• Hear Joe Satriani on Kitt Wakeley’s New Orchestral-Rock Song

    Joe Satriani adds a soaring guitar solo to “Conflicted,” a track from producer and composer Kitt Wakeley’s new album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    The three-minute tune, available digitally on Feb. 26, pairs Satriani’s layered melodies with massive strings, brass, live drums and electronics. Past the halfway point, the guitar virtuoso breaks into a signature passage full of intricate hammer-ons and bends.

    You can hear the piece below.

    Wakeley’s new LP, Symphony of Sinners and Saints, also features Satriani on the song “Forgive Me.” The album, out May 21, follows 2018’s Midnight in Macedonia.

    “Kitt Wakeley’s ‘Conflicted’ and ‘Forgive Me’ are epic musical gems full of powerful emotions and sonic surprises,” Satriani said in a statement. “Playing guitar on Kitt’s new album has been a fun, exhilarating experience, and a musical challenge, too. Kitt’s huge, cinematic sound makes each one of his songs a powerful sonic journey. I’m so happy I was able contribute to this stellar album.”

    Wakeley added, “To have someone of Joe’s talent is always a plus, but to have his creativity and input is even better. Add in the fact that he’s an incredibly nice person to work with, and you’ve got pure Satriani magic.”

    Symphony of Sinners and Saints, led by Wakeley on synths and piano, was coproduced, engineered and mixed by Tre Nagella (Lady Gaga, Blake Shelton, Snoop Dogg).

    In the below behind-the-scenes video, the composer details the album’s orchestral recording sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios. “I’ve learned that if I want to do something, I say it out loud,” he says. “So I said out loud, ‘I want to record at Abbey Road.’ I mean: Beatles, Elton John, Rolling Stones. There’s just the ambiance of it. It’s almost haunting.”

    Satriani, who released his Shapeshifting LP in April 2020, participated in the virtual Six String Salute concert last fall. The event, which raised money for touring and venue crew affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, also featured guitarists Steve Vai, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson and former Genesis member Steve Hackett.

     

  • Hear Ann Wilson of Heart’s Heavy New Song ‘The Hammer’

    Ann Wilson continues her recent streak of singles with the heavy new song “The Hammer.”

    “When the hammer comes down, grinding, grinding / When the hammer comes down, reminding, reminding,” she belts on the track over a slippery, lightly psychedelic guitar riff that conjures mid-’90s Soundgarden. “When the hammer comes down, blinding, blinding / When the hammer comes down, unwinding, unwinding.”

    The song, which the Heart singer cowrote with Craig Bartock and Tyler Boley, is available to hear below.

    “‘The Hammer’ talks about that moment when the rubber meets the road, when all dreams, fantasies and excuses fall by the wayside,” Wilson tweeted. “The moment of truth. The edge of reality.”

    The track follows a pair of recently issued Wilson cuts, the January-issued “Tender Heart” and an October cover of Steve Earle‘s 2004 song “The Revolution Starts Now.” She called the latter cut “a powerful, uplifting anthem of unity,” adding, “It’s an incitement to think higher than polarization and derision. We need that now. I used to love this song in a ‘fun’ way. Nowadays, I take it much more seriously and urgently.”

    Wilson’s most recent solo LP, 2018’s Immortal, featured covers of late artists like Tom Petty, David Bowie,  Leonard Cohen and George Michael.

    In November, Wilson announced that Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) is writing and directing a Heart biopic for Amazon. The script is expected to span the story of Ann and sister Nancy from childhood through the ’90s.

     

  • Listen to Green Day’s new song ‘Here Comes The Shock’

    Green Day have released a new song called ‘Here Comes The Shock’ – listen below.

    The trio announced the new track via Twitter on Thursday (February 17). It’s officially out in North America today (February 21) before releasing to the rest of the world tomorrow (February 22).

    Watch the song’s accompanying music video below:

    The track was also played as part of yesterday’s (February 20) NHL Outdoor Games at Lake Tahoe on NBC.

    ‘Here Comes The Shock’ marks the band’s first new material since 2020’s ‘Father Of All Motherfuckers‘ and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s recent solo covers record ‘No Fun Mondays‘.

    It comes just weeks after Green Day played their first live show in nearly a year, bringing a career-spanning three-song set to the annual NFL Honors show.

    The group played ‘Holiday’, ‘Basket Case’ and 2016 track ‘Still Breathing’ outside the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

    Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong
    Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong CREDIT: Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Live Nation

    Green Day are still set to return to the UK for their coronavirus-delayed Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy in June 2021.

    In a recent interview with NME, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo said he believes the tour is still on as it stands. “My manager just told me yesterday that the US promoter is still saying it’s gonna happen,” Cuomo explained. “That could change, but I’m not making any other plans for the summer.”

    In other Green Day news, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong recently revealed that he’s been writing a lot of new music in recent months.

    Speaking to NME, he said: “I’ve been writing a lot. I’m always putting something together, whether it’s a full demo in my small studio or just some voice notes on my phone.

    “Whether we do a full-length album or an EP or just a song, we have a lot of different options. It’s a matter of whenever the right moment happens. That’s the beauty of the way you can put music out these days. You don’t have to wait for any gatekeeper to tell you that the timing is right.”

    Armstrong added: “With the new stuff that I’m writing, I don’t know – a lot of it is kind of more self-deprecating and funny [than the last album]. Not that I’m doing a comedy record or anything. On one hand it feels autobiographical and funny, but on the other when you look at it you can put a social commentary twist to it.”

  • The Day the Traveling Wilburys Tried to Write a Prince Song

    Free from the pressures of their respective careers, the Traveling Wilburys wanted to have fun making their first record.

    While all five artists contributed songwriting talents across the album, the most animated and mischievous track on 1988’s Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, “Dirty World,” came from the band’s seemingly least humorous member, Bob Dylan, who announced one afternoon: “Let’s do one like Prince!”

    “Bob’s just very funny,” George Harrison said in a 1990 interview, two years after the release of the first album and the death of fellow Wilbury Roy Orbison.

    “I mean, a lot of people take him seriously … and if you know Dylan and his songs, he’s such a joker, really. And he just sat down and we said, ‘Okay, what we gonna do?’ And Bob said, ‘Let’s do one like Prince!’ And he just started banging away, ‘Love your sexy body. Ooh, baby.’ And it just turned, you know, like into that tune. It sounds nothing like him. But that track, I mean, I love that track. It’s just so funny, really.”

    Listen to the Traveling Wilburys’ ‘Dirty World’

    Though the song may have missed the mark in terms of sounding like Prince, Dylan gave the lyrics his best shot. Perhaps intentionally, he even name-dropped a Prince album in the second line of the song. “He loves your sexy body, he loves your dirty mind.” Prince’s third LP, Dirty Mind, was released in 1980.

    “It was about as much fun as you can legally have,” recalled Tom Petty in the 2005 book, Conversations With Tom Petty. “I’m sure it was some of the best times in my life. It was really a joyous time. Everyone was so up. The energy level, as far as creativity, was so high. And it was just so much fun.”

    To close out the Prince-inspired tune, the band took turns picking amusing lines from magazines and plugging them into the lyrics.

    “I just picked up a bunch of magazines and gave everybody a magazine,” remembered Harrison. “And Roy Orbison had Vogue magazine or something like that. I had some copies of Auto Sport, which I think I gave to Bob Dylan. And then we just started reading out things like ‘five-speed gear box’ and stuff like that. And just wrote down a big list of things. And then we reduced it down to about 12 ones that sounded interesting. We just wrote this random list and had it on the microphone. And then we just did the take. And whoever sang first sang the first one. And then we just sang ’round the group until we’d done ’em all.”

    None of the members knew it at the time, but Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 would be Orbison’s only album with the group. His death in December 1988 came just two months after the record was released. His memorable and dramatic voice got the last line in the carousel of random wordplay featured in “Dirty World.”

    “Every time it came ’round to Roy Orbison, he always got the ‘Trembling Wilbury,'” said Jeff Lynne in a 1990 radio interview with Roger Scott. “And it was just the funniest thing. [Roy’s] got the big, operatic ‘Trembling Wilbury.’ And we always collapsed every time. And no matter how we rearranged it, he always ended up with ‘Trembling Wilbury’ on the end.”

    Prince would end up sharing the stage with two Wilburys, Lynne and Petty, and Harrison’s son, Dhani, at the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In the years that followed, Prince’s guitar solo on a live rendition of Harrison’s Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” has become one of the most hailed live performances of the century.

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    Whether or not he knew about the Wilburys’ song, Prince’s exuberant attitude come through as the supergroup recorded “Dirty World.”

    “I think everyone was grooving on the fact that the whole thing didn’t lay on any one person’s shoulders,” said Petty. “We were all in the position of having to carry the whole thing. Being in this group, where we were sort of equal contributors, all of a sudden, was a great relief. And I think everyone really enjoyed that.”

     

  • Hear New Original Song by Paul Stanley’s Soul Station, ‘I, Oh I’

    Paul Stanley has released the latest single from his Soul Station project, a jubilant original titled “I, Oh I.”

    The track bounces along to a buoyant rhythm, with percussion, piano and strings leading the way. Meanwhile, Stanley’s lyrics focus on romance, depicting a man who has realized the error of his ways and is now determined to spend the rest of his life loving the woman of his dreams.

    I’m a man, and I’m proud / I was wrong, now I’ll fight to get you back in my arms,” he sings during one of the early verses, before launching into the song’s earworm chorus: “I, Oh I, realize that I’m lost here without you / And I want to live my life loving you / Yes I do.”

    You can listen to “I, Oh I” below.

    The song is the third single from Soul Station’s upcoming album, Now and Then, due March 19. The track is one of five originals featured on the LP, while the rest of the release is made up of covers of classic soul and R&B songs.

    “Between us doing some great Soul Station shows and starting the album, I started to think that neither the band or the music we love should depend only on the past, so I started writing with the goal of seamlessly taking songs into the present,” Stanley explained in press release. “From what a lot of people I respect have told me, that mission was accomplished.”

    The band debuted in 2015 and has since toured throughout the U.S. and Japan. The project is a labor of love for the Kiss frontman, who realizes that soul music is a stark departure from his normal, heavy rock sound.

    “Look, I started doing it selfishly, ’cause I love that music, and to have it surrounding me, and to get to sing those songs, is crazy. And then to also write some new tunes that really marry so well to the old tunes is like writing another page,” the singer explained on the Lipps Service podcast.

    “Will it surprise some people? Yeah,” Stanley added. “But, honestly, I’m not. … Somebody said, ‘Oh, you’re reinventing yourself.’ I’m not the champion of blues rock or hard rock or metal or this. I did Phantom of the Opera. I’m a singer, and I choose to sing whatever I choose to sing at any given time. So, really, honestly, it’s as natural for me to sing Philly soul as it is to sing rock. It’s just I haven’t done it publicly.”

     

  • Watch Big Thief debut new song ‘Simulation Swarm’ on Instagram

    Big Thief have shared a working version of a new song, ‘Simulation Swarm’, to their Instagram.

    The track is played in full on acoustic guitar by frontwoman Adrianne Lenker, and was recorded in March 2020 according to the caption. It also notes the band are “still working on this one”. The arpeggiated acoustic guitar has a  hypnotic, knotty quality to it, while Lenker sings the chorus refrain: “From the 31st floor of the simulation swarm“.

    It’s the first hint of full-band material since the release of ‘Love In Mine’ in Spring last year, an outtake from the sessions for 2019’s ‘Two Hands’.

    Watch the clip below.

    Last year was dedicated to solo projects for almost all of Big Thief’s members. Lenker released the solo companion records ‘songs’ and ‘instrumentals’; drummer James Krivchenia shared an ambient album entitled ‘A New Found Relaxation’, and guitarist Buck Meek shared the solo album ‘Two Saviours’ last month.

    In April, they also released a five-track album of unreleased demos to support their road crew. It featured three completely unheard songs, along with two full-band reworkings of songs from Lenker’s 2018 debut solo album ‘abysskiss’.

    In 2019, the band released the two-punch studio albums ‘U.F.O.F.’ and ‘Two Hands’.

  • Wolfgang Van Halen Unveils New Mammoth WVH Song ‘You’re to Blame’

    Wolfgang Van Halen has unveiled his second solo single, “You’re to Blame.”

    Released under his Mammoth WVH moniker, the track is the latest from Wolfgang’s debut solo album, Mammoth WVH, which will be released on June 11.

    Some keen-eared listeners may recognize the song as the same one Wolfgang premiered during his November appearance on The Howard Stern Show. “You’re to Blame” wasn’t officially released at the time, and bootlegged recordings of the track were removed from YouTube and file-sharing sites.

    You can listen to “You’re to Blame” below.

    Mammoth WVH will contain 14 tracks, including both “You’re to Blame” and “Distance,” the debut single that came out in November. The touring version of Mammoth WVH – which features guitarists Jon Jourdan and Frank Sidoris, drummer Garret Whitlock and bassist Ronnie Ficarro – will make their live debut tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They’ll also perform an acoustic version of “Distance” tomorrow on Today.

    Wolfgang has reportedly been working on the album for more than five years. News of the project was first revealed back in 2015. “Wait until you hear his record,” the bassist’s father, Eddie Van Halen, told fans at that time. “This is not [his] pop talking; this is real talk. It blew my mind.”

    Eddie later described his son’s music as sounding “like AC/DC meets Van Halen meets aggressive pop. The riffs are catchy. It’s a little of everything and sounds like a freight train coming at you. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s so powerful that I’m jealous.”

    Though fans would occasionally hear snippets of songs or receive updates on social media, Wolfgang Van Halen’s solo project would go through a long period of gestation. Unexpected complications, notably the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of his father, also affected the release’s timeline.

     

  • Lana Del Rey shares images teasing new song ‘White Dress’

    Lana Del Rey has shared two new images on her Instagram page, teasing a new song called ‘White Dress’.

    The track will be the first song on the musician’s forthcoming new album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, which is due to be released next month.

    Del Rey first shared a photo of a woman rollerskating in a white dress with the words “It made me feel… made me feel like a God” written in pink beneath.

    The second image featured the same woman with white angel wings on the landscape behind her. That picture had the song’s title, ‘White Dress’, written in pink underneath. See both images below now.

     

    ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ has been delayed several times from its intended release date of September 2020, but will finally arrive on March 19.

    The tracklist for the record is as follows:

    ‘White Dress’
    ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’
    ‘Tulsa Jesus Freak’
    ‘Let Me Love You Like A Woman’
    ‘Wild At Heart’
    ‘Dark But Just A Game’
    ‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost’
    ‘Yosemite’
    ‘Breaking Up Slowly’
    ‘Dance Till We Die’
    ‘For Free’

    So far, Del Rey has shared two songs from the record – ‘Let Me Love You Like A Woman’ and the title track. The latter was released in January and features the star singing: “I don’t care what they think/ Drag racing my little sports car/ I’m not unhinged or unhappy/ I’m just well.

    Around the track’s release, the musician discussed the state of America in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. Del Rey called the then-outgoing President Donald Trump “a reflection of our world’s greatest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism”.

  • Fucked Up share huge 19-minute song from new album ‘Year Of The Horse’

    Fucked Up have shared new album ‘Year Of The Horse’ – listen to its 19-minute first track below.

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    ‘Year Of The Horse’ is the latest in the band’s Zodiac series of albums, released periodically to coincide with the Chinese new year. In recent years, they’ve shared ‘Year Of The Dragon’ (2014), ‘Year Of The Hare’ (2015) and ‘Year Of The Snake’ (2017).

    As of now, ‘Year Of The Horse’ is only available to purchase on Bandcamp, but its first song – a 19-minute behemoth – is available to stream for free on the platform.

    “For now this is just living on Bandcamp,” the band tweeted. “No spotify, no streaming. We will announce the physical in a while. For the next few months this will just be released as song and story, so please enjoy. Full lyrics are available with download.”

    When sharing the new album, the band dedicated the release to Power Trip singer Riley Gale and Iron Age’s Wade Allison, who both passed away last year.

    Upon Gale’s passing last year, the band paid tribute on social media, calling the singer “one of the best to ever ever do it,” with singer Damian Abraham adding: “I will love and miss you forever Riley.”

    Fucked Up’s most recent album ‘Dose Your Dreams’ came out in 2018. A four-star NME review of the album said: “For those who may be longing for Fucked Up’s hardcore punk days of old, you needn’t fret: the trio of opener ‘None Of Your Business, Man’, ‘House of Keys’ – both equipped with churning guitars, thumping drums, and Abraham’s impassioned roar – and the searing ‘Accelerate’ are sure to get the circle pit-minded faction of their fanbase on side.

    “There’s almost something for everyone on ‘Dose Your Dreams’, and, thankfully, that eclectic aspect to Fucked Up’s most ambitious project yet means it leans more towards opus than hopeless.”

  • You Should Listen to Tetrarch’s New Song ‘You Never Listen’

    Tetrarch, who released their debut album, Freak, in 2017, have just announced their second record, Unstable, will be released on April 30. The group teased what was to come last year with the song, “I’m Not Right,” and have just released a music video for the follow-up single, “You Never Listen.”

    The song is built around undulating, downtuned rhythms and a fluid drum beat that helps blur the line between modern day hard rock and industrialized heavy metal. Is djentrock a thing? It’s about to be with this futurist twist Tetrarch employ on their latest song.

    “‘You Never Listen’ is for anybody who has struggled or is struggling through a broken relationship – whether it be with a family member, friend, significant other, or even with themselves. So many times, we find that people we once were close with or felt like we knew well show a darker and different side of themselves that forces us apart. ‘You Never Listen’ is about having the strength to say enough is enough and to rid yourself of those toxic situations,” said frontman and guitarist Josh Fore.

    “We wanted to do something unexpected and approach the song from a different lens,” said Diamond Rowe of the “You Never Listen” video. “Conceptually, the video follows a young kid who is obviously living in a bad situation in a messed-up home. Throughout the video, the kid deals with the inner voices and visions in his head, represented by the band members appearing and disappearing, as he struggles to understand what’s real and what isn’t. As the song ramps up, we wanted to portray the kid as telling those voices to shut up as he takes control and rids himself of the negative energy around him.”

    Regarding what to expect from the Unstable record, the guitarist explained, “The album has an overall theme of self-reflection and really looking at the relationships or parts of yourself/your life that you don’t like and getting out of those situations. It’s an angsty record. Musically, we were not timid in showing that we refuse to be boxed in as artists, and I think we really came out swinging with showing the world the type of band that we want to be. Freak did great for us and showed us that the music we were making was something that people wanted to hear, and that gave us the confidence to write and record this beast of an album.”

    Watch the music video for “You Never Listen” toward the bottom of the page and read the lyrics directly below. You can view the complete track listing and Unstable album art beneath the video player as well. To pre-order the record, which comes out on Napalm Records, head here.

    Tetrarch, “You Never Listen” Lyrics

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen
    I never thought we could fall this far
    I never listened

    There’s something I’ve been needing to say
    I’m getting sick of the fights and the shots you take
    It’s chilling the words you choose
    Now you’re hiding when they’re spit at you

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen
    I never thought we could fall this far
    Won’t change my mind
    I’ll never listen to you

    Don’t you know that you’re a burden on me
    You’re a monster I thought that I’d never see
    It’s a feeling that I won’t miss
    Are you happy that it’s come to this

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen (I never listen to you)
    I never thought we could fall this far
    Won’t change my mind
    I’ll never listen to
    Won’t listen to you anymore

    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t listen to you anymore (Why are you here)
    I won’t listen to you anymore (Get it through your head)

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen (I never listen to you)
    I never thought we could fall this far
    Won’t change my mind
    I’ll never listen to you

    I can’t believe this is where we are
    You never listen (I never listen to you)
    I never thought we could fall this far
    Won’t change my mind
    I’ll never listen to you

    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t listen to you anymore
    I won’t
    Won’t listen to you anymore

    Tetrarch, “You Never Listen” Music Video

    Tetrarch, Unstable Album Art + Track Listing

    01. “I’m Not Right”
    02. “Negative Noise”
    03. “Unstable”
    04. “You Never Listen”
    05. “Sick Of You”
    06. “Take A Look Inside”
    07. “Stitch Me Up”
    08. “Addicted”
    09. “Pushed Down”
    10. “Trust Me”

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