This week it was lovely to celebrate some beautiful female vocals with the likes of Windhand, Sarah McLachlan and Nicole Atkins, but also hearing from Tanya Donelly again.
Also, I celebrated some more live music, also with Nicole Atkins, speaking about her recent UK tour which has just finished and the coming of Obituary in London on Saturday and Night Ranger on Sunday. Also, recently in Manchester was the Riffolution Festival, which hosted the likes of Oak, Trevor’s Head, Wychhound and 1968, so it was lovely to mention during the show.
Legendary Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell has had a side project for a few years with his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla. After the sad passing of Lemmy, he had time to reflect and decide what he wanted to pursue next. He chose to make the band his next full time project and they’ve just released their first full album together- The Age Of Absurdity.
It was a great chance for him to start from a blank slate creatively and experiment with different musical styles, including blues rock in songs like Dark Days. But there is still his trademark riff sound throughout. Also, he greatly enjoys playing in a band with his sons and it has helped as part of his process of getting over the loss of his friend Lemmy and his time in Motörhead.
In tonight’s show I enjoyed sharing a conversation with the singer in the band Neil Starr. During the interview we spoke about his involvement, the path of creating the album and enjoying the different musical styles. Also and how they’re looking forward to playing more live gigs, including the upcoming tour supporting Ugly Kid Joe and then their own dates sometime after.
You can hear the conversation during the show available on my mixcloud page:
The show also included more of the usual meanderings, including adventures in soul, with a recent song by Thundercat, some post rock including Ruins! Ruins! and Arsiesys, memories of my youth with Natalie Merchant and Loudon Wainwright III and even an opportunity for some worship with Hillsong United.
During the interview we spoke about how much they’re enjoying being back together and creating the new album ‘No Cross No Crown’. They continue to have a big, grooving sound and Reed spoke about how great it was to still be working with John Custer, their ‘fifth Beatle’.
We also spoke about their origins, such as how Slayer helped get them signed, the evolution of music through the eighties and nineties. And how they almost worked with Dave Grohl to do some work with his sound city studio for the new album, though it wasn’t needed in the end as they were so happy with what they recorded locally in Mike Dean’s studio.
He was also looking forward to playing in London again. We talked about the venues they’ve played and lamented some of the ones that have closed that Reed remembered fondly, such as also gigs he’s seen such as Faith No More at the Brixton Academy.
During the conversation I played the first two singles from the new No Cross No Crown album- Wolf Named Crow and The Luddite, then also one of my favourites of theirs- Albatross (written by Reed) and the song which introduced me to them- ‘Vote With A Bullet’.
Wonderful to have live musical guests to launch powerfully into 2018. The Black Orchids, Kay Elizabeth, Magnus Box, Alain Duchesne and Brian Hedemann, joined me live in the studio in Brentwood to talk about the recording of the new album and shared a couple of songs from it- Still Remains and The Wonder.
You can hear it all again here:
We also reflected on the previous release ‘Blood Moon‘ and any changes in the song writing and production styles, especially with the help of producer John Moon.
As well as their music I also started the show with a song by Motörhead- Killed By Death, celebrating the life of ‘Fast’ Eddy Clarke who passed away today. Also, as the conversation unfolded, we talked about musical influences, such as the heavy music I’ve enjoyed with Kay, such as Windhand and there were a couple of contributions by Magnus who shared a song from his other project Sparkle Darkly as well as a song he enjoyed by another band he came across Ringo Deathstarr.
Also looking ahead to upcoming gigs in 2018, such as Myrkur, Crowbar and Obituary.
I looked at what I learned about the variations in forms of expression in artists such as Dorthia Cottrell– I played a song from her solo project along with her fronting doom metal band Windhand. Similarly, I discovered an artist from Denmark- Amelia Bruun who has done the same. I played a song of hers, then from her other more well known project- Myrkur from the new album Mareidt which she is promoting during her current tour. She is playing in Bethnal Green on the 22nd.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for a fantastic 2018! Here’s to all the music we will be enjoying.
Then I also somehow ventured from some blues based rock of Raging Slab and Richie Kotzen through a mini melancholic theme featuring alt country such as My Morning Jacket through to the gentle beauty of Lucy Claire and Daniel Lanois.
On Tuesday 21st November, I was able to fill in for Michelle Ward on Eat My Brunch on Phoenix FM which gave me the chance to speak to Ellie Parsons, Musical Director with the Billericay Choral Society.
Another enjoyable Musical Meanderings and a great full circle moment as I have the pleasure of sharing a conversation with an artist who was my first ever interview on Phoenix FM.
Jay Matharu is a wonderful and accomplished guitarist and I first met him when he sent me a CD of one of his previous projects, Mahavira only two weeks after I had started Musical Meanderings. I remember recording the conversation by the canal in Camden after we arranged to meet.
His life has taken various turns since then, including a move to Sweden with his wife almost ten years ago. After finding some outlets for playing out there, he noticed that he had a lull in his creative output for himself. He then found a way of pushing out of it, which was then the path of creating his new, solo album- These Clouds Are So Undisciplined!
You will find out the process of how he did during the conversation, along with the origins of the album name and also how he was able to arrange the collaborations on the album with wonderful musicians, including Nili Brosh, Ponch Satrio and Andreas Boliden. I included the songs featuring them during the conversation.
Speaking to Jay then made it easy to organise the other music I played during the show as it allowed me to share some songs featuring some of my favourite rock and metal guitarists over the years, including Dinosaur Jr, Joe Satriani and Pallbearer. I also ‘book ended’ the show with a couple of post-rock songs from bands I’ve been playing over recent weeks as I spoke with Jay about enjoying a lot of artists in that genre- Sound Architects and I/O.