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Music for 2016: FROST* announce their new album

Posted in Music for 2016, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on March 14, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Looking forward to this one a lot…

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Frost*, the brainchild of keyboard player and song-writer Jem Godfrey, have announced the release of their long-awaited new album ‘Falling Satellites’ for the 27th May 2016. Joined by guitarist & vocalist John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, It Bites), drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) & bassist Nathan King (Level 42), ‘Falling Satellites’ is the band’s first album in 8 years & the follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Experiments In Mass Appeal’.

Comprising 11 songs, the final 6 forming a 32-minute long suite, this album also sees a guest appearance from Grammy-nominated guitar legend Joe Satriani who Godfrey played with on the G3 tour in 2012. Jem had this to say about the album:

“It’s been a long time coming, but we got there in the end. I think this is our strongest album to date and moves the sound forwards whilst still referencing what’s gone before. It’s also great to have finally co-written some songs with John in a Frost* context. The end results were better than either of us could have imagined, we just can’t wait to get out and play it all live now.”

The album will arrive on limited edition CD mediabook (incl. 2 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download. The full track-listing is as follows:

1.       First Day

2.       Numbers

3.       Towerblock

4.       Signs

5.       Lights Out

6.       Heartstrings

7.       Closer To The Sun

8.       The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues

9.       Nice Day For It…

10.   Hypoventilate

11.   Last Day

12.   Lantern (bonus track)

13.   British Wintertime (bonus track)

The band will also head out on tour in the UK in support of the new record, including an appearance at Ramblin Man Fair in July. You can find the full list of confirmed dates below:

Friday 17th June – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Saturday 18th June – Montgomery Hall, Wath-Upon-Dearne

Sunday 19th June – The Robin 2, Bilson

Saturday 23rd July – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone

Friday 29th July – Thekla, Bristol

Saturday 30th July – 02 Islington Academy, London

Sunday 31st July – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Tickets for all headline dates available here: http://themerchdesk.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=155_201

DAVY O’ LIST LIVE AT THE BORDERLINE LONDON 23rd JANUARY 2016

Posted in Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

DAVY O’ LIST LIVE AT THE BORDERLINE LONDON 23rd JANUARY 2016.

Davy O’List, who has during his colourful career, has been a founding member of Roxy Music, sideman to Bryan Ferry and John Cale, as well as a producer, writer, arranger and performer for bands such as Pink Floyd, The Attack and The Nice, proudly introduces his latest solo album, Second Thoughts.

This highly anticipated new album comes 18 years since last solo release ‘Flight of the Eagle’.  An elusive figure within the British rock scene, Davy was once voted within the

Top 100 guitarists ever by Classic Rock Magazine, yet in recent years, his disappearance from the music scene has remained a mystery to fans across the world.

Over the years Davy has produced singles and albums for The Attack, The Nice and Roxy Music, along with various others artists for Island Records, CBS and various indie labels.  Through his production work he became a pioneer, where he was one of the first in line to commercialise the blending of rock, pop, funk, jazz and classical music, in order to establish chart success.

‘Second Thoughts’ sees Davy returning to Prog Rock routes, a genre which he helped define in the late 60s during his time in The Nice.

Promo for the new record has included several interviews in Uncut Magazine throughout the progress of the new album, including a five page feature in 2014 and another which called his new material ‘Spectacular. Some tracks sound like long-lost Prog classics from 1973’.

Interviews with Davy have featured in Prog, Classic Rock and Record Collector magazines, alongside numerous glowing reviews, including a 4 star review in Classic Rock which said ‘Key to its appeal is O’List’s guitar tone, surely the best in Western civilisation‘. Record Collector, who also gave the album 4/5, said it was ‘Bursting with ideas’.

During his career Davy became notorious for his incredible live performances, so it’s with great excitement that he’s announced several live dates in October and November this year and a show at The Borderline in London on Saturday 23rd January.

☆☆☆☆ – Classic Rock Magazine ‘Key to its appeal is O’List’s guitar tone, surely the best in Western civilisation‘

☆☆☆☆ – Record Collector ‘Bursting with ideas’

THE BORDERLINE Orange Yard, Manette St, London W1D 4JB

SATURDAY 23rd JANUARY 2016 Doors 7.30pm

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!).

Lonely Robot signs to InsideOutMusic; announces debut album Please Come Home

Posted in Music for 2015, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Lonely Robot

This looks like a ‘must have’ for 2015, especially as John Mitchell is the mastermind behind it. Let’s hope we get the fabled second Kino album too sometime next year…

Lonely Robot, the new project masterminded by producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), has signed to InsideOut Music and is set to release its debut album Please Come Home on 23rd February 2015. See below for the album artwork.

Backed by the storming rhythm section of Nick Beggs on bass and Craig Blundell on drums, the album also sees guest appearances from Peter Cox (Go West), Nik Kershaw, Steve Hogarth (Marillion), Heather Findlay, Kim Seviour (Touchstone), Jem Godfrey (Frost*) as well as narration provided by British actor Lee Ingleby (Master & Commander, Harry Potter).

John Mitchell had this to say about the project: “I’d long thought about doing an album where I could have total control from start to finish with the music, lyrics, production, and choosing who I wanted to contribute – expanding from the idea of just a solo album. Musically, this album is very proggy, but more about atmosphere than technical expertise, inspired by my love of science fiction and interest in the evolution of the human race.”

The track-listing for the album is as follows:

1.       Airlock

2.       God Vs. Man

3.       The Boy In The Radio

4.       Why Do We Stay?

5.       Lonely Robot

6.       A Godless Sea

7.       Oubliette

8.       Construct/Obstruct

9.       Are We Copies?

10.   Humans Being

11.   The Red Balloon

Look out for more info in the coming weeks!

LONELY ROBOT online:

www.facebook.com/johnchristianmitchell