Ride to Rockstock 2016 raising money for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Wyatt is going to be cycling nearly 1,100 miles across the UK in just under seven days! Yes, we’re sure he’s not joking.
On Friday 25th November 2016, Wyatt will be setting off on an incredible near 1,100 mile journey across the UK ending at Planet Rockstock in Porthcawl, South Wales with the aim of raising £40,000 for CALM.
Leaving from our Central London studio at around 3.30pm after his show, Wyatt will cycle to the likes of Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and finally arriving in Porthcawl in time for Day 1 of Rockstock just under a week later!
You can even track Wyatt’s progress over at Planet Rock and even download the App to your phone and track every mile Wyatt is riding to Porthcawl. Wyatt Rides The Long Way to Rockstock 2016 every pound counts.
Road to Rockstock “Tour Dates”
As Wyatt passes through each of the cities – he’ll be visiting famous rock landmarks and venues all submitted by you, the listeners. If you’d like to say “Hi” along the way or give Wyatt a cheer as he passes through, you can see all parts of his route below. Plus if you fancy joining him and the team for a pint, the times and locations of the hotels are included.
You can check each part of his journey by clicking on the links below HERE
BD: Thankyou Paul for taking time this afternoon to talk about Federal Charm, Across The Divide and forthcoming Roadstars Tour
BD: Let’s start with the description of Nu-blues as Federal Charm approach to the music and how important is the Blues to the band
PB: Federal Charm has always been grounded in the blues both Nick and myself have blues ingrained in our approach to the music we play and write. Nick plays his guitar with a blues vibe and I have always loved rock from the sixties and every decade since. Federal Charm is a marriage of rock and blues developing the blues seed at the heart of rock. Nick is definitely the blues element his vocals have a Paul Rogers tone whereas my guitar is harder and rockier. From day one we have mixed the two it was not intentional it was how we played and thought. All rock music has a foot in the blues we never set out to have blues specifically in the album but blues comes naturally. Nu-blues is a modern wording of the re-working of the essence of blues through rock and beyond.
BD: Tell our readers about the inspiration of the album and what’s behind the title and the album cover.
PB: Across The Divide is an album that crosses across rock and blues. It is Federal Charm’s interpretation of the songs we write. We had some of the tracks at the back-end of our debut album, they just didn’t feel right to be included on our debut. So the opening two tracks Master Plan and Guess What shaped our second album.
We had the making of the album all planned. We decided that we would hire a mansion for a fortnight get together, work together and immerse ourselves in the process. That was the plan, but you know what happens to plans they often go wrong. We arrived at the mansion it all fell through, we had to leave due to restrictions on the building use due to nesting bats! BD: There has to be a song in that story.
So we uprooted to a studio in Manchester it was more like a cupboard it was an unsettling period. Then the deadline loomed and we had to plan the whole album in two weeks. That focused our attention and it was frantic. We got inspiration from experiences and list of ideas we all shared. Nick’s writing in the last twelve months has been deeper and more personal with ballads.
The idea for the album cover came as we were sitting in our cupboard in an old mill in Ancoats, we looked out after a guitar solo and saw someone shooting up heroin in the carpark. It was a tough/dark scene I approached Brian our art designer and said we want something dark piercing the divide, emotional like the ships that are beached hundreds of miles inland due to the seas having receded creating the Siberian Salt Desert. These scenes of desolation fascinate me, things in the wrong place. Brian came up with the art and it fitted the album. Full of interest a story that unfolds differently for everyone who sees the cover and listens to our music.
BD: Do you have a favourite/ special track on the album? And why?
PB: My favourite has always and remains Silhouette. I love playing it live it gets to me more than anything else we play. The vocal production shapes the meaning of the words. The chorus works so well, every time I hear it or play Silhouette it gives me goose bumps. When I play the song live I hear what we were trying to achieve in the studio and look forward to playing it every night.
BD: This brings us neatly onto the single, Silhouette being released on 7th October what are your hopes for the single?
PB: I am obviously delighted that Silhouette is being released as a single showcasing Across The Divide and our music. What an opportunity with air play on Planet Rock and a video that is being made this Saturday exciting times.
BD: Back on UK Tour with Planet Rock, Roadstars three bands all interpreting the blues tell us about your hopes for this tour and playing Planet Rockstock?
PB: Yes very excited touring as part of the Roadstars with SIMO, and Aaron Keylock. Before that we have a few warm up shows so it is back playing the music we love to play and venues once again. The Roadstars will be an interesting mix SIMO and Aaron Keylock are both signed to Mascot and bring guitar led blues. Federal Charm is the only four piece and are more groove than lead breaks more classic rock so the three bands will be a great mix. Playing at Rockstock is exciting as well getting plenty of notice with Gig Cartel and Planet Rock promoting the shows.
BD: So what are Federal Charm’s Plans for 2017 and beyond?
PB: More tours, festivals and new album currently exploring the concept then it will be back into the studio.
BD: Anything else you would like to sell to old and new fans?
PB: Yes, come hear us with Roadstars as we tour the country and buy the album Across The Divide. We are recording on Tuesday with Nicky Horne from Planet Rock as part of a show on Sky Vintage T.V. to be aired before the end of the year.
BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
PB: Now that is interesting so many people to consider
Drums: John Bonham
Vocals: Chris Cornell
Guitar: Ritchie Blackmore
Bass: John McVie
This is a band with no middle ground.
Federal Charm Band Members
Paul Bowe: Guitar
NickBowden: Vocals and Guitar
LD Morawski: Bass
Danny Rigg: Drums
Read what Bluesdoodles thought about this 9 paws album
Rocking across the Bay, it must be the first week in December, Trecco Bay, Porthcawl and Planet Rockstock hits town the rocking jamboree from Planet Rock with three days and nights of live music. Bluesdoodles had a rocking good time Rockstock is a brilliantly organised festival, thanks to the hard work, smiles of everyone involved backs stage and throughout the resort. The sound was of the highest quality, the lighting electrified the stage, change over between the bands was kept to a minimum and the background music entertained, the Trecco Crew where helpful serving us coffee, food, beer always with a smile. When Stage 1 was silent during the day there was plenty of music on stage two, a quiz, auditions for Darren’s DIY band. This made the festival friendly, fun and a pleasure to be part of – now what about the rock music.
Rocking across the Bay – Friday Night:-
… the stage was set and the film reel rolled as a dramatic opening for the festival using Star Wars to relate the history whetting our appetites as we cheered for the first of many times the exploits of Wyatt and his magnificent Bike ride to Trecco Bay raising over £33, 000 for the nominated charity CALM. Then Inglorious hit the stage at a high-octane speed with real energy. Inglorious packed a punchy set and the forthcoming self-titled album is waited with even more anticipation by many who heard the band play live for the first time. Inglorious have been getting loads of attention including airplay on Planet Rock and they didn’t disappoint. Breakaway their single was played with rocky riffs and Nathan’s vocals are the perfect tonal shape and control to front a rock band that means business and wants to excite. The debut self-titled album will be in demand when released in February 2016.
What a start how to follow that with blues that rock courtesy of South African mega-guitarist Dan Patlansky and he rocked the blues out of Trecco bay. The wind may have been howling outside but inside it was the guitar storm that had everyone mesmerised. Focusing on the deft lay of fingers on the six strings, we heard from the album Dear Silence Thieves. Every time I hear him pay live I feel the passion and the music just gets better his manipulation of the six strings, in fact the whole guitar needs to be seen to be believed. You know when he starts to manipulate the guitar strings you are going to hear and see dynamic guitar that is magic. What a start with young guns on the UK music scene igniting the stage.
The Dead Daisies, a supergroup that plays rock they want to share and enjoy the interaction with the audience keeping the music fresh and live. Mixing original tracks including some from latest album Revolucion including the single Mexico they added there take on Hush getting in some crowd participation and All Right Now. John Corabi’s vocals were stunning having joined the band in 2015 he fitted perfectly and the 12 string acoustic added another tonal texture. The line-up is fluid tonight we saw a group of musicians who play to the crowd who just want to join in the fun full of energy a music collective that works this is a group that plays classic rock playing such great songs.
Closing the night were FM; regulars at Rockstock who closed the night with live music that ensured Friday night rocked; now for Saturday.
After auditions a short time to practice before the stage lights shone on Darren’s DIY bandIron Made-Up, taking a leaf out of The Dead Daisies the line-up varied not for a tour but for each song! This was Carosel rock – Foo Fighters, Learn To Fly with Wyatt on Drums rather than a bike! Sounded really good a cracking idea for a festival high-grade audience participation. Then re-building the drum kit for right-handed Kim as she kicked off the beat and Darren completed the rhythm section for I love Rock n Roll all too soon it was Living After Midnight with a flavour of Judas Priest. This is festival fun without mayhem and then the extra number with another line-up Si King and friends performing Wishing Well, what a great start to the Saturday night musical fun.
Last year they rocked Stage Two and back again by popular demand on Stage One Gun Metal Gray. This is a young heavy rock band that gets deep into the groove of rock they distill the essence of rock in every beat and the lyrics. With the title track of the album played with verve and passion no wonder the merch desk was stormed as fans made tonight wanted a copy to take home.
They were followed by Heaven’s Basement who performed rock fuelled with British influence and sharp lyrics as they sang and shredded tracks including Lights Out in London and I Am Electric. The tempo rose and eased back on the throttle with bluesy influences and this is Rock n Roll that opens up the gates of hell rather than heaven!
Heaven’s Basement Gallery
The blues today was handled byJoanne Shaw Taylor a rarity at the festival a trio where the focus was on a guitar and a woman performer. JST is no power trio, Joanne handles the fender with authentic R N B and lead breaks that take you deep into the land of music. Delighted that in the pick of tracks from her current album The Dirty Truth she played Wrecking Ball one of my favourites. Joanne distilled her emotional energy and angst deep into the guitar and her vocals rolled around the auditorium as she sang Tried Tested and True a low autobiographical number with a sharp quip at the beginning. More fans were won over to the blues side of rock tonight with her singing and guitar playing. Joanne Shaw Taylor Gallery
Then the headliners of the evening Rival Sons, the anticipation rose the standing area became a packed crush once again we all wanted to be up close and personal with this fantastic band the buzz at Rockstock rose to a crescendo of joy. Opening with Electric Man from Great Western Valkyrie the band hit a high note with a barnstorming opening and the crowds sung along and screamed with collective shared pleasure. This is a band that puts on a show and Jay gets the crowd excited with the crowd continuing to sing along after the song finishes the guitar playing rocked and rolled around the chords and the slide from guitarist Scott Holiday using a gun shape slide on his ring finger courtesy of Jetslide Guitar Slides all adds to the rocking event that is Rival Sons. Music comes first with layers of sound and then the rocking cherry on top of a stage show and presence that makes Rival Sons the complete rock package.
All too soon a rollicking Saturday night came to an end with everyone very satisfied, having enjoyed an array of bands during the day.
Sunday got off to a great start on Stage Two withBuffalo Summer and Cairo Sons being mentioned as the pick of the bands in lots of conversations why they played music that hit the spot and added layers of rock tone to the proceedings with some individuality and many were disappointed that Buffalo Summer ran out of CDs the demand outdid supply.
Rocking across the Bay – Sunday Night:-
Sunday evening on Stage One kicked off with Scorpion Child and finished with The Darkness with a full range of bands interpretations of rock in between. Scorpion Child’s use of synth keys to add to the rhythm section combined with punchy riffs from lead guitar caught your attention. This was a short set and may not have given the band scope to expand and shape the music. They certainly opened the evening and got the crowds in a rocking mood. Scorpion Child Gallery
Many were excited to hear Crobot, for me this was the band that impressed me the least over the weekend. For me the head banging and antics on stage did nothing to add and in a way disguised the quality of the music. The bass player’s attire or lack of it left nothing to the imagination. As ever music is subjective and many loved them.
Danko Jones a rare power trio followed as he delivered fast furious and frantic rock. Danko’s tongue curled around and shaped the lyrics ass he spat them out like crushed gravel, Danko Jones knew how to entertain with quips and songs that connect to a Sunday night crowd who wanted the music to be fun this is music from a stalwart of a festival a crowd pleaser.
Danko Jones Gallery
Fozzy up next another powerful entrance with Chris Jericho wearing a jacket of jewels that glittered like a Christmas Tree. This is a band full of the theatrical combined with heavy metal that wanted the crowd tonight at Planet Rockstock to participate and we were happy to oblige. This was a set of heavy, grungy sound, it was a great set full of hefty numbers and then a great take on ABBA’s SOS. Proving once again a great song written well can be reinterpreted across the spectrum that is music. For a few minutes there was a sixth member – Gregory in the crowd who held the microphone, this is festival fun at its best combined with music that went down a storm.
All too soon it was the final set of Planet Rockstock 2015 – The Darkness. Justin Hawkins in a silky suit and his hair cropped ruled the stage and the audience. They blew the roof off with the opening number, despite the sound on vocals being poor. This was quickly rectified. Then the snare drum was replaced but the banter between Justin and the audience was entertainment in itself as Rufus Taylor the drummer and crew sorted the drum kit into working order once again. The high notes from Justin were electrifying and adding a cowbell and this certainly is a band with chemistry. British Rocking and rolling that pleases closing the festival on a high energy riff that will sustain us all until next year.
Bluesdoodles, had fun heard bands live for the first time took far too many photographs and met many people. Bluesdoodles says hi to you all and a special shout out and thank you to Claire and Vincent from Coventry who stood up front he whole weekend and made sure that I could get back up front to take the photographs that hopefully captures the essence of the weekend.
The Darkness Gallery
Planet Rockstock organisers deserve applause and all the plaudits as they managed to weave the variations within the rock family and created a festival where bands reflect the wide ranging tastes of everyone. Talking to people there was approval for the guitar wizardry of Joanne Shaw Taylor and Dan Patlansky from the Blues corner – Gun Metal Gray for many was the band of the weekend also mentioned in dispatches must be Rivals Sons and The Dead Daisies. Summing up Planet Rockstock in three words, organised rocking fun. Rocking across the bay 2016 is going to be even more fun until then there is wall to wall rock playing over at Planet Rock Radio.
Frontiers Music Srl is exceptionally delighted to present one of the most talented new Hard Rock bands to emerge from the British underground scene: INGLORIOUS!
INGLORIOUS are five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of Hard Rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. Their influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of Rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born.
Formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, andScorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion.
Inspired by musical giants such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, the band has recently completed the recording of their self titled debut album which will see the light of day in February 2016.
The band’s song “Breakaway” has already found its way onto Planet Rock’s playlist.
Inglorious will appear live at the Planet Rockstock Festival in Trecco Bay, UK on December 4th and are working to set more shows around the release of the album.
Inglorious is comprised of Nathan James (lead vocals), Wil Taylor (rhythm guitarist),Andreas Eriksson (lead guitarist), Colin Parkinson (bass) and Phil Beaver (drums).
The Reality is Glorious on debut album Inglorious – Read all about it HERE