Archive for Music for 2015

Free music from THE DOWLING POOLE

Posted in Melodic rock, Music for 2015, Music for 2016, pop, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Dearest Friends of The Dowling Poole.

We’ve been quiet for a while. A long while.

You’ll have noticed perhaps?

Well lets face it, there’s an awful lot of noise out there on the internet to contend with these days. We thought we’d wait until we had something to say before adding to it.

The announcement that we HOPE that you’ve been waiting for, is actually not this one. That will come early in the New Year. January 7th to be precise.

In the meantime, we thought in the best tradition of teasing, we’d offer up something that might offer you a little seasonal joy and a minor Proustian rush.

If you follow this link – you’ll find three new videos of acoustic performances of tracks from the ‘Bleak Strategies’ sessions.

The audio recordings from these videos are also available as mp3’s free to everyone (follow the link, just as a wee warm up, and a taste of what was…..before we move on in January to talk about what is.

And if you didn’t already download it during the campaign for Bleak Strategies, you can also download for free, the full electric version of The Strawman from the same page.

Finally, over the last year or so, we received and rather rudely ignored, lots of requests to make lyrics for Bleak Strategies available. We finally got around to making some up, and they’re here.

Please post/share the videos and audio wherever you see fit and you’ll lear from us again on January 7th

Love, Your chums

The Dowling Poole

Mix tape: JOSH TAERK

Posted in Albums of the Year, Get Ready To Rock!, Mix tape, Music for 2015, Music for 2016, Pop rock, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Personally I used to love making compilations back in the 1980’s on good old C60 and C90 cassettes. I thought it would be good to bring it back with a few musicians and music fans,  where they compile a virtual  mix tape of the songs that mean a lot to them. In fact in this modern age a Spotify playlist can be made too.

For those younger readers a mix tape (to quote Wikipedia):
‘Usually reflects the musical tastes of its compiler, can range from a casually selected list of favorite songs, to a conceptual mix of songs linked by a theme or mood, to a highly personal statement tailored to the tape’s intended recipient.’

Josh Taerk released his latest album  ‘Here’s to Change’  this year and it is well worth getting. Josh picks ten songs below and why they mean so much to him.

You can listen to Josh’s mix tape here.

  1. “Wonderwall” by Oasis: This was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar. I was around 15/16 and at the time I wanted to be the next Slash. I was working at a summer camp and, during a break from one of our staff meetings, started playing this song on the guitar. A really cute counsellor from the Girl’s unit came over, sat herself right in front of me, asked what song I was playing; and after I told her, demanded that I start the song again and sing or she wouldn’t be able to follow along. 1) She was really cute, 2) I’m not one to back down from a challenge and 3) she was really cute; so I went for it. When I was done the song she looked at me and said “I didn’t know you were a singer!” I’ve been singing ever since.
  1. “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s: It was the last week of camp the August I turned 17. Every year, at the end of camp the owners put on a banquet for the staff and that year my friend was in charge of the entertainment. He decides to model the evening after American Idol and, without telling me, signs me up. On the day of the banquet he comes over to me and not only tells me that I’m performing but also tells me that I’m the last performer of the night. I was known for singing around camp, but to small groups of friends. This was going to be in front of the entire camp staff! That night, my turn rolls around and I sing this song in front of 200 plus people. As soon as the last chord died out, the entire crowd went nuts. At that moment I knew that up on stage was where I needed to be.
  1. “Round Here” by Counting Crows: The first lines in this song are:

“Step out the front door like a ghost

Into the fog where no one notices

The contrast of white on white

And in between the moon and you

The angels get a better view

Of the crumbling difference between wrong and wright”

The first time I heard these words, they immediately pulled me in. I felt the weight of what Adam Duritz was singing and at the same time had no idea what this was supposed to mean. That’s the beauty of songwriting; that’s the beauty of music. A good song is a story, a poem, a conversation between two people; whatever you as the listener need it to be at that moment. This song really inspired me to think about how my songs would be perceived and also inspired me to look at songwriting as a give and take between the artist and the listener. Meaning is created when the listener interprets your song so that it makes sense to them. It brings a whole other set of lives to this thing that you’ve created. It’s incredible!

  1. “For Baby” by John Denver: This song is important to me because it shaped me as a person, my values, my outlook on life and family. From the day I was born my Dad would sing that song to me every night. The song talks about being there for the ones you love, sharing in their ups and downs, and taking the journey that is life together; wherever that journey takes either of you. You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been, and this song reminds me of what’s really important in life; love.
  1. “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: After 9/11 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band got back together and released this album and this song. In the wake of what happened this song spoke volumes to me about what music can do for humanity. This was not a song about differences, this was not a song about war, fighting, labels or politics. This was a song about life and the people that live it. It talked about the heroes that risked their lives that day, and those that didn’t make it back; but it did so focusing on the people, on how humanity reacted. Yes, there is sadness and yes, there are wounds that may never be fully healed; but the song dealt with these issues tastefully, compassionately, and with a glimmer of hope and faith. This song inspired me to try and see social issues from the perspective of the group that matters most; people, and to never loose sight of hope in the process.
  1. “Jelly Man Kelly” by James Taylor: When I was really young I loved the show Sesame Street and on one episode James Taylor came on and sang this song. I loved it and would ask my parents all the time if they could play the song by “Jelly Man” because, at the time, I had no idea who James Taylor was. I completely forgot about this, eventually fell in love with James Taylor’s music, and would listen to his songs constantly. One day pretty recently, my parents were going through old stuff of my siblings and mine in their basement and came across something that reminded them of this song. They re-told me the story, and I loved the irony that I was listening to James Taylor music long before I even knew who he was. You never know what’s going to affect your life and stick with you until it does.
  1. “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams: I love this song, and every time I hear it I can’t help but want to get up, grab a guitar, sing along and completely rock out to it. From the guitar riff at the beginning, to the soaring vocals in the chorus, the song is the definition of a rock anthem through and through; and feels like a rock song should. At the same time, the story running through the song deals with real life experiences. It’s about yearning for a simpler time, a lost love; dreams of becoming something more than you are. That, to me, is the perfect rock song, the combination of music that moves you and a story that does the same.
  1. “I Want You” by Bob Dylan: I love this song for a lot of reasons. First and foremost because Dylan is one of the most prolific songwriters, and a source of inspiration for me. Second, this was one of the first songs Dylan ever produced in Nashville Tennessee with the group of studio musicians known now as “The Nashville Cats.” The whole goal of these recordings for both parties was to expand on their definitions of music and go outside of their comfort zones, their genres, and make something unique and beautiful. This story really resonates with me especially because, when I went down to Nashville to record Here’s To Change, we ended up pushing ourselves and the music to places we never really thought about going before.
  1. “Hum Hallelujah” by Fall Out Boy: I was a huge Fall Out Boy fan when they were starting out. From the first album of theirs that I heard, Take This to Your Grave, to Infinity On High; I loved listening to their music because it was so unique and so well crafted. In a single song they would mix genres and styles of playing, move from regular time into cut time, back into regular time, speed the song up, slow it down; and it was all done in a way that really emphasized not just that part of the song, but the overall story. The lyrics were also always really unique. They would take cliché phrases like “The road of good intentions” and turn it on it’s head to make it new. In this song in particular they wrote:

“The road outside my house is paved with good intentions

Hired a construction crew, ‘cause it’s hell on the engine.”

  1. “Las Vegas Turnaround” by Hall and Oates: I am very grateful to call John Oates a mentor and friend. When I was looking for a producer for Here’s To Change, it was John that understood the kind of feel I was looking for and it was John that introduced me to producer Teddy Morgan. John is an incredible singer/songwriter, he is a fantastic friend, and is always there to lend a hand. I picked this song because I wanted to honor our friendship and honor John as a singer/songwriter; on top of the fact that it’s one of my favorites.

How was 2015 for you musically?

2015 was an exceptional year for me. It started with the finishing of my album Here’s To Change and releasing my first single off the album, the title track, in the UK. During that time, my brother Ryan and I went on a 15 campus university tour; it was unreal, and there was great response to the new music everywhere we went. At the end of May, I brought the band from Nashville to Manchester and played 5 shows at Indie Week Europe 2015 and then played 3 shows around London including The Bedford in Balham, The 12 Bar Club and O2 Academy Islington. While we were on this tour Here’s To Change was play-listed on 40 radio stations across the country. I’m so humbled by the incredible response to the record.

What have you got planned for 2016 and beyond?

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time in Nashville, writing new songs and playing shows that included a spot at The Bluebird Café. In 2016 we are planning a US tour as well as more trips down to Music City to another single and touring. I love what I do!

Message for your fans…

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased, streamed, listened to, and requested to hear Here’s To Change on the radio. I also want to thank everyone who retweets, likes, comments and shares my posts online, I love talking with you and appreciate all of your support. Without all of you coming to the shows, listening to the music and watching the videos; none of this would be possible. So, thank you for what you do and for giving me the chance to do what I love!

2015 interview

Albums of the Year: THE JOKERS

Posted in Albums of the Year, Best of 2015, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Music for 2015, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 29, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Missed this one of my top 25 – daft lad! The Jokers returned with ‘Hurricane’ and it is their most varied album to date. They have the hard rocking tunes you’d expect like ‘Run For Cover’ and ‘She’s On Fire’, plus a couple of new musical diversions like ‘Summer Time’, a touch of Whitesnake on this one. Highly recommend seeing them live and was lucky enough to see them again in January this year.


Steeleye Span UK tour

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Steeleye Span release a new collection ‘Catch Up’ on December 4th which features this beautiful new song:

Excellent live they are well worth seeing and with a new-ish line-up, although Maddy Prior is still there.

Thu 19 Nov Town Hall Birmingham 0121 345 0600
Fri 20 Nov Assembly Hall Theatre Tumbridge Wells 01892 530613
Sun 22 Nov Borough Theatre Abergavenny 01873 850805
Mon 23 Nov The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre Taunton 01823 283244
Tue 24 Nov The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800
Wed 25 Nov New Vic Theatre Newcastle Under Lyme 01782 717962
Thu 26 Nov Prince of Wales Centre Cannock 01543 578762
Fri 27 Nov Town Hall Cheltenham 0844 576 2210
Sun 29 Nov Royal & Derngate Northampton 01604 624811
Mon 30 Nov Epsom Playhouse Epsom 01372 742555/742227
Tue 1 Dec The Winding Wheel Chesterfield 01246 345 222
Wed 2 Dec Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield 01484 223200
Thu 3 Dec Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661
Fri 4 Dec Leeds Town Hall Leeds 0113 224 3801
Sun 6 Dec Great British Folk Festival Skegness 0330 102 5295
Tue 8 Dec The Apex Bury St Edmunds 01284 758000
Wed 9 Dec Corn Exchange Ipswich 01473 433100
Thu 10 Dec St Mary’s In The Castle Hastings 01323 841414
Sat 12 Dec The Lighthouse Poole 0844 406 8666
Sun 13 Dec Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch 01708 443333
Mon 14 Dec Cadogan Hall London 020 7730 4500
Tue 15 Dec St George’s Bristol Bristol 0845 40 24 001
Wed 16 Dec Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth 0844 847 2362
Thu 17 Dec City Hall Salisbury 01722 434434

Albums of the Year – My Top 25 :-)

Posted in AOR, Best of 2015, Classic rock, ELO, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Heavy metal, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2015, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, rock n roll, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not in any order as it was hard enough whittling it down to 25. Honourable mentions to WASP (a real return to form), Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, Jorn Lande & Trond Holter, Adrenaline Mob and PowerWolf.

1. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe (Colombia/Sony)

2. Lonely Robot – Please Come Home (Inside Out)

3. Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Spinefarm Records)

4. Five Grand Stereo – Sex & Money (indie)

5. Thunder – Wonder Years (earMusic)

6. Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (indie)

7. FM – Heroes & Villains (Frontiers)

8. Michael Monroe – Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)

9. The Radio Sun – Heaven Or Heartbreak (Melodic Rock Records)

10. Dennis Churchill Dries (ex-White Sister/Tatoo Rodeo) – I (AOR Heaven)

11. Ozone – Self Defence (Escape Music)

12. Neal Morse – The Grand Experiment (Inside Out)

13. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead (AFM Records)

14. Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall – Kingdom Of Rock (Frontiers)

15. Revolution Saints (Frontiers)

16. Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (Napalm)

17. Toto – XIV (Frontiers)

18. Third Eye Blind – Dopamine

19. Lifeline – Scream (Escape Music)

20. Tim Arnold – The Soho Hobo (indie)

21. Josh Taerk – Here’s To Change (Misty Creek Records)

22. Kamelot – Haven (Napalm)

23. The Darker My Horizon – Acquiesce (indie)

24. Khymera – The Grand Design (Frontiers)

25. Queensryche – Condition Human (Century Media)

Disappointing albums for me were Gloryhammer (not as good as the previous album), Eclipse and House Of Lords (bring back the pomp keyboards one more time please!).

Albums of the Year: LONELY ROBOT

Posted in Albums of the Year, Music for 2015, Pop rock, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Lonely Robot released their excellent debut album ‘Please Come Home’ back in February on Inside Out. Lonely Robot is the brainchild of producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (Kino/It Bites/Frost*/Arena). He is backed by a rhythm section of Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett/Kajagoogoo) on bass and Craig Blundell on drums, with plenty of guests including Marillion’s Steve Hogarth, Nik Kershaw, Go West’s Peter Cox and Jem Godfrey (Frost*).

It is a cracking mix of melodic prog rock and some cracking pop rock like ‘Boy In The Radio‘ which features Peter Cox of Go West fame (always liked Go West, one of the better 80’s pop acts along with Talk, Talk and Tears For Fears).

LONELY ROBOT London date 20th December

Posted in Music for 2015, Progressive rock with tags , , , on November 13, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), released its debut album Please Come Home earlier this year and is set to play a special one-off live show this December in London. Joining John and his band for this very special evening, will be guest appearances from Peter Cox (Go West), Heather Findlay (ex-Mostly Autumn) & Kim Seviour (Touchstone), as well as Jem Godfrey, who will get on stage for a special encore of Frost* material.

Tickets are available now from the following outlets:

20/12/15 – Scala, London, UK

VIP & Merch Package deals available from The Merch Desk:

John’s band will be made up of Caroline Campbell on bass, Lauren Storer on keys and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums, and they will be playing his debut album in its entirety.

A video for the track ‘The Boy In The Radio’ featuring Peter Cox, was also recently launched, and you can watch that here: 

Please Come Home received some fantastic reviews, with Prog calling it “one mighty statement of intent” and Fireworks stating it’s “one of the finest pieces of Prog Pop”.

You can now order the Lonely Robot album from the InsideOut shop here:

And you can order the album digitally here: