Monday, 28 March 2011

Wheels - George Runciman, Felix Howes, Yacob Andersen, Stirling Mitchell

Wheels are George Runciman (Vocals/Guitar), Felix Howes (Guitar), Yacob Andersen (Bass) and Stirling Mitchell (Drums), a band of fresh-faced London boys who emulate Britpop cool and create credible guitar pop - think Blur, not Busted. Their influences span at least five decades and include David BowieToploader in their short space of time took and held music listeners by the gills, they teased us, shook us around and then (before they could embed themselves totally in our psyche) abruptly departed the scene. Train�s chequered 16 �year career seems to be heading for a more definite and successful direction lately. Their huge hit Hey Soul Sister has managed a four month stay in the UK charts, a rare feat when one considers that nowadays songs hardlyLondon based grungers Japanese Voyeurs all set to roll into the grubby mitts of rock stardom following the release of their new album, which is yet to be named, later in the year. At only 24 years of age Miles Kane has done more than most in a full career, he's been a guitarist in The Little Flames, lead singer of The Rascals, co-frontman of Last Shadow Puppets and now inThe Scottish Alternative Music Awards is a ceremony and show designed to honour and celebrate the non-Biffy Clyros - the alternative and best new bands in Scotland. As the nominees are announced and the SAMA website growing each day, I caught up with Founder Richy Muirhead to find out more about the event. Howard Mark�s has been creating waves for some years now. His tales of drug smuggling have become the stuff of legend. After the success of their debut album �Helium�, festival favourites Urban Myth Club are back with brand new album �Open Up�. I spoke to Mark Desvaux, one half of the duo, about the super sounds they make and why they make them.There can only be those living a hermit-like existence in some deep forest enclave who have not happened upon the name of Chapel Club sometime over the last year- more often that not accompanied by the terms �dark�, �intense�, brooding� to describe their musical and lyrical outputRegarded as one of the 'Four Kings' of the punk rock movement The Stranglers have continued to record and tour for over 35 years. Following a sell-out tour and appearance at Glastonbury in 2010, the band returns with the Black and Blue UK Tour this March. Rich DentonHaving topped MTV�s Brand New list and forming an integral part of the BBC Sound of 2011, in their short existence, it�s fair to say the Nashville based Mona have caused a few ripples in our musicalFirst Place is a musical collaboration between producer OD Hunte, singer Allegra, 19 year old rapper Frenzee and tattooed frontman Yomi Davies. Their new single �Best of Me� is released in April. I had a chat to three members of the group and this is what they had to say:Numerous bands claim to have broken the late 1980s Indie Brit-pop mould, but few have weathered the last two decades like The Charlatans. And if 11 studio albums, and 17 Top 30 singles haven�t yet convinced critics of their rightful place in music history, their new album out on March 21st will. Tim Burgess and the crew are back, this time with a double deluxe version of their 1999 chart-topping Gold album, Us and Us Only. The new and revised edition features remixes from Lionrock and Jagz Kooner of favourites such as My Beautiful Friends, and live footage taken from the band�s much talked about performances at Reading, Later with Jools Holland and Mark Radcliffe and The Evening Sessions. The orginal release of the album 12 years ago marked a poignant move from their old record label, Beggars Banquet to Island Records. It was also The Charlatans first album following the death of long-term keyboardist Rob Collins, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1996. Music News� Victoria Dillingham caught up with founding member and bass player, Martin Blunt ahead of the album�s release. Now into their 23rd year the Levellers are a band that unlike most have always remained true to their roots and as a result have continued to garner a strong following for their no-nonsense approach to acoustic story-telling folk-rock music.Daniel Evans is not the typical X Factor contestant; in fact, when he made it to the live finals in 2008 he brought something different to the show. Of course, The X Factor�s audience is not �older than the mainstream�. As he admits, �my public is older, between 35 and 60!�The Boxer Rebellion is a self-financing alternative rock band formed in London in 2001. It's international members comprise of Tennessee-native Nathan Nicholson (vocals, guitar, keyboards),Hugh Cornwell, the original vocalist and guitarist of The Stranglers, hits the road for a series of UK concerts from April 6th. Reason enough for Music-News Claudia A. to interview a friendly, well-spoken and polite artist!Tony Christie is a true gentleman who after 50 years in the business finds himself at the peak of his powers, and on the verge of commencing a 50 date tour. TheLitfiba started in Italy 30 years ago from what were left of the embers of punk entwined with New Wave and combing their shared influences to form a home madeCaptain�s Rest is elegantly decorated with fairy lights tonight in preparation for a beautiful acoustic evening. Taking to the stage is the charming Becca Fox as she plays her first ever show in the venue. Before she hit the spot light, I joined her on the sofa in the cellar to find out about her music, plans and tonight�s gig. Bubbly Brit duo Right Said Fred are back with yet another album.They might be 'deeply dippy' about their fans, but the Fairbrass brothers are far 'too sexy' for a record label and what better way to prove it than releasing their ninth album - Stop the World - independently via the worldwide web.Old-school, death metal band Hail of Bullets are gearing up for a string of European dates kicking off in London this weekend. caught up with drummer/producer Ed Warby, pictured centre, to discover what the Dutch band have in store.Pacific! made their first U.S. appearance at SXSW at Beauty Bar on March 17th as part of the IHEARTCOMIX showcase. caught up with Bjorn Synneby and Daniel Hogberg after the show.Family of the Year, hailing from Los Angeles via Wales and Boston, play a mix of Indie, folk, and Americana. The likes of CMJ and SPIN have sung their praises, and they landed a tour spot with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to support their 2009The Kinks are one of the bands that shaped the British music scene in the early and mid-sixties and their career delivered some of the greatest songs that have ever been written � the world would be a lot poorer for the lack of songs such as �Waterloo Sunset� or �Days� or �Lola�


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