Duff certainly has been a busy boy in the last 18 months since his last solo album hit the streets. Touring with his day job in Guns n Roses, playing on the new magnificent eclectic Iggy Pop album and finding the time to record his latest eclectic masterpiece. ‘Lighthouse is less an acoustic reflective and dark affair that the last one was but is more upbeat whilst still retaining the Americana acoustic feel for large swathes of this effort. Title track and sombre opener merely eases you in for the epic widescreen adventure of ‘Longfeather’ thats like an arcing sunrise of sound bursting through the speakers, McKagan leads the band with an excellent engagingly warm vocal that will have you hanging off his every word as the sound build and builds.

I must admit I’m really impressed with this more mature Duff we are hearing, it would be easy for him to hash out a roots punk rock n roll record or lean on his day job band but instead he digs deep and really works on the melodies and arrangments and the huge brush strokes that paint this rich tapestry of rock n roll. ‘Holy Water’ builds on a solid bass line as it weaves a crooked path through some great vocals towards its lush chorus its a beautiful thing at volume.

‘Hope’ (featuring veteran Paul McCartney drummer Abe Laboriel Jr and melodic lead guitar from Slash) and the philosophical ‘I Just Don’t Know’ (featuring contributions from McKagan’s longtime friend, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains) to name check some of the players who lend a helping hand to these deeply personal songs.

‘I Saw God On 10th Street’ is an acoustic rocker that has one foot in acoustic punk rock whilst the energy and buskability is what drives this song towards the superb electric solo and handclaps that raise your soul and paint a smile on the coldest heart. ‘Fallen Down’ is a beautiful slice of organ driven soulful balladry bu tthe albums biggest strength is the ebb and flow and quality of the songs delivery and that has to be down to the fact that McKagan truly believes in the words he’s singing and its joyful even in the darkest corners of this record.

Don’t be disapointed that its not like bursting with punk rock n roll anthems because the ones here like ‘Just Another shakedown’ deliver enough quality next to the ebb and flow I was talking about earlier next to the sweet ‘the Fallen Ones’ and then were onto ‘Hope’ where Slash plays a blinder as the song shuffles to its powerful conclusion. In contrast Cantrells playing on penultimate track ‘I Just Don’t Know’ is laid back and empathetic rather than showing off and its all about the song and not the player which makes the songs even better.

Leaving the ‘Lighthouse reprise’ to wrap up a fantastic journey through another mighty fine record from Duff McKagan and having Iggy Pop speak as the sunsets on one of 2023’s finest albums it’s the two musicians who played on my favousite from way back in January because this and ‘Every Loser’ will easily make my top 10 for 2023. Buy It!

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Auther: Dom Daley


A tour de force of twelve frenetic, frenzied, rapturous tracks, the album will also include their latest offering ‘Jackie Works For The NHS‘ — a monster garage rock anthem with a chorus that will blow the roof off venues across the country when they take to the road in November. Totalling seven shows, the tour will conclude in what will be a simply wild night in the capital at London’s Garage on 17 November.

“England 2023. Our beloved NHS is being dismantled piece by piece,” the band explain. “Jackie lives on our block. Jackie works for the NHS. We love Jackie. God save the NHS.”

A maximum rock’n’roll trio conceived during lockdown to blow the cobwebs away and remind us of what music has been missing, the band are made up of the powerhouse duo of James Walbourne (The Pretenders, The Pogues, The Rails) and Kristoffer Sonne (Chrissie Hynde, Willie Nelson), the band’s first single “All Cranked Up” hit the 6 Music B-List last summer, followed by Buzzkill”, an angular, twisted ear worm produced by David Wrench (Courtney Barnett, XX, Frank Ocean).

His Lordship sold out their debut UK tour in 2022, and then joined Jason Isbell on a sell out European tour culminating with a roof raising show at London’s Eventim Apollo. Earlier this year the band also headed out on their biggest headline tour to date, taking in 12 cities, including a sold-out headline show at London’s Lafayette.

Now, to coincide with the album announcement, the band will be hitting the road again for a run of UK headline shows this November. Full dates and details below.


08 GLASGOW Room 2
10 MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
12 LEEDS Key Club
13 BRISTOL Exchange
15 BRIGHTON Hope and Ruin
17 LONDON Garage


New Zealand born, London based rockers Desperate Measures return October 13th with a banging brand-new thrill ride titled ‘Sublime Destruction’. A high-voltage, hook-laden smasher, it comes firing out of the traps, all guns blazing and all speakers blaring.

“New single ‘Sublime Destruction’ is about how normal everyday things we take for granted are slowly being taken away and eroded, whether it’s our rights, the environment or even the health system,” explains frontman Eugene Butcher. “Blink and they will be gone.”

Following previous singles ‘Thinking Of England’ and ‘Back To The Rats’, ‘Sublime Destruction’ is another taster from the bands forthcoming debut album due early 2024. Recorded once again with Andy Brook (who has produced, engineered, and toured with the like of Status Quo, Ginger Wildheart, Wonk Unit, Hayseed Dixie…) at The Brook Studios in Wallington, Surrey, between recordings Desperate Measures have been busying themselves with a host of gigs, playing alongside Killing Joke, The Members, XSLF, Wingmen, The Boys and Spear Of Destiny etc.

pic by Louise Phillips

See Desperate Measures in 2023

Oct 19   Islington Academy, London (with Supersuckers)

Nov 10  Islington Academy, London (with The Godfathers)

Dec 7     Water Rats, London

Dec 10  Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

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Formed out of the ashes of that LA rockers Smash Fashion, brand new four-piece CRYMWAV are here to rock you like it’s 1979!

Having racked up four albums over the couple of decades, most recently with 2018’s glorious ‘Rompous Pompous’, Smash Fashion found themselves frustrated at the side of the road, having seen off yet another rhythm section. Flying V-toting glam tag-team Roger Deering and Lloyd Stewart Casson had a bunch of songs written but nowhere to go. His rock’n’roll compass spinning wildly, Deering took time out, fetching up in London on a trip to see his girlfriend. It was there that he suddenly saw the light!

“I spent some time in Ladbroke Grove, I brought my guitar and wrote a bunch of newer, darker material. I felt I was channelling the vibes of the area… Hawkwind, Motörhead and The Clash…” Add to that soupçon of Lizzy, The Damned, The Ruts, UFO – don’t forget Phil Mogg’s nephew Nigel had already slung bass with the Fashion brigade – and a liberal dose of NWOBHM and you’re getting a very heavy picture.

Calling his buddy to gas up the van, on his return, the pair hooked up with hard-hitting drummer Greg Rogers, once of Maryland metal legends The Obsessed and currently LA stoners Goatsnake, and bassist Bruce Braddock, Deering’s old sparring partner from Miami punks The Drills, who played with everyone from Bad Brains and the Dead Boys to the Ramones and Motörhead.

Locking down in their rehearsal room, they came together with a sound at once new yet one that’s paid its dues – bass-heavy and crammed with hooks, nodding to metal, punk and post punk. The results are a six-track EP titled 24/7 – the sweat-soaked door number on their downtown rehearsal dungeon.

Six hot tracks frontloaded with hungry riffage, crunching grooves and fluid, melodic Schenker-style soloing, the video for the lead track ‘American Carnage’ is already picking up media traction, while the icing on the cake is a timely tribute to recently-departed Saints, Damned and Tank bassist Algy Ward, in the shape of a fine, throbbing cover of the latter’s ‘Walking Barefoot Over Glass’; an anthem in itself for these rock’n’roll vets…

“We’ve been through the record deals, the drugs, the ups and downs,” says Deering. “We’ve all gone through the rock wars and are still going. It’s what we do.”

24/7 is out through Electric Pudding Records on 27 October.




The title track of Danny The K / Dan Kopko’s first solo EP on Rum Bar Records ‘Cigarettes & Silhouettes’ – Shot in a rocking horse graveyard that goes by the name “Ponyhenge” – video masterfully shot by the inimitable Harry McCoy. Order the single or, hell, the whole EP Here

Danny Kopko who is a also a member of The Shang Hi Los, Watts and The Peppermint Kicks certainly has pedigree when it comes to rockin and rollin. The EP oozes class mixingg up old school new wave with great hooks like the uber cool ‘Roller Derby Girl’ and the dreamy sunshine pop of ‘The Skateaway’ for an EP its a great taster as to what Danny is capable of by himself. Sadly its not enough – us greedy consumers want more so hopefully this is a prelude to a long player and thus far the whistle is wet but c’mon Rum Bar get this guy back in the studio and lets hear more more more. Dannyoozes class and this is just the beginning

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Listen to ‘Oblivion’ Here

Edinburgh, ScotlandOctober 06, 2023 – Following up the announcement of BILLY LIAR’s new album “Oblivion,” he has just dropped his first single “Oblivion” on all streaming platforms! CLICK HERE to listen to the song. Additionally, his album “Crisis Actor” is available for pre-order on the Pirates Press Records website.

“Billy Liar is one of my favorite songwriters. Powerful and honest.” – Tim Armstrong (Rancid)

That’s one hell of a statement coming from Armstrong, a guy who knows his way around a tune as one of the most beloved songwriters in punk rock history.

A single listen to Billy Liar’s new album “Crisis Actor” will have any listener agree with Armstrong. With this album, Billy Liar showcases his outstanding talent for storytelling and his ability to capture raw, unfiltered emotions that resonate with listeners on a deeply personal level. These songs are bold, brash, and destined to be played loud in any size venue Billy steps into, from a solo show at a DIY space to a full-band set on a giant festival stage and everywhere in between…all with fans screaming back every word!

From the outset of “Crisis Actor,” Billy Liar commands the listener’s attention. From the opening track “Oblivion,” he pulls no punches when he sings “The only way I win is by not giving in to oblivion.”

Throughout the album, Billy intricately weaves anecdotes, scathing social commentary, and self-realization to craft a record that will please old and new punks alike. Drawing the inevitable comparison to the legendary punk troubadour Billy, Mr. Liar shares Mr. Bragg’s ability to address society, politics, and the world at large through the lens of lived experience and deeply personal, confessional emotion.

And just to put “Crisis Actor” over the top, a friend turns up to lend his familiar voice to one of the record’s highlights: the one and only Frank Turner joins Billy on “Negroni,” adding his trademark powerhouse grit to Liar’s boundless, exuberant energy.

With “Crisis Actor,” Billy Liar is poised to step up as a central voice in a new wave of singer-songwriters ready to tell their tales to listeners across the world. Clocking in at just 28 minutes, this album is a proverbial uppercut to the jaw. It hits you hard and fast, but it is intricate enough to reward close repeat listens. This is fortunate, because you’ll find yourself dropping the needle on this one again and again!

Whether armed only with his guitar or backed by a full band, Billy Liar will be traveling the globe, commanding stages of pubs, clubs, and arenas alike with this new set of tunes ready to catapult him into the hearts – and record collections – of punks worldwide!

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John J. Presley announces UK headline tour dates for February 2024

Tickets available HERE:

New album ‘Chaos and Calypso’ due October 20th via God Unknown Records

Album launch show confirmed for October 18th at Third Man Records, Blue Basement in Soho, London. Tickets HERE:

Pre-order the album

Listen to new single ‘Silhouettes’ HERE:

“This is so good, a brooding, bluesy work out which would sound quite good in a Peaky Blinders-esque epic, perhaps we should also pass that on to that nice Cillian Murphy fellow…” Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music

“What a return, sounding so good…superb stuff.” John Kennedy, Radio X

“Beauty in the songwriting, with John J. Presley displaying Nick Cave-esque levels of vocal intensity.” CLASH

“A ferocious, belly-deep sound, but somehow tender with it.” The Guardian (Laura Barton)

Brighton based multi-instrumentalist John J. Presley returns with a new album ‘Chaos and Calypso’, due October 20th via God Unknown Records. Following a period of activity in May of this year, John broke a three-year hiatus with the brooding, hypnotic single ‘Sinnerman’ (a collaboration with friend Laura-Marty Carter from Blood Red Shoes), and live shows with Radiohead’s Philip Selway and Gaz Coombes (Supergrass).

‘Chaos and Calypso’ features the first new music from Presley since his debut album ‘As The Night Draws In’ in 2019 and the vinyl only lockdown release ‘Albany Sessions’, which were both released to great acclaim. Presley’s music is hard to categorize but that is its strength – from folk blues noir moments to tasteful post rock walls of sound, – classic songwriting to improvised, experimental moments, Presley is constantly creating a tapestry that will engage, challenge, and inspire.

A diary piece that echoes a period of ill health, of spiralling vertigo and misdiagnoses, ‘Chaos and Calypso’ shows Presley’s trademark guitar tone in full effect with enough space in the mix to weave in a new palette of textures from drum machines and synths throughout. Presley plays guitar, bass and pedal steel on the new record and is an in-demand player too – Nadine Shah, Duke Garwood, Laura-Mary Carter, Juanita Stein and Smoke Fairies have all had him join their line ups.

Finally free of the confines of the studio, Presley is ready to bring ‘Chaos and Calypso’ to life in venues across the UK and following a special album launch show at Third Man in London on October 18th, will undertake a headline UK tour in February 2024.

Tickets are available HERE:

Full dates below:

18th October Third Man, London (special album launch show)

31st October The Prince Albert, Brighton


1st February Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth

4th February Strings Bar and Venue, Isle of Wight

9th February Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate

22nd February Adelphi, Hull

23rd February The Golden Lion, Todmorden

24th February Le Pub, Newport

25th February Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

‘Chaos and Calypso’ album launch show confirmed for October 18th at Third Man Records, Blue Basement in Soho, London. Tickets HERE:

Pre-order ‘Chaos and Calypso’ HERE:

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THE DWARVES Concept Album comes out November 17! This sprawling 20 song record covers every style from hardcore to garage rock and surf music, experimental noise, pop punk duets and bar band rock & roll. One look at the classic (censored) cover shot by F. Scott Schafer tells you the mighty Dwarves have returned! So get ready for the album of the year and see the masters of mayhem when they tour pretty much everywhere!

Dwarves Facebook is here     Dwarves classic LP reissues available here