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.
billy idol

Billy Idol – You Can’t Break Him Down!

October sees the release of ‘Kings & Queens Of The Underground’, the first new album by Billy Idol in almost a decade.  Released on Idol’s own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services, it is produced by Trevor Horn, with two tracks by Greg Kurstin, and including the debut single, ‘Can’t Break Me Down’. From punk pioneer to global superstar, William Michael ...

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Pineapple Thief

Pineapple Thief Takes a Chunk Out the Charts

Ten albums in, The Pineapple Thief look set for a mainstream breakthrough. Their last album, ‘Magnolia’, has entered the official UK charts at No. 2 on the indie album breakers chart and No. 8 on the indie album chart.  Following their acclaimed 2012 album ‘All The Wars‘, ‘Magnolia’ (released via Kscope) proves to be an important turning point for the ...

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h.e.a.t

Review: H.E.A.T. – Tearing Down The Walls

A haunting melody of some regret stirs from the notes of a keyboard in cinematic overture before being edged out by the crash and ride of a bopping rock charge over which a young voice calls out: “My heart is on fire and I want you to feel the same. No turning back. Here I am. Here we stand – ...

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Photo Credit:© Christie Goodwin

Guitar Heroes’ Mascot

The Mascot Label Group is scheduled to release a number of records featuring the work of men who more than know their way round a six string over the next month or so. Former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden returns with ‘Shine’, his first new solo album in 15 years, and it’s promised to be a rocker to boot. Marsden has ...

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Danny Bryant

Danny Bryant – Temperature Rising

Danny Bryant’s guitar starts wailing straight out the box, his rough breathy voice promising that the woman before him will get the ‘Best of Me’ while panhandling from the blues book of lyrics with tales of full moons, black snakes moaning and spells being a put on him. It’s delivered over a tight bottom end rhythm section with a bolshie ...

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philip sayer

Review: Philip Sayce – Influence

Blues rock guitarist Philip Sayce’s latest album is a kaleidoscopic soundscape capturing an authentic classic feel to which is often added a thoroughly modern in-the-pocket delivery. But then, Dave Cobb is the man of the moment for capturing that kind of vibe, having also produced Rival Sons and California Breed to critical acclaim in recent times. Released as a limited ...

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virgil & The Accelerators

Army of Three Coming Your Way –Young Blues Rock Sensations Virgil & The Accelerators’ New Album & Tour

Photo by by Will Ireland Virgil & The Accelerators are set to release a brand new studio album ‘Army of Three’ on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records that will dovetail alongside the band’s nationwide tour.  The band will also support the release of the album with a single and accompanying promotional video ‘All Night Long’. ‘Army of Three’ is ...

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blackberry smoke

Blackberry Smoke – Live!

Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke are renowned road dogs, playing up to 250 shows a year and now they’re delivering a show you can watch in your very own living room… and listen to until the cows come home by releasing ‘Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina‘ on August 18th. The album is available to pre-order now on double CD, ...

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peter frampton

Review: Peter Frampton – Hummingbird in a Box

In April 2013, as part of its spring production, the Cincinnati Ballet performed a series of dances accompanied by Peter Frampton and his band at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Most were classics from his extensive repertoire but one section featured new material composed by the guitarist, along with producer Gordon Kennedy who he had previously worked with on the ...

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The Answer

The Answer?… Go Samba!

Irish hard rockers The Answer have just released a new World Cup Samba mix of Spectacular, as originally featured on their latest album, New Horizon. Massive footie fans the idea to produce a rock ‘n’ acoustic version of the song was inspired by the 2014 Brazil world cup, as the promotional video produced clearly shows. The track is available digitally ...

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