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AshenMoon Release Debut EP ‘Umbra I’

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AshenMoon have without doubt been one of my favourite musical discoveries of 2020.


Epic & soaring soundscapes are the backdrop to songs that will inspire, challenge & provoke your inner self. This is just the beginning of a grand journey for AshenMoon.

An inspired merging of powerhouse vocalist Toby Rand, former INXS bassist Gary Beers, and some scorching guitars from Jimmy Khoury who comes with a pedigree of touring with Beth Hart and working with Tom Petty’s HeartBreakers.

AshenMoon are fast establishing themselves as a rock powerhouse – having already released 4 stunning singles for Golden Robot Records, the 4-piece has now released their long awaited debut EP, UMBRA I.

Echoing melodies of protest and liberation, UMBRA I is a reflective monologue drawing on human connection and environmental condition.  Anthemic, yet magnetically intimate, Rand’s vocals traverse over the undeniable grooves of Beers (former INXS bassist) whilst Khoury’s guitars shine with soulful glee. Beers’ undeniable rhythm and swagger highlight the evolution of his songwriting & experience since the last INXS record. Mixer (multi-Grammy winner) David Reitzas captures the raw energy of the live instrumentation and fuses AM’s sound. An electrifying mixture of 70’s, new-wave and modern rock. 

Check out my recent chat with Toby Rand right here…

The first installment of a 2-part EP release, UMBRA I draws on Rand’s longing for inner and outer peace. With the world constantly facing new turmoils, his motto “The World Outside Is Born Within” is evident in the lyrical yearning for unity. AM’s underlying theme of self-discovery and sifting through the darkness in your mind will have you thinking of ways to overcome your battles and find your voice – Apt for the current climate we live in.  

Check out the EP on your favourite digital platform or if you’re lucky, you might still be able to snare a physical autographed copy of the EP direct from AshenMoon.

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Rock Lives Here Weekly Podcast goes live, featuring an interview with Frankie And The Studs!

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Welcome to the first of what will be the weekly Rock Lives Here Podcast.  I have what I think is an awesome first show for you.  

I’ll introduce you to a killer new L.A based band Frankie And The Studs.

Now if you haven’t heard of Frankie And The Studs, then you’re in for a treat right now…. The Hollywood based band have recently released their killer new single (Not Your) Victim.

Influenced by icons such as Suzi Quatro and Joan Jett, Frankie & The Studs also add in a healthy dose of punk rock attitude and this latest track is simply a killer anthem.

We’ll hear that latest single shortly, followed by my recent chat with Frankie Clarke, where we talk about inspiration behind this latest single, some key influences and how she’s been keeping sane during 2020.

There’s loads of new release ROCK from here in Australia and around the world.  

I’m especially excited about some of the killer new Aussie ROCK I’ve got lined up on today’s show – Shotgun Mistress, AshenMoon, Molly & The Krells, Jack Bratt, The Witching Hour & Hands Like Houses to name but a few.

Be sure to hit that follow button for the Podcast on Spotify and be sure to let me know what you think and any suggestions on how to make it a killer show!

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Cormac Neeson Releases New Single ‘Sweet, Gentle, Love’ Ahead Of White Feather Album Release

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WHITE FEATHER DELUXE EDITION AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SAVE/ORDER NOW – CLICK HERE
OUT NOVEMBER 6

Available for pre-order now, the long-awaited reissue of Cormac Neeson’s highly acclaimed White Feather album, will finally be released on Friday, November 6, 2020 as a special 16 track bonus deluxe edition CD and digital, as well as a 12” heavyweight vinyl format version, through Social Family Records.

The original 2018 White Feather album, a former top 5 success in the UK national Country album chart, was a limited CD release back in April 2018. All copies of the new deluxe and Vinyl versions ordered via Cormac’s webstore will be personally signed by Cormac as a special thank you to fans for their incredible patience and support – Buy Here!

The White Feather Deluxe Edition was originally going to be supported by a 14 date UK & Ireland songwriter club tour, but sadly, has now been cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainty in the live sector caused by the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

As a result Cormac will be putting on a very special live streaming event on Thursday, November 5, from Hillview Studios Northern Ireland during where he will perform with his band in situ supported by personal interviews. Then on Saturday, November 7, the 32nd edition of his incredible Facebook “Cocoons” live performance ‘in the round’ event will take place with artists from Australian-based Social Family Records. “Cocoons” is an international songwriter / performance event which Cormac started back in April 2020 and has now grown to over 3,000 members from all over the world, with a weekly selection of 5 artists usually performing two songs each on a Saturday evening ‘in the round’.

The Deluxe Edition of White Feather is 16 tracks including two brand new studio recordings, three bonus tracks and the new radio mix of Do Something Today. Originally released only as a 10 track limited edition, the original album received critical acclaim across the board, one that will sit easily alongside the classic singer-songwriter narrative albums.  Featured on all editions is Cormac’s new single, Sweet, Gentle, Love.

Songs such as Broken Wing reaffirm his status as one of Ireland’s finest singers, this musical detour delivers in spades
(Hot Press)

Semi acoustic, honest and very beautiful, this is just joyous
(Powerplay)

These tracks are uplifting and life embracing” 
(Classic Rock)


White Feather Deluxe Edition track listing:

White Feather **
Do Something Today **
Don’t Wait Up
Broken Wing **
Sweet Gentle Love
Oh Son
Song That Lives Forever
Look Down on Me
Artefact
Home to Me
Everywhere but Here (Bonus Track)
What You Do To Me (Bonus Track)
Whole Again (Bonus Track)
Sometimes You Gotta Make A Change (New Recording)
Blue Beyond the Grey (New Recording)
Do Something Today (Radio Mix) **


** Instant Grat tracks for iTunes album pre-orders


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Checked Out Kelsy Karter Yet? Well Here’s Her New Video For ‘Goodness Gracious’

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LA by-way-of New Zealand artist Kelsy Karter has just revealed the accompanying video clip for track ‘Goodness Gracious‘. This comes off the back of releasing her breathtaking debut album ‘Missing Person‘ through BMG.

Kelsy talks about the inspiration beind the clip:

“Think about it. You’re a 10 year old impressionable kid sitting at home watching the news with your parents, dreaming of being president some day. By having a man like Donald Trump as president, that his is being taught the wrong values.  Sexism, racism, homophobic, nasty and inappropriate behaviour is not acceptable and it’s not right, yet we have a man in power who represents all of these things. I may not have much influence but if I can help promote love and kindness to one kid through speaking up for what I believe in, which is condemning that man and his behaviour, then I believe it’s worth it.”

Working in the UK and in L.A. with producers like Zakk Cervini (Machine Gun Kelly, Poppy) and Chris Greatti (YUNGBLUD, blink-182), Karter set that transformation to a guitar-drenched sound steeped in elements of punk and Britpop and classic glam-rock, giving way to a sonic aesthetic both undeniably timeless and entirely of-the-moment.

‘Missing Person’ arrives as a stunning showcase for her intricate storytelling and uncompromising outlook on life, love, and self-liberation.“‘Missing Person’ is a collection of stories from my life about love, rebellion, heartbreak, individualism and the anxiety of the times we live in,” Karter explains. “It’s a cheeky and dramatic mix of punk and glam rock. When listening to this record, I want my fans to feel like a total badass and completely vulnerable at the same time.”

After cutting her teeth playing in dive bars around L.A. and at iconic New York City nightclub The Bitter End, Karter released songs independently all throughout 2019, toured the UK and the US as direct support for The Struts, and promptly landed a deal with BMG Recordings. With the arrival of the first two singles from ‘Missing Person’ (‘Devil on My Shoulder’ and ‘Stick to Your Guns’), she further expanded her creative output by taking the helm as director on the brilliantly cinematic videos for both tracks. “I draw so much of my inspiration from film—the art of storytelling and the way people execute it visually has always been so fascinating to me,” she says. “In a way I feel like my music is a balance between the edginess of Quentin Tarantino and the delicateness of Wes Anderson: I’m definitely a tough girl, but I’ve also got a heart of complete mush.”

“Karter follows in the footsteps of famous rock stars like Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, and Van Halen!”
– TIME Magazine

“Championing rebellion, fearlessness and not giving a f*ck what anyone thinks.”
– Wonderland (UK)

Debut album ‘Missing Person’ is available worldwide now through BMG

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