previously cancelled appearances in Milan and Paris in the wake of the terror attacks in the French capital on November 13. But - if they go ahead - they will play the remaining shows without their main support.

Papa Roach say: "It is again with a heavy heart that we are announcing the postponement of the remainder of our European tour. We pride ourselves for rarely cancelling shows, but our crew is an essential part of our organisation and because they, unfortunately, could not continue the tour due to their logistical challenges and uncertainties, we could not either.

"We respect them and have had to accept their difficult choice to return home. We shall return next year. We will announce more details on rescheduling as soon as we are able to."

As well as the three 5FDP shows, Papa Roach have also pulled the plug on their headline gig at the Hippodrome in Kingston on November 29. Read more here.

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Saosin Kick Out Founding Member Justin Shekoski

(TeamRock Radio) Guitarist Justin Shekoski says he's been kicked out of Saosin and blames "questionable reasons" for the decision. He'd been a member of the US outfit since their inception in 2003 and has spent the last year playing with The Used in place of Quinn Allmann, who officially left the band last week.

Shekoski reports: "I started working with The Used in January on a temporary basis and, in a nutshell, it has turned into something more serious. Their new guitar player, I am.

"I couldn't be more excited or feel more fortunate to travel and write music with this group of guys. Over the past year of touring, fans of The Used have treated me with an incredible amount of respect and love.

"In light of this news, after years of writing and waiting to produce a new record, some of the members of Saosin have decided to end our 13 year relationship for questionable reasons. This was a shock to me.

"Even though all of this happened a few months ago, I'm still processing it. I'm sure I'll discuss this in greater detail at a later time." Read more here.

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Slayer Bob Uses Slipknot and Disturbed For Latest Christmas Light Show

(TeamRock Radio) A heavy metal fan who is known for his elaborate metal-themed Christmas light displays has rigged up tributes to Slipknot and Disturbed for this holiday season.

Slayer Bob, as he's known, originally lit his Southern California home with a light display set to Slayer's classic track Raining Blood in 2009. In the following years he added further Slayer tributes, but this year has turned his attention to Slipknot and Disturbed.

His Slipknot effort is synced with their song Psychosocial from 2008 album All Hope Is Gone, while the Disturbed tribute features the track Stricken from 2005's Ten Thousands Fists. Check out both videos here.

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Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Cured Of Hepatitis C Says Ex

(Classic Rock) Pamela Anderson says her ex husband Tommy Lee has been cured of Hepatitis C. The Baywatch star recently announced she was free of the disease, and now reveals Motley Crue drummer Tommy is also cured and that it was him who encouraged her to try the new treatment.

Anderson, 48, says she contracted the disease 20 years ago from Lee after sharing a tattoo needle with him. She tells ET: "Tommy did it first so he got cured first. He had a different kind of treatment because he did it a year earlier than me. And he was always pushing me, 'You got to do this.'"

Anderson adds that she feared the condition would kill her. She says: "About 10 years in they said that you could live your whole life with this disease and you may not die from it. You could more likely die from something else, but you could get liver cancer. You could get all these horrible other things." Read more here.

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Ringo Starr Auctioning Beatles Rarities

(Radio.com) A Beatles fan will have the chance to own the 1st pressing of one of the band's most iconic albums as Ringo Starr is looking to part with some 1,300 items between now and early December, through Julien's auction house.

While the majority of the former Beatle's treasures include artwork, there are a number of pieces that could pique a fan's interest, including Ringo's copy of the UK's first pressing of the White Album, numbered 'No. 0000001."

"It has been widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, but it was not commonly known that Starr was given the No.0000001 album," says the posting on Julien's website. Read more here.

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Whitesnake Release Video For Deep Purple Classic The Gypsy

(hennemusic) Whitesnake have released a new music video of the classic Deep Purple track, "The Gypsy", which is one of the covers of the iconic group's classic from Whitesnake's latest release "The Purple Album."

The tune - which originally appeared on 1974's "Stormbringer" - is featured on the group's 12th album, which sees frontman David Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on, including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer" and 1975's "Come Taste The Band."

"The Purple Album" debuted on the US charts earlier this year at No. 6 on the Top Current Hard Music Albums, No. 15 on Top Current Rock Albums, No. 43 on Top Current Albums and No. 84 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.

Whitesnake are currently playing dates on a European tour and will join Def Leppard for a co-headlining UK run next month where the pair of veteran rockers will be joined by openers Black Star Riders. Watch the video here.

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Wolfmother Announce 2016 North American Tour

(hennemusic) Wolfmother has announced dates for a North American tour in support of their forthcoming album "Victorious." The 6-week run will begin on February 24 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN and close out in Vancouver, BC on April 1.

Due February 19, the Australian band's fourth album sees sole original member vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale take on bass duties while joined by drummers Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM).

Stockdale teamed up with Brendan O'Brien on the record and says he's thrilled with the work of the veteran producer. "Brendan's done a lot of sonic wizardry and messed around with stuff," he tells Billboard. "He's made it sound pretty big. It doesn't sound like it's in a cardboard box. Somehow he has that knowledge of spending thirty years in a studio."

"Victorious" is being previewed with the release of the title track and "City Lights", with both tunes available as instant downloads with pre-orders of the album. See the dates and check out the a song from the album here.

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Foo Fighters and Fleetwood Mac Fans Among Victims Of Ticket Fraud

(Classic Rock) Foo Fighters and Fleetwood Mac fans are among those that were victims of ticket fraud totaling more than one million British pounds in the last six months.

Police figures reveal that nearly 3000 music and sports fans have lost £1.2m to ticket fraud in that period, with the average loss per person working out at £444 per transaction.

However, the BBC reports that the number of victims is likely to be much higher, as ticket fraud often goes unreported. Reg Walker of the Iridium Consultancy, which tackles ticket fraud, tells the BBC the true cost of ticket scams is in the tens of millions, but many people don't contact police because credit card companies usually refund their money. He adds: "Just because you get your money back, it doesn't mean to say that no crime has been committed and you're no longer a victim."

The national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, Action Fraud, agrees. They say: "Reported ticketing fraud losses run into millions of pounds, but the reality is the true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater.

"We would urge anyone who loses money to a ticketing fraud to report to Action Fraud so we can understand the true nature and scale of the problem and police forces can track down those most responsible." Read more here.

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David Bowie Avoided Rock N Roll On New Album Blackstar

(Classic Rock) Longtime David Bowie producer Tony Visconti says the singer wanted to "avoid rock'n'roll" on his latest album Blackstar. And he reports the pair listened to a lot of hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar before the recording process got under way in an effort to explore other avenues for the record's direction.

Visconti tells Rolling Stone: "We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip hop record. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock'n'roll."

Last week, Bowie released the sprawling title track from the album which originally clocked in at over 11 minutes. But Visconti reports they cut it back to 9 minutes 57 seconds as iTunes won't post singles over 10 minutes in length.

The producer adds: "It's total bullsh*t but David was adamant it be the single, and he didn't want both an album version and a single version, since that gets confusing." Read more here.

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Def Leppard Explains Why New Bands Are Struggling

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says many of today's bands lack focus as their time is taken up with the distractions of social media. Speaking at a press conference in Singapore, Elliott says groups would be better served concentrating on learning to write and record together than spend time on Facebook or Twitter.

And he insists he'd have struggled if Def Leppard were starting out in 2015. He says: "I'm glad it wasn't around when we started, purely because it gave us more opportunity to concentrate on what we really wanted to be.

"It wasn't, like, 'We can't rehearse today because we've got to answer all these questions.' I think that actually is one of the reasons there aren't so many bands coming through the way that we did - they have other tasks they have to perform that we didn't.

"We learned to play our instruments, we learned to sing, we learned to write songs together, and that was our only focus. Once we got that down, and then if other stuff comes in, you can probably split your time and manage to do both.

"For me, I'm not sure I would have been as good if I was starting off the way it is now. It would have been too much of an interference." Read more here.

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Former Slayer Star Dave Lombardo Returns With Punk Band

(Classic Rock) Dave Lombardo has formed a punk band called Dead Cross. The drummer has teamed up with The Locust and Retox members Justin Pearson, Gabe Serbian and Mike Crain in the group Dead Cross.

Noisey reports a chance meeting between Lombardo and producer Ross Robinson last week sparked the idea for the project. And although they haven't recorded anything, Lombardo insists the ideas are flowing.

He says: "It's just straightforward brutal punk - metal-esque, but it's definitely not metal. I think it definitely leans more towards the punk style, because I feel that the way things are in the world, a punk attitude is definitely necessary to help you along with the sh*t that's going on.

"There's no time to sing We Are the World or all of this bullsh*t. We're all pissed right now, and there's no better way to release anger than to be in a punk band and write punk music." Read more here.

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The Ritchie Blackmore Story DVD Extended Trailer Released

(Classic Rock) An extended trailer for the Ritchie Blackmore documentary has been released. The Ritchie Blackmore Story was issued on November 20 via Eagle Rock Entertainment on Blu-ray and 2DVD/2CD.

A deluxe edition features Rainbow's Live In Tokyo DVD/CD, recorded at their show at the Budokan in 1984. It's housed in a 60-page hardback photo book.

The film features interviews with former Rainbow and Deep Purple man Blackmore, along with contributions from Brian May, Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet, Ian Anderson and the late Jon Lord.

The guitar icon is planning three European shows next June - including one in Birmingham - where he'll play a set consisting of his material with Purple and Rainbow. Watch the trailer here.

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Bumblefoot Release 'Don't Know Who To Pray To Anymore' Video

(Classic Rock) Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has released a video for his track Don't Know Who To Pray To Anymore. It's taken from the guitarist's latest solo album Little Brother Is Watching, launched in February via his own Bumblefoot Music LLC label.

Thal says: "This song speaks for those that feel lost, betrayed, disillusioned, when we question all we believe in. When we start to lash out, and punish ourselves.

"This is a song about being in this place, in our own personal purgatory. We know we need to heal, but we're not ready to let go." The promo was directed by Vojan Koceic and was filmed at 12 locations across three countries, including the Fortress Of Klis and the Diocletian Palace in Croatia - sites used in HBO TV series Game Of Thrones.

Earlier this year it was reported that Thal was no longer a member of Guns N' Roses, although neither the guitarist or the band have made an official announcement. Thal said in July there were "enough clues out there" to clarify his position. Watch the video here.

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The Cure Announce 2016 European Tour

(Classic Rock) The Cure have announced that they will play a 30-date European tour in the fall of 2016 and they have recruited Scottish outfit The Twilight Sad to support them on all dates.

They'll head out on the road in October following their previously announced run of North American dates. It'll be their first major tour of the continent since 2008 when they toured in support of their last studio album 4:13 Dream.

They'll showcase "hits, rarities, favourites and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production that promises to be one of the must see shows of the year." See the dates here.

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Fish Launches Album Reissue Campaign

(Prog) Fish has released the first two albums in his planned reissues series, with more to follow in the coming months. Both 1997's Sunsets On Empire and 1999's Raingods With Zippos are available via the singer's website.

Each album comes on three CDs and is packaged in a hardback book featuring 48-pages of illustrations, artwork, photos and extensive sleeve notes written by Fish. These detail the stories behind the lyrics, the writing and recording sessions, the tours and band lineups.

Fellini Days (2001) and Field Of Crows (2004) are the next planned releases and are due in December. His debut solo album Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors (1990), Internal Exile (1991), Songs From The Mirror (1993) and Suits (1994) are scheduled for spring 2016. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Asylums' Missing Persons

Essex indie rockers Asylums continue to build momentum with hit singles and today frontman Luke Branch from tells us about their latest song "Missing Persons" as they prepare to hit the road with Ash next month. Here is the story:

A few years ago I taught myself how to play piano after years of writing songs on guitar, I had no real interest in mastering the instrument or performing it on stage I just wanted to use it as a tool to get back to basics writing wise.

I found that by writing on an instrument I didn't have much experience with it forced me to work with simple chord structures in a way I hadn't for years, it felt childlike and as a knock on effect my melodies and words seemed to blossom and take centre stage as there was little to compete with musically in the early stages of an idea.

One writing trait that has remained constant in my work is the use of instrumental melodic hooks (mostly played on effected electric guitars), they are present in much of Asylums work and the work I have done outside of the band. By writing on piano I was able to develop these melodic hooks and chord structures in tandem for the first time while still being able to create vocal melody, I found it liberating and fresh.

In the first 3 months of writing this way I produced a huge amount of material including our previous single 'Joy In A Small Wage' and 'Missing Persons'

A lot of Asylums material is not particularly personal lyrically, I tend to hide my emotions for the most part and concentrate on other subjects in the media, advertising and technology. Missing Persons is not that way, it is a very personal song.

It's clear to me now but it wasn't clear while I was writing that 'Missing Persons' is a song about pursuing the artists life and all that comes with it in present day. It draws on my own experiences and those of my creative friends and communities. It touches on isolation, self-loathing, joy, depression, elation, hope, community; all of these themes seemed to ooze out of me while I was working on the music which for the most part sounds upbeat but with a tinge of melancholy.

I wrote about 20 versions of the lyrics and when it came to finishing the final draft I chose to cut out each individual line and re arrange the text keeping the stuff I liked, thusly some of the words are taken out of context. I personally like the effect the cut up technique gives when used in this way, it creates mystery's for the listener and for me.

As I was putting together the initial demos for Asylums I was listening to a lot of underground and cult guitar music, stuff like Pavement, Teenage Fanclub, Mogwai, Fugazi, Sebadoh, Slint because it was this music that inspired me to be a songwriter, singer and guitarist in the first place. As I said at the start I was trying to get back to basics, to rediscover what exited me about music and art and I just love those loose and exciting guitar performances and experimental sounds.

I decided to take some of my favourite piano demos like 'Missing Persons' and re contextualise them in this style by adding wild guitars bass and drum ideas. I erased the piano and reverted back to the electric guitar as the main focus and expressive instrument. All the elements of Missing Persons worked seamlessly in this style and through the metamorphosis it look on a heavier but more anthemic feel.

When I emailed my demos to the guys in the band it was an instant favourite, each member came to my flat separately to work on developing and personalising the parts, adding their own unique feel. The first time we played it in a room together it sounded finished to all of us, an amazing feeling for sure.

I think the end result is one of our best live songs and a solid fan favourite.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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