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.

Jared James Nichols’ Nails In The Coffin 

Wisconsin-bred guitarist Jared James Nichols releases new single ‘Nails In The Coffin’ on 28th June ahead of arriving back in the UK for a set of dates supporting Living Colour this July. Recorded in Los Angeles, Nails In The Coffin’ will be available through Old Glory Music. It was produced and co-written by Mark Jackson and Ian Scott. The duo is best known for being ...

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Fyre Byrd Dressing Up

Australian alternative rock duo Fyre Byrd has just dropped their third single ‘Put Me In A Dress’ through Golden Robot Records, a song they believe stakes out their sense of individuality. “‘Put Me In A Dress’ has always been a song for us that we can’t tame, said the band “From the songwriting process to playing it at shows to bringing ...

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John Wetton’s Extraordinary Life

On June 12th it would have been the late John Wetton’s 70th birthday and to commemorate the occasion a unique box set collection of his solo albums featuring a lavish hardback book and more has been announced, going under the apt title of An Extraordinary Life. Wetton’s long and productive career saw him renowned in the roles of singer, bass ...

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Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics – The Man With Stars On His Knees (Special Edition)

“Think Soundgarden. Think Muse,” was the suggestion offered when former Heaven’s Basement vocalist Aaron Buchanan began describing this his new band. More some Faustian pact between The Manic Street Preachers and The Darkness possibly; to be more specific let’s accept the initial flamboyant outrage that latter act presented the mainstream listener with and suggest their intent to be to go ...

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King’s X 2019 European Tour

Progressive metal act King’s X recently announced they will be flying over from the USA for a full tour, playing dates throughout mainland Europe and the United Kingdom. As previously report at RAMzine, the band has been in the recording studio preparing for their first album in ten years, having signed to Golden Robot Records. Whether or not the album ...

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Danny Bryant’s Means of Escape

British blues rock guitarist Danny Bryant marks his debut as a producer with the releases his own 11th studio album, Means of Escape, on Friday 20th September through Jazzhaus Records. Prior to that the title track will be released as a single on will be Friday 5th July. Featuring nine blues rock numbers that are said to “powerful, contemporary and bold”, ...

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WOUNDEDSPiRiT- Taking Back Control

Imagine Blur, all tooled up, taking the train to Madchester but never reaching there, instead getting waylaid halfway in that mysterious hinterland called The Black Country. The Britpop wars not so much forgotten but ignored like yesterday’s old fish & chip paper, music is timeless there and influences eternally diverse. Say a band like that began developing songwriting skills using ...

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Into The Night with The New Strange

The New Strange is a musical partnership recently formed between James Durbin, of American Idol fame and Alex Grossi guitarist with heavy metal band Quiet Riot and hard rock supergroup Hookers & Blow. They have worked both individually and collectively on various musical projects for the likes of Walt Disney Touchstone Pictures and various US TV stations, writing original material and reworking ...

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American Glutton Declares Fruit Will Rot

Jacksonville, Florida heavy rock/metal band American Glutton release new album Fruit Will Rot on From The Ashes Records. American Glutton features four powerhouse veteran performers in vocalist Raven Cain, guitarist Tommy Harrison (Dogs of Pleasure), bassist Dani Harrison (The Hippie Werewolves), and drummer Kirk Ferguson (Conflict of Interest) who joined forces in 2016 and released Dish Served Cold the following year. Fruit ...

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 Ealing Blues Festival

Following Ealing Blues Festival’s announcement of Nick Lowe as one of its main acts over the weekend of Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st July, a full line up for this year’s summer event has reveals appearances by cult beatbox bluesman Son of Dave and the award-winning Kyla Brox. Canadian-born Son of Dave has built a reputation through his prolific, eclectic musical style. Often reflective and ...

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