Faith No More - The Platinum Collection (Warner)
By Steve Rudd
A never-to-be-forgotten rock band for so many reasons, Faith No More hailed from
California, and for fifteen years they produced some amazing rock music, a fact
that is proven by this awesome collection of some of their best material.
With fifteen of their own classic tunes being included, along with a live
version of their old classic We Care A Lot, and their infamous cover
versions of Lionel Richie's 'Easy' and The Bee Gees' 'I Started A Joke'
that are both tagged on at the end for good measure.
All these songs have been culled from the years between - and including - 1989 and
1997, during which time the band was fronted by Mike Patton with a passionate
vengeance and one hell of a voice to boot.
Faith No More actually started out in the early 80's, and at one point they
had even been fronted by Courtney Love!
Still, once Mike joined the band at the back-end of the Eighties, FNM hit
their most commercially successful stride and took the rock world by storm
in the process, with their Epic tune being partially to thank for bringing
their name to the masses courtesy of its semi-controversial music video
that featured a fish flipping about out of water!
Epic is thankfully included on this collection, along with the classic rock
anthem From Out Of Nowhere, and the sublime, haunting and Goth-tinged
Last Cup Of Sorrow that's dominated by its heavy riff and that featured
on the band's 1997 Album Of The Year long player.
Songs such as the vitriolically vibrant Falling To Pieces are just as great
as anything the likes of Guns 'n' Roses and Ugly Kid Joe ever knocked
out in their prime, while the amazing Everything's Ruined and Kindergarten
sound as life-affirming as ever, even though they were both recorded back in 1992.
Underwater Love, meanwhile, is upbeat and chart-friendly rock at its best,
imbued with INXS-styled vibes. As for the band's cover of good old
Lionel's Easy, every element of this reworking is perfect, with the
instantly recognisable piano melody working wonders against Mike's emotional
and soul-stirring vocal performance.
It's just a shame that the band folded in 1998. Still, nobody can really complain
when Faith No More produced so much thrilling music over the course of their career.
Fortunately, this Platinum Collection release gets right to the heart of what
this quintet was all about.
Music News - Shine On at Hull City Hall By Alex Firth
I'm currently studying at Northumbria University in Newcastle though I
shall be back home in Beverley on the 29th April. Why, you ask?
I have a concert to go to at Hull City Hall ...
Last year, I couldn't believe all the fuss that was being made about a local
(to Newcastle) band doing their first show at the most famous venue in town -
the City Hall.
The band was called Shine On, and was a tribute
Single Reviews - The Waking Eyes - But I Already Have It (Coalition)
Release date: March 20th 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Probably the finest rock 'n' roll band to have busted out of Winnipeg, Canada, in
recent years, the four guys that comprise The Waking Eyes clearly sound to have
been born for this type of life in the limelight.
This is the quartet's eagerly-awaited second single, and the follow-up to
their awesome Watch Your Money debut.
But I Already Have It comes packed
Album Reviews - Rising Sun - Dirty Daisy EP Reviewed By Steve Rudd
An indie-gilded rock 'n' roll quartet with a difference, Rising Sun here present
eight extraordinary tracks that prove to be sound testament to the band members' collective talents.
The title track in Dirty Daisy is up first and is bolstered by guitarist Dan's
heavyweight and swaggering riff. Nathan's raw, soul-inflamed vocals work a treat,
while the music is both
Album Reviews - The Soledad Brothers - The Hardest Walk (Polydor) Release Date: March 6th 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Potentially the perfect support band for any future Rolling Stones tour,
these three lads that make up The Soledad Brothers are such a talented
trio that they seem to be leaving most Blues-based rock 'n' roll bands
in their wake right now, especially on the back of this astonishing
twelve-track album that runs for almost an hour.
Opening cut Truth Or Consequences is a riff-raring
Single Reviews - Yellowcard - Lights and Sounds (Parlophone) Release date: March 6th 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
They're back! And they're sounding better than ever!
These punk-loving Emo-rockers return with a new single and a new album (both entitled
Lights And Sounds), ready and willing to follow-up the astounding success that was
the band's globally popular Ocean Avenue album that has sold well in excess of two
million copies worldwide.
The lads have been
Single Reviews - The Marshals - Make Her Cry (Vertigo) Release date: March 6th 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
What's in the stars is never meant to be, so croons Marshals band-leader Michael John.
That might be the case, just like this song might literally MakeHerCry -
whoever she might be,
for this is an extraordinarily moving tune that is proving to be a wise choice for the band's
debut single release, given the widespread acclaim that it's receiving.
The Marshals is an Irish trio,
Album Reviews - B-Movie - The Platinum Collection (Warner) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Cast your hazy minds back to the glory days of the Eighties, and the Synth-Pop Brit bands
that were scaling the charts, and does the band name B-Movie ring any bells?
It might do for a few people, but this band isn't as much of a household name as it
deserves to be, given the quality of the music.
This 15-track retrospective is comprised of ten of the band's best tunes
Album Reviews - Dialog - Feel EP (Deuce Management) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This band is interesting from the off, with all four of its members hailing from a different
Frontman Plamen is from Spain, and is clearly a terrifically talented singer,
while lead guitarist Adam Petty is English through and through.
Dialog ply a rare brand of rock music. The strong and catchy riffs do hark back to
that Classic Rock era of the
Album Reviews - Teddy Geiger Stepladder EP By Jimmy Reed
Teddy Geiger has a voice, a look and a song writing style which will appeal
to a wide spectrum of listeners; which is always a good start.
A very simple formula employed on 6 track EP Step Ladder - the production is very
understated, which is good to hear, and Teddy combines the elements of dusty vocal,
acoustic guitar and at times, strings and a
Music, Columns - Andy Tullock's Music Column January 2006
Hey, hey! Welcome to the first of my monthly columns, running you through the crazy, crazy world that is the modern music scene. Every month I will be going over the previous month's key events, as I see them (i.e. my get-out clause in case I forget some painstakingly obvious stuff, which, in time, will become painstakingly obvious that I do).
Alright, so first
Single Reviews - Your Vegas - Flybuzz By David Thurlby
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not accusing decadent Leeds based quintet
Your Vegas of having ideas above their station, but Flybuzz has
the air of a song which was composed, arranged and recorded purely for the Rock Stadium.
From the opening tinkles of the piano, which would be used to portray glacial rain
in a music class devoted to sound association
Album Reviews - Vib Gyor Five track EP By Michelle Dee
The chiming keyboards and guitars opens Fallen followed by a soft breathy
vocal then, as the song continues it takes on a definite Bono sound.
As the guitar quickens, you find yourself exploring a fresh wind swept arena.
Quiet, quick passionate wavy lines of guitar underpinned with urgent drumbeats,
floating falling into deep wells of white noise.
Plaintive pianos will oft be
Album Reviews - The LVRs - Death Has Become Her (Undergroove) Release date: March 13th 2006
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This dazzling spoken-word album is a side project for two of the members of
LA rockers My Ruin, with the singer in Tairrie B doing the talking and musician
Mick Murphy providing the background noise, mainly in the form of
atmospheric soundscapes that are genuinely dark and deadly.
Listeners of a nervous disposition might want to give this a miss, especially
Single Reviews - The Somatics - Elemental (Engine Room) Release date: 27th February 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
After the sad demise of cult heroes Ultrasound, ace guitarist Richard Green wasted
no time in forming the Leeds-based trio The Somatics.
Thus, we have Richard on lead vocals and guitar, backed up by bassist Stephanie
and drummer Bruce.
This single was also recorded and produced by Richard, to further prove just
how talented he is both in front of and
Album Reviews - Yeah, It's Supposed To Sound Like That Vol 2 (17 Track Compilation Album - Colchester Recordings) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
The second compilation release on the label that's run by the singing and
songwriting force behind the ace band The Party, James Sherry has once
again collated seventeen hugely exciting and varied tracks from some of
the best underground and unsigned bands/ artists not only from around the
UK, but from around the world.
Having said that, most of the tracks
Music News - Zhain on Tour in USA By Rocky
Three guys from Hull prove U.K. bands can still successfully play the U.S!
We prove not only older people can still rock 'n' roll but that U.K. bands
can still successfully play in the U.S. contrary to articles in The Times etc.
We left for Los Angeles for our first shows in 27 years with, due to
circumstances beyond our control, Anners daughter being born
Music News - Vib Gyor Press Release
Combining the intensity of Radiohead with the subtle soundscapes of
Sigur Ros, Vib Gyor have become purveyors of the finest atmospheric, explosive rock.
With shimmering guitars, pounding drums and aching sweeping vocals, they
project a rich anthemic, yet totally original sound.
Frustrated with everyday life, the Leeds based band formed in 2004 through