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A couple of treats

 

A little while ago I mentioned that “House Of Lords” are about to unleash a brand new album…” Indestructible”.  I also mentioned that touring plans are underway to see this enduring group hit stages all across the globe!  In fact, they started at the second annual Frontiers Rock Festival in Italy, (more on that next column).  This release showcases both the harder side of “House Of Lords”, without sacrificing their more melodious leanings.  Eleven new epic journeys will appear on “Indestructible” released in June.

After these guys went back to the Original lineup, Trixter released a very important album—“New Audio Machine”, and at the time-below is my assessment:  

Trixter: “New Audio Machine” : Frontiers Records    

Well!?, do you want some good ol’ Hard Rock!!...You got it with Trixter’s “New Audio Machine”.                        

The original lineup of this New Jersey quartet have been rocking it out since their 2007 reunion—and it shows!

“New Audio Machine” brings back all of those raucous sounds Trixter let loose the first time around.  The years between 1983 and now seem to have evaporated—the group sounds just as energised and fresh as twenty some years ago!  Opening with the rockin’ “Drag Me Down” and ending off with the high energy of “Walk With A Stranger”—‘New Audio Machine’ is just that; churning out a steady stream of no-nonsense, powerful rockers that will find you doing the ‘hard-rock shuffle’…feet amovin’! & fists a pumping!!  Full of hard hitting rock, melodic vocals and fantastic harmonies---this hook laden return shines ever so brightly.

Trixter are back!—and with a brand new V-12 fuel injected engine that keeps pounding out those anthemic rockers that we are in such dire need of!  “New Audio Machine”—it just may save your rock n’ roll soul!

So, now it is time for this hard working and hard rocking group to prove that “New Audio Machine” was no fluke!  They are about to release “Human Era”, and let me be the first to tell you, this collection of new, and original songs will surpass what we heard on their last record.  And like the veteran rockers they are, this Summer will see the original line-up tread those stages all across North America!

Now, next week we will look at the second annual Frontiers Rock Festival.  It is a true sign that a record label cares about their Artists and their music when it takes the time, money and effort to offer up opportunities for those Artists to have a place to showcase their music in a live situation.  This is beyond the occasional tour support—this is when a label puts together an actual multi-day Music Festival.  One that is fully funded by the label!  I know of two labels that have done this: Rocktopia and Frontiers.  Next week’s column will be on the Frontiers Rock Festival, which took place in Italy, just a couple of weeks ago!  Artists signed to Frontiers were obviously there, and others not aligned to Frontiers, plus a few surprises as well!  Until next week—keep supporting our Kelowna musical Artists…Cheers to all!!

Bruce E.J. Atkinson  


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Rumble 100:  April 24th & April 25th  Hank Stallion:  April 30th  Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  May 1st & 2nd    Zamboni Brothers:  May 7th   Crosstown Bus:  May 8th & 9th   Hank Stallion:  May 14th & 15th & 16th

Doc Willoughby’s:    Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  Real Ponchos:  April 30th 

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Linus:  April 24th & April 25th   Rumble 100:  May 1st & 2nd    Colt 45:  May 8th & 9th

Riley’s Pub:   Jimmy Leguilloux Band:  May 15th & 16th

Turtle Bay Pub:  The Keys:  April 25th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:   Bluesfoot:  April 25th   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  May 8th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th  Dean Brody/Paul Brandt:  September 26th

Kelowna Community Theatre:    Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Journey:   July 10th  Brit Floyd:  (it is the closet to the real thing)   August 12th   “Weird Al” Yankovic:  September 9th    Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together.





Musical Gypsies

Continuing with their eighteen month world tour on the strength of their last studio album…”Outsider”, ”Uriah Heep” have also released a new DVD package that shows us why they are still a sought after live act, and below we can get a glimpse as to what drives these musical gypsies!

Bruce:  Watching this new DVD package certainly shows us why “Uriah Heep” are still such an influence on the modern rock scene!  Did you ever imagine that you and the boys would still be rocking as hard as you are in the 21st century?

Bernie Shaw: The thing is with being in a rock band is that you never ever dwell on age or time... it’s a bit like being in the Peter Pan business really.  Growing up and growing old is what “other people” do in the outside world. Touring musicians who tend to live out of suitcases, never slow down enough to think of time in that sense, so I guess the answer is YES, of course I just assumed I’d still be singing with Heep and the band still playing in excess of 100 shows a year as we always have done ... and will continue to do so... As long as we are selling tickets, we’ll be around.

Q: This combination of your older material with the newer music works so well and on many levels…and it works so naturally, can you take us through some of the creative process—and has it changed throughout the years?

A: We are very lucky that Heep had such a distinctive sound and style back in the 70’s. A trademark sound that set them apart from all the rest of the Big Five (Zeppelin, Purple, Sabbath, Tull and Heep). That song writing chemistry still runs true with Mick and Phil today and they still seem to capture the magic in the melody and harmony that played such important part of early Heep’s sound. Add the fact that we still prefer to record all together in one room at one time and you can’t help but get the sound of the 70’s, amps on 10! Giving it yer all!! That’s rock and roll at its basic level. Include 5 guys that are all on the same page musically, you can’t help but end up with a great sounding album. True Heep, end to end.

 

URIAH HEEP “Live at Koko”

(Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

One listen, or for that matter-one viewing of this new live CD/DVD production from Uriah Heep will tell you why this iconic group are still making an impact! “Live at Koko” is a living testament of the high level of craftsmanship and musicianship this group has. From some of their earliest compositions to their very latest creations: Uriah Heep’s performances here are flawless! Join their journey through four decades-and then some-of stately progressive renderings delivered with the same energy that we witnessed back in the ‘70’s! A fabulous performance from an equally fabulous band of musical gypsies, one can be totally immersed in the sonic brilliance that is now and always was the essence of Uriah Heep! A dazzling performance from a long standing innovative British super group, nothing more needs to be said other than… Uriah Heep “Live At Koko” is a “must-have” release for all respecting Rockers!!

 


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Zamboni Brothers:  April 17th & April 18th and April 23rd   Rumble 100:  April 24th & April 25th 

Doc Willoughby’s:    Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  Fever Feel:  April 15th    Sam Weber:  April 18th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Young’Uns:  April 17th & 18th  Linus:  April 24th & April 25th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  April 17th  & 18th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:    Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Journey:   July 10th  “Weird Al” Yankovic:  September 9th   Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



House Of Lords-Tenth

Reigning supreme since 1987…’House Of Lords’ began with Lord Gregg Giuffria, ex-Angel keyboardist and Lord James Christian, ex Vocalist for ‘L.A. Rocks’.

Initially signed to one Gene Simmons’ label: Simmons Records, the group’s self-titled debut took the Melodic Rock kingdom by storm.  Establishing themselves as an epic band of musicians, the Lords toured incessantly, treating everyone with an enormous sound and amazing vocals from James, which, at times, touched the stratosphere!   House Of Lords’ second release ‘Sahara’ further cemented the group, and gained considerable chart success.  Again, the Lords took to the road, but after a short tour…disbanded.  A year later, (1992), Gregg and James reunited and with a slate of new Lords in waiting…released ‘Demons Down’, a slightly more melodic effort which was received in a lukewarm atmosphere, although the record is a grand display of orchestral rock.  Licking their collective wounds, the original line-up began a new campaign in 2000, releasing what has become their most controversial album yet…a combination of the melodic side with a more Progressive feel to it.  “Power And Myth” gained momentum, and the group toured throughout North America and Europe.  At this time, Gregg Giuffria decided not to tour with the group, although his trademark keyboarding and arranging was dominate throughout the record…James Christian took the lead, with Gregg’s approval, and continued to develop the group, pushing them to a harder edged sound.  Recruiting new Lords, James pressed forward, releasing “World Upside Down”, a very powerful statement that raced the charts and found new followers all over the world.  Monstrous sounds kept coming forth with “Come to My Kingdom” in 2008…and House Of Lords continued touring relentlessly, both in Europe and the States.   2009 saw the release of “Cartesian Dreams”, …a musical statement that is both majestic and powerful.  After spending most of that year touring, House Of Lords went back in to the studio and prepared for what became the critically acclaimed eighth album; ”Big Money” released in September of 2011.  Since then, the group toured the globe and James Christian released his third solo album.  2013 saw the group enter the studio and they hunkered down to some serious song writing and have come up with yet another stellar Recorded Work!

“Precious Metal” is ‘House Of Lords’ ninth excursion and James has guided the group back to their roots.  Hard hitting, yet melodic, the ninth studio album is custom made for the stages of the world.  Armed with a huge sound, ‘House Of Lords’ embarked upon an international tour in 2014.  Covering most of the globe, the group enjoyed a very successful string of dates that took them from the UK and Europe to Canada and the United States.  Showcasing this big sound of “Precious Metal”, audiences responded most positively and encouraged the group to go forth with confidence.  That is just what they have done! 

This Summer will see the release of their tenth studio album.  Again, released through Frontiers Records, “House Of Lords” will unleash “Indestructible”—now, maybe somewhat of an aggressive statement, but really not so…James Christian explains: “The name ‘Indestructible’ was chosen because we all felt that we have been through a lot in our careers and what better way to say “Hey, I’m still Here” than by giving the cd a bold title”.

 The music within?—well, it is bold, and continues forward from what we heard on “Precious Metal”.  The group is not only celebrating their tenth release, but also ten years together in this line-up of the group!  The album is set for an early June release, worldwide…and another International tour is actually underway!  Live shows are already happening in Europe, with North American dates to be announced very shortly.  Below is a sneak peek at this fantastic upcoming album…take it away James!


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    Young ‘Uns:  April 10th & 11th  Hank Stallion:  April 16th   Zamboni Brothers:  April 17th & April 18th and April 23rd

The Barking Parrot Bar:  Tattoo Alibi:  April 10th & 11th

Checker’s Bar & Grill (Vernon):  Mace: April 11th

Doc Willoughby’s:    Dave Hause w/ Kalle Mattson:  April 10th  Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  Sun K:  April 10th   Waking Scarlet:  April 11th   Fever Feel:  April 15th                              Sam Weber:  April 18th

Neighbours Pub:  Honest Woods:   April 11th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Rockaholicks:  April  10th & April 11th  Young’Uns:  April 17th & 18th  Linus:  April 24th & April 25th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  April 17th  & 18th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:     Whitehorse:  April 10th   Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th “Weird Al” Yankovic:  September 9th   Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....



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Worth Seeking

They call themselves the “4th Dimension”, an Italian Progressive Rock band that are dedicated to the enduring Progressive/Symphonic style of music.  Their musical meanderings are epically majestic!  In part, here is what has been said about their second effort, “Dispelling The Veil Of Illusions”…”Knowing that 4th Dimension was founded by a vocalist and keyboardist—both steeped in powerful Melodic Rock-one’s expectations reach the upper echelons of hearing majestic, epic musical journeys.  This release is the group’s second effort and those expectations are totally fulfilled!”   A five piece, “4th Dimension are signed to a strong independent label, PowerProg, and if you are a Progressive Rocker, then you are in for an aural delight!  The group’s first album, “The White Path To Rebirth” was released five years ago, and they have been writing and re-writing this album over the last five years.  Meticulously performed and produced, their current effort displays their high standard of craftsmanship and their extraordinary Talents as musicians!  “Dispelling The Veil Of Illusions” is definitely worth seeking out!                                                                                                              Another interesting and very talented group is “Estate”, a quintet from Russia that create and perform a huge and expansive sound!  Marrying Russian folklore with Razor-sharp Metal, “Fantasia” will simply rock you out!  From the Mighty label, and available at reputable on-line music sites, and possibly at some of the areas Speciality Music stores—“Estate”—‘Fantasia’…

Now, here are some albums worth watching out for!

WHITESNAKE—“The Purple Album”:  David Coverdale and his band of hard-core Blues-Rock friends have put together a scorcher this time!  And, you guessed it—these are numbers from his ‘Purple days!  Now, not just a re-visit to these Deep Purple classics, but they have been “Whitesnake-ized”!!  We must remember, though, this is where David started—with the wizards of “Deep Purple”, and now forty plus years on, he is revitalising these standards, and reinterpreting them!  “Whitesnake” is preparing to tour this album, introducing new guitarist, Joel Hoekstra as well!

 

They were an iconic family in America, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson—from their 1950’s television series to their son’s legendary tenure in Rock,  and now, the present day twins-Matthew and Gunnar are the foundation of today’s “Nelson”.  Just an aside, but a significant one—the American Nelson family are the only family in the American entertainment business that have three generations of #1 hitmakers in the music business!  This album is certainly going to continue that accomplishment!  Nelson-“Peace Out” hits the streets in mid-May!!

As I wrote in the last “Under The Lights”…2015 may just be the year for “The Answer”!!  These Irish blues-masters are about to “Raise A Little Hell”, their new album hitting the streets now!  The album certainly is a hell raiser, and should give this group the boost they need to break out big time!  Absolutely worth seeking out plus…look out for a DVD release of their concert appearance from 2014’s “Crossroads” Festival from the German music show Rockpalast!—if you want to catch a glimpse of the 21st Century ‘Led Zeppelin’—this is it!!

 


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:    The Goods:  April 3rd & 4th   Zamboni Brothers:  April 9th   Young ‘Uns:  April 10th & 11th

The Barking Parrot Bar:  Tattoo Alibi:  April 10th & 11th

Doc Willoughby’s  Dope Soda:  April 3rd  Agent Orange with In The Whale:  Apr. 28th

Fernando’s Pub:  Revenge Of The Trees:  April 3rd   Honest Woods:  April 4th  The Reckless Heroes:  April 9th    Sun K:  April 10th   Fever Feel:  April 15th   Sam Weber:  April 18th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:  Radio Lifeline:  April 3rd & 4th  Rockaholicks:  April  10th & April 11th  Young’Uns:  April 17th & 18th

Whiski-jack’s Pub:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  April 17th  & 18th

Notable Concerts:   

Prospera  Place:    Counting Crows:   April 29th   Diana Krall:  May 12th     Aerosmith:   July 13th

Kelowna Community Theatre:     Whitehorse:  April 10th                                            Los Lonely Boys:  May 10th   April Wine:   May 11th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Def Leppard:  April 15th   Journey:   July 10th

 

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



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About the Author

We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.






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