In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

Liz chatting with Tom Leighton Lead Vocalist and Guitarist for The Bad Flowers. Good evening Tom, thank you for taking time out to chat to Bluesdoodles. The Bad Flowers will be a new band to many readers of Bluesdoodles. So this is the perfect chance to talk about debut album and part of a tour we are all excited about.  With The Bad Flowers as special guests for a night of exciting music with Jared James Nichols & Stone Broken.

 

 

As a Midlands based hard rock band, what were your first musical influences growing up in Cannock?

Thin Lizzie was the first band me and Dale the bass player latched on to so we have that common ground. Then there was Black Sabbath and stuff like that in the Midlands. Dale is a huge Gezzer Butler fan. So all bands of that ilk really. The first band I went to see live with my Dad was Wishbone Ash. So it is all Classic rock that influences me. You have quite a heritage of classic from coming from that area?  Yes, we have Glenn Hughes, Galley Brothers they were obviously Trapeze to start with, Dale was lucky enough to have a jam with Mel Galley which was pretty cool. There are some great bands come out of the area, the likes of Slade, Noddy Holder is one of my favourite singers; Robert Plant is from Wolverhampton so it is a good area from Heritage for sureIt is not just about Heritage though it is about moving music on keeping it modern and fresh. It is definitely about tipping your cap to that but doing your own thing as well trying to keep that flame going. There are a bunch of bands coming out at the minute there is Stone Broken, Broken Witt Rebels, ourselves, and there is Piston from Cannock. Not heard of Piston! Piston, yea they are good guys man, playing similar sort of thing, yes they’re a bunch of great bands coming out of the Midlands at the minute doing lots of good things so all good.

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad FlowersThe opening track of Starting Gun, Thunder Child has been released as a single which is catching the ear of reviewers for all the right reasons. How did you decide on this number to unleash the power of The Bad Flowers album for radio play etc?

It was one of the later songs that we wrote for the album. When we played the riff for the first time, we came up with the riff it was like yea this is kinda us it was fast paced, quite a heavy riff shows us all off. The bass line is great, and the drumming great in it. It is fast paced and catching the ear let’s go with this one. We have similar songs on the album but because it was last it was so fresh and no one had heard it ever. We hadn’t played it so let’s put it out it is totally new. So was the album mainly material you have played live or mainly new material? Majority of it is fresh, majority brand new. City Lights was actually on our last EP; it has been one of the most popular songs when we play live. We have noticed recently that when we play it people starting to sing back the words at the beginning it is a strange feeling to have but good feeling but it is strange. We felt that song still had some legs so we put it on the album the rest we have written in the last year so all pretty new. Tom, are you the songwriter?  Yea all the lyrics and everything. We come up with the riffs altogether.

How do you define the music of The Bad Flowers so that you stand out from the plethora of trios playing rock?

Well, the one word we get a lot is ‘Thunderous’ which is a good word to describe us especially live we’ve always gone out as a three-piece but make it sound like there are more than the three of us. Thunderous Rock n’ roll – I like that description. I think it gets us down to a T really.  But, the album shows off a little bit a softer side to it at times. Trying to be a bit diverse. Yes, there is a really nice acoustic track included.  Yes, it is I Hope   So will you be including the softer side into your live set? In the live set, it is all pretty heavy. From the album, Lets Misbehave that starts softer and builds which we have put into our last two live shows. It went down really, really well so may keep that in for the New Year when we go on tour, and just depends on how long a set we get as it is one of the longer songs. It is one of my favourite songs on the album to be fair.

I didn’t pick up thunderous on the first couple of listens. I felt the Album is full of volcanic rocking energy, with the artwork on the cover of Starting Gun is eye-catching reflecting bands and album name how did you arrive at this image and album name for your debut?

The name is actually a lyric from Thunder Child – it is like The Thunder Clap is my Starting Gun. When we were thinking of a name for the album Starting Gun clicked in my head. It is our first album we are making the statement we want to go in with a bang really. So we came to the conclusion it would be a good name for the album.  Then the artwork was a collaboration between myself and our friend Shaun, who is a singer in a band Liberty Lies and he did the design work for us and we are really happy. Yes, great artwork. Love seeing artwork relevant to the album but not a picture of the band. We have always been a fan of artwork and things. Our previous EP had like a Lion, Shark and a Phoenix on it because each of us has one of these tattooed on us somewhere, so we put it all together and I drew that myself.  This time round got Shaun to do the artwork as he is very talented. Yes, we are really happy with it. We actually got the full CD’s today and they look amazing. It is the vinyl I am looking forward to getting my hands on the most I can’t wait.

Starting Gun, Engineered at Vigo Studios in Birmingham then the music travelled to Hamburg, Germany for Mastering? How and why did you choose this combination?

We spoke to the guy online. He noticed us through the power of Social Media, perhaps Instagram, that we were recording and he sort of pitched himself to us. We sent him a track to test out how it sounded and it came back and sounded really good. It fitted into our budget and we loved the way he worked so it was great. So that was how it came back. So social media chose the path. We spent some time in Germany last year but it was just a coincidence really, it came about at the right time and worked out really well. It has got a lovely sound the album. We tried to keep the sound as analogue as we could and mix it like we were playing live when we were recording trying to capture the energy a bit. We don’t even use a click track, we just go in and play it. Yes, it has got that clean has a natural feel.  Yes, it is the human element we don’t like recording like a machine, we don’t even use a click track. We just go in and play so some of it might speed up a little bit or slow down a little bit but we just like to play how we play live capturing the energy that is how we have always done it and works really well for us as well.   It would take us longer to record to a click track, to be honest with you (laughing). For those who want to know what is a Click Track? It is like a metronome. It is a constant perfect timing that you play along to, but we play by feel.

As the Guitarist and vocalist do you have a favourite track?  Yes, as I said Let’s Misbehave. What made this track the favourite?  Yes pretty much. I was going through a strange point in my life when we did that and it kind reflects that a little bit. We had the music for quite a long time before the lyrics. The lyrics for that I went into the studio and I had very little idea and then recorded it in an evening. It was just one of those moments, you listen back and go that’s the one! So it was done in two or three takes that song was done lyrically. So in an evening you started you had no idea and it has become one of your favourites?  I did have an inkling, a few lines but nothing set in stone.  The chorus which was set in stone it was the verses that took the time.  But we sat down and the Producer Adam really helped me with them in phrasing and things like that, we listened back and did it in an evening. It was one of those great moments that you can only get writing music.

The rhythm section of Dale on Bass & Karl on Drums is a powerhouse how do the three of you work together ensuring the sound is coherent and works so well with your vocals and guitar so that the melodic flow is never lost against that powerhouse?

It is a kinda unconscious thing really. Me and Dale have been playing together since we were about 16/17. So we have only really been in bands playing together and the majority has been as a three-piece. When Karl joined about three and half years ago now, we had to look for the right person to fit in with Dale and myself. We have been playing together for so long it isn’t easy.  As soon as he started playing with us it was like we had been playing together months not minutes. It is something that I have always said. When we are playing together it is like we are all on the same wavelength. Dale & Karl are really good at locking in together. If something is not right Dale or Karl will shout out straight away. We won’t sit on things we are always upfront and honest with each other, if things have to be changed then that is what happens. It works well when we are in the studio/ rehearsing. Hard to explain it just clicks.

The Bad Flowers are out on Tour in March with fellow Midlands’s band Stone Broken and American Jared James Nichols. Which tracks from the album and why will be played live and loud.

We are quite good friends with Jared we toured with him November 2016 and we have stayed in touch ever since.  When he came over last summer for festivals we hung out with him, so it is going to be a tour with all of our friends. It is I think quite a good line-up. Everything that is on the album is or has been on the live set recently. Hopefully get Let’s Misbehave on there because I love that track, Who Needs A Soul, Thunder Child, Hurricane and I Don’t Believe It, which is kinda treading new ground for us.  It is quite a fast paced riffy track with lots of parts to it. When we first started playing it live we struggled then it clicked and is now one of our favourites. City Lights different live to what is on the album and has been the losing number but may shake it up on this tour.  Going to be fun, lots of new venues and people to play to live and loud lots of foot stomping.

If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing

Drums: John Bonham
Bass: John Entwistle
Guitar: Daniel Sproul (Rose Hill Drive one of the reasons why we got together so have to have their guitarist who is phenomenal)
Vocals: Robert Plant

 

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

 

BAND MEMBERS

Vocals & Guitar: Tom Leighton

Bass: Dale Tonks

Drums: Karl Selickis

 

 

Bad Flowers on Tour 2018

Read More about the tour and links to tickets HERE

 

In Conversation As the Starting Gun Fires Up For Bad Flowers

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm & Blues Club supporting live rhythm & blues in Mid Wales. A monthly Blues club promoting the best of contemporary blues, from traditionally acoustic to mashed up nu-blues and everything between. It is a live club with flair and atmosphere.

The Mid Wales R&B Club was started by Chris and Cath Rogers in 2014 and started in pubs around Powys’ but soon moved to Rhayader in 2015 at CARAD until the end of 2016 and in 2017 The MUSE Brecon.
The Mid Wales R&B Club is currently run by a small but perfectly formed husband and wife team. Chris started the club with Cath and new team member Angus Kings as a way to bring together people as passionate about Blues as they were Since then, the club has grown increasingly in size and popularity, with the monthly gigs selling out and Blues artists from far and wide wanting to play.

THE MUSE

The Muse at Brecon, a new arts and community venue based at the Old Museum in Brecon Town Centre.

Built in 1837 as a Congregationalist Chapel, the building later became the town museum. Now privately owned, we want it to be used again to inspire, entertain, educate and amuse.

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

Feb 16th Beki Brindle from The USA at The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10. Doors open at 7.30 and music starts at 8.00 Licensed Bar. Limited capacity.

Beki Brindle – Guitars (lead and rhythm) and Vocals (lead and harmonies)
New York Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee, Beki Brindle was discovered at Indiana University by Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of “The Band,” while she was Blues Legend James “Yank” Rachell’s lead guitarist. A consummate player at an early age, Beki toured repeatedly with Jerry Lee Lewis, as his guitarist. A native of Indiana, she spent time living in Ireland where she shared the stage with Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, members of U2 and Thin Lizzy, The Pogues and Francie Conway, as well as recording & touring with blues artists such as Carey Bell, Johnny Mars, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Stokes Band, Tampa Red, Fenton Robinson and more. She was also commissioned by Bono of U2 to create and run a blues workshop on Irish National Television.

Although Beki is a renowned blues guitarist and singer, with a style that is a mix of classic and original blues, peppered with sounds from Chicago and The Delta, she was also the guitarist for the Warner/Reprise band Grace Pool, as well as releasing several albums featuring other guitar stylings.

 

Upcoming Dates at The Muse Brecon

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues ChallengeMarch 2nd Elles Bailey AT The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10.

Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child changed her voice forever.

Reviewers have been wowed by Elles’ debut album Wildfire(which charted at no.2 in the iTunes Blues Charts) with Maverick Magazine gave ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) calling every song ‘Fresh & Original’ And Blues In Britain reminding us that ‘It’s a fact that very few make it to the big stage but Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and now the product.’
Bluesdoodles review of her scorching Debut album Wildfire can be found HERE

 

April 6th Mat Walklate & Paolo Fuschi AT The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10.

Mat Walklate-Harmonica & Vocals
Paolo Fuschi-Guitar & Vocals
Mat and Paolo play a diverse, dynamic live set illustrating all shades of Blues and allowing each other’s instrumental, vocal and improvisational qualities to shine. Each performance is rock-solid, yet full of inspiration and spontaneity.
Mat and Paolo are an “Electric Blues Duo” as they use old tube amplifiers creating a rich tone that brings the listeners back to the very early days of the 1950’s Chicago Blues. Think of Muddy Waters plugging in his red Telecaster for the first time into an old tube amplifier and Little Walter blowing his harmonica through an old Fender Champ amplifier. The result is a magical performance that stands out for its intensity and energy. Although there are two people on stage, they sound like a 10 piece Blues band.
Living in Manchester and strongly influenced by its Afro-Caribbean community, Mat and Paolo also pay homage to Ska, blending the uplifting rhythms of this genre with the spirit and sentiment of the Blues.
Walklate and Fuschi have an extensive repertoire that covers over two hours of music.

Check-in for updates on Mid Wales Rhythm & Blues Facebook Page 

 

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

LA Guitar Legend Michael Landau New Song One Tear Away

LA Guitar Legend Michael Landau New Song One Tear Away

LA Guitar Legend Michael Landau Releases New Song One Tear Away

The song features on Michael Landau’s upcoming album Rock Bottom,
Released via Provogue/Mascot Label Group on the 23rd of February.

Listen to the song NOW!

Rock Bottom sounds like it left the Morrison Hotel in 1970, got lost in Laurel Canyon, and finally found its way out onto Ventura Boulevard in 2017. It suggests Joni Mitchell’s heady brew of imagery laden words and mystical melodies as easily as it evokes Hendrix, Arthur Lee and Love’s Forever Changes, and Buffalo Springfield. It is, however, above all, an album with a singular voice of its own. Have you ever been experienced? Well, this album will get you where you’re going.

Michael Landau talking about the song One Tear Away: “I was very happy to reunite with my old pal David Frazee on this new record. David was the singer in our band ‘Burning Water’ back in the 90’s, such a strong voice and a very interesting songwriter. David wrote the lyrics and melody on ‘One Tear Away’, it’s got a very haunting feel to it. Here’s what David had to say about the lyrics: ‘They’re an urging to not give up on living, an encouragement to acknowledge and heal the wounds within and free ourselves from self-judgments about being human.’ We cut the basic tracks to tape, we all worked hard to get the record just right, I’m proud of this one and I hope you dig it… Michael.”

Michael Landau has surrounded himself with familiar faces from his past – longtime collaborator David Frazee (Burning Water) on vocals and lyrics that can only be called poetry, his brother Teddy Landau (Raging Honkies) on superlative bass (which should end up on some future top ten lists), Larry Goldings on organ, and Alan Hertz playing drums, and their familiarity gives this album an incredible sense of timing and cohesion. There are myriad twists and turns, and the record unfolds to reveal exotic sounds and feelings, but it’s so well composed and performed that it is like taking a sonic, spiritual vacation.

“Michael Landau is an undiscovered gem… one of God’s guitar players. I grew up playing with him, and he’s really inspired me. Michael is absolutely one of my favourite guitar players in the world.” ~ Steve Lukather, Toto.

Rock Bottom is an album for its age. In times of existential angst and cultural unrest, it acts as a spiritual calmative, engaging and holding you without knocking you about unnecessarily along its course. A day trip into the collective consciousness of its players. Listening to this band is akin to watching a thousand birds flying in formation, climbing, diving, circling and back around without ever colliding. It colours its jazz roots just enough to never lose its pop contingent. You get the idea that this record came very easily to those who were creating it, even though it is clear in its sophistication and intellect.

LA Guitar Legend Michael Landau New Song One Tear Away

Lance Lopez Set to Unleash Tell The Truth

Lance Lopez Set to Unleash Tell The Truth

 

“Texas has been known throughout the years to be the breeding ground for some of the baddest guitar players of all time…Lance is yet another one to carry on that Texas tradition…” BILLY F. GIBBONS – ZZ TOP

“A very exciting and intense Blues Guitarist…” JEFF BECK
“Lance Lopez got 3 standing ovations when he opened a show for me and I was among those standing…” B.B. KING

Texan Lance Lopez is set to unleash his long-awaited new solo album, Tell The Truth, on March 2nd 2018 on https://www.mascotlabelgroup.comProvogue/Mascot Label Group.

Tell The Truth is an autobiographical tour-de-force through the life and times of an archetypal Texas blues legend with all the highs and lows that inevitably accompany this time-honoured path. Lance Lopez has been on a slow, steady climb up the mountain to the blues-rock hall of heavyweights for the last decade, and this album declares his arrival.

“Nothin’ worth having, ever came easy to me, the sweetest victories came within an inch of defeat” ~ “Never Came Easy”

Lance Lopez has a voice that lets you know he’s walked the walk, and his smoky tenor has grown more gravely and passionate with the years, then you remember, he was brought up by the likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Buddy Miles, Johnny Taylor, and Lucky Peterson. Lance started playing professionally at the age of 14 in bars and clubs in and around New Orleans, joining up with soul great Johnny Taylor when he was just 17, then becoming Lucky Peterson’s band leader at 18, and eventually joining the Buddy Miles Express. He’s lived the life every day since, and you can feel every mile of the road on this album.

Check out the brand new video for Cash My Check here:

The path he has walked has not been an easy one, and even with mentors and friends like Billy Gibbons and Johnny Winter, that road is long and fraught with the necessity of the literally thousands of clubs, endless nights, low wages, and long travels – all of which leads to the many temptations that make for distractions to get one through the day. Lance Lopez, again, was mentored by the best, and that means that along with the priceless lessons in the musical life from legends like Buddy Miles, also came lessons in drink, drugs, late nights, the ravages of road food, and that side of the life that has broken so many. With the grace of good faith, friends, and family, Lance has seen it through to a healthier, happier side.

Defining his solo sound on Tell The Truth expect loads of his famous hard-edged gritty guitars, lovingly parsed and layered throughout, but there’s also a powerful full band sound on every track with throbbing bass lines, sumptuous piano and organ, wicked blues harp, thunderous drums, and Lopez’s industrial strength vocals across the whole of this outstanding song set.

Tell The Truth is above all a working-class blues rock record. Songs like “Cash My Check” and “Never Came Easy” look at life as it’s being lived, in an honest and forthright fashion. Then there are the more harrowing tales of life’s travails and temptations to be found on “High Life” and “Down To One Bar.” Even when he’s covering John Lee Hooker on an incendiary reading of “Mr. Lucky,” this is a fiercely personal record, and Lopez spares himself not one bit as he lays down life as he’s seen and lived it. Lopez has seen has demons, stared them down, and come out on the other side.

Produced and recorded over the last three years by Fabrizio Grossi in Los Angeles, this album clearly shows that Lopez has absorbed everything he’s heard, and the lessons of everyone he’s had an opportunity to share songs and stages within the last few years. Trading verses with singers such as Warren Haynes and Walter Trout, trading solos with Eric Gales, Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, and the aforementioned Mr. Gibbons has certainly served Lance well.

The album hits the ground in fourth gear, and it never looks back. The grooves are a mile wide and hit like a sledgehammer. And while there is great guitar, as you’d expect, all over the record, Lopez never overplays. There’s a high-octane reading of John Lee Hooker’s “Mr. Lucky” that sees the sound and style of the Texas legend being updated with some extra horsepower, and a barreling rhythm section. “The Real Deal” is the Lopez manifesto, and one of the cornerstones of this record.  The album’s title track closes out the set, and it’s a massive piece of rock with a funkiness that won’t be ignored. A great album by any measure, regardless of how it may get labelled. Blues-rock? Hell yeah. Rock? Got it covered. The blues? It’s in everything Lance Lopez does. March 2, 2018, on Mascot Label Group.

Tour Dates

9 March – Fabrik, Hamburg, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
10 March – Columbia Theater, Berlin, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
11 March – FZW, Dortmund, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
13 March – Muffathalle, Munich, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
15 March – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, GERMANY (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
16 March – Boerderij, Zoetermeer, THE NETHERLANDS (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)
17 March – The Garage, London, UK (Rockin The Blues 2018 Tour – Special Guest)

 

Lance Lopez Set to Unleash Tell The Truth

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

The excitement of a new release from Joe Satriani is a bubbling elixir of anticipation of sizzling guitar and an energy captured in the music that takes you on an instrumental journey of delightful discoveries.  Listening to What Happens Next? Is that a question Satriani is asking himself, where is his musical journey taking him in 2018 and beyond? For me What Happens Next, open CD put on the player, turn the volume up, sit back then be absorbed into every musical moment created on the album. Once again Joe Satriani’s scintillatingly sharp and persuasive manipulation of the six-strings sent a shiver of pure pleasure down my spine, my music antenna were pulsating with delight. As Joe Satriani guitar asks What Happens Next?

Joe Satriani’s immense guitar presence is at the heart of this twelve-track instrumental album. Joining him with perfect rhythm and timing with the pairing of Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith.  Deep Purple burns up the Red Hot Chili Pepper the two creating a monstrous beat. Building the perfect wall of sound for the wildness of Satriani in full flight. The trio complements each other resulting in the artistry of the Satriani guitar develops with a myriad of tones and textures. All three instruments talk to you as the notes replace the need for words whilst being transported to the world of Satriani.

Opening the album with Energy we are instantly drenched in a rich high-octane tonal experience. The beat is alive and kicking we are with feet firmly on the ground and the ears in tune with a journey that will energise, uplift and mesmerize as the notes cascade and follow each other in a perfect procession of rock glory. Opening with the drum kicking up a roar Thunder on High Mountain is a building storm the drum beat persistent with guitar in a swirling frenzy as the notes are whipped into a whirling maelstrom. Then bass adds depths that Thunder on High Mountain is intriguing, dangerous and never ignored.  We move from stormy mountains to Cherry Blossoms. A change in beat, tone and textures as the number unfurl as warm as a Spring day full hope and lyrical melodies. Catchy and beguiling the swirling mass of cherry blossoms are conjured into a thing of beauty performed with a gentle touch and lyrical emotions played out through the clever instrumentation.

Every track is a golden nugget of guitar playing spontaneous, alive, controlled and wild. No note misplaced this is music that creates a visual soundscape through the notes. The album is not a sprint with a headlong rush to close one number and fall into the next; neither is it a marathon with long tracks looping around itself often going nowhere. We are lopping along at the perfect pace to enjoy the box of delights as we find out What Happens Next. The title track towards the end of the album is slower the guitar stretches the notes exploring the cadences in a thoughtful exploring way. The track has a synergy as the three monsters of rock explore the sounds and asks once again What Happens Next? With the reuniting of Smith and Satriani could it be that Chickenfoot is to rise once again from the ashes as the supergroup we want to hear?  A new approach with bass driven Super Funky Badass brings out the inner funkiness of rock and re-energises an album that has no flaws.

Closing out an album that celebrates the power of the six-strings and the virtuosity of Satriani, Forever and Ever is an appropriate number as the superlatives describing the stunning playing of Satriani truly could go on Forever and Ever. While we think up some let’s go back to the beginning and see if this time we can answer the question What Happens Next?

 

Joe Satriani – What Happens Next – Sony/Legacy Recordings

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 

  1. Energy
  2. Catbot
  3. Thunder High On The Mountain
  4. Cherry Blossoms
  5. Righteous
  6. Smooth Soul
  7. Headrush
  8. Looper
  9. What Happens Next
  10. Super Funky Badass
  11. Invisible
  12. Forever and Ever

Joe Satriani Guitar Asks What Happens Next

Perfection Kills as We Talk to Dan Patlansky

Perfection Kills as We Talk to Dan PatlanskyPerfection Kills as We Talk to Dan Patlansky: 2018 already looks massive with exciting new albums, tours and more. Music rules 2018 that is a certainty. Kickstarting 2018 with his new album Perfection Kills, Dan Patlansky is smoking hot as he follows up his critically acclaimed 2016 album Introvertigo.

BD: Thank you once again for taking time out to chat to Bluesdoodles from South Africa. I was so disappointed not to have been able to catch up with you in Bristol when the Joanne Shaw Taylor show you were the special guest of was re-scheduled as she was not well. That said New Year, New Album and back touring England in March.

 

BD: When we last chatted we talked about the rebuilding of Old Red. How did the face-lift go and does the guitar feature on Perfection Kills?

DP: It does appear on Perfection Kills and the facelift went really well. I found a vintage neck to use so that was a great start. For the first few shows, it felt different but now feels and sounds right, and is on the whole of Perfection Kills and feels like home now. Old Red has been played for the last twenty years and time was having its effect. When over in the UK last April, Ash Wilson was opening the shows. He loved the sound of the guitar and at the soundcheck at The Globe in Cardiff, he asked if he could have a play. So I said yes, he picked it up and said wow how do you play, this guitar is impossible to play. I have got used to the imperfections and adapted either way I play. Ash said, take my guitar with a straight neck. I then realised how hard it was to play, at that point it was a no-brainer to have Old Red refurbished BD: So you adjusted like we all do when something is worn like the temperature guide on your cooker, it is not until someone else points it out you realise there is a problem DP: Yes, just like that the changes happen gradually and you adapt to the little flaws and I have adapted over time as the neck twisted. The new neck is easier to play, easier on my hands now I do not have to work quite so hard.

Perfection Kills as We Talk to Dan PatlanskyBD: Ten new tracks, before we talk about the inspiration behind them what is behind the Title Perfection Kills and the artwork of the Album cover with its dark, retro feel?

DP: Well I do like the thing of the dark laughing. The album cover is a representation of the title, Perfection Kills. There is no such thing as perfection in art. There is no yardstick to measure any art form against. By trying to obtain perfection the music is over polished. Polishing out the imperfections, rawness of sound the live organic feel. That is why I decided to produce this album myself.  The producer of Introvertigo and other albums, Theo Crous will always be my mentor. The concept of Perfection Kills called for this new approach.

The cover reflects that I have always been a massive Pink Floyd fan, their album covers are my favourites. This album cover is supposed to be intriguing going outside of music and arts with a family and the vibe being killed. The mum is turning into a plastic mannequin, the girl cannot breathe in the atmosphere being created and Dad may look complacent in fact he has given up living every hour as it comes.

BD: You have recorded the album in Scherzo Production, what prompted this choice other than it being based in your hometown?

DP: Having recorded both Dear Silence Thieves & Introvertigo at Theo’s studio, I had a clear picture of the sound I wanted. It wasn’t going to be achieved in a traditional, very clinical studio with a sound deadened room. The studio that would work for me happened to be close to where I lived. The recording space sounded like a living room with a natural sound the wooden walls made the sound like playing live especially the drum and guitar sound not just close to the mic in a sterile space.  Also, it was fantastic coming home at the end of the day rather than in another hotel room.  I could come home and sleep on it, still many sleepless nights, over what is working, why other parts are not working what needs to be changed to make it good. Sleepless nights at home are definitely better than in a sterile hotel room.

 BD: The first single from the album Dog Day has been receiving airplay ramping up attention for the album and getting the fans excited. How and why did you choose the number that closes the album to be the first out of the traps in the public sphere?

DP: I didn’t choose Dog Day, I initially thought Johnny would be a better single. I am happy with the choice made by my team here in South Africa and U.K that this was the first single. In fact, I just popped Dog Day on last without any thought. It was not my decision, not unhappy as that is why I pay people to make these decisions. In fact, it is perfect that Dog Day is the last track on the album – people will listen to the whole album before hearing what has become familiar the first single Dog Day.

BD: The songs are impactive with many tones and textures and wide-ranging topics covered reflecting the modern world bringing a darker side to the lyrics on tracks such as Too Far Gone, Mayday and even iEyes.  Many of your songs are about stepping out of our and your comfort zone does the guitar playing help you reach those tricky places.

DP: Playing guitar is comfortable, it is my security blanket. I am more confident playing the guitar. My approach to creating the album is about embracing change and taking risks with change speaks to the picture-taking and embracing change. It was a high risk, high reward strategy, I closed my eyes and just hoped that it would turn out successful and as I had imagined it.

BD: iEyes subject makes it a crossover number with many younger people who are getting disillusioned with Social Media?

DP: Yes, we are all entranced with our phones and pads. The inspiration goes back to when I looked up while I was playing to a sold-out gig in London a couple of years ago I saw that 90% were watching the live music they had paid to see and hear was being viewed through the back of a phone as they were filming it. I fail at times, as I am just as guilty spending too much time on the phone. We need quality interaction with people and music not just through our phones.

 BD: On Introvertigo, you had a song dedicated to your daughter, Queen Purree now we have My Dear Boy for your son Jack.

DP: I felt it was a little bit unfair just for my girl to have a song. My wife was pregnant with him while recording the album so felt very relevant topic to write about for the album absolutely had to be on the album. It is gentle and bit more melodic as if speaking to him. Now I have got to know him it suits his personality.

BD: What tracks will you be taking on the road with you when touring England in March.  I know many of your fans will be disappointed that you haven’t fitted in Scotland and Wales. Touring is addressed in Junket Man, how do you plan where to visit when you visit the U.K?

DP:  I don’t plan, I get given the tour by my booking agent/promoter. I was disappointed no Cardiff or Glasgow dates, I know fans will be disappointed. Will only decide the tracks to be played live after rehearsing them with the band along with a couple of shows in South Africa will have a better indication of which tracks. All of the tracks on Perfection Kills should work live so hopefully all of them will appear on the set list.  For the UK tour I will have the German band I toured with it works better logistically they drive the van across and pick me up at Heathrow and the tour begins. This time we start in Bahrain & Dubai so while in the Middle East will have couple days to rehearse the new material and the shows to warm us up before UK tour starting in Manchester.

BD:  Thank you, Dan, for once again taking time to talk to me and sharing your thoughts on the new album, touring and more. Be fantastic to hear the new music played live and loud in 2018.

Perfection Kills as We Talk to Dan Patlansky

 

 

 

 

Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty

Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty

THE KRIS BARRAS BAND
NEW ALBUM: THE DIVINE AND DIRTY
RELEASED: 23 MARCH 2018
PROVOGUE/MASCOT LABEL GROUP

Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty

Kickstart the journey by checking out the brand new video for Hail Mary:

 

 

Kris Barras a former Mixed Martial Artist Kris, definitely enjoys a challenge. The singer or guitarist has fought in front of 8000 people, lived it up in Las Vegas, dealt with bankruptcy, suffered a deep and personal loss, unleashed southern-fried blues fury on stages across Europe and been voted one of the best 13 Blues Guitarists in the World Right Now in 2017.

He picked up the guitar and took up martial arts as a child. After playing in bands throughout his teens he became disillusioned. He had toured the east coast of the USA twice and recorded an album in Philadelphia but struggled to get to the next level. By his early 20s, offers for fights were coming thick and fast. Music took a backseat as he travelled the world to compete in tournaments, winning 14 out of 17 fights and even settling to live in Las Vegas and Thailand. “People used to think I was crazy to be fighting in cages, risking damage to my hands,” he says. “Truth is though, I always enjoyed it and found that the fighting world offered me more opportunities than the music industry. I got to fight in front of 8000 people in Asia, I would’ve much rather have played to them instead of getting punched in the face.”

Bluesdoodles having reviewed Lucky 13,  the follow-up to his self-titled album it has always been the rocking blues urgency that stands out, Once again Kris hits the right pace, the guitar is smooth as polished wood with a patina of deep emotions to keep you interested… An album that will never gather dust on the shelf. It is blues that make you glad that you listened to Lucky 13. So we are delighted and wait with eager anticipation to hear and review Divine and Dirty his first release since signing with Mascot Group Label in November.

It is Kris Barras personal drive at the heart of the new album, The Divine And Dirty, The title refers to the good and the bad within us all, the album encapsulates everything Barras has been through to this point. Going to be a wonderful guitar fuelled journey of eclectic styles and pure entertainment.

Produced by Josiah J Manning at Momentum Studios, Plymouth, ambition bleeds from every pore of The Divine And Dirty. It follows a triumphant year for Barras who in 2017 embarked on his first European tour, calling at Norway, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania and jubilant sets at his biggest ever shows at RAWA Blues Festival (Poland) and Ramblin’ Man Fair last summer with his band; Josiah J Manning (Keyboards), Elliott Blackler (Bass) and Will Beavis (Drums).

Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty

Everything is primed to propel The Kris Barras Band to even greater heights in 2018. He has the songs, the talent and the ambition to take on the scene’s biggest hitters. And armed with this kind of passion and dedication, they are coming out swinging. Stand back – rock has a new hero.

The Divine And Dirty – Track Listing
1. Kick Me Down
2. Hail Mary
3. I Don’t Owe Nobody Nothing
4. Propane
5. Wrong Place, Wrong Time
6. Lovers Or Losers
7. She’s More Than Enough
8. Stitch Me Up
9. Hold On For Tomorrow
10. Blood On Your Hands
11. Watching Over Me

Kris Barras Tour Dates 2018

 

Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty

Tour Dates
23 March – The Wharf, Tavistock
24 March – The Palladium, Bideford
27 March – The Comrades Club, Coulsdon
28 March – Ypres Tavern, Sittingbourne
29 March – The Iron Road, Evesham
30 March – Yardbirds Club, Grimsby
31 March – Aatma, Manchester
04 April – Haven Club, Oxford
05 April – The Face Bar, Reading
06 April – The Warehouse, Harrogate
07 April – The Supporter’s Club, West Hartlepool
08 April – Fuel, Cardiff
13 April – The Musician, Leicester
14 April – HRH Blues O2 Academy, Sheffield
18 May – The AbertillerBlues and Rock Festival, Abertillery
15 June – LoveRocks Festival, Ferndown
01 July – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone

So much excitement with the news of Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty plus lots of opportunities to see the band live at venues and festivals!

Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

ad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting GunStarting Gun launching The Bad Flowers into the spotlight with the attention of radio plays, interviews and national tour. The artwork defines the album as The Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun sums up the rocking ride that kick starts 2018. The music is sharp, melodic, exciting and above all entertaining.  The melodies and rhythms are addictive, with lyrics and licks that become friendly earworms! Definitely, Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

The opening number and first single from Starting Gun is a friendly anthemic clap of rock as Thunder Child cascades out of the speakers. Having checked out the where Bluesdoodles said “Check It Out. Why? I smell rock that sizzles”. The sound builds and builds with a rumble and roll of riff mayhem, with the single and B side Lions Blood. Now to settle down and listen to the next nine tracks and fingers crossed they all live up to the heady announcement of the single. Three tracks in and The Bad Flowers are endearing themselves as the must-see live new band in 2018. Secrets is slower has the feeling that Tom Leighton on vocals and guitar is sharing the lyrics just with you the listener.  The last number written on the album is dirty riffs with lots of fuzz that works well. This change of tempo and intensity works adding interest and texture to the album. Joining Tom in this powerhouse of a trio is Dale Tones on deep bass and backing vocals along with Karl Selick’s kick-ass drumming.

Five tracks in and we are given a breather with a complete volte-face as the electric is unplugged and acoustic flowers reign, Tom’s voice has an emotional clarity in complete harmony with the acoustic guitar very personal and fits cooling the album like a summer shower acting as a refresher to the bouquet of rock that is created on Starting Gun.  The tension and ferocity building life is short so are the minutes on an album, not one is missed on Starting Gun even when the Bad Flowers sing Let’s Misbehave. Then we have rock blues that is so dark and dirty the blue is indigo and the rock has the power of granite the groove pulls you deep as they ask Who Needs A Soul. Not sure when there is music like this to fill the void!

Heading for home we are now in a for heavy weather with Hurricane and I Don’t Believe. This is an album that is building and though you want the music to go on how will it then end cool and personal, dirty blues or heavier rock as we visit City Lights with the boys. First, we have Tom’s vocals and I am sure I am not the first or last person to compare his vocal sound to Cult’s Ian Astbury.  The drumming from Karl is precise with strong rhythms laid down by Dale’s bass playing off the rocking solid guitar of Tom. The lyrics throughout are strong and the refrain “Can’t afford the champagne … I’m just addicted to the City Lights” then the power of guitar-charged up and electric. Another addictive track from the new boys The Bad Flowers the album is a wow!

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

When I review I have four simple rules of life.
Rule ONE: Play the music loud YES
Rule TWO: Listen To new Bands YES
Rule THREE: Celebrate the gems from artist that are unknown to you YES

Rule FOUR: Never give a debut album 10…. Hey Ho! Rules are made to be broken and so early in 2018, I have broken my own rules! Still 3 out of four is pretty good. Which one did I break? Well, Starting Gun is a celebratory stupendous TEN. Will The Bad Flowers sophomore album reach the same dizzy heights, time will tell. Until then the boys are on tour February/March 2018 with Jared James Nichols and Headliners Stone Broken

The Bad Flowers – Starting Gun – Released 16th February

Released on CD; Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Standard Digital Download – Bluesdoodles recommend you pre-order before catching them on tour.

 

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 

  1. Thunder Child
  2. Lions Blood
  3. Secrets
  4. Rich Man
  5. I Hope
  6. Let’s Misbehave
  7. Who Needs A Soul
  8. Be Your Man
  9. Hurricane
  10. I Don’t Believe It
  11. City LIghts

 

Bad Flowers Firing a Bouquet With Starting Gun

Bluesdoodles in Conversation Throughout 2017

Bluesdoodles Interviews – 2017

Liz Aiken loves the opportunity to ask questions why? I love listening to the answers finding out the unexpected from artists about their latest album, being on tour and what influences from the past is shaping the music they are playing now. Interviews are intriguing and fun. we now have Wes O’Neil asking the questions so more interviews from a different angle.

 

In Conversation Raging Fire Blues with Alastair Greene – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

 

 

The Dark and Light Sides of Chantel McGregor – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

 

Reality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No Fiction

 

Jack J Hutchinson Talking To Wes About Paint No Fiction – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

Brian Downey Alive and Dangerous In Conversation

 

Brian Downey Alive and Dangerous In Conversation – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

With Supersonic Blues Machine Californisoul

 

Q&A with Fabrizio Grossi from Supersonic Blues Machine  – Check in what we talked about HERE

 

 

Bad Touch Supporting The Kentucky Headhunters

 

Q&A with Stevie Westwood from Bad Touch – Check in what we talked about HERE

 

 

Believe has Rebecca Downes Singing the Blues

 

Q&A With Rebecca Downes Why I Believe in My Music – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

Q&A Session as we Rise and Shine with SIMO

 

Q & A Session as we Rise and Shine with SIMO – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

Erja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen Hearts

 

Q&A with Erja Lytinnen Stolen Hearts Guitars and Touring – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

A Thousand Horses In Conversation with Bluesdoodles

 

A Thousand Horses In Conversation with Bluesdoodles – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

 

Ray Dorset aka Mungo Jerry Talking About Ealing, Festivals and Blues

 

Ray Dorset aka Mungo Jerry Talking About Ealing, Festivals and Blues – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

In Conversation with Kenny Wayne Shepherd

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Touring New Album Lay It Down & More – Check in on what we talked about HERE

 

 

http://bluesdoodles.com/cd-review/sonny-landreth-new-album-recorded-live-in-lafayette/

 

Sonny Landreth – New Album Live At The LaFayette, Blues and More – Check in on what was said HERE

 

 

4th UK Blues Challenge At The Cavern Liverpool

LaVendore Rogue Talks about 2017 Blues Challenge

A Quadruplet of interviews regarding the 4th UK Blues Challenge

LaVendore Rogue    Elles Bailey      Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion     The Rainbreakers  

The challenge will be  on 10th September 2017 at The Cavern Club – Tickets HERE 

 

Jared James Nichols – UK and New album Black Magic Coming Soon – Check in on what was said HERE

 

 

Dan Patlansky In Conversation Touring 2017 and Beyond

 

Dan Patlansky Back In UK with Introvertigo – Check in on what was said HERE

 

 

Erja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen Hearts

 

Erja Lyytinen New Album Stolen Hearts, UK Tour and more – Check in to the chatter HERE

 

 

September Sari Schorr A Force Of Nature Releases Debut

 

Sari Schorr Back in the UK on Tour and New Album Excitement – Read about it HERE

 

 

Fight Another Day with Dan Reed Network UK 2017

 

Dan Reed on Touring and Fight Another Day – Read about it HERE

 

 

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016 Recorded Music

 

Kaz Hawkins Talking about International Blues Challenge and Memphis
Read about the challenges HERE

 

Stevie Westwood Giving The Lowdown on Bad Touch

 

 

 

Debut Album Broken Machine from Ash Wilson

 

Broken Machine Definitely NOT Ash Wilson in Conversation Read about what he said HERE

 

 

Who Will I turn To Now for a Conversation Has To Be Husky Tones
Husky Tones In Conversation – Read about what they said HERE

 

 


INTERVIEWS WITH BLUESDOODLES

 

Danny Core Shouts Out About Broken Witt Rebels Read about what he said HERE

 

 

INTERVIEWS WITH BLUESDOODLES
Ronnie Baker Brooks In Conversation  Read about what he said HERE

 

 

Bluesdoodles Recorded Music Reviews 2017

RECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS – 2017

Let me explain how the doodle paws ratings on albums work

10 Doodle Paws Stupendous
9 Doodle Paws Exceptional
8 Doodle Paws Marvellous
7 Doodle Paws Splendid
6 Doodle Paws  Pleasing
5 Doodle Paws Satisfactory

Please click the album cover to be taken to the review.

10 Doodle Paw Albums 2017

Samantha Fish the Belle of The West on this AlbumWith Supersonic Blues Machine CalifornisoulBlack Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIVQ&A Session as we Rise and Shine with SIMO King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album Dave Arcari Live At Memorial Hall On Best Behaviour Creating a Legacy with Cadillac Three New AlbumFish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues In Conversation with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Nikka & Strings Soulful New Album Underneath and In BetweenBig Daddy Wilson Album Neckbone Stew is PerfectJoe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic AlbumThomas Wynn and The Believers Album Wade Waist DeepMigration Blues the story unfolds under Eric Bibb Blues MasteryHurricane Ruth Album Ain’t Ready for the GraveThis Is The Life I Choose Says Zoe Schwarz Latest AlbumHonest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful VocalsThorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Says Change My GameErja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen HeartsThunder Storming album Rip It Up Rocks the SpeakersGov't Mule New Album Revolution Come...Revolution Go

 

 

 

 

 

Album Reviews 2017 – some sparkling gems

Advent Day Seven Calendar Thanks Blind Raccoon

Lisa Biales Blues On The Beat Of My Heart

Irish Traditions found In Foxglove & Fuchsia

Enjoy Taking Backroad Carnival With Cory SeznecBlack Water Debut Album From Toriah FontainePariah Brothers Never Exile Crow Black Chicken Music Lucy Zirins Sings To You Live At The Old Courts

 

Reality Hits as Jack J Hutchinson Paints No FictionExplore A Small World Enlarged Beautifully by Dan Burnett

 The Milk Men Bringing Full Phat Blues To Your HouseNew Album New style The Truth still Laurence Jones Exploring Rhythm Of The Rain With Amelia White

 

 

As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album

 

Suzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New AlbumSuzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New Album

Signs are Positive on Johnny Lang Latest Album

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

Gun Unveils Favourite Pleasures New Album That Rocks

TajMo Album of Blues Collaboration Taj Mahal and Keb Mo

  KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaos

 

KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaoshttp://bluesdoodles.com/cd-review/sonny-landreth-new-album-recorded-live-in-lafayette/ JFK Blue Debut Album Rough Round The Edges Michele D'Amour Album Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge Elles Bailey Scorching New Album Wildfire Steel Union New Album Life…And Other Problems!Samantha Fish New Approach Gives You Chills & FeverLittle Hurricane Playing Under the Same Sun Same MoonMustangs Exploring Love & Life on Just Passing ThroughDave Hunt Travelling Blues With New Album 100 HorsesLiquor And Iron Fuels Russ Payne and The Unison BendsBlues Engine Are on The Right Blues Tracks Nothing Poor Boy Blues About The StoneCoats Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Live From Fox Oakland Mick McConnell Gets Under My Skin With Blues Jack J Hutchinson Set Your Heart For The SunPeople We Become Sings Inspiration Jo Harman

 

 

 

 

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Rocks Your Socks OffAnother Mile Another Minute From Australian Geoff Achison Blues and MoreJohn Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

 

 

 

Eric Gales Making Blues in the Middle Of The RoadRise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

 

 

 

Join Troy Redfern With A Dirt Blues Ritual

Youthful Guitarist Aaron Keylock is a Cut Against The Grain

Zeal & Ardor Deepens Blues with Grinding Metal Devil Is Fine Vika Bull Sings At Last: The Etta James StoryBarcelona For David Phillips The Roof Top Recordings 2 On The Lonesome Plain With Donal ClancyDebut Album Broken Machine from Ash WilsonBritish Blues Talk About That With John MayallWhen Ashton and Finnen Join Forces Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands HappenRECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS

RECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS

Singles

Collide riff driven first single from BCCIV

 King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace