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Albums of the Year 2017

Posted in Albums of the Year, AOR, Folk, Folk rock, hard rock, indie, Melodic rock, metal, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

1  CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow
Their debut was pretty damn fine, so high expectations and they delivered! A marvellous mix of 70s’ rock, pomp, pop and more melodies than you can shake a stick at.

2  THRESHOLD Legends of the Shires
Returning vocalist Glynn Morgan helps the band to make one of the finest albums to date. A real return to form.

3  LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream
Part two of the trilogy and another fine set of musical adventures. No name guests this time as John Mitchell does it all bar the drums and some backing vocals.

4  BOULEVARD IV
Finally we get a new album from Boulevard. Fantastic tunes and production, deserves a place in every melodic rock/AOR fans collection.

5  THE YOUNG ‘UNS Strangers
Folk acapella from this talented three piece. Each song is based on a true story and the songs are all positive and uplifting.

STEVE WALSH Black Butterfly former Kansas vocalist returns with an album chock full of melodic rock treats.

7 SONS OF APOLLO supergroup featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinan and Billy Sheenhan. Fantastic joining of music talents and the music lives up to expectations.

8 LIONHEART only 20 odd years since their last album…with Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) on vocals, Lionheart deserve a place in any melodic rock fans collection.

9 IT Home thought provoking and timely progressive rock backed by oodles of melody.

10= H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown they have changed their sound a bit which may upset some fans, but for me they are heading onwards and upwards.

10= PUGWASH Silverlake the power pop album of the year. If you like ELO, Duckworth Lewis grab a copy of this.

Honorable mentions…

HAREM SCAREM United they keep on churning out classy melodic hard rock and long may that continue.

THE BITERS plenty of retro on this one, with the T Rex sounding songs

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Retribution not as instant but stick with it

BIGFOOT one of the debuts of the year. Modern hard rock and the singer doesn’t half sound like Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn at times!

THE NIGHTS more classy Scandi melodic rock with hook filled choruses big enough to land a whale.

THE NEW ROSES One More For The Road good time hard rock, no frills and plenty of riffs.

NIGHT RANGER Don’t Let Up they show no sign of letting up quality wise, another ‘must have’ for fans.

DANKO JONES Wild Cat if you like 70’s rock, Thin Lizzy and foot tapping tunes look no further.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Amber Galactic like Brother Firetribe their ‘day bands’ are heavy yet here they show their love of 80’s melodic rock and AOR.

Fellow GRTR! reviewers choices can be found here

Peter Crouch – the DJ :)

Posted in indie, News, rock n roll, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Peter Crouch will be taking over the weeknight Radio X Evening Show between 7pm and 10pm from Monday 24 July for a fortnight. He will also host the listeners’ Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm while regular host Gordon Smart is on holiday.

Crouch told the station’s official website: “I love Radio X and the music the station plays so I’m excited about being in the hot seat. I have a few stories I’m looking forward to sharing, and some visitors I’m looking forward to welcoming to the studio. All will be revealed next week.”

Fifty Gigs In A Day

Posted in Fundraising, gigs, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Modern rock, pop, Pop rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , on June 16, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am doing a different idea for my fiftieth birthday next year, combining my loves of music, books & fundraising. You can find out more here

Virgin Radio is back on air

Posted in Classic albums, hard rock, indie, News, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , on April 5, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I was a regular listener to Virgin Radio when it first launched back in 1993 as it played a wider range of music and a lot of indie rock. Back then the choice of radio stations was still very limited, not like the overwhelming choice of digital and online radio stations we have now.

It was taken over by new owners and re-branded as Absolute Radio. Since then I have not been a big fan of that station, you can set your watch on the time of day a song would be played each day.

So I was surprised to see Virgin Radio back and part of the revamped group of radio stations owned by the Wireless Group (Talk Sport/Talk Radio). The demographic they are aiming for is 25-44 year olds and it has already been dubbed Radio 1 1/2 as it aims to sit between Radio 1 and Radio 2’s audience. It is online and digital only, no MW or FM presence this time around.

You can see the playlist below, a mix of indie and mainstream rock, plus some more dance/beat orientated tunes. The Stereophonics still make the playlist – a staple of the original Virgin Radio:

http://virginradio.co.uk/highlights/playing-now-check-out-virgin-radio-playlist-1603251950

I will give it a listen and be nice to alternate between this and online rock radio stations for a bit of musical variety.

Music for 2016: GINGERFEET

Posted in hard rock, indie, Melodic rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , , on March 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Rockers Gingerfeet are back with their new song ‘Make Your Stand’ and it also marks their debut music video. This video is out now on the Pepsi Unbox feature.

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The band have been around since 2012 and their debut album ‘High and Above’ is well worth a listen.

This new song is more guitar led and heavier than previous songs, yet is still underpinned by the band’s love of a good funky riff. A seriously good tune from Gingerfeet and has the potential to win them over a whole new set of fans.

The band explain the ideas behind the song:

“Make Your Stand is about not accepting defeat. It is written to inspire people to stand up and go for the kill, to never be crestfallen because life is short, we must live on the edge and make the most of it.”

You can read the full article here

The music is out there…

Posted in Blues rock, Classic albums, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, hard rock, Heavy metal, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Mix tape, Modern rock, Music for 2016, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on February 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I love discovering and listening to new music, be it actual new music or older music that I listen to for the first time. I know many music fans my age or older get very set in their tastes and say nothing new is as good as the older, established bands, however that misses the point a little for me. Yes bands like say the Temperance Movement or Inglorious, to name but two, are nothing new musically yet they take the music they love and give it their own twist. Heck, bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple borrowed and were influenced by established artists in their day to create the music that still resonates today.

Just this week I picked up a Richard Hawley CD after reading a rave gig review on GRTR! On Twitter I have been picking up on new music and currently loving Broken Witt Rebels (their new EP is superb!) and the indie rock of Mountain Jam. The joy and thrill of hearing new music and championing the musicians is one of life’s great joys for me and many others.

Go on, listen to at least one new band/musician this week, be they new or old…

Shiiine On Weekender 2016

Posted in festivals, gigs, indie, Music for 2016, News, pop with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Echo & The Bunnymen, Shed Seven, Cast, Black Grape, The Wonder Stuff, The Bluetones, Paul Hartnoll (Orbital) & many more announced for Shiiine On Weekender 2016

11 – 14 Nov 2016 – Butlin’s, Minehead Arena

“Shiiine On as a festival didn’t just try to meet expectations but went above and beyond to deliver in all categories: from the artists booked, the great sound and stage systems to the restaurants, site and security staff. Each and every one of you is a rock star and we thank you all. Glastonbury pfft you can keep it.”  – Louder Than War

Following the sell-out success of the 2015 Shiiine On Weekender, the festival which showcases the best of indie and dance music, alongside some of the best up and coming new bands, returns in 2016 with another stellar line up.

The 2016 edition sees Echo & The Bunnymen, Shed Seven, Cast, Black Grape and The Bluetones play the event for the first time whilst one of the stand out performers from last year, The Wonder Stuff, triumphantly return. The main stage also sees performances from very special guests House of Love with further announcements to come over the next few months.

The dance stage once again hosts some mouth-watering acts. Paul Hartnoll will be closing the event, playing a 90-minute set of new material and Orbital classics. Paul will be joined by Utah Saints and the main man himself Eddy Temple Morris. Bentley Rhythm Ace make a live return on the Saturday joined by DJ sets from Will White (Propellerheads) and King of the beats Cut la Roc.

Other acts announced include Echobelly, Marion, The Frank & Walters, CUD, Thousand Yard Stare, Space Monkeys, Credit to the Nation, Great Scott, Symphonica featuring DJ Switch, The Railway Children , The Sex Pissed Dolls, The Clone Roses, The Smyths, Oasis UK and S*M*A*S*H.  New bands confirmed include Deja Vega and Psyence and the amazing UKE2 who wowed the crowd last year with their Ukulele based interludes.

Exhibitions and Pool Parties are to be announced in due course too with a lot to live up to following the now legendary Bez’s Pool Party and Pete McKee’s Thud Crackle Pop exhibition. Tickets at early bird prices are on the verge of selling out and with the latest line up announcements a sell-out is expected.

There are two warm up events in Liverpool and London at the start of March 2016 showcasing a number of the bands that played last year including The Winachi Tribe, Tram Beat and Deja Vega.

Festival tickets can be purchased HERE

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