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.

No Sinner – Work Song

Vancouver-based rock ‘n’ blues quartet, No Sinner, have released a brand new single from their debut album Boo Hoo Hoo, a version of Nina Simone’s Work Song. Boo Hoo Hoo has already caused a stir in Europe, bolstered by the video to its title track, and is set for release on June 24th in North America via Noisey/Vice. Fronted by ...

Read More »

DVD Review: The Rise And Fall of The Clash

Documentary showing the moving story of The Clash “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Thus with a quote from Shakespeare this DVD begins giving way to the sound of helicopters hovering over a huge auditorium in the States, then cutting to ground level as The Clash stroll ...

Read More »

Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is (And All The Ballads)

When Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is stormed the singles charts worldwide I viewed it as a gushing overwrought take on their previous hit ballad Waiting For A Girl Like You; that it sold even more dumbfounded me. Neither had that really special something, as far as I was concerned, but everyone else and their mother seemed to ...

Read More »

New Rival Sons Album For Summer

Two years after charting across Europe with their Head Down album; Rival Sons are back with a highly anticipated follow-up, Great Western Valkyrie available from Earache Records this June. The winners of Classic Rock magazine’s 2012 Breakthrough Artist, Great Western Valkyrie will be the Long Beach, California band’s fourth full-length album and word has it that it is “Packed full of irresistible ...

Read More »

Sonata Artica – Pariah’s Child

Fifteen years into a career, with eight full albums now released, Finland’s Sonata Artica deliver Pariah’s Child, a melodic power metal operatic odyssey in all but name. If, like me, you’ve only heard the band’s music fleetingly before, there’s much that reminds one of Styx and early Queen, not least because of the band’s use of harmony vocals; and even ...

Read More »

The Vintage Caravan – Voyage

Hailing from the Greater Reykjavik region in Iceland, a land more in tune with its forbears’ Scandinavian folklore than even those residing on mainland Europe, so much so that they actually reroute main roads to avoid disrupting elves’ homes, come The Vintage Caravan. Musical travellers exploring forgotten byways and roads less travelled during the 60s blues boom and 70s exploration ...

Read More »

New Album Ahead of UK Tour for Robert Cray

Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Robert Cray releases In My Soul in the UK on March 31, 2014 on the Provogue label. This will be the 17th studio album for the 5 times Grammy winner, 15 times Grammy nominee and multi-platinum selling artist. The album will be followed by an extensive UK/European Tour that kicks off at The Anvil in Basingstoke, ...

Read More »

Foreigner Busking Big

Alongside their fast-selling string of UK dates with Europe and FM this April that already includes sold out shows in Newcastle and Bristol, Foreigner have added a special An Evening With Foreigner: Unplugged show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London to be held on Saturday 12th April. The tour itself coincides with the release of Foreigner’s new European album I ...

Read More »

Rock & Punk Acts to Play Rewind The 80s Festivals

Rewind The 80s Festival, the biggest of its kind in the world is set to expand to three festivals in the UK over the summer of 2014, with a number of established artists with certified rock and punk credentials putting in live appearances ranging from Mike + The Mechanics to The Boomtown Rats. Returning for a fourth year is Rewind ...

Read More »

Heretic’s Dream – Walk The Time

In 2010 Italian guitarist Andrej Surace and singer Francesca Di Ventura came to Great Britain, and, with the help of English bass player Rick Sivier, set about developing a musical identity that incorporated death metal and hardcore through to more melodic pop, and traditional rock and metal sounds. Two years later, having bid farewell to several musicians along the way, ...

Read More »