Tuesday, July 31, 2012

REVIEW - A BAND OF ROGUES Self-titled album (2012)


A Band of Rogues - "s/t" (2012)
Release date:June 23rd, 2012
Running time: 48:56, 10 tracks



Imagine a band with two faces:

A) American Irish rock with Christy Moore and Van Morrison influences.
B) Acoustic traditional band to be filed together with the likes of Lunasa, Dervish, Danú, etc.

If you think that this is not possible, then you’re wrong. A Band of Rogues have been able to have the cake and eat it!

The seven piece band from NYC has released a superb self-titled album. Two sets of tunes, a Christy Moore cover (“Ordinary Man”) and seven songs written by different band members: Sean McNally (vocals/guitar), Tom Burns (accordion/vocals/guitar), Frank Banafato (lead guitar/banjo/mandolin) and Joe O’Brien (piano/keyboards).

The opening track  “Molly, Molly” is an interesting Celtic rock number featuring great fiddle, accordion and mandolin. A song that links A Band of Rogues to other US acts like Wild Colonial Bhoys or O’Tasty.

The Girl from the Emerald Island” is a different kind of song influenced by Van Morrison. The whole band sounds really tight on this track that features “The Foxhunter’s Reel”.

After listening to this track, it’s obvious that A Band of Rogues know how to play the traditional repertoire. But one is really amazed after listening to the next track, the kick-ass set of jigs “The Timmy Clifford Set”. The approach is acoustic, but you don’t notice a lack of continuity on the album flow. Quite the contrary, it fits perfectly well.

The next two tracks are the “tribute” to Christy Moore. “You Can’t Eat the Scenery” features the electric guitar sound that you can hear on albums such as “Unfinished Revolution” or “Voyage”. And “Ordinary Man” gets the A Band Of Rogues treatment: excellent fiddle, keyboards, bass and guitar.

The following number is another top-notch set of tunes titled “Punch”. Hats-off to Meredith Rachel on fiddle! If you like Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn albums you’ll love this set.

Finally, to proof that they are not stuck in the past, A Band of Rogues deliver a catchy rocking number with some Eastern Europe influences. Maybe they like The Dreadnoughts too. This time the reel that is featured is “Gravel Walk”.

Unfortunately, many young bands tend to focus only on the same standards and The Dubliners/The Pogues “heritage” and neglect the traditional tunes and other bands. A Band of Rogues have made a fantastic job blending different visions of the Celtic music world on this awesome album. So, if you want to open your musical horizon, check it out.

P.S. Please boys, record "Musha God Help Her" on the next album.

Tracklist:

1. Molly Molly (Sean McNally) 4:08
2. Take Me Back To Kerry (Tom Burns) 5:18
3. Girl From The Emerald Isle (Frank Banafato) 4:13
4. The Timmy Clifford Set: A set of jigs Timmy Clifford, the one in the middle and then Stan Chapman's (Traditional) 4:09
5. Can't Eat The Scenery (Tom Burns) 4:56
6. Ordinary Man (Peter Hames) 5:36
7. Punch - Reels(Traditional) 5:15
8. Irish Goodbye (Tom Burns, Joe O'Brien) 3:19
9. These Streets Are Mean (Sean McNally) 7:00
10. Ballyvaughn (Joe O'Brien) 4:59

http://www.abandofroguesnyc.com
http://www.facebook.com/ABandOfRogues

Click to buy:

http://www.abandofroguesnyc.com/buymusic.cfm

Review by Kinksmarkham



Monday, July 30, 2012

SAMPLER - BANDS FROM THE U.S.A.





Tracks 1-6  and 15-18 available at Sonicbids
Tracks 7-10 available at Reverbnation
Tracks 11-14 available at the band's website
Tracks 19-21 sent by the band

(click on the albums' titles to buy the CDs)

1) MURDER THE STOUT (Houston, TX, USA)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Murder-the-Stout/10150123652740506
http://www.myspace.com/mtsband
http://www.reverbnation.com/murderthestout
http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=263163
http://soundcloud.com/murder-the-stout
https://twitter.com/murderthestout

Band members:

Hugh Morrison - Lead vocals, squeezebox
Kevin Murphy - Electric guitar
Johnny Rioux - Mandolin
Neil DuFour - Acoustic guitar
Marcus Hollar - Banjo
David Schaefer - Whistles
Jason Bancroft - Bass
Pete Sosa - Drums

Discography:

"Murder the Stout" (12 tracks, 2006)
"The Murder the Stout EP" (7 track EP, 2011)


2) BILL GROGAN'S GOAT (Detroit, MI, USA)

http://www.billgrogansgoat.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/billgrogansgoat
http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=134847
http://www.facebook.com/BillGrogansGoat
http://www.myspace.com/billgrogansgoat
https://twitter.com/billgrogansgoat

Band members:

Matt Twomey - Bass
Jude Closson - Drums and percussion
Norman Rosenbaum - Guitar
Gerard Smith - Guitar, mandolin, bodhran, Tenor Banjo, Irish bouzouki
Mindy Whalen - Guitar, Fiddle, bouzouki, Tin Whistle, highland pipes

Discography:

"Bill Grogan's Goat" (14 tracks, 2007)
"Second Wind" (12 tracks, 2011)


3) THE CALIFORNIA CELTS (Yucca Valley, CA, USA)

http://www.californiacelts.com
http://www.facebook.com/californiacelts
http://www.reverbnation.com/californiacrix
http://www.myspace.com/californiacelts

Band members:

Christopher Michael Armitage - Vocals, drums, bagpipes
Patty Hood - Vocals, harp
David Macias - Lead guitar, vocals
Jessica Clark - Accordion
Mike Cazares - Rhythm guitar, bass, vocals

Discography:

"The California Celts" (10 tracks, 2010)


4) MY THREE KILTS (Elroy, NC, USA)

http://mythreekilts.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Three-Kilts/47529535912
http://www.reverbnation.com/mythreekilts
https://twitter.com/mythreekilts

Band members:

Shane Anderson - Vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bagpipes
Robert Eaton - Lead vocals, guitar
Scott Ervin - Vocals, bass
Andy Pacheco - Drums

Discography:

"Eleven" (11 tracks, 2012)


5) WILD COLONIAL BHOYS (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)

http://wildcolonialbhoys.com
http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=251157
http://www.facebook.com/WildColonialBhoys
http://www.myspace.com/wildcolonialbhoys
http://www.last.fm/music/Wild+Colonial+Bhoys
https://twitter.com/wcbhoys

Band members:

Adam Coolong - Vocals, guitar
Geno Carlson - guitar, vocals
Cody McKinney - Bass, vocals
Tony Comeau - Fiddle

Discography:

"Graffiti on the Wall" (6 tracks, 2004)
"Almost Live ... Seven Second Delay" (15 tracks, 2005)
"Irish in America" (11 tracks, 2007)
"Live ... What's it to Ya?" (16 tracks, 2009)
"Heads or Tails" (17 tracks, 2 CD set, 2011)


6) THE STUBBY SHILLELAGHS (Greeley, CO, USA)

http://www.thestubbies.net
http://www.reverbnation.com/thestubbyshillelaghs
http://www.facebook.com/thestubbyshillelaghs
http://www.myspace.com/thestubbies

Band members:

Andy Mithun - Vocals and percussion,
Jacie McConnell - Fiddle and vocals
Shaughnessy McDaniel - Mandolin, Vocals
Ryan Knaub - Upright bass and vocals

Discography:

"Stubbies Assemble" (18 tracks, 2011)
"Whiskey Business" (15 tracks, 2012)
"Parental Advisory" (29 track 2 CD set, 2012)


DOWNLOAD:

http://www.mediafire.com/?95aif1ii7g468f0


Sunday, July 29, 2012

FREE DOWNLOAD - VINAGRE DE SIDRA




The Asturian band Vinagre de Sidra has just released their debut EP. It can be downloaded for FREE!!!

http://www.myspace.com/vinagredesidra

http://www.facebook.com/vinagredesidrafolkrock


DOWNLOAD:

http://www.mediafire.com/?arhhkqcjnbchmv

Thursday, July 26, 2012

REVIEW - THE ROUGHNECK RIOT "This is Our Day" (2012)


The Roughneck Riot "This is Our Day" Bomber Music UXB012
Release date: July 16th, 2012
Running time: 38h00, 12 tracks



Amazing album! Unexpected? Not at all. The Roughneck Riot shift towards a different end was already clear on “Same Again Tomorrow”, their 4 track EP released last year (Remember, you vote for them and they reached no. 6 at the best of 2011 EP list). Together with three songs from that EP,“This is Our Day”, “Same Again Tomorrow” and “Down and Out  (a.k.a. Gun in Your Back)“, the guys from Warrington have recorded 9 new tracks. Twelve great tracks in 38 minutes.

The Roughneck Riot are together with Smokey Bastard the main exponents of the folk-punk made in England. So it’s not a surprise that both of them have released their second album with Bomber Music. In fact, one could say that both bands are following a parallel career. Of course, their sound is different, but they have drawn the same conclusion after having issued a self-released album: if you want to succeed in the folk-punk jungle, then you have to find your own way. Smokey Bastard decided to remove the Celtic-ism from their music and released a top-notch album. Now The Roughneck Riot have decided to get free from The Mahones/The Pogues’ influences on their songs and have issued a kick-ass album.

As all the fans have already downloaded “Ignorance is Easy” or have watched the video for that song, I will not talk about it. But I will tell that the beginning of the album is perfect with that Clash-y song, “This is Our Day” and a number that can seem a little bit dark, but is one of my faves, “Just Because”. I guess that track no. 6, “What About Us” could have been written after having toured with The Real McKenzies. It’s a fantastic Californian punk number, the sort of song that you can hear on the Drink Hunters debut album. “No Sense of Human” is a great punk-pop song à la Green Day. “Same Again Tomorrow” is the bastard son of Neck and The Electrics. And “Down & Out” is always on my head. I don’t know why but when I listen to this song I remember Midnight Oil.

If you think that a folk-punk band always need a fiddler or a tin whistle player, believe me, when you listen to The Roughneck Riot, you don’t miss those instruments. Banjo, mandolin, accordion and the electric instruments are enough when a huge amount of energy is added. “This is Our Day” is a mature effort, but, fortunately, the four boys and two girls from Warrington are delivering a young, fresh and catchy folk-punk album.

Track listing:

01 - Ignorance Is Easy 2:51
02 - This Is Our Day 3:23
03 - Just Because 3:29
04 - Waiting to Die 4:04
05 - Pissin in the Wind 3:27
06 - What About Us? 2:34
07 - Torn Away 3:31
08 - I Won’t Live in Fear 3:05
09 - No Sense of Human 1:52
10 - Same Again Tomorrow 3:00
11 - Down & Out 3:07
12 - Million Miles 3:07

http://www.facebook.com/theroughneckriot
http://www.reverbnation.com/theroughneckriotuk
http://soundcloud.com/bombermusic/sets/the-roughneck-riot-this-is-our

Click to buy:

http://bombermusic.bigcartel.com/product/the-roughneck-riot-this-is-our-day-cd

Review by Kinksmarkham


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FREE DOWNLOAD - THE SCALLY CAP BRATS


The Scally Cap Brats are excited to present our new EP, "Iron and Steel", to all of you for FREE. It features two tracks from our forthcoming album.
Just go to www.thescallycapbrats.com and press "Buy Now". Then just put in a "0" where it asks you to name your price and enjoy!

1. Whiskey, Beer, and Cider
2. Iron and Steel

Please share this with all your friends and family!


FREE DOWNLOAD - KELTIKON

"Keltikon:
We're celts and we're from Pfäffikon-Zürich - iconic celts with a touch of Pfaff!

A Swiss-Scottish band playing celtic rock - with driving grooves,  guitars, fiddle and wailing highland bagpipe - we are a uniquely individual band and we can give your party a real special edge!

We take traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, celtic songs and ballads, then we spice them up with our own recipe of rock to give them the truly special Keltikon treatment."

BTW, they cover Celtas Cortos "La Senda del tiempo", one of the best Celtic rock ballads. Check it out at Reverbnation (available only on streaming)

Band members:

Rino Bolin:  Bass
Natalie Koula:  Violin
Olaf Ohl:  Guitar, Vocals
Urs Walther: Drums, Bluesharp
Iain Duncan:  Pipes, Guitar, Vocals
Diego Hablützel:  Percussion, Guitar, Vocals

More info:

http://www.keltikon.com
http://www.facebook.com/Keltikon
(four tracks to download one by one)



REVIEW - ZEPTEPI "Winter in the Blood" (2012)

 
Zeptepi "Winter in the Blood" Probe One Music POM-7 (2012)
Release date:  March 21st,2012
Running time: 40:02, 12 tracks


Zeptepi is a five-piece folk rock band from Melbourne, Australia. “Winter in the Blood”  is their 4th album and it was intended to be an acoustic EP. However, it turned out to be a 12 track CD. The vast majority of the tracks feature vocals, guitar and/or mandolin (Phil Dean, 11 tracks), banjo (CC Thornley, 10 tracks) and fiddle (Hayley Anderson, 8 tracks). The drummer (Bernie Dodd)  plays different kinds of percussion on 6 tracks and the bassist  (Frank Packer) only plays on one track.

The spirit of The Dubliners can be found all over the album. Not only is there a song about Luke Kelly (the interesting opening track “King of the Balladeers”), but Zeptepi have recorded some material that The Dubliners had previously recorded: the instrumental set “Fairmoye Lassies/Sporting Paddy” and Ewan MacColl’s “School Day’s Over”.

IMHO, the self-penned songs are more calm than the covers. So, together with the original “I Stand Enthralled”, that features a great fiddling, and "The King of the Balladeers", my faves are some of the covers: “The Girls of Old Maui” (with new lyrics), Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades” (probably the gem on the album), “Fairmoye Lassies/Sporting Paddy” and track no. 12, the banjo solo “Wallaby Stew”.


Tracklist:

01. King of the Balladeers (Phil Dean) 4:00
02. Winter in my Blood (Phil Dean) 4:38
03. Girls of Old Maui (Trad./new words and arr. Phil Dean) 3:14
04. Ace of Spades (Kilmister/Taylor/Clarke)3:26
05. The Last Voyage (Phil Dean/CC Thornley) 4:11
06. Arrows (Phil Dean) 3:30
07. Fairmoye Lassies & Sporting Paddy (Trad.) 2:03
08. No Respect  (Phil Dean) 2:50
09. Peat Bog Soldiers (trad./Arr. Phil Dean) 4:00
10. I Stand Enthralled (Phil Dean) 3:38
11. School Days Over (Ewan MacColl) 3:11
12. Wallaby Stew (Trad./Arr. CC Thornley) 1:14

http://zeptepi.info
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeptepi/126314431058?ref=nf
http://soundcloud.com/probeonemusic
http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=38774
https://twitter.com/#!/Zeptepi_Band

Click to buy the CD:

http://www.zeptepi.info/store_row.html

Click to buy a digital copy:

http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/winter-in-the-blood/id516611638

Review by Kinksmarkham


Monday, July 23, 2012

VIDEO - AULD CORN BRIGADE


Auld Corn Brigade - Our Flag - from the 10" EP "Our Flag" 2012.

Shot, cut and mastered by Markus and Icke and Hoffi and Sunny, Leipzig


http://www.auldcornbrigade.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Auld-Corn-Brigade/182653603306
http://www.reverbnation.com/auldcornbrigade
http://www.myspace.com/auldcornbrigade

 




Friday, July 20, 2012

FREE DOWNLOADS - BLACK BONES discography



"Black Bones where born in 2005 rising from the ashes of AJ’s former band the Bloodline, and delivering a harsh punk rock ‘n’ roll style music. They released their first work – Prophecies of Apocalypse.

In 2008 the band drastically changed style, keeping the punk and rock ‘n’ roll roots, but mixing it up with folk and metal, writing a whole new LP called – Pirates of the Coast, a concept album that tells the tales of pirates and their fight to be eternally free and proud.

After two and a half years of touring with the pirate inspired show, the band decided to work on a new record, but it was obvious that they couldn’t just remain pirates, art is in motion and something new will soon arrive, but for now, enjoy the free download of their past works!"
http://www.myspace.com/blackbonescom

Band members:

Capt. A.J. Blood - Vocals
Alex GB Spades - Lead guitar
Symon Ravenbones - Rythm guitar
CJ Hellectricbass - Bass
Ale Themhaf - Drums

Discography:

"Prophecies of Apocalypse" (5 tracks, 2005)
"Pirates of the Coast" (9 tracks + 2 bonus tracks, 2009)


DOWNLOAD:

http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a106443/prophecies-of-apocalypse

http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a106336/pirates-of-the-coast




Thursday, July 19, 2012

ROIO - LOREENA McKENNITT Live 1992



A Loreena McKennitt show from a FM radio station.

Discography:

Studio albums:

1985 : Elemental
1987 : To Drive the Cold Winter Away
1989 : Parallel Dreams
1991 : ''The Visit''
1994 : The Mask and the Mirror
1997 : The Book of Secrets
2006 : An Ancient Muse
2008 : A Midwinter Night's Dream
2010 : The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Live albums:

1994 : Live In San Francisco
1999 : Live in Paris and Toronto
2007 : Nights from the Alhambra
2009 : A Mediterranean Odissey
2012 : Troubadours on the Rhine (a trio performance)

Compilations:

1997 : The Best of Loreena McKennitt
2009 : A Mummers' Dance Through Ireland
2009 : A Mediterranean Odyssey

EPs:

1995 : A Winter Garden : Five Songs for the Season
1995 : Live in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts
1997 : Words and Music
2008 : The Journey Begins
2008 : Share the Journey
2008 : A Moveable Musical Feast



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loreena_McKennitt

http://www.quinlanroad.com

 





Wednesday, July 18, 2012

FREE DOWNLOAD - DEIEDRA "Legegabeen Kondairak" (2012 Reload)


The guys from Deiedra (Urritz Oñederra, Sergio Navarro and Hibai Aiestaran) have re-recorded their debut album following the sound of their second CD, "Dagda Beltza".

The album can be downloaded from Jamendo and  hard copies can be purchased from the band (3,00 Euros + P&P) 


DOWNLOAD:




VIDEO - NAYMEDICI


"We're a Manchester band called Naymedici (pronounced Nay-Med-Ee-Chee), and play a mix of balkan and irish music in a gypsy-folk style, and have released a single, Paddy McGee.

The video was released on July 15th, and has been getting a lot of good attention. Irvine Welsh (author of Trainspotting, and Glue) has tweeted us today saying "Fuck yes! I like that one, Tony. These guys are on it." which we're really excited about! You can stream the video here:"

Naymedici - Paddy McGee








Mike King - Vocals & Guitar
Ronnie King - Drums
Joshua McClurg - Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica
Mike Hill - Bass
Bob Goodman - Fast as Folk Fiddle

http://www.facebook.com/naymedici
https://twitter.com/naymedici


LEXINGTON FIELD - 2012 MIDWEST MISSILE TOUR

LEXINGTON FIELD SET TO EMBARK ON FIRST NATIONAL TOUR

SAN DIEGO - The American Fiddle Rock band Lexington Field, out of San Diego, CA, announced today they will be going on their first national tour August 2 through 25, 2012.  The name of the tour is titled the "2012 Midwest Missile Tour" since most of the dates will take place in the Midwest part of the country.   After a successful Kickstarter Project in June to help fund the rest of the costs, Lexington Field is now ready to go.

They will be playing 22 shows across 20 American cities, including debut stops in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Francisco.  Lexington Field will also share the stage with some great Celtic Rock bands such as The Fisticuffs, Screw City Saints, The Langer's Ball, Hounds of Finn, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Rusty Nail, and many more talented bands across different genres.

"We are extremely excited to finally put our American Fiddle Rock experience on the road and give the rest of America a taste of what we have been trying to do here in the Southwest since 2009.  It is the next big step for Lexington Field and a great way for us to promote our new EP, Poor Troubled Life, which we released on New Folk Records back in March of this year.  Not to mention we get to play with some awesome bands, and see the rest of this beautiful country" - Beau Gray, Lead Singer/Guitarist of Lexington Field

Here are the details:

August 2 - Las Vegas, NV - McMullan's
August 3  - Salt Lake City, UT - Piper Down Pub
August 4 - Denver, CO - Scruffy Murphy's
August 5 - Lincoln, NE - Duffy's Tavern (w/ On Approach, Aim Your Arrows, A Summer Better Than Yours, All My Friends Are Dinosaurs, Dude Won't Die, Hoo Doo Buzzards)
August 6 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room (w/ Flannigan's Right Hook, Three Dollar Band)
August 8 - St. Louis, MO - Plush (w/ Rusty Nail)
August 9 - Indianapolis, IN - The Rathskeller (w/ Highland Reign)
August 10 - Midlothian, IL - Sullivan's (w/ The Fisticuffs, The Ridgelands)
August 11 - Racine, WI - McAuliffe's Pub (w/ The Fisticuffs)
August 12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon (w/ The Fisticuffs, Screw City Saints)
August 13 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Music Joint (w/ The Fisticuffs)
August 15 - Des Moines - Vaudeville Mews (w/ The Robby Michael Band, KICK)
August 16 - La Crosse, WI - Bodega Brew Pub (w/ Wild Colonial Bhoys)
August 17 - St. Paul, MN - Shamrocks (w/ The Langer's Ball)
August 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Cheapo Records (In-Store Acoustic Set)
August 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe (w/ The Langer's Ball, Hounds of Finn, The Union Suits)
August 21 - Missoula, MT - Sunrise Saloon
August 22 - Spokane, WA - Carr's Corner
August 23 - Seattle, WA - High Dive (w/ The Fun Police, The Bog Hoppers)
August 24 - Silverton, OR - Mac's Place
August 25 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah (w/ The Dirt Floor Band)

Visit Lexington Field online...

Monday, July 16, 2012

REVIEW - TO THE LAST DROP "Demo" (2012)


To the Last Drop - Demo
Release date: July 2012
Running time: 13:30, 4 tracks


Recently I ended the review of the Rijsel Irish Boy’Z with the title of a Chieftains album, “The Year of the French”. And it’s really the year of the French Celtic punk/rock scene. Plenty of different bands playing different music. There is a top-notch Celtic rock band featuring bagpipes hailing from France, Celkilt. But there were no bands blending punk and pipes in a fresh and young way. And this gap has been filled by To The Last Drop.

To the Last Drop is a new 6 piece band from Paris whose singer, Seb, is also a member of the folk-punk duo Lords of the Pints. It’s a young band with an awesome sound and the right approach. I mean, it would have been easy to copy DKM, but the guys from the City of Light are closer to Farler’s Fury and Pipes and Pints. As their motto says, "We play bagpipes but we're not from Scotland"

The four tracks have been mixed in Australia, so, even if it’s a demo, you can see that To The Last Drop are really paying attention to every small detail. All of the songs are really enjoyable, but my faves are the first track and the last track. “We’ve Got a Band” is a catchy number with firing pipes and great drumming. “Lost in the Highlands” is amazing, a pipe arrangement in the Scottish traditional vein, superb vocals even with the effects, rhythm section à la Rancid

The other tracks are excellent too. “Red Widow” is maybe the closest to a DKM song. Great backing vocals in a sing-along song with two vocalists. And “Black Pearls of Newcastle” is also a melodic punk song with more fantastic backing vocals.

2012, a good year for French Celtic punk/rock music, but also for the European bagpipes punk scene. Heavyweights like Black Tartan Clan are back and newcomers like Czech band Curlies and French band To The Last Drop are the evidence that there is enough room for more bands loving the Real McKenzies attitude .


Tracklist:

1 - We've Got a Band 3:03
2 - Red Widow 3:22
3 - Black Pearls of Newcastle 3:24
4 - Lost in the Highlands 3:35


https://www.facebook.com/pages/To-The-Last-Drop/468522529829358
http://tothelastdrop.bandcamp.com

Review by Kinksmarkham


Saturday, July 14, 2012

REVIEW - THE BLACK TARTAN CLAN "Standing Strong" (2012)



The Black Tartan Clan "Standing Strong" 4Subculture Records (2012)
Release date: July  2012
Running time: 4 tracks


The Loyal Men are back. And they are really loyal to the new tradition, a recording every two years. After an album in 2008 and a double album in 2012, The Black Tartan Clan have just released a 4 track EP. The road from “The Loyal Men” 2 CD to the “Standing Strong” EP has not been easy due to the line-up changes. Vocalist MacLoud left the band and guitarist MacTouche shifted to vocal duties. A new drummer (MacAël), a new guitar player (MacMarsh) and a bigger role for the sixth member MacHoze Jr., who is playing now snare, djembé, bouzouki and banjo.

The title of the EP is clear enough. The Black Tartan Clan are standing strong. If they had chosen “Standing Stronger”, maybe they would have been more accurate. Since this 4 track EP is a killer. Four top-notch songs and the band tighter than ever. The sound is brilliant, powerful, well balanced. No weakness is shown.

From the opening track “Standing Strong” to the closing track “No Stress” there is no rest. Yes, there is no slow numbers and BTC do exactly what they are expected to do. Great bagpipes punk with lyrics about friendship, pride, Braveheart…

The first track is a fantastic song with an excellent rhythm section, guitar and pipes and an interesting banjo arrangement at the end.

The next track, “Don’t Walk Alone” is also a hit. Amazing street punk with a slight Die Toten Hosen twist. A real anthem, like the next song, the epic “Finally Free”. A song about William Wallace. BTC shouting for the independence of Scotland. Just listen to that Scottish percussion on this track.

And to finish up, another awesome oi! song, “No Stress”. A cross between Dropkick Murphys and Sham 69. When you listen to the end of the song, you are sure that the band have really enjoyed the recording of the EP.

Which is the best European bagpipes punk band? Pipes & Pints? Bastards on Parade? The Black Tartan Clan? I don’t know, all of them are a  real alternative to Dropckick Murphys. But, at least, I can say that “Standing Strong” is the best Celtic punk EP of 2012. You were right, Steven ;-)


Track list:

1 - Standing Strong 3:32
2 - Don't Walk Alone 3:00
3 - Finally Free 3:31
4 - No Stress 3:20

http://theblacktartanclan.com
http://www.facebook.com/blacktartanclan
http://www.reverbnation.com/theblacktartanclan
http://www.myspace.com/theblacktartanclan
https://twitter.com/blacktartanclan

Click to buy:

http://theblacktartanclan.com/shop/contents/en-uk/d7.html

The lyrics can be found at Reverbnation and at the band's website.

Review by Kinksmarkham





Friday, July 13, 2012

FREE DOWNLOAD - BARBARIAN PIPE BAND "Sacra Losna" (2004)



"The Barbarian Pipe Band is active since 2001, and originates from the lands in the shade of the western Alps, a place called Bugella Civitas, (the present Biella- Piemonte - Italy). For many years now the band has been terrorising surrounding popular folk, whom for a very long time, have been dedicated to agriculture and sheep rearing. This group of hunter-gatherers, let alone musicians, is formed of three bagpipes and two drums able to summon the thunder in Earth, namely Taranis, their patron and great God of the storms. As powerful as the voice of Taranis is, so is their music. Their repertoire branches out from traditional Portuguese, French, Scottish, German, Breton and Piedmont pieces to songs of their own creation. They conduct a semi nomadic lifestyle, seasoningly abandoning their land to roam the entire Italic territory, and often crossing the imposing Alpine walls so to satisfy their inexhaustible thirst for adventure.

The Barbarian Pipe Band is composed by five musicians. They’re three pipers and two drummers. The instruments offered are only period ones and they include medieval German bagpipes, north and south Italian bagpipes, great highland bagpipes, bombards, a set of medieval drums, Davul, Nakers, Gong, bells and so on… The proposed repertory sweeps from medieval music to traditional music up to pieces of their own creation. Each piece is arranged and revised in a more original viewpoint compared to usual folk/traditional standards. The band can offer two different kind of show: travelling show or stage one.

Travelling show as wandering musicians takes more or less 30-40 minutes proposed more times all along the event, for a maximum of three hours per day. This kind of show is suitable for all kind of event, from medieval festival up to general musical events. The instruments proposed during travelling show are a set of two bandoleer period drums, one Davul, three medieval bagpipes in A minor and one bombard. For this kind of performance isn’t required an amplification.

The stage show takes more or less 90 minutes and is performed with many different musical instruments. In that way the performance appears more dynamic and catches audience’s attention with continuing changes of sound mood. During the stage show the instruments proposed are: a set of four medieval drums, one Davul, one Nakers, one Gong, three medieval bagpipes in A m and one in E m, two north Italian pivas and one zampogna in G, three Scottish bagpipes, one bombard in G and one in E. Amplification is required for this kind of performance.

During each kind of performance the band wears medieval costumes of year 1200-1400 typical of wanderings and musicians. "


http://www.barbarianpipeband.com
http://www.myspace.com/barbarianpipeband
http://www.facebook.com/BarbarianPipeBand/info

Band members:

Devsko (piper) - Medieval Bagpipes, Piva Piemontese, Zampogna, Scottish Highland Bagpipes, Bombards
Tuac (piper) - Medieval Piva, Scottish Highland Bagpipes, Piva Piemontese, Zampogna
Diabolus (piper) - Medieval Bagpipes, Scottish Highland Bagpipes, Flutes, Bombards, Tamorra
Clarinzia (drummer) - Davul
Madrasko (drummer) - Tenor Drum, Nakers, Tromba Marina, Storyteller

Discography:

"Sacra Losna" (promo CD, 8 tracks, 2004)
"Fosfeni" (16 tracks, 2005)
"Rota" (16 tracks, 2008)
"The Best of Barbarian Pipe Band" (22 tracks, 2011)

DOWNLOAD:

http://www.barbarianpipeband.com/index-gb.php3?url=ausculta-gb.htm (scroll down to Sacra Losna 2004 and click on "Download for free the full album - File .zip")


Thursday, July 12, 2012

VIDEOS - NO FUEGO

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

REVIEW - THE RIJSEL IRISH BOY'Z "Demo" (2012


The Rijsel Irish Boy'Z - Demo
Release date: 2012
Running time: 25:07, 7 tracks


The Rijsel Irish Boy’Z  were featured on our first sampler of 2012. The band hails from Lille (Rijsel in “French Flemish” language) and was born in 2009 as a side project when Les Carottes Râpées members Mikee and JP realized that both of them loved Celtic punk. Then, multi-instrumentalist Alain jumped in to add the traditional element to the RIBZ’s sound. However, they had to wait till the end of 2011 to become a serious project, when drummer Flo joined the band.

When I got the CD, Mikee told me that the demo have been recorded at home and it had not been mastered. So I was really surprised when I listened to the songs. Yes, it is a raw and no frills recording, rough at the edges, but the quality was far better than many official albums !!!

Another thought came to my mind. Three out of the seven tracks are available at Reverbnation: two free downloads (“Walkin’ Away” and “Drunken Sailor”), and one in streaming (“The Letter”). Are those really the best tracks? Maybe not. I feel that  the Bloody Irish Boys infused song “The Letter” is one of the highlights on the demo, a top-notch Celtic punk song featuring great mandolin an fiddle. So, it's an obvious choice. But I should have chosen another tracks instead of the others to whet the fans appetites, since the demo is full of strong material.

For instance, “Gloo …”, a fantastic number: aggressive vocals, tin whistle … a sort of a Fisticuffs song. Or even “I Don’t Wanna Die”, another fast-paced catchy track that I have really enjoyed. Let alone song no. 2, “Dr. Chickenstein”. Celtic punk goes horror punk. The likes of Blood or Whiskey and Sir Reg have toured with horror punk legends The Misfits. I would like that  they chose The Rijsel Irish Boy’z as support act the next time they’ll tour Europe.

I have read that the RIBZ have already written the 15 songs for their debut album. Stay tuned!

The French Celtic punk/Celtic rock/folk punk scene is becoming more and more appealing: The Booze, Celkilt, The Moorings, The Maggie Whackers, Saints & Sinners, Lords of the Pint and now Celtic punk-rockers The Rijsel Irish Boys. 2012: The Year of The French.


Tracklist:

1 - The Letter
2 - Dr. Chickenstein
3 - Walkin' Away 3:29
4 - Gloo ...
5 - I Don't Wanna Die
6 - Drunk
7 - Drunken Sailor (akoustik) 3:58


http://www.reverbnation.com/therijselirishboyz
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rijsel-Irish-BoyZ/210108335721536
http://www.myspace.com/theribz
http://www.lagrosseradio.com/artistes/the-rijsel-irish-boy-z/
http://www.photorock.com/ribz/

Contact the band to buy the CD and/or merchandise:

contact@theribz.fr



T-Shirts: 10,00 EUR Sizes, boys: M, L, XL, girls: S, M, L
Buttons: 1,00 EUR
Demo CD: 4,00 EUR

+ P&P


Review by Kinksmarkham




HARDLINE ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS HOIST THE COLORS


Hardline Entertainment is announcing that Hoist the Colors is joining the Hardline family, which includes Death By Stereo, Authority Zero, the Darlings, Allura, Neo Geo, and more. The band is currently in the studio recording their Hardline debut, entitled "Miles to go Before We Sleep". The first song off the new album, “Sail on Sweet Soul,” is currently streaming online at Hardline’s SoundCloud:


The song was also included on this summer's Hardline Music Comp, which contains tracks from Hardline and Viking Funeral artists. (It's available for free download at www.hardlineent.com/download.)
Also check out a recent video feature by HavocTV that shows the band performing and speaking about their sound, influences, and motivation to keep playing:





HARDLINE ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS HOIST THE COLORS

Los Angeles-based Irish- and Americana-Influenced Punk Band Currently in the Studio Recording their Hardline Debut

Los Angeles – July 10 2012 – Southern California based record label and artist management company Hardline Entertainment today announced that Hoist the Colors, the seven-piece Irish- and Americana-influenced punk band from Los Angeles, has joined the Hardline Entertainment family. Hoist the Colors joins Hardline’s roster of established and up-and-coming artists that includes Death By Stereo, Authority Zero, the Darlings, Allura, Neo Geo, and more.


“We are thrilled to bring Hoist the Colors into the Hardline family,” said Hardline principal and CEO Ken Seaton. “Their energetic live show, huge stage presence, and original sound make Hoist the Colors stand out in a sea of cookie-cutter bands.”

“Hardline has a track record of working tirelessly for their bands and putting out music they believe in, so signing with them was a no-brainer,” said Hoist the Colors’ lead singer and founding member Josh Linden. “With Hardline behind us, we can’t wait to release our next record and get out on the road to connect with new audiences across the U.S. and abroad.”

The band is currently in the studio recording their Hardline debut, entitled "Miles to go Before We Sleep". The full length will be their second studio album and the follow up to 2011’s self-released "Second City". The first song from the new album, “Sail on Sweet Soul,” was recently included in Hardline’s free “Music Comp Vol. 2,” which features 12 tracks from Hardline and Viking Funeral Artists Death By Stereo, Authority Zero, Neo Geo, and many more. The comp is available for free download at

http://www.hardlineent.com/download/



About Hardline Entertainment

Founded by Ken Seaton, Hardline Entertainment is a Hermosa Beach-based record label and artist management company featuring some of the best up and coming bands in the West Coast alternative music scene, with genres including punk rock, metal, hard rock and reggae. Hardline proudly supports DIY ethics and has maintained this core principle while exposing new music to listeners without depending on major label support. The 2012 "Hardline Entertainment Compilation 2" features new music from artists on both Hardline and Viking Funeral Records, a label imprint run in partnership with Seaton, Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge, and Kevin Zinger from Suburban Noize. The track listing includes music from Authority Zero, Versus the World, The Darlings, Death by Stereo, Neo Geo, the Manic Low, Thousand Watt Stare, AllurA, Phathom, Hoist the Colors, Lionize, and Musket. The compilation is currently available for free download and will be available at all Hardline events throughout 2012. 

www.HardlineEnt.com


About Hoist the Colors

Hailing from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, Hoist the Colors plays a blend of punk rock, traditional Irish music, Americana, and bluegrass that is as eclectic and original as the city they call home. Their signature sound features a mix of traditional (mandolin, banjo, and fiddle) and rock instruments (drums, guitar, bass) that appeals to fans of punk rock, folk music, and everything in between. The seven-piece band is currently recording their second studio album, entitled "Miles to go Before We Sleep". Hoist the Colors’ debut album, "Second City", is currently available for purchase on iTunes and available for streaming on Rhapsody and Spotify. For fans of The Pogues, Chuck Ragan, The Gaslight Anthem, and Flogging Molly.



Facebook: www.facebook.com/hoistthecolors.music

Twitter: @hoistthe_colors

Instagram: hoistthecolors





Tuesday, July 10, 2012

REVIEW - THE LOGUES "Tough at the Bottom" LGS001 (2011)


The Logues "Tough at the Bottom" LGS001 (2011)
Release date: July 15th, 2011
Running time: 42:13, 11 tracks


The Logues is a five piece band from Co. Tyrone. The band is fronted by Justin Logue (Vocals, tin whistle) hence the name. His band mates are Kiel Cathers (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica), Christophe Speer (tenor banjo, mandolin, guitars, accordion), Christopher Darragh (bass) and Darrell Belson (drums).

Tough at the Bottom”, their debut album, is a nice bunch of songs about booze. Then , it’s obvious that The Logues have their roots on the Irish balladeers (The Dubliners among others) and the great Christy Moore. However, influences from artist like the Waterboys or Bob Geldof can be heard on tracks such as “Jimmy Lassie” or “Broomstock Boogie”.

The banjo and the mandolin from Christophe Speer  play the main role on the band’s sound and sometimes they are backed by the tin whistle (“Price of a Pint”, “Misty Morning Night”).

The catchiest songs on the album would be the opening track “Price of a Pint” (the most Celtic punk track on “Tough at the Bottom”) and “Poitin Valley” (great banjo and mandolin). Other interesting numbers are “Ballad of John Barleycorn” (if you love Shane MacGowan’s “More Pricks than Kicks”, this song has the same music), “Music of the Night” (a sort of a stop-and-go song; it goes calm and then the banjo and the bass speed up the beat), “Tales of the Road” (the song is sung a capella and then the banjo joins; this track features “Maidrin Rua”), “Misty Morning Night” (a Goats Don’t Shave sounding song) and “Broomstick Boogie”  (a song that could be filed together with “The Great Song of Indifference")

For Celtic punk fans, let’s say that in a scale from 1 point (Saw Doctors) to 10 points (Blood or Whiskey), The Logues would get 6,5 points. They are neither raucous, nor polished.  Music from the heart or from the liver? I guess that the best description of The Logues music would be the lyrics of the song "Irish Ways" from the LILT album. Grab a pint and dance to their songs.


Tracklist:

1. Price of a Pint 2:35
2. Jimmy Lassie 3:16
3. No Place Like Home 3:52
4. Broomstick Boogie 4:17
5. Ballad of John Barleycorn 3:29
6. Drinkin' with God 3:47
7. Music of the Night 3:53
8. Misty Morning Night 4:16
9. Tales of the Road 3:45
10. Poitin Valley 3:53
11. Last Orders 5:09

http://www.thelogues.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/thelogues
http://www.facebook.com/theloguesband
http://soundcloud.com/the-logues
http://www.myspace.com/logues
https://twitter.com/#!/thelogues

Click to buy a digital copy:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/logues3

Review by Kinksmarkham


Monday, July 9, 2012

VIDEO - THE LEVELLERS "After the Hurricane"



Levellers "After The Hurricane" out 09 July from new album "Static On The Airwaves" out 25.06.12












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