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Temple Avenue…
…an alternative rock band based in the North East of the UK. Their music is a raw mix of rock, grunge and punk, with influences ranging from Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana to 3 Colours Red.
Uncomplicated and stripped back, Temple Avenue’s style has no room for pretentiousness or egotistical flamboyance; they’ve taken the bells and whistles and thrown them from a high speeding car, turned the radio up and not looked back.
Temple Avenue started life in mid 2013 under the name ‘Alter The Republic’, and quickly gained momentum during their first year. Support slots included Tek-One at the O2 Academy, hard rock band Fallen Red at Think Tank and opening for Saints of Arcadia at the highly successful launch of their debut EP “XI.MMXIV” as well as runners up for the 2014 Guitar Guitar sponsored Battle of the Bands at the legendary Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle.
Early demos of two tracks “Black Box” and “Remedy” were quickly picked up by a number of independent radio stations, with local newspapers also providing support, helping to establish their name across the local scene.
After a couple of line up changes, the band felt a change of name was appropriate. Temple Avenue was conceived from the confused looks on people’s faces when faced with the question “sorry, Alter the What?”
The final third of 2015 has seen the trio, Craig (vocals and guitar), Martin (Bass and beard) and Dom (drums and vocals) refining their sound and writing new material. When discussing their writing process, the lads state they try not to take themselves too serious, but collectively agree that no single member should try to take artistic control of the music.
In May 2015 the band finally released their debut self titled EP. Available on CD and through a variety of digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, the EP has been well received by local media and the modest following the lads have brought together.

Craig Brown (vocals, guitar) Martin Hudson (bass) Dom Aitkenhead (drums, vocals)

This note from their website  “with the help of Stephen and Anne at RNE Records, we released ‘By The River’. Thank you for the continued support, great comments and feedback we have received regarding the track. It’s been overwhelming to have had so many awesome things said. If you’re new to us, take a peek at the snippet of ‘By The River’ by clicking the link 

https://soundcloud.com/temple-avenue/by-the-river-snippet

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A ‘Big’ guitar song which would not sound out of place on a long lost Nirvana cd. Lovely pounding bass guitar sound from Martin Hudson complements the hammer drums of Dom Aitkenhead perfectly.Nice light and shade between the verses choruses which showcases the excellent voice of Craig Brown. How a 3 piece Band can make this much beautiful racket is beyond me but I bet this song is a killer in a live setting.!!

Black Box

Gorgeously filthy bass guitar intro piles nicely into another uptempo rocker.Another great mix on this song, drums big and punchy, good separation on the guitars and the vocals with great harmonies cut through very nicely.No doubt another live fave !!

Nowhere to Be

Nice “Nirvana” -sounding intro.Great arrangement keeps up the interest and another great performance from each member, stars all round here.

Cela Dor

Total departure on this song ! tasty acoustic/vocal intro this time, once again showcasing the excellent voice of Craig.The Harmonies are spot on too.Beautiful mix again when the tasty guitar solo kicks in to take the song to the next level,  full of passion, harmony and vigour.Excellent stuff.

Temple Avenue

TEMPLE AVENUE deserve to be checked out immediately.Do so…….. now !!!!!

ADE FISHER

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BEST BAND of the DAY is proud to present to you a Star Interview with

                                 Bill Leverty………………………..Guitarist of FireHouse and Solo Artist.

Thanks so much Bill for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me today.

1.When was the moment you knew music was your life mission?

It was a series of little moments for me. Each time I saw a rock concert, I stepped closer to wanting to be a full time musician. My first concerts were The Doobie Brothers, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and BTO. Playing guitar during this time in my life helped draw me closer. The final decision to try to be a full-time musician came when I decided to take an indefinite hiatus after my first year of college. After many years of working real hard, I started to see some positive results.

2.Did you try to sound like anyone else when you were learning the guitar?

I tried to learn my favorite songs like they were on the recordings. These were the only real lessons I got other than the first basic chord chart lessons I got when I first started. Yes, I wanted to get the songs and solos right, so I guess I was trying to sound like everyone in my record collection.

3.Who was the first Major band you saw live?

The Doobie Brothers. They were amazing.

4.What was the first record you bought and why?

Ted Nugent’s first album. I heard “Stranglehold” and had to own it, then I had to learn how to play it.

5.what inspired you to take up the guitar?

I was always drawn to the sound of the guitar. When I learned my first 3 chords (D, C, and G), I could play “Sweet Home Alabama”. I was hooked from then on.

6.How does musical inspiration come to you?

It’s 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration. I go down to my studio and play my guitar until I come up with something that I think sounds interesting to me. It usually takes a lot of time. I’ve also been inspired by singing. Sometimes, just singing a melody helps to generate the spark that lights the fire. Sometimes an idea will come in a dream. More often than not though, it’s just going into my studio and working, practicing, and trying to come up with something that I haven’t done before.

7.who are your favourite Songwriters?

There are so many. I’ll name a few of the bands. Beatles, Scorpions, Skynyrd, Boston, Aerosmith, Dixie Dregs, The Eagles. I could go on and on. I’m sure I’m leaving some out. There are so many great writers out there.

8.When you began learning guitar did you have an ambition to turn it into a successful career?

Not at first, but pretty soon I wanted to be able to make a living as a professional musician. I never wanted to be a big rock star or anything like that. I just wanted to be a professional musician who could pay my bills.

9.what are you most proud of as a musician?

I’m proud to have been a part of a band whose songs have had a positive impact on people’s lives. I’ve heard stories that our songs have made a difference for people in a good way, either keeping a family together, helped someone who was going through a depression in their life, or helped someone fight cancer. These are the things that make me feel good about what I’ve done as a musician.

10.How do you approach writing for Firehouse compared to your solo work?

I try to write any way I can. It’s a never ending challenge. When You’re not thinking about it, it doesn’t happen. Writing is pretty much the same process not matter how I’m doing it. I try to come up with an idea that has potential. Either a riff or a chorus, or just a title or hook it can get it started. If the idea is good enough, it’ll hopefully lead to the next part of the song, next chord change, etc. I try to let the song tell me where it wants to go. I don’t force it. When I work on my own, I don’t have the other guys to bounce the ideas off of, so things tend to go a bit slower.

11.How does your live guitar rig differ from your recording rig.?

I’ve been using the Fractal Audio Axe FX 2 for both. The only thing that has changed is that a few months ago, I got a Fractal Audio AX8, which is pedal board with the same amazing amp and speaker tone. It’s more compact and fits in my backpack. My Axe FX 2 is now in my studio. The  AX8 has a little less processing power so you can only use 2 amps in one patch and you can’t load up a bunch of effects all at once, but my sound isn’t very heavy with effects anyway.

12.What is your approach to recording your guitar parts?

I start out with the writing process, hoping that I can use some of the tracks that I’m initially recording. So, I’ve got a guitar sound dialed up with the Axe FX that fits the part of the song I’m working on, and I just record it directly into Protools. I save the preset because frequently, I’ll want to change what I played, and with the Axe FX2, it’s so easy to just go to that preset and it’s right there. No changing settings on an amp, adjusting the mic in the other room, mic pre, EQ, compressor, etc. It’s exactly the same, so it really takes the pressure off. There’s much more freedom now and the tone is STUNNING.

13.what’s the best advice you have been given?

“Take a course in music theory.”

14.A lot of musicians don’t read music or know theory.What is your take on this.?

I’m not a good sight reader, but taking music theory REALLY helped me. I’ll never know enough theory. It’s the kind of thing that can always improve my musicianship. Music theory probably helped me more than anything. I also had a great teacher which made it a lot of fun.

14.As someone in the Rock spotlight, how do you balance your music with having a family.?

It was tough at first to be honest. I managed and tour managed our band for over 9 years. I was in my office most of the day advancing shows, production, rider requirements, etc. I was working with our booking agent to organize tours, working with the other guys in the band to get a consensus on business decisions, working with our accountant to keep our books organized so that it was easier for him to prepare our corporate returns at the end of the year. I was booking the flights, hotels, vans, busses, writing the paychecks, managing the merch inventory, on and on. On a show day, my to-do list was completely full, then I had to get up on stage and smile, sing, & play guitar. On top of all this, I was producing and engineering recording projects, running our indy label, working with distributors around the world to get our CD’s out. There was very little time left for my family. I didn’t see a problem for a long time because I have an amazing wife, but it soon became readily apparent that we needed a change. I talked to the band and told them that I just couldn’t carry this workload much longer. They understood and right about that time, a guy, who we all knew and loved, gave me a call looking for a gig. He jumped right in as our tour manager. I then learned what balance really felt like. It’s easier these days because we mainly go out and play gigs on the weekends so I’m at home during the week. I can go to my daughter’s sporting events, plays, etc. I can be there when she gets home from school and help her with her homework. I still get dragged into the management of our band from time to time, but nothing like it used to be.

15.Any weird stories backstage at one of your gigs ?

There are so many. It seems like every night there’s something weird that happens. Most of the stories are things that I can’t repeat because I’d be throwing someone under the bus. I can say that backstage has gotten much less of an animal house vibe now that we’re a little bit more seasoned. Back in the day, everyone was on eleven.

16.which solo album MOST represents who you are as a musician ?

For me, it’s a tie between SOUTHERN EXPOSURE and DRIVE. SOUTHERN EXPOSURE represents myself as a guitarist playing instrumental music, basically singing the melodies with my guitar. I tried to write interesting changes in those songs and still make it easy to listen to as an instrumental album. DRIVE, which is an album of cover tunes from my youth, shows my influences before I decided that I wanted to become a musician. I tried to put my style into these songs without losing the vibe of the original artist. I feel like this album shows where I’m coming from as a singer. It’s my way of going back in time and being the singer in a cover tunes band. These are the songs that I’d want to have in the setlist. I’m working on my fifth solo album now. I hope to have it done by the end of the year.

17.Who made you feel the most starstruck when you met them ?

Ted Nugent. He was one of my biggest influences, and when I met him for the first time, I was shaking. Later, in 1993, FireHouse got to tour with Damn Yankees and Poison. On this tour, Ted was extremely kind to me and we became friends. He’d sit down and eat with me at catering. Ted would come to where I was warming up with my little 9 volt battery powered Marshall amp that I had clipped to my belt and he’d play me something he was working on. Last year, FireHouse opened up for him at Sturgis and Ted was on the side of the stage watching us. After his set, he walked right up to me and shook my hand. He’s a great guy and he’s singing and playing better than ever.

18.Ok Bill.Final question 😉 All Family are safe, but your house is burning! You can save only ONE of the following.What would it be ?

from your GUITARS                 My CR Alsip “13” guitar

from your AMPS                       My   Splawn Quick Rod

from your PEDALS                   My   Fractal Audio AX8

from your RECORD COLLECTION           Dixie Dregs – “Bring ‘Em Back Alive”

from your BOOKS                         The Holy Bible

from your FILM COLLECTION.         Spinal Tap

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Huge thanks to BILL LEVERTY for taking the time to be interviewed this week.

Bill is working on his 5th solo album. Here’s where you can listen to all of his tunes:

ADE FISHER

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STEGO

Location: Muscle Shoals, AL
Genre/style: Prog Rock
Bio:

From the steel plants in the heart of Dixie. Lurking deep in the swamp and forged with the sweat of the Gulf of Mexico. A sound as vast as the southern weather pounding iron under a blacksmith’s hammer. STEGO blossoms with vigor. Furiously trudging toward the line that separates the dark from light, the alternative and progressive, the trio sets it’s self apart from the fold with raw unbridled emotion like an awakened golem crushing the terraform underfoot.

The trio is the product of a vast array of influences and experimentation blended together to shape a high energy, explosive rock and roll experience. The music of STEGO merges an alternative rock foundation with the power of a progressive core, and the result is a distinct and satisfying sound.

Band members and instruments:

Chris Chandler (Vocals/Guitar)

Justin Keef (Drums)

Jon Carrasco (Bass guitar)

History:

The band was formed in late 2009 and played it’s first show on Oct 29th 2009. Once known as Stegosaurus the trio shortened the name upon enlisting new drummer Justin Keef. The change brought on a different vision and moved the music toward a progressive rock sound leaving the alternative/pop/punk genre behind altogether. STEGO has shared the stage with bands such as Losing September, Shallow Side, Cadaver Dogs, and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Official video single “Bottom Feeder” from the new album “Void Clear Light”

http://youtu.be/mTztYpd9kyA

Listen to 3 songs from “Void Clear Light” on Soundcloud:

Cage Down By the River     https://soundcloud.com/stego2012/cage-down-by-the-river

Ok, so some relaxing water-meditation starts this track to lull you into a false sense of security, because pretty soon you get hit with some awesome instrumentation of great guitar riff, bass and drums forming a really swampy, grungy sound.Great odd time signature with nice dissonant guitar chords bring in the brilliant voice of Chris Chandler.I’m featuring STEGO today because from the first 10 seconds of this song I was dragged into the sound of this brilliant 3-piece Band, and I know in the first few moments if I’m going to like a band or not.Here, there was no contest, cos by the time the double-speed chorus kicks in I’m a goner !!!!By the end I KNOW Chris is in a Cage Down By The River !!!!!

Bottom Feeder:                 https://soundcloud.com/stego2012/bottom-feeder

There’s more water at the start of this track but it hints at something more menacing like the sound of something wriggling around like the Loch Ness Monster maybe !! Then another grimy guitar riff oozes from the speakers like the creature from the Black Lagoon,as Chris Chandler portrays life at the bottom .This is an epic track !!!!!!You can almost smell the stench of the stagnant pool below.Great Production again with a massive sound.

The Key Of Solomon:      https://soundcloud.com/stego2012/the-key-of-solomon

Another attention-grabbing introduction, this time featuring uptempo drums and bass overlaid with lush instrumental guitars in a Proggy kind of way. Really cool !!Nice punchy light and shade in the verses and chorus and a very tasty bass/guitar middle section, all atmospheric and some gorgeous lead guitar delayed lines, leading to some frenetic drumming racing to the end.Breathtaking stuff !!!

If you are looking for a kick ass band with intelligence, look no further than STEGO.

I still don’t know how a 3-piece can make such a beautiful racket !!!! Check them out Now!!!!!!!

Ade Fisher

Discography including release years:

Stegosaurus “Comet Scar” Full length 2010

STEGO “Void Clear Light” EP 2014

Listen to the entire “Void Clear Light’ stream here: https://onerpm.com/#/store/player

Email address: Stego247@gmail.com

Website URL(s): Stego2012.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StegosaurusRocks

Twitter: Twitter.com/stego2012

Reverbnation

https://www.reverbnation.com/stego2012

Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/stego2012

Where music can be purchased:

iTunes, Amazon Mp3, OneRpm.com, Emusic, GrooveShark, Rhapsody, GooglePlay, IheartRadio, Slacker, Beats Music, Spotify, Xbox Music.

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After rip roaring sets and sold out gigs, this Birmingham quartet has really arrived!

Supporting The View and playing up and down the country, the rebels are putting their own original stamp on the Birmingham music scene and are definitely on the rise.

Their latest EP, ‘HOWLIN’, was released in the summer of 2014 and is available for worldwide digital download. The official video for lead single ‘SHAKE ME DOWN’ was released June 29th.

The four-piece band from Birmingham combines the power and intensity of classic rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues.

Members: Danny Core – Vocals & Rhythm guitar; Luke Davis – Vocals & Bass; James Tranter – Vocals & Lead Guitar; Anthony Byrne – Drums & Percussion

SHAKE ME DOWN    https://soundcloud.com/brokenwittrebels/shake-me-down-1

The tasty, subdued guitar intro eases you gently into a modern take on The Faces type instrumentation. THEN ENTERS “THE VOICE” !!!!! A voice that sounds like a thousand break-ups and a million JD’S, perfectly complementing the great musicians on show.This song ooses Deep South, never guessing it originated in Birmingham uk !! I can see why this was a single, very commercial in a sort of Kings of Leon sort of way. Awesome !!!

HOWLIN   https://soundcloud.com/brokenwittrebels/howlin

Another rootsy rocker featuring some great guitar riffs and powerful bass n drums and another killer vocal from Danny Core.

From the EP of the same name this is another hit single in the waiting.Nice wah wah solo too !!

BOTTOM OF THE HILL   https://soundcloud.com/brokenwittrebels/bottom-of-the-hill

Slower in tempo but not intensity, this song is drenched in bluesy soul, the passion is dripping out of the speakers !!!!

Lovely contrast of light and shade in the verses and chorus with more awesome guitar and the ever-present world class vocals.You might need to bring fire extinguishers if you catch this band live..!!!! if the UK keeps producing bands as great as this, then the future of music is in very safe hands .

catch them at

Saturday 30 May 2015

Camden Rocks 2015

http://www.brokenwittrebels.com/

ADE FISHER

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COLOUR

This is what COLOUR say about themselves:

We are a new Art Rock band, our members literally residing in Liverpool, Stoke and Rutland. We create our own music, content and art from our studio on the Northwest Coast. We’ve just released our debut EP. BBC Introducing ‘New Band of the Year 2014’ from Stoke.

  • Born on 1 January 2013
  • Band Members
    Tidd, Scott, Downey, Connor
    The overwhelming word that comes to mind when listening to COLOUR is “Refreshing”.In this age of Taylor Swift and conveyor belt pop, it is so refreshing to hear a young band actually working on instrumentation, arrangements and songwriting. On STRANGERS interplay between the 2 guitars, bass and drums is breath-taking then the excellent vocals kick in to top off a brilliant song. I hate looking for influences but Simple Minds and U2 come to mind, surely no bad thing. A very commercial track which deserves success.
    RED                  https://soundcloud.com/colourbanduk/red
    More Beautiful cascading guitars open RED  then powers into another commercial masterpiece featuring some gorgeous bass lines and another impassioned vocal. Jeez these guys can play !!!!!! I can see them onstage now at Glastonbury !!!!
    Slower, moodier guitar intro on this track: the production is stunning on all these songs, no more so on SHATTERED
    Another ridiculously catchy chorus and by now COLOUR are really impressing with their consistently great songwriting.
    It has been said by many recently that rock music is dead !! Well, on the evidence of COLOUR I think our musical heritage is in very safe hands.If they arent massive in a year or two I’ll eat my hat !!!
    YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST !!!!
    ADE FISHER

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GOODNIGHT GRAVITY

High energy pop punk/hardcore forming in the great state of Colorado. Finding a balance between brutal hardcore and high energy/positive pop punk, Goodnight Gravity is dishing out a tasty dish best heard on their sophomore Ep;

“All In Is All We Know”.https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-in-is-all-we-know-ep/id588449943

Members Josh Dwernychuk – Vocals/Guitar

Dylan Neise – Guitar

Andrew Tekansik– Bass/Vocals

Jake Westerman – Drums

Sounds Like: Four Year Strong, Knockout Kid, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, New Found Glory, All Time Low

Bio: We are a pop, punk, hardcore, rock band from Colorado. We started a couple years ago in a small town and have only grown since then.

CHEMICAL ROULETTE. (http://www.purevolume.com/download.php?id=3395038)

powerhouse intro featuring big guitars and amazing double-bass drum patterns.Great production on a super catchy song which is as good as anything you’ll hear today !!

Girls Tease With Chance, Boys Tease With Diamonds                http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/video/11172612

Killer guitars and drums again on this choon, hitting like a battering ram to the head and ears.Great blend of melody and brutality !!!

You gotta check these guys out now !!!!  ADE FISHER 

ENDIANA “ENDIANA”

A classic rock band exploring the histories of love, lust and bloodshed in the heartland.
Formed in ’09, ENDIANA is comprised of Tim Fuller on bass, Tim Gray on the drums and Matthew Aaron on vocals and guitar.

Sounds Like: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Chris Whitley.

Endiana puts a battered — but bold — heart on display throughout new album “After the Fall.” The nine-song collection rocks harder and is more accessible than previous recordings by Matthew Aaron, who sings, “We all have scars from being torn apart.” Aaron remains an expert at exploring haunted corners of love and life, while Tim Gray’s drumming erupts with personality and Scott Manning’s polished guitar work escorts Endiana from a dark alley to Main Street.”
—  dave lindquist, the indianapolis STAR
I’ve featured ENDIANA today because they are something different.I get sent a lot of stuff lately that sounds great until the ubiquitous Screamo sets in. A lot of bands are now starting to become indistinguishable among the pack. Not so ENDIANA !!
Have a listen to the following tracks and you’ll see why !!Ade Fisher
Hints of Petty, Steve Earle, the song has a vintage production feel of great Americana. Impassioned vocals from Aaron blend beautifully with the analogue sounding drums bass and guitar giving an authentic sound and feel.Great stuff !!
VODKA  ( http://www.reverbnation.com/endianamusic/song/16197797-vodka)
A White Stripes style bass n bass drum intro a vocal detailing a fall out with the Lil Woman.
Is the Vodka to blame ??? Real tasty bass and Gretsch sounding guitar kicks in a dirty guitar solo that sits under your finger nails like a whore’s eyeliner.Awesome choon !!!
Laid back ditty , sounds like Steely Dan with sweat !! Great vocals again and some note-worthy guitar tones and lines.
Lots of twists n turns in this one, even some Stones hints in this one.!!
If, like me, you like your music with some alternative flavours,ENDIANA are just what you need.
CHECK THEM OUT NOW !!!
FREE TRACKS AT http://t.co/zDZw0A0tFS
ADE FISHER
 

 

 

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Wings of Pegasus are a hard rock band fronted by ‘Fil Henley’ who was featured on the UK version of ‘The X Factor’ in 2013. They have been in existence since 2006 and have recently released their debut album entitled ‘Persistence’. To date they have played at the O2 in London as well as Wembley Arena.
Tracks from Persistence can be heard on Reverb Nation    ( http://www.reverbnation.com/wingsofpegasus )

1.Unwanted Stranger is a brooding, slow tempo rocker with a big chorus.

2.Paris Nord takes the mood a bit lighter at the beginning but then builds to an excellent power ballad.

3. Greed. My personal favourite song from the selection on offer. The tempo fluctuates beautifully between light and shade passages peaking with some great drum fills and a brilliant guitar solo.As good as anything you will hear today !!

4.Haunted.High energy guitar riff, taken down verse then powerhouse chorus leading to a half tempo guitar solo then a big finish. Awesome stuff.

5.We Can Fall Down. High energy tune with big vocals, musical twists and turns ensure the listener is never allowed to get comfortable for too long, maintaining the  excitement !!

It’s high time a British Rock Band broke through the monotony of today’s music wasteland.

Wings of Pegasus might just be the one to do it .

Ade Fisher

 

 

 

Sounds Like: Creed, The Killers, Deep Purple (1968-1976), Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne

E-mail: wingsofpegasus@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.wingsofpegasusband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wingsofpegasus
Twitter: @wingsofpegasus