One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton plays Solo Elektro

 

Think of one-man band. Kick away the stereotype vision. Replace with Solo Elektro, Gwyn Ashton replete with attitude, fuzz, distortion and psychedelic attack. The electric guitar twists up the foundation of the blues with rock and his special application of slide and raw energy that explodes out of the speakers to the left and right of you.

The eleven tracks taking you on a journey as we step aboard with a Metaphysical Journey that opens and closes the album. The song has hooks that capture the power of the Beatles, infused into Gwyn’s eclectic and very personal approach to the music he plays. The energy is raw and edged with a hint of danger and if we continue on the path it will be too late to turn around.  The guitar work is complex, full of licks, sonic distortions and the power of effects as the award-winning Australian squeezes every ounce of blues and rock juice out of the instrument. He begs the six strings to deliver just that little bit more.

There is nothing subtle about Gwyn’s approach it has a raucous appeal as metal grinds with an originality turning the blues almost black. The energy is ground out of the riffs, licks and rhythmic beats until nothing is left hanging in the air.  Recorded not in a traditional studio, nor capturing a live show; the inspiration came to Gwyn amidst a tour, so setting up a mobile studio, scattering the microphones around the room. The outcome is not orderly but a chaotic den of creativity captured in a Czech Republic hotel room.  The raw tapes were mixed by Mick Wordley at Mixmasters Studio in South Australia. He shaped the album so it is modern and at times brutal in its honesty. This is solo musicianship redefined. One-man band has gone electric-powered playing rock-blues with the sharp edge of metal. Grunge colliding with the back porch slide guitar as Dawn of Tomorrow demonstrates. The vocals are never lost the individual shades of the instruments are never blurred as the crisp in your face music is laid before you.

With a huge kick drum beat, sonic distortion and turbo charged vocals Shine Lover Shine has kerb appeal as does the whole album that never slows or loses energy.  Ballads and simple melodic riffs have also stepped aboard Gwyn Ashton’s latest album Solo Elektro. Closing out with a reprise of the opening track we have completed the journey through Gwyn’s inventive mind sweep of one man band music aboard an interesting psychedelic magic carpet ride.

The journey is full of complexities, sonics that challenges your ear deftly combined with Gwyn Ashton’s sharp musical wit and timing. One thing for sure this Marmite album from a one man band has a broad range of in your face rocking blues with complex sonic sounds that never makes the mistake of falling into the pit of self-indulgence.

 

Gwyn Ashton – Solo Elektro – FabTone Records

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Track Listing

  1. Metaphysical Journey
  2. Freedom
  3. She Won’t Tell Me
  4. Dawn of Tomorrow
  5. In Your Blood
  6. Please Allow Me
  7. Late Night
  8. I Guess That’s What They Call Love
  9. Kind To Be Cruel
  10. Shine Lover Shine
  11. Metaphysical Journey (reprise)

 

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

Black Country Communion

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

 

 

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV  just what is required as Summer fades into Autumn. The news that Black Country Communion are releasing BCCIV on 22nd September via Mascot Label Group fills the world with a rich golden album cover of a fiery Phoenix rising, the album artwork reflecting the coming together of the supergroup four years after the release of Afterglow.  The original quartet is back together again, Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham joining forces to deliver rock that fills the room.

The album BBCIV will definitely cause a stir, welcomed by fans of Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa and the Black Country Communion hard rock driven explosion of sonic delights.  As Joe says; If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.”

The album was written over four months, expanding and deepening the sound on the three previous albums.  All ten tracks on the album are co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa.  Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song ‘The Last Song For My Resting Place’ written by Joe.

We have a taster as the first single Collide is released.

 

 

Opening the album, the single lays down the ground the album will travel over, on a collision course of being the song to set the pace of the album. Collide was a collision of the original riff played by Glenn Hughes, written on the first day of working on BCCIV, then Joe came over and by lunch the song was complete. A collision of talents of Glen and Joe have created a riff driven number that swirls with rocking force through the speaker and cascades in tonal shape and force.

Opening with a count we have the opening chords and then Glenn’s vocals power in. With a controlled screech of determination Jason’s drums pick up the groove with a cascade of symbols and the guitar and bass drive Collide on to a point of no return. The throttle is eased and Derek’s keys add a tonal contrast. We have sonic distortion as the lead break pulls you deep into the music with its classic feel with added gritty edginess rock of the twenty-first century.  After just over four minutes you are left breathless with anticipation of what the next nine tracks will bring to the speaker. A date for your diary is definitely 22nd September for the big reveal.

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

 

I am confident that Collide is a true reflection of the sound tempo and tonal shape of BCCIV. As Glenn explains “I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul. It’s a wake-up call.”

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV Black Country Communion back together for the 4th studio album. Collide ensures a collision course for a torrent of accolades that will challenge the Autumn fall.

 

 


Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

BCCIV Tracklisting

  1. Collide (4:07)
  2. Over My Head (4:06)
  3. The Last Song For My Resting Place (7:57)
  4. Sway (5:24)
  5. The Cove (7:11)
  6. The Crow (6:00)
  7. Wanderlust (8:18)
  8. Love Remains (4:53)
  9. Awake (4:42)
  10. When The Morning Comes (7:56)

 

BCCIV release on 22 September and early 2018 there are two exclusive concerts in Europe at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (2 January 2018) and London Hammersmith Apollo (4 January 2018).

 

Read more about BCCIV HERE