ten stel­lar high­lights from Earache Records, in­clud­ing tracks by black­berry smoke, mas­sive Wag­ons, Ri­val sons and many more – all in one ex­clu­sive com­pi­la­tion.

Classic Rock - - Joe Bonamassa -

1 Mas­sive Wag­ons Sun­shine Smile

Com­par­a­tively lit­tle-known pur­vey­ors of rock­solid, groove­li­cious rock’n’roll from Carn­forth (yes, we had to google it too), mas­sive Wag­ons sur­prised ev­ery­one last month when their al­bum, Full Nel­son, hit no.16 in the uK chart. lis­ten­ing to this swag­gery stomp of ‘fuck yeah!’ at­ti­tude, you can’t help feel­ing ex­tremely happy for them. Who says proper rock can’t pen­e­trate the masses? Wag­ons, roll! From Full Nel­son www.face­­siveWagons

2 Those Damn Crows Blink Of An Eye

mean­while, over in brid­gend, five tat­tooed guys

(and for­mer school chums of bul­let For my Valen­tine) are sus­tain­ing south Wales’ rep­u­ta­tion for melodic, heavy-hit­ting rock built for both clubs and are­nas. Blink Of An Eye makes a moody yet mor­eish first im­pres­sion – the sort of ra­dio-friendly hard rock that could, if the stars align, take them to some pretty big stages be­fore long. Watch this space. From Mur­der And The Mo­tive www.face­­crows

3 Ri­val Sons Open My Eyes

Cast your mind back to 2014, and this four­some from long beach, Cal­i­for­nia were lay­ing foun­da­tions for what might be termed the new Wave of Clas­sic Rock (there is now ac­tu­ally a Face­book group of this name, with t-shirts and ev­ery­thing), mak­ing vin­tage rock’n’roll tropes sound cooler than they had in years. the band have made plenty of qual­ity mu­sic since then, but for our money this track is still one of the best things they’ve ever done. From Great Western Valkyrie www.face­­val­sons/

4 The Tem­per­ance Move­ment Love And De­vo­tion

an­other bona fide gem in the world of con­tem­po­rary clas­sic rock. on a good day (and they do seem to have a lot of them) the tem­per­ance move­ment are hard to beat. this up-tempo high­light from new al­bum A Deeper Cut is tes­ta­ment to this; loose and ef­fort­less yet ur­gent and su­per-tight (with slide guitar lines cut­ting through the bridge), it’s easy on the ear in the best way.

From A Deeper Cut www.face­ TheTem­per­anceMove­ment

5 Black­berry Smoke Wait­ing For The Thun­der

bring­ing the lynyrd skynyrd torch of south­ern rock’n’roll to team Earache, black­berry smoke have be­come a firm favourite at Clas­sic Rock hQ. Even when they make it look al­most too easy (their live shows are so lov­ably laid-back they’re prac­ti­cally hor­i­zon­tal) they al­ways seem to con­jure shots of ur­gency like Wait­ing For The Thun­der. taken from their 2016 al­bum Like An

Ar­row, this is a ragged, spiky yet sweet shot of bour­bon, guitar oomph and lus­cious or­gan whirls.

From Like An Ar­row­ber­

6 The White Buf­falo Dark Days

if you’re think­ing a song called Dark

Days from an al­bum called Love And The Death Of Damna­tion sounds like a pretty frickin’ bleak prospect, that’s be­cause it does. but wait! don’t press ‘skip’! the White buf­falo’s (real name Jake smith) pal­ette may be sober­ing, but his

‘dark coun­try’ brush strokes on this track are rous­ing, in­ter­spers­ing tough ex­pe­ri­ence with hope. it’s all about putting dark days be­hind you, or turn­ing lemons into lemon­ade… or some­thing like that. Ei­ther way, it’s very good.

From Love And The Death Of Damna­tion www.face­ the­white­buf­falo­mu­sic

7 The Glo­ri­ous Sons Josie

mix­ing spring­stee­nesque sto­ry­telling with big stage­friendly notes of lat­ter-day Kings of leon, Cana­dian blue-col­lar rock­ers the glo­ri­ous sons (led by two broth­ers brett and Jay Em­mons, along with friends) make the kind of youth­ful yet worldly mu­sic that could con­ceiv­ably fill sta­di­ums of iPhone-wield­ing kids and their par­ents and keep them both happy.

From Young Beau­ties And Fools www.face­­ri­ousSons

8 Mas­sive Des­ti­na­tion Some­where

You’d be for­given for think­ing Earache have a thing for bands with ‘mas­sive’ in the ti­tle (or that we’ve just got­ten re­ally sloppy and half-writ­ten ‘mas­sive Wag­ons’), but these hard-riff­ing masters of beer­drink­ing an­thems more than earn their place here. they’ll have a brand new al­bum for you to check out in Fe­bru­ary 2019, but for now en­joy the joy­ful, no-bull­shit ti­tle track from their pre­vi­ous record.

From Des­ti­na­tion Some­where www.face­­siveOz

9 Danny Worsnop Mex­ico

he’s a hap­pily en­gaged man these days, but on this up­beat num­ber (from his nashville-born solo de­but), ask­ing alexan­dria and We are har­lot singer danny

Worsnop is all about the lay­dees. lyri­cal pearls like ‘watch­ing senori­tas

danc­ing on the beaches’ sug­gest that dy­lan’s no­bel Prize is more than safe for now, but Mex­ico de­liv­ers more than enough sun-kissed vibes and acous­tic-based feel­good fun for us to not re­ally care. Road-trip-ready stuff to keep you singing through the last of the de­cent weather. From The Long Road Home www.face­ of­fi­cial­dan­ny­worsnop

10 Hag­gard Cat Bone­shaker

our au­dio tour of the Earache vaults con­cludes with two noisy dudes (both for­merly of hard­core band hECK) de­scrib­ing them­selves as “White stripes Wannabe bull­shit hip­ster Pseudo Rock”. Which is a wry if slightly harsh de­scrip­tion.

Bone­shaker is a much more bru­tal, face-break­ing af­fair than any no­tion of hip­ster-ism (or White stripe­se­vok­ing) might im­ply, chan­nelling their ag­gres­sive past into a riffed up new frame­work. From Chal­lenger www.face­­gardCat

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