HDQ need little introduction to anyone who knows anything about UK punk rock. The hugely successful band from Sunderland were one of the leading lights of the late 80s hardcore punk scene and one of the first to openly be influenced by the melodic sounds of the mid 80s American hardcore punk bands like Dag Nasty, Descendents, Hüsker Dü. After numerous tours and the release of three critically acclaimed albums, two Peel Sessions, plus seven inch and twelve inch singles, 75% of the band went on with Frankie Stubbs to form LEATHERFACE and have even more success over the years. Now, David Golledge (Vocals), Dickie Hammond (Guitar) and have reunited with Skruff Owen (ex LEATHERFACE – Drums), Mick Jones (guitar) and Dean Liddle (bass) to record the first new HDQ album in 23 years – and “Lost In Translation” does not disappoint – its everything you would want and expect from an HDQ album in the 21st century, Golly’s vocals have never sounded better, and complement the unmistakable guitar sound of Dickie Hammond to a tee.
Here you’ll find twelve first class Glam-Garage-Punkrock smashers by The Fume, hailing from Gothenburg/SWE. The Hives just invited them for their Scandinavian tour in April 2013. And this fits perfectly! Where The Hives rather hommage the 60s, The Fume pick up influences of Slade, Bowie, Bolan & Roxy Music. With an often slightly distorted sound, but great punch and drive, you won’t find too often nowadays. This is the ultimate soundtrack for your Rock n Roll party. Fans of Eagles of Death Metal and Turbonegro will love The Fume.
Guz, also known as mastermind, frontman, lead singer and guitar player Die Aeronauten, releases with „Der beste Freund des Menschen“ (“humans best friend”) his 8th solo album. Twelve songs, orchestrated with piano, acoustic guitars and sampler mainly. The sound varies from electro rock ‘n’ roll to symphonic sounds and „Dixieland“ (New Orleans Jazz style). Guz observes carefully, once with humour, once with sarcasm, from slightly irritated to being astonished. He tells stories like no one else. Not just scratching the surface but digging deep in our potentially senseless being. In the past Guz found the bad in the good, now he finds the good in the bad. Set in music with clearly drawn und happily united antipodes. Most of the twelve tracks were recorded and produced at Guz’ own Star Track studio in the last three years. Guz, an old and despaired musician with without prospects? Not at all! And that’s why: „Wir werden immer jemand finden, den wir anpumpen können.“ (We’ll always find someone we could ask for money). Have there ever been better news?
Singer Jon Landry explains the band’s motivation to write the acoustic album as follows: „There was no motive to write “For King and Country” other than trying to challenge ourselves. As songwriters, we always have an axe to grind in terms of lyrical expression. That will never change. Our world is too fucked up to let things slide. Be forewarned that the lyrics tend to lean towards the sarcastic side at times. I’m told sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but then again some people take art way to seriously. All that aside, it was our collective desire to return to the core of what makes our band tick; western folk music and the vast expanse of form and style in which it presents itself. We love John Prine and Tommy Emmanuel. We lose our shit over Planxty and Neil Young. Ricky Skaggs is the man.
Live in CAN:
29.11.13 Victoria, Club 9one9
30.11.13 Vancouver, The Cellar Nightclub
01.12.13 Vancouver, The Railway Club
04.12.13 Moncton, Tide & Boar
05.12.13 Parrsboro, Ship’s Company Theatre
06.12.13 New Glasgow, Glasgow Square Theatre
07.12.13 East Margaretsville, Evergreen Theatre
12.12.13 Whycocomagh, L’arche Cape Breton
13.12.13 Guysborough, Chedabucto Performing Arts Center
14.12.13 Truro, Marigold Cultural Centre
31.12.13 Halifax, Marquee Club