MORE! AOR, Hard Rock and Melodic Rock News on 26/09/2016

Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunite LA Guns and release new album in 2017

Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to welcome the reunion of Tracii Guns And Phil Lewis as L.A. GUNS to the label for the release of a brand new album set for release in the summer of 2017.

After a nearly 15 year break, Philip Lewis and Tracii Guns are back together for another chapter in their partnership that began in 1986, four years after Tracii formed L.A. Guns in 1982.

Their writing partnership spawned classic L.A. GUNS songs such as “Sex Action”, “Never Enough”, “Electric Gypsy”, “The Ballad Of Jayne”, and countless more in an impressive catalog of fan favorites. The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become “Waking The Dead” – an album that went on to receive tremendous critical acclaim and proved that their musical partnership was every bit as strong as the early days with all-killer-no-filler songs including “Don’t Look At Me That Way”, “Hellraisers Ball”, and “The Ballad”.

“I think we owe it to our fans who have stuck with us during the many ups and downs of the band’s long and checkered career,” says Lewis. “Tracii and I have written the songs to the soundtrack of many people’s lives, and I think it’s definitely worth investigating to see if the magic is still there.”

As for Guns, he’s been compiling song ideas over the last year and promises this one will be one of the band’s heaviest records, simply stating, “It’s good to be home.”

The band has already confirmed a bunch of UK shows in early 2017 and two shows at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA with more surprises to be announced soon!

TOUR DATES US & UK

March
03. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
04. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
10. Belfast. Limelight2.
11. Phewelli. HRH fest.
12. Swansea. Scene
16. Bristol. Bierkeller.
17. Basingstoke. Stage.
18. Wolverhampton. Civic.
20. Doncaster. Diamond.
22. Sheffield. Academy2.
23. Edinburgh. La Belle Angele.
24. Glasgow. ABC2
25. London. Academy2

Follow L.A. Guns online:
https://www.facebook.com/LAFknGuns/
https://www.facebook.com/traciiguns
https://www.facebook.com/philip.lewis.1029

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Seven – ‘Fight’ official music video

“Fight”, is taken from SEVEN’s new album Shattered, which is released today (September 23rd), by UK label Escape Music Ltd. “Fight” was co-written with well known songwriter Jeff Paris (Mr. Big, Vixen, Y&T, Paul Stanley).

The roots of SEVEN can be traced back to the late ’80s/early ’90s in South Africa, of all places. At the time, Keith McFarlane and the brothers Simon and John LeFevre were in a band called FACE TO FACE, while Mick Devine was drummer in another band, called UC27. After releasing several singles and one album in a period of 18 months, FACE TO FACE split and the brothers LeFevre returned to the U.K. After a few months, they decided to reform the band and Mick was asked to join them in the U.K. as their drummer. It wasn’t before long that the brothers discovered that Mick was actually a better singer than drummer, and so Mick became the band’s lead vocalist. A couple of years later, they were joined by Pat Davey on bass and Austin Lane on drums and the band name was changed to SEVEN.

The AOR scene in the late eighties was a thriving hive of activity. At the turn of the new decade, the likes of Mitch Malloy, Paul Laine, FIREHOUSE, TYKETTO and TALISMAN were all signed up and ready to make an impact on the genre. Everybody wanted an AOR band, and Polydor Records was no exception. Having been fairly successful in the U.K with the likes of MAGNUM and LITTLE ANGELS, the label had set their sights on SEVEN, which at the time was a relatively unknown act from Bournemouth.

SEVEN toured extensively supporting an eclectic variety of acts that included the likes of Jason Donovan, Richard Marx, THE MONKEES and BROTHER BEYOND. It’s a time period that Mick Devine is keen to reminisce about. “Even though they were out and out pop gigs, we loved the crowds and the noise,” he says. “We went from pubs to opening to 3000 screaming fans in Southampton. It is a very addictive adrenaline rush. We got to play all the top venues, which were fantastic — including Wembley Arena, the NEC, BIC, SEC and even the Royal Albert Hall. The Richard Marx tour was definitely the best for us with a more grown up audience we were able to rock it up and truly be ourselves. It went down really well!”

 

With John Parr as producer, they recorded two very strong singles in the shape of “Inside Love” and “Man With A Vision”, both of which achieved moderate success in the U.K.

In 2014, the original bass player Pat Davey was working alongside Robert Hart on an Escape Music album when the name SEVEN cropped up in the conversation. It would seem that Khalil Turk was a big fan, as Devine explains. “Yeah, back in the day, Khalil had really loved the band and he got in touch to see if we would be interested in finally releasing an album,” he says. Without too much convincing, the project was born.

The production talents of Lars Chriss (the LION’S SHARE guitarist whose repertoire includes albums with Steve Overland, Chris Ousey, LUGNET, NIVA and RADIOACTIVE) were enlisted to produce the band’s debut album, called “7”, which was released to critical acclaim and was held up as one of the “albums of the year” on many lists.

Following the success of the first album, a passion was rekindled within Devine and McFarlane, who began work on new material, and along with the writing talents of Lars Chriss, Fredrik Bergh (BLOODBOUND, ROB MORATTI, STREET TALK), Andy Loos (LION’S SHARE, GLORY, CHRIS OUSEY), Kay Backlund (LION’S SHARE, NIVA) and Jeff Paris (MR. BIG, Y&T, VIXEN, RADIOACTIVE), that passion was given focus and a place to come to life. What they discovered was a well of untapped creativity that had been hidden for far too long and the songs poured out.

SEVEN’s “Shattered” is a collection of wonderfully catchy songs that rely on clean and memorable melodies that allow Devine’s distinctive voice to shine through. It was Devine who took the lead in writing the lyrics on this album, matching the intensity and feel of the music to deliver a modern melodic rock album with influences ranging from hints of FOREIGNER in “A Better Life” and “Broken Dream”, JOURNEY in “High Hopes” and even traces of MAGNUM in “Light Of 1000 Eyes” and “Last Illusion”. The lyrical themes are drawn from a depth of life experience and observations and are heartfelt and real. The production talents of Chriss and the lineup of truly great musicians, deliver an album of depth and variation which ranges from driving guitar-led tracks with memorable riffs to melodic anthems, all backed by stunning keys, bass and standout solos. It is an album that is a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “7”.
“Shattered” track listing:

01. Light Of 1000 Eyes
02. A Better Life
03. Fight
04. Shattered
05. Live This Life
06. Pieces Of You
07. Broken Dream
08. High Hopes
09. I Needed Time
10. Taking Over
11. Last Illusion
12. World Of Make Believe (bonus track for Japan)
SEVEN is:

Mick Devine: Vocals
Lars Chriss: Guitars, Drums
Andy Loos: Bass
Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards on tracks (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 12)
Kay Backlund: Keyboards on tracks (1, 2, 3, 10 & 11)
Produced and mixed by: Lars Chriss (www.noterious.eu)
Mastered by: Mike Lind
Executive producer: Khalil Turk

Guest backing vocals on “Shattered” and “Taking Over” by Nigel Bailey
and on “Pieces Of You” by Lin Devine
Additional keyboards on “Pieces Of You” by Sören Kronqvist

Web:
www.escape-music.com

 

Glenn Hughes – ‘Heavy’ music video

 

Hevidence release debut album ‘Nobody’s Fault’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl announces the release of Hevidence’s debut album, “Nobody’s Fault” on December 2, 2016.

Hevidence is the brainchild of Italian guitar player Diego Reali, founding member of Italian Prog Metal masters DGM. After he left the band in 2006, he started dabbling in some different musical styles, but his heart called for him to get back to metal! Thus Hevidence were born and Diego joined up with DGM bass player Andrea Arcangeli, singer Corrado Quoiani and drummer Emiliano Bonini.

“This band is highly inspired by the classic hard and heavy sounds from the ’70s and ’80s, that’s why we worked hard to make this album sound the most vintage that was possible,” tells Diego. “We are convinced that a huge dose of improvisation during the recording sessions is needed for the success of an original product. Everyone of us has many different musical influences and they came out in a very spontaneous way within the song writing process, we just believe in the word “ROCK”!!!”

Hevidence offer a mature and personal vision of hard rock and metal with a style reminiscent of the classic Official Yngwie Malmsteen albums mixed with power metal and melodic hard rock influences (think early Europe).

An EPK where you can learn more about the band and hear song samples is here:https://youtu.be/TDzEVFY27Yc

The band will be launching the album with a special “Release Party” show in Roma at the JAILBREAK LiveClub on December 1st. For more info:http://www.jailbreakliveclub.it/

“Nobody’s Fault” tracklisting includes:
1. Dig In The Night
2. Nobody’ Fault
3. Miracle
4. So Unkind
5. Ave Maria
6. Overdrive
7. I Want More
8. Out Of This Time
9. Pack Your Bags
10. All I Ever Needed
11. Note

HEVIDENCE is:

Corrado Quoiani – Vocals
Diego Reali – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
Emiliano Bonini – Drums
Weblink:

www.facebook.com/Hevidence

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Dario Mollo’s Crossbones unleash ‘Rock The Cradle’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Dario Mollo’s CROSSBONES new album, “Rock the Cradle” on December 2nd.

Best known for his partnerships in the The Cage with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed), Italian guitarist Dario Mollo began his career in 1981 with the band CROSSBONES. With them, he released his first studio album in 1989, which was produced by Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy Official, MAGNUM and UFO, among others) before getting involved in the production side of things himself.

For this new CROSSBONES album, the Italian axeman brought back original drummer, Ezio Secomandi with the line-up completed by his regular collaborator Dario Patti on bass and keyboards. The choice for the singer was Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Persian Risk, KROKUSonline), who came at the suggestion of Don Airey of Deep Purple, during a recent visit to Dario’s home.

“I think this record has a strong identity and character,” tells Dario. “It is a mature production and the songs range on many styles of hard rock and classic heavy metal, but every song has a catchy chorus. I also think this album shows how much I liked working with Carl. He is easily one of the best singers I have ever worked with. I am certain our cooperation will not end with this cd!” concludes Dario. The quality of the material presented here is witness to that statement.

“Rock the Cradle” tracklisting:

1. Red

2. Take Me High

3. Navigation

4. Rock The Cradle

5. Gates Of Time

6. I Got This Feeling

7. In My Blood

8. Running From The Shadow

9. Speed

10. Fright

Links:

www.dariomollo.com

www.facebook.com/dario.mollo

 

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Graham Bonnet – ‘Into The Night’ official music video

 

Xandria reveal details about upcoming album ‘Theater of Dimensions’

The story continues …

After the successful release of XANDRIA’s latest masterpiece “Sacrificium” (2014, Napalm Records) and their spectacular EP “Fire & Ashes” (2015, Napalm Records), the band is ready to unleash their latest effort in terms of fantastic and epic symphonic metal:

Please welcome the highly anticipated brand new album entitled „Theater of Dimensions“!

Theater of Dimensions“ will be released worldwide on January 27th 2017 via Napalm Records!

The band has definitely taken the next big step and will win over fans and critics alike.
XANDRIA commented on their new album „Theater of Dimensions“:
“After the release of “Sacrificium” we embarked on our longest Tour so far. Over 150 shows that took us around the globe. Through so many different countries and diverse cultures. Through so many different, yet inspiring dimensions. We brought back plenty of memories, sometimes just bits and pieces, but those stuck to our heads. And it made us see who we are and where we wanted to take our music. Made us fearless. Made us push our boundaries once more. Made us cross some so-called genre defining borders. Made us bundle all our trademarks and take them to the next level. All this makes the most colourful Xandria album so far. It contains our most heavy and most emotional moments. Again, producer Joost van den Broek did a phenomenal job capturing the atmosphere down to every detail. A Theater of musical Dimensions. Can’t wait to share the songs with you…”

 

XANDRIA will be heavily hitting the road not only in Europe as well as Latin America, Canada and the US!

Find all upcoming tour dates and festival shows listed below:
25.09.16 BE – Eindhoven / FemME
14.10.16 DE – Hameln / Autumn Moon Festival

>> “Fire & Ashes over LATIN AMERICA” <<
presented by IDL Entertainment
15 Oct – Epic Metal Fest – SAO PAULO – Brazil
16 Oct – Rock Experience – RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil
18 Oct – Montevideo Music Box – MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay
20 Oct – Roxy Live – BUENOS AIRES – Argentina
21 Oct – Casa Babylon -CORDOBA – Argentina
22 Oct – Club Subterraneo – SANTIAGO – Chile
23 Oct – Auditorio Lumiere – BOGOTA – Colombia
25 Oct – Oliver Club – LIMA – Peru
27 Oct – Bunker – SAN LUIS POTOSI – Mexico
28 Oct – Rock & Roots – MONTERREY – Mexico
29 Oct – Red Monkeys – QUERETARO – Mexico
30 Oct – Cosa Nostra – MEXICO CITY – Mexico

02 Nov – The Token Lounge – Westland – Canada
04 Nov –  Imperial Theater – Quebec – Canada *Supporting EPICA
05 Nov – Corona Theatre – Montréal – Canada *Supporting EPICA
06 Nov – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto – Canada *Supporting EPICA
08 Nov – The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland – OH
09 Nov – Dingbatz – Clifton –  NJ
10 Nov – The Studio At Webster Hall – New York – NY
30 Nov – Rock Stage – Tel Aviv – Israel
02 Feb – 70.000 Tons of Metal -Fort Lauderdale – FL

Stay tuned for many more exciting news to come!
For More Info & News On XANDRIA Visit:
www.xandria.de
www.facebook.com/xandriaofficial

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Heavy Metal News On 11/04/2014

Guiltz N Pleasurez To Release New Single “One More Chance”

London modern metal band Guiltz N Pleasurez will release their new single and video “One More Chance” on May 4th. 

Recorded and mixed by London’s Jonathan McMillan (Keane, Leona Lewis, McFly), mastered by top US engineer Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens, Alesana, The Devil Wears Prada) and with an eerie video directed by Kenny Evans (Brian May, Jeff Scott Soto, Goldfrapp) the track combines the best parts of hard rock and metal with an unexpected dubstep twist, resulting in a hard-hitting, catchy product that no listener will be able to put down. 

“One More Chance” along with a radio mix, club mix and a demo of the band’s song “Heart In Overdrive” will be released through all major online retailers on May 4th, with hard copies available from the band’s website at www.guiltznpleasurez.com, as are advance tickets for the release party at Our Black Heart, Camden Town, London, also featuring metalcore sensation Beyond Sevensigns, Black Rush and Trash Monroe, plus a DJ set by Jettblack. 

Guiltz N Pleasurez formed in early 2013, when London vocalist Bobby Valentine joined forces with Scottish guitar hero Rockie Steel, and together they recruited virtuosic rock keyboardist Alex Grant, Hungarian drummer Dan Redlar and improbably mustachioed bass player Lee Downs. The band released their first EP ‘Out Of Control’ — described as “absolutely professional and fresh sounding” by top rock news website Sleaze Roxx — in July that year, and went from strength to strength, supporting American rock legends Tuff and Top 10 Swedish band Fatal Smile among other acts. 

Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley called Guiltz N Pleasurez, “Glamorific pounding hard rock with a melodic edge… Maz and I give it 4 thumbs up.”

 

Axel Rudi Pell Releases Video For “Long Way To Go”

Axel Rudi Pell has released a new video for the song “Long Way To Go”, taken from the guitarist’s latest album ‘Into The Storm’. The video was directed by Tim Assmann. 

‘Into The Storm’ was released in January through Steamhammer/SPV and features former Hardline vocalist Johnny Gioeli and former Black Sabbath and Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli. A recent Sleaze Roxx review stated, ” I could go on and on about Into The Storm because I love this album. If you’re a fan of guitar greats like Yngwie Malmsteen and Jack Starr, and bands like Dio, TSO, and Deep Purple, Into The Storm is the album for you — get it, and crank it!” 

July 11th will see Axel Rudi Pell celebrate his 25th anniversary as a solo artist by performing a very special show at the prestigious Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany. Not only will he be joined on stage by some very special guests, but he will also be reunited with the original members from his former band Steeler. 

Then Axel Rudi Pell will continue with the second part of the ‘Into the Storm Tour’. Once again Pell will be supported by young German newcomers Rebellious Spirit, who were so impressive on the first part of the tour they’ve been invited back. A full list of tour dates can be found at www.axel-rudi-pell.de

 

Steel Panther Visit The “Gloryhole” In Latest Explicit Video

Steel Panther have released the third music video from their critically acclaimed new album ‘All You Can Eat’. Following the release of the “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World” and “The Burden Of Being Wonderful” videos comes the sexually charged NSFW “Gloryhole”. 

The Jay Ruston produced ‘All You Can Eat’, the band’s third full-length studio album and the follow-up to the 2011 Sleaze Roxx charting ‘Balls Out’, was released on April 1st through Open E Records/Kobalt Label Services. The album has sold close to 14,000 copies in its first week of release and will debut at #24 on the Billboard charts. 

“Steel Panther have managed to penetrate the mainstream because of their tongue-in-cheek delivery, one that both pays homage to ’80s hair metal and exposes the genre’s ridiculousness at the same time,” said Sleaze Roxx in a recent album review. “But that joke would get old fast — what really keeps Steel Panther interesting is the music itself. All You Can Eat ranks right up there with the band’s previous efforts, and is easily their most diverse. Think of it this way — rather than 12 songs of repetitive missionary sex, Steel Panther opened up the Kama Sutra manual and picked out a few complicated positions that would cripple less experienced lovers.” 

 

Arena rockers Night Ranger release new studio album ‘High Road’ in June

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Iconic arena-rockers Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 6th in Europe and June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. To access the cover art for HIGH ROAD, which incorporates elements of the artwork from the band’s previous releases, please click here and see below for the full track listing. Click here to check out an EPK on the making of the album. HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version here, and as the deluxe version here. The album’s full track listing can be seen below. Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, “It’s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n’ roll. We can’t wait for our fans to hear.” Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, “We’re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.”

Night Ranger’s legendary hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).

Night Ranger HIGH ROAD track listing:

1. High Road 2. Knock Knock Never Stop 3. Rollin’ On 4. Don’t Live Here Any More 5. I’m Coming Home 6. X Generation 7. Only For You Only 8. Hang On 9. St. Bartholomew 10. Brothers 11. L.A. No Name 12. The Mountain Song*

*only available on deluxe edition

For more information please visit: http://www.nightranger.com http://www.frontiers.it

 

FM announce 30th anniversary UK dates

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To celebrate our 30th Anniversary this year we’re pleased to confirm a series of five shows in November.

Tickets are on sale now for the following shows:

Nov 21 – Southampton – The Brook

Nov 22 – Cardiff – Globe

Nov 23 – Stourbridge – River Rooms

Nov 27 – Bingley – Arts Centre

Nov 28 – Southend – Chinnery’s

We have also added a show the day before our headline appearance at Cambridge Rock Festival in August – we will be playing at Warehouse 23 in Wakefield on 8 August. Please see below for our full 2014 tour schedule.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Steel Panther Bringing 2014 ‘All You Can Eat’ Tour Across North America

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Better clear some room on your schedule! That’s because Steel Panther are planning to bring their new album ‘All You Can Eat’ to concert stages this spring. The hedonistic metal act will rock North America beginning May 3 in Seattle with a monthlong trek.

The 21-city trek even crosses over into Canada for a couple of shows before winding up on June 1 in Dallas. As fans know, a Steel Panther show is always a party, but the group is offering even more of a fan experience by teaming up with On the List to provide special packages at each stop. Those who are interested can check out the VIP options for meet-and-greets, photo opportunities, parties and more at this location.

The ‘All You Can Eat’ album arrives in stores April 1. Packed with such over-the-top tracks as ‘Pussywhipped,’ ‘She’s on the Rag,’ ‘Gloryhole’ and ‘Gang Bang at the Old Folks Home,’ there’s little doubt that the band will soon be adding more classics to their outrageous catalog. Plus, there have already been videos released for the tracks ‘Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World‘ and ‘The Burden of Being Wonderful.’ The album is currently available for pre-order here.

Steel Panther Spring 2014 Tour Dates:

5/3 — Seattle, Wash. — The Showbox
5/4 — Portland, Ore. — Crystal Ballroom
5/7 — Denver, Colo. — Ogden Theatre
5/8 — Wichita, Kan. — Cotillion
5/10 — Oklahoma City, Okla. — Diamond Ballroom
5/11 — Houston, Texas — House of Blues
5/13 — Orlando, Fla. — House of Blues
5/15 — N. Myrtle Beach, Fla. — House of Blues
5/16 — Silver Spring, Md. — Fillmore
5/17 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Theatre of Living Arts
5/18 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
5/20 — Montreal, Quebec — Metropolis
5/21 — Boston, Mass. — House of Blues
5/23 — Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino
5/24 — Portland, Maine — The Asylum
5/26 — Toronto, Ontario — Sound Academy
5/27 — New York, N.Y. — Irving Plaza
5/28 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Stage AE
5/29 — Cleveland, Ohio — House of Blues
5/31 — Kansas City, Mo. — Rockfest
6/1 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion

The Cringe Announced As Support For Steel Panther UK Tour And Release New Album

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Eclectic, masterful, melodious New York rockers The Cringe are set to debut live in the UK when they join party rock pranksters Steel Panther for a run of 7 already nearly-sold-out shows in March, prior to the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’, on April 14th, through Sony / RED. Dates are:-

Tues 18th March – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy Weds 19th March – GLASGOW, O2 Academy Thurs 20th March – SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy (sold out) Sat 22nd March – CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange Sun 23rd March – BRISTOL, O2 Academy (sold out) Mon 24th March – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City Weds 26th March – LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton

Since forming in 2004, The Cringe have been wowing American audiences with their powerful mix of grungy, garage punk grit, and masterfully crafted radio-friendly melodies, winning high-profile supports slots with acts such as The New York Dolls, The Hold Steady and The Bravery.

The foursome’s diverse, yet highly distinctive, sound is powered by the dynamic songwriting of band leader John Cusimano, whose skill for seamlessly blending aggressive grooves with infectious hooks and insightful lyrics calls to mind the best of the Foo Fighters and Soundgarden. A gifted musician, Cusimano is the gusty voice of the group, and also plays rhythm guitar and keyboards. His many talents are matched by those of his seasoned and versatile bandmates, drummer Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live band, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow), lead guitarist and singer James ‘Roto’ Rotondi (Mr Bungle, Air), and bassist Jonny Matias (Crash Moderns).

Drawing on a diverse range of influences, ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’ is the most accomplished effort yet from a band who plainly possess the musical chops to pull off such an audacious mix of styles. Produced The Cringe themselves, the album was polished by mastering whiz Emily Lazar, who came to it fresh from her award-winning work on the Foo Fighters’ ‘Wasting Light’. Her suitability for the job is clear from the outset, as opener ‘Rushing Through The World’ kicks off in a blur of muscle and melody that the Foos or QOTSA could be proud of. Its blistering riffs and Pelton’s rampaging drums contrast sharply with the meditative message of the lyrics, which appeal to listeners to step back from the pace of modern life and pause to take notice.

In less reflective moments, The Cringe eagerly embrace the frantic, intense flavours of their home city, cooking up tunes like ‘Gotta Find A Way’, which hums with the livewire energy of hustlin’ Big Apple punks from the Dolls to D-Generation. Downbeat ‘n’ dirty number ‘Get Me Some’ meanwhile evokes all the extremes of experience to be had in a New York minute, with its talk of “bad blood downtown” and “sidewalks crawling with hot rats”. Equally though, ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’ is not afraid to take inspiration from further afield, and ‘Lord Jim’ hears The Cringe splice an odd-time Southern blues riff with Kyuss-style desert rock grooves, while on delicately crafted ballad ‘Make Me Something’, several shades of Neil Young hide not far beneath the weary, sun-weathered surface.

With songs like these, The Cringe are sure to deliver a compelling show when they come to the UK in March, and they can’t wait to hit the road. Guitarist James Rotondi says “probably the only thing more insanely fun than opening for Steel Panther in LA, would be opening for them on a UK tour. Like Steel Panther, we’ve got screaming vocals, a shred-tastic guitar player, and a mountain-man drummer; unlike Steel Panther, we lack quality dick jokes, fishnet clothing, half-naked groupies, and killer hair-metal choruses. Save your panties for the Panther; we’re just out to earn a little classic rock respect, a pint of John Courage, and a good ol’ time in the land that gave us The Who!”