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compiled by Andy Lowe

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Tuesday 22nd April S.E.X. (Savage Excellence) + EMPORIUM + BODEGA BAY £6

S.E.X. are rightly known as Welsh underground rock legends. Lead by OTT singer/composer and frontman Phil Jones, the band plays unique and original rock with a twist. In addition to being able to pull a classic cover version out of the bag when needed, the emphasis is strongly on Phil and the band's original material.

Ongoing since the early 1980's, the band have built up an impressive back catalogue that includes over a dozen singles, 8 studio albums and a brand new compilation album!
Career highlights include:

Two entries in the Australian Radio Charts.

A early publishing deal in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

London performances in the Marquee, Convent Garden and The Royal Standard.

Radio airplay in the US, Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland and Gibraltar.

Over 2000 (!) gigs that include supporting legends such as Wishbone Ash, Hawkwind, Eddie and the Hotrods, Glen Matlock and Roy Harper.

The first S.E.X release was the cassette only EP 'Lost Virginity' on January 19th 1985. The songs were "Sorry I Loved You", "Violence In F#" and "The Overlord Of Rampant Rock". It went on to sell over 1000 copies at gigs alone!

In 2008 S.E.X. toured Japan and in 2009 released their 8th album on the 10th of July entitled 'Scurlage And Jowl'. This album, together with the new 'Sorry I Loved You...' best of CD, is currently available at gigs and via online stores.

2011 saw the band's original albums reissued on factory-pressed CD with improved artwork, remastering and bonus tracks!

And now, at last, the new album, "Stop The War". As Phil says, "something old, something new, something borrowed... no blues".

 

 

Wednesday 23rd April JACK ELLISTER + EMILY LEE + LONESOUND (JAMES EWERS LIVE GIG RECODING SET) + late show BLUSH £6

Jack Ellister, former member of several bands including the Sony/SPV-signed Angina Pectoris, was founder, songwriter and leader of Yordan Orchestra, a prog-psychedelic outfit from Holland whose concerts were sprawling happenings, heavy with the whiff of a druggier, bygone age. With his releases on Fruits De Mer Records, he has caught the attention of Shindig!, NME, BBC6 Music's Stuart Maconie and BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe, and many others. .now catch Jack playing live in the UK.

After the 2010 release "Psych Introduxeon / Bringing Ingredients Together" through Megatier Production, which received positive reviews and airplay, Jack Ellister disbanded the Yordan Orchestra and began work on his solo recordings.

In August 2012, UK's specialist vinyl label, and psych collectors' favourite, Fruits De Mer Records, released the first track from these recordings as 7" single "The Man With The Biochopper" (with a new version of the Rolling Stones' Her Satanic Majesties Request' track "Citadel" on the flip side) to great acclaim in the music press and on radio.

Two months later Jack Ellister joined The Pretty Things, The Bevis Frond, Anton Barbeau and Cranium Pie in producing the sold-out double 7" tribute to the White Album: "The White EP", again on Fruits de Mer Records.

In 2013 Jack was invited to play an acoustic solo set at the very first Fruits De Mer festival at the Borderline in London (August 10th) and celebrate the release of his 'Dawn Dream Club' EP. The event was headlined by The Pretty Things and spawned another split 7" with live recordings made during the all-dayer.

In April 2014, Jack will be playing a series of gigs in the UK, including the 12 Bar Club in London and Fruits de Mer Records 'Crabstock' Festival of Psychedelia on April 26th at the UFO Club in Cardigan, and in early May he flies over to Finland to play 'Crabstock On Ice' at the Club Darkside in Helsinki.

Finnish pop punk band The Blush released their debut EP, ´I Love You I Hate You` in January and have toured in the UK, Finland, Sweden and Russia. The tour continues in April to the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Later on this year the band heads all the way to the Latin America and the US. Sakke of The Blush was recently interviewed by a Mexican radio station, Radio Consepto Mexico which was broadcast through the Latin America. The music of The Blush raised immediate interest among the listeners which started contacting the show.

Imagine Gwen Stefani and Blink-182 base jumping in a joint pink tutu; screaming, speed and tough situations guaranteed! Meet The Blush! Lead vocalist Sakke Wallenius, guitarist Toni Lundén, bassist Timo Tuppurainen and drummer Mika Ryhänen make up The Blush. All four have been music artists for many years. Sakke's previous band Mascara had a massive hit with the single 'Erittäin hyvä (ellei täydellinen)' which landed at number two in the Finnish Top Charts. Timo played in one of the biggest jazz bands of Finland, the Lenni-Kalle Taipale trio and in internationally recognized U-street All Stars. Sakke, Toni, Timo and Mika have performed over 15 years in different pop, rock and jazz bands and have toured in Europe and the United States.

To date The Blush has released three singles, EP and a music video. The band has made six tours, playing venues in Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Gibraltar, Stockholm, St. Petersburg among others.

In September 2013, The Blush was the support act for one Finland's biggest rock bands, Apulanta, at a concert in London.

www.the-blush.com

http://vimeo.com/70185226

 

 

Thursday 24th April ARROWS OF TIME + ZIEGLER CO + IMMIGRANTS + PAUL GILBODY + BIRTHRITE £6 Hieronymous Bisch Bosch presents

 

 

SOLD OUT! Friday 25th April SLEAFORD MODS + THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY + MEG CAVANAUGH BAND + KEVIN KONACK £6 The Penny Black Remedy present Bam-A-Lam!

Sleaford Mods are the product of Britain's harsh reality. "You've got to be able to sell yourself ,so I stuck my life on eBay. £ 25 mate". Sleaford Mods make aggro punk poetry that sounds like the bastard child of John Cooper Clarke's Beasley Street grown up on hard knocks, rave culture and the Wu-Tang Clan. Jason Williamson is the voice: a big man with an angry face, used to be one of that "door-swings-open, swagger-to-the-bar-crew" but now grown older and wiser. His delivery is venomous, confrontational, but often funny and delighting in twists of language: eyeballing the "scaly-faced booze pricks" and the geezers with their "concrete dagger swaggers". True Allan Sillitoe heritage and the artistic proof that, outside of the The Cameleon Pub, Notthingham will always be the wrong side of the river Styx. Their new LP Austerity Dogs is released through the Harbinger Sound label and it sounds amazing!

Since being formed in 2006 by singer/songwriter Keith M Thomson, The Penny Black Remedy have been proudly defiant in the face of categorisation - focusing instead on utilising their shared love and passion for all forms of music from around the globe to create a wholly distinctive and unmistakable sound all of their own. The resulting combination of darkly comic, unpretentiously intelligent and catchy songs, and their exhilarating live shows, have been wowing audiences and promoters alike across both the UK and Europe, building a loyal following of dedicated fans as a result.
Introducing the band: The Penny Black Remedy consist of Keith M Thomson from Scotland on vocals, guitars and song-writing duties; classically trained Croatian vocalist/percussionist Marijana Hajdarhodzic; and Dutch drummer Wilco van Eijk.

The irony of just how seriously The Penny Black Remedy endeavour to make every live show as much of a fun and boisterous affair as possible does not go unnoticed. In 2008, it won them Best Alternative Act at The UK Indy Awards.

They take delight in breaking down the metaphorical barrier between the band and the audience, whether it's by simply encouraging a beguiling sing-along or by starting an impromptu conga line and/or dance routine. They have made it nothing short of their raison d'etre to make each show an inclusive, interactive, energetic and convivial experience to remember. They have performed at many legendary venues across the UK and Europe including: The 100 Club and The Forum in London, The Melkweg in Amsterdam, Holland and The Garage in Bergen, Norway; and at festivals such as Glastonbury, The Larmer Tree Festival, The Big Session, The Secret Garden Party, The Edinburgh Festival and The Eden Festival in the UK, and The Valkhof Affaire Festival and Conincx Pop in Holland.

As singer Keith puts it, 'We're just trying to take people back to the days when you could have a good old fashioned sing-song and a knees up around either a camp fire or an old piano. The fact that most of my songs are about death, lost love, brothels or just trying to live in a constant state of crippling paranoid fear and cope with the daily grind of everyday life is irrelevant. If anything, encouraging people to sing loudly and out of tune about the absurdity of general existence seems to instil a sense of comfort and unity. I think.'

 

 

Saturday 26th April PSYCHIATRISTS + DEATH VALLEY SURFERS + SPACE WASTERS + DIRT ROYAL + DOG ROTTEN £6 London Callin presents

 

 

Sunday 27th April LADY FUEL + WHISKEY CHASER + EYES OF VERONA £5

LADY FUEL is a French rock band formed in Clermont Ferrand (the French rock capital town) in 2010. The group's musical style primarily consists of a generous organic rock with shades of other styles such as progressive rock, funk or heavy metal. The essence of the band lies in a deep and strong voice supported by furious as well as melodic guitars with tribal drums and groovy bass lines. Live, these four musicians bring out energetic performances with a special visual touch. Their first 6 title EP Insectization was released in 2011 and met a stimulating success. It was followed the next year by the 12 title LP Pleasure Room. The band enjoys playing on different kinds of stages, small theaters or pubs to be closer to the audience and share the stories and emotions behind their musical world as well as huge stages on festivals. They bring their music everywhere, even in unusual places such as surf world competitions, motorbike meetings, tattoo meetings, even in jails.

LADY FUEL is ready to rock on any ground!

www.ladyfuel.fr

WHISKEY CHASER are a band that loves to play Rock n Roll to its fullest and are always looking to take rock one further and give it their all. Currently in the process of writing new songs and recording, They have now embarked on their first UK tour to show what they've got to offer! So make sure you're ready for it!!

www.facebook.com/WhiskeyChaser

 

 

Monday 28th April THE DUEL + THE GONGS + THE SMOKES + THE SPIRIT OF ANDY WARHOL + special guests + DJ SEGS RUTS DC £3 FFR UK Reggae Punk Night

Hosts:

Dj Segs RUTS DC - www.facebook.com/segsrutsdc
Segs Jennings - A Legendry Punk Rock, Acid House, Reggae impressario. Original bass player and co writer of Seminal Punk Band The Ruts Dj-ing throughout the night.

The Duel - www.facebook.com/thedueluk
Cutting Edge Now Wave Punk Rock releasing prisoners and breaking free from society.

 

 

Tuesday 29th April LENE LOVICH BAND + SOLUS 3 £12-50

 

 

Wednesday 30th April MELVIN ASHONG + NEAL HOFFMANN + TIZ McNAMARA + HUGUENOTS + more tba £5

Melvin Ashong is an eclectic Irish/Ghanaian singer and songwriter, based in London. His music ranges from songs of the heart to socially driven and politically motivated ballads. Melvin's style of pop folk music is influenced by Berry Gordy, Maria Callas, Brian Epstein and Aretha Franklin.

www.ashongmusic.co.uk

Neal Hoffmann (guitar/vocals) is going to be playing songs from his upcoming release and this gig might turn into the launch gig for the new label. Imogen Burman (cello) will be providing notes at the lower and lusher end of the scale and Joe Carter is responsible for some contrast on his muted trumpet. Neal's music is somewhere between a traditional singer-songwriter's with a dose of Indie and a dash of Americana in a somewhat Chamber Pop setting. He has released two albums with his band Amphibic and thinks it's the right time to start releasing his material on his own label now.

His song Hungry Man made it onto American television in an episode of the show, Switched At Birth, a year ago. More details about the label on the night.

Check out last year's release, 'Half The Universe (is missing)' to get a better idea of his sound.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1apRxCiRP5g

www.reverbnation.com/amphibic

https://soundcloud.com/amphibic

www.facebook.com/Amphibic

 

 

MAY

 

 

Thursday 1st May tbc

 

 

Friday 2nd May EASTFIELD + MISSPELT + THE BUCHA EFFECT + DIE WRECKED + more tbc £6 London Callin'

 

 

Saturday 3rd May NO SECOND CHANCE + PROVEN + SOLEMN PROMISE + BROKEN CHAKRA + BUCKETS OF COURAGE + KINGPIN £6 Rucktion Records present

 

 

Sunday 4th May open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 5th May tbc

 

 

Tuesday 6th May ANDREW BELLE + more tbc £6

Andrew Belle is a Chicago based singer-songwriter. He released his debut album, The Ladder, in 2010 and its follow up, Black Bear, in 2013. Along with these albums, Andrew has self-released two EPs, All Those Pretty Lights and The Daylight.

On the theme of his upcoming release of Black Bear, Andrew refers to an excerpt from Clive Staples Lewis's 1955 autobiography, Surprised by Joy:

The odd thing was that before God closed in on me, I was in fact offered what now appears a moment of wholly free choice. I became aware that I was holding something at bay, or shutting something out. I could open the door or keep it shut. I chose to open. I say, "I chose," yet it did not really seem possible to do the opposite.

While Andrew's early vocal performances have drawn comparisons to Mat Kearney and Greg Laswell, his newest work shows strong musical influence from alternative artists such as Beach House, Washed Out, M83, and Bon Iver.

Andrew's nuanced melodies are strengthened by thoughtful, contemplative lyrics, and have served as a soundtrack to numerous hit television shows, including: Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Castle, and Vampire Diaries. In 2009, Andrew was presented with awards for John Lennon Pop-Songwriting and MTV Chicago's Best Breakout Artist. The Ladder was acknowledged by iTunes as a part of their Rewind: Best of 2010 list.

Since releasing The Ladder, Andrew has spent the past three years traveling and performing with friends such as Katie Herzig, Greg Laswell, Ben Rector, Madi Diaz, The Milk Carton Kids, and is thrilled to be a part of the critically acclaimed national touring group Ten Out Of Tenn.

www.andrewbelle.com

www.facebook.com/andrewbelle

www.youtube.com/andrewbelle

www.twitter.com/andrewbelle

www.myspace.com/andrewbelle

 

 

Wednesday 7th May THE FALLEN LEAVES + LEN PRICE 3 + TREES & THE SLIPWAY + late set JETSONICS £6 London Callin presents Minimum R & B

8.15 Trees and the Slipway - Refracted through the psychedelic environs of Tamworth and Liverpool, then heading down to London when right and ready, the trio of Matthew Lees, Joss Cope and Stephen Wood formed TREES AND THE SLIPWAY.

They play guitar/Casio comedown anthems for the dispossessed, Kraut-y stompers for the still-flying, and in between, songs about mad kings and more earth(l)y things... all shot through with the outsider micro-cubed raga-pop sensibility that you will come to know and love... http://soundcloud.com/trees-and-the-slipway

9.00 Len Price 3

10.00 The Fallen Leaves - punk rock for gentlemen www.thefallenleaves.net

"This valve amp, treble-to-the-max rave-up would have had the mid-'60s Who or Pretty Things bricking it backstage at the Embassy Club" Mark Paytress (Mojo)

"This sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop will doubtless appeal to the same authenticity-starved youngsters who have made Billy Childish their king" Stewart Lee (Sunday Times)

"a confrontational cacophony of clashing rock'n'roll destroyed and reassembled with strange and awkward angles. The same, but different." Plan B

11.00 Jetsonics

 

 

Thursday 8th May BLACK JUJU + DWPC + more tbc £6

 

 

Friday 9th May tbc

 

 

Saturday 10th May POPE + THE LOOP + THE LEGENDARY GROOVYMEN + THE LONDON SEWAGE COMPANY + THE GROOVY BOYS £6 London Callin presents

 

 

Sunday 11th May JOHN SINCLAIR + THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS + DJ set from DJ FLY AGARIC £7 in advance, £10 on the night Iron Man Records presents:

www.johnsinclair.us

www.thebermondseyjoyriders.co.uk

http://acrillic.blogspot.co.uk

John Sinclair will be performing with Steve Fly on Drums and Mark Ritsema on guitar

John Sinclair cds and books will be available to buy on the night.

Blog post on John's new album "Mohawk" with press release info, links to videos, pictures, links, films and the rest....
http://ironmanrecords.net/2014/03/john-sinclair-mohawk-cd-24th-march-2014-on-iron-man-records

www.johnsinclair.us
www.RadioFreeAmsterdam.com
www.fatteningblogsforsnakes.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/pages/John-Sinclair/132833609285

John Sinclair, the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary releases his new album on Monday 24th March 2014. John, has been described as an archetype of the 1960's art, music and literary synthesis, and who today, is still kicking with both feet on his trajectory for cultural transformation. His new record features ten tracks from his book of verse: always know: a book of monk. Twenty poems planted firmly in a single-shot session, and carefully trimmed down to ten exhibits for this album. Beatnik poems, great odes and personal reflections of the Be-Bop jazz persuasion, all flowering together.

First conceived of in Detroit City, spring 1982, and developed throughout the 1980s with streaks of fresh edits leading right up to the session itself, John navigates some of these texts for the first time in over twenty years, free-styling his energized sincerity and attention to every word, transforming the text on the page into his unique unmistakable spoken word.

The music was written and arranged by Steve Fly who mirrored John's poems in the music by initially combing the tempo of the original songs recorded by John 'Dizzy' Gillespie, Charlie 'Bird' Parker and Thelonious Monk.

Steve The Fly is a native of Stourbridge UK, now an Amsterdam resident who plays drums, spins vinyl, writes novels and literary and cultural commentary. He also maintains a flock of websites and works in various other art forms without visible restraint. His other music projects have included New Flesh, Garaj Mahal, Temple Dragon band, of course he is now full time with John Sinclair.

These songs are further utilized by John's poetic method so that each title and the rhythm of his poetry can piggy-back upon the same song title, and rhythm, of an original composition set in history, for extra rooting. Steve put down drums, turntables, cello-bass, flute, and glockenspiel, shooting to play around the vocal lead lines and diverse expressions from John

The album was recorded diligently by Tim Egmond at Ei Studios, Amsterdam and passed along to Simon Reeves at Framework Studios, Birmingham for mastering. Tim Egmond is a music producer, engineer and studio whizz, based in Amsterdam, who has worked with scores of international and locally based artists on a wide variety of projects.

Simon Reeves has completed many projects for Iron Man Records already and he has been described as one of Birmingham's finest independent studio engineers who has worked with bands from Napalm Death to Police Bastard, and a host of other brutal metal and punk bands.

All artwork was cradled and visualized by the post-industrial imagination of CHU; The Black Country, tech savvy, rule-breaking, progressive wordsmith and thinker - an ardent advocate of aerosol painting and its vanguard for over 30 years with global public works and murals, 3D perspective illusions and many group shows, under his Walsall leather belt. CHU's work has included projects with Banksy and Jamie Hewlett among many others, and he has been described as the 'Escher of UK street art' and founder of Graffiti Bastards.

The album is released by Birmingham based Iron Man Records whose releases have included The Nightingales, Howard Marks, P.A.I.N (Propaganda And Information Network), and Police Bastard, amongst others.

The album will be beautifully packaged in a double gatefold cd wallet with artwork by CHU in full colour and a ten page booklet. John Sinclair will be appearing in 2014 to promote the new album. "Mohawk" illustrates the kind of care and attention a John Sinclair record deserves. After all, he kinda helped start this underground art explosion.

 

 

Wednesday 14th May ANGEL SNOW + PAT CRILLY + ENDA PARKER £6

 

 

Sunday 18th May open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Thursday 22nd May ALAN CLAYSON + THE NEW VERB + HUNGRY DOG BRAND +a late set from THE FRANCEENS £6 Dogfishtrombone presents

Alan Clayson - Despite the global atmosphere of worsening financial anxiety, One Dover Soul, a new Alan Clayson long-playing gramophone record, has been cast adrift on the discographical oceans. Created at producer Wreckless Eric's studio in France, it defies succinct description - as does the solo stage act of the acclaimed composer, performance artist, pop historian and sometime leader of the legendary Clayson and the Argonauts.

For further information about Alan Clayson and ONE DOVER SOUL, please investigate www.alanclayson.com

The New Verb - First performance for a couple of years from Imogen Goldie, aka The New Verb, with her uniquely cool brand of PJ Harvey and Portishead-influenced songs.

www.myspace.com/thenewverb

Hungry Dog Brand (solo) - Hungry Dog Brand aka Martin Dowsing "is a kindred spirit to the estimable lineage of confessional punk poets before him. Vic Godard, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Bitter Springs, Band Of Holy Joy... If you like honest types bearing their English souls, this is the shit. Having admitted that, this is a type of borderline anti-English folk that is not for everybody. If you are the sort who enjoys music as storytelling, then dive into Hungry Dog's wracked, ruined tales of life on the dole, never ending rainy days, and losers who never catch a decent break. It's all exceedingly English, and all pretty superb." Mike Pearlstein, Big Takeover magazine

www.myspace.com/hungrydogbrand

The Franceens - Fantastic young garage-punk three-piece from York stopping off to rock the 12 Bar before heading over the channel to tour Germany in support of ass-kickin' debut-album Stepford Smiles.
www.facebook.com/thefranceens

 

 

Friday 23rd May tbc

 

 

Saturday 24th May BEST MATES WHO CRACK CASES + more artists tbc £6 London Callin presents

Sunday 25th May SAINTS OF SIN + BLACK TEARS £5 Formed at the start of 2013, Saints Of Sin are a rock band based on the South coast of the UK. From Mothership, brothers Ash Jenkins, on throbbing, thrumming bass, and Marcus 'Sparky' Jenkins, with his soaring searing guitar licks, plus Josh Rose, with his unmistakeable deep-hearted drumming, have been joined by ace-guitarist Matt Spencer, formerly of The Push.

Matt's driving rhythm shares lead work with Marcus jumping and dancing the riffs between them creating a strong distinctive twin guitar style. Then, add in the blistering vocal talents of Rui Brito, whose top notes make Justin Hawkins sound like a bass baritone, and you have the freshest, most original-sounding rock band on the south coast.

They are best described as 'turbo-charged pop.' Their sound is made up of melodic, anthemic choruses and vocal harmonies, backed up by powerful guitar riffs, shredding solo's and driving bass and drums. They pride themselves on effortlessly blending a strong 80's hair metal style and image mixed with a modern edge. To be at a Saints Of Sin show is to behold a powerful, adrenaline fueled, live performance full of attitude and displaying energetic showmanship. Their undying drive and passion for music blendid with a fun party mentality makes Saints Of Sin appeal to more than just the die-hard rock and metal fans.

In their previous musical incarnations with 'Mothership' and 'The Push' the band members have had a mass of gigging experience playing venues such as; The Joiners - Southampton, O2 Academy - Boscombe, The Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, The Winchester - Bournemouth, The Pavilion Theatre - Bournemouth and the Main Stage at The Great Dorset Steam Fair.

 

 

Thursday 29th May acts tbc £6 Hieronymous Bisch Bosch presents

 

 

Friday 30th May acts tbc £6 The Penny Black Remedy present Bam-A-Lam!

 

 

Saturday 31st May THE GONADS + THE FEATHERS + EAST TOWN PIRATES + HIDEOUS BITCHES £6 London Callin'

 

 

JUNE

 

 

Sunday 1st June open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Tuesday 3rd June MARK CHADWICK £10

One of the UK's most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of the Levellers, the band he has fronted for 25 years.

Mark Chadwick releases his second solo album, 'Moment' on June 16th on On the Fiddle Recordings, distributed by Republic Of Music.

Recorded and mixed in seven days at Metway Studio in Brighton and featuring Alex and Tom from Electric Soft Parade on drums and piano, Ben Paley on violin and Graeme Ross on double bass the album captures the ten tracks live as played.

Red Sky is the first 7 " single to come off the album. Release date is 19th April to support Record Store Day.

Mark's motivation for the album was to make something 'quick, immediate and beautiful'. Taking songs that had been written on acoustic guitar at his kitchen table, he played them once through to the band and, following one practice run through, each song was laid down on its third take. The result captures the immediacy of the approach, giving the album a freshness that harks back to both the early rock n roll recording of the late 50's and 60's and the folk canon of simple songs well played. A primary influence for Mark in both the approach and the album was Van Morrison, specifically 'T B Sheets', which was written and recorded in a similarly straightforward manner.

For Mark, the album is 'an honest look at drink, life and love' and particularly his relationship with the former and its effects on the latter two. Don't go expecting a 'rehab' record however, for Mark that process is 'one-size fits all and I did not fit the size' , trusting instead to confront that addiction and its cure through his music, 'in a sensible and a, hopefully, insightful way'. As a songwriter and recording artist for over 25 years the ten tracks also see Mark taking stock of his journey to date and, to a degree, looking forward to the next chapter.

Throughout its ten tracks, 'Moment' is a reminder that the simple song can be the most effecting, the likes of the chorus of the album's title track swelling to a crescendo that is as emotionally intense as it is straightforward. Mark's trust in his musicians and the honesty of the lyrics combines to create an album that crosses styles from folk to rock without ever losing its fleetness of foot, each performer playing intuitively without outside direction.

Mark and his band will be playing 4 gigs showcasing the album, the third on the tour will be the 12 bar club, London.

www.markchadwick.org

 

 

Saturday June 28th THE BLEACH BOYS + THE SMOKIN PROPHETS + more tbc London Callin'

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