3 decades The Wildhearts have remained at the forefront of
the British rock scene. From their classic debut album
‘Earth Vs’ (voted number one album of the year in Kerrang!
back in 1993, and number 20 in the best rock albums of all
time in a Kerrang! Special in 2006), through to now with the
release of ‘Renaissance Men’, their first full-length studio
album in 10 years, their creative output and legendary live
shows have been second to none.
Although the 90’s saw the band
covered like a living soap opera in the press with tales of
sex, drugs, bust ups, fights (both with labels and
themselves), splits, more drugs and a lot more controversy
(one such incident including entering and then proceeding to
trash the Kerrang! Offices!), the recent years have seen the
band more focused than ever before and firing on all
cylinders. The Wildhearts and their incendiary shows have
cemented their reputation and legacy as one of the best
bands the UK has ever produced. Welcoming back their
long-time bandmate and brother Danny McCormack on bass;
Ginger and CJ on guitars and vocals, with Ritch Battersby on
drums released their new album ‘Renaissance Men’ on May 3rd
to critical acclaim.
The Wildhearts remembering what they do best” - 9 out 10,
hailed Classic Rock, with Metal Hammer saying Renaissance
Men is “the best thing they’ve made since their genius /
batshit crazy debut, Earth Vs The Wildhearts, back in 1993.
Actually, thats not true. It might be better.” While
Kerrang! gave the album 4Ks, Planet Rock 5 stars and Vive Le
Rock 10 out 10! The Wildhearts’ classic line up recorded the
energetic and diverse ‘Renaissance Men’ at the Treehouse
Studio with Jim Pinder. It finds The Wildhearts at their
full creative tilt delivering hard-hitting, retooled classic
rock with a modern and urgent twist. Bristling riffs and
jagged, riotous hooks are their poison and the 10 songs are
the perfect manifestation of the band’s immutable wit, charm
and righteous anger. Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth,
Sodom) painted the exceptional album cover for ‘Renaissance
Men’ and this honest and irresistible new album is an
unequivocal triumph, which encapsulates and distills
perfectly The Wildhearts’ live energy.
celebrate the release of ‘Renaissance Men’ The Wildhearts
played an intimate 8 date UK headline tour, alongside packed
HMV signing sessions and have further live plans throughout
the year including festivals, short runs internationally and
tiny warm-ups across the UK. Creatively brilliant, The
Wildhearts helped change the landscape of British rock
through the 90’s, and to this day they haven’t shown any
sign of slowing down. Here’s to the next decade.
“35 years on
Big Country are back and firing on all cylinders” (Northern
Echo, October 2019)
anthems for a very Big Country…a body of work that sweeps away
the test of time” (Lancashire Evening Post)
perform classic hits and live favourites including Harvest Home
- Fields of Fire - In A Big Country - Chance - Wonderland - Look
Away - The Teacher
Steeped in a stunning catalogue of
proud and stirring hit songs such as ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’,
‘In A Big Country’ (which sold 2 million), ‘East Of Eden’ and
their biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, along with massive albums such
‘The Seer’, ‘Steeltown’, ‘Peace In Our Time’ and the triple
Grammy –nominated, ‘The Crossing’, BIG COUNTRY continue to look
beyond the next horizon.
The band –
BRUCE WATSON (guitars/vocals); MARK BRZEZICKI (drums, vocals);
JAMIE WATSON (guitars/vocals) will be augmented on stage by
singer/guitarist SIMON HOUGH and bassist SCOTT WHITLEY
inject a welcome blast of post-punk adrenaline… after more than
three decades, their yodelling war cries and jagged New Wave
power chords still strike a stirring post-Punk nerve.” (Giants
Of Rock review, Classic Rock magazine)
1981 by guitar playing founder members, the late Stuart Adamson
and Bruce Watson, both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline
in Scotland. Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen
guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound
was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer
Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big
Country that (with Producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the
classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.
broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s
classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song
‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide
hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving ‘The Crossing’
to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.
The run of
success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the
anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’
(1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the
hit singles ‘East Of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where The Rose
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex
in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most
popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the
world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance
resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the
number one position in the U.K. charts.
Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of
hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and
Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back
Home and See You Later Alligator - which gave the group
their first gold record.
album to feature Lee Brilleaux - Down at the Doctors, was
recorded live at the Dr. Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey
Island, (now the site of the Oysterfleet Hotel) just two
months before he died.
current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on
drums and Phil Mitchell on bass (both 36 years), Steve
Walwyn on guitar (30 years), and Robert Kane (formerly of
the Animals) the most recent addition – joining in 1999.
Temple’s film Oil City Confidential released on 2nd February
2010 tells the story of the bands formative years featuring
the Wilko Johnson era.
saw the digitally re – mastered re release of Chessmasters
originally released in 2000 on EMI Records … the band’s
tribute to the Chess label, home to many of the finest blues
artists of the 20th century and the first Dr Feelgood album
to feature Robert on vocals.
continues to tour extensively throughout the World.
The Brew.........earning a
reputation as one of Europe's most exciting rock acts!
From Grimsby, The Brew has
appeared three times on Germany’s Prestigious
Rockpalast show and has toured with ZZ Top and Lynyrd
Skynyrd, and played alongside legends like Jeff Beck, Joe
Bonamassa, Chickenfoot and Joe Satriani!
have seen their albums chart across Europe in Germany,
Poland, Spain and in 2014 they were the only UK band to play
at the Woodstock festival in Poland to 250,000
people. After six fine and varied studio albums and zero
line-up changes (Tim Smith - bass, Kurtis Smith - drums &
Jason Barwick guitar/vocals), present Art Of Persuasion,
their seventh masterpiece released in October 2018. While
proudly displaying the band’s influences - from Led Zeppelin
to Wolfmother, the record easily avoids schlocky retro
clichés and is exactly in line with their critically
acclaimed live shows.
The only way to get a real
adrenaline-shot and experience the drive, passion and
explosive action of this band, is to see them live.