David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group have announced the latest addition to their growing roster, female fronted Los Angeles hard rock band Hail Sagan. Hail Sagan features powerhouse vocalist Sagan Amery, with a devilish masked group rumored to include guitarists Nick Quijano (Powerman 5000) and Andrew Weissberg.
Since forming in 2015, the band has amassed a monstrous fan-base, with over 125,000 followers across their social media, solidified further this month with the release of their debut video “Dark Cloud”. The clip, which debuted earlier this month via Revolver, has already gained over 80,000 views. The track, and video, which deals with the subject of abuse and bullying, has already resonated strongly with fans.
Amery says '"It's been a great experience being able to broach the subject of bullying and abuse with the lyrics of this song. We took it one step further and created a video with director Matthew Crum and DP Kenny Keeler that visually enhanced the sensitive subject matter. We chose to mask the members of the band in an effort to show the world that anyone can be a part of this, you never know who will be under there, maybe even a fan or someone who needs music to save them."
You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGK6UYAstnc
The band will release their self-titled debut EP in Fall 2016 on EMP Label Group, and will be available for pre-order later this month.
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Airbourne have shared the first song from their new album, ‘Breakin' Outta Hell’; the title track heralds both the band’s 4th studio outing, their first for Spinefarm Records, plus the start of the ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ World Tour, which kicks off on Monday, July 10th…
“This song is about forgetting all the bullshit life can throw at ya and blasting out of it,” exclaim Airbourne. “Sometimes when you've had enough of wading through the shit ya just need to say ‘fuck you, I'm outta here’. Rock'n'Roll is the highest calibre ammunition to blast that bullshit away, the fuel to get your fist pumpin' and your head bangin'. Nothing can stop good-time arse-kickin' Rock'n'Roll, and nothing can stop us all from having it. So if that's what you want, we'll see ya on the road… and as always, the ringing ears and the hangovers come free of charge!”
Listen to ‘Breakin' Outta Hell’ HERE.
‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’, the album (produced by Bob Marlette and engineered / mixed by Mike Fraser), is set for worldwide release through Spinefarm on September 16th.
Airbourne – brothers Joel & Ryan O’Keeffe, vocalist / lead guitarist & drummer, respectively, plus guitarist David Roads & bassist Justin Street – are on the road in Europe through July & August, before heading across to North America for a 21-date run from September 12 through October 14.
A new Syd Barrett film featuring substantial unreleased footage announced on the 10th anniversary of his passing
Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series of films about both Syd Barrett and the Swinging Sixties at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival, as part of its celebrations of the life and work of Syd Barrett who passed away on the 7th July 2006.
The centre piece will be a film, entitled ‘Get All That Ant?’, a free form documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Syd Barrett’s, Anthony Stern.
The documentary feature is made up of film footage, stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. With the majority of footage having never been seen before, the film includes live performance footage and stills from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including Iggy Rose, the girl on The Madcap Laughs album sleeve and former girlfriends Libby Gausden and Jenny Spires.
The film will premiere as part of a series of film screenings about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd on Friday 21st October at the Cambridge Guildhall as part of the 36th Cambridge Film Festival which runs from 20th – 27th October.
In addition to the film premiere, Cambridge Live has teamed up with ISpySydinCambridge.com who are offering Syd Barrett-themed walking tours of Cambridge on the weekend of the concert. Led by former school friends of Syd Barrett, Stephen Pyle and Warren Dosanjh, the tours trace some of the key places in the city relevant to the life of the former Pink Floyd guitarist including his former family home, his school, as well as David Gilmour and Roger Water’s ’s family homes.
The film premiere and walking tours are part of a series of previously announced celebratory events about former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett centered around the unveiling of a piece of public art, commissioned in collaboration with Syd Barrett’s family, on Thursday 27 October inside the Cambridge Corn Exchange (the location of his final ever live performances). Following the art unveiling is a live concert entitled ‘Syd Barrett – A Celebration’ featuring Swedish group Men on the Border backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, with lighting from original Pink Floyd lighting designer Peter Wynne-Wilson.
Tickets for the fim screenings and the walking tours will be available from www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Speaking about the premiere of ‘Get All That Ant? Filmmaker Anthony Stern said “The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinson's encouraged me to make sense of the last fifty years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of Nagra tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963 – 1970. This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I’m starting to think these values are starting to re-emerge”.
Cambridge Live Operations Director Neil Jones said “It’s great to link the world premiere of Anthony Stern’s film to this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. The footage in the film has locked away for over 4 decades and makes for an incredible documentary of the Swinging Sixties by a man who was at the very heart of the scene and captured it all first hand. Along with other films about Syd Barrett it should make for a fantastic evening”.
Steve ‘n’ Seagulls are back with new studio album, ‘Brothers In Farms’, set for a September 9th release on Spinefarm Records!
The follow-up to 2015’s ‘Farm Machine’, also issued via Spinefarm, this latest outing sees these Finnish sons of the soil delving into the world of original material for the first time, although the majority of the tracks continue to be covers of rock & metal classics… indeed, the lead single / video has now been confirmed as a ‘hillbillified’ version of Iron Maiden's ‘Aces High’; this is slated for digital release on July 21st, with the video following on August 3rd.
Not only are these skilled musicians a genuine YouTube sensation, notching up tens of millions of views, they have also taken their ‘badass bluegrass’ all over the world, showing that their signature re-workings can be extremely effective, both live and on record. Last year, there was an official ‘Steve ‘n’ Seagulls Day’ in Colorado, USA, and the band will be returning Stateside for a comprehensive run of headline dates this autumn.
In terms of the UK, the following headline shows have been lined up in support of ‘Brothers In Farms’:-
14-Nov Brighton, Haunt
15-Nov London, Bush Hall
16-Nov Cardiff, Globe
17-Nov Glasgow, Cathouse
18-Nov Manchester, Deaf Institute
Never Mind The Bullocks. Let the bluegrass metal mayhem continue!
Sky Of Forever is a Helsinki-based melodic hard rock group featuring musicians from Stratovarius and Tracedawn. Their music is influenced by 1980’s hard rock and the masters of film music. The group is led by singer and songwriter Lauri Hannola. In SOF’s music one may hear echoes from bands like Bon Jovi, Europe and HIM, but also from composers such as James Horner and Klaus Badelt. One may also hear some modern pop elements in the production made by Tuomas Yli-Jaskari, who lately has been working also with the newest album of The Rasmus.
Sky Of Forever’s music consists of beautiful melodies, great choruses and magical atmosphere with pop frosting on top. Sometimes, just when you think you’ve heard it all, SOF may take you to great heights with high notes by Lauri Hannola, guitar solos by Roni Seppänen and orchestrations made by conductor Risto Kupiainen. Still, the foundation lies in the great songs.
All of the songs are composed by singer Lauri Hannola, who is also responsible for the song arrangements along with guitarist Roni Seppänen. The album "Sky Of Forever" will be released worldwide on the 14th of October 2016.
Check out the video for "Summer Rain" here:
SKY OF FOREVER LINE-UP:
Lauri Hannola – vocals
Roni Seppänen – guitars
Rolf Pilve – drums
Tuomas Yli-Jaskari – bass & production
Risto Kupiainen – piano & orchestration
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