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SONG REVIEW- TRASH HEADS- SET IT RIGHT

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Alt- rockers' Trash Heads have released their latest single "Set It Right", taken from the upcoming new album Vandalism. The four-piece formed in 2014 in Kent. They were created by three school friends, who went to the same school as Mick Jagger. They have been busy writing and recording their follow up to the 2015 debut effort Skyscraper. "Set It Right" is an upbeat track about finding light at the end of a dark tunnel, which relates to our current circumstances with Covid. The opening grungy riff builds to melodic pop vocals, heavy guitars and pounding drums. The song's overall message conveyed through a juxtaposition of dreamy guitar breaks in contrast to thick, distorted riffs. The band says of  the track; "The song was written around the main guitar riff which starts the song - we thought it had a Nirvana vibe to it and is quite dark,so the lyrics and vocal melody reflected that. However, the chorus that sprang out from there is very happy/positi

SONG OF THE DAY- JEFF TUOHY- THE DEVIL'S IN NEW ORLEANS

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Billboard Award-winning songwriter Jeff Tuohy has released his latest single "The Devil's In New Orleans", ahead of the musician's album Hudson Delta, set for release on August 25th,2021 The album was recorded and mixed in Brooklyn, following a tough year that saw the collapse of his 2019 debut, which gained much-needed radio airplay. The New York-based rock musician has been hailed as "one of the best up-and-coming songwriters in North America". "The Devil's In New Orleans" was once dubbed unsuitable for radio. Tuohy looks into the turmoil of modern society. The track sees soulful vocals spread over soft jazz piano keys. Jeff Tuohy sounds like the cunning wordsmith. as he talks over multi-layered horns and keys accompaniment. The track has dark undertones to a sneering vocalist that bursts into melody on the chorus. Overall, this is a track that will leave you pleasantly surprised, whilst looking over your shoulder. Words by Anselm Anderson SO

SHOTGUN MISTRESS RELEASE THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM VIA CRUSADER EECORDS ON JULY 16TH

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Melbourne based SHOTGUN MISTRESS release their highly-anticipated self-titled debut album via Crusader Records on the 16th of July on CD and all digital platforms. Shotgun Mistress is an explosive dose of pure indie contemporary hard rock at its most searing and exuberant. After a year of remarkable single releases, chart and radio play, SHOTGUN MISTRESS continues to solidify its position at the vanguard of Australian rock with this new album. Pre-Save/Order Shotgun Mistress HERE Shotgun Mistress was formed by Matt Wilcock (The Berzerker, Akercocke, Abramelin), an internationally renowned death-metal demon guitarist best known for playing at light speeds. He hooked up with “Diamond” David Lee on drums to jam out LA strip-era rock. Ben Curnow (EARTH) joined on bass along with vocalist Glenn Patrick (of Collegians, featuring members of Pseudo Echo and Invertigo). Shotgun Mistress was the first Australian band to join Golden Robot’s metal label Crusader Records. SOCIAL MEDIA https://ww

RAMBLING MAN'S BEST NEW ARTISTS (JUNE 21)

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The Rambling Man's Best New Artists' playlist returns this week with a look at the best new music from the past week. Click on the player to listen and enjoy; Enjoyed this post? Never miss out on future posts by   following us

SONG OF THE DAY- "SICK" BY LIVES

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  English-born singer/songwriter Lives aka Peter Chisholm has released the latest single "Sick" via his independent record label Unicorn Records. The musician has received widespread radio play, appearing on tv, including Channel 5, BBC , ESPN etc. Lives have also worked with James Morrison, Bob Geldof and Sony BMG in a short, illustrious career. "Sick" has been described as , unforgettably unique, combining striking lyrics with an addictive tune and instrumentals.  This is a fair description with a carefully structured, infectious song destined to remember for any summer playlists.  Lives' slick vocals transition between sharp rapping, piercing melodies, and reflective tones. as the singer expresses his disapproval of what annoys him. The track begins with subtle string arrangements that segue into an upbeat, funky guitar riff. Lives' melodies change the tone in the bridge, as his frustrations convey over tinkering keyboards to wrap up the track. No do

BRIT ROCKERS' BASTETTE PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR "TALK ABOUT IT", UNVEIL DETAILS FOR NEW EP "BASTETTE EXPOSED" VIA RPM RECORDS

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Gritty rock/pop group Bastette has announced details of their brand new EP, Titled Bastette Exposed.  the Lancashire five-piece band will release their sophomore EP on the 17th of September 2021. Ahead of this announcement, Bastette has just premiered a brand new song and music video for the lead single 'Talk About It'! Bastette takes no prisoners with their new single. A fearless track about sleeping with the enemy and taking back control. "Talk About It' lyrically takes a literal approach" , explains Bastette singer/songwriter Caroline Kenyon. " We are always told 'communication is key', but from my experience, it doesn’t change an already broken relationship. You can go round in circles repeating the same conversations, but never coming to a conclusion. Whilst the track highlights this ineffective and repetitive cycle it also shows that definitive moment for me when I realised enough was enough. That 'light bulb' moment was empowering for

ALBUM REVIEW- LIVING DEAD GIRL- EXORCISM

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  Canadian Modern Metal act Living Dead Girl  finally released their much-anticipated debut E xorcism, this past Friday (June 11th). The album was produced by critically-acclaimed producer Mitchell Marlow  (In This Moment) and mastered by Howie Weinberg ( Metallica, Nirvana) Living Dead Girl was formed in 2017 by lead singer Molly Rennick , who blends the pop accessibility of Avril Lavign e with the dark, gothic undertones and in-your-face metal of In this Moment. This 11- track introduction contains elements of these influences with groove-orientated breakdown, harrowing lyrics, and a mixture of sweet melodies and terrifying howls. Opener "Alive" will certainly make one feel so after listening to the alluring pop vocals and staccato rhythms to make this accessible to a mainstream audience. The menacing "Beautiful" is a tale of how having plastic surgery and generic looks seems to be the acceptance in society with an unstable Rennick emerging from her shell. The f

RAMBLING MAN'S MAKES #1 IN THE TOP 90 FEEDSPOT TOKYO BLOGS

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Thanks to Feedspot for placing Rambling Man's Reviews at number one on the top 90 Tokyo Blogs, and most importantly, to the readers that continue to help improve the blog's status in the world. You can follow Feedspot, and keep updated with all things Rambling Man, by following the list here Enjoyed this post? Never miss out on future posts by   following us  

SONG REVIEW- "FLIP" BY ERIN COBURN

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  Singer/songwriter Erin Cobur n released her latest single"Flip" last Month. The Kentucky- Native combines Trap music with 90's rock to create a sensual song with slick production values and edgy sound. The talented young musician has been writing songs since she was 12, and alongside her backing band,  has performed at some iconic venues across the States, including  Buddy Guy’s Legend s, Summerfest, Blissfest, King Biscuit, Kalamazoo State Theatr e and many more. The multi-instrumentalist has released three studio albums to date with a typical lyrical theme of not fitting in."Flip" is a no-nonsense rock track with pop sensibilities. Coburn purrs over a slow tempo that builds into a thick guitar sound during the bridge. Coburn bursts into a powerful and catchy chorus that returns to the sultry vocal timbre and funky guitar beats. Erin Coburn will no doubt make readers flip with this latest release. Words by Anselm Anderson . "Flip" is available now

Rambling man's best new artists- 14/6

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The Rambling man's best New artists of the past week return with a look at some excellent new music from bands as diverse Living Dead Girl. The Felice Brothers Witch Cryer, Ghosts of sunset and a whole lot more. Click on the player to listen to the full playlist; Enjoyed this post? Never miss out on future posts by   following us

ALBUM OF THE WEEK- ANDREW NEIL- SUNNY SIDE UP

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  Lo-Fi singer/songwriter Andrew Neil returns with his fifth album, Sunny Side Up,  a follow up to the 2019 release, Freak . Sunny-Side Up sees the Charlottesville native going back to his "Outsider" roots, a movement inspired by such artists as the late Daniel Johnston. Andrew recorded the album live in his living room, using his chosen nylon string Ovation Classical Guitar. The ten-track LP delivers a semi-biographical perspective on the singer's thoughts and life. The evocative imagery, upbeat tone, and heartfelt muses naturally come from a creative mind. The opener "Gamblin Man" is a bluesy number with a cool vibe. Andrew's nonchalant approach sung over strong percussive beats instantly make this a pleasant start."Sunny Side" is a wonderful and powerful song that teaches us not to take life for advantage.  Andrew Neil continues to write vibrant music that doesn't rely on studio wizardry or proto tools to make this a good listen. He manages

VELVET INSANE- "SOUND OF SIRENS" REVIEW AND INTERVIEW WITH JESPER LINDGREN

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Glam Rock Act Velvet Insane released their latest single " Sound of Sirens" this past Friday (June 11th). The follow up to "Backstreet Liberace" is the second single to be taken from the upcoming album Rock'n'Roll Glitter Suit,  due out on July 16th. The track was written by producer Sulo Karlsson of The Diamond Dogs. "Sounds of Sirens" is a throwback to the 60's jangly pop scene with soaring melodies in reflection. The introspective vocals take the listeners to a time of peace and harmony. Rambling Man had the opportunity to speak with guitarist and founder of Velvet Insane, Jesper Lindgren about the track, Velvet Insane, and their upcoming studio release. JESPER LINDGREN - INTERVIEW Hello, Could you introduce yourself to the readers? HI! My name is Jesper and I’m the guitar player in the glam rock 'n' roll group Velvet Insane from Sweden. We are gonna release an album very soon and a few other projects. How was Velvet Insane formed

SONG REVIEW- DANIIVORY- PINK LIGHTNING

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  Pop sensation DaniIvory has released her latest single "Pink Lightning" on May 21st. The singer has grounded out her own singing style through a range of influences from Janet Jackson and The Beatles. DaniIvory  has built her fanbase through her onstage appearances such as touring with Beyonce Knowles during the 2013 SuperBowl Halftime show  and the Mrs Carter Show World Tour, as well as additional performances with Cee-Lo Green, Rhye, Imagine Dragons, Bridgit Mendler, and K-Pop group 2NEI. "Pink Lightning" showcases the powerful vocal range Daniivory has, as her dreamy timbre floats over hypnotic instrumentation and impressive production. The singer's mesmerising voice encapsulates the listener to not only relate but to join her in chorus. Words by Anselm Anderson "Pink Lightning" is available now to stream or download via all major streaming platforms. SOCIAL MEDIA  DANiiVORY | Facebook 🅓ᴬᴺii🅥ᴼᴿᵞ (@daniivory) • Instagram DANiiVORY .COM- OFF

LIVSTREAM CONCERT REVIEW: ASH- 5/06/2021

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  ASH-A GLOBAL LIVESTREAM TRANSMISSION- 5/6/2021 Northern Ireland's Ash celebrated 25 years of their debut album 1977 , this past Saturday (June 5th). A global live stream transmission was streamed, exclusively via Stabal. The band formed in the late 1980s in Downpatrick by original members Tim Wheeler (Vocals), bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray with plans on becoming a punk band. It wasn't until a change in the music schism, the band changed their own direction to release 1996 debut 1977. This was an opportunity for fans to gather around and enjoy the album played in its entirety via the internet. Ash kicks off with the infectious "Lose Control", a teenage favourite that hasn't missed a beat. Tim Wheeler takes the microphone to thank all for tuning in under the bright lights of the studio. They soon break into another one of their hits, the melodic "Goldfinger", which segues into "Girl from Mars", a track that still feels relev

MUSIC NEWS: SOUNDS OF NEW SOMA UNVEIL NEW ALBUM"MUSIQUE BIZARRE" DETAILS FOR EARLY 2022 RELEASE

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Words Transcribed by Anselm Anderson Cosmic Sound wizards Sounds of New Soma has unveiled details of their next album Musique Bizarre, which  will be released early next year. The follow up to this year's Trip  EP. promises "the usual approach of designing new soundscapes", according to the press release. The duo will be collaborating for the first time with musicians from Tonzonen Labe l bands on individual tracks. Russian band Vespero and French free rock/jazz band Moop are two names rumoured to have recorded on the album so far. The other band rumoured to be appearing will be   THE SPACELORDS, TAUMEL, NAZCA SPACE FOX, N-1, GROMBIRA and THE LEGENDARY FLOWER PUNK. A short song mastered by EROC  and created in collaboration with Thomas Engstfeld, entitled "Dadengi" is available to view here; SOCIAL MEDIA Sounds Of New Soma - Home | Facebook Music | Sounds Of New Soma (bandcamp.com) Start - High Quality Independent Label (tonzonen.de)

ALBUM REVIEW- SOMNURI-NEFARIOUS WAVE

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Brooklyn's own self-styled "DIY" band, Somnuri released their sophomore album Nefarious Wave  this past Friday (June 4th), via Blue Funeral Recordings . The trio consists of lead vocalist Justin Sherell, drummer Phil Sangiacomo and bassist Phillipe Arman. T he band formed in 2017 with the release of their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut EP. They combine raw, infectious grooves with polyrhythmic rhythms and intense vocals. The album was mixed by Phil Sangiacomo, and mastered by Jason Mantooth at Westend Recording studios KC. The crushing "Tooth and Nail" is a sonic blast of complexity and harrowing vocals, that resonate with the listener's nerves. Vocalist Sherell sounds like an enraged man, barking over menacing drumbeats to set this LP in motion. The haunting "Desired Lines" follows with slow, distorted guitars, matched by anguished atmospherics, and a hollow vocal timbre. The LP continues to experiment with various tempos and styles tha

BREAKOUT STAR BAILEY JAMES RETURNS WITH "FINALLY FREE"

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Breakout artist Bailey James returns with the release of her latest single "Finally Free". Within this past year, she has released a song in almost every genre and is on to her sixth song of 2021. Not only is this song available on all digital streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music , but it is also gaining traction and making an impact at mainstream country radio, with a growing number of program directors adding it to their station’s regular rotation including Billboard reporting stations. "Finally Free" was penned by Bailey James, Nolan Neal (America’s Got Talent), and Nashville native singer-songwriter John Allan Miller. It was produced by Grammy-nominated Matt McClure (Lee Brice, Kellie Pickler, Lindsay Ell, and Dylan Scott). Bailey James explains how a messy breakup inspired the track; “The whole story of how the song came about is very funny. I was on my way to the co-write fresh out of a breakup, miserable and not wanting to go, but my fathe

MUSIC INTERVIEW- MIDNITE CITY

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Uk Hair Metal act Midnite City are set to release their latest album Itch You Can't Scratch  this Friday (June 11th). On top of that, the band have announced a six-date UK tour, which starts on August 6th in Stoke. 2021 is turning out to be a productive year for the band. Rambling Man spoke to lead singer Rob Wylde about the new album, touring, and their success in Japan. Hello Midnite City, How are you? I'm doing great. Thanks. You have a new album out on June 11th called Itch You Can’t Scratch. I have had the pleasure to listen to it, and it has an 80’s hair metal vibe to it. What can you tell me about the release, and what fans can expect? Well, if you loved the first two albums, you're going to go crazy for this one. Goes without saying that this is our best album to date and we are all extremely proud of it. It has all the elements of a classic late '80s/ early 90's Hair Metal album from all those million-selling bands from back in the day, but also has a few

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WINE GUARDIAN- TIMESCAPE

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  Italian Progressive rock act Wine Guardian has released their third studio album Timescape via Logic II Logic Records/Burning Minds Music Group. The seven-track LP was recorded and mixed by Andrea Seveso at the renowned Ivory Tears Music Works studio in Somma Lombo in Italy. Davide "Dave Rox" Barbiero assisted in recording the vocals. The trio formed in 2008 with the sole intentions of becoming a metal act in the guise of such heavyweights as Queensryche by vocalist Lorenzo Parigi . bassist Stefano Capitani and drummer Davide Sgarbi.  The band soon debuted in 2014 with Fool's Paradise , before changing artistic direction with a more progressive sound. Timescape aims to capture that essence with beautiful melodies, tantalising harmonic passages and instrumentation. "Chemical Indulgence" hopes to attract the listener early with a juxtaposition between dark and light. Parigi's calm and reassured timbre accompanies acoustic instrumentals in contrast to ha

US PUNK ALTERNATIVE ROCK ACT PEARL HARBOUR RELEASE "I WISH I WERE YOU" VIA DIE LAUGHING RECORDS

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U.S. punk alternative act PEARL HARBOUR has released her new single ‘I Wish I Were You’ via Die Laughing Records . ‘ "Oh yeah she's driving to lovers lane in her cool pink caddy and missing out on some fun while waiting on your man. Again he's missing in action so I put on the radio, turning the dial and listen. This song makes me fuzzy all inside, I'm in control... 'I wish I were you, so I can make love to me.'’’ – Pearl . Stream/buy 'I Wish I Were You' HERE The vocalist Pearl E. Gates , more commonly known as Pearl Harbour, was married to The Clash bassist Paul Simonon . She had been a part of Leila and the Snakes  and later formed the band Pearl Harbour and the Explosions, known for their 80’s hit 'Drivin'. When Pearl Gates moved back to San Francisco from London in 1988, she was determined to put together the best rock n roll band in town. After searching through SF clubs, she approached one of her favourite musicians: Buck Naked from