Author Archives: Paul H Birch

RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.
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Downes Braide Association – Skyscraper Souls

“This is a song for those who never stop believing” proclaims Chris Braide as ‘Prelude’ begins. This optimism, gilded with naivety, continues to prevail against the pitfalls of a loose narrative sketched across the musical landscape that traverses through his and Geoff Downes‘ third collaboration under their  Association nomenclature for Skyscraper Souls. From the outset this feels a continuation of ...

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Raven Cain – Oblivious

Raven Cain – Oblivious

America’s Raven Cain releases his new album Oblivious on 1st December featuring tracks of southern rock with flecks of blues and country added into the mix, making one almighty feel-good rock ‘n’ roll album. Cain’s life reads like a Chuck Palahniuk novel: Raised in an ultra-religious cult, with his mother, a father who was an absent musician and a stepfather ...

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Tankard – Hymns For The Drunk

Thrash metal with humour comes in the form of Germany’s Tankard who’ve been going strong since 1982, have a “best of” Hymns For The Drunk, on January 12th 2018 Through AFM Records. Featuring Andreas (Gerre) Geremia on vocals, Andreas Gutjahr on guitar, Frank Thorwarth on bass, and Olaf Zissel on drums, for the last three decades the cult heroes have been ...

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Outlaws & Moonshine – Devil In The Moonshine

The re-emergence of Southern Rock finds Indianapolis based outfit Outlaws & Moonshine throwing their hat in the ring to unveil their first full album, Devil in the Moonshine. Following their independently released debut EP, 1919 in 2015, Beau Van (lead vocals, guitars), Mike Back (guitars, vocals), Travis (slide guitar), Chris Van (bass, vocals) and Eric Piper (drums, percussion) toured across ...

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JW Jones Interview Exclusive

Award-winning Canadian blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter JW Jones has been gathering mainstream attention with his last two hit albums, Belmont Boulevard and High Temperature. You can catch him live from November through to December as he tours the UK. However, Paul H Birch caught up JW Jones beforehand, with that revealing interview now featured here at Ramzine. Ramzine: Here’s ...

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Kilbey Kennedy Release Glow & Fade

Kilbey Kennedy’s fifth album Glow And Fade celebrates a decade of collaborations from Antipodean musicians Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy, and will become available on the 24th November through Golden Robot Records. If the names appear not too familiar on UK shores, their credentials speak highly of their work, and in the case of Kennedy his music must certainly have ...

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Steve Hackett’s Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham Due!

In January 1977, Genesis followed opening dates at the Rainbow in London by playing two nights at Birmingham Odeon where they featured tracks from their new hit vinyl release Wind & Wuthering. In January next year their former guitarist Steve Hackett will release Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, filmed during his solo band’s performance at the prestigious Birmingham Symphony Hall. ...

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Bad Touch’s Stevie Westwood Spreads the Good Word…

Bad Touch won the Exposure Music Award back in 2012 and the Marshall Ultimate Band Contest the following year, and if you’ve caught the band live you know that’s where they shine, in their natural element. Not they’ve shied away from the recording studio, with two albums under their belt and singles ‘99%’ and ‘Baby Get It On’ radio play-listed ...

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In Conversation with Mollie Marriott…

The chances are you’ve seen Mollie Marriott live or on a DVD and never realised it. She’s stood on stage alongside the elite of British rock, from such colossus acts as The Who and The Faces to more modern standard-bearers. That she may have stood to the side amiably singing backing and harmony vocals excuses your oversight while assuring her ...

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Dan Patlansky – New Album & Tour News

Dan Patlansky has a new album Perfection Kills, released on Friday 2nd February 2018 ahead of six headline concerts in March. Not that the South African award-winning guitarist and songwriter is taking it easy this side of Christmas as he’s currently out on tour supporting Joanne Shaw Taylor and will releasing new single ‘Dog Day’.  Perfection Kills was recorded at ...

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