Kavanagh release guitar-heavy single ‘Citizen 202’

Emily Lindsell

Kavanagh, a 5 piece alternative rock band from Brighton, are set to release their upcoming single on March 26th 2021.

Although the track is only 2 minutes long, it tells you everything you need to know about the band and their style. Citizen 202 is an intense 2 minutes of fast-paced, guitar-heavy music, that expresses what it’s like to take a step back and consider our minor insignificancy compared to the vastness of the universe around us. The lyrics touch upon what it’s like to let yourself be part of the bigger picture rather than just part of humanity and our world, and how each of us are simply just specs within a huge creation!

“Citizen 202 is about escaping the idiosyncrasies of humanity and being a member of the universe instead, simply a part of creation. more than a human” – Kavanagh.

Citizen 202 is set to feature in an out-of-this-world themed movie, Vegan Vampires from Zorg (which also features members of The Sex Pistols and New York Dolls). The sound and meaning of the song slot right in to the plot of the movie, with both appearing to be very futuristic and unique, to say the least.

The single is the start of a new era for Kavanagh as they’re preparing to take on a new adventure with their music, going along with influences of 90’s alternative rock. They started this adventure off on the right foot, having the support of esteemed producer Mike Bennett, who worked with them on producing this track. The band are expected to release plenty more music this year that will pathe the way for their future sounds and releases, showing exactly what Kavanagh have to offer!

You can hear their exhilarating track for yourself on March 26th!

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Barry Noakes masters multiple genres in upcoming album ‘A New Dawn’

Glasgow-based Barry Noakes has drawn together his multi-instrumental and multi-genre skills to piece together his new and upcoming part-folk, part-country, part-indie album, set to release on the first day of May!

Starting at a young age, Barry’s passion for music shone through as he began to develop his skills with a range of different instruments, beginning with the viola, violin, and piano, whilst also working on readying his vocals for a career in music. He soon came to learn that the guitar was also an instrument he had interest in, which changed his university choices completely as he chose to forgo classical music college, and instead began his higher education on an audio tech course in Salford.

He took a complete change in career paths once he graduated and pursued a career in London as a software engineer. However, this hadn’t stopped him on his adventure in the music industry as throughout his university experience he featured in several indie bands, one of which – Sugarfix – he released 2 EP’s with. He also began to further advance his skills with other instruments, as he learnt how to play the fiddle and incorporated that sound into his music making. This lead to some of his songs taking on more of a folk-sound, which can be heard on several tracks through the album!

Similar to many of us, Barry became productive with his passions throughout lockdown earlier this year and brought his multi-instrumental talents together to compose A New Dawn. The album features Barry playing all of his own instruments whilst also taking on the vocals, something that is rare in today’s age of current music. A New Dawn offers the perfect combination of indie, folk and country, whilst showcasing Barry’s advance range of musical skills, as he plays the piano, double bass, mandolin, fiddle and viola on his tracks.

You can hear that perfect combination of, in Barry’s own words, “Part-folk, part-indie, part-country, all heart” on the 1st of May, but for now be sure to follow Barry Noakes for further news and updates!

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Jack White buys £3,000 guitar for busker after his instrument was smashed up on street

Jack White has bought a £3,600 guitar for a busker in Edinburgh after his own instrument was smashed up by a woman on the street.

The singer’s management contacted busker Matt Grant after hearing about the incident, which occurred on Edinburgh’s Princes Street on Tuesday (October 20).

The musician was busking in the Scottish capital when a 45-year-old woman began shouting in his face, before smashing his £300 acoustic guitar on the ground.

A GoFundMe page set up by Grant to buy a replacement guitar went on to raise a staggering £4,000 before White stepped in with the generous gesture.

White is said to have spotted Grant’s fundraising page and “felt bad” about the incident.

Recalling the moment he found out about White’s generosity, Grant said he had gone to Edinburgh’s Guitar Guitar to purchase a replacement instrument.

“It’s just amazing. I was in the guitar shop and the manager had been trying to get hold of me all day on the Go Fund Me page, but I had closed it as I already had more than enough donations in,” he told MailOnline.

“He said: ‘Jack saw what happened bud, and he wants to get you a guitar.’ I said I already had one now because I had been in and bought my new acoustic one and he said: ‘Keep that one and get another one. Jack really wants to help”.

He added: “I was like a kid in a sweetie shop, going around trying out all the guitars until I picked the one I wanted.”

Grant eventually picked a Fender Stratocaster, and said he plans to email White to say thank you after discovering that White does not have a phone.

Sharing a photo of his new guitar on Instagram, he wrote: “Absolute once in a million lifetimes thing happened today and I cannot thank Jack enough for his absolute generosity.

“Apparently he saw what happened and hit up his manager just this morning, who then amazingly tracked me down to the guitar shop just in time for me to walk out with this absolute beauty. Thanks Jack. I’d love to thank you personally one day, you’re a legend.”

A 45-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the original incident.

Paul McCartney drops major hints that ‘McCartney III’ is on the way

Paul McCartney has hinted that he is gearing up to release ‘McCartney III’, completing a trilogy of self-titled albums that he started recording before The Beatles split up.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/paul-mccartney-drops-major-hints-that-mccartney-iii-is-on-the-way-2792214

The music icon released ‘McCartney’ in 1970 before following it a decade later with 1980’s ‘McCartney II’. Both albums were recorded at home and featured additional vocals from his late wife Linda.

McCartney fans have started to receive hints that a third release is on the way after a series of surprise animations began to appear on Spotify.

When users play songs from ‘McCartney’ and ‘McCartney II’ on the Spotify mobile app, they are greeted with an animation of a dice thrown onto the images of the album covers, with three dots facing upwards.

Over on Reddit, McCartney’s fans also claim to have received a bag printed with his name and containing three dice.

The singer’s social media accounts have now begun teasing the release too, sharing a series of images which were accompanied by three dice emojis.

While specific details on the release are yet to emerge, online zine GodIsInTheTV claims that McCartney recorded the album in lockdown, which would be in keeping with the DIY, homespun aesthetic he utilised on the previous two records.

Speaking to GQ earlier this year, McCartney also confirmed that he had been recording during lockdown.

“I’ve been able to write and get into music, starting songs, finishing songs. I’ve had a few little things to write and it’s given me the time to finish some songs that I hadn’t found the time to get around to,” he said.

It’s also claimed that the domain name mccartneyiii.com was registered in August by CSC Corporate Domains, the company that previously registered paulmccartney.com and flaming-pie.com (for the reissue of Paul’s 1997 album earlier this year).

When visiting the site, fans are met with a ‘303 error notice’ – a cryptic and rather telling spin on the usual 404 error.

As for a release date, it’s rumoured that the record will arrive on December 11. NME has contacted Paul McCartney’s representatives for comment.

If the reports are proven to be true, the release will be the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Egypt Station‘ – which marked McCartney’s 17th post-Beatles album,.

In a four-star review of the record, NME wrote: “McCartney’s always been about inclusivity and openness, but this latest glimpse into his life feels like a particularly enlightening one.”

Guitar legend Tod Almond releases single in anticipation of new album

Lovers of ferocious guitar and classic rock song-writing will find themselves playing Tod Almond’s new track ‘Start Again’ on repeat. Giving us a first look towards what is to come in his debut album ‘If Only You Could See’ which will be released on October 2nd, this track will give you your fix of hard-rock hooks until then.

After teaching himself guitar as a teenager, learning by ear and through intuition and becoming hugely attached to his first acoustic guitar before moving on to electric guitar, bass and drums, Tod now passes on his knowledge and passion for music in his day job as a guitar teacher. Before finding his feet as a solo artist, he had some frustrating experiences as part of a band and made his own way, building a studio and playing all instruments himself.

‘If Only You Could See’ is a collection of songs close to Tod’s heart, reflecting on his journey through life, which sees his children as his priority, and giving an insight into his musical world.

“My children keep asking me, ‘When will you be on Spotify?’ I said, ‘It won’t be long. They just want me to be something. I really want them to hear, see and feel my happiness”

Tod Almond

Make sure to follow Tod on social media to be the first to hear about the release of ‘If Only You Could See Me’ on October 2nd.

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Kiwi rocker Merv Pinny’s lockdown inspired rock anthum

Kiwi rocker Merv Pinny has had one hell of a journey to the top, transforming from a dairy farmer to a viral rock sensation. His hit ‘OB (can you hear the children cry)’ platforms the issue of children in crisis across the world has an impressive 13 million views and counting. With all the profits being donated to support those in need, you can help an amazing cause while enjoying electric riffs, catchy beats and smooth rock and roll vocals so there’s nothing to stop you from giving it a listen.

Merv first became interested in music at just 10 years old after his brother gifted him a $10 guitar and his most recent release ‘I lockdown’ is the toe-tapping rock anthem we’ve all been looking for with uplifting lyrics about the joy of being reunited with loved ones after lockdown. If you’re seeking an impromptu dance party or a track to head-bang along to in your room like no ones watching, then you’ll love this track’s groovy, toe-tapping sound.

Merv has a whole host of rock earworms for you to get stuck into so make sure to check them out of Spotify and follow his social media to keep up to date with upcoming releases.

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ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE CHARITY LIVE ALBUM, THE LAST SPARK (BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 11)

As reported by Kerrang, Having already delivered one absolutely spectacular album this year – the 4K-rated Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible – Enter Shikari are wasting no time in unveiling even more material for fans: today, the St Albans mob have unveiled a new charity live record, The Last Spark (Bootleg Series Vol. 11).

Original Article: https://www.kerrang.com/the-news/enter-shikari-release-charity-live-album-the-last-spark-bootleg-series-vol-11/

The release is available for a pay-what-you-want price (minimum donation £3) over at entershikari.com/store, with all profits being shared between Shikari’s road crew, who have obviously lost work in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Some of our crew have been with us since 2006,” says frontman Rou Reynolds. “They’re our family, and make us look and sound good, often under difficult circumstances. The least we can do is try to support them during this difficult time. We would have liked to have done something for them sooner, but mixing the audio on this took us longer than expected, and they wouldn’t appreciate us rushing out shoddy art in their name.

“The Brussels AB is one of the best venues in the world, and one that has always been good to us on the many times we’ve played there. We’re happy to finally be able to capture a show from there on tape.”

As well as Bootleg Series Vol. 11, Rou and the gang have also launched a new charity tab on their webstore, with special items up for grabs and the money made being donated to “various charitable causes”.

Notably, Shikari have just released a one-sided blue vinyl 7” of the band’s 2019 Stop The Clocks single, limited to just 450 copies, with Rou explaining: “We didn’t have time to make a Stop The Clocks 7” at the time of its original release, so its nice to finally have that on plastic, and especially nice that we get to use it to do something useful. The rise of food bank use is an effect of shameful government policy and failure to look after the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Listen The Last Spark (Bootleg Series Vol. 11) via Shikari’s YouTube below. The band encourage anyone streaming to drop a donation if they are able:

If that’s not enough live Shikari goodness for you, watch the band hit Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York as part of their brilliant Stop The Clocks U.S. Tour:

Alberto Lombardi Hailed an Acoustic Maestro

“The record is killing, such great musicianship!” Nile Rodgers

“Fantastic guitar player! Wow, this is such a beautiful piece of music!” Bob Clearmountain

“Alberto Lombardi’s debut solo project titled ‘Birds’ is a joy…a wonderful recording.. a very impressive and creative guitarist” – Bill Piburn, Fingerstyle Journal

“Acoustic Maestro…thrilling acoustic work. The Italian ace deploys his immense technique to serve the song, not the reverse” – Pete Prown, Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Italian Fingerstyle Master”, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

With celebrity fans such as Chic’s Nile Rodgers and legendary engineer, Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen; David Bowie; Rolling Stones), Alberto Lombardi has already won legions of fans with his expressive guitar playing and rich song writing but his latest single, “Start Again”, looks to catapult him in front of even larger audiences. “Start Again” is an intense and profound single which has at its lyrical heart some of the most beautiful lines from Dante’s Inferno, whilst Alberto’s extraordinary guitar work is nothing short of revelatory, a fitting showcase for one of Stratocaster’s greatest living exponents.   

The song “Start Again” is a rich, epic ballad with beautiful guitar work and intense lyrics about a new fresh start. Some of the words are based on lines in The Inferno, by Italian poet, Dante. Dante imagines that Ulysses sails to unknown shores with his men, instead of going back to Itaca and leads them beyond the pillars of Hercules where the world was believed to end. His speech to convince them to endure the challenge is a milestone in literature and shines a light on the human soul and its infinite capabilities.

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Mark Shepherd Offers Two Experiences For The Price Of One In Latest EP

Mark Shepherd’s offers listeners two ways to enjoy his latest offering of folk-rock in his latest release ‘The Grand Scheme of Things’: each track has an electronic and acoustic version, so you can change your listening to better suit your mood.

Shepherd’s particular brand of emotionally-driven, Americana-influenced guitar rock sounds just as good in both incarnations, serving to highlight just how skillful he is, both in his ability to write lyrics that transcend instrumental boundaries, as well as his versatile and adaptive approach to composition.

Fans of Mark Knopfler will no doubt enjoy his blend of story-driven songs with distinctive country-tinged guitar, whilst Paul Weller fans will be drawn to his voice, which permeates with all the intensity and richness of particularly well-made Italian espresso.

Mark Shepherd’s The Grand Scheme of Things will be released as a single in February 2019 with the EP due in early April.

Be sure to check him out on the links below:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3eBq0mItukX32dvU3QySCo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markshepherdmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/markshepherdmu1

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Album Review: Wailing Recluse- Wailing Recluse

My name is Tee Total Guitar. I had an accident, and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever’s happened, it’s like I’ve landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.

Well, maybe not quite but Wailing Recluse’s eponymous album has certainly got us feeling like we’ve travelled back to the guilded era of classic rock. And actually, when the music is as good as this, we don’t want to travel back home. Sorry Sam Tyler, it just sounds better here.

The vocals bear more than a passing resemblance to Ozzy Osbourne in Sabbath’s heyday, and the stop-start rhythm of the lead guitar— at its peak on lead track ‘Fallen Angel’— recalls the pure, unadulterated heaviness of ‘War Pigs’. You can also discern a touch of Zeppelin in the overall coherence of the album, which has clearly been carefully crafted to function as a complete whole.

There are, for example, two acoustic songs (‘I’ll See Your Face Again’ and ‘Find Our Way Back Home’) right in the natural ‘middle’ of the album, a feature which harks back to the tendency of classic rock bands featuring an acoustic gig-within-a-gig around the halfway point of their shows. These two tracks are the most lyrically personal of the album, inspired by lead Richard Terris’s own experience of loss and subsequent realisation that strong, loving relationships can never really be lost.

The poignancy of these songs sandwiches perfectly in between the iron-forged riffs of the heavier tracks and Wailing Recluse provides the listener with an aural experience that flows together in a natural and organic way. This is certainly no mean feat in the age of streaming.

Fancy stepping on back to the 70’s with us? Check out Wailing Recluse on the links below:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wailingrecluse

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ThQFTsvOak6xcCS6nRIOP

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1muVnjweuFaLp–0Iy7Eog

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Website: https://wailingrecluse.com/