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.

Review: Dan Reed Network – Fight Another Day

Between the late 80’s and early nineties the Dan Reed Network started drawing attention for their blend of rock and funk, a multi-racial band as were Sly and The Family Stone and Mothers Finest before them who ploughed a similar field of musical cross-fertilization. A cursory hearing of their past work finds popular entertainment acts Bon Jovi and Prince as ...

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Review: A Devil’s Din – Skylight

A Devil’s Din confess to being influenced by late sixties psychedelic music and early seventies prog. A band ripe for those currently imbibing on such retro sounds to check out then? Well, while early King Crimson is evoked in the latter part of title track ‘Skylight’ and Barrett-era Pink Floyd felt on the scary acid trip of ‘Never The Same ...

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The Tubes announce UK tour

“We’re thrilled to be coming back to the country that started it all for us,” declared Fee Waybill frontman for The Tubes on their return to the UK this coming October and reminiscing how some of their shows were banned back on their first tour here back in the 70s. “I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish ...

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DVD Review: Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock – On A Mission: Live In Madrid

German guitar maestro Michael Schenker sat beside me in January 2016 with a handwritten set of New Year’s resolutions that went something along the lines of: (1) Ensure Temple of Rock UK Tour is so good we leave them begging for more, (2) Release live DVD recorded in Spain so the rest of the world can see it and beg ...

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Review: Ray Wilson – Song For A Friend

Ray Wilson? Many of us know the pedigree less so the music: ‘Inside’ was a great post-grunge hit single come cool Levi’s jeans advert and ‘Congo’ a solid return to credibility for a band whose parent album Calling All Stations we never gave a fair crack of the whip. Genesis and Stiltskin are just two words among many that you’ll ...

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Live: King King / Dan Patlansky,Town Hall, Birmingham

Review by Paul Birch, photos by Martin Tierney. Saturday 21st May 2016. Nonchalantly strolling on stage, his three piece band ready, Dan Patlansky takes a little while to tune up but as he begins to pull on notes more earnestly blues licks resonate, then sliding down his guitar neck with gusto before pinching strings with echoed wailing feedback he launches into ...

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Live Video Premiere for Stop The Messin’ – New Dan Patlansky Single

On April 27 th South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Patlansky played The Rivonia Barnyard Theatre in Johannesburg as the final date on his homeland tour. While there camera footage captured a performance of his new single ‘Stop The Messin’ that is also now available as a live video. ‘Stop The Messin’ is taken from his new Introvertigo album, a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Dear Silence Thieves that spawned rock radio ...

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The Fifth reveal new video for ‘No Going Home’

The Fifth have been referred to as “The mid-Atlantic region’s best kept secret,” and well they might for they have only just released the single ‘No Going Home’  – Their first new music in over seven years! Having got together in the eastern North Carolina area back in 2001, The quintet released three albums and an EP,  scored a radio ...

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Tangerine Dream launch documentary campaign

A documentary about Tangerine Dream, one the foremost exponents of what came to fall under the term krautrock, has been in development since 2014; prior to founder member Edgar Froese’s passing in 2015. Since then the project has evolved with plans for it to become a full-length feature. To achieve this, Tangerine Dream have started a Kickstarter campaign to acquire ...

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Jared James Nichols reveals video for ‘Don’t you Try’ plus UK tour

Wisconsin rock guitar-gunslinger Jared James Nichols who made a strong live impression as support act on Glenn Hughes’s last UK tour and is currently touring Europe supporting Zakk Wylde is looking to put in some hard graft over in the UK this year. Ranging from an appearance at this year’s Stone Free Festival to his own headline tour through June ...

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