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PURSON FINAL LIVE SHOW + FAREWELL SINGLE


PURSON LONDON SHOW IN DECEMBER 2016 CONFIRMED AS FINAL LIVE FLOURISH FOR COLOURFUL UK ROCKERS

‘FAREWELL’ SINGLE SET FOR RELEASE VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS AS SONG-WRITER / SINGER / GUITARIST ROSALIE CUNNINGHAM PLANS NEXT MUSICAL MOVE…

 PURSON is officially no more…

After a career spanning five years, 2 studio albums, one EP, a number of singles and videos, plus live shows and festivals in both Europe and America, including a full US run guesting with Ghost, the acclaimed, award-winning, ever-flamboyant UK outfit have decided to call a halt to proceedings.

Says singer / guitarist Rosalie Cunningham, the creative force behind the project, providing the songs and the vision, and playing most of the instruments in the studio…

“The past five years have been an unforgettable whirlwind, for which I have to thank our wonderful fans around the world, the band and all the people who have contributed to Purson’s success over the years. Their support has been overwhelming, but the Purson framework has gone as far as it could go, and now it’s simply time to move on. I feel strongly drawn to a more DIY approach to my career in music, and look forward to the freedom to explore many avenues as a solo artist.”

As a way of going out with a (glam rock) bang, Spinefarm Records have  issued a farewell Purson single.

Titled ‘Chocolate Money’ and produced & mixed by Cunningham and John Mitchell (Steven Wilson, It Bites, etc.), the song features guest contributions from Jon Seagroatt (Comus) on saxophone and Vodun front-woman Chantelle Brown on backing vocals; featuring wickedly tongue in cheek lyrics taking in “cocoa casanova”, “raison d’etre cake” and more, it joyfully celebrates an era when bands like Slade & Wizard ruled the charts, Top Of The Pops was essential viewing and vinyl was king…

“‘Chocolate Money’ is a snapshot of the ostentatious decadence of the ’70s. The mythical rock star character with his double-entendre and self-centred hedonism. The industry has become a very different world since then, which is something I will expand on lyrically with my next album. It has inspired my desire to go back to basics and remember what music is supposed to be about.”

Listen to ‘Chocolate Money

‘Chocolate Money’ is a new recording and does not feature on the most recent Purson album, ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, released via Spinefarm Records in 2016. ‘D.M.T’ – inspired by the rock operas of the late sixties and early seventies – was issued to considerable acclaim from fans and critics alike, spawning the ‘Electric Landlady’ and ‘The Window Cleaner’ singles / videos, and touching on a variety of realms, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic & classic rock.

Cunningham described the album as: “A technicolour variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust.”

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INTERVIEW: Steve ‘N’ Seagulls (Finland)


INTERVIEW: Steve ‘N’ Seagulls (Finland)                                                                                             by Carina Lawrence

So I had the pleasure of interviewing Wild Till Hiltunen (plays accordion, kantele, mandolin, keys, flute) from Finnish band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls, who rose to fame in 2014, through their popular bluegrass cover versions of well-known rock and metal songs they posted on Youtube. Their most popular video of AC/DCs ‘Thunderstruck’ has received over 35 million views. I caught up with him whilst they are on their most ambitious ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ UK tour about to play in Exeter (30th March) to find out about how the tour is going so far, about their origins as a band, their successes so far, as well as their future plans…

So you are currently on your ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ UK tour, how is it going so far?

It’s been very good. We have enjoyed a lot…I think it’s our fourth time in the UK, so there’s a couple of places we have been to before, so yeah it’s been good.

What has the crowd reactions been like this time around, as you are playing in parts of the UK you have never ventured before?

I think it’s more about the night…we played on Monday night (March 27th 2017) in Stoke-On-Trent and the audience seemed to be very quiet for some songs. But still it’s always about the night, weekends are more crazy. It’s not really about the location.

How does it compare so far with your previous experiences in the UK?

It’s been better this time somehow I don’t know why. Last time I had like lasagne with beans and potatoes, haven’t tried that (laughs) weird combination, but in general it’s like we have got used to touring with the van, so we got the routine, no surprises but not in a bad way. It’s always fun to see more people and see that things are going well and we have got a good label here as well, Spinefarm (records) and we just played at their studio yesterday (29th March 2017) we recorded three songs for the radio and some promotion like now…it’s been good and developing nicely. We have just been running outside here in Exeter and enjoying the beautiful capital.

Can you tell us a bit about the formation of the band?

We started like five maybe six years ago in Jyväskylä, Finland where we all used to study there and we were meant to a country tour for our booking agents and somehow it just felt like it’s want we wanted to do and it started developing, and at some point we changed our singer to Remmel with us now and maybe it’s that time we started to go towards bluegrass, we had like a banjo, mandolin and stuff like that, so it’s been changing a lot from the beginning and I’m not sure where we are going…we are actually talking about the third album already and planning it and trying to find good songs and writing new materials, so let’s see what happens. Pretty excited about that

What inspired you to learn so many instruments and what was this process like?

Just because it’s fun to just try a new instrument even if you don’t know how to play them, because you spend hours and hours with the instrument and maybe get something out of it, it’s just a lot of fun to mix those in our music. The elements like the banjo and double bass and accordion, then like take something out of the books. Last album we had like Finnish traditional instruments like the kantele (five string) and a playing saw, which is basically a saw you used for cutting trees and you play that with the bow, like you play violin or cello, very creepy sound. Also the balalaika was one of the tricky ones.

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Why is the band named after actor Steven Seagal? How did this come about?

Yeah it’s sort of a pun, but we like his movies though. That was actually my girlfriend who came up with that idea. We had like a bunch of good names but that just sounded like us. People keep asking who is Steve? There is no Steve in our band, it could be misleading but it just suits us.

Did you ever think when you first formed in 2011 that you would go on to become Youtube sensations?

The first video we did was just to give some material for our booking agent and also we noticed that on Youtube there was sort of a trend going round with live videos, people did like real live videos outside and outdoors where you can hear like background noise like traffic. We kind of took that guide line to take one camera and one mic in one take…so we put it on Youtube and suddenly something happened with the metal online magazines, they just started writing about us and it spread out, that was with ‘The Trooper’ by Iron Maiden that video and after that we did ‘Thunderstruck’ (AC/DC) and we expected it would spread quite well, but five million views in a couple of weeks was way more than we expected. We were really like what the hell?! After that like two months after the ‘Thunderstruck’ release we got a recording label contract and everything and then it’s been like we have been touring mostly abroad, so we have been very happy with the Youtube videos.
What has it been like to achieve such success with mass video viewings, two acclaimed albums under your belt and being able to tour around the world?

Now it seems like we are after a break (laughs) and we are going to have a break in May and then we will start doing the festivals in June, July and August in Europe mostly, but it’s exciting travelling all over the country. I think we did maybe twenty five countries last year, so a lot of airports, a lot of packing stuff, not complaining! May is also time to go towards the third album and planning that, so we are not entirely having a vacation.

 

What made you decide as a band to play bluegrass cover versions of some of the biggest rock and metal songs going?

We started with more like spaghetti western like movie music influenced…I don’t know we just tried different instruments, like I used to play guitar and had been for many years and at some point I just tried banjo, and it kind of sounded funny and good. But there was no particular plan, it just happened, we don’t plan that much.

What is your favourite song you have covered so far and why?

That is tough. I think from the last album we did Gary Moore’s ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ that had a kind of black metal vibe, I liked that. We don’t play that a lot live for some reason, I don’t know if it’s to do with the lyrics but still it’s so fun to play.

How do you decide what songs you are going to cover?

For the third album we have a bunch of stuff. We make a list and come up with the idea of arrangement or some melody that could be played with accordion or banjo and how would it sound. So we make a list and then we sit down and start playing and kind of stay open minded and abandon songs that aren’t good enough to make it on the record…we sit all together and decide what to keep.

Have you started to work on any new material yet? If so, can you give us any insights into this?

I think it’s very early to say…to reveal anything but I would say we are looking forward to get some new originals, but it’s depending on our producer and everything how it comes out. There will be some heavy metal classics, but we can also try something else…what it is I don’t know (laughs).

What else do Steve ‘N’ Seagulls have planned for the rest of 2017?

We just finished our third US tour in February and we are waiting for the numbers and everything and would like to go back in September after the festivals, but that is not set yet. What is sure, is that we are going to Europe in October, November and December, so a lot of touring and rehearsals for the next album, so it’s going to be a very busy year.

 

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls are coming to the end of their UK tour but have two dates left:

31 MAR – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2 (Current)

01 APR – London, Tufnell Park Dome (Current)

So if you are in the area make sure to head down and catch the band in action!

Full tour listing:

IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP TOUR 2017

24 MAR – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

25 MAR – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

26 MAR – Newcastle, Think Tank?

27 MAR – Stoke, Sugarmill

28 MAR – Bristol, Fleece

30 MAR – Exeter, Phoenix

31 MAR – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2 (Current)

01 APR – London, Tufnell Park Dome (Current)

 

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/Stevenseagulls/

http://stevenseagulls.mycashflow.fi/

 

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REVIEW: Wolfheart – Tyhjyys


Wolfheart – Tyhjyys 

Review by Ekaterina K. / Dark Art Conspiracy

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Wolfheart releases its albums with stable pause, and distinguishes by their productive leader Tuomas Saukkonen, which has music career long before and include different music projects.

And this time, his main band Wolfheart offers a new album called “Tyhjyys”, which means “Empty” or “Emptiness”. So, let’s dive into this Finnish Emptiness.

Diving takes starts with melancholiac acoustic guitar turning into freezing riffs in “Shores of Lake” with shouts. “Boneyard” with firm Wolfheart sound and kind of a “hit” riffs, especially the first one, was right chosen for single and keeps exact its place in song order. It’s worth to mention that none of songs sounds out of place, everything is well placed in a right time. From this point, “Tyhjyys” doesn’t differ from previous band’s works – “Winterborn” and “Shadow world” – both of them have its well-made song order.

However, in some atmospheric elements appear – synth choir and piano parts in “World on Fire” for instance, which gives some “volume” to guitar lines. Then going deeper in winter emptiness with “The Flood” and its melancholic sounds of downtuned acoustic guitar, which turns then into so-“Wolfheartish” epic riffs with orchestra elements shining in between, creating an atmosphere of fatigue and a bit of nostalgia.

The Rift” and “Call of the Winter” are continuing this tendency with orchestra lines flying together with instrumental ones and acoustic guitar interludes between riffs, bass line and intense drum ornament.

Dead White” is differs from other songs on this album by quite fast and at the same time melodic rhythm, which didn’t slow its way during the whole song. The final part is “Tyhjyys” with Finnish lyrics, which echoes with the closure song of “Shadow World” – “Veri”.

Tyhjyys is the perfect clothing to this album of the same name – freezing emptiness has reached out its arm and took the listener to its freezing realm. Nothing exceptionally original or innovative, but still very catchy and atmospheric.

Wolfheart is still keeping the level and their own niche of melodic death metal, or winter metal, hehe.  Their third album proved it.

Score: 5/5

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“Tyhjyys” will be available via “Spinefarm Records” on 3rd of March. 

Tracklist:
01. Shores Of The Lake Simple
02. Boneyard
03. World On Fire
04. The Flood
05. The Rift
06. Call Of The Winter
07. Dead White
08. Tyhjyys
Line-up:
Tuomas Saukkonen – guitar, vocals
Mika Lammassaari – lead guitar
Joonas Kauppinen – drums
Lauri Silvonen – bass, backing vocals

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ROYAL THUNDER REVEAL ‘APRIL SHOWERS’, THE FIRST TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM


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Critically acclaimed rock band Royal Thunder have debuted the much-anticipated first song from their new album WICK, out April 7 via new label Spinefarm Records. Listen to ‘April Showers’ Here:

The album is available for pre-order HERE.

“A lot has happened in life between Crooked Doors and WICK. This song was a life raft and an outlet while we were on the road. It was a song that we lived in and looked forward to playing, live. Personally, it gave me the freedom to release my emotions and process my thoughts while I was on the road.  We hope you enjoy this song. And we appreciate your support, sincerely. We present to you….April Showers.”Mlny Parsonz

WICK finds Royal Thunder at their creative summit. It’s a deeply personal, introspective effort, bolstered by monolithic riffing and the sort of lyrics and vocals that sear themselves into your brain… permanently.

The track listing and cover art for WICK are available below…

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ROYAL THUNDER WICK TRACK LISTING:
1. Burning Tree
2. April Showers
3. Tied
4. We Slipped
5. The Sinking Chair
6. Plans
7. Anchor
8. WICK
9. Push
10. Turnaround
11. The Well
12. We Never Fell Asleep

 

Josh Weaver – Guitar

Mlny Parsonz- Vocals, Bass, Piano

Evan Diprima – Drums, Percussion

Will Fiore – Guitar

 

 

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www.instagram.com/royalthunder

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Finnish winter metal band Wolfheart released a new single in Spotify


Finnish winter metal band Wolfheart released a new single in Spotify. While ago released single carries the name “#Boneyard” and it continues the path of even more aggressive, faster, darker and colder Wolfheart.

The upcoming Wolfheart album is released 3rd March 2017 via Spinefarm Records and the album carries name ‘#TYHJYYS‘ (finnish meaning emptiness). Tyhjyys is the third Wolfheart album released via Spinefarm. Tyhjyys -album is recorded in two finnish high-end studios; Petrax studio (Hollola, Finland) and Deep Noise studios (Kouvola, Finland).

Listen just released single Boneyard in Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/track/7BQ9hsshZTJyHQMzoHPCKM
Watch Boneyard in Youtube:
https://youtu.be/4VwETftQ_tw

Pre-order the upcoming album:

http://www.madsupply.com/…/band+mercha…/wolfheart/tyhjyys+cd

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