Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Music news CHEAP THRILLS and WESTERN PROMISE - Gigs and music releases. Get on it will yer!

Western Promise....
John McGlone:         Singer / Guitars
Grant Walker:            Drums / Percussion
Andy Dunn: Bass / Backing Vocals
With: Chelcee Grimes: Backing Vocals
Ciaron Bell: Piano / Organ / Backing Vocals
Chris Kearney - Guitars
Rowan Reid - Backing Vocals
Jenny Williams - Backing Vocals
Mick Doyle - Dubmaster General

What can I say about Western Promise?  The band have been around since 1984 (I saw them play a blinder set at Larks in the parks that year)  and play music that is etched deep into my soul.  A band that is unafraid to  play the style of music that inspired them (and The End) to form in the first place all those years ago…Punk, reggae and ska is the music that got us on our feet and politicised us in the late 70’s and the early 80’s and it still resonates today. Anti-racism, anti-tory, anti-austerity / poverty and a demand for justice are what drives the band and I was pleased to see that they are not all mouth when they turned up, boisterous as hell, at the recent protests against the right wing extremeist group National Action's proposed White Man marches through Liverpool. 
Over the years the band have  played with the best, including  Townsend, Noel Gallagher, Weller & Joe Strummer. (Who became friends with Lead singer and main writer, the charismatic John McGlone)

You can hear loads of influences in their music but the one that shines through brightest is, of course, The Clash and in particular Joe Strummer. 
Their recent (brilliant) E.P.  “Bullet Proof”,  featured a cover of the Strummer song “from Willesden to Cricklewood” as a tribute to Joe and the title track itself could easily fit into and stand up to any track on Joe’s Rock Art and the X Ray style album. But Western Promise are no tribute band. The songs and performances are steeped in Merseyside angst and joy and I honestly believe that they have become so much better with age and maturity.

I’ve heard a preview of the bands new album , "Here Comes a Revolution(To be released on 23rd October) and it’s the sound of a band at the pinnacle of creativity and will surely be hailed as a 5-star Punk rock / reggae classic.
Their new single, a stomping singalong anthem titled MELANCHOLY SUNSHINE is out now and provides a taster for the album. You can download that here for around $0.92 / £0.60-ish!

It puzzles me that Western Promise are not followed and revered by even more of an End style following given their influences, music style/ taste and political views and I’m here telling you to make sure you catch this legendary scouse band live and to listen to their album as soon as you can, as these new songs are fucking brilliant and the band deserve every plaudit they get for not giving up and always standing up for Liverpool, punk, reggae and Justice

Their previously released songs  can be found on the Western Promise, Cherry Red Records “Best Of” collection:
And you can watch old songs and new at the following links
“Here Comes a Revolution”
The classic, "Wake Up Call"
and the live, raw, acoustic anger, passion & emotion of Justice for the 96

Follow the band here;

Most importantly though, buy the album (yer mingebags) “Here “Comes a Revolution” when it becomes available on the 23rd October.
To coincide with the album release, there’s a launch party in Pattersons Bar on Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool  the following night ( Saturday 24th of October, 8pm) Along with Grant and John playing new and some classic Western Promise tunes, there will also be a brilliant DJ set from  lee walker (Tales from the lids fanzine) Spinning the tunes plus the promise of some special guests.
You can pay £12 entry, which includes a copy of the new album or £4 to just be part of the celebration. You’d have to be fuckin nuts to miss that.
See you there people. This is a band to cherished, respected and ENJOYED.


And from one of the stalwarts of the Liverpool music scene to one of the most promising Liverpool bands in a long while, 

The band hail from the Orrell Park region of Liverpool and comprise of;
Anton Eager : drums
Lewis Pike :vocals
Terry Eaves :guitar
Callum (Fitzy) Fitzpatrick: bass

This is a band comprising of young lads whose accomplished sound and lyrics absolutely belie their youthfulness.

Their psychedelic rock / pop sound has progressed as their teenage years have, and no doubt will continue to. They describe themselves purely as a rock band, because to classify is to limit.

The bands achievements thus far include, playing rammed headline 02 Academy shows, winning the coveted Liverpool Sound City Youth Award in 2012 and playing the Calling Out stage of Kendal Calling in the same year.
They have played gigs in several successful stints in London, as well as supporting breaking and international touring bands such as Cast, The Rifles, The Moons, The Jezabels, Wave Machines, Skaters and Superfood, always receiving positive feedback from the bands and audiences alike.

You can catch them live in the next few weeks here;
October 10th-  (Dublin)Button Factory with Cast
October 13th- The Shipping Forecast w/ CUPIDS (Liverpool)
October 14th - Maguires Pizza Bar - End of The trail records (Liverpool)
October 27th - Supporting DMA’s at The Shipping Forecast for Liverpool Music Week. (Liverpool)

I hope to see a few old End-Heads at one of the above for a few beers and some great sounds.

You can read more about them and hear more songs here;

and here’s a video the band performing their new  single Rusty (live at the 02 Academy to whet your whistle while you wait to see them live. 

You can buy / stream the single here

Cheap Thrills are one of many emerging bands that give us hope and satisfaction that Liverpool is still producing the best music around. 

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