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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Motors - At The BBC

The Motors - At The BBC
In Wav - Scans are included

John Peel Session (April 1977)
4-1 Emergency  
4-2 Bring In The Morning Light  
4-3 Dancing The Night Away  
John Peel Session (September 1977)
4-4 Phoney Heaven  
4-5 Freeze  
4-6 You Beat The Hell Outta Me  
4-7 Dancing The Night Away

Last and short live CD.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

ROLE MODELS - Dance Moves

This is The Role Models third full length already. Once again the band delivers 13 original songs, soon to be classics, of super catchy, fun, addictive, powerful rock'n'roll with great vocals, driving guitars and an ever pulsating rhythm section.

This new record has some great guests on it. Duncan Reid from legendary powerpop group The Boys, Kris Rodgers of the Scott Sorry Band and some old friends like Stacy Stray. Andy Brook returns as producer and Rich Jones joins once again. 

It was time for this blog to have a very interesting conversation with Rags, the man behind the Role Models.

1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about The Role models to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

Hello everyone! What can I say? Role Models are rock n roll band motivated and called to arms by powerpop and punk. That, right there, seems to be the sweet spot of having a great time and singin' your life. Within that holy trinity is where I feel a lot can be said and felt.
We've just released three full length albums in as many years with the fourth already written and ready to go! We wanna earn our bread through the timeless snake oil salesman trade of music. Only our medicine is pretty good, from what I'm told. We have Daniel Husayn on bass, Nick Hughes on guitar and vocals and Simon Maxwell on the pots and pans! Oh And me, Rags. I sing.

2) About the recently released record "Dance Moves", what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

The recording was done with Andy Brook at The Brook in London. He's been with us on every album, EP, single we've done. And we love love love working with that guy! Knows when the tequila needs to be brought out. And put away!
We like to lay down the rhythm section and make sure that is really happening. Then the guitars and vocals and whatever else we dream up. So, no, not live, but kinda traditional in how we work it up, I guess. But, having said that, we try to keep things pretty open. Not too many overdubs weighing it down. A good idea is a good idea. No need to do it a hundred times!

3) It's seems there were a lot of guest musicians invited this time. Tell us more about the collaboration with all these guys and their personal involvement in this new record.

Every album we've made has some guests on it. I feel it gets us excited, and with people in the past like Sami Yaffa and Steve Conte for example, it really feels like we are sharing our music with people who've inspired us in the first place.
This album had Stacy Stray from Toronto's Robin Black and The Intergalactic Rock Stars play the solo on 'Reach Me'. That guy was someone who made my life a way better, fun place years ago when I lived in T. O. and, well, he's a hell of guitar player. I wanted a Alice Cooper vibe and I knew he would get it!
We got Kris Rodgers from the Scott Sorry Band to do keys after touring with them. Man, that tour was something else. We really made some close, close friends there! And, again, what a player! That's kinda the way it goes. A lot of the people who are guests on it are friends we love and who we've played with in one way or another. And if ya got something to share with the people you love, do it! I would mention Rich Jones in all that, but really, he's like a fifth member to us. He's been a real supportive person to me over the years and we always make room for our brutha!

4) What is exactly pictured on the front of "Dance Moves"? And while we are at it, what's with the title? You guys do not really play what is considered as "dance" music these days?

The front cover is just a pic I took backstage at The Borderline recently, and I liked what it said. There is Simon warming up... the Rickenbacker case open and ready to go... all in a little backstage area. Not much glamour, but here we are. Still. You can count on us to keep plugin' away!
The title is something that came up in a conversation joking with Jones on the phone. I said it, and right away... "THAT'S the title of the new album!" Loved how it sounded. It works in the way that this album is about someone who is on a binge weekend. A bender. Trying to forget some pain, some hardships, or maybe remember them, if ya know what I mean. A bit of an exorcism. But this way of dealing with things can't work forever. The person wants to take back a little control, but here we are in the middle of it. We all know how those binges go... HAPPY... saaaaad... nostalgic... paranoid... the regaining of strength and sense of self... and maybe the feeling you can finally move on. A lot of different dance moves.

5) What is your favorite topic to write about or the topic that comes easily when you write a
new song?

A lot of songs come from either personal experiences or what I see affect my loved ones. No favorites, but I don't really make stuff up out of the blue.

6) Are you the exclusive composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

I write, arrange and demo all the songs at home then send them to Simon who reworks the feel and dynamics. The other two then put their mark on it. Now, all you have to do is listen to a demo and the finished product to know just how absolutely important each one of those guys are to the sound of this band. What those guys do is petty incredible and I am always very impatient and excited to hear that take place!

7) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

I was the youngest of six kids. Ten years younger than than the second last. So, you can imagine there were a lot of amazing records laying around the house. Stones, Beatles, New York Dolls, Nazareth, Kiss, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Led Zep, AC/DC, Sweet, Bowie, Cheap Trick, Motorhead, Damned, Blondie, Tom Petty... the list goes on and on. I was in absolute love with it all. I was a bit lonely as a kid. Kinda smiling away sadness a lot of the time.  But man, down in my room or at the record player, well, I felt so happy. Like I was ok. Unafraid and looking to a bright future.
Three bands that still have an influence from those days? Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, and a band that I discovered without the help of that pile of records, The Replacements. All three seemed to be able to do what they wanted, try new things, and yet retain their individuality. They were opening up their hearts and, whatever was showing, standin' tall! That feeling of, "I never said I would "make it" I just said I'd never quit." Their music and attitude still sticks with me. Feels like good friends.

8) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release? 

We have a youtube picture thing for "I Want More" but no new video as of yet. We have been concentrating on these albums so much! Time to do one I suppose!

9) I hope you will not be offended but -at times- your voice and the way you sing make me think about Tom Petty. How did you react to the news of his death? Or was he absolute no hero of yours?

Oh! I was, and am, quite heartbroken about it. His music has been with me, playing a soundtrack for every part of my life it seems. The feeling that his consciousness, that guy, is no longer walkin' around ready to write or sing another song, is incredibly sad. I will take that comparison as a compliment. Thank you.

10) What can concert goers expect at a gig of  The Role models? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

They can expect us to be playing and singin' our hearts out. The live show can be quite a bit more severe than what's on the album. They can expect a damn good time as well because we'll be having one. They can expect Friday night no matter what night it is!
We used to do some Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, some Plimsouls... but right now, for instance, on the Michael Monroe Tour, we have a slightly shorter set so we wanna explode out of the gate with our stuff.

11) What are the plans for the rest of 2017 as far as The Role models are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon to promote this new record?

We have the Michael Monroe tour, some other shows that are being booked as we speak and we are getting ready to record our fourth full length album, "Like We'll Never Make It" Europe will be on the cards for the next record.

12) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

To you and the readers...Thank you! It is blogs, magazines and online communities like this that keep rock n roll alive. In a true sense. Written about, written by, and read by true believers! We as a band are very grateful to be included! Hope to see some of you out there!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Motors - Tenement Steps

The Motors - Tenement Steps
In Wav - Scans are included

1 Love And Loneliness  
2 Metropolis  
3 Modern Man  
4 That's What John Said  
5 Tenement Steps  
6 Slum People  
7 Here Comes The Hustler  
8 Nightmare Zero  
Bonus Tracks
9 Love And Loneliness (7" Version)  
10 Time For Make Up  
11 Crazy Alice  
12 That's What John Said (7" Version)  
13 Love Round The Corner  
14 Tenement Steps (7" Version)  
15 Dancing The Night Away (Re-Mix)  
16 Emergency (Re-Mix)  
17 Sensation (Re-Mix)

More Motors, mostly interesting for the Bonus tracks!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Motors - Approved By The Motors

The Motors - Approved By The Motors
In Wav - Scans are included

1 Airport
2 Mamma Rock N Roller
3 Forget About You
4 Do You Mind
5 You Beat The Hell Outta Me
6 Breathless
7 Soul Redeemer
8 Dreaming Your Life Away
9 Sensation
10 Today
Bonus Tracks
11 The Day I Found A Fiver
12 Cold Love (Live)
13 Be What You Gotta Be (Live)
14 i. Picturama ii. The Middle Bit iii. Soul Surrender
15 Today (7" Version)

Approved by the Motors is the second studio album by The Motors, originally released in May 1978. The album only spent 1 week in the UK Albums Charts reaching number 60. Four singles came from the album, "Airport", "Forget About You", "Today" and "Sensation".
The Motors had just completed a 5-week tour of the USA when they started recording the album on 1 February 1978. The album was produced by Peter Ker and the two main songwriters in the group, Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster. It was mostly recorded at Pathway Studios, London and engineered by Andy Miller at IBC Studios and Pathway Studios, Basing Street Studios, Olympic Studios. This album used some material that had been written by McMaster and Garvey before the band had formed the year before.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Motors - The Motors 1

The Motors - The Motors 1
In WAV - Scans are included

1 Dancing The Night Away
2 Freeze
3 Cold Love
4 Phoney Heaven
5 Bring In The Morning Light
6 Emergency
7 Whiskey And Wine
8 Summertime (Is Calling)
9 Be What You Gotta Be
Bonus Tracks
10 Dancing The Night Away (Single Version)
11 You Beat The Hell Outta Me (Single Version)
12 Cold Love (Remix)

Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster first worked together as members of Ducks Deluxe, one of the tougher and more rollicking bands to emerge from the British pub rock scene, so when punk rock raised the ante on volume and attitude by the time their next band, the Motors, released their first album in 1977, they were more than willing to meet the challenge. While The Motors 1 is a long way from punk rock, it certainly reflects what many pub rock refugees learned from punk -- namely, keep playing straight-ahead rock tunes, but kick up the volume and tempo and forget trying to sound like the Band. The Motors 1 kicks off with the superb "Dancing the Night Away," an excellent fusion of pop melody with big guitar firepower, and the song is so effective that it sets a standard the rest of the disc can't quite match. But they do come close in spots, especially on the cranked-up "Phoney Heaven" and the Springsteen-esque "Bring in the Morning Light," while the neo-reggae lurch of "Cold Love" confirms these guys didn't have to limit themselves to four-square rock and roll. Nick Garvey and Bram Tchaikovsky are a formidable guitar combination on this album, while Rick Slaughter's drumming is sharply energetic and Andy McMaster is a truly valuable point man on bass, keyboards, and guitars. The Motors 1 is a fine set of meat-and-potatoes rock and roll played with the right amount of sweat and more smarts and craft than you might expect.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Resonars - The Resonars (1998)

The Resonars - The Resonars (1998)
In FLAC - Scans are included

A1 Definetely Crescent Ridge  
A2 So Below  
A3 Crawl Out My Window  
A4 Three Sisters And A Brother  
A5 Own Up  
A6 Hello Lemmings  
B1 Bleak Day  
B2 Dark On You Now  
B3 Queen Tonight  
B4 Six Daisy Neckchain  
B5 Sightings At Nine  
B6 This Is Not What Happens

The record that started it all.