Heavy Ro­ta­tion

What we’ve been lis­ten­ing to this month

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

1

Mis­sion To Mars

Ace Frehley

The Kiss gui­tar slinger comes bear­ing fruit from his new solo al­bum Space­man.

Mis­sion To Mars is full of meaty, groovy fuzz, plus some nicely flashy lead licks. A more or­ganic, earthly de­light than the ti­tle might sug­gest, but in this case that’s no band thing. Check out our in­ter­view with him on page 122.

2

Let You Down

Hol­low­star

Mus­cu­lar mod­ern hard rock from heav­i­est Cam­bridgeshire; all bold, chunky pro­duc­tion, riffs the size of mon­ster trucks and vibes of Slash, mid-era Black Stone Cherry and the like. In­trigued? Catch them live with the Dan Reed Net­work through Novem­ber, be­fore some­one snaps them up for an arena sup­port tour.

3

Shade Of Grey

Atari Fer­rari

Th­ese Spokane-based rock­ers are well worth a lis­ten. They started out as a Bowie trib­ute band, and there is a faint trace of the Star­man in this pret­tily soft num­ber, wo­ven into a stir­ring melody and lay­ers of hon­eyed pop-rock warmth. Check out this and more on their lat­est al­bum, Rebel, which is out now.

4

But­ter­fly Nets

Magic Fac­tory

If that ti­tle and band name sound rather chip­per, it’s with good rea­son. We didn’t re­alise Auck­land boo­gie was a thing un­til th­ese guys came into our lives, but if this joy­ful lit­tle piece of lo-fi but bouncy, highly dance­able piece of rock’n’roll is any­thing to go by we’ve de­cided we like it.

5

Mis­sis­sippi Queen

Joy­ous Wolf

Not hav­ing much fun in 2018? Why not make like it’s 1970 in­stead with this highly palat­able Moun­tain cover from South­ern Cal­i­for­nian rock­ers Joy­ous Wolf. Oh-so groovy and swag­gery, your day will be bet­ter for it. And check out orig­i­nal song/ other half of their new dou­ble sin­gle Slow Hand; it’s sim­i­larly mor­eish.

6

Do Not Dis­turb

Halestorm

In the video for this lat­est sin­gle from Halestorm’s hard-hit­ting new al­bum, Lzzy Hale comes on as a las­civ­i­ous ver­sion of Cruella Deville, ut­ter­ing come-to-bed lines into an an­tique phone while wear­ing a wig that looks like Amy Wine­house check­ing in for Hal­loween. All that, and a cho­rus big­ger than a trac­tor. Hot stuff.

7

Po­lice On My Back

Cul­ture Abuse

San Fran­sisco fun­sters Cul­ture Abuse re­leased a lively cover ver­sion of The Clash’s 1980 ver­sion of Po­lice On My Back (which was ac­tu­ally a cover of The Equals’ 1967 orig­i­nal), and some­how end up sound­ing like Cheap Trick play­ing punk. Per­haps it’s the ‘nee-naw, nee-naw’ gui­tars. What­ever, it’s more brass in pocket for the song’s writer, The Equals’ Ed­die ‘Elec­tric Av­enue’ Grant, and that’s gotta be a good thing.

8

Hex­en­ham­mer

Burn­ing Witches

We’d like to of­fer a lit­tle tip: never call your­selves Burn­ing Witches un­less you can de­liver the prom­ise of such a bril­liantly over-the-top premise with aplomb. So it’s a good thing that that’s ex­actly what th­ese Swiss met­al­heads do. They’ve clearly swal­lowed ev­ery last drop of NWOBHM go­ing, plus sev­eral gal­lons of Doro, and it works well for them on new track Hex­en­ham­mer, which snarls, cack­les and shreds with the­atri­cal glee.

9

You’re Re­ally Some­thing

The Wild Things

You can read our re­view of their de­but al­bum this is­sue (page 89), but this ti­tle track is an ex­cel­lent place to start. A re­fresh­ing yet cosily fa­mil­iar shot of 90s-in­fused pop-rock, part com­ing-of-age con­tem­pla­tion, part lovesick heartache, it’s a strong tune that locks ef­fort­lessly into your skull. Ones to watch.

10 The Sound

The Dirty Streets

All deep, dirty groovi­ness, thun­der­ous bass lines and soul-dude vo­cals, all the way from Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, this is one of the most mor­eish things we’ve heard from the Dirty Streets. And if you like what you hear, check out more on lat­est al­bum

Dis­trac­tions, which is out now.

11

Live In The Now

Good­bye June

This lot are cur­rently on the road in the UK sup­port­ing Greta Van Fleet, and if you’re go­ing to any of those shows we highly rec­om­mend you check Good­bye June. This high­light from their new EP Se­crets In The Sun­set swerves head­ily through Ea­gles-y acous­tic gui­tars, swoop­ing, psych-tinged Amer­i­cana and a hard-hit­ting riff good enough to sink your teeth into. Read our fea­ture on them on page 19.

12

Where Are You Now

In­glo­ri­ous

The first new ma­te­rial from In­glo­ri­ous’s new al­bum Ride To Nowhere. The band might come from Lon­don, but th­ese licks are pos­i­tively south­ern-fried, packed with melody, meaty gui­tar and an un­for­get­table cho­rus, Where Are You Now bodes well for the Bri­tish band’s third record.

13

Dance Macabre

Ghost

Need a pick-me-up? Then you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate this sin­ga­long-friendly sin­gle from Ghost’s ex­cel­lent lat­est al­bum Pre­quelle. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing video is like a hid­den scene from The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show (the Riff Raff-es­que host at the door, the syn­chro­nised danc­ing, the glo­ri­ously un­bri­dled camp­ness of it all…) but with more mod­ern chore­og­ra­phy. A the­atri­cal feather in Car­di­nal Copia’s ex­trav­a­gant cap.

14 Gypsy Eyes

The Jimi Hen­drix Ex­pe­ri­ence

In cel­e­bra­tion of its 50th an­niver­sary, Jimi’s Elec­tric La­dy­land al­bum has been given the deluxe reis­sue treat­ment; remixed in 5:1 by Ed­die Kramer and re­mas­tered by Bernie Grund­man. There’s so much good stuff in it (in­clud­ing early takes and live cuts), and we’re hav­ing a ‘mo­ment’ with this track right now. Read more about the mak­ing of the al­bum, and Jimi’s im­pact on blues rock as a whole, on page 50.

15

Rise And Fall

John J Pres­ley

Rum­bling, res­onat­ing old blues and garage tones – with a hint of the psy­che­delic twisti­ness of All Them Witches - from elec­tric blues rock mav­er­ick John J Pres­ley. Com­mand­ing, men­ac­ing stuff, with a haunt­ingly at­mo­spheric fade-out, this is one kind of dark­ness we could use more of in our lives.

16

Undone

Mon­ster Truck

We caught up with MT singer Jon, and the lead­ers of Black Stone Cherry and The Cadil­lac Three, this month (page 72), and found our­selves re­vis­it­ing this moody cut from the Truck’s True Rock­ers al­bum. They do noisy good-time rock’n’roll very well,

Undone brings an el­e­vat­ing sense of Load-era Me­tal­lica to the ta­ble. Nice.

In­glo­ri­ous (Nathan James): melody, meaty gui­tar and an un­for­get­table cho­rus.

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