The continuous deluge of new rock greatness shows no signs of fading into a trickle, and this week is no different, with new releases from Ghost, Whiskey Myers, Ginger Wildheart and Orianthi delighting our eager ears.
But before we continue with this week’s postponement, here are the results from last week’s tournament. Alter Bridge emerged victorious after beating Halestorm and The Virginmarys to the podium, and in the week football finally came home, we offer our congratulations to Myles Kennedy and Co. and the brave Lionesses.
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Orianthi – Light it up
We all know Orianthi has chops to burn – that she could lap up most rock guitar heroes with her eyes closed, as evidenced by her work with Alice Cooper, Richie Sambora, Santana and many more. But can she write her own earworms? With the kind of instantly winning riffology that characterizes its high-profile collaborators? Uh… yeah, like a beefy, groove-tastic new single light this up shows. Excerpt from the new album, rock candywhich comes out in October.
The Hunna – Trash can
It’s been said before, it will be said again, we’re saying it now: sometimes keeping it simple really pays off. Built on a no-frills, all-beef hook, the British trio’s new single is utterly uninhibited, ahh-fuck-it punk oomph with the Beastie Boys’ lip, as they chorus ‘all they want is money, money!‘ like a bunch of kids diving into the cookie jar, opening all the presents, turning on the stereo and going straight for the gold. “We had so much fun writing the lyrics,” says vocalist/guitarist Ryan Potter. “Even though there is anxiety, we don’t take life too seriously, we just have fun. We’re not naming anyone in particular, it’s just global industry crap.
Ghost – Weirs
The brand new video of this sequined bombshell with velvet curtains and piano (from the latest album Impera) finds mastermind Tobias Forge dancing in bat wings and cardinal robes, as a world of Jim Steinman-sized grandeur unfolds around him and his rockstar Ghouls. All this plus gallons of dry ice, bleeding eyed dancers, an Old Testament verse (Job 10:1, for any Bible watchers reading this)… Surely it’s only a matter of time now before we get hit by Ghost: the musicalright?
Zach Tabori – Where We Begin
Gen Z beatnik Zach Tabori likes to keep his listeners guessing. Half-Turkish, based in Los Angeles and dressed in orange tones that make him more than a little cult, the young singer-songwriter has gone from Frank Zappa-esque avant-prog to catchy, sunny pop. Now it’s taken a dreamier turn with this mesh of giant melodies, wispy synths and soaring guitar crescendo. Learn more about his cracking album Soft boiledout now – trust us, it’s excellent (alright, alright, we’re done now…).
Chris Shiflett – Long, Long Year
The Foo Fighters guitarist has already had a full year, for obvious reasons. Now, in a break from his daily grind, he embraces his alt-country side with this lush new solo single – all the liquid sunshine of pedal steel and guitar accents and warm harmonies. He was billed as a bridge between his Californian roots and Nashville, Tennessee, where he recorded the track. “I spent a lot of time alone in my studio in Los Angeles during the first part of the lockdown, just listening to music,” Chris explains. “The phrase ‘It’s been a long, long year’ was ringing in my head for obvious reasons, but I framed it as a love song.”
All the Witches – 6969 WXL THE CAGE
Time to get weird, people – really weird. ATW’s velvet-throated vocalist Charles Michael Parks Jr has long been a sidekick to world music, and he comes out here in eerie, menacing dollops of acid noise, tribal beats and haunting snippets of words. . Most of their new psychedelic contemporaries look incredibly tame in contrast. Also, the way the video is in sync (at the start) makes it sound like the snake is saying “yeahhh!”, which is obviously excellent.
Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners – Lately Always
“We realized that if we couldn’t get along, the music would ultimately be worthless,” said Ginger, of new band The Sinners. “So we went to the pub and got drunk together. The next morning, the music started flowing with ease. It is the sound of friendship. Indeed, the honeyed sheen of Americana Lately, Always — and how easily it rolls in our ears — backs up that assessment. The kind of nostalgic, acoustic grounding that seems to come as naturally to them as walking, and will no doubt be a delight to watch live on their tour this fall.
Whiskey Myers – John Wayne
We sneakily suspect that, at the end of the year, the new Whiskey Myers album Tornillo will float around the northern end of many listings. It was released on Friday, with a new single John Wayne released the same day, and it’s as funky and fruity as James Brown’s favorite socks. With horns, a gospel accompaniment vox and a Star Wars at OK Corral-style video featuring the great Danny Trejo, John Wayne as good as Southern rock in 2022. Filled with confident swagger and laced with humor, it’s as if Alabama 3 is actually from Alabama rather than Brixton.