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.

Piston – Stand Up, Shout It Out!

As previously announced at RAMzine, British rock bands Piston and Collateral will be heading out on a co-headline tour in September, and the former named band has a new single out now to prepare fans for what’s to come. ‘Rainmaker’ is the name of Piston’s single and it’s taken from their upcoming album. It was produced by Dan Swift and remixed by Romesh Dodangoda, ...

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Savoy Brown – City Night

I’ve no idea how old Kim Simmonds is but he’s spent over 50 years rocking the blues and doesn’t appear to be letting up with this Savoy Brown’s 40th album. City Night offers no major surprises but it’s a persistent and compelling work. Blues and blues rock to the core, there’s a hard driving shifting rhythm courtesy of bass player ...

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Inspector Cluzo’s Ideologies

France’s The Inspector Cluzo will play the Download Festival on Saturday 15th June at, on the Zippo Encore Stage. They will be sharing the stage with renowned hard rock acts such as Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots and Three Days Grace. The Gascon duo toured the UK with Clutch at the tail-end of last year and followed this with dates in ...

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Erya Lyytinen – Another World

When first introduced to Erya Lyytinen we met a nifty slide guitar player with a penchant for old time blues. But time doesn’t stand still even if people try to. Change may be forced on us externally or opportunities arise that can lift us up, maybe help our careers, on the other side of the coin when those closest to ...

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Glenn Shorrock Sings Little River Band

The Little River Band were one of Australia’s most popular musical exports. A harmony rock band mainly of what might be considered soft rock these days but they also featured some impressive arrangements. With over 30 million album sales and over 30 members having passed through the band’s line-up. Sadly none of the original line-up hold copyright to in the ...

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Electric Mary – Mother

A helium pitched voice hovers over a cyclical heavy groove while an  old school heavy rock solo works its way round the fretboard on opening gambit ‘Gimme Love’  and it suitably grabs one’s attention.  They follow that by going in hard and fast with ‘Hold Onto What You Have ‘ that finds vocalist Rusty Brown going from rock god wailing ...

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Hank Marvin – Gold

Guitar hero Hank Marvin will be the recipient of a solo career spanning 3CD collection on 28th June, as part of Crimson Records’ Gold series – Where the label works with the artist to represent a definitive best of range at an affordable price. Concurrent with the CDs’ release will a 180g gold vinyl LP containing selected tracks. Taking us ...

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Rory Gallagher – Blues 3 CD Deluxe Edition

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the late Rory Gallagher’s recording career.  If you’re unaware of who he is don’t worry, if anything you’re to be envied because there’s still that magical opportunity to hear one of the finest guitarists ever for the first time. We are also fortunate that there’s a treasure chest of recordings he made that have not previously ...

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EU Moves Against Ticket Scalpers

On Wednesday 17th April European Parliament voted in favour of new legislation against ticket scalping making the use of automated software (bots) to circumvent ticket purchasing rules illegal and requiring resellers to identify if they are professionals. Bots enable scalpers to make multiple ticket purchases, pushing real consumers to the back of the queue. These tickets are then resold at ...

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Palace Of The King – One Of These Days

Following the release of Get Right With Your Maker last year, Melbourne rock band Palace Of The King hasn’t been idle. Already working on a follow-up album they’ve just released a brand single, a new rock n roll number going by the handle ‘One Of These Days’. “Having toured all around the world visiting 10 countries and rocking some of the biggest shows Palace ...

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