MALLORY KNOX release ‘Guts’ ahead of new album release and UK touring

MALLORY KNOX release storming new track ‘Guts’:

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From forthcoming self-titled album out 16 August

UK headline tour in Sept/Oct

Mallory Knox’ forthcoming self-titled album is a cathartic experience for the band, front to back, and new track ‘Guts’ embodies that catharsis. “I’ve wanted to write a song like Guts for years now,” says vocalist and bassist Sam Douglas. “Mallory originally was always about trying to create something big & epic sonically & we never really found ourselves with the opportunity to write a song as in-your-face, fast and short as Guts is, until now. I love how it closes the album. As soon as it was recorded, it was my intention to have this song close the record, purely because it’s the polar opposite of all the other album closers we’ve had in the past.”

‘Mallory Knox’ is set for release 16 August via A Wolf At Your Door and ‘Guts’ follows its lead single ‘White Lies’, which was released a couple weeks back. The band have also announced an extensive UK tour in September and October which will see them visit a host of towns they’ve not played in before. Mallory Knox will also play a special album release show in their hometown of Cambridge on 16 August, as well as Truck Festival in Oxfordshire on 27 July.

In their new album, Mallory Knox are not afraid to talk about their experiences and use their new aggressive flair to get their point across. From their honest critiques of the backwards workings of the music industry that they have come into contact with over the years to their relationship with social media and the headache that it conjures, Mallory are not holding back for anyone.

Possessing a love of music that continues to get deeper, a brotherhood that has only gotten stronger as the years have passed and an album that represents who they are and who they want to be better than anything they have produced before, this is the moment that Mallory Knox truly come into their own. Using everything they have learned over the years to propel them forward and a desire to keep on writing better and better songs, ‘Mallory Knox’ is the album the band have always been threatening to make.


27/07 Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
16/08 Junction, Cambridge UK  – album release show
15/09 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
16/09 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
17/09 The Fleece, Bristol
19/09 The Horn, St Albans
20/09 Met Lounge, Peterborough
21/09 BlackMarket VIP, Hastings
23/09 Phase 1, Liverpool
24/09 Gorilla, Manchester
25/09 Foundary, Sheffield
27/09 Underworld Camden, London
29/09 The Boileroom, Guildford
30/09 Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
01/10 Waterfront Studio, Norwich
02/10 Polar Bear, Hull
04/10 MK11, Milton Keynes
06/10 Key Club, Leeds
07/10 Think Tank?, Newcastle
09/10 Cavern, Exeter
10/10 Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
11/10 The Shed, Leicester
12/10 Booking Hall, Dover
13/10 Esquires, Bedford


  1. Psycho Killer
  2. White Lies
  3. The World I Know
  4. Livewire
  5. Wherever
  6. Freaks
  7. Fine Lines
  8. Black Holes
  9. 4
  10. Radio
  11. Heartbreak Lover
  12. Guts


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The Rezner – “Young Cornish upstarts with enough cocksure swagger to make Alex Turner blush.”

The Rezner, so good they’re taking the Micky!

2019’s first half has been lively for
The Rezner
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Cornwall’s fast rising newcomers caused absolute SCENES for BBC Introducing (Cornwall) and Kick Out The Jams (London) during Independent Venue Week. Then, they released debut single, ‘Micky’ at the end of March. Incredibly positive and excited reactions to this instant classic, have made a lot happen already. The video received UK AND USA premieres. Fresh from storming The Brighton Mix Up festival at #TGE19, this is a band with an arsenal of hooky big songs up their sleeves, the future is bright.

Summer 2019

The Rezner play this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival on Friday 14th June
(This Feeling Stage at 16:55)
then hit more festivals:
13 July Panda Fest
20 July Lafrowda

25 July Port Eliot Festival

27 July Leopallooza

09 Aug Boardmasters
31 Aug Burn It Down
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‘Micky’ is a story of youthful hope tempered by the reality of unrequited love and was written when the band were at Truro College studying music. It’s raucous, hooky, instant and one helluva calling card. As is the live presence of The Rezner, themselves.

Arriving to the general public with such a a hip cracking, ear smacking TUNE has helped the affable young musicians make new friends –  including up and coming in her own right, TV/Radio host/presenter, Louise Schofield (BBC, National Film Awards etc) who interviewed The Rezner at TheZineUK documentary’s 5th Anniversary kick off gig (and used ‘Micky’ to soundtrack the short film report from the evening)

In April, the band were nabbed by This Feeling and Alan McGee / Creation 23 Records for a Central London show at The Social. They really made an impression (‘slap you in your face, put you on the floor and get right back up again because you fucking love it) reviewed Ramble On Magazine! Stay tuned for their next news! Official website

Sam Stone vocals/guitar, Redley Flowerdew vocals/guitar, Liam Palmer bass/backing vocals, Ze Barradas drums. ”They are so cocksure and charismatic.” (West Briton)
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“This powerful and strident band came out kicking and screaming and left myself and others in complete awe of their raw and unapologetic sound.” (Clunk Magazine)

The Rezner headline Independent Venue Week for BBC Introducing at The Old Bakery. February 2019. It was bonkers, and had sold out well in advance. The live set was also broadcast at a later date on BBC Introducing by Sarah E. Gosling – image by Mood Foto
Billy Rickards Photography / Charley Smiths Art Projects

There is no better way to describe The Rezner’s forthcoming debut single, Micky’ than just in your face rock and roll. It is raw, it is loud and it is almost indie garage rock perfection.” (The Girls At The Rock Show, USA)

Interview with Fruit Magazine

‘Mickey’ by The Rezner is “a sub three minute banger that’s as infectious as it is rambunctious.”read all about it at The Grey Lantern:

“…one of the most exciting bands I have seen in recent months” Clunk Magazine live review of BBC Introducing’s IVW19 show

“garage-rock roots with pop smacked melodies and propulsive rhythms” Indie Buddie review of ‘Micky’ is at

UK Video premiere for ‘Micky’ on GigSlutz and This Feeling Track Of The Day
“it was easy to foresee an exciting buzz that is about to alight.” Unique Lullaby tips The Rezner and their forthcoming debut single unique-to-check-out-rezner-micky.html

US Video premiere for ‘Micky’ on Big Take Over Magazine; “The rockin’ video channels all that teenage hormonal euphoria into a giddily brash and unabashed band performance that will knock your teenybopper socks off, no matter what your age.”

A punky Britpop tinted force for good, set to make a distinctive mark, THE REZNER have credible songs and the triple X factor has sparked early belief:

“I can’t help thinking back to the Arctic Monkeys when they were doing the pub circuit. I kid you not I think these boys are that good.” (Supersonics)

“Young upstarts” “with enough cocksure swagger to make Alex Turner blush.” (GigSoup)

“In the 25 years I’ve been writing about music in Cornwall, it’s very rare that a new band can stop me in my tracks, already imagining them headlining festivals, within half a song. I’ve only truly felt this four or five times and The Rezner have that special indefinable “Thing” (Lee Trewhela, CornwallLive)

Penetration tour including Royal Albert Hall with Buzzcocks and Skids and Buzzcocks cover

 2019 UK TOUR





21.06.19  LONDON Royal Albert Hall (w/ Buzzcocks & Skids)
22.06.19  PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
12.07.19  LONDON 100 Club
13.07.19  LEWES Con Club
14.07.19  HALIFAX Lantern
03.08.19  BLACKPOOL Rebellion Festival
06.10.19  SHEFFIELD O2 Academy
18.10.19  NEWCASTLE Cluny
19.10.19  GLASGOW Audio
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First generation punk act Penetration are set to play a number of UK tour dates during 2019, starting with a London show at the Royal Albert Hall on 21st June with Buzzcocks and Skids that is being treated as a celebration of the life of Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley, who died in December 2018.
Penetration singer Pauline Murray will also be one of several guest vocalists performing with Buzzcocks on the evening. It follows her recent appearance with Buzzcocks guitarist Steve Diggle and a house band at the Vive Le Rock Awards ceremony in London where she presented him with the Rock In Peace honour and said this about his sadly departed bandmate:
“I first saw Buzzcocks as an 18 year old at the Screen On The Green in 1976. Punk inspired young people to explore talents they didn’t know they had and Pete Shelley wrote love songs with a twist, simple yet profound. I wish Pete was here tonight to know how much he was appreciated for his lifelong dedication to music and providing the soundtrack to the lives of a generation. It’s only when someone leaves us that we notice how their lack of presence can change everything.”
Penetration toured with Buzzcocks in 1978 and covered one of their classic singles from that year, ‘I Don’t Mind’, for the sessions that resulted in their acclaimed 2015 comeback album, ‘Resolution’. The group’s line-up at that time included former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher (who played on the original version), while a live video for the song was shot during a show at The Playhouse in Whitley Bay. Unseen until now, it can be viewed above.
Penetration’s 2019 tour includes a set at the annual Rebellion Festival in Blackpool that will also see a rare outing for Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls. Featuring both Murray and Penetration bassist Robert Blamire, they will be playing songs from their self-titled 1980 album that was produced by the legendary Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Magazine).
Pauline Murray has been working on a new solo album and will preview songs from it at an intimate acoustic show at the Betsey Trotwood in London on 20th June. A release date for the record is yet to be announced.
Penetration were formed as a quartet in Ferryhill, County Durham in late 1976 at the very beginning of the punk rock phenomenon, with singer Pauline Murray’s fearless yet vulnerable vocals fitting perfectly with often anthemic song arrangements. They signed to Virgin Records in 1977 and released their first single, the classic ‘Don’t Dictate’, that autumn. A second guitarist was added to the group prior to recording their debut album, ‘Moving Targets’, which was released in 1978 to considerable acclaim and reached no. 22 in the album chart. Its follow-up, ‘Coming Up For Air’, was produced by Steve Lillywhite
(in between helming the debuts of both Siouxsie & The Banshees and U2) and was made immediately after a US tour. Although rushed, the sessions produced superb songs such as ‘Come Into The Open’ and ‘Shout Above The Noise’ that ensured another Top 40 chart position. However, pressure from both their label and management resulted in the band splitting up after completing a UK tour in late 1979.
Murray and bassist Robert Blamire continued to work together and teamed up with producer Martin Hannett to record the proto dream pop single ‘Dream Sequence’ with The Invisible Girls. Released in August 1980, it was swiftly followed by the Top 30 album ‘Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls’. That same year, Murray also provided guest vocals on the final album release by The Only Ones, ‘Baby’s Got A Gun’, while Blamire began an association with the highly rated Scars that resulted in him producing their acclaimed ‘Author Author!’ album.
Personal life changes and disillusion with the industry caused Murray to turn her back on music in 1982 at the age of 23. When she eventually reappeared it was as a fiercely independent artist. Setting up the Polestar label with partner Blamire, she released several singles during the latter half of the ’80’s and a solo album entitled ‘Storm Clouds’ at the end of the decade. In 1990 she also set up Polestar Studios, a music rehearsal and recording facility in Newcastle.
Murray was persuaded to reform Penetration in 2002 and the group started making regular live appearances. However, it was only in 2015 that they finally released a well received third album, ‘Resolution’, while their back catalogue was reissued as ‘The Virgin Years’ box set. The band have toured ever since, while Murray has also participated in various BBC TV and radio programmes, magazine/newspaper articles and panel discussions about Punk and influential women in rock.

Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley tribute night at The Royal Albert Hall, London, Friday June 21st

A Unique One-Off Evening with Buzzcocks, The Skids,  Penetration and special guests.

At The Royal Albert Hall, London, Friday June 21st 2019

Buzzcocks can confirm their performance on Friday 21 June 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall. After the tragic death of their frontman and founder member Pete Shelley, the remaining members felt that the evening should become a tribute to Pete and a celebration of his life.

They will be performing with some special guest vocalists including Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible (The Damned), Peter Perrett (Only Ones), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Pauline Murray (Penetration), Richard Jobson (The Skids), original Buzzcocks Steve Garvey and John Maher and compere for the evening Paul Morley, with more guests to be announced soon.

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This will be first time that the Royal Albert Hall has hosted an evening of music featuring a three-band bill of some of the premier artists from the 1970’s punk and new wave scene.

Buzzcocks formed in Manchester in February 1976  having witnessed The Sex Pistols live onstage, they then became the first British punk band to form their own label releasing their debut and seminal Spiral Scratch EP on New Hormones later that year.

A few months later they signed to United Artists becoming one of the punk and new wave scene’s most enduring and successful bands enjoying consistent chart success with hits such as ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’, ‘What Do I Get?’, ‘Promises’ and ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’. They toured with Nirvana and Pearl Jam and even had a BBC TV show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks named after them. An indication of their longevity and influence.

RBP on the News: BUZZ FOR ONE NIGHT THIS SUMMER - Londons Royal Albert Hall is to host a tribute to Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks tribute concert. The surviving members of the Buzzcocks will play the one off event on 21st June and will be joined by a host of guests. The Buzzcocks were one of the seminal punk bands founded by Pete Shelley hailing from Bolton but made a huge impact on, and was a part of that late 1970s Manchester scene, helping along other bands such as a young and fledgling Joy Division (technically still Warsaw at the time). It was Shelley who arranged for the Sex Pistols to play that now legendary gig in June 1976 at Manchesters Lesser Free Trade Hall. RBP contributor Paul Morley will be hosting the event which will also feature sets from The Skidz and Penetration. Original Buzzcocks members Steve Garvey and John Maher will joined by Thurston Moore, Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible (the Damned), Peter Perrett (Only Ones), Tim Burgess (the Charlatans), Pauline Murray (Penetration), Richard Jobson (the Skids). #PeteShelley  #Buzzcocks #TheBuzzcocks #london #RoyalAlberthall #tributeconcert #JoyDivision #Manchester #Punk #newwave #PaulMorley #HowardDevoto #SteveGarvey  #JohnMaher  #ThurstonMoore #DaveVanian #CaptainSensible #theDamned #PeterPerrett #OnlyOnes #TimBurgess #theCharlatans #PaulineMurray #RichardJobson #theSkids #SexPistols #LesserFreeTradeHall

Veteran punk band, The Damned, broke the mould two years ago and became the first band from 70’s punk explosion to play the prestigious venue, selling it out completely and playing a three -hour career-spanning set. Such a success was the event that the public demanded more similar appearances the Royal Albert Hall was equally keen. Three bands were approached and all leapt at this once in a lifetime opportunity to grace a stage on which none of them ever expected to appear.

Closing the evening are punk first wave legends The Buzzcocks. Formed in Manchester in February 1976 having witnessed The Sex Pistols play, they became the first British punk band to form their own label. They released their debut Spiral Scratch EP  on New Hormones later that year.

A few months later they signed to United Artists becoming one of the punk and new wave scene’s most enduring and successful bands enjoying consistent chart success with hits such as ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’, ‘What Do I Get?’ and ‘Promises’. As an indication of their longevity and influence along the way they’ve even had a BBC TV show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks named after them!

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At The Manchester Rock Against Racism Carnival

The Skids from Falkirk were one of Scotland’s first ever punk bands. Formed by guitarist Stuart Adamson (later of Big Country) they were fronted by the charismatic Richard Jobson, often remembered for his electrifying Top Of The Pops appearances.

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Radio support from John Peel for their self-released ‘Charles’ EP led them to sign to Virgin Records in April 1978 with whom they had many successful singles including ‘Masquerade’, ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’ and the Top 10 hit ‘Into The Valley’, before evolving their sound into a more post-punk direction.  Their influence is still felt today with two of the biggest contemporary  rock bands, Green Day and U2, uniting in 2006 to cover The Skids’ ‘The Saints Are Coming’, a track from the band’s ‘Wide Open’ EP from 1978  as a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The song reached number one in ten countries worldwide and number two in the UK charts.

This will be The Skids last full band electric show for the foreseeable future.

Opening the evening is Penetration, the north-east of England’s first punk band and one of the few to be fronted by a woman; in this case the irrepressible Pauline Murray. Their debut single, ‘Don’t Dictate’,  released in 1977 on Virgin Records, remains an enduring classic of the era as does their seminal debut album Moving Targets.

One of the first punk bands to move in a new wave direction, this brought them their greatest success with the hit single ‘Come Into The Open’, before Pauline Murray left to pursue a solo career.

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Artist quotes:

I’m looking forward to an amazing show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It’s going to be the perfect setting for us and our fans to pay tribute to Pete Shelley.” – Steve Diggle, Buzzcocks

“The Albert Hall gig is going to be an extraordinary event. Hopefully our greatest gig! I’m practising my back flip especially for the night (LOL) It’s going to be the the last Skids gig for a while so my friends lets rip the roof off AHOY! AHOY!” – Richard Jobson, vocalist The Skids

The band is looking forward to our appearance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall with The Buzzcocks and The Skids. From the tiny Roxy Club in 1977 to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in 2019, it’s been quite a journey!” – Pauline Murray, singer Penetration

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The Skids Peaceful Times: Signed Limited Edition White Vinyl

Legendary punk band Skids are back with their first ever acoustic album. Following the success of 2018’s album Burning Cities, which was the band’s first new material since 1981, and fired up by the fan response to songs both new and old on the band’s 40th Anniversary Tour, the band has been inspired to reinterpret songs from their catalogue in this new way.

Richard Jobson explains;

“I was nervous of re-visiting the past, especially the music of the Skids. What would the music sound like against a backdrop of a changed world? What would the words feel like in these cynical times? Of course the obvious question is why put your head above the parapet. Let sleeping dogs lie.

But these questions wouldn’t go away. So, in the end, we tried playing the songs again. Original members of the band, guided by Bruce Watson, found the energy and passion that was still there in the material. It was a truly amazing experience.

After recording a new album Burning Cities, we played all over the UK. It was difficult not to smile with joy every night. Fans had become friends who cared about the music and words and the live performances as much as we did.


Amidst all of this happy madness Bruce and I played a few songs acoustically at a charity night in our hometown of Dunfermline. This was something I thought could never be done. These songs were written to be played with electric guitars after all. But the songs had a different power when played acoustically, a new energy. For the first time ever the words were centre stage and we found new melodies and arrangements for songs that for the people who cared might have thought would be impossible.

Under Bruce’s production guidance we recorded songs from all of the different phases of the band, from every album. And it was all there, evident in the songs: triumph, rage, camaraderie, and a positivity that has always been and will always be the motivation of the band’s music and words.

The intimacy of the recordings re-introduce the songs with my voice at their heart with a genuine vulnerability and honesty. I’m not the greatest of singers but those qualities are something to be proud of especially in an era where they might be regarded as being pointless. I don’t think so. I hope you agree.”

Order here


1 Into The Valley (Acoustic version)
2 A World On Fire (Acoustic version)
3 Kings of the New World Order (Acoustic version)
4 The Saints Are Coming (Acoustic version)
5 Animation (Acoustic version)
6 Hurry On Boys (Acoustic version)
7 Blood and Soil (Acoustic version)
8 Fields (Acoustic version)
9 Kreuzberg ’79 (Acoustic version)
10 Desert Dust (Acoustic version)

Cambridge Rock Festival – early bird tickets

The Cambridge Rock Festival (CRF) is run by enthusiastic but highly experienced volunteers, so no big corporate vibe, just people who like great music, and watching great bands! We’ve been running festivals for long enough (and going to them for even longer!) to know that we can’t control the weather and just like you, we’d rather not get soaked, so the CRF stages, and its audience are housed inside large marquees… CRF, thinking about what you want!

We guess you won’t want too much hassle, so we let you camp right by the event arena, not miles away. If you don’t like camping there’s loads of Travelodges and other accommodation pretty close by.

It’s easy to get to, just yards from junction 12 of the M11, at Haggis Farm Polo Club, just outside Cambridge.
We’ve been doing it for years (this is the 15th full festival, with a number of other events too). So unlike others that come and go, we’ve got used to knowing what people like and don’t like and every year gets better. And remember, ultimately we’re just fans too…

We have over 80 real ales, craft ales, craft lagers, farmhouse ciders and the new Pimms, Gin, and Prosecco Bar. This year we have a great selection of food types, including vegetarian / vegan selections and gluten free food on site. Traders range from many festival favourites, such as Thai, Indian, crepes, hog roast, BBQ/burgers, toasted sarnies, scotch eggs, salads and homemade cakes.

We get fans and bands from all over the UK and abroad, and despite (perhaps because?) we’re run by volunteers having a great time, many bands say it’s one of the best organised and run events they play and are always asking to come back whether they’re a local band or a major name.

So if you’ve often thought about it but never quite made it, get some tickets now and see (and hear) for yourself!

And as for this year’s music…

Wow! Two big main stages and a smaller one with semi-acoustic acts this year, over 65 bands in total, featuring some of the best classic rock, blues and prog you’ll find. What’s more, some of these are bands you won’t find playing anywhere else anytime soon so come to the CRF and see them with us! These include a mixture of bands we know that you know and love plus some new bands you’ve been asking for, and if not everyone in your family/friends is into classic rock we’ve got a few other genres to keep them happy too! Full details via the link below…

Don Airey & friends ~ FM ~ Caravan

Son Of Man ~ Seyes ~ Franck Carducci

Atomic Rooster ~ Cats In Space

Kingdom Of Madness: Classic Magnum

The Mentulls ~ Ben Poole ~ Mostly Autumn

The Pure Floyd Show ~ The Room ~ Winter In Eden

John Otway Big Band ~ The Hayley Griffiths Band

. . . and many more on the Line-up page!! . . .

“Punchy raps with a catchy chorus.” – introducing Charlie Steel.

“Punch raps with a catchy chorus.” – introducing Charlie Steel.
I’ve been writing songs for a few years, and working hard to develop my own sound.
I recently released my Debut EP, ‘NOT INDUSTRY STANDARD’ linked here.  – and the video is here

It’s been very well received being placed on multiple Spotify playlists and played on Podcasts.
The lead review can be found here, to give you a further insight.  –
BornMusicOnline described me as ‘A male Kate Nash, teamed up with Lo-Fi Hip-Hop‘.
My style and genre is very unspecific as I take huge inspiration in having the freedom to make whatever you want.
I played some gigs last year, the stand out one being at The Islington O2, which was a great experience.
In terms of similar acts, some reviews and people at gigs have seen similarities with The Streets and Jamie T.
My main fan interaction and engagement is through my Instagram –
I firmly believe that, the Music Industry as a whole is so middle of the road and bland with no originality or substance.
This is why I try to keep real to myself and pour out my heart and soul in my lyrics to give people a real experience with emotion.
I believe that with the right backing and platform I can really springboard my career as an artist and a songwriter.

Mini live album from The Scissors

May 10th sees the release of a mini live album from Cambridge band The Scissors.

Captured at The Smokehouse Ipswich with a selection of music from all three of their studio albums, this is the band at their very best – vital, unrestrained and packed with energy. The raw sound of the live Scissors experience is captured perfectly and demonstrates the pure energy of the band on stage. 

Here’s a taster Promo reel vid 

The album will be available digitally thru the usual outlets or from

Failed rock stars have all the best stories… and even better lessons.

Failed rock stars have all the best stories… and even better lessons

Being a winner is easy. It’s being a failure that’s hard. The tale that follows is not another cliched collection of Rock’n’Roll debaucheries (sorry) nor is it another tired fable of triumph over adversity (you’re welcome). It’s the story of how a half deaf kid from a tiny, remote village in South Wales came to be hailed as a ‘genius’ by the UK’s biggest radio station and headhunted by major record labels. The following year, the music industry crashed – and it crashed hard, losing with it an entire generation of talented artists who would now never get their shot. CNN would later call it ‘Music’s lost decade’. This is the story of one of its survivors.

Along the way there will be goodies, baddies, gun toting label execs, life-saving surgeons, therapy, true love, loyalty, hope, breakdowns, suicidal managers, betrayal, drummers and way too many hangovers. It’s a story about why you learn better lessons from good losers. Why it really is all about the journey. Why you really must do that thing, even though you’re going to fail. Why motivational Self Help is bullshit. Why music is the best. And why in the end, it really was all rather simple.

Keeping On is part memoir, part exposé of the music world’s murky underbelly and part collection of life lessons gained from many years of ‘trying’ but ultimately having to learn to live with defeat. Emotional, painfully honest, funny, informative and ridiculous, it takes the reader into the daily reality of a musician during the music industry’s historic recent transformation – and is filled with digressions about society, politics and the human condition. It is also a celebration and a tribute to the life-saving magic that is music.

Support the publication of this book here

Other fun extras include ‘How to get in the charts (it’s easy!)’, ‘Secrets From My Therapy’ and tips for emerging musicians (‘Everything becomes f**ked when you start earning money’).

About the author

‘Mastermind Kennedy is more exciting than 90% of bands today’ – Shout4Music

From South Wales, James Kennedy is a professional musician with a Top 50 best-selling album, over a million song streams and over half a million online followers/ nutters, who call themselves ‘Misfits’. Hearing impaired due to childhood surgery, James has become an ambassador for several hearing charities, as well as speaking on panels and writing articles on a wide range of issues including mental health, the music industry and politics. He has toured much of the world, featured in many mainstream music publications, owns the music company Konic Records and has a new solo album set for global release in late 2019. ‘Keeping On’ is his first book.

NJ anarcho-punk band Anticitizen

Anticitizen is a Hardcore aracho punk band formed in early 2012 in Washington, NJ. They released their latest ep ‘Stand Up and Fight’ last year, and you can hear it here:


Since their first debut, the band has played 150+ shows and has 5 releases with great success.

The band’s driven and uncompromising sound has lead them to a large East Coast following and critical acclaim.


The band’s melodies echo the work of bands such as The Casualties while their gritty hardcore hooks are reminiscent of the work of artists such as Discharge, The Exploited or The Varukers, among others.

The rhythm section blasts beats relentlessly, while the grinding guitar tones cut through the mix. The vocals are raw and powerful with enough brutality to nearly border with Crust Punk.

We are a bunch of punks from Hackettstown and Washington ready to fuck shit up! We are branching out and keeping the scene alive, if you want to play a show with us or order merch shoot us an Email at