19 September 2014

Anna Renee to release new single Sharks

Anna Renee new single Sharks

Anna Renee to release new single Sharks

Anna Renee takes on the mask of the glamourous hallowed souls on her reflective new single, "Sharks." Lurking beneath the surface of the disjointed rhythm lies a story of deceit and uncertainty, tainted by one faceless person after another, that are filled with empty promises.

The ambiance that surrounds her smooth, soulful vocals comes together in waves of haunting synths and expressive piano, crafting a rollercoaster of sound that gives you emotional whiplash. The melancholic experience of the track encompasses the meaning, with a dissonant chord structure and melodically monotone journey, it perfectly captures the soulless, broken people that become the focal point of the story.

Be sure to check out Anna Renee's exploration of the darker side of all of us on "Sharks."

Anna Renee's up coming single "Sharks" off of her debut EP “The Places You’ll Go” is out October 21, 2014.   The single will be available on iTunes September 23rd.  

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Timber Timbre make Liverpool debut at Leaf Cafe

Timber Timbre Liverpool Leaf Cafe

Timber Timbre make Liverpool debut at Leaf Cafe

Acclaimed in a recent five star album review by The Guardian as ‘the soundtrack to a western directed by David Lynch’, Timber Timbre make their Liverpool debut in mid October.

Reaching an international audience via cult TV series Breaking Bad which featured their track Magic Arrow, the Canadian folk/blues trio issued their fifth album Hot Dreams to huge praise in April.

The follow up to Creep On Creepin’ On (2011) shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize alongside eventual winners Arcade Fire, the band are part of the fertile Toronto music scene spearheaded by Broken Social Scene, with the new album also being nominated for a second year running.

Signed to revered UK indie label Full Time Hobby alongside The Lesiure Society and Tunng tours of North America with Laura Marling and Feist have spread word of Timber Timbre’s intense atmospheric live power.

19.30 Thursday 16 October

(Bold St)

Tickets £10.00adv available ONLINE from

Physical tickets are also available from


Queen Announce New Album Queen Forever

Queen New Album Queen Forever

Queen Announce New Album Queen Forever

Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury spearhead an exciting new Queen album, Queen Forever, due November 10th 2014 on the Virgin Records label.

The tracks include a long anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, There Must Be More to Life Than This, a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track Let Me In Your Heart Again originating from the band’s The Works album recording sessions, and a scorching new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, Love Kills.

The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits” in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of Queen’s timeless love songs.

Queen Forever is available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.

Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and Taylor first hinted earlier this year that new tracks featuring Mercury were being explored. 

Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert earlier in the year, May said: "There was a little bit more in the can that we had overlooked for a long time, so we have a few songs which we're working on right now. Freddie sounds as fresh as yesterday."

On the subject, Taylor said: “We’ve got some great new tracks that haven’t been heard and there’s an interesting selection of older stuff.

The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, There Must Be More to Life Than This, began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space. The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984’s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie’s own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985’s Mr Bad Guy. This new production of the powerful ballad fuses Queen’s original backing track and Mercury and Jackson’s distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit.

Talking of his involvement, Orbit say: “I had known Roger for many years, now he was on the phone asking if I would get involved in this musical adventure.

“When I first played it in my studio I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians. Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.  

“The musicianship of all four members of Queen is phenomenal. Roger, an extraordinarily multi talented man I've always admired. John Deacon's original bass part with its lyrical fluidity that made it easy for me to know where to put the odd reinforcement. Freddie's original piano carried most of the song's musical DNA. Brian, one take for the solo, a blur of fingers, and the spirits of MJ and FM fully present, in the moment, sending shivers down the spine.”

Perhaps the biggest revelation on Queen Forever is Brian May’s composition, Let Me In Your Heart Again. The song was first recorded by Queen for The Works album, but not completed at the time and has remained overlooked since then. An authentic, live-in-the-studio track from the same golden age as Radio Ga Ga and I Want To Break Free, this never-before-heard Queen track shows off Freddie’s timeless vocals and features newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from Brian and Roger. This thrilling track finally reaches us nearly 30 years after Freddie first laid down his original vocal.

The third new track, Love Kills, was composed by Freddie Mercury and famed German producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder’s newly restored and tinted version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic silent movie Metropolis in 1984 to which he added a pop soundtrack featuring various music artists. Mercury recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it is less well known that all four members of Queen played on the original track. Prior to Queen embarking on their recent tour with lead singer Adam Lambert, Brian May proposed performing an acoustic ballad version of Love Kills, which became one of the most memorable moments of the current Queen and Adam Lambert shows. This new Queen-Freddie studio version is shaped in the same ballad style and revives the Queen original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor, becoming a glorious showcase for one of Freddie’s most adrenaline-charged vocal performances.

Alongside this new material, both the one and two-CD versions of Queen Forever feature songs that spotlight the band’s songwriting prowess, studio experimentation and remarkable development. It’s a timely reminder that, almost uniquely in the world of rock and pop, all four members of Queen were accomplished songwriters and superlatively gifted musicians.

Queen Forever reaches back as far as 1974 with fan favourite Nevermore, a Freddie Mercury song originally included on Queen II, the album that first saw Queen use the recording studio as an instrument in its own right. From the same year comes the dramatic power ballad In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited, once the grand finale of any Queen show, and since revived by Queen and lead singer Adam Lambert on their 2014 tour. Meanwhile, the upbeat single, You’re My Best Friend, written by bass guitarist John Deacon, showcased Queen’s poppier side and was released as the follow-up to 1975’s Bohemian Rhapsody, becoming a Top 10 UK and Top 20 US hit in the same year and gave John Deacon his first Queen hit single.

Elsewhere, 1977’s Long Away remains the only Queen single to feature Brian May on lead vocals; and the same year’s B-side Drowse includes a rare Queen performance from Roger Taylor on guitar. Queen saw out the decade with a run of hits that included the gospel-flavoured Somebody To Love, memorably performed by Queen and George Michael at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, and finished on a high with ‘79’s US Number 1 hit, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, an exuberant rockabilly pop song composed by Freddie Mercury in the bath in Munich.

By touching on prog rock, gospel, acoustic balladry, Elvis-style rock’n’roll and more, these songs alone encapsulate Queen’s diversity in the 1970s. However, the band threw out the rulebook completely in the decades that followed, embracing funk, hard rock, soul and pure pop, but always sounding unmistakably Queen. The band used synthesizers for the first time on 1980’s Play The Game single; Freddie sang some of his vocals in Spanish on the 1982 hit Las Palabras De Amor, and 1986’s One Year Of Love featuring unusually a saxophone. The album is completed by latter-day Queen hits, including ’91’s no. 1 These Are The Days Of Our Lives and ‘95’s Too Much Love Will Kill You, together with the poignant A Winter’s Tale, recorded during Freddie Mercury’s final Queen recording sessions in Montreux in 1991.

Queen Forever is both a showcase for these exclusive new recordings, but also an enduring tribute to the extraordinary musical achievements of John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late, great Freddie Mercury whose singular talent we can again get to marvel at with the arrival of these previously unheard tracks.

Queen Forever. Forever? Who can tell? But for now we can be certain that this highly rewarding collection of Queen new, rare, and at their most accomplished, more than serves to uphold the band’s indisputable place in music history and is certain to earn a prized place in music collections for a long time to come.

Queen certainly rates in the top among Britain’s favourite bands. The UK’s Official Charts Company earlier this year confirmed Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album as Britain’s best-selling album of all time all after surpassing the 6 million sales milestone. A staggering one in three British households now own a copy of the iconic act’s original best-of collection.

And if 6 million sales isn’t enough for the band, Queen’s follow-up, Greatest Hits II, which was released in October 1991 also rides high at Number 10 in the all-time Official Albums Chart, having notched up a further 3.9 million UK sales to date.

18 September 2014

Mike James Rock Show Announces 2014 Zombie Ball Line Up Additions

Mike James Rock Show 2014 Zombie Ball Line Up

Mike James Rock Show Announces 2014 Zombie Ball Line Up Additions

The MIKE JAMES ROCK SHOW is extremely pleased to announce some more exciting line up additions for their annual 2014 Halloween Zombie Ball.

The first line up addition is Kerrang Radio's/Kerrang TV's ALEX BAKER, who will be this year's special guest DJ. Alex has been playing to packed out crowds at private parties and festivals for years, and the Mike James crew are honoured to have him as a special guest at this year's event. Expect massive party anthems with a twist of Halloween goodness thrown in for good measure.

As well as Alex, the late night line up will be joined by three of the finalists of Miss Pin Up UK 2014. LUNA L'AMOUR, CHERRY VE'DORE and OCEANA PEARL will be performing a variety of zombie fuelled burlesque routines throughout the after party. 

The final addition to this year's Zombie Ball Line Up will be the winners of the Battle Of The Band's competition taking place at Exeter Cavern on Monday 22nd & 29th, so do come along and support local homegrown talent.

Tickets are on sale now for the full event at £25.00 from - tel 01392 723518 or

The Stranglers March On 2015 UK Tour

The Stranglers 2015 UK Tour

 The Stranglers March On 2015 UK Tour

Following 2014’s spectacular, sell out Ruby Anniversary Tour and accompanying celebratory box set album release, Giants and Gems, the Stranglers march ever onward with the announcement of their 2015 UK tour.  

As 2014 draws to a close, punk-era iconoclasts, The Stranglers can look back at what must be one of their most successful years ever. Earlier this year the band celebrated their 40th anniversary with the spectacular Ruby Tour. Fans, old and new, flocked to venues throughout the land to hear a thrilling programme of music, spanning five decades, performed by one the finest live groups in the country.

For The Stranglers it was a record-breaking UK tour with sell-out shows at venue after venue as music fans voted with their feet. The press accolades came flooding in too, the groups’ considerable contribution and importance to the British music scene receiving well-deserved recognition in the specialist music magazines and national newspapers alike. As the long hot summer followed, the group found themselves gracing the main stages at many of the UK and Europe’s premier festivals, including The Vs, T-in-the-Park and and Electric Picnic.

One of the punk era’s most eclectic bands, The Stranglers have always drawn upon a wide range of musical genres; from pop to prog, metal to jazz, creating their own distinctive style. Each band member’s considerable, often downright virtuosic, musical talent has allowed them to explore and expand their sonic palette, leading to some of the most memorable pop and rock tunes of the last five decades; from the strident opening bass solo of No More Heroes to the lilting harpsichord strains of Golden Brown. It is little wonder, then, that the band were invited to perform with the London Sinfonietta at the 2013 BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Without doubt one of the most exciting, credible and influential British bands today, The Stranglers will be one of the highlights on the 2015 live circuit – an essential show not to be missed as they perform songs from their much-loved repertoire at venues throughout the country next March.

MARCH 2015
Tuesday          03        Brighton Dome
Thursday         05        Guildford G Live
Friday              06        London Roundhouse
Saturday         07        Sheffield O2 Academy
Monday           09        Liverpool O2 Academy
Thursday         12        Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday              13        Southend Cliff Pavilion
Saturday         14        Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday          17        Leeds O2 Academy
Thursday         19        Bristol O2 Academy
Friday              20        Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday         21        Manchester Academy 1
Monday           23        Oxford O2 Academy
Thursday         26        Kilmarnock Grand Hall
Friday              27        Aberdeen Beach Ballroom
Saturday         28        Glasgow O2 Academy

Tickets go on sale 9.00am Friday 19th September and will be available from / 0844 811 0051


Hannah Schneider to release new album Red Lines

Hannah Schneider new album Red Lines

Hannah Schneider to release new album Red Lines

Melody fanatic Hannah Schneider isn't just the result of a colourful family history. She's also driven by almost frightening courage – from the time she broke with her internationally renowned family's classical traditions, until she decided to take the stage as a woman alone with a pile of instruments. But she's also endowed with the delicate soul of an artist. Now, on her third album, she brings all the contrasting threads together for the first time – and that has set her and her music free.

Over and over, people ask Hannah Schneider where she's from. The short answer is "Denmark". The longer one is that her grandfather was famed violinist Alexander Schneider, a member of the celebrated Budapest String Quartet. He had Russian-Jewish roots, and the family's name had been Znaider before they adopted the German spelling to make it easier for them to cross borders.

Alexander found himself in the United States in the 1930s and had a son there, but he was known to have a "woman in every port", including one who bore him a daughter in Copenhagen. When Alexander's American son visited his half-sister, he fell in love with her bohemian lifestyle and decided to remain in Denmark. He met a Danish violinist, and the couple had a daughter - Hannah Schneider. As you might expect, Hannah inherited a bit of everything from her family – the street performer's free thinking, the artist's sensitivity, a Russian temperament and a good dose of American ingenuity.

"It's been a huge conflict, and I've always been extremely sensitive. I let everything in the room affect me, but I'm not, like, this nice little quiet girl. I'm incredibly temperamental and I'll go home and smash things. And when it comes to music, I'm always making all these drastic decisions," she says.

The contrasts inevitably find their way into Hannah's songs and the way she approaches her career. It all began with a break – a break with her family's proud classical music traditions. She describes herself as born in the orchestra pit at the Royal Danish Theatre, where her mother was a violinist. Her earliest musical memories are the sound of the violin, but she was seized by the rhythm when she first heard "Lambada" years later. She also toyed around with a keyboard in her room, and discovered it was more fun to write her own songs than to interpret others'. Gradually, she began to give shape to her own type of gauzy electronic pop music.

Hannah's ability to take her own path musically was first showcased in a project called "Window Sessions", where she and special guest artists performed songs in her apartment, recorded them, and released the recordings. More recently, a tour where she appeared completely alone on stage earned her a lot of respect for the courage she showed in getting up and singing and playing all the instruments herself. What people didn't know was that she was lying awake at night, terrified of having to put her latest musical path into practice. But these are contrasts she has to live with, and that actually drive her onward.

"Getting in way over my head is the best thing I know. And the worst," she says.
On her new album "Red Lines", Hannah is fully aware for the first time that she's always balancing between extremes. This realization has given her songs a new sense of clarity and optimism. She's also investigating – to highlight the contrasts again – more masculine sounds. Her two co-producers, Andreas "The Machine" Summer and Lasse Baunkilde, have pushed her to go places she'd never been, particularly with beats and bass. But the main thrust of her writing is still the same:

"I'm a total melody fanatic. I have favourite songs in every genre, from Robyn's "Do You Really Love Me" to Joni Mitchells "A Case of You". A good melody does the right thing at the right time. You have to be able to cover a whole landscape in three or four minutes. Every time a verse finishes, there's got to be a little lift," she explains.

Hannah's own melodies were composed during stays in different cities and in a little rundown shed in the middle of nowhere. A song like "Everything" embraces quite a bit of the theme that pervades the album. It's a song about "spring cleaning" gloomy moods away, so you can see that good things lie ahead. "Dreaming Kind" was conceived as a battle cry for sensitive dreamers. And the summery single "Life Is Easy" is about the moment you start to trust in your own life.

"This record is about the glimpse you get of yourself when you can observe yourself from the outside. You know, I'm done with navel-gazing. All I want to do now is just open up," Hannah explains.

Not that she's reached the end of the line. Or that she's now on completely firm ground. She's got too much classical music in her blood for that. In classical music, you never stop improving and growing.

"If there's anything that annoys me, it's this idea that pop musicians – especially women – have a certain limited time to shine. After that, you sit around writing about the kids. I plan to keep on finding my way and getting better and better at writing songs. Being a musician is a life-long project. It's with you from the minute you're born to the day you die," she concludes.

Red Lines will be released on CD, digital and vinyl on the 27th of October on Lojinx in the UK.

Dublin born Eoin Glackin releases music video for Pretty Girl

Dublin Eoin Glackin music video Pretty Girl

Dublin born Eoin Glackin releases music video for Pretty Girl

Growing up on Dublin’s northside, the young Eoin Glakin became infatuated with the art of passing on stories through music; a passion that led him to the songbooks of Dylan, Springsteen, The Beatles and many more of folk and rock’s great ones, much to the amusement of his classmates, who were wrapped up in the ever divisive “Oasis or Blur” argument.

Self-taught on the piano and later the guitar, he began songwriting and busking at the age of 15, dipping in and out of various school bands. It was one of his heroes, the peripatetic Kris Kristofferson, who gave him the inspiration he needed to seriously pursue his music career. Believing "you couldn't be a songwriter and stay home", Eoin left Ireland at 21 and moved to London with a box of demos under his arm and a determination to play every pub and venue he could.

Industry heads soon got excited and the result was his first album, “Not Lost”, which was produced by the much-admired Ian Grimble (Manic Street Preachers, The Clash, Beth Orton).

The stunning debut dealt with themes of dislocation, isolation, fear and ultimately hope, with the album closing on the rousing mantra “everything can work out fine”. In 2011, Sony Ireland put the record out in his native land.

Along with his new EP, the highly-acclaimed “Rain Finally Came” will now be released for the first time in the UK, having previously only been available in Ireland. Eoin regards “Rain Finally Came” as a pivotal point in his musical career - the record where he really found his path.

The live stage is where he is happiest, and he has toured relentlessly over the past few years, across Ireland and the UK, including festival slots in Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions and Celtic Connections as well as supporting acts like Joan Armatrading and Beth Orton. He has built a strong and loyal live following which grows every time he straps on his guitar and stands centre-stage.

Coupled with strong airplay on RTE radio and other stations nationwide, Eoin Glackin's place as one of the most promising emerging stars of the Irish music scene is well-deserved.

Everyone Dies In The End stream new album

Everyone Dies In The End stream new album

Everyone Dies In The End stream new album 

Featuring former members of the East Coast hardcore/metal bands Lord By Fire and Facade Burned Black,Everyone Dies In The End is a band well versed in the ways of heavy music. Yet unlike their previous incarnations the Richmond, Virginia quartet has since traded in unabashed metal for a more accomplished approach on All Things lead To This.

With song titles seemingly pulled from the passages of works by Philip K. Dick or the dust jackets of Arthur C. Clarke novels, the macrocosmic influence these writers shared is also one that can be heard throughout this record.

Five separate songs but a whole universe when aligned side by side, across each of these grand compositions the band make no apologies for the scope of their ambition. As anyone that has watched the careers of Swans or Godspeed You! Black Emperor can attest, the more earnest the effort the bigger and bolder the effect. A collision of space rock, melodic doom gaze and heavy post rock bluster, from the swell and eventual spin of ‘There Are Bigger Things Happening Here Than Me And You’ to the seismic ‘Who Are You, Whom I So Faintly Hear’ and crushing interludes of ‘We Bears Are A Proud Race’ All Things Lead To This is an all conquering exploration. Experimenting with drone structures, ambient effects, dark progressive textures and powerful discordant crescendos, the band take in the cinematic landscapes of heavy post-rock and the madness of raw emotion.

All Things Lead To This is given an official release on 23rd September 2014 after being picked up by the California based label Futurerecordings and will be limited to 300 copies on “Coke Bottle” clear 180g vinyl. You can listen and share the album below -