CATS IN SPACE announce their debut album

Posted in Classic rock, Music for 2015, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , on August 26, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

‘Too Many Gods’ – Released : 19th October 2015 – Cargo Records

‘CATS in SPACE’ have landed! A brand new band, who armed with their exciting brand of ‘Power Pop Rock’, will transport you back to the heady days of the 70s when bands like ELO, Queen, 10cc & Cheap Trick ruled the airwaves.

The band is formed entirely of musicians with a wealth of experience – writers and performers with an impressive musical CV including THE SWEET, T’PAU, IAN GILLAN, ASIA, ROBIN TROWER, 10cc, ARENA, MORITZ , AIRRACE & STATETROOPER, to name but a few.

Cats in Space’s debut album, ‘Too Many Gods’ is released worldwide in October 2015, with a single ‘Mr Heartache’ preceding it on 1st September. The single is co-written by founder member of the band and guitarist GREG HART & lead vocalist of ‘1Occ’, MICK WILSON and also features a guest appearance by legendary Glam Rocker ANDY SCOTT from ‘THE SWEET’ on both vocals and guitar.

The creative partnership with Mick Wilson extends throughout the album, with Mick not only co- writing several tracks, but singing backing vocals throughout, as well as featuring as guest lead vocalist alongside PAUL MANZI on two tracks.

The band recruited legendary producer and orchestral genius MIKE MORAN for the album, famous for many musical contributions including FREDDIE MERCURY’S ‘Barcelona’. Mike arranged and scored an 80 piece orchestra for the 7 minute epic ‘Greatest Story Never Told’. With soaring skyscraper vocal harmonies, hook laden choruses drenched in guitars, vintage synthesizers and orchestrations, the band pull no punches in delivering their symphonic power pop rock and enjoy wearing their influences on their sleeve.

Greg says, “It was always my ambition to write an album that truly reflected my musical passions & influences and to explore my love of classic 70s music. I wanted to create a new album but with a classic vibe and sound, embracing all the bombast & craziness of the 70s. This music is best enjoyed blasted out loud on a huge sound system, while enjoying the lyrics and artwork, rather than as background wallpaper, through tiny earphones as you go about your day to day business. These are songs I am truly excited about and believe in”.

– GREG HART Guitars, vocals, Synthesizers
– PAUL MANZI Lead vocals
– STEEVI BACON Drums, Percussion
– DEAN HOWARD Guitars
– JEFF BROWN Bass Guitars, vocals
– ANDY STEWART Pianos, Synthesizers, Vocoder, Wurlitzer

SPECIAL GUEST PLAYERS:
-MICK WILSON Backing vocals, guest Lead vocals, keyboards
-GREG CAMBURN Saxophone
-JANEY BOMBSHELL Backing vocals
-MIKE MORAN Orchestra arranger and performer

Voodoo Vegas return with a new EP!

Posted in Classic rock, Music for 2015, rock n roll with tags , , on August 26, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

(Cracking band live, well worth seeing and looking forward to hearing their new EP)

Following the release of 2013’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’ and last years UK/European tour with rock legends Y&T; Bournemouth hard rock 5 piece VOODOO VEGAS have confirmed they will release their new EP ‘Hypnotise’ on 12th October 2015.

The new EP features 4 tracks of pumped up, high voltage rock n’ roll that will please anyone that’s a fan of hard rock music. Laying down a foundation of essential classic rock, Voodoo Vegas have stripped away their sound and put the pieces back together to create a collection of music that is modern, fresh and demands it be turned up, LOUD!

Frontman Lawrence Case picks up the story “Since the release of our first album, we’ve been focusing on touring, playing live and writing new material. When you tour with bands like Y&T and Status Quo, the pure class and calibre of these guys is unmistakable. Watching those bands play live out front and by side stage, it was obvious we were going to learn so much, not only to benefit our live show but also our perception on crafting the next chapter of Voodoo Vegas.”

So why an EP, why not the second album now? Case coolly replies “We’re living in an age where music comes and goes in a blink of an eye. Our focus was always going to be on raising our game via the live shows and I think by doing this EP now it allows us the flexibility of continuing to extend our reach out to live audiences in sync with this release. The second album is in the works but we felt we needed to bridge that gap firstly and this EP is a very good indicator of where Voodoo Vegas are going. Essentially this a prelude as to what happens next but doesn’t give the game away.”

Opening title track ‘Hypnotise’ is unmistakably Voodoo Vegas but with a twist, the song blisters along with effortless groove, hard driven guitars and hooks aplenty. ‘Tied Up’ maintains the pace but steps things up and showcases Voodoo Vegas as the true contenders they are. ‘Round & Round’ mixes things up with dueling guitars, bass breakdowns and a live ‘jam’ feel midway whilst ‘Killing Joke’ cements the EP together and will surely become a live favourite in the band’s set list.

The EP ‘Hypnotise’ was produced by Will Maya (The Answer, Breed 77) and recorded at Los Rosales Residential Studio in Madrid.“Working with Will on this project really helped us bring the new songs to life. The guys is a consummate musician and producer and has a great eye for detail. We learnt a lot working with him. The fact that it was off the back of his work with The Answer (their latest album ‘Raise A Little Hell’ which broke into the UK’s National Top 20 and hit No.1 on the Rock Chart) really spurred all of us on. As a band, right now we’ve never been stronger. It’s an exciting time for Voodoo Vegas.”

With the EP’s cover art once again drawn by noted comic book artist Jim Boswell, ‘Jimmy Silver’ makes his return but this time he’s not the city smashing giant as seen on Voodoo Vegas’s debut album. As the title track suggests, something’s afoot and just who is the mysterious lady luring Jimmy in with her charms?

All will be revealed over the coming months as Case explains “We wanted Jimmy Silver back but this time we wanted a twist, a backstory which you’ll find running across not just the EP but on the second album. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes with this and we can’t wait to get the ball rolling!”

‘Hypnotise’ is released 12th October 2015 – pre order via iTunes now and get ‘Hypnotise’ single instantly:
itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hypnotise-ep/id1027803624

Track listing:
1) Hypnotise
2) Tied Up
3) Round & Round
4) Killing Joke

Voodoo Vegas are:
Lawrence Case – Vocals / Harmonica
Merylina Hamilton – Guitar
Ash Moulton – Bass
Jonno Smyth – Drums
Jon Dawson – Guitar

GRTR! review here: getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2015/08/ep-review-voodoo-vegas-hypnotise/

THE RADIO SUN – Heaven Or Heartbreak out September 25th

Posted in AOR, Melodic rock, Music for 2015, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , on August 26, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Australian melodic rockers The Radio Sun will release their sophomore record Heaven Or Heartbreak via Melodic Rock Records on September 25. Here is the first single from the upcoming album titled ‘Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak’

Once again, THE RADIO SUN have teamed with the great Paul Laine, who mixed the new album as well as co-writing three tracks and adding a special guest lead vocal on a song ‘Science Fiction Make Believe’.

Guitarist Stevie Janevski states enthusiastically; “The Heaven Or Heartbreak album title stands for our belief in melodic heavy rock. It’s our ‘heaven!’ We’ve grown as a band – and it would be our ‘heartbreak’ if this new album doesn’t extend our fanbase. All of us spent a lot of time on writing the songs and really believe it’s a good album with no fillers. We’re all really looking forward to getting out there and touring the album in as many parts of the world as possible”.

The Radio Sun debut album ‘Wrong Things Right’ was a top seller for MelodicRock Records and was well received by the press & public worldwide with favourable reviews in major scribes such as Classic Rock, Powerplay, Fireworks and Burrn! amongst others.

Two appearances at MelodicRockFest 3 & 4 in Chicago U.S.A. helped showcase The Radio Sun’s live experience with notable first class four part vocal harmonies (a standout on the new album) which impressed so much that Paul Laine asked the band to be his backing band for live shows in America and in Australia.

The Radio Sun were also recently announced to play at next year’s HRH AOR Fest 4 in North Wales U.K. in March 2016.

TRACK LISTING – The Radio Sun – Heaven Or Heartbreak

The regular edition sees 11 finely crafted, harmony driven melodic rock tracks, while the limited Special Edition will add 3 exclusive bonus tracks!

01. Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak (04:28)
02. Tell Me What You Want (03:35)
03. Dying Without Your Love (03:49)
04. Science Fiction Make Believe (04:22)
05. Hanging By A Thread (04:22)
06. Do You Remember Me? (03:41)
07. Walk Away (03:12)
08. Maybe (03:45)
09. You’re The One (03:48)
10. Madness In The World (03.47)
11. One In A Million (05:07)

Special Edition bonus tracks:

12. I Might Lie (Andy Taylor cover)(Taylor, Jones) (4:25)
13. After The Rain (Nelson cover)(M. & G. Nelson, Tanner, Wilson) (3:54)
14. Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak (Acoustic Version) (4.21)

The Radio Sun:
Jason Old – Vocals & Guitars
Stevie Janevski – Guitars & Vocals
Robbie Erdmanis – Bass & Vocals
Ben Wignall – Drums & Keyboards

Guitarist Stevie Janevski states enthusiastically; “The Heaven Or Heartbreak album title stands for our belief in melodic heavy rock. It’s our ‘heaven!’ We’ve grown as a band – and it would be our ‘heartbreak’ if this new album doesn’t extend our fanbase. All of us spent a lot of time on writing the songs and really believe it’s a good album with no fillers. We’re all really looking forward to getting out there and touring the album in as many parts of the world as possible”.

The Radio Sun debut album ‘Wrong Things Right’ was a top seller for MelodicRock Records and was well received by the press & public worldwide with favourable reviews in major scribes such as Classic Rock, Powerplay, Fireworks and Burrn! amongst others.

THE RADIO SUN – new album Heaven Or Heartbreak out September 25th, 2015 on Melodic Rock Records.
www.theradiosun.com
www.facebook.com/theradiosun

Shaqiri signs!

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , on August 11, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke have signed of Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan for a club record fee of £12m (Peter Crouch for £10m was the previous record fee). The Swiss international winger has signed a five-year contract, a real statement of intent from the club.

I am liking him already with his quote to the official club website:
“I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and make my debut for the Club. It feels great to finally be a Potter!”

Worry over Ryan Shawcross and his back injury as he will require surgery meaning he could be out for at least two months. Maybe one more dip into the transfer market this window for a some cover at centre back?

FC Koln 2-1 Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A late winner denied us a decent start to the Colonia Cup in Germany. Peter Odemwingie scored our goal and we take Porto on Sunday, ahead of our Premier League opener against Liverpool next Sunday.

Ibrahim Afellay signed this week on a free transfer from Barcelona – our fourth player from that club now. The winger joins on a two year contract.

Andy Wilkinson has been given a contract by the club to the end of the year as he continues to recover from injury and look for a new club.

Summer Ins/Outs:

In:
Jakob Haugaard (GK) £600k (FC Midtjylland)

Philipp Wollscheid (D) nominal fee (Bayern Leverkusen)

Glen Johnson (D) free (Liverpool)

Shay Given (GK) free (Aston Villa)

Marko Van Ginkel (M) season long loan from Chelsea

Joselu (S) £5m (8m Euros) (Hannover 96)

Moha El Ouriachi (M) free (Barcelona)

Ibrahim Afellay (M) free (Barcelona)

Out:
Thomas Sorenson
(GK) released

Andy Wilkinson (D) released

Wilson Palacios (M) released

Victor Moses (M) end of loan period

Robert Huth (D) undisclosed fee Leicester City

Jamie Ness (M) free Scunthorpe

Steven N’Zonzi (M) £7m Sevilla

Everton 0-0 Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

In the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore we lost 5-4 on penalties to Everton. Most of our internationals did not feature and Shawcross was absent through a back injury.

Ollie Shenton had a good game as did new goalie Jacob Haugaard. Very makeshift defence with Teixeira featuring and Steve Sidwell was captain for the game.

Team:
Haugaard; Bardsley, Cameron, Muniesa (Wilson 61), Teixeira; Sidwell (c), Shenton (Walters 71); Odemwingie (van Ginkel 61), Ireland, Arnautovic (Adam 46); Joselu (Crouch 61). Subs: Given, Whelan, Johnson, Diouf, Moha

Another new face and signing is Moha El Ouriachi who we have signed from our new feeder club Barcelona ;-) He featured on the bench in today’s game.

Asmir Begovic finally completed his move to Chelsea in an £8m deal.

Van Ginkel, Given and Johnson all join and Ness leaves

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have signed goalkeeper Shay Given on a free transfer after his release from Aston Villa. He joins on a two year contract and will be no.2 behind the new no.1 Jack Butland (assuming Begovic does join Chelsea!). Good signing given his experience and the age of our goalkeepers now, all of whom are under 26 years old.

We have also signed midfielder Marko van Ginkel from Chelsea on a season long loan (presumably part of the Begovic deal). This could be a steal of a signing, albeit on loan, given the potential he has.

VG

Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has also signed on a free according to the Daily Mail and Sky Sports. Good cover for right back and I think he will be first choice ahead of Cameron and Bardsley.

Jamie Ness has left the club on a free transfer joining Scunthorpe. He had been on loan at Crewe last season and looked set to join on loan again. He’s never really featured at the club and was signed along with Maurice Edu (another recent flop) from Rangers by Pulis.

Summer Ins/Outs:

In:
Jakob Haugaard (GK) £600k

Philipp Wollscheid (D) nominal fee

Glen Johnson (D) free

Shay Given (GK) free

Marko Van Ginkel (M) season long loan from Chelsea

Joselu (S) £5m (8m Euros)

Out:
Thomas Sorenson
(GK) released

Andy Wilkinson (D) released

Wilson Palacios (M) released

Victor Moses (M) end of loan period

Robert Huth (D) undisclosed fee Leicester City

Jamie Ness (M) free Scunthorpe

Steven N’Zonzi (M) £7m Sevilla

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