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Pete K Mally-19:00-19:25
2020 was a good year in no-one’s book. The only thing we clung to was that we hoped the artists would create great music, so when the world re-opened and Covid decided it was bored and went away these same artists could perform what they had created in this very quiet time.
Circus 66 are a great band; we already knew that. I was lucky enough to introduce them on the stage in Reading in 2019 so I knew first-hand what they could deliver. But a debut album is a whole different kettle of fish. But as the world is beginning to re-open Circus 66 finally released their debut album. And physically, so we could touch, feel, and smell the product in hand. First spoiler alert, it does not smell like the band. Second spoiler alert, the album does NOT disappoint.
Circus 66 consists of Matt Pearce, Leigh Holley, Luke Ward and Annabelle Zaychenko. The fantastic four, if you will. Again, let me re-instate they are dynamite live. But does Follow the Black Crow deliver. In one word – yes. In two words – hell yes.
Take A Shot opens up proceedings, opens the front door and lets the rock flood through the house of rock n roll. Jekyll or Hyde soon follows. For those regular listens to my radio show know that this is a staple. It’s a cracker of a tune, with an exceptionally catchy hook and a solid timeless sound.
A Thousand Miles From Home and Prince of California gracefully greet us next. Both exceptional tracks which both showcase Annabelle’s vocal range along with Matt’s guitar know how, Luke’s bass power and Leigh’s stick tricks. It takes a certain type of band to showcase the musicianship and deliver belting tunes. Circus 66 are such a band.
Monster was another single and another staple for my weekly radio rock show. A real chunky deep growl of a song which gets better after every listen. Secret Medicine is an absolute gem and in any other album would be the stand-out song of it. Where many albums dip in the middle to re-group and end strong, Follow The Black Crow remains constant – remains at peak performance. If it was a movie star it would be Tom Cruise. Relentless, beautiful, charming yet slightly unnerving. Racing The Reaper gallops on the heals of Light The Fuse, again a pair of songs that showcase not only Annabelle’s voice which is up there with the best of them but the rest of the band’s musicianship and writing skills.
The album slows down and gives our ears and soul a hug, caressing our ossicles and smothering us with Where I Belong. Simply brilliant.
The last time I saw this band was only last month. I had not heard the album yet but was utterly pleased what I was hearing. Then they played their last track. When The Black Crow Flies. As a radio presenter I have to be careful about the length of the songs I play. It’s not law but in my experience some long songs can be self-indulgent. Which is understandable. But still, self-indulgent they can be. When The Black Crow Flies is anything but self-indulgent. Beautiful, powerful and anthemic – yes. It’s an absolute journey of a song that will pick you up and transport you to different worlds in different listens. When The Black Crow Flies is here to stay. When they play this at Wembley the audience will roar. I witnessed Circus 66 finish their set with this. Epic!
All in all, a beautiful crafted, cleverly written and perfectly executed album.
Do yourself a favour. Buy Follow The Black Crow. Go see Circus 66. And realise the world is full of hidden treasures.
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Well, what’s to be said?
2021 is always going to be a year that we are dying to get back to the gigs. Yes, the expensive watered-down lager in a plastic cup surrounded by sweaty people has never been so appealing. So when a band – who you respect and admire release a brand new EP it’s always going to be a time of excitement. Especially when you know this very year you will hear it played live. So, all during this time of live music abstinence I blast out the new EP from Ravenbreed – Echoes.
Firstly, let’s get our ducks in a row. I love Ravenbreed. They have gone through changes in their line-up, yes but after being lucky enough to catch them live in 2019 let me tell you – they are a band and a half live. With the introduction of Luke Short on vocals Ravenbreed without doubt will go from strength to strength. So the fantastic four – Mikey Watkins, Ross Formosa, Oli Watkins and Luke Short can deliver the readies live on stage. And finally Echoes the EP has been completed. So can these Welsh wizards deliver the Ravenbreed magic they promise? In a nutshell – yes – and more.
Echoes is a beast of an EP. It starts off with Echoes, a gentle opener that soon opens the door to the sold sounds of a rock classic. Its well crafted verse, leads to a perfectly suited bridge followed by an absolute stonker of a chorus. I remember being a teenager watching Raw Power and The Power Hour and hearing Can I Play With Madness by Iron Maiden. It’s when I fell in love with rock music. 33 years later Ravenbreed have taken the baton and passed it on. And very securely with that. The time, around 2.40 minutes when we hear Watkin’s solo you have realised 2020 is a forgotten memory and we are back in the rock n roll room. As we hear “Echo down the wishing well”, the magic and power of good solid pounding rock music is truly secured.
The second song Wasted (Over you) is the first single. This song has been listened to me endlessly for two reasons, one – that I love it and secondly that it is played repeatedly on rock radio shows (including mine). Formosa’s bass hits you square in the face then the song drops quicker than Suarez in a tackle. When I heard this track, a few months ago I had an inkling the Echoes would be a stonker. This was one of my most accurate predictions in 2020.
Pullin’ My Chain follows, an absolute pounder. Yet again, I answer the question many people have asked, “Do they make rock music like they used to?” The answer is Yes. Yes, yes, yes. While Short sings, “Is this who you really wanna be?” Ravenbreed show that this band of brothers are not a flash in the pan. Sterling stuff. If you picture the festivals that Ravenbreed deserve to be on, the crowd currently are euphoric.
The EP concludes with Fires. And what a conclusion it is. In case you hadn’t noticed – Ladies and Gentlemen, Luke Short has entered the building. What a beautiful song indeed. Fires is not a slow song to fill a gap in-between the heavies. Absolutely not. Fires, is a work of art. Fires is a song that of recent years our rock staples are missing. It would be a song that many a mega band would be proud of. A well crafted and a beautiful executed song that will stand the test of time like so many others have. Its melancholy graceful tones remind me of Patience by Guns N Roses, What’s Left Of Me by Bon Jovi or Only Woman Bleed by Alice Cooper.
Echoes is in short an absolute fantastic body of work. Roll on 2021. Roll on Ravenbreed.
2021. It’s not a yet a week in and more there’s been more happening than backstage at a Motley Crue concert. There’s this pesky virus which has taken the stage and stole more attention that Gemma Collins and over the pond. America has its issues. Trump has represented that wee kid who doesn’t get his own way so takes his football and the goalposts home, and we have met online the experts of everything through vaccine handouts to immunology to education matters. However it WILL get better. The experts now have three vaccines, I’ve not seen Bono for a year and I am witnessing the best NFL season I have ever seen.
Over last year I begun writing my book INSPIRE. I felt guilty that I feel positive and hopeful mostly so I asked myself about this. I realised that I have tricks and techniques I have developed over the years -that to me work. I’m not saying I don’t have blips along the way – I was told in October /November that my work wasn’t good enough and it hit me for six. However I re-focused, brought to the front my core-beliefs and re-established my techniques. And with these I’m back. Back walking up every morning at 5am with a spring in my step and happy to be alive in this currently very cold world.
I interviewed people who I find Inspiring from the music world – heroes of mine who have inspired me. Legends such as Ricky Warwick, Nathan James, Myke Gray, Bruce Dickinson, Nic Wastall, Bruce Watson from Big Country as well as amazing individuals whose gifts of music are priceless – Verity White, Imogen Rosemary, Karly Jewell, The Last Great Dreamers, Berty Burton, The Lamleys Dan Byrne, Brad Marr to name but some. I asked them what inspires them and in doing so I got even more motivation.
With all this positivity in my head I decided to take it online. I was frankly annoyed with the moan brigade -how dare Bon Jovi cover a song, how dare they get rid of Dad’s Army, these people or those people need to be shot, what – a couple are walking around with a costa in their hands- string em up!!!
It was time to share our positive stories, our souls. To give our gift of happiness and joy. And so the group Inspire began and the posts have been truly inspirational.
There is more good out there than bad. The empty can rattles the most and we hear it louder that it all. Inspire the group is changing that.
Join the group, buy (or read for free) the book, listen to music, get some exercise, watch the snow and remember the world is a great place. It’s more Dave Grohl than Donald Trump. It’s more Rustie Lee than Katie Hopkins.
Rock Roll Kindness
Music is memories. I listen to Just Push Play from Aerosmith and I don’t think it’s not as powerful, catchy or good as Pump or Permanent Vacation. I reminiscence about sitting in the Hard Rock Café in Melbourne over a pint of VB listening to it premier. Appetite for Destruction reminds me of me blasting out My Michelle from an amp in my bedroom. Fast forward to August 2040. I’m a 67-year old dude looking back at 20 years ago. I might be thinking of the mask-wearing public, the lack of gigs, the fear and confusion of the pandemic crisis of twenty years ago. But I think I’ll hear the opening of Breaking Out or 99 Ways and think about the time that Blitz’s Fight to Survive hit my earlobes. And by god, I will smile. Because music like this engulfs the politics and the socioeconomics and reminds us why the Earth is a great place to inhabit in 2020.
Kicking off with One In a Million sets the scene perfectly. It hooks you in quicker than Pamela Anderson’s bosom in Barb Wire and doesn’t let you go. The guitar solo forms together seamlessly with its great chorus. Blood Brothers soon enters the fray and buy now you know the next hour or so is going to move quicker than Theresa May in a wheat field. Damage is Done follows Waiting For a Miracle and the pace doesn’t drop. In fact, Damage is Done is a killer of a tune that strongly requires a further crank of the volume knob. This would fit comfortably on any Rock compilation CD and should be included in everyone.
The first single Breaking Out which by now is lodged in my brain as firmly as my love of Discos is followed by the title track of the album Fight To Survive. Party Time holds the tradition of bourbon drinking parties at the pool, birds, booze and bad language then the beautifully crafted Never Surrender soon follows at its rowdy heels. The album’s end track Rock Show finishes on a high, very apt at this time of Covid cancellations but not before 99 Ways and Dance Of Fire– two further outstanding tracks.
BlitZ are the real deal. Let’s get that straight. Welcome to the Rock Show was ace but this album was built on a foundation of hard-graft, relentless work, great attitudes and a mountain of talent. They are a band who bring it live. The attitude is there for all to see but above all, my god they are very spectacular indeed.
Do yourself a massive favour and on August 21st go purchase Fight To Survive. The album artwork itself is awesome but the energy that goes into it from Kevin Simpson, Stuart Corden and Matt Davis is a thing of beauty. Well done boys. Give yourself a massive pat on the back. The world is a better place with BlitZ in it.
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