Archive for the Modern rock Category

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

Recent CD bargains…

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Some recent charity shop finds including last year’s album ‘Brain Waves’ from Eureka Machines. Great album full of catchy pop rock/punk tunes and features Chris Catalyst (Ginger/Sisters Of Mercy etc). Only a pound and a signed copy as well! Also for a pound was the two CD version of Silver Ginger 5’s ‘Black Leather Mojo’. I love this album and one of the first I downloaded on iTunes. It features Ginger of the Wildhearts, plus various Wildhearts in the band and Conny Bloom of the Electric Boys. Not one filler, all are glorious slabs of glam infused pop rock. Darn shame they never made another album.

Whilst up in Stoke recently and browsing in the rather good record store Music Mania, I picked up Dogs Die In Hot Cars ‘Please Describe Yourself’ album – perhaps best known for their hit ‘Godhopping’. Bizarrely the band hail from my dad’s birthplace, St. Andrews and most of the band went to the same college as him, Madras College. Album full of quirky pop, recalling bands like Talking Heads, Arcade Fire and XTC. At the same time picked up the best of Hootie & the Blowfish. One of those bands I can cover with a just a best of by in my collection. Vocalist Darius Rucker has recently embarked on a more country/Americana path in his music.

Five bands I would love to see reform…

Posted in AOR, hard rock, Melodic rock, Modern rock, pop, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , , , on April 23, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I was thinking with all these recent big name musicians passing away it must make sense for some of these bands to make-up and do at least one more show.

Top of that list for me has to be Journey reuniting with Steve Perry. Perry has changed his stance to ‘never say never’ and Carlos Santana could prove a unlikely catalyst to this happening.

Slade, one of the few 70’s rock bands with all the original members still with us. Not likely I know and we do have Dave Hill and Don Powell touring as Slade II, but wouldn’t Noddy Holder and Jim Lea fancy just one more gig maybe? I doubt it sadly.

XTC were down just to Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding by the time they called it a day. A falling out between the two seemingly put paid to any more XTC, however with Steven Wilson adding his sonic magic to the XTC back catalogue could the two make-up?

Semisonic – great band on album and live. Made a brief splash in the late 90’s/early 00’s then stopped. Dan Wilson does his solo thing, maybe time for a new Semisonic album/tour? Please 🙂

Skagarack, okay not top of may people’s lists being a relative obscure Danish melodic rock band. But given the interest in 80’s rock and recent reunions the time is right! Frontiers Records make it so 😉

Dowling Poole listening party tonight @8pm GMT

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Modern rock, Music for 2016, News, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , on March 15, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Join in, have a listen and post your thoughts…

If you’ve missed it – Listening party. Tonight (Tues March 15th) at 8pm. Download and/or stream ‘One Hyde Park and listen for the first time with the band, while on Twitter and Facebook.

If you’ve yet to order, do it now and join in with this evenings event. Do it here.
See you tonight
Givvi, Jon and Willie

Upcoming The Darker my Horizon UK live dates

Posted in festivals, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Modern rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , , , , , , on February 29, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Upcoming 2016 The Darker my Horizon UK live dates:

Sunday 6th March – Hope And Anchor (Islington), London
White Coast Rebels + TDmH + support TBC (£5)

Saturday 9th April – Snooty Fox, Wakefield
The Clan + TDmH + Jupiter Falls (£3)

Friday 22nd April – Jacks Beer and Burger Joint, Bognor Regis
Support TBC (free)

Tuesday 26th April – The Underworld, Camden (London)
Ex-Giant/Strangeways Terry Brock + TDmH (Acoustic show)

Thursday 28th April – The Iron Road, Evesham
Ex-Giant/Strangeways Terry Brock + TDmH (Acoustic show)

Saturday 11th June – Bad Wabbit Summer Shindig (Bognor Regis)

Sunday 17th July – Under The Bridge, Chelsea (London)
Nazareth + TDmH

Friday 26th August – The Wokingham Festival Elms Field

Saturday 27th August – Great Dorset Steam Fair Blandford Forum

Sunday 28th August – Rockwich Festival
Lowstock Sports and Social Club, Northwich (Cheshire)

Friday 9th September – Talking Heads (Southampton)
Newman + Blood Red Saints + TDmH

Friday 16th September – Yardbirds (Grimsby)
Newman + Blood Red Saints + TDmH

Saturday 8th October – Scruffy Murphy’s (Birmingham)
TDmH + Jupiter Falls + support TBC (£6)

Your support is always sincerely appreciated – we look forward to seeing you at some of these shows. TDmH

*More dates to be confirmed
**All dates subject to change

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…


Posted in Modern rock, Music for 2016, News with tags , , , , , on February 18, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Camden Rocks, Download, Hey! Hello! and Solo shows!

It may only be February, but things are starting to heat up already in the Ginger Wildheart camp.

Just announced, Ginger will be playing at this year’s Camden Rocks festival, which celebrates its 5th year of rocking the socks off the capital!

The all day, multi-venue event takes place on Saturday 4th June, and Ginger will be playing not one, not even two, but three different solo sets, across three different venues throughout the day.

Tickets are £35 (plus booking fees), and you can check out the Facebook event page to see the line-up that has been announced so far at

  • 4th June – Camden Rocks Festival (multiple venues) – Tickets

Camden Rocks 2016

Less than a week later, Ginger makes his annual trip to Castle Donington, where The Wildhearts will be headlining the 3rd stage at Download Festival on Friday 10th June:

  • 10th June – Download Festival, Castle Donington – Tickets

And prior to both of these shows, Hey! Hello! will set off on their headlining tour of the UK, supported by Tropical Contact, Dirt Box Disco and Death Koolaid. You can catch them in the following towns:

  • 15th April – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms – Tickets
  • 16th April – Stockton Georgian Theatre – Tickets
  • 17th April – Manchester O2 Academy 3 – Tickets
  • 18th April – Newcastle O2 Academy 2 – Tickets
  • 20th April – Glasgow Cathouse – Tickets
  • 21st April – Edinburgh Electric Circus – Tickets
  • 22nd April – York Fibbers – Tickets
  • 23rd April – Stoke Sugarmill – Tickets
  • 24th April – Sheffield Corporation – Tickets
  • 26th April – Bristol Fleece – Tickets
  • 27th April – Nottingham Rescue Rooms – Tickets
  • 28th April – Southampton Joiners – Tickets

And to kick off all of these proceedings? Ginger will host his rescheduled Birthday Show at the Kentish Town O2 Forum in London on 1st April, with a special warm-up show at St. Helens Citadel theatre on 30th March:

  • 30th March – St. Helens Citadel – Tickets
  • 1st April – London Kentish Town O2 Forum – Tickets

If all of this impending live excitement has you salivating at the mere thought of it all, you can keep yourselves busy until then by enjoying Ginger’s latest album release, Year Of The Fanclub, which showcases 12 tracks from his year-long fan club, G·A·S·S·

It has been garnering rave reviews since its release (see here, here and here) and it’s available to purchase now from Amazon, iTunes and all other good music retailers.

Keep your calendars free folks – 2016 is about to get busy!