Guitars for Christmas? New issues of Flying V and Gibson Maestro

Epiphone Korina Flying V

Epiphone have just announced details of the Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa 1958 “Amos” Korina Flying-V Outfit – initially a rare model, now brought back to life by the acclaimed Americana Blues musician, Joe Bonamassa.

Joe Bonamassa, famed for opening for B.B King at the age of 12, performing with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy and Stephen Stills amongst many others, and releasing 15 solo albums in the last 11 years – a staggering 11 of which have attained number 1 positions on the US Billboard Blues chart – has long been an Epiphone guitar player. Now, the New Yorker arrives with his fifth custom Epiphone signature model, honouring one his most-cherished vintage spec guitars – the “Amos” Flying V.


The new Ltd. Ed. 1958 “Amos” Korina Flying-V Outfit is based on Bonamassa’s priceless original Flying-V first purchased by Arthur Amos’s music store in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1958.  Bonamassa worked closely with Epiphone’s luthiers in Nashville to ensure that every detail of the original was reproduced accurately.  The Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa 1958 “Amos” Korina Flying-V Outfit features ProBucker pickups, CTS electronics, a LockTone ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and a 50s style Flying-V case along with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity.

New Gibson Maestro Collection

Gibson have just announced their new Maestro collection – a low-priced range of guitars that are particularly aimed towards educating young, budding musicians.

Designed to support and promote musical education, Maestro’s collection of quality instruments are inspired by classic Gibson guitars but tailored so they meet the needs of new and novice players. The focus on playability is matched with the attention to detail and craftsmanship that consumers have come to expect from Gibson’s distinguished family of brands.  For over 100 years Gibson has focused on quality and innovation in musical instruments and the Maestro range now brings this to very affordable prices.

With its square shoulder design, the Maestro by Gibson full size acoustic guitar is an easy-to-play guitar for players of all standards.  Based on the classic dreadnought design, this beautiful steel string acoustic is fitted with a spruce top to give it a big, clear sound.  The accompanying pack has all you need to start playing today including strap, picks, spare strings and a tutorial DVD.  Its stunning black gloss body and natural top finished with white binding and chrome die-cast tuners give it the classic look used by the likes of Keith Richards and Lenny Kravitz.


Nerk (as heard on ‘My Summer Car’) release ep

“Pick Up The Pieces” by Nerk is a free 3-song EP that’s out now:

Nerk play 90s-style grunge rock, written & recorded by Martijn Frazer at his home (guitars, bass, vocals, the whole thing). Nerk was established in 2015 to make songs for the video game “My Summer Car”. The game is set in the 90s and Nerk’s music can be heard on the in-game radio.

Nerk initially made another free 3-song EP, which was released in August 2015, simply called “Nerk”:

Since the game’s release in 2016, over 300.000 people bought & played the game, and Nerk acquired a handful of fans. Greatly motivated by this, Martijn decided to make another 3-song EP, which led to the release of “Pick Up The Pieces” in September 2017. These new songs will be added to the game in an upcoming update.

Meanwhile, Martijn is working on a full album for Nerk next, which is scheduled for release in 2018.








Gavin Chappell-Bates releases ‘Bad Faith / Good Faith’, a philosophic indie-dance-rock anthem to get you dancing and thinking

Bad Faith / Good Faith’ is the second single to be released by Cambridge musician Gavin Chappell-Bates from his forthcoming second album. In contrast to the first single released from the album, ‘Bad Faith / Good Faith’ is a philosophic indie-dance-rock anthem to get you dancing and thinking.

The song was inspired by the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s concept of ‘mauvaise foi’ (bad faith), which explains how humans live inauthentically by allowing societal pressures to force us to disown our innate freedom and adopt false values.

Bad Faith / Good Faith’ is a call to arms to all humans to accept their individuality and their ability to always make their own free choices, and, ultimately, live the life they choose. It is a call for authenticity.

As part of forthcoming album ‘The Last One’, which was successfully crowd-funded early in 2017, it is one chapter in a wider story exploring the cycle of life, both human and cosmic.

The thought provoking lyrical content is rasped out by Gavin in a barrage of words, reaching climax in the chorus when he asks us all to choose: “Bad Faith / Good Faith – decide”.

Despite the heavy themes in the song, it is a snappy and upbeat anthem coming in well under 3 minutes. Short and to the point, the words may have you thinking but the juxtaposing jagged indie guitars and driving rhythm section will get bodies moving, minds open and us all dancing freely.

Gavin Chappell-Bates is a European acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter from Cambridge, England.

Gavin’s music has featured on Tom Robinson’s show on BBC 6 Music and Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio 2. He regularly appears on BBC Introducing, as well as other local and national stations. He has been nominated for Best Male Solo Artist for three years running at the NMG Awards and has a growing fan base in France where numerous fan sites have popped up.


Gavin is currently recording his second album at Half-Ton Studios, the first single from which – ‘Lovely Day’, a jaunty folk-pop song – was released in August 2017. The album features a variety of musicians including Booga from Ezio, Paul Richards of Fred’s House and Neil Bruce from Bouquet of Dead Crows.

He released his first solo EP – ‘Black Holes’ – in February 2015, and his debut album – ‘We Are The Ones’ – in April 2016, on R*E*P*E*A*T Records.

Gavin set off on his first ever tour in September 2014 and has gigged relentlessly since, playing venues such as Cambridge Corn Exchange, The Rescue Rooms (Nottingham), The Hunter Club (Bury St. Edmunds) and Norwich Arts Centre. His shows vary for every performance; from live looping, to playing with a band, to stripped down performances with an acoustic guitar, harmonica and stomp box.

“…bursting with melodies, strong sounds and brilliant moments…” Mixtape Couture

Twitter : @GChappellBates Facebook : GavinChappellBates

Manic Street Preachers – ‘INTERNATIONAL BLUE’ – first new release in four years

Manic Street Preachers

First track from 13th studio album – ‘INTERNATIONAL BLUE’-

Released today (Friday 8th December 2017)
‘International Blue’ is the first new release from MANIC STREET PREACHERS in four years and is available from today (8th December 2017). It is taken from the band’s 13th studio album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ out on Columbia/Sony on 6th April 2017. The single is unfiltered, classic Manic Street Preachers. Inspired by the city of Nice in the mid winter sun and the life’s work of French Nouveau realisme artist Yves Klein, the song is built over an immense riff that echoes the twin Manics peaks of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and ‘Everything Must Go’.

Nicky Wire explained “I’d been digesting the lyric for five years, since being in Nice and finally joining the dots between Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue and the vast open blue of the Mediterranean Sea. It was a moment of connection that felt perfectly natural – not forced or intellectualised. A different kind of enrichment that feels increasingly difficult to find. The track itself is carried by the kind of naïve energy that powered ‘Motorcycle Emptiness'”.


James Dean Bradfield added “Often I just need a great title to set me off. Seeing the word blue struck a chord and set off memories of pure pop records we grew up with – things like the ‘Story of the Blues’ by Wah!, ‘Moon is Blue’ by Colourbox, Orange Juice’s ‘Blue Boy’ and’ In Bluer Skies’ by Echo and the Bunnymen. I immediately thought of the kind of shiny freedom pop we used to hear on the radio as kids and that quickly became the MO in my head when writing. I just wanted to make a great Manic Street Preachers driving song; something that evoked the heat haze you see on empty open roads in America. I wanted to channel a Springsteen/War on Drugs sensibility, but through our European filter. Sometimes, aiming for a feeling is enough to make it work”.

Of their first new album since 2014’s ‘Futurology’, the band said: “The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration.”

New single      ‘INTERNATIONAL BLUE’        8th  December 2017
New album      ‘RESISTANCE IS FUTILE’      6th April 2018

To coincide with the release of ‘Resistance Is Futile’, the band have announced their biggest series of UK live shows in over a decade. Support on all dates comes from very special guests The Coral.

Tour Dates:

23 April     NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena
25 April     GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro Arena
27 April     BIRMINGHAM, Arena
28 April     MANCHESTER, Arena
1 May      LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru Arena
2 May      LEEDS, First Direct Arena
4 May      LONDON, The SSE Arena Wembley
5 May      CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

Visit Manic Street Preachers store now to pre-order ‘Resistance Is Futile’ and get early access to tour tickets.

Manic Street Preachers recently received the Inspiration Award at the Q Awards at the Roundhouse in London. Previous winners include U2, David Bowie and Patti Smith. The band performed a greatest hits set on the night with support from Sleaford Mods.

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A Christmas Message from Broadway Danny Rose

Download Christmas track to raise money for Jimmy’s Night Shelter….
Share some love, roast bird or veggie alternatives with the homeless this Christmas

After missing the boat for the last two, this year we decided to record a Christmas song.

The song is called ‘All I Wanna Do, Is Share My Bird With You (This Christmas Time)’.

While this December 25th we’ll be at home with friends and family sharing gifts, booze and food (the bird), many won’t. While we want everyone to enjoy the song, it’s a good opportunity to remind people of the great work Jimmy’s Shelter Cambridge do throughout the year, year after year.

We’ve released the song on Bandcamp and all donations will go to Jimmy’s. If you enjoy the song and can afford a donation it will go to a great cause – if you enjoy the song but can’t afford it you can have it for free, but please share just in case someone else can.

Thank you. And season’s greetings!

Broadway Danny Rose

Buy the track here

Catch Us Live on Dec 22nd at Cambridge Portland Arms

Welsh Indie Outfit Seazoo Release ‘Dig’ Ahead Of Debut Album

Welsh Indie Outfit Seazoo Release ‘Dig’ Ahead Of Debut Album

Released 6th December

Photo Credit: Salle Pierre Lamy

Seazoo – ‘Dig’

“Magical indie-pop” – DIY

“Wobbly synths and retro-feeling guitars that sparkle with nostalgia” – The Line Of Best Fit

Welsh indie pop maestros Seazoo have announced the upcoming release of Dig, the third track taken from their debut album out 26th January 2018.

This latest effervescent number, concerning a re-occurring dream that eventually slips into waking life, sees the quintet showcase their trademark quirky tendencies with driving guitars and infectious vocals unrivalled by many of their peers.

Fresh from supporting psychedelic punk rockers The Lovely Eggs on their UK tour, alongside sharing bills with Peace and IDLES in recent months, the band’s latest release further builds anticipation for their debut record with the influences of acts including Grandaddy, Super Furry Animals and Yo La Tengo shining through once more.

Extensive support across the radio airwaves from Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Lauren Laverne and Radcliffe & Maconie (BBC 6 Music), alongside widespread critical acclaim (DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, Q Magazine), leaves the five-piece well-placed going into what promises to be an exciting 2018.

Produced by Ben Trow and mixed by Mike Collins (Girl Ray, Metronomy), Seazoo’s Dig is out 6th December and will be available on all platforms.

Live Dates
10 May – Focus Wales


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Digital By Birth’s Xmas Message

Digital BY Birth’s Xmas Message

 So what’s Xmas all about? Santa, Jesus, “goodwill to all men” or just expanded Black Friday deals???

 I love Christmas – at the moment at least – you trek around town with a bag in the near dark of winter, lit up by strings of lights and glowing Christmas trees and there’s frost and magic in the air. You breathe out vapor as you trudge around with you canvas carry all getting presents and food. And everyone seems so nice and friendly.


 Xmas also means to me the 16th annual meeting of all my friends for drinks, a shared curry and then a “piss up” up town-  in that order. We’ve been doing it for a long time now and it’s a chance to see people you used to go out 5 nights a week with drinking BUT now with children, workloads and various BS you only get to see once a year, drink make merry with and have a bloody good catch up.!

It wasn’t always this way.  . .

 When I was an angry anti-capitalist I saw it just as ritualized behavior teaching children the method of consumerism and the need to buy things in order to be happy!!! The cancer of consumerism, further sucking dry our planet’s limited resources and our hard earned money.

 As I’ve said here before, when I was a lot younger and Christmas rolled in and I was asked what I wanted, in truth I didn’t want anything. I was totally content at that time and felt there was something wrong with me for not needing anything. So I got an overly expensive “Action Force” Army Hover Craft and then spent a great many years blindly collecting the tanks, planes, and figures.

 As I said I should have felt ashamed, and thought that I wasn’t normal, and just said I was fine, without any gifts.

 Now I’ve changed somewhat. BUT I only but gifts if I really think of or see something I know my friends or family will really appreciate and if I do get a present for my self, I only ask for something I needed or would have got for my self at some point anyhow.

 For instance, Kain Larsen got me the new “Beck” album “Colours”, which in time I would have bought anyway.

 So where’s that leave us?

 Is Xmas ritualized Capitalist programming masquerading as a religious holiday, an excuse to get very drunk, or a special time when friends and families come together??? Strangely it’s probably all three. . .

 Like most things, it’s all just a matter of perception.

 Merry Xmas People X

‘Here To Be Heard : The Story Of The Slits’ / DVD release via Pledge Music campaign


‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’

Pledge Music campaign for DVD release of film in spring 2018  

Film trailer :

Pledge campaign :

‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ is a new documentary film about the first all-girl Punk group, The Slits. Directed by William E Badgley (‘Kill All Redneck Pricks’), it received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in mid-October. 

Contemporaries of The Clash and Sex Pistols and the godmothers of the musical movement known as ‘Punky Reggae’, the film tells the story of the young women pioneers of the mid-70’s Punk era from a  female point of view and runs from the inception of the group in 1976 to its end in 2010 (coinciding with the death of lead vocalist, Ari Up).

It includes interviews with Don Letts (former group manager and punk documentarian), Viv Albertine (guitarist), Ari Up (vocalist), Palmolive (founder/first drummer), Tessa Pollitt (bassist), Bruce Smith  (second drummer), Hollie Cook (vocalist/keyboards/percussion), Vivien Goldman (NYU Punk professor), Dennis Bovell (producer of debut album ‘Cut’), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Adrian Sherwood (producer and long-term friend and collaborator) and many more, as well as previously unseen footage and band recordings.

‘Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits’ is produced by Badgley via his company Molasses Manifesto and Mark Vennis of Moviehouse Entertainment, while Pledge Music are working with the duo to bring a DVD release of the film direct to the band’s loyal and, in many cases, long-time followers. It is the first film project that Pledge have been involved with.

Badgley says: “It has been an honour to be a part of the telling of this crucially important and untold story about The Slits, and I was proud that we were able to begin our journey in sharing it with the world at the 2017 London Film Festival.”

Adds Vennis: “Bill came to me with the project and I jumped at the chance to work with him on a film about some of the most ground-breaking musicians from the Punk era. We were thrilled that it premiered in the group’s home city and we will shortly be announcing further screenings ahead of its DVD release.”


Tim Holehouse & Kaleb Stewart (As Friends Rust) split album

Tim Holehouse is a true road warrior. Playing around 200 gigs per year – in pretty much any country you can think of – Holehouse is never lacking for inspiration; resulting in him being the most prolific artist on the Aaahh!!! Real Records roster by a large margin. 2017 alone has seen Kill, the collaborative full-length alongside Berlin’s Tourette Boys, as well as the self-released album Hail and the collaboration with Bulgarian duo Leaver.

Countless touring has seen Tim find a healthy number of collaboration and split release partners, with the latest being Gainesville based Kaleb Stewart.

Kaleb Stewart, of As Friends Rust and Cro(w)s, grew up in Talkeetna, Alaska and found his home in Gainesville in 1995 after living in Cochabamba, Bolivia as well as Los Angeles and Tampa.

In 2002, during As Friends Rust’s hiatus, he formed Grey Goose, taking the name from a song by iconic blues artist Lead Belly. Joined by his brother Levi and James Parker of Discount, Grey Goose would go on to include various veterans of Gainesville’s thriving scene, including Bill Clower of Radon. Kaleb has since begun performing and recording as a solo act, where he periodically performs with friends.

His songs – while drenched in gravelly vocals and bearing many hallmarks of Gainesville’s distinct, swampy brand of punk – differentiate themselves through a vocal delivery that is at once sultry and sombre, and lyrics that are painfully, cynically and daringly introspective.

In addition to their own tracks, both Tim and Kaleb contribute a cover to represent their respective nations; with Tim covering The Clash‘s Guns of Brixton, and Kaleb taking on Ball and Chain by Social Distortion.

Artist: Tim Holehouse / Kaleb Stewart
Title: Split
Catalogue Number: KRUMM088
Format: CD, digital
Release Date: Friday 1st December 2017

Tim Holehouse:

1. Gainesville City Limits
2. Melly
3. Just Say It
4. Times Gone By
5. Guns of Brixton (The Clash)

Kaleb Stewart:

6. Everything’s Separated
7. Slips My Mind
8. I Keep Trying
9. Ball and Chain (Social Distortion)


Pre order here

{Seegulls} “…a mouthpiece for those who who are disenfranchised”

“…a mouthpiece for those who who are disenfranchised” ~ The Culture Journal.
We are {Seegulls}, an indie band based in Chester and the North West.
If you want punk music in the style of Japandroids with the added grease stains of early Springsteen records and the attitude of pre-shit Strokes grabbing you by the shirt and screaming in your face one second and reducing you to tears with your arms held embarrassingly aloft the next harnessing the emotional power of The National and The Gaslight Anthem, you’re gonna want to come to a Seegulls show.
Aside from our primary American influences, we retain a very British style to our music with our other influences including The Smiths, The Libertines and Bombay Bicycle Club. In the past two years, alongside studying Popular Music Performance, we have been gigging across the country and building contacts around the UK.
Our ultimate desire is to take the music world by storm.
We fuse catchy guitar lines, passionately sung lyrics and an unrivalled energy to our music and do everything in our power to get people up and dancing. We offer something fresh to the decaying genre of indie rock.
You can listen to our songs here:
We also have gigs coming up for the rest of the year! Catch us at Studio 2, Liverpool 23/11/17; The Yorkshire House, Lancaster 1/12/17 and CH1 Bar, Chester 2/12/17.
“As soon as you see five lads all clad in what appears to be the current trend, you immediately think you’re about to watch a newer version of The Strokes. When three of the five lads pick up guitars you start to wonder, could this be The Maccabees. But when Seegulls start playing, you’re aware that it’s them, it could only ever be them.” ~ The Pentatonic