All cylinders are furiously firing,Dan Reed Network are back all guns blazing. With the recent release of their critically acclaimed album“Fight Another Day”safely in their pockets, the band have indulged Europe and the States in a fiery return to the touring circuit.
To celebrate their upcoming special guest appearance on EXTREME’S December UK tour, on Monday 31st July, Dan Reed Network will launch the official music video for their single “Infected”
“DRN is honoured to be touring with EXTREME this December in the UK,” says Dan Reed. “The funk rock scene of the late 80’s early 90’s was an exciting, inventive era in the music scene and to be sharing the stage with one of a handful of bands that championed that movement will be nothing but good times on stage for us, and a raucous experience for the audience. This tour promises to be an adrenaline fuelled evening of soaring melodies, infectious grooves and a party atmosphere that we in the band are truly excited about being a part of, and we are tremendously grateful to be on the road with such a talented and innovative band. Time to funk it up big time!”
Dan Reed Network features Rob Daiker (keyboards, vocals), Melvin Brannon II (bass, vocals), Brion James (guitar, vocals), Dan Pred (drums, vocals) and Dan Reed (lead vocals).
What the critics are saying about
– Dan Reed Network –
“If the Dan Reed Network is headed for a venue near you, grab a ticket for what is a terrific – if unorthodox – night of music experience that is sure to set your heart beating dangerously fast.” Terry Caster – Yorkshire Evening Post “Dan Reed Network’s second coming is a shining recent example of an audience keeping the faith and a band rediscovering its mojo. Long may they, and their loyal followers, prosper.” David Randall – Get Ready To Rock
“You just have to take one look at the stage, you see a band who is enjoying every moment of this ride, they have a new lease of life. Each member of the group is beaming from the stage throughout.” Adam Kennedy – National Rock Review
“When I hear an actual piper starting up Scotland the Brave, I figure that someone has it as their ringtone. As far as entrances go, this is right up there with Freddie Mercury aloft Darth Vader’s shoulders. You literally had to be there.” Dave Stott – Devil’s Gate Media
Bluesdoodles said about Fight Another Day “The choreography of sound creates a soundscape of words often thought-provoking against a rock melody that wraps you in a comfort blanket of sound. ….. the band is definitely Standing Tall as the last notes fade with Funk Rock reinvented for today while still true to the fans of the 1980’s”. Read More……
Bluesdoodles Saw DNR live “With the refrain She Is Everything, I thought yes and so has Dan Reed Network. Combining Rock with twists and twirls of modern music a multiplicity of tempos, tone and perfect timing.” Read More……
Roadstars Hit Cardiff
SIMO Keylock and Federal Charm
The Globe, Cardiff, cold damp November night is just about to get hot with blues-rock guitar shredding that will ignite the audience. Why? On the third night of The Planet Rock ‘Roadstars’ sixteen-night tour has arrived in the Capital city. The Roadstars are young guns that are causing heads to turn wherever they play with youthful verve and enthusiasm. Who are the Roadstars? They are two British bands Aaron Keylockand Federal Charm and from Nashville, U.S.A. SIMO. Tonight we are definitely going to hear a lot of guitars that have strings that will be fast, furious and loud with a long streamer connecting the six-strings to the Blues. This is a trio of bands who are taking turns on who will headline, and tonight it will be SIMO.
The evening kicked off by being exported back to the roots of the blues with field hollers loud and atmospheric from the PA system. Tonight, Aaron Keylock was opening the show. This young band with the much talked about guitarist who has played many gigs and festivals that for a teenager is amazing the rhetoric about his skills is stratospheric so my expectations were very high. As for a variety of reasons, Bluesdoodles has not caught up with Aaron playing live. Completing the power trio drummer Sonny Greaves and bassist Jordan Maycock. I was expecting fireworks as the blues influences combine with the rock as sabbath collides with Winter. One thing for sure the guitar was loud drowning out the vocals so I never heard a word Aaron sang even on his closing number the title track, Against The Grain, from his anticipated debut album due out January 2017 on Mascot.
The set was loud, raw Aaron, for me did not live up to the press I have read and comments from others who have seen him live. With power you need control and the blues is about feel and tonight these were not evident. The set was more rock than blues, enthusiasm over style. Aaron changed guitar but textures and tone stayed the same loud and raw. He is like moonshine straight from the still, we need to have some of the oaky smokiness, smoothness of flavour from maturing that a good sipping whisky has. Aaron, has the potential, he can play the guitar and interaction between the three friends on stage is honest. Opening with a shorter set perhaps didn’t allow for a set that shows the varied side of this young man with so much potential. The slide guide was good and the lead breaks solid but there was no flashing and sparks to really light up the evening.
Short break and Federal Charm hit the stage with a customary energy and smiles as they said we are glad to be back in Cardiff. With full on Mancunian charm they hit the ground running. They too chose to close with Silhouette, the single from the much-praised album Crossing The Divide. Federal Charm produced as strong set the brand of blues rock is delivered better everytime we see them play live. The two guitars, of Paul Bowe and Nick Bowden sometimes in competition but always in harmony. Completing this tech quartet are bassist LD Morawski and drummer Danny Rigg who do so much more than provide a solid platform they bring tonal shape and control for the frontman allowing Nicks vocals to roll and bounce off the music. Federal Charm’s set was full of attitude and at times an arrogant swagger giving the music a hardened edge softened by the blues. The set warmed the venue lifting the audience as they got them closer to the stage singing along and dancing. Nick engaged with the audience who were delighted to have the boys back in town even if for a brief set tonight. The music was played with authority as the rock grooves were as solid as granite with a sparkling strata of blues as the harp was given an airing and the licks and riffs had the shape and feel that is the perfect recipe for a blues-rock band.
Now for the main act SIMO a trio fusing music from every genre into a fluid psychedelic whirlpool that lit up the stage. Keeping up with virtuoso guitarist JD Simo are bassist Elad Shapiro and Adam Abrashoff on drums, they provide rhythms that explode allowing JD to fly with sparkling effervescent guitar fireworks.
The music flowed, no set list this was a hothouse jam full of control, innovation and excitement as slide, met finger picking and the playing of the fret board with both hands was mesmerising. Defining SIMO is like trying to capture mercury in you fingers, you just think one band and the music changes and it is totally different as jazz collides with Hendrix and the Allmans are threaded into the mix. The sound is a musical tapestry of every hue and colour, The vocals powered through it was a perfect aural picture. You see and hear musician and guitar, musicians who excel JD and his band are merged into one being and the connection is complete, seamless as he astounds with rock n roll that has you listening with delight. Into this maelstrom, I heard hints of Tom Principato, Stevie Ray Vaughan stretching the blues colouring the tones with funk and world music. The set had everything, fast and furious, complex, simple and slower numbers this was a jam that was very, very tasty indeed.
The set was everything they promised on the album Let Love Show The Way; and the audience agreed with gasps of wow, utterly brilliant never heard seen anything like this they are stunning. closing the set that was like a river at times still, then a raging torrent then a gentler flow with the only cover of the set their unique interpretation of With A Little Help From My Friends. SIMO certainly made new friends tonight who will be spreading the message to their friends as they tell them what a night they have missed.
With three nights gone, there is still plenty of opportunities to hear these Roadstars live and make your own mind up.
Friday nights do not get better than this. Sunny Bristol, excited queue outside O2 Academy all waiting for the door to open and Gov’t Mule to step on stage and let the music take over. First time in twenty years of kicking ass Gov’t Mule arrived in Bristol, to bring their own special brand of live music. With a huge repertoire the set list was going to be a magical journey unfolding the musical magic of Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals, Matt Abts Drum, Jorgen Carlsson on bass completing the rhythm section and Danny Louis on organ and keyboards. These four musicians create a crescendo of sounds as they jam and move around the music never chaotic, the journey is wild and exciting and they always know the route home. The electrifying mystery and delight for fans is what will they pick from the albums that preserve the sweetest Mule jams. Will tonight be the night I hear the tune I want. Gov’t Mule is like British weather the on certainty is you are not going to know what weather front they will be blowing in on next.
The tour celebrating twenty years mixes skillful covers with a selection of tracks from a myriad of albums. Opening with 32-20 Blues Gov’t Mule takes Bristol back to Robert Johnson and the dawning of the recorded blues. The slide is slipping over the strings the fingers play the fret Warren Haynes is in my opinion one of the best guitar players around today. He makes the guitar talk to the audience, as his voice harmonises and the lyrics are deep and full of storyteller delights. The next two tracks have a common theme ‘Child, Wandering Child from Live… With A Little Help From Our Friends returned to a few times throughout the set. As the last phrase of the chorus fades, help me now, save the wandering child; merges seamlessly into Child of the Earth another album checked off there is nothing miscellaneous about the playing it is sharp and fun.
Never pigeon-hole a band who turns jamming into a professional art form. They mix in the styles yes, there’s rock with echoes of the south, with country, pop, blues all merging creating an artist palette of tonal textures and shapes. Snippets of tunes we recognize are incorporated like a tasty tease, including, Manhattan Transfer’s Birdland in Game Face and Beatles I Want You (She’s so Heavy) ending Monkey Hill. The crowds whooped with delight, clapped and cheered when a song they want to hear was live in Bristol tonight and the cowbell added to the party feel. The crowd sung back louder and louder with each successive chorus on Humble Pies 30 Days in the Hole, this was heating up the venue to fever pitch.
The encore was extra time with Gov’t Mule we were delighted taking us straight into the deep end… the guitar once again was silky sexual tension that fed off the keys of Danny, drumming from Matt and the bass line that purrs from Jorgen. Beautifully Broken was holding everyone in Bristol tonight enthralled with Beautifully Broken. Could it get better, was there anything else unexpected in the melting pot of the band. Of course there was as the tempo changed and the Beatifully Broken eloquently merged into When Doves Cry. Wow oh wow! what a tribute. Closing out the night that will be long remembered and talked about, the gig of 2016 for many with Railroad Boy a traditional Celtic folk song underlining the immense breadth the band has and the majesty in which they play every song.
Bristol tonight were mesmerized by over two and half hours of spine tingling music, live and dangerous’ This is music that connects with your backbone, and like a drug plays straight into your nervous system. Exciting, thrilling and is a roller coaster of riffs, chords medleys and power, the power of live music that is priceless. The Mule came to Bristol and conquered the city come back again we want to hear more of you.